EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 8/5/2008

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  ABA   


CLEVELAND ROCKERS SET TO PLAY THIS SEASON - by Bruno Baltazar
The ABA announced that the Cleveland Rockers are set to begin play in December in an exciting renovated arena created especially to suit the Rockers with a brand new wood floor, corporate suits and a team office suite.

According to Joe Newman, ABA CEO, 'We are extremely pleased that after eight months of effort, Pierre Hall and his organization were able to put this together; the Rockers will be a great addition to the league.'

The team is owned by Elite Sports & Entertainment group headed by Pierre Hall, the President and GM. Pierre has a strong background in both sales and marketing and is the perfect combination of sports professional and business man. He has previously been GM for three ABA teams and has been a part of the ABA for over four years. He currently represents several professional basketball players, is a Pro-Trainer and also owns and is developing a chain of training schools throughout the country called Americas Proprepping Athletic Schools ( www.propreppers.com ).

'It is very exciting for us to have this wonderful new facility and to be part of the fast-growing ABA,' added Hall. 'There's no doubt that this is a league on the move and we are proud to be a part of it. We have tryouts scheduled, a dance team and mascot tryouts scheduled and have our ticket sales, sponsorship sales and intern program in full swing. We will be ready and strong.'

For more information about the Cleveland Rockers call 216-587-7827, email Pierre Hall at pierre@clevelandrockersfan.com, or visit www.Clevelandrockersfan.com.


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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


News from Partizan, Bosna, Cibona and Olimpija - by Dragan Jankovski
Reining Serbian and Adriatic league champion Partizan Igokea extended contract with power forward Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) until summer 2010. Velickovic, who is currently important part of the project of Serbian senior National Team, had a valid contract for one more year but both sides agreed to extend it for another one. It is the last prove that Velikovic won't leave the Black-and-whites this summer as it was mentioned over the past month. Except of Pekovic, Kecman and Palacio, Velickovic also had an extremely important role in his team last season. He played 22 games in Euroleague finishing it as a fifth rebounder with 6.9 rpg. At the same time he had 10.6 ppg and 1.6 apg. Almost the same digits Velickovic registered in Adriatic league as well as in Serbian Superleague.
As a reminder Partizan Igokea already agreed terms with Jan Vesely (210-F/C-90), Aleksandar Rasic (195-G-84, agency: Beo Basket) and Vukasin Aleksic (185-G-85, agency: Beo Basket) at the off-season.

After signing of Nikola Vucurovic (200-G/F-80) and Ivan Ivanovic (205-F-80, agency: Beo Basket), Bosnian champion Bosna ASA BHT added guard Stanley Burrell (191-G-84) to its roster. Burell is coming from USA University Xavier as a All-Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year -08. He played 37 games for Xavier at his senior year averaging 9.7 ppg, 2.2 rpg and 3.8 apg.

Cibona Zagreb agreed terms with American point guard Earl Calloway (190-G-83, college: Indiana). The player spent last season in NBDL team Fort Wayne Mad Ants averaging 19 ppg, 5.1 rpg and 2 spg for 50 games.

Union Olimpija inked center Vladimir Golubovic (212-C-86) from Vojvodina Srbijagas. Golubovic spent some time at NBA Summer league in Orlando and later in Las Vegas showing pretty good performance. He was mentioned as a replacement for Nikola Pekovic in Partizan Igokea during the last couple of weeks. However, it seems that head coach Dusko Vujosevic will try to find another center to fulfill a huge gap in the paint which happened after Pekovic's leaving to Panathinaikos.


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  AUSTRIA   


Transfer update - by Stefan Heinrich
The Austrian Cup winner Gmunden Swans presented Anthony Fisher (191-G-83) as replacement for Ian Boylan (198-G/F-83, agency: Passing Lane, college: Cal.St. Northridge), who moved to Poland. Fischer played his senior season for Tennessee Tech and in 32 games he had 17.1ppg, 3.1rpg and 3.6apg. The Swans hope that Fisher will bring them more scoring from the PG spot, while their former PG Petter Hutter will play on the SF position in the next season.

WBC Kraftwerk Wels signed Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Massachusetts) for the 2008/09 season. The Danish All-Star MVP played college basketball for the University of Massachusetts and he played his first pro season in Denmark for Naestved. He led the Danish league in Scoring with 24.5ppg and he shot 40.0% from 3 point range, which helped him to be voted into the All-Danish League 2nd Team and also in the All-Imports Team.

Kapfenberg Bulls found the replacement for Kevin Nelson (192-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Park) in Jeremy Fears (196-G-85, college: Bradley). The very quick and athletic Guard should help the team with his very athletic way to play. He started his College career at Ohio State but after tragic case of death in his family he moved to the NCAA II school of S. Carol - Aiken where he averaged 17ppg, 4prg and 4apg. Fears signed a 1 year contract and Kapfenberg has the option to extend the contract for another 2 seasons.

The Austrian champion of Furstenfeld announced today that Anthony Shavies (191-G-83, agency: Court Side, college: Missouri St.) and Shelton Colwell (202-F-80, agency: Court Side, college: Missouri St.) will not return to the team for the next season. Both had very good offers but they decided to look for new teams for the upcoming season.

The Austrian National Team Center Martin Kohlmaier (218-C-84, agency: Octagon) signed in the Spanish LEB with UB La Palma. Kohlmaier had a very succesful season for St. Polten where he had 17.4ppg, 7.8rpg and 1.2bpg.


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  AZERBAIJAN   


U20 EC, division B: Ireland takes it easily over Azerbaijan - by Eurobasket News
U20 Ireland - U20 Azerbaijan 80-51

In the battle between two winless teams of Preliminary Group B, Ireland celebrated without any bigger efforts. It means that Ireland improved its score to 1-2 while Azerbaijan dropped on 0-3 on U20 European Championship division B in Targu Mures. With this victory Ireland kept its hope for the next stage alive. It chances for that are not so good but still they exist. Namely, if Ireland succeeds to beat Sweden tomorrow and if Czech Republic looses its two games until the end, Ireland will book a spot for the Qualifying Round. However, it is hard to believe that Azerbaijan is able to beat Czechs in the last round.

The main problem for Azerbaijanis today was a stroke from behind the arc as they made just 2 of 28 attempts, which is just 7.1%. On the other side Ireland recorded 50% making 6 of 12. Keith Anderson (188-G-89) and his teammates had much better beginning as after 10 minutes it already was plus 9 for their team. Azerbaijan entered into the second stanza with attitude which resulted with 20-17 but very soon Ireland created 18-6 run for 38-23 at the half time. Nothing has changed after the breather as Keith Anderson continued with domination at the offensive and for Ireland while on the other side Amil Hamzayev (200-C-90) didn't get a proper help from his teammates. At the half way of the last frame Ireland had unreachable plus 20 in its pocket.

Keith Anderson was the best scorer for the winning team today with 29 points. Hennebry helped Ireland adding 16 points and 4 rebounds while Finn had 13 points. Amil Hamzayev registered double-double in Azerbaijan - 22 points and 10 rebounds. Anar Hajiyev (198-G-88) was behind him with 11 points and 9 boards.


U20 Ireland - U20 Azerbaijan 80-51
(17-8, 21-15, 19-15, 23-13)

Ireland:
Keith Anderson 29, Hennebry 16 (4 rebs), Finn 13
Azerbaijan: Amil Hamzayev 22 (10 rebs), Anar Hajiyev 11 (9 rebs)


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  BARBADOS   


Standings
Premier L. Standings
 1. Lakers 11-3 
 2. Bulls 9-5 
 3. Cavaliers 9-5 
 4. Deacons 8-6 
 5. Sonics 8-6 
 6. Warriors 6-8 
 7. Pinelands 4-10 
 8. Tridents 1-13 


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  BELGIUM   


U20 EC, division B: Belgium outsmarts Estonia for top of Group C - by Eurobasket News
U20 Belgium - U20 Estonia 86-81

In the battle between two at that moment undefeated teams Belgium succeeded to beat Estonia securing the top position in Preliminary Group C. As a reminder both teams already booked spots for the next stage on U20 European Championship division B in Targu Mures. This game was very important as the winner will transfer the victory to the Qualifying Round. Belgium showed slightly better performance in the first quarter ending it 28-24. Mostly owing to Geoffrey Hockins (188-G-88) Belgians grabbed advantage of seven points in 16th minute but their joy didn't last long. Sten Sokk (181-G-89) and Tanel Kurbas (195-F-88) shined in Estonia and together with Rain Raadik (204-C-89) created 13-5 run for 47-48 at the half time. Third stanza was totally leveled. It was basket after basket game which ended 14-14. Game is decided with minute and a half to go when Boris Penninck (205-C-88) hit a jump shot with a foul netting the free throw after that. At the next possession Estonians missed while Geoffrey Hockins got fouled making two FTs for 82-76 with 00:59 remaining.

Geoffrey Hockins was totally the best player for the winning side collecting 22 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. He made 6 of 6 attempts for FG2, 1 of 5 for 3-pts and 7 of 8 from the free throw line. Thomas Dreesen (201-F-88, agency: Court Side) was behind him scoring 15 points while Ludovic Pourtoit (182-G-88) and Olivier Troisfontaines (194-G/F-89) added 11 points and 6 rebounds each. Tanel Kurbas once again was the leading player of his team but this time his 24 points wasn't enough for Estonia. Baltic team also got 15 points, 5 boards and 6 assists from Sten Sokk while Timo Eichfuss (199-F-88) also had 15 points but with 4 rebounds. In the next round Belgium will meet Switzerland while Estonia already played its four games in Preliminary Round.


U20 Belgium - U20 Estonia 86-81
(28-24, 19-24, 14-14, 25-19)

Belgium:
Geoffrey Hockins 22 (7 rebs, 7 as), Thomas Dreesen 15, Ludovic Pourtoit 11 (6 rebs), Olivier Troisfontaines 11 (6 rebs)
Estonia: Tanel Kurbas 24, Sten Sokk 15 (5 rebs, 6 as), Timo Eichfuss 15 (4 rebs)


Division II - Various news - by Bertrand Larsimont
The Commission for Licences refused to grant a Division I licence to BBC Bree for the 2008-09 season. The board of the 2008 Division I vice-champion club decided therefore to join Division II next season. BBC Bree had received its licence under conditions on April 16th, 2008. As conditions were not met, the Commission for Licences finally decided to withdraw BBC Bree's 2008-09 Division I licence on June 25th.
In appeal of the decision, the vice-champions could not lodge the requested bank guarantee of 750000 EUR as a security. BBC Bree had already lost its ULEB Cup spot (finally offered to BC Oostende) because of the licence problem.
The Division I season will be played with only 9 teams. Through the local press, BBC Bree's President Mr. Monnens said that the club intends to make one step backwards before coming back stronger than ever to the elite. Next season's team should be built around remaining 2007-08 Division I players: Brian Lynch (198-G/F-78, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Villanova), Odell Hodge (203-F/C-73, college: ODU) and Ronnie McCollum (192-G-78, college: Centenary).

Also to be mentioned: former Belgian Lion Daniel Goethals (206-C-69) will be back in Division II. His current team, BC Carnieres won the 2007-08 Division III playoffs against Excelsior Brussels (of Eric Struelens, also a former Lion and ex-Real Madrid). Pitzemburg of former CEP Fleurus player Dieter Billet (204-C-78) as well as Essor Charleroi of former Division I players Emmanuel Mampuya (198-F-79) and David Mukeba (200-C-72) will also play in Division II next season. Sint-Truiden will cease all activities due to financial problems.


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Two import players in Spartak Pleven - by Valentin Anguelov
American Rob Preston (206-F/C-82, college: Akron) and Bosnian Fuad Memcic (210-C/F-82, agency: Promotex) are the latest additions to the roster of Spartak Pleven.

Preston spent the last couple of seasons playing for Levski Sofia, after a college career at Akron. In his first professional season (2006/07) he averaged 10.6 ppg and 6.2 rpg in 31 games. He was selected for the HDI All Star Game in 2007 and took silver in the Cup of Bulgaria with Levski. Last season he had 9.9 ppg, 5.2 rpg and 1.3 apg in 40 games, but he couldn't play all the way through the palyoffs because of a groin injury.

Memcic is a Bosnian, who also has Slovenian citizenship. He started playing professionally in 2000/01 with Pivovarna Lasko. With that team he has several seasons of ULEB Cup experience, as well as appearances in the semifinals of the Adriatic League in 2002 and the Slovenian Cup final in 2005. In 2006 he moved on to Austrian club VIVA 49ers Mattersburg for two seasons, while last year he signed in Spain with Desarollo Utebo. There he notched up career highs of 16.8 ppg, 7.7 rpg and 2.5 rpg.

Earlier this summer Spartak Pleven already secured the services of two former players of Euroins Cherno More - Vladimir Marinov (185-G-85) and Veselin Georgiev (196-F-86). All foreign players, except Sasa Topcov, were let go (i.e. - Vladimir Jojic, Melvin Abrams, Aleksandar Kalanj, Milos Zivanovic and Bozo Barac). All other players will stay at the club for the upcoming season.

Spartak Pleven start preseason training next Monday at 6 PM.


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  CROATIA   


Ivanov stays in BC Zabok - by Marin Stipanic
Although large number of fans thought diffrently Ive Ivanov decided to stay in BC Zabok. Ivanov signed one year more for the team from Zagreb suburb. Although he had offers from Ukraine he realised that the best thing for him is to stay in Zabok. Ivanov was best player in Zabok last season so coach Dragutin rnjevi is aware how valuable player he got. After signing Nikola Garma, Saa Jankovi,Tomislav Draovi,Vedran Naki and Luka Katuri BCZ has solid chances to play important role in national championship.We will have chance to see how things are going on on august 28th when BC Zabok is playing against Lokomotiv Rostov from Russia. Game will be held in Ogulin.

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  CUBA   


CARICOM in Mexico, Cuba in the Group B - by Alessandro Fontana
The CARICOM 2008 will start on 27th August 2008 in Mexico, in Chetumal and Cancun.
Cuba is in the group B with Puerto Rico, Panama and Costa Rica.
The first game will be on 27th August against Panama, the second game on 28th August will be 'the big match' against the strongest team of the whole tournament, Puerto Rico and the last game it will be against Costa Rica on 29th August.
Cuba has to begin good and defeat Panama, that result would be great because it would give the possibility to qualify for the second round.
The Cuban National Team is in La Ciudad Deportiva in La Habana to train and prepare for the tournament.
Allens Jemmott (193-G-80) is already in Top-form for the Caricom.
A. Fontana


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J.J Montgomery for the Champions!!! - by Nasios Orinos
Keravnos announced signing of American star J.J. Montgomery. Jeremy, is coming from JKKS Gornik Walbrzych (Poland), where he added 19.3 points per game, 6 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.5 steals. Jeremy is 1.93 cm tall and plays the guard position. He had appearances in NCAA with 18 and 16.5 points per game each season (2003-2005) and Huima (Finland, 1st Division, 2005-2007) with 33.3 and 28.5 points per game respectively each season. In February 2007, he moved to Makedonikos, Greece A1, where he finished the season with 14 points per game. J.J will not only add an offensive flavour to the team but will also add a defensive tone to the current Cypriot Champions since he is a good defensive player. We won the championship last year by playing good defence. We plan to do the same this year, as the team spokes person, George Sphiktos stated to eurobasket.com.
No doubt that Keravnos aims at staying at the throne in the new season.
Having in mind the style that the team likes to play, the team is probably at search of a playmaker and a centre.
The next days will show!


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U20 EC, division B: Czech Republic suffers serious defeat against Germany - by Eurobasket News
U20 Czech Republic - U20 Germany 57-100

It seems that no one is able to stop the Germans on the U20 European Championship division B in Targu Mures. They easily get through the Preliminary Group B with score 4-0. On the other side Czech Republic has a small chance to reach the next stage. In the last round Czechs will have to beat Azerbaijan, what is easier part of this calculation. The second part is that Sweden will have to suffer defeat against Ireland, what would be counted as a big surprise.

Germany controlled glasses at the both ends of the court. After 40 minutes they stopped on 15 + 35 while Czechs had just 6 + 21. At the same time the Germans had solid stroke from behind the arc as well as for FG2, what made this job even easier for them. Germany opened this game in style making 9-18 after 5 minutes. Very soon Tibor Pleiss (215-F/C-89) and Lucca Staiger (196-G-88) took care took care for 18-32. In the second frame Czechs had poor performance at the offensive end which Germans exploited to create huge 29-54 at the half time. After that moment it was clear that there is no any hope for Czech Republic until the end. Tibor Pleiss and Philipp Schwethelm (200-F-89, agency: Court Side) continued with good decisions in offense while one the other side Vojtech Hruban (197-F-89) was the only one who tried to do something more for his team. Unfortunately he didn't get any help from his teammates which resulted with 43 points defeat at the end.

Tibor Pleiss once again paced Germany to victory registering double-double 19 points and 12 rebounds. Lucca Staiger posted 17 points while Philipp Schwethelm delivered 12. Vojtech Hruban was the best player in Chzech Republic scoring 17 points. The loosing side also got 10 points and 4 rebounds from Jiri Slavik (203-F-89).


U20 Czech Republic - U20 Germany 57-100
(18-32, 11-22, 21-25, 7-21)

Czech Republic:
Vojtech Hruban 17, Jiri Slavik 10 (4 rebs)
Germany: Tibor Pleiss 19 (12 rebs), Lucca Staiger 17, Philipp Schwethelm 12


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Kearse and Vrcelj signing in Denmark - by Nemanja Bjedov
American combo guard Mychal Kearse (193-G-83, college: Mt.St.Mary's) signed a two-year deal with the Danish Canal Digital Ligaen side SISU Elite, while the Serbian center Ljubisa Vrcelj (210-C-84, college: Jacksonville) inked a season long contract with the same team.
The 24-year old Kearse was named the Northeast Conference Defensive Player of the Year in his last two collegiate seasons in a vote conducted by the conference's head coaches. In the summer of 2007 Mychal was voted the joint MVP of the Santa Lucia Summer League in Spain where he averaged 21.7 PPG, 9.3 RPG, and 2.7 APG in three games played. He was also included in the ideal starting five of the tournament. At the end of the season 2008-09 Kearse will have an option of changing teams would a better offer come his way.

Vrcelj decided to join SISU Elite in hopes of kick-starting his career in Europe after previously playing only half of the season 2007/08 in the Cypriot top league for Frederick Achilleas Kaimakliou.
SISU Basketball finished the last season in the eight place with a record of six victories and 18 defeats. Earlier this month the club became fully professional and decided to bring in Vrcelj as one of the instrumental players which should help them have a successful campaign.


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D-League Related NBA News - by Surujh Roopnarine
Dwayne Mitchell (6'5''-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: La-Lafayette) Signed by Los Angeles Lakers
Former Iowa Energy All-Star Dwayne Mitchell has been signed by the Los Angeles Lakers. In 31 games including 29 starts with the Energy, Mitchell averaged 20.4 points, 6.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.60 steals in 37.3 minutes, earning a spot in the 2008 D-League All-Star game. The former Louisiana-Lafayette high-flyer, left the D-League in February to play with Brose Baskets Bamberg. In 20 games with Bamberg, Mitchell, averaged 10.7 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.3 assists while shooting 50.4% from the field. This summer, the high-flying Mitchell played for the Lakers Summer League entry in Las Vegas. While he did not stand out statistically, he did display an offensive growth to his game which he had lacked prior to his rookie season in the D-League. Mitchell averaged 6.7 points on 61.9% shooting, 1.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 0.83 steals in 15.0 minutes over six games.

Fazekas Now an Unrestricted Free Agent
Former Nevada-Reno star center Nick Fazekas (6'11''-F-85, agency: Octagon, college: Nevada) had his qualifying offer from the Los Angeles Clippers withdrawn, thus making him an unrestricted free agent. Signed by the Clippers as a free agent on March 18, Fazekas appeared in 26 games last season for Los Angeles, averaging 4.1 points, 3.4 rebounds and 0.4 assists in 10.3 minutes. Originally drafted with the 34th overall pick of the 2007 NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks, Fazekas spent most of the 2007-08 season with the Tulsa 66ers of the D-League. Fazekas averaged 19.2 points, 9.9 rebounds and 1.7 assists while shooting 55.1% from the field in 28 games with the 66ers.


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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


Al Horford National Team Member - by Herubey Grassals

The Dominican Republic national team has announced the NBA Al Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida) (208-F/C-86, college: Florida) will be part of the national team that wiil participate in Centro Basket tournament next August 26th in Mexico, Horford which was the runner up for rookie of the year on last NBA season playing with the Atlanta Hawks said that his is exicted to play with his country national team, it's a dream come true Horford said, Al have been calling Francisco Garcia (201-F-81, agency: Octagon, college: Louisville) about the possibility that he joins the national team also. Now with Al Horford on the national team the Dominican Republic have very good chances to win the gold in Centro Basket.




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  ESTONIA   


U20 EC, division B: Belgium outsmarts Estonia for top of Group C - by Eurobasket News
U20 Belgium - U20 Estonia 86-81

In the battle between two at that moment undefeated teams Belgium succeeded to beat Estonia securing the top position in Preliminary Group C. As a reminder both teams already booked spots for the next stage on U20 European Championship division B in Targu Mures. This game was very important as the winner will transfer the victory to the Qualifying Round. Belgium showed slightly better performance in the first quarter ending it 28-24. Mostly owing to Geoffrey Hockins (188-G-88) Belgians grabbed advantage of seven points in 16th minute but their joy didn't last long. Sten Sokk (181-G-89) and Tanel Kurbas (195-F-88) shined in Estonia and together with Rain Raadik (204-C-89) created 13-5 run for 47-48 at the half time. Third stanza was totally leveled. It was basket after basket game which ended 14-14. Game is decided with minute and a half to go when Boris Penninck (205-C-88) hit a jump shot with a foul netting the free throw after that. At the next possession Estonians missed while Geoffrey Hockins got fouled making two FTs for 82-76 with 00:59 remaining.

Geoffrey Hockins was totally the best player for the winning side collecting 22 points, 7 rebounds and 7 assists. He made 6 of 6 attempts for FG2, 1 of 5 for 3-pts and 7 of 8 from the free throw line. Thomas Dreesen (201-F-88, agency: Court Side) was behind him scoring 15 points while Ludovic Pourtoit (182-G-88) and Olivier Troisfontaines (194-G/F-89) added 11 points and 6 rebounds each. Tanel Kurbas once again was the leading player of his team but this time his 24 points wasn't enough for Estonia. Baltic team also got 15 points, 5 boards and 6 assists from Sten Sokk while Timo Eichfuss (199-F-88) also had 15 points but with 4 rebounds. In the next round Belgium will meet Switzerland while Estonia already played its four games in Preliminary Round.


U20 Belgium - U20 Estonia 86-81
(28-24, 19-24, 14-14, 25-19)

Belgium:
Geoffrey Hockins 22 (7 rebs, 7 as), Thomas Dreesen 15, Ludovic Pourtoit 11 (6 rebs), Olivier Troisfontaines 11 (6 rebs)
Estonia: Tanel Kurbas 24, Sten Sokk 15 (5 rebs, 6 as), Timo Eichfuss 15 (4 rebs)


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Eurobasket Summer League (Salt Lake City) Day 1 results and boxscores - by Darryl Reshaw

Barcelona and Naples squared off in the third game on Friday night as Naples nipped Barcelona 96-91.
The Naples team had five players who scored in double figures as they outscored Barcelona 26-5 at the free throw line.
Naples continued to go inside and lived on the charity stripe all night.
Derrick Courtney (198-G/F-84) led the Naples team with 18 points as he took the ball to the basket all evening.
Brian Sewald (196-F-86, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo) and Chris Keller (196-F-85, college: Northwest) also had great games and added 17pts and 18pts as well.
Chris Keller was hot as he made 4 of 6 three point shots for the Naples team.
Kevin Mitchell (188-G-80, college: UTPA) the smooth point guard with the nice jump shot ran the team and made great decisions and had 13 pts and 5ast for Naples.
Chris Gaines (193-F-85, college: Prairie View A&M) also played extremely well and added 14 points for the winning team.
Barcelona had six players scored double figures as well in the high scoring contest.
Joshua Richardson (195-F-78, agency: Promotex) (195-F-78, agency: Promotex) paced Barcelona with 18 points as he scored buckets all night long and was unstoppable.
Marcus Heard (201-F-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: De Paul) (201-F-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: De Paul) who was on the CBA All Rookie Team in 2007-08 was very impressive and athletic powering a couple of serious dunks; he scored 16 points and hailed down 11 rebounds.
Chris Hunt (198-F-85, college: Occidental) was solid as he scored 16pts; Mensah Sadikki Taylor (198-F-80, college: Gardner-Webb) added another 15pts and the talented Kenny Pascley (183-G-85, college: Tiffin) chipped in 11pts for the losing team.

The rest of the weekend results and full stats will be posted on the Eurobasket web site with full details of the Salt Lake City event later.
The ESL will announce the Salt Lake City All Tournament Team and the All Big Men Team on Wednesday.


Game 4 on Thursday saw the strong Rotterdam team beat Belgrade 90-81.
Melvin Jones (206-F-84, college: St.John's) (206-F-84, college: St.John's) of Rotterdam was dominant in this game as he scored 19pts and pulled down 10 rebounds as he controlled the painted area on both ends.
Christopher Agnes (193-F-84, college: Morehouse) had a great floor game as he pitched in 18pts and had 5ast and Robin Hood was a surprise addition as he scored 17 points and shot the ball well.
Troy Gwynn (196-G/F-80, college: Evergreen St.) showed his crazy athleticism by powering and dunking in an interesting 17 points.
Belgrade was led by the very athletic Marcus Saunders (203-F/C-84, agency: IceBasket, college: Texas-PB) who played in Spain last season with 18pts and 7rbs.
He received some help from Kareem Grant (198-F/G-82, college: Tennessee St.) (16pts) and Monty Rogers (196-F-82, college: Mayville St.) who chipped in 13pts.

Thursdays Games Boxscores:

Game 1: Sevilla (Play to Win) 95, Frankfurt 91

Sevilla: 95

Shawn Daniels: 2pts
Adrian McCullough: 12pts, 4ast
Jeff Franklin: 8pts, 2ast
Lawrence Blackledge: 0pts
Maurice Spillers: 10pts, 6rbs, 4ast
Justin Taylor: 8pts,
Kenneth Walker: 13pts, 9rbs, 4ast
Ryan Williams: 25pts, 5rbs
Ryan Davis: 9pts

Frankfurt: 91

Travis Knight: 9pts, 11rbs, 3blk
Guy Meyer: 6pts
Rick Cardoso: 14pts, 8rbs
Andre Thompson: 19pts
Nic Fuller: 3pts, 4ast
Todd Okeson: 0pts
Marcus Watts: 29pts; 5rbs
Jeremy Walker: 7pts


Game 2: Munich 109, Sofia 89

Munich: 109

Emmanuel Little: 13pts; 5rbs
Marcus King-Stockton: 10pts, 7rbs
Joseph Jackson: 12pts, 4rbs, 3ast
Kevin Young: 15pts, 6rbs
Nathan Green: 15pts, 10rbs
Isiah Allen: 19pts, 3ast
Nick Covington: 26pts, 4rbs, 8ast
Phillipe Harris: 7pts


Sofia: 89

Micah Smith: 9pts, 3rbs
Isaac Spencer (198-F-78, agency: Tank Sports, college: Murray St.): 26pts, 9rbs, 5ast
Kurtis Rice: 26pts, 8rbs, 3ast
Julian Franklin: 9pts, 4rbs
J. Williams: 2pts
Shawn Sridhar: 2pts
Gordon Chase: 19pts, 5rbs


Game 3: Naples 96, Barcelona 92

Naples: 96

Derrick Courtney: 18pts, 4rbs
Clayton Cruse: 6pts, 5rbs
Emmitt Thomas: 8pts, 4rbs, 3ast
Joseph Thomas: 0pts
Brian Sewald: 17pts, 4rbs
Charles Gaines: 14pts, 3ast
Chris Keller: 18pts, 2ast
Jon Sheets: 2pts
Kevin Mitchell: 13pts, 3rbs, 6ast


Barcelona: 92

Kenny Pascley (183-G-85, college: Tiffin): 11pts, 3rbs, 5ast

Brian Lathan: 2pts, 2ast, 1rb

Ryan Mueller: 2pts,

Marcus Heard: 16pts, 9rbs, 2ast

Quincy Hodges: 12pts, 2rbs

Joshua Richardson: 18pts, 1rbs

Mensah Taylor: 15pts, 2rbs, 4ast

Chris Hunt: 16pts, 2ast


Game 4: Rotterdam 90, Belgrade 81

Rotterdam: 90

Marlo Saunders: 9pts, 4rbs
Melvin Jones: 19pts, 10rbs
Brian Dailey: 2pts
Christopher Agnes: 18pts, 4rbs, 3ast
Jamaal Conley: 4pts, 3rbs
McCade Olsten: 0pts
Troy Gwynn: 17pts, 6rbs
Zack Alviderez: 4pts, 3rbs
Robin Hood: 17pts, 4rbs, 4ast


Belgrade: 81

Marcus Saunders: 18pts, 6rbs, 3ast
Nocola Bodic: 10pts, 4rbs
Kareem Grant: 16pts, 3rbs
Hasan Houston: 8pts, 3rbs, 3ast
Quincy Saxton: 2pts
Matt Wheaton: 5pts, 4rbs
Clive Williamson: 5pts, 5ast
Monty Rogers: 13pts, 3rbs
Matt Thomas: 6pts,
Ron Senior: 4pts, 3rbs



Eurobasket Summer League Coach of the Year - 2008 - by Darryl Reshaw
ESL Coach of the Year - 2008 (All Cities included): Glen Hayes


Glen Hayes was the ultimate professional in the ESL this summer and had a positive personality with the ESL staff, players and officials.

He was very entertaining as he coached and often cracked jokes with the referees and opossing players during the game.

He was very well organized and in the Las Vegas event he had the best drill stations according to the players.

Our Las Vegas event had the most competiton and he won the event with a team that lost their enforcer in the middle Glen Elliot due to injury.

His pressure defense tactics, organizational skills and offensive schemes was the reason his team won the ESL event in Las Vegas.

He was constantly up roaming the sidelines encouraging his team with positive feedback and he got the best out of his bench using these tactics.

Glen Hayes is a veteran coach with international experience who deserves a quality coaching job in Europe.


Eurobasket Summer League (ESL) Salt Lake City Announces All Tournament Team - by Darryl Reshaw

The Eurobasket Summer League in Salt Lake City announces the following players to the 2008 All Tournament Team:

The MVP of the ESL in Salt Lake City is Kenny Walker (206-F/C-80, college: Alabama) (206-F/C-80, college: Alabama).
Kenny played extremely well all three games and came up really big in the Championship game vs. Munich with 21pts and 9rbs.
Every time the Sevilla (Delta Jammers Play to Win) needed some scoring during critical parts of the game where their momentum was slipping it was Kenny Walker who got them big buckets.
In the highly competitive game Kenny was un-stoppable around the basket and showed why he has been playing in leagues like Pro A France.

Eurobasket Summer League (ESL) All Tournament Team (Salt Lake City)

Ryan Williams (196-F-83, agency: Tank Sports, college: St.John's): He only played two games but scored 25 and 36 in each contest and was phenomenal and had some show-time dunks. This guy has a NBA body and the crazy athleticism and attacked the basket with an array of moves. If he would have played the final game he definitely would have been MVP and the game would have been a lot easier for the Sevilla team.
He will make a team in Europe looking for a very athletic swing very happy.

Travis Knight (211-F/C-74, college: Connecticut) (211-F/C-74, college: Connecticut): He played extremely well in the ESL in Salt Lake City and was in a lot better shape than in the Las Vegas ESL. Travis was excellent in the pick and pop plays as he shot the jump shot very well.
His rebounding and defensive presence was a big factor in all three games and you could see why he played in the NBA for seven (7) years. He will definitely be a still for a team looking for a power forward in Europe. He is better at the power forward spot playing with another quality center in the middle.

Rick Cardoso (201-F-85, college: Cal.St.-Stanislaus) (201-F-85, college: Cal.St.-Stanislaus): He is a very long and athletic player who is very versatile and has a really nice inside and outside game. He is a great rebounder and blocks a lot of shots coming from the weak or help side.
We like the way he put the ball on the ground and had some very smooth moves and showed his sneaky athleticism with a lot of dunks in the ESL. He also had a good outside jump shot. He was a nice surprise and can play in Europe right away in the entry level markets and be a star. He has the potential to play at a high level in Europe once he gets some experience.

Marcus Watts (201-F, college: Chattanooga): This guy was unbelievable and was an offensive force with a variety of slick moves and ball-handling skills combined with a NBA range jump shot. Marcus was in the wrong system in college and is a nice big guard or small forward for a quality European team. Marcus was the leading scorer in the Salt Lake City event and had people jumping out of their seats with his finishing skills with both hands around the basket and nice creative dribbling skills ending with jump shots from all over the court. Marcus is a player who will have a great career in Europe and at the big guard spot should be on a NBA Summer League team in 2009. Against the high quality Sevilla team who had serious pros and played great defense he gave them 24pts in the first half and had Travis Knight saying this kid can really play

Marcus Heard (201-F-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: De Paul) (201-F-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: De Paul): All weekend he showed why he made the CBA All Rookie Team using his athleticism and nice shooting ability and rebounding. Marcus is very talented but will need a good situation in Europe to bring his game to the next level.

Mensah Sadikki Taylor (198-F-80, college: Gardner-Webb): He had a great weekend in Salt Lake City and showcased his all around talented game. He is amazing off the dribble and has a sweet jump shot and at 66 he is extremely quick and can beat anyone off the dribble to the basket. He is very athletic and definitely should play at a higher level than the secondary leagues in Germany where he has been totally dominant.

Melvin Jones (206-F-84, college: St.John's) (206-F-84, college: St.John's): This guy maybe was the most talented all around big man that we saw this summer at all of the ESL events. Melvin is a legit 610 & 260lb athletic big man with amazing footwork and nice moves around the basket. He was very athletic and unleashed some thunderous dunks and block shots during the weekend. Last season he put of some serious numbers in South America but needs to be in Europe due to his upside potential. His 28pts, 20rbs and 7blk performance was amazing in the last day of the ESL. He has the potential to play in leagues like Italy and Spain.

Troy Gwynn (196-G/F-80, college: Evergreen St.): He was one of the most athletic guys in the ESL and probably had over 12 dunks in three games and he really flourished in the transition game. He has a serious pro body and if he develops a consistent jump shot his game will be at the next level. He goes to the basket very well and just out jumps the opposition easily.

Marlo Saunders (196-F-84, agency: IceBasket): This guy is a stud and played with a lot of heart during the weekend in Salt Lake City. Marlo is super athletic and attacks the basket with lots of intensity and is a natural scorer with a decent jump shot. Against Sevilla he was probably the lone bright spot for the Rotterdam team and he took his game to another level compared to his team mates who were overwhelmed. Marlo did a little bit of everything and is a quality prospect for Europe.

Kevin Mitchell (188-G-80, college: UTPA): Kevin played well all weekend despite being on a team that lacked size and talent. He made great decisions as a point guard and shot the jump shot extremely well. He had nice quickness and was a heady player that can run a team. He is a quality point guard that should land in Europe on an entry level team.

Maurice Spillers (199-F-74, college: Utah St.): This guy was like a true warrior playing against boys in the ESL. He is super athletic with a million dollar body and was relentless in attacking the basket. In the championship game his post up game vs. Munich was very intimidating as he bullied the smaller players in the post and got to the free throw line at will. He all around floor game is of the highest quality as he plays excellent defense and gets a lot of steals and rebounds. He is a real professional player and was a big reason Sevilla won the championship.

Nathan Green (203-F-75, college: Idaho St.) (203-F-75, college: Idaho St.) (203-F-75, college: Idaho St.) (203-F-75, college: Idaho St.) (203-F-75, college: Idaho St.): Nate played in the ESL in Las Vegas and made the All Tourney team there and played even better in Salt Lake City. He is a true professional with a great inside outside game and his rebounding game is at the next level. He has the best hands that a lot of coaches at the ESL could not believe. In Salt Lake he shot the outside jump shot extremely well and he post up game is high-quality.
He can play in the big leagues in Europe very easily and showed why he averaged 17ppg and 9rbs in the CBA. He is definitely a six figure player in Europe.

Nick Covington (188-G-85, college: Oklahoma City): He was the best point guard in the ESL in Salt Lake City by a far margin and was one of the best point guards in the ESL events all summer. Nick has a strong body and has great ball-handling skills and a big-time jump shot. He has the potential to be a Euroleague player and play at the highest level in Europe. He was the class of the ESL in Salt Lake City and was a one point loss away from being the MVP. Nobody in the ESL could stop this young man who played in Ireland last season and won a NAIA Championship with Oklahoma City in 2006-07 and was an All American.
This kid can play at a high level in Europe right now and almost had two triple doubles in the ESL. Any guard with his skill level and excellent jump shooting ability should be making six figures in Europe.
He is one of three players who are big time sleepers in the ESL that we saw this summer.

Isaac Spencer (198-F-78, agency: Tank Sports, college: Murray St.): Isaac has pro experience and a nice high quality pro game. He showed his skill level and experience in the ESL and was very impressive scoring, rebounding and passing all weekend.
He is very strong and is a nice athlete who just has a higher level of understanding of the game. Isaac is a pro that will fit the bill of a lot of teams in Europe looking for a quality forward.

Kurtis Rice (200-F-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Charleston So.): Rice is Nice should be his nick name. Kurtis is a sensational swing player who is very athletic and is all about skills. He can hit the long range jumper, he can score in the mid-range in bunches.
He also can take the ball to the hoop and create off the dribble very well and finish over the rim. He was just simply awesome in the ESL and averaged around 28ppg and 9rbs. I could not keep my eyes off of him during the ESL and I know he will get a job professionally in Europe ASAP. Get the DVDs from the ESL in Salt Lake City if you need a quality swing and watch Kurtis Rice who is very nice.

Gordon Chase (188-F-86, college: Georgetown, KY): Gus is the most unique player in the ESL due to his size, skills and power. Prior to the ESL a lot of people talked about the young man who was the NAIA Player of the Year Runner Up.
He is only 63 and 240lbs but he dominates inside and against real power forwards. He has a throw back game similar Adrain Dantley who knows how to use his very strong body to the maximum.
Gus Chase has NBA Old School moves and a great face up game around the basket with a great mid-range jump shot. He is so strong he just bullies players who are bigger than him around the basket.
He is very deceptive with his ball handling skills and moves to the basket. He is probably a genius when it comes to tricks and moves using his body around the basket like AD.

Emmanuel Little (196-F-85, college: N.Dakota): This guy made the ESL All Tourney team in Chicago and is one serious player and competitor. He is very athletic and is always around the ball and is a fierce defensive player. He plays above the rim and is a classic slasher and runs the lanes like a deer.

Emmanuel has a decent jump shot and should play in Europe and will fill up the stat line quicky as he does everything and has the potential to play at a very high-level.

Eurobasket Summer League (ESL) Salt Lake City All Big Man Team:

Lawrence Blackledge (203-F-86, college: Marquette): This guy was super athletic and was the X-Factor in the championship game. He had a super tip dunk that brought the crowd out of their seats.

He is very long and he is a great shot blocker. He will need more experience but could be a serious player in the future.


Kenny Walker:


Melvin Jones:


Travis Knight:


Rick Cardoso


Marcus Saunders (203-F/C-84, agency: IceBasket, college: Texas-PB): Marcus had a quality ESL tourney in Salt Lake City and was very athletic and had a lot of nice dunks and rebounds. He also displayed a nice shooting touch and showed why he played professionally in Spain last season.


Marcus King-Stockton (206-F-85, college: Colorado): Marcus rebounded very well and had a couple of nice scoring games in the ESL in Salt Lake City. Has the potential to play at a high level in Europe but needs to be more agressive and stronger offensively. He has a nice long and athletic body and blocks shots well.


Nathan Green:


Marcus Heard:



ESL Coach of the Year - 2008 (All Cities included): Glen Hayes

Glen Hayes was the ultimate professional in the ESL this summer and had a positive personality with the ESL staff, players and officials.

He was very entertaining as he coached and often cracked jokes with the referees and opossing players during the game.

He was very well organized and in the Las Vegas event he had the best drill stations according to the players.

Our Las Vegas event had the most competiton and he won the event with a team that lost their enforcer in the middle Glen Elliot due to injury.

His pressure defense tactics, organizational skills and offensive schemes was the reason his team won the ESL event in Las Vegas.

He was constantly up roaming the sidelines encouraging his team with positive feedback and he got the best out of his bench using these tactics.

Glen Hayes is a veteran coach with international experience who deserves a quality coaching job in Europe.




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Division A. Stats leaders after the final day - by Eurobasket News
Hristo Zahariev (198-G/F-90) is the top scorer of U18 European Championship division A in Amalaida and Pyrgos. Zahariev poured in 115 points for six games which is 19.2 ppg. His competition-high was 32 points against Belgium in Classification Round. Unfortunately to Zahariev, his team finished participation in Greece on 13th place.
Enes Kanter (205-C-92) of Turkey is the second scorer of the championship with 19.1 ppg in 8 games. He gave his best in the third game of Preliminary Round against Croatia. Kanter netted 31 points while his teams suffered defeat 81-91.
Third place on the list of top scorers belongs to Mario Delas (210-C-90), who drained 18.6 ppg in 8 games. He touched 25 points twice on this championship.

At the same time Turkish player Enes Kanter got another award and this one is for the top rebounder of the championship which he earned grabbing great 14.6 rpg. Tautvydas Slezas (210-C-90) of Lithuania is on the second place with 12.4 rpg while Senna Hounhanou (194-G/F-90, agency: LBM Management) of Belgium has 10.7 rpg.

Toni Prostran (188-G-91) of Croatia is together with Tautvydas Slezas top assistant of U18 EC division A. Both of them had the same digit 5 apg. Bulgarian hot prospect Bozhidar Avramov (196-G-90) is third on this list with 4.5 apg.

Andrew Albicy (178-G-90) of France is the best 'stealer' registering 3.5 spg in 8 games. Hristo Zahariev is behind him with 2.7 while Konstantinos Sloukas (192-G-90) has 2.5 spg.

Lithuanian center Donatas Motiejunas (214-C-90) is named to be the MVP of the championship dspite his team lost in the final against the hosts Greece. Motiejunas played 8 games in Amalaida and Pyrgos averaging 18.2 ppg, 10.2 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.3 spg and 1.8 bpg.

Except of him center Enes Kanter, forward Mario Delas and guards Nikolaos Pappas (194-G-90, agency: FCM) and Konstantinos Sloukas are also named in U18 European Championship Men All-Tournament.


Division B. Stats leaders after the final day - by Eurobasket News

Slovak Republic ended U18 European Championship division B in Debrecen without medal reaching fourth place but one of its players succeeded to grab the award for the top scorer of the competition. It is Richard Grznar (187-G-91), who drained 176 points for eight games in Debrecen (22 ppg). He demonstrated the best performance against Poland in Qualifying Group F when he spent 35 minutes on court netting 32 points. One point less he scored against Georgia in third game of the Preliminary Round.
Second scorer of the championship is Czech center Jan Vesely (210-F/C-90), who was totally the best player of his team in Debrecen adding 20.4 ppg. His competition-high happened in Qualification Round against Sweden when he netted 30 points. Later his team reached the final where Slovenia was too strong for them but anyway Czech Republic made big success advancing to Division A for the next European Championship.
Third scorer of this championship is Romanian Rolland Torok (198-C-90), who posted 19.6 ppg in 8 games. His maximum was 32 points against England at the last game of Preliminary Round.

Rolland Torok got another award in Debrecin and this time as a top rebounder of the competition. He grabbed 102 boards in total which is 12.8 rpg in 8 appearances. Mads Frandsen (201-F-90) of Denmark was behind him with 11.4 while Jakub Wojciechowski (211-C-90) of Poland had 8.6 rpg.

Tomas Satoransky (196-G/F-91, agency: PPGroup) is the best assistant with 6.4 apg while Jakub Kudlacek (186-G-90) and Andrew Lawrence (186-G-90) follow him dishing out 4.5 apg each.

The title for the best 'stealer' belongs to Diogo Correia (185-G-90), who had 4.1 spg. Another Portuguese is on this list and it is Jose Barbosa, who made 3.1 spg, while Andrew Lawrence averaged 2.7 spg.


Interesting is that Czech guard Tomas Satoransky (196-G/F-91, agency: PPGroup) is named to be the MVP of U18 European Championship division B.



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U20   


M-Standings - Division B
Standings Div.B
Group A
1. Portugal4-0
2. FYR Macedo.2-1
3. U.Kingdom1-2
4. Finland1-2
5. Norway0-3
Group B
1. Germany4-0
2. Sweden2-1
3. Ireland1-2
4. Czech Repu.1-2
5. Azerbaijan.0-3
Group C
1. Belgium3-0
2. Estonia3-1
3. Austria1-2
4. Slovakia1-2
5. Switzerl.0-3
Group D
1. Romania2-0
2. Holland1-1
3. Poland1-1
4. Hungary0-2


Stats Leaders
EC U20 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Gecevicius, LTU 23.0
2 Gladyr, UKR 22.3
3 Kolchenko, UKR 21.7
4 Shved, RUS 21.7
5 Shermadini, GEO 21.3
Rebounds Per Game
1 Shermadini, GEO 11.0
2 Shengelia, GEO 10.7
3 Dasic, MNT 10.0
4 Raduljica, SRB 10.0
5 Aguilar, ESP 9.7
Assists Per Game
1 Khvostov, RUS 6.0
2 Janavicius, LTU 6.0
3 Colom, ESP 6.0
4 Mekel, ISR 5.3
5 Balbay, TUR 5.0
Steals Per Game
1 Pavlicevic, MNT 2.7
2 Klarica, CRO 2.5
3 Claver, ESP 2.3
Blocks Per Game
1 Shermadini, GEO 4.7
2 Vaty, FRA 2.7
3 Marjanovic, SRB 2.3
2FGP
1 Vaty, FRA 79.2
2 Shermadini, GEO 75.0
3 Mbaye, FRA 64.0
3FGP
1 Katnic, SRB 57.1
2 Juskevicius, LTU 57.1
3 Lipkevicius, LTU 57.1
Free Throws
1 Juskevicius, LTU 100
2 Lipkevicius, LTU 91.7
3 Kostov, BUL 88.9


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U20 EC, division B: Portugal cruises past Finland for 4-0 in Preliminary Round - by Eurobasket News
U20 Finland - U20 Portugal 63-76

Portugal finished competition in Preliminary Group A with perfect score 4-0 advancing to the Qualifying Round of U20 European Championship division B. This time Finland was the team which suffered Portugal's power. Despite this defeat Finland still has a chance to reach the next round. Namely, if Finland succeeds to beat F.Y.R. Macedonia in the next round and at the same time if Norway take care of Great Britain second place will be reserved for Finland.

Finland had many troubles in the paint against the Portuguese, which registered ten rebounds more than its opponent. At the same time Portuguese had wonderful stroke from behind the arc making 11 of 21 attempts. Jose Silva (194-F-89) drained 4 of those 11 attempts for his team. First ten minutes of the game belonged to Portugal, which ended it with plus 5. Finland had much better performance in the next period and mostly owing to Aleksi Huuskonen (184-G-88) and Juho-Matti Lehtoranta (191-G-89) tied the score on 32-32 before the half time. Aleksi Huuskonen continued at the same rhythm after the breather which resulted with 42-35 in 16th minute. Fernando Sico (202-F/C-88) and Jose Silva immediately answered leading 13-5 run for 47-48. At the middle of the last frame Portuguese made another impressive run 15-3 setting the score on unreachable 56-71.

Jose Silva was the key player of Portugal in this game adding 16 points and 6 boards. Interesting is that Tiago Pinto (183-G-88) and Fernando Sico had exactly the same digits 12 points and 6 rebounds. Finland got the most from Aleksi Huuskonen, who finished the game with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Juho-Matti Lehtoranta followed him collecting 11 points and 9 rebounds while Ojala had 10 points and 4 boards.


U20 Finland - U20 Portugal 63-76
(15-20, 17-12, 15-16, 16-28)

Finland:
Aleksi Huuskonen 16 (6 rebs), Juho-Matti Lehtoranta 11 (9 rebs), Ojala 10 (4 rebs)
Portugal: Jose Silva 16 (6 rebs), Tiago Pinto 12 (6 rebs), Fernando Sico 12 (6 rebs)


INTERNATIONAL: Samuel Haanpaa moves to Italy - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Finnish sharpshooter Samuel Haanpaa (203-G-86) and Italian Top League (Serie A) Team L'Upea Capo d' Orlando have agreed and signed a 3-year-contract.
Haanpaa has been four times on Finland men's NT and 40 times on U20 NT. The last two seasons Haanpaa has played at Valparaiso University in
the USA, where he averaged 12,0 ppg as a Freshman and 10,0 ppg as a Sophomore. Haanpaa broke Valpo's records, when shooting treys as a
Fr 45,7% and 44,4% totally. Haanpaa's season high 32 pts became vs Chicago State, as he made 10 out of 12 treys. Thus # 13 has been player's
lucky number.


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U20 EC, division B: Macedonians better than Norway - by Eurobasket News
U20 Norway - U20 F.Y.R. Macedonia 83-91

F.Y.R. Macedonia made a huge step forward to the Qualifying Round of U20 European Championship division B in Targu Mures. Thus Macedonians earned a chance to fight with Finland for the second place in Preliminary Group A. The winner of this game, which is at the same time the last game of the Preliminary Round, will advance to the next stage. As a reminder Portugal already done it in this group with a perfect score 4-0.

The most powerful weapon of Macedonians in this game were rebounds. They finished the game counting until 40 while on the other side Norway had 27. Beginning of the game belonged to Terrence Oglesby (188-G-88) and his teammates. At the one moment they reached plus 5 but thanks to Kiril Nikolovski (210-C-88, agency: Interperformances) and Vladimir Brckov (193-G-89) Macedonia closed it with minus 1. Until the middle of the second frame it was totally leveled game. During the following five minutes Aleksandar Kostoski (188-G-88, agency: Octagon) woke up leading 11-5 run for his team. It was 37-43 after 20 minutes. Norway was strong enough to tie the score in third quarter but still Macedonia went with 58-62 to the crucial one. During the last ten minutes everything what Norway succeeded to do was minus 5.

As usually Aleksandar Kostoski was the best player for the winners collecting 20 points and 7 rebounds. Marko Simonovski (190-G-89) also shined netting 19 points including 4 boards while Jovan Markovski (197-F-88) stopped on 13 points and 4 rebounds. Terrence Oglesby was better than the others for the loosing side scoring 26 points. Torgrim Sommerfeldt (200-G-89) followed with 19 points and 5 boards while Christian Hinsch (188-G-88, agency: Court Side) stopped on 14 points.


U20 Norway - U20 F.Y.R. Macedonia 83-91
(20-19, 17-24, 21-19, 25-29)

Norway:
Terrence Oglesby 26, Torgrim Sommerfeldt 19 (5 rebs), Christian Hinsch 14
F.Y.R. Macedonia: Aleksandar Kostoski 20 (7 rebs), Marko Simonovski 19 (4 rebs), Jovan Markovski 13 (4 rebs)


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Gambian player update August 2008 - by Rolando Delabarrera
According to a small article in the Norwich Bulletin dated July 15, 2008, Amadou Sambou will be attending Putnam Science Academy in Conneticut next year. Putnam Science is a private boys boarding school . It is unclear if Sambou did not qualify for the NCAA or just thought a second post high school year would help his development. His new coach Tom Espinosa was quoted in the article as saying ' He has the talent to be special but needs to get himself into much better basketball condition. Sambou is listed at 275 lbs in the article and should probably play at 240 or so. Amadou Sambou (206-C)

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ALBA Berlin lands Ansu Sesay - by Moritz Korff
ALBA Berlin (1. Bundesliga) has signed Ansu Sesay (206-C/F-76, college: Mississippi). The 32-year-old veteran inked a one year-deal with the German champion. Sesay previously played in the NBA for the Seattle Supersonics and the Golden State Warriors. He also owns a lot of experience in European basketball. He spent the past three and a half seasons in Italy. During 2007-08 he averaged 12 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.5 steals through 42 games for Armani Jeans Milano of the Serie A.

Bosnian heads to Oldenburg - by Moritz Korff
Marko Scekic (207-F-81, agency: Agency No 10) has linked up with the EWE Baskets Oldenburg (1. Bundesliga) and signed a two-year contract with the Thunderbirds. Scekic, a former member of the Bosnian National Team, played with PGE Turow Zgorzelec in this past season. He played 38 games for the team in the Polish league, averaging 6.1 points (FG-percentage: 70.7%) and 2.8 rebounds per contest. He also had 15 appearances in the ULEB-Cup and posted 7.1 points and 2.9 rebounds a game. Before moving to Poland, Scekic spent three years at Vojvodina Novi Sad and four years at Banja Luka.

Colgate forward joins Herten - by Moritz Korff
2. Bundesliga Pro B-team Hertener Loewen has completed the signing of Kendall Chones (201-F-84, college: Colgate) from Colgate University, the team announced on its website on Monday. During the 2007-08 season the 24-year-old native of Cleveland, Ohio averaged 12.0 points and 5.5 rebounds in 32 games for the Raiders. By signing Chones, the club officials have filled the second of two import player-spots. The first one had been awarded to Gary Johnson (188-G-82, college: Cent.Florida).

U20-EURO, Division B: Unbeaten Germans advance to Qualifying Round - by Moritz Korff
Germany keeps dominating at the U20 European Championships (Division B) in Romania. The team of Coach Emir Mutapcic downed the Czech Republic 100:57 today to win the final game of the Preliminary Round.
The Germans were paced by strong inside-play of Tibor Pleiss (215-F/C-89), who tallied 19 points plus 12 boards, and the hot shooting of Lucca Staiger (196-G-88) who nailed 4 of his 7 shots from beyond the arc to finish the game with 17 points. Philipp Schwethelm (200-F-89, agency: Court Side) added another 12 points and Robin Benzing (209-F-89) scored 11. It took the team only ten minutes to prove its big talent in offense once again, as Germany pushed the lead to 32:18 in the first quarter. Followed by some defensive improvements in the second stanza, when they allowed the Czech Republic only eleven points.
Germany continued to apply pressure after halftime and controlled the glasses. Especially Pleiss used his size and strength to dominate in the paint. Not only did he pull down 12 rebounds, he also blocked three shots. Though team-leaders like Elias Harris (202-F-89), Schwethelm and Pleiss remainded on the bench in the last quarter Germany showed no sign of slowing down. Oskar Fassler (198-G-88) returned to action after sitting out the game against Ireland with an injury. He put his name on the scoreboard like every other player on the German squad.
After finishing the gruop-stage unbeaten, Germany advances to the Qualifying Round and will take on the second seeded team from Group A on Wednesday.
Boxscore: click


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  GREECE   


A1 Market News - by Simon Varvakis
PAOK agreed terms and announced Georgios Tsiaras (207-C/F-82) today while Alexis Kyritsis and K'Zell Wesson are rumored to follow. PAOK also announced Argiris Pedoulakis as the new head coach.

Georgios Tsiaras stats in 2007-2008:
2007-2008: Olimpia GE Larissa (A1,1T): FIBA EuroCup: 8 games: 13.8ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.8apg, 2FGP: 48%, 3PT: 35.1%, FT: 74.2%; Greek League Regular Season: 26 games: 14.3ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 48.0%, 3PT: 43.0%, FT: 77.0%; Greek Play-Offs: 2 games: 3.5ppg, 2.5rpg


Nikolaos Pappas (194-G-90, agency: FCM) is rumored to be leaving Panellinios for Spain and Iurbentia Bilbao Basket. The basque team is willing to pay the buy-out of 200.000 euros in his contract to sign Pappas.


Market news - by Kostas Papadopoulos
Kolossos Rhodes announced another add in its roster by signing contact with Steven Smith (203-F-83, college: La Salle). The player who played in Spain last year and has NBA experience as well (having played at Atlanta on October 2007) aims to help the team of coach Giannis Sferopoulos a lot in many sections of each game.
Besides, AEK signed with D.J. Thompson (173-G-85, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Appalachian St.), who will be its main play-maker for the next season. The player will play at the Greek championship for his first time ever, having played last year at Polish league. On other news from Athens' team, it is rumoured that Periklis Dorkofikis (206-F-80) will be the next choice of coach Kostas Flevarakis at his team's front-line.


Harissis at PAOK - by Kostas Papadopoulos
After Drosos took the leadership of PAOK, the team's movements seem like a storm. So, after announcing Argiris Pedoulakis as the next coach of the team and Georgios Tsiaras (207-C/F-82) as the first new player to join the new roster, Chris Harissis (191-G-76) is the next player to be added in this roster. Whichever conversation between the two parts has begun many days before, and that was widely known; thus, today's announcement just confirmed the fact. Now, PAOK is certainly strengthened a lot at point-guards, especially if Dimitris Verginis (194-G-87, agency: FCM) stays at the team (we just remind Panathinaikos' interest to leave him at PAOK for one more year).
Chris Harissis has played at 246 games at 1 Greek Championship, having scored 2.258 points. During the last season, he played at Polish league for Prokom, and at 12 games at Euroleague he scored 58 points (46,2% at 1p shots, 37,9% at 2p shots and 28,6% at 3p shots), grabbed 18 rebounds, served 21 assists and had 13 steals. Besides at 26 games of the Polish League, he scored 121 points (59% at 1p shots, 55% at 2p shots and 36% at 3p shots), grabbed 37 rebounds, served 47 assists and had 31 steals.


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Liga Metro has restarted - by Gianni Pascucci
The past weekend restarted the Liga Metropolitana 2008, with its 'Clausura Tournment'. The Day 1 of the competition scheduled immediately a top match, between Elite Sport and Leones de Marte, and Elite Sport took the win, 102-94, thanks to 32 pts from Alejandro Carrillo (191-F-88), 18 from newly added Oscar Rivera (186-G-80) and 11 from Paulo Castillo (199-C-78), while Fernando Marroquin (180-G-81) scored 18 in Leones and Luis del Cid (183-G-86) added 12.

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U20 EC, division B: Ireland takes it easily over Azerbaijan - by Eurobasket News
U20 Ireland - U20 Azerbaijan 80-51

In the battle between two winless teams of Preliminary Group B, Ireland celebrated without any bigger efforts. It means that Ireland improved its score to 1-2 while Azerbaijan dropped on 0-3 on U20 European Championship division B in Targu Mures. With this victory Ireland kept its hope for the next stage alive. It chances for that are not so good but still they exist. Namely, if Ireland succeeds to beat Sweden tomorrow and if Czech Republic looses its two games until the end, Ireland will book a spot for the Qualifying Round. However, it is hard to believe that Azerbaijan is able to beat Czechs in the last round.

The main problem for Azerbaijanis today was a stroke from behind the arc as they made just 2 of 28 attempts, which is just 7.1%. On the other side Ireland recorded 50% making 6 of 12. Keith Anderson (188-G-89) and his teammates had much better beginning as after 10 minutes it already was plus 9 for their team. Azerbaijan entered into the second stanza with attitude which resulted with 20-17 but very soon Ireland created 18-6 run for 38-23 at the half time. Nothing has changed after the breather as Keith Anderson continued with domination at the offensive and for Ireland while on the other side Amil Hamzayev (200-C-90) didn't get a proper help from his teammates. At the half way of the last frame Ireland had unreachable plus 20 in its pocket.

Keith Anderson was the best scorer for the winning team today with 29 points. Hennebry helped Ireland adding 16 points and 4 rebounds while Finn had 13 points. Amil Hamzayev registered double-double in Azerbaijan - 22 points and 10 rebounds. Anar Hajiyev (198-G-88) was behind him with 11 points and 9 boards.


U20 Ireland - U20 Azerbaijan 80-51
(17-8, 21-15, 19-15, 23-13)

Ireland:
Keith Anderson 29, Hennebry 16 (4 rebs), Finn 13
Azerbaijan: Amil Hamzayev 22 (10 rebs), Anar Hajiyev 11 (9 rebs)


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Market news - by Tamar Goldman

The American Forward/Center Brooks Sales (208-C/F-80, college: Villanova) has agreed terms with Maccabi Haifa and he joins BJ McKie (188-G-77, college: S.Carolina) as the clubs second foreigner. Sales is a very experienced player that started his carrier in Europe in 2002/03 season when he landed in Italy. After two years there he returned to the US only to be waved by the Houston Rockets on Oct. 04 and go back to Italy. His next stop was in France where he played for Pua-Orthez and on 2006/07 season he moved to Besiktas (Turkey), and in Apr. he signed with Benfica Lisboa. Last season he returned to Italy and played for Udin where he averaged 10.6ppg, 7.2rpg, 1.3spg

Another team from the north - Elitzur Q.Ata signed two Israeli Players. The first is Elad Eliyahu (193-G/F-85) that spent the last two seasons in the club, and decided to stay now that the team would play in the first Div. Eliyahu grew up in Jerusalem and played there during 2003/04 and 2004/05 season. then he moved to Ramat Hasharon and from there to Q. Ata. The second Israeli is the Forward Erez Kohansky (195-F-84, agency: Avi Zilberman) that spent the last two seasons in Ramat Gan. The 24 years old player started his carrier in Rishon Le Zion where he played for two seasons and then he moved to Bnei Hasharon.

Bnei Hasharon found a new player and inked Richard Roby (198-G-85) from Colorado University. The Guard averaged last year 17.0ppg, 6.7rpg, 2.1apg, 1.0spg,


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Lega2 - Market news - by Gabriele Fioretti
Rumours about Pavia: the forward from Massachussets University, Jeff Viggiano (200-F-84, college: Massachusetts) could be inked and he could get the italian passport in a month. In the meanwhile Rimini signed with a 3-year contract the guard Giacomo Gurini (190-G-84) from Fossombrone, son of Paolo who has played for Rimini in the 1977-78, and also Rimini seems close to sign Chris McCray (195-G-84, college: Maryland) from Ostenda. Veroli could announce soon to have signed Ivan Gatto (207-F/C-78) from Caserta. Rumours talk about signing of Matteo Canavesi (204-F/C-86) and Nicolai Iversen (204-F-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: San Jose City JC) by Imola. Big signs by Brindisi with Davide Bruttini (203-F-87) and, mosto of all, Marcus Hatten (186-G-80, college: St.John's) after Marco Killingsworth (203-F-82, college: Indiana).

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Tabuse's summer with Nets ends - by Eurobasket
Yuta Tabuse (175-G-80, college: BYU-Hawaii)'s summer audition with the New Jersey Nets was, well, a short one.
The veteran point guard played in three of the team's Orlando Pro Summer League games last week, helping the Nets post a 4-1 record. He was on the court for 8 minutes, 46 seconds in that span.
Tabuse, the former BYU-Hawaii standout and the first Japanese to play in the NBA, missed all six of his field-goal attempts in Orlando, including a pair of 3-pointers. He was 4-for-4 from the charity stripe, and collected two assists and two rebounds while turning the ball over once.
It remains to be seen if Tabuse will hook up with the Nets or another NBA team for the 2008-09 season or return to the NBA Development League. He is a free agent.


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  LIBERIA   


Airfield faces Central Monrovia in Basketball final - by Numennie Williams


Central Monrovia will this Saturday challenge Airfield in the grand finals of the 2008 Community Basketball Championship at the Sports Commission on Broad Street.
The two teams advanced to the grand finals over the weekend when they defeated Bushrod Island and Sinkor respectively. On Saturday, August 2, Airfield Dragged Sinkor 50-44 points in a tense encounter that kept the many fans spellbound. Raphael Quaye scored 18 points for Airfield, while peter Doe netted in 15 points for Sinkor.
On Sunday, Bushrod Island bowed to Central Monrovia 42-45 points in a highly contested encounter that saw both teams controlling different quarters of the match. Mohammed Jabateh of Central Monrovia, who is on his way to the NBA Summer Camp in South Africa, frustrated the Islanders with his blocks and strong defense.
Winston Cole hit 12 points for Central Monrovia while Marcus Wolo bagged 14 points for the Bushrod Island.
Before the grand final on Saturday, Bushrod Island will face Sinkor for the third place.
The community basketball tournament is organized by the Liberia Basketball Federation Players Association and is being sponsored by several Individuals including, Jonathan Mason, Kasumu Sillah and Yvonne Clinton, amongst others.




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Standings - D1
D1 Standings
 1. Victory SC 0-0 
 2. SRC 0-0 
 3. Hurricane BC 0-0 
 4. The Group SC 0-0 
 5. R.L.C 0-0 
 6. K.H. United 0-0 


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Storm signs new PG - by Kaare Vangen

Troms Storm has signed Robin Ryan as their new pointguard. He has played two years in the Swedish league, Basketligan, for Plannja from Lule. Ryan is a big pointguard with a height of 1.93m and Storm expect him to fit in well with the team. The contract is 1+1 year. Ryan will be having a part time job when he doesn't play. Ryan is international for the U-20 team in Sweden. His American dad is coaching in Sweden.


German player Bo Dahl will also return to Storm. He came to Storm in the middle of the last season.



Ammerud signs coach - by Kaare Vangen
Ammerud has signed Michael Anthony Evans as new head coach for both elite teams in the club. Evans has been head coach at Tamalpais High School in San Fransisco for more than 20 years. He knows Scandinavian basketball well because many of his former players have had careers here. Evans will start in his new position around August 15. This signing is very important for Ammerud as Evans also will be involved in the club's after school basketball project.

U20 EC, division B: Macedonians better than Norway - by Eurobasket News
U20 Norway - U20 F.Y.R. Macedonia 83-91

F.Y.R. Macedonia made a huge step forward to the Qualifying Round of U20 European Championship division B in Targu Mures. Thus Macedonians earned a chance to fight with Finland for the second place in Preliminary Group A. The winner of this game, which is at the same time the last game of the Preliminary Round, will advance to the next stage. As a reminder Portugal already done it in this group with a perfect score 4-0.

The most powerful weapon of Macedonians in this game were rebounds. They finished the game counting until 40 while on the other side Norway had 27. Beginning of the game belonged to Terrence Oglesby (188-G-88) and his teammates. At the one moment they reached plus 5 but thanks to Kiril Nikolovski (210-C-88, agency: Interperformances) and Vladimir Brckov (193-G-89) Macedonia closed it with minus 1. Until the middle of the second frame it was totally leveled game. During the following five minutes Aleksandar Kostoski (188-G-88, agency: Octagon) woke up leading 11-5 run for his team. It was 37-43 after 20 minutes. Norway was strong enough to tie the score in third quarter but still Macedonia went with 58-62 to the crucial one. During the last ten minutes everything what Norway succeeded to do was minus 5.

As usually Aleksandar Kostoski was the best player for the winners collecting 20 points and 7 rebounds. Marko Simonovski (190-G-89) also shined netting 19 points including 4 boards while Jovan Markovski (197-F-88) stopped on 13 points and 4 rebounds. Terrence Oglesby was better than the others for the loosing side scoring 26 points. Torgrim Sommerfeldt (200-G-89) followed with 19 points and 5 boards while Christian Hinsch (188-G-88, agency: Court Side) stopped on 14 points.


U20 Norway - U20 F.Y.R. Macedonia 83-91
(20-19, 17-24, 21-19, 25-29)

Norway:
Terrence Oglesby 26, Torgrim Sommerfeldt 19 (5 rebs), Christian Hinsch 14
F.Y.R. Macedonia: Aleksandar Kostoski 20 (7 rebs), Marko Simonovski 19 (4 rebs), Jovan Markovski 13 (4 rebs)


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CAIMANES DE RIO ABAJO new Champions of CBS 2008.- - by Eddie Munoz
Caimanes de Rio Abajo are the new Champions of CBS 2008 winning the Final Game over Navieros de Colon who were defending their title 111-97. Caimanes ended the season undefeated making a new record for the CBS league.Alfonso Stoute with 25 Points, Ernesto Oglivie and Richard Newball with 20 Points were the best by the Champions and Anibal Salazar Jr was the best by Navieros de Colon. Enrique Grenald was chosen as the Coach for the National Team to defend their title of Centrobasket 2008 in Cancun Mexico.

CBS Individual Awards given - by Gianni Pascucci
At the end of the 2008 CBS 'Copa Ms Movil' Finals, the league council announced the Individual Awards, as follows:
Most Valuable Player: Ernesto Oglivie (204-F-88, agency: DR. Carlos Sifuentes) - Caimanes de Ro Abajo
Top Scorer: Joel Munoz (179-G-80, agency: HM Sports Agency) - Magnates de Calidonia
Best Three Point Scorer: Fabio Gomez (193-F-76) - Fieras de Juan Daz
Best Rebounder: Orlando Ortega (196-F-81) - Caimanes de Ro Abajo
Best Assist Man: Alberto Hinds (-G) - Caimanes de Ro Abajo
Rookie of the Year: Josimar Stewart (-F/C-89) - Navieros de Coln
Best Coach: Enrique Grenald (185-G) - Caimanes de Ro Abajo


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U20 EC, division B: Portugal cruises past Finland for 4-0 in Preliminary Round - by Eurobasket News
U20 Finland - U20 Portugal 63-76

Portugal finished competition in Preliminary Group A with perfect score 4-0 advancing to the Qualifying Round of U20 European Championship division B. This time Finland was the team which suffered Portugal's power. Despite this defeat Finland still has a chance to reach the next round. Namely, if Finland succeeds to beat F.Y.R. Macedonia in the next round and at the same time if Norway take care of Great Britain second place will be reserved for Finland.

Finland had many troubles in the paint against the Portuguese, which registered ten rebounds more than its opponent. At the same time Portuguese had wonderful stroke from behind the arc making 11 of 21 attempts. Jose Silva (194-F-89) drained 4 of those 11 attempts for his team. First ten minutes of the game belonged to Portugal, which ended it with plus 5. Finland had much better performance in the next period and mostly owing to Aleksi Huuskonen (184-G-88) and Juho-Matti Lehtoranta (191-G-89) tied the score on 32-32 before the half time. Aleksi Huuskonen continued at the same rhythm after the breather which resulted with 42-35 in 16th minute. Fernando Sico (202-F/C-88) and Jose Silva immediately answered leading 13-5 run for 47-48. At the middle of the last frame Portuguese made another impressive run 15-3 setting the score on unreachable 56-71.

Jose Silva was the key player of Portugal in this game adding 16 points and 6 boards. Interesting is that Tiago Pinto (183-G-88) and Fernando Sico had exactly the same digits 12 points and 6 rebounds. Finland got the most from Aleksi Huuskonen, who finished the game with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Juho-Matti Lehtoranta followed him collecting 11 points and 9 rebounds while Ojala had 10 points and 4 boards.


U20 Finland - U20 Portugal 63-76
(15-20, 17-12, 15-16, 16-28)

Finland:
Aleksi Huuskonen 16 (6 rebs), Juho-Matti Lehtoranta 11 (9 rebs), Ojala 10 (4 rebs)
Portugal: Jose Silva 16 (6 rebs), Tiago Pinto 12 (6 rebs), Fernando Sico 12 (6 rebs)


Jose Costa is back to Ginasio - by Luis Rocha
Point guard Jose Costa (187-G-73) decided to accept the invitation of Ginasio, and is back to his home town Figueira da Foz. After a year at madeira playing for CAB, Costa comes back and hes certainlys going to be the leader of the team driving the ball, shooting some 3 pointers, and getting his teammates more aware. A nice signing for Ginasio, who still as a lot to cover in its roster, coach Sergio Salvador has still some work in the market to do.

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Boricuas Abroad - by Alessandro Fontana

BORICUAS ABROAD
Angelo Reyes (205-F/C-81) signed for next season in Uruguay, He will play for Hebraica Macabi.

Reyes played last year before in the Australian League with the Wollongong Hawks where He scored 14 ppg and after his experience aborad He came back to Puerto Rico and He was one of the strongerst players in Carolina. With Los Gigantes He played 31 games with 12.7 ppg and 8. 7rpg.
Angelo Reyes will be one of the stars of next season in Uruguay. he can score 20 ppg and He can catch a lot of rebounds.

It is incredible that no 'big club' eureopean teams signed one of the strongest high forwards in the Carribean and whole Latin-America.

David Cortes signed with los Dorados de Chihuahua. Cortes played last year not so much with Capitanes de Arecibo, in Puerto Rico. 'Our Boricua' scored just 5.6 ppg. His best season was in 2007 when He scored 15.2 ppg. The mexican league will start on 4th September 2008.

Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida Intern.) 'El Magnifico' will play in Europa next year, He will play for Maccabi Tel Aviv. He signed a 2 years contract. Carlos Arroyo last year played in NBA with Orlando Magic. With 'El Magnifico' Maccabi Tel Aviv is one of the favourite teams to win next Euroleague.

A. Fontana



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It's Playoff Time in the SEBL. Nobody is safe... - by David Archer
Cartersville, GA - The Playoffs started in four of the five SEBL Summer League Divisions. Opening round games were played in the WSEBL and East and West Divisions of the City B-League. And, while the SEBL Metro A-League playoffs started in the South Division at Clayton State, the North Division is gearing up to start on Wednesday night. There some big upsets on the South-side, as both lower seeds sent some pretty good teams 'packing.' It's that time where you either win or go home!

Game summaries will be posted later, but in the meantime, you can see the playoff brackets by clicking on the links below...

PLAYOFF BRACKETS ARE SET. PLEASE VISIT...

SEBL City B-League Championship Tournament Brackets: http://www.bracketmaker.com/tmenu.cfm?tid=271385&tclass=2008%20SEBL%20City%20B%2DLeague%20Championship%20Tournament

SEBL Metro A-League Championship Tournament Brackets: http://www.bracketmaker.com/tmenu.cfm?tid=271385&tclass=2008%20SEBL%20Metro%20A%2DLeague%20Championship%20Tournament


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Partizan Igokea extends Novica Velickovic - by Dragan Jankovski

Reining Serbian and Adriatic league champion Partizan Igokea extended contract with power forward Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) until summer 2010. Velickovic, who is currently important part of the project of Serbian senior National Team, had a valid contract for one more year but both sides agreed to extend it for another one. It is the last prove that Velikovic won't leave the Black-and-whites this summer as it was mentioned over the past month. Except of Pekovic, Kecman and Palacio, Velickovic also had an extremely important role in his team last season. He played 22 games in Euroleague finishing it as a fifth rebounder with 6.9 rpg. At the same time he had 10.6 ppg and 1.6 apg. Almost the same digits Velickovic registered in Adriatic league as well as in Serbian Superleague.

As a reminder Partizan Igokea already agreed terms with Jan Vesely (210-F/C-90), Aleksandar Rasic (195-G-84, agency: Beo Basket) and Vukasin Aleksic (185-G-85, agency: Beo Basket) at the off-season.



Vladimir Golubovic signed for Union Olimpija - by Zoran Popovic
Former player of Vojvodina Srbija Gas Novi Sad Vladimir Golubovic (212-C-86) signed contract with Union Olimpija Ljubljana. Lot of European clubs were very intrested in Golubovic, also Partizan and Crvena Zvezda, but Golubovic chooses Olimpija. I signed two years contract with Union Olimpija Ljubljana. I had a lot of interesting offers, but I decided to signed for Slovenian team. Olimpija offered me the best conditions and I think I will have enough space to play. Head coach of Union Olimpija Ljubljana is Aleksandar Dzikic who won Slovenian National league and Cup, also is known as a coach who builds young players.
Vladimir Golubovic began career in Vojvodina Srbija Gas Novi Sad and played for them in period 2002-2008. In last season for Vojvodina Srbija Gas Novi Sad Golubovic scored in Adriatic leaguje average 13.3 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. After the season Golubovic played NBA Summer league in Las Vegas, but he decided to stay in Europe and to build his skills and experience in Euroleague.


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U20 EC, division B: Losonsky and Vido lead Slovakia against Switzerland - by Eurobasket News
U20 Slovak Republic - U20 Switzerland 71-58

Slovak Republic registered an extremely easy victory against Switzerland, which remains winless in Preliminary Group C after three games. On the other side Slovakians improved to 1-2 but they don't any chances for the next stage as Belgium and Estonia already booked two spots from this group.

Slovak Republic took this one mostly owing to fantastic performance by Pavel Losonsky (203) and Roman Vido (204-C-88). After not so good first stanza, Slovakians took control on Switzerland in the next one. They intensified defense which resulted with many mistakes and missed shots by Switzerland. Everything outcame with 9-19 in the second period which meant that Slovakia went in to the second half with 9 points lead, 36-27. Pavel Losonsky and Roman Vido picked up where they left of in the first half. In just couple of minutes in third period they led 10-2 run creating advantage of 16 points for their team. Switzerland wasn't able to threat until the end. On the other side Slovakians played tough few minutes at the beginning of the last stanza in order to secure this win. After 62-47 in 34th minute they could slow down until the very end.

Pavel Losonsky and Roman Vido collected together 48 points and fantastic 31 rebounds for their team. Juraj Hasan (199-C-89) followed them with 10 points and 10 boards. Roger Rubsam (196-F-89) and Miroslav Petkovic (183-G-88) contributed with 12 points each for the loosing side. Slovakia's next rival on U20 EC division B will be Austria. On the other side Switzerland will meet undefeated Belgium.


U20 Slovak Republic - U20 Switzerland 71-58
(17-18, 19-9, 19-12, 16-19)

Slovak Republic:
Pavel Losonsky 24 (16 rebs), Roman Vido 24 (15 rebs), Juraj Hasan 10 (10 rebs)
Switzerland: Roger Rubsam 12 (7 rebs), Miroslav Petkovic 12


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Elektra inks Novak, Gorica extends coach Gasparin - by Zeljko Zule

Elektra inked experienced Ernest Novak (194-G-77, agency: Interperformances) ex Geoplin Slovan for the upcoming season and re-signed Nikola Ivanovic (192-G-84, agency: Octagon) for one season.
Nova Gorica extended the contract of its coach Dejan Gasparin through the June 2010.

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Memcic moves to Bulgaria - by Zeljko Zule

BOS-SLO Fuad Memcic (210-C/F-82, agency: Promotex) has left Spanish team Desarrolo Utebo to join Spartak Pleven from Bulgaria. Last season he averaged 28,8 minutes, 16,8 points, 7,7 rebounds and 0,7 assists in 26 games of EBA League.

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Lights, Camera, Action, Blow Out: Raptors fall against Alumni!!! - by Tshepo Ditshego
What happens to Wits Alumni when one of their star players has Supersport doing a story on him? Well Ill tell you what happensAlumni wants him to look as good as possible in front of the cameras. Thats what happened this past Sunday when Alumni took on the Raptors in a game both teams new wasnt going to be close.

The player in question was none other than former SA captain and corn-row sensei Quintin Denysssen. Supersport was doing a story on basketball players who love soccer. Dont hate, Q has mad connections, just accept. So team manager, Tshepo Ditshego, aka Jabu Pule cause he doesnt attend practice, decided that it was the players duty to make sure that Quintin gets 50 points in front of the cameras. Getting to 100 was also put on the Wits Alumni agenda.

The plan was to count every point Quintin scores until they get to the magic 50. Quintin claims hes dropped 50 in a game but I personally dont remember him ever reaching that milestone. I guess we will all have to take his word for it. Getting Quintin his 50 wasnt going to be easy considering his shooting hasnt been as on point as his shooting technique warrants. Coach Maepa of alumni went as far as saying Denyssen has been choking on the court of late.

The game was scheduled to start at 12pm but the Raptors players only started trickling in at 12:15 because they thought the game started at 12:30. The Raptors only had 6 guys compared to Alumnis season high of 8 players. Kaypee Ndlovu was out with a stomach bug, and Mfundo Dube and Thabo Letsebe were AWOL (Absent without leave for those whove always wondered what that stood for). Djo Loo is in Singapore playing pro-ball and making that chi-ching!

Alumni got out to a big 18 point lead in the first quarter after running fast breaks on the Raptors. Quintin Denyssen had 6 points in the 1st quarter meaning he needed 44 points in 3 quarters. In the second quarter Alumni extended their by 10 points and went into half time up 49-22. Denyssen added another 6 points and had 12 points by half-time including a dunk on the fast break.

In the third quarter Denyssen dropped another 9 points and needed 29 fourth quarter points to reach his 50. He also had a nice alley oop feed to Dinesh Mitchell who was hungry for a dunk the whole game. D-nice has replaced Djo as Alumnis dunking machine. In the 4th Quarter Alumni needed 21 points to get to 100 while the Raptors 59 points to reach 100. In other words Wits Alumni had a 38 point lead going into the fourth quarter.

Quintin Denyssen ended up with 12 points in the 4th Quarter and only managed to finish the game with a total of 33 points for the game. 17 points shy of that magical 50. Alumni eventually won the game 105-61. This should put Kobes 81 point performance against the Toronto Raptors into perspective. The next League of Professionals games are on Sunday the 17th of August at Hall 29 in Wits University.


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Seibutis to Bilbao, Montanez to Manresa - by Francisco Martinez

Lithuanian guard Renaldas Seibutis (196-G-85) has agreed terms with iurbentia Bilbao Basket. The signing is ready to be confirmed when the player passed the medical checkup. He comes from Olympiacos, where he played in the last season. There was a strong interest of Cajasol for the player some days ago, but they did not signed a contract after the checkup in Seville.


Ricoh Manresa has announced today the signing of Roman Montanez (193-G-79), who comes from bankrupted Akasvayu Girona, where he played in the last season.



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U20 EC, division B: Losonsky and Vido lead Slovakia against Switzerland - by Eurobasket News
U20 Slovak Republic - U20 Switzerland 71-58

Slovak Republic registered an extremely easy victory against Switzerland, which remains winless in Preliminary Group C after three games. On the other side Slovakians improved to 1-2 but they don't any chances for the next stage as Belgium and Estonia already booked two spots from this group.

Slovak Republic took this one mostly owing to fantastic performance by Pavel Losonsky (203) and Roman Vido (204-C-88). After not so good first stanza, Slovakians took control on Switzerland in the next one. They intensified defense which resulted with many mistakes and missed shots by Switzerland. Everything outcame with 9-19 in the second period which meant that Slovakia went in to the second half with 9 points lead, 36-27. Pavel Losonsky and Roman Vido picked up where they left of in the first half. In just couple of minutes in third period they led 10-2 run creating advantage of 16 points for their team. Switzerland wasn't able to threat until the end. On the other side Slovakians played tough few minutes at the beginning of the last stanza in order to secure this win. After 62-47 in 34th minute they could slow down until the very end.

Pavel Losonsky and Roman Vido collected together 48 points and fantastic 31 rebounds for their team. Juraj Hasan (199-C-89) followed them with 10 points and 10 boards. Roger Rubsam (196-F-89) and Miroslav Petkovic (183-G-88) contributed with 12 points each for the loosing side. Slovakia's next rival on U20 EC division B will be Austria. On the other side Switzerland will meet undefeated Belgium.


U20 Slovak Republic - U20 Switzerland 71-58
(17-18, 19-9, 19-12, 16-19)

Slovak Republic:
Pavel Losonsky 24 (16 rebs), Roman Vido 24 (15 rebs), Juraj Hasan 10 (10 rebs)
Switzerland: Roger Rubsam 12 (7 rebs), Miroslav Petkovic 12


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


2008 CentroBasket Times announced - by David Edole
FIBA and the Organizing Committe has released the times of 2008 Centrobasket that will be held in Cancun and Chetumal Mexico from 27-31st of August.
The preliminary rounds will be from the 27-29th with the best two teams from each group advancing to 2009 FIBA Americas (world qualifers).. The Virgin Islands were placed in group A along with the host team Mexico, Dominican Republic and El Salvador.

Group A Schedule:

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

Wednesday 27 of August

6:00 PM Opeining 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:

Grupo 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 Opeining 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

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

Sunday, 31 of August: Final


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  VENEZUELA   


LPB 2008 Finals - Game 1: Gaiteros surprises Cocodrilos, takes 1-0 lead away - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Gaiteros del Zulia started the LPB's 2008 Finals in the most unexpected way, by defeating the hot Cocodrilos de Caracas at their own court, Naciones Unidas Park of Caracas, with an astonishing 99-77 scoreboard in Game 1.


Jorge Arrieta and his boys applied very good defense inside the paint and totally unarmed the offensive scheme planned by Nestor Salazar and his players, who were surprised from the very beginning and never had control of the match.


Prior to the game, players Heissler Guillent and Henry Paez were awarded by the league's president, Roland Urdaneta, as Rookie of the Year and Best Sixth Man of the year. Musician Huascar Barradas was there with them, alongside representatives of Polar Enterprises.



LPB 2008 FINALS
GAITEROS DEL ZULIA 99 - COCODRILOS DE CARACAS 77
Naciones Unidas Park - Caracas, D.C.
(Gaiteros leads 1-0)

Quarter by quarter
COC: 14-18-24-21= 77
GAI: 21-34-23-21= 99


Scorers
GAI: Ruben Nembhard (191-G-72) 21 points, Felipe Lopez (197-G/F-74) 20 points and 5 rebounds, Christopher Jeffries (199-F-80) 15 points, Miguel Angel Marriaga (207-C-84) 13 points, Jose Bravo 10 points, Hernan Salcedo 9 points and 5 rebounds, Luis Julio (199-F-80) 4 points and 6 rebounds, Askia Jones (196-G-71) 4 points, Jorge Leon (186-G-79) 3 points, Jean Carlos Espinoza (190-G/F-74) 0 points, Pedro Cubillan 0 points, Omar Walcott 0 points

COC: Juan Herrera (197-F-81) 22 points, Luis Bethelmi (200-C-86) 13 points, Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81) 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists, Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) 10 points, Edgar Moreno (191-G-81) 7 points and 6 steals, Kevin Freeman (201-F-78) 7 points, Victor David Diaz (195-F-68) 3 points, Kevin Palacios 2 points, Rosmel Blanco 2 points, Henry Paez (184-G-70) 0 points, Kenji Urdaneta 0 points, Vladimir Saavedra 0 points



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  YEMEN   


Standings - D1
D1 Standings
 1. Tilal 9-0 
 2. Al Ahli 8-1 
 3. Shaa'b Ibb 7-2 
 4. Yarmook 6-3 
 5. Al Mena 5-4 
 6. Shamsan 4-5 
 7. Seyoon 3-6 
 8. Al Wahda A. 2-7 
 9. Al Hilal 1-8 
 10. Al Shorta 0-9 




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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Australia tame Mali in Haining - by Eurobasket News
Australia - Mali 112:43

The Australian National Team pounded Mali to get their second straight win at the FIBA Diamond Ball Tournament in China. Australia obviously dominated the game and had little problems en route to the second victory. The Opals will now take on the USA in the championship game. Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) led the Aussies with 24 points. Mali managed to keep in front early in the first term as they enjoyed a 16:13 advantage. However the Opals capped the first frame with an 8:0 rally and grabbed a 21:19 lead into the second period. Lauren Jackson and Belinda Snell (182-F-81, agency: LBM Management) fueled a 23:0 run from the Opals in the second quarter as they took over in the game. Australia rolled to a 51:24 advantage at halftime. Australia kept it tough for Mali in the third stanza as they outgunned the African team by 30 points to 15. Australia later breezed to a deserved victory at the end. Laura Summerton (191-C-83, agency: LBM Management) knocked down 13 points for the Opals. Hollie Grima (190-C-83, agency: LBM Management) and Belinda Snell secured 12 points each for the winners. Adama Sissoko (-91) answered with 14 points for Mali. Hamchetou Maiga (185-G/F-78, college: ODU) nailed 13 points in defeat. Australia shot 53% from the field, while limiting their opponents to only 34% accuracy.

Australia: Lauren Jackson 24, Laura Summerton 13, Hollie Grima 12, Belinda Snell 12
Mali: Adama Sissoko 14, Hamchetou Maiga 13


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  BELGIUM - Women  


France thump Belgium in Adana - by Eurobasket News
France - Belgium 65:35

French National Team registered their first win at the International Adana Tournament in Turkey. Yesterday they cruised past Belgian team. A nearly perfect defensive effort from French team allowed them to score an impressive win over Belgium. France dominated right from the start as they held their opponents to just 9 points. France accumulated a 9-point lead heading into the second period. The defensive excellence continued in the second quarter when French side kept Belgium at bay. The lead was stretched to as many as 18 points at the interval. Belgium failed to recover after the long break as the complexion of the game did not change. France kept on rolling confidently and piled up an insurmountable 23-point advantage at three-quarter time. Les Bleus breezed to the victory in the final stanza. Isabelle Yacoubou (195-C-86) led the charge with 11 points. Emmanuelle Hermouet (184-F-80), Pauline Krawczyk (180-F-85) and Sandra Dijon (195-C-79) netted 8 points apiece for the winners. Marjorie Carpreaux (165-G-87) answered with game-high 13 points for Belgium. Laurence Van Malderen (194-C-81, agency: LBM Management) nailed 6 points in defeat. France will next take on Serbia, while Belgium will try to rebound against Turkey tonight.

France: Isabelle Yacoubou 11, Pauline Krawczyk 8+10 boards, Emmanuelle Hermouet 8, Sandra Dijon 8+11 boards
Belgium: Marjorie Carpreaux 13, Laurence Van Malderen 6


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  FINLAND - Women  


SM-SARJA: Catz inked with Rene Haynes - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Catz (Lappeenranta), # 2 Team in Finland last season, has signed an American G Rene Haynes (178-G-85). Haynes comes from Michigan State University, where she averaged 10,4 ppg - 4,4 rpg - 3,5 apg. She was All Big Ten 2nd Team -07 and Big Ten All-Defensive Team -07. Last season Haynes played in Holland (Landslake Lions), where she averaged 17,4 ppg, 4,0 rpg, 2,1 apg and 2,9 spg. Catz have now 11 contracts. Tommi Koskinen will continue as Team's Head Coach.

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  FRANCE - Women  


France thump Belgium in Adana - by Eurobasket News
France - Belgium 65:35

French National Team registered their first win at the International Adana Tournament in Turkey. Yesterday they cruised past Belgian team. A nearly perfect defensive effort from French team allowed them to score an impressive win over Belgium. France dominated right from the start as they held their opponents to just 9 points. France accumulated a 9-point lead heading into the second period. The defensive excellence continued in the second quarter when French side kept Belgium at bay. The lead was stretched to as many as 18 points at the interval. Belgium failed to recover after the long break as the complexion of the game did not change. France kept on rolling confidently and piled up an insurmountable 23-point advantage at three-quarter time. Les Bleus breezed to the victory in the final stanza. Isabelle Yacoubou (195-C-86) led the charge with 11 points. Emmanuelle Hermouet (184-F-80), Pauline Krawczyk (180-F-85) and Sandra Dijon (195-C-79) netted 8 points apiece for the winners. Marjorie Carpreaux (165-G-87) answered with game-high 13 points for Belgium. Laurence Van Malderen (194-C-81, agency: LBM Management) nailed 6 points in defeat. France will next take on Serbia, while Belgium will try to rebound against Turkey tonight.

France: Isabelle Yacoubou 11, Pauline Krawczyk 8+10 boards, Emmanuelle Hermouet 8, Sandra Dijon 8+11 boards
Belgium: Marjorie Carpreaux 13, Laurence Van Malderen 6


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  HOLLAND - Women  


Netherlands U16 victorious at the Luxembourg International Tournament - by Eurobasket News
Netherlands U16 - England U16 54:37
The Dutch U16 National Team scored an emphatic victory over England to grab the title at the Luxembourg International Youth Tournament. The event was timed to the 75th Anniversary of the Luxembourgish Basketball Federation. Netherlands played three games and came out as winners in all of them. England and Netherlands entered the final game undefeated with respective wins over Ireland and Luxembourg. The Dutch team got to a better start and led 21:13 after the first period. England fought bravely but Holland still maintained the lead and enjoyed a 36:29 cushion at the interval. Netherlands could not score for six minutes in the third stanza but England answered with only 5 points during that span and only cut the deficit to 2 points. Holland however broke the deadlock soon and went on an 18:3 rally to cap the game. Eline Kasius the winners with 18 points. Willemijn Kallenberg had 12 points for Netherlands. Temi Fagbenle knocked down 18 points for England in a loss.
Luxembourg secured the third spot in the ladder. They defeated Ireland 62:61 in the final round of action. The all results for the tournament are as follows:

Netherlands 67:30 Luxembourg
Ireland 46:58 England

Netherlands 60:44 Ireland
Luxembourg 40:60 England

England 37:54 Netherlands
Ireland 61:62 Luxembourg


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  ITALY - Women  


Italy NT lost to Canada, but won against Germany - by Carlo Grilli
In the final two days of Gran Prix Slovakia in Poprad, Italy lost in the final seconds against Canada (68-70), but eventually won against Germany (70-58). The Azzurre showed an increasing condition. Kathrin Ress (193-F-85, college: Boston Coll.) lead Italy in scoring in both games.

Italy-Canada 68-70
(20-14; 42-35; 61-55)
Italy: Gianolla 7 (2/3, 1/3), Franchini 14 (4/7, 1/1), Pastore 7 (1/2, 0/1), Monica Bonafede (186-F-85) 4 (2/3), Modica (0/4), Bagnara 5 (1/2, 1/1), Ress 15 (6/12), Ciampoli (0/4), Zanon 4 (2/4), Giauro E. 2 (1/1), Montagnino 3 (1/3 by 3), Ramon 7 (1/1, 1/2). Coach: Giampiero Ticchi.
Canada: St. Amour 7 (2/3, 1/3), Teresa Gabriele (165-G-79) 18 (3/9, 3/6), Asagwara, Adrian 8 (1/2, 2/4), Chamdeleine 2 (1/1, 0/1), Crooks 1 (0/3), Tatham 2 (1/2), Brown 7 (3/4), Murphy 10 (2/3, 1/2), Tatham 2, Aubry 8 (3/5), Adams 10 (4/7, 0/1). Coach: Alison McNeil.

Italy-Germany 70-58
(19-13; 33-32; 45-43)
Italy: Gianolla 8 (1/5, 2/3), Franchini 2 (1/5, 0/3), Pastore 5 (1/2, 1/2), Bonafede (0/2), Modica 6 (3/6, 0/1), Bagnara 6 (1/1 by 3), Kathrin Ress 13 (3/8, 1/1), Ciampoli 3 (1/4), Zanon 8 (1/2, 1/2), Giauro E. 8 (3/4), Montagnino 7 (2/2, 1/3), Ramon 4 (1/3, 0/1). Coach: Giampiero Ticchi
Germany: Mensh 4 (1/2), Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84) 14 (3/6, 2/7), Richter 5 (1/3, 1/2), Koop 6 (3/4), Austmann 5 (1/2, 1/1), Bavendam 8 (3/5), Muller 9 (0/3, 3/8), Danckert 5 (1/1, 1/1), Loewe, Von Geyr dnp, Jenzon 2 (1/4). Coach: Imre Szitya

Final Grand Prix Slovakia standings: Slovakia 6; Canada 4; Italy 2; Germany 0.


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  MALDIVES - Women  


Standings
D1 Standings
 1. R.L.C 0-0 
 2. Vyansa 0-0 
 3. B.G. Sports 0-0 


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  MALI - Women  


Australia tame Mali in Haining - by Eurobasket News
Australia - Mali 112:43

The Australian National Team pounded Mali to get their second straight win at the FIBA Diamond Ball Tournament in China. Australia obviously dominated the game and had little problems en route to the second victory. The Opals will now take on the USA in the championship game. Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) led the Aussies with 24 points. Mali managed to keep in front early in the first term as they enjoyed a 16:13 advantage. However the Opals capped the first frame with an 8:0 rally and grabbed a 21:19 lead into the second period. Lauren Jackson and Belinda Snell (182-F-81, agency: LBM Management) fueled a 23:0 run from the Opals in the second quarter as they took over in the game. Australia rolled to a 51:24 advantage at halftime. Australia kept it tough for Mali in the third stanza as they outgunned the African team by 30 points to 15. Australia later breezed to a deserved victory at the end. Laura Summerton (191-C-83, agency: LBM Management) knocked down 13 points for the Opals. Hollie Grima (190-C-83, agency: LBM Management) and Belinda Snell secured 12 points each for the winners. Adama Sissoko (-91) answered with 14 points for Mali. Hamchetou Maiga (185-G/F-78, college: ODU) nailed 13 points in defeat. Australia shot 53% from the field, while limiting their opponents to only 34% accuracy.

Australia: Lauren Jackson 24, Laura Summerton 13, Hollie Grima 12, Belinda Snell 12
Mali: Adama Sissoko 14, Hamchetou Maiga 13


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  RUSSIA - Women  


Russia no match for the USA - by Eurobasket News
USA - Russia 93:58

The United States National Team advanced to the championship game of the pre-Olympic FIBA Diamond Ball Tournament in China. They cruised past Russia and set up a clash against Australia in the Final. The USA never trailed en route to a stunning victory. The North American team jumped to an early 9:2 advantage and then secured a 17:10 lead after the starting period. Katie Smith (5'11''-G-74, college: Ohio St.) knocked down a three-pointer to open a double digit lead for the USA early in the second term. The USA later went on a stunning 19:2 rally that gave them a massive 43:17 lead late in the second frame. Diana Taurasi (6'0''-G-82, college: Connecticut) and Katie Smith stretched the margin to 30 points early in the third frame. But Russia were not about to fold the early. They answered with a 17:6 run that clipped the deficit to 19 points. However Candace Parker (6'4''-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) and Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU) ensured a 27-point cushion for the USA heading into the fourth term. The North American team cruised from there on and secured their second straight win at the tournament. Diana Taurasi led the charge with 21 points. Sylvia Fowles added 15 points, while Candace Parker notched 12 points in a win. Tatiana Shchegoleva netted 14 points for Russia. Irina Osipova (6'5''-C-81) had 12 points in a losing case.

USA: Diana Taurasi 21, Sylvia Fowles 15, Candace Parker 12
Russia: Tatiana Shchegoleva (6'4''-F/C-82) 14, Irina Osipova 12


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  SERBIA - Women  


Turkey beat Serbia at the start of the Adana Tournament - by Eurobasket News
Turkey - Serbia 76:60

Turkish hosts the Adana International Tournament these days. Serbia, Belgium and France participate in the tourney alongside hosting Turkish team. The teams are getting fit for the upcoming qualifying games for the Eurobasket. Turkey got to a flying start of the competition when they took on Serbia yesterday. The teams were well matched in the first term and the scoreboard read 20:20 after ten minutes of action. However a tight defensive effort from Turkish team allowed Turkey to surge in front. They limited Serbia to 10 points in the second period and built a 37:30 advantage at halftime. Serbia stayed in the race as they trimmed the deficit to 4 points heading into the fourth quarter. But the hosts prevailed at the end. They outscored the visitors 22:10 in the fourth stanza and posted an impressive victory at the end. Esmeral Tuncluer (175-G-80) notched 13 points to lead Turkey. Saziye Karsli (185-F-82) had 12 points, while Isil Alben (170-G-86) knocked down 11 points for the winners. Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89) answered with 12 points and 10 boards for Serbia. Ana Perovic (195-C-77) and Dara Kovacevic (197-C-83) had 10 points each in defeat. Serbia will play against France, while Turkey will face Belgium today.

Turkey: Esmeral Tuncluer 13, Saziye Karsli 12, Isil Alben 11
Serbia: Sonja Petrovic 12+10 boards, Ana Perovic 10, Dara Kovacevic 10


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  TURKEY - Women  


Botas Signs 2 Young Players - by Cem Guvener
Botas will be competing in TBBL this season with a young roster. They first signed with 22 year old Mercedes Walker from Houston Comets. After Mercedes Walker, Botas has strengthened their presence in the paint by addind German center Katja Bavendam to their roster. German National team player will be one of the most important players in this young roster. After these transfers GM Abdullah Kutlu stated that they will be competing with young roster this season and they will try to be succesful with these young and talented players.

Turkey beat Serbia at the start of the Adana Tournament - by Eurobasket News
Turkey - Serbia 76:60

Turkish hosts the Adana International Tournament these days. Serbia, Belgium and France participate in the tourney alongside hosting Turkish team. The teams are getting fit for the upcoming qualifying games for the Eurobasket. Turkey got to a flying start of the competition when they took on Serbia yesterday. The teams were well matched in the first term and the scoreboard read 20:20 after ten minutes of action. However a tight defensive effort from Turkish team allowed Turkey to surge in front. They limited Serbia to 10 points in the second period and built a 37:30 advantage at halftime. Serbia stayed in the race as they trimmed the deficit to 4 points heading into the fourth quarter. But the hosts prevailed at the end. They outscored the visitors 22:10 in the fourth stanza and posted an impressive victory at the end. Esmeral Tuncluer (175-G-80) notched 13 points to lead Turkey. Saziye Karsli (185-F-82) had 12 points, while Isil Alben (170-G-86) knocked down 11 points for the winners. Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89) answered with 12 points and 10 boards for Serbia. Ana Perovic (195-C-77) and Dara Kovacevic (197-C-83) had 10 points each in defeat. Serbia will play against France, while Turkey will face Belgium today.

Turkey: Esmeral Tuncluer 13, Saziye Karsli 12, Isil Alben 11
Serbia: Sonja Petrovic 12+10 boards, Ana Perovic 10, Dara Kovacevic 10


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  UNITED KINGDOM - Women  


Netherlands U16 victorious at the Luxembourg International Tournament - by Eurobasket News
Netherlands U16 - England U16 54:37
The Dutch U16 National Team scored an emphatic victory over England to grab the title at the Luxembourg International Youth Tournament. The event was timed to the 75th Anniversary of the Luxembourgish Basketball Federation. Netherlands played three games and came out as winners in all of them. England and Netherlands entered the final game undefeated with respective wins over Ireland and Luxembourg. The Dutch team got to a better start and led 21:13 after the first period. England fought bravely but Holland still maintained the lead and enjoyed a 36:29 cushion at the interval. Netherlands could not score for six minutes in the third stanza but England answered with only 5 points during that span and only cut the deficit to 2 points. Holland however broke the deadlock soon and went on an 18:3 rally to cap the game. Eline Kasius the winners with 18 points. Willemijn Kallenberg had 12 points for Netherlands. Temi Fagbenle knocked down 18 points for England in a loss.
Luxembourg secured the third spot in the ladder. They defeated Ireland 62:61 in the final round of action. The all results for the tournament are as follows:

Netherlands 67:30 Luxembourg
Ireland 46:58 England

Netherlands 60:44 Ireland
Luxembourg 40:60 England

England 37:54 Netherlands
Ireland 61:62 Luxembourg


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  WNBA - Women  


Russia no match for the USA - by Eurobasket News
USA - Russia 93:58

The United States National Team advanced to the championship game of the pre-Olympic FIBA Diamond Ball Tournament in China. They cruised past Russia and set up a clash against Australia in the Final. The USA never trailed en route to a stunning victory. The North American team jumped to an early 9:2 advantage and then secured a 17:10 lead after the starting period. Katie Smith (5'11''-G-74, college: Ohio St.) knocked down a three-pointer to open a double digit lead for the USA early in the second term. The USA later went on a stunning 19:2 rally that gave them a massive 43:17 lead late in the second frame. Diana Taurasi (6'0''-G-82, college: Connecticut) and Katie Smith stretched the margin to 30 points early in the third frame. But Russia were not about to fold the early. They answered with a 17:6 run that clipped the deficit to 19 points. However Candace Parker (6'4''-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) and Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU) ensured a 27-point cushion for the USA heading into the fourth term. The North American team cruised from there on and secured their second straight win at the tournament. Diana Taurasi led the charge with 21 points. Sylvia Fowles added 15 points, while Candace Parker notched 12 points in a win. Tatiana Shchegoleva netted 14 points for Russia. Irina Osipova (6'5''-C-81) had 12 points in a losing case.

USA: Diana Taurasi 21, Sylvia Fowles 15, Candace Parker 12
Russia: Tatiana Shchegoleva (6'4''-F/C-82) 14, Irina Osipova 12