EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 6/10/2009

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  ABA   


Interview with John Thomas III - by Surujh Roopnarine
John III Thomas (5'9''-G-76, college: St.Francis,NY) (more affectionately referred to as Mookie) is a well-traveled point guard who recently finished up another successful season by helping lead Al Ittihad Alexandria to the Super League Championship in Egypt. One of the quicker guards you will find at the international level, Mookie has won championships on several different continents over the course of his career. Equally adept at leading his team in scoring as he is being solely a distributor, Mookie has a wealth of basketball experiences and took some time to share his thoughts with me on this past season, his career and the future.

Q.What have you been up to the last few weeks since the season in Egypt ended?

A.Well since Egypt ended Ive just been resting and spending time with my family. I lost my father at the very end of the Egyptian season so now Im just here spending a lot of time with my mother and making sure she is ok and comfortable. She lost not only her husband but her best friend so its hard on her, so Im just being here for her and my little ones as well.

Q.Almost a month after leading Al Ittihad Alexandria to the League Title in Egypt, how does it feel?

A.It feels good to lead Al Ittihad Alexandria to the league title because they hadnt won in 10 years so it felt good to help them finally get a title after so long, and it adds another championship to my collection.

Q.Youve won a lot in your career; USBL, Great Britain, Arab Club Championship titles, etc does any one title stand out more than the others?

A.You know what, England was nice because it was my first time playing in Europe and the Jordan league championship was nice because in both series we were down and came back to win and Egypt was nice because we were the underdogs and people said we didnt have a chance to win but we won it! They all were nice. In the USBL with the ValleyDawgs, when we beat my home team of Brooklyn, Arab Championship was nice too because I had fun and I was part of an amazing team (Nate Johnson (6'7''-F-77, college: Louisville), Rasheim Wright (6'4''-G-81, college: District of Col.), Jamal Sampson (6'11''-F/C-83, college: California), etc...) and coach in Maz Trakh so they were all nice.

Q.After a successful career at St. Francis (NY) you stayed home for a few years playing in US minor leagues before heading overseas to play. Why the wait to cash in?

A.I stayed home trying to make it to the NBA, but like Biggie Smalls said 'It was all a dream...'

Q.You have a lot of experience playing in the now defunct United States Basketball League. The league had a long history and helped develop a lot of successful players both for the NBA (Raja Bell (6'5''-F/G-76, college: Florida Intern.), Adrian Griffin (6'5''-G/F-74, college: Seton Hall), Devin Brown (6'5''-G/F-78, college: UTSA)) and foreign leagues (Mike Campbell (6'6''-G/F-75, college: LIU Brooklyn), Sean Colson (6'0''-G-75, college: Charlotte), Jimmie Hunter (6'5''-G-77, college: Life), Immanuel McElroy (6'4''-G-80, college: Cincinnati), etc). What are some of your memories from playing in the USBL?

A.The USBL was fun. I have a couple of memorable moments. My greatest memory of course was when I didnt play the first three quarters because of an injury to my shoulder, but Darryl Dawkins needed me because I think Tim Winn (5'11''-G-77, college: St.Bonaventure), Joseph Crispin (6'1''-G-79, college: Penn St.) or Quincy Wadley (6'4''-G-78, college: Temple) got hurt or in foul trouble (Darryl Dawkins always played three guards). He put me in and I had 15 points in the fourth quarter to beat Brooklyn in the championship game. That was a beautiful thing. Also I remember when we lost Fred House (6'5''-F-78, college: S.Utah) because he went to an NBA Mini-Camp and we played in the final four against Devin Brown (and the Oklahoma Storm). Fred House (6'5''-F-78, college: S.Utah) was our best player besides Junie Sanders (6'4''-G-72, college: Cent.Oklahoma) and Devin Brown scored like 55 points on us and we lost; that when I was with Adirondack. Oh, and playing against Roy Jones, Jr. (Brevard Blue Ducks) and playing with Terrell Owens (Pennsylvania ValleyDawgs).

Q.For the majority of your career you played strictly in the USA and Europe. In 2008 you headed to Jordan to play for Zain and then this season played for Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (Lebanon) and Al Ittihad Alexandria; why the change?

A.I dont know. I needed a change and Europe and the USA were not for me so I tried out the Middle East and enjoyed it, so thats where I enjoy playing now.

Q.How would you compare the differences between European basketball and basketball in the Middle East? What about the lifestyle adjustments youve had to make?

A.Europe and the Middle East are the same basketball-wise; very talented players play in the Middle East. The only difference I see is the life off the court. Europe is more loose and free and like the USA, for example the night life. Its not that hard to adjust to Europe. The Middle East is different. They are very religious and you have to respect their beliefs, its cool though. There is limited or no night life, but the food in the Middle East is good. They have all the fast food restaurants that we have in the USA like McDonalds, Burger King, Hardees, KFC, Pizza Hut, Dominos, Popeyes, Fridays , Chilis, etc

Q.What were the Single greatest and single worst points of your basketball career?

A.The single greatest accomplishment in my basketball career would have to be winning a championship in Africa (Egypt). I enjoyed that because we were really the underdog and people didnt think we could do it and they said it publicly on TV that we were not good enough to win the league and we WON... AL ITTIHAD!
The single lowest point of my career was when I was in Germany and we finished third or second from the bottom. Even though I averaged 18.5 points and finished in the top 10 in scoring and made the All-Star game, we were still losing. Losing is not a good thing; plus the fans in Giessen Germany were amazing fans, they deserved a winning team.

Q.With the season wrapped up, what is a typical day for you during the off-season? How much time do you take off away from the gym to recover before getting back into training?

A.Well my normal day is waking up, taking the kids to school, going to spend time with my mother, picking the family up from school and work then going home and playing video games with my boys. Family is everything to me.
Well my last game was May 15th and I hurt my ankle, so I just rested up and I started working out yesterday June 8th. I ran three miles did some circuit training and today I will play ball for the first time since then.

Q.What are your plans for the summer?

A.My plans for the summer is to play in a couple of summer leagues, and just enjoy my summer team which are the Diamonds. Trying to win some summer leaguesthats it. Also taking family tripsI love my family.
SHOUT OUT TO DIAMOND AND ALL MY DIAMONDS!

Q.Do you have any thoughts or ideas on where you want to continue your career next season?

A.I have no idea of where I am going to play next year. I just want to play and enjoy where I am at. Ive been blessed to play in places and see places that are absolutely amazing. Like the Dead Sea in Jordan, the Pyramids and Sphinx in Cairo and the hotel in the middle of the water in Dubai. Ive met people that have absolutely been friends and good honest people like Doc Nasouh (the owner of the Zain team) who always calls to see if Im ok and how me and my family are doing, and all the players from the Jordan team Zain and the Lebanon team Al Riyadi and all my Al Ittihad Alexandria little brothers. Also the great coaches like Coach Maz Trakh from Zain, and Coach Fouad from Al Riyadi and Coach Amr from Al Ittihad Alexandria...


ABA adds Columbus in the Southeastern Division - by Chris Terrell
Indianapolis, IN. The American Basketball Association (ABA) today announced that it has added Columbus, GA to its expansion teams for the upcoming season. 'Our Southeastern Division is developing rapidly with the fourth team in Georgia that also includes Atlanta, Savannah and College Park,' said Joe Newman, ABA CEO. 'And we are particularly delighted because the new ownership group is led by a former ABA player, A.J. Stallworth (6'9''-C-79, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Life), a young man who set is goal to own a professional basketball team and have accomplished it. What a great way to continue a great doing something he loves.'

Albert 'AJ' Stallworth is a 6'8, 255 lb Forward/Center who has played basketball throughout the world during his professional career, including a stint in the ABA and also with the Harlem Globetrotters for over 200 games. He was an All Conference player at Wenonah High School in Birmingham, AL where he led his team to the Alabama State Championship and went on to lead his Life University team to the NAIA National Collegiate Championship. One of his long time supporters, attorney Adam L. Prossin, stated, 'AJ has paid his dues and he has the skills, heart, drive, charter and attitude to help a team as a team leader and the patience and proper temperament to be a mentor to young players. On and off the court, AJ is a leader.'

'I am very appreciative of this opportunity,' added Stallworth. 'I have been a goal setter all of my life; I play hard on the court, but I also studied hard while in college and have had an opportunity to observe many teams in their business operations. I know that I can make this a successful organization and are looking forward to the upcoming season. We have a lot to do in six months, but we are ready for the challenge.'

For more information, email AJ Stallworth at gpclife@hotmail.com or call Vice President of Operations, Heidi Breitenfeldt at 715 573 2243.


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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Agreement on the awarding of B Licenses to Adriatic League clubs - by Eurobasket
Under the chairmanship of Mr. Borislav Stankovic, Secretary General Emeritus of FIBA World, and of Mr. Jordi Bertomeu, CEO of Euroleague, the Serbian clubs, the directors of the Adriatic League and the president of the Serbian Basketball Federation have announced today their full consensus for the establishment of criteria that the Euroleague will follow in order to award B Licenses in accordance with the Euroleague Strategic Plan approved in Rome.

This agreement clarifies in a definitive way the role of the Adriatic League and its relationship with the national federations. The Adriatic League, will finalize by presenting the changes to the Slovenian and Croatian Federation, which will permit the solicitation in the coming days of its official recognition by FIBA Europe, following the official recognition it was given some years ago by ULEB. The situation of the Adriatic League is unique within the organization of European competitions, given that it is the only league that qualifies teams to European competition while representing five different countries: Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro.

The agreement provides for a system of access to the Euroleague based fundamentally on the sporting results obtained by the clubs in the Adriatic League and in their national leagues. Also, though in lesser measure, their results in the three European competitions will be taken into account, based on a system of coefficients, establishing a transitory period until the 2010-11 season during which the rights acquired by the clubs according to the Adriatic League rules will be respected.
The agreement includes other aspects relevant to the future of basketball in the region, such as reducing the number of participating clubs in the Adriatic League to 12, modifying that competition's by-laws, and maintaining its current system of access to the Eurocup.

In the press conference at which the agreement was announced, both Mr. Stankovic and Mr. Bertomeu, who acted as mediators in the conversations, thanked the clubs, the Adriatic League and the Serbian Basketball Federation for their effort and willingness to cooperate, both of which permitted the negotiations to reach a positive conclusion that resolves the last outstanding issue in the restructuring of the Euroleague for next season, following the same principles included in the Strategic Plan, which is based on awarding places to champion teams from the different national competitions.

'Today we have reached a historic moment for Serbian basketball,' said Mr. Stankovic Secretary General Emeritus of FIBA World. 'We have been working together so as to improve the situation in the area and we have reached this agreement. The Adriatic League will be soliciting Fiba Europe to officially recognize the Adriatic League as the league representative of the area. We have established the changes that need to be made and the timings for these changes. Euroleague has agreed to help us make these changes and ensure the end of the conflict'.

'We are very satisfied with the conclusion of the meetings that have been held and with the agreement that has been reached. I would like to thank all the clubs and especially Partizan for their collaboration and efforts that have been made in this agreement', said Mr. Lorbek, President of the Adriatic League. 'I am committed to making sure that the changes take place, which will be very positive for basketball in the area and for the Adriatic League. I would like to thank Euroleague for its role in the negotiations and assisting in making this possible. This agreement will bring stability and new perspectives to basketball in the area.

'I would like to thank everyone, especially Mr. Stankovic, for his role in these negotiations, whose experience, moral authority and discretion has made this negotiation possible. I would also like to thank Partizan for understanding the part they have to play in the principles of the restructuring included in the Strategic Plan,' said Jordi Bertomeu, CEO of Euroleague. 'As we have said we have been working with representatives across Europe and this agreement lets us reach a consensus so that we can move forward with the restructuring of Euroleague in the next season'.

In recent months, the Euroleague has worked intensely to listen, attend to and solve the potential problems the system created according to the unique idiosyncrasies of each European country and zone. With the agreement reached for the awarding of B Licenses to Adriatic League clubs, and thanks to the strong cooperation with Mr. Stankovic, Euroleague concludes this process, which leads to the establishment of the new format for next season with the near-unanimous approval of European basketball.

Courtesy of Euroleague


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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Afrobasket '09: Nigeria is aiming high with its star-studded roster - by Olusegun Ikuesan
When I've read the news that John Lucas would be the new head coach of the D'Tigers, I was baffled.

Now with such a well-known coach, the possibility of attracting the best players out of Nigeria should be no problem and the recently revealed list of pre-selected players for the national-team camp in the U.S. proves exactly this.

The guards:

Nigeria has no shortage on experienced guards unlike other countries like Senegal, Cameroon or the Ivory Coast. Thanks to the Nigerian Diaspora in the United States, they can choose from a deep pool of players with college and professional experience.

At point guard, previously used (World Championships in Japan) Josh Akognon should be a lock while shooting guard Ime Udoka of the San Antonio Spurs is set to represent Nigeria again after being instrumental in the D'Tigers' success story in Japan. After a rather disappointing season in Giessen (Germany) Michael Umeh should be considered as a back-up to Akognon while Tony Skinn and Ben Uzoh could be alternatives too.

Especially Skinn did a great job in Gravelines and is also a similar scoring threat like Akognon.

Champ Oguchi bounced back with a strong year in Illinois to prove his readiness to contribute on the two-spot. Ebi Ere is another big-time scorer on the list who was Australia's import of the year and is able to move also to small forward if needed. Nigerian-Jamaican rookie Weyinmi Efejuku may has small chance to make the team while Churchill Odia had another season to forget in Oregon and may lacks on-court experience although he was always productive when called up for Nigeria.

From the outside looking in are probably Kingsley Oguchi, Mike Efevberha, Jayson Obazuaye and Stanley Asumnu.

Stats:
Josh Akognon, PG, Fullerton, 23,9ppg, 3,2rpg, 1,6apg
Ben Uzoh, PG, Tulsa, 14ppg 4,9rpg, 3,6apg
Michael Umeh, PG, Giessen, 13,8ppg, 3,2rpg, 1,8apg
Anthony Skinn, PG, Gravelines, 16,0ppg, 2,5rpg, 3,5apg
Kingsley Oguchi, PG, South Carolina-Aiken, 9,0 ppg, 3,2rpg, 3,0apg
Ime Udoka, SG, San Antonio, 4,5ppg, 3,0rpg, 0,9apg
Stanley Asunmu, SG, Rio Grande Valley, 10,5ppg, 4,6rpg, 1,8apg
Churchill Odia, SG, Oregon, 3,2ppg, 2,3rpg
Jayson Obazuaye, PG, Milton Keynes (ENG)
Ebi Ere, SG/SF, Carolina (PUR), 20,7ppg, 5,9rpg, 2,3apg
Weyinmi Efejuku, SG, Providence, 15,7ppg, 4,0rpg, 2,3apg, 1,5spg
Chamberlain Oguchi, SG, Illinois State, 15,2ppg, 5,4rpg, 1,0spg
Mike Efevberha, SG, Wellington (NZL)

The forwards:

Touted veteran and premium blogger Gabe Muoneke should be making the team, as well as newcomer Ike Diogu from the Sacramento Kings.

Muoneke, who would love to erase the past season in China from his vita (Although being one of the top-scorers of the CBA), and who recently being released in Puerto Rico, is providing leadership and is a constant threat on offense while not being selfish with the ball in his hands. Diogu, who has represented the U.S. in the Pan-American Games in 2003, has been rarely used in the NBA until the Kings gave him a chance to prove he belongs to the league. The 9th pick of the NBA-Draft in 2005 scored 32 points on Denver and 28 points on Minnesota recording in both of the games double-doubles. Another cornerstone of the team will be Uche Nsonwu who already re-signed with Roanne where he put up solid numbers after arriving from the Ukraine.

Often used defensive specialist Aloysius Anagonye and World Championship-experienced Ekene Ibekwe could both be in, while Abdullahi Kuso, Uche Echefu and Ejike Ugboaja will be having a hard time to battle for the remaining spots on the team.

Stats:
Aloysius Anagonye, PF, Galil Gilboa (ISR), 5,5ppg, 4,3rpg
Uche Echefu, PF, Florida State, 8,1ppg, 5,2rpg
Gabe Mouneke, SF, Guaynabo (PUR), 20,8ppg, 6,2rpg
Ike Diogu, PF, Sacramento, 9,2ppg, 3,9rpg (only Sacramento)
Ekene Ibekwe, PF, Carolina (PUR), 11,2ppg, 8,2rpg, 1,7bpg
Ejike Ugboaja, PF, Azad Univ. (IRN)
Abdullahi Kuso, PF, Sumy (UKR), 11,6ppg, 7,6rpg, 1bpg
Uche Nsonwu, PF/C, Roanne, 11,4ppg, 8,0rpg

The centers:

Long-time friends Olumide Oyedeji and Ben Eze should be both dominant factors for Nigeria as both bring a lot of intensity and experience to the game. Oyedeji has proven in recent years that he can play tough on both sides of the court while Eze emerged as one of the best players in the Euro league.

It has to be seen if Eze is really going to represent Nigeria after years of abstinence. If so, Deji Akindele is more than ready to contribute. The Italy-bound center had a great year in Pesaro and proved to belong to the best centers in Italy if not in Europe. Benson Egemonye showed flashes in the past season while playing for the University of Niagara and Sani Ibrahim is a fierce competitor under the boards, but both will probably not going to Libya this year.

Stats:
Sani Ibrahim, C, Leuven (BEL), 6ppg, 5,2rpg
Deji Akindele, C, Pesaro, 11,1ppg, 6,7rpg, 1,6bpg, 2,1spg
Olumide Oyedeji, C, Shanxi (CHN), 20,3ppg, 19,8rpg, 1,8bpg
Ben Eze, PF/C , Siena, 8,8ppg, 8,2rpg, 1,4bpg
Benson Egemonye,C, Niagara, 12,7ppg, 7,1rpg, 1,6bpg

There will also be the best ten Nigeria-based players invited to the camp but I doubt that one of the called-up players will be able to crack the roster with such a high number of internationally-experienced players in the mix for Libya.

My ideal team for Libya would be looking as follows:
Guards: Akognon, Udoka, Skinn, Ere and C. Oguchi
Forwards: Muoneke, Diogu, Ibekwe and Nsonwu
Centers: Oyedeji, Eze and Akindele

With such a roster, Nigeria's chances to grab one of the medals in Libya should be high. Now it's up to the coach to form a team out of this crop of excellent players and build a team-chemistry as well a new hierarchy to put back Nigeria on the basketball map after its failure in 2007.

By: Kris Santiago www.fiba.com
Stanley Asumnu (195-G/F-82, college: Tennessee)
Oyedeji Olumide (207-C/F-81)


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  ANTIGUA   


Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Defence Force 11-0 
 2. West 5 10-1 
 3. Big Banana 9-3 
 4. Baldwin B. 7-4 
 5. JSC Outlaws 7-4 
 6. Point Stars 6-5 
 7. Yorks C. 5-6 
 8. BT. Hawks 4-7 
 9. Isl. Original 4-7 
 10. Golden Eagles 4-7 
 11. Medcare Kings 3-7 
 12. Bolans Ravens 2-8 
 13. Asot Arcad YW 2-8 
 14. Freetown T. 1-9 


Warriors Devour Banana Express - by Mahijah Davis
By Mahijah Dellar Davis
Big Banana Express couldn't broke the undefeated Antigua & Barbuda Defence Force Warriors (ABDFW) winning streak on Sunday night at the JSC Sports Complex in the LIME 2009 Antigua & Barbuda Basketball Association (ABBA) regular season championship. By the fans rating, Warriors were the underdogs even though they have a flawless record.
For some reason, the three quarter packed complex saw more fans rooting for the defending champs, Express. Since Warriors were the underdogs, they bite first and burst a 6-point lead in the early stage of the game, 8-2. However, Express bounce back with a run of they own to keep the game highly intense.
Marlon Buju Charles picked up three quick fouls in the early half of the game and had to sit on the bench. With the teams highlight player out of the game, Express tried to capitalize on that disadvantage but made too many sloppy mistakes. Express couldn't even expand on double-digit margin with Warriors main scorer in the red light.
The X in Express, which is Xavier Meade, looked a little shaky since Vivian Boss Destin from Warriors put the handcuffs on him in the post. Meade only got a few three points off when Destin help off the ball and the ball swing week side to Meade for the open tray-bomb. Express went into intermission with a two-point lead, 35-33.
In the third quarter, Express burst out a 10-point lead at the four-minute mark but could contain it dew to a bundle of turnovers. Express didn't realize when the fast brake is not there don't advance the ball slow it down and run your half court game. Express endless turnovers kept Warriors in the battle.
Charles picked up his fourth foul with 5:34 remaining in the forth quarter. It seems like there were problem with Express chemistry because star play Lindsey P-Didy McDonald couldn't get a shot off with Charles guarding him with four fouls. McDonald was scoreless form 4:23 in the fourth.
The game wine down with Express having the ball with 16 seconds left in the game. Meade held the ball until six seconds and drive to the basket, got double team and missed the bucket, which force overtime, 77-77. In overtime Express couldn't keep up with the Warriors intensity and fall another time of the slime off their own banana, 85-80, in favour of Warriors. Warriors will face-off with Scrubo West Five for the league championship on Saturday at prime time, 8:30 pm at the JSC Sports Complex.


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  ARGENTINA   


Ginobili predicts complete recovery - by Eurobasket News
Manu Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances) boarded a flight to Argentina late Sunday afternoon, headed home for the first time in nearly a year.

This time, he planned to stay awhile, using his vacation to relax with friends and family and do all the things that a wandering son and brother does when he finally gets a chance to return home.

Ive got almost everything packed up and ready to go, Ginobili said from his San Antonio home a few hours before leaving for the airport. There was a lot to pack.

Ginobili could be bringing everything but the kitchen sink back with him to Buenos Aires. It still wouldnt match the baggage he carried the last time he made the trip home.

Last summer, the Spurs guard boarded a similar flight to his homeland to prepare for the Olympics in Beijing, bearing the weight of an entire nations expectations on his shoulders. He left behind an employer that had urged him to reconsider his loyalty to country and a Spurs fan base just praying hed survive the summer in one piece.

Ginobili, the star of Argentinas Olympic team, came back from Beijing in a boot after reinjuring the left ankle that had given him trouble during the 2008 playoffs. That twist of both ankle and fate led to a series of injuries that wiped out most of Ginobilis 2008-09 season.

In his first interview since April 5, the day before a stress fracture in his right distal fibula put a premature end to the most tumultuous season of his career, Ginobili said Sunday that he expects to be fully recovered by the opening of training camp in October.

For the past month or so, I havent felt any pain, even to the touch, Ginobili said. I dont have any doubt Ill be 100 percent before training camp starts.

Much is riding on Ginobilis latest recovery effort. Nothing the Spurs accomplish this offseason, either via the draft or free agency, will mean much if Ginobili cannot approach the form that made him the NBAs Sixth Man of the Year in 2007-08.

Injury-plagued from start to finish, Ginobili missed all but 44 games last season, including all of the Spurs first-round playoff ouster against Dallas. He averaged 15.5 points, his fewest since 2005-06, while his shooting percentage dipped to 45.5 percent, his lowest since 2003-04.

As Ginobili heads home this summer, again recovering from an ankle injury but this time without an Olympic quest to hijack the healing process, he does so under no marching order other than to get well.

His long-term future in San Antonio could depend on it.

Ginobili, who will turn 32 next month, is entering the final year of a contract scheduled to pay him close to $10.7 million next season.

The Spurs had begun preliminary talks about a contract extension last summer before Ginobili left for China. Those negotiations were shelved when Ginobili re-injured his left ankle at the Olympics, and they have yet to resume.

They want to see that I am healthy, Ginobili said.

Ginobili is hopeful he can reach a deal that would allow him to finish his career in San Antonio.

I have said a thousand times, I would love to stay here, Ginobili said. You know how the NBA is, though. There are not a lot of players who get to start and finish in the same place. I love San Antonio. If I have to take another road, you do what you have to do. But it would not be my first option, for sure.

For the Spurs, who have played with their star guard injured for much of the past 14 months, the preferred option is to have Ginobili healthy.

The news so far this offseason has been encouraging.

An MRI taken Thursday showed the bone in his right leg completely healed. Ginobili expects to return to running and jumping next month, and he should be able to begin basketball work not long after that.

All the things I have not been allowed to do, I should be allowed to do soon, he said.

This summer, Ginobili hopes to reinvigorate his career in the same manner it went south last summer.

By boarding a plane to Argentina.

Courtesy of www.mysanantonio.com


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  AUSTRALIA   


Ron 'The Rat' Radliff joins Gold Coast Blaze as Assistant Coach - by Eurobasket News
One of the most popular players in the NBL during his playing career, Ron 'The Rat' Radliff brings his years of elite playing and coaching experience to the Gold Coast Blaze for season 2009/10.

Originally from Seattle in the United States, Radliff came to Australia in 1983 to play with the Brisbane Bullets. He moved to the Gold Coast Cougars in 1990, where he later played under head coach Dave Claxton.

During a ten season NBL career, Radliff was one of the leagues premier guards. His career three-point shooting percentage of 44% still ranks him amongst the elite players of all time in this country.

Radliff finished his playing career in 1992, and immediately sought a coaching position with the Rollers. Radliff remained with Claxton as Assistant Coach of the Rollers until the end of the 1995 season.

Radliffs NBL coaching career continued in 2002/03 when he was brought on as Assistant Coach to Joey Wright with the Brisbane Bullets. Radliff continued in this position with great success, including winning the 2007 NBL Championship.

Radliff reunited with Wright at the Blaze when he was announced as the Blazes Assistant Coach for Season 2009/2010.

Courtesy of the Gold Coast Blaze


Adelaide 36ers sold to 'Save Our Sixers' consortium - by Eurobasket News
Basketball Australia has confirmed that the illustrious Adelaide 36ers National Basketball League team has been sold to the Save Our Sixers consortium, which is headed by new club Chairman Mark Lewis.

Basketball Australia Chief Executive Officer Larry Sengstock welcomed the move and said the new ownership group had already started to move forward with planning for the 2009/10 season.

The sale of the 36ers to the Mark Lewis-led consortium is a major step forward for the team, ensuring the Adelaide club that competes in the NBL in 2009/10 will play as the 36ers, said Sengstock. That is clearly important to the people of Adelaide, who have long supported the club and see the 36ers as an iconic local South Australian sporting team. South Australia has long been a stronghold for basketball in Australia and were ecstatic that the NBL will continue to have sound representation there through the 36ers brand.

The Board of BA have worked closely with the incoming group to ensure they have the capacity to lay a foundation of long-term success for the team, Senstock added. We are also delighted with the involvement of a member of the distinguished Lewis family in the consortium, with Mark Lewis being a successful South Australian businessman in his own right.

Lewis is the Managing Director of Bernie Lewis Home Loans and Bernie Lewis Wealth Management, as well as the son of former 36ers Chairman the late Bernie Lewis.

The new group have also agreed to a long-term lease plan at the Distinctive Homes Dome to ensure the 36ers can continue to play from their purpose-built home court, which saw a sold-out crowd of more than 8,000 attend captain Brett Mahers farewell game on 7 February this year.

The NBL season tips-off on September 24, with the 36ers first game scheduled for 26 September on the road against the Cairns Taipans.

Courtesy of the NBL (www.nbl.com.au)


G/F Brad Williamson stays with Townsville Crocodiles - by Eurobasket News
The Townsville Crocodiles on Tuesday announced they had signed guard/forward Brad Williamson (197-F/G-81) for the upcoming 2009/10 season.

Williamson came to the Crocodiles last season after playing for the Brisbane Bullets from 2004-2008.

Playing for the Crocodiles in 2008/09 he had one of his career-best seasons, scoring 10.2 points per game.

During 2008/09 he averaged 2.6 rebounds per game and 1.1 assists with a free-throw success rate of 85 per cent.

Crocodiles Chief Executive Officer Ian Smythe was buoyant about Williamsons signing.

Its about consistency and continuity,' Smythe said. 'Brad offers these playing qualities to the Crocs and last season he was in the best form of his career and he works well with Coach Trevor Gleeson.

Williamson will be signed for one-year but down the track Smythe has indicated the club is hoping to have a long-term relationship with him.

He has fitted in well with the community and enjoys living in Townsville.

Brad Williamson joins the Townsville Crocodiles playing roster alongside Michael Cedar and Russell Hinder with more player signings expected during the week.

Courtesy of The Townsville Crocodiles


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Williams and Stinson set for Bahrain NBA camp June 14 to 17 - by Patrick Salomon
POPULAR American basketball players Jerome Williams and Andrea Stinson will be conducting their much-anticipated clinic in Bahrain between June 14 and 17, the US Embassy of Bahrain confirmed.
The event is part of the US Department of States Sports Envoy Programme entitled SportsUnited. It has been organised locally by the US Embassy, in cooperation with the General Organisation for Youth and Sports (Goys), the Bahrain Basketball Association (BBA), and the Morale, Welfare, and Recreation Department (MWR) at Naval Support Activity (NSA)-Bahrain.
Williams is a former National Basketball Association (NBA) player and was a perennial fan favourite throughout his nine-year professional career. Stinson was a former Womens NBA (WNBA) standout. She also played over nine years and was among the top talents in her league.
Williams and Stinson are the special US Basketball Envoys of the programme, which is the first of its kind ever to be held in the kingdom.
The main two-day clinic will take place at the Zain Basketball Arena in Um Al Hassam. It will officially get underway with an opening ceremony on June 13, to be attended by Goys president Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, US Embassy Charge dAffaires Chris Henzel, and other invited guests.
The first day of on-the-court action will then take place on June 14, with 50 participants both boys and girls aged 11 to 13 years old taking part. Williams and Stinson will be assisted by a group of BBA coaches.
Later that afternoon, another 50 boys and girls, this time aged between 14 and 18, will be clinic participants. Another two clinics will be held the following day.
On the final day of the event on June 17, Williams and Stinson will visit the NSA where they will host another clinic and or participate in an exhibition game.
They will then make a short trip to Ibn Khuldoon National School in Isa Town, after which they will conduct a basketball clinic with the Bahrain Disabled Sports Federation.
Both players are also expected to tour the kingdom and visit Bahrains famous attractions during their stay. Their visit marks the first-ever public event in Bahrain held with an NBA and WNBA player.
SportsUnited is an international initiative that works with professional sports leagues and the US Olympic Committee. They select well-known athletes and coaches who exemplify the best in their sport to conduct overseas programmes, giving participants the chance to connect with the beloved sports personalities as well as further develop their interest and skills in their games.
Williams was one of the most high-energy NBA players during his playing days, making him an instant favourite among fans. The six-foot, nine-inch forward was popularly known as Junk Yard Dog a nickname that complimented his style of play and attitude.
Williams played with the Detroit Pistons, Toronto Raptors, Chicago Bulls and New York Knicks, before retiring in 2005.
He has since been greatly involved in the NBAs Basketball Without Borders programme under the NBA Cares initiative, which aims to teach the game and bring resources to underdeveloped nations across the globe.
Stinson, meanwhile, played most of her career with the WNBAs Charlotte Sting before signing with the Detroit Shock for her final season.
The five-foot, 10-inch guard was a two-time WNBA All-Star, and led the Sting in scoring for five straight seasons. In 2001, she finished as runner-up in the WNBAs Most Valuable Player race, second only to the Houston Comets Cynthia Cooper.


Bahrain set to host Gulf under-20 Basketball Championship - by Patrick Salomon
BAHRAIN is set to host this years Gulf Under-20 Basketball Championship.
The competition will be held under the patronage of Bahrain Royal Equestrian and Endurance Federation first vice-president Shaikh Khalid bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Bahrain Basketball Association (BBA) announced recently during a Press conference at Al Safir Hotel.
The tournament will take place between August 28 and September 4 at the basketball gymnasium of Um Al Hassam sports complex.
The competition is being organised by the BBA in cooperation with the GCC Basketball Committee which is currently headed by Oman, and UAE-based rights holders Ajax Sports.
Organisers confirmed yesterday that all six GCC countries will be taking part.
Bahrains team for the event is yet to be named. The BBA recently appointed veteran Bahraini tactician Najah Isa as the teams head coach.
This years tournament follows the previous championship in 2007, which was won by Saudi Arabia and held in Sharjah. The Bahrainis last won in the 2005 competition held in Kuwait.
Present at yesterdays conference were BBA president Adel Al Asoomi, general secretary Abdulelah Abdulghaffar and other BBA officials.


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  BELGIUM   


Charleroi News - by Peter Buyse
Repeat Belgian Champion Spirou Charleroi has signed American guard Justin Hamilton (191-G-80, college: Florida) for another 2 years. Hamilton's first 2 seasons at Charleroi were pretty successful since his team won the championship twice. Hamilton had better stats this season in the Eurocup where he averaged 10.0 ppg, 3.7 rpg and 2.9apg than in the Belgian league where his averages over 31 games were 6.5 ppg and 3.0 rpg.
After leaving Florida and coming to Charleroi Justin played in many of the big European Championship in teams such as Iraklis (Greece), Siena (Italy), Sopot in Poland and Valencia (Spain).
Coach Anzulovic is still under contract for another season with Charleroi but at the moment it is unsure if he will be back on the Spirou bench next season.


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  BELIZE   


Rebuilders Crush Harlem and Valley Express Outlasts Flames!!! - by David Magana
Saturday June 06, 2009
Game Results

Junior Division
Harlem 38
C&M Rebuilders 56

Senior Division
BWEL Flames 63
Valley Express 65

Rebuilders Crush Harlem 56-38


It took three games, but C&M Rebuilders finally looked like the team everyone expected to see. They led every quarter and played man defense most of the second half to shut down Harlem and outscored them 35-22 for the half. Jamir Flores led the way with 21pts, 5rebs, 2asts, 4stls, and 3 block shots. Perhaps the biggest key was their ability to shut down Harlem s best scoring option in Alex Gonzales, who could only manage 10pts after averaging 21.5 in his previous two games. Gonzales also had 12 turnovers and 4 fouls. Other notable performances included Jovan Mitchell and Lennox Spencer for Rebuilders who both had 8pts and 5rebs each, and Lennon Cho for Harlem who had 8pts, 7rebs in a losing effort.

Valley Express Outlasts Flames

Coming into Saturday night Valley Express knew they would have two key pieces missing for their game; being Karim Thompson out due to injury and Stephen Baizer. They were however optimistic with the activation of guard, Hansel Casimiro and forward, Dean Welcome, both playing in their first game of the season. Casimiro ran the point for Valley effectively and finished the night with 11pts, 6rebs and 5asts. Welcomes aggressive play saw him commit 5 turnovers, including 2 offensive fouls, but it also caused foul problems for Flames while scoring 16pts and grabbing 8rebs. The most consistent player for BWEL Flames, Eden Serano (191-F), put up 20pts, 12rebs, while foul trouble limited the minutes and production of his frontcourt mates Mervin Castillo (-C) and Roger Pandy who finished with 10pts and 6pts respectively. The game was close the entire fourth quarter and came down to the last seconds, tied at 63, with the ball in the hands of Valley guard Leon Gentle who broke down his man and found Express captain Alex Romero cutting the baseline as the defense collapsed. Romero made good on Gentles assist by hitting a reverse layup with less than 2 seconds left on the clock. That proved to be the game winner. After flirting with the first overtime game of the season Next up for Valley is Belize Bank Benguche.

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BECOL BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT PLAYOFF GAMES!!! - by David Magana
The BECOL BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT continued over the weekend with the continuation of the Playoffs
Game 1 between Sacred Heart College and Hardtime Hustlers for 3rd place in the U-21 Division was rained out and will be played at a later date.

FRIDAY June 5th, 2009
GAME 2
U-21
Belmopan Trojans 62
Daniel Nolberto 23
Jarrel Velasquez 14
Sheng-Li Arnold 12
Michael Martinez 11

Hydro Power 57
Johan (Coto) Bermudez 13
Frank Fuller 11

Note
Belmopan Trojans Leads in the Best of a Three Game Series 1 0 over Hydro Power

GAME 3
Seniors
E-3 47
Elroy (Shabba) Willis 20
Jimmy Rudon 9

Christ For Life 42 Arthan Tucker 15
Linden (Tahu) Galvez 12

NOTE:
With the win, E3 faces Perkup Blazers for the Senior Division Championship

Saturday 6th June
GAME 1
O-35
Belmopan Bandits 37
Alfonso (Fonso) Audinett 13
Robert (Sample) Allen 10
Clifford King 8

Hydro Power 39
Gerald (Hedge) Usher 9
Joe Awe 9
Douglas Smith 7
Hydro Power leads 1-0 in a best of 3 series

Game 2 - Christ for Life Jrs. Forfeited their game to Sacred Heart College for Third Place in the U-18 Division

GAME 3
U-18
Mt. Carmel 34
Johan (Cotto) Bermudez 11
Michael (Blue) Williams. 11

O-Ballaz 42
Vandel Fuller 14
Shelton Defour Jr. 10
Elliot (Tito) Bermudez 10

O-Ballaz leads Mt. Carmel 1 0 in a best of 3 series

Playoff Games scheduled for this weekend

Friday June 12th Game 1 (O-35) Tuff Enuff Rebels vs Belize Bank Veterans (3rd Place Game)
Game 2 (U-18) Mount Carmel vs O-Ballaz (Game 2)
Game 3 (Seniors) Perkup Blazers vs E3 (Game 1)

Saturday June 13th Game 1 (Seniors) Cougars Club vs Christ for Life (3rd Place Game)
Game 2 (O-35) Belmopan Bandits vs Hydro Power (2nd Game)
Game 3 (U-21) Belmopan Trojans vs Hydro Powerl (Game 2)


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  BOSNIA   


Zeljeznicar UNIQA takes titule in League 4 - by Aleksandra Music

Bosnia,9 jun.


Last round in League 4 was last week.Zeljeznicar won Celik,in Zenica 70-45 and just confirmed the titule.Mladi Krajisnik beat Tuzla 74-45.Games didn't have some importance.Zeljeznicar UNIQA is old/new champion in League 4.A few days after,coach from Zeljeznicar,Mensura Hadzic said thay are satisfied with the triumph.For the next season team will play in FIBA cup and will decide about WABA leauge,after 2 years staying away.Mladi Krajisnik ended on seconde place in the end.Thay will stay in WABA competition,but thay aren't sure about Eurocup,becouse problems with the money.

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  BRAZIL   


Brazilian University National Team 2009 - by Richard
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Walter Roese , head coach of Brazilian University Team, announced the list of candidates for the World University Games, scheduled for July in Belgrade, Serbia.
In a recent interview to draftbrasil.net, the experienced coach stated that his expectation is to bring one medal from Belgrade, but also mentioned the high Level of the competition: this will be a very hard championiship, the strongest teams in world university basketball will be there said the brazilian coach.

Alexandre Pinheiro (185-G-85) of CETAF/Garoto/UVV/PMVV
Andre Goes (195-G/F-87) of CISER/Araldite/Univille Joinville
Andre Felipe Almeida (208-C-88) of Arizona Western CC (USA)
Caio Roberto Souza (195-F-87) of CISER/Araldite/Univille Joinville
Douglas Kurtz (206-C-87) of CISER/Araldite/Univille Joinville
Gustavo Lino (216-C) of University of Southern Mississippi (USA)
Henrique Medeiros of Marshalltown CC (USA)
Islam Toledo (201-F-87) of University of Idaho (USA)
Julio Toledo (195-F-85) of Lupo/Araraquara
Luciano De Souza (201-F-86) of University of Idaho (USA)
Marcellus Camara (190-G-88) of Flamengo Petrobras Rio de Janeiro
Mauro Savani (190-G-85) of APABA/Santo Andre
Roberto Alves (206-F/C-85) of University of San Diego (USA)
Rodrigo Cesar (205-F-88) of UTC/Uberlandia
Caue de Freitas (189-F-88) of Vivo/Franca Sao Paulo
Rafael Silva (193-F-88) of Lupo/Araraquara
Jose Arantes (184-G-88)
Head Coach: Walter Roese



FIBA Americas 2009 Draw - by Allan Oliveira




The FIBA Americas 2009 Championiship Draw was held earlier today, defining groups and Schedule. Brazil will face a strong group, consisting of teams like arch rivals Argentina and Dominican Republic.
The competition will be played at Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Four better teams will qualify to 2010 FIBA World Championiship, to be played in Turkey.

Below you can find the result of draw and complete schedule.


Composition of Groups:


Group A: Canada, Uruguay, US Virgin Islands, Mexico


Group B: Brazil, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Cuba



Event schedule:


Preliminary Round:

August 26:


US Virgin Island vs. Uruguay
Venezuela vs. Argentina
Mexico vs. Puerto Rico
Dominican Rep vs. Brazil
Free/Libre: Canada and Cuba

August 27:


Canada vs. Mexico
Cuba vs. Dominican Rep
Puerto Rico vs. US Virgin Island
Brazil vs. Venezuela
Free/Libre Uruguay and Argentina

August 28:


Uruguay vs. Puerto Rico
Argentina vs. Brazil
US Virgin Island vs. Canada
Venezuela vs. Cuba
Free/Libre Mexico and Dominican Rep

August 29:


Mexico vs. US Virgin Island
Dominican Rep vs. Venezuela
Canada vs. Uruguay
Cuba vs. Argentina
Free/Libre Puerto Rico and Brazil


August 30:


Puerto Rico vs. Canada
Brazil vs. Cuba
Uruguay vs. Mexico
Argentina vs. Dominican Rep
Free/Libre US Virgin Island and Venezuela


*The order of the games and times will be announced later.

*Puerto Rico has the right to select their final opponent in the first round (Canada).

Second Phase (1-4 of September)

Before the beginning of the second phase, the local team (Puerto Rico) will again have the right to select the order of game days for the second phase. After the second phase all eight teams are ranked in one group and the top four teams Qualify for the semi-finals.

Semifinals (September 5)

The first place team faces the fourth place and the second faces the third team in the quarterfinal standings. The winners play for gold and losers for bronze in the finals.

Finals (September 6)




For more information please visit www.fibaamericas.com


FIBA Americas 2009 Draw - by Allan Oliveira




The FIBA Americas 2009 Championiship was held earlier today, defining groups and Schedule. Brazil will face a strong group, consisting of teams like arch rivals Argentina and Dominican Republic.
The competition will be played at Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Four better teams will qualify to 2010 FIBA World Championiship, to be played in Turkey.

Below you can find the result of draw and complete schedule.

Composition of Groups:

Group A: Canada, Uruguay, US Virgin Islands, Mexico


Group B: Brazil, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Cuba



Event schedule:



Preliminary Round:

August 26:


US Virgin Island vs. Uruguay
Venezuela vs. Argentina
Mexico vs. Puerto Rico
Dominican Rep vs. Brazil
Free/Libre: Canada and Cuba

August 27:


Canada vs. Mexico
Cuba vs. Dominican Rep
Puerto Rico vs. US Virgin Island
Brazil vs. Venezuela
Free/Libre Uruguay and Argentina

August 28:


Uruguay vs. Puerto Rico
Argentina vs. Brazil
US Virgin Island vs. Canada
Venezuela vs. Cuba
Free/Libre Mexico and Dominican Rep

August 29:


Mexico vs. US Virgin Island
Dominican Rep vs. Venezuela
Canada vs. Uruguay
Cuba vs. Argentina
Free/Libre Puerto Rico and Brazil


August 30:


Puerto Rico vs. Canada
Brazil vs. Cuba
Uruguay vs. Mexico
Argentina vs. Dominican Rep
Free/Libre US Virgin Island and Venezuela


*The order of the games and times will be announced later.

*Puerto Rico has the right to select their final opponent in the first round (Canada).

Second Phase (1-4 of September)

Before the beginning of the second phase, the local team (Puerto Rico) will again have the right to select the order of game days for the second phase. After the second phase all eight teams are ranked in one group and the top four teams Qualify for the semi-finals.

Semifinals (September 5)

The first place team faces the fourth place and the second faces the third team in the quarterfinal standings. The winners play for gold and losers for bronze in the finals.

Finals (September 6)




For more information please visit www.fibaamericas.com











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  BULGARIA   


U15 Cherno More wins the title - by Eurobasket News
It has been 4 long years for U15 Cherno More team since they have lifted the trophy in the Bulgarian U15 Championship Tournament. Now finally they have done it again, after beating U15 Rilski Sportist 68-64. It was a close contest which Cherno More' players were able to win. They won the tournament in 2005 last time, while last season they finished 2nd.
This game was suspense until the last seconds as the score stood at 61-62 for Rilski with minute and a half to go. Still two consecutive 3 pointers within 34 seconds span turned the score completely and Cherno More took 67-67 lead which they kept till the end. For the winning team, the best scorer was Kosev who scored 19. Zelev contributed with 16 points and 8 rebounds while Iliev and Janev added 11 each. For the losing side, Vaklinov recorded double double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Ivanov was the only other Rilski player to have significant contribution with 10 points.
This season was a very good one for Cerno More's youth categories. They won several titles in U11 and U16 categories and their U12 team finished 2nd. This is good sign for the youth program and it gives them basis for development future Senior Team players. Now they are waiting to see how their U14 team will do as they have also qualified for the U14 Tournament Finals.


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  CAPE VERDE   


Santiago South Playoffs Seminal Bairro x ABC - Game 1 - by Pedro Gomes
Bairro won the first game of their 3 games playoff series against ABC 63 to 60.
The very well disputed game, started with ABC in the command, and finishing the first period with a two advantage, 18 to 16. Bairro manage to get some control of their defense and rebounding, and by half time had tied the game 33-33, with strong performances from Pedro and Admir (Bairro)
In the third period the game continued balanced, but Bairro continued their dominance with the inside game and strong rebounding, this provide quick outlets for fastbreak points, by the end of the third, Bairro led 48-47
The fourth quarter was very exciting, both teams going at each other with all their potential. Bairro never increased the advantage to more than 6 points. ABC fans were very confidence that their team would manage a comeback in the last few minutes, but Bairro kept their composure, and controlled the game until the end. A very tough win for Bairro, but well deserved. We highlight the exceptional play ofLamine, Pedro, and Admir (Bairro) and Bilicu ABC).


Seven Stars U20 Santiago South Champions - by Pedro Gomes
Seven Stars won the U20 Santiago South regional championship by defeating ABC in overtime of their second final playoff series game 77-73. Seven Stars had a 1-0 lead of their best of 3 games series, when they won the first game 78-76.

As expected this was a very emotional game, from begging to the end, as the balanced scoreboard showed. ABC game was very well rounded, with all players getting touches, and exploring the 3 point game when available, from Ady and Ricardo.
Seven Stars, in turn, build their game with inside plays, and strong rebounding, taking advantage of their height. At halftime ABC lead by two points 37-35.
In the final 19 seconds, Seven had the lead 69-67 and ball possession, and a chance to guarantee victory, But lost the ball at halfcourt, as ABC quickly capitalizes with a fastbreak to tie the game. The teams were once again headed to overtime.
Unlike the first game in which ABC went on an 8-0 run, this time the team that took charge was Seven stars. The blue team took a quick five point lead and controlled the game until the end, with Ivan leading the team. In the end, Seven Stars was Santiago South U20 new regional champions with a victory of 77-73 and prevented ABC from winning their fifth consecutive title. We highlight the good games of Ricardo and Ady (ABC), Ivan Almeida (198-G-89), and Sekou (Seven).


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  CHILE   


Stats Leaders - DIMAYOR
DIMAYOR 2009 APERTURA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Heard,Val 24.4
2. Velasquez,Cas 23.1
3. Agba,Bos 22.3
4. Blackwell,Ula 21.0
5. Espinoza,Bos 19.6
Rebounds Per Game
1. Hubner,Sag 15.4
2. Morton,Esp 15.0
3. Agba,Cas 15.0
4. Blackwell,Ula 11.1
5. Salinas,Cas 9.5
Assists Per Game
1. Holt,Eve 4.9
2. Oliver,Sag 4.9
3. Ziegele,Bos 4.5
4. Carrasco,Oso 4.2
5. Bravo,Val 3.8
Steals Per Game
1. Contreras,Uc 3.2
2. Alvarez,Uc 2.8
3. Marechal,Ucon 2.8
4. Sepulveda,Llan 2.5
5. Carrasco,Oso 2.4
Blocks Per Game
1. Hubner,Sag 2.7
2. Gutman,Lic 1.4
3. Heard,Val 1.2
4. Agba,Bos 1.1
5. Marechal,Ucon 1.0


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"SMUSH'D" the Competition - by Alex Yam
This CBA season had the best imports in the history of the league, a new wave of NBA'ers such as Kirk Snyder,David Harrison, Donnell Harvey, Bonzi Wells made a lasting impression on the league, its fans and those watching Chinese basketball around the world. These high level players, were thought to bring each of their respective teams, a shot at a CBA Championship, but only one NBA star put his team on a collision course with the CBA championship, William 'SMUSH' Parker. Parker's trainer and confidant, James Hunt, sees first hand what kind of player Parker can be, ' Smush is a pro, he does not make mistakes'.

Parker, who had a solid 2 year campaign with the Los Angeles Lakers , came to China, with little expectations, and somewhat of a spotty reputation,after Miami waived the talented guard from Fordham University. Parker all but dominated the D League with the Rio Grande Vipers, before the far East came beckoning. The Guangdong Southern Tigers, defending CBA champions, were in need of a guard, and looked to the multi-talented playmaker, Smush accepted the task of leading this storied franchise for their quest of a 'back to back'.
Parker avg a modest 16.7 pts, but it was his defense, unselfishness, and the trust he had in his Chinese teammates that led to a 2nd straight rout in the CBA finals, this time at the expense of Xinjiang, who for most of the season had the leagues top record. Parker's instant credibility with the country of China is now cemented with this torrid run to the teams 2nd straight CBA title. Hopefully the NBA was paying attention, and saw what most know already, that an NBA player at the prime of his career, should have never been out in this position of having to play away from the league. China now gets to take advantage of the leagues lapse in judgement,.


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  CROATIA   


Anzulovic, Barac and Lalic celebrate Belgian Title with Charleroi - by Eurobasket News
Charleroi is yet again Belgian Champion as they have beaten Dexia Mons-Hainaut 3 games to nothing in the Playoff Finals Series. Team led by Head Coach Drazen Anzulovic (agency: Agency No 10 ) has won the double this year, as they have also won the National Cup. This is their third title in the row as well as the second Cup in a row. Belgian team was also fairly good in Europe this year, as they managed to make it to the Top 16 of EuroCup. Two Croatian internationals also contributed to Charleroi winning this year's title. Pankracije Barac (196-G-81, agency: Agency No 10) played for 20 minutes in Game 3 and during that time he scored 6 points. Jure Lalic (212-C-86) contributed 2 points and 1 board in 9 minutes of action.
This is Drazen Anzulovic (agency: Agency No 10 ) second season in Belgium and it was a successful one as he masterminded tactic which enabled his team to win the Cup and the title. Anzulovic signed for Charleroi in February 2008 after he left Ural Great Perm in Russia. In 2008 he has also led Charleroi to the double in 2008.
Pankracije Barac played for Zrinjevac, Hiron Botinec and Zadar before signing with Belgian outfit. With Zadar he was Croatian A1 League Champion in 2005 and 2008. In his last season with Zadar he played in 21 games averaging 8.0 points and 2.2 rebounds per game. With Charleroi Barac appeared in 23 games scoring 5.0 points per game.
Jure Lalic started his career with Amfora Makarska before moving to Zadar in 2003. Just like Pankracije Barac he won Croatian League title in 2005 and 2008. He transferred to Charleroi together with Barac and this year he appeared in 30 games posting averages of 6.0 points and 2.8 rebounds.


Fenix qualifies for U15 Tournament Finals - by Eurobasket News
U15 Phoenix has qualified for Croatian U15 Tournament Finals. After three rounds they went perfect 3-0 displaying their power over each team they played against. In Round 3 they managed to beat U15 Cedevita 82-43. In following round they have beaten their main competitor for Finals, BC Prvi Kos by 53 points. This was enough to guarantee them the place at Finals Tournament. Now the race continues for the 2nd place which will also enable the participation at the Finals Tournament. So far the first favorite to finish 2nd is BC Prvi Kos who currently boasts 2-1 score. In Round 3 they have beaten BC Drazen Petrovic 63-55 while in round 4 they lost heavily to Fenix. Still they hope that they will manage to keep 2nd place as in the last round they are playing against BC Cedevita who is next to last. Last place Osjek will play against Fenix while BC Drazen Petrovic is free in the Round 5.
This tournament has so far justified its purpose. Small group of visitor who got to see the games saw some nice moves by players who in the future may be an integral part of some Croatian Senior League. Same is expected of the Finals Tournament which is expected to have the best teams in the country fighting for the title. Also at that tournament some of emerging U15 talent is expected to showcase their skills and try to impress numerous scouts.


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


BC Brno sign Jiri Holanda - by Eurobasket News
BC Brno started to bolster their squad before the NBL season. The teams that left the elite Czech division in 2007-2008 season received the NBL license and would participate in the next championship. They signed Jiri Holanda (183-G-86) from Decin. A 23-year-old guard averaged 3.8 points per game in the last season with Decin. It was his sixth season with the team. Holanda also played for U20 Czech National Team. He was the member of the Czech team that participated at the World University Championship in Bangkok in 2007.

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  DENMARK   


Jonstrup out, Alba stays - here's the new 1. division - by Thomas Quaade
After a couple of years being an elevator team - moving down but then up again of the 1. division, Jonstrup has finally called it quits. The team has played really well this season but the results has not been great. They finished 11th out of 12 teams in the mens 1. division but actually survived for another year in the league because of Roskilde (the Canal Digital liga team), who moved all the way down to the 2. division because of financial problems. With Roskilde's move to the 2. division it opened up an extra spot in the 1. division. This normally is given to the best of the two bottom teams. And that team was Jonstrup. But they eventually decided that it was best for the club and the players to start over with a year in the 2. division. This leaves an open spot for ALBA, who finished dead last in this years 1. division. ALBA was happy to take another year, so they will stay.

Here's a list of the teams in the 2009/2010 1. division for men:

ALBA
Falcon
Herlev Basket
Hobas
Lemvig BK
Fjordager BK Odense
BK Stevnsgade
Skt. Klemens (new team from the 2. division west)
Solrod (new team from the 2. division east)
Virum
Vaerlose BBK
Aarhus BF

The teams are now on summer vacation but will start practices in August and play their first games in the end of September 2009. Tune back to eurobasket.com for more updates on Danish basketball.


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FIBA Americas Championship Draw held in San Juan / Dominican Republic in Group B - by Jordan Olivo
SAN JUAN (2009 FIBA Americas Championship) FIBA Americas, in cooperation with the Puerto Rican Basketball Federation, hosted the draw of the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship.

The 2009 FIBA Americas Championship will be played at Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Ten of the best national teams will be and the top four qualify for the 2010 FIBA World Championship to be played in Turkey.

Please find below the result of the draw, as well as the complete event schedule.

Composition of Groups:

Group A: Canada, Uruguay, US Virgin Islands, Mexico

Group B: Brazil, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Cuba


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  ESTONIA   


Eurobasket.com All-Estonian League Awards 2008-09 - by Eurobasket
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Player of the Year:
Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-G-86) of Tartu Ulikool/Rock
MVP of the Finals: Kristjan Kangur (202-F-82) of BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn
Guard of the Year: Giorgi Tsintsadze of Tartu Ulikool/Rock
Forward of the Year: Kristjan Kangur (202-F-82) of BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn
Center of the Year: Nate Fox (206-F/C-77) of BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn
Newcomer of the Year: Jaan Puidet (191-G-92) of SK Kuremaa
Most Improved Player of the Year: Joosep Toome (202-F-85) of Tallinn Technical Univ. KK
Import Player of the Year: Giorgi Tsintsadze of Tartu Ulikool/Rock
Domestic Player of the Year: Kristjan Kangur (202-F-82) of BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn
Defensive Player of the Year: John Linehan (175-G-78) of BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn
Coach of the Year: Nenad Vucinic of Kalev/Cramo

1st Team
John Linehan (175-G-78) of BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn
Giorgi Tsintsadze of Tartu Ulikool/Rock
Kristjan Kangur (202-F-82) of BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn
Nate Fox (206-F/C-77) of BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn
Janar Talts (205-C-83) of Tartu Ulikool/Rock

2nd Team
Reimo Tamm (185-G-84) of Tallinn Technical Univ. KK
Joosep Pokla (198-G-86) of Tallinn Technical Univ. KK
Viktor Sanikidze (203-F-86) of Tartu Ulikool/Rock
Joosep Toome (202-F-85) of Tallinn Technical Univ. KK
Tanoka Beard (205-F/C-71) of Tartu Ulikool/Rock

Honorable Mention
Heiko Rannula (186-G-83) of Valga Welg/Kolmvedu
Raido Roos (185-G-84) of Valga Welg/Kolmvedu
Kristo Saage (184-G-85) of BC Rakvere Tarvas
Kevin Lyde (206-C-80) of BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn
Gregor Arbet (194-F/G-83) of BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn
Rait Keerles (201-F-80) of BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn
Antti Vasar (195-F-79) of Valga Welg/Kolmvedu
Veljo Vares (200-F/G-81) of Kalev Tallinn
Richard Anderson (199-F-77) of Valga Welg/Kolmvedu
Reinar Hallik (208-C-84) of Valga Welg/Kolmvedu

All-Domestic Players Team
Reimo Tamm (185-G-84) of Tallinn Technical Univ. KK
Joosep Pokla (198-G-86) of Tallinn Technical Univ. KK
Kristjan Kangur (202-F-82) of BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn
Joosep Toome (202-F-85) of Tallinn Technical Univ. KK
Janar Talts (205-C-83) of Tartu Ulikool/Rock

All-Imports Team
John Linehan (175-G-78) of BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn
Giorgi Tsintsadze of Tartu Ulikool/Rock
Viktor Sanikidze (203-F-86) of Tartu Ulikool/Rock
Nate Fox (206-F/C-77) of BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn
Tanoka Beard (205-F/C-71) of Tartu Ulikool/Rock

All-Defensive Team
John Linehan (175-G-78) of BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn
Gregor Arbet (194-F/G-83) of BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn
Kristjan Kangur (202-F-82) of BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn
Janar Talts (205-C-83) of Tartu Ulikool/Rock
Kevin Lyde (206-C-80) of BC Kalev/Cramo Tallinn

All-Newcomers Team
Martin Dorbek (183-G-91) of SK Kuremaa
Rain Veideman (190-G-91) of SK Kuremaa
Sven Kaldre (194-F-91) of SK Kuremaa
Jaan Puidet (191-G-92) of SK Kuremaa
Kristjan Kitsing (201-F/C-90) of Tartu Rock II


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Agreement on the awarding of B Licenses to Adriatic League clubs - by Eurobasket
Under the chairmanship of Mr. Borislav Stankovic, Secretary General Emeritus of FIBA World, and of Mr. Jordi Bertomeu, CEO of Euroleague, the Serbian clubs, the directors of the Adriatic League and the president of the Serbian Basketball Federation have announced today their full consensus for the establishment of criteria that the Euroleague will follow in order to award B Licenses in accordance with the Euroleague Strategic Plan approved in Rome.

This agreement clarifies in a definitive way the role of the Adriatic League and its relationship with the national federations. The Adriatic League, will finalize by presenting the changes to the Slovenian and Croatian Federation, which will permit the solicitation in the coming days of its official recognition by FIBA Europe, following the official recognition it was given some years ago by ULEB. The situation of the Adriatic League is unique within the organization of European competitions, given that it is the only league that qualifies teams to European competition while representing five different countries: Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro.

The agreement provides for a system of access to the Euroleague based fundamentally on the sporting results obtained by the clubs in the Adriatic League and in their national leagues. Also, though in lesser measure, their results in the three European competitions will be taken into account, based on a system of coefficients, establishing a transitory period until the 2010-11 season during which the rights acquired by the clubs according to the Adriatic League rules will be respected.
The agreement includes other aspects relevant to the future of basketball in the region, such as reducing the number of participating clubs in the Adriatic League to 12, modifying that competition's by-laws, and maintaining its current system of access to the Eurocup.

In the press conference at which the agreement was announced, both Mr. Stankovic and Mr. Bertomeu, who acted as mediators in the conversations, thanked the clubs, the Adriatic League and the Serbian Basketball Federation for their effort and willingness to cooperate, both of which permitted the negotiations to reach a positive conclusion that resolves the last outstanding issue in the restructuring of the Euroleague for next season, following the same principles included in the Strategic Plan, which is based on awarding places to champion teams from the different national competitions.

'Today we have reached a historic moment for Serbian basketball,' said Mr. Stankovic Secretary General Emeritus of FIBA World. 'We have been working together so as to improve the situation in the area and we have reached this agreement. The Adriatic League will be soliciting Fiba Europe to officially recognize the Adriatic League as the league representative of the area. We have established the changes that need to be made and the timings for these changes. Euroleague has agreed to help us make these changes and ensure the end of the conflict'.

'We are very satisfied with the conclusion of the meetings that have been held and with the agreement that has been reached. I would like to thank all the clubs and especially Partizan for their collaboration and efforts that have been made in this agreement', said Mr. Lorbek, President of the Adriatic League. 'I am committed to making sure that the changes take place, which will be very positive for basketball in the area and for the Adriatic League. I would like to thank Euroleague for its role in the negotiations and assisting in making this possible. This agreement will bring stability and new perspectives to basketball in the area.

'I would like to thank everyone, especially Mr. Stankovic, for his role in these negotiations, whose experience, moral authority and discretion has made this negotiation possible. I would also like to thank Partizan for understanding the part they have to play in the principles of the restructuring included in the Strategic Plan,' said Jordi Bertomeu, CEO of Euroleague. 'As we have said we have been working with representatives across Europe and this agreement lets us reach a consensus so that we can move forward with the restructuring of Euroleague in the next season'.

In recent months, the Euroleague has worked intensely to listen, attend to and solve the potential problems the system created according to the unique idiosyncrasies of each European country and zone. With the agreement reached for the awarding of B Licenses to Adriatic League clubs, and thanks to the strong cooperation with Mr. Stankovic, Euroleague concludes this process, which leads to the establishment of the new format for next season with the near-unanimous approval of European basketball.

Courtesy of Euroleague


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Dijon lands SG/SF Sean Marshall - by Eurobasket News
JDA Dijon Bourgogne announced arrival of shooting guard / small forward Sean Marshall (198-G/F-85, college: Boston Coll.) for the next season. It is important to say that this is the first signing of JDA Dijon Bourgogne after they finished the contest in Pro A.

Sean Marshall started 08/09 season with Greek Aris. He appeared 15 times in A1 averaging 13 ppg and 3 rpg. In EuroCup he played 6 games adding 8.2 ppg and 2.8 rpg. In February this year he got injured and was off for 6 weeks. The team decided to release him and Sean Marshall joined Turkish Aliaga Petkim in April. After just one game in TBL he left the team.

Sean Marshall graduated at the Boston College in 2007. In his senior year he averaged 14.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.9 apg and 1.1 spg. His first season in Europe was in Pinar Karsiyaka. In 33 games in TBL had had impressive 18.8 ppg, 5.2 rpg and 1.5 apg.

His new team JDA Dijon Bourgogne finished the Pro A regular season on position No.12. They had 11 wins in 30 games.


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Macedonians in Europe - by Eurobasket News
It was not a good week for Macedonian Internationals who are playing in the playoffs. In Croatia, Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) could not prevent Zadar's defeat by Cibona in Playoff Finals series. In Game 4, his Zadar lost 69-71 at home to Cibona after Prkacin tipped the ball with 0.7 second left in the game. Cibona won the title and Zadar will have to try next season to take it back. Gecevski spent 22 minutes on the court and recorded 13 points and 7 rebounds. Still, his shooting was poor as he connected on only 2 out of 6 attempts from the field. Gecevski also added 3 assists and a blocked shot.
In Italy, Benetton lead by Oktay Mahmudi was eliminated by Siena in the Playoff Semifinals. This was largely expected as Siena is considered a favorite to defend its crown. Mahmudi was unable to find the answers for offensive power Siena possese so his Benetton was swept 3-0 in the series.
Only in Spain, one Macedonian International was better than another one as Real Madrid managed to Beat Tau Vitoria in Playoff Semifinals. Madrid managed to force decisive Game 3 after beating Tau 102-82. Jeremiah Massey (202-F-82, college: Kansas St.) was good for Real spending on the court 20 minutes. During that time he recorded 8 points on 4 out of 5 shooting and added 4 rebounds. On the other side, Vlado Ilievski (190-G-80, agency: World Sport Agency) did not play for Tau due to the Coaches decision.


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ALBA tied the Semifinal series over Telekom - by Eurobasket News
Telekom B. - ALBA 52-62
ALBA tied the Semifinal series over Telekom as they had 62:52 road win in Game 4. Julius Jenkins (187-G-81, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Georgia Southern) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and Jacobsen Casey added 12. Bowman Brandon ended up with 13 points in the losing effort.


2. Regionalliga West News - by Daniel Poerschke
The Baskets Ludenscheid of the 2. Regionalliga West lost two players during one week: Daniel Freienstein (205-C-78) leaves the club after only one season and joins TV Werne of the same league instead for the upcoming season. The veteran big man lives close to Werne, so it was an easy decision for him to play for Head Coach Ivan Rosic. Also young guard Max Kramer (192-G-89) will leave Luedenscheid after one season. The talented shooter was batteling injuries during the past year and instead will suit up for 1. Regionalliga West club Schwelmer Baskets.

Achmadschah Zazai "Faster Than Speedy Gonzales" Player Profile - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Achmadschah Zazai (177-G-86) is a 22 year old German/Afghani 177cm guard. He started his Basketball career at TUS Lichterfelde and played there from 2003-2005. He then went to MTV Braunschweig and averaged in 28 games: 6.3ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.2apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 48.3%, 3FGP: 26.9%, FT: 75.0%.The following season, he played at BSG Ludwigsburg where he averaged in 15 games: 19.3ppg. He also had a license for ENBW Ludwigsburg, where he played 12 games averaging 1,1ppg. The next season, he played for the Bremen Roosters, but left for Horsens IC, where he averaged in 8 games: 9.8ppg, 3.0rpg, Assists-3(4.5apg), 2.4spg, 2FGP: 44.4%, 3PT: 29.0%, FT: 92.0%. This season, he played for Telemotive Munich in the PRO B averaging 13,6ppg, 2,4rpg and 5,5apg. He also has played for the German U-20. Eurobasket had a talk with the young German/Afghani.







You had a tough season with Telemotive Munich being deregulated to the Regionaliga. Why did the team have such a disappointing season?



Well, we had a good start and we had a good feeling that we might have a little chance to play for the championship this year, but as you probably know the season will be over when you would have played the last game till the end. A lot of things happened during the season in addition that we are a young team where most of the players doesn't have that much experiences. It was definitely very close this year and unfortunately we have lost couple of games very close too, but like I said previously, this is Sport and everything is possible till the end of the last game.



After playing in the PRO A and Denmark last season, did you have very much pressure to perform good stats in the lower league PRO B with Telemotive Munich?



Maybe a little bit, but being a Pro Player means also to handle those situations in a professional manner especially as a point guard. I have seen this kind of pressure as a competition for myself to prove my game to the next level.



What was it like playing in a big city like Munich where Soccer is #1 and basketball is somewhere hidden behind the Olympia Park with teams Bayern Munich and the lower ranked Telemotive Munich?



That's true! Soccer is without any question number 1 in the City and I think it is understandable if you have several good Clubs in a big City same as in Munich. I don't see this as a problem, I think this was giving us a bigger motivation to compete and to achieve the next level.



You had very solid stats in 30 min, 13,6ppg, 2,4rpg, 5,5apg and 2,2s per game. How happy were you with your own stats at the PRO B level?



On the one hand stats are showing you how good or bad you have played at the end of the season, but on the other hand if I would have the best stats in the PRO B, it would mean nothing to me as long as the team was not staying good or safe in the standings.




Where do you see your current Basketball ability? After playing very very little in the BBL for Ludwigsburg, getting minutes in the PRO A for the Bremen Roosters and in Denmark, where do you realistically want to be in the season 2009-2010?



Realistically I think I am ready for the next Level. I really would love to play in the PRO A again to showcase my abilities. Regarding to the new regulations of the PRO A where you need to have two German players all the time, I think my chances are good to step into that door.



I think staying in the PRO B would be a waste of your Basketball ability. Are you ready to make the next jump?




Like I said previously, yes I am.



You played 12 games for Ludwigsburg in the 2006-2007 season averaging 1,1ppg. You didnt have much of a chance behind Americans Jerry Green and Je kel Foster. How has your game developed in the last two years where you could say that you could compete at the BBL level?




I think the experiences that I have made during the last years were good at that point, that I am a better player now. Being a Point Guard means to handle a specific role in the team. When I was playing for Ludwigsburg, it was definitely a big competition playing against Green and Foster every day and night at practice. They have made me better and tougher and I could used this what I have learned for Bremen and in Denmark the years after. Now I would say, I have improved my game again and it's still a learning process, where any player can get more experiences after the years of practices and games. As of right now, I am still in the learning process and I am confident that I will be better in the future.





I am sure your name Achmadschah gave you problems as a kid. What do your friends call you?




(smile) The little Warrior.




You have dual citizenship Afghani/German. Talk a little about your childhood. How and where were you raised?




I was born an raised in Berlin, Germany. My parents had a big influence in my childhood. First priority was to go to School and to have an Academic Certification. Basketball was second on my focus but I knew I would never give up my Goals to achieve.




What do you know about Afghani Basketball? How is Basketball seen in Afghanistan?




To be honest to you, nothing!




How did you get interested with basketball?




I used to play on a famous playground in Berlin where big time German players did their scrimmages there. Names like Henrik Roedl, Mithat Demirel, Ademola Okulaja and Misan Nikagbatse had been there and I was that kind of impressed about the game that a friend of mine asked me if I would be interested to do a practice with his Team that he used to play back in the days. From there on I knew I really like playing basketball.




Who were your Basketball idols as you were growing up?



Steve Nash and Sarunas Jasikivicius! Both are big time!



You started your Basketball career with TUS Lichterfelde. What was it like playing with big German talents for the Alba Berlin farm team?




The ambition! I wanted to prove myself if I could compete against them or not. My hunger was big enough to take that challenge and to let the coaches know that I can play.





Did you not see any future maybe reaching Alba Berlin or why did you go?




To me it was important to do the next step forward. TUS-Lichterfelde dropped down into the Regionalliga in that year and that was the reason why I decided to move to Braunschweig where that club was playing in the 2nd Bundesliga.




In the 2005-2006 season, you played for MTV Braunschweig in the second league averaging in 28 games: 6.3ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.2apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 48.3%, 3FGP: 26.9%, FT: 75.0%. Braunschweig has been known since years as having a solid youth program but players getting little chance of making the BBL team. Was that a reason why you left after one year?




I recognized there were some players that had a dual citizenship in front of me, but I also knew they were not playing for the team in the 1st Bundesliga though. Meanwhile I received an offer from Ludwigsburg that I couldn't reject.




In the 2006-2007 season, you played for Ludwigsburg in the Regionaliga and had a license for the BBL team. You played 12 games, but what was the most important thing that you could learn from Jerry Green at the guard position?




From my point of view it was important to see how does a practice look like in the 1st Bundesliga. I wanted to have a year of continuity of a high class work out to improve my game to the next level. Jerry Green is most likely one of the best Guards and Characters that I have seen in Germany. He was teaching me how to organize a game and to make the right decisions on the court. His ambition on the court was tremendous and I think he has the best floater in that League (laughing).



In the 2007-208 season, you started in the PRO A with the Bremen Roosters but left after a short while. What were the problems in Bremen?




Unfortunately Bremen promised me a specific role to play for that team that I was never meant for. I thought it would be the best for both parties to part ways where each of them could go into another direction.




You then got a job in Denmark with Horsens IC and averaged in 8 games: 9.8ppg, 3.0rpg, Assists-3(4.5apg), 2.4spg, 2FGP: 44.4%, 3PT: 29.0%, FT: 92.0%. Those were stats that you could of built on for this season. Didnt you ever think of possibly becoming a strong player in Denmark and staying for a few years to build the resume?




Like I said previously, I am always willing to improve my game to become better and better. I knew it wouldn't make sense to stay for another year and to earn solid money. Money was not my main focus at that point. I wanted to play for a team that is playing in a better league with more competition. That's why I decided to come back to Germany again.




You played at the European Championships U20 in Izmir (Turkey) -06: 8 games: 5.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.1apg, 1.9spg. What do you remember from this experience?





(laughing) We lost all games! Honestly it was a great experience to me though. I was able to see the future big time players like Ersan Ilyasova who destroyed us in the game. Those games were frustrating me, but on the other hand it was a reality check and I knew I need to work more on my game.




What is your general opinion of the 9-3 rule concerning how many German players should be on a team. Many German players have critcised it.




Well, next year we will have the 8-4 rule and that's fine, but as a German player I would have nothing against the rule to have a domestic player all the time on the court.




If you could go out to dinner with any Basketball player in the world, who would you choose and why?




Michael Jordan! But I am sure I am not the only one on that planet that would like to go out to dinner with him. (laughing)




What was the craziest shot that you ever took in a practice or game?




I had a half court buzzer beater in a regular game while I was playing for TUS-Lichterfelde back in the days. It was the game winner.



What are your hobbies?



I like to play Tennis. This sport is giving me an additional work out for my footwork and for my hand-eye-coordination. I also enjoy going out to the movies with my friends.



What was the last DVD that you saw?



Crank 2




Thank you for having me!


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Eurobasket.com All-Greek A2 Awards 2008-09 - by Eurobasket
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Player of the Year:
Apostolos Koutroulias (206-C-76) of Near East
Guard of the Year: Athanasios Karidas (182-G-81) of Ilysiakos
Forward of the Year: Alexis Tsamatos (196-F-77) of Peristeri
Center of the Year: Apostolos Koutroulias of Near East
Newcomer of the Year: Georgios Bogris (209-C/F-89) of Ilysiakos
Most Improved Player of the Year: Aristides Koronides (188-G-82) of Apollon Patras
Bosman Player of the Year: Darrel Lewis (192-G-76) of Peristeri
Domestic Player of the Year: Apostolos Koutroulias of Near East
Co-Defensive Player of the Year: Georgios Bogris of Ilysiakos and Ivan Kartelo (208-C-79) of KAOD
Co-Coach of the Year: Nikos Karagiannis of Peristeri and Stergios Koufos of Ilysiakos

1st Team
Darrel Lewis of Peristeri
Aristides Koronides of Apollon Patras
Athanasios Karidas of Ilysiakos
Alexis Tsamatos of Peristeri
Apostolos Koutroulias of Near East

2nd Team
Conor Grace (205-F-82) of Ilysiakos
Vasilis Kounas (195-G-84) of ICBS
Giannis Kakiouzis (205-F-78) of Dafni
Dimitris Despos (209-C-76) of Peristeri
Giorgos Anagnostopoulos (190-G-81) of Xanthi

Honorable Mention
Kostas Kakaroudis (204-C-83) of Rethymno
Dimitris Spanoulis (192-G-79) of Olimpiada Patras
Christos Petrodimopoulos (209-F/C-80) of Dafni
Giorgos Koukas (180-G-85) of Pagrati
Konstantinos Totsios (191-G-78) of Iraklis
Theodoros Georgitsis (205-C/F-83) of Apollon Patras
Nikolaos Papanikolaou (210-F-85) of Ilysiakos
Ralph Bucci (193-G-75) of Peristeri
Nikos Michalos (192-G-77) of Near East

All-Domestic Players Team
Aristides Koronides of Apollon Patras
Athanasios Karidas of Ilysiakos
Apostolos Koutroulias of Near East
Giannis Kakiouzis of Dafni
Dimitris Despos of Peristeri

All-Bosmans Team
Ivan Jelenic (190-G-85) of Xanthi
Darrel Lewis of Peristeri
Vukadin Mandic (200-F/G-82) of MENT
Conor Grace of Ilysiakos
Damir Latovic (204-C-80) of Pagrati

All-Defensive Team
Darrel Lewis of Peristeri
Costas Mahairas (205-C-85) of Pagrati
Georgios Bogris of Ilysiakos
Dimitris Despos of Peristeri
Ivan Kartelo of KAOD Dramas

All-Newcomers Team
Vasilis Kitsoulis (204-F-83) of KAOD
Tasos Dimitriadis (201-C-82) of Ermis Lagkada
Andreas Sizopoulos (189-G-83) of ICBS
Lefteris Akepsimaidis (194-G-87) of Ermis Lagkada
Dimitris Katiakos (205-F-87) of Panerythraikos


Market news from the smaller divisions - by Chris Mammides

Paraskevas Mouratidis agreed terms with MENT Vassilakis while Ilias Konstantinidis and MENT Vassilakis split ways.
Assistant Coach Mike Kalavros will remain in his position with Stergios Koufos in Ilysiakos Athens for another year.
OFI Irakleio renewed three players for another seazon: Panagiotis Houliaras (197-77), Prodromos Tserkitzoglou (187-G-85) and Nikos Delatolas.
Dimitris Tsolakis renew for another year his contract with AEP Olimpias Patron.
Panerythraikos AS agreed terms with the Greek Head Coach Dimitris Houhoulis while Giorgos Koletsis will be his assistant coach.
Antreas Galanis renewed his contract with Periko-Arhelao for another one year.
Georgios Passalidis (200-G-87) agreed terms and will be wearing the jersey of Ase Doukas Athens the coming seazon.

DROP Ermis Lagkada agreed terms with Darko Rallis (180-G-78) for one year.

Aris Likogiannis renewed his contract for anotehr seazon with Ikaros Kallitheas.



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Standings
IBL Standings
Eastern
 1. Holland B. 12-2 
 2. Kankakee S. 10-7 
 3. G.Rapids F. 7-6 
 4. Japan T. 0-18 
Independent
 1. Red Rock R. 1-2 
 2. Yamhill H. 1-5 
 3. Arizona F. 0-1 
 4. Nevada P. 0-1 
 5. Chicago S. 0-1 
 6. Olympia R. 0-2 
 7. S.Illinois T. 0-3 
Northern
 1. Bellingham S. 13-3 
 2. Snohomish C. 7-6 
 3. Vancouver T. 5-11 
 4. USA All-Stars 4-16 
Southern
 1. Vancouver V. 11-3 
 2. Oregon Wave 8-6 
 3. C.Oregon H. 4-5 
 4. Shanxi Zh. 0-0 
Western
 1. Edmonton E. 11-3 
 2. Seattle M. 9-6 
 3. L.Angeles L. 8-3 
 4. Tacoma T. 7-4 


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Neptune Basketball Club Open Day. - by Li Zhang
Neptune Basketball Club are hosting an Open Day for all new and existing members on this Saturday the 13th June @1pm in Neptune Stadium. A great day is guaranteed with fun, games and competitions for both parents and children. All new members will be able to enrol on the day for the coming season, tour our Stadium, meet their new coaches for next season and enjoy the fun of playing Basketball. ALL WELCOME, with food and refreshments for both parents and children on the day.

Courtesy :

Tom O Sullivan
PRO Neptune Basketball Club,
+ 353 86 8333313.


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Market News - by Netanel Dahan
Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa signed Lior Segev (190-G-83, agency: Ronsport) and Moti Moscovitz (205-C-85).

Segev played in the past season in Hapoel Holon and averaged 3.1ppg,1.2apg,and 1steal per game in 9.9mpg.

Moscovitz played in Maccabi Hod Hasharon(National league) and averaged 15.3ppg,and 9.8rpg.

Maccabi Rishon LeZion, hired Effi Birnbaum (agency: Avi Zilberman ) to be the head coach. Effi was the head coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv in the last season and fired during the season.

Guy Goodes (190-G-71, agency: Avi Zilberman) will not stay in Hapoel Jerusalem, the chairman of the team Danny Klein called to Guy during his vacation and tell him that he will not keep to train the team.
Jerusalem asked from Oded Katash to be the coach but he told them that he will stay in Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa.
The top candidate of the team is Dan Shamir


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Serie A declares war against FIP - by Gianni Pascucci
All the Lega A team officials voted yesterday evening a suspension of the next Serie A season if the Italian Basketball Federation (FIP) won' t correct as soon as possible the import players quota changes announced some weeks ago. According with the FIP new rules, starting from the 2010-11 season, any Serie A team could register only 2 imports and 4 Europeans (Bosman A and Bosman B players) instead of the 3 imports + 3 Europeans allowed in the upcoming season. The Lega A teams also threatens to not allow all its players to join the Italian Juvenile National Teams. As we can see, it is a true declaration of war, caused above all by the financial crisis that is forcing any club to trim down its budget for the next season. Given the higher wages asked by all the Italian and European players, most of the Italian teams are fearing to not be able to build competitive teams in the seasons to come.

Lino Lardo is close to La Fortezza - by Eurobasket News
Lino Lardo (agency: Players Group ) (agency: Players Group ) is close to becoming the new head coach of La Fortezza Virtus Bologna. He spent three years guiding Solsonica Rieti. Lardo led Rieti to the LegaDue regular season championship in 2007. The team is expected to make some major changes in its roster: for example it could not extend the contract with Alex Righetti (198-G/F-77, agency: Interperformances), who was delivering 6.2 points and 1.7 rebounds per appearance. Petteri Koponen (193-G-88), Brett Blizzard (191-G-80, agency: Octagon, college: NC-Wilmington) and Dusan Vukcevic (201-F-75, agency: Interperformances) are rumored to stay in the team, while Roberto Chiacig (210-C-74) will probably leave La Fortezza. Andre Collins (183-G-82, college: Loyola, MD) is among the possible newcomers. Some sources announced that Daniel Hackett (196-G-87) had signed a contract with Benetton Treviso. A 22-year-old guard played in the NCAA with USC last season. He averaged 12.3 points, 4.7 assists and 4.2 boards as a starter for the Trojans. Scavolini Pesaro decided to part ways with coach Stefano Sacripanti . The budget difficulties were claimed as the main reason for the decision. Scavolini also released Jeleel Akindele (216-C-83, college: Chicago St.). A 26-year-old Nigerian centre averaged 11.1 points and 6.7 rebounds per game as a starting player.

Benetton offers 3-year contract extension to HC Oktay Mahmudi - by Eurobasket News
Few days after season 08/09 finished for Benetton, the club's management decided to offer new 3-year deal to its head coach Oktay Mahmudi. The team from Treviso advanced to Playoffs as No.4 in regular season with score 18-12, after what they knocked out La Fortezza 3-2 in the Quarterfinals. As it was expected, the defending champion Montepaschi Siena was better 3-0 in the Semis, but Benetton already did a great job securing the Euroleague qualifications for the next season. The club offered coach Mahmudi new 3-year contract and his decision is expected in the next 7 days. According to some rumors Benetton will have new restricted budget for 08/09 and it is questionable will Mahmudi accept the deal or not.
Oktay Mahmudi took over Benetton Treviso in November 2007 and this year he was named 'Eurocup Coach of the Year'. Before Benetton, Mahmudi spent 7 years as a head coach of Efes Pilsen and 8 more as assistant coach. He led Efes as a HC to four championship titles and the same number of trophies in Turkish National Cup. In Euroleague, Efes reached the Quarterfinals twice.

Meanwhile, Montepaschi Siena and AJ Milano are preparing for the Finals. The defending champion advanced to the last stage with perfect 6-0 in Quarterfinals and Semis against Scavolini and Benetton. On the other side, AJ Milano had to work harder beating Banca Tercas 3-1 in the Quarterfinals. Later the team from Milano knocked out Angelico also with 3-1. The beginning of the final series is scheduled for June 10th. Montepaschi will have the home court advantage due to amazing 29-1 record in regular season.


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Asia-Basket.com All-Japanese BJ League Awards 2008-09 - by Eurobasket
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Player of the Year:
Jeff Newton (205-C-81) of Ryukyu Golden Kings
Guard of the Year: Michael Gardener (182-G-81) of Hamamatsu Phoenix
Forward of the Year: Bobby St.Preux (196-G/F-80) of Sendai 89ers
Center of the Year: Jeff Newton of Ryukyu Golden Kings
Import of the Year: Jeff Newton of Ryukyu Golden Kings
Domestic Player of the Year: Naoto Takushi (183-G-81) of Ryukyu Golden Kings
Sixth Man of the Year: Masahiro Ohguchi (172-G-76) of Hamamatsu Phoenix
Most Improved Player: Shigeyuki Kinjo (182-G-84) of Ryuku Golden Kings
Newcomer of the Year: Akitomo Takeno (173-G-85) of Niigata Albirex *early entry in 2008
Defensive Player of the Year: Michael Parker (200-G/F-81) of Rizing Fukuoka
Coach of the Year: Dai Oketani of Ryukyu Golden Kings

1st Team
Michael Gardener of Hamamatsu Phoenix
Naoto Takushi of Ryukyu Golden Kings
Bobby St.Preux of Sendai 89ers
Michael Parker of Rizing Fukuoka
Jeff Newton of Ryukyu Golden Kings

2nd Team
Cohey Aoki (167-G-80) of Tokyo Apache
John Humphrey (188-G/F-80) of Tokyo Apache
Lynn Washington (200-F-78) of Osaka Evessa
Reginald Warren (204-F-81) of Saitama Broncos
Chris Holm (212-F-84) of Sendai 89ers

Honorable Mention
Dokun Akingbade (207-F-84) of Niigata Albirex
Nile Murry (193-G-83) of Osaka Evessa
Anthony McHenry (201-G/F-83) of Ryukyu Golden Kings
Ryan Rourke (199-F-83) of Shiga Lake Stars
Akitomo Takeno of Niigata Albirex
Rasheed Sparks (190-G-77) of Takamatsu Five Arrows

All-Domestic Players Team
Cohey Aoki of Tokyo Apache
Naoto Takushi of Ryukyu Golden Kings
Akitomo Takeno of Niigata Albirex
Shigeyuki Kinjo of Ryukyu Golden Kings
Yuichi Ikeda (191-G/F-83) of Niigata Albirex

All-Domestic Players 2nd Team
Yu Okada (184-G-83) of Takamatsu Five Arrows
Takehiko Shimura (160-G-83) of Sendai 89ers
Taishiro Shimizu (183-G-81) of Saitama Broncos
Yosuke Machida (198-F-83) of Shiga Lakestars
Kazuyuki Nakagawa (180-G-82) of Takamatsu Five Arrows

All-Imports Team
Michael Gardener of Hamamatsu Phoenix
John Humphrey of Tokyo Apache
Bobby St.Preux of Sendai 89ers
Lynn Washington of Osaka Evessa
Jeff Newton of Ryukyu Golden Kings

All-Imports 2nd Team
Chris Holm of Sendai 89ers
Michael Parker of Rizing Fukuoka
Nile Murry of Osaka Evessa
Reginald Warren of Saitama Broncos
Dokun Akingbade of Niigata Albirex
Anthony McHenry of Ryukyu Golden Kings

All-Defensive Team
Masahiro Ohguchi of Hamamatsu Phoenix
Naoto Takushi of Ryukyu Golden Kings
Gordon James (198-F-79) of Takamatsu Five Arrows
Michael Parker of Rizing Fukuoka
Babacar Camara (211-C-81) of Takamatsu Five Arrows


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A Pair of Gophers Receive Sportsmanship Honor - by Mohammed Malas
Courtesy: University of Minnesota

The Big Ten Conference announced today the 22 student-athletes that have been named Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners for the 2008-09 academic year. Representing Minnesota on the list is Jamal Abu-Shamala (196-G/F-87) 'Mens Basketball' and Ladia Albertson-Junkans 'Womens Track & Field'.

Abu-Shamala (Shakopee, Minn.), averaged 4.6 points, 2.1 rebounds and 16.0 minutes per game for his career as a Gopher. He played in 128 career games at the U, the second-most in team history, and ended his career tied for the fourth highest three-point field goal percentage in school history at .402 (106-264). Also, his 106 career three-point field goals are the 10th most in school history. Also, Abu-Shamala was honored by the University of Minnesota in February as its Male Scholar Athlete of the Year.

Albertson-Junkans (Stillwater, Minn.) closed out her Golden Gopher running career as a member of four Big Ten championship teams. A two-time cross country All-American, Albertson-Junkans led the Gopher cross country team to its very firt Big Ten title in 2007. She was also a member of Big Ten track champion teams in 2006, 2008 and 2009. Albertson-Junkans was a three-time Gopher cross country MVP and a Second Team Academic All-American. She holds the Minnesota cross country record over a 6-kilometer course and ranks among the top-10 in Gopher track history in five different events. Albertson-Junkans will graduate in August with a degree in child psychology.

The individuals were chosen from a group of 276 student-athletes honored by the conference throughout the academic year who had displayed positive sportsmanship. One member of each varsity sports team on every campus was chosen by his or her institution as a Sportsmanship Award honoree. From each universitys list, two Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners were then selected.

All of the Sportsmanship Award honorees have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, these student-athletes must be in good academic standing and must have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.

The 22 Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners include 14 Academic All-Big Ten honorees and 11 All-Big Ten selections from the 2008-09 season. Also, Albertson-Junkans was one of five Big Ten student-athletes on the list to have been named an All-American during their collegiate career.


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Eurobasket.com All-Montenegrin League Awards 2008-09 - by Eurobasket
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Player of the Year
- Nikola Otasevic (184-G-82) (Buducnost)
Guard of the Year - Nikola Otasevic (Buducnost)
Forward of the Year - Vladimir Dasic (208-F-88) (Buducnost)
Center of the Year - Boris Lalovic (206-C-81) (Primorje)
Newcomer of the Year - Petar Stojanovic (185-G-90) (Lovcen)
Most Improved Player of the Year - Filip Barovic (206-F-90) (Buducnost)
Import Player of the Year - Nikola Otasevic (Buducnost)
Domestic Player of the Year - Boris Lalovic (Primorje)
Defensive Player of the Year - Ivan Maras (208-C-86) (Buducnost)
Coach of the Year - Dejan Radonjic (Buducnost)

1st Team
Nikola Otasevic (Buducnost)
Nemanja Gordic (194-G-88) (Buducnost)
Vladimir Dasic (208-F-88) (Buducnost)
Ivan Maras (Buducnost)
Boris Lalovic (Primorje)

2nd Team
Lazar Simonovic (185-G-82) (Danilovgrad)
Milos Durisic (194-G-88) (Mornar)
Sead Sehovic (201-G/F-89) (Buducnost)
Goran Pejovic (203-F-77) (Primorje)
Ljuba Jovanovic (206-C-87) (Lovcen)

All-Newcomers Team
Petar Stojanovic (Lovcen)
Slobodan Miljanic (-90) (Primoje)
Nemanja Radovic (204-F/C-91) (Mornar)
Filip Barovic (Buducnost)
Aleksandar Radulovic (207-C-84) (Danilovgrad)


Montenegrin U18 NT starts with preparations for European Championship division B - by Eurobasket News
U18 Montenegro National Team led by Miodrag Kadija has gathered today at Kolasin. Here they will undertake preparations for the upcoming European Championship division B, which will be held in Sarajevo. Kadija has called 19 players which will be competing for places next 14 days in Kolasin.

The called players are: Ognjen Scepanovic (-91), Nemanja Radovic (204-F/C-91), Aleksandar Dobrovic (-91), Nikola Ljujic (202-F-91), Mihailo Sekulovic (-91), Miroslav Damjanovic (-91), Stefan Djordan (185-G-92), Radosav Spasojevic, Bojan Dubljevic (-91), Milos Kuveljic (196-G/F-91), Aleksandar Nikolic (204-F/C-91), Nemanja Djurisic, Mladen Novakovic (201-G-92), Mihajlo Djukanovic, Stevan Lazovic (182-G-91), Marko Loncovic (199-F-91), Ermin Kalic, Jovan Teodorovic (195-G-91) and Andrija Miljanovic.

After the first phase some of the players will be cut while the rest of the candidates will move to Cetinje. At Cetinje, the accent will be on tactical and technical development. During the same period, several control matches will be played, but it is still not definite against whom. Certainly U18 Team will play against U18 Switzerland on July 7th and 11th. Negotiations are still led with Serbian National Team to have few control matches with them as well.

The B European Championships will be held in Sarajevo from July 23rd to August 2nd. Montenegro is in group with Holland, Romania, Scotland and Georgia. Kadija is hopeful that his team will be able to make a good result which would lead his team to European elite. So far, Montenegro has failed twice in their attempt to reach higher rank of the competition. Still Kadija is hopeful that this time this team has enough time to prepare and that they will be up for the task ahead.


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Talented BearCat - by Alex Yam
The University of Cincinnati is known for often producing talented high profile athletes, such as former #1 draft pick Kenyon Martin, or sharpshooter Nick Van Exel. Lost in the shuffle, is the 6th pick of the 2000 NBA Draft, multi-talented 6-9 swingman Dermarr Johnson.
Johnson was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks after leaving the Bearcats following his freshman year where he displayed an all around game that made NBA scouts drool over his potential at the pro level.
Tragically, Johnsons career nearly ended after a near fatal car accident where he severed a broken neck. Many thought his career was over, amid the long recovery time and inability to move on the court.
Johnson, has been nothing short of a miracle since the accident occurred in 2002. He has not only recovered but has had some successful stints in the league, and overseas.
Currently, Johnson is playing for Grises de Humacao in the BSN Nacionales league in Puerto Rico, a league known for its tough, physical play. Johnson has scored at will, often shooting a high percentage from the 3 point line, the team however has not benefited from his individual success as they are a league worse 3-18. Johnson is a prolific scorer at any level, NBA or not.
Hopefully, the NBA scouts are paying attention, and will realize that Dermarr Miles Johnson belongs with his peers in the league, and deserves another chance to prove that he was as talented as most thought prior to his injuries.


Marcin Gortat on the Knicks' radar - by Eurobasket News
Though the Knicks likely will take a combo-type guard in the June 25 NBA Draft, Knicks team president Donnie Walsh will eye a center with his $5 million mid-level exception during free agency, and Orlando's 7-foot backup Marcin Gortat (213-C-84) is very high on his list, The Post has learned.


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The Knicks had no interior defensive presence, and that's Gortat's strength. He also blocks shots and rebounds. (The Knicks were last in blocked shots the past two years).

The Polish big man originally was drafted by coach Mike D'Antoni's Suns in the second round of 2005, but they traded his rights. Gortat probably will not be re-signed because he plays a smallish role as Dwight Howard's backup and the Magic can't pay him accordingly.

Gortat said the Knicks could be an ideal spot. Gortat (four points, three rebounds) played 15 minutes last night as Magic coach Stan Van Gundy often used a twin-tower alignment to combat the Lakers' size.

Magic general manager Otis Smith can match any offer, but said he knows it will be a financial challenge to retain Gortat.

'He's got the best job in America, playing behind my best player, playing 8 to 10 minutes,' Smith said. 'He goes out and does his job and probably has the best work ethic of anyone in the locker room. Can he start for another team? Yeah he can.

'I'll just deal with it and the market will dictate where he goes,' Smith added. 'I would like to keep him on our team, but it depends if someone wants to make him a starter and figures out what's my breaking point. I'm sure teams will make a run for him.'

Gortat averaged 12 minutes, scoring 3.8 points and 4.5 rebounds. Van Gundy, whose Magic team lost 101-96 in overtime and trails the best-of-seven series, 2-0, said he may play him more in The Finals to combat the Lakers' size advantage.

'I love New York, I can tell you that,' Gortat said. 'It was the first city I landed when I landed in the states five years ago. I love Coach D'Antoni and I know [Danilo] Gallinari from Europe.'

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Phil Jackson admitted he had many similarities with Dodgers' manager Joe Torre.

'Joe's low-key manner is something to what I have. He seems to be able to take everything in hand, the players' personalities. He's got to be real good because of the type of characters he's had in various spots.'

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ABC's Mark Jackson still has coaching on his radar. The commentator recently hired an agent -- CAA -- to help his search. Jackson did not get any interviews during this offseason.

'I look forward to making that guy who has the courage to pull the trigger, I'm looking forward to making him look awfully good,' Jackson said.

Courtesy of www.nypost.com


Magic beat Lakers 108-104 to make series 2-1 - by Eurobasket News
Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) came out looking to put the Los Angeles Lakers in complete control of the NBA finals.

Instead, the Orlando Magic found a way to control him.

Bryant followed an explosive first quarter with three quiet ones, and the Los Angeles Lakers had their series lead sliced to 2-1 after a 108-104 loss to the Orlando Magic on Tuesday night.

Bryant still finished with 31 points, but he couldn't come through in the fourth quarter like he so often does. The only thing he could hit down the stretch was his own head -- which he was doing on the bench after turning the ball over with about 30 seconds left and a chance to tie the game.

Dwight Howard (6'10''-F-85) (21 points) knocked the ball out Bryant's hands on the preceding play, the highlight of the Magic's strong defensive effort on the Lakers superstar after the first 12 minutes.

Bryant scored only 10 points in the second half and was only 4 of 15 from the field in the final three quarters. He missed 10 of 12 shots down the stretch and finished just 5 of 10 from the foul line.

Bryant had only field goal in the final quarter, and the player often called the best closer in basketball failed on some late chances that could have changed the game.

He sped down the court after a turnover, but was off on a drive to the basket that would have tied the game at 99 with about 3 1/2 minutes left. He missed a 3-pointer with the Lakers trailing by two with 2:03 to go.

Bryant then was sent to the line with just under a minute left, but the first free throw rattled out as he looked away in disgust. He did score on a putback later, but that came with just .5 seconds left after he had tossed up two of the Lakers' four misses from 3-point range in a desperate possession.

After their 101-96 overtime victory in Game 2, Lakers coach Phil Jackson said it wasn't one of Bryant's best performances, and the All-Star guard agreed.

Bryant looked intent on making up for it.

He scored 17 points in the first quarter -- all but two of the Lakers' final 19. He hit both 3-pointers, one while being fouled, and he completed the four-point play for a 31-27 lead with 30 seconds left in the period.

He seemed headed for a repeat of his Game 1 performance, when he scored 40 points in the Lakers' 25-point win.

But he took his normal rest to start the second quarter, and his touch didn't return with him.

Bryant was only 1 of 5 in the period, then hit only one field goal in the third. He even curiously struggled from the line, at one point missing two of three after he was fouled beyond the arc.

Mickael Pietrus (6'6''-F-82, agency: Court Side) is Orlando's best defender and the one with the primary responsibility of defending Bryant, but he was in foul trouble in Game 2. He stayed on the court for 31 minutes Tuesday, making Bryant work for everything and getting help any time he was beaten into the middle.

Bryant sought a quick end to the finals. Nothing came easy Tuesday -- and now neither will that fourth title he craves.

Courtesy of www.kdka.com


Ginobili predicts complete recovery - by Eurobasket News
Manu Ginobili (198-G-77, agency: Interperformances) boarded a flight to Argentina late Sunday afternoon, headed home for the first time in nearly a year.

This time, he planned to stay awhile, using his vacation to relax with friends and family and do all the things that a wandering son and brother does when he finally gets a chance to return home.

Ive got almost everything packed up and ready to go, Ginobili said from his San Antonio home a few hours before leaving for the airport. There was a lot to pack.

Ginobili could be bringing everything but the kitchen sink back with him to Buenos Aires. It still wouldnt match the baggage he carried the last time he made the trip home.

Last summer, the Spurs guard boarded a similar flight to his homeland to prepare for the Olympics in Beijing, bearing the weight of an entire nations expectations on his shoulders. He left behind an employer that had urged him to reconsider his loyalty to country and a Spurs fan base just praying hed survive the summer in one piece.

Ginobili, the star of Argentinas Olympic team, came back from Beijing in a boot after reinjuring the left ankle that had given him trouble during the 2008 playoffs. That twist of both ankle and fate led to a series of injuries that wiped out most of Ginobilis 2008-09 season.

In his first interview since April 5, the day before a stress fracture in his right distal fibula put a premature end to the most tumultuous season of his career, Ginobili said Sunday that he expects to be fully recovered by the opening of training camp in October.

For the past month or so, I havent felt any pain, even to the touch, Ginobili said. I dont have any doubt Ill be 100 percent before training camp starts.

Much is riding on Ginobilis latest recovery effort. Nothing the Spurs accomplish this offseason, either via the draft or free agency, will mean much if Ginobili cannot approach the form that made him the NBAs Sixth Man of the Year in 2007-08.

Injury-plagued from start to finish, Ginobili missed all but 44 games last season, including all of the Spurs first-round playoff ouster against Dallas. He averaged 15.5 points, his fewest since 2005-06, while his shooting percentage dipped to 45.5 percent, his lowest since 2003-04.

As Ginobili heads home this summer, again recovering from an ankle injury but this time without an Olympic quest to hijack the healing process, he does so under no marching order other than to get well.

His long-term future in San Antonio could depend on it.

Ginobili, who will turn 32 next month, is entering the final year of a contract scheduled to pay him close to $10.7 million next season.

The Spurs had begun preliminary talks about a contract extension last summer before Ginobili left for China. Those negotiations were shelved when Ginobili re-injured his left ankle at the Olympics, and they have yet to resume.

They want to see that I am healthy, Ginobili said.

Ginobili is hopeful he can reach a deal that would allow him to finish his career in San Antonio.

I have said a thousand times, I would love to stay here, Ginobili said. You know how the NBA is, though. There are not a lot of players who get to start and finish in the same place. I love San Antonio. If I have to take another road, you do what you have to do. But it would not be my first option, for sure.

For the Spurs, who have played with their star guard injured for much of the past 14 months, the preferred option is to have Ginobili healthy.

The news so far this offseason has been encouraging.

An MRI taken Thursday showed the bone in his right leg completely healed. Ginobili expects to return to running and jumping next month, and he should be able to begin basketball work not long after that.

All the things I have not been allowed to do, I should be allowed to do soon, he said.

This summer, Ginobili hopes to reinvigorate his career in the same manner it went south last summer.

By boarding a plane to Argentina.

Courtesy of www.mysanantonio.com


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Floyd leaves USC over Mayo controversy - by Kevin Cochran
USC today announced that its men's basketball coach, Tim Floyd , has resigned.

In his letter of resignation, which was published by the Clarion-Ledger newspaper in Mississippi, Mr. Floyd stated, 'As of 1:00 p.m. today, I am resigning as head basketball coach at USC. I deeply appreciate the opportunity afforded me by the university, as well as the chance to know and work with some of the finest young men in college athletics. Unfortunately, I no longer feel I can offer the level of enthusiasm to my duties that is deserved by the university, my coaching staff, my players, their families, and the supporters of USC. I always promised myself and my family that if I ever felt I could no longer give my full enthusiasm to a job, that I should leave it to others who could. I intend to contact my coaching staff and my players in coming days and weeks to tell them how much each of them means to me. I wish the best to USC and to my successor.'

USC Athletic Director Mike Garrett accepted Mr. Floyd's resignation and said that he will quickly begin the search for a new head basketball coach. Mr. Garrett stated: 'I accept Tim's decision and wish him well.'

Todd Dickey, Senior Vice President - Administration said, 'The University is cooperating fully in the continuing investigation with the NCAA and Pac-10 into all allegations of NCAA and Pac-10 rules violations at USC. The University, the NCAA and Pac-10 have jointly conducted interviews of approximately 50 witnesses. No conclusions have yet been reached.' The school is being investigated over claims that Floyd gave $1000.00 to a man who then steered former Trojans guard O.J. Mayo (6'5''-G-87) to the school in 2007.

'At this point,' he stated, 'it would be both inappropriate and premature to comment further.'

Courtesy: usctrojans.cstv.com


Reynolds returning to 'Nova - by Kevin Cochran
Scottie Reynolds (6'2''-G-87) has removed his name from the 2009 National Basketball Association draft pool and will return to Villanova for his senior season in 2009-10, it was announced today.

'The best decision for me is to return to Villanova for my senior year,' stated Reynolds, who averaged 15.2 points per game in helping lead Villanova to a school-record 30 victories last season. 'I'd like to thank everyone who put their time into helping me get better during these NBA workouts. I especially want to thank my teammates and coaches here for all of their support. I felt like I learned a great deal from this process.

'I'm blessed to be in the situation I am in. I'm happy to be back at Villanova.'

Reynolds has scored 1,620 points in three seasons at Villanova (15.3 ppg), which places him 15th on the school's all-time list. In March, his length of the court charge and basket in the waning seconds lifted the Wildcats past top seeded Pittsburgh and into the Final Four for the first time since 1985. This 6-2 guard is one of only two players in BIG EAST Conference history to score 40 or more points in a single game on two occasions. In his three seasons, VU is 74-32 (.698) and is 6-3 (.667) in the NCAA Tournament.

'Scottie took a very mature and intelligent approach to this process,' stated Villanova head coach Jay Wright . 'He prepared himself thoroughly for each workout and absorbed everything he could from them. This was a tremendous learning experience for him and now he is focused on becoming a great senior leader in our program. He has great respect for the tradition here and I know he'll embrace this role.'

Courtesy: villanova.com


Davis breaks ankle; out two months - by Kevin Cochran

Illinois forward Mike Davis (6'9''-F-88) suffered a broken left ankle during a voluntary workout this morning at the Ubben Basketball Complex. His recovery is expected to take 6-8 weeks. Because of the injury, Davis has withdrawn from next week's USA Basketball World University Game Team Trials.

'I am disappointed for Mike because I know how hard he's been working and how much he was looking forward to USA Basketball tryouts and the chance to represent his country,' Illinois Head Coach Bruce Weber said. 'But with adversity comes opportunity, and while he won't be able to participate in basketball activities for a while, he will be able to get in the weight room and work on adding weight and increasing his strength. Mike is a motivated young man and I'm confident he will make the most of this situation.'

Davis was a second-team All-Big Ten and USBWA All-District 5 selection last season, and also earned Big Ten All-Tournament Team honors. He started all 34 games as a sophomore, ranking second on the Illini in scoring with an average of 11.3 points while shooting better than 53 percent from the field. He led Illinois and was second in the Big Ten in rebounding, averaging 8.1 boards, and topped the conference with nine double-doubles on the season.

Courtesy: fightingillini.com



Vetrone takes reigns at FDU - by Kevin Cochran
Fairleigh Dickinson Director of Athletics David Langford announced the appointment of Greg Vetrone to Interim Head Mens Basketball Coach on Tuesday, June 9, 2009.

Vetrone, who joined the mens basketball staff for the 2008-09 season, has over 20 years working within all aspects of basketball.

Vetrone began his coaching career in 1986 as an assistant basketball coach for C.W. Post, where he was the chief recruiter, organized workouts and in-season practice sessions. He was also responsible for established study hall and bi-weekly student grade updates and served as the liaison for housing department and financial aid office.

He then moved to Fairleigh Dickinson as an assistant coach (1988-91), where his responsibilities included recruiting, scheduling recruiting visits and coordinating recruiting calendars. At Cal-Irvine, Vetrone was an assistant coach from 1991-95 and worked as the recruiting coordinator as well as host of alumni and booster club events.

For four years, Vetrone was an assistant coach at UNLV, where he scouted, recruited and coordinated game strategy.

Prior to his most recent stint at FDU, Vetrone coached Portchester High School to the 2008 League Championship, posting an 18-6 record. Before that, he worked at Aviator Sports and Recreation as the Basketball Manager, acting as the director of all basketball events, coordinating youth clinics, summer camps, high school basketball tournaments and adult leagues.

Vetrone served as a consultant for the Grass Roots Program/Reebok, acting as Director of ABCD East and West Camp Next, co-director of ABCD All-American Basketball Camp and co-director of Roundball Classic High school All-American game in Chicago, Illinois.

From 2004-06, he was the manager for Coaches versus Cancer, coordinating all fundraising efforts with NCAA and NBA coaches. In that position, he also acted as the director of Snapple Westchester Classic College Basketball game and Coaches vs. Cancer Coaching clinic.

For five years prior to that, Vetrone was a consultant for The Hoop Group/Eastern Invitational Camps. He worked to enhance individual player skills of all camp participants, while also serving as the head coach of the One-World-All-Stars exhibition team, director of the International Basketball League Draft.

Vetrone graduated from Long Island University- CW Post Campus with a bachelors degree of arts in 1986.

The release of Tom Green was announced on Thursday and candidates for the Interim Head Coach position were interviewed over the weekend.

Courtesy: FDU Athletics Communications


Mitchell moving back to Baton Rouge - by Kevin Cochran
LSU basketball player Tasmin Mitchell (6'7''-F-86) made it official early Monday afternoon by faxing the necessary paperwork to the New York offices of the National Basketball Association withdrawing from the June 25 NBA draft.

Mitchell will return as a fifth-year senior for the Tigers in the 2009-10 season. Mitchell averaged 16.3 points per game, eighth in the SEC a year ago, 7.2 rebounds (11th in the league), while shooting 52.2 percent from the field. Mitchell earned All-SEC First Team honors as he is one of just nine players in LSU history to have been a primary starter on two Southeastern Conference championship teams.

'Tasmin met with me (Monday) and we faxed the appropriate paperwork to the NBA offices,' said LSU Coach Trent Johnson . 'Tasmin had a great experience going through this process and he is now excited about getting with his teammates. The team has started lifting at 6:30 a.m. four days a week. I am giving Tasmin the next week and a half off to settle back in and then he will rejoin the team.'

'I want to thank God for allowing me to make this decision,' Mitchell said Monday. 'I'm coming back to a great program and a great coach. My family has really supported me in this process and in the end the best thing was for me to come back to LSU, get my degree (majoring in communication studies), and have one more year to be a Tiger. The workouts went well and some people felt I could have possibly been a second-round pick but in the end it felt better coming home to be an LSU Tiger.'

'I want to thank everyone who supported me,' the product of Denham Springs said. 'There are some great people associated with LSU and it will be exciting to play once again in front of the great fans at LSU. I will do whatever Coach Johnson needs me to do to help this team move forward and continue the great tradition of LSU basketball.'

Mitchell through his junior season has 1,468 points and 658 rebounds and has started 105-of-106 career games.

Courtesy: LSUsports.net


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Saipan squads set - by Eurobasket News
Offensive-minded Emerging Tall Blacks and Emerging Tall Ferns teams have been confirmed by Basketball New Zealand for the FIBA Oceania Tournament later this month.
Four-time National Basketball League coach Jeff Green will guide an inexperienced mens national team, while Counties Manukaus Tania Hunter will mentor a squad she described as having speed to burn at the tournament in Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, from June 21-26. Waitakere Citys Duane Bailey (192-G/F-91), a tournament team selection at both the BBNZ U21 and U19 National Championships, leads an Emerging Tall Blacks team that also includes a number of fellow tournament teamers from both tournaments, including Zacharia Makavilitogia, who captained West Auckland to the U21 title in May. Im pretty encouraged by the fact that of the 12 guys that I wanted, most of them are there, Green said. Were quite young, were going to be playing senior men, so well be a bit light on experience. Well bring them together and mold them, play hard and represent the country well. Weve got some very good three-point shooters and that includes the bigs. Were quite small and thats a characteristic of teams I have coached and the style we want to play. Poriruas Jake Ashby, who captained St Patricks College to a second straight AA Secondary Schools National Championship last October, joins the group, along with Otagos Hayden Miller and Luke Aston, Waikatos Hemi Joyce, and fellow Porirua reps Daniel Green, Joe Maiava, Ezra Nikora and Jordan Mills (-G), a part of the Wellington Saints NBL roster.
Both teams will hold preparation camps next week before departing for Saipan, via Sydney and Seoul, on June 18. The teams will play warm-up games against the Sydney Comets during their one-night stop-over in the New South Wales capital. New Zealand will face the senior teams of Northern Mariana Islands, Guam and New Caledonia, along with U20 squads from Australia.
The Emerging Tall Blacks open their campaign on Sunday, June 21, against hosts Northern Mariana Islands, while the Emerging Tall Ferns play their opener against Guam the following day.

New Zealand Emerging Tall Blacks
Jake Ashby (Porirua), Luke Aston (Otago), Duane Bailey (Waitakere City), Daniel Green (Porirua), Hemi Joyce (Waikato), Zacharia Makavilitogia (West Auckland), Joe Maiava (Porirua), Hayden Miller (Otago), Jordan Mills (Porirua), Ezra Nikora (Porirua)
Head coach: Jeff Green
Courtesy of:www.basketball.org.nz


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Afrobasket '09: Nigeria is aiming high with its star-studded roster - by Olusegun Ikuesan
When I've read the news that John Lucas would be the new head coach of the D'Tigers, I was baffled.

Now with such a well-known coach, the possibility of attracting the best players out of Nigeria should be no problem and the recently revealed list of pre-selected players for the national-team camp in the U.S. proves exactly this.

The guards:

Nigeria has no shortage on experienced guards unlike other countries like Senegal, Cameroon or the Ivory Coast. Thanks to the Nigerian Diaspora in the United States, they can choose from a deep pool of players with college and professional experience.

At point guard, previously used (World Championships in Japan) Josh Akognon should be a lock while shooting guard Ime Udoka of the San Antonio Spurs is set to represent Nigeria again after being instrumental in the D'Tigers' success story in Japan. After a rather disappointing season in Giessen (Germany) Michael Umeh should be considered as a back-up to Akognon while Tony Skinn and Ben Uzoh could be alternatives too.

Especially Skinn did a great job in Gravelines and is also a similar scoring threat like Akognon.

Champ Oguchi bounced back with a strong year in Illinois to prove his readiness to contribute on the two-spot. Ebi Ere is another big-time scorer on the list who was Australia's import of the year and is able to move also to small forward if needed. Nigerian-Jamaican rookie Weyinmi Efejuku may has small chance to make the team while Churchill Odia had another season to forget in Oregon and may lacks on-court experience although he was always productive when called up for Nigeria.

From the outside looking in are probably Kingsley Oguchi, Mike Efevberha, Jayson Obazuaye and Stanley Asumnu.

Stats:
Josh Akognon, PG, Fullerton, 23,9ppg, 3,2rpg, 1,6apg
Ben Uzoh, PG, Tulsa, 14ppg 4,9rpg, 3,6apg
Michael Umeh, PG, Giessen, 13,8ppg, 3,2rpg, 1,8apg
Anthony Skinn, PG, Gravelines, 16,0ppg, 2,5rpg, 3,5apg
Kingsley Oguchi, PG, South Carolina-Aiken, 9,0 ppg, 3,2rpg, 3,0apg
Ime Udoka, SG, San Antonio, 4,5ppg, 3,0rpg, 0,9apg
Stanley Asunmu, SG, Rio Grande Valley, 10,5ppg, 4,6rpg, 1,8apg
Churchill Odia, SG, Oregon, 3,2ppg, 2,3rpg
Jayson Obazuaye, PG, Milton Keynes (ENG)
Ebi Ere, SG/SF, Carolina (PUR), 20,7ppg, 5,9rpg, 2,3apg
Weyinmi Efejuku, SG, Providence, 15,7ppg, 4,0rpg, 2,3apg, 1,5spg
Chamberlain Oguchi, SG, Illinois State, 15,2ppg, 5,4rpg, 1,0spg
Mike Efevberha, SG, Wellington (NZL)

The forwards:

Touted veteran and premium blogger Gabe Muoneke should be making the team, as well as newcomer Ike Diogu from the Sacramento Kings.

Muoneke, who would love to erase the past season in China from his vita (Although being one of the top-scorers of the CBA), and who recently being released in Puerto Rico, is providing leadership and is a constant threat on offense while not being selfish with the ball in his hands. Diogu, who has represented the U.S. in the Pan-American Games in 2003, has been rarely used in the NBA until the Kings gave him a chance to prove he belongs to the league. The 9th pick of the NBA-Draft in 2005 scored 32 points on Denver and 28 points on Minnesota recording in both of the games double-doubles. Another cornerstone of the team will be Uche Nsonwu who already re-signed with Roanne where he put up solid numbers after arriving from the Ukraine.

Often used defensive specialist Aloysius Anagonye and World Championship-experienced Ekene Ibekwe could both be in, while Abdullahi Kuso, Uche Echefu and Ejike Ugboaja will be having a hard time to battle for the remaining spots on the team.

Stats:
Aloysius Anagonye, PF, Galil Gilboa (ISR), 5,5ppg, 4,3rpg
Uche Echefu, PF, Florida State, 8,1ppg, 5,2rpg
Gabe Mouneke, SF, Guaynabo (PUR), 20,8ppg, 6,2rpg
Ike Diogu, PF, Sacramento, 9,2ppg, 3,9rpg (only Sacramento)
Ekene Ibekwe, PF, Carolina (PUR), 11,2ppg, 8,2rpg, 1,7bpg
Ejike Ugboaja, PF, Azad Univ. (IRN)
Abdullahi Kuso, PF, Sumy (UKR), 11,6ppg, 7,6rpg, 1bpg
Uche Nsonwu, PF/C, Roanne, 11,4ppg, 8,0rpg

The centers:

Long-time friends Olumide Oyedeji and Ben Eze should be both dominant factors for Nigeria as both bring a lot of intensity and experience to the game. Oyedeji has proven in recent years that he can play tough on both sides of the court while Eze emerged as one of the best players in the Euro league.

It has to be seen if Eze is really going to represent Nigeria after years of abstinence. If so, Deji Akindele is more than ready to contribute. The Italy-bound center had a great year in Pesaro and proved to belong to the best centers in Italy if not in Europe. Benson Egemonye showed flashes in the past season while playing for the University of Niagara and Sani Ibrahim is a fierce competitor under the boards, but both will probably not going to Libya this year.

Stats:
Sani Ibrahim, C, Leuven (BEL), 6ppg, 5,2rpg
Deji Akindele, C, Pesaro, 11,1ppg, 6,7rpg, 1,6bpg, 2,1spg
Olumide Oyedeji, C, Shanxi (CHN), 20,3ppg, 19,8rpg, 1,8bpg
Ben Eze, PF/C , Siena, 8,8ppg, 8,2rpg, 1,4bpg
Benson Egemonye,C, Niagara, 12,7ppg, 7,1rpg, 1,6bpg

There will also be the best ten Nigeria-based players invited to the camp but I doubt that one of the called-up players will be able to crack the roster with such a high number of internationally-experienced players in the mix for Libya.

My ideal team for Libya would be looking as follows:
Guards: Akognon, Udoka, Skinn, Ere and C. Oguchi
Forwards: Muoneke, Diogu, Ibekwe and Nsonwu
Centers: Oyedeji, Eze and Akindele

With such a roster, Nigeria's chances to grab one of the medals in Libya should be high. Now it's up to the coach to form a team out of this crop of excellent players and build a team-chemistry as well a new hierarchy to put back Nigeria on the basketball map after its failure in 2007.

By: Kris Santiago www.fiba.com
Stanley Asumnu (195-G/F-82, college: Tennessee)
Oyedeji Olumide (207-C/F-81)


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Philippines National Team 2009 - by Richard
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Asi Taulava (206-C-73) of Coca-Cola Tigers
Mick Pennisi (204-F-75) of San Miguel Beermen
Japeth Aguilar (206-C) of Western Kentucky University (USA)
Sonny Thoss (203-C-81) of Alaska Aces
Kelly Williams (198-F-82) of Santa Lucia Realtors
Kerby Raymundo (199-C-81) of Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants
Gabe Norwood (196-G/F-85) of Rain or Shine
Ranidel de Ocampo (195-F-81) of Talk N Text Tropang Texters
Arwind Santos (193-F-81) of Burger King Titans
Jared Dillinger (191-G/F-84) of Talk N Text Tropang Texters
Cyrus Baguio (188-G-80) of Barangay Ginebra Kings
James Yap (191-F/G-82) of Purefoods Tender Juicy Giants
Ryan Reyes (188-G-83) of Santa Lucia Realtors
Willie Miller (180-G-77) of Alaska Aces
Jayjay Helterbrand (183-G-76) of Barangay Ginebra Kings
Coach: Yeng Guiao
Assistant Coaches: Gelacio Abanilla , Rhoel Nadurata and Kenneth Duremdes


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Marcin Gortat on the Knicks' radar - by Eurobasket News
Though the Knicks likely will take a combo-type guard in the June 25 NBA Draft, Knicks team president Donnie Walsh will eye a center with his $5 million mid-level exception during free agency, and Orlando's 7-foot backup Marcin Gortat (213-C-84) is very high on his list, The Post has learned.


KNICKS BLOG

The Knicks had no interior defensive presence, and that's Gortat's strength. He also blocks shots and rebounds. (The Knicks were last in blocked shots the past two years).

The Polish big man originally was drafted by coach Mike D'Antoni's Suns in the second round of 2005, but they traded his rights. Gortat probably will not be re-signed because he plays a smallish role as Dwight Howard's backup and the Magic can't pay him accordingly.

Gortat said the Knicks could be an ideal spot. Gortat (four points, three rebounds) played 15 minutes last night as Magic coach Stan Van Gundy often used a twin-tower alignment to combat the Lakers' size.

Magic general manager Otis Smith can match any offer, but said he knows it will be a financial challenge to retain Gortat.

'He's got the best job in America, playing behind my best player, playing 8 to 10 minutes,' Smith said. 'He goes out and does his job and probably has the best work ethic of anyone in the locker room. Can he start for another team? Yeah he can.

'I'll just deal with it and the market will dictate where he goes,' Smith added. 'I would like to keep him on our team, but it depends if someone wants to make him a starter and figures out what's my breaking point. I'm sure teams will make a run for him.'

Gortat averaged 12 minutes, scoring 3.8 points and 4.5 rebounds. Van Gundy, whose Magic team lost 101-96 in overtime and trails the best-of-seven series, 2-0, said he may play him more in The Finals to combat the Lakers' size advantage.

'I love New York, I can tell you that,' Gortat said. 'It was the first city I landed when I landed in the states five years ago. I love Coach D'Antoni and I know [Danilo] Gallinari from Europe.'

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Phil Jackson admitted he had many similarities with Dodgers' manager Joe Torre.

'Joe's low-key manner is something to what I have. He seems to be able to take everything in hand, the players' personalities. He's got to be real good because of the type of characters he's had in various spots.'

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ABC's Mark Jackson still has coaching on his radar. The commentator recently hired an agent -- CAA -- to help his search. Jackson did not get any interviews during this offseason.

'I look forward to making that guy who has the courage to pull the trigger, I'm looking forward to making him look awfully good,' Jackson said.

Courtesy of www.nypost.com


Adam Lisewski to Dabrowa Gornicza - by Eurobasket News
Adam Lisewski (206-F/C-80) decided to continue his career in Dabrowa Gornicza. A 29-year-old centre spent the last season in Stal Stalowa Wola. His average stats came up to 3.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game. It was his third straight season with Stal Stalowa Wola. Earlier he played for Basket Kwidzyn, Polpharma and Starograd.
Stal Stalowa Wola in the meantime is looking for new players to bolster the squad. The rumors say the team is currently eying Bartlomiej Woloszyn (196-F-86) of Anwil. A 23-year-old forward averaged 4.5 points and 2.3 boards per game with Anwil last season. He started his career in Stal Stalowa Wola and the team is mulling the opportunities to return the player to the home-town. Piotr Pamula (196-G-90) and Michal Gabinski (202-F-87) are also on the list of possible newcomers for Stal Stalowa Wola.


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LPB review - by Luis Rocha
Benfica is the new champion. It was a poor season, many injuries on crucial players made some teams lost a lot of competitive level. The economical factor was also a very influential matter, that made teams a lot weaker then it was expected. All this (and a bit of other things...) made the competition one of the worst ever. Benfica played a final with Ovarense, they come to the final without 2 injured foreign players, with one or two other players also suffering from minor injuries, but they come across a team , that was never able to compete. Ovarense made a poor figure of themselves , loosing by 4-0, and above that , they could never in any game showed some merhit by being there, appaling....
After a clean sheet in the regulaer season Benfica made is job in the playoffs. Thery had a lot of troubles in the semis, but after those series they stood untouchable in the final. One can only hope that next season many of the errors of this one will be prevented by the portuguese federation. One can only expect that things can be tought right, and done right when it comes to organize a competitive tournment, this season that was off the charts. If the clubs can step ahead an dget good an tough rosters that will be another issue to have in mind. Lately in Portugal basketball passes by great troubles to stay afloat, lets see how the next season will be prepared. Benfica must be congratulated in the figure of his coach (Henrique Vieira ), and above all their players Seth Doliboa (203-F-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Wright St.), Sergio Ramos (200-F-76) and Elvis Evora (205-C-78, agency: Global Sports Plaza), without any doubt the more consistents of the roster. The other teams will need to find more reasons to stay strong, and be able to turn things over the sooner they can.


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Draw of the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship held in San Juan - by Luis Ramirez
San Juan (2009 FIBA Americas Championship) FIBA Americas, in cooperation with the Puerto Rican Basketball Federation, hosted the draw of the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship.

The 2009 FIBA Americas Championship will be played at Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Ten of the best national teams will be and the top four qualify for the 2010 FIBA World Championship to be played in Turkey.

FIBA Americas President, Mr. Horacio Muratore who was in the event I want to thank and congratulate the Puerto Rican Basketball Federation for organizing the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship.' Also the President of the Puerto Rican Basketball Federation, Ruben Nigaglioni was along some local government authorities and the Organizing Committee.

Please find below the result of the draw, as well as the complete event schedule.
*Puerto Rico has the right to select their final opponent in the first round (Canada).

Composition of Groups:

Group A: Canada, Uruguay, US Virgin Islands, Mexico

Group B: Brazil, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Cuba

Event schedule: Preliminary Round:

August 26:
US Virgin Island vs. Uruguay
Venezuela vs. Argentina
Mexico vs. Puerto Rico
Dominican Rep vs. Brazil
Free/Libre: Canada and Cuba

August 27:
Canada vs. Mexico
Cuba vs. Dominican Rep
Puerto Rico vs. US Virgin Island
Brazil vs. Venezuela
Free/Libre Uruguay and Argentina

August 28:
Uruguay vs. Puerto Rico
Argentina vs. Brazil
US Virgin Island vs. Canada Venezuela vs. Cuba
Free/Libre Mexico and Dominican Rep

August 29:
Mexico vs. US Virgin Island
Dominican Rep vs. Venezuela
Canada vs. Uruguay
Cuba vs. Argentina
Free/Libre Puerto Rico and Brazil

August 30:
Puerto Rico vs. Canada
Brazil vs. Cuba
Uruguay vs. Mexico
Argentina vs. Dominican Rep
Free/Libre US Virgin Island and Venezuela

*The order of the games and times will be announced later.

Second Phase (1-4 of September)
Before the beginning of the second phase, the local team (Puerto Rico) will again have the right to select the first game the second phase, then the dates will move clock wise. After the second phase all eight teams are ranked in one group and the top four teams Qualify for the semi-finals.

Semifinals (September 5)
The first place team faces the fourth place and the second faces the third team in the quarterfinal standings. The winners play for gold and losers for bronze in the finals.

Finals (September 6)

For more information please visit www.fibaamericas.com
Courtesy of FIBA



Pirates Rebound By Beating The Crabbers - by Luis Ramirez
After suffering a humiliating defeat against the Guaynabo Conquistadors, the Quebradillas Pirates came back with vengeance as they stopped the Santurce Crabbers 84-79. The Pirates started on fire in the very 1st quarter 29-15. They continued to lead as the 1st half came to an end 50-35. In the 2nd half the Crabbers mounted a offensive run of their own but fell short of the win. For Quebradillas, Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) who was sidelined with heart arrhythmia for a couple of days led the Pirates with 26 points and 14 rebounds followed by Joel Jones with 23 points. For Santurce, Larry Ayuso scored 20 points followed by Ricardo Dalmau with 18 points.

In the only other game last night the Guaynabo Conquistadors beat the Caguas Criollos 106-99. The Conquistadors took control of the game in the very first quarter and never looked back. They led 50-45 at the half and keep expanding their lead in the 3rd quarter. The Criollos made an effort in the 4th to cut the lead but it was just too late. For Guaynabo, Carlos Escalera scored 24 points followed by Jabari Smith with 18 points. For Caguas, Matt Freije scored 24 points followed by Christian Vazquez with 19 points.


Standings - BSN
BSN Standings
 1. Quebradillas 16-6 
 2. Arecibo 14-5 
 3. Santurce 14-7 
 4. Bayamon 14-7 
 5. Carolina 13-8 
 6. Mayaguez 11-10 
 7. San German 10-10 
 8. Ponce 8-13 
 9. Guaynabo 6-14 
 10. Caguas 5-16 
 11. Humacao 3-18 


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SEA Games Standings
Standings
1. Philippine.3-0
2. Indonesia2-1
3. Malaysia1-2
4. Singapore0-3


Team Pilipinas routs Indons to rule SEABA - by Richard
owerade-Team Pilipinas cruised to a 98-68 win over hosts Indonesia to claim the 8th Southeast Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) crown at the Angkasapura Lanud Basketball Hall in Medan, Indonesia.
The Yeng Guiao -coached RP 5 thus secured one of the two slots for the FIBA-Asia men's basketball championship in Taijin, China this August. Indonesia, for placing second in the four-day tournament, also earned a spot in the FIBA-Asia meet.
After a tight first quarter, where Indonesia even held a slim lead, the PBA-backed national squad broke the game wide-open in the second period using a 12-0 run for a 46-32 halftime lead.
An Arwind Santos pass to a streaking James Yap (191-F/G-82), who finished the fastbreak play, capped that scoring spurt for the RP 5.
It was smooth sailing after that with the closest the Indonesians could get is at 60-43 with 4:31 left in the third period.
They enjoyed their biggest lead of 39 points, 95-56, with four minutes left in the final period.
All of Team Pilipinas elimination round wins are in lopsided fashion: Malaysia, 100-73, 103-64, Indonesia, and Singapore, 117-69
Source: pba-online.net (GMANews.TV)


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Jerebko's season with Biella ends - by Antonio Matek
Jonas Jerebko (206-F-87) and his teammates in Angelico Biella did not manage to defeat Armani Milano. Hoping to repeat their success from the quarterfinals, Biella lost the semifinal series 3-1 after following results: Armani MI-Angelico BI 72-70, Angelico BI-Armani MI 82-81, Armani MI-Angelico BI 75-70, Angelico BI-Armani MI 68-89.
Jerebko had solid perfomances through the entire semi series, gaining a lot of experience while playing 20+ minutes every game. Noteable is that he posted double figures on three occasions. He will now prepare himself for the upcoming NBA-draft. According to Draft Express 2009 Mock Draft, Jerebko will probably be chosen in the second round as number 11 (41st overall) by the Milwaukee Bucks.
Jerebkos stats during the semifinals were: 10.75ppg, 28mpg, 5.5rpg, .25apg, 2.25fpg, .5spg and .5bpg, shooting 61.5% 2p (8/13), 36.4% 3p (4/11) and 75% ft (15/20).


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Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNB Awards 2008-09 - by Eurobasket
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Player of the Year:
Julio Anthony (193-G-86) ofLuzern
Guard of the Year: Julio Anthony of Luzern
Forward of the Year: Nenad Dosic (199-F-75) of Zurich K.
Center of the Year: Ian McCormick (202-F/C) of Pully
Import Player of the Year: Julio Anthony of Luzern
Domestic Player of the Year: Nenad Dosic of Zurich K. * has double Bosnian-Swiss citizenship
Defensive Player of the Year: Ian McCormick of Pully
Coach of the Year: Laurent Plassard of Martigny

1st Team
Riccardo Fischer (180-G-91) of Martigny
Julio Anthony of Luzern
Nenad Dosic of Zurich K.
Babacar Toure (205-F/C-85) of Bernex * left during the season
Ian McCormick of Pully

2nd Team
Thomas Kaiser (185-G-84) of Neuchatel
Antoine Grandjean (188-G/F-88) of Vernier
Joseph Chambers (198-F-73) of Villars
Rolf Stallkamp (200-F-78) of Luzern
Ivica Radosavljevic (207-C-83) of Neuchatel

Honorable Mention
Danijel Eric (193-F-81) of Luzern
Marco Haefliger (185-G-88) of Luzern
Stefan Berther (188-G-82) of Neuchatel
Stephan Bachmann (206-C-79) of Zurich W.

All-Domestic Players Team
Thomas Kaiser of Neuchatel
Antoine Grandjean of Vernier
Rolf Stallkamp of Luzern
Nenad Dosic of Zurich K.
Ivica Radosavljevic of Neuchatel

All-Imports Team
Riccardo Fischer of Martigny
Julio Anthony of Luzern
Joseph Chambers of Villars
Babacar Toure of Bernex
Ian McCormick of Pully

All-Defensive Team
Ian McCormick of Pully
Antoine Grandjean of Vernier
Herb Johnson (209-C-62) of Vevey
Babacar Toure of Bernex
Abel Gothuey (186-G-76) of Chene


Stats Leaders - LNB
LNB Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Dosic, Zurich K. 25.0
2 Anthony, Luzern 24.9
3 Chambers, Villars 24.8
4 Fischer, Martigny 21.9
5 Toure, Bernex 20.6
6 McCormick, Pully 20.4
7 Kaiser, Neuchatel 20.3
8 Zimnickas, Ac.Fr 19.3
9 Justo, Vevey 17.1
10 Bachmann, ZurW 16.5
Rebounds Per Game
1 Toure, Bernex 14.6
2 McCormick, Pully 12.0
3 Chambers, Villars 11.5
4 Johnson, Vevey 10.9
5 Dosic, Zurich K. 10.7
6 Radosavljevic, Neu 10.5
7 Zimnickas, Ac.Fr 10.0
8 Perry, Zurich W. 9.3
9 Zidi, Chene 9.3
10 Moret, Martigny 9.2
Assists Per Game
1 Gothuey, Chene 6.3
2 Johnson, Vevey 5.3
3 Grandjean, Vernier 4.7
4 Kaiser, Neuchatel 4.6
5 Kazadi, Ac.Fribourg 4.3
6 Beetschen, Villars 4.1
7 Cheren, Pully 4.0
8 Anthony, Luzern 3.9
9 Savoy, Ac.Fribourg 3.7
10 McCormick, Pully 3.6
Steals Per Game
1 Flegbo, Chene 3.4
2 Petkovic, ZurichW. 3.3
3 Grandjean, Vernier 3.1
4 Moret, Martigny 3.0
5 Jaunin, Bernex 2.9
Blocks Per Game
1 Toure, Bernex 3.2
2 Albrecht, Zurich W. 2.7
3 McCormick, Pully 2.3
4 Weibel, Villars 2.3
5 Perry, Zurich W. 1.8
2FGP
1 Haefliger, Luzern 76.3
2 Nzege, Ac.Frib 69.4
3 Kazadi, Ac.Frib 64.8
4 Racic, Luzern 64.4
5 Anthony, Luzern 64.1
3FGP
1 Haeflinger, Luzern 50.0
2 Anthony, Luzern 47.7
3 Rugova, Luzern 43.1
4 Mrkonjic, Pully 42.6
5 Grogorov, Neuch 42.3
Free Throws
1 Anthony, Luzern 88.8
2 Waldesbuehl, ZW 81.8
3 Michellod, Martig 80.3
4 Petkovic, ZuriW. 80.0
5 Grandjean, Vernier 79.5
Ranking
1. Toure, Bernex 27.7
2. Dosic, KOR Z 26.8
3. Chambers, VER 26.5
4. McCormick, Pully 25.9
5. Anthony, Luzern 25.4


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Asia-Basket.com All-Taiwanese SBL Awards 2008-09 - by Eurobasket
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Player of the Year: Chang Chih-Feng (183-G-81) of Dacin
Guard of the Year: Chang Chih-Feng of Dacin
Forward of the Year: Yang Chin-Min (188-G-84) of TB
Center of the Year: Allen Byron (201-C-81) of Dacin
Newcomer of the Year: Yen Cheng-Hong (197-C-86) of TM
Most Improved Player of the Year: Wu Chih-Wei (202-C-76) of Yulon
Import Player of the Year: Allen Byron of Dacin
Domestic Player of the Year: Chang Chih-Feng of Dacin
Defensive Player of the Year: Tsun Wen-Din (202-C/F-84) of Yulon
Coach of the Year: Chiu Da-Tsun of Dacin

1st Team
Yang Chin-Min of TB
Tsun Wen-Din of Yulon
Allen Byron of Dacin
Chang Chih-Feng of Dacin
Chen Chih-Chun (188-G-77) of Yulon

2nd Team
Hsu Chih-Chiang (195-F-82) of BOT
Lin Chih-Chieh (192-F-82) of TB
Wu Tai-Hao (206-C-85) of TB
Ouyang Ching-Heng of TM
Wu Yung-Jen (177-G-82) of TM

Honorable Mention
Tien Lei (202-F-83) of Dacin
Chen Ching-Hwan (188-F-86) of KKL
Chien Chia-Hong (195-F-87) of PY
Chen Shun-Hsiang (190-F-85) of BOT
Cheng Jen-Wei (194-F-87) of KKL
Tsai Wen-Cheng of PY
Ho Shou-Cheng (197-F-83) of TB
James Mao of PY

All-Domestic Players Team
Yang Chin-Min of TB
Hsu Chih-Chiang of BOT
Tsun Wen-Din of Yulon
Chang Chih-Feng of Dacin
Chen Chih-Chun of Yulon

All-Defensive Team
Tsun Wen-Din of Yulon
Wu Tai-Hao of TB
Chang Chih-Feng of Dacin
Lin Chih-Chieh of TB
Tien Lei of Dacin


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Virgin Islands recieve great draw in 2009 FIBA Americas - by David Edole
PUR - FIBA Americas Championship Draw held in San Juan:

6/9/2009



SAN JUAN (2009 FIBA Americas Championship) FIBA Americas, in cooperation with the Puerto Rican Basketball Federation, hosted the draw of the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship.



The 2009 FIBA Americas Championship will be played at Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Ten of the best national teams will be and the top four qualify for the 2010 FIBA World Championship to be played in Turkey.



Please find below the result of the draw, as well as the complete event schedule.



Composition of Groups:



Group A: Canada, Uruguay, US Virgin Islands, Mexico



Group B: Brazil, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, Cuba



Event schedule:



Preliminary Round:



August 26:



US Virgin Islands vs. Uruguay

Venezuela vs. Argentina
Mexico vs. Puerto Rico

Dominican Rep vs. Brazil

Free/Libre: Canada and Cuba

August 27:



Canada vs. Mexico

Cuba vs. Dominican Rep
Puerto Rico vs. US Virgin Islands

Brazil vs. Venezuela


Free/Libre Uruguay and Argentina

August 28:



Uruguay vs. Puerto Rico

Argentina vs. Brazil
US Virgin Islands vs. Canada

Venezuela vs. Cuba


Free/Libre Mexico and Dominican Rep

August 29:



Mexico vs. US Virgin Islands

Dominican Rep vs. Venezuela
Canada vs. Uruguay

Cuba vs. Argentina
Free/Libre Puerto Rico and Brazil

August 30:



Puerto Rico vs. Canada

Brazil vs. Cuba
Uruguay vs. Mexico

Argentina vs. Dominican Rep
Free/Libre US Virgin Islands and Venezuela



*The order of the games and times will be announced later.

*Puerto Rico has the right to select their final opponent in the first round (Canada).



Second Phase (1-4 of September)

Before the beginning of the second phase, the local team (Puerto Rico) will again have the right to select the order of game days for the second phase. After the second phase all eight teams are ranked in one group and the top four teams Qualify for the semi-finals.



Semifinals (September 5)

The first place team faces the fourth place and the second faces the third team in the quarterfinal standings. The winners play for gold and losers for bronze in the finals.



Finals (September 6)


Youth Basketball Camps‏ - by David Edole
THE VIRGIN ISLANDS BASKETBALL FEDERATION WILL BE HOSTING THE LAW ENFORCEMENT PLANNING COMMISSION (LEPC) TAKE IT TO THE HOOP BASKETBALL CAMP FROM JUNE 22ND THRU JULY 3RD. ON ST. CROIX THE CAMP WILL BE PRESENTED BY THE TWIN CITY BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION AND WILL FEATURE COACHES FROM BAYLOR UNIVERSITY, SLIPPERY ROCK UNIVERSITY, PENN STATE UNIVERSITY, DELAWARE TECH AND THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE-CHATTANOOGA. ON ST. THOMAS THE CAMP WILL BE HOSTED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF THE VIRGIN ISLANDS AND WILL FEATURE COACHES FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF DELAWARE, YOUNGSTOWN STATE UNIVERSITY, ROBERT MORRIS UNIVERSITY, UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA-CHARLOTTE AND HOLY CROSS UNIVERSITY. REGISTRATION FOR BOTH CAMPS IS FREE AND ALL INTERESTED PERSONS CAN CALL 712-2281 OR 514-9692 ON St. CROIX AND ON ST. THOMAS CALL UVI ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT OR 693-3569

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UBL TEXAS TOURNAMENT THIS WEEKEND - by Ozzie Denson

The UBL Texas Tournament is this weekend. the Springfield Thrill vs the Oklahoma Impact at 5:30 pm. Also the Texas Wranglers will face the Arkansas Warriors at 7:30 pm. The Tournament will be played at the Greenhill Sport Complex in Addison Texas. The Oklahoma Impacts are in first place at this time but just wait till the playoffs where anything can happen.
The UBL Come Get Some !!!
www.ublhoops.com



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Paternostro Continues As Riders Coach - by Andy Webb
Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders are delighted to announce that Rob Paternostro (180-G-73, college: S.New Hampshire) will continue as the clubs Head Coach. The 36-year-old, who guided the club to its best-ever top flight finish, has agreed terms on a one-year rolling contract.

Riders Chairman Mark Ellis was delighted that Paternostro is back: From our point of view, it was a no-brainer really, because in every aspect Rob had an outstanding first season with the club. We knew we were going to get personality and intensity, but we got much more than that. It is always tough when a player steps straight into a Head Coach position, but it was clear Rob won and maintained the respect of all the players, as well as everyone in the club.

And he is a fan favourite as well, because of his total commitment to the cause. We had aimed in his first season as coach to be competitive in every game we were that and much more as well and making the playoff finals was the icing on the cake. We think Rob can take us onwards and upwards, so our focus over the last month since the end of the season has been to ensure he has the time and support to do the job even better. I am pleased to say we have made progress in all those matters.

Under Paternostro, Riders finished third for the first time, setting a host of club records along the way. They also made the BBL Finals Weekend for the first time in eight seasons.

Im excited. I had an enjoyable experience last year, not only on the court, but off it as well, said Paternostro. The people associated with the club and the fans were wonderful and this opportunity is great, so Im excited to start another run.

Last season was excellent, but that is finished now and we will be aiming to do our best to get as competitive a team as we can and let the chips fall where they may. Last year we were fortunate enough to get guys in who were not only talented on the court, but who were also smart. Thats always what we are aiming to get and the work starts now.


Stronach Signs For Next Season - by Andy Webb
The Airwaves Plymouth Raiders are delighted to announce the signing of Head Coach Gary Stronach for another season of BBL action. Stronach was signed 24 years ago from Sunderland, and has been a firm favourite within the city ever since.

Im happy to commit myself for what will be my 24th season in the city, said Stronach. Rumours started circulating at the finals weekend in Birmingham that really saddened me. Everyone behind the scenes at Raiders are as close as they have ever been and my relationship with the Board of Directors is still just as strong. This strong relationship is going to be vital for the upcoming season. In line with all sports clubs across the world, our playing budget will be severely reduced for 2009/10 and recruiting is certainly going to be interesting. We know for sure that for different reasons Terrence and Kwbana wont be returning, but at the minute its still too early in the post season to talk with certainty about anyone else.

Stronach played 356 games for the Raiders before announcing his retirement just before the start of the 1999/00 season. He works tirelessly in the off season, working the phones to speak to potential targets all over the world as part of the recruitment process and watching game tapes from the previous season to see where the team can improve.

Raiders Chairman Bob Widdecombe was extremely pleased to have secured Stronach for another year. Gary is the heart and soul of this club, and were pleased that the negotiations over his contract were finalised so quickly. Gary returned to the office from his much deserved holiday this morning, and we had his signature on the contract by lunch time. Weve promised him our full support and backing during the recruitment process for the 2009/10 season.

Raiders have had to cancel their planned invitational tryouts. Raiders Chief Executive Dave Briggs said, There was a critical mass needed to ensure this event was a success, and although we had a large response, there wasnt the number of quality eligible players there to make it viable. It has however unearthed a number of players, both European and American, who Gary is now in contact with, with regards to potential contracts for next season. Its also enabled us to build relationships with a number of top Division 1 colleges in the USA.


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USBA Seek Head, Dance Team and Assistant Coaches for 2010 Season - by USBA Media

The United States Basketball Association is pleased to announce their 2010 basketball season quest for Head Coaches, Dance Team Coaches and Assistant Coaches. The positions are for selected USBA team. The USBA has eighteen teams divided into three divisions, spread over ten southern states and the District of Columbia. Refer to league web site www.usbaball.com/teams.

Collegiate, minor league and international coaches are invited to submit resumes and biographies for consideration. We are also extending a very special invitation to coaches who are based in our team cities.

The USBA 2010 basketball season runs from April 7, 2010 to July 3, 2010. Each team plays a thirty game schedule, fifteen home and fifteen away. The league has a mid season All Star Game scheduled for the 3rd week of May. The USBA Championship Playoff series begins July 5, 2010 with the Championship game on July 11, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. Team tryouts are scheduled for March 13th and 20th, 2010.

USBA president Duane Jenkins says, Announcing now gives us a prime opportunity for us to get to know our coaches. We want our fans to be able to become familiar with their head coach and quite simply, the coach will have ample time be able to select the players or dance team members of his or her choice.

The league has developed a comprehensive package for the coaches. Head Coaches are paid $500.00 per week, assistant coaches receive $275.00 per week and Dance Team coaches receive $275.00 per week. Coaches also receive housing, when needed and a daily meal at Golden Corral Buffet Restaurant. As a bonus coaches receive compensation for sponsor speaking engagements.

According to the league, each coach candidate should submit his or her resume to kennethgreen@usbaball.com and president@usbaball.com . All candidates will receive a response. We expect a huge response and I suggest any candidate wishing to be considered should submit their resume no later than September 15, 2009, said USBA Vice President Basketball Operation Kenneth Green. Were very excited about the upcoming season. Some of our teams have a coaching staff in place already and for each team in need of a coach, this is a great opportunity for an aspiring individual who has the propensity to lead and succeed. The league website is

www.usbaball.com


Contact:

media@usbaball.com

Duane Allen Jenkins-(770) 729-0306
Kenneth Green- (404) 547-6907



United States Basketball Association Annouce 2010 Basketball Season - by USBA Media

The United States Basketball Association is pleased to announce their inaugural season opening on April 7, 2010. The league will take an aggressive posture by activating 18 teams housed in 3 divisions. Permanente home gymnasiums of each individual team are in the process of being completed. 'Come Hades or high water, we will tip off in 2010, we have agreements in place to use gymnasium for 12 of our teams already, the colleges and universities that we planned to occupy this year, understood the challenges we faced in 2009 and they graciously permitted the league to renew their commitment to play at their facilities,' said USBA president and C.E.O Duane Allen Jenkins. 'We anticipate having all locations set by early fall.'

The 2010 regular season will begin on April 7, 2010 and end on July 3, 2010. There is a mid season All Star Classic Game slated for May 22nd and May 23rd, 2010. The Championship game is scheduled for July 11, 2010. Both series will be held in Atlanta, Georgia. The top four teams in each division will secure playoff positions.
The Willie Joe Hunter Memorial Championship Trophy will be awarded to the top team.

The league will continue its partnership with churches, civic groups and charitable organizations in each individual team city. A special invitation has been extended to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Feed America and the USMC Toys for Tots. The league is also extending a very special invitation to children in foster care each city and children housed in juvenile detention centers. The league has authorized each team to conduct educational contest between clubs to select children to be official ball girls and boys. 'We'll invite all groups who help children to contact the league and we'll issue complimentary tickets to these groups to our home games. The selected children to be the ball kids will receive $25.00 apiece per game for their services,' said Jenkins.

The leagues three divisions, the Atlantic, the Appalachian and the Southern will consist of six teams in each division.' With the economy stabilizing, its full steam ahead,' said USBA vice president of basketball operations, Kenneth Green. 'This is a prime opportunity for us to activate the league.' ' We'll get to know our fans and supporters in each city.' ' We want our fans to be able to have ample access to the coaches and players,' said Green. Tryouts will be held for teams on March 14th and 21st, 2010.

The league will make season ticket packages available. The availability of the 2010 USBA Season Ticket Extravaganza is October 1, 2009. This season ticket promotion is a special event for the fans and is sponsored by the advertisers and sponsors of the USBA. The league has set aside 1200 single season tickets for each city for this promotion. 'This collaborated effort includes the USBA, the USBA Youth Outreach, Inc and many of the leagues partners, sponsors and advertisers,' said Jenkins.


The league has set the price of $105.00 per season ticket and comes with admission to all fifteen home games and fifteen free single game tickets; this includes admittance to all home playoff games. As a bonus, fans receive priority seating, complimentary concessions, a free game day program and a 24-inch x 36-inch full color poster with the basketball team or the dance team. (The total number of admittance per season ticket is 30, which breaks down to $3.50 per admittance). 'We designed the USBA basketball games to be family friendly, our promotions, our entertainment and our prices will fit right into anyones budget,' said Jenkins

According to the league, each season ticket holder will be automatically included in a raffle sponsored by the USBA Youth Outreach, Inc. 'We're very excited about this promotion. Not only do fans get a chance to see high quality basketball at affordable prices, but also there is a 1 in 1200 chance to win a new car, a trip to see an NBA game and to go on a Disney World vacation'

The prize list is as follows:

* Grand Prize: 2010 Lincoln Mercury Grand Marquis LS
(one automobile and a $40.00 Quik Trip, BP, RaceTrac or local fuel company weekly gas card for one year, will be given away in each USBA team city, 18 total league wide),

* 2nd Prize: Disney World Family Vacation
(Family of four, rt airfare on Delta Airlines, transfers to and from the airport, daily Disney World Park passes, meals and lodging at a Disney World theme park hotel included, two given away in each USBA team city, 36 total league wide),

* 3rd prize: The NBA Extravaganza
( Trip for two to an NBA game, round trip airfare on Delta Airlines, overnight stay at Marriott Hotel, one day car rental from Enterprise, dinner for two at Outback Steak House and breakfast for two at International House of Pancakes, two given away in each USBA team city, 36 total league wide.)

* 4th Prize: The Trek Bicycle Explosion
(Six mens, six womens, six boys and six girls ten speed bicycles, 24 given away at each USBA team city, 432 total league wide)

* 5th Prize: The Outback Steak House Family Feast
(A $60.00 gift card, 25 given away in each USBA team city, 450 total league wide)

* 6th Prize: Russell Athletic Team Polo Shirts
(25 shirts will be given away in each USBA team city, 450 total league wide)

The Grand prize drawing for this promotion will be held at halftime of the teams home season opener, the drawings for the other prizes will be held at a special pre-game show. 'As far as we know, this is the biggest and most extravagant season ticket promotion in the history of minor league sports.' said Jenkins. 'Fans can visit our website at www.usbaball.com for rules and disclaimers about the raffle and the United States Basketball Association.' ' We plan to begin our first season with a bang. All of our games will be geared toward top notched basketball competition, family fun and entertainment surrounded in a faith based environment, our goal is to offer each community a great experience proclaimed,' Mr. Jenkins. For more information, call the USBA league office at (770) 729-0306 or go to www.usbaball.com/seasonticketextravaganza.com.

2010 USBA Season Ticket Extravaganza Rules and Disclaimer:
Purchase of a season ticket to any 2010 USBA team necessary to be included in the raffle drawing. The USBA Youth Outreach, Inc., is the sponsor of this promotion. This promotion is open to all residents of Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, South Carolina, Florida, Virginia, Kentucky, West Virginia, Mississippi, North Carolina and the District of Columbia who purchase a season ticket during this promotion. This promotion ends April 5, 2010 at midnight Eastern Daylight Time. USBA employees, family member of USBA employees, team members, Season Ticket Extravaganza sponsors, their employees and their families are ineligible to participate in this promotion. Participants must be at least 18 years old to participate in this promotion. One entry in raffle per season ticket purchased. No other restrictions apply. No substitution of prizes. Prizes are not refundable or transferable. Prize winners are responsible for all taxes and /or gratuity associated with prizes won in this promotion. Odds of winning any prize in this promotion will be determined in direct relation of the number of season tickets sold during this promotion. (Example: 1200 season tickets sold per USBA team season, Grand Prize winning odds are 1200 to 1, 2nd prize winning odds are 600 to 1, 3rd Prize winning odds are 600 to 1, 4th Prize winning odds are 50 to 1, each, 5th prize winning odds are 48 to 1, 6th Prize winning odds are 48 to 1). The USBA has set aside 1200 season tickets per USBA team city to be sold, a total 21,600 league wide. Odds of winning a prize in this promotion are derived on a per city basis only. If the same individual purchases two season tickets for the 2010 basketball season and before April 5, 2010 the odds will increase to give the ticket holder double the chance of winning a prize. This promotion is a USBA Youth Outreach sponsored event. The USBA Youth Outreach, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) not for Profit Company. Single ticket purchases are not included in this promotion. 2nd and 3rd Prizewinners must make travel reservation through the USBA. Travel blackout periods may effect certain travel dates. All NBA games must be east of the Mississippi River and in the Continental United States. Grand prizewinners have a choice of color. There is no time limit for any of the travel prizes, gift card or any other prize in this promotion. Promotion is void where prohibited by law.



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Interview with John Thomas III - by Surujh Roopnarine
John III Thomas (5'9''-G-76, college: St.Francis,NY) (more affectionately referred to as Mookie) is a well-traveled point guard who recently finished up another successful season by helping lead Al Ittihad Alexandria to the Super League Championship in Egypt. One of the quicker guards you will find at the international level, Mookie has won championships on several different continents over the course of his career. Equally adept at leading his team in scoring as he is being solely a distributor, Mookie has a wealth of basketball experiences and took some time to share his thoughts with me on this past season, his career and the future.

Q.What have you been up to the last few weeks since the season in Egypt ended?

A.Well since Egypt ended Ive just been resting and spending time with my family. I lost my father at the very end of the Egyptian season so now Im just here spending a lot of time with my mother and making sure she is ok and comfortable. She lost not only her husband but her best friend so its hard on her, so Im just being here for her and my little ones as well.

Q.Almost a month after leading Al Ittihad Alexandria to the League Title in Egypt, how does it feel?

A.It feels good to lead Al Ittihad Alexandria to the league title because they hadnt won in 10 years so it felt good to help them finally get a title after so long, and it adds another championship to my collection.

Q.Youve won a lot in your career; USBL, Great Britain, Arab Club Championship titles, etc does any one title stand out more than the others?

A.You know what, England was nice because it was my first time playing in Europe and the Jordan league championship was nice because in both series we were down and came back to win and Egypt was nice because we were the underdogs and people said we didnt have a chance to win but we won it! They all were nice. In the USBL with the ValleyDawgs, when we beat my home team of Brooklyn, Arab Championship was nice too because I had fun and I was part of an amazing team (Nate Johnson (6'7''-F-77, college: Louisville), Rasheim Wright (6'4''-G-81, college: District of Col.), Jamal Sampson (6'11''-F/C-83, college: California), etc...) and coach in Maz Trakh so they were all nice.

Q.After a successful career at St. Francis (NY) you stayed home for a few years playing in US minor leagues before heading overseas to play. Why the wait to cash in?

A.I stayed home trying to make it to the NBA, but like Biggie Smalls said 'It was all a dream...'

Q.You have a lot of experience playing in the now defunct United States Basketball League. The league had a long history and helped develop a lot of successful players both for the NBA (Raja Bell (6'5''-F/G-76, college: Florida Intern.), Adrian Griffin (6'5''-G/F-74, college: Seton Hall), Devin Brown (6'5''-G/F-78, college: UTSA)) and foreign leagues (Mike Campbell (6'6''-G/F-75, college: LIU Brooklyn), Sean Colson (6'0''-G-75, college: Charlotte), Jimmie Hunter (6'5''-G-77, college: Life), Immanuel McElroy (6'4''-G-80, college: Cincinnati), etc). What are some of your memories from playing in the USBL?

A.The USBL was fun. I have a couple of memorable moments. My greatest memory of course was when I didnt play the first three quarters because of an injury to my shoulder, but Darryl Dawkins needed me because I think Tim Winn (5'11''-G-77, college: St.Bonaventure), Joseph Crispin (6'1''-G-79, college: Penn St.) or Quincy Wadley (6'4''-G-78, college: Temple) got hurt or in foul trouble (Darryl Dawkins always played three guards). He put me in and I had 15 points in the fourth quarter to beat Brooklyn in the championship game. That was a beautiful thing. Also I remember when we lost Fred House (6'5''-F-78, college: S.Utah) because he went to an NBA Mini-Camp and we played in the final four against Devin Brown (and the Oklahoma Storm). Fred House (6'5''-F-78, college: S.Utah) was our best player besides Junie Sanders (6'4''-G-72, college: Cent.Oklahoma) and Devin Brown scored like 55 points on us and we lost; that when I was with Adirondack. Oh, and playing against Roy Jones, Jr. (Brevard Blue Ducks) and playing with Terrell Owens (Pennsylvania ValleyDawgs).

Q.For the majority of your career you played strictly in the USA and Europe. In 2008 you headed to Jordan to play for Zain and then this season played for Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut (Lebanon) and Al Ittihad Alexandria; why the change?

A.I dont know. I needed a change and Europe and the USA were not for me so I tried out the Middle East and enjoyed it, so thats where I enjoy playing now.

Q.How would you compare the differences between European basketball and basketball in the Middle East? What about the lifestyle adjustments youve had to make?

A.Europe and the Middle East are the same basketball-wise; very talented players play in the Middle East. The only difference I see is the life off the court. Europe is more loose and free and like the USA, for example the night life. Its not that hard to adjust to Europe. The Middle East is different. They are very religious and you have to respect their beliefs, its cool though. There is limited or no night life, but the food in the Middle East is good. They have all the fast food restaurants that we have in the USA like McDonalds, Burger King, Hardees, KFC, Pizza Hut, Dominos, Popeyes, Fridays , Chilis, etc

Q.What were the Single greatest and single worst points of your basketball career?

A.The single greatest accomplishment in my basketball career would have to be winning a championship in Africa (Egypt). I enjoyed that because we were really the underdog and people didnt think we could do it and they said it publicly on TV that we were not good enough to win the league and we WON... AL ITTIHAD!
The single lowest point of my career was when I was in Germany and we finished third or second from the bottom. Even though I averaged 18.5 points and finished in the top 10 in scoring and made the All-Star game, we were still losing. Losing is not a good thing; plus the fans in Giessen Germany were amazing fans, they deserved a winning team.

Q.With the season wrapped up, what is a typical day for you during the off-season? How much time do you take off away from the gym to recover before getting back into training?

A.Well my normal day is waking up, taking the kids to school, going to spend time with my mother, picking the family up from school and work then going home and playing video games with my boys. Family is everything to me.
Well my last game was May 15th and I hurt my ankle, so I just rested up and I started working out yesterday June 8th. I ran three miles did some circuit training and today I will play ball for the first time since then.

Q.What are your plans for the summer?

A.My plans for the summer is to play in a couple of summer leagues, and just enjoy my summer team which are the Diamonds. Trying to win some summer leaguesthats it. Also taking family tripsI love my family.
SHOUT OUT TO DIAMOND AND ALL MY DIAMONDS!

Q.Do you have any thoughts or ideas on where you want to continue your career next season?

A.I have no idea of where I am going to play next year. I just want to play and enjoy where I am at. Ive been blessed to play in places and see places that are absolutely amazing. Like the Dead Sea in Jordan, the Pyramids and Sphinx in Cairo and the hotel in the middle of the water in Dubai. Ive met people that have absolutely been friends and good honest people like Doc Nasouh (the owner of the Zain team) who always calls to see if Im ok and how me and my family are doing, and all the players from the Jordan team Zain and the Lebanon team Al Riyadi and all my Al Ittihad Alexandria little brothers. Also the great coaches like Coach Maz Trakh from Zain, and Coach Fouad from Al Riyadi and Coach Amr from Al Ittihad Alexandria...


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Warriors trade for veteran guard Spivey - by David Archer

Three Player Swap Between Rome and Cartersville...

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Written by: Joe Myers
Josephc.myers@yahoo.com (770-298-1335)

Rome, GA - The Cartersville Warriors made a move to bolster their backcourt late Monday night, picking up point guard Jermaine Spivey (6'3''-G-72, college: New Orleans) from the Rome Rage in a three-player deal.


Cartersville got the 6-foot-3 Spivey, who averaged 20.2 points a game for the Warriors in the WBA last summer, in exchange for power forward Tyrone Eboigbe (6'7''-F-85) and guard/forward Nathan Charles (6'5''-F-82).


Jermaine played for us last year and was an integral part of the team, said Cartersville general manager Bobby Rouse . This was a move we had to make, even if it was a two-for-one deal. Getting a veteran like Jermaine is not just an upgrade for the backcourt. Its an upgrade for the whole team.


Spivey - who played collegiately at the University of New Orleans and overseas in Hungary, Israel and Finland over the last 10 years - averaged about 21 points, seven assists and five rebounds for the Rage this season. The 6-foot-7 Eboigbe, who played for Atlanta Tech scored 3.3 points and grabbed 3.5 rebounds in three games for Cartersville and ex-Chattanooga State standout Charles scored 14 points in his only game in a Warriors uniform.


Rome head coach/general manager Shawn Perkins said he was reluctant to part with Spivey, but that he feels Eboigbe and Charles can help right the ship for the Rage, who are off to an 0-4 start.


We did not want to see Jermaine go because hes got a leadership quality that all championship teams need, said Perkins. We are really sweating about this move, but at least on paper it seems to help both squads. We are so strong at the guard spot with Mike Dean that we can make up the scoring difference, but losing a team leader like that will hurt our inexperienced team.'


Spivey, who has played with current Warriors Jeremy Law, Marcus Henderson and Darnell Cox, said he hopes to help Cartersville win a WBA title.
Id like to be in a situation where Id have the opportunity to win a championship and playing for Cartersville gives that to me, said Spivey. Rome has a good thing going with its focus on developing younger players and I have no hard feelings towards the Rome Rage. But I feel like I might fit in better with Cartersvilles style of play right now.


Warriors head coach Cory Baldwin said hes excited to have Spivey joining his team. Its unbelievable to be able to make this kind of move, said Baldwin. I feel like our team is jelling right now and this is another step in that direction. Jermaines a good shooter and distributes the ball well. Once he gets to know our guys, I think hell be able to add an element of leadership as well.


Despite sitting near the top of the World Basketball Association standings with a 3-1 record (4-1 overall), Rouse said Cartersville will likely be making more roster moves in the next few weeks. We arent done dealing yet, said Rouse. Were looking at a few more guys. The guys were looking at have been in the (NBA Development League) and playing overseas. Rebounding is an issue for us, so were pursuing some things in that area.


Spivey will practice with the Warriors Wednesday and be in uniform for Cartersvilles next game, a road contest Friday against the Decatur Court Kings. Following the road trip to Decatur, the Warriors will host the Tupelo Rock-N-Rollers Saturday in another WBA contest.


Cartersville closes out the weekend with a non-conference home game against the defending Southeast Exposure Basketball League Metro-A League champion Atlanta SpeedBoys Sunday afternoon at J.H. Morgan Gymnasium.





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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Australian Gems are second at Reze - by Eurobasket News
Australian Gems finished second at Reze International Youth tournament. Eurobasket wrote that the team won first two games and also added the win over Russia 70:54 in the last day of the group stage. That time Rachel Jarry top-scored with 24 points for the winners.
French U18 team triumphs at home at Reze International Youth tournament. France won all the games including the Final over Australia 76:64.
Australia and France were the best two teams in the tournament to meet in the Final. Both teams came out blazing in the opening quarter. Australia produced 24;20 in the first frame as Jarry has 15 points in the first term. Even though the hosts won the second frame 14-11, Australia kept 35:34 advantage at the halftime.
France started to play better in the third period and took the lead for good. The home side made some important baskets to dominate the court. Gymnase Arthur Dugast saw 61:56 as the teams finished the third period. The Aussies began to tire in the fourth quarter and struggled to put the ball in the hoop, allowing France to run away with the victory. France produced 15-8 in the last stanza to clinch the victory. They triumphed in the home tournament that was a great preparation for all the teams in the upcoming summer Championships.
Verneroy top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Niamve nailed 14. I Stuna ended up with 12 points in a winning effort. Jarry top-scored for the Gems with 28 points and 7 rebounds, while Cumming added 11. Moult followed them with 7 points in a loss.




Australian Gems are second at Reze - by Eurobasket News
Australian Gems finished second at Reze International Youth tournament. Eurobasket wrote that the team won first two games and also added the win over Russia 70:54 in the last day of the group stage. That time Rachel Jarry (185-G-91) top-scored with 24 points for the winners.
French U18 team triumphs at home at Reze International Youth tournament. France won all the games including the Final over Australia 76:64.
Australia and France were the best two teams in the tournament to meet in the Final. Both teams came out blazing in the opening quarter. Australia produced 24;20 in the first frame as Rachel Jarry has 15 points in the first term. Even though the hosts won the second frame 14-11, Australia kept 35:34 advantage at the halftime.
France started to play better in the third period and took the lead for good. The home side made some important baskets to dominate the court. Gymnase Arthur Dugast saw 61:56 as the teams finished the third period. The Aussies began to tire in the fourth quarter and struggled to put the ball in the hoop, allowing France to run away with the victory. France produced 15-8 in the last stanza to clinch the victory. They triumphed in the home tournament that was a great preparation for all the teams in the upcoming summer Championships.
Verneroy top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Niamve nailed 14. I Stuna ended up with 12 points in a winning effort. Rachel Jarry top-scored for the Gems with 28 points and 7 rebounds, while Stephanie Cumming (178-G-90) added 11. Moult followed them with 7 points in a loss.


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  BELARUS - Women  


Italy rolled over Belarus to finish Group D with 2-1 record - by Eurobasket News
Belarus-Italy 58:67

Italian National team advanced to the Qualifying Round after the win over Belarus in Day 3 of Eurobasket 2009. Trailing 6 points after the opening quarter Italian team enjoyed the better wins in the second and third periods.
Both squads exchenaged the runs in the opening tip as Italy started with 4-0 and Belarus responded with 7-0. Anufryienka made two free throws at the end of the first for 18:12 first quarter lead. Italian team scored three three-pointers in the beginning of the second period for 21:24 and then Franchini gave her team 25:24 advantage. It was her again to close the first half as Italian squad had 35:30 lead.
Laura Macchi (187-F-79) extended the winners' lead to 10 points for 40:30 and Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80) kept it at 43:33. Pastore 's three gave them 54:42 leaving the court after 30 minutes of the game. Belarus looked tired after the thriller against France a day ago, however battled until the end. Ekaterina Snytsina (188-F-85) reduced to 52:56 with 5 minutes to play. It was however all they could do as Italy kept the lead for good. Raffaella Masciadri made another three for 63:52 and then Trafimava made two free throws for 58:65 with 19 second to play.Masciardi was perfect for the winners also from the line to give her team 67:58 win.
Masciardi top-scored for the winners with 20 points as they finished the group with 2-1 record. Laura Macchi nailed 13, while Simona Ballardini (181-F-81) posted 9. Ekaterina Snytsina finished the night with 13 points in the losing effort as Belarus dropped at 1-2. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) poured in 12 and Tatyana Troina (188-F-81, college: S.Carolina) scored 10.

Belarus: Ekaterina Snytsina 13, Yelena Leuchanka 12, Tatyana Troina 10
Italy: Raffaella Masciadri 20, Laura Macchi 13, Simona Ballardini 9


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  BULGARIA - Women  


Stanislava Stankova to miss U20 European Championship - by Eurobasket News
Bulgarian Basketball Federation received some bad news during the preparation of U20 National Team for European Championships. They will be without services of Stanislava Stankova (168-G-90) who has health issues. Because of problems caused by discus hernia, the 19-year old point guard has been forbidden to practice by doctors. She will definitely miss the rest of preparations which automatically rules her out for European Championship which will be held in July. Stankova is ordered to rest whole summer in order to be ready for the next season. European Championships will be held at Poland from July 9th to July 19th.
Stankova started her career with Levski Spartak Junior team in 2005. Next season he signed with NSA Delta in Bulgarian A-1 League. She appeared in only 9 games in the championship but her states were exceptional. In 9 games, Stanislava Stankova averaged 17.6 points, 2.0 rebounds, 2.2 assist and 2.6 steals per game while shooting 42.6% from the field. That same year she was a member of U16 National team which took participation at European Championships U16 Division B in Finland. In 8 games she posted averages of 17.0 points, 5.0 assist and 1.8 steals per game. For season 2007-2008, Stankova signed with Cherno More Odessos in A-2 league. She appeared in 5 games, scoring 15.4 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. In 2008 she took participation at European Championships U20 in Sofia with U 20 National Team.


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  CAPE VERDE - Women  


The island of Sal is hosted a womens basketball forum and inter-island tournament this past - by Pedro Gomes
Promoted by international basketball player Crispina Correia (193-F/C-75, college: Auburn), the forum and tournament was the initiative
of the Sal-based team, Pantera Negra, and will count on with participation with athletes
from Sal, and Santiago Islands.

The tournament counted with the following teams, Seven Stars (Santiago South), a selection
team from Sal island, and a selection team from Santiago North.

The first game in the inter-island tournament saw the selection team from SAl defeat the
selecion team from Santiago North, 105 to 17. Clearly demonstrating the difference in the
quality of play between the two teams.
On Saturday, Santiago North played against Seven Stars, and suffered their seccond loss of
the tournament, 123 - 27.
On the last day of the tournament, Sunday, the top two teams showcase great womens basketball,
however Seven Stars go the best of the selection team from Sal, and defeated them 56 to 44.

Seven Stars was the winner of the tournament.
Final Classification were as following:
1. Seven Stars
2. Selection Team from Sal Island
3. Selection Team from Santiago North Island

Santiago Norte came away with the Fair Play trophy, and Lorreta Rocha (Sal Selection team) won
the MVP trophy.

Afte the game on Saturday s a forum was held Action strategies for the development
of womens basketball, which feature the participation of Pedro Miranda, Vital Santos,
Gilson Lima and Crispina Correia (Tininha).


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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


Czech Republic celebrate dramatic win over Ukraine - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic - Ukraine 79:77

Czech Republic stayed in the EuroBasket title race. They survived dramatic final seconds of their battle against Ukraine in Pool A to finalize a vital win at the end. Ukraine led for the major part of the encounter but wasted all of their advantage before giving away the victory in the dying moments. The loss means the end of the tournament for Ukraine, while Czech team paved their way into the qualifying round in Latvia.
Biryuk and Olexandra Gorbunova (186-F-86) gave Ukraine a quick 5:0 lead at the start of the game. Olena Ogorodnikova (186-F-81), Alyoshkina and Olexandra Gorbunova soon ensured a 16:4 lead for Ukraine as they grabbed the initiative. But four points from Vesela and back-to-back treys from Elhotova and Tereza Peckova (191-F-87) allowed Czech Republic to get back within 3 late in the period. Marketa Bednarova (178-F-81) followed with a three-pointer of her own to draw things level at 21. Tereza Peckova opened the second frame with a jumper to give Czech Republic the first advantage in the game. Kochubei needed to come up with 5 straight points to regain the lead for Ukraine. Biryuk notched 6 points, while Olexandra Gorbunova and Zherzherunova added 4 more for Ukraine to accumulate a 39:27 advantage midway through the second stanza. They maintained the buffer and went into the dressing room up by 10. The complexion of the encounter did not change in the third quarter. Ukraine kept their opponents at bay. Olexandra Gorbunova and Zherzherunova stretched the gap to 16 points late in the period before Eva Viteckova (189-F-82) capped it with a trey to narrow the deficit. This triple was just adjusting her sight. She stepped up with two more trebles early in the final term to drag Czech Republic within 3. Olexandra Gorbunova answered with 5 points in a 7:0 run from Ukraine as thy restored a 10-point buffer with just under 4 minutes left. Elhotova and Vesela persisted scoring 5 in a row to trim the deficit. Marketa Bednarova and Bartonova clipped the gap to only 2 points with under two minutes remaining. Kochubei seemed to tame Czech Republic with an easy lay-up but Bartonova and Tereza Peckova poured in 4 straight points to level things up at 75 with 43 seconds to go in regulation. Olexandra Gorbunova had a chance to put Ukraine back in charge but she lost the ball. Vesela sank both free throws and moments later Eva Viteckova sealed the winning outcome from the stripe extending Czech life at EuroBasket 2009.

Czech Republic: Eva Viteckova 16, Tereza Peckova 15, Marketa Bednarova 15
Ukraine: Olena Ogorodnikova 25, Olexandra Gorbunova 21


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  ESTONIA - Women  


Estonian National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
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Oksana Aleksandrova (174-G-86) of Tallinna Kalev
Sandra Andresson (175-G-89) of Mt.St.Mary's College, MD (USA)
Kerli Haas (179-F-90) of Audentes Tallinna Living
Triin Mitt (185-F-90) of Audentes Tallinna Living
Eva Moldre (192-C-77) of Audentes Tallinna Living
Katri Pesur (186-C-84) of Sundsvall Saints (SWE)
Jana Rannaveski (170-G-87) of BC Star-TLU Tallinn
Kati Rausberg (172-G-89) of Audentes Tallinna Living
4 Kerttu Jallai (179-F-90) of Audentes Tallinna Living
5 Katrin Olmari (185-F-75) of Audentes Tallinna Living
6 Heila Rosenfeldt (173-G-83) of ChemCats Chemnitz (GER)
7 Gerly Kostla (180-F-80) of BC Star-TLU Tallinn
8 Pirgit Puu (170-G-88) of ASAC Comunicaciones Adba (ESP)
9 Kadri Laev (180-F-84) of BC Star-TLU Tallinn
10 Merike Anderson (181-F-81) of TTT Riga (LAT)
11 Viive-Kai Rebane (180-F-89) of Binghamton University (USA)

12 Laina Mesila (182-F-87) of BC Tartu Ulikooli/Loctite
13 Anzela Okuneva (174-F-84) of Tallinna Kalev
14 Mari Saarniit (184-F-77) of Audentes Tallinna Living
15 Kerdu Arbet (185-F-80) of Irlandesas (ESP)
Head Coach: Jaanus Levkoi
Assistant Coaches: Heino Rebane, Reet Rausberg


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


Standings Div.A (Women)
Standings
Group A (Liepaja)
1. Spain3-0
2. Slovakia2-1
3. Czech Repu.1-2
4. Ukraine0-3
Group B (Liepaja)
1. Latvia3-0
2. Poland2-1
3. Greece1-2
4. Hungary0-3
Group C (Valmiera)
1. Russia3-0
2. Turkey2-1
3. Lithuania1-2
4. Serbia0-3
Group D (Valmiera)
1. France3-0
2. Italy2-1
3. Belarus1-2
4. Israel0-3


Day: 3 (Preliminary Round) - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Ukraine - Czech Republic 77-79
Czech Republic stayed in the EuroBasket title race. They survived dramatic final seconds of their battle against Ukraine in Pool A to finalize a vital win at the end. Ukraine led for the major part of the encounter but wasted all of their advantage before giving away the victory in the dying moments. Olexandra Gorbunova had a chance to put Ukraine back in charge but she lost the ball. Vesela sank both free throws and moments later Eva Viteckova (189-F-82) sealed the winning outcome from the stripe extending Czech life at EuroBasket 2009. The loss means the end of the tournament for Ukraine, while Czech team paved their way into the qualifying round in Latvia.

Spain - Slovakia 71-54
Spain National team clinched the top place in Group A of Eurobasket 2009. In the key game of the group the team overcame Slovak Republic 71:54 to remain undefeated. Anna Montanana (186-F-80, college: George Washington) paced all the winners with 24 points as Spain is 3-0. Elisa Aguilar delivered 21 points and Cruz added 7. Zuzana Zirkova brought Slovakian team 9 points as they advanced with 2-1 record from the second place. Romana Vynuchalova, Katarina Hrickova and Martina GYURCSI netted 8 each in defeat.

Group B
Greece - Latvia 68-70
Latvia needed an overtime to beat Greece and to win Group C of Eurobasket 2009. Having 16 points at the halftime the hosts of the tournament could not keep the lead for good and needed to prove the superiority in the extra time to win the third straight game. Greece advanced to the Qualifying Round from the third pace with 1-2 record. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (177-G-83) top-scored for the winners with 26 points.

Poland - Hungary 60-53
Polish National Team claimed the qualifying round birth at the EuroBasket in Latvia. They toppled Hungary in the decisive encounter in Group B today to improve at 2-1 record. Hungary in the meantime slipped at 0-3 record and wrapped up their Latvia campaign. Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82, agency: Data Plus Group) knocked down 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for Poland. Justyna Jeziorna added 10 points, 6 boards and 3 assists in the victory. Anna Vajda finished with 18 points and 10 boards for Hungary. Zsofia Fegyverneky notched 13 points and 5 boards in defeat.

Group C
Turkey - Serbia 65-55
Turkish National Team ensured the second win at the EuroBasket preliminary round improving at 2-1 record in Group C. They took down Serbia handling the Balkan team the third straight defeat in Latvia. Thus Serbia got eliminated unable to make it to the qualifying round. Ayse Ivegin (177-G-87) notched 21 points to pace the victors. Bahar Caglar added 10 points, while Naile Ivegin had 8 points and 5 boards for the winners. Sonja Petrovic delivered 14 points for Serbia. Jelena Milovanovic had 11 points in the losing effort.

Lithuania - Russia 52-60
Russian National team clinched the top spot in Group C as they rolled over Lithuania in Day 3. The defending champions used their defensive strategy in the last period to win 60:52. Olga Arteshina (182-F-82) top-scored for the winners with 16 points as Russia finished Group C with 3-0. Maria Stepanova nailed 12, while Marina Kuzina netted 11. Gintare Petronyte finished the night with 17 points and 9 rebounds in the losing effort, whilst Daina Staugaitiene added 10.

Group D
France - Israel 73-70
French National Team clinched the top spot in preliminary Pool D of EuroBasket. Today France overcame Israel to send their opponents packing. Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) and Emilie Gomis scored 11 points apiece for France. Elodie Godin knocked down 10 points and pulled down 8 rebounds for the winners. Liron Cohen responded with 30 points for Israel. Shay Doron had 15 points in defeat.

Belarus - Italy 58-67
Italian National team advanced to the Qualifying Round after the win over Belarus in Day 3 of Eurobasket 2009. Trailing 6 points after the opening quarter Italian team enjoyed the better wins in the second and third periods. Masciardi top-scored for the winners with 20 points as they finished the group with 2-1 record. Laura Macchi (187-F-79) nailed 13, while Simona Ballardini posted 9. Ekaterina Snytsina finished the night with 13 points in the losing effort as Belarus dropped at 1-2. Yelena Leuchanka poured in 12 and Tatyana Troina scored 10.


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  FRANCE - Women  


France celebrate the third straight win at EuroBasket - by Eurobasket News
France - Israel 73:70

French National Team clinched the top spot in preliminary Pool D of EuroBasket. Today France overcame Israel to send their opponents packing.
Emilie Gomis (180-G-83) and Elodie Godin (190-C-85) opened the game with four points in a row. Israel reacted immediately with 5 points in a row from Selwyn. The teams traded baskets throughout the first frame before Liad Suez Karni (187-F-81, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Villanova) and Liron Cohen (173-G-82) made it 19:15 for Israel. Yacoubou cut the margin to 2 points after ten minutes of action. Shay Doron (175-G-85, college: Maryland) and Levitsky stretched the margin to 6 points at the start of the second term. But France responded with 7 points in a row to jump in front. The lead changed hands for several times before Liad Suez Karni sealed the first half outcome at 39:36 for Israel. Shay Doron and Selwyn kept Israel in charge early in the third quarter. France however quickly denied the deficit and the teams kept it close securing a 52:52 tie after thirty minutes. The lead changed hands for six times during the fourth term before Shay Doron drew things level at 68 with under two minutes remaining. Dumerc nailed two free throws to put France ahead with 40 seconds left. Dumerc followed Liron Cohen miss with two freebies to enlarge the gap to 4 points. Liad Suez Karni misfired a three-pointer and Ndongue made it 73:68 for Les Bleus. Selwyn crowned the game with a lay-up but it did not prevent Israel from losing third straight in Valmiera.
Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) and Emilie Gomis scored 11 points apiece for France. Elodie Godin knocked down 10 points and pulled down 8 rebounds for the winners. Liron Cohen responded with 30 points for Israel. Shay Doron had 15 points in defeat.

France: Sandrine Gruda 11, Emilie Gomis 11, Elodie Godin 10
Israel: Liron Cohen 30, Shay Doron 15


French U18 team triumphs at home - by Eurobasket News
France U18-Australia U18 76:64

French U18 team triumphs at home at Reze International Youth tournament. France won all the games including the Final over Australia 76:64.
Eurobasket wrote that France beat Sweden 62:35 in the opner of the tournament and then overcame Czech republic 74:61. In the last game of the group Round France won against China 86:39 to take the first position in the group. The team got 22 points from Allison Verneroy.
Australia and France were the best two teams in the tournament to meet in the Final. Both teams came out blazing in the opening quarter. Australia produced 24;20 in the first frame as Rachel Jarry (185-G-91) has 15 points in the first term. Even though the hosts won the second frame 14-11, Australia kept 35:34 advantage at the halftime.
France started to play better in the third period and took the lead for good. The home side made some important baskets to dominate the court. Gymnase Arthur Dugast saw 61:56 as the teams finished the third period. The Aussies began to tire in the fourth quarter and struggled to put the ball in the hoop, allowing France to run away with the victory. France produced 15-8 in the last stanza to clinch the victory. They triumphed in the home tournament that was a great preparation for all the teams in the upcoming summer Championships.
Verneroy top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Niamve nailed 14. I Stuna ended up with 12 points in a winning effort. Rachel Jarry top-scored for the Gems with 28 points and 7 rebounds, while Stephanie Cumming (178-G-90) added 11. Rosie Moult (183-G/F-90) followed them with 7 points in a loss.

France: Verneroy 15, E Niamve 14, I Stuna 12
Australia: Rachel Jarry 28 +7 rebounds, S Stephanie Cumming 11, R Rosie Moult 7


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  FYR MACEDONIA - Women  


FYR Macedonian National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
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Jelena Antik (185-F-91)
Arnela Hodja (191-C-91)
Ines Kolaric (180-F-81) of Vigor Skopje
Edina Musa (175-G-91) of Vodwanski Lisici Skopje
Aleksandra Stojanovska (178-F-78) of Zeljeznicar Sarajevo (BIH)
Ana Tanturovska (172-G-90) of Vigor Skopje
Ivana Udovalieva (-84) of Lemvig (DEN)
4 Aneta Jovanoska (168-G-76) of WBC Kimico Struga
5 Natali Georgievska (180-F-87) of Izgrabda Komerc-Mladinec Skopje
6 Nena Sekuloska (170-G-87) of Vigor Skopje
7 Monika Gavriloska (190-F/C-76) of ZTE-Zala Volan (HUN)
8 Slavica Dimovska (177-G-85) of Haukar (ISL)
9 Ana Zivkovik (183-F/C-87) of Vigor Skopje
10 Elena Radenkovikj (187-C-85) of Visby Ladies (SWE)
11 Bojana Samardjiska (194-C-83) of BC Powerbasket Wels (AUT)

12 Bisera Stojanovska (169-G-88) of Student Skopje
13 Zorica Ackovska (170-G-88) of Vigor Skopje
14 Vesna Domlevska (185-C-80) of Vigor Skopje
15 Hanka Musa (187-C-89) of Vodwanski Lisici Skopje


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  GERMANY - Women  


Leipzig Eagles remain in the DBBL - Diaz signed for two years - by Moritz Korff
Good news for basketball fans in Leipzig. The BBV Leipzig Eagles will stay in the DBBL, though finishing the 2008-09 season on a relegation spot. The ChemCats Chemnitz had to withdraw their team from the first league due to economic reasons, so BBVL could stay.
Also, Elena Diaz (185-F-83, college: Nebraska) extended her contract with the Eagles for two years. During 2008-09 the Colombian international averaged 15.6 points and 5.8 rebounds per game in a Leipzig uniform.


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  GREECE - Women  


Latvia needed an overtime to edge Greece - by Eurobasket News
Greece-Latvia 63:70 OT

Latvia needed an overtime to beat Greece and to win Group C of Eurobasket 2009. Having 16 points at the halftime the hosts of the tournament could not keep the lead for good and needed to prove the superiority in the extra time to win the third straight game. Greece advanced to the Qualifying Round from the third pace with 1-2 record.
Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (177-G-83), being the top-scorer in three first games led her team from the very beginning. Later on it was her to give the hosts 10:4 lead. Krumberga gave the Baltic side 18:12 lead but Styliani Kaltsidou (188-C/F-83) closed the opening quarter at 18:15. In the second period Latvia started to play even better. Liene Jansone (190-F/C-81, college: Siena) score for 26:18 and Gunta Basko (181-F-80, college: Siena)'s jump shot showed 28:21 on the board. Greece could not score for 5 minutes until the end of the first half, while Latvia added 9 more for 16 points advantage. Tare surprised the guests with a three for 37:21 lead.
The third period became the nightmare for the Baltic side that scored only 6 points in it. Styliani Kaltsidou brought Greek side back to 39:43 at the end of the third quarter. Moreover Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) gave Greece their lead at 57:55 with less than 3 minutes to go. Anete Jekabsone-Zogotaresponded for 58:57 and Pelagia Papamichail (189-F/C-86) made one free throw to send the teams to the overtime. In the extra time Greece led for the whole time but not the last 24 seconds. Thanks to more than 2500 fans Gunta Basko 's last three points brought Latvia 70:68 victory.

Greece: Evanthia Maltsi 24, Styliani Kaltsidou 21, Pelagia Papamichail 13+11 rebs
Latvia: Anete Jekabsone-Zogota 26, Gunta Basko 10, Liene Jansone 8


DASAL agrees terms with two Americans - by George Manousidis
Ano Liosa agreed financial terms with Laura Kurz (185-F-86, college: Duke) and Shamela Hampton (191-C-87, college: UNLV). These two Americans are the first foreigners in the team of Ano Liosa in the very big attent of the Greek Head Coach Aggelos Giannoulakis fort the team to fight for one spot in the mid level of the league. First target is to avoid the relegation and in this aspect the Head Coach agreed with the two Americans that had quite good statistics in their universities. Both of them are roockies in Europe but they are very coachable and ready to do their first proffesional step from the Greek league

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  HUNGARY - Women  


Poland hold off Hungary to reach qualifying round in Latvia - by Eurobasket News
Poland - Hungary 60:53

Polish National Team claimed the qualifying round birth at the EuroBasket in Latvia. They toppled Hungary in the decisive encounter in Group B today to improve at 2-1 record. Hungary in the meantime slipped at 0-3 record and wrapped up their Latvia campaign.
The first frame was filled with tension as the teams kept it close. Pawlak gave Poland a 12:11 lead midway through the quarter before Hungary went on a 5:0 surge to take a 16:12 lead. Gajda sent the teams into the second frame with Poland trailing by 3. Agnieszka Skobel (181-F-89) narrowed the margin to a single point early in the second quarter but Hungary responded immediately. Zsofia Fegyverneky (178-G-84) scored 4 points in a 10:0 run that propelled the team to a 28:17 advantage. Mieloszynska and Justyna Jeziorna (173-G-81) clipped the margin to one point before Anna Vajda (191-F/C-84) gave Hungary a 33:27 advantage at halftime.
Anna Vajda came up again at the start of the second half setting things rolling for Hungary. They cleared off to a 10-point distance but Poland would not surrender. Polish side spurred ahead with a 9:2 rally to take a 42:41 lead late in the third quarter. Englert and Zsofia Fegyverneky turned the tables once again providing Hungary with a 50:42 cushion midway through the final stanza. Poland responded with eight unanswered points to level things up at 50. Bujdoso regained the lead for Hungary but Poland struck back with 8 points in a row to ensure a 58:52 advantage with 58 seconds to go. They never surrendered the lead and celebrated a vital win at the end.
Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82, agency: Data Plus Group) knocked down 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for Poland. Justyna Jeziorna added 10 points, 6 boards and 3 assists in the victory. Anna Vajda finished with 18 points and 10 boards for Hungary. Zsofia Fegyverneky notched 13 points and 5 boards in defeat.

Poland: Ewelina Kobryn 11, Justyna Jeziorna 10, Agnieszka Skobel 8
Hungary: Anna Vajda 18+10 boards, Zsofia Fegyverneky 13


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  ISRAEL - Women  


France celebrate the third straight win at EuroBasket - by Eurobasket News
France - Israel 73:70

French National Team clinched the top spot in preliminary Pool D of EuroBasket. Today France overcame Israel to send their opponents packing.
Emilie Gomis (180-G-83) and Elodie Godin (190-C-85) opened the game with four points in a row. Israel reacted immediately with 5 points in a row from Selwyn. The teams traded baskets throughout the first frame before Liad Suez Karni (187-F-81, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Villanova) and Liron Cohen (173-G-82) made it 19:15 for Israel. Yacoubou cut the margin to 2 points after ten minutes of action. Shay Doron (175-G-85, college: Maryland) and Levitsky stretched the margin to 6 points at the start of the second term. But France responded with 7 points in a row to jump in front. The lead changed hands for several times before Liad Suez Karni sealed the first half outcome at 39:36 for Israel. Shay Doron and Selwyn kept Israel in charge early in the third quarter. France however quickly denied the deficit and the teams kept it close securing a 52:52 tie after thirty minutes. The lead changed hands for six times during the fourth term before Shay Doron drew things level at 68 with under two minutes remaining. Dumerc nailed two free throws to put France ahead with 40 seconds left. Dumerc followed Liron Cohen miss with two freebies to enlarge the gap to 4 points. Liad Suez Karni misfired a three-pointer and Ndongue made it 73:68 for Les Bleus. Selwyn crowned the game with a lay-up but it did not prevent Israel from losing third straight in Valmiera.
Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) and Emilie Gomis scored 11 points apiece for France. Elodie Godin knocked down 10 points and pulled down 8 rebounds for the winners. Liron Cohen responded with 30 points for Israel. Shay Doron had 15 points in defeat.

France: Sandrine Gruda 11, Emilie Gomis 11, Elodie Godin 10
Israel: Liron Cohen 30, Shay Doron 15


ISRAELI NATIONAL TEAM - by Gil Goshen


The Isreali national team lost today vs. France
73:70. It was very close game and the Israeli team led almost 40 minutes
By 2-4 points, But two divisive calls of the referees 40 seconds to the end distorted the game towards the French side. Altough it was outstanding game for Liron Cohen with 30 points ( 6 from 6 for the 3 points 3 rbs, 3 ast., the win was of S. gruda with 11 points, e. Gomis 11 points, and e. Godin 10 points 8 rb


Sue Bird shines at the beginning of WNBA 2009 season - by Eurobasket News
Sue Bird (175-G-80, college: Connecticut) opened WNBA 2009 season in style. Bird and her teammates from Seattle Storm managed to beat their rivals in the first two games for perfect 2-0 record.
In the opening match the Seattle Storm was better than Sacramento Monarchs on the road 71-61. Sue Bird spent 32 minutes on the floor scoring 7 points and dishing out 8 assists. She struggled from behind the arc making just 1 of 6 attempts. Despite that, Bird was one of the best players in her team as she organized the plays in style. In the second match Seattle Storm outplayed the Monarchs once again, this time at home 80-70. Sue Bird demonstrated impressive performance in this meeting. She got 32 minutes draining 15 points and delivering 8 assists. Bird also grabbed 5 rebounds beside that. In both games Australian star Lauren Jackson dominated. She was the player who make the difference, but Sue Bird was there to feed her with nice assists.
This is very good beginning for the Seattle Storm, who together with Minnesota Lynx is the only team with 2-0 so far. In the next match Sue Bird and her teammates will take on Indiana Fever.


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  ITALY - Women  


Italy rolled over Belarus to finish Group D with 2-1 record - by Eurobasket News
Belarus-Italy 58:67

Italian National team advanced to the Qualifying Round after the win over Belarus in Day 3 of Eurobasket 2009. Trailing 6 points after the opening quarter Italian team enjoyed the better wins in the second and third periods.
Both squads exchenaged the runs in the opening tip as Italy started with 4-0 and Belarus responded with 7-0. Anufryienka made two free throws at the end of the first for 18:12 first quarter lead. Italian team scored three three-pointers in the beginning of the second period for 21:24 and then Franchini gave her team 25:24 advantage. It was her again to close the first half as Italian squad had 35:30 lead.
Laura Macchi (187-F-79) extended the winners' lead to 10 points for 40:30 and Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80) kept it at 43:33. Pastore 's three gave them 54:42 leaving the court after 30 minutes of the game. Belarus looked tired after the thriller against France a day ago, however battled until the end. Ekaterina Snytsina (188-F-85) reduced to 52:56 with 5 minutes to play. It was however all they could do as Italy kept the lead for good. Raffaella Masciadri made another three for 63:52 and then Trafimava made two free throws for 58:65 with 19 second to play.Masciardi was perfect for the winners also from the line to give her team 67:58 win.
Masciardi top-scored for the winners with 20 points as they finished the group with 2-1 record. Laura Macchi nailed 13, while Simona Ballardini (181-F-81) posted 9. Ekaterina Snytsina finished the night with 13 points in the losing effort as Belarus dropped at 1-2. Yelena Leuchanka (196-C-83, college: W.Virginia) poured in 12 and Tatyana Troina (188-F-81, college: S.Carolina) scored 10.

Belarus: Ekaterina Snytsina 13, Yelena Leuchanka 12, Tatyana Troina 10
Italy: Raffaella Masciadri 20, Laura Macchi 13, Simona Ballardini 9


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  LATVIA - Women  


Latvia needed an overtime to edge Greece - by Eurobasket News
Greece-Latvia 63:70 OT

Latvia needed an overtime to beat Greece and to win Group C of Eurobasket 2009. Having 16 points at the halftime the hosts of the tournament could not keep the lead for good and needed to prove the superiority in the extra time to win the third straight game. Greece advanced to the Qualifying Round from the third pace with 1-2 record.
Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (177-G-83), being the top-scorer in three first games led her team from the very beginning. Later on it was her to give the hosts 10:4 lead. Krumberga gave the Baltic side 18:12 lead but Styliani Kaltsidou (188-C/F-83) closed the opening quarter at 18:15. In the second period Latvia started to play even better. Liene Jansone (190-F/C-81, college: Siena) score for 26:18 and Gunta Basko (181-F-80, college: Siena)'s jump shot showed 28:21 on the board. Greece could not score for 5 minutes until the end of the first half, while Latvia added 9 more for 16 points advantage. Tare surprised the guests with a three for 37:21 lead.
The third period became the nightmare for the Baltic side that scored only 6 points in it. Styliani Kaltsidou brought Greek side back to 39:43 at the end of the third quarter. Moreover Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) gave Greece their lead at 57:55 with less than 3 minutes to go. Anete Jekabsone-Zogotaresponded for 58:57 and Pelagia Papamichail (189-F/C-86) made one free throw to send the teams to the overtime. In the extra time Greece led for the whole time but not the last 24 seconds. Thanks to more than 2500 fans Gunta Basko 's last three points brought Latvia 70:68 victory.

Greece: Evanthia Maltsi 24, Styliani Kaltsidou 21, Pelagia Papamichail 13+11 rebs
Latvia: Anete Jekabsone-Zogota 26, Gunta Basko 10, Liene Jansone 8


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Russian National team clinched the top spot in Group C - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania-Russia 52:60

Russian National team clinched the top spot in Group C as they rolled over Lithuania in Day 3. The defending champions used their defensive strategy in the last period to win 60:52.
The Baltic side was the one to give real battle for the favorites of Eurobasket 2009. Gintare Petronyte (195-C-89) opned the game with two free throws but then Russia responded with 7-0 run. In a defensive first quarter Olga Arteshina (182-F-82) posted two at the end for 13:8 lead. Lithuania produced an 11-0 run in the beginning of the second frame to shock the Russian squad. Ciudariene made a jump shot for 19:13 as Russia was silent for about 4 minutes. Although Maria Stepanova (203-C-79) and Marina Kuzina (195-C-85) scored the baskets, Lithuania enjoyed 27:23 lead at the halftime.
The third period became the most dramatic in the game. At first Daina Staugaitiene (182-G-80, college: Liberty) made three as the Baltic side took 30:28 lead. Russia replied with another 11-0 run for 39:30 as Abrosimova made a lay-up. With less than two minutes in the period it was already Daina Staugaitiene who gave Lithuania 42:41 advantage. Valuzyte kept her side in front for 46:45. Only in the last period after 10 consecutive points Russia grabbed the third straight win to remain undefeated.
Olga Arteshina top-scored for the winners with 16 points as Russia finished Group C with 3-0. Maria Stepanova nailed 12, while Marina Kuzina netted 11. Gintare Petronyte finished the night with 17 points and 9 rebounds in the losing effort, whilst Daina Staugaitiene added 10.

Lithuania: Gintare Petronyte 17+9 rebs, Daina Staugaitiene 10
Russia: Olga Arteshina 16, Maria Stepanova 12, Marina Kuzina 11


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  LUXEMBOURG - Women  


Luxembourg National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
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Joelle Agnes (181-F-88) of Etzella Ettelbruck
Laure Diederich (183-C-87) of BCF Elfic Fribourg Basket (SUI)
Andrea Haris (170-G-78) of Musel Pikes
Lisy Hetting (173-G-90) of AB Contern
Alexandra Kugener (179-F-83) of T71 Dudelange
Liz Schmitz (180-F-88) of BBT Ros Casares Letzebuerg
Jo Schreiner (157-G-91) of Etzella Ettelbruck
Anouk Wagener (158-G-89) of T71 Dudelange
Florence Welsch (171-F-91) of AB Contern
Michele Anne Weynandt (178-F-86) of Miami University, Ohio (USA)
5 Claire Margue (170-G-81) of AB Contern
6 Nadia Mossong (180-F-86) of Eastern Kentucky University (USA)

7 Anne Ludivig (172-G-82) of AB Contern
8 Michele Orban (190-C-86) of Residence de Walferdange
9 Lynn Schreiner (158-G-91) of Etzella Ettelbruck
10 Claude Weynandt (184-C-90) of Racing Luxembourg
11 Kaatje Claes (184-C-81) of Residence de Walferdange
12 Jil Haentges (184-F-90) of Etzella Ettelbruck
13 Evelyne Stoll (186-C-86) of Musel Pikes
14 Tessy Hetting (186-F-86) of Long Island University (USA)
15 Leonie De Jonge (182-C-90) of Etzella Ettelbruck
Head Coach: Hermann Paar
Assistant Coaches: Carmen Nastor, Reiland Michel


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  MALI - Women  


Hamchetou Maiga-Ba starts WNBA 2009 season with Monarchs - by Eurobasket News
It is not so brilliant start in WNBA 2009 for the Malian superstar Hamchetou Maiga-Ba (184-G/F-78, college: ODU) and her team Washington Mystics. The bad thing is that they met powerful Seattle Storm in these two games, what was a difficult challenge. Despite that, Hamchetou Maiga-Ba demonstrated decent performance for her team.
In the opening match the Seattle Storm was better than Sacramento Monarchs on the road 71-61. Hamchetou Maiga-Ba spent 15 minutes on the floor scoring 8 points and pulling down 2 rebounds. She made 3 of 6 from the field and 2/4 attempts from the line. Despite that, Maiga-Ba was one of the best players in her team. In the second match Seattle Storm outplayed the Monarchs once again, this time at home 80-70. Hamchetou Maiga-Ba once again was on decent level. She got 18 minutes draining 8 points and grabbing 3 boards. In both games Australian star Lauren Jackson dominated for the Seattle Storm and the Washington's players weren't able to stop her. She was the player who made the difference on the court.
This is very good beginning for the Seattle Storm, who together with Minnesota Lynx is the only team with 2-0 so far. On the other side, Washington Mystics will have to look for some other chance in order to celebrate the first. They will meet Detroit Shock tomorrow.


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  NEW ZEALAND - Women  


Saipan squads set - by Eurobasket News
Offensive-minded Emerging Tall Blacks and Emerging Tall Ferns teams have been confirmed by Basketball New Zealand for the FIBA Oceania Tournament later this month. Four-time National Basketball League coach Jeff Green will guide an inexperienced mens national team, while Counties Manukaus Tania Hunter will mentor a squad she described as having speed to burn at the tournament in Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, from June 21-26.
Canterburys Natalie Moore, a former Christchurch Sirens squad member and longtime national age-group player headlines the Emerging Tall Ferns. Three members of last years Junior Tall Ferns team Jordan Hunter (Counties Manukau), Zoe Kensington (New Plymouth) and Jelena Vucinic (Nelson) have made the step-up, joining USA college-based Mandy Miranda Caldwell (174-G-88) and Sonya Milford. National team newcomers Miriam Slatter (Waikato) and Emma Gillespie (Waitakere City), Canterburys Pip Philippa Connell and Otagos Samara Gallaher, the youngest member of the team, complete the ETFs. The FIBA Oceania tournament will be a challenge to these young women athletes but will be a stepping stone to their future goals, coach Tania Hunter said. While Australia will be our hardest opposition, and with little scouting reports of the other countries competing we will take one game at a time but our focus will be getting to the gold medal round. The girls have either played with each other in age-group teams or against each other. We are a small team but we have speed to burn.

New Zealand Emerging Tall Ferns
Miranda Caldwell (Canterbury), Philippa Connell (Canterbury), Samara Gallaher (Otago), Emma Gillespie (Waitakere City), Jordan Hunter (Counties Manukau), Zoe Kensington (New Plymouth), Sonya Milford (Hutt Valley), Natalie Moore (Canterbury), Miriam Slatter (Waikato), Jelena Vucinic (Nelson)

Head coach: Tania Hunter

Saipan Tour Staff
Assistant coach: Bert Tobia
Manager: Philomena Terei
Physio: Sharon Choie
Courtesy of:www.basketball.org.nz


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  POLAND - Women  


Poland hold off Hungary to reach qualifying round in Latvia - by Eurobasket News
Poland - Hungary 60:53

Polish National Team claimed the qualifying round birth at the EuroBasket in Latvia. They toppled Hungary in the decisive encounter in Group B today to improve at 2-1 record. Hungary in the meantime slipped at 0-3 record and wrapped up their Latvia campaign.
The first frame was filled with tension as the teams kept it close. Pawlak gave Poland a 12:11 lead midway through the quarter before Hungary went on a 5:0 surge to take a 16:12 lead. Gajda sent the teams into the second frame with Poland trailing by 3. Agnieszka Skobel (181-F-89) narrowed the margin to a single point early in the second quarter but Hungary responded immediately. Zsofia Fegyverneky (178-G-84) scored 4 points in a 10:0 run that propelled the team to a 28:17 advantage. Mieloszynska and Justyna Jeziorna (173-G-81) clipped the margin to one point before Anna Vajda (191-F/C-84) gave Hungary a 33:27 advantage at halftime.
Anna Vajda came up again at the start of the second half setting things rolling for Hungary. They cleared off to a 10-point distance but Poland would not surrender. Polish side spurred ahead with a 9:2 rally to take a 42:41 lead late in the third quarter. Englert and Zsofia Fegyverneky turned the tables once again providing Hungary with a 50:42 cushion midway through the final stanza. Poland responded with eight unanswered points to level things up at 50. Bujdoso regained the lead for Hungary but Poland struck back with 8 points in a row to ensure a 58:52 advantage with 58 seconds to go. They never surrendered the lead and celebrated a vital win at the end.
Ewelina Kobryn (193-C-82, agency: Data Plus Group) knocked down 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for Poland. Justyna Jeziorna added 10 points, 6 boards and 3 assists in the victory. Anna Vajda finished with 18 points and 10 boards for Hungary. Zsofia Fegyverneky notched 13 points and 5 boards in defeat.

Poland: Ewelina Kobryn 11, Justyna Jeziorna 10, Agnieszka Skobel 8
Hungary: Anna Vajda 18+10 boards, Zsofia Fegyverneky 13


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  PORTUGAL - Women  


Portuguese U18 National Team assembled for training camp - by Eurobasket News
Portuguese U18 National Team have gathered for the training camp prior to the European Championship in Division B. The event is scheduled to take place from July 2 to 12 in Eilat, Israel. Portugal got into Pool B together with Switzerland, Slovenia and Finland. They will tip off their campaign on July 2 against Slovenian counterparts. Last season Portuguese U18 National Team clinched the tenth spot in the competition in Skopje.
The team will play against Netherlands on June 15 as part of the first training camp held till June 23. Twelve players will be selected by Mariyana Kostourkova following the training sessions. They will travel to Netherlands on June 24 to play three friendlies there. The Dutch U18 and U16 National teams will test Portugal just before departing for Israel. The team is set to arrive to Eilat on June 29.
The list of fourteen players invited to the training camp:

Filipa Bernardeco (168-G-92)
Maria Correia (172-G/F-91)
Victria Pacheco (172-C-92)
Ana Moreira (186-F-92)
Luzia Lampreia (170-F-92)
Michelle Brandao (171-G-91)
Daniela Domingues (171-F-92)
Sara Oliveira (166-F-92)
Ines Faustino (165-G-92)
Luiana Livulo (187-C-91)
Telma Fernandes (180-C-91)
Ana Antunes (185-C-91)
Maria Joao Andrade
Felicite Mendes.


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Mariana Alves (-G-84) of Duran Maquinaria Ensino Lugo (ESP)
Aicha Anne (188-C-90) of Worthing Thunder (ENG)
Catia Lirio (182-C-89) of CD Povoa / Monte Adriano
Luiana Livulo (187-C-91)
Carla Nascimento (171-G-86) of AD Vagos
Sonia Reis (189-C-84) of Cadi la Seu D'urgell (ESP)
Nadia Tavares (178-F-88) of CAB Madeira
4 Ana Oliveira (175-F-83) of Clube Futebol Uniao Madeira
5 Ana Coelho (170-F-85) of Sport Alges Dafundo
6 Sara Filipe (187-F-82) of C.B. Conquero (ESP)
7 Sofia Ramalho (166-G-80) of Obenasa Navarra (ESP)

8 Tamara Milovac (186-C-86) of C.B. Arxil Comervia (ESP)
9 Joana Fogaca (176-G-78)
10 Paula Muxiri (184-F/C-81) of Proffasa Badajoz Extremadura (ESP)
11 Debora Escorcio (184-F-84)
12 Ana Fonseca (168-G-78) of Olivais Coimbra
13 Carla Freitas (170-F-80) of CAB Madeira
14 Susan Foreid (182-F-80) of Sport Alges Dafundo
15 Joana Lopes (185-F-86) of Boa Viagem-Angra-Acore


Two defeats for Ticha Penicheiro at the beginning of WNBA - by Eurobasket News
It is not the so brilliant start in WNBA 2009 for the Portuguese superstar Ticha Penicheiro (180-G-74, college: ODU) and her team Washington Mystics. The bad thing is that they met powerful Seattle Storm in these two games, what was a difficult challenge. Despite that, Ticha Penicheiro demonstrated decent performance for her team.
In the opening match the Seattle Storm was better than Sacramento Monarchs on the road 71-61. Ticha Penicheiro spent 24 minutes on the floor scoring 11 points and pulling down 3 reboudns. She struggled from the field making just 3 of 9 attempts. Despite that, Penicheiro was one of the best players in her team. In the second match Seattle Storm outplayed the Monarchs once again, this time at home 80-70. Ticha Penicheiro demonstrated not so great level in this meeting. She got 19 minutes draining 4 points and delivering 3 assists. She also grabbed 2 rebounds beside that. In both games Australian star Lauren Jackson dominated for the Seattle Storm and the Washington's players weren't able to stop her. She was the player who make the difference on the court.
This is very good beginning for the Seattle Storm, who together with Minnesota Lynx is the only team with 2-0 so far. On the other side, Washington Mystics will have to look for some other chance in order to celebrate the first. They will meet Detroit Shock tomorrow.


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  RUSSIA - Women  


Russian National team clinched the top spot in Group C - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania-Russia 52:60

Russian National team clinched the top spot in Group C as they rolled over Lithuania in Day 3. The defending champions used their defensive strategy in the last period to win 60:52.
The Baltic side was the one to give real battle for the favorites of Eurobasket 2009. Gintare Petronyte (195-C-89) opned the game with two free throws but then Russia responded with 7-0 run. In a defensive first quarter Olga Arteshina (182-F-82) posted two at the end for 13:8 lead. Lithuania produced an 11-0 run in the beginning of the second frame to shock the Russian squad. Ciudariene made a jump shot for 19:13 as Russia was silent for about 4 minutes. Although Maria Stepanova (203-C-79) and Marina Kuzina (195-C-85) scored the baskets, Lithuania enjoyed 27:23 lead at the halftime.
The third period became the most dramatic in the game. At first Daina Staugaitiene (182-G-80, college: Liberty) made three as the Baltic side took 30:28 lead. Russia replied with another 11-0 run for 39:30 as Abrosimova made a lay-up. With less than two minutes in the period it was already Daina Staugaitiene who gave Lithuania 42:41 advantage. Valuzyte kept her side in front for 46:45. Only in the last period after 10 consecutive points Russia grabbed the third straight win to remain undefeated.
Olga Arteshina top-scored for the winners with 16 points as Russia finished Group C with 3-0. Maria Stepanova nailed 12, while Marina Kuzina netted 11. Gintare Petronyte finished the night with 17 points and 9 rebounds in the losing effort, whilst Daina Staugaitiene added 10.

Lithuania: Gintare Petronyte 17+9 rebs, Daina Staugaitiene 10
Russia: Olga Arteshina 16, Maria Stepanova 12, Marina Kuzina 11


Russia U18 comes from France - by Eurobasket News
Russian national team came back from France where the team participated at Reze International Youth tournament. Youth international basketball tournament opened the doors for 8 teams including the home side, France in Reze. The tournament for the young players was scheduled from 4 until 7 June 2009.
The defending champions Lithuania were not around to defend their crown but Australia are coming back. Group A consisted of France, China, Czech Republic and Sweden. In Group B Australia who finished second last year played with Belgium, Russia and Turkey.
Russia lost the first game to Turkey 53:60. It was not a good beginning of the tournament as the team started with a loss. In Day 2 Russia however produced 71:60 over Belgium to tie their record at 1-1. Day 3 saw Australia prevailing Russia 70:54 as Rachel Jarry (185-G-91) posted 24 points.
In their last game of the tournament played on June 7th Sweden beat Russia 69:54. As in the previous game Sweden lost the beginning of the game, but managed to win the matchup. Russia produced 16-14 in the opening frame, however lost the second 13-17. Sweden was too good in the second half and won at first the third period 20-11 and then the last 18-14. Farhiya Abdi (185-F/C-92) and Cleopatra Forsman-Goga (180-G-91) were responsible for 20 points to lead the winners. Frida Fogdemark (185-F-91) produced 12 and Hayet Neffati scored 5. Ida Aasa and Sandra Ngoie notched 3 apiece, while Mia Hakim, Kajsa Lundahl and Binta Drammeh added 2 each.
French U18 team triumphed at home at Reze International Youth tournament. France won all the games including the Final over Australia 76:64.


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  SERBIA - Women  


Turkey eliminate Serbia - by Eurobasket News
Turkey - Serbia 65:55

Turkish National Team ensured the second win at the EuroBasket preliminary round improving at 2-1 record in Group C. They took down Serbia handling the Balkan team the third straight defeat in Latvia. Thus Serbia got eliminated unable to make it to the qualifying round.
Nevlin and Saziye Ivegin (182-F-82) set the tone early unleashing a 7:0 run to open the game. They came up with 5 more points as Turkey led 12:2 with just over 5 minutes gone in regulation. Turkey eased to a 13-point lead before Radocaj capped the period with a three-pointer to narrow the distance to 10 points. But Serbia found their hero in Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89). A 20-year-old guard sparked hope for Serbia. She knocked down 12 points in the second stanza allowing Serbian side to surge in front. They rallied to a 35:31 lead at halftime. But Turkey did not panic. Saziye Ivegin fired twice from beyond the arc early in the third period regaining the advantage for Turkey. Bahar Caglar (188-F-88) and Vardarli crowned the third stanza by 6 points in a row as Turkey secured a 51:43 lead into the final term. Horasan, Ivegin and Yigit began the fourth stanza with 7 consecutive points as Turkey took over. They quickly ballooned the margin to 18 points and never looked back en route to the victory.
Ayse Ivegin notched 21 points to pace the victors. Bahar Caglar added 10 points, while Naile Ivegin (185-F/C-85) had 8 points and 5 boards for the winners. Sonja Petrovic delivered 14 points for Serbia. Jelena Milovanovic (190-F-89) had 11 points in the losing effort.

Turkey: Ayse Ivegin 21, Bahar Caglar 10, Saziye Ivegin 8
Serbia: Sonja Petrovic 14, Jelena Milovanovic 11


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Spain wins over Slovak Republic to clinch the top place in Group A - by Eurobasket News
Spain-Slovak Republic 71:54

Spain National team clinched the top place in Group A of Eurobasket 2009. In the key game of the group the team overcame Slovak Republic 71:54 to remain undefeated.
Zuzana Zirkova (175-F/G-80) opened the game for Slovakian team and Katarina Hrickova (180-F-80) kept them ahead at 6:2. Anna Montanana (186-F-80, college: George Washington) brought the Spanish outfit the first lead at 7:6 and Torrens scored for 14:10. It was her again to give Spain 17:16 first period advantage. Although Slovakians remained even in the majority of the second period, Spain grabbed the lead at the end of it. Trailing 27:29, Spanish outfit produced 8-0 run to finish the frame at 37:30. With 16-10 in the third quarter the winners improved in the game and rightfully controlled the game. Anna Montanana made a three for 53:40 after 30 minutes of the game. Slovak Republic could not come closer, but showed great effort in the end. Nicholis made two free throws at the end for 68:52. Carnoka scored her 5th points for 68:54 with 41 seconds to go. Elisa Aguilar (178-G-76, college: George Washington) buried the opponents from the three-point line to make it 71:54
Anna Montanana paced all the winners with 24 points as Spain is 3-0. Elisa Aguilar delivered 21 points and Cruz added 7. Zuzana Zirkova brought Slovakian team 9 points as they advanced with 2-1 record from the second place. Romana Vynuchalova (193-F/C-86, college: Penn St.), Katarina Hrickova and Martina GYURCSI (184-F-77) netted 8 each in defeat.

Spain: Anna Montanana 24, Elisa Aguilar 21, Cruz 7
Slovak Republic: Zuzana Zirkova 9, Romana Vynuchalova 8, Katarina Hrickova 8, Martina GYURCSI 8


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  SLOVENIA - Women  


Slovenia split games in Postojna - by Eurobasket News
Slovenian U18 National Team is taking part at the international tournament in Postojna. Four teams gathered in this Slovenian town, among them Ukraine, Germany and Poland.
Slovenia tipped off the action against Poland on Sunday. The teams kept it close in the first half as the scoreboard read 28:28 at halftime. But Poland surged ahead in the third stanza to build a 3-point advantage. Slovenia failed to rebound and lost the opening game. Nika Baric (168-G-92) finished with 20 points for Slovenia. Tina Jakovina (180-G-92) contributed 9 points in the loss.
Slovenia however bounced back in the second game of the tournament. They faced Ukraine and thrashed their opponents 105:46. The hosts were up by just 3 points after the starting frame. But Slovenia shifted the gear and stunned Ukraine in the next quarters. Slovenia enjoyed a 15-point cushion at the interval and never looked back en route to the win. Nika Baric knocked down 22 points to lead the charge. Bojana Adamovic (172-G-92) had 14 points, while Neza Belak (176-F-92) delivered 11 points for the winners.
Slovenia will take on Germany today.


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  SPAIN - Women  


Spain wins over Slovak Republic to clinch the top place in Group A - by Eurobasket News
Spain-Slovak Republic 71:54

Spain National team clinched the top place in Group A of Eurobasket 2009. In the key game of the group the team overcame Slovak Republic 71:54 to remain undefeated.
Zuzana Zirkova (175-F/G-80) opened the game for Slovakian team and Katarina Hrickova (180-F-80) kept them ahead at 6:2. Anna Montanana (186-F-80, college: George Washington) brought the Spanish outfit the first lead at 7:6 and Torrens scored for 14:10. It was her again to give Spain 17:16 first period advantage. Although Slovakians remained even in the majority of the second period, Spain grabbed the lead at the end of it. Trailing 27:29, Spanish outfit produced 8-0 run to finish the frame at 37:30. With 16-10 in the third quarter the winners improved in the game and rightfully controlled the game. Anna Montanana made a three for 53:40 after 30 minutes of the game. Slovak Republic could not come closer, but showed great effort in the end. Nicholis made two free throws at the end for 68:52. Carnoka scored her 5th points for 68:54 with 41 seconds to go. Elisa Aguilar (178-G-76, college: George Washington) buried the opponents from the three-point line to make it 71:54
Anna Montanana paced all the winners with 24 points as Spain is 3-0. Elisa Aguilar delivered 21 points and Cruz added 7. Zuzana Zirkova brought Slovakian team 9 points as they advanced with 2-1 record from the second place. Romana Vynuchalova (193-F/C-86, college: Penn St.), Katarina Hrickova and Martina GYURCSI (184-F-77) netted 8 each in defeat.

Spain: Anna Montanana 24, Elisa Aguilar 21, Cruz 7
Slovak Republic: Zuzana Zirkova 9, Romana Vynuchalova 8, Katarina Hrickova 8, Martina GYURCSI 8


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  SWEDEN - Women  


Swedish National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
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Ida Andersson (191-C-83) of Solna Vikings
Jenny Andersson (193-C-86) of Eskilstuna Basket
Selma Delibasic (195-C-80) of Kocca Napoli (ITA)
Malin Edlund (183-G-88) of 08 Stockholm
Camilla Fagerberg (180-F-86) of Jamtland Basket
Frida Grahn (184-F-88) of Lulea Basket
Danielle Hamilton Carter (187-F-90) of 08 Stockholm
Anna Hoglund (178-G-82) of Sundsvall Saints
Carina Larsson (186-F-86) of Brahe Basket
Jenny Lidgren (191-C-88) of 08 Stockholm
Agnes Nordstrom (179-G-88) of Marbo Basket
Martina Staalvant (175-G-89) of 08 Stockholm
4 Josefin Olheim (176-G-86) of Telge Energi
5 Johanna Kallman (172-G-87) of Norrkoping Dolphins
6 Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88) of Tarbes Gespe Bigorre (FRA)
7 Thyra Liljestrand (178-G-80) of C.B. Olesa Espanyol (ESP)
8 Frida Aili (177-G-88) of G.M.A. Phonica Pozzuoli (ITA)
9 Elin Eldebrink (174-G-88) of USP-CEU MMT Estudiantes (ESP)
10 Elisabeth Egnell (185-G-87) of Solna Vikings
11 Michaela Livijn (186-C-81) of Solna Vikings

12 Anna Barthold (183-F-80) of Arranz-Jopisa Burgos (ESP)
13 Nina Risto (184-F-85) of 08 Stockholm
14 Erica Blomgren (179-F-83) of Solna Vikings
15 Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89) of Telge Energi
Head Coach: Milan Veverka
Assistant Coaches: Lars Johansson, Stefan Bergman


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  SWITZERLAND - Women  


LNSA Stats Leaders
LNA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Barnes, Pully 25.0
2 Doma, Fribourg 25.0
3 Crisman, BBC 21.9
4 Villarroel, Sierre 21.3
5 Jones, Pully 20.9
6 Knight, Riva 19.9
7 Griffith, Helios 18.9
8 Brantlova, Frib. 17.8
Rebounds Per Game
1 Crisman, BBC 11.8
2 Doma, Fribourg 11.7
3 McKenzie, Sierre 11.2
4 Moore, Riva 9.9
5 Griffith, Helios 9.9
5 Daniels, Nyon 9.9
7 Jones, Pully 8.4
8 Knight, Riva 8.1
Assists Per Game
1 Daniels, Nyon 7.1
2 Vercauteren, Sierre 5.4
3 Villarroel, Sierre 4.7
4 Brantlova, Fribourg 4.4
5 Charlier, Neuchatel 4.2
6 Soda, Fribourg 3.4
7 Barnes, Pully 3.1
8 Riverin, Neuchatel 2.8
Steals Per Game
1 Daniels, Nyon 5.1
2 Crisman, BBC 3.4
3 Villarroel, Sierre 3.1
4 Rol, Neuchatel 2.7
5 McKenzie, Sierre 2.6
5 Hicks, Neuchatel 2.6
Blocks Per Game
1 Gueye, Nyon 1.8
2 Villarroel, Sierre 1.5
3 Griffith, Helios 1.2
4 Moore, Riva 1.0
5 Doma, Fribourg 0.9
2FGP
1 Briedyte, Sierre 76.9
2 Mayombo, Neuch 74.0
3 Villarroel, Sierre 71.0
4 Riverin, Neuchatel 64.2
5 Charlier, Neuch 63.4
3FGP
1 Raboud, Neuchat 47.4
2 Brantlova, Frib 46.7
3 Crisman, BBC 44.4
4 Briedyte, Sierre 42.0
5 Turin, Neuchatel 41.3
Free Throws
1 Villarroel, Sierre 90.1
2 Doma, Fribourg 89.1
3 Knight, Riva 88.9
4 Moore, Riva 88.2
5 Brantlova, Fribourg 85.9
Ranking
1. Daniels, Nyon 28.8
2. Villarroel, Sierre 26.1
3. Crisman, BBC 25.3


Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Awards 2008-09 - by Eurobasket
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Player of the year:
Cameo Hicks (178-G/F-84) ofNeuchatel
Finals MVP: Maria Villarroel (174-G-78) of Sierre
Guard of the Year: Maria Villarroel of Sierre
Forward of the Year: Cameo Hicks of Neuchatel
Center of the Year: Natalie Doma (191-C-86) of Elfic Fribourg
Domestic Player of the Year: Viola Augugliaro (168-G-89) of Riva
Import Player of the Year: Cameo Hicks of Neuchatel
Defensive Player of the Year: Sakellie Daniels (170-G-84) of Nyon
Coach of the Year: Romain Gaspoz of Sierre

1st Team
Sakellie Daniels of Nyon
Maria Villarroel of Sierre
Cameo Hicks of Neuchatel
Lori Crisman (186-C/F-82) of BBC
Natalie Doma of Elfic Fribourg

2nd Team
Kadie Riverin (175-G-86) of Neuchatel
Jinga Gosschalk (172-G/F-79) of Nyon
Jamila Griffith (183-G/F-82) of Helios
Joanna Barnes (175-F-83) of Pully
Rhona McKenzie (183-F-76) of Sierre

Honorable Mention
Leslie Knight (185-F-86) of Riva
Aleandra Brown (191-F/C-86) of Helios
Alexia Rol (170-G-82) of Nauchatel
Nina Crelot (170-G/F-87) of Neuchatel
Katrien Vercauteren (170-G-84) of Sierre
Ela Briedyte (176-G-79) of Sierre
Alisha Tatham (180-G/F-86) of BBC
Tereza Brantlova (172-G-82) of Fribourg
Simona Soda (185-F-74) of Fribourg

All-Imports Team
Sakellie Daniels of Nyon
Maria Villarroel of Sierre
Cameo Hicks of Neuchatel
Lori Crisman of BBC
Natalie Doma of Elfic Fribourg

All-Domestic Players Team
Alexia Rol of Nauchatel
Egle Moix (170-G-79) of BBC
Jalinka Michaux (175-F-87) of Nyon
Caroline Turin (172-F-87) of Neuchatel
Sabrina Dealbi (183-F/C-82) of Nyon

All-Bosmans Team
Tereza Brantlova of Fribourg
Katrien Vercauteren of Sierre
Nina Crelot of Neuchatel
Jinga Gosschalk of Nyon
Lenka Zimova (198-C-83) of Sierre

All-Defensive Team
Sakellie Daniels of Nyon
Lori Crisman of BBC
Jamila Griffith of Helios
Ndack Gueye (186-F/C-73) of Nyon
Maria Villarroel of Sierre


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Turkey eliminate Serbia - by Eurobasket News
Turkey - Serbia 65:55

Turkish National Team ensured the second win at the EuroBasket preliminary round improving at 2-1 record in Group C. They took down Serbia handling the Balkan team the third straight defeat in Latvia. Thus Serbia got eliminated unable to make it to the qualifying round.
Nevlin and Saziye Ivegin (182-F-82) set the tone early unleashing a 7:0 run to open the game. They came up with 5 more points as Turkey led 12:2 with just over 5 minutes gone in regulation. Turkey eased to a 13-point lead before Radocaj capped the period with a three-pointer to narrow the distance to 10 points. But Serbia found their hero in Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89). A 20-year-old guard sparked hope for Serbia. She knocked down 12 points in the second stanza allowing Serbian side to surge in front. They rallied to a 35:31 lead at halftime. But Turkey did not panic. Saziye Ivegin fired twice from beyond the arc early in the third period regaining the advantage for Turkey. Bahar Caglar (188-F-88) and Vardarli crowned the third stanza by 6 points in a row as Turkey secured a 51:43 lead into the final term. Horasan, Ivegin and Yigit began the fourth stanza with 7 consecutive points as Turkey took over. They quickly ballooned the margin to 18 points and never looked back en route to the victory.
Ayse Ivegin notched 21 points to pace the victors. Bahar Caglar added 10 points, while Naile Ivegin (185-F/C-85) had 8 points and 5 boards for the winners. Sonja Petrovic delivered 14 points for Serbia. Jelena Milovanovic (190-F-89) had 11 points in the losing effort.

Turkey: Ayse Ivegin 21, Bahar Caglar 10, Saziye Ivegin 8
Serbia: Sonja Petrovic 14, Jelena Milovanovic 11


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  UKRAINE - Women  


Czech Republic celebrate dramatic win over Ukraine - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic - Ukraine 79:77

Czech Republic stayed in the EuroBasket title race. They survived dramatic final seconds of their battle against Ukraine in Pool A to finalize a vital win at the end. Ukraine led for the major part of the encounter but wasted all of their advantage before giving away the victory in the dying moments. The loss means the end of the tournament for Ukraine, while Czech team paved their way into the qualifying round in Latvia.
Biryuk and Olexandra Gorbunova (186-F-86) gave Ukraine a quick 5:0 lead at the start of the game. Olena Ogorodnikova (186-F-81), Alyoshkina and Olexandra Gorbunova soon ensured a 16:4 lead for Ukraine as they grabbed the initiative. But four points from Vesela and back-to-back treys from Elhotova and Tereza Peckova (191-F-87) allowed Czech Republic to get back within 3 late in the period. Marketa Bednarova (178-F-81) followed with a three-pointer of her own to draw things level at 21. Tereza Peckova opened the second frame with a jumper to give Czech Republic the first advantage in the game. Kochubei needed to come up with 5 straight points to regain the lead for Ukraine. Biryuk notched 6 points, while Olexandra Gorbunova and Zherzherunova added 4 more for Ukraine to accumulate a 39:27 advantage midway through the second stanza. They maintained the buffer and went into the dressing room up by 10. The complexion of the encounter did not change in the third quarter. Ukraine kept their opponents at bay. Olexandra Gorbunova and Zherzherunova stretched the gap to 16 points late in the period before Eva Viteckova (189-F-82) capped it with a trey to narrow the deficit. This triple was just adjusting her sight. She stepped up with two more trebles early in the final term to drag Czech Republic within 3. Olexandra Gorbunova answered with 5 points in a 7:0 run from Ukraine as thy restored a 10-point buffer with just under 4 minutes left. Elhotova and Vesela persisted scoring 5 in a row to trim the deficit. Marketa Bednarova and Bartonova clipped the gap to only 2 points with under two minutes remaining. Kochubei seemed to tame Czech Republic with an easy lay-up but Bartonova and Tereza Peckova poured in 4 straight points to level things up at 75 with 43 seconds to go in regulation. Olexandra Gorbunova had a chance to put Ukraine back in charge but she lost the ball. Vesela sank both free throws and moments later Eva Viteckova sealed the winning outcome from the stripe extending Czech life at EuroBasket 2009.

Czech Republic: Eva Viteckova 16, Tereza Peckova 15, Marketa Bednarova 15
Ukraine: Olena Ogorodnikova 25, Olexandra Gorbunova 21


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  VENEZUELA - Women  


Venezuelan U17 National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
Edicta Blanco of Cojedes
Karen Hernandez
Angely Frontado of Aragua
Waleska Perez of Aragua
Mariangel Carrero of Merida
Ayalexis Ylarraza of Guarico
Juferlyn Alfonzo of Cojedes
Yanilca Montoya of Tachira
Mayerling Landaeta
Kimberly Monzon of Miranda
Odalis Pacheco of Carabobo
Hilda Ortega of Carabobo
Wanda Perez of Portuguesa
Jannaly Montilla of Portuguesa
Sharon Guzman of Yaracuy
Jhurney Riverol
Maria Arteaga of Yaracuy
Marianna Duran of Yaracuy
Head Coach: Enrique Gil
Coach Assistant: Cecilio Escobar


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  WNBA - Women  


Deanna Nolan leads Detroit Shock to 81-52 win against LA Sparks - by Eurobasket News
L.Angeles S. - Detroit S. 52-81
The Detroit Shock blasted the LA Sparks 81-52 mostly owing to Deanna Nolan (5'11''-G/F-79, college: Georgia), who drained 27 points. Katie Smith (5'11''-G-74, college: Ohio St.) also had important role netting 17, while Olayinka Sanni (6'2''-C-86, college: W.Virginia) helped with 12 pts and 5 boards. For the hosts, Tina Thompson (6'2''-F-75, agency: Merit Sports, college: USC) registered double-double, 14 points and 11 rebounds. Both teams now have the same 1-1 record.


Last games (Sunday) - Second wins for Lynx and Storm - by Eurobasket News
Connecticut S. - New York L. 66-57
First appearance of these two teams in WNBA 2009 season and the first win for the Connecticut Sun. Lindsay Whalen (5'8''-G-82, college: Minnesota) shined in this match registering double-double, 14 points and 12 rebounds. Australian Erin Phillips was second scorer of the winning squd with 13, while Tamika Whitmore delivered 11 points, plus grabbed 8 rebounds. Shameka Christon netted 13 points for the Liberty.

Atlanta D. - Washington M. 71-77
The Washington Mystics grabbed the second win, this time against the Atlanta Dream, who fell to 1-1. Alana Beard showed the best performance for the hosts collecting impressive 27 points and 5 rebounds. Crystal Langhorne was the last one with double-digits, 10 pts. Visitors got 17 pts and 5 rebs from Coco Miller.

Minnesota L. - Indiana F. 96-74
Second win for Minnesota Lynx and at the same time the second failure for Indiana Fever. Charde Houston (6'1''-F-86, college: Connecticut) was almost unmistakable for the winners with 23 points, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Seimone Augustus scored 19, while Nicky Anosike delivered 2 points less. Yolanda Griffith and Katie Douglas combined 33 pts in loss.

Sacramento M. - Seattle S. 70-80
Second win for the Strom against the Monarchs in just two days. Once again Lauren Jackson (6'5''-F/C-81) was the most important player in victory nailing 25 points and pulling down 5 rebounds. Sue Bird had 15 pts, 5 rebs and 8 assists. Kara Lawson and Nicole Powell replied with 17 and 14 pts in loss.


First games of WNBA 2009 season - by Eurobasket News
Indiana F. - Atlanta D. 86-87
Very exciting match and 87-86 thriller win for the Atlanta Dream. Chamique Holdsclaw (6'2''-F-77, agency: Merit Sports, college: Tennessee) was central figure of this meeting as she nailed 23 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Erika DeSouza registered monster double-double, 16 points and 17 rebounds, while Angel McCoughtry, who came of the bench, had 15 pts and 7 boards. Katie Douglas shined for the guests netting 22 pts.

Chicago S. - Minnesota L. 85-102
Seimone Augustus (6'1''-G-84, college: LSU) and Candice Wiggins were unstoppable in this game leading their Minnesota Lynx to 102-85 victory against the Chicago Sky. Augustus was the leading scorer of the winning squad with 23, while Wiggins netted 3 points less. Jia Perkins and Candice Dupree replied with 24 and 21 pts in defeat.

Detroit S. - L.Angeles S. 58-78
The LA Sparks outplayed the Detroit Shock with huge 78-58 opening the new 2009 season in style. Tina Thompson (6'2''-F-75, agency: Merit Sports, college: USC) led the winners with 18, Betty Lennox had 17 points and 10 boards, while Venessa Hayden-Johnson added 12 pts. Deanna Nolan delivered 15 pts in defeat.

S.Antonio SS - Phoenix M. 79-90
The Phoenix Mercury celebrated in the first match of season 2009 thanks to Diana Taurasi (6'0''-G-82, college: Connecticut) and Cappie Pondexter, who drained 25 and 23 points respectively. DeWanna Bonner followed them with double-double, 16 points and 11 rebounds. Sophia Young shined for the Silver Stars collecting 25 points and 10 rebounds. Becky Hammon added 12 pts and 13 boards.

Seattle S. - Sacramento M. 71-61
Australian superstar Lauren Jackson (6'5''-F/C-81) led her Seattle Storm to victory in the first game of WNBA 2009 season collecting 23 points and 4 rebounds. Tanisha Wright also shined with 21 pts and 5 boards. In Sacramento Monarchs, Laura Harper and Ticha Penicheiro netted 11 pints apiece.

Washington M. - Connecticut S. 82-70
Marissa Coleman (6'1''-G/F-87, college: Maryland) came off the bench for the Mystics and was their top-scorer at the end with 16 points. She also pulled down 5 rebounds beside that. Monique Currie had 14, Lindsey Harding 12 pts and 7 assists, while Nakia Sanford added 11 points and 7 boards. Asjha Jones responded with 22 points and 5 boards in defeat. Lindsay Whalen contributed with one points less than Jones.


Fever hand the first defeat to Storm - by Eurobasket News
Seattle S. - Indiana F. 66-73
The Indiana Fever crushed the Seattle Storm 73-66 having couple of players in a game mood. Katie Douglas (6'1''-G/F-79, college: Purdue) was the best in scoring with 20, Ebony Hoffman (6'2''-C/F-82, college: USC) had 18 pts and 6 rebounds, while Tamika Catchings added 14 points and 7 boards. Tammy Sutton-Brown helped with double-double, 10 pts and 10 rebs. In Seattle Storm, Australian superstar Lauren Jackson (6'5''-F/C-81) had 21 pts and 6 boards.