EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 9/1/2008

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  ABA   


First signing for the Sharks - by Gianni Pascucci
The newly-named ABA team based in Buffalo (the Buffalo Sharks) will announce soon the agreement with outstanding player Dayshawn Wright (6'6''-F-85, college: Mountain St.), last at the Hudson Valley Hawks, NPBL and then starring at the Eurobasket Summer League in New York

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  AUSTRALIA   


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Sydney K. 27-3 
 2. Melbourne T. 22-8 
 3. Brisbane B. 20-10 
 4. Perth W. 18-12 
 5. Townsville C. 17-13 
 6. Cairns T. 16-14 
 7. N.Zealand B. 16-14 
 8. Gold Coast B. 15-15 
 9. Adelaide 36ers 14-16 
 10. W.Sydney R. 10-20 
 11. Wollongong 9-21 
 12. Singapore S. 6-24 
 13. Melbourne SD 5-25 


Stats Leaders - NBL
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Ere, BRI 27.1
2. Hodge, ADE 24.6
3. Penney, NZB 24.0
4. Ballinger, ADE 22.5
5. Redhage, PER 22.5
Rebounds Per Game
1. Anstey, MEL 12.0
2. Rickert, NZB 10.7
3. Jawai, CAI 9.6
4. Knight, SIN 9.5
5. Holmes, MSD 9.5
Assists Per Game
1. Hodge, ADE 5.9
2. Black, CAI 5.6
3. Crowe, GCB 5.4
4. Ingles, SMD 4.9
5. Franklin, WOL 4.9
Steals Per Game
1. Greene, NZB 2.9
2. Hinson, WSR 2.1
3. Draper, SYD 1.9
Blocks Per Game
1. Anstey, MEL 1.9
2. Cooper, ADE 1.6
3. Alston, NZB 1.4
2FGP
1. Hoare, MEL 60.5
2. Vanderjagt, TOW 58.3
3. Pepper, TOW 58.1
3FGP
1. Bruton, BRI 46.8
2. DeVries, WSR 44.2
3. Harvey, GCB 44.1
Free Throws
1. Black, CAI 91.0
2. Rillie, TOW 90.5
3. Jones, NZB 87.0


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  BAHRAIN   


Al Mutawa Stays in Kuwait Club - by Yousef Ahmed

Bahrain Basketball suffers a big blow. The rule of GCC players eligibility is fixed; it was made official by the Kuwaity Federation yesterday, meaning that Ahmed Al Mutawa (199-F/C-81, college: Broward CC) will be considered a local player in Kuwait.
Also this means that other players from Bahrain will soon be joining other Clubs in Kuwait.

This rule is great for Kuwait but it affects our league by letting go our star players like Al Mutawa and what makes it so appealing for Bahraini players is that Kuwaiti Clubs have more money.
Bahrain has the Potential to be a very strong league, but we lack the money and the unity of all the clubs to make Basketball better in Bahrain by keeping our player home.

We wish all the best of luck to our players.



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  BELGIUM   


Verviers-Pepinster Transfer News - by Peter Buyse


VOO Verviers-Pepinster added Marcus Dove (206-G/F-85) to its roster for the upcoming season.
Dove played the past 4 years for NCAA Div 1 team Oklahoma State and Verviers is his first overseason professional team.
The past two seasons Dove was voted Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year.
The past season he played 33 games and had averages of 9.5 ppg and 5.7 rpg.

Played most recently this summer for the Memphis Grizzlies in the Las Vegas NBA Summerleague.



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  BULGARIA   


Hadjisotirov already a "devil" - by Vladi Lazarova
One of the most attractive Bulgarian players Ludmil Hadjisotirov (189-G-80, agency: AMI, college: Maine) is already a devil. 189 cm tall guard, who was in the extended roster of the Men's National team, signed his first contract abroad. 27-years old former prospect of Boston college and Maine University in NCAA will wear the jersey of Geneve Devils, from LNA league in Switzerland.
The contract is for the new season and Hadjisotirov already left for Geneve. He supposed to make his first practice with the team and will meet his head coach and new teammates tomorrow.
Udo
was one of the most important players of CSKA Sofia last season. In 34 games he made 11.4ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.7apg, FGP: 53.7%, 3PT: 38.0%, FT: 73.3%. He left in April, after the club was hit by deep financial collapse and the president Georgious Sterianopoulos stopped paying to the Bulgarian players after January 2008.


Videnov back in Spain - by Vladi Lazarova
The best Bulgarian player for 2006 and current leader of Bulgarian National team in Eurobasket 2009 qualifications Filip Videnov (196-F/G-80, college: W.Kentucky), will play in Spain again. 196 cm tall guard, who suffered with an ankle injury last summer and missed the first half of the season 2007/2008 signed a contract with CB Granada in ACB league. The deal is for the next season. 27-years old shooter, who scored 21 points and Bulgaria hit Italy 81:80 in a drama in Sofia last Saturday, is more than happy. He likes Spain, he knows the language and the championship.
Videnov demonstrated a great shape against Hungary, Finland and Italy and proved he is healthy and 100% to come back at the highest level. This summer he missed the first half of the National team camp, thanks to understanding of Pini Gershon and show up late. Filip was part of NBA Summer league in Las Vegas.
Spain is his favourite destination. In 2005/2006 he moved to replace Igor Rakocevic in Real Madrid and played against Barcelona in -final playoffs in ACB. The same year Videnov signed 3-years contract in Caja San Fernando from Seville. But his big ambitions and expectations for a good season failed. He missed a lot of games due to injuries and never came back in the same shape, like in the beginning.
His injury at the NT practice last july forced him to undergo a surgery. The Spanish club agreed with the player to terminate the contract. Filip came back at the court in January 2008, when he was hired by Rietti, from Italian Serie A.


The captain of CSKA in France - by Vladi Lazarova

Georgi Davidov (204-C-76) - one of the most reputable Bulgarian players will keep the fans close to his heart, but no more in his homeland. 32-years old captain of CSKA Sofia signed a contract in France. From this autumn 204 cm tall power forward will play in NM2 with the jersey of Als Andrezieux-Boutheon. Davidov is already practicing with his new club and waiting for the beginning of the league. The contract is for one season, but if both sides remain satisfied, the player will stay in the team for longer period.
Last year in Bulgaria Georgi came back in his home club CSKA and led 'The Reds' like their captain. In 42 games he averaged 12.7ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.1apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 54.4%, 3PT: 21.0%, FT: 71.6%. In May, when the season finished, and like the same way with Ludmil Hadjisotirov, Davidov left without being paid since January after the financial collapse in the team.
In the summer of 2004, 204 cm tall player moved to Bulgarian champion and National Cup holder Lukoil Akademik. He spent there three consecutive years and for that time was able to defend his name of one of the strongest players in the league. Georgi has two 1/8-final playoffs in ULEB Cup with 'The Students', won three championship titles in a row and two Bulgarian Cups. Davidov was big part of the Men's National team till last summer, when he decided to quit and give the chance to some of his younger teammates.



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  CANADA   


Ravens fall short against Jayhawks - by Eurobasket News
The Jayhawks led by one at the half, 45-44, and took a four-point lead into the final minute. Michael Kenny (198-F-65) hit a three-pointer with 41.1 seconds left to pull the Ravens to within a point, but he missed a jumper at the buzzer that would have given the Ravens the victory.

'It's August,' said Ravens coach Dave Smart, who was saying it was just an exhibition game, but his enthusiasm on the sidelines would have you believe it was a championship game.

'It's 61/2 months before we play a really meaningful game and seven months before they may play a real meaningful game,' Smart said after the game. 'You don't get too fired up about the wins and losses, but there are a couple of things that you learn from and we're getting better. Our guys understood what our flaws were, but I think in general we played pretty hard, made some plays and put ourselves in position to win against a very good team.'

Jayhawks coach Self said his team played much better last night and he was really excited about the game.

'I thought this was a great game,' he said.

'I thought we played hard and Carleton played hard. They're so well coached and you can tell that for a short amount of practice time, you can see that they're a little more advanced than us in a lot of ways.

'I was happy that we competed, which I don't think we did a very good job of (yesterday) morning,' Self said, referring to the Jayhawks' earlier game against the McGill Redmen.

Ravens forward Aaron Doornekamp led all players with 39 points and was four-for-six on three-point shots. Overall, the Ravens hit 15 of 24 three-point attempts while the Jayhawks hit four of eight.

Ravens guard Stuart Turnbull had 33 points, but he's more concerned with the loss in last spring's semifinal than yesterday's game.

'We played a game like this against Louisville a couple of years ago and we lost by a point when they hit a great last-second shot, then we won nationals,' he said.

'I don't even remember that game when I lie in bed at night, but what I do remember is the game we lost last March, almost every night. These games are important because it will make us see how good we are and how good we can be, but it's not that important.'

Centre Cole Aldrich led the Jayhawks with 18 points yesterday morning against McGill and he had a team-high 33 last night.

The Ravens will host the University of South Alabama Jaguars at the Ravens Nest tonight at 8 p.m.

Jayhawks 72, Redmen 67

McGill Redmen men's basketball coach Craig Norman said his team's string of three exhibition games against NCAA schools this weekend will pay dividends in the long run.

Courtesy of www.canada.com


Kansas defeats Carleton 84-83 in Canada exhibition contest - by Eurobasket News
Behind 25 points, including the game-winning field goal, Kansas freshman Travis Releford (6'5''-G-90) led the Jayhawks to an 84-83 win against Canadian power Carleton at Scotiabank Place Saturday evening.

Junior Sherron Collins made his debut in the second game on the trip. The Chicago guard did not play against McGill yet scored 10 points in the nightcap victory. With 1:05 to play, Collins stepped in front of a Carleton pass to steal the ball. Collins then passed to Releford who dunked to make the score 84-80. The lead was KUs for good as the second half saw no team lead by more than four points and there were five ties and seven lead changes.

Carletons Michael Kenny then made one of his four second-half three pointers with 41 seconds remaining to narrow the score to 84-83. Collins then missed a shot in the lane as the shot clock expired giving the Ravens the ball with 1.3 seconds remaining after a mad scramble for possession. Following a Raven timeout, solid defense made Kennys desperation three not even draw iron as KU left with the victory.

I thought this was a great game, KU head coach Bill Self said. I thought we played hard after we got started. Carleton played hard. They are so well coached.

You always want the win, but I was happier with the way we competed, Self added. We played really well, basically the last 35 minutes of the game. I really didnt know if our team could win this game because we dont have our guys (meaning the Morris twins) but certainly they responded well.

The victory was KUs 30th straight exhibition win dating back to 1995. Kansas improved to 48-7 all-time in exhibition play. It gave head coach Bill Self a 15-0 exhibition record while at KU. Carleton fell to 1-1 on its exhibition games against NCAA teams in 2008.

Like McGill in KUs earlier game of the day, Carleton took control of the contest early in the opening half and built a 21-13 lead through the first 12 minutes. KU fought back and took a 43-42 lead on a Releford layup. Releford and sophomore Cole Aldrich took over the comeback combining for 19 of KUs final 25 points to end the half. Releford had 13 of his first half 15 points in the run, including two three pointers. Aldrich scored Kansas first six points and ended up with 14 points in the opening period and 16 for the game, including 8-for-8 from the free throw line. KU entered intermission with a 45-44 lead.

Releford led all scorers, while teammate Tyrel Reed scored 11 points, including a three-pointer with 2:05 left to tie the score at 80-80. Aldrich led all rebounders with eight for the game.

We came out and did what we needed to do on the defensive end, Releford said. We started out slow and coach got after us and after a few time outs, we finally picked it up.

CIS (national) Player of the Year Aaron Doornekamp led Carleton with 22 points. The Ravens shot a blistering 62.5 percent from three-point range, going 15-for-24, to keep pace with KU.

Before a crowd of 7,189, the contest was the second game of the CAN-AM Shootout at Scotiabank Place, home of the NHLs Ottawa Senators as South Alabama defeated Ottawa University 72-70 in game one. For KU, the game was its second of the day as the Jayhawks defeated McGill University 72-67 at Ottawa University. For Carleton, which has won five of the last six CIS national championships, it was its lone game of the day.

Kansas will conclude its three-game Canada exhibition trip when it plays at Ottawa University Sunday at 6 p.m. (Central). The game from Montpetit Hall will air live on the Jayhawk Radio Network. At 3:30 p.m., the KU-Carleton contest played Saturday night will re-air on the Jayhawk Radio Network.

Courtesy of www.kuathletics.com


Tigers open Canadian tour with a 94-45 victory over Vancouver Island University - by Eurobasket News
The Pacific men's basketball team opened up its 2008 Canadian Tour with a rousing 94-45 victory at Vancouver Island University on Saturday, Aug. 30.

The Tigers opened up a slim 17-13 lead after the first of four 10 minute quarters, then exploded by outscoring the Mariners 31-12 to take a 48-25 lead at halftime. Pacific's defense shined in the third quarter, limiting VIU to just six points, while taking a 66-31 lead after three quarters. Another strong quarter in the fourth allowed the Tigers to pick up the 39-point win.

Senior Anthony Brown (Sacramento, Calif.) led the Tigers in scoring with 14 points, adding seven rebounds. Senior James Doran (Cameron Park, Calif.) added 13 points, including a pair of three-pointers. Senior Bryan LeDuc (Corona, Calif.) scored 12 points, while junior Royal Edwards (Sacramento, Calif.) pitched in with 10 points. Sophomore Sam Willard (Pierre, S.D.) contributed nine points and a team-best 10 rebounds.

'It's a good way to start the trip,' said Tiger head coach Bob Thomason. 'Our rebounding and defense were very good. We shared the ball very well, and our depth helped get a big lead in the second quarter.'

The Tigers will play the University of Victoria on Sunday, August 31 at 7:00 p.m., and then again Monday morning at 11:00 a.m.


Scoring
Anthony Brown 14, James Doran 13, Bryan LeDuc 12, Royal Edwards 10, Lavar Neufville 9, Sam Willard 9, Brandon Hawkins 8, Casey Neimeyer 6, Terrell Smith 6, Chad Troyer 5, Taylor Shipley 2.

Rebounding
Sam Willard 10, Casey Neimeyer 7, Terrell Smith 7, Anthony Brown 7, Bryan LeDuc 6, Royal Edwards 4, Lavar Neufville 3, Chad Troyer 2, Taylor Shipley 1, James Doran 1.

Courtesy of www.pacifictigers.com


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  CENTROBASKET   


Stats Leaders (Men)
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Puerto Rico win Centrobasket 2008 !!! - by Eurobasket
Puerto Rico resisted a big preassure of the final and got easy victory over U.S. Virgin Islands 87-70.
It came as a big surprise especially after Puerto Ricans struggled in the semifinal game against Dominican Rep. securing just 2-point victory (76-74).
This time Jose Juan Barea (181-G-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Northeastern) got some rest (15 points), while Puerto Rico was lead by Carmelo Lee (200-F-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Long Beach St.) (21 + 6reb). Six players scored double digits for the winners.
Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida Intern.) adedd another 15 and grabbed 6 rebounds, Angelo Reyes (205-F/C-81) ended with 12 and Filiberto Rivera (187-G-82, college: UTEP) and Luis Villafane (208-C/F-81, agency: Next Level, college: Niagara) had 11 points each.
At Virgin Islands side Cuthbert Victor (196-G-83, college: Murray St.) tried his best with 24 points and 12 rebs. He got some help from Kitwana Rhymer (208-C-78, college: Massachusetts) (16) and Jason Edwin (196-G/F-81, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Kent St.) (15).
Puerto Rico definitely deserve the title as (except semifinal game) they were the only undefeated team over the entire tournament.


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  CHILE   


Dimayor: Osorno is looking for new foreigners - by Daniel Valencia
After the zonal phase the leaders and the coach of Provincial Osorno decided to end the contract with the dominican center Raphael Madera (208-C-82, agency: 011 Sports, college: Delaware). He played 7 games with the club with averages of 9.1 points, 10.6 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 26.6minutes per game.

The point guard DaJuan Gouard (189-G-83, agency: Promotex, college: Loyola, IL) also left the club after the zonal phase but in his case was fue to family reasons. After ten games, Gouard averaged 16.9 points, 4.6 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 2.0 steals in 30.0 minutes per game.


Dimayor: roster changes for Catolica - by Daniel Valencia
After the end of the zonal phase Universidad Catolica changed their foreigners. The first one was Walter Storani (200-F/C-70), who was supposed to play only the first month and a half with Catolica because he has a contract with Ben Hur in Argentina. In nine games the argentinian averaged 16.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 30.8 minutes per game. The dominican player Juan Pablo Montas (198-F-84, agency: Regeneracom Sports) also left the club with averages of 12.9 points, 10.6 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 27.7 minutes per game. He played eight games with the club.

To replace this two players Universidad Catolica signed the american guard Keddric Mays (183-G) and the power forward/center Ivan Lopez (208-C-85, agency: Next Level, college: Memphis). They played with the team the past weekend.


Dimayor: Castro and Liceo reach the Top 4 - by Daniel Valencia
Deportes Castro and Liceo Mixto advanced to the Top 4 after sunday night victories against Universidad de Los Lagos and CD Puente Alto respectively. Playing as host Castro defeated ULA 108-95 with P.J. Mills (201-F) as the scoring leader with 25 points. In Los Andes, Liceo Mixto defeated CD Puente Alto 86-79 with the guard Brandon Mason (194-G/F-81, college: N.Mexico St.) leading the scorers with 23 points.

Deportes Castro 108 - Universidad de Los Lagos 95
Cas: P.J. Mills 25 pts. Gonzalo Velasquez 23 pts.
Ula: Tim Jennings 27 pts. Dean Browne 23 pts.

Liceo Mixto 86 - CD Puente Alto 79
Lic: Brandon Mason 23 pts. Kevin Frey 15 pts.
Pue: Percy Werth 17 pts. Bruce Jolly 17 pts.


Dimayor: CD Universidad de Concepcion and Deportivo Valdivia qualified to TOP 4 - by Daniel Valencia
The zonal phase ended the past weekend, with four teams from each group qualifing to a three game playoff that will defined the four teams that will play the 'Top 4'.

North Group

1. CD Universidad de Concepcion 8-2 *
2. Liceo Mixto 7-3 *
3. CD Puente Alto 7-3 *
4. Universidad Catolica 4-6 *
5. Boston College 4-6
6. Espanol de Talca 1-9

South Group

1. Deportes Castro 8-2 *
2. Deportivo Valdivia 7-3 *
3. Deportes Ancus 6-4 *
4. Universidad de Los Lagos 3-7 *
5. Provincial Osorno 3-7
6. Provincial Llanquihue 3-7

* Qualified to Playoffs

On wednesday night only one team won their respective game away from home. CD Universidad de Concepcion defeated Universidad Catolica 95-88 with Evandro Arteaga (178-G-83) and Samuel Bravo (194-F-82) as the key offensive players with 21 and 20 points respectively. These are the complete results of Game 1.

CD Puente Alto 86 - Liceo Mixto 72
Pue: Percy Werth 23 pts. John Davis 23 pts.
Lic: Kevin Frey 22 pts. Patricio Briones 14 pts.

Universidad Catolica 88 - CD Universidad de Concepcion 95
Uc: Keddric Mays 27 pts. Felipe Contreras 20 pts.
Ucon: Evandro Arteaga 21 pts. Samuel Bravo 20 pts.

Deportes Ancud 76 - Deportivo Valdivia 73
Anc: Malcolm Connor 24 pts. Leonardo Alves 23 pts.
Val: Deshawn Danzey 27 pts. Tony Bishop 16 pts.

Universidad de Los Lagos 84 - Deportes Castro 62
Ula: Tim Jennings 17 pts. Dean Browne 12 pts.
Cas: Gonzalo Velasquez 11 pts. P.J. Mills 11 pts.

On friday night Deportivo Valdivia defeated Deportes Ancud 82-75 to tied the series. The newcomer Marcus Elliott (191-G-84) was the scoring leader with 27 points.

Deportivo Valdivia 82- Deportes Ancud 75
Val: Marcus Elliott 27 pts. Deshawn Danzey 21 pts.
Anc: Leonardo Alves 23 pts. Malcolm Connor 17 pts.

On saturday night, CD Universidad de Concepcion and Deportivo Valdivia secured their spot in the 'Top 4' after victories against Catolica and Ancud respectively. CD Universidad de Concepcion won the series 2-0 and Deportivo Valdivia won the series 2-1. In the other games of the night, Liceo Mixto and Deportes Castro forced game 3 after victories against Cd Puente Alto and Universidad de Los Lagos.

Liceo Mixto 96 - CD Puente Alto 78
Lic: Patricio Briones 25 pts. Kevin Frey 17 pts.
Pue: Percy Werth 25 pts. Bruce Jolly 15 pts.

CD Universidad de Concepcion 63 - Universidad Catolica 61
Ucon: Evandro Arteaga 21 pts. Samuel Bravo 10 pts.
Uc: Mike Elliot 19 pts. Ivan Lopez 12 pts.

Deportivo Valdivia 83 - Deportes Ancud 69
Val: Marcus Elliott 25 pts. Deshawn Danzey 18 pts.
Anc: Malcolm Connor 24 pts. Leonardo Alves 15 pts.

Deportes Castro 79 - Universidad de Los Lagos 73
Cas: Gonzalo Velasquez 25 pts. P.J. Mills 20 pts.
Ula: Donald Gray 22 pts. Dean Browne 16 pts.

Game 3 of the series between Liceo Mixto/CD Puente Alto and Deportes Castro/Universidad de Los Lagos will be played tonight in Los Andes and Castro.


Dimayor: Madison left Deportivo Valdivia. Elliot the replacement - by Daniel Valencia
The forward Bobby Madison (198-F-82, agency: Duran International, college: W.Michigan) left Deportivo Valdivia after the zone phase. Madison decided to end the contract with the club due to family reasons. In 9 games Madison averaged 28.1 points, 10.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 39.7 minutes per game becoming the most effective foreigner in the league.

To replace Madison the leaders of the club agreed terms with the american player Marcus Elliott (191-G-84). Elliot played two games this weekend scoring 27 and 25 points.


Dimayor: Lee left Espanol - by Daniel Valencia
Once again, Deportivo Espanol de Talca will have to change one of their import players. This time the problem was with the forward/center Chris Lee (206-C, college: S.Carolina St.) who played 4 games with the team averaging 13.8 points, 10.8 rebounds and 2.0 steals in 36.8 minutes per game. After this, Lee suffered a tear in his right leg and he will be sidelined at least for three weeks. After this the club decided to end the contract with the player in order to sign another foreigner for the start of the national phase of Dimayor 08/09.

Dimayor: Wallery sign with Liceo - by Daniel Valencia
Liceo Mixto signed a contract with the american forward Nick Wallery (201-F-81, college: Albany St.). Liceo played the zonal phase with only two foreign players (Brandon Mason and Kevin Frey). To face the national phase of Dimayor 08/09 the leaders of the club decided to add a third import. In his first three games with Liceo Mixto, Wallery scored 6, 7 and 17 points respectively. Liceo is playing against CD Puente Alto the three game playoff to decided which team qualified to the Top 4.

Stats Leaders - DIMAYOR
DIMAYOR 08/09 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Thomas, Llan 24.8
2 Melton, Llan 24.0
3 Davis, Pue 20.5
4 Arteaga, Ucon 20.4
5 Alves, Anc 19.6
Rebounds Per Game
1 Lowery, Llan 15.6
2 Browne, Ula 14.4
3 Hubner, Anc 14.0
4 Agba, Ucon 11.7
5 Frey, Lic 11.0
Assists Per Game
1 Navarrete, Llan 5.7
2 Hernandez, Ucon 5.1
3 Holt, Anc 5.1
4 Mendez, Ula 4.6
5 Jacobs, Esp 4.6
Steals Per Game
1 Navarrete, Llan 4.2
2 Zimmerman, Oso 3.0
3 Saez, Lic 2.9
4 Hernandez, Ucon 2.8
5 Hayden, Esp 2.5
Blocks Per Game
1 Bryant, Bos 3.2
2 Browne, Ula 2.8
3 Puckett, Bos 1.5
4 Hubner, Anc 1.5
5 Danzey, Val 1.4
3FGP
1 Werth, Pue 46.8
2 Melton, Llan 43.5
3 Espinoza, Lic 42.4
4 Velasquez, Cas 42.2
5 Contreras, Uc 41.3


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  CHINA   


China Forfeits to Syria -- Reflects Badly on Chinese and Asian Basketball - by Arthur Volbert
China forfeited its match to Syria today when its coach led its team off the court to protest a technical foul called against him.

China was leading 46-41 with 6:13 left in the third quarter when coach Li Chunjiang disputed the technical foul.

The Match Commissioner, Jafarian Nosratollah, tried to calm things down and bring sanity to the proceedings and bring China back on the court. But when the Chinese team stuck to its stance and refused to return, the referee awarded a forfeit in favour of Syria.

My guess is that the closeness of the score of this game had something to do with the refereeing being biased in favor of the Syrians.

The rivalry between West Asians and East Asians appears to be reflected in calls by referees, which is why I felt that Iran would win this tourney just as China easily won the last junior tourney when it played at home.

After behaving so responsibly in the Olympics, why would China show display such immature behavior in this international competition by walking off the court?

Maybe the coach believed that such a tactic would make the referees more impartial in future games against tougher opponents than Syria.

Maybe he felt he would reduce criticism of himself when he lost the tournament to Iran since he now could blame defeat on the referees.

But this is a minor league tactic which reflects poorly on Chinese basketball and Asian basketball. It certainly hurts the ability of the international basketball community to assess Wang Zheng, who might be as big a star one day as Yao Ming and Yi Jianlian, or might not.


Standings - CBA
CBA Standings
 1. Guandong 26-4 
 2. Xinjiang 26-4 
 3. Jiangsu 21-9 
 4. Liaoning 19-11 
 5. Shangdong 19-11 
 6. Bayi 18-12 
 7. DongGuan 18-12 
 8. Fujian 17-13 
 9. Beijing 15-15 
 10. Guangsha 15-15 
 11. Zhejiang 12-18 
 12. Shanghai 8-22 
 13. Yunnan 8-22 
 14. Jilin 7-23 
 15. Shaanxi 6-24 
 16. Shanxi Yujun 5-25 


Stats Leaders - CBA
CBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
Nigel Dixon 28.1
Anthony Myles 26.6
Wang Zhizhi 26.3
DaJuan Tate 25.7
Herve Lamizana 23.4
Rebounds Per Game
Olumide Oyedeji 16.5
Soumaila Samake 15.2
Mengke Bateer 13.9
Nigel Dixon 13.7
Tang Zhengdong 11.9
Zhang Kai 11.9
Assists Per Game
Lu Xiaoming 7.51
Liu Wei 6.88
Yen Hsing-Su 5.18
Wang Bo 4.90
Mengke Bateer 4.56
Steals Per Game
Lu Xiaoming 3.82
Brandon Robinson 2.68
Wang Bo 2.2
Zhang Nan 2.03
Bian Qiang 2.03
Blocks Per Game
Herve Lamizana 2.93
Soumaila Samake 2.23
Zhang Kai 2.18
Major Wingate 1.96
Wang Zhizhi 1.85
3FGP
David Jackson 4.4
Wang Shipeng 3.68
Gong Songlin 3.39
Anthony Myles 3.26
Bian Qiang 2.93
Ranking
Soumaila Samake 29.7
Wang Zhizhi 29.4
Herve Lamizana 29.1
Mengke Bateer 29.0
Nigel Dixon 28.4
Olumide Oyedeji 28.4


Better Late Than Never But Not As Good As Now - by Arthur Volbert

FIBA Asia has posted the box scores of the second games of the Asian Under-18 Championship on its website. The Iranian site that is the main website for the tourney does not post box scores.

FIBA Asia link:
http://www.fibaasia.net/cms/

U-18 Championship Website:
http://www.iranbasketball.org/2008fau18/en/

So we now know that Wang Zheng (216-C-90) hit 16 of 19 shots in the first two games, and 7 of 9 free throws, indicating that he may have an outstanding offensive touch. Could he be the next Yao Ming or Yi Jianlian? We must be able to pay attention in order to know.

Is there anyone else in the tourney who shows NBA or Euroleague promise? If I had the box scores of all three preliminary games, I'd have a much better idea of the players I'd recommend be watched closely in the more competitive second round.

It is true that these games were against inferior competition from Hong Kong and India but Li Xiaoxu, a vastly more experienced center for China, hit only 13 of 22 against these opponents.

With the recent signings of Sun Yue and Hamed Ehadadi by NBA teams, FIBA Asia should realize that Asian basketball is now major league. But FIBA Asia is still wallowing in the minors.

We international observers deserve at least next-day posting of box scores though, of course, we would like to see them the same day.

NBA teams might put Wang down on their short lists of top international center prospects if they could follow his progress each day of the tournament.

Box Score of China-India:
http://www.fibaasia.net/cms/pdf/2008/20thFIBAU18/game1.pdf



Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
 1. Heilongiang D. 7-2 
 2. TianJin R. 6-3 
 3. Qingdao D.S. 5-4 
 4. Jilin A. 4-5 
 5. Henan J. 4-5 
 6. Sichuan P. 1-8 
 7. DongGuang B. 0-9 


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  COSTA RICA   


Centrobasket 2008: El Salvador better than Costa Rica for seventh place - by Eurobasket News
Costa Rica - El Salvador 76-79

Position number seven on Centrobasket Championship 2008 in Mexico belongs to El Salvador, which outsmarts Costa Rica at the last day of the competition. It means that Costa Rica ended Centrobasket as the only winless team having 0-5 in total.

Costa Ricans was a way better in the opening quarter ending it 26-14. David Carnegie (193-F-84) and Henry Martinez (186-G/F-75, agency: Interperformances) were unstoppable in offense. Carnegie killed its opponents with quick penetrations and fast breaks while Martinez was on fire from behind the arc. Costa Rica showed good performance in the second frame extending lead to 14 points until the half time. El Salvador showed up after the breather with totally different attitude. Its players intensified defense which resulted with many mistakes and missed shot by Costa Ricans. Fabio Molina (195-G/F-81) took care for the points melting Costa Rica's lead to 5 points before the last stanza. At the middle of it El Salvador created impressive 12-0 run for a turn 69-72. After that moment Bob Hunter (193-F-76) joined Fabio Molina keeping advantage of his team steady until the very end.

Fabio Molina was totally the best player for the winning team scoring 23 points. Carlos Alas (181-G-79) and Bob Hunter helped El Salvador adding 9 points each. David Carnegie had amazing performance in Costa Rica stopping on 36 points and 14 rebounds for 30 minutes. Henry Martinez also was great netting 20 points but these two player were the only ones which were able to compete against El Salvador in this game.



Costa Rica - El Salvador 76-79
(26-14, 24-22, 12-21, 14-22)

Costa Rica:
David Carnegie 36 (14 rebs), Henry Martinez 20
El Salvador: Fabio Molina 23, Carlos Alas 9, Bob Hunter 9


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  CROATIA   


Josip Vucica and Hrvoje Orsulic continue career in Belgium - by Eurobasket News
Croatia will have two more players in Belgium next season. Namely, Josip Vucica (194-G/F-84) and Hrvoje Orsulic (203-G/F-83) signed contract with Belgium A2 team Euphony Bree.

Interesting is that Josip Vucica is son of Bree's assistant coach Pero Vucica. Josip played last season in Croatian A1 team Trogir ZP. On 06/07 he was a member of Bosnian team Posusje reaching the semifinals of Bosnian National Cup. He had 18 games in D1 averaging 7.9 ppg. In the past he also played for Lausanne Morges Basket, Split and Plastik Solin. As a 20-year old played Vucica won the title in Croatian Championship with Split. Naturally he didn't spend so much time on the court. In FIBA Champions Cup he had only one game but scored 15 points in it.

Hrvoje Orsulic had pretty good season 06/07 in Zadar, which became regular season champion and play-off finalist. Orsulic had 25 appearances in Zadar recording 4.4 ppg and 1.7 rpg. In 2007 his Zadar won Croatian National Cup. Interesting is that Orsulic together with Vucica spent some time in Split. Actually at the same season they won Croatian A1 league. Split also was three times National Cup finalist but it stayed without trophy in 2002, 2003 and 2005. Orsulic was a member of Croatian National Team in 2004.

Bree participated in the play-off final of Belgian top division last season but the team didn't get license to compete at the same level for the upcoming one. Thus it will take a place in A2.


Vukovar denies leaving of Dusan Bogdanovic to Real Madrid, Beck arrived to Zadar - by Eurobasket News
Croatian A2 team Vukovar denied news about leaving of young prospect Dusan Bogdanovic. Namely, in some Croatian media was published that that 15-year old Bogdanovic already agreed terms with Spanish giant Real Madrid, which is according to BC Vukovar totally incorrect.

'Mr. Josip Papesa announced that young Dusan Bogdanovic left Vukovar and joined Spanish team Real Madrid. BC Vukovar officially denies this news as it is incorrect. Mr. Papesa is not member of Vukovar and he does not have right to inform public about any news from the club, especially about the transfers. From now Vukovar will officially inform public about all important happening in the club.' Official statement of BC Vukovar

In the meantime Romel Beck (203-G/F-82, agency: Interperformances, college: UNLV) arrived to Zadar. Beck, who started last season in Italian Varese and later joined Capo d'Orlando, will have medical tests today after what he will join the team. Beck has very successful season behind him. As a member of Capo d'Orlano he played 15 games in Serie A averaging 17.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg and 1.4 spg. In Varese had had 19 appearances adding 12.3 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 1 apg and 1.4 spg. More than a month ago he participated at the NBA Summer league in Las Vegas as a player of Cleveland Cavaliers. Fortunately to Zadar, he could not get into the NBA mix this year.
Member of Macedonian National Team Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) will join preparations of current Croatian champion at the end of September. The same situation is with Deyan Ivanov (205-C-86), played of Bulgarian National Team.


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  CUBA   


Centrobasket 2008: Dominicans grab the Bronze in Cancun - by Eurobasket News
Cuba - Dominican Republic 74-102

Dominican Republic demonstrated its power against Cuba in the battle for the Bronze on Centrobasket Championship 2008 in Cancun. It means that Cuba stays without the medal on this event but the good thing for both teams is that they succeeded to qualify for the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship.

Dominican Republic was better team from the beginning. Its players had fantastic stroke during the entire time. At the end they recorded 53% from behind the arc as well as 65% for FG2. At the same time Dominicans outrebounded Cubans grabbing 29 boards matched with 20 by Cuba. First period belonged to Dominicans 19-23 while during the next one they stretched lead to 13 points. Game is decided during the following ten minutes. Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) was on fire leading Dominican Republic to 18-24 in third frame. It means that winner of this game created huge plus 19 before the last quarter. Actually that one also belonged to Dominicans, which celebrated 28-point victory at the end.

Jack Michael Martinez paced Dominican Republic to Bronze netting 21 points for 29 minutes. Kelvin Pena (193-G-81, college: Southeastern CC) followed with 14 while Franklin Western (200-F-72, college: Providence) had one point less. Geoffrei Silvestre (202-F/C-79) was the best scorer of the game with 29 points including 4 rebounds. Interesting but he was the only one in Cuba with double digits.


Cuba - Dominican Republic 74-102
(19-23, 22-31, 18-24, 15-24)

Cuba:
Geoffrei Silvestre 29 (4 rebs)
Dominican Republic: Jack Michael Martinez 21, Kelvin Pena 14, Franklin Western 13


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  CYPRUS   


Aspis Apoel Nicosia sign Nate Doornekamp - by Eurobasket
Aspis Apoel Nicosia added to their roster 26-year old Canadian center Nate Doornekamp (213-C-82, college: Boston Coll., agency: Passing Lane). Doornekamp played most recently at Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (Germany).

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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


Centrobasket 2008: Dominicans grab the Bronze in Cancun - by Eurobasket News
Cuba - Dominican Republic 74-102

Dominican Republic demonstrated its power against Cuba in the battle for the Bronze on Centrobasket Championship 2008 in Cancun. It means that Cuba stays without the medal on this event but the good thing for both teams is that they succeeded to qualify for the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship.

Dominican Republic was better team from the beginning. Its players had fantastic stroke during the entire time. At the end they recorded 53% from behind the arc as well as 65% for FG2. At the same time Dominicans outrebounded Cubans grabbing 29 boards matched with 20 by Cuba. First period belonged to Dominicans 19-23 while during the next one they stretched lead to 13 points. Game is decided during the following ten minutes. Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) was on fire leading Dominican Republic to 18-24 in third frame. It means that winner of this game created huge plus 19 before the last quarter. Actually that one also belonged to Dominicans, which celebrated 28-point victory at the end.

Jack Michael Martinez paced Dominican Republic to Bronze netting 21 points for 29 minutes. Kelvin Pena (193-G-81, college: Southeastern CC) followed with 14 while Franklin Western (200-F-72, college: Providence) had one point less. Geoffrei Silvestre (202-F/C-79) was the best scorer of the game with 29 points including 4 rebounds. Interesting but he was the only one in Cuba with double digits.


Cuba - Dominican Republic 74-102
(19-23, 22-31, 18-24, 15-24)

Cuba:
Geoffrei Silvestre 29 (4 rebs)
Dominican Republic: Jack Michael Martinez 21, Kelvin Pena 14, Franklin Western 13


Standings - LIDOBA
LIDOBA Standings
North Division
 1. Reales 13-5 
 2. Metros 9-9 
 3. Indios SF 9-9 
 4. Marineros 6-12 
South Division
 1. Constituyentes 14-4 
 2. Cocolos 7-11 
 3. Caneros 7-11 
 4. Panteras DN 7-11 


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  EL SALVADOR   


Centrobasket 2008: El Salvador better than Costa Rica for seventh place - by Eurobasket News
Costa Rica - El Salvador 76-79

Position number seven on Centrobasket Championship 2008 in Mexico belongs to El Salvador, which outsmarts Costa Rica at the last day of the competition. It means that Costa Rica ended Centrobasket as the only winless team having 0-5 in total.

Costa Ricans was a way better in the opening quarter ending it 26-14. David Carnegie (193-F-84) and Henry Martinez (186-G/F-75, agency: Interperformances) were unstoppable in offense. Carnegie killed its opponents with quick penetrations and fast breaks while Martinez was on fire from behind the arc. Costa Rica showed good performance in the second frame extending lead to 14 points until the half time. El Salvador showed up after the breather with totally different attitude. Its players intensified defense which resulted with many mistakes and missed shot by Costa Ricans. Fabio Molina (195-G/F-81) took care for the points melting Costa Rica's lead to 5 points before the last stanza. At the middle of it El Salvador created impressive 12-0 run for a turn 69-72. After that moment Bob Hunter (193-F-76) joined Fabio Molina keeping advantage of his team steady until the very end.

Fabio Molina was totally the best player for the winning team scoring 23 points. Carlos Alas (181-G-79) and Bob Hunter helped El Salvador adding 9 points each. David Carnegie had amazing performance in Costa Rica stopping on 36 points and 14 rebounds for 30 minutes. Henry Martinez also was great netting 20 points but these two player were the only ones which were able to compete against El Salvador in this game.



Costa Rica - El Salvador 76-79
(26-14, 24-22, 12-21, 14-22)

Costa Rica:
David Carnegie 36 (14 rebs), Henry Martinez 20
El Salvador: Fabio Molina 23, Carlos Alas 9, Bob Hunter 9


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  FRANCE   


Rouen chasing for the ex high school legend - by Umberto Scogni
There are rumours that; SPO Rouen Basket is chasing for the services of ex high school legend Maureece Rice (185-G-84). Maureece Rice was the issue of compares with Lebron James; but he became the negative side of the mirror; while Lebron is an nba star. Rice has a mid level career in George Washington university; wit 3 dismissals in last year; from bending the rules. The combo guard has the pure talent; but work ethics are always a question mark. Who knows; may be the he will be the risk; just SPO Rouen Basket needs; who are the one of the early candidates of relegation

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  FYR MACEDONIA   


Feni Industri inks National Team player Darko Sokolov - by Eurobasket News
Macedonian champion Feni Industri announced signing of Darko Sokolov (190-G-86), curent member of Macedonian National Team. Interesting is that Sokolov arrives from Strumica 2005. As a reminder Strumica 2005 and Feni Industri met each other in the play-off final last season. The final series is decided in the last game, which Feni Industri won on the road after over time 92-100. Except of domestic championship, Strumica 2005 participated in FIBA EuroCup last season where Sokolov played 4 games averaging 6.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.8 apg and 2 spg. On 06/07 Sokolov changed two teams. He started in in Bosnian Bosna ASA BHT and later, actually in January 2007, he agreed terms with Khimik from Ukraine despite he had valid 3-year deal with Bosna. In 2005 he was tested by Efes Pilsen but he retuned to Vardar Skopje, where he also spent 04/05. Sokolov was top scorer of Bosnian championship in 2004 as a member of Polo Trade Strumica. At that time he netted 22.5 ppg.
Darko Sokolov played for U20 Macedonia on European Championship division B in Lisbon in 2006. He had 8 appearances averaging 20 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.8 apg and 1.6 spg. During the same summer he got a call to join senior NT for the first time.

Darko Sokolov scored 10 points in victory against F.Y.R. of Macedonia against Hemofarm STADA 80-76. It was a friendly game which was played in Skopje.

Feni Industri will play the first friendly game in Ohrid today against Greek A1 team Olimpija Larissa.


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  GERMANY   


Bielefeld Dolphins ink American Center - by Moritz Korff
Nickolas Michael (208-C-85, agency: Weller Sports - Entertainment, college: Elmhurst) will join TSVE Bielefeld (Regionalliga West). The graduate of Elmhurst College (NCAA3), who had averaged 12.6 points and 6.7 rebounds as a senior in 2006-07, played in the Irish Superleague during this past season. He scored 18.4 points in 10 encounters for MDS Star of the Sea Belfast and grabbed 10.8 rebounds a game. In January 2008 he joined the PBL's Rockford Fury and moved to the Elgin Racers (IBL) in march.

A2-National Team finishes tournament in Holland on top - by Moritz Korff
The German A2-National Team has won the international tournament in Alkmaar, Holland this weekend. After defeating Sweden in the opening match, the men of coach Frank Menz overcame Switzerland (92:60) on Friday and finished the tourney with a 73:73 draw (!) against the Dutch hosts.
The Germans were impressive in the game against Switzerland and had a 37 point lead on the way to a 92:60 win. Dirk Maedrich (211-C-83, agency: Court Side) led the German offense with 19 points, Guido Gruenheid (209-F/C-82, agency: Court Side) followed with 15 points, Nikita Khartchenkov (201-F-87, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) had 14.

In the closing match against Holland Gruenheid posted a double-double of 19 points and 14 rebounds. Robin Benzing (208-F-89) nailed a three-point basket in the last seconds of the fourth quarter and tied the score at 73. However, the officials decided not to go into overtime as the winner of the tournament had been found in Germany already.

Germany (points vs. Switzerland/Holland): Maedrich (19/8), Gruenheid (15/19), Khartchenkov (14/9), Raffington (13/0), Simon (11/10), Benzing (10/8), Greene (4/7), Harris (3/7), Mangold (3/5), Hoffmann (0/DNP).


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  GREECE   


Kekelis in Kavala! - by Chris Mammides

It is obvious that the coaching team of Kavala/Panorama, Head Coach Kostas Pilafidis and his team manager Chris Hougaz are doing a wonderfull job having in mind that we are at the end of the transfer period and that most of the good players have already agreed and sign their contracts adn they know their next career stop, another experienced player will be wearing Kavala's jersey, this time Spiros Kekelis (181-G-80) agreed to continue his career in the newcomers to the division. The experienced point guard will be probably the back up of Yannis Gagaloudis in the very crucial position of the play-maker.

The next player to wear Kavala's jersey will be probably Nikos Pettas, the discussions are in a very good way and very soon the two parties will agreed to work together.


In some other news, the other newcomer in the division, Trikala 2000 is very close to sign Nestoras Kommatos.



Standings - A1
A1 Standings
 1. Panathin. 23-3 
 2. Olympiak. 22-4 
 3. Aris 18-8 
 4. Panionios 14-12 
 5. Panellinios 14-12 
 6. Maroussi 13-13 
 7. AEK 13-13 
 8. Olimpia L. 12-14 
 9. Egaleo 12-14 
 10. AEL 11-15 
 11. Kolossos 9-17 
 12. PAOK 9-17 
 13. Rethimno 9-17 
 14. Olimpiada P. 3-23 


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  HONG KONG   


India U18 beat Hong Kong U18 for the initial win - by Eurobasket News
India U18-Hong Kong U18 110:64

Group A last game of the FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men saw the battte for the third game and for the last. India U18 won over Hong Kong U18 110:64 to avoid the fourth place in Group A. The win in all the quarters brought the initial win for the Indian players. Vishesh Bhriguvanshi led the winners with 25 points. Pratham Singh nailed 21 and Shantilal added 12. Chow Kin Wan top-scored in defeat with 17 points and Lee Kwan Yu added 13. India, who lost to Japan and China earlier in the group, will be drawn into Group III in the classification cluster of the Quarterfinal round. Hong Kong will take their place in Group IV.
The game however was even in the opening quarter. India had difficulties going on a big lead but stayed in front. With 25:20 the favorites won the first period and looked forward for the second to go on a bigger one. They managed to do it taking 55:33 at the halftime. Later on they pushed the tempo and controlled the entire game. The end of the third period saw them improving to 87:46 and the final whistle brought 110:64 victory. Hong Kong U18 did not win any games but will hope for the next games.

India U18: Vishesh Bhriguvanshi 25, Pratham Singh 21, Shantilal 12
Hong Kong U18: Chow Kin Wan 17, Lee Kwan Yu 13


Standings - Men
D1 Standings
 1. Yonglun 3-0 
 2. Nanhua 3-0 
 3. Yuyuan 2-0 
 4. Fujian 2-0 
 5. Xinqinglian 0-2 
 6. Youxie 0-2 
 7. Taipingyang 0-3 
 8. Feiying 0-3 


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  INDIA   


Standings - D1
National Cup Group B Standings
 1. Punjab Police 3-0 
 2. Indian Army 3-0 
 3. ONGC 2-1 
 4. ICF TN 2-1 
 5. Tata Steel 1-2 
 6. N.W. Railway 1-2 
 7. Central Excise 0-0 
 8. Vijaya Bank 0-3 
 9. S.B.S. 0-4 


Standings - D2
Parappa Trophy Standings
 1. Vijaya Bank 0-0 
 2. JSC 0-0 
 3. Beagles 0-0 
 4. MEG 0-0 
 5. SAI Dharwad 0-0 
 6. HAL 0-0 
 7. KSP 0-0 
 8. ASC 0-0 
 9. NAL 0-0 
 10. Sports Hostel 0-0 


India U18 beat Hong Kong U18 for the initial win - by Eurobasket News
India U18-Hong Kong U18 110:64

Group A last game of the FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men saw the battte for the third game and for the last. India U18 won over Hong Kong U18 110:64 to avoid the fourth place in Group A. The win in all the quarters brought the initial win for the Indian players. Vishesh Bhriguvanshi led the winners with 25 points. Pratham Singh nailed 21 and Shantilal added 12. Chow Kin Wan top-scored in defeat with 17 points and Lee Kwan Yu added 13. India, who lost to Japan and China earlier in the group, will be drawn into Group III in the classification cluster of the Quarterfinal round. Hong Kong will take their place in Group IV.
The game however was even in the opening quarter. India had difficulties going on a big lead but stayed in front. With 25:20 the favorites won the first period and looked forward for the second to go on a bigger one. They managed to do it taking 55:33 at the halftime. Later on they pushed the tempo and controlled the entire game. The end of the third period saw them improving to 87:46 and the final whistle brought 110:64 victory. Hong Kong U18 did not win any games but will hope for the next games.

India U18: Vishesh Bhriguvanshi 25, Pratham Singh 21, Shantilal 12
Hong Kong U18: Chow Kin Wan 17, Lee Kwan Yu 13


Jeppiar EC triumphs on Bertram Memorial Shield - by Eurobasket News

Chennai: Jeppiar Engineering College made a stirring comeback to win the Bertram Memorial Shield basketball tournament at Loyola College on Sunday, trumping the home side 70-62. This was its third win in three league games. The three other teams Loyola, Kerala Varma College (Thrissur) and St. Josephs won one game each.

Loyola, urged on by a raucous crowd, was 35-31 ahead after the first two quarters, its creative, diminutive trio of Saravanan, Parthiban, and Mohammad Azharuthin racking up a series of three-pointers after measured build-up play from deep. Additionally, the Jeppiar players seemed overwhelmed by the partisan crowd, missing crucial free throws as boos reverberated around them.


Perfect strategy

The strategy worked perfectly, drying up the points for Loyola, and opening up the counter-attack. Jeppiar used its height advantage to win a large percentage of rebounds, and broke quickly, as Bala down the right, Umesh on the left, and Praveen in between went charging down the court, exchanging quick passes to cut through the heart of the Loyola defence.

Jeppiar also defended higher up the court whenever the ball went out of bounds to deny Loyola the slow build-ups it had earlier thrived on. By the time the final whistle blew, Loyola was reduced to shooting speculatively from distance in a vain effort to bridge the widening schism.

Earlier, P. Euprick of Kerala Varma College (Trissur) scored 23 points, and won a number of crucial rebounds, to help his team defeat St. Josephs 78-71 in its final league game.

The scores:

Jeppiar Engineering College 70 (Bala 20) bt Loyola 62 (Parthiban 25, Azharuthin 20);

Kerala Varma College (Trissur) 78 (Euprick 23) bt St Josephs 71 (Nikhil Ediulla 14).

www.hindu.com



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  IRAN   


Iran U18 remained undefeated - by Eurobasket News
Iran U18-Syria U18 100:73

Iran U18 remained undefeated at home at FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men. The hosts won the group D beating Syria U18 in their last game of the group. Tehran saw 100:73 win from the hosts and a place in Group II of the Quarterfinal round. Mohammad Hasanzadeh paced all the winners with 26 points. Emad Salmani and Mehdi Shirjang followed him with 14 each,while Ramtin Shirazi added 12. Alaa Al Sebaay top-scored for the guests with 16 points. Belal Gneed netted 11 and Mohammad Osfira finished the game with 10 points in the losing effort. Syria, who also made it to the top rung of the Quarterfinal round, will have to contend with defending champions China and Kazakhstan in Group III.
Iran supported by lots of local fans went on an early lead and grabbed 24:15 after the first 10 minutes of the game. They improved to 21 points advantage at the halftime when the score became 49:28. In order not to stop the hosts of the tournament increased to 74:50 due to 25:22 in the third period. The task for the last quarter was to reach three digits number, while Syria tried to reduce the gap. The hosts managed to solve the task and scored 100 points in the game. Iran U18 remained undefeated at home at FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men with 100:73 victory.

Iran U18: Mohammad Hasanzadeh 26, Emad Salmani 14, Mehdi Shirjang 14, Ramtin Shirazi 12
Syria U18: Alaa Al Sebaay 16, Belal Gneed 11, Mohammad Osfira 10


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  IRELAND   


MARKET NEWS: Star of the Sea has signs deadly long range shooter! - by Ozell Wells
Belfas Star of the Sea has made an affirmative move to a 2008/2009 season of change by signing Dion Sherrell (194-G-83, college: Wyoming). Dion is a lights out shooter who played at the Univeristy of Wyoming and was voted ALL Mountain West in '05. He has also participated in the Luxbasket Free Agent camp, winning the 3pt shooting title. He has also starred as the starting shooting guard with the Dalas Diesel in the United States. It is hoped that Belfast can gaing a better standing in the SuperLeague table and make a puch for and into the playoffs.

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  JAPAN   


Big man Jeff Newton joins Ryukyu - by Eurobasket News
Center Jeff Newton (205-C-81, college: Indiana), a key component of the Osaka Evessa's three bj-league championship teams, has signed a contract to play for the Ryukyu Golden Kings, the bj-league announced on Saturday.

Newton, The Japan Times' 2007-08 bj-league MVP, played collegiate basketball at Indiana University with Evessa power forward Lynn Washington. He led the league in blocked shots (3.4 per game) and was second in rebounds (13.3) while scoring 19.9 points per game.

In three years with the Evessa, Newton routinely had double-digit totals in points and rebounds and gave coach Kensaku Tennichi a cornerstone to build the frontcourt around. Osaka signed forward Eric Walton, who played for the Golden Kings in the team's inaugural season, to fill a roster spot. The Golden Kings have also added 208-cm center Chris Ayer, who made big improvements in his second year with the Oita HeatDevils last season.

Coming off a 10-34 season the Golden Kings hope to qualify for the playoffs in their second season and first under Dai Oketani, the former Oita coach.

The Evessa will also have to cope with the loss of All-Star point guard Matt Lottich, who has moved to Germany to play for Duesseldorf Giants.

Courtesy of www.japantimes.co.jp


Tyler Smith - Japan Blog 1 (Hitachi Sunrockers - JBL) - by Tyler Smith
I arrived in Japan 1 month ago with my wife, baby girl (3 months old), and about 100 suitcases. It felt like even more than that. Ive played in Europe, South America, the US, and now. Asia. Four continents in 4 years. This one might be the biggest challenge yet.
You see, I can speak some Spanish so Argentina and Uruguay were not too tough to get by. I went to the D-League where everyone spoke good old American. Last season in Holland, we had 7 Americans on the team and the Dutch all spoke fluent English, too. Now in Japan, this is a whole new ballgame. Im just thankful that many restaurants have pictures next to the menu. But, sometimes that raises even MORE questions. What IS that?
Im amazed at many things here. First, it is unbelievably crowded. At least it is in our city, Kashiwa, which is about 45 minutes from Tokyo.
Every time I walk somewhere I feel like I might step on somebody.
Second, the Japanese are the most respectful and courteous people I have ever met in my life. They go out of their way to make sure you feel welcome and have all that you need. I think the rest of the world could take a lesson from them. Its probably a good thing that the honor and respect are so big here, because if you had 150 million people who lived in the space smaller than California who were all rude, the country might collapse.
Things seem to be so much more efficient here in both small and big ways.
When I ride the bus to practice everyday, the bus driver turns off the entire bus EVERY TIME THE BUS STOPS! Im talking the stop could be for 2 seconds or 20. Ive counted both. It seems silly to me because Ive never seen that before. But if you take a second to think about it, the amount of emissions and fuel that you save over a long period is very significant.
In my small apartment that has 60 doorways for a 68 guy, the washer and dryer are not separate. It is one combo-machine. I can stick my clothes in and they will get washed and dried in one swirl. Granted, it might take 3 or 7 hours depending on the settings which I still havent figured out yet. But, the concept makes sense. One unit saves space and is more efficient.
As for basketball, the JBL league has a new rule this year which allows only 1 foreign player to play on the court at a time for each team. Im curious to see how this affects the games. The Japanese play and work really hard on the floor and their discipline is impressive.
Overall, it has been an adjustment to a new culture where the language is really tough, the food is mysterious, and the traffic is worse than LA or NYC. Fortunately, the people around the team have made us feel very welcome and I know there are plenty more stories to come.


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  KAZAKHSTAN   


Kazakhstan U18 edges Lebanon U18 in two overtimes - by Eurobasket News
Kazakhstan U18-Lebanon U18 106:103 2OT

Kazakhstan U18 won a double overtime battle over Lebanon U18 in FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men. Group I Quarterfinal round saw 106:103 win for the Kazakh team. Trailing 13 points at the halftime they managed to send the game into overtime and sealed a victory in the second one. Anton Arsenyev led the winners with 30 points. Alexander Ledovskikh netted 17, while Omirzak Akhmet (202-C-90) added 14. Ahmad Ibrahim shined in defeat with 49 points and Vincent El Khouri posted 23.
Lebanon U18 won the opening quarter 22:20 and looked better in the first half. They increased to 44:31 when the teams finished the second quarter and went to the lockers. Kazakhstan U18 came back to the game in the third period and tied the game. That rally spurred the Kazakhs to level the score at 79:79, when Akhmet converted a free-throw with 1:40 left in the fourth quarter. In the first overtime the teams looked even and were tied again at 92:92. With 25 seconds left, Anton Arsenyev scored his third three-pointer for the game to put Kazakhstan 104:103 ahead. Another two points brought the victory for his team. Group I Quarterfinal round saw 106:103 win for the Kazakh team.

Kazakhstan U18: Anton Arsenyev 30, Alexander Ledovskikh 17, Omirzak Akhmet 14
Lebanon U18: Ahmad Ibrahim 49, Vincent El Khouri 23


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  KENYA   


Standings
Premier League Standings
 1. Cooper.Bank 0-0 
 2. KCB Lions 0-0 
 3. USIU 0-0 
 4. Kenyatta Univ. 0-0 
 5. Univ Nairobi 0-0 
 6. Nakuru 0-0 
 7. Strathmore U. 0-0 
 8. Kenya NT 0-0 
 9. Kisumu Lakers 0-0 
 10. ICC 0-0 
 11. Java Warriors 0-0 


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  KOSOVO   


Transactions Market News - by Diamant Zeka
Prishtina - Champions of Rep. of Kosova are trying to keep all players from last season, even as there was a rumour that Valentin Spaqi and Florend Lila will go somewhere else to play.

Peja - Vice Champion of Rep. of Kosova is going to be the very serios candidate for a championship.
Just recently they added to their roster: Samir Shaptahovic (174-G-81, agency: Interperformances), Edis Kuraja (201-F-82) (ex KFUM Nassjo Basket in Sweden), Florian Miftari (204-G/F-83, agency: Global Sports Plaza) (ex U.M.F. Skallagrimur in Iceland) and Korab Ferizi (201-F/C-85) (from Vellaznimi Gjakove).
Also they are very close to sign Ersid Ljuca (208-C-81, agency: World Sport Agency).
Even without Ljuca Peja will be extremely strong in upcoming season.
There is a big man Grapci, then Kasumovic, Radoni, Zatriqi, Begolli and others who can do great job on the court.

Trepca - Another strong team in Superleague will be weaker this season considering the players in their roster.
Trepca is planning to hire international coach on their bench and he will have to complete the team based mostly on young local players.
It looks like Trepca may be our of the race to the championship title.

Bashkimi - Kosova Superleague newcomer is going to re-organize a team and to try to fight for the top positions in the league.
New league means for them big aspirations.
They made a great job by bringing Roland Beqiri (202-F/C-85), ex-player of Peja, and they also changed a coach.
The team will be managed by Arben Elshani - their new head coach. He knows basketball very well and his young age and enthusiasm may be a perfect combination with club's goals for upcoming season.

SHB 12 - Another newcomer in Superlaegue of Kosova, are trying to organize, and surprise the others in Superlague.
They will count mostly on skileld youngsters like Korac and Idrizaj.

Ylli - team that made it to the play-offs last season. This year they seem to have not as strong roster.
Their best player Korab Ferizi left a team and moved to Peja. Another player Besnik Asllanaj has unfortunately some health issues.
It's a big question if they will be able to repeat last year success.


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  LEBANON   


Kazakhstan U18 edges Lebanon U18 in two overtimes - by Eurobasket News
Kazakhstan U18-Lebanon U18 106:103 2OT

Kazakhstan U18 won a double overtime battle over Lebanon U18 in FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men. Group I Quarterfinal round saw 106:103 win for the Kazakh team. Trailing 13 points at the halftime they managed to send the game into overtime and sealed a victory in the second one. Anton Arsenyev led the winners with 30 points. Alexander Ledovskikh netted 17, while Omirzak Akhmet (202-C-90) added 14. Ahmad Ibrahim shined in defeat with 49 points and Vincent El Khouri posted 23.
Lebanon U18 won the opening quarter 22:20 and looked better in the first half. They increased to 44:31 when the teams finished the second quarter and went to the lockers. Kazakhstan U18 came back to the game in the third period and tied the game. That rally spurred the Kazakhs to level the score at 79:79, when Akhmet converted a free-throw with 1:40 left in the fourth quarter. In the first overtime the teams looked even and were tied again at 92:92. With 25 seconds left, Anton Arsenyev scored his third three-pointer for the game to put Kazakhstan 104:103 ahead. Another two points brought the victory for his team. Group I Quarterfinal round saw 106:103 win for the Kazakh team.

Kazakhstan U18: Anton Arsenyev 30, Alexander Ledovskikh 17, Omirzak Akhmet 14
Lebanon U18: Ahmad Ibrahim 49, Vincent El Khouri 23


Lebanon U18 wins Group C - by Eurobasket News
Lebanon U18 won Group C of the FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men. In the last game of the group the team overcame Chinese Taipei U18 95:80. Ahmad Ibrahim led the winners with 31 points. Vincent El Khouri netted 16, while Ralph Akl scored 12. Lin Li-Jen top-scored with 20 points in the losing effort, while Chanj Po-Wi and Lee Ming-Hui poured in 18 each.

Philippines U18 had another thriller in Day 2 of FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Junior Men. This time however Lebanon U18 upset the team 87:84 in a Group C preliminary round game.Philippines, who had won after allowing Chinese Taipei to bounce back before winning in second overtime on Wednesday seemed to have learnt their lessons. Trailing 61:66, at the start of the fourth quarter, Lebanon ran a 13-3 spree that brought back the confidence in their trait. Mikael El Nar led the winners with 32 points and Ahmad Ibrahim nailed 24. Ryan Garcia (178-F) (178-F) top-scored in the losing effort with 28 points.

Lebanon U18 being the third team in the previous championship opened their 20th edition of FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Junior Men with a win. The team overcame United Arab Emirates U18 76:61 in Group C. It was an easy start for the favorites that took 25:9 from the beginning. They increased to 36:18 entering the second half. After three quarters played the board showed 58:38 and it was clear that Lebanon U18 would benefit from the game. Ahmad Ibrahim paced all thew inners with 23 points and Hassan Matouk netted 13. Salah Khalifa Abdalla top-scored in the losing effort with 15 points.



Lebanon U18-Chinese Taipei U18 95:80
Lebanon U18: Ahmad Ibrahim 31, Vincent El Khouri 16, Ralph Akl 12
Chinese Taipei U18: Lin Li-Jen 20, Chanj Po-Wi 18, Lee Ming-Hui 18

Lebanon U18-Philippines U18 87:84
Lebanon U18: Mikael El Nar 32, Ahmad Ibrahim 24
Philippines U18: Ryan Garcia 28

Lebanon U18-UAE U18 76:61
Lebanon U18: Ahmad Ibrahim 23, Hassan Matouk 13
UAE U18: Salah Khalifa Abdalla 15


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  LIBERIA   


Standings - LBF First Division (Men)
LBF First Division Standings
 1. Oilers 3-1 
 2. Pythons 2-1 
 3. Barrolle 2-1 
 4. Kings 2-2 
 5. Invinc.Eleven 1-1 
 6. Venture K. 1-2 
 7. Flames 1-2 
 8. Bushrod Bull 0-2 


Standings - LBF Second Division (Men)
LBF 2 Division Standings
 1. Sac Base 3-0 
 2. T-Chons 2-0 
 3. Dream Team 1-0 
 4. Flip Star 1-2 
 5. Supr.Brothers 1-3 
 6. Don Bosco 0-1 
 7. Prince 0-2 


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  MEXICO   


Centrobasket 2008: Mexico edges Panama for fifth place - by Eurobasket News
Mexico - Panama 104-67

The hosts of Centrobasket Championship 2008 Mexico trashed Gold medal winner from the previous Centrobasket taking position number five. Unfortunately to Mexicans that place is not enough for the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship. Not so good sixth position belongs to now ex champions Panama.

Mexicans demonstrated strong willingness to take this one from the early beginning. One the other side Panamanians looked kind of sleepy and without motivation. It was expected as they arrived to Mexico with much bigger ambitions than it is battle for fifth place. At the half time Mexico already earned big 48-31. Panama had only two players in a game mood, Jamar Warren (194-G/F-79, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Missouri So.) and Ernesto Oglivie (199-F-88), but it was not enough against motivated hosts. Nothing has changed after the breather as Lorenzo Real (205-C-86) and his teammates continue with smashing Panamanians. After 30 minutes of the game it was 74-46. Last quarter was just the formality.

Lorenzo Real led his team to fifth place collecting 17 points and 10 boards for 25 minutes. Gustavo Ayon (209-F/C-85, college: San Jose St.) also shined for the winning team adding 15 points and 6 rebounds while Raymond Castillo (196-G/F-82, college: UTPA) stopped on 14 points and 4 glasses. Jamar Warren was better than the others in Panama adding 14 points and 6 boards. Ernesto Oglivie finished the game with 11 points and 8 rebounds.


Mexico - Panama 104-67
(24-21, 24-10, 26-15, 30-21)

Mexico:
Lorenzo Real 17 (10 rebs), Gustavo Ayon 15 (6 rebs), Raymond Castillo 14 (4 rebs)
Panama: Jamar Warren 14 (6 rebs), Ernesto Oglivie 11 (8 rebs)


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  NCAA1   


Tigers open Canadian tour with a 94-45 victory over Vancouver Island University - by Eurobasket News
The Pacific men's basketball team opened up its 2008 Canadian Tour with a rousing 94-45 victory at Vancouver Island University on Saturday, Aug. 30.

The Tigers opened up a slim 17-13 lead after the first of four 10 minute quarters, then exploded by outscoring the Mariners 31-12 to take a 48-25 lead at halftime. Pacific's defense shined in the third quarter, limiting VIU to just six points, while taking a 66-31 lead after three quarters. Another strong quarter in the fourth allowed the Tigers to pick up the 39-point win.

Senior Anthony Brown (Sacramento, Calif.) led the Tigers in scoring with 14 points, adding seven rebounds. Senior James Doran (Cameron Park, Calif.) added 13 points, including a pair of three-pointers. Senior Bryan LeDuc (Corona, Calif.) scored 12 points, while junior Royal Edwards (Sacramento, Calif.) pitched in with 10 points. Sophomore Sam Willard (Pierre, S.D.) contributed nine points and a team-best 10 rebounds.

'It's a good way to start the trip,' said Tiger head coach Bob Thomason. 'Our rebounding and defense were very good. We shared the ball very well, and our depth helped get a big lead in the second quarter.'

The Tigers will play the University of Victoria on Sunday, August 31 at 7:00 p.m., and then again Monday morning at 11:00 a.m.


Scoring
Anthony Brown 14, James Doran 13, Bryan LeDuc 12, Royal Edwards 10, Lavar Neufville 9, Sam Willard 9, Brandon Hawkins 8, Casey Neimeyer 6, Terrell Smith 6, Chad Troyer 5, Taylor Shipley 2.

Rebounding
Sam Willard 10, Casey Neimeyer 7, Terrell Smith 7, Anthony Brown 7, Bryan LeDuc 6, Royal Edwards 4, Lavar Neufville 3, Chad Troyer 2, Taylor Shipley 1, James Doran 1.

Courtesy of www.pacifictigers.com


Kansas defeats Carleton 84-83 in Canada exhibition contest - by Eurobasket News
Behind 25 points, including the game-winning field goal, Kansas freshman Travis Releford (6'5''-G-90) led the Jayhawks to an 84-83 win against Canadian power Carleton at Scotiabank Place Saturday evening.

Junior Sherron Collins made his debut in the second game on the trip. The Chicago guard did not play against McGill yet scored 10 points in the nightcap victory. With 1:05 to play, Collins stepped in front of a Carleton pass to steal the ball. Collins then passed to Releford who dunked to make the score 84-80. The lead was KUs for good as the second half saw no team lead by more than four points and there were five ties and seven lead changes.

Carletons Michael Kenny then made one of his four second-half three pointers with 41 seconds remaining to narrow the score to 84-83. Collins then missed a shot in the lane as the shot clock expired giving the Ravens the ball with 1.3 seconds remaining after a mad scramble for possession. Following a Raven timeout, solid defense made Kennys desperation three not even draw iron as KU left with the victory.

I thought this was a great game, KU head coach Bill Self said. I thought we played hard after we got started. Carleton played hard. They are so well coached.

You always want the win, but I was happier with the way we competed, Self added. We played really well, basically the last 35 minutes of the game. I really didnt know if our team could win this game because we dont have our guys (meaning the Morris twins) but certainly they responded well.

The victory was KUs 30th straight exhibition win dating back to 1995. Kansas improved to 48-7 all-time in exhibition play. It gave head coach Bill Self a 15-0 exhibition record while at KU. Carleton fell to 1-1 on its exhibition games against NCAA teams in 2008.

Like McGill in KUs earlier game of the day, Carleton took control of the contest early in the opening half and built a 21-13 lead through the first 12 minutes. KU fought back and took a 43-42 lead on a Releford layup. Releford and sophomore Cole Aldrich took over the comeback combining for 19 of KUs final 25 points to end the half. Releford had 13 of his first half 15 points in the run, including two three pointers. Aldrich scored Kansas first six points and ended up with 14 points in the opening period and 16 for the game, including 8-for-8 from the free throw line. KU entered intermission with a 45-44 lead.

Releford led all scorers, while teammate Tyrel Reed scored 11 points, including a three-pointer with 2:05 left to tie the score at 80-80. Aldrich led all rebounders with eight for the game.

We came out and did what we needed to do on the defensive end, Releford said. We started out slow and coach got after us and after a few time outs, we finally picked it up.

CIS (national) Player of the Year Aaron Doornekamp led Carleton with 22 points. The Ravens shot a blistering 62.5 percent from three-point range, going 15-for-24, to keep pace with KU.

Before a crowd of 7,189, the contest was the second game of the CAN-AM Shootout at Scotiabank Place, home of the NHLs Ottawa Senators as South Alabama defeated Ottawa University 72-70 in game one. For KU, the game was its second of the day as the Jayhawks defeated McGill University 72-67 at Ottawa University. For Carleton, which has won five of the last six CIS national championships, it was its lone game of the day.

Kansas will conclude its three-game Canada exhibition trip when it plays at Ottawa University Sunday at 6 p.m. (Central). The game from Montpetit Hall will air live on the Jayhawk Radio Network. At 3:30 p.m., the KU-Carleton contest played Saturday night will re-air on the Jayhawk Radio Network.

Courtesy of www.kuathletics.com


Clutch free throws give Titans another win - by Eurobasket News
Aaron Thompson (6'3''-G-88) hit four of four free throws in the final minute and Cal State Fullerton held on for an 81-78 men's basketball exhibition victory at Simon Fraser University.

Thompson's first pair of charities gave Fullerton its biggest lead of the game at 78-72 but the Clan scored the next four points and Thompson had to make two more free throws with 7 seconds left for a 4-point edge. Matt Kuzminski scored for SFU with 1.5 seconds to go and Josh Akognon hit one of free throws. Greg Wallis rebounded the miss and only managed to hit the backboard with a three-fourths court heave at the buzzer.

Akognon led all scorers with 29 points, making 10 of 21 shots. Ray Miller had 11 points and Thompson finished with 10 points along with a team-high 10 rebounds.

Kuzminski led the Clan with 24 points and All-Canada forward Wallis had 18 points and 11 rebounds. Eric Burrell grabbed 13 rebounds for Simon Fraser, which beat Fullerton nine years ago in the Titans' only previous trip out of the United States.

Simon Fraser led most of the first quarter but Fullerton pulled within a point at halftime. The teams exchanged the lead several times in the second half. Papa Guisse put Fullerton ahead to stay with two free throws with 2:09 remaining, breaking a 72-72 tie.

Fullerton shot only 39 percent from the floor but held Simon Fraser to 31 percent. Each team made 7 of 21 3-point tries and each team grabbed 49 rebounds.

Akognon missed his first five shots - all treys - as the Titans fell behind, 16-9. Anderson led a second-quarter surge that gave Fullerton a shortlived 29-26 lead that was erased by a 6-0 run by the Clan, who held onto a 37-36 lead at the intermission.

Fullerton will conclude its international tour with a 7 p.m. game Sunday night at the University of British Columbia before flying home mid-day Monday.

Courtesy of www.cstv.com


Southern Illinois holds off Western Ontario 94-89 - by Eurobasket News
Games such as today's 94-89 win over Western Ontario are exactly why Saluki head coach Chris Lowery brought his young team to Canada over the Labor Day weekend.

Leading by 13 points after three quarters, Southern Illinois coasted through most of the fourth quarter and watched the Mustangs trim the lead to 81-80, with 3:22 remaining in the game.

Lowery originally intended to rest starting point guard Bryan Mullins the entire fourth period, but re-inserted the senior leader for a couple of possessions in the final three minutes. Mullins promptly executed the two-man game to perfection, penetrating and drawing defenders away from forward Carlton Fay, who stroked a pair of 3-pointers to secure the victory.

'These are real-game situations that we never would have experienced until the season started, if we hadn't come here,' Lowery said. 'It's so good for those young guys to experience this.'

Through three quarters, the Salukis steadily wore down a game Western Ontario squad using relentless defensive pressure. SIU led, 70-57, and had forced 23 turnovers before the roster of freshmen and newcomers put themselves on cruise control.

'We got up at the end of the third quarter, and the younger guys thought it was the end of the game,' Lowery said. 'You have to stay focused and be cut-in mentally at the end of the game, even more than at the beginning. We're happy it happened that way, because it forced us to execute, make free throws and get stops to win the game.'

Putting Mullins back in toward the end allowed him to demonstrate to the rookies how to close out a game.

'The young guys need to understand it's about patience and having poise when you need to make plays,' Lowery said.

Fay was the offensive star of the game for SIU, scoring 24 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field and 4-of-6 from 3-point range. He looked far more assertive than at any point during his freshman season last year.

'Matt (Shaw) and Randal (Falker) are gone,' Lowery explained. 'Carlton played a really passive role and didn't challenge either of them for playing time last year. Now, he's at a comfort level where he's playing hard and being more aggressive, and he's using the dribble.'

Freshman point guard Kevin Dillard played for the first time on the trip and put up an impressive line score with 16 points, five assists and four steals. Lowery tried to temper his excitement about Dillard's performance.

'Kevin still needs to learn what's a good shot and what's a bad shot, but talent-wise, when you play him and Bryan together, you've got guys who can penetrate and pitch and make plays for other people and have a great understanding of how to play,' Lowery said.

The Salukis played their typical physical, trapping defense and racked up a remarkable 17 steals. SIU was whistled for 30 personal fouls, however, which led to 36 points from the charity stripe for Western Ontario.

SIU plays its final game of the trip tomorrow at 11 a.m. ET against host Windsor.

Courtesy of www.ncaa.com


Tulsa wins second game on Canadian road trip - by Eurobasket News
In its second game in less than eight hours, the Tulsa basketball team claimed an 81-75 exhibition victory over Trinity Western University on Saturday night behind 14-point performances from junior Ben Uzoh (6'2''-G) and freshman Armond Battle. Earlier in the day the Hurricane defeated the University of British Columbia 76-65.

Tulsa pulled out to a 44-34 halftime lead against Trinity Western after a 21-21 tie following one quarter of play. In the second half, Tulsa outscored TWU 20-16, but was outscored in the final period by the home team 25-17, as the Hurricane settled for the six-point victory.

Tulsa used 13 players, as 10 of those players saw double-digit playing time. Tulsa went with a starting lineup of Uzoh, Jerome Jordan, Ray Reese, Glenn Andrews and Bishop Wheatley.

Andrews added 13 points, followed by Reese with 9 and freshman Brandon Jackson with 8 points. Andrews and Jordan each had a team-high 7 rebounds, while Andrews also added a game-high 5 assists.

TWU out-shot the Hurricane 42 to 35-percent from the field and 38 to 32-percent from three-point range. Tulsa did connect on 78-percent of its free throws (25-of-32).

Tulsa closes out its three-game, two-day Canadian exhibition trip with a 3:00 pm (CT) game against the University College of the Fraser Valley.

Courtesy of www.tulsahurricane.com


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  NEW ZEALAND   


Standings Men
NBL Standings
 1. Wellington 14-4 
 2. Waikato 13-5 
 3. G&H Hawks 11-7 
 4. Harbour Heat 11-7 
 5. Nelson 10-8 
 6. Taranaki 9-9 
 7. Auckland 9-9 
 8. Canterbury 6-12 
 9. Manawatu 5-13 
 10. Otago 2-16 


Stats Leaders
NBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
Wethers (Pistons) 27.6
Gayle (Nuggets) 26.9
Tisby (Nuggets) 24.2
Horton (Jets) 24.1
Crowe (Pistons) 21.7
Rebounds Per Game
Tisby (Nuggets) 10.8
Abrams (Dynamos) 9.78
Davis (Jets) 9.72
Owens (Saints) 9.69
Rampton (Dynamos) 9.56
Assists Per Game
Crowe (Nuggets) 8.33
Martin (Saints) 6.56
Henare (Hawks) 5.78
Kenny (Heat) 4.50
Baker (Stars) 4.33


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  PANAMA   


Centrobasket 2008: Mexico edges Panama for fifth place - by Eurobasket News
Mexico - Panama 104-67

The hosts of Centrobasket Championship 2008 Mexico trashed Gold medal winner from the previous Centrobasket taking position number five. Unfortunately to Mexicans that place is not enough for the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship. Not so good sixth position belongs to now ex champions Panama.

Mexicans demonstrated strong willingness to take this one from the early beginning. One the other side Panamanians looked kind of sleepy and without motivation. It was expected as they arrived to Mexico with much bigger ambitions than it is battle for fifth place. At the half time Mexico already earned big 48-31. Panama had only two players in a game mood, Jamar Warren (194-G/F-79, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Missouri So.) and Ernesto Oglivie (199-F-88), but it was not enough against motivated hosts. Nothing has changed after the breather as Lorenzo Real (205-C-86) and his teammates continue with smashing Panamanians. After 30 minutes of the game it was 74-46. Last quarter was just the formality.

Lorenzo Real led his team to fifth place collecting 17 points and 10 boards for 25 minutes. Gustavo Ayon (209-F/C-85, college: San Jose St.) also shined for the winning team adding 15 points and 6 rebounds while Raymond Castillo (196-G/F-82, college: UTPA) stopped on 14 points and 4 glasses. Jamar Warren was better than the others in Panama adding 14 points and 6 boards. Ernesto Oglivie finished the game with 11 points and 8 rebounds.


Mexico - Panama 104-67
(24-21, 24-10, 26-15, 30-21)

Mexico:
Lorenzo Real 17 (10 rebs), Gustavo Ayon 15 (6 rebs), Raymond Castillo 14 (4 rebs)
Panama: Jamar Warren 14 (6 rebs), Ernesto Oglivie 11 (8 rebs)


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  PHILIPPINES   


Red Warriors complete Final Four cast - by Eurobasket News
UNIVERSITY OF THE EAST survived University of Santo Tomas last-ditch rally to escape with an 89-87 win Sunday in the 71st University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) mens basketball tournament at the Philsports Arena in Pasig City.

Parri Llagas scored 20 points and had 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 blocks while Paul Lee scored a career-high 18 points on 7-of-9 shooting clip as the Red Warriors notched their eighth win in 13 outings to complete the Final Four cast.

UE, last years runnerup, posted its biggest lead at 74-50 on Lees layup, 27 seconds left in the third quarter.

But the Growling Tigers, who drew inspiration on coach Pido Jarencios ejection following a technical foul in the middle of the fourth quarter, unleashed a 21-8 run capped by Japs Cuans three-point play off Marcy Arellano to move within 87-88, 37.6 seconds remaining.

Earlier, defending champion De La Salle University showed a lot of poise to beat Adamson University in overtime, 84-79.

Prolific guard Jayvee Casio finished with 19 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists while slotman Rico Maierhofer, who provided strength on both ends, had 16 points and 14 rebounds.

The win put La Salle in a tie for second with Far Eastern University at 10-3 behind idle Ateneo de Manila University, which gained the first twice-to-beat incentive in the semis.

The Green Archers and the Tamaraws are also aiming for the semis incentive.

La Salle will face their archrival Ateneo on September 6 while FEU takes on University of the East on September 4.

Hindi nasunod yung offensive at defensive system. Breaks lang ang nakapagpanalo sa amin. Kahit pangit ang panalo namin, Ill take this win, said La Salle assistant coach Jack Santiago.

James Mangahas added 15 points for La Salle while Simon Atkins chipped in 12 markers.

Agustins free throws gave Adamson a 70-68 lead in the dying seconds but Casios drive forced the game into extra period.

The Green Archers needed to dig deeper into their vast experience to deny the rallying Falcons, 82-76, 22.4 seconds left.

Paul Gonzalgo and Marc Agustin combined for 37 points for the Falcons, who took their 11th loss against two wins.

Courtesy of www.manilatimes.net


Rumble marks Sta Lucia 'friendly' game in Dubai - by Eurobasket News
Organizers originally meant it to be an exhibition match and a 'friendly game' between the Sta. Lucia Realtors from the Philippine Basketball Association and the Al Ahli Basketball Club of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates over the weekend. The friendly game, however, turned sour and ended in a rumble.

The Al Ahli squad was made up of a coach and reinforcements from the United States. One of them was 6'9' Corsley Edwards (206-C/F-79, agency: Edge Sports, college: Cent.Conn.St.) who once suited up for the New Orleans Hornets in the National Basketball Association.

The Dubai-based team led by its American imports showed prowess in the court during the first and second quarters.

The third quarter, however, saw Sta. Lucia catching up. Players turned physical against one another at this point on.

In one play, an American import showed untoward aggresiveness against the Realtors' Joseph Yeo after the Filipino fouled him.

Later, Edwards landed a foot on Sta. Lucia's Denok Miranda after performing a dunk. This happened before the American let go of the ring.

Howls filled the court as Dennis Espino of the Realtors was levied a penalty for a hard foul.

Tension remained in the air until another hard foul took place.

In the play that followed, Miranda was elbowed by an Al Ahli player. Then, the riot started.

Sta. Lucia coach and the American mentor of the opposing team were not spared because they too traded barbs.

Dubai police and locals, however, immediately pacified the two squads.

In the end, policemen were able to stand between the groups.

Authorities decided to cancel the game.

Filipino fans, meanwhile, had no choice but to come down to the court and have their autographs signed by the visiting PBA players.

The Sta. Lucia team apologized to fans for the outcome of the game.

'Nakakahiya nga sa fans, grabe rin kasi silang mang ano eh, pikon eh, pikon sila, he said.

Kelly Williams of the Realtors, meanwhile, had this to say: Its what hppens, I think they started to get scared.

For Sta. Lucia team manager Buddy Encarnado, said that he still believes that what happened was a friendly game following the Realtors' Middle East tour of Bahrain, Qatar and the UEA for exhibition matches.

At the end of the day this is a friendly game, probably this is a way of probably saying that is was an exciting ballgame.'

Courtesy of www.abs-cbnnews.com


Rain or Shine for Gabe, best picks to TnT - by Eurobasket News
For the Rain or Shine (formerly Welcoat) management, the improvement of the team in the coming PBA season is 'a must' following their acquisition of two talented draftees in Gabe Norwood and TY Tang from the 2008 PBA Rookie Draft Sunday.

Talk n Text is also looking forward to a better season after getting four promising players from draft, including one through a trade transaction consummated on the draft floor.

The Phone Pals acquired Jared Dillinger, Jason Castro, Rob Reyes and Pong Escobal in the well-attended draft exercise at the Market! Market! in Taguig, hinting at a major overhaul of TnT roster.

Magnolia yielded its rights for the No. 3 pick to get Jay Washington from Talk n Text which, in turn, used the pick to get Castro.

Rain or Shine, as expected, made Norwood the first pick then Talk n Text enlisted Dillinger, Castro and Reyes for the second, third and fourth picks.

Solomon Mercado went to Alaska at No. 5 before Mark Borboran was picked at No. 6 by Air21, Beau Belga by Purefoods at No. 7, Bonbon Custodio by Magnolia at No. 8, Larry Rodriguez by Red Bull at No. 9 and Kelvin Gregorio by Sta. Lucia at No. 10.

Only nine players were chosen in the second round with Escobal going to Talk n Text, Tang to Rain or Shine, Cholo Villanueva to Air21, Chito Jaime and Christian Cabatu to Sta. Lucia, Kelvin dela Pea to Alaska, Jonathan Fernandez to Purefoods and Jeff Chan and Mark Cuevas to Red Bull.

'Itd been a long year and a half of waiting. Im happy Ive finally made it,' said Norwood after realizing his dream of making it to the PBA.

The lone amateur player in the RP team to the 2007 Tokushima FIBA-Asia championship became the seventh Fil-Am player picked No. 1 overall in the annual draft, following in the footsteps of Andy Seigle in 1997, Sonny Alvarado in 1999, Mike Cortez in 2003, Washington in 2005, Kelly Williams in 2006 and Joe Devance in 2007.

'Im bringing in my work ethic and hopefully I can help the team get wins,' said the 23-year-old former George Mason U stalwart.

'Definitely, our lineup has improved. The positions were lacking talents in have been filled up,' said Rain or Shine co-owner Raymund Yu.

'Dapat lang na mag-improve ang performance ng team,' said Terry Que, the other Rain or Shine team owner.

The two said the contract awaiting Norwood is the maximum allowable in the league. Thats worth P8.7 million in three years.

The Rain or Shine management and coaching staff considered Tang, the former La Salle chief playmaker, 'a big steal' at No. 12.

Talk n Text coach Chot Reyes, meanwhile, said they were forced by situation to trade Washington since league rules permit no more than five Fil-Am players per team.

The exit of Washington allowed the Pals to pick Dillinger and Reyes. The other Fil-Ams in the Talk n Text lineup are Jimmy Alapag, Ali Peek and Harvey Carey.

'Now, weve got a new team. First were younger, second more versatile and third and most important, weve got a number of veterans. It means were competitive at the present while also looking good in the future,' said Reyes.

'Weve got four new players. Theyll all be signed up and all will play. Thats the plan,' Reyes added.

Courtesy of www.abs-cbnnews.com


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  POLAND   


DBE Stats Leaders
DBE Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Logan, Turow 19.7
2 Copeland, Polph. 19.5
3 Montgomery, Gor. 18.6
4 Dixon, Polpak 16.3
5 Thompson, Kosz. 15.7
Rebounds Per Game
1 Daniels, Kotwica 9.3
2 Hall, Polpharma 9.0
3 Bigus, Kotwica 8.7
4 Hicks, Polpak 7.7
5 Barlett, Czarni 7.5
Assists Per Game
1 Dixon, Polpak S.A. 5.7
2 Rodriguez, Turow 4.9
3 Copeland, Polph. 4.6
4 Atkins, Slask 4.6
5 Eldridge, Bank. 4.5
Steals Per Game
1 Daniels, Kotwica 2.57
2 Atkins, Slask 2.47
3 Eldridge, Bank. 2.25
Blocks Per Game
1 Hicks, Polpak 2.22
2 Homan, Slask 1.35
3 Miller, Polonia 1.13
2FGP
1 Scekic, Turow 75.8
2 Puncewicz, Bank. 72.2
3 Drobnjak, Turow 71.3
3FGP
1 Kelati, Turow 48.6
2 Korszuk, Kosz. 46.2
3 Slanina, Prokom 44.4
Free Throws
1 Slanina, Prokom 91.5
2 Ansley, Bank. 89.1
3 Gurovic, Prokom 87.5


A close up on the Polish transfer market, part 2 - by Michal Falkowski
ASSECO PROKOM SOPOT

Coaches: Pacesas Tomas (extended) and Dedek David (extended)
Guards: Logan David (signed PGE Turow Zgorzelec), Nesovic Aleksej (signed Alta Gestion Fuenlabrada), Swietonski Tomasz (from reserve team), Zamojski Przemyslaw (valid contract)
Forwards: Archibong Koko (signed DeutscheBank Skyliners Frankfurt), Burrell Ronnie (signed Telekom Baskets Bonn), Dylewicz Filip (extended), Szczotka Piotr (signed Energa Czarni Slupsk)
Centers: Lapeta Adam (valid contract)
Juniors: Kostrzewski Mateusz (valid contract), Waczynski Adam (valid contract), Wilkusz Daniel (valid contract)
May join: Ewing Daniel (Khimki Moscow), Hrycaniuk Adam (NCAA) + the club is looking for a center

PGE TUROW ZGORZELEC (roster completed)

Coaches: Filipovski Saso (extended) and Mitev Boban (extended), Turkiewicz Pawel (extended), Zak Edward (extended)
Guards: Bailey Bryan (signed Bosnia ASA BHT Sarajevo), Copeland Donald (signed Polpharma Starogard Gdanski), Kitzinger Iwo (extended), Miljkovic Damir (signed Primorie Vladivostok)
Forwards: Daniels Chris (signed Kotwica Kolobrzeg), Harris Alex (signed NCAA), Radonjic Gorjan (signed Swisslion Takovo Lions Vrsac), Roszyk Krzysztof (signed Prokom Trefl Sopot), Witka Robert (extended)
Centers: Townes Darian (signed NCAA), Turek John (signed Gent Dragons)
Juniors: Bochno Bartosz (valid contract), Bodzinski Tomasz (signed reserve team), Jarmakowicz Mateusz (valid contract), Strzelecki Maciej (valid contract), Szymanski Szymon (valid contract)

ASCO SLASK WROCLAW

Coaches: Kurtinaitis Rimas (valid contract) and Adamek Andrzej (extended), Szewczyk Krzysztof (valid contract)
Guards: Chanas Kamil (valid contract), Diduszko Bartosz (valid contract), Weeden Tony (signed Polpharma Starogard Gdanski)
Forwards: Stefanski Marcin (returned after suspension), Stevic Oliver (valid contract)
Centers: Mroz Pawel (valid contract),
Juniors: Halas Piotr (valid contract), Mielczarek (valid contract)
May join: the transfer situation in the club is completely unknown

ANWIL WLOCLAWEK (roster completed)

Coaches: Sagadin Zmago (signed no club last time) and Damjanovic Dalibor (valid contract), Szablowski Krzysztof (valid contract)
Guards: Henderson Gerrod (signed Azovmash Mariupol), Koszarek Lukasz (valid contract), Michalski Kamil (from loan Big Star Tychy), Pluta Andrzej (valid contract)
Forwards: Boylan Ian (signed Allianz Swans Gmunden), Brkic Marko (signed Polpak Swiecie), Gabinski Michal (from loan Sportino Inowroclaw), Modric Stipe (signed Geoplin Slovan Lublana), Piechowicz Marek (valid contract), Woloszyn Bartlomiej (valid contract)
Centers: Miller Paul (signed SPEC Polonia Warsaw), Paravinja Milos (signed BC Livorno)
Juniors: Golebiowski Jakub (signed reserve team), Zajac Bartlomiej (signed reserve team Prokom Trefl Sopot)

ATLAS STAL OSTROW WIELKOPOLSKI (roster completed)

Coaches: Kowalczyk Andrzej (valid contract) and Bogicevic Millia (signed Anwil Wloclawek), Czeczuro Wadim (valid contract)
Guards: Cook Aaron (signed CBA), Ochonko Tomasz (signed SPEC Polonia Warsaw), Szubarga Krzysztof (signed SPEC Polonia Warsaw)
Forwards: Jocovic Vladan (signed Sloboda Dita Tuzla), Majewski Lukasz (signed Polpharma Starogard Gdanski), Okafor Patrick (signed Anwil Wloclawek), Woods Ricky (signed Hapoel Beer-Sheva)
Centers: Andrzejewski Tomasz (signed Bank BPS Basket Kwidzyn), Jovanovic Nikola (signed Swisslion Takovo Lions Vrsac)
Juniors: Fabianczyk Marcin (signed Kotwica Kolobrzeg), Plociennik Lukasz (valid contract)

AZS KOSZLIN

Coaches: Szczubial Dariusz (extended) and Dolinski Leszek (valid contract)
Guards: Arabas Grzegorz (valid contract), Callahan Brandon (signed NCAA), Mojica Javier (signed Marinos de Anzoategui), Swanson Dante (signed he was injured, before that he had played in Koszalin)
Forwards: Bogdan Pawel (signed Politechnika Poznan), Bradford Steffon (signed NSF Nanterre), Luszczewski Przemyslaw (extended), Reese George (extended)
Centers: Barycz Wojciech (signed Polpak Swiecie)
Juniors: Diduszko Lukasz (signed AWF Katowice), Grys Lukasz (signed Unia Tarnow)
May join: Korytek Kordian is practising with the team for his own request

KOTWICA KOLOBRZEG

Coaches: Machowski Sebastian (extended) and Blechacz Pawel (valid contract)
Guards: Hamilton Kevin (signed Besancon Basket Comte Doubs), Kikowski Pawel (signed Polpak Swiecie), Liberty Adam (signed NCAA), Mills Julien (signed Gunaras KC Dombovar)
Forwards: Barrett Sefton (extended), Cielebak Tomasz (extended), Crone Brandon (signed Sodertalje Kings), Stelmach Piotr (signed Prokom Trefl Sopot)
Centers: Naymick Drew (signed NCAA), Przybyszewski Dawid (signed Atlas Stal Ostrow Wielkopolski)
Juniors: Brek Dawid (extended), Rduch Szymon (extended)
May join: ?

BPS BANK BASKET KWIDZYN

Coaches: Prabucki Adam (signed Polpharma Starogard Gdanski) and Perzanowski Bartosz (signed Polpharma Starogard Gdanski)
Guards: Dabrowski Piotr (extended), Davis Greg (signed Kotwica Kolobrzeg), Garner Chris (signed Polpak Swiecie), Mazur Hubert (extended), Potulski Bartosz (extended), Puncewicz Dariusz (extended)
Forwards: Law Richard (signed USBL), Lubeck Brian (signed Polpharma Starogard Gdanski), Tica Vladimir (signed Polpak Swiecie)
Centers: Grimes Kalen (signed NCAA)
Juniors: Kowalewski Marcin (from loan Bonduelle Gniewkowo), Mielnik Krzysztof (from loan Polpak Swiecie), Wilczewski Tomasz (from loan Bonduelle Gniewkowo)
May join :?

SPEC POLONIA WARSAW (roster completed)

Coaches: Kaminski Wojciech (valid contract) and Kierlewicz Andrzej (valid contract)
Guards: Adams Tommy (signed Atlas Stal Ostrow Wielkopolski), Harrington Greg (extended)
Forwards: Ansley Michael (signed Bank BPS Basket Kwidzyn), Bacik Mariusz (signed AZS Koszalin), Frasunkiewicz Przemyslaw (signed Energa Czarni Slupsk), Johnson Kevin (signed Allianz Swans Gmunden), Pisarczyk Tomasz (extended), Przybylski Michal (extended)
Centers: Radke Hubert (extended)
Juniors: Laczynski Kamil (valid contract), Nowakowski Marcin (signed UMKS Kielce), Pisarczyk Wojciech (valid contract)

ENERGA CZARNI SLUPSK (roster completed)

Coaches: Podkovyrov Andrej (signed Cherkassy Monkeys) and Lisztwan Miroslaw (valid contract), Shpanyuk Vitali (signed ?)
Guards: Bennett Demetric (signed NCAA), Cesnauskis Mantas (extended), Lebedev Andrei (signed Cherkassy Monkeys), Malesa Pawel (signed NCAA), Straight Jason (signed Maccabi Hajfa)
Forwards: Leonczyk Pawel (signed Polpharma Starogard Gdanski), Ratajczak Lukasz (signed Polpak Swiecie), Sroka Marcin (signed Atlas Stal Ostrow Wielkopolski)
Centers: Howell Rolando (signed Pierrel Capo dOrlando), Ingram Jack (signed Helios Domzale)
Juniors: Bieg Mateusz (extended), Dutkiewicz Marcin (signed Polonia 2011 Warsaw), Pabian Hubert (extended), Przyborowski Patryk (extended)
May join: Tsintsinvadze Beka (Dinami Tbilisi, player will be tested)

VICTORIA GORNIK WALBRZYCH

Coaches: Chudeusz Jerzy (signed Polpharma Starogard Gdanski) and Mlynarski Mieczyslaw (valid contract)
Guards: Carr Marcus (extended), Glapinski Rafal (extended), Raczynski Maciej (signed Anwil Wloclawek)
Forwards: Argrett Damien (signed BK Decin), Steven Jonathan (signed Elgin Racers (IBL) ), Zablocki Tomasz (extended)
Centers: Barro Ousmane (signed NCAA), Ercegovic Kristijan (extended)
Juniors: Bierwagien Mateusz (signed SIDEn Torun), Konczak Dawid (extended), Pieloch Damian (extended)
May join: Wichniarz Lukasz (extension)

SPORTINO INOWROCLAW

Coaches: Krutikov Aleksander (signed Eisbaeren Bremerhaven)
Guards: --
Forwards: Swiderski Michal (extended)
Centers: --
Juniors: Wierzbciki Hubert (extended)
May join: Brown Brian (Eisbaeren Bremerhaven), Hlebowicki Michal (Barons/LMT Riga), Hughes Brandun (Atlas Stal Ostrow Wielkopolski), Majchrzak Wojciech (extension), Robak Artur (extension, he will prolong his deal very soon for sure), Skibniewski Robert (PGE Turow Zgorzelec), Stezewski Kamul (extension), Wichniarz Lukasz (Victoria Gornik Walbrzych), Witos Dawid (Zastal Zielona Gora), Zytko Lukasz (extension)

ZNICZ JAROSLAW

Coaches: Gierczak Stanislaw (valid contract) and Milan Maciej (signed ?)
Guards: Ecka Marcin (extended), Guzman Ansel (signed Grises de Humacao), Kukielka Grzegorz (signed Zastal Zielona Gora), Mikolajko Artur (extended), Przewrocki Tomasz (valid contract)
Forwards: Celej Tomasz (extended), Fortuna Tomasz (extended), Reynolds Grady (signed Boca Juniors Capital Feder)
Centers: Miszczuk Marek (valid contract)
Juniors: Nowak Kamil (?)
May join: Waczynski Adam (Prokom Trefl Sopot)

POLPHARMA STAROGARD GDANSKI (roster completed)

Coaches: Karol Mariusz (signed Bank BPS Basket Kwidzyn) and Olszewski Roman (valid contract)
Guards: Eldridge Courtney (signed Bank BPS Basket Kwidzyn), Glavas Nejc (signed Zagorje KD FT), Hicks Michael (signed Bank BPS Basket Kwidzyn), Sulowski Jacek (signed Politechnika Poznan)
Forwards: Drewa Jaroslaw (valid contract), Kowalczuk Pawel (signed Zastal Zielona Gora), Patten David (signed Caceres 2016 CB), Tuljkovic Mujo (signed Bank BPS Basket Kwidzyn), Zurawski Wojciech (signed Bank BPS Basket Kwidzyn)
Centers: Coleman Eric (signed NCAA), Marculewicz Zbigniew (extended)
Juniors: Jarecki Jacek (signed Stal Stalowa Wola), Neumann Dawid (extended)

PGE BASKET POZNAN (roster completed)

Coaches: Kijewski Eugeniusz (signed Prokom Trefl Sopot) and Jankowski Tomasz (was a TV commentator)
Guards: Davis Miah (signed Telekom Baskets Bonn), Flieger Marcin (extended)
Forwards: Brannen Robert (signed Criollos de Caguas), Jones-Camacho Joel (signed Leones de Ponce), McLean Alex (signed NCAA), Prus Stanislaw (extended), Radwan Grzegorz (extended), Szawarski Wojciech (signed Atlas Stal Ostrow Wielkopolski)
Centers: Bigus Rafal (signed Kotwica Kolobrzeg), Metelski Adam (signed 4 YOU Tarnovia Tarnowo Podgorne)
Juniors: Mowlik Pawel (extended), Skowronski Albert (extended), Smorawinski Tomasz (extended)


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  PORTUGAL   


Antonio Pires comebacks to Barreirense - by Bruno Baltazar
The 22 years old portuguese point guard Antonio Pires (183-G-86) will comeback to a well known house , Barreirense.
He did his formation in Barreirense before joining Lusitania last season , with the Azores team he did 2 games ,averaging 2.5ppg, 1.0rpg, 3.5apg, 3.0spg
With Barreirense 2 seasons ago he averaged 32 games: 9.1ppg, 2.8rpg, 5.4apg, a desired comeback for both sides as last season Barreirense struggled in the PG position.


Illiabum sign 2 foreign players - by Luis Rocha
James St.Robert (203-F/C-86, agency: Rice and Rice, college: Dowling) (203-F/C-86, agency: Rice and Rice, college: Dowling) and Russell Brown (201-F-83, agency: Prime Select Sports) are the two new foreign players in Illiabum. The Ilhavo team is pointing very high this season in Proliga and with this two siginings, they hope to be right. Brown plays as a 3 or 4 and Robert can be a 4 or 5. The perimeter will be in the hands of good and experienced portoguese players. Now its time to practice and try to adjust the foreigns to the rest of the roster, by now Illiabum thinks that they can deliver.

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  PUERTO RICO   


Centrobasket 2008: Puerto Rico is the new champion! - by Eurobasket News
Virgin Islands - Puerto Rico 70-87

Puerto Rico was too strong for Virgin Islands in the final game of Centrobasket Championship 2008 in Cancun. Puerto Ricans were the main candidates for the Gold before the beginning of this prestigious event and they succeeded to handle that pressure successfully until the very end. Silver medal once again belongs to Virgin Islands, which also booked a spot for the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship.

Puerto Rico's most powerful weapon on this game was shot from behind the arc. Jose Juan Barea (181-G-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: Northeastern) and his teammates drained 15 of 27 attempts, what is 56%. Everything started good for Puerto Ricans as they created 20-25 after ten minutes. Cuthbert Victor (196-G-83, college: Murray St.) shined for Virgin Islands in the next frame leading his team to 18-17 in the second quarter. After the breather, Puerto Rico once again took control on USVI. This time it was Carmelo Lee (200-F-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Long Beach St.), who led his team at the offensive end. He, together with Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida Intern.) and Jose Juan Barea, brought 54-61 to Puerto Rico. During the following few minutes its advantage became even bigger until the final plus 17. It is important to be mentioned that USVI in this game recorded terrible 25% for 3-pts and 31% for FG2.

Carmelo Lee was the leading player of Puerto Rico in big final collecting 21 points and 6 boards for 28 minutes. Carlos Arroyo also was pretty good adding 15 points and 6 assists while excellent Jose Juan Barea scored the same number of points. Cuthbert Victor of USVI was the best scorer of the game with 24 points. At the same time he grabbed 12 rebounds more. Interesting is that USVI had two more players which registered double-double. Kitwana Rhymer (208-C-78, college: Massachusetts) added 16 points and 13 boards while Jason Edwin (196-G/F-81, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Kent St.) had 15 points and 11 rebounds.


Virgin Islands - Puerto Rico 70-87
(20-25, 18-17, 16-19, 16-26)

Virgin Islands:
Cuthbert Victor 24 (12 rebs), Kitwana Rhymer 16 (13 rebs), Jason Edwin 15 (11 rebs)
Puerto Rico: Carmelo Lee 21 (6 rebs), Carlos Arroyo 15 (6 as), Jose Juan Barea 15


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  ROMANIA   


Latest Transactions News - by Nagy Szilveszter
Univ Mobitelco Cluj Napoca signed 24-year old American center Mike Kinsella (213-C-84, college: Marquette). Kinsella played most recently at Kaposvari KK (Hungary).
CSU Sibiu also signed American player. He is Denarryl Rice (183-G, college: Arkansas Tech) from Yakama Sun Kings (CBA).
Alexei Andrus (194-G/F-79) (CSU Sibiu) has got the Romanian citizenship and now he has a double citizenship Moldovan and Romanian


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  SAUDI ARABIA   


Korea U18 sealed top position outscoring Saudi Arabia U18 - by Eurobasket News
Korea U18- Saudi Arabia U18 103:97

Korea U18 became the winner of Group B of the FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men. In the last game of the group the team overcame Saudi Arabia U18 103:97 in overtime. The game that was not important for the winners became very interesting and brought lots of satisfaction. Park Jaehyun paced all the winners with 20 points. Kim Hyun Soon netted 16, while Lim Jongill scored 14. Seraaj Abuswyhel top-scored in the losing effort with 22 points. Yazeed Fallatah and Musaad Alsubaie followed him with 21 each, while Hassan Binmohammed added 17.
Korean coach used many players from the bench and was glad that they managed to bring the win. Korea opened the game with 21:19 taking the deep breath after the period. They increased to three points after another win in the second period. Both teams went to the lockers for 43:40 favorites advantage. Saudi Arabia managed to stretch the proceedings beyond regulation and locked at 84:84.Korea, in the end, won 103:97, but the crowd at the Azadi Stadium building up more for the game that followed involving hosts Iran surely got their bit of extra entertainment.


Korea U18: Park Jaehyun 20, Kim Hyun Soon 16, Lim Jongill 14
Saudi Arabia U18: Seraaj Abuswyhel 22, Yazeed Fallatah 21, Musaad Alsubaie 21, Hassan Binmohammed 17


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  SENEGAL   


Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Douanes 19-0 
 2. US Rail 12-7 
 3. ASFA 11-8 
 4. BOPP 11-8 
 5. DUC Dakar 10-9 
 6. US Goree 8-11 
 7. US Louga 8-11 
 8. USC/UGB 7-12 
 9. JA Dakar 7-12 
 10. Police 7-13 
 11. Ndiambour 5-14 


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  SERBIA   


Luka Sjekloca in Slovenia, Predrag Badnjarevic takes over Igokea Partizan - by Dragan Jankovski
Luka Sjekloca (212-C-84, agency: Agency No 10) put signature on one-year deal with Slovenian team Elektra Esotech. It will be Sjekloca's first season outside of Serbia and his native Montenegro. Actually he spent short time last season in Slovakian team Slovintegra Levice but did not play any official game. He started last season in Serbian A1 team Ergonom Nis but he was sidelined very soon due to Hepatitis A. In the past he also played for Mornar Bar, Beograd, Sloga Kraljevo, Partizan and Buducnost Podgorica. The bets digits so far he averaged in Mornar Bar on season 05/06. For 8 games in Superleague he added 4.5 ppg and 2.6 rpg. His team reached play-off semifinals as well as semifinals of Montenegrin National Cup.

Predrag Badnjarevic is a new head coach of Bosnian runner-up Igokea Partizan from Aleksandrovac. Badnjarevic used to work in many teams during the past 15 years. Some of the those which were coached by Badnjarevic are Ibon Niksic, Lavovi 063, Beopetrol and West Petrom Arad. Igokea Partizan had a nice chance to qualify for Adriatic league last season but Bosna ASA BHT beat them in the play-off final 2-1. Despite there was some rumors that runner-up of Bosnian championship could get a wild-card for regional championship that didn't happen. Croatian team Zagreb was the one which got it.

Radnciki Invest Inzenjering played friendly game against Crvena Zvezda's youngsters. The team from Novi Sad celebrated 81-80. Management of Red-and-white team still waits for the final decision of well respected Serbian coach Svetislav Pesic.


Hemofarm defeated in Skopje, Mega Basket met Radnicki 034 in Kragujevac - by Dragan Jankovski
Hemofarm STADA suffered defeat in a friendly game in Skopje against National Team of F.Y.R. of Macedonia 80-76 (20-18, 16-16, 22-23, 22-19). It was extremely tight game until the very end. Hemofarm had slightly better first half ending it with plus 2. Macedonians showed strong willingness to register victory at the front of their fans but on the other side Hemofarm was not an easy rival. Question about the winner is decided in the last 20 seconds, wihich players of head coach Jovica Arsic played more concentrated celebrating at the end 80-76. As usually, Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) was the best player for the hosts netting 17 points. Riste Stefanov (198-G-83, agency: Interperformances) also shined in Macedonia scoring 16 points. Milan Macvan (205-F/C-89) was better than the others in Hemofarm adding 27 points. Center Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) was behind him nailing 17.

In the first friendly game this summer Mega Basket showed pretty good performance against Radnicki 034 Group on the road. Interesting but the game was finished 78-78 and over time was not played as the score was not the main goal for neither of these two teams. Both will participate in Serbian A1 league next season while Mega Basket will also take a place at the opening season of Balkan league (BIBL). Dusan Katnic (193-G-89) was the leading player in Mega Basket scoring 20 points. Stefan Stojacic (195-G-89) and Uros Nikolic (207-F-87) followed him draining 16 points each. Dusan Cvetkovic (205-F-89) finished the game with 11 points and he was the last one with double digits in the team from Belgrade.


Ivan Jelenic moves to Greece, Mladen Sljivancanin joins Russian Samara - by Dragan Jankovski
Shooting guard Ivan Jelenic (190-G-85) agreed terms with Greek A2 team Xanthi. Jelenic spent last season in Swisslions Takovo, which ended Serbian A1 league on top. He had 19 appearances in A1 averaging 7.6 ppg. Later, Swisslions advanced to Superleague where Jelenic had much lower digits. Hew grew as a player in Montenegrin team Primorka Bar, where he spent more than five seasons. His best one was 05/06 when he recorded 12.8 ppg in A1 league and later 12.3 ppg, 2 rpg and 1.6 apg for 10 games in Superleague. In 2006 Jelenic joined Vojvodina Srbijagas but he didn't have a lot of chance to play.

Mladen Sljivancanin (200-G/F-85) signed contract with Russian team VSS Samara for season 08/09. Sljivancanin arrived to Samara from Crvena Zvezda, where he had 5.4 ppg and 1.6 rpg for 14 games in ULEB Cup. He had almost the same digits in Adriatic league as well as in Serbian Superleague. Before Zvezda, Sljivancanin played one season in Koln 99ers winning the title in German Bundesleague. A year before Sljivancanin was a member of Frankfurt Skyliners, which grabbed the trophy in German National Cup. Frankfurt also was reached the play-off final that season. In the past Sljivancanin played for S&M National Team on Global Games in Dallas. He also helped U16 Serbia to reach the Gold on European Championship in 2001.


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  SEYCHELLES   


Standings - A1 Men
1A Standings
 1. Cobras 0-0 
 2. Heat 0-0 
 3. Dynamics 0-0 
 4. Hawks 0-0 
 5. Razors 0-0 
 6. Angels 0-0 
 7. Rockers 0-0 
 8. Bullets 0-0 
 9. BAYA 0-0 
 10. Praslin Warriors 0-0 


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  SOUTH KOREA   


Korea U18 sealed top position outscoring Saudi Arabia U18 - by Eurobasket News
Korea U18- Saudi Arabia U18 103:97

Korea U18 became the winner of Group B of the FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men. In the last game of the group the team overcame Saudi Arabia U18 103:97 in overtime. The game that was not important for the winners became very interesting and brought lots of satisfaction. Park Jaehyun paced all the winners with 20 points. Kim Hyun Soon netted 16, while Lim Jongill scored 14. Seraaj Abuswyhel top-scored in the losing effort with 22 points. Yazeed Fallatah and Musaad Alsubaie followed him with 21 each, while Hassan Binmohammed added 17.
Korean coach used many players from the bench and was glad that they managed to bring the win. Korea opened the game with 21:19 taking the deep breath after the period. They increased to three points after another win in the second period. Both teams went to the lockers for 43:40 favorites advantage. Saudi Arabia managed to stretch the proceedings beyond regulation and locked at 84:84.Korea, in the end, won 103:97, but the crowd at the Azadi Stadium building up more for the game that followed involving hosts Iran surely got their bit of extra entertainment.


Korea U18: Park Jaehyun 20, Kim Hyun Soon 16, Lim Jongill 14
Saudi Arabia U18: Seraaj Abuswyhel 22, Yazeed Fallatah 21, Musaad Alsubaie 21, Hassan Binmohammed 17


Standings
KBL Standings
 1. Dongbu 38-16 
 2. KCC 33-21 
 3. Samsung 32-22 
 4. KT&G 30-24 
 5. SK 29-25 
 6. ET 29-25 
 7. LG 29-25 
 8. KTF 24-30 
 9. Mobis 14-40 
 10. Orions 12-42 


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  SYRIA   


Iran U18 remained undefeated - by Eurobasket News
Iran U18-Syria U18 100:73

Iran U18 remained undefeated at home at FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men. The hosts won the group D beating Syria U18 in their last game of the group. Tehran saw 100:73 win from the hosts and a place in Group II of the Quarterfinal round. Mohammad Hasanzadeh paced all the winners with 26 points. Emad Salmani and Mehdi Shirjang followed him with 14 each,while Ramtin Shirazi added 12. Alaa Al Sebaay top-scored for the guests with 16 points. Belal Gneed netted 11 and Mohammad Osfira finished the game with 10 points in the losing effort. Syria, who also made it to the top rung of the Quarterfinal round, will have to contend with defending champions China and Kazakhstan in Group III.
Iran supported by lots of local fans went on an early lead and grabbed 24:15 after the first 10 minutes of the game. They improved to 21 points advantage at the halftime when the score became 49:28. In order not to stop the hosts of the tournament increased to 74:50 due to 25:22 in the third period. The task for the last quarter was to reach three digits number, while Syria tried to reduce the gap. The hosts managed to solve the task and scored 100 points in the game. Iran U18 remained undefeated at home at FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men with 100:73 victory.

Iran U18: Mohammad Hasanzadeh 26, Emad Salmani 14, Mehdi Shirjang 14, Ramtin Shirazi 12
Syria U18: Alaa Al Sebaay 16, Belal Gneed 11, Mohammad Osfira 10


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Standings

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Virgin Islands settle for silver, AGAIN! - by David Edole
Virgin Islands senior men's team chose the wrong time for a bad shooting performance as they lost to Puerto Rico, 87-70, in the gold medal game of CentroBasket 2008. The men from America's Paradise seem to be making a habit of playing their worst in a championship game. They lost to Jamaica in Caribbean Basketball Championship and again to Panama in the CentroBasket 2006 in similar fashion.
This game was no different as the V.I shot an abysmal 30% (25-of-83) from the field and a chilling 26% (4-of-26) from the three-point arc.
The head culprits for the shooting woes came from top trio that has been playing well throughout the tourney. Jason Edwin missed 19 shots, Cuthbert Victor missed 16 and Rhymer clanged on 11 attempts. However, the starting five played five games in five days with little relief from the bench. All five starters logged an average of 35 minutes per game. Their legs have to feel like their stuck in the mud. In spite of all of this, the Virgin Islands did out rebound Puerto Rico, 42-31.
The game started decent for both teams with Puerto Rico holding a 25-20 lead after the first period. In the second, the VI managed to outscore Rico, 18-17.
The second half, Puerto Rico stated to pull away slowly. Behind Carmelo Lee and Carlos Arroyo the Puerto Ricans outscored the V.I., 19-16.
The VI did manage to cut the lead within five, 61-56 at the 9:08 mark but Puerto Rico displayed great outside shooting. Puerto Rico made 56% (15 of 27) of their three point attempts and made it rain on the VI. PR pulled away with little resistance from the VI.
The VI had three players with double-doubles. Victor led the team with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Kitwana Rhymer tallied 16 points and 13 boards while Jason Edwin tallied 15 points and 11 boards.
Carmelo Lee led the Puerto Rican attack with 21 points; Carlos Arroyo and Jose Juan Barea both tallied 15 points. Angelo Reyes chipped in with a double-double of 12 points and 11 rebounds. Filberto Rivera added 11 points.
NOTE: Since the VI got the silver medal they will not play in next summer's Caribbean Basketball Championships. The Federation will have bout 9 months to get the big three some help off the bench for the tournament of Americas that will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Can I get a FE, CK, AF, IA, PJ, DC,OP and a KG.. PLEASE!


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Rumble marks Sta Lucia 'friendly' game in Dubai - by Eurobasket News
Organizers originally meant it to be an exhibition match and a 'friendly game' between the Sta. Lucia Realtors from the Philippine Basketball Association and the Al Ahli Basketball Club of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates over the weekend. The friendly game, however, turned sour and ended in a rumble.

The Al Ahli squad was made up of a coach and reinforcements from the United States. One of them was 6'9' Corsley Edwards (206-C/F-79, agency: Edge Sports, college: Cent.Conn.St.) who once suited up for the New Orleans Hornets in the National Basketball Association.

The Dubai-based team led by its American imports showed prowess in the court during the first and second quarters.

The third quarter, however, saw Sta. Lucia catching up. Players turned physical against one another at this point on.

In one play, an American import showed untoward aggresiveness against the Realtors' Joseph Yeo after the Filipino fouled him.

Later, Edwards landed a foot on Sta. Lucia's Denok Miranda after performing a dunk. This happened before the American let go of the ring.

Howls filled the court as Dennis Espino of the Realtors was levied a penalty for a hard foul.

Tension remained in the air until another hard foul took place.

In the play that followed, Miranda was elbowed by an Al Ahli player. Then, the riot started.

Sta. Lucia coach and the American mentor of the opposing team were not spared because they too traded barbs.

Dubai police and locals, however, immediately pacified the two squads.

In the end, policemen were able to stand between the groups.

Authorities decided to cancel the game.

Filipino fans, meanwhile, had no choice but to come down to the court and have their autographs signed by the visiting PBA players.

The Sta. Lucia team apologized to fans for the outcome of the game.

'Nakakahiya nga sa fans, grabe rin kasi silang mang ano eh, pikon eh, pikon sila, he said.

Kelly Williams of the Realtors, meanwhile, had this to say: Its what hppens, I think they started to get scared.

For Sta. Lucia team manager Buddy Encarnado, said that he still believes that what happened was a friendly game following the Realtors' Middle East tour of Bahrain, Qatar and the UEA for exhibition matches.

At the end of the day this is a friendly game, probably this is a way of probably saying that is was an exciting ballgame.'

Courtesy of www.abs-cbnnews.com


Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Al Shabab 9-2 
 2. Al Wasl 9-2 
 3. An Nasr 7-4 
 4. Al Ahli 6-6 
 5. Sharjah 5-7 
 6. Al Wahda 2-9 
 7. Ash Shaab 1-10 


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


Four teams lead the LUB - by Hector Lopez
Malvin, Olimpia, Tabare and Trouville are leading the Uruguayan League with a 2-0 record, but the last champions, Bigua, lost the second straigth game, after the second roud. The results and main players were:
Olimpia 93 - Reque Newsome (203-C-82, college: S.Indiana) 27 points and 7 rebounds, Eric Freeman (205-C-79, college: Ky Wesleyan) 12 and 11
Hebraica 76 - Corey Smith (196-G/F, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Vanderbilt) 21 points
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Makvin 97 - Emilio Taboada (193-F-82) 29, Anthony Washington 8 and 5 , Jarrett Stephens (200-F/C-77, agency: Duran International, college: Penn St.) 12 and 4
Atenas 92 - Diego Pereyra (184-G-85) 28 points, Marques Lewis (203-F-83, college: UAB) 24 and 7, Darryl Dora (206-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Texas Tech) 13 and 7
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Trouville 88 - Levi Stukes (188-G-84) 27 points, Jemere Hendrix (203-F-83, college: Tennessee) 12. points
Defensor 87 - Chris Jackson (208-C-81, college: N.Mexico St.) 26 and 16 , Brian Woodward (191-G-81, agency: Passing Lane, college: Rhode Island) 3 and 1
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Tabare 82 - Clarence Matthews (201-F-82, agency: 22ft, college: Tennessee St.) 32 and 9, Ryan Blankson (198-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Loyola, IL) 5 and 12
Bohemios 73 - Albert Burditt (203-F-72, college: Texas) 22 and 13, Anthony Rice (193-G-83, college: Memphis) 20 and 5
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Cordon 102 - 'Pop' Thornton (201-F-74, college: W.Kentucky) 29 and 11, Sam Carey (203-C, agency: Passing Lane) 14 and 9
Bigua 88 - Mauricio Aguiar (199-F-83, agency: Players Group) 35 and 6, Victor Ramalho (206-F-84) 7 and 5, Charles Thomas (203-F-86, agency: CGL Sports, college: Arkansas) 17 and 10
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Union Atletica 89 - Tarrie Monroe (202-F-77, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Lewis) 21 and 15, Jemino Sobers (201-F-84, college: Cent.Conn.St.) 5 and 3
Welcome 82 - JR Morris (196-G-82, college: Seton Hall) 31 and 8, Brad Kanis (218-C-84) 2 and 4
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Paysandu 83 - Jeffrey Ferguson (210-F/C-81, agency: CGL Sports, college: Wayne St., MI) 15 and 9, Austin Montgomery (196-G, college: Bowling Green) 9 and 2
Sayago 73 - Charles Burgess (188-G) 12 and 2, Brandon Hassell (209-F-86, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Penn St.) 8 and 7




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Women News

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Standings - WNBL
WNBL Standings
 1. Adelaide 21-3 
 2. Sydney UF 17-7 
 3. Canberra C. 17-7 
 4. Dandenong R. 12-10 
 5. Bulleen B. 10-13 
 6. Townsville F. 10-14 
 7. Bendigo S. 10-14 
 8. Christchurch 9-15 
 9. AIS 8-16 
 10. Perth L. 5-19 


Rangers open pre-season account with a win - by Eurobasket News
Dandenong Jayco Rangers WNBL team has taken their first step forward in what promises to be an exciting 2008/09 season, by chalking up a convincing 88 to 56 point victory against the Japanese National U/19 Team.

The Dandenong Jayco Rangers WNBL team has taken their first step forward in what promises to be an exciting 2008/09 season, by chalking up a convincing 88 to 56 point victory against the Japanese National U/19 Team. After a closely contested 1st quarter, the Rangers stepped up their defence intensity in the 2nd quarter to put the clamps on the young Japanese outfit. Although renowned for their outside shooting prowess and lighting quick foot speed, Japan had no answer to the Rangers defensive hustle plays with deflections and steals in the passing lanes igniting the Rangers new look running game style.

New recruits Nicole Hunt (167-G-88) and Katie Ezbery were a buzz in their first hit out for the Rangers. With both racking up double figure efforts driven by determined intensity and offensive creativity, the scene is set for a game style that will be a joy to watch this coming season.

The ever-reliable Emily McInerny, looks like setting the tone for the group again at the defensive end of the floor, and continues her good offensive form from last season in a confident scoring display in the quarter court last night.

Alison Downie's offseason and pre-season fitness work seems to be reaping dividends as well, and although burdened by the flu for the last week, played some productive minutes characterised by finishing on the break on several occasions.

Caitlin Ryan lead from 3 point territory for the Rangers against the Japanese, and with the support in the back court this year from Hunt, Ebzery and Downie, the Rangers will have one of the most potent perimeter games in the league.

Faith Probst and Amelia Todhunter have continued their good form from the Rangers Big V season, with both having solid contributions.

The Rangers next pre-season will be away against Bendigo on their home court next Saturday afternoon for a 3pm tip off.

Courtesy of www.wnbl.com.au


Stats Leaders - WNBL
WNBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Porter, SYD 24.2
2. Cox, TOW 21.5
3. Randall, BUL 18.1
4. Camino, ADE 17.6
5. Wilson, PER 16.6
Rebounds Per Game
1. Crouse, TOW 12.1
2. Francis, AIS 10.8
3. Randall, BUL 9.7
4. Bishop, CAN 9.3
5. Gahan, ADE 8.9
Assists Per Game
1. Macleod, BEN 5.2
2. Porter, SYD 4.7
3. Glaubitz, BUL 4.2
4. Richards, PER 4.1
5. Hunt, AIS 4.1
Steals Per Game
1. Bevilaqua, CAN 2.6
2. Milner, BUL 2.1
3. Richards, PER 2.0
Blocks Per Game
1. Crouse, TOW 2.3
2. Beatty, CAN 2.2
3. Tolo, AIS 1.7
2FGP
1. Shiels, SYD 62.5
2. Fryters, ADE 60.0
3. Beatty, CAN 58.3
3FGP
1. Penaluna, BUL 66.7
2. Gahan, ADE 58.1
3. Lorenzini, SYD 50.0
Free Throws
1. Cumming, AIS 95.0
2. Ebzery, AIS 90.5
3. Veal, SYD 88.9


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Belgium send Serbia to 0-2 record - by Eurobasket News
Belgium - Serbia 73:60

Serbia appeared on the cusp of missing the 2009 EuroBasket tournament. Yesterday ambitious Serbian team fell short in Belgium and slipped to 0-2 record at the bottom of Pool D of the Qualification campaign. Belgium in the meantime posted their initial victory and improved to 1-1 record in the group.
Serbia lost their opening game against Greece and hoped to rectify the situation. They entered the game aggressively and jumped ahead early on. Serbia managed to establish a 23:20 advantage at the first intermission. The visitors remained in charge in the second period. They extended the margin to comfortable 13 points at the interval. However Belgium refused to fold and struck back in the third quarter. The hosts changed the complexion of the game and went on a 22:8 rally to gain a single-point lead heading into the fourth stanza. Belgium were on fire in the final stanza and raised the tempo to keep Serbia at bay. The Belgian team notched a 22:10 surge to finalize a terrific come-from-behind victory at the end. Anke De Mondt (180-F/G-79) tallied 20 points to pace Belgium. Kathy Wambe (173-G-81) had 16 points, while Evelien Callens (188-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management) added 14 points for the winners. Miljana Musovic (180-G-87) answered with 15 points for Serbia. Maja Miljkovic (176-G-88) and Ines Kresovic (182-G-84) contributed 9 points in defeat. Serbia will look for the initial win against Bulgaria at home on
Wednesday. Belgium will host Greece on the same day.

Belgium: Anke De Mondt 20, Kathy Wambe 16, Evelien Callens 14
Serbia: Miljana Musovic 15, Maja Miljkovic 9, Ines Kresovic 9


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Greece topple Bulgaria for the second win in EuroBasket Qualification - by Eurobasket News
Greece - Bulgaria 70:59

Greek National Team overcame a slow start to their EuroBasket Qualification encounter against Bulgaria to score a comfortable win at the end. Greece registered the second straight win to remain on top of Group D. Bulgaria suffered their first defeat and slipped to 1-1 record. The visitors looked good at the early stages. They tried to answer for every strike from Greece in the opening stanza and secured a 14:14 tie after ten minutes of action. Gergana Branzova-Erdeney (193-F/C-76) and Milena Tomova (191-F-82, college: Florida Intern.) put Bulgaria ahead 21:16 early in the second frame. The visiting side maintained the advantage well enough to secure a 30:27 lead at halftime. Bulgaria quickly stretched the margin to 12 points at the start of the third stanza. Greece however found strength to change the complexion of the game. The hosts used a 14:2 run to close the third term and drew things level at 45. Pelagia Papamichail (189-F/C-86) and Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) scored 9 unanswered points for Greece early in the fourth period piling up a 9-point gap. Greece gradually cleared off from their opponents before back-to-back trebles Evanthia Maltsi and Anastasia Kostaki (172-G-78) doomed Bulgaria. The home team sealed the winning outcome at the end to stay at the helm of their pool. Evanthia Maltsi knocked down 18 points for Greece. Pelagia Papamichail and Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78) nailed 14 points for the winners. Gergana Branzova-Erdeney notched 21 points and 13 boards for Bulgaria. Evelina Guneva (183-F-80, agency: Interperformances) added 12 points in the loss.

Greece: Evanthia Maltsi 18, Pelagia Papamichail 14, Dimitra Kalentzou 14
Bulgaria: Gergana Branzova-Erdeney 21+13 boards, Evelina Guneva 12


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Standings - WCBA
WCBA Standings
 1. Shenyang army 3-0 
 2. Bayi army 3-0 
 3. Heilongjiang 3-0 
 4. Beijing 2-1 
 5. Henang 2-1 
 6. Liaoning 2-1 
 7. Guangdong 1-2 
 8. Shandong 1-2 
 9. Jiangshu 1-2 
 10. Shanghai 0-3 
 11. Zhejiang 0-3 
 12. Fujian 0-3 


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France stun Croatia to stay unbeaten - by Eurobasket News
France - Croatia 75:50

French National Team continued their perfect run at the EuroBasket Qualification. They edged Croatia for the 5th straight win in Group C. The victory allowed France to secure their spot in the European Championship in 2009. Croatia meanwhile suffered the 4th defeat and stayed at the bottom of the ladder. Matic scored the first points of the game however the hosts quickly denied an early deficit. They soon surged ahead and rolled to a comfortable 24:16 advantage at the first intermission. France opened a double digit lead early in the second frame and kept on mounting the pressure on the visitors. They secured a 13-point advantage at halftime. The hosts tipped off the second half with an 11:0 rally to clear off to a 24-point distance. France dominated from there on keeping their opponents at bay. Croatia never bounced back in the fourth term and suffered another sour loss at the end. Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (195-C-86) led balanced offensive effort with 13 points. Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) tallied 11 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds for the winners. Marta Cakic (175-G-82) answered with 12 points for Croatia. Anda Jelavic (173-G-80) had 10 points in defeat.
France will next take on Slovakia on the road, while Croatia will host Romania on Wednesday.

France: Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 13, Celine Dumerc 11, Emmanuelle Hermouet (184-F-80) 10, Clemence Beikes (179-G-83) 10
Croatia: Marta Cakic 12, Anda Jelavic 10


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Division B. Day 2 results - by Eurobasket News

Group A

Ireland - Slovenia 67:59
Irish National Team celebrated the first win in the EuroBasket Division B action yesterday. They defeated visiting Slovenia in Limerick to improve to 1-1 record in Group A of the tournament. Slovenia in the meantime suffered the second loss in a row and slipped to the bottom of the ladder. Ireland shocked the visitors early in the encounter going on a 7:0 rally to claim the lead. Slovenia however quickly found the right rhythm and tied the scoreline. Irish team still managed to surge ahead and posted a 16:13 advantage at the first intermission.
Daliborka Jokic (185-F-81) and Domenika Gacner (174-G-85) lifted Slovenia in front at the start of the second period and they maintained the gap throughout the rest of the stanza. Domenika Gacner capped the first half with a layup to give the visitors a 32:26 lead. Nika Baric (168-G-92) knocked down a three-pointer to enlarge the lead for Slovenia at the beginning of the third frame. However Ireland answered with a 21:4 run to close the third quarter leading by 8 points. Moran and Clancy scored the first 6 points of the fourth frame to establish a 14-point for the hosts and they never allowed Slovenia to threaten it at the late stages. Moran led all scorers with 22 points. Michelle Aspell (168-G) contributed 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Nika Baric replied with 17 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for Slovenia. Daliborka Jokic had 11 points and 11 boards in the loss.

Ireland: Sarah Moran 22,
Michelle Aspell 20+10 boards, Mary Fox (180-G-83) 7
Slovenia:
Nika Baric 17, Daliborka Jokic 11+11 boards
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Montenegro - Switzerland 60:50
The Montenegrin National Team added one more win in their quest for Division A spot. Montenegro knocked down Switzerland yesterday to improve to 2-0 record on top of Group A in Division B tournament. Montenegro remained at the helm of the pool together with Netherlands, while Swiss team suffered their second straight loss and failed to climb in the standings. Jelena Skerovic (172-G-80) stepped up for the hosts with 16 points, 7 boards, 5 steals and 5 assists. Jelena Dubljevic (192-C-87) contributed 12 points and 10 rebounds for Montenegro, while Maja Milutinovic (176-G-87) had 11 points for the winners. Karen Twehues (183-G-83, college: Cincinnati) responded with 19 points and 8 boards for Switzerland. Severine Chauvin (184-F-87) delivered 10 points in a losing clause. The hosts forced Swiss players to 22 turnovers and outrebounded them 39:36.
Montenegrin team piled up a 9-point lead at the interval and kept the visitors at distance throughout the third quarter. Switzerland limited the home team to just 6 points in the fourth term but failed to seriously threaten the deficit in the dying stages of the clash.
Severine Chauvin dragged the visitors as close as 11 points. However Montenegro kept their counterparts silent for more than 5 minutes late in regulation to ease to a comfortable victory at the end. Montenegro will next play against also undefeated Netherlands at home. Switzerland will look for the initial success when they host Ireland on Wednesday.

Montenegro:
Jelena Skerovic 16, Jelena Dubljevic 12+10 boards, Maja Milutinovic 11
Switzerland:
Karen Twehues 19, Severine Chauvin 10
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Netherlands - Iceland 81:70
The Dutch National Team handled brave Icelandic opponents to keep their record spotless in Group A of EuroBasket Division B. Netherlands thus climbed to 2-0 record and share the top honours in the pool together with Montenegro. The teams will clash next Wednesday in Bijelo Polje in an exciting clash. Iceland meanwhile suffered their first loss in the campaign and fell to 1-1 record. They will look to improve on the standing when take on Slovenia at home next week. The teams traded baskets throughout the opening frame before the hosts scored 7 straight points to jump to a 16:13 lead after the first stanza. Helena Sverrisdottir (185-G-88) and Sigurjonsdottir fired thrice from beyond the arc in two minutes and Iceland surged ahead 22:21 midway through the second period. Palina Gunnlaugsdottir (170-G-87) proved Icelandic main weapon was long range bombardment converting another treble to cap the half and give the visitors a 35:33 advantage. Helena Sverrisdottir drained three trifectas in the third quarter and Iceland maintained the gap well enough to enter the fourth term up by 8 points 53:61. However the fourth period turned into a one-team show as Netherlands left no chance for their opponents. First Kooij stepped up with 8 straight points and then Broring added 5 more in a 13:0 run that put the hosts ahead 66:61. Kooij later put on a show hitting 10 points in a row and stretching the margin to 15 points. Iceland never came back to life and had to give up at the end. Leonie Kooij (187-F-86, agency: LBM Management) managed 21 points and 8 rebounds for the home team. Laura Kooij (183-F-82) had 16 points, while Anouk Biesters (182-G/F-86) secured 14 for the winners. Helena Sverrisdottir poured in game-high 29 points and collected 7 rebounds in defeat. Signy Hermannsdottir (190-C-78, college: Cameron) and Palina Gunnlaugsdottir added 11 points apiece for Iceland.

Netherlands:
Leonie Kooij 21, Laura Kooij 16, Anouk Biesters 14
Iceland:
Helena Sverrisdottir 29, Signy Hermannsdottir 11, Palina Gunnlaugsdottir 11
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Group B
Estonia - Portugal 64:65
Paula Muxiri (186-F/C-81, college: ODU) knocked down two freebies with 19 seconds remaining in the game and Porgual ran away with a narrow 65:64 win over Estonia today. Both teams suffered defeats at the start of the EuroBasket in Division B campaign and hoped to improve the situation in Group B tonight. And Portugal turned out to be the lucky side sealing a last-grasp victory at the end. Portugal scored the first points of the game and kept ahead throughout the early stages. However the hosts went on a 9:0 rally late in the first frame and surged ahead 15:10. Estonia managed to secure the lead and entered the second period up by 5 points 21:16. Portuguese team stayed close and drew things level at 25 midway through the second frame. Freitas fired from downtown next to set the visitors in charge. However Estonia came up strong late in the second quarter to build a 38:35 lead at halftime. The lead changed hands for 6 times throughout the third quarter before Sandra Andresson (182-G-89) sealed the outcome at 46:45 for the home team. The teams continued to trade baskets during the fourth term and Portugal managed to establish a 5-point advantage with under 2 minutes left. Katrin Olmari (184-F-75) and Anzela Okuneva (174-G-84) shaved it to minimum with just over a minute to go. Paula Muxiri committed a turnover and Sandra Andresson punished the visitors with a jumper to give Estonia a 64:63 lead with 19 seconds remaining. She was also fouled but missed a free throw. Portugal handed the ball to Paula Muxiri as she was fouled and sank both freebies to ensure the winning result for the visiting side. Viive-Kai Rebane (184-F-89) missed her desperate attempt to save this one and Portugal won the game. Paula Muxiri finished with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Freitas topscored with 19 points for Portugal. Katrin Olmari netted 15 points for Estonia. Viive-Kai Rebane came up with 14 points, 7 boards and 5 assists in the loss.
Estonia will look for the initial win against Sweden next Wednesday, while Portugal will take on Luxembourg at home the same day.

Estonia:
Katrin Olmari 15, Viive-Kai Rebane 14
Portugal: Carla Freitas 19,
Paula Muxiri 18, Sara Filipe (187-F-82) 11

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Luxembourg - Macedonia 53:67
Macedonia spoiled the EuroBasket Division B opener for Luxembourg beating them on the road yesterday. The win marked a 2-0 record for Macedonia in Group B of the tournament.
Lynn Schreiner (158-G-91) began the game with a three-pointer to put Luxembourg ahead. However Macedonia answered with an 18:2 rally to grab a 19:7 lead after ten minutes of action. Slavica Dimovska (-85) started the second period with a trey to deepen the damage. The visitors maintained the pressure and established a massive 37:16 cushion at the interval. Nadia Mossong (183-F-86) and Lynn Schreiner cut the deficit to 15 points early in the third frame. But Slavica Dimovska and Zivkovik regained a 21-point advantage before the fourth term. Luxembourg tried hard and clipped the distance to 16 points in the fourth period but never came closer and lost the battle. Elena Radenkovik (189-C-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Seton Hill) led the charge with 19 points and 9 boards for Macedonia. Slavica Dimovska added 16 points, while Samardjiska contributed 12 points for the winners. Lynn Schreiner knocked down 17 points for Luxembourg. Nadia Mossong nailed 14 points and collected 6 rebounds in defeat. Macedonia outrebounded their opponents 28:22 and converted 44% from the field.
Luxembourg will next take on Portugal away from home, while Macedonia will have a bye round next Wednesday before hosting Portugal on September 6.

Luxembourg:
Lynn Schreiner 17, Nadia Mossong 14
Macedonia:
Elena Radenkovik 19, Slavica Dimovska 16, Bojana Samardziska (194-C-83, college: Washburn) 12




Standings Div.A (Women)
Standings
Group A
1. Israel4-1
2. Ukraine4-1
3. Lithuania3-2
4. U.Kingdom1-4
5. Germany0-4
Group B
1. Turkey4-0
2. Poland4-1
3. Italy2-3
4. Bosnia1-4
5. Finland1-4
Group C
1. France5-0
2. Hungary3-2
3. Slovakia2-3
4. Romania1-3
5. Croatia1-4
Group D
1. Greece2-0
2. Belgium1-1
3. Bulgaria1-1
4. Serbia0-2


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  FINLAND - Women  


EUROBASKET: Finland lost by one after OT - by Rauno Hurmalainen

EuroBasket - Division A, Qualifying Round, Group B: Bosnia&Herzegovina had lost in Finland by one and on Saturday, when Finland was visiting
Zenica in Bosnia&Herzegovina the difference was again one point. Also this time home team was the winner, but the figures 75-74 came after
OT. Bosnia&Herzegovina won 75-74 (68) (34-25). Quarters: 10-14, 24-11, 18-23, 16-20, 7-6. B&H: Azra Becirovic (182-G-80) 19. F: Tiina Sten 25/9,

Niina Laaksonen (185-F/C-85) 1714, Reetta Piipari 13.
Italy - Poland 69-76 (36-34). Quarters: 22-22, 14-12, 8-26, 25-16. I: Simona Ballardini (183-F-81) 13. P: Anna Wielebnowska (188-C-78) 19.
Next games: 3.9. Finland - Italy, Poland - Turkey.



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  FRANCE - Women  


France stun Croatia to stay unbeaten - by Eurobasket News
France - Croatia 75:50

French National Team continued their perfect run at the EuroBasket Qualification. They edged Croatia for the 5th straight win in Group C. The victory allowed France to secure their spot in the European Championship in 2009. Croatia meanwhile suffered the 4th defeat and stayed at the bottom of the ladder. Matic scored the first points of the game however the hosts quickly denied an early deficit. They soon surged ahead and rolled to a comfortable 24:16 advantage at the first intermission. France opened a double digit lead early in the second frame and kept on mounting the pressure on the visitors. They secured a 13-point advantage at halftime. The hosts tipped off the second half with an 11:0 rally to clear off to a 24-point distance. France dominated from there on keeping their opponents at bay. Croatia never bounced back in the fourth term and suffered another sour loss at the end. Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui (195-C-86) led balanced offensive effort with 13 points. Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) tallied 11 points, 7 assists and 5 rebounds for the winners. Marta Cakic (175-G-82) answered with 12 points for Croatia. Anda Jelavic (173-G-80) had 10 points in defeat.
France will next take on Slovakia on the road, while Croatia will host Romania on Wednesday.

France: Isabelle Yacoubou-Dehoui 13, Celine Dumerc 11, Emmanuelle Hermouet (184-F-80) 10, Clemence Beikes (179-G-83) 10
Croatia: Marta Cakic 12, Anda Jelavic 10


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  FYR MACEDONIA - Women  


Macedonia grab the second straight win in Division B - by Eurobasket News
Luxembourg - Macedonia 53:67

Macedonia spoiled the EuroBasket Division B opener for Luxembourg beating them on the road yesterday. The win marked a 2-0 record for Macedonia in Group B of the tournament. Lynn Schreiner (158-G-91) began the game with a three-pointer to put Luxembourg ahead. However Macedonia answered with an 18:2 rally to grab a 19:7 lead after ten minutes of action. Slavica Dimovska (-85) started the second period with a trey to deepen the damage. The visitors maintained the pressure and established a massive 37:16 cushion at the interval. Nadia Mossong (183-F-86) and Lynn Schreiner cut the deficit to 15 points early in the third frame. But Slavica Dimovska and Zivkovik regained a 21-point advantage before the fourth term. Luxembourg tried hard and clipped the distance to 16 points in the fourth period but never came closer and lost the battle. Elena Radenkovik (189-C-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Seton Hill) led the charge with 19 points and 9 boards for Macedonia. Slavica Dimovska added 16 points, while Samardjiska contributed 12 points for the winners. Lynn Schreiner knocked down 17 points for Luxembourg. Nadia Mossong nailed 14 points and collected 6 rebounds in defeat. Macedonia outrebounded their opponents 28:22 and converted 44% from the field.
Luxembourg will next take on Portugal away from home, while Macedonia will have a bye round next Wednesday before hosting Portugal on September 6.

Luxembourg: Lynn Schreiner 17, Nadia Mossong 14
Macedonia: Elena Radenkovik 19, Slavica Dimovska 16, Bojana Samardziska (194-C-83, college: Washburn) 12


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  GERMANY - Women  


Halle: Amanda Rego replaces Kerri Burke - by Cornelius Damm
These days SV Halle Lions seems just like Grand Central Station - the players come and go. At first the club dismissed newcomer Mercedez Walker (191-C-85) after two weeks explaining that she wasnt the low post presence the club needed. Now the team not only declared that young SG/SF Matea Brezec (170-G-89) asked to leave after feeling terribly homesick, the East German club also waived its second American newcomer Kerri Burke (170-G-85) on the point guard position. The club justified this move with missing leadership qualities. To replace her Halle picked up NCAA assist machine Amanda Rego (178-G-86). The 2007 West Coast Conference Co-Player of the Year and two time All-WCC First Team Selection led the whole NCAA in Assists Per Game in 2007 with 7.7 and was second best in the same statistic category this year with 8.5. The San Diego native either scored or assisted on 45 percent of the San Diego field goals this season. But Rego doesnt only spark on the offensive end. Nationally ranked in Steals Per Game in three seasons (even as high as seventh in 2005/06 with 3.6) and averaging 6.2 and 5.5 Rebounds Per Game her junior and senior seasons the 2008 WNBA Draft Prospect shows that shes got the total package on both ends of the game. Her all around game even helped her to post two triple-doubles this past season. Her senior stats show an impressive 9.7 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 8.5 APG and 2.6 SPG.

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  GREECE - Women  


Greece topple Bulgaria for the second win in EuroBasket Qualification - by Eurobasket News
Greece - Bulgaria 70:59

Greek National Team overcame a slow start to their EuroBasket Qualification encounter against Bulgaria to score a comfortable win at the end. Greece registered the second straight win to remain on top of Group D. Bulgaria suffered their first defeat and slipped to 1-1 record. The visitors looked good at the early stages. They tried to answer for every strike from Greece in the opening stanza and secured a 14:14 tie after ten minutes of action. Gergana Branzova-Erdeney (193-F/C-76) and Milena Tomova (191-F-82, college: Florida Intern.) put Bulgaria ahead 21:16 early in the second frame. The visiting side maintained the advantage well enough to secure a 30:27 lead at halftime. Bulgaria quickly stretched the margin to 12 points at the start of the third stanza. Greece however found strength to change the complexion of the game. The hosts used a 14:2 run to close the third term and drew things level at 45. Pelagia Papamichail (189-F/C-86) and Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) scored 9 unanswered points for Greece early in the fourth period piling up a 9-point gap. Greece gradually cleared off from their opponents before back-to-back trebles Evanthia Maltsi and Anastasia Kostaki (172-G-78) doomed Bulgaria. The home team sealed the winning outcome at the end to stay at the helm of their pool. Evanthia Maltsi knocked down 18 points for Greece. Pelagia Papamichail and Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78) nailed 14 points for the winners. Gergana Branzova-Erdeney notched 21 points and 13 boards for Bulgaria. Evelina Guneva (183-F-80, agency: Interperformances) added 12 points in the loss.

Greece: Evanthia Maltsi 18, Pelagia Papamichail 14, Dimitra Kalentzou 14
Bulgaria: Gergana Branzova-Erdeney 21+13 boards, Evelina Guneva 12


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  HOLLAND - Women  


Netherlands hold off Iceland in La Almere - by Eurobasket News
Netherlands - Iceland 81:70

The Dutch National Team handled brave Icelandic opponents to keep their record spotless in Group A of EuroBasket Division B. Netherlands thus climbed to 2-0 record and share the top honours in the pool together with Montenegro. The teams will clash next Wednesday in Bijelo Polje in an exciting clash. Iceland meanwhile suffered their first loss in the campaign and fell to 1-1 record. They will look to improve on the standing when take on Slovenia at home next week. The teams traded baskets throughout the opening frame before the hosts scored 7 straight points to jump to a 16:13 lead after the first stanza. Helena Sverrisdottir (185-G-88) and Sigurjonsdottir fired thrice from beyond the arc in two minutes and Iceland surged ahead 22:21 midway through the second period. Palina Gunnlaugsdottir (170-G-87) proved Icelandic main weapon was long range bombardment converting another treble to cap the half and give the visitors a 35:33 advantage. Helena Sverrisdottir drained three trifectas in the third quarter and Iceland maintained the gap well enough to enter the fourth term up by 8 points 53:61. However the fourth period turned into a one-team show as Netherlands left no chance for their opponents. First Kooij stepped up with 8 straight points and then Broring added 5 more in a 13:0 run that put the hosts ahead 66:61. Kooij later put on a show hitting 10 points in a row and stretching the margin to 15 points. Iceland never came back to life and had to give up at the end. Leonie Kooij (187-F-86, agency: LBM Management) managed 21 points and 8 rebounds for the home team. Laura Kooij (183-F-82) had 16 points, while Anouk Biesters (182-G/F-86) secured 14 for the winners. Helena Sverrisdottir poured in game-high 29 points and collected 7 rebounds in defeat. Signy Hermannsdottir (190-C-78, college: Cameron) and Palina Gunnlaugsdottir added 11 points apiece for Iceland.

Netherlands: Leonie Kooij 21, Laura Kooij 16, Anouk Biesters 14
Iceland: Helena Sverrisdottir 29, Signy Hermannsdottir 11, Palina Gunnlaugsdottir 11


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  HONG KONG - Women  


Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. Fujian 1-0 
 2. Nanhua 1-0 
 3. Junan 1-0 
 4. Zhongyin 1-0 
 5. Anban 0-1 
 6. Yuyuan 0-1 
 7. Minxin 0-1 
 8. Gongmin 0-1 


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  HUNGARY - Women  


Hungary clinch the first win in thriller - by Eurobasket News
Hungary - Slovakia 85:76 (OT)

Hungarian National Team secured a tough overtime win over Slovakia at home court to overcome their opponents in Group C of the EuroBasket Qualification. Anna Vajda (191-F/C-84) came up with 22 points and 10 boards to pace Hungary to 3-2 record. Zsofia Fegyverneky (178-G-84) notched 24 points to lead all scorers in the game. Slovakia slipped to 2-3 record after the loss. Hungary led right from the start but managed to pile up just a 2-point lead after ten minutes of action. Zuzana Zirkova (175-F/G-80) put Slovakia in front for the first time in the game early in the second period. Slovakia kept in front and secured a 40:39 lead at the interval. Lucia Laskova (187-F-80, agency: LBM Management), Lucia Kupcikova and Zuzana Zirkova opened a double-digit advantage for the visitors midway through the third stanza. Zuzana Zirkova later added a three-pointer to make it 58:44 for Slovakia. Hungary needed a 10:2 run at the start of the fourth quarter to trim the deficit to a single point. Slovakia once again cleared off to a 6 points distance however Zsofia Fegyverneky closed the game with 6 points in a row and sent the game into overtime. The teams traded baskets before Zsofia Fegyverneky, Orsolya Englert and Anna Vajda gave the hosts a 9-point advantage and Hungary celebrated an impressive win. Nora Bujdoso (188-F-85) contributed 10 points for Hungary. Zuzana Zirkova notched 20 points and 7 rebounds for Slovakia. Lucia Laskova added 18 points and 11 boards in defeat.

Hungary: Zsofia Fegyverneky 24, Anna Vajda 22+10 boards, Nora Bujdoso 10
Slovakia: Zuzana Zirkova 20, Lucia Laskova 18+11 boards


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  ICELAND - Women  


Netherlands hold off Iceland in La Almere - by Eurobasket News
Netherlands - Iceland 81:70

The Dutch National Team handled brave Icelandic opponents to keep their record spotless in Group A of EuroBasket Division B. Netherlands thus climbed to 2-0 record and share the top honours in the pool together with Montenegro. The teams will clash next Wednesday in Bijelo Polje in an exciting clash. Iceland meanwhile suffered their first loss in the campaign and fell to 1-1 record. They will look to improve on the standing when take on Slovenia at home next week. The teams traded baskets throughout the opening frame before the hosts scored 7 straight points to jump to a 16:13 lead after the first stanza. Helena Sverrisdottir (185-G-88) and Sigurjonsdottir fired thrice from beyond the arc in two minutes and Iceland surged ahead 22:21 midway through the second period. Palina Gunnlaugsdottir (170-G-87) proved Icelandic main weapon was long range bombardment converting another treble to cap the half and give the visitors a 35:33 advantage. Helena Sverrisdottir drained three trifectas in the third quarter and Iceland maintained the gap well enough to enter the fourth term up by 8 points 53:61. However the fourth period turned into a one-team show as Netherlands left no chance for their opponents. First Kooij stepped up with 8 straight points and then Broring added 5 more in a 13:0 run that put the hosts ahead 66:61. Kooij later put on a show hitting 10 points in a row and stretching the margin to 15 points. Iceland never came back to life and had to give up at the end. Leonie Kooij (187-F-86, agency: LBM Management) managed 21 points and 8 rebounds for the home team. Laura Kooij (183-F-82) had 16 points, while Anouk Biesters (182-G/F-86) secured 14 for the winners. Helena Sverrisdottir poured in game-high 29 points and collected 7 rebounds in defeat. Signy Hermannsdottir (190-C-78, college: Cameron) and Palina Gunnlaugsdottir added 11 points apiece for Iceland.

Netherlands: Leonie Kooij 21, Laura Kooij 16, Anouk Biesters 14
Iceland: Helena Sverrisdottir 29, Signy Hermannsdottir 11, Palina Gunnlaugsdottir 11


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  IRELAND - Women  


Ireland pip Slovenia in Limerick - by Eurobasket News
Ireland - Slovenia 67:59

Irish National Team celebrated the first win in the EuroBasket Division B action yesterday. They defeated visiting Slovenia in Limerick to improve to 1-1 record in Group A of the tournament. Slovenia in the meantime suffered the second loss in a row and slipped to the bottom of the ladder. Ireland shocked the visitors early in the encounter going on a 7:0 rally to claim the lead. Slovenia however quickly found the right rhythm and tied the scoreline. Irish team still managed to surge ahead and posted a 16:13 advantage at the first intermission. Daliborka Jokic (185-F-81) and Domenika Gacner (174-G-85) lifted Slovenia in front at the start of the second period and they maintained the gap throughout the rest of the stanza. Domenika Gacner capped the first half with a layup to give the visitors a 32:26 lead. Nika Baric (168-G-92) knocked down a three-pointer to enlarge the lead for Slovenia at the beginning of the third frame. However Ireland answered with a 21:4 run to close the third quarter leading by 8 points. Moran and Clancy scored the first 6 points of the fourth frame to establish a 14-point for the hosts and they never allowed Slovenia to threaten it at the late stages. Moran led all scorers with 22 points. Michelle Aspell (168-G) contributed 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Nika Baric replied with 17 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for Slovenia. Daliborka Jokic had 11 points and 11 boards in the loss.

Ireland: Sarah Moran 22, Michelle Aspell 20+10 boards, Mary Fox (180-G-83) 7
Slovenia: Nika Baric 17, Daliborka Jokic 11+11 boards


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  LUXEMBOURG - Women  


Macedonia grab the second straight win in Division B - by Eurobasket News
Luxembourg - Macedonia 53:67

Macedonia spoiled the EuroBasket Division B opener for Luxembourg beating them on the road yesterday. The win marked a 2-0 record for Macedonia in Group B of the tournament. Lynn Schreiner (158-G-91) began the game with a three-pointer to put Luxembourg ahead. However Macedonia answered with an 18:2 rally to grab a 19:7 lead after ten minutes of action. Slavica Dimovska (-85) started the second period with a trey to deepen the damage. The visitors maintained the pressure and established a massive 37:16 cushion at the interval. Nadia Mossong (183-F-86) and Lynn Schreiner cut the deficit to 15 points early in the third frame. But Slavica Dimovska and Zivkovik regained a 21-point advantage before the fourth term. Luxembourg tried hard and clipped the distance to 16 points in the fourth period but never came closer and lost the battle. Elena Radenkovik (189-C-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Seton Hill) led the charge with 19 points and 9 boards for Macedonia. Slavica Dimovska added 16 points, while Samardjiska contributed 12 points for the winners. Lynn Schreiner knocked down 17 points for Luxembourg. Nadia Mossong nailed 14 points and collected 6 rebounds in defeat. Macedonia outrebounded their opponents 28:22 and converted 44% from the field.
Luxembourg will next take on Portugal away from home, while Macedonia will have a bye round next Wednesday before hosting Portugal on September 6.

Luxembourg: Lynn Schreiner 17, Nadia Mossong 14
Macedonia: Elena Radenkovik 19, Slavica Dimovska 16, Bojana Samardziska (194-C-83, college: Washburn) 12


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  MONTENEGRO - Women  


Montenegro keep winning pace in Division B - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro - Switzerland 60:50

The Montenegrin National Team added one more win in their quest for Division A spot. Montenegro knocked down Switzerland yesterday to improve to 2-0 record on top of Group A in Division B tournament. Montenegro remained at the helm of the pool together with Netherlands, while Swiss team suffered their second straight loss and failed to climb in the standings. Jelena Skerovic (172-G-80) stepped up for the hosts with 16 points, 7 boards, 5 steals and 5 assists. Jelena Dubljevic (192-C-87) contributed 12 points and 10 rebounds for Montenegro, while Maja Milutinovic (176-G-87) had 11 points for the winners. Karen Twehues (183-G-83, college: Cincinnati) responded with 19 points and 8 boards for Switzerland. Severine Chauvin (184-F-87) delivered 10 points in a losing clause. The hosts forced Swiss players to 22 turnovers and outrebounded them 39:36.
Montenegrin team piled up a 9-point lead at the interval and kept the visitors at distance throughout the third quarter. Switzerland limited the home team to just 6 points in the fourth term but failed to seriously threaten the deficit in the dying stages of the clash. Severine Chauvin dragged the visitors as close as 11 points. However Montenegro kept their counterparts silent for more than 5 minutes late in regulation to ease to a comfortable victory at the end. Montenegro will next play against also undefeated Netherlands at home. Switzerland will look for the initial success when they host Ireland on Wednesday.

Montenegro: Jelena Skerovic 16, Jelena Dubljevic 12+10 boards, Maja Milutinovic 11
Switzerland: Karen Twehues 19, Severine Chauvin 10


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  NEW ZEALAND - Women  


Standings - WNBL
WNBL Standings
 1. Waikato LT 0-0 
 2. Harbour B. 0-0 
 3. Hutt Valley 0-0 
 4. Otago B. 0-0 
 5. Wellington S. 0-0 
 6. Cantenbury W. 0-0 


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  POLAND - Women  


Stats Leaders - PLKK
PLKK Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Taylor, Energa 16.9
2 Jarkow., Poznan 16.9
3 Holdsclaw, Lotos 16.3
4 Clyburn, Cukierki 15.9
5 Coleman, PKM 15.7
Rebounds Per Game
1 Humphrey LKS 10.4
2 Taylor, Energa 9.9
3 Bell, Utex 9.8
4 Merideth, Utex 9.5
5 Ndiaye, CCC 8.6
Assists Per Game
1 Malaszewska, Gora 5.0
2 Skerovic, Wisla 4.7
3 Wlazlak, LKS 4.0
4 Tyszkiew., Poznan 3.3
5 Bortelova, CCC 3.3
Steals Per Game
1 Skobel, MUKS 3.5
2 Bell, Utex 2.8
3 Bond, Energa 2.75
Blocks Per Game
1 Clyburn, Cukierki 1.97
2 Aleliuna., Poznan 1.93
3 Sanders Cukierki 1.76
2FGP
1 Grabow., Energa. 66.0
2 Kobryn, Wisla 62.0
3 Dupree, Wisla 60.0
3FGP
1 Breitreiner, Lotos 46.0
2 Krysiewicz, PKM 44.0
3 Jackson, Fineph 40.0
Free Throws
11 Zurowska, Kssse 89.0
2 Ristic, Kssse 88.0
3 DeForge, Wisla 87.0


Standings - PLKK
PLKK Standings
 1. Lotos 24-0 
 2. Wisla 21-3 
 3. AZS Gorzow 17-7 
 4. T. Leszno 17-7 
 5. Utex Row 14-10 
 6. CCC 14-10 
 7. AZS Poznan 11-13 
 8. LKS 11-13 
 9. MMKS Energa 11-13 
 10. MUKS Poznan 8-16 
 11. Cukierki 5-19 
 12. AZS J.Gora 2-22 
 13. Lomianki 1-23 


Pre-season games of Cukierki and PKM Duda - by Eurobasket
Two PLKK teams preparing for upcoming league Cukierki Odra Brzeg and PKM Duda PWSZ Leszno played last weekend two exhibition games in Leszno.
Both games were won by Cukierki coached by Jaroslaw Zyskowski .
Saturday: Cukierki Odra Brzeg - PKM Duda PWSZ Leszno 81:69
Sunday: Cukierki Odra Brzeg - PKM Duda PWSZ Leszno 73:55


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  ROMANIA - Women  


Latest Transactions News - by Nagy Szilveszter
CET Govora agreed terms with 24-year old Serbian forward Milena Krstajic (184-F-84). Krstajic played most recently at ZKK Partizan Beograd (Serbia). The other foreigner signed at CET is Latinovic Ljiljanna from Mladi Krajisnik Banja Luka (Bosnia & Herz.)

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  SENEGAL - Women  


Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. SLBC 14-1 
 2. DUC 12-2 
 3. JA 12-3 
 4. BOPP 10-6 
 5. Jaraaf 9-6 
 6. Sibac 7-9 
 7. USO 7-9 
 8. ASCFO 3-13 
 9. Stade Mbour 2-13 
 10. BC Mbour 1-15 


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  SERBIA - Women  


Belgium send Serbia to 0-2 record - by Eurobasket News
Belgium - Serbia 73:60

Serbia appeared on the cusp of missing the 2009 EuroBasket tournament. Yesterday ambitious Serbian team fell short in Belgium and slipped to 0-2 record at the bottom of Pool D of the Qualification campaign. Belgium in the meantime posted their initial victory and improved to 1-1 record in the group.
Serbia lost their opening game against Greece and hoped to rectify the situation. They entered the game aggressively and jumped ahead early on. Serbia managed to establish a 23:20 advantage at the first intermission. The visitors remained in charge in the second period. They extended the margin to comfortable 13 points at the interval. However Belgium refused to fold and struck back in the third quarter. The hosts changed the complexion of the game and went on a 22:8 rally to gain a single-point lead heading into the fourth stanza. Belgium were on fire in the final stanza and raised the tempo to keep Serbia at bay. The Belgian team notched a 22:10 surge to finalize a terrific come-from-behind victory at the end. Anke De Mondt (180-F/G-79) tallied 20 points to pace Belgium. Kathy Wambe (173-G-81) had 16 points, while Evelien Callens (188-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management) added 14 points for the winners. Miljana Musovic (180-G-87) answered with 15 points for Serbia. Maja Miljkovic (176-G-88) and Ines Kresovic (182-G-84) contributed 9 points in defeat. Serbia will look for the initial win against Bulgaria at home on
Wednesday. Belgium will host Greece on the same day.

Belgium: Anke De Mondt 20, Kathy Wambe 16, Evelien Callens 14
Serbia: Miljana Musovic 15, Maja Miljkovic 9, Ines Kresovic 9


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  SEYCHELLES - Women  


Seychelles - Women
1A Standings
 1. Bel Air 0-0 
 2. Mont Fleuri 0-0 
 3. Stars 0-0 


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Hungary clinch the first win in thriller - by Eurobasket News
Hungary - Slovakia 85:76 (OT)

Hungarian National Team secured a tough overtime win over Slovakia at home court to overcome their opponents in Group C of the EuroBasket Qualification. Anna Vajda (191-F/C-84) came up with 22 points and 10 boards to pace Hungary to 3-2 record. Zsofia Fegyverneky (178-G-84) notched 24 points to lead all scorers in the game. Slovakia slipped to 2-3 record after the loss. Hungary led right from the start but managed to pile up just a 2-point lead after ten minutes of action. Zuzana Zirkova (175-F/G-80) put Slovakia in front for the first time in the game early in the second period. Slovakia kept in front and secured a 40:39 lead at the interval. Lucia Laskova (187-F-80, agency: LBM Management), Lucia Kupcikova and Zuzana Zirkova opened a double-digit advantage for the visitors midway through the third stanza. Zuzana Zirkova later added a three-pointer to make it 58:44 for Slovakia. Hungary needed a 10:2 run at the start of the fourth quarter to trim the deficit to a single point. Slovakia once again cleared off to a 6 points distance however Zsofia Fegyverneky closed the game with 6 points in a row and sent the game into overtime. The teams traded baskets before Zsofia Fegyverneky, Orsolya Englert and Anna Vajda gave the hosts a 9-point advantage and Hungary celebrated an impressive win. Nora Bujdoso (188-F-85) contributed 10 points for Hungary. Zuzana Zirkova notched 20 points and 7 rebounds for Slovakia. Lucia Laskova added 18 points and 11 boards in defeat.

Hungary: Zsofia Fegyverneky 24, Anna Vajda 22+10 boards, Nora Bujdoso 10
Slovakia: Zuzana Zirkova 20, Lucia Laskova 18+11 boards


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  SLOVENIA - Women  


Ireland pip Slovenia in Limerick - by Eurobasket News
Ireland - Slovenia 67:59

Irish National Team celebrated the first win in the EuroBasket Division B action yesterday. They defeated visiting Slovenia in Limerick to improve to 1-1 record in Group A of the tournament. Slovenia in the meantime suffered the second loss in a row and slipped to the bottom of the ladder. Ireland shocked the visitors early in the encounter going on a 7:0 rally to claim the lead. Slovenia however quickly found the right rhythm and tied the scoreline. Irish team still managed to surge ahead and posted a 16:13 advantage at the first intermission. Daliborka Jokic (185-F-81) and Domenika Gacner (174-G-85) lifted Slovenia in front at the start of the second period and they maintained the gap throughout the rest of the stanza. Domenika Gacner capped the first half with a layup to give the visitors a 32:26 lead. Nika Baric (168-G-92) knocked down a three-pointer to enlarge the lead for Slovenia at the beginning of the third frame. However Ireland answered with a 21:4 run to close the third quarter leading by 8 points. Moran and Clancy scored the first 6 points of the fourth frame to establish a 14-point for the hosts and they never allowed Slovenia to threaten it at the late stages. Moran led all scorers with 22 points. Michelle Aspell (168-G) contributed 20 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Nika Baric replied with 17 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for Slovenia. Daliborka Jokic had 11 points and 11 boards in the loss.

Ireland: Sarah Moran 22, Michelle Aspell 20+10 boards, Mary Fox (180-G-83) 7
Slovenia: Nika Baric 17, Daliborka Jokic 11+11 boards


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  SOUTH KOREA - Women  


Standings - WKBL
WKBL Standings
 1. S-Birds 28-5 
 2. Redwings 19-13 
 3. KB Savers 11-22 
 4. Woori Hansae 10-22 
 5. Cool Cats 9-20 
 6. Falcons 0-0 
 7. Bichumi 0-0 


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  SWITZERLAND - Women  


Montenegro keep winning pace in Division B - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro - Switzerland 60:50

The Montenegrin National Team added one more win in their quest for Division A spot. Montenegro knocked down Switzerland yesterday to improve to 2-0 record on top of Group A in Division B tournament. Montenegro remained at the helm of the pool together with Netherlands, while Swiss team suffered their second straight loss and failed to climb in the standings. Jelena Skerovic (172-G-80) stepped up for the hosts with 16 points, 7 boards, 5 steals and 5 assists. Jelena Dubljevic (192-C-87) contributed 12 points and 10 rebounds for Montenegro, while Maja Milutinovic (176-G-87) had 11 points for the winners. Karen Twehues (183-G-83, college: Cincinnati) responded with 19 points and 8 boards for Switzerland. Severine Chauvin (184-F-87) delivered 10 points in a losing clause. The hosts forced Swiss players to 22 turnovers and outrebounded them 39:36.
Montenegrin team piled up a 9-point lead at the interval and kept the visitors at distance throughout the third quarter. Switzerland limited the home team to just 6 points in the fourth term but failed to seriously threaten the deficit in the dying stages of the clash. Severine Chauvin dragged the visitors as close as 11 points. However Montenegro kept their counterparts silent for more than 5 minutes late in regulation to ease to a comfortable victory at the end. Montenegro will next play against also undefeated Netherlands at home. Switzerland will look for the initial success when they host Ireland on Wednesday.

Montenegro: Jelena Skerovic 16, Jelena Dubljevic 12+10 boards, Maja Milutinovic 11
Switzerland: Karen Twehues 19, Severine Chauvin 10


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  TPBL - Women  


TPBL- WOMENS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT IN TEXAS - by Chris Cardenas

SAN ANGELO,TX - is inviting all womens pro or amatuer basketball teams out to west Texas for this basketball event. 'We're hoping to show the people of west Texas that there are some ladies in our great state and around the country that can really play this game.' says chris cardenas league owner. This tournament will basically open the doors for more women to join the TPBL in 2009 for its 1st season of play in the womens division. The league has always kept the same motto and we stand by it : TEXAS BASED , TEXAS OWNED , A NEW TEXAS TRADITION!!

what : Texas Open Womens Basketball Tournament

when : December 6-7, 2008

where: San Angelo ,Tx

entry : $250 per team (10 player max)

deadline to enter/pay entry : Nov. 20

format : double elimination

awards : 1st place $1000 cash and team award
2nd-3rd place : team awards
all tournament awards and tourney mvp

note : tournament entries will cut off at 20 teams

to enter call : 325-763-6630
or email : cardenas_chris@yahoo.com

note : the TPBL would like to invite all womens basketball teams out to west texas for this basketball classic!!!
for more information on entering a team in the womens or mens division call : 325-763-6630 or email : cardenas_chris@yahoo.com


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  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - Women  


Standings - Women
D1 Standings
 1. Al Ahli 0-0 
 2. Zayed Univ. 0-0 
 3. Sharqa 0-0 


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  WBCBL - Women  


Dallas Diesel Open Tryouts - by Willie McCray

The Dallas Diesel Basketball Club will host a 1-day basketball camp to give prospective players a look for our annual college tour!!

Tour Overview:
* 10 to 15 (weekend) game schedule

* Personal Conditioning & Skill Training (1 to 2 per week)
* Highly Competitive Exhibition Games
* Post-Game Meals on Road Games
* Hotel accommodations on Road Games
* DVD copy of Games (based on availability)
* Direct contact with Professional Agents & Scouts
* Team Apparel
* Christian-based Peer Counseling & Mentorship

Date & Time:
Saturday, September 6th @ 10am

Location:
Thurgood Marshall Recreation Center
5150 Mark Trail - Dallas, TX 75232

Registration: $50
(www.DallasDiesel.com)



Dallas Diesel College Tour Tryouts - by Willie McCray
The Dallas Diesel Basketball Club will host a 1-day basketball camp to give prospective players a look for our annual college tour!!

* Most game on Saturdays
* 1 - 2 practice per week

Ages: 20 & Up

Date & Time:
Saturday, September 6th @ 10am

Location:
Thurgood Marshall Recreation Center
5150 Mark Trail - Dallas, TX 75232

Registration: $50
($25 for WBCBL Players)

For more information, visit us at www.DallasDiesel.com


Tampa to hold Open Tryouts - by Willie McCray
COME BE A PART OF THE 2008 WBCBL CHAMPIONSHIP SQUAD!

The Tampa Bay XFactor is now accepting interested participants for our
2008 College Touring Team

Age: 21 & up with no basketball eligibility remaining or a signed waiver for forfeited season

Cost: 25.00 tryout (upon invitation to join a balance of 50.00 includes season insurance, uniform, and a waived fee of 85.00 for the WBCBL season)

Please contact us at xfactor24-7@hotmail.com for more information

Thanks! Coach Carr