EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 9/14/2008Copyright © 1997-2008 Eurobasket
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The most productive powerhouse of bosnian basketball announced that it has to leave professional basketball since the team is in heavy financial problems.
KK Zenica has rallied most of the top prospects in Bosnia-Hercegovina but regularly failed to bring them to the final level of competition.
Unlike KK Bosna the team had no strong financial support that made it possible to sign their prospects for a longer period.
Like many bosnian teams the management of the team had not the level that is required to successfully lead a successfull professional basketball team.
It will probably significantly harm the bosnian NT teams on all levels since the pillars of those are often players from KK Zenica.
Some examples of players that grew up in Zenica and its suburban:
Emir Emir Mutapcic (YUG NT)
Zoran Savic (Former Barcelona,YUG NT)
Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) (Kyiv)
Hasan Rizvic (212-C-84) (Azovmash,Slovenian NT)
Emir Preldzic (206-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) (Fenerbahce,Slovenian NT)
Nedzad Sinanovic (221-C-83) (Real)
Edin Alispahic (208-F/C-88) (Slovenian NT)
Ivan Opacak (202-G/F-80, agency: World Sport Agency) (Murcia)
Dino Hodzic (190-G-90) (Cibona)
Seid Hajric (203-F-83) (KK Bosna)
Dzevad Alihodzic (208-C-69, agency: Interperformances) (YUG NT)
Abdurahman Kahrimanovic (197-G-75, agency: Court Side) (BIH NT)
Italian team seems to be back on track in Group A of their EuroBasket 2009 qualifying. The team got an important road win over Finland to improve to 3-4 record. Mostly due to the opening period Italy celebrated 69:62 win in Finish Vantaa. Matteo Soragna (198-G/F-75) paced all the winners with 18 points. Marco Mordente (191-G-79) nailed 17, whilst Massimo Bulleri (188-G-77) posted 11. Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) top-scored for the hosts with 24 points and 11 rebounds, while Shawn Huff (198-G/F-84, college: Valparaiso) netted 11.
Italy rushed to score and posted first seven points in the game. Finland needed 5 minutes to be back on track catching up for 12:12. The guests were however too good in the end of the first for 25:16 as Massimo Bulleri closed the first 10 minutes. Italy remained in front in the second quarter even though the hosts could win the period with 17:16. Koponen sent the teams to the lockers for 33:41, Italian advantage.
Italy controlled the third quarter having 10 points all the time. Poeta made it 49:37 with almost 2 minutes to play in the period. Kimmo Muurinen helped his team to cut the deficit to 45:51 finishing the third. The last quarter was the most interesting in the game, especially the last seconds. A 5-0 run brought the hosts to 62:65 with 20 seconds in the game. Those points however were the last in the game, while Italy scored more for 69:62.
Finland: Kimmo Muurinen 24+11 rebs, Shawn Huff 11
Italy: Matteo Soragna 18, Marco Mordente 17, Massimo Bulleri 11
Serbia won another game to remain on top of Group A of their EuroBasket 2009 qualifying. The team had a road win over Hungary 61:89 on Saturday. Taking the lead in the first quarter Serbia never looked behind and clinched the fifth win. Uros Tripkovic (196-G-86) top-scored for the winners with 20 points. Zoran Erceg (211-C/F-85) had 13, whilst Perovic posted 12. Istvan Nemeth (190-G-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) led Hungary with 11, while Erno Sitku (208-C-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) and Marton Fodor (191-G-81, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) added 9.
Vujanicm opened the game from the arc and together with his squad proved the ambitions for the game. Hungary did not give up and even tasted some lead in the period. After 22:20 for Serbia, the team added 6 more points to close the period at 28:20. The second stanza became offensive as especially Serbia enjoyed it more. Uros Tripkovic made the score 45:26 with 5 minutes to play in the second period. With 28:15 the guests won the third and improved to 56:35 entering the last period. Velickovic scored for 87:57 as the teams were on the way to finish the game. Serbia tried to get three digits, while Hungary thought of how to get closer. Kaman set up the final 61:89 score as Hungary dropped at 2-5.
Hungary: Istvan Nemeth 11, Erno Sitku 9, Marton Fodor 9
Serbia: Uros Tripkovic 20, Zoran Erceg 13, Perovic 12
It took four games for Portugal to get the initial win in Group B of EuroBasket 2009 qualifying. Portugal had a road win over Estonia in Tallinn 54:60 to tie them with 1-3 record. A 20-6 in the third quarter was decisive in the game even though Estonia bounced back with 24-8 in the last. Paulo Cunha (199-G/F-80) (199-G/F-80) led the winners with 21 points to the first win. Carlos Andrade (197-F-78, agency: Players Group, college: Queens (NC)) netted 8, while Miguel Miranda (205-F-78), Costa and Santos scored 7 points apiece. Gert Dorbek (190-G-85) and Gert Kullamae (198-G/F-71) posted 12 points each in the losing effort.
Estonian team started with 6-0 run and it was not expected that even in the opening quarter the hosts would trail. Portugal bounced back with 7-0 run and then finished the first at 18:12. Paulo Cunha scored for 30:20 in the middle of the second as Portugal started to dominate the court. It was him again to send the teams to the lockers for 32:24 at the halftime.
A nightmare saw the hosts in the third period when Portugal made whatever they wanted. Santos posted two for 44:24 and then Paulo Cunha nailed three almost with the buzzer. Portugal won the period 20:6 that gave them 52:30 after the thirty minutes of the game. In the last stanza Estonia tried to recover and managed to produce 24:8 in the period. The hosts reduced to 54:60 but as it became clear it was the end of the game.
Estonia: Gert Dorbek 12, Gert Kullamae 12
Portugal: Paulo Cunha 21, Carlos Andrade 8, Miguel Miranda 7, Costa 7, Santos 7
Turkish National team was not afraid to travel to Kiev after Ukraine defeated France there. The favorite of the group proved their ambitions with 86:64 win to improve to 4-0 record. Kerem Gonlum (208-C/F-77) led all the winners with 17 points and 6 rebounds. Ender Arslan (190-G-83) ended up with 13, while Hidayet Turkoglu (206-F-79) scored 11.Rostyslav Kryvych (198-F/G-78) top-scored for the hosts with 22 points, while Serhiy Lishchuk (210-C/F-82) netted 14.
Ukraine dropped to the bottom of the group and now has 1-3 record.
Rostyslav Kryvych scored first two points of the game as Ukraine flew to take the lead from the start. The local fans tried to forget the upset in Belgium but remembered strong Ukraine against France. The team proved it after 13:5 in the opening tip. Turkey however answered with some baskets in the period and won the opening quarter with 17:16. Even though the teams stayed close in the second period Ukraine could not tie the game. Ender Arslan sent the teams to the lockers for 40:34 Turkish lead.
The third quarter was decisive in the game as the guests decided the outcome of it. Turkey looked more organized and had better defensive skills versus locals. Ilyasovas jump-shot closed the thirty minutes of the game for 67:50 visitors advantage. It happened after Turkey stormed pat Ukraine in the third with 27:16. In order to prove the mastership the favorites of the group produced 19:14 in the last period and clinched the fourth consecutive win in the group. Rostyslav Kryvych's free throw was the last in the game that saw Ukrainian team dropping to the bottom.
Ukraine: Rostyslav Kryvych 22, Serhiy Lishchuk 14
Turkey: Kerem Gonlum 17, Ender Arslan 13, Hidayet Turkoglu 11
Belgium - France 65:71
France snapped their two-game losing skid beating Belgium in Charleroi yesterday. France thus improved to 2-2 record and occupied the second spot in Group C. Belgium and Ukraine share a 1-3 record after four games. France had nowhere to to surrender with 1-2 record after three rounds of action and threw all they had against Belgium. The visitors grabbed the initiative right from the start and never trailed throughout the opening stanza. Stephen Brun (202-F-80) knocked down 5 points and France led 16:11 heading into the second term. Belgium did not go away and though the visitors stretched the margin to 7 points in the quarter they failed to open up a double digit advantage. Tony Parker (183-G-80) sealed the first half with a freebie to give France a 35:29 lead. Roel Moors (188-G-78, agency: Agency No 10) dragged the hosts within two points from French team early in the third quarter but back-to-back trebles from Tony Parker and Sacha Giffa (195-F/G-77) kept the visitors at arms length. The teams traded baskets and France remained in charge 51:49 before the final period. Dimitri Lauwers (187-G-79) drew things level at the start of the final quarter however France used a 5:0 run to stay in front. Nando De Colo (202-G-87), Ronny Turiaf (208-C/F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) and Tony Parker gave Les Bleus a 10-point advantage with under 4 minutes left. However Dimitri Lauwers knocked down 5 points to shave the distance. It was not enough though. Nande De Colo hit three free throws and Ronnie Turiaf added a dunk to secure the winning outcome for French team. Tony Parker finished with 18 points for France. Nando De Colo had 15 points and 7 rebounds, while Stephen Brun had 14 points in the win. Dimitri Lauwers answered with 18 points for Belgium. Sam Van Rossom (188-G-86) dropped 10 points in defeat.
France will host Ukraine, while Belgium will travel to Turkey on Wednesday.
Belgium: Dimitri Lauwers 18, Sam Van Rossom 10
France: Tony Parker 18, Nando De Colo 15, Stephen Brun 14
Great Britain-Israel 96:86
After falling in Israel 92:102 in the opener of EuroBasket qualifying, Great Britain won the third in a row in Group B. Liverpool saw a 96:86 over Israel in Day 4 of the tournament. Pops Mensah-Bonsu (206-F-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington)led the winners with massive 22 points and 11 rebounds. Luol Deng (201-F-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Duke) ended up with 20 points and 6 rebounds, while Nick George (198-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Va Commonwealth) nailed 15. Lior Eliyahu (205-F-85, agency: ZAG Advocates) finished the night with 24 points for Israel and Guy Pnini (201-F-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services) added 13.
The opening quarter of the game did not bring any team a comfortable lead. Luol Deng could give the Brits 22:19 at the end of the opening quarter. It was a push of the hosts that finally started to control the game in the second period. Pops Mensah-Bonsu with a lay-up gave his team 34:26 with 6 minutes in the half. It was him again for plus 11 later in the quarter. Hart closed the first half at 53:40 as the teams disappeared in the lockers.
The key run came in the first five minutes of the second half when Britain blew open a game. Nick George posted two for 61:49 as the Brits looked much better in the second half. After 23:14 in the period Freeland closed the third at 76:54. A tense final period saw Israel open with some baskets to cut the margin a bit. Israel pulled to within eight at 92-84 with 1:07 remaining before falling by 10. Pops Mensah-Bonsu set up the final, 96:86 score for the hosts.
Great Britain: Pops Mensah-Bonsu 22+11 rebs, Luol Deng 20+6 rebs, Nick George 15
Israel: Lior Eliyahu 24, Guy Pnini 13
Bosnia and Herzegovina -Czech Republic 95:79
Bosnia and Herzegovina tied the record with Czech Republic in Group D of EuroBasket Division A beating them 95:79. Bosnian Cazin tied both teams at 2-2 record and keeps them in the middle of the group. Mirza Teletovic (203-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) led the winners with 20 points and 3 rebounds. Goran Ikonic (196-G-80) nailed 16, while Elmedin Kikanovic (206-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) netted 12. Jiri Welsch (198-F-80) top-scored for the guests with 20 points and Petr Benda (203-F/C-82, agency: Court Side) had 14. Should the two sides finish with the same record, Bosnia will finish higher by virtue of the superior goal differential of two points in their two meetings.
Both squads started to play offensively from the very beginning but stay close to each other in the first period. Bremer was the last to score in the first for 28:29 for the visitors. Trailing 29:31 in the second period Bosnia and Herzegovina created an 11-0 run for 40:31. Gordic sent the teams to the lockers for 54:45.
The tempo slowed down in the third period when both teams tried to pay more attention to defense. Czech Republic won the third with 15:13 to cut to 67:60 at the end of the third. Bosnia and Herzegovina however was too good in the last period of the game. They managed to produce 28:19 in the quarter to seal 95:79 victory. Bremer scored a free throw as his team clinched the second win in the tournament.
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Mirza Teletovic 20, Goran Ikonic 16, Elmedin Kikanovic 12
Czech Republic: Jiri Welsch 20, Petr Benda 14
EuroBasket - Division A. Qualifying Round, Group A: Finland - Italy 62-69 (33-41). Quarters: 16-25, 17-16, 12-10, 17-18. Finland, winning the rebounds
46-29, shooting better from the charity stripe and 2-pointers, and losing the game by seven pts. Why? Because there was an off-night behind the arc.
Finland made one (1) 3-pointer during the first half (1/15) and three treys (3/15) during the second half, but you cannot win by shooting 13,3 percent
behind the arc. At the same time Italy made the treys 52,4% (11/21) and Matteo Soragna (198-G/F-75) alone (5/7) more treys than hosting Finland at Vantaa Energy
Arena. Soragna led Italy with 18 pts. Marco Mordente (191-G-79) added 17 and Massimo Bulleri (188-G-77) 11 pts. Finland Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) scored game high 24 pts and grabbed the most rbs 11, but Muurinen was the only player on Finland roster, who can be satisfied with the performance. Shawn Huff (198-G/F-84, college: Valparaiso) (11) and Petteri Koponen (193-G-88) (10) were also in double figures.
Hungary - Serbia 61-89 (35-56). Quarters: 20-28, 15-28, 14-12, 12-21. H: Istvan Nemeth (190-G-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 11. S: Uros Tripkovic (196-G-86) 20.
Next games: 17.9. Serbia - Finland, Italy - Bulgaria.
AEK still having financial problems.They try to find a solution with agents and players while they search in the market for a Bosman Center. Rumors say that he will be from Croatia or Bosnia.
The Greek court postponed the decision about the last team which will play legally in A1. Esake dont recognize the agreements Kavala and Dafni are making now with players and everything is uncertain. Kavala, Dafni or Ionikos Lamias in A1?
Paok gave a big salary to sign Tomasevic and now they have limited budget for the PF. Charles Gaines (201-F-81, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: S.Mississippi) rejected for that reason.
Egaleo released rookie Vladimir Kuljanin due to bad perfomace. Coach Skourtopoulos already signed his replacement, Vasilis Soulis. Andronikos Gizogiannis agreed also with Egaleo while Chris Bracey looks other team to continue his career.
Iraklis trying to close Todor Gecevski . The NT Center from Fyrom has big career in Croatia with Zadar.
Mladen Soskic failed in the try-out.ICBS signed Matija Ceskovic.
Panathinaikos-Universitet Surgut 77-68 (Sakota 15p, Nicholas 14p- Stefanovic 18p)
AEL-Paok 70-68 (Francis 19p, McKiver 9p- Vasiliadis 22p)
Kavala-Apollon Patras 60-59 (Kavaliauskas 15p- Georgitsis 30p)
Trikala-Egaleo 73-78 (Kaklamanos 19p- Goldwire 32p, Aggelopoulos 15p)
The team of Dombovar is playing this weekend on a tournament in Darda, Croatia. The team of coach Stahl played without Bodi, Deak and two more foreigners against the home team last night and lost in a good game. The main reason of this lose was that the guests played without any big man. However, the new american guards - Gibson arrived on thursday, Jerome Gumbs (194-F-82, college: USF) (194-F-82, college: USF) on friday night to Budapest - showed that there will be able to replace the two favourite players of the last season, Mills and English. Drew Gibson (188-G-85, college: Wofford) scored 21 points and was organizing the game very well, Jerome Gumbs had 23 points (2/4 3pointers) and 6 rebounds. Today Dombovar played for the 3rd place at 10am. against croatian team KK Zubak and won by three points in a very tied game. Also today the two foreigners scored in double figures, but also Deak and Simon had a great game.
KK DARDA - ORANGEWAYS DKC 95-78
KK Zubak - ORANGEWAYS DKC 96-99
DKC: Gibson 16/3, Simon 23/3, Jerome Gumbs 26, Deak 20/18, Molnar 5/3, Vas 9/3, Coach: Peter Stahl
The team of Albacomp played last night in the own arene of the vice-champion of Austria, Oberwart Gunners and lost by one point in a very high level game. Rashad Bell (200-F-82, college: Boston U.) was the top scorer of the game with 31 points (made also 5 threes), but also Velibor Radovic (202-F/G-72, agency: Beo Basket) had a great game with 27 (also 5 threes).
Oberwart Gunners - Albacomp Szekesfehervar 93:92 (45:48)
Gunners: Stout 22, Youngblood 20, Stegnjaic 15, Artner 13, Johnson 8, Moric 8, Radakovic 5, Hasenburger 2
Albacomp: Bell 31/15, Radovic 27/15, Doyne 15/6, Sos 9/9
After the lost game against Szolnok the team of Univer just played the first pre-season home game against the slovakian team Levice on friday, which team lost in Paks a day before.
A couple of hundred fans were going to watch the game, the most of them wanted to see the three foreigners of the team. DeAndre Haynes (187-G-84, college: Kent St.) scored 7 points and had 9 assists, in this game coach Zsoldos asked him to organize and help his teammates. Ricky Volcy (202-F-82, college: N.Michigan) had a better than game than on wednesday and scored 29 points. Greg Danielson (206-C-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Drake) looked a little bit tired, as he arrived on wednesday to Kecskemet, but also added 11 points. Univer will play the next game tonight against romanian team Cluj Napoca in Kecskemet at 6pm.
(27-16, 21-20, 27-16, 8-19)
UNIVER-KECSKEMET: Haynes 7/3, Toth 8, Szabo 11/6, Volcy 29/9, Danielson 11/3. Cs.: Kovacs 2, Puszta 2, Horti 2, Tornoczky 11/9
Ireland defeated Luxembourg last night at 'The Coque' in Kirchberg, Luxembourg by a score of 70-97 in the second match of the EC Qualifications Division 2 Group B. The visitors came out strong in the beginning jumping out to an 8-0 lead. Luxembourg was able to crawl back into the game to tie at 19-19. Then, until midway thru the 2nd quarter Luxembourg fell apart and Ireland took full advantage.
Tom Schumacher (188-G/F-87) led all scorers with 26 points followed by Peter Rajniak (196-G-81, college: Cal.Baptist) with 12 and Frank Muller (195-F) added 11. Luxembourg had to play short-handed the entire fourth quarter as its leader Martin Rajniak (205-F-78, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: CSU Bakersfield) became injured and had to sit out.
Jay Larranaga (195-G-75, college: Bowling Green) had a hot hand early hitting several from behind the arc and finished the match with 14. Jay is the son of Ireland's Head Coach Jim Larranaga . The former plays for Eldo Caserta of Italy. The latter is the head coach at George Mason University of the NCAA. Guards Ian O'Boyle (191-G-84, agency: Megasport, college: New Jersey Tech) and Donnie McGrath (193-G-84, college: Providence) led Ireland with 19 and 18 points respectively. Ireland's big men also hurt Luxembourg inside on the boards out-rebounding 46-25. Conor Grace (205-F-82, college: Davidson) added 14 points followed by Chris Bracey (198-F-80, college: W.Texas A&M) with 11 and Justen Naughton (205-F-81, college: Cal.St.-Los Angeles) had 10.
Luxembourg: Schumacher 26, P. Rajniak 12, Muller 11, M. Rajniak 5, Abdiu 5, Haan 4, Birenbaum 3, J. Delgado 2, Kieffer 2
Ireland: O'Boyle 19, McGrath 18, Larranaga 14, Grace 14, Bracey 11, Naughton 10, O'Reilly 4, Matacz 4, Donnelly 3
Sparta 77 - Musel Pikes 73
As predicted, Sparta took care of business wrapping up the series 2 games to 0 over underdog Musel Pikes to claim the grand prize 'DBBL Champion 2008'. You have to give credit to Musel Pikes who hung in there in both games and made things interesting for the crowds. After losing by 2 points in game one, Musel Pikes had nothing else to lose as they came to give Sparta problems especially in the fourth quarter. They played hard, smart and together but the game was lost in the opening stanza. Sparta came out with a 26-13 1st Quarter. Offensively, Sparta struggled the rest of the game but played well enough defensively to win it in the end. Musel Pikes actually out-scored Sparta the last three periods 51-59. It was not enough.
Larrie Smith led the Champions once again with a game high 25 points while tearing down 15 missed shots. Smith went 6 for 11 from inside the arc and shot a fabulous 10 for 12 free throws. The free throw line is actually where Sparta won this game. The team went 22 for 26 for 85%. Christophe Baustert struck it big with 16 points followed by game one's hero Christian Wulff who added 13 points and 4 assists. Sohrab Ziai also scored 11 points for Sparta. Samy Picard led a balance Musel Pikes attack with 19 points while grabbing 8 rebounds. Christopher Braier also put in a solid performance with 18 points and 16 rebounds. Guy Schmit scored 16 and Laurent Schwartz 14 for Musel Pikes.
Sparta: 25 field goals, 5 three pointers, 22 for 26 free throws, 27 rebounds, 19 fouls and 6 turnovers.
Baustert 16, Hoffmann 5, Wulff 13, Ziai 11, Smith 25, also Wolzfeld, Palumbo 3 and engel 4.
Musel Pikes: 18 field goals, 5 three pointers, 12 for 20 free throws, 34 rebounds, 21 fouls and 10 turnovers.
G. Schmit 16, Braier 18, Picard 19, Schwartz 14, Dentzer 4, also Kirch 2, Schmitz and C. Schmit.
Score by Quarters: 1st Q 26-13, Halftime 42-33, 3rd Q 61-49, Final 77-73
That wraps things up for the 2007-08 DBBL season. Come back soon and get the scoop on all the changes for next season as well as an update on player transfers and coaching changes. Also coming, in a few days, will be the DBBL awards for 2007-08.
Eurobasket.com would like to congratulate Sparta Bertrange for successfully defending its title and retaining the crown of DBBL Champion 2008. Also, our hats go off to Sparta Coach Philipe Giberti and all of the Sparta Bertrange players, supporters and commitee members for a wonderful season.
Alta Gestion Fuenlabrada has sent an offer sheet to the Argentienan center Ruben Wolkowyski (207-C-73). The offer is a temporal contract due to the injury of Rafael Vidaurreta (205-F-77, college: Wake Forest), who will be sidelined for beginning of the season and the last part of the preseason.
Ruben Wolkowyski has been member of th Argentinean National Team for several seasons, and he has won titles, the most important of them is the Gold Medal got in Athens'04.
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Israel-Great Britain 75:68
Israel clinched a place in the next summer's EuroBasket Women in Latvia. The team overcame Great Britain 75:68 last night in Ramat Gan. Only in the last period the hosts could satisfy 1200 spectators that came to support their local team and see them advancing to the Final round. Shay Doron (175-G-85, college: Maryland) paced all the winners with 28 points. Liron Cohen (173-G-82) netted 12, while Suez Karni and Ekaterina Abramzon (186-F/C-87) posted 9 each. Kim Butler (186-F-82, college: Oregon St.) finished the night with 22 points for the Brits and Megan Moody (188-G/F-83, college: Tulsa) collected 16 points, 7 assists and 5 boards. The Israelis finished in the top in Group A to advance to next year's Final Round.
Great Britain opened the game with four consecutive points but Israel tied it at 7:7. The guests were in front for the majority of the first and Dori could only reduce for 14:17 at the end of the first. In the middle of the second period the hosts produced a 6-0 run for 30:23. Liron Cohen made a lay-up for 34:25 at the halftime.
Great Britain struggle to leave the last spot in Group A and came back from the lockers with a desire to compete. They had 25:15 in the third period for 50:49 advantage after thirty minutes of the game. Three times Mark Clark's British team opened up four-point leads in the final period, the last time at 59:55 on a lay-up by Leedham. Liron Cohen made a lay-up to make it 65:61 for Israel with three minutes to play. Kim Butler scored and Leedham nailed a jumper to tie the contest at 65:65, but the Brits could not struggle any more. Doren and Liron Cohen led the hosts to 75:69 and the straight way to Latvia 2009.
Israel: Shay Doron 28, Liron Cohen 12, Suez Karni 9, Ekaterina Abramzon 9
Great Britain: Kim Butler 22, Megan Moody 16+7ast+5rebs
Lithuania advances to EuroBasket Final Round in Latvia after a road win over Germany in the last day of the Qualifying tournament. The Baltic side won 67:57 and clinched the second place in the group with 6-2 record. Sandra Valuzyte (176-G-82) paced all the winners with 15, points. Gintare Petronyte (195-C-89) netted 13, while Egle Stakneviciene (190-C/F-85) and Diana Razmaite (196-C-75, agency: LBM Management) added 10 apiece. Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84) top-scored in defeat with 17 points and Dorothea Richter (176-G-83) scored 12.
Even though Lithuania needed the win more than Germany it was the latter to score first 4 points in the game. The hosts controlled the whole quarter but not the end of it when the Baltic team scored for 19:18. In the second period the score was tied three times. Danckerts free throw gave German team 30:29 advantage at the halftime.
Lithuania opened the second half with 9-0 run and went on a bigger lead. Egle Stakneviciene however could close the third at 48:44. Diana Razmaite capped the 8-0 run with a basket at the start of the fourth quarter and the Germans got no closer than four points the rest of the way. In the last minutes Lithuania mostly got their points from the free throw line. Gintare Petronyte ended up the game for 67:57 and the triumph of the Baltic side.
Germany: Anne Breitreiner 17, Dorothea Richter 12
Lithuania: Sandra Valuzyte 15, Gintare Petronyte 13, Egle Stakneviciene 10, Diana Razmaite 10
The National team of Turkey won Group B of European 2009 qualifiers. In their last game they did not allow Italy to hope for the best third place beating them 80:61.Nevriye Yilmaz (195-C-80) paced all the winners with 13 points. Yasemin Horasan (190-F/C-83) netted 12 and Saziye Karsli (185-F-82) added 11. Maria Chiara Franchini top-scored for the Italian side with 13 points, while Eva Giauro (204-C-86) had 10. Turkey finished the group with 7-1 record, the only loss from Polish team. The latter also finished with the same record but due to the games with each other Turkey settled down first. Saturday's setback for Italy has left them at 4-4. They can now only make it to Latvia if they are successful in next year's Additional Qualifying Round.
Poland - Bosnia and Herzegovina 91:45
Poland finished the 2009 EuroBasket Qualification campaign in style. They stormed past Bosnia and Herzegovina to improve to 7-1 record in Group B. Poland have already qualified to the European Championship in Riga and just sealed their second-place finish in the pool play. Bosnia meanwhile suffered their 7th loss in 8 games.
The hosts looked better right from the start as they opened the game with a 6:0 rally. Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82) and Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, college: Abil.Christian) teamed up for 15 points in the first period and Poland led 24:15. Azra Becirovic (182-G-80) and Dragana Svitlica (190-C-88) cut the deficit to 5 points early in the second quarter but it was as close as Bosnia and Herzegovina could get. The hosts exploded with a 17:0 rally to accumulate a 22-point advantage. They later secured a 26-point halftime lead and never looked back in the second half. Ewelina Kobryn paced balanced Polish offense with 18 points and 9 rebounds. Daria Mieloszynska (188-F-83, college: Texas) and Anna Wielebnowska (188-C-78) had 14 points apiece in defeat. Lejla Bejtic (174-F-85) knocked down 18 points for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Azra Becirovic added 11 points and 7 rebounds in defeat. Poland outrebounded their opponents 40:23 and forced the visitors to 25 turnovers.
Poland: Ewelina Kobryn 18, Daria Mieloszynska 14, Anna Wielebnowska 14
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Lejla Bejtic 18, Azra Becirovic 11
France decided to win with some intrigue beating Romania in the last day of European 2009 qualifiers. With 22-11 in the last period France finished the group with 7-1 record which is the top position in it. The favorites overcame Romania in Timisoara and sent them to the Relegation Round with 1-7 record. Emmeline Ndongue (192-F-83) led the winners with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Endene Miyem (188-F-88) netted 14, while Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) collected 11 points and 11 boards. Maria Pascalau (194-C-82) top-scored in defeat with 21 points, Simina Mandache had 16 and Ildiko Vass (178-G-78) poured in 11.
The leaders of the group easily started with 4-0 run in the early beginning. Romania however did not mind and answered with 6 points in a row as Simina Mandache nailed a three for 6:4. Romania led the quarter but Lepron after two free throws gave the guests 25:24 advantage. The tempo slowed down in the second but still remained France in front. Celine Dumerc made a free throw in the end of the half for 38:36 lead.
Ildiko Vass tied the margin at 40:40 as Romania was in the middle of their 11-0 run. The hosts played wonderful and realized the importance of their last game. Cutas closed the third at 60:50 making another free throw. For another five minutes Romania led the game ,but then France started to catch up. The score was tied three rimes in the last minutes when Emmeline Ndongue brought her team 72:69. Cutas reduced the gap from the line for 70:71 and Parau could not make the last shot.
Romania:Maria Pascalau 21, Simina Mandache 16, Ildiko Vass 11
France: Emmeline Ndongue 18+11 rebs, Endene Miyem 14, Celine Dumerc 11+11 rebs
Croatia-Hungary 62:72 OT
Hungary became the best third-place team in the four groups on a goal differential tie-breaker. In their last game of Group C the team stole an overtime victory from Croatia 62:72 in Osijek. Hungarians improved to 5-3 and edged out Ukraine in the race for the next year's EuroBasket Women. A 12-2 in overtime brought the most important victory for the guests in the tournament. Zsofia Fegyverneky (178-G-84) led the winners with 20 points. Nora Bujdoso (188-F-85) nailed 17, while Anna Vajda (191-F/C-84) collected 12 points and 9 boards. Jelena Ivezic (184-G-84) and Marta Cakic (175-G-82) posted 16 in defeat and Marija Vrsaljko (195-C-89) had 11.
It was the more important game for Hungary and they started to ruin the Croatian defense from the early beginning. After 11:10 lead Hungary improved to 25:15 with 2 minutes in the first. Nora Bujdoso made a three to close the first quarter at 28:14. In the same second period the guests looked more organizational and had 45:26 at the halftime.
Croatia meanwhile wanted to win the last game of the EuroBasket Women as well. They started to play much better after a rest in the lockers and new commands of the coach. Jelena Ivezic brought the hosts to 42:50 after thirty minutes of the game. It was her again in the fourth period to give the hosts their lead at 56:54 as Croatia dominated the court. Zsofia Fegyverneky tied the game at 60:60 with 22 seconds left in regulation by making one of two free throws. In overtime however the visitors were too good having 12-2 win and clinching the last spot in EuroBasket 2009 Women in Latvia.
Croatia: Jelena Ivezic 16, Marta Cakic 16, Marija Vrsaljko 11
Hungary: Zsofia Fegyverneky 20, Nora Bujdoso 17, Anna Vajda 12+9 rebs
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