EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 8/28/2008

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  ABA   


Las Vegas Aces sign former NBA player Anthony "Pig" Miller - by Eurobasket News
Las Vegas Aces basketball team has come to an agreement with former NBA player Anthony Miller (6'9''-C-71, agency: CGL Sports, college: Michigan St.) as one of the marquee players to join the 'Aces' ranks. Known as 'Pig,' Miller (born October 22, 1971) in Benton Harbor, MI) is an American professional basketball player who was selected by Golden State Warriors in the second round (39th overall) of the 1994 NBA Draft. A 6'9' forward from Michigan State University, Miller has played in eight NBA seasons for four different teams. He has played for the Los Angeles Lakers, Atlanta Hawks, Houston Rockets and Philadelphia 76ers. The last time Miller has played in the NBA was during the 2004-05 season, appearing in two games for the Hawks. In his NBA career, Miller has played in 181 games and scored a total of 510 points. For more information, call Carl Dossenbach LV Aces GM at 877 582 2371 or email info@lasvegasacesbasketball.com or visit www.lasvegasacesbasketball.com and www.abalive2.com.

Courtesy of ABA


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  ARGENTINA   


Liga A 2008/09 official domestic rosters: part 3 - by Facundo Iatzky

LIBERTAD Sunchales
Andres Pelussi (198-F-77)
Pablo Moldu (191-G-78)
Sebastian Ginobili (190-G-72, agency: Interperformances)
Alejandro Zilli (200-F-82)
Juan Sartorelli (190-G-83)
Gustavo Orona (196-G-75)
Marcos Saglietti (189-G-86)
Lucas Diaz (91)
Emiliano Correa
Joaquin Giordana (182-G-90)
Andres Landoni (206-C/F-90)
Fernando Manattini (190-F-89)
Juan Emilio Fernandez (196-G/F-91)
Nicolas Herrera (195-F-89)
Head Coach: Julio Cesar Lamas


OBRAS
Tyler Field (206-F/C-78, college: San Diego)
Gabriel Cocha (194-G-71)
Fernando Titarelli (183-G-82)
Daniel Chaher (192-F-78, agency: HM Sports Agency)
Fernando Martina (202-F/C-81)
Omar Canton (210-C-82)
Sergio Ravina (190-F-86)
Cristian Cortes (185-G-90)
Franco Giuletti (200-C-90)
Alan Omar (195-G-90)
Leon Nicanoff (185-G-91)
Luciano Pozzer (196-F-90)
German Chiaruttini (194-F-90)
Franco Rivero (191-G-90)
Horacio Cardani (206-C-89)
Leonardo Alvarez (209-C-88)
Youngster Team Players: Ivan Jaskowsky (190-F-92), Dario Sosa (196-C-92), Lautaro Fraga (180-G-92)
Head Coach: Bernardo Murphy


OLIMPICO La Banda
Diego Cavaco (202-F-79)
Jorge Benitez (202-C-73)
Mariano Byro (196-G-82)
Martin Trovellesi (185-G-80)
Fernando Gutman (203-F/C-78, agency: Next Level)
Leonel Schattmann (194-G-87)
Gustavo Fernandez (173-G-89)
Cesar Tagliotti
Matias Maidana
Head Coach: Gonzalo Garcia


PEAROL Mar del Plata
Roman Gonzalez (211-C-78, agency: HM Sports Agency)
Pablo Sebastian Rodriguez (188-G-78)
Marcos Mata (202-F-86)
Lucas Picarelli (185-G-81)
Alejandro Reinick (203-C-78)
Jose Muruaga (198-G-84)
Alejandro Diez (201-C-87)
Sebastian Vega (203-C-88)
Matias Ruger (200-F/C-91)
Facundo Campazzo (180-G-91)
Facundo Varela (194-G-90)

Head Coach: Sergio Hernandez



Liga A 2008/09 official domestic rosters: part 1 - by Facundo Iatzky
ATENAS Cordoba
Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78)
Bruno Labaque (183-G-77, agency: Interperformances)
Federico Ferrini (194-G/F-83)
Juan Locatelli (198-F-75)
Diego Osella (207-F/C-69)
Cristian Romero (198-F-82)
Juan Pablo Figueroa (184-G-86, agency: Interperformances)
Bruno Barovero (194-F-90)
Pablo Orlietti (208-C/F-90)
Emiliano Rosales (198-F-90)
Mauro Abraham (193-F-90)
Juan Cognini (187-G-90)
Agustin Thompson (197-F-89)
Manuel Olocco (198-F-88)
Head Coach: Ruben Magnano


BEN HUR Rafaela
Walter Storani (200-F/C-70)
Eduardo Calvelli (195-G-82)
Mariano Castets (188-G-83)
Sebastian Cabello (202-F/C-82)
Patricio Rodriguez (193-F-84, agency: Players Group)
Lucas Ortiz (190-G-87)
Jonathan Machuca (184-G-89)
Sebastian Uranga (200-F/C-89)
Ariel Hillebrand (196-F-89)
Antonio Forte (190-G/F-90)
Alexis Abrate (199-F/C-91)
Youngster team players: Federico Serrano, Lucas Pecantet
Head Coach: Luis Orono


BOCA Juniors
Raymundo Legaria (178-G-80)
Gabriel Fernandez (204-C-76)
Alejandro Alloatti (203-F/C-84)
Fernando Calvi (200-F-81)
Juan Espil (193-G-68, agency: Interperformances)
Leandro Masieri (201-F-76)
Ariel Prado
Nicolas Aguirre (182-G-88)
Martin Miner (197-F-89)
Rodrigo Sanchez (200-F-89)
Leandro Podesta (206-C-89)
Juan Orellano (-G-89)
Youngster team players: Federico Vidal Ramos (206-C-90), Daniel Luna (196-F/C-91), Patricio Tabarez (195-F)
Head Coach: Oscar Sanchez


EL NACIONAL Monte Hermoso
Gaston Torre (185-G-85)
Sebastian Castineira (196-F-78)
Facundo Venturini (198-F-87)
Santiago Gonzalez (203-C-83)
Martin Macaya
Ramiro Heinrich (201-F-87)
Fabian Sahdi (189-G-89)
Alexis Elsener (196-G-88)
Francisco Hoffman (192-F-89)
Fabricio Montironi (191-F-89)
Franco Antonellini (202-C-89)
Youngster team players: Nicolas Breppe, Gaston Diomedi
Head Coach: Juan Garcia


Liga A 2008/09 official domestic rosters: part 2 - by Facundo Iatzky

BAHIA BLANCA ESTUDIANTES
Juan Manuel Rivero (192-G-85)
Pedro Franco (187-G-81)
Gerardo Barrera (201-F-77)
Lucas Bianco (198-F-80)
Juan Cangelosi (195-G-81)
Leonardo La Bella (180-G-86)
Leandro Cecchi (201-G/F-88)
Cristian Aguiar (201-C-89)
Cristian Schmidt
Youngster team players: Matias Martinez, Gonzalo Etchepare
Head Coach: Marcelo Richotti

GIMNASIA Comodoro Rivadavia
Bruno Ingratta (201-F/C-85)
Diego Romero (209-C-82, college: Florida St.)
Diego Alba (186-G-81)
Nicolas Ferreyra (185-G-85)
German Sciutto (190-F-78, agency: Interperformances)
Mariano Franco (200-F-80, agency: HM Sports Agency)
Jose Alessio (203-C-87)
Sebastian Morales (201-F/C-88)
Hernan Schneider (195-F-89)
Fabian Gabriel (-F-90)
Youngster team players: Federico Favre, Ivan Macharasvili (91), Matias Monzon
Head Coach: Nicolas Casalanguida

INDEPENDIENTE Neuquen
Leandro Lauro (188-G-80)
Martin Melo (197-F-82)
Agustin Carabajal (179-G-78)
Federico Marin (199-G/F-82)
Jervaughn Scales (200-F-71, college: Southern)
Fabian Levrino (190-G-87)
Pablo Heit (205-F/C-89)
Juan Levrino (188-G-90)
Santiago Fedele (187-G-89)
Ramiro Mendoza
Head Coach: Mauricio Santangelo


LANUS
Diego Prego (198-F-77)
Julian Olmedo (187-G-77)
Fernando Funes (193-G-83, agency: Interperformances)
Juan Pablo Sanchez (190-G/F-83)
Andres Rodriguez (202-C-77)
Sebastian Chaine (201-C-86)
Nicolas Laprovittola (191-G-90)
Juan Ignacio Catalano
Rodrigo Fucek (195-G-89)
Facundo Zinna (89)
Yemil Tosi (196-G-89)

Head Coach: Alvaro Castineira



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  AUSTRALIA   


Brad Newley shoots for the NBA - by Eurobasket News
He's tasted the Dream Team at the Beijing Olympics and now South Australia's Brad Newley (199-G-85) wants to feast on the NBA.

The athletic shooting guard - fresh from his Olympic campaign with the Boomers - is hoping to hear from the Houston Rockets after impressing in Beijing.

'I've had a little bit of a chat with them (Houston officials),' said Newley, drafted by the Rockets at pick No.54 in 2007.

'My agent will have a good chat with them soon but I'm going to go back to Greece next week, hopefully I have a good season and move on from there (to the NBA).'

The 23-year-old Forestville product and former Townsville Crocodiles star acquitted himself well against the might of the U.S. while also playing a strong game against the Manu Ginobili-led Argentina.

'It (Olympics) is a big tournament and to play great like that was a big thing for me,' Newley said.

'Unfortunately we got off to a slow start with those first couple of games and that cost us. But we still won some good games which was good.'

Newley was far from overawed taking on U.S. superstars LeBron James, Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade, making the most of his 27 minutes - second only to fellow Boomer Patrick Mills - on court.

It will be an experience he will take with him, particularly the words of advice he received after the final buzzer.

'It was great to be able to play against those guys,' Newley said.

'You play basketball for respect and at the end of the game the guys were saying: 'Hopefully we see you playing with us one day' and that kind of thing. That's what you look for as a basketballer.

'So individually there were good things but as a team we didn't quite get the result we wanted but to still make the top eight was an improvement on the last one (Olympics).'

Courtesy of www.nbl.com.au


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


BC Kalev/Cramo signes John Linehan - by Janar Filippov

BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn announced the signing of former Providence (NCAA) and French ProA star John Linehan (175-G-78, college: Providence). The pointguard has been voted twice to ProA All-Defensive Team and is holding the NCAA all-time steals record (385 in 122 games). He played for Nancy until last season but missed the action since November 2006, after a serious injury.

Nenad Vucinic, the head coach of Kalev/Cramo, welcomed the news: 'We are happy to have a player with this kind of attitude, leadership abilities and work ethics as John'.



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  BELGIUM   


Bree Transfer News - by Peter Buyse

After our earlier report that Kevin Reed (190-G-81, college: Maine) and Jeff Horner (191-G-83, college: Iowa) were back in Belgium, their team now announced the signing of both players.
Another addition to the Bree roster is former Liege forward Ryan Moss (200-F/C-74, college: UALR) with who the team also finished negotioations.
Moss played his whole career in Belgium for Liege. His best season was 2000-2001 when he averaged 13.9 ppg and 8.7.
This past season he played 22 games for Liege and averaged 4.2 ppg and 2.6 rpg in linited playing time.


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  BOSNIA   


Siroki Prima pivo outplays Sibenik, Andrija Sola has health problems - by Eurobasket News
Siroki Prima pivo, which started preparation for the upcoming season ten days ago, played a first friendly game. The game was held at Siroki's home court Pecara. Both teams are at the beginning of preparations so the final score wasn't in the first plan. Anyway, Siroki showed slightly better performance in this game. Bosnian team added few young and talented Croatians for the upcoming season which works pretty good fo far. Experienced Ivo Josipovic (205-F-75, agency: Court Side) was the best player for the winning team adding 22 points. Ivan Siriscevic (198-G/F-87) also showed good performance scoring 17 points. Sibenik got the most from Miro Bilan (210-C/F-89), who netted 15 points. Zoran Vrkic (203-G/F-87) scored 14 while Franko Filipovic (206-F-87) had 12 points. As a reminder Siroki Prima pivo ended last season in the play-off semifinals so for the sirst time since the Adriatic league officially started Siroki won't participate in it. The team enters into the new season with biggest ambitions which means winning the title in Bosnian D1.

At the same time Siroki announced that Andry Sola (201-F-78, college: Drake), who arrived to the club in 2006, faced with health problems because of which there is a possibility that he will have to end basketball career. Namely, Sola has problems with kidneys but after few more days of examination situation about him will be clear. Sola played 26 games for Siroki last season in Adriatic league averaging 4.4 ppg, 2.3 rpg. In the past he used to play for Grude, Gipsar Stal Ostrow, Dombovar, St. Quentin, Trier and Kormend. Sola graduated at Drake University in 2002.


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  CANADA   


Kyle Desmarais earns scholarship at D1 Central Connecticut State University - by Eurobasket News
Dawson College guard Kyle Desmarais has accepted a scholarship to attend Division-1 Central Connecticut State University next season according to a report in the Montreal Gazette.

Desmarais, who last season was the Quebec college league's MVP and a Canadian College Athletics Association All-Canadian, will follow in the footsteps of fellow Canadian Tristan Blackwood, who last year was named NEC Defensive Player of the Year and all NEC First Team for the CCSU Blue Devils and has represented Canada at the World University Games.

Desmarais was part of a dominant starting backcourt with point guard and Canadian Development National Team member Adrian Hynes-Guery that led Dawson to a CCAA national championship two years ago, and was the second-leading scorer in the province this past season.

'I think Kyle's game will transfer very well in the U.S., because he's tough, he can deal with a coach yelling at him and knocking him down a peg,' said Dawson head coach and Senior National team assistant coach Wayne Yearwood to the Gazette. 'He plays with a reckless abandon, most coaches would pay to have a player like that.'

Courtesy of www.basketball.ca


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  CENTROBASKET   


Cuba Wins the Opener - by Carlos Chapa
The Cuban National Team took the initial game of the Centrobasket 2008 tournament against the National Team of Panama in Cancun, Mexico.

The game started with Panama relying on a presence in the paint, after posting poor numbers in 3-point field goals and percentage. J.R. Pinnock (196-G-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: George Washington) finished with 33 points and 4 rebounds.
On the other side, Cubas Geoffrey Silvestre (202-F/C-79) had a precise game, finishing with 41 points, 6 rebounds and 4 blocks.

Cuba dominated its rival and always leaded the game after halftime with its strength and presence, while the reigning Centrobasket champs Panama has a roster full of new additions that could not match together.
Final Result: 101-85


Mexico Starts With Confidence - by Carlos Chapa

The National Team of El Salvador was no contest for Mexico, as this teams opened Group A in Chetumal.


The 1st quarter started with El Salvador missing layups and Mexico not taking advantage in the perimeter, however as time passed, Raymond Castillo (196-G/F-82, college: UTPA) responded with straight buckets for Mexico, the quarter ended 20-16 in favor of the locals, after a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Salvador Bandek (181-G-78).


A 9-1 run in the first four minutes opened the lead for Mexico, the game then fell in a scoring drought by both teams, with no nation producing. El Salvador only made 3 points in the second period to end the half 36-19 in favor of the Mexican team, situation that eventually sentenced the game.


The locals were finally successful from the field, and outstanding on the board, with 18 offensive rebounds, 32 total. Salvadorians showed glances of a fast-paced game, however were only able to record a field goal percentage of 24%.
The game was decided, and the 4th quarter was used to give rest to starters, El Salvador could not do much, with 5 total points in the quarter.


Raymond Castillo was the leader in points for Mexico with 20, making 6 of 7 from beyond the arc. Ramses Benitez (210-C-79)was the high-man in rebounds with 8.
The best player for El Salvador was Fabio Molina (195-G/F-81), who made 6 points and 4 boards.
Final Result: Mexico 92-36 El Salvador



Standings (Men)
Standings
Group A
1. US V.Isl1-0
2. Mexico1-0
3. Domin.R.0-1
4. El Salvado.0-1
Group B
1. Cuba1-0
2. P.Rico1-0
3. Panama0-1
4. Costa Rica.0-1


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  COSTA RICA   


Centrobasket 2008: Puerto Rico too strong for Costa Rica - by Eurobasket News
Puerto Rico - Costa Rica 85-68

Puerto Rico didn't have to work very hard in order to beat Costa Rica in the first day of Centrobasket Championship 2008. Jose Juan Barea (181-G-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Northeastern) and his teammates dominated during the entire time opening Centrobasket with 1-0 in Group B. Beside these two teams, Cuba and Panama are also placed in Group B.

Puerto Ricans were kind of sleepy at the early beginning, which Costa Rica exploited to make quick 3-9. It was a signal for Puerto Ricans to wake up, what they immediately done. Most owing to bench players Puerto Rico made a turn in just 4 minutes. Jose Juan Barea drained a triple at the end of the first frame setting the score on 20-14. Costa Ricans struggled a lot with their stroke in this game. It is maybe the only reason why they could treat Puerto Rico until the very end as Puerto Ricans weren't on such good level. However, it also seemed they play as much as it was necessary for the victory. After 36-27 at the half time, Puerto Ricans stated to make shots. They drained four triples in a row and six in total during third frame. Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, college: USC) took care for two long range strokes. At that point of game it was already clear which team will take it.

Jose Juan Barea was a key player for Puerto Rico. He spent 21 minutes on court scoring 16 points and dishing out 5 assists. Angelo Reyes (205-F/C-81) and Javier Mojica (190-G-84, college: Cent.Conn.St.) had 11 points each but Angelo Reyes had 11 more rebounds beside that. Spencer Jaffry and Henry Martinez (186-G/F-75, agency: Interperformances) netted 12 points apiece for the loosing side. In the next round Puerto Rico will meet Cuba while Costa Rico will take on the defending champion Panama.


Puerto Rico - Costa Rica 85-68
(20-14, 16-13, 24-18, 25-23)

Puerto Rico:
Jose Juan Barea 16 (5 as), Angelo Reyes 11 (11 rebs), Javier Mojica 11
Costa Rica: Spencer Jaffry 12, Henry Martinez 12


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  CROATIA   


Hrvoje Peric close to Zadar, Mario Kasun leaves Barcelona for Efes Pilsen ? - by Eurobasket News
It seems that Hrvoje Peric (203-F-85) will finally leave Split this summer. During the previous two months Peric stated that he has a strong willingness to leave Croatian A1 league finalist and National Cup holder. According to Kristijan Magas, president of current Croatian champion Zadar, his team already agreed all terms with Peric who will sign 3-year deal. Peric played 24 games for Split in Adriatic league last season registering 8.5 ppg, 5 rpg, 1.2 apg and 1.5 spg. He had much better digits in A1 where in 22 games he had 14.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 2.1 apg and 1.8 spg. Peric was a member of Split since 2002. Most probably he will show up officially on Zadar's practice today.

Center Mario Kasun (213-C-80) and Spanish powerhouse Barcelona parted ways. Management of Barca was not satisfied with Kasun's performance over the past two years showing desire to terminate the contract. As a reminder, Kasun inked 3-year deal in 2006 which means it was valid until the next summer but it seems that both sides agreed terms about the contract termination successfully. According to Mario Kasun he already found a new club and it is Efes Pilsen from Istanbul. He stated that he is looking forward for a new challenge especially as Efes had only Kaya Peker on position five. Nothing is officially confirmed yet by the club neither from Kasun's agency. The player had health problems last season which stopped him on 8 ppg and 3.3 rpg for 31 games in ACB. He appeared in Euroleague 21 times averaging 9.6 ppg and 3.9 rpg. Before Barca, Kasun used to play for Orlando Magic, Frankfurt and Koln. He played for Croatian National Team on European Championship which was held in Spain last summer.


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  CUBA   


Centrobasket 2008: Geoffrei Silvestre crushes Panama in the opener - by Eurobasket News
Cuba - Panama 101-85

Cuba outplayed reining Centrobasket champions Panama in the opener 101-85. Spectators in Kuchil Baxal Coliseum in Cancun had an opportunity to enjoy watching Geoffrei Silvestre (202-F/C-79), who demonstrated wonderful performance leading his team 1-0 in Group B. As a reminder, except of these two teams Puerto Rico and Costa Rica are also placed in the same group.

Cuba showed slightly better performance in the first half. After opening ten minutes it was 27 -26. Cubans managed to extend lead to 43-40 until the half time. Crucial period of the game was third quarter. Cubans intensified defense and mostly owing to fantastic Geoffrei Silvestre created impressive 12-0 run for 70-54. Later, Cuba ended third period 29-19 having comfortable 13-point lead before the last frame. Panamanians weren't able even to threat during the last ten minutes. Actually, Cuba extended its lead even more finishing the game with plus 16. Panama recorded only 28% from behind the arc making 5 of 18 attempts. At the same time Panamanians also had not so good 48% for FG2. Cubans registered a bit better digits as well as 5 rebounds more, what was enough for comfortable win.

Geoffrei Silvestre paced Cuba to very important victory. He was totally unstoppable in this game nailing amazing 41 points and grabbing 6 rebounds for 38 minutes. He had 12/21 for FG2, 0/3 for 3-pts and 17/21 free throws. Allens Jemmott (193-G-80) followed him scoring 17 points (11 in the first half) while Michael Guerra (188-G-79) stopped on 12 points and 5 assists. Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: George Washington) shined in Panama collecting 33 points and 4 rebounds. Jamar Warren (194-G/F-79, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Missouri So.) stopped on 12 points and 5 boards. In the next round Cuba will take on strong Puerto Rico while Panama will meet Costa Rica.


Cuba - Panama 101-85
(27-26, 16-14, 29-19, 29-26)

Cuba:
Geoffrei Silvestre 41 (6 rebs), Allens Jemmott 17, Michael Guerra 12 (5 as)
Panama: Danilo Pinnock 33 (4 rebs), Jamar Warren 12 (5 rebs)


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Parker shines over the Czechs in Latvia - by Eurobasket News
France-Czech Republic 89:66 (19-16, 23-21, 21-13, 26-16)

France won the last game of the friendly tournament held in Latvia. In the last game of the tournament the team overcame Czech Republic 89:66. The win was achieved mostly due to the second half. NBA star Tony Parker (183-G-80) led the winners with 30 points. Tariq Kirksay (199-F-79, college: Iona) netted 18, while Stephen Brun (202-F-80) added 10. Jiri Hubalek (211-C-82, agency: Interperformances) posted 19 and Lukas Kraus (201-F-84, agency: PPGroup) scored 10.
NBA star Parker was electric, pouring in a game-high 30 points and making all 10 of his free throws. France opened the game with 19:16 but had some difficulties with the opponent. The game remained even in the second period and again France was satisfied with 23:21 win. It gave them 42:37 at the half but the game remained tough.
Jiri Hubalek and his team could do nothing in the second half with the strong French squad. The latter produced 21:13 in the third period to be more confident in the last quarter. They added 26:16 in the last quarter to seal the second and the last win at the tournament. The game between Latvia and Georgia will close the Riga's Tournament tonight.
On September 3, France play Belgium in their opening EuroBasket qualifier, the Czechs host Bosnia-Herzegovina.

France: Tony Parker 30, Tariq Kirksay 18, Stephen Brun 10
Czech Republic: Jiri Hubalek 19, Lukas Kraus 10


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  DENMARK   


Jakobsen is not enough against Israel - by Eurobasket News
Israel-Denmark 85:53

Israel won the initial win in the Tournament of Four Nations in Tallinn. In the second game Israel proved the superiority over Denmark defeating them 85:53. The winners led 50:35 and easily achieved 1-1 record, the same as Denmark has. Yotam Halperin (196-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services) paced all the winners with 15 points. Yaniv Green (206-F-80, agency: ZAG Advocates) and Matan Naor (194-F-80) supported him with 9 points each, while Lior Eliyahu scored 8. Andreas Jakobsen (187-G-83, college: Columbia (MO)) shined for Denmark with 24 points and Nicolai Iversen (204-F-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: San Jose City JC) posted 12.
Israel recovered from yesterdays loss and destroyed Denmark in Day 2. Israel won the opening quarter 26:9 with a great offensive game. The winners did not stop and increased to 50:25 at the halftime.
Israel opened the second half with 9-0 run and improved to 59:25. The team dominated the whole court and controlled the whole game. It was not a big deal to lead to 85:53 and to achieve the victory.
In another game of the day the National team of Ukraine lost the second game of the Tournament of Four Nations in Tallinn. On Day 2 Estonia achieved another superb victory, beating Ukraine 79:66. Gregor Arbet led the winners with 17 points, while Janar Talts added 14. Lishchuk top-scored for the guests with 21 points, Kravtsov nailed 11 and Drozdov and Krivich added 10 apiece.
In the last day of the tournament Ukraine will face Israel, while Denmark will take on the hosts, Estonia.

Israel: Yotam Halperin 15, Yaniv Green 9, Matan Naor 9
Denmark: Andreas Jakobsen 24, Nicolai Iversen 12


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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


Virgin Islands defeats Dominican Republic. - by Jaime Gomez
US Virgin Islands closed day 1 in Chetumal with an imppresive win over the Dominican Republic 83-74.

The game started with a three pointer by NBA player Francisco Garcia (201-F-81, agency: Octagon, college: Louisville) and both team fought until the Dominicans won the first ten minutes 18-16.

In the second period the dominance in the paint by the Dominican team was key where Eulis Baez (201-F-82, college: W.Illinois) and Al Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida) were scoring and defending well.

Horford had 9 points at halftime (38-33) while the Dominicans shot 14-21 from the field including three long distance shots made and 7-11 from the free throw line.

US Virgin Islands were led by Cuthbert Victor (196-G-83, college: Murray St.) with 13 points and Kevin Sheppard (182-G-79, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Jacksonville) 12.

At the start of the third quarter the Dominicans dominated 45-35 after a basket by Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) with 7:37 left. USVI stayed close with baskets from long range and finally made a 9-0 run to end the third quarter up 58-56.

The fourth quarter was hard fought by both teams until USVI made a statement with a basket by Victor and a three pointer by Jason Edwin (196-G/F-81, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Kent St.) with 1:04 left to take a 77-71 advantage. Then a three point play by Sheppard with 35.8 gave them a 80-72 advantage to never look back.

Kevin Sheppard led the winners with 25 points while Cuthbert Victor and Jason Edwin scored 22 each.

In a losing effort Al Horford had 21 points, Kelvin Pena (193-G-81, college: Southeastern CC) 16 and Franklin Western (200-F-72, college: Providence) 12. In the loss the Dominicans shot 28-54 from the field but the poor percentage from long range and the free throw line was key in their loss.

On day 2 USVI faces Mexico and the Dominican Republic plays El Salvador.


Centrobasket 2008: Virgin Islands surprises Dominican Republic in day 1 - by Eurobasket News
Virgin Islands - Dominican Republic 83-74

It was very exciting game between Virgin Islands and Dominican Republic at the opening day of Centrobasket Championship 2008. Dominicans came to Mexico with biggest ambitions but they couldn't handle Virgin Islands at the very beginning.

Dominican Republic showed better performance in the first half. Mostly owing to Al Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida) Dominican Republic dominated in the paint, what was the main reason of 5-point lead at the half time. Al Horford scored 9 points for his team during the first 20 minutes. At the few starting minutes of third quarter it seemed that Dominicans are going to take it in style. They extended lead to 10 points in 24th minute but after that moment Dominicans somehow stopped playing while Kevin Sheppard (182-G-79, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Jacksonville), Jason Edwin (196-G/F-81, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Kent St.) and Cuthbert Victor (196-G-83, college: Murray St.) stepped up for their team. Very soon Virgin Islands created 9-0 run coming on 58-56 before the last frame. Virgin Islands continued inn the same rhythm during the last quarter which resulted with 6-point lead with one minute to go. Dominicans made a free throw after that but then Kevin Sheppard drained a triple sealing extremely important victory for his team.

Kevin Sheppard netted 25 in total for the winning side. Jason Edwin and Cuthbert Victor also demonstrated fantastic performance in Virgin Islands collecting 22 points and 8 boards each. Al Horford was pretty good in Dominican Republic adding 21 points and 9 rebounds. Kelvin Pena (193-G-81, college: Southeastern CC) had 16 points while Franklin Western (200-F-72, college: Providence) delivered 12 points and 9 boards. In the next round Virgins Island play against Mexico while Dominican Republic takes on El Salvador.


Virgin Islands - Dominican Republic 83-74
(16-18, 17-20, 25-18, 25-18)

Virgins Islands:
Kevin Sheppard 25, Jason Edwin 22 (8 rebs), Cuthbert Victor 22 (8 rebs)
Dominican Republic: Al Horford 21 (9 rebs), Kelvin Pena 16, Franklin Western 12 (9 rebs)


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Centrobasket 2008: Mexico destroys El Salvador in day 1 - by Eurobasket News
Mexico - El Salvador 92-36

It was a joyful opening day for the hosts of Centrobasket Championship 2008. Mexicans gave a real basketball lesson to El Salvador celebrating huge 56-point victory. Mexico and El Salvador will together with Virgin Islands and Dominican Republic try to reach one of the first two places in Group A.

Mexico played slightly better in the first frame but it seemed it was kind of warming up for its players. During the following ten minutes they totally smashed El Salvador. Mexicans intensified defense forcing El Salvador to make many mistakes and pull up big number of erratic shots. That kind of aggressiveness resulted with only 3 points by El Salvador for the entire second frame. On the other hand Raymond Castillo (196-G/F-82, college: UTPA) and his teammates netted 16 for 36-19 at the half time. Nothing has changed after the breather. Mexico continued its domination finishing third frame 16-12. It means that Mexicans already created huge 31-point lead. They didn't want to stop making impressive 20-0 run in the last frame ending it 30-5 (56-17 in the second half).

Raymond Castillo was the best player for the winning team with 20 points and 5 boards. Ramses Benitez (210-C-79) and Jesus Lopez (205-F-83, college: SW Baptist) were behind him netting 12 points each. Ramses Benitez had 8 more rebounds. Interesting is that the best scorer in El Salvador was Fabio Molina (195-G/F-81), who posted just 6 points. On day 2 Mexico will play against Virgins Islands while El Salvador will face Dominican Republic.


Mexico - El Salvador 92-36
(20-16, 16-3, 26-12, 30-5)

Mexico:
Raymond Castillo 20 (5 rebs), Ramses Benitez 12 (8 rebs), Jesus Lopez 12
El Salvador: Fabio Molina 6 (4 rebs)


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Estonia defeats Ukraine, Israel wipes out Denmark - by Janar Filippov

In Gameday 2 of the Tournament of Four Nations in Tallinn, the hosts achieved another superb victory, beating Ukraina 79:66 (49:44). Gregor Arbet (195-F/G-83) led the winners with 17 points, Janar Talts (204-C-83) added 14. Estonia was trailing in the 1st quarter 20:27 as Sergei LIschuk was unstoppable. Two three-pointers by Gert Kullamae (198-G/F-71) started the hosts' 8:0 run. Gert Dorbek (187-G-85) added two three-pointers and Estonia led 47:36, already. 3rd quarter ended 63:57 but in 4th, there were no real contest anymore as the hosts showed remarkable defence and won firmly.


Israel recovered from yesterdays loss and destroyed Denmark 85:53 (50:25). Israel won the 1st quarter 26:9 and won the first half by double margin - 50:25. They started 3rd quarter with a 9:0 run, going ahead 59:25 and the rest was a pure formality.
Yotam Halperin (196-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services) led his squad with 15 points, Yaniv Green (206-F-80, agency: ZAG Advocates) and Matan Naor (194-F-80) added 9, Lior Eliyahu (205-F-85, agency: ZAG Advocates) 8, Raviv Limonad (192-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services) 7, Moran Roth (178-G-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services) 7, Guy Pniny (201-F-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services) 6, Omri Casspi (204-F/G-88, agency: Interperformances) 6, Ido Kozikaro (202-F/C-78, agency: Arik Krayn Services) Kozikaro 6, Chris Watson (200-F-75, agency: Gross Zeev ISA, college: Niagara) 4, Amit Tamir (208-C-79, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: California) 4, Meir Tapiro (194-G-75, agency: Avi Zilberman) 4.
Andreas Jakobsen (187-G-83, college: Columbia (MO)) scored almost half of his team's points, totalling 24. Nicolai Iversen (204-F-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: San Jose City JC) added 12, Chanan Colman (192-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Chipola J7.4ppg, C) 5, Peter Johansen (204-F/C-80, agency: Arik Krayn Services) 4.



Kikerpill heads to Greece - by Janar Filippov


BC Kalev/Cramo signes John Linehan - by Janar Filippov

BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn announced the signing of former Providence (NCAA) and French ProA star John Linehan (175-G-78, college: Providence). The pointguard has been voted twice to ProA All-Defensive Team and is holding the NCAA all-time steals record (385 in 122 games). He played for Nancy until last season but missed the action since November 2006, after a serious injury.

Nenad Vucinic, the head coach of Kalev/Cramo, welcomed the news: 'We are happy to have a player with this kind of attitude, leadership abilities and work ethics as John'.



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Partizan Igokea inks Zarko Rakocevic - by Dragan Jankovski
Partizan Igokea agreed terms with Montenegrin power forward Zarko Rakocevic (205-F-84). Head coach of Partizan Igokea as well as of Montenegrin National Team Dusko Vujosevic also called Rakocevic this summer to join Team Montenegro on its way to division A. Rakocevic started career in Buducnost Podgorica, where he played almost 6 years. With Buducnost he won the title in Montenegrin championship as well as National Cup in 2007. He started last season in Buducnost but in March he moved to Ukrainian Khimik. Rakocevic had 12 appearances in Adriatic league averaging 8 ppg and 3.9 rpg. He also played 5 games in ULEB Cup adding 4.8 ppg and 2.4 rpg. Later, he had 2 games in Ukrainian Superleague recording 8.5 ppg, 6 rpg and 1 spg.

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Standings (Men)
Standings
Group A
1. Serbia2-0
2. Bulgaria2-0
3. Hungary1-2
4. Italy1-2
5. Finland0-2
Group B
1. Estonia0-0
2. Latvia0-0
3. FYR Macedo.0-0
4. Portugal0-0
Group C
1. Belgium0-0
2. France0-0
3. Turkey0-0
4. Ukraine0-0
Group D
1. Bosnia0-0
2. Czech Repu.0-0
3. U.Kingdom0-0
4. Israel0-0


Group A latest results and stats - by Eurobasket News

Serbia-Hungary 94:60 (27-17, 17-15, 19-20, 31-8)

Serbia achieved their second convincing win in EuroBasket 2009 qualifying games. Tonight the team beat Hungary 94:60 with no chances for another result for the guests. Zoran Erceg (211-C/F-85) led the winners with 15 points. Uros Tripkovic (196-G-86) nailed 13, while Milenko Tepic (198-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) scored 11. Marton Bader (212-F/C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) collected 16 points and 12 boards in the losing effort, while Bence Simon (186-G-91) posted 15.
Hungarians came to Serbia after they surprised Italy in their first game on Saturday.
Milenko Tepic and Vujanic made the first points for Serbia from the arc as the hosts tasted 6:1 lead. Vujanic was the last to score at the end making the score 27:17 after the first 10 minutes. Uros Tripkovic increased the hosts' lead to 33:21 and Zoran Erceg made it 40:28. Hungary tried to recover but Velickovic sent the teams to the lockers for 44:32.
Trepak's three at the end of the third quarter kept the visitors within striking distance at 63:52. It seemed that the game was not over for Hungary as they had ten more minutes to improve the situation. Uros Tripkovic however hit another three-pointer and Milos Teodosic drilled a jumper to start a 13-0 Serbian run that gave the hosts a commanding 76:54 lead. The hosts led the game to 90:64 and improved to 2-0 in Group A.
Serbia will play against Finland for their next game on Saturday while Hungary will play also with Finland at home on September 3.

Serbia: Zoran Erceg 15, Uros Tripkovic 13, Milenko Tepic 11
Hungary: Marton Bader 16+12 rebs, Bence Simon 15


Italy-Finland 88:80 (18-15, 23-21, 21-18, 26-26)
Italy needed three games to win the first one in EuroBasket 2009 qualifying campaign. Group A saw Italy defeating Finland 88:80 in Chieti. Giuseppe Poeta (190-G-85) top-scored for the winners with 20 points. Daniele Cinciarini (194-G-83, agency: Interperformances) netted 15, while Marco Mordente (191-G-79) and Massimo Bulleri (188-G-77) had 10 apiece. Hanno Mottola (208-F-76, college: Utah) posted 20 in defeat and Petteri Koponen (193-G-88) scored 14. Italy began their Group A qualifying campaign with defeats to Serbia and Hungary so they are now 1-2.
Muurinen scored first points in the game as Finland did not mind playing abroad. Massimo Bulleri scored for 16:8 when Italy recovered from the very beginning. Daniele Cinciarini's jump-shot closed the first period at 18:15 for the hosts. Another 4 consecutive points made the score 21:15 in the beginning of the second quarter. Even though Finland resisted a lot Italy won the half 41:36.
Giuseppe Poeta scored for relief as Italy had 61:52 with less than a minute in the third. Finland still remained alive and Huff made 62:54 after the third period. Trailing 65:57 the visitors cut to 75:72 and had four more minutes. Italy did not fall apart and could win the game. Daniele Cinciarini closed the game from the free throw line making the final, 88:80 score.
Italy will face Bulgaria on Saturday while Finland take on Serbia.

Italy: Giuseppe Poeta 20, Daniele Cinciarini 15, Marco Mordente 10, Massimo Bulleri 10
Finland: Hanno Mottola 20, Petteri Koponen 14



August 30:

Bulgaria-Italy 18.00

Finland-Serbia 20.00



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EUROBASKET: Italy - Finland 88-80 - by Rauno Hurmalainen
EuroBasket 2009 - Division A. Qualifying Round, Group A. It was so close, but however eight points away. Finland played tonight vs Italy on the road
much better than vs Bulgaria at home, but missing a few 'easy' 2-pointers hurt and Italy won finally 88-80 (41-36). Quarters: 18-15, 23-21, 21-18, 26-26.
It was a three-point-game (75-72) with 3:42 to go, but Giuseppe Poeta (190-G-85) (20 points in the game) and Daniele Cinciarini (194-G-83, agency: Interperformances) (15) scored both eight pts during the fourth quarter for Italy and that was too much for Finland. Hanno Mottola (208-F-76, college: Utah) was again the leading scorer (20) for Finns. Petteri Koponen (193-G-88) (14), Tuukka Kotti (204-F/C-81, college: Providence) (11) and Shawn Huff (198-G/F-84) (10) were also in double figures.
Serbia - Hungary 94-60 (44-32). Quarters: 27-17, 17-15, 19-20, 31-8. S: Zoran Erceg (211-C/F-85) 15, Uros Tripkovic (196-G-86) 13. H: Marton Bader (212-F/C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 16/12, Balazs Simon (188-G-80, agency: Court Side) 15.
Next games: 30.8. Finland - Serbia, Bulgaria - Italy.


Italy celebrates the initial win from the third time - by Eurobasket News
Italy-Finland 88:80 (18-15, 23-21, 21-18, 26-26)

Italy needed three games to win the first one in EuroBasket 2009 qualifying campaign. Group A saw Italy defeating Finland 88:80 in Chieti. Giuseppe Poeta (190-G-85) top-scored for the winners with 20 points. Daniele Cinciarini (194-G-83, agency: Interperformances) netted 15, while Marco Mordente (191-G-79) and Massimo Bulleri (188-G-77) had 10 apiece. Hanno Mottola (208-F-76, college: Utah) posted 20 in defeat and Petteri Koponen (193-G-88) scored 14. Italy began their Group A qualifying campaign with defeats to Serbia and Hungary so they are now 1-2.
Muurinen scored first points in the game as Finland did not mind playing abroad. Massimo Bulleri scored for 16:8 when Italy recovered from the very beginning. Daniele Cinciarini's jump-shot closed the first period at 18:15 for the hosts. Another 4 consecutive points made the score 21:15 in the beginning of the second quarter. Even though Finland resisted a lot Italy won the half 41:36.
Giuseppe Poeta scored for relief as Italy had 61:52 with less than a minute in the third. Finland still remained alive and Huff made 62:54 after the third period. Trailing 65:57 the visitors cut to 75:72 and had four more minutes. Italy did not fall apart and could win the game. Daniele Cinciarini closed the game from the free throw line making the final, 88:80 score.
Italy will face Bulgaria on Saturday while Finland take on Serbia.

Italy: Giuseppe Poeta 20, Daniele Cinciarini 15, Marco Mordente 10, Massimo Bulleri 10
Finland: Hanno Mottola 20, Petteri Koponen 14


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  FRANCE   


ProA Trades: New signings in nancy and Toulon - by Chris Spiesser
Nancy ended its recruitement with the re-signature of Cyril Julian (206-F/C-75, agency: Octagon) for 1 more year and the venue of Rod Benson (208-F/C-84, college: California). Both will spend their minutes in the paint. Benson played only in D-League after having left California. Last year he was the US league's top rebounder with 12.1rpg completed by 13.8ppg. Nevertheless, the lorrains lost TJ Parker who'll be out for round 8 month with a knee injury. He could be replaced by a medical joker.

Hyeres-Toulon found also its center. It will be Myles Anthony (206-F/C-82, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Xavier) who played in China since 2005. Last year, he posted 25.9ppg, 8.8rpg, 2.0apg for the DongGuan New Century.


Parker shines over the Czechs in Latvia - by Eurobasket News
France-Czech Republic 89:66 (19-16, 23-21, 21-13, 26-16)

France won the last game of the friendly tournament held in Latvia. In the last game of the tournament the team overcame Czech Republic 89:66. The win was achieved mostly due to the second half. NBA star Tony Parker (183-G-80) led the winners with 30 points. Tariq Kirksay (199-F-79, college: Iona) netted 18, while Stephen Brun (202-F-80) added 10. Jiri Hubalek (211-C-82, agency: Interperformances) posted 19 and Lukas Kraus (201-F-84, agency: PPGroup) scored 10.
NBA star Parker was electric, pouring in a game-high 30 points and making all 10 of his free throws. France opened the game with 19:16 but had some difficulties with the opponent. The game remained even in the second period and again France was satisfied with 23:21 win. It gave them 42:37 at the half but the game remained tough.
Jiri Hubalek and his team could do nothing in the second half with the strong French squad. The latter produced 21:13 in the third period to be more confident in the last quarter. They added 26:16 in the last quarter to seal the second and the last win at the tournament. The game between Latvia and Georgia will close the Riga's Tournament tonight.
On September 3, France play Belgium in their opening EuroBasket qualifier, the Czechs host Bosnia-Herzegovina.

France: Tony Parker 30, Tariq Kirksay 18, Stephen Brun 10
Czech Republic: Jiri Hubalek 19, Lukas Kraus 10


Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket sign Drew Lavender - by Eurobasket
Hyeres-Toulon Var Basket agreed terms with 24-year old American guard Drew Lavender (170-G-84, college: Xavier, agency: CGL Sports). Lavender played most recently at Xavier University (NCAA) in the U.S. It will be his first year in professional basketball.

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Q&A with Jermaine Robinson - by Moritz Korff
Did you know that Jermaine Robinson (188-G-81, college: Cleveland St.) averaged 19.6 points as a senior at NCAA Division One's Cleveland State University in the 2003-04 season? Or that he dominated the Norwegian BLNO, scoring 23.6 points per contest for the Harstad Vikings only one year later? Learn more about the 26-year-old Philadelphia native in this interview.

From January until April 2008 you played for SSV Lok Bernau, averaging 19 points in 10 games. Any thoughts on this past season?
Well, I want to thank the coaches and their whole staff for giving me an opportunity to come and play in Berlin and also making a big impact and help the team.

What aspect of your game have you especially worked on during the summer?
I really tried to stay in shape because you never know when you gonna get a call from a team, and I also lifted weights to get stronger and put up a lot of jumpshots and also worked out with the University of Oregon Basketball team.

As a professional basketball player you spent time at clubs in Norway, Israel and Germany. Which has been the most exciting place to be?
I had fun in all the countries, the one that stuck out the most was Israel. I'ts a big-time league with beautiful cities and they loved basketball.

You enjoyed an outstanding collegiate career at Cleveland State University. One of your teammates has been Omari Westley, who will play with Noerdlingen in the 1. Bundesliga next season. Do you feel you can go the same way? I mean, you posted even better stats than him in college...
One thing I learned in this basketball business is that it's not about what you know, it's who you know. I don't have any connections anymore. Me and Omari are still good friends. We talk to eachother at least once a week to say hello. Do I feel like I can play in first league? YES ...I had a bad situation with an agent three years ago that just stopped working for players and Omari was one of the players who dealt with the same agent. After I left Israel I couldn't find an agent to help me. I was young and didn't know who to talk to or where to go. I feel like if any first league team gave me just a tryout they will be suprised what I can do... I'm not trying to put the third league in Germany down, but any player that played against me always asked me why was I in that league... All I can say to the people is: This is what you get with no agent. Nowadays I'm trying to make my way back to the big leagues where I belong. It's kind of hard for me because a lot of people don't respect German basketball, especially the league I was in for that short time.

If you should describe yourself as a basketball-player, what would you say?
A great combo guard that can score and run the point guard position and will defend and always trying to win ball games...

Where are you going to play in the 2008-09 season? Any plans yet?
I'm waiting on any team that's willing to give me a chance: mainerobinson215@hotmail.com

Check out his highlight clip: click


A Class Like No Other: Amherst Makes Large Stride Overseas - by Moritz Korff
The Amherst College mens basketball program has consistently produced student-athletes that have moved on to play at the professional level, and it is becoming more common for Division III athletes to further their playing careers overseas. But all five members of one graduating class signing professional contracts in the same summer? Thats unheard of.

The Class of 08 went 111-12 in four years at Amherst, won the programs first national championship in 2007 and made three consecutive Final Four appearances. Just three months after graduating, Andrew Olson '08, Kevin Hopkins '08, Fletcher Walters '08, Matt Goldsmith '08 and Brandon Jones '08 have all signed contracts to play professional basketball in Germany.

Read the whole story: https://www.amherst.edu/athletics/teams/winter/basketball-m/articles/2008-09/0826_professional


Julian Terrell signs for 99ers - by Moritz Korff
The Koeln 99ers have secured the capture of Julian Terrell (206-F-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Vanderbilt) on a one-year contract. Terrell spent this past season in Portugal and averaged 11.1 points, 8.5 boards, 1.7 assists and 1.1 blocks in 20 encounters for FC Porto, that reached the UZO-league finals and then fell short to Ovarense. The former member of Vanderbilt University had a four-month spell in the Bundesliga in his first year as a pro and produced 3.8 points and 3.6 rebounds through 5 Bundesliga-encounters, wearing the Quakenbrueck uniform.

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


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Upstairs Weert signs Yves Rogers - by Fred Roggen
This weekend Upstairs Weert contracted the promising young wing Yves Rogers (191-G-89). Rogers is a product of the Omniworld Almere youthacademy. Previous season he already played some games in the Eredivisie for Omniworld Almere. Rogers can play on the wing and the shooting guard position.
The newly 18-year-old Yves Rogers is a very athletic 1.91 high guard who can defend and shoot. He also will play for Upstairs Weert U-20 team from assistantcoach Thomas Roijackers.


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Serbia demolished Hungary in Group A - by Eurobasket News
Serbia-Hungary 94:60 (27-17, 17-15, 19-20, 31-8)

Serbia achieved their second convincing win in EuroBasket 2009 qualifying games. Tonight the team beat Hungary 94:60 with no chances for another result for the guests. Zoran Erceg (211-C/F-85) led the winners with 15 points. Uros Tripkovic (196-G-86) nailed 13, while Milenko Tepic (198-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) scored 11. Marton Bader (212-F/C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) collected 16 points and 12 boards in the losing effort, while Bence Simon (186-G-91) posted 15.
Hungarians came to Serbia after they surprised Italy in their first game on Saturday.
Milenko Tepic and Vujanic made the first points for Serbia from the arc as the hosts tasted 6:1 lead. Vujanic was the last to score at the end making the score 27:17 after the first 10 minutes. Uros Tripkovic increased the hosts' lead to 33:21 and Zoran Erceg made it 40:28. Hungary tried to recover but Velickovic sent the teams to the lockers for 44:32.
Trepak's three at the end of the third quarter kept the visitors within striking distance at 63:52. It seemed that the game was not over for Hungary as they had ten more minutes to improve the situation. Uros Tripkovic however hit another three-pointer and Milos Teodosic drilled a jumper to start a 13-0 Serbian run that gave the hosts a commanding 76:54 lead. The hosts led the game to 90:64 and improved to 2-0 in Group A.
Serbia will play against Finland for their next game on Saturday while Hungary will play also with Finland at home on September 3.

Serbia: Zoran Erceg 15, Uros Tripkovic 13, Milenko Tepic 11
Hungary: Marton Bader 16+12 rebs, Bence Simon 15


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Standings
IBL Standings
East
 1. Elkhart E. 16-1 
 2. Windy City S. 11-11 
 3. Holland B. 9-7 
 4. Battle Creek K. 7-8 
Midwest
 1. Gary S. 15-4 
 2. G.Rapids F. 6-10 
 3. Elgin R. 5-8 
 4. USA All-Stars 1-21 
Southwest
 1. Portland C. 11-13 
 2. Las Vegas 9-9 
 3. C.Oregon H. 8-15 
 4. Los Angeles 7-8 
 5. Shanxi Zh. 1-8 
West
 1. Vancouver V. 15-4 
 2. Bellingham S. 14-2 
 3. Snohomish C. 10-9 
 4. Edmonton C. 9-6 
 5. Tacoma J. 6-11 


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Ata lands Mcknight - by Yarone Arbel
The newcomer from Qiryat Ata landed their first foreigner for the upcoming season. US combo guard Brandon McKnight will be one of the club's main weapons after the sides signed a contract for the upcoming season.

McNight arrives to Israel from Solna Vikings from Sweden where he spent the previous season. He was a key part in Solna's run for the Swedish league title the past season. He averaged 22,4ppg, 5.1rpg, 5.1apg and 2.3 spg to bring the title back to Solna for the first time since 2003. The season before that was his debut year in Europe, when he played in Turkey for Buyuk Kolej Ankara but had fewer success. In college he spent four years at Purdue.


Jakobsen is not enough against Israel - by Eurobasket News
Israel-Denmark 85:53

Israel won the initial win in the Tournament of Four Nations in Tallinn. In the second game Israel proved the superiority over Denmark defeating them 85:53. The winners led 50:35 and easily achieved 1-1 record, the same as Denmark has. Yotam Halperin (196-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services) paced all the winners with 15 points. Yaniv Green (206-F-80, agency: ZAG Advocates) and Matan Naor (194-F-80) supported him with 9 points each, while Lior Eliyahu scored 8. Andreas Jakobsen (187-G-83, college: Columbia (MO)) shined for Denmark with 24 points and Nicolai Iversen (204-F-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: San Jose City JC) posted 12.
Israel recovered from yesterdays loss and destroyed Denmark in Day 2. Israel won the opening quarter 26:9 with a great offensive game. The winners did not stop and increased to 50:25 at the halftime.
Israel opened the second half with 9-0 run and improved to 59:25. The team dominated the whole court and controlled the whole game. It was not a big deal to lead to 85:53 and to achieve the victory.
In another game of the day the National team of Ukraine lost the second game of the Tournament of Four Nations in Tallinn. On Day 2 Estonia achieved another superb victory, beating Ukraine 79:66. Gregor Arbet led the winners with 17 points, while Janar Talts added 14. Lishchuk top-scored for the guests with 21 points, Kravtsov nailed 11 and Drozdov and Krivich added 10 apiece.
In the last day of the tournament Ukraine will face Israel, while Denmark will take on the hosts, Estonia.

Israel: Yotam Halperin 15, Yaniv Green 9, Matan Naor 9
Denmark: Andreas Jakobsen 24, Nicolai Iversen 12


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  ITALY   


Italy celebrates the initial win from the third time - by Eurobasket News
Italy-Finland 88:80 (18-15, 23-21, 21-18, 26-26)

Italy needed three games to win the first one in EuroBasket 2009 qualifying campaign. Group A saw Italy defeating Finland 88:80 in Chieti. Giuseppe Poeta (190-G-85) top-scored for the winners with 20 points. Daniele Cinciarini (194-G-83, agency: Interperformances) netted 15, while Marco Mordente (191-G-79) and Massimo Bulleri (188-G-77) had 10 apiece. Hanno Mottola (208-F-76, college: Utah) posted 20 in defeat and Petteri Koponen (193-G-88) scored 14. Italy began their Group A qualifying campaign with defeats to Serbia and Hungary so they are now 1-2.
Muurinen scored first points in the game as Finland did not mind playing abroad. Massimo Bulleri scored for 16:8 when Italy recovered from the very beginning. Daniele Cinciarini's jump-shot closed the first period at 18:15 for the hosts. Another 4 consecutive points made the score 21:15 in the beginning of the second quarter. Even though Finland resisted a lot Italy won the half 41:36.
Giuseppe Poeta scored for relief as Italy had 61:52 with less than a minute in the third. Finland still remained alive and Huff made 62:54 after the third period. Trailing 65:57 the visitors cut to 75:72 and had four more minutes. Italy did not fall apart and could win the game. Daniele Cinciarini closed the game from the free throw line making the final, 88:80 score.
Italy will face Bulgaria on Saturday while Finland take on Serbia.

Italy: Giuseppe Poeta 20, Daniele Cinciarini 15, Marco Mordente 10, Massimo Bulleri 10
Finland: Hanno Mottola 20, Petteri Koponen 14


Napoli completed his roster - by Stefano Pini
SS Basket Napoli completed his roster witth Kaniel Dickens (203-F-78, college: Idaho), a power forward that last season had big numbers at Colorado, NBDL (20,4 points, 5,4 rebounds). Fortitudo Pallacanestro announced the deal with Kieron Achara (208-F/C-83) a rookie that in his senior year jad 11,3 points and 4 rebounds at Duquesne. Jumaine Jones (201-F-79, agency: Octagon, college: Georgia) is risking a one year of disqualification to have signed a contract with 2 different teams: Armani Jeans Milano and Ural Great Perm if the two teams won't find a deal.

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Stats Leaders - LKL
LKL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Varnelis Alytus 18.5
2. Zavackas Siaul 18.3
3. Janisius Alytus 18.0
4. Pridotkas Nept 16.9
5. Sinica Sakalai 16.5
Rebounds Per Game
1. Janisius Alytus 8.6
2. Kuzminskas Siau 8.4
3. Niparavicius Sak 7.4
4. Urbonas Alytus 7.1
5. Varnelis Alytus 6.9
Assists Per Game
1. Collins Zalgiris 5.4
2. Hill Techasas 5.1
3. Kalnietis Zalgiris 5.1
4. Jordan Rytas 4.8
5. Dainys Neptunas 4.2
Steals Per Game
1. Eidson Rytas 2.5
2. Sirvydis Suduva 1.8
3. Jordan Rytas 1.8
Blocks Per Game
1. Leonavičius, Nev 2.0
2. Kuzminskas, Siau 1.6
3. Williams Techa 1.0
2FGP
1. Jankunas Zalgir 70.9
2. Petravicius Ryt 66.7
3. Pridotkas Nept 63.1
3FGP
1. Zavackas Siaul 55.6
2. Sinica Sakal 55.0
3. Varnelis Alytus 53.7
Free Throws
1. Nielsen Rytas 93.3
2. Zavackas Siaul 91.3
3. Gecevicius Ryt 90.0
Ranking
1. Varnelis, Aly 21.9
2. Zavackas, Siau 20.2
3. Stanevicius, Nep 19.8
4. Janisius, Aly 19.2
5. Dabkus, Atl 19.1


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Mexico Starts With Confidence - by Carlos Chapa

The National Team of El Salvador was no contest for Mexico, as this teams opened Group A in Chetumal.


The 1st quarter started with El Salvador missing layups and Mexico not taking advantage in the perimeter, however as time passed, Raymond Castillo (196-G/F-82, college: UTPA) responded with straight buckets for Mexico, the quarter ended 20-16 in favor of the locals, after a buzzer-beating 3-pointer by Salvador Bandek (181-G-78).


A 9-1 run in the first four minutes opened the lead for Mexico, the game then fell in a scoring drought by both teams, with no nation producing. El Salvador only made 3 points in the second period to end the half 36-19 in favor of the Mexican team, situation that eventually sentenced the game.


The locals were finally successful from the field, and outstanding on the board, with 18 offensive rebounds, 32 total. Salvadorians showed glances of a fast-paced game, however were only able to record a field goal percentage of 24%.
The game was decided, and the 4th quarter was used to give rest to starters, El Salvador could not do much, with 5 total points in the quarter.


Raymond Castillo was the leader in points for Mexico with 20, making 6 of 7 from beyond the arc. Ramses Benitez (210-C-79)was the high-man in rebounds with 8.
The best player for El Salvador was Fabio Molina (195-G/F-81), who made 6 points and 4 boards.
Final Result: Mexico 92-36 El Salvador



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Celtics land J.R. Giddens, Joe Crawford signed with Lakers - by Eurobasket News
Boston Celtics announced signing of J.R. Giddens (6'5''-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) on a two-year guaranteed contract. Reining NBA champion has an option to keep the player for another two seasons that could push value of the deal to around $5 million. Giddens graduated this year at University of New Mexico. He had 33 games in 07/08 averaging 16.3 ppg, 8.8 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.4 spg and 1.2 bpg. Actually those were his best digits in four years (first two at Kansas). At the end the season he was named 'All-MWC Co-Player of the Year -08'. During the summer Giddens had couple of workouts with Sacramento Kings, Los Angeles Clippers, Boston Celtics and Golden State Warriors. Later, Boston Celtic grabbed him as a 30th overall pick on this summer's NBA draft.

L.A. Lakers inked Joe Crawford (6'5''-G-86) but per team's policy terms of the contract are not announced. Lakers picked Crawford late in the second round this summer. He averaged wonderful 17.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 2.1 apg in his senior year at Kentucky. He progressively improved his digits since the freshman season when he had 3.2 ppg. Crawford participated at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament this summer playing only game but recording 19 ppg, 2 rpg and 2 apg. As Giddens, Crawford also had few workouts during the summer. His team was SEC Eastern Division Regular Season Runner-Up this year while Crawford was named 'All-SEC 2nd Team -08'.


Portland Trail Blazers ink Jackson, Hill and Tatum - by Eurobasket News
Portland Trail Blazers agreed terms with forward Luke Jackson (6'7''-F/G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Oregon), rookie guard Jamaal Tatum (6'2''-G-84, college: S.Illinois) and rookie center Steven Hill (7'0''-C-85).

Luke Jackson started last season in Toronto Raptors and later, actually in December, he joined D-League team Idaho Stampede. He played 19 games in NBDL averaging 13.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.2 apg and 1.1 spg. After those 19 games he signed with Miami Heat where he had 14 appearances in NBA regular season recording 5.6 ppg, 2.4 rpg and 1.2 apg. Very soon the team decided to waive him and he rejoined Idaho Stampede. Jackson, who graduated at University of Oregon, was 10th overall pick on 2004 NBA draft chosen by Cleveland Cavaliers. He played for the Cavs until October 2006, when he moved to Boston. In January he signed 10-day contract with Los Angeles Clippers while in March he got another 10-day deal but with Toronto Raptors. In April he extended until the end 06/07. Interesting is that Jackson finished his four-year career at Oregon as one of only two players in Pac-10 history who reached more than 1,900 points, 700 rebounds and 400 assists. Jackson remains the only player in Oregon history to rank in the Top-10 in nine categories.

Rookie guard Jamaal Tatum started last season in Atlanta Haws after what he moved to Idaho Stampede but didn't play any official game due to injury. Tatum came out from Southern Illinois in 2007 averaging 12.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.4 apg and 1.2 spg in 131 games in total. At his last one he had 5.2 ppg, 3 rpg, 2.4 apg and 1.2 spg. He was fourth overall pick in the 2007 NBA Development League draft.

Rookie center Steven Hill graduated this year at the University of Arkansas averaging 4.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg and 2.1 bpg in his senior year. After that he participated on Portsmouth Invitational Tournament adding 1.7 ppg, 3 rpg and 3 bpg for 3 games. His team made magnificent success this year becoming the NCAA champion.

Terms of the contracts are not announced.


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Todd Eisner hired as assistant coach at Creighton University - by Eurobasket News
Creighton University graduate Todd Eisner is returning to his alma mater to serve as an assistant coach, head coach Dana Altman announced today. Eisner has spent the previous eight seasons as the head coach at nearby Bellevue University.

Eisner posted a record of 226-56 (.801) in eight years at Bellevue, including seven trips to the NAIA II National Tournament and six Midlands Collegiate Conference titles. His 2004 and 2008 teams both reached the national championship game, and five of his final six teams finished the regular-season ranked in the top 10 nationally. All eight of his teams won 22 games or more.

Prior to arriving at Bellevue, Eisner was head coach at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wis., from 1995-99. While with the V-Hawks, Eisners teams went 79-54 and won the 1998 Midwest Classic Conference regular-season title and reached the Final Eight of the 1999 national tournament.

A native of Chilton, Wis., Eisner is a 1991 graduate of Creighton. As a player for the Jays from 1986-91, he helped CU reach the NCAA Tournament twice (1989 and 1991) and the NIT once (1990). He played in 97 games, including 64 starts, and totaled 502 points and 264 assists in his career.

After his college playing career ended, Eisner served on the Creighton staff as a graduate assistant (1991-92), restricted earnings coach (1992-93) and assistant coach (1993-94). He then spent the 1994-95 campaign as an assistant at Eastern Illinois before heading to Viterbo.

Eisner replaces Mike Maker, who left in July to accept the head coaching position at Williams College.

Courtesy of www.gocreighton.com


University of Pittsburgh adds Rasheen Davis to coaching staff - by Eurobasket News
University of Pittsburgh head coach Jamie Dixon announced the appointment of Rasheen Davis as the programs video coordinator on Wednesday.

Rasheen is an outstanding addition to our program, Dixon said. He brings with him an extensive background both in coaching and administration. He will also be a tremendous role model for our student-athletes.

Davis arrives at Pitt with a diverse coaching background both at the collegiate and high school levels. He served the 2007-08 season as a program assistant for the mens basketball team at the University of Louisville. Among his many duties under Head Coach Rick Pitino, Davis assisted in opponent scouting and film breakdown, monitored on-campus recruiting efforts and facilitated the programs daily schedules.

Prior to his stint at Louisville, Davis served as the assistant boys varsity basketball coach at national power Rice High School in New York City for two seasons (2005-07) under coach Maurice Hicks. During his two seasons at Rice, the program captured back-to-back New York State Archdiocesan championships and one city title in 2005-06, totaled a combined 57-9 overall record and finished both seasons ranked among the nations top-25 teams. Additionally, he worked extensively with the New York Gauchos AAU Basketball program, assisting Coach Dwayne Mitchell with the Under-17 boys team for three years. His chief duties with the Gauchos included player development and game preparation. Combining his high school coaching tenure, Davis has coached one McDonalds All-American, three Jordan Brand National All-Americans and six Jordan Brand Regional All-Americans.

A certified New York State School Counselor, Davis also served as a guidance counselor at the Foreign Language Academy of Global Studies in Bronx, N.Y.

Davis worked three years as an assistant coach at his alma mater St. Thomas Aquinas College (2002-05) in Sparkill, N.Y. where he played for two years and coached under 500-game winner Dennis ODonnell. He earned a bachelors degree in social science from St. Thomas Aquinas in 2002.

A Bronx, N.Y. native, Davis earned a Masters degree in guidance and counseling from the College of New Rochelle (N.Y.) in 2005.

Davis has one son, Isaiah Davis (5).

Courtesy of www.ncaa.com


Josh Anderson joins UIC - by Eurobasket News
UIC head coach Jimmy Colllins announced on Wednesday, Aug. 27 that Josh Anderson (Chicago, Ill./Simeon Career Academy) has joined the UIC men's basketball team.
Anderson, who is joining the Flames as a walk-on, is a 6-foot-3, 182-pound shooting guard who averaged 13.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game as a senior for Simeon last year. He led the Chicago Public League in free throw shooting percentage, hitting from the charity stripe at a rate of 98 percent during his final high school season.

'We're extremely happy to have Josh join the program,' said Collins. 'He comes in with outstanding athletic and academic credentials and will represent our University well as a UIC student-athlete.'

He helped the Wolverines win back-to-back state championships, two city titles and four conference crowns during his prep career. Anderson was an All-Red South Conference, fourth team all-city and fourth team all-state selection in leading Simeon to a state runner-up finish in 2007-08.

Anderson is the son of former NBA and University of Illinois star Nick Anderson, who Collins coached as a member of the Fighting Illini from 1987-89.

Courtesy of www.ncaa.com


Kieron Achara signs with UPIM Bologna - by Eurobasket News
Former Duquesne University forward/center Kieron Achara (6'10''-F/C-83) (Stirling, Scotland/Maine Central Institute) has signed a one-year contract with a two-year option to play basketball for UPIM Bologna it was announced today. Achara joins 2007-08 Duquesne teammates Reggie Jackson (Hogansville, Ga./Southern Union College) and Shawn James (Brooklyn, N.Y./Notre Dame Prep) who have also signed contracts with overseas professional teams this summer.

Achara, who had been playing for the British National Team since early August, was forced to give up his spot on that squad to join UPIM Bologna which opens camp on Friday.

'This is a very good situation for me,' said Achara. 'The team has invested a lot in me as a player. It is a good club in a very strong league. I'm looking forward to getting started.'

UPIM Bologna competes in the Serie A - known as the top professional league in Italy.

Achara finished his career ranked 19th on Duquesne's all-time scoring list with 1,240 career points and second in career blocked shots with 185. He tied for second-most games played in school history with 115.

Jackson, who played in 58 of a possible 59 games in two seasons at Duquesne, signed with the Newcastle Eagles of the top-tier British Basketball League earlier this month. Jackson, who completed his undergraduate degree just prior to signing, finished the `08 season with his scoring average at the highest of any point in his college career at 9.8 ppg.

Newcastle opens its season on September 26.

James, who chose to forego his senior season, signed a two-year deal to play for Bnei-Hasharon of the Israeli Basketball Super League in June. James set a Duquesne single-season record for blocked shots with 111 in his only season as a Duke. The 6-10 forward/center, who played two years at Northeastern prior to transferring, finished his career with 443 blocked shots in 83 career games. James' blocked shot total is the seventh-highest in NCAA Division I history.

Courtesy of www.goduquesne.com


Indiana's Crean Signs 10-year, $23.6 Million Contract - by Eurobasket
New Indiana basketball coach Tom Crean got the job security he wanted, signing a 10-year contract worth at least $23.6 million.
The deal includes an annual base salary of $600,000 and additional payments for promotional work, school officials said Tuesday. He will receive $1.4 million this season from outside income, a total that will increase slightly each year of the contract.
``I left a very special situation at Marquette when Indiana offered me this opportunity,'' Crean said in a statement. ``I wanted to make sure that if I left, I would be going to a place that would be a destination for my family and allow me to build a program for the long haul with the same security.''
Crean could earn up to $685,000 in bonuses if he wins a national championship. He'd get $125,000 for a Big Ten regular-season title and $125,000 if the Hoosiers reach the Final Four.
His contract includes a provision that allows Indiana to fire him if he or his staff commit NCAA infractions.
The school also will pay for season tickets to men's basketball and football games, travel costs for his wife and children to road games and the use of two cars.
When hired in April to replace the ousted Kelvin Sampson, Crean agreed to an eight-year contract, but the university added two more years last month.
Sampson and his assistants are accused of making more than 100 impermissible calls while Sampson was still under NCAA sanctions for a previous phone-call scandal at Oklahoma. Sampson was hired by Indiana in 2006. The NCAA has not ruled on the case.
Since February, the program has been revamped. Indiana bought out Sampson's contract for $750,000, and athletic director Rick Greenspan, who hired Sampson, announced he would resign in December. All but two players from last season's roster have either transferred or been kicked off the team.
``The process of restoring this great program is going to take a lot of time, more than probably any of us anticipated,'' Crean said.

Courtesy of NCAA


Rod Strickland named Tiger Director of Operations - by Eurobasket News
After hiring two new assistant coaches in the early portion of the summer, University of Memphis head coach John Calipari announced Tuesday that he has finished rounding out his staff for the 2008-09 season. Rod Strickland has been elevated to Director of Basketball Operations, while Lamont Peterson, Bilal Batley and Jason Walberg all are additions to the staff.

Peterson's position is the program's Administrative Assistant, while Batley is Assistant Director of Operations/Manager and Walberg is Assistant to the Recruiting Coordinator/Manager. All three are non-benefit, eight-month appointments.

The changes occurred this past spring after Chuck Martin and Derek Kellogg took head coaching positions at Marist and UMass, respectively. Tyrone Weeks (Tigers' Director of Basketball Operations for 2007-08) joined Chuck Martin's staff as an assistant coach, and Andy Allison (Assistant Director of Basketball Operations) and Shyrone Chatman (Assistant to the Recruiting Coordinator) moved to Amherst, Mass., to be on Kellogg's basketball operations staff.

'I'm ecstatic for Rod, and he deserves this promotion,' said Calipari. 'Rod has been with us through our last two successful runs we've had, and it's good for the program to have that stability and continuity.

'Lamont, Bilal and Jason each brings something different to the program. Lamont gives us maturity, while Bilal and Jason both bring a high energy and high-work capacity to their two spots.'

Strickland, who joined the Memphis basketball family in the summer of 2006, was promoted to Director of Basketball Operations from his previous position as Director of Student-Athlete Development. In his new role, Strickland is in charge in several 'behind-the-scenes' areas for the Tiger program, among them monitoring the student-athletes' academic progress, assisting with travel plans and coordinating recruits' on-campus visits.

Strickland's time with the Tiger program has been quite a successful ride. During his two years on the Memphis bench, the Tigers posted an amazing 71-6 record (.922 winning percentage), won back-to-back Conference USA regular season and tournament titles and reached the 2007 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight and 2008 NCAA Tournament championship game. The 71 wins are the second-most by a program in NCAA Division I basketball over a two-year span (Montana State won 72 games from 1928-29).

This past year, Memphis set an NCAA Division I record and a school mark for victories in a single season with 38 wins (38-2 record). The Tigers swept the Conference USA regular season and tournament titles and won the NCAA Tournament South Region crown en route to the NCAA Tournament championship game. Memphis' run to the Final Four was the program's first since 1985 and the NCAA title game appearance was its first since 1973.

Peterson joins the Memphis basketball program after working the last three years as Director of Discipline at American Christian School in Philadelphia, Pa. He also worked with the strength and conditioning program at American Christian. Outside of his duties at the school, Peterson served as a personal trainer, working with several Philadelphia area athletes such as Kyle Lowery (Villanova University/NBA's Memphis Grizzlies), Sean Singletary (University of Virginia/NBA's Sacramento Kings), Crystal Langhorne (University of Maryland/WNBA's Washington Mystics), Mustafa Shakur (University of Arizona), Wayne Ellington (University of North Carolina), Gerald Henderson (Duke University) and Tyreke Evans (University of Memphis).

This past summer, Peterson served as an assistant coach for the United States team in the 2008 Junior World Championships in Douai, France. The U.S. squad won silver at the tournament.

Batley takes over the spot as Assistant Director of Basketball Operations/Manager, while also continuing graduate studies toward a master's degree in Sports and Leisure Commerce. A 2007 graduate of the University of Oklahoma, Batley comes to Memphis after a year as a graduate manager at Indiana University. Prior to Indiana, the Houston, Texas, native served as a student manager at Oklahoma for two seasons and as a student assistant at Navarro College for three years.

For seven summers, Batley worked as an assistant coach/personal assistant at the John Lucas Pre-Draft Camp in Houston.

Walberg comes to Memphis as the Assistant to the Recruiting Coordinator/Manager after completing his collegiate playing career at Pepperdine last season. In two seasons in Malibu, Walberg averaged 9.8 points, 2.6 assists and 2.1 rebounds. He played in 22 career games for the Waves and started seven. Before transferring to Pepperdine, the Fresno, Calif., native spent two years (2004-05, 2005-06) at Saint Mary's.

In the 2004-05 campaign, Walberg played in all 34 games and made 20 starts. He averaged 4.2 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists in helping lead the Gaels to the NCAA Tournament. Walberg played only four minutes of Saint Mary's NCAA Tournament first-round game versus Southern Illinois, suffering a knee injury that forced him to redshirt the 2005-06 season. Earlier in the 2004-05 season, Walberg scored 11 points in an 81-66 loss to Memphis in the Coaches vs. Cancer semifinal in New York City.

Walberg earned his bachelor's degree in Communications from Saint Mary's in 2006 and his master's degree in Educational Technology from Pepperdine in 2007.

The Tigers' grand-opening to the 2008-09 season - Memphis Madness - is scheduled for Oct. 17 at FedExForum.

Courtesy of www.gotigersgo.com


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A Class Like No Other: Amherst Makes Large Stride Overseas - by Moritz Korff
The Amherst College mens basketball program has consistently produced student-athletes that have moved on to play at the professional level, and it is becoming more common for Division III athletes to further their playing careers overseas. But all five members of one graduating class signing professional contracts in the same summer? Thats unheard of.

The Class of 08 went 111-12 in four years at Amherst, won the programs first national championship in 2007 and made three consecutive Final Four appearances. Just three months after graduating, Andrew Olson 08, Kevin Hopkins 08, Fletcher Walters 08, Matt Goldsmith 08 and Brandon Jones 08 have all signed contracts to play professional basketball in Germany.

While head coach Dave Hixon 75 has seen upwards of 25 players go on to play professionally, he says the Class of 08 has broken new ground. On average, theres probably one guy in each class that has the potential to play professionally, says the Lord Jeffs coach of 31 years. Going 5-for-5 with one class is remarkable. Its unreal.

For Olson, furthering his basketball career was an easy decision. Playing basketball has been the real constant in my life, and I didnt want to stop playing competitively just because the NCAA said my four years were up, says the reigning national player of the year. I want to say good-bye to the game on my terms.

The five members of the Class of 08 will be representing five teams in three leagues, all in Germany. In an early August scrimmage, Walters (25 points and nine rebounds) led the Iserlohn Kangaroos to a 12-point victory over Olson (22 points and nine assists) and BBV Hagen in a matchup of Regionalliga 1 teams.

It was really weird playing against Andrew, says Walters. We just kept cracking jokes during the game.

The Class of 08 follows in the footsteps of former Amherst greats like Jim Rehnquist 77, arguably the best basketball player in program history. But no alum has helped open doors more than Ben Batory 94. Batory played for six teams in five countries from 1994 to 1998 and has helped to lay the groundwork for several Lord Jeffs. The young guys reach out to me from time to time for my advice and networking, says Batory, who advised Walters on how to market himself and helped Hopkins contact coaches in Europe. It is important to me that guys get to go over there and play ball, but its also very important that they do so as Amherst studentsas students of lifeand not as jocks. I try to hold the guys to that Amherst standard and have them learn from my experiences.

But this is far more than just the chance to have one last go-around on the basketball courtit is the opportunity to begin a new chapter of life. During his first year of playing professionally in Israel, Yram Groff 89 met his current wife, with whom he has had four children. Similarly, Gary Collins 77 met his wife just two weeks after arriving in Austria for his first of more than 15 years of professional basketball. Collins and his wife have four children and have lived in Vienna for 30 years.

Goldsmith has already secured an internship with a German consulting firm, Kon.m, courtesy of his new team, TV Werne. This is going to be one of the most valuable life experiences I will ever have, says Goldsmith, who had 15 points and eight rebounds in his teams second scrimmage. To have my friends so close to me is icing on the cake. Every young kid who plays basketball wishes that one day he can play professionally, and all of us are getting to do it.

Despite the players early success, being overseas has come with a price. Leaving the people I care about back home has probably been one of the hardest things I have done in a long time, says Jones, but I don't think I could have passed up an opportunity like this in good conscience.

The opportunity to continue my basketball career has been a roller coaster thus far, adds Walters. The last month has been a huge test of my perseverance. During the end of the first week, I received news that my grandfather passed away from pneumonia. He was my sports idol and a huge hero of mine. It meant so much to me to follow my grandfather's footsteps and sign a professional sports contract. (Walters grandfather played in Major League Baseball for the Cleveland Indians and the Kansas City Athletics in the 1950s.)

The hardships that come with being away from home make it that much more important to appreciate such an experienceanother of Batorys lessons. I told the guys to use their time overseas and to make it about more than just basketball, says Batory. Theyll draw on this experience the rest of their lives, so they need to make the most of it.

We are all very blessed to be playing in the same country, says Jones. I definitely feel like we are in divine favor with the way basketball has worked out since we've been a part of each others' lives.

I could not imagine or plan out a better situation than what we all have in front of us this year, says Olson. And its not so bad to get paid for something that you have always played for fun.

Hixon will undoubtedly miss his most recent graduating class, as a group of guys so talented comes around maybe once in a coachs lifetime. Still, those who were fortunate enough to watch Olson toss 50-foot alley-oops and make no-look passes to Goldsmith, Hopkins, Jones and Walters can rest easy knowing these 08s are still doing what they love to do most.

More importantly, theyre doing it together.

Courtesy of https://www.amherst.edu/athletics/


The Professional - SVC standout will continue his career overseas - by Moritz Korff
Nick Harrington (6'7''-F-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) says he wants to play in the NBA.

For a kid from Division III, he may as well say he wants to win the Lottery.

The thing is, when Harrington tells you about his long-term plans, eyes determined and sincere, it's easy to believe him. Maybe it's because he's already made so much of what would seem to be very little, taking the D-III basketball experience to a place few of his teammates at Southern Vermont College could have dreamed of, shattering school records and gaining national recognition along the way.

But for all the milestones the senior reached during the 2007-08 season, he outdid himself on Monday. Surrounded by his coach and school administrators, the 6-foot-7 power forward sat down at the dining room table of President Karen Gross' home, and signed a contract to play professional basketball in Germany.

Harrington smiled as the small crowd gathered applauded him and offered a toast.

It was another giant step toward his ultimate dream, and unprecedented for an athlete from SVC, which last year enrolled just 411 students.

The road to professional hoops began soon after Harrington's senior season ended. Having been named player of the week six times by the American Association of Division III Independents and having popped up in Sports Illustrated's 'Faces in the Crowd' section for his uncanny rebounding prowess, Harrington received multiple letters of interest from various European teams, with the lion's share coming from Germany. He then employed a German agent to circulate a highlight tape and gauge the sincerity of his would-be suitors.

As the weeks and months went by, both Harrington and SVC head coach Mike McDonough grew anxious, as the seven-and-a-half month German basketball season was fast approaching. In the end, the Cottbus White Devils put their offer on the table, and Harrington accepted on Monday, the day the White Devils began their 44-game regular season schedule.

'It's been a dream for a long time,' said a beaming McDonough. 'Nothing's been easy for him, and that's really an interesting part of his story because that's what rebounding is all about. It's not necessarily about how skilled you are. It's about how hard you work.'

'Growing up, I didn't have a lot,' Harrington said. 'So when I wanted to do something, I worked hard at it.'

Harrington's contract carries monetary compensation of 700 Euros a month (roughly $1,027 U.S.), plus paid room and board for the duration of the season. Because the majority of his time will be spent training, practicing and playing, Harrington said he'll be able to save most of the money. Any remaining spare time he gets will be devoured studying for his Sports Marketing course; Harrington is exactly one credit shy of earning an undergraduate degree from SVC, and passing the final class will put him on target to graduate in December.

The highly-structured nature of professional sports shouldn't catch him by surprise, either. During his sophomore year in 2004, Harrington took a semester off to put himself through an arduous 80-hour work week at two full-time jobs to collect tuition money. Monday through Friday, he worked a 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. shift making Corvette fenders at Vermont Composites then rushed across town to man a 3 to 11 p.m. shift testing batteries at the Energizer plant. When he got home, he'd have to head straight to bed so he could catch just enough sleep to do it all over again. Weekends brought no rest, either, as he used his only free hours to get in the gym and keep his basketball skills sharp.

His positive experiences at the college made it all worth it, he said, and Monday's contract signing was just one more affirmation.

'It'll definitely be different,' Harrington said. 'I love it here. Everybody loves me here. But now I'm going to another country where they can get to know me and love me like people did here.'

Regarding his NBA aspirations, Harrington said he understands the skepticism the notion is likely to be met with, but that he won't adjust his plans for anyone.

'They can take it for what they want, but my heart and dedication is going to the NBA,' he said. 'That's all I want to do. I'm determined to make it.'

Courtesy of http://www.benningtonbanner.com


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First Deepwater Discovery Battle for Supremacy: Four matches on the bill - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Four matches are on the billed in the day-1 of the First Deepwater Discovery Battle for Supremacy basketball tournament holding at the sports hall of the University of Lagos Sports Centre, Akoka from Thursday (August 28) through Saturday (August 30).

...First Bank Vs Delta Force Is a carry-over of the Zenith Bank Women Basketball league with the Elephant clearly the favourite having dominated the local scene in the last one decade.

The Adewumi Aderemi tutored one time Africa Champion are not leaving anything to chance in the battle for the half-a-million winner take all prize money dangled by the sponsor of the 3-Day event.

The second match of the day will be between 2005 Vmobile Challenge contest winner, Union Bank will take to the polished floor of the UNILAG sports centre against Savannah top rated side, Kano Pillars in a game that promises to be a thriller.

We are set for this competition and nothing except Union Bank can stop us from winning, declares Union Bank basketball club point guard, Sola Alayande.

Zenith Bank women league runner-up Dolphin basketball club of Lagos will engage Sunshine Angels basketball of Akure in a game of wit at 13.00 hours.

The Akure-based Angels coached by Nigeria U18 Women head coach Andrew Isokpehi is set to confirm her rating as the better side with a 2-1 record over Wale Aboderin Dolphin.

The last match of the Day-1 will be between two of the country best male club-sides, Ebun Comets basketball club and Niger Potters basketball club of Minna.

This is one match that fans cannot afford to miss going by the pedigree of both sides, while Potters can boast of experience players on its roll call Comets on the other hand is blessed with youthful players backed with a rich bench who can pull the rug off the feet of an unsuspecting side.


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  PANAMA   


Panamanian National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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Oglivie
4 Joel Munoz (179-G-80) of Magnates de Calidonia
5 Jair Peralta (178-G-76) of Caimanes de Rio Abajo
6 Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83) of Pallacanestro Roseto 1946 (ITA)

7 Maximiliano Gomez (196-G/F-75) of Caimanes de Rio Abajo
8 Jamar Warren (194-G/F-79) of Toros de Chorrillo
9 Isaac St.Rose (190-G-84) of Ferreteria Brenes Barva (CRC)

12 Reyjavick DeGracia (203-F/C-81) of Navieros de Colon
13 Orlando Ortega (196-F-81) of Caimanes de Rio Abajo
14 Jamahr Johnson (192-G-81) of Navieros de Colon
15 Ernesto Oglivie (199-F-88) of Caimanes de Rio Abajo


Centrobasket 2008: Geoffrei Silvestre crushes Panama in the opener - by Eurobasket News
Cuba - Panama 101-85

Cuba outplayed reining Centrobasket champions Panama in the opener 101-85. Spectators in Kuchil Baxal Coliseum in Cancun had an opportunity to enjoy watching Geoffrei Silvestre (202-F/C-79), who demonstrated wonderful performance leading his team 1-0 in Group B. As a reminder, except of these two teams Puerto Rico and Costa Rica are also placed in the same group.

Cuba showed slightly better performance in the first half. After opening ten minutes it was 27 -26. Cubans managed to extend lead to 43-40 until the half time. Crucial period of the game was third quarter. Cubans intensified defense and mostly owing to fantastic Geoffrei Silvestre created impressive 12-0 run for 70-54. Later, Cuba ended third period 29-19 having comfortable 13-point lead before the last frame. Panamanians weren't able even to threat during the last ten minutes. Actually, Cuba extended its lead even more finishing the game with plus 16. Panama recorded only 28% from behind the arc making 5 of 18 attempts. At the same time Panamanians also had not so good 48% for FG2. Cubans registered a bit better digits as well as 5 rebounds more, what was enough for comfortable win.

Geoffrei Silvestre paced Cuba to very important victory. He was totally unstoppable in this game nailing amazing 41 points and grabbing 6 rebounds for 38 minutes. He had 12/21 for FG2, 0/3 for 3-pts and 17/21 free throws. Allens Jemmott (193-G-80) followed him scoring 17 points (11 in the first half) while Michael Guerra (188-G-79) stopped on 12 points and 5 assists. Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: George Washington) shined in Panama collecting 33 points and 4 rebounds. Jamar Warren (194-G/F-79, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Missouri So.) stopped on 12 points and 5 boards. In the next round Cuba will take on strong Puerto Rico while Panama will meet Costa Rica.


Cuba - Panama 101-85
(27-26, 16-14, 29-19, 29-26)

Cuba:
Geoffrei Silvestre 41 (6 rebs), Allens Jemmott 17, Michael Guerra 12 (5 as)
Panama: Danilo Pinnock 33 (4 rebs), Jamar Warren 12 (5 rebs)


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  PORTUGAL   


Porto sign Burns - by Luis Rocha
Hes the second foreign player of the roster, Christian Burns (203-F-85, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Philadelphia) is coming to Porto, to play as a 4, and help the team to win the title.the new competition LPB in Portugal is making teams gathered all their efforts to find good players in order to be the most strong as posible. Porto is now looking for their third foreign player, and after that the roster will be closed. Rumours point to Julian Terrell, who play there last season and did it so well that the club wants him back.

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  PUERTO RICO   


Centrobasket 2008: Puerto Rico too strong for Costa Rica - by Eurobasket News
Puerto Rico - Costa Rica 85-68

Puerto Rico didn't have to work very hard in order to beat Costa Rica in the first day of Centrobasket Championship 2008. Jose Juan Barea (181-G-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Northeastern) and his teammates dominated during the entire time opening Centrobasket with 1-0 in Group B. Beside these two teams, Cuba and Panama are also placed in Group B.

Puerto Ricans were kind of sleepy at the early beginning, which Costa Rica exploited to make quick 3-9. It was a signal for Puerto Ricans to wake up, what they immediately done. Most owing to bench players Puerto Rico made a turn in just 4 minutes. Jose Juan Barea drained a triple at the end of the first frame setting the score on 20-14. Costa Ricans struggled a lot with their stroke in this game. It is maybe the only reason why they could treat Puerto Rico until the very end as Puerto Ricans weren't on such good level. However, it also seemed they play as much as it was necessary for the victory. After 36-27 at the half time, Puerto Ricans stated to make shots. They drained four triples in a row and six in total during third frame. Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, college: USC) took care for two long range strokes. At that point of game it was already clear which team will take it.

Jose Juan Barea was a key player for Puerto Rico. He spent 21 minutes on court scoring 16 points and dishing out 5 assists. Angelo Reyes (205-F/C-81) and Javier Mojica (190-G-84, college: Cent.Conn.St.) had 11 points each but Angelo Reyes had 11 more rebounds beside that. Spencer Jaffry and Henry Martinez (186-G/F-75, agency: Interperformances) netted 12 points apiece for the loosing side. In the next round Puerto Rico will meet Cuba while Costa Rico will take on the defending champion Panama.


Puerto Rico - Costa Rica 85-68
(20-14, 16-13, 24-18, 25-23)

Puerto Rico:
Jose Juan Barea 16 (5 as), Angelo Reyes 11 (11 rebs), Javier Mojica 11
Costa Rica: Spencer Jaffry 12, Henry Martinez 12


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  SERBIA   


Serbia demolished Hungary in Group A - by Eurobasket News
Serbia-Hungary 94:60 (27-17, 17-15, 19-20, 31-8)

Serbia achieved their second convincing win in EuroBasket 2009 qualifying games. Tonight the team beat Hungary 94:60 with no chances for another result for the guests. Zoran Erceg (211-C/F-85) led the winners with 15 points. Uros Tripkovic (196-G-86) nailed 13, while Milenko Tepic (198-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) scored 11. Marton Bader (212-F/C-80, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) collected 16 points and 12 boards in the losing effort, while Bence Simon (186-G-91) posted 15.
Hungarians came to Serbia after they surprised Italy in their first game on Saturday.
Milenko Tepic and Vujanic made the first points for Serbia from the arc as the hosts tasted 6:1 lead. Vujanic was the last to score at the end making the score 27:17 after the first 10 minutes. Uros Tripkovic increased the hosts' lead to 33:21 and Zoran Erceg made it 40:28. Hungary tried to recover but Velickovic sent the teams to the lockers for 44:32.
Trepak's three at the end of the third quarter kept the visitors within striking distance at 63:52. It seemed that the game was not over for Hungary as they had ten more minutes to improve the situation. Uros Tripkovic however hit another three-pointer and Milos Teodosic drilled a jumper to start a 13-0 Serbian run that gave the hosts a commanding 76:54 lead. The hosts led the game to 90:64 and improved to 2-0 in Group A.
Serbia will play against Finland for their next game on Saturday while Hungary will play also with Finland at home on September 3.

Serbia: Zoran Erceg 15, Uros Tripkovic 13, Milenko Tepic 11
Hungary: Marton Bader 16+12 rebs, Bence Simon 15


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  SLOVENIA   


Olimpija and Maurice Bailey mutually agree to release - by Matej Bergant
In light of its current roster, Union Olimpija has an overload at the guard positions. Olimpija and guard Maurice Bailey (183-G-81, agency: Larry Fox Services, college: Sacred Heart) have come to a mutual economic agreement to release Bailey from the second year of his contract so he can pursue other options in Europe. Last season at Olimpija, Bailey averaged 11.2 ppg, 2.3 assists and shot 50.5% from the field and 36.8% from the three in the Adriatic League, averaged 9.1 ppg and 2.2 assists and shot 48% from the field and 84.8% from the line in Euroleague and averaged 10.7 ppg and 2.1 assists and shot 48.6% from the field and 38.6% from the three in the Slovenian League. Olimpija's Director and CEO, Igor Dolenc stated, 'Maurice was an outstanding point guard for our club and was a true professional both on and off the court. Based upon the amount of guards on our roster, we understand Maurice's desire to seek out other opportunities in Europe and we respect him and everything he has done for our Club and want all the best for him.'

Olimpija, Bailey part ways, Elektra adds Tajnik and Cup - by Zeljko Zule

Union Olimpija officially parted ways with American guard Maurice Bailey (183-G-81, agency: Larry Fox Services, college: Sacred Heart) who last season averaged 9,1 points and 2,2 asists in 12 games of Euroleage, 11,2 points and 2,3 assists in 26 games of Adriatic League and 10,7 points and 2,1 assists in Slovenian League.

Elektra inked their former member Saso Tajnik (198-F/C-75) ex Rudar (B1) and Dejan Cup (202-F/C-83) ex Igokea Partizan for one year. Tajnik last season averaged 19,5 minutes, 6,9 points, 2,6 rebounds and 0,8 assists in 20 games of B-1 League and Cup averaged 10,4 points in 24 games of A1 Bosnian League (first stage).



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  SPAIN   


F.C. Barcelona and Mario Kasun part ways - by Natxo Mendaza
Spanish ACB runner-up F.C. Barcelona and Croatian center Mario Kasun (213-C-80) have parted ways according to the website of the Spanish club. Despite the fact that Kasun was still under contract, his future has been in jeopardy since the last season finished because of dissapointing performance. Kasun, who had to deal with tons of injuries and physical problems for the 2 years he stayed in Barcelona, averaged 6.6 points and 2.8 rebounds in 68 ACB League games during that period.

Obie Nwadike is already in La Seu d'Urgell - by Kasia
Obie Nwadike (192-F-85, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Cent.Conn.St.) has arrived on Monday August 25th to La Seu d'Urgell, where he will play with Sedis in EBA League, having been one of the stars of 1st National Division in Catalonia, where he averaged nearly 30 valuation in the last matches played with the UE Barber.
Obie Nwadike, forward / power forward Nigerian 1'92 born in 1985, was in his passage through the NCAA one of the stars of the league, with Central Connecticut State.

Obie Nwadike finished his last year NCAA with some exceptional numbers of 14.4 points and 10.7 rebounds in Division I. Only his meagre 1'92, and the fact that both play forward as power forward despite this stature, averted her leap to the NBA or the NBDL (developmental league).

Nwadike was the sixth highest rebound of the NCAA (Division I) in the 2006-2007 season, in addition to becoming the third most rebounds in the history of the Northeastern Conference with a total of 980 rebounds in his four years in college.

In February 2008 came to Spain to play until end of season with the UE Barber on 1st National Division. Within weeks already caused impact on competition, and taking the MVP award in several days and accumulating an average of 30 valuation.


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  SWITZERLAND   


Starwings Basket extends Sheray Thomas, new president in BBC Monthey - by Dragan Jankovski
Starwings Basket Regio Basel announced signing of Sheray Thomas (203-F-84, college: Kentucky). Canadian power forward joined Starwings Basket during the summer 2007. He played 22 games in LNA ending it was a fourth rebounder with 9.8 rpg. At the same time he also averaged 1.4 3ppg, 1.6 apg and 1 spg. Starwings Basket succeeded to reach play-off semifinals but Lugano Tigers stopped it 3-2. The team also managed to get into the semifinal of National Cup. Thomas graduated at Kentucky University in 2007. At his season year he had 33 appearances in NCAA1 adding 2.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 1.3 apg. Interesting is that year before he registered slightly better digits. Thomas was a member of Canadian U21 National Team which participated at Global Games in Dallas in 2004 while three year later he got an invitation to joined senior team. His Kentucky reached NCAA Tournament Elite Eight in 2005.

BBC Monthey announces changes in management board of the club. New president of the team will be Christophe Grau. He will replace Jean-Marc Tornare on that position. Alain Biard is named vice-president of the club while Francoise Besse is general secretary.


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  TPBL   


TPBL TEAM TRYOUTS : SAN ANGELO , TX CHAPARRALS - by Chris Cardenas

SAN ANGELO, TX - will be the location for the 2009 SAN ANGELO CHAPARRALS team try outs. The Chaps had another tough run at a championship but came up short to the defending TPBL champs the Midland Heat. Alll players are asked to bring your own work out gear and be prepared to work out twice in one day. All players are welcome to try out but should know in advance that the team is looking for players wanting to win championships!!!! Here is the try out information :

WHAT : TPBL TEAM TRY OUTS
TEAM : SAN ANGELO CHAPARRALS ( 3 TIME TPBL CHAMPS)
WHERE: SAN ANGELO , TX
WHEN: SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 27, 2008
TIME : 1ST WORK OUT- 10:00 AM

2ND WORK OUT - 2:30 PM
TRY OUT FEE : $125
DEADLINE FOR ENTRY FEE AND REGISTRATION FORM : SEPTEMBER 20

for a tryout form or more information on the TPBL contact league owner Chris Cardenas : 325-763-6630 or email : cardenas_chris@yahoo.com



TPBL TEAM TRYOUTS: SAN ANGELO,TX CHAPARRALS - by Chris Cardenas

San Angelo, Tx .Will be the location for the 2009 SAN ANGELO CHAPARRALS team tryouts . The Chaps had another tough run at a championship but came up short to the defending TPBL champs the MIDLAND HEAT. All players are asked to bring your own work out gear and be prepared to work out twice in one day. All players are welcome to try out but should know in advance that the Chaps are looking for players wanting to win championships!! Here is the tryout info :

WHAT: TPBL TEAM TRYOUTS FOR ( SAN ANGELO CHAPARRALS)
WHEN: SAT SEPT. 27TH
TIME: 1ST WORK OUT - 10:00 AM
2ND WORK OUT- 2:30 PM
TRYOUT FEE: $125
DEADLINE FOR ENTRY FEE AND REGISTRATION FORM: SEPT. 20

For more information call: 325-763-6630 or email : cardenas_chris@yahoo.com


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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO   


US coaches: T&T players lack fundamentals - by Don Farrell
TALENTED and athletic is how the coaches of Claflin State University and Delaware State University basketball teams described local players, following their week-long visit to Trinidad and Tobago earlier this month.

The two United States university squads were in T&T to fulfill previous arrangements made by the National Basketball Federation of Trinidad and Tobago (NBFTT) on behalf of the Sport Company of Trinidad and Tobago (SPORTT).

Claflin State University campaigned in Division Two of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC), where they finished the 2007-08 season with a 24-2 record.

Speaking to the Express at the Jean Pierre Complex, Port of Spain, Claflin's head coach RE Woodard observed that local players are athletically sound, but lack the necessary skills and fundamentals to be effective in execution.

'You have got a lot of good athletic players here,' said Woodard, who has been the coach of Claflin State University for the past five years and a coach for 15 years overall.

He added: 'But they are not fundamentally sound and they need to work on that if they are to be effective in their execution.'

Woodard also said, despite their weakness, T&T players can become very dangerous if 'you allowed them to stick around in the game'.

'They could be very scary on the floor if you allowed them to hang around because they have the size, they are alert and they are very quick over the floor,' said the Orangeburg-based university coach.

Keith Walker, coach of Delaware State University who placed fourth in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference last season, also highlighted similar sentiments to that of his countryman.

'What you have here are players who have extremely good athletic ability, speed and skills that need refining,' said Walker.

According to Walker, systems must be put in place to develop the players' all-round capabilities, so their skills can be refined.

'The players need some development programmes to help them acquire the basics of the game so they can be very competitive throughout,' Walker explained.

On court in T&T, both US universities played four games apiece against local all star teams and were victorious in all of them and in commanding fashion.

They came up against zonal champions Petro Jazz of the South Zone and perennial East Zone powerhouse UTC Maloney Pacers.

They were also triumphant over a North Zone Under-23 squad, North Zone Seniors plus a T&T Senior All Star line-up at the Jean Pierre Complex last week.


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Virgin Islands outlasts Dominican Republic, 83-74 - by David Edole
The Virgin Islands Senior mens basketball team unleashed their version of lethal weapon three as the men from Americas Paradise defeated Dominican Republic 83-74 Wednesday night in Centrobasket 2009 preliminary opener for both teams.
The trio consisted of Kevin Sheppard (182-G-79, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Jacksonville), Cuthbert Victor (196-G-83, college: Murray St.) and the lethal Jason Edwin (196-G/F-81, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Kent St.) with each player flashing their respective talents in the game.
The trio showed their metal in the final 1:38. Edwin took a tough shot and missed but was saved by Victor who scored on a put back with his left hand to give the VI, 74-71 lead. On the ensuing possession, Edwin defended by Sacramento Kings guard Francisco Garcia used a pick and nailed a three pointer to extend the lead, 77-71. After a Garcia free-throw that trimmed the lead. Victor showed his versatility when he got the ball on top of the key, being defended by Atlanta Hawks Al Horford, drove to the lane and found Kevin Sheppard in the corner all by himself for a long two-pointer to put the game out of reach.
Sheppard, Victor and Edwin combined 49 of the 68 shot attempts and 20 of the 25 rebounds.
Sheppard tallied a game high 25 points with Victor and Edwin dropping 22 points apiece.
Al Horford led Dominican Republic with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Kelvin Pena tallied 16 and Franklin Western chipped in with 12. Francisco Garcia whom fouled out was held to six points.
VI continues its win streak over Dominican Republic that started in 2001Centro Basket with a 101-92 win followed by 2002 Caribbean Basketball Championship that was held on St. Thomas (55-52) and again in 2006 CentroBasket (91-60). The V.I. overall record versus DR improves to 3-7 lifetime.
Dominican Republic has earned six medals in Centrobasket: two of gold (1977 and 2004), two silver (1995 and 2003) and two bronze (1997 and 1999).
Since 1965, Puerto Rico leads Centrobasket historic standings with an impressive mark of 114-17, followed by Cuba (80-40), Panama (69-42), Mexico (65-43) and Dominican Republic (60-55). With the win the Virgin Islands record improves to 30-50. El Salvador (8-31) and Costa Rica (4-27) rounds out the field.
The V.I. will play Mexico on Thursday night at 9 p.m. To follow the team log onto to fibaamerica.com. Mexico destroyed El Salvador 92-36 in its opener.


Virgin Islands National team for Centrobasket 2008 - by David Edole
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After much prodding and a use of a cattle prod, I got a glimpse of what the Virgin Islands national team looks like. My sources gave me eleven names that will participate in the 2008 Centrobasket tournament that will be held in Mexico. And they are:

Kevin Sheppard (182-G-79) of Conquistadores de Guaynabo (PUR)
Cuthbert Victor (196-G-83) of Melilla Baloncesto (ESP)
Jason Edwin (196-G/F-81) of Marinos de Anzoategui (VEN)
Jabari Samuel (203-F) of Weatherford JC (USA)
Kitwana Rhymer (208-C-78) of Hanzevast Capitals Groningen (NED)
Calvert White (191-G/F-75) of Jam Squad
Stephen Hodge (187-G-77, college: Edward Waters)
Michael Ford (196-F-86, Northwood)
Rick Lewis (201-F, college: Benedict)
Kashif Gumbs (185-G-87, college: State Fair CC)
Craig Williams (203-F-90)

This tournament takes place from the 27th to the 31st of August and will be played between the cities of Cancun and Chetumal, Mexico. This competition will reward the best four teams with the right to play at the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship, tournament that is a qualifier for the 2010 FIBA World Championship for Men.

The national teams that are scheduled to participate are Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Mexico, Panam, Dominican Republic Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

FOLLOW THE TEAM ON THE NET
MediaSports, a sporting events on-demand transmission via the Internet and FIBA Americas have reached an exclusive agreement to cover the upcoming 2008 CentroBasket Championship. Click here for more information. OR just log onto FIBA AMERICA.

PAST PRERFORMANCE IN MEXICO
The last time the Virgin Islands played in Centrobasket 2003 in Mexico, the Cagers lost three games by a total of four points. The team lost to Mexico in the Bronze Medal game 78-76. The team played without starters Kitwana Rhymer (broken leg) and Raja Bell (suspended for two games) whom got into WWE action with Puerto Rico in a semifinal game. Was Cuthbert Victor fouled with time on the clock? We will never know. The V.I. team lost, 87-86. Additionally the Virgin Islands lost to Mexico in pool play 92-91 in overtime.

Group A Schedule:
Group A: Republica Dominicana, Mexico, Virgin Islands, El Salvador (Chetumal, Estado de Quintana Roo, Mexico).

Wednesday 27 of August

6:00 PM Opening Ceremony
6:30 PM Mexico vs El Salvador
9:00 PM Virgin Islands vs Republica Dominicana

Thursday, 28 of August:

6:30 PM Republica Dominicana vs El Salvador
9:00 PM Virgin Islands vs Mexico

Friday, 29 of August

4:00 PM El Salvador vs Virgin Islands
6:30 PM Mexico vs Republica Dominicana

Group B Schedule:

Group B: Puerto Rico, Panama, Cuba y Costa Rica (Cancun, Estado de
Quintana Roo, Mexico).

Wednesday 27 of August

6:00 PM Cuba vs Panama
8:30 PM Opening Ceremony
9:00 PM Costa Rica vs Puerto Rico

Thursday, 28 of August:

6:30 PM Panama vs Costa Rica
9:00 PM Puerto Rico vs Cuba

Friday, 29 of August

6:30 PM Costa Rica vs Cuba
9:00 PM Puerto Rico vs Panama

Saturday 30 of August: Semifinal (1A vs 2B, 1B vs 2A)

Sunday, 31 of August: Final



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  UBL   


In My Own Defense - by Mac Claire

Recently, I have been attacked on the US Basket forums. I have been acused of scamming people into the league mainly.

This is simply not true.

Just to bring everyone up to speed: I founded and ran the United Basketball League. We completed our first season in July.

During the season there were numerous problems ranging from the two teams that backed out at the very start of the season to issues with how referees were getting paid to a difference of opinion where VP Ozzie Denson and I were concerned. Ozzie and I always tried to work together, but at times he took over and did things before I had the chance to say to do it or to not do it. Truth is, some of what he did worked out well, but it seemed like at times I was the last to know what was taking place.

Here is some of what I had to deal with: before the season started I told everyone that I needed to know about everyone playing on UBL teams. I never got final rosters with two exceptions, and then a third one came to me when the season was almost over.

I also had to deal with a gentleman who originally joined the Soul in the sales & marketing department. He was told that he would be paid commission only. He agreed. He never brought anything to the Soul inspite of his efforts. He became coach of my semi-pro club, the South Texas Showboats. He wanted to have games for his players against other teams but the league was not quite ready when he was. He was pushy actually.

Out of kindness and out of appreciation for his efforts to get the Soul and the league sponsors, I gave him a little money with intentions of giving him more later. I didn't owe him this, but I was trying to do right by him.

What did he do? Because I didn't give him any more money when he needed it, he had his players send me text messages saying that if he was fired, they would quit. This happened after the person in question and I had a less than pleasant discussion. It was at that point that I felt I had to let him go because my hands were tied.

His next move was to put the Showboats in the ABA. I have the rights to the name ON PAPER, but I'll go ahead and fight the fights that need fighting. I'll leave that alone.

There was this mess with the referees getting paid, and without going into details about it, I will tell you that I was mostly at fault for what happened, and everything was taken care of, and some of those referees will be with the URBL next season.

Websites: Before Denson joined the league, we had a website. Denson had this idea that I agreed with, having all the team sites operated by the same company. Denson knew someone that did websites and he offed a good price for everyone, and we went with it. So it became his guy, his site.
Denson did pay for the league site, it should be noted. I mention this because there were questions about the UBL site in the forums. I'll also say that I was willing to keep the league site updated.
Denson didn't even trust me enough to let me post scores. Whoops, the owners didn't even notify me of scores or stats or anything else.

Some of the teams were brought into the league by Denson, as he has reminded me many times. These teams did not take care of their financial obligations to the league. Denson and I tried to help teams out because it was obvious early on that teams were not going to make the money we had expected them to make. Even then, owners did not attempt to do what they needed to do.

Part of the reason we have gone our separate ways is that Denson had a group of the owners following what he said. I called for conference calls weekly but only a couple of teams were represented with regularity. Ozzie would call for meetings sometimes, or he would call for conference calls, and you would think that he was the commissioner. This is not a jealousy thing, but it is to illustrate that I had a tough time, and the league had a tough time too. I didn't like the divison, and then when one owner siad that I was at fault for the divison, I decided right then that I didn't want to be with the same group if this was how they felt.

We all had financial issues, myself included. I had a system in place, a system brought to me by an owner. The idea was to make sure players got paid and on time without owners carrying this burden of a payroll of a minimum of $700.00. The players certainly should have been paid if this system was followed, but not everyone did. If any players did not get paid, that should be taken up with the team owner. That includes me. I found out tonight that a player who was to have played for the Knights but didn't, feels that he was wronged. Supposedly he paid his registration fee and never heard form me again. that's what I saw on the forum. Whoever this person is, I urge him to get back to me. But that's not true.

People on the forum wanted me to answer questions and I wanted to say things without it seeming like I was blaming anyone else for the failures of the league. I fully realize that as the head man, it all falls in my lap. I've been forced to come out and defend myself here. Believe me, under the URBL, I won't make the same mistakes as I did this past season.

I changed the name to the URBL because for one thing, it represents a new beginning. Ozzie wanted to run his own league and he seemingly wanted the UBL name.
I basically gave him my blessing. I wish him and those who follow him well.

Someone who calls himself bballwatchdog in the forum said through a private message that he is asking US Basket to investigate me and the league becuase he thinks I am a scam artist.
I admit that I made mistakes, but I never scammed anyone. Don't buy what he's selling.



Standings
UBL Standings
Northern Division
 1. Arkansas W. 0-0 
 2. Okl.City O-P 0-0 
 3. N.Missouri H. 0-0 
 4. Dallas O. 0-0 
Southern Division
 1. SanAntonio S. 0-0 
 2. San Marcos 0-0 
 3. S.Texas S. 0-0 
 4. Texas W. 0-0 


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  UKRAINE   


Reminding the markets... - by Alexander Muzyka

Looking for the current rosters by friendlies:

- Cherkasy Monkeys were stronger than Rilski Sportist with the following roster: Vladislav Dragoljovic (21 + 7 rbs), Vitali Kovalenko (14 + 7 rbs), Feliks Kojadinovic (14), Pavlo Revzin (13 + 9 rbs), Oleksi Poltoratskyi (8), Bobby Dixon (5), Yuri Lokhmanchuk (3), Stanislav Sokur (2), Maksym Parkhomenko (2)

- Khimik is back from Serbia. They lost last warm-up to Partizan 51:58 with: Jarrius Jackson (15), Sasa Bratic (9), Andri Korochkin (8), Oleksandr Sabutskyi (5), Olumuyiwa Famutimi (4), Goran Cakic (4), Stanislav Zavadskyi (3), Oleksandr Riabchuk (3), Oleksandr Sizov (0), Dmytro Khodov (0), Serhi Popov (0).

- Budivelnyk made the best vs Bremen Roosters 79:73 by Brian Wethers (16), Michael Chappell (15), Scott Merritt (11 + 5 rbs + 4 ast), John DeGroat (11), Bogdan Karebin (9), Derrick Zimmerman (8), Rasean Dickey (8), Artem Slipenchuk (1), Volodymyr Orlenko (0). Serhi Horbenko (0), Oleksandr Alekseienko (0), Yuri Kravets (0)

- BC-93 Pulsar has Oleksandr Nerush, Yuri Korshunov and Dmytro Briantsev in its roster. Viacheslav Kovalevskyi has ended his player's career.

- Roman Lutsenko left BC Donetsk for playing in Dnipro-Azot.


- Dnipro lost to Prokom Trefl 70:87 having Hryhori Khyzhniak (15), Luke Anderson (14), Maksym Vilkhovetskyi (11), Denys Ivanov (7), Viktor Kobzystyi (5 + 6 rbs), Stanislav Tymofeienko (204-F-89) (4).


- BC Odesa made a press-conference for announcing the roster: Brian Tolbert, Adrian Pledger, Andri Lebedyntsev, Justin Love, Vladyslav Podolian, Yuri Fraseniuk, Yevhen Pastushenko, Andri Kalnichenko, Otis Hill, Serhi Sabutskyi, R.T. Guinn, Marko Kolaric. Head coach: Vitali Lebedyntsev with assistants Oleg Yushkin and Oleksandr Chausov.



The National team loses second in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News
Estonia-Ukraine 79:66

The National team of Ukraine lost the second game of the Tournament of Four Nations in Tallinn. On Day 2 Estonia achieved another superb victory, beating Ukraine 79:66. Gregor Arbet (195-F/G-83) led the winners with 17 points, while Janar Talts (204-C-83) added 14. Sergiy Lishchuk top-scored for the guests with 21 points, Vyacheslav Kravtsov (212-C-87) nailed 11 and Artur Drozdov (198-G-80) and Krivich added 10 apiece.
Recently Ukrainian National Team registered their second win at the International Basketball Tournament in Kiev and finished the contest at the second spot. They defeated Estonia 97:64 to improve to 2-1 record. Estonia in the meantime suffered their second loss and stayed at the third spot at 1-2 record. And tonight Ukraine won the opening quarter 27:20 to prove the ambitions of the strong team. Two three-pointers however by Gert Kullamae started the hosts' 8:0 run. Gert Dorbek (187-G-85) added two three-pointers and Estonia led 47:36. Both squads went to the lockers for 49:44, while in the third period Estonia was in front 63:57. There was no real contest anymore in the last period as the hosts showed remarkable defence and won firmly 79:66.
In another game of the day Israel recovered from yesterdays loss and destroyed Denmark 85:53. Israel won the 1st quarter 26:9 and won the first half by double margin 50:25. They started 3rd quarter with a 9:0 run, going ahead 59:25 and the rest was a pure formality.

Estonia: Gregor Arbet 17 points, Janar Talts 14
Ukraine: Sergiy Lishchuk (210-C/F-82) 21, Vyacheslav Kravtsov 11, Artur Drozdov 10, Krivich 10


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  URUGUAY   


Atenas defeated Bigua, the defending champions - by Hector Lopez
Atenas defeated 89-72 the defending champions, Bigua, in theopoening round of the Uruguayan League. The results and import layers were:
Atenas 89 - Darryl Dora 14 points and 7 rebounds, Marques Lewis 6 and 8.
Bigua 72 - Kevin Young 10 points and 8 rebounds, Victor Ramalho 6 and 7
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MAlvin 81 - Anthony Washington 16 points Jarret Stephens 12 points and 9 rebounds
Defensor 74 - Chris Jackson 10 points and 14 rebounds, Brian Woodward 13 and 6
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Tabare 104 - Ryan Blankson 22 points and 11 rebounds Clarence Matthews 13 and 9
Sayago 80 - Charles Burgess 22 points and 4 rebounds, Brandon Hassell 6 and 7
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Trouville 88 - Levi Stukes 25 points, Jemere Hendrix 9 points and 13 rebounds
Welcome 71 - JR Morris 17 points and 7 rebounds Brad Kanis 11 and 7
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Bohemios 79 - Anthoni Rice 5 points 6 reboudns and Albert Burditt 13 points and 6 rebounds
Paysandu 72 - Jeffrey Ferguson 12 points, Austin Montgomery 9 points and 5 rebounds
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Hebraica 80 - Corey Smith 26 points
Cordon 60 -'Pop' Thornton 8 points and 11 rebounds

Paysandu and Union Atletica will play tonigth.


Standings - LUB
LUB Standings
 1. Hebraica 1-0 
 2. Trouville 1-0 
 3. Atenas 1-0 
 4. Malvin 1-0 
 5. Bohemios 1-0 
 6. Tabare 1-0 
 7. Olimpia 0-0 
 8. Un.Atletica 0-0 
 9. Bigua 0-1 
 10. Cordon 0-1 
 11. Welcome 0-1 
 12. Defensor 0-1 
 13. Sayago 0-1 
 14. Paysandu 0-1 


Atletico Bigua sign Charles Thomas - by Eurobasket
Atletico Bigua added to their roster 22-year old American forward Charles Thomas (203-F-86, college: Arkansas, agency: CGL Sports). Thomas played most recently at The University of Arkansas (NCAA) in the U.S. It will be his first year in professional basketball.

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  VENEZUELA   


Vargas and Aguilera beat Osorio and Polanco in Mexico - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan players Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) and Tomas Aguilera (198-F-77) faced countrymen Roque Osorio (206-C-76) and Johnathan Polanco (190-G-82) in a friendly match between mexican teams Fuerza Regia de Monterrey and Venados de Nuevo Laredo, which ended with a victory for the Monterrey squad, 89-56, in preparation for the upcoming Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional (LNBP).

Vargas and Aguilera, whom are also teammates in Venezuela's LPB as members of Trotamundos de Carabobo, scored 17 and 15 points, respectively, and got help from Mark Phillips (198-C), Felipe Sanchez (202-F/C-74) and Juan Garcia (170-G-77) down the stretch for the triumph. Nuevo Laredo's best players were Venezuelans Osorio and Polanco and American Michael Gale. Osorio met with local journalists after the match. 'I felt very tired during the whole match, I didn't feel like I had enough strength to run the court and I think the training sessions have been really tough'.

Osorio shared the 2008 season of LPB between Panteras de Miranda and Gatos de Monagas, while Polanco last played in Venezuela in 2006 for Guaiqueries de Margarita. He was born in the Dominican Republic but has the Venezuelan nationality as well, though his official residence is New York in the United States.


Carl Herrera, assistant coach for Duros de Lara - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Legendary player Carl Herrera (206-C-66), who's been sharing time between playing and coaching lately, has been signed by Duros de Lara for the role of assistant coach and he already joined the team trainings at Napoleon Rodriguez Arena of Barquisimeto, alongside head coach Ivan Garcia and assistants Silverio Leal and Daniel Seoane .

Herrera performed the same role recently for Venezuela's Senior NT alongside Gustavo Garcia and working for head coach Nelson Solorzano . They went along to the South American Championship in Puerto Montt, Chile, and guided the team to the third place, enough to get the ticket for the 2009 FIBA Americas World Cup Qualy in Mexico. It was his first step in the transition from player to coach, after a tough injury forced him to undergo surgery having played only one game in the LPB 2008 season for expansion franchise Deportivo Tachira.

The 42 year-old player, the first Venezuelan ever to play in the NBA and also the first Latin American ever to win an NBA championship ring -he did it twice with the Houston Rockets in 1994 and 1995- has a 22-year career in pro basketball that has not ended despites this recent turn into the role of assistant coach. 'I'm here willing to work and teach young players' he said. He was contacted by general manager Armando Becker (196-G-66), a former teammate of his in Venezuela's Senior NT and Guaros de Lara.

'After receivings lots of proposals and going through lots of things in the past few months, I decided to dedicate a little bit more time to the job I want to do in the near future and that's why I'm here to gain more experience as assistant coach', Herrera said of his new role for Duros. 'Maybe in a year or two years I get the chance to be a head coach, but time will tell about that. For now I'm not quitting as a player. Whenever I feel I can't go on, I'll stop doing it', he added.

Herrera asked lots of questions on the team's performance in Week 1 of LNB 2008 against Caciques de Trujillo and wanted to know a little bit more about the roster and the moves that are taking place in the league. 'From what I understand, we've got a pretty good posibility of reaching the Finals, and though Diego Guevara (184-G-77) has to go to Colombia, I'm sure that Heissler Guillent (191-G-86) will be able to assume his role while he comes back'.

Working next to Ivan Garcia sure pleases him as well. 'We've got the same experience in that sense, him as a coach and myself as a player. I talk a lot to my teammates on and off court and I try to make them be aware of things both in the offensive and the defensive end, help them keep the tactics fresh in their minds and be ready to adjust whenever something wrong goes on inside the court'.

Coming back to Barquisimeto, where he played a couple of LPB Finals for Guaros back in 2005 and 2006, is also satisfying. 'I thank the fans of Barquisimeto a lot because, in the end, they understood the way they were supposed to support the team and they were right next to us cheering in those Finals, though later on we had a bad year. I still think about the fact that we were unable to give them the championship the eagerly wanted. Those were very good years for me. People was very respectful and I loved them very much'.




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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Bendigo secures sister act - by Eurobasket News
Bendigo Spirit are keeping it all in the family by signing sisters Kelly Wilson (168-G-84) and Andrea Wilson.

Kelly was the WNBL Rookie of the Year in 2003 while playing for the Australian Institute of Sport, spent the past few seasons playing for Townsville and has previously played for the Bendigo Lady Braves in the SEABL.

Andrea is a championship winning guard with the Bendigo Lady Braves and was part of the Spirits inaugural team.

Both sisters who are originally from Leongatha in country Victoria provide a dynamic combination that will significantly contribute to the success of the Spirit this season.

Spirit Head Coach Bernie Harrower said it was great that the Spirit is able to give two sisters from country Victoria the opportunity to play together at the highest level in Australia.

Kelly is an established point guard in the WNBL who averaged more than 10 points a game last season, Harrower said.

Kellys experience at this level and proven ability to get the job done will be a big asset for the Spirit.

Andrea is a critical member of the Lady Braves and played an important role off the bench during the Spirits inaugural season.

Andreas defensive abilities are excellent and shes increasingly providing offence as well. Id expect that development to continue, which adds greatly to our bench depth.

Kelly said she was keen to return to Victoria and the opportunity to once again represent country Victoria and team up with Andrea was a real bonus.

I spent plenty of time as a junior playing and training here in Bendigo and also enjoyed my season with the Lady Braves so in the end it was a pretty easy decision, Kelly said.

And what could be better than having the opportunity to play in the WNBL with your sister.

Andrea said playing in the Spirits inaugural season was fantastic and that she was looking forward to increasing her contribution in the coming year.

Bendigo has provided me with a great opportunity to train and work as a pharmacist while also developing my basketball at both the SEABL and now WNBL levels. Now having Kelly here really is the icing on the cake.

Spirit General Manager Wendy James said this week truly marks the step up on the intensity with our preparations for the season ahead. There are some exciting behind the scenes revelations taking place and sponsorship is steady. She is still urging anyone interested in supporting the national team this season to pick up the phone and make contact.

These recent signings bring the Bendigo Spirit roster to eight after Gabrielle Richards, Hanna Zavecz, Deanne Butler, Eleanor Haring, Louise McLean and Anna Teague for the 2008/09 Season.

Courtesy of www.wnbl.com.au


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Bulgaria and Belgium opened their Eurobasket 2009 qualifications in Group D - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria-Belgium 74:70 (19-21, 23-15, 10-15, 22-19)

Bulgaria and Belgium opened their Eurobasket 2009 qualifications in Group D. Bulgaria being the hosts of the game overcame the opponent 74:70 in a great game from both teams. Chirov led the winners with 23 points and 7 rebounds. Evelina Guneva (183-F-80, agency: Interperformances) netted 16, while Milena Tomova (191-F-82, college: Florida Intern.) collected 12 points and 9 rebounds. Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) and Van Malderen ended up with 16 points in defeat.
What is crucial for Bulgaria is that they claim maximum points at home and then try to sneak one or two wins on the road. Belgium did not mind playing abroad and won the opening quarter 21:19. Branzova-Erdeney tied the score for the hosts at 23:23 in the beginning of the second period. Bulgaria played better and went on a lead after 30:30. They produced 5-0 run and sealed 42:36 after two quarters played. Chirov with a lay up sent the teams to the lockers.
Belgium played more defensive in the third period and won it 15:10. Wambe even gave the lead to the guests at 50:51, but Milena Tomova closed the third quarter at 52:51. Bulgaria was in front in the majority of the last period but Belgium remained hot. De Mondt tied the game at 63:63 with 2.42 remaining in the game. Van Malderen made it 72:70 with 19 seconds but Naydenova-Goryanova was perfect from the free throw line to bring the guests the win in the opener.

Bulgaria: Chirov 23+7 rebs, Evelina Guneva 16, Milena Tomova 12+9 rebs
Belgium: Sara Leemans 16, Van Malderen 16


Belgian National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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De Mondt


Leemans


Van Malderen


Wambe


Callens
4 Tamara Van Respaille (186-C-77) of IMC Dames Waregem
5 Marjorie Carpreaux (165-G-87) of Dexia Namur
6 Stephanie Dubuc (175-F/G-85) of Novia Munalux Namur
7 Virginie Michiels (180-F-87) of Sint Kateline Waver
8 Sofie Hendrickx (186-F/C-86) of Umana Reyer Venezia (ITA)
9 Anke De Mondt (180-F/G-79) of Perfumerias Avenida Salamanca (ESP)
10 Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) of Cote d'Opale Basket Calais (FRA)
11 Laurence Van Malderen (193-C-81) of Pays d'Aix Basket 13 Provence (FRA)
12 Kathy Wambe (173-G-81) of Union Saint-Amand Porte du Hainaut (FRA)
13 Evelien Callens (188-F/C-84) of TermoCarispe La Spezia (ITA)

14 Eveline Decroos (184-F-84) of Sint Kateline Waver
15 Sara Bas (195-C-87) of Runkster BBD
Head Coach: Olaf Stolz


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  BOSNIA - Women  


Bosnia remained alive for three quarters, Poland enjoyed the last - by Eurobasket News
Bosnia and Herzegovina-Poland 68:74 (20-23, 23-18, 18-19, 7-14)

Poland propels to 3-1 record in Group B of Eurobasket qualifications campaign. The team had a road win over Bosnia and Herzegovina in Zenica 68:74. Only due to the last quarter the hosts dropped to 0-4 record. Daria Mieloszynska (188-F-83, college: Texas) led the winners with 17 points. Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, college: Abil.Christian) and Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82) followed her with 14 points apiece. Azra Becirovic (182-G-80) ended up with 22 points in defeat as Savic and Aida Pilav (187-C-87) added 11 each.
Bosnia and Herzegovina plays all the game well, but can not taste the initial win. Azra Becirovic opened the scoring account for the hosts that won the opening tip 17:10. Poland tied the score quickly and Daria Mieloszynska gave her team 23:20 after the first 10 minutes. Savic gave Bosnia the lead back at 28:27 and Stupar improved to 36:31. Poland remained tough and had 43:41 at the half time.
The score was tied four times in the third quarter. It was a tough period but Stupar still kept the hosts in front, 61:60. Pawlak scored for 65:65 and then the guests pushed the tempo in the game. Bosnia and Herzegovina could score only 3 points, while Poland enjoyed 9 more. The visitors stole 74:68 win for 3-1 record in the group.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Azra Becirovic 22, Savic 11, Aida Pilav 11
Poland: Daria Mieloszynska 17, Agnieszka Bibrzycka 14, Ewelina Kobryn 14


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Bulgarian National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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Naydenova-Goryanova


Tomova


Guneva


Dimitrova


Branzova-Erdeney
4 Diana Naydenova-Goryanova (171-G-73) of Dunav Econt Rouse
5 Milena Tomova (191-F-82) of Szeviep Szeged (HUN)

6 Dimana Georgieva (189-C-88)
7 Anna Rimpova (183-F-82) of Dunav Econt Rouse
8 Evelina Guneva (183-F-80) of ZKK Sibenik Jolly JBS (CRO)
9 Roksana Yordanova (184-G-84) of Dunav Econt Rouse
10 Jaklin Zlatanova (190-F-88) of Tarbes Gespe Bigorre (FRA)
11 Ivelina Vrantcheva (175-G-82) of Szeviep Szeged (HUN)
12 Ekaterina Dimitrova (182-G-87) of Basket Landes (FRA)
13 Gergana Branzova-Erdeney (193-F/C-76) of Fenerbahce Istanbul (TUR)

14 Tanya Chirov (180-F-81)
15 Radostina Slavova (186-F-86) of BC CSS MCM Targoviste (ROM)
Head Coach: Nikolay Boroukov


Bulgaria and Belgium opened their Eurobasket 2009 qualifications in Group D - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria-Belgium 74:70 (19-21, 23-15, 10-15, 22-19)

Bulgaria and Belgium opened their Eurobasket 2009 qualifications in Group D. Bulgaria being the hosts of the game overcame the opponent 74:70 in a great game from both teams. Chirov led the winners with 23 points and 7 rebounds. Evelina Guneva (183-F-80, agency: Interperformances) netted 16, while Milena Tomova (191-F-82, college: Florida Intern.) collected 12 points and 9 rebounds. Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) and Van Malderen ended up with 16 points in defeat.
What is crucial for Bulgaria is that they claim maximum points at home and then try to sneak one or two wins on the road. Belgium did not mind playing abroad and won the opening quarter 21:19. Branzova-Erdeney tied the score for the hosts at 23:23 in the beginning of the second period. Bulgaria played better and went on a lead after 30:30. They produced 5-0 run and sealed 42:36 after two quarters played. Chirov with a lay up sent the teams to the lockers.
Belgium played more defensive in the third period and won it 15:10. Wambe even gave the lead to the guests at 50:51, but Milena Tomova closed the third quarter at 52:51. Bulgaria was in front in the majority of the last period but Belgium remained hot. De Mondt tied the game at 63:63 with 2.42 remaining in the game. Van Malderen made it 72:70 with 19 seconds but Naydenova-Goryanova was perfect from the free throw line to bring the guests the win in the opener.

Bulgaria: Chirov 23+7 rebs, Evelina Guneva 16, Milena Tomova 12+9 rebs
Belgium: Sara Leemans 16, Van Malderen 16


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Hungary wins the battle for the second win - by Eurobasket News
Hungary-Croatia 76:58 (19-15, 22-8, 22-19, 13-16)

Hungary won the the battle for the second win in Group C of Eurobasket qualifications 2009. The team overcame Croatia 76:58 and improved to 2-2. Anna Vajda (191-F/C-84) was unstoppable with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Nora Bujdoso (188-F-85) netted 14, while Zsofia Fegyverneky (178-G-84) posted 11. Anda Jelavic (173-G-80) top-scored in defeat with 12 points and Jelena Ivezic (184-G-84) scored 10.
Hungarian spectators love basketball and try to help their team coming to to support. Sopron saw 1500 fans that started to cheer up from the very beginning. Anna Vajda gave Hungary 6:2 and then Zsofia Fegyverneky closed the first period at 19:15. The hosts played very well in the second period and increased their margin. After 32:23 they produced 9-0 in the end and had 19 points advantage at the half. Zsofia Fegyverneky's lay-up made the score 41:23 as the teams left the court for the break.
Croatia tried at least to play even game in the second half and managed to do it. They still lost the third 22:19 when Sliskovic made 63:42. In the last period Hungary believed in win and relaxed in the last minutes. Croatia could win the period 16:13 but not the game itself and fell at 1-3 record.

Hungary: Anna Vajda 17+13 rebs, Nora Bujdoso 14, Zsofia Fegyverneky 11
Croatia: Anda Jelavic 12, Jelena Ivezic 10


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  ESTONIA - Women  


Macedonia pull away with narrow victory against Estonia - by Eurobasket News
Macedonia -Estonia 67:64

Macedonia posted the initial victory in Group B of the EuroBasket Division B Qualification yesterday. They overcame Estonia in Skopje to go atop of the pool. The teams in the group will fight for the two available spots in the semifinal to have a chance to be promoted to Division A. Macedonia made the first step prevailing against Estonia in extra tight battle yesterday. The teams exchanged the blows throughout the opening frame with the lead changing hands for several times before Viive-Kai Rebane (184-F-89) sealed it at 19:18 for Estonia heading into the second frame. There were 4 lead changes in the second quarter and Estonia finally secured a minimal 34:33 advantage at halftime. Elena Radenkovik (189-C-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Seton Hill) and Monika Gavrilovska put Macedonia in charge early in the third quarter. Viive-Kai Rebane and Anderson soon retained the lead for the Baltic team. Macedonia persisted and Dimovska and Elena Radenkovik ensured a 52:49 lead for the hosts after 30 minutes of action. Viive-Kai Rebane, Kostla and Rosenfeldt opened the fourth term with 6 straight points for Estonia as they claimed back the lead. Macedonia went on a 10:4 rally to accumulate a 62:59 advantage with just over 2 minutes remaining. Anderson tied the score however Samardjiska and Monika Gavrilovska made it 67:62 for the home team with 25 seconds left in the game. Kostla just managed to cut the deficit but Estonia simply ran out of time to save this one. Elena Radenkovik led the charge with 18 points. Monika Gavrilovska added 16 points and 8 rebounds, while Samardjiska secured 15 points for the winners. Viive-Kai Rebane knocked down 19 points and 7 rebounds for Estonia. Kedru Arbet (185-F-80) added 15 points and 14 rebounds in defeat.

Macedonia: Elena Radenkovik 18, Monika Gavrilovska 16, Samardjiska 15
Estonia: Viive-Kai Rebane 19, Kedru Arbet 15+14 boards


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


Division B. Day 1 results - by Eurobasket News

Group A


Slovenia - Netherlands 81:83 (28-16, 23-21, 20-19, 10-27)
Slovenia and Netherlands opened Eurobasket Qualifications in Division B. Group A saw the battle where only to the last period the guests grabbed the victory. Netherlands overcame Slovenia in Kranjska Gora 81:83. Leonie Kooij (187-F-86, agency: LBM Management) led the winners with 23 points and 6 rebounds. Naomi Halman (193-F/C-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Cal-Irvine) collected 21 points and 9 rebounds, while Tanya Broring (177-G-84, agency: LBM Management) posted 18. Maja Erkic (182-G/F-85) top-scored for the hosts with 31 points. Mojca Markovic (177-G-79) nailed 18 and Jokic had 12.
Maja Erkic opened the game for the hosts as Slovenia won the opening tip. After 16:14 they produced a 8-0 run and finished the first period at 28:16. Mojca Markovic from the arc made it 40:21 and it seemed that the hosts would celebrate the win in the opener. Naomi Halman however brought Slovenia back to 51:37 at the halftime. Slovenia climbed to minus 10 throughout the period but another three from Mojca Markovic saw 71:56 after three quarters. The most interesting part for the guests started in the last period. They tied the game at 77:77 and Beld and Maessen pulled Netherlands to 77:80. Naomi Halman brought the victory for the guests from the free throw line. Ilijev could tie the score but missed two from the same spot.

Slovenia: Maja Erkic 31, Mojca Markovic 18, Jokic 12
Netherlands: Leonie Kooij 23+6 rebs, Naomi Halman 21+9 rebs, Tanya Broring 18

Iceland - Switzerland 68:53
Icelandic National Team got to a victorious start of their Division B Qualification campaign. In Group A Iceland hosts Switzerland on the first day of the tournament. Helena Sverrisdottir (185-G-88) knocked down 25 points, pulled down 10 boards and dished out 7 assists to pace Iceland to a tough win at the end. The home team jumped ahead early in the game and maintained the lead throughout the period. Augugliaro tied the score early in the second frame but not for long. Helena Sverrisdottir, Kristrun Sigurjonsdottir (178-F-85) and Sigurdardottir regained the advantage for Iceland and sealed it at 39:34 at halftime. The hosts opened the second half with 7 unanswered points and piled up a 12-point lead. Switzerland managed to cut the deficit to 8 points heading into the fourth period. However a 12:2 rally from the home team at the start of the fourth quarter left no chance for Swiss team. Iceland grabbed the initiative and drove to a confident victory at the end. Kristrun Sigurjonsdottir provided 14 points for Iceland. Palina Gunnlaugsdottir (170-G-87) added 11 points and 5 boards for the winners. Karen Twehues (183-G-83, college: Cincinnati) notched 12 points, 5 boards and 5 assists for Switzerland. Caroline Turin (172-F-87) contributed 11 points in defeat. Iceland will next host Slovenia, while Switzerland will travel to Montenegro.

Iceland: Helena Sverrisdottir 25+10 boards, Kristrun Sigurjonsdottir 14, Palina Gunnlaugsdottir 11
Switzerland: Karen Twehues 12, Caroline Turin 11

Montenegro - Ireland 68:56
Montenegrin National Team dealt with Irish team at home in the EuroBasket in Division B opener yesterday. The teams got into Pool A and would fight for top two spots in the group to advance to the semifinal for the chance to get promoted to Division A. The teams traded baskets early on before the hosts went on a massive 8:0 rally to build a 24:10 lead after ten minutes of action. The home team kept their opponents at bay throughout the second frame and secured a 33:22 advantage at halftime. Hajdana Radunovic (192-F/C-78) and Milka Bjelica (193-F-81) fired from downtown at the start of the third frame to mount the pressure. Irish team could not bounce back and appeared trailing by 15 points before the fourth term. Nevertheless Ireland refused to give up. Michelle Aspell (168-G) and Aishling Sullivan (175-G-88) dropped back-to-back trebles and trimmed the deficit to 9 points. But Milka Bjelica scored 4 straight points, while Jelena Skerovic (172-G-80) and Hajdana Radunovic were accurate from the stripe to restore a 16-point advantage late in the game. Ireland never recovered and had to surrender at the end. Milka Bjelica led balanced Montenegrin offense with 17 points and 12 boards. Jelena Skerovic added 14 points and 6 boards, while Ana Baletic (185-G/F-85) contributed 13 points in the win. Moran led all scorers with 19 points for Ireland. Lindsay Peat (170-G-80) and Aishling Sullivan had 8 points apiece in defeat. Montenegro outrebounded their counterparts 38:20 and sank 46% from the field.

Montenegro: Milka Bjelica 17+12 boards, Jelena Skerovic 14, Ana Baletic 13
Ireland: Susan Moran 19, Lindsay Peat 8, Aishling Sullivan 8

Group B
Macedonia -Estonia 67:64
Macedonia posted the initial victory in Group B of the EuroBasket Division B Qualification yesterday. They overcame Estonia in Skopje to go atop of the pool. The teams in the group will fight for the two available spots in the semifinal to have a chance to be promoted to Division A. Macedonia made the first step prevailing against Estonia in extra tight battle yesterday. The teams exchanged the blows throughout the opening frame with the lead changing hands for several times before Viive-Kai Rebane (184-F-89) sealed it at 19:18 for Estonia heading into the second frame. There were 4 lead changes in the second quarter and Estonia finally secured a minimal 34:33 advantage at halftime. Elena Radenkovik (189-C-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Seton Hill) and Monika Gavrilovska put Macedonia in charge early in the third quarter. Viive-Kai Rebane and Anderson soon retained the lead for the Baltic team. Macedonia persisted and Dimovska and Elena Radenkovik ensured a 52:49 lead for the hosts after 30 minutes of action. Viive-Kai Rebane, Kostla and Rosenfeldt opened the fourth term with 6 straight points for Estonia as they claimed back the lead. Macedonia went on a 10:4 rally to accumulate a 62:59 advantage with just over 2 minutes remaining. Anderson tied the score however Samardjiska and Monika Gavrilovska made it 67:62 for the home team with 25 seconds left in the game. Kostla just managed to cut the deficit but Estonia simply ran out of time to save this one. Elena Radenkovik led the charge with 18 points. Monika Gavrilovska added 16 points and 8 rebounds, while Samardjiska secured 15 points for the winners. Viive-Kai Rebane knocked down 19 points and 7 rebounds for Estonia. Kedru Arbet (185-F-80) added 15 points and 14 rebounds in defeat.

Macedonia: Elena Radenkovik 18, Monika Gavrilovska 16, Samardjiska 15
Estonia: Viive-Kai Rebane 19, Kedru Arbet 15+14 boards


Portugal - Sweden 56:78
Sweden started their chase for the Division A spot yesterday. They defeated Portugal in Sao Paio de Gramacos to gain the first win in Group B of Division B. Two top teams of the pool will qualify for the semifinal to play for two available spots in Division A. Sweden dominated the game and deservedly improved to 1-0 record on top of Group B. Portugal used points from Freitas, Paula Muxiri (186-F/C-81, college: ODU) and Sofia Ramalho (168-G-80) to lead 7:2 early in the game. However Sweden responded with a 14:4 rally to surge ahead 16:11 midway through the opening stanza. Elisabeth Egnell (185-F-87, college: Boston Coll.) and Bathold closed the first frame and Sweden appeared leading by 4 points 19:15. Back-to-back trebles from Paula Muxiri and Sofia Ramalho put Portugal in front once again early in the second frame. Sweden did not wait for too long before responding with three-pointers from Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88) and Liljestrand to regain the advantage. Swedish team then went on an 11:0 run to clear off to a 10-point distance. Paula Muxiri trimmed the deficit a bit as the hosts trailed by 7 points at halftime. Sweden made the decisive push in the third quarter. They opened the stanza with an 8:0 rally to enlarge the buffer to as many as 15 points. Anna Barthold (185-F/C-80, college: St.Peter's), Nina Risto (188-F-85, agency: Rasmussen Services) and Nora Olheim (176-G-86) capped the period with 7 points in a row and Sweden entered the fourth quarter ahead by 20 points. The visitors breezed to the victory in the final term keeping Portuguese team at safe distance.
Frida Eldebrink topscored with 23 points for Sweden. Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88) added 16 points in a winning case. Sofia Ramalho and Paula Muxiri answered with 19 points apiece for Portugal. Joana Lopes (185-G/F-86) added 8 points in the loss. Portugal will next travel to Estonia, while Sweden will have a bye in the next round of action before taking on Estonia at home on September 3.

Portugal: Sofia Ramalho 19, Paula Muxiri 19
Sweden: Frida Eldebrink 23, Elin Eldebrink 16, Elisabeth Egnell 8


Division A. Qualifying Day 4 - by Eurobasket News

GROUP A

Lithuania-Germany 80:44 (23-10, 20-7, 24-10, 13-17)

Lithuania smashed Germany in Eurobasket qualifications 2009 in Druskininkai. The favorites improved to 3-1 record in Group A due to 80:44 victory. Rima Valentiene (170-G-78) led the winners with 15 points and 4 rebounds. Aurime Rinkeviciute (180-F/G-90) netted 11, while Gintare Petronyte (195-C-89), Agne Ciudariene (188-F-79) and Daina Staugaitiene (182-G-80, college: Liberty) scored 9 each. Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84) top-scored for the guests with 17 points and Lisa Koop (198-C-85, college: Winthrop) added 6. Germany remains winless and dropped to 0-4 record.

Valuzyte pulled her team in the start for 2:0 in the first minute and after 7:4 the hosts created 7:0 to win the opening tip of the game. Gintare Petronyte closed the first period at 23:10 for Lithuania. With 27:13 the hosts went on another tremendous lead creating 10-0 run. Razmaite's three saw the hosts taking 37:13 advantage with 5 minutes in the half. Again Gintare Petronyte was the last to score in the period as the teams went to the lockers for 43:17.
Lithuania did not stop and produced 24:10 in the third period. They were too good for the opponent as the score was 67:27 after 30 minutes of the game. Germany won however the last period 17:13 to somehow reduce the gap.

Lithuania: Rima Valentiene 15+4 rebs, Aurime Rinkeviciute 11, Gintare Petronyte 9, Agne Ciudariene 9, Daina Staugaitiene 9
Germany: Anne Breitreiner 17, Lisa Koop 6


Great Britain - Israel 80:100 (30-27, 12-23, 18-31, 20-19)
Israel joined another two teams on top of Group A after a road win in Cardiff. The team poured in 100 points against 80 from Great Britain. Mirav Dori (178-F-86) led the winners with 20 points and 4 rebounds. Suez Karni netted 16, while Shay Doron (175-G-85, college: Maryland) posted 14. Megan Moody (188-G/F-83, college: Tulsa) ended up with 17 points and Sarah McKay (201-C-85, college: Indiana) added 12. Israel joined Ukraine and Lithuania at the top of the Group A standings with 3-1 records. EuroBasket Women qualifying game in Cardiff remained Great Briatain 1-3 in Group A.
Great Britain was a fresher team in the beginning scoring the basket after basket. Hutchinson made the second free throw for 19:8 with 5 minutes in the first. Levitsky closed the offensive quarter at 30:27 for the hosts.
Israel went on an 11-0 run bridging the opening two periods for a 34:30 lead. Shay Doron tied the game later again for 42:42 and then the guests finished the half with 8-0 run for 42:50.
The wheels then fell off for the hosts as Israel scored the next 20 points in the game for a 42:57 lead with 8:30 left in the third quarter. Even though Great Britain won the last period 20:19 they lost the game itself. Cohen with a jump-shot scored for three digits as Israel celebrated 100:80 victory.

Great Britain: Megan Moody 17, Sarah McKay 12
Israel: Mirav Dori 20+4 rebs, Suez Karni 16, Shay Doron 14


GROUP B

Bosnia and Herzegovina-Poland 68:74 (20-23, 23-18, 18-19, 7-14)
Poland propels to 3-1 record in Group B of Eurobasket qualifications campaign. The team had a road win over Bosnia and Herzegovina in Zenica 68:74. Only due to the last quarter the hosts dropped to 0-4 record. Daria Mieloszynska (188-F-83, college: Texas) led the winners with 17 points. Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, college: Abil.Christian) and Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82) followed her with 14 points apiece. Azra Becirovic (182-G-80) ended up with 22 points in defeat as Savic and Aida Pilav (187-C-87) added 11 each.
Bosnia and Herzegovina plays all the game well, but can not taste the initial win. Azra Becirovic opened the scoring account for the hosts that won the opening tip 17:10. Poland tied the score quickly and Daria Mieloszynska gave her team 23:20 after the first 10 minutes. Savic gave Bosnia the lead back at 28:27 and Stupar improved to 36:31. Poland remained tough and had 43:41 at the half time.
The score was tied four times in the third quarter. It was a tough period but Stupar still kept the hosts in front, 61:60. Pawlak scored for 65:65 and then the guests pushed the tempo in the game. Bosnia and Herzegovina could score only 3 points, while Poland enjoyed 9 more. The visitors stole 74:68 win for 3-1 record in the group.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Azra Becirovic 22, Savic 11, Aida Pilav 11
Poland: Daria Mieloszynska 17, Agnieszka Bibrzycka 14, Ewelina Kobryn 14


Italy-Turkey 55:63 (13-18, 10-15, 18-14, 14-16)

Turkey outscore Italy in Chieti of EuroBasket Women qualifications. The first half was enough to stay undefeated in Group B with 63:55 win. Nevriye Yilmaz (195-C-80) paced all the winners with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Saziye Karsli (185-F-82) netted 13, while Nevin Nevlin (196-F/C-85, college: Stanford) added 11. Chiara Pastore (172-G-86) ended up with 12 points, while Kathrin Ress (193-F-85, college: Boston Coll.) collected 11 points and 9 boards.
Alben started the scoring list for the guests and then Turkey had 2:10 in the opening tip. Italy reduced the gap and Chiara Pastore closed to 13:18 after the first period. Turkey played even better in the second quarter and Nevin Nevlin made 21:31 throughout the period. It was her again to send the teams to the lockers for 23:33.
A Simona Ballardini three capped a 7-0 run for the Azzurre and reduced the deficit to 41:45 late in the third quarter. Nevriye Yilmaz's jump-shot brought 41:47 after three quarters played. The intrigue remained until the end of the game and Italy did not want to give up. Gianolla with a lay-up pulled her team to 55:70 with 32 seconds to go. Those points were however the last for the hosts as Turkey remained tough in defense. The visitors scored three more points for 55:63 road win.

Italy: Chiara Pastore 12, Kathrin Ress 11+9 rebs
Turkey: Nevriye Yilmaz 15+7 rebs, Saziye Karsli 13, Nevin Nevlin 11


GROUP C

Hungary-Croatia 76:58 (19-15, 22-8, 22-19, 13-16)

Hungary won the the battle for the second win in Group C of Eurobasket qualifications 2009. The team overcame Croatia 76:58 and improved to 2-2. Anna Vajda (191-F/C-84) was unstoppable with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Nora Bujdoso (188-F-85) netted 14, while Zsofia Fegyverneky (178-G-84) posted 11. Anda Jelavic (173-G-80) top-scored in defeat with 12 points and Jelena Ivezic (184-G-84) scored 10.
Hungarian spectators love basketball and try to help their team coming to to support. Sopron saw 1500 fans that started to cheer up from the very beginning. Anna Vajda gave Hungary 6:2 and then Zsofia Fegyverneky closed the first period at 19:15. The hosts played very well in the second period and increased their margin. After 32:23 they produced 9-0 in the end and had 19 points advantage at the half. Zsofia Fegyverneky's lay-up made the score 41:23 as the teams left the court for the break.
Croatia tried at least to play even game in the second half and managed to do it. They still lost the third 22:19 when Sliskovic made 63:42. In the last period Hungary believed in win and relaxed in the last minutes. Croatia could win the period 16:13 but not the game itself and fell at 1-3 record.

Hungary: Anna Vajda 17+13 rebs, Nora Bujdoso 14, Zsofia Fegyverneky 11
Croatia: Anda Jelavic 12, Jelena Ivezic 10


France-Romania 93:61 (24-11, 24-21, 23-15, 22-14)

France won the fourth consecutive game to stay on track for next season's EuroBasket Women in Latvia. The team defeated Romania in Valenciennes last night 93:61. Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (195-C-86) led the winners with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Emmanuelle Hermouet (184-F-80) netted 14, whilst Endene Miyem (188-F-88) and Emmeline Ndongue (192-F-83) added 11. Ildiko Vass (178-G-78) and Anne-Marie Parau (174-G-84) ended up with 12 points in the losing effort.
Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui flew with her team to score and had 12:4 in the opening tip. Emmeline Ndongue scored four straight points to ignite a 10-2 run at the end of the first quarter for a 24:11 lead and the home side pulled away for a decisive triumph. France won the second period 24:21 and felt comfortable already at that time. Ildiko Vass's jump-shot closed the first half at 48:32 for the hosts.
In the middle of the period France created 11-0 run for 66:38. Again Ildiko Vass reduced for the guests, that time from the arc 71:47. Endene Miyem and Emmanuelle Hermouet posted 5 points in a row as France reached 76:51 at the beginning of the last period. Mandache closed the game for the visitors at 93:61 as Romania fell at 1-3 in the group. France top the group reaching 4-0 record and remains the only undefeated team in it.

France: Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 15+7 rebs, Emmanuelle Hermouet 14, Endene Miyem 11, Emmeline Ndongue 11
Romania: Ildiko Vass 12, Anne-Marie Parau 12

GROUP D

Bulgaria-Belgium 74:70 (19-21, 23-15, 10-15, 22-19)

Bulgaria and Belgium opened their Eurobasket 2009 qualifications in Group D. Bulgaria being the hosts of the game overcame the opponent 74:70 in a great game from both teams. Chirov led the winners with 23 points and 7 rebounds. Evelina Guneva (183-F-80, agency: Interperformances) netted 16, while Milena Tomova (191-F-82, college: Florida Intern.) collected 12 points and 9 rebounds. Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) and Van Malderen ended up with 16 points in defeat.
What is crucial for Bulgaria is that they claim maximum points at home and then try to sneak one or two wins on the road. Belgium did not mind playing abroad and won the opening quarter 21:19. Branzova-Erdeney tied the score for the hosts at 23:23 in the beginning of the second period. Bulgaria played better and went on a lead after 30:30. They produced 5-0 run and sealed 42:36 after two quarters played. Chirov with a lay up sent the teams to the lockers.
Belgium played more defensive in the third period and won it 15:10. Wambe even gave the lead to the guests at 50:51, but Milena Tomova closed the third quarter at 52:51. Bulgaria was in front in the majority of the last period but Belgium remained hot. De Mondt tied the game at 63:63 with 2.42 remaining in the game. Van Malderen made it 72:70 with 19 seconds but Naydenova-Goryanova was perfect from the free throw line to bring the guests the win in the opener.

Bulgaria: Chirov 23+7 rebs, Evelina Guneva 16, Milena Tomova 12+9 rebs
Belgium: Sara Leemans 16, Van Malderen 16


Serbia-Greece 82:85 (28-19, 16-24, 22-17, 16-25)

Greece and Serbia opened their EuroBasket Women qualifying campaign in Nis. The game reminded carousel and Greece could grab the victory only in the last period.
Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) was unstoppable with 29 points and 4 rebounds. Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78) collected 19 points and 10 assists, while Nicole Soulis (188-F-85, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) scored 12. Ana Perovic (197-C-78) had a great game for the hosts nailing 20 points. Jelena Milovanovic (191-F/C-89) ended up with 18 points and 10 boards and Eric netted 14.
Serbia scored first 10 points in the game and all the spectators noticed a great start from their team.
Evanthia Maltsi remained Greece on track from the arc for 12:11. Knezevic's jump-shot saw 28:19 after the opening quarter. Miljkovic increased to 37:26 in the middle of the second. Greece however bounced back and Ana Perovic could only keep Serbia in front for 44:43. Serbia won the third period 22:17 and had 66:60 before the final period. Jelena Milovanovic's jump shot early in the fourth quarter gave Serbia a 68:62 advantage but Evanthia Maltsi had four points in an 8-0 run to put the Greeks in front. Greece didn't take the lead for good until the last minute, however, when Evanthia Maltsi made two free throws for a 74:72 advantage. Dimitra Kalentzou went on the free throw line and made the final 82:85 score.

Serbia:
Ana Perovic 20, Jelena Milovanovic 18+10 rebs, Eric 14
Greece:
Evanthia Maltsi 29+4 rebs, Dimitra Kalentzou 19+10 ast, Nicole Soulis 12



Standings - Women
Standings
Group A
1. Israel3-1
2. Lithuania3-1
3. Ukraine3-1
4. U.Kingdom1-3
5. Germany0-4
Group B
1. Turkey4-0
2. Poland3-1
3. Italy2-2
4. Finland1-3
5. Bosnia0-4
Group C
1. France4-0
2. Hungary2-2
3. Slovakia2-2
4. Romania1-3
5. Croatia1-3
Group D
1. Bulgaria1-0
2. Greece1-0
3. Serbia0-1
4. Belgium0-1


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  FRANCE - Women  


France won the fourth consecutive game - by Eurobasket News
France-Romania 93:61 (24-11, 24-21, 23-15, 22-14)

France won the fourth consecutive game to stay on track for next season's EuroBasket Women in Latvia. The team defeated Romania in Valenciennes last night 93:61. Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (195-C-86) led the winners with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Emmanuelle Hermouet (184-F-80) netted 14, whilst Endene Miyem (188-F-88) and Emmeline Ndongue (192-F-83) added 11. Ildiko Vass (178-G-78) and Anne-Marie Parau (174-G-84) ended up with 12 points in the losing effort.
Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui flew with her team to score and had 12:4 in the opening tip. Emmeline Ndongue scored four straight points to ignite a 10-2 run at the end of the first quarter for a 24:11 lead and the home side pulled away for a decisive triumph. France won the second period 24:21 and felt comfortable already at that time. Ildiko Vass's jump-shot closed the first half at 48:32 for the hosts.
In the middle of the period France created 11-0 run for 66:38. Again Ildiko Vass reduced for the guests, that time from the arc 71:47. Endene Miyem and Emmanuelle Hermouet posted 5 points in a row as France reached 76:51 at the beginning of the last period. Mandache closed the game for the visitors at 93:61 as Romania fell at 1-3 in the group. France top the group reaching 4-0 record and remains the only undefeated team in it.

France: Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 15+7 rebs, Emmanuelle Hermouet 14, Endene Miyem 11, Emmeline Ndongue 11
Romania: Ildiko Vass 12, Anne-Marie Parau 12


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Macedonia pull away with narrow victory against Estonia - by Eurobasket News
Macedonia -Estonia 67:64

Macedonia posted the initial victory in Group B of the EuroBasket Division B Qualification yesterday. They overcame Estonia in Skopje to go atop of the pool. The teams in the group will fight for the two available spots in the semifinal to have a chance to be promoted to Division A. Macedonia made the first step prevailing against Estonia in extra tight battle yesterday. The teams exchanged the blows throughout the opening frame with the lead changing hands for several times before Viive-Kai Rebane (184-F-89) sealed it at 19:18 for Estonia heading into the second frame. There were 4 lead changes in the second quarter and Estonia finally secured a minimal 34:33 advantage at halftime. Elena Radenkovik (189-C-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Seton Hill) and Monika Gavrilovska put Macedonia in charge early in the third quarter. Viive-Kai Rebane and Anderson soon retained the lead for the Baltic team. Macedonia persisted and Dimovska and Elena Radenkovik ensured a 52:49 lead for the hosts after 30 minutes of action. Viive-Kai Rebane, Kostla and Rosenfeldt opened the fourth term with 6 straight points for Estonia as they claimed back the lead. Macedonia went on a 10:4 rally to accumulate a 62:59 advantage with just over 2 minutes remaining. Anderson tied the score however Samardjiska and Monika Gavrilovska made it 67:62 for the home team with 25 seconds left in the game. Kostla just managed to cut the deficit but Estonia simply ran out of time to save this one. Elena Radenkovik led the charge with 18 points. Monika Gavrilovska added 16 points and 8 rebounds, while Samardjiska secured 15 points for the winners. Viive-Kai Rebane knocked down 19 points and 7 rebounds for Estonia. Kedru Arbet (185-F-80) added 15 points and 14 rebounds in defeat.

Macedonia: Elena Radenkovik 18, Monika Gavrilovska 16, Samardjiska 15
Estonia: Viive-Kai Rebane 19, Kedru Arbet 15+14 boards


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  GERMANY - Women  


Lithuania smashed Germany in Group A - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania-Germany 80:44 (23-10, 20-7, 24-10, 13-17)

Lithuania smashed Germany in Eurobasket qualifications 2009 in Druskininkai. The favorites improved to 3-1 record in Group A due to 80:44 victory. Rima Valentiene (170-G-78) led the winners with 15 points and 4 rebounds. Aurime Rinkeviciute (180-F/G-90) netted 11, while Gintare Petronyte (195-C-89), Agne Ciudariene (188-F-79) and Daina Staugaitiene (182-G-80, college: Liberty) scored 9 each. Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84) top-scored for the guests with 17 points and Lisa Koop (198-C-85, college: Winthrop) added 6. Germany remains winless and dropped to 0-4 record.

Valuzyte pulled her team in the start for 2:0 in the first minute and after 7:4 the hosts created 7:0 to win the opening tip of the game. Gintare Petronyte closed the first period at 23:10 for Lithuania. With 27:13 the hosts went on another tremendous lead creating 10-0 run. Razmaite's three saw the hosts taking 37:13 advantage with 5 minutes in the half. Again Gintare Petronyte was the last to score in the period as the teams went to the lockers for 43:17.
Lithuania did not stop and produced 24:10 in the third period. They were too good for the opponent as the score was 67:27 after 30 minutes of the game. Germany won however the last period 17:13 to somehow reduce the gap.

Lithuania: Rima Valentiene 15+4 rebs, Aurime Rinkeviciute 11, Gintare Petronyte 9, Agne Ciudariene 9, Daina Staugaitiene 9
Germany: Anne Breitreiner 17, Lisa Koop 6


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Maltsi too good for Serbia in the opener - by Eurobasket News
Serbia-Greece 82:85 (28-19, 16-24, 22-17, 16-25)

Greece and Serbia opened their EuroBasket Women qualifying campaign in Nis. The game reminded carousel and Greece could grab the victory only in the last period. Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) was unstoppable with 29 points and 4 rebounds. Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78) collected 19 points and 10 assists, while Nicole Soulis (188-F-85, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) scored 12. Ana Perovic (197-C-78) had a great game for the hosts nailing 20 points. Jelena Milovanovic (191-F/C-89) ended up with 18 points and 10 boards and Eric netted 14.
Serbia scored first 10 points in the game and all the spectators noticed a great start from their team. Evanthia Maltsi remained Greece on track from the arc for 12:11. Knezevic's jump-shot saw 28:19 after the opening quarter. Miljkovic increased to 37:26 in the middle of the second. Greece however bounced back and Ana Perovic could only keep Serbia in front for 44:43. Serbia won the third period 22:17 and had 66:60 before the final period. Jelena Milovanovic's jump shot early in the fourth quarter gave Serbia a 68:62 advantage but Evanthia Maltsi had four points in an 8-0 run to put the Greeks in front. Greece didn't take the lead for good until the last minute, however, when Evanthia Maltsi made two free throws for a 74:72 advantage. Dimitra Kalentzou went on the free throw line and made the final 82:85 score.

Serbia: Ana Perovic 20, Jelena Milovanovic 18+10 rebs, Eric 14
Greece: Evanthia Maltsi 29+4 rebs, Dimitra Kalentzou 19+10 ast, Nicole Soulis 12


Greek National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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4 Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78) of Esperides / Glyfada
5 Anastasia Kostaki (172-G-78) of Panathinaikos Athens
6 Olga Chatzinikolaou (181-G-81) of Esperides / Glyfada
7 Aikaterini Spatharou (172-G-83) of Panathinaikos Athens
8 Stella Kaltsidou (187-C/F-83) of Esperides / Glyfada
9 Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) of ZVVZ USK Praha (CZE)
10 Pelagia Papamichail (189-F/C-86) of Panionios Athens

11 Niki Zerva (183-F-79) of Athinaikos
12 Evangelia Katopodi (188-F/C-87) of Panathinaikos Athens
13 Afroditi Kosma (187-F/C-83) of Athinaikos
14 Nicole Soulis (188-F-85) of Athinaikos
15 Zoi Dimitrakou (188-F-87) of Megas Aleksandros


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  HOLLAND - Women  


Kranjska Gora opens Division B - by Eurobasket News
Slovenia - Netherlands 81:83 (28-16, 23-21, 20-19, 10-27)

Slovenia and Netherlands opened Eurobasket Qualifications in Division B. Group A saw the battle where only to the last period the guests grabbed the victory. Netherlands overcame Slovenia in Kranjska Gora 81:83. Leonie Kooij (187-F-86, agency: LBM Management) led the winners with 23 points and 6 rebounds. Naomi Halman (193-F/C-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Cal-Irvine) collected 21 points and 9 rebounds, while Tanya Broring (177-G-84, agency: LBM Management) posted 18. Maja Erkic (182-G/F-85) top-scored for the hosts with 31 points. Mojca Markovic (177-G-79) nailed 18 and Jokic had 12.
Maja Erkic opened the game for the hosts as Slovenia won the opening tip. After 16:14 they produced a 8-0 run and finished the first period at 28:16. Mojca Markovic from the arc made it 40:21 and it seemed that the hosts would celebrate the win in the opener. Naomi Halman however brought Slovenia back to 51:37 at the halftime. Slovenia climbed to minus 10 throughout the period but another three from Mojca Markovic saw 71:56 after three quarters. The most interesting part for the guests started in the last period. They tied the game at 77:77 and Beld and Maessen pulled Netherlands to 77:80. Naomi Halman brought the victory for the guests from the free throw line. Ilijev could tie the score but missed two from the same spot.

Slovenia: Maja Erkic 31, Mojca Markovic 18, Jokic 12
Netherlands: Leonie Kooij 23+6 rebs, Naomi Halman 21+9 rebs, Tanya Broring 18


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  HUNGARY - Women  


Hungary wins the battle for the second win - by Eurobasket News
Hungary-Croatia 76:58 (19-15, 22-8, 22-19, 13-16)

Hungary won the the battle for the second win in Group C of Eurobasket qualifications 2009. The team overcame Croatia 76:58 and improved to 2-2. Anna Vajda (191-F/C-84) was unstoppable with 17 points and 13 rebounds. Nora Bujdoso (188-F-85) netted 14, while Zsofia Fegyverneky (178-G-84) posted 11. Anda Jelavic (173-G-80) top-scored in defeat with 12 points and Jelena Ivezic (184-G-84) scored 10.
Hungarian spectators love basketball and try to help their team coming to to support. Sopron saw 1500 fans that started to cheer up from the very beginning. Anna Vajda gave Hungary 6:2 and then Zsofia Fegyverneky closed the first period at 19:15. The hosts played very well in the second period and increased their margin. After 32:23 they produced 9-0 in the end and had 19 points advantage at the half. Zsofia Fegyverneky's lay-up made the score 41:23 as the teams left the court for the break.
Croatia tried at least to play even game in the second half and managed to do it. They still lost the third 22:19 when Sliskovic made 63:42. In the last period Hungary believed in win and relaxed in the last minutes. Croatia could win the period 16:13 but not the game itself and fell at 1-3 record.

Hungary: Anna Vajda 17+13 rebs, Nora Bujdoso 14, Zsofia Fegyverneky 11
Croatia: Anda Jelavic 12, Jelena Ivezic 10


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  ICELAND - Women  


Iceland hold off Switzerland in Division B - by Eurobasket News
Iceland - Switzerland 68:53

Icelandic National Team got to a victorious start of their Division B Qualification campaign. In Group A Iceland hosts Switzerland on the first day of the tournament. Helena Sverrisdottir (185-G-88) knocked down 25 points, pulled down 10 boards and dished out 7 assists to pace Iceland to a tough win at the end. The home team jumped ahead early in the game and maintained the lead throughout the period. Augugliaro tied the score early in the second frame but not for long. Helena Sverrisdottir, Kristrun Sigurjonsdottir (178-F-85) and Sigurdardottir regained the advantage for Iceland and sealed it at 39:34 at halftime. The hosts opened the second half with 7 unanswered points and piled up a 12-point lead. Switzerland managed to cut the deficit to 8 points heading into the fourth period. However a 12:2 rally from the home team at the start of the fourth quarter left no chance for Swiss team. Iceland grabbed the initiative and drove to a confident victory at the end. Kristrun Sigurjonsdottir provided 14 points for Iceland. Palina Gunnlaugsdottir (170-G-87) added 11 points and 5 boards for the winners. Karen Twehues (183-G-83, college: Cincinnati) notched 12 points, 5 boards and 5 assists for Switzerland. Caroline Turin (172-F-87) contributed 11 points in defeat. Iceland will next host Slovenia, while Switzerland will travel to Montenegro.

Iceland: Helena Sverrisdottir 25+10 boards, Kristrun Sigurjonsdottir 14, Palina Gunnlaugsdottir 11
Switzerland: Karen Twehues 12, Caroline Turin 11


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  IRELAND - Women  


Montenegro win against Ireland in Division B - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro - Ireland 68:56

Montenegrin National Team dealt with Irish team at home in the EuroBasket in Division B opener yesterday. The teams got into Pool A and would fight for top two spots in the group to advance to the semifinal for the chance to get promoted to Division A. The teams traded baskets early on before the hosts went on a massive 8:0 rally to build a 24:10 lead after ten minutes of action. The home team kept their opponents at bay throughout the second frame and secured a 33:22 advantage at halftime. Hajdana Radunovic (192-F/C-78) and Milka Bjelica (193-F-81) fired from downtown at the start of the third frame to mount the pressure. Irish team could not bounce back and appeared trailing by 15 points before the fourth term. Nevertheless Ireland refused to give up. Michelle Aspell (168-G) and Aishling Sullivan (175-G-88) dropped back-to-back trebles and trimmed the deficit to 9 points. But Milka Bjelica scored 4 straight points, while Jelena Skerovic (172-G-80) and Hajdana Radunovic were accurate from the stripe to restore a 16-point advantage late in the game. Ireland never recovered and had to surrender at the end. Milka Bjelica led balanced Montenegrin offense with 17 points and 12 boards. Jelena Skerovic added 14 points and 6 boards, while Ana Baletic (185-G/F-85) contributed 13 points in the win. Moran led all scorers with 19 points for Ireland. Lindsay Peat (170-G-80) and Aishling Sullivan had 8 points apiece in defeat. Montenegro outrebounded their counterparts 38:20 and sank 46% from the field.

Montenegro: Milka Bjelica 17+12 boards, Jelena Skerovic 14, Ana Baletic 13
Ireland: Susan Moran 19, Lindsay Peat 8, Aishling Sullivan 8


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  ISRAEL - Women  


Israel poured in 100 to join the top teams in Group A - by Eurobasket News
Great Britain - Israel 80:100 (30-27, 12-23, 18-31, 20-19)

Israel joined another two teams on top of Group A after a road win in Cardiff. The team poured in 100 points against 80 from Great Britain. Mirav Dori (178-F-86) led the winners with 20 points and 4 rebounds. Suez Karni netted 16, while Shay Doron (175-G-85, college: Maryland) posted 14. Megan Moody (188-G/F-83, college: Tulsa) ended up with 17 points and Sarah McKay (201-C-85, college: Indiana) added 12. Israel joined Ukraine and Lithuania at the top of the Group A standings with 3-1 records. EuroBasket Women qualifying game in Cardiff remained Great Briatain 1-3 in Group A.
Great Britain was a fresher team in the beginning scoring the basket after basket. Hutchinson made the second free throw for 19:8 with 5 minutes in the first. Levitsky closed the offensive quarter at 30:27 for the hosts.
Israel went on an 11-0 run bridging the opening two periods for a 34:30 lead. Shay Doron tied the game later again for 42:42 and then the guests finished the half with 8-0 run for 42:50.
The wheels then fell off for the hosts as Israel scored the next 20 points in the game for a 42:57 lead with 8:30 left in the third quarter. Even though Great Britain won the last period 20:19 they lost the game itself. Cohen with a jump-shot scored for three digits as Israel celebrated 100:80 victory.

Great Britain: Megan Moody 17, Sarah McKay 12
Israel: Mirav Dori 20+4 rebs, Suez Karni 16, Shay Doron 14


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  ITALY - Women  


Turkey outscore Italy in Chieti - by Eurobasket News
Italy-Turkey 55:63 (13-18, 10-15, 18-14, 14-16)

Turkey outscore Italy in Chieti of EuroBasket Women qualifications. The first half was enough to stay undefeated in Group B with 63:55 win. Nevriye Yilmaz (195-C-80) paced all the winners with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Saziye Karsli (185-F-82) netted 13, while Nevin Nevlin (196-F/C-85, college: Stanford) added 11. Chiara Pastore (172-G-86) ended up with 12 points, while Kathrin Ress (193-F-85, college: Boston Coll.) collected 11 points and 9 boards.
Alben started the scoring list for the guests and then Turkey had 2:10 in the opening tip. Italy reduced the gap and Chiara Pastore closed to 13:18 after the first period. Turkey played even better in the second quarter and Nevin Nevlin made 21:31 throughout the period. It was her again to send the teams to the lockers for 23:33.
A Simona Ballardini three capped a 7-0 run for the Azzurre and reduced the deficit to 41:45 late in the third quarter. Nevriye Yilmaz's jump-shot brought 41:47 after three quarters played. The intrigue remained until the end of the game and Italy did not want to give up. Gianolla with a lay-up pulled her team to 55:70 with 32 seconds to go. Those points were however the last for the hosts as Turkey remained tough in defense. The visitors scored three more points for 55:63 road win.

Italy: Chiara Pastore 12, Kathrin Ress 11+9 rebs
Turkey: Nevriye Yilmaz 15+7 rebs, Saziye Karsli 13, Nevin Nevlin 11


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Lithuania smashed Germany in Group A - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania-Germany 80:44 (23-10, 20-7, 24-10, 13-17)

Lithuania smashed Germany in Eurobasket qualifications 2009 in Druskininkai. The favorites improved to 3-1 record in Group A due to 80:44 victory. Rima Valentiene (170-G-78) led the winners with 15 points and 4 rebounds. Aurime Rinkeviciute (180-F/G-90) netted 11, while Gintare Petronyte (195-C-89), Agne Ciudariene (188-F-79) and Daina Staugaitiene (182-G-80, college: Liberty) scored 9 each. Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84) top-scored for the guests with 17 points and Lisa Koop (198-C-85, college: Winthrop) added 6. Germany remains winless and dropped to 0-4 record.

Valuzyte pulled her team in the start for 2:0 in the first minute and after 7:4 the hosts created 7:0 to win the opening tip of the game. Gintare Petronyte closed the first period at 23:10 for Lithuania. With 27:13 the hosts went on another tremendous lead creating 10-0 run. Razmaite's three saw the hosts taking 37:13 advantage with 5 minutes in the half. Again Gintare Petronyte was the last to score in the period as the teams went to the lockers for 43:17.
Lithuania did not stop and produced 24:10 in the third period. They were too good for the opponent as the score was 67:27 after 30 minutes of the game. Germany won however the last period 17:13 to somehow reduce the gap.

Lithuania: Rima Valentiene 15+4 rebs, Aurime Rinkeviciute 11, Gintare Petronyte 9, Agne Ciudariene 9, Daina Staugaitiene 9
Germany: Anne Breitreiner 17, Lisa Koop 6


Stats Leaders - LMKL
LMKL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Aglinskaite Ruta 21
2. Staugaitiene Le 17.7
3. Petronyte TEO 16.7
4. Sales TEO 15.7
5. Jutelyte Laisve 15.2
Rebounds Per Game
1.Petronyte TEO 10.0
2 .Balciunaite Atletas 9.0
3. Bills Arvi 8.5
4. Jutelyte Lai 7.9
5. Moore Arvi 7.6
Assists Per Game
1. Sauliute Arvi 3.6
2. Rinkeviciute Arvi 3.6
3. Haynie TEO 3.5
4. Zygelyte Lemmi 3.3
5. Nikonovaite Lais 3.1
Steals Per Game
1.Balciunaite Atleta 4.0
2. Haynie TEO 3.3
3 Naideniene Lemm 3.2
Blocks Per Game
1. Petronyte TEO 2.0
2. Aleksaite Egle 1.3
3. Paugaite Arvi 1.3
2FGP
1. Petronyte TEO 61.6
2. Valuzyte TEO 58.2
3. Jutelyte Laisve 54.0
3FGP
1 Sauliute Arv 51.5
2 Sales TEO 41.5
3 Brovkiene Lai 39.8
Free Throws
1. Marmiene Lais 85.9
2. Nikonovaite Lai 85.7
3. Aglinskaite Rut 84.9


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  MONTENEGRO - Women  


Montenegro win against Ireland in Division B - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro - Ireland 68:56

Montenegrin National Team dealt with Irish team at home in the EuroBasket in Division B opener yesterday. The teams got into Pool A and would fight for top two spots in the group to advance to the semifinal for the chance to get promoted to Division A. The teams traded baskets early on before the hosts went on a massive 8:0 rally to build a 24:10 lead after ten minutes of action. The home team kept their opponents at bay throughout the second frame and secured a 33:22 advantage at halftime. Hajdana Radunovic (192-F/C-78) and Milka Bjelica (193-F-81) fired from downtown at the start of the third frame to mount the pressure. Irish team could not bounce back and appeared trailing by 15 points before the fourth term. Nevertheless Ireland refused to give up. Michelle Aspell (168-G) and Aishling Sullivan (175-G-88) dropped back-to-back trebles and trimmed the deficit to 9 points. But Milka Bjelica scored 4 straight points, while Jelena Skerovic (172-G-80) and Hajdana Radunovic were accurate from the stripe to restore a 16-point advantage late in the game. Ireland never recovered and had to surrender at the end. Milka Bjelica led balanced Montenegrin offense with 17 points and 12 boards. Jelena Skerovic added 14 points and 6 boards, while Ana Baletic (185-G/F-85) contributed 13 points in the win. Moran led all scorers with 19 points for Ireland. Lindsay Peat (170-G-80) and Aishling Sullivan had 8 points apiece in defeat. Montenegro outrebounded their counterparts 38:20 and sank 46% from the field.

Montenegro: Milka Bjelica 17+12 boards, Jelena Skerovic 14, Ana Baletic 13
Ireland: Susan Moran 19, Lindsay Peat 8, Aishling Sullivan 8


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  POLAND - Women  


Bosnia remained alive for three quarters, Poland enjoyed the last - by Eurobasket News
Bosnia and Herzegovina-Poland 68:74 (20-23, 23-18, 18-19, 7-14)

Poland propels to 3-1 record in Group B of Eurobasket qualifications campaign. The team had a road win over Bosnia and Herzegovina in Zenica 68:74. Only due to the last quarter the hosts dropped to 0-4 record. Daria Mieloszynska (188-F-83, college: Texas) led the winners with 17 points. Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, college: Abil.Christian) and Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82) followed her with 14 points apiece. Azra Becirovic (182-G-80) ended up with 22 points in defeat as Savic and Aida Pilav (187-C-87) added 11 each.
Bosnia and Herzegovina plays all the game well, but can not taste the initial win. Azra Becirovic opened the scoring account for the hosts that won the opening tip 17:10. Poland tied the score quickly and Daria Mieloszynska gave her team 23:20 after the first 10 minutes. Savic gave Bosnia the lead back at 28:27 and Stupar improved to 36:31. Poland remained tough and had 43:41 at the half time.
The score was tied four times in the third quarter. It was a tough period but Stupar still kept the hosts in front, 61:60. Pawlak scored for 65:65 and then the guests pushed the tempo in the game. Bosnia and Herzegovina could score only 3 points, while Poland enjoyed 9 more. The visitors stole 74:68 win for 3-1 record in the group.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Azra Becirovic 22, Savic 11, Aida Pilav 11
Poland: Daria Mieloszynska 17, Agnieszka Bibrzycka 14, Ewelina Kobryn 14


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  PORTUGAL - Women  


Sweden cruise past Portugal - by Eurobasket News
Portugal - Sweden 56:78

Sweden started their chase for the Division A spot yesterday. They defeated Portugal in Sao Paio de Gramacos to gain the first win in Group B of Division B. Two top teams of the pool will qualify for the semifinal to play for two available spots in Division A. Sweden dominated the game and deservedly improved to 1-0 record on top of Group B. Portugal used points from Freitas, Paula Muxiri (186-F/C-81, college: ODU) and Sofia Ramalho (168-G-80) to lead 7:2 early in the game. However Sweden responded with a 14:4 rally to surge ahead 16:11 midway through the opening stanza. Elisabeth Egnell (185-F-87, college: Boston Coll.) and Bathold closed the first frame and Sweden appeared leading by 4 points 19:15. Back-to-back trebles from Paula Muxiri and Sofia Ramalho put Portugal in front once again early in the second frame. Sweden did not wait for too long before responding with three-pointers from Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88) and Liljestrand to regain the advantage. Swedish team then went on an 11:0 run to clear off to a 10-point distance. Paula Muxiri trimmed the deficit a bit as the hosts trailed by 7 points at halftime. Sweden made the decisive push in the third quarter. They opened the stanza with an 8:0 rally to enlarge the buffer to as many as 15 points. Anna Barthold (185-F/C-80, college: St.Peter's), Nina Risto (188-F-85, agency: Rasmussen Services) and Nora Olheim (176-G-86) capped the period with 7 points in a row and Sweden entered the fourth quarter ahead by 20 points. The visitors breezed to the victory in the final term keeping Portuguese team at safe distance.
Frida Eldebrink topscored with 23 points for Sweden. Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88) added 16 points in a winning case. Sofia Ramalho and Paula Muxiri answered with 19 points apiece for Portugal. Joana Lopes (185-G/F-86) added 8 points in the loss. Portugal will next travel to Estonia, while Sweden will have a bye in the next round of action before taking on Estonia at home on September 3.

Portugal: Sofia Ramalho 19, Paula Muxiri 19
Sweden: Frida Eldebrink 23, Elin Eldebrink 16, Elisabeth Egnell 8


Boa Viagem sign a new foreign - by Luis Rocha
Sandra Rosa (180-F/C-78), is the new foreign player of B.Viagem. She comes to play as a 3 or 4 and be a key player when it comes to solve games. The roster of B.Viagem is very strong and they certainly will be one of the strong contenders in Liga Feminina. The experience of Rosa can be decisive in many games, and if she gets well adapted may even be one of the best players of the season, it will be good for B.Viagem, the team is trying for some years now to win the title. .

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  ROMANIA - Women  


France won the fourth consecutive game - by Eurobasket News
France-Romania 93:61 (24-11, 24-21, 23-15, 22-14)

France won the fourth consecutive game to stay on track for next season's EuroBasket Women in Latvia. The team defeated Romania in Valenciennes last night 93:61. Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (195-C-86) led the winners with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Emmanuelle Hermouet (184-F-80) netted 14, whilst Endene Miyem (188-F-88) and Emmeline Ndongue (192-F-83) added 11. Ildiko Vass (178-G-78) and Anne-Marie Parau (174-G-84) ended up with 12 points in the losing effort.
Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui flew with her team to score and had 12:4 in the opening tip. Emmeline Ndongue scored four straight points to ignite a 10-2 run at the end of the first quarter for a 24:11 lead and the home side pulled away for a decisive triumph. France won the second period 24:21 and felt comfortable already at that time. Ildiko Vass's jump-shot closed the first half at 48:32 for the hosts.
In the middle of the period France created 11-0 run for 66:38. Again Ildiko Vass reduced for the guests, that time from the arc 71:47. Endene Miyem and Emmanuelle Hermouet posted 5 points in a row as France reached 76:51 at the beginning of the last period. Mandache closed the game for the visitors at 93:61 as Romania fell at 1-3 in the group. France top the group reaching 4-0 record and remains the only undefeated team in it.

France: Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 15+7 rebs, Emmanuelle Hermouet 14, Endene Miyem 11, Emmeline Ndongue 11
Romania: Ildiko Vass 12, Anne-Marie Parau 12


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  SERBIA - Women  


Maltsi too good for Serbia in the opener - by Eurobasket News
Serbia-Greece 82:85 (28-19, 16-24, 22-17, 16-25)

Greece and Serbia opened their EuroBasket Women qualifying campaign in Nis. The game reminded carousel and Greece could grab the victory only in the last period. Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) was unstoppable with 29 points and 4 rebounds. Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78) collected 19 points and 10 assists, while Nicole Soulis (188-F-85, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) scored 12. Ana Perovic (197-C-78) had a great game for the hosts nailing 20 points. Jelena Milovanovic (191-F/C-89) ended up with 18 points and 10 boards and Eric netted 14.
Serbia scored first 10 points in the game and all the spectators noticed a great start from their team. Evanthia Maltsi remained Greece on track from the arc for 12:11. Knezevic's jump-shot saw 28:19 after the opening quarter. Miljkovic increased to 37:26 in the middle of the second. Greece however bounced back and Ana Perovic could only keep Serbia in front for 44:43. Serbia won the third period 22:17 and had 66:60 before the final period. Jelena Milovanovic's jump shot early in the fourth quarter gave Serbia a 68:62 advantage but Evanthia Maltsi had four points in an 8-0 run to put the Greeks in front. Greece didn't take the lead for good until the last minute, however, when Evanthia Maltsi made two free throws for a 74:72 advantage. Dimitra Kalentzou went on the free throw line and made the final 82:85 score.

Serbia: Ana Perovic 20, Jelena Milovanovic 18+10 rebs, Eric 14
Greece: Evanthia Maltsi 29+4 rebs, Dimitra Kalentzou 19+10 ast, Nicole Soulis 12


Serbian National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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4 Marija Eric (164-G-83) of Dynamo Kursk (RUS)
5 Maja Miljkovic (176-G-88) of Real Club Celta Vigo Urban (ESP)
6 Danijela Rizvic (177-G-87) of Hemofarm Vrsac
7 Iva Roglic (189-F-88) of Crvena Zvezda Beograd
8 Ines Kresovic (182-G-84) of Pays d'Aix Basket 13 Provence (FRA)
9 Jelena Milovanovic (191-F/C-89) of MKB Euroleasing Sopron (HUN)

10 Adrijana Knezevic (184-F-87) of Germano Zama Faenza (ITA)
11 Ana Perovic (197-C-78) of Basket Landes (FRA)
12 Zorica Mitov (189-C-87) of Hemofarm Vrsac
13 Dara Kovacevic (197-C-83) of Hemofarm Vrsac
14 Jovana Rad (187-F/C-87) of Spartak Subotica
15 Miljana Musovic (180-G-87) of Set 96 C.B. Olesa (ESP)
Head Coach: Jovica Antonic


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  SLOVENIA - Women  


NT coach Ciglar steps down after loss - by Zeljko Zule
Croatian Zeljko Ciglar officially stepped down as the Slovenian NT coach after the 81-83 home loss to Holland in the opening game of the 2009 Eurobasket Qualifying Round.
Slovenia lead as many as 71-56 in the end of the third quarter, but Holland used a 24-6 run spanning to take a 80-77 lead. Hallman hit a lay-up to make it 82-79 with 37 seconds to play but then made just one of four free-throws. Slovenian Katarina Ilijev was fouled with just 0,7 second left at 81-83 and missed both free-throw shots.
Maja Erkic 22 of her 31 points scored before the half, Mojca Markovic added 18 and Daliborka Jokic 12 while Leonie Kooij led the guests with 23 points including five 3-pointers and 6 rebounds.
SLOVENIA 81 (28+23+20+10): Erkic 31, Ristic 8, Markovic 18, Verbole 3, Jokic 12, Pirsic 9.
HOLLAND 83 (16+21+19+27): Maessen 4, La.Kooij 3, Broering 18, van Schoneveld 1, Beld 1, Biesters 8, Geraedts 2, Le.Kooij 23, Halman 21, van der Hoeth 2.


Kranjska Gora opens Division B - by Eurobasket News
Slovenia - Netherlands 81:83 (28-16, 23-21, 20-19, 10-27)

Slovenia and Netherlands opened Eurobasket Qualifications in Division B. Group A saw the battle where only to the last period the guests grabbed the victory. Netherlands overcame Slovenia in Kranjska Gora 81:83. Leonie Kooij (187-F-86, agency: LBM Management) led the winners with 23 points and 6 rebounds. Naomi Halman (193-F/C-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Cal-Irvine) collected 21 points and 9 rebounds, while Tanya Broring (177-G-84, agency: LBM Management) posted 18. Maja Erkic (182-G/F-85) top-scored for the hosts with 31 points. Mojca Markovic (177-G-79) nailed 18 and Jokic had 12.
Maja Erkic opened the game for the hosts as Slovenia won the opening tip. After 16:14 they produced a 8-0 run and finished the first period at 28:16. Mojca Markovic from the arc made it 40:21 and it seemed that the hosts would celebrate the win in the opener. Naomi Halman however brought Slovenia back to 51:37 at the halftime. Slovenia climbed to minus 10 throughout the period but another three from Mojca Markovic saw 71:56 after three quarters. The most interesting part for the guests started in the last period. They tied the game at 77:77 and Beld and Maessen pulled Netherlands to 77:80. Naomi Halman brought the victory for the guests from the free throw line. Ilijev could tie the score but missed two from the same spot.

Slovenia: Maja Erkic 31, Mojca Markovic 18, Jokic 12
Netherlands: Leonie Kooij 23+6 rebs, Naomi Halman 21+9 rebs, Tanya Broring 18


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  SWEDEN - Women  


Sweden cruise past Portugal - by Eurobasket News
Portugal - Sweden 56:78

Sweden started their chase for the Division A spot yesterday. They defeated Portugal in Sao Paio de Gramacos to gain the first win in Group B of Division B. Two top teams of the pool will qualify for the semifinal to play for two available spots in Division A. Sweden dominated the game and deservedly improved to 1-0 record on top of Group B. Portugal used points from Freitas, Paula Muxiri (186-F/C-81, college: ODU) and Sofia Ramalho (168-G-80) to lead 7:2 early in the game. However Sweden responded with a 14:4 rally to surge ahead 16:11 midway through the opening stanza. Elisabeth Egnell (185-F-87, college: Boston Coll.) and Bathold closed the first frame and Sweden appeared leading by 4 points 19:15. Back-to-back trebles from Paula Muxiri and Sofia Ramalho put Portugal in front once again early in the second frame. Sweden did not wait for too long before responding with three-pointers from Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88) and Liljestrand to regain the advantage. Swedish team then went on an 11:0 run to clear off to a 10-point distance. Paula Muxiri trimmed the deficit a bit as the hosts trailed by 7 points at halftime. Sweden made the decisive push in the third quarter. They opened the stanza with an 8:0 rally to enlarge the buffer to as many as 15 points. Anna Barthold (185-F/C-80, college: St.Peter's), Nina Risto (188-F-85, agency: Rasmussen Services) and Nora Olheim (176-G-86) capped the period with 7 points in a row and Sweden entered the fourth quarter ahead by 20 points. The visitors breezed to the victory in the final term keeping Portuguese team at safe distance.
Frida Eldebrink topscored with 23 points for Sweden. Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88) added 16 points in a winning case. Sofia Ramalho and Paula Muxiri answered with 19 points apiece for Portugal. Joana Lopes (185-G/F-86) added 8 points in the loss. Portugal will next travel to Estonia, while Sweden will have a bye in the next round of action before taking on Estonia at home on September 3.

Portugal: Sofia Ramalho 19, Paula Muxiri 19
Sweden: Frida Eldebrink 23, Elin Eldebrink 16, Elisabeth Egnell 8


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  SWITZERLAND - Women  


Iceland hold off Switzerland in Division B - by Eurobasket News
Iceland - Switzerland 68:53

Icelandic National Team got to a victorious start of their Division B Qualification campaign. In Group A Iceland hosts Switzerland on the first day of the tournament. Helena Sverrisdottir (185-G-88) knocked down 25 points, pulled down 10 boards and dished out 7 assists to pace Iceland to a tough win at the end. The home team jumped ahead early in the game and maintained the lead throughout the period. Augugliaro tied the score early in the second frame but not for long. Helena Sverrisdottir, Kristrun Sigurjonsdottir (178-F-85) and Sigurdardottir regained the advantage for Iceland and sealed it at 39:34 at halftime. The hosts opened the second half with 7 unanswered points and piled up a 12-point lead. Switzerland managed to cut the deficit to 8 points heading into the fourth period. However a 12:2 rally from the home team at the start of the fourth quarter left no chance for Swiss team. Iceland grabbed the initiative and drove to a confident victory at the end. Kristrun Sigurjonsdottir provided 14 points for Iceland. Palina Gunnlaugsdottir (170-G-87) added 11 points and 5 boards for the winners. Karen Twehues (183-G-83, college: Cincinnati) notched 12 points, 5 boards and 5 assists for Switzerland. Caroline Turin (172-F-87) contributed 11 points in defeat. Iceland will next host Slovenia, while Switzerland will travel to Montenegro.

Iceland: Helena Sverrisdottir 25+10 boards, Kristrun Sigurjonsdottir 14, Palina Gunnlaugsdottir 11
Switzerland: Karen Twehues 12, Caroline Turin 11


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  TURKEY - Women  


Turkey outscore Italy in Chieti - by Eurobasket News
Italy-Turkey 55:63 (13-18, 10-15, 18-14, 14-16)

Turkey outscore Italy in Chieti of EuroBasket Women qualifications. The first half was enough to stay undefeated in Group B with 63:55 win. Nevriye Yilmaz (195-C-80) paced all the winners with 15 points and 7 rebounds. Saziye Karsli (185-F-82) netted 13, while Nevin Nevlin (196-F/C-85, college: Stanford) added 11. Chiara Pastore (172-G-86) ended up with 12 points, while Kathrin Ress (193-F-85, college: Boston Coll.) collected 11 points and 9 boards.
Alben started the scoring list for the guests and then Turkey had 2:10 in the opening tip. Italy reduced the gap and Chiara Pastore closed to 13:18 after the first period. Turkey played even better in the second quarter and Nevin Nevlin made 21:31 throughout the period. It was her again to send the teams to the lockers for 23:33.
A Simona Ballardini three capped a 7-0 run for the Azzurre and reduced the deficit to 41:45 late in the third quarter. Nevriye Yilmaz's jump-shot brought 41:47 after three quarters played. The intrigue remained until the end of the game and Italy did not want to give up. Gianolla with a lay-up pulled her team to 55:70 with 32 seconds to go. Those points were however the last for the hosts as Turkey remained tough in defense. The visitors scored three more points for 55:63 road win.

Italy: Chiara Pastore 12, Kathrin Ress 11+9 rebs
Turkey: Nevriye Yilmaz 15+7 rebs, Saziye Karsli 13, Nevin Nevlin 11


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  UNITED KINGDOM - Women  


Israel poured in 100 to join the top teams in Group A - by Eurobasket News
Great Britain - Israel 80:100 (30-27, 12-23, 18-31, 20-19)

Israel joined another two teams on top of Group A after a road win in Cardiff. The team poured in 100 points against 80 from Great Britain. Mirav Dori (178-F-86) led the winners with 20 points and 4 rebounds. Suez Karni netted 16, while Shay Doron (175-G-85, college: Maryland) posted 14. Megan Moody (188-G/F-83, college: Tulsa) ended up with 17 points and Sarah McKay (201-C-85, college: Indiana) added 12. Israel joined Ukraine and Lithuania at the top of the Group A standings with 3-1 records. EuroBasket Women qualifying game in Cardiff remained Great Briatain 1-3 in Group A.
Great Britain was a fresher team in the beginning scoring the basket after basket. Hutchinson made the second free throw for 19:8 with 5 minutes in the first. Levitsky closed the offensive quarter at 30:27 for the hosts.
Israel went on an 11-0 run bridging the opening two periods for a 34:30 lead. Shay Doron tied the game later again for 42:42 and then the guests finished the half with 8-0 run for 42:50.
The wheels then fell off for the hosts as Israel scored the next 20 points in the game for a 42:57 lead with 8:30 left in the third quarter. Even though Great Britain won the last period 20:19 they lost the game itself. Cohen with a jump-shot scored for three digits as Israel celebrated 100:80 victory.

Great Britain: Megan Moody 17, Sarah McKay 12
Israel: Mirav Dori 20+4 rebs, Suez Karni 16, Shay Doron 14


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  WNBA - Women  


Sun gearing up for playoff run - by Eurobasket News
When last we left the WNBA season a major pennant race had commenced in the Eastern Conference.

The first-place Sun (16-10), second-place New York Liberty (15-10) and third-place Detroit Shock (16-11) are well-positioned for a run at the conference title and the home court advantage it provides in the playoffs.

That's where we are now, Olympic gold medal in hand, as the season begins again tonight for the Sun in Indiana.

'Everybody here is anxious to get restarted,' said Sun coach Mike Thibault , an assistant on the U.S. team in Beijing. 'The best part about the break for us was we got to stay in first place for about a month and that can change within a few hours on Thursday. It's going to be quite a race.' The month off has given every WNBA team a chance to rest, recharge and retool.

The Sun have added Australian guard Erin Phillips and former UConn star Svetlana Abrosimova, who was signed Wednesday. The Shock, who lost All-Star forward Cheryl Ford to a knee injury during their brawl with Los Angeles, traded for former Sun forward Taj McWilliams-Franklin and signed former UConn star Kelly Schumacher.

'We looked at our ball club with Cheryl down and it was clear that we needed a veteran presence,' Shock coach Bill Laimbeer said. 'So we brought in Taj [from Washington]. She's an experienced player and she can make our team better with her calmness and pointers to our players. They respect her.' The Sun, who have eight games left, travel to Atlanta Friday before returning to Mohegan Sun Arena Sunday to play Seattle.

'The break has definitely allowed for those players with injuries and everything to heal up and to refocus,' said Sun forward Tamika Whitmore, who was dealing with knee and back issues. 'The Sun definitely got to gel more since we had a lot of new faces at the beginning of the year and didn't have anyone on the Olympic squads.' The Shock, defending conference champions, will also be without suspended Elaine Powell (one game) and Plenette Pierson (two games).

'We talked about winning all seven remaining games,' Laimbeer said. 'That is our goal; that is what we're focused on. Whether it happens or not, obviously the other team will have something to say about it; we're comfortable. We're healthy, we're rested; we're mentally charged and we're going for it.' McWilliams-Franklin said she had a feeling she might be traded. Now, one of the most accomplished and popular players in Sun history will be in position to torment them during the most important stretch of the season.

'I had a premonition about being traded and it came true, you kind of see it coming,' McWilliams-Franklin said. 'It wasn't a complete surprise; I was more surprised on where I went. . . . I am happy I landed in Detroit. I think Coach Laimbeer has been trying to get me since I landed in Connecticut.'

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Connecticut signs Abrosimova, waives Anderson - by Eurobasket News
Connecticut Sun announced Wednesday the signing of former Minnesota Lynx and UConn forward Svetlana Abrosimova (6'2''-F-80, college: Connecticut), who will join the team for the rest of this season beginning Friday in Atlanta, where the Sun face the Dream.
As per team policy, no terms were released.

'Svetlana will bring us a great veteran presence at the three and four positions,' Sun coach Mike Thibault said. 'Her ability to score from both the perimeter and in the lane will add a great dynamic to our offense. She played very well for Russia in the Olympics.'

A 6-foot-2 native of St. Petersburg, Russia, Abrosimova helped her country win the Bronze Medal at the Olympics in Beijing this summer, averaging 7.4 points and 6.6 rebounds in eight tournament games. Drafted out of UConn with the seventh overall pick in 2001, Abrosimova averaged 10 points and 4.4 rebounds per game in seven seasons with the Lynx.

'I've been in the league for seven years, and played for one team,' Abrosimova said Wednesday. 'I made good friends there, but I'm excited to be going to a different team, and especially the team in Connecticut. I'm very excited to be playing in front of the Connecticut people again. I'm just hoping I can help Connecticut win a championship.'

Abrosimova enjoyed a storied career at UConn, where she graduated as the only player in program history to rank in the top-10 in points, rebounds, assists and steals. She was a member of UConn's 2000 National Championship team, and left UConn as the fifth-ranked scorer in program history, with 1,865 points.

'When it comes to acquiring players, our only goal is to sign people who can help us win games,' Connecticut Sun General Manager Chris Sienko said. 'Svetlana's popularity in Connecticut is a great bonus, but our reason for signing her is to improve our chances of winning a title.'

To make room on the roster for Abrosimova, the Sun waived rookie guard Jolene Anderson (5'8''-G-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Wisconsin), who was selected in the second round of the 2008 WNBA Draft.

'It's hard to let a player go at this point in the season,' said Thibault of Anderson, who appeared in 24 games with seven starts for the Sun, averaging four points per game. 'She's done a great job for us, but our feeling as a staff is that we needed more veteran experience as we attempt to win a championship.'

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WNBA's Sparks add center Dydek - by Jim Dod
The Los Angeles Sparks signed veteran center Malgorzata Dydek (7'0''-C-74) on Tuesday, it was announced. Dydek, 34, a 10-year WNBA veteran, Poland Sports Woman of the Year and MVP of the Polish League Finals, has averaged 10 points, 6.7 rebounds and 2.7 blocks in her WNBA career. Dydek was the first overall pick in the 1998 WNBA draft going to the Utah Starzz. She was then traded by the San Antonio Silver Stars to the Connecticut Sun in 2005. Dydek currently holds the record for most blocks in a WNBA career, with 811 in 289 games. 'Margo is a veteran who brings experience and solid defensive presence to our frontcourt,' said Sparks' head coach Michael Cooper. 'She's a good, seasoned vet that can block shots, rebound and finish.' 'I'm really excited to be part of the Sparks' organization,' Dydek said. 'I know what the team stands for and understand that the goal is to win a third championship this year. Coach Cooper explained why I'm here and my role on the team, and I'm looking forward to fulfilling that role.'

26 current and former WNBA players win medals at 2008 Olympic Games - by Eurobasket News
U.S. Olympic Women's Basketball Team defeated Australia in Saturday's gold medal game in Beijing, bringing the total to 26 current or former WNBA players who earned medals at the 2008 Olympic Games. Russia defeated China for the bronze medal. The WNBA was heavily represented with 39 current and former players on Olympic rosters. In addition, a current or former player participated for 10 of the 12 countries in Beijing.

The United States has now won four consecutive Olympic gold medals and six of nine overall since women's basketball debuted at the Olympics in 1976. With the victory, Anne Donovan became the first female to win a gold medal as a player and also lead a team to gold as head coach. Lisa Leslie, who boasts an unblemished 32-0 record over her 12-year Olympic career, has earned gold in an unprecedented four consecutive Olympic Games, which stands as the most by any female participant in Olympic team sports. Leslie is tied with Teresa Edwards as winning the most-ever gold medals in women's basketball. Leslie earned her medals in 1996, 2000, 2004 and 2008 while Edwards won gold in 1984, 1988, 1996 and 2000 plus bronze in 1992.

'My vision, my dream was to have four gold medals around my neck by the time we finished our last game here in Beijing,' said Leslie. 'It's just been awesome for me to experience this for the fourth time with such a great group. We've really just worked hard and hung our hats on our defense and our pressure. Offensively, the ball found the open player every single time we came down the floor. I thought we were the team who played the best basketball this whole Olympics. I feel so confident in where USA Basketball is going to go in the future.'

Each of the 12 members of the U.S. Olympic Women's Basketball Team won gold, led by Leslie (Los Angeles Sparks) and three-time Olympic gold medalist Katie Smith (Detroit Shock). Sue Bird (Seattle Storm), Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever), Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury), DeLisha Milton-Jones (Los Angeles Sparks) and Tina Thompson (Houston Comets) all earned their second gold medal.

First-time Olympians and gold-medalists for the United States include rookie standouts Candace Parker (Los Angeles Sparks) and Sylvia Fowles (Chicago Sky) as well as Kara Lawson (Sacramento Monarchs), Seimone Augustus (6'1''-G-84, college: LSU) (Minnesota Lynx) and Cappie Pondexter (Phoenix Mercury).

The silver medal-winning Australian Olympic Team featured eight current or former WNBA players, led by reigning WNBA MVP Lauren Jackson (Seattle Storm) and Tully Bevilaqua (Indiana Fever). Jackson, who will undergo routine arthroscopic surgery on her right ankle in Sydney this week, earned her third consecutive silver medal, having also come up just short to the U.S. in 2000 and 2004.

Becky Hammon (San Antonio Silver Stars) helped lead Russia to the bronze medal after defeating China.

The 2008 WNBA season will resume play on Aug. 28. A complete list of current and former WNBA players that earned Olympic medals follows.


WNBA MEDAL WINNERS

Gold Medalists

Player Team WNBA Years
Seimone Augustus United States 2006-present
Sue Bird United States 2002-present
Tamika Catchings United States 2001-present
Sylvia Fowles United States 2008-present
Kara Lawson United States 2003-present
Lisa Leslie United States 1997-present
DeLisha Milton-Jones United States 1999-present
Candace Parker United States 2008-present
Cappie Pondexter United States 2006-present
Katie Smith United States 1999-present
Diana Taurasi United States 2004-present
Tina Thompson United States 1997-present


Silver Medalists

Suzy Batkovic Australia 2005
Tully Bevilaqua Australia 1998, 2000-present
Kristi Harrower Australia 1998-99, 2001-03, 2005
Lauren Jackson Australia 2001-present
Erin Phillips Australia 2006
Belinda Snell Australia 2005-07
Laura Summerton Australia 2005-06
Penny Taylor Australia 2001-07


Bronze Medalists

Svetlana Abrosimova Russia 2001-07
Becky Hammon Russia 1999-present
Ilona Korstine Russia 2001
Irina Osipova Russia 2006
Maria Stepanova Russia 1998-2001, 2005
Natalia Vodopyanova Russia 2005

Courtesy of WNBA