EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 8/9/2008

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  ABA   


San Antonio names assistant coach - by Eurobasket News
The ABA South Texas Showboats professional basketball team that begins play in December today announced that San Antonio native Arthur C. Anderson has been named Assistant Coach. Anderson attended Sam Houston High School where he was a standout football and baseball player. He joined the U.S. Navy and also attended Cal State Long Beach on a football scholarship and played professionally in international leagues for three years.
During this time, in the off season, he began his coaching career with a semi-pro basketball team, the Frankfort Runners and has also been coaching youth football since 1995. Anderson recently helped found a youth football organization at Sam Houston High School. 'I try to stay involved with the youth of our community,' he said. 'Plus I've been the Assistant Coach or Head Coach for three minor league basketball years and now have six years of coaching experience. I bring with me the love and respect of the game. I believe in discipline, fundamentals, and conditioning and I am looking forward to the opportunity of working with Coach Mireles and the Showboats.' For more information, email coachb_showboats08@yahoo.com or visit www.abalive.com.

Courtesy of ABA


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  BELGIUM   


Div 1 Transfer News - by Peter Buyse


Spotter Leuven has found its guard for this season's team in former Optima Gent player James J.J. Miller (180-G-79, college: N.Carolina A&T).
Miller ended the past season as Gent's second leading scorer (17.2 ppg) behind Brandon Freeman.

VOO Verviers-Pepinster was able to keep Geoffrey Hockins (188-G-88) in their team for the upcoming season.
At present Hockins is playing with the U20 Belgian team in the European B championship and is putting up some great stats.

In 6 games he is averaging 18.5 ppg (7th place) and 4.2 apg (4th).

Belgium is at present undefeated and meets Sweden in the semi-finals on Saturday.



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  BOSNIA   


Latest transfers of bosnian players - by Nedzad Kladusak

During this week many bosnian players have signed with european teams.
Marko Scekic (207-F-81, agency: Agency No 10), a very talented PF left Turow and signed with EWE baskets Oldenburg.

Elvir Ovcina (212-F/C-76, agency: Beo Basket, college: Syracuse) is free-agent and has several interesting offers.
Josip Sesar (197-G/F-78, agency: Court Side), who has been drafted on the 47spot has signed with the bosnian team Zrinjski Mostar and will play under coach Rudolf Jugo who will succeed Nedeljko Nadeljko Zelenika .
Nadeljko Zelenika has been 'rewarded' by the management while he has been coaching the U-18 NT of BIH!
Sabahudin Hodzic (217-C-84, college: Casper CC) signed a two-year contract with Slavija Sarajevo. Sabahudin Hodzic is a lefthanded center with tremendeous potential.
Goran Sehovac the former coach of Slavija Sarajevo hired with KK Bosna where he will assist Alen Abaz.
Sloboda Dita is still waiting for the decisions of Dimitrije Matic and Milan Milan Milosevic (205-F-85). Matic is very close to sign with serbian KK Vojvodina.
Sloboda pointed out that it is not more interested in the services of Dimitirje Matic after not declaring on time whether he will stay or not.
Borac declared that Boris Rotbart is close to extend his contract and stay in Bosnia.
KK Igokea signed Bryan Lucas (204-F/C-78, college: N.Texas),Alton Mason (185-G-77, agency: Court Side, college: Arizona St.) and Earnest Williams (193-G-83).



Bosna signs Dusan Djordjevic - by Nedzad Kladusak
The bosnian transfer market is still very dynamic.
KK Bosna signed a one-year contract with Dusan Djordjevic (195-G-83) who played last year NLB league with Vojvodina.
He is the second player of Vojvodina who signed with KK Bosna. Bosna will sign the next days a big men who will try to replace Lance Williams.
Borac signed Rashad West (185-G-84), Hrvoje Puljko (193-G-83, agency: Interperformances) and Milan Janjusevic (197-F-83). Rashad West will replace Zlatko Jovanovic who signed with Sloboda Dita.
Sloboda Dita signed Nedim Pajevic (206-F-85, agency: Court Side, college: Weber St.), the latest member of the BIH NT.
KK Zrinjski signed Boris Dzidic (206-F/C-80, agency: Interperformances), Mladen Gligora (204-C-82, agency: Court Side) and Ivan Vujicic (193-G-72). Zrinski has announced they want to become one of the 4 top teams in BIH.


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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Bad Boys seeks final playoff spot this Sunday - by David Edole
At the beginning of the BVI Basketball Federation 2008 Summer League in May, last year's senior division finalist Bad Boys never envisioned having to cling for a spot in the playoffs which start in a week's time.

Bad Boys will be looking to lift themselves from the hole they now find themselves in when they meet defending champs, East, this Sunday in a must win situation at the Multipurpose Sports Complex.

If they lose, Bad Boys will go head-to-head with Latinos in a tie-breaker game on Wednesday evening. Currently, both Bad Boys and Latinos each have one win, but Latinos hold bragging rights after defeating the 2007 finalist earlier this season.

Sunday's action starts at 6 p.m. with Run It Red facing Against the Odds.


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  BULGARIA   


Rilski sportist will play in Balkan League - by Valentin Anguelov
Bulgarian team Rilski Sportist replaces BC Strumica-2005 and is going to be part of the Balkan league.

BC Strumica-2005 from F.Y.R. of Macedonia was officially removed from participating in the season 2008/09 of the League. The club has serious financial problems due to which it can not fulfill the requirements of the BIBL Official Regulations and for the good of the competition this decision was taken.

BC Rilski Sportist from Samokov is a club with good reputation and references in Bulgaria, ambitions to out to the European stage, ready to complete the duties according to the Official and Marketing Regulations.

The replacement of the teams does not lead to any change in the system and schedule of the BIBL for Season 2008/09. The teams in Group A and Group B stay the same as well.

BC Rilski Sportist will be the third Bulgarian team in the opening season of the Balkan International Basketball League after Levski Sofia and Euroins Cherno More Varna.


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  EUROCUP   


Milan Gurovic and Dejan Milojevic in Galatasaray Cafe Crown - by Dragan Jankovski
Galatasaray Cafe Crown got two fantastic acquisitions for the upcoming season. The team agreed terms with two Serbian stars Milan Gurovic (207-F-76, agency: Beo Basket) and Dejan Milojevic (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket).

Milan Gurovic played last season for Prokom Trefl Sopot winning the title in Poland. Spectators of the seventh decisive game of the play-off final between Prokom and Turow for sure remember Gurovic's 36 points for the crucial road win. Actually Gurovic was the only player with double-digits in his team. He played 33 games for Prokom in domestic championship averaging 16 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 1.3 apg. He also had 12 games in Euroleague adding 15.3 ppg and 4.8 rpg. Except of the title in DBE, Prokom also captured the Polish National Cup last season. Before Prokom, Gurovic played two seasons for Crvena Zvezda as well as for Unics Kazan, Joventut Badalona, Unicaja Malaga, Barcelona and Peristeri. Basketball fans in Serbia remember his triple in the quarterfinals of the World Championship in Indianapolis when Serbia knocked USA out of the competition later grabbing the Gold medal.

Ex Euroleague MVP Dejan Milojevic played last two seasons in Spanish team Pamesa Valencia. At his last one with Pamesa he registered 12 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 2.8 apg for 13 games in ULEB Cup. He also played 32 games in ACB averaging 8.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg and 2.4 apg. Before Pamesa, Milojevic spent two years in Partizan Belgrade winning two championship titles. He also won one title as well as National Cup of Yugoslavia with Buducnost Podgorica in 2001.


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  FINLAND   


INTERNATIONAL: Finland vs Ukraine 92-76 - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Finland vs Ukraine tonight 08/08/08 at Vantaa Energy Arena. Finland beat Ukraine 92-76 (36-44). Quarters: 20-28, 16-16, 25-13, 31-19).
Finland had a slow start with poor shooting% and defense. During the third quarter Finland came back in the game and the rest was easy.
Mikko Koivisto (193-G-87) led Finland with 20 pts. Shawn Huff (198-G/F-84) added 15 pts. Petteri Koponen (14), Kimmo Muurinen (13) and Petri Virtanen were also
in double figures. Ukraine was led by Andriy Agafonov (207-F-86, agency: Interperformances) (22 pts and nine rbs). Sergiy Lishchuk (210-C/F-82) added 18 pts. Finland vs Ukraine again on Saturday 9.8.


Alain Laroche agrees with Korihait - by Eurobasket News
Alain Laroche (198-F-83, agency: Court Side, college: N.Florida), a versatile guard/forward, has signed a 1+1 year deal with Finnish team Korihait. Laroche played his senior year in college for the University of North Florida back in 2005-2006, he then for a short period of time joined Groningen in Holland his first year out of college. He returned to the US shortly because of personal reasons and then played in Chile, South America. He made a big name for himself having a great season, averaging 20,3 points per game and 9,1 rebounds per game, and leading his team to the finals in the playoffs. Having spent only a short amount of time in Europe, his new job with Korihait will be considered his first real start to his European career. He will join the team of coach Jyri Lehtonen who in Laroche believes he has found his go-to-guy on the wing. Coach Lehtonen was impressed by the footage he saw on Laroche and his versatile style of play - a player that can score from all over the court, and who truly is a great rebounder from the wing positions, averaging as said 9,1 per game in Chile - but that also averaged 9,2 rebounds for North Florida his senior year. Laroche is expected in Finland later this month and with this signing, he will be the 4th announced Court Side signing in Finland in the past week following Calvin Walls - Kouvot, Jeremiah Wood - Kataja and Durell Vinson - KTP.

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  GABON   


ELIMINATORY OF THE 23rd CUP OF CLUBS CHAMPION AFRIQUE MASCULINE ZONE 4 - by Tim Ndjiki
Two clubs Gabonese, MANGA BASKET (Champion 2008) and SOMO B (Vice champion 2008), participated this competition that took place Kinshasa to Seven teams of four countries (Gabon, Congo RDC, Congo Brazzaville): LUPOPO (RDC) - INTER CLUB (CGO) - RED STAR (RCA) - SOMO BASKET (GABON) - ONATRA (RDC) - PATRONNAGE (CGO).
Final ordering
1st ONATRA (RDC) 6 matches, 11 Points, 5 victories, 1 defeats.
2nd LUPOPO (RDC) 6 matches, 10 Points, 4 victories, 2 defeats.
3rd SOMO B (GABON) 6 matches, 10 Points, 4 victories, 2 defeats.
4th PATRONNAGE (CGO) .6 matches, 9 Points, 3 victories, 3 defeats.
5th RED STAR (RCA) 6 matches, 9 Points, 3 victories, 3 defeats.
6th INTER CLUB (CGO) 6 matches, 7 Points, 1 victories, 5 defeats.
7th MANGA B (GABON) 6 matches, 7 Points, 1 victories, 5 defeats.

We recall that the two first are qualified in final phase that he will play in September 2008.

Team of MANGA B
LINDEME W; BOUNDOU K; NGOUADIHOUV J; BOUYOBA G; LANDJI G; MOUANDZA M; MASRABE J; MANDAMA J; NZE D; MITORY P; BIYOGHO TCHOUA P;
Coach: ONDOUMOU Rufin
Team of SOMO B
BEKALE B; MYTOULOU D; OWOULA R; LOUKOUSSA P; NGUEMA OH; EYENET D; MESSI J; MOUSSAVOU J; NDONG R; COMPANY; NYOUNDOU E; KALALA B;
Coach : Antoine BOUSSOUGOU


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  GERMANY   


Skyliners add new assistant coach, Emmenecker gets tryout - by Manuel Schust
Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt added another assistant coach to their staff.
Head coach Murat Didin will be supported by Engin Gencoglu , who spent the last three seasons with Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul.
Next to Daphne Bouzikou and Klaus Perwas , the 28-year old Gencoglu will be responsible for scouting and video analysis.

Adam Emmenecker (185-G-85), who has quickly gained reputation after leading the Drake University to its first NCAA tournament in 37 years, is currently in a tryout phase at Frankfurt.
22-year old Emmenecker really came out of nowhere last season and averaged 8.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 6.5 assists in 33 games with Drake.


ProA: New signings - by Manuel Schust

ProA team (2. Bundesliga) LTi Lich announced the re-signing of team captain Rolf Scholz (187-G-80). The 27-year old Guard will play his 7th season with the team from northern Hesse. Last season he averaged 3.7 points and 1.9 rebounds in 29 games with Lich.

New ProA club and german football powerhouse FC Bayern Muenchen signed two new import players. Point Guard Gabriel Moore (185-G-85) spent last season with Indiana State and produced 12.2 points and 4.5 assists per game. He will be Bayern's new playmaker. Shooting Guard Tim Morris (193-G-84, college: Washington) impressed Bayern's management during Eurobasket Summer League in Salt Lake City. Morris played with Team Munich and ironically now joins Bayern Muenchen. The 24-year old spent last season with Washington (NCAA) and produced 7.2 points and 3.6 rebounds.


TV Langen re-signed turkish F/C Koray Karaman (202-F/C-73). The 34-year old will play his sixth season with the team located near Frankfurt. Last season he averaged 6.9 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.




Davor Lamesic and Goettingen part ways - by Manuel Schust
Just weeks before the beginning of the season BG 74 Goettingen and austrian Forward Davor Lamesic (205-F-83, agency: Interperformances) surprisingly agreed to part ways.
Unlucky Lamesic, who was meant to be a key player for Coach John Patrick , had suffered a broken bone in the metatarsus and will not be able to play until mid October.

Not knowing wheather Lamesic would be able to return in full strength, the club decided not to take any risks and Lamesic agreed to cancel the contract.
The 25-year old austrian already found a new club and will return to his home country to play with WBC Kraftwerk Wels (AUT A Bundesliga).

Goettingen also terminated the contract with german A2 national player Moritz Wohlers (203-F/C-84, agency: Court Side, college: Montana St. - Billin). The 24-year old is currently in a try-out phase with Eisbaeren Bremerhaven.


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  GREECE   


Bulgarian Rilski Sportist replaces Strumica in the Balkan league. - by Simon Varvakis

Bulgarian team Rilski Sportist Samokov replaces BC Strumica-2005 and is going to be part of the Balkan league. BC Strumica-2005 from F.Y.R. of Macedonia was officially removed from participating in the season 2008/09 of the League. The club has serious financial problems due to which it can not fulfill the requirements of the BIBL Official Regulations and for the good of the competition this decision was taken.

BC Rilski Sportist Samokov from Samokov is a club with good reputation and references in Bulgaria, ambitions to out to the European stage, ready to complete the duties according to the Official and Marketing Regulations.

The replacement of the teams does not lead to any change in the system and schedule of the BIBL for Season 2008/09. The teams in Group A and Group B stay the same as well.


On behalf of George Manousidis.



Mamoutou Diarra close to continue for one more year with Paok - by Serafim Karaiskakis
Mamoutou Diarra (200-F-80) the French NT player with big career in Pro-A is close to sign a new contract with Paok's management. Diarra had last year 11.8ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP: 51.0%, 3PT: 38.0%, FT: 52.0% in 25 league games. He will get 150.000 euros for one year.

* Costas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM) and Panagiotis Kafkis (195-G-80) -both from Olympiakos- will be the next local players who are going to sign contract with Paok.


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Hungarian NT is in Bosnia - by Tamas Deri

The Hungarian national team stays as guest at Bosnia on the week. Two practice matches are the programs with the domestic national team. Ont he first game wgich was held on Wednesday Bosnia won over Hungary by 13 pts. Simon did double double (11pts & 10 assist). Lorant had again great performance, added 27 pts.

Bosnia- Hungary 89-76

(22-19, 20-25, 21-13, 26-19)
Cazin, Att: 1500, Refereces: Duskaj, Bilic, Knezevic
Bosnia: Nesovic 7/3, Ikonic 7/6, Opacak 9/3, K. Bajramovic 7, Jazvin 10, GORDIC 17/6, Kikanovic 7, TELETOVIC 13/3, Bavcic 3, Milosevic 9. Coach: Mensur Bajramov
Hungary: Balazs Simon (188-G-80, agency: Court Side) 11/3, Istvan Nemeth (190-G-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 13/9, Kaman 5, Sitku 2, Peter Lorant (207-F/C-85) 27/6, Fodor M. 4, Horvath A. 7/3, Hendlein 2, Trepak 5, Ferencz. Coach: Meszaros Lajos



Lost against Bosnia again - by Tamas Deri
Our National team played the second friendly game in Bosnia and lost again. Under the rims, Trepak and Lorant had a great performance, but our guards did not play as expected.

BOSNIA - HUNGARY 82-71
(20-16, 21-14, 19-19, 22-22)
Cazin, Att: 500, Referees: Duskaj, Bilic, Knezevic
BOSNIA: Nesovic 8, Milosevic 7/3, OPACAK 15/3, K. Bajramovic 7/3, Jazvin, GORDIC 7/3, Ikonic 7/3, KIKANOVI 16, TELETOVIC 8, Bavcic 7, Pajevic, Head coach: Mensur Bajramovic
HUNGARY: Simon B., Nemeth, Tamas Kaman (200-F-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 14/12, Hendlein 5/3, Peter Lorant (207-F/C-85) 22/6, Zoltan Trepak (210-C-77, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 13, Fodor M. 2, Horvath A. 10/3, Molnar A. 2, Ferencz 3, Simon L., Head coach: Meszaros Lajos


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  IBL   


Express ponders $1.5 million offer - by Eurobasket News
Could tonight be the final time that the Elkhart Express take to the North Side Gym hardwood?

Only time will tell on that one as an offer has been made to purchase the International Basketball League franchise.

For now, Express president/coach Daimon Beathea is concerned with tonight's exhibition game versus the Wanma Cyclones of the Chinese Basketball Association.

'My focus right now is on Friday night's game,'' said Beathea earlier this week. 'We're going about our business day-to-day like usual and working to prepare for next year.''

Beathea confirmed that he has received a $1.5 million offer from Chicago area businessman Barry Chessick to purchase the Express. Beathea also said that a decision on the team's future will not come for at least two months.

'I have to look at and explore all options,'' said Beathea of a possible sale. He noted that the team's revenue, most notably due to a drop in real attendance, dropped by about 30 percent in 2008 from 2007.

Elkhart is 69-8 in its three years with back-to-back IBL titles in 2006 and 2007. The Express went 23-2 this season, losing 118-111 to Bellingham (Wash.) in the league title game last month.

Beathea says tonight's contest is a unique opportunity for the community. The Express traveled to China the last two years. The Wanma team, which arrived earlier this week, is slated to remain until Aug. 26 to train with the Express. Elkhart played the team on its trip to China at the start of the 2008 season this past spring.

'This is a great thing for us to host,'' Beathea said. 'It's also a great chance for the community to experience international flavor.''

The Elkhart roster for tonight's game, which is slated for a 7:15 p.m. tip-off, will feature some familiar faces and some new ones. Expected to suit up are the trio of Cedric Moodie, Coleco Buie and Jarrod Lovette, all Express starters in 2008, along with key reserves Lincoln Glass and Prentice McGruder. All members of the 2008 squad were invited back for tonight's exhibition, but several have already secured deals to play professionally for foreign teams.

The Express squad is also expected to include additions Keith Gayden, Quinnel Brown, DeAnthony Bowden and Roberto Fortes. The quartet, all IBL veterans, could all be in the mix to make the Express roster in 2009. Also scheduled to play tonight are former Express players Darmetreis Kilgore, a South Bend Washington product, and Anthony Kyle. Brad Pompey, an Elkhart Central grad like Kyle, will also participate.

'It will be interesting to see,'' said Beathea of the mix for tonight's contest. 'We'll use this game as a barometer to look at some players.''

A celebrity game will precede tonight's Express exhibition contest. The 5 p.m. tilt is slated to include Beathea, along with former area standouts Ross Hales of Elkhart Memorial, Jamar Johnson and Jeff Massey of Concord and former Notre Dame and Express player Harold Swanagan. The two teams will also feature members of the media and politicians.

Tickets for tonight's games are priced at $8 to $12 and will be available at the door.


Success for Express

A quartet of Elkhart Express players have been honored as International Basketball League All-Stars for the 2008 season.

The Express are represented by guards Cedric Moodie and Coleco Buie, center Chris Charles and forward Jarrod Lovette on the postseason honor list. Moodie, a former star at South Bend Washington, led the Express at 28.1 ppg. Charles averaged 12 points and 9.9 rebounds, Buie 12.8 points and Lovette 12.4 points.

Elkhart went 23-2 during the 2008 season. The Express, back-to-back IBL champions in 2006 and 2007, lost to Bellingham (Wash.) 118-111 in this year's title game July 18.

Courtesy of www.southbendtribune.com


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  ITALY   


Last transactions - by Gianni Pascucci
Italian NT member Angelo Gigli (209-F/C-83) inked a three year contract with Lottomatica Virtus Roma. Premiata Montegranaro signed Wade Helliwell (212-C-79, college: Charlotte). Armani Jeans Milano should announce tomorrow the agreement with David Hawkins (193-G-82, agency: CAA Sports, college: Temple). Sebastiani Basket Rieti announced the agreement with Greek Vangelis Sklavos (202-F-77).In Lega 2, Aget Imola inked Danish NT member Nicolai Iversen (204-F-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: San Jose City JC), and Prima Veroli will announce soon the signing of Dawan Robinson (189-G-82, college: Rhode Island)

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Cote dIvoire beat Nigeria 56-52 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
With the absence of its three foreign-based players Tunji Awojobi, Olumide Oyedeji and Ejike Ugboaja who heads for home after securing a ticket for the country in 2009 FIBA Africa Championship for Men Nigeria suffered her first defeat in the FIBA Africa Zone-3 qualification losing by 58-52 points to host Cote dIvoire in a reverse fixture.

The Coaches Ayo Bakare and Sani Ahmed tutored side from investigation decide to take the remaining games lightly after beating host Cote dIvoire (65-55) and Togo (76-43) in their first meeting.

The Nigeria national team, DTigers with nine home-based players left is confident of beating the Togolese so as to finish top of the zone qualification.

According to a source from the Nigerian camp in Yamoussoukro venue of the qualifying matches who spoke to our correspondent on telephone Friday night that there is no cause for alarm as the country is happy to be back among the big nations that will jostle for a place in the 2010 FIBA World Championship billed for Turkey.

We are happy once again that after going through tortuous qualifiers which we are not used to since the country have not dropped beyond the third position in past FIBA Africa Championship to book a place in Libya 2009 Championship, we are confident of picking one of the three tickets for the 2010 World Championship, the source opined.

Analysts have therefore charged the Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF to be up and doing in its responsibilities of ensuring that the country perform creditably in all international engagement from the U16 to the senior championships.

They argue that the country does not need the services of foreign coaches to do well in major championship based on the premise that last two expatriate coaches (Sam Vincent, Kevin Cook and Robert Mclum) engaged in the last four years did not live up to expectation instead they succeeded in taking the country basketball several steps back-ward.

They want the NBBF to emulate the spirit in Angola, saying that reigning Africa champion does not have half of the top qualities players at the country disposal but mal-administration couple with bad judgments have continue to rob Nigeria of its rightful place in Africa and World basketball stage.
Abdulrahman Mohammed (191-G-77)


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  JAMAICA   


Knights and Bulls clash in midseason finals - by Leonard Whyte
Defending champions Urban Knights will face upstart newcomers Port Royal Bulls on Saturday night for the second time this season, but only this time the stakes are much higher. Both teams are set to clash in the Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)/National Basketball League (NBL) Midseason Finals at the National Stadium Courts beginning at 8:00 pm. In the first game Portmore Flames will go up against Catherine Hall All Stars.

In their first encounter billed as the 'Battle of the Unbeatens,' Knights used a stifling defense to shut down the diminutive Paul Oliphant, leaving Damion Young to run wild. Young finished with a triple-double (24 points, 18 rebounds and 12 blocks) but must have felt like the Lone Ranger as Paul Brown was the only other Bull in double-figures. Immediately after the game player/coach Oneil Williams boldly predicted a Bulls victory in this game, but that could be a very difficult one to pull off.

Knights are a much more balanced team and it is simply difficult to predict which of their offensive weapons will go off tomorrow night. It could be Andy Smith who went for 19 points in the first clash, or it could be Omar Barnes, Andrew Whilby, etc. Their defense held the Bulls to just 57 points the first time, but has the potential to be even stingier. Still, the defeat should still be fresh in the minds of the Bulls, and a few adjustments here and there could swing the advantage in their favor. For the Bulls to turn the tables on their opponents, Brown must dominate the boards on both ends of the court and make himself an immovable force inside the paint on defense.

Tickets will be available at the courts. The cost is J$200.00.


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  LIBYA   


The African U18 Qualifications Zone 1 - by Anas Seddigh

The Qualifications for the U18 African basketball cup of nations for zone 1was hosted by Morocco in the period between (26th \ July - 1st \ August ) , the home team managed to clinch the top spot and qualify to the to the final rounds of the championship to be held from october 16-25 in Alexandria , Egypt.

The U18 Libyan national team headed to morocco with Neven Filip Luetic (Serbia) as the head coach and a list of 12 players :

Name Club
Younis Agloli Hilal
Malek Derwish Shabab
Abdalla Shalabi Wahda
Jamal Ali Hamad Moroj
Sasi Fezani Madina
Ala Agila Madina
Abdulwahed Geryani Hilal
Sedeq Kshlaf Madina
Taher Zawie Ittihad
Maruan Farhat Madina
Yousef Shwehdi Nasr
Hamza Solah Yarmook

Although the team did not qualify to the finals but they managed to play close and equal games with their level developing each match they play , Although the absence of the two best players and a short preparation time Coach Neven Filip Luetic did his best to make the Libyan National team play with good level.

Qualification Results :

first Leg:

Morocco - Libya 49-39

Tunisia - Libya 100-55
Algeria - Libya 74-65


Second Leg :

Libya - Morocco 60-69

Libya - Tunisia 43-75

Libya - Algeria 61-67



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  MEXICO   


Trudo and Bimbo Complete Monterrey - by Carlos Chapa
LNBPs Fuerza Regia Monterrey has announced their complete roster for the 2008-2009 season, the team will be formed by returning players such as: Omar Quintero (183-G-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: S.Nazarene), Fernando Del Angel (195-G/F-75), Felipe Sanchez (202-F/C-74), Osmand Stanley (192-F-81) and Juan Garcia (170-G-77) (these two last ones to confirm), the newcomers are: Mexican Eliseo Albor Munoz (206-F/C-79), Mexican-American Lino Velazquez (182-G-85), Americans Marvin Phillips (201-G/F-83, college: Claflin) and Lorenzo Trudo (201-F-80, college: Huron), Puerto Rican Alejandro Carmona (194-G/F-83, agency: Next Level), and Venezuelans Tomas Aguilera (198-F-77) and Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82).

Lorenzo Trudo and Alejandro Carmona (194-G/F-83, agency: Next Level) were recently announced, Trudo is a strong player with a great leaping ability and midrange shot, which helped him play in different parts of the globe. Carmona played half the 2006 season with Fuerza Regia Monterrey, leaving a good impression as a scorer, good ballhandler and a leader in the defensive end, however he left the team after bad individual playoff performances.


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  NCAA1   


Former Butler players headed overseas - by Eurobasket News
Four Butler players, Mike Green (6'1''-G-85, college: Towson), Pete Campbell (6'7''-F-84, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Butler), Brandon Crone (6'7''-F-84, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Butler) and Brandon Polk (6'6''-F-84, agency: Chris Pearson SM, college: Butler) have signed professional contracts to continue playing basketball overseas next year. The quartet, who helped the Bulldogs to 79 victories over the past three seasons, will carry Butler's basketball name to Turkey, Germany, Poland and Finland.

Green, who averaged a team-leading 14.6 points last season, signed a one-year contract to play for Antalya Buyuksehir in Antayla, Turkey. Campbell, one of the top three-point field goal shooters ever to play at Butler, inked a deal to play for the Dusseldorf Giants in the top league in Germany, while Crone, the Most Valuable Player on Butler's 2006-07 squad, signed to play for Kotwica Kolobrzeg S. A. in Kolobrzeg, Poland. Polk, who was Butler's leading scorer in 2005-06, signed with Karhut Kauhajoen in Finland.

Green started every game during his two seasons with the Bulldogs, and he averaged 14.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.5 assists for his career. He was named the Horizon League Player of the Year in 2007-08 and was chosen as the Most Outstanding Player at the 2008 Horizon League Championship. He also was named the Most Outstanding Player at the 2007 Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout. A first team Mid-Major All-American, Green was a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers' summer league team in July.

Campbell finished his career as Butler's all-time leader for three-point field goal shooting with a .483 career shooting percentage. He also set a Butler single season record for three-point field goal shooting with a .519 mark in 2006-07, and he finished sixth on Butler's all-time list for three-pointers with 183 in just two seasons. He averaged 11.7 points as a senior and ranked among the 'Top 35' players in the NCAA Division I in both three-point field goals and three-point field goal shooting.

Crone was Butler's second-leading rebounder (4.7) and third-leading scorer (11.4) in 2006-07. He was a starting forward in his final 77 games at Butler, and he was a co-captain on Butler's last NCAA 'Sweet 16' team (2006-07). He was named to the Horizon League Championship All-Tournament Team as a senior, after scoring a team-high 35 points in Butler's two tournament games. He finished his career with 997 points and 493 rebounds.

Polk, who was named Butler's Most Valuable Player in both his junior and senior seasons, was chosen Horizon League Player of the Year in 2005-06. He averaged 18.0 points and 4.6 rebounds in his final season with the Bulldogs, a campaign that saw him earn first team All-Horizon League and second team NABC All-District 10 recognition. He led Butler in scoring for two straight years and posted Butler's ninth-highest single season scoring total (593 points) as a senior.

Green and Campbell helped Butler to a 30-4 mark in 2007-08, and the two joined Crone on Butler's 29-7 team in 2006-07. Polk and Crone helped lead Butler to a 20-13 mark in 2005-06.

Courtesy of www.cstv.com


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Cote dIvoire beat Nigeria 56-52 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
With the absence of its three foreign-based players Tunji Awojobi, Olumide Oyedeji and Ejike Ugboaja who heads for home after securing a ticket for the country in 2009 FIBA Africa Championship for Men Nigeria suffered her first defeat in the FIBA Africa Zone-3 qualification losing by 58-52 points to host Cote dIvoire in a reverse fixture.

The Coaches Ayo Bakare and Sani Ahmed tutored side from investigation decide to take the remaining games lightly after beating host Cote dIvoire (65-55) and Togo (76-43) in their first meeting.

The Nigeria national team, DTigers with nine home-based players left is confident of beating the Togolese so as to finish top of the zone qualification.

According to a source from the Nigerian camp in Yamoussoukro venue of the qualifying matches who spoke to our correspondent on telephone Friday night that there is no cause for alarm as the country is happy to be back among the big nations that will jostle for a place in the 2010 FIBA World Championship billed for Turkey.

We are happy once again that after going through tortuous qualifiers which we are not used to since the country have not dropped beyond the third position in past FIBA Africa Championship to book a place in Libya 2009 Championship, we are confident of picking one of the three tickets for the 2010 World Championship, the source opined.

Analysts have therefore charged the Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF to be up and doing in its responsibilities of ensuring that the country perform creditably in all international engagement from the U16 to the senior championships.

They argue that the country does not need the services of foreign coaches to do well in major championship based on the premise that last two expatriate coaches (Sam Vincent, Kevin Cook and Robert Mclum) engaged in the last four years did not live up to expectation instead they succeeded in taking the country basketball several steps back-ward.

They want the NBBF to emulate the spirit in Angola, saying that reigning Africa champion does not have half of the top qualities players at the country disposal but mal-administration couple with bad judgments have continue to rob Nigeria of its rightful place in Africa and World basketball stage.
Abdulrahman Mohammed (191-G-77)


Ejike Ugboaja camp holds in Zaria - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The second edition of the Ejike Ugbaoja basketball camp will hold between August 12 through 16 at the sports centre of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria

The according to the initiator, Ugboaja is meant to give back to the system that has done so much for him and give assurances to promising players that there is hope in the game.

The former Yelwa Hawks and Union Bank basketball clubs forward told our correspondent that the camp will get bigger this time.

Ugboaja who was excused from the Nigeria camp after helping the Nigeria national team to two successive wins thereby securing a place for the country in next year FIBA Africa Championship for Men returned to the country Friday night to put things in place for the camp which will attract about sixty players from across the country.

Ejike Ugboaja (204-F/C-85, agency: Larry Fox Services)


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Top 5 has started - by Gianni Pascucci
The first round of the 'Top 5 Tournment' was played yesterday night in Asuncion, and the first results were wins of the two favourite teams. National Champions of Sol de America defeated 99-61 Universidad Autonoma Asuncion (partial scores 28-15, 53-33, 80-47) and Libertad prevailed over Felix Perez Cardozo 79-69 (partial scores 19-14, 39-31, 57-56). Deportivo San Jose was on stand-by The compettion goes on tonight, with the games UAA - FPC and Libertad - San Jose. If Sol de America will triumph even in this 'Top 5', will be named Paraguayan Champion 2008. Otherwise, the winner of the 'Top 5' will play Sol de America, in the so-named Super Copa Nacional, on November 20 and 29, 2008.

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Fajardo in Hungary, Rodriguez in Ukraine and "El Jefe"? - by Alessandro Fontana

Sharif Fajardo (205-F/C-76, agency: Edge Sports, college: UTEP) signed in Hungary for Atomeromu Parks, the strongest team of Hungary. Fajardo played a good season in Bosnia and in the Adriatc League with Siroki last year, where He scored 15.7 ppg+4.5 rppg and He had a wonderful 46% 3pts percentage.
This will be his first experience in Hungary.

Andres Rodriguez (182-G-81, college: American) will not played more in Poland next season, He signed a year contract in Ukraine with BC Donetsk. Last season Rodriguez was one of the best playmakers of the Polish League, with Turow, He scored 7.1ppg+4.5 apg.

Bot Turow signed another 'Boricua' Donald Copeland (178-G-84, college: Seton Hall) who played last year always in Poland for Polpharma and He was the best scorer of the team with almost 20 points per game.

For next season, already eleven Boricuas will play in Europe, Carlos Arroyo will play in Israel for Macabi Tel Aviv, in the same league there is also Carmelo Lee who signed for Ironi Ramat. In Poland we have Donald Copeland with Turow, Joel Jones with Politechnika and Ansel Guzman, with his first experience abroad.
In Russia, Ural Great Perm signed Christian Dalmau, in Ukraine will play Andres Rodriguez, Fajardo in Hungary, Guillermo Diaz in Italy confirmed in Caserta, Peter John Ramos should be confirmed in Spain with Fuenlabrada and Rick Apodaca the same in Turkey with Besiktas Istanbul.

The only question is: Where will 'El Jefe' Larry Ayuso play next season? The strong Boricua is still without a big important contract... we will wait for news in the next week....

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North Metro & Summer Hill to vie for City Conference Title... - by David Archer

Aug. 10th 4:30pm City Conference B-League CHAMPIONSHIP...

W#1 North Metro vs. E#1 Summer Hill

Fri. Aug. 8th @ JH Morgan Gym: Final Four...

E#1 Summer Hill 83 W#2 Sixers 76... The Sixers exploded out to a 12-0 lead to start the game behind eight quick points by Demetrius Metcalf. Summer Hill looked out of sorts and unprepared for the intensity. Still down 16-4, Summer Hill began to wake up


W#1 North Metro 67 W#2 Cedartown 61...

Tue. Aug. 5th @ JH Morgan Gym: City Conference Quarter-Finals...

E#3 Owen FH 68 vs. E#2 BC Sixers 94
W#3 Dalton WSC 61 vs W#2 Cedartown 79
E#4 AWU-Howren 56 vs. E#1 Summer Hill 92
W#4 Knicks-2 54 vs. W#1 North Metro 107

Mon. Aug. 4th @ JH Morgan Gym: Play-in Games...


E#5 Polk 55 vs. E#4 AWU-Howren 69
W#5 Rockmart 63 vs. W#4 BC Knicks-2 72




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METRO A-League Playoff Schedule & Results... - by David Archer

METRO A-League PLAYOFFS

Mon., Aug. 4th @ Clayton State - South Division


S#5 SuperStar Cafe 69 vs. S#4 Lakers 61 (OT)...
Superstar Cafe' battled back from several deficits to force OT, then took advantage of an emotionally destructive Lakers team to take a victory in round one of the playoffs.


S#6 DOTS 94 vs. S#3 Young Gunz 90... David Graham put DOTS on his back and carried them from dispair to victory. Down by 14 in the second half, Graham took control and willed his team to victory behind an offensive performance that will be remembered for a long time. Graham finished with 41 points on the night.
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Wed., Aug. 6th @ JH Morgan - North Division


N#5 BC Force 74 vs. N#4 Marietta Outlaw 95... The Force came out like gang-busters and had the slow starting Marietta boys down 18-6. The Force looked good as they moved the ball well and everybody got involved offensively in the first five minutes of the game. But, things changed quickly as Shannon Billings, Isaac Cook and Ezra Williams got warmed up and Marietta raced back, took the lead on a 15-2 run, then continued their tear. When the dust settled Marietta had executed a plethora of dunks and three-pointers to build a 41-22 lead. The Force had gone numb, but managed to regroup and close to with in 51-40 by the half. The Force tested Marietta in the second half, cutting their deficit to six at one point. Marietta cranked up another run as Billings and Cook went nuts to combine for seven second half threes, breaking the Force's backs. Billings finished with a game-high 30, while Williams had 29, Cook 18 and Gene Moss eight. For The Force, who saw their season come to a close, Cook had 18, Marc Reese 13 and Cedric McClinic 12. Jon Allison also had eight in the loss.


N#6 BC Celtics 79 vs. N#3 ServPro-1 90... ServPro made it through to the quarters last night by holding off a scrappy BC Celtics team 90-79. The Celtics got our to an early 9-4 lead, but ServPro-1 stabilized behind the power of Larry Cox. Cox had 18 first half points, dominating the inside fueling ServPro to a lead which forced the Celtics to play catch-up the rest of the way. The Celtics trailed 42-30 at the half, but kept fighting and never gave up, eventually cutting ServPro's lead to four at one point. While Cox was still doing his thing for ServPro-1, Dexter Shaw had dropped a couple of tough treys and Mike Reynolds got in the act to make the game interesting. But, Jermaine Spivey took control down the stretch, drilling four threes and getting free for a lay-in to lead ServPro-1 to victory. ServPro, who advances to the quarters, Cox paced all scorers with 32 points, while Spivey finished with 17, Shan Finley 13, Spencer Dixon 10 and Brandon Byers 10. For the Celtics, Shaw led with 24, while Reynolds, Andrew Jones and DeRon Davis each had 15 and Jeff Croft had 14.


N#8 Knicks-1 76 vs. N#1 Baseline-1 86... Baseline-1 fiddled their way to a first round win over last place Knicks-1 squad. The win-less Knicks stayed with Baseline, as the lead went back forth through out the first half. Terrence Hundley began to wake things up for Baseline has he made a point to get off several trey balls. He downed six in the first half, he single handedly willed Baseline to a shaky 47-42 lead at the half. The Knicks-1 started the second half off strong, scoring the first eight points, to take a 50-47 lead. Baseline was again playing with no energy and seemingly no interest. After a timeout and setting up a new offensive scheme, Joe Hamilton would go on an offensive tear, scoring nine of a 12-2 run by Baseline. Baseline also switch to a zone offense that threw the Knicks-1 off for a three minute stretch. Baseline pushed out to a 59-52 lead. The Knicks-1 managed to threaten a few times, behind the hard inside work of Jonathan Johnson and surprising scoring of Eddie Lee Wilkins, but Baseline would build on that lead, going up as much as 14 at one point. Kurtis Woods hit two nice face-up threes and got a monster dunk down the stretch and Baseline closed the game out, to move on to face Marietta in the quarters. Hundley led Baseline-1 with 29 points, while Hamilton had 26, Woods 20 and Chris Jones 10. Johnson finished with 25 for the Knicks, while Eddie Lee Wilkins had 23 and Obrian Wilkins 15.


N#7 Supreme 66 vs. N#2 Skyline 69... Derrick Thomas' three pointer as the buzzer sounded propelled Skyline to the quarter-finals. J.D. Pollock led Skyline with 23 points, while Antone Anderson had 17 in the win for Skyline.



SEBL Metro Final Four is set... - by David Archer
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Thur., Aug. 7th @ Clayton State - South Division:

S#1 Atlanta Speedboys 77 S#5 Superstar Sports Cafe' 60... The Speedboys, who also took home the Michael Jordan Tournament Trophy last weekend in North Carolina, will be returning to the SEBL Metro A-League Final Four after a solid win over Superstar Sports Cafe' in the South Division quarterfinals at Clayton State. The Speedboys, have been on a roll this year, winning the Georgia State Men's Open Tournament, claiming the 2007-8 SEBLi Title last winter and capturing 'Nationals' in Florida in March. They will face Skyline on Saturday night at 7:30pm. The Speedboys had a comfortable lead by the half, up 43-26, then cruised to victory. Michael Sloan (6'4''-G) led Atlanta with 20 points, while Ronald Lewis had 17. for SSC, Ed Lockhart had 13 and Richard Lusane (6'5''-G) of got 12.

S#2 Tri-County Crusaders 84 S#6 DOTS 72... After a big win over a hot DOTS team, Tri-County made it to the SEBL Metro A-League Final Four for the second time in it's team history. Likewise, for the second time, Tri-County will not be able to honor the commitment of participating in the SEBL Metro Final Four. As in 2004, Tri-County has advanced but due to prior commitments will be able to field a team in Cartersville this weekend. Under SEBL League rules, the rights then fall to the next highest seeded team who lost in the quarter-finals, which would technically be the Baseline-1 squad, who were the North #1 seed. However, after a heartless display of sportsmanship and competitiveness, Baseline-1 will not be allowed the opportunity. Therefore, the opportunity slides to #2 seed Skyline. Tri-County managed a 39-35 lead at the half against the improved DOTS team. But, DOTS could not bounce back down the stretch and Tri-County held on for the win. Ernest Scott (6'7''-F-82) and Mike Crane had 18 and 16 points, respectively, for the Tri-County Crusaders. For DOTS, it was David Graham (6'4''-G-85) and Miquel Morton who fueled the offense again, with 24 and 17, respectively.

Thur., Aug. 7th @ JH Morgan - North Division:

N#4 Marietta Outlaw 83 vs. #1 Baseline-1 69... Marietta bursted out to a 13-3 lead at the outset and was never really tested by a heartless, malcontented Baseline-1 team. Markeith Cummings, in his first game back from injury, power dunked his way to 20 points off the bench, while Ezra Williams (6'4''-G-80) had 16. As a team, Marietta downed 14 threes for the game. Marietta advances to the Final Four, where they will take on ServPro-1. Baseline saw a lackluster season come to a close, after beginning the season on what was an uneasy 8-0 stretch. With out the services of leading scorer, Ronell Wooten (25ppg) and Rod Ashmore (14pp), Baseline non-competitive in a double-digit loss to the 7th best team in the North in the final game of the regular season, then had to come from behind for a win against a winless, 8th seeded Knicks-1 squad in the opening round of the playoffs, before being mentally and physically handled by Marietta Outlaw. With the turn of events with Tri-County not being able to play in the Final Four, Baseline-1 technically could have taken that slot in the Final Four, by virtue of being the next highest seed to lose in the quaters. However, Coach David Archer, made the decision not to allow the Baseline players that opportunity.

N#3 ServPro 65 vs. #2 Skyline 63... An internally embattled ServPro squad was able to hang on for a slim victory over a Skyline team that was unable to capitalize on opportunities down the stretch. Derrick Thomas missed on another last second shot, when his three-pointer at the buzzer kareened off the front-side of the rim. However, ServPro-1 does advance and Skyline actually gets a repreive by virtue of Tri-County's inability to honor it's commitment to the Final Four weekend, and Baseline-1's deferral. ServPro-1 will go in as the #2 seed in the Final Four and will face a surging Marietta Outlaw team, while Skyline will go in as the #4 Final Four seed and will take on a strong Atlanta Speedboys outfit. Jermaine Spivey (6'3''-G-72) of Rome ServPro-1 had 18 in the win, while Larry Cox (6'10''-C-84) got 17.

Sat., Aug. 9th @ JH Morgan - FINAL FOUR!

6:30pm #3 Seed Marietta Outlaw vs. #2 Seeded ServPro-1
7:30pm #4 Seed Skyline vs. #1 Seed Atlanta Speedboys

Sun., Aug. 10th @ JH Morgan - FINALS

6:00pm Championship Game!



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Milan Gurovic and Dejan Milojevic in Galatasaray Cafe Crown - by Dragan Jankovski
Galatasaray Cafe Crown got two fantastic acquisitions for the upcoming season. The team agreed terms with two Serbian stars Milan Gurovic (207-F-76, agency: Beo Basket) and Dejan Milojevic (200-F-77, agency: Beo Basket).

Milan Gurovic played last season for Prokom Trefl Sopot winning the title in Poland. Spectators of the seventh decisive game of the play-off final between Prokom and Turow for sure remember Gurovic's 36 points for the crucial road win. Actually Gurovic was the only player with double-digits in his team. He played 33 games for Prokom in domestic championship averaging 16 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 1.3 apg. He also had 12 games in Euroleague adding 15.3 ppg and 4.8 rpg. Except of the title in DBE, Prokom also captured the Polish National Cup last season. Before Prokom, Gurovic played two seasons for Crvena Zvezda as well as for Unics Kazan, Joventut Badalona, Unicaja Malaga, Barcelona and Peristeri. Basketball fans in Serbia remember his triple in the quarterfinals of the World Championship in Indianapolis when Serbia knocked USA out of the competition later grabbing the Gold medal.

Ex Euroleague MVP Dejan Milojevic played last two seasons in Spanish team Pamesa Valencia. At his last one with Pamesa he registered 12 ppg, 5.5 rpg and 2.8 apg for 13 games in ULEB Cup. He also played 32 games in ACB averaging 8.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg and 2.4 apg. Before Pamesa, Milojevic spent two years in Partizan Belgrade winning two championship titles. He also won one title as well as National Cup of Yugoslavia with Buducnost Podgorica in 2001.


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Barnes to Murcia - by Robert Mayor
American center with Spanish passport, Lamont Barnes (208-F/C-78, college: Temple), is C.B. Murcia new player as club announced yesterday. Center, with several European experience, comes from Grupo Begar Leon where last season averaged more than 8 points and 5 rebounds in 23 minutes.

Barnes is the third signing of Murcia after guards Gonzalo Martinez (that arrives from MMT Estudiantes) and Taquan Dean (that last year completed a good season with Fastweb Casale Monferrato).


Market News - by Paul Nilsen
MMT Estudiantes have moved to make big prospect and Uruguayan point guard Jason Granger (186-G-89) a member of the first team next season. The young star who also has an Italian passport will be tied to Estu until 2011 as he continues his basketball education in the big league next year.

Born in Montivideo in 1989, Granger arrived at Estu in 2005 and has starred for the Sub-20 and EBA teams. He has had a brief taste of ACB action already when he made his senior debut and featured for 28 seconds last November in a defeat at Cajasol. Due to injuries to Martinez and Sanchez he continued to get a taste for the big time and that will continue in 2007/08.

For Granger will work together with veteran Vonteego Cummings in the backcourt to learn more of his trade and hopefully fulfil his obvious promise as the new face and future of MMT Estudiantes continues with Coach Casimiro turning to a good mixture of youth and experience.

CB Murcia meanwhile have swooped to sign 29 year old American center Lamont Barnes (208-F/C-78, college: Temple). Holding a Spanish passport, Barnes has plenty of European experience and arrives from from Grupo Begar Leon where spent last season averaging more than 8 points and 5 rebounds in 23 minutes during their disappointing relegation campaign.

Sporting Director Paco Guillem explained why the club has chosen Barnes:
Defensively he has the capacity to be a big intimidator. He is a player of 2.08 metres with a quite big wingspan from his long arms, is a good shot blocker and a very good rebounder. In attack he has good hands.

Barnes is the third signing of Murcia after guards Gonzalo Martinez and Taquan Dean. However Murcia still have plenty of work to do in the transfer market as their fans will know they need to get more quality in if they want to survive another tough ACB campaign this year.


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Lakers Take Game One of CBA Finals in OT - by David Edole
The Lakers showed they belonged in the Choices Basketball Association finals by knocking off the defending champion Hoyas, 92-91, in the thrilling opening game of the CBA finals Wednesday night at the St. Croix Central High School gym.
Both teams left all they had on the court, to the delight of the fans.
The young Lakers team, playing without star guard Jerome 'Hybs' Nathaniel, showed their depth as Shane 'Sugar' Hodge and Robert Duck carried their team to victory by picking up the slack both offensively and defensively.
Asked about the loss of his teammate and fellow starter, Lakers shooting guard Hodge said, 'Well, this is the championship, and we have to go with what we got.
'We knew inside was our strength, so we had to keep pounding it inside. This win was a total team effort.'
According to Hoyas coach Samuel Lee, 'Our guards lost their heads. We had some careless turnovers in overtime. That last turnover, I told them to get the ball in the middle of the floor -- I did not want the ball in the corner.'
The Lakers started fast and quickly opened up an 11-point lead in the first quarter at 15-4. The Hoyas responded with a 16-4 run to lead 20-19 at the end of one quarter. The Lakers showcased a balanced attack in the first period, while the Hoyas were paced by Darnell 'Burger' Hendricks with 9 points.
A 7-2 start by the Hoyas in the second quarter had them leading 27-22 early, but the Lakers responded with a 4-0 run to get to within one at 27-26 with 5:24 left in the half. The Hoyas then outscored the Lakers 15-10 the rest of the way to go into the locker room with a six point lead at 42-36. The Hoyas got 16 points from their bench in the second period led by eight from Anthony 'Stickman' Theodore.
After the Lakers got a three-pointer from Rashawn 'Rooster' Williams to open the second half, the Hoyas responded with a 6-0 run to open their biggest lead of the game at 48-39. A 10-4 run by the Lakers and they were within three again at 52-49, However the Hoyas responded with 6-2 run to push the lead back to seven at 58-51 with 1:50 left in the third quarter.
What happened next was pure Lakers magic. They shut down the Hoyas offense over the next minute and a half and went on a 8-0 run to grab the lead at the end of the period at 59-58. Williams exploded for nine points in the quarter that included five in the final seven seconds.
After hitting two free throws to bring his team to within two points at 58-56, Williams stole the inbound pass and hit a three-pointer for the go-ahead as time expired. The Lakers' Robert Duck also brought the fans to their feet on a couple of occasions with some thunderous dunks in the third.
The Lakers outscored the Hoyas 8-4 to start the fourth quarter and quickly opened up a five point lead at 67-62. The Hoyas then went on a 5-0 runs highlighted by a three from Burger and the game was tied at 67 with 6:16 left in the game. A steal and a layup by the Lakers Kurt John and they now had the lead at 69-67. In a game of runs, the Lakers would score the next seven points, four each by Duck and Shane 'Sugar' Hodge, to once again lead by five at 74-69. Back came the Hoyas with a 5-0 run and the game was again tied, 74 all, with 3:44 left in regulation after a long three by Burger. A slam by Theodore and the Hoyas were back on top at 76-74 with 2:22 left in the game.
The score was 80-78 Hoyas, with 12 seconds left in the game when the Lakers Carlos Solano stepped to the free throw line for two free-throws with a chance to tie and possibly send the game into overtime. Solano with ice water in his veins his both shots and the game was now tied at 80 with 11 seconds left. The Hoyas called timeout to hopefully set up a game-winning play.
On the inbound the ball went down low to the Hoyas Kurt John and he seemed to have an open lane to the basket for what would have been an easy lay-up with time just about gone, but Duck came out of no where to block the shot at the buzzer to send the game into overtime.
The Lakers started the five-minute overtime period on a 7-0 run to grab the lead and they looked well on their way to the opening game victory. The Hoyas got back in the game with a 6-0 run to get to within one at 87-86 on a three-pointer by Eddie Castillo and three free throws by Burger who was fouled on a three-pointer attempt with 1:39 left in overtime.
Burger was back on the line moments later with a chance to give his team the lead or at least tie the game. He hit one of two and the game was tied once again at 87 all with 34 seconds left on the clock. Roal Ceasar then hit a short jumper to give the lead back to the Lakers at 89-87.
The Hoyas' Andre McIntosh was fouled and went to the free throw line with a chance to tie but he missed both shots. Williams scored the next three points from the stripe to give the Lakers a five-point cushion at 92-87, but Burger came down the court, hit a three-pointer and was fouled on the play. He also hit the bonus and the Hoyas were within one at 92-91.
A turnover by the Lakers with 12 seconds left gave the Hoyas a great chance to tie or win the game, but they turned the ball over and the Lakers were able to come away with a hard-fought win in game one of the CBA finals.
Duck led four Lakers players in double figures with 23 points, Hodge dropped in 22, and Williams and Solano chipped in with 19 and 11 points respectively. For the Hoyas, 'Burger' Hendricks finished with a game-high 31 points, Karl John knocked down 16, and Castillo and Theodore chipped in with 13 and 10 points respectively.

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Wolves Sign Seven Footer - by Eurobasket
The Worcester Wolves are pleased to announce the signing of 7'0' Austrailian/British Centre Justin Brown (213-C-80, college: Connecticut) to their roster. The experienced centre has a pedigree that includes a Championship four year NCAA Division One career for the powerful University of Connecticut Huskies (UCONN.) Brown has also played seasons in Snaidero Udine Italy, NBA Reebok Rocky Mountain Revue (Dallas Mavericks), California Summer Pro league (Dallas Mavericks), ALBA Berlin Germany, Liaining Panpan Hunters China, and for the past two seasons he played for the NBLs Perth Wilcats and Brisbane Bullets. Brown has also been in the Australian Boomers National Team programme on three occasions.

The big mans career and BBL potential did not go unnoticed during Worcester Wolves Head Coach Skouson Harkers summer recruiting as he explains Justin has been involved in some very high level basketball in his career. We are confident that he can bring his experience and leadership to our club. I think Justin has his best basketball ahead of him and I am excited that he will be in a Wolves vest this season. He will bring a real inside presence for us this year and I know our point guard Will Funn is already creating for Justin in his minds eye!

The Wolves were in need of some inside defensive presence last season as they scored freely, but at times had trouble defending. This season the club hopes Brown will provide some much needed height to defend the interior. Wolves Chairman Roger Clarke explains We are delighted to have Justin on board. I like to see big guys like Justin banging about under the basket. Justin will be the backbone of our frontcourt, on offence, but more importantly he will be our last line of defence.

The Wolves add Brown to American Point Guard Will Funn, British Guard Andrew Wallace, and Player/Head Coach Skouson Harker. The Club will announce further signings shortly as Coach Harker explains This has been a very good off-season for us. We have had a chance to reflect on what did and did not work last year. Even though continuity wise we will be a work in progress, we did in fact address some key on court issues. We will be more balanced this season, and focus on defending, without compromising the style of basketball that ours fans love.

The Wolves season unofficially tips off with a Friendly visiting Plymouth Raiders on Saturday Sept. 14th. The Wolves first BBL home game is set for Oct. 4th versus the visiting Scottish Rocks. Please contact the Wolves for season ticket information today.


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Latinbasket.com All-Venezuelan LPB 2008 Awards - by Francisco Vega
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Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Latinbasket.com and its Venezuelan section proudly presents the All-Venezuelan LPB Award winners after the completion of the 2008 season.

Player of the Year - Hernan Salcedo (198-F-80) of Gaiteros del Zulia
Guard of the Year - Ruben Nembhard (191-G-72) of Gaiteros de Zulia
Forward of the Year - Hernan Salcedo of Gaiteros del Zulia

Center of the Year - Marcus Fleming (204-F-78) of Guaiqueries de Margarita

Newcomer of the Year - Heissler Guillent (191-G-86) of Guaros de Lara
Most Improved Player of the Year - Luis Bethelmi (200-C-86) of Cocodrilos de Caracas
Import Player of the Year - Marcus Fleming of Guaiqueries de Margarita
Domestic Player of the Year - Hernan Salcedo of Gaiteros del Zulia
Defensive Player of the Year - Hernan Salcedo of Gaiteros del Zulia
Coach of the Year - Guillermo Narvarte of Trotamundos de Carabobo


1st Team
Ruben Nembhard of Gaiteros de Zulia
Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) of Trotamundos de Carabobo

Rogers Washington (202-F-77) of Guaiqueries de Margarita

Hernan Salcedo of Gaiteros del Zulia

Marcus Fleming of Guaiqueries de Margarita


2nd Team
Carl Krauser (188-G-81) of Gigantes de Guayana

Rafael Guevara (194-F-79) of Marinos de Anzoategui

Kenya Capers (194-F-73) of Gatos de Monagas
Axiers Sucre (198-F-78) of Marinos de Anzoategui
Duke Freeman-McKamey (208-F-80) of Gatos de Monagas


All-Domestic Players Team
Heissler Guillent of Guaros de Lara

Jose Vargas of Trotamundos de Carabobo
Eduardo Torres (195-F-81) of Panteras de Miranda
Hernan Salcedo of Gaiteros del Zulia

Miguel Angel Marriaga (207-C-84) of Gaiteros del Zulia

All-Imports Team
Ruben Nembhard of Gaiteros de Zulia
Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80) of Cocodrilos de Caracas
Rogers Washington of Guaiqueries de Margarita

Alejandro Flores (203-F-81) of Gatos de Monagas
Marcus Fleming of Guaiqueries de Margarita

All-Defensive Team
Ernesto Mijares (190-G-76) of Gatos de Monagas
Johnell Smith (186-G-80) of Deportivo Tachira
Martin Osimani (194-G-81) of Trotamundos de Carabobo
Hernan Salcedo of Gaiteros del Zulia
Miguel Angel Marriaga of Gaiteros del Zulia

All-Newcomers Team
Heissler Guillent of Guaros de Lara

Deivis Aranguren (192-F-85) of Gigantes de Guayana
Windy Graterol (204-C-86) of Panteras de Miranda

Luis Fernando Hurtado (204-F-86) of Trotamundos de Carabobo
Jose Bravo of Gaiteros del Zulia





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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Australia get the taste of win in Beijing - by Eurobasket News
Australia - Belarus 83:64

The World champions Australia got to a winning start of their Olympic Games tournament campaign. They crushed Belarus in Group A got the first win in the competition. Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) secured 18 points and 10 boards to pace the Opals. Suzy Batkovic (193-C-80) had 14 points and 12 boards, while Laura Summerton (191-C-83, agency: LBM Management) and Penny Taylor (185-F-81) added 12 points apiece for the winners. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) answered with 13 points and 10 boards for Belarus. Tatyana Troina (188-C-81, college: S.Carolina) secured 13 points in a losing case. Australia are the obvious #1 contenders in Beijing this year. And they proved their ambitions today. Aussies fueled a 14:6 rally midway through the starting period and enjoyed a 19:12 lead at the first intermission. The Opals stepped on the gas in the second quarter and cleared off to a 16-point distance at the interval. Belarus refused to give up and cut the deficit for a couple of times throughout the second half. However Australia never allowed their European opponents closer than 10 points and secured a confident victory at the end. Australia had a slight advantage on the glass with 48 rebounds. They forced Belarus to 19 turnovers and shot 41% from the field. Belarus replied with 31% accuracy. Australia will take on Brazil, while Belarus will face Latvia on Monday.

Australia: Lauren Jackson 18+10 boards, Suzy Batkovic 14+12 boards, Laura Summerton 12, Penny Taylor 12
Belarus: Yelena Leuchanka 13+10 boards, Tatyana Troina 13


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  BELARUS - Women  


Australia get the taste of win in Beijing - by Eurobasket News
Australia - Belarus 83:64

The World champions Australia got to a winning start of their Olympic Games tournament campaign. They crushed Belarus in Group A got the first win in the competition. Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) secured 18 points and 10 boards to pace the Opals. Suzy Batkovic (193-C-80) had 14 points and 12 boards, while Laura Summerton (191-C-83, agency: LBM Management) and Penny Taylor (185-F-81) added 12 points apiece for the winners. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) answered with 13 points and 10 boards for Belarus. Tatyana Troina (188-C-81, college: S.Carolina) secured 13 points in a losing case. Australia are the obvious #1 contenders in Beijing this year. And they proved their ambitions today. Aussies fueled a 14:6 rally midway through the starting period and enjoyed a 19:12 lead at the first intermission. The Opals stepped on the gas in the second quarter and cleared off to a 16-point distance at the interval. Belarus refused to give up and cut the deficit for a couple of times throughout the second half. However Australia never allowed their European opponents closer than 10 points and secured a confident victory at the end. Australia had a slight advantage on the glass with 48 rebounds. They forced Belarus to 19 turnovers and shot 41% from the field. Belarus replied with 31% accuracy. Australia will take on Brazil, while Belarus will face Latvia on Monday.

Australia: Lauren Jackson 18+10 boards, Suzy Batkovic 14+12 boards, Laura Summerton 12, Penny Taylor 12
Belarus: Yelena Leuchanka 13+10 boards, Tatyana Troina 13


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  BELGIUM - Women  


Belgium thrash Ukraine in Katowice - by Eurobasket News
Belgium U16 - Ukraine U16 93:35

Belgian U16 National Team got to a flying start of their European Championship race. Lut De Meyer (172-F-92) knocked down 28 points to lift Belgium to a stunning win over Ukraine in preliminary Group B today. The teams met last season and then Ukraine overcame Belgium to claim the 11th overall spot in the 2007 European Championship. However this time Belgian team took revenge. Ukraine managed to keep it close in the opening three minutes of the game but from there on it Belgium who controlled the tempo. They went on a 15:3 rally to close the first term with a 30:12 advantage. Belgium maintained the margin throughout the second frame and rolled to a 47:24 advantage at the interval. Lut De Meyer opened the second half with 7 unanswered points to ignite a 14:0 rally that put Belgium ahead by 37 points. Belgium headed into the fourth quarter leading by as many as 39 points. The battle was over as the teams cruised to the final buzzer. Julie Vanloo (168-G-93) and Mestdagh contributed 12 points apiece for Belgium. Meylemans scored 11 points for the winners. Darya Zavidna (178-G-93) nailed 8 points to pace Ukraine. Viktoriya Skubiy (180-F-92) had 7 points in defeat.

Belgium U16: Lut De Meyer 28, Julie Vanloo 12, Mestdagh 12
Ukraine U16: Darya Zavidna 8, Viktoriya Skubiy 7


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  BOSNIA - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Netherlands smashes Bosnia at the opening day - by Eurobasket News
U20 Netherlands - U20 Bosnia and Herzegovina 80-46

Netherlands registered more than comfortable win at the opening day of U16 European Championship division B in Bulgaria. Bosnians weren't able to resist even in the first quarter. Thus Netherlands and Slovak Republic, which outplayed Estonia today, are currently the top teams in Preliminary Group C. After first day of the competition it is already seen that Netherlands and Slovakia have the biggest chances to take first two spots in this group which will lead them straight to the Qualifying Round.

Petronella Kraaijenoor and her teammates took control on Bosnia from the early beginning. At the middle of the first stanza they already grabbed six points lead, 12-6. Nothing has changed in the next period as after lay-up by Eline Kasius Netherlands had 31-17. Bosnians couldn't make any shot from behind the arc in this game (0 of 8). At the same time their stroke for FG2 also wasn't on such a good level. After couple of minutes in third quarter Netherlands resolved question about the winner setting the score on unreachable 49-29.

Petronella Kraaijenoor paced Netherlands to win registering double-double, 14 points and 12 rebounds. Jamailah Adams was very close to her with 13 points and 11 boards while Zera Butter finished the game with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Interesting is that nobody in Bosnia recorded double digits. The loosing side got 9 points and 6 rebounds from Natasa Tomasovic as well as 8 points and 6 boards from Nikolina Milic. Netherlands will take on Slovakia in the next round while Bosnia will meet Estonia.


U20 Netherlands - U20 Bosnia and Herzegovina 80-46
(23-15, 22-8, 14-10, 21-13)

Netherlands:
Petronella Kraaijenoor 14 (12 rebs), Jamailah Adams 13 (11 rebs), Zera Butter 12 (5 rebs, 4 as)
Bosnia: Natasa Tomasovic 9 (6 rebs), Nikolina Milic 8 (6 rebs)


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  BULGARIA - Women  


Dunav Econt finalize roster with three players from abroad - by Valentin Anguelov

Bulgarian champions Dunav Econt have finalized their roster for the upcoming season with the announcement that young American forwards Danielle Page (188-F-86, college: Nebraska) and Janie Mitchell (183-F-86) and experienced Czech guard Veronika Bortelova (170-G-78) will join the club for the new season. It was also made clear that another 3 players - Svetlana Asenova, Roksana Yordanova and last season's team captain Diana Naydenova - will almost certainly leave, as they haven't signed new contracts.

Danielle Page will join the team of Dunav Econt after the end of the season in WNBA, where she made her debut this year, upon graduation from the Univ. of Nebraska. Prior to the Olympic break of the WNBA regular season she has only appeared in two games for the Connecticut Sun, playing a total of 6 minutes, in which she has scored 2 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.

Janie Mitchell also graduated from college this year. She spent 3 seasons at Georgia Tech, in the last of which (2007/08) she averaged 16.4 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.4 apg in 32 games.

Veronika Bortelova comes from Polish club CCC Polkowice, where she spent the last 2 seasons. Before that she was with USK Prague in her native Czech Republic.

Bortelova and Mitchell will probably be relied upon to make up for the absence of Naydenova and Yordanova respectively, while Page will have to fill in for last season's key player of the team Asenova, who is most probably retiring.

Last month Dunav Econt aquired Zornitza Kostova and Nataliya Topalova from rival club Lukoil Neftochimic, which means that half of last season's squad is being replaced and it also suggests a whole new starting five.

Young prospects Hristina Guerdjikova (183-F-90) and Viktoria Mircheva (190-C-87, agency: LBM Management) are trying to find themselves clubs to be loaned to. If they don't, they'll stay at Dunav Econt for one more season, as their contracts end in 2009.

Here is the final roster for the new season (most of these players will assemble for training in mid September):

Veronika Bortelova

Zornitza Kostova (176-G-82)

Aneta Miteva (181-G-88)

Daniela Peteva (179-F-89)

Petja Djambazka (178-F-77)

Janie Mitchell

Anna Rimpova (183-F-82)

Hristina Minkova (184-C/F-72)

Nataliya Topalova (187-F-80)

Danielle Page



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  CHINA - Women  


The hosts edge Spain in the opener - by Eurobasket News
Spain-China 64:67

The hosts of the Olympic games won the opener of the campaign today. China was too strong in the first half against Spain and defeated them 67:64. Bian Lan (182-G-86) led the winners with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Nan Chen collected 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Miao Long Jiang (194-G/F-82) added 12 points. Alba Torrens (191-F-89) top-scored for Spain with 18 points and Ana Montanana (186-F-80, college: George Washington) netted 13.
Spain expected help from the leader Valdemoro, but the player could not stay in her best shape. She made only 2/10 from the field and ended up with 5 points and 6 rebounds. China opened the game with 18:15 in the opening quarter. It was a great support from the fans that did not stop cheering for the local team. The hosts of the tournament increased the lead in the second period as they finished it with 19:9. That meant that both squads left the court for the break for 37:24 local advantage.
In the second half the game changed completely but it saw China in front. European team reduced the gap to 8 points entering the last quarter. Spain produced 20:15 as well in the last but it was not enough to reach the hosts. China triumphed in the opener and grabs 1-0 record in Group B.

Spain:Alba Torrens 18, Ana Montanana 13
China: Bian Lan 15+12 rebs, Nan Chen 12+10 rebs, Miao Long Jiang 12+6 rebs


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  CROATIA - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Romania earns lucky win over Croatia - by Eurobasket News
U20 Romania - U20 Croatia 55-54

Romania grabbed the first win on U16 European Championship division B in Bulgaria thanks to jump shot and a free throw by Cristina Bigica at the very end. It means that Romania and Finland are two teams with score 1-0 while Croatia and Montenegro have 0-1. These four teams will fight for one of the first two places in Preliminary Group D which will take them to the Qualifying Round.

After opening frame it seemed that it will be an easy job for Romania. Cristina Bigica led her team to quick 10-1 lead after three minutes. Later, they ended the first stanza stretching lead to 13 points. After totally leveled second quarter, Croatian players finally woke up. Nina Krstic (179-F-92) and Ivana Blazevic took care for 13-4 run after what they came even closer. However, Romania succeeded to keep plus 4 before the crucial frame. Croatia didn't give up making big turn 52-54 with 1:38 to go. After that moment Marija Rados missed a jump shot after what Nina Premasunac (184-F-92) committed a turn over. As it was mentioned above, hero of the game Cristina Bigica grabbed the ball scoring a jump shot with a foul after what netted winning free throw.

Oana Baluta (182-C-93) was the best scorer in her team with 13 points. At the same time she grabbed 8 more rebounds and 3 assists. Ruxandra Mitroi (179-F-92) and Cristina Bigica followed her netting 10 points each. Nina Krstic, who added 15 points and 6 rebounds, and Ivana Blazevic, who finished the game with 14 points and 4 boards, were the best in Croatia. In the next round of U16 EC division B Romania will take on Finland. On the other side Croatia will play against Montenegro.


U20 Romania - U20 Croatia 55-54
(19-6, 14-14, 10-19, 12-15)

Romania:
Oana Baluta 13 (8 rebs), Ruxandra Mitroi 10 (9 rebs), Cristina Bigica 10 (5 rebs)
Croatia: Nina Krstic 15 (6 rebs), Ivana Blazevic 14 (4 rebs)


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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


Sandra Ngoie leads Sweden past Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U16 - Czech Republic U16 74:61

Sandra Ngoie nailed 22 points and Swedish U16 National Team secured the win at the start of the European Championship in Poland today. The teams tipped off their preliminary Group B campaign and Sweden drove to a hard-fought victory. Czech team led early in the encounter but Amanda Zahui and Sandra Ngoie paced Sweden to a 16:14 lead after ten minutes of action. Amanda Zahui and Sandra Ngoie combined for 10 points in the second term as Sweden enjoyed a 33:25 advantage at halftime. Sandra Ngoie netted 11 points in the third frame to keep Sweden in charge. The Tre Krunur accumulated a 12-point lead heading into the fourth term. Puldakova trimmed the deficit to 7 points early in the fourth quarter. Soon Karolina Elhotova (179-G-92) connected from beyond the arc and Czech team trailed by just 4 points midway through the fourth quarter. However Farhiya Abdi (186-F-92) and Drammeh chipped in key baskets for Sweden and the Scandinavian team ensured the winning outcome at the end. Farhiya Abdi had 15 points and 10 boards for Sweden. Amanda Zahui added 15 points for the winners. Karolina Elhotova netted 20 points to lead Czech Republic. Jana Hausknechtova (174-G-92) contributed 15 points in a losing effort. Sweden outrebounded their opponents 42:27
and shot solid 48% from the field.

Sweden U16: Sandra Ngoie 22, Farhiya Abdi 15+10 boards, Amanda Zahui 15
Czech Republic U16: Karolina Elhotova 20, Jana Hausknechtova 15


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  DENMARK - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Denmark earns thriller win against Portugal in the opener - by Eurobasket News
U16 Portugal - U16 Denmark 45-47

Denmark grabbed victory against Portugal in the opening game of U16 European Championship division B in Pravetz. These two teams are together with Greece, England and Israel placed into the Preliminary Group A. Two best ranked teams from this group will book a spot for the Qualifying Round.

It was a very exciting game until the end. Beginning of it belonged to Portugal which created plus 4 after first ten minutes. At the middle of the second period Portuguese extended their lead to 15 points, 29-14. It seemed that Denmark won't be able to do anything for the rest of the game. After the breather both teams continued with missing the shots, what was good for the official hosts in this game, which kept plus 10 heading into the last stanza. During the last 10 minutes Portuguese somehow totally stopped playing. They struggled a lot with organizing the plays making many mistakes and missing many shots. Anne Pedersen and Gritt Ryder led their team in this quarter closing it 2-14. Interesting is that both teams had poor shooting percentage. Portugal had even weaker digits recording just 26% for FG2 and 40% from the free throw line.

Anne Pedersen was the key player in Denmark collecting 14 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Gritt Ryder also shined for the winners adding 10 points and 4 boards. Portugal had just one player with double digits and it was Luzia Lampreia, who scored 10 points. Anne Andrade was behind her with just 6 points and 6 rebounds. In the next round Portugal will meet England while Denmark has a day-off.


U16 Portugal - U16 Denmark 45-47
(18-14, 14-10, 11-9, 2-14)

Portugal:
Luzia Lampreia 10, Maria Andrade 6 (6 rebs)
Denmark: Anne Pedersen 14 (11 rebs, 5 as), Gritt Ryder 10 (4 rebs)


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  ESTONIA - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Slovakia outplays Estonia in Bulgaria - by Eurobasket News
U20 Estonia - U20 Slovak Republic 44-63

Slovak Republic registered an easy victory in the first day of U16 European Championship division B in Bulgaria. Except of these two teams, Netherlands and Bosnia and Herzegovina are also placed into the Preliminary Group C. Two best teams from this group will continue championship in Qualifying Round while two other teams will be transferred to the Classification Rounds.

Slovakia was much better team during the entire time. Estonia struggled a lot with organizing the plays. The reason for that could be aggressive and moveable defense by Slovakia. Everything outcame with 36 turnovers by Estonia at the end. With this number of mistakes Estonians couldn't expect anything good in this game. At the middle of the second quarter Denisa Domiterova and her teammates already created 18-25. Ten minutes later Slovakians extended lead to 14 points what was a sign that game was already over for the Estonians. They were hopeless until the end making this job even easier for Slovakians.

Denisa Domiterova was totally the best player in today's game. She was unstoppable at the offensive end pouring in 20 points and grabbing 4 boards. Gabriela Nagyova was a way behind her with 9 points and 9 rebounds. Mailis Pokk (185-C-92) netted 15 while Maaja Bratka (186-C-92) had 11 points and 4 rebounds for Estonia. Kristina Aarniste stopped on 10 points. Slovakia will try to continue winning against Netherlands while Estonia's next rival will be Bosnia and Herzegovina.


U20 Estonia - U20 Slovak Republic 44-63
(8-11, 12-16, 9-13, 15-23)

Estonia:
Mailis Pokk 15, Maaja Bratka 11 (4 rebs), Kristina Aarniste 10
Slovak Republic: Denisa Domiterova 20 (4 rebs), Gabriela Nagyova 9 (9 rebs)


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16 - Women  


Division A. Preliminary Round Day 1 - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Turkey U16 - Lithuania U16 66:59

Turkish U16 National Team got to a winning start of their European Championship campaign. They toppled Lithuanian counterparts to score the initial victory in preliminary Group A. Three-pointers from Ozturk and Pelin Gulbag (170-G-92) put Turkey in front 6:3 early in the encounter. Pelin Gulbag completed her 9-point tally in the first term and Turkey built a 27:7 advantage into the second stanza. Turkey maintained the margin and only 6 straight points late in the second frame allowed Lithuania to trim it to 16 at halftime. Morkunaite scored 7 points early in the third frame and Lithuania gradually cut the distance to 9 points. Morkunaite later hit back-to-back trebles as Baltic team came as close as 4 points from Turkey. Ozturk and Emel Guler (187-F-92) iced Lithuanian effort with jumpers and Turkey stayed away. Grigalauskyte dragged Lithuania within 6 points from their opponents late in the game but Turkey withstood the effort. Cakir connected from beyond the arc and silenced Lithuania. Ozturk, Pelin Gulbag and Emel Guler notched 10 points apiece for Turkey. Cora and Cakir had 9 points each in a win. Grigalauskyte answered with game-high 26 points and 15 boards for Lithuania. Morkunaite dropped 13 points in a losing effort. Lithuania enjoyed an advantage on the boards but converted only 29% from the field and committed 20 turnovers down the stretch.

Turkey U16: Ozturk 10, Pelin Gulbag 10, Emel Guler 10
Lithuania U16: Grigalauskyte 26+15 boards, Morkunaite 13

France U16 - Latvia U16 74:57
The reigning U16 European champions France began their title defense today in Katowice, Poland. They rout Latvia to grab the initial win at the preliminary Group A. French team opened the game confidently enough and enjoyed a 21:12 lead at the first break. France went on a 15:7 run in the second period to stretch the gap to 17 points. The margin remained and the teams went into the locker rooms with the scoreboard highlighting 40:23 for France. The game complexion of the game never changed after the long intermission. The one-way traffic continued with France piling up a massive 19-point advantage before the fourth term. The reigning champions kept their opponents at bay through the fourth quarter and scored an emphatic win at the end. Helena Akmouche (173-G-92) nailed 14 points to pace France. Adja Konteh (176-F-92) added 13 points, while Cornelie and Florine Basque (184-F-92) had 10 points apiece for the winners. Laura Ozolina (175-G/F-92) answered with 14 points and 8 boards for Latvia. Ieva Eida (176-G/F-92) knocked down 13 points in defeat. France outrebounded their counterparts 41:33 and forced Latvia to 25 turnovers. France also converted solid 46% from the field.

France U16: Helena Akmouche 14, Adja Konteh 13, Cornelie 10, Florine Basque 10
Latvia U16: Laura Ozolina 14, Ieva Eida 13

Group B
Belgium U16 - Ukraine U16 93:35

Belgian U16 National Team got to a flying start of their European Championship race. Lut De Meyer (172-F-92) knocked down 28 points to lift Belgium to a stunning win over Ukraine in preliminary Group B today. The teams met last season and then Ukraine overcame Belgium to claim the 11th overall spot in the 2007 European Championship. However this time Belgian team took revenge. Ukraine managed to keep it close in the opening three minutes of the game but from there on it Belgium who controlled the tempo. They went on a 15:3 rally to close the first term with a 30:12 advantage. Belgium maintained the margin throughout the second frame and rolled to a 47:24 advantage at the interval. Lut De Meyer opened the second half with 7 unanswered points to ignite a 14:0 rally that put Belgium ahead by 37 points. Belgium headed into the fourth quarter leading by as many as 39 points. The battle was over as the teams cruised to the final buzzer. Julie Vanloo (168-G-93) and Mestdagh contributed 12 points apiece for Belgium. Meylemans scored 11 points for the winners. Darya Zavidna (178-G-93) nailed 8 points to pace Ukraine. Viktoriya Skubiy (180-F-92) had 7 points in defeat.

Belgium U16: Lut De Meyer 28, Julie Vanloo 12, Mestdagh 12
Ukraine U16: Darya Zavidna 8, Viktoriya Skubiy 7

Sweden U16 - Czech Republic U16 74:61
Sandra Ngoie nailed 22 points and Swedish U16 National Team secured the win at the start of the European Championship in Poland today. The teams tipped off their preliminary Group B campaign and Sweden drove to a hard-fought victory. Czech team led early in the encounter but Amanda Zahui and Sandra Ngoie paced Sweden to a 16:14 lead after ten minutes of action. Amanda Zahui and Sandra Ngoie combined for 10 points in the second term as Sweden enjoyed a 33:25 advantage at halftime. Sandra Ngoie netted 11 points in the third frame to keep Sweden in charge. The Tre Krunur accumulated a 12-point lead heading into the fourth term. Puldakova trimmed the deficit to 7 points early in the fourth quarter. Soon Karolina Elhotova (179-G-92) connected from beyond the arc and Czech team trailed by just 4 points midway through the fourth quarter. However Farhiya Abdi (186-F-92) and Drammeh chipped in key baskets for Sweden and the Scandinavian team ensured the winning outcome at the end. Farhiya Abdi had 15 points and 10 boards for Sweden. Amanda Zahui added 15 points for the winners. Karolina Elhotova netted 20 points to lead Czech Republic. Jana Hausknechtova (174-G-92) contributed 15 points in a losing effort. Sweden outrebounded their opponents 42:27
and shot solid 48% from the field.

Sweden U16: Sandra Ngoie 22, Farhiya Abdi 15+10 boards, Amanda Zahui 15
Czech Republic U16: Karolina Elhotova 20, Jana Hausknechtova 15

Group C
Italy U16 - Serbia U16 84:54

Italian U16 National Team posted their first win at the European Championship in Poland. Today they opened the action in preliminary Group C with a cruising win over Serbia. Debora Carangelo (168-G-94) led balanced Italian offense with 17 points. Cigliani and Sabrina Formica (170-G-90) added 11 points apiece for the winners. Snezana Colic (165-G-92) answered with 14 points for Serbia. Italy led right from the start. They used a 7:0 rally late in the first period to build a 22:15 advantage at the first break. Sabrina Formica and Debora Carangelo paced Italy to an 11-point cushion in the second stanza. Cigliani crowned the first half with 4 points in a row and Italy secured a 37:22 lead at halftime. Three-pointers from Debora Carangelo and Cigliani marked the start of the second half. Italy were well in control and stretched the margin to 30 points heading into the final period. Serbia never threatened the lead in the fourth quarter and suffered a heavy defeat at the end. Italy dominated the boards 60:38 and managed to overcome 24 turnovers to roll to the win. Italy converted 42% from the field, while limiting their opponents to just 29% accuracy of field goals.

Italy U16: Debora Carangelo 17, Cigliani 11, Sabrina Formica 11
Serbia U16: Snezana Colic 14, Natasa Kovacevic (-94) 10

Poland U16 - Hungary U16 70:46
Polish U16 Team entertained their fans with a well-deserved victory at the start of the home European Championship. The hosts held off Hungary in preliminary Group C today. Zietara knocked down 13 points to pace the hosts. Ramona Cossengue Casimiro and Marta Mistygacz (180-F-91) scored 12 points apiece for the winners. Hungary led early in the game but Poland used a 9:1 run late in the quarter to surge ahead. Marta Mistygacz and Bieniek soon extended the margin to 10 points and Poland maintained the gap well. They completed the second period with a 9:0 rally to enjoy a 41:22 advantage at the interval. Kowalska netted 6 points in the third frame and Poland never allowed Hungary to come any closer. The home team piled up a 57:32 advantage before the final period. The teams exchanged the baskets in the final stanza and Poland easily secured the winning outcome at the end. Marta Mistygacz added 10 boards and 5 assists for her tally. Bettina Baksa (172-G-92) answered with 14 points for Hungary. Melinda Kesoi (178-F-92) had 12 points and 6 boards in a losing case. Poland pulled down massive 61 boards including 17 offensive ones. Poland also forced the visitors into 29 turnovers and limited them to just 22% accuracy from the field.

Poland U16: Zietara 13, Ramona Cossengue Casimiro 12, Marta Mistygacz 12+10 boards
Hungary U16: Bettina Baksa 14, Melinda Kesoi 12

Group D
Russia U16 - Belarus U16 68:45
Russian U16 National Team got to a confident start at the European Championship in Poland. Today they opened their campaign with an overwhelming victory over Belarus. Thus Russia grabbed the initial lead in preliminary Group D. Belarus got to a slightly better start as Flicnhyk knocked down 9 points in the first frame to lift them to a 14:12 lead. Efimova and Yana Matveeva (182-F-92) however quickly denied the deficit and put Russia in charge in the second stanza. The teams traded baskets throughout the rest of the term and Russia secured a 24:27 lead at halftime. Yana Matveeva, Stepanova and Efimova stretched the margin to 14 points midway through the third period. Russia completed their 18:2 run to enter the fourth term up by 21 points. Belarus never seriously threaten the lead and suffered their first defeat at the tournament. Yana Matveeva paced Russia with 17 points and 10 boards. Stepanova had 14 points and 12 boards, while Barbashina added 9 points for the winners. Maryia Filonchyk (187-F-92) had 21 points and 10 rebounds for Belarus. Musatava contributed 8 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.

Russia U16: Yana Matveeva 17+10 boards, Stepanova 14+12 boards, Barbashina 9
Belarus U16: Maryia Filonchyk 21+10 boards, Musatava 8

Spain U16 - Germany U16 71:30
Spanish U16 National Team will try to improve their last years Silver medals result at the European Championship. Today they stunned German team to open the title chase in Poland. The teams got into preliminary Group D and played the second game in the pool. Earlier today Russia outsmarted Belarus. Spain was an obvious favorite in the game and they fully lived up to the status. Spanish team opened the game with a 9:0 run and kept mounting the pressure in the opening stanza. They enjoyed a 14:6 lead after ten minutes of action. A stifling defense from Spaniards allowed them to accumulate a 20-point lead shortly after the start of the second period. Diaz capped the half with a jumper and Spain built a 37:15 buffer at the interval. Spain went on a 10:2 run to begin the second half. Germany struggled to find keys to Spanish defense and they trailed by 35 points heading into the fourth quarter. The baskets kept on dropping for Spain in the fourth stanza and they easily secured the winning outcome at the end of the game. Casas paced balanced effort with 14 points. Delgado, Farah Suarez (191-C-92) and Claudia Calvelo (188-C-92) added 8 points apiece for the winners. Sonja Greinacher (185-C-92) answered with 7 points and 6 boards for Germany. Martinius had 6 points in defeat.

Spain U16: Casas 14, Delgado 8, Farah Suarez 8, Claudia Calvelo 8
Germany U16: Sonja Greinacher 7, Martinius 6


W-Standings - Div.A
Standings
Group A
1. France1-0
2. Turkey1-0
3. Latvia0-1
4. Lithuania0-1
Group B
1. Belgium1-0
2. Sweden1-0
3. Ukraine0-1
4. Czech Repu.0-1
Group C
1. Italy1-0
2. Poland1-0
3. Serbia0-1
4. Hungary0-1
Group D
1. Spain1-0
2. Russia1-0
3. Germany0-1
4. Belarus0-1


Standings - Div.B - by Eurobasket News
Standings Div.B
Group A
1. Greece1-0
2. Denmark1-0
3. Israel0-0
4. Portugal0-1
5. U.Kingdom0-1
Group B
1. Ireland1-0
2. Switzerl.1-0
3. Bulgaria0-0
4. Luxembourg.0-1
5. Slovenia0-1
Group C
1. Holland1-0
2. Slovakia1-0
3. Bosnia0-1
4. Estonia0-1
Group D
1. Finland1-0
2. Romania1-0
3. Monteneg.0-1
4. Croatia0-1


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  FINLAND - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Finland too strong for Montenegro in day one - by Eurobasket News
U20 Montenegro - U20 Finland 65-84

Finland didn't have to work very hard in order to beat Montenegro at the opening day of U16 European Championship division B in Bulgaria. Montenegro's centers weren't able to compete against Janniina Koivunen (183-F-93), which dominated in the paint during the entire time. Finland and Montenegro are together with Romania and Croatia placed into the Preliminary Group D. These four teams with fight for the one of first two places in order to reach the Qualifying Round. Third and fourth ranked teams will be automatically transferred to the Classification Rounds.

Finland totally outrebounded its opponent today. Janniina Koivunen and her teammates registered 16 + 30 rebounds matched with only 9 + 21 by Montenegro. Since the opening quarter Finland demonstrated its power. After ten minutes it was 11-20 while during the following few moments it already was 15-32. Ana Turcinovic (185-C-93) and Jovana Pasic helped their team to show little bit better performance after the half time. Montenegro ended third quarter 22-15 but it was enough only for minus 15. Until the end of the game Finland kept it lead steady letting Montenegro to come on minus 12 but nothing more than that.

Janniina Koivunen was unstoppable today. She played 27 minutes scoring 25 points and grabbing 14 boards. Evita Iiskola (179-F-93) also shined for the winning side adding 19 points and 4 assists while Anette Juvonen scored 14 points. Ana Turcinovic and Jovana Pasic drained 47 points together for Montenegro. In the next round Finland will play against Romania while Montenegro will meet Croatia in ex Yugoslavian derby.


U20 Montenegro - U20 Finland 65-84
(11-20, 12-25, 22-15, 20-24)

Montenegro:
Ana Turcinovic 24 (12 rebs), Jovana Pasic 23 (4 as)
Finland: Janniina Koivunen 25 (14 rebs), Evita Iiskola 19 (4 as), Anette Juvonen 14


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  FRANCE - Women  


France overwhelm Latvia in Katowice - by Eurobasket News
France U16 - Latvia U16 74:57

The reigning U16 European champions France began their title defense today in Katowice, Poland. They rout Latvia to grab the initial win at the preliminary Group A. French team opened the game confidently enough and enjoyed a 21:12 lead at the first break. France went on a 15:7 run in the second period to stretch the gap to 17 points. The margin remained and the teams went into the locker rooms with the scoreboard highlighting 40:23 for France. The game complexion of the game never changed after the long intermission. The one-way traffic continued with France piling up a massive 19-point advantage before the fourth term. The reigning champions kept their opponents at bay through the fourth quarter and scored an emphatic win at the end. Helena Akmouche (173-G-92) nailed 14 points to pace France. Adja Konteh (176-F-92) added 13 points, while Cornelie and Florine Basque (184-F-92) had 10 points apiece for the winners. Laura Ozolina (175-G/F-92) answered with 14 points and 8 boards for Latvia. Ieva Eida (176-G/F-92) knocked down 13 points in defeat. France outrebounded their counterparts 41:33 and forced Latvia to 25 turnovers. France also converted solid 46% from the field.

France U16: Helena Akmouche 14, Adja Konteh 13, Cornelie 10, Florine Basque 10
Latvia U16: Laura Ozolina 14, Ieva Eida 13


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  GERMANY - Women  


Spain thump Germany at the start of the U16 European Championship - by Eurobasket News
Spain U16 - Germany U16 71:30

Spanish U16 National Team will try to improve their last years Silver medals result at the European Championship. Today they stunned German team to open the title chase in Poland. The teams got into preliminary Group D and played the second game in the pool. Earlier today Russia outsmarted Belarus. Spain was an obvious favorite in the game and they fully lived up to the status. Spanish team opened the game with a 9:0 run and kept mounting the pressure in the opening stanza. They enjoyed a 14:6 lead after ten minutes of action. A stifling defense from Spaniards allowed them to accumulate a 20-point lead shortly after the start of the second period. Diaz capped the half with a jumper and Spain built a 37:15 buffer at the interval. Spain went on a 10:2 run to begin the second half. Germany struggled to find keys to Spanish defense and they trailed by 35 points heading into the fourth quarter. The baskets kept on dropping for Spain in the fourth stanza and they easily secured the winning outcome at the end of the game. Casas paced balanced effort with 14 points. Delgado, Farah Suarez (191-C-92) and Claudia Calvelo (188-C-92) added 8 points apiece for the winners. Sonja Greinacher (185-C-92) answered with 7 points and 6 boards for Germany. Martinius had 6 points in defeat.

Spain U16: Casas 14, Delgado 8, Farah Suarez 8, Claudia Calvelo 8
Germany U16: Sonja Greinacher 7, Martinius 6


Marburg completes its roster with Amanda Livingston - by Cornelius Damm
BC Marburg head coach Aleksandra Kojic isn't afraid of placing another Amanda on the second import spot of her team. Next to returning point guard Amanda Davidson (170-G-83, college: Indianapolis) the 'Blue Dolphins' announced Amanda Livingston (185-F-84, agency: Rasmussen Services) as their second American on the team. The 2007 UCLA graduate won the strong and legendary Pac-10 division championship in her junior year 2006. Livingston was a three year starting forward in college where she played together with WNBA players Nikki Blue, Lisa Willis and Noelle Quinn. In her senior year Livingston averaged 7.8 PPG shooting .492 from the field and .819 from the foul line. She added 4.7 RPG in 25.1 minutes per game of playing time. She will join her new team after her arrival on August 17th. Referring to the name collision Kojic shortly explained that now one of her two Amandas will have to pick up a nickname.

U18 beats Luxemburg in European Championship - by Cornelius Damm
In their third game of the European Championship Division B Germanys U18 took on another neighbour facing Luxemburg. After a good start (9-2 fourth minute) the poor shooting as already seen in the last game against Austria stroke again. In addition with the increasing amount of turnovers Luxemburg was able to take over the game more and more eventually leading 33-28 at halftime. Right after the break the young Germans fell behind 28-37 but led by Stephanie Wagner (181-F-90) the team of head coach Reiner Chromik fought its way back into the game. Leonie Bleker controlled the boards again (12 rebounds). And so after a thriller end the Germans were able to bring home in the third victory in the third game winning 57-51.

Stephanie Eitel (BSG Ludwigsburg), Stephanie Wagner (TV Langen, 12), Svenja Brunckhorst (TSV Wasserburg, 2), Franziska Steiner (TS Jahn Muenchen), Pia Mankertz (SC Alstertal-Langenhorn/SC Rist Wedel, 7), Danina Skrobek (ETB SW Essen, 6), Carolin Riehle (USC Freiburg), Jenny Menz (TuS Jena, 9), Leonie Bleker (RC Borken/NB Oberhausen, 8), Carlina Haas (TS Jahn Muenchen), Emina Karic (Herner TC, 9) und Mara Greunke (TV Langen, 4)


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  GREECE - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Greece outsmarts England in day one - by Eurobasket News
U20 Greece - U20 England 58-56

Another very interesting match was seen today in Preliminary Group A. This time it was Greece which took care for the victory against England. As a reminder these two teams will have to take on Denmark, Portugal and Israel in order to grab one of the first two places in Group A. In the first game earlier today Denmark was better than Portugal 47-45.

England had much better beginning. After three minutes it was 0-7 for Ella Clark (178-F-92) and her teammates. Greece didn't need too much time for the answer as it created 21-3 run led by Zafeira Giampani and Dimitra Kampouraki. Until the end of the first stanza the Greeks extended lead to 5 points. They controlled rhythm of the game until 18th minute when England took care for 7-0 run making 32-34 but unfortunately to them Greeks made a jump shot at their last possession in the first half. Greece showed slightly better performance in the next period touching plus 7 at the one point of it. However, England succeeded to come closer on minus 4 before the crucial ten minutes. Game is decided in the last 30 seconds. Namely, on 56-56 Zafeira Giampani made a lay-up for her team after what Claire Harper and Francesca Whitby missed two jump shots for England.

Greece got the most points today from Zafeira Giampani, who netted 13. Dimitra Kampouraki helped her team collecting 12 points and 6 rebounds while Christina Navrozidou stopped on 11 points for the winning side. Ella Clark was the best player in England adding 21 points and 5 rebounds for 29 minutes. Renee Busch followed her with 15 points and 4 assists. In the next round of U16 European Championship division B Greece will meet Israel while England will play against Portugal.


U20 Greece - U20 England 58-56
(23-18, 11-16, 16-12, 8-10)

Greece:
Zafeira Giampani 13, Dimitra Kampouraki 12 (6 rebs), Christina Navrozidou 11 (8 rebs)
England: Ella Clark 21 (5 rebs), Renee Busch 15 (4 as)


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  HOLLAND - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Netherlands smashes Bosnia at the opening day - by Eurobasket News
U20 Netherlands - U20 Bosnia and Herzegovina 80-46

Netherlands registered more than comfortable win at the opening day of U16 European Championship division B in Bulgaria. Bosnians weren't able to resist even in the first quarter. Thus Netherlands and Slovak Republic, which outplayed Estonia today, are currently the top teams in Preliminary Group C. After first day of the competition it is already seen that Netherlands and Slovakia have the biggest chances to take first two spots in this group which will lead them straight to the Qualifying Round.

Petronella Kraaijenoor and her teammates took control on Bosnia from the early beginning. At the middle of the first stanza they already grabbed six points lead, 12-6. Nothing has changed in the next period as after lay-up by Eline Kasius Netherlands had 31-17. Bosnians couldn't make any shot from behind the arc in this game (0 of 8). At the same time their stroke for FG2 also wasn't on such a good level. After couple of minutes in third quarter Netherlands resolved question about the winner setting the score on unreachable 49-29.

Petronella Kraaijenoor paced Netherlands to win registering double-double, 14 points and 12 rebounds. Jamailah Adams was very close to her with 13 points and 11 boards while Zera Butter finished the game with 12 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Interesting is that nobody in Bosnia recorded double digits. The loosing side got 9 points and 6 rebounds from Natasa Tomasovic as well as 8 points and 6 boards from Nikolina Milic. Netherlands will take on Slovakia in the next round while Bosnia will meet Estonia.


U20 Netherlands - U20 Bosnia and Herzegovina 80-46
(23-15, 22-8, 14-10, 21-13)

Netherlands:
Petronella Kraaijenoor 14 (12 rebs), Jamailah Adams 13 (11 rebs), Zera Butter 12 (5 rebs, 4 as)
Bosnia: Natasa Tomasovic 9 (6 rebs), Nikolina Milic 8 (6 rebs)


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  HUNGARY - Women  


Poland breeze past Hungary at home European Championship opener - by Eurobasket News
Poland U16 - Hungary U16 70:46

Polish U16 Team entertained their fans with a well-deserved victory at the start of the home European Championship. The hosts held off Hungary in preliminary Group C today. Zietara knocked down 13 points to pace the hosts. Ramona Cossengue Casimiro and Marta Mistygacz (180-F-91) scored 12 points apiece for the winners. Hungary led early in the game but Poland used a 9:1 run late in the quarter to surge ahead. Marta Mistygacz and Bieniek soon extended the margin to 10 points and Poland maintained the gap well. They completed the second period with a 9:0 rally to enjoy a 41:22 advantage at the interval. Kowalska netted 6 points in the third frame and Poland never allowed Hungary to come any closer. The home team piled up a 57:32 advantage before the final period. The teams exchanged the baskets in the final stanza and Poland easily secured the winning outcome at the end. Marta Mistygacz added 10 boards and 5 assists for her tally. Bettina Baksa (172-G-92) answered with 14 points for Hungary. Melinda Kesoi (178-F-92) had 12 points and 6 boards in a losing case. Poland pulled down massive 61 boards including 17 offensive ones. Poland also forced the visitors into 29 turnovers and limited them to just 22% accuracy from the field.

Poland U16: Zietara 13, Ramona Cossengue Casimiro 12, Marta Mistygacz 12+10 boards
Hungary U16: Bettina Baksa 14, Melinda Kesoi 12


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  IRELAND - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Ireland edges Slovenia in thriller - by Eurobasket News
U20 Slovenia - U20 Ireland 53-55

Ireland grabs the thriller win at the opening day of U16 European Championship division B. In very exciting game the Irish were more concentrated at the very and deserving this victory. It means that Ireland and Switzerland are currently the top teams of Preliminary Group B with score 1-0. Slovenia and Luxemburg have 0-1 while Bulgaria had a day off. As a reminder two best teams from this group will advance to the Qualifying Round. All other teams will continue championship in Classification Rounds.

Ireland was the team which dominated in the paint in today's game. The fact that the winning side finished it with 21 + 33 boards talks everything for itself. At the same time Ireland had poor 15.8% from behind the arc but its players compensated it with many offensive rebounds. On the other side Slovenians also demonstrated nice performance but they weren't concentrated enough at the very end. Namely on 52-54 for Ireland with 00:42 remaining in the game Rebeka Abramovic (-93) had a chance to tie the score but she missed a lay-up. Ireland committed a turnover in the next offense giving another chance to Slovenia. This time Meden got fouled on 3-point line but she made just one free throw. On the other side Kilbride also drained one resolving question about the winner.

Clodagh Scannell (171-F-93) was the best player for the winning team today. She spent 27 minutes on court netting 13 points and grabbing 8 rebounds. Catriona Foley (170-G-92) also shined collecting 12 points and 4 boards. Slovenia got the most from Rebeka Abramovic, who added 14 points and dished out 4 assists. Tina Jakovina stopped on 10 points and 8 rebounds. In the next round Ireland will take on Luxemburg while Slovenia will play against Bulgaria.


U20 Slovenia - U20 Ireland 53-55
(12-11, 13-15, 11-14, 17-15)

Slovenia:
Rebeka Abramovic 14 (4 as), Tina Jakovina 10 (8 rebs)
Ireland: Clodagh Scannell 13 (8 rebs), Catriona Foley 12 (4 rebs)


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  ITALY - Women  


Italy handle Serbia in Poland - by Eurobasket News
Italy U16 - Serbia U16 84:54

Italian U16 National Team posted their first win at the European Championship in Poland. Today they opened the action in preliminary Group C with a cruising win over Serbia. Debora Carangelo (168-G-94) led balanced Italian offense with 17 points. Cigliani and Sabrina Formica (170-G-90) added 11 points apiece for the winners. Snezana Colic (165-G-92) answered with 14 points for Serbia. Italy led right from the start. They used a 7:0 rally late in the first period to build a 22:15 advantage at the first break. Sabrina Formica and Debora Carangelo paced Italy to an 11-point cushion in the second stanza. Cigliani crowned the first half with 4 points in a row and Italy secured a 37:22 lead at halftime. Three-pointers from Debora Carangelo and Cigliani marked the start of the second half. Italy were well in control and stretched the margin to 30 points heading into the final period. Serbia never threatened the lead in the fourth quarter and suffered a heavy defeat at the end. Italy dominated the boards 60:38 and managed to overcome 24 turnovers to roll to the win. Italy converted 42% from the field, while limiting their opponents to just 29% accuracy of field goals.

Italy U16: Debora Carangelo 17, Cigliani 11, Sabrina Formica 11
Serbia U16: Snezana Colic 14, Natasa Kovacevic (-94) 10


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  LATVIA - Women  


France overwhelm Latvia in Katowice - by Eurobasket News
France U16 - Latvia U16 74:57

The reigning U16 European champions France began their title defense today in Katowice, Poland. They rout Latvia to grab the initial win at the preliminary Group A. French team opened the game confidently enough and enjoyed a 21:12 lead at the first break. France went on a 15:7 run in the second period to stretch the gap to 17 points. The margin remained and the teams went into the locker rooms with the scoreboard highlighting 40:23 for France. The game complexion of the game never changed after the long intermission. The one-way traffic continued with France piling up a massive 19-point advantage before the fourth term. The reigning champions kept their opponents at bay through the fourth quarter and scored an emphatic win at the end. Helena Akmouche (173-G-92) nailed 14 points to pace France. Adja Konteh (176-F-92) added 13 points, while Cornelie and Florine Basque (184-F-92) had 10 points apiece for the winners. Laura Ozolina (175-G/F-92) answered with 14 points and 8 boards for Latvia. Ieva Eida (176-G/F-92) knocked down 13 points in defeat. France outrebounded their counterparts 41:33 and forced Latvia to 25 turnovers. France also converted solid 46% from the field.

France U16: Helena Akmouche 14, Adja Konteh 13, Cornelie 10, Florine Basque 10
Latvia U16: Laura Ozolina 14, Ieva Eida 13


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  LUXEMBOURG - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Tight win for Switzerland against Luxemburg - by Eurobasket News
U20 Luxemburg - U20 Switzerland 52-55

It was a joyful first day of U16 European Championship division B for Switzerland. Luxemburg was a better team until the last frame, which Switzerland ended 9-16. Thus Switzerland and Ireland are currently the leading teams in Preliminary Group B. Except of those teams, Bulgaria and Slovenia will also try to reach one of the first two places in order to take a part in the Qualifying Round.

The main problem for Luxemburg in this game were turnovers. Its players made many bad decisions, especially in the last frame, which resulted with 31 mistakes at the end. Anyway, Luxemburg controlled rhythm of the game in the first half. After 15-15, Lena Hetto and her teammates made 9-3 run before the half time. After the breather Luxemburg touched plus 9 but Sarah Cavin and Anne-Sophie Gavin (168-G/F-92) immediately answered creating 13-0 run. The game is decided during the last five minutes of it when Switzerland, mostly owing to Cavin and Gavin, made another 13-5 run for the final score 52-55.

Sarah Cavin led Switzerland collecting 14 points and 4 rebounds. Anne-Sophie Gavin followed her with 12 points and 4 assists. Lena Hetto added 19 points for the loosing side missing only one board for double-double. Julie Zovile (171-F-92) helped her tem with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Luxemburg's next rival on U16 EC division B will be Ireland. On the other side Switzerland will take a rest one day.


U20 Luxemburg - U20 Switzerland 52-55
(9-8, 15-10, 19-21, 9-16)

Luxemburg:
Lena Hetto 19 (9 rebs), Julie Zovile 12 (6 rebs)
Switzerland: Sarah Cavin 14 (4 rebs), Anne-Sophie Gavin 12 (4 as)


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  MALI - Women  


New Zealand narrowly defeat Mali in Olympic tournament opener - by Eurobasket News
New Zealand - Mali 76:72

New Zealand Women National Team scored a narrow victory over Mali at the start of the Olympic Games tournament in Beijing. New Zealand used a 24:15 surge in the second period to accumulate a decisive lead in the game. The teams looked well matched in the opening stanza. They traded baskets and completed the quarter all tied at 18. However the Kiwis relied on Angela Marino (166-G-86)s effort as she ignited a key rally for the team. The Tall Ferns outscored Mali 24:15 and built a 9-point lead at the interval. The physical style of play from Mali allowed the team to slow the Kiwis down a bit in the third period and they trimmed the distance to 6 points. Hamchetou Maiga (184-G/F-78, college: ODU) shone for Mali in the fourth term but her effort was fruitless and New Zealand kept their nerves cool and ensured a difficult victory at the end. Angela Marino paced the Tall Ferns with 19 points and 4 assists. Lisa Wallbutton (183-F-86) added 13 points, while Jillian Harmon (185-F-87) had 12 points and 8 boards in a win. Hamchetou Maiga answered with 18 points and 7 boards for Mali. Djenebou Sissoko (188-F/C-82) contributed 15 points in defeat. The teams were equally matched on the glass with 38 caroms apiece. However New Zealand forced their opponents to 26 turnovers. Mali shot solid 47% from the field, while New Zealand replied with 34% accuracy.

New Zealand: Angela Marino 19, Lisa Wallbutton 13, Jillian Harmon 12
Mali: Hamchetou Maiga 18, Djenebou Sissoko 15


Olympic Games: Unlucky Mali bow to New Zealand 76-72 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Africa representative at the basketball women event of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games today lost narrowly to New Zealand by 76-72 points.

The Africa champion who had an above average game against the New Zealanders tied the first quarter at 18 points apiece only to go down in the second quarter by 24-15 points to end the first quarter proceeding with 9 points deficits.

But upon resumption of play in the third quarter Hamchetou Maiga and her colleagues rose from precipice to win by 21-18 points and continued the search for victory in the fourth quarter which they also won by 18016 points but such effort was not enough to secure for them the desired victory as they eventually go down by 76-72 points.

The reigning Most Valuable Player of the African Cup of Nations Maiga led her teammates with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assist, followed by Djnbou Sissoko with 15 points and 3 rebounds.

2004 silver-medal winner Australia showed great promises that it is out to contest for medals after seeing off Belarus by 84-63, while host China prove some points that she wont be an ordinary competitor as she post a 67-64 points win over Spain.

The Malian will keep a date against European power-house, Czech Republic on Monday. Other games billed for Monday at the 18,500 capacity gymnasium in Beijing includes New Zealand against Spain, Korea will take to the floor against Russia, Latvia will engage Belarus just as China test the might of reigning gold medalist United States of America while Australia will engage Brazil in a game of wit.
Hamchetou Maiga (184-G/F-78, college: ODU)


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  MONTENEGRO - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Finland too strong for Montenegro in day one - by Eurobasket News
U20 Montenegro - U20 Finland 65-84

Finland didn't have to work very hard in order to beat Montenegro at the opening day of U16 European Championship division B in Bulgaria. Montenegro's centers weren't able to compete against Janniina Koivunen (183-F-93), which dominated in the paint during the entire time. Finland and Montenegro are together with Romania and Croatia placed into the Preliminary Group D. These four teams with fight for the one of first two places in order to reach the Qualifying Round. Third and fourth ranked teams will be automatically transferred to the Classification Rounds.

Finland totally outrebounded its opponent today. Janniina Koivunen and her teammates registered 16 + 30 rebounds matched with only 9 + 21 by Montenegro. Since the opening quarter Finland demonstrated its power. After ten minutes it was 11-20 while during the following few moments it already was 15-32. Ana Turcinovic (185-C-93) and Jovana Pasic helped their team to show little bit better performance after the half time. Montenegro ended third quarter 22-15 but it was enough only for minus 15. Until the end of the game Finland kept it lead steady letting Montenegro to come on minus 12 but nothing more than that.

Janniina Koivunen was unstoppable today. She played 27 minutes scoring 25 points and grabbing 14 boards. Evita Iiskola (179-F-93) also shined for the winning side adding 19 points and 4 assists while Anette Juvonen scored 14 points. Ana Turcinovic and Jovana Pasic drained 47 points together for Montenegro. In the next round Finland will play against Romania while Montenegro will meet Croatia in ex Yugoslavian derby.


U20 Montenegro - U20 Finland 65-84
(11-20, 12-25, 22-15, 20-24)

Montenegro:
Ana Turcinovic 24 (12 rebs), Jovana Pasic 23 (4 as)
Finland: Janniina Koivunen 25 (14 rebs), Evita Iiskola 19 (4 as), Anette Juvonen 14


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  NEW ZEALAND - Women  


New Zealand outlast plucky Mali in opener - by Kahn Hart
The New Zealand Tall Ferns have overcome a poor shooting display to defeat African champions Mali 76-72 in their opening pool B match in Beijing. Mali, led by their star player Hamchetou Maiga (184-G/F-78, college: ODU) of the Houston Comets who finished with 18 points 7 rebounds and 3 assists, showed they were not in China to make up the numbers. As a team they shot a credible 47% from the field whille holding New Zealand to just 35% from the field and 26% from three point range. For New Zealand point guard Angela Marino (166-G-86) had a big night, leading all scorers with 19 points adding 4 assists and 3 steals, she was backed up well by forwards Lisa Wallbutton (183-F-86) with 13 points and Jillian Harmon (185-F-87) with 12 to go with 8 rebounds. There were numerous lead changes in the fourth quarter before Kate McMeeken-Ruscoe (173-G-79, college: Buffalo) stepped off the bench to nail two clutch three pointers to give the Tall Ferns the lead for good. New Zealand shot well from the free throw line which coach Mike McHugh should be very happy with. Mali who were making their Olympic debut were forced into 26 turnovers in the match, another statistic which should please the New Zealand coaching staff. New Zealand will need to shoot better from the field in order to trouble their next opponent Spain.

New Zealand 76- Angela Marino 19, Lisa Wallbutton 13, Jillian Harmon 12, Aneka Kerr (183-F-81) 9

Mali 72- Hamchetou Maiga 18, Djenebou Sissoko (188-F/C-82) 15, Djene Diawara (192-F/C-88) 9, Nagnouma Coulibaly (192-F/C-89) 9


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  NIGERIA - Women  


Olympic Games: Unlucky Mali bow to New Zealand 76-72 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Africa representative at the basketball women event of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games today lost narrowly to New Zealand by 76-72 points.

The Africa champion who had an above average game against the New Zealanders tied the first quarter at 18 points apiece only to go down in the second quarter by 24-15 points to end the first quarter proceeding with 9 points deficits.

But upon resumption of play in the third quarter Hamchetou Maiga and her colleagues rose from precipice to win by 21-18 points and continued the search for victory in the fourth quarter which they also won by 18016 points but such effort was not enough to secure for them the desired victory as they eventually go down by 76-72 points.

The reigning Most Valuable Player of the African Cup of Nations Maiga led her teammates with 18 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assist, followed by Djnbou Sissoko with 15 points and 3 rebounds.

2004 silver-medal winner Australia showed great promises that it is out to contest for medals after seeing off Belarus by 84-63, while host China prove some points that she wont be an ordinary competitor as she post a 67-64 points win over Spain.

The Malian will keep a date against European power-house, Czech Republic on Monday. Other games billed for Monday at the 18,500 capacity gymnasium in Beijing includes New Zealand against Spain, Korea will take to the floor against Russia, Latvia will engage Belarus just as China test the might of reigning gold medalist United States of America while Australia will engage Brazil in a game of wit.
Hamchetou Maiga (184-G/F-78, college: ODU)


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  OLYMPIC GAMES - Women  


Day 1 results and stats - by Eurobasket News
Australia - Belarus 83:64

The World champions Australia got to a winning start of their Olympic Games tournament campaign. They crushed Belarus in Group A got the first win in the competition. Lauren Jackson (196-F/C-81) secured 18 points and 10 boards to pace the Opals. Suzy Batkovic (193-C-80) had 14 points and 12 boards, while Laura Summerton (191-C-83, agency: LBM Management) and Penny Taylor (185-F-81) added 12 points apiece for the winners. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) answered with 13 points and 10 boards for Belarus. Tatyana Troina (188-C-81, college: S.Carolina) secured 13 points in a losing case. Australia are the obvious #1 contenders in Beijing this year. And they proved their ambitions today. Aussies fueled a 14:6 rally midway through the starting period and enjoyed a 19:12 lead at the first intermission. The Opals stepped on the gas in the second quarter and cleared off to a 16-point distance at the interval. Belarus refused to give up and cut the deficit for a couple of times throughout the second half. However Australia never allowed their European opponents closer than 10 points and secured a confident victory at the end. Australia had a slight advantage on the glass with 48 rebounds. They forced Belarus to 19 turnovers and shot 41% from the field. Belarus replied with 31% accuracy. Australia will take on Brazil, while Belarus will face Latvia on Monday.

Australia: Lauren Jackson 18+10 boards, Suzy Batkovic 14+12 boards, Laura Summerton 12, Penny Taylor 12
Belarus: Yelena Leuchanka 13+10 boards, Tatyana Troina 13

New Zealand - Mali 76:72
New Zealand Women National Team scored a narrow victory over Mali at the start of the Olympic Games tournament in Beijing. New Zealand used a 24:15 surge in the second period to accumulate a decisive lead in the game. The teams looked well matched in the opening stanza. They traded baskets and completed the quarter all tied at 18. However the Kiwis relied on Angela Marino (166-G-86) (166-G-86)s effort as she ignited a key rally for the team. The Tall Ferns outscored Mali 24:15 and built a 9-point lead at the interval. The physical style of play from Mali allowed the team to slow the Kiwis down a bit in the third period and they trimmed the distance to 6 points. Hamchetou Maiga (184-G/F-78, college: ODU) shone for Mali in the fourth term but her effort was fruitless and New Zealand kept their nerves cool and ensured a difficult victory at the end. Angela Marino paced the Tall Ferns with 19 points and 4 assists. Lisa Wallbutton (183-F-86) added 13 points, while Jillian Harmon (185-F-87) had 12 points and 8 boards in a win. Hamchetou Maiga answered with 18 points and 7 boards for Mali. Djenebou Sissoko (188-F/C-82) contributed 15 points in defeat. The teams were equally matched on the glass with 38 caroms apiece. However New Zealand forced their opponents to 26 turnovers. Mali shot solid 47% from the field, while New Zealand replied with 34% accuracy.

New Zealand: Angela Marino 19, Lisa Wallbutton 13, Jillian Harmon 12
Mali: Hamchetou Maiga 18, Djenebou Sissoko 15


Spain-China 64:67
The hosts of the Olympic games won the opener of the campaign today. China was too strong in the first half against Spain and defeated them 67:64. Bian Lan (182-G-86) led the winners with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Nan Chen collected 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Miao Long Jiang (194-G/F-82) added 12 points. Alba Torrens (191-F-89) top-scored for Spain with 18 points and Ana Montanana (186-F-80, college: George Washington) netted 13.
Spain expected help from the leader Valdemoro, but the player could not stay in her best shape. She made only 2/10 from the field and ended up with 5 points and 6 rebounds. China opened the game with 18:15 in the opening quarter. It was a great support from the fans that did not stop cheering for the local team. The hosts of the tournament increased the lead in the second period as they finished it with 19:9. That meant that both squads left the court for the break for 37:24 local advantage.
In the second half the game changed completely but it saw China in front. European team reduced the gap to 8 points entering the last quarter. Spain produced 20:15 as well in the last but it was not enough to reach the hosts. China triumphed in the opener and grabs 1-0 record in Group B.

Spain:Alba Torrens 18, Ana Montanana 13
China: Bian Lan 15+12 rebs, Nan Chen 12+10 rebs, Miao Long Jiang 12+6 rebs



Standings - Women
Standings
Group A
1. Australia1-0
2. Brazil0-0
3. S.Korea0-0
4. Latvia0-0
5. Russia0-0
6. Belarus0-1
Group B
1. N.Zealand1-0
2. China1-0
3. Czech Repu.0-0
4. USA0-0
5. Spain0-1
6. Mali0-1


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  POLAND - Women  


Poland breeze past Hungary at home European Championship opener - by Eurobasket News
Poland U16 - Hungary U16 70:46

Polish U16 Team entertained their fans with a well-deserved victory at the start of the home European Championship. The hosts held off Hungary in preliminary Group C today. Zietara knocked down 13 points to pace the hosts. Ramona Cossengue Casimiro and Marta Mistygacz (180-F-91) scored 12 points apiece for the winners. Hungary led early in the game but Poland used a 9:1 run late in the quarter to surge ahead. Marta Mistygacz and Bieniek soon extended the margin to 10 points and Poland maintained the gap well. They completed the second period with a 9:0 rally to enjoy a 41:22 advantage at the interval. Kowalska netted 6 points in the third frame and Poland never allowed Hungary to come any closer. The home team piled up a 57:32 advantage before the final period. The teams exchanged the baskets in the final stanza and Poland easily secured the winning outcome at the end. Marta Mistygacz added 10 boards and 5 assists for her tally. Bettina Baksa (172-G-92) answered with 14 points for Hungary. Melinda Kesoi (178-F-92) had 12 points and 6 boards in a losing case. Poland pulled down massive 61 boards including 17 offensive ones. Poland also forced the visitors into 29 turnovers and limited them to just 22% accuracy from the field.

Poland U16: Zietara 13, Ramona Cossengue Casimiro 12, Marta Mistygacz 12+10 boards
Hungary U16: Bettina Baksa 14, Melinda Kesoi 12


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  PORTUGAL - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Denmark earns thriller win against Portugal in the opener - by Eurobasket News
U16 Portugal - U16 Denmark 45-47

Denmark grabbed victory against Portugal in the opening game of U16 European Championship division B in Pravetz. These two teams are together with Greece, England and Israel placed into the Preliminary Group A. Two best ranked teams from this group will book a spot for the Qualifying Round.

It was a very exciting game until the end. Beginning of it belonged to Portugal which created plus 4 after first ten minutes. At the middle of the second period Portuguese extended their lead to 15 points, 29-14. It seemed that Denmark won't be able to do anything for the rest of the game. After the breather both teams continued with missing the shots, what was good for the official hosts in this game, which kept plus 10 heading into the last stanza. During the last 10 minutes Portuguese somehow totally stopped playing. They struggled a lot with organizing the plays making many mistakes and missing many shots. Anne Pedersen and Gritt Ryder led their team in this quarter closing it 2-14. Interesting is that both teams had poor shooting percentage. Portugal had even weaker digits recording just 26% for FG2 and 40% from the free throw line.

Anne Pedersen was the key player in Denmark collecting 14 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Gritt Ryder also shined for the winners adding 10 points and 4 boards. Portugal had just one player with double digits and it was Luzia Lampreia, who scored 10 points. Anne Andrade was behind her with just 6 points and 6 rebounds. In the next round Portugal will meet England while Denmark has a day-off.


U16 Portugal - U16 Denmark 45-47
(18-14, 14-10, 11-9, 2-14)

Portugal:
Luzia Lampreia 10, Maria Andrade 6 (6 rebs)
Denmark: Anne Pedersen 14 (11 rebs, 5 as), Gritt Ryder 10 (4 rebs)


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  ROMANIA - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Romania earns lucky win over Croatia - by Eurobasket News
U20 Romania - U20 Croatia 55-54

Romania grabbed the first win on U16 European Championship division B in Bulgaria thanks to jump shot and a free throw by Cristina Bigica at the very end. It means that Romania and Finland are two teams with score 1-0 while Croatia and Montenegro have 0-1. These four teams will fight for one of the first two places in Preliminary Group D which will take them to the Qualifying Round.

After opening frame it seemed that it will be an easy job for Romania. Cristina Bigica led her team to quick 10-1 lead after three minutes. Later, they ended the first stanza stretching lead to 13 points. After totally leveled second quarter, Croatian players finally woke up. Nina Krstic (179-F-92) and Ivana Blazevic took care for 13-4 run after what they came even closer. However, Romania succeeded to keep plus 4 before the crucial frame. Croatia didn't give up making big turn 52-54 with 1:38 to go. After that moment Marija Rados missed a jump shot after what Nina Premasunac (184-F-92) committed a turn over. As it was mentioned above, hero of the game Cristina Bigica grabbed the ball scoring a jump shot with a foul after what netted winning free throw.

Oana Baluta (182-C-93) was the best scorer in her team with 13 points. At the same time she grabbed 8 more rebounds and 3 assists. Ruxandra Mitroi (179-F-92) and Cristina Bigica followed her netting 10 points each. Nina Krstic, who added 15 points and 6 rebounds, and Ivana Blazevic, who finished the game with 14 points and 4 boards, were the best in Croatia. In the next round of U16 EC division B Romania will take on Finland. On the other side Croatia will play against Montenegro.


U20 Romania - U20 Croatia 55-54
(19-6, 14-14, 10-19, 12-15)

Romania:
Oana Baluta 13 (8 rebs), Ruxandra Mitroi 10 (9 rebs), Cristina Bigica 10 (5 rebs)
Croatia: Nina Krstic 15 (6 rebs), Ivana Blazevic 14 (4 rebs)


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  SERBIA - Women  


Italy handle Serbia in Poland - by Eurobasket News
Italy U16 - Serbia U16 84:54

Italian U16 National Team posted their first win at the European Championship in Poland. Today they opened the action in preliminary Group C with a cruising win over Serbia. Debora Carangelo (168-G-94) led balanced Italian offense with 17 points. Cigliani and Sabrina Formica (170-G-90) added 11 points apiece for the winners. Snezana Colic (165-G-92) answered with 14 points for Serbia. Italy led right from the start. They used a 7:0 rally late in the first period to build a 22:15 advantage at the first break. Sabrina Formica and Debora Carangelo paced Italy to an 11-point cushion in the second stanza. Cigliani crowned the first half with 4 points in a row and Italy secured a 37:22 lead at halftime. Three-pointers from Debora Carangelo and Cigliani marked the start of the second half. Italy were well in control and stretched the margin to 30 points heading into the final period. Serbia never threatened the lead in the fourth quarter and suffered a heavy defeat at the end. Italy dominated the boards 60:38 and managed to overcome 24 turnovers to roll to the win. Italy converted 42% from the field, while limiting their opponents to just 29% accuracy of field goals.

Italy U16: Debora Carangelo 17, Cigliani 11, Sabrina Formica 11
Serbia U16: Snezana Colic 14, Natasa Kovacevic (-94) 10


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Slovakia outplays Estonia in Bulgaria - by Eurobasket News
U20 Estonia - U20 Slovak Republic 44-63

Slovak Republic registered an easy victory in the first day of U16 European Championship division B in Bulgaria. Except of these two teams, Netherlands and Bosnia and Herzegovina are also placed into the Preliminary Group C. Two best teams from this group will continue championship in Qualifying Round while two other teams will be transferred to the Classification Rounds.

Slovakia was much better team during the entire time. Estonia struggled a lot with organizing the plays. The reason for that could be aggressive and moveable defense by Slovakia. Everything outcame with 36 turnovers by Estonia at the end. With this number of mistakes Estonians couldn't expect anything good in this game. At the middle of the second quarter Denisa Domiterova and her teammates already created 18-25. Ten minutes later Slovakians extended lead to 14 points what was a sign that game was already over for the Estonians. They were hopeless until the end making this job even easier for Slovakians.

Denisa Domiterova was totally the best player in today's game. She was unstoppable at the offensive end pouring in 20 points and grabbing 4 boards. Gabriela Nagyova was a way behind her with 9 points and 9 rebounds. Mailis Pokk (185-C-92) netted 15 while Maaja Bratka (186-C-92) had 11 points and 4 rebounds for Estonia. Kristina Aarniste stopped on 10 points. Slovakia will try to continue winning against Netherlands while Estonia's next rival will be Bosnia and Herzegovina.


U20 Estonia - U20 Slovak Republic 44-63
(8-11, 12-16, 9-13, 15-23)

Estonia:
Mailis Pokk 15, Maaja Bratka 11 (4 rebs), Kristina Aarniste 10
Slovak Republic: Denisa Domiterova 20 (4 rebs), Gabriela Nagyova 9 (9 rebs)


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  SLOVENIA - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Ireland edges Slovenia in thriller - by Eurobasket News
U20 Slovenia - U20 Ireland 53-55

Ireland grabs the thriller win at the opening day of U16 European Championship division B. In very exciting game the Irish were more concentrated at the very and deserving this victory. It means that Ireland and Switzerland are currently the top teams of Preliminary Group B with score 1-0. Slovenia and Luxemburg have 0-1 while Bulgaria had a day off. As a reminder two best teams from this group will advance to the Qualifying Round. All other teams will continue championship in Classification Rounds.

Ireland was the team which dominated in the paint in today's game. The fact that the winning side finished it with 21 + 33 boards talks everything for itself. At the same time Ireland had poor 15.8% from behind the arc but its players compensated it with many offensive rebounds. On the other side Slovenians also demonstrated nice performance but they weren't concentrated enough at the very end. Namely on 52-54 for Ireland with 00:42 remaining in the game Rebeka Abramovic (-93) had a chance to tie the score but she missed a lay-up. Ireland committed a turnover in the next offense giving another chance to Slovenia. This time Meden got fouled on 3-point line but she made just one free throw. On the other side Kilbride also drained one resolving question about the winner.

Clodagh Scannell (171-F-93) was the best player for the winning team today. She spent 27 minutes on court netting 13 points and grabbing 8 rebounds. Catriona Foley (170-G-92) also shined collecting 12 points and 4 boards. Slovenia got the most from Rebeka Abramovic, who added 14 points and dished out 4 assists. Tina Jakovina stopped on 10 points and 8 rebounds. In the next round Ireland will take on Luxemburg while Slovenia will play against Bulgaria.


U20 Slovenia - U20 Ireland 53-55
(12-11, 13-15, 11-14, 17-15)

Slovenia:
Rebeka Abramovic 14 (4 as), Tina Jakovina 10 (8 rebs)
Ireland: Clodagh Scannell 13 (8 rebs), Catriona Foley 12 (4 rebs)


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  SPAIN - Women  


The hosts edge Spain in the opener - by Eurobasket News
Spain-China 64:67

The hosts of the Olympic games won the opener of the campaign today. China was too strong in the first half against Spain and defeated them 67:64. Bian Lan (182-G-86) led the winners with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Nan Chen collected 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Miao Long Jiang (194-G/F-82) added 12 points. Alba Torrens (191-F-89) top-scored for Spain with 18 points and Ana Montanana (186-F-80, college: George Washington) netted 13.
Spain expected help from the leader Valdemoro, but the player could not stay in her best shape. She made only 2/10 from the field and ended up with 5 points and 6 rebounds. China opened the game with 18:15 in the opening quarter. It was a great support from the fans that did not stop cheering for the local team. The hosts of the tournament increased the lead in the second period as they finished it with 19:9. That meant that both squads left the court for the break for 37:24 local advantage.
In the second half the game changed completely but it saw China in front. European team reduced the gap to 8 points entering the last quarter. Spain produced 20:15 as well in the last but it was not enough to reach the hosts. China triumphed in the opener and grabs 1-0 record in Group B.

Spain:Alba Torrens 18, Ana Montanana 13
China: Bian Lan 15+12 rebs, Nan Chen 12+10 rebs, Miao Long Jiang 12+6 rebs


Spain thump Germany at the start of the U16 European Championship - by Eurobasket News
Spain U16 - Germany U16 71:30

Spanish U16 National Team will try to improve their last years Silver medals result at the European Championship. Today they stunned German team to open the title chase in Poland. The teams got into preliminary Group D and played the second game in the pool. Earlier today Russia outsmarted Belarus. Spain was an obvious favorite in the game and they fully lived up to the status. Spanish team opened the game with a 9:0 run and kept mounting the pressure in the opening stanza. They enjoyed a 14:6 lead after ten minutes of action. A stifling defense from Spaniards allowed them to accumulate a 20-point lead shortly after the start of the second period. Diaz capped the half with a jumper and Spain built a 37:15 buffer at the interval. Spain went on a 10:2 run to begin the second half. Germany struggled to find keys to Spanish defense and they trailed by 35 points heading into the fourth quarter. The baskets kept on dropping for Spain in the fourth stanza and they easily secured the winning outcome at the end of the game. Casas paced balanced effort with 14 points. Delgado, Farah Suarez (191-C-92) and Claudia Calvelo (188-C-92) added 8 points apiece for the winners. Sonja Greinacher (185-C-92) answered with 7 points and 6 boards for Germany. Martinius had 6 points in defeat.

Spain U16: Casas 14, Delgado 8, Farah Suarez 8, Claudia Calvelo 8
Germany U16: Sonja Greinacher 7, Martinius 6


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  SWEDEN - Women  


Sandra Ngoie leads Sweden past Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U16 - Czech Republic U16 74:61

Sandra Ngoie nailed 22 points and Swedish U16 National Team secured the win at the start of the European Championship in Poland today. The teams tipped off their preliminary Group B campaign and Sweden drove to a hard-fought victory. Czech team led early in the encounter but Amanda Zahui and Sandra Ngoie paced Sweden to a 16:14 lead after ten minutes of action. Amanda Zahui and Sandra Ngoie combined for 10 points in the second term as Sweden enjoyed a 33:25 advantage at halftime. Sandra Ngoie netted 11 points in the third frame to keep Sweden in charge. The Tre Krunur accumulated a 12-point lead heading into the fourth term. Puldakova trimmed the deficit to 7 points early in the fourth quarter. Soon Karolina Elhotova (179-G-92) connected from beyond the arc and Czech team trailed by just 4 points midway through the fourth quarter. However Farhiya Abdi (186-F-92) and Drammeh chipped in key baskets for Sweden and the Scandinavian team ensured the winning outcome at the end. Farhiya Abdi had 15 points and 10 boards for Sweden. Amanda Zahui added 15 points for the winners. Karolina Elhotova netted 20 points to lead Czech Republic. Jana Hausknechtova (174-G-92) contributed 15 points in a losing effort. Sweden outrebounded their opponents 42:27
and shot solid 48% from the field.

Sweden U16: Sandra Ngoie 22, Farhiya Abdi 15+10 boards, Amanda Zahui 15
Czech Republic U16: Karolina Elhotova 20, Jana Hausknechtova 15


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  SWITZERLAND - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Tight win for Switzerland against Luxemburg - by Eurobasket News
U20 Luxemburg - U20 Switzerland 52-55

It was a joyful first day of U16 European Championship division B for Switzerland. Luxemburg was a better team until the last frame, which Switzerland ended 9-16. Thus Switzerland and Ireland are currently the leading teams in Preliminary Group B. Except of those teams, Bulgaria and Slovenia will also try to reach one of the first two places in order to take a part in the Qualifying Round.

The main problem for Luxemburg in this game were turnovers. Its players made many bad decisions, especially in the last frame, which resulted with 31 mistakes at the end. Anyway, Luxemburg controlled rhythm of the game in the first half. After 15-15, Lena Hetto and her teammates made 9-3 run before the half time. After the breather Luxemburg touched plus 9 but Sarah Cavin and Anne-Sophie Gavin (168-G/F-92) immediately answered creating 13-0 run. The game is decided during the last five minutes of it when Switzerland, mostly owing to Cavin and Gavin, made another 13-5 run for the final score 52-55.

Sarah Cavin led Switzerland collecting 14 points and 4 rebounds. Anne-Sophie Gavin followed her with 12 points and 4 assists. Lena Hetto added 19 points for the loosing side missing only one board for double-double. Julie Zovile (171-F-92) helped her tem with 12 points and 6 rebounds. Luxemburg's next rival on U16 EC division B will be Ireland. On the other side Switzerland will take a rest one day.


U20 Luxemburg - U20 Switzerland 52-55
(9-8, 15-10, 19-21, 9-16)

Luxemburg:
Lena Hetto 19 (9 rebs), Julie Zovile 12 (6 rebs)
Switzerland: Sarah Cavin 14 (4 rebs), Anne-Sophie Gavin 12 (4 as)


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  UKRAINE - Women  


Belgium thrash Ukraine in Katowice - by Eurobasket News
Belgium U16 - Ukraine U16 93:35

Belgian U16 National Team got to a flying start of their European Championship race. Lut De Meyer (172-F-92) knocked down 28 points to lift Belgium to a stunning win over Ukraine in preliminary Group B today. The teams met last season and then Ukraine overcame Belgium to claim the 11th overall spot in the 2007 European Championship. However this time Belgian team took revenge. Ukraine managed to keep it close in the opening three minutes of the game but from there on it Belgium who controlled the tempo. They went on a 15:3 rally to close the first term with a 30:12 advantage. Belgium maintained the margin throughout the second frame and rolled to a 47:24 advantage at the interval. Lut De Meyer opened the second half with 7 unanswered points to ignite a 14:0 rally that put Belgium ahead by 37 points. Belgium headed into the fourth quarter leading by as many as 39 points. The battle was over as the teams cruised to the final buzzer. Julie Vanloo (168-G-93) and Mestdagh contributed 12 points apiece for Belgium. Meylemans scored 11 points for the winners. Darya Zavidna (178-G-93) nailed 8 points to pace Ukraine. Viktoriya Skubiy (180-F-92) had 7 points in defeat.

Belgium U16: Lut De Meyer 28, Julie Vanloo 12, Mestdagh 12
Ukraine U16: Darya Zavidna 8, Viktoriya Skubiy 7


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  UNITED KINGDOM - Women  


U16 EC, division B: Greece outsmarts England in day one - by Eurobasket News
U20 Greece - U20 England 58-56

Another very interesting match was seen today in Preliminary Group A. This time it was Greece which took care for the victory against England. As a reminder these two teams will have to take on Denmark, Portugal and Israel in order to grab one of the first two places in Group A. In the first game earlier today Denmark was better than Portugal 47-45.

England had much better beginning. After three minutes it was 0-7 for Ella Clark (178-F-92) and her teammates. Greece didn't need too much time for the answer as it created 21-3 run led by Zafeira Giampani and Dimitra Kampouraki. Until the end of the first stanza the Greeks extended lead to 5 points. They controlled rhythm of the game until 18th minute when England took care for 7-0 run making 32-34 but unfortunately to them Greeks made a jump shot at their last possession in the first half. Greece showed slightly better performance in the next period touching plus 7 at the one point of it. However, England succeeded to come closer on minus 4 before the crucial ten minutes. Game is decided in the last 30 seconds. Namely, on 56-56 Zafeira Giampani made a lay-up for her team after what Claire Harper and Francesca Whitby missed two jump shots for England.

Greece got the most points today from Zafeira Giampani, who netted 13. Dimitra Kampouraki helped her team collecting 12 points and 6 rebounds while Christina Navrozidou stopped on 11 points for the winning side. Ella Clark was the best player in England adding 21 points and 5 rebounds for 29 minutes. Renee Busch followed her with 15 points and 4 assists. In the next round of U16 European Championship division B Greece will meet Israel while England will play against Portugal.


U20 Greece - U20 England 58-56
(23-18, 11-16, 16-12, 8-10)

Greece:
Zafeira Giampani 13, Dimitra Kampouraki 12 (6 rebs), Christina Navrozidou 11 (8 rebs)
England: Ella Clark 21 (5 rebs), Renee Busch 15 (4 as)