EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 9/4/2008

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  ABA   


New ABA tryout - by Bruno Baltazar
There will be an ABA tryout at the site of the new Knoxville Teams arena. The costs is 125.00 and 150.00 at the door and each player will receive a tryout jersey, a complete player profile with the players picture, height, wingspan, vertical jump, and bench press numbers along with a tryout DVD. The DVD as well as the assessment will be conducted by a professional filming crew and the Next Level professional sports and fitness training institute, and each player will receive a small fitness package from Next Level.

The tryout will be held at 9:00 A.M on September 20, 2008 in Knoxville at the Grace Christian Academy located at 5914 Beaver Ridge Road, Knoxville, TN 37931. For MOre information contact us at 865-824-1275, info@knoxvillethunderbolts.com or visit our website at www.knoxvillethunderbolts.com. We can assist players with room accommodations.


Mississippi Blues invite players to training camp - by Gianni Pascucci
The ABA team Mississippi Blues have invited Richard Griffin (6'2''-G, college: Alcorn St.) (6'2''-G, college: Alcorn St.), Jonathan Oliver (-F-81, college: Tougaloo) and Christopher Watson (6'6''-F-85, college: Mississippi Valley State) to come to training camp from the first tryouts. 'These players showed that they can stand out in a crowd,' stated team owner Daniel Price . The Blues will announce their Second Tryout Camp shortly as they intend to be a force in the ABA.

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  ARGENTINA   


Argentinean Cup, 3rd Game - by Ana Soifer
On the 3rd night where teams from first divition play against teams from Tna (2nd divition) were unexpective surprises
Italiana beat Olmpico and Gimnasia won over Central in Gualeguaych. 7 teams still no loose any game.

Conference I
Ben Hur 75 - Unin (S) 79 (68) over time. Best Score: Patricio Rodriguez 30 pts
Libertad 88 - Alma Juniors 51 Best Score: Andres Pelusi 16 pts

Conference II
Atenas 95 - Echage (P) 61 Best score: Djibril Kant 22 pts
Sionista 87 - San Martn (MJ) 96 Best score: Diego Brezzo 25 pts


Conference III
Quimsa 105 - Asociacin Espaola 56 Best score: Selleaze 17 pts
Asociacin Italiana 85 - Olmpico 82 Best score: Miller 25 pts

Conference IV
Regatas (C) 96 - Ober 75 Best score: Sebastin Acosta 25 pts,
La Unin 63 - San Martn (C) 67 Best score:

Conference V
Pearol 79 - Ciclista 70 Best score:
Argentino (J) 50 - Quilmes 59 Best score: Pablo Gil 18 pts

ConferenceVI
BB Estudantes 58 - Gimnasia (CR) 66 Best score: Jamaal Levy 15 pts
Independiente (N) 99 - El Nacional 94 (86) over time Best score: Cedric Moodie 25 pts

Conference VII
Firmat FC 61 - Pedro Echage 70 Best score:
Belgrano 68 - Obras Sanitarias 79 Best score: Boero 19 pts

Conference VIII
Boca Juniors 81 - Lans 64 Best score: Carl Edwards (196-F-81, college: Charleston) 20 pts
Central Entrerriano 78 - Gimnasia (LP) 84 Best score: Pardal 21 pts


Surgery costs Ginobili months, not weeks - by Eurobasket News
Spurs star Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances) will have surgery this week on his left ankle and heel to repair ligament damage that has hampered his game for many months.

Though Emanuel Ginobili on Thursday told an Argentine newspaper he expected to return to action six to eight weeks after the operation, sources familiar with the procedure say it is much more likely he will be out for two to three months. That makes it unlikely he can be ready for action when the Spurs open the regular season Oct. 29 in a game at the AT&T Center against the Phoenix Suns.

Emanuel Ginobili, the reigning NBA Sixth Man Award winner, is almost certain to miss all of the team's training camp and preseason. Camp begins Oct. 1, with the first preseason game scheduled for Oct. 9, against the Rockets, in Houston.

The Spurs medical staff has been in consultation for several days with other sports medicine experts to determine when and where the arthroscopic procedure will be done, but no decision has been announced.

The Spurs describe Emanuel Ginobili's injury as a posterior impingement of the left ankle. He most recently injured the joint while playing for Argentina in the Olympic basketball tournament in Beijing, where he limped to the sidelines early in Argentina's semifinal game against the United States on Aug. 19.

He did not play again in the tournament, missing Argentina's bronze medal-clinching victory over Lithuania.

Emanuel Ginobili, who returned from Beijing late Monday night, had another MRI exam taken of the injured foot and ankle. Results of that test, he told Argentine newspaper La Nacion, indicated the need for surgery.

They're going to operate on me, Emanuel Ginobili told La Nacion. It is the same as it was two months ago when they did the first (MRI) exam. It's not worse, which is important. Now, the thing is, it's not better, either, and it seems the only way to repair it completely is arthroscopic surgery.

The Spurs issued a media release Friday afternoon confirming Emanuel Ginobili will have the surgery next week.

Emanuel Ginobili has been bothered by varying degrees of soreness in his left ankle and heel for several seasons. He jammed the joint during the Spurs' first-round series against Phoenix in April and was hampered through the remainder of the playoffs.

His production dropped off dramatically in the Western Conference finals against the Los Angeles Lakers. He averaged only 12.6 points after averaging 20.1 points in the first two playoff rounds, against Phoenix and New Orleans.

After the Spurs were eliminated, Emanuel Ginobili had an MRI exam that showed significant swelling in the heel and ankle joint. He embarked on a rest and rehabilitation program, but Spurs coach Gregg Popovich urged him to consider forgoing the Olympic competition. Popovich reported that the MRI results showed a ligament in Emanuel Ginobili's heel was four to five times its normal size.

His left foot was placed in a plastic walking boot for three weeks after the MRI, and Emanuel Ginobili returned to Argentina and reported to the national team after his rehabilitation had reduced the swelling.

The top player on the Argentine team, Emanuel Ginobili found himself under additional pressure to help his country defend the gold medal it won at the 2004 Olympics. To top it off, he was chosen to carry his nation's flag in the opening ceremonies in Beijing.

Emanuel Ginobili had his most productive season for the Spurs in 2007-08 after opting not to play for Argentina in the Tournament of Americas competition, which earned Argentina a berth in the Beijing Games. He averaged career-highs of 19.5 points and 31.0 minutes per game. He appeared in 74 of 82 regular season games and all 17 playoff games, in which he averaged 17.8 points.

Courtesy of www.mysanantonio.com


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  ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18   


The end of the Quarterfinal stage - by Eurobasket News
GROUP 1

Kazakhstan U18 finished first in Group 1 and advanced to the semifinals of FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men. Even though the team lost to China in the last day of the group Kazakhstan U18 clinched the top position before. China overcame the Kazakhs 97:74 but could not make it to the semis. Liu Shunan (198-F-90) led the winners with 25 points. Li Xiaxou netted 19 and Ren JunFei (202-F) posted 12. Anton Arsenyev top-scored in defeat with 17, while Pavel Llin added 14.
China realized the importance of the game but could do nothing now due to zero points against the forfeit against Syria. The defending champions however wanted to prove that the team is too strong this year as well but due to the circumstances would have to stop at this stage. China propelled with 21:9 in the opening tip to take control of the game. Kazakhstan U18 remained alive in the game after reducing a bit in the second period. Both teams went to the lockers with 47:37 for China.
In the second half the current of the game went in the same way as China dominated the court. They increased the lead after three quarters leading to 67:43 after thirty minutes of the game. The last spurt in the last period gave them 97:64 but did not upset Kazakhstan U18 too much.

Syria U18 qualified to the semis even after a loss in FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men from Lebanon U18. The latter celebrated 90:80 win but had won by a whopping 35 point margin. Ahmad Ibrahim led the winners with 34 points, while Ralph Akl scored 11. Samar Bawadekji ended up with 25 points in defeat and Tarek Al Jade netted 12.
Because of China's forfeit, Syria, Lebanon and China finished in a three-way tie for second place.Based on score differential, which definitely applied when Syria and Lebanon were compared, Syria was awarded a place in the semi-finals. Syria defeated China by 20 and lost to Lebanon by 10 giving it a plus 10 margin. Lebanon lost to China by 27 and defeated Syria by 10 giving it minus 17. China was plus 27 over Lebanon and minus 20 against Syria, giving it margin of plus 7.
Anyway Lebanon U18 opened the game over Syria U18 with 30:20. It was an offensive quarter that slowed the teams in the second period a bit. Syria reduced to 8 points and trailed 37:45 at the halftime. Lebanon U18 remained with 64:56 after three quarters played and improved to 10 points at the end of the game. Now in the game for the 5-8 places Lebanon will face Korea in the first game. In the semifinals on Thursday, Japan will take on Kazakhstan and Iran will play Syria in the semifinals.


China U18-Kazakhstan U18 97:64
China U18: Liu Shunan 25, Li Xiaxou 19, Ren JunFei 12
Kazakhstan U18: Anton Arsenyev 17, Pavel Llin 14

Lebanon U18-Syria U18 90:80
Lebanon U18: Ahmad Ibrahim 34, Ralph Akl 11
Syria U18: Samar Bawadekji 25, Tarek Al Jade 12





GROUP 2

Japan U18 takes the second semifinal berth from Group II of FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men. Trailing 6 points after the first half, Japanese players bounced back in the second to post 81:75 victory. Makoto Hiejima led the winners with 26 points. Kaito Ishikawa scored 19, Yusoke Karino nailed 17, and Daichi Taniguchi had 11. Kyungsang Park ended up with 22 points in the losing effort, while Dong Seop Lim produced 15. In the game for the 5-8 places Lebanon will face Korea in the first game. In the semifinals on Thursday, Japan will take on Kazakhstan and Iran will play Syria in the semifinals.
Korea U18 opened the game with 25;17 lead that put them closer to the semis. They still remained in front after the second period and looked more optimistic. The teams went to the lockers for 37:31 Korean advantage.
Japan U18 was unstoppable in the third period as they dominated the court, 27:18. It gave them 58:54 lead as the teams finished thirty minutes of the game. In the last period the struggle continued until the last minutes and Japan stayed alive taking 81:75 victory entering the semis of FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men

There are no undefeated teams left in FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men. Philippines beat Iran 85:84 but did not change the situation in Group 2. Trailing almost in the whole game the guests won it due to the last period. Ryan Garcia (178-F) paced the winners with 19 points. Matthew Wright nailed 13, while Frank Golla scored 10. Farbod Farman top-scored for the hosts with 19 Mandammad Hasanzadeh added 17.
Iran U18 started the game as if they had to and enjoyed a 19:15 lead after the opening quarter. Philippines U18 replied with almost the same second period and tied the half at 35:35. Iran went in front again taking 57:52 after thirty minutes of the game and increased the lead even later. A 15-2 run midway through the fourth quarter moved Iran ahead to 79:64. It seemed that the game was over, but Philippines had another opinion. Matthew Wright drove down the lane following Ryan Garcias 3-pointer bringing them close to 78;79. Farbod Farman powered his way under the board and moments later his three-point play put Iran 84:78 ahead. Those points were however the last for the hosts as Philippines made a 7-0 run to seal 85:84 victory.


Japan U18-Korea U18 81:75
Japan U18: Makoto Hiejima 26, Kaito Ishikawa 19, Yusoke Karino 17, Daichi Taniguchi 11
Korea U18: Kyungsang Park 22, Dong Seop Lim 15

Philippines U18-Iran U18 85:84
Philippines U18: Ryan Garcia 19, Matthew Wright 13, Frank Golla 10
Iran U18: Farbod Farman 19, Mohammad Hasanzadeh 17


GROUP 3
Saudi Arabia U18-India U18 79:77



GROUP 4
Jordan U18-Hong Kong U18 74:53
UAE U18-Malaysia U18 85:79


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  BALTIC LEAGUE   


Stats Leaders
Baltic League Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Dorbek, Trio/Dala 18.6
2. Reed, Kal/Cramo 17.9
3. Varnelis, Alytus 17.9
4. Armpalu, Fausto 17.6
5. Sheleketo, VRiga 17.2
Rebounds Per Game
1. Stimac, Valmiera 10.9
2. Butkevicius, Nev. 10.0
3. Varnelis, Alytus 9.4
4. Janisius, Alytus 9.4
5. Williams, Techas. 9.3
Assists Per Game
1. Hill, Techasas 4.8
2. Viskontas, Neve. 4.5
3. Millage, ASK Riga 4.5
4. Jordan, LietR. 4.4
5. Nash, Valmiera 4.2
Steals Per Game
1. Millage, ASK Riga 2.8
2. Budzinausk., Tec. 2.8
3. Jeromanovs, VRig. 2.3
Blocks Per Game
1. Leonavicius, Neve. 3.5
2. Butkevicius, Neve. 2.0
3. Gumenyuk, VRiga 1.8
2FGP
1. Batista, LietuvR. 67.5
2. Williams, Tech. 67.5
3. Dimsa, Aisci/Atl. 65.2
3FGP
1. Dimsa, Nevezis 51.3
2. Kriisa, Kal/Cramo 50.0
3. Gecevicius, LieR. 50.0
Free Throws
1. Brown, Zalgiris 96.2
2. Adoma., Bar/LMT 89.5
3. Gecevicius, LieR. 89.5


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  BELGIUM   


Nando De Colo orchestrates France win over Belgium - by Eurobasket News
France - Belgium 82:63

Nando De Colo (202-G-87) poured in game-high 28 points to carry France past Belgium at the start of the 2009 EuroBasket Qualifcation. What was expected to be an easy rally for French national Team turned into a real battle with Belgium firing from all guns in the first half. Three-pointers was a real weapon for the visitors in the opening minutes of the game. Three trebles put Belgium in charge 11:1 early in the game. France gradually came back to life and capped the first quarter with 15:4 surge to build a 16:15 lead at the first intermission. Belgium tipped off the second quarter with a three-pointer from Randy Oveneke (201-F-86, agency: Prime Select Sports) to regain the lead. The teams traded basket further in the frame with the lead changing hands for several times. But it was Tony Parker (183-G-80) who drained a three-pointer with just a second left in the half to give France a 34:33 advantage at halftime. The third quarter turned out to be a decisive one as Nando De Colo stepped up for the home team. Cholet guard fired 15 points in the period and French National team secured a 10-point lead before the fourth term. Christophe Beghin (207-F-80, agency: Court Side) dropped 4 points early in the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to 9 points. However six straight points from Nando De Colo allowed the hosts to clear off to a 14-point distance and they never looked back again. Ronny Turiaf (208-C/F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) secured 7 points in the dying stages of the game and France celebrated a comfortable win at the end. Tony Parker provided 19 points for France. Ronny Turiaf added 11 points, while Diawara contributed 8 points for the winners. Sam Van Rossom (188-G-86) knocked down 17 points for Belgium. Christophe Beghin finished with 12 points and 6 rebounds in defeat. France will next take on Ukraine in Kiev, while Belgium will host Turkey.

France: Nando De Colo 28, Tony Parker 19, Ronny Turiaf 11
Belgium: Sam Van Rossom 17, Christophe Beghin 12


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  BOSNIA   


Czech Republic start with win - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic - Bosnia and Herzegovina 70:56

Czech republic National team posted their initial win at the start of the 2009 EuroBasket Qualification. They defeated Bosnia and Herzegovina in Pardubice to improve to 1-0 record in Group D. The hosts secured a 16:14 lead after the opening frame. Starosta and Jiri Welsch (200-F-80) stretched the margin to 7 points early in the secind period. However an 8:0 run from the visitors allowed Bosnia to tie the scoreline at 27 midway through the second frame. But Ladislav Sokolovsky (201-F-77, agency: PPGroup) (201-F-77, agency: PPGroup) three-pointer gave Czechs a 30:29 advantage at halftime. Ladislav Sokolovsky added 5 more points at the beginning of the third frame to propel the home team to a 6-point lead. Later in the frame Czech team went on an 11:0 surge to keep ahead. Jakub Kudlacek (186-G-90), Jiri Welsch and Benda deepened the damage early in the fourth quarter as the hosts enjoyed a 19-point lead at the moment. Bosnia and Herzegovina never rebounded in the dying monents of the game and suffered the defeat at the end. Benda tallied 15 points and 10 rebounds for Czech Republic. Ladislav Sokolovsky nailed 13 points, while Jiri Welsch added 11 points in the win. Mirza Teletovic (205-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 12 points for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Ermin Jazvin (208-C-80) had 10 points in a losing effort. Czech team outrebounded their opponetns 37:26 and forced Bosnian players to 18 turnovers. Czech team will next visit Great Britain, while Bosnia and Herzegovina will host Israel.

Czech Republic: Benda 15+10 boards, Ladislav Sokolovsky 13, Jiri Welsch 11
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Mirza Teletovic 12, Ermin Jazvin 10


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  BRAZIL   


Le Mans inks Brazilian big guy Joao Paulo Batista - by Eurobasket News
Le Mans inked another acquisition for the upcoming season. The team announced signing of Brazilian big guy J.P. Batista (206-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga), who arrives from Barons/LMT Riga. Actually he moved to Barons from Lietuvos Rytas in February this year. Barista had 9 games in Baltic league with Barons averaging 10 ppg and 4.8 rpg. Much better digits he recorded for 13 games in Latvian championship helping his team to grab the title. At the end of the season he was named 'Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League 2nd Team'. Barons also won FIBA EuroCup this year. Batista already has experience from Euroleagaue. He appeared 11 times in best European competition in 07/08 adding 3.4 ppg and 1.5 rpg. His first season with Lietuvos (06/07) was pretty successful. Batista's team won Baltic league and played in the final of ULEB Cup, what was enough for the Euroleague next season. He had around 10 ppg and 5 rpg in all competitions that season. At the end of it he was named 'Eurobasket All-Lithuanian LKL Forward of the Year -07'.

J.P. Batista graduated at Gonzaga University in 2006. At his senior season he averaged 19.3 ppg and 9.4 rpg leading Gonzaga to NCAA Sweet 16.


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  BULGARIA   


Bulgaria loses their first in front of 15000 - by Eurobasket News
Serbia -Bulgaria 74:64

Serbian basketball is on the top of the European standards and the way people like it there probably the best. Bulgarian National team could not steal a win from Serbia and packed Belgrades Arena. The hosts tied Bulgaria in the group for 3-1 record beating them 74:64. Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) led the winners with 20 points and 4 rebounds. Nenad Krstic (214-C-83) nailed 12, while Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) posted 11. Ibrahim Jaaber (188-G-84, college: Pennsylvania) ended up with 12 points in the losing effort, Stefan Georgiev (206-C/F-78, agency: Interperformances) and Deyan Ivanov (205-C/F-86) posted 10 apiece.
Tepics three made the arena wild in the beginning of the game as Serbia took 3:0 advantage. Serbia was much better team from the beginning. Stoykov, Videnov and Ibrahim Jaaber struggled with aggressive defense buy Serbian guards which resulted with 38:26 for Serbia at the half time.
Georgiev reduced to 42:32 in the beginning of the third period. Perovic however gave Serbia 56:43 when the teams finished thirty minutes of the game. It was Novica Velickovic to make it plus 20 in the last period and at that time it became clear that Bulgaria would see their first loss. The guests did not give up however and could reduce to 10 points at the end. After Jaaber made a lay-up, Novica Velickovic made the final 74:64 score.

Serbia: Novica Velickovic 20 , Nenad Krstic 12, Milos Teodosic 11
Bulgaria: Ibrahim Jaaber 12, Stefan Georgiev 10, Deyan Ivanov 10


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  CANADA   


LeBron James heads to Toronto for big screen debut - by Eurobasket News
LeBron James (203-F-84) has gone from the gold-medal stand to the silver screen.

The Cleveland Cavaliers' megastar, fresh off helping the U.S. basketball team win gold at the Beijing Olympics, will be at the Toronto International Film Festival this weekend for the debut of More Than A Game, a documentary chronicling his rise to stardom and how he and four childhood friends overcame long odds to win a national championship in high school.

Combining footage taken during James' career at St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in nearby Akron, along with one-on-one interviews by writer/director Kris Belman, home videos, and personal family photographs, the film is about much more than basketball. At its core is a story of friendship, loyalty and love.

'We set out with a goal as kids and we wanted to accomplish that someway, somehow by using basketball as a tool, not knowing that it was going to create other opportunities for us,' James said. 'We didn't know it was going to create a brotherhood and trust.

'We grew from kids into young men.'

James is expected to be joined by friends and former teammates Dru Joyce III, Sian Cotton, Willie McGee and Romeo Travis for the premiere.

Like the much-acclaimed 1994 film Hoop Dreams, which followed two Chicago high school students chasing their dream of becoming pro basketball players, More Than A Game focuses on how James and his friends' lives are shaped by basketball.

Their journey began together as 8-year-old boys, winds through years criss-crossing the U.S. playing in AAU tournaments and finishes in their senior season at St. Vincent-St. Mary, a year when James came under scrutiny for accepting a $50,000 sports-utility vehicle as a gift from his mother and his eligibility was briefly stripped by the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

At the time, Belman was a film student at Loyola Marymount. He set out to chronicle James and his friends' season as his final school project, a 10-minute documentary. But after gaining the trust of the players and coach Dru Joyce, Belman spent two months filming and eventually teamed with producer Harvey Mason Jr. to the full-length feature.

James hopes the film will inspire youngsters.

'We set out with a goal when we were eight and we accomplished it when we were 18,' he said. 'It's a great story and I wanted to get it out to kids that have a dream, that they should continue to go after it, believe in it and live it if they want to accomplish something.'

Courtesy of www.thestar.com


Carleton tops Buffalo to wrap exhibition series - by Eurobasket News
Aaron Doornekamp (201-F-85) poured in 19 points to lead Carleton University to an 84-74 win over the Buffalo Bulls on Monday, as the Ravens came within a point of an exhibition basketball sweep.

The Ravens went 3-1 in their four-game pre-season series against NCAA Division 1 opponents, their only loss an 84-83 defeat by NCAA champion University of Kansas on Saturday.

Carleton led from wire to wire Monday, opening the game with an 11-0 run and then leading 42-28 at halftime.

Doornekamp, from Odessa, Ont., added five rebounds, four assists and a pair of steals in the victory, while Mike Kenny of Ottawa added 13 points. Stu Turnbull of Kingston, Ont., and Cole Hobin of Ashton, Ont., chipped in 10 points apiece.

Calvin Betts scored 15 points to top Buffalo.

Carleton defeated Northeastern 77-47 and South Alabama 78-59 earlier in the pre-season tournament.

Courtesy of www.thestar.com


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  CBC CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Standings (Men)
Standings
Group A
1. Domin.R.3-0
2. Guyana1-2
3. Antigua1-2
4. Bahamas1-2
Group B
1. P.Rico4-0
2. Cuba3-1
3. British Vi.2-2
4. Barbados1-3
5. Trinid/T.0-4


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  CENTROBASKET U17   


Standings
Standings
1. P.Rico5-0
2. Bahamas3-2
3. Domin.R.3-2
4. Mexico3-2
5. US V.Isl1-4
6. Trinid/T.0-5


Stats Leaders
Centrobasket U17 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 R.Cortes (PUR) 24.0
2 J.Favela (MEX) 20.8
3 D.Moss (BAH) 20.4
4 D.Vivas (MEX) 15.8
5 Y.Minaya (DOM) 15.0
Rebounds Per Game
1 D.Moss (BAH) 13.2
2 J.Storr (BAH) 11.4
3 K.Rowley (TRI) 9.0
4 M.De Freitas (TRI) 8.6
5 B.Charles (TRI) 8.4
Assists Per Game
1 H.Rodriguez (PUR) 7.0
2 J.Favela (MEX) 6.4
3 D.Vivas (MEX) 5.2
4 S.Miro (PUR) 4.2
5 R.Cortes (PUR) 3.8
Steals Per Game
1 S.Miro (PUR) 3.6
2 J.Favela (MEX) 2.8
3 R.Moquete (DOM) 4.3
Blocks Per Game
1 K.Rowley (TRI) 4.0
2 C.Lopez (PUR) 2.8
3 M.De Freitas (TRI) 1.8
3FGP
1 R.Cortes (PUR) 52.0
2 S.Miro (PUR) 50.0
3 O.Vanterpool(ISV) 38.9
Free Throws
1.D.Onofre(MEX) 81.3
2 R.Cortes (PUR) 75.0
3 S.Miro (PUR) 72.4


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  CHINA   


New Team in CBA - by Robert Wang
CBA Comittee organized the season meeting in Bei Jing today and discuss which team would go up to the D-1 league this year. 4 teams are in the voted position included Guang Dong, Tian Jin, Qinag Dao and Bei Jing Ao Shen. Bei Jing Ao Shen has been confirmed to back in China this season and they are locating their home gym now. They might be picking up the Olympic basketball Gym (Wu Ke Song) as their home gym this year. All the basketball games were hold in this gym during the Olympic Games this year. There will be 18 teams in the new season this year.
Also, CBA allows each team to invite an Asian player out of China as their import except the US imports. This would give the fans more excitement during the season. And foreigner's playing time would be unlimited. Hope this new policy bring more fan in the new season this year.


Strait Cup Tournamnet - by Robert Wang
Strait Cup basketball game will be hold on Spe. 7th to Sep. 12th in Zhe Jiang provnce. 4 teams from China mainland and Taiwan would be pplaying in this tournament. This is the third time that China organized this event. 2 teams from Zhe Jiang province, Zhe Jiang Wan Ma team and Zhe Jiang Guang Sha team and other 2 teams from Tai Wan, Yu Long team and Da Xin team. On Sep. 8th, there is a game between the 2 chinese local teams (Guang Sha and Wan Ma). This event is just to develope the China basketball and build relationship between China mainland and Tai Wan.

Kauslauskas Suggests Guo Shiqiang as Coach - by Arthur Volbert
National Team coach Kazlauskas, who is returning to Europe, is backing Guo Shi Quang (192-G-75) to become the China's new head coach according to www.fiba.com .

Guo coached Liaoning to the finals of the CBA playoffs this year after finishing tied for fourth in the regular season. Guo was a point guard on the China team coached by Del Harris and Kazlauskas at the 2004 Olympics.

'Guo Shi Quang has helped us a lot during the two Olympic Games, Kauslauskas said. Now he's a coach himself, and has been named CBA Coach of the Year for two consecutive years. The first year he was awarded together with Adiljan Dijiang, and he was the best this year. He brought Liaoning from the seventh place to the second, which is not easy. I can see he's been making progress. In my opinion, he is the important candidate of next Chinese head coach.'

Li Chunjiang, the coach of the U-18 team, has also been mentioned as a candidate for coach of the national team. He led Guangdong to three straight CBA titles.

But I believe his behavior in Tehran has disqualified him. Instead, perhaps he can be sent to a rural community for re-education.


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  COCABA CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Standings
Standings
1. Mexico5-0
2. Costa Rica.4-1
3. El Salvado.3-2
4. Guatemala1-4
5. Honduras1-4
6. Nicaragua1-4


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  COLOMBIA   


Condores changes its name to OVNIS Alcaldia de Tenjo - by Victor Garcia
Condores the team of Cundinamarca change its name and place, the team that played in Fusagasuga moves to Tenjo 20 minutes at Bogots west, the team is sponsored by the Alcaldia de Tenjo and its new name is OVNIS.
OVNIS will receive Norte de Santander on friday night in its Coliseum at the opening night of the 2008 Colombian Basketall Federation Cup, the Tenjo coliseum allows 2500 people, and is the first time ever a team of the Federation Cup plays in this town.


Piratas inks imports, guard Vincent Camper and Forward Marcus Skinner - by Victor Garcia
Piratas choose to test a couple of young players as its imports for the 2008 Federation Cup, Vincet Camper will fill the guard position Camper played at Cal. State at LA in the NCAA DivII with good numbers, and Marcus Skinner will took the power forward sport, Skinner played at Wisconsin Milwaukee in the NCAA Div1, both will have his first experience overseas.
The americans will complete a young roster coached for the young coach Cesar Cassiani who is making his first season as Head Coach in the Federation Cup, Cassiani was former assitant of Adriano Dillone and Guillermo Moreno in Piratas
Marcus Skinner (198-F)


OVNIS ALCALDIA DE TENJO ROSTER - by Victor Garcia
The team of Tenjo, will bet to a young team, and all the offensive load will be on its imports shoulders, Joey Spiegel Perea could be the surprise of the cup

WILSON MOSQUERA (1.96 F)
CESAR ORDOEZ (1.95 F)
JULIAN PINEDA (1.80 G)
FRASSER MENA (1.97 F)
RODRIGO RODRIGUEZ (1.98 F/C)
JOEY SPIEGEL PEREA (1,80 G)
GERSON PEA (1.85 G)
EDGAR SOTO (1.95 F)
JOSE LOPEZ (1.93 F)
FREDDY ROBINSON (1.96 F) USA
ERIC DAVIS (2.06 C) USA
COACH: TOMS DIAZ PEREZ


PIRATAS DE BOGOTA ROSTER - by Victor Garcia
Is the time for Emiro Romero to take the leadership of this young group, also the first experience of the young coach Cesar Casiani as Head Coach, the team have great hopes on Gianlucca Bacci

EMIRO ROMERO (1.96 F/G)
GABRIEL FUENTES (2,02 C/F)
JOBAN BERRIO (1.98 F)
CESAR AGAMEZ (2.00 F/C)
CESAR CASSIANI (1.85 G)
GIANLUCCA BACCI (1.87 G/F)
JOHN PEREZ (1.85 G)
MIGUEL MATAMOROS (1.78 G)
DIEGO LIVINSGTON (1.95 F)
RAFAEL GOMEZ (1.97 F)
HENRY ORDOEZ (1.90 G)
CARLOS VARELA (1.95 F)
NICOLAS LEON (1.80 G)
MARCUS SKINNER (1.98 F) USA
VINCENT CAMPER (1.90 G) USA
COACH: CESAR CASSIANI


INDERVALLE DE CALI, ROSTER - by Victor Garcia
Guilermo Moreno is back and the team will use the experience of its coach, and the experience of its roster to be a challenger in the Cup, one of the teams to beat

DARIO CUERO (1.97 F)
CESAR CORTEZ (2.00 F)
RENE GONZALEZ (1.96 F)
SALOMON MOSQUERA (1.80 G)
ALVARO TEHERAN (2.11 C)
MIGUEL CANDELO (1.90 G)
STEWART PALACIOS (1.80 G)
HARVEY GUEVARA (1.97 F)
DIOMEDES CASIANI (2.00 C)
YUBERT HINESTROZA (2.01 C)
ABIMAEL PALACIOS (1.94 F)
LUIS FERNANDO MINA (2.00 F)
JACOBO CETER (1.86 G)
DAJUAN GOUARD (1.90 G) USA
GEORGE BAKER (1.96 F) USA
COACH: GUILLERMO MORENO RUMIE
MANAGER: ADOLFO SANCHEZ


BUCAROS FRESKA-LECHE DE BUCARAMANGA - by Victor Garcia
Again a great roster, Daniel Garcia is another player to see, and Miguel Marriaga a big surprise in the roster, Curtis Williams the best player of last season will lead the team

RICARDO SANZ (1.96 F)
DAVID REYES (1.80 G)
CRUZ SALCEDO (1.88 G)
DANIEL GARCIA (1.92 G/F)
MIGUEL MARRIAGA (2.05 F/C)
RODRIGO GUTIERREZ (1,86 G)
CIRO PARRA (1,88 F)
JAVIER GORDON (1,97 F)
CURTIS WILLIAMS (2.05 F/C) USA
QUINCY ALEXANDER (2.02 F/C) USA
COACH / MANAGER: CARLOS PARRA
Curtis Williams (205-F/C-77, college: Louisiana Tech)


ARRIEROS IDEA DE ANTIOQUIA - MEDELLIN ROSTER - by Victor Garcia
One of the most complete starting line up in many years, if the team keeps healthy for sure will be on the finals

NORBEY ARAGON (1.94 F/G)
ENIELSEN GUEVARA (2.04 F/C)
HEBERTH BAYONA (2.11 C)
HUMBERTO SOLER (1.88 G)
FELIPE MONTOYA (1.88 G)
NILSON CARABALI (1.98 F)
DIVIER PEREZ (2.01 F)
FELIPE BARRIOS (1.80 G)
ANDRES ARCILA (1.90 G)
ADISON BLANDON (2.00 F)
MICHAEL AREIZA (2.01 F/C)
DEIBY AGUIRRE (1.92 G)
SANTIAGO JARAMILLO (1.85 G)
DIEGO GUEVARA (1.88 G) VEN
JERMAINE WALKER (1.98 F) USA
COACH: HERNN GIRALDO
MANAGER: ALBEIRO ROJAS
Jermaine Walker (198-F-77, agency: Larry Fox Services, college: Miami, FL)


NORTE DE SANTANDER , DE CUCUTA,ROSTER - by Victor Garcia
Julio Toro is a winner, and now in Cucuta he is building a team to work around Edgar Moreno and Ryan Carroll talent, one of the favourites

EDGAR MORENO (1.90 G)
SEBASTIAN MARQUEZ (1.96 F)
DIEGO QUIROZ (1.82 G)
JOHN HERNANDEZ (2.07 C)
DANIEL RESTREPO (1.90 G)
ALVARO CONTRERAS (1.80 G)
JUAN MANAURE (1.92 G)
EDUARDO TORRES (1.95 F)
YADER FERNANDEZ (1.97 F)
ELEUTERIO RENTERIA (1.94 F)
JOSE BAQUERO
MITCHELL FRANCO
JERRY ECHENIQUE (2.00 F)
RYAN CARROLL (1.95 G)
COACH: JULIO TORO MORILLO
ASISTENTE: JOSE RAMN MELENDEZ
Edgar Moreno (191-G-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: UTEP)


ISLANDERS - SOPESA DE SAN ANDRES ISLAS - by Victor Garcia
Kevin Sowell and Stalin Ortiz makes the strongest scoring couple this year, the coach Guillermo Lopez really trust on the fire power of his backcourt

STALIN ORTIZ (1.91 G)
FRANKLIN FORBES (1.80 G)
VICTOR LEVER (1.87 G)
ALBERTO SINCLAIR (1.88 G)
JARED CORPUS (1.90 G)
STEFANO STEELE (1.88 G)
VICTOR HOOKER (1.97 F)
JULIAN HOOKER (1.96 F)
JOE MANUEL (1.95 F)
DOEL FORBES (2.02 C)
YAMITH HURTADO (1.90 G)
EUGENIO WEBSTER (1.97 C)
HERNAN PUSSEY (1.88 G)
KEVIN SOWELL (1.91 G) USA
DARYL RUFUS (2.02 F/C) USA
COACH: GUILLERMO LOPEZ (ARG)
CO-MANAGERS: RONALD HOUSSNI ALAIN MAJARREZ
Stalin Ortiz (191-G-81, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: Valparaiso)


OVNIS (formerly Condores) adds Colombian -American Joey Spiegel and Imports - by Victor Garcia


OVNIS (formerly Condores) adds Colombian -American Joey Spiegel and Imports - by Victor Garcia
OVNIS add Colombian - Amrican guard, Joey Spiegel Perea to its roster, Spiegel Perea is a 6tall guard , finished his career at William Patterson University in New Jersey and will make its first overseas experience in his mother country Colombia.
Also the team inked americans Freddy Robinson (66' F) from Colorado St and Eric Davis (610' C) both players has experience in USA leagues, adn will make the teams frontcourt, with thi sthree players OVNIS completes its roster


Stalin Ortiz agrees terms with ISLANDERS - by Victor Garcia
Colombian star guard, Stalin Ortiz is back in Colombia after one season in Italy with the Air Avellino, Champion of the Italian Cup, the San Andres Islanders - Sopesa agreed terms with Ortiz and the player will join the team soon.
With Stalin the Islanders completes its roster and will have a powerfull couple of guards with Kevin Sowell and Stalin Ortiz, Stalin will join also Guillermo Lopez his former coach at Argentinas Estudiantes, the Islanders will host Bucaros next friday night in the Pink Coliseum.
Islanders moves high among the favourites
Stalin Ortiz (191-G-81, agency: HM Sports Agency, college: Valparaiso)


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  CROATIA   


Zabok gets Luka Zoric on loan from Zagreb - by Eurobasket News
Unexpectedly Zabok got huge reinforcement for the upcoming season. It is Luka Zoric (211-C/F-84), who spent last one in Cibona Zagreb. He didn't have a chance to play so much in Cibona what was the main reason for his decision to leave Croatian giant. He averaged around 2 points for 7 minutes (all competitions included). Two seasons before, Zoric was the best player of Sibenik. For 23 games in A1 he averaged 20 ppg, 9.9 rpg and 1.2 apg. In 2005 Zoric signed 4-year deal with Euroleague team Union Olimpija but he spent just half of the season there. Namely, the team decided to release him in January 2006. Interesting is that those few months Zoric didn't spend in Olimpija, he was loaned to Postojna. In 04/05 Zoric played shortly for the German team Braunschweig but very soon he joined Dubrovnik. In the past he also played for Dona Dubrava Zagreb and Karlovac. In 01/02 he was a member of his new-old team Zabok.

Except of Luka Zoric, Nikola Garma (203-F-85, agency: Agency No 10) will also spend one season in Zabok on loan. Zagreb done the same with Vedran Nakic (184-G). Two teams will meet each other tomorrow in a friendly game. As a reminder, Zabok already registered one victory this summer. It was against Russian team Lokomotiv Novosibirsk 74-73.


Lokomotiv Novosybirsk defeats Borik Puntamika - by Eurobasket News
Three Croatian teams together with Russian Lokomotiv Novosybirsk participate on tournament in Karlovac. In the first day Lokomotiv outplayed A1 team Borik Puntamika 81-54. Russians showed slightly better performance in the first half finishing it 40-35. Actually it was the only period in this game when Borik Puntamika succeeded to resist against strong Russians. Lokomotiv put into the fifth gear during the following 20 minutes taking more than comfortable 81-54. Timakov led Lokomotiv to victory scoring 15 points. Vladimir Pronin (205-F-75) followed him scoring 10 points. Ante Devic (193-G-86) showed the best performance in Borik Puntamika netting 13 points. Grgurevic had two points less than him.

In the other game, A1 team Dubrava had an easy job against A2 team Zorona celebrating 104-79. Same scenario from the first game was seen in Karlovac. Zorona was equal rival to Dubrava only in the first 20 minutes. Later, Dubrava took full control on its opponent finishing the game with rouitne. Danijel Krajacic (199-F-86) was the best player for the winning side scoring 17 points. Skelic netted 16 while Jurjevic and Goran Perkovic (182-G-91) had 14 points each. Pavlinic was a way better than the others in Zorona with 31 points.

Dubrava will meet Lokomotiv in the final while Zorona will take on Borik Puntamika for third place.


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Czech Republic start with win - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic - Bosnia and Herzegovina 70:56

Czech republic National team posted their initial win at the start of the 2009 EuroBasket Qualification. They defeated Bosnia and Herzegovina in Pardubice to improve to 1-0 record in Group D. The hosts secured a 16:14 lead after the opening frame. Starosta and Jiri Welsch (200-F-80) stretched the margin to 7 points early in the secind period. However an 8:0 run from the visitors allowed Bosnia to tie the scoreline at 27 midway through the second frame. But Ladislav Sokolovsky (201-F-77, agency: PPGroup) (201-F-77, agency: PPGroup) three-pointer gave Czechs a 30:29 advantage at halftime. Ladislav Sokolovsky added 5 more points at the beginning of the third frame to propel the home team to a 6-point lead. Later in the frame Czech team went on an 11:0 surge to keep ahead. Jakub Kudlacek (186-G-90), Jiri Welsch and Benda deepened the damage early in the fourth quarter as the hosts enjoyed a 19-point lead at the moment. Bosnia and Herzegovina never rebounded in the dying monents of the game and suffered the defeat at the end. Benda tallied 15 points and 10 rebounds for Czech Republic. Ladislav Sokolovsky nailed 13 points, while Jiri Welsch added 11 points in the win. Mirza Teletovic (205-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 12 points for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Ermin Jazvin (208-C-80) had 10 points in a losing effort. Czech team outrebounded their opponetns 37:26 and forced Bosnian players to 18 turnovers. Czech team will next visit Great Britain, while Bosnia and Herzegovina will host Israel.

Czech Republic: Benda 15+10 boards, Ladislav Sokolovsky 13, Jiri Welsch 11
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Mirza Teletovic 12, Ermin Jazvin 10


Stats Leaders - NBL
NBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Rancik, Nym. 18.3
2 Hruby, Usti 17.3
3 Wooten, Liberec 17.3
4 Sarovic, Geofin 16.8
5 Sanders, Pard. 16.2
Rebounds Per Game
1 McMillian, Geofin 7.6
2 Andelija, Praha 7.3
3 Ofoegbu, Ostrava 7.4
4 Walker, Geofin 6.9
5 Tomaszek, Prost. 6.8
Assists Per Game
1 Vrubl, A Plus B 5.7
2 Mitchell, Ostrava 5.4
3 Grier, Decin 3.9
4 Sanders, Pard. 3.8
5 Phillips, Pard. 3.7
Steals Per Game
1 Mitchell, Ostrava 2.6
2 Rancik, Nym. 2.0
3 Sanders, Pard. 2.0
2FGP
1 Bojic, Prost. 67.8
2 Benda, Nym. 67.0
3 Pelikan, Geofin 65.7
3FGP
1 Sokolovsky, Nym. 46.8
2 Lee, Nym. 46.0
3 Votroubek, Prost. 45.2
Free Throws
1 Mujagic, Sadska 90.8
2 Sanders, Prad. 90.4
3 Milos, Decin 87.5


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  D-LEAGUE   


Milwaukee Bucks become third Mad Ants' affiliate for 2008-09 season - by Eurobasket News
The National Basketball Association announced today that the Milwaukee Bucks will become a new NBA D-League affiliate of the Fort Wayne Mad Ants for the 2008-09 season. With the affiliation, the Bucks can assign players in their first or second seasons in the NBA to the Mad Ants.

'We are very pleased to have the Bucks join the Mad Ants' family,' said Mad Ants President Jeff Potter. 'The Bucks - behind the leadership of John Hammond and new coach Scott Skiles - are a team on the upswing, and we hope that we can be an asset to help them develop their young players much as we did with Cheikh Samb and the Pistons this past season.'

The Bucks will join the Indiana Pacers and the Detroit Pistons as affiliates of the Mad Ants. In the 2007-08 season, the Bucks used the D-League by sending their first round draft pick, Ramon Sessions, to play for the Tulsa 66ers. Sessions became an instant star in the league and eventually played his way into becoming a starter for the Bucks. During his run with the Bucks, Sessions set a Bucks franchise record with 24 assists in one game, demonstrating how effective the D-League can be in helping young players develop and becoming ready for the challenges of the NBA.

The Bucks were previously one of the parent clubs for the Tulsa 66ers, but, as a result of the purchase of the 66ers by the Professional Basketball Club, LLC, owner of the Oklahoma City NBA franchise on July 31, 2008, the Mad Ants became Milwaukee's affiliate. Oklahoma City is the third NBA team to own and operate an NBA D-League affiliate, joining the Los Angeles Lakers (L.A. D-Fenders) and the San Antonio Spurs (Austin Toros) as sole owners of their affiliates. Each NBA team has one NBA D-League affiliate to which it may assign players in their first or second NBA season.

Do not miss your opportunity to be a part of the NBA and the Mad Ants as the invasion continues! The Mad Ants tip off the 2008-09 NBA D-League season at home in the Allen Country War Memorial Coliseum against the expansion Erie BayHawks on Friday, November 28, and season tickets are now on sale for the team's sophomore season. For ticket information on the 2008-09 season, please contact the Mad Ants office at (260)469-HOOP (4667).

Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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  EBA   


The Bulldogs move to EBA - by Gianni Pascucci
According with some statements from team Owner and coach James R. Schutz, Usbasket.com can announce that the Elmira Bulldogs will be playing in the EBA in 2009. The main reason is that the EBA league runs its season during winter, and the Bulldogs management found out last season, while playing in the NPBL, that their team had a drop off in attendence when the weather started to warm up. They were able to generate 700 fans for the NPBL championship game in Elmira on June 28th, but that was only because the Bulldogs fan's from March and April returned due to the hampionship game buzz. The same, Mr. Schultz stated to us that he have not ruled out a return to the NPBL in spring of 2009, as it has become common for teams to play in both the EBA and NPBL such as the Delaware Destroyers and Alexandria Avengers did last season.

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  ESTONIA   


Experience you can count on - by Eurobasket News
Portugal - Estonia 70:79

Veteran guard Gert Kullamae (198-G/F-71) scored game-high 28 points including a three straight trebles in the fourth tern to propel Estonia to an incredible away from home win over Portugal. What seemed a comfortable 6-point Portuguese lead before the fourth term suddenly turned into a 2-point deficit after an 11:0 run from Estonia early in the fourth period. Carlos Andrade (197-F-78, agency: Players Group, college: Queens (NC)) drew teams level but Estonia seemed to feel the taste of victory and was unstoppable in the dyng moments. Tanel Sokk (188-G-85) and Gert Kullamae nailed 13 points in the crunch time and pulled away with a narrow win for Estonia at the end.
It was a real close battle throughout the first half. The visitors grabbed a 21:17 lead after the opening term but Portugal surged ahead midway through the second quarter. However trifectas from Tanel Sokk, Tarmo Kikerpill (197-F-77) and Gert Kullamae carried the Baltic team to a 40:37 lead at the interval. The hosts stepped up in the third quarter. They went on a 13:2 run to surge in front and then piled up a 6-point cushion heading into the last period.
Tanel Sokk was impressive with 20 points for Estonia. Gregor Arbet (195-F/G-83) contributed 10 points for the visitors. Carlos Andrade produced 14 points for Portugal. Joao Santos (205-C-79, agency: Players Group, college: Nevada) had 13 points in defeat. Estonia had a 27:23 advantage on the glass and shot 44% from the field.
Estonia will host Latvia, while Portugal will visit Macedonia on Saturday.

Portugal: Carlos Andrade 14, Joao Santos 13
Estonia: Gert Kullamae 28, Tanel Sokk 20, Gregor Arbet 10


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Division A. Group B, C, D openers - by Eurobasket News

GROUP A

Serbia -Bulgaria 74:64

Serbian basketball is on the top of the European standards and the way people like it there probably the best. Bulgarian National team could not steal a win from Serbia and packed Belgrades Arena. The hosts tied Bulgaria in the group for 3-1 record beating them 74:64.
Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) led the winners with 20 points and 4 rebounds. Nenad Krstic (214-C-83) nailed 12, while Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) posted 11. Ibrahim Jaaber (188-G-84, college: Pennsylvania) ended up with 12 points in the losing effort, Stefan Georgiev (206-C/F-78, agency: Interperformances) and Deyan Ivanov (205-C/F-86) posted 10 apiece.
Tepics three made the arena wild in the beginning of the game as Serbia took 3:0 advantage. Serbia was much better team from the beginning. Stoykov, Videnov and
Ibrahim Jaaber struggled with aggressive defense buy Serbian guards which resulted with 38:26 for Serbia at the half time.
Georgiev reduced to 42:32 in the beginning of the third period. Perovic however gave Serbia 56:43 when the teams finished thirty minutes of the game. It was
Novica Velickovic to make it plus 20 in the last period and at that time it became clear that Bulgaria would see their first loss. The guests did not give up however and could reduce to 10 points at the end. After Jaaber made a lay-up, Novica Velickovic made the final 74:64 score.

Serbia:
Novica Velickovic 20 , Nenad Krstic 12, Milos Teodosic 11
Bulgaria:
Ibrahim Jaaber 12, Stefan Georgiev 10, Deyan Ivanov 10


Hungary-Finland 64:79
Inspired by the previous win over the Serbians, Finland overcame Hungary in Salgotarjan 79:64. Finland however trailed in the opening quarter but came back to the game and scored 22 points in each of the last three quarters. Petteri Koponen (193-G-88) was again the top-scorere with 17 points. Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) netted 13, while Tuukka Kotti (204-F/C-81, college: Providence) and Hanno Mottola (208-F-76, college: Utah) added 10 apiece. Erno Sitku (208-C-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) ended up with 20 points in defeat, while Tamas Kaman (200-F/G-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) posted 10. Finland leveled their record up at 2-2 in EuroBasket qualifying sending Hungary to 1-3.

Hungary being the home team of the game went on an early lead. Molnar made the score for his team 20:9 and then Virtanen closed the first period at 22:13.
Tamas Kaman put Hungary 27:15 ahead in the middle of the second as the hosts dominated the court at that time. Finland decided not to wait until the second half and produced 12-3 in the end of the second period. The teams went to the lockers with 37:35 for the home side. Finland scored 22 points, the same as in the second and as it became clear in the last to win the third 22:12. Tuukka Kotti with a lay-up gave his team 57:49 after thirty minutes. Hungary put up a fight early in the fourth, but their resistance was eventually broken, and Finland finished the game on a 9-2 run to seal it. In another game of the group Serbia handed Bulgaria their first loss 74:64.

Hungary:
Erno Sitku 20, Tamas Kaman 10
Finland:
Petteri Koponen 17, Kimmo Muurinen 13, Tuukka Kotti 10, Hanno Mottola 10


GROUP B

Latvia- Macedonia 83:82 OT
Latvia needed an overtime to beat Macedonia on Wednesday night to get their EuroBasket qualifying campaign off to a winning start.
Andris Biedrins (213-C-86) was unstoppable collecting tremendous 30 points and 22 rebounds. Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) supported him with 16 points and Janis Blums (190-G-82) added 11. Vrbica Stefanov (188-G-73, agency: Interperformances) top-scored in defeat with 25 points, while Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) added 21.
Almost for the first three minutes 5000 spectators could not see the baskets from both teams. Latvia was the first to score and
Andris Biedrins posted the first free throws. The hosts won the opening quarter 15:12 and looked more energetic. The teams stayed close to each other also in the second period and as a result the host had only 31:30 at the halftime.
The picture did not change a lot in the third period, but Latvians got 46:39 when
Andris Biedrins made a jump-shot. Macedonia took control for the rest of the period and Kristaps Janicenoks tied the game at the end of the third for 54:54. Dimitar Mirakovski was fouled by Gatis Jahovics with the game tied 74:74 and two seconds on the clock. But the guard came up empty with both free-throws to send the game to the extra period. Trailing 80:82 Latvia decided to risk and was happy to make it. Kristaps Janicenoks with a buzzer brought the initial win for the Latvians from the arc as his team celebrated 83:82 victory.

Latvia:
Andris Biedrins 30+22 rebs, Kristaps Janicenoks 16, Janis Blums 11
Macedonia:
Vrbica Stefanov 25, Todor Gecevski 21


Portugal - Estonia 70:79
Veteran guard
Gert Kullamae (198-G/F-71) scored game-high 28 points including a three straight trebles in the fourth tern to propel Estonia to an incredible away from home win over Portugal. What seemed a comfortable 6-point Portuguese lead before the fourth term suddenly turned into a 2-point deficit after an 11:0 run from Estonia early in the fourth period. Carlos Andrade (197-F-78, agency: Players Group, college: Queens (NC)) drew teams level but Estonia seemed to feel the taste of victory and was unstoppable in the dyng moments. Tanel Sokk (188-G-85) and Gert Kullamae nailed 13 points in the crunch time and pulled away with a narrow win for Estonia at the end.
It was a real close battle throughout the first half. The visitors grabbed a 21:17 lead after the opening term but Portugal surged ahead midway through the second quarter. However trifectas from
Tanel Sokk, Tarmo Kikerpill (197-F-77) and Gert Kullamae carried the Baltic team to a 40:37 lead at the interval. The hosts stepped up in the third quarter. They went on a 13:2 run to surge in front and then piled up a 6-point cushion heading into the last period.
Tanel Sokk was impressive with 20 points for Estonia. Gregor Arbet (195-F/G-83) contributed 10 points for the visitors. Carlos Andrade produced 14 points for Portugal. Joao Santos (205-C-79, agency: Players Group, college: Nevada) had 13 points in defeat. Estonia had a 27:23 advantage on the glass and shot 44% from the field.
Estonia will host Latvia, while Portugal will visit Macedonia on Saturday.

Portugal:
Carlos Andrade 14, Joao Santos 13
Estonia:
Gert Kullamae 28, Tanel Sokk 20, Gregor Arbet 10


GROUP C

Turkey-Ukraine 86:73
Ukraine lost the opener of Eurobasket qualifiers in Group C in Istanbul. More than 6000 spectators came to support the first game of Turkey in the start of their journey as well. The home side was too good in the opening quarter to seal 86:73 victory. Oguz Savas, Kerem Gonlum and Hidayet Turkoglu each scored 15 points to lead Turkey. Kerem Tunceri posted 13 and Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) nailed 10. Artem Butskyy (185-G-81) and Andriy Agafonov (207-F-86, agency: Interperformances) ended up with 15 points in defeat.
The first quarter did not bring the total win for any of the teams as they finished it with 24:24.
Ersan Ilyasova rallied the troops for a 27:13 and Kerem Tunceri hit back to back baskets and Turkey opened up a 14 point deficit at the half. Turkey's 13-3 run put them in control and they led 51:37 at half-time.
Artem Butskyy started to respond in the third quarter but Kerem Gonlum (208-C/F-77) 's extraordinary offensive contribution kept Turkey ahead and made it 71:54 before the last quarter. The hosts were in cruise control, but they did get something of a wake up call in the final minutes as back-to-back three-pointers from Artur Drozdov (198-G-80) and Sergiy Gladyr cut their lead to single figures at 80:71. The final whistle set up the first loss for the Ukrainian side in Eurobasket qualifiers in Group C. Turkey will play Belgium on the road on Saturday as Ukraine take on France.

Turkey: Sinan Guler 7, Engin Atsur 6, Ersan Ilyasova 10, Ersin Gorkem 0, Fatih Solak 2, Kerem Tunceri 13, Oguz Savas (208-C-87) 15, Kerem Gonlum 15, Ender Arslan 3, Hidayet Turkoglu (206-F-79) 15, Baris Hersek 0
Ukraine:
Artem Butskyy 15, Dmytro Zabirchenko 0, Oleksandr Kolchenko 8, Sergiy Gladyr 3, Artur Drozdov 9, Olexiy Onufriyev 2, Rostyslav Kryvych 6, Serhiy Lishchuk 13, Maxym Ivshyn 2, Vyacheslav Kravtson 0, Andriy Agafonov 15


France - Belgium 82:63
Nando De Colo (202-G-87) poured in game-high 28 points to carry France past Belgium at the start of the 2009 EuroBasket Qualifcation. What was expected to be an easy rally for French national Team turned into a real battle with Belgium firing from all guns in the first half. Three-pointers was a real weapon for the visitors in the opening minutes of the game. Three trebles put Belgium in charge 11:1 early in the game. France gradually came back to life and capped the first quarter with 15:4 surge to build a 16:15 lead at the first intermission. Belgium tipped off the second quarter with a three-pointer from Randy Oveneke (201-F-86, agency: Prime Select Sports) to regain the lead. The teams traded basket further in the frame with the lead changing hands for several times. But it was Tony Parker (183-G-80) who drained a three-pointer with just a second left in the half to give France a 34:33 advantage at halftime. The third quarter turned out to be a decisive one as Nando De Colo stepped up for the home team. Cholet guard fired 15 points in the period and French National team secured a 10-point lead before the fourth term. Christophe Beghin (207-F-80, agency: Court Side) dropped 4 points early in the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to 9 points. However six straight points from Nando De Colo allowed the hosts to clear off to a 14-point distance and they never looked back again. Ronny Turiaf (208-C/F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) secured 7 points in the dying stages of the game and France celebrated a comfortable win at the end. Tony Parker provided 19 points for France. Ronny Turiaf added 11 points, while Diawara contributed 8 points for the winners. Sam Van Rossom (188-G-86) knocked down 17 points for Belgium. Christophe Beghin finished with 12 points and 6 rebounds in defeat. France will next take on Ukraine in Kiev, while Belgium will host Turkey.

France:
Nando De Colo 28, Tony Parker 19, Ronny Turiaf 11
Belgium:
Sam Van Rossom 17, Christophe Beghin 12

GROUP D
Czech Republic - Bosnia and Herzegovina 70:56
Czech republic National team posted their initial win at the start of the 2009 EuroBasket Qualification. They defeated Bosnia and Herzegovina in Pardubice to improve to 1-0 record in Group D. The hosts secured a 16:14 lead after the opening frame. Starosta and
Jiri Welsch (200-F-80) stretched the margin to 7 points early in the secind period. However an 8:0 run from the visitors allowed Bosnia to tie the scoreline at 27 midway through the second frame. But Ladislav Sokolovsky (201-F-77, agency: PPGroup) (201-F-77, agency: PPGroup) three-pointer gave Czechs a 30:29 advantage at halftime. Ladislav Sokolovsky added 5 more points at the beginning of the third frame to propel the home team to a 6-point lead. Later in the frame Czech team went on an 11:0 surge to keep ahead. Jakub Kudlacek (186-G-90), Jiri Welsch and Benda deepened the damage early in the fourth quarter as the hosts enjoyed a 19-point lead at the moment. Bosnia and Herzegovina never rebounded in the dying monents of the game and suffered the defeat at the end. Benda tallied 15 points and 10 rebounds for Czech Republic. Ladislav Sokolovsky nailed 13 points, while Jiri Welsch added 11 points in the win. Mirza Teletovic (205-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) answered with 12 points for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Ermin Jazvin (208-C-80) had 10 points in a losing effort. Czech team outrebounded their opponetns 37:26 and forced Bosnian players to 18 turnovers. Czech team will next visit Great Britain, while Bosnia and Herzegovina will host Israel.

Czech Republic: Benda 15+10 boards,
Ladislav Sokolovsky 13, Jiri Welsch 11
Bosnia and Herzegovina:
Mirza Teletovic 12, Ermin Jazvin 10

Israel-Great Britain 102:92 OT
Luol Deng (201-F-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Duke) was not enough for the Great Britain in the opener of EuroBasket qualifying opener. Israel won an overtime thriller at home beating the opponent 102:92. A 17:7 in overtime was too much for the visitors in the game. Meir Tapiro (194-G-75, agency: Avi Zilberman) led the winners with 27 points. Lior Eliyahu (205-F-85, agency: ZAG Advocates) posted 24 and Yaniv Green (206-F-80, agency: ZAG Advocates) ended up with 13 points. Luol Deng shined in defeat with 30 points, whilst Joel Freeland (208-F-87) collected 14 points and 9 rebounds.
It was a real show and thanks to 7000 spectators the atmosphere remained hot from the first minute until the last. Great Britain scored first 4 points in the game and was stronger in the period. Both teams finished the opening quarter at 25:19 for the visitors. Israel reduced the gap in the second period but still trailed 42:47 at the half time as
Joel Freeland made a free throw.
With 27:20 in the third period the hosts took a control of the game. Georges three only closed the gap to 69:67 for Israel.
Luol Deng had given his team an 84:83 lead and after an Israeli timeout. Meir Tapiro calmly sank both free throws to tie the game at 85:85 and force overtime. In the extra time Israel however was too good claiming 102:92 win.

Israel:
Meir Tapiro 27, Lior Eliyahu 24, Yaniv Green 13
Great Britain:
Luol Deng 30, Joel Freeland 14+9 rebs


Standings Div.A (Men)
Standings
Group A
1. Bulgaria3-1
2. Serbia3-1
3. Finland2-2
4. Hungary1-3
5. Italy1-3
Group B
1. Estonia1-0
2. Latvia1-0
3. FYR Macedo.0-1
4. Portugal0-1
Group C
1. France1-0
2. Turkey1-0
3. Ukraine0-1
4. Belgium0-1
Group D
1. Czech Repu.1-0
2. Israel1-0
3. U.Kingdom0-1
4. Bosnia0-1


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  FINLAND   


Inspired by the previous win over the Serbians, Finland overcame Hungary in Salgotarjan - by Eurobasket News
Hungary-Finland 64:79

Inspired by the previous win over the Serbians, Finland overcame Hungary in Salgotarjan 79:64. Finland however trailed in the opening quarter but came back to the game and scored 22 points in each of the last three quarters. Petteri Koponen (193-G-88) was again the top-scorere with 17 points. Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) netted 13, while Tuukka Kotti (204-F/C-81, college: Providence) and Hanno Mottola (208-F-76, college: Utah) added 10 apiece. Erno Sitku (208-C-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) ended up with 20 points in defeat, while Tamas Kaman (200-F/G-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) posted 10. Finland leveled their record up at 2-2 in EuroBasket qualifying sending Hungary to 1-3.

Hungary being the home team of the game went on an early lead. Molnar made the score for his team 20:9 and then Virtanen closed the first period at 22:13. Tamas Kaman put Hungary 27:15 ahead in the middle of the second as the hosts dominated the court at that time. Finland decided not to wait until the second half and produced 12-3 in the end of the second period. The teams went to the lockers with 37:35 for the home side. Finland scored 22 points, the same as in the second and as it became clear in the last to win the third 22:12. Tuukka Kotti with a lay-up gave his team 57:49 after thirty minutes. Hungary put up a fight early in the fourth, but their resistance was eventually broken, and Finland finished the game on a 9-2 run to seal it. In another game of the group Serbia handed Bulgaria their first loss 74:64.

Hungary: Erno Sitku 20, Tamas Kaman 10
Finland: Petteri Koponen 17, Kimmo Muurinen 13, Tuukka Kotti 10, Hanno Mottola 10


EUROBASKET: Finland beat Hungary - by Rauno Hurmalainen

EuroBasket 2009, Division A. Qualifying Round, Group A: Hungary - Finland 64-79 (37-35). Quarters: 22-13, 15-22, 12-22, 15-22.
Finland had a slow start and by missing shots behind the arc, Hungary was ahead already by 13 pts during the second quarter. Finally Finland came back to the game and tough defence was then the weapon during the second half as Finland beat Hungary by 15 pts. An important victory for Finland on the road. Petteri Koponen (193-G-88) (17 pts), Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) 13, Hanno Mottola (10/9) and Tuukka Kotti (10) were in double figures. Hungary had only Erno Sitku (208-C-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) (20) and Tamas Kaman (200-F/G-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) (10) over 10 pts. Hungary was shooting 1 - 81,0%, 2 - 48,7% and 3 - 15,0% (3/20). Home Team grabbed 28 rbs. Finland: 1 - 100,0%, 2 - 63,4%, 3 - 26,1% (6/23). R: 32.

Serbia - Bulgaria 74-64 (38-26). Quarters: 18-13, 20-13, 18-17, 18-21. S: Novica Velickovic 20, Nenad Krstic 12. B: Ibrahim Jaaber 12, Stefan Georgiev 10.

Next games: 6.9. Hungary - Bulgaria, Serbia - Italy.



1.DIV.: PuHu signed three foreigner players - by Rauno Hurmalainen
PuHu (Vantaa) has signed three foreigner players. Two of them are Americans (SG Louie McCroskey (196-G-85, college: Syracuse and Marist) and F De Wayne Richardson (201-F-77, college: Fairmont St.), one is from Croatia (PF Marko Piplovic (206-F-76, agency: Interperformances). McCroskey will be first time in Europe after graduating last spring out of Marist U. (12,1 ppg - 5,2 rpg). Richardson instead has played professionally already in Austria, Turkey, Norway and last season in 1-division in Finland (BC Nokia, 22,0 ppg - 11,1 rpg). Piplovic is the most experienced of these three players. He has been playing at least in eight different countries: Croatia, Hungary, Turkey, Germany, France, Bulgaria, Bosnia&Herzegovina and in Serbia.

KORISLIIGA: Tarmo is testing Barnes and Messy - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Tarmo (Porvoo) is testing two American players and one Canadian during the coming days and weeks. F Jessan Gray (208-F-84, agency: Beggs and Lane, college: Iowa St.) arrived to Finland a week ago, PG Steve Barnes (178-G-82) and Canadian (CAN-CAM) Emmanuel Mani Messy (201-F, college: Seton Hall) joined Tarmo roster on Tuesday. Barnes is first time in Europe, Messy instead had a try out with Finnish YMCA LPR a year ago. Later Messy played in Germany (ProA, BBC Bayreuth, 6,1 ppg - 3,9 rpg) and in the summer 2008 in San Francisco Pro Am Summer League (Bay Raiders).

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  FRANCE   


Le Mans inks Brazilian big guy Joao Paulo Batista - by Eurobasket News
Le Mans inked another acquisition for the upcoming season. The team announced signing of Brazilian big guy J.P. Batista (206-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga), who arrives from Barons/LMT Riga. Actually he moved to Barons from Lietuvos Rytas in February this year. Barista had 9 games in Baltic league with Barons averaging 10 ppg and 4.8 rpg. Much better digits he recorded for 13 games in Latvian championship helping his team to grab the title. At the end of the season he was named 'Eurobasket.com All-Latvian League 2nd Team'. Barons also won FIBA EuroCup this year. Batista already has experience from Euroleagaue. He appeared 11 times in best European competition in 07/08 adding 3.4 ppg and 1.5 rpg. His first season with Lietuvos (06/07) was pretty successful. Batista's team won Baltic league and played in the final of ULEB Cup, what was enough for the Euroleague next season. He had around 10 ppg and 5 rpg in all competitions that season. At the end of it he was named 'Eurobasket All-Lithuanian LKL Forward of the Year -07'.

J.P. Batista graduated at Gonzaga University in 2006. At his senior season he averaged 19.3 ppg and 9.4 rpg leading Gonzaga to NCAA Sweet 16.


Nando De Colo orchestrates France win over Belgium - by Eurobasket News
France - Belgium 82:63

Nando De Colo (202-G-87) poured in game-high 28 points to carry France past Belgium at the start of the 2009 EuroBasket Qualifcation. What was expected to be an easy rally for French national Team turned into a real battle with Belgium firing from all guns in the first half. Three-pointers was a real weapon for the visitors in the opening minutes of the game. Three trebles put Belgium in charge 11:1 early in the game. France gradually came back to life and capped the first quarter with 15:4 surge to build a 16:15 lead at the first intermission. Belgium tipped off the second quarter with a three-pointer from Randy Oveneke (201-F-86, agency: Prime Select Sports) to regain the lead. The teams traded basket further in the frame with the lead changing hands for several times. But it was Tony Parker (183-G-80) who drained a three-pointer with just a second left in the half to give France a 34:33 advantage at halftime. The third quarter turned out to be a decisive one as Nando De Colo stepped up for the home team. Cholet guard fired 15 points in the period and French National team secured a 10-point lead before the fourth term. Christophe Beghin (207-F-80, agency: Court Side) dropped 4 points early in the fourth quarter to cut the deficit to 9 points. However six straight points from Nando De Colo allowed the hosts to clear off to a 14-point distance and they never looked back again. Ronny Turiaf (208-C/F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga) secured 7 points in the dying stages of the game and France celebrated a comfortable win at the end. Tony Parker provided 19 points for France. Ronny Turiaf added 11 points, while Diawara contributed 8 points for the winners. Sam Van Rossom (188-G-86) knocked down 17 points for Belgium. Christophe Beghin finished with 12 points and 6 rebounds in defeat. France will next take on Ukraine in Kiev, while Belgium will host Turkey.

France: Nando De Colo 28, Tony Parker 19, Ronny Turiaf 11
Belgium: Sam Van Rossom 17, Christophe Beghin 12


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  FYR MACEDONIA   


Latvia needs an overtime to beat the Macedonians - by Eurobasket News
Latvia- Macedonia 83:82 OT

Latvia needed an overtime to beat Macedonia on Wednesday night to get their EuroBasket qualifying campaign off to a winning start. Andris Biedrins (213-C-86) was unstoppable collecting tremendous 30 points and 22 rebounds. Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) supported him with 16 points and Janis Blums (190-G-82) added 11. Vrbica Stefanov (188-G-73, agency: Interperformances) top-scored in defeat with 25 points, while Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) added 21.
Almost for the first three minutes 5000 spectators could not see the baskets from both teams. Latvia was the first to score and Andris Biedrins posted the first free throws. The hosts won the opening quarter 15:12 and looked more energetic. The teams stayed close to each other also in the second period and as a result the host had only 31:30 at the halftime.
The picture did not change a lot in the third period, but Latvians got 46:39 when Andris Biedrins made a jump-shot. Macedonia took control for the rest of the period and Kristaps Janicenoks tied the game at the end of the third for 54:54. Dimitar Mirakovski was fouled by Gatis Jahovics with the game tied 74:74 and two seconds on the clock. But the guard came up empty with both free-throws to send the game to the extra period. Trailing 80:82 Latvia decided to risk and was happy to make it. Kristaps Janicenoks with a buzzer brought the initial win for the Latvians from the arc as his team celebrated 83:82 victory.

Latvia: Andris Biedrins 30+22 rebs, Kristaps Janicenoks 16, Janis Blums 11
Macedonia: Vrbica Stefanov 25, Todor Gecevski 21


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  GERMANY   


Bogojevic out as Kaiserslautern coach - by Moritz Korff
The Kaiserslautern Braves (2. Bundesliga Pro A) have parted ways with Head Coach Vladimir Bogojevic, as the club announced on its website Wednesday. Reportedly there has been different opinions between the club-officials and the coach on how to realize the concept of the Braves' athletic developement.
For Bogojevic, who won 57 caps on the German Men's National Team during his career as a player, Kaiserslautern was his first stop as a coach in professional basketball. He had a record of 22 wins and 8 defeats during 2007-08, his first year, and led the Braves to a third place in the Pro A-final standings. Assistant Marcel Schroeder will now do the coaching.


Regionalliga-News - by Moritz Korff
Heimerer Schulen Basket Landsberg (Regionalliga South-East) and Travis Krenske (188-G-85, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: SW Minnesota St.) have made an agreement for the 2008-09 season. The 23-year-old from Fairbault, Minnesota is a versatile Guard/Forward. He spent the past three years at Southwest Minnesota State University (NCAA2) and averaged 13.3 points for the Mustangs during 2007-08.

Florian Moysich (183-G-80) has joined SC Rist Wedel from the Regionalliga North. The 28-year-old Guard suited up for Muenchen Basket in the 2. Bundesliga Pro B in this past season. He scored 5.6 points a game. Florian Reiter (186-G/F-83) and Robert Vater (196-F-88) had arrived to Wedel as newcomers earlier this summer.

Lucian Kieser (203-F-79, agency: Rasmussen Services), the 2004-05 Eurobasket.com All-German 2.Bundesliga Domestic Player of the Year, is now a member of USC Leipzig (Regionalliga South-East). The Forward started the 2007-08 season at Farho Gijon (Spain, LEB Silver) and moved to Bahia de Mazarron Basket (Spain, EBA) in February. He appeared in 7 league-games for the team and averaged 4.6 points per contest.

Only some days before the start of the season in the 2. Regionalliga West this next weekend, the club-officials of SV Hagen-Haspe have made a move on one of their import player-spots. Corrie Sutherlin (G) was replaced by O'Neill Gordon (193-F/G-80).. The 28-year-old Canadian, an athletic Guard/Forward and a former All-CIS Second Team member, already played for Haspe in 2007. In this past season the Toronto-native shot hoops for SV 03 Tuebingen and scored 17.3 points per outing.


Phantoms land Dustin Salisbery - by Moritz Korff
The New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig (1. Bundesliga) have completed their final summer-signing and made an agreement with Dustin Salisbery (196-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Temple) for the 2008-09 campaign. The 23-year-old Guard/Forward appeared in 28 games of the French Pro A-league in this past season and averaged 8.9 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists for Entente Orleans 45. From 2003 to 2007 Salisbery played college-basketball at Temple University (NCAA1).

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  HOLLAND   


Simon Conn to Hanzevast Capitals - by Fred Roggen
The 25-year-old, Australian Simon Conn (206-F/C, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Gardner-Webb) has signed a contract for one year with the Hanzevast Capitals, whose first four weeks are on try-out basis.
Simon can play as powerforward and center.
Capitals expect that he will arrive next week in Groningen. The former member of Gardner-Webb University spent this past season in Australian and averaged 24.6 ppg, 11.9 rpg, 1.6 aps, 2.1 blshpg
in 21 games for Sandringham Sabres.


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  HUNGARY   


Inspired by the previous win over the Serbians, Finland overcame Hungary in Salgotarjan - by Eurobasket News
Hungary-Finland 64:79

Inspired by the previous win over the Serbians, Finland overcame Hungary in Salgotarjan 79:64. Finland however trailed in the opening quarter but came back to the game and scored 22 points in each of the last three quarters. Petteri Koponen (193-G-88) was again the top-scorere with 17 points. Kimmo Muurinen (202-F-81, college: UALR) netted 13, while Tuukka Kotti (204-F/C-81, college: Providence) and Hanno Mottola (208-F-76, college: Utah) added 10 apiece. Erno Sitku (208-C-72, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) ended up with 20 points in defeat, while Tamas Kaman (200-F/G-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) posted 10. Finland leveled their record up at 2-2 in EuroBasket qualifying sending Hungary to 1-3.

Hungary being the home team of the game went on an early lead. Molnar made the score for his team 20:9 and then Virtanen closed the first period at 22:13. Tamas Kaman put Hungary 27:15 ahead in the middle of the second as the hosts dominated the court at that time. Finland decided not to wait until the second half and produced 12-3 in the end of the second period. The teams went to the lockers with 37:35 for the home side. Finland scored 22 points, the same as in the second and as it became clear in the last to win the third 22:12. Tuukka Kotti with a lay-up gave his team 57:49 after thirty minutes. Hungary put up a fight early in the fourth, but their resistance was eventually broken, and Finland finished the game on a 9-2 run to seal it. In another game of the group Serbia handed Bulgaria their first loss 74:64.

Hungary: Erno Sitku 20, Tamas Kaman 10
Finland: Petteri Koponen 17, Kimmo Muurinen 13, Tuukka Kotti 10, Hanno Mottola 10


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  IRAN   


Iran U18 loses the first, remains hot for the Gold - by Eurobasket News
Philippines U18-Iran U18 85:84

There are no undefeated teams left in FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men. Philippines beat Iran 85:84 but did not change the situation in Group 2. Trailing almost in the whole game the guests won it due to the last period. Ryan Garcia (178-F) paced the winners with 19 points. Matthew Wright nailed 13, while Frank Golla scored 10. Farbod Farman top-scored for the hosts with 19 Mandammad Hasanzadeh added 17.
Iran U18 started the game as if they had to and enjoyed a 19:15 lead after the opening quarter. Philippines U18 replied with almost the same second period and tied the half at 35:35. Iran went in front again taking 57:52 after thirty minutes of the game and increased the lead even later. A 15-2 run midway through the fourth quarter moved Iran ahead to 79:64. It seemed that the game was over, but Philippines had another opinion. Matthew Wright drove down the lane following Ryan Garcias 3-pointer bringing them close to 78:79. Farbod Farman powered his way under the board and moments later his three-point play put Iran 84:78 ahead. Those points were however the last for the hosts as Philippines made a 7-0 run to seal 85:84 victory.


Philippines U18: Ryan Garcia 19, Matthew Wright 13, Frank Golla 10
Iran U18: Farbod Farman 19, Mohammad Hasanzadeh 17


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  ISRAEL   


Deng scores 30, Israel enjoys an overtime win - by Eurobasket News
Israel-Great Britain 102:92 OT

Luol Deng (201-F-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Duke) was not enough for the Great Britain in the opener of EuroBasket qualifying opener. Israel won an overtime thriller at home beating the opponent 102:92. A 17:7 in overtime was too much for the visitors in the game. Meir Tapiro (194-G-75, agency: Avi Zilberman) led the winners with 27 points. Lior Eliyahu (205-F-85, agency: ZAG Advocates) posted 24 and Yaniv Green (206-F-80, agency: ZAG Advocates) ended up with 13 points. Luol Deng shined in defeat with 30 points, whilst Joel Freeland (208-F-87) collected 14 points and 9 rebounds.
It was a real show and thanks to 7000 spectators the atmosphere remained hot from the first minute until the last. Great Britain scored first 4 points in the game and was stronger in the period. Both teams finished the opening quarter at 25:19 for the visitors. Israel reduced the gap in the second period but still trailed 42:47 at the half time as Joel Freeland made a free throw.
With 27:20 in the third period the hosts took a control of the game. Georges three only closed the gap to 69:67 for Israel. Luol Deng had given his team an 84:83 lead and after an Israeli timeout. Meir Tapiro calmly sank both free throws to tie the game at 85:85 and force overtime. In the extra time Israel however was too good claiming 102:92 win.

Israel: Meir Tapiro 27, Lior Eliyahu 24, Yaniv Green 13
Great Britain: Luol Deng 30, Joel Freeland 14+9 rebs


Israel aims for home win against Brits - by Eurobasket News
The months of preparation will come to an end on Wednesday as Israel finally begins its campaign to qualify for the 2009 EuroBasket Championships with a home game against Great Britain.

Despite having not missed a European Championship since 1993, the national team has played below par in qualifying for the tournament in recent years.

Both last summer and three years ago Israel only managed to get to the EuroBasket through the last chance tournament, although once in Spain last August the team impressed, defeating noteworthy opponents such as Serbia and Croatia before bowing out in the first round.

The consensus within the Israel camp is that the national team can't allow itself to fall into the last chance situation again and must qualify directly from Group D where it plays the Czech Republic and Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as Britain, both home and away over the next two and a half weeks.

'We are very good when playing with our backs against the wall,' said coach Zvi Sherf at a press conference in Tel Aviv on Tuesday.

'But I sincerely hope it doesn't have to come to that. 'It is extremely important to start off with a win plus we can't allow ourselves to lose home games.

'I believe that we are in very good shape and tactically we couldn't be more prepared. The British team is not one to take lightly but in our situation we can't really afford to undermine any of the squads.'

Referring to injuries to players including Tal Burstein as well as the absence of Dror Hagag, who asked for some time off and will also not be competing, Sherf added: 'There were setbacks with a player or two, but besides them I have no doubt that the rest of the players invested all of their efforts into this year's campaign.

'This is not uncommon for national teams. Just now Germany's [Dirk] Nowitsky and Spain's [Pau] Gasol asked for time off from their international teams after the Olympics.

'It's quite a dilemma, how can you persuade a player to play for his national team if he isn't interested. There isn't a standard protocol of what a coach must do in these situations.'

In contrast to recent years ,the national team isn't led by any one star. Meir Tapiro is the undisputed captain in Sherf's puzzle and Yaniv Green has shown over the years that, even after disappointing seasons, he knows how to put it all behind him and perform at his best when it comes to the national team.

Tapiro and Green alone will not be enough, though. Promising youngsters - including Yotam Halperin, Lior Elyahu and Guy Pnini - will be extremely important assets to the national side just like Maccabi Tel Aviv's 20 year old forward Omri Casspi, who put in some excellent displays in the recent practice games.

While Israel doesn't have a player who can match up to Britain's Chicago Bulls forward Luol Deng, the rest of the visiting squad is lackluster at best.

Joventut Badalona's athletic power forward Pops Mensah Bonsu is regarded as the secondary major threat.

Tapiro stayed confident on Tuesday. 'We will win, everything will be just fine,' Tapiro stated at the press conference. First and foremost we must rely on our defense and make sure we battle ferociously for rebounds and loose balls. The second thing is the importance of our home crowd supporting us. Personally, I am very aware of the responsibility I carry but it is something I enjoy very much.'

Sherf also commented on the significance of the home support, which is expected to fill Nokia Arena on Wednesday evening.

'I will be extremely obliged to each and every fan who comes to support us because, after all, it was the fans who pushed us last year and helped us achieve.'

Courtesy of www.jpost.com


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  ITALY   


Last market news - by Gianni Pascucci
Tim Pickett (193-G/F-81, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida St.) hasn' t yet joined Sebastiani Rieti after announcing two times his landing to Italy. In consequence, the club decided to part ways from him. The first names around for his replacement are the ones of Ricky Minard (194-G/F-82, college: Morehead St.) and Gerald Fitch (191-G-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Kentucky). In Lega 2, Pallacanestro Roseto 1946 agreed to terms with Roberto Casoli (206-C-72)

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  JAPAN   


Japan U18 takes the second semifinal berth from Group II - by Eurobasket News
Japan U18-Korea U18 81:75

Japan U18 takes the second semifinal berth from Group II of FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men. Trailing 6 points after the first half, Japanese players bounced back in the second to post 81:75 victory. Makoto Hiejima led the winners with 26 points. Kaito Ishikawa scored 19, Yusoke Karino nailed 17, and Daichi Taniguchi had 11. Kyungsang Park ended up with 22 points in the losing effort, while Dong Seop Lim produced 15. In the game for the 5-8 places Lebanon will face Korea in the first game. In the semifinals on Thursday, Japan will take on Kazakhstan and Iran will play Syria in the semifinals.
Korea U18 opened the game with 25:17 lead that put them closer to the semis. They still remained in front after the second period and looked more optimistic. The teams went to the lockers for 37:31 Korean advantage.
Japan U18 was unstoppable in the third period as they dominated the court, 27:18. It gave them 58:54 lead as the teams finished thirty minutes of the game. In the last period the struggle continued until the last minutes and Japan stayed alive taking 81:75 victory entering the semis of FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men. Korea finished with 1-2 record and only third in the group.

Japan U18: Makoto Hiejima 26, Kaito Ishikawa 19, Yusoke Karino 17, Daichi Taniguchi 11

Korea U18: Kyungsang Park 22, Dong Seop Lim 15



Rizing Fukuoka lands scoring ace Michael Sturns - by Eurobasket News
Michael Sturns (196-G-86, agency: Court Side), who led all National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II players with 26.6 points per game last season, has joined the bj-league's Rizing Fukuoka.

The Holy Family University standout set a single-game scoring record (51 points) and was named the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference's Player of the Year.

Sturns, a shooting guard, transferred to the Philadelphia school from the University of North Texas. He earned the Sun Belt Conference's top sixth man accolades in 2006-07.

The Rizing Fukuoka's free-wheeling, high-octane offense caused fits for opponents in the team's inaugural season in the bj-league in 2007-08. John Neumann's club hopes to play a similar brand of basketball in the upcoming season, and Sturns fits the bill of the type of player the veteran coach wanted to bring to the team.

'It's a blessing that after all the hard work to this point that this dream is coming true,' Sturns said a statement. 'It's an honor to play and do something that I love.'

Sturns attended a pre-draft workout for the Philadelphia 76ers in June.

'He is a terrific scorer and a tough kid,' 76ers assistant GM Tony DiLeo said of Sturns.

Courtesy of www.japantimes.co.jp


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Bosnjak inks for ASU - by Mohammed Malas
According to local sports media, ASU Sports Club president Haitham Abu Khadeejeh named Syria National Team head coach Vladimir Bosnjak from Serbia as a head coach for the first team in a press conference yesterday. Three new players were also introduced to media and they are: Nidal Shareef (190-G-82) and Zeid Abbas (203-F-83) from Arena Amman & Eyad Abdeen (202-F-79) from Orthodox.

Bosnjak has a good coaching career esspecially in the middle east as he led Iran National Team to the title of West Asian Championship (WABA) in 2005 then he went to coach clubs Bahrain and Kuwait and he's currently taking the controls of Syria National Team until November....


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Kazakhstan U18 advances to the semis - by Eurobasket News
China U18-Kazakhstan U18 97:64
Kazakhstan U18 finished first in Group 1 and advanced to the semifinals of FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men. Even though the team lost to China in the last day of the group Kazakhstan U18 clinched the top position before. China overcame the Kazakhs 97:74 but could not make it to the semis. Liu Shunan led the winners with 25 points. Li Xiaxou netted 19 and Ren Junfei posted 12. Anton Arsenyev top-scored in defeat with 17, while Pavel Llin added 14.
China realized the importance of the game but could do nothing now due to zero points against the forfeit against Syria. The defending champions however wanted to prove that the team is too strong this year as well but due to the circumstances would have to stop at this stage. China propelled with 21:9 in the opening tip to take control of the game.
Kazakhstan U18 remained alive in the game after reducing a bit in the second period. Both teams went to the lockers with 47:37 for China.
In the second half the current of the game went in the same way as China dominated the court. They increased the lead after three quarters leading to 67:43 after thirty minutes of the game. The last spurt in the last period gave them 97:64 but did not upset
Kazakhstan U18 too much.

China U18: Liu Shunan 25, Li Xiaxou 19, Ren Junfei 12
Kazakhstan U18: Anton Arsenyev 17, Pavel Llin 14


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ELECTIVE ASSEMBLY OF THE COACHES ASSOCIATION ON SEPTEMEBER 21ST. - by Alban Salihu
Based on the decision of the III Assembly of BFK, which took place on June 2008, coaches on their meeting for establishing Coaches Association decided that the Elective Assembly of the Association will take place on September 21st 2008.

All interested candidates for the president of the Associations position should handle in written form their program for a 4 year period to the Professional Council of BFK until September 15th 2008.

The participants of this meeting formed a working group which is going to prepare the normative acts of the Association, the members of these working group are Fikret Shatri,Blerim Krasniqi and Besart Kelmendi.

source:FBK


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Latvia needs an overtime to beat the Macedonians - by Eurobasket News
Latvia- Macedonia 83:82 OT

Latvia needed an overtime to beat Macedonia on Wednesday night to get their EuroBasket qualifying campaign off to a winning start. Andris Biedrins (213-C-86) was unstoppable collecting tremendous 30 points and 22 rebounds. Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) supported him with 16 points and Janis Blums (190-G-82) added 11. Vrbica Stefanov (188-G-73, agency: Interperformances) top-scored in defeat with 25 points, while Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) added 21.
Almost for the first three minutes 5000 spectators could not see the baskets from both teams. Latvia was the first to score and Andris Biedrins posted the first free throws. The hosts won the opening quarter 15:12 and looked more energetic. The teams stayed close to each other also in the second period and as a result the host had only 31:30 at the halftime.
The picture did not change a lot in the third period, but Latvians got 46:39 when Andris Biedrins made a jump-shot. Macedonia took control for the rest of the period and Kristaps Janicenoks tied the game at the end of the third for 54:54. Dimitar Mirakovski was fouled by Gatis Jahovics with the game tied 74:74 and two seconds on the clock. But the guard came up empty with both free-throws to send the game to the extra period. Trailing 80:82 Latvia decided to risk and was happy to make it. Kristaps Janicenoks with a buzzer brought the initial win for the Latvians from the arc as his team celebrated 83:82 victory.

Latvia: Andris Biedrins 30+22 rebs, Kristaps Janicenoks 16, Janis Blums 11
Macedonia: Vrbica Stefanov 25, Todor Gecevski 21


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Syria U18 qualified to the semis even after a loss from Lebanon U18 - by Eurobasket News
Lebanon U18-Syria U18 90:80

Syria U18 qualified to the semis even after a loss in FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men from Lebanon U18. The latter celebrated 90:80 win but had won by a whopping 35 point margin. Ahmad Ibrahim led the winners with 34 points, while Ralph Akl scored 11. Samar Bawadekji ended up with 25 points in defeat and Tarek Al Jade netted 12.
Because of China's forfeit, Syria, Lebanon and China finished in a three-way tie for second place.Based on score differential, which definitely applied when Syria and Lebanon were compared, Syria was awarded a place in the semi-finals. Syria defeated China by 20 and lost to Lebanon by 10 giving it a plus 10 margin. Lebanon lost to China by 27 and defeated Syria by 10 giving it minus 17. China was plus 27 over Lebanon and minus 20 against Syria, giving it margin of plus 7.
Anyway Lebanon U18 opened the game over Syria U18 with 30:20. It was an offensive quarter that slowed the teams in the second period a bit. Syria reduced to 8 points and trailed 37:45 at the halftime. Lebanon U18 remained with 64:56 after three quarters played and improved to 10 points at the end of the game. Now in the game for the 5-8 places Lebanon will face Korea in the first game. In the semifinals on Thursday, Japan will take on Kazakhstan and Iran will play Syria in the semifinals.

Lebanon U18: Ahmad Ibrahim 34, Ralph Akl 11
Syria U18: Samar Bawadekji 25, Tarek Al Jade 12


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  LIGA AMERICAS   


Stats Leaders
Liga Americas Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1.Wadley Q.(ARG) 23.1
2.Jackson D.(URU) 24.5
3.Watson J.(USA) 21.9
4.Lewis G.(MEX) 19.8
5.Johnson J.(BRA) 16.9
Rebounds Per Game
1.Traylor R.(PUR) 10.6
2.Lewis G.(MEX) 10.3
3.Llamas H.(MEX) 8.7
4.Mielke N.(URU) 8.3
5.Rosario K.(USA) 7.5
Assists Per Game
1.Sucatzky F.(BRA) 9.6
2.Wheat D.(MEX) 4.7
3.Rodriguez P.(ARG) 4.2
4.Gonzalez D.(URU) 5.5
5.Shelman T.(USA) 3.7
Steals Per Game
1.Shelman, T.(USA) 2.9
2.Wadley, Q.(ARG) 2.4
3.Watson J.(USA) 1.7
Blocks Per Game
1.Traylor R.(PUR) 2.8
2.Battle R.(ARG) 2.0
3.Llamas H.(MEX) 1.8
3FGP
1.Locatelli J.(ARG)63.9%
2.Tatum E.(USA) 56.3%
3.Williams (MEX) 53.8%
Free Throws
1.Belchior (BRA) 91.7%
2.Camargos (BRA) 89.5%
3.Magalhaes BRA 88.9%


Standings
Liga Americas Standings
Group A
 1. Soles 3-0 
 2. Santurce 2-1 
 3. PBL All St. 1-2 
 4. Metros 0-3 
Group B
 1. Miami T. 3-0 
 2. Halcones X. 1-2 
 3. Fuerza R. 1-2 
 4. Arecibo 1-2 
Group C
 1. Defensor 2-1 
 2. Minas 2-1 
 3. Boca Jrs 1-2 
 4. Flamengo 1-2 
Group D
 1. Penarol 3-0 
 2. Libertad 2-1 
 3. Universo/BRB 1-2 
 4. Liceo Mixto 0-3 


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Liga Centroamericana
Liga Centroamericana Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 K.Jones,Liceo 23.9
2 F.Martinez,SAT 26.0
3 L.Hicker,Pioneros 25.0
4 E.Zuniga,Pioneros 14.9
5 R.Amaya,SAT 13.0
Rebounds Per Game
1 J.Echeniq,Icevic 11.0
2 L.Clark,Liceo 7.7
3 P.Salazar,Icevic 6.7
4 T.Gillespie,SAT 6.3
5 P.Culver,Liceo 8.1
Assists Per Game
1 E.Zuniga,Pioneros 3.5
2 C.Moreno,Naciona 5.0
3 A.Sanchez,Liceo 2.8
4 K.Jones,Liceo 3.0
5 W.Solis,UAM 2.6
Steals Per Game
1 O.Rivera,SAT 2.6
2 J.Jimenez,UAM 2.8
3 J.Parker,Icevic 2.7
Blocks Per Game
1 T.Gillespie,SAT 1.8
2 G.Duarte,SAT 1.6
3 P.Salazar,Icevic 1.1
3FGP
1 E.Lopez,Naciona 47.1
2 E.Huie,Icevic 43.5
3 F.Martinez,SAT 41.1
Free Throws
1 F.Martinez,SAT 91.2
2 K.Jones,Liceo 86.0
3 A.Sanchez,Liceo 84.6


Standings
Liga Centroamericana Standings
Group A
 1. Pioneros 8-0 
 2. Liceo 3-5 
 3. Jaguares 1-7 
Group B
 1. SAT 6-2 
 2. Icevic T. 6-2 
 3. Nacionales 1-7 


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Standings
Liga Sudamericana Standings
Group A
 1. Cocodrilos 3-0 
 2. Boca Jrs 2-1 
 3. Universo/BRB 1-2 
 4. Regatas 0-3 
Group B
 1. Flamengo 3-0 
 2. Libertad 2-1 
 3. Trouville 1-2 
 4. Millonarios 0-3 
Group C
 1. Regatas C. 3-0 
 2. Dep.Tachira 2-1 
 3. Sol de Am. 1-2 
 4. Malvin 0-3 


Stats Leaders
LSA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Magalhaes, Flam 24.9
2 Battle, Libert. 18.1
3 Gutierrez, BocaJr 17.7
4 Belchior, Universo 17.0
5 Spillers, Universo 15.9
Rebounds Per Game
1 Kiganya, SoldeAm. 9.0
2 Battle, Libert. 8.7
3 Lopez, Regatas 8.2
4 Alvez, Flamengo 7.0
5 Magalhaes, Flam 6.4
Assists Per Game
1 Martinez, Regatas 5.0
2 Silva, Universo 5.0
3 Magalhaes, Flam 4.4
4 Pelussi, Libertad 4.2
5 Montecchia, Reg 3.5
Steals Per Game
1 Magalhaes, Flam 3.3
2 Silva, Universo 3.0
3 Saglietti, Libertad 3.0
Blocks Per Game
1 Ferreira, Universo 1.6
2 Battle, Libert. 1.3
3 Davis, DTachira 1.2
3FGP
1 McClure, Cocodr. 58.3
2 Saglietti, Libert. 54.5
3 Orona, BocaJr 51.4
Free Throws
1 Magalhaes, Flam 89.5
2 Belchior, Universo 88.1
3 Funes, BocaJr 87.5


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  MARCHAND CUP   


Standings
Standings
1. Argentina2-1
2. Brazil2-1
3. Canada2-1
4. P.Rico0-3


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LNBP Season Starts Tomorrow - by Carlos Chapa
After an absence of five months, the LNBP will start another season this Thursday September 3.

Three new teams will compete for the crown, including Loros de Colima de Colima, Potros ITSON , Estrellas Indebasquet.

Loros de Colima will open the season with experienced Mexican Juan Valenzuela (201-C-75), and foreigners such as Leroy Davis (194-F-81, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Georgia St.), Marlon Dumont (206-F-77, college: TCU), and Byron Burnett (204-C-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Florida Intern.). Colima will play its first game against Estrellas.

Potros ITSON, from Ciudad Obregon acquired Cedric Patton (201-F-78, agency: Court Side, college: Georgia St.), who had a solid last-season with Caballeros de Culiacan. Potros also inked Joe Chapman (193-G-84, agency: AMI, college: Marquette), Joe recently played in Czech Republic, putting good numbers in points per game (13.1), and FG% (49%) , demonstrating experience despite his age. Potros will face Venados next Thursday.

Estrellas Indebasquet will play in Mexico City, the capital had 2 years without basketball activity, the team will compete with mostly Mexican veterans like Rafael Sandoval (187-G-73), who played last season with Pioneros, and Alfonso Flores (194-F-74).
Complete Schedule


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  NBA   


Ex-Kansas players Mario Chalmers and Darrell Arthur sent home from NBA event - by Eurobasket News
Former Kansas stars Mario Chalmers (6'1''-G-86, college: Kansas) and Darrell Arthur (6'9''-F-88, college: Kansas) were sent home Wednesday from the NBA's mandatory rookie transition program for violating unspecified league rules.

The Miami Heat, which drafted Chalmers, and the player's agent confirmed to the Associated Press that the guard had left the program. Neither would say why Chalmers, who made the overtime-forcing jump shot in the Jayhawks' win over Memphis in the national championship game five months ago, was asked to depart early from the resort in southern Westchester County, N.Y., north of Manhattan.

'The players were sent home for violating program rules,' an NBA spokesman said. 'They will be appropriately sanctioned and will have to repeat the program next year.'

Arthur, a 6-foot-9 forward selected late in the first round by New Orleans, was traded three times on draft night and signed with Memphis in early July.

The Grizzlies acknowledged Arthur was sent home but declined to give details.


In addition to returning to the symposium in 2009, the former Jayhawks may be facing a fine and suspension from the NBA.

Chalmers is expected to compete for the starting point guard spot with the Heat when training camp begins this month. He was drafted early in the second round by Minnesota and quickly traded to the Heat.

Courtesy of www.latimes.com


Fort Wayne Mad Ants To Be Affiliated With Milwaukee Bucks For The 2008-09 Season - by Bruno Baltazar
The NBA announced today that the Milwaukee Bucks will become a new NBA D-League affiliate of the Fort Wayne Mad Ants for the 2008-09 season. With the affiliation, the Bucks can assign players in their first or second seasons in the NBA to the Mad Ants.

We are very pleased to have the Bucks join the Mad Ants family, said Mad Ants President Jeff Potter. The Bucks behind the leadership of John Hammond and new coach Scott Skiles are a team on the upswing, and we hope that we can be an asset to help them develop their young players much as we did with Cheikh Samb and the Pistons this past season.

The Bucks will join the Indiana Pacers and the Detroit Pistons as affiliates of the Mad Ants. In the 2007-08 season, the Bucks used the D-League by sending their first round draft pick, Ramon Sessions (6'3''-G-86, college: Nevada), to play for the Tulsa 66ers. Sessions became an instant star in the league and eventually played his way into becoming a starter for the Bucks. During his run with the Bucks, Sessions set a Bucks franchise record with 24 assists in one game, demonstrating how effective the D-League can be in helping young players develop and becoming ready for the challenges of the NBA.

The Bucks were previously one of the parent clubs for the Tulsa 66ers, but, as a result of the purchase of the 66ers by the Professional Basketball Club, LLC, owner of the Oklahoma City NBA franchise on July 31, 2008, the Mad Ants became Milwaukees affiliate. Oklahoma City is the third NBA team to own and operate an NBA D-League affiliate, joining the Los Angeles Lakers (L.A. D-Fenders) and the San Antonio Spurs (Austin Toros) as sole owners of their affiliates. Each NBA team has one NBA D-League affiliate to which it may assign players in their first or second NBA season.


Oklahoma City NBA teams nickname will be Thunder - by Eurobasket News
Thunder can be heard from miles away, an early warning that a storm is about to arrive. So, perhaps its only fitting that the name of Oklahoma City's NBA team didn't sneak up on anyone.

Six weeks after the name first surfaced, team officials officially announced Wednesday that the team formerly known as the Seattle SuperSonics would be known as the Oklahoma City Thunder.


Its hard to keep a secret, team chairman Clay Bennett said after stepping to a podium on the ground floor of the downtown office building where the team is headquartered.

The announcement had long been anticipated, but everyone knew what was coming.

The local ABC affiliate reported in mid-July that Thunder had been chosen as the nickname. Then the NBA website listed NBA.com/thunder as a link to the Oklahoma City teams page. Then the Orlando Magics site listed games against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Even the logo and colours leaked out over the weekend. Then, prior to the 5 p.m. announcement, Thunder merchandise started showing up on the NBAs online store.

I thought it was great fun. Maybe I have a warped sense of things, Bennett said. I thought it was a lot of fun. I was disappointed in the image being released.

That left Bennett somewhat surprised that hundreds of people still showed up in the atrium of Leadership Square, watched from their office windows or leaned over a second-floor walkway to hear it for sure.

My family talked about wanting to come down, and I said, Well, I dont think its that big a deal. Everybody seems to know the name already, Bennett said.

To unveil the logo, six children joined players Desmond Mason and Damien Wilkins to pull down a curtain as the AC/DC song Thunderstruck blared over the loudspeaker. What was revealed was a large blue banner with the logo in the middle, and splashes of yellow at the top and reddish-orange at the bottom.

Bennett said the light blue colour coincides with the state flag to represent the inclusion of all Oklahomans, the yellow refers to the sun and the reddish-orange colour to the sunset. With the University of Oklahoma featuring crimson as its primary colour, and Oklahoma State using orange, Bennett said it was not too red and not too orange.

Thunder is a fitting moniker for the Oklahoma City franchise, not only as a reference to powerful storms in the area known as Tornado Alley. The Oklahoma City-based 45th Infantry Division carries Thunderbirds as its nickname, and thats a reference to the states American Indian heritage. Even one of Oklahoma native Garth Brooks biggest hits was The Thunder Rolls.

Theres just all kinds of good thunder images and thoughts, and the in-game experience of Thunder, Bennett said. Just here was a good sense of how that evokes emotion. Its very powerful.

The team name had been the most evident - and talked about - element missing after Bennett announced July 2 that the SuperSonics would be moving to Oklahoma City through an agreement that will have him pay the city of Seattle up to US$75 million to settle a lawsuit.

Bennett said the uniforms and mascot wont be unveiled for another few weeks, but T-shirts, basketballs and other Thunder merchandise went on sale immediately after the announcement.

'The guys in the jerseys, if they play, the jerseys are going to look real good', coach P.J. Carlesimo said.

While the team applied for trademarks to six names - the others were Wind, Barons, Marshalls, Energy and Bison - Bennett said the decision on the name had been made quite some time ago. He said the names on the trademark applications werent finalists, and he wouldnt reveal what other names got serious consideration.

General manager Sam Presti told the crowd designing a logo takes an immense amount of work, and it does take some time.

Not that anyone was really paying attention to the amount of time it was taking, he quipped.

Team officials said they hope they can make the qualities of character, perseverance, selflessness, community and winning synonymous with Thunder.

Its very unique, said Mason, a former Oklahoma State forward who the Thunder acquired in an off-season trade with Milwaukee. Its going to take some time getting used to, just like Utah Jazz or Orlando Magic, but I think its a great thing for the state and a great thing for the city.

Courtesy of www.sports.yahoo.com


Surgery costs Ginobili months, not weeks - by Eurobasket News
Spurs star Emanuel Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances) will have surgery this week on his left ankle and heel to repair ligament damage that has hampered his game for many months.

Though Emanuel Ginobili on Thursday told an Argentine newspaper he expected to return to action six to eight weeks after the operation, sources familiar with the procedure say it is much more likely he will be out for two to three months. That makes it unlikely he can be ready for action when the Spurs open the regular season Oct. 29 in a game at the AT&T Center against the Phoenix Suns.

Emanuel Ginobili, the reigning NBA Sixth Man Award winner, is almost certain to miss all of the team's training camp and preseason. Camp begins Oct. 1, with the first preseason game scheduled for Oct. 9, against the Rockets, in Houston.

The Spurs medical staff has been in consultation for several days with other sports medicine experts to determine when and where the arthroscopic procedure will be done, but no decision has been announced.

The Spurs describe Emanuel Ginobili's injury as a posterior impingement of the left ankle. He most recently injured the joint while playing for Argentina in the Olympic basketball tournament in Beijing, where he limped to the sidelines early in Argentina's semifinal game against the United States on Aug. 19.

He did not play again in the tournament, missing Argentina's bronze medal-clinching victory over Lithuania.

Emanuel Ginobili, who returned from Beijing late Monday night, had another MRI exam taken of the injured foot and ankle. Results of that test, he told Argentine newspaper La Nacion, indicated the need for surgery.

They're going to operate on me, Emanuel Ginobili told La Nacion. It is the same as it was two months ago when they did the first (MRI) exam. It's not worse, which is important. Now, the thing is, it's not better, either, and it seems the only way to repair it completely is arthroscopic surgery.

The Spurs issued a media release Friday afternoon confirming Emanuel Ginobili will have the surgery next week.

Emanuel Ginobili has been bothered by varying degrees of soreness in his left ankle and heel for several seasons. He jammed the joint during the Spurs' first-round series against Phoenix in April and was hampered through the remainder of the playoffs.

His production dropped off dramatically in the Western Conference finals against the Los Angeles Lakers. He averaged only 12.6 points after averaging 20.1 points in the first two playoff rounds, against Phoenix and New Orleans.

After the Spurs were eliminated, Emanuel Ginobili had an MRI exam that showed significant swelling in the heel and ankle joint. He embarked on a rest and rehabilitation program, but Spurs coach Gregg Popovich urged him to consider forgoing the Olympic competition. Popovich reported that the MRI results showed a ligament in Emanuel Ginobili's heel was four to five times its normal size.

His left foot was placed in a plastic walking boot for three weeks after the MRI, and Emanuel Ginobili returned to Argentina and reported to the national team after his rehabilitation had reduced the swelling.

The top player on the Argentine team, Emanuel Ginobili found himself under additional pressure to help his country defend the gold medal it won at the 2004 Olympics. To top it off, he was chosen to carry his nation's flag in the opening ceremonies in Beijing.

Emanuel Ginobili had his most productive season for the Spurs in 2007-08 after opting not to play for Argentina in the Tournament of Americas competition, which earned Argentina a berth in the Beijing Games. He averaged career-highs of 19.5 points and 31.0 minutes per game. He appeared in 74 of 82 regular season games and all 17 playoff games, in which he averaged 17.8 points.

Courtesy of www.mysanantonio.com


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St. Johns adds Kimani Young and Oswald Cross to basketball staff - by Eurobasket News
St. John's head men's basketball coach Norman Roberts officially announced the additions of head team manager/video coordinator Kimani Young and administrative assistant Oswald Cross to the Red Storm basketball staff. Both well-established youth coaches and New York City natives, Young and Cross join Roberts and the Red Storm immediately in administrative roles with the squad.

'I'm very excited about Kimani and Oswald joining us, who bring great energy and enthusiasm to St. John's. They are both New York City guys who have done great jobs in AAU and grassroots basketball. They have both really gotten involved in the lives of young people, not just with basketball, but also with the academic and social aspects of their players' lives as well,' said Roberts. 'They are both very hungry, and are excited to get their foot in the door in the business of college basketball.'

As head team manager/video coordinator, Young will be responsible for a variety of administrative duties in the basketball office, taking on many responsibilities related to the program's day-to-day operations. Young's duties include assisting with team travel activities, overseeing video exchange with league opponents, scheduling practice and gym times, monitoring student-athlete academic matters, supervising the team's student-managers and serving as co-coordinator of the Norm Roberts Summer Basketball Camp.

Young, a Brooklyn native, comes to St. John's after serving as Athletic Director for the New Heights non-profit youth program in the Bronx since the fall of 2006. Much of Young's career has been spent working with New York City's youth, as his two previous stints include serving as Center Director for the NYC Police Athletic League's Wynn Center (2005-06) and as Assistant Center Director at the NYC PAL's Miccio Center (2001-05), both in Brooklyn. His extensive youth coaching experience includes guiding a 14-and-under AAU squad to a national championship in the summer of 2006.


A graduate of Texas-El Paso in 1998 with a B.A. in criminal justice, Young starred on the hardwood for UTEP and legendary coach Don Haskins from 1993-97. He finished his tenure with the Miners as one of only 22 all-time players to reach the 1,000-career point plateau. Young enrolled at UTEP after starring as an all-city performer for Forest Hills High School in Queens, earning honorable mention McDonald's All-America honors as a senior in 1992.

'Growing up close to campus in LeFrak City and being a St. John's fan all my life, I'm extremely excited to take this position,' said Young. 'To get an opportunity to enter the collegiate coaching profession at St. John's is a dream come true.'

As the Red Storm staff's administrative assistant, Cross is responsible for an assortment of day-to-day operational duties within the program, including managing the team's community service and student-development initiatives, assisting with on-campus recruiting visits and prospective student-athlete mailers, maintaining non-conference video exchange, developing the team's video library and serving as co-coordinator of the Norm Roberts Summer Basketball Camp.

An accomplished AAU coach, Cross has been the mentor for two of the New York area's vaunted youth programs - the New York Panthers (2008) and the Long Island Lightning (2005-07). Cross served as head coach of Our Savior Lutheran High School in the Bronx from 2003-07, where his teams captured the New York City Private School Athletic Association (PSAA) regular season and postseason championships in 2004 and 2005, with his most-recent title-winner starring St. John's sophomore Justin Burrell.

For his efforts at Lutheran, Cross was named the PSAA Coach of the Year in 2004. Some of his former pupils at Lutheran and on AAU squads that have gone on to successful college careers include: Burrell, Brian Williams (Tennessee), Nick Murphy (Jacksonville State), Corey Fisher (Villanova), Jamal Womack (St. Francis) and Tyrone Nash (Notre Dame).

'I am excited to be coming to St. Johns, and joining Coach Roberts' staff with Kimani,' said Cross, a native of the Bronx. 'I like that we are getting a chance to be part of the rebuilding process and make an impact. We want to bring St. John's back to the top of the BIG EAST.'

Courtesy of www.ncaa.com


Kenton Paulino named basketball assistant at Texas - by Eurobasket News
Head coach Rick Barnes announced on Wednesday that former Texas guard Kenton Paulino (6'1''-G-83, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Texas) has been named an administrative assistant with the basketball staff. The position was vacated by another former Longhorn player, Chris Ogden, who was promoted to assistant coach on April 29.

According to Barnes, Paulinos new role will involve supervising the film exchange process, playing a major role in summer camp administration and assisting in all internal operations of the basketball program.

In a release from Texas, Paulino said:

'I really started thinking seriously about getting into coaching during my junior season at Texas. Even though I was playing professionally the last two years, my main priority was becoming the first person in my family to earn a college degree. When Id talk to Coach Barnes and the coaching staff, they always said that they would help me pursue a career in coaching. But they also reminded me that I had to have that degree first. After I finished school this summer and Coach Barnes offered me the chance to join the staff, the decision was easy. I have the opportunity to start my coaching career at a place that means so much to me and learn the business from a great coaching staff.'

Paulino played in 106 games (62 starts) at Texas and ranks third in school history in career three-point field goal percentage (.401). His most famous moment as a Longhorn is hitting the game-winning three-pointer against West Virginia in the Sweet 16 round of the 2006 NCAA Tournament.

Courtesy of www.texas.scout.com


Adrian Dantley to be enshrined into Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday - by Eurobasket News
Adrian Dantley, one of the greatest players in the storied history of the Notre Dame basketball program, will be enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Fri., Sept. 5 in Springfield, Mass. A two-time first-team All-American, Dantley was the national college player of the year in 1976.

The ceremony will be shown live from 7:30 p.m-9:30 p.m. (ET) on ESPN Classic and NBATV. Former head coach Digger Phelps will be in attendance at the enshrinement in Springfield along with Irish head coach Mike Brey and senior associate athletic directors Bill Scholl, who also serves as the sport administrator for the men's basketball program, and John Heisler.

Dantley will be part of a seven-member 2008 induction class that also includes Hakeem Olajuwon, who led the University of Houston to three straight NCAA Final Fours and the Houston Rockets to back-to-back National Basketball Association titles; Patrick Ewing, a two time Olympic gold medalist, 1984 NCAA champion at Georgetown and 11-time NBA All-Star; Pat Riley, head coach of the Miami Heat who has captured a total of five NBA championships as a coach with the Heat and Los Angeles Lakers; ESPN sportscaster Dick Vitale; Detroit Pistons and Detroit Shock owner Bill Davidson; and women's basketball pioneer and former Immaculata University coach Cathy Rush.

Named national player of the year as a junior in 1975-76 by the United States Basketball Writers Association, Dantley was a two-time first-team All-American in 1974-75 and 1975-76. He also was a member of the United States Olympic basketball team that won the gold medal in Montreal in 1976.

Dantley, named to Notre Dame's All-Century Team in conjunction with the school's celebration of the 100th season of the program, averaged 18.3 points per game as a starting forward as a freshman for the Irish in 1973-74. He finished second nationally in scoring as a sophomore with a 30.4 average, ranked fourth nationally in scoring as a junior in '75-'76 with a 28.6 average and served as captain of Phelps' Irish team as junior. He played on teams that finished 26-3, 19-10 and 23-6, earning mention on NCAA all-regional teams as a sophomore and junior.

Dantley ranks second on the Irish career scoring list (behind Austin Carr) with 2,223 points. He posted a 25.8 career scoring average and a 9.8 career rebound average and made more free throws (615) than any player in Irish history. He also ranks as the last Irish player to average 10 or more rebounds in successive seasons.

After passing up his senior season to make himself available for the NBA draft, Dantley returned to finish his degree requirements at Notre Dame by 1978.

The sixth overall pick in the '76 NBA draft by Buffalo Braves, he was named the NBA rookie of the year in '77 with a 20.3 scoring average and a 7.6 rebound mark. He played 15 seasons in the NBA, averaging 24.3 points per game. He led the league five times in free throws made in a season and led the NBA in scoring in '81 at 30.7 and '84 at 30.6. He twice was a second-team all-NBA pick.

His 23,177 career points still ranks 18th all-time in the NBA. In all but four seasons as a professional, Dantley averaged 20 points or better, including topping the 30-point mark four straight years (1981-84). The six-time NBA All-Star (1980-82, 1984-86) was named NBA Comeback Player of the Year in 1984, the year he led the league in scoring (30.6).

Dantley played with Buffalo in '76-'77, with Los Angeles and Indiana in `77-`78, with the Lakers in '78-'79, then seven years with Utah ('79-'80 through '85-'86), and Detroit in '86-'87 and '87-'88. He was traded from Detroit to Dallas midway through the '88-'89 season, played all of '89-'90 in Dallas and later played with Milwaukee Bucks at the end of the `90-`91 season.

He was an assistant coach at Towson State for two seasons from 1993-95 and currently is an assistant coach with the NBA Denver Nuggets. A scholastic All-America player at DeMatha Catholic High School (Md.), he was born Feb. 28, 1956, in Washington, D.C. Dantley becomes the sixth individual with Notre Dame connections to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He joins George E. Keogan (enshrined in 1961), Elmer H. Ripley (1973), Edward 'Moose' Krause (1976), Raymond J. Meyer (1979) and J. Walter Kennedy (1981).

Keogan spent 20 seasons as Notre Dame's head coach between 1923 and 1943 and amassed 327 victories, while losing only 97 times for a .771 winning percentage. His teams won Helms Foundation national titles in 1927 and 1936.

Ripley served Notre Dame as head coach in only one season, finishing 17-4 in '45-'46. He played for the Original Celtics and coached at Georgetown, Yale, Columbia, Army and Regis. He coached the '60 Canadian Olympic team and also coached the Harlem Globetrotters for three seasons.

Krause began as a three-time All-American as Notre Dame's center in the early 1930s, won 98 games as Irish head coach for six years-- and spent 32 years as Notre Dame's athletic director.

Meyer, a '38 Notre Dame graduate, was a two-time Irish basketball captain as a guard on the '36-'37 and '37-'38 squads. He was named head coach at DePaul in 1942 and retired following the '83-'84 season after 42 seasons in that position. His 724-354 career record makes him one of only a handful of coaches in Division I history to reach the 700-victory plateau.

Kennedy, a '34 Notre Dame graduate, served as Notre Dame's sports information director prior to a 12-year stint as commissioner of the National Basketball Association.

In addition, Carr in 2007 became Notre Dame's first representative into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, located in Kansas City, Mo.

Courtesy of www.und.com


Kent State names Jaden Uken director of basketball operations - by Eurobasket News
Kent State Head Coach Geno Ford has announced the hiring of Jaden Uken as director of basketball operations. Uken joins the Golden Flashes after spending the past two seasons as an assistant coach at Chipola (Fla.) College.

Jaden is a great addition to our staff, said Ford, His previous experience at the Division I and junior college level are an asset that will enable us to continue running a championship caliber program.

No stranger to national success on the court, Uken helped guide Chipola to runner-up finish in the 2007 NJCAA national tournament and a 68-5 overall record. With a school record 35-2 mark in 2008, the Indians claimed their second straight NJCAA Region VIII and Panhandle Conference championships. In addition to his duties as an assistant coach he also held a vast range of off the court responsibilities that were an integral part of the programs top five national ranking throughout his two year stint.

During Ukens tenure in Florida, Chipola produced 12 NCAA Division I signees, including JaMarcus Ellis (Indiana), the 2007 NJCAA National Player of the Year and Mario Little (Kansas), the 2008 State Player of the Year.

I would like to thank Coach Ford and the Kent State administration for this opportunity, said Uken, I look forward with anticipation to the coming school year and the chance to work with the student-athletes and coaches of a program with such a storied tradition of success.

A graduate of the University of Nebraska, the Harvard, Neb. product first joined the coaching profession as a student manager for his alma mater in 1998, spending five seasons with the Huskers program before moving on to Barton Community College in Kansas. As an assistant coach for Barton, Uken helping his team that featured Second Team NJCAA All-American Center JP Batista (Gonzaga) to a 25-9 record.

Following his stay in Kansas, Uken spent two seasons as a Graduate Assistant at the University of Nebraska under Barry Collier. During the 2005-06 season, the Huskers finished with a 19-14 record, a semi-final appearance in the Big XII Tournament, and earned a trip to the post-season NIT.

Uken earned his Bachelors degree in Education from Nebraska and recently completed his Masters work in Instructional Technology.

A graduate of Harvard Public Schools in Nebraska. He was a four-year letterwinner in the backcourt for the Cardinals.

Kent State is one of just seven teams in the country to win 20 games each of the last 10 seasons. Last year the Golden Flashes went 28-7 and won the MAC regular season and tournament championships on their way to a fifth NCAA appearance in the last 10 seasons.

Courtesy of www.kentstatesports.com


Rizing Fukuoka lands scoring ace Michael Sturns - by Eurobasket News
Michael Sturns (196-G-86, agency: Court Side), who led all National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II players with 26.6 points per game last season, has joined the bj-league's Rizing Fukuoka.

The Holy Family University standout set a single-game scoring record (51 points) and was named the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference's Player of the Year.

Sturns, a shooting guard, transferred to the Philadelphia school from the University of North Texas. He earned the Sun Belt Conference's top sixth man accolades in 2006-07.

The Rizing Fukuoka's free-wheeling, high-octane offense caused fits for opponents in the team's inaugural season in the bj-league in 2007-08. John Neumann's club hopes to play a similar brand of basketball in the upcoming season, and Sturns fits the bill of the type of player the veteran coach wanted to bring to the team.

'It's a blessing that after all the hard work to this point that this dream is coming true,' Sturns said a statement. 'It's an honor to play and do something that I love.'

Sturns attended a pre-draft workout for the Philadelphia 76ers in June.

'He is a terrific scorer and a tough kid,' 76ers assistant GM Tony DiLeo said of Sturns.

Courtesy of www.japantimes.co.jp


All 10 Bid Cities Advance For 2012-16 Men's Final Fours - by Bruno Baltazar
The NCAA Division I Mens Basketball Committee elected to keep all 10 cities that submitted bids for the right to host the 2012-16 Mens Final Fours under consideration, designating them all as finalists.

The committee received bids from Atlanta, Detroit, Houston, Indianapolis, Minneapolis, New Orleans, North Texas, Phoenix, San Antonio and St. Louis in June. Sites are scheduled to be awarded in November.

Our committee has been overwhelmed and impressed by the creativity and attention to detail in the bids received from the bid cities, said Mike Slive, commissioner of the Southeastern Conference and chair of the committee. Each of these cities can be proud that they have been well-represented. The written presentations were outstanding with each city showcasing a unique vision of hosting this event. It is exciting to see the growth of the Final Four, both in the venue and throughout the region where events are held. Over the past few years, the growing variety of Final Four events has attracted millions of fans of all ages, and last years championship was watched by more than 150 million television viewers worldwide. The responses we have received confirm that the excitement is shared among our bid cities. We feel it is only appropriate to keep all under consideration they have most certainly earned it.

The bid process began earlier this year and meetings were conducted until bids were submitted in June. Site visits will be conducted over the coming weeks leading up to in-person presentations by each city prior to the committees final decisions in November.


Larry Hennessy, Villanova hoops great, dies at 79 - by Bruno Baltazar
Larry Hennessy, an All-American at Villanova who played in the NBA, has died. He was 79.

Hennessy died Wednesday in Williamsburg, Va., according to a statement from the school.

Hennessy scored 1,737 points from 1950-53 at Villanova, which retired his No. 14 jersey. He averaged 23.2 points for the Wildcats, ranking 11th in school history.

He played two seasons in the NBA and was part of the Philadelphia Warriors 1955-56 championship team. Hennessy later coached basketball at the high school and community college level.

``All of us in the Villanova basketball family were saddened to learn of coach Hennessy's passing,'' Villanova coach Jay Wright said. ``He was one of the great Wildcat All-Americans and helped build the basketball tradition that is so much a part of our program.''

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, followed by a funeral on Thursday.



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Coach Jeremy Currier leaves Daniel Webster for Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer - by Eurobasket News
The Daniel Webster College Department of Athletics announced the resignation of head coach Jeremy Currier.

Currier, who has been with the program for two seasons, has been named the Associate Head Coach at NCAA Division II member Pfeiffer University in Misenheimer, N.C.

I congratulate Jeremy on his new appointment, said Phil Rowe, Daniel Webster College Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs for Athletics. Jeremys tireless efforts and dedication to the program have laid the groundwork for continued growth and success; we wish him all the best in his new endeavor.

Currier was appointed head coach February 22, 2007 after serving one season as assistant coach under Eddie Quick.

Over the past two seasons, Currier was part of the rebuilding of the program from the inside-out, establishing new recruiting procedures, enhancing community relations, and infusing the program with youth and enthusiasm. Further, the Eagles played their first-ever NCAA Division I regular season contest in the Colleges history when the Eagles visited Dartmouth College in December 2007.

The Eagles posted records of 6-18 in 2007 and 7-19 in 2008 resulting in back-to-back appearances in the conference post-season championship tournament.

Courtesy of www.dwc.edu


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Clyde Drexler to present Hakeem Olajuwon at Hall of Fame - by Eurobasket News
Former Houston Rockets star Hakeem Olajuwon (213-C/F-63, college: Houston) will have a familiar person by his side when he is inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday.

Olajuwon has asked Clyde Drexler to be his presenter - a task that involves simply standing by his side during the induction.

'For Hakeem to ask me to be with him on this special day is quite special,' Drexler said.

Drexler and Olajuwon were teammates when the Houston Cougars made it to the NCAA championship game in 1983. In 1995, they also were teammates when the Houston Rockets won their second straight NBA title.

'Hakeem has been like a brother to me since the first time I met him when he came over from Nigeria,' Drexler said in an interview with Houston television station KRIV. 'He has always been a special friend and he knows I'm supportive of everything he does and vice-versa.'

Courtesy of www.examiner.com


Accolades for First Deepwater Discovery Boss - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The maiden edition of the First Deepwater Discovery Battle for Supremacy basketball tournament may have come and gone but the memory lingers on as stakeholders are united in praises of the sponsor especially the man at the helms of affair of the Oil and Gas Company, Engineer Babatunde Babalola.

Veteran Coach and former Director of sports in the employment of the Lagos State Sports, Council, Ganiyu Otenigbagbe says the competition is timely and a welcome development.

The former Chief Coach of First Bank basketball club, Lagos eulogizes the gesture of Engr. Babalola for single handedly sponsoring the tournament which brought out the best from teams and players.

He praised the decision to make the tournament an annual event.

Josiah Ahmedu a FIBA graded statistician is happy that First Deepwater Discovery Limited is returning basketball to its glorious days.

The younger Ahmedu says its been long since we had this type of tournament and Im particularly happy that the sponsor First Deepwater Discovery Limited has pleaded to make the tournament an annual event.

Another point that thrilled the one time Inside Basketball Presenter is the idea of moving the tournament round the country with Kano as host of the 2009 edition.

He called on the relevant basketball bodies in the country to emulate and encourage the gesture of First Deepwater Discovery Limited in taking the slamming and dunking game to the next level.

Ivy League Coordinator, John Abimbola Faniran and member of the Lagos State Basketball Association gave kudos to the sponsor for sponsoring a tournament of such magnitude.

He applauded the boss of First Deepwater Discovery Limited for his foresight and preparedness to contribute to the lifting of basketball in Nigeria.

Coach Andrew Isokpehi of Sunshine Angels basketball club who once coached Engr. Babalola at the Federal University of Technology Akure, FUTA thump-up First Deepwater Discovery Limited for a job well-done.

He is particularly thrilled by the announcement of sponsoring a tournament in his Alma-Mata (FUTA).

The national U-18 women head coach called all and sundry to rally round First Deepwater Discovery Limited in contributing to the development of the game in the country.

The one-time coach of Ebun Comets basketball club also called on corporate organization to emulate the gesture of First Deepwater Discovery Limited by sponsoring competition which according to him will be good for the over-all wellbeing of the game.

Coach Isaq Yahaya of Niger Potters basketball club, Minna was elated by the type of treatment his team and others teams got in the 3-Day tournament.

Honestly, I dont think these teams have gotten this type of red-carpet treatment that First Deepwater Discovery Limited sponsor of Battle for Supremacy tournament which we eventually won.

I think all the teams that took part in the tournament are winners, because it is unprecedented that sponsor would dole out such amount as appearance fee and still went ahead to give feeding allowance to each of the twelve accredited players and two officials.

The teams that come from up north (Potters and Kano Pillars) were flown to Lagos and received at the airport by officials of the sponsoring company and members of the organizing committee including the media.

I want to say a big and loud that you to the sponsor for doing that much for basketball when all hopes seems lost as regard getting corporate bodies to sponsor any tournament and I also want to ask all stakeholders to give their full support to First Deepwater Discovery Limited especially the Managing Director who was up-and-doing during the tournament, he even participated in free throws contest, this is commendable.

Coach Sani Ahmed, head coach of Kano Pillars basketball club and assistant coach of Nigeria senior men national team says with people like Engr. Babalola and company such as First Deepwater Discovery Limited domestic basketball in Nigeria is forward looking again.

Coach Sani who recounted the late eighties to early 2000 when players and coaches have something to look forward to but agreed that the Battle for Supremacy tournament was far beyond the imagination of all actors of the game.

In all my years in basketball in Nigeria I have never witnessed such treatment where players are treated like kings, the fact that both Pillars and Niger Potters were flown to Lagos by the sponsor accommodated and given feeding allowance is more that winning the tournament.

I must commend this young and energetic man, I mean the Managing Director of First Deepwater Discovery Limited has surpassed what we have seen in basketball sponsorship till date and I want to urge him to continue the good work.
Abubakar Usman (192-G-86)


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The Bulldogs move to EBA - by Gianni Pascucci
According with some statements from team Owner and coach James R. Schutz, Usbasket.com can announce that the Elmira Bulldogs will be playing in the EBA in 2009. The main reason is that the EBA league runs its season during winter, and the Bulldogs management found out last season, while playing in the NPBL, that their team had a drop off in attendence when the weather started to warm up. They were able to generate 700 fans for the NPBL championship game in Elmira on June 28th, but that was only because the Bulldogs fan's from March and April returned due to the hampionship game buzz. The same, Mr. Schultz stated to us that he have not ruled out a return to the NPBL in spring of 2009, as it has become common for teams to play in both the EBA and NPBL such as the Delaware Destroyers and Alexandria Avengers did last season.

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Riverhawks out of business - by Eurobasket News
The Quad-City Riverhawks have been grounded four months ahead of their third season of minor league professional basketball.

LaTroy Farrow, the second-year head coach who was in the process of finalizing his 2009 Riverhawks roster, said he was informed this week by Riverhawks owner Tom McGinn that McGinn would not field a Q-C team when the Premier Basketball League season tips off in January.

Neither McGinn nor PBL president and CEO Tom Doyle returned Wednesday phone calls.

League executive assistant Carrie Ann May said the PBL would issue a release on the Riverhawks status sometime Thursday.

I heard it (Tuesday) from a couple of people, the coach said. I have heard it from him (McGinn) since. Its pretty much a done deal.

Eric Hutchins, who last week resigned his year-old position as general manager of the team, said McGinns decision not to play in 2009 took him by surprise as well.

I did not see it coming whatsoever, Hutchins said.

Hutchins speculated his decision to resign as the teams lone employee might have precipitated the closure.

He said left due to a difference of opinions on how I thought the team should be run compared to what (McGinn) thought.

But he said McGinn had signed a lease to play the teams 2009 home schedule at the Black Hawk College gymnasium in Moline and also recently signed an eight-month lease to locate the team offices at South Park Mall.

McGinn founded the Riverhawks in 2006, originally as a member of the American Basketball Association, hiring former NBA, Iowa and Moline High School player Acie Earl as his general manager.

The team played its initial season before slim crowds at Beyond the Baseline Fieldhouse in Davenport.

It started its inaugural PBL season last January at Wharton Field House, the storied former minor league basketball home of the Tri-City Blackhawks and Quad-City Thunder but played the final three games of a 10-game home schedule, plus a first-round playoff loss, at Black Hawk.

Hutchins said the team averaged about 400 fans a year ago and pegged a break-even number at 1,000 fans per game.

Still, he said he could not speculate whether McGinns decision was based on financial losses.

I have no idea about his books, the former general manager said.

McGinn farms near Rock Falls, Ill., and runs a phone directory company in Prophetstown, Ill.

Farrow said McGinn didnt detail his reasons for shutting down the operation in their conversation, but the coach said he was ready for a second Q-C season.

I was excited about it, but Tom ultimately thought it was going to a better decision not to have the team, said the coach.

The Riverhawks led the PBLs West Division with a 15-5 regular-season record but were upended by Arkansas in a one-game playoff in March.

Earlier this summer, McGinn shut down the Rockford Fury because of a PBL stipulation that he could not own two teams in the league.

The PBL was scheduled to expand from 10 to 15 teams this year.

Courtesy of www.qctimes.com


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Smith signed by Angrabasket/Palmeiraspark - by Luis Rocha
Matthew Smith (206-F-83, college: Warner Southern) is the new foreigner in Angras roster. He comes well mentioned in both ends of the court. hes a tall guy that can rebound and play inside the paint, but also with many skills to shoot from outside the arch. Alongside with Donnovan. Smith is expected to help the team in order to achieve a better position than the one they get last season. The optins of the coach were to go to the market and find two big men, that can dominate from the inside, and also score a lot in offense. .

Experience you can count on - by Eurobasket News
Portugal - Estonia 70:79

Veteran guard Gert Kullamae (198-G/F-71) scored game-high 28 points including a three straight trebles in the fourth tern to propel Estonia to an incredible away from home win over Portugal. What seemed a comfortable 6-point Portuguese lead before the fourth term suddenly turned into a 2-point deficit after an 11:0 run from Estonia early in the fourth period. Carlos Andrade (197-F-78, agency: Players Group, college: Queens (NC)) drew teams level but Estonia seemed to feel the taste of victory and was unstoppable in the dyng moments. Tanel Sokk (188-G-85) and Gert Kullamae nailed 13 points in the crunch time and pulled away with a narrow win for Estonia at the end.
It was a real close battle throughout the first half. The visitors grabbed a 21:17 lead after the opening term but Portugal surged ahead midway through the second quarter. However trifectas from Tanel Sokk, Tarmo Kikerpill (197-F-77) and Gert Kullamae carried the Baltic team to a 40:37 lead at the interval. The hosts stepped up in the third quarter. They went on a 13:2 run to surge in front and then piled up a 6-point cushion heading into the last period.
Tanel Sokk was impressive with 20 points for Estonia. Gregor Arbet (195-F/G-83) contributed 10 points for the visitors. Carlos Andrade produced 14 points for Portugal. Joao Santos (205-C-79, agency: Players Group, college: Nevada) had 13 points in defeat. Estonia had a 27:23 advantage on the glass and shot 44% from the field.
Estonia will host Latvia, while Portugal will visit Macedonia on Saturday.

Portugal: Carlos Andrade 14, Joao Santos 13
Estonia: Gert Kullamae 28, Tanel Sokk 20, Gregor Arbet 10


Portugal lose their first game in the European road - by Bruno Baltazar
Portugal just lost their 1st game of qualification to the European in Poland next year against Estonia at home in the Ovar arena almost full of supporters , final result 70-79 for Estonia.

In the first half Portugal allowed many open 3 points shots for the estonian side that made nine 3 pts shots that allowed them entering the 2nd half with a lead of 37-40.

In the 2nd half Portugal dominated the 3rd quarter per complitly , Estonia was shoting many 3 pts shots but was missing them all and Portugal did a partial of 22-13 , entering the last quarter everyone was thinking this was a impossible game to lose for Portugal ,with 8.25m to the end of the game the score board was showing a portuguese lead of 62-53 but the experienced player Kullamae that ended the game with 28 pts and five 3 pts shots waked up and leaded Estonia comeback for the win(partial of 8-26) ,once again Portugal showed they cant keep a lead.

Portuguese scorers-Mario Fernandes (176-G-82, agency: Duran International) (6), Carlos Andrade (197-F-78, agency: Players Group, college: Queens (NC)) (14), Joao Santos (205-C-79, agency: Players Group, college: Nevada) (13), Nuno Marcal (205-F-75) (7), Elvis Evora (205-C-78, agency: Global Sports Plaza) (10), Tavares (7), Jaime Silva (187-G-80, agency: Players Group) (5), Jorge Coelho (200-F-78, agency: Players Group) (5) and Paulo Cunha (199-G/F-80) (3).
In the other game of the group Latvia won Macedonia 83-82 ,next Saturday Portugal plays against Macedonia.


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Stats Leaders - BSN
BSN Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
Melendez (Caguas)23.8 Figueroa (Arecibo) 21.6
White (Arecibo) 21.0
Ayuso (Santurce) 20.2
Ramos (Caguas) 19.4
Rebounds Per Game
Benson (Bayamon) 14.9
Ramos (Caguas) 10.3
Aubry (Ponce) 9.2
Figueroa (Arecibo) 9.1
Reyes (Carolina) 9.0
Assists Per Game
Caro (Guayama) 7.8
Pagan (Ponce) 6.0
Guzman (Humacao) 5.8
Rivera (Carolina) 5.7
Hatton (Arecibo) 5.3
Steals Per Game
Figueroa (Arecibo) 2.1
Guzman (Humacao) 1.6
Padilla (Ponce) 1.6
Blocks Per Game
Ramos (Caguas) 2.6
Traylor (Santurce) 2.2
Benson (Bayamon) 1.7
3FGP
Avila (S. German) 52.6%
Alamo (Caguas) 48.7%
Wilson (Guaynabo)47.2%
Free Throws
Cortes (Arecibo) 100%
Ra. Dalmau (San.) 92.3%Rice (Carolina) 90.9%


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Samara inks Eric Hicks, Kaspars Kambala probably in Russia - by Eurobasket News
CSK VVS Samara announced signing of American Eric Hicks (198-F-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Cincinnati). 24-year old power forward spent last season in Polpak Swecie. He ended it as a fourth best rebounder in DBE averaging 7.5 rpg as well as the best shot blocker with 2 bpg. In 40 games he also had 13.6 ppg. His Polpak demonstrated pretty good performance in the play-off semifinals forcing Prokom Trefl Sopot to work very hard in order to reach the next stage. Before Polpak, Hicks played one season in Telindus Oostende. He had 10 appearances in ULEB Cup averaging 12.4 ppg, 7.3 rpg and 1.4 bpg. Almost the same numbers he recorded for 35 games in Belgian D1. Oostende ended that season winning the championship title. Eric Hicks came out from Cincinnati in 2006 having 15 ppg and almost 10 rpg at his senior season. In summer 2006 he had few work-outs with Golden State and Minnesota but didn't succeed to get the contract. He won the gold medal on World University Games in Izmir 2005 with USA University NT.

According to ESports.lv, after two-year suspension due to using of cocaine which ends on December 12th, Kaspars Kambala (206-C-78, college: UNLV) will continue basketball career in Russia. Name of the team is not announced yet.


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Novica Velickovic, Serbia too strong for Bulgaria - by Dragan Jankovski

At the front of around 15.000 people in Belgrade's Arena Serbia recorded easy win against Bulgaria 74-64 improving to 3-1 in Group A. In third round Serbia suffered inconvenient defeat on the road against Finland but after this victory doors for Eurobasket 2009 in Poland once again are wide open.

Serbia was much better team from the beginning. Milenko Tepic (198-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) opened the game with a triple making Arena wild. After first ten minutes it was 18-13. Nenad Krstic (214-C-83) dominated in the paint despite Bulgaria's defense was focused on him. Todor Stoykov, Filip Videnov and Ibrahim Jaaber (188-G-84, college: Pennsylvania) struggled against aggressive Serbian guards which resulted with 38-26 for Serbia at the half time. Novica Velickovic (205-F-86) was totally unstoppable in the second half. Bulgarians tried to do something with zone defense but it didn't work. Novica Velickovic drained six triples in total leading Serbia to fantastic plus 20 in the last frame. Milenko Tepic (198-G-87, agency: Beo Basket) hade few killing penetrations while Milos Teodosic dished out couple of impressive assists. At the middle of the last quarter it was clear that Serbia will take this one. Actually during the last few minutes Bulgarians mostly owing to Todor Stoykov and Stefan Georgiev (206-C/F-78, agency: Interperformances) made this defeat acceptable, 74-64.

Novica Velickovic was hero of the game. He had 9 attempts from behind the arc making six of those, 20 points in total. Nenad Krstic collected 12 poinst and 6 rebounds while point guard Milos Teodosic (195-G-87) stopped on 11 points and 7 assists. Milenko Tepic and Kosta Perovic (217-C-85) also were good scoring 7 points apiece.
Interesting is that Ibrahim Jaaber was the best scorer in Bulgaria with 12 points including 5 rebounds. Stefan Georgiev finished the game adding 10 points and 8 boards. Deyan Ivanov (205-C/F-86) also scored 10 points but with two rebounds less than Georgiev. In the next round, which is scheduled for Saturday, Serbia will host Italy. Bulgarians will take on Hungary on the road.


Serbia - Bulgaria 74-64
(18-13, 20-13, 18-17, 18-21)

Serbia:
Novica Velickovic 20 (4 rebs), Nenad Krstic 12 (6 rebs), Milos Teodosic 11 (7 as)
Bulgaria: Ibrahim Jaaber 12 (5 rebs, 4 to), Stefan Georgiev 10 (8 rebs), Deyan Ivanov 10 (6 rebs)



Partizan beat Tamis in friendly game - by Zoran Popovic
BC Partizan continues with friendly games in preparation period and won in Pancevo new member of Serbian Swisslion league 69-98 (11-30, 26-19, 16-25, 16-24). Partizan was stronger rival during the first, third and fourth quarter. In the second period of the match domestic players of Petrohemija with stronger defense annul advantage of almost 20 points, but that wasnt enough for stronger resistance.
Petrohemija:
Djokic 14, Vujacic 3, Kajic 8, Derak 6, Markovic 5, Jovicic 8, Mihajlovic 13, Stanojevic 2, Ivanic 7.
Partizan:
Jaramaz 4, Djurkovic 16, Milosevic 13, Rasic 13, Lucic 9, Aleksic 3, Vitkovac 9, Bozic 6, Rakocevic 10, Veseli 7.
This weekend Parizan will continue with friendly games on tournament Slobodan Piva Ivkovic in Belgrade and next week on tournament in Greece.


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  SLOVENIA   


Kostomaj returns to Zlatorog, Slovan complete roster - by Zeljko Zule

Zlatorog inked their member Tadej Kostomaj (186-G-87) ex Alpos Sentjur to a one year contract plus a further year's option in the club's favour. Last season he averaged 23,5 minutes, 9,3 points, 2,3 rebounds, 3,5 assists and 1,0 steals in 29 games of Slovenian A-1 League UPC Telemach.
Geoplin Slovan completed its roster with the loaning of Croatian Marin Han (198-F/G-87) ex Turow.

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Zlatorog and Zitko part ways - by Zeljko Zule

Zlatorog parted ways with Croatian Luka Zitko (201-F-81) who was hired last month.


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  SOUTH AMERICAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS  


Standings
8 Standings
 1. Boca Jrs 4-1 
 2. Minas 4-1 
 3. Penarol 3-2 
 4. Duros 2-3 
 5. Universo/BRB 2-3 
 6. D.San Jose 0-5 


Stats Leaders
South American Club Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Soro, Pitagoras 22.6
2. Gutierrez, Boca 19.6
3. Johnson, Penarol 17.6
4. Maozao, Pitago. 16.6
5. Groves, San Jose 16.4
Rebounds Per Game
1. Cipriano, Universo 9.8
2. Johnson, Penarol 8.0
3. Groves, San Jose 7.0
4. Maozao, Pitagoras 6.8
5 .Alloatti, Boca 6.6
Assists Per Game
1. Sucatzky, Pitago. 11.6
2. Vargas, Duros 5.6
3. Da Silva, Universo 3.6
4. Rodriguez, Penar. 3.4
5. Mellone, San Jose 3.2
Steals Per Game
1. Da Silva, Universo 2.4
2. Rossi, Universo 1.6
3. Sucatzky, Pitago. 1.4
Blocks Per Game
1. Ferreira, Universo 1.4
2. Bethelmi, Duros 1.4
3. Alloatti, Boca 1.4


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  SOUTH KOREA   


KT&G Head Coach Steps Down - by Rick Ross
On Tue Sept 2 Korean Time and Date 41 yr old Head Coach KT&G
Yoo Do Hoon resigned after his first full year as head coach leading the team to 4th place
in the KBL, it is unclear the specifics and details but
according to the manifest below he states that stress and mental physical fatigue
played a part in his decision, the Original Korea News Link story follows,

http://cynews.cyworld.com/service/sports/shellview.asp?LinkID=249&ArticleID=2008090408133520170


Japan U18 takes the second semifinal berth from Group II - by Eurobasket News
Japan U18-Korea U18 81:75

Japan U18 takes the second semifinal berth from Group II of FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men. Trailing 6 points after the first half, Japanese players bounced back in the second to post 81:75 victory. Makoto Hiejima led the winners with 26 points. Kaito Ishikawa scored 19, Yusoke Karino nailed 17, and Daichi Taniguchi had 11. Kyungsang Park ended up with 22 points in the losing effort, while Dong Seop Lim produced 15. In the game for the 5-8 places Lebanon will face Korea in the first game. In the semifinals on Thursday, Japan will take on Kazakhstan and Iran will play Syria in the semifinals.
Korea U18 opened the game with 25:17 lead that put them closer to the semis. They still remained in front after the second period and looked more optimistic. The teams went to the lockers for 37:31 Korean advantage.
Japan U18 was unstoppable in the third period as they dominated the court, 27:18. It gave them 58:54 lead as the teams finished thirty minutes of the game. In the last period the struggle continued until the last minutes and Japan stayed alive taking 81:75 victory entering the semis of FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men. Korea finished with 1-2 record and only third in the group.

Japan U18: Makoto Hiejima 26, Kaito Ishikawa 19, Yusoke Karino 17, Daichi Taniguchi 11

Korea U18: Kyungsang Park 22, Dong Seop Lim 15



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  SWITZERLAND   


Geneva Devils land Mike Jefferson - by Eurobasket News

Geneva Devils announced signing of American Mike Jefferson (178-G-84, agency: AMI, college: High Point) on one-year deal. 23-year old point guard graduated at High Point University this year helping his team to reach Big South Conference tournament semifinals. He ended the season as a fifth best assistant in NCAA1 dishing out 7 apg. Jefferson also registered 13 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 1.3 spg for 31 games in 07/08. A season before that he had almost the same numbers.

The Devils didn't have so brilliant last season. They finished it as eight ranked team, what was enough for the play-off. Unfortunately to coach Schmitt Emmanuel and his players, Devils were knocked-out in the quarterfinals by Benetton Fribourg Olympic. Fribourg later won the championship loosing only one game.

During the following couple of days Swiss teams will play friendly games. Some of those are already scheduled. Herens Basket will meet Lugano Tigers on Saturday in Italian Bormio. At the same day Laussanne will meet Neuchatel while Starwings Basel waits German team Walter Tigeres Tubingen. On Sunday Sden BBC Nyon will play against Benetton Fribourg Olympic.



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Syria U18 qualified to the semis even after a loss from Lebanon U18 - by Eurobasket News
Lebanon U18-Syria U18 90:80

Syria U18 qualified to the semis even after a loss in FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men from Lebanon U18. The latter celebrated 90:80 win but had won by a whopping 35 point margin. Ahmad Ibrahim led the winners with 34 points, while Ralph Akl scored 11. Samar Bawadekji ended up with 25 points in defeat and Tarek Al Jade netted 12.
Because of China's forfeit, Syria, Lebanon and China finished in a three-way tie for second place.Based on score differential, which definitely applied when Syria and Lebanon were compared, Syria was awarded a place in the semi-finals. Syria defeated China by 20 and lost to Lebanon by 10 giving it a plus 10 margin. Lebanon lost to China by 27 and defeated Syria by 10 giving it minus 17. China was plus 27 over Lebanon and minus 20 against Syria, giving it margin of plus 7.
Anyway Lebanon U18 opened the game over Syria U18 with 30:20. It was an offensive quarter that slowed the teams in the second period a bit. Syria reduced to 8 points and trailed 37:45 at the halftime. Lebanon U18 remained with 64:56 after three quarters played and improved to 10 points at the end of the game. Now in the game for the 5-8 places Lebanon will face Korea in the first game. In the semifinals on Thursday, Japan will take on Kazakhstan and Iran will play Syria in the semifinals.

Lebanon U18: Ahmad Ibrahim 34, Ralph Akl 11
Syria U18: Samar Bawadekji 25, Tarek Al Jade 12


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Standings
TPBL Standings
1. HOUSTON PTS 0-0
2. Cypress synergy 0-0
3. Midland Heat. 0-0
4. San Angelo Chaparrals 0-0
5. Central Tx Blackhawks 0-0
6. East Tx Trailblazers 0-0
7. Lake Jackson 0-0
8. San Antonio 0-0
9. Dallas 0-0
10. Garland 0-0
11. Wichita Falls 0-0


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  TURKEY   


Turk Telekom Loan Caner Oner to CASA Ted - by Serdar Ortakuyu
Turk Telekom decided to keep Caner Oner in TBL and loaned him out to city rivals Casa TED instead of sending the youngster to their TB2L affiliate Genc Telekom. Oner joined the Ankara side in the beginning of 07-08 season and spent the entire year at TTNET Beykoz on loan but his numbers were nothing compare to his impressive performance at Alpella in 06-07 when he averaged double figures in scoring as the newcomer team's starting forward.

Turkey Cruised Past Ukraine - by Serdar Ortakuyu
Turkey hosted Ukraine in the first opening day of Eurobasket qualifiers in Group C and posted a 86-73 win while France outplayed Belgium in second half for a victory. It was an even game in the first quarter but Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) rallied the troops for a 27-13 serie as Kerem Tunceri (190-G-79) hit back to back baskets and Turkey opened up a 14 point deficit at the half. Artem Butskyy (185-G-81) started to respond in the third quarter but Kerem Gonlum (208-C/F-77)'s extraordinary offensive contribution kept Turkey ahead and made it 71-54 before the last quarter. Ukraine toughened up defensively in the fourth to keep Turkey at 15 but failed to score nothing than 19 points so the hosted registered a 86-73 victory. Turkey will play Belgium on the road on Saturday as Ukraine take on France.

Turkey(86): Sinan Guler 7, Engin Atsur 6, Ersan Ilyasova 10, Ersin Gorkem 0, Fatih Solak 2, Kerem Tunceri 13, Oguz Savas 15, Kerem Gonlum 15, Ender Arslan 3, Hidayet Turkoglu 15, Baris Hersek 0
Ukraine(73): Artem Butskyyy 15, Dmytro Zabirchenko 0, Oleksandr Kolchenko 8, Sergiy Gladyr 3, Artur Drozdov 9, Olexiy Onufriyev 2, Rostyslav Kryvych 6, Serhiy Lishchuk 13, Maxym Ivshyn 2, Vyacheslav Kravtson 0, Andriy Agafonov 15

(24-24, 51-37, 71-54, 86-73)


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Jareem Dowling Interview - by David Edole
Virgin Islands junior men's head coach and senior men's assistant coach took some time to talk to me about the Virgin Islands summer hoops. He spoke to me briefly on topics about getting his first start as a coach to how the juniors played in Antigua. Jareem Dowling also talked about the passion he has for the Virgin Islands and for the players that represented the Virgin Islands this summer. He recently signed to be an assistant coach at Slippery Rock University and is happy to get the opportunity to learn from Kevin Reynolds, head coach at SRU. I will not be surprised to see coach Dowling as a head coach for a major university in the next five years.

DE: I know that you are only 26 years old and that is really young. How did you get your first start as a coach?
JD: I got my first introduction to coaching at HC intramurals at University of Maryland Eastern Shore. A friend of mine, Azeez Ali asked if I could coach his team. The name of the team was gut check. The fact that guys listened and performed to the best of their abilities for me. Then I came to the conclusion that if a grown man would listen to me who was only playing recreaction sports then I could be a coach.
Cecil College opened the door for me one more time as they did for me as collegiate player. Head Coach Bill Lewit, is one of my biggest heroes, he gave me my first collegiate gig. I found out that coaching is a little bit more than just blowing a whistle and there is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes. It is like Cecils slogan, Morning, noon, and night job.

DE: I know youre the head coach of the Virgin Islands junior mens national team. Could you tell me about your experience with the youth of the Virgin Islands?
JD: The experience in Antigua really started last summer in Puerto Rico. Not
because the team didn't win means it was a total failure. I built a relationship with the first year guys. I still keep in contact with them and answer any questions that they may have about college. The first year guys educate me on how to deal with the CBC 2008 team. The guys from CentroBaskt 2007 helped me become a better coach and I helped them get better. Knowledge and respect at the two major attributes that I came away with as well as the players.
Besides winning a national Championship with Cecil Community College as a coach. I never had the opportunity as a player to accomplish something of that magnitude. I will be forever be thankful to senate president Usie R. Richards and his brother Ronnie Richards for giving me the opportunity to coach. I must also thank Alvarn Jarvis and Pedrito Estrill for allowing me to come in and coach with no mal content.

DE: I noticed that our kids are not among the tallest in international play. What is our edge? Is it the run and gun style that we are accustomed to?
JD:
A lot of great coaches like Roy Williams of North Carolina University run but their break and ours have five different ways to score. The quicker you run the more the other options are made available. Our kids love the run and gun style they simply don't know
the basic philosophy behind of it. To their credit, the kids picked up the concept quickly during the summer and in a short period of time. I credit the knowledge of that concept from my former head coach Bill Lewit.

DE: How about the size discrepancy?
JD: Size is not a problem. Coach Anderson coached Charles Barkley and he is only 6-foot-4. It was not a problem for Cuffy when he had an NBA player calling for help from his teammates when he got the ball. Size is only a problem when you make it a problem. What if every one in our islands are 6-6 and below? I know once in a while you will get a 6-11. Size is not a problem.

DE: I saw that you were in Mexico with the senior mens national team during their historic run. Did you get to do any coaching or interact with the players?
JD: The Virgin Islands (St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John) love to give praises to people on the TV screen. However that praise needs to be directed to those 12 men. They defend our territory with their blood, sweat and tears. Those guys represented us against 214 countries and have no major support from the islands. When those guys reached home I
know that only their families were there to meet them at the airport and it shouldn't be like that.
We have players and although they are not at the highest level they proved themselves. Cuthbert Victor, Jason Edwin, Calvert White, Kevin Sheppard and Kitwana Rhymer were great! White did not fill up the stats but he gave his all for the team. STATS are like a bikini, they show a lot but they don't show everything. To many times people get caught up with stats.
I can't say this enough, the love and passion these guys have for the V.I. is greater than anybody on TV. We need to show these 12 guys love and acknowledge their accomplishment. They made the big time where their at professionally and they always come back to play for their country.
I was sponge I leaned a lot from Head Coach Tevester Anderson and associate assistant coach Donald Bough. It was the most humbling experience I just soaked up everything. I also listened to the players and trainer for anything that I could use in the future with my college team.
A SPONGE!

DE: How did the team feel after upsetting the heavily favored Dominican Republic team that had two NBA players on their roster?
JD: Coach Tevester Anderson made a comment. I can't remember his exact words but we beat a team with three NBA players as people overlooked that Andres Sandoval Campbell signed with the Philadelphia 76ers. So Al Horford and Francisco Garcia were not the only players in the NBA. However Cuthbert Victor had a great line. When he said We have NBA players too. Our guys just don't have the opportunity like other bigger countries. Dominican Republic is 0-4 in the new millennium against us.
We looked at DR as a Hurricane and the V.I. we were a tornado. You know when a hurricane is coming. You can track it and prepare for it but no one knows when a tornado is about to hit and when it hits its devastating because it happens so quick. No one knows who our guys were. Everyone was commenting on DR team. They have this person and that person. Everyone did their jobs and we won.

DE: Who was the best player on the Virgin Islands team? Who stood out in this historic run?
JD: Everyone had their moments. This was my first time seeing Kevin Sheppard since high school and he is better than a lot of guys in the NBA. Cuffy is known as a GREEK GOD by the coaching staff. He was a man-child in the tourney. Kitwana Rhymer is as good as any NBA back up big man. Jason Edwin is way better than Francisco Garcia who's in the NBA.
Calvert White put on a Bruce Bowen type of defensive clinic. I know the bench has been taking abuse back home but they helped make the team better. They practice against the starters. Every team has a rotation and no team plays all 12 players, if you find a team that does please let me know.

DE: I noticed that the Virgin Islands is the only team with less than a 1 million people in CentroBasket 2007. Do you think it hurt our chances in the medal game?
JD:
We were the only country with less than a million people. However, we kicked their butts. If we were to back sports in the Virgin Islands we could be a major player. The V.I. is ranked 32 out of 214 countries in the world and that is without any real support. It makes no sense why our people don't rally behind the team. I may be young but not dumb. The guys on this team are our heroes. We don't need to back other guys who don't come home. I will never get rich and switch on my people.

DE: How was the team conditioning after playing five games in five days with the starters logging heavy minutes? Do you thing we could have played Puerto Rico better if both teams were fresh?
JD: The guys were tired but that is not an excuse. Puerto Rico was better than us that night I would not change a thing, we had a rotation that has been working for the entire tournament. So, why change? There were seven Latino countries and we were the only English speaking country. Sometimes we played against eight people. We had Donald Bough who spoke Spanish, which shocked everyone. We had our guy there but he cant ref our game. When you play hard you will get you deserve.
I am happy and thankful that we reached the Gold medal game. We don't have funds to have practice time as compared to the teams we played. It speaks volumes about the guys' character. Other countries had Burger King; mini mart who sponsored their teams.
WE DON'T.

DE: What do we need to do to be better on a whole from the seniors, juniors, middle school and elementary to make basketball stronger?
JD: I think president Usie Richards is addressing that issue. He brought in a state-sider, Tevester Anderson, and he helped elevate the program. The local coaches are still apart of the team and they learn from him as he does from them. We can't be stubborn and not use coaches who have more knowledge than we do. We will stay in the same grade and never graduate!
We need to get out kids into more camps and clinics. We need to expand our kids' minds and let them know that theyre just as good as any kid in the USA. The basics need to be taught in elementary and middle school. A kid should not be learning fundamentals in HS, but it is a testament to our kids. I support the basketball federation and what they are doing. My head coach Kevin Reynolds, of Slippery Rock University, asked me when I reached back to let the people know that he wants to do a clinic next year.

DE: You know I am an educator, so I have to ask. What does out kids need to know about using their athletic ability to get into college?
JD: The problem we have the V.I. is not connected to the US Mainland. We are way out there. The best thing a kid or coach can do is record a game. It would be so easy if a coach can get a DVD. If you are going to fight a case one would need evidence and a recording is what is needed. They don't need to go NCAA DI or DII. It could be a Junior College like two weeks ago Wilson Ferrance received great news when he was offered a scholarship from Marshalltown CC. He got everything paid for tuition, fees, books, room and board and may get his Pell Grant back if he qualifies.
What people have to understand is that not many coaches will recruit without film. The local coaches need to go to Kmart and purchase film. They need to use the money they make in tourneys and invest in equipment.

DE: Any special shutouts to anyone who helped get you were you are today?
JD: A very special thank you to Kevin Reynolds of Slippery Rock University. He allowed a new guy on the job the opportunity to go to a small island for a significant amount of time. Another Big Up to Tevester Anderson- who gave up time on his other job to do another job and is not appreciated. IT IS A SHAME!
I will also like to thank coach Bill Lewit at Cecil for everything he's done for me basketball wise. Also like to thank my family the Dowling and Samuel family, Kiesha Byam and last but not least my parents Robert Dowling and Shermaine Samuel-King for their support.
Additionally, we have people from the Virgin Islands doing big things. Just because it is not on television that does not means nothing is happening. I am a representative of alymali clothing line www.alymali.com clothing line. In due time this company will sponsor the VI teams.
On of my favorite quotes Ive heard 'Speak the truth as you see it and if you don't see it then speak the truth as you feel it' USR
We as a people are so quick to put negative stuff in the front page of the newspaper. The V.I. won three silver medals this past summer. You could only find it in the back pages of the newspaper. Only violence and corruption dominate the front page. These guys needed to be on the Front Page.
The newspapers need to be more responsible. They need to stop dwelling on negative stuff and show some positive stuff. It is like raising a kid. You have to show them when there wrong sometimes but you have to show them love also when they do good.
IT TAKES A VILLAGE!
The entire Virgin Islands need to rally around the federation and Senate President Usie Richards. He has made my life so much better by allowing me to be apart of the federation. He allows the players to be seen by international scouts and NBA scouts. A player like Frank Elegar got better while playing for the Virgin Islands as well as others. Thank you David for the interview.


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  UBL   


URBL Invites Former College Players to Audition - by Mac Claire
San Antonio, TX, September 2nd- The URBL will hold its college draft October 18th at the YMCA at 1213 Iowa St in San Antonio.
Former college players who have not previously played professionally are invited to participate.

Players with professional experience will be invited to audition in November.
Details will be released as soon as they are complete.
For additional information, email info@love4hoops.com.


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  UKRAINE   


Savas, Gonlum and Turkoglu led Turkey over Ukraine - by Eurobasket News
Turkey-Ukraine 86:73

Ukraine lost the opener of Eurobasket qualifiers in Group C in Istanbul. More than 6000 spectators came to support the first game of Turkey in the start of their journey as well. The home side was too good in the opening quarter to seal 86:73 victory. Oguz Savas, Kerem Gonlum and Hidayet Turkoglu each scored 15 points to lead Turkey. Kerem Tunceri posted 13 and Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) nailed 10. Artem Butskyy (185-G-81) and Andriy Agafonov (207-F-86, agency: Interperformances) ended up with 15 points in defeat.
The first quarter did not bring the total win for any of the teams as they finished it with 24:24. Ersan Ilyasova rallied the troops for a 27:13 and Kerem Tunceri hit back to back baskets and Turkey opened up a 14 point deficit at the half. Turkey's 13-3 run put them in control and they led 51:37 at half-time.
Artem Butskyy started to respond in the third quarter but Kerem Gonlum (208-C/F-77) 's extraordinary offensive contribution kept Turkey ahead and made it 71:54 before the last quarter. The hosts were in cruise control, but they did get something of a wake up call in the final minutes as back-to-back three-pointers from Artur Drozdov (198-G-80) and Sergiy Gladyr cut their lead to single figures at 80:71. The final whistle set up the first loss for the Ukrainian side in Eurobasket qualifiers in Group C. Turkey will play Belgium on the road on Saturday as Ukraine take on France.

Turkey: Sinan Guler 7, Engin Atsur 6, Ersan Ilyasova 10, Ersin Gorkem 0, Fatih Solak 2, Kerem Tunceri 13, Oguz Savas (208-C-87) 15, Kerem Gonlum 15, Ender Arslan 3, Hidayet Turkoglu (206-F-79) 15, Baris Hersek 0
Ukraine: Artem Butskyy 15, Dmytro Zabirchenko 0, Oleksandr Kolchenko 8, Sergiy Gladyr 3, Artur Drozdov 9, Olexiy Onufriyev 2, Rostyslav Kryvych 6, Serhiy Lishchuk 13, Maxym Ivshyn 2, Vyacheslav Kravtson 0, Andriy Agafonov 15


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


The Sharks Going With Gorman - by George Manousidis

A former team-mate of NBA star and Olympic gold medal winner Carmelo Anthony is the new centre for Sheffield Sharks.

Matt Mathew Gorman , a 6'10' graduate from American college powerhouse Syracuse, joins the Sharks after an excellent season at Neptune basketball club in Cork, Ireland, last season.

The 24-year-old Mathew Gorman averaged a double-double at Neptune of 24-points and 12 rebounds per game, which was enough to impress scouts from across Europe.

Sharks player/coach Atiba Lyons says the capture of Mathew Gorman is a significant move by the club:

'He is an amazing talent and a very nice addition to the Sharks. Matt played in the shadow of some great players in college and is more than capable of playing at an elite level.

'He is a product of a tough and competitive environment and that augers well for our season. I'm excited about the team we are pulling together; I believe we have a solid blend and the depth to compete.'

While Mathew Gorman had limited playing time at Syracuse, alongside Anthony, he has played in the Big East division which is one of toughest leagues in college basketball. He also had an impressive High School career.

Mathew Gorman said the challenge of returning the Sharks to the top of British basketball was too good to turn down.

'This is a great opportunity for me and is an excellent chance to progress in my career. I want to help the Sharks regain their place in the standings. I have heard a lot of good things about the club and the fans and I am looking forward to getting there.'

After the signing of guard Sherman Rivers the Sharks are continuing discussions with a number of British players to finalise the roster ahead of their season opener against Everton Tigers on October 3.
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Rocks Roster Racks Up with Fifth Signing Pratt. - by George Manousidis
The Scottish Rocks have added to their roster for the upcoming 2008/09 season with the addition of ex Cheshire Jets forward Marc Pratt (193-F-82, college: Towson).

The 6ft4 athletic swingman is both an offensive and defensive coup for the Rocks with Pratt's reputation in the BBL as a strong defensive stopper.

Pratt's talents are well known to Rocks Head Coach, Sterling Davis, who played against the London born slasher in his 2007/08 campaign as a Jets player. However Davis believes Pratt has a lot more to offer on the BBL stage.

'Marc is a player who has a lot of talent on both ends of the floor. I think last year he wasn't able to showcase everything he is capable of due to a nagging shoulder injury but now that he is fully fit and ready to prove himself within the league, we will see the emergence of a talented player. I think he will fit in with everything we stand for here at the Rocks.'

Pratt arrived in Glasgow last night to begin work in the Rocks community programmes and will make his first appearance in front of a Rocks home crowd on 19th October when the Rocks tip-off their new reign at Glasgow's Kelvin Hall.


Airwaves Raiders Announce Pre Season Games - by George Manousidis
The Airwaves Plymouth Raiders have announced their final home friendly game, to be played on Wednesday 17th September at the Plymouth Pavilions (tip off 7.30pm). The Reading Rockets, one of the best EBL Division 1 teams, will be the visitors just 4 days after the BBL's Worcester Wolves also visit the Pavilions to take on the Raiders in pre season action.

The pre-season however gets under way this Saturday (6th September) with the Airwaves Plymouth Raiders facing stiff competition from annual visitors to the Plymouth Pavilions, Team USA Select. It will be a great opportunity for Raiders' fans to see their new team in action (minus DeAntoine Beasley, who is currently experiencing a Visa hold up), and welcome new players Kwbana Beckles and Patrick Fitzpatrick to the City.

The Team USA Select game is always great season opener, and fans have been treated to some fantastic basketball in previous years. The team is primarily made up of recent graduates from the American college system, who then tour around Europe playing teams and hopefully securing contracts for their players as they go.

The Raiders will then play host to BBL rivals Worcester Wolves on Saturday 13th September (7.30pm at the Plymouth Pavilions), and it's the first of six meetings between the two clubs this year, as they are set to play three times in the league and twice in BBL Trophy group action.

Worcester have lost a large number of players from last year, but player coach Skouson Harker has a reputation of being a very shrewd recruiter, and hopes that this year's team will actually be better than last year's. Wolves last season had the BBL's leading two scorers - James Life and Anthony Paez, but both players have moved on, along with American guard Chuck Evans, English forward Shaun Durrant and Slovakian centre Ivan Brosko.

In comes 7 foot tall Justin Brown (213-C-80, agency: Passing Lane, college: Connecticut) (213-C-80, agency: Passing Lane, college: Connecticut), who has a good pedigree playing in Australia recently and before that for University of Connecticut in the States. Brown joins the high scoring Jamaal Caterina (198-F-82, agency: Passing Lane, college: S.Maine), point guard Will Funn (188-G-82, college: Portland St.) and Frenchman Harry Disy (201-F-84, college: Louisiana Tech) as new signings for the Wolves, who will be looking to improve on their 8th place last season.

Finally, the Reading Rockets round out the pre season and bring with them the reputation as being one of the favourites to land the EBL Division 1 title this season. This claim is backed up by the National Trophy and Runners Up medals from last season. They also have a very strong youth academy in place, which last season saw their Under 18s lift the treble. One of their most high profile players is point guard Dan McKay, an England junior and potential Team GB player at the 2012 Olympics.

The Rockets are spearheaded by head coach Dave Titmuss , who has been involved in National League basketball for many years. He is a former England coach, GB Wheelchair team coach and now helps out as Assistant Coach to the GB Women's team.


Eagles Announce Pre-season Opponents - by George Manousidis
BBL Champions Newcastle Eagles are ready to kick- start another successful campaign in Britain's top flight with 2 pre-season games in September. Flournoy has drafted together a formidable roster, with notable additions including BBL All-Star Trey Moore and University of Houston graduate Tafari Toney. This year also sees the return of League Player of the Year Lynard Stewart, a firm favourite on Tyneside after a dominant first season for the Eagles.

The action begins at 7pm (doors open 6.30pm) on Tuesday 9th September at Benfield Centre for Sporting Excellence, when the Eagles take on Team USA Select in what promises to be a highly competitive game. Fans will be hoping for an Eagles triumph, as was the case last year, and are advised to book early as capacity is limited for both preseason games. The travelling US team will be profiling a number of recent top level US college recruits and as always are likely to be stiff competition for the Eagles roster.

Coach Flournoy is excited to get the season off to a good start.

' TeamUSA Select have visited Newcastle for the past four seasons now and it is always a good benchmark to see where we are at the start of the year. It is still early days for us with nearly a month to the first home game, but it will creep up on us quickly, so we want to make the best of the games we have.'

Attention then turns to Sunday 14th September, when the Eagles entertain touring Lithuanian side Team Meresta at Westgate Centre for Sport at 6.30pm (doors open 6pm) in their final preseason game before the 2008-09 season kicks off. Basketball is the number one participation sport in Lithuania as was seen in the strong showing of the Lithuanian national team at the Beijing Olympics. The side are likely to be stacked with young talent and will be a very different test for this season's Eagles squad.

Player/Coach Fabulous Flournoy will be looking to add the finishing touches to his squad ahead of the season opener against Guildford Heat on Friday 26th September.

A limited amount of tickets are now on sale at 6 each, or 10 for the two games. Buy online at www.newcastle-eagles.com or call 0191 245 3880 to book.


Missere Adds To Riders Ranks - by George Manousidis
Rob Paternostro has added forward Phil Missere (203-F, college: St.John's) to his Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders roster for the 2008/09 season.

The 6'9' New Yorker briefly played alongside Paternostro at Birmingham last season, including an impressive debut against the Riders.

'We are very happy to have Phil working with us,' said Paternostro. 'He is an athletic player who will give us flexibility on our front line. Whenever I have seen him play I have been impressed with how hard he plays and his ability to rebound at both ends of the floor.'

Prior to coming to the BBL, the Missere attended top American college St John's University in New York and he is really looking forward to returning to Britain.

'The opportunity to play for Leicester was something I couldn't pass up,' said the 25-year-old. 'In my talks with Coach Paternostro and General Manager Russell Levenston it was clear they had a common goal and that was putting together a team that can be very competitive in the BBL.

'Leicester is a nice place for me and my family to live. I am looking forward to competing and seeing what we as a team can accomplish. We have very lofty goals for us and for the fans, we just want to get out on the court and compete day in and day out.'

Riders' first pre-season action will be when they host a four-team international tournament at John Sandford Sports Centre on Friday 12th and Saturday 13th September. Following the withdrawal of Joniskis Delikatesas, Riders will now face another Lithuanian side, Team Meresta, in the opening game.


JETS SWOOP TO CAPTURE BIG MAN - by George Manousidis
BiG Storage Cheshire Jets have taken another step towards the completion of their 2008/9 Roster with the signature of Shuan Stegall (201-F-85) (201-F-85).
Shuan, a native of Atlanta, Georgia, played for the Kennesaw State Owls in Americas Atlantic Sun Conference, where he finished last season ranked second in the Conference in both offensive and defensive rebounds as well as overall rebounds per game. He also led the team in total points, blocked shots, field goal attempts, rebounds and field goals made all in all he managed 13 double-doubles during the season.

Paul Smith, Jets Head Coach, was understandably delighted to have captured Shuans signature, and he commented We are all really looking forward to seeing Shuan in a Jets uniform this year and his all-round game will add a extra dimension to our squad. He led his team last season in every major statistical category (points, rebounds, assists, steals and blocked shots) at least once during last season and he scored in every game, averaging more than fourteen points per game.

Shuan will fly into England over the next few days, and hopefully Jets fans will get a chance to see him during the pre season programme of friendly games, the first of which is against local National League side Wirral Hornets at Woodchurch High School next Sunday 7th September , tip-off at 3pm.

Peter Hawkins, Big Storage BiG Storage Cheshire Jets Director added, Due to the continued support of our principal sponsor, Paul [Smith] has had greater leeway this pre-season in his recruitment, and the jigsaw is virtually complete. There are still a few last minute negotiations with players to finalise, but we are sure that the squad that we have put together will be very competitive in the league, and we cant wait to get the season under way!


Sharks Snare Rivers - by George Manousidis
Sheffield Sharks have started to build their backcourt for the coming season with the signing of American guard Sherman Rivers (185-G-81, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents, college: William & Mary).
The 27-year-old Rivers arrives in the city with an impressive pedigree after graduating from the same college as Sharks legend and assistant coach Todd Cauthorn, William and Mary - a Division 1 NCAA school.

Rivers is not new to the BBL as he enjoyed his first year out of college playing for the Milton Keynes Lions in the season 2003/04, averaging 16 points and 5 rebounds per game.

Since then he has had a season in the Czech Republic and played for Portuguese side Academia.

Player/coach Atiba Lyons says the 6'1' Rivers, who can play both point and shooting guard positions, impressed him greatly when the pair met to discuss joining the Sharks.

'Although he came highly recommended the deal was sealed after meeting him and confirming he has the character that will contribute well to the success of the team,' he said.

'We believe this is a great signing for us, Sherman has played in the BBL and has built on that with his experience in Europe.'

Having played against the Sharks during the season when the club won the Play-offs and the BBL Cup, Rivers knows all about Sheffield's history.

'I am looking forward to coming to the Sharks, the club has a great reputation and working with Atiba and Todd as new management is going to be exciting,' he said.

'The team that they are pulling together looks solid and we will be looking forward to challenging for a title.'

The Sharks are rounding off the team selection with a final American spot in the next few days and are continuing talks with key British players.

'We are almost done and hopefully by the end of the week all members of the squad will be in place,' said Lyons


BiG STORAGE CHESHIRE JETS UNDER 16S PACK IN EXPERIENCE IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC - by George Manousidis
BiG Storage Cheshire Jets under 16s boys team, [formerly Ellesmere Port Panthers], travelled to Brno, Czech Republic last weekend to compete in the 10th annual International basketball tournament from 29th-31st August.

Their first game against Latvian team, Valmiera was to prove critical in their final placing. The Jets got off to the better start leading 19-16 at the end of the first quarter with some excellent work from Matthew Burton, [Neston High School] and Jason Helsby, [Helsby High School] who both chipped in with 6 early points. The Latvians pegged back the deficit to trail 34-35 at the half. It remained close with BiG Storage trailing 44-45 at the end of the 3rd quarter. A very tense 4th quarter saw the Cheshire outfit trail 57-55 with 3 minutes to go in the game. A full court press to close the gap did not have the desired effect and the Jets lost the game 65-55.

Three more pool games followed - each producing big wins for the Jets, 82-37 against Polish team USK Jagalonka, 75-60 against Czech team BC Vysocina and 102-34 versus host club BBL Brno. This placed BiG Storage Cheshire Jets in second place in their pool and with no semi final play offs they were then in a 3rd/4th play off game against Sokol Hradec Kralove from The Czech Republic. The Jets ran our easy winners 90-46 with all 12 players gaining valuable court time and 11 of them getting on the score sheet.

Tournament points totals: Jason Helsby 88, Dave Thomas and Tom Halpin 47, Neil Gillard 39, Matthew Burton 37, Joe Franklin 36, Jack Griffiths 27, Pierre Bersier 24, Adam Jones 21, Dean Cooke 18, Jordan Smith 10 and Kyle Squire 7


Deng scores 30, Israel enjoys an overtime win - by Eurobasket News
Israel-Great Britain 102:92 OT

Luol Deng (201-F-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Duke) was not enough for the Great Britain in the opener of EuroBasket qualifying opener. Israel won an overtime thriller at home beating the opponent 102:92. A 17:7 in overtime was too much for the visitors in the game. Meir Tapiro (194-G-75, agency: Avi Zilberman) led the winners with 27 points. Lior Eliyahu (205-F-85, agency: ZAG Advocates) posted 24 and Yaniv Green (206-F-80, agency: ZAG Advocates) ended up with 13 points. Luol Deng shined in defeat with 30 points, whilst Joel Freeland (208-F-87) collected 14 points and 9 rebounds.
It was a real show and thanks to 7000 spectators the atmosphere remained hot from the first minute until the last. Great Britain scored first 4 points in the game and was stronger in the period. Both teams finished the opening quarter at 25:19 for the visitors. Israel reduced the gap in the second period but still trailed 42:47 at the half time as Joel Freeland made a free throw.
With 27:20 in the third period the hosts took a control of the game. Georges three only closed the gap to 69:67 for Israel. Luol Deng had given his team an 84:83 lead and after an Israeli timeout. Meir Tapiro calmly sank both free throws to tie the game at 85:85 and force overtime. In the extra time Israel however was too good claiming 102:92 win.

Israel: Meir Tapiro 27, Lior Eliyahu 24, Yaniv Green 13
Great Britain: Luol Deng 30, Joel Freeland 14+9 rebs


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  URUGUAY   


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


Stats Leaders - LUB
LUB Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
D.Pereyra (Ate) 26.0
M. Aguiar (Big) 25.3
L. Stukes (Tro) 24.7
E, Taboada (Mal) 24.3
JR Morris (Wel) 24.3
Rebounds Per Game
C. Jackson (Def) 16
T. Monroe (Uat) 14.7
I Thornton (Cor) 11.7
C. Matthews (Tab) 11
R Blankson (Tab) 11
Assists Per Game
G. Barrera (Ate) 7.7.
M. Osimani (Big) 6.7
M. Tornara (Oli) 6.0
D. Gonzalez (Def) 6.0
G. Caneiro (Tab) 5.3


Hebraica beat Malvin for the LUB - by Hector Lopez
Angelo Reyes (205-F/C-81), coming from the Puerto Rico NT, scored 19 points playing just 15 minutes and grabbed 11 rebounds when Hebraica Macabi beat Malvin 78-70 for the third round of the Uruguayan League. Also for Hebraica Corey Smith (196-G/F, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Vanderbilt) netted 19 points, incluiding 4 three-point shots and took 4 rebounds. For Malvin, Emilio Taboada (193-F-82) netted 16, Jarrett Stephens (200-F/C-77, agency: Duran International, college: Penn St.) scored 16 and took 8 rebounds.
In another game, Union Atletica, with a two-point shot by Jemino Sobers (201-F-84, college: Cent.Conn.St.), remaining 14 seconds to play, beat Paysandu 70-68. For Union Atletica Sebastian Vazquez (195-F-85) 32 points and 16 rebounds, Tarrie Monroe (202-F-77, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Lewis) 18 and 14, Jemino Sobers 3 and 7. For Paysandu Jeffrey Ferguson (210-F/C-81, agency: CGL Sports, college: Wayne St., MI) 21 and 8, and Austin Montgomery (196-G, college: Bowling Green) 10 and 5.


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The Breakers travel to China - by Gianni Pascucci
The West Coast Pro Basketball League reigning champions Santa Barbara Breakers have been invited by the Chinese Government to play 12 games from September 19 through October 5. The Breakers will begin play in Shanghai for three games against Chinese professional clubs as well as Romanian and Fujian teams. Other stops along the tour will be in the provinces of Liaoning and Jilin. Bejing will be the final leg of the tour. The team will play Chinese, Korean and Romanian Clubs in the Olympic city and as an added bonus, the Government will be providing paid access to The Forbidden City, The Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, Summerplace and all Olympic Sites. Head Coach/President Curt Pickering worked hard to collect the best roster as possible, considering that some of the top players are taking jobs internationally: Tyler Newton and Adam Zahn went to Japan and Rashid Byrd to France. The result was a 11 man squad. Regular roster players will be Mark Peters (5'11''-G-81, college: Cal-Riverside), Shantay Legans (5'10''-G-81, agency: Court Side, college: Fresno St.), Allan Purnell (6'4''-G-82, college: Pacific), Tim Taylor (6'3''-G-82, college: Wayne St., NE) and Justin Johnson (6'0''-G-83, college: Mississippi). New faces wearing the red, white, blue and gold will be Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Jr. (6'6''-F/G-76, college: W.Kentucky), former Clipper center, Keith Closs (7'3''-C-76, agency: Court Side, college: Cent.Conn.St.), ABA All-Star Lemar Gayle (6'6''-F-79, college: CSU Bakersfield), WCBL leading rebounder Armand Thomas (6'9''-F, college: Cal.St. Northridge), WCBL leading scorer Jermaine Small (6'8''-F-77, college: Iona) and WCBL 1st Team All-Defensive star Mark Dawson (6'8''-C, college: Long Beach St.). The Breakers will leave California on September 16th. Curt Pickering stated: 'This is a great opportunity for developing new, long-term relationships with Chinese basketball dignitaries, players and fans while also representing the great city of Santa Barbara, our country and the enormously popular game, basketball.' Pickering also added that the team will offer gifts to each opposing team player and staff. Any Santa Barbara souvenirs that local fans would like to donate are welcome to call the Breaker office at 685-5600 or login @ breakersbasketball.com All 12 games will be shown on News-Press WebTV as well as a daily documentary featuring Breaker players experiencing life in China.



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Women News

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  BALTIC LEAGUE - Women  


Standings
BBL Standings
Group A
 1. TEO Vilnius 3-0 
 2. Tim-Scuf 2-1 
 3. Laisve 1-2 
 4. Olimpia 0-3 
Group B
 1. Cesis 3-0 
 2. TTT Riga 2-1 
 3. Arvi 1-2 
 4. Berezina 0-3 


Stats Leaders
BWBL Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 I.Yegorova, TIM-SCUF 18.1
2 I.Faskh., TIM-SCUF 17.9
3 O.Savina, TIM-SCUF 17.8
4 T.Lihtarovich, Olimpia 16.9
5 J.Jutelyte, Laisve 15.6


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  BELGIUM - Women  


Soulis pulls Greece over Belgium - by Eurobasket News
Belgium-Greece 66:77

Greek National team remains undefeated in Group D of EuroBasket Women qualifier. Liege could not help Belgium team to hand the first loss to the favorites on Wednesday night. Greece used a productive third quarter to seal the third win. Nicole Soulis (188-F-85, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) led the winners with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) and Stella Kaltsidou (187-C/F-83) followed her with 16 points apiece for 3-0 record. Kathy Wambe (173-G-81) ended up with 16 points in defeat, while Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) and Van Malderen added 14 each.
Even though Stella Kaltsidou opened the game for the guests Belgium won the opening tip 13:4. Greece replied immediately with 10-0 run and had 14:13 advantage when Evanthia Maltsi made a jump-shot. The game stayed close throughout the second period and Greece led by one, 39:38, at the break.
Greece was in front of the whole third period. Papamichail opened it for 41:38 and then after 24:12 in the quarter Nicole Soulis closed it at 63:50. When Nicole Soulis again made it 72:52 in the last period it became clear that Belgium would not catch up the guests. Sara Leemans reduced to minus 15 and then Kathy Wambe set up the final 77:66 score. Belgium fell at 1-2 record in the group and tied with Bulgaria and Serbia.

Belgium: Kathy Wambe 16, Sara Leemans 14, Van Malderen 14
Greece: Nicole Soulis 18+7 rebs, Evanthia Maltsi 16, Stella Kaltsidou 16


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Serbia beat Bulgaria and ties them in Group D - by Eurobasket News
Serbia-Bulgaria 73:67

Serbia beat Bulgaria and tied them in Group D of EuroBasket Women qualifier. Trailing in the end of the opening quarter the home side pushed the tempo and never looked behind after. Serbia won the initial game 73:67 and upset Bulgaria for their second time. Adrijana Knezevic (184-F-87) and Ana Perovic (197-C-78) led the winners with 14 points apiece. Jelena Milovanovic (191-F/C-89) supported them with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Evelina Guneva (183-F-80, agency: Interperformances) ended up with 21 points, while Albena Branzova (192-F/C-71) collected 11 points and 10 boards in defeat.

Even though Serbia had no wins before the game they started offensively and hoped to be the favorites of the game. Evelina Guneva made a three for Bulgaria as her team led 17:15 in the opening tip. Serbia answered with nine consecutive points for 24:17 lead after the first period. The Serbs poured in the first eight of the second as well for a 32:17 stranglehold on the game. Slavova scored for the visitors as they trailed 45:36 at the halftime.
In the third period the teams paid more attention to defense and as a result the score was 10:10 in it. Evelina Gunevas two brought 55:46 hosts advantage after thirty minutes of the game. The most interesting part started in the end of the game when Albena Branzova tied the score at 59:59. Serbia scored again more but Vrantcheva kept Bulgaria alive with 69:66. Adrijana Knezevics 4 points in the end of the game brought the Serbs the first win in Group D.

Serbia: Adrijana Knezevic 14, Ana Perovic 14, Jelena Milovanovic 13+10 rebs
Bulgaria: Evelina Guneva 21, Albena Branzova 11+10 rebs


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  CBC CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


Standings (Women)
Standings
Group A
1. Trinid/T.3-0
2. Domin.R.2-1
3. US V.Isl1-2
4. Bahamas0-3
Group B
1. P.Rico2-0
2. Barbados1-1
3. Antigua0-2


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  COCABA CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


Standings (Women)
Standings
1. Guatemala5-0
2. El Salvado.3-2
3. Costa Rica.2-3
4. Honduras0-0
5. Nicaragua0-5


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  CROATIA - Women  


Croatia edges Romania 66:64 - by Eurobasket News
Croatia-Romania 66:64

The game between Croatia and Romania was for the second win in Group C of EuroBasket Women qualifying clash. The win in the first and last quarters brought Croatia 66:64 victory over the opponent. Marta Cakic (175-G-82) led the winners with 13 points. Anda Jelavic (173-G-80) netted 11, while Petra Stampalija (190-C-80) collected 10 points and 9 boards. Maria Pascalau (194-C-82) top-scored for the Romanian side with 22 points and 9 rebounds, while Simina Mandache (184-F-81) added 12.

Croatia scored first 4 points in the game and won the opening tip of the first period. Anda Jelavic was the last to post points in the opening period for 23:11 lead. It was her again to score for 34:24 home advantage. With a 14-0 run however the visitors took 38:34 lead after the second quarter as the teams went to the lockers.

Bura tied the game at 38:38 and then Lokas saw another even margin 44:44. Trailing 51:52 early in the fourth quarter, Croatia soon took the lead but could not shake off Romania. Sliskovic's jump-shot gave the hosts 59:54 with 4.28 to play. Anda Jelavic made a pair of free-throws for Croatia but Parau immediately hit back with a jump-shot that left the score at 65:62 with 20 seconds to go. Ilijanic missed the first free throw but then made the second for 66:62. Maria Pascalau reduced to 66:64 with 3 seconds in the game and went to the free throw line. She missed on purpose as there was almost no time left but Croatia held the score for good. The winners improve to 2-4 record leaving Romania at 1-4.

Croatia: Marta Cakic 13, Anda Jelavic 11, Petra Stampalija 10+9 rebs
Romania: Maria Pascalau 22+9 rebs, Simina Mandache 12


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  ESTONIA - Women  


Sweden keep record spotless - by Eurobasket News
Sweden - Estonia 76:45

Swedish National Team secured their second straight win in EuroBasket in Division B campaign. They thus improved to 2-0 record among the leaders in Group B. Estonia in the meantime suffered their third loss in a row and remained at the bottom of the table. Eldebrink sisters notched 9 points in the opening stanza and Sweden spurred ahead 18:6. The hosts extended the margin to 15 points in the second quarter and maintained the margin. Barthold and Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89) teamed up for 8 points at the start of the third quarter to lift Sweden to a 45:25 advantage. The home team closed the third period with a 12:0 rally to build a 22-point lead. Estonia did not come back to life in the fourth quarter and had to surrender at the end. Louice Halvarsson led balanced Swedish offense with 15 points. Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88) provided 11 points and 6 assists, while Nina Risto (188-F-85, agency: Rasmussen Services) knocked down 10 points for the winners. Merike Anderson (177-G-81) answered with 16 points for Estonia. Kedru Arbet (185-F-80) came up with 8 points in the loss. Sweden limited their opponents to just 32% accuracy and outrebounded them 47:31. Estonia also suffered 21 turnovers down the stretch. Estonia will play against Luxembourg at home on September 10. Sweden visit Luxembourg on Saturday.

Sweden: Louice Halvarsson 15, Elin Eldebrink 11, Nina Risto 10
Estonia: Merike Anderson 16, Kedru Arbet 8


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


Division B. Day 3 results - by Eurobasket News

Group A

Iceland - Slovenia 69:94
Slovenian National Team celebrated their first win at the EuroBasket in Division B tournament. Yesterday they beat Iceland to reach their opponents in the ladder with 1-2 record. The teams kept it close in the first frame with the scoreline read 25:25 at the end. However the visitors opened the second quarter with an 8:0 run to clear off.
Maja Erkic (182-G/F-85), Daliborka Jokic (185-F-81) and Mojca Markovic (177-G-79) soon opened a double-digit lead for Slovenia. The visiting side took over and piled up a 16-point advantage at the interval. Iceland failed to recover right after the break and the situation did not change in the third frame. Slovenia easly maintained the margin and entered the fourth quarter up by 16 points. Slovenia stayed cool in the fourth term and did not allow the hosts to threaten their lead. Mojca Markovic poured in 22 points to pace Slovenia. Maja Erkic and Daliborka Jokic had 20 points each in a winning effort. Helena Sverrisdottir (185-G-88) answered with 18 points, 12 boards and 9 assists for Iceland. Signy Hermannsdottir (190-C-78, college: Cameron) added 11 points and 9 rebounds in defeat. Iceland will now take on Ireland in the next round. Slovenia will host undefeated Montenegro on Saturday.

Iceland:
Helena Sverrisdottir 18+12 boards, Signy Hermannsdottir 11
Slovenia:
Mojca Markovic 22, Maja Erkic 20, Daliborka Jokic 20
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Switzerland - Irealnd 65:79
Irish National Team grabbed their second win at the EuroBasket Division B campaign. They thus improved to 2-1 record in Group A, while Swiss team remained winless at 0-3. Both teams entered the game bravely trading the baskets. However Ireland used three straight trebles from Michelle Aspell (168-G) and Fox to surge ahead 22:10 midway through the first period. The hosts' defense did not look solid at the moment as Ireland managed 31 points in the opening frame and claimed an 11-point advantage. Niamh Dwyer (176-G-82, college: Monmouth) and Scally stretched the margin to as many as 18 points early in the second quarter. But rol converted a three-point play and Chauvin fired from downtown to shave the deficit to 12 points. Sarah Moran scored the last basket of the first half and Ireland headed into locke room leading by 13 points. Viola Augugliaro (168-G-89) notched 8 points and Karen Twehues (183-G-83, college: Cincinnati) added a three-pointer attempt to drag the home team within 7 points from the visitors at the start of the third quarter. Fahy and Michelle Aspell however remained confident as their baskets kept Irish team in charge. Sarah Moran, Fahy and Michelle Aspell secured a comfortable voyage for Ireland throughout the fourth term as Switzerland failed to come close enough for a decisive rally. Michelle Aspell put on a pivotal performance with 25 points and 5 rebounds for Ireland. Sarah Moran provided 19 points and 7 boards, while Niamh Dwyer added 14 points for the winners. Karen Twehues answered with 17 points for Switzerland. Viola Augugliaro notched 16 points in defeat.
Switzerland will take on Netherlands away from home, while Ireland will host Iceland at home on Saturday.

Switzerland:
Karen Twehues 17, Viola Augugliaro 16
Ireland:
Michelle Aspell 25, Sarah Moran 19, Niamh Dwyer 14
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Montenegro - Netherlands 82:80

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Group B
Portugal - Luxembourg 80:32

Paula Muxiri (186-F/C-81, college: ODU) nailed 19 points and grabbed 8 boards and Portuguese National Team cruised past Luxembourg at home in EuroBasket Division B tournament yesterday. It was the second win for Portugal in the chase of Division A spot. Portugal improved to 2-1 record, while Luxembourg slipped to 0-2 in Group B. The hosts grabbed the initiative right from the start. Paula Muxiri, Joana Lopes (185-G/F-86) and Sara Filipe (187-F-82) paced Portugal to a 19:4 lead early on. The hosts enjoyed a 26:5 advantage after the opening frame. Portugal kept their opponents at bay in the secind frame limiting them to just 5 points in the period and secured a 38:10 advantage at halftime. The onslaught continued in the second half as the home team easily stretched the margin to 40 points. Luxembourg showed some character in the fourth term as they tried to answer for every basket from the home side but it did not impact the final result. Joana Lopes secured 16 points and pulled down 7 rebounds for Portugal. Sara Filipe contributed 10 points for the winners. Claire Margue (170-G-81) scored 9 points for Luxembourg. Jil Haentges (182-C-90) added 7 points in defeat.
Portugal will play against Macedonia away from home, while Luxembourg will host Sweden on Saturday.

Portugal: Paula Muxiri 19, Joana Lopes 16, Sara Filipe 10
Luxembourg: Claire Margue 9, Jil Haentges 7

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Sweden - Estonia 76:45
Swedish National Team secured their second straight win in EuroBasket in Division B campaign. They thus improved to 2-0 record among the leaders in Group B. Estonia in the meantime suffered their third loss in a row and remained at the bottom of the table. Eldebrink sisters notched 9 points in the opening stanza and Sweden spurred ahead 18:6. The hosts extended the margin to 15 points in the second quarter and maintained the margin. Barthold and Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89) teamed up for 8 points at the start of the third quarter to lift Sweden to a 45:25 advantage. The home team closed the third period with a 12:0 rally to build a 22-point lead. Estonia did not come back to life in the fourth quarter and had to surrender at the end. Louice Halvarsson led balanced Swedish offense with 15 points. Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88) provided 11 points and 6 assists, while Nina Risto (188-F-85, agency: Rasmussen Services) knocked down 10 points for the winners. Merike Anderson (177-G-81) answered with 16 points for Estonia. Kedru Arbet (185-F-80) came up with 8 points in the loss. Sweden limited their opponents to just 32% accuracy and outrebounded them 47:31. Estonia also suffered 21 turnovers down the stretch. Estonia will play against Luxembourg at home on September 10. Sweden visit Luxembourg on Saturday.

Sweden:
Louice Halvarsson 15, Elin Eldebrink 11, Nina Risto 10
Estonia:
Merike Anderson 16, Kedru Arbet 8




Division A. Qualifying Day 6 - by Eurobasket News

GROUP A

Ukraine-Lithuania 68:73

Ukrainian National team could not join Israel ion top of Group A of EuroBasket Women qualifier. The team lost to Lithuania in Kiev 68:73 and even fell to the third position. Coming off a 16-point home setback, Lithuania needed to prevail to have a good chance of claiming second spot in the standings. Diana Razmaite (196-C-75, agency: LBM Management) top-scored for the winners with 17 points. Rima Valentiene (170-G-78) netted 14, while Sandra Valuzyte (176-G-82) collected 12 points and 7 rebounds. Ukrainian leaders Olexandra Gorbunova (186-F-86) and Olena Zherzherunova (191-F-78, agency: LBM Management) posted 19 points apiece.


Both teams started quickly, but it was Baltic side who took the early advantage. A Diana Razmaite's jump-shot saw her team take an 15:9 lead. Ukraine woke up immediately and established a one-point lead at 20:19. Ukraine had the greater offensive threat in the second quarter and the hosts improved to 4 points advantage. Biryuk sent the teams to the lockers for 42:38 making the second free throw. Ukraine's shooting continued and the hosts reached 47:38 in the beginning of the third. Lithuania had the wind in their sails, though, and reeled off seven more points in a row to lead 55:49. In the decisive spurt, Ciudariene split a pair of free throws and Rima Valentiene made two at the line before Gintare Petronyte drilled a jumper. Lithuania wins 73:68 and ties Ukraine in the ladder at 4-2.


Ukraine: Olexandra Gorbunova 19, Olena Zherzherunova 19
Lithuania: Diana Razmaite 17, Rima Valentiene 14, Sandra Valuzyte 12+7 rebs



Israel-Germany 74:56

Israel improved to 5-1 in EuroBasket Women qualifying Group A with a 74:59 victory over winless Germany. First three quarters were enough to seal the win and to top the group first.
Shay Doron (175-G-85, college: Maryland) led the winners with 25 points and 4 rebounds. Liron Cohen (173-G-82) followed her with 13, while Laine Selwyn (170-G-81, college: Pittsburgh) netted 12. Bavendam finished the night with 14 points for the guests and Sarah Austmann (181-G/F-85) netted 11.
It was a tight opening to the game, with both teams struggling to make their shots. However, Israel enjoyed more success and led 8-0 early on. After a short delay Germany resumed action and closed to 15:12 at the end of the opening quarter. The guests were re-energised and found some scoring accuracy to reduce the arrears to three points.In the second stanza Israel started to increase and led to 20:13 in the period.
Shay Doron made it 35:25 at the halftime.
The hosts came out fastest in the second half, hitting the first points to lead 49:27.
Liron Cohen with a jump-shot set up 63:39 after the teams were on the way to start the last period. Sarah Austmann scored 5 points of the team's 7 as Germany woke up in the game. They reduced to 63:46 with 7 minutes to play. Israel did not worry too much about the game as it was done in the first three quarters. Fleischer made the second free throw for 74:59 home win.

Israel:
Shay Doron 25+4 rebs, Liron Cohen 13, Laine Selwyn 12
Germany: Bavendam 14,
Sarah Austmann 11



GROUP B

Finland-Italy 52:68

Italian National team improved to 3-3 record in Group B and follow Poland and Turkey in it. Finland tried hard for the second win at home, but had to admit 52:68 loss.
Simona Ballardini (183-F-81) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Kathrin Ress (193-F-85, college: Boston Coll.) followed her with 13 points, while Francesca Modica (175-G-81) netted 8. Tiina Sten (185-G/F-85) ended up with 16 points and 4 rebounds in defeat and Niina Laaksonen (185-F/C-85) collected 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Gianolla's lay-up was the first in Espoo as the guests went on a lead. Italy remained in front for the whole period and finished it with 20:16 as
Francesca Modica made a jump-shot. Having established a 35:28 lead by half-time, Italy turned up the heat after the break. Firs six points in the third period belonged to the visitors that increased to 41:28. Simona Ballardini made it plus 15 with 2 minutes in the quarter. A 6-0 run from the hosts kept them alive before the final period at 42:51. Italy however enjoyed the small break and produced another massive period. They created 17-10 in the final stanza and sealed 68:52 victory that tied them at 3-3 record. Finland meanwhile fell at 1-5 and covers the bottom of the group.


Finland:
Tiina Sten 16+4 rebs, Niina Laaksonen 11+10 rebs
Italy:
Simona Ballardini 14+5 rebs, Kathrin Ress 13, Francesca Modica 8





Poland-Turkey 76:64

Poland and Turkey prove the battle of the titans in Group B of EuroBasket Women qualifying. The teams struggled for the top position and Polish side benefit from the home game. They upset Turkey for their first time and sent them to 4-1 record with 76:64 win.
Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, college: Abil.Christian) paced all the winners with 19 points and 8 rebounds to 5-1 record. Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82) collected 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Anna Wielebnowska (188-C-78) posted 8. Esmeral Tuncluer (175-G-80) finished the night with 17 points in the losing effort and Saziye Karsli (185-F-82) added 14.

2000 spectators came to see their local team climbing the top ladder. Poland started offensively and Skobel brought 9:2 on the board.
Anna Wielebnowska scored for 18:7 but only at that time Turkey came to the game. Saziye Karsli tied the battle at 18:18 and it was Polish side to answer for 24:18 at the end of the first. Ewelina Kobryn gave Poland 33:22 in the middle of the second stanza. Nevlin could reduce for the guests for 39:34 as the teams went to the lockers.
Poland won the third period 21:17 and had 9 points deficit after three quarters played. Behind 60:51 at the beginning of the final frame, Turkey got a three from
Saziye Karsli, a free throw by Yasemin Horasan and a jump shot from Nevin to close the gap to 60:57. Poland however scored another seven points in a row and clinched a 76:64 victory.

Poland:
Agnieszka Bibrzycka 19+8 rebs, Ewelina Kobryn 15+10 rebs, Anna Wielebnowska 8
Turkey:
Esmeral Tuncluer 17, Saziye Karsli 14



GROUP C

Slovak Republic-France 63:55


Slovak Republic creates an upset for the favorite of Group C beating France at home. Kosice saw 63:55 win of the local team with a massive opening quarter.
Gabriela Kubatova (172-G-84) paced all the winners with 14 points. Bronislava Borovickova (170-G-80) netted 12, while Zuzana Zirkova (175-F/G-80) added 11. Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) top-scored for the guests with 18 points and 8 rebounds, while Emmeline Ndongue (192-F-83) added 10.

Kupcikova received a noisy standing ovation by the fans before taking their seats. Slovak Republic took control of the game from the very beginning creating 15-0 run in the opening quarter.
Emmeline Ndongue ended the guests scoring silence for 19:7. Dijon closed the first period and reduced for 26:14. France struggled to create opportunities to close the score and could cut a bit in the second. With a carousel in the court Kupcikova was the last to score at the first half for 47:37.
France turned up the heat, scoring the first eight points of the second half to close within two when
Celine Dumerc sank a three-pointer. With 43:40 on the board Slovakia produced 10-2 run for 53:42 at the end of three quarters. The visitors kept finding points from their pick-and-roll and increased their pressure on the perimeter. The last period was the most defensive and France could take 13:10 win in it. Slovakia meanwhile was satisfied with a great 63:55 victory and 3-3 record in the group.

Slovak Republic:
Gabriela Kubatova 14, Bronislava Borovickova 12, Zuzana Zirkova 11
France:
Celine Dumerc 18+8 rebs, Emmeline Ndongue 10


Croatia-Romania 66:64

The game between Croatia and Romania was for the second win in Group C of EuroBasket Women qualifying clash. The win in the first and last quarters brought Croatia 66:64 victory over the opponent. Marta Cakic (175-G-82) led the winners with 13 points. Anda Jelavic (173-G-80) netted 11, while Petra Stampalija (190-C-80) collected 10 points and 9 boards. Maria Pascalau (194-C-82) top-scored for the Romanian side with 22 points and 9 rebounds, while Simina Mandache (184-F-81) added 12.

Croatia scored first 4 points in the game and won the opening tip of the first period.
Anda Jelavic was the last to post points in the opening period for 23:11 lead. It was her again to score for 34:24 home advantage. With a 14-0 run however the visitors took 38:34 lead after the second quarter as the teams went to the lockers.

Bura tied the game at 38:38 and then Lokas saw another even margin 44:44. Trailing 51:52 early in the fourth quarter, Croatia soon took the lead but could not shake off Romania. Sliskovic's jump-shot gave the hosts 59:54 with 4.28 to play.
Anda Jelavic made a pair of free-throws for Croatia but Parau immediately hit back with a jump-shot that left the score at 65:62 with 20 seconds to go. Ilijanic missed the first free throw but then made the second for 66:62. Maria Pascalau reduced to 66:64 with 3 seconds in the game and went to the free throw line. She missed on purpose as there was almost no time left but Croatia held the score for good. The winners improve to 2-4 record leaving Romania at 1-4.

Croatia:
Marta Cakic 13, Anda Jelavic 11, Petra Stampalija 10+9 rebs
Romania:
Maria Pascalau 22+9 rebs, Simina Mandache 12





GROUP D

Serbia-Bulgaria 73:67

Serbia beat Bulgaria and tied them in Group D of EuroBasket Women qualifier. Trailing in the end of the opening quarter the home side pushed the tempo and never looked behind after. Serbia won the initial game 73:67 and upset Bulgaria for their second time.
Adrijana Knezevic (184-F-87) and Ana Perovic (197-C-78) led the winners with 14 points apiece. Jelena Milovanovic (191-F/C-89) supported them with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Evelina Guneva (183-F-80, agency: Interperformances) ended up with 21 points, while Albena Branzova (192-F/C-71) collected 11 points and 10 boards in defeat.

Even though Serbia had no wins before the game they started offensively and hoped to be the favorites of the game.
Evelina Guneva made a three for Bulgaria as her team led 17:15 in the opening tip. Serbia answered with nine consecutive points for 24:17 lead after the first period. The Serbs poured in the first eight of the second as well for a 32:17 stranglehold on the game. Slavova scored for the visitors as they trailed 45:36 at the halftime.
In the third period the teams paid more attention to defense and as a result the score was 10:10 in it.
Evelina Gunevas two brought 55:46 hosts advantage after thirty minutes of the game. The most interesting part started in the end of the game when Albena Branzova tied the score at 59:59. Serbia scored again more but Vrantcheva kept Bulgaria alive with 69:66. Adrijana Knezevics 4 points in the end of the game brought the Serbs the first win in Group D.

Serbia:
Adrijana Knezevic 14, Ana Perovic 14, Jelena Milovanovic 13+10 rebs
Bulgaria:
Evelina Guneva 21, Albena Branzova 11+10 rebs

Belgium-Greece 66:77
Greek National team remains undefeated in Group D of EuroBasket Women qualifier. Liege could not help Belgium team to hand the first loss to the favorites on Wednesday night. Greece used a productive third quarter to seal the third win.
Nicole Soulis (188-F-85, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) led the winners with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) and Stella Kaltsidou (187-C/F-83) followed her with 16 points apiece for 3-0 record. Kathy Wambe (173-G-81) ended up with 16 points in defeat, while Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) and Van Malderen added 14 each.
Even though
Stella Kaltsidou opened the game for the guests Belgium won the opening tip 13:4. Greece replied immediately with 10-0 run and had 14:13 advantage when Evanthia Maltsi made a jump-shot. The game stayed close throughout the second period and Greece led by one, 39:38, at the break.
Greece was in front of the whole third period. Papamichail opened it for 41:38 and then after 24:12 in the quarter
Nicole Soulis closed it at 63:50. When Nicole Soulis again made it 72:52 in the last period it became clear that Belgium would not catch up the guests. Sara Leemans reduced to minus 15 and then Kathy Wambe set up the final 77:66 score. Belgium fell at 1-2 record in the group and tied with Bulgaria and Serbia.

Belgium:
Kathy Wambe 16, Sara Leemans 14, Van Malderen 14
Greece:
Nicole Soulis 18+7 rebs, Evanthia Maltsi 16, Stella Kaltsidou
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Standings Div.A (Women)
Standings
Group A
1. Israel5-1
2. Lithuania4-2
3. Ukraine4-2
4. U.Kingdom1-4
5. Germany0-5
Group B
1. Poland5-1
2. Turkey4-1
3. Italy3-3
4. Bosnia1-4
5. Finland1-5
Group C
1. France5-1
2. Hungary3-2
3. Slovakia3-3
4. Croatia2-4
5. Romania1-4
Group D
1. Greece3-0
2. Serbia1-2
3. Belgium1-2
4. Bulgaria1-2


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  FINLAND - Women  


Italy improves to 3-3 record in Group B - by Eurobasket News
Finland-Italy 52:68

Italian National team improved to 3-3 record in Group B and follow Poland and Turkey in it. Finland tried hard for the second win at home, but had to admit 52:68 loss. Simona Ballardini (183-F-81) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Kathrin Ress (193-F-85, college: Boston Coll.) followed her with 13 points, while Francesca Modica (175-G-81) netted 8. Tiina Sten (185-G/F-85) ended up with 16 points and 4 rebounds in defeat and Niina Laaksonen (185-F/C-85) collected 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Gianolla's lay-up was the first in Espoo as the guests went on a lead. Italy remained in front for the whole period and finished it with 20:16 as Francesca Modica made a jump-shot. Having established a 35:28 lead by half-time, Italy turned up the heat after the break. Firs six points in the third period belonged to the visitors that increased to 41:28. Simona Ballardini made it plus 15 with 2 minutes in the quarter. A 6-0 run from the hosts kept them alive before the final period at 42:51. Italy however enjoyed the small break and produced another massive period. They created 17-10 in the final stanza and sealed 68:52 victory that tied them at 3-3 record. Finland meanwhile fell at 1-5 and covers the bottom of the group.


Finland: Tiina Sten 16+4 rebs, Niina Laaksonen 11+10 rebs
Italy: Simona Ballardini 14+5 rebs, Kathrin Ress 13, Francesca Modica 8


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  FRANCE - Women  


Kosice sees off the first loss of France - by Eurobasket News
Slovak Republic-France 63:55


Slovak Republic creates an upset for the favorite of Group C beating France at home. Kosice saw 63:55 win of the local team with a massive opening quarter. Gabriela Kubatova (172-G-84) paced all the winners with 14 points. Bronislava Borovickova (170-G-80) netted 12, while Zuzana Zirkova (175-F/G-80) added 11. Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) top-scored for the guests with 18 points and 8 rebounds, while Emmeline Ndongue (192-F-83) added 10.

Kupcikova received a noisy standing ovation by the fans before taking their seats. Slovak Republic took control of the game from the very beginning creating 15-0 run in the opening quarter. Emmeline Ndongue ended the guests scoring silence for 19:7. Dijon closed the first period and reduced for 26:14. France struggled to create opportunities to close the score and could cut a bit in the second. With a carousel in the court Kupcikova was the last to score at the first half for 47:37.
France turned up the heat, scoring the first eight points of the second half to close within two when Celine Dumerc sank a three-pointer. With 43:40 on the board Slovakia produced 10-2 run for 53:42 at the end of three quarters. The visitors kept finding points from their pick-and-roll and increased their pressure on the perimeter. The last period was the most defensive and France could take 13:10 win in it. Slovakia meanwhile was satisfied with a great 63:55 victory and 3-3 record in the group.

Slovak Republic: Gabriela Kubatova 14, Bronislava Borovickova 12, Zuzana Zirkova 11
France: Celine Dumerc 18+8 rebs, Emmeline Ndongue 10


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  GERMANY - Women  


Looking for a preseason tournament in Germany? - by Cornelius Damm
After a last minute cancellation from an Austrian first league team that was supposed to participate in the 'Halplus Cup 2008', German women first league club SV Halle Lions is looking for a fourth team for its home tournament which will take place on the weekend September 13th/14th 2008 in Halle (Saale), East Germany.

Participating teams are so far

BG Rentrop Bonn (GER second league)
BK Tabor (CZ first league)
SV Halle Lions (GER first league)

Each team will have three full lengths (40 min) games throughout the weekend. Hotel costs are 26 EURO per person for bed and breakfast. There are no further fees or costs.

Teams interested contact SV Halle Lions coach Peter Kortmann :

mail: Peter.Kortmann@sv-lions.de
mobile phone: 00491738373148

www.sv-lions.de


Israel defeat Germany on Tuesday - by Eurobasket News
Israel-Germany 74:56 (15-12, 20-13, 28-14, 11-20)

Israel improved to 5-1 in EuroBasket Women qualifying Group A with a 74:59 victory over winless Germany. First three quarters were enough to seal the win and to top the group first. Shay Doron (175-G-85, college: Maryland) led the winners with 25 points and 4 rebounds. Liron Cohen (173-G-82) followed her with 13, while Laine Selwyn (170-G-81, college: Pittsburgh) netted 12. Bavendam finished the night with 14 points for the guests and Sarah Austmann (181-G/F-85) netted 11.
It was a tight opening to the game, with both teams struggling to make their shots. However, Israel enjoyed more success and led 8-0 early on. After a short delay Germany resumed action and closed to 15:12 at the end of the opening quarter. The guests were re-energised and found some scoring accuracy to reduce the arrears to three points.In the second stanza Israel started to increase and led to 20:13 in the period. Shay Doron made it 35:25 at the halftime.
The hosts came out fastest in the second half, hitting the first points to lead 49:27. Liron Cohen with a jump-shot set up 63:39 after the teams were on the way to start the last period. Sarah Austmann scored 5 points of the team's 7 as Germany woke up in the game. They reduced to 63:46 with 7 minutes to play. Israel did not worry too much about the game as it was done in the first three quarters. Fleischer made the second free throw for 74:59 home win.

Israel:Shay Doron 25+4 rebs, Liron Cohen 13, Laine Selwyn 12
Germany: Bavendam 14, Sarah Austmann 11


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  GREECE - Women  


Soulis pulls Greece over Belgium - by Eurobasket News
Belgium-Greece 66:77

Greek National team remains undefeated in Group D of EuroBasket Women qualifier. Liege could not help Belgium team to hand the first loss to the favorites on Wednesday night. Greece used a productive third quarter to seal the third win. Nicole Soulis (188-F-85, college: Wisc.-Green Bay) led the winners with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) and Stella Kaltsidou (187-C/F-83) followed her with 16 points apiece for 3-0 record. Kathy Wambe (173-G-81) ended up with 16 points in defeat, while Sara Leemans (178-G/F-88) and Van Malderen added 14 each.
Even though Stella Kaltsidou opened the game for the guests Belgium won the opening tip 13:4. Greece replied immediately with 10-0 run and had 14:13 advantage when Evanthia Maltsi made a jump-shot. The game stayed close throughout the second period and Greece led by one, 39:38, at the break.
Greece was in front of the whole third period. Papamichail opened it for 41:38 and then after 24:12 in the quarter Nicole Soulis closed it at 63:50. When Nicole Soulis again made it 72:52 in the last period it became clear that Belgium would not catch up the guests. Sara Leemans reduced to minus 15 and then Kathy Wambe set up the final 77:66 score. Belgium fell at 1-2 record in the group and tied with Bulgaria and Serbia.

Belgium: Kathy Wambe 16, Sara Leemans 14, Van Malderen 14
Greece: Nicole Soulis 18+7 rebs, Evanthia Maltsi 16, Stella Kaltsidou 16


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  ICELAND - Women  


Slovenia knock down Iceland on the road - by Eurobasket News
Iceland - Slovenia 69:94

Slovenian National Team celebrated their first win at the EuroBasket in Division B tournament. Yesterday they beat Iceland to reach their opponents in the ladder with 1-2 record. The teams kept it close in the first frame with the scoreline read 25:25 at the end. However the visitors opened the second quarter with an 8:0 run to clear off. Maja Erkic (182-G/F-85), Daliborka Jokic (185-F-81) and Mojca Markovic (177-G-79) soon opened a double-digit lead for Slovenia. The visiting side took over and piled up a 16-point advantage at the interval. Iceland failed to recover right after the break and the situation did not change in the third frame. Slovenia easly maintained the margin and entered the fourth quarter up by 16 points. Slovenia stayed cool in the fourth term and did not allow the hosts to threaten their lead. Mojca Markovic poured in 22 points to pace Slovenia. Maja Erkic and Daliborka Jokic had 20 points each in a winning effort. Helena Sverrisdottir (185-G-88) answered with 18 points, 12 boards and 9 assists for Iceland. Signy Hermannsdottir (190-C-78, college: Cameron) added 11 points and 9 rebounds in defeat. Iceland will now take on Ireland in the next round. Slovenia will host undefeated Montenegro on Saturday.

Iceland: Helena Sverrisdottir 18+12 boards, Signy Hermannsdottir 11
Slovenia: Mojca Markovic 22, Maja Erkic 20, Daliborka Jokic 20


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  IRELAND - Women  


Switzerland unable to handle Ireland at home - by Eurobasket News
Switzerland - Irealnd 65:79

Irish National Team grabbed their second win at the EuroBasket Division B campaign. They thus improved to 2-1 record in Group A, while Swiss team remained winless at 0-3. Both teams entered the game bravely trading the baskets. However Ireland used three straight trebles from Michelle Aspell (168-G) and Fox to surge ahead 22:10 midway through the first period. The hosts' defense did not look solid at the moment as Ireland managed 31 points in the opening frame and claimed an 11-point advantage. Niamh Dwyer (176-G-82, college: Monmouth) and Scally stretched the margin to as many as 18 points early in the second quarter. But rol converted a three-point play and Chauvin fired from downtown to shave the deficit to 12 points. Sarah Moran scored the last basket of the first half and Ireland headed into locke room leading by 13 points. Viola Augugliaro (168-G-89) notched 8 points and Karen Twehues (183-G-83, college: Cincinnati) added a three-pointer attempt to drag the home team within 7 points from the visitors at the start of the third quarter. Fahy and Michelle Aspell however remained confident as their baskets kept Irish team in charge. Sarah Moran, Fahy and Michelle Aspell secured a comfortable voyage for Ireland throughout the fourth term as Switzerland failed to come close enough for a decisive rally. Michelle Aspell put on a pivotal performance with 25 points and 5 rebounds for Ireland. Sarah Moran provided 19 points and 7 boards, while Niamh Dwyer added 14 points for the winners. Karen Twehues answered with 17 points for Switzerland. Viola Augugliaro notched 16 points in defeat.
Switzerland will take on Netherlands away from home, while Ireland will host Iceland at home on Saturday.

Switzerland: Karen Twehues 17, Viola Augugliaro 16
Ireland: Michelle Aspell 25, Sarah Moran 19, Niamh Dwyer 14


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  ISRAEL - Women  


Israel defeat Germany on Tuesday - by Eurobasket News
Israel-Germany 74:56 (15-12, 20-13, 28-14, 11-20)

Israel improved to 5-1 in EuroBasket Women qualifying Group A with a 74:59 victory over winless Germany. First three quarters were enough to seal the win and to top the group first. Shay Doron (175-G-85, college: Maryland) led the winners with 25 points and 4 rebounds. Liron Cohen (173-G-82) followed her with 13, while Laine Selwyn (170-G-81, college: Pittsburgh) netted 12. Bavendam finished the night with 14 points for the guests and Sarah Austmann (181-G/F-85) netted 11.
It was a tight opening to the game, with both teams struggling to make their shots. However, Israel enjoyed more success and led 8-0 early on. After a short delay Germany resumed action and closed to 15:12 at the end of the opening quarter. The guests were re-energised and found some scoring accuracy to reduce the arrears to three points.In the second stanza Israel started to increase and led to 20:13 in the period. Shay Doron made it 35:25 at the halftime.
The hosts came out fastest in the second half, hitting the first points to lead 49:27. Liron Cohen with a jump-shot set up 63:39 after the teams were on the way to start the last period. Sarah Austmann scored 5 points of the team's 7 as Germany woke up in the game. They reduced to 63:46 with 7 minutes to play. Israel did not worry too much about the game as it was done in the first three quarters. Fleischer made the second free throw for 74:59 home win.

Israel:Shay Doron 25+4 rebs, Liron Cohen 13, Laine Selwyn 12
Germany: Bavendam 14, Sarah Austmann 11


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  ITALY - Women  


Italy improves to 3-3 record in Group B - by Eurobasket News
Finland-Italy 52:68

Italian National team improved to 3-3 record in Group B and follow Poland and Turkey in it. Finland tried hard for the second win at home, but had to admit 52:68 loss. Simona Ballardini (183-F-81) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Kathrin Ress (193-F-85, college: Boston Coll.) followed her with 13 points, while Francesca Modica (175-G-81) netted 8. Tiina Sten (185-G/F-85) ended up with 16 points and 4 rebounds in defeat and Niina Laaksonen (185-F/C-85) collected 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Gianolla's lay-up was the first in Espoo as the guests went on a lead. Italy remained in front for the whole period and finished it with 20:16 as Francesca Modica made a jump-shot. Having established a 35:28 lead by half-time, Italy turned up the heat after the break. Firs six points in the third period belonged to the visitors that increased to 41:28. Simona Ballardini made it plus 15 with 2 minutes in the quarter. A 6-0 run from the hosts kept them alive before the final period at 42:51. Italy however enjoyed the small break and produced another massive period. They created 17-10 in the final stanza and sealed 68:52 victory that tied them at 3-3 record. Finland meanwhile fell at 1-5 and covers the bottom of the group.


Finland: Tiina Sten 16+4 rebs, Niina Laaksonen 11+10 rebs
Italy: Simona Ballardini 14+5 rebs, Kathrin Ress 13, Francesca Modica 8


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


The Baltic team steals the win in Kiev - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine-Lithuania 68:73

Ukrainian National team could not join Israel ion top of Group A of EuroBasket Women qualifier. The team lost to Lithuania in Kiev 68:73 and even fell to the third position. Coming off a 16-point home setback, Lithuania needed to prevail to have a good chance of claiming second spot in the standings. Diana Razmaite (196-C-75, agency: LBM Management) top-scored for the winners with 17 points. Rima Valentiene (170-G-78) netted 14, while Sandra Valuzyte (176-G-82) collected 12 points and 7 rebounds. Ukrainian leaders Olexandra Gorbunova (186-F-86) and Olena Zherzherunova (191-F-78, agency: LBM Management) posted 19 points apiece.


Both teams started quickly, but it was Baltic side who took the early advantage. A Diana Razmaite's jump-shot saw her team take an 15:9 lead. Ukraine woke up immediately and established a one-point lead at 20:19. Ukraine had the greater offensive threat in the second quarter and the hosts improved to 4 points advantage. Biryuk sent the teams to the lockers for 42:38 making the second free throw. Ukraine's shooting continued and the hosts reached 47:38 in the beginning of the third. Lithuania had the wind in their sails, though, and reeled off seven more points in a row to lead 55:49. In the decisive spurt, Ciudariene split a pair of free throws and Rima Valentiene made two at the line before Gintare Petronyte drilled a jumper. Lithuania wins 73:68 and ties Ukraine in the ladder at 4-2.


Ukraine: Olexandra Gorbunova 19, Olena Zherzherunova 19
Lithuania: Diana Razmaite 17, Rima Valentiene 14, Sandra Valuzyte 12+7 rebs



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  LUXEMBOURG - Women  


Portugal thump Luxembourg in Ovar - by Eurobasket News
Portugal - Luxembourg 80:32

Paula Muxiri (186-F/C-81, college: ODU) nailed 19 points and grabbed 8 boards and Portuguese National Team cruised past Luxembourg at home in EuroBasket Division B tournament yesterday. It was the second win for Portugal in the chase of Division A spot. Portugal improved to 2-1 record, while Luxembourg slipped to 0-2 in Group B. The hosts grabbed the initiative right from the start. Paula Muxiri, Joana Lopes (185-G/F-86) and Sara Filipe (187-F-82) paced Portugal to a 19:4 lead early on. The hosts enjoyed a 26:5 advantage after the opening frame. Portugal kept their opponents at bay in the secind frame limiting them to just 5 points in the period and secured a 38:10 advantage at halftime. The onslaught continued in the second half as the home team easily stretched the margin to 40 points. Luxembourg showed some character in the fourth term as they tried to answer for every basket from the home side but it did not impact the final result. Joana Lopes secured 16 points and pulled down 7 rebounds for Portugal. Sara Filipe contributed 10 points for the winners. Claire Margue (170-G-81) scored 9 points for Luxembourg. Jil Haentges (182-C-90) added 7 points in defeat.
Portugal will play against Macedonia away from home, while Luxembourg will host Sweden on Saturday.

Portugal: Paula Muxiri 19, Joana Lopes 16, Sara Filipe 10
Luxembourg: Claire Margue 9, Jil Haentges 7


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  NCAA1 - Women  


Pam Borton signs six-year contract extension with Minnesota - by Eurobasket News
From the moment Pam Borton was introduced as the University of Minnesota women's basketball coach in 2002, she emphasized that she wanted 'to be here a long time.'

Borton's desire for longevity at Minnesota hasn't changed, and Gophers athletics director Joel Maturi showed his appreciation with a six-year contract extension that will keep Borton on the job through the 2013-14 season.

'When you evaluate the total picture of Pam, she's had an unbelievable career here with us,' Maturi said. 'I approached her with the idea of a new deal, and she was receptive. She wants to be here.'

Borton, 43, who will earn a base salary of $405,000 this season, is in the top third of the highest-paid women's basketball coaches in the Big Ten Conference. The extension includes an escalating base salary over the next five years, bonus and media incentives and a buyout clause if Borton leaves before the end of the contract.

'Since I've come here, I have not wanted to be anywhere else and I haven't looked anywhere else,' Borton said. 'A lot of people think the grass is greener in other places, but not me. I feel I have one of the best jobs in the country.'

This is the second contract extension Maturi has given Borton. She had three years remaining on a seven-year extension she signed after leading the Gophers to the 2004 NCAA Final Four the only Final Four appearance in the 36-year history of the school's women's basketball program. Maturi dissolved the final three years of that contract to accommodate the new deal.
Borton signed her new contract Aug. 18, the day before Maturi accompanied the team on a one-week trip to Italy. University officials waited until Tuesday to announce the contract after getting final approval from school President Bob Bruininks and the Board of Regents.

Borton, beginning her seventh season at Minnesota, has compiled a 132-61 record (.683 winning percentage) and led the Gophers to five NCAA tournament appearances. Including a WNIT berth in 2006-07, the Gophers have qualified for postseason play every year under Borton, who has averaged 22 wins and helped generate an attendance surge.

The Gophers have ranked among the nation's top 10 in attendance in four of Borton's six seasons, including top-five rankings in 2004-05 and 2005-06. Twenty-one games in the Borton era have attracted crowds of 10,000 or more at Williams Arena.

'People have taken a great interest in our program,' Borton said. 'They enjoy what we're doing. We've established some consistency here. I'm very happy with the situation we have here.'

The Gophers, however, struggled in their past two NCAA appearances, losing in the first round last season to Texas and to Washington in 2006. After the 17-point loss to Texas, Maturi spoke to Borton about another extension.

'I don't know how many Big Ten teams have played in the postseason six straight years,' Maturi said. 'I'm very pleased with where we are as a program.'

Courtesy of www.twincities.com


Irish basketball teams to hold free Clinic Sunday in Elkhart - by Eurobasket News
The University of Notre Dame men's and women's basketball teams will hold a free youth basketball clinic Sunday from 1:30-3:00 p.m. (ET). It will be held at the Trinity Life Center, located at the south entrance of Trinity United Methodist Church (2715 E. Jackson Blvd.) in Elkhart.

This joint clinic (termed the Upward Basketball Mini-Clinic) is open to all boys and girls from Kindergarten through sixth grade. It is designed to tip off Trinity's Upward Basketball Program. Participants will have the opportunity to meet members of the Fighting Irish men's and women's basketball teams, in addition to learning the basics about the game of basketball from some of the country's finest college student-athletes.

Prior to the clinic, a free hog roast will be held on the front lawn of Trinity United Methodist Church from 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. (ET). For more information on this very special event, contact Chris Lantz, Trinity United Methodist Church Activities Director, at (574) 294-7602, ext.125, or chrisl@3umc.org.

Courtesy of www.und.com


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  POLAND - Women  


Poland and Turkey prove the battle of the titans - by Eurobasket News
Poland-Turkey 76:64

Poland and Turkey prove the battle of the titans in Group B of EuroBasket Women qualifying. The teams struggled for the top position and Polish side benefit from the home game. They upset Turkey for their first time and sent them to 4-1 record with 76:64 win. Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, college: Abil.Christian) paced all the winners with 19 points and 8 rebounds to 5-1 record. Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82) collected 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Anna Wielebnowska (188-C-78) posted 8. Esmeral Tuncluer (175-G-80) finished the night with 17 points in the losing effort and Saziye Karsli (185-F-82) added 14.

2000 spectators came to see their local team climbing the top ladder. Poland started offensively and Skobel brought 9:2 on the board. Anna Wielebnowska scored for 18:7 but only at that time Turkey came to the game. Saziye Karsli tied the battle at 18:18 and it was Polish side to answer for 24:18 at the end of the first. Ewelina Kobryn gave Poland 33:22 in the middle of the second stanza. Nevlin could reduce for the guests for 39:34 as the teams went to the lockers.
Poland won the third period 21:17 and had 9 points deficit after three quarters played. Behind 60:51 at the beginning of the final frame, Turkey got a three from Saziye Karsli, a free throw by Yasemin Horasan and a jump shot from Nevin to close the gap to 60:57. Poland however scored another seven points in a row and clinched a 76:64 victory.

Poland: Agnieszka Bibrzycka 19+8 rebs, Ewelina Kobryn 15+10 rebs, Anna Wielebnowska 8
Turkey: Esmeral Tuncluer 17, Saziye Karsli 14


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  PORTUGAL - Women  


Portugal smacks Luxemburg - by Bruno Baltazar
In Ovar arena Portugal is the provisional leader of their qualification group B for the European division B after the expressive win against Luxemburg by 48 points ,final result - Portugal 80-32 Luxemburg.
After losing the 1st game against Sweden(56-78)and the win past week against Estonia by 1 point (65-64),that makes their 2nd win in the group,Macedonia and Sweden have 2 games and won their 2 games ,next Saturday Portugal plays against Macedonia.

Scores list for Portugal-Sara Filipe (187-F-82) (10), Sofia Ramalho (168-G-80) (4), Paula Muxiri (186-F/C-81, college: ODU) (19), Carla Freitas (6), Joana Lopes (185-G/F-86) (185-G/F-86) (16), Ana Oliveira (2), Ana Coelho (-C-74) (5), Tamara Milovac (186-C-86), Joana Fogaca (3), Debora Escorcio (4), Ana Fonseca (168-G-78) (2) and Susan Foreid (180-F-80) (9).

Paula Muxiri with their 19pts and 8 rebounds once again showed shes the leader,Joana Lopes with 16 pts, 7 rebounds and 5 steals,Portugal did 6-12 in 3 pts shots and grabed more 13 rebounds (40-27)some of the keys to this impressive win.


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  ROMANIA - Women  


Croatia edges Romania 66:64 - by Eurobasket News
Croatia-Romania 66:64

The game between Croatia and Romania was for the second win in Group C of EuroBasket Women qualifying clash. The win in the first and last quarters brought Croatia 66:64 victory over the opponent. Marta Cakic (175-G-82) led the winners with 13 points. Anda Jelavic (173-G-80) netted 11, while Petra Stampalija (190-C-80) collected 10 points and 9 boards. Maria Pascalau (194-C-82) top-scored for the Romanian side with 22 points and 9 rebounds, while Simina Mandache (184-F-81) added 12.

Croatia scored first 4 points in the game and won the opening tip of the first period. Anda Jelavic was the last to post points in the opening period for 23:11 lead. It was her again to score for 34:24 home advantage. With a 14-0 run however the visitors took 38:34 lead after the second quarter as the teams went to the lockers.

Bura tied the game at 38:38 and then Lokas saw another even margin 44:44. Trailing 51:52 early in the fourth quarter, Croatia soon took the lead but could not shake off Romania. Sliskovic's jump-shot gave the hosts 59:54 with 4.28 to play. Anda Jelavic made a pair of free-throws for Croatia but Parau immediately hit back with a jump-shot that left the score at 65:62 with 20 seconds to go. Ilijanic missed the first free throw but then made the second for 66:62. Maria Pascalau reduced to 66:64 with 3 seconds in the game and went to the free throw line. She missed on purpose as there was almost no time left but Croatia held the score for good. The winners improve to 2-4 record leaving Romania at 1-4.

Croatia: Marta Cakic 13, Anda Jelavic 11, Petra Stampalija 10+9 rebs
Romania: Maria Pascalau 22+9 rebs, Simina Mandache 12


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  SERBIA - Women  


National Team news: Impressions after first victory - by Dragan Jankovski
Serbia succeeded to register first victory in Eurobaksket 2009 qualifications. Team Serbia was better than Bulgaria 73-67 staying in the race for Latvia.

Head coach of Serbian National Team Jovica Antonic after the game said: 'I am really grateful to our fans which were Serbia's sixth player in this game. They supported us from the first minute giving us power to play tough until the every end. It was very important game for us, especially after two opening defeat against Greece and Belgium. We were little bit afraid that another failure could happen but fortunately we took it and we still have a chance for Eurobasket 2009. Bulgaria is experienced team which exploited all our mistakes. However, we showed attitude and we played good at the very end. If we correct some of the things I think we are able win all games until the end.'

Hero of the game was Marija Eric (164-G-83). She took care for the points when it was the most important, when Serbia didn't have such brilliant decisions at the offensive end.

'Once again we had oscillations at the both ends of the court. We had strong willingness to beat Bulgaria and I am happy we managed to do it. I believe in us that we are capable to book a spot for next Euorbasket' - said Marija Eric.


Serbia beat Bulgaria and ties them in Group D - by Eurobasket News
Serbia-Bulgaria 73:67

Serbia beat Bulgaria and tied them in Group D of EuroBasket Women qualifier. Trailing in the end of the opening quarter the home side pushed the tempo and never looked behind after. Serbia won the initial game 73:67 and upset Bulgaria for their second time. Adrijana Knezevic (184-F-87) and Ana Perovic (197-C-78) led the winners with 14 points apiece. Jelena Milovanovic (191-F/C-89) supported them with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Evelina Guneva (183-F-80, agency: Interperformances) ended up with 21 points, while Albena Branzova (192-F/C-71) collected 11 points and 10 boards in defeat.

Even though Serbia had no wins before the game they started offensively and hoped to be the favorites of the game. Evelina Guneva made a three for Bulgaria as her team led 17:15 in the opening tip. Serbia answered with nine consecutive points for 24:17 lead after the first period. The Serbs poured in the first eight of the second as well for a 32:17 stranglehold on the game. Slavova scored for the visitors as they trailed 45:36 at the halftime.
In the third period the teams paid more attention to defense and as a result the score was 10:10 in it. Evelina Gunevas two brought 55:46 hosts advantage after thirty minutes of the game. The most interesting part started in the end of the game when Albena Branzova tied the score at 59:59. Serbia scored again more but Vrantcheva kept Bulgaria alive with 69:66. Adrijana Knezevics 4 points in the end of the game brought the Serbs the first win in Group D.

Serbia: Adrijana Knezevic 14, Ana Perovic 14, Jelena Milovanovic 13+10 rebs
Bulgaria: Evelina Guneva 21, Albena Branzova 11+10 rebs


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Kosice sees off the first loss of France - by Eurobasket News
Slovak Republic-France 63:55


Slovak Republic creates an upset for the favorite of Group C beating France at home. Kosice saw 63:55 win of the local team with a massive opening quarter. Gabriela Kubatova (172-G-84) paced all the winners with 14 points. Bronislava Borovickova (170-G-80) netted 12, while Zuzana Zirkova (175-F/G-80) added 11. Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) top-scored for the guests with 18 points and 8 rebounds, while Emmeline Ndongue (192-F-83) added 10.

Kupcikova received a noisy standing ovation by the fans before taking their seats. Slovak Republic took control of the game from the very beginning creating 15-0 run in the opening quarter. Emmeline Ndongue ended the guests scoring silence for 19:7. Dijon closed the first period and reduced for 26:14. France struggled to create opportunities to close the score and could cut a bit in the second. With a carousel in the court Kupcikova was the last to score at the first half for 47:37.
France turned up the heat, scoring the first eight points of the second half to close within two when Celine Dumerc sank a three-pointer. With 43:40 on the board Slovakia produced 10-2 run for 53:42 at the end of three quarters. The visitors kept finding points from their pick-and-roll and increased their pressure on the perimeter. The last period was the most defensive and France could take 13:10 win in it. Slovakia meanwhile was satisfied with a great 63:55 victory and 3-3 record in the group.

Slovak Republic: Gabriela Kubatova 14, Bronislava Borovickova 12, Zuzana Zirkova 11
France: Celine Dumerc 18+8 rebs, Emmeline Ndongue 10


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  SLOVENIA - Women  


Slovenia knock down Iceland on the road - by Eurobasket News
Iceland - Slovenia 69:94

Slovenian National Team celebrated their first win at the EuroBasket in Division B tournament. Yesterday they beat Iceland to reach their opponents in the ladder with 1-2 record. The teams kept it close in the first frame with the scoreline read 25:25 at the end. However the visitors opened the second quarter with an 8:0 run to clear off. Maja Erkic (182-G/F-85), Daliborka Jokic (185-F-81) and Mojca Markovic (177-G-79) soon opened a double-digit lead for Slovenia. The visiting side took over and piled up a 16-point advantage at the interval. Iceland failed to recover right after the break and the situation did not change in the third frame. Slovenia easly maintained the margin and entered the fourth quarter up by 16 points. Slovenia stayed cool in the fourth term and did not allow the hosts to threaten their lead. Mojca Markovic poured in 22 points to pace Slovenia. Maja Erkic and Daliborka Jokic had 20 points each in a winning effort. Helena Sverrisdottir (185-G-88) answered with 18 points, 12 boards and 9 assists for Iceland. Signy Hermannsdottir (190-C-78, college: Cameron) added 11 points and 9 rebounds in defeat. Iceland will now take on Ireland in the next round. Slovenia will host undefeated Montenegro on Saturday.

Iceland: Helena Sverrisdottir 18+12 boards, Signy Hermannsdottir 11
Slovenia: Mojca Markovic 22, Maja Erkic 20, Daliborka Jokic 20


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Sweden keep record spotless - by Eurobasket News
Sweden - Estonia 76:45

Swedish National Team secured their second straight win in EuroBasket in Division B campaign. They thus improved to 2-0 record among the leaders in Group B. Estonia in the meantime suffered their third loss in a row and remained at the bottom of the table. Eldebrink sisters notched 9 points in the opening stanza and Sweden spurred ahead 18:6. The hosts extended the margin to 15 points in the second quarter and maintained the margin. Barthold and Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89) teamed up for 8 points at the start of the third quarter to lift Sweden to a 45:25 advantage. The home team closed the third period with a 12:0 rally to build a 22-point lead. Estonia did not come back to life in the fourth quarter and had to surrender at the end. Louice Halvarsson led balanced Swedish offense with 15 points. Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88) provided 11 points and 6 assists, while Nina Risto (188-F-85, agency: Rasmussen Services) knocked down 10 points for the winners. Merike Anderson (177-G-81) answered with 16 points for Estonia. Kedru Arbet (185-F-80) came up with 8 points in the loss. Sweden limited their opponents to just 32% accuracy and outrebounded them 47:31. Estonia also suffered 21 turnovers down the stretch. Estonia will play against Luxembourg at home on September 10. Sweden visit Luxembourg on Saturday.

Sweden: Louice Halvarsson 15, Elin Eldebrink 11, Nina Risto 10
Estonia: Merike Anderson 16, Kedru Arbet 8


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  SWITZERLAND - Women  


Switzerland unable to handle Ireland at home - by Eurobasket News
Switzerland - Irealnd 65:79

Irish National Team grabbed their second win at the EuroBasket Division B campaign. They thus improved to 2-1 record in Group A, while Swiss team remained winless at 0-3. Both teams entered the game bravely trading the baskets. However Ireland used three straight trebles from Michelle Aspell (168-G) and Fox to surge ahead 22:10 midway through the first period. The hosts' defense did not look solid at the moment as Ireland managed 31 points in the opening frame and claimed an 11-point advantage. Niamh Dwyer (176-G-82, college: Monmouth) and Scally stretched the margin to as many as 18 points early in the second quarter. But rol converted a three-point play and Chauvin fired from downtown to shave the deficit to 12 points. Sarah Moran scored the last basket of the first half and Ireland headed into locke room leading by 13 points. Viola Augugliaro (168-G-89) notched 8 points and Karen Twehues (183-G-83, college: Cincinnati) added a three-pointer attempt to drag the home team within 7 points from the visitors at the start of the third quarter. Fahy and Michelle Aspell however remained confident as their baskets kept Irish team in charge. Sarah Moran, Fahy and Michelle Aspell secured a comfortable voyage for Ireland throughout the fourth term as Switzerland failed to come close enough for a decisive rally. Michelle Aspell put on a pivotal performance with 25 points and 5 rebounds for Ireland. Sarah Moran provided 19 points and 7 boards, while Niamh Dwyer added 14 points for the winners. Karen Twehues answered with 17 points for Switzerland. Viola Augugliaro notched 16 points in defeat.
Switzerland will take on Netherlands away from home, while Ireland will host Iceland at home on Saturday.

Switzerland: Karen Twehues 17, Viola Augugliaro 16
Ireland: Michelle Aspell 25, Sarah Moran 19, Niamh Dwyer 14


Canti Riva Basket Ceresio adds three players - by Eurobasket News
Canti Riva Basket Ceresio continued with signings this summer. The team agreed terms with Judit Jakab (178-F-89), who played last season in LNB team Daihatsu SP Muraltese. She was one of the best players of her team averaging 15.8 ppg. It was Jakab's second season in Daihatsu SP Muraltese as she already was its member on season 05/06. In the meantime Jakab played for Perry Panthers in USA. She was a member of Swiss U20 National Team of European Championship 2006 division B in Lithuania. She had 6 appearances averaging 7.4 ppg, 1.6 rpg and 1.2 spg.

Riva Basket also inked Samantha Fassora and Elhome Himaj. Both players spent last season in Cassarate Riva Ceresio II, which competed in LNB.
Fassora didn't have so much chance to play as she averaged 2.3 ppg but still it was enough to get promotion to LNA. Before Cassarate Riva Ceresio II, she used to play for Cassarate Basket Lugano.
Himaj registered 8.9 ppg last season in LNB. She played two seasons in LNB and one in 1LN for Riva Ceresio II. 20-year old forward supposes to be nice reinforcement of the team for the upcoming season.


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  TOURNAMENT OF THE AMERICAS - Women  


Standings
Standings
Group A
1. Brazil3-0
2. Argentina2-1
3. Chile1-2
4. Mexico0-3
Group B
1. USA3-0
2. Cuba2-1
3. Canada1-2
4. Jamaica0-3


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  TURKEY - Women  


Poland and Turkey prove the battle of the titans - by Eurobasket News
Poland-Turkey 76:64

Poland and Turkey prove the battle of the titans in Group B of EuroBasket Women qualifying. The teams struggled for the top position and Polish side benefit from the home game. They upset Turkey for their first time and sent them to 4-1 record with 76:64 win. Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, college: Abil.Christian) paced all the winners with 19 points and 8 rebounds to 5-1 record. Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82) collected 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Anna Wielebnowska (188-C-78) posted 8. Esmeral Tuncluer (175-G-80) finished the night with 17 points in the losing effort and Saziye Karsli (185-F-82) added 14.

2000 spectators came to see their local team climbing the top ladder. Poland started offensively and Skobel brought 9:2 on the board. Anna Wielebnowska scored for 18:7 but only at that time Turkey came to the game. Saziye Karsli tied the battle at 18:18 and it was Polish side to answer for 24:18 at the end of the first. Ewelina Kobryn gave Poland 33:22 in the middle of the second stanza. Nevlin could reduce for the guests for 39:34 as the teams went to the lockers.
Poland won the third period 21:17 and had 9 points deficit after three quarters played. Behind 60:51 at the beginning of the final frame, Turkey got a three from Saziye Karsli, a free throw by Yasemin Horasan and a jump shot from Nevin to close the gap to 60:57. Poland however scored another seven points in a row and clinched a 76:64 victory.

Poland: Agnieszka Bibrzycka 19+8 rebs, Ewelina Kobryn 15+10 rebs, Anna Wielebnowska 8
Turkey: Esmeral Tuncluer 17, Saziye Karsli 14


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  UKRAINE - Women  


The Baltic team steals the win in Kiev - by Eurobasket News

Ukraine-Lithuania 68:73

Ukrainian National team could not join Israel ion top of Group A of EuroBasket Women qualifier. The team lost to Lithuania in Kiev 68:73 and even fell to the third position. Coming off a 16-point home setback, Lithuania needed to prevail to have a good chance of claiming second spot in the standings. Diana Razmaite (196-C-75, agency: LBM Management) top-scored for the winners with 17 points. Rima Valentiene (170-G-78) netted 14, while Sandra Valuzyte (176-G-82) collected 12 points and 7 rebounds. Ukrainian leaders Olexandra Gorbunova (186-F-86) and Olena Zherzherunova (191-F-78, agency: LBM Management) posted 19 points apiece.


Both teams started quickly, but it was Baltic side who took the early advantage. A Diana Razmaite's jump-shot saw her team take an 15:9 lead. Ukraine woke up immediately and established a one-point lead at 20:19. Ukraine had the greater offensive threat in the second quarter and the hosts improved to 4 points advantage. Biryuk sent the teams to the lockers for 42:38 making the second free throw. Ukraine's shooting continued and the hosts reached 47:38 in the beginning of the third. Lithuania had the wind in their sails, though, and reeled off seven more points in a row to lead 55:49. In the decisive spurt, Ciudariene split a pair of free throws and Rima Valentiene made two at the line before Gintare Petronyte drilled a jumper. Lithuania wins 73:68 and ties Ukraine in the ladder at 4-2.


Ukraine: Olexandra Gorbunova 19, Olena Zherzherunova 19
Lithuania: Diana Razmaite 17, Rima Valentiene 14, Sandra Valuzyte 12+7 rebs



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  WNBA - Women  


Jia Perkins and Candace Parker named Players Of The Week - by Eurobasket News
Jia Perkins (5'8''-G-82, agency: Merit Sports, college: Texas Tech) of the Chicago Sky and Candace Parker (6'4''-F/C-86, college: Tennessee) of the Los Angeles Sparks were named the WNBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Thursday, Aug. 28 through Sunday, Aug. 31. WNBA games resumed on Aug. 28 after halting play for the Olympics.

Perkins collects her second-career Player of the Week award and first of the season on the heels of a week in which she averaged 20.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.0 steals on 53.3 percent shooting (24-45) from the field. Chicago resumed play with three consecutive wins over Eastern Conference foes New York, Washington and Detroit. With the wins, the Sky moved into fifth place in the East and two games behind Indiana for the conference's fourth and final playoff spot with six games remaining.

Perkins highlighted her week with 28 points, five rebounds and three steals in the team's 79-75 win at Washington. She scored 20 of her points in the second half and led the team in scoring for the game. She also paced the Sky in the first game back from the break when she poured in 19 points on the road at New York. The Liberty trailed by only two points with 3:12 left in the game when Perkins hit a jumper and converted the three-point play to seal the game for the Sky, who won 69-60.

Originally drafted by the Charlotte Sting with the 35th overall pick in the 2004 WNBA Draft, she was selected by Chicago in the 2005 Expansion Draft. This season, she is averaging 17.0 points, 4.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.9 steals. Her scoring average not only marks a career best but also doubles her career average entering the season (8.5 ppg).

Parker earns her first-career Player of the Week award after averaging 18.0 points, a league-best 12.0 rebounds and 3.5 blocks on 53.8 percent shooting (14-26) from the floor. She pushed the Sparks to a 2-0 record on the week with wins over Sacramento and first-place San Antonio. On the week, Los Angeles gained a game on both San Antonio and Seattle and now sits 1.5 games behind the Silver Stars for the top spot in the Western Conference.

Parker led the Sparks in scoring and rebounds against the Monarchs with 19 points and nine rebounds while adding five blocks in her first game back. Two days later, she posted a double-double against the Silver Stars when she tallied 17 points and hauled in 15 rebounds. Against Sacramento, Parker scored eight points during a 16-0 run late in the third quarter which the Sparks used to pull away for good.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2008 WNBA Draft, she is averaging 18.9 points, 9.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 2.2 blocks on the season. She currently leads all rookies in points and rebounds and is tied for the rookie lead in assists with teammate Shannon Bobbitt. Parker also ranks among top 10 league leaders in rebounds per game (first), blocks per game (second), minutes player (second), points per game (fifth) and field goal percentage (sixth). With an Olympic gold medal and NCAA Championship already under her belt in 2008, she is looking to become the first woman to ever win the Olympic gold medal, NCAA title and WNBA Championship in the same year. As a part of most-heralded rookie class in WNBA history, Parker has also won two Hanns-G 'Go Beyond' Rookie of the Month awards (May and July) this season.

Other candidates for WNBA Players of the Week were Connecticut's Tamika Whitmore, Detroit's Katie Smith, Minnesota's Candice Wiggins, Phoenix's Diana Taurasi, Sacramento's Nicole Powell, San Antonio's Becky Hammon, Seattle's Sue Bird and Washington's Alana Beard.

Courtesy of WNBA