EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 9/18/2008

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  ABA   


Fresno Rebels introduced to media - by Gianni Pascucci
The ABA Fresno Rebels professional basketball team set to begin play in December 2009 have scheduled a Press Conference for Wednesday, September 17th at 12noon at the Holiday Inn Express, 7115 N. Howard in Fresno, CA 93720. Coaches and players who will be present include: Jerry Tarkanian (Coaching All-Star Exhibition Game), Dominick Young (5'10''-G-74, college: Fresno St.) (co-owner/player), Diego Redd (President/Owner Rebel Entertainment), Shannon Swillis (6'7''-F-78, college: Fresno St.) (player), JaVance Coleman (6'3''-G-84, college: Fresno St.) (player), Tyrone Jackson (6'2''-G, college: Arizona St.) (player), John Lowe (coach), Carl Ray Harris (6'3''-G-71, college: Fresno St.) (Asst. Coach), Cody Castleman (General Manager). The Rebels are proud to announce a merger with Diego Redd and Rebel Entertainment which is why the team name was changed from the Legends to the Rebels. Concurrently, Coach Tarkanian has offered to assist and to make cameo coaching appearances.

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Standings
Adriatic L. Standings
 1. Crvena Zvez. 0-0 
 2. KK Split 0-0 
 3. KK Zagreb 0-0 
 4. Bosna S. 0-0 
 5. Partizan 0-0 
 6. Cibona 0-0 
 7. Zadar 0-0 
 8. Olimpija 0-0 
 9. Helios 0-0 
 10. Krka 0-0 
 11. Vojvodina 0-0 
 12. FMP 0-0 
 13. Buducnost 0-0 
 14. Hemofarm 0-0 


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  ALBANIA   


Belarus thump Albania to stay perfect - by Eurobasket News
Belarus - Albania 92:46

Belarus fired down Albania today in Minsk at the EuroBasket in Division B tournament. it was the third straight victory for Belarusian National Team in Group B. Thus the team grabbed the lead in the pool. Albania in the meantime slipped to 1-2 record in the standings.
The hosts had little problems en route to the victory. The teams got to a slow start as they struggled to find the opening basket for almost two minutes. Belarus however went on a 17:1 run to accumulate a comfortable lead late in the first period. Belarus secured a 21:9 advantage at the first intermission. Aliaksandr Pustahvar (200-G/F-85) and Korshuk teamed up for 9 points early in the second term and Belarus cleared off to a 20-point distance. The visitors failed to bounce back and trailed by 28 points at halftime. Vildan Mitku (200-F-83) and Gerti Shima (205-C/F-86) helped Albania to a 6:0 surge at the start of the second half. But it was snapped by a three-pointer from Alexander Kudrautsau (190-G-80, agency: AB Agency) as he ignited a 19:0 rally from the hosts. Belarus entered the fourth period leading by 37 points and eased past their opponents in the reminder of the contest.
Alexander Kudrautsau nailed 15 points for Belarus. Mikalai Aliakseyeu (212-C-78, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents, college: Buffalo) added 13 points and 9 rebounds, while Aliaksandr Pustahvar netted 10 points for the winners. Gerti Shima dropped 13 points for Albania. Vildan Mitku finished with 11 points in defeat.
Belarus will next take on Cyprus on the road, while Albania will host Romania on Saturday.

Belarus: Alexander Kudrautsau 15, Mikalai Aliakseyeu 13, Aliaksandr Pustahvar 10
Albania: Gerti Shima 13, Vildan Mitku 11


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  AUSTRALIA   


South Dragons deliver the first win - by Eurobasket News
South Dragons - Perth 97:81

One of the main favorites of the new NBL season the Melbourne South Dragons left behind a clouded start to their campaign and scored an emphatic win over Perth at the Hisense Arena today. It was the first victory for the South Dragons new coach Brian Goorjian, who took over the team in the summer. Joe Ingles (203-G/F-87) nailed 27 points for the hosts. Mark Worthington (202-F-83, college: Metro St.) added 16 points and 9 rebounds, while Nick Horvath (208-F/C-81, college: Duke) finished with 15 points for the winners. Shawn Redhage (202-F-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Arizona St.) answered with 17 points for the Wildcats, who played their opening game of the season. Alex Loughton (205-F/C-83, agency: Octagon, college: ODU) delivered 16 points in defeat.
The home team opened the game aggressively and soon opened up a double-digit lead. However the Wildcats managed to stay within reach and trailed by 7 at the first intermission. Perth got closer in the second period and made it all square at 48 after 24 minutes of action. However it was one team in the court after the long break. Three-pointers from Joe Ingles fueled a furious rally from the hosts and they ran away to a 17-point distance. The hosts stretched the gap to 21 points midway through the fourth period and finalized a comfortable win at the end. The South Dragons outmuscled their opponents on the boards 58:53 and forced those to as many as 19 turnovers. Perth also missed their veteran centre Paul Rogers in the game. The teams will meet again in Perth on September 21.

South Dragons: Joe Ingles 27, Mark Worthington 16, Nick Horvath 15
Perth: Shawn Redhage 17, Alex Loughton 16


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Standings - Men
BBL Standings
Elite Division
 1. Zalgiris 0-0 
 2. Lietuvos 0-0 
 3. TU/Rock 0-0 
 4. Valmiera 0-0 
 5. Barons/LMT 0-0 
 6. BK Ventspils 0-0 
 7. Siauliai 0-0 
 8. BC Kalev 0-0 
 9. Nevezis 0-0 
 10. ASK Riga 0-0 
Challenge Cup
Group A
 1. Valga Welg 0-0 
 2. VEF Riga 0-0 
 3. Panevezys 0-0 
 4. Zemgale 0-0 
 5. Pirita 0-0 
 6. Alita 0-0 
 7. Sakalai 0-0 
 8. Norrkoping 0-0 
Group B
 1. Atletas 0-0 
 2. Liep.Lauvas 0-0 
 3. Triobet/Dalkia 0-0 
 4. Buki Gulbene 0-0 
 5. Suduva 0-0 
 6. Zalgiris-Sab. 0-0 
 7. TTU KK 0-0 
 8. Neptunas 0-0 


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  BELARUS   


Belarus thump Albania to stay perfect - by Eurobasket News
Belarus - Albania 92:46

Belarus fired down Albania today in Minsk at the EuroBasket in Division B tournament. it was the third straight victory for Belarusian National Team in Group B. Thus the team grabbed the lead in the pool. Albania in the meantime slipped to 1-2 record in the standings.
The hosts had little problems en route to the victory. The teams got to a slow start as they struggled to find the opening basket for almost two minutes. Belarus however went on a 17:1 run to accumulate a comfortable lead late in the first period. Belarus secured a 21:9 advantage at the first intermission. Aliaksandr Pustahvar (200-G/F-85) and Korshuk teamed up for 9 points early in the second term and Belarus cleared off to a 20-point distance. The visitors failed to bounce back and trailed by 28 points at halftime. Vildan Mitku (200-F-83) and Gerti Shima (205-C/F-86) helped Albania to a 6:0 surge at the start of the second half. But it was snapped by a three-pointer from Alexander Kudrautsau (190-G-80, agency: AB Agency) as he ignited a 19:0 rally from the hosts. Belarus entered the fourth period leading by 37 points and eased past their opponents in the reminder of the contest.
Alexander Kudrautsau nailed 15 points for Belarus. Mikalai Aliakseyeu (212-C-78, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents, college: Buffalo) added 13 points and 9 rebounds, while Aliaksandr Pustahvar netted 10 points for the winners. Gerti Shima dropped 13 points for Albania. Vildan Mitku finished with 11 points in defeat.
Belarus will next take on Cyprus on the road, while Albania will host Romania on Saturday.

Belarus: Alexander Kudrautsau 15, Mikalai Aliakseyeu 13, Aliaksandr Pustahvar 10
Albania: Gerti Shima 13, Vildan Mitku 11


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  BELGIUM   


Belgian Lions' defeat against unconvincing French superstars - by Bertrand Larsimont
Belgium vs. France 65-71
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 11-16, 29-35, 49-51 and 65-71.

After a strong start in the first quarter, France of Coach Michel Gomez could not avoid a nice comeback by the Lions. San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (183-G-80) had begun very well by hitting shots from long range and by driving into the paint. After Parker's nice start, it was the turn of Stephen Brun (202-F-80) to show the way for the French national team. He seemed to be the only French player able to keep his team in the rythm as Randy Oveneke (201-F-86, agency: Prime Select Sports) dunked to put the Lions just two points behind: 16-18. The Lions led by their 'small' guys Sam Van Rossom (188-G-86), Lionel Bosco (176-G-81, agency: Court Side) and Dimitri Lauwers (187-G-79) remained close until the last minutes of the second quarter when Parker and Nando De Colo (202-G-87) had some clutch plays to make their team lead 29-35 at the half.

Belgium's center Christophe Beghin (207-F-80, agency: Court Side) had quickly been in foul trouble. In the third quarter, Belgium even tied the game: 51-51. Annoyed by the tough Belgian NT's defense, the French NBA stars Ronny Turiaf (208-C/F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga), Yakhouba Diawara (200-F-82, college: Pepperdine) and even Tony Parker had to go through some trash talking to impress their opponents and the referees. Although French players never really convinced their supporters, the game remained pleasant to watch. Lionel Bosco, Dimitri Lauwers and a very efficient Aleksander Lichodzijewski (202-C-84) still tried to challenge Les Bleus in the fourth quarter but were too short in the end. Tony Parker, with his 'Desparate Housewife' Eva Longaria-Parker present in the full crowded Spiroudome, was fouled out. He quit the game with 18 points despite missing several attempts and free throws. Third loss in the EuroBasket 2009 qualifying campaign for Belgium: 65-71 as final score. Tony Parker finally escaped from a whole bunch of fans by stepping over the VIP seats and by exiting the Spiroudome through a private door...

In the other game of Group C this weekend, Ukraine was beaten by Turkey of Hidayet Turkoglu 64-86 in Odessa.

Belgium: Lauwers 18; Van Rossom 10; Lichodzijewski 9; Beghin 8; Moors 6; Bosco 4; Oveneke 5; Bellin 3; Van der Jonckheyd 2; Driesen 1.
France: Parker 18; Diawara 4; Turiaf 8; Giffa 6; De Colo 15; Brun 14; Marquis 3; Kirksay 3.

Standings in Group C:
1. Turkey 4-0;
2. France 2-2;
3. Belgium 1-3;
4. Ukraine 1-3.


Turkey earns a ticket for Eurobasket 2009 - by Eurobasket News
Turkey-Belgium 80:64

Turkey, being the only undefeated team in the EuroBasket qualifying groups advanced to Eurobasket 2009 In Poland tonight. Istanbul saw an outstanding victory of the hosts over Belgium 80:64. With a 21:10 in the third period Turkey remains the best team in all the groups not only with their results but the way they play as well. Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) led the winners with 22 points and 8 boards. Oguz Savas (208-C-87) nailed 13, while Hidayet Turkoglu (206-F-79) scored 12. Roel Moors (188-G-78, agency: Agency No 10) ended up with 14 points in the losing effort, whilst Christophe Beghin (207-F-80, agency: Court Side) added 11.
Roel Moors opened the game from the arc as Belgium desired to upset the favorites from the very beginning. Turkey waited for a while and then spurted in the end of the opening quarter to take 18:15 after the end of it. Bosco and Bellin both reduced to one point, but Belgium could not tie the game. Lichodzijewski closed the half from the three-point line for 42:38. With Turkey leading 42-40 at the start of the second half after a basket from Belgium's Christophe Beghin , the hosts outscored the visitors 19-6. Tunceri brought his team 63:48 at the end of the third period. Belgium could not catch up the opponents and trailed mostly 20 points in the last period. Ersan Ilyasova with his three closed the game for 80:64 as Turkey gets a ticket for Eurobasket 2009.

Turkey: Ersan Ilyasova 22+8 rebs, Oguz Savas 13, Hidayet Turkoglu 12
Belgium: Roel Moors 14, Christophe Beghin 11


Div. II Regular Season - Round 1 - by Bertrand Larsimont

Basketbal Jako Pitzemburg vs. Basket Bree 78-97
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 17-30, 37-44, 52-74 and 78-97.
Pitzemburg: N. Maris 2; B. Van Breedam 9; L. Swaeb 16; M. Van Gelder 13; Van Den Brande 10; S. Veldeman 21; S. Pottiez 3; Y. Corthals 4.
Bree: O. Hodge 9; K. Reed 31; H. Orsulic 8; M. Meeks 7; R. McCollum 16; R. Moss 11; J. Vucica 9; T. Van Camp 6.

CEP Fleurus vs. BCO Carnieres 67-54
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 14-17, 38-26, 47-40 and 67-54
Fleurus: J. Vanesse 10; S. Tison 18; L. Pourtoit 14; A. Jadin 2; Kalambayi 2; B. Penninck 4; S. Semijejero 15; T. Rozewicz 2.
Carnieres: Thelen 2; Ballau 10; Poppe 12; Dekaise 3; Jonniaux 15; Goethals 2; Muric 10.

Falco Ghent vs. Essor Charleroi 76-84
Falco: S. Dhondt 17; F. Vanderkimpen 15; F. Bwatu 5; J. Van Haevermaet 10; J. De Schepper 12; J. Van de Vondel 11; J. Selhorst 4; M. Brysse 2.
Charleroi: Leclercqs 19; L. Bearzotti 7; E. E. Mampuya 20; Frippiat 10; Gevaert 11; Stache 10; Pellisier 2; Sperolini 5.

BC Ninane vs. Jaga Radiators Hasselt 62-73
Ninane: --
Hasselt: Souveryns 2; Hendrix 12; Westphalen 2; R. Van Poelgeest 2; G. Vanhove 31; Smolders 8; Clemente 7; Baert 2.

Royal Alsec Nivelles vs. Kangoeroes Willebroek 68-90
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 21-17, 39-37, 49-59 and 68-90.
Nivelles: --
Willebroek: M. Gorremans 1; B. Follens 17; K. Roelandts 17; J. Casteels 10; C. Kalonji 4; D. D'Haens 6; T. Van de Keere 21; P. De Wachter 14.

BT Wevelgem vs. Sint-Jan Antwerp 67-76
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 10-18, 26-32, 49-59 and 67-76.
Wevelgem: Samson 2; P. Cocquyt 5; S. Naudts 6; R. Naudts 6; B. Guillemyn 6; V. Lebon 3; A. Flanders 21; J. Fiers 18.
Sint-Jan: P. Van Rillaer 2; W. Lemaire 15; W. Van Schil 1; L. Tielens 14; T. Van De Vondel 27; V. Verbeeck 5; S. Tielens 4; J. Ceyssens 8.

BBC De Weshoek Zwevezele vs. Bent Schoenen Waregem 71-72
Quarter by quarter score evolution: 22-26, 33-40, 53-54 and 71-72.
Zwevezele: W. Dobbelaere 12; L. Lhote 14; B. Bobb 20; B. Deceuninck 2; B. Verdickt 17; M. Deputter 3: J. Bourdeaux 3.
Waregem: F. Van Vooren 4; J. Steinbach 11; S. Robeyst 19; B. Bogaert 3; W. De Wilde 16; B. Cleymans 9; B. Raes 10.

Bye: BBC Boom



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  BOSNIA   


Bosnian mathematicians clubbed in Tel-Aviv - by Nedzad Kladusak

Bosnian coach M.Bajramovic knew that it would be very difficult to win against Israel in Tel Aviv.
He declared it would be also a good result to lose by less than six points difference which would
give Bosnia the chance to qualify directly in case of all teams would have the same number of victories.

Bosnia-H. started very well with Nemanja Gordic (195-G-88),Goran Ikonic (196-G-80) ,Ivan Opacak (202-G/F-80, agency: World Sport Agency), Bajramovic and Kikanovic. The offensive actions have been well synchronised, the perimeter shooting was satisfying and

compensated the defensive problems of Kikanovic against the strong Yaniv Green. Bosnia led with up to seven

points and it looked like Bosnia has the chance to surprise the Israelis in Tel Aviv.
However Bajramovic changed several times bringing his revelation JR Bremer which made the bosnian

offensive game stuttering. While Kenan Bajramovic has been benched while Mirza Teletovic desperately tried to

stop his opponent Lior Elyahu.
Bosnia-H. led mainly to Goran Goran Ikonic and Ivan Ivan Opacak who bravely fought in defense but also

had good ideas how to breach through the israeli defense.
The bosnian inside players had an exciting evening while watching the israeli players so high in the air.
They whitnessed no less than 51 rebounds that evening and since there has been so much traffic in the air
they decided to disturb the Israelis only 29 times.
At the end of the third quarter they noticed that the Israelis took the lead. Mensur Bajramovic entered Jazvin
who received one ball in the whole game. He slowed the israeli big men down but only for a while
since he has been fouled out five minutes left in the final quarter. The substition of Nemanja Gordic and Goran Ikonic paid off
and Bosnia came to the so much desired 5 point margin.
Mensur Bajramovic had obviously no influence on the events on the court. His players didn t even think about
making use of the 24 seconds they had for offensive actions. In the last two minutes Israel added 9 points

for a well-deserved 88-74 and will if they defeat Czech Republic by 22 points difference be on the second

place of group D while BIH will eventually get the possibility to play in the B division.
It will not be a major surprise if several well known players resign after this qualifications. It is obvious that they
cannot accept that their personal goals are completely irrelevant while playing for the NT.
Coach Bajramovic will also have to ask himself whether his coaching experiences are impressive enough
to lead any player playing not in the bosnian league.



Israeli trio led the team to a win over Bosnia - by Eurobasket News
Israel -Bosnia and Herzegovina 88:74

Israel overcame Bosnia and Herzegovina at home tonight to remain alive for the second ticket from EuroBasket qualifying Group D. Israel improved to 2-3 record after 88:74 victory in Tel Aviv with 6000 fans support. Yotam Halperin (196-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services) paced all the winners with 22 points, 5 assists and 4 boards. Lior Eliyahu (205-F-85, agency: ZAG Advocates) collected 21 points and 17 rebounds, whilst Meir Tapiro (194-G-75, agency: Avi Zilberman) added 19. Goran Ikonic (196-G-80) netted 17 in defeat and Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) scored 13. Israel will go into their last qualifying game on Saturday at home to the Czech Republic looking to win and finish 3-3, and Bosnia and Herzegovina will also go for a third win at home against Great Britain.
Bosnia and Herzegovina started much better and led in the whole first period. Kikanovic made a shot from the arc for 24:19 for the hosts. It was him again to give Bosnia 28:21 in the beginning of the second. Lior Eliyahus dunk brought the hosts to 34:35, but they could not stay tough at the end of the half. Bosnia and Herzegovina tied the second period at 21:21 that gave them 45:40 at the halftime.
Another Israel came back from the lockers as the team realized they had nothing to lose in the game. Lior Eliyahu gave the hosts 52:51 lead and Meir Tapiro scored for 65:59 at the end of the third. Israel found its game and won also the fourth quarter, 23:15. As a total the hosts celebrated 88:74 victory to stay alive for the second place.

Israel: Yotam Halperin 22+5 ast+4 rebs, Lior Eliyahu 21+17 rebs, Meir Tapiro 19
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Goran Ikonic 17, Kenan Bajramovic 13


Emir Besovic signs a four-year contract with Sloboda Dita - by Nedzad Kladusak
Sloboda Dita continues with its strategy to collect the finest bosnian players.
This time Sloboda signed Emir Besovic (208-C-90) a center who grew up with
KK Ilidza and later moved to KK Bosna. He has been the youngest player in the
KK Ilidza senior team where he practised with Elnis Prasovic and Sapko Hodzic
who recently signed multi-year contracts with KK Slavija.He has been also member
of the bosnian U16 team and his major charateristics are good rebounding and a good defense.


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  BULGARIA   


Pini Gershon: I believe this game is one of the greatest for Bulgaria - by Valentin Anguelov
Head coach of Bulgaria Pini Gershon:
We have something to cheer about now. The situation in other groups are good for us and that is why we celebrated after the game. We have to lose by big difference in the last game and other our opponents to win by huge margins to get by us, said Gershon.
Two very young players played very well tonight and Im very happy for that. Chavdar Kostov did a very good job especially in the first half when he played great in defense as well. Bojidar Avramov also played very good. They both replace well Filip Videnov and I believe they combined stats are much better of what he averaged. Im happy those young players did a good job under the pressure in game like today.
In the beginning nobody believe in what we are doing but I still believe that we can qualify for European championship. I hope that will happen this Saturday. I told the players to get the tied score 5 minutes before the end and then I will win it for them. This loss actually has a meaning of win for our team. I have no idea how many games like this one Bulgarian played before but I believe this is one of the greatest ones, finished Geshon.


Italy beat Bulgaria for the fourth win in Group A - by Eurobasket News
Italy-Bulgaria 82:81

Italian National team improved to 4-4 in Group A after a win over Bulgaria in Torino. Italian team sent the opponents to 4-3 record after 82:81 victory. Todor Stoykov (198-G/F-77, agency: Interperformances) tied the game at 81:81 but Cittadini made one of two free throws with 12 seconds left and Bulgaria didn't have another chance to score. Giuseppe Poeta (190-G-85) paced all the winners with 21 points. Marco Mordente (191-G-79) nailed 17, while Valerio Amoroso (202-F-80) scored 15. Todor Stoykov top-scored for Bulgaria with 19 points, while Ivanov, posted 14.
The guests opened the game with 5-0 run and desired a win more than the hosts. Italy replied with 11-0 run to prove the opposite as he teams finished the middle of the opening quarter. Jaaber closed the first period for 23:20 for the Italian squad. In the second stanza Bulgaria led in the majority f the period and remained in front at the halftime. Angelov with a lay-up brought 44:42 for the guests after 20 minutes played.
Another Italy came back from the lockers as they scored the first ten points at the half for 52:44. Bulgaria could not recover in the period and only Kostov reduced it to 63:57 after the third period. Italy stayed in front in the last quarter as well, but the most interesting moments were left for the last seconds. Giuseppe Poeta scored from the free throw line and then Cittadini made it 82:81 with 12 seconds to go. Bulgaria had a chance but could not score for the win.

Italy: Giuseppe Poeta 21, Marco Mordente 17, Valerio Amoroso 15
Bulgaria: Todor Stoykov 19, Ivanov, K. 14


Very exciting first day of tournament in Samokov - by Eurobasket News
Opening day of international tournament in Samokov was very exciting.

In the first game Spartak Pleven grabbed thriller victory against the hosts Rilski Sportist 86-85. Spartak took this one mostly owing to wonderful performance from Rob Preston (206-F/C-82, college: Akron), who drained 22 points having 11 more rebounds. After totally equalized first half 37-37, Rilski Sportist was better in third frame finishing it 23-27. Spartak came on 82-85 at the very end when Hrisimir Dimitrov (197-G/F-74, agency: Interperformances) got fouled. He made the first but intentionally missed the second free throw. Somehow Dimitrov once again grabbed the ball scoring the winning triple for the final 86-85. Hrisimir Dimitrov was the second scorer of the team, behind Rob Preston, with 16 points. Rilski Sportist got 18 points and 8 rebounds from Travis Peterson (208-C-85, agency: Edge Sports, college: Samford).

Rilski Sportist: Peterson 18 (8 rebs), Boev 9, Gruev 1, Nikolov 10, Vaklinov 1, Mirkovic 14 (6 rebs), Georgiev 2, Belberov 10, Papic 13 (6 rebs), Saraliyski 2, Kirov 5.
Spartak Pleven: Preston 22 (11 rebs), Stankov 3, Sofroniev 4, Marinov 11 (4 rebs), Topcov 7, Hrisimir Dimitrov 16, Dyakovski 12 (4 as), Todorov 6 (5 rebs), Georgiev 5, Angelkov, Genkov, Genov.


In the second game Cherno More also registered tight victory against Feni Indusitri 80-79. Corey McIntosh (183-G-85, college: Iowa St.) was the key player of the winning team with 24 points and 7 rebounds. Simeon Tsenov (196-F-82) had 21 while Atila Santos (208-C-83, college: N.Iowa) collected 15 points and impressive 11 rebounds. As usually, Donald Cole (204-C-81, agency: Edge Sports, college: Sam Houston St.) was the best player in Feni adding 31 points and 8 boards. Gjorgi Cekovski (202-F/C-81, agency: Arik Krayn Services) also shined in the loosing team with 14 points and 9 boards.

Cherno More: Corey McIntosh 24 (7 rebs), Simeon Tsenov 21, Atila Santos 15 (11 rebs), Earl 5, Panev 4, Yanev 8 (8 rebs), Kolev, Zhelev, Kyosev, Iliev, Mihailov.
Feni Industri: Donald Cole 31 (8 rebs), Gjorgi Cekovski 14 (9 rebs), Samardziev 11, Prekovic 9, McKenzie 2, Dimitrovski 9, Gjurov 3, Angelovski, Manev, Krstev, Basnarkov, Mahailovski.


At the second day of the tournament Spartek Pleven will meet Cherno More while Feni Industri will take on Rilski Sportist.


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  CBA   


Patroons' new head coach - Derrick Rowland - by Eurobasket News
Two months ago, the Albany Patroons were on the Continental Basketball Association respirator. They had only dozens of season tickets sold, no coach and, seemingly, no future.

Today general manager Jim Coyne will hold a news conference announcing that Derrick Rowland, arguably the franchise's most popular face, will be the Patroons' coach. All of a sudden, the Patroons have a pulse.


Rowland's appointment hardly comes as a shock. At a news conference at Washington Avenue Armory last week, Rowland, 49, sat next to Coyne as he talked about the future of the organization.

''This is a great opportunity for me,'' Rowland said Tuesday afternoon. ''I met with Jim three weeks ago and I knew I was in the running for the job. I am really excited about this.''

Rowland holds the franchise record for games played (281), points (4,951) and blocked shots (196). He was an assistant coach under Michael Ray Richardson here from 2005-07. After Richardson was let go during the 2007 CBA playoffs, Rowland coached the team the rest of the way but was informed he would not be considered for the job for the 2007-08 season.

The Patroons finished 21-26 last season under coach Vincent Askew and missed the playoffs. Askew was told shortly after the season ended in March he would not be back.

Rowland followed Richardson to Oklahoma, where was an assistant coach for half of last year's CBA season. He was named the head coach of the Rio Grande Silverados for the second half of the season.

''I never had any bad feelings,'' Rowland said of the Patroons snub. ''I wanted that job a few years ago but he (Coyne) felt I needed to get some more experience. I am more prepared than I would have been two years ago.''

In July, Coyne painted a dark picture for the Patroons future when he said the team needed to sell 650 season tickets to survive. At the time, there were approximately 60 sold. Last week, Coyne said there were more than 800 season tickets sold. Rowland said that number is approaching 1,000.

''We have taken care of the box office,'' he said. ''I knew that with all the years I was here as a player, being out in the community, it would pay off. People in Albany have always shown me support.''

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  COLOMBIA   


Marcus Flemming will arrive today for Bucaros - by Victor Garcia
Bucaros Freskaleche announced the arrival of american forward Marcus Flemming, Flemming will replace the injured Curtis Williams and will join Rogers Washington as the import tandem of Bucaros.
Bucaros has lost 2 games in the Cup, the last one against Ovni.
With Flemming and Washington Bucaros made a roster to challenge Arrieros the current leader of the Cup, both players will play its first game next weekend against Norte in Cucuta


Federation Cup 2008, Sept 16, Day 8 results - by Victor Garcia
Ovni Alcaldia de Tenjo give the biggest surprise of the day defeating Bucaros as visitor, Cesar Ordoez and Freddy Robinson leaded Ovni to the victory, Ordoez scored a career high of 32 pts, including 6- 3 ptrs in an great 13 of 17 from the field, Robinson was another headache for the Bucaros defense, Bucaros played without Curtis Williams and Ricardo Sanz, Cruz Salcedo again leaded Bucaros with 20 pts.
Bucaros Freskaleche 97- Cruz Salcedo 20 pts
Ovni Alcaldia de Tenjo 96- Cesar Ordonez 32 pts

Arrieros defeated Indervalle in the first overtime of the season, Indervalle did a great effort leading at the end of the first and third quarter, Arrieros played without E. Guevara, H, Bayona and N. Aragn, but Diego Guevara and Jermaine Walker carried the team to the victory, in Indervale Dajuan Gouard had a great night scoring 35 pts, but his effort was not enough.
Arrieros 97 - Diego Guevara 32 pts
Indervalle 96 - Dajuan Gouard 35 pts


Norte completed the couple of victories over Islanders in Cucuta, this time 85 74, the Islanders leaded at the end of the first half and tied at the end of the half, but foul problems of Alejandro Flores (4 fuols in the first two quarters) limited his help, Eleuterio Renteria was the best in Norte with 24 pts, and Kevin Sowell in Islanders with 26 pts
Norte de Santander 85 - Eleuterio Renteria 24 pts
Islanders Sopesa 74 - Kevin Sowell 26 pts


Patriotas give another hit to Piratas, defeating them 79 78 in the second game in Tunja, again Piratas fail in the end of the game, Ernesto Mijares leaded Patriotas.
Patriotas Proactiva 79
Piratas 78


Federation Cup 2008, Sept 15, Day 7 results - by Victor Garcia
Bucaros defeated Ovni in Bucaramanga, Bucaros played without Curtis Williams for his injury but still a good job of David Reyes with 20 points allow to the yellow team get the victory at home, in Ovni Jose Lopez had 17 pts.
Bucaros Freskaleche 77 Adan Reyes 20 pts
Ovni Alcaldia de Tenjo 68 Jos Lopez 17 pts


Arrieros won again, Indervalle fall in Medellin 81 68, Diego Guevara leaded the green team with 20 pts, George Baker score 17 for Indervalle
Arrieros 81 Diego Guevara 20 pts
Indervalle 68 George Baker 17 pts


Norte de Santander cotinued second in the standings, on Monday night defeated Islanders Sopesa 87 81, Edgar Moreno one more time was the guide of Norte and finished with 20 pts, Islanders Stalin Ortiz scored 24
Norte de Santander 87 Edgar Moreno 20 pts
Islanders Sopesa 81 Stalin Ortiz 24

Patriotas Proactiva defeated Piratas in Tunja, the seventh fall in a row for Piratas, and the second victory for Patriotas, Piratas is at the bottom of the standings without victories, Wilson Candelo scored 17 for Patriotas and Patrick Culver 15 for Piratas
Patriotas Proactiva 67 Wilson Candelo 17 pts
Piratas 65 Patrick Culver 15 pts


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  CROATIA   


Friendly games - by Eurobasket News
Svjetlost Slavonski Brod participates on tournament Sloga 2008 in Kraljevo recording one win and one defeat so far. In the first game Svjetlost face with runner-up in Serbian as well as in Adriatic league Hemofarm Stada suffering serious defeat. Serbian team demonstrated much better performance finishing this game 102-57. Marko Raic (192-G-87) was the best player in Svjetlost scoring 15 points. Paolo Ticina (195-G-85) was the last one with double figures adding 11 points. Team of head coach Edi Dzelalija participates on this tournament without Krunoslav Rimac (195-G-84).
In second game Svjetlost celebrated against Macedonian team Rabotnicki 73-69. It means that Raic and his teammates will fight for position number four tomorrow.

In the meantime Cibona Zagreb went to Porec where it will play two exhibition games against Triumph Lyubertsy and Ukrainian Dniprodonetsk. After that Cibona will return to Zagreb where it will host Belgian Charleroi. One of the last checks before the beginning of Adriatic league will be tournament in St.Petersburg.

Split also departs on mini tour. The team will play three games in Italy and Slovenia. The first one will be against Scavolini in Pesaro. After that, Split will go to Lasko for friendlies against Krka Novo Mesto and Cedevita. From 27th to 28th of September Split will participate on memorial tournament Mirza Delibasic in Sarajevo.


Cibona outplays Triumph Lyubertsy in a friendly - by Eurobasket News
Cibona Zagreb celebrated against Russian team Triumph Lyubertsy 76-68 in a friendly game, which was played today in Porec.

Russians once again played without its most expensive acquisition Nenad Krstic. However, Triumph dominated at the beginning of the game creating plus 8 very soon. It was a sign for players of head coach Velimir Perasovic to wake up, what they immediately done. Cibona put some pressure on Triumph's guards at the defensive end while on the other side Davor Kus (190-G-78) and Earl Calloway (190-G-83, college: Indiana) drained few shots on the other side. It resulted with 37-33 for the hosts after 20 minutes. Cibona continued in the same rhythm after the breather. Triumph tried to do something though Marcus Goree (201-F-77, agency: Passing Lane, college: W.Virginia) and Ognjen Askrabic (207-C/F-79) but Croatians managed to keep their lead. At the end they celebrated solid 76-68 against Russians, which have a way bigger budget than ex Euroleague from Croatia.

Davor Kus once again shined in Cibona adding 18 points. Earl Calloway had 14 while Vedran Vukusic (203-F-82, college: Northwestern) scored 10 points. It is important news for Cibona that Damir Markota (209-C/F-85) successfully return on the court after knee injury nailing 10 points. Marcus Goree was better than the others in Triumph netting 21 points. Sergei Toporov (197-F-81) had 16 while Ognjen Askrabic followed with 13 points.

Cibona Zagreb: Troha 2, Andric 8, Princ, Earl Calloway 14, Vedran Vukusic 10, Davor Kus 18, Longin 3, Prkacin 5, Rozic 6, Damir Markota 10, Zubcic, Kastorpil, Kruslin.
Triumph Lyubertsy: Panin 3, Sergei Toporov 16, Dmitriev 4, Likhoday 3, Marcus Goree 21, Myloserdov 2, Romanov, Vyaltsev 4, Karasev, Ognjen Askrabic 13, Romanov, Sergeev.


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  CYPRUS   


A coach with an excellent record, never been called in the National Basketball team!!! - by Nasios Orinos
Coach Costas Englezos knows what it feels to be disregarded, despite having achieved more than his colleagues did. The 40 year-old coach reached the pinnacle of Cyprus mens basketball when in 1987-1988, against APOEL, he scored 15 out of 20 three-point shots, an amazing 75%, holding this way the world record (except NBA).

He has been coaching basketball in Keravnos Strovolou since 2001. For a strange reason though, has never been called at any level of the Cyprus National team. Despite the fact that he has probably won more titles than any of the other coaches who have ever coached in the national team he is wondering why. To be honest, I have no idea, Kostas said to eurobasket.com.

Taking a closer look at his record, Kostas Englezos is a terrific talent. He has won 15 titles in the ages up to 19, all in the last 7 years. Specifically, he has won:

1 championship in the ages up to 14 (2007-2008)
5 championships in the ages of 15-16 (2001-2007)
3 championships in the ages of 17-19 (2004-2006) & (2007-2008)
2 cups in the ages of 17-19 (2005-2007)
4 special cups in the ages of 17-19 (2003-2007)

Finally, through his years in Keravnos he managed to develop very good players, all who have been top in their league. One of them, Christopher Razis, aged 19, was even called in the Mens National Team this past summer. It was very tough and required a great effort. I have spent many hours in the gym, Kostas told us.

When you have a record like this it is disappointing to stay away. To cut the story short Kostas Englezos has 15 titles in his resume and all in just 7 years, but never coached a single hour in the Cyprus National team, at any level. Why?


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Great Britain deserved Eurobasket 2009 in Poland - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic-Great Britain 63:67

Great Britain wins the fourth in a row after the first loss in Israel in the start of the Eurobasket qualifications. Great Britain deserved Eurobasket 2009 in Poland as the team sealed first place in Group D of Division A. Pardubice and Czech Republic could not upset the favorites at home losing to them 63:67. Luol Deng (201-F-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Duke) paced all the winners with 21 points. Nate Reinking (183-G-73, college: Kent St.) nailed 20, while Mensah-Bonsu had 9 points and 12 boards. Jiri Welsch (198-F-80) top-scored in defeat with 28 points and Jiri Hubalek (209-C-82, agency: Interperformances) posted 7.
Jiri Hubalek scored first points for the hosts as they won the opening tip of the game. Luol Deng tied at 10:10 and only then Great Britain went on a lead. Kotas was the last to score in the first period for 20:21. The score was tied four times in the second period but Luol Deng disagreed with it. He poured in 8 points in the end of the second period making 2 threes and one two. It was him to make a jump-shot after 20 minutes played.
Czech Republic trailed in the whole third period and lost it 13:17. Nate Reinking brought his team 53:47 advantage after thirty minutes of the game. Satoransky buried a three-pointer to give the Czechs a 63:60 advantage in the last stanza. Unfortunately for the hosts those points were last for them in the game. After the Czechs missed, they fouled Midgley and he was only able to convert the second for a 65:63 advantage with 10 seconds to go. Great Britain finished the game with 7-0 to grab the first ticket from Group D.

Czech Republic: Jiri Welsch 28, Jiri Hubalek 7
Great Britain: Luol Deng 21, Nate Reinking 20, Mensah-Bonsu 9+12 rebs


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  DENMARK   


Denmark loses to Netherlands, slip to 0-3 in Group A - by Eurobasket News
Denmark - Netherlands 64:79

Netherlands did a good job of keeping Denmark winless as they held off them in Aarhus today. The win marked a 3-1 record for Dutch team as they stood at the helm in Group A. Denmark remained at the bottom of the ladder hopeless. Denmark opened the game aggressively trying to forget the previous two defeats in EuroBasket Division B action. They jumped to an early lead and maintained it well throughout the opening frame. Bilal Clarance (195-G/F-79, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: NW Missouri St.) secured 8 points in the term and the hosts enjoyed a 22:19 lead. However the visitors opened the second quarter with 5 straight points and surged in front for the first time in the game. The lead changed hands for several times before Christoffersen sealed the first half outcome at 39:34 for Danish team. Holland used an 11:1 surge midway through the third quarter to race in front and accumulate a 6-point lead. The home side cut the distance back to 2 points early in the fourth quarter however Arvin Slagter (190-G-85) and Kees Akerboom (199-F-83, agency: Court Side) quickly restored a comfortable advantage and Netherlands cruised to the win at the end. Peter Van Paassen (210-C/F-78, agency: Court Side, college: St.Bonaventure) led the winners with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Kees Akerboom added 16 points, while Bryan Defares (192-G-81, agency: Court Side, college: Boise St.) and Arvin Slagter dropped 10 points each in the win. Bilal Clarance replied with 15 points. Nicolai Iversen (204-F-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: San Jose City JC) had 13 points and 9 rebounds in defeat.
Denmark will play against Montenegro on the road on Saturday.

Denmark: Bilal Clarance 15, Nicolai Iversen 13
Netherlands: Peter Van Paassen 19, Kees Akerboom 16, Bryan Defares 10, Arvin Slagter 10


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  ESTONIA   


Estonia tries hard, but Riga sees another win of the local team - by Eurobasket News
Latvia-Estonia 72:67

Latvia reached the fourth win in EuroBasket qualifying Group B. Thanks however to Estonia that lost in the game that predicted a bigger loss in Riga. Estonia fell at 1-4 in the group after 67:72 defeat and sent Latvia to the top position. Andris Biedrins (213-C-86) led the winners with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Kaspars Berzins (211-F/C-85, agency: FCM) netted 13, whilst Janis Blums (190-G-82) posted 10. Kristjan Kangur (202-F-82) had a great night for the visitors providing 21 points and 14 boards, Janar Talts (205-C-83) and Gert Kullamae (198-G/F-71) added 10 apiece.
Two teams settled down in different places of the group and Latvia was expected to have a massive win. That is what the team started to do in the opening quarter winning the first period 20:10. Valters's three gave the hosts 27:16 in the middle of the second. Cipruss made a dunk and then sent the teams to the lockers from the free throw line for 38:29.
With 17:15 Latvia reached 55:44 in the end of the third quarter and remained hot in the game. The hosts appeared to be in command at 58:44 early in the fourth quarter but Estonia clawed back the deficit and took a 65:64 lead after a pair of Janar Talts free throws. Latvia was shocked but quickly answered with 8-0 run to seal the fourth win in the group. Portugal face Macedonia later tonight in another game of the group.

Latvia: Andris Biedrins 16+8 rebs, Kaspars Berzins 13, Janis Blums 10
Estonia: Kristjan Kangur 21+14 rebs, Janar Talts 10, Gert Kullamae 10


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Standings Div.A (Men)
Standings
Group A
1. Serbia6-1
2. Bulgaria4-3
3. Italy4-4
4. Finland2-5
5. Hungary2-5
Group B
1. Latvia4-1
2. FYR Macedo.3-2
3. Portugal2-3
4. Estonia1-4
Group C
1. Turkey5-0
2. France3-2
3. Ukraine1-4
4. Belgium1-4
Group D
1. U.Kingdom4-1
2. Israel2-3
3. Bosnia2-3
4. Czech Repu.2-3


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  FINLAND   


More than 15000 spectators enjoy Serbian qualification to Poland - by Eurobasket News
Serbia-Finland 92:66

Serbia clinched the top position in Group A of European qualifications. The team defeated Finland 92:66 in Belgrade with more than 15000 fans supporting the team. Finland could not stay even in the second period as they lost it 11:28. Zoran Erceg (211-C/F-85) led the winners with 21 points. Uros Tripkovic (196-G-86) netted 13, while Nenad Krstic (214-C-83) scored 12. Jukka Matinen (203-F-78) ended up with 12 points in defeat and Petri Virtanen (183-G-80) scored 11.
The start of the game did not predict a massive loss from the guests. Finland led the game in the opening quarter and only lost the point at the end of it. Uros Tripkovic made a jump-shot for 18:17 advantage after the first 10 minutes. Ulander scored for 25:24 but then Finland missed a 0-10 run from the hosts. Italians looked very good in the second period and won it 28:11. Mottola closed the halftime at 46:28 as the teams had some time for the break.
The game was almost done for the Serbian team but they had to prove their ambitions for the top place. Petri Virtanen and Jukka Matinen brought Finland to minus 8 with 2 minutes in the third. Tepic calmed them down to 67:52 after thirty minutes of the game. In the last period the hosts were dominating the court as they realized the win would give them the ticket to Poland Eurobasket 2009. They led to 25:14 in the last stanza and sealed 92:66 victory.

Serbia: Zoran Erceg 21, Uros Tripkovic 13, Nenad Krstic 12
Finland: Jukka Matinen 12, Petri Virtanen 11


KORISLIIGA: Pyrinto will start with two American players - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Pyrinto (Tampere) will start the 2008-09 season with two American players. One of them is not F Damon Williams (199-F-73, college: Colorado St.-Pueblo), who has transfered to KTP (Kotka) roster. Instead Pyrinto has inked with F Kevin Smith (198-F-79, college: Lee), who has played the last two seasons in New Zealand and earlier in Iceland.
UU-Korihait (Uusikaupunki) has now three American players. The newest signee is F Dale Lamberth (196-F-84, agency: Interperformances), who studied and played at Missouri State U. 2005-08 and averaged 14,5 ppg - 5,3 rpg as a Sr.


EUROBASKET: Serbia has won Group A - by Rauno Hurmalainen

EuroBasket, Division A. Qualifying Round, Group A: Serbia - Finland 92-66 (46-28). Quarters: 18-17, 28-11, 21-24, 25-14.
Serbia has won Group A and will play EuroBasket in Poland next year 2009. The home court advantage was this time 26 pts. Finland had won over Serbia
in Vantaa (30.8.) 80-77, but Serbia's 21-4 run during the last 5:37 minutes of the second quarter was too much for Finland. The numbers 25-24
were changed into 46-28 at the half break. Finland came once more back to the game (60-52) with 1:37 remaining of the third quarter, but Zoran Erzeg (21 pts)
and Nenad Krstic (214-C-83) (12) were too strong. Finland had three players in double figures: Jukka Matinen (203-F-78) (12), Petri Virtanen (183-G-80) (11) and Shawn Huff (198-G/F-84, college: Valparaiso) (10).

Italy - Bulgaria 82-81 (42-44). Quarters: 23-20, 19-24, 21-13, 19-24. I: Giuseppe Poeta (190-G-85) 21 pts. B: Todor Stoykov (198-G/F-77, agency: Interperformances) 19 pts. Next and last games: 20.9. Finland - Hungary, Bulgaria - Serbia.



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  FRANCE   


ASVEL returns Amara Sy from AEK Athens - by Eurobasket News
According to the official web site of ASVEL Villeurbanne, Amara Sy (202-F-81) will return to his ex team after one season in AEK Athens. Namely, Sy has a valid contract with AEK for one more year but according to Pierre Grall, executive director for ASVEL, French team already agreed terms with Sy. However, he didn't announce how big buy-out fee ASVEL will have to pay for returning of Sy. Pierre also stated he hopes this transaction will be successfully finished during the week.

Amara Sy played 25 games fo AEK in Greek A1 regular season averaging 9.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg and 1.2 apg. He also had 2 appearance in play-off and two in FIBA EuroCup adding around 5 ppg and 3.5 rpg. Before AEK, he spent two seasons in ASVEL and it's not all. From 1999-2002 Amara Sy also was a member of the team from Villeurbanne. In the meantime he played three years for Le Mans Sarthe Basket. During the 05/06 and 06/07 Sy was one of the best ASVEL's players. His average digits in all competitions (Pro A, ULEB Cup, FIBA EuroCup) were around 12 ppg and 3.5 rpg.

In 2004 Sy won French National Cup with Le Mans. Two years before, he grabbed the championship title but this time with ASVEL. At the same year ASVEL reached final of National Cup but didn't succeed to take it. He played for Mali on African Championship in 2001 and 2005.


France clinched second place in Group B - by Eurobasket News
France-Ukraine 87:83

France overcame Ukraine and clinched second place in Group B of European qualifications. Trailing 18:22 after the opening quarter Tony Parker (183-G-80) and Co were too good in the second and the third periods to seal 87:83 win. Tony Parker led the winners with 25 points and 5 rebounds. Stephen Brun (202-F-80) and Ronny Turiaf (208-C/F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) supported him with 11 points apiece for 3-2 record. Andriy Agafonov (207-F-86, agency: Interperformances) ended up with 22 points in defeat, while Rostyslav Kryvych (198-F/G-78) scored 19 as Ukraine dropped at 1-4.
Who could think that after 6-0 Ukraine would win the opening quarter by 4? Andriy Agafonov tied the game at 12:12 in the middle of the first quarter and it was him again for 22:18 at the end of it. Trailing 27:29 the hosts of the game improved to 34:29 as Tchicamboud made his second free throw. Butskyy also from the line sent the teams to the lockers for 43:41.
Rostyslav Kryvych tied the game at 49:49 for both squads in the middle of the third. France produced a 7-0 run for 56:49 and had 67:59 after three quarters played. Gradit made it plus 14 and it seemed that the game was over. But following Gladyr three-ball, Andriy Agafonov split two free throws to cut the French lead to 76:75. Onufriyev sank two at the line to reduce the arrears to one yet again at 81:80 with less than three minutes to play. In the last seconds French players went to the free throw line for many times and could lead to 87:83 win.

France: Tony Parker 25+5 rebs, Stephen Brun 11, Ronny Turiaf 11
Ukraine: Andriy Agafonov 22, Rostyslav Kryvych 19


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  FYR MACEDONIA   


Enes Hadjibulic stays in CSU Brasov, Feni Industri in Samokov - by Eurobasket News
Macedonian Enes Hadjibulic (196-G-83, agency: Global Sports Plaza) decided to stay in Romania for at least one more season. Despite he had offer from Dinamo Bucharest, Hadjibulic joined other Division A team CSU Brasov.
Last season was pretty good for Hadjubulic as at the end of it he was named 'Eurobasket.com Romanian League All-Bosmans Team -08'. He averaged around 19 ppg in Division A. Before Dinamo Bucharest, Hadjubulic used to play for Vardar Osiguranje, Sigal Prishtina and Dukagjini Peje. With Vardar Osiguranje he won Macedonian National Cup in 2007. Two years before he grabbed the same trophy but in Kosovo with Sigal Prishtine. At the same season Prishtine became the domestic championship winner. It is not the only championship title of Kosovo for Hadjibulic. In 2004 he grabbed it with Giakove. Enes Hadjibulic grew up as a player in MZT Skopje. Except of Hadjubulic, CSU Brasov signed three more Americans for the upcoming seasons. There is a possibility that another Macedonian join the team very soon.

In the meantime Macedonian champion Feni Industri went to Samakov for international tournament. Except of the Feni, other participants of tournament is Samakov are Rilski Sportist, Spartak Pleven and Cherno More.


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  GEORGIA   


Sweden hold off determined Georgia - by Eurobasket News
Sweden - Georgia 61:59

Swedish National Team scored a narrow win over Georgia today to remain undefeated in EuroBasket in Division B campaign. They led by as many as 16 points in the fourth frame but nearly wasted it all before coming away with a last second victory. Both teams entered the game with perfect records and shared the top spot in Group C. The visitors got to a better start to the game and enjoyed a 15:5 lead midway through the starting period. However Kenny Grant (188-G-82, college: Davidson) nailed 7 points late in the quarter to draw things level at 18 after ten minutes of action. Sweden tipped off the second period with a 7:0 surge to jump in front. The hosts dominated in the period and cleared off to an 11-point buffer at halftime 42:31. Kenny Grant stretched the margin to 13 points at the start of the third frame and the home team maintained the margin throughout the quarter. But Georgia were not done just yet. Boisa nailed 4 points to ignite a 10:0 rally from the visitors as they cut the deficit to 7 points with under 4 minutes to go. George Tsintsadze (192-G-86) and Viktor Sanikidze (203-F-86, agency: Life Sports) shaved it to 4 points with 80 seconds remaining and then Tyrone Ellis (193-G-77, college: S.Nazarene) hit one from beyond the arc to make it a 59:60 game with 17 seconds on the clock. But Kenny Grant converted a freebie, while Tyrone Ellis committed a turnover sealing the win for Sweden in the game. Kenny Grant led balanced Swedish offense with 11 points. Jonathan Skjoldebrand (203-C/F-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services) added 9 points and 7 rebounds, while Per Ringstrom (206-F-81, agency: Rasmussen Services) knocked down 7 points and collected 9 caroms for the winners. Viktor Sanikidze led all scorers with 19 points and 10 rebounds. George Tsintsadze had 12 points and 9 assists in defeat.

Sweden: Kenny Grant 11, Jonathan Skjoldebrand 9, Per Ringstrom 7
Georgia: Viktor Sanikidze 19+10 boards, George Tsintsadze 12


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  GERMANY   


Jason Gardner gets a contract extension - by Manuel Schust
EWE Baskets Oldenburg extended the contract with american playmaker Jason Gardner (178-G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona). The 27-year old Point Guard signed a new contract and will remain with the team until 2010.
After a successful college career with Arizona, Gardner made his first overseas experiences in Slovenia, Belgium and Israel. In 2006 he joined BBL club Telekom Baskets Bonn and had an impressive first year in Germany averaging 14.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. Last season Gardner joined Oldenburg and was one of the main reasons Oldenburg advanced to the semi-finals for the first time in the club's history. In 42 games with the team from northern Germany Gardner produced 13.0 points, 2.8 rebounds an 4.3 assists.


Huber-Saffer from Heidelberg to Wedel - by Moritz Korff
Peter Huber-Saffer (208-C-80, agency: Court Side) has joined SC Rist Wedel (Regionalliga North) for the 2008-09 season. The 27-year-old Center and former German A2-international led USC Heidelberg (2. Bundesliga Pro A) in points and rebounds per game in this past season. In 30 encounters of the Pro A-league he scored 15.0 points per contest and pulled down 8.2 boards a game. He was named to the 2007-08 Eurobasket.com All-2. Bundesliga Pro A Second Team and the All-Domestic Players Team. Huber-Saffer leaves Heidelberg after a two-year stint.

Al Elliott joins Karlsruhe to replace Russell - by Moritz Korff
Al Elliott (188-G-79, agency: Prime Select Sports, college: Pace) has committed to BG Karlsruhe (2. Bundesliga Pro A). The 29-year-old Guard signed a contract for one year. Karlsruhe's club-officials were looking to add a new playmaker, because initially hired LyRyan Russell (183-G-79, college: USF) had health problems and therefore was unable to compete.
Elliott has spent his entire career as a professional basketball player in Germany. He left Pace University (NCAA2) in 2002 and suited up for several different German clubs in the following years, including Tuebingen, Jena and mostly recently Bremen. In 2006-07 he led Jena to the championship title in the 2. Bundesliga and promotion to the first league. In October 07 he joined back the Roosters and appeared 25 games for the Bremen team until the end of this past season, averaging 18 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.2 assists per contest.


Goettingen adds Lee and Little to the roster - by Manuel Schust
Just days before the season starts, BG 74 Goettingen announced the signing of two new players: Charles Lee (192-G/F-84, college: Bucknell) and John Little (180-G-84, college: N.Iowa) will wear a purple jersey.
Head coach John Patrick had Lee on his wish-list for some time. The 23-year old american has already proved that he can compete in Europe. Last season he averaged 10.1 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.9 steals per game in Belgium for VOO Verviers-Pepinster.
John Little comes straight out of college and spent the last 4 years with Northern Iowa University. The 23-year old was a teammate of Goettingen's Ben Jacobson (188-G-83, agency: Octagon, college: N.Iowa) and was known to be one of the toughest defenders in the conference.
John Patrick said what he likes about the addition of Lee and Little is that their team becomes more athletic and this gives them versatility.


EJ Rowland(Telekom Baskets Bonn)interview - by Miles Scheuber
Hi EJ, thanks for taking some time to talk to eurobasket.com. How was your summer? What part of your game did you work at most?

My summer seemed like it went really fast, but I enjoyed being back home in California. I want to be more of a consistent outside threat, so my jump shot was what I what I worked on most.

After the success with the Artland Dragons winning the cup, was it difficult leaving that team especially with great character players like Darius Hall?

Yes it was hard leaving Artland, because I met some good people in my time out there. I was very close with my team mates last year and the town showed very good support for the team. I still stay in touch with some of my previous team mates.


Having coming from the bench for Artland, you will have the starting point guard position. Do you feel added pressure because now you will run the team and be expected to perform.


I see this as a great opportunity for me. I've been wanting this kind of situation so I can show what I can do. My role in Artland didn't exactly portray everything I can bring to a team.

How has training camp been? What has been the most difficult adjustment for you in Bonn?


Training camp was good, since we went away for a week, it forced me and my team mates to bond and possibly come together quicker than if we stayed in Bonn. There hasn't really been any issues with me adjusting. Since Bonn is bigger than Quakenbruck I guess finding my way around has taken longer to adjust to than last year.


The team reached the BBl final last season plus will be playing in the new Telekom Dome. There will be added pressure to have success. How good do you see Bonn being this season?


I truly feel that if we continue to gel and grow as a team we can be very good.


How is the chemistry shaping up in the team? How do get along best with?

We have a great bunch of guys that are easy to get along with, so I get along with everybody.


How is your relationship with coach Michael Koch? He is a very fair coach but expects a lot from his players.


I'm still getting acquainted to coach Koch and his style, but all coaches at this level expect a lot from their players, so that shouldn't be a problem. Coach was a great guard himself, so I'm excited about getting the chance to learn from him.


What is the biggest difference between coach Flemming and coach Koch?


I can't really answer that question at this point. I know both coaches have different personalities, but they are both winners and are very knowledgeable about the game.


Bonn is known for playing a stingy defense but can also rack up the points on offense. With Winsome Frazier and Brandon Bowmann, you have two scoring machines. Will that be enough, or will the team need to develop another scorer?


I'm pretty sure it won't be enough if only these two guys are scoring, but I don't think it will be a problem. We have some guys that should surprise some people this season.


With Brandon Bowman, you have a player who tore up the D-league averaging 19 points and eight rebounds per game. Could he be the x-factor for the season?


Brandon Bowmen is a matchup problem for a lot of teams because of his agility and ability to handle the ball at his size. He should be a dangerous player in this league.

You are a player that penetrates first and shoots second. You may not like to shoot first, but you still had a very respectable field goal percentage last season at Artland at 52%. Is your shot selection the result of your high field goal percentage?


Shot selection was probably a big factor in my percentage last year, but some of that was due to my role in that team. I'm eager for the opportunity to show more this season.


Two years ago, you played in Australia for the Townsville Crocodilles. What kind of experience was it for you playing down under?


It was very good for me at the time. It was my first time being away from home for that long and it was good that I was in an English speaking country. I also met plenty of good people out there.



How popular is Basketball in Australia?


Its not quite as popular as rugby, but we had great fans and a nice following.


What is the one thing that you will always remember about Australia?

The weather, the seasons are opposite to what I'm used to, so its summer during basketball season. I had never thought about sun and beaches during basketball season.



Who was the best player that you played against in college at St Marys?


Thats a tough one. I've played plenty of good players in college. Rodney Carney, who was at Memphis at this time, really killed us in Madison Square Garden my senior year.


What would you like to do after your playing career?


Spend time with my family and help give kids from my area opportunities to do something positive with their lives.


What are your hobbies?


Listen to music, watch movies, hang with friends, surfing the net.


Thanks EJ for the chat and good luck this season in Bonn!Danke!


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  GREECE   


Panellinios inks Sioutis - by Chris Mammides

A1
Head Coach Elias Zouros and Panellinios Athens have agreed to add in the force the veteran point guard, Giannis Sioutis (184-G-73). Giannis Sioutis played last seazon with the yellow jersey of AEK Athens. The veteran player will definetely help the team of Panellinios Athens with his experience and his very good organisational skills.

A2
Ilysiakos Athens agreed financial terms with the French Duke Tshomba (196-G/F-78, college: Wichita St.).
B
' Division
AO Sporting Athens agreed financial terms with Giannis Stamopoulos (199-G-84)



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  HOLLAND   


Denmark loses to Netherlands, slip to 0-3 in Group A - by Eurobasket News
Denmark - Netherlands 64:79

Netherlands did a good job of keeping Denmark winless as they held off them in Aarhus today. The win marked a 3-1 record for Dutch team as they stood at the helm in Group A. Denmark remained at the bottom of the ladder hopeless. Denmark opened the game aggressively trying to forget the previous two defeats in EuroBasket Division B action. They jumped to an early lead and maintained it well throughout the opening frame. Bilal Clarance (195-G/F-79, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: NW Missouri St.) secured 8 points in the term and the hosts enjoyed a 22:19 lead. However the visitors opened the second quarter with 5 straight points and surged in front for the first time in the game. The lead changed hands for several times before Christoffersen sealed the first half outcome at 39:34 for Danish team. Holland used an 11:1 surge midway through the third quarter to race in front and accumulate a 6-point lead. The home side cut the distance back to 2 points early in the fourth quarter however Arvin Slagter (190-G-85) and Kees Akerboom (199-F-83, agency: Court Side) quickly restored a comfortable advantage and Netherlands cruised to the win at the end. Peter Van Paassen (210-C/F-78, agency: Court Side, college: St.Bonaventure) led the winners with 19 points and 8 rebounds. Kees Akerboom added 16 points, while Bryan Defares (192-G-81, agency: Court Side, college: Boise St.) and Arvin Slagter dropped 10 points each in the win. Bilal Clarance replied with 15 points. Nicolai Iversen (204-F-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: San Jose City JC) had 13 points and 9 rebounds in defeat.
Denmark will play against Montenegro on the road on Saturday.

Denmark: Bilal Clarance 15, Nicolai Iversen 13
Netherlands: Peter Van Paassen 19, Kees Akerboom 16, Bryan Defares 10, Arvin Slagter 10


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  ICELAND   


Montenegro earn the third consecutive win in Division B - by Eurobasket News
Iceland - Montenegro 66:80

Montenegro overcame Iceland in Reykjavik today to remain upbeat in EuroBasket Division B action. It was the third straight win for Montenegrin team as they secured the top spot in Group A. Iceland suffered their second loss in three outings. Vlado Scepanovic (198-G-75) produced 16 points to lead Montenegro to another positive result. Goran Jeretin (192-G-79, agency: Beo Basket) knocked down 12 points, while Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) finished with 11 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Jon Stefansson (195-G-82) had game-high 20 points to pace Iceland.
Stefanson nailed 6 points for Iceland early in the game to put them in the driving seat. However the visitors answered with an 8:0 surge and raced in front. Vlado Scepanovic came up with a bunch of free throws late in the quarter and Montenegro led 22:14 at the first break. Goran Jeretin stretched the margin to 10 points at the start of the second frame. The lead ballooned to 23 points at halftime as Montenegro took control over the game. Iceland never came back to life in the third quarter and the visitors stayed in charge heading into the fourth term ahead 62:41. Nikola Pekovic and Maras extended the gap to 25 points before Iceland went on some kind of a comeback rally. They posted a 14:5 run to trim the distance to 16 points. Montenegro had did not panic and easily ensured the winning outcome in the remaining minutes.
Iceland visit Austria, while Montenegro host Denmark in the next round.

Iceland: Jon Stefansson 20, Logi Gunnarsson (190-G-81, agency: CAA Sports) 11
Montenegro: Vlado Scepanovic 16, Goran Jeretin 12, Nikola Pekovic 11


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  ISRAEL   


Israeli trio led the team to a win over Bosnia - by Eurobasket News
Israel -Bosnia and Herzegovina 88:74

Israel overcame Bosnia and Herzegovina at home tonight to remain alive for the second ticket from EuroBasket qualifying Group D. Israel improved to 2-3 record after 88:74 victory in Tel Aviv with 6000 fans support. Yotam Halperin (196-G-84, agency: Arik Krayn Services) paced all the winners with 22 points, 5 assists and 4 boards. Lior Eliyahu (205-F-85, agency: ZAG Advocates) collected 21 points and 17 rebounds, whilst Meir Tapiro (194-G-75, agency: Avi Zilberman) added 19. Goran Ikonic (196-G-80) netted 17 in defeat and Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket) scored 13. Israel will go into their last qualifying game on Saturday at home to the Czech Republic looking to win and finish 3-3, and Bosnia and Herzegovina will also go for a third win at home against Great Britain.
Bosnia and Herzegovina started much better and led in the whole first period. Kikanovic made a shot from the arc for 24:19 for the hosts. It was him again to give Bosnia 28:21 in the beginning of the second. Lior Eliyahus dunk brought the hosts to 34:35, but they could not stay tough at the end of the half. Bosnia and Herzegovina tied the second period at 21:21 that gave them 45:40 at the halftime.
Another Israel came back from the lockers as the team realized they had nothing to lose in the game. Lior Eliyahu gave the hosts 52:51 lead and Meir Tapiro scored for 65:59 at the end of the third. Israel found its game and won also the fourth quarter, 23:15. As a total the hosts celebrated 88:74 victory to stay alive for the second place.

Israel: Yotam Halperin 22+5 ast+4 rebs, Lior Eliyahu 21+17 rebs, Meir Tapiro 19
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Goran Ikonic 17, Kenan Bajramovic 13


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  ITALY   


Napoli will start from -15 - by Gianni Pascucci
A story of false tax receipts discovered some month ago causes the yesterday evening convinction of Serie A club Basket Napoli The Italian League Justice sentenced that the team will start next season from -15 in classification, and this could mean that we have yet the name of one of the two teams relegated to Lega 2 at the end of the race. Of course, the team will appeal to this decision and could also be sanctioned in a lighter way, but it is very hard to start season with this kind of 'ballast' aboard..

Sylvere Bryan signs with Roseto - by Interperformances
The Dominican center Sylvere Bryan (208-C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Tampa) (208-C-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Tampa), who holds a French passport and that last year helped the team Scandone Avellino to win the Italian cup, just signed a deal with the Italian Legadue club Roseto. He will be at coach Tony Trullo's disposal starting from today.

Sylvere is so joining another Interperformances player, the Brazilian point guard with Italian passport 'Fulvio' de Assis (185-G-81, agency: Interperformances), who entered the Italian league last July.


Italy beat Bulgaria for the fourth win in Group A - by Eurobasket News
Italy-Bulgaria 82:81

Italian National team improved to 4-4 in Group A after a win over Bulgaria in Torino. Italian team sent the opponents to 4-3 record after 82:81 victory. Todor Stoykov (198-G/F-77, agency: Interperformances) tied the game at 81:81 but Cittadini made one of two free throws with 12 seconds left and Bulgaria didn't have another chance to score. Giuseppe Poeta (190-G-85) paced all the winners with 21 points. Marco Mordente (191-G-79) nailed 17, while Valerio Amoroso (202-F-80) scored 15. Todor Stoykov top-scored for Bulgaria with 19 points, while Ivanov, posted 14.
The guests opened the game with 5-0 run and desired a win more than the hosts. Italy replied with 11-0 run to prove the opposite as he teams finished the middle of the opening quarter. Jaaber closed the first period for 23:20 for the Italian squad. In the second stanza Bulgaria led in the majority f the period and remained in front at the halftime. Angelov with a lay-up brought 44:42 for the guests after 20 minutes played.
Another Italy came back from the lockers as they scored the first ten points at the half for 52:44. Bulgaria could not recover in the period and only Kostov reduced it to 63:57 after the third period. Italy stayed in front in the last quarter as well, but the most interesting moments were left for the last seconds. Giuseppe Poeta scored from the free throw line and then Cittadini made it 82:81 with 12 seconds to go. Bulgaria had a chance but could not score for the win.

Italy: Giuseppe Poeta 21, Marco Mordente 17, Valerio Amoroso 15
Bulgaria: Todor Stoykov 19, Ivanov, K. 14


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  LATVIA   


Estonia tries hard, but Riga sees another win of the local team - by Eurobasket News
Latvia-Estonia 72:67

Latvia reached the fourth win in EuroBasket qualifying Group B. Thanks however to Estonia that lost in the game that predicted a bigger loss in Riga. Estonia fell at 1-4 in the group after 67:72 defeat and sent Latvia to the top position. Andris Biedrins (213-C-86) led the winners with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Kaspars Berzins (211-F/C-85, agency: FCM) netted 13, whilst Janis Blums (190-G-82) posted 10. Kristjan Kangur (202-F-82) had a great night for the visitors providing 21 points and 14 boards, Janar Talts (205-C-83) and Gert Kullamae (198-G/F-71) added 10 apiece.
Two teams settled down in different places of the group and Latvia was expected to have a massive win. That is what the team started to do in the opening quarter winning the first period 20:10. Valters's three gave the hosts 27:16 in the middle of the second. Cipruss made a dunk and then sent the teams to the lockers from the free throw line for 38:29.
With 17:15 Latvia reached 55:44 in the end of the third quarter and remained hot in the game. The hosts appeared to be in command at 58:44 early in the fourth quarter but Estonia clawed back the deficit and took a 65:64 lead after a pair of Janar Talts free throws. Latvia was shocked but quickly answered with 8-0 run to seal the fourth win in the group. Portugal face Macedonia later tonight in another game of the group.

Latvia: Andris Biedrins 16+8 rebs, Kaspars Berzins 13, Janis Blums 10
Estonia: Kristjan Kangur 21+14 rebs, Janar Talts 10, Gert Kullamae 10


Barons beat Mykolaiv again - by Eurobasket News

Barons and Mykolaiv played another friendly last night. After Barons overcame Mykolaiv 85:77 in the first game, Latvian side was too good for the opponents in the second. The team controlled the majority of the game and dominated the court. The only thing task the Latvian side wanted to do, but did not was not reaching three digits numbers. Barons overcame Mykolaiv 99:70 but was happily satisfied with that. Bright led the winners with 20 points, while Armands Skele (192-G-83, agency: Agency No 10) natted 19. Demetrius Alexander (204-F/C-75, agency: CAA Sports, college: Alabama) posted 18, whilst Gustas Giedrius ended up with 15 points and 10 assists. Gilevic top-scored for the Ukrainian side with 20 points. Hlebovski netted 12 and Raevskiy together with Shepil addded 8.
Meanwhile all the participants are known for the upcoming BBL season (Baltic league). SEB BBL Elite Division will have Kaunas Zalgiris, Lietuvos Rytas, Siauliai, ASK Riga, Barons/LMT, Ventspils, Valmiera, Tallinn Kalev/Cramo, and Tartu Rock. By winning Challenge Cup tournament Kedainiai Nevezis obtained the 10th place.
In Challenge Cup there will be 10 teams: Neptunas, Aisciai/Atletas, Alytus, Arvi/Suduva, Sakalai, Techasas, VEF Riga, Liepajas Lauvas, Triobet/Dalkia, and TTU SK KK.The season will be opened with SEB BBL Presidents Cup. Two Lithuanian titans will compete with Latvian and Estonian Champions. The semi-finals of SEB BBL Presidents Cup are scheduled in Arena Riga on September 27th. The day after Arena Riga will see the finals of SEB BBL Presidents Cup.




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  LEBANON   


The Lebanese Summer League is on - by Asia-Basket Lebanon

The first Lebanese Basketball Summer League started on September 16th, This Summer league will joins Lebanese Clubs, the Egyptian Academy and MESM Team (Team joining players from Europe and the United States).


The teams will be divided into two groups:


A: Sagesse , Lebanese U18 National Team , Feytroun, Kahraba,Egyptian Academy.
B: LAU, Antranik , Moutahed, Blue Stars, MESM.

The teams in each group will play each other, the first two teams in each Group will qualify to the semi final.

In the opener of the tournament Sagesse had a big start against the Lebanese U18 National Team and had a very convincing game on the score of 112-65.

Best Scorers:
Sagesse : Joe Ghatass (25pts) , U18 NT : Micheal Nar ( 18pts)

Q1: 22-17 Q2: 45-29 Q3: 78-54 Q4: 112-65

In the second game of the First day, LAU met against Moutahed , Mouatehd had some changes in their roster in the off season by adding some new names Mazen Mneimneh , Mario Abboud ,. The game was a very close one, LAU had in their roster 1 American player Lavo Postell who played in the NBA.
The game was very close throughout all its minutes , but the big experience of lats years Finalist managed to give them the first win the Summer Legaue on the score of 53-49.

Q1 :18-11 Q2:31-20 Q3:38-31 Q4:53-49

The summer League will continue till September 26 .



Federation Decisions - by Hassan Thini
The general committee of the lebanese basketball federation held an
exceptional meeting on Tuesday ,September 16th, in the presence of the majority of the federation members.
After discussing the scheduled points, they took the following decisions:
1- Approving both the financial and the administral announcements presented by the general secretary and distributing them
to the generalcommittee to discuss them later in order to be approved.
2- Allowing two foreign players to play for every premeire league team under the condition that one of the players most have not played for his national team
to maintain the chance of giving him the Lebanese nationality. The federation promised to provide each club with fifteen thousnad dollars during the season to help n thisprocess.
3- Nicely demanding every premeire league team to form under seventeen & under fifteen men teams; and the federation will contibute by
six thousand dollas every year.
4- Signing a sponsorship contract with the Lebanese Emirates Bank for seventy five thousnad dollars.
5- Launching the premeire league championship for men for the season 08,09 on October 1st .


Latest News... - by Mohammed Malas
- The Lebanese basketball federation announced that they agreed terms with Aaron McCarthy from USA to be the coach of the Lebanese Men National Team for the upcoming period...

McCarthy's successful career in Europe encouraged the members of the federation as he was named as best coach in Finland 3 consecutive seasons before heading to Germany for another success..The american coach's main mission is to make it to World Cup 2010 in Turkey...

- Alvin Sims (193-G/F-74, college: Louisville) may be the 1st import of Anibal Zahle according to some sources in the country..

Sims is familiar to lebanese basketball as he was part of Sagesse's roster in the past, He also played in other countries like France, Austria, Kuwait & UAE.

- Al Muttahed club will utilize the benifits of the american forward Tony Williams (202-F-78, agency: ACMT, college: Louisville) for next season, The player will arrive soon to lebanon to start trainings with the team...

Williams began his career in Europe in playing in Turkey then he went to play in Italy and France.


Standings - Division A
Div.A Standings
1. Al Riyadi 0-0
2. Moutahed 0-0
3. Antranik 0-0
4. Sagesse 0-0
5. Tebnine 0-0
6. Champville 0-0
7. Blue Stars 0-0
8. Feytroun 0-0


Standings - Div.1
Div.1 Standings
1. Kahraba 15-0
2. Club Central 0-0
3. Army 0-0
4. Animation 0-0
5. Hoops 0-0
6. Anibal * Zahle 0-0
7. St.Georges 0-0
8. ENB 0-0
9. Antonins 0-0
10. Ghazir 0-0
11. Tadamon 0-0
12. Homenetmen 0-0


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  LIBERIA   


3-on-3 basketball competition for Liberia soon - by Numennie Williams
An American based entertainment group Zound vision Entertainment in collaboration with the Liberia Basketball Federation (LBF) is expected to stage a big 3-on-3 basketball tournament at the Sports Commission on December 20.Speaking from his based in Atlanta Georgia a representative of Zound Vision Edwin Fahnbulleh said this competition is common in American , but will be new in Liberia and the two institutions have targeted 32 teams for this one day competition. He said funds raised from the competition will be used to fix the VIP Stand of the Sports Commission which will include chairs, roof etc. He informed journalists that the competition will be opened to male and female and each team will comprise of four players which may include brothers, sisters, friends or schoolmates and will be played on a half court.
Also speaking the Secretary General of the Liberia Basketball Federation Fred Pratt said the winner will receive a giant size trophy and a set of jersey.

Varney Tulay (-88)


U-16 team returns without a win - by Numennie Williams
The Under 16 national basketball team of Liberia has returned home from the just ended African Youth Basketball Championship in Benin where she represented Liberia.
During the tournament Liberia lost all matches played and was rated 3rd in a three countries competition. In the opening of the competition on August 27, Liberia narrowly fell to host Benin 51-56 points in a match that was full of excitement. Liberias Muna Kimber scored 21 points and was the highest scorer of the match. Liberia again went down to Nigeria in game two 90-43 points in a match the Nigerian dominated during the four quarters. The tournament which was played on a round robin basis saw Liberia going down to Benin 65-57 points.
Liberia Muna Kimber was the highest scorer in that match. She scored 31 points with 7 rebounds. Liberia again went down Nigeria 72-32 point.



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  LITHUANIA   


Zalgiris Kaunas extends veteran Eurelijus Zukauskas - by Eurobasket News
Lithuanian and Baltic league champion re-signed big guy Eurelijus Zukauskas (218-C-73, agency: Interperformances) for one more year. 35-year old Zukauskas appeared 19 times in Euroleague last season averaging 3.6 ppg and 4.4 rpg. He ended it as a second best shot-blocker with 1.4 bpg. He was in a starting five in each of these 19 games. Slightly better digits Zukauskas registered in Lithuanian as well as in Baltic league. Except of two above mentioned trophies, Zalgiris also captured another one last season - Lithuanian National Cup. Zukauskas return to his Zalgiris last summer, after he spent seven seasons out of it. He led Zalgiris to Euroleague title in 1999 and he was honored for that as one of the club's basketball legends. In 1998 and 1999 Zalgiris also won championship titles in domestic league.
Except of Zalgiris and Lietuvos Rytas, Eurelijus Zukauskas used to play for Fortitudo Bologna, Lokomotiv Rostov, Unics Kazan, Ulker and Olympiacos. He helped Lithuanian National Team to grab the Gold on European Championship 2003 in Sweden. He also had important role when the team won Bronzes at the Olympics in 1996 and 2000. He was elected in the second round on NBA draft 1996 by Seattle Supersonics but he never had any official appearances overseas. On season 03/04 Zukauskas won FIBA Europe league with Russian UNICS Kazan.


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  LUXEMBOURG   


Slovakia victimize Luxembourg in Levice - by Eurobasket News
Slovakia - Luxembourg 110:67

Slovakia found just the right opponent to open their winning record at the EuroBasket in Division B tournament. They heavily defeated visiting Luxembourg in scorcher today to gain their first win in Group C. Luxembourg remained winless at 0-3.
Slovakia did not wait for too long to show their ambitions in this one. They opened the game with an 8:0 run to go in front. Luxembourg cut the deficit to 4 points midway through the period however Slovakia persisted and piled up a 15-point advantage after the first quarter. Peter Rajniak (196-G-81, college: Cal.Baptist) nailed 13 points for the visitors in the second frame but it did not help his team to cut the distance. Slovakia stretched the margin to 22 points at the sides change.
The hosts tipped off the second half with an 11:0 run to accumulate a safe 33-point lead. Peter Rajniak remained on fire for Luxembourg as he dragged his side within 29 points from the home team. Slovakia entertained the home crowd in the fourth term surpassing a 100-mark and sealing a solid victory.
Richard Lesko (204-F-81, college: Ill.-Chicago) netted 17 points to lead Slovakian balanced offense. Peter Sedmak (203-C-85) added 16 points, while Martin Sykora (190-G/F-81) nailed 14 points and collected 8 rebounds for the winners. Peter Rajniak dropped game-high 21 points for Luxembourg. Martin Rajniak (205-F-78, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: CSU Bakersfield) secured 18 points and 12 boards in defeat. Slovakia will travel to Ireland, while Luxembourg will host Sweden on Saturday.

Slovakia: Richard Lesko 17, Peter Sedmak 16, Martin Sykora 14
Luxembourg: Peter Rajniak 21, Martin Rajniak 18+12 boards


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  MALI   


ASVEL returns Amara Sy from AEK Athens - by Eurobasket News
According to the official web site of ASVEL Villeurbanne, Amara Sy (202-F-81) will return to his ex team after one season in AEK Athens. Namely, Sy has a valid contract with AEK for one more year but according to Pierre Grall, executive director for ASVEL, French team already agreed terms with Sy. However, he didn't announce how big buy-out fee ASVEL will have to pay for returning of Sy. Pierre also stated he hopes this transaction will be successfully finished during the week.

Amara Sy played 25 games fo AEK in Greek A1 regular season averaging 9.6 ppg, 6.6 rpg and 1.2 apg. He also had 2 appearance in play-off and two in FIBA EuroCup adding around 5 ppg and 3.5 rpg. Before AEK, he spent two seasons in ASVEL and it's not all. From 1999-2002 Amara Sy also was a member of the team from Villeurbanne. In the meantime he played three years for Le Mans Sarthe Basket. During the 05/06 and 06/07 Sy was one of the best ASVEL's players. His average digits in all competitions (Pro A, ULEB Cup, FIBA EuroCup) were around 12 ppg and 3.5 rpg.

In 2004 Sy won French National Cup with Le Mans. Two years before, he grabbed the championship title but this time with ASVEL. At the same year ASVEL reached final of National Cup but didn't succeed to take it. He played for Mali on African Championship in 2001 and 2005.


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  MONTENEGRO   


Standings - 1A
1A Standings
 1. Lovcen 0-0 
 2. Mornar Bar 0-0 
 3. Rudar 0-0 
 4. Niksic 0-0 
 5. Jedinstvo 0-0 
 6. Buducnost 0-0 
 7. Mogren 0-0 
 8. Kotor 0-0 
 9. Danilovgrad 0-0 
 10. ABS Primorje 0-0 
 11. Ulcijn 0-0 
 12. Primorje-M. 0-0 


Montenegro earn the third consecutive win in Division B - by Eurobasket News
Iceland - Montenegro 66:80

Montenegro overcame Iceland in Reykjavik today to remain upbeat in EuroBasket Division B action. It was the third straight win for Montenegrin team as they secured the top spot in Group A. Iceland suffered their second loss in three outings. Vlado Scepanovic (198-G-75) produced 16 points to lead Montenegro to another positive result. Goran Jeretin (192-G-79, agency: Beo Basket) knocked down 12 points, while Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) finished with 11 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Jon Stefansson (195-G-82) had game-high 20 points to pace Iceland.
Stefanson nailed 6 points for Iceland early in the game to put them in the driving seat. However the visitors answered with an 8:0 surge and raced in front. Vlado Scepanovic came up with a bunch of free throws late in the quarter and Montenegro led 22:14 at the first break. Goran Jeretin stretched the margin to 10 points at the start of the second frame. The lead ballooned to 23 points at halftime as Montenegro took control over the game. Iceland never came back to life in the third quarter and the visitors stayed in charge heading into the fourth term ahead 62:41. Nikola Pekovic and Maras extended the gap to 25 points before Iceland went on some kind of a comeback rally. They posted a 14:5 run to trim the distance to 16 points. Montenegro had did not panic and easily ensured the winning outcome in the remaining minutes.
Iceland visit Austria, while Montenegro host Denmark in the next round.

Iceland: Jon Stefansson 20, Logi Gunnarsson (190-G-81, agency: CAA Sports) 11
Montenegro: Vlado Scepanovic 16, Goran Jeretin 12, Nikola Pekovic 11


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  NBA   


San Antonio inks Farmer, Green and Watkins - by Eurobasket News
San Antonio Spurs announced signing of Desmon Farmer (6'5''-G-81, agency: CGL Sports, college: USC), Devin Green (6'7''-G-82, college: Hampton) and Darryl Watkins (6'11''-C, agency: Priority Sports, college: Syracuse).

Desmon Farmer played last season for Rio Grande Valley Vipers averaging 24.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg and 4.1 apg in 33 D-League games. During the summer he had few workouts and participated at the Spurs' free agent camp. At the beginning of 06/07 season Farmer had 8 NBA appearances in jersey of Seattle recording 1.6 ppg and 1.1 apg. In January 2007 he rejoined Tulsa 66ers, where he also played on 05/06. At the same season he spent some time with Spanish team CAI Zaragoza. Interesting is that during the season 04/05 Farmer changed three teams. He started it in Aris Thessaloniki and later moved to Telindus Oostende. FInaly in February 2005 he agreed terms with Polish team Prokom Trefl Sopot. He graduated at USCH in 2004 adding 19.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg and 1.8 apg for 28 games in his senior year.

Devin Green played on the Vegas Summer league for San Antonio Spurs and it seems it was pretty successful as he got a contract. He started last season with Miami Heat but moved to Los Angeles D-Fenders without any official NBA appearance. In February he joined Italian team Teramo adding 10.6 ppg and 5.3 rpg for 11 games in Serie A. In the past he also used to play for German Koln and Lakers. On season 05/06, after he came out from Hampton, Green had 27 NBA games averaging just less than a point per game 0.9.

Darryl Watkins was a member of Los Angeles D-Fenders and later Iowa Energy. At the beginning of 07/08 he played 9 games for the Kings posting 1.3 ppg and 3 rpg. He graduated at Syracuse helping it to reach NIT Elite Eight in 2007.


More surgery for Gilbert Arenas - by Eurobasket News
Gilbert Arenas (6'3''-G-82, college: Arizona) had a third operation on his bothersome left knee Wednesday morning, once again throwing into doubt his status for an upcoming Washington Wizards season.

Arenas had a moderate amount of debris removed from the knee after experiencing swelling and discomfort during his rehabilitation. The Wizards offered no timetable for his return beyond the fact that he obviously won't be ready for the start of training camp next week - but Arenas told the Washington Post that he plans to be back on the court in early December, which would rule him out for the first month of the season.

The surgery is the third on the knee in 17 months for Arenas, who missed 69 regular-season games last season and had to shut himself down in the playoffs. It also raises more doubt about the wisdom of the Wizards' decision to give him a six-year, $111-million (all currency U.S.) contract in July.

Arenas first hurt his knee in a game against Charlotte in April 2007. He tried to rush back and was playing in summer league games a few months later. The overzealous approach resulted in a second operation in November, causing him to miss most of the season.

Arenas vowed to take a more cautious approach to rehabilitation this summer, but the knee has not responded the way he would like.

The doctor who performed the operation Wednesday said debris buildup is common in Arenas' type of injury, and that an MRI showed the knee to be structurally sound.

This was a pro-active procedure that will enhance his rehabilitation process, said Dr. Marc Connell, the Wizards' team physician.

Despite the knee problems, the three-time All-Star decided to opt out of his contract at the end of last season and make himself a free agent. He re-signed with the Wizards, saying he accepted $16-million less than what was offered because he wanted to give the team more flexibility under the salary cap. Nevertheless, the $111-million deal was the richest in franchise history.

Arenas has proven to be one of the most exciting players in the NBA when healthy, averaging 22.8 points, 5.5 assists and 4.2 rebounds in his seven-season NBA career.

The Wizards' hopes of becoming a top Eastern Conference team have been disrupted by injuries to top players for the past two seasons. This was the season, they hoped, that everyone would stay more or less healthy.

He had worked extremely hard over the summer and we know how much he's looking forward to returning to help the team, team president Ernie Grunfeld said. However, our team has proven its resiliency in dealing with injuries in the past and we're approaching the start of training camp with confidence that they will once again compete at a high level until Gilbert's return.

Courtesy of http://www.globesports.com/


Center LaFrentz to have shoulder surgery - by Bryan Floyd
Raef LaFrentz will have shoulder surgery later this month.The surgery to repair a tear in the labrum of his right shoulder will be performed Sept. 26 at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles. A timetable for his return to the team will be determined after the surgery.'I was hopeful that an offseason regiment of physical therapy and treatment would heal the injury, but unfortunately it's become clear now that I need to move forward with surgery,' he said. This will put some more pressure on Greg Oden to suceed.

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Seawolves Busy With Recruits - by Sanjey Noriega
From: GOSEAWOLVES.COM
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Anchorage mens basketball team has added a pair of former Division I players to its 2008-09 roster as head coach Rusty Osborne announced Thursday that guards Paul Wayne (6'0''-G-87) and Brandon Walker (6'3''-G-89) have joined the Seawolves. Wayne will be a senior and Walker a sophomore.

Wayne, 6-1, 165, played in 20 games, including eight starting assignments, for Cal State Northridge last season. He averaged 4.6 points per game and was second on the Matadors in both assists (2.6 apg) and steals (1.5 spg), shooting 83 percent from the free throw line. The Washington, D.C. (Dunbar HS) native played his sophomore campaign at traditional junior-college power College of Southern Idaho, where he started for a Golden Eagles team that went 30-7 and won the Region 18 co-title. Wayne spent his freshman season at Salt Lake Community College, helping his squad to a 22-8 record with averages of 9.0 ppg, 2.5 apg and 2.0 spg.

We are excited to have Paul join the Seawolves, Osborne said. He is a tremendous defender who can disrupt an opponents offense by himself. Offensively, he can push the ball and make great decisions. His quickness will allow him to create for the rest of the team. Pauls biggest asset is he is a winner he has been on teams that have a combined record of 72-25 in his three years.

Walker, 6-3, 195, played his freshman season at Loyola Marymount in 2007-08, where he averaged 2.9 points and 1.6 rebounds while seeing action in all 28 games. As a prep standout, the Hayward, Calif., native led Bishop ODowd High School to two NorCal championships and three conference titles in four years. Walker was the second-leading scorer (17 ppg) in the Hayward Athletic League as a senior in 2006-07, earning league MVP honors.

Brandon Walker is a tremendous addition to our team, Osborne said. He is a very versatile, strong and tireless worker. With three years left, we expect Brandon to leave a big mark on Seawolf Basketball. In addition to his basketball ability, Brandon brings outstanding character and leadership skills. After a year of experience at LMU, we expect him to make big contributions for us this season.

Wayne and Walker become the fifth and sixth newcomers to join the UAA roster this season, along with junior swingman Chris Neal (6-5, 210, Sydney, Australia/San Diego Christian), junior guard Darren Nye (6-1, 175, Corning, Calif./College of the Redwoods), junior forward Casey Robinson (6-6, 245, Manila, Utah/Eastern Wyoming College), and freshman guard Steve White (6-0, 195, Manly, Australia).


Seawolves add two Australians - by Eurobasket News
Alaska Anchorage mens basketball coach Rusty Osborne announced Tuesday that the Seawolves have added a pair of Australians to the roster with junior guard/forward Chris Neal (6'4''-G) and freshman guard Steve White. Both players hail from Sydney.

Neal, 6-5, 210, has transferred to UAA after a pair of seasons at NAIA San Diego Christian College, where he averaged 15.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in 2007-08. He also shot .406 (54 of 133) from three-point range and .800 (64 of 80) from the free throw line as a sophomore, putting up high games of 38 points against Vanguard and 31 points against Azusa Pacific. As a freshman at SDCC, he teamed with current UAA teammate Jeremiah Trueman on the Hawks Golden State Athletic Conference championship team.

Chris Neal is coming off a terrific sophomore year and is a very big piece of our puzzle for this season, said UAA head coach Rusty Osborne , whose Seawolves are coming off a 29-6 season and a trip to the NCAA Div. II semifinals. He can play multiple positions, having played shooting guard, small forward and power forward during his first two years. Chris gives us a lot of versatility, and his ability to move and shoot the ball will fit in perfectly with our offensive system.

White, 6-0, 195, enjoyed an outstanding high school career that saw him average 24.5 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.2 assists as a senior at Scots College. He also averaged 19.5 points as a junior and helped his school to New South Wales Combined Independent League titles in 2006 and 2007, plus three straight GPS Conference titles from 2005-07. He is the brother of UAA sophomore guard Kevin White.

We are excited about the addition of Steve White to our backcourt, Osborne said. We feel once he adjusts to the college game, he will be very successful. How quickly he adapts will be the key, but we feel fortunate to have him for the next four years.

The Australians become the third and fourth newcomers to join the UAA roster this season, along with junior guard Darren Nye (Corning, Calif./College of the Redwoods) and junior forward Casey Robinson (Manila, Utah/Eastern Wyoming College).

Courtesy of www.goseawolves.com


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Quadrangolar has started - by Gianni Pascucci
The four teams round robin named Quadrangolar started yesterday night in Asuncion. Sol de America made a very succesful debut, defeating UAA 104-63 led by Renzo Ferrari (191-G/F-84) with 18 pts and Cristian Viveros (182-G-78) with 13 pts. In the other game of the night, Libertad defeated 74-73 Deportivo San Jose coming from behind with Ricardo Ozuna (185-G/F-82) topping all the scorers at 23 pts. The first standings are as follows:
1. Libertad 3 pts,
2. Sol de America 2,50 pts,
3. Deportivo San Jose and UAA 1 point.


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Cardinals oust Stags, earn last semis berth - by Eurobasket News
Institute of technology banked on Kelvin de la Pena and Allan Mangahas to beat San Sebastian College 63-54 and clinch the last semifinal berth in the 84th NCAA mens basketball tournament at the Cuneta Astrodome.

The pro-bound de la Pea and Mangahas joined hands in a 24-2 run as the Cardinals advanced to the semis for the third-straight year.

Trailing 25-26 at halftime, the Cardinals struck hard in the third quarter and limited their opponents to only 2 points to post a 49-28 advantage.

'We established a big lead in the third period but we committed series of turnovers in the fourth because we allowed San Sebastian to score. But the boys kept their composure and we won. Thank God', said Mapua coach Leo Isaac after his team made it to the semis for the second time since he took over in 2006.

'Those series of turnovers can be avoided and thats what we will do in our next game', added Isaac.

Neil Pacual led Mapua with 17 points and 18 rebounds followed by Mangahas with 15 and 6 rebounds.

Jim Viray had 11 points while Jimbo Aquino chipped in 10 points for the Stags, which finished the double-round eliminations with a 9-5 record.

The loss also denied the multi-titled Stags a fourth consecutive semifinal appearance.

The semifinal round will start on Friday with Mapua facing defending champion San Beda College.

The Red Lions, who topped the eliminations with an 11-3 slate, enjoys a twice-to-beat incentive.

We have a chance against San Beda now. We defeated them in the second round, which showed its going to be different now, stressed Isaac.

The Cardinals and the Red Lions will be meeting in the semis for the fourth-straight time.

In the juniors division, the Letran Squires survived the Jose Rizal Light Bombers, 94-93, to advance to the next round against defending champion San Sebastian Staglets.

Meanwhile, San Beda College management denied reports that 68 Nigerian Sam Ekwe was invited by Criminal Investigation and Detection Group agents for questioning on suspicion of game-fixing on Sunday.

Reports said that the CIDGs suspicion came when Ekwe, the 2006 MVP-Rookie, scored only 4 points while after playing 19 minutes in a game against Letran on Wednesday. He was 1-of-4 from the field goal which was way below his average of 14 points a game.

We are in a very crucial stage in the tournament. I dont want to comment, said NCAA Management Committee Chairman Ding Lozano of host Mapua.

Courtesy of http://www.manilatimes.net/


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Romania snap losing skid - by Eurobasket News
Romania - Switzerland 83:53

Romania finally broke their losing record at the EuroBasket Division B. Earlier today they held off Switzerland at home to improve to 1-2 record in Group B. Switzerland in the meantime suffered their second straight loss and slipped to 2-2 record.
Romania opened the game with 7 straight points to jump ahead. Burlacu secured 8 points in the opening frame and Romania built a 22:10 lead after ten minutes of action. Romania started the second term with a 9:3 rally and extended their gap to 18 points. Switzerland cut the deficit to 13 points but the hosts rolled to a 15-point cushion at halftime. Bogdan Popescu (201-F-78, agency: Stanley International, college: Alaska-Fairb.) and George Helcioiu (180-G-78, agency: Interperformances) kept Romania in front early in the third quarter Virgil Stanescu (207-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances, college: S.Alabama)'s impressive alley-oop marked a 20-point advantage for the home team midway through the third quarter. Romania took over completely and headed into the fourth term leading by as many as 26 points. Swiss team never recovered at the dying stages and suffered another defeat at the competition. Bogdan Popescu finished with game-high 26 points Romania. Virgil Stanescu added 15 points and 10 boards, while George Helcioiu added 11 points for the winners. Valentin Wegmann (192-G-79) and David Ramseier (198-C-87) answered with 10 points apiece for Switzerland. Romania dominated the boards 39:30 and forced the visitors to as many as 16 turnovers.
Romania will travel to Albania on Saturday.

Romania: Bogdan Popescu 26, Virgil Stanescu 15+10 boards, George Helcioiu 11
Switzerland: Valentin Wegmann 10, David Ramseier 10


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Rostov will host an International tournament - by Eurobasket News
Rostov will host an International tournament during September 20-21. The local team, Lokomotiv invited Samara from Russia, Ukrainian Azovmash and Cherkaski Mavpi. In the first day of the tournament Lokomotiv will face Cherkaski Mavpi and in another game Azovmash will face Samara. The final is scheduled for September 21.
Last night Lokomotiv Rostov beat Helios 87:47. That was the last game for the Russian team in Slovenian tour. After a win and a loss from Pivovarna, Lokomotiv finished with a victory, a massive one. Russian squad opened the game with 23:14 to take the control of the game. In the second period the hosts bounced back with 16:13 that led to 36:30 for the visitors at the halftime. In the third period Lokomotiv added another 20:12 to dominate the court and was unstoppable in the last quarter. With 31:5 the Russian team finished the nightmare for Helios and led the game to an easy win. Andrei Babitchev (209-F/C-85, agency: Agency No 10), DeJuan Collins (188-G-76, college: Tuskegee) and Sergei Vorotnikov (196-G-78) led the winners with 14 points each. Maksim Sheleketo (204-F-87) and Fred House (196-F-78, college: S.Utah) ended up with 9 points apiece.


Tight defeat for UNICS against FMP Zeleznik - by Eurobasket News
FMP Zeleznik - UNICS Kazan 78-77

Yesterday night UNICS Kazan played friendly game in Zeleznik against Serbian team FMP. It was the second friendly of UNICS in Serbia as day before it outplayed Swisslions Vrsac 69-60. Interesting is the head coach of UNICS Aco Petrovic spent many years on FMP's bench in the past.

UNICS was slightly better in the opening quarter ending it 22-25.The hosts responded during the next 10 minutes and mostly owing to Dragan Labovic (207-C/F-87) tied the score on 45-45 at the half time. Dmitri Sokolov (212-C-85, agency: Agency No 10) and Marko Popovic (185-G-82, college: S.Idaho JC) woke up after the breather. The made few consecutive baskets after what another Croatian Kresimir Loncar (210-F-83) joined them. FMP struggled at the offensive end as it had only above mentioned Labovic in a game mood. Everything resulted with 12-23 for UNICS in third period. At that point of game it seemed that Russian team will take this one but Serbians didn't have the same thoughts. They intensified defense and very soon made a turn. UNCS tried to do something making quick fouls at the very end but it was unsecefull as FMP's players were concentrated from the free throw line for the final score 78-77. Dragan Labovic led Serbian team to victory scoring 21 points. Miroslav Raduljica (212-C-88, agency: CAA Sports) had 11 while Mladen Jeremic (196-G-88, agency: CAA Sports) added 10 points. UNICS got the most from Dmitri Sokolov, 16 points. Marko Popovic followed him netting 15 points while Kresimir Loncar delivered 13.

FMP Zeleznik: Jeremic 10, Zivanovic 6, Savic , Soskic, Labovic 21, Markovic, Lazic 2, Ilic 15, Stamenkovic, Protic 8, Musli, Milutinovic 2, Raduljica 11, Covic 3.
UNICS Kazan: Popovic 15, Zamansky 7, Kuzyaki, Samoylenko 5, Urazmanov, Veremeynka 2, Shipatov, Loncar 13, Chikalkin, Lyday 13, Votonov, Dmitri Sokolov, Zhukanenko.


Standings - Superleague B
B Superleague Standings
 1. Avtodor 0-0 
 2. Irkutsk 0-0 
 3. Lok.Novos. 0-0 
 4. Krasnodar 0-0 
 5. Magnitogorsk 0-0 
 6. Revda 0-0 
 7. Severstal 0-0 
 8. Zaretchny 0-0 
 9. N.Novgorod 0-0 
 10. Chelabinsk 0-0 
 11. Naltchik 0-0 
 12. Ural Ekater. 0-0 
 13. Saransk 0-0 
 14. Kursk 0-0 


Standings - Superleague A
A Superleague Standings
 1. CSKA 0-0 
 2. Spartak SP 0-0 
 3. Dynamo M. 0-0 
 4. Ural Great 0-0 
 5. CSK VVS 0-0 
 6. Unics 0-0 
 7. Krasnoyarsk 0-0 
 8. Khimky 0-0 
 9. Univ.Surgut 0-0 
 10. Spartak-P. 0-0 
 11. Lok.Rostov 0-0 
 12. Triumph 0-0 


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Tournament 'Sloga 2008', day 1 - by Dragan Jankovski
At the opening day of international tournament in Kraljevo called 'Sloga 2008' Hemofarm STADA and Buducnost Podgorica outplayed their rivals. Except of these two teams, Croatian Svijetlost, Bosnian Igokea Partizan, Macedonian Rabotnicki and the host Sloga also participate on this tournament. There was only two games in day one.

Hemofarm STADA took it easily against Svjetlost 102-57. Difference in basketball level between these two teams was seen at the early beginning. After 20 minutes of the game Hemfoarm already had plus 27 extending it later to final plus 45. Center Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) dominated in the paint against Croatians nailing 18 points. Boris Savovic (207-F-87) also was good scoring one point less. Rajic was the best scorer in Svjetlost with 15 points.

Hemofarm STADA: Savovic 17, Lambic 6, Igrutinovic 1, Joksimovic 8, Bozovic 8, Pavkovic 5, Krstovic 12, Macvan 13, Petrovic 10, Obrenovic, Despotovic 4, Vukosavljevic 18.
Svjetlost: Radosavljevic 8, Budumir 6, Delic 4, Ticina 11, Cvitanovic 2, Rajic 15, Zivkovic, Karlovic 5, Avdic 3, Soldo 3.


In the second game Montenegrin champion Buducnost Podgorica was better than Igokea Partizan by 20, 87-67. Marko Simonovic (203-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) shined for the winners posting 21 points. Another new player in new player in Buducnost Milos Bojovic (198-G-81) was the second scorer of his team netting 20 points. Nikola Bulajic (208-C-84) of Igokea Partizan drained 23 points against his ex team.

Buducnost: Sehovic 4, Micov 16, Popovic 7, Bojovic 20, Novakovic, Mijatovic 2, Otasevic 2, Ljujic 2, Simonovic 21, Misanovic 13, Sutulovic, Djurisic.
Igokea: Belanovic, Lucas 4, Bocka 11, Vuksanovic, Djurica 9, Williams, Mason 2, Radic, Miskovic, Djerasimovic 8, Kovacevic 10, Bulajic 23.


Schedule for today:
10h Svjetlost - Rabotnicki
12h Sloga - Igokea Partizan
17:30h Rabotnicki - Hemofarm STADA
20h Sloga - Buducnost 20h


More than 15000 spectators enjoy Serbian qualification to Poland - by Eurobasket News
Serbia-Finland 92:66

Serbia clinched the top position in Group A of European qualifications. The team defeated Finland 92:66 in Belgrade with more than 15000 fans supporting the team. Finland could not stay even in the second period as they lost it 11:28. Zoran Erceg (211-C/F-85) led the winners with 21 points. Uros Tripkovic (196-G-86) netted 13, while Nenad Krstic (214-C-83) scored 12. Jukka Matinen (203-F-78) ended up with 12 points in defeat and Petri Virtanen (183-G-80) scored 11.
The start of the game did not predict a massive loss from the guests. Finland led the game in the opening quarter and only lost the point at the end of it. Uros Tripkovic made a jump-shot for 18:17 advantage after the first 10 minutes. Ulander scored for 25:24 but then Finland missed a 0-10 run from the hosts. Italians looked very good in the second period and won it 28:11. Mottola closed the halftime at 46:28 as the teams had some time for the break.
The game was almost done for the Serbian team but they had to prove their ambitions for the top place. Petri Virtanen and Jukka Matinen brought Finland to minus 8 with 2 minutes in the third. Tepic calmed them down to 67:52 after thirty minutes of the game. In the last period the hosts were dominating the court as they realized the win would give them the ticket to Poland Eurobasket 2009. They led to 25:14 in the last stanza and sealed 92:66 victory.

Serbia: Zoran Erceg 21, Uros Tripkovic 13, Nenad Krstic 12
Finland: Jukka Matinen 12, Petri Virtanen 11


FMP Unics 78-77, Crvena Zvezda II in Serbian Ib league, tournament Borislav Reba Corkovic - by Zoran Popovic

In friendly game played in Belgrade, FMP Zeleznik Beograd won Unics Kazan 78-77. First three quarters results were equal, but in the fourth quarter FMP Zeleznik Beograd players with stronger defense made advantage 21-9 and finish match 78-77. For FMP Zeleznik Beograd Dragan Labovic (207-C/F-87) scored 21, Ilic 15, Miroslav Raduljica (212-C-88, agency: CAA Sports) 11 and Mladen Jeremic (196-G-88, agency: CAA Sports) 10 points, and for Unics Kazan Dmitri Sokolov (212-C-85, agency: Agency No 10) scored 16 and Popovic 15 points.

FMP: Jeremic 10, Zivanovic 6, Savic, Soskic, Labovic 21, Markovic, Lazic 2, Ilic 15, Stamenkovic, Protic 8, Musli, Milutinovic 2, Raduljica 11, Covic 3.

Unics: Popovic 15, Zamansky 7, Kuzyakin 5, Samoylenko 5, Urazmanov, Sipatov, Loncar 13, Chikalkin, Lyday 13, Wotson, Sokolov 16, Zhukanenko.

Management of Serbian basketball association decides to approve participation of Crvena Zvezda II in Serbain 1b league. Young team of Crvena Zvezda won Serbian junior Championship 2008, when they beat FMP Zeleznik Beograd in final game.
In organization of BC Partizan, this weekend in Belgrade will be played memorial tournament Borislav Reba Corkovic for juniors. Participation on tournament are already confirmed Vizura, Crvena Zvezda, Radnicki and Partizan.



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Slovakia victimize Luxembourg in Levice - by Eurobasket News
Slovakia - Luxembourg 110:67

Slovakia found just the right opponent to open their winning record at the EuroBasket in Division B tournament. They heavily defeated visiting Luxembourg in scorcher today to gain their first win in Group C. Luxembourg remained winless at 0-3.
Slovakia did not wait for too long to show their ambitions in this one. They opened the game with an 8:0 run to go in front. Luxembourg cut the deficit to 4 points midway through the period however Slovakia persisted and piled up a 15-point advantage after the first quarter. Peter Rajniak (196-G-81, college: Cal.Baptist) nailed 13 points for the visitors in the second frame but it did not help his team to cut the distance. Slovakia stretched the margin to 22 points at the sides change.
The hosts tipped off the second half with an 11:0 run to accumulate a safe 33-point lead. Peter Rajniak remained on fire for Luxembourg as he dragged his side within 29 points from the home team. Slovakia entertained the home crowd in the fourth term surpassing a 100-mark and sealing a solid victory.
Richard Lesko (204-F-81, college: Ill.-Chicago) netted 17 points to lead Slovakian balanced offense. Peter Sedmak (203-C-85) added 16 points, while Martin Sykora (190-G/F-81) nailed 14 points and collected 8 rebounds for the winners. Peter Rajniak dropped game-high 21 points for Luxembourg. Martin Rajniak (205-F-78, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: CSU Bakersfield) secured 18 points and 12 boards in defeat. Slovakia will travel to Ireland, while Luxembourg will host Sweden on Saturday.

Slovakia: Richard Lesko 17, Peter Sedmak 16, Martin Sykora 14
Luxembourg: Peter Rajniak 21, Martin Rajniak 18+12 boards


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Helios and Pivovarna play the match-ups with Lokomotiv - by Eurobasket News
Slovenian teams play the last friendlies some at home, some abroad. Pivovarna and Helios hosted Lokomotiv Rostov from Russia and won one game in three campaigns.
Last night Lokomotiv Rostov beat Helios 87:47. That was the last game for the Russian team in Slovenian tour. After a win and a loss from Pivovarna, Lokomotiv finished with a victory, a massive one. Russian squad opened the game with 23:14 to take the control of the game. In the second period the hosts bounced back with 16:13 that led to 36:30 for the visitors at the halftime. In the third period Lokomotiv added another 20:12 to dominate the court and was unstoppable in the last quarter. With 31:5 the Russian team finished the nightmare for Helios and led the game to an easy win. Andrei Babitchev (209-F/C-85, agency: Agency No 10), DeJuan Collins (188-G-76, college: Tuskegee) and Sergei Vorotnikov (196-G-78) led the winners with 14 points each. Maksim Sheleketo (204-F-87) and Fred House (196-F-78, college: S.Utah) ended up with 9 points apiece.
Some days ago Lokomotiv Rostov lost to Slovenian Pivovarna 78:82. It was however and even game where the Russian squad also could win. DeJuan Collins (188-G-76, college: Tuskegee) led the winners with 25 points, whilst Morgunov nailed 16.


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Sweden hold off determined Georgia - by Eurobasket News
Sweden - Georgia 61:59

Swedish National Team scored a narrow win over Georgia today to remain undefeated in EuroBasket in Division B campaign. They led by as many as 16 points in the fourth frame but nearly wasted it all before coming away with a last second victory. Both teams entered the game with perfect records and shared the top spot in Group C. The visitors got to a better start to the game and enjoyed a 15:5 lead midway through the starting period. However Kenny Grant (188-G-82, college: Davidson) nailed 7 points late in the quarter to draw things level at 18 after ten minutes of action. Sweden tipped off the second period with a 7:0 surge to jump in front. The hosts dominated in the period and cleared off to an 11-point buffer at halftime 42:31. Kenny Grant stretched the margin to 13 points at the start of the third frame and the home team maintained the margin throughout the quarter. But Georgia were not done just yet. Boisa nailed 4 points to ignite a 10:0 rally from the visitors as they cut the deficit to 7 points with under 4 minutes to go. George Tsintsadze (192-G-86) and Viktor Sanikidze (203-F-86, agency: Life Sports) shaved it to 4 points with 80 seconds remaining and then Tyrone Ellis (193-G-77, college: S.Nazarene) hit one from beyond the arc to make it a 59:60 game with 17 seconds on the clock. But Kenny Grant converted a freebie, while Tyrone Ellis committed a turnover sealing the win for Sweden in the game. Kenny Grant led balanced Swedish offense with 11 points. Jonathan Skjoldebrand (203-C/F-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services) added 9 points and 7 rebounds, while Per Ringstrom (206-F-81, agency: Rasmussen Services) knocked down 7 points and collected 9 caroms for the winners. Viktor Sanikidze led all scorers with 19 points and 10 rebounds. George Tsintsadze had 12 points and 9 assists in defeat.

Sweden: Kenny Grant 11, Jonathan Skjoldebrand 9, Per Ringstrom 7
Georgia: Viktor Sanikidze 19+10 boards, George Tsintsadze 12


New faces in Solna Vikings - by Eurobasket News
Solna Vikings announced signing of Saulius Dumbliauskas (202-F/C-81, agency: Court Side, college: St.Bonaventure) and Samuel Desport (184-G-83).

Lithuanian Saulius Dumbliauskas arrives from Jamtland Basket, where he averaged 14.7 ppg, 8.8 rpg and 2.2 apg for 12 games in Basketligan. He started last season in French team Chalon but later he joined Jamtland. Dumbliauskas has solid performance in Pro A adding 5.6 ppg and 3.1 rpg for 16 games. On 06/07 he played in Estonian team Tertu Fausto. At the end of the season Dumbliauskas was named 'Eurobasket.com Estonian League All-Imports Team'. A year before that he was 'Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League Bosman Player of the Year -06' as a member of Rakvere PK. Both years his Estonian teams reached play-off semifinals in domestic championship. He graduated at St. Bonaventure University in 2005. His average digits in senior year were 3.1 ppg and 3.5 rpg in 28 games.

Samuel Desport had only one senor season in Basketliga behind him and it was with Akropol BBK. He had 26 appearances averaging 4 ppg, 1.3 rpg and 1.4 apg. At the end of the season he was selected 'Eurobasket.com Swedish Basketligan All-Newcomers Team -08'. Desport studied at Borough of Manhattan Community College and later played for Polisen Basket and Baskettan.


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Romania snap losing skid - by Eurobasket News
Romania - Switzerland 83:53

Romania finally broke their losing record at the EuroBasket Division B. Earlier today they held off Switzerland at home to improve to 1-2 record in Group B. Switzerland in the meantime suffered their second straight loss and slipped to 2-2 record.
Romania opened the game with 7 straight points to jump ahead. Burlacu secured 8 points in the opening frame and Romania built a 22:10 lead after ten minutes of action. Romania started the second term with a 9:3 rally and extended their gap to 18 points. Switzerland cut the deficit to 13 points but the hosts rolled to a 15-point cushion at halftime. Bogdan Popescu (201-F-78, agency: Stanley International, college: Alaska-Fairb.) and George Helcioiu (180-G-78, agency: Interperformances) kept Romania in front early in the third quarter Virgil Stanescu (207-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances, college: S.Alabama)'s impressive alley-oop marked a 20-point advantage for the home team midway through the third quarter. Romania took over completely and headed into the fourth term leading by as many as 26 points. Swiss team never recovered at the dying stages and suffered another defeat at the competition. Bogdan Popescu finished with game-high 26 points Romania. Virgil Stanescu added 15 points and 10 boards, while George Helcioiu added 11 points for the winners. Valentin Wegmann (192-G-79) and David Ramseier (198-C-87) answered with 10 points apiece for Switzerland. Romania dominated the boards 39:30 and forced the visitors to as many as 16 turnovers.
Romania will travel to Albania on Saturday.

Romania: Bogdan Popescu 26, Virgil Stanescu 15+10 boards, George Helcioiu 11
Switzerland: Valentin Wegmann 10, David Ramseier 10


Geneva Devils lands ex Bulgarian National Team player - by Eurobasket News
Geneva Devils got another acquisition for the upcoming season (if obtains work permit). It is Bulgarian Ludmil Hadjisotirov (189-G-80, agency: AMI, college: Maine), who is coming from CSKA Interlogic Sophia. He played 34 games in Bulgarian A1 last season averaging 11.4 ppg, 1.8 rpg and 2.7 apg. He got an invitation to play on Bulgarian A1 All-Star game and later he was named 'Eurobasket.com All-Bulgarian League Honorable Mention -08'. Before CSKA he spent once season in Spartak Evroins, also participant of Bulgarian top division. He had pretty good digits in Spartak ending 06/07 as one of the league leading scorers. For 22 games Hadjisotirov averaged 18.4 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.6 apg and 1.4 spg. In the past he also spent two years in another team from Sofia, Levski Ekopetroleum.
Ludmil Hadjisotirov graduated at University of Maine in 2004. He played 27 games in his senior year averaging 5.7 ppg, Interesting is that Hadjisotirov was a member of Bulgarian National Team from 2001-2004. In 2001 he also played for Bulgarian University NT which participated on World University Games in Benjin.

In the meantime LNA teams played few more friendly games. What our web site succeeded to find is that BBC Monthey suffered home defeat against Rhone Herens Basket 64-74 (33-37). In the second game, which was played on Monday, MGS Grand-Saconnex Basket also faced with home lost vs Geneva Devils 83-95 (41-47).


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  TURKEY   


Turkey earns a ticket for Eurobasket 2009 - by Eurobasket News
Turkey-Belgium 80:64

Turkey, being the only undefeated team in the EuroBasket qualifying groups advanced to Eurobasket 2009 In Poland tonight. Istanbul saw an outstanding victory of the hosts over Belgium 80:64. With a 21:10 in the third period Turkey remains the best team in all the groups not only with their results but the way they play as well. Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) led the winners with 22 points and 8 boards. Oguz Savas (208-C-87) nailed 13, while Hidayet Turkoglu (206-F-79) scored 12. Roel Moors (188-G-78, agency: Agency No 10) ended up with 14 points in the losing effort, whilst Christophe Beghin (207-F-80, agency: Court Side) added 11.
Roel Moors opened the game from the arc as Belgium desired to upset the favorites from the very beginning. Turkey waited for a while and then spurted in the end of the opening quarter to take 18:15 after the end of it. Bosco and Bellin both reduced to one point, but Belgium could not tie the game. Lichodzijewski closed the half from the three-point line for 42:38. With Turkey leading 42-40 at the start of the second half after a basket from Belgium's Christophe Beghin , the hosts outscored the visitors 19-6. Tunceri brought his team 63:48 at the end of the third period. Belgium could not catch up the opponents and trailed mostly 20 points in the last period. Ersan Ilyasova with his three closed the game for 80:64 as Turkey gets a ticket for Eurobasket 2009.

Turkey: Ersan Ilyasova 22+8 rebs, Oguz Savas 13, Hidayet Turkoglu 12
Belgium: Roel Moors 14, Christophe Beghin 11


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  UBL   


Reggie Griffin NBA-DL NOW!!! - by Ozzie Denson

The UBL United Basketball League is proud to announce that Mr ALL American 6'5 scoring guard for the UBL Wranglers (Mr. Reggie Griffin (6'4''-G-80, college: La-Monroe) ) is on his way to the NBA DL. Reggie Griffin is the leading scorer in the UBL. With a high game of 60 points. Reggie is a complete player. Defense/Offense and court leadership. The UBL and The UBL Wranglers will be sending more players to the NBA-DL this season. The UBL is a league that move players and coaches to the next level. Visit or site www.ublhoops.com or ublwranglers.com



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  UKRAINE   


France clinched second place in Group B - by Eurobasket News
France-Ukraine 87:83

France overcame Ukraine and clinched second place in Group B of European qualifications. Trailing 18:22 after the opening quarter Tony Parker (183-G-80) and Co were too good in the second and the third periods to seal 87:83 win. Tony Parker led the winners with 25 points and 5 rebounds. Stephen Brun (202-F-80) and Ronny Turiaf (208-C/F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) supported him with 11 points apiece for 3-2 record. Andriy Agafonov (207-F-86, agency: Interperformances) ended up with 22 points in defeat, while Rostyslav Kryvych (198-F/G-78) scored 19 as Ukraine dropped at 1-4.
Who could think that after 6-0 Ukraine would win the opening quarter by 4? Andriy Agafonov tied the game at 12:12 in the middle of the first quarter and it was him again for 22:18 at the end of it. Trailing 27:29 the hosts of the game improved to 34:29 as Tchicamboud made his second free throw. Butskyy also from the line sent the teams to the lockers for 43:41.
Rostyslav Kryvych tied the game at 49:49 for both squads in the middle of the third. France produced a 7-0 run for 56:49 and had 67:59 after three quarters played. Gradit made it plus 14 and it seemed that the game was over. But following Gladyr three-ball, Andriy Agafonov split two free throws to cut the French lead to 76:75. Onufriyev sank two at the line to reduce the arrears to one yet again at 81:80 with less than three minutes to play. In the last seconds French players went to the free throw line for many times and could lead to 87:83 win.

France: Tony Parker 25+5 rebs, Stephen Brun 11, Ronny Turiaf 11
Ukraine: Andriy Agafonov 22, Rostyslav Kryvych 19


Azovmash and Mavpi head to Russia - by Eurobasket News
Barons and Mykolaiv played another friendly last night. After Barons overcame Mykolaiv 85:77 in the first game, Latvian side was too good for the opponents in the second. The team controlled the majority of the game and dominated the court. The only thing task the Latvian side wanted to do, but did not was not reaching three digits numbers. Barons overcame Mykolaiv 99:70 but was happily satisfied with that. Bright led the winners with 20 points, while Armands Skele (192-G-83, agency: Agency No 10) natted 19. Demetrius Alexander (204-F/C-75, agency: CAA Sports, college: Alabama) posted 18, whilst Giedrius Gustas (190-G-80, agency: Interperformances) ended up with 15 points and 10 assists. Gilevic top-scored for the Ukrainian side with 20 points. Michal Hlebowicki (204-F-76) netted 12 and Raevskiy together with Shepil addded 8.
Meanwhile it became known that Rostov will host an International tournament during September 20-21. Two Ukrainian teams are ready to compete with the Russian squads. The local team, Lokomotiv invited Samara from Russia, Ukrainian Azovmash and Cherkaski Mavpi. In the first day of the tournament Lokomotiv will face Cherkaski Mavpi and in another game Azovmash will face Samara. The final is scheduled for September 21.


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  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   


Ostojic signs for UAE NT - by Mohammed Malas
The serbian coach Mladen Ostojic will take the control of the UAE National Team for the next period...He will continue the success of the previous head coach Zoran Zubcevic ..

Ostojic's 19 yeas of coaching experience will add to the future of the basketball in the UAE, He coached before coming there in Serbia, Israel, Greece, Cyprus, China, Bosnia and Romania.


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Great Britain deserved Eurobasket 2009 in Poland - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic-Great Britain 63:67

Great Britain wins the fourth in a row after the first loss in Israel in the start of the Eurobasket qualifications. Great Britain deserved Eurobasket 2009 in Poland as the team sealed first place in Group D of Division A. Pardubice and Czech Republic could not upset the favorites at home losing to them 63:67. Luol Deng (201-F-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Duke) paced all the winners with 21 points. Nate Reinking (183-G-73, college: Kent St.) nailed 20, while Mensah-Bonsu had 9 points and 12 boards. Jiri Welsch (198-F-80) top-scored in defeat with 28 points and Jiri Hubalek (209-C-82, agency: Interperformances) posted 7.
Jiri Hubalek scored first points for the hosts as they won the opening tip of the game. Luol Deng tied at 10:10 and only then Great Britain went on a lead. Kotas was the last to score in the first period for 20:21. The score was tied four times in the second period but Luol Deng disagreed with it. He poured in 8 points in the end of the second period making 2 threes and one two. It was him to make a jump-shot after 20 minutes played.
Czech Republic trailed in the whole third period and lost it 13:17. Nate Reinking brought his team 53:47 advantage after thirty minutes of the game. Satoransky buried a three-pointer to give the Czechs a 63:60 advantage in the last stanza. Unfortunately for the hosts those points were last for them in the game. After the Czechs missed, they fouled Midgley and he was only able to convert the second for a 65:63 advantage with 10 seconds to go. Great Britain finished the game with 7-0 to grab the first ticket from Group D.

Czech Republic: Jiri Welsch 28, Jiri Hubalek 7
Great Britain: Luol Deng 21, Nate Reinking 20, Mensah-Bonsu 9+12 rebs


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  URUGUAY   


Angelo Reyes leads Hebarica to beat Defensor - by Hector Lopez
Angelo Reyes (205-F/C-81) scored 37 points and grabbed 15 rebounds leading Hebraica to beat Defensor Sporting 95-85 for the 7th round of the Uruguayan League. Hebraica is now just one point from Malvin, the LUB leader. The results and forign players numbers were:

Hebraica 95 - Reyes 37 and 15, Corey Smith (196-G/F, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Vanderbilt) 2 and 2
Defensor Sporting 85 - Chris Jackson (208-C-81, college: N.Mexico St.) 27 and 16, Brian Woodward (191-G-81, agency: Passing Lane, college: Rhode Island) 21 and 3
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Bigua 92 - Charles Thomas (203-F-86, agency: CGL Sports, college: Arkansas) 18 and 2, Kevin Young (206-C-84, college: Missouri) 13 and 6
Union Atletica 71 - Tarrie Monroe (202-F-77, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Lewis) 16 and 8, Marlon Martinez (204-F/C-79) 7 and 8
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Sayago 72 - Charles Burgess 16 and 4, Brandon Hassell 17 and 10
Trouville 71 - Levi Stukes (188-G-84) 24 and 2, Jemere Hendrix (203-F-83, college: Tennessee) 6 and 1
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Atenas 78 - Darryl Dora (206-F-85, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Texas Tech) 20 and 5, Marques Lewis (203-F-83, college: UAB) 9 and 3
Paysandu 75 - Gyasi Cline-Heard (202-F-79, college: Penn St.) 5 and 9, Austin Montgomery (196-G, college: Bowling Green) 33 and 5


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


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  VENEZUELA   


LNB 2008 - Week 4: Graneros and Duros split and share the top of the standings - by Francisco Vega

Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Duros de Lara and Graneros de Portuguesa collided at Napoleon Rodriguez Arena of Barquisimeto and split the series, a result that kept them tied at first place of Liga Nacional de Baloncesto 2008 standings at the end of Week 4. All the other series ended up with splits. Caciques de Trujillo did so against Centauros de Apure, Centauros de Cojedes did so against Estudiantes de Guarico and Petroleros de Falcon did so against Tiburones de Vargas.



SCOREBOARDS

Duros de Lara 85 - Graneros de Portuguesa 80 (Fri)
Napoleon Rodriguez Arena - Barquisimeto, Lara

Quarter by quarter
DUR: 17-23-19-26= 85

GRA: 19-28-16-17= 80

Scorers
DUR: Heissler Guillent (191-G-86) 20 points, Jesus Centeno (190-G-85) 11 points, Francisco Sanabria (190-G-77) 10 points, Jackson Zapata (198-F-85) 10 points

GRA: Amber Marin (208-C-81) 16 points, John Jackson (201-F-74) 15 points, Pedro Cubillan (187-G-82) 11 points, Johan Pinero (183-G-76) 10 points

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Graneros de Portuguesa 92 - Duros de Lara 91 (Sat)
Napoleon Rodriguez Arena - Barquisimeto, Lara

Quarter by quarter
Unavailable



Scorers
DUR: Jesus Centeno 26 points, Francisco Sanabria 15 points
GRA: Henry Paez (184-G-70) 18 points, Pedro Cubillan 17 points



Caciques de Trujillo 124 - Centauros de Apure 119 ET (Fri)
Ricardo Salas Arena - Valera, Trujillo

Quarter by quarter
CAC: 34-19-16-33-17= 124

APU: 23-31-22-31-12= 119



Scorers
CAC: Manuel Berroteran (185-G-80) 24 points, Askia Jones (196-G-71) 20 points, Edgar Arteaga (198-F-76) 19 points

GRA: David Cedeno (190-G-83) 29 points, Elvis Montero (193-G-78) 24 points, Nathan Green (203-F-75) 23 points, Juan Carlos Rodriguez (193-G-78) 16 points, Richard Mejias (187-G-78) 16 points



Centauros de Apure 133 - Caciques de Trujillo 127 3ET (Sat)
Ricardo Salas Arena - Valera, Trujillo

Quarter by quarter
Unavailable


Scorers
CAC: Cesar Musset (190-G-78) 25 points, Manuel Berroteran 19 points, Ronald Guillen (206-C-84) 15 points

APU: David Cedeno 30 points, Nathan Green 22 points, Elvis Montero 21 points



Petroleros de Falcon 84 - Tiburones de Vargas 77 (Fri)
Fenelon Diaz Arena - Punto Fijo, Falcon

Quarter by quarter
Unavailable


Scorers
PET: Gregory Vargas (182-G-86) 28 points, Andrew Hunter (201-F-79) 15 points

TIB: Kyle Cuffe (205-F-82) 18 points, Douglas Rodriguez (185-G-79) 15 points



Tiburones de Vargas 93 - Petroleros de Falcon 89 (Sat)
Fenelon Diaz Arena - Punto Fijo, Falcon

Quarter by quarter
Unavailable


Scorers
PET: Gregory Vargas 20 points, Jorge Leon (186-G-79) 15 points

TIB: Peter Kvietek (203-C-77) 26 points and 9 rebounds, Cesar Silva (187-G/F-81) 20 points



Centauros de Cojedes 74 - Estudiantes de Guarico 72 (Fri)
Villa Deportiva Arena - San Carlos, Cojedes

Quarter by quarter
Unavailable



Scorers
COJ: Roberto Basanta (192-F) 17 points, Henry Caten (201-F-80) 15 points, Ruben Pachano (185-G-76) 12 points and 10 rebounds



Estudiantes de Guarico 80 - Centauros de Cojedes 74 (Sat)
Villa Deportiva Arena - San Carlos, Cojedes

Quarter by quarter
Unavailable



Scorers
COJ: Ruben Pachano 20 points, Roberto Basanta 15 points, Darwin Jaramillo (192-F-86) 14 points

EST: Raul Orta (196-G-85) 19 points, Jose Martinez (196-F-82) 12 points, Derwin Ramirez (191-F-82) 12 points



Venezuela home of the South American U15 Men's Championship - by Wolfgang Lucena
From September 17, 2008 until the 21st, Guanare is going to be the city of the 2008 South America U15 championship for men.
Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela are going to be facing each other in the Carl Herrera Arena in Guanare. It looks like it's not going to be easy for these countries to win this championship, due to the major improvements on each team during the last couple years.
Argentina was the last champions in this category and there have been beliefs that they can repeat it. Venezuela and Brazil though, look positive and optimistic about this year. This concludes that this years favorites are Argentina, Brazil, and Venezuela.

Calendar

9/17/08
5:30pm Uruguay vs. Argentina
7:00pm Venezuela vs. Peru

9/18/08
5:30pm Peru vs. Brazil
7:00pm Venezuela vs. Uruguay

9/19/08
5:30pm Uruguay vs. Peru
7:00pm Argentina vs. Brazil

9/20/08
5:30pm Peru vs. Argentina
7:00pm Venezuela vs. Brasil

9/21/08
2:00pm Brazil vs. Uruguay
4:00pm Venezuela vs. Argentina




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Women News

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  CROATIA - Women  


Standings - Women
A1 Standings
 1. Croatia 2006 0-0 
 2. Zadar 0-0 
 3. Agram 0-0 
 4. Pozega 0-0 
 5. Pula 0-0 
 6. Novi Zagreb 0-0 
 7. Studenec O. 0-0 
 8. Mursa 0-0 
Will join on later stage:
 1. Ragusa
 2. Sibenik
 3. Gospic
 4. Medvescak


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  FRANCE - Women  


Standings - LFB
LFB Standings
 1. Mondeville 0-0 
 2. Bourges 0-0 
 3. Tarbes 0-0 
 4. Villeneuve 0-0 
 5. Clermont 0-0 
 6. Montpellier 0-0 
 7. Pays d'Aix 0-0 
 8. COB Calais 0-0 
 9. Union Hainaut 0-0 
 10. Challes 0-0 
 11. Reims 0-0 
 12. Arras 0-0 
 13. Nantes 0-0 
 14. Landes 0-0 


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  SERBIA - Women  


Tijana Jovanovic signed for Radivoj Korac - by Dragana Vukovic
The management of Radivoj Korac Beograd continue to build team for the upcoming season.They signed Tijana Jovanovic (182-G-84) from Proleter Zrenjanin.Last season she was playing very good averaging 8.7 points,4.7 rebounds and 1.1 asissts during 31.7 minutes and she was one of the most important players in the team.With her experience she will help to the young team of Radivoj Korac Beograd to stay in the First Division.

Milica Dabovic in Turkey - by Dragana Vukovic
After a very good season in France,Milica Dabovic (175-G-82),Serbian super star,decided to continue her carrier in Turkay.She signed contract with Besiktas Istanbul and she will play Women EuroLeague in this season.Besiktas Istanbul made strong team for the upcoming season with basketball stars Korana Longin (195-C-73),Alexis Hornbuckle (180-G-85, college: Tennessee),Shay Doron (175-G-85, college: Maryland),Laura Harper (193-F/C-86, college: Maryland),Naile Ivegin (186-F/C-85).They expected from Milica Dabovic to play of the main roles in team.

Hemofarm STADA wins tournament in Arad - by Dragan Jankovski
Reining Serbian champion Hemofarm STADA participated on international tournament in Romanian city Arad. Except of the Hemofarm, other participants of this tournament were Ruzomberok from Slovakia, CET Govora and the host team Arad.

In the first game Hemofarm defeated Romanian CET Govora 82-57. It was an easy game for Hemofarm, which dominated against Romanians during the entire time. In the other game the hosts Arad outplayed Ruzomberok advancing to the final.

In the game for the first place Hemofarm STADA was better than Arad. It was much tougher game for Serbian champion that the first one against CET Govora. Arad demonstrated pretty good performance but it was not enough for the victory. Experience of Hemofarm STADA's players and wonderful performance by Biljana Stankovic (176-G-74) were one of the main reasons for 11-point win at the end, 82-71. Except of her, Dajana Butulija (175-G-86) also was great scoring 17 points. Tamara Radocaj (168-G-87) followed with two points less.

Point guard Biljana Stankovic paced Hemofarm to first place on tournament in Arad and she was named MVP. It is important to be mentioned that Hemofarm played this game without three very important players. Namely, Dara Kovacevic, Zorica Mitov and Danijela Rizvic got few days off as they were members of Serbian senior National Team which successfully finished EuroBasket 2009 qualifications on Saturday.


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  SPAIN - Women  


Elisha Turek, new player for Gran Canaria - by Ivan Villar
Island team signed its new foreigner player,Elisha Turek (6'2''-F-84, college: ORU).She played as center last season in Pio XII of Santiago averaging 16,8 points and 8,1 rebounds per game.Turek arrives to Las Palmas where they will try to improve results of last season.The other import player is power forward Tina Sten,from New York University.Also finish player Reeta Piipari has been extended after her good performances of season 2007/08.

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  WBCBL - Women  


Now Accepting New Team Applications for 2009 Season - by Willie McCray
The WBCBL is currently accepting new team applications for the 2009 season.

The WBCBL's mission is to provide highly competitive basketball for women in the United States. The competition level varies from former College players to former NWBL and WNBA players and current International players.

In addition, the WBCBL has built a networking relationship with professional international basketball scouts and agents to broaden the possibility of higher-level professional jobs being offered.

To request an application for your team, please send email request to: INFO@WBCBL.com or wbcbl@yahoo.com

Enrollment ends January 31st.


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  WNBA - Women  


Sancho Lyttle, K.O. during 2 months - by Ivan Villar
Bad news for PDV Ibiza.Sancho Lyttle (6'4''-C-83, college: Houston) fell injured on her face and will be out of courts for 2 months.Managers are working to find a player to replace her during first months of competition. Also this season Ibiza will play in Europe so it happened in worst moment.Bad luck flies over Ibiza island,the playmaker Shannon Johnson should to rest for 1 month after beating her knee in WNBA game.