EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 6/12/2009

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  ABA   


Columbus and Kentucky announce tryout camps - by Gianni Pascucci

A.J. Stallworth, owner of the just announced ABA Columbus Life basketball team that begins play in December, announced that he would host an early tryout for the team on Monday, June 15th in Columbus, GA. 'I know this is quick,' stated Stallworth. 'But we want to be very active in the community and I am hoping to find 3-4 players that not only can play at this level, but will become part of our 'off the court' operations. So, we're looking for some gifted players and young men that can help build our organization too.' For more details and location, call 715 573 2243 or gpclife@hotmail.com or columbuslife@hotmail.com
The defending ABA champion Kentucky Bisons have announced that they will hold their first tryout camp at Brescia University in Owensboro, Kentucky on July 16th and 17th. 'Our goal is to win back-to-back championships,' stated Bisons CEO Jay Sills . 'And it is not going to be easy. While we have some great returning players, we have some openings and are looking for great players to fill them.' The tryouts will be held at 5pm on both days, for complete details and more information, visit www.kentuckybisons.com
or email info@kentuckybisons.com or call 270 904 0922



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  ARGENTINA   


the most important transaction of the year: Leo Gutierrez moves to Penarol - by Facundo Iatzky
President of Club Penarol announced yesterday that Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78), recently champion with Atenas Cordoba has signed with Penarol. Leo is the mot important player of Liga A of the last years, with lot of titles and individual awards. First he had said that he would stay in Atenas, but Penarol appeared with an ambicious project, and it made Leo make up his mind. Penarol now is looking for another important player, besides they want to resign some of the players of the last season, where they were runner-up.

Argentinian National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
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Pablo Prigioni (191-G-77) of Tau Ceramica Vitoria (ESP)
Juan Pablo Figueroa (184-G-86) of Atenas Cordoba
Juan Pablo Cantero (184-G-82) of Centro Juventud Sionista de Parana
Juan Manuel Fernandez (195-G-90) of Temple University (USA)
Carlos Delfino (198-G-82) of BC Khimky Moscow Region (RUS)
Paolo Quinteros (186-G-79) of CAI Zaragoza (ESP)
Diego Garcia (186-G-79) of Autocid Ford Burgos (ESP)
Matias Nocedal (190-G-90) of CB Vic (ESP)
Sebastian Vega (200-C-88) of Penarol Mar del Plata
Matias Sandes (201-F/G-84) of Alta Gestion Fuenlabrada Madrid (ESP)
Axel Weigand (200-C-85) of Lucentum Alicante Costablanca (ESP)
Federico Kammerichs (204-F-80) of Regatas Corrientes
Fabricio Vay (206-F-86) of Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions (AUT)
Luis Scola (206-F/C-80) of Houston Rockets (USA)
Leonardo Gutierrez (200-F-78) of Atenas Cordoba
Leonardo Mainoldi (204-C-85) of Alta Gestion Fuenlabrada Madrid (ESP)
Andres Pelussi (198-F-77) of Libertad Sunchales
Federico Aguerre (203-F/C-88) of Atletico Argentino Junin
Head Coach: Sergio Hernandez
Assistant Coach: Gonzalo Garcia


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  AUSTRALIA   


Australia hold off Lithuania in France - by Eurobasket News
Australia U19 - Lithuania U19 83:73

Australian U19 National Team defeated their Lithuanian counterparts in the second outing in France. The teams arrived in France to take part at the Douai Tournament and played a friendly just before the start of the tourney. Lithuania earned a slender 17:16 lead after the starting frame. Lithuania stayed aggressive and smart offensively but the Emus began finding the ways to neutralize their opponents. The Aussie team surged ahead in the second stanza to pile up a 6-point lead at halftime. The Emus stayed in charge throughout the third quarter. They widened the gap to as many as 9 points heading into the final stanza. The teams traded baskets throughout the fourth quarter as Australia managed to secure the winning margin.
Ryan Broekhoff (196-F-90) nailed 17 points and grabbed 6 boards for Australia. Brock Motum (205-F-90) added 11 points, while Jorden Page (183-G-90) had 10 in the win. Dovydas Redikas (193-G-92) responded with 20 points for Lithuania. Adomas Drungilas (203-C-90) fired 12 points and pulled down 17 rebounds in the losing effort.
Australia were outrebounded by Lithuania 30:39 but shot solid 50% from the field. Lithuania managed just 40% of field goals. The teams are scheduled to meet again in the opening round of the Douai tournament.

Australia U19: Ryan Broekhoff 17, Brock Motum 11, Jorden Page 10
Lithuania U19: Dovydas Redikas 20, Adomas Drungilas 12+17 boards


Lithuania revenge on Australia - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U19 - Australia U19 96:80

Lithuanian U19 National Team played their opening game at the Douai International Tournament. They took on Australian counterparts and posted the initial win at this prestigious tourney. The teams met just one day ago and the Emus celebrated the win. But this time Lithuanian took revenge. Lithuania stayed ahead in the starting period as they gained a 5-point advantage. Lithuania continued to stay in charge. Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) and Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90, agency: Interperformances) helped Lithuania to keep the Emus at bay. The margin grew at as many as 16 points after three quarters of action. Australia never threatened the gap and had to surrender at the end.
Gediminas Orelikas finished with 17 points and 8 rebounds for Lithuania. Donatas Motiejunas fired 14 points, while Dovydas Redikas (193-G-92) tallied 13 points in the win. Cody Ellis (202-F-90) responded with 18 points and 7 boards for Australia. Hugh Greenwood (188-F-90) managed 12 points in defeat.
Lithuania is scheduled to meet the USA next. Australia will play against Canada in the second round of action.

Lithuania: Gediminas Orelikas 17, Donatas Motiejunas 14, Dovydas Redikas 13
Australia: Cody Ellis 18, Hugh Greenwood 12


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  AUSTRIA   


Gonnen changes team - by Stefan Heinrich
After 7 yearrs in Gmunden, Coach Bob Gonnen changed the team for the 2009-2010 season. His former team of Gmunden already annonced their new coach (Matthias Fischer ) during the current campaign. Gonnen decided to move to Furstenfeld and he signed a 1-year-contract with the Panthers and he is known in Austria for his great success as he won 11 titels in 7 seasons. Manager Karl Sommer was happy to annuonce the arrival of a coach with such an outstanding background.


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  BELGIUM   


Charleroi Transfer News - by Peter Buyse
Belgian Champion Spirou Charleroi is working hard at keeping its championship roster together. Seems the players are not bothered with who will be coach and are being re-signed one by one.
this time around it's American guard Dwayne Broyles (196-F/G-82, college: JMU) who signed for another 2 seasons. Broyles started his European career in Croatia where he played his first 3 seasons after leaving James Madison. Dwayne played one season at Riga before coming to Charleroi.
This season he was the 3rd leading scorer in the Belgian league for Charleroi with averages of 9.4 ppg and 3.8 rpg.


Liege Coaches News - by Peter Buyse

Belgacom Liege has found a replacement for Tom Johnson and they did not have to look far as the signed Charleroi assistant coach Dario Gjergja for 2 seasons.
Gjerja played for Zadar and Borik before assuming the duties as assistant coach in 2001 at KK Zadar. He coached there till the end of the 2002-2003 season when he moved to Cibona Zagreb.
He stayed at Cibona through the 2006-2007 season. During his stint at Cibona his team won 3 championships and 34 games in the Euroleague.

He started the 07-08 team at Ural Great Perm before heading to Charleroi as assistant coach to coaoch Anzulovic.

Dario was also assistant coach of the Croatian U20 national team in 2008.


Present assistant-coach Pascal Angilis stays with Liege for the upcoming season.



Oostende Coaches News - by Peter Buyse

Base Oostende will not be coached by former Oostende coach Arik Shivek as was rumoured earlier this month.

The team today announced the signing of Slovenian Mehmet Becirovic for the 2009-2010 season.

The Oostende team management had a long talk on Wednesday evening and today after having talked to assistant coaches JM Jaumin and Thierry Declerq he signed his one year contract.
The 48 year old Becirovic had previous stints with Rimini, Domzale, Ljbubljana and Mariupol.



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  BRAZIL   


NBB Round: 1 (Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Universo/BRB - Flamengo 74-81
Flamengo overcame a 7-point halftime deficit to knock down Universo/BRB on the road in the NBB Final opener. Marcelinho Machado (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances) tallied 32 points, 6 boards and 4 assists to lead Flamengo. Jefferson Antonio finished with 20 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Alex Garcia responded with 23 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for Universo/BRB. Estevam Ferreira had 14 points and 7 caroms in the losing case. The next two games of the best-of-five series will be hosted by Flamengo.


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  CANADA   


Eric Breland Interview - by Daniel Poerschke
Eurobasket Germany had the chance to sit down and talk with american forward Eric Breland (196-F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) to talk about his first season as a pro in Germany and about his plans for the future. Breland played college basketball in Canada for Cape Breton University and was twice named 2nd Team All-Canadian. Last season he suited up for 1. Regionalliga West club BSV Wulfen and was one of the key reasons, that Wulfen finished in 4th place. The versatile forward averaged 22.0 points and 10.5 rebounds per game and was voted to the Eurobasket.com German All-Regionalliga West 2nd Team.

1. How would you reflect your first pro season in Germany?
It was good experience. I enjoyed playing basketball in Germany as well as having the oppurtunity to gain knowledge of and respect for a diferent culture. Having played basketball in Canada made it a easy transition to Europe becasue they use the same game rules.

2. The Wulfen fans are known for being crazy. Tell us a little bit about them.
The Wulfen fans were tons of 'fun' in my opinion. They made me feel like the team had a devoted fan support system and fan base. I can recall a time when they walked from Wulfen to Dorsten which is between 12-15 kilometers cheering for Wulfen the whole way to the game, now that's crazy, but it definetly was the way to start our game.

3. How was it, as a US citizen, going to school and playing CIS basketball in Canada?
Personally it wasn't a major difference from attending school Canada as far as academics. As far as basketball I played in the most physical conference in Canada and there was a lot of talented players so it made me feel right at home.

4. Where do you want to play next season?
I am a easy person to please, but i wish and hope to be in a very competitive league were as my coaches, teammates, and opponents push me to be the best player and person i can be.

5. What can your future team expect from you as a player and a person?
Out of me as a player i feel my future team can expect a hardworker and a leader whoms objective is to help encourage his team to reach it's fullest potential and someone who will do whatever it takes or is asked of from his coach. What they will recieve from me as a person will be a passion for improvement, a listener will to better from advice, and a friend.

6. What are your plans for the summer?
So far, my plans have consisted of training hard, playing lots of basketball, keeping up my strength and endurance. I've been working on parts of my game that i feel will help me improve as a player so my transition to my future team shall be easy for my teammates, coaches as well as myself. I'm also attending the Scorers First Showcase in Las Vegas between July 12-15th.

Thanks for the interview.


Canada will play in Group A of 2009 Fiba Americas Championship - by Eurobasket News
Puerto Rico was chosen as the host of the 2009 Fiba Americas Championship. Earlier Fiba Americas had decided to change Mexico for another country so now the decision was made to give the right to host the tournament to Puerto Rico.
Puerto Rican San Juan will welcome the competition that serves as the qualifying games for 2010 World Championship in Turkey. The event will tip off on August 26 at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum. San Juan will also host Marchand Continental Championship Cup to be held from August 18 through August 20. Puerto Rico was the host of the Fiba Americas championships in 1999 and 2003.
The groupings for Americas Tournament 2009 were presented yesterday. The tournament, which will take place from 26th August to 6th September. The top four national teams will get a ticket to play the World Championship next year.
Group A will consist of Canada, US Virgin Islands, Mexico,Puerto Rico and Uruguay. Argentina, Brazil, Cuba
Dominican Republic and Venezuela settled down in Group B. 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.


France get beaten by Canada - by Eurobasket News
France U19 - Canada U19 71:79

Canadian U19 National Team earned the first win at the Douai tournament in France. They took on the hosts in the opening game and celebrated a solid victory at the end. French team entered the game without one of their main performers Andrew Albicy (178-G-90). Albicy was named the MVP of the last tournament in Douai and would join the team later.
The hosts dominated the first frame as they grabbed the lead. Canada however spurred in front in the second term. Robert Gagliardi (185-G-90) helped the North American team to ensure the lead at halftime. Canada went on 4/6 from beyond the arc in the third quarter to keep close with ambitious French side. The teams traded baskets and it all came down to the final seconds. Murphy Burnatowski (197-G/F-90) came up with a four-point play and Typhoon Nurse (182-G-90) went perfect from the stripe to secure the winning outcome for Canada.
Robert Gagliardi finished with 24 points to pace Canada. Kelly Olynyk (203-F) added 21 points in the win. Yohann Jacques (204-F-90) had 14 points for France. Christophe Leonard (199-F-90) and Alexis Tanghe (207-F/C-90) notched 10 points apiece in defeat.
France will oppose Puerto Rico, while Canada will play against Australia on Thursday.

France: Yohann Jacques 14, Christophe Leonard 10, Alexis Tanghe 10
Canada: Robert Gagliardi 24, Kelly Olynyk 21


Canadian senior national team begins quest for the worlds - by Eurobasket
Canada Basketball unveiled the 2009 program for the Senior Mens National Team (SMNT) on Wednesday, including the training/tryout schedule, summer competitions and the roster/staff for the first phase of the program.
After the launch in 2008, the ROAD WARRIORS return for an intense three-phase season during which the team will compete against seven national teams and club teams in Spain, Italy and Puerto Rico, all in preparation for the FIBA Americas Championships for Men Aug. 26-Sept. 6 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Our ultimate objective for the Senior Mens Team this summer is to qualify for the FIBA World Championships in 2010 and the journey begins next week,' said Maurizio Gherardini , Managing Director of the SMNT. We have put together a rigorous three-month training and competition schedule that we believe will help us achieve this goal.
The SMNT summer season begins with a young mens development camp. As part of Canada Basketballs long range strategy, the new phase is dedicated to identifying and developing top young Canadian prospects who are playing professionally or in the NCAA. The young prospects camp will take place June 15-22 at Air Canada Centre, followed by exhibition games in Spain.
Invited players include Tyler Kepkay (British Columbia), Kai Williams (198-F-89) (Saskatchewan), Aaron Doornekamp (198-F-85) (Ontario) and Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86) (Ontario), who have sported the red and white for Canada on one of the national teams. Joining these basketball rising young stars are Kyle Landry (206-F-86, college: N.Arizona) (Alberta), Ryan Bell (193-G-84) (Ontario) and Michael Tuck (201-F-83, college: Loyola, MD) (Ontario), who all play professionally overseas.
Im excited to work with these young guys who have the talent and the drive to compete at the international level, said SMNT Head Coach Leo Rautins. I have been watching them play with their respective teams throughout the season, and Canadas basketball future looks very bright. I look forward to working with and developing future senior national team players who will one day represent Canada.
The second phase of training camp will take July 18-22, again at Air Canada Centre. This group of athletes will feature many members of the SMNT that played last summer and in the 2007 FIBA Americas Championships. After four days of intense training the team is slated to travel to Italy July 25Aug. 2 to compete in exhibition games with national teams from Italy, New Zealand, Portugal, and Turkey.
Competing against national teams in other FIBA zones is great preparation for our team, stated Rautins. Every country is in the same position, in that we are all competing in zone championships this summer, vying for a spot in the 2010 world event. We have a strong core group of players that have been together for a few years and if we play hard in these European exhibition games, Canada will be in a great position to place well in the FIBA Americas Championships this August.
The final training phase will take place August 12-16 at Air Canada Centre. The team then travels to Puerto Rico for the Tuto Marchand Cup Aug. 18-20. Participating teams include Brazil, Argentina and Puerto Rico. Canada will look to repeat its first-place finish in 2007.
Following a three-day break in Puerto Rico, Canada will moves on to the FIBA Americas Championships Aug. 26-Sept. 6 at Roberto Clemente Coliseum in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Canada was selected to Group A, playing Uruguay, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Mexico and Puerto Rico in the preliminary round. In total, 10 of the best national teams will compete, with the top four qualifying for the 2010 FIBA World Championship to be played in Turkey.

Courtesy of basketball.ca


Canadian National Team 2009 - by Eurobasket
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Ryan Bell (193-G-84) of FC Schalke 04 (GER)
David Collins (213-C-85) of Bradley University
Aaron Doornekamp (198-F-85) of Carleton University
Willie Galick (203-F-87) of Cal State - Northridge
Russell Hicks (213-C-85) of Florida International University
Kris Joseph (201-F-88) of Syracuse University
Maurice Joseph (193-G-85) of University of Vermont
Myck Kabongo (188-G)
Tyler Kepkay (183-G-87) of University of Utah
Bol Kong (198-F) of Gonzaga University
Kyle Landry (206-F-86) of Dexia Mons-Hainaut (BEL)
Scott Morrison (212-C-86) of Albacomp-UPC Szekesfehervar (HUN)
Harouna Mutombo (193-G) of Western Carolina University
Robert Sacre (213-C-88) of Gonzaga University
Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86) of University of Michigan
Alex Steele (186-G-84) of Edmonton Energy
Michael Tuck (201-F-83) of InterCollege Etha Engomis (CYP)
Marvell Waithe (203-F) of Tallahassee CC
Kai Williams (198-F-89) of South Dakota State University
Head Coach: Leo Rautins
Coach Assistants: Renato Pasquali and Steve Mix
Managing Director: Maurizio Gherardini


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  CAPE VERDE   


ABC ties series at 1 a piece - by Pedro Gomes
ABC tied the series by beating Bairro 68 to 64 in the second game of the Santiago South semifinal playoff game.

The game was well worth it, because of its emotion, although ABC had the lead for most part of the game, the advantage was never more than 5 points.
At halftime ABC led 37-32. The second half was a copy of the first. ABC managed to expand their lead to 10 points, but Bairro recovered and took the lead with less than three minutes left in the game (63-61).

In the final minutes, the eagerness to close out the game led Bairro to take quick shots, with no success, and led to ABC quick fast breaks. ABC won by 68-64.

The other semifinal game saw Seven Stars advance to the final as they beat Tarrafal 144-36 in their second and last game.


Standings
D1 Standings
 1. Seven Stars 13-0 
 2. Bairro 10-3 
 3. ABC 9-4 
 4. Tarrafal 8-5 
 5. Assomada 4-9 
 6. Lenfer 3-10 
 7. Chao Bom 2-11 
 8. Orgaos 0-13 


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  CHINA   


Korea Defeats China in East Asian Championship - by Arthur Volbert
China lost to Korea today 70-62 in the East Asia championship, bringing its record in the preliminary round to 1-1.

China trailed 21-12 after one quarter but led 28-26 at the half. China trailed 52-51 after three quarters and was outscored 18-11 in the fourth quarter.

Su Wei (212-C-89) led China with 15 points and 7 rebounds. But he hit only 3 of 10 free throws and committed 6 turnovers. Su was the only Chinese player in double figures.

Luo Zhi scored 9 points, but fouled out in 23 minutes. Zhang Kai had 7 points and 7 rebounds. Zhou Peng had 7 points and 4 rebounds. But he missed all 7 2-point shots he attempted and hit only 4 of 8 free throws. He did hit 1 of 2 three-pointers.

7-footer Ha Seung-Jin is injured, as are other Korean stars. Korea's tallest players are 200 cm. China played 212 cm Su Wei, 211 cm Zhang Kai and 206 cm Zhou Peng for most of the game. Nevertheless Korea outrebounded China 46-39.

200 cm Kim Min Soo led Korea with 17 points. 182 cm guard Joo Hee Jung had 13 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. 194 cm forward Yang Hee Jong had 11 points and 6 rebounds.

In the other game today, host Japan defeated Mongolia 109-65. China will face Japan Saturday in one of the semi-finals. Korea will likely face Chinese Taipei in the other if it beats Hong Kong while Taipei defeats Mongolia tomorrow.

Link to box score:
http://eaba.jabba-net.com/sm/2009/box.html?matchno=103


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  CUBA   


Cuba to start in Group B - by Eurobasket News
Puerto Rico was chosen as the host of the 2009 Fiba Americas Championship. Earlier Fiba Americas had decided to change Mexico for another country so now the decision was made to give the right to host the tournament to Puerto Rico.
Puerto Rican San Juan will welcome the competition that serves as the qualifying games for 2010 World Championship in Turkey. The event will tip off on August 26 at the Roberto Clemente Coliseum. San Juan will also host Marchand Continental Championship Cup to be held from August 18 through August 20. Puerto Rico was the host of the Fiba Americas championships in 1999 and 2003.
The groupings for Americas Tournament 2009 were presented yesterday. The tournament, which will take place from 26th August to 6th September. The top four national teams will get a ticket to play the World Championship next year.
Group A will consist of Canada, US Virgin Islands, Mexico,Puerto Rico and Uruguay. Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Dominican Republic and Venezuela settled down in Group B.
By the way Cuba finished fourth in Centrobasket that was held in September 2008. Dominican Republic beat Cuba 102:74 as Jack Michael Martinez was unstoppable with 21 points. Cuban leader Geoffrei Silvestre (202-F/C-79) tried to stay in his usual shape and ended the game with 29 points. He ended the whole tournament as second best scorer averaging 24.8ppg.


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  EAST ASIA CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Korea Defeats China in East Asian Championship - by Arthur Volbert
China lost to Korea today 70-62 in the East Asia championship, bringing its record in the preliminary round to 1-1.

China trailed 21-12 after one quarter but led 28-26 at the half. China trailed 52-51 after three quarters and was outscored 18-11 in the fourth quarter.

Su Wei (212-C-89) led China with 15 points and 7 rebounds. But he hit only 3 of 10 free throws and committed 6 turnovers. Su was the only Chinese player in double figures.

Luo Zhi scored 9 points, but fouled out in 23 minutes. Zhang Kai had 7 points and 7 rebounds. Zhou Peng had 7 points and 4 rebounds. But he missed all 7 2-point shots he attempted and hit only 4 of 8 free throws. He did hit 1 of 2 three-pointers.

7-footer Ha Seung-Jin is injured, as are other Korean stars. Korea's tallest players are 200 cm. China played 212 cm Su Wei, 211 cm Zhang Kai and 206 cm Zhou Peng for most of the game. Nevertheless Korea outrebounded China 46-39.

200 cm Kim Min Soo led Korea with 17 points. 182 cm guard Joo Hee Jung had 13 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. 194 cm forward Yang Hee Jong had 11 points and 6 rebounds.

In the other game today, host Japan defeated Mongolia 109-65. China will face Japan Saturday in one of the semi-finals. Korea will likely face Chinese Taipei in the other if it beats Hong Kong while Taipei defeats Mongolia tomorrow.

Link to box score:
http://eaba.jabba-net.com/sm/2009/box.html?matchno=103


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  EGYPT   


Hondre Brewer signes for Gezira - by Sherif Soliman

Gezira made their second deal in 2 weeks, signing Hondre Brewer Somouhas big man, Hondre was very happey with his new team especialy when he new with Wael Badr deal, he said ' we are now playing for the chapionship ', However, Gezira seems will fight for the title next season to cover the last season bad results.

Hondre Brewer (213-C-80, college: USF) . On the other hand, Zamalek new elected board met the players and listen to their needs and everyone is working very hard to save this team form falling.



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U20   


Spanish U20 National Team 2009 - by Eurobasket
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Raimundo Lopez (185-G-89) of Clinicas Rincon Axarquia
Jose Antonio Marco (180-G-89) of Polaris World Murcia
Jorge Fernandez (180-G-89) of C.B. Grupo Salmeron Guadix
Mikel Uriz (180-G-89) of Leche Rio Breogan Lugo
Alejandro Llorca (190-G-89) of Ricoh Manresa
Luis Parejo (196-G-89) of CB Illescas Urban CLM
Xavier Rabaseda (199-G-89) of WTC Almeda Park Cornella
Pere Tomas (202-F-89) of DKV Joventut Badalona
Victor Serrano (210-C-89) of MMT Estudiantes Madrid 2nd Team
Pablo Aguilar (203-F/C-89) of CB Granada
Mamadou Samb (207-C/F-89) of FEA Neas Halkidonas (GRE)
Oscar Raya (206-F/C-89) of WTC Almeda Park Cornella
Head Coach: Gustavo Aranzana


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  FINLAND   


LoKoKo inks Lauri Jarvinen - by Eurobasket News
LoKoKo have agreed on the deal with guard Lauri Jarvinen (185-G-85). He spent the last season in FoKoPo. His average stats came up to 1.0 points and 0.8 assists per game. Previously Lauri Jarvinen played four seasons for Salon Vilpas.
Pasi Heinonen (194-G-78) extended his contract with KTP for one more year. A veteran guard had a somehow disappointing season with KTP averaging 6.0 points and 0.9 boards per game in Korisliiga. It is going to be his eighth season with KTP.


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  FRANCE   


France get beaten by Canada - by Eurobasket News
France U19 - Canada U19 71:79

Canadian U19 National Team earned the first win at the Douai tournament in France. They took on the hosts in the opening game and celebrated a solid victory at the end. French team entered the game without one of their main performers Andrew Albicy (178-G-90). Albicy was named the MVP of the last tournament in Douai and would join the team later.
The hosts dominated the first frame as they grabbed the lead. Canada however spurred in front in the second term. Robert Gagliardi (185-G-90) helped the North American team to ensure the lead at halftime. Canada went on 4/6 from beyond the arc in the third quarter to keep close with ambitious French side. The teams traded baskets and it all came down to the final seconds. Murphy Burnatowski (197-G/F-90) came up with a four-point play and Typhoon Nurse (182-G-90) went perfect from the stripe to secure the winning outcome for Canada.
Robert Gagliardi finished with 24 points to pace Canada. Kelly Olynyk (203-F) added 21 points in the win. Yohann Jacques (204-F-90) had 14 points for France. Christophe Leonard (199-F-90) and Alexis Tanghe (207-F/C-90) notched 10 points apiece in defeat.
France will oppose Puerto Rico, while Canada will play against Australia on Thursday.

France: Yohann Jacques 14, Christophe Leonard 10, Alexis Tanghe 10
Canada: Robert Gagliardi 24, Kelly Olynyk 21


Interview with Le Mans Head Coach JD Jackson - by Eurobasket News
Hello JD,

you are enjoying a terrific first season as a Head Coach of Le Mans Sarthe Basket. After winning 'La Semaine des As' in February, your team also won 'French Federation Cup' in May. You passed quarter finals without a loss (2-0 vs. Gravelines), and now the result in semifinals series vs. Orleans is 1-1. What are your feelings about this season?

*** It has been an excellent experience for all of us. We started the season with a brand new staff and many new players, so things took a little longer than usual to fall into place. But this is a special group and we never gave up on each other, just kept on working hard and looking to the future. That solidarity has really paid off since mid-season as weve managed to achieve two of our principal goals with the two cup titles. Now were hoping to finish in beauty and complete le tripl as theyre calling it here in France.



What do you think about the semifinal series vs. Orleans? What would be key points for your team to do in order to win the last game in Orleans gym and qualify to the Final game that will be played in Bercy in Paris?

***Orleans is a very difficult team to play, they have a well organized and tough defense and no doubt a spirit of revenge having lost to us in the final of the Semaine des aces . Orleans leads our league in steals and they really capitalize on these turnovers on the break, so I think the key for us is how effectively we can attack their defensecan we protect the ball and find the good scoring opportunities that will keep them from scoring in transition.
Both teams won at home, and now there will be a third and last game in Orleans. Obviously, it will be a very tough game. Team that lets down first will lose the game. I hope that our experience will make us confident enough to win this game and series.



How difficult was it to start coaching in such a hard competition as Euroleague? What kind of experience did it give you?

*** Starting my head coaching career in the Euroleague was an incredible opportunity for me to learn. Its only been one season but sometimes I feel as though Ive been coaching for a number of years, having been obliged to function at the highest level from day 1.
We had some early losses that came down to on the final play or overtime and that really cost us our chances for the top 16, and I think with our team as it is today we could have won a lot of those gamesBut from a learning perspective, those tough losses have helped us grow as a team so honestly, no regrets.



You have spent a lot time in Le Mans, first as a player, and now as a Coach. Tell us what do you feel like at home in Le Mans?

*** Le Mans is a very nice place to live, the people are down to earth and appreciate hard work. We didnt become a euroleague team by waving a magic wand, It took a lot of hard work from a lot of devoted people, and Im proud to have been a part of that.



Do you think that your playing experience has helped you to better understand the players' mentality as a Coach?

*** Certainly it has. I was a team captain for most of my playing years and it became second nature for me to communicate with my teammates and try to help them succeed. As a head coach my job description has changed but that communicative aspect of my personality remains intact. Its not as simple now as the hierarchy must be respected, an invisible line that shouldnt becrossed between player and coach, but generally, yeah, i think its easy for me to figure out where the guys are coming from.



Where do you see yourself in 5 years? In which leagues or teams would You like to Coach one day?

*** I became a coach to stay close to the game, to see if i could be as passionate about teaching the game as I was about playing.
Right now Im really happy here in Le Mans with all the challenges that represents. The team still has a lot of ambition and Im hoping we can continue our winning ways to keep the dream alive for all our fans.
Beyond that, the idea of one day moving on to a top caliber European or American team outside of France would be an interesting challenge.
In five years ?...hmmm...the head and assistant coaches of the Toronto Raptors (Jay Triano and Gordon Herbert) have made it all the way to the NBA in our native country of Canada. I guess for me that would be pretty hard to beat. Quite honestly, in five years, if I can be surrounded by a great group of guys like we have here in Le Mans this season, Ill be happy wherever I am.


Eurobasket want to say thank you JD for your time and we wish you all the best!


Pro B: Limoges advances to Finals with perfect 2-0 - by Eurobasket News
Limoges - Paris-Levall. 97-57
Limoges destroyed Paris-Levallois with huge 97-57 advancing to Pro B Finals with perfect 2-0. Alhaji Mohammed (192-G-81, agency: Beo Basket, college: Louisville) was a key player in this victory with 21 points and 5 assists. Lucas Durand followed him with 14, while Mathieu Tensorer added 13 pts. Visitors got 17 pts and 6 rebs from Nigel Wyatte.

Bourg - Poitiers 64-71
Poitiers beat Bourg 71-64 on the road tying the series to 1-1 and the next decisive game will be played at the Poitiers' home court on June 13th. Rasheed Wright (196-F-80, college: ODU) stepped up fir the winners with 23 points and 5 rebounds. Terrance Johnson had 11 points in defeat.


Both Semifinals are tied in Pro A (1-1) - by Eurobasket News
Nancy - ASVEL 53-69
The regular season champion managed to beat Nancy on the road 69-53 tying the Semifinals series to 1-1. As a reminder, Nancy celebrated in thriller Game 1 70-69. Now ASVEL will once again have the home court advantage and a nice chance to reach the Finals. Ali Traore (207-C-85, college: S.Idaho JC) stepped up for the winners with 16 points and 4 rebounds. Laurent Foirest (197-F-73) followed him with 11 pts, 5 rebounds and 4 assists. On the other side, Ricardo Greer (197-F/G-78, college: Pittsburgh) responded with 15 pts, 5 rebs and 4 assists. Akin Akingbala registered double-double, 12 pts and the same number of boards.

Le Mans - Orleans 71-61
Le Mans was too strong for Orleans 71-61 and this Semifinals series is also tied, 1-1. Dewarick Spencer (193-G-82, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: Arkansas St.) was the most important played in the winning squad with 21 points and 7 rebounds. Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga) also was pretty good netting 12 pts and grabbing 5 rebounds. Alain Koffi had 10 and Bobby Dixon added 8 pts. In Orleans Cedrick Banks (190-G-81, college: Ill.-Chicago) delivered 16 pts. Anthony Dobbins and Terence Dials contributed with 10 pts. Decisive Game 3 is scheduled for June 13.


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1.Bundesliga Round: 5 (Semi-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
ALBA - Telekom B. 71-82
Telekom took the Final ticket from ALBA as they beat them 82:71 away from home in the decisive Game 5. Winsome Frazier (193-G/F-82, agency: Interperformances, college: Mississippi St.) led the winners with 23 points and Bowler John added 14. Wright Rashad ended up with 14 points in the losing case.


Alexander Schrempf to UCLA - by Moritz Korff
Alexander Schrempf (196-G/F-90), German junior international and the son of German basketball-idol Detlef Schrempf (208-F/G-63, college: Washington), will attend the UCLA basketball team as a walk-on next season.
Schrempf averaged 15.3 and 7.5 rebounds points for Bellevue High School in 2008-09. He had been considering Sacred Heart University, Cal-Poly and Gonzaga. These three schools had also offered a walk-on spot. Schrempf played the U18 European Championships with the German U18 National Team last summer and scored 7.3 points per contest.


Steven Wright(Paderborn Baskets) Season Ending Interview - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Steven Wright (191-G-83, agency: Warren Sports International, college: N.Kentucky) is a 25 year old 191 cm guard playing his first season for the Paderborn Baskets. He is another one of many excellent Basketball players coming out of the state of Ohio. He started his Basketball career at Bowling Green where he played from 2003-2006. In his junior year, he averaged in 20 games: 11.4ppg, 3.3rpg, 3.5apg, 1.4spg, FG: 40.4%, 3PT: 34.8%, FT: 71.6%. He then transferred to Northern Kentucky for his senior year averaging 16,8 ppg., 5,3 rpg., 3,2 apg., 1,6 spg., FG: 46.1%, 3PT: 34,6%, FT 77,5%. He started his professional Basketball career at The New York Phantoms Braunschweig, where he averaged in 34 games: 7.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.3apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 44.9%, 3PT: 32.6%, FT: 75.5%. He had a good rookie season in the German BBL playing for the NY Phantoms Braunschweig being their starting PG for the most part of the season and leading them to 9th place after finishing 14th the season before and his aggressive defense led to 1,6 steals a game which was 8th best in the league. He feels most comfortable playing both guard positions. This season for The Paderborn Baskets, he averaged in 35 games, 8,1ppg, 2,8rpg and 2,0 apg. Steven spoke to eurobasket following the game 5 loss against 8 time BBL champion Alba Berlin.








Steve, you guys lost game five to Alba Berlin 66-58. Even though nobody expected the team to get that far it was still a superb performance by The Paderborn Baskets. How disappointed are you by losing game five?







A lot of people thought the series would be 3-0. We knew that we could play against a strong team like Alba. I was kind of disappointed losing game 5, because we was in the game, but didnt make plays when we needed too. I was upset with myself also. I dont think I played to my full potential in the series, but thats the game of basketball you have those type of games.








You guys played Alba Berlin tough in the first half and were down only 31-30. What were the reason that you guys were only down by one point?








I thought we played the first half well. we attacked on the offense of end and played good team defense. I think that kept us around in the game.







What did coach Doug Spradley tell you guys in the halftime for the second half?









Coach told us that we have to want it more than Alba Berlin did. Also, he talked bout speeding our offense up a little more and keep attacking in transition.








You guys got off the wrong foot to start the third quarter as Alba Berlin shot out on a 10-0 run. You guys had 20 minutes to play to possibly win. How did you guys let them go on this run to start the third quarter?







During that time of the game, we were very slow on both ends of the floor and made crucial turnovers that led to lay ups. During the playoffs you have to execute and get a great shot every time down on offense and we didnt do that. We got out of rhythm and settle for outside shots.








You guys didnt let up cut the lead to 3-4 points. Then they took one last run to seal the game. Did the overall experience of Berlin cost you game five down the stretch?







No I just think we didnt execute when we needed too. Alba Berlin got stops and executed well in the 4th quarter.








The shooting and rebounding were pretty even. Paderborn had a few more turnovers. Was it just little mistakes that cost you the game?









Yes it was small things that cost of the game. Our defense of rotation, execution, and our speed in the game cost us, and we left Jenkins open a lot and you cant leave a great player like him open for step up shots.








What is something that you will never forget about game five and the entire series against Alba Berlin?









As a player you want to play against the best team. It was great going back in forth from Paderborn and Berlin. 02 was a great place to play basketball and I will never forget my first playoff experience.







What do you remember from the ending of the game? Did any Berlin players like Julius Jenkins or Immanuel Mcelroy give you comforting words about the defeat?











No they really didnt say anything. I told Jenkins good luck with the rest of the playoffs.








What did coach Doug Spradley tell you guys after the game in the locker room about losing to Alba Berlin in five games?









Coach knew how bad we wanted to win this series. He told us not to hang our heads and that we fought the whole series and should be proud.







How was the bus ride home? Were you guys displaying your big smiles after thinking about a very successful season?











The bus ride was great We talked bout the whole season and all the great things we did together.








What were your team and personal highlights of the season?











The team highlight was making the playoffs. My personal highlight was when I made the go head three pointer to beat my old team Braunschweig and making the playoffs. It was a great season that we will never forget.








What player will you miss the most this summer?









I will miss being around my teammates. We had fun together, it was some great times and memoiesy that I will never forget.








How do you see the BBL SEmifinal matchups with Oldenburg-Bamberg and Alba Berlin-Bonn?









Those are great matchups. Bamberg been playing some good ball since Goldsberry's been back. I think it will be very interesting to see who wins it all.







How does your future look like? Will you stay in the BBL with Paderborn or some other team?









I have no clue where I will playing next season. Hopefully I can play for a winning club, because I dont want to take a step backwards. I would love to stay in Germany, but time will tell.









Can Orlando stop The Los Angeles Lakers?







I think Orlando and Lakers will be a great series. Kobe is the best in the world lol







Steve have a nice summer. Hope to see you next season in Germany!!








thanks for having me Miles and have a great summer...


Eric Breland Interview - by Daniel Poerschke
Eurobasket Germany had the chance to sit down and talk with american forward Eric Breland (196-F-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) to talk about his first season as a pro in Germany and about his plans for the future. Breland played college basketball in Canada for Cape Breton University and was twice named 2nd Team All-Canadian. Last season he suited up for 1. Regionalliga West club BSV Wulfen and was one of the key reasons, that Wulfen finished in 4th place. The versatile forward averaged 22.0 points and 10.5 rebounds per game and was voted to the Eurobasket.com German All-Regionalliga West 2nd Team.

1. How would you reflect your first pro season in Germany?
It was good experience. I enjoyed playing basketball in Germany as well as having the oppurtunity to gain knowledge of and respect for a diferent culture. Having played basketball in Canada made it a easy transition to Europe becasue they use the same game rules.

2. The Wulfen fans are known for being crazy. Tell us a little bit about them.
The Wulfen fans were tons of 'fun' in my opinion. They made me feel like the team had a devoted fan support system and fan base. I can recall a time when they walked from Wulfen to Dorsten which is between 12-15 kilometers cheering for Wulfen the whole way to the game, now that's crazy, but it definetly was the way to start our game.

3. How was it, as a US citizen, going to school and playing CIS basketball in Canada?
Personally it wasn't a major difference from attending school Canada as far as academics. As far as basketball I played in the most physical conference in Canada and there was a lot of talented players so it made me feel right at home.

4. Where do you want to play next season?
I am a easy person to please, but i wish and hope to be in a very competitive league were as my coaches, teammates, and opponents push me to be the best player and person i can be.

5. What can your future team expect from you as a player and a person?
Out of me as a player i feel my future team can expect a hardworker and a leader whoms objective is to help encourage his team to reach it's fullest potential and someone who will do whatever it takes or is asked of from his coach. What they will recieve from me as a person will be a passion for improvement, a listener will to better from advice, and a friend.

6. What are your plans for the summer?
So far, my plans have consisted of training hard, playing lots of basketball, keeping up my strength and endurance. I've been working on parts of my game that i feel will help me improve as a player so my transition to my future team shall be easy for my teammates, coaches as well as myself. I'm also attending the Scorers First Showcase in Las Vegas between July 12-15th.

Thanks for the interview.


Bundesliga Semifinals Results Thursday June 11th: Bonn Wins Decisive Game 5 in Berlin - by Michael Taylor

Bundesliga Semifinals
Thursday June 11, 2009
O2 World Berlin


Telekom Baskets Bonn 82 ALBA Berlin 71 (Bonn wins Series 3-2)

Telekom Baskets Bonn upset ALBA Berlin 82-71 in a decisive Game 5 Thursday evening before 15,000 fans at O2 World in Berlin. Bonn caught fire in the 2Q outscoring ALBA 29-15 as they sank 6 of 7 1st half 3's and Vincent Yarbrough drilled a buzzer beating right corner 3 that gave Bonn a 42-31 halftime lead. Bonn raced to a 55-35 lead early in the 3rd before Berlin battled back. Down the stretch, Bonn's hot shooting and rebounding helped Head coach Michael Koch and his team clinch the series. Winning their 1st playoff series against ALBA, Bonn's Game 5 road win earns a trip to the Bundesliga Finals where they will face Ewe Baskets Oldenburg. For the game, Bonn shot 46% from the floor but drilled 10 of 17 threes (58%) along with 24 of 28 FT (85%) while outrebounding ALBA 36-27. Berlin shot 47% for the game making 4 of 15 threes (26%) and 15 of 25 FT (60%). Winsome Frazier topscored for Bonn with a 23pt night as he hit 5 of 7 threes while Vincent Yarbrough buried 3 of 5 from beyond the arc to add 13pt 5reb, EJ Rowland chipped in 13pt 5reb 6ast and John Bowler finished with 14pt 4 boards for Bonn. Rashad Wright led Berlin with 14pt 5ast, Adam Chubb had 13pt, Blagota Sekulic 11pt 7reb and Aleksandar Nadjfeji finished with 10pt in the loss. ALBA Berlin started strong building a 13-7 lead early behind excellent pick and roll play which was finished by Adam Chubb who had 7pt 2 boards in the 1Q. Vincent Yarbrough's shotfake 1dribble pullup J from the left corner trimmed the Berlin lead to 13-9. Bonn's C Ken Johnson scored after 2 offensive rebounds and then drilled a tough face up J to help the guests. A Nadjfeji bucket and one Rashad Wright FT gave Berlin a 16-13 lead after 1. Q2 opened with an Alex King layin for Bonn which was answered by a Dragan Dojcin 3 from the right wing and Berlin led 19-15. Patrick Flomo scored inside for Bonn before EJ Rowland drilled 2FT and the game was even at 19 with 7min in the 1st half. Adam Chubb took a perfect pick and roll pass from Julius Jenkins and slammed home two regaining the lead for ALBA. But Winsome Frazier stuck a transition 3 on the right wing reclaiming a 22-21 lead for Bonn. 2 Brandon Bowman FT pushed the Bonn lead to 24-21 before Philipp Zweiner scored bringing Berlin back within 1 at 24-23. Vincent Yarbrough hit a 3, Winsome Frazier added 2FT, Ken Johnson scored, EJ Rowland finished an And1 3pt play and Winsome Frazier buried a left wing three as Bonn made a 12-0 run to take a 36-23 2Q lead. Aleksandar Nadjfeji answered for ALBA and Julius Jenkins added two bringing Berlin to 36-28 with 114 remaining in the half. But a Brandon Bowman 3 rebuilt the double digit advantage at 39-28. Stefan Hamann cut the margin but Yarbrough buried his right corner three at the buzzer giving Bonn a 42-31 advantage at the half. Bonn's sank 6 of 7 threes in the first half and outrebounded Berlin 18-11 as keys to their lead. In the 3Q, Berlin's Blagota Sekulic opened scoring with an inside bucket. But Winsome Frazier sank his next 3. Sekulic scored again before Bonn's John Bowler banked in a right wing J. EJ Rowland added 2FT and Bonn led 49-35 at the 7min mark. Bonn's next bucket ignited their next run as Winsome Frazier hit a deep 3 pushing their advantage to 52-35. Yarbrough added another 3 and suddenly Bonn led 55-35 leading to an ALBA timeout at the 6min mark of the 3rd. Out of the timeout, ALBA fought back as Blagota Sekulic finished through a foul. Although he missed the FT, Aleksandar Nadjfeji grabbed the rebound and scored on a stickback trimming the deficit to 55-39. Berlin scored the next basket as Sekulic finished inside again and then Rashad Wright buried a right corner 3 and Adam Chubb added 2FT along with a basket off another pick and roll dive cut. ALBA's 13-0 run cut the gap to 55-48. The 3Q ended there. Bonn's John Bowler opened the 4Q with an And1 3pt play before ALBA's Ansu Sesay scored inside. Winsome Frazier sank 2FT and the Bonn lead was 60-50. Julius Jenkins and John Bowler exchanged 3pt shots. Bonn's Patrick Flomo hit 1 of 2 FT before Brandon Bowman scored but Berlin's Casey Jacobsen hit a left wing 3 and the difference was still 10. Down the stretch, ALBA worked for every opportunity to gain momentum but Bonn made the big baskets. Berlin's Rashad Wright scored back to back And1 drives to help ALBA but good Bonn FT shooting from Winsome Frazier, John Bowler, and EJ Rowland helped them seal the decisive Game 5 road win. Advancing to the Bundesliga Finals, Telekom Baskets Bonn face Ewe Baskets Oldenburg in Game 1 tipping off 7:30pm Sunday night June 14 at Ewe Arena in Oldenburg.



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Stats Leaders - A2
A2 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Koutroulias, NEa 22.2
2 Koronidis, Apollon 20
3 Kakiouzis, Dafni 19
4 Jelenic, Xanthi 17.5
5 Michalos, NEast 16.8
6 Anagnostopoulos, X 16.6
7 Kefalas, Keravnos 16.2
8 Totsios, Iraklis 15.3
9 Georgitsis, Apoll 15.3
10 Tzakopoulos, MEN 15
Rebounds Per Game
1 Latovic, Pagrati 9.6
2 Koutroulias, NEast 9.4
3 Dimitriadis, Ermis 7.6
4 Kartelo, KAOD 7.5
5 Albert, Keravnos 7.4
6 Anagnostopoulos, X 7.3
7 Nisiotis, Ermis 7.3
8 Kakiouzis, Dafni 7.1
9 Manousos, Olimp 6.9
10 Zupic, KAOD 6.6
Assists Per Game
1 Karidas, Ilysiakos 6.1
2 Koronidis, Apollon 5.3
3 Tzakopoulos, ME 4.4
4 Liakopoulos, Iraklis 4.4
5 Michalos, NEast 4.2
6 Koukouravas, Xanthi 4
7 Koukas, Pagrati 3.8
8 Bechlivanis, Reth 3.7
9 Maslarinos, KAOD 3.7
10 Nikou, Near East 3.6
Steals Per Game
1 Lewis, Peristeri 1.9
2 Karidas, Ilysiakos 1.7
3 Michalos, NEast 1.5
4 Bechlivanis, Reth 1.4
5 Siristatidis, Pagrati 1.4
Blocks Per Game
1 Koutroulias, NEast 0.9
2 Kartelo, KAOD 0.9
3 Psathas, Paner. 0.7
4 Zupic, KAOD 0.7
5 Anagnostopoulos, X 0.6
2FGP
1.Koutroulias, East 68%
2.Kartelo, KAOD 65%
3.Kakiouzis, Dafni 64%
4.Maheras, Keravno 60%
5.Albert, Keravnos 59%
3FGP
1.Greis, Ilisiakos 60%2.Paritsis, Ermis L. 57%
3.Koutroulias, East 57%
Free Throws
1.Kefalas, Aigio 88%
2. Fogel, Ment 87%
3.Kounas, ICBS 85%


Sigalas in Ermis!! - by Chris Mammides
Giorgos Sigalas (200-F-71) agreed financial terms with DROP Ermis Lagkada and will begin his career as a coach in the Lagkada's team. After his successfull career as a player, the 'tough guy' of the Greek courts is beggining his carrer by leadign from the bench. Sigalas took some serious coaching lessons in the States and is expected to bring out his dynamism and his ability to lead his players with an amazing passion and strength as he was doing int eh courts alll these years.
Eurobasket.com wishes all the best to the young coach and his new career.


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Market movements - by Tamas Deri
Szolnok: the team signed hungarian NT guard, Marton Fodor (191-G-81, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) for the next season and could get also Dragan Aleksic (196-G-70, agency: Beo Basket) and Ousmane Barro (208-F-84, college: Marquette) on the roster for 2009/10.

Sopron: after losing Kortelyesi, who decided to move to Paks, the management was looking for new Hungarian players. This week two players of UNIVER KSE decided not to stay, Zsolt Szabo (202-F-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) and Andras Molnar (195-F/G-83) decided to be a part of coach Meszlenyis team. The management could re-sign David Brooks (191-G-82, college: Niagara) for the next season, and also Szabolcs Pojbics (183-G-76) decided to get back into the first divison. Pojbics was the best shooter in the 2nd division this year and helped his team SMAFC to get the title and the chance come into the 1st division.

Univer KSE: after losing Molnar and Szabo, even Akos Horvath (194-G/F-81) decided to leave the club, he signed with ASE. The new head coach of the team is Stojan Ivkovic and rumors say, that some of the players of his ex-team Pecs will follow him.

ASE: After Kortelyesi even Akos Horvath signed his one year contract with the club, which is negotiating with Mike English and Charles Gosa about re-signing for next season. As Mr. Janos Toth, the GM of the club told us, they are very close to agree with Gulyas and Meszaros for the next season too! Coach Dzunic, Zsolt Kiss, Ervin Csaplar-Nagy have a valid contract for the next season already.

Pecs: after Ivkovic decided to leave the club, the management was working real hard to find the new head coach of the team. They just published today, that Zoran Kmezic will sit on the bench next season. Czigler, Hosszu and Eilingsfeld have valid contracts for the next season!

Albacomp: after the disappointing season the management of the team wanted to make changes on the roster. The new head coach of the team is Srecko Sekulovic , Henrik Gobi (206-C-71, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) decided to retire.

Falco KC: as Sekulovic decided to leave Szombathely, the club had to find the new head coach for the next season. Csaba Deri , who spent the last season in Romania with the womens team BC Sepsi signed his contract earlier this week for one season.


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120 Great Players on Display in Season Ending Tournament - by John Gary
The IBL will be featuring 120 great players at its season ending tournament in Seattle Washington July 1-July 3.The Vancouver Volcanoes feature nine overseas division 1 or NBDL level players. The Los Angles Lightning have ten really good players all unknown right now but division 1 caliber.The Oregon Wave feature 7 Pac 10 players including JS NASH< David Lucas,and Lamar Herd. The Bellingham SLAM have a lot of future players orginally from Division 1 that can play. courtesy IBL

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Team Italy to meet a PBL selection in Porto S.Giorgio - by Gianni Pascucci
Team Italy will participate to an International Tournment starting from tonight in Porto S.Giorgio. The first team to meet is a selection from the Premier Basketball League, coached by ex Italian League player Wendell Alexis (204-F-64, college: Syracuse) and run by Roosevelt Bouie , who served as GM And Coach of the Buffalo Stampede in the last PBL season. The other teams in the tournment will be Albanian National Team and the Italian University NT, that will participate to the University Games in Serbia next month. See here down the rosters of Team Italy and of Italian University Team, we will supply soon the other two team rosters.

Italian National Team (roster for the Mediterranean Games)
8 Marco Allegretti (204-F-81)
9 Michele Antonutti (203-G/F-86)
10 Pietro Aradori (192-G-88)
13 Federico Bolzonella (185-G-84)
19 Matteo Canavesi (204-F/C-86)
20 Bruno Cerella (194-G/F-86, agency: Players Group)
6 Andrea Cinciarini (191-G-86)
5 Daniele Cinciarini (194-G-83, agency: Interperformances)
7 Alessandro Cittadini (207-C/F-79)
12 Lorenzo D'Ercole (190-G-88)
18 Giancarlo Ferrero (194-G/F-88, agency: Players Group)
4 Giuliano Maresca (191-G-81)
16 Andrea Renzi (208-F/C-89, agency: Players Group)
15 Tommaso Rinaldi (204-F/C-85)
14 Brian Sacchetti (197-G/F-86)

Italy University National Team
Daniele Bonessio (197-G/F-88)
Davide Bruttini (203-F-87)
Riccardo Casagrande (196-F-88)
Valerio Circosta (185-G-87)
Donato Cutolo (198-F-87, agency: Players Group)
Marco Diviach (200-F-88)
Gabriele Ganeto (200-G/F-87)
Salvatore Genovese (198-G/F-87, agency: Players Group)
Andrea La Gioia (197-G/F-86, agency: Players Group)
Nicola Natali (198-G-88)
Edoardo Persico (208-C-87, agency: Players Group)
Davide Rosignoli (202-F-88)
Alexander Simoncelli (188-G-86)
Gennaro Sorrentino (185-G-85)
Fabio Vignando (208-C-88)


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Japan rolled over Chinese Taipei in East Asia Qualifier - by Eurobasket News
Japan rolled over Chinese Taipei 78:66 in the opener of FIBA-Asia 2009 East Asia Qualifier. The winners produced a good basketball and rightfully deserved their first victory.
The tournament is scheduled for June 10-14, 2009 in Japan. Six teams were divided into two groups with 3 teams in each. Group A consists of China, South Korea and Hong Kong. Japan settled down with Mongoilia and Chinese Taipei in Group B.
In the opener of Group A China defeated Hong Kong 99:64 in the opening game of the East Asian championship in Nagoya, Japan.


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Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Evgeniy KOLESNIKOV
  VEF Riga
  (195-G-85)
  Avg: 18.1
 1. Kolesnikov, VEF R.18.1 
 2. Jansons, ASK/.17.4 
 3. Skele, Ba.16.8 
 4. Clark, Valmiera16.7 
 5. Alexander, Ba.16.5 
 6. Brunins, ASK/.16.3 
 7. Bankevics, Valmiera15.1 
 8. Kalve, ASK Riga15.1 
 9. Vaikulis, Liepaja15.0 
 10. Metra, AS.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Warren CARTER
  Ventspils
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 9.1
 1. Carter, Ventspils9.1 
 2. Clark, Valmiera8.8 
 3. Berzins, Ba.8.4 
 4. Elliott, Valmiera8.0 
 5. Blaus, Keizarmezs6.5 
 6. Selakovs, VEF Riga6.5 
 7. Alexander, Ba.6.4 
 8. Jansons, ASK/.6.2 
 9. Grafs, ASK Riga6.1 
 10. Bambis, Zemga.5.9 
Assists Per Game
 Edmunds GABRANS
  DniproAzot
  (190-G-79)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Gabrans, ASK/.5.9 
 2. Sirsnins, Valmiera5.0 
 3. King, Ventspils4.6 
 4. Cooper, VEF Riga4.5 
 5. Jeromanovs, VEF R.4.4 
 6. Slesers, Keiza.4.2 
 7. Bergmanis, Zemgale4.2 
 8. Metra, ASK/.4.0 
 9. Mazutis, ASK Riga3.7 
 10. Vilums, Liepa.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Armands SKELE
  Barons/LMT
  (192-G-83)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Skele, Ba.2.1 
 2. Gabrans, ASK/.1.9 
 3. Strelnieks, Keiza.1.8 
 4. Vilums, Liepaja1.8 
 5. Mazutis, ASK Riga1.7 
 6. Slesers, Keiza.1.6 
 7. Kolesnikov, VEF R.1.6 
 8. Metra, ASK/.1.5 
 9. Jeromanovs, VEF R.1.5 
 10. Strupovics, Kei.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kaspars BERZINS
  Barons/LMT
  (213-F/C-85)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Berzins, Ba.1.9 
 2. Carter, Ventspils1.4 
 3. Rozitis, Zemgale1.4 
 4. Elliott, Valmiera1.1 
 5. Blaus, Keizarmezs1.0 
 6. Aleksejevs, VEF R.0.8 
 7. Selakovs, VEF Riga0.8 
 8. Zorin, Liepaja0.7 
 9. Skirmants, Ba.0.6 
 10. Grafs, ASK Ri.0.6 


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Lithuania revenge on Australia - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U19 - Australia U19 96:80

Lithuanian U19 National Team played their opening game at the Douai International Tournament. They took on Australian counterparts and posted the initial win at this prestigious tourney. The teams met just one day ago and the Emus celebrated the win. But this time Lithuanian took revenge. Lithuania stayed ahead in the starting period as they gained a 5-point advantage. Lithuania continued to stay in charge. Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) and Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90, agency: Interperformances) helped Lithuania to keep the Emus at bay. The margin grew at as many as 16 points after three quarters of action. Australia never threatened the gap and had to surrender at the end.
Gediminas Orelikas finished with 17 points and 8 rebounds for Lithuania. Donatas Motiejunas fired 14 points, while Dovydas Redikas (193-G-92) tallied 13 points in the win. Cody Ellis (202-F-90) responded with 18 points and 7 boards for Australia. Hugh Greenwood (188-F-90) managed 12 points in defeat.
Lithuania is scheduled to meet the USA next. Australia will play against Canada in the second round of action.

Lithuania: Gediminas Orelikas 17, Donatas Motiejunas 14, Dovydas Redikas 13
Australia: Cody Ellis 18, Hugh Greenwood 12


Australia hold off Lithuania in France - by Eurobasket News
Australia U19 - Lithuania U19 83:73

Australian U19 National Team defeated their Lithuanian counterparts in the second outing in France. The teams arrived in France to take part at the Douai Tournament and played a friendly just before the start of the tourney. Lithuania earned a slender 17:16 lead after the starting frame. Lithuania stayed aggressive and smart offensively but the Emus began finding the ways to neutralize their opponents. The Aussie team surged ahead in the second stanza to pile up a 6-point lead at halftime. The Emus stayed in charge throughout the third quarter. They widened the gap to as many as 9 points heading into the final stanza. The teams traded baskets throughout the fourth quarter as Australia managed to secure the winning margin.
Ryan Broekhoff (196-F-90) nailed 17 points and grabbed 6 boards for Australia. Brock Motum (205-F-90) added 11 points, while Jorden Page (183-G-90) had 10 in the win. Dovydas Redikas (193-G-92) responded with 20 points for Lithuania. Adomas Drungilas (203-C-90) fired 12 points and pulled down 17 rebounds in the losing effort.
Australia were outrebounded by Lithuania 30:39 but shot solid 50% from the field. Lithuania managed just 40% of field goals. The teams are scheduled to meet again in the opening round of the Douai tournament.

Australia U19: Ryan Broekhoff 17, Brock Motum 11, Jorden Page 10
Lithuania U19: Dovydas Redikas 20, Adomas Drungilas 12+17 boards


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Mongolia to start East Asia Qualifier - by Eurobasket News
Mongolia will start East Asia Qualifier today in Japan against the hosts of the tournament. The event is scheduled for June 10-14, 2009 in Japan. Six teams were divided into two groups with 3 teams in each. Group A consists of China, South Korea and Hong Kong. Japan settled down with Mongolia and Chinese Taipei in Group B.
Japan rolled over Chinese Taipei 78:66 in the opener of FIBA-Asia 2009 East Asia Qualifier. The winners produced a good basketball and rightfully deserved their first victory. In the opener of Group A China defeated Hong Kong 99:64 in the opening game of the East Asian championship in Nagoya, Japan.


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  NBA   


NetScouts Basketball's Chris Denker Talks Draft - Part 2 - by Carl Berman
Some of the comments your readers had after our first set of questions were great and I feel they deserve a proper response. I wish I could respond to everyone but you have such a great following on Raptors Republic that I think Id be writing until well after the draft
Keep in mind I was trying to issue a relatively short answer to a specific question regarding the Raptors drafting a SG or SF at the #9 spot in the draft. Perhaps I should have started the conversation by saying the first thing that needs to be done is a compilation of the pre-draft assets the Raps have to work with this year. For example, the Portland Trail Blazers have these tools to work with: 5 draft picks (24, 32, 38, 55, and 56), approximately $6.5 Million under the salary cap (which is a number that wont be exact until the NBA calculates the exact cap figure based on this years revenue), a $3 Million Trade Exception (from a trade at the deadline), plus they own the rights to a couple young guys playing in Europe right now.
Secondly, the Raptors need to decide what theyll do in Free-Agency, how much money they have to work with and who theyll try to resign off their current roster. Finally, a decision should be made (and probably has been) as to the direction of the team. One of your readers commented that he wanted to take Demar DeRozan (6'7''-F-89) because in the long run hed be the best player and one argument I had made was to trade down and take a more mature player who could contribute now (Sam Young, Terrance Williams, Gerald Henderson). There are a few things to consider here, first, rookie contracts usually only last 3-4 years so to wait for a guy to come along means the direction you are taking is player development and cost saving in that you most likely wont spend a lot in free agency trying to make a run for the playoffs. If you are like the Blazers coming off 50 plus wins, you are seeing your window of opportunity now and thus feel spending money gives you a chance to win. Aiming for the achievement of your goals now rather than player development for future success. Veteran FAs worth any considerable value are not going to sign with a club that is developing a young roster. Look at Memphis and Oklahoma City, young talent that is not winning regularly versus the Boston Celtics who went out and got veteran FAs by working the cap and draft picks to come up with assets to win now.
Finally, another reader mentioned the idea of trading up. I also mentioned this with respect to James Harden if he is your guy. I dont have any problems with this either IF you feel strongly that Harden is your guy and you have the ability (assets) to make it happen such as multiple 2nd Rd. picks to unload. There have been considerable rumors that 2, 3, 4 could move because after Blake Griffin it is somewhat wide open. Perhaps the Raps see that window and make a move. However, until we know what assets the Raptors have to work with and the direction they want to take the franchise then its going to be difficult to get a good gauge on what they will do.
A few random notes from the combine and recent team workouts:
* One Raptor fan liked Tyreke Evans for his length and thus his potential defensive ability, which is outstanding. But potential is a scary word sometimes and it should be noted that he had the slowest feet in the agility test which is a good measurable for defensive potential as well. Can you see now why Im not a huge fan of these combine stats?
* A lot has been made of DeRozans superior athleticism but if you look at those infamous combine stats youll see that he has one great mark when compared to the Small Forwards, his max vertical leap (with steps = 38.5 the same as Chase Budinger). However, because he has short arms he falls to 9th of 11 SFs in jump reach nearly 5 inches below James Johnson or Damion James. Worse yet, the only player he beat in the footwork and speed tests was 6'11'' Austin Daye. And if he had been compared to the SG group, DeRozan would have been dead last in both categories out of 16 guys. His 11.88 agility score would have been .3 tenths of a second slower than 15 other SGs and 1.4 seconds slower than the fastest SG. Short arms and slow feet, who will he be guarding? Just some food for thought.
* Sam Young participated in a recent NBA group workout and dominated according to sources.
* Another guy I mentioned in the last post was Ohio State big man BJ Mullens. Apparently both he and Austin Daye (Gonzaga) looked great in camp drills in Chicago because they didnt have to play 5-on-5, but both have struggled in workouts against physical defense. Mullens just played in Minnesota and was abused by Luke Neville (an Aussie from the University of Utah) who many say wont be drafted. And yet Mullens is coming out of school early and a projected lottery pick? On a positive note, the 7'1'' 260 big man did post a quicker time than DeRozan in the agility drill.
Q. Are there any differences from scouting via Video/TV as opposed to live?
A. Pros and cons to both Im sure. In live situations you definitely get a good feel for the guy physically, what his body is like, his true height and so forth. You can also see his attitude and leadership abilities up close. How he reacts to calls, opposing fans, his coaches, and his teammates. On film, such as Synergy Video, you can see so much footage that you can really get a feel for what the guy does best, what his favorite moves are, and also what some of his weaknesses are because you could potentially watch every shot he took this season. One thing you always have to be careful of, especially in a combine style workout or a closed workout session is falling in love with a prospect based on that one day. See him live as much as possible and then study as much video as you can.
Q. Who will be available at 9? Who will be the best available player at 9?
A. Its still too early to tell at this point but I think there will be some good players available at this spot. Keep in mind, last year some guys made very late surges into the lottery such as Russell Westbrook climbing to the 4th spot (OKC), Joe Alexander went 8th (Bucks), and Jason Thompson from Rider 12th (Kings). Anthony Randolph went 14th to the Warriors after being rumored in the top 5 then slipping on some boards to late-first. The point being, decisions are still being made and there are a lot of young guys on the draft board as well as the possibility of guys returning to school. Well also learn more about the international guys after the upcoming Euro Camp in Treviso, Italy. Remember that Danilo Gallinari shot up to 6th last year to the NY Knicks. This is something well cover more in the coming weeks.
Q. Is Blake Griffin more a Beasley or Duncan?
A. I dont think hes like either one to be honest. Hes 2 inches and 12 pounds bigger than Beasley but not as long or skilled (at least now) as Tim Duncan. He is a true Power Forward in the power sense. He is strong, explosive, aggressive, and very quick for his size. He is much more athletic than Duncan but will he develop the head for the game that Duncan has? Beasley is more of a face-up guy and I think Griffin will be a solid post-up option as well as a good pick & roll guy and he can run the floor well also. Im not putting him in the Hall of Fame just yet but he does have some Karl Malone like features.
Hijo de puta!
Q. Who is the next best player in the Draft?
A. The million dollar question, literally. Again, based on results or potential? I like Ricky Rubio and James Harden a lot. I get why people like Hasheem Thabeet with his obvious size and length, but Im not a huge fan. So if you are the Memphis Grizzlies and you have Mike Conley and OJ Mayo, do you pick Rubio or Harden or trade down? Perhaps they like Thabeet and go that route. Im a proponent of picking a guy if you feel strongly about him at that spot, if not, trade down and stockpile players and picks. This may the year to do just that.
Q. Whos your favorite (sentimental) player in the Draft?
A. As you know, I like international players and REALLY like what the Colangelos did in Phoenix bringing in Mike DAntoni, Steve Nash, and that style of play. So needless to say Im a Rubio fan and look forward to seeing how that situation plays out. Youve probably read some of the latest rumblings that hes willing to stay another year in Spain if hes not a top 3 pick and I think a lot of that is the negotiations taking place with his Agent and Club (Joventut).
From a basketball standpoint I like his leadership skills for such a young guy, hes very competitive, has good hand skills and vision and is better athletically than he gets credit for. He is a very good defender and has long arms. He does need to work on his shooting and range, but that should develop with time. A lot of guys from that Spanish team have come to the NBA and done well so I see no reason why he wouldnt do the same.


Los Angeles Lakers beat Orlando Magic 99-91 in Game 4 of NBA Finals - by Eurobasket News
Lakers guard Derek Fisher (6'1''-G-74, agency: Priority Sports, college: UALR) hit a 3-pointer - his first of the night - with 4.6 seconds to go in regulation to send Game 4 into overtime tied 87-87 and later made another to help L.A. beat Orlando 99-91 to take a 3-1 series lead in the NBA Finals.
The Magic had a chance to win on a buzzer-beating shot from Mickael Pietrus but the ball clanged off the rim.
Orlando has missed 14 free throw attempts in regulation.

Third quarter
Lakers forward Trevor Ariza (6'8''-F-85, agency: David Lee services, college: UCLA) scored 13 points in the quarter and Los Angeles took advantage of four successive scoreless trips down by the Magic to take a 67-63 lead through three quarters.
The Lakers outscored the Magic 30-14 in the third period.
Orlando committed five turnovers in the quarter which the Lakers converted into five points. The Magic has now committed 16 runovers in the game and the Lakers have scored 14 points off those errors.
Kobe Bryant (6'6''-G-78) has a game-high 24 points for the Lakers. Hidayet Turkoglu (6'9''-F-79) has 17 for the Magic, but also has four personal fouls.

Second quarter
The Magic built their biggest lead of the series in the second quarter, going up by 12 points as Orlando was imposing its will on the Lakers, taking a 49-37 advantage into the halftime dressing room.
Orlando isn't shooting nearly as well as it did Tuesday night, just 48.6 percent (18 of 37). But the Lakers are hitting just 33.3 percent from the outside on 14 of 42 shooting.
Kobe Bryant is 5 of 12 and has a game-high 16 points. Hidayet Turkoglu leads the Magic with 15, but Dwight Howard (6'10''-F-85) has six points and 14 of Orlando's 22 rebounds.

First quarter
Magic center Dwight Howard was dominating on the glass in the first quarter, pulling down 11 as Orlando took a 24-20 lead over the Los Angeles Lakers.
As a team, the Lakers have seven rebounds.
As hot as Kobe Bryant was in the first quarter on Tuesday night in Game 3, that's how inconsistent he seemed through one tonight. Bryant scored 13 points on 4 of 7 shooting. Only three other Lakers have scored.
Hidayet Turkoglu leads Orlando with 10 points. He has not missed from the field in three attempts. Rafer Alston has nine points. He had 11 in the first quarter of Game 3 on Tuesday night.
Orlando, which shot 75 percent from the field in the first half of Game 3, has hit 8 of 16 shots in the first quarter tonight, 50 percent.

Pregame
In Game 4 tonight, look for the Orlando Magic to stick with the same kind of guard rotation it did in Game 3, a108-104 victory in which starting point guard Rafer Alston got the bulk of the playing time while scoring 20 points in 37 minutes on the floor against the Los Angeles Lakers.
All-Star point guard Jameer Nelson, who returned for the NBA Finals after missing half the regular season with a shoulder injury, was limited to 11 minutes Tuesday night. Mickael Pietrus, who got into foul difficulty in the first two games, played 31 minutes Tuesday night and scored 18 points off the bench.
'Well, Rafer was playing well and we didn't hit foul trouble,' Magic Coach Stan Van Gundy said. 'I thought the Pietrus foul trouble in Game 2 disrupted our rotation quite a bit. There's certainly variables in it.
'I think we were in the rotation the other night, we were playing well, so there was no reason to go to anybody else and nobody was in foul trouble. So you never know what's going to happen on a given night.'
Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said he hopes to get the ball into the low post to forward Pau Gasol a little more often tonight than in Game 2.
'They've done a good job at trying to keep us from getting the ball inside,' Jackson said of the Magic 'I think they've done a good job at space defense in that regard. We will keep trying to get the ball inside. (Gasol) has been very good in this series.'

Courtesy of www.nola.com


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  NCAA1   


Willard leaves Holy Cross to join Cards - by Kevin Cochran

Ralph Willard , whose 38 years of coaching experience include the last 10 as head men's basketball coach at Holy Cross, has joined the Louisville men's basketball staff as associate coach to Cardinals' head coach Rick Pitino .

Willard, who also served as head coach for four seasons at Western Kentucky (1990-94) and five years at Pittsburgh (1994-99), has previously coached with Pitino at two others stops. Willard was an assistant under Pitino with the NBA's New York Knicks (1987-89) and at Kentucky (1989-90).

'I've been pursuing Ralph for the last 10 years,' said Pitino. 'I can't tell you how excited we are that he has joined our staff and we are back together again. Ralph is truly one of the best minds in our game. I can't be happier for our players, our program, our university and our fans that such a quality coach and person has joined our U of L family.'

'Leaving my alma mater and the players at Holy Cross was obviously a difficult decision,' said Willard. 'However, the opportunity to work for U of L and coach with Rick is very special. I'm excited about tackling the challenges a great program like Louisville will present.'

Eight of Willard's collegiate teams won 20 or more games, including four that won as many as 25. His teams participated in postseason competition on nine occasions, including six NCAA Tournament appearances.

Willard compiled a 192-117 record in 10 seasons at Holy Cross, his alma mater, while guiding five teams to postseason competition (NCAA Tournament in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2007; NIT in 2005). Holy Cross advanced to the Patriot League tournament championship game seven of the last nine years and Willard had a 17-6 record in the event.

Second in career coaching victories at Holy Cross, Willard built the Crusaders' program from one that had won just 22 games collectively in the three years prior to his arrival there. A three-time choice for the Patriot League Coach of the Year, he led the Crusaders to three straight league tournament titles in 2001-03, marking the first time in conference history that a team had accomplished that feat.

Willard gained his first collegiate head coaching position at Western Kentucky, where he produced an 81-42 record in four years. In his third season there in 1992-93, the Hilltoppers were 26-6, reached the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16, and achieved WKU's highest national ranking in 22 years (No. 16 ESPN/USA Today, No. 20 AP in the final polls).

He was the head coach at Pittsburgh for five seasons, including finishing fifth in the BIG EAST in 1996-97 when his team produced an 18-15 mark. While at Pitt, Willard helped to develop a pair of NBA Draft picks in Mark Blount (Seattle SuperSonics) and Vonteego Cummings (Indiana Pacers).

Prior to his first collegiate head coaching position in 1990, Willard compiled 19 years of coaching experience. After one year as an assistant at the Merchant Marine Academy (1971-72), he spent 13 years as the head coach of his high school alma mater, St. Dominic (Oyster Bay, N.Y.), where he posted a 162-89 mark. He received five conference coach of the year honors there and his 1980 squad won the New York Class B Championship with a 24-3 record. St. Dominic is also the high school alma mater of Pitino.

He returned to the collegiate ranks in 1984 as an assistant coach at Hofstra, followed by a year on Jim Boeheim's staff at Syracuse, where he helped the 1986-87 Orangeman team reach the national championship game. Willard left the college game for two seasons to serve under Pitino with the Knicks, before following Pitino to Kentucky, where he served as the Wildcats' associate head coach for one season.

A 1967 graduate of Holy Cross, Willard was a three-year letterwinner and served as the 1966-67 team captain as a senior when the Crusaders posted a 16-9 mark.

Courtesy: uoflsports.com




Puerto Rico prevail against the USA at Douai tournament - by Eurobasket News
Puerto Rico U19 - USA U19 105:90

Puerto Rican U19 National Team claimed the first win at the Douai international tournament in France. They held off their counterparts from the USA. The game was well awaited in France as both teams arrived with plenty of talented players on the rosters. The teams opened the game in a high-flying style. They accounted for 54 points in the first period. Puerto Rico were a bit more accurate as they gained a 31:23 lead after ten minutes. But Jared Sullinger and Joshua Hairston helped the USA to get back on track. They outmuscled their opponents under the rim and soon leveled things up. Puerto Rico stayed alert as the teams traded baskets in the next two frames. The score was tied late in the third frame. But the USA could not keep up the tempo. They stopped playing in the final term allowing Puerto Rico to clear off. Mike Rosario (191-G-90) paced the Latin American juniors as they prevailed 32:10 in the fourth quarter. Mike Rosario nailed game-high 33 points, grabbed 6 boards and dished out 3 assists for Puerto Rico. Raymond Cintron (186-G-90) knocked down 12 points, while Isaac Sosa (190-G-90) had 11 points for the winners. Jared Sullinger replied with 21 points and 12 boards for the USA. Joshua Hairston finished with 17 points in defeat.
Puerto Rico will next face France, while the USA will take on Lithuania.

Puerto Rico: Mike Rosario 33, Raymond Cintron 12, Isaac Sosa 11
USA: Jared Sullinger 21+12 boards, Joshua Hairston 17


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PBL Selection to participate to Porto S.Giorgio International Tournment - by Gianni Pascucci
A selection team from the Premier Basketball League will participate to an International Tournment starting from tonight in Porto S.Giorgio, Italy. The first team to meet is the Team Italy that is preparing the Mediterranean Games, scheduled for the end of June in Pescara. The PBL players will also have the occasion to showcase their skills versus Team Albania and versus the Italian University NT, that will participate to the University Games in Serbia next month. The PBL Secetion is coached by ex Italian League player and fomer Syracuse Orangeman Wendell Alexis (6'9''-F-64) and is run by Roosevelt Bouie, who served as GM And Coach of the Buffalo Stampede in the last PBL season.

PBL Selection Team roster - by Gianni Pascucci

Only one player, Kyle Cuffe, is a true PBL Alumnus among the eight bought to Italy by coaches Bouie and Alexis. Three of them (Diallo, Urbutis and Clay) are true Euroepans, Brucculeri is a good outside shooter with an Italian-sound name. See here down the team roster:
Kenny Burkes (5'11''-G-86)

Tony Mitchell (6'0''-G-82, college: Charleston) 82 183 P/G Charleston College
Kraig Peters (6'5''-G/F-86)
Kyle Brucculeri (6'8''-F-86, college: Cal-Davis) 86 204 G/F UC Davis
Arminas Urbutis (6'9''-F-86)
Oliver Clay (6'9''-F/C-87)
Kyle Cuffe (6'9'-F/C-82)
Mamery Diallo (6'10''-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga)



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Team Pilipinas routs Indons to rule SEABA - by Benny Lirio
Powerade-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, 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.
GMANews.TV


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Puerto Rico prevail against the USA at Douai tournament - by Eurobasket News
Puerto Rico U19 - USA U19 105:90

Puerto Rican U19 National Team claimed the first win at the Douai international tournament in France. They held off their counterparts from the USA. The game was well awaited in France as both teams arrived with plenty of talented players on the rosters. The teams opened the game in a high-flying style. They accounted for 54 points in the first period. Puerto Rico were a bit more accurate as they gained a 31:23 lead after ten minutes. But Jared Sullinger and Joshua Hairston helped the USA to get back on track. They outmuscled their opponents under the rim and soon leveled things up. Puerto Rico stayed alert as the teams traded baskets in the next two frames. The score was tied late in the third frame. But the USA could not keep up the tempo. They stopped playing in the final term allowing Puerto Rico to clear off. Mike Rosario (191-G-90) paced the Latin American juniors as they prevailed 32:10 in the fourth quarter. Mike Rosario nailed game-high 33 points, grabbed 6 boards and dished out 3 assists for Puerto Rico. Raymond Cintron (186-G-90) knocked down 12 points, while Isaac Sosa (190-G-90) had 11 points for the winners. Jared Sullinger replied with 21 points and 12 boards for the USA. Joshua Hairston finished with 17 points in defeat.
Puerto Rico will next face France, while the USA will take on Lithuania.

Puerto Rico: Mike Rosario 33, Raymond Cintron 12, Isaac Sosa 11
USA: Jared Sullinger 21+12 boards, Joshua Hairston 17


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Khimky sign Keith Langford - by Eurobasket News
Some Italian info agencies reported that Keith Langford (193-G/F-83, college: Kansas) has reached an agreement with Russian powerhouse Khimky. They deal should be officially announced soon.
Keith Langford spent the last season in La Fortezza. He averaged 13.3 points and 4.5 rebounds per game in Seria A. In EuroChallenge his stats came up to 14.7 points and 3.5 rebounds. Keith Langford used to play in D-League, Italy. He also played two games for the San Antonio Spurs in the preseason games in 2007.


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Zlatorog brings back Goljovic, Becirovic new coach of Oostende - by Zeljko Zule

After a nine-years separation Zlatorog has brought home former National Team member Miljan Goljovic (204-F-71, agency: Globalsports/Globalevents) who signed a one-year deal. Goljovic spent the past two seasons in Furstenfeld Panhers of the Austrian league where he during the 2008-09 season averaged 10,4 points (2P 95-162, 3P 56-123, FT 51-59), 2,1 rebounds, 1,0 assists, 0,6 steals and 0,2 blocks per game. He was the leading scorer of 1999-2000 Euroleague.

Mehmet Becirovic (agency: World Sport Agency ) is the new head coach of Base Oostende, a move the Belgian club announced today.



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Korean Hoops Team Beats China 70-62 - by Rick Ross
The South Korean basketball team beat China 70-62
Thursday in its opening game of Group A at the
East Asia Basketball Association Championship in Nagoya, Japan.
SK Knights forward Kim Min-soo scored a team-high 17 points and points guard
Joo Hee-jung added 13 points to lift head coach Huh Jae's side past the
Asian basketball powerhouse.

Joo, the league's Most Valuable Player (MVP)
also registered seven rebounds, four assists and three turnovers.
This is the first time Korea has claimed a win over
China since the Busan Asian Games in 2002,
when the home side rallied to win a gold medal in the final game.

China, which finished eighth at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, did not include
Houston Rockets center Yao Ming and other NBA players,
such as Yi Jianlian of the Milwaukee Bucks and Sun Yue of the Los Angeles Lakers.
In the six-team tournament, the top two team will be promoted to the
FIBA Asia Championship in Tanjin, China in August.

Korea will play Hong Kong in another qualifier Friday.

By Yoon Chul
Staff Reporter


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Spanish U20 National Team 2009 - by Eurobasket
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Raimundo Lopez (185-G-89) of Clinicas Rincon Axarquia
Jose Antonio Marco (180-G-89) of Polaris World Murcia
Jorge Fernandez (180-G-89) of C.B. Grupo Salmeron Guadix
Mikel Uriz (180-G-89) of Leche Rio Breogan Lugo
Alejandro Llorca (190-G-89) of Ricoh Manresa
Luis Parejo (196-G-89) of CB Illescas Urban CLM
Xavier Rabaseda (199-G-89) of WTC Almeda Park Cornella
Pere Tomas (202-F-89) of DKV Joventut Badalona
Victor Serrano (210-C-89) of MMT Estudiantes Madrid 2nd Team
Pablo Aguilar (203-F/C-89) of CB Granada
Mamadou Samb (207-C/F-89) of FEA Neas Halkidonas (GRE)
Oscar Raya (206-F/C-89) of WTC Almeda Park Cornella
Head Coach: Gustavo Aranzana


Jimenez stays in Malaga; new playmaker for Manresa - by Francisco Martinez
Carlos Jimenez (203-F-76) and Unicaja Malaga have extended their contract for the next seson and one more optional. Bradyn Carlos Jimenez arrived at Malaga three seasons ago coming from Estudiantes and he will continue his career in the green team.

Ricoh Manresa has announced the signing of Daniel Lopez (188-G-82). Lopez is a playmaker who comes from Breogan, LEB Gold team, and will replace Javi Rodriguez. The club said that Lopez and Rodrigo San Miguel will compose the duet of point guards for the next season.


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  SWEDEN   


Brandon Barton in Sundsvall 09/10? - by Antonio Matek
Brandon Barton (192-G-88) will probably spend the next season with the Sundsvall Dragons. According to sports manager Fredrik Ahnstrand, both parts have reached a verbal agreement, but the papers are yet to be signed. Dragons' coach Peter Oqvist says that 20 year old Barton is an athetic guard that moves fast and has good physics. Barton showed his skills during the later half of last season, as he, Emil Salon (192-G-85) and many other young players in Hogsbo provided with a lot of promising offensive qualities. Barton played in 29 games, many times as a starter, scoring 7.0ppg while grabbing 2.0rpg. He won in 2008 the Division B bronze medal in Romania with the Swedish U-20 national team, scoring 5.3ppg, while adding 2.0rpg, 1.5apg and 1.2spg.
Brandon is the son of coach Charles Barton .


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  TOURNAMENT OF THE AMERICAS   


Standings
Standings
Group A
1. Canada0-0
2. US V.Isl0-0
3. Mexico0-0
4. P.Rico0-0
5. Uruguay0-0
Group B
1. Argentina0-0
2. Brazil0-0
3. Cuba0-0
4. Domin.R.0-0
5. Venezuela0-0


FIBA Americas Championship Draw held in San Juan - by Richard
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 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)
Source: www.fibaamericas.com


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  TOURNAMENT OF THE AMERICAS U16   


Venezuelan U16 National Team 2009 - by Richard
Michael Carrera of Marinos de Anzoategui
Freddy Torres (170-G-93) of Gigantes de Guayana
Alfredo Flores (-93) of Trotamundos de Carabobo
Anthony Sanchez
Edyn Calatayud (-93) of Trotamundos de Carabobo
Ricardo Solorzano
Gabriel Oliveros
Jose Matias Aranguren of Guaros de Lara
Luis Madera (203-F/G-89) of High School (USA)
Israel Blanco (-93) of Trotamundos de Carabobo
Jose Cubiano of Panteras de Miranda
Yosman Liendo of Panteras de Miranda
Marcos Romero
Anthony Perez (-94)
Luis Maneiro
Jainer Barrios
Antonio Bermudez
Gustavo Mora
Luis Carrillo of Trotamundos de Carabobo
Mario Martinez (191-G-82) of Lobos UAD Mazatlan (MEX)


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  TURKEY   


Evren Buker choosed his new team... - by Mustafa Bozkurt
One of the most outstanding forward of the year - Evren Buker (194-F-85) is going to play for Galatasaray Cafecrown Istanbul... Young player got agree terms with Istanbul team today and he ll play for Galatasaray Cafecrown Istanbul for 2009-10 season. Buker came from a second division team Yesimspor and made a big explosion last 2 years at Oyak Renault but we shouldnt forget Coach Yucel Platin's big investment to him. Successfull coach gave him too much minutes to show his skills. Evren averaged 12.9 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.9 asists and 1.2 steals in 33.8 minutes at 2008-09 season.

Antalya BSB has signed Onder Kulcebas - by Baha Kurtulus
Adnan Onder Kulcebas (205-F-81, agency: 1x1 Sports) ex CASA TED Ankara Kolejliler for two seasons. He played for Galatasaray from 1999 to 2003, for Banvit from 2003 to 2006. The 28-year-old inked a one-year-contract with Antalya Belediyesi.

2002-2003: Galatasaray Istanbul: 21games: 5.0ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.3ast
2006-2007: Banvit Basketbol Kulb (D1): FIBA EuroCup: 6 games: 3.5ppg; Turkish League: 24 games: 2.1ppg, 1.0rpg
2007-2008: Casa TED Kolejliler Ankara (Turkey-TBL): 29 games: 3.5ppg, 3.3rpg
2008-2009: Casa TED Kolejliler Ankata (Turkey-TBL) : 29 games: 9.6ppg, 4.3rpg.


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  UKRAINE   


Gladyr and Kravtsov with good showing in Treviso - by Aleks
Sergiy Gladyr (196-G/F-89) and Vyacheslav Kravtsov (212-C-87, agency: Interperformances) return home after spending a good showing in front of NBA teams at the Treviso Euro camp.




Gladyr was able to demonstrate that he is a good shooter from behind the arc and also present his strong build body for his position. Moreover his attitude in defense gave him some looks that made it clear that is no liability. Overall, his performance in Treviso helped him to stay in the focus of NBA teams to consider him on draft night in the 2nd round.




Kravtsov started slow but been able to finish strong in the camp. Biggest attributes been his great body that not only has strength but also shows good athletic abilities. He showed that he can be a great player under the boards and make a difference. He was not able to rise his interest as Gladyr but surely left the NBA teams with a good impression in order to be selected in the 2nd round.


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


BBL Competition Structure Confirmed - by George Manousidis
The British Basketball League (BBL) is pleased to confirm the structure of their competitions - the BBL Championship & Playoffs, the BBL Cup, and the BBL Trophy - for the 2009/10 season, which begins in September.

Of note are significant changes to one of the peripheral competitions, the BBL Trophy, which now take the form of a straight knockout competition and incorporates the top 3 EBL Division 1 teams from last season (Reading Rockets, Manchester Magic & London Leopards). The first round and quarter-finals will be one-off games, with the semi-finals being contested over two legs (home & away) and being decided according to aggregate score. The culmination of the BBL Trophy will take place in a one- off game at a central venue in mid March.

The BBL Cup format will remain the same as last season with 3 teams receiving a bye from the 1st Round based on their BBL Championship position last season (Newcastle Eagles - 1st, Everton Tigers - 2nd & Jelson Homes DMU Leicester Riders - 3rd). As with the Trophy competition, the opening rounds will be one-off games, with the semi finals contested over two legs (home & away) and decided on aggregate score. The conclusion of the BBL Cup competition will take place in a one-off game at a central venue in January, when the first piece of silverware of the season is handed out.

The BBL Championship season will begin on Friday 25th September and the format will remain the same as the recently completed 2008/09 season save for the addition of a 13th team - Essex Pirates. Teams will each play 36 regular season games, with sides meeting one another once at home, once away, and once home or away. Two league points are awarded for a win, and the top eight teams will progress to the BBL Championship Playoffs in April.

The format for the post-season also sees a modification. Whilst the quarter-final games will remain as one-off encounters (1st vs. 8th, 2nd vs. 7th, 3rd vs. 6th, 4th vs. 5th) the semi final rounds will now be played over two legs (home & away) with the higher seed having choice of home advantage in the either the 1st or 2nd leg - aggregate scores will determine the victors. The climax of the season will now be a single day showpiece event in early May.

The full fixture list, BBL Cup and BBL Trophy draws, are due to be announced in late June/early July.


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  URUGUAY   


Montevideo lost for the first time - by Hector Lopez
Montevideo lost its first game, after nine rounds for the Metro League, defeated 82.-75 by Capitol and now Welcome is just one point behind winning over Yale 82-70.
Capitol 82 - Diego Soarez (205-C-87) 18 points and 8 rebounds
Montevideo 75 - Marques Lewis (203-F-83, college: UAB) 24 points and 13 rebounds
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Welcome 82 - Ollie Bailey (201-F-85, college: Oklahoma City) 26 and 18
Yale 70 - Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, college: Wofford) 20 and 13
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Larre Borges 89 - Roberto Amaro (197-F-69) 28 and 11
Larraaga 77 - Sebastian Vazquez (195-F-85) 23 and 9
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25 de Agosto 110 - Bruno Fittipaldo (183-G-91) 34 points
Olivol Mundial - John Huggins (188-G-82, college: Amer.Internat.) 31 and 7
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Nacional 80 - Julio Solano (202-F/C-76) 22 and 5
Verdirrojo 76 - Jeff Fahnbulleh (200-C/F-85) 20 and 17


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  USBA   


USBA 2010 Basketball Season List of Teams and Locations - by USBA Media
2010 UNITED STATES BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION TEAMS
Regular Season: April 7, 2010 TO JULY 3, 2010

ATLANTIC DIVISION:

COLUMBIA CENTURION...Columbia, South Carolina
CHARLOTTE BLUE WAVE...Charlotte, North Carolina
JACKSONVILLE ADMIRALS...Jacksonville, Florida
RICHMOND COLONIALS...Richmond, Virginia
SAVANNAH SEAHAWKS...Savannah, Georgia
WASHINGTON CONGRESSIONALS...Washington, D.C.

APPALACHIAN DIVISION:

WEST VIRGINIA CAPITALS...Charleston, West Virginia
CHATTANOOGA ROYAL...Chattanooga, Tennessee
HUNTSVILLE STORM...Huntsville, Alabama
LOUISVILLE STALLIONS...Louisville, Kentucky
NASHVILLE THUNDER...Nashville, Tennessee
BIRMINGHAM CRUSADERS...Birmingham, Alabama

SOUTHERN DIVISION:

ATLANTA PLATINUM...Atlanta, Georgia
AUGUSTA RAGING RIVER...Augusta, Georgia
MACON MAURADERS...Macon, Gorgia
MISSISSIPPI RIVERHAWKS...Jackson, Mississippi
MOBILE MARINERS...Mobile, Alabama
MONTGOMERY GENERALS...Montgomery, Alabama


2010 UNITED STATES BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION REGULAR SEASON:
The complete approved schedule will be finalized and displayed on November 1, 2009. The complete list of venues will be available as soon as agreements of usage are approved.

THE UNITED STATES BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION REGULAR SEASON:
Wednesday April 7, 2010 thru Saturday July 3, 2010

All Star Classic May 22-23, 2010 Atlanta, Georgia

Championship game - Sunday July 11, 2010 Atlanta, Georgia

The United States Basketball Association regular season will run from April 7, 2010 to July 3, 2010. The league Championships playoffs will begin on Monday, July 5, 2010 thru Friday, July 9, 2009. The USBA Championship Game will be played on Sunday July 1, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia. The top four teams in each division USBA teams will play a single game elimination series. The playoff brackets will be paired according to win / loss record. The Willie Joe Hunter Memorial Championship trophy will be awarded to the first place team. The USBA will hold an awards ceremony and reception party on Saturday July 10, 2010. The league will give awards to the most valuable player, most valuable coach, best dance team, all referee team, scoring leader, rebound leader, assist leader, best defensive player, best sportsmanship, best community leader and the best sixth man. Team, league personnel, invited guest, media personnel and honorees will be given complimentary guest passes to the USBA Championship Extravaganza. The United States Basketball Association will provide dinner, refreshments and entertainment.


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  VENEZUELA   


Venezuelan U16 National Team 2009 - by Richard
Michael Carrera of Marinos de Anzoategui
Freddy Torres (170-G-93) of Gigantes de Guayana
Alfredo Flores (-93) of Trotamundos de Carabobo
Anthony Sanchez
Edyn Calatayud (-93) of Trotamundos de Carabobo
Ricardo Solorzano
Gabriel Oliveros
Jose Matias Aranguren of Guaros de Lara
Luis Madera (203-F/G-89) of High School (USA)
Israel Blanco (-93) of Trotamundos de Carabobo
Jose Cubiano of Panteras de Miranda
Yosman Liendo of Panteras de Miranda
Marcos Romero
Anthony Perez (-94)
Luis Maneiro
Jainer Barrios
Antonio Bermudez
Gustavo Mora
Luis Carrillo of Trotamundos de Carabobo
Mario Martinez (191-G-82) of Lobos UAD Mazatlan (MEX)


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  WBA   


Cartersville ready for a three-game weekend - by David Archer
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Written by Joe Myers ,

Warriors PR Director

770-298-1335
josephc.myers@yahoo.com


Cartersville, GA - The Cartersville Warriors are back in action this weekend, with three games in as many days starting Friday night in Decatur against the defending World Basketball Association champion Court Kings.

Fridays 7 p.m. game is followed by a Saturday home matchup against the Tupelo Rock-N-Rollers at J.H. Morgan Gymnasium at 7 p.m. Cartersville steps out of the World Basketball Association for its final contest this weekend, hosting the Southeast Exposure Basketball League member Atlanta SpeedBoys Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m.

Cartersville head coach Cory Baldwin said this weekends games are important as the WBA season reaches its halfway point.

After this weekend, well know not just where we stand, but what weve got to do to get where we want to be, said Baldwin. We need to win both league games to stay in the running for a league title. If we go 1-1 in the league games, then we start looking at finishing second or third in the league. If we lose both games, well be in a really deep hole.


First up is a rematch with the Court Kings (2-2), who snuck past Cartersville 76-75 at J.H. Morgan Gymnasium June 7. The Warriors led at halftime in that game, but scored just nine points in the third quarter and made several mistakes down the stretch to allow Decatur to escape with a win.

I couldnt ask for any better team for us to play next, said Baldwin earlier this week. I dont think Im going to have to make any pep talks to get them fired up. Weve also been a good road team this season and hopefully we can keep that going.

After going to Decatur Friday, the Warriors come home to face Tupelo (3-1), which is tied with Cartersville for second in the WBA standings behind the Buford Majic (5-0). Tupelo plays at Buford Friday before taking on the Warriors Saturday, making the matchup at J.H. Morgan all that much more important in determining the seedings for the playoffs.


Cartersville closes its weekend with a game that may not be against a WBA opponent, but still looks to be a tough one. The Atlanta SpeedBoys are the defending Metro-A League champions in the SEBL and talent on their roster is as good, if not better, than some of the franchises in the WBA.

(Cartersville owner David Archer) is one of the few league owners who schedules non-conference games, but I like that he does it, said Baldwin. Playing teams like the SpeedBoys keeps us sharp and theyll do some things differently than other teams we face, so that will make us better down the road.

Several things in the Warriors favor this weekend will be the return from injury of starters Bobby Brown (6'6''-F-79) of Cartersville Baseline Warriors (knee) and Justin Billingslea (food poison) and the acquisition of veteran guard Jermaine Spivey (6'3''-G-72), who was picked up from Rome in a trade late Monday night.

Its not only good that we have all of those guys ready to go this weekend, but its a necessity, said Baldwin. (Brown) has looked good in practice the last couple of days and Justin was ready to go by Wednesday.

Jermaine is such a veteran presence for our team. Its such a pleasure to see a guy like him jump in and look like hes been with us for two or three weeks even though hes only practiced with us once or twice.



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  WCBL   


Standings
WCBPL Standings
 1. Santa Barbara 11-3 
 2. Ventura 9-6 
 3. Newport Beach 9-6 
 4. O. County 8-7 
 5. Pasadena 6-9 
 6. Beijing O. 4-3 
 7. Hollywood J. 1-14 


Playoff time in WCBL - by Gianni Pascucci
The Orange County Gladiators outscored the Hollywood Jammers 40-22 in the third period to turn a 9 point halftime deficit into a 9 point lead and went on to win their first round playoff game 127-114. The Gladiators inserted a tough full court press to force numerous turnovers in route to the win and entry into the finals weekend in Santa Barbara. At the other side of the bracket, the Ventura County Jets defeated the Pasadena Slam, advancing to the league Final Four they too. The WCBL Playoff Finals will be hosted by the Santa Barbara Breakers in San Marcos High School. Schedule is as follows:
Saturday, June 13
Santa Barbara Breakers - Ventura County Jets
Newport Beach Surf - Orange County Gladiators
Sunday, June 14 2:00pm
Game One Winner - Game Two Winner




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Women News

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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


Latvia remain perfect - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic-Latvia 47:65

Latvia remained perfect at home in Eurobasket 2009. Trailing to Czech Republic in the first opening of the game, the hosts grabbed the first victory in the Qualifying Round to improve to 3-0 record in Group E.
Around 7,000 fans came to support the local team at the Arena Riga as the capital opened the doors for the home side in the last game of the day. Czech Republic however did not mind playing against the home support and took 4:0 lead. The Czechs played their part in an interesting encounter, opening a 17:10 lead as Viteckov a nailed a three. Michaela Hartigova (192-C-83) made it 23:19 at the end of the opening quarter. Almost for three minutes the teams were scoreless in the second quarter as Vesela increased the lead to 25:19 with 7.40 to go in the first half. Ieva Tare contributed four free throws in the run as Latvia went to the changing rooms on top, 34:31.
In the third period as well as in the last Latvia was too much for the opponents. The leader Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (177-G-83) made it 44:35 and then Jansone scored for plus 10, 47:37. Krumberga closed the third period as the hosts grabbed 53:38 after 19-7 in the frame. When Anete Jekabsone-Zogotanailed another three in the fourth period it became clear that there would not be any chances left for the guests in the game. A 12-9 in the last period brought Latvia 65:47 and 3-0 record in the group.
Anete Jekabsone-Zogota top-scored for the winners with 25 points. Zane Tamane (181-C-83, college: W.Illinois) was responsible for 17 and Gunta Basko (181-F-80, college: Siena) added 7. Eva Viteckova (189-F-82) finished the night with 16 points in the losing effort and Michaela Hartigova chipped in 7.

Czech Republic: Eva Viteckova 16, Michaela Hartigova 7
Latvia: Anete Jekabsone-Zogota 25, Zane Tamane 17, Gunta Basko 7


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  GREECE - Women  


Spain cruise past Greece in Riga - by Eurobasket News
Spain - Greece 67:48

EuroBasket 2009 moved to Riga. The teams tipped off the Qualifying Round action in Group E today. Spain took on Greece and extended their winning streak to four games. The victory allowed Spain to gain 3-0 record, while Greece slipped at 0-3 in Pool E. Greece jumped to a quick start as Kaltsidou and Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) gave them a 12:4 lead midway through the first frame. Anna Montanana (186-F-80, college: George Washington), Elisa Aguilar (178-G-76, college: George Washington) and Palau denied the deficit but Pelagia Papamichail (189-F/C-86) closed the quarter with a three-point play as Greece enjoyed an 18:15 advantage. Kaltsidou and Evanthia Maltsi pushed the margin to 7 points early in the second term. However Spain responded with a 12:0 rally to earn a 30:25 lead. Elisa Aguilar crowned the first half with 5 points in a row as Spain built a 39:35 cushion into the main break.
Spain stunned their opponents at the beginning of the third quarter. They canned 16 straight points to balloon the margin to as many as 20 points. The game was done at this point. Spain cruised from now on earning the fourth straight victory at the tournament.
Anna Montanana provided 19 points and 5 boards for Spain. Elisa Aguilar added 12 points, while Alba Torrens (184-F-89) had 10 points in the win. Evanthia Maltsi responded with game-high 26 points for Greece. Pelagia Papamichail notched 9 points and 7 boards in the loss.

Spain: Anna Montanana 19, Elisa Aguilar 12, Alba Torrens 10
Greece: Evanthia Maltsi 26, Pelagia Papamichail 9


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  ITALY - Women  


Mary Sbrissa returns home - by Juliane Hoehne
San Martino Di Lupari announced their first new import of the season: Mary Sbrissa (188-F), who had played until 2006 for San Martino Di Lupari, will return after a three year stay in the United States of America. She played two years for Oregon at division 1 level, before playing another season for NYIT in division 2. The signing of the 6'2 post player is an important step for San Martino Di Lupari, since the team needs to be reformed after the losses of Lisa Cignarale (168-G-77), Juliane Hoehne (189-F/C-83, college: IPFW), Francesca Biral (186-F/C-79), Erika Bolletta (164-G-80), Cleia Crepaldi (173-F-77) and the twins Francesca Dotto and Caterina Dotto (165-G-93), which will transfer to the college Italia in Roma.


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  LATVIA - Women  


Latvia remain perfect - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic-Latvia 47:65

Latvia remained perfect at home in Eurobasket 2009. Trailing to Czech Republic in the first opening of the game, the hosts grabbed the first victory in the Qualifying Round to improve to 3-0 record in Group E.
Around 7,000 fans came to support the local team at the Arena Riga as the capital opened the doors for the home side in the last game of the day. Czech Republic however did not mind playing against the home support and took 4:0 lead. The Czechs played their part in an interesting encounter, opening a 17:10 lead as Viteckov a nailed a three. Michaela Hartigova (192-C-83) made it 23:19 at the end of the opening quarter. Almost for three minutes the teams were scoreless in the second quarter as Vesela increased the lead to 25:19 with 7.40 to go in the first half. Ieva Tare contributed four free throws in the run as Latvia went to the changing rooms on top, 34:31.
In the third period as well as in the last Latvia was too much for the opponents. The leader Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (177-G-83) made it 44:35 and then Jansone scored for plus 10, 47:37. Krumberga closed the third period as the hosts grabbed 53:38 after 19-7 in the frame. When Anete Jekabsone-Zogotanailed another three in the fourth period it became clear that there would not be any chances left for the guests in the game. A 12-9 in the last period brought Latvia 65:47 and 3-0 record in the group.
Anete Jekabsone-Zogota top-scored for the winners with 25 points. Zane Tamane (181-C-83, college: W.Illinois) was responsible for 17 and Gunta Basko (181-F-80, college: Siena) added 7. Eva Viteckova (189-F-82) finished the night with 16 points in the losing effort and Michaela Hartigova chipped in 7.

Czech Republic: Eva Viteckova 16, Michaela Hartigova 7
Latvia: Anete Jekabsone-Zogota 25, Zane Tamane 17, Gunta Basko 7


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  POLAND - Women  


Slovak Republic overwhelm Poland at the start of Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News
Slovak Republic - Poland 65:56

Slovakia earned the first win at the second stage of the EuroBasket in Latvia. They outgunned Poland in Riga today to improve at 2-1 record in Group E. Poland slipped at 1-2 record after the loss.
Slovakia did not waste too much time as Kupcikova and Martina GYURCSI (184-F-77) gave them a 10:3 lead midway through the opening frame. Martina GYURCSI and Carnoka soon stretched the margin to as many as 11 points before Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Abil.Christian) capped the frame with five straight points to narrow the gap to 6 points. Agnieszka Bibrzycka accounted for back-to-back three-pointers to propel Poland in front 16:14 with just under 4 minutes into the second quarter. Pawlak and Agnieszka Bibrzycka continued to shine for Polish team as they built a 28:22 lead into the dressing room. Slovakia however stayed close throughout the third frame and tied the scoreline at 35 after Anna Jurcenkova (195-C-85) nailed 4 points in a row. Jalcova and Laskova put Slovakia up by 4 late in the quarter but Agnieszka Bibrzycka once again capped the term narrowing the margin to 3 points. Zuzana Zirkova (175-F/G-80) and Martina GYURCSI combined for 5 consecutive points at the start of the final stanza to stretch the lead to 8 points. Zuzana Zirkova, Anna Jurcenkova and Martina GYURCSI later gave Slovakia a 13-point advantage as the game started to slip away from Poland. Magdalena Leciejewska (191-C-86) and Agnieszka Bibrzycka gave hope to Polish team as they nailed 4 in a row but Slovakia did not panic. Martina GYURCSI knocked down three free throws and Zuzana Zirkova added a treble to keep Poland at bay. Slovakia cruised to the win at the dying minutes as Poland could not threaten the margin.
Zuzana Zirkova came up with 20 points, 6 boards and 4 assists to lead Slovakia. Martina GYURCSI added 16 points and 7 boards, while Anna Jurcenkova finished with 11 points and 7 boards in the win. Agnieszka Bibrzycka answered with game-high 27 points. Magdalena Leciejewska had 7 points and 11 boards for Poland in defeat.
Slovak Republic will next face Latvia, Poland will take on Spain on Saturday.

Slovak Republic: Zuzana Zirkova 20, Martina GYURCSI 16, Anna Jurcenkova 11
Poland: Agnieszka Bibrzycka 27, Magdalena Leciejewska 7


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Slovak Republic overwhelm Poland at the start of Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News
Slovak Republic - Poland 65:56

Slovakia earned the first win at the second stage of the EuroBasket in Latvia. They outgunned Poland in Riga today to improve at 2-1 record in Group E. Poland slipped at 1-2 record after the loss.
Slovakia did not waste too much time as Kupcikova and Martina GYURCSI (184-F-77) gave them a 10:3 lead midway through the opening frame. Martina GYURCSI and Carnoka soon stretched the margin to as many as 11 points before Agnieszka Bibrzycka (184-F/G-82, agency: Data Plus Group, college: Abil.Christian) capped the frame with five straight points to narrow the gap to 6 points. Agnieszka Bibrzycka accounted for back-to-back three-pointers to propel Poland in front 16:14 with just under 4 minutes into the second quarter. Pawlak and Agnieszka Bibrzycka continued to shine for Polish team as they built a 28:22 lead into the dressing room. Slovakia however stayed close throughout the third frame and tied the scoreline at 35 after Anna Jurcenkova (195-C-85) nailed 4 points in a row. Jalcova and Laskova put Slovakia up by 4 late in the quarter but Agnieszka Bibrzycka once again capped the term narrowing the margin to 3 points. Zuzana Zirkova (175-F/G-80) and Martina GYURCSI combined for 5 consecutive points at the start of the final stanza to stretch the lead to 8 points. Zuzana Zirkova, Anna Jurcenkova and Martina GYURCSI later gave Slovakia a 13-point advantage as the game started to slip away from Poland. Magdalena Leciejewska (191-C-86) and Agnieszka Bibrzycka gave hope to Polish team as they nailed 4 in a row but Slovakia did not panic. Martina GYURCSI knocked down three free throws and Zuzana Zirkova added a treble to keep Poland at bay. Slovakia cruised to the win at the dying minutes as Poland could not threaten the margin.
Zuzana Zirkova came up with 20 points, 6 boards and 4 assists to lead Slovakia. Martina GYURCSI added 16 points and 7 boards, while Anna Jurcenkova finished with 11 points and 7 boards in the win. Agnieszka Bibrzycka answered with game-high 27 points. Magdalena Leciejewska had 7 points and 11 boards for Poland in defeat.
Slovak Republic will next face Latvia, Poland will take on Spain on Saturday.

Slovak Republic: Zuzana Zirkova 20, Martina GYURCSI 16, Anna Jurcenkova 11
Poland: Agnieszka Bibrzycka 27, Magdalena Leciejewska 7


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  SPAIN - Women  


Spain cruise past Greece in Riga - by Eurobasket News
Spain - Greece 67:48

EuroBasket 2009 moved to Riga. The teams tipped off the Qualifying Round action in Group E today. Spain took on Greece and extended their winning streak to four games. The victory allowed Spain to gain 3-0 record, while Greece slipped at 0-3 in Pool E. Greece jumped to a quick start as Kaltsidou and Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) gave them a 12:4 lead midway through the first frame. Anna Montanana (186-F-80, college: George Washington), Elisa Aguilar (178-G-76, college: George Washington) and Palau denied the deficit but Pelagia Papamichail (189-F/C-86) closed the quarter with a three-point play as Greece enjoyed an 18:15 advantage. Kaltsidou and Evanthia Maltsi pushed the margin to 7 points early in the second term. However Spain responded with a 12:0 rally to earn a 30:25 lead. Elisa Aguilar crowned the first half with 5 points in a row as Spain built a 39:35 cushion into the main break.
Spain stunned their opponents at the beginning of the third quarter. They canned 16 straight points to balloon the margin to as many as 20 points. The game was done at this point. Spain cruised from now on earning the fourth straight victory at the tournament.
Anna Montanana provided 19 points and 5 boards for Spain. Elisa Aguilar added 12 points, while Alba Torrens (184-F-89) had 10 points in the win. Evanthia Maltsi responded with game-high 26 points for Greece. Pelagia Papamichail notched 9 points and 7 boards in the loss.

Spain: Anna Montanana 19, Elisa Aguilar 12, Alba Torrens 10
Greece: Evanthia Maltsi 26, Pelagia Papamichail 9


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  TOURNAMENT OF THE AMERICAS - Women  


Canada names senior and women's development team - by Richard
Canada named their senior and development women's teams for their next international commitments.
Teresa Gabriele (165-G-79) leads the senior squad that will play in the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship for Women. Gabriele was part of the team that represented Canada in the 2000 Olympics.
The other players selected were: Kadie Riverin (175-G-86, college: Rice), Teresa Gabriele, Kaela Chapdelaine (178-G-85, college: Oregon), Kelsey Adrian (185-G/F-89, college: Oregon), Kim Smith (186-F-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Utah), Janelle Bekkering (183-G/F-88), Alisha Tatham (180-G/F-86, college: Massachusetts), Natalie Achonwa (188-F-92), Leanne Evans (188-F-86), Tamara Tatham (185-F-85, college: Massachusetts), Chelsea Aubry (186-F-84, college: Nebraska) and Jordan Adams (191-F/C-81, college: N.Mexico)
Canada will do some warm ups overseas starting in China from June 6-14, then on August 16-23 they will play in Cuba and finally on September 16-21 in Brazil playing in Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. The FIBA Americas Championship will be played on September 23-27 in Cuiaba, Brazil.
The head coach is Allison McNeill and her assistants are Mike McNeill and Lisa Thomaidis .
The development team will be coached by Deb Huband and Linda Marquis and will participate in the Universiade from July 1-12 in Serbia. The players are: Robyn Buna, Carolann Cloutier (-89), Kayla Dykstra (188-F-87), Marie-Michelle Genois (188-C-86), Kelsey Hodgson (178-G), Zara Huntley (188-C-89), Vanessa Kabongo (178-G-89), Kalisha Keane (185-F-89), Courtnay Pilypaitis (185-G-88), Chanelle St Amour and Laurelle Weigl (193-C-88).

Source: Fibaameircas.com


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  WNBA - Women  


Last games (3) - Mystics, Lynx and Mercury remain perfect - by Eurobasket News
Washington M. - Detroit S. 75-69
The Washington Mystics celebrated against the Detroit Shock last night jumping to perfect 3-0 record. Katie Smith (5'11''-G-74, college: Ohio St.) and Tay McWilliams drained 14 points each for the winners. Olayinka Sanni followed with one point less. On the other side, Crystal Langhorne delivered 14 pts and grabbed 8 rebounds.

L.Angeles S. - Minnesota L. 76-87
Seimone Augustus (6'1''-G-84, college: LSU) stepped up for the Minnesota Lynx in this match netting fantastic 30 points and pulling down 9 rebounds. Candice Wiggins had 17, while Nicky Anosike and Charde Houston helped their team with 16 points each. In loss, Betty Lennox posted 25 pts and grabbed 7 rebs. Lynx 3-0, Sparks 1-2.

New York L. - Phoenix M. 84-91
2-0 for the Mercury and 0-2 for the Liberty after this game. Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers) led the winners with 26 points and 5 rebounds. Diana Taurasi also shined adding 21 pts, 5 rebs and 5 as. Essence Carson answered with 18 pts in defeat.