EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 6/18/2009

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Youngest Lorbek brother in Partizan - by Milan Jovanovic
The youngest of the 3 Lorbek brothers - Klemen Lorbek (198-G-88), is currently on a try-out in Partizan, and if sattisfy the standards of Dusko Vujosevic who's famous for his developing of young talents, with very good chances to continue his career in Partizan next season.
21 year-old Slovenian has never played outside of his country untill now, and this might be his first foreign engagement.
Kloemen is the youngest and shortest of 3 brothers, so his position is different to his brothers, since he playes on guard, being 198cm high.


Velimir Perasovic remains Cibona Head Coach - by Eurobasket News
It is confirmed that Velimir Perasovic (agency: Interperformances ) is set to stay as Head Coach of Cibona for another year, after the club executed the contract option. Perasovic had a successful year in Zagreb as he led Cibona to the title and National Cup. Cibona also managed to reach Top 16 in the Euroleague competition. As all goals set before the season were achieved, it was expected that Perasovic will be given a chance to continue with his work and improve on the results he has reached. Also, Perasovic stated that after hearing the club's plans and ambitions for the next year he found himself very satisfied. As his personals goals have met those of Cibona, the agreement was easy to find. Now it will be up to Cibona and Perasovic to bring adequate players to improve the squad and keep Cibona competitive next year.
After a rich playing career, Perasovic was appointed as Sports Director of BC Split in 2003. In 2004 he constructed the team which won the Croatian Cup. Following season, Perasovic signed with Caja San Fernando as their head coach, but was fired in March of 2005. For season 2005-2006, as a promising coach Perasovic was given a chance at Tau Vitoria. Perasovic repaid the faith shown in him by leading Tau to Spanish Copa del Rey title and Spanish ACB Supercup in 2006. In the same season, Tau played in Euroleague Semifinals as well as Spanish ACB Finals. Still in March of 2007, in his 2nd season with Tau, Perasovic had to resign due to the health problems. Prior to signing with Cibona, Perasovic also coached at MMT Estudiantes Madrid.


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  ARGENTINA   


More transactions - by Facundo Iatzky
Quilmes Mar del plata signed their first players. They agreed in terms with Nicolas Romano (197-F/C-87) and Martin Muller (191-G-85). Esteban De La Fuente will be the coach.
Olimpico La banda signed Pedro Calderon and Eduardo Villares.
La Union Formosa resigned Ariel Pau.
Penarol resigned Pablo Sebastian Rodriguez (188-G-78).
Lanus confirmed Silvio Jose Santander as head coach.
Sionista added Matias Fioretti (199-G/F-84) to their roster for 2009/10.


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  ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


2009 FIBA-Asia draw in Tianjin today - by Hector Santos
Whether luck will be with countries that will participate in the FIBA-Asia draw or not is a mystery until the groups are finalized after a lottery at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Tianjin, China, on June 17, 2009.

Iran, Lebanon, Korea and Kazakhstan are seeded to head each of the four brackets in the tournament based on the Tokushima results from No. 1 to No. 4. China is allowed to choose its bracket as the host countrys privilege and will select to start the third round or after two teams are listed in each group. The rest of the slots will be filled by lottery.

There are 16 countries participating in the competition from the five FIBA-Asia zones of East Asia, Southeast Asia, West Asia, the Gulf and Middle Asia. The top three finishers will earn tickets to represent Asia at the World Championships in Turkey next year.

Aside from host China as automatic qualifier, the other teams playing in the Aug. 6-16 FIBA-Asia conclave are the five teams that made it via the Stankovic Cup Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Qatar and India, two teams from the Gulf United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, two teams from West Asia Iran and Lebanon, two teams from Southeast Asia the Philippines and Indonesia, two teams from East Asia Korea and Japan, and two teams from Middle Asia Uzbekistan and Sri Lanka.

Meanwhlle, a breaking news, Chinese-Taipei will replace Bahrain due to the latter withdrawal.Chinese Taipei finished sixth in Tokushima.


Draw completed for 25th FIBA Asia Championship - by Mohammed Malas
By S Mageshwaran, FIBA Asia

TIANJIN (FIBA Asia Championship) - Defending champions Iran have been drawn along side wild card entrants Chinese Taipei, Kuwait and Middle Asias Uzbekistan in Group B for the preliminary round of the 25th FIBA Asia Championship to be held here from Aug 6-16, 2009.

The draw ceremony was held at the host city on Wednesday.

Hosts China have opted to play in Group C for the preliminary round, which also comprises last editions semifinalists Kazakhstan, fellow Middle Asian nation India and Gulf champions Qatar.

Korea, who bagged the bronze medal at Tokushima two years ago, have been drawn in Group A.

Japan, who lost to Korea in the final of the East Asian qualifiers in Nagoya last week, along with South East Asia champions Philippines and Sri Lanka are the other teams in Group A.

Lebanon, runners-up to Iran at Tokushima, have been drawn in Group D which also comprises fellow WABA rivals Jordan.

Jordan, it may be recalled, were the first team apart from hosts China to book their berth in the championship by virtue of winning the 2008 FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup in Kuwait last year.

Indonesia, who finished runners-up to Philippines in SEABA and United Arab Emirates complete the line-up.

Chinese Taipei, who finished fourth behind Korea, Japan and China in the recently concluded East Asian qualifiers, were given a wild card entry into the championship following the withdrawal of Gulf representatives Bahrain.

The top three sides at the FIBA Asia Championship will advance to the 2010 FIBA World Championship to be played from 23 September to 3 October 2010 in Turkey.

The championship will be played under a new format.

Groupings for the Preliminary Round

Group A: Japan, Korea, Philippines, Sri Lanka.
Group B: Chinese Taipei, Iran, Kuwait, Uzbekistan.
Group C: China, India, Kazakhstan, Qatar.
Group D: Indonesia, Jordan, Lebanon, UAE.

The top three teams from each group will advance to the second round of the championship.

Eighth Final Round

Group E: A1, A2, A3, B1, B2, B3
Group F: C1, C2, C3, D1, D2, D3

Each team will play the three (3) new teams in its own group (the final scores of all games played in the Preliminary Round are valid for this round).

The top four from each group will advance to the knockout quarterfinal stage.


25th FIBA Asia Championship Draw - by Mohammed Malas
Below you will find the draw of the 25th FIBA Asia Championship in Tianjin, China (August 6 - 16).....

# Group A:
Japan
South Korea
Philippines
Sri Lanka

# Group B:
Iran
Chinese Taipei
Kuwait
Uzbekistan

# Group C:
China
Qatar
Kazakhstan
India

# Group D:
Lebanon
Jordan
Indonesia UAE



Standings
Standings
Group A
1. Japan0-0
2. S.Korea0-0
3. Philippines0-0
4. Sri Lanka0-0
Group B
1. Iran0-0
2. Kuwait0-0
3. Taiwan0-0
4. Uzbekistan0-0
Group C
1. China0-0
2. India0-0
3. Kazakhstan0-0
4. Qatar0-0
Group D
1. Indonesia0-0
2. Jordan0-0
3. Lebanon0-0
4. UAE0-0


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  AUSTRALIA   


Crocs re-sign Cameron Tovey and Kelvin Robertson for 09/10 season - by Eurobasket News
The Townsville Crocodiles, keen to retain the chemistry of last years roster, have re-signed Cameron Tovey (200-F-85, college: Augusta St.) and Kelvin Robertson (180-G-83) for the upcoming 2009/10 season which tips off for the team on 25 September against the Gold Coast Blaze.

Born in Townsville, the Crocodiles are the only NBL club Robertson has ever played for. Having played all 219 games with the Crocs, he is their longest serving player.

The natural on-court leader and three-point shooter has been making excellent progress in his recovery from an ACL injury he sustained at 'The Swamp against the former South Dragons team.

The Crocs are confident hell be ready to suit up in time for their first round clash against Gold Coast on 25 September at the Gold Coast Convention Centre.

In seeking to win the 2009/10 Championship the Townsville Crocodiles have retained a similar look side to the one that came close to securing a grand final appearance in 2008/09, and have also announced Cameron Tovey will suit up for the coming season.

Last season as a Crocodile was the second time small forward Tovey had been to the playoffs having previously been a member of the Sydney Kings team that won the minor premiership in 2007/08.

Before tackling this years national basketball season, Tovey will first travel to Serbia and play for Australia in the World University Summer Games. The World University Summer Games happen every two years under the watchful eye of the International University Sports Federation and will provide Tovey with some great competition leading into the season.

Tovey has stayed in Townsville during the off season preparing for the World University Games, working on his fitness and suiting up in the QBLs Townsville Heat colours.

The 199 centimeter small forward is one of the most athletic players in the NBL and showed significant improvement posting career best averages in scoring and rebounding last season.

Crocodiles Head Coach Trevor Gleeson said both players continue to be invaluable members of the team.

Cameron will be a great asset for us. He is quick, athletic and is only just starting to show his true potential.

Kelvin has proven himself to be one of the top Point Guards in Australia and his maturity has improved every year. He has become a very savvy veteran on the floor.

Courtesy of The Townsville Crocodiles


Tigers sign Daryl Corletto and Ryan Bathie - by Eurobasket News
The Melbourne Tigers have officially announced two new players to join their 2009/10 team - crowd favourite, Daryl Corletto (193-G-81) and newcomer, Ryan Bathie (198-F-87).

Corletto has played with the Tigers since 2002, being part of two NBL Championships and also playing with the Tigers Big V (ABA) team.

Currently playing alongside Corletto in the Big V is up and coming player Ryan Bathie, who has just returned from the US after graduating at Nicholls State University.

My first game with the Tigers Big V team was great, I enjoyed it and slotted straight in with all the guys.

I am definitely happy playing with the Tigers again after finishing up at College in the USA, and its always a pleasure and a thrill to play under Coach Al Westover. He is a terrific coach and one of the best around, Bathie said.

The 22 year old forward has been averaging 15.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per game so far in the Big V.

At 200cm, Bathie will join the Tigers NBL team as a development player, however it is expected that he will play most away games under the new NBL rules.

Bathie is heading to Canberra this week for the first Australian Boomers camp at the Australian Institute of Sport, and will play for Australia at the University Games in July.

While fresh blood is being injected into the Tigers team, the club is also happy to announce the re-signing of 27 year old Daryl Corletto.

Part of the 2006 and 2008 NBL Championship winning teams, and Grand Final teams in 2007 and 2009, Corletto is one of the more experienced members of the Tigers team, playing a vital back-up guard role.

When DT (Dave Thomas) was injured last season, he had to step up and play extended minutes, which he was more than capable of doing.

Hes towards the veteran stage of the team now so hes one of the leaders within our group, hes a reliable member of the team and were happy he could continue his career with the Tigers, Al Westover said.

Also an integral part of the Tigers Big V team, Corletto lead the team to win the 2008 Big V Championship, earned himself the Good Hands Award and was part of the All Star Five.

Its great to still be part of the Tigers team and to stay in Melbourne so I can keep playing in front of friends and family, Corletto said.

The Tigers now have four officially signed players Chris Anstey, Mark Worthington, Daryl Corletto and Ryan Bathie and will announce further players this week as soon as they are officially confirmed.


Daryl Corletto Fast Facts

Played Under 18 All-Australian team in 1998.
ABA Under 23 Player of the Year in 2001.
Big V All Star Five 2003, 2007, 2008.
Big V Youth Player of the Year in 2003.
Played with the Tigers for his whole NBL career since 2002.
Part of Tigers NBL Championship winning teams in 2005/06 and 2007/08.
NBL Grand Finalist with Tigers in 2006/07 and 2008/09.
Won Big V Good Hands Award in 2008.


Ryan Bathie Fast Facts


Nicholls State NCAA Division 1 2005-2009.
Co-Captain 2008/09 Season.
1433 Career Points.
All Aussie Hoops team January 2009 (Mills, Ogilvy, Nevill, Magden).
4th highest points average out of Australians in NCAA Div 1 2008/09.
Started all games Senior, Junior and Sophomore Seasons.
Selected Conference Player of the Week three times.
Selected in the Australian Junior Team to contest 2005 Youth Olympics in Sydney Gold Medalists & Selected to the All Tournament Team.
All Southland Conference 3rd Team (as a Junior).
All Southland Conference 1st Team (as a Senior).
Selected by College Insider as MVP Southland Conference.
All District 1st team as Selected by National Association of Professional Coaches.
Ranked 6th in Conference average points per game.
All Louisiana 1st Team.

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


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  AUSTRIA   


Schreiner to suceed Radomirovic at UBC St. Poelten - by Stefan Prager
UBC St. Poelten announced that Hubert Schreiner will succeed Miodrag Radomirovic as head coach. 59 year old Schreiner who coached St. Poelten in the 90s has been involved with the club ever
since. He won six titles troughout the 90s with the former St. Poelten team. Schreiner served as an assistant coach in 2002/2003 and was teams head coach again between 2003 and 2006. He then
coached the Austrian Nationalteam where he resigned in November of 2007. He was succeeded by Neno Asceric who is an St. Poelten legend as well. Schreiner served in the front office of St. Poelten
during tha last season and was now promoted as head coach due to as the club calls it economy measures. Meanwhile last years assistant coaches Adam Radomirovic and Uros Vukadinovic moved
to the youth team where both will work as fulltime coaches.


Schreiner to succeed Radomirovic in St. Poelten - by Stefan Prager
UBC St. Polten announced that 'Bimbo' Hubert Schreiner will succeed Miodrag Radomirovic as head coach. 59 year old Schreiner who coached St. Poelten in the 90s has been involved with the club ever since. He won six titles troughout the 90s with the former St. Poelten team. Schreiner served as an assistant coach in 2002/2003 and was teams head coach again between 2003 and 2006. He then coached the Austrian Nationalteam where he resigned in November of 2007. He was succeeded by Neno Asceric who is an St. Poelten legend as well. Schreiner served in the front office of St. Poelten during tha last season and was now promoted as head coach due to as the club calls it economy measures. Meanwhile last years assistant coaches Adam Radomirovic(190-G-86, agency: Octagon) and Uros Vukadinovic moved to the youth team where both will work as fulltime coaches.

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Oostende Transfer News - by Peter Buyse

Base Oostende announced today the arrival of Serbian center Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-F/C-84) who is due to sign with them today.
This past season he played 12 games in the Adriatic league where he averaged 17.6 ppg and 3.7 rpg. He also played 7 games in the Serbian league and 4 in the Eurocup. Vladan played the past 4 seasons for Hemofarm Vrsac. He missed most of the past season with an injury.

He was a member of the Serbian U20 and U21 teams as well as the Serbian University NT in 2007.


Earlier this week the team already announced that Serbian guard Ivan Paunic (194-G-87) has agreed to extend his contract through the 2009-2010 season.
Paunic averaged 9.1 ppg and 2.3 rpg this past season, his first for Base Oostende.




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  BELIZE   


BECOL BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT PLAYOFF RESULTS!!! - by David Magana

The BECOL BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT continued over the weekend with the continuation of the Playoffs
FRIDAY June 12th, 2009
GAME 12
U-18
Mt. Carmel 51

Johan (Cotto) Bermudez 18
Neon Harris 14
Michael Williams 12

O-Ballaz 49

Shelton Defour Jr. 19
Vandel Fuller 10
Elliot (Tito) Bermudez 8

Note
This Championship Series is Tied 1-1. Championship Game will be played Friday to decide the
U-18 Champion

GAME 2
Seniors
E-3 68

Mark OBrien 19
Shannon Guzman 16
Jimmy Rudon 9

Perkup Blazers 63

Don Williams 12
Rhetton Belisle (186-G) 12
Benedict Terry (196-F-87) 12

NOTE:
E3 leads best of 3 Series 1 0 in the Senior Division

Saturday 13th June
GAME 1
Seniors
Cougars Club 50

Christian Rodriguez (188-G/F) 17
Albert (Meely) Garcia 9

Christ For Life 62

Lindy Gill 19
Korie Williams 13
Mark Gentle 13

Christ For Life wins 3rd Place in the Senior Division

GAME 2
0-35
Belmopan Bandits 53

Clifford King 13
Clive Sutherland 10
Fred Morter 8

Hydro Power 33

Douglas Smith 14
Shelton Defour Sr. 6
Samuel (Spop) Martinez 6

This O-35 series is tied 1-1. The Deciding game will be played on Friday to decide the 0-35 Champion

GAME 2
U-21
Belmopan Trojans 52

Sheng-Li Arnold 11
Don Williams 11
Daniel Nolberto 11

Hydro Power 47

Vandel Fuller 12
Garret Bermudez 11
Frank Fuller 10

Belmopan Trojans is the Champions of the U-21 Division winning the Best of 3 Series 2 - 0

Playoff Games scheduled for this weekend

Friday June 19h Game 1 (U-18) Mount Carmel vs O-Ballaz(Championship Game)
Game 2 (O-35) Hydro Power vs Belmopan Bandits (Championship Game)
Game 3 (Seniors) Perkup Blazers vs E3 (Game 2)

Saturday June 20th Game 1 (U-21) Sacred Heart College vs Hardtime Hustlers (3rdrd Place Game)
Game 2 (Seniors) Perkup Blazers vs E3 (Game 3 if Necessary)



Southside Rebels Upset Undefeated Ghans Avenue and Valley Express; No Match for Belize Bank Benguche!!! - by David Magana
Saturday June 13, 2009

Game Results
Junior Division
Ghans Avenue 66
Southside Rebels 72

Senior Division
Belize Bank Benguche 74
Valley Express 44


Southside Rebels Upset Undefeated Ghans Avenue
Intent on finishing their regular season with a strong performance, the Rebels made sure their national team player Leroy Loriano was available for Saturday nights match against undefeated Ghans Avenue. Conversely, Ghans stand-out Daniel Nolberto was not unavailable for the game. Both teams still seemed equaled to the task and were knotted with a 10-10 score at the end of the first quarter and a 26-26 score at the half. The game would have to be decided in the second half and Loriano gave his team a 9 point edge by the end of the third by scoring 13 third quarter points. He scored another 11 in the fourth to finish with 32 for the game. Ghans best counter was point guard Arturo Hasbun who had 13 of his own in the fourth quarter, but could only cut the lead to 3 as the game ended 72-66. Hasbun finished with 25pts, 7rebs and 4asts. Ghans Avenue can still finished as the top seed with a win over Rebuilders in the Junior Division season finale on Thursday June 18th, 2009. Southside will just have to wait and see.

Valley Express; No Match for Belize Bank Benguche
In the week leading up to Saturday nights senior match-up between Valley Express and Belize Bank Benguche, many words were exchanged between the teams, especially after Express big win over BWEL Flames. Last Saturday a seven man rotation for Valley worked to perfection in their 65-63 win over Flames, but this was Benguche, the most complete team in this season. Benguche started with three reserves to test the Valley squad and the move proved netted a 1 point edge in their favor at the end of the first. Darwin Leslie (191-F/G-81) came on the second to score 11 of his 14 points and stretch the lead to 26-19 at the half. Valley short bench was no match for Benguches balanced attack. Nevin Ramirez for Valley finished with 14pts, 8rebs, Dean Welcome had 10pts, 5rebs and team captain Alex Romero threw in 9pts, 8rebs. That was about it for Valley as Benguche embarrassed them 74-44. Tyrone Castillo (183-G-84) of Benguche had 16pts, 8rebs, 4asts, and Adrian Garcia finished with 10pts and 5stls.

John RhysDBA


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  BOSNIA   


Grgat and Ruzic to stay with Siroki - by Eurobasket News
It seems that SIroki has managed to tie two of its best players for another year. After helping the team to pull an upset against Bosna ASA BHT claiming the championship title, Ivan Grgat (210-F/C-74, agency: Court Side) and Jurica Ruzic (199-F-77) will extend their stay in Siroki. Their decision was made easily since their compatriot, Head Coach Hrvoje Vlasic, has also extended the contract recently.

This is certainly step in the right direction for Siroki who will be looking to build upon the success they have achieved this year. For the next one Siroki hopes to defend the title, but the primary goal of the team will be to achieve significant result in the Adriatic League.

Ivan Grgat brings wealth of experience as he played for numerous clubs around Europe. He started his career with Cibona with whom he won three consecutive Croatian League titles from 1997-1999. With Cibona Grgat also won Croatian Cup in 1999. After Cibona, Grgat played for numerous clubs including Zalgiris, Wloclawek, Le Mans, Aris, PAOK, Zadar, Prostejov and Achilleas Kaimakliou. In 2004, Grgat won another Croatian title this time with Zadar. He also had a successful season with Aris with whom he has won FIBA Champions Cup. Grgat signed with Siroki in March 2009 and has helped them win the double this year.

Jurica Ruzic is also experienced player who started his career at Zadar. With Zadar he has won Croatian Cup in 1998 and 2000, as well as the title in 2002. Prior to signing with Siroki, Ruzic played for Go-Pass Pepinster, Le Mans, Besanon Basket Comt Doubs and Borik Puntamika Zadar. With Le Mans he has won French Cup in 2004.


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  BRAZIL   


Ciser/Araldite/Univille/Joinville Secures Next Season - by Allan Oliveira

The brazilian team Ciser/Araldite/Univille/Joinville secures sponsorship for more 2 seasons and renewed with 5 players for season 2009/2010. According their official site,Espiga Soares (187-G-72) , Fabio Catarina (192-F-81), Shilton dos Santos (198-F/C-82), Romulo, Tiagao de Lima (201-C/F-81) are confirmed for next season. Semifinalists in last NBB, they are also in talks with Andre Luiz Manteiguinha (192-G-81) and Jefferson Sobral (203-F-80), who made a good impression helping the team to reach the semifinals. Head Coach Alberto Bial must stay, he is satisfied with the work done by players, assistants and the support by local fans.



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US coaches hold basketball clinics on Tortola -impressed with talent - by David Edole
Local sport enthusiast Terry Chinnery was searching for an avenue to connect young basketball players with colleges and high schools in the United States. The dream inched closer to reality when two coaches from Warner University visited the Territory based on the relationship they shared with Chinnery.

Mens head coach Sean Hanrahan, along with his assistant coach, Donnie Arey, took a group of over 20 players through various shooting, passing and ball handling skills last Thursday at the Multipurpose Sports Complex in Road Town.

We have done this at different places. We were excited to come to Tortola and do this clinic. It has been a great experience because you never know what you would get. The people are fantastic, the kids are energetic and we were well taken care of by the people who are very hospitable, said Hanrahan.

He added that the session incorporated several of the drills used by college players in the US. Hanrahan said that the local players were very receptive

Arey, who is a member of the US National Association of Basketball Coaches and has worked with Jordan Camps and directly with the Orlando Magic basketball summer camps, said that the potential was great. He noted that without five minutes of instructions, the players eyes were focused, listened and worked very hard.

Apart from the skill, we try to teach sportsmanship, team work, positive attitude and respect for their opponents. We have seen some kids that can play at our level in the United States and we want to develop more relationships here and to have some kids develop their skills in the United States, Arey stated.

Following the clinic, the duo also worked with the national team, who are preparing for the upcoming Caribbean Basketball Confederation tournament, which starts at the end of June.

Hanrahan noted that it would be of great benefit to start players off at an earlier age.

I understand that there are not a lot of leagues before they get 13, 14 years. The kids in the states start as early as eight years. If we can help incorporate some different leagues to start them out at an early age, they would really excel. They are already a good group of guys willing to work hard and in time they will catch up, Hanrahan stated.

Arey on the other hand believes that more women should get involved in the sport based on his experience with the Womens National Basketball Association (WNBA).

The women are great role models and these girls have to look up to them and see that they can play this game at an early age. Women are so willing to learn and eager to play the game. I would love to work with the female players on Tortola if I am given the chance to, Arey stated.

Chinnery explained that the coaches loved what they saw and want to come back several times during the year to work with the local players. He said that they have also agreed to examine the possibility of have some players incorporated into US high schools and universities.

I just like kids and I like for them to get exposed. I went to the US and I went to a college and I met the basketball coaches and I invited them down here because I know that they have some kids in Tortola who are hoping to get into college and universities in the United States. This is something I was looking at for a while and that is a place where kids can go and play in high school, Chinnery stated.


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  CENTRAL AFRICA   


Sato is crowned in Italy - by Eurobasket News
Romain Sato (194-G-81, college: Xavier) and his Italian Montepaschi is crowned in Italy! The team swept the Final series 4-0 over Armani after 82:47 in Game 4. Montepaschi decided not to wait until the home game and was ready to sweep the series tonight. The Winner of the Regular Season started with 31:9 in the opening quarter and never looked behind. The favorites had 50:30 as both teams left the court for the lockers. Montepaschi could celebrate the win already in the third period when they had 68:35 at the end of the thirty minutes. The teams played well however mostly were killing time in the last stanza as the guests started to think about the trophy. Ksistof Lavrinovic paced all the winners with 15 points and Romain Sato nailed 14. Kaukenas Rimantas ended up with 12 points, whilst Terrell McIntyre added 11. David Hawkins finished the night with 13 points in the losing effort.
This season belonged to Montepaschi. The team looked far ahead than any other team in Seria A and won all the Play-off games sweeping the series. Montepaschi Siena finished the regular season in style beating Armani Jeans on the road. Romain Sato scored 20 points to lead the visitors. Henry Domercant added 15 points in the 29th win for Siena. David Hawkins responded with 24 points for Armani Jeans.
Montepaschi paved their way into the semifinal stage as they swept Scavolini in three games. Romain Sato nailed 19 points to secure the third win in the series. Morris Finley added 15 points in the victory. Michael Hicks responded with 21 points in the losing effort.
Montepaschi advanced to the Finals of Serie A sweeping the series over Benetton after 101:76 in Game 3. Terrell McIntyre , Romain Sato and Domercant Henry top-scored for the winners with 16 points each, while Eze Benjamin netted 13. Stefansson Jon ended up with 18 points in the losing effort.


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  CHINA   


Groupings Announced For FIBA Asia Championship - by Arthur Volbert
China has been placed in the same group as India, Kazakhstan and Qatar in the preliminary round of the 25th FIBA Asia Championship to be held in Tianjin, China from Aug 6-16, 2009. Three teams advance to the second round.

Chinese Taipei, which finished fourth behind Korea, Japan and China in the recently concluded East Asian qualifiers, was given a wild card entry into the championship following the withdrawal of Gulf representatives Bahrain.

The championship will be played under a new format.

Groupings for the Preliminary Round

Group A: Japan, Korea, Philippines, Sri Lanka.
Group B: Chinese Taipei, Iran, Kuwait, Uzbekistan.
Group C: China, India, Kazakhstan, Qatar.
Group D: Indonesia, Jordan, Lebanon, UAE.

The top three teams from each group will advance to the second round of the championship.

Second Round

Group E: A1, A2, A3, B1, B2, B3
Group F: C1, C2, C3, D1, D2, D3

Each team will play the three new teams in its own group. The final scores of all games played in the Preliminary Round are carried over to this round.

The top four from each group will advance to the knockout quarterfinal stage.

The top three teams at the FIBA Asia Championship will advance to the 2010 FIBA World Championship to be played from September 23 to October 3, 2010 in Turkey.


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  COLOMBIA   


Federation Cup Scheduled to began on August 21 - by Victor Garcia
The National Basketball Federation had issued a project Schedulle for the upcoming 2009 Colombian Basketball Federation Cup, the schedulle is projected to start on August 21 including nine teams, the teams included are: one team from each of the following leagues: Bogot, Valle, Antioquia, Norte, Santander, Bolivar, San Andres, Cundinamarca and Boyaca, but at this time just Bogot, Antioquia, Santander, Bolivar and San Andrs are 100% confirmed.
The teams are asking to limit the Federation Cup just to eight teams, because the ninth team will cause high overcost, Cundinamarca looks to be the team excluded specially beacuse finished the 2008 in the last place arriving to its last game in Cucuta just with 6 players.


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  CROATIA   


Grgat and Ruzic to stay with Siroki - by Eurobasket News
It seems that SIroki has managed to tie two of its best players for another year. After helping the team to pull an upset against Bosna ASA BHT claiming the championship title, Ivan Grgat (210-F/C-74, agency: Court Side) and Jurica Ruzic (199-F-77) will extend their stay in Siroki. Their decision was made easily since their compatriot, Head Coach Hrvoje Vlasic, has also extended the contract recently.

This is certainly step in the right direction for Siroki who will be looking to build upon the success they have achieved this year. For the next one Siroki hopes to defend the title, but the primary goal of the team will be to achieve significant result in the Adriatic League.

Ivan Grgat brings wealth of experience as he played for numerous clubs around Europe. He started his career with Cibona with whom he won three consecutive Croatian League titles from 1997-1999. With Cibona Grgat also won Croatian Cup in 1999. After Cibona, Grgat played for numerous clubs including Zalgiris, Wloclawek, Le Mans, Aris, PAOK, Zadar, Prostejov and Achilleas Kaimakliou. In 2004, Grgat won another Croatian title this time with Zadar. He also had a successful season with Aris with whom he has won FIBA Champions Cup. Grgat signed with Siroki in March 2009 and has helped them win the double this year.

Jurica Ruzic is also experienced player who started his career at Zadar. With Zadar he has won Croatian Cup in 1998 and 2000, as well as the title in 2002. Prior to signing with Siroki, Ruzic played for Go-Pass Pepinster, Le Mans, Besanon Basket Comt Doubs and Borik Puntamika Zadar. With Le Mans he has won French Cup in 2004.


Sandro Nicevic extends contract with Benetton Treviso - by Eurobasket News
Croatian / Italian big guy Sandro Nicevic (210-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) will stay with Benetotn Treviso for 2 more years. This news is announced by the Italian club today. The good thing for Nicevic is not only the great season with his team, but also the Italian citizenship, which he received the last month.
Sandro Nicevic joined Benetton last summer from Besiktas Cola Turka. He appeared 13 times in EuroCup averaging 12.3 ppg, 4.9 rpg and 2.9 apg. In Italian Serie A he played 34 games with 11.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg and 1.6 apg. His team managed to reach the semifinals which automatically means that they will participate in Euroleague qualifications. Sandro Nicevic was a member of Team Croatia on the Olympic Games in Beijing last summer. He played all 6 games adding 3.7 ppg and 2.8 rpg.
Before Benetton Treviso, Nicevic changed many teams. He was a member of Besiktas, Le Mans, Unicaja, AEK Athens, Union Olimpija and Cibona. He won 4 championship titles in Croatia, as well as two National Cups. In 2006 he won the Spanish title with Unicaja. In 2004 Nicevic celebrated in French Cup with Le Mans.


Matija Ceskovic joins Bosna ASA BHT - by Eurobasket News
Bosna ASA BHT has continued with reconstruction of its team for the next season after signing Matija Ceskovic (192-G-81, agency: Court Side) on 1-year contract. Croatian international brings a lot of experience and he will be expected to be an important player at the guard position along with Suad Sehovic. Ceskovic is seen as an ideal replacement for Goran Ikonic, who is expected to leave Bosna. Bosna management is still expected to sign at least one player at the point guard position which would increase the competition for places in the squad. Ceskovic was glad he was given opportunity by Bosna and he hopes to thank them by helping the team reach their goals set for next season. Head Coach Vlada Vukoicic was pleased with new signing but maintained more reinforcements will be necessary if Bosna hopes to regain the title they lost to Siroki this year. Other than Ceskovic, Bosna has also signed Goran Bajic form Vojvodina who is expected to fill the forward position after Dusan Djordjevic left to Olimpija Ljubljana. Bosna hopes to emulate success of brining players from Vojvodina as they have signed Ivanovic last year and he has become an instant hit.
Matija Ceskovic started his career with Zrinjevac Zagreb Junior Team. In 1999 he won U18 National title with Zrinjevac. He signed his first professional contract in 2000 with Sanac Karlovac. He also played for numerous teams in the region including Kraski Zidar Sezana, Dona Dubrava Zagreb, Koper, Helios Domzale among many. In 2006, Caskovic signed with Siroki with whom he won the Bosnian Cup that year. Casckovic was voted MVP of the Finals Tournament. Prior to signing with Bosna, Caskovic spent 2 seasons in Greece where he played for AO Kolossos Rodou and I.C.B.S.


Velimir Perasovic remains Cibona Head Coach - by Eurobasket News
It is confirmed that Velimir Perasovic (agency: Interperformances ) is set to stay as Head Coach of Cibona for another year, after the club executed the contract option. Perasovic had a successful year in Zagreb as he led Cibona to the title and National Cup. Cibona also managed to reach Top 16 in the Euroleague competition. As all goals set before the season were achieved, it was expected that Perasovic will be given a chance to continue with his work and improve on the results he has reached. Also, Perasovic stated that after hearing the club's plans and ambitions for the next year he found himself very satisfied. As his personals goals have met those of Cibona, the agreement was easy to find. Now it will be up to Cibona and Perasovic to bring adequate players to improve the squad and keep Cibona competitive next year.
After a rich playing career, Perasovic was appointed as Sports Director of BC Split in 2003. In 2004 he constructed the team which won the Croatian Cup. Following season, Perasovic signed with Caja San Fernando as their head coach, but was fired in March of 2005. For season 2005-2006, as a promising coach Perasovic was given a chance at Tau Vitoria. Perasovic repaid the faith shown in him by leading Tau to Spanish Copa del Rey title and Spanish ACB Supercup in 2006. In the same season, Tau played in Euroleague Semifinals as well as Spanish ACB Finals. Still in March of 2007, in his 2nd season with Tau, Perasovic had to resign due to the health problems. Prior to signing with Cibona, Perasovic also coached at MMT Estudiantes Madrid.


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New coach for B.M.C. AEK - by Michael Aristidou
B.M.C. AEK Larnacas signed a new coach for the fortcoming seazon. American-Canadian Jerry Hemmings is the new coach. Hemmings was born in Feb 17 1948. He coaches Canada national team and he is Winnigest Head Coach In Canada (734 wins, 270 losses, 73% win percentage). He has a lot of awards in his career and one memorable is that he is the last coach that won USSR as a national team in July 1991!. Assistan coach will be Akis Konstantinou who finishes the seazon as head coach in Pizza Express Primetel Apollon

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Vipers alumnus wins NBA championship for first time - by Eurobasket News
The NBA D-League Rio Grande Valley Vipers announced today that Los Angeles Lakers guard Shannon Brown (6'3''-G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Michigan St.) is the first Vipers alumnus to win an NBA Championship.

Brown played in three games in the NBA Finals as the Lakers defeated the Orlando Magic four games-to-one.

For the post-season, Brown averagws 4.9 points in 12 minutes and 49 seconds of work per game. He shot 48% from behind the arc (12-for-25).

Brown was an NBA-assignee from the Cleveland Cavaliers to the Vipers during the 2007-08 season, He averaged 20.6 points and 4.4 rebounds per game for the Vipers in five contests.

The Rio Grande Valley Vipers are a professional basketball team in the NBA Development League (NBA D-League). The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA's official minor league and featured 16 teams with direct affiliations to NBA teams during the 2008-09 season. This fall, two new NBA D-League teams will begin play in Portland, Maine and Springfield, Mass.-- the birthplace of basketball. Eighty-four former NBA Development League players were on 2008-09 NBA end-of-season rosters, amounting to almost 20 percent of NBA players, and the league continues to develop coaches, referees, and front office staff for the NBA and its teams. In fostering the league's connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. The NBA D-League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA. Throughout the season fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA Futurecast, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/futurecast. The Vipers' NBA affiliates are the Houston Rockets, and the New Orleans Hornets.

Courtesy of The Rio Grande Valley Vipers


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Basketball Clinic Belgrade 2009 - by Zoran Popovic
Serbian Association of Basketball Coaches organizes the 8th consecutive International Coaching seminar called Basketball Clinic Belgrade 2009 that will be held on June 27th and 28th in Sports hall FMP in Zeleznik, Belgrade . The lecturers at the upcoming seminar will be:
- Dusan Ivkovic (agency: Beo Basket ) (head coach of Serbian National Team)
- Pepu Hernandez (former head coach of Spanish National Team, current world champion from 2006)
- Bo Ryan (head coach of Wisconsin University and head coach of the USA University National Team)
- Ph.D. Marko Stojanovic (professor at the University of Novi Sad )
- Ph.D. Vladimir Koprivica (conditioning coach, Faculty of Sport, Belgrade University )
All lectures will be translated into English language
- Most likely, the pre-Universiade tournament will be held at the same time with the participating national teams of the USA , Canada , Russia and Serbia . Closer information will be published on the web-site of SABC soon (www.ukts.rs)

THE PROGRAM

DAY 1 - SATURDAY, JUNE 27th, 2009
(THE SPORTS HALL 'FMP', ZELEZNIK, BELGRADE)

- 08.30 - Registration of participants
- 10.30 - Opening ceremony
- 10.35 - Dusan Ivkovic (agency: Beo Basket ), 'Transition game in contemporary basketball'
- 12.00 - Bo Ryan , 'Swing Offense'
- 14.30 - Marko Stojanovic, Ph.D., 'Talented players' identification in top level basketball: scientific approach'
- 16.00 - Pepu Hernandez, 'Aletrnative Defenses - Constant Changes'

Pre-Universiade Tournament, The Hall od Sports, New Belgrade
- 18.30 - Serbia vs. Russia
- 21.00 - Canada vs. USA
(Bus transportation to The Hall of Sports is provided)


DAY 2 - SUNDAY, JUNE 28TH, 2009
(THE SPORTS HALL 'FMP', ZELEZNIK, BELGRADE)

- 10.30 - Dusan Ivkovic (agency: Beo Basket ), 'Transition game in contemporary basketball - continuation'
- 12.00 - Pepu Hernandez, 'Basketball without dribbling'
- 14.30 - Bo Ryan , 'Transition Defense'
- 16.00 - Vladimir Koprivica, 'The role of conditioning coach and his cooperation with the head coach'

Pre-Universiade Tournament, The Hall of Sports, New Belgrade
- 18.30 - Canada vs. Russia
- 21.00 - Serbia vs. USA
(Bus transportation to The Hall of Sports is provided)

NOTE: THE CHANGES IN THE SEMINAR'S TIME-TABLE ARE POSSIBLE


Source of informations is official site of SERBIAN ASSOCIATION OF BASKETBALL COACHES (www.ukts.rs)


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JKS shape their squad - by Eurobasket News
JKS started the preparations for the upcoming season in 1st Division. The last season result left much to be desired as JSK finished at 7-13 record at the 10th spot. So the team decided to bolster the squad with some signings. Nicolas Dolenc (200-C-89), Oscar Lindqvist (188-G-90), Robert Juvonen (181-G-91), Tomi Jarvinen and Otso Vedenpaa have been inked by JKS.
Nicolas Dolenc spent the last season with HNMKY. A 20-year-old centre averaged 3.2 points and 2.4 boards per game. He also traveled to Romania with the Finnish U20 team to play at the European championship. There his stats came up to 1.0 points and 1.8 rebounds per appearance.
Oscar Lindqvist also played for HNMKY in the previous season. A 19-year-old talent averaged 5.3 points and 2.1 boards per game.
Robert Juvonen extended his contract with JKS. He played 16 games for the team in the last season scoring 4.5 points and pulling down 1.9 rebounds per show.
Otso Vedenpaa also got an extension of his contract as his stats read 1.3 points and 1.8 rebounds for 2008-09 season. He was among the most improved players on the roster for the team. Vedenpaa will enter his second year at the pro level.


KORISLIIGA: Mikko Niemi back to Finland - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Finnish PG Mikko Niemi (187-G-85) has graduated out of Youngstown State University, Ohio, where he spent studying and playing 104 basketball games 2005-09 averaging 0,3-1,0 ppg. Niemi is coming back to Finland and has signed with YMCA Lappeenranta a 1+1 year contract. Finnish F Petri Heinonen (207-F/C-88) is leaving Honka (Espoo) and will continue his basketball career in Uusikaupunki and Korihait roster. Last season Heinonen belonged first to Honka roster (24 games: 2,4 ppg - 2,0 rpg) and later to Korihait roster (14 games: 3,6 ppg - 2,4 rpg). Heinonen and Korihait have signed a contract model 1+1 seasons.


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John Bowler(Telekom Baskets Bonn) Thoughts To Game 1 Win And Game 2 Against TheEWE Baskets Oldenburg June 18th - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
American John Bowler (206-F-84, agency: LimeLight, college: E.Michigan) is a 206 cm forward/center playing his third season in the BBL for The Telekom Baskets Bonn. He played at Eastern Michigan from 2002-2006 and in his senior year he averaged in 28 games: 20.1ppg, 10.8rpg, 2.5apg, FG: 54.9%, 3PT: 28.6%, FT: 72.3%. In his four years at Eastern Michigan he played in 113 games averaging 12,6ppg, 7,1rpg and 1,7apg for his four year career. He is a big competitor who does everything needed to win. He is the ultimate team player that was named first team All-Mid-American (MAC) Conference for the 2005-2006 season in a vote by the leagues 12 head coaches. He was leading the MAC in both scoring and rebounding and is the lone MAC player to average double figures in both scoring and rebounding in 2005/06, finishing the year with a 20.1 scoring mark and a 10.8 rebound average. He turned in one of the top seasons in EMU and MAC history in 2005-2006 by averaging 17 double-doubles that season and had 32 in his four-year career. John finished his career as the 11th-leading scorer in EMU history with 1,427 points and his 801 career rebounds is fifth best in history. He is one of just three players in school history to score more than 1,400 points and grab more than 800 rebounds. He started his professional Basketball career in 2006 with The Telekom Baskets Bonn and averaged in 38 games: 9.9ppg, 5.3rpg, 2FGP: 48.6%, 3FGP: 42.1%, FT: 66.9%. In the 2007 season, he averaged in 39 games: 12.1ppg, 5.3rpg, 1.1apg, 2FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 41.9%, FT: 70.5%. He was named Most Likeable Player in the German BBL in 2008. He has been one of the best and consistent inside players in German BBL in 2007/08. He was one of the big reasons that his team made it to the BBL Finals. He missed more than half of the 2008-2009 season due to injury and played 18 BBL games averaging 7,1ppg and 2,2rpg. He also saw action in Eurochallenge and played six games averaging 8,8 ppg, 2,0rpg and 1,5apg. He spoke to Eurobasket after the game one win in Oldenburg.







John, congrats on winning game one of the 2009 BBL finals in Oldenburg. No games seem to be easy anymore in the BBL. Bonn 74-72, how difficult was it winning this game in Oldenburg?






It was difficult, but we have to expect that every game is going to be difficult. This is the finals against a very good Oldenburg team. Every game is going to be tough.









In the first quarter, Oldenburg snuck away with the lead, but you guys closed out the first quarter with a 5-0 run. Why did it take the team so long to find their rhythm?







They threw some different looks at us early. We started to make adjustments later in the game and it worked in our favor.








In the second quarter, The EWE Baskets Oldenburg were able to jump away and lead 39-31 at halftime. Especially the Pekovic three pointers hurt. I think, you guys missed many golden opportunities to make your own run. Why was Bonn having problems executing in the second quarter?






Once again I feel they gave us several different looks defensively and they hit some huge shots from the 3. We didn't panic. We made sure that we kept it close, so that we could make our adjustments against their defenses and make our run in the second half.







In the third quarter, Bonn blew the game wide open going on a 13-4 run to retake the lead 44-43. What did coach Michael Koch tell the guys at halftime to do better in the second half?







Coach just let us know that we were only down 8. He said that we had been playing well and they had made their run. They had hit some tough shots and we wanted to keep forcing them to take tough looks.







After missing an easy layup, you made three shots in a row, including an old school bank shot and a nice spin move. The old John Bowler seems to be returning more and more. Did your confidence grow with every new made shot?






No, my confidence is always there. Some shots just aren't going to go in. For some reason that layup just didn't want to go in for me. I can't worry about one miss. That's just basketball. I just got to keep playing.






You like the bank shot option and made a beauty from the wing over Boumtje Boumtje. Is that a shot you practice a lot in practice and where do you get the inspiration to take this shot? Is there maybe an ex NBA player that used to do it that impresses you?








I work on the glass shot a lot. It is one of my favorite shots. I really love the way Tim Duncan uses glass. He has it down to an art form.








You made four assists and really showed your keen eye for the open player. Who is your passing center role model?







Well when I grew up, all the great passing centers were european centers like Sabonis and Vlade. Those guys really could find any open player.







But the best play of game was your rebound while sitting on the floor. How rare is that? Have you ever gotten a rebound like that before in your career?









Yeah that has happened a couple times before. Since I try to take charges I just end up on my back when a player will drive, therefore if the shot is missed it might end up falling to me. It is still pretty rare, and I can't help but laugh when it happens.






The EWE baskets Oldenburg are known as a strong crunch time team, but Bonn was able to pull out a hard fought victory in the fourth quarter. What was key in the fourth quarter that brought Bonn over the edge to win game one?








Well we showed lots of composure late in the game. I think what really helped us was playing a couple tough close games early in this playoff. It helped us focus on how to close games.









Oldenburg has to win game 2 in Bonn. What will be key for Bonn to win game 2 in Bonn?










I feel that we have to win this game, too. We have to take care of our home court. The keys for us has been the same all playoffs. Defense. We need to keep playing well defensively


TBB Trier Sign Luxemburg National Player Samy Picard - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

TBB Trier have been known for their love of signing American boys, but now they have shown some passion for their neighbour signing Luxemburg national player Samy Picard (195-F-88). He is a 21 year old 195 small forward, but could also see some time at the shooting guard position for TBB Trier next season. He played for the Musel Pikes since 2005 and has rapidly developed the last years increasing his points total from 17,2 to 18,9 to 21,4 and 6,0 rebounds. He also led his team to back to back final appearances in the Luxemburg league. He really flourished in the playoffs avergaing 29 points per game. He played in the 2009 Luxemburg Allstar game His coach in Luxemburg was Frank Baum, who was assistant coach in Trier for many years.


The signing of Picard is the first time in the history of TBB Trier that a Luxemburg player has played for the Mosel city. Picard is seen as one of the biggest Luxemberg talents and he will need to get used to other training habits in Germany as in Luxemburg, he was used to practicing only 3-4 times a week. Triers player recruiting manager Mike Wolter is convinced of his ability. 'The performance difference between Germany and Luxemburg is big. Sami is coming with a lot of motivation. He knows that he can profit from the experienced players. I am sure he will fight for every minute', said Mike Wolter. Picard has gained some international experience playing for the U-18 National team at the European Championships in Sibiu Romania in 2006 averaging in 7 games: 22.1ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 47.7%, 3FGP: 28%, FT: 87.9%. He is a member of the Luxemburg national team since 2007.


Picard might be the most talented Luxemburg player at the moment, but TBB Trier knows that they cant expect any special miracles from the 21 year old. 'His first year will be a learning experience. We are all excited how he will develop', commented TBB Trier manager Lothar Hermeling. TBB Trier expect a lot from him, but will carefully let him develop and therefore have given him a three year contract.



Schulwitz joins Herten - Two youngsters stay - by Moritz Korff
Hertener Loewen (2. Bundesliga Pro B) have announced the signing of Nic Schulwitz (193-G/F-83). The Forward played 23 games for the University of Minnesota, Crookston (NCAA2) in 2008-09 and averaged 2.7 points as well as 2.9 rebounds per outing.
Meanwhile, Franjo Lukenda (191-G-87) and Christoph Schmuedderich (199-F-90) will stay with the Lions and play for the Herten team in the upcoming campaign. Lukenda played 11 Pro B-games for Herten last season and scored five points, while Schmuedderich didn't see any action in Bundesliga play.


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Greek NT for the Mediterranean Games - by Chris Mammides
The Greek NT which will participate in the coming Mediterrannean Games (Peskara of Italy 28/6-4/7) was officially announced a couple of weeks ago. Four player from Costa Cafe Marousi are members of the specific NT, while just one player from A2(Nikos Papanikolaou of Ilysiakos) is a member of the Med. national team. The team is traveling tonigh for Italy, Biella, where it will particiapte in an international 2day tournament The Mediterranean NT is the following:
Head Coach Giannis Giannopoulos
Assistand Coach: Nikos Siragakis
Players:
Fanis Koumpouras (185-G-83) of Costa Cafe Marousi
Dimitrios Kalaitzidis (198-F/G-85) of Panellinios
Dimitris Karadolamis (204-F-87) of PAOK
Alexis Kiritsis (198-G-82) of PAOK
Gaios Skordilis (206-C-87) of ARIS
Petros Noeas (204-F-87) of Costa Cafe Marousi
Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85, college: St.Louis) of Olympiakos
Nikolaos Papanikolaou (210-F-85) of Ilysiakos
Stavros Toutziarakis (210-C-87) of Costa Cafe Marousi
Dimitrios Mavroeidis (208-C-85) of Costa Cafe Marousi
Dimitrios Lolas (203-F-86) of Kavalla
Igor Milosevic (193-G-86) of Olympiakos


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Weekend wrap for June 11-14 - by Eurobasket News
With just two weeks remaining in the 2009 International Basketball League regular season teams are making a final hard charge for playoff positions in the season ending tournament. The marquee games of the weekend featured two teams sitting atop their divisions and the same playoff bracket. However, we'll start our review in the East.

East Division: The East played host to just a single game this week, the Kankakee County Soldiers (10-8) heading to Michigan to play the division leading Holland Blast (13-2). In the contest, the Blast showed why they are the top team in the division as they flew past the second place Soldiers 135-109, despite being outrebounded 49-42. The Blast however went back to a team hallmark which is sharing the ball and held a 22-7 advantage in assists which led to 6 Holland players scoring 14+ in the game led by Julius Vines (6'3''-G, college: Ferris St.) who led them with 26. They also received 18 from Rachmin Dillard (#13 IBL pts) and six assists from Jeremy File (#13 IBL ast). The visitors were paced by Lawrence Burnett (#23 IBL pts) who tallied a game-high 29 points while collecting 12 boards, tying the night's high total with teammate CeCe Malone. Barry Bradford (#8 IBL ast) gave a solid all-around effort scoring 16, pulling down eight rebounds and handing out a team-high four helpers.

North Division: Moving on by number of games hosted, the North had a three-game itinerary. The defending Champion Bellingham Slam (14-3) welcoming the Seattle Mountaineers (10-7) to Whatcom Pavilion while the Vancouver BC Titans (7-11) hosted the Central Oregon Hotshots (4-7) on Friday and then the Snohomish County Explosion (7-7), the playoff hosts, on Saturday. The Slam played like champs again as they collected their 14th win with a 142-104 win, busting a close game open in the second quarter when they lapped the visitors 45-21 in the period. The Slam had their stars on display as Ira Graham (6'2''-G, agency: Duran International, college: W.Washington) (#19 IBL pts, #7 rbd) led the home side with 25 - on 11-14 shooting - and Tyler Amaya (#10 IBL pts, #5 rbd) again was solid at both ends with an efficient 19 points to go with nine rebounds and five assists. They also received 23 from Ryan Diggs who has continued his strong play since returning from a winter in the NBA D-League. Seattle's big guns were also firing as Rashaad Powell (#7 IBL pts) scored a game-high 35 and All-Star Donald Watts (6'4''-F/G-77, agency: Court Side, college: Washington) (#3 IBL pts) poured in 30, three better than his season average. The Vancouver BC Titans hosted two games, winning both and now seem to be peaking at the perfect time. They battled through a lull in which they lost 11 of 12 but have now run off three straight wins with four games to play to get to .500 on the year. The Titans welcomed back Jessan Gray (#8 IBL rbd) who averaged 14 and 8.5 rebounds in the two games, a 110-93 win over Central Oregon on Friday and a 130-115 triumph over the Explosion on Saturday. Vancouver also got back-to-back double-doubles from Kyle Keyes (#4 IBL ast, #14 pts) as he scored 10 and handed out 11 dimes in game one and then recorded 29 points and 11 boards, both team bests, in the Saturday win. On Friday, the Hotshots fell in behind Terry Jeffries (#15 IBL rbd, #18 pts) who along with Chris Hunt led the visitors with 21 points apiece and Terry Horton was their rebounding leader with 11 to go with his 17 point effort. Saturday's game with Snohomish County featured the league's leading scorer and sixth leading rebounder in MVP-candidate Devon Greene (6'6''-G/F-84, college: Grand Canyon) who did not disappoint as he led all players in both categories, exploding for 38 points and 17 boards. Player/coach Chris Weakly had one of his best games of the year as he poured in 27 while Anthony Slater (#1 IBL ast) gave a solid all-around performance with 14 points, 11 rebounds, and a team-high 8 assists.

West Division: There were six games on the docket for the West last weekend as the Tacoma Tide (8-5) hosted a pair of games with the Seattle Mountaineers (10-7) coming in on Thursday and then getting a visit from the first year club the Olympia Reign (0-4). In an interdivision matchup on the coast, the star-studded LA Lightning (10-3) hosted the Grand Rapids Flight (7-8) for a weekend set while up in Alberta fans were treated to one of the season's most anticipated match-ups as the Edmonton Energy (14-2) welcomed the Vancouver Volcanoes (12-5) for two games that may well decide the #1 seed in the American bracket of the season ending playoff tournament. In the weekend's first game, Seattle secured a hard won road victory 99-95 over the Tide primarily on the strength of a solid defensive effort, particularly in the second quarter when they held the home side to just 17 points. For the Mountaineers, Donald Watts (#3 IBL pts) and Rashaad Powell (#7 IBL pts) were again the story as they combined to score 47 points and Watts also was the game's leading rebounder as he collected 14, split evenly on both ends of the floor. Tacoma was done in by their lack of scoring depth with just three players in double figures led by Justin Murray's game-high 26 while Dontay Harris (6'8''-F/C-78, college: Drake) (#4 IBL rbd, #25 pts) continued his terrific season with another double-double of 21 points and a dozen off the glass. In the Tide's 128-95 Saturday win against Olympia Dontay Harris was again the story as he led all players with 25 points, 13 rebounds and 6 assists while Quentin Nolen also went double-double with 18 and 11 boards. Meanwhile, down in Southern California, the Lightning had all their stars on display as they swept the visiting Grand Rapids Flight in a two-game weekend set. Although LA's average margin of victory was 36.5 the games were won on the glass where the Lightning dominated the visitors as they out-rebounded the Flight 61-31 in game one and 69-46 in game two. LA had five players register double-doubles on Saturday night including Bryon Russell (#25 IBL rbd) who went for 11 points and 15 boards as well as former UCLA Bruin Toby Bailey's 16 point 11 rebound performance. Fred Vinson was their leading scorer with 27. The Flight were led by their big gun Terrence Hundley (6'3''-G-85, agency: 540 Sports, college: W.Georgia) (#2 IBL pts, #9 ast) who matched Vinson's game-best 27, while Chris Hunt went double-double for Grand Rapids with 23 and 15 boards. Game two featured another excellent performance from Bailey as he went triple-double for the home side with 24 points 10 rebounds and an amazing 15 dimes, while LA's Trayvon Lathan would lead all shooters with 31, and 10 boards as well. Grand Rapids featured a more balanced attack in the Sunday game as six of their eight players scored better than a dozen, led by 21 from Harry Lum and Hundley. Tremain Dalton added 20 points as well. The series of the week however took place in Edmonton, Alberta as two of the top three teams in the American Playoff Bracket battled with the Vancouver Volcanoes facing the Edmonton Energy in a two-game set that was swept by the hometown Energy giving them the league's best record.

Courtesy of The IBL
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Explosion Lose Greene In Loss - by John Gary
The Snohomish County Explosion fell to the Tacoma Tide 154-135 on tuesday night. The Ibl leading scorer Devon Greene,who was averaging 37.7 points per game prior to tuesday went down with an injury early in the third quarter and did not return. Player coach Chris Weakly did not go into detail about Greenes injury or comment on how long he will be out. The Explosion will next be in action friday night at 7.15 pm.

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2009 FIBA-Asia draw in Tianjin today - by Hector Santos

Mario Wuysang (177-G-79) led the campaign of Indonesia in the last FIBA-Asia tournament by placing 12th place ahead of Hong Kong, Kuwait, India and UAE. Iran won the title.

Whether luck will be with Indonesia in the FIBA-Asia draw or not is a mystery until the groups are finalized after a lottery at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Tianjin, China, on June 17, 2009.

Iran, Lebanon, Korea and Kazakhstan are seeded to head each of the four brackets in the tournament based on the Tokushima results from No. 1 to No. 4. China is allowed to choose its bracket as the host countrys privilege and will select to start the third round or after two teams are listed in each group. The rest of the slots will be filled by lottery.

There are 16 countries participating in the competition from the five FIBA-Asia zones of East Asia, Southeast Asia, West Asia, the Gulf and Middle Asia. The top three finishers will earn tickets to represent Asia at the World Championships in Turkey next year.

Aside from host China as automatic qualifier, the other teams playing in the Aug. 6-16 FIBA-Asia conclave are the five teams that made it via the Stankovic Cup Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Qatar and India, two teams from the Gulf United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, two teams from West Asia Iran and Lebanon, two teams from Southeast Asia the Philippines and Indonesia, two teams from East Asia Korea and Japan, and two teams from Middle Asia Uzbekistan and Sri Lanka.

Meanwhlle, a breaking news, Chinese-Taipei will replace Bahrain due to the latter withdrawal.Chinese Taipei finished sixth in Tokushima.



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  IRAN   


Hamed Haddadi rejects Barcelona - by Eurobasket News
One of the best players from Asia, Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85, agency: Agency No 10) has recently rejected the possibility of moving to Barcelona. Iranian center prefers to stay with the NBA's Memphis Grizlies, for whom he has signed last year. Even though he did not get many chances to play last season, Haddadi believes he will get his chance so he ruled out move to Europe. It seems that the challenge of playing for one of Europe's best clubs is less appealing than playing a fringe role in the NBA. Still Haddadi is confident he will prove that he has place in Memphis and that he will be able to emulate Yao Ming eventually in all that he has accomplished. Another reason may lay in the fact that Memphis has recently extended his contract offering Haddadi 1.5 million dollars per season. That is more than he would currently receive in Spain so his choice seems logical. Haddadi maintains that after winning everything in Asia, his goals are now set at the highest level and he hopes one day to be able to compete for NBA Championship.
Haddadi started his career with Paykan Tehran in Iran. In 2004 he suffered an injury which forced him to miss the rest of the season, when he cut his veins after smashing window in frustration after fouling out during the game. In 2007 he signed with Saba Battery with whom he reached Iranian Superleague Finals in 2008. Same season he also reached Finals of WABA Club Championships and has won the title in the Asian Club Championships. As a member of Iranian National Team, Haddadi went through all categories. For Iran Senior National Team he played at Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008. In 5 games he averaged double double of 16.6 points and 11.2 rebounds per game while blocking 2.6 shots.


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  ISRAEL   


Carlos Arroyo set to leave Maccabi Tel Aviv - by Eurobasket News
It seems that after only one year Maccabi Tel Aviv will have to look for a new point guard as Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida Intern.) is set to leave. Reason for this seems to be the high salary Arroyo had at the club. It seems that Maccabi could not afford to pay Arroyo 2.5 million dollars per season so they decided to let him look for a new club. Even though the club is thankful for everything the player has done for them, they are forced to look for cheaper alternatives because of the global financial crisis. Also another reason may lay in the fact that Arroyo could not get along with his Head Coach. Ever since Pini Gershon has returned to the club, he and Arroyo were clashing over tactic and there were several recorded outbursts when they had arguments. Time will tell did Arroyo have to leave because of finances or for the sake of harmony within the squad.
Carlos Arroyo played for Florida International in NCAA Collegiate League. In his first year he averaged 12 points and 3 rebounds per game. In the off season, Arroyo also played back in Puerto Rico where he was a member of Santurce. He led Snatruce to three Puerto Rican BSN titles in 1998, 2000 and 2001, while in his last year at Florida International, Arroyo was leading scorer with 21.2 points per game and 4 assists per game. He signed his 1st professional contract with Denver Nuggets in 2001. Since then he has played for several NBA teams including Toronto Raports, Orlando Magic, Utah Jazz and Detroit Pistons. Arroyo is also a member of Puerto Rico National team with whom he participated at World Championships in Indianapolis in 2002, Olympic Games in Athens in 2004, and World Championships in Japan in 2006. In 2008 Arroyo moved to Maccabi Tel Aviv and has led them to the National Title and Cup. Maccabi also reached Top 16 phase of Euroleague and Arroyo was integral part averaging 14.6 points and 4.1 assists per game.


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  ITALY   


Dejan Bodiroga leaves Lottomatica Roma - by Eurobasket News
Lottomatica Roma and Dejan Bodiroga reached an agreement to part ways. The Serbian played for Lottomatica Roma from 2005 to 2007. Then he was named the general manager of the team. However Dejan Bodiroga decided to leave the job and come back to Belgrade. Bodiroga claimed personal reasons to force the move. Lottomatica Roma finished the Seria A regular season at the second spot at 20-10 record. But they were sensationally eliminated by Angelico Biella in the quarterfinals.

Italian U22 National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
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Daniele Bonessio (197-G/F-88) of Ital Green Ostuni
Davide Bruttini (203-F-87) of Aget Imola
Riccardo Casagrande (196-F-88) of JesoloSanDona
Valerio Circosta (185-G-87) of FMC Ferentino
Donato Cutolo (198-F-87) of JesoloSanDona
Marco Diviach (200-F-88) of PentaGruppo Ozzano
Gabriele Ganeto (200-G/F-87) of MiroRadici Finance Vigevano
Salvatore Genovese (198-G/F-87) of Cimberio Varese
Andrea La Gioia (197-G/F-86) of Seven 2007 Roseto
Nicola Natali (198-G-88) of Agricola Gloria Montecatini
Edoardo Persico (208-C-87) of Agricola Gloria Montecatini
Davide Rosignoli (202-F-88) of PentaGruppo Ozzano
Alexander Simoncelli (188-G-86) of Assigeco Casalpusterlengo
Gennaro Sorrentino (185-G-85) of Aget Imola
Fabio Vignando (208-C-88) of Assigeco Casalpusterlengo


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  JAPAN   


National team PG Kei Igarashi reaches agreement with Toyota - by Kenny
According to a report in today's Daily Yomiuri, longtime national team PG Kei Igarashi (180-G-80), who joined the Hitachi Sunrockers of the JBL in 2003 and spent 6 productive seasons with them, has left the team to join the Toyota Alvark. The 29-year old Igarashi, considered by many observers as the fastest player in the JBL going from one end of the court to the other with the ball, comes off a highly successful season as he led Hitachi to the JBL Finals back in March where they lost to the Aisin Sea Horses.

Toyota already has a solid point guard in 3rd-year sharpshooter Takeki Shonaka, so although the addition of Igarashi will solidy the PG spot, it'll make their backcourt awfully crowded. Shonaka is not only the same height as Igarashi (5-11), but he also wears #7, the number that Igarashi has worn throughout his career.


Notes: The rumored departure of longtime JBL veteran F Charles O'Bannon from Toyota is just that-a rumor. Although there were rumors that other JBL teams were pursuing him, all reports now indicate that O'Bannon will be returning to the Alvark for his 10th season in Japan, all with Toyota.


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Lebanese National Team 2009 - by Maarouf Mawloud
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Omar Krayem (185-G-86) of California Baptist University (USA)
Ali Kanaan (206-F) of U. of Massach. - Lowell (USA)
Antwain Barbour (196-G/F-82) of Erdemirspor Belediyesi (TUR)
Jackson Vroman (208-C/F-81) of Mahram (IRI)
Ali Mahmoud (182-G-83) of Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut

Rodrigue Akl (185-G-88) of Blue Stars
Rony Fahed (182-G-81) of Sagesse Hekmeh Beirut

Omar El Turk (186-G-81) of Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut
Elie Estephane (190-G/F) of Champville
Fadi El Khatib (197-F-79) of Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut
Mazen Mneimneh (192-G-86) of Al Moutahed Tripoli
Brian Feghali (204-F-77) of Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut
Jad Bitar (202-F/C-88) of Blue Stars
Ali Fakhreddine (202-C-83) of Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut
Bassem Balaa (198-F/C-81) of Sagesse Hekmeh Beirut
Jean Abd El Nour
Bassel Bouji
Elie Roustom (191-F-87) of Al Moutahed Tripoli
Matt Freije (206-F-81) of Criollos de Caguas (PUR)
Head Coach: Dragan Raca



25th FIBA Asia Championship Draw... - by Maarouf Mawloud
Below you will find the draw of the 25th FIBA Asia Championship in Tianjin, China (August 6 - 16).....

the most importante thing thats the NEW Lebanese national team is in the same group with Jordan national team

# Group A:
Japan
South Korea
Philippines
Sri Lanka

# Group B:
Iran
Chinese Taipei
Kuwait
Uzbekistan

# Group C:
China
Qatar
Kazakhstan
India

# Group D:
Lebanon
Jordan
IndonesiaUAE


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  LITHUANIA   


Lithuanian glory in Italy - by Eurobasket News
Rimantas Kaukenas (193-G-77, college: Seton Hall) and Lavrinovic Ksistof together with Italian Montepaschi are crowned in Italy! The team swept the Final series 4-0 over Armani with another Lithuanian player Mindaugas Katelynas (205-F-83, college: Chattanooga) after 82:47 in Game 4. Montepaschi decided not to wait until the home game and was ready to sweep the series tonight. The Winner of the Regular Season started with 31:9 in the opening quarter and never looked behind. The favorites had 50:30 as both teams left the court for the lockers. Montepaschi could celebrate the win already in the third period when they had 68:35 at the end of the thirty minutes. The teams played well however mostly were killing time in the last stanza as the guests started to think about the trophy. Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) paced all the winners with 15 points and Romain Sato nailed 14. Rimantas Kaukenas ended up with 12 points, whilst Terrell McIntyre added 11. David Hawkins finished the night with 13 points in the losing effort.
In Game 3 Montepaschi Siena edged closer to the Seria A title as they claimed the third straight win in the Final. Montepaschi overcame a 6-point deficit at halftime to knock down Armani Jeans in Milan. Morris Finley stepped up off the bench to tally 18 points and 6 steals for Montepaschi. Rimantas Kaukenas and Terrell McIntyre added 11 points apiece for the winners. David Hawkins responded with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for Armani Jeans. Mike Hall notched 15 points and 14 rebounds in the losing effort.
Montepaschi overcame Armani MI 79:66 in the second Final game to take 2-0 lead. The hosts started with 21-15 in the opening quarter and never looked behind. Rimantas Kaukenas led the winners with 16 points and McIntyre Terrell netted 15. Katelynas Mindaugas ended up with 14 points in the losing effort.
Montepaschi won the opener of the Italian Finals beating Armani MI 80:57 at home. The winner of the Regular Season started with 15:14 and then improved to 35:24 at the halftime. Having 22 points advantage after the thirty minutes the home side led the game to the first victory. Rimantas Kaukenas led the winners with 17 points, while Sato Romain nailed 15. Thomas Jobey was responsible for 13 points in the losing effort and Hawkins David posted 11.


U-18 team begins preparations - by Evaldas Ceilytkas

Lithuanian U-18 national team begins preparations for the European Championship. The candidates are:

Jonas Valanciunas (211-C-92)
Mindaugas Kupsas (211-C-91)
Giedrius Staniulis (205-C/F-91)
Saulius Kulvietis (204-F-91)
Povilas Duchovskis (203-F-91)
Karolis Brusokas (202-F-91)
Gilvydas Biruta (200-F-91)
Domantas Pipiras (201-F-91)
Darius Tarvydas (198-F-91)
Rimvydas Brencius (200-F-92)
Osvaldas Matulionis (199-F-91)
Deividas Nazarovas (195-G-91)
Tadas Rinkunas (194-G-91)
Mantas Kadzevicius (193-G-91)
Dovydas Redikas (193-G-92)
Paulius Dambrauskas (191-G-91)
Augustas Peciukevicius (190-G-91)
Paulius Knyza (190-G-91)
Karolis Timofejevas (190-G91)
Vytenis Cizauskas (189-G-92)
Ovidijus Varanauskas (186-G-91)



Head coach of the team will be Marius Linartas .



J.Vainauskas - ''Skele is lying - by Lukas Zajancauskas
Lietuvos Rytas chairman Jonas Vainauskas denied those rumours that Armands Skele (192-G-83, agency: Agency No 10) is going to Lietuvos Rytas. He said that latvian is lying and he is trying to raise his value by saying that Rytas offered him a contract.
Also, Jonas Vainauskas admitted that the negotiations with the new european point guard are completed and now everyhing is in his club hands.
Lietuvos Rytas has already signed two new players this offseason - Dejan Borovnjak (208-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) and Aron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St.).


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TBB Trier Sign Luxembourg National Player Samy Picard of Musel Pikes!!! - by Alex Meyers
June 17, 2009

Trier, Germany

TBB Trier has inked a three year deal with Luxemberg national player Samy Picard(195-F-88) Samy, the 21 year old small forward, could also see some time at the shooting guard position for TBB Trier next season. Picard has played for Musel Pikes since 2005 and has developed well lately as a prolific shooter. Picard averaged 21.4 points and 6 rebounds per game last season in the DBBL. He also led his team to back to back final appearances in the Luxembourg league. During the playoffs, Samy picked up his scoring to 29 points per game. He also played in the 2009 Luxembourg All-Star game. His coach in Luxembourg at Musel Pikes was Frank Baum, who was an assistant coach at TBB Trier for many years.

The signing of Picard is the first time in the history of TBB Trier that a Luxembourgish player will play for the club. Picard is seen as one of the biggest Luxembourg talents. However, he will have to get used to different practice habits playing in Germany. He has been used to practicing only 3-4 times a week here in Luxembourg. Trier's player recruiting manager Mike Wolter is convinced of his ability. '' The performance difference between Germany and Luxembourg is big. Samy is coming with a lot of motivation. He knows that he can profit from the experienced players. I am sure he will fight for every minute.'' Picard had gained some international experience playing for the U-18 National team at the European Championships in Sibiu, Romania in 2006 averaging in 7 games: 22.1ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 47.7%, 3FGP: 28%, FT: 87.9%. He has been a member of the Luxembourg national team since 2007.

Picard might be the most talented Luxembourg player at the moment, but TBB Trier knows that they cant expect any special miracles from the 21 year old. ''His first year will be a learning experience. We are all excited how he will develop'', commented TBB Trier manager Lothar Hermeling. TBB Trier expects a lot from him, but will carefully let him develop and therefore, they have given him a three year contract.


Luxembourg defeats Iceland claiming Silver in Cyprus!!! - by Alex Meyers

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Luxembourg 74 - Iceland 66

Luxembourg claimed the silver medal in basketball in Cyprus with an 8 point victory over Iceland, knocking their opponent out of a chance for a medal. With a great start, Luxembourg found itself up by 9 at the end of the 1st period. Iceland took complete control of the game in the second quarter holding Luxembourg to only 8 points while scoring 15 to go into the half 33-31 for Luxembourg. In the final 2 periods, Luxembourg held its ground and snuck past Iceland to claim silver in the Games. Martin Rajniak (205-F-78, college: CSU Bakersfield) again paced Luxembourg with 27 points. Larrie Smith (195-F-75, college: Tennessee Tech) had 19 points and 13 rebounds. Jairo Delgado (192-F-85), who was a steady performer during all his minutes at the games finished with 13 points and 4 assists. Samy Picard (195-F-88) took 9 rebounds. No player for Iceland reached double figures in scoring.

Luxembourg: 27 field goals, 4 three pointers, 16 for 22 free throws, 43 rebounds, 23 fouls, 9 assists, 10 steals and 15 turnovers
Schumacher 6, J. DelGado 13, Picard 7, Smith 19, Rajniak 27, also N. DelGado 0 Hoffmann 2 and Scholtes 0
Iceland: 22 field goals, 8 three ponters, 14 for 22 free throws, 37 rebounds, 21 fouls, 10 assists, 6 steals and 18 turnovers
M. Gunnarsson 3, Ermolinskji 8, F. Olafsson 4, L. Gunnarsson 9, Porvaldsson 7, P. Olafsson 8,

Fouled out: 37' Hoffman(Lux), 39' F. Olafsosson(Ice); Unsportsmanlike fouls: 37' Schumacher(Lux), 38' M. Gunnarsson(Ice); Technical foul: 39' F. Olafsson(Ice)

Score by quarters: 1st Q 25-16, Halftime 33-31, 3rd Q 53-49, Final 74-66

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Host Cyprus took Gold as expected and Andorra the Bronze. It was the seventh time for Cyprus to win the gold. Other years Cyprus won in basketball were 1985, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2003 and 2005. The XIII Games of the Small States of Europe 2009 have come to an end. Cyprus handed over the Games Flag to Liechtenstein - the nation that will host the XIV GSSE in 2011, which may also see a debut from Montenegro. Cyprus won the overall games with 59 golds, 47 silvers and 33 bronze medals for a total of 139 points. Iceland came in second overall with 32 golds, 24 silvers and 25 bronze medals for 81 points. Luxembourg placed third claiming 26 gold medals, 17 silvers and 19 bronze medals for a total of 62 points.



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  MONTENEGRO   


Bogavac trying to win the French title with ASVEL - by Eurobasket News
ASVEL has managed to reach the French Playoff Finals where they will play against Orleans. This will be ASVEL's chance to win its first title since 2002. Montenegrin international, Nebojsa Bogavac (199-G-73, agency: Beo Basket) was one of the players which were instrumental for the team. He will get his second shot at the title, after coming up short with Le Mans two years ago. Bogavac is confident that his team will not be short of motivation especially after Orleans eliminating his team in the Cup Semifinals. ASVEL are considered slight favorites after finishing regular season on 1st place, but Bogavac is calling for caution. He has stated that in France there are no weak teams, and that team that makes it to the Finals deserves respect. Also since only one game is played in the Finals, Bogavac is aware that upsets are even more possible but he is confident his team will be ready.
Neobjisa Bogavac started his career with Lovcen Cetinje from where he moved in 2001 when he signed with Hemofarm . At Hemofarm he quickly became one of their best players. He developed his shooting and during his stay at Hemofarm he has won numerous scoring titles. In 2005, he was integral part of the Hemofarm team which won the Adriatic League. In 33 games, Bogavac averaged 15.1 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game while shooting 52.1% from the field and 43.7% behind the arc. In 2005, Bogavac moved to Spain signing with Leche Rio Breogan Lugo and after only one season he moved to France and signed with Le Mans Sarthe Basket. In 2008 he led his team to 1st place in regular part of the season but came up short in the Playoff. Bogavac started this season with Lovcen Cetinje, but in February 2009 he moved to ASVEL.


Vladimir Dasic withdraws from NBA Draft 2009 - by Eurobasket News
Montenegrin top prospect Vladimir Dasic (208-F-88, agency: Beo Basket) decided to withdraw from NBA Draft 2009. Despite nice performances on the workouts overseas as well as on the Reebok Euro Camp, Dasic decided to remove his name from the list. According to the rumors, the player had guarantees to be selected in the first 15 picks of the first round, but it seems young Montenegrin think it is better to wait the next summer.
Vladimir Dasic's future is uncertain yet. He still has a valid contract with Buducnost, but it is not a secret that some of the top European teams want him in the roster. The Montenegrin champion will give a green light to the player with a proper by-out fee.
Vladimir Dasic appeared 8 times in EuroCup this season with Buducnost averaging 14.1 ppg and 7.4 rpg. In Adriatic league he played 28 games netting 13.2 ppg. He also had 5.3 rpg. During the past summer Dasic was a member of the Montenegrin National Team on the EC division B. In 4 meetings he registered 8 ppg and 5.8 rpg.
This season his Buducnost managed to defend the title in Montenegro as well as to win the National Cup. Dasic started career in Buducnost as a kid and was a member of Serbian and Montenegrin U16 and U18 NT. In 2007 U20 Montenegro won the Gold medal on European Championships U20 Division B in Warsaw (Poland). Last summer he was the top-scorer of EC division A in Riga with 22.8 ppg.


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Knicks might need bold action to acquire Curry - by Eurobasket News
Donnie Walsh may need to take a page out of the Mike Tannenbaum playbook if the Knicks are as hot for Stephen Curry (6'3''-G-88, agency: Octagon) as the Jets were for Mark Sanchez. Tannenbaum made a bold move to trade up to the fifth pick in the NFL draft to grab Sanchez, the 'it' quarterback of the draft after No. 1 pick Matthew Stafford.

Curry, who has conjured a great deal of 'it' factor over the past two weeks, could be the NBA's version of Sanchez, a hot commodity who entered draft talk as a borderline top 10 pick and after workouts has skyrocketed into blue-chip status.

Curry is so aware of his sudden rise on the draft board that he changed his mind about shutting down his workouts, which his father, Dell, indicated last week in Charlotte. After Stephen finished what was supposed to be his final workout Tuesday in Washington, he told reporters he intended to work out for the Sacramento Kings this weekend.

The Kings have the fourth overall pick. The Knicks, who pick eighth, are already preparing for alternative scenarios as interest in Curry has grown since he worked out in New York. And while Curry continues to say his preference would be to land with the Knicks, it doesn't make financial sense for him to dissuade teams ahead of the Knicks to pass on him. For instance, the NBA rookie scale for the eighth overall pick is $2.06 million in the first year. The scale at fourth overall, where the Kings select, is almost $1 million more.

The Knicks' diligent predraft workout process continues Wednesday when Louisville shooting guard Terrence Williams headlines another group of invitees to the MSG Training Center. On Tuesday, the Knicks, who are owned by Cablevision which also owns Newsday, worked out Arizona power forward Jordan Hill, who could fall to the Knicks if guards dominate the top seven. Hill, however, is being targeted by the Wizards at No. 5 and would also be a preference of the Dallas Mavericks, who have engaged in discussions with Washington for the pick. Don Nelson reportedly told Hill last week that if he were still on the board, the Warriors would take him at No. 7.

Of course, as the rumor mill churns into high gear with almost a week to go before next Thursday's draft, the Warriors are also believed to be very interested in Curry and another potential Knicks target, Brandon Jennings. There is this caveat, however: According to a person with knowledge of the situation, Warriors guard Monta Ellis was assured by team brass that they would not select a guard and Hill was the intended target.

The Knicks could attempt to avoid all of this mess by making a bold move up into the top five. It is believed that pick No. 2 (Memphis), No. 3 (Oklahoma City), No. 5 (Washington) and No. 6 (Minnesota) are each available for the right deal. Though the Knicks don't have many assets to trade - restricted free agents David Lee and Nate Robinson, by rule, cannot be included in a sign-and-trade until July 9 - they do have expiring contracts and retired Cuttino Mobley's contract, which is 80 percent paid by insurance. The latter could be extremely valuable to a cash-strapped franchise such as the Grizzlies.

The Knicks could simply stand pat and pick from several solid options - Jennings, Jrue Holiday, Tyreke Evans, Ty Lawson - when the dust settles after picks one through seven. There is also good reason to monitor the situation closely involving Spanish guard Ricky Rubio, whose troublesome buyout situation with his European team and unwillingness to work out for any NBA teams are causing his stock to plummet. But it is highly unlikely the dynamic 18-year-old would last eight picks into the draft.

Knicks inquire about McGrady. A person with knowledge of the situation said the Houston Rockets are engaging in very preliminary discussions involving offers for Tracy McGrady and, the source said, the Knicks have shown some interest. However, much like the inquiry about Shaquille O'Neal, it is believed to be strictly due diligence at this point on the part of Walsh.

The oft-injured McGrady, a seven-time all-star who over the last year endured surgeries on his shoulder (arthroscopy) and knee (microfracture procedure), played just 35 games this past season. He has one year and $23 million left on his contract, which, for the Knicks, would make acquiring him a low risk, especially if it doesn't cost them more than an expiring contract.

Courtesy of www.newsday.com


Hedo Turkoglu plans to opt out of contract with Orlando Magic on June 30 - by Eurobasket News
If the Orlando Magic want to get back to the NBA Finals next season, they may have to do it without star forward Hidayet Turkoglu (6'9''-F-79).

Hidayet Turkoglu plans to opt out of his contract on June 20 and become a free agent, his agent told the Orlando Sentinel.

'It would make sense for him to opt out,' agent Lon Babby told the paper. 'I can't imagine a scenario in which he would not.'

The Magic, however, could re-sign Hidayet Turkoglu to a new deal before he opts out. Turkoglu is slated to make $7.3 million next season in the final year of a six-year, $36 million deal.

'I think Hedo distinquished himself in this playoff run,' Babby said. 'He's in a different spot than he was before the playoffs began. He's a rare player, a unique player who helped take a team to the Finals. He's grateful for the opportunity he has been given. He's enjoyed his time in Orlando. It's a solid organization, a team on the rise. Hedo will weigh his options.'

Backup center Marcin Gortat is also likely to test free-agent waters. Based on the expected market for Gortat, it is unlikely Orlando will be able to retain him, the paper reported.

Courtesy of The Orlando Sentinel


How true are the Shaq to Cleveland rumors? - by Eurobasket News
ESPNs Chris Broussard reported yesterday morning on Sportscenter that the trade deadline talks involving Shaquille O'Neal (7'2''-C-72, college: LSU) to the Cavaliers earlier this season never actually died, and are currently gaining new momentum. While he noted that the deal is not imminent, from all indications former teammates Steve Kerr (Suns GM) and Danny Ferry (Cavaliers GM) appear to be talking about it.

The current Shaq reports now mark the (3rd) major rumor to involve the Cavaliers in the last week. Its not you Chris, were just a little skeptical at this point.

First it was a Slam Magazine report at the beginning of the week that said the Cavaliers had recently opened negotiations with free agent Center Rasheed Wallace. Then towards the end of the week Pro Basketball News wrote a piece saying that the Cavaliers front office was in disarray, and that Coach of the Year Mike Browns job was in jeopardy.

However, Cavs beat reporter Brian Windhorst crushed both of those rumors no sooner than they surfaced. He called the possible signing of Rasheed Wallace both impossible and illegal. He then wrote that the reports about Mike Browns job being on the line were simply, false.

But Windy hasnt shut down the Shaq rumors yet, and until I hear otherwise, I am of the opinion that Broussards report has legs. It certainly seems plausible.

As mentioned, Danny Ferry and Steve Kerr have a relationship that dates back to their playing days on the Cavaliers together. The Suns are looking to dump salary, and Shaq carries a big number ($20 mil). The players the Cavaliers are reportedly dangling include Sasha Pavlovic and Ben Wallace, and their contract situations fit that motive for Phoenix. Pavlovics contract can be bought out for less than $2 mil, and Wallace is hinting at taking his major dollar contract and retiring - possibly accepting a buyout to do so. There is a chance for the Suns saving nearly $10 million dollars with the move.

As a Cavaliers Fan, I am really hoping Windhorst doesnt stomp this one out like he did the last two. We need this one to be true. I dont even want to get into how much Shaq would help this team right nowlets just say - he would help a lot - and see what happens.

Courtesy of www.midwestsportsfans.com


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Clemson, Purnell agree to two-year extension - by Eurobasket News
Oliver Purnell has agreed to a two-year contract extension that keeps him among the top highest-paid basketball coaches in the ACC.

Purnell is slated to make at least $1.35 million in guaranteed income next season, a bump from last seasons $1 million.

Details of the agreement come from a memo obtained from the university by The State on Monday.

The memo, dated June 1 and signed by Purnell and athletics director Terry Don Phillips, serves as formal notice until a new contract is drafted.

In March, Phillips said Purnell would receive a financial enhancement to his current deal when his name surfaced to fill coaching vacancies at Alabama and Georgia. At the time, Phillips said the length of Purnells contract was not changing, but Phillips was in favor of adding more years.

Purnells base salary is set to increase from $225,000 to $275,000, while his guaranteed supplemental income will jump from $775,000 to $1.075 million.

Last year, the 56-year-old Purnell agreed to a two-year extension through 2013-14. His deal now extends through 2015-16.

Purnell guided Clemson to its second NCAA tournament appearance in a row this past season, the schools ninth overall.

He ranked fifth in reported ACC salaries last year behind UNCs Roy Williams (estimated $2.5 million), Dukes Mike Krzyzewski ($2.2 million), Marylands Gary Williams ($1.7 million) and Georgia Techs Paul Hewitt ($1.3 million). Wake Forest does not divulge salaries because it is a private institution.

Purnell has a complex retirement plan to which Clemson contributes. Nearly $1.1 million of the plan became vested when Purnell remained at Clemson through April 29, and $2.474 million becomes vested if he sticks around through the 2014 season.

This latest amendment calls for Clemson to contribute $250,000 to a deferred compensation account for each of the two new years on Purnells contract, presuming Purnell is still with the Tigers.

Purnells new agreement incrementally increases the amount he would owe Clemson if he leaves by his own choosing. Its costs Purnell more the longer he remains.

Should Purnell take a Division I coaching job before April 30 of next year, he owes Clemson $250,000. But each year thereafter, he would owe the university an additional $250,000, building to a $1.5 million buyout if he left before the final year of his contract.

Oglesby update. Former Clemson guard Terrence Oglesby expects to sign with an overseas professional team in early July, his father, Tony, said Monday.

Oglesby, who announced last month he was leaving Clemson after two seasons, did not declare early entry into the NBA draft. He has since signed with an agent, Tony said.

The 6-foot-2 sharpshooter from Cleveland, Tenn., participated in the June 6-8 Reebok Eurocamp in Treviso, Italy a five-on-five showcase of Europes top draft prospects. Oglesby, playing alongside a pair of potential draftees in St. Marys guard Patty Mills and 6-9 Serbian forward Vladimir Dasic, tallied 17 points in three starts but reportedly struggled on the defensive end.

While three teams from France and another from Belgium have expressed interest, Oglesby likely will sign with a team from either Italy or Spain, Tony said. Oglesby spent the past two weeks visiting various overseas teams.

Courtesy of www.thestate.com


Harangody opts to return to Notre Dame, Wake Forest guard Teague staying in NBA draft - by Eurobasket News
Forward Luke Harangody (6'8''-F-88) is withdrawing from the NBA draft and returning to Notre Dame for his senior season.

With the announcement today, Harangody becomes the third straight Irish player to return to school after fist declaring for the draft. Chris Thomas in 2003 and Torin Francis in 2005 also returned after putting their names in the draft.

The last player to leave Notre Dame early was Troy Murphy, taken with the 14th overall pick in 2001 by the Golden State Warriors.

Harangody averaged 23.3 points and 11.8 rebounds last season to lead the Big East in scoring and rebounding in consecutive seasons. The 6-foot-8 forward was the leagues player of the year in 2008


Meanwhile, Wake Forest star Jeff Teague (6'2''-G-88) is staying in the NBA draft, ending his college career after just two seasons. Teague announced in April he would declare but not hire an agent, allowing him the option of returning to school in Winston-Salem for his junior year. But coach Dino Gaudio said Teague told him shortly before Monday afternoons deadline to withdraw that he would stay in the draft.

Im very excited for the opportunity that Jeff has in front of him, Gaudio said in an interview with The Associated Press. Its his dream to play in the NBA. Im glad we were able to help him reach that goal.

Courtesy of www.indianasnewscenter.com


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Christchurch Cougars defeat Harbour in NBL quarterfinal - by Eurobasket News
Christchurch - Harbour 106:98 (OT)

The Christchurch Cougars earned the semifinal birth in their inaugural season in the NBL. Now they will be tested by the defending champions Waikato Pistons in Hamilton on Friday. The Cougars held off the Harbour Heat in a nail-biting clash today.
Paoro Winitana exploded with 38 points to pace the Cougars to a dramatic victory.
The hosts enjoyed a fast start to the game. They grabbed a 10-point lead into the first break. But Corey Webster (180-G-88, college: Lambuth) and Mike Bell (202-F-67, college: Oklahoma) led the Heat back into contest in the second stanza. The visitors turned the tables to clip the gap to just 7 points at halftime. The Heat would not stop as they unleashed 29 points in the third frame worth a 68:68 tie at the end of the quarter. Paora Winitana (195-G-76) ensured a three-point lead for the home team with just 16 seconds remaining in regulation. The Heat missed two attempts before Corey Webster hit a big time treble with the time running out to send the game into overtime. Gerard Bowden (191-G-83) hit a crucial trey in the extra period that propelled the Cougars to a five-point advantage. The Heat failed to recover and had to surrender at the end.
Gerard Bowden produced 22 points for the Cougars. Tim Behrendorff (211-C-81, college: Gardner-Webb) contributed 20 points and 15 rebounds in the victory. Corey Webster replied with 23 points for the Heat. Mike Bell secured 20 points in defeat.

Christchurch: Paora Winitana 38, Gerard Bowden 22, Tim Behrendorff 20+15 boards
Harbour: Corey Webster 23, Mike Bell 20+16 boards


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Eze takes Gold abroad - by Eurobasket News
Benjamin Eze (207-C/F-81, college: S.Idaho JC) and his Italian Montepaschi is crowned in Italy! The team swept the Final series 4-0 over Armani after 82:47 in Game 4. Montepaschi decided not to wait until the home game and was ready to sweep the series tonight. The Winner of the Regular Season started with 31:9 in the opening quarter and never looked behind. The favorites had 50:30 as both teams left the court for the lockers. Montepaschi could celebrate the win already in the third period when they had 68:35 at the end of the thirty minutes. The teams played well however mostly were killing time in the last stanza as the guests started to think about the trophy. Ksistof Lavrinovic paced all the winners with 15 points and Romain Sato nailed 14. Kaukenas Rimantas ended up with 12 points, whilst Terrell McIntyre added 11. David Hawkins finished the night with 13 points in the losing effort.
In Game 3 Montepaschi Siena edged closer to the Seria A title as they claimed the third straight win in the Final. Montepaschi overcame a 6-point deficit at halftime to knock down Armani Jeans in Milan. Morris Finley stepped up off the bench to tally 18 points and 6 steals for Montepaschi. Rimantas Kaukenas and Terrell McIntyre added 11 points apiece for the winners, while Benjamin Eze scored 5 points and had 6 boards. David Hawkins responded with 23 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists for Armani Jeans. Mike Hall notched 15 points and 14 rebounds in the losing effort.
Montepaschi overcame Armani MI 79:66 in the second Final game to take 2-0 lead. The hosts started with 21-15 in the opening quarter and never looked behind. Kaukenas Rimantas led the winners with 16 points and McIntyre Terrell netted 15. Benjamin Eze collected 7 points and 6 rebounds, while Katelynas Mindaugas ended up with 14 points in the losing effort.
Montepaschi won the opener of the Italian Finals beating Armani MI 80:57 at home. The winner of the Regular Season started with 15:14 and then improved to 35:24 at the halftime. Having 22 points advantage after the thirty minutes the home side led the game to the first victory. Kaukenas Rimantas led the winners with 17 points, while Sato Romain nailed 15. Benjamin Eze ended up with 2 points and 4 rebounds. Thomas Jobey was responsible for 13 points in the losing effort and Hawkins David posted 11.


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2009 Oceania Tournament - by Richard
The Oceania Tournament will be held in Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, from Saturday 20th June to Sunday 28th June 2009.

The 8 federations selected to participate in this tournament are:
Australia - men & women
New Caledonia - men & women
New Zealand - men & women
Fiji - men & women
Palau - men & women
Tahiti - men & women
Guam - men & women
Northern Marianas - men & women

The Oceania Tournament is played every 4 years, unless the Mini Pacific Games also host a basketball competition. In 2005 the Mini Games in Palau hosted basketball, so there was no Oceania tournament.

The Oceania Tournament is the only opportunity Pacific Island basketball federations have to play against the strong Australian and New Zealand teams, and all federations are looking forward to this 8 year wait.
Source: fibaoceania


Oceania championship schedule released - by Eurobasket News
The 2009 Oceania championship scheduled was released by Fiba Oceania. The tournament will take place on Northern Marianna Islands. Saipan will be the host city of the event. The action will tip off on June 21 at the G.C. Ada Gym. Guam will face Australia in mens section. The women will hit the court next when New Caledonia will play against Australia. The games will be followed by the opening ceremony. The first day will be then closed by mens game between New Zealand and Northern Marianna Islands. The full schedule is as follows:

Sunday, June 21:
Men Guam v- Australia
Women New Caledonia v- Australia
Women CNMI v- Guam
Opening Ceremony
Men New Zealand v- CNMI


Monday, June 22:
Women Guam v- New Zealand
Men Australia v- New Caledonia
Women CNMI v- New Caledonia
Men CNMI v- Guam


Tuesday, June 23:
Women Guam v- Australia
Women New Zealand v- CNMI
Men Australia v- New Zealand
Men New Caledonia v- Guam
Women New Caledonia v- Guam
Men New Zealand v- New Caledonia
Women Australia v- New Zealand
Men CNMI v- Australia


Wednesday, June 24: No games scheduled.


Thursday, June 25:
Women New Zealand v- New Caledonia
Men Guam v- New Zealand
Women Australia v- CNMI
Men New Caledonia v- CNMI


Friday, June 26:
Women Semi-final: 1st v- 4th
Women Semi-final: 2nd v- 3rd
Men Semi-final: 1st v- 4th
Men Semi-final: 2nd v- 3rd
Women Bronze Medal Game
Men Bronze Medal Game
Women Gold/Silver Medal Game
Men Gold/Silver Medal Game

Medal presentation and Closing Ceremony.


Standing
Standings
Group A
1. Fiji0-0
2. N.Zealand0-0
3. Palau0-0
4. Tahiti0-0
Group B
1. Australia0-0
2. Guam0-0
3. New Caledon.0-0
4. Northern Ma.0-0


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PBL Announces Establishment of Fan Committee - by Eurobasket News
The Premier Basketball League announced today that the league will be establishing a Fan Committee to meet and provide input to the PBL executive offices.

'We receive many suggestions and ideas from fans, and there is always great discussion on the chat boards on how the PBL could continue to grow and improve,' stated PBL CEO Tom Doyle. 'In keeping with a non-traditional approach to sports business we will be inviting ten fans, selected by the PBL from fan submissions, for an all expense paid trip to the PBL offices in Chicago in September to meet with the PBL and discuss the ideas of the fans selected. The meeting will also be filmed for a special broadcast on @SPORTSTV.'

'Perhaps unlike other professional sports leagues, the PBL recognizes that our product is for fans and that the input of our fans is not only valued, but important in our growth as a sports business,' stated PBL Chairman Dr. Sev Hrywnak

Details of how fans can be consider for the committee will be placed on the PBL web site on Friday, June 19, 2009.

For more information please contact the Premier Basketball League at (773) 844-7251 or visit the Premier Basketball League website at www.pblproball.com and the @SPORTS Television Network web site at www.atsportstv.com.

Courtesy of The PBL


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  PHILIPPINES   


FIBA ASIA 2009 GROUPINGS - by Benny Lirio
Final groupings was annouinced yesterday and below is the result. The Philippines is bracketed with former rivals in Asia.
China as the host is in and still the favorite, while one of the two final slot is the target of the Philippines .


FIBA ASIA CHAMPIONSHIP 2009
Tianjin, China ( August 2009 ).

Group A: South Korea, Japan, Philippines, Sri Lanka
Group B: Iran, Taiwan, Kuwait, Uzbekistan
Group C: Kazakhstan, Qatar, India, China
Group D: Lebanon, Jordan, Indonesia, UAE


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  PUERTO RICO   


Carlos Arroyo set to leave Maccabi Tel Aviv - by Eurobasket News
It seems that after only one year Maccabi Tel Aviv will have to look for a new point guard as Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida Intern.) is set to leave. Reason for this seems to be the high salary Arroyo had at the club. It seems that Maccabi could not afford to pay Arroyo 2.5 million dollars per season so they decided to let him look for a new club. Even though the club is thankful for everything the player has done for them, they are forced to look for cheaper alternatives because of the global financial crisis. Also another reason may lay in the fact that Arroyo could not get along with his Head Coach. Ever since Pini Gershon has returned to the club, he and Arroyo were clashing over tactic and there were several recorded outbursts when they had arguments. Time will tell did Arroyo have to leave because of finances or for the sake of harmony within the squad.
Carlos Arroyo played for Florida International in NCAA Collegiate League. In his first year he averaged 12 points and 3 rebounds per game. In the off season, Arroyo also played back in Puerto Rico where he was a member of Santurce. He led Snatruce to three Puerto Rican BSN titles in 1998, 2000 and 2001, while in his last year at Florida International, Arroyo was leading scorer with 21.2 points per game and 4 assists per game. He signed his 1st professional contract with Denver Nuggets in 2001. Since then he has played for several NBA teams including Toronto Raports, Orlando Magic, Utah Jazz and Detroit Pistons. Arroyo is also a member of Puerto Rico National team with whom he participated at World Championships in Indianapolis in 2002, Olympic Games in Athens in 2004, and World Championships in Japan in 2006. In 2008 Arroyo moved to Maccabi Tel Aviv and has led them to the National Title and Cup. Maccabi also reached Top 16 phase of Euroleague and Arroyo was integral part averaging 14.6 points and 4.1 assists per game.


Interview with James Life - by James Mullins

After a succsesful season in Puerto Rico, we caught up with James Life (194-G-83, college: Massachusetts) for an interview to get to know the man behind the player.

What was the highlight of your season?

When I blocked a jumpshot on one end and I ended up dunking it on the
other end for the game winning basket on the road.

What do you enjoy most about the game of basketball?

What the game has done for me is priceless! But hitting a 27-footer on
the road is a great feeling late in the 4th Quarter.

Who is James Life off the basketball court?

I am an all around great person, but I am the type of guy that is
always trying to find ways to do better in life as well as on the
court.

What do you enjoy most about Puerto Rico?

Playing competitive basketball on a vacation island.

Which players do you model your game after?

JR Smith type of guy mixed with Rip Hamilton.

If you weren't a professional basketball player, what would you
like do for a career?


Teach athletes the individual games and make them complete players offensively.

How do you prepare for big games?

The same way I prepare for any game. Every game is big and what has
made me successful on the court, I have to stick with it. No need to
change things up for one night. I bring it every game.

What are your goals for life outside of basketball?

Not to struggle and be a great father one day.

What are your goals for your basketball career?

Be the best I can be and try with all my heart to help every team I
play for win a championship.

Who has had the greatest influence on your life?

My mother, without a doubt. He is someone who has been through all of the
struggles. She made a whole lot of nothing into a whole lot of
something.


Feel free to send any comments to: james@missingpieceintl.com



Standings - BSN
BSN Standings
 1. Arecibo 18-5 
 2. Quebradillas 17-7 
 3. Santurce 16-8 
 4. Bayamon 16-8 
 5. Carolina 15-11 
 6. San German 12-12 
 7. Mayaguez 12-12 
 8. Ponce 11-14 
 9. Guaynabo 7-17 
 10. Caguas 7-18 
 11. Humacao 3-22 


FIBA Americas - Official website of the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship launched - by Luis Ramirez
GENEVA/SAN JUAN (2009 FIBA Americas Championship) FIBA Americas, in cooperation with FIBA, would like to announce the launching of puertorico2009.fibaamericas.com, the official website for the 2009 FIBA AmericasChampionship to be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico from August 26 to September 6. Puertorico2009.fibaamericas.com will have all the details about the event who qualifies the best four teams for the 2010 FIBA World Championship. This website will have live stats, news, photos, interviews, reports and previews. You can also follow your favorite team and players with stats, news and picture during the event.
The 2009 FIBA Americas Championship will be played at Coliseo Roberto Clemente in San Juan and will have the ten of the best national teams in America. The participants are Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, US Virgin Islands and Venezuela. FIBA Americas organizes this event every two years and are qualifiers for Olympics and FIBA World Championships. This tournament, which is a World Championship qualifier, was celebrated for the last time in 2005 in the Dominican Republic where Brazil won gold by beating Argentina in the finals.
The Local Organizing Committee will announce the ticket sale information soon.
Courtesy of FIBA AMERICAS


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U Mobitelco Cluj appoint Tenter as head coach - by Vasile Racovitan
Marcel Tenter is the new head coach of Univ Mobitelco Cluj Napoca. he takes over from Thomas Anthony Baldwin, who had one year remaining on his agreement with the club.
According to the club, Dorin Pintea will retain his position as assistant coach.
Tenter, a former player of the team, was also assistant coach, both under Miodrag Perisic and Thomas Anthony Baldwin.
'The last season was disappointing for us. We missed all three objectives and especially not playing in the final of the championship hurt us, so we decided that we need a change. At this time, I think Tenter is the best choice', executive president Mircea Cristescu said.
'It is a big responsability, a big challenge and an honor for me. I hope my results as head coach will be as good as the ones as player', Marcel Tenter said.


Asesoft Ploiesti goes on with Rashard Griffith - by Gyurko Balazs
The Romanian champion team, CSU Asesoft Ploiesti has signed one more year with Rashard Griffith (212-C-74, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wisconsin). This is going to be the third year in the blue-white colors for 'Little Shaq'. Last season he averaged 10 points per game, 6.2 rebounds, but besides these he was the most important force of the team as Alexandru Iacobescu, the team president said. Rashard played two Euroleague finals, and has won once the competition. Before getting to Ploiesti he also played at Virtus 1934 Bologna, Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv, Tau Ceramica Vitoria, Lottomatica Virtus Roma. This year's roster for CSU Asesoft Ploiesti is Dumitru Carutasu (204-C-76), Catalin Burlacu (210-C-77, agency: Court Side), Rashard Griffith (212-C-74, agency: Edge Sports, college: Wisconsin), Darius Hargrove (193-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Virginia Union), Mike Jones (196-G-84, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Maryland), Marian Ararau, Vlad Dogaru (184-G-85), Ionel Dodoc (193-G-85). The Lithuanian Arvydas Cepulis (195-G-79) hasn't signed yet. Mihai Silvasan (200-F-85, agency: Court Side) and Paul Chetreanu (190-G-85) signed two more yars with the vice champion Univ Mobitelco Cluj Napoca. The American Earl Brown (186-G-78, college: Loyola, IL) wil continue in the CSU Atlassib Sibiu team for at least one more year.

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Basketball Clinic Belgrade 2009 - by Zoran Popovic
Serbian Association of Basketball Coaches organizes the 8th consecutive International Coaching seminar called Basketball Clinic Belgrade 2009 that will be held on June 27th and 28th in Sports hall FMP in Zeleznik, Belgrade . The lecturers at the upcoming seminar will be:
- Dusan Ivkovic (agency: Beo Basket ) (head coach of Serbian National Team)
- Pepu Hernandez (former head coach of Spanish National Team, current world champion from 2006)
- Bo Ryan (head coach of Wisconsin University and head coach of the USA University National Team)
- Ph.D. Marko Stojanovic (professor at the University of Novi Sad )
- Ph.D. Vladimir Koprivica (conditioning coach, Faculty of Sport, Belgrade University )
All lectures will be translated into English language
- Most likely, the pre-Universiade tournament will be held at the same time with the participating national teams of the USA , Canada , Russia and Serbia . Closer information will be published on the web-site of SABC soon (www.ukts.rs)

THE PROGRAM

DAY 1 - SATURDAY, JUNE 27th, 2009
(THE SPORTS HALL 'FMP', ZELEZNIK, BELGRADE)

- 08.30 - Registration of participants
- 10.30 - Opening ceremony
- 10.35 - Dusan Ivkovic (agency: Beo Basket ), 'Transition game in contemporary basketball'
- 12.00 - Bo Ryan , 'Swing Offense'
- 14.30 - Marko Stojanovic, Ph.D., 'Talented players' identification in top level basketball: scientific approach'
- 16.00 - Pepu Hernandez, 'Aletrnative Defenses - Constant Changes'

Pre-Universiade Tournament, The Hall od Sports, New Belgrade
- 18.30 - Serbia vs. Russia
- 21.00 - Canada vs. USA
(Bus transportation to The Hall of Sports is provided)


DAY 2 - SUNDAY, JUNE 28TH, 2009
(THE SPORTS HALL 'FMP', ZELEZNIK, BELGRADE)

- 10.30 - Dusan Ivkovic (agency: Beo Basket ), 'Transition game in contemporary basketball - continuation'
- 12.00 - Pepu Hernandez, 'Basketball without dribbling'
- 14.30 - Bo Ryan , 'Transition Defense'
- 16.00 - Vladimir Koprivica, 'The role of conditioning coach and his cooperation with the head coach'

Pre-Universiade Tournament, The Hall of Sports, New Belgrade
- 18.30 - Canada vs. Russia
- 21.00 - Serbia vs. USA
(Bus transportation to The Hall of Sports is provided)

NOTE: THE CHANGES IN THE SEMINAR'S TIME-TABLE ARE POSSIBLE


Source of informations is official site of SERBIAN ASSOCIATION OF BASKETBALL COACHES (www.ukts.rs)


Vladan Vukosavljevic continue career in Belgium - by Zoran Popovic
Former KK Hemofarm Stada Vrsac center, Vladan Vukosavljevic (206-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket), will continue career in Base Oostende. Last season Vukosavljevic in Adriatic league played 12 games and average scored 17.6 points, 3.7 rebounds per game, on 4 Eurocup games average scored 11.3 points, 3.0 rebounds and in Serbian league on 7 games average scored 9.6 points and 1.9 rebounds per game. Vukosavljevic started career in Crvena Zvezda 2002-2003, played in OKK Beograd and Lovcen Cetinje in season 2003-2004 before he again moved to Crvena Zvezda in season 2004-2005. From 2005 till 2009 Vukosavljevic played for KK Hemofarm Stada Vrsac. Vladan Vukosavljevic was member of Serbia and Montenegro U20 and U21 National team, also member of Serbian University National team.

Youngest Lorbek brother in Partizan - by Milan Jovanovic
The youngest of the 3 Lorbek brothers - Klemen Lorbek (198-G-88), is currently on a try-out in Partizan, and if sattisfy the standards of Dusko Vujosevic who's famous for his developing of young talents, with very good chances to continue his career in Partizan next season.
21 year-old Slovenian has never played outside of his country untill now, and this might be his first foreign engagement.
Kloemen is the youngest and shortest of 3 brothers, so his position is different to his brothers, since he playes on guard, being 198cm high.


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Korea China Asian Powerhouse - by Rick Ross
In recent years, the road to the East Asia Basketball Championship
almost always passed through China.
When the South Korea national team beat the perennial powerhouse of
Asian basketball 70-62 last Thursday it marked the first time in seven years that
South Korea had beaten China.
After the triumph against the Asian giants, South Korea had little problem beating
Chinese Taipei in the semifinals and Japan in the finals to win the tournament championship.
The major victory did come against a very young Chinese squad that was playing without most of its top players.
However, South Korea was also without its big men, with rookie center Ha Seung-jin of the
KCC Egis, veteran center Kim Joo-sung of the Dongbu Promy, and powerful shooter
Bang sung-yoon sidelined due to injury.
The Koreans will be hoping that the victory was no fluke and that the national program has
progressed to the point that it will be able to challenge China as the top team on the continent.
South Korea will get a better idea of how they really match up against the
Chinese at the Asia championships in August, in Guangzhou, China.
Lack of size was a major concern for Korea entering the East Asian championship.
While Chinese superstar Yao Ming has retired from the national team to focus on his career with the
NBA's Houston Rockets, China still has a formidable front court with Yi Jianlian of the
New Jersey Nets (2.11 meters), Su Wei (2.12 meters) and Wang Zhizhi (2.16 meters).
Korea counters with 2.21-meter center Ha.
Korea does appears to have an edge at guard with Korean Basketball league
(KBL) regular season Most Valuable Player (MVP) Joo hee-jung bringing the ball up the court.
China's Sue Yue played just 10 games last season with the Los Angeles Lakers
before he was sent down to a lower league. Korea may also get a boost with the addition of
Tony Atkins, an American-born ethnic Korean who is attempting to become a Korean citizen.
The 28-year-old Georgia Tech grad also played with the United States youth team.
At forward, the Chinese again have a significant advantage with Zhu Fangyu (2 meters)
and Du Feng (2.06 meters), who have defended the Koreans well. South Korea will have
Kim Min-soo (2 meters) of the SK Knights and Bang (1.96 meters).
Head coach Hur Jae is also hoping to add Kim Jin-soo, who played NCAA basketball at Maryland University.
Fresh off the tournament win, the South Korean team believes it will only get better from here.
With Ha improving a lot and Atkins joining our side,
China better start watching us very carefully,'' national team assistant coach Kang Jung Soo said.
If referees call it fairly, we have a chance to beat them,'' added Kang
By Yoon Chul
Staff Reporter


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  TAIWAN   


Asian Championship draw announced - by Chris Wang
Asian Championship draw was announced today as Taiwan was bracketed in a relatively less competitive Group B along with Iran, Uzbekistan and Kuwait. That's sort of a good news. Look at Gorup A. South Korea, Japan and the Philippines...wow, ain't no fun at all. Host China was placed in Gorup C with Kazakhstan and Qatar. It's going to be a bloody war too.

Group A: South Korea, Japan, Philippines, Sri Lanka

Group B: Iran, Taiwan, Kuwait, Uzbekistan

Group C: Kazakhstan, Qatar, India, China

Group D: Lebanon, Jordan, Indonesia, UAE


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  TOURNAMENT OF THE AMERICAS U16   


FIBA Americas U16 Championship starts today in Mendoza - by Richard
The 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship for Men starts today in Mendoza, Argentina with eight of the best national teams in the category. The best three teams qualify for the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship for Men.

The event will be played at Vicente Polimeni coliseum in Las Heras, Mendoza and the participants are Argentina, Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, United States and Venezuela.

Group A has Brazil, Puerto Rico, USA and Venezuela.
Group B features Argentina, Bahamas, Canada and Mexico.

The two best teams per group enter the semifinal and the winners qualify for the World Championship. The winner of the Bronze Medal game is the last team to enter the FIBA U17 World Championship for Men.

Live stats will be available on www.fibaamericas.com starting at 2:00 p.m. local time with the game between Puerto Rico and Venezuela.

Wednesday, June 17:
14:00 Puerto Rico vs. Venezuela
16:00 Brazil vs. United States of America
18:00 Canada vs. Mexico
20:30 Argentina vs. Bahamas

Source: FibaAmericas


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  TPBL   


Stats Leaders
T.P.B.L. Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
ray williams (midland) 34ppg
dee hudson ( west tx storm) 26ppg
Assists Per Game
charles tatum(midland) 8apg
ray williams (midland) 8apg
dee hudson (west tx storm) 6apg
Ranking
tpbl all time scoring leader - Tracy Braziel San Angelo chaparrals(5,483 POINTS)
most points in a single game- Orlando Banks -Abilene Force(71 points- 2005)
most rebounds in a single game- Jimmy Taylor(West Tx Storm) - 26 rebounds(2006)
best regular season record (18-2) Dallas City Express (2001)


BROWNWOOD TO CHANGE TEAMS OFFICIAL NAME - by Chris Cardenas
Brownwood,tx - get ready for the TPBL!!!! Jody Jordan, of Brownwood Texas, is bringing the Texas Professional Basketball League to your city!! All the 3 point shooting, great passes and monster dunks are heading to Brownwood,tx for the 2010 season. Howard Payne university and the Brownwood Coliseum are the possible venues that will be used for the 1st year BROWNWOOD BRIGAIDE basketball team. TPBL league owner Chris Cardenas ' Im very excited about the entry of Brownwood. For years they've had very good high school and college basketball programs. Now, its time to bring in the pro's.' To contact the BROWNWOOD BRIGAIDE please call team owner Jody Jordan at 325-227-1331 for tryout and team information.

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Transfer News in Turkish Basketball League - by Baha Kurtulus
Hakan Koseoglu (188-G-81, agency: Court Side) moved from Karsiyaka to Erdemirspor. He was one of the top players in assists in the Turkish Basketball League and last two seasons he was best in that category.
2007-2008: Kepez Bld Antalya (TBL, starting five): 30 games: 9.9ppg, 2.7rpg, Assists-1(6.9apg)
2008-2009: Karsiyaka : 30 games: 15.8ppg, 2.6rpg, Assist-1(8.0apg)

Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye inks Oktay Yilmaz (205-C/F-83, agency: EM-PA) and Umut Kerim Yenice (209-C-79, agency: EM-PA) from Banvit Basketbol Kulubu for the 2009-2010 season.
Kerim Yenice played Karsiyaka, Mutlu Aku Selcuk and Banvit Basketbol Kulubu before.
2008-2009: Banvit Basketbol Kulubu (TBL): 29 games: 6.9ppg, 2.8rpg


Hedo Turkoglu plans to opt out of contract with Orlando Magic on June 30 - by Eurobasket News
If the Orlando Magic want to get back to the NBA Finals next season, they may have to do it without star forward Hidayet Turkoglu (6'9''-F-79).

Hidayet Turkoglu plans to opt out of his contract on June 20 and become a free agent, his agent told the Orlando Sentinel.

'It would make sense for him to opt out,' agent Lon Babby told the paper. 'I can't imagine a scenario in which he would not.'

The Magic, however, could re-sign Hidayet Turkoglu to a new deal before he opts out. Turkoglu is slated to make $7.3 million next season in the final year of a six-year, $36 million deal.

'I think Hedo distinquished himself in this playoff run,' Babby said. 'He's in a different spot than he was before the playoffs began. He's a rare player, a unique player who helped take a team to the Finals. He's grateful for the opportunity he has been given. He's enjoyed his time in Orlando. It's a solid organization, a team on the rise. Hedo will weigh his options.'

Backup center Marcin Gortat is also likely to test free-agent waters. Based on the expected market for Gortat, it is unlikely Orlando will be able to retain him, the paper reported.

Courtesy of The Orlando Sentinel


Efes Pilsen beats Fenerbahce 79-76 , and became the champions - by Baha Kurtulus
Efes Pilsen Istanbul won all the four games played consecutively and leads 4-2 in the final series and became the champions.
End of the game undesirable circumstances occured again! Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul supporters attacked to the Efes Pilsen Istanbul stuff and players.

Kaya Peker (207-C/F-80, agency: Court Side) collected 23 points and 9 rebounds, Marvis Thornton (194-G-77, college: St.John's) added 10 points and Mario Kasun (213-C-80) netted 9 points and 8 rebounds for Efes Pilsen Istanbul.
Willie Solomon netted 14 points and Emir Preldzic added 10 point for Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul.


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Rakeem Christmas to play in NBA TOP 100 Camp..otehr news - by David Edole
The 2009 NBAPA Top 100 Camp tips on June 18 in Charlottesville. The camp runs June 17-21 and is laced with the nation's premier talent. From Harrison Barnes in 2010 to Michael Gilchrist in 2011, it's going to be a hyper competitive event as 49 of Scout.com's Top 50 rising seniors will be in attendance. The NBAPA Top 100 Camp (June 17-21) in Charlottesville, Va., is slated to host the nation's elite basketball talent. The best players in America's Class of 2010 will gather, including 24 of Scout.com's Top 25 prospects. Plus, elite rising juniors Michael Gilchrist, LaQuinton Ross, Austin Rivers and Rakeem Christmas are in the mix.


TEAM FINAL QUAKES CALI, WINS RUMBLE 17U
Jay Mumford
NYCHoops.net

When Team Final buried City Rocks in the semi-finals, they became the hometown favorite by default. After all, Philadelphia is closer than California.
With all of New York edged out of contention for the 17U division, the city of brotherly love based Team Final broke open what began as a close game -in similar fashion to their 73-55 win over City Rocks- and topped California Supreme in the Rumble In The Bronx Championship game, with a near identical 73-57 win.

Cali Supreme came out smoking from downtown, as shooting guard Miles Cartwright drained three triples in a row. 6-foot-7 forward Dwayne Polee gave him some help, as the USC Commit did an admirable job contesting Team Final's head man, Mike Gilchrist. Polee also put points on the board -including a backboard rattling dunk- but Cali Supreme didn't get much help elsewhere. Team Final would trail by a few points early on, but when Gilchrist finally got in the scoring column with a vicious one handed stuff down the lane, they held their first lead of the game, 24-23. Although Gilchrist would remain quiet for the remainder of the game, 6'9 center Rakeem Christmas, PG Tyreek Duren and lights out shooter Trevor Cooney would pick up the slack and Team Final would never trail again. A flurry of threes from Cooney late in the first half would give Team Final the space they needed to start their pull away, as they had a seven point advantage at the half, 42-35.

The second half only got worse for the west coast representatives, mainly due to Christmas. In the case of Cali Supreme, Christmas wasn't merry nor was it bearing gifts. The tower forward was unmatched with his shot blocking and dominance in the paint. Team Final held a nice comfortable 10 + point lead for much of the second half, but when Duren used his crafty ball handling to get to the hoop, the said lead had inflated to 22, 67-45. Keola King and Keith Shamburger put up a fight for Cali Supreme throughout the second half, but the game was too far out of reach at that point.

Rakeem Christmas and Tyreek Duren led Team Final with 18 points each. Keola King was the high man for California Supreme with 14 points, while Miles Cartwright, Dwayne Polee and Keith Shamburger each contributed 11.


2009 ABA SCHEDULE - by David Edole
Amateur Basketball Association (ABA)

Superior Basketball League Teams
Heavy Hitters
Brothers United
T.W. I.
VI Finest
Jam Squad
One Unity

2009 Schedule
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Fri Jun 19 VI Finest vs Brothers United 7:00pm BCB
Fri Jun 19 T.W.I. vs Heavy Hitters 8:50pm BCB

Sat Jun 20 Heavy Hitters vs Brothers United 7:00pm BCB
Sat Jun 20 One Unity vs Jam Squad 8:50pm BCB

Tue Jun 23 Jam Squad vs VI Finest 7:00pm BCB
Tue Jun 23 One Unity vs T.W.I. 8:50pm BCB

Thu Jun 25 One Unity vs VI Finest 7:00pm BCB
Thu Jun 25 Heavy Hitters vs Jam Squad 8:50pm BCB

Fri Jun 26 Heavy Hitters vs One Unity 7:00pm BCB
Fri Jun 26 T.W.I. vs Brothers United 8:50pm BCB

Sat Jun 27 NO GAMES

Tue Jun 30 VI Finest vs T.W.I. 7:00pm BCB
Tue Jun 30 Brothers United vs Jam Squad 8:50pm BCB

Thu Jul 2 Brothers United vs One Unity 7:00pm BCB
Thu Jul 2 T.W.I. vs Jam Squad 8:50pm BCB

Fri Jul 3 NO GAMES

Sat Jul 4 NO GAMES

Tue Jul 7 VI Finest vs Brothers United 7:00pm BCB
Tue Jul 7 Heavy Hitters vs T.W.I. 8:50pm BCB

Thu Jul 9 VI Finest vs Heavy Hitters 7:00pm BCB
Thu Jul 9 One Unity vs T.W.I. 8:50pm BCB


Fri Jul 10 Jam Squad vs VI Finest 7:00pm BCB
Fri Jul 10 Brothers United vs Heavy Hitters 8:50pm BCB

Sat Jul 11 Jam Squad vs One Unity 7:00pm BCB
Sat Jul 11 Brothers United vs T.W.I. 8:50pm BCB

Tue Jul 14 VI Finest vs One Unity 7:00pm BCB
Tue Jul 14 Heavy Hitters vs Jam Squad 8:50pm BCB

Thu Jul 16 One Unity vs Heavy Hitters 7:00pm BCB
Thu Jul 16 T.W.I. vs VI Finest 8:50pm BCB

Fri Jul 17 Heavy Hitters vs VI Finest 7:00pm BCB
Fri Jul 17 Jam Squad vs Brothers United 8:50pm BCB

Sat Jul 18 Brothers United vs One Unity 7:00pm BCB
Sat Jul 18 Jam Squad vs T.W.I. 8:50pm BCB

Tue Jul 21 All Star Game 7:30pm BCB
Slam Dunk ($100+)
3-Point Shoot-out

Thu Jul 23 Play-offs Begin 7:00pm BCB


The top four (4) teams will be eligible for the play-offs.
1st will play 4th and 2nd will play 3rd
All players must play at least 4 games in order to play in the play-offs
First round of the play-off series will be the best of three (3)
Championship series will be the best of 5
All ties will be determined by the head to head match-up or points differential
Game forfeiture will be declared after a 15 minutes grace period
Any team which forfeits 2 games will be disqualified from the league and may not be eligible to play the following season!!!


ABA Standings
ABA Standings
1. Jam Squad 0-0
2. To Win It 0-0
3. Heavy Hitters 0-0
4. Brothers United 0-0
5. VI Finest 0-0
6. One Unity 0-0


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British U16 National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
Femi Hamilton of Sevenoaks Suns
Chantel Charles of Harringey Angels
Christina Gaskins (176-F/C-93) of Essex Swifts
Claire Harper (181-F-94) of Nottingham Wildcats
Leah McDerment of Manchester Mystics
Shequila Joseph of Harringey Angels
Otobo Osaro
Ashleigh Sumner of Doncaster Panthers
Rosie Hynes of Manchester Mystics
Lana Doran
Flo Ward of Solent Suns
Charlotte Turner of Doncaster Panthers
Lucy Buxton of Doncaster Panthers
Cheridene Green of Sevenoaks Suns
Head Coach: Karen Burton


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Uruguay named 16 players for the NT - by Hector Lopez
Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83), a formar NBA, and Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M), the MVP for the last Uruguayan League, are the leading players among the 16 men named for the Uruguayan NT to play the Torunamento of the Americas, next August in San Juan. The team also includes Reque Newsome (203-C-82, college: S.Indiana), who is near to become an Uruguayan citizen. The Other players named by the HC Gerardo Jauri are:
Martin Osimani (194-G-81, college: Duquesne)
Gustavo Barrera (194-G-85)
Jayson Granger (186-G-89)
Juan Silveira (191-G-86, college: Weber St.)
Mauricio Aguiar (199-F-83, agency: Players Group),
Emilio Taboada (193-F-82)
Mauro Tornaria (187-G-82)
Sebastian Vazquez (195-F-85),
Diego Castrillon (199-F-75)
Sebastian Izaguirre (207-C/F-85)
Nicolas Borsellino (202-C-86)
Gaston Paez (206-C/F-79)
Claudio Charquero (202-C-77)


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  USBA   


Golden Corral and USBA Take Center Court With Partnership - by USBA Media

Golden Corral Steaks, Buffet and Bakery and the United States Basketball Association (USBA) today combined to create an exclusive restaurant, league and local team partnership. The multi-year partnership will affect all USBA basketball players and coaches. The restaurant has become the sole, buffet restaurant provider for all USBA teams in ten southern states and the District of Columbia.

USBA dominates the basketball minor league landscape in the Southeast United States. The league operates from early April through early July. This new agreement enables Golden Corral to play center court as the hub for the players and coaches to interact with the local fans as they support their hometown teams competing for a chance to make it to the USBA Championship. The USBA Championship playoff series are held in Atlanta, Georgia from June 5, 2010 through July 11, 2010.

'Combining the nations leading buffet restaurants with the USBA will translate into an unprecedented collaboration, our players and coaches will be able to consume some great nutritious food in vast quantities and at the same time they'll be able to socialize with the fans, it was an easy fit us,' said Duane Jenkins, President, and C.E.O. of the United States Basketball Association, Inc. 'My family eats at Golden Corral twice a month, my children love them.'

The USBA provides exciting, wholesome, athletic competition for young aspiring professional basketball players from around the world. 'Our new partnership with the USBA enables our restaurant to play a significant role in helping these young athletes maintain a healthy diet.' ' We'll enjoy watching 6' 8' and 6' 9' young men gorge themselves on our many great dishes,' said Steve Fort Lewis Golden Corral Vice President of Marketing, 'To tap into the local basketball sports market gives our company an opportunity to expand our customer base and to help maintain tremendous consumer appeal of the hometown team.'

Golden Corral is an American-Style restaurant chain that features a large buffet and grill offering numerous fresh hot and cold items. The company is privately held and is headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina. Golden Corral was founded in 1973 and has 485 restaurants in 40 states. The company web address is www.goldencorral.com.

As a part of the compensation package, the USBA gives each player and coach a daily meal card redeemable at Golden Corral. 'This company has vast, universal appeal among all age groups and is a perfect brand association for the USBA because they are widely known for a sparkling clean environment, coupled with a huge variety of great selections of freshly prepared food and like the USBA their core audience consists mainly of families,' said Jenkins, 'The Golden Corral brand represents all-American fun, a sense of pride and connection with family and friends.'

The United States Basketball Association is a minor league mens professional basketball league. The league has eighteen teams, split into three-division spread over ten southern states and the District of Columbia. The basketball season runs from early April through early July. The league provides an opportunity for young basketball players to showcase their skills to other leagues like the National Basketball Association Developmental League (NBADL) and the wide variety of International Leagues. The USBA was founded in 2007 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. The league web address is www.usbaball.com.

Contact:
www..media@usbaball.com
Phone:
(770) 729-0306


USBA Basketball Regular Season Will Tipoff April 7, 2010 - by USBA Media



The United States Basketball Association announces their inaugural season opening on April 7, 2010. The league will take an aggressive posture by activating 18 teams housed in 3 divisions. Permanente home gymnasiums of each individual team are in the process of being completed. 'Barring any unforeseen challenges, we will tip off on Wednesday night, April 7, 2010, we have agreements in place to use gymnasium for 14 of our teams already, the colleges and universities that we planned to occupy this year, understood the challenges we faced in 2009 and they graciously permitted the league to renew their commitment to play at their facilities,' said USBA president and C.E.O Duane Allen Jenkins. ' We anticipate having all locations set by early fall.'

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

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

The leagues three divisions, the Atlantic, the Appalachian and the Southern will consist of six teams in each division. With the economy stabilizing, its full steam ahead, said USBA vice president of basketball operations, Kenneth Green. This is a prime opportunity for us to activate the league. We'll get to know our fans and supporters in each city. We want our fans to be able to have ample access to the coaches and players, said Green. Tryouts will be held for teams on March 13th and 20th, 2010.

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

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

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

The prize list is as follows:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Contact:

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USBA Office

(770) 729-0306



USBA and Clear Channel Communications Negotiate Radio Agreement - by USBA Media

The United States Basketball Association (USBA) and its parent company the Alden Group LLC are in the process of finalizing a multi-year agreement with Clear Channel Communication, Inc., to radio broadcast all USBA basketball games beginning with the 2010 season.

'A partnership with Clear Channel Communication will substantially strengthen the promotion of our mens basketball program within our teams markets and it will provide our association a step up in minor league basketball,' said USBA president Duane Jenkins.

If an agreement can be reached, Clear Channel Communications affiliates will broadcast all of the USBA regular season and postseason games, including a 30-minute pregame show and a 15-minute post game show. The stations will also be the radio home of the Coaches Corner, a live weekly radio program with the head coach of each team hosting a informal sports forum, designed to introduce players and coaches to their communities.

'We are very excited to partner with Clear Channel Communications, whose stations boasts the rare combination of championship heritage with excellent programming that has risen to new heights and will help our exciting young league'. ' We are committed to bringing our listeners the best in sports as our fan base is very knowledgeable and very passionate about the game of basketball,' said Jenkins.

In addition to broadcasts, the partnership will fully integrate mens basketball into programming and promotion of each station including: on-air/on-line imaging, on-site events, enhanced coverage of games and, and multi-media advertising to promote its association. Production initiatives will include live coverage of mens basketball events, with the opportunity to promote and highlight USBA teams ticketing and marketing initiatives.

Under the proposal, Clear Channel Communications and its affiliates would provide enhanced streaming and pod casting of programming that could be simulcast on www.usbaball.com, at no additional cost to the sponsors or the advertisers of the USBA, making free content available to the fans league wide.

'Additional components of the partnership would include weekly USBA updates to occur during daily programming, and the airing of a weekly basketball coachs show. Increasing visibility for our entire league and our basketball games, is a significant step up in our growth,' said Jenkins.

We are pleased to be expanding our radio broadcast reach for our mens basketball program. With this new affiliation, we can greatly benefit our sponsors, advertisers and fans throughout our southern footprint.'

No agreements have been signed to date. Negotiations are progressing and still ongoing.

Clear Channel Communications is a privately owned American media conglomerate. The company is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas. The company was founded in 1972. Clear Channel Communications is the largest owner of full power AM, FM, and short wave radio stations. Bain Capital and Thomas H. Lee Partners own the company. Clear Channel Communications has 900 radio stations and over 60,000 employees in the United States. The company web address is www.clearchannel.com.

The United States Basketball Association (USBA) is a minor league professional basketball league. The league is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. The company was founded in 2007. The USBA has eighteen basketball teams split in three divisions, spread over ten southern states and the District of Columbia. The league operates from early April through early July. The leagues web address is www.usbaball.com.

Contact:
USBA Media

media@usbaball.com
Office (770) 729-0306





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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Bulleen Boomers ink NT player Liz Cambage - by Eurobasket News
The Bulleen Boomers are pleased to announce the signing of the next big thing in Australian basketball and current Opal squad member Elizabeth Cambage (203-C-91) to their WNBL team.

A towering 203cm, the 17 year old centre is looking forward to joining the Boomers for the coming season, and the club is thrilled to welcome her to the fold.

Elizabeth Cambage advised the AIS that she would be leaving the program following the Under-19 World Championships in July and August, making herself available to other clubs for the 2009/10 season, fielding great interest from a number of clubs hoping to lure the teenager to their team.

The Boomers won her signature, Elizabeth Cambage deciding to suit up for last years runners-up making Bulleen her next basketball home.

In the end Elizabeth Cambage felt Bulleen was the best place for her to take the next step in her basketball development. She sees the Boomers will best help her to reach her goals of making the Opals team and becoming an Opals regular.

Michele Timms, assistant coach of the Boomers and Network coach for the Australian Womens Team, believes the signing of Liz Elizabeth Cambage is exciting for the Boomers program and for the future of Elizabeth Cambage who is hoping to be part of the Opals 2010 World Championship team.

We've never had a player of her size on the Opals, not a player who had the muscle to match such height, and she's very athletic,' Opals Coach Carrie Graf said earlier this month.

Its exciting for the Opals and the WNBL.

Bulleen is a strong team, having made the Grand Final last season and will provide Elizabeth Cambage with the chance to train and compete against quality opposition from the outset of her professional career.

In addition she now has the chance to be coached by one of Australias top coaches, recently appointed Bulleen Head Coach Tom Maher.

Elizabeth Cambage was recently announced as part of the Opals squad and travelled on their May 2009 international tour.

She will be heading off on another tour in July, as she embarks with the Gems for the Under 19 World Championships.

Courtesy of The Bulleen Media (by Ryan Mobilia)


Smith leaves Lynx to chase Opals dream - by Eurobasket News
Its unlikely the success of Deanna Smith (179-G-80, agency: LBM Management) on the court for the Perth Lynx last season would have been seen as anything but a great positive, but while its helped the 28 year-old break into the Australian Opals squad during their recent tours this year, its ultimately left the Lynx searching for another captain.

This week, the Lynxs 2008/09 MVP and the WNBL All Star Five member told her club she would be playing for Sydney next season to chase her dream of national success.

And while her decision was said to be a rather difficult one made over several months, both the Lynx and Smith depart ways with heavy hearts.

The pursuit to achieve the ultimate goal for me is to play for Australia in a world championship and an Olympic games and obviously that was my key driver, Smith told LMSC.com.au exclusively the day after she informed her team mates she was leaving.

I came to the Lynx with that same goal. I guess its been readjusted because when I first came (to Perth) my goal was to make that Lynx a force with the potential to make some of the (Australian Opals) tours, she said.

Given that I managed to achieve that (last season), obviously (Ive) got to raise the bar.

Smith will join the Sydney Flames from next season on a one year deal in in the hope the Flames full time program will help her maintain and cement a spot in the national squad.

The Sydney program is a well established, fulltime coach and access to fulltime support staff and being involved the university youve got that connection with medical staff dieticians, physiologists, Smith said.

Thats the environment Perth are working towards, but with my age Ive made the decision based on what will help me and put me in the best position to make the (national) team.

While on paper losing a player with and averages of 20.8 points per game, (the second highest in the league), 6.4 rebounds, 4.6 assists and a free throw rate of 89.7 per cent does appear to be a big hole to fill, Perth Lynx coach Joe McKay thinks the current squad, without Smith, is more than capable.

Everybody will tell you that when you lose a player it leaves a hole, but it gets filled pretty quickly, McKay told LMSC.com.au.

Its going to be a loss thats pretty hard to overcome, but can we do the work on and off the court to be more than completive at this level - the answer is certainly yes. Is it as good as having fulltime program - the answer is no. But Deanna believes thats whats important for her to make the Opals squad. I dont believe thats the situation though.

While other franchises such as Sydney enjoy a full time program with fulltime coaches and plenty of funding, the Lynx continually have to met the challenge of trying to field a competitive program without major sponsorship dollars and top class facilities - something that has enticed Smith away from the Lynx fold.

You dont compete on an equal footing, youre never going to compete on an equal footing unless you are in the same position, said McKay.

Basketball WA and the Lynx board have made significant inroads in the last 12 months moving towards a more profession level, but that doesnt mean you need to be fulltime to be more professional.

Smith leaves the club on good terms saying her first year back in Australia, in a Lynx uniform, helped her become a better player.

I grew as a player and a person, I was faced with a lot of challenges, and I think I learnt a lot from my season and I dont think Id be the player or the person I am (now) if I wasnt for with Perth, she said.

The club without a doubt has helped me to achieve the first step towards being in (the) Opals.

The Lynx have already begun their recruitment program for next season, signing a new import, a recent graduate form the US college system that McKay believes is a good find, as well as speaking to a number of current WNBL players about joining the club.

And lining up against their former captain next season is a challenge McKay is relishing.

When we play Sydney next time were going to kick their backsides, were going to be twice as hard at them and they know it. Cant wait because we want to show we are a little more advanced than Deanne believes, said McKay.

She goes with my blessing, shell be a thorn in our side Im sure but I hope she plays for Australia and she becomes a dominant player for Australia. But I hope she comes to realise that she could have achieved the same goals playing for the Perth Lynx and we want to prove that is the case.

Smith believes the Perth program will power on without her and says theyve made real inroads towards building a competitive program in years to come.

I dont think Joe will let the program suffer because of one player. I think with a year under their belts, with a lot of the girls new to the WNBL last season, theyve got that year behind them now and Id expect them to get a few more wins this season. I know Joe has already got the team working and I know thats what theyre aiming for.

Smith has only signed a one year deal with Sydney saying she doesnt want to look long term in her development, and surprisingly remained very open when asked if shed consider a return West in the future.

I would think so. I quite think that is a possibility, maybe it will be sooner rather than later. I really love Perth and if its best for me and the club at the time I'm certainly not ruling it out and I hope they dont either.

Courtesy of www.lmsc.com.au


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  BELARUS - Women  


Belarus became the first Semifinalist of Eurobasket 2009 in Riga - by Eurobasket News
Slovak Republic-Belarus 68:70

Belarus became the first Semifinalist of Eurobasket 2009 in Riga as they rolled over Slovak Republic in overtime 70:68. That was the first Quarterfinal game and brought already one of the most exciting endings.
The teams stayed closed to each other in the first half and started to prepare for the real battle in the second. Belarus had 48:42 entering the fourth period but could not keep the score for good. Slovak Republic reduced to 45:48 in the beginning of the fourth period and then Anna Jurcenkova (195-C-85) posted two for 51:58 with 4 minutes to play, while Gyurcsi nailed three for 54:58. Those minutes were very exciting in the court as the winner was the first to write its name in the Semifinal clash. Zuzana Zirkova (175-F/G-80) scored for 56:58 with 2.20 making her 18th points. Belarus remained scoreless even until the last minute when the head coach had to ask for Timeout. Anufryienka immediately made a jump shot for 60:56 to give her team some relax. Zuzana Zirkova however nailed three for 59:60 and Anna Jurcenkova stole a ball to send Laskova to the free throw line. The latter missed the first one but made the second for 60:60 with 5 seconds remaining. Belarus took another timeout and chose Trafimava to decide the game in the fourth quarter, however the latter made a turnover and the teams entered the overtime.
For the first minute the teams tried hard however could not change the score in the board. Anna Jurcenkova gave Slovak Republic 62:60 with less than 3 minutes to go. Snytsina came back to the court and scored only one free throw for 62:61 but Trioina brought her team 63:62 advantage. Romana Vynuchalova (193-F/C-86, college: Penn St.) made her 10th points for 64:63 for Slovak Republic and Zuzana Zirkova made a lay-up for 66:64. Natalia Marchanka (170-G-79) saved Belarus making a lay-up with the foul and then bringing another point from the free throw line for 67:66. Troina added the intrigue for 68:66 with 13 seconds in the overtime as Slovak Republic had to ask for tim out. Anastasiya Verameyenka (192-C-87) made two free throws for the 70:68 success.
Anastasiya Verameyenka led the winners with 13 points and Natalia Marchanka added 12. Zuzana Zirkova shined for her team with 23 points, Anna Jurcenkova poured in 12 and Romana Vynuchalova chipped in 10.

Slovak Republic: Zuzana Zirkova 23, Anna Jurcenkova 12, Romana Vynuchalova 10
Belarus: Anastasiya Verameyenka 13, Natalia Marchanka 12


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  BOSNIA - Women  


Zeljeznicar takes title for 2008/09 in League 4 - by Aleksandra Music
Banja Luka,16 jun
Last round in League 4 was two weeks ago.Zeljeznicar won Celik, in Zenica 70-45 and just confirmed the titule.Mladi Krajisnik Banja Luka beat Trocal Jedinstvo Tuzla 74-45. Games didn't have some importance.Zeljeznicar UNIQA is old/new champion in League 4. A few days after,coach from Zeljeznicar, Mensura Hadzic said they are satisfied with the triumph. For the next season team will play in FIBA cup and will decide about WABA leauge,after 2 years staying away.Mladi Krajisnik Banja Luka ended on seconde place in the end. They will stay in WABA competition,but thay aren't sure about Eurocup,becouse problems with the money.


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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE - Women  


Eurobasket Summer League in New York City - Game 1 (Tuesday) - by Darryl Reshaw

Prague defeated Riga 80-72 in the first game of the ESL for Women's event at Fordham University in New York City.
Both of these teams were very competitive and the talent was really even as the teams went back and forth all game.
Prague controlled the first half with a 42-35 advantage at the break but Riga made some strong runs in the second half to keep the contest close.
Jame Skinner the former Langston University player and NAIA All American led the Prague team with 20 points and 7 rebounds and she showcased a very nice all around game consisting of sweet drives to the basket, mid-range jumpers, post up moves and offensive rebounding.
Roslyn Turner (183-F-78) the former WBNL player who also played in Puerto Rico was an outstanding defensively and with the combination of her athleticism and work ethic she posted 8 points and 11 rebounds for the Prague team.
Dominique Chism (185-F-85, college: Oklahoma St.) was fantastic in the paint for Prague as she scored 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds and was the force to be reckon with inside.
Kiandra Metover of Dillard University shot the ball extremely well as she hit a couple of 3pt shots and scored 10 points in the contest.
Ashley Huff (183-F) displayed her athleticism and size as she scored 9 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and had 4 block shots during the contest for Prague.
Tracy Harbut (183-G/F-85) from Syracuse also had an outstanding all around game for Prague as she displayed nice ball handling skills as she often ran the offense for the Prague team and relieved the defensive pressure that Riga was applying of the Prague guards.
Tracy scored 8 points, grabbed 7 rebounds, dished 4 assists and had a few steals.
The Prague team simply destroyed Riga on the boards and the blocked a lot of shots and were the most athletic team of the day.
Riga also displayed some very talented players as Heather Ezell (175-G-87, college: Iowa St.) from Iowa State put on a show and scored 20 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists and had 6 steals.
She can simply shoot the ball from anywhere and she drove the ball to the basket at will and could also play the point guard.
She applied a lot of ball pressure defensively and she stoled the ball all day from the Prague guards and played with lots of intensity.
Karee Houlette (175-G, agency: Team Quest Inc.) from Georgetown had a brilliant game as well as she shot the ball from deep very well scoring 11 points, 4 rebounds, dishing 4 assists and getting 5 steals.
The Riga guards gave the Prague guards fits all game long.
Tia Stovall (186-F-83, agency: Team Quest Inc.) of Middle Tennesse State made some really nice moves and scored 8 points and pulled 8 rebounds for the Riga team.
Star Allen (180-F) from Ohio State was impressive when she did get the ball as she was a powerhouse inside and scored 11 points and pulled 6 rebounds.
She was also a major definsive presence inside as she altered shots and blocked a few during the game.
Shaquana Morgan (173-G) the guard from Francis Marion University created and penetrated the Prague defense very well with her slick ball handling skills as she scored 8 points and 4 rebounds.
This was an exciting first game for the ESL Women's event and featured some really nice talented players.

European Women teams who require additional player information or videos of the ESL games please contact marketing@eurobasket.com



Eurobasket Summer League in New York City - Game 1 (Tuesday) - by Darryl Reshaw
Prague defeated Riga 80-72 in the first game of the ESL for Women's event at Fordham University in New York City.
Both of these teams were very competitive and the talent was really even as the teams went back and forth all game.
Prague controlled the first half with a 42-35 advantage at the break but Riga made some strong runs in the second half to keep the contest close.
Jame Skinner the former Langston University player and NAIA All American led the Prague team with 20 points and 7 rebounds and she showcased a very nice all around game consisting of sweet drives to the basket, mid-range jumpers, post up moves and offensive rebounding.
Roslyn Turner the former WBNL player who also played in Puerto Rico was an outstanding defensively and with the combination of her athleticism and work ethic she posted 8 points and 11 rebounds for the Prague team.
Dominique Chisom from Mercer was fantastic in the paint for Prague as she scored 19 points and grabbed 9 rebounds and was the force to be reckon with inside.
Kiandra Metover of Dillard University shot the ball extremely well as she hit a couple of 3pt shots and scored 10 points in the contest.
Ashley Huff displayed her athleticism and size as she scored 9 points, grabbed 7 rebounds and had 4 block shots during the contest for Prague.
Tracy Harbut from Syracuse also had an outstanding all around game for Prague as she displayed nice ball handling skills as she often ran the offense for the Prague team and relieved the defensive pressure that Riga was applying of the Prague guards.
Tracy scored 8 points, grabbed 7 rebounds, dished 4 assists and had a few steals.
The Prague team simply destroyed Riga on the boards and the blocked a lot of shots and were the most athletic team of the day.
Riga also displayed some very talented players as Heather Ezell from Iowa State put on a show and scored 20 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists and had 6 steals.
She simply can shoot the ball from anywhere and she drove the ball to the basket at will and could also play the point guard.
She applied a lot of ball pressure defensively and she stoled the ball all day from the Prague guards and played with lots of intensity.
Karee Houlette from Georgetown had a brilliant game as well as she shot the ball from deep very well scoring 11 points, 4 rebounds, dishing 4 assists and getting 5 steals.
The Riga guards gave the Prague guards fit all game long.
Tia Stovall of Middle Tennesse State made some really nice moves and scored 8 points and pulled 8 rebounds for the Riga team.
Staretta Allen from Ohio State was impressive when she did get the ball as she was a powerhouse inside and scored 11 points and pulled 6 rebounds.
She was also a major definsive presence inside as she altered shots and blocked a few during the game.
Shaquana Morgan the guard from Francis Marion University created and penetrated the Prague defense very well with her slick ball handling skills as she scored 8 points and 4 rebounds.
This was an exciting first game for the ESL Women's event and featured some really nice talented players.


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


Day: 1 (Quarter-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Slovakia - Belarus 68-70
Belarus became the first Semifinalist of Eurobasket 2009 in Riga as they rolled over Slovak Republic in overtime 70:68. That was the first Quarterfinal game and brought already one of the most exciting endings. Anastasiya Verameyenka (192-C-87) led the winners with 13 points and Marchanka added 12. Zirkova shined for her team with 23 points, Jurcenkova poured in 12 and Vynuchalova chipped in 10.

Spain - Italy 61-42
Spain became the second Semifinalist of Eurobasket 2009 as they overcame Italy 64:42. In a defensive style the winners used a 15-6 in the last period to seal the winning outcome. Spain stays undefeated in the tournament. Anna Montanana (186-F-80, college: George Washington) top-scored for the winners with 10 points, while Laura Nicholls (189-C-89) nailed 9. Valdemoro and Torrens ended up with 8 points each in the losing effort. Macchi produced 18 points in the losing case, whilst Masciadri and Alexander scored 6 apiece.


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  FINLAND - Women  


Dionne Pounds moves to HoNsU - by Eurobasket News
HoNsU have confirmed the addition of Dionne Pounds (174-F-84, college: Lamar) to their squad. A 25-year-old forward brings serious improvement to HoNsU offensive options. One of the best Finnish forwards played for PeKa last season. He led the team to a 15-6 record in the regular season. PeKa then stopped at the semifinal stage losing to the future champions Espoo Team.
Pounds averaged 15.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 2.2 steals and 1.7 assists per game. She won the Finnish 1st Division title in 2008 with PeKa. She also played for Lamar in the NCAA. In the USA her stats came up to 16.2 points and 3.5 boards per game in the senior year.


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  GERMANY - Women  


Eagles hire Lithuanian international - by Moritz Korff
DBBL outfit BBV Leipzig Eagles have made a deal with Laima Rickeviciute (188-F-88) for the 2009-2010 season. The 21-year-old Lithuanian post player represented her country in several games of the junior national team through the years. She spent the past seasons at Arvi Marijampole. During 2008-09 the Kaunas native saw action in 33 league-games, averaging 7.8 points and 5.5 rebounds per contest. Rickeviciute also appeared in 8 matches of the EuroCup and posted 8.1 points a game.
Also Christine Grevenstette (193-G/F) joins the 2009-10 Eagles squad. She comes from TSV Quakenbrueck.


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  ITALY - Women  


Spain uses tough defense to take the spot in the semis - by Eurobasket News
Spain-Italy 61:42

Spain became the second Semifinalist of Eurobasket 2009 as they overcame Italy 64:42. In a defensive style the winners used a 15-6 in the last period to seal the winning outcome. Spain stays undefeated in the tournament.
It was however Italy to win the opening tip and to shock the Spanish squad at 12-1. Laura Macchi (187-F-79) scored five points in a row to take her team in front after 5 minutes of the first frame. Spain recovered a bit and Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) closed the opening quarter at 12:17. The second period was already dominated by the undefeated team in the tournament. Aguilar 's three tied the game at 20:20 and then Anna Montanana (186-F-80, college: George Washington) gave her team the lead, 22:20. It was her again for 29:28 at the halftime. Amaya Valdemoro opened the second with a three while Italy missed their first three shots and went scoreless for first two-and-a-half minutes. A Cruz three-pointer from the left side pushed Spain advantage to 14 and Italy was never to seriously challenge thereafter. Ress finished the third period for 46:36 making a lay-up. In the last period Spain kept Italy to only 6 points showing their strong defense. Aguilar scored for 50:40 and after another 5-0 run Spain had 55:40. Dominguez set up the final score, 61:42 as Spain continues the road to the Final.
Anna Montanana top-scored for the winners with 10 points, while Laura Nicholls (189-C-89) nailed 9. Amaya Valdemoro and Alba Torrens (184-F-89) ended up with 8 points each in the losing effort. Laura Macchi produced 18 points in the losing case, whilst Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80) and Alexander scored 6 apiece.

Spain: Anna Montanana 10, Laura Nicholls 9, Amaya Valdemoro 8, Alba Torrens 8
Italy: Laura Macchi 18, Raffaella Masciadri 6, Alexander 6


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  LATVIA - Women  


Forward Kristen Mann re-signs with Mystics - by Eurobasket News
General Manager Angela Taylor announced the addition of Forward Kristen Mann (6'2''-F-83, college: UCSB) to the teams roster. Mann participated in Washingtons training camp prior to the start of the 2009 season. Washington released center Josephine Owino. Mann will step in for Marissa Coleman who suffered a high ankle sprain and is expected to miss the next four to six weeks of play.

Mann was selected in the first round (11th overall) of the 2005 WNBA draft by the Minnesota Lynx. She spent three seasons with the Lynx where she averaged 6.3 points per game, 2.9 rebounds per game and shot 34 percent from the three point line. Manns WNBA career averages are 5.7 points per game and 2.7 rebounds per game.

The Mystics will host the WNBAs annual initiative, Dads & Daughters , this Saturday, June 20 at 7:00 p.m. during the game featuring Kristi Tolliver and the Chicago Sky. Season and group tickets for the 2009 Washington Mystics season are currently on sale and can be purchased by calling the Mystics Sales Office at 1-877-DC-HOOP1 or by visiting the Mystics web site at www.washingtonmystics.com.

The Washington Mystics organization is dedicated to providing affordable entertainment, serving as an impactful community partner and maintaining accessibility to positive female role models. Supported by passionate fans, the Mystics are elite, hardworking athletes continually striving to win a Championship.

Courtesy of www.comcastsportsnet.tv


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  LUXEMBOURG - Women  


Jordan Wilson to T71 Dudelange - by Eurobasket News
The Diekirch League champions T71 have signed the contract with Jordan Wilson (186-F/C-83, college: Wisconsin). She is going to replace Melissa Dennett on the squad. A 26-year-old power forward played for UBBC in Austria last season. There she averaged 16.1 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. Wilson is the Wisconsin graduate. In NCAA her average stats came up to 4.8 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game.

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  NCAA1 - Women  


Appel undergoes another knee surgery - by Eurobasket News
Stanford star Jayne Appel (6'4''-F/C-88) has undergone left knee surgery for the second time in less than a year. The school said Tuesday that the reigning Pac-10 Player of the Year had an arthroscopic procedure earlier this month to repair the meniscus in her left knee and was forced to withdraw from USA Basketball's camp to determine the roster for the women's World University Games. The 6-foot-4 Appel, a second-team All-America selection who has led the Cardinal to back-to-back Final Four appearances, also tore the meniscus in her left knee during summer conditioning last year and had surgery in late September. She underwent left shoulder surgery in April 2008. Appel averaged 16.1 points and 9.2 rebounds during her junior season.

Meanwhile, Connecticut basketball star Renee Montgomery (5'7''-G-86, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) is among five finalists for the Honda-Broderick Cup. Montgomery helped lead the Huskies to the third undefeated season in school history and was the No. 4 draft pick in the WNBA by the Minnesota Lynx. Colorado's Jennifer Barringer (track and field), Penn State's Nicole Fawcett (volleyball), Georgia's Courtney Kupets (gymnastics), and Washington's Danielle Lawrie (softball) also are finalists for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year award. They were chosen from the 12 Honda Sports Award winners. The winner will be announced June 22 at Columbia University in New York. Softball great Lisa Fernandez, winner of the Honda-Broderick Cup in 1993, will present the award.


Rutgers' Prince to skip senior year to play abroad - by Eurobasket News
Rutgers star Epiphanny Prince (5'9''-G) is skipping her senior season to play professionally in Europe, the first American woman to do so.

The school said Tuesday she has not signed with an agent or chosen a team. She plans to enter the 2010 WNBA draft.

Prince averaged more than 19 points last season as a junior and was a third team All-American. She guided Rutgers to the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament last season.

Candace Parker left Tennessee with a year of eligibility remaining, but she already had graduated when she was the top pick in the WNBA draft in 2008. Male basketball players have been leaving early for the NBA for years.

Prince's decision was first reported by The New York Times on its Web site.

Courtesy of www.sportsillustrated.cnn.com


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  OCEANIA CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


Standings
Standings
Group A
1. Fiji0-0
2. Guam0-0
3. Northern Ma.0-0
4. N.Zealand0-0
Group B
1. Australia0-0
2. New Caledon.0-0
3. Palau0-0
4. Tahiti0-0


2009 Oceania Tournament - by Richard
The Oceania Tournament will be held in Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, from Saturday 20th June to Sunday 28th June 2009.

The 8 federations selected to participate in this tournament are:
Australia - men & women
New Caledonia - men & women
New Zealand - men & women
Fiji - men & women
Palau - men & women
Tahiti - men & women
Guam - men & women
Northern Marianas - men & women

The Oceania Tournament is played every 4 years, unless the Mini Pacific Games also host a basketball competition. In 2005 the Mini Games in Palau hosted basketball, so there was no Oceania tournament.

The Oceania Tournament is the only opportunity Pacific Island basketball federations have to play against the strong Australian and New Zealand teams, and all federations are looking forward to this 8 year wait.
Source: Fibaoceania


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  PUERTO RICO - Women  


First Practice Session for Tigresas - by Raul Colon
The Aguas Buenas Tigresas announced Wensday that they will start off-season workout activities this coming Saturday, June 20th, 2009 at the Samuel Sammy Rodriguez in Aguas Buenas.
This is our first practice. The intention is to see our players condition prior to the start of full practice, said team owner Henry Marcano.

Marcano also announced the beginning of the Tigresas annual player tryouts for new and free agent players.

There are a lot of players that just graduated from high school and some who were not selected in the league 2009 Draft. We want to evaluate their ability and see if they can help our franchise, added Marcano.

The tryouts will also be held on Saturday.


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  RUSSIA - Women  


Ilona Korstine signs with Spartak Moscow Region - by Eurobasket News
Three-time Euroleague champions Spartak Moscow Region bolster their roster with the addition of Russian National Team player Ilona Korstine (183-G-80). She will join Spartak after two seasons spent in Moscow with CSKA. Earlier a 29-year-old guard played for CSKA when they were located in Samara.
Ilona Korstine averaged 11.7 points, 5.7 and 2.0 assists per Superleague game in the last season. In Euroleague her average stats came up to 8.8 points, 5.5 boards and 1.1 assists per game. Korstine is a three-time European champion with the Russian National Team. The contract is meant for one year.


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Belarus became the first Semifinalist of Eurobasket 2009 in Riga - by Eurobasket News
Slovak Republic-Belarus 68:70

Belarus became the first Semifinalist of Eurobasket 2009 in Riga as they rolled over Slovak Republic in overtime 70:68. That was the first Quarterfinal game and brought already one of the most exciting endings.
The teams stayed closed to each other in the first half and started to prepare for the real battle in the second. Belarus had 48:42 entering the fourth period but could not keep the score for good. Slovak Republic reduced to 45:48 in the beginning of the fourth period and then Anna Jurcenkova (195-C-85) posted two for 51:58 with 4 minutes to play, while Gyurcsi nailed three for 54:58. Those minutes were very exciting in the court as the winner was the first to write its name in the Semifinal clash. Zuzana Zirkova (175-F/G-80) scored for 56:58 with 2.20 making her 18th points. Belarus remained scoreless even until the last minute when the head coach had to ask for Timeout. Anufryienka immediately made a jump shot for 60:56 to give her team some relax. Zuzana Zirkova however nailed three for 59:60 and Anna Jurcenkova stole a ball to send Laskova to the free throw line. The latter missed the first one but made the second for 60:60 with 5 seconds remaining. Belarus took another timeout and chose Trafimava to decide the game in the fourth quarter, however the latter made a turnover and the teams entered the overtime.
For the first minute the teams tried hard however could not change the score in the board. Anna Jurcenkova gave Slovak Republic 62:60 with less than 3 minutes to go. Snytsina came back to the court and scored only one free throw for 62:61 but Trioina brought her team 63:62 advantage. Romana Vynuchalova (193-F/C-86, college: Penn St.) made her 10th points for 64:63 for Slovak Republic and Zuzana Zirkova made a lay-up for 66:64. Natalia Marchanka (170-G-79) saved Belarus making a lay-up with the foul and then bringing another point from the free throw line for 67:66. Troina added the intrigue for 68:66 with 13 seconds in the overtime as Slovak Republic had to ask for tim out. Anastasiya Verameyenka (192-C-87) made two free throws for the 70:68 success.
Anastasiya Verameyenka led the winners with 13 points and Natalia Marchanka added 12. Zuzana Zirkova shined for her team with 23 points, Anna Jurcenkova poured in 12 and Romana Vynuchalova chipped in 10.

Slovak Republic: Zuzana Zirkova 23, Anna Jurcenkova 12, Romana Vynuchalova 10
Belarus: Anastasiya Verameyenka 13, Natalia Marchanka 12


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  SPAIN - Women  


Spain uses tough defense to take the spot in the semis - by Eurobasket News
Spain-Italy 61:42

Spain became the second Semifinalist of Eurobasket 2009 as they overcame Italy 64:42. In a defensive style the winners used a 15-6 in the last period to seal the winning outcome. Spain stays undefeated in the tournament.
It was however Italy to win the opening tip and to shock the Spanish squad at 12-1. Laura Macchi (187-F-79) scored five points in a row to take her team in front after 5 minutes of the first frame. Spain recovered a bit and Amaya Valdemoro (184-F-76) closed the opening quarter at 12:17. The second period was already dominated by the undefeated team in the tournament. Aguilar 's three tied the game at 20:20 and then Anna Montanana (186-F-80, college: George Washington) gave her team the lead, 22:20. It was her again for 29:28 at the halftime. Amaya Valdemoro opened the second with a three while Italy missed their first three shots and went scoreless for first two-and-a-half minutes. A Cruz three-pointer from the left side pushed Spain advantage to 14 and Italy was never to seriously challenge thereafter. Ress finished the third period for 46:36 making a lay-up. In the last period Spain kept Italy to only 6 points showing their strong defense. Aguilar scored for 50:40 and after another 5-0 run Spain had 55:40. Dominguez set up the final score, 61:42 as Spain continues the road to the Final.
Anna Montanana top-scored for the winners with 10 points, while Laura Nicholls (189-C-89) nailed 9. Amaya Valdemoro and Alba Torrens (184-F-89) ended up with 8 points each in the losing effort. Laura Macchi produced 18 points in the losing case, whilst Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80) and Alexander scored 6 apiece.

Spain: Anna Montanana 10, Laura Nicholls 9, Amaya Valdemoro 8, Alba Torrens 8
Italy: Laura Macchi 18, Raffaella Masciadri 6, Alexander 6


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  SWEDEN - Women  


Sallen get some reinforcement - by Eurobasket News
The Damligan newcomers Sallen started to shape their squad. They inked three players to build the core of the team for the upcoming season. Camilla Fagerberg (180-F-86) joined the team. A 23-year-old forward played for Jamtland last two years. She averaged 15.0 points, 6.2 boards per game last season. Fagerberg is also a member of the Swedish National Team.
Amalia Krantz (182-F-89) decided to continue her career in Sallen. The forward spent the last season with the Sundsvall Saints. There she scored 6.0 points and grabbed 4.2 boards per game.
Lisa Radstrom came to Sallen from Lulea. Helena Rutberg (169-G-87) also inked the contract with Sallen. She came to the team from Sundsvall. A 22-year-old guard tallied 8.0 points and 2.3 assists per game for the Saints in the Damligan 2008-09 season.
In the meantime Lulea extended contracts with Mikaela Hagglund (177-F-89) and Linnea Eliasson (180-F-87). Hagglund came up with 3.0 points and 1.3 boards in the previous season. Eliassons stats read 2.0 points per appearance.


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  WNBA - Women  


Shock coach Bill Laimbeer steps down, Rick Mahorn takes over - by Eurobasket News
Bill Laimbeer is stepping down as coach of the Detroit Shock, leaving the defending WNBA champions just three games into the season.

The team said Monday assistant coach Rick Mahorn will take over as head coach. Assistant coach Cheryl Reeve will keep her title and become the team's new general manager.

Laimbeer took over the Shock in 2002 and led them to six playoff appearances and three WNBA championships.

The team did not give a reason for Laimbeer's departure.

Mahorn and Laimbeer are former members of the Detroit Pistons 'Bad Boys' teams of the 1980s. Mahorn is in his fifth season with the Shock.

The Shock are 1-2 so far this season.

Courtesy of www.brandonsun.com


Coleman to miss four to six weeks - by Eurobasket News
Washington Mystics forward Marissa Coleman (6'1''-G/F-87, college: Maryland) has a high ankle sprain and is expected to miss the next four to six weeks.

Coleman stepped on someone's foot during the Mystics' scrimmage this weekend and rolled her ankle. The rookie has averaged 12.7 points in 23.3 minutes a game off the bench for the 3-0 Mystics.

'We don't just rely on one player,' coach Julie Plank said. 'Obviously, Marissa was a big part of our 3-point shooting and our bench, but we still have a lot of depth, and other people are going to have to pick up the slack while she's gone.'

Matee Ajavon and Tasha Humphrey likely will receive a bump in playing time while Coleman is sidelined. The Mystics also re-signed reliable 3-point shooter Kristen Mann to add depth on the perimeter, releasing center Josephine Owino to make room for Mann on the roster.

Mann was one of the last players cut in training camp and has experience in Plank's system from her time with Minnesota and Indiana.

'The last week and a half has felt like an eternity, but today it felt like I never left,' Mann said. 'I know the system already in and out, so it was an easy transition.'

The Mystics are hopeful trainer Navin Hettiarachchi will have Coleman ready to return in a month with up to six hours of rest and treatment a day. But since this is the first time she has suffered a major injury in her career on any level, there is some uncertainty as to how quickly her ankle will respond to treatment.

For now, the Mystics plan to raise their games while their budding star is sidelined.

'She was very, very effective and efficient for us, but I think we're all capable of doing more to kind of pick up what we're going to be missing from her,' Monique Currie said. 'It's a part of the game that people get hurt, and that's why you always have to be ready as a team.'

Courtesy of www.washingtontimes.com


Dupree and Augustus earn honors - by Eurobasket News
Candice Dupree (6'2''-F/C-84, college: Temple) of the Chicago Sky and Seimone Augustus (6'1''-G-84, college: LSU) of the Minnesota Lynx were named the WNBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Saturday, June 6 through Sunday, June 14.

Dupree earns her second-career Player of the Week award after leading the Sky to a 2-1 record, the franchise's best start, with wins over Atlanta and Seattle. Over the nine days, Dupree averaged a team-high 19.3 points on 44.9 percent (22-49) shooting, 5.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.7 blocks. She also led the WNBA in three-point shooting 71.4 percent (5-7) from behind the arc. The highlight of Dupree's week came in the Sky's win over the Dream when she scored 23 points, collected eight rebounds, two blocks and two assists. The trio of three pointers she made in the game marked a career high. Including the season opener, Dupree, a lifetime 5.9 percent (1-17) three-point shooter entering the season, drained her first five three-point attempts of 2009. In Sunday's win over Seattle, Dupree narrowly missed a double-double by one rebound. She finished the game with 14 points, nine rebounds and two assists.

A two-time WNBA All-Star, Dupree has averaged 15.5 points and 7.0 rebounds over her first three seasons.

Augustus picks up the third Player of the Week award of her career after averaging 21.8 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.3 steals while shooting 54.1 percent (33-61) on field goals and 60.0 percent (6-10) on three-pointers. Her performance propelled the Lynx to a 3-1 record and placed them in a tie for first place in the Western Conference.

On opening night against Chicago, Augustus, who was playing in her 100th career game, scored 23 points to run her career point total to 2,127, second only to Cynthia Cooper (2,187) for points scored in the first 100 games. One night later against Indiana, she scored 19 points on 9-11 shooting to contribute to the team's 63.2 field goal percentage, a franchise record. In the team's 87-76 win over the Sparks, she scored 30 points for the 11th time in her career. Also in that game, she pulled in nine rebounds and made four three-pointers, both of which tied career highs.

Augustus, a former No. 1 overall pick in 2006, ranks first among WNBA career leaders with 21.3 points per game. She has been a two-time WNBA All-Star, a two-time All-WNBA Second Team selection and the 2006 WNBA Rookie of the Year. In 2008, she won an Olympic gold medal with the U.S. Olympic Women's Basketball Team in Beijing.

Other candidates for WNBA Players of the Week were Atlanta's Sancho Lyttle, Detroit's Deanna Nolan, Los Angeles' Betty Lennox, Phoenix's Diana Taurasi, Sacramento's Kara Lawson, San Antonio's Sophia Young, Seattle's Lauren Jackson and Washington's Alana Beard.

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Last games (2) - Sky and Lynx celebrate tiny wins - by Eurobasket News
Connecticut S. - Chicago S. 75-78
The Chicago Sky outplayed the Connecticut Sun 78-75 jumping to nice 3-1 record in WNBA 2009. At the same time, the guests faced with 3rd loss in 4 appearances. Jia Perkins (5'8''-G-82, agency: Merit Sports, college: Texas Tech) was a key player in the winning squad. She spent 32 minutes on the court scoring 25 points and grabbing 6 rebounds. She also handed out 5 assists beside that. Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU) followed her with double-double, 17 points and 10 rebounds. All other players in Chicago Sky had less than 10 pts. On the other side, the Sun got 16 pts from Asjha Jones (6'2''-F-80, college: Connecticut) and Tamika Whitmore (6'2''-C/F-77, college: Memphis) (each).

Minnesota L. - Sacramento M. 86-83
The Minnesota Lynx grabbed nice 86-83 road win against the Monarchs for almost perfect 4-1 record. Both sides demonstrated pretty decent performance, but the guests had Seimone Augustus (6'1''-G-84, college: LSU) in a game mood, what at the end turned out as a crucial thing. Augustus was almost unmistakable in 33 minutes draining magnificent 30 points. He also had 4 rebounds. Charde Houston (6'1''-F-86, college: Connecticut) added 14 and Nicky Anosike (6'4''-C-86, college: Tennessee) helped with 10 pts. Nicole Powell (6'2''-G/F-82, college: Stanford) delivered 19 pts in defeat. She also pulled down 8 rebounds.


Forward Kristen Mann re-signs with Mystics - by Eurobasket News
General Manager Angela Taylor announced the addition of Forward Kristen Mann (6'2''-F-83, college: UCSB) to the teams roster. Mann participated in Washingtons training camp prior to the start of the 2009 season. Washington released center Josephine Owino. Mann will step in for Marissa Coleman who suffered a high ankle sprain and is expected to miss the next four to six weeks of play.

Mann was selected in the first round (11th overall) of the 2005 WNBA draft by the Minnesota Lynx. She spent three seasons with the Lynx where she averaged 6.3 points per game, 2.9 rebounds per game and shot 34 percent from the three point line. Manns WNBA career averages are 5.7 points per game and 2.7 rebounds per game.

The Mystics will host the WNBAs annual initiative, Dads & Daughters , this Saturday, June 20 at 7:00 p.m. during the game featuring Kristi Tolliver and the Chicago Sky. Season and group tickets for the 2009 Washington Mystics season are currently on sale and can be purchased by calling the Mystics Sales Office at 1-877-DC-HOOP1 or by visiting the Mystics web site at www.washingtonmystics.com.

The Washington Mystics organization is dedicated to providing affordable entertainment, serving as an impactful community partner and maintaining accessibility to positive female role models. Supported by passionate fans, the Mystics are elite, hardworking athletes continually striving to win a Championship.

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