EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 9/5/2008

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  ABA   


SAN DIEGO WILDCATS ANNOUNCE FIRST PLAYER - by Bruno Baltazar
The #1 ranked ABA San Diego Wildcats will hold their first open tryout for basketball players on Saturday, September 6th. The Wildcats organization will assemble at the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, 6753 University Avenue, in search of the best basketball players on the west coast.

The tryouts will be held from 11am until 4pm on September 6, 2008. All basketball players who believe they have what it takes to excel in professional minor league basketball are encouraged to attend the Wildcat tryout. The Wildcats organization recommends that all tryout participants arrive at the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center early, as registration will begin promptly at 11am. All tryout participants are required to pay a $60 registration fee, and should be in excellent physical shape.

The Wildcats tryouts are an open event that is free to the media and general public. For more information on how to become a Wildcat, the San Diego Wildcats organization, or the ABA, please visit www.sandiegowildcats.com or email shaunacaldwell@shauna.caldwell@gmail.com or visit www.abalive.com.


Lisa Felton Bowdy named assistant coach of South Texas Showboats - by Eurobasket News
Benjamin Mireles, owner of the ABA South Texas Showboats, today announced that Benjamin Mireles has been named Assistant Coach of the team that begins play in December.

The mother of Jay Bowdy (6'5''-F), one of the Showboat players, Mrs. Bowdy, a San Antonio native, has considerable basketball experience following her graduation from Texas A & M. She played for a team at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines from 1984-88 and was also a player coach for the team. She then played at Williams Air Force Base in Mesa, AZ and coached in the women's and men's intramural league at the Norfolk Naval Airbase, and served as a referee at Clemson Presbyterian College and high school tournaments. She also won an MVP award as a fast pitch softball player in college. Known as a stand out coach with respect for the game and the players, she brings passion, dedication, discipline, commitment, heart, leadership, coaching experience and determination to the team.

'I look forward to coming in to assist Coach Mireles and to help bring in a high caliber group of players,' said Coach Bowdy. 'I know we will be competitive and the players and I have gained a mutual respect for one another and I am just happy to bring discipline and heart to this team.' for more information, email coachb_showboats08@yahoo.com or call 210 897 0379 or visit www.sanantonioproball.com or www.abalive.com.

Courtesy of ABA


Montreal Matrix schedules tryout camp - by Gianni Pascucci

An interesting opportunity for the Canadian players who want to test their skills at pro level is the upcoming tryout camp of the ABA team Montreal Matrix. It is scheduled for September 19, 20, and 21 at the Cote des Neiges Sports Center, 4880 Van Horne in Montreal, Canada. Admission is free for all Agents, Owners and Coaches. The fee is $100 for players (payment made in advance). Registration begins September 5th thru 14th. This is a great career opportunity for all players! We will have DVD's for every game and you will receive one. Stats of your game will go on the Matrix website - www.gomatrixgo.com - and you will also receive a complimentary jersey and gifts. The games will be taped by internet TV. The semi-finals and finals will be taped with three cameras. For any info, contact info@gomatrix.go.com or call 414 325 3331 or visit www.abalive.com.



New Knoxville team runs a tryout too - by Gianni Pascucci

Another great opportunity for all basketball players is the ABA tryout at the site of the new Knoxville Thunderbolts 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. The team staff can assist players with room accommodations.



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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


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


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  ARGENTINA   


TNA official domestic rosters 2008/09 - by Facundo Iatzky

ALMA JUNIORS
Antonio Volken
Matias Tomatis (190-G-74)
Lucas Martina (201-C-80)
Lucas Bertucelli (195-F-80)
Javier Abbadie (202-C-82)
Santiago Ramati (200-F-84)
Cristian Negrotto (195-G/F-84)
Damian Palacios (176-G-85)
Luciano Tantos (177-G-88)
Hugo Nagel (186-F)
Martin Coraglia (190-F)
Matias Missio (175-G)
Joaquin Bendahan
Coach: Jose Cottonaro


ARGENTINO Junin
Juan Cansina (202-F/C-75)
Pablo Espinoza (195-F-87)
Jonatan Slider (200-F-87)
Selem Safar (190-G-87)
Leonardo Peralta (205-C-85)
Federico Sureda (185-G-79)
Sebastian Cacciola (207-C-82)
Diego Camun
Maximiliano Asan (182-G-90)
Manuel Mira
Ariel Marquez
Santiago Scala (186-G-91)
Lucas Sekul (189-F-90)
Federico Aguerre (203-F/C-88)
Coach: Hector Santini

ASOCIACION ESPANOLA
Martin Pasquinelli (201-F/C-75)
Juan Manuel Ruiz (189-F-77)
Mauro Rotschy (192-G-77)
Claudio Sollberg (183-G-74)
Christian Schoppler (180-G-86)
Mauro Negri (200-C-81)
Maximiliano Marzilli (203-F/C-84)
Augusto Rossi
Roman Campos Arcuno
Jose Szpilard (192-G-90)
Agustin Zanni (190-F-88)
Coach: Jose Podskoc


ASOCIACION ITALIANA
Rodrigo Alvarez (195-G/F-83)
Gustavo Bianco (197-F-78, agency: Interperformances)
Hernan Etchepare (178-G-86)
Juan Angel Lopez (191-G/F-84)
Fernando Mendez
Juan Marcelo Vejvar
Lucas Saul (188-G-77)
Fernando Small (184-G-77)
Leonel Alvarez
Ivan Bravo
Cristian Reigenborn (200-C-91)
Phillip Lockett (202-F-88)
Coach: Daniel Beltramo


CENTRAL ENTRERRIANO
Sebastian Pardal (202-C-81)
Mariano Garcia (202-F-86)
Cristian Cadillac (194-G-83)
Maximiliano Riolfo (198-F-78)
Sebastian Farias (188-G-83)
Ricardo Centeno (204-C-79)
Gonzalo Pereira Ernst
Luciano Pereira Ernst
Lucas Arn (194-G-89)
Facundo Bourinhon
Jose Luis Melchiori (185-G-89)
Pablo Mander (200-C-89)
Agustin Pirovani (196-F-91)
Coach: Fabio demti


CICLISTA JUNINENSE
Byron Wilson (192-F/G-71, college: Utah)
Pablo Moya (206-C-83)
Fabian Elias Saad (187-G-83)
Federico Arce (200-F/C-82)
Alejo Barovero (201-G/F-85, college: Barton (NC))
Bruno Oprandi (190-G-85)
Martin Baccega (190-G-84, college: Martin Methodist)
Emilio Olsson (203-C-86)
Alejandro Konsztadt (189-G-89)
Franco Balbi (184-G-89)
Nicolas Boeri (193-F-89)
Andres Antonellini
Bruno Bolzoni (176-G-90)
Coach: Hernan Laginestra


ECHAGUE PARANA
Oscar Heis (192-F/G-77)
Javier Ledesma (188-G-81)
Luciano Rivero (186-G-80)
Matias Barberis (196-F-84)
Gabriel Dominguez (184-G-82)
Sebastian Porta (204-C-79)
Emilio Dominguez (202-C-87)
Mariano Milocco
Lucas Calleja (178-G-89)
Alberto Pastori (205-F/C-88)
Walter Spector
Juan Todone
Coach: Pablo D'angelo


FIRMAT FOOTBALL CLUB
Daniel Ederra (190-G-87)
Diego Foradori (175-G-81)
Martin Ghirardi (187-G-82)
Emiliano Stenta (189-F-79)
Matias Cudos (193-G-81)
Nicolas Bessone (203-C-87)
Patricio Alloco (199-F-86)
Alejandro Pappalardi (198-C-80)
Leandro Pugnali (190-G-89)
Nahuel Colaneri
Nahuel Ledesma (195-F-90)
Coach: Mario Guzman


GIMNASIA Y ESGRIMA LA PLATA
Pablo Bendel
Nicolas Ojeda (209-C-83)
Lisandro Villa (197-C-87)
Maximiliano Bertolino (180-G-81)
Lucas Perez (183-G-87)
Emiliano Agostino (191-G-84)
Mariano Pizzo (194-G/F-80)
Javier Scheines (204-F-85)
Eduardo Vassirani (200-C-91)
Juan Bonifacio
Juan Santoro
Federico Gonzalez (180-G-88)
Jonatan Cabelli (190-F-88)
Ignacio Corbetta
Juan Manuel Lara (-F-91)
Nicolas Valente (183-G-90)
Coach: Facundo Petracci


LA UNION DE FORMOSA
Rafael Costa (180-G-73)
Pablo Barrios (207-C-77)
Ariel Zago (203-C-85)
Pablo Fernandez (197-G/F-82)
Ariel Pau (191-F-84)
Leandro Portillo (185-G-85)
Javier Caceres (201-F-85)
Marcos Sabaj (183-G-87)
Adrian Rivas (181-G-88)
Alejandro Cabrera (207-C-90)
Sergio Mora
Coach: Gabriel Picatto


OBERA TENIS CLUB
Daniel Clavell (188-G-75)
Jose Fabio (198-F-77)
Nestor Braccia (192-G/F-84)
Juan Pablo Rotta (194-G-86)
Memo Roman Rodriguez (192-G-85)
Eduardo Gamboa (190-G-84)
Facundo Giorgi (203-F-85, college: Florida Intern.)
Javier Ceci (183-G-79)
Nicolas Martinez (180-G-89)
Denis Gomez (194-F-88)
Pablo Woloszyn
Esteban Silvero
Coach: Jose Luis Pisani


PEDRO ECHAGUE
Diego Eiguren (183-G-81)
Alejandro Eiguren (185-G-86)
Mariano D'Ambrosio (192-G-85)<
Maximiliano Pellegrino (194-G/F-87)
Bruno Martire (203-C-87)
Gonzalo Castagno
Nicolas Suarez (200-C-74)
Eric Cigna (200-F/C-86)
Juan Kelly (190-F-88)
Leopoldo Ibanez (190-F-89)
Guillermo Gavotti
Matias Fernandez (200-F-88)
Coach: Juan Pablo Boadaz


SAN MARTIN DE CORRIENTES
Mariano Ceruti (194-F-79)
Lucas Gornatti (185-G-82)
Ruperto Herrera (202-F-72)
Claudio Chiappero (203-C-74)
Alejandro Coronel (190-G-73)
Gustavo Mascaro (185-G-80)
Pablo De Pedro
Jose Gomez Sierra (184-G-87)
Adrian Mendiaz
Nicolas Zamudio
Luciano Gonzalez (196-F-90)
Claudio Ramirez Barrios (197-F/G-90)
Alan Zucconi
Coach: Daniel Frola


SAN MARTIN DE MARCOS JUAREZ
German Bernhardt (177-G-86)
Pablo Bruna (185-G-87)
Diego Belvedere (184-G-75)
Gaston Sieiro (190-F/G-85)
Facundo Ortega (193-F/C-86)
Diego Brezzo (207-F/C-84)
Mauro Bulchi (203-C-83)
David Cabezas (196-F-88)
Donato Nasuti
Leandro Trujillo
Juan Brussino
Coach: Gustavo Miravet


SAN NICOLAS BELGRANO
Carlos Colla (186-G-66)
German Boero (192-F-81)
Diego Ferrero (204-F/C-83)
Gregorio Eseverri (194-G/F-87)
Ramiro Zarzo (191-F-87)
Stan Easterling (206-C-67, college: Gardner-Webb)
Maximiliano Rios (185-G-81, agency: Next Level, college: Clayton St.)
Leonardo Ghio
Matias Rodriguez (178-G-87)
Juan Cruz Colla
Enzo Cafferatta (186-G-88)
Diego Choternasty
Coach: Angel Cachari


UNION SUNCHALES
Jorge Toriano (177-G-76)
Gaston Luchino (184-G-82)
Miguel Isola (198-F-83)
Facundo Brizuela (203-F/C-80)
Gustavo Martin (184-G-81)
Mario Sepulveda (200-F-77)
Cristian Amicucci (201-F/C-85)
Enzo Ruiz (193-F-88)
Leandro Mosconi (187-G-89)
Milton Vittar
Gonzalo Brussa (202-C-88)
Luciano Lizzarraga
Santiago Baravalle (200-C-90)
Emiliano Ravazzani (185-G-89)
Coach: Osvaldo Arduh

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Liga A 2008/09 official domestic rosters: part 4 - by Facundo Iatzky
QUILMES Mar del Plata
Pablo Gil (188-G-78)
Hernando Salles (188-G-79)
Maximiliano Maciel (197-F-83)
Ezequiel Dentis (206-C-82)
Esteban Lopez (184-G-84)
Nicolas Romano (197-F/C-87)
Dragan Capitanich (191-G-90)
Facundo Pinero (199-G/F-88, agency: Interperformances)
Nahuel Jerez (182-G-89)
Federico Aldama (198-C)
Youngster team players: Maximiliano Iturrioz (185-F-92), Guillermo Subeldia (199-F-92)
Head Coach: Esteban De la Fuente


QUIMSA
Julio Mazzaro (186-G-79)
Gabriel Mikulas (201-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: E.Carolina)
Jonathan Treise (186-G-85)
Victor Hugo Cajal (179-G-80)
Juan Manuel Torres (208-C-84)
Federico Mansilla (190-G-87)
Miguel Gerlero (192-G-88)
Mauricio Zanni
Martin Balteiro
Nahuel Melian
Rafael Adaro (200-F/C-90)
Head Coach: Fernando Duro


REGATAS Corrientes
Roberto Lopez (199-F/C-76)
Damian Tintorelli (202-C-81, agency: Players Group)
Luis Cequeira (180-G-85)
Sebastian Acosta (178-G-82)
Federico Kammerichs (203-F-80)
Alejandro Montecchia (180-G-72, agency: Interperformances)
Mariano Fierro (200-F-86)
Milton Temute (202-F/C-


Liga A 2008/09 official domestic rosters: part 3 - by Facundo Iatzky

LIBERTAD Sunchales
Andres Pelussi (198-F-77)
Pablo Moldu (191-G-78)
Sebastian Ginobili (190-G-72, agency: Interperformances)
Alejandro Zilli (200-F-82)
Juan Sartorelli (190-G-83)
Gustavo Orona (196-G-75)
Marcos Saglietti (189-G-86)
Lucas Diaz (91)
Emiliano Correa
Joaquin Giordana (182-G-90)
Andres Landoni (206-C/F-90)
Fernando Manattini (190-F-89)
Juan Emilio Fernandez (196-G/F-91)
Nicolas Herrera (195-F-89)
Head Coach: Julio Cesar Lamas


OBRAS
Tyler Field (206-F/C-78, college: San Diego)
Gabriel Cocha (194-G-71)
Fernando Titarelli (183-G-82)
Daniel Chaher (192-F-78, agency: HM Sports Agency)
Fernando Martina (202-F/C-81)
Omar Canton (210-C-82)
Sergio Ravina (190-F-86)
Cristian Cortes (185-G-90)
Franco Giuletti (200-C-90)
Alan Omar (195-G-90)
Leon Nicanoff (185-G-91)
Luciano Pozzer (196-F-90)
German Chiaruttini (194-F-90)
Franco Rivero (191-G-90)
Horacio Cardani (206-C-89)
Leonardo Alvarez (209-C-88)
Youngster Team Players: Ivan Jaskowsky (190-F-92), Dario Sosa (196-C-92), Lautaro Fraga (180-G-92)
Head Coach: Bernardo Murphy

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Liga A 2008/09 official domestic rosters: part 2 - by Facundo Iatzky

BAHIA BLANCA ESTUDIANTES
Juan Manuel Rivero (192-G-85)
Pedro Franco (187-G-81)
Gerardo Barrera (201-F-77)
Lucas Bianco (198-F-80)
Juan Cangelosi (195-G-81)
Leonardo La Bella (180-G-86)
Leandro Cecchi (201-G/F-88)
Cristian Aguiar (201-C-89)
Cristian Schmidt
Youngster team players: Matias Martinez, Gonzalo Etchepare
Head Coach: Marcelo Richotti

GIMNASIA Comodoro Rivadavia
Bruno Ingratta (201-F/C-85)
Diego Romero (209-C-82, college: Florida St.)
Diego Alba (186-G-81)
Nicolas Ferreyra (185-G-85)
German Sciutto (190-F-78, agency: Interperformances)
Mariano Franco (200-F-80, agency: HM Sports Agency)
Jose Alessio (203-C-87)
Sebastian Morales (201-F/C-88)
Hernan Schneider (195-F-89)
Fabian Gabriel (-F-90)
Youngster team players: Federico Favre, Ivan Macharasvili (91), Matias Monzon
Head Coach: Nicolas Casalanguida

INDEPENDIENTE Neuquen
Leandro Lauro (188-G-80)
Martin Melo (197-F-82)
Agustin Carabajal (179-G-78)
Federico Marin (199-G/F-82)
Jervaughn Scales (200-F-71, college: Southern)
Fabian Levrino (190-G-87)
Pablo Heit (205-F/C-89)
Juan Levrino (188-G-90)
Santiago Fedele (187-G-89)
Ramiro Mendoza
Head Coach: Mauricio Santangelo


LANUS
Diego Prego (198-F-77)
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  ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18   


Semifinals - by Eurobasket News
Kazakhstan U18 defeated Japan U18 to reach the Final of FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men. The winners came to the winning effort step by step and had a wonderful last period. Omirzak Akhmet (202-C-90) led the winners with 31 points. Artyom Skornyakov nailed 17, while Alexander Ttyutyunik posted 15. Makoto Hiejima ended up with 22 points in defeat, while Yuya Nagayoshi added 21.
Kazakhstan destroyed Japan, whose tallest player is 198 cm in the semi-final. Kazakhstan has six players 200 cm and over and that was the key of the game. The winners opened the game with 23:21 lead with some difficulties in the period. Later however they improved to 44:38 at the halftime. Japan was able to reduce the gap to 3 points entering the last period. It was however their last spurt in the game. Kazakhstan was too good for the opponent in the final stanza and destroyed them 36:14. The victory sent Kazakhstan to the Final of the tournament. Iran will face Kazakhstan in the Asian Under-18 championship tomorrow.

Kazakhstan U18- Japan U18 103:78
Kazakhstan U18: Omirzak Akhmet 31, Artyom Skornyakov 17, Alexander Ttyutyunik 15
Japan U18: Makoto Hiejima 22, Yuya Nagayoshi 21


Iran U18 will try to satisfy the local fans in Tehran in FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men Final. The team crawled into it after a tough semifinal win over Syria U18. The latter surprised everyone entering the semifinals and could ask for more. Farbod Farman powered his way to grab the rebound, convert under the board and took Iran into the final with an 80:78 win. Mohammed Hasanzadeh led the winners with 27 points and 24 rebounds. Farbod Farman netted 17 and made 16 boards, while Mehdi Shrijang scored 10. Samer Bawadekji finished the game with 22 points in defeat and Alaa Al Sebaay posted 15. Iran booked a berth in the FIBA U19 World Championship for Men in New Zealand next year.
Both teams stayed close in the first period and as a result the guests took only 23:21 advantage. Iran bounced back and could go on the break leading 6 points. In the third period Syria climbed to three points gap and trailed entering the last period. In a back-to-back battle Iran benefit from the game to enter the Finals. Farbod Farman converted under the board and took Iran into the final with an 80:78 win.


Iran U18-Syria U18 80:78
Iran U18: Mohammed Hasanzadeh 27+24 rebs, Farbod Farman 17+16 rebs, Mehdi Shrijang 10
Syria U18: Samer Bawadekji 22, Alaa Al Sebaay 15



5-8 places
China U18- Philippines U18 86:63

China U18: Ren JunFei (202-F) 27, Wang Zheng (216-C-90) 14, Li Xiaoxu 13
Philippines U18: Matthew Wright 16

Korea U18- Lebanon U18 93:72
Korea U18: Kyungsang Park 21, Jongill Lim 16, Jaeseok Jang 15
Lebanon U18: Vincent El Khouri 18

9th places
Chinese Taipei U18 Jordan U18 102:89


13th place play-off
India U18-UAE 78:75


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  AUSTRALIA   


The Crocs keep winning - by Eurobasket News
The Townsville Crocodiles extended their winning streak as they thumped Melbourne 118:103. The Crocs were just coming off an emphatic win at the Queensland Cup and never slowed down bruising the Tigers at Murray Stadium. David Barlow (205-F-83, college: Metro St.) looked good for the Tigers early in the game as he knocked down 12 points in the starting period to give his team a 39:30 lead at the intermission. Sam Mackinnon nailed 5 points in an 11:3 rally that put Melbourne ahead by 17 points. But the Crocs fond their hero in Corey Williams (191-G-77, college: Alabama St.). The Homicide stepped up with impressive 28 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists to propel Townsville to the solid win at the end. John Rillie (195-G-71, college: Gonzaga) contributed 21 points, while Rossell Ellis added 19 for the winners. David Barlow had 18 points for the Tigers. Stephen Hoare added 16 points in defeat.
The Gold Coast Blaze rallied past the Wollongon Hawks 101:97 in another preseason battle at the Southport School in Queensland. Casey Frank (203-F-77, college: N.Arizona) fired 36 points and pulled down 11 boards to pace the winners. Scott McGregor delivered 14 points, while Shane Heal knocked down 11 in the win. Dusty Rychart answered with 19 points and 7 rebounds for the Wollongong Hawks.
Meanwhile the Sydney Spirit got to a winning start of their three-game series against Japanese Toyota Alvark. The Spirit routed their opponents 112:61 behind 20 points from Derrick Low (188-G-86). Julian Khazzouh (209-C-86) added 20 points and 9 rebounds for the winning side. Takuma Watanabe (188-G-78) replied with 19 points for the visitors. The teams meet again today.


Top NBL referee Geoff Weeks steps down - by Eurobasket News
South Australia's top NBL referee and most decorated international official, Geoff Weeks, has retired and 'can finally get into the stands and abuse spectators'.

Weeks, 52, had his tongue firmly in his cheek with that assessment of what his retirement after 670 NBL games would bring. He actually intends to take a break, then return in some sort of mentoring capacity.

That is great news because Weeks, one of only three officials from the NBL's inaugural 1979 season - Ray Hunt and Roger Shiels are the others - has always been of that rare breed of umpire who called with common-sense, humour and compassion, understanding the elite athlete psyche.

'Age has caught up with me,' he explained last night. 'I've had ankle troubles for the past couple of seasons. I've had rehab in the off-season but they haven't come up.'

Weeks has had a profound impact on the NBL but has been just as influential internationally, particularly in Asia.

After the junior men's championship of 1983 in Spain, he was invited to referee regularly in Asia as a neutral umpire. It took him into occasionally volatile situations in places such as Hong Kong, China, Japan, Malaysia and Thailand.

'I refereed the AllStar game in China and the 1999 pre-Olympian Asian qualifying zone,' he said.

'I've refereed Yao Ming many many times.' Before he was famous.

The pinnacle of Weeks' international calling was the 1988 Seoul Olympic Games but his fondest memory is an NBL game at Boondall Entertainment Centre in 1994.

'It was a game between Brisbane and Perth, there were about 13,000 people there and the match had three lots of overtime,' he said.

'That was by far my most memorable and enjoyable game, even though I couldn't walk for a week.'

Many of the game's greats, including Leroy Loggins and Andrew Vlahov were in that contest but Weeks has seen them all, from Andrew Gaze to Zoran Zunic and everyone in between.

His retirement leaves the game without one of the finest, fairest officials in the game and certainly this state's most successful NBL umpire. Weeks leaves a huge legacy.

Courtesy of www.nbl.com.au


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  AUSTRIA   


Stats Leaders
Hauptrunde 1 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Mayes, Gmund. 24.0
2 Youngblo., Ober. 21.4
3 Miletic, Gussing 21.0
4 Lamesic, Arkadia 19.2
5 Rajkovic, Vienna 18.6
Rebounds Per Game
1 Rhodes, UBSC 11.7
2 Rajkovic, Vienna 10.1
3 Johnson , Gmund. 10.0
4 Fraser, Furst. 9.6
5 Johnson, Ober. 8.8
Assists Per Game
1 Schreiner, Polten 7.6
2 Shavies, Furst. 6.5
3 Boylan, Gmund. 5.2
4 Danek, Arkadia 4.8
5 Christen., Vienna 4.7
Steals Per Game
1 Artner, Ober. 2.2
2 Schreiner, Polten 2.2
3 Boylan, Gmund. 2.2
Blocks Per Game
1 Colwell, Furst. 1.6
2 Martin, Klos. 1.5
3 Kohlmaier, Polten 1.2
2FGP
1 Fraser, Furst. 67.2
2 Johnson, Ober. 62.1
3 Klette, Wells 59.7
3FGP
1 Goljovic, Furst. 51.0
2 Moric, Oberwart 45.8
3 Diwald, Klos. 45.1
Free Throws
1 Nagler, Klos. 92.7
2 Vickery, Arkadia 92.1
3 Forrestal, Kapfen. 89.7


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  BALKAN LEAGUE   


Mega Basket inks American Chris Schlatter - by Dragan Jankovski
Participant of Serbian A1 league as well as of Balkan league (BIBL) Mega Basket from Belgrade inked American Chris Schlatter (201-G/F-81, college: Washington St.). 26-year old power forward, which also can be used on small forward, is coming from German 2. Bundesleague team TSV Troester Breitenguessbach where he averaged 12.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg and 1.9 apg. He demonstrated pretty good performance in Treviso this summer as a player of Alice Team. At the end of it he was named 'Treviso Summer League 2008 1st Team'. Before Germany, Schlatter used to play in Portugal and Luxemburg. He graduated on Washington State University in 2005. At his senior season Chris Schlatter recorded 4.8 ppg and 2.6 rpg in 28 games.

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  BELGIUM   


Belgian National Team 2008 - by Kasia
#s#
#e#6


Moors


Van Rossom


Beghin


Van der Jonckheyd


Tabu-Eboma
4 Roel Moors (188-G-78) of TEC Spirou Charleroi
5 Sam Van Rossom (188-G-86) of Scavolini Spar Pesaro (ITA)
6 Christophe Beghin (207-F-80) of TEC Spirou Charleroi

7 Maxime De Zeeuw (205-F-87) of VOO Verviers-Pepinster
8 Lionel Bosco (176-G-81) of Base Oostende
9 Jef Van der Jonckheyd (203-F-82) of Spotter Leuven
10 Dimitri Lauwers (187-G-79) of Virtus Bologna (ITA)
11 Yannick Driesen (215-C-88) of Team London (USA)
12 Aleksander Lichodzijewski (202-C-84) of Antwerp Diamond Giants
13 Randy Oveneke (201-F-86) of Antwerp Diamond Giants
14 Sebastien Bellin (205-C-78) of Base Oostende
15 Beye Tabu-Eboma (190-G-85) of Vevey Riviera Basket (SUI)
Head Coach: Eddy Casteels
Coach assistant: Jacques Stas


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  BELIZE   


New Executive Committee for Belize Basketball Federation - by David Magana
A new Executive Committee for the Belize Basketball Federation (BBF) was elected at a General Assembly meeting held on Saturday, 30th August at the Civic Center meeting room of the National Sports Council.

Elected to serve are Paul Thompson as President, Brads Neal and Charles Ellis as Vice Presidents, Julian Murillo as Secretary General, Luigi Zaldivar as Treasurer, while Enid Dakers, Frank Lord and Eugene Jex as Executive Committee Members.

The BBF is recognised by and affiliated to the International Basketball Association, FIBA, as the governing and administrative body for basketball throughout the country. Executive Committee elections are held quadriannually and the General Assembly meeting was attended by district associations from Corozal, Orange Walk, Cayo and Stann Creek as well as the Association of Tertiary Level Institutions of Belize (ATLIB), which are all constitutional members of the Federation. With a stated mission -to develop all aspects of basketball in the country of Belize through collaboration, inclusion, proper organisation and full accountability-, the new Executive Committee promises to bring vibrance, energy and focus to the sport of basketball at all levels across the country. Immediate priority will be given to enhancing district association input to the executive, revising and ratifying the constitution of the Federation, and most importantly, devising a four-year strategic plan with the primary objective of developing all aspects of basketball for youth male and female across Belize. This process will feature the active engagement of all key stakeholders from both private and public sectors in pursuit of development goals.

Press release from the BBF


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  BOSNIA   


Bosnian National Team 2008 - by Sahereh
Bosnian National Team 2008
4 Nemanja Gordic PG 1.94 25.09.1988 Mostar (BIH)
5 Ivan Opacak F 2.00 23.04.1980 Zenica (BIH)
6 Milan Milosevic F 2.04 26.09.1985 Bileca (BIH)
*7 Goran Ikonic G 1.96 23.03.1980 Zvornik (BIH)
8 Aleksej Nesovic G 1.89 14.03.1985 Sarajevo (BIH)
*9 Ernest Jr. Bremer G 1.96 19.09.1980 OH (USA)
*10 Ermin Jazvin C 2.10 12.03.1980 Mostar (BIH)
11 Elmedin Kikanovic C 2.06 02.09.1988 Tuzla (BIH)
*12 Mirza Teletovic F 2.03 17.09.1985 Mostar (BIH)
13 Edin Bavcic F 2.10 06.05.1984 Foca (BIH)
*14 Nihad Dedovic PG 1.96 12.01.1990 Visegrad (BIH)
15 Kenan Bajramovic F 2.04 24.05.1981 Zenica (BIH)


Mensur Bajramovic: It was the worst performance this summer - by Eurobasket News
Bosnians started Eurobasket 2009 qualifications demonstrating extremely poor performance. Czech Republic dominated during the entire time also fighting for every ball, what couldn't be seen in Team Bosnia. Head coach of the loosing side Mensur Bajramovic after the game stated that it was the worst one since he officially assembled players this summer.

'Czechs wanted this one more then us. We played pretty bad at the both ends of the court. Our screens were not strong enough, rebounding also. With that kind of performance we couldn't count on victory' said Mensur Bajramovic for Bosnian newspapers Dnevni Avaz.

In the next round Bosnia will host Israel. As a reminder, Israel was better than Great Britain yesterday after over time. Despite 30 points by NBA superstar Luol Deng, Great Britain currently have the same score as Bosnia, 0-1. After this opening defeat, Bosnians will have to work very hard in order to reach first place in Group D. That spot automatically books a ticket for Poland next year.

Head coach of Czech Republic Michal Jezdik couldn't hide happiness after this victory.

'Bosnia is a very good team which players are members of some of the best European squads. The good thing for us is that we stopped them on just 56 points. We knew that we have to fight for every ball and we kept doing that during the entire time' said Michal Jezdik.


Bosnian National Team 2008 - by Sahereh
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#e#6


Ikonic


Bremer


Jazvin


Teletovic


Dedovic

4 Nemanja Gordic (195-G-88) of BC Buducnost Podgorica (MNT)
5 Ivan Opacak (202-G/F-80) of Polaris World Murcia (ESP)
6 Milan Milosevic (205-F-85) of KK Sloboda Dita Tuzla
7 Goran Ikonic (196-G-80) of Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo
8 Aleksej Nesovic (189-G-85) of Prokom Trefl Sopot (POL)
9 Ernest Bremer (196-G-80) of Triumph Lyubertsy (RUS)
10 Ermin Jazvin (210-C-80) of Costa Cafe Marousi (GRE)
11 Elmedin Kikanovic (206-C-88) of KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd (SRB)
12 Mirza Teletovic (203-F-85) of Tau Ceramica Vitoria (ESP)
13 Edin Bavcic (210-F/C-84) of Kepez Bld Antalya (TUR)
14 Nihad Dedovic (196-F-90) of AXA F.C. Barcelona (ESP)
15 Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81) of BC Kyiv (UKR)
Head Coach Mensur Bajramovic
Assistant Coaches Senad Muminovic , Marko Trbic



Mike Kale on try-out in Siroki, Bosna ASA BHT won't keep Daniel Ruffin - by Eurobasket News

American Mike Kale (203-F-86) arrived to Siroki Prima pivo on try-out. Kale graduated this summer on Idaho University averaging 5 ppg and 2.8 rpg for 29 games. Interesting is that Kale's parents are from Croatia but he is born in Las Vegas, Nevada. Kale will play for Bosnian team on traditional tournament 'Siroki 2008' which starts today. Siroki's first opponent will be Sibenik.

Beside Mike Kale, Kevin Braswell also arrived to Siroki. The difference is that Braswell already put signature on contract with Bosnian team.
As a reminder, Siroki can not count on Sime Spralja for at least one month due to injury.

Head coach of Bosna ASA BHT Alen Abaz isn't satisfied with performance of American point guard Daniel Ruffin (178-G-84). 23-year old player spent some time on try-out in current Bosnian champion but Abaz decided not to keep him. Ruffin came out from Bradley University with pretty good digits behind him. For 26 games he had 14.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 5.8 apg. Two years in a row he was named 'All-MVC Honorable Mention -07, 08'. In 2006 his University reached NCAA Sweet 16.
In the meantime Bosna still looks for a big guy. The team desperately searches for a player on position five which could lead the team next season in Adriatic league. At the end of the last season Bosna remained without Lens Williams and Dzenan Rahimic.



Borac Nektar outplays Masinac Kraljevo in friendly match - by Eurobasket News
Despite Borac Nektar Banja Luka still looks for a point guard, Bosnians were too much for Serbian team Masinac Kraljevo. It was one of the first friendly games for Bosnian team while Masinac already had more than five. However, Bosnians started this one very aggressive, especially at the defensive end. They succeeded to keep Masinac on just 25 points in the first half. On the other side, mostly owing to Garma and Hrvoje Puljko (193-G-83, agency: Interperformances), they drained 39. Same picture was seen on the court in the next quarter. Borac still was the team which dominated while Masinac this time scored even less, 10 points. In the last stanza head coach of Borac Milos Pejic gave a chance to all players which Masinac exploited. Visitors ended last quarter 5-21 coming on minus 8 at the very end, 68-60. Garma was a way better than the others in the winning team scoring 20 points. Hrvoje Puljko followed him netting 13. Masinac's best player on this game was Uros Mirkovic (205-F/C-82, agency: Beo Basket) with 17 points. Tutus scored 13.

After the game, both teams went to Kraljevo for tournament where beside these two also will participate Sloga Kraljevo and Zeleznicar Cacak.


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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Virgin Gorda Jr. Mystics sets BVI Basketball Federation title record - by David Edole
The Virgin Gorda Jr. Mystics made history Sunday, when they became the first team in the 34-year history of the BVI Basketball Federation that was founded in 1974, to win four successive titles at any level of the league.

The Jr. Mystics did it by completing a sweep of Another Level.

'This is very special for Virgin Gorda,' coach Trevor 'West' Stevens said. 'Sweeping the big coach (Morris Wattley) was very good. We had to pay our money to come down, we worked very hard for it and made ourselves proud.'

Jevon Deming had 22 points and seven rebounds in leading the Jr. Mystics to a convincing 88-63 victory, after outscoring Another Level, 47-34 in the second half. Lee Evans Jacobs and Frank Quashie contributed 18 and 16 to the tally. Frankie Quashie tossed in another 12 points. Kimahni Walker narrowly missed a double double with 18 points and nine rebounds as the only scorer in double figures.

'We got to the championships with a game plan and after we reached, there were some key players missing,' Wattley noted. 'One of them especially-Dion Edwin-he had to go to Puerto Rico to shop for school and did not play in any of the games and was a key part of the team. When I started other players, Edwin who would have backed up two or three of them had to play more minutes and we weren't prepared for that so the team faltered.'

Run It Red advanced to meet defending intermediate division champs Ghetto Mix after beating Da Boys, 82-73. Da Boys erased a double-digit lead to pull within 62-61, late in the third quarter, before Run It Red went on a 10-0 run for a 71-62 lead.

Jevon Morris had 20 points, five rebounds and five steals to lead Run It Red scores. Damien Parillon had and 18 points 11 rebounds double double to go with five steals. Akeem 'Chunky' Titley added another 13.

Winston Farrington was Da Boys' top scorer with 20 points and seven rebounds. Trevor Searles settled for a 15 points and 14 rebounds double double. Kevis Phillip had 12 points to go with five rebounds and four steals.

'This was a do or die game and if we had lost, we would have gone home,' Run It Red's coach Shawn Morris said. 'Although short handed, we played out hearts our and go the job done tonight.'

Wattley whose second team was eliminated from the playoffs, said his squad did not play together.

Defending champions East-after extending the Guns' playoffs misery on Friday night-hammered Young Legs into submission with a 24 point opening victory in the senior division championship series.

'East had their way. They got to run and we couldn't stop the running game so they were victorious tonight,' Young Legs' coach Brian 'Bash' Brewley summarized. 'I wouldn't say the layoff affected us. They just got a good start, got in a groove and got the job done.'

Halstead Chiverton paced the East's scoring with a series of 3-pointers, bagging 20 of his game high 32 points in the third quarter when they sealed the win. Douron Phillips and David 'Bolo' Lettsome followed up by pouring in 19 each.

Kennedy Bass led Young Legs with 21 points. Lyle Duggins and Trevon Lewis added 13 and 11 to the tally.

The championships series resumes on Friday night with Run it Red vs Ghetto Mix and Young Legs facing the East who has a 1-0 series lead.

By DEAN 'The Sportsman' GREENAWAY


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  BULGARIA   


Bulgarian National Team 2008 - by Sahereh
#s#
#e#6


Ivanov


Videnov


Georgiev


Stoykov


Jaaber
4 Deyan Ivanov (205-C/F-86) of KK Zadar (CRO)
5 Asen Velikov (188-G-86) of BC Levski Ekopetroulium Sophia
8 Filip Videnov (196-F/G-80) of Kalise Gran Canaria (ESP)
9 Yordan Bozov (191-G-79) of Autocid Ford Burgos (ESP)
10 Nikolay Varbanov (209-C-85) of BC Levski Ekopetroulium Sophia
11 Dimitar Angelov (202-G/F-79) of Olimpia GE Larissa (GRE)
12 Stefan Georgiev (206-C/F-78) of BC Levski Ekopetroulium Sophia
14 Tencho Banev (209-C-80) of PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia
15 Todor Stoykov (198-G/F-77) of PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia
21 Chavdar Kostov (196-G-88) of PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia
22 Bozhidar Avramov (196-G-90) of Aguas de Valencia - Gandia Basquet (ESP)
23 Ibrahim Jaaber (187-G-84) of Lottomatica Virtus Roma (ITA)
Head Coach Pini Gershon
Assistant Coach Lyubomir Minchev


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  BURKINA FASO   


The Falcons are the Faso Basket champions for this season - by Michel Pacere


Friday august 08, 2008
The semifinals
Kader Tapsoba rising
This year, the semifinals between Ouagadougou and Bobo Dioulasso, showed us two big matches
- Kadiogo Bulls#Dafra Rockets
It was the firs team of Ouagadougou against the second team of Bobo Dioulasso; the bulls were favourits; the defences were very hard and we watched a face to face between Pele KONE (bulls) and Ismael SARA (rockets). Every one gave response to the other. It was a three points showtime. The bulls won it in the fourth quarter and won the match.
- ADESIF#RCK
The first team of Bobo Dipoulasso against the second team of Ouagadougou. The first and the second quarter of this match were for ADESIF. Everyone thought that the falcons after losing against the electricians and the bulls were not able to win the semifinal, as they seemed to be so bad this year its was wrong. In the third quarter, they raised up their play. The west league team which seems to be better fell down with 20 points late at the end of the quarter. the falcons got their ticket for the final. Kader Tapsoba, the young center of the team, was the best player. Blocks, dunks he showed us that he is on the way to be one of our best center. During the second tour of the season, he was with Ben Sada, Yves and Telesphore, the players who gave qualification to the RCK.


The Final
Yves ARISTE gave the final to the RCK
Kadiogo Bulls#RCK
The systeme of the Bulls against the one to one play of the falcons.
The last year final gave us the same opposition. The falcons won it. This year, the Bulls seemed to be better and strong; they won the two matches against this team.
The first point was for the Bulls with an assist of Mamadou to Cedric. Innocent Hien of the falcons gave response immediately by an assist to Ismael who scored a Three point shoot. The show can begin bila dunk for the bulls. At this time Yves ARISTE begun his match. In the second quarter, at the beginning, Ben Sada DABIRE hurt himself immediately after taking a substitution. Kader Tapsoba (falcon) did his entry. The play became hard. Momo went out and Yves had to play point guard for his team. At he end of the second quarter, the score was 29-25 for the bulls.
At the third quarter, Kader in the restricted area stopped all the layup. Yves, faster and very technical, played with his defenders and scored. At the end of this quarter, the falcons leaded by 41-34.
The last quarter: Isaac Palenfo (-C) of the bulls has been fouled out; yves speeded up the game; Telesphore SOME, the last year MVP, scored at three points; Kader did the show by rebounds and alley oups; it was the time of the falcons; the shoot at three points of Pele KONE and the substitutions of coach DABIRE (bulls) didnt change anything; the falcons was, for the second time consecutively, the Faso basket champions


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  CANADA   


Montreal Matrix schedules tryout camp - by Gianni Pascucci

An interesting opportunity for the Canadian players who want to test their skills at pro level is the upcoming tryout camp of the ABA team Montreal Matrix. It is scheduled for September 19, 20, and 21 at the Cote des Neiges Sports Center, 4880 Van Horne in Montreal, Canada. Admission is free for all Agents, Owners and Coaches. The fee is $100 for players (payment made in advance). Registration begins September 5th thru 14th. This is a great career opportunity for all players! We will have DVD's for every game and you will receive one. Stats of your game will go on the Matrix website - www.gomatrixgo.com - and you will also receive a complimentary jersey and gifts. The games will be taped by internet TV. The semi-finals and finals will be taped with three cameras. For any info, contact info@gomatrix.go.com or call 414 325 3331 or visit www.abalive.com.



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  CHINA   


Li Xiaoxu May Be Taller Than We Thought - by Arthur Volbert
Li Xiaoxu (204-C-90) may indeed be 210 cm, as he is listed on China's U-18 roster, not 204 cm, as he is listed on the Liaoning roster in the CBA. FIBA Asia has posted a picture of the Chinese Junior Team at http://www.fibaasia.net/cms/index.php?itemid=192 .

Go to the bottom of the page and click on China.

#14 Li appears to be about three inches shorter than #15 Wang Zheng, who is listed as 216 cm. He appears about an inch taller than #11 Dong Hanlin, listed at 207 cm, and at least two inches taller than #12 Ren Junwei, who is listed at 202 cm.

At 210 cm, Li is true power forward size and it is not that vital that he develop a good outside shot. He is tall enough to specialize inside as a rebounder at power forward and center on the international level. And, as a power player, he is likely to get stronger and better as he gets older and his growth in the last three years indicates that he may indeed have been born in 1990.


Jason Rabedeaux signs as a new head coach of Jiangsu - by Eurobasket
Well-known American coach Rabedeaux Jason signed a contract as head coach of Jiangsu Nangang Dragons Nanjing for upcoming 08-09 season. Jiangsu has high expectations for upcoming season. After they were placed 3rd in last two season, they still would like to get back to their previous glory time, when three years ago they ended the league on the top position. They lost in fact in the finals, but that was so far their highest achievement. Rabedeaux has very strong career coaching on the top college level in the States. He was coach assistant of of Oklahoma and Marquette for many years. Most recently he was Director of Basketball Operations at Marquerre, where he moved from UTEP, where he was a head coach. He will work at Jiangsu together with one of the best coaches in China Gong Luming , who server as head coach of Chinese National Team for the Olympic Games in 1996.

China Defeats Philippines, to Play Korea for Fifth - by Arthur Volbert
China defeated the Philippines today 86-63 in the Asian Under-18 basketball tournament. Ren JunFei (202-F) led China with 27 points. He gave further notice that he may be another prospect with NBA or Euroleague potential. Wang Zheng (216-C-90) scored 14 and Li Xiaoxu (204-C-90) nothched 13.

China led 17-11 after one quarter and 38-32 at the half. But China outscored the Philippines 28-18 in the third quarter to take a 66-50 lead.

China will play Korea for fifth place tomorrow. Korea defeated Lebanon today 93-72.

In 2006 China and Korea played for the U-18 championship. It adds to my suspicion that East Asian teams tend to get the bad calls when they play in the west, and West Asian teams get the bad calls when they play in the east. Probably this happens because the referees think that the distant home countrees aren't really watching. This does not happen every game, but happens enough that FIBA Asia must do something to improve the quality and fairness of its refereeing.

China 86 (Ren JunFei 27, Wang Zheng 14, Li Xiaoxu 13) bt Philippines 63 (Matthew Wright 16). Scores by quarter: 17-11, 38-32, 66-50.
Korea 93 (Kyungsang Park 21, Jongill Lim 16, Jaeseok Jang 15) bt Lebanon 72 (Vincent El Khouri 18). Quarterwise Scores: 23-15, 48-22, 69-47.


Iran to Face Kazakhstan in U-18 Final - by Arthur Volbert
Iran will face Kazakhstan in the Asian Under-18 championship tomorrow.

Iran defeated surprising Syria 80-78 on a last-second putback by of a rebounded foul shot by 207 cm Farbod Farman, another Asian player that international scouts should put on their radar screen. Farbad had 17 points and 16 rebounds.

Kazahkstan destroyed Japan, whose tallest player is 198 cm, 103-78 in the other semi-final. Kazakhstan has six players 200 cm and over.

Iran 80 (Mohammed Hasanzadeh 27, Farbod Farman 17, Mehdi Shrijang 10) bt Syria 78 (Samer Bawadekji 22, Alaa Al Sebaay 15). Quarterwise Scores: 21-23, 44-38, 67-64.

Today's scores:
Ch.Taipei 102 - 89 Jordan
China 86 -63 Philippines
Korea 93 - 72 Lebanon
Iran 80 - 78 Syria
Japan 78 -103 kazakhstan
S.Arabia - - - Hong Kong

Yesterday's score:
India 78 - 75 UAE


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  COLOMBIA   


PATRIOTAS - PROACTIVA ROSTER - by Victor Garcia
Patriotas Procativa had problems to complete its roster and today was still waiting the arrival of two players, Ernesto Mijares will be the leader of the team, and Todd Henry the man in the boards, the team will open the Cup as visitor in Cali

FREDDY GRANJA C 2.00
JORGE DIAZ 1.96 F
EDWARD SANMARTIN 1.95 F/G
WILSON MOSQUERA 1.96 F
ALEXANDER NIETO 2.00 F
OSWALDO MARTINEZ
CAMILO GARCIA
COACH: WILLIAM QUEZADA
MANAGER: YUBERT GARCIA


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  COMMONWEALTH GAMES   


Standings
Standings
1. Australia8-0
2. N.Zealand7-1
3. U.Kingdom6-2
4. Nigeria5-3
5. Barbados4-4
6. Scotland3-5
7. S.Africa2-6
8. India1-7


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  CROATIA   


Dubrava extends Jurica Smiljanic, adds Petar Cosic - by Eurobasket News
A1 team Dubrava confirmed its big aspirations for the upcoming season with signing of Jurica Smiljanic (192-G-79) on one-year contract extension. At the same time Dubrava agreed terms with Petar Cosic (183-G-85, agency: Interperformances), also for season 08/09.

Jurica Smiljanic demonstrated pretty good performance in Dubrava last season adding 11.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 1.8 apg for 29 games in A1. Actually he was the top scorer of Dubrava in 07/08 and one of the players with best percentage from behind the arc in A1. Before Dubrava, Smiljanic played for Kvarner Rijeka, Zagorje, Zapresic, Hiron Botinec Zagreb, Zrinjevac and Austrian St. Polten.

Petar Cosic is former player of Croatian U20 National Team. He spent last season in Zabok leaving it in March this year. He had 17 appearances in A1 averaging 13.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.6 apg and 1.1 spg. Season 06/07 Cosic started in French Etenard de Brest. His average stats for 14 games in Pro B was 6.1 ppg and 2.8 apg. In January 2007 he joined Split, which later was semifinalist of play-off. He didn't have so many chances to play in Split thus he moved to Zabok. Except of above mentioned teams Cosic also played for Slavonski Brod. In 2004 he participated at the Global Games in Dallas as well as on U20 EC in Brno. For 7 games he had 10.9 ppg and 2.2 apg.


Luka Zitko leaves Zlatorog Lasko, Marin Han in Geoplin Slovan - by Eurobasket News
Luka Zitko (201-F-81) is no longer member of Slovenian team Zlatorog Lasko. Despite he signed contract with Lasko during the summer, the team decided to release him. According to Slovenian media 27-year old Zitko had some heath problems thus head coach Ales Pipan decided to use a clause in the contract and make him free agent. Zitko played last two seasons for Bosnian D1 team Grude. He was one of the most important players leading Grude to League 8. The team also reached semifinals of Bosnian National Cup. Before Grude, Zitko played for Croatian A1 team Plastik Solin. On season 03/04 he was a member of A1 team Alkar Sini averaging 8.3 ppg and 2.1 rpg. In 2002 Zitkos' Brotnjo Citluk was finalist of Bosnian Cup.

Marin Han (198-F/G-87) signed one-year deal with Geoplin Slovan. Han started last season in Croatian A2 team Amfora, where he was the leading scorer. Later he joined Turow Zgorzelec but he didn't have so many chances to play. He appeared just once in Polish DBE and twice in ULEB Cup without and important record. Last summer, with U20 Croatia, Han participated on U20 European Championship in Nova Gorica. He played 8 games averaging 5.5 ppg and 3.4 rpg. Han grew up as a player in Split.


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  CYPRUS   


Aspis Apoel Nicosia sign Martin Zeno - by Eurobasket
Aspis Apoel Nicosia agreed terms with 23-year old American guard Martin Zeno (196-G-85, college: Texas Tech). Zeno played most recently at Texas Tech University (NCAA) in the U.S. It will be his first year in professional basketball. Zeno could be one of the top players in the league. He had very good stats in his senior year at the college, when in 31 games he averaged 16.0ppg, 4.5rpg, 2.9apg and 1.4spg. He was also selected to All-Big 12 2nd Team. Zeno played this summer at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft), where is 3 games averaged 14.3ppg, 3.0rpg and 3.7apg.

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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Czech Republic National Team 2008 - by Sahereh
#s#
#e#6


Welsch


Sokolovsky


Necas


Hubalek


Vrubl
4 Stepan Vrubl (186-G-76) of A Plus OHL ZS Brno BC
5 Lukas Kotas (194-F-84) of USK Praha
6 Jakub Kudlacek (177-G-90) of Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia (ITA)
7 Tomas Satoransky (196-G/F-91) of USK Praha
9 Jiri Welsch (198-F-80) of Unicaja Malaga (ESP)
10 Ladislav Sokolovsky (201-F-77) of CEZ Basketball Nymburk
11 Radek Necas (204-F-80) of CEZ Basketball Nymburk
12 Jaroslav Prasil (201-F-80) of BK Prostejov
13 Petr Benda (203-F/C-82) of CEZ Basketball Nymburk
15 Ondrej Starosta (216-C-79) of CAI Zaragoza (ESP)
32 Stanislav Votroubek (213-C-81) of BK Prostejov
33 Jiri Hubalek (209-C-82) of Iowa State University (USA)
Head Coach Michal Jezdik
Assistant Coach Martin Augustin


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  D-LEAGUE   


Former Los Angeles D-Fender Stephane Lasme Released by Miami Heat - by Surujh Roopnarine
With the signing of NBA veteran center Jamaal Magloire (6'10''-F/C-78, college: Kentucky), the Miami Heat have released second year forward Stephane Lasme (6'8''-F-82, college: Massachusetts). The 68 forward was originally signed to a 10-day contract by the Heat on Mar. 21, 2008. He was signed for the remainder of the 2007-08 season on April 10. In 16 games (four starts) last season, Lasme averaged 5.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, 1.38 blocks and 18.9 minutes. In 37 games with Los Angeles of the D-League, the 46th pick of the 2007 NBA Draft (Golden State) averaged 10.6 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.6 blocks while shooting 51.9% from the field on his way to earning All D-League Honorable Mention honors as well as being named Co-Defensive Player of the Year along with Mouhamed Sene (7'0''-C-86) of Idaho.

Assistant right fit for BayHawks - by Eurobasket News
John Treloar got his man. Ben McDonald was working at the distribution center for Target in Fontana, Calif., but he also spent a considerable amount of time responding to numerous text messages from Treloar about coaching again.

'He'd say, 'When I get this other job, you're going to come with me,' ' McDonald said smiling.

Coaching the Erie BayHawks was that 'other job' and McDonald is now Treloar's assistant.

The two worked at Indiana University as assistants from 2000 to 2004 before Treloar left to work at LSU.

McDonald resigned. He later pondered getting back into coaching but didn't want to move his family again. However, McDonald's wife Rochelle, told him not to waste his coaching skills.

'She'd say, 'You have got to go help other players,' ' McDonald said. ' 'You've got so much to give.' '

Then McDonald did some work with Nike and participated in a camp involving Cleveland superstar and 2008 Olympic gold-medal winner LeBron James this past summer.

'That kind of helped spark my desire to do it again,' McDonald said.

Having Treloar blowing up his cell phone influenced him a bit as well.

Treloar said McDonald was at the top of his list of candidates.

They first met in the CBA where Treloar was coaching and McDonald was playing in the early 1990s. They've reconnected to mark another good move for the BayHawks.

For one, McDonald played in the NBA.

The California Irvine star was a third-round pick of the Cavaliers in 1984. He played for Cleveland in 1985 and was with Golden State from 1986 to 1989.

So he knows what it takes to play in the NBA. McDonald also played for three CBA teams from 1990 to 1992.

He's gone through the minor league system.

Entering this coaching opportunity, McDonald wants to motivate players and show them what it takes to make it to that big stage of the NBA.

'Give them advice I think will help them,' said McDonald, who also played overseas. 'A lot of young players really don't want to hear certain things from old-school people telling them defensively, you have to do this. It's about the little things.

'I played with a ton of people who had a ton of talent. If they had somebody that would have helped them with other little things? Like off the court, you can't do all this craziness. Getting in trouble. You've got to get your rest. Eat right.'

Treloar got his man.

McDonald sounds like a good one.

Courtesy of www.goerie.com


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  ESTONIA   


Estonian National Team 2008 - by Sahereh
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Sokk


Talts


Arbet


Kikerpill


Kullamae
4 Tanel Tein (194-G/F-78) of Tartu Ulikool/Rock
5 Tanel Sokk (183-G-85) of BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn
6 Gert Dorbek (190-G-85) of Triobet/Dalkia
7 Marko Riis (188-G-85) of Triobet/Dalkia
8 Janar Talts (205-C-83) of Tartu Ulikool/Rock
9 Gregor Arbet (194-F/G-83) of BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn
10 Marek Doronin (200-F/G-83) of Tartu Ulikool/Rock
11 Tarmo Kikerpill (197-F-77) of AEK Athens (GRE)
12 Kristjan Kangur (202-F-82) of BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn
13 Viljar Veski (215-C-86) of Palma Playa Park El Arenal (ESP)
14 Gert Kullamae (198-G/F-71) of Tartu Ulikool/Rock
15 Kristjan Makke (205-F/C-81) of Triobet/Dalkia
Head Coach Ullar Kerde
Assistant Coaches Pehka Rauno , Alar Varrak , Margus Metsak


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Standings
Eurobasket Standings
Chicago
 1. London 3-0 
 2. Berlin 2-1 
 3. Warsaw 2-1 
 4. Madrid 2-1 
 5. Athens 1-2 
 6. Amsterdam 1-2 
 7. Rome 1-2 
 8. Paris 0-3 
Las Vegas
 1. Monaco 2-0 
 2. Venice 1-1 
 3. Brussels 1-1 
 4. Geneva 0-2 
New York
 1. Budapest 3-0 
 2. Stockholm 2-1 
 3. Moscow 2-1 
 4. Prague 2-1 
 5. Helsinki 1-2 
 6. Istanbul 1-2 
 7. Kiev 1-2 
 8. Riga 0-3 
Salt Lake City
 1. Sevilla 3-0 
 2. Munich 2-1 
 3. Frankfurt 2-1 
 4. Rotterdam 2-1 
 5. Barcelona 1-2 
 6. Naples 1-2 
 7. Sofia 1-2 
 8. Belgrade 0-3 


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  FRANCE   


French National Team 2008 - by Sahereh
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Diawara


Parker


Marquis


De Colo


Turiaf
4 Yakhouba Diawara (200-F-82) of Miami Heat (USA)
5 William Soliman (203-F-80) of JA Vichy Val d'Allier Auvergne basket
6 Dounia Issa (199-F-81) of JA Vichy Val d'Allier Auvergne basket
7 William Gradit (197-F-82) of JA Vichy Val d'Allier Auvergne basket
8 Yannick Bokolo (189-G-85) of Le Mans Sarthe Basket
9 Tony Parker (183-G-80) of San Antonio Spurs (USA)
10 Steed Tchicamboud (193-G-81) of Sluc Nancy Basket Pro
11 Claude Marquis (201-F/C-80) of Cholet Basket
12 Nando De Colo (202-G-87) of Cholet Basket
13 Stephen Brun (202-F-80) of KK Split (CRO)
14 Ronny Turiaf (208-C/F-83) of Golden State Warriors (USA)
15 Tariq Kirksay (199-F-79) of Unics Kazan (RUS)
Head Coach Michel Gomez
Assistant Coaches Jacques Commeres , Jean-Louis Borg


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Fersped Rabotnicki surprises Feni Industri in Kavadarci - by Eurobasket News
Feni Industri - Fersped Rabotnicki 75-82

Current Macedonian champion suffered defeat in a friendly game against Fersped Rabotnicki. The game was played at the Feni's home court in Kavadarci meaning that Feni is still a far away from the right shape. The hosts entered into this game too relaxed which helped Rabotnicki to make bigger lead quick. After ten minutes of the game Rabotnicki already created plus 10. Feni tried to come closer with many long range shots but unsuccessful. Visitors even extended lead until the half time on 28-39. Until the middle of third frame visitors had comfortable advantage. Feni Industri managed to come closer on minus 3 the but at the beginning of the last quarter Rabotnicki answered making 7-0 run, 60-70. Feni didn't give up. Mostly owing to Milan Prekovic (195-G/F-75) and Donald Cole (204-C-81, agency: Edge Sports, college: Sam Houston St.), Macedonian champion set the score on 75-78 with 30 seconds remaining. Until the very end Rabotnicki was more concentrated deserving this win.
Bojan Trajkovski (206-C/F-88) paced Rabotnicki to victory in this interesting game draining 21 points. Ljuca was behind him with 14 points while Grncarov stopped on 11. Milan Prekovic and Donald Cole scored 16 points apiece for the loosing team. McKenzie added 14 while Cekovski had 11 points.


Feni Industri: Milan Prekovic 16, Donald Cole 16, McKenzie 14, Cekovski 11
Fersped Rabotnicki: Bojan Trajkovski 21, Ljuca 14, Grncarov 11


FYR Macedonian National Team 2008 - by Sahereh
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Stefanov


Ilievski


Gecevski


Samardziski


Mejsi
4 Vrbica Stefanov (188-G-73) of Vive Menorca (ESP)
5 Vlado Ilievski (190-G-80) of Union Olimpija Ljubljana (SLO)
6 Dimitar Mirakovski (180-G-81) of Ago Rethimno Almeco (GRE)
7 Riste Stefanov (198-G-83) of PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia (BUL)
8 Darko Sokolov (190-G-86) of Strumica 2005
9 Vojdan Stojanovski (194-G-87) of AMMAK SP Ohrid
10 Dime Tasovski (202-F-80) of Strumica 2005
11 Todor Gecevski (209-C-77) of KK Zadar (CRO)
12 Pero AntiK (210-F-82) of Lokomotiv Rostov na Donu (RUS)
13 Zlatko Gocevski (206-C-82) of Feni Indistrija Kavadarci
14 Djeremaja Mejsi (202-F-82) of Real Madrid (ESP)
15 Predrag Samardziski (215-C-86) of FMP Zeleznik Beograd (SRB)
Head Coach Jovica Arsic
Assistant Coach Marjan Lazovski


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  GABON   


Miami Heat waives Stephane Lasme, close to re-sign Chris Quinn - by Eurobasket News
Three weeks before the start of training camp Miami decided to thin its roster. The Heat officially waived Stephane Lasme (6'8''-F-82, college: Massachusetts) yesterday. In March this year Lasme originally signed 10-day contract but later he extended it for the reminder of 07/08 season. He registered 16 appearances averaging 5.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 1.4 bpg for 19 minutes per game. Lasme was 46th overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft selected by Golden State. He played only one game for the Warriors before being waived on November. Until March, when he joined Miami Heat, Lasme played for Los Angeles D-Fenders in NBDL. Lasme came out from University of Massachusetts adding 13.5 ppg, 9.5 rpg and 5.1 bpg in his senior year.

At the same time Miami Heat is pretty close to re-sign point guard Chris Quinn (6'2''-G-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) to a new contract. As a reminder, Miami extended a $1 million qualifying offer this summer to Quinn. He played 60 games last season recording 7.8 ppg, 2 rpg and 3 apg. His digits almost doubled since 06/07. Quinn graduated at Notre Dame in 2006. His last year was actually the best one as for 29 games he had 17.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg and 6.4 apg. Later that summer he participated on Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft) adding 14 ppg and 6 apg in two games. It was enough for Miami to grab him on $412,748 deal. Pat Riley announced that training camp roster of Miami Heat is set now.


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  GERMANY   


Frankfurt control Antalya 76 to 60 - by Manuel Schust
(written by Miles Schmidt Scheuber) After winning the tournament in Bremen against Mallorca, The Bremen Roosters and Galatasaray Cafecrown Istanbul, Frankfurt returned home and continued their victorious ways defeating Antalya 76 to 60 winning their sixth game in a row in pre season. The game also marked the return of 2008 Olympians Pascal Roller (180-G-76) and Konrad Wysocki (202-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Princeton), who looked as sharp as ever. Frankfurt had a limited roster only dressing eight players as Jimmy McKinney (192-G-83, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Missouri), Anthony King (206-F/C, agency: Interperformances, college: Miami, FL), Keith Simmons (196-G-85, college: Holy Cross)(Knee problem) and Adam Emmenecker (185-G-85, college: Drake)(out 6 weeks) had to watch as they were nursing injuries. Even without these four players, THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS showed how strong a team they are and that when the team is healthy, what further potential there will be.

The 15 minute delay did not disturb THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS as they gave the fans an early clinic on perfect offensive Basketball as they stormed out to a 15-0 lead. German National player Konrad Wysocki was involved in the first seven Frankfurt points scoring inside on a quick Ilian Evtimov (201-F-83, agency: Interperformances, college: N.Carolina St.) pass, assisting on De Mello..s three pointer and hitting another three pointer. Then Ilian Evtimov got involved in the scoring hitting a three pointer. Frankfurt led 10-0 and Antalya were soon becoming frustrated which led to two unnecessary technicals fouls which gave Frankfurt four more easy points on free throws from Wysocki and Roller. Four minutes had been played before Antalya could sink their first points on a Bernard King three pointer. The Frankfurt attack continued as Ilian Evtimov made his famous running hook shot against his old teammate and friend Marcus Melvin (203-F-82, agency: Strategic Sports, college: N.Carolina St.). They both played together at The University of North Carolina.'It was nice seeing him again. On a turnover from me, Marcus came over and said, you should have waited an extra second to pass. It reminded me of my days at North Carolina State, where he was always helping me get better', said Ilian Ilian Evtimov. Melvin was also amazed by Ilian Evtimov..s progress as a player. ' He is a team leader. That running hook shot surprised me. I don't remember him using that at North Carolina State. He must of practiced that shot in the last year', said Melvin. Frankfurt led 17 to 4 and was clearly dominating the game. Antalya was having difficulty on offense, missing many outside shots and getting out rebounded. Frankfurt relied on the whole team for scoring as De Mello hit a three pointer and a runner in the lane. Frankfurt led 25 to 7 after one quarter.

In the second quarter, coach Murat Didin made substitutions bringing in American Shawan Robinson (187-G-83, college: Clemson), who had a difficult start with some turnovers and missed shots, but soon found his groove from outside. However the Frankfurt play suffered a bit as De Mello, Roller and Wysocki were out. Antalya went on a seven to two run and Frankfurt suddenly only led 27 to 14. However Robinson made three baskets and Frankfurt was leading comfortably again 35 to 20. Antalya were very inconsistent and not getting enough support from many players. Kemal Bitim (206-F-76) scored from outside as did big man Marcus Melvin, but Frankfurt never had a serious let down as they got consistent scoring. Antalya was committing more fouls and even when a free throw was missed, Frankfurt was more hungry on the offensive boards scoring with easiness as Allen showed giving Frankfurt the 42 to 26 lead. In the last few minutes of the second quarter, it was Ilian Evtimov who showed his athletic skill scoring on a reverse layup and from outside. Frankfurt led 47 to 26 and were in command of the game as Antalya was still searching for a glimpse of chemistry in this game.

The third quarter remains to be Frankfurts thorn in their side as they continue to have problems getting a rhythm. The beginning stage of the quarter saw both teams being very sloppy as missed shots and turnovers were being committed at a regular rate. De Mello was the lone bright spot extending Frankfurts lead to 51 to 27 with a lay up and a mid range shot. Shawan Robinson hit another three pointer slowly silencing any doubters about his shot ability and giving himself more self confidence. Antalya simply had too few guys contributing at the same time to scoring. American Marcus Douthit (211-F/C-80, agency: Passing Lane, college: Providence), who played in preseason for the Los Angeles Clippers in 2007-2008 started to find some daylight as he showed some pretty inside moves resulting to six points. However Frankfurt never let up as more scoring came from Allen and Ilian Evtimov. Frankfurt still led 59 to 40. Robinson hit a difficult outside shot with a few fingers in his face, Frankfurt led 62 to 41 after three quarters.

The fourth quarter was the weakest quarter for THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS as they were outscored 19 to 14. The lead of Frankfurt was simply too big for anything dreadfull happening to Frankfurt as Antalya had little energy left and little ideas in trying to shut down the potent Frankfurt offense. The fans did see more spectacular plays, first as Derrick Allen (203-F-80, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Mississippi) missed a shot, which was retrieved by Mike Green who went coast to coast to score. And Derrick Allen showing his beautiful touch passing finding a streaking Wysocki under the hoop and finishing with a reverse layup. A few minutes later, Wysocki made another reverse layup, this time Pascal Roller finding him with the perfect pass. With a big lead, it is not always easy to stay focused and Frankfurt were a bit erratic with turnovers towards the end but it didn..t matter as Antalya had no real offensive spark plug and Frankfurts lead was out of reach. Ilian Evtimov finished with a hard working tip in after the third try. Frankfurt deserved to win the game 76 to 60 as they dominated the game and were clearly the better team.

THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS are showing early signs that they will be a group that will live and die with team basketball. In the first test games, Lorenzo Gordon (201-F-83, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma City) and Derrick Allen dominated, but against Antalya were not much factors. The team had five players in double figures and one saw Ilian Ilian Evtimov smiling a bit more than 10 days ago where he was not getting many shots. Since his MVP performance in Bremen, he is getting more shots and thus making the team more dangerous and unpredictable. Ilian Evtimov led the team in scoring with 16 points, 13 rebounds and four assists. His seven offensive rebounds show how dangerous a player he can be. When he is involved in the scoring, he is one of Europes most complete players. American Shawan Robinson continued to demonstrate more and more why he deserves to be on the team scoring 14 points. German Konrad Wysocki had a terrific debut making a double double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. German National player Domonik Bahiense De Mello keeps showing coach Didin; that he deserves to play making 11 points on 63% shooting from the field. Captain Pascal Roller didn..t have his best day from the field, but managed 10 points and three assists in only 23 minutes. Americans Derrick Allen and Lorenzo Gordon managed only 10 points and 10 rebounds combined in 54 minutes play. The minimal output didn..t bother Lorenzo Gordon.' We were hitting all our shots early, so I didn..t want to interrupt the rhythm. I am a team player and these type of games are good opportunities to work on defense. I did a good job keeping Douthit away from the basket', said Gordon. Frankfurt shot better at 44% and clearly dominated the boards 39 to 28. The defense was also solid as Antalya never was allowed to find their rhythm. THE DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS next travel to Turkey for a training camp and another game with Antalya. The sky is the limit for this team as they continue to build a healthy team chemistry. Third year American Jimmy McKinney continues to watch and get his arm back in shape and sees two huge improvements that the team has done. The biggest improvement was the arrival of Pascal Roller and Konrad Wysocki and our team chemistry is coming along. Murat Didin is making sure every guy knows their role', says Mckinney.


Franken Hexer secure Bevard - by Moritz Korff
Dustin Bevard (208-F/C-84, agency: Prossin Sports, college: Lindenwood) joined 2. Bundesliga Pro B club Franken Hexer for the upcoming campaign. The 23-year-old American will assume time on the center slot and bring some athleticism to the young Nuernberg team. Bevard attended NAIA Division Two's Lindenwood University and graduated in 2007. He averaged 12.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1 blocked shot as a senior (2006-07) and was named an All-America Honorable Mention three times. In his first season in European basketball, the Kansas City, Mo. native produced outstanding numbers as a member of the City of Sheffield Arrows. Through 21 games of the second English division (EBL) Bevard posted 25.8 points, 13.8 rebounds, 2.9 blocks and 2.5 assists per contest.

Q&A with Michael Jones - by Moritz Korff
Michael Jones (206-F/C-82, college: Arkansas) - not only a professional athlete, but also a poet. Please read what the 26-year-old who played for USC Heidelberg in this past season and averaged 14.3 points (FG: 46.3%, 3FG: 32.4%, FT: 84.1%) and 4.5 rebounds per contest, has to say about the game of basketball and about poetic arts.

Michael, how would you characterize your experience playing in Germany?
I had a great experience in Germany. It was my first time playing over seas so It was a bit of an adjustment at first, with the culture, surroundings, just all around way of life but as time progressed I learned to love Germany and it soon became my second home. I met new people, picked up a few words and adapted to new things. After the season was over I stayed for an additional 2 months to see more of the country. Going to Germany made me appreciate life in Europe and I wish I had decided to make that transition to play European basketball a lot sooner.

What seems to make you special as a player of your size is your shooting. Do you feel more comfortable in the paint or outside?
I feel a lot more comfortable outside facing the basket than in the paint. I feel that I am a very skilled athlete with tremendous upside. I can handle the basketball and shoot just as good if not better as guards smaller than me. I have a great advantage because I am able to get my shot of just about nay time that I like so playing outside at the three position makes me most comfortable. Though i do like to play the three more than the four, I do not mind having to play with my back to the basket at the forward position. I am use to the cuts from block to block and I'm able to knocked down the mid range shot as well as the Elbow, so I feel I can be just as strong at the four when played in the right system.

The 2007-08 season was the first year of the Pro A. What do you think about the league in terms of organisation and the level of competition?
I think in terms of organization, it was very well structured. Each team that I played against seemed to carry themselves very professionally which was something that was not always seen playing in the ABA so I was very appreciative of that. As for the Level of competition, it was great, their are some very skilled basketball players within the Pro A which made every game against any opponent a very competitive game anyone could lose on any given Sunday.

Before you joined USC Heidelberg you spent two seasons in the ABA. Please compare this league to the Pro A.
I appreciate having the opportunity to play in the ABA. It gave me a chance to further my career as a basktball player but to me there is no comparison to the ABA and the Pro A. Pro A is alot more skilled, better competition, and a lot more teams that handle their organization very professionally.

What are your plans for the 2008-09 season?
My plans for the 2008-09 season is to first find another basketball home to continue my career as a professional athlete. Since 2007-08 was my first year playing overseas basketball, it took me awhile to get adjusted to not the level of play but how different the game is played. So for the incoming season I would like to take what I have learn from the previous season and apply it to the up coming season which will allow me to better my play as an european athlete.

Your profile on the Heidelberg-website says that you enjoy writing poetry. Do you have one at the ready?
Yes, I do love to write poetry in my spare time. It is something that allows me to express myself as individual.
I have a poem that I can give you:

I remember the first day we met
I knew she was the one for me
Thought it was hard getting to know her at first
our relationship got better eventually.

I must admit she was quit a flirt
I payed attention to the way she interacted
with other guys
but i guess it was the way I shot my game
that made her bounce back to me
every time.

I knew how put her in the right place
To me it was simple
all it took was a soft touch.
Thats why when a situation got tight
she never panic
she would come to me in the clutch.

Whenever something bothered me,
she could brighten my day
we would go somewhere special
just me and her,
and she would make my problems
fade away.

To her it never mattered
whether I was short or TALL,
Thats why I can truly say........
I LOVE BASKETBALL!


Bundesliga-News - by Moritz Korff
Dante Stiggers (188-G-82, college: S.Mississippi) has finished his tryout (four weeks) with Eisbaeren Bremerhaven (1. Bundesliga). Finally he did not receive a contract for the 2008-09 season. According to a Bremerhaven press-release he already left for Poland. Instead of Stiggers, Giordan Watson (178-G-85, college: Cent.Michigan) has arrived and joined the team of Coach Sarunas Sakalauskas for a tryout. Watson completed his collegiate career this past spring after four years at Central Michigan University (NCAA1). The 22-year-old from Detroit, Michigan averaged double-digits in scoring in each season for the Chippewas. During 2007-08 he produced 16.4 points, 4.5 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 1.9 steals per contest.

Coach Michael Koch of the Telekom Baskets Bonn (1. Bundesliga) will have to replace his main man in the middle in the next three months. John Bowler (206-F-84, agency: LimeLight, college: E.Michigan) suffered a knee-injury in practice Wednesday. A patellar luxation was diagnosed by the doctor. Bowler already missed parts of the 07-08 Bundesliga-finals because of problems with his knee.


Campbell has to leave Rhoendorf - Moore arrives - by Moritz Korff
The cooperation of Malcolm Campbell (178-G-82, agency: Weller Sports - Entertainment, college: Alabama St.) and the SOBA Dragons Rhoendorf (2. Bundesliga Pro B) lasted only a couple of weeks. The Rhoendorf officials used an escape-clause to cancel the contract with the 26-year-old Alabama State graduate. As Manager Michael Wichterich stated on the clubs' website, Campbell is not the floor general his team was looking for. A possible replacement-player has already arrived to Rhoendorf. Gabriel Moore (185-G-85, college: Indiana St.), who had been at FC Bayern Muenchen (2. Bundesliga Pro A) earlier this pre-season, is now working out with the team.

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A1 Transfer News - by Simon Varvakis
Aris Thessaloniki is going to send Kevin Fletcher (207-C-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Colorado Springs) on loan to Enisey Krasnoyarsk in Russia. The team has agreed with Kevin Fletcher to host him in their line-up next year and now it remains to be seen if Aris will agree with Enisey Krasnoyarsk in the financial terms of the deal. Kevin Fletcher played for University Surgut in season 2007-2008 averaging 11.4ppg, 6.3rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 52.7%, 3PT: 39.3%, FT: 59.5%. Aris Thessaloniki announced today the deal with Prima Motors A.E. who will be one of the sponsors of the team.

Trikala 2000 has made an improved offer to experienced playmaker Jerome Allen (193-G-73, college: Pennsylvania) who played for Snaidero Udine in Italy last year.

PAOK is in negotiations with Dejan Tomasevic (208-F/C-73, agency: Beo Basket). This move is in response to the reported injury issue of K'Zell Wesson (201-F/C-77, college: La Salle) who will not be available to practice with the team for the next 7 weeks while he will be undergoing treatment in the States. At the moment there is a big financial gap between the offer of PAOK and the wages that Tomasevic is asking.


Radunovic in PAOK - by Chris Mammides

PAOK Marfin Thessaloniki agreed financial terms with Balsa Radunovic (206-F-80), the dynamic power forward played the last three years of his career in the Cyprus league with the yellow jerseys of APOEL and AEL. It is obvious that Coach Kostas Flevarakis is adding some depth in his team.
In some other news, Dusan Sakota (209-F-86) will be wearing officially the Green jersey of Panathinaikos after one year break in Panionios, the Greek-Serbian player is from the very beggining, among Zeljko Obradovic's players who participate in the trainign from the very first day. Another player who became officially 'Green' is Dimitris Verginis (194-G-87), the talented guard will be wearing the green jersey for the coming three years.
Egaleo renewed the contract of Chris Bracey (198-F-80, college: W.Texas A&M) for another one seazon.

AEL 1964 agreed financial terms with the ex player of Trikala 2000, Theofanos Papakostas (205-C-78)

Kavala/Panorama and coach Pilafidis agreed terms with another player while they are very close to another one. Vasilis Angelakopoulos (203-F-79) is officially player of Kavala/Panorama while Giorgos Diamantopoulos (195-F-80) is ready to sign his new two years contract with the newcomers in the league.



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WestBrabant Giants inks Aaron Johnson - by Fred Roggen
The West Brabant Giants has their selection at full strength with attracting of the American powerforward Aaron Johnson (203-F-83, college: N.Mexico), who signed a contract for one year.
Aaron Johnson has both an American and an Italian passport because his mother is Italian
Last season he played for the Italian Imola and then went to Giessen in Germany, at the end of the season, he played some games for Liepajas Lauvas in Lithuania.
Both coach Erik Braal as a technical manager Marcel Lhr have seen the player at work. They have also spoken extensively with him and he has been exhaustively examined. The conclusion is that Johnson perfectly fits the selection.


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News from Dombovar - by Tamas Deri
Last season the team of Dombovar had the greatest season in club's history: finished on the 2nd place after the regular season and lost against Kormend in the quarterfinals. However, coach Dzunic decided to leave the team and the management was looking for one experienced coach in our area.
Peter Stahl just started to work on monday with the hungarian players on monday in Dombovar. The german coach is a well-known person in our area as he had already great seasons in Austria. In 2003-04 he just signed with the Oberwart Gunners and led them to the semifinals. One year later he could make a step forward and lost only in the Finals against Gmunden. In the same season he won the Austrian Cup with his team.After those two very succesfull seasons he got a great offer from the Austrian Federation and started to work as the Head coach of the U-18 and U-20 national team. In summer 2006 he signed a two-years deal with Frstenfeld Panthers and led them into the finals in the first year. In December 2007 his contract got broken as his team lost a home game against Kapfenberg and was standing 9-2.

The management and the new coach just published the signings of two american guards. Drew Gibson (188-G-85, college: Wofford) is a left-handed point guard and graduated this season on the University of Wofford. He was one of the key-players of his team with 12 points and 6 rebounds per game.
Jerome Gumbs (194-F-82, college: USF) graduated in 2006 on the USF and had a great NCAA senior season with 10.8ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.2apg, 1.1spg, FG: 49.6%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 74.2%. He started his professional carreer in Argentina and was the 4th best scorer of the league as the best scorer of his team Ciclista Olimpico de La Banda: 21.0 ppg, 6.0rpg, 1.6apg, 3.1spg, 2FGP-2(63.8%), 3FGP: 23.3%, FT: 67.9%. Gumbs played his first european season in Luxemburg and showed his excellent skills with the goal to get into a higher leve league: 23.8ppg 10.7rpg, 2.2apg, 1.6spg, 52.0%fg, 46.0% 3p, 71.0%ft.


Szolnok inks scoring machine Donald Wilson - by Eurobasket News
American Donald Wilson (193-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Portland) has signed an agreement with Hungarian play-off semifinalist Szolnok. The team didn't succeed to defend championship title, which it grabbed on season 06/07. Wilson is coming to Szolnok from Dutch team Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden having very good digits behind him. For 39 games in Netherlands Eredivisie Wilson averaged 16.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.5 apg and 1.4 spg. Season 06/07 he started in Spanish LEB2 team CAI Huesca La Magia but after eight games he moved to Leiden. His first season in Holland also was a good one as Wilson had 14.3 ppg and 3 rpg. Donald Wilson graduated at Portland State University. His second year at Portland was the best one as he averaged almost 13 ppg and 5 rpg. On season 05/06, his senior one, Wilson had 9.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg and 2.3 apg. This past summer he spent some time with NDBL franchise of the L.A. Lakers, team D-Fenders. He was coached by famous Dan Panaggio.
It seems Szolnok will seriously try to take back the trophy from Falco. It would be its third championship title since 1991. During the summer Szolnok already agreed terms with two Americans Coleman Jerome and Houston Leonard and well as with Serbian center Jelic Dusan. The team also inked young Varadi Kornel from Falco.


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The hosts of FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men advance to the Final - by Eurobasket News
Iran U18-Syria U18 80:78

Iran U18 will try to satisfy the local fans in Tehran in FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men Final. The team crawled into it after a tough semifinal win over Syria U18. The latter surprised everyone entering the semifinals and could ask for more. Farbod Farman powered his way to grab the rebound, convert under the board and took Iran into the final with an 80:78 win. Mohammed Hasanzadeh led the winners with 27 points and 24 rebounds. Farbod Farman netted 17 and made 16 boards, while Mehdi Shrijang scored 10. Samer Bawadekji finished the game with 22 points in defeat and Alaa Al Sebaay posted 15. Iran booked a berth in the FIBA U19 World Championship for Men in New Zealand next year.
Both teams stayed close in the first period and as a result the guests took only 23:21 advantage. Iran bounced back and could go on the break leading 6 points. In the third period Syria climbed to three points gap and trailed entering the last period. In a back-to-back battle Iran benefit from the game to enter the Finals. Farbod Farman converted under the board and took Iran into the final with an 80:78 win. Iran will face Kazakhstan in the Asian Under-18 championship tomorrow.

Iran U18: Mohammed Hasanzadeh 27+24 rebs, Farbod Farman 17+16 rebs, Mehdi Shrijang 10
Syria U18: Samer Bawadekji 22, Alaa Al Sebaay 15


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Israeli National Team 2008 - by Sahereh
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4 Moran Roth (186-G-82) of Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem
5 Lior Eliyahu (205-F-85) of Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv
6 Raviv Limonad
7 Christopher Watson (200-F-75) of Hapoel Holon
8 Omri Casspi (199-F/G-88) of Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv
9 Yotam Halperin (196-G-84) of Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus (GRE)
10 Guy Pnini (201-F-83) of Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv
11 Meir Tapiro (194-G-75) of Bnei Hasharon
12 Matan Naor (194-F-80) of Iscar Nahariya
13 Ido Kozikaro (203-F/C-78) of Maccabi Haifa
14 Yaniv Green (206-F-80) of Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv
15 Amit Tamir (210-C-79) of Eldan Ashkelon
Head Coach Zvi Sherf
Assistant Coaches Arik Shibak , Ariel Beit-Halahmi


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Changes in Team Italy roster - by Gianni Pascucci
Italian National Team had to change the roster due to an injury to Luca Vitali (201-G-86) (bone fracrure) and some problems at the inside players. The new additions are Andrea Crosariol (212-C-84, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) and Jacopo Giachetti (191-G-83). The team restarted practicing yesterday in Varese and will travel to Beograd on friday.

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Expect the unexpected - by Eurobasket News
Syria U18-Japan U18 93:86

The title probably depicts better the whole campaign for Syria U18 that won Bronze medals of FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men. In the game for the third position Syria overcame Japan 93:86. Belal Gneed led the winners with 24 points, while Samar Bawadekji netted 16. Makoto Hiejima top-scored in defeat with 25 points. Yuya Nagayoshi posted 20 and Yusoke Karino had 12. The bronze also put Syria in the FIBA U19 World Championship for Men in New Zealand next year.
Syria went on a lead from the very beginning taking the control of the game. They finished the opening quarter leading 22:17. Syria pushed the tempo for a bit to take 41:38 at the half time.
The game remained interesting in the second half and the teams were separated by 5 points entering the last stanza, 61:56. In the last period Syria led to the win and grabbed bronze of the tournament. Japan had some great games and deserved a higher position. Anyway the game is game and the participation is more than that. The Final game is coming next.


Syria U18: Belal Gneed 24, Samar Bawadekji 16
Japan U18: Makoto Hiejima 25, Yuya Nagayoshi 20, Yusoke Karino 12


Kazakhstan U18 defeats Japan U18 to reach the Final - by Eurobasket News
Kazakhstan U18- Japan U18 103:78

Kazakhstan U18 defeated Japan U18 to reach the Final of FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men. The winners came to the winning effort step by step and had a wonderful last period. Omirzak Akhmet (202-C-90) led the winners with 31 points. Artyom Skornyakov nailed 17, while Alexander Ttyutyunik posted 15. Makoto Hiejima ended up with 22 points in defeat, while Yuya Nagayoshi added 21.
Kazakhstan destroyed Japan, whose tallest player is 198 cm in the semi-final. Kazakhstan has six players 200 cm and over and that was the key of the game. The winners opened the game with 23:21 lead with some difficulties in the period. Later however they improved to 44:38 at the halftime. Japan was able to reduce the gap to 3 points entering the last period. It was however their last spurt in the game. Kazakhstan was too good for the opponent in the final stanza and destroyed them 36:14. The victory sent Kazakhstan to the Final of the tournament. Iran will face Kazakhstan in the Asian Under-18 championship tomorrow.

Kazakhstan U18: Omirzak Akhmet 31, Artyom Skornyakov 17, Alexander Ttyutyunik 15
Japan U18: Makoto Hiejima 22, Yuya Nagayoshi 21


Brex continue to build team - by J.D. Greene
It didn't take long for the Tochigi Brex to fill the vacancy on their roster left by Joe Hickingbottom, who spent mere weeks on the team. The Brex annoucned Tuesday that 24-year old James Cripe (213-C-84, college: N.Kentucky) will be joining the team, although it is not certain if he will be cleared to play in the season opening series against the Toshiba Bravethunders on Sept. 26th. The 6'11 center played college ball for N. Kentucky and recently played in Denmark.

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Kazakhstan U18 defeats Japan U18 to reach the Final - by Eurobasket News
Kazakhstan U18- Japan U18 103:78

Kazakhstan U18 defeated Japan U18 to reach the Final of FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men. The winners came to the winning effort step by step and had a wonderful last period. Omirzak Akhmet (202-C-90) led the winners with 31 points. Artyom Skornyakov nailed 17, while Alexander Ttyutyunik posted 15. Makoto Hiejima ended up with 22 points in defeat, while Yuya Nagayoshi added 21.
Kazakhstan destroyed Japan, whose tallest player is 198 cm in the semi-final. Kazakhstan has six players 200 cm and over and that was the key of the game. The winners opened the game with 23:21 lead with some difficulties in the period. Later however they improved to 44:38 at the halftime. Japan was able to reduce the gap to 3 points entering the last period. It was however their last spurt in the game. Kazakhstan was too good for the opponent in the final stanza and destroyed them 36:14. The victory sent Kazakhstan to the Final of the tournament. Iran will face Kazakhstan in the Asian Under-18 championship tomorrow.

Kazakhstan U18: Omirzak Akhmet 31, Artyom Skornyakov 17, Alexander Ttyutyunik 15
Japan U18: Makoto Hiejima 22, Yuya Nagayoshi 21


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Latvian National Team 2008 - by Kasia
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4 Uvis Helmanis (204-F-72) of BK Ventspils
5 Aigars Vitols (194-G-76) of BK Ventspils
6 Juris Umbrasko (196-F-79) of Politekhnika-Halychyna Lviv (UKR)
7 Janis Blums (190-G-82) of Iurbentia Bilbao Basket (ESP)
9 Kristaps Valters
10 Gatis Jahovics (200-F-84) of ASK Riga
11 Pavels Veselovs (206-F-83) of BK Ventspils
12 Kaspars Cipruss (210-C-82) of Liepajas Lauvas
14 Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) of Upim Bologna (ITA)
15 Andris Biedrins (213-C-86) of Golden State Warriors (USA)
25 Raimonds Gabrans (188-G-84) of BK Ventspils
41 Kaspars Berzins (211-F/C-85) of Barons/LMT Riga
Head Coach: Nenad Trajkovic
Coach Assistant: Edmunds Valeiko


Ventspils to compete in the International tournament - by Eurobasket News
Latvian Ventspils will participate in the International tournament in Poland. The team was invited to compete with Polonia, Anwil and Dolphins. At first the team will face Anwil in the opener of the tournament. Polonia will be the opponent number 2 on Saturday and the game with Dolphins will be the last in the tourney. The schedule of the tournament is listed below. Eurobasket will try to follow each game of the teams and will keep you updated.

In the friendly games played Prokom overcame Latvian Ventspils twice. At first Polish team celebrated 83:66 win. Prokom controlled the whole game and led it to the winning effort. Logan ended up with 19 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Lapeta followed him with 11 points as three other players scored 10 each. In Game 2 Prokom was even stronger taking 93:63 victory. In that game Przemyslaw Zamojski (198-G/F-86, college: Independence CC) top-scored for the winners with 19 points. Ronnie Burrell (204-F-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Greensboro) netted 17 and Logan finished the night with 15 points.

September 5
16.00 Polonia - Dolphins
18.15 Anwil - Ventspils

September 6
15.00 Polonia - Ventspils
17.15 Dolphins - Anwil

September 7
15.00 Ventspils - Dolphins
17.15 Polonia - Anwil


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Jonas Kazlauskas leaves Chinese National Team - by Eurobasket News
After success on the Olympic Games in Beijing, Jonas Kazlauskas decided to step down as a head coach of Chinese National Team. One of the best Lithuanian coaches most probably will return to European basketball. Kazlauskas suggested to Chinese Basketball Federation Guo Shi Quang as his successor on China's bench.

Kazlauskas worked in many teams and won many trophies over the past 15 years. From 1994-2000 he was a head coach of Lithuanian powerhouse Zalgiris Kaunas. His team won two championship titles in Lithuanian championship and what was the most important Zalgiris became Euroleague champion in 1999. Kazlauskas took a part in Lithuanian National Team on three Olympics: Atlanta, Sydney and Athens. In 1998 he was its head coach on World Championship in Athens as well as in Japan in 2006. From 2001-2004 he led Lietuvos Rytas. In November 2004 Kazlauskas joined Olympiakos Pireus leading it to Euroleague quarterfinals. He made nice success with Chinese this summer. At the first stage of the Olympics they showed pretty good performance. Reining World Champion Spain had to work very hard in order to beat them in over time. They also were good against Americans in the opener. It is important to be mentioned that China ended first stage as a fourth ranked team in Group B while ex European champion Germany was fifth and stayed without quarterfinals.


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Stade defeats Djoliba to move into finals - by Kristian Santiago
In the semi-finals of the Malian Cup, Stade Malien edged Djoliba Athletic Club 59-50 to move into the finals.Their opponent for the cup title will be AS Real who trounced CAT 81-54 easily.
In the women's category, Djoliba faces AS Police in the finals after routing Commune III 43-78 and Police won 59-53 against USFAS.


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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 4.

Three new teams will compete for the crown, including Loros 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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Nemanja Vranjes renew contract with BC Niksic - by Dragan Scepanovic
DELFI SMG Agency announced that baskteball player of Basketball Club Niksic Nemanja Vranjes (188-G/F-88) finish deal with management of Basketball Club Niksic to re-singed new 4 year contract with Basketball Club Niksic member of MNT 1A Opportunity league.Nemanja Vranjes in season 2007-2008 for BC Niksic play 32 games , and for NT U20 of MNT 8 games.In same way Basketball Club Niksic announced that baskteball player Radoje Djurkovic and Maksim Sturanovic renew contract for period of 4 year.

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Basketball without borders South Africa days recap - by Bruno Baltazar
The first full day of Basketball without Borders began with a tip-off press conference this morning at the American International School of Johannesburg here in South Africa. All of the players, coaches, and campers were on hand to celebrate the sixth installment of the BWB camp. After a photo session and interviews, the players ran the campers through stretches before coaching them in their morning skill sessions.
Passing, shooting and dribbling were on the afternoon agenda as the NBA players and coaches hosted a basketball clinic for 100 Special Olympics athletes. Big Bob Lanier kicked of the program with a big welcome for the children before sending them off to their stations. The afternoon concluded with the athletes presenting Special Olympics hats and pins to the NBA group.

Eager to start camp competition, the coaches had the afternoon to train their teams they selected in last nights draft. The campers ran through plays and practiced defense in preparation for scrimmages later that afternoon. Competition for the camp title will be fierce this year as the talent pool is very deep and all of the teams are very strong.

Sept. 3 Recap

On day one of Basketball without Borders Africa 2008, the NBA players and coaches were introduced to the history of South Africa and the community of Johannesburg with visits to the Apartheid Museum and Cotlands pediatric AIDS hospice.

For 43 years, South Africa was in the grips of the Apartheid system which classified citizens based on the color of their skin. The NBA players and coaches walked through history starting with the roots of Apartheid beginning with the first settlers through to the peaceful resolution of the modern day government led by Nelson Mandela and the ANC.

The group continued on to Cotlands, a pediatric AIDS hospice in downtown Johannesburg, to tour the facility and visit with the children that live there. Where Cotlands once served as a place to comfort the dying, the organization now thrives as a place where children can live a normal life and receive preventative treatment for their disease. The children showed off their moves at an impromptu dance party in the courtyard - Matt Bonner (6'9''-F-80, college: Florida) of the San Antonio Spurs and Thabo Sefolosha (6'5''-G-84, agency: ACMT) of the Chicago Bulls even joined in the fun.

Meanwhile back at the gym, the campers had a chance to take on Caron Butler (6'7''-F-80, college: Connecticut) of the Washington Wizards and Charlie Bell of the Milwaukee Bucks on the virtual court in the EA Gaming tournament. In basketball news, the campers had their first chance to showcase their basketball talent during evaluation scrimmages. Based on these games, the coaches will draft their teams for competition throughout the remainder of the camp.

Cortesy of www.nba.com


Miami Heat waives Stephane Lasme, close to re-sign Chris Quinn - by Eurobasket News
Three weeks before the start of training camp Miami decided to thin its roster. The Heat officially waived Stephane Lasme (6'8''-F-82, college: Massachusetts) yesterday. In March this year Lasme originally signed 10-day contract but later he extended it for the reminder of 07/08 season. He registered 16 appearances averaging 5.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 1.4 bpg for 19 minutes per game. Lasme was 46th overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft selected by Golden State. He played only one game for the Warriors before being waived on November. Until March, when he joined Miami Heat, Lasme played for Los Angeles D-Fenders in NBDL. Lasme came out from University of Massachusetts adding 13.5 ppg, 9.5 rpg and 5.1 bpg in his senior year.

At the same time Miami Heat is pretty close to re-sign point guard Chris Quinn (6'2''-G-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Notre Dame) to a new contract. As a reminder, Miami extended a $1 million qualifying offer this summer to Quinn. He played 60 games last season recording 7.8 ppg, 2 rpg and 3 apg. His digits almost doubled since 06/07. Quinn graduated at Notre Dame in 2006. His last year was actually the best one as for 29 games he had 17.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg and 6.4 apg. Later that summer he participated on Portsmouth Invitational Tournament (Pre-NBA Draft) adding 14 ppg and 6 apg in two games. It was enough for Miami to grab him on $412,748 deal. Pat Riley announced that training camp roster of Miami Heat is set now.


Will LeBron be a Knick, a Net or remain a Cav? - by Eurobasket News
New York and New Jersey look poised to go after Cleveland's James in 2010.

There's an old line about sports in New York that goes something like this:

There are two definitions of a dynasty. One is when a family from China rules the country for a thousand years. The other is when a New York sports team wins three games in a row.

Yes, everything does seem bigger in New York, at least from their perspective.

Which is why LeBron James (6'8''-F-84) is said to be seriously considering a free agent move there after the 2009-10 season, and why the Knicks and Nets are making little secret of their intent to lure James in two seasons. So much so that the Knicks are no longer taking on big or long-term contracts. Yes, the Knicks! And why the Nets would give up a near All-Star like Richard Jefferson for a broken-down player like Bobby Simmons and a long-shot project like Yi Jianlian. Both teams' moves are with the intent of being so far below the salary cap in two seasons they can offer James a maximum contract.

The Cavaliers know this well. But James, for his part, has made little secret of his desire to be a financial as well as basketball superstar with a growing friendship with investment guru Warren Buffet and James' continuing commercial expansion. So where better to be than New York?

And if, by the way, you one day want to be considered superior to Michael Jordan, well, that's not about to happen in Cleveland. Jordan had the Second City. So why not go for the first?

Which brings us back to the Knicks and Nets, whose pitches are basically this:

Knicks: Madison Square Garden, the Mecca of Basketball. They are in the City. Not San Francisco. THE City. The Nets aren't.

Nets: But we've got Jay-Z in ownership, and he attracted Beyonce. So what's getting LeBron James compared to that?

But that's 2010 and Chelsea Clinton could be running for president by then. It's a long time away, especially if you have to endure two more seasons with New York media and fans.

The Nets really don't since it doesn't look like they'll get to Brooklyn and a new arena until maybe 2011, if at all. We assume they will since they now are officially as lame as a duck with a broken leg.

Having traded Jason Kidd in February, which was a terrific move in swindling the Dallas Mavericks out of Devin Harris and a No. 1 pick in 2010 that should be in the lottery with the Mavs in full collapse, and Jefferson recently, the Nets are in full rebuilding mode.

There's an old scouting saying around the NBA that 'if you are going to make a mistake, make it big.'

It generally means if you aren't sure between two players, pick the big guy. Though usually it comes out to simply be big mistakes as most big guys not selected extremely high in the draft flame out.

The Nets, though, are giving the theory a run.

They've probably got a half-dozen young big men who could be centers in the East with 7-footers Nenad Krstic and rookie Brook Lopez, Yi, who probably is a small forward, sort of Brad Sellers-esque, at 6-11, Josh Boone and Sean Williams from the 2007 draft and 2008 rookie Ryan Anderson, a 6-10 combo forward. Plus, they've got Stromile Swift.

One popular theory about building a team is to get a good lead guard and young big men.

In Harris and the assortment with and around rookie Lopez, who surprisingly dropped to No. 10 in the first round and raised some questions in doing that, the Nets can't claim a stud big man. But they have the pieces that perhaps someone breaks through. It's worth a shot as they are going to stink.

In announcing a move to Brooklyn a few years back, I felt they should have broken it up a year ago when Kidd's value was higher and they didn't have to re-sign Vince Carter.

But ownership felt it could avoid being a lame duck franchise wrong! and there was a chance in the weak East to do something with a Big Three. That wasn't a bad idea, though it didn't work as they had the wrong Big Three.

They'll try to move Carter in the next few seasons and I can see someone seeking a big name, like the Clippers at some point, making an offer, perhaps with someone like Cuttino Mobley with just a shorter contract like the Richard Jefferson deal. Mobley and Tim Thomas, with contracts coming off in the summer of 2010, would be ideal as the Nets can kick back a draft pick as well.

In the meantime, the Nets are going to be awful.

Not so much the Knicks.

They have to get rid of Eddy Curry and Zach Randolph, and they are trying. Both have been discussed with regularity and I can see a small team like the Miami Heat taking a run at one, for sure.

Miami needs to make itself appealing to Dwyane Wade in that same summer of 2010. Wade isn't going to New York, but he could go to Chicago, where's he's from. The Bulls could be well under the salary cap by then as well with Luol Deng and Ben Gordon apparently looking for other deals. Pat Riley desperately wanted young point guard Derrick Rose to play with Wade. Maybe Wade just goes and joins Rose in Chicago?

But with Michael Beasley, Shawn Marion and Wade, the Heat has something now. It just needs some size inside. Perhaps Curry fits better than Randolph, the latter who likes the perimeter shot more.

But if the Knicks can move one or both and it appears they'll dump Stephon Marbury they could be a lot better more quickly than you might think.

Last season, with Isiah Thomas's imminent demise speculated on from Day 1, it couldn't have been a more dysfunctional, mutinous season. Now with Donnie Walsh and Mike D'Antoni, the Knicks have locked in leadership.

And D'Antoni is a very good coach. True, he doesn't have Steve Nash anymore, but he has a philosophy that especially drives East teams nuts. His Suns teams overwhelmed Eastern teams every season.

There isn't a great amount of defensive talent there, but D'Antoni doesn't much care about that anyway.

Rookie Danilo Gallinari looks good and will get shots with D'Antoni. Jamal Crawford and Fred Jones will take them. Chris Duhon is a guard who can get teammates shots. You just hope Duhon doesn't take too many. Perhaps the Knicks keep one of the big guys, or more likely throw in David Lee to make a deal with one and add another player for that system. The Knicks don't seem like a playoff team yet, but I can see them on the upswing and playing an entertaining style more quickly than one might think after last season.

And maybe just needing one more player. There's one thing you hear from almost every team, that they're one player away. The problem is the player usually is Jordan or Magic Johnson or Larry Bird. Maybe that player isn't so far away from the Knicks, and they might even be able to put together a few three-game winning streaks before then.

Courtesy of www.nbcsports.msnbc.com


Cuts, abrasions lead some to question cause of Ellis' injury - by Eurobasket News
Multiple league sources have told ESPN.com that Monta Ellis (6'4''-G-85) had several cuts and abrasions on his leg -- atypical of an injury sustained on a basketball court -- in addition to the high ankle sprain and torn deltoid ligament he suffered on Aug. 21.

The Contra Costa Times had earlier reported that the severity of the injury has the Warriors skeptical about the explanation they received from Ellis, who told the club he got hurt working out in his native Mississippi.

Ellis has not spoken publicly since his injury was revealed Wednesday and his agent, Jeff Fried, declined comment when reached by ESPN.com.

Just over a month after receiving one of the biggest pay raises in NBA history, Ellis underwent ankle surgery to repair the torn ligament last Wednesday in Alabama and will likely be sidelined until December at the earliest.

Two experts in sports medicine consulted by ESPN.com, granted anonymity because they aren't privy to the specifics of Ellis' condition, said that a torn deltoid ligament is rarely seen in basketball. The deltoid ligament, the sources explained, is on the medial (big toe) side of the ankle while the structures typically involved in a high ankle sprain are on the opposite (lateral) side of the ankle. Involvement of the deltoid suggests a more serious rotational injury than those commonly associated with the NBA, the sources said.

In a conference call last week with local reporters, Warriors executive vice president of basketball operations Chris Mullin said that Ellis informed the club that he injured himself playing pickup ball, but Mullin acknowledged that the details were unclear.

The Warriors have declined further comment beyond refuting part of the Contra Costa Times' Saturday report, which said that the team's athletic trainer, Tom Abdenour, had been dispatched to Mississippi to further examine Ellis. Abdenour, according to the team, is in South Africa as part of the NBA's annual Basketball Without Borders camps.

If Ellis is found to have sustained his injuries by taking part in non-basketball activities prohibited in his contract, Golden State could theoretically attempt to void the new six-year, $66 million deal signed by the 22-year-old on July 24. But such a drastic step is considered highly unlikely as long as the injuries cause no lasting damage, given Ellis' standing as perhaps Golden State's most prized asset in the wake of Baron Davis' free-agent defection to the Los Angeles Clippers.

The more likely punishments -- assuming Ellis makes a full recovery from his injuries -- are a fine or, at worst, a suspension.

A similar scenario played out in the 2006-07 season when Los Angeles Lakers forward Vladimir Radmanovic admitted to suffering a separated shoulder while snowboarding in Utah during the All-Star break, some five days after initially telling the Lakers that he slipped on an icy street while carrying a coffee. Radmanovic was fined $500,000, nearly 10 percent of his 2007-08 salary of $5.6 million.

Ellis' new contract calls for him to earn a flat $11 million in each of the next six seasons. That's after Ellis made $770,610 last season to complete a modest three-year deal he received as a second-round pick in 2005.

The 6-foot-3 guard earned that huge bump by averaging 20.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.9 assists last season, after winning NBA Most Improved Player honors in the 2006-07 season when he averaged 16.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 4.1 assists. Ellis seemed to understand his importance to the team's post-Davis future when he shared at a news conference in late July that Davis recently 'told me it was time to hand over the torch.'

It's been a difficult offseason for the Warriors, starting with Davis' verbal commitment to sign with his hometown Clippers on the very first day of free agency. The solace for Golden State is that Ellis has a history of making strong, fast recoveries from major injuries.

Despite a decorated high school career, Ellis slipped to No. 40 in the 2005 draft, largely because of a knee problem that scared teams off. But he has since proven more productive in the NBA than any of the 10 players drafted out of high school that year, which was the last time high school players were eligible to be selected. That group includes No. 6 overall pick Martell Webster (Portland), No. 10 Andrew Bynum (Los Angeles Lakers) and No. 18 Gerald Green (drafted by Boston, now with Dallas).

Ellis also suffered what initially appeared to be a serious knee injury during a summer-league practice in 2006, then endured a scary fall early in training camp last October that resulted in a neck sprain and required him to be immobilized and carted off the court. In both cases, though, Ellis missed minimal time. He appeared in 77 and 81 games, respectively, after the two injuries.

By Marc Stein - Courtesy of ESPN


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Jason Rabedeaux signs as a new head coach of Jiangsu - by Eurobasket
Well-known American coach Rabedeaux Jason signed a contract as head coach of Jiangsu Nangang Dragons Nanjing for upcoming 08-09 season. Jiangsu has high expectations for upcoming season. After they were placed 3rd in last two season, they still would like to get back to their previous glory time, when three years ago they ended the league on the top position. They lost in fact in the finals, but that was so far their highest achievement. Rabedeaux has very strong career coaching on the top college level in the States. He was coach assistant of of Oklahoma and Marquette for many years. Most recently he was Director of Basketball Operations at Marquerre, where he moved from UTEP, where he was a head coach. He will work at Jiangsu together with one of the best coaches in China Gong Luming , who server as head coach of Chinese National Team for the Olympic Games in 1996.

University of Arizona adds Darnell Shumpert to roster - by Eurobasket News
University of Arizona men's basketball coach Lute Olson today announced that Darnell Shumpert has been added to the roster.

Shumpert, a 6-foot-6, 177-pound forward from Tucson, Ariz., averaged 11.0 points, 10.9 rebounds, 10.6 blocked shots and 2.8 assists per game, while shooting .480 (82-of-172) from the field last season as a senior at Santa Rita High School. He led the Class 4A Gila league in both rebounds and blocked shots.

With Shumpert's help, the Eagles posted a 27-4 record in 2007-08, including a 13-0 mark in 4A Gila league competition for coach Jim Ferguson.

'Darnell is a player who can help us,' said Olson. 'He's got good size, good hands and moves well.'

Shumpert, who prefers to be called D.J., is one of five newcomers to the Arizona roster for 2008-09.

Courtesy of www.arizonaathletics.com


Another fourth quarter rally lifts UC Davis - by Eurobasket News
Monaco - Dominic Calegari (6'9''-F) led UC Davis with 27 points as UC Davis won the final game of its European Tour in a 113-109 victory over AS Monaco on Thursday. Calegari was one of four Aggies in double figures as the team finished with a 3-1 record in its four games. Vince Oliver (6'3''-G) added 22, and Joe Harden scored 18 before leaving the game with an injury. Kyle Brucculeri finished with 12.

UC Davis led 60-47 after two quarters before Monaco closed to within 93-85 heading into the fourth quarter. Monaco would eventually take the lead before the Aggies responded with another strong finish to win its second straight game after trailing in the final quarter.

'In all my years in basketball, I have never been a part of something like that,' said UC Davis head coach Gary Stewart on the Monaco victory. 'I am so proud of our guys. To hang in there against all odds speaks volumes about their mental make up. Two consecutive come-from-behind wins on the road is so significant for our program.'

Trailing 103-102 approaching the three-minute mark of the fourth quarter, a fast-break dunk by Calegari put the Aggies in front for good. After a missed shot by Monaco, Adam Malik hauled in the rebound and started another fast break. Oliver finished the transition with a layup to make it 106-103.

The Aggies defensive stepped up again on Monaco's next possession, turning a missed shot into a Calegari bucket to put UC Davis on top 108-103 with 2:11 left.

The high-scoring game included Monaco making 40 trips to the foul line, but it was five free throws by the Aggies in the closing moments that clinched the victory.

Harden finished with a team-high nine rebounds. Payne hauled in seven rebounds to go along with seven assists and six steals. Harden went 3-for-3 from beyond the arc, and Brucculeri finished with two treys.

On Tuesday, the Aggies erased a 16-point fourth quarter deficit to defeat Monthey (Switzerland), 86-81.

UC Davis is currently staying in Nice but spent the day in Monaco. The team will stay in Nice until it returns to Davis on Saturday.

Aggie fans can follow the team's European Tour with game recaps, blogs and photos by logging onto www.ucdavisaggies.com.

Game 4 Results
UC Davis 113, AS Monaco 109
Score By Periods
UC Davis 27-33-33-20-113
Monaco 28-19-38-24-109

UC Davis Scoring
Dominic Calegari 27; Vince Oliver 22; Joe Harden 18; Kyle Brucculeri 12; Mark Payne 9; David Carter 8; Ryan Silva 6; Todd Lowenthal 6; Michael Boone 3; Adam Malik 2.
Courtesy of www.ncaa.com


Morris Twins cleared to play for Kansas - by Eurobasket News
The NCAA Eligibility Center has certified Markieff and Marcus Morris eligible for competition beginning immediately. The twins, freshmen from Philadelphia, Pa., will enroll and begin attending classes Friday.

We certainly understand the uniqueness of these circumstances, said Kansas Head Coach Bill Self, so we appreciate the NCAAs cooperation in reviewing the material involved in a timely manner. We felt all along that the twins had successfully completed their required courses, but we respect the fact that we had to go through this process. While it may have taken a bit longer than we had hoped, the important thing is that the process worked. We appreciate the cooperation of all parties involved; the main issue now is for them to begin their academic career at KU.

Statement from the twins: Weve been waiting for this day for a long time, and were excited that it is finally here. Were looking forward to getting to class and to begin playing with our teammates. We want to thank everyone involved who helped us reach this point.

With the Morris twins being cleared, KU will have its full complement of seven newcomers, a class which was ranked No. 2 by Rivals.com for the 2008-09 season.

Courtesy of www.kuathletics.com


UMass officially adds Bailey, Wiggins, Wilcher to roster - by Eurobasket News

With classes underway at UMass, Derek Kellogg has set his roster as he begins his first season as the head coach at his alma mater. Kellogg has announced the addition of transfers Hashim Bailey (6'10''-F/C), a 6-10 forward/center, from the University of Memphis and Doug Wiggins (6'1''-G-88), a 6-2 guard from the University of Connecticut. Both players came to UMass with two years of eligibility remaining. Also joining the roster officially is forward Travon Wilcher, a 6-7 Springfield native, who sat out last year to meet academic requirements. Wilcher will be eligible to play this season while Bailey and Wiggins will sit out as redshirt transfers per the NCAA. The Minutemen have started individual workout sessions and will hold an outside workout on Friday at 1 p.m. The sessions will take place at 'The Horseshoe' under the Southwest Towers and are open to the public.

Here are profiles of the newcomers to the Maroon & White.


#35 Hashim Bailey
Forward/Center
Junior 6-10 275
Paterson, N.J.
Passaic County Tech/The Patterson School (N.C.)/Memphis


Kellogg on Bailey: 'Big City comes to UMass after playing on the high level of basketball at Memphis. He knows what it takes to compete at that level. He can be a big and physical force for us and sitting out this season will give him a chance to get ready to play two years at UMass and be a monster. This season, he will be an important part of the team going up against our starters and showing them what it takes to play at that highest level.'


As a sophomore in 2007-08 (at Memphis): Played as a back-up bigman for the 2008 NCAA Finalists ... Saw action in five games ... Made his only shot of the season scoring five total points ... Also grabbed one rebound playing 11 total minutes.

As a freshman in 2006-07 (at Memphis): Had played in nine games ... Averaged 1.1 points and 0.9 rebounds ... Had two blocked shots and one steal ... Shot 80 percent from the field and 50 percent from the free throw line. Saw game action in five Conference USA contests and four non-conference games ... Shot 100 percent from the field and free throw line in C-USA play ... Netted a career-high six points and went 2-2 from the foul line in a win over Tulane (2/10)... Pulled down one rebound in a home victory over SMU (1/13)... Had two rebounds and one blocked shot in five minutes of play vs. Marshall (12/4)... Played a career-high seven minutes and pulled down one board in a win over Arkansas State (11/22)... Came off bench and had two points, two rebounds and one steal in a win over Kentucky in the EA Sports Maui Invitational third-place game (11/16)... Scored two points and added one rebound and one blocked shot in the season-opening win over Jackson State (11/16).

Before College: Played for Coach Chris Chaney at The Patterson School in 2005-06 ... Averaged 14.7 points and 10.1 rebounds at Patterson ... Helped lead Patterson to a 34-3 overall record and a No. 3 national ranking (Scout.com) in 2005-06 ... Entering his prep season at Patterson, HoopScoopOnline.com ranked him among its top 20 fifth-year players (No. 16) ... Prior to Patterson, played Passaic County Tech in New Jersey ... In his final year at Passaic, averaged 18.4 points, 14.4 rebounds and 4.8 blocked shots ... Earned Herald News All-Area first team honors and Associated Press All-State third team accolades ... Helped lead Passaic Tech to an 18-7 overall record and the Northern Hills Skyline Conference title ... Named the 2005 WGHT Area Player of the Year ... Also selected to the WGHT All-Area first team ... Earned 2005 All-Passaic honors from The Star Ledger ... Had one of The Star Ledger area's top performances with 21 points, 15 boards and 10 blocks vs. West Milford ... A 2005 McDonald's All-America nominee ... Averaged 18.0 points as a junior and 13.2 points as a sophomore.

Personal: Hashim C. Bailey ... Born February 25, 1987 ... Son of Ferdiand Bailey and Pearl Bailey ... Major is undeclared.


#3 Doug Wiggins
Guard
Junior 6-1 160
East Hartford, Conn.
East Hartford H.S./Connecticut


Kellogg on Wiggins: 'Doug has proven he can be successful at the highest level in college basketball. He will come in and provide great leadership even as he sits out this season. He will work to get our starters ready throughout the season and continue to keep himself in shape. We are very excited to welcome him to the program. This season will also help him get acclimated with our style of basketball so he is ready in 2009.'

As a sophomore in 2007-08 (at Connecticut): Saw action in all 31 games as a sophomore and averaged 18.9 minutes per game ... Ended the season averaging 6.7 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 2.5 assists per game ... Season-high six assists against West Virginia (3/1) ... Scoring in double-figures in eight games with a season-best 20 points at South Florida (2/16) ... Also hauled in a career-best nine rebounds... That finished a stretch of three games in row with 10 more points ... Scored 10 points against Notre Dame (2/13) and Georgia Tech (2/9) ... Tallied 15 points in back-to-back games against Providence (1/17) and at Georgetown (1/12) ... Also had six rebounds against the Hoyas ... Had 10 points, five rebounds and five assists at Central Florida (12/28) ... Scored 10 points against Quinnipiac (12/16) ... Tallied 13 points against Gardner-Webb (11/15) in the Preseason NIT.

As a freshman in 2006-07 (at Connecticut): Played in all 31 games, making two starts at point guard against Indiana and at Louisville... Averaged 6.8 points and 2.1 rebounds in 17.6 minutes per game... Led team in steals eight times and assists on four occasions this season... Scored six points against Syracuse in the BIG EAST Tournament... Tallied seven points at Georgetown... Tallied 10 points and two steals in win over Seton Hall ... Had eight points and two steals vs. Georgia Tech... Tallied 10 points and two assists against Providence... Scored eight points and dished five assists in first career start vs. Indiana... Had a team-leading 19 points, four steals and three rebounds against Marquette... Scored a career-high 20 points, hitting four three-pointers, against West Virginia... Had eight points and four boards against Coppin State... Scored 16 points and grabbed four rebounds in win over Pepperdine... Had 14 points, two rebounds and two assists in win over Northeastern... Hit all five field goals and four free throw attempts against Texas Southern to end the night with 17 points and four assists... Scored 12 points and tallied five assists in win over Sacred Heart.

Before College: Finished his four-year varsity career with 1,763 points... As a senior at East Hartford H.S. in 2005-06, he averaged 32.0 points, 7.0 assists, 5.0 rebounds, and 4.0 steals per game ... He was the Connecticut Gatorade High School Player of the year as East Hartford finished the season 19-3 and won the CCC North title ... Was selected to the 2006 Hartford Courant and New Haven Register All-State First teams ... Was an All-Conference Selection and served as captain of his team ... Led the state of Connecticut in scoring... As a junior in 2004-05, he averaged 26 points per game ... He was selected to the 2005 Hartford Courant All-State first team ... Was an All-Conference selection as well ... Served as captain of the team and led the state of Connecticut in scoring.

Personal: Doug Edwards Wiggins... Born January 26, 1988 in Hartford, Conn .... Son of Doug Wiggins Sr. and Charmaine McQuillar ... Has four brothers, Devonte, Tijae, Doug, and Derrell, and two sisters Celeste and Shirrell ... Plans to major in African-American Studies at UMass.


#13 Travon Wilcher
Forward
Freshman 6-7 210
Springfield, Mass.
Springfield Central H.S./Lee Academy (Maine)


Kellogg On Wilcher: 'Travon is a very hard-working player and a young man who has paid his dues, sitting out last year. He is ready to make an impact in his first season. He brings unique athleticism and energy. His body-type is perfect for our style of play and he will be able to help us out immediately.'

In 2007-08: Attended UMass as a student, sat out to meet NCAA eligibility requirements.

Before UMass: Finished his prep career at Lee Academy in Lee, Maine under coach Karl Parker ... Played at Springfield Central High School prior to Lee from 2003-05 ... Also played AAU ball for the New England Playaz and coach T.J. Gassnola ... All-Tournament at the Providence Jam Fest ... Also received interest from Oklahoma, Temple, Xavier, Rhode Island and Missouri.

Personal: Travon Maurice Wilcher ... Born October 24, 1987 in Springfield, Mass. ... Son of Sheila and Tracy Wilcher ... Brother of Marquita, Shanita and Diamond.

Courtesy www.umassathletics.com



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  PHILIPPINES   


PBA coverage A la NBA from 2008/09 season - by Eurobasket News
Brace for an NBA-brand of coverage for the PBA in the next three years.

New television coveror Solar Sports vowed a different look for the league beginning this 2008-09 season, one which officials of the country's No. 1 sports channel exclaimed to be comparable to the NBA.


William Tieng, chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of Solar Sports, said the company spent around P50 million to purchase state-of-the-art equipment from the US, including six digital cameras, just to give the coverage of Asia's first ever play-for-pay league a new face. 'We don't want to say anything too soon, but it's almost comparable to the NBA, especially on the graphics side,' said William, the oldest of three Tieng brothers the others Wilson and Willie who are involved in Solar Entertainment, a successful family business that began as a film distributor in the country, mostly Jackie Chan films, in the mid-70s.

At least 10 cameras will be used during PBA games, as the technical aspect of the coverage is being taken cared of by a highly-qualified group that trained in the US.

An OB van has also been committed by Solar, which expects it to arrive from the US by next month.

Solar Sports and the PBA formalized their partnership late Tuesday after signing the three-year deal between them at The Venetian Resort Hotel here, reportedly amounting to more than half a billion pesos.

'We're very happy and confident that we can work together,' said new PBA chairman Joaqui Trillo of Alaska after the contract signing that preceded the planning session of the league Board in this booming Chinese territory.

'We'll be working closely with them, because we're in the same page that if you have a good product, viewers and people will come in,' added the long-time Alaska team manager.

Tieng expounded on it, saying Solar is looking at the PBA in a different light.

'Jewel yan. We just have to polish it to bring back its luster. Let's transcend the league. Think league, think big,' said the soft-spoken, business management graduate of De La Salle.

The Solar official added the blockbuster Fiesta Conference Finals between Barangay Ginebra and Air21 could be a good springboard for the company's initial coverage of the PBA.

'We're very optimistic about the coming season based on the recent showing of the last conference featuring Ginebra and Air21,' said Tieng, smiling.

Solar Sports' first official coverage of the season begins this Sunday during the staging of the 2008 Annual Draft at the Market! Market! in Taguig.

Solar began branching out to sports in 2001 beginning with the coverage of the NBA Finals.

Courtesy of www.pba.ph


Devance to Alaska, Mercado and Laure to Rain or Shine - by Eurobasket News
Less than 24 hours after acquiring Solomon Mercado from the Draft, Alaska dealt the Fil-Am guard together with Eddie Laure (191-F-77) to Rain or Shine (formerly Welcoat) in exchange for 2007 top Draft pick Joe Devance (201-C-82, college: UTEP) plus two future draft picks.

Alaska coach Tim Cone said it's a gamble on their part to fill a vacuum in their lineup at big forward position.
'Mercado will be a great player without a doubt but Devance is to fill an immediate need for us,' said Cone of the trade deal consummated the morning after the 2008 PBA Annual Draft where they picked Mercado at No. 5 behind Gabe Norwood, Jared Dillinger, Jason Castro and Rob Reyes.

'We'll miss Eddie but he'll be able to play a bigger role at Rain or Shine,' said Cone on Laure, who's reunited with his former PBL team.

The Aces hope they gained added offensive clout on the entry of Devance, a 6-foot-7 Fil-Am who played college ball for the University of Texas at El Paso.

The Honolulu, Hawaii native, son of an ex-US Armyman and a Filipina mom from Escalante, Negros, led the Dragons in scoring with 16.1 points a game in the Philippine Cup. He also normed seven rebounds, one assist, 0.7 steal and 0.8 block a game in the same tourney.

Alaska had a mediocre showing in the 2007-08 season notwithstanding its acquisition of rookies Ken Bono and JR Quinahan, and later the arrival of Larry Fonacier and LA Tenorio.

The Rain or Shine management, meanwhile, said they agreed on the trade as they wanted a different look for their team in the coming season.

The Dragons picked Norwood and TY Tang from the Draft. The team earlier acquired Gherome Ejercito from the free agent pool and reactivated Denver Lopez from the injured list.

With their prized acquisitions, the Asian Coatings Corp. franchise, 10th and dead last in its first four PBA conferences, hopes to finally make an impact in the pro league.

Courtesy of www.pba.ph


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  POLAND   


Prokom plays some friendlies - by Eurobasket News
Prokom continues the preparation for the upcoming season. After signing Daniel Ewing and Aleksej Nesovic the team completed the roster for the upcoming year.
In the friendly games played Prokom overcame Latvian Ventspils twice. At first Polish team celebrated 83:66 win. Prokom controlled the whole game and led it to the winning effort. David Logan (184-G-82, college: Indianapolis) ended up with 19 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists. Lapeta followed him with 11 points as three other players scored 10 each. In Game 2 Prokom was even stronger taking 93:63 victory. In that game Przemyslaw Zamojski (198-G/F-86, college: Independence CC) top-scored for the winners with 19 points. Ronnie Burrell (204-F-83, agency: Pro One Sports, college: NC-Greensboro) netted 17 and David Logan finished the night with 15 points.
Later this week Prokom lost to Russian Triumph. The Russian squad was better in the opening quarter and finished it with 19:12 win. Prokom produced an outstanding second period and had 30:12 in it. In order to prove the superiority of the Russian basketball Triumph replied with 37:12 in the third and was not caught up later. David Logan top-scored for Prokom with 16 points. Dylewicz nailed 15 and Ronnie Burrell had 10.
Recently the team overcame SK Almiera 80:76 as David Logan top-scored for the winners with 17 points.


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  PORTUGAL   


Portuguese National Team 2008 - by Kasia
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Andrade


Marcal


Fernandes


Evora


Santos
4 Antonio Tavares (183-G-75) of Sport Lisboa Benfica
5 Jose Costa (187-G-73) of Casino Figueira Ginasio
6 Jaime Silva (187-G-80) of Gestiberica Ciudad de Vigo (ESP)
7 Paulo Cunha (199-G/F-80) of FC Porto Ferpinta
8 Jose Silva (194-F-89) of FC Barreirense
9 Jorge Coelho (200-F-78) of Gijon Baloncesto (ESP)
10 Carlos Andrade (197-F-78) of Bruesa-Guipuzcoa BC (ESP)
11 Nuno Marcal (205-F-75) of FC Porto Ferpinta
12 Mario Fernandes (176-G-82) of Plasencia Extremadura (ESP)
13 Elvis Evora (205-C-78) of Ovarense Aerosoles
14 Miguel Miranda (205-F-78) of Ovarense Aerosoles
15 Joao Santos (205-C-79) of C.B. Valladolid (ESP)
Head Coach: Moncho Lopez


Beleneses will play LPB and Seixas leave CAB - by Bruno Baltazar
Belenenses Hyundai Lusifor will play in LPB ,in what seemed impossible in the past weeks now seems it will be possible.
Last weeks Belenenses Hyundai Lusifor sent a press document stating that their basketball team wouldnt compete in no league next season but this week their orcament was renewed and they finally found money to play this season in the Liga Portuguesa de Basquetebol(LPB)the new competition that replaces Liga UZO .
Curious fact is that neither players or coaches believed they wouldnt compete next season thats why they say they ready for the next season as they were already practising in the last days expecting this good news for portuguese basketball.

In other news portuguese guard Carlos Seixas (192-G-72) that last season represented Lusitania leaved CAB before the start of the league due to personal problems ,CAB understood that and let him go ,now he is looking for a new team next season.


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  ROMANIA   


CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu sign two more imports - by Eurobasket
CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu signed two more import players to strenghten their power on the boards. The new faces in the team are: 24-year old power forward Kibwe Trim (208-F/C-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Sacred Heart) from Trinidad and Tobago and Montenegrin center Miko Golubovic (208-C-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza). Trim played most recently at Dakota Wizards (D-League) in the U.S. (stats: 35 games: 2.7ppg, 1.5rpg), while Golubovic spent last season at Rilski Sportist Samokov in Bulgarian league (stats: 40 games: 11.9ppg, 7.3rpg).
Enegria played already few pre-season games. Just revcently they Timisoara in a Friendly match without these two new players. Then they played the next day and I the coach sat out starting 5 players and played the whole game with only Romanians, who all played in ...the 2nd division last season. Timisoara played with all of their players including 6 Serbians and Energia lost only by 3 points in overtime in a game they should have won. It only confirms how strong roster coach Theo Evans has and it seems ti will be a very solid team this season, better than people expect.


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  RUSSIA   


Triumph wins, Spartak and Ural Great lose their match-ups - by Eurobasket News
Russian teams continue having some friendly match-ups with the teams from abroad.
Triumph overcame Polish Prokom 78:71. The Russian squad was better in the opening quarter and finished it with 19:12 win. Prokom produced an outstanding second period and had 30:12 in it. In order to prove the superiority of the Russian basketball Triumph replied with 37:12 in the third and was not caught up later. David Logan (184-G-82, college: Indianapolis) top-scored for Prokom with 16 points. Dylewicz nailed 15 and Burrell had 10.
Spartak St Petersburg lost to Montepasci 58:92. It was still difficult to play with the Italian titan, but Russian team looked well in the majority of the game. Eze Benjamin led the winners with 19 points. Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) nailed 14 and Carraretto Marco had the same number of points for the Italian champions. Rakovich posted 22 points for Spartak, Aleksandr Dedushkin (207-C-81) and Kurbanov added 8 each.
Azovmash smashed Ural Great 91:72. The Ukrainian side was too good from the very beginning and led for the entire game. The board showed 57:36 as the teams left the court for the break. Later in the game the coach used the young players who also looked well in the court. Ural Great could reduce a bit but closed only to 19 points loss at the end. Marc Salyers (205-F-79, college: Samford) led Ukrainian side with 23 points and 8 rebounds. Dijon Thompson (201-G/F-83, college: UCLA) produced 13 and El-Amin Khalid had 12.


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  SERBIA   


Mega Basket inks American Chris Schlatter - by Dragan Jankovski
Participant of Serbian A1 league as well as of Balkan league (BIBL) Mega Basket from Belgrade inked American Chris Schlatter (201-G/F-81, college: Washington St.). 26-year old power forward, which also can be used on small forward, is coming from German 2. Bundesleague team TSV Troester Breitenguessbach where he averaged 12.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg and 1.9 apg. He demonstrated pretty good performance in Treviso this summer as a player of Alice Team. At the end of it he was named 'Treviso Summer League 2008 1st Team'. Before Germany, Schlatter used to play in Portugal and Luxemburg. He graduated on Washington State University in 2005. At his senior season Chris Schlatter recorded 4.8 ppg and 2.6 rpg in 28 games.

Swisslions better than Vojvodina in friendly game, Zvezda tests Nemanja Bjelica - by Dragan Jankovski
Swisslions Takovo outsmarts Vojvodina Srbijagas in friendly game which was played yesterday in Vrsac 87-81. Vojvodina had much better beginning. The Tulips ended first frame 20-27 while the next one belonged to Swisslions 15-13. The hosts woke up during the following 20 minutes. Guards Vladimir Popovic (191-G-82) and Aleksandar Gajic (186-G-83, agency: Beo Basket) took care for the points which resulted with 23-18 in third quarter. Swisslions had another nice period after that celebrating against Adriatic league team Vojvodina Srbijagas.
Vladimir Popovic was the best scorer for the winning side adding 18 points. Radovan Markovic (192-G-82) and Vladimir Vlaskovic (195-G-77) scored 13 points each. Vojvodina got the most from Marko Sutalo (194-G-83), 18 points. Marko Popovic (193-G-84) was the last one with double figures netting 10 points.

Crvena Zvezda tests 20-year old forward Nemanja Bjelica (209-F/C-88, agency: Interperformances). He played last season for Austrian team Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions averaging 8.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg and 1.2 apg. In 2006 he was member of U18 Serbia. Except of him, Stevan Milosevic (211-C-85, agency: Interperformances) will also travel with Crvena Zvezda on Kopaonik. After first stage of preparations Zvezda will make a decision about him.


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  SLOVENIA   


Zlatorog and Zitko part ways, TCG Mercator add two member of U-20 NT, Postojna inks Mocnik and Zizic - by Zeljko Zule

Zlatorog parted ways with Croatian Luka Zitko (201-F-81) who was hired last month. The team also inked promised Bosnians Simo Atanackovic ex Kolpa Crnomelj and Alen Omic ex Kolpa Crnomelj.

TCG Mercator signed U-20 NT members Mirko Mulalic (195-F-88) ex Triglav (B1) and Jakob Virk (201-F/C-89) ex Jance (B1) and Miha Jakofcic (-83) ex DGN Ljubljana (D3).

Misel Postojnska jama inked Rok Mocnik (179-G-83) ex Kraski zidar Jadran and their former player, Croatian Antonio Zizic (207-C/F-86) ex Trogir.

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Market News from B-1 League and Division II - by Zeljko Zule
B-1 League: Jance inked Jan Rozman (193-G-85, agency: World Sport Agency) ex Kraski zidar Jadran.
Kraski zidar Jadran signed their former member Zoran Lazarevski (194-G-76) ex Misel Postojnska jama.
Radenska Creativ added Denis Hvalec (192-G-85) ex Konjice.
Rogla signed Domen Janezic ex Konjice, Peter Matevzic (-F-83) ex Celjski KK, Rok Smaka (196-G-79, college: Florida Southern) ex Maribor and Mitja Marguc (180-G-83) ex Poljcane.
Rudar inked Blaz Vodoncnik (190-F-86) ex TCG Mercator and Mitja Gorsek (206-C-82) ex Elektra Esotech.
Sencur CPK added former NT member Roman Horvat (200-F-71, agency: VTBM/SRBM) ex Parklji Bezigrad, Dario Keric (195-F-87) ex Triglav and Danijel Bisevac ex Strazisce.
Triglav inked Luka Zidar (196-G/F-90) ex Olimpija II, Peter Hartman (198-G-76) ex TCG Mercator, Matevz Korosec (185-G-89) ex Lastovka and Darko Prolic (-87) ex Tinex Medvode.
Division II: Celjski KK signed Boris Kovacic ex Nazarje, Jernej Turnsek ex Vrani and Matjaz Cizej (200-F-72) who DNP last season.
Ajdovscina announced Jan Zavratnik as new coach and inked David Brecelj (196-G-84) ex Nova Gorica and Borut Groselj (192-F-84) ex Plama Pur.
Kolpa Crnomelj added Oliver Jordan (197-F/C-74) ex Grosuplje, Jasmin Hercegovac (-77) ex Cerknica, Anze Cerkovnik (200-F/C-86) ex Krka II and Matic Bele ex Krka II.
Grosuplje inked Borut Strukelj (196-G/F-83) ex Mavrica and their former member Marko Spacapan (201-C-81) ex Jezica.
Jesenice signed Emir Henjakovic (-88) ex Kranjska Gora.
Maribor named Tone Krump as new coach and added Igor Spesic (204-F/C-83) ex Zagorje, Primoz Brolih (185-G-81) ex Rogla, Jure Brolih (198-G-80) ex Rogla and Tadej Horvat (190-G-84) ex Rogla.
Pingvini Smartno inked Gianpaolo Zore (187-G-70) ex Rudar.
Plama Pur signed Uros Trdan (187-G-79) ex Logatec, Marko Sircelj ex Pivka and Andraz Zeleznik (181-G-81) ex Pivka.
Podbocje inked Marjan Bozic (183-G-74) ex Terme Olimia.
Terme Olimia added Matjaz Ajhmajer ex Casino Maribor and Denis Luthar (-G-82) ex Bistrica.
Radovljica added Jurij Ucman (-G-86) ex Litija, Matic Goropevsek (193-G-85) ex Litija, Matija Debevec (210-C-82, college: George Washington) ex Parklji and Elvin Elvin Omanovic (190-G-79) ex Crnomelj.
Tinex Medvode inked Ziga Drvaric (184-G-89) ex Olimpija II and Nik Gregorcic ex Olimpija II.
Tolmin has named Boris Velikonja as new coach.
Idrija announced Marko Jurjavcic as new coach.


The complete list of transactions for The UPC TElemach League in the season of 2008/2009 - by Jan Flac

On 4.9.2008 Slovenian Basketball Association (KZS) approved several transactions:

to KD GEOPLIN SLOVAN Ljubljana
1. KLEPO Milan 27.04.1980 from KD Postojna
2. MACEK Andrej 09.06.1983 from KK Zlatorog Lasko
3. CIGOJA Dejan 27.09.1988 from KK Rogla Zrece

to KD POSTOJNA Postojna
1. MOCNIK Rok 20.06.1983 from KK Kraski zidar Jadran
2. KOBE Miha 09.12.1980 from KK Kraski zidar Jadran
3. TOMIC Boban 30.05.1988 from KK Hrastnik
4. JENKO Uros 17.09.1985 from KK Plama Pur

to DOMZALE Domzale
1. CERAR Matevz 20.03.1989 from KK Lastovka
2. RAJ Uros 20.01.1989 from KK Lastovka
3. TRIFUNOVIC Dusan 01.06.1967 from D Mavrica Kamnik
4. BORKO Marko 09.03.1985 from D Mavrica Kamnik
5. BAJRAMLIC Sanel 12.12.1985 from KK Zagorje

to ELEKTRA Sostanj
1. NOVAK Ernest 05.06.1977 from KD Geoplin Slovan
2. MRAVLJAK Ziga 11.05.1987 from KK Tinex Medvode
3. HOSTNIKAR Benjamin 14.09.1989 from KK Dravograd
4. TAJNIK Sao 13.11.1975 from KK Rudar
5. HORVAT Tadej 17.01.1987 from KK Zlatorog Lasko

to KK KOPER Koper
1. MIHALIC Jernej 03.03.1985 from KK Domzale
2. BUBNIC Drazen 13.01.1986 from KK Elektra
3. KUNC Ales 13.07.1973 from KK Elektra

to KK KRKA-TELEKOM Novo Mesto
1. PETROV Simon 27.01.1976 from KD Geoplin Slovan

to KK SKOFJA LOKA Skofja Loka
1. FINZGAR Simon 07.01.1980 from KK Koper
2. VIRK Jakob 17.04.1989 from KD Geoplin Slovan
3. JAKOFCIC Miha 31.12.1983 from KK DGN Ljubljana
4. MULALIC Mirko 16.04.1988 from KK Triglav

to KK UNION OLIMPIJA Ljubljana
1. KLOBUCAR Jaka 19.08.1987 from KD Geoplin Slovan

to KK ZAGORJE Zagorje
1. DOBOVICNIK Luka 04.07.1988 from KK Elektra

to KK ZLATOROG Lasko
1. ATANACKOVIC Simo 11.03.1990 from KK Crnomelj
2. OMIC Alen 06.05.1992 from KK Crnomelj

Source: KZS



Helios defeats Turow in a firendly game - by Jan Flac
Helios - Turow 76 : 69 (54:50, 40:37, 17:22)

Helios: Zeljko Zagorac (204-F-81, agency: World Sport Agency) 15, Zerak 11, Petrovic 9, Jacobson 8, Snow 8, Krusic 7, Bajramlic 7, Mocnik 5, Laskevic 4, Zagorc 1, Zalokar, Skrlec.
Turow: Copeland 17, Harris 17, Townes 13, Turek 6, Witka 5, Daniels 4, Radonjic 3, Bailey 3, Roszyk 1, Miljkovic, Kitzinger, Bochno, Strzelecki, Szymanski.

Source: kosarka.si .


Zagorje KD FT completed the roster for the upcoming season - by Uros Vujic
Zagorje KD FT completed the roster for the upcoming season by re-signing last season's key players Gil Goodrich (178-G-82, college: Bowie St.) and Milos Savkovic (209-F/C-86). The team also signed Samo Majerle (210-C-82), ex Opel Jovent (Spain LEB), Luka Dobovicnik (188-G-88) ex Elektra Esotech and Joshua Johnson (198-F-85, college: Bowie St.) for the upcoming season. This weekend the team will participate on ''Natkov memorial'' tournament in Sostanj. The participants of the tournament are: Elektra esotech, Zagorje KD FT, Luka Koper and Rudar Trbovlje.

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Standings - LEB Gold
LEB Gold Standings
 1. Caceres 0-0 
 2. Leche Rio 0-0 
 3. Leon 0-0 
 4. Valladolid 0-0 
 5. La Laguna 0-0 
 6. Burgos 0-0 
 7. Tenerife 0-0 
 8. Mallorca 0-0 
 9. Vic 0-0 
 10. Melilla 0-0 
 11. Aguas Gandia 0-0 
 12. Alicante 0-0 
 13. Los Barrios 0-0 
 14. La Palma 0-0 
 15. Rosalia 0-0 
 16. Plus Pujol 0-0 
 17. Axarquia 0-0 
 18. Illescas 0-0 


Standings - LEB Silver / Bronze
LEB Standings
Silver
 1. Ourense 0-0 
 2. Huesca 0-0 
 3. Cornella 0-0 
 4. CB Tarrag. 0-0 
 5. L'Hospitalet 0-0 
 6. Jerez 0-0 
 7. Gijon 0-0 
 8. Qalat Caja Sol 0-0 
 9. Cajasur-Musa 0-0 
 10. Palencia 0-0 
 11. Plasencia 0-0 
 12. Vigo 0-0 
 13. Prat 0-0 
 14. Caja Rioja 0-0 
 15. Coruna 0-0 
 16. Navarra 0-0 
Bronze
 1. Navalcarnero 0-0 
 2. V.Sligo XXI 0-0 
 3. Almanzora 0-0 
 4. Oviedo 0-0 
 5. Avila 0-0 
 6. Merida 0-0 
 7. Tijola 0-0 
 8. Molina 0-0 
 9. Opel Jovent 0-0 
 10. Archena 0-0 
 11. Huelva 0-0 
 12. Real M. II 0-0 
 13. Alcazar 0-0 
 14. Cantabria 0-0 
 15. ADT Tarrag. 0-0 
 16. Guadalajara 0-0 
 17. Girona 0-0 


Standings - ACB
ACB Standings
 1. Real 0-0 
 2. Joventut 0-0 
 3. Barcelona 0-0 
 4. Tau 0-0 
 5. Unicaja 0-0 
 6. Pamesa 0-0 
 7. Estudiant. 0-0 
 8. Murcia 0-0 
 9. Ricoh Man. 0-0 
 10. Granada 0-0 
 11. Cajasol 0-0 
 12. G.Canaria 0-0 
 13. Bilbao 0-0 
 14. Menorca 0-0 
 15. Fuenlabrada 0-0 
 16. Zaragoza 0-0 
 17. Bruesa 0-0 


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  SWITZERLAND   


Latest transfers prior to the start of the season - by Kristian Santiago
LNA:


Besides Mike Jefferson (178-G-84, agency: AMI, college: High Point) the Geneve Devils signed Lithuanian post-player Paulius Packevicius (206-F-85) to a contract (Pending if he receives a working permit).
Also staying are Rashard Lee (198-F-77, college: Tennessee) (Who will be also serving as an assistant-coach) , Matthias Kautzor-Schroder (195-G-75, college: Wisc.-Parkside) and Armend Aljija (180-G-89) while Swiss players Jan Sainte-Rose (204-F/C-84), Aurelien Alexander (191-G-81) ,Jonathan Lomholt (185-G-85) and Sebastien Thevenoz (204-C-73) are joining the team.

To replace the departed Jules Aw (200-F-86), Sdent BBC Nyon inked Germayne Forbes (186-G-80, college: W.Georgia) to a contract for the upcoming season. The British player arrives from French-team Boulazac Basket Dordogne and is the last transfer for Sdent BBC Nyon prior to the start of the season.

Ollie Bailey (201-F-85, college: Oklahoma City) decided to leave Sion Herens Basket after talks with the staff which wanted him to play the power forward-spot while insisted on playing on the 3.To replace Bailey, Herens signed Brazilian forward Hatila Passos (212-C-86, college: N.Mexico St.) who comes fresh from the NCAA where he played for New Mexico State in the past years.

Due to the signing of Brendon Polyblank (197-G/F-78, college: Texas St.-San Marcos), Colin O'Reilly (197-F-84, college: Post) and Lausanne Morges Basket parted away and the player signed already in France in the N1. Willy Tahane (200-F/C-81) was also let go out of his contract for personal reasons while Harvey Van Stein (197-F-78, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Cent.Conn.St.) asked to be released out of his contract to join a Greek D1-team soon.
A financial compensation for Van Stein is expected.
David Aliu (198-F-81, college: Morehead St.) was signed for a month to the team.

Danish League MVP (By Eurobasket) Jason Siggers (193-G/F-85, college: Albany) signed to play for BC Boncourt after playing for Bakken Bears last year. The same team inked Jeff Fahnbulleh (200-C-85) who arrives in BC Boncourt via Treviso where he had a great camp and impressed the staff. In his last year of college (Kentucky Wesleyan), the frontcourt-player scored 19,1 ppg and pulled 12,1 rpg in the NCAA Division II.

LNB:

STV Luzern Basket Lions got help on the perimeter by signing Julio Anthony (193-G, college: E.Illinois) who played for E.Illinois in 2007-2008.

Pages Jaunes Pully Basket strengthened their frontcourt by signing Ian McCormick (202-F/C) who starred the last years at Swarthmore in the NCAA Division III.


MGS Grand-Saconnex Basket inks four players for 2008/09 - by Eurobasket News
MGS Grand-Saconnex Basket announced arrivals of four new players for the upcoming season.

The first one is power forward Kewain Gant (203-F-85, college: Arkansas St.), who played this year at Arkanzas State University. For 30 games he averaged 6.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.3 apg and 1 bpg. In June he agreed terms with Marinos de Anzontegui from Venezuela but after just 3 games he left the team. He helped Arkanzas St. to reach the final of Sun Belt tournament in 2007.

American center Matt Kemper (206-C-80, college: Pacific) also signed one-year deal with the club. Kemper came out from Pacific University in 2005 adding 3.8 ppg and 2 rpg for 28 games in his senior season. Later he joined Hervey Bay Hurricanes, which competed in American ABA league. Same year he moved to Birmingham Bullets where he recorded 13.6 ppg and 9.4 rpg for 15 BBL games. In January 2006 he finally agrees with River Plate, from where he arrived to MGS Grand-Saconnex Basket.

Forward Douglas Scott is coming from Portuguese team CAB Madeira as one of its best players. He ended last season having pretty good 14.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg and 1.2 apg in Proliga. He graduated at Dayton University last year.

Latest acquisition of MGS Grand-Saconnex Basket is Pete Strobl (205-F-77, college: Niagara), ex player of Abrakebabra Tigers from Ireland. He changed many teams in the past and some of those are Team Merry Monk Ballina, Fjolnir, VIVA 49ers Mattersburg, TV Lich and Suba St. Poelten. Strobl graduated at Niagara University eight years ago.


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  SYRIA   


The hosts of FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men advance to the Final - by Eurobasket News
Iran U18-Syria U18 80:78

Iran U18 will try to satisfy the local fans in Tehran in FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men Final. The team crawled into it after a tough semifinal win over Syria U18. The latter surprised everyone entering the semifinals and could ask for more. Farbod Farman powered his way to grab the rebound, convert under the board and took Iran into the final with an 80:78 win. Mohammed Hasanzadeh led the winners with 27 points and 24 rebounds. Farbod Farman netted 17 and made 16 boards, while Mehdi Shrijang scored 10. Samer Bawadekji finished the game with 22 points in defeat and Alaa Al Sebaay posted 15. Iran booked a berth in the FIBA U19 World Championship for Men in New Zealand next year.
Both teams stayed close in the first period and as a result the guests took only 23:21 advantage. Iran bounced back and could go on the break leading 6 points. In the third period Syria climbed to three points gap and trailed entering the last period. In a back-to-back battle Iran benefit from the game to enter the Finals. Farbod Farman converted under the board and took Iran into the final with an 80:78 win. Iran will face Kazakhstan in the Asian Under-18 championship tomorrow.

Iran U18: Mohammed Hasanzadeh 27+24 rebs, Farbod Farman 17+16 rebs, Mehdi Shrijang 10
Syria U18: Samer Bawadekji 22, Alaa Al Sebaay 15


Expect the unexpected - by Eurobasket News
Syria U18-Japan U18 93:86

The title probably depicts better the whole campaign for Syria U18 that won Bronze medals of FIBA Asia U18 Championship for Men. In the game for the third position Syria overcame Japan 93:86. Belal Gneed led the winners with 24 points, while Samar Bawadekji netted 16. Makoto Hiejima top-scored in defeat with 25 points. Yuya Nagayoshi posted 20 and Yusoke Karino had 12. The bronze also put Syria in the FIBA U19 World Championship for Men in New Zealand next year.
Syria went on a lead from the very beginning taking the control of the game. They finished the opening quarter leading 22:17. Syria pushed the tempo for a bit to take 41:38 at the half time.
The game remained interesting in the second half and the teams were separated by 5 points entering the last stanza, 61:56. In the last period Syria led to the win and grabbed bronze of the tournament. Japan had some great games and deserved a higher position. Anyway the game is game and the participation is more than that. The Final game is coming next.


Syria U18: Belal Gneed 24, Samar Bawadekji 16
Japan U18: Makoto Hiejima 25, Yuya Nagayoshi 20, Yusoke Karino 12


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  TANZANIA   


Dar student for global basketball clinic - by Kristian Santiago
By Oforo Kinyaha

A Loyola Secondary School form six student, Martin Kolikoli, has been selected to represent Tanzania in the Basketball Without Border Camp which starts today in South Africa.
The Tanzania Basketball Federation (TBF) President, Richard Kasesela, said yesterday that Kolikoli was picked because of his outstanding performances in basketball.
``We hope that a 10-day camp will help him acquire more basketball skills,`` Kasesela said.
He said the South African camp would also attract top world class basketballers who would mingle with youths for the betterment of the game.
Kolikoli is the second Tanzanian to attend the camp. He left for South Africa yesterday aboard a South African Airways flight.


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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO   


Kibwe trim will plat in Romania - by Eurobasket

24-year old power forward Kibwe Trim (208-F/C-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Sacred Heart) will play this upcoming season in Europe for Romanian team CS Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu. They just signed the player together with Montenegrin center Miko Golubovic (208-C-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza). Trim played most recently at Dakota Wizards (D-League) in the U.S., where his stats were : 35 games: 2.7ppg, 1.5rpg.



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  TURKEY   


Efes Pilsen outplays Erdemir in friendly game - by Eurobasket News
Efes Pilsen Istanbul, which got huge reinforcements during the summer, played first friendly game. Its opponent was Erdemir, which was able to resist against Efes only in the first quarter. Players of head coach Ergin Ataman started the game kind of sleepy resulting in advantage of 'just' 9 points at the half time. Efes Pilsen showed up after the breather with totally different attitude. Charles Smith dominated at the offensive end while big guy Mario Kasun (213-C-80) was a real threat in the paint. At the same time Kasun moved Erdemir's guards far away from Efes' basket. Erdemir had many erratic shots as well as bad decisions during the second half. Its players couldn't adapt on aggressive defense by Efes' guard scoring only 17 points in the second half. On the other side Efes drained 45 finishing this game 83-46.
Ex player of Spanish giant Real Madrid Charles Smith, paced Efes to win netting 21 points. Croatian center Mario Kasun, who was Efes' last signing this summer, also showed decent level scoring 15 points. Bootsy Thornton (194-G-77, college: St.John's) and Michalis Kakiouzis (206-C-76) followed them adding 9 points each.

Efes Pilsen heads to Italy this week-end for a friendly game against Armani Jeans Milano. After that, the team will participate on international tournament in Bormio from 8th to 12th of September. Its rivals in Bormio will be Air Avelino, Spartak St. Petersbug, Montepashi Siena and Spartak Primorie Vladivostok.


Erdemir hired Thomas - by Sinan Can
According to news from Italy, Beko Basketball League newcomers Erdemir signed a loan contract with Upim Bologna's big man James Thomas (203-F/C-80, college: Texas). Turkish club parted ways with James Lang, had been in search for a center, will fill that spot with ex-Texas player. Thomas has been playing for Bologna for last two seasons as he averaged 8.0 points per game and 9.5 rebounds which makes him 5th best rebounder in the league. Thomas who has Euro League experience with Bologna also averaged 6.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 1.0 steal and 1.9 block in 10 ULEB Cup games last year.

Turkish National Team 2008 - by Kasia
#s#
#e#6


Ilyasova


Tunceri


Savas


Gonlum


Turkoglu
4 Cenk Akyol (196-G-87) of Galatasaray Cafecrown Istanbul
5 Sinan Guler (193-G-83) of Efes Pilsen Istanbul
6 Engin Atsur (194-G-84) of Efes Pilsen Istanbul
7 Ersin Gorkem (195-F-77) of Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye
8 Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) of AXA F.C. Barcelona (ESP)
9 Fatih Solak (213-C-80) of Galatasaray Cafecrown Istanbul
10 Kerem Tunceri (190-G-79) of Triumph Lyubertsy (RUS)
11 Oguz Savas (208-C-87) of Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
12 Kerem Gonlum (208-C/F-77) of Efes Pilsen Istanbul
13 Ender Arslan
14 Baris Hersek (204-F/C-88) of Efes Pilsen Istanbul
15 Hidayet Turkoglu (206-F-79) of Orlando Magic (USA)
Head Coach: Bogdan Tanjevic
Coach Assistants: Nihat Izic , Aziz Bekir , Ahmet Caki


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Numbers - by David Edole
Numbers, numbers, numbers - what is in a number? The Virgin Islands senior mens national team recently conquered Latin America when they came home with the silver medal from CentroBasket 2008. I know what the nay sayers are saying? The team did not come home with the gold medal so it was a total disaster. But from where I stand, it was a total success. To understand what the team went through while staying in Mexico along with the teams practice schedule. What they did was monumental. It is something of legends, where future Virgin Islanders are going to ask Where were you when eleven brave souls took on Latin America and came out on top?

Let me begin by thanking the eleven players, Cuthbert Victor, Jason Edwin, Kevin Sheppard, Kitwana Rhymer, Calvert White, Stephen Hodge, Michael Ford, Craig Williams, Jabari Samuel, Kashif Gumbs and Rick Lewis. Each player took a break from what they were doing to be apart of the team. Two players who truly sacrificed were Stephen Hodge and Calvert White. Hodge used his vacation time from his 9-to-5 to be the 11th member of the team. White, whom retired from basketball about three years ago, was trusted into action because of the lack of bodies. These guys not only did themselves proud they did the Virgin Islands proud.
I also got to give halos to Ford, Williams and Gumbs who took time from their scholarly duties to play on the national team. I hope they did not miss too much work at their respective colleges. I also have to give credit to the coaching staff of Tevester Anderson, Donald Bough and Jareem Dowling. I know they went into CentroBasket optimistic when I did not. The coaching staff also found a way to use the talent on hand so effectively that teams with NBA and Euroleague talent did not have a chance.
Dont forget about the man who took care of the players aches and pains: Rueben Lopez Rivera. I am going to call him the best trainer in the entire Americas. This guy nursed Calvert White into playing 37 minutes a game. White couldnt stop talking about Riveras abilities, if he was not here, I could play all those minutes, said White. If he can do that imagine what he could do with a professional sports franchise.

The story at hand: Numbers
The V.I. went into CentroBasket as the only English speaking country and sometimes had to play seven against five (including the officials). But somewhere the team found strength and each other to reach the final game. The team played well in the first half and ran out of gas in the fourth. But, who could blame them? The starting five logged hellacious minutes over the five-day span and outlasted tough teams.

Puerto Rico had a rotation of eleven players that played the entire tournament. Their players were pretty fresh for the entire game. Puerto Rico also had one more thing on their side, POPULATION. Puerto Rico has about 4 million people and admittedly so basketball is their number one sport. So if one was to estimate how many people are playing basketball a good guess may be around 400,000. That figure includes all ages and officials. That number would over populate the Virgin Islands. Even if you take half that amount the number is still bigger than the Virgin Islands total population.
The Virgin Islands has about 108,000 people (from CIA fact book) in the tri-island territory. For those who dont know, the islands are St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John.
Panama had the second smallest population and it was 3.3 million .WOW! Luckily the V.I. did not have to play the Panamanians but they tangle with Dominican Republic (9.2 mill), Mexico (109 mill), El Salvador (7.1 mill) and Cuba (12 mill).

The V.I. team faced countries with populations so much greater than their own that it boggles the mind what the Virgin Islands could do if the numbers were similar.
Dominican Republic came into the tournament with three NBA players. Yeah you read right. The players were Al Horford of Atlanta Hawks, Francisco Garcia of Sacramento Kings and Andres Sandoval of the Philadelphia 76ers. Sandoval signed with the Sixers two games after he played against the V.I. Puerto Rico did not face the complete Dominican Republic team in the semifinals and eeked out a win, 76-74. The VI had no NBA players; just guys who mess around in lower division in Europe, Asia and South America. And they still managed to dominate the Dominicans. Al Horford was heard bawling for help when Cuthbert Victor had his way with him. Cuffy is only 6-foot-5 and Horford, the real NBA rookie of the year, is a strong 6-foot-10.
DR has a professional league and funny thing about it is many Virgin Islanders play in the league. The V.I. has no professional leagues and only an amateur league. ABA and the CBA are leagues where guys who work 9-to-5 and try to be like Mike. Most are not even thinking about NBA, they mostly playing to stay in shape and for bragging rights over their friends.

The Virgin Islands then faced Mexico, whom played scrimmage games for about a month prior to the start of CentroBasket. The V.I. lost, 75-71, and the guys are still kicking themselves. They strongly believe that they should have won that game. The Virgin Islanders easily walked over El Salvador and had to pack the same night to travel to Cancun from Chetumal. The bus ride lasted about five and half hours. Then they had to play a well-rested Cuban team that played in Cancun. The team did not complain they hammered the Cubaneros by 17 points.
Cuba is an island of 12 million people and basketball is one of their staple sports. It is not a big as baseball but big nonetheless. Geoffrei Silvestre was having a great old time in CentroBasket. Silvestre scored 41 points to open the event against Panama. He followed up that effort with 25 points versus Puerto Rico and closed out preliminary play with 20 more in an easy victory over El Salvador. He was the belle of the dance. Then he met Cuthbert Victor. Victor held him to just nine points. Victor tallied 20 points and 14 boards himself. He showed the talent that we knew he had since he was 13 years old.

CentroBasket had firsts: The major first that I noticed was the finals was an All American final. Both Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands are US territories. And the tourney became a Caribbean Classic with all four Caribbean teams advancing to the medal rounds. All four Caribbean teams also moved on to the Tournament of Americas that will be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2009.

NOT SEEN
The V.I. team members were celebrated by the Mexicans NBA scouts, agents and their peers (teams) for their effort and play. After losing to Puerto Rico in the gold medal game, as the team walked into the hotel they received a standing ovation from the staff as well as the other teams. The team was undersized and only played five guys for majority of the time and they made it work.
The team had limited practice time. As of one week before the event only six people were in the territory to practice. On the day of the trip only nine were in attendance. When they arrived in Cancun all 11 players were accounted for. And they made it work.
Before they began their game versus Dominican Republic, CentroBasket held their opening ceremonies. To talk about disrespect, the Virgin Islands flag and national anthem could not be found. FIBA officials had the British Virgin Islands flag and anthem. When last I look the flags of the two territories were different colors
After completing the preliminary round in first place. Dominican Republic and the Virgin Islands had a distinct disadvantage when both teams had to travel from Chetumal to Cancun for five and a half hours. They then had to check in that night and play against Cuba and Puerto Rico who were in Cancun all along. Every other team in attendance had throngs of supporters, the Virgin Islands were lucky to have two and they were the president of the federation and a delegate. The biggest unseen thing in CentroBasket was financial support. Most of the teams have financial backing from sponsors or their respective governments. The Virgin Islands budget dwarfs even El Salvadors. I am not going to get into specifics but if we had their financial backers LOOK OUT!

This is a list of the teams population that the Virgin Islands will face this summer and/or next summer in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
USA 300 Million
Brazil 192 Million
Mexico 110 Million
Argentina 41 Million
Canada 33.2 million
Venezuela 26.5 Million
Cuba 12 Million
Dominican Republic 9.5 Million
El Salvador 7.1 Million
Costa Rica 4.2 Million
Puerto Rico 4 Million
Panama 3.3 Million
Virgin Islands 108, 210
Population numbers courtesy of CIA Fact Book


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  UGANDA   


Power face Miracle without Afidra - by Kristian Santiago
by Sande Bashaija

Sadolin Power will be without influential captain Isaac Afidra (193-G/F) when they take on Miracle Eagles in the MTN-Fuba League at Lugogo Indoor Stadium tonight.

Afidra, who rejoined the 2005 champions from Kampala International University (KIU) at the beginning of this season, has a problem with his back and wont play until mid this month. I have been out for two weeks now and may need another fortnight to recover, Afidra told Daily Monitor yesterday.

Power are fourth with six wins and three losses on the ten-team table and are well aware of the threat posed by Miracle.
Despite lying third from bottom with four wins and five losses, Miracle remain the most unpredictable team in the league.
They were the only side to have beaten table leaders Kyambogo Warriors in first round but Afidra reckons his teammates can condense every threat presented by Miracle.

Power is a team not Isaac Afidra, he stated. Power desperately need victory to keep pace with the top three; Warriors, KIU and Mogas Falcons while Miracle try to lift themselves out of the relegation zone.

In the womens category, its a clash of former champions Lady Bucks and Makerere Sparks. Both sides failed to reach play-offs last season and face an equally uphill task this term with A-1 Challenge, UCU, KIU Rangers and KCC Leopards favourites to occupy the available slots.


Sadolin Renews Playoff Spot Bid - by Kristian Santiago
by Charles Mutebi
Sadolin Power will start the second round of the basketball league against Miracle today looking to stay in contention for a playoff slot.

Power, also steadily recovering from the tragedy that overshadowed the first round- the death of their star Wilbrod Oketcho (196-F), face their rivals at Lugogo.
The 2000 MVP passed away in May leaving, among others, his teammates and close friends greatly devastated.
Today's game might spark more sad memories of his loss, which has since been commemorated with Power players donning black armbands in every match
Power captain Isaac Afidra (193-G/F), who enjoyed a close relationship with deceased, said that life would never be the same again after the death of Oks' - as he was endearingly known.
But Afidra and his teammates must keep their heads up if they are to qualify for the finals.
They ended the first round fourth on the table but such is the level of competition this year that only two points separate them from Miracle who are in eighth place.
Miracle began the season with three straight victories but subsequently fizzled out, losing five of the next six to plummet in the rankings.
No doubt they will be eager to immediately better their record.

The ladies' match will see the fourth-placed Makerere Sparks engage Lady Bucks who are sixth overall in a division one encounter.
Elsewhere, division two leaders Ndejje University will take on Berkely.


Enabu's Canons Outwit Falcons - by Kristian Santiago
Ivan Enabu (182-G) was not in peak form but still was magical enough to score a game-high 24 points as the UCU Canons defeated the Mogas Falcons Athletics 82-75 in basketball league at Lugogo on Tuesday.
The two sides return to action tonight with the UCU Canons getting a relative breather in the form of the KCC Lions compared to the Mogas Falcons Athletics who face another tough prospect in Kampala International Univ..

In Tuesday's games, UCU Canons met their rivals in a repeat of last year's play-off semi-final in a game that burst into life in the second half.
UCU Canons ended the first two quarters leading 32-31.
Mogas Falcons Athletics wrestled back the lead to go into the fourth quarter 47-46 ahead. But when Enabu got possession of the ball and laid up to give his team a two-point lead with six seconds left in the final quarter, it appeared the UCU Canons would
Hold out for victory. But Eric Malinga (186-G) was fouled before the final whistle and went to line for two. He converted both - tying the game at 68 all to invoke overtime.

UCU Canons later claimed victory.

Men
UCU Canons 82 Mogas Falcons Athletics 75
Warriors 77 Marines 60

Women
A1 51 UCU Canons 50


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  UKRAINE   


Azovmash and BC Kyiv win the friendlies - by Eurobasket News
The leaders of the Ukrainian championship won the friendly games over the last two days. Azovmash smashed Russian representative Ural Great 91:72. The Ukrainian side was too good from the very beginning and led for the entire game. The board showed 57:36 as the teams left the court for the break. Later in the game the coach used the young players who also looked well in the court. Ural Great could reduce a bit but closed only to 19 points loss at the end. Marc Salyers (205-F-79, college: Samford) led Ukrainian side with 23 points and 8 rebounds. Dijon Thompson (201-G/F-83, college: UCLA) produced 13 and Khalid El-Amin (178-G-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: Connecticut) had 12.

BC Kyiv overcame BC Donetsk 59:52 in Kiev. The debutantes of the Superleague won the opening quarter 17:11 and looked better from the start. Kyiv team bounced back with 14:7 in the second to take 25:24 at the half. The score really looked little and both teams paid more attention to defense that offense. The tempo however was increased a bit in the second half and with the win in two quarters BC Kyiv celebrated 7-points win. Oleg Saltovets (202-F-77) led the winners with 10 points. Tucker Clay nailed 9 as well as Steck and Lukashov. Martynas Andriukaitis (204-F-81) posted 12 points in the losing effort.


Ukrainian National Team 2008 - by Kasia
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4 Artem Butskyy (185-G-81) of Sumykhimprom Sumy
5 Dmytro Zabirchenko (191-G-84) of BC Donetsk
6 Oleksandr Kolchenko (198-F/G-88) of Khimik-OPZ Yuzny
7 Sergiy Gladyr (196-G/F-89) of MBC Mykolaiv
8 Artur Drozdov (198-G-80) of BC Kyiv
10 Olexiy Onufriyev (200-F-82) of MBC Mykolaiv
11 Rostyslav Kryvych (198-F/G-78) of BC Donetsk
12 Serhiy Lishchuk (210-C/F-82) of Azovmash Mariupol
13 Maxym Ivshyn (207-C-86) of Azovmash Mariupol
14 Vyacheslav Kravtsov (212-C-87) of BC Kyiv
15 Andriy Agafonov (207-F-86) of Khimik-OPZ Yuzny
21 Roman Gumenyuk (221-C-87) of VEF Riga (LAT)
Head Coach: Valentyn Melnychuck
Coach Assistants: Oleg Ruban , Gennadi Zaschuk


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Kieron Achara rejoins Team Great Britain - by Eurobasket News
Former Duquesne forward/center Kieron Achara (Stirling, Scotland) will rejoin the men's British Basketball team in time for their first home game against the Czech Republic at The O2 arena on September 6.

Having signed for Pallacanestro Cantu (not UPIM Bologna, as previously reported), the Italian club initially withdrew Achara from the British training camp in Belgium, but FIBA Europe rules stipulate that they have no right to do so and with their help British Basketball have been able to regain the 25-year-old's services.

Performance manager of British Basketball, Ron Wuotila, said: 'We have quality throughout our programme, from our sports science and medical team through to our coaching staff and clubs need to acknowledge this, we need to start being treated with respect throughout Europe.

'FIBA Europe regulations are crystal clear about players being released for international duty and going forward we will expect all clubs to follow those to a tee.'

Achara's return will be welcomed after GB slipped to a narrow defeat to Israel in Tel Aviv last night. Having led 85-83 with only 3.4 seconds to play, Israel forced overtime and consequently won 102-92.

Britain are looking to bounce back immediately with victory over the Czech Republic on Saturday, before heading to the NIA in Birmingham and the Echo Arena in Liverpool.

Courtesy www.basketball247.co.uk


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asdsa - by Dave Ryan
Greg Meldrum


I'm writing a series of articles for BBL programmes about former players in the BBL. basically, we're asking them what they've done since leaving the league, and what their favourite memories of it are (presumably not the refereeing!). I wondered if you've be interested in helping me out. I dont need war & peace, just a few paragraphs.
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  URBL   


Standings
URBL Standings
 1. Univ.City-Sch. 0-0 
 2. Converse F. 0-0 
 3. Capital City 0-0 
 4. San Antonio 0-0 


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  VENEZUELA   


Heberto Guanipa stepping up! - by Wolfgang Lucena

Heberto Guanipa (202-C-90), the enormous dude from Maracaibo is moving up.
Since his arrival in The United States of America, Our 6'10'' Venezuela's national team member has been facing different experiences in and out of the basketball court. At Patterson School, North Carolina, Heberto had the opportunity to feel the transition between the North and South American style and gets face to face with this country's educational system.
With just a few weeks in USA, Heberto Guanipa received an invitation from Coach Art 'Pilin' Alvarez, to play ball with the Miami Tropics (which was Heberto Guanipa's first experience in an AAU basketball tournament).
During the summer, Heberto Guanipa went to the state of Florida to keep his body conditioning and Basketball training. For this following semester, which starts this September, Heberto Guanipa will be defending St. Augustine home court under the legendary Coach Paul Rodio.

Let's hope the best for this icon of our Venezuela's Bolivarian Republic.



Standings - LNB
LNB Standings
 1. Duros 6-0 
 2. Graneros 5-1 
 3. Trujillo 4-2 
 4. Cojedes 3-3 
 5. Centauros 2-4 
 6. Tiburones 2-4 
 7. Estudiantes 1-5 
 8. Falcon 1-5 


Cedeno and Sucre start off well in Argentinian Cup, Marriaga to Bucaros - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Guard Carlos Cedeno (193-G/F-85, college: Frank Phillips JC) (193-G/F-85) was a starter and a main factor in the first couple of victories gotten by his team in the Argentinian Cup, Lanus, over Gimnasia y Esgrima de la Plata (Group 2), while Axiers Sucre (198-F-78) scored a lot of points but could not avoid a split of his team, Union Sunchales, against Alma Juniors, in Group 1.

Cedeno netted 11 points in the first match and another 12 points while Lanus won both games, 74-72 and 84-72. He got back up in the first match by Wendell Gibson with 16 points, Fernando Funes (193-G-83) with 15 points and Andres Rodriguez (202-C-77) with 12. Gimnasia's best scorers were Pablo Bendel with 20 points and Eddie Washington (201-C/F-75) with 15. In the second match, Cedeno's performance was supported by 17 points of Nathan Mielke (210-F-81) and another 17 of Wendell Gibson, while Gimnasia's only shining star was Emiliano Agostino (191-G-84) with 20 points.

'This is a different style of basketball for me and I'm adapting to it. I like it a lot here and I'm trying to bring in what I already know about basketball and combine it with the things I'm being asked to do in this league, so that I can get rapidly acquainted with my teammates', said Cedeno to his club's official website.

Sucre scored 8 points coming off the bench in a victory of Union Sunchales against Alma Juniors, 73-61, but in the second match, despites scoring 18 points, his team lost 103-92 after a couple of extra times.

Marriaga to Bucaros
Meanwhile, in Colombia, center Miguel Angel Marriaga (207-C-84) chose to play for Bucaros de Bucaramanga instead of becoming a player of Norte de Santander, former Canoneros de Cucuta. Marriaga, who just finished the LPB season as a runner-up with Gaiteros del Zulia against Cocodrilos de Caracas, could play as a local player and apply for the double nationality, since his dad is Colombian. Other Venezuelan players such as Herbert Bayona (211-C-78), Eduardo Torres (195-F-81), Jorge Diaz (194-G/F-77), Nilsson Carabali (198-G/F-76) and Juan Manaure (190-G-79) will do the same thing for their respective teams. Others such as Diego Guevara (184-G-77) and Ernesto Mijares (190-G-76) will perform as imported players.


Elvis Montero, MVP of Week 2 - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Shooting guard Elvis Montero (193-G-78), player of Centauros de Apure, was named Most Valuable Player of Week 2 in Venezuela's Liga Nacional de Baloncesto 2008, after leading his team to a home sweep and their first two victories in the season.

Montero combined for 46 points in those games, scored 8 out of 10 three-point shots, 7 of 9 two-pointers and 8 of 9 free throws. He also grabbed 5 rebounds and stole 2 balls. The Honorable Mention of the week goes to Jorge Leon (186-G-79), of Petroleros de Falcon, who scored 43 points in two games with 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 8 of 15 in three-point shots, 7 of 11 two-point shots and 5 of 7 free-throws.


Jose Juan Bravo from Duros to Angeles de Puebla in Mexico - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Tough rebounder Juan Jose Bravo (200-C-80) became the newest member of Angeles de Puebla in Mexico's Liga Nacional de Baloncesto Profesional (LNBP), after he was announced as the fifth and last imported player in a team in which he'll share with countryman Hernan Salcedo (198-F-80), who was also a teammate of his in Venezuela's LPB, where they both helped Gaiteros del Zulia get to the finals and be runner-ups.

Bravo is a young 2.03mts tall rebounder who can play both as power forward and center and had just started Liga Nacional de Baloncesto (LNB) in Venezuela as a member of Duros de Lara's roster, though a minor pain in his left knee prevented him from playing any minutes in the league.

'He's a kid with lots of strenght under the basket, who'll go after every ball, who can run the court well, is a good jumper and blocker and is, in general, an all-around player', said Puebla's head coach Tomas Canizalez to the LNBP's official website. 'I was asking for someone with this qualities. He's got a strong inner presence in the paint and will help me close up the opposing defense and get my shooters to execute more comfortable from outside', he added.

'For now he might not start any games, cause we want to have him as a replacement to give us deepness in the rotation and that will go on court as one of the paint players. As he adapts to the league, he'll be getting more minutes up to the point where he'll be a starter', explained Canizalez.

The Mexican league will start this weekend with a record of 9 Venezuelans, led by last year's sensation, forward Hernan Salcedo, who shined for Puebla and then went on to become the Most Valuable Player of Venezuela's LPB for Gaiteros del Zulia. Bravo ans Salcedo will play for Puebla, Alejandro Barrios (205-F-79) and Luis Bethelmi (200-C-86) will play for Lobos UAC de Saltillo, Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82) and Tomas Aguilera (198-F-77) will play for Fuerza Regia Monterrey, Roque Osorio (206-C-76) and Johnathan Polanco (190-G-82) will play for Venados de Nuevo Laredo and the list is completed with Pedro Brito (202-F/C-82), imported player of Panteras de Aguascalientes.


Flor Melendez will replace Nestor Garcia as head coach of Marinos in 2009 - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Puerto Rican head coach Flor Melendez will be in charge of Marinos de Anzoategui in the 2009 edition of Liga Profesional de Baloncesto, according to an official written statement issued by the new general management of the team.

Melendez, 61 years old, has a broad international experience in different levels of basketball both with clubs and senior National Teams in countries such as Argentina, Brazil and Panama. He is a seven-times winner of his country's Coach of the Year award. His last team was Atleticos de San German in BSN 2008. He's been in Olympic Games and FIBA World Cups.

Melendez will take over for Argentinian Nestor Garcia, who picked up Marinos from a bad start in the regular season of LPB 2008 and took it to the Semifinals, but despites having a great group of players, including two former NBA players, he was unable to reach the final stage.


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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Standings
Standings
1. Spain24-0
2. Greece23-1
3. USA22-2
4. Argentina21-3
5. France20-4
6. Turkey19-5
7. Lithuania18-6
8. Germany17-7
9. Nigeria16-8
10. N.Zealand16-8
11. Australia16-8
12. Angola16-8
13. China16-8
14. Italy16-8
15. Slovenia16-8
16. Serbia16-8
17. Japan8-16
18. Lebanon8-16
19. Brazil8-16
20. P.Rico8-16
21. Qatar4-20
22. Senegal4-20
23. Panama4-20
24. Venezuela4-20


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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS U19   


Groups Standings
Standings
Group E
1. USA6-0
2. Serbia5-1
3. France4-2
4. Brazil3-3
5. Lithuania2-4
6. China1-5
Group F
1. Australia6-0
2. Spain4-2
3. Turkey3-3
4. Canada3-3
5. Argentina3-3
6. S.Korea2-4


Stats Leaders
WC U19 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Paulao, BRA 23.0
2 Joseph, CAN 22.6
3 Ogilvy, AUS 22.3
4 Coulibaly, MLI 19.6
5 Yusuf, NGR 18.2
Rebounds Per Game
1 Paulao, BRA 14.7
2 Ogilvy, AUS 9.8
3 Claver, ESP 8.6
4 Negedu, NGR 8.6
5 Alabi, NGR 7.8
Assists Per Game
1 Janavicius, LTU 6.6
2 Mills, AUS 4.6
3 Daudu, NGR 4.4
4 Gerbaudo, ARG 4.4
5 Batum, FRA 4.3
Steals Per Game
1 Beverley, USA 3.4
2 Carlinhos, BRA 3.4
3 Markovic, SRB 3.0
Blocks Per Game
1 Alabi, NGR 2.8
2 Ajinca, FRA 2.7
3 Ogilvy, AUS 2.3
2FGP
1 Lighty, USA 76.5
2 Mbaye, FRA 73.0
3 Johnson, AUS 72.2
3FGP
1 Williams, CAN 52.4
2 Jeremic, SRB 47.9
3 Gvezdauskas, LT 45.7
Free Throws
1 Jung, KOR 87.5
2 Negedu, NGR 85.7
3 Kim, KOR 84.6


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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS U21   


Standings
Standings
1. Lithuania11-0
2. Greece10-1
3. Canada9-2
4. Australia8-3
5. USA7-4
6. Argentina6-5
7. Israel5-6
8. P.Rico4-7
9. Slovenia3-8
10. Nigeria2-9
11. China1-10


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  WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES   


Standings
Standings
Group A
1. Canada2-0
2. N.Zealand1-1
3. Thailand0-2
Group B
1. Lithuania2-0
2. USA1-1
3. Angola0-2
Group C
1. Japan2-0
2. Ukraine1-1
3. Brazil0-2
Group D
1. Serbia2-0
2. Mexico1-1
3. Czech Repu.0-2
Group E
1. Russia2-0
2. Finland1-1
3. Taiwan0-2
Group F
1. Germany2-0
2. Greece1-1
3. Kazakhstan.0-2
Group G
1. Turkey2-0
2. China1-1
3. S.Africa0-2
Group H
1. Israel2-0
2. S.Korea1-1
3. Australia0-2




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Women News

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE - Women  


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


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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Bevilaqua wins two in a row with the Fever - by Eurobasket News
Tully Bevilaqua (164-G-72) won two in a row with the Fever. At first however the Indiana Fever failed to come up with decent performance as they fell to the Connecticut Sun 58:84 on home soil. Tamika Whitmore knocked down 15 points to pace the Sun to 17-10 record in the East. Asjha Jones added 14 points, while Kerri Gardin and Sandrine Gruda produced 11 points each for the winners. Tully Bevilaqua (164-G-72) and Tammy Sutton-Brown responded with 9 points apiece for the Fever. Indiana lost the fourth time in the last five games.

Later in the week Tamika Catchings delivered 23 points and 7 rebounds, leading the Fever to an 87:72 victory against the Atlanta Dream. Katie Douglas and Tammy Sutton-Brown each had 21 points, marking the first time in franchise history that Indiana had three players score 20 or more points in the same game. Tully Bevilaqua (164-G-72) posted 5 points and made 4 rebounds.

Tamika Catchings secured 26 points 15 of them in the second half and the Indiana Fever held off the Washington Mystics 79:68 for the 14-15 record. Tully Bevilaqua (164-G-72) ended up with 10 points, 3 rebounds and 3 steals. The win allowed the Fever to get closer to the Eastern conference playoff birth as they now are 4 games ahead of Washington in the postseason hunt. Tan White and Katie Douglas contributed 19 points apiece for the winners. Alana Beard topscored for the Mystics with 17 points. Nakia Sanford chipped in 15 points as Washington suffered their fourth loss in a row.


Jaz returns to Spirit - by Eurobasket News
The Bendigo Bank Spirit have re-signed forward Jasmine Finnigan (184-F-77) for the 2008/09 Womens National Basketball League season.

The 184 centimetre forward was a member of the Spirits inaugural side and after remaining in Bendigo to play for the Lady Braves in the SEABL, Finnigan is well placed to play an important role this year.

Spirit Head Coach Bernie Harrower said he was looking forward to seeing Finnigan step up to fill the hole left by the retirement of Karen Ashby.

Last year Jasmines opportunities were limited because of the key roles played by Gabe Richards, Karen and Marita Payne, Harrower said.

This year, theres a greater opportunity for Jaz to establish herself as a solid WNBL player and be a big contributor to our success.

Finnigan is a strong defender and rebounder and has shown in the SEABL that she can be an effective scorer.

During the past two seasons for NW Tasmania and the Lady Braves Finnigan has averaged double digits in scoring and eight rebounds a game.

Harrower will be looking for Finnigan to take that good form in the WNBL season.

Im looking forward to the season. I think weve got a deep and well balanced group of players and Im confident that I can contribute to our success, Finnigan said.

My daughter Chloe and I have been in Bendigo for a year, we both feel settled and were really enjoying living here.

Spirit General Manager Wendy James said last week was a very exciting week with the announcement of our naming rights sponsor - Bendigo Bank. The focus this week has been directed to preparing the launch of the Bendigo Bank Spirit community campaign, which will include membership packages and the new 500 Club, for further details on community packages please contact Wendy James on 0403 621 784.

This signing brings the Bendigo Spirit roster to nine after Gabrielle Richards, Hanna Zavecz, Deanne Butler, Eleanor Haring, Louise McLean, Anna Teague, Andrea Wilson & Kelly Wilson for the 2008/09 Season.

By Spirit Media - Courtesy of Bendigo Spirit


Spirit re-sign dynamic Chalmers - by Eurobasket News
The Bendigo Spirit have re-signed dynamic point guard Jane Chalmes.

The Echuca-based Chalmers played a key role off the bench for the Spirit in the teams inaugural season and has backed up with an excellent SEABL season with the Bendigo Lady Braves.

Bendigo Spirit Head Coach Bernie Harrower said Chalmers had been a revelation during her first WNBL season and had really stepped up in the SEABL.

Jane has been the primary point guard for the Lady Braves this season and its been obvious that her WNBL experience has really helped to develop her game further, Harrower said.

Jane is really starting to put all the parts of her game together. Shes a good organiser as a point guard, shoots the ball well from the perimeter, is tough to defend on dribble penetration and provides high-energy defence.

The combination of Chalmers and the recently signed Dee Butler and Kelly Wilson, gives the Spirit a powerful guard rotation.

Chalmers said she was looking forward to establishing herself in the Spirit rotation working alongside the experienced Butler and Wilson.

Last year was great because I was working closely with Kathleen McLeod every week. This year Ill continue to be challenged and hopefully will challenge Dee and Kelly as well, Chalmers said.

I think our guard rotation will have great balance because we each bring something unique to the team and we have strengths in different areas.

Spirit General Manager Wendy James said she was starting to feel the excitement of the impending season.

'The girls we have brought home are back in central Victoria and settling into their Bendigo community very well, we have a wonderful group who are already working well, and supporting each other as a team both on and off the court.'

This signing brings the Bendigo Spirit roster to ten after Gabrielle Richards, Hanna Zavecz, Deanne Butler, Eleanor Haring, Louise McLean, Anna Teague, Andrea Wilson, Kelly Wilson and Jasmine Finnigan for the 2008/09 Season.

By Spirit Media - Courtesy of Bendigo Spirit


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  BALTIC LEAGUE - Women  


Baltic League to have 18 teams this season - by Eurobasket News
Recently it was decided that Baltic League will have 18 teams this upcoming season. Lithuania and Belarus will be represented by four teams. Teo, Laisve, Lemminkainen and Arvi will be the same teams from Lithuania as it was last year. In comparison with the previous year Belarus will send four teams except three. Minsk-2006, Berezina-RCOR, Olimpia and Victoria will compete for their country. Ukraine and Latvia will have three teams each. TTT-Riga, Cesis and Avantis/Turiba will play from Latvia and Tim-Scuf, Olimp-NAEK and Dnipro will defend Ukraine. From Estonia the spectators will see Tallinna Living and Star-TLU. Kazakhstan and Russia
will send one representative. Saint Petersburg's Spartak will be from Russia and Kazakhstan will have a national team. Russian Spartak St. Petersburg will be the first Russian team after three years four years of absence. In 2003 Baltiskaja Zvezda grabbed bronze in BWBL season. BWBL new season starts on the 26th of September.
Last year TEO triumphed again beating Cesis 59:53 in the Final. Gintare Petronyte (195-C-89) led the winners with 17 points and 16 rebounds and Jurgita Streimikyte (191-F-72) added 10. Cesis's high scoring players were Jessica Moore (191-C-82, college: Connecticut) with 14 points and Dace Cinite (188-F-82) with 9.


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  BELGIUM - Women  


Wauters remains hot after the break - by Eurobasket News
WNBA resumed the action after the Olympic Games break. The San Antonio Silver Stars together with Ann Wauters picked up from where they left before the break. They stormed past the defending champions Phoenix Mercury 77:55 in Arizona to keep the best record in the league. The Mercury leaders looked exhausted after the Olympic Games tournament and could not prevent the hosts from falling short at the end. Diana Taurasi had 13 points, while Cappie Pondexter added only 4 points in defeat. In the meantime the Silver Stars rolled confidently led by Sophia Young. The center tallied 18 points to pace the visitors to 19-9 record. Ann Wauters (194-C-80) provided 15 points and 9 boards, while Rebecca Hammon had 13 points for the winners. The Silver Stars used a massive 25:6 rally in the second frame to accumulate a 24-point advantage at halftime. They never looked back again and secured the stunning win.
In the game after Lisa Leslie scored four of her 18 points and had a blocked shot in the final 1:39. The Los Angeles Sparks rallied for a 58:53 victory over the San Antonio Silver Stars.Candace Parker added 17 points and 15 rebounds for the Sparks . Becky Hammon had 17 points and seven assists for the Silver Stars, while Ann Wauters added 13 points.


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  BRAZIL - Women  


Kelly Santos reaches the playoff birth with her team - by Eurobasket News
Kelly Santos (192-C-79) and her Seattle Storm secured the Western conference playoff birth with a 70:62 road win over Chicago yesterday. Sue Bird was once again pivotal with 19 points for the winners. Camille Little delivered 13 points, while Yolanda Griffith came up with 10 points for the Storm. The Storm won the 6th game without their charismatic leader Lauren Jackson and secured the 5th playoff appearance in a row. Jia Perkins, who was just awarded the Player of the Week award, answered with 22 points for the Sky. Sylvia Fowles notched 12 points as Chicago fell to 11-18 record. The visitors got to a slow start as Chicago built a 20:10 lead heading into the second period. Seattle cut the deficit but still trailed 59:60 midway through the fourth term. But Sue Bird stepped up for the Storm as the visitors went on an 11:2 rally to win the game. Kelly Santos scored 1 point for just 3 minutes of the game.
Before that the Seattle Storm grabbed their 18th win in the season as they rallied past the Atlanta Dream 83:69 away from home. Sue Bird put on a leading role pouring in 21 points and issuing 9 assists. Little and Griffith produced 16 points each in the win. Kelly Santos nailed 4 points and made 3 rebounds. Betty Lennox answered with 25 points in a losing case.


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  CANADA - Women  


Sutton-Brown latest games for Indiana - by Eurobasket News
The Indiana Fever failed to come up with decent performance as they fell to the Connecticut Sun 58:84 on home soil. Tamika Whitmore knocked down 15 points to pace the Sun to 17-10 record in the East. Asjha Jones added 14 points, while Kerri Gardin and Sandrine Gruda produced 11 points each for the winners. Tully Bevilaqua and Tammy Sutton-Brown (193-C-78, college: Rutgers) responded with 9 points apiece for the Fever. Indiana lost the fourth time in the last five games.

Later in the week Tamika Catchings delivered 23 points and 7 rebounds, leading the Fever to an 87:72 victory against the Atlanta Dream. Katie Douglas and Tammy Sutton-Brown each had 21 points, marking the first time in franchise history that Indiana had three players score 20 or more points in the same game.

Tamika Catchings secured 26 points 15 of them in the second half and the Indiana Fever held off the Washington Mystics 79:68 for the 14-15 record. The win allowed the Fever to get closer to the Eastern conference playoff birth as they now are 4 games ahead of Washington in the postseason hunt. Tan White and Katie Douglas contributed 19 points apiece for the winners. Alana Beard topscored for the Mystics with 17 points. Nakia Sanford chipped in 15 points as Washington suffered their fourth loss in a row.


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Standings - Women
Standings
1. Australia7-0
2. N.Zealand6-1
3. U.Kingdom5-2
4. Nigeria4-3
5. Mozambiq.3-4
6. India2-5
7. Malaysia1-6
8. Malta0-7


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Mabika loses three after the break - by Eurobasket News
Janel McCarville notched game and career high 34 points to propel New York past the Houston Comets in an overtime drama at the Reliant Arena in Houston. Lisa Willis was helpful as she knocked down career-high 22 points in the Liberty win. The Comets fought for life as they rallied back from deficits in the fourth and extra terms. Mistie Williams hit two freebies in the dying seconds of regulation to send game into overtime. New York cleared off to a 7-point distance in the extra frame but the hosts showed character and shaved it once again. Ashley Battle accounted for a three-pointer with 46 seconds remaining and the Liberty never looked back again. Tina Thompson came up with season-high 34 points for the Comets. Matee Ajavon delivered 16 points in defeat, while Mwadi Mabika (180-F-76) added 5 points and 3 rebounds.

Nicole Powell hit four 3-pointers and had 20 points and 9 rebounds to lead the Sacramento Monarchs past the Houston Comets 80:65. Lawson also had four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points for the Monarchs. Shannon Johnson had 12 points and five assists, but committed six of Houston's 21 turnovers. Mwadi Mabika ended up with 7 points and 3 rebounds.
On August 29th Houston lost to Seattle 49:66. Bird returned from her gold medal-winning performance with the U.S. team in Beijing to score 22 points. Mwadi Mabika played only 5 minutes in that game.


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  FINLAND - Women  


EUROBASKET: Italy too strong - by Rauno Hurmalainen
EuroBasket - Division A. Qualifying Round, Group B: Finland - Italy 52-68 (28-35). Quarters: 16-20, 12-15, 14-16, 10-17. Italy winning all four quarters, not much, but anyway by 2-7 pts each of them. Finland missed all 12 treys (Italy 4/9) and C Taru Tuukkanen was still on injured list. Finland had three players in double figures: Tiina Sten (185-G/F-85) 16, Niina Laaksonen (185-F/C-85) (double-double 11/10) and Kia Ignatius (176-G-90) 10. Simona Ballardini (183-F-81) was Italy's leading scorer (14 pts) once again. Kathrin Ress (193-F-85, college: Boston Coll.) added 13 pts.
Poland - Turkey 76-64 (39-34). Quarters: 24-18, 15-16, 21-17, 16-13. P: Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, college: Abil.Christian) 19. T: Esmeral Tuncluer (175-G-80) 17. Next games: 6.9. Turkey - Finland, Italy - Bosnia and Herzegovina.


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Anna Goerg to Marburg - by Cornelius Damm
With Anna-Christine Gorg (190-F-87) another top German inside player will join Marburg. After an unpleasant 2007/08 season where the champion of 2003 BC Marburg only finished as seventh in the league ending the season quickly with two Play Off losses to later championship runner-up Saarlouis, the team of head coach Aleksandra Kojic is looking into a much brighter future. One main reason for the unfortunate performance of her team in 2007/08 was the poor inside play of the team. Not much of a surprise did the team acquire over the summer nothing but big girls to get the job done. At first they got their hands on former German U20 National Players Karolin Holtz (188-C-86) and Mirijam Unger (193-C/F-88). Then the signing of UCLA power forward Amanda Livingston (185-F-84, agency: Rasmussen Services) was announced. But if that would have not been enough the Blue Dolphins now proudly announced the signing of Anna-Christine Goerg.

The 2007/08 Eurobasket.com German DBBL All-Domestic Players Team Selection is perhaps the German youngster on the inside positions with the most talent. Goerg followed her Coach Marc Kopp from second league club SC Rist Wedel to Eurocup team BG Dorsten where she developed into a top German Prospect already matching up with Europes best teams in the Eurocup despite her tender age of 18 years back then. In her last Eurocup season with Dorsten in 2006/07 she scored 8.4 PPG and grabbed 4.3 RPG in 28.4 minutes per game on the court. Of course Goerg also played in every German Youth National Team as a major contributor. At her last international stage so far Goerg competed in the U20 European Championship in 2007 averaging 15.0 PPG and 10.8 RPG in 30.4 minutes per game on the court before being kicked out of the team the night before the final game of Germany against Russia by none other than Marburg head coach Aleksandra Kojic who served as the U20 head coach back than! This has been the reason why Anna Goerg did not suit up immediately for Marburg after enrolling at the university in Gieen close to Marburg last year but played for Herner TC this past season where she averaged 13.6 PPG and 7.4 RPG. Now the old dispute seems to be settled and so way to Marburg was paved for Anna Goerg.


Donau-Ries land WNBA drafted college standout Megan Vogel - by Cornelius Damm

Throughout the past years newcomers to first league always faced serious problems adapting to the much more intense play in first league. Quite often they are among those teams that have to quit the 1.DBBL eventually after the season and are sent back to the second league where they came from. 2007/08 2.DBBL champion BG Donau-Ries doesnt accept this fate and is willing to return to the German top level where the club has been before its financial collapse in 2003. Of course staying in the league is a lot easier when there are good players on the roster.

Understanding this BG Donau-Ries surprised the league these days with the unexpected move of signing former NCAA standout Megan Vogel (180-G/F-85, college: S.Dakota St.). The 1.80m (511) SG/SF was a record breaker in college. With the South Dakota State Jackrabbits, Vogel started all 120 of her team's games over her four-year career and finished second on the school's scoring charts with 1,850 points. She also finished third in career three-pointers with 194 and fifth in career rebounds with 783. During her senior season in 2006-07, Vogel was the Jackrabbits' top scorer with 17.5 PPG adding 5.6 RPG and 2.5 APG. Furthermore she led SDSU to the quarterfinals of the Women's NIT. She finished the season shooting 49.8 percent from the field and 39.5 percent (62-of-157) from three-point range. Her 154 free throws in her final season set a Jackrabbit single-season record, and her 492 career free throws and 633 free throw attempts also are school records. With an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America second-team selection in 2007 and later being awarded an NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, Vogel also showed her specialty in the classroom.

Following her success at South Dakota State, Vogel was selected in the second round (19th overall) of the 2007 WNBA Draft by the Washington Mystics, becoming the first Jackrabbit to be drafted by a WNBA team. After being released in training camp, she spent the 2007 season as an intern with the Mystics, assisting in scouting and breaking down film while also practicing with the team. This past season of college basketball she spent as a graduate assistant coach at her alma mater, South Dakota State pursuing her master's degree in sport pedagogy.


BG Donau Ries also welcomed on board Theresia Schollweck. The 22 year old sport student from Munich played a good 2007/08 season with Germering in Germany's third league (Regionalliga). At Donau-Ries she is expected to have a bigger impact than she had playing for Munich Basket in 1.DBBL with a double license as well these past two seasons.




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Montenegro beat Netherlands in the battle of undefeated - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro - Netherlands 82:80
Montenegrin National Team secured their third straight win at the EuroBasket in Division B competition. Yesterday they held off ambitious Dutch squad to remain on top of the ladder in the pool. Both teams entered the game unbeaten and hoped to extend streak. The game proved the teams were worth it but the hosts turned out just better at the end. Netherlands suffered their first defeat and slipped to 2-1 record. The visitors got to a better start as they accumulated a 24:23 lead at the first intermission. The home team failed to recover throughout the second term and Netherlands arrived at 47:41 advantage at halftime. Montenegro finally managed to slow their opponents down as the teams traded baskets in the third quarter. Montenegrin team trailed by 6 points before the fourth quarter however they managed to bounce back late in the game. Jelena Skerovic (172-G-80) came up with some vital baskets as the hosts surged ahead and scored an impressive tough win at the end. Jelena Skerovic secured 16 points for Montenegro. Milka Bjelica (193-F-81) added 12 points, while Jelena Dubljevic (192-C-87) had 11 points for the winners. Leonie Kooij (187-F-86, agency: LBM Management) answered with 24 points for Netherlands. Naomi Halman (191-F/C-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Cal-Irvine) contributed 18 points in defeat. Montenegro will visit Slovenia, while Netherlands take on Switzerland at home on Saturday.

Montenegro: Jelena Skerovic 16, Milka Bjelica 12, Jelena Dubljevic 11
Netherlands: Leonie Kooij 24, Naomi Halman 18


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Oga's Phoenix reignited their playoff chase - by Eurobasket News
Yuko Oga (170-G-82) resumed the action after the Olympic Games break for her Phoenix in WNBA. In the opener the San Antonio Silver Stars picked up from where they left before the break. They stormed past the defending champions Phoenix Mercury 77:55 in Arizona to keep the best record in the league. The Mercury leaders looked exhausted after the Olympic Games tournament and could not prevent the hosts from falling short at the end. Diana Taurasi had 13 points, while Cappie Pondexter added only 4 points in defeat. In the meantime the Silver Stars rolled confidently led by Sophia Young . The center tallied 18 points to pace the visitors to 19-9 record. Ann Wauters provided 15 points and 9 boards, while Rebecca Hammon had 13 points for the winners. The Silver Stars used a massive 25:6 rally in the second frame to accumulate a 24-point advantage at halftime. They never looked back again and secured the stunning win. Yuko Oga had 2 rebounds and 1 assist for 13 minutes in the court.
The Phoenix Mercury reignited their playoff chase with a narrow 103:96 win over Minnesota yesterday. Diana Taurasi fired game-high 32 points and the Mercury improved to 13-16 record. They moved within two games from the Lynx and three games from the 4th-placed Sacramento. Kelly Miller contributed 20 points for the winners. The hosts looked well in charge early in the third period as they enjoyed a 21-point lead. However Anna De Forge exploded with 4 treys and the Lynx cut the distance to just 6 points. But Diana Taurasi scored 6 points in a 10:0 run from Phoenix as they entered the fourth term leading by 12 points. Seimone Augustus paced the Lynx in the fourth quarter as the visitors once again cut the deficit to 3 points with 28 seconds remaining. But Kelly Miller netted 4 points in the reminder of the contest and sealed the win for the hosts. Cappie Pondexter knocked down 18 points for the winning side. Anna De Forge secured 23 points in defeat. Candice Wiggins, the Lynx topscorer, was held to just 11 points in the game. The defending champions Phoenix have 5 more games remaining to secure the playoff birth. They will next host their key rivals Sacramento on Friday.


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  MONTENEGRO - Women  


Montenegro beat Netherlands in the battle of undefeated - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro - Netherlands 82:80
Montenegrin National Team secured their third straight win at the EuroBasket in Division B competition. Yesterday they held off ambitious Dutch squad to remain on top of the ladder in the pool. Both teams entered the game unbeaten and hoped to extend streak. The game proved the teams were worth it but the hosts turned out just better at the end. Netherlands suffered their first defeat and slipped to 2-1 record. The visitors got to a better start as they accumulated a 24:23 lead at the first intermission. The home team failed to recover throughout the second term and Netherlands arrived at 47:41 advantage at halftime. Montenegro finally managed to slow their opponents down as the teams traded baskets in the third quarter. Montenegrin team trailed by 6 points before the fourth quarter however they managed to bounce back late in the game. Jelena Skerovic (172-G-80) came up with some vital baskets as the hosts surged ahead and scored an impressive tough win at the end. Jelena Skerovic secured 16 points for Montenegro. Milka Bjelica (193-F-81) added 12 points, while Jelena Dubljevic (192-C-87) had 11 points for the winners. Leonie Kooij (187-F-86, agency: LBM Management) answered with 24 points for Netherlands. Naomi Halman (191-F/C-86, agency: Regeneracom Sports, college: Cal-Irvine) contributed 18 points in defeat. Montenegro will visit Slovenia, while Netherlands take on Switzerland at home on Saturday.

Montenegro: Jelena Skerovic 16, Milka Bjelica 12, Jelena Dubljevic 11
Netherlands: Leonie Kooij 24, Naomi Halman 18


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  PORTUGAL - Women  


CF Unio signed Rosinha Rosario and Carla Aires - by Bruno Baltazar
Next season CF Uniao will compete in the portuguese league ,portuguese cup and Vitor Hugo cup and they just signed 2 portuguese players both that came from Escola Secundario da Amadora .
Rosinha Rosario is international under 20 and played in the past European division B in Poland averaging 4,8 pts, 5,2 rebounds and 0,8 assists in 21,2 minuts ,shes 20 years old ,1.81m ,she played as well for under 16 and under18 portuguese teams ,shes forward ,born in Italy but represents Portugal .

Carla Aires (182-F-82) has more experience ,25 yrs old,1.85m ,center,both players will only arrive in Madeira island in the last week of September ,same time their 2 foreign players will also come.


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Berezhynska starts with San Antonio Silver Stars - by Eurobasket News
Recently WNBA resumed the action after the Olympic Games break. Ukrainian Valeriya Berezhynska (193-C-86, college: Rice) was added to San Antonio Silver Stars roster and now our country will be also represented in the strongest Women League. The San Antonio Silver Stars together with Valeriya Berezhynska picked up from where they left before the break. They stormed past the defending champions Phoenix Mercury 77:55 in Arizona to keep the best record in the league. The Mercury leaders looked exhausted after the Olympic Games tournament and could not prevent the hosts from falling short at the end. Diana Taurasi had 13 points, while Cappie Pondexter added only 4 points in defeat. In the meantime the Silver Stars rolled confidently led by Sophia Young. The center tallied 18 points to pace the visitors to 19-9 record. Ann Wauters provided 15 points and 9 boards, while Rebecca Hammon had 13 points for the winners. The Silver Stars used a massive 25:6 rally in the second frame to accumulate a 24-point advantage at halftime. They never looked back again and secured the stunning win. Valeriya Berezhynska played her first 2 minutes and made 2 fouls for that period of time.
In the game after Lisa Leslie scored four of her 18 points and had a blocked shot in the final 1:39. The Los Angeles Sparks rallied for a 58:53 victory over the San Antonio Silver Stars.Candace Parker added 17 points and 15 rebounds for the Sparks. Becky Hammon had 17 points and seven assists for the Silver Stars, while Ann Wauters added 13 points.


Silver Stars sign Adrianne Ross and extend Valeriya Berezhynska - by Eurobasket News
San Antonio announced signing of Adrianne Ross (5'8''-G-84, college: TCU) to a seven-day contract. At the same time the Silver Stars extended Valeriya Berezhynska (6'4''-C-86, college: Rice) for another seven days.

Interesting is that Adrianne Ross was waived by the Stars in May. She had just one appearance in WNBA getting four minutes against Sacramento. She demonstrated pretty good performance during the pre-season but unfortunately to her it was not enough to remain in San Antonio squad. However, Head Coach and General Manager Dan Hughes decided to add Ross to Stars' roster once again. Adrianne Ross was one of the leading players at TCU during the studies. Season 06/07 was the best one for Ross as she averaged 17.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.5 apg and 2.9 spg. In the last one she had little bit lower digits.

Valeriya Berezhynska succeeded to get another 7-day deal with the Stars despite she appeared just once so far. Berezhynska had outstanding year behind her at Rice. In 07/08 her average stats was 17 ppg and 9.9 rpg for 23 games. At the end of the season she was named 'All-C-USA 2nd Team -08'. She spent some time during the pre-season with Detroit Shock and Sacramento Monarchs but in August she joined Silver Stars.


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Silver Stars sign Adrianne Ross and extend Valeriya Berezhynska - by Eurobasket News
San Antonio announced signing of Adrianne Ross (5'8''-G-84, college: TCU) to a seven-day contract. At the same time the Silver Stars extended Valeriya Berezhynska (6'4''-C-86, college: Rice) for another seven days.

Interesting is that Adrianne Ross was waived by the Stars in May. She had just one appearance in WNBA getting four minutes against Sacramento. She demonstrated pretty good performance during the pre-season but unfortunately to her it was not enough to remain in San Antonio squad. However, Head Coach and General Manager Dan Hughes decided to add Ross to Stars' roster once again. Adrianne Ross was one of the leading players at TCU during the studies. Season 06/07 was the best one for Ross as she averaged 17.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.5 apg and 2.9 spg. In the last one she had little bit lower digits.

Valeriya Berezhynska succeeded to get another 7-day deal with the Stars despite she appeared just once so far. Berezhynska had outstanding year behind her at Rice. In 07/08 her average stats was 17 ppg and 9.9 rpg for 23 games. At the end of the season she was named 'All-C-USA 2nd Team -08'. She spent some time during the pre-season with Detroit Shock and Sacramento Monarchs but in August she joined Silver Stars.


Standings
WNBA Western Standings
 1. S.Antonio SS 18-8 
 2. Seattle S. 18-9 
 3. Connect. S. 18-10 
 4. L.Angeles S. 17-9 
 5. Detroit S. 16-10 
 6. Sacram. M. 14-12 
 7. New York L. 13-11 
 8. Houston C. 12-14 
 9. Indiana F. 11-13 
 10. Minnesota L. 11-14 
 11. Phoenix M. 11-14 
 12. Chicago Sky 11-15 
 13. Washingt. M. 9-18 
 14. Charlotte S. 0-0 


Phoenix hold off Minnesota - by Eurobasket News
The Phoenix Mercury reignited their playoff chase with a narrow 103:96 win over Minnesota yesterday. Diana Taurasi (6'0''-G-82, college: Connecticut) fired game-high 32 points and the Mercury improved to 13-16 record. They moved within two games from the Lynx and three games from the 4th-placed Sacramento. Kelly Miller (5'10''-G-78, college: Georgia) contributed 20 points for the winners. The hosts looked well in charge early in the third period as they enjoyed a 21-point lead. However Anna De Forge exploded with 4 treys and the Lynx cut the distance to just 6 points. But Diana Taurasi scored 6 points in a 10:0 run from Phoenix as they entered the fourth term leading by 12 points. Seimone Augustus (6'1''-G-84, college: LSU) paced the Lynx in the fourth quarter as the visitors once again cut the deficit to 3 points with 28 seconds remaining. But Kelly Miller netted 4 points in the reminder of the contest and sealed the win for the hosts. Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers) knocked down 18 points for the winning side. Anna De Forge secured 23 points in defeat. Candice Wiggins (5'11''-G-87, college: Stanford), the Lynx topscorer, was held to just 11 points in the game. The defending champions Phoenix have 5 more games remaining to secure the playoff birth. They will next host their key rivals Sacramento on Friday. Minnesota will visit Seattle on Saturday.

Seattle clinch playoff spot - by Eurobasket News
The Seattle Storm secured the Western conference playoff birth with a 70:62 road win over Chicago yesterday. Sue Bird (5'9''-G-80, college: Connecticut) was once again pivotal with 19 points for the winners. Camille Little (6'2''-F/G-85, college: N.Carolina) delivered 13 points, while Yolanda Griffith came up with 10 points for the Storm. The Storm won the 6th game without their charismatic leader Lauren Jackson and secured the 5th playoff appearance in a row. Jia Perkins (5'8''-G-82, agency: Merit Sports, college: Texas Tech), who was just awarded the Player of the Week award, answered with 22 points for the Sky. Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU) nothched 12 points as Chicago fell to 11-18 record.
The visitors got to a slow start as Chicago built a 20:10 lead heading into the second period. Seattle cut the deficit but still trailed 59:60 midway through the fourth term. But Sue Bird stepped up for the Storm as the visitors went on an 11:2 rally to win the game.
Meanwhile the San Antonio Silver Stars have signed a 7-day contract with Adrianne Ross (5'8''-G-84, college: TCU). The guard was a standout player at TCU. There she was ranked second in career scoring and had records in steals, games played and field goal attempts.
The Silver Stars also extended the contract of Valeriya Berezhynska (6'4''-C-86, college: Rice) for seven more days. Rice star played just once for San Antonio this season however she shone during her career in college. She averaged 17.0 points and 9.9 rebounds for the Owls in her senior season.


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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


Standings
Standings
1. Australia16-0
2. Russia15-1
3. USA14-2
4. Brazil13-3
5. France12-2
6. Lithuania11-1
7. Czech Repu.10-6
8. Spain9-7
9. Argentina8-8
10. Canada7-9
11. Cuba6-10
12. China5-11
13. S.Korea4-12
14. Taiwan3-13
15. Senegal2-14
16. Nigeria1-15


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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS U19 - Women  


Standings (Women)
Standings
Group E
1. USA6-0
2. Slovakia5-1
3. Spain4-2
4. S.Korea3-3
5. China2-4
6. Lithuania1-5
Group F
1. Serbia6-0
2. Australia5-1
3. Sweden4-2
4. Czech Repu.3-3
5. Brazil2-4
6. Canada1-5
Classification
1. Japan2-0
2. Mali1-1
3. Argentina1-1
4. Ivory Coas.0-2


Stats Leaders
Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 A. Kang KOR 24.9
2 Nakahata JAP 19.4
3 S. Thomas ARG 19.4
4 Eldebrink SWE 18.4
5 Milovanovic SRB 17.3
Rebounds Per Game
1 N. Coulibaly MLI 15.0
2 M. Keita MLI 12.6
3 R. Palusna SVK 12.2
4 A. Bishop AUS 10.7
5 L. Nicholls ESP 10.3
Assists Per Game
1 A. Kang KOR 24.9
2 Nakahata JAP 19.4
3 S. Thomas ARG 19.4
4 Eldebrink SWE 18.4
5 Milovanovic SRB 17.3


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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS U21 - Women  


Standings
Standings
Group A
1. France5-0
2. Russia4-1
3. Canada3-2
4. Belgium2-3
5. China1-4
6. Mali0-5
Group B
1. USA5-0
2. Australia4-1
3. Hungary3-2
4. Japan1-4
5. Brazil1-4
6. Spain1-4


Stats Leaders
U21 World Championship Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 S. Leemans BEL 20.4
2 S. Gruda FRA 19.6
3 D. Horti HUN 17.5
4 J. O`Hea AUS 16.5
5 R. Camino AUS 15.8
Rebounds Per Game
1 N. Coulibaly MLI 12.1
2 T. Bokareva RUS 10
3 D. Horti HUN 9.3
4 F. Nacimiento BRA 9.1
5 C. Langhorne USA 8.9
Assists Per Game
1 K. MacLeod AUS 6.3
2 Carpreaux BEL 5.1
3 K. Honti HUN 4.4
4 J. De Souza BRA 4.1
5 A. Yoshida JAP 4.0


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Standings
Standings
Group A
1. Canada3-0
2. Turkey2-1
3. Thailand1-2
4. S.Korea0-3
Group B
1. Russia3-0
2. USA2-1
3. Japan1-2
4. Latvia0-3
Group C
1. Czech Repu.3-0
2. Taiwan2-1
3. Serbia1-2
4. Mozambiq.0-3
Group D
1. Poland2-1
2. Australia2-1
3. Brazil2-1
4. China0-3