EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 9/11/2008

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  ABA   


Millrats to host 2008 Smart PBA Philippine Cup Champions - by Eurobasket News
The 2008 Smart PBA Philippine Cup Champions have made a trans-global trek to visit and train with the Manchester Millrats in New Hampshire. The Santa Lucia Realtors, a professional basketball club from the Philippines, will arrive in Manchester Thursday afternoon to beginning training with the Millrats.

'We are really excited and looking forward to training under the Millrats and their coaching staff,' stated the Realtors Head Coach Boyet Fernandez .

The two professional basketball clubs made a connection last summer when the Realtors were in Boston for training, and participated in the Millrats inaugural tryout camp. Then earlier this year, Millrats owner Jason Briggs and General Manager Ian McCarthy flew then Millrats star guard, Anthony Anderson, to Manilla to tryout for several Philippine teams. During the trip Encarnado made sure they experienced true Filipino culture and cuisine.

'I have never seen shrimp and crabs so big before!' exclaimed McCarthy, 'it was a wonderful experience to visit with Buddy and see Manilla firsthand.'

The Realtors achieved what the Millrats fell short on last season: they won their league Championship. The Realtors credited some of their success to the international travel and training last summer, and they hope to repeat the process this year. The Millrats, in just their second season, will be seeking their first championship in a new league - the Premier Basketball League.

McCarthy and Briggs and Encarnado hope to have forged an alliance and a friendship that transcends borders, and is based on the love of the sport they have in common. The Realtors are also here looking for possible future American players that they could sign in the future.

The Millrats and the Realtors will be training at the Sportszone Athletic Facility in Derry, New Hampshire (www.nhsportszone.com) on Thursday afternoon, Friday morning, twice on Saturday, and will put on a scrimmage match on Sunday afternoon at 4:00 pm. The facility is open to the media and the public to come in an observe the proceedings.

Next Saturday September 20th and 21st, the Millrats are hosting the NH Exposure Combine Camp at the Sportszone that will also serve as their tryout camp. The best of the best from the camp will be combined with high level free agents and some returning Millrats for an October veteran's camp, and then the final Millrats roster will be signed before training camp.

Courtesy of PBL


Buzz announce final team try-out - by Eurobasket News
Maywood, CA - Buzz General Manager Burrel Lee III just announced that the team will host it's final team tryout. The dates are set for Saturday and Sunday, October 4th & 5th, 2008 at the Maywood Activity Center, Home of the Buzz.

The Buzz are looking for a few players to add the current group of returners and players found in it's first tryout and come to training camp when it opens Monday, November 10th, 2008.


Buzz Final Team TryOut

Date: Saturday & Sunday, October 4th & 5th, 2008

Time: Registration begins at 8:00am

TryOuts begin at 9:00am

Cost: $100.00 per person


To register please click on the registration link on the top of the page and fill in all the information and from there you will be mailed the player information packet.

What to bring;

A reversible jersey, your basketball shoes and you A game. We are looking for players that are in great basketball playing shape. If this is you then the Maywood Buzz is the place for you.

If you have any questions please feel free to call us at 323.562.5570 or email us at info@buzzbasketball.com. We look forward to seeing you on the court and good luck to you all.

Courtesy of ABA


ABA adds second West Virginia team for upcoming season - by Eurobasket News
The American Basketball Association (ABA) today announced that it has added the West Virginia Outlaws located in Charleston, WV to its growing list of expansion teams for the upcoming season. According to Joe Newman, ABA CEO, 'We are very pleased to have these owners and this team in the league. It is a very experienced group with a tremendous knowledge of their community, business and basketball - and it certainly fits beautifully into our divisional plans. They're 100% ready to go; Charleston is a terrific city.'

The West Virginia Outlaws entry into the ABA adds another economic development group to the ABA roster with the previous announcement of the Bluefield WV Housing Authority announcement. The West Virginia Outlaws Sports Academy, a very successful non-profit organization of former professional, college basketball players and coaches bring to the ABA a group of young businessmen with excellent sports backgrounds.

Thomas Jones, who founded the WVOSA, has been a coach for 14 years. Starting his career in youth leagues and AAU, he also coached high school and worked his way to semi-professional level with the West Virginia Wild, where he was also the team's Director of Player Personnel. Thomas is a native of Rand WV which is the birthplace of other great athletes such as NFL superstar Randy Moss and NBA star Jason Williams.

Elliot Belcher started his coaching career working his way up from humble beginnings. A native of Charleston WV, Elliot also started coaching AAU where his team competed for the state title every year. Elliot brings several years of coaching experience and a strong offensive mind to the program.

Daniel Hicks, a native of South Charleston, is a consultant to the talent and you Ambitious group. He brings many years of pro basketball experience and management knowledge to the staff.

The West Virginia Outlaws Sports Academy is a local boys & girls sports training club in West Virginia. The club was formed to give at risk adolescence in West Virginia's low income areas, another direction in life besides the fast life of the streets by encouraging a hard work ethic and Christian values.

The WVOSA promotes a drug-free atmosphere, good health and respect for self, one another and our communities. The West Virginia Outlaws Sports Academy's AAU programs offer a high level of competition as compared to local recreational sports leagues. 'Our main objective athletically is to provide 'after-season' play and training for boys and girls who are committed to sports and wish to improve their skills,' stated Jones. 'Workouts are focused on position training, strength and conditioning, quickness drills, speed and agility training. We rely on three words as a foundation to create a stronger mind and body to show kids how to become champions - discipline, dedication and desire or as we like to say - 3-D - one of the main rules of the great ABA. We are thrilled to be a part of this league.'

For more information, email twjones@westvirginiaoutlaws.com or email info@westvirginiaoutlaws.com or call 304 419 2281 or 304 982 6705 or visit www.wvosa.com or www.abalive.com.

Courtesy of ABA


Pro Basketball coming back to Kansas City - by Eurobasket News
The Kansas City Spartans is a proud team in the distinguished American Basketball Association (ABA). The team will begin playing this coming December. The Spartans are committed to competing at the highest level, by recruiting and training quality players that strive for excellence.

Kansas City Spartans will provide a fun, safe, and family friendly environment for sports enthusiasts and all sports fans. The team will offer community programs that will have a strong emphasis on literacy in the urban area of the city.

The Kansas City Spartans will hold its first press conference on September 17, 2008 at 1pm at Ilus Davis Park which is located downtown Kansas City at 11th and Oak. The press conference will allow us to introduce this new and exciting team to the city.

The Spartans website also provides detailed information about the history of the ABA and owner Milton Thomas . It also provides information about upcoming events, game schedules and player information.

For more information, call Bryant Tucker Sr, GM, at 816 872 6622 or email kcspartans@gmail.com or visit www.kansascityspartans.com or www.abalive.com.

Courtesy of ABA


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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Crvena Zvezda inks top prospect Marko Keselj - by Dragan Jankovski
After arrival of well respected Serbian coach Svetislav Pesic and NBA guard Andre Owens (192-G-80, college: Houston), Crvena Zvezda signed 2+1 deal with one of the top Serbian prospects Marko Keselj (206-F-88, agency: Beo Basket). 20-year old small forward spent last season in German team Koln 99ers as a loaned player from Akasvayu Girona. He played 10 games in ULEB Cup averaging 6.8 ppg and 2.8 rpg. In German Bundesleague he had 9.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 1 spg. This past summer Keselj was one of the best players of U20 Serbia which grabbed the Gold on European Championship in Riga. For 8 games Keselj averaged 14.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg and 2.1 apg. He also demonstrated pretty good performance at the last FIBA U19 World Championship, which was held in Novi Sad last year. Serbia was too strong for USA in the final. Keselj already worked with coach Svetislav Pesic on season 06/07 when Girona grabbed the first trophy in club's history. It was FIBA EuroCup.

Bojovic moves to Buducnost, Pekovic re-signs with Vojvodina - by Dragan Jankovski
Guard Milos Bojovic (198-G-81) agreed one-year deal with Montenegrin champion Buducnost Podgorica. Bojovic spent last season in Vojvodina Srbijagas averaging 9.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 1.7 apg for 26 games in Adriatic league. Later, Vojvodina participated in Serbian Superleague together with seven more teams. Bojovic appeared 14 times in it having 13.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2 apg and 1.9 spg. Interesting is that he didn't miss any single game last season. At the end of it he got the award 'Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Honorable Mention -08'. He moved to Vojvodina from Sloga Kraljevo last year. In the past he also used to play for Atlas Banka and Avala Ada.

Vojvodina Srbijagas finally re-signed Marko Pekovic (193-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) until 2010. During the summer Pekovic decided to leave the club and to join Swisslions Takovo but very soon he changed his mind signing new contract with Vojvodina. Pekovic played 24 games for the Tulips in Adriatic league adding 4.1 ppg and 1.3 apg. He also had 14 games in Superleague averaging 5.3 ppg, 1.4 rpg and 1.6 apg. He spent season 06/07 in Buducnot Podgorica having almost the same digits. One year before Pekovic had 12.6 ppg and 2.5 apg for Montenegrin team in S&M Superleague. He grew up in Partizan Belgrade and later played for FMP, OKK Beograd, Lavovi 063, Asesoft, Khimik and Banvit. With Asesoft Pekovic won FIBA Europe Cup in 2005. Two years later he won the title in domestic championship and National Cup with Buducnost Podgorica.


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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


First Deepwater record another first - by Olusegun Ikuesan
....Sponsors Wheelchair Camping
....As team resume camping ahead South Africa tourney

The sixteen players selected at the end of a rigorous screening exercise of over fifty Wheelchair basketball players from across the country would this Sunday resume close camping ahead the Africa Championship billed for Johannesburg, South Africa between September 30 and October 6 this year.

Head coach of the Nigerian team OBrien Adoki told our correspondent recently that the sixteen players at the end of the week-long screening exercise conducted recently would be camped at the National Institute for Sports, NIS, for two weeks before jetting out to Johannesburg on September 28.

Adoki further explained that the team camping exercise is been undertaken by frontline Oil & Gas firm, First Deepwater Discovery Limited.

The senior lecturer of the nations foremost sports institute says just as First Deepwater Discovery came to its rescue during the opening screening exercise, the company headed by Engr. Babatunde Babalola is at it again by agreeing to foot the bill for the two weeks camping exercise and the championship proper.

He therefore, charge the players to use the opportunity the camping exercise would provide to prove themselves as only twelve players will make the final list to the Africa Championship which double as 2009 World Championship Qualifiers.

President of the Nigeria Wheelchair Basketball Association, NMBBA, Prince Adesina Adeyemi thanked the boss of First Deepwater Discovery Limited, Engr. Babalola for identifying with the physically challenge basketball players by bankrolling the camping and going to South Africa for the championship proper.

An elated Prince Adeyemi promised that the team will not disappoint during the championship.

Winner of the Africa Championship will represent the continent at the World Championship in France next year.


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  ARGENTINA   


Standings - Liga B
Liga Standings
Zona 1 Noroeste
 1. Banda Norte 8-2 
 2. Barrio Parque 7-2 
 3. Sportivo 9 J. 6-3 
 4. Juvenil Estud. 5-4 
 5. Alberdi 4-6 
 6. Independ.S. 2-7 
 7. Anzorena 1-9 
Zona 2 Noroeste
 1. Estudian.C. 7-4 
 2. Obera TC 6-5 
 3. Rocamora 6-5 
 4. Colon SF 6-5 
 5. Almagro 6-5 
 6. Brown SV 5-6 
 7. Union Fuerza 5-6 
 8. Union SF 3-8 
Zona 3 Centro Sur
 1. Firmat SF 10-1 
 2. San Martin J. 7-4 
 3. Banco Nacion 6-5 
 4. Sportivo Rojas 5-6 
 5. Rosario Cent. 5-6 
 6. Racing G. 5-6 
 7. San Andres 4-7 
 8. Sportivo E. 2-9 
Zona 4 Sur
 1. Velez Sarsfield 9-2 
 2. Gimnasia VP 7-4 
 3. El Sureno 7-4 
 4. Gimnasia BR 7-4 
 5. Ciud.Bragado 6-5 
 6. Atletico Regina 4-7 
 7. Estudian.SR 3-8 
 8. Independ.T. 1-10 


Libertad Chooses Manuel - by Raul Ruscitti
The Liga A defending champion, Libertad Sunchales apparently decided the last foreign player of their roster by signing American swingman Jackie Manuel (196-G/F-83, college: N.Carolina) to a contract. The former North Carolina Tar Heel and NCAA Champion is the replacement for last year Finals MVP Laron Profit and will be expected to have the same impact that Profit had in 2008 playoffs.
Manuel spent the last season in NBA D-League playing for the Iowa Energy before being cut due to an injury in April. The 25 year-old was part of the Orlando Magic preseason roster in 2006, played for the Charlotte Bobcats in the 2007 Orlando Pro Summer League and sign with the Boston Celtics in the same year to be part of training camp and preseason games. Its the first time in his pro-career that Manuel leaves his country to play international basketball.


2008 / 2009 Liga B Official Zones - by Raul Ruscitti
The ADC finally announced the distribution of the teams that will participate in this year edition of the Liga Nacional B (third level of Argentinean pro-basketball). The tournament will begin in October and the clubs will be separated in four zones. The following is the list of teams that will be part of each zone:


North Region:

Northwest: Sargento Cabral (Salta), Union Electrica (Cordoba), Barrio Parque (Cordoba), Sportivo 9 de Julio (Ro III), Anzorena (Mendoza), Banda Norte (Ro IV), Brown (San Vicente) and Facundo (La Rioja).

Northeast: La Union (Colon), Estudiantes (Concordia), Alvear (Villa Angela), Sport Club (Canada de Gmez), Union y Fuerza (Saenz Pena), Almagro (Esperanza), Colon (Santa Fe) and Tomas de Rocamora (Concepcion del Uruguay).


South Region

Centre: San Martin (Junin), Racing (Gualeguaychu), Rosario Central (Rosario), Banco Nacion (Buenos Aires), Nautico Hacoaj (Buenos Aires), Gimnasia y Esgrima de Buenos Aires, Gimnasia y Esgrima de Villa del Parque (Buenos Aires) and Velez Sarsfield (Buenos Aires).

South: Union Vecinal (La Plata), Ciudad de Puerto Madryn (Puerto Madryn), Ciudad Bragado (Bragado), Independiente (Tandil), Atletico Regina (Villa Regina), Jorge Newbery (Carmen de Patagones), Huracn (Trelew) and El Sureo Universitario (Ro Grande).



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  AUSTRALIA   


Cairns Taipans honours Aaron Grabau - by Eurobasket News
Cairns Taipans' favourite son Aaron Grabau (196-G-78) will be afforded an honour reserved for only a select few players when his number is retired by the club as part of its 10th anniversary celebrations on Saturday night.

The Taipans only remaining foundation player, Grabau is not planning to retire any time soon but Cairns decided his service was such that it deserved to be celebrated along with its 10th season in the NBL.

'Loyalty is rare these days and Aaron Grabau is not only a great player but a very loyal player,' Taipans chief executive Denis Keeffe said.

'Normally we dont retire a jersey until the player finishes playing.

'But I think to respect Aaron and what hes meant to this club and what the club means to Aaron, were going to retire his jersey and it means when Aaron does finish playing which I hope is in many, many years time that jersey wont be used by anybody else in the history of this club.'

Grabau, who played 11 games with the Geelong Supercats in 1996 before the club folded, linked with the Cairns Marlins in the ABA before joining the Taipans for their inaugural season in 1999-2000.

He has since played 264 games for the club the most by any player and could rack up his 300th Taipans game this season if the Snakes push all the way to the grand final series.

Grabau said he was shocked to learn the club would retire his jersey.

'Theres not many players in the whole league get their singlets put up by their team and its one of those things you look for when youre older or when youre retiring,' he said.

'Its a great honour for me and my family and its going to be good to see my singlet up on the roof.'

Grabaus aunt Jenny Van Gramberg, who raised him after his father died when Grabau was just 11, will be in the crowd on Saturday night along with his wife Allison and children Isaiah, Giselle and Zavier to see him receive the honour.

'Its one of those things you dont really think about,' Grabau said of his longevity as a Taipan.

'You play and then you play for (another) contract and then you sign and youre just happy to be here. My familys all here and its just such a great town to be in, its part basketball and part your life.'

The Taipans are adamant the decision to retire Grabaus jersey was no hint for the player to follow suit.

And having turned 30 earlier this year, theres plenty of spring left in the popular swingmans step yet.

'Id say 35 or 36 is the average (lifespan of an NBL player) but you always want to just go on how your body feels and think you know when times up,' he said.

'I havent got that way yet, Ill tell you when it happens.'

Courtesy of Emma Greenwood - The Cairns Post


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  AUSTRIA   


Richard Bautista back in Dornbirn - by Cueneyt Tuerk
The ABC Lions Dornbirn announced the addition of Richard Bautista (188-G-82) for the next season. The austrian team decided to bring back their former point guard after he left the club five-years ago playing professional for the Feldkirch Baskets, Gussing Knights and in Spain. He arrives from the spanisch team Quintanar. He also played highschool ball in Pasadena, California. 'Bautista is very knowledgeable, has a tremendous amount of mental toughness and a great work ethic, ' Lions manager Markus Mittelberger said. 'He is a great athlete and will be a bettre representative of the Lions. Richi is perfekt for the Lions and Dornbirn is a perfekt fit for him.'

Netherlands pull away with win in Austria - by Eurobasket News
Austria - Netherlands 54:58

Netherlands celebrated their first win at the EuroBasket in Division B action. They upset the first-round winners Austria to draw level with them in the ladder of Group A.
Hilliman masterminded a 10:2 rally from the visitors late in the opening period to set the score at 18:9 for the Dutch team after the opening period. Three-pointers from Theewkens and Wessels widened the margin to 15 points midway through the second frame. Netherlands limited the hosts to just 5 points in the quarter and secured a 16-point buffer at halftime. Austria however tried hard to save this one. They capped the third period with a 13:3 run to cut the distance to just 7 points. Peter Van Paassen (210-C/F-78, agency: Court Side, college: St.Bonaventure) kept the hosts at distance as he knocked down 6 points early in the final term. Arvin Slagter (190-G-85) and Francisco Elson (212-C-76, agency: Court Side, college: California) once again stretched the gap to 10 points. But back-to-back trebles from Matthias Mayer (206-C/F-81) and Deteri Mayes (189-G-74, agency: Court Side, college: Murray St.) fueled Austrian surge. They trimmed the deficit to 4 points however Peter Van Paassen dunked it home and Netherlands got away with a moral-boosting victory.
Francisco Elson led the charge with 12 points and 8 boards. Peter Van Paassen added 11 points, while Arvin Slagter had 9 points for the winners. Deteri Mayes answered with 14 points for Austria. Matthias Mayer knocked down 9 points in defeat.

Austria: Deteri Mayes 14, Matthias Mayer 9
Netherlands: Francisco Elson 12, Peter Van Paassen 11, Arvin Slagter 9


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  BAHRAIN   


Coach Pereira Signs with Al Najma - by Walter Neto
Coach W. Pereira signs with Al Najma club. After a long period of negotiations, Coach Pereira accepted to sign with Al Najma Club with the objective of improving its Basketball program, performance level and ranking of its Senior team. Coach Pereira believes that with time and dedication of the players and the Administration of the Club, he will be able to make Al Najma competitive. ' The problem is that the Power House clubs' in Bahrain already have a good developmental program and the money to invest in top foreign players'. ' The job won't be easy, but it can be done. - I accepted this challenge, it is one more in my coaching career that has been marked by developing basketball programs worldwide'.

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  BELARUS   


Belarusian National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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Kojenets
4 Pavel Ulyanko (204-F/C-79) of Politekhnika-Halychyna Lviv (UKR)
5 Yegor Meshcharakou (205-F-76) of Azovmash Mariupol (UKR)
6 Siarhei Charykau (181-G-82) of SBK Grodno-93
7 Dmitri Kuzmin (197-G-75) of Politekhnika-Halychyna Lviv (UKR)
8 Arseni Kuchinsky (202-F-79) of Proteas EKA AEL Limassol (CYP)
9 Mikalai Aliakseyeu (212-C-78) of Politekhnika-Halychyna Lviv (UKR)
10 Dzianis Korshuk (204-C/F-78) of AZS Koszalin (POL)
12 Aliaksandr Pustahvar (200-G/F-85) of Politekhnika-Halychyna Lviv (UKR)
13 Heorhi Kandrusevich (197-F-78) of OZAA Osipovichi
14 Alexander Kudrautsau (190-G-80) of Politekhnika-Halychyna Lviv (UKR)
15 Aliaksei Trastsinetski (201-F-86) of Vitalyur Minsk
21 Aleh Kojenets (208-C-77) of BC Donetsk (UKR)
Head Coach: Aliaksandr Papkou
Coach Assistant: Rusian Knatsko


Belarus get to winning start - by Eurobasket News
Belarus - Romania 70:59

Belarus opened their EuroBasket in Division B campaign with the win. Yesterday Belarus outscored Romania in Mogilev to go 1-0 in Group B. Romania meanwhile slipped to 0-2 record in the ladder.
Belarus looked really good in the exhibition games prior to the tournament and proved their good form once again against Romania. A well-balanced offensive effort from the hosts did not allow the visitors to show their best and Belarus secured a comfortable victory at the end. The hosts dominated right from the start and easily secured a safe cushion. Belarus looked too good for Romania at the moment and rolled to a deserved win at the end. Mikalai Aliakseyeu (212-C-78, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents, college: Buffalo) topscored for Belarus with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Aleh Kojenets (208-C-77, college: NC-Wilmington) added 10 points, while Yegor Meshcharakou (205-F-76, agency: Octagon, college: George Washington) nailed 9 points for the winners. Virgil Stanescu (207-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances, college: S.Alabama) answered with 14 points for Romania. Catalin Burlacu (210-C-77, agency: Court Side) had 12 points, while Levente Szijarto (192-G/F-83, agency: Court Side) had 11 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.
Belarus outrebounded the visitors 29:25 and converted impressive 47% from the field. Romania managed just 31% of field goals in the loss.
Belarus will next travel to Switzerland, while Romania will host Switzerland in a week.

Belarus: Mikalai Aliakseyeu 16, Aleh Kojenets 10, Yegor Meshcharakou 9
Romania: Virgil Stanescu 14, Catalin Burlacu 12


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  BELGIUM   


Very nice win for the Lions against Ukraine - by Bertrand Larsimont

Belgium vs. Ukraine 72-61
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 23-16, 37-30, 56-44 and 72-61.

Despite free entrance for all fans, the Belgian Lions played their third duel of the EuroBasket 2009 Qualifying Round (Group C) in front of a very sparse crowd at the Spiroudome in Charleroi, Belgium (attendance: 800). After two losses against France and Turkey, the Lions wanted to show that they could still roar.

After a strong start by the local team, Ukraine of Coach Valentyn Melnychuk reacted very well and came back into the game: 10-9 after 10-0 for the Lions. Quickly afterwards, Aleksander Lichodzijewski (202-C-84) followed by Dimitri Lauwers (187-G-79) hit shots from long range to give the Lions a 18-10 lead. Sebastien Bellin (205-C-78, agency: Court Side, college: Oakland) finished the first quarter with 2 personal fouls but his team (thanks to a three-pointer by Lio Bosco) remained ahead: 23-16 after 10 minutes.

Lionel Bosco (176-G-81, agency: Court Side) and Doum Lauwers distilled great assists inside to give Belgium a 14 point-lead: 30-16. Ukraine's star Artur Drozdov (198-G-80) was unstoppable (19 points in the first half) and allowed his team to get closer: 35-27. Except Drozdov, most Ukrainians seemed tired after their nice win 78-77 against France last weekend (e.g. Serhiy Lishchuk missed several easy shots underneath the basket). Score at half-time: 37-30 for Belgium.

The few fans present at the Spiroudome were very happy to see a beautiful game. The Lions were tough in defense (18 team fouls in the first half!). A 10-point margin for the hometeam was quickly reached in the third quarter: 44-34 on a fastbreak ending by Roel Moors' basket. Despite a technical foul by Belgian Lion Dimitri Lauwers, Belgium kept the lead as Ukraine's players missed easy shots: 51-39 and 56-44 at the end of the third quarter. The Lions remained calm and went on with a strong defense (Lichodzijewski and Oveneke were great contributors). Ukraine missed several free-throws (19/33) as well as a few easy attempts (12/35 at two-point field goal). After 65-51, thanks to Sam Van Rossom (188-G-86) and a fantastic Christophe Beghin (207-F-80, agency: Court Side) in the paint for the Belgian national team, Artem Butskyy (185-G-81) hit two three-pointers to keep Ukraine alive. The referees annoyed the crowd through the whole game by sometimes making some rather strange calls. Artur Drozdov tried to bring his team back in the race but his efforts were not sufficient. In the last minutes, Christophe Beghin remained unchallenged in the paint as Serhiy Lishchuk (210-C/F-82) was called a fifth foul. Sergiy Gladyr (196-G/F-89) was the second Ukrainian player with 5 personal fouls. It was 69-57 with just 1'45' remaining on the clock. The Lions of Coach Eddy Casteels finished with a very nice win 72-61 against Ukraine.

In the other game of Day 3 in Group C, France was beaten by Turkey 77-65. The Lions will face France (with Tony Parker and Ronny Turiaf) next Saturday at 20:00 in Charleroi.

Belgium: Beghin 16; Van Rossom 8; Bosco 5; Moors 7; Bellin 8; Van der Jonckheyd 3; Lauwers 11; Tabu 5; Lichodzijewski 9.
Ukraine: Butskyy 7; Zabirchenko 3; Gladyr 4; Drozdov 27; Tonchenko 2; Onufriyev 4; Kryvych 3; Lishchuk 4; Agafonov 7.



Leuven Transfer News - by Peter Buyse


Spotter Leuven has announced the signing of DeMario Anderson (193-G-85) to complete its roster for the 2008-2009 season.
Anderson started his college career at Central Connecticut State but tranfered to Quinnipiac where he played the past 2 seasons.

Was selected to the All Northeast Conference 1st team this past season thanks to his 21.7 ppg, 6.6 rpg and 3.3 apg.

DeMario Anderson has been named to the collegeinsider.com Mid-Major All-America Team.

The collegeinsider.com Mid-Major All-America Team consists of 21 players and 10 honorable mentions. Anderson was one of the top 21.

In other news from Leuven the visa problems for Sani Ibraham and Parfait Bitee seem close to finished.
Ibrahim is to arrive in Belgium within the next days and Bitee hopes to arrive over the weekend.



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  BOSNIA   


Borac Nektar inks American point guard - by Eurobasket News
After inking of U.S. Virgin Islands big guy Omari Peterkin (204-F/C-83, college: Boston U.), Borac Nektar Banja Luka announced signing of Donta Richardson (188-G-81, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Wyoming). 27-year old point guard started season 06/07 in Al Qadsia from Saudi Arabia but he left the team in December. In January this year he agreed terms with Slovakian Casta SPU Nitra. He finished season as a second best scorer in Extraliga averaging 19.9 ppg. At the same time he had 3 rpg, 3.3 apg and 3 spg in 15 games. On season 05/06 Richardson changed three teams. At the first point he played for Polpak Swecie but later he joined Sundsvall Dragons. He had pretty good numbers with the Dragons 18.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.6 apg and 1.8 spg for 39 games in Sweden D1. In March 2006 he moved to Pro A team Reims replacing injured Trazel Silvers. For 10 games in Pro A he averaged 9 ppg, 2.1 rpg and 1.4 apg. Except of the above mentioned teams, Donta Richardson also played for ENAD, Cholet and Pecs. He graduated at Wyoming in 2003.

In the meantime Borac played friendly game against Serbian team Masinac Kraljevo. Borac celebrated as a visitor 63-73. Milan Janjusevic (197-F-83) and Garma paced Borac to this victory scoring 15 points apiece. Omari Peterkin had 11. Uros Mirkovic (205-F/C-82, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 21 points in Masinac.


Deng was unstoppable in Birmingham against Bosnia - by Eurobasket News

Great Britain- Bosnia and Herzegovina 82:74

Great Britain is now 2-1 in Group D of EuroBasket qualifying campaign. Tonight the team celebrated 82:84 victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina in Birmingham. Even though the hosts lost the last stanza 16:22 they njoyed more the third period with 25:11. Luol Deng (201-F-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Duke) was unstoppable with 29 points and 8 rebounds. Mensah-Bonsu collected 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Flinder Boyd (180-G-80, college: Dartmouth) added 8. Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 15 points in the losing effort, while Nemanja Gordic (195-G-88) scored 13.
Sullivan started the scoring account for the hosts that after 2:0 had even 8:4. Great Britain played well and Bosnia stayed close for 20:18 at the end of the first. The score was tied five times in the second period and the teams left the court also being tied.
After the excellent Pops Mensah-Bonsu and Goran Ikonic exchanged baskets to start the third, the Brits took over by scoring 15 consecutive points. Reinking followed with another jumper and then Luol Deng drilled a three to make it 54:43. Hart closed the third at 66:52 for the hosts.
An 8-0 spurt at the start of the fourth brought Bosnia back into the game at 66:60. Great Britain did not panic and led the game to the winning campaign.

In another game of the groupCzech Republic lifted to the top of Group D EuroBasket qualifier with a 91:70 over Israel. The hosts won all the quarters to seal the second win in the campaign. Jiri Welsch and Petr Benda led the winners with 20 points.


Great Britain: Luol Deng 29+8 rebs, Mensah-Bonsu 15+11 rebs, Flinder Boyd 8
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Kenan Bajramovic 15, Nemanja Gordic 13



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British V.Islands U16 National Team 2008 - by Richard

ADRIEL RICHARDSON
ASHAN BEAZER
DARRYL ALEXANDER
DEON EDWIN
DERON SMITH
IRON YOUNG
JERMY TELEMAQUE
JUBEL JONES
KAREEM PROFIT
LEMANUEL GEORGE
NORVILLE CAREY
RAHEEM BLYDEN
REAVAUN GARRAWAY
SHAKEEL SMITH
SHAKIL RUBAINE
ZANIEL JOSEPH



Young Legs force one-game showdown with East - by David Edole


The BVI Basketball Federation 2008 season has come down to one game. Just one game starting at 8 p.m. on Saturday, to decide the senior division champion and it's a game between the teams that have won all the titles since the league resumed after the Multipurpose Sport Complex was completed in 2004.

On Sunday night, Young Legs positioned themselves to complete sweeps at all levels of the league championship series when they came back from an 0-2 deficit to overpower defending champions East, 79-71, trying the best of five series at 2-2-forcing the one game showdown.

Young Legs could join Jr. division champs Virgin Gorda Jr. Mystics who swept Another Level, to become the first team in the 34-year history of the league to wing four successive titles.

On Sunday night, Ghetto Mix-coached by Brian 'Bash' Brewley who also coaches Young Legs-completed a reverse sweep after beating Run It Red, 86-78.

'Tonight, we contained J.R. (Halstead Chiverton) again, because he and Bolo (David Lettsome') are the spark plugs,' Brewley noted. 'Once we can get them contained, we'll be alright. The running game is their game and we did not play their game. We took it down and pounded it on the inside.'

Kennedy Bass narrowly missed a double, double to pace Young Legs scores with 24 points and nine rebounds. Kennedy Bass added eighteen. Keithwarner Rhymer came up with another double double of 12 points and 13 boards. The East's Dameon Ottley finished with 20 points and seven rebounds. Douron Philips contributed another 10.

Young Legs beat the East, 76-63 Saturday, after the East took Friday's game at, 77-72, for a 2-0 lead.

'We still have one more game to go,' said East's coach Verne 'Bego' Turnbull, a phrase he repeated. 'Listen, let me tell you,' he continued. 'These referees, these referees are just cheating us. That's all I've got to say. Thank you.'

When told he has a chance to win on Saturday, Brewley interjected: 'A chance? I'm going to win it. It's nothing about a chance,' he assured. 'I've been there already. My teams have won six championships. We are already pressure tested. Don't worry about two games because it's a five game series. You have to win three and I'm going to win the three of them.'

Brewley said his team was unable to reach last year's championships because of injuries and its the championships people wanted to see. 'This mega East team was built to beat Young Legs,' he pointed out. 'And now we will finally see if they could beat us. Many the best man win, but I believe I'm going to be the best man.'

Ghetto Mix's Shawn Woods had 23 points and five rebounds as the foundation to repeat their intermediate division title over Run It Red. Calvin Smith tossed in 15 points and pulled 15 boards. David Susana and Travis Issac contributed 13 respectively.

By DEAN 'The Sportsman' GREENAWAY
BVI News Online Chief Sports Correspondent

Jamal Todman poured in 23 to go with six rebounds and five steals for Run It Red. Akeem Titley followed up with 21 points and seven steals. Ghetto Mix grabbed a 2-1 lead, following Saturday's 86-70, victory over Run It Red. Trailing by five at halftime, Ghetto Mix outscored Run It Red in the second half, 46-25, for the victory. Ghetto Mix won Friday's game, 88-72.

'The guys got off to a sluggish start because of the long layoff, but they got the job done,' Brewley said.


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One in and one out of Balkan Botevgrad - by Eurobasket News
Balkan Botevgrad announced changes in the roster for season 08/09. The team inked Martin Horozov (200-F/C-86) while Serbian Boban Bilbija (207-F/C-83) left it.

Martin Horozov played last three seasons for Tundja Yambol. In the last one he averaged 10.6 ppg and 5.5 rpg for 42 games in A1. His Yambol succeeded to reach play-off semifinals. In 2006 Horozov led his team to the final of Bulgarian National Cup and later was selected 'Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Co-6th Man of the Year -06'. In 2005 he won that trophy with CSKA Sophia. Martin Horozov was member of Bulgarian U20 National Team which participated on European Championship in Varna in 2005. He played 8 games adding 2.8 ppg and 1.8 rpg. With U18 NT he also took a place on European Championship in Zaragoza in 2004.

Boban Bilbija left Balkan and he will most probably continue career in Morocco. He had 40 appearances in Balkan's jersey last season adding 6.7 ppg and 2.3 rpg. Balkan had pretty good last season finishing it as a runner-up behind Lukoil Akademik. Before Balkan, Bilbija played for CSM Oradea and Spartak Evronis. He started basketball career in Serbian team Zeleznicar Cacak.


Tundja Yambol and Cherno More met in two friendlies - by Eurobasket News
Tundja Yambol and Cherno More played two friendly games during the past week-end. The score was 1-1. Both games were played at the Yambol's home court.

In the first match Cherno More grabbed tight win 85-87. Cherno More demonstrated better performance from the beginning. At the half time visitors had plus 5, 34-39. Yambol's players woke up after the breather and thanks to Stanislav Govedarov (185-G-80) and Pavel Marinov (196-G-88) succeeded to make a turn. They ended third frame 24-18 entering into the last one with plus one. Unfortunately to Yambol's fans Cherno More played tough at the end taking this one 85-87. Michael Earl (203-F, college: Utah St.) paced Cherno More to victory scoring 15 points and grabbing 8 assists. Nikolai Balev (207-C/F-77) was behind him adding 14 points including 6 boards. Stanislav Govedarov was the best in Yambol with 21 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists. Pavel Marinov stopped on 19 points.

In the second game Yambol celebrated 77-70. After totally equalized 30 minutes of the game, Yambol shined at the end. Mostly owing to Scott O'Gallagher (188-G, college: Warner Pacific) Yambol made 21-15 in the last frame revenging for defeat in the previous game. Scott O'Gallagher was the key player in Yambol draining 29 points. Corey McIntosh (183-G-85, college: Iowa St.) had 21 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists in Cherno More.


Nikola Traykov on try-out in Lukoil Akademik, Antonio Burks cleared to play - by Eurobasket News
Bulgarian forward Nikola Traykov (198-G, college: St.Francis,NY) is being tested by reining champion and National Cup holder Lukoil Akademik. Traykov graduated this year at Bloomsburg State University, which competed in NCAA2. He already had few practices with the team showing decent performance. According to the rumors Traykov is pretty close to get a contract with Bulgarian powerhouse.

The good news for Lukoil Akademik is also that Antonio Burks (183-G-80, agency: Court Side, college: Memphis) arrived in Sophia on Monday. At the same day he had the first practice with the team. Burks supposed to play for Lukoil last season he was stopped by FIBA Europe and Serbian team Crvena Zvezda because he left it despite he had a valid contract. It seems Lukoil's fans will finally have opportunity to watch Burks in jersey of their team. Before Crvena Zvezda, Antonio Burks played two seasons in NBA team Memphis Grizzlies. In 05/06 he had 57 appearances in regular season averaging 2 ppg and 1.3 apg. Later he played 2 games in play-off with almost the same digits. Burks came out from University of Memphis in 2004. For 30 games in 03/04 he had 16 ppg, 3.2 rpg and 5.5 apg. In 2004 NBA Draft Orlando Magic selected him in the second round. He didn't have any official appearance in Orlando's jersey as on October 2004 he moved to Memphis.


A nightmare for Bulgaria Videnov is out - by Vladi Lazarova
Bulgaria didn't have enough time to celebrate the victory over Finland by 102:90. Two hours after the win, the team was broken-hearted after hearing the bad news. Filip Videnov (196-F/G-80, college: W.Kentucky), one of the squad leaders and best players in the selection, is with broken left hand. Terrible situation for him and for the team. And such a nightmare for 196 cm tall Videnov, who got a serious injury for the second consecutive year with the NT. Last summer he broke a little bone in his foot at the practice before the beginning of qualifications. He underwent a surgery, missed 6 months, he lost the contract with Spanish Cajasol Seville and signed in late January with Italian Rietti.
And now that scary movie is happening again, but just two games before the end of the battle for Eurobasket 2009 spot in Group A. It's more than sure that Bulgaria must find a solution in his system to survive at least in one of the last two matches against Italy away and Serbia at home.
28-years old Videnov got injured early in the first half, but demonstrated strong character and played till the end with a bandage on his left hand, using just his healthy right hand and playing almost with one hand, but did a great job in defence. After the game Filip went to the hospital for X-rays and there he heard the bad news.
Its a big shock for the team, because Bulgaria doesn't have a lot of players on such a high level, who can substitute him.


Bulgaria edges Finland in Sofia - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria-Finland 102:90

The National team of Bulgaria overcame Finland in Group A at EuroBasket 2009 qualifying campaign. Sofia saw 102:90 win as Bulgaria improved to 4-2 record. Ibrahim Jaaber (187-G-84, college: Pennsylvania) was unstoppable with 29 points and 8 rebounds. Deyan Ivanov (205-C/F-86) netted 18 and Todor Stoykov (198-G/F-77, agency: Interperformances) posted 16. Shawn Huff (198-G/F-84, college: Valparaiso) top-scored in defeat with 26 points and Petteri Koponen (193-G-88) nailed 19.

Finland scored first in the game as Kotti mad a shot and then added one from the free throw line. Petteri Koponen brought his team 12:11 as Finland won the opening tip of the game. Later in the quarter the hosts looked better and created a 9-0 run for 29:22. In the second quarter the tams remained close to each other for the whole time. Virtanen tied the game at 37:37 and then Shawn Huff tasted the lead with his team for 39:37. It was him again to send the teams to the lockers for 47:46 guests advantage.
After 51:51 in the beginning of the third Bulgaria managed to have 13-0 run that was decisive in the game. Angelov closed it for 64:51 with a jump-shot. Ibrahim Jaaber was the last to score in the third for 72:61. Bulgaria did not allow the visitors to cut the gap and played offensive game. The hosts won the last stanza 30:29 as well as the game itself, 102:90.

Bulgaria: Ibrahim Jaaber 29+8 rebs, Deyan Ivanov 18, Todor Stoykov 16
Finland: Shawn Huff 26, Petteri Koponen 19


Bulgaria one step forward, the dream is still alive - by Vladi Lazarova
Bulgaria made one more step forward in Eurobasket 2009 qualifications. Supported by 3500 exalted fans in 'Universiada' hall in Sofia, the team of Pini Gershon 'killed' Finland after the break by 12 points difference 102:90. The dream for participation in the final round of the continental championship next summer in Poland now is still alive. The squad climbed again at the top of Group A with 4 victories and 2 losses, but Serbia has one match less than us.
Bulgarians must stay strong and hit like a fist, because they have two more games. And they will be the toughest - against Italy in Turin at 17th September and against Serbia at 20th September at home. The team must give everything possible to beat at least in one of them just to be sure, that will qualify directly for Eurobasket 2009.
Tonight, 'Universiada' was too small to seat all the people, who wanted to sit in the crowd and sing songs for Bulgarian victory. The arena was closed one hour before the beginning of the game, because inside was already full. Many fans werent able to support their favourites in the hall. They were late and the entrance was free, so the police couldnt take a risk to let more than 3500 at the stands. The people tried to hurry up and find a place, where to watch the game on TV.
But game was close, nervous and so hard for the hosts. Especially at the first half. The team was under huge pressure after two consecutive lost matches from Serbia in Belgrade arena and from Hungary in Shalgotarian town. For the crew of Gershon it was a totally must win situation. The squad made their country to be proud of their aim, character and desire to win.
Everything happened after the break. 198 cm tall captain Todor Stoykov demonstrated why when we talk about him, we always say: 'He was born to be a leader'. Tonight he was the leader. The main man, who didnt shiver, when the hard Scandinavians were breathing in our neck. 31-years old forward finished with 16 points and was 4/4 for 2 pts and 2/5 from the three point range.
After last three games in which he was a shadow of his real face, Ibrahim Jaaber exploaded. 24-years old American with Bulgarian passport demolished the opponent with 29 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists.
All five men in the starting line-up of Gershon made more than 10 points against Finland. Despite Stoykov and Jaaber, Filip Videnov scored 12 pts and dished 5 assists, Deyan Ivanov was the biggest figure in the first 20 minutes with 18 pts overall, including 8 boards and Dimitar Angelov left the court with 11 pts and 5 rebounds.
The biggest fear for Bulgaria now is the condition of Videnov. 196 cm tall guard of Spanish Granada got injured early in the first half. He sprained his left hand, but finished the game with a bandage and almost didn't use his injured hand and passed the ball and scored only with his healthy right hand.
Bulgaria played without a big man. The form of 210 cm tall Tencho Banev is disappointing and Gershon decided to start the game without him and only with 206 cm tall Deyan Ivanov and 202 cm tall Dimitar Angelov.


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Dennis Truax named CBA Commissioner - by Eurobasket News
The Continental Basketball Association today announced that current Deputy Commissioner Dennis Truax has been promoted to the role of Commissioner for the 2008-09 season. Truax had previously served as the CBA Director of Operations for two seasons and was most recently promoted to the position of Deputy Commissioner. Truax becomes the 20th Commissioner in CBA history.

Prior to his time in the CBA League Office, Truax briefly served as Director of Media Relations and assistant coach of the Rockford Lightning in 2005. During the 2004-05 CBA season, Truax was the Director of Media Relations and Assistant Director of Basketball Operations for the Gary Steelheads. From 1999-2004, Truax worked for the United States Basketball League in many capacities including consultant, intern, and Director of Media Relations.

'This is a great honor to be named Commissioner of the CBA,' said Truax. 'To be included with such men like Jim Drucker, Jay Ramsdell and Gary Hunter is a privilege and an honor. They along with all of the past Commissioners have done an outstanding job and I hope to be able to follow their example and continue the tradition that they have left for me. I also want to wish Jim Coyne the greatest of success as he returns to his first love, the Albany Patroons. I know that if I have any problems he will be there to help in any way with his guidance. I look forward to working with all of our teams to make the 2008-09 a success on and off the court.'

'Dennis is an integral part of the CBA,' said CBA Executive Committee Chairman Ben Fernandez. 'He is knowledgeable and hard working and that is a combination that a Commissioner must have. He has worked his way up the corporate ladder and has been loyal through all the changes that the CBA has undergone. His continued daily skills with the operations of the league, his work ethic and desire to do the best job possible are invaluable to the CBA and we are glad to have him as our next Commissioner.'

'While I am sad to be leaving the CBA Office I know I leave the job in very capable hands,' said Former CBA Acting Commissioner Jim Coyne. 'Dennis knows this league inside and out. He will do whatever needs to be done and I know that the CBA is lucky to have him as our next Commissioner.'

Courtesy of CBA


Albany Patroons to return for the 2008-09 Season - by Eurobasket News
The Albany Patroons today announced that they will be returning for the 2008-09 CBA season. The recent ticket drive has enabled the Patroons to reach their goals regarding ticket sales and sponsorship for the upcoming season.

'The outpouring of support for the Patroons has guaranteed that they will return to Albany and the Armory for this season,' said Jim Coyne. 'The fans and sponsors have shown us that they want the Patroons here in Albany and are willing to do what it takes to keep them here. While we still have a long way to go, we are confident that with the continued support that we are receiving that this season could be one of the best ever for the Patroons.'

'We will be making an announcement in the coming weeks regarding our new coach and the release of the schedule from the CBA. I look forward to working with all of our many sponsors and season ticket holders to insure that they have a great time at the Armory watching Patroons basketball.'

Courtesy of CBA


Jim Coyne returns to the Patroons - by Eurobasket News
The Continental Basketball Association today announced that current CBA Acting Commissioner Jim Coyne has resigned to accept the position of President and General Manager of the Albany Patroons.

Coyne makes his return to the Patroons after spending the past season as the Acting Commissioner of the CBA. Coyne has a long and illustrious career in the CBA as an executive of the Patroons. He is a former Executive of the Year and was instrumental in bringing the Patroons to Albany in 1982. Coyne was also responsible for the hiring of Phil Jackson, George Karl and the late Bill Musselman as head coaches for the Patroons. In 2004, Coyne assisted in the purchase of the Patroons former home, the Washington Avenue Armory and the re-emergence of the Patroons in the CBA. From 2005-07, Coyne was the Patroons General Manager and under his guidance the Patroons captured the American Conference title and reached the 2007 CBA Playoff Finals.

'I am glad to be back with my first love, the Albany Patroons,' said Coyne. 'I enjoyed my time as Acting Commissioner but the Patroons are where my heart is and always will be. I want to return the Patroons to the place they were before I left, as a perennial power that is one of the favorites to capture the CBA Championship every year. We have some of the best fans in the world and I want to bring a Championship back to Albany.'

'I am glad to have Jim return as President and General Manager of the Patroons,' said Patroons Chairman of the Board Ben Fernandez. 'He helped the CBA through a trying period, but I know he is happy to be back at the helm of the Patroons. Jim will concentrate on returning the Patroons to the CBA Championship.'

'While I am sad to have Jim leave, I know he is returning to what he likes best, the Albany Patroons,' said CBA Deputy Commissioner Dennis Truax. 'He has been a steady hand in showing me the inner workings of the league office and I know if I need any help he will be able to help me. I know he will have the Patroons in the title hunt this year for sure.'

Courtesy of CBA


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Dimayor: Pierrot replace Gray - by Daniel Valencia
After the end of the zonal phase and the playoffs for a spot in the top 4, the leaders for Universidad de Los Lagos and the head coach Carlton Johnson decided to replace the american player Donald Gray (200-F-84, college: N.Mexico Highlands). He played eleven games with the team with averages of 14.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 34.2 minutes per game. To replace Gray the team from Puerto Montt agreed terms with Michael Pierrot (208-C-84). The forward/center from Felician university has playing experience in Mexico and El Salvador. In his first game with ULA, Pierrot scored 9 points.

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ISLANDERS RELEASED RUFUS, INKS ALEJANDRO FLORES - by Victor Garcia
Islanders Sopesa, decided to chage Dary Rufus after 4 games, for the coach Guillermo Lopez the team needs more fire power in the low post, and decided to bring Dominican Alejandro Flores (68' F), Flores has good experience playing in his country and Venezuela, lately layed at Gatos de Monagas averaging 16 PPG and 7 rebounds, Flores was also member of the Dominican Republic National Team in the 2008 Centrobasket.
Flores will arrive to the country today and joint the team for the weekend games
Alejandro Flores (203-F-81, agency: Strategic Sports, college: E.Oklahoma St. JC)


FEDERATION CUP 2008, DAY 4, RESULTS - by Victor Garcia
Norte thanks to a brilliant night of Edgar Moreno whi finished with 28 points, defeated Piratas 80-75, Piratas had a lead in the first quarter, but then Norte improve its defense and took the lead, Eduardo Torres and Eleuterio Renteria were very important in the team.
Camper , Skinner , Perez and Romero keep alive Piratas in the game, and tied the game with less tan 1 minute left, but again Edgar Moreno inspiration killed Piratas hope.
Piratas 75
Norte 80 Edgar Moreno 28 pts


Arrieros is still udefeated, they beat again OVNI at Tenjo in a closed game, Norbey Aragn has become in a true scoring machine and plus the talent of Jermaine Walker the team got the victory, OVNI did a good game but not enough to beat the leaders.
OVNI Alcadia de Tenjo 83
Arrieros 88 Norbey Aragn 28 pts, Jermaine Walker 22 pts.


Indervalle took revenge and outscored Bucaros 81 55, Dajuan Gouard leaded the red team with 20 points, and Miguel Marriaga was the best in the Bucaros wih 19 points.
Idervalle 81 - Dajuan Gouard 20 pts
Bucaros Freskaleche 55 Miguel Marriaga 19 pts


Islanders had another high scoring game, defeating Patriotas 104 94, Stalin Ortiz is back in the business scoring 33 points.
Islanders Sopesa 104 - Stalin Ortiz 33 pts
Patriotas Proactiva 94


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Zlatorog Lasko too strong for Dubrava, Croatians in Spain - by Eurobasket News
Dubrava played friendly game in Slovenia against Pivovarna Lasko loosing it with huge 42-point difference, 100-68. Slovenians had furious beginning creating 17-12 after just few minutes. Dubrava showed slightly better performance in second frame. Ivan Krolo (216-C-83) and Tomislav Culjak (204-F/C-80) made some baskets closing the gap on 44-34 at the half time. Croatian team had terrible second half, especially at the defensive end. Its played netted 18 points but on the other side Nejc Strnad (190-G-83, agency: VTBM/SRBM) and his teammates drained 31. It means that Zlatorog had advantage of 23 points before the last quarter. Dubrava wasn't able to threat until the end loosing the fourth period 25-16. Nejc Strnad was the best scorer of the game with 21 points. Ante Masic (200-G/F-85) netted 14 while Uros Lucic (207-C-83) had 13 points. Ivan Krolo shined in Dubrava scoring 12 points. Tomislav Culjak scored 11 while Petar Cosic (183-G-85, agency: Interperformances) was the last one with double figures for the loosing side with 10 points.

In the meantime four Croatians played friendly games in Spain but unfortunately all of them were winless. Marko Banic (204-F-84) and Drago Pasalic (208-C/F-84) of Bilbao were defeated by Fuenlabrada 77-80. Marko Banic scored 8 while Drago Pasalic added just 2 points. Murcia lost against Molina 69-72 while Bojan Bogdanovic (202-G/F-89) contributed with 8 points. Australian / Croat Aleks Maric (211-C-84) added 4 points for Granada, which was beaten by Estudiantes 64-72.


Sandro Nicevic shines in Benetton Treviso, Gecevski and Ivanov great last night - by Eurobasket News
National Team player Sandro Nicevic (210-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) had a good start with his new team Benetton Treviso. United Colors played three friendly games recording score 1-2. In the first Nicevic's game in Benetton's jersey his team was better than Scavolini Pesaro 76-72. Niicevic helped it scoring 6 points. In the next game Benetton suffered tight defeat against Snaidero Udine 85-87. Croatian big guy recorded the same digit. Yesterday night Benetton faced with another tight lost 97-101 but this time against Fortitudo Bologna. Sandro Nicevic was one of the best players in his team. He drained 14 points netting six of seven attempts from the field. He was the fourth scorer of his team behind Gary Neal, C.J. Wallace and Dashaun Wood. Jamont Gordon was the top scorer in Fortitudo with 25 points.

Players of current Croatian champion Zadar had very good day behind them in Eurobasket 2009 qualifications. Bulgaria outplayed Finland 102-90 mostly owing to Ibby Jabber but also to Deyan Ivanov (205-C/F-86) of Zadar. Ivanov finished this game netting 19 points. F.Y.R. Republic of Macedonia grabbed an extremely important road win against Estonia 78-90. One of the Macedonia's heroes was Zadar's center Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances), who collected 18 points and 9 rebounds.


Zoran Vrkic officially in Split, Ural Great beat it in friendly - by Eurobasket News
Zoran Vrkic (203-G/F-87) finally signed contract with Split CO. There was a lot of speculations where Vrkic will continue basketball career but everything is clear now. He will have the first practice with Split today. Vrkic played previous two seasons in Sibenka Sibenik. He was one of the team's leading players averaging 16.3 ppg and 6 rpg for 32 games in A1. During the summer he took a place in Croatian B National Team. Vrkic was member of all Croatian NT youth selections. He played last summer on U20 European Championship having pretty good 9.3 ppg and 3.9 rpg.
During the month Split will play couple of friendly games in Italy and Slovenia.

Ural Great Perm revenged for defeat in a first friendly game beating Split 82-66. The game was played in Zadar while Ural was reinforced with two Americans. This time Ural was a way better team. Split succeeded to resist until the half time when it had 'just' minus 6. After that moment Ural put into the fifth gear quickly extending lead to 10. Nothing has changed until the end of the game as Split's players were not good enough as it was in the first one. Sinisa Stemberger (195-G-79) was better than the others in Split with 17 points. Eddie Shannon (180-G-76, college: Florida) and Antonio Grant (196-F-77, college: S.Carolina) scored 14 points each.


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Cyprus fall just short of another victory - by Eurobasket News
Cyprus - Switzerland 59:61

Cyprus were close of posting the second straight close victory in EuroBasket Division B. However Switzerland managed to hold off ambitious hosts to pull away with a narrow 61:59 victory at the end. Wegmann nailed a free throw, while Giorgos Anastasiadis (194-G/F-77, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents) missed a three-pointer in the very end of the game and Swiss team secured their second consecutive win at the start of the competition.
The visitors got to a brave start to the game as they enjoyed a 12:4 lead midway through the opening frame. But Cyprus went on a 9:0 rally to secure a 13:12 lead after ten minutes. The lead changed hands for 5 times before Switzerland surged ahead and held a 27:22 advantage at halftime. Buscaglia and Derek Stockalper (196-G/F-84, college: Cal Poly - SLO) opened the second half with 5 straight points to put the visitors up by 10 points. Cyprus would not go away though as they trailed by just 7 points heading into the fourth term. Liatsos and Panagiotis Trisokkas (206-C-80, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents) cut the distance to 2 points early in the fourth term. The teams exchanged baskets before Koronides drew things level from beyond the arc with 48 seconds remaining. Dusan Mladjan (199-G-86, agency: Interperformances) answered with 3 points to put Switzerland back in charge. Panagiotis Trisokkas netted a jumper to set up last-seconds drama on the court.
Dusan Mladjan led Switzerland with 19 points. Oliver Vogt (209-C-80) had 11 points, while Derek Stockalper knocked down 10 in the win. Panagiotis Trisokkas replied with 19 points and 10 rebounds for Cyprus. Andreas Pilavas (194-G-83) chipped in 11 points in defeat.
Cyprus visit Albania, while Switzerland host Belarus next.

Cyprus: Panagiotis Trisokkas 19+10 boards, Andreas Pilavas 11
Switzerland: Dusan Mladjan 19, Oliver Vogt 11, Derek Stockalper 10


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Czech Republic lifted to the top of Group D - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic- Israel 91:70

Czech Republic lifted to the top of Group D EuroBasket qualifier with a 91:70 over Israel. The hosts won all the quarters to seal the second win in the campaign. Jiri Welsch (198-F-80) and Petr Benda (203-F/C-82, agency: Court Side) led the winners with 20 points. Jiri Hubalek (209-C-82, agency: Interperformances) and Ladislav Sokolovsky (201-F-77, agency: PPGroup) netted 11 each, while Starosta had 9. Guy Pnini (201-F-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services) ended up with 22 points in the losing effort and Yotam Halperin (196-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services) posted 13.
Pardubice saw a tough beginning of the game as the teams exchanged the baskets in the opening tip. After 10:10 the hosts created 8-0 run to finish the first at 18:12. They did not stop and started to increase the lead in the second period. After twice going ahead by 13 before taking a 36:28 advantage to half-time, the Czechs began the second half with a 10-2 surge and stayed in control for the remainder of the contest. Petr Bendas lay-up brought Czech Republic 54:39 with 3 minutes in the third. Guy Pnini closed the period at 63:47 from the arc. When Satoransk made a lay-up in the last period it became clear that the hosts would benefit. The score was 72:51 with 7 minutes to go. After 28:23 in the period the Czechs led to 91:70 in the game. Ladislav Sokolovsky closed the campaign with a three as Jiri Welsch had a great assist for him.

Czech Republic: Jiri Welsch 20, Petr Benda 20, Jiri Hubalek 11, Ladislav Sokolovsky 11
Israel: Guy Pnini 22, Yotam Halperin 13


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Iceland outmuscle Denmark in Reykjavik - by Eurobasket News
Iceland - Denmark 77:71

Icelandic National Team secured their first win in the EuroBasket Division B yesterday. They held off Denmark at home to improve to 1-0 record in Group A. Denmark meanwhile fell to 0-2 record at the start. The teams traded baskets early in the game before Pall Axel Vilbergsson (197-F/G-78), Helgi Magnusson (198-G/F-82, agency: IceBasket, college: Catawba) and Fridrik Jon Stefansson (195-G-82) (204-F/C-76, college: Jacksonville) fired from downtown to set Iceland in front 23:14. Thorvaldsson and Jon Stefansson added two more triples early in the second period for the home team to go up by 10 points. However Chanan Colman (192-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Chipola J7.4ppg, C) and Jakobsen dragged Denmark back in to the contest as they shaved the distance to minimum. Iceland led by just 3 points at halftime.
Helgi Magnusson opened the third frame with two three-pointers and Jon Stefansson added 4 more points to ensure Iceland built an 11-point lead. Gunarsson and Helgi Magnusson teamed up for 8 straight points as Iceland kept Denmark at bay. The visitors however did not say die and cut the distance to 4 points with 37 seconds remaining in regulation. But four points from Sugurdarson in the closing seconds sealed the win for the hosts. Jon Stefansson knocked down 14 points for Iceland. Pall Axel Vilbergsson, Helgi Magnusson and Logi Gunnarsson (190-G-81) had 12 points apiece for the winners. Peter Johansen (204-F/C-80, agency: Arik Krayn Services) answered with 14 points for Denmark. Chanan Colman contributed 15 points in defeat.
Iceland will visit Netherlands on Saturday. Denmark will play against Netherlands at home in a week.

Iceland: Jon Stefansson 14, Pall Axel Vilbergsson 12, Helgi Magnusson 12, Logi Gunnarsson 12
Denmark: Chanan Colman 15, Peter Johansen 14


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Former D-Leaguers at 2009 Eurobasket Qualifying - by Surujh Roopnarine
Former D-Leaguers helping their countries try to qualify for the 2009 European Championships. Some notable players with US and NBA ties include; Tony Parker (France), Luol Deng (Great Britain), Andris Biedrins (Latvia), Hedo Turkoglu (Turkey) and Ronny Turiaf (France).
September 9, 2008
Turkey (77) vs. France (65)
Turkey: Ersan Ilyasova (6'10''-F-87) (Tulsa 66ers): 29 minutes: 4 points + 8 rebounds
Great Britain (82) vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina (74)
Great Britain: Pops Mensah-Bonsu (6'9''-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) (Ft. Worth Flyers): 35 minutes: 15 points + 11 rebounds + 3 blocks


Dakota Wizards to hold local tryouts at Grizzlies practice facility - by Eurobasket News
The NBA Development League Central Division Champion Dakota Wizards announced today that they will host an open tryout in the practice facility of one of their NBA affiliates the Memphis Grizzlies. The tryout will take place at Methodist Healthcare Practice Court at FedExForum in Memphis, Tennessee on Saturday and Sunday, September 20th & 21st.

'This is an opportunity of a lifetime for any basketball player who dreams of playing in the NBA,' said Wizards Head Coach Duane Ticknor . 'One of the players attending will be invited to training camp and get a chance to make our roster and perhaps earn a call-up to the NBA. Us hosting this event at the Grizzlies practice facility in FedExForum further enhances our relationship with our affiliate, but also gives these guys a glimpse of what their future may hold.'

'The Grizzlies have a valuable partnership with our NBA D-League affiliate Dakota Wizards', said Chris Wallace General Manger of the Memphis Grizzlies in a recent phone interview. 'The Wizards are a first-class organization and we are pleased that their tryout camp will be held here in Memphis. The tryout camp is a tremendous opportunity for any aspiring professional basketball player.'

NBA Development League rules allow teams to hold tryouts in their local markets, as well as in their affiliate markets. Local tryouts offer athletes an opportunity to showcase their talents in front of NBA D-League coaches while they compete for a position on the team's training camp roster. A minimum of one player from this camp will receive an automatic invitation to Wizards training camp that is scheduled to begin in mid-November.

The tryouts include one session on Saturday evening (3pm-7pm) and another session on Sunday morning (9am-12pm). Registration and check-in for the Saturday session begins at 2pm. Applicants must be eligible to play in the NBA Development League and may pre-register by submitting the official registration, disclosure, and release forms, along with a $150 nonrefundable fee by 5 p.m. on September 19th. Money orders and cashier's checks are the only accepted forms of payment for the registration fee. Applications are available at www.dakotawizards.com or the Dakota Wizards front office located at 919 S. 7th St. Suite 501, Bismarck, ND 58502.

Tryouts will be limited to the first 100 players to register and no incomplete registrations will be accepted. All applications received after the pre-registration deadline will be subjected to a $175 nonrefundable fee.

The Dakota Wizards home opener is Saturday, Nov. 29 against the Iowa Energy at the Bismarck Civic Center. For additional information, log on to www.dakotawizards.com or call (701) 258-BALL.

Courtesy of Dakota Wizards


Bighorns pick former NBA player Jay Humphries as coach - by Eurobasket News
Jay Humphries will be the first coach of the NBA D-League team in Reno, team owner David Kahn announced Wednesday at the Children's Cabinet in Sparks.

Humphries played in the NBA for 11 years, for the Suns, the Bucks, the Jazz and the Celtics. He averaged 11.1 points and 5.5 assists as a guard over his career, which was from 1985-1995.

Most recently, Humphries served as an assistant for Mike D'Antoni with the Suns. He has head coaching experience overseas, in South Korea, but this will be his first head coaching position in the United States.

On Wednesday, he said his team would play an 'up-tempo' game on offense, and also said he was excited for the season to start.

The Bighorns will have open tryouts this Saturday and Sunday.

Courtesy of http://news.rgj.com


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Macedonia wins in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News
Estonia-F.Y.R. of Macedonia 78:90

Estonia and F.Y.R. of Macedonia struggled for the second win in Group B of EuroBasket 2009 qualifying. The latter playing abroad celebrated 78:90 victory to improve to 2-1 record. Djeremaja Mejsi (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) collected 18 points and 9 rebounds, while Pero AntiK (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) and Stefanov added 13 each. Kedru Arbet (185-F-80) finished the night with 18 points in defeat and Kristjan Kangur (202-F-82) added 17.
Tein scored a jump-shot as 4000 spectators applauded in the sport complex. Estonia looked better in the opening tip and stayed in front in the majority of the period. Trailing 22:15 Djeremaja Mejsi brought the guests back to 22:22. In the second quarter the teams changed the positions and the guests went on some leads. They finished the first half at 46:37 for the visitors that had 24:15 in the period.
Talts reduced to 45:50 in the middle of the third. Kristjan Kangur with a jump-shot brought even the hosts closer to 54:57. An 8-0 run however saw F.Y.R. of Macedonia going back on a spurt for 54:64. Moreover Samardziski gave his team 57:68 after the end of the third quarter. F.Y.R. of Macedoni hled 15-17 points and led the game to the victory.

Estonia: Kedru Arbet 18, Kristjan Kangur 17
F.Y.R. of Macedonia: Djeremaja Mejsi 20+10 rebs, Todor Gecevski 18+9 rebs, Pero AntiK 13, Stefanov 13


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  EUROCUP   


Maroussi Costa Coffee agrees with Shawn Huff - by Eurobasket News
Maroussi Costa Coffee announced signing of Finish swingman Shawn Huff (198-G/F-84) on a three-year contract. Huff is coming from Valparaiso University where he was one of the best players. In his senior year 07/08 Huff averaged 12.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 1.6 apg. In 2006 his school reached semifinals of MCC tournament. Before Valparaiso, Huff played 3 years for Honka Espoo Playboys. In 2003 he helped Honka to grab the title in domestic championship averaging 8.4 ppg and 3.1 apg. He was member of Finish U18 and U20 National Team and since 2003 he is part of senior NT. He had pretty good four games at the Eurobasket 2009 qualifications for Team Finland. His average stats is 9.8 ppg and 3 rpg while his Finland still has a chance to reach one of the first two place in Group A. They made great surprise beating Serbia in third round. Huff spent 29 minutes on court netting 10 points including 3 boards.

In the meantime UNICS Kazan inked 2-year deal with Petr Samoylenko (186-G-77) returning him to the club where he spent the brightest moments in his career.
Experienced point guard played just one season in Dynamo but without any important records. He registered 17 appearances in Russian Superleague averaging 3.1 ppg, 1.8 rpg and 3.5 apg. For 13 games in ULEB Cup Samoylenko had 3 ppg and 3.1 apg. His team stopped in three semifinals last season: ULEB Cup, Superleague play-off and National Cup. Samoylenko was a part of Russian NT which won the gold medal on the previous European Championship in Spain. This summer he also participated in NT project but Russians faced with huge fiasco on the Olympic Games in Beijing. Samoylenko played 3 games getting just 11 minutes in total.
As soon as Dynamo announced contract termination UNICS showed serious intention to bring Samoylenko back. Namely, the player spent 9 years in the team from Kazan before he joined Dynamo. During this long period UNICS won FIBA Europe League in 2004 and was Superleague regular season champion in 2001. In 2007 UNICS reached the semifinals of ULEB Cup. Except of these two teams Samoylenko also played for Samara. Since 1999 he is member of Russian National Team.

ASK Riga worked profoundly at the basketball market in the preseason. The Latvian powerhouse signed four new basketballers prior to the upcoming season.
The Latvian National Team player Uvis Helmanis (204-F-72, agency: Stanley International) became the first newcomer. The veteran forward spent the last season in Ventspils. There he averaged 8.9 points and 4.1 rebounds in ULEB Cup and 9.9 points and 3.6 rebounds in the Latvian league. His career includes stints in Germany and Poland.
ASK Riga also signed contract with Ricardo Marsh (203-F-81, agency: Edge Sports, college: ODU). The American forward played for Antalya in Turkey last season. There he scored 18.7 points, grabbed 5.6 boards and dished out 1.8 assists per game. He took part in TBL All-Star Game in 2008.
Corey Brewer (188-G-75, college: Oklahoma) also joined the Latvian team. Veteran point guard played for Zadar in Croatia last year. His average stats came up to 16.1 points and 3.0 assists per game in Croatian league. Brewer also tallied 14.8 points per game in ULEB Cup and 14.4 points in Adriatic League.
Finally ASK Riga agreed on terms of contract with Milutin Aleksic (202-F-82). Serbian forward was among the leaders in AEL Limassol last year. There he chipped in 16.8 points in EuroCup and 12.3 points in Cypriot National League.

Red Star Belgrade inked Marko Keselj (206-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) and Andre Owens (192-G-80, college: Houston).


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Division A. Recent results for Wednesday - by Eurobasket News

GROUP A

Italy-Hungary 75:68

Italian National team somehow but improved to 2-4 record at EuroBasket 2009 qualifying Group A. An outstanding first quarter was enough to celebrate the win in Porto San Giorgio over Hungary 75:68. Giuseppe Poeta (190-G-85) paced all the winners with 15 points. Daniele Cinciarini (194-G-83, agency: Interperformances) netted 13, while Valerio Amoroso (202-F-80) and Massimo Bulleri (188-G-77) posted 12 apiece. Istvan Nemeth (190-G-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) top-scored for Hungary with 19 points and Tamas Kaman (200-F/G-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) added 12.
Honestly Italy and Hungary struggle not to be the last in the group. The latter has the same record and Finland is still 2-3. Valerio Amoroso opened the game with a jump-shot and then Mordente made 14:8. After the score was 14:10 Italy produced a 10-0 run and won the opening quarter at 26:12. Italy controlled the game but Hungary was managed to reduce a bit in the second quarter. Tamas Kamans free throws sent the teams to the lockers for 37:27.
The third quarter was the most interesting in the game. Hungarians came very close to the hosts as Istvan Nemeth scored for 44:41. Italy did not panic and Giuseppe Poeta made it 55:50. In the last period Hungary however tied the game. Tamas Kaman made the score 57:57, but not more than that. Italy pushed the tempo and Daniele Cinciarini brought 73:61. In the last seconds Simon scored for 75:68 as Italy ties the record with Hungary in Group A.

Italy: Giuseppe Poeta 15, Daniele Cinciarini 13, Valerio Amoroso 12+10 rebs, Massimo Bulleri 12
Hungary: Istvan Nemeth 19, Tamas Kaman 12



Bulgaria-Finland 102:90

The National team of Bulgaria overcame Finland in Group A at EuroBasket 2009 qualifying campaign. Sofia saw 102:90 win as Bulgaria improved to 4-2 record.
Ibrahim Jaaber (187-G-84, college: Pennsylvania) was unstoppable with 29 points and 8 rebounds. Deyan Ivanov (205-C/F-86) netted 18 and Todor Stoykov (198-G/F-77, agency: Interperformances) posted 16. Shawn Huff (198-G/F-84, college: Valparaiso) top-scored in defeat with 26 points and Petteri Koponen (193-G-88) nailed 19.

Finland scored first in the game as Kotti mad a shot and then added one from the free throw line.
Petteri Koponen brought his team 12:11 as Finland won the opening tip of the game. Later in the quarter the hosts looked better and created a 9-0 run for 29:22. In the second quarter the tams remained close to each other for the whole time. Virtanen tied the game at 37:37 and then Shawn Huff tasted the lead with his team for 39:37. It was him again to send the teams to the lockers for 47:46 guests advantage.
After 51:51 in the beginning of the third Bulgaria managed to have 13-0 run that was decisive in the game. Angelov closed it for 64:51 with a jump-shot.
Ibrahim Jaaber was the last to score in the third for 72:61. Bulgaria did not allow the visitors to cut the gap and played offensive game. The hosts won the last stanza 30:29 as well as the game itself, 102:90.

Bulgaria:
Ibrahim Jaaber 29+8 rebs, Deyan Ivanov 18, Todor Stoykov 16
Finland:
Shawn Huff 26, Petteri Koponen 19



GROUP B

Estonia-F.Y.R. of Macedonia 78:90

Estonia and F.Y.R. of Macedonia struggled for the second win in Group B of EuroBasket 2009 qualifying. The latter playing abroad celebrated 78:90 victory to improve to 2-1 record.
Djeremaja Mejsi (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) collected 18 points and 9 rebounds, while Pero AntiK (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) and Stefanov added 13 each. Kedru Arbet (185-F-80) finished the night with 18 points in defeat and Kristjan Kangur (202-F-82) added 17.
Tein scored a jump-shot as 4000 spectators applauded in the sport complex. Estonia looked better in the opening tip and stayed in front in the majority of the period. Trailing 22:15
Djeremaja Mejsi brought the guests back to 22:22. In the second quarter the teams changed the positions and the guests went on some leads. They finished the first half at 46:37 for the visitors that had 24:15 in the period.
Talts reduced to 45:50 in the middle of the third.
Kristjan Kangur with a jump-shot brought even the hosts closer to 54:57. An 8-0 run however saw F.Y.R. of Macedonia going back on a spurt for 54:64. Moreover Samardziski gave his team 57:68 after the end of the third quarter. F.Y.R. of Macedoni hled 15-17 points and led the game to the victory.

Estonia:
Kedru Arbet 18, Kristjan Kangur 17
F.Y.R. of Macedonia:
Djeremaja Mejsi 20+10 rebs, Todor Gecevski 18+9 rebs, Pero AntiK 13, Stefanov 13




Latvia-Portugal 79:43

Latvian National team destroyed Portugal on Wednesday in EuroBasket 2009 qualifying Group B. Riga and 5000 spectators saw the favorites improving to 3-0 record and sending Portugal to 0-3. Andris Biedrins (213-C-86) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Janis Blums (190-G-82) nailed 16 and Valters added 15. Carlos Andrade (197-F-78, agency: Players Group, college: Queens (NC)) finished the night with 15 points in defeat as Elvis Evora (205-C-78, agency: Global Sports Plaza) and Nuno Marcal (205-F-75) had 10 each.
The Baltic team went on an early lead scoring the first seven points of the game. By the end of the first quarter, the Latvia lead was 19:9 but Portugal managed to close the gap to eight at 29:21 with just under four minutes remaining in the first half. Andris Biedrins looked too good at that period of time and sent the teams to the lockers for 38:25 advantage.
Elvis Evora cut the deficit to 40:31, but Janis Blums and Helmanis connected from three-point range and Kristaps Valters followed with a jumper as Latvia opened a 48:31 lead. Again Andris Biedrins closed the third at 52:34 with a jump-shot. The last period was a disaster for the guests that failed in defense. Latvia produced 27:9 in the period and sealed an easy victory.


Latvia: Andris Biedrins 21+12 rebs, Janis Blums 16, Valters 15
Portugal:
Carlos Andrade 15, Elvis Evora 10, Nuno Marcal 10


GROUP C

Turkey-France 77:65
Turkey remained undefeated in Group C of EuroBasket 2009 qualifying. The team reached 3-0 record after a stunning victory over strong France in Istanbul 77:65. The latter could not wake up after a shock in Kiev three days ago, when Ukraine beat French squad by one point.
Tony Parker (183-G-80) scored again 30+ but could not get support from his teammates. Kerem Tunceri (190-G-79) led the winners with 16 points. Oguz Savas (208-C-87) nailed 15, while Kerem Gonlum (208-C/F-77) added 13. Tony Parker top-scored for France with 32 points and Tariq Kirksay (199-F-79, college: Iona) netted 8.
Turiaf opened the game for the visitors and he scored the first four points of his team. The squads changed the lead several times until
Tony Parker made it 19:18 for the guests. In the second period the hosts dominated the court and after 24:24 went on a run. Turkey scored 12 consecutive points and increased to 36:24 after Kerem Tunceri made a lay-up. Tony Parker kept his team alive at 38:35 finishing the first half.
In the third period Turkey went to increase again and reached 19:10 in the quarter. It gave them 57:45 entering the last period. Again
Tony Parker posted for 69:58 to bring the intrigue into the game but later in the period Turkey held the score for good. Turkey remained undefeated in Group C of EuroBasket 2009 qualifying with 77:65 win.

Turkey:
Kerem Tunceri 16, Oguz Savas 15, Kerem Gonlum 13
France:
Tony Parker 32, Tariq Kirksay 8


Belgium-Ukraine 72:61

Only 500 fans came to support Belgium in Charleroi but it was enough for the initial win EuroBasket 2009 qualifying Group C. Belgium stun Ukraine 72:61 with a good start of the game.
Christophe Beghin (207-F-80, agency: Court Side) led the winners with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Dimitri Lauwers (187-G-79) netted 11, while Aleksander Lichodzijewski (202-C-84) posted 9. Artur Drozdov (198-G-80) top-scored for the guests with 27 points, while Andriy Agafonov (207-F-86, agency: Interperformances) and Artem Butskyy (185-G-81) added 7 apiece.
Belgium team did not have victories after first two games and desired to have the initial one. They opened the game with 10-0 run as
Christophe Beghin closed it with the second free throw made. Ukraine answered with 9-0 run and remained alive in the quarter. Belgium spurted again and only Artur Drozdov cut it to 23;16 after the first 10 minutes of the game. Bellin made it plus 14 in the beginning of the second when Belgium dominated the court. Onufriyev reduced to 37:30 as the teams went to the lockers after the first half.
There was a moment when Ukraine could catch up with the opponent, but they could not. The guests trailed 5 points in the beginning of the third but failed at the end for 56:44. Belgium did not allow Ukraine to come closer than 10 points in the last stanza and led the game to the first victory. These two teams together with France have 1-2 record, while Turkey enjoy 3-0 on top.

Belgium:
Christophe Beghin 16+6 rebs, Dimitri Lauwers 11, Aleksander Lichodzijewski 9
Ukraine:
Artur Drozdov 27, Andriy Agafonov 7, Artem Butskyy 7

GROUP D
Czech Republic- Israel 91:70
Czech Republic lifted to the top of Group D EuroBasket qualifier with a 91:70 over Israel. The hosts won all the quarters to seal the second win in the campaign.
Jiri Welsch (198-F-80) and Petr Benda (203-F/C-82, agency: Court Side) led the winners with 20 points. Jiri Hubalek (209-C-82, agency: Interperformances) and Ladislav Sokolovsky (201-F-77, agency: PPGroup) netted 11 each, while Starosta had 9. Guy Pnini (201-F-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services) ended up with 22 points in the losing effort and Yotam Halperin (196-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services) posted 13.
Pardubice saw a tough beginning of the game as the teams exchanged the baskets in the opening tip. After 10:10 the hosts created 8-0 run to finish the first at 18:12. They did not stop and started to increase the lead in the second period. After twice going ahead by 13 before taking a 36:28 advantage to half-time, the Czechs began the second half with a 10-2 surge and stayed in control for the remainder of the contest.
Petr Bendas lay-up brought Czech Republic 54:39 with 3 minutes in the third. Guy Pnini closed the period at 63:47 from the arc. When Satoransk made a lay-up in the last period it became clear that the hosts would benefit. The score was 72:51 with 7 minutes to go. After 28:23 in the period the Czechs led to 91:70 in the game. Ladislav Sokolovsky closed the campaign with a three as Jiri Welsch had a great assist for him.

Czech Republic:
Jiri Welsch 20, Petr Benda 20, Jiri Hubalek 11, Ladislav Sokolovsky 11
Israel:
Guy Pnini 22, Yotam Halperin 13


Great Britain- Bosnia and Herzegovina 82:74
Great Britain is now 2-1 in Group D of EuroBasket qualifying campaign. Tonight the team celebrated 82:84 victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina in Birmingham. Even though the hosts lost the last stanza 16:22 they njoyed more the third period with 25:11. Luol Deng (201-F-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Duke) was unstoppable with 29 points and 8 rebounds. Mensah-Bonsu collected 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Flinder Boyd (180-G-80, college: Dartmouth) added 8. Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 15 points in the losing effort, while Nemanja Gordic (195-G-88) scored 13.
Sullivan started the scoring account for the hosts that after 2:0 had even 8:4. Great Britain played well and Bosnia stayed close for 20:18 at the end of the first. The score was tied five times in the second period and the teams left the court also being tied.
After the excellent Pops Mensah-Bonsu and Goran Ikonic exchanged baskets to start the third, the Brits took over by scoring 15 consecutive points. Reinking followed with another jumper and then Luol Deng drilled a three to make it 54:43. Hart closed the third at 66:52 for the hosts.
An 8-0 spurt at the start of the fourth brought Bosnia back into the game at 66:60. Great Britain did not panic and led the game to the winning campaign.



Great Britain: Luol Deng 29+8 rebs, Mensah-Bonsu 15+11 rebs, Flinder Boyd 8
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Kenan Bajramovic 15, Nemanja Gordic 13



Standings Div.B (Men)
Standings Div.B
Group A
1. Iceland1-0
2. Monteneg.1-0
3. Holland1-1
4. Austria1-1
5. Denmark0-2
Group B
1. Switzerl.2-0
2. Belarus1-0
3. Cyprus1-1
4. Albania0-1
5. Romania0-2
Group C
1. Georgia2-0
2. Sweden2-0
3. Luxembourg.0-1
4. Slovakia0-1
5. Ireland0-2


Standings Div.A (Men)
Standings
Group A
1. Serbia4-1
2. Bulgaria4-2
3. Finland2-3
4. Hungary2-4
5. Italy2-4
Group B
1. Latvia3-0
2. FYR Macedo.2-1
3. Estonia1-2
4. Portugal0-3
Group C
1. Turkey3-0
2. Ukraine1-2
3. Belgium1-2
4. France1-2
Group D
1. Czech Repu.2-1
2. U.Kingdom2-1
3. Israel1-2
4. Bosnia1-2


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INTERNATIONAL: Shawn Huff will play in Greece - by Rauno Hurmalainen
After studying and playing four years (2004-08) at Valparaiso University (12,6 ppg, 4,5 rpg as a Sr) Finnish NT F Shawn Huff (198-G/F-84) has signed with Greek Top League Team Maroussi, Athens. The contract is model 2+1 years. Huff will then start his professional basketball career in tough Greek Top League partly because of his success at Valparaiso and partly because doing well on Finland NT roster. Huff has played after tonight 58 times on Finnish NT roster. Maroussi, Athens made the quarter-finals last season and will play coming season also in the EuroCup (ex-ULEB). Maroussi's Head Coach is Greek Soulis Markopoulos .

EUROBASKET: Ibrahim Jaaber too skillful - by Rauno Hurmalainen

EuroBasket - Division A. Qualifying Round, Group A: Bulgaria - Finland 102-90 (46-47). Quarters: 29-22, 17-25, 26-14, 30-29.
Bulgaria's scoring run from 48-51 to 67-53 (19-2) during the third quarter was too much for Finland. Also Ibrahim Jaaber (187-G-84, college: Pennsylvania) was too
skillful. Jaaber scored game high 29 pts, grabbed eight rbs, gave six assists and made five steals. Deyan Ivanov added 18 pts.
Shawn Huff (198-G/F-84, college: Valparaiso) led Finland with 26 pts (personal best). Petteri Koponen added 19 pts, gave six assists, but made seven turnovers.
Bulgaria had only four TOs in the game (Finland 15 TOs).

Italy - Hungary 75-68 (37-27). Quarters: 26-12, 11-15, 18-23, 20-18. I: Giuseppe Poeta (190-G-85) 15. H: Istvan Nemeth (190-G-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 19.

Next games: 13.9. Finland - Italy, Hungary - Serbia.



Bulgaria edges Finland in Sofia - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria-Finland 102:90

The National team of Bulgaria overcame Finland in Group A at EuroBasket 2009 qualifying campaign. Sofia saw 102:90 win as Bulgaria improved to 4-2 record. Ibrahim Jaaber (187-G-84, college: Pennsylvania) was unstoppable with 29 points and 8 rebounds. Deyan Ivanov (205-C/F-86) netted 18 and Todor Stoykov (198-G/F-77, agency: Interperformances) posted 16. Shawn Huff (198-G/F-84, college: Valparaiso) top-scored in defeat with 26 points and Petteri Koponen (193-G-88) nailed 19.

Finland scored first in the game as Kotti mad a shot and then added one from the free throw line. Petteri Koponen brought his team 12:11 as Finland won the opening tip of the game. Later in the quarter the hosts looked better and created a 9-0 run for 29:22. In the second quarter the tams remained close to each other for the whole time. Virtanen tied the game at 37:37 and then Shawn Huff tasted the lead with his team for 39:37. It was him again to send the teams to the lockers for 47:46 guests advantage.
After 51:51 in the beginning of the third Bulgaria managed to have 13-0 run that was decisive in the game. Angelov closed it for 64:51 with a jump-shot. Ibrahim Jaaber was the last to score in the third for 72:61. Bulgaria did not allow the visitors to cut the gap and played offensive game. The hosts won the last stanza 30:29 as well as the game itself, 102:90.

Bulgaria: Ibrahim Jaaber 29+8 rebs, Deyan Ivanov 18, Todor Stoykov 16
Finland: Shawn Huff 26, Petteri Koponen 19


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Lakers ink Brandon Heath from Entente Orleans 45 - by Eurobasket News
Los Angeles Lakers announced signing of free agent guard Brandon Heath (6'4''-G-84, agency: Octagon, college: San Diego St.). Per team policy, Lakers didn't announce the terms of agreement.

Brandon Heath spent last season in French team Entente Orleans 45, which competes in Pro A. He had 25 appearances in French top division collecting 12 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.9 apg and 1.2 spg. Orleans ended regular season on 12th place staying out of the play-off but enough for the survival in Pro A. Heath participated at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas as a player of Los Angeles Clippers. In five games Heath averaged 5.6 ppg and 1 rpg. He graduated at San Diego State University two years ago. At his senior season Heath registered 18.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg and 3.5 apg for 33 games. At the end of it he was named 'All-MWC 1st Team 07'. A year before that he got the same award. His San Diego St. was MWC regular season champion and later MWC tournament winner in 2006. Except of the freshman year, Brandon Heath always had more than 18 ppg and 3.4 rpg and 3.5 apg at San Diego State University. During the summer 2007 he also played in Las Vegas but in jersey of Seattle Supersonics. It seems he needed another attempt to get into the NBA mix what he successfully done.


Pro A Trades: Gravelines and ASVEL news - by Chris Spiesser

In the today's edition of L'Equipe, we can read that Gravelines is about to sign Dan McClintock (212-C-77, college: N.Arizona). This is a consequence of Bokolo's signature who gave coach Monschau an open spot for an US center. The former center of Nancy had already signed for Rouen but the maritims found a financial agreement.
Gabe Muoneke (200-F-78, college: Texas) will not play this season for the ASVEL. The executive director, Pierre Grall, said that his profil did not fit.



Turkey defeat France in a key game of the day - by Eurobasket News
Turkey-France 77:65

Turkey remained undefeated in Group C of EuroBasket 2009 qualifying. The team reached 3-0 record after a stunning victory over strong France in Istanbul 77:65. The latter could not wake up after a shock in Kiev three days ago, when Ukraine beat French squad by one point. Tony Parker (183-G-80) scored again 30+ but could not get support from his teammates. Kerem Tunceri (190-G-79) led the winners with 16 points. Oguz Savas (208-C-87) nailed 15, while Kerem Gonlum (208-C/F-77) added 13. Tony Parker top-scored for France with 32 points and Tariq Kirksay (199-F-79, college: Iona) netted 8.
Turiaf opened the game for the visitors and he scored the first four points of his team. The squads changed the lead several times until Tony Parker made it 19:18 for the guests. In the second period the hosts dominated the court and after 24:24 went on a run. Turkey scored 12 consecutive points and increased to 36:24 after Kerem Tunceri made a lay-up. Tony Parker kept his team alive at 38:35 finishing the first half.
In the third period Turkey went to increase again and reached 19:10 in the quarter. It gave them 57:45 entering the last period. Again Tony Parker posted for 69:58 to bring the intrigue into the game but later in the period Turkey held the score for good. Turkey remained undefeated in Group C of EuroBasket 2009 qualifying with 77:65 win.

Turkey: Kerem Tunceri 16, Oguz Savas 15, Kerem Gonlum 13
France: Tony Parker 32, Tariq Kirksay 8


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Macedonia wins in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News
Estonia-F.Y.R. of Macedonia 78:90

Estonia and F.Y.R. of Macedonia struggled for the second win in Group B of EuroBasket 2009 qualifying. The latter playing abroad celebrated 78:90 victory to improve to 2-1 record. Djeremaja Mejsi (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) top-scored for the winners with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) collected 18 points and 9 rebounds, while Pero AntiK (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) and Stefanov added 13 each. Kedru Arbet (185-F-80) finished the night with 18 points in defeat and Kristjan Kangur (202-F-82) added 17.
Tein scored a jump-shot as 4000 spectators applauded in the sport complex. Estonia looked better in the opening tip and stayed in front in the majority of the period. Trailing 22:15 Djeremaja Mejsi brought the guests back to 22:22. In the second quarter the teams changed the positions and the guests went on some leads. They finished the first half at 46:37 for the visitors that had 24:15 in the period.
Talts reduced to 45:50 in the middle of the third. Kristjan Kangur with a jump-shot brought even the hosts closer to 54:57. An 8-0 run however saw F.Y.R. of Macedonia going back on a spurt for 54:64. Moreover Samardziski gave his team 57:68 after the end of the third quarter. F.Y.R. of Macedoni hled 15-17 points and led the game to the victory.

Estonia: Kedru Arbet 18, Kristjan Kangur 17
F.Y.R. of Macedonia: Djeremaja Mejsi 20+10 rebs, Todor Gecevski 18+9 rebs, Pero AntiK 13, Stefanov 13


Dinamo Bucharest tests Kiril Pavlovski, AMAK SP extends Jarrid Frye - by Eurobasket News
Romanian team Dinamo Bucharest called big guy Kiril Pavlovski (210-C-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza) on a try-out. If Pavlovski succeeds to get a contract in Dinamo he will join another Macedonian Enes Hadjibulic.
Kiril Pavlovski started last season in Aresundskraft Basket in Sweden averaging 5.3 ppg and 5.1 rpg for 15 games. In January this year he agreed terms with Slovenian Kraski Zidar. He had 15 appearances in A1 league recording 10.7 ppg and 7.6 rpg. Two seasons before he played for Vardar Osiguranje Skopje, which competed in D1. His team won National Cup while Pavlovski was selected 'Eurobasket.com Macedonian League All-Defensive Team -07'. Before Vardar, he played one year for Fersped Rabotnicki and FON. In 03/04 he signed with Crvena Zvezda Belgrade but played mostly for its junior team. He had only two official games with the seniors adding 2 ppg and 1.5 rpg. Ineresting is that except of the National Cup with Vardar, Kiril Pavlovski has another one in his 'pocket' as well as four championship titles of Macedonia (01, 03, 05, 06). He played for all Macedonians NT youth selections but he never was a part of senior team.

In the meantime AMAK SP Ohrid extended contract with Jarrid Frye (190-G-85, college: Sacred Heart) for one more year. Frye played 27 regular season game for AMAK last season averaging 20.3 ppg and 6.2 rpg. He already arrived to Ohrid joining the preparations for 08/09.


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Georgia topple Ireland in Dublin - by Eurobasket News
Ireland - Georgia 77:94

Irish National Team could not match a feisty Georgia in Dublin yesterday. The hosts fell short 77:94 to slip to 0-2 record in Group C. Georgia meanwhile celebrated the second win in a row and share the top position in the pool together with Sweden.
The home team got to a quick start as they jumped to a 5:1 lead early on. However Georgia quickly denied Ireland the advantage. Mikhail Berishvili (203-F-87) and Viktor Sanikidze (203-F-86, agency: Life Sports) ensured a 23:13 lead for Georgia at the end of the starting frame. Plying coach Jay Larranaga (195-G-75, college: Bowling Green) fueled Irish surge in the second frame hitting three trifectas however it was not enough to race in front. The visitors remained on top and enjoyed a 37:33 advantage at the interval.
Georgia quickly piled up a 10-point buffer and maintained it well throughout the period. Georgia headed into the fourth quarter leading by 14 points. Viktor Sanikidze converted back-to-back layups midway through the fourth term and Georgia ran away for good in this one. Viktor Sanikidze topscored for Georgia with 31 points. Tyrone Ellis (193-G-77, college: S.Nazarene) had 20 points, while Zaza Pachulia (212-C-84) knocked down 16 in the win. Donnie McGrath (193-G-84, college: Providence) led all scorers with 32 points. Colin O'Reilly (197-F-84, college: Post) added 15 points in defeat.
Georgia will travel to Slovakia, while Ireland will visit Luxembourg on Saturday.

Ireland: Donnie McGrath 32, Colin O'Reilly 15
Georgia: Viktor Sanikidze 31, Tyrone Ellis 20, Zaza Pachulia 16


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  GERMANY   


Market News - by Moritz Korff
BV Chemnitz 99 (2. Bundesliga Pro A) has added Nikita Khartchenkov (201-F-87, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) to its 2008-09 roster. The 21-year-old German A2-international, who was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, played for the New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig (1. Bundesliga) in this past season and averaged 2.0 points per contest. The son of Coach Alexander Khartchenkov also appeared in 23 games for the Phantoms' farmteam SUM Baskets Braunschweig and scored 21.0 points a game in 2. Bundesliga Pro B-action.

Nicolai Simon (191-G-87) returns to Erdgas Ehingen/Urspringschule (2. Bundesliga Pro B) on a loan-deal. The 21-year-old Guard, who missed most of this past season due to a back-injury, saw action in only five Bundesliga-games during 2007-08 and tallied 0.2 points per outing.


Romeo Travis(ULM) interview - by Manuel Schust

(by Miles Schmidt Scheuber)
Hi Romeo Travis (201-F-84, agency: Edge Sports, college: Akron),

Thanks for taking some time to talk to eurobasket.com. You had a longer summer than other guys in the BBL because you missed the playoffs. How did you spend your summer and on what part of your game did you work the most at?

I spent most of my summer at the Cleveland Cavaliers practice facility and I worked really hard at making shots on the move and my ball handling skills..

How is training camp coming along so far. How is the team shaping up?

Training camp is great. The team is looking like we have a lot of potential to make some noice in the BBL. We have strong parts in all five positions with strong back ups if we come together we can have a good year.

On paper, ratiopharm Ulm is very talented and I have ratiopharm Ulm as being a team that could do a lot of damage. How talented is this team in your eyes and what is this teams strenghes?

Yes we are very talented top to bottom with a lot of shooters and athletes on the wing. The things that we are improving and still improving on right now is our defense. We could always score we are trying to stop people from scoring on us so much..

The trio of Sean Finn (212-C-82, college: Dayton), Jeff Gibbs (188-F-80, college: Otterbein) and yourself is very interesting under the boards. ratiopharm Ulm lost two strong rebounders in Konrad Wysocki (202-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Princeton) and Bryan Lucas (204-F/C-78, college: N.Texas). How will the team compensate losing 25 points and 12 rebounds from these two guys per game?

We signed a lot of guys who can do a lot of different things and rebounding will be picked up by the entire team. It will have to be a team effort and we are not worried about points because mike Taylor is a great offensive coach and will put players in a position to score

Five Americans on the team played college ball in Ohio. Coach Mike Taylor seems to prefer players from Ohio. Jeff Gibbs became a BBL star. What makes players from Ohio so special?

Haha I don't know why Mike Taylor likes Ohio guys maybe he thinks we are tough or have high basketball IQ.'s that iss something you would have to ask him.

The guard trio of Dru Joyce (183-G-85, college: Akron), Keith Triplett (191-G-80, college: Toledo) and Lee Humphrey (188-G-84, college: Florida) is just scary thinking about. They will give opponents defenses a lot of fits. Has Lee Humphrey given any unforgettable shooting clinics in practice yet?

Yes Lee can shoot the ball very well and is one of the best shooters I have seen. He will shoot from anywhere and when he shoots you never think its not going.

ratiopharm Ulm also has 3 young Germans with Michael Schroeder (210-C-84, agency: Rasmussen Services), Sebastian Betz (200-F-85) and Per Guenther (185-G-88, agency: Rasmussen Services). How is their development coming along? They will have to contribute from the bench.

They are coming along quite nicely especially Sebastian has worked hard this off season and is looking good. It is going to take a little time for the other guys to catch up with so much being thrown at them but its still early

Last season, you played for 6 months in Spain for two clubs but never found your rhythm. In Feb 2008, you joined ratiopharm Ulm and averaged 10,8 points and 5,1 rebounds, which was more than respectable. Why didn..t Spain work out for you?

It was just different situations and different coaches and things just never clicked for me there. I think I had more of an opportunity to play my game and do the things that made me successful in the past..

What were the main reasons why you remained in ratiopharm Ulm?

Dru Joyce , I like Mike Taylor and the city of Ulm is a good place to be for a young guy like me with no wife there is a lot of trouble to get into in Germany and this is a place where I can stay focused and be away from a lot of distractions that get great players kicked out of the league

What is it like playing for coach Mike Taylor . He is Basketball 24/7. What makes him such a unique coach?

He is always willing to learn that is what makes him special he is out there every summer trying to get better as a coach and he is very passionate about coaching

The 2007 Boston Celtics had their very special own trio of Kevin Garnett (208-F-76), Paul Pierce (200-F-77, college: Kansas), and Ray Allen (197-G-75, college: Connecticut), while St Marys had their very special own trio of LeBron James (203-F-84), Dru Joyce and yourself. Besides winning the three school championships, what are your finest memories of your high school days?

The best times for me was jus sitting around and just joking and having fun. Those are the best times to me because great friends are very hard to come by

LeBron James just keeps amazing the Basketball world with exhibitions like this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0SmPGgeqJo&feature=related

When you look back to high school, what was the amazing thing he did in a practice that the world never saw?

One day he shot every shot off the glass for an entire practice and I mean three pointers and everything

How cool is it playing together with Dru Dru Joyce for the third time after St Marys, Akron and now ratiopharm Ulm?

Its amazing to me because you never know you miss people until they are gone not saying the other point guards I played with weren..t great players, they just didn't know my game and compliment me like Dru does

You must have a very special friendship with Dru Dru Joyce ?

Yes we are best friends and have played together for 8 years now and we are only 23

What are your personal goals for this season?

Win as many games as possible

Thanks Romeo for the interview. Good luck this season.



Zazai to Muenchen - by Moritz Korff
Achmadschah Zazai (177-G-86, agency: Heinrich Sports) has been announced as the new playmaker of Telemotive Muenchen (2. Bundesliga Pro B). The 21-year-old Guard, formerly a member of the German U20-National Team, started this past season with the Bremen Roosters, but left the Pro A-club after 14 games played (3.4ppg, 1.1apg). He then moved abroad to compete for Horsens IC in the Danish first division. Zazai appeared in 8 games of the regular season for HIC and tallied 9.8 points, 4.5 assists, 3 rebounds and 2.4 steals per contest. During the play-offs (3 games) he averaged 14.0 points, 5.0 assists, 3.3 steals and 3.0 rebounds.

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Gregory at PAOK - by Kostas Papadopoulos
Kenny Gregory (197-G/F-78, college: Kansas) is the new player whom so much wanted coach Argiris Pedoulakis to enter at PAOK's roster. The ex-player of Efes Pilsen, whose previous experience at European teams (Pavia, Le Mans and Efes) seemed quite important for him to be chosen, send last night his contract signed. Concerning, on the other side, on the matter of small forward, as in other articles already referred, Britton Johnsen (208-F-79, agency: Priority Sports, college: Utah) still seems to be the main one for this place.

In other news, and the friendly games that Greek teams played:
Panathinaikos - Unics 84-82 [Drew Nicholas (191-G-81, college: Maryland) 20, Michael Batiste (203-F-77, college: Arizona St.) 17, Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81) 12]
AEL Larissas - Iraklis 73-69 [Bruce Price (191-G-83) 16, Torin Francis (210-F-83, college: Notre Dame) 22, Giannis Lappas (200-F-76) 12]
Panionios - Peristeri 86-48


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  HOLLAND   


FEB Team-By-Team Analysis: Eiffel Towers Den Bosch - by Sanders Jackson


Eiffel Towers Den Bosch

2007-08 Record: 27-13 (won 2008 Dutch Cup, lost in FEB Finals)

Head coach: Randy Wiel

Additions:
Jerome Beasley (208-F-80, college: N.Dakota), Taron Downey (186-G-83, college: Wake Forest), Djoenie Steenvoorde (195-G/F-81, agency: R.H.Consultancy), Anthony Richardson (201-F-83, agency: 540 Sports, college: Florida St.), Devonne Giles (203-F-83, college: Texas Tech)Jeroen van Vugt (191-G-91), Joost Padberg (202-F/C-91)


Outlook:

The loss to MyGuide Amsterdam in the 2008 FEB Finals ended an otherwise underachieving season for Eiffel Towers, who never recovered from life after Leon Rodgers. Additions that were made last season for the continuity and to overcome the Rodgers effect turned out to be more trouble (and costly) than what it was worth, with Eiffel pulling the trigger on dismissals of Wells, Stevenson and Kurtz, and Brown not panning out. Wiel can count on a solid rock in the addition of solid veteran Giles, who made the short trip over from West-Brabant Giants. Giles' toughness and leadership capabilities will pay dividends. Steenvoorde provides scoring capabilities and should help Eiffel mainstay Travis Young (184-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Marshall) get more rest and be more effective. The addition of Downey, who trived in the FEB in an Upstairs Weert uniform in the 2006-07 season, will provide a boost in Eiffel's uptempo game, also teaming with returnee and top assist man Dean Oliver (180-G-78, college: Iowa) to give Eiffel a different wrinkle in the backcourt. The presence of Oliver and Downey can provide the necessary touches on the perimeter for Young and sharpshooter and Dutch international Kees Akerboom (199-F-83, agency: Court Side). Akerboom, who stepped his game up in the FEB Finals, was a forgotten man in crunch time in Game #7 and is Eiffel's quiet assassin. The addition of ex-NBA'er Beasley and forward Richardson complements Giles well. Eiffel will need a consistent Marcel Aarts (212-C-83, agency: R.H.Consultancy) to shore up their bench depth.


If Eiffel is to regain the FEB title, it will have to be tougher on the glass, have a healthy Young throughout the season, more touches for Akerboom and more bench consistency. Can some players in the system give up some offense for more defense? And who will be the go-to guy and leader that Wiel can depend on?


next: West-Brabant Giants



Netherlands pull away with win in Austria - by Eurobasket News
Austria - Netherlands 54:58

Netherlands celebrated their first win at the EuroBasket in Division B action. They upset the first-round winners Austria to draw level with them in the ladder of Group A.
Hilliman masterminded a 10:2 rally from the visitors late in the opening period to set the score at 18:9 for the Dutch team after the opening period. Three-pointers from Theewkens and Wessels widened the margin to 15 points midway through the second frame. Netherlands limited the hosts to just 5 points in the quarter and secured a 16-point buffer at halftime. Austria however tried hard to save this one. They capped the third period with a 13:3 run to cut the distance to just 7 points. Peter Van Paassen (210-C/F-78, agency: Court Side, college: St.Bonaventure) kept the hosts at distance as he knocked down 6 points early in the final term. Arvin Slagter (190-G-85) and Francisco Elson (212-C-76, agency: Court Side, college: California) once again stretched the gap to 10 points. But back-to-back trebles from Matthias Mayer (206-C/F-81) and Deteri Mayes (189-G-74, agency: Court Side, college: Murray St.) fueled Austrian surge. They trimmed the deficit to 4 points however Peter Van Paassen dunked it home and Netherlands got away with a moral-boosting victory.
Francisco Elson led the charge with 12 points and 8 boards. Peter Van Paassen added 11 points, while Arvin Slagter had 9 points for the winners. Deteri Mayes answered with 14 points for Austria. Matthias Mayer knocked down 9 points in defeat.

Austria: Deteri Mayes 14, Matthias Mayer 9
Netherlands: Francisco Elson 12, Peter Van Paassen 11, Arvin Slagter 9


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Italy ties the record with Hungary in Group A. - by Eurobasket News
Italy-Hungary 75:68

Italian National team somehow but improved to 2-4 record at EuroBasket 2009 qualifying Group A. An outstanding first quarter was enough to celebrate the win in Porto San Giorgio over Hungary 75:68. Giuseppe Poeta (190-G-85) paced all the winners with 15 points. Daniele Cinciarini (194-G-83, agency: Interperformances) netted 13, while Valerio Amoroso (202-F-80) and Massimo Bulleri (188-G-77) posted 12 apiece. Istvan Nemeth (190-G-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) top-scored for Hungary with 19 points and Tamas Kaman (200-F/G-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) added 12.
Honestly Italy and Hungary struggle not to be the last in the group. The latter has the same record and Finland is still 2-3. Valerio Amoroso opened the game with a jump-shot and then Mordente made 14:8. After the score was 14:10 Italy produced a 10-0 run and won the opening quarter at 26:12. Italy controlled the game but Hungary was managed to reduce a bit in the second quarter. Tamas Kamans free throws sent the teams to the lockers for 37:27.
The third quarter was the most interesting in the game. Hungarians came very close to the hosts as Istvan Nemeth scored for 44:41. Italy did not panic and Giuseppe Poeta made it 55:50. In the last period Hungary however tied the game. Tamas Kaman made the score 57:57, but not more than that. Italy pushed the tempo and Daniele Cinciarini brought 73:61. In the last seconds Simon scored for 75:68 as Italy ties the record with Hungary in Group A.

Italy: Giuseppe Poeta 15, Daniele Cinciarini 13, Valerio Amoroso 12+10 rebs, Massimo Bulleri 12
Hungary: Istvan Nemeth 19, Tamas Kaman 12


Market news - by Richard
Greg Danielson (206-C-81, college: Drake) sign a 1-year deal with Hungarian team Kecskemeti Univer KSE. Greg brings with him experiance from FIBA cup with CSKA Sofia where he almost had duble duble in every game in that competition and was among best newcomers. Danielson played so far in Austria, Cyprus, Kosovo, Lebanon, Bulgarian and Arabic Emirats and was always among best rebounders and scorers in teams he has played for.

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Iceland outmuscle Denmark in Reykjavik - by Eurobasket News
Iceland - Denmark 77:71

Icelandic National Team secured their first win in the EuroBasket Division B yesterday. They held off Denmark at home to improve to 1-0 record in Group A. Denmark meanwhile fell to 0-2 record at the start. The teams traded baskets early in the game before Pall Axel Vilbergsson (197-F/G-78), Helgi Magnusson (198-G/F-82, agency: IceBasket, college: Catawba) and Fridrik Jon Stefansson (195-G-82) (204-F/C-76, college: Jacksonville) fired from downtown to set Iceland in front 23:14. Thorvaldsson and Jon Stefansson added two more triples early in the second period for the home team to go up by 10 points. However Chanan Colman (192-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Chipola J7.4ppg, C) and Jakobsen dragged Denmark back in to the contest as they shaved the distance to minimum. Iceland led by just 3 points at halftime.
Helgi Magnusson opened the third frame with two three-pointers and Jon Stefansson added 4 more points to ensure Iceland built an 11-point lead. Gunarsson and Helgi Magnusson teamed up for 8 straight points as Iceland kept Denmark at bay. The visitors however did not say die and cut the distance to 4 points with 37 seconds remaining in regulation. But four points from Sugurdarson in the closing seconds sealed the win for the hosts. Jon Stefansson knocked down 14 points for Iceland. Pall Axel Vilbergsson, Helgi Magnusson and Logi Gunnarsson (190-G-81) had 12 points apiece for the winners. Peter Johansen (204-F/C-80, agency: Arik Krayn Services) answered with 14 points for Denmark. Chanan Colman contributed 15 points in defeat.
Iceland will visit Netherlands on Saturday. Denmark will play against Netherlands at home in a week.

Iceland: Jon Stefansson 14, Pall Axel Vilbergsson 12, Helgi Magnusson 12, Logi Gunnarsson 12
Denmark: Chanan Colman 15, Peter Johansen 14


Icelandic National Team 2008 - by Eurobasket
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4 Magnus Gunnarson (184-G-81) of UMFN Njardvik
5 Fridrik Stefansson (204-F/C-76) of UMFN Njardvik
6 Jakob Sigurdarson (192-G-82) of Kecskemeti Univer KSE (HUN)
7 Fannar Olafsson (203-C-78) of KR Reykjavik
9 Jon Stefansson (195-G-82) of Lottomatica Virtus Roma (ITA)
10 Pall Axel Vilbergsson (197-F/G-78) of U.M.F. Grindavik

11 Sigurdur Thorvaldsson (201-F-80) of Ungmennafelagio Snaefell
12 Helgi Magnusson (198-G/F-82) of KR Reykjavik
13 Hlynur Baeringsson (200-F-82) of Ungmennafelagio Snaefell
14 Logi Gunnarsson (190-G-81) of Gijon Baloncesto (ESP)
15 Sigurdur Thorsteinsson (203-C-88) of Keflavik
Head Coach: Sigurdur Ingimundarson


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Georgia topple Ireland in Dublin - by Eurobasket News
Ireland - Georgia 77:94

Irish National Team could not match a feisty Georgia in Dublin yesterday. The hosts fell short 77:94 to slip to 0-2 record in Group C. Georgia meanwhile celebrated the second win in a row and share the top position in the pool together with Sweden.
The home team got to a quick start as they jumped to a 5:1 lead early on. However Georgia quickly denied Ireland the advantage. Mikhail Berishvili (203-F-87) and Viktor Sanikidze (203-F-86, agency: Life Sports) ensured a 23:13 lead for Georgia at the end of the starting frame. Plying coach Jay Larranaga (195-G-75, college: Bowling Green) fueled Irish surge in the second frame hitting three trifectas however it was not enough to race in front. The visitors remained on top and enjoyed a 37:33 advantage at the interval.
Georgia quickly piled up a 10-point buffer and maintained it well throughout the period. Georgia headed into the fourth quarter leading by 14 points. Viktor Sanikidze converted back-to-back layups midway through the fourth term and Georgia ran away for good in this one. Viktor Sanikidze topscored for Georgia with 31 points. Tyrone Ellis (193-G-77, college: S.Nazarene) had 20 points, while Zaza Pachulia (212-C-84) knocked down 16 in the win. Donnie McGrath (193-G-84, college: Providence) led all scorers with 32 points. Colin O'Reilly (197-F-84, college: Post) added 15 points in defeat.
Georgia will travel to Slovakia, while Ireland will visit Luxembourg on Saturday.

Ireland: Donnie McGrath 32, Colin O'Reilly 15
Georgia: Viktor Sanikidze 31, Tyrone Ellis 20, Zaza Pachulia 16


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Czech Republic lifted to the top of Group D - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic- Israel 91:70

Czech Republic lifted to the top of Group D EuroBasket qualifier with a 91:70 over Israel. The hosts won all the quarters to seal the second win in the campaign. Jiri Welsch (198-F-80) and Petr Benda (203-F/C-82, agency: Court Side) led the winners with 20 points. Jiri Hubalek (209-C-82, agency: Interperformances) and Ladislav Sokolovsky (201-F-77, agency: PPGroup) netted 11 each, while Starosta had 9. Guy Pnini (201-F-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services) ended up with 22 points in the losing effort and Yotam Halperin (196-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services) posted 13.
Pardubice saw a tough beginning of the game as the teams exchanged the baskets in the opening tip. After 10:10 the hosts created 8-0 run to finish the first at 18:12. They did not stop and started to increase the lead in the second period. After twice going ahead by 13 before taking a 36:28 advantage to half-time, the Czechs began the second half with a 10-2 surge and stayed in control for the remainder of the contest. Petr Bendas lay-up brought Czech Republic 54:39 with 3 minutes in the third. Guy Pnini closed the period at 63:47 from the arc. When Satoransk made a lay-up in the last period it became clear that the hosts would benefit. The score was 72:51 with 7 minutes to go. After 28:23 in the period the Czechs led to 91:70 in the game. Ladislav Sokolovsky closed the campaign with a three as Jiri Welsch had a great assist for him.

Czech Republic: Jiri Welsch 20, Petr Benda 20, Jiri Hubalek 11, Ladislav Sokolovsky 11
Israel: Guy Pnini 22, Yotam Halperin 13


Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion sign Dennis Carr - by Eurobasket
Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion agreed terms with 27-year old American forward Dennis Carr (201-F-81, college: Embry Riddle, agency: Ronsport). Carr played most recently at Elitzur Qiryat Ata/Motzkin (Premier L.). He previously played at Hapoel Yokneam/Megido and in his two seasons in Israeli National League (D2), he was one of the the top players in the league. He was even selected to Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League 1st Team. It's the highest time to try it oin Israeli top league - Premier League. It will be his sixth season in professional basketball.

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Italy ties the record with Hungary in Group A. - by Eurobasket News
Italy-Hungary 75:68

Italian National team somehow but improved to 2-4 record at EuroBasket 2009 qualifying Group A. An outstanding first quarter was enough to celebrate the win in Porto San Giorgio over Hungary 75:68. Giuseppe Poeta (190-G-85) paced all the winners with 15 points. Daniele Cinciarini (194-G-83, agency: Interperformances) netted 13, while Valerio Amoroso (202-F-80) and Massimo Bulleri (188-G-77) posted 12 apiece. Istvan Nemeth (190-G-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) top-scored for Hungary with 19 points and Tamas Kaman (200-F/G-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) added 12.
Honestly Italy and Hungary struggle not to be the last in the group. The latter has the same record and Finland is still 2-3. Valerio Amoroso opened the game with a jump-shot and then Mordente made 14:8. After the score was 14:10 Italy produced a 10-0 run and won the opening quarter at 26:12. Italy controlled the game but Hungary was managed to reduce a bit in the second quarter. Tamas Kamans free throws sent the teams to the lockers for 37:27.
The third quarter was the most interesting in the game. Hungarians came very close to the hosts as Istvan Nemeth scored for 44:41. Italy did not panic and Giuseppe Poeta made it 55:50. In the last period Hungary however tied the game. Tamas Kaman made the score 57:57, but not more than that. Italy pushed the tempo and Daniele Cinciarini brought 73:61. In the last seconds Simon scored for 75:68 as Italy ties the record with Hungary in Group A.

Italy: Giuseppe Poeta 15, Daniele Cinciarini 13, Valerio Amoroso 12+10 rebs, Massimo Bulleri 12
Hungary: Istvan Nemeth 19, Tamas Kaman 12


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JBL2 Standings
JBL2 Standings
1. Chiba 0-0
2. Ishikawa 0-0
3. Hitachi C.B. 0-0
4. Tokyo Marine 0-0
5. Toyota Tsusho 0-0
6. Aisin AW 0-0
7. Toyoda Gosei 0-0
8. Kagoshima 0-0
9. Kuroda Electric 0-0


BJ League Import Watch - by John Scribe

With one month and some change left before the season kicks off, there have
been numerous moves made by teams to finalize its contract with its
imports.


There have been many power moves made by teams to lure talent away from
other teams (e.g., Andy Ellis (211-C-80, college: Texas Tech) from Oita to Hamamatsu, Jeff Newton (205-C-81, college: Indiana) from Osaka
to Okinawa), but Osaka still seems to be at the top of the class when it
comes to picking up quality players to continue its dynasty.


On the other hand, Toyama, Saitama, and Oita have not announced alot of signings as it is anticipated that each respective team are either keeping their signings a secret, or doesn't have alot of cap money to make impressive acquisitions. Especially considering that Oita recently had a press conference to discuss its franchise's state, asking for prefectural support to stay afloat.

Heres an overview of the latest signings.

Sendai 89ers:

Bobby St.Preux (196-G/F-81, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: N.Kentucky)
Chris Holm (212-F, college: Vermont)

Niigata Albirex:
Brett Gravitt (193-G-79, college: S.Alabama)
Dokun Akingbade (206-F-84, college: George Washington)
Antonio Burks (198-F-82, college: Stephen F. Austin)
Calvin Chitwood (203-F-86, agency: Passing Lane, college: Cal.St. Northridge)

Toyama Grouses:
Rodney Webb (201-F-83, college: Florida Atlantic)
Terrence Woodyard (206-F/G, college: W.Carolina)


Saitama Broncos:
(No official announcements at the moment)

Tokyo Apache:
John Humphrey (188-G/F-80, college: Middle Tenn.St.) (4th Season)
Nick Davis (205-C-76, agency: Duran International, college: Arkansas)
Julius Ashby (205-F/C-82, college: Colorado)

Tizzo Johnson (201-F-81, college: NC-Greensboro)

Hamamatsu Phoenix:
Vernon Hamilton (183-G-84, college: Clemson)
Michel Tabb
Andy Ellis
Adam Zahn (203-F/C-84, college: Oregon)
Ming Ming Sun (235-C-83, agency: Passing Lane)
Kim Jungyoon
Back Sunghyoon

Shiga Lakestars:
Ryan Rourke (197-F-83, agency: Tank Sports, college: Cornell)
Brayden Billbe (208-C-85, college: American)
Bobby Nash (198-G/F-84)
An Songsu
Ray Schafer (213-C)

Osaka Evessa:
Lynn Washington (200-F-78, college: Indiana)
Nile Murry (193-G-83, college: TCU)
Nick DeWitz (203-F, agency: Passing Lane, college: Oregon St.)
Justen Naughton (205-F-81, college: Cal.St.-Los Angeles)
Eric Walton (204-F/C-79, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: San Jose St.)

Takamatsu Five Arrows:
George Leach (210-C-81, college: Indiana)
Rasheed Sparks (190-G-77, college: Morgan St.)
Isaac Sojourner (201-F/C-75, college: Jacksonville JC)

Rizing Fukuoka:
Michael Sturns (196-G-86, agency: Court Side, college: Holy Family)
Brandon Tobias (201-F-84, college: UAB)
Jesse King III
Michael Parker (196-G/F-82, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Evergreen St.)

Oita Heat Devils:
(No official announcements at the moment)

Ryukyu Golden Kings:
Anthony McHenry (201-G/F-83, college: Georgia Tech)
Jeff Newton
Chris Ayer (208-C-83, college: Loyola Marymount)
Bryan Simpson (197-F-84)



Hamamatsu has International Flavor - by John Scribe
The BJ League is one of the more unique leagues in the world. And in
Japan, its a league that is pushing the envelope for sports business. The
league is All-professional, which separates itself from the JBL. The league
emphasizes sports entertainment, which is similar to the Pacific League in
Nippon Pro Baseball (NPB). Each team in the league stresses local interaction,
which is similar to the J-League 100-year plan. From reading the previous
examples, the BJ League would standout because of its adventurous tactics for
sports business and creativity. However, the BJ League is most famous for its
unique rule of having no limit on import players.

And one unique team and coach is pushing hard to diversify its team and
all but assure themselves a championship in its inaugural season: the
Hamamatsu-Higashimikawa Phoenix and Head Coach Kazuo Nakamura .

Now, Nakamura is no stranger in pushing the envelope.

Nakamura has coached high school, college, women, the JBL, and now is
taking the unique step in being a coach of a professional franchise. And
throughout his career, he has been known for coming up with trick defenses, and
unique concepts to confuse and overcome his opponents. He obviously isnt
planning to stop test the system, which would be the on-the-court-free
rule.

For the last three years, teams in the league would sign three-to-five
imports, but there was always an unwritten rule where each team would only
put three imports on the floor in order to play their Japanese players.
However, Hamamatsu seems to have another player. Hamamatsu has 8
foreigners on its roster and they are from various parts of the globe.
Four players: Andy Ellis, Vernon Hamilton, Michel Tabb, and Adam Zahn are
from the U.S. Two players are from Korea (Kim Jungyoon and Back
Sunghyoon). And finally, two players are from China (Haimo Chen and Sun
Ming Ming).

With such a roster, Hamamatsu must be the favorites on paper to take the
trophy home. But on the other hand, it is also sending a message that the
BJ League is about progression and that they are raising the bar to become
a more competitive league. And having a Japanese passport does not
guarantee a job.

It must be amazing to have players that speak four different languages on
one team. But this is what the league would call glocalization and have
this writer amazed at how the game can evolve.

And with such a unique squad, I can only fathom how Hamamatsu would have
all the answers to counter whatever their opponents throw at them. And
witnessing such squad play with fluid communication and dominant play
would truly be a unique experience if the Phoenix are successful. The NBA
has gone global, but the BJ is not so far away.


Kyoto awarded bj-league's 13th franchise; team to begin play in 2009 - by John Scribe

Ed Odeven-

The bj-league's 13th franchise will be based in Kyoto, the league announced on Wednesday.

The team will begin play in the 2009-10 season.

Sports Communication Kyoto was one of 10 ownership groups to apply to the league for an expansion team last fall. The league announced six applicants, including groups in Chiba, Nagano, Miyazaki, Kanagawa Prefecture and one unnamed group, became expansion finalists.

The Kyoto group met the financial obligation (a startup fee of 250 million to 300 million) to join the bj-league, which began play in the fall of 2005 with six teams.

The league has added two teams to the fold in each of the past three seasons, and it will begin the 2008-09 season with 12 teams, including the first-year Shiga Lakestars and the Hamamatsu Higashimikawa Phoenix (formerly the OSG Phoenix of the JBL) on Oct. 11.

In previous interviews with The Japan Times, bj-league commissioner Toshimitsu Kawachi has said he would like to add two teams per year whenever it expands. By doing so, it would simplify the league's schedule, meaning at least two teams would be off on any given game day.

The league said it may announce another expansion team for the 2009-10 season, but no formal decision has been made yet.


From The Japantimes (www.japantimes.co.jp)



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Latvia destroys Portugal - by Eurobasket News

Latvia-Portugal 79:43

Latvian National team destroyed Portugal on Wednesday in EuroBasket 2009 qualifying Group B. Riga and 5000 spectators saw the favorites improving to 3-0 record and sending Portugal to 0-3. Andris Biedrins (213-C-86) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Janis Blums (190-G-82) nailed 16 and Valters added 15. Carlos Andrade (197-F-78, agency: Players Group, college: Queens (NC)) finished the night with 15 points in defeat as Elvis Evora (205-C-78, agency: Global Sports Plaza) and Nuno Marcal (205-F-75) had 10 each.
The Baltic team went on an early lead scoring the first seven points of the game. By the end of the first quarter, the Latvia lead was 19:9 but Portugal managed to close the gap to eight at 29:21 with just under four minutes remaining in the first half. Andris Biedrins looked too good at that period of time and sent the teams to the lockers for 38:25 advantage.
Elvis Evora cut the deficit to 40:31, but Janis Blums and Helmanis connected from three-point range and Kristaps Valters followed with a jumper as Latvia opened a 48:31 lead. Again Andris Biedrins closed the third at 52:34 with a jump-shot. The last period was a disaster for the guests that failed in defense. Latvia produced 27:9 in the period and sealed an easy victory.

In another game of the group Estonia and F.Y.R. of Macedonia struggled for the second win in Group B of EuroBasket 2009 qualifying. The latter playing abroad celebrated 78:90 victory to improve to 2-1 record. Djeremaja Mejsi top-scored for the winners with 20 points and 10 rebounds.


Latvia: Andris Biedrins 21+12 rebs, Janis Blums 16, Valters 15
Portugal: Carlos Andrade 15, Elvis Evora 10, Nuno Marcal 10



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  MEXICO   


Santos Reales de San Luis Potosi sign Juan Herrera - by Eurobasket
Santos Reales de San Luis Potosi (LNBP) agreed terms with 27-year old Venezuelan forward Juan Herrera (197-F-81). Herrera played most recently at Duros de Lara (Venezuela), where he just started the season, but left for a contract in LNBP. Herrera had a very successful season playing earlier this year in the main professional league in Venezuela (LPB), where he won championship together with Cocodrilos de Caracas. They made also to quarterfinals of Liga Sudamericana.

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  NBA   


Lakers ink Brandon Heath from Entente Orleans 45 - by Eurobasket News
Los Angeles Lakers announced signing of free agent guard Brandon Heath (6'4''-G-84, agency: Octagon, college: San Diego St.). Per team policy, Lakers didn't announce the terms of agreement.

Brandon Heath spent last season in French team Entente Orleans 45, which competes in Pro A. He had 25 appearances in French top division collecting 12 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.9 apg and 1.2 spg. Orleans ended regular season on 12th place staying out of the play-off but enough for the survival in Pro A. Heath participated at the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas as a player of Los Angeles Clippers. In five games Heath averaged 5.6 ppg and 1 rpg. He graduated at San Diego State University two years ago. At his senior season Heath registered 18.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg and 3.5 apg for 33 games. At the end of it he was named 'All-MWC 1st Team 07'. A year before that he got the same award. His San Diego St. was MWC regular season champion and later MWC tournament winner in 2006. Except of the freshman year, Brandon Heath always had more than 18 ppg and 3.4 rpg and 3.5 apg at San Diego State University. During the summer 2007 he also played in Las Vegas but in jersey of Seattle Supersonics. It seems he needed another attempt to get into the NBA mix what he successfully done.


Reining champion extends coach Rivers - by Eurobasket News
The coach of the Boston Celtics Doc Rivers has agreed to a contract extension, the team announced Wednesday. Though the Celtics didn't disclose terms, Yahoo sports is reporting that Rivers agreed to a two-year extension that runs through the 2010-11 season.

'We are pleased to be able to extend Doc's contract,' Celtics general manager Danny Ainge said in a statement. 'Doc molded a championship team last season through his leadership and we are confident that he is the man to lead this franchise on the court now and in the future.'

Rivers led the Celtics to a league-best 66-16 record last season and their first NBA title since 1986. Led by the Big Three of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, Boston finished off the Los Angeles Lakers in six games in the Finals.

Next season will mark Rivers' fifth with the Celtics. He coached the Orlando Magic for five seasons from 1999-2004, earning Coach of the Year honors in his first season.

Courtesy of http://sports.espn.go.com


Arthur, Chalmers fined $20,000 apiece by NBA - by Eurobasket News
Former Kansas teammates Darrell Arthur (6'9''-F-88, college: Kansas) and Mario Chalmers (6'1''-G-86, college: Kansas) were fined $20,000 apiece after being banished last week from the NBA rookie symposium, the league said Wednesday.

Security at the resort near New York where the event took place found Arthur and Chalmers in a room with two women, and the scent of marijuana was detected. No drugs or drug paraphernalia were found, but having guests in the room violated NBA policy, and the two rookies were sent home.

Arthur and Chalmers apologized but denied using marijuana. Next year they'll have to again attend the symposium, which addresses the challenges of making the transition to pro ball.

Arthur and Chalmers helped Kansas win the NCAA championship and were selected in the June draft. Arthur is with the Memphis Grizzlies and Chalmers with the Miami Heat.

Courtesy of http://www.sfgate.com


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  NCAA1   


Chris Highfield is new Director of Basketball Operations at Eastern Michigan - by Eurobasket News
Eastern Michigan University head coach Charles Ramsey has announced the hiring of Chris Highfield as the director of basketball operations. Highfield replaces Rich Marion, who took a job in the private sector.

'Rich Marion has been a key member of our mens basketball staff for the past three years and we will miss him greatly,' EMU head mens basketball coach Charles Ramsey said. 'It was fortunate for us that a person of Chris Highfields caliber was willing to take over the wide-ranging duties that a director of basketball opertions undertakes in our program.'

'I am extremely excited and very much value this tremendous opportunity to become the newest member of the Eastern Michigan University basketball program,' Highfield explained. 'Coach Ramsey and his staff have made extraordinary strides over the course of three seasons, both on the court and within the classroom. I look forward to positively contributing to the programs overall success in any way that I can.'

The 32-year-old Highfield, returns to the Ypsilanti-Ann Arbor area after spending the last seven years at Florida Gulf Coast University. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan in 2000, where he majored in sports management and communications, with an emphasis on collegiate coaching. While there, he spent five years (1995-2000) as a student basketball manager and served as the head manager from 1998-2000. Highfield was part of the 1997 NIT Championship team and the 1998 inaugural Big 10 Tournament Championship team.

While at FGCU, he spent six years as an assistant to the mens basketball program and as the head coach of the mens and womens cross country teams. Additionally, he spent four years as the admissions recruitment coordinator.

In six years with the basketball program, Highfield helped lead the FCGU Eagles to four 20-plus win seasons, highlighted by the 2006-07 teams record-setting 27-wins (27-6) and also a 2005 NCAA Division II South Regional Championship appearance.

Before arriving at FGCU, Highfield served as an assistant basketball coach at Saint Josephs College in Rensselaer, Ind. for one season (2000-01). There, he helped guide the Pumas to an 18-13 overall mark and an appearance in the Great Lakes Valley Conference tournament.

Prior to his tenure at Saint Josephs, Highfield spent time as a Team USA Administrative Projects intern for USA Triathlon in Colorado Springs, Co. He worked at the Olympic Training Center, helping organize the athletes schedules and daily office operations. He also attended the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia and assisted Team USA in its competition in the inaugural Olympics for the triathlon.

Highfield is single and currently resides in Ann Arbor, Mich.

Courtesy of http://www.emueagles.com


Seton Hall recruit sues NCAA over eligibility - by Eurobasket News
A Seton Hall basketball recruit who was declared ineligible to play has sued the Big East Conference and the NCAA.

Michael Glover enrolled at Seton Hall in 2007. He was ruled ineligible that fall after the NCAA invalidated his entire senior year transcript from American Christian Academy in Pennsylvania.

Glover, a 6-foot-6 forward from the Bronx, says in his suit that the NCAA never gave a reason for invalidating the transcript.

The suit asks a judge to declare Glover eligible to play, award him the equivalent of four years tuition at Seton Hall and compensatory damages.

The lawsuit was filed last month in U.S. District Court in Providence, where the Big East is based. The NCAA on Monday asked a judge to dismiss the lawsuit.

Courtesy of www.cleveland.com


Assistant coach at Texas Tech underwent surgery - by Eurobasket News
Stew Robinson, an assistant basketball coach at Texas Tech, remained hospitalized Tuesday, a day after undergoing quadruple bypass surgery.

Robinson, who played for former Texas Tech coach Bob Knight at Indiana, is heading into his sixth year with the program. He went in for a routine physical last week and was diagnosed with heart disease.

He played at Indiana from 1982-86 and remained in shape beyond his playing days. Robinson, who is in his early 40s, felt some discomfort after a workout last week, his wife, Tracy, said. That prompted the visit to the doctor.

Doctors initially believed Robinson needed a triple-bypass but entered a fourth artery during the 2 1/2-hour surgery Monday, she said in a story for Tuesday's online edition of the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal.

Robinson was expected to remain in the hospital until the end of the week, Tracy Robinson said.

``It was a shock to everybody,'' Tech head coach Pat Knight said. ``Especially with what happened (Sunday) to Coach (Don) Haskins, these things kind of put things into perspective.''

Haskins, a pioneering coach at UTEP, died Sunday.

Courtesy of www.ncaa.com


Middle Tennessee hires Win Case as assistant coach - by Eurobasket News
Win Case followed the advice of a former college teammate who became a highly-successful head coach when pursuing the vacant Middle Tennessee men's basketball assistant coach position, and he's glad he did.

Case, who has been part of four national championships at the college level, has been hired as an assistant on the Blue Raiders' staff, head coach Kermit Davis announced Monday.

'Win is a proven head coach and he won two national championships as a head coach, which speaks for itself,' Davis said. 'Win has had a lot of opportunities to get to this level. He came on an interview and was blown away by the community, the school, the commitment and he just thought this would be a good place for him and his family.'

Case said a phone call from Kansas head coach Bill Self stimulated his interest in the vacant position on Davis' staff. Case and Self were teammates at Oklahoma State and Case's son, Jeremy, was a member of Kansas' national championship team in 2008 and is currently on the Jayhawks staff as a graduate assistant.

'When I was trying to decide if I was going to pursue this position I got a call from Bill Self and he just raved about coach Davis,' Case said. '(Self) told me coach Davis was one of the best and he told me I needed to look hard at the position. At that time the position had not been offered but what coach Self said certainly appealed in terms of having an opportunity to work with a coach who has that type of reputation. Coach Davis has a reputation around the country that is second to none.'

An opportunity to work for Davis spurred his interest in the opening and then Case arrived on campus.

'First and foremost was the chance to work for one of the best coaches in the country,' Case said of his decision to work at Middle Tennessee. 'That got my initial interest and then once I came here and saw this University I was blown away with what they have with the facilities and how everything is run first class.'

Case's responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, recruiting, scouting, and day-to-day preparation of the Blue Raider basketball team.

'Win has a great personality and I love his positive, upbeat attitude,' Davis said. 'I believe it will help us in recruiting and (Case) will help us on the court.'

Case compiled a 364-138 record in 16 seasons as a head coach. He won two national championships as head coach at Oklahoma City University. He said looks forward to recruiting to what he believes is a great University with an immense amount to offer.

'Recruiting is so important, not only the type of players in terms of athleticism, but also good people and I think the one thing I can bring to the table is that I am a people person and recruiting is all about relationships,' Case said. 'I want to build upon those relationships because it is so important to having a successful basketball program.'

Case said he has been impressed with Middle Tennessee's players during 4-on-0 workouts but he has been even more delighted at the type of people they are.

'I've been to a lot of different places and I have never been to a school and program where every single kid in the program is low maintenance,' Case said. 'These are really good kids and I made a comment to coach Davis after I met with all of them and had a chance to talk with them that I had never seen this before. Not only are they good players on the court but they also are good kids and it's a joy for me to work with them.'

Case brings a wealth of experience and success to Middle Tennessee. He most recently was head men's basketball coach at Redlands College. Case was at Redlands one season and his team posted a 21-11 mark in 2007-08. Prior to that he spent two seasons at Eastern Oklahoma State College where he served as head men's basketball coach and athletics director.

Case was head coach at Oklahoma City University for 15 years, posting a 343-127 record and winning the NAIA National Championship in 1994 and 1996. Prior to his 15 years as head coach at Oklahoma City, Case served as an assistant there and was part of two national championships (1991, 1992). The 1992 squad was 38-0.

Case played two seasons at Seminole Junior College and led the team to a runner-up finish in the NJCAA national championship game. Following two years of junior college, Case played two years at Oklahoma State, where he averaged 10.7 points as a senior.

Case began his coaching career as an assistant at Oklahoma Baptist in 1987. He spent two seasons as an assistant at Eastern Oklahoma before joining the staff at Oklahoma City University.

Case has two children - Jeremy (24) and Tiffany (25). He is married to the former Ronda Crowe.

Courtesy of http://www.goblueraiders.com


Longhorns' Balbay to miss season opener due to suspension - by Eurobasket News
Longhorns point guard Dogus Balbay (6'1''-G-89) will miss only one game this season as an NCAA penalty for playing on a professional team in his native Turkey.

Balbay, a sophomore, will sit out the season opener against Stetson on Nov. 14 for a violation of NCAA amateurism rules. He played in 11 games over two seasons for Fenerbahce, a club team in Turkey, during the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons.

Balbay missed his freshman season at Texas last year after undergoing surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee on Oct. 30. Team officials say Balbay healed quickly enough to be cleared for competition by an orthopedic surgeon at the end of February.

He remained on the sideline, though, as school officials angled to have the Longhorns' remaining games - 10, as it turned out - count toward the suspension.

The NCAA approved that request, penalizing Balbay one game for every game he played professionally in Turkey.

The Longhorns' approach to the issue makes Balbay a sophomore instead of a freshman.

Courtesy of www.statesman.com


New assistant coach at Tulane University - by Eurobasket News
Tulane University head men's basketball coach Dave Dickerson announced today the hiring of former TU standout Kim Lewis (6'5''-G/F-72, college: Tulane) as an assistant coach for the Green Wave.

Lewis, 35, begins his third tour with the Green Wave in 2008-09. He was a four-year letterwinner for Tulane from 1990-95, and later served an assistant coach from 1996-98. Lewis spent the last two seasons at Duquesne under head coach Ron Everhart, a former Tulane assistant coach under Perry Clark who recruited and coached Lewis during his playing career with the Green Wave.

'I am very excited and thankful to be working for a great person in Coach Dickerson, who I believe is one of the most respected young coaches in the country,' Lewis said. 'Coming back to Tulane, where it all began for me, makes it that much more special for me. I am looking forward to being a part of this great program once again.'

Following the 2007-08 season with the Dukes, Lewis was hired by Centenary head coach Greg Gary as the top assistant for the Gents. Lewis and Gary each served as assistant coaches at Duquesne and were teammates at Tulane from 1990-92. Prior to Duquesne, Lewis had coaching stints at Northeastern (2004-2006), McNeese State (2002-03) and Xavier (La.) (2001-02).

'Kim has been on my radar for the past two years,' Dickerson said. 'We are very excited that he chose to return to Tulane University. As a player, he was one of the main reasons for the resurgence of the Tulane basketball program in the 1990s, so it is very fitting that he has come back to his alma mater to pursue his passion, which is Green Wave basketball. I expect Kim to hit the ground running. He is the first Louisiana native to join our staff, and is well respected throughout the state and region.'

In 1995, Lewis was drafted in the seventh round with the 92nd overall pick in the CBA draft by Sioux Falls. He spent 1998 through 2001 playing professionally in the Icelandic Basketball League. While in Iceland, he led his team to a championship, earning MVP and best all-around player honors in the process. During his first season in Iceland, he doubled as his team's head coach.

As a collegian, Lewis played a major role in resurrecting a Tulane program that had disbanded from 1985-86 through the 1988-89 season. He made his mark quickly as the Metro Conference Freshman of the Year in 1990-91. During his sophomore campaign, Lewis became the leader of the famed 'Posse.' Although he started only nine games that season, he was named second-team All-Metro and led Tulane in scoring with a 15.4 average as the Wave won its first conference championship and reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time ever. The Green Wave reached a ranking of No. 14 in the AP poll and advanced to the second round of the 1992 NCAA Tournament Southeast Regional. Lewis helped Tulane to 18 wins and an NIT appearance in 1993-94 and to a return trip to the NCAAs as a senior in 1994-95 with a 23-10 mark.

Lewis led TU to 78 victories during his career, including opening round wins in two NCAA Tournament appearances and during one NIT showing. He still ranks as Tulane's 11th all-time leading scorer and holds school career records for steals and games played and also ranks on various individual and career lists for 3-pointers made, attempted and percentage as well as free throws made and attempted. Lewis was Tulane's T-Club Male Athlete of the Year in 1994-95.

Lewis returned to coaching in 2001 when he accepted an assistant's position at Xavier University (La.). After one season at Xavier, he moved on to McNeese State, where he was a recruiter under Tic Price for one year. It was following the 2003-04 season that Lewis was reunited with Everhart at Northeastern, and followed him to Duquesne.

A native of Angie, La., Lewis earned his bachelor's degree in media arts/communications from Tulane in 1994.

Courtesy of www.cstv.com


Miles receives contract extension at Colorado State - by Eurobasket News
Colorado State University has given a one-year contract extension to mens basketball Head Coach Tim Miles, Rams Athletic Director Paul Kowalczyk announced Wednesday.

Miles, set to begin his second season as the head coach of the Rams, is now under contract through the 2012-13 season.

Todays announcement shows a commitment to Tim and his staff, said Kowalczyk. Its easy to reward someone after a successful season. But last year, Tim showed amazing strength and character in the face of really difficult circumstances, most of which were out of his control. His leadership during tough times convinced us that we have the coach to lead the program to the upper echelon of the Mountain West.

Miles took over a Rams program last season that returned just two letterwinners and one starter from the previous season. During the 2007-08 campaign, both returning letterwinners (Stuart Creason and Ronnie Aguilar) missed significant time with injuries, while 10 new players saw action.

I am both humbled and excited by Pauls gesture to extend my contract, said Miles. Our entire staff is dedicated to the effort of rebuilding this program and we are confident that Rams fans will be proud of the achievements by our team.

This season, the Rams return Mountain West second-team all-conference selection and Newcomer of the Year Marcus Walker, who led the MWC in scoring last season (17.1 points per game). Point guard Willis Gardner and forward Andre McFarland also return after starting 28 and 31 games, respectively, last season. In addition, Division I transfers Andy Ogide (Ole Miss) and Dan Vandervieren (Purdue) will see action this season after sitting out last season. Junior college transfers Mame Bocar Ba (College of Southern Idaho), Travis Franklin (Colby CC) and Harvey Perry (College of Southern Idaho) along with freshman Jesse Carr (Ainsworth, Neb.) are also poised to debut for the Rams in 2008-09.

I am looking forward to the season, Miles added. We added six talented players to our nucleus and we should see immediate results.

Courtesy of http://www.ncaa.com


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First Deepwater record another first - by Olusegun Ikuesan
....Sponsors Wheelchair Camping
....As team resume camping ahead South Africa tourney

The sixteen players selected at the end of a rigorous screening exercise of over fifty Wheelchair basketball players from across the country would this Sunday resume close camping ahead the Africa Championship billed for Johannesburg, South Africa between September 30 and October 6 this year.

Head coach of the Nigerian team OBrien Adoki told our correspondent recently that the sixteen players at the end of the week-long screening exercise conducted recently would be camped at the National Institute for Sports, NIS, for two weeks before jetting out to Johannesburg on September 28.

Adoki further explained that the team camping exercise is been undertaken by frontline Oil & Gas firm, First Deepwater Discovery Limited.

The senior lecturer of the nations foremost sports institute says just as First Deepwater Discovery came to its rescue during the opening screening exercise, the company headed by Engr. Babatunde Babalola is at it again by agreeing to foot the bill for the two weeks camping exercise and the championship proper.

He therefore, charge the players to use the opportunity the camping exercise would provide to prove themselves as only twelve players will make the final list to the Africa Championship which double as 2009 World Championship Qualifiers.

President of the Nigeria Wheelchair Basketball Association, NMBBA, Prince Adesina Adeyemi thanked the boss of First Deepwater Discovery Limited, Engr. Babalola for identifying with the physically challenge basketball players by bankrolling the camping and going to South Africa for the championship proper.

An elated Prince Adeyemi promised that the team will not disappoint during the championship.

Winner of the Africa Championship will represent the continent at the World Championship in France next year.


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Deportivo San Jose sign Carlos Morris - by Eurobasket
Deportivo San Jose Asuncion agreed terms with 33-year old Venezuelan forward Carlos Morris (194-F-75, college: Texas St.-San Marcos). Morris played most recently at Deportivo Tachira (Venezuela). Morris is former Venezuelan international with long experience playing for the national team and for various professional teams in Venezuela. The last season he averaged 12.6ppg, 2.8rpg and 2.2apg.

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Battle Creek Knights free agent camp this Saturday - by Eurobasket News
The Battle Creek Knights are hosting a free agent camp date this Saturday, September 13th, 2008, at Triple Threat Sports, 399 North 20th Street, Battle Creek, Michigan, from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Cost for the Knights free agent camp is $40. Cash payments only. At least one player will be invited to the Vet Camp which starts in December, 2008.

For more information on the free agent camp, contact the Knights coach, Dennis Sare, at 269-214-7173, or email Knights head coach, Terry Sare, @ Terry.sare@kentcountymi.gov.

Knights mascot, Sir Jam A Lot, will be at Meijer Inc., on West Columbia Avenue, in Battle Creek, from 6 to 7 p.m., on Friday, September 26th, to greet customers during the Meijer store grand opening celebration month.

For more information in regard to the Knights 2009 season ticket packages, sponsorship opportunities, and group ticket plans, please contact the Battle Creek Knights professional basketball team offices (McCamly Place) at 269-965-5001 or email questions to info@bcknights.com.

Courtesy of PBL


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Millrats to host 2008 Smart PBA Philippine Cup Champions - by Eurobasket News
The 2008 Smart PBA Philippine Cup Champions have made a trans-global trek to visit and train with the Manchester Millrats in New Hampshire. The Santa Lucia Realtors, a professional basketball club from the Philippines, will arrive in Manchester Thursday afternoon to beginning training with the Millrats.

'We are really excited and looking forward to training under the Millrats and their coaching staff,' stated the Realtors Head Coach Boyet Fernandez .

The two professional basketball clubs made a connection last summer when the Realtors were in Boston for training, and participated in the Millrats inaugural tryout camp. Then earlier this year, Millrats owner Jason Briggs and General Manager Ian McCarthy flew then Millrats star guard, Anthony Anderson, to Manilla to tryout for several Philippine teams. During the trip Encarnado made sure they experienced true Filipino culture and cuisine.

'I have never seen shrimp and crabs so big before!' exclaimed McCarthy, 'it was a wonderful experience to visit with Buddy and see Manilla firsthand.'

The Realtors achieved what the Millrats fell short on last season: they won their league Championship. The Realtors credited some of their success to the international travel and training last summer, and they hope to repeat the process this year. The Millrats, in just their second season, will be seeking their first championship in a new league - the Premier Basketball League.

McCarthy and Briggs and Encarnado hope to have forged an alliance and a friendship that transcends borders, and is based on the love of the sport they have in common. The Realtors are also here looking for possible future American players that they could sign in the future.

The Millrats and the Realtors will be training at the Sportszone Athletic Facility in Derry, New Hampshire (www.nhsportszone.com) on Thursday afternoon, Friday morning, twice on Saturday, and will put on a scrimmage match on Sunday afternoon at 4:00 pm. The facility is open to the media and the public to come in an observe the proceedings.

Next Saturday September 20th and 21st, the Millrats are hosting the NH Exposure Combine Camp at the Sportszone that will also serve as their tryout camp. The best of the best from the camp will be combined with high level free agents and some returning Millrats for an October veteran's camp, and then the final Millrats roster will be signed before training camp.

Courtesy of PBL


Red Bull undergoes revamp - by Eurobasket News
Red Bull has undergone a minor revamp, acquiring Gabby Espinas (193-F-82) from Air21 through a trade and signing up rookie draftees Larry Rodriguez (193-C) and Jeff Chan.

The Photokina Marketing franchise has let go of Topex Robinson, Mark Andaya and Paolo Bugia but is keeping a firm hold on Rich Alvarez notwithstanding tempting trade offers for the young versatile forward.

The Barakos had to give up their 2009 first round draft pick to beef up their frontline rotation with their acquisition of Espinas.

Coach Yeng Guiao said Espinas, at 6-foot-4, is not that big but he can compensate and match up with the power forwards of the other teams with his inside skills.

Were almost complete with our acquisition of Espinas and the signing of Larry Rodriguez and Jeff Chan. The two remaining slots are being contested by Kiko Adriano, Paolo Hubalde and Al Magpayo, said Guiao.

Robinson has left the franchise to join Purefoods even as Reed Juntilla faces possible revocation of his contract for going AWOL (absence without leave).

As he requested, Robinson was given his release papers Tuesday, allowing him to negotiate with the team of his choice freely.

The Purefoods management and Robinson had prior talks with the Giants expressing their desire to include the former San Sebastian Stag in their guard rotation.

'It's a choice between Topex and (rookie free agent) Al Vergara. Wise money will be placed on Topex who's got a lot of positive attributes. He's a pesky guard who can defend the likes of Mike Cortez and Jimmy Alapag,' said Purefoods coach Ryan Gregorio.

However, Robinson's arrival came a little late, disallowing him to join the Giants in their trip to Qatar.

Juntilla may lose his two-year contract with Red Bull for his sudden disappearance.

'He had that reputation in the amateurs but we still gave him a chance thinking he may not do that in the pros. But he's back to his old ways,' said Red Bull team manager Andy Jao.

'We've informed the Commissioner's Office and his manager of his case. Coach Yeng (Guiao) wants him out of the team,' Jao added.

Enlisted by Red Bull towards the end of the 2007-08 season, Juntilla had just been signed to a fresh two-year contract before his disappearance.

'He even asked for a cash advance then he's gone supposedly in Cebu attending to his girlfriend,' said Jao.

Courtesy of http://heartstringjack.i.ph


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Cv.Alianca Sangalhos sign Jeff Willis - by Eurobasket
Cv.Alianca Sangalhos (Proliga) strengthened their roster with addition of American center Jeff Willis (206-C, college: Barry, agency: Pinnacle Sports LLC). Willis played most recently at Barry University (NCAA) in the U.S. It will be his first year in professional basketball.

Latvia destroys Portugal - by Eurobasket News

Latvia-Portugal 79:43

Latvian National team destroyed Portugal on Wednesday in EuroBasket 2009 qualifying Group B. Riga and 5000 spectators saw the favorites improving to 3-0 record and sending Portugal to 0-3. Andris Biedrins (213-C-86) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Janis Blums (190-G-82) nailed 16 and Valters added 15. Carlos Andrade (197-F-78, agency: Players Group, college: Queens (NC)) finished the night with 15 points in defeat as Elvis Evora (205-C-78, agency: Global Sports Plaza) and Nuno Marcal (205-F-75) had 10 each.
The Baltic team went on an early lead scoring the first seven points of the game. By the end of the first quarter, the Latvia lead was 19:9 but Portugal managed to close the gap to eight at 29:21 with just under four minutes remaining in the first half. Andris Biedrins looked too good at that period of time and sent the teams to the lockers for 38:25 advantage.
Elvis Evora cut the deficit to 40:31, but Janis Blums and Helmanis connected from three-point range and Kristaps Valters followed with a jumper as Latvia opened a 48:31 lead. Again Andris Biedrins closed the third at 52:34 with a jump-shot. The last period was a disaster for the guests that failed in defense. Latvia produced 27:9 in the period and sealed an easy victory.

In another game of the group Estonia and F.Y.R. of Macedonia struggled for the second win in Group B of EuroBasket 2009 qualifying. The latter playing abroad celebrated 78:90 victory to improve to 2-1 record. Djeremaja Mejsi top-scored for the winners with 20 points and 10 rebounds.


Latvia: Andris Biedrins 21+12 rebs, Janis Blums 16, Valters 15
Portugal: Carlos Andrade 15, Elvis Evora 10, Nuno Marcal 10



Fernandes goes to Ovar - by Luis Rocha
Mario Fernandes (176-G-82, agency: Duran International) is the new signing for Ovarense. The portuguese point guard, will be a serious contender for position 1 in the team. Fernandes is a very quick guard, that can change the pace of the team, and as a nice three point range. Hes also a terrific defender, who can defend very far from the basket, and that ability is a great asset to compensate is lack of height. Ovarense seems to have its roster complete with this signing. A good side, that can easily defend their title.

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Belarus get to winning start - by Eurobasket News
Belarus - Romania 70:59

Belarus opened their EuroBasket in Division B campaign with the win. Yesterday Belarus outscored Romania in Mogilev to go 1-0 in Group B. Romania meanwhile slipped to 0-2 record in the ladder.
Belarus looked really good in the exhibition games prior to the tournament and proved their good form once again against Romania. A well-balanced offensive effort from the hosts did not allow the visitors to show their best and Belarus secured a comfortable victory at the end. The hosts dominated right from the start and easily secured a safe cushion. Belarus looked too good for Romania at the moment and rolled to a deserved win at the end. Mikalai Aliakseyeu (212-C-78, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents, college: Buffalo) topscored for Belarus with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Aleh Kojenets (208-C-77, college: NC-Wilmington) added 10 points, while Yegor Meshcharakou (205-F-76, agency: Octagon, college: George Washington) nailed 9 points for the winners. Virgil Stanescu (207-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances, college: S.Alabama) answered with 14 points for Romania. Catalin Burlacu (210-C-77, agency: Court Side) had 12 points, while Levente Szijarto (192-G/F-83, agency: Court Side) had 11 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.
Belarus outrebounded the visitors 29:25 and converted impressive 47% from the field. Romania managed just 31% of field goals in the loss.
Belarus will next travel to Switzerland, while Romania will host Switzerland in a week.

Belarus: Mikalai Aliakseyeu 16, Aleh Kojenets 10, Yegor Meshcharakou 9
Romania: Virgil Stanescu 14, Catalin Burlacu 12


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Bojovic moves to Buducnost, Pekovic re-signs with Vojvodina - by Dragan Jankovski
Guard Milos Bojovic (198-G-81) agreed one-year deal with Montenegrin champion Buducnost Podgorica. Bojovic spent last season in Vojvodina Srbijagas averaging 9.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 1.7 apg for 26 games in Adriatic league. Later, Vojvodina participated in Serbian Superleague together with seven more teams. Bojovic appeared 14 times in it having 13.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2 apg and 1.9 spg. Interesting is that he didn't miss any single game last season. At the end of it he got the award 'Eurobasket.com All-Serbian League Honorable Mention -08'. He moved to Vojvodina from Sloga Kraljevo last year. In the past he also used to play for Atlas Banka and Avala Ada.

Vojvodina Srbijagas finally re-signed Marko Pekovic (193-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) until 2010. During the summer Pekovic decided to leave the club and to join Swisslions Takovo but very soon he changed his mind signing new contract with Vojvodina. Pekovic played 24 games for the Tulips in Adriatic league adding 4.1 ppg and 1.3 apg. He also had 14 games in Superleague averaging 5.3 ppg, 1.4 rpg and 1.6 apg. He spent season 06/07 in Buducnot Podgorica having almost the same digits. One year before Pekovic had 12.6 ppg and 2.5 apg for Montenegrin team in S&M Superleague. He grew up in Partizan Belgrade and later played for FMP, OKK Beograd, Lavovi 063, Asesoft, Khimik and Banvit. With Asesoft Pekovic won FIBA Europe Cup in 2005. Two years later he won the title in domestic championship and National Cup with Buducnost Podgorica.


Partizan and FMP won in friendly games - by Zoran Popovic
Serbian Champion BC Partizan Igokea Beograd continues with good games. In friendly game with KK Sabac, BC Partizan Igokea Beograd won 74-102 (17:25, 26:33, 19:31, 12-15). During the all match BC Partizan Igokea Beograd was superior rival and at the end of the third quarter result was 62-89. Again Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82) was one of the best BC Partizan Igokea Beograd players and scored 15 points. Close to wih was Veseli with 13 points, Rakocevic 12 points and Rasic 10 points.

OKK Sabac:
Milicevic 1, Miloradovic 2, Dukovcic 5, Dusanovic 23, Novakovic 9, Opsenica 6, Maljencic D. 4, Lelic 14, Vasiljevic 4, Maljencic 5.

BC Partizan Igokea Beograd:
Jaramaz 5, Tapuskovic 8, Riznic 3, Djurkovic 4, Milosevic 4, Balaban 4, Rasic 10, Lucic 7, Aleksic 8, Vitkovac 15, Basta 6, Bozic 3, Rakocevic 12, Veseli 13.

In the first game of preparation period FMP Zeleznik Beograd beat Universitet-Yugra Surgut in friendly game 83-68. Efficient then other players was Dragan Labovic who scored 16 points, Miroslav Raduljica 13 points and per 11 points Mladen Jeremic and Filip Covic. Next rival of FMP Zeleznik Beograd in pre-season will be Unics Kazan.


Djerasimovic moved to Igokea Partizan - by Zoran Popovic
Former playef of FMP Zeleznik Beograd, Marko Djerasimovic (200-F-84) is new point guard of BC Igokea Partizan Aleksandrovac. Djerasimovic played for FMP Zeleznik Beograd last two seasons and in season 2006-2007 won Serbian cup Radivoj Korac. In season 2007-2008 Djerasimovic scored in ULEB Cup on 7 games average 7.1 points, 2.1 rebounds, 1.0 steals per game, on 25 games in Adriatic league scored average 5.7 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.1 steals per game and in Super league average on 14 games 4.9 points, 1.4 rebounds per game.
Djerasimovic started career in Zastava Kragujevac and played for them from 1997 till 2004. Before FMP Zeleznik Beograd Djerasimovic played for Zdravlje Leskovac from 2004 till 2006.


Crvena Zvezda inks top prospect Marko Keselj, Ljubojevic in Mega Basket - by Dragan Jankovski
After arrival of well respected Serbian coach Svetislav Pesic and NBA guard Andre Owens (192-G-80, college: Houston), Crvena Zvezda signed 2+1 deal with one of the top Serbian prospects Marko Keselj (206-F-88, agency: Beo Basket). 20-year old small forward spent last season in German team Koln 99ers as a loaned player from Akasvayu Girona. He played 10 games in ULEB Cup averaging 6.8 ppg and 2.8 rpg. In German Bundesleague he had 9.8 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 1 spg. This past summer Keselj was one of the best players of U20 Serbia which grabbed the Gold on European Championship in Riga. For 8 games Keselj averaged 14.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg and 2.1 apg. He also demonstrated pretty good performance at the last FIBA U19 World Championship, which was held in Novi Sad last year. Serbia was too strong for USA in the final. Keselj already worked with coach Svetislav Pesic on season 06/07 when Girona grabbed the first trophy in club's history. It was FIBA EuroCup.

Mega Basket agreed terms with big guy Bojan Ljubojevic (204-C-78), ex payer of French Chalon. Ljubojevic started basketball career in Borac Cacak and later played 4 seasons in Zastava Kragujevac. In 2005 he joined Keravnos from Cyprus. During the season he moved to Montenegrin team Mornar Bar. In 2006 Paris-Levallois inked him on a one-year deal. He played 34 games in Pro B registering 11.1 ppg, 7.7 rpg and 1.2 apg. Last season he played only one game for Chalon.


New players in Ergonom, Radnicki NS outplays Tamis Petrohemija - by Dragan Jankovski

Ergonom Nis returned its ex player Aleksandar Mladenovic (207-F-84) and signed Nemanja Maric (196-G-83).

Aleksandar Mladenovic moved from Ergonom to Hemofarm STADA last summer but he had only two games in Hemofarm's jersey. The orange team decided to loan him to Swisslions Takovo where Mladenovic had 8 ppg and 3.8 rpg for 11 games in A1 league. Later Swisslions advanced to the Superleague where Mladenovic averaged 2.8 ppg and 1.5 rpg. Before Hemofarm and Swisslions, Mladenovic played 5 years fro Ergonom. In 2007 he spent almost three months with Mega Aqua Monta as a loaned player just for the Superleague.
Nemanja Maric is coming from Macedonian team Vardar Osiguranje Skopje. In the past he played for Romanian CSM Oradea as well as for OKK Vrbas (Serbian B league).

Radnicki Novi Sad outplayed Tamis Petrohemija in a friendly game 86-66. After not so good first half, Radnicki Novi Sad had much better following 20 minutes. The hosts ended 25-9 third and 23-16 last quarter, what was more than enough for comfortable victory. Ognjen Kuzeta (194-G-87) was the best scorer for the winning team with 21 points. Zlatko Bolic (195-G-74, agency: Beo Basket) had 19 while Andjelko Mandic (197-F-76) stopped on 15 points. Tamis got the most from Sasa Mihajlovic (204-C-75), who scored 21 points.



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Sweden snatch win from Slovakia - by Eurobasket News
Slovakia - Sweden 88:89

Sweden pulled away with a narrow win over Slovakia to improve to 2-0 record in EuroBasket Division B Group C. The Scandinavian powerhouse now share the top spot with ambitious Georgia. Slovakia meanwhile fell to 0-1 record.
Sweden managed to deal with sizzling performance from Slovakian leader Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, college: St.Cloud St.), who poured in 34 points and collected 9 boards. Sweden however looked solid and withheld the effort from the hosts to score an important victory at the end. Slovakia dominated at the start of the game. They jumped ahead early in the encounter and controlled the situation in the first term. Sweden raced ahead midway through the second frame using a 12:0 run. Kjellbom nailed 5 points late in the second period to keep the visitors in charge as they built a 46:40 advantage at halftime. Trebles from Jonas Jerebko (206-F-87) and Thomas Massamba (185-G-85) extended Swedish lead to 9 points in the third frame. Radoslav Rancik drained back-to-back treys to cut the distance however Jonathan Skjoldebrand (203-C/F-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services) capped the quarter with another three-pointer to give Sweden a 65:59 lead with ten minutes to go in the game. Jonathan Skjoldebrand added four more points to tip off the final stanza as the visitors cleared off to a 10-point distance. Radoslav Rancik did not allow Sweden to cruise to the win at the end. He teamed up with Dusan Pandula (195-F-84) to shave the deficit to one point 86:87 with 29 seconds remaining. Per Ringstrom (206-F-81, agency: Rasmussen Services) answered with a jumper with 4 seconds left and Vladimir Hovanak (194-G-82)'s jumper was not enough to force overtime.
Jonathan Skjoldebrand and Thomas Massamba nailed 19 points apiece for Sweden. Per Ringstrom had 13 points, while Jonas Jerebko added 10 points and 12 boards for the winners. Richard Lesko (204-F-81, college: Ill.-Chicago) secured 15 points for Slovakia.

Slovakia: Radoslav Rancik 34, Richard Lesko 15
Sweden: Jonathan Skjoldebrand 19, Thomas Massamba 19, Per Ringstrom 13


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Gorica inks Keith, Memcic leaves Bulgaria - by Zeljko Zule
Nova Gorica finally inked American Mark Keith (195-G-82, college: La-Monroe) ex Harlem Globetrotters after he successfuly pass the tryout. During the season 2005-06 he was playing for another Slovenian team Krka and averaged 26 minutes, 12,8 points, 2,7 rebounds and 1,1 assists in 12 games of Slovenian A1 League.
Fuad Memcic (210-C/F-82, agency: Promotex) parted ways with Bulgarian team Spartak Pleven.
Celjski KK (D2) signed Robert Ribezl (193-G/F-80) ex Alpos Sentjur.


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Pre-Season Round Up As Olympic Stars Return (10 Sep Games) - by Paul Nilsen
ViveMenorca were the unfortunate team to be facing the return to Barcelona of Olympic stars JC Navarro and David Anderson in this pre-season game as Barca completed an easy 77-63 victory. The two giants of European basketball both enjoyed great performances with Navarro claiming 16 points on his return to his beloved azulgrana vest while Anderson top scored with 20 points. Once again Menorca had little to cheer in pre-season except the usual captains performance from Stojic with 15 points and another terrific display. Menorca were blasted out of the game in the third quarter when they were outscored 31-17.

CAI Zaragoza finally picked up their first win in pre-season as an ACB club with an impressive 92-79 win over CB Granada who lost their second game of pre-season. Veteran Larry Lewis secured 19 points for the newly promoted club and they took advantage of a Granada team clearly still with conditioning work to do and looking worryingly threadbare and short ahead of the new season. In fact Coach Poch will again be worried that his team managed less than 30 points in the first 20 minutes yet again and after being 45-29 down at the half they improved slightly but it wasnt enough.

Kalise Gran Canaria were trying to show that there is only one big team on the Island as they took on Canary Socas and won 69-58 after a brave effort by their opponents. American James Augustine (208-F-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Illinois) had a great game and emphasised his quality with 17 points. It was a physical display from Granca who are still missing NBA draft Joel Freeland on International Eurobasket duty although they didnt truly impose themselves until the final ten minutes when they held their opponents to just four points having went into the last period on level terms.


Rayet Guadalajara sign Zach Andrews - by Eurobasket
Rayet Guadalajara (LEB) signed 23-year old American forward Zach Andrews (203-F-85, college: Bradley). Andrews played most recently at Genc Banvitliler (Turkey), where he was selected to Eurobasket.com All-Turkish TB2L Honorable Mention. he started last season already in Spain at Costa Urbana Playas de Santa Pola (LEB Silver) before moving to Turkey via short stint in Bosnia with Igokea Partizan. It will be his second professional season in Europe.

Euroleague Basketball coaches, refereeing staff meet - by Richard
Barcelona, September 10th, 2008. As many as 34 head coaches from the Euroleague and the Eurocup will arrive from across the continent to Milan, Italy on Thursday for the latest in their long-running series of meetings with Euroleague Basketball refereeing staff. The multi-annual meetings are aimed at using first-hand communication to help coaches and referees reach understandings about officiating themes for the new 2008-09 season. Among the agenda items for Thursday are a review of last season, a look at rule changes coming in 2008-09 and a consideration of points to be emphasized in the officiating of games in the coming season. One of the novelties of this week's meeting will be the participation of coaching dean Valerio Bianchini, a former Euroleague champion head coach who joined the Euroleague Basketball Refereeing Department as a special analyst this summer. With Bianchini, the coaches' viewpoints will be even better represented in discussions of rules interpretations as applied to Euroleague Basketball game officiating. Euroleague Basketball director of referees Costas Rigas and Euroleague Basketball technical advisor Alan Richardson will direct the day's agenda.

Courtesy Euroleague


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34 teams vie for cager honours - by Eurobasket News
Thirty four teams will vie for honours in the All Island National Schools Basketball Tournament 2008 for boys and girls including 17 boys schools and 17 girls schools which will be worked off in four different venues in Colombo and suburbs from September 11 to 13.

All the boys fixtures will be played at St. Joseph's College's courts, Maradana and Nalanda College while St. Joseph's BV, Nugegoda and Holy Family Convent, Dehiwela are the girls' venues. The tournament is conducted by the Department of Education.

Both boys and girls defending champions D.S. Senanayake College and Good Shepherd Convent, Kotahena have not qualified for the nationals this time as they were eliminated in the selection tournaments held provincial wise.

The teams taking part (boys) - Dharmasoka College, Ambalangoda, Mahinda College, Galle, Siri Dhamma Vidyalaya, Galle, St. Michael's College, Batticaloa, Shivananda Vidyalaya, Batticaloa, Kamel Fathima College, Kalmune, Trinity College, Azar CC, Akurana, A. Ratnayake MV, Walalla, St. Joseph's College, Maradana, St. Peter's College, Bambalapitiya, De Mazenod College, Kandana, Joseph Vaz College, Wennappuwa, St. Anne's College, Kurunegala, Kegalu Vidyalaya, Sussex College, Ratnapura, Pinnawala MMV.

(Girls) - Dharmasoka College, Sri Sumangala Vidyalaya, Weligama, Sujatha BV, Matara, Sri Krishna College, Batticaloa, Vivekananda Vidyalaya, Batticaloa, St. Mary's College, Trincomalee, Mahamaya College, Kandy, Pushpadana Girls' College, Kandy, Girls' High School, Kandy, St. Joseph's BV, Nugegoda, Sirimavo BV, St. Paul's Girls Schools, Milagiriya, Holy Family Convent, Kurunegala, Maliyadeva BV, Sumana BV, Ratnapura, St. Joseph's BV, Kegalle, Furguson BV, Ratnapura.

Courtesy of http://www.dailynews.lk


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  SWEDEN   


Dolphins outplay Dragons in a friendly - by Eurobasket News
Sundsvall Dragons - Norrkoping Dolphins 68-77

Norrkoping Dolphins recorded pretty nice victory against Sundsvall Dragons on the road. It was one of the first friendly games of these two teams since the beginning of preparations. Dragons had wonderful beginning. They took control on Dolphins stopping them on ten points in the first frame. On the other side Adam Alexander (176-G-80) and his teammates were on fire draining 22. Dolphins improved a little bit during the following ten minutes. Joe McNaull (208-C-72, agency: SportsTalent, college: Long Beach St.) and Gee Gervin (188-G-76, college: Houston) made some baskets but it was not enough. Dragons ended this frame 21-17 meaning that on the half time they already had comfortable plus 16. At that point of game it seemed that the question about the winner is already resolved but Dolphins didnt think the same. They showed up after the breather with totally different attitude. This time they intensified defense which resulted with 13-20 in third quarter. In the next one Joe McNaulll and Gee Gervin had no mercy for Dragons finishing this game in style 68-77.

Joe McNaull was the best scorer in the wining team with 19 points. Gee Gervin followed him with 17 points while Fred Drains (195-F-71, college: Kean) had 11. Adam Alexander scored 19 points for the Dragons. Mike Palm (208-C-79, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: W.Washington) stopped on one point less.


Sweden snatch win from Slovakia - by Eurobasket News
Slovakia - Sweden 88:89

Sweden pulled away with a narrow win over Slovakia to improve to 2-0 record in EuroBasket Division B Group C. The Scandinavian powerhouse now share the top spot with ambitious Georgia. Slovakia meanwhile fell to 0-1 record.
Sweden managed to deal with sizzling performance from Slovakian leader Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, college: St.Cloud St.), who poured in 34 points and collected 9 boards. Sweden however looked solid and withheld the effort from the hosts to score an important victory at the end. Slovakia dominated at the start of the game. They jumped ahead early in the encounter and controlled the situation in the first term. Sweden raced ahead midway through the second frame using a 12:0 run. Kjellbom nailed 5 points late in the second period to keep the visitors in charge as they built a 46:40 advantage at halftime. Trebles from Jonas Jerebko (206-F-87) and Thomas Massamba (185-G-85) extended Swedish lead to 9 points in the third frame. Radoslav Rancik drained back-to-back treys to cut the distance however Jonathan Skjoldebrand (203-C/F-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services) capped the quarter with another three-pointer to give Sweden a 65:59 lead with ten minutes to go in the game. Jonathan Skjoldebrand added four more points to tip off the final stanza as the visitors cleared off to a 10-point distance. Radoslav Rancik did not allow Sweden to cruise to the win at the end. He teamed up with Dusan Pandula (195-F-84) to shave the deficit to one point 86:87 with 29 seconds remaining. Per Ringstrom (206-F-81, agency: Rasmussen Services) answered with a jumper with 4 seconds left and Vladimir Hovanak (194-G-82)'s jumper was not enough to force overtime.
Jonathan Skjoldebrand and Thomas Massamba nailed 19 points apiece for Sweden. Per Ringstrom had 13 points, while Jonas Jerebko added 10 points and 12 boards for the winners. Richard Lesko (204-F-81, college: Ill.-Chicago) secured 15 points for Slovakia.

Slovakia: Radoslav Rancik 34, Richard Lesko 15
Sweden: Jonathan Skjoldebrand 19, Thomas Massamba 19, Per Ringstrom 13


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  SWITZERLAND   


Cyprus fall just short of another victory - by Eurobasket News
Cyprus - Switzerland 59:61

Cyprus were close of posting the second straight close victory in EuroBasket Division B. However Switzerland managed to hold off ambitious hosts to pull away with a narrow 61:59 victory at the end. Wegmann nailed a free throw, while Giorgos Anastasiadis (194-G/F-77, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents) missed a three-pointer in the very end of the game and Swiss team secured their second consecutive win at the start of the competition.
The visitors got to a brave start to the game as they enjoyed a 12:4 lead midway through the opening frame. But Cyprus went on a 9:0 rally to secure a 13:12 lead after ten minutes. The lead changed hands for 5 times before Switzerland surged ahead and held a 27:22 advantage at halftime. Buscaglia and Derek Stockalper (196-G/F-84, college: Cal Poly - SLO) opened the second half with 5 straight points to put the visitors up by 10 points. Cyprus would not go away though as they trailed by just 7 points heading into the fourth term. Liatsos and Panagiotis Trisokkas (206-C-80, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents) cut the distance to 2 points early in the fourth term. The teams exchanged baskets before Koronides drew things level from beyond the arc with 48 seconds remaining. Dusan Mladjan (199-G-86, agency: Interperformances) answered with 3 points to put Switzerland back in charge. Panagiotis Trisokkas netted a jumper to set up last-seconds drama on the court.
Dusan Mladjan led Switzerland with 19 points. Oliver Vogt (209-C-80) had 11 points, while Derek Stockalper knocked down 10 in the win. Panagiotis Trisokkas replied with 19 points and 10 rebounds for Cyprus. Andreas Pilavas (194-G-83) chipped in 11 points in defeat.
Cyprus visit Albania, while Switzerland host Belarus next.

Cyprus: Panagiotis Trisokkas 19+10 boards, Andreas Pilavas 11
Switzerland: Dusan Mladjan 19, Oliver Vogt 11, Derek Stockalper 10


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  TURKEY   


Turkey defeat France in a key game of the day - by Eurobasket News
Turkey-France 77:65

Turkey remained undefeated in Group C of EuroBasket 2009 qualifying. The team reached 3-0 record after a stunning victory over strong France in Istanbul 77:65. The latter could not wake up after a shock in Kiev three days ago, when Ukraine beat French squad by one point. Tony Parker (183-G-80) scored again 30+ but could not get support from his teammates. Kerem Tunceri (190-G-79) led the winners with 16 points. Oguz Savas (208-C-87) nailed 15, while Kerem Gonlum (208-C/F-77) added 13. Tony Parker top-scored for France with 32 points and Tariq Kirksay (199-F-79, college: Iona) netted 8.
Turiaf opened the game for the visitors and he scored the first four points of his team. The squads changed the lead several times until Tony Parker made it 19:18 for the guests. In the second period the hosts dominated the court and after 24:24 went on a run. Turkey scored 12 consecutive points and increased to 36:24 after Kerem Tunceri made a lay-up. Tony Parker kept his team alive at 38:35 finishing the first half.
In the third period Turkey went to increase again and reached 19:10 in the quarter. It gave them 57:45 entering the last period. Again Tony Parker posted for 69:58 to bring the intrigue into the game but later in the period Turkey held the score for good. Turkey remained undefeated in Group C of EuroBasket 2009 qualifying with 77:65 win.

Turkey: Kerem Tunceri 16, Oguz Savas 15, Kerem Gonlum 13
France: Tony Parker 32, Tariq Kirksay 8


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


signing 2008-09 - by David Edole
I remember the good old days when Virgin Islanders use to play in Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic basketball leagues. That was their major stop. Now it is Mexico, as Ja Ja Richards (207-C-75, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Loyola, IL) and Jason Edwin (196-G/F-81, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Kent St.) will call the LNBP home this season.
Richards has singed with Barreteros de Zacatecas and Edwin with Pioneros de Cancn.
Richards has played all over the world and is itching to help Barreteros to a championship. Edwin who recently helped the Virgin Islands senior mens team to a second consecutive silver medal in CentroBasket 2008 decided to stay in Cancun.
Richards had eight points and two blocks in his first game with the team from Zacatecas while Edwin had 17 points and nine boards in his inaugural game.
Staying with signings, Carl Thomas (200-F-76, college: Charleston) will be playing in his third different team in the Japan Basketball League. He has put pen to ink with Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins. Thomas played last year with Hitachi SunRockers.
Finally, Jerome Gumbs (194-F-82, college: USF) has signed a one-year contract with Dombovar of Hungary's A Division. Dombovar had their best season in club's history last year when they finished second place after the regular season (19-7). Dombovar then proceeded to fall to Kormend in the quarterfinals.
Gumbs graduated in 2006 on the USF and had a great NCAA senior season with 10.8ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.2apg, 1.1spg, FG: 49.6%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 74.2%. He started his professional career in Argentina and was the 4th best scorer of the league as the best scorer of his team Ciclista Olimpico de La Banda: 21.0 ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.6apg, 3.1spg, 2FGP-2(63.8%), 3FGP: 23.3%, FT: 67.9%. Gumbs played his first European season in Luxemburg and showed his excellent skills with the goal to get into a higher level league: 23.8ppg 10.7rpg, 2.2apg, 1.6spg, 52.0%fg, 46.0% 3p, 71.0%ft
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  UKRAINE   


Belgium gets an initial win - by Eurobasket News
Belgium-Ukraine 72:61

Only 500 fans came to support Belgium in Charleroi but it was enough for the initial win EuroBasket 2009 qualifying Group C. Belgium stun Ukraine 72:61 with a good start of the game. Christophe Beghin (207-F-80, agency: Court Side) led the winners with 16 points and 6 rebounds. Dimitri Lauwers (187-G-79) netted 11, while Aleksander Lichodzijewski (202-C-84) posted 9. Artur Drozdov (198-G-80) top-scored for the guests with 27 points, while Andriy Agafonov (207-F-86, agency: Interperformances) and Artem Butskyy (185-G-81) added 7 apiece.
Belgium team did not have victories after first two games and desired to have the initial one. They opened the game with 10-0 run as Christophe Beghin closed it with the second free throw made. Ukraine answered with 9-0 run and remained alive in the quarter. Belgium spurted again and only Artur Drozdov cut it to 23;16 after the first 10 minutes of the game. Bellin made it plus 14 in the beginning of the second when Belgium dominated the court. Onufriyev reduced to 37:30 as the teams went to the lockers after the first half.
There was a moment when Ukraine could catch up with the opponent, but they could not. The guests trailed 5 points in the beginning of the third but failed at the end for 56:44. Belgium did not allow Ukraine to come closer than 10 points in the last stanza and led the game to the first victory. These two teams together with France have 1-2 record, while Turkey enjoy 3-0 on top.

Belgium: Christophe Beghin 16+6 rebs, Dimitri Lauwers 11, Aleksander Lichodzijewski 9
Ukraine: Artur Drozdov 27, Andriy Agafonov 7, Artem Butskyy 7


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  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   


Leslie signs for Sharjah - by Ali Ahmed

An Nahl Sharjah basketball team management agreed terms with the Amarican Guard Chauncey Leslie (183-G-81, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents, college: Iowa) to play for them this season 2008/2009.


A very athletic and physical presence on the court , is a player who can play either wing positions on the court with equal ability. Has excellent court awareness, and has a great basketball IQ. Leslie possesses the quickness and outside shooting ability that makes him a great scoring threat. Leslie is an excellent scorer. He can create his own shot as well as come off of screens, and also has a great ability to create shots for others. He has great range as a shooter and is lights out from anywhere on the court.



Awards/Achievements:
JUCO first team all-Region honors -01
Big 10 Conf. Honorable Mention -03
FIBA Europe Cup Winner -04
Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League Guard of the Year -07
Hungarian Cup Finalist -07
Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League 1st Team -07
Eurobasket.com Hungarian League All-Imports Team -07
Eurobasket.com Hungarian League All-Defensive Team -07
Hungarian League Finalist -07



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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Deng was unstoppable in Birmingham against Bosnia - by Eurobasket News

Great Britain- Bosnia and Herzegovina 82:74

Great Britain is now 2-1 in Group D of EuroBasket qualifying campaign. Tonight the team celebrated 82:84 victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina in Birmingham. Even though the hosts lost the last stanza 16:22 they njoyed more the third period with 25:11. Luol Deng (201-F-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Duke) was unstoppable with 29 points and 8 rebounds. Mensah-Bonsu collected 15 points and 11 rebounds, while Flinder Boyd (180-G-80, college: Dartmouth) added 8. Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) nailed 15 points in the losing effort, while Nemanja Gordic (195-G-88) scored 13.
Sullivan started the scoring account for the hosts that after 2:0 had even 8:4. Great Britain played well and Bosnia stayed close for 20:18 at the end of the first. The score was tied five times in the second period and the teams left the court also being tied.
After the excellent Pops Mensah-Bonsu and Goran Ikonic exchanged baskets to start the third, the Brits took over by scoring 15 consecutive points. Reinking followed with another jumper and then Luol Deng drilled a three to make it 54:43. Hart closed the third at 66:52 for the hosts.
An 8-0 spurt at the start of the fourth brought Bosnia back into the game at 66:60. Great Britain did not panic and led the game to the winning campaign.

In another game of the groupCzech Republic lifted to the top of Group D EuroBasket qualifier with a 91:70 over Israel. The hosts won all the quarters to seal the second win in the campaign. Jiri Welsch and Petr Benda led the winners with 20 points.


Great Britain: Luol Deng 29+8 rebs, Mensah-Bonsu 15+11 rebs, Flinder Boyd 8
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Kenan Bajramovic 15, Nemanja Gordic 13



Wellington Back For Riders - by George Manousidis
Last season's captain Roderick Wellington (193-F-78) has returned to Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders for a second season.

The 30-year-old Londoner averaged over 11 points whilst making almost 50% of his shot attempts for the Riders last season.

'Rod brings a lot of experience to the squad,' said Coach Rob Paternostro. 'He's a really versatile player, who offers many different options to the team. Rod has also won trophies in this league, so he knows what it takes to be successful in the BBL.'

Prior to joining the Riders, Wellington was part of the Guildford Heat squad that won the league and cup double two seasons ago. Prior to that he also had spells with Plymouth, Thames Valley and Sutton and also won 7 England caps.

Wellington also plays a key role for the club off the court, leading the successful delivery of the 'Hoops for Health' programme in schools last season.

'I'm glad to be back with the team and am hoping we can get back to winning ways,' said Wellington. 'We have a good unit here and have the opportunity to do some exciting things. We are planning to play an up- tempo brand of basketball and I hope the fans can give the players their full support like last year, and hopefully, enjoy the ride!'

Riders' first pre-season action will be when they host a four-team international tournament at John Sandford Sports Centre this weekend. Riders take on Team Meresta of Lithuania on Friday (7.30), before facing a USA Select side on Saturday (7.30). Also on Saturday, Milton Keynes Lions will play Team Meresta (5.30). Tickets are available at www.leicesterriders.co.uk.


Eerton Tigers on big stage for season curtain-raiser - by George Manousidis
Everton Tigers have urged fans to grab their tickets for an exciting double bill of basketball action when they take to the court at the 7,500 capacity Echo Arena Liverpool on September 13.
The team will prepare for their second ever British Basketball League campaign with a friendly clash against top amateur rivals Manchester Magic.
After the North West basketball derby, fans can watch the first ever international to be held in the city as Great Britain take on Israel to qualify for EuroBasket 2009.
Tigers Head Coach Tony Garbelotto said the two games will be a fantastic exhibition of the sport.
He said: Its a great experience to play in front of so many people that is the aim for the Tigers in the long term.
Its an excellent way to start the season and the atmosphere in the Arena will push our lads on.
We want to hit the ground running when the BBL starts in three weeks time.
The Tigers play their first home game in the 08-09 season against London Capitals at Greenbank Sports Academy on October 10.
And Tony, who is also Assistant Coach to Team GB, said the first ever international basketball game in the city was due credit for the sports progress locally.
They have decided to bring the national team here to Liverpool to play for the first time, its a seal of approval for what we have done with basketball on Merseyside.
Great Britain have got a really good chance of qualifying for our first ever European Championships.
Beijing may only just be only over but the lads are so fired up they all want to be on court in London in 2012.
GB need to qualify for the European Championships, which will be held in Poland next year, to make sure they receive a place as hosts in London in 2012.
The team posted a maiden win in the European Division A qualifying campaign on Monday, beating the Czech Republic 87-68.
Saturday will be an opportunity to gain revenge on the Israelis, who edged out GB in the dying seconds of overtime in their first fixture in Tel Aviv last week.
The GB squad includes Tigers captain Richard Midgley (189-G-83, college: California), as well as NBA star Luol Deng (201-F-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Duke).
Tickets are available from www.accliverpool.com or 0844 8000 400. The Tigers take on Manchester Magic at 3.30pm followed by tip-off in GB v Israel at 7pm.
Tickets are valid for both matches and cost 15 for adults, 10 for concessions.


Eddie Blows In - by George Manousidis
Tommie Eddie (201-F/C-82, college: Mississippi) has become Vince Macaulay's sixth addition to his Milton Keynes Lions roster ahead of the 2008/09 season.

The 6'7'American comes highly recommended following a stellar season last year in Portugal where he averaged 23 points and 11 rebounds on the way to winning the Portugese Cup.

Eddie, 25, is a graduate of Mississippi University in the South East Conference one of the toughest College divisions in the United States. The 245Ib player averaged 11 points and 4.5 rebounds in college before having stints in Ireland, the USBL and finally in Portugal.

Lions' Head Coach Vince Macaulay commented, 'I think Tommie will fit in very well with what we are trying to do, he had an extremely successful time in Portugal last year, he bangs in and around the paint whilst also having a deft touch outside for such a big man'.

In Portugal Eddie's team Vittoria, playing in the Pro Liga, the second division defeated two Pro A teams on the way to the finals and shocked the experts as they defeated FC Porto in front of a full house, Eddie exploding for 27 points and 11 rebounds. In College the center shot 61% from the field and 60% from the three point line but it was his inside play that attracted Macaulay, 'Eddie is a 75% free throw shooter, he bangs inside very well and I watched him take two ex NBA centers apart in that Portugese final both of them had 4 inches on him, I just have this inkling he is going to enjoy himself with Yorick, Robert and the rest of the guys'

Eddie joins Robert Youngblood, Mike New, Carl McNally, Yorick Williams, Terrell Brown and Dru Spinks on this year's team with another new face to be added this week.

The Lion's are in action this Friday against Team US Select at Bletchley before travelling to Leicester in a friendly the following day. The first BBL home game of the season will be on Friday the 26th of September when they face the Cheshire Jets.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Milton Keynes Lions - 01908 647 255; BBL - 0121 767 9472/3

Milton Keynes Lions Official Website - mklions.com


MAC conference champion Keonta Howell joins Heat back court - by George Manousidis
Guildford Heat are proud to announce that they have signed American shooting guard, Keonta Keonta Howell (193-G-85, college: Toledo) (193-G-85, college: Toledo), who spent three years playing for NCAA outfit, the University of Toledo. 6'5' Keonta Howell, who was born in Jackson, Michigan, emerged as one of the Rockets' key players in his junior season thanks to his strength, his ability to play inside, and his skills as a three-point shooter. Keonta (pronounced KEE-ON- TAY) has been described as a solid defender who can guard in the post and on the perimeter.

Keonta Howell started his basketball career in Jackson High School (Michigan) for whom he averaged 21 points, nine rebounds and four assists, helping his team to various district and regional titles. Amongst the personal honours he acquired were Most Valuable Player, selection to the All-State Second Team, and Jackson Citizen Patriot Player of the Year.

In his first season with Toledo, Keonta played in all 31 games. In his second year, he was in the starting five of 12 of 28 games, playing an average of 21 minutes per game, posting 9.3 points and grabbing 3.8 rebounds per game. He shot 49.5% from the field with a 44.7% three-point field-goal percentage, and hit 22 out of 24 free-throws in Mid-American Conference games. In 2005-2006, Keonta played in all the Rockets' 31 games, starting 20 of them, and spending an average of 25.5 minutes on court. That season, he led the team with 19 blocked shots, ranked second with 4.3 rebounds per game, and contributed to the cause with a more-than-useful 11.3 points per game.

Playing as co-captain in his last season at Toledo (2006-2007), Keonta continued to improve, averaging 14.7 points per game and pulling down an average 4.6 rebounds, as the Rockets clinched the Mid- American Conference regular season title.

Last season, the Michigan native picked up some valuable European experience with the Dusseldorf Magics in Germany, where he averaged 11.5 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.

The Heat's next home game will be the home leg of the Cup Winners Cup against the Marshall Milton Keynes Lions at the Guildford Spectrum this Sunday, September 14 - tip-off 3.00 pm, with the return fixture at the Bletchley Leisure Centre on September 19, tip- off 7.30 pm. The Heat's next BBL home game, the first home fixture of the season, will also be against the Milton Keynes Lions at Spectrum on Saturday, October 4, tip-off 7.00 pm.


Top Marks for Jets - by George Manousidis
The Big Storage Cheshire Jets have taken another step towards the completion of their 2008-9 BBL roster with the signing of their final permit player, the US guard Chez Marks (191-G-80, college: Morehead St.).

Marks is a 27 yr old, 63guard who graduated in 2004 from Moorhead State University, having averaged 17 points per game, an 85% success rate from the free throw line and a 42% hit rate from three-point land, but he is probably most familiar to BBL fans from his 2005-6 season sadly cut short through injury with Robbie Peers London Towers outfit when he took the league by storm, averaging more than 22 points per game, including an astonishing 52% from beyond the arc, and being awarded player of the month in November of that season.

Since his last appearances on these shores, Chez has played for Chalons and Rouen in the French Pro B league and Boulogne in French N1 where he continued to put up some impressive stats. It is no wonder that Chief Coach Paul Smith is delighted to have acquired his services for the Jets.

If there is one thing certain about Chez, he enthused, its that he knows how to score! He has got an amazing field goal success rate across his career at close on 54% - and an astonishing 46% from three-point range. He takes good shots, but he can do so much more than that he puts the ball on the floor well and his instinct is to attack the basket. We are sure that he will have a major impact on the league, as he did when he was in London and we are really pleased to have him on board.

Chez is expected to meet up with his team mates in time to play in the warm up game against Newi Nets in Wrexham [tip-off 5pm] next Sunday 14th September.


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  URBL   


Online Registration Available for Players - by Mac Claire
The URBL College Draft Registration Form may be filled out online at www.love4hoops.com.
Players may completely fill out the form before pressing the 'submit' button that will send the
form directly the the URBL.

The draft is on October 18th and is for former college players who have not had previous professional experience.

For additional information, email info@love4hoops.com or call 210-323-7124.


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  URUGUAY   


Hebraica and Union won for the LUB - by Hector Lopez
Angelo Reyes (205-F/C-81) scored 16 points and grabbed 12 rebounds when Hebraica beat Bohemios 73-67 for the 5th round of the Uruguayan League. Also for Hebraica Corey Smith (196-G/F, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Vanderbilt) netted 9 and took 5 rebounds. For Bohemios Albert Burditt (203-F-72, college: Texas) scored 18 points and made 4 assists, while Anthony Rice (193-G-83, college: Memphis) netted 8. Tarrie Monroe (202-F-77, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Lewis) was the best scorer for Union Atletica to beat Trouville 76-72. Monroe netted 24 and took 15 rebounds. Jemino Sobers (201-F-84, college: Cent.Conn.St.), for Union, scored 7. For Trouville Levi Stukes (188-G-84) scored 35 points and Jemere Hendrix (203-F-83, college: Tennessee) 3.

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


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  VENEZUELA   


Luis Bethelmy leads Saltillo to victory in Mexico's LNBP - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Power forward Luis Bethelmi (200-C-86) scored 23 points and led the attack of Lobos UAC de Saltillo Coahuila in their triumph against Dorados de Chihuahua, 95-87, in Gameday 2 of Mexico's, Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional (LNBP).

Bethelmy played 27 minutes, grabbed two rebounds, stole four balls, blocked a shot and gave an assist. Countryman Alejandro Barrios (205-F-79) added 4 points, one steal and one rebound in 18 minutes and seems affected by a left ankle injury. They got help from Laquan Bracey (198-F-81) with 16 points and Daniel Anaya (179-G-78) with 13. For the defeated side, Keenan Jourdon (202-F-74) finished up with 33 points and 14 rebounds.

In another match, Roque Osorio (206-C-76) and Johnathan Polanco (190-G-82) could not avoid the defeat of Venados de Nuevo Laredo against Tecos de Guadalajara, 103-97. Osorio netted 20 points and grabbed 6 rebounds with 3 assists, 2 steals and a block in 33 minutes, while Polanco, coming off the bench, added 5 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 steals in 28 minutes of action.

Guadalajara's top scorers were three former players of Gaiteros del Zulia in Venezuela. Puerto Rican Ricardo Melendez (180-G-83) scored 35 points, forward Christopher Jeffries (199-F-80) added 18 and point guard Ruben Nembhard (191-G-72) ended up with 12. For Venados, Michael Gale (193-G-82) scored 27 points and Keith Gayden (202-F-83) added 17.

Meanwhile, Pedro Brito (202-F/C-82) scored 13 points and grabbed 6 rebounds, but his team, Panteras de Aguascalientes, lost against Halcones de Xalapa, 91-77. Sam Bowie (198-F/G-75) and LeRoy Hickerson (196-G-82) led Halcones with 28 and 18 points, respectively, while Brito got company in the offensive end from Devon Ford (193-G-77) with 28 points and Gabriel Colon (200-G/F-84) with 11.

Other venezuelans in action included Hernan Salcedo (198-F-80) and Juan Jose Bravo (200-C-80), who were the top scorers of Angeles de Puebla in a loss against Bucaneros de Campeche, 76-57. Salcedo played 27 minutes with 15 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. Bravo played 28 minutes with 14 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists.


Stats Leaders - LNB
LNB 2008 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
R. Basanta, COJ 21.2
K. Cuffe, TIB 18.3
A. Jones, CAC 17.6
D. D'Adezzio, TIB 17.5
E. Montero, APU 17.5
Rebounds Per Game
L. Julio, PET 7.7
J. Romero, GRA 6.3
K. Bracho, APU 6.8
W. Saavedra, EST 6.2
P. Kvietek, TIB 6.0
Assists Per Game
G. Vargas, PET 4.8
R. Basanta, COJ 4.0
R. Vazquez, EST 3.7
Berroteran, CAC 2.8
J. Centeno, DUR 2.8
Steals Per Game
G. Vargas, PET 3.6
R. Basanta, COJ 3.5
D. Ramirez, EST 3.1
C. Silva, TIB 2.8
R. Pachano, COJ 2.8
Blocks Per Game
N. Green, APU 2.0
P. Kvietek, TIB 1.3
A. Ramos, GRA 1.2
2FGP
N. Green, APU 74.0%
J. Martinez, EST 70.0%
K. Cuffe, TIB 66.0%
R. Mejias, APU 65.0%
E. Montero, APU 65.0%
3FGP
H. Guillent, DUR 65.0%
J. Rodriguez, APU 61.0%
P. Cubillan, GRA 58.0%
R. Mejias, APU 52.0%
E. Montero, APU 50.0%
Free Throws
L. Zerpa, TIB 94.0%
L. Cappare, EST 92.0%
A. Jones, CAC 92.0%
J. Centeno, DUR 88.0%
E. Montero, APU 81.0%


Standings - LNB
LNB Standings
 1. Graneros 7-1 
 2. Duros 7-1 
 3. Trujillo 5-3 
 4. Centauros 4-4 
 5. Cojedes 3-5 
 6. Tiburones 2-6 
 7. Estudiantes 2-6 
 8. Falcon 2-6 


LNB 2008 - Week 3: Graneros ties Duros at the top, Julio earns MVP Weekly honors - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Graneros de Portuguesa had a pleasant at the home of Tiburones de Vargas and got an away sweep that prompted them into a tie at first place of Liga Nacional de Baloncesto 2008. Duros de Lara's winning streak ended at 7 matches as they split their away series against Estudiantes de Guarico. Petroleros de Falcon and Caciques de Trujillo also split and Centauros de Apure swept Centauros de Cojedes.


Luis Julio (199-F-80) was named MVP of Week 3 after he averaged 11.7 points and 10.2 rebounds per match in four matches for Petroleros de Falcon. He netted 11 of 19 free-throws, 18 of 37 two-point shots, gave 5 assists, blocked one shot and stole 4 balls. Derwin Ramirez (191-F-82), of Estudiantes de Guarico, got the Special Mention, as he averaged 13.5 points, 3.0 assists and 4.2 rebounds per match.


SCOREBOARDS

Duros de Lara 82 - Estudiantes de Guarico 72 (Sat)
Roger Ramos Arena - San Juan de los Morros, Guarico

Quarter by quarter
EST: 11-31-15-15= 72

DUR: 17-24-23-18= 82

Scorers
DUR: Francisco Centeno (201-G/F-85) 15 points and 5 rebounds, Juan Herrera (197-F-81) 14 points and 13 rebounds, Heissler Guillent (191-G-86) 14 points

EST: Leonardo Cappare (186-G-80) 16 points, Derwin Ramirez 12 points, Raul Orta (196-G-85) 8 points, Vladimir Saavedra (200-F-77) 8 points

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Estudiantes de Guarico 92 - Duros de Lara 86 (Sun)
Roger Ramos Arena - San Juan de los Morros, Guarico

Quarter by quarter
EST: 19-22-28-23= 92

DUR: 18-29-20-19= 86

Scorers
DUR: Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) 16 points, Juan Herrera (197-F-81) 15 points, Kenji Urdaneta 10 points
EST: Vladimir Saavedra 16 points and 7 rebounds, Derwin Ramirez 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists, Leonardo Cappare 15 points, Randy Vazquez (190-G-78) 14 points



Caciques de Trujillo 89 - Petroleros de Falcon 85 (Fri)
Fenelon Diaz Arena - Punto Fijo, Falcon

Quarter by quarter
Unavailable



Scorers
Unavailable



Petroleros de Falcon 81 - Caciques de Trujillo 73 (Sat)
Fenelon Diaz Arena - Punto Fijo, Falcon

Quarter by quarter
Unavailable


Scorers
PET: Gregory Vargas (182-G-86) 17 points, Jorge Leon (186-G-79) 15 points, Andrew Hunter (201-F-79) 15 points

CAC: Edgar Arteaga (198-F-76) 17 points, Daniel Macuare (190-F-84) 16 points, Askia Jones (196-G-71) 14 points



Graneros de Portuguesa 95 - Tiburones de Vargas 94 (Fri)
Gaston Portillo Arena - Catia la Mar, Vargas

Quarter by quarter
Unavailable


Scorers
GRA: Pedro Cubillan (187-G-82) 20 points, Antonio Torcatt (182-G-76) 13 points

TIB: Kyle Cuffe (205-F-82) 26 points and 9 rebounds


Graneros de Portuguesa 91 - Tiburones de Vargas 86 (Sat)
Gaston Portillo Arena - Catia la Mar, Vargas

Quarter by quarter
Unavailable


Scorers
GRA: John Jackson (201-F-74) 18 points, Jhon Romero (199-F-85) 14 points, Johan Pinero (183-G-76) 13 points, Amber Marin (208-C-81) 12 points

TIB: Kyle Cuffe 21 points, Dennis D'Adezzio (191-G-81) 17 points, Leonardo Berroteran (192-F/G-81) 15 points


Centauros de Apure 81 - Centauros de Cojedes 63 (Fri)
Biruaca Dome - Biruaca, Apure

Quarter by quarter
Unavailable



Scorers
Unavailable



Centauros de Apure 98 - Centauros de Cojedes 73 (Sat)
Biruaca Dome - Biruaca, Apure

Quarter by quarter
Unavailable



Scorers
Unavailable



Hector Romero lifts Snaidero Udine over Benetton Treviso in Italy - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan Hector Romero (202-F-80) did it all for Snaidero Udine, his team in Italy's Lega A, by scoring 21 points in the final game of the Memorial San Vito exhibition tournament to lift his team past Benetton Treviso, 87-85.

Romero scored 6 two-point shots out of 10 attempts, went 2-for-2 from the three-point stance and added 3 free-throws. Countryman Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76) added 6 points and American Rashad Anderson (195-G/F-83) finished up with 29 points, including four three-pointers, to gain Most Valuable Player honors. For Benetton, Gary Neal (193-G-84) netted 35 points but missed they key shot at the end of the match which would have given his team the victory and the trophy.


Carlos Cedeno and Lanus smile again in Argentina's Cup - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Even though Carlos Cedeno (193-G/F-85) could only contribute with modest 4 points and 2 assists as a starter, Club Lanus got a chance to smile again in the 2008 Argentinian Cup, as the team was able to rout Central Enterriano, 97-66, in Gameday 4 of Group 8.

Cedeno only played 13 minutes, stole a ball, commited a couple of personal fouls and went 2-for-2 from the two-point zone, while he also missed a three-pointer. In his previous match, he had scored 8 points in a loss against the powerful Boca Juniors, 81-64. He had also been a vital factor in the first two games, both victories against Gimnasia y Esgrima de La Plata, with 11 and 12 points.

This time, he didn't have to score a lot, as Wendell Gibson (201-F/C-83) netted 30 points and Fernando Funes (193-G-83) added 22 for Lanus. Sebastian Farias (188-G-83) and Sebastian Pardal (202-C-81) were the best scorers for Central Entrerriano with 18 and 11 points.

Meanwhile, Venezuelan power forward Axiers Sucre (198-F-78) shined with 16 points and 9 rebounds, but his team, Union de Sunchales, could not avoid a defeat in an old rivalry match against Libertad de Sunchales, 82-47. He netted 8 of 10 two-point shots in 35 minutes of action, but Libertad had Marcos Saglietti (189-G-86) with 18 points, Juan Sartorelli (190-G-83) with 16 points, Pablo Moldu (191-G-78) with 11 points ans Sebastian Ginobili (190-G-72) with 8. For Union, Enzo Ruiz (193-F-88) netted 17 points and Facundo Brizuela (203-F/C-80) added 9. Sucre had previously netted 22 points in a victory over Ben Hur Rafaela and prior to that scored 8 points and 18 points in a split series against Alma Juniors.




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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Fiesta to get even bigger - by Eurobasket News
THE WNBL Fiesta Pre-season Tournament staged in the Shoalhaven at the weekend has been hailed an outstanding success.

And early indications are that next years event could even expand up to as many as six teams.

The Sydney Uni Flames, three-time championship winning team the Canberra Capitals, the newly formed team from Brisbane, the Logan Thunder, along with the youngsters from the Australian Institute Of Sport, played a series of six games over the two-day event.


Shoalhaven Basketball Associations special events co-ordinator Scott Balsar said it was fantastic to bring the Womens National League back to Nowra and the Tigers Den.

It was exciting to bring WNBL back to the Shoalhaven, and they were six great games he said.

It was a good hit out for the sides that will officially start their season on October 3.

There was some quality basketball played, with one game even going into overtime.

This was a chance to see some of the best female basketballers in the country in action up close.

The good news to come out of the weekend is that the four teams all had a great time and are keen to come back again next season.

I think it will be even bigger next year, we are looking at having a six-team competition, maybe two pools of three and the winners play off for a pre-season trophy, Balsar said.

We have already had interest from the Dandenong Rangers, Townsville Fire and the Adelaide Lightning.

And I must thank the hard working band of volunteers who put the weekend together.

Courtesy of the South Coast Register


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  BELGIUM - Women  


Serbia beat Belgium but the race is not over - by Eurobasket News
Serbia-Belgium 78:71

Serbia overcame Belgium 78:71 in Nis last night of EuroBasket Women qualifying Group D. Mostly due to the start of the game the hosts reached third straight win. Marija Eric (164-G-83) paced all the winners with 19 points. Miljana Musovic (180-G-87) netted 16, while Jelena Milovanovic (191-F/C-89) collected 15 points and 11 rebounds. Evelien Callens (188-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management) and Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) top-scored in defeat with 18 points each. Serbia needs to beat Bulgaria in the last game to qualify to Latvia Eurobasket 2009. If Serbia lose and Belgium defeat Greece, the Belgians would win the head to head tie-breaker thanks to a superior goal differential in their games against the Serbians.
It was a tough start and the teams stayed close till 14:10. Later in the period the hosts produced a 5-0 run for 19:10 lead. Sara Leemans reduced the gap for the guests at the end of the first for 25:17. Belgium were on top at 32:29 after a layup by Laurence Van Malderen, but a three-pointer from Serbia's Zorica Mitov sparked an 11-0 run for the hosts. The teams went to the lockers with 42:37 as Serbia was in front.
The hosts improved to 62:54 at the end of the third period after 20:17 in the quarter. Evelien Callens tied the game for the visitors at 62:62 with a bit more than 7 minutes to go. A three-pointer by Evelien Callens gave Belgium a 71:69 lead with 4 minutes left in the contest but they failed to score the rest of the way. Kresovic first tied the encounter at 71:71 and then Serbia scored some more baskets for 78:71 win.


Serbia: Marija Eric 19, Miljana Musovic 16, Jelena Milovanovic 15+11 rebs
Belgium:Evelien Callens 18, Sara Leemans 18


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  BOSNIA - Women  


Turkey improves to 6-1 in Group B - by Eurobasket News
Turkey- Bosnia and Herzegovina 79:50

Turkey improved to 6-1 record after a home win over Bosnia and Herzegovina in Group B of the European Championship qualifiers. The team remains on top and clinched already the place in the EuroBasket Women in Riga, Latvia. Nevriye Yilmaz (195-C-80) led the winners with 18 points to 79:50 victory. Tugba Tasci (176-G-84) netted 13 and Nilay Yigit (170-G-79) posted 12. Matea Tavic (177-G-92) ended up with 12 points in the losing effort and Azra Becirovic (182-G-80) had 9.
Turkey opened the game with 11-0 run and grabbed the lead in the game. Bosnia and Herzegovina was far from giving up and caught up the hosts even in the first period. Matea Tavics two threes brought the guests to 18:16. Turkey had a massive second period scoring basket after basket. The team used a 27:11 in the period for 45:27 lead at the halftime.
In the third quarter the scenario remained the same as the hosts dominated the court. A 20:14 in the period lifted them up to 65:41 after 30 minutes played. The hosts scored first 6 points in the last period as Bilge opened it with a jump-shot. Savic was the last to score in the game as Bosnia and Herzegovina fell at 1-6.

Turkey: Nevriye Yilmaz 18, Tugba Tasci 13, Nilay Yigit 12
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Matea Tavic 12, Azra Becirovic 9


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  BULGARIA - Women  


Participants of A1 league announced - by Eurobasket News
Bulgarian Basketball Federation announced that beginning of A1 league will be delayed. Namely, instead of September 27th competition will start on October 11th. It is also announced which nine teams will participate in A1 on season 2008/09. As a reminder, at the first point there supposed to be eight teams but BBF decided to add another one. There will be only one A league (not A2). Every week-end will be played four games. Each week one of the teams will have a round-off. Important difference is that most of the games will be played on Saturday, not on Sunday as it was last season. On September 22nd will be announced competition schedule. First eight teams will take a place in play-off. Instead of A2 league there will be organized special league where young players will get a chance to develop.


Participants of A1 league for season 2008/09

Beroe 2007
Dunav Ekont
Lukoil Neftochimik
Minor (from city of Pernik)
Montana 2003
NSA Delta
Rilski Sportist
Slavija
Toni 7


Dunav Ekont grabbed championship title last season. The team ended first stage on top with almost perfect score 20-2. Later Dunav knocked out Cherno More and Rilski Sportist. In the play-off final Dunav was too strong for Lukoil Neftochimik 3-1 in series.


Greece can pack for Riga - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria-Greece 65:76

Greece got an important road win over Bulgaria tonight 65:76. The winners improved to 4-1 record in Group D of the European Championship qualifiers and clinched a place in the EuroBasket Women in Riga, Latvia. Stella Kaltsidou (187-C/F-83) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Anastasia Kostaki (172-G-78) posted 16, while Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78) notched 11. Albena Branzova (192-F/C-71) collected 20 points and 13 boards for the hosts and Evelina Guneva (183-F-80, agency: Interperformances) had 13.
Chatzinikolaous two lay-up in the beginning of the game gave the guest 4-0 run. Albena Branzova however scored 6 in a row for the hosts to see them 6:4 in front. In a back-to-back quarter Anastasia Kostaki made it 18:15 for Greece. The latter was in front for the whole second period and looked more optimistic. Evelina Guneva sent the teams for the lockers with 32:37 for the visitors.
Dimitra Kalentzou scored for plus 11 in the third period for the Greek side. Chirov remained Bulgaria alive with 46:51 after the end of three quarters. Bulgaria tried hard but could only reduce a bit with 1.30 to play. Vrantcheva posted for 63:69 but that was all the hosts could do. Greece remained on top and won 76:65.

Bulgaria: Albena Branzova 20+13 rebs, Evelina Guneva 13
Greece: Stella Kaltsidou 19+10 rebs, Anastasia Kostaki 16, Dimitra Kalentzou 11


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  CROATIA - Women  


Slovak Republic wins and advances - by Eurobasket News
Slovak Republic-Croatia 67:52

Slovak Republic advanced to the EuroBasket Women in Riga, Latvia. The team overcame Croatia 67:52 in their last game of the qualifiers. Slovak Republic finished the campaign with 5-3 record which is the second result in the group. Hungary can also have such a record, but Slovak Republic had a better difference between these two teams. Croatia fell at 2-5 and will have the last game on September 13th against Hungary. Zuzana Zirkova led the winners with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Lucia Kupcikova nailed 17, while Anna Jurcenkova (195-C-85) had 12. Marta Cakic topscored in defeat with 12 points, whilst Jelena Ivezic (184-G-84) added 11.
Slovak Republic needed a win, but looked a bit stressful in the opening quarter. Croatia used it as a chance for 20:18 lead at the end of the first. Croatia made Slovakia sweat with the score knotted at 31:31 at half-time. It was Laskova who scored a jump-shot as the teams went to the lockers. Slovakia outscored Croatia 14-4 in the third quarter for a 55:45 lead. Croatia could reply for 55:50 but that was all they could do. Another 6-0 run saw the hosts increasing the lead and starting thinking about EuroBasket Women in Riga, Latvia.

Slovak Republic: Zuzana Zirkova (175-F/G-80) 19+6 rebs, Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) 17, Anna Jurcenkova (195-C-85) 12
Croatia: Marta Cakic (175-G-82) 12, Jelena Ivezic (184-G-84) 11


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  ESTONIA - Women  


Estonia celebrate intitial win in Division B - by Eurobasket News
Estonia - Luxembourg 75:53

Estonian National Team finally broke the ice as they held off Luxembourg today for the initial win at the EuroBasket in Division B tournament. A comfortable victory allowed Estonia to improve to 3-1 record in Group B. Luxembourg meanwhile was left winless at the bottom of the ladder.
Luxembourg started the game as vivid underdogs however three trebles from Nadia Mossong (183-F-86) were quite surprising for the hosts early in the game. Estonia were coming back to life till the very end of the opening period before Kedru Arbet (185-F-80) knocked down 4 straight points to put the home team up 17:13. Pirgit Puu (170-G-88) accounted for 8 points in a row midway through the second frame and Estonia cleared off to a 16-point distance. Anzela Okuneva (174-G-84) capped the first half with a jumper to give the hosts a 15-point cushion. Estonia maintained the distance throughout the third quarter and obviously gained control over the tempo. They stretched the margin to 28 points before the final term and never looked back in the fourth quarter.
Kedru Arbet led the hosts with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Katrin Olmari (184-F-75) and Viive-Kai Rebane (184-F-89) added 12 points apiece for the winners. Lisy Hetting (169-G-90) answered with 17 points for Luxembourg. Nadia Mossong had 16 points and 9 rebounds in defeat.
Estonia will next play against Macedonia at home, while Luxembourg will take on Macedonia on the road.

Estonia: Kedru Arbet 15, Katrin Olmari 12, Viive-Kai Rebane 12
Luxembourg: Lisy Hetting 17, Nadia Mossong 16


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


Division B. Day 5 results - by Eurobasket News

Group A

Montenegro - Iceland 92:72
Montenegrin National Team celebrated the 5th win in a row at the EuroBasket Division B tournament. Today they held off Iceland to remain on top of Group A. The hosts withstood another outstanding performance from
Helena Sverrisdottir (185-G-88) to claim a comfortable win at the end. Icelandic topscorer poured in 34 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and issued 4 assists but it was not enough for the visitors to win. Milka Bjelica (193-F-81) netted 26 points, while Hajdana Radunovic (192-F/C-78) added 23 points and 11 boards to pace Montenegro to yet another impressive victory.
Montenegro capped the opening frame with a 14:0 run to clinch a 28:17 advantage.
Milka Bjelica knocked down 7 points in the second quarter as the home team stretched the margin to 24 points at the sides change. The hosts never loosened the grip in the second half. They deepened the margin right after the long break and drove to a 29-point advantage at three-quarter time. Iceland failed to answer in the fourth term and suffered their 4th loss in the competition. Jelena Dubljevic (192-C-87) knocked down 16 points for the winners. Palina Gunnlaugsdottir (170-G-87) replied with 8 points for Iceland. Montenegro outrebounded their opponents 47:36 and forced Iceland to as many as 27 personal fouls.
Montenegro will next face Ireland away from home. Iceland will visit Switzerland.

Montenegro:
Milka Bjelica 26, Hajdana Radunovic 23+11 boards, Jelena Dubljevic 16
Iceland:
Helena Sverrisdottir 34, Palina Gunnlaugsdottir 8

Netherlands-Ireland 77:65
Ireland and Netherlands met each other La Almere to find out the team that will follow the leaders, Montenegro. Netherlands beat Ireland 77:65 and clinched 4-1 record, the second spot. A 27:11 was too much for the guests that fell at 3-2. Tanya Broring (177-G-84, agency: LBM Management) paced all the winners with 20 points. Naomi Halman (191-F/C-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Cal-Irvine) collected 19 points and 12 boards, while Leonie Kooij (187-F-86, agency: LBM Management) netted 14. Mary Fox (183-F-83) top-scored in defeat with 23 points and 12 rebounds and Michelle Aspell (168-G-75) had 10.
Naomi Halman scored first 4 points for her team as the hosts won the opening tip of the game. The team remained in front for the majority of time and had 21:19 with 30 seconds in the first. Clancy made a lay-up and tied the score at the end of the opening quarter. The squads were tied also at 27:27 but a 6-0 run gave the visitors 33:27 advantage. Tanya Broring sent the teams to the lockers for 34:41 as the hosts could not find an answer for some good shots from the visitors.
Holland climbed closer to Ireland at the end of the third quarter after 16:13 in the period. Mary Fox still kept the guests in front, 50:54 after a jump-shot made. A 14-0 run however was too much for Ireland in the last period. Netherlands scored almost everything the team tried and dominated the court. Leonie Kooij 's free throws at the end brought the hosts 77:65 victory.

Netherlands: Tanya Broring 20, Naomi Halman 19+12 rebs, Leonie Kooij 14
Ireland: Mary Fox 23+12 rebs, Michelle Aspell 10

Switzerland -Slovenia 54:79
Slovenia improved to 2-3 record in Group A of Division B of European Championship qualifiers. The team won over Switzerland 79:54 and kept the winless in the group.
Maja Erkic (182-G/F-85) paced all the winners with 23 points. Kristina Verbole (193-F/C-88) collected 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Mojca Markovic (177-G-79) netted 10. Karen Twehues (182-G-83, college: Cincinnati) ended up with 19 points in the losing effort, while Sabrina Dealbi (183-F/C-82) had 14.

Slovenia easily scored first 8 points in the game winning the opening tip of the period. Baric closed the first quarter at 25:14 for the guests that looked for another win. The second period was a disaster for the hosts that failed for the whole campaign. Slovenia produced 25:10 to reach 50:24 at the halftime.

The game lost the tempo in the third period but both teams remained in the same difference. Gacner closed the third period at 67:40 as Slovenia won the period 17:16. Mwana Ngele made a lay-up for the hosts to open the last period. Switzerland looked less tired, but probably Slovenia though of another game at that time. Switzerland won the last period 14:12 but lost the game 54:79.

Switzerland:
Karen Twehues 19, Sabrina Dealbi 14
Slovenia:
Maja Erkic 23, Kristina Verbole 12+10 rebs, Mojca Markovic 10


Group B
Sweden - Macedonia 94:54
Swedish National Team cruised to their fourth straight win at the EuroBasket in Division B. Today they overwhelmed Macedonia at home to stay alone at the helm of Group B. Macedonia slipped to 2-2 record and occupied the third spot in the pool.
The game turned into a one-sided traffic as the hosts dominated every aspect of the game. Sweden built a 20:10 lead after the starting stanza and as Macedonian defense collapsed in the second frame stretched the margin to 27 points at halftime.
Slavica Dimovska (-85) and Samardijska cut the deficit to 22 points in the third quarter but the home team closed the stanza with 9 straight points for a 31-point advantage. Sweden never looked back in the fourth quarter and secured a stunning victory at the end. Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88) topscored for Sweden with 17 points. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88) and Thyra Liljestrand (178-G-80) added 14 points apiece for the winners. Samardijska answered with 18 points and 10 rebounds for Macedonia. Radenkovikj secured 12 points in defeat. Macedonia managed to outrebound the hosts 34:33 but sank just 38% from the field. Sweden responded with 48% field goal accuracy and forced Macedonia to as many as 25 turnovers.
Macedonia will next take on Estonia away from home. Sweden will face Portugal at home in the next round.

Sweden:
Elin Eldebrink 17, Frida Eldebrink 14, Thyra Liljestrand 14
Macedonia: Bojana Samardjiska 18+10 boards, Radenkovikj 12

Estonia - Luxembourg 75:53
Estonian National Team finally broke the ice as they held off Luxembourg today for the initial win at the EuroBasket in Division B tournament. A comfortable victory allowed Estonia to improve to 3-1 record in Group B. Luxembourg meanwhile was left winless at the bottom of the ladder.
Luxembourg started the game as vivid underdogs however three trebles from
Nadia Mossong (183-F-86) were quite surprising for the hosts early in the game. Estonia were coming back to life till the very end of the opening period before Kedru Arbet (185-F-80) knocked down 4 straight points to put the home team up 17:13. Pirgit Puu (170-G-88) accounted for 8 points in a row midway through the second frame and Estonia cleared off to a 16-point distance. Anzela Okuneva (174-G-84) capped the first half with a jumper to give the hosts a 15-point cushion. Estonia maintained the distance throughout the third quarter and obviously gained control over the tempo. They stretched the margin to 28 points before the final term and never looked back in the fourth quarter.
Kedru Arbet led the hosts with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Katrin Olmari (184-F-75) and Viive-Kai Rebane (184-F-89) added 12 points apiece for the winners. Lisy Hetting (169-G-90) answered with 17 points for Luxembourg. Nadia Mossong had 16 points and 9 rebounds in defeat.
Estonia will next play against Macedonia at home, while Luxembourg will take on Macedonia on the road.

Estonia:
Kedru Arbet 15, Katrin Olmari 12, Viive-Kai Rebane 12
Luxembourg:
Lisy Hetting 17, Nadia Mossong 16


Division A. Last but one - by Eurobasket News

GROUP A

Ukraine-Israel 90:85 OT

Ukrainian National team won the last game of their EuroBasket Women qualifying Group A. The team struggled a lot to keep their chances alive after 90:85 overtime victory over Israel. Olexandra Gorbunova (186-F-86) tied the game at the end of regulation with a lay-up to force overtime and then the hosts won the last one. Olexandra Gorbunova was unstoppable with 26 points and 10 rebounds. Iryna Biryuk (178-G-78, agency: Promotex) nailed 15, while Olena Ogorodnikova (186-F-81) and Olena Zherzherunova (191-F-78, agency: LBM Management) each posted 12. Suez Karni top-scored for Israel with 20 points. Liron Cohen (173-G-82) produced 19 and Shay Doron (175-G-85, college: Maryland) added 17. Ukraine finished the group with 5-3 record, while Israel and Lithuanian will have one more game.
Ukraine won the opening quarter and looked more desirable in the game. Suez Karni and Shay Doron did a lot of the damage for the Israelis as they went to the changing rooms with a 37:34 advantage. In the third quarter Ukraine played again better and looked forward to finish the game in the regulation time. Israel however could also win and was too close to it. Olexandra Gorbunova tied the game at the end of regulation with a lay-up to force overtime. Iryna Biryuk was the leader in the extra time for the winners and brought not only the win for the team but also a hope for Latvia Eurobasket 2009.

Ukraine: Olexandra Gorbunova 26+10 rebs, Iryna Biryuk 15, Olena Ogorodnikova 12, Olena Zherzherunova 12
Israel: Suez Karni 20, Liron Cohen 19, Shay Doron 17


Great Britain-Germany 72:74
Germany left the bottom of Group A in EuroBasket Women qualifying after a road win over Great Britain. Germany used a 21-13 in the last period to seal 74:72 victory.
Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84) had a fascinating game with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Dorothea Richter (176-G-83), Lisa Koop (198-C-85, college: Winthrop) and Katharina Kuhn (191-C-80) followed her with 8 points each. Megan Moody (188-G/F-83, college: Tulsa) top-scored for the hosts with 18 points and 6 rebounds, while Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87) netted 16.

Even though German side had 3:2 in the opening tip Great Britain scored 8 consecutive points for 10:3 advantage. The hosts looked more energetic in the first period but
Anne Breitreiner reduced to 20:19 at the end of it. Mersch's three in the second quarter lifted the guests up to 29:31 as they pushed the tempo. The squads went to the lockers for 38:45 as Germany won the second 26:18.
The picture had changed definitely in the third period when the Brits took the control of the game. Trailing 41:47 they mounted in a 9-0 run for 50:47. Collins closed the third stanza from the arc for 59:53. Great Britain opened up a 62:53 advantage at the start of the final quarter but weren't able to hold the Germans at bay. Austmann brought German to 74:72 with a minute to go. The hosts could win the game but
Megan Moody missed with a three-pointer one second from the end.

Great Britain:
Megan Moody 18+6 rebs, Johannah Leedham 16
Germany:
Anne Breitreiner 24+11 rebs, Dorothea Richter 8, Lisa Koop 8, Katharina Kuhn 8



GROUP B

Turkey- Bosnia and Herzegovina 79:50

Turkey improved to 6-1 record after a home win over Bosnia and Herzegovina in Group B of the European Championship qualifiers. The team remains on top and clinched already the place in the EuroBasket Women in Riga, Latvia.
Nevriye Yilmaz (195-C-80) led the winners with 18 points to 79:50 victory. Tugba Tasci (176-G-84) netted 13 and Nilay Yigit (170-G-79) posted 12. Matea Tavic (177-G-92) ended up with 12 points in the losing effort and Azra Becirovic (182-G-80) had 9.
Turkey opened the game with 11-0 run and grabbed the lead in the game. Bosnia and Herzegovina was far from giving up and caught up the hosts even in the first period.
Matea Tavic's two threes brought the guests to 18:16. Turkey had a massive second period scoring basket after basket. The team used a 27:11 in the period for 45:27 lead at the halftime.
In the third quarter the scenario remained the same as the hosts dominated the court. A 20:14 in the period lifted them up to 65:41 after 30 minutes played. The hosts scored first 6 points in the last period as Bilge opened it with a jump-shot. Savic was the last to score in the game as Bosnia and Herzegovina fell at 1-6.

Turkey:
Nevriye Yilmaz 18, Tugba Tasci 13, Nilay Yigit 12
Bosnia and Herzegovina:
Matea Tavic 12, Azra Becirovic 9


Finland-Poland 47:78
Poland improved to 6-1 after an easy road win over the Finnish squad in Espoo. The team remains on top of the group and advanced to the EuroBasket Women 2009 long time ago with Turkey. Poland won all the quarters to seal 78:47 victory over Finland.
Daria Mieloszynska (188-F-83, college: Texas) led the winners with 14 points. Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, college: Abil.Christian) netted 12, while Magdalena Leciejewska (191-C-86) added 10. Niina Laaksonen (185-F/C-85) top-scored for the hosts with 11 points, whilst Michaela Moua (182-F/C-76, agency: LBM Management, college: Ohio St.) nailed 10.
It took more than three minutes for both squads to score first in the game.
Daria Mieloszynska made a lay-up to give Polish side a lead but Niina Laaksonen' s three saw hosts for some time in front. A 6-0 run by the visitors allowed them to surge into a 15:7 advantage late in the first quarter. Sten closed the opening quarter at 17:10 for Poland. Finland managed to keep the game close and faced only a 17:14 deficit early in the second quarter when the Poles landed a killer blow. The squads left the court for the break with 24:36 and it became clear that Poland would not stop.
A massive 21:10 in the third period pushed them to 23 points lead after three quarters played. Again Sten made a jump-shot for 34:57 as the guests were too far from the opponent. In the last period the teams were just killing the time. It did not bother Poland to win another period 21:13 as they celebrated 78:47 victory.

Finland:
Niina Laaksonen 11, Michaela Moua 10
Poland:
Daria Mieloszynska 14, Agnieszka Bibrzycka 12, Magdalena Leciejewska
10


GROUP C
Slovak Republic-Croatia 67:52

Slovak Republic advanced to the EuroBasket Women in Riga, Latvia. The team overcame Croatia 67:52 in their last game of the qualifiers. Slovak Republic finished the campaign with 5-3 record which is the second result in the group. Hungary can also have such a record, but Slovak Republic had a better difference between these two teams. Croatia fell at 2-5 and will have the last game on September 13th against Hungary. Zuzana Zirkova led the winners with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Lucia Kupcikova nailed 17, while Anna Jurcenkova (195-C-85) had 12. Marta Cakic topscored in defeat with 12 points, whilst Jelena Ivezic (184-G-84) added 11.
Slovak Republic needed a win, but looked a bit stressful in the opening quarter. Croatia used it as a chance for 20:18 lead at the end of the first. Croatia made Slovakia sweat with the score knotted at 31:31 at half-time. It was Laskova who scored a jump-shot as the teams went to the lockers. Slovakia outscored Croatia 14-4 in the third quarter for a 55:45 lead. Croatia could reply for 55:50 but that was all they could do. Another 6-0 run saw the hosts increasing the lead and starting thinking about EuroBasket Women in Riga, Latvia.

Slovak Republic: Zuzana Zirkova (175-F/G-80) 19+6 rebs, Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) 17, Anna Jurcenkova (195-C-85) 12

Croatia: Marta Cakic (175-G-82) 12, Jelena Ivezic (184-G-84) 11


Hungary-Romania 85:59

Hungary overcame Romania in Group C of their qualification for the EuroBasket Women. Trailing after the opening quarter the hosts managed to take an easy 85:59 victory.
Zsofia Fegyverneky (178-G-84) pace all the winners with 20 points. Anna Vajda (191-F/C-84) collected 13 points and 14 rebounds, while Petra Ujhelyi (192-C-80, college: S.Carolina) netted 11. Anne-Marie Parau (174-G-84) top-scored in defeat with 18 points and 7 rebounds, while Maria Pascalau (194-C-82) had 10.

Hungary improved to 4-3 record, but this will, not be enough to be in the first two from the group. While they cannot overcome Slovakia to finish second in Group C, they can hope to be the best third-place team in the four Division A groups.
Hungary won the opening tip and led 12:7 in the opening tip. Romania did not mind playing away from home and produced 21:16 at the end of the first period.
Anna Vajda tied the score at 24 for both teams in the beginning of the second. Englert's free throw gave the hosts 35:33 lead after the first half.
The game was done in the third period that was decisive in the campaign. Hungary had 10-0 run through the period and increased to 59:43. Vida nailed a three to close the third period at 64:47. With 21:12 the hosts won the home game 85:59 and sent Romania to 1-6 record.

Hungary:
Zsofia Fegyverneky 20, Anna Vajda 13+14 rebs, Petra Ujhelyi 11
Romania:
Anne-Marie Parau 18+7 rebs, Maria Pascalau 10




GROUP D

Bulgaria-Greece 65:76

Greece got an important road win over Bulgaria tonight 65:76. The winners improved to 4-1 record in Group D of the European Championship qualifiers and clinched a place in the EuroBasket Women in Riga, Latvia.
Stella Kaltsidou (187-C/F-83) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Anastasia Kostaki (172-G-78) posted 16, while Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78) notched 11. Albena Branzova (192-F/C-71) collected 20 points and 13 boards for the hosts and Evelina Guneva (183-F-80, agency: Interperformances) had 13.
Chatzinikolaous two lay-up in the beginning of the game gave the guest 4-0 run.
Albena Branzova however scored 6 in a row for the hosts to see them 6:4 in front. In a back-to-back quarter Anastasia Kostaki made it 18:15 for Greece. The latter was in front for the whole second period and looked more optimistic. Evelina Guneva sent the teams for the lockers with 32:37 for the visitors.
Dimitra Kalentzou scored for plus 11 in the third period for the Greek side. Chirov remained Bulgaria alive with 46:51 after the end of three quarters. Bulgaria tried hard but could only reduce a bit with 1.30 to play. Vrantcheva posted for 63:69 but that was all the hosts could do. Greece remained on top and won 76:65.

Bulgaria:
Albena Branzova 20+13 rebs, Evelina Guneva 13
Greece:
Stella Kaltsidou 19+10 rebs, Anastasia Kostaki 16, Dimitra Kalentzou 11


Serbia-Belgium 78:71

Serbia overcame Belgium 78:71 in Nis last night of EuroBasket Women qualifying Group D. Mostly due to the start of the game the hosts reached third straight win.
Marija Eric (164-G-83) paced all the winners with 19 points. Miljana Musovic (180-G-87) netted 16, while Jelena Milovanovic (191-F/C-89) collected 15 points and 11 rebounds. Evelien Callens (188-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management) and Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) top-scored in defeat with 18 points each. Serbia needs to beat Bulgaria in the last game to qualify to Latvia Eurobasket 2009. If Serbia lose and Belgium defeat Greece, the Belgians would win the head to head tie-breaker thanks to a superior goal differential in their games against the Serbians.
It was a tough start and the teams stayed close till 14:10. Later in the period the hosts produced a 5-0 run for 19:10 lead.
Sara Leemans reduced the gap for the guests at the end of the first for 25:17. Belgium were on top at 32:29 after a layup by Laurence Van Malderen, but a three-pointer from Serbia's Zorica Mitov sparked an 11-0 run for the hosts. The teams went to the lockers with 42:37 as Serbia was in front.
The hosts improved to 62:54 at the end of the third period after 20:17 in the quarter.
Evelien Callens tied the game for the visitors at 62:62 with a bit more than 7 minutes to go. A three-pointer by Evelien Callens gave Belgium a 71:69 lead with 4 minutes left in the contest but they failed to score the rest of the way. Kresovic first tied the encounter at 71:71 and then Serbia scored some more baskets for 78:71 win.


Serbia:
Marija Eric 19, Miljana Musovic 16, Jelena Milovanovic 15+11 rebs
Belgium:
Evelien Callens 18, Sara Leemans 18



Standings Div.B (Women) - by Eurobasket News
Standings Div.B
Group A
1. Monteneg.5-0
2. Holland4-1
3. Ireland3-2
4. Slovenia2-3
5. Iceland1-4
6. Switzerl.0-5
Group B
1. Sweden4-0
2. Portugal3-1
3. FYR Macedo.2-2
4. Estonia1-3
5. Luxembourg.0-4


Standings Div.A (Women)
Standings
Group A
1. Israel5-2
2. Lithuania5-2
3. Ukraine5-3
4. Germany2-5
5. U.Kingdom1-6
Group B
1. Poland6-1
2. Turkey6-1
3. Italy4-3
4. Bosnia1-6
5. Finland1-7
Group C
1. France6-1
2. Slovakia5-3
3. Hungary4-3
4. Croatia2-5
5. Romania1-6
Group D
1. Greece4-1
2. Serbia3-2
3. Belgium2-3
4. Bulgaria1-4


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EUROBASKET: Finland lost the game and the Head Coach - by Rauno Hurmalainen

EuroBasket - Division A. Qualifying Round, Group B: Finland - Poland 47-78 (24-36). Quarters: 10-17, 14-19, 10-21, 13-21.
Finland lost again (record 1-7) and Poland winning all four quarters. Daria Mieloszynska (188-F-83, college: Texas) led visitors with 14 pts. Agnieszka Bibrzycka added 12 pts. Finland had still players on injured list. Niina Laaksonen (185-F/C-85) was early in foul trouble, but however the leading scorer: 11 pts. Michaela Moua (182-F/C-76, agency: LBM Management, college: Ohio St.) added 10 pts.
Turkey - Bosnia and Herzegovina 79-50 (45-27). Quarters: 18-16, 27-11, 20-14, 14-9. T: Nevriye Yilmaz (195-C-80) 18. B&H: Matea Tavic (177-G-92) 12.
Next games: 13.9. Turkey - Italy, Poland - Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Finland NT must find a new Head Coach. Spanish Domingo Diaz became NT Head Coach in June 2007 and has left the job tonight. Finland NT played 30 times

under Head Coach Diaz and Team's record was 10-20. The record could have been better, but some key players (Taru Tuukkanen, Niina Laaksonen,

Reetta Piipari etc) were too long on injured list and that hurt a lot. Diaz is returning back to Canary Islands, where he is the Head Coach in top League (Gran Canaria).



Espoo sent Poland to 6-1 record - by Eurobasket News
Finland-Poland 47:78

Poland improved to 6-1 after an easy road win over the Finnish squad in Espoo. The team remains on top of the group and advanced to the EuroBasket Women 2009 long time ago with Turkey. Poland won all the quarters to seal 78:47 victory over Finland. Daria Mieloszynska (188-F-83, college: Texas) led the winners with 14 points. Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, college: Abil.Christian) netted 12, while Magdalena Leciejewska (191-C-86) added 10. Niina Laaksonen (185-F/C-85) top-scored for the hosts with 11 points, whilst Michaela Moua (182-F/C-76, agency: LBM Management, college: Ohio St.) nailed 10.
It took more than three minutes for both squads to score first in the game. Daria Mieloszynska made a lay-up to give Polish side a lead but Niina Laaksonen' s three saw hosts for some time in front. A 6-0 run by the visitors allowed them to surge into a 15:7 advantage late in the first quarter. Sten closed the opening quarter at 17:10 for Poland. Finland managed to keep the game close and faced only a 17:14 deficit early in the second quarter when the Poles landed a killer blow. The squads left the court for the break with 24:36 and it became clear that Poland would not stop.
A massive 21:10 in the third period pushed them to 23 points lead after three quarters played. Again Sten made a jump-shot for 34:57 as the guests were too far from the opponent. In the last period the teams were just killing the time. It did not bother Poland to win another period 21:13 as they celebrated 78:47 victory.

Finland:Niina Laaksonen 11, Michaela Moua 10
Poland: Daria Mieloszynska 14, Agnieszka Bibrzycka 12, Magdalena Leciejewska 10


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Sweden trounce Macedonia to stay perfect - by Eurobasket News
Sweden - Macedonia 94:54

Swedish National Team cruised to their fourth straight win at the EuroBasket in Division B. Today they overwhelmed Macedonia at home to stay alone at the helm of Group B. Macedonia slipped to 2-2 record and occupied the third spot in the pool.
The game turned into a one-sided traffic as the hosts dominated every aspect of the game. Sweden built a 20:10 lead after the starting stanza and as Macedonian defense collapsed in the second frame stretched the margin to 27 points at halftime. Slavica Dimovska (-85) and Samardijska cut the deficit to 22 points in the third quarter but the home team closed the stanza with 9 straight points for a 31-point advantage. Sweden never looked back in the fourth quarter and secured a stunning victory at the end. Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88) topscored for Sweden with 17 points. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88) and Thyra Liljestrand (178-G-80) added 14 points apiece for the winners. Samardijska answered with 18 points and 10 rebounds for Macedonia. Radenkovikj secured 12 points in defeat. Macedonia managed to outrebound the hosts 34:33 but sank just 38% from the field. Sweden responded with 48% field goal accuracy and forced Macedonia to as many as 25 turnovers.
Macedonia will next take on Estonia away from home. Sweden will face Portugal at home in the next round.

Sweden: Elin Eldebrink 17, Frida Eldebrink 14, Thyra Liljestrand 14
Macedonia: Bojana Samardjiska 18+10 boards, Radenkovikj 12


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Germany leaves the bottom of the group - by Eurobasket News
Great Britain-Germany 72:74

Germany left the bottom of Group A in EuroBasket Women qualifying after a road win over Great Britain. Germany used a 21-13 in the last period to seal 74:72 victory. Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84) had a fascinating game with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Dorothea Richter (176-G-83), Lisa Koop (198-C-85, college: Winthrop) and Katharina Kuhn (191-C-80) followed her with 8 points each. Megan Moody (188-G/F-83, college: Tulsa) top-scored for the hosts with 18 points and 6 rebounds, while Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87) netted 16.

Even though German side had 3:2 in the opening tip Great Britain scored 8 consecutive points for 10:3 advantage. The hosts looked more energetic in the first period but Anne Breitreiner reduced to 20:19 at the end of it. Mersch's three in the second quarter lifted the guests up to 29:31 as they pushed the tempo. The squads went to the lockers for 38:45 as Germany won the second 26:18.
The picture had changed definitely in the third period when the Brits took the control of the game. Trailing 41:47 they mounted in a 9-0 run for 50:47. Collins closed the third stanza from the arc for 59:53. Great Britain opened up a 62:53 advantage at the start of the final quarter but weren't able to hold the Germans at bay. Austmann brought German to 74:72 with a minute to go. The hosts could win the game but Megan Moody missed with a three-pointer one second from the end.

Great Britain:Megan Moody 18+6 rebs, Johannah Leedham 16
Germany:Anne Breitreiner 24+11 rebs, Dorothea Richter 8, Lisa Koop 8, Katharina Kuhn 8


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Greece can pack for Riga - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria-Greece 65:76

Greece got an important road win over Bulgaria tonight 65:76. The winners improved to 4-1 record in Group D of the European Championship qualifiers and clinched a place in the EuroBasket Women in Riga, Latvia. Stella Kaltsidou (187-C/F-83) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Anastasia Kostaki (172-G-78) posted 16, while Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78) notched 11. Albena Branzova (192-F/C-71) collected 20 points and 13 boards for the hosts and Evelina Guneva (183-F-80, agency: Interperformances) had 13.
Chatzinikolaous two lay-up in the beginning of the game gave the guest 4-0 run. Albena Branzova however scored 6 in a row for the hosts to see them 6:4 in front. In a back-to-back quarter Anastasia Kostaki made it 18:15 for Greece. The latter was in front for the whole second period and looked more optimistic. Evelina Guneva sent the teams for the lockers with 32:37 for the visitors.
Dimitra Kalentzou scored for plus 11 in the third period for the Greek side. Chirov remained Bulgaria alive with 46:51 after the end of three quarters. Bulgaria tried hard but could only reduce a bit with 1.30 to play. Vrantcheva posted for 63:69 but that was all the hosts could do. Greece remained on top and won 76:65.

Bulgaria: Albena Branzova 20+13 rebs, Evelina Guneva 13
Greece: Stella Kaltsidou 19+10 rebs, Anastasia Kostaki 16, Dimitra Kalentzou 11


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Amazone Leidsche Rijn sign Lateefah Joye - by Eurobasket
Amazone Leidsche Rijn strengthened their roster with addition of American guard Lateefah Joye (180-G, college: W.Virginia, agency: Pinnacle Sports LLC). Joye played most recently at West Virginia University (NCAA) in the U.S. It will be his first year in professional basketball.

Netherlands beat Ireland for the second spot - by Eurobasket News
Netherlands-Ireland 77:65

Ireland and Netherlands met each other La Almere to find out the team that will follow the leaders, Montenegro. Netherlands beat Ireland 77:65 and clinched 4-1 record, the second spot. A 27:11 was too much for the guests that fell at 3-2. Tanya Broring (177-G-84, agency: LBM Management) paced all the winners with 20 points. Naomi Halman (191-F/C-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Cal-Irvine) collected 19 points and 12 boards, while Leonie Kooij (187-F-86, agency: LBM Management) netted 14. Mary Fox (183-F-83) top-scored in defeat with 23 points and 12 rebounds and Michelle Aspell (168-G-75) had 10.
Naomi Halman scored first 4 points for her team as the hosts won the opening tip of the game. The team remained in front for the majority of time and had 21:19 with 30 seconds in the first. Clancy made a lay-up and tied the score at the end of the opening quarter. The squads were tied also at 27:27 but a 6-0 run gave the visitors 33:27 advantage. Tanya Broring sent the teams to the lockers for 34:41 as the hosts could not find an answer for some good shots from the visitors.
Holland climbed closer to Ireland at the end of the third quarter after 16:13 in the period. Mary Fox still kept the guests in front, 50:54 after a jump-shot made. A 14-0 run however was too much for Ireland in the last period. Netherlands scored almost everything the team tried and dominated the court. Leonie Kooij 's free throws at the end brought the hosts 77:65 victory.

Netherlands: Tanya Broring 20, Naomi Halman 19+12 rebs, Leonie Kooij 14
Ireland: Mary Fox 23+12 rebs, Michelle Aspell 10


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Trailing 5 points after the opning quarter Hungary beat Romania - by Eurobasket News
Hungary-Romania 85:59

Hungary overcame Romania in Group C of their qualification for the EuroBasket Women. Trailing after the opening quarter the hosts managed to take an easy 85:59 victory. Zsofia Fegyverneky (178-G-84) pace all the winners with 20 points. Anna Vajda (191-F/C-84) collected 13 points and 14 rebounds, while Petra Ujhelyi (192-C-80, college: S.Carolina) netted 11. Anne-Marie Parau (174-G-84) top-scored in defeat with 18 points and 7 rebounds, while Maria Pascalau (194-C-82) had 10.

Hungary improved to 4-3 record, but this will, not be enough to be in the first two from the group. While they cannot overcome Slovakia to finish second in Group C, they can hope to be the best third-place team in the four Division A groups.
Hungary won the opening tip and led 12:7 in the opening tip. Romania did not mind playing away from home and produced 21:16 at the end of the first period. Anna Vajda tied the score at 24 for both teams in the beginning of the second. Englert's free throw gave the hosts 35:33 lead after the first half.
The game was done in the third period that was decisive in the campaign. Hungary had 10-0 run through the period and increased to 59:43. Vida nailed a three to close the third period at 64:47. With 21:12 the hosts won the home game 85:59 and sent Romania to 1-6 record.

Hungary:Zsofia Fegyverneky 20, Anna Vajda 13+14 rebs, Petra Ujhelyi 11
Romania:Anne-Marie Parau 18+7 rebs, Maria Pascalau 10


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Montenegro cruise past Iceland - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro - Iceland 92:72

Montenegrin National Team celebrated the 5th win in a row at the EuroBasket Division B tournament. Today they held off Iceland to remain on top of Group A. The hosts withstood another outstanding performance from Helena Sverrisdottir (185-G-88) to claim a comfortable win at the end. Icelandic topscorer poured in 34 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and issued 4 assists but it was not enough for the visitors to win. Milka Bjelica (193-F-81) netted 26 points, while Hajdana Radunovic (192-F/C-78) added 23 points and 11 boards to pace Montenegro to yet another impressive victory.
Montenegro capped the opening frame with a 14:0 run to clinch a 28:17 advantage. Milka Bjelica knocked down 7 points in the second quarter as the home team stretched the margin to 24 points at the sides change. The hosts never loosened the grip in the second half. They deepened the margin right after the long break and drove to a 29-point advantage at three-quarter time. Iceland failed to answer in the fourth term and suffered their 4th loss in the competition. Jelena Dubljevic (192-C-87) knocked down 16 points for the winners. Palina Gunnlaugsdottir (170-G-87) replied with 8 points for Iceland. Montenegro outrebounded their opponents 47:36 and forced Iceland to as many as 27 personal fouls.
Montenegro will next face Ireland away from home. Iceland will visit Switzerland.

Montenegro: Milka Bjelica 26, Hajdana Radunovic 23+11 boards, Jelena Dubljevic 16
Iceland: Helena Sverrisdottir 34, Palina Gunnlaugsdottir 8


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Netherlands beat Ireland for the second spot - by Eurobasket News
Netherlands-Ireland 77:65

Ireland and Netherlands met each other La Almere to find out the team that will follow the leaders, Montenegro. Netherlands beat Ireland 77:65 and clinched 4-1 record, the second spot. A 27:11 was too much for the guests that fell at 3-2. Tanya Broring (177-G-84, agency: LBM Management) paced all the winners with 20 points. Naomi Halman (191-F/C-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Cal-Irvine) collected 19 points and 12 boards, while Leonie Kooij (187-F-86, agency: LBM Management) netted 14. Mary Fox (183-F-83) top-scored in defeat with 23 points and 12 rebounds and Michelle Aspell (168-G-75) had 10.
Naomi Halman scored first 4 points for her team as the hosts won the opening tip of the game. The team remained in front for the majority of time and had 21:19 with 30 seconds in the first. Clancy made a lay-up and tied the score at the end of the opening quarter. The squads were tied also at 27:27 but a 6-0 run gave the visitors 33:27 advantage. Tanya Broring sent the teams to the lockers for 34:41 as the hosts could not find an answer for some good shots from the visitors.
Holland climbed closer to Ireland at the end of the third quarter after 16:13 in the period. Mary Fox still kept the guests in front, 50:54 after a jump-shot made. A 14-0 run however was too much for Ireland in the last period. Netherlands scored almost everything the team tried and dominated the court. Leonie Kooij 's free throws at the end brought the hosts 77:65 victory.

Netherlands: Tanya Broring 20, Naomi Halman 19+12 rebs, Leonie Kooij 14
Ireland: Mary Fox 23+12 rebs, Michelle Aspell 10


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Ukraine needs overtime to keep the chances alive - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine-Israel 90:85 OT

Ukrainian National team won the last game of their EuroBasket Women qualifying Group A. The team struggled a lot to keep their chances alive after 90:85 overtime victory over Israel. Olexandra Gorbunova (186-F-86) tied the game at the end of regulation with a lay-up to force overtime and then the hosts won the last one. Olexandra Gorbunova was unstoppable with 26 points and 10 rebounds. Iryna Biryuk (178-G-78, agency: Promotex) nailed 15, while Olena Ogorodnikova (186-F-81) and Olena Zherzherunova (191-F-78, agency: LBM Management) each posted 12. Suez Karni top-scored for Israel with 20 points. Liron Cohen (173-G-82) produced 19 and Shay Doron (175-G-85, college: Maryland) added 17. Ukraine finished the group with 5-3 record, while Israel and Lithuanian will have one more game.
Ukraine won the opening quarter and looked more desirable in the game. Suez Karni and Shay Doron did a lot of the damage for the Israelis as they went to the changing rooms with a 37:34 advantage. In the third quarter Ukraine played again better and looked forward to finish the game in the regulation time. Israel however could also win and was too close to it. Olexandra Gorbunova tied the game at the end of regulation with a lay-up to force overtime. Iryna Biryuk was the leader in the extra time for the winners and brought not only the win for the team but also a hope for Latvia Eurobasket 2009.

Ukraine: Olexandra Gorbunova 26+10 rebs, Iryna Biryuk 15, Olena Ogorodnikova 12, Olena Zherzherunova 12
Israel: Suez Karni 20, Liron Cohen 19, Shay Doron 17


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  LATVIA - Women  


Standings - LSBL
LSBL Standings
 1. TTT Riga 0-0 
 2. RTU-Merka 0-0 
 3. Liepajas met. 0-0 
 4. Turiba/K. 0-0 
 5. Cesis 0-0 
 6. SK Riga 0-0 
 7. TTT Riga-Jun. 0-0 
 8. DU/Hans. 0-0 


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  LUXEMBOURG - Women  


Estonia celebrate intitial win in Division B - by Eurobasket News
Estonia - Luxembourg 75:53

Estonian National Team finally broke the ice as they held off Luxembourg today for the initial win at the EuroBasket in Division B tournament. A comfortable victory allowed Estonia to improve to 3-1 record in Group B. Luxembourg meanwhile was left winless at the bottom of the ladder.
Luxembourg started the game as vivid underdogs however three trebles from Nadia Mossong (183-F-86) were quite surprising for the hosts early in the game. Estonia were coming back to life till the very end of the opening period before Kedru Arbet (185-F-80) knocked down 4 straight points to put the home team up 17:13. Pirgit Puu (170-G-88) accounted for 8 points in a row midway through the second frame and Estonia cleared off to a 16-point distance. Anzela Okuneva (174-G-84) capped the first half with a jumper to give the hosts a 15-point cushion. Estonia maintained the distance throughout the third quarter and obviously gained control over the tempo. They stretched the margin to 28 points before the final term and never looked back in the fourth quarter.
Kedru Arbet led the hosts with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Katrin Olmari (184-F-75) and Viive-Kai Rebane (184-F-89) added 12 points apiece for the winners. Lisy Hetting (169-G-90) answered with 17 points for Luxembourg. Nadia Mossong had 16 points and 9 rebounds in defeat.
Estonia will next play against Macedonia at home, while Luxembourg will take on Macedonia on the road.

Estonia: Kedru Arbet 15, Katrin Olmari 12, Viive-Kai Rebane 12
Luxembourg: Lisy Hetting 17, Nadia Mossong 16


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  MONTENEGRO - Women  


Montenegro cruise past Iceland - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro - Iceland 92:72

Montenegrin National Team celebrated the 5th win in a row at the EuroBasket Division B tournament. Today they held off Iceland to remain on top of Group A. The hosts withstood another outstanding performance from Helena Sverrisdottir (185-G-88) to claim a comfortable win at the end. Icelandic topscorer poured in 34 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and issued 4 assists but it was not enough for the visitors to win. Milka Bjelica (193-F-81) netted 26 points, while Hajdana Radunovic (192-F/C-78) added 23 points and 11 boards to pace Montenegro to yet another impressive victory.
Montenegro capped the opening frame with a 14:0 run to clinch a 28:17 advantage. Milka Bjelica knocked down 7 points in the second quarter as the home team stretched the margin to 24 points at the sides change. The hosts never loosened the grip in the second half. They deepened the margin right after the long break and drove to a 29-point advantage at three-quarter time. Iceland failed to answer in the fourth term and suffered their 4th loss in the competition. Jelena Dubljevic (192-C-87) knocked down 16 points for the winners. Palina Gunnlaugsdottir (170-G-87) replied with 8 points for Iceland. Montenegro outrebounded their opponents 47:36 and forced Iceland to as many as 27 personal fouls.
Montenegro will next face Ireland away from home. Iceland will visit Switzerland.

Montenegro: Milka Bjelica 26, Hajdana Radunovic 23+11 boards, Jelena Dubljevic 16
Iceland: Helena Sverrisdottir 34, Palina Gunnlaugsdottir 8


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  POLAND - Women  


Espoo sent Poland to 6-1 record - by Eurobasket News
Finland-Poland 47:78

Poland improved to 6-1 after an easy road win over the Finnish squad in Espoo. The team remains on top of the group and advanced to the EuroBasket Women 2009 long time ago with Turkey. Poland won all the quarters to seal 78:47 victory over Finland. Daria Mieloszynska (188-F-83, college: Texas) led the winners with 14 points. Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, college: Abil.Christian) netted 12, while Magdalena Leciejewska (191-C-86) added 10. Niina Laaksonen (185-F/C-85) top-scored for the hosts with 11 points, whilst Michaela Moua (182-F/C-76, agency: LBM Management, college: Ohio St.) nailed 10.
It took more than three minutes for both squads to score first in the game. Daria Mieloszynska made a lay-up to give Polish side a lead but Niina Laaksonen' s three saw hosts for some time in front. A 6-0 run by the visitors allowed them to surge into a 15:7 advantage late in the first quarter. Sten closed the opening quarter at 17:10 for Poland. Finland managed to keep the game close and faced only a 17:14 deficit early in the second quarter when the Poles landed a killer blow. The squads left the court for the break with 24:36 and it became clear that Poland would not stop.
A massive 21:10 in the third period pushed them to 23 points lead after three quarters played. Again Sten made a jump-shot for 34:57 as the guests were too far from the opponent. In the last period the teams were just killing the time. It did not bother Poland to win another period 21:13 as they celebrated 78:47 victory.

Finland:Niina Laaksonen 11, Michaela Moua 10
Poland: Daria Mieloszynska 14, Agnieszka Bibrzycka 12, Magdalena Leciejewska 10


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  ROMANIA - Women  


Trailing 5 points after the opning quarter Hungary beat Romania - by Eurobasket News
Hungary-Romania 85:59

Hungary overcame Romania in Group C of their qualification for the EuroBasket Women. Trailing after the opening quarter the hosts managed to take an easy 85:59 victory. Zsofia Fegyverneky (178-G-84) pace all the winners with 20 points. Anna Vajda (191-F/C-84) collected 13 points and 14 rebounds, while Petra Ujhelyi (192-C-80, college: S.Carolina) netted 11. Anne-Marie Parau (174-G-84) top-scored in defeat with 18 points and 7 rebounds, while Maria Pascalau (194-C-82) had 10.

Hungary improved to 4-3 record, but this will, not be enough to be in the first two from the group. While they cannot overcome Slovakia to finish second in Group C, they can hope to be the best third-place team in the four Division A groups.
Hungary won the opening tip and led 12:7 in the opening tip. Romania did not mind playing away from home and produced 21:16 at the end of the first period. Anna Vajda tied the score at 24 for both teams in the beginning of the second. Englert's free throw gave the hosts 35:33 lead after the first half.
The game was done in the third period that was decisive in the campaign. Hungary had 10-0 run through the period and increased to 59:43. Vida nailed a three to close the third period at 64:47. With 21:12 the hosts won the home game 85:59 and sent Romania to 1-6 record.

Hungary:Zsofia Fegyverneky 20, Anna Vajda 13+14 rebs, Petra Ujhelyi 11
Romania:Anne-Marie Parau 18+7 rebs, Maria Pascalau 10


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  RUSSIA - Women  


Hammon on criticism: It's 'a free America' - by Eurobasket News
Traitor, turncoat and Benedict Arnold were just a few of the words uttered by detractors when it was announced that former Liberty guard Rebecca Hammon (168-G-77, college: Colorado St.) was going to play for Russia in the Olympics.

The criticism just added more fuel to the fire, according to Hammon, who now plays for the San Antonio Silver Stars.

'This is a free America. You're entitled to your own opinion and you're entitled to voice it if you like,' Hammon told reporters before last night's game against the Liberty. 'It doesn't bother me. I actually prefer people talking a little trash. It gets me fired up out there.'

Hammon, who spent her first eight seasons with the Liberty, scored 11.3 points per game as the Russian team captured the bronze medal. Her critics notwithstanding, Hammon said she enjoyed the process. 'I had a great experience,' Hammon said. 'Just the whole journey from trying to make the decision in March and April and just watching everything come full circle.'

As for helping the Russians to a medal, Hammon said the path was more fulfilling than the result. 'To me, it was more about the journey than the medal. That medal's going to collect dust just like any other piece of jewelry.'

Courtesy of http://www.newsday.com


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  SERBIA - Women  


Jovica Antonic: It was excellent performance by both teams - by Dragan Jankovski
After magnificent victory against Greece, Serbian senior National Team celebrated vs Belgium 78-71. Eurobasket 2009 doors are wide open now for Serbia. Everything is up to head coach Jovica Antonic and his players, which in the last round will take on Bulgaria on the road. Serbia currently has 3-2 in Group D while Belgium recorded 2-3. Bulgaria is the last ranked team just one round before the end with score 1-4. Greece already booked a spot for the above mentioned prestigious event.

Jovica Antonic couldn't hide happiness after the game. He stated that both teems demonstrated extremely high basketball level.

'Belgium played another very good game. My opinion is that every player which showed up on the court was great. My players were under the big pressure because they had to take this one. Once again the played focused when it was the most important. Our defense was pretty good but at the offensive end we committed many mistakes. However, my players gave 100% at the very end keeping their lead. The good thing is that everything is up to us now. We will not keep our eyes on the game between Greece and Belgium as will focus only on our match against Bulgaria. Victory will transfer us straight to the Eurobasket 2009. At the end I want to say that I am very grateful to all spectators which supported us in this tough game', said Jovica Antonic.

The game against Bulgaria is scheduled for Saturday at 17h.


Radivoj Korac added two players - by Dragana Vukovic
Very ambitious management of Radivoj Korac Beograd started to build team for the upcoming season.They signed Marija Ilic (190-C-85, agency: Global Sports Plaza),who was playing last season in ZKK Kraljevo,averaging 9.8 points and 7.6 rebounds for 26.2 minutes.Also,they signed Milica Kravic (-85) from Proleter Zrenjanin who was averaging 8.3 points and 5.3 rebounds during 25.8 minutes.In a few days they will sign two more players what will be enough to make team stronger in their first season in the First Division.

Serbia beat Belgium but the race is not over - by Eurobasket News
Serbia-Belgium 78:71

Serbia overcame Belgium 78:71 in Nis last night of EuroBasket Women qualifying Group D. Mostly due to the start of the game the hosts reached third straight win. Marija Eric (164-G-83) paced all the winners with 19 points. Miljana Musovic (180-G-87) netted 16, while Jelena Milovanovic (191-F/C-89) collected 15 points and 11 rebounds. Evelien Callens (188-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management) and Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) top-scored in defeat with 18 points each. Serbia needs to beat Bulgaria in the last game to qualify to Latvia Eurobasket 2009. If Serbia lose and Belgium defeat Greece, the Belgians would win the head to head tie-breaker thanks to a superior goal differential in their games against the Serbians.
It was a tough start and the teams stayed close till 14:10. Later in the period the hosts produced a 5-0 run for 19:10 lead. Sara Leemans reduced the gap for the guests at the end of the first for 25:17. Belgium were on top at 32:29 after a layup by Laurence Van Malderen, but a three-pointer from Serbia's Zorica Mitov sparked an 11-0 run for the hosts. The teams went to the lockers with 42:37 as Serbia was in front.
The hosts improved to 62:54 at the end of the third period after 20:17 in the quarter. Evelien Callens tied the game for the visitors at 62:62 with a bit more than 7 minutes to go. A three-pointer by Evelien Callens gave Belgium a 71:69 lead with 4 minutes left in the contest but they failed to score the rest of the way. Kresovic first tied the encounter at 71:71 and then Serbia scored some more baskets for 78:71 win.


Serbia: Marija Eric 19, Miljana Musovic 16, Jelena Milovanovic 15+11 rebs
Belgium:Evelien Callens 18, Sara Leemans 18


Momir Tasic is a new coach of Radivoj Korac - by Dragana Vukovic
Last night the management of Radivoj Korac,the newcomer in the First Division,anounced that a new coach is Momir Tasic .They started with practices two weeks ago and they worked out on athletic preparation.During that period very ambitious management was searching for the coach.They chose Momir Tasic who was the coach of ZKK Kraljevo last season and also he is working every summer with some NT selection.He has gold medal from European Championship U18 in Novi Sad last season.He is wery good in work with young players what will be good for young team of Radivoj Korac which has seven NT players in different NT selections.

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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Slovak Republic wins and advances - by Eurobasket News
Slovak Republic-Croatia 67:52

Slovak Republic advanced to the EuroBasket Women in Riga, Latvia. The team overcame Croatia 67:52 in their last game of the qualifiers. Slovak Republic finished the campaign with 5-3 record which is the second result in the group. Hungary can also have such a record, but Slovak Republic had a better difference between these two teams. Croatia fell at 2-5 and will have the last game on September 13th against Hungary. Zuzana Zirkova led the winners with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Lucia Kupcikova nailed 17, while Anna Jurcenkova (195-C-85) had 12. Marta Cakic topscored in defeat with 12 points, whilst Jelena Ivezic (184-G-84) added 11.
Slovak Republic needed a win, but looked a bit stressful in the opening quarter. Croatia used it as a chance for 20:18 lead at the end of the first. Croatia made Slovakia sweat with the score knotted at 31:31 at half-time. It was Laskova who scored a jump-shot as the teams went to the lockers. Slovakia outscored Croatia 14-4 in the third quarter for a 55:45 lead. Croatia could reply for 55:50 but that was all they could do. Another 6-0 run saw the hosts increasing the lead and starting thinking about EuroBasket Women in Riga, Latvia.

Slovak Republic: Zuzana Zirkova (175-F/G-80) 19+6 rebs, Lucia Kupcikova (184-F-84) 17, Anna Jurcenkova (195-C-85) 12
Croatia: Marta Cakic (175-G-82) 12, Jelena Ivezic (184-G-84) 11


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  SLOVENIA - Women  


Slovenia keeps Switzerland winless - by Eurobasket News
Switzerland -Slovenia 54:79

Slovenia improved to 2-3 record in Group A of Division B of European Championship qualifiers. The team won over Switzerland 79:54 and kept the winless in the group. Maja Erkic (182-G/F-85) paced all the winners with 23 points. Kristina Verbole (193-F/C-88) collected 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Mojca Markovic (177-G-79) netted 10. Karen Twehues (182-G-83, college: Cincinnati) ended up with 19 points in the losing effort, while Sabrina Dealbi (183-F/C-82) had 14.

Slovenia easily scored first 8 points in the game winning the opening tip of the period. Baric closed the first quarter at 25:14 for the guests that looked for another win. The second period was a disaster for the hosts that failed for the whole campaign. Slovenia produced 25:10 to reach 50:24 at the halftime.

The game lost the tempo in the third period but both teams remained in the same difference. Gacner closed the third period at 67:40 as Slovenia won the period 17:16. Mwana Ngele made a lay-up for the hosts to open the last period. Switzerland looked less tired, but probably Slovenia though of another game at that time. Switzerland won the last period 14:12 but lost the game 54:79.

Switzerland:Karen Twehues 19, Sabrina Dealbi 14
Slovenia: Maja Erkic 23, Kristina Verbole 12+10 rebs, Mojca Markovic 10


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  SWEDEN - Women  


Sweden trounce Macedonia to stay perfect - by Eurobasket News
Sweden - Macedonia 94:54

Swedish National Team cruised to their fourth straight win at the EuroBasket in Division B. Today they overwhelmed Macedonia at home to stay alone at the helm of Group B. Macedonia slipped to 2-2 record and occupied the third spot in the pool.
The game turned into a one-sided traffic as the hosts dominated every aspect of the game. Sweden built a 20:10 lead after the starting stanza and as Macedonian defense collapsed in the second frame stretched the margin to 27 points at halftime. Slavica Dimovska (-85) and Samardijska cut the deficit to 22 points in the third quarter but the home team closed the stanza with 9 straight points for a 31-point advantage. Sweden never looked back in the fourth quarter and secured a stunning victory at the end. Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88) topscored for Sweden with 17 points. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88) and Thyra Liljestrand (178-G-80) added 14 points apiece for the winners. Samardijska answered with 18 points and 10 rebounds for Macedonia. Radenkovikj secured 12 points in defeat. Macedonia managed to outrebound the hosts 34:33 but sank just 38% from the field. Sweden responded with 48% field goal accuracy and forced Macedonia to as many as 25 turnovers.
Macedonia will next take on Estonia away from home. Sweden will face Portugal at home in the next round.

Sweden: Elin Eldebrink 17, Frida Eldebrink 14, Thyra Liljestrand 14
Macedonia: Bojana Samardjiska 18+10 boards, Radenkovikj 12


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  SWITZERLAND - Women  


Slovenia keeps Switzerland winless - by Eurobasket News
Switzerland -Slovenia 54:79

Slovenia improved to 2-3 record in Group A of Division B of European Championship qualifiers. The team won over Switzerland 79:54 and kept the winless in the group. Maja Erkic (182-G/F-85) paced all the winners with 23 points. Kristina Verbole (193-F/C-88) collected 12 points and 10 rebounds, while Mojca Markovic (177-G-79) netted 10. Karen Twehues (182-G-83, college: Cincinnati) ended up with 19 points in the losing effort, while Sabrina Dealbi (183-F/C-82) had 14.

Slovenia easily scored first 8 points in the game winning the opening tip of the period. Baric closed the first quarter at 25:14 for the guests that looked for another win. The second period was a disaster for the hosts that failed for the whole campaign. Slovenia produced 25:10 to reach 50:24 at the halftime.

The game lost the tempo in the third period but both teams remained in the same difference. Gacner closed the third period at 67:40 as Slovenia won the period 17:16. Mwana Ngele made a lay-up for the hosts to open the last period. Switzerland looked less tired, but probably Slovenia though of another game at that time. Switzerland won the last period 14:12 but lost the game 54:79.

Switzerland:Karen Twehues 19, Sabrina Dealbi 14
Slovenia: Maja Erkic 23, Kristina Verbole 12+10 rebs, Mojca Markovic 10


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  TURKEY - Women  


Recent Transactions - by Cem Guvener
- Galatasaray signed center Korel Engin. Korel Engin had previously played for Migros, Botas and Fenerbahce in TBBL. She had spent the last year at Crotia with Gospic.
- Ceyhan Belediyesi added Notre Dame graduate Charel Allen to their roster. The point guard spent the last year at Sacramento Monarchs.
- TBBL newcomers Samsun signed point guard Julie McBride.
- Cankaya added Bojana Vulic to their roster as their first foreign player.
- Tarsus Belediyesi rented Saynur Tozlu from Galatasaray.


Turkey improves to 6-1 in Group B - by Eurobasket News
Turkey- Bosnia and Herzegovina 79:50

Turkey improved to 6-1 record after a home win over Bosnia and Herzegovina in Group B of the European Championship qualifiers. The team remains on top and clinched already the place in the EuroBasket Women in Riga, Latvia. Nevriye Yilmaz (195-C-80) led the winners with 18 points to 79:50 victory. Tugba Tasci (176-G-84) netted 13 and Nilay Yigit (170-G-79) posted 12. Matea Tavic (177-G-92) ended up with 12 points in the losing effort and Azra Becirovic (182-G-80) had 9.
Turkey opened the game with 11-0 run and grabbed the lead in the game. Bosnia and Herzegovina was far from giving up and caught up the hosts even in the first period. Matea Tavics two threes brought the guests to 18:16. Turkey had a massive second period scoring basket after basket. The team used a 27:11 in the period for 45:27 lead at the halftime.
In the third quarter the scenario remained the same as the hosts dominated the court. A 20:14 in the period lifted them up to 65:41 after 30 minutes played. The hosts scored first 6 points in the last period as Bilge opened it with a jump-shot. Savic was the last to score in the game as Bosnia and Herzegovina fell at 1-6.

Turkey: Nevriye Yilmaz 18, Tugba Tasci 13, Nilay Yigit 12
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Matea Tavic 12, Azra Becirovic 9


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  UKRAINE - Women  


Ukraine needs overtime to keep the chances alive - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine-Israel 90:85 OT

Ukrainian National team won the last game of their EuroBasket Women qualifying Group A. The team struggled a lot to keep their chances alive after 90:85 overtime victory over Israel. Olexandra Gorbunova (186-F-86) tied the game at the end of regulation with a lay-up to force overtime and then the hosts won the last one. Olexandra Gorbunova was unstoppable with 26 points and 10 rebounds. Iryna Biryuk (178-G-78, agency: Promotex) nailed 15, while Olena Ogorodnikova (186-F-81) and Olena Zherzherunova (191-F-78, agency: LBM Management) each posted 12. Suez Karni top-scored for Israel with 20 points. Liron Cohen (173-G-82) produced 19 and Shay Doron (175-G-85, college: Maryland) added 17. Ukraine finished the group with 5-3 record, while Israel and Lithuanian will have one more game.
Ukraine won the opening quarter and looked more desirable in the game. Suez Karni and Shay Doron did a lot of the damage for the Israelis as they went to the changing rooms with a 37:34 advantage. In the third quarter Ukraine played again better and looked forward to finish the game in the regulation time. Israel however could also win and was too close to it. Olexandra Gorbunova tied the game at the end of regulation with a lay-up to force overtime. Iryna Biryuk was the leader in the extra time for the winners and brought not only the win for the team but also a hope for Latvia Eurobasket 2009.

Ukraine: Olexandra Gorbunova 26+10 rebs, Iryna Biryuk 15, Olena Ogorodnikova 12, Olena Zherzherunova 12
Israel: Suez Karni 20, Liron Cohen 19, Shay Doron 17


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  UNITED KINGDOM - Women  


Germany leaves the bottom of the group - by Eurobasket News
Great Britain-Germany 72:74

Germany left the bottom of Group A in EuroBasket Women qualifying after a road win over Great Britain. Germany used a 21-13 in the last period to seal 74:72 victory. Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84) had a fascinating game with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Dorothea Richter (176-G-83), Lisa Koop (198-C-85, college: Winthrop) and Katharina Kuhn (191-C-80) followed her with 8 points each. Megan Moody (188-G/F-83, college: Tulsa) top-scored for the hosts with 18 points and 6 rebounds, while Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87) netted 16.

Even though German side had 3:2 in the opening tip Great Britain scored 8 consecutive points for 10:3 advantage. The hosts looked more energetic in the first period but Anne Breitreiner reduced to 20:19 at the end of it. Mersch's three in the second quarter lifted the guests up to 29:31 as they pushed the tempo. The squads went to the lockers for 38:45 as Germany won the second 26:18.
The picture had changed definitely in the third period when the Brits took the control of the game. Trailing 41:47 they mounted in a 9-0 run for 50:47. Collins closed the third stanza from the arc for 59:53. Great Britain opened up a 62:53 advantage at the start of the final quarter but weren't able to hold the Germans at bay. Austmann brought German to 74:72 with a minute to go. The hosts could win the game but Megan Moody missed with a three-pointer one second from the end.

Great Britain:Megan Moody 18+6 rebs, Johannah Leedham 16
Germany:Anne Breitreiner 24+11 rebs, Dorothea Richter 8, Lisa Koop 8, Katharina Kuhn 8


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  WNBA - Women  


Seimone Augustus suffers mild concussion - by Eurobasket News
Seimone Augustus (6'1''-G-84, college: LSU) suffered a mild concussion on Tuesday night in the Lynx's 86-76 victory over Indiana at Target Center, according to the team's athletic trainers.

She and teammate Candice Wiggins, who has a sprained right knee from the same game, both came downtown today to be treated by team trainers.

Whether either will play in the Lynx's next game on Friday against Phoenix at home is uncertain. The Lynx (15-17), who have been eliminated from the playoffs, end their season at Washington on Sunday.

Augustus and Wiggins are both listed as day to day.

The team's two leading scorers both were injured in the first half of Tuesday's game.

Lynx coach Don Zierden said Indiana's Tamika Catchings fouled Augustus on the play she got hurt. Augustus grabbed a defensive rebound midway through the first quarter. And then Zierden picks up the story.

'I saw the foul committed by Catchings,' Zierden said, speaking to the media in a postgame interview. 'She pulled her down; you guys look at the film. Tell me if you see any different. 'That's why she got rid of the ball so quickly to Ohlde [actually Lindsey Harding]. Catch pulled her down. I was so excited because I thought they were going to give her the third foul.'

No whistle blew and play continued.

Augustus and Catchings were teammates last month on the U.S. women's basketball team in the Beijing Olympics

Courtesy of http://www.startribune.com