EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 6/19/2009

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  ABA   


Dallas Generals Tryouts - Camp News - by Chris Terrell
Dallas, TX - The Dallas Generals had a very successful team tryout on Saturday, June 13th. Among the noteworthy attendees; Earl Rabb (6'3''-G) Midwestern State, Rodrick Epps (6'0''-G-86) University of Texas-Arlington, Trajinski Grigsby (6'7''-F-86, college: S.Alabama) Midwestern State, Champ Sylvester (6'6''-F) Texas A&M Commerce, Deveon Jenkins (6'4''-F) Jarvis Christian, Wayne Rhymes (6'3''-G-79, college: Colorado Springs) Portland State, Damion Brooks (6'3'-G-86, college: Southwest Christian-OK) and Shondale Robinson (6'5''-F) Maryland Eastern Shore. Earl Rabb collected MVP honors for his performance in the camp. The Dallas Generals staff were very impressed by the collection of talent coming out for the team and will be in discussions with some of it's participants for the purpose of reaching a contractual agreement for their services for the upcoming season. Those mentioned in this release have been invited to participate with the team in private team workouts and open runs to be announced. General Manager Carlton Dixon can be contacted at carlton@dallasgenerals.com or by phone at (214)534-2510

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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Libya 09 Afrobasket: World Championship ticket our target Nigeria President - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Newly sworn-in president of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF, Tijjani Umar is optimistic that the task of repositioning the nations basketball is achievable, in this brief chat with our correspondent, the NBBF boss spoke about various activities before the new board among other sundry issues. Excerpt:

What should Nigerians expect from this board in the next four years

Thanks, for me the inauguration is only formalities, you know we have being running the affairs of the game long before the election. I am sure you know that I have been heading the Task Force whose primary assignment was to prepare the country senior national team for the 25th edition of the FIBA Africa Championship billed for Libya in August this year and other local basketball programmes.

What is really important to us now is not just the Cup of Nations but other programmes as well. We are going to jump-start the Zenith Women Premier League by the end of this month, get involved in the U16 Boys and Girls qualifiers holding in Cotonuo, Republic of Benin and do everything possible to see that the Premier league for Men took off, so can see that our hands are full.

Funding the programmes

It true fund is very vital in the execution of these programmes, we shall appeal to all stake-holders in the game for support including corporate sponsors of our various programmes and with the support of everybody none of the programmes will be left unattended to.

Choice of American Coach for DTigers

It true Nigerian coaches, (Ayo Bakare and Sani Ahmed) qualified the country for the Libya 2009 Afrobasket the situation on ground presently demands us going for a foreign coach so the appointment of John Harding Lucas-II whom we believe can deliver at this crucial moment, though for me personally I would prefer a Nigerian coach who have greater stake than a foreigner.

DTigers USA Camp

Since bulk of the invited players lives in the United States which makes it easy for them to come together on a short notice and given the financial status of the board presently we realized it will be difficult getting the players to come down to Nigeria for camping but arrangement are in place to have the team come down to Nigeria before flying out to Tripoli, Libya for the Championship.

I can assure you that this will probably be the last time we will be camping any of our teams in the US except they want to embark on training tour but such camps must start from the home front.

Afrobasket goal

To be honest with Nigerians our target is to secure one of the three 2010 16th FIBA World Championship ticket.

Coach for DTigress

You know there still the zonal qualifiers to play which we are hosting, so in the next cope of days or weeks coach for the senior women national team will be announced and he will definitely be a Nigerian.




Libya 09 Afrobasket: World Championship ticket our target Nigeria President - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Newly sworn-in president of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF, Tijjani Umar is optimistic that the task of repositioning the nations basketball is achievable, in this brief chat with our correspondent, the NBBF boss spoke about various activities before the new board among other sundry issues. Excerpt:

What should Nigerians expect from this board in the next four years

Thanks, for me the inauguration is only formalities, you know we have being running the affairs of the game long before the election. I am sure you know that I have been heading the Task Force whose primary assignment was to prepare the country senior national team for the 25th edition of the FIBA Africa Championship billed for Libya in August this year and other local basketball programmes.

What is really important to us now is not just the Cup of Nations but other programmes as well. We are going to jump-start the Zenith Women Premier League by the end of this month, get involved in the U16 Boys and Girls qualifiers holding in Cotonuo, Republic of Benin and do everything possible to see that the Premier league for Men took off, so can see that our hands are full.

Funding the programmes

It true fund is very vital in the execution of these programmes, we shall appeal to all stake-holders in the game for support including corporate sponsors of our various programmes and with the support of everybody none of the programmes will be left unattended to.

Choice of American Coach for DTigers

It true Nigerian coaches, (Ayo Bakare and Sani Ahmed) qualified the country for the Libya 2009 Afrobasket the situation on ground presently demands us going for a foreign coach so the appointment of John Harding Lucas-II whom we believe can deliver at this crucial moment, though for me personally I would prefer a Nigerian coach who have greater stake than a foreigner.

DTigers USA Camp

Since bulk of the invited players lives in the United States which makes it easy for them to come together on a short notice and given the financial status of the board presently we realized it will be difficult getting the players to come down to Nigeria for camping but arrangement are in place to have the team come down to Nigeria before flying out to Tripoli, Libya for the Championship.

I can assure you that this will probably be the last time we will be camping any of our teams in the US except they want to embark on training tour but such camps must start from the home front.

Afrobasket goal

To be honest with Nigerians our target is to secure one of the three 2010 16th FIBA World Championship ticket.

Coach for DTigress

You know there still the zonal qualifiers to play which we are hosting, so in the next cope of days or weeks coach for the senior women national team will be announced and he will definitely be a Nigerian.


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Argentina cruise to the first win in Mendoza - by Eurobasket News
Argentina U16 - Bahamas U16 106:72

Argentina opened the U16 Fiba Americas championship with a cruising victory over Bahamas. The teams got into Pool B together with Canada and Mexico and thus Argentina appeared on top of the ladder together with Canadian counterparts. The hosts did not waste too much time to stun their opponents in this one. They accounted for 17 straight points to start the game. Bahamas never came back to life in the opening frame trailing by as many as 24 points at the first intermission. But Bahamas refused to surrender. The Caribbean team struck back with a 14:3 run in the second frame to clip the margin. Argentina however stopped the bleeding and arrived at halftime ahead by 21 points. The home team started the second half confidently and dominated at this point. Argentina posted 30 points in the third quarter and raced to a 29-point lead after thirty minutes. Bahamas had no answer for the onslaught and lost the battle. Matias Bortolin (-C-93) produced 22 points and 8 rebounds for Argentina. Carlos Benitez added 19 points for the home team. Michael Carey Jr. (196-G) responded with game-high 27 points and 10 boards for Bahamas. Travis Wildgoose (-F) notched 18 points and 7 boards in defeat.
Bahamas will play against Canada, while Argentina to face Mexico tonight.

Argentina: Matias Bortolin 22, Carlos Benitez 19, Patricio Garino (-G-93) 16
Bahamas: Michael Carey Jr. 27+10 boards, Travis Wildgoose 18


Raptors extend qalifying offer to Carlos Delfino - by Eurobasket News
The Toronto Raptors have extended a qualifying offer to restricted free agent guard-forward Carlos Delfino (6'6''-G-82).

Per team policy, financial details were not disclosed.

Delfino played last season in Russia with BC Khimky Moscow in the Russia-A Superleague. He averaged 10.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 23.2 minutes in 26 games.

The Raptors acquired Delfino from the Detroit Pistons on June 15, 2007 in exchange for a second-round pick in 2009 and 2010. He appeared in all 82 games in his lone season with the Raptors (2007-08), averaging 9.0 points and 4.4 rebounds.

He set career highs in points (738), rebounds (359), three-point field goals made (40) and attempted (123), free throws made (116) and attempted (156) and minutes (1928).

A first-round pick by Detroit (25th overall) in 2003, Delfino has averaged 5.8 points and 3.0 rebounds in 282 regular season NBA games.

Courtesy of www.tsn.ca


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  ASIAN CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Matt freije and Antwain Barbour to koin the lebanese NT - by Samer El-Halabi

Freije and Barbour will join the lebanese national team 21 days before the asian championship. The return of Daniel Faris is in July 1st. The budget of the lebanese NT is arround 800 000$ while the budget of the jordanian NT is about 14 000 000$.
Matt Freije (208cm-G/F) will join the lebanese national team in the william jones cup. Freije who played recently in the chineese league will be a big plus for the NT because he can play easily on position 3. Note that antwain barbour is on his way to join, still waiting his final response .

samer el-halabi



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  AUSTRALIA   


Australian National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
Benjamin Purser
Brad Simpson (198-F-90) of Illawarra Seahawks
Cameron Bairstow
Claybrin Mcmath
Jeremy Hill of Bedpost Auckland (NZL)
Joshua Wilcher
Kurtis Phillips
Reece Maxwell
Sean Mullan (-F-90) of Illawarra Seahawks
Thomas Daly


Melbourne Tigers re-sign David Barlow and Luke Kendall - by Eurobasket News
The Melbourne Tigers have bolstered their roster by signing up two members of their 2008/09 Grand Final team in David Barlow (205-F-83, college: Metro St.) and Luke Kendall (193-G-81, college: Metro St.).

After four seasons and two titles with the Sydney Kings, Barlow joined Melbourne in 2007/08 and played in a championship in his first year with the Tigers.

Although they couldn't go back-to-back last season, Barlow was still a solid contributor averaging 14.78 points a game from 32 matches.

Tigers coach Al Westover was rapt to have Barlow back with the team again this season.

'A young player of Barlow's calibre and ability in our mix is exactly what we need this year if we are to go that next step and reclaim the NBL title,' he said.

'As a Boomers player, his versatility, skill and athleticism boosts our program, which is very exciting for us.'

Meanwhile, Kendall, who was nabbed by the Tigers in January, made an instant impact off the bench for Melbourne in the run-in to and during last season's playoffs.

The former Wildcat admitted that losing last year's grand final will serve as a huge motivational tool for the upcoming season.

'That's why I came; I want to win,' said Kendall who was also involved in Sydney's 2005 championship along with Barlow.

'I love winning, I'll do whatever it takes to win.'

The latest signings come on the back of star recruits Chris Anstey and Mark Worthington last week and the reacquiring of Darryl Corletto this week.

Courtesy of www.portal.co.nz


Tragardh a Hawk until 2011 - by Eurobasket News
Fprward Cameron Tragardh (209-C/F-83, college: ORU) has signed a three-year contract with the Wollongong Hawks, keeping him at the NBL side through the 2010-11 season.

The 24-year-old had a breakthrough season with the Hawks in 2007/2008, capped by being named the NBL's most improved player.

The former Brisbane Bullet averaged 17.6 points and 7.8 rebounds per game last season but said he had plenty to work on over the off-season with Northside Wizards in the Queensland Australian Basketball League.

'My goals for next season will be staying consistent with my shooting, said Tragardh. He had 53 per cent from the field last season.

'I'll also be concentrating on gaining strength in the off-season to battle the larger centres and power forwards in the league.

'The Hawks are a proud club with passionate supporters and I'm proud to be a part of it.'

Courtecy of www.foxsports.com.au


Adelaide 36ers add Jacob Holmes, Brad Hill and Darren Ng - by Eurobasket News
The Adelaide 36ers have announcd the signing of three great South Australian players for the 2009/10 NBL season, which commences with the team's first game against the Cairns Taipans in Cairns on 26th September.

'I am genuinely excited about the signings of these three talented young South Australians, Jacob Holmes (198-G-83), Brad Hill (198-G/F-86) and Darren Ng (189-G-83), Head Coach of the Sixers, Scott Ninnis ' said.

Regarding Holmes, Ninnis said:

I have been involved with Jacob for a number of years and his work ethic, experience and leadership are all extremely important characteristics needed to develop successful teams. He has always been a very good rebounder and defender and I look forward in him continuing to improve as a player and being a fixture here for many years to come.

Regarding the signing of Hill, Ninnis said:

Brad Hill will be one of the surprise packets and big improvers of the upcoming season. His work ethic during the off season has been outstanding and his perimeter game and confidence are quickly catching up with his unquestionable athleticism and he should establish himself as a top flight performer for the Adelaide 36ers for the next decade.

About Ng, Ninnis said:

Bringing Darren back home is especially pleasing and his ability to be a game breaker will quickly re-establish him as a fan favourite with the Adelaide 36ers faithful. His perimeter shooting is right at the top rung of players in this country and we look forward to him being a major contributor for us in the 2009/10 season.

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


Harvey set for three-year Blaze deal - by Eurobasket News
The Gold Coast Blaze are expected to announce the re-signing of marquee player James Harvey (196-G/F-79) this week.

There was no confirmation from Harvey or the club's HQ last night, but it is believed the sharpshooter has agreed to terms to a new three-year deal.

The announcement will be the icing on the cake after a busy two weeks of recruiting for new coach Joey Wright, who has so far enlisted six players.

When Wright recently announced that he was taking over from Brendan Joyce at the helm of the Blaze he made no secret of the fact that he wanted Harvey as his No.1 signing.

The 30-year-old had been seriously considering a shift to Europe but has continually broadcast his desire to stay on the Gold Coast if he and the Blaze could come to a suitable arrangement.

In fact he has said he wasn't interested in playing out his career in Australia anywhere else than on the tourist strip.

Harvey has been a part of the leadership group in the Blaze's inaugural two seasons and has a huge fan following.

He is expected to confirm his signing tomorrow.

Courtesy of www.goldcoast.com.au


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Argentina cruise to the first win in Mendoza - by Eurobasket News
Argentina U16 - Bahamas U16 106:72

Argentina opened the U16 Fiba Americas championship with a cruising victory over Bahamas. The teams got into Pool B together with Canada and Mexico and thus Argentina appeared on top of the ladder together with Canadian counterparts. The hosts did not waste too much time to stun their opponents in this one. They accounted for 17 straight points to start the game. Bahamas never came back to life in the opening frame trailing by as many as 24 points at the first intermission. But Bahamas refused to surrender. The Caribbean team struck back with a 14:3 run in the second frame to clip the margin. Argentina however stopped the bleeding and arrived at halftime ahead by 21 points. The home team started the second half confidently and dominated at this point. Argentina posted 30 points in the third quarter and raced to a 29-point lead after thirty minutes. Bahamas had no answer for the onslaught and lost the battle. Matias Bortolin (-C-93) produced 22 points and 8 rebounds for Argentina. Carlos Benitez added 19 points for the home team. Michael Carey Jr. (196-G) responded with game-high 27 points and 10 boards for Bahamas. Travis Wildgoose (-F) notched 18 points and 7 boards in defeat.
Bahamas will play against Canada, while Argentina to face Mexico tonight.

Argentina: Matias Bortolin 22, Carlos Benitez 19, Patricio Garino (-G-93) 16
Bahamas: Michael Carey Jr. 27+10 boards, Travis Wildgoose 18


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  BELIZE   


New Site Helps Playoff Chances with Win over Harlem - by David Magana

Tuesday June 16, 2009
Game Results
Junior Division
New Site 65
Harlem 51

New Site Helps Playoff Chances with Win over Harlem

A win in Tuesday nights match-up between New Site and Harlem , coupled with a Rebuilders win over Ghans Avenue on Thursday, would put either team in the playoffs. To date, both teams had one win each to boast, both being over Southside Rebels, so one could assume they were evenly matched. At the end of the first quarter Harlem trailed by 2 points and at the half, New Site trailed by 3 (26-23). Harlem was led by Wayne Joseph and karl Cabral who both had six points in the first half. Cabral finished as the only Harlem player in double figures with 15pts and 10rebs. Iman Palacio, also of Harlem , finished with a season high 18 rebounds to go along with his six points. After three the game was again close with a 37-36 score in favor of New Site. In the fourth quarter, however, U19 leading scorer Kenny Augustine of New Site would not be denied and poured in 18 points and single-handedly out-score Harlem 18-15 powering New Site to the 65-51 victory. With the win secure, New Site now becomes Rebuilders biggest fans as the hope for a Rebuilders win to give them a playoff opportunity.


John Rhys

DBA



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  BRAZIL   


USA U16 rolled over Brazil U16 in Mendoza - by Eurobasket News
Brazil U16-USA U16 82:110

USA opened their FIBA Americas U16 Championship with an easy win over Brazil in the opener. USA looked much better in the whole game to take 1-0 record in the group.
The favorites took the lead from the very beginning and never looked behind after. After the first 5 minutes USA already had 16'6 lead and then led to 26:15 at the end of the opening quarter. The United States of America team did not slow down and increased the lead in the second period as well. They produced a 28-22 to take 54:37 halftime advantage. Brazil however played better in the third period and as result they won the frame 21-20. In order to prove the superiority in the tournament and to be the leader of the group from the very beginning USA had 36-24 in the last period to win 110:82.
Adonis Thomas led the winners with 21 points while Bradley Beal nailed 19. Andre Drummond ended up with 16 points with 11 boards. Gustavo Scaglia De Paula produced 16 points in the losing effort and Leonardo Meindl posted 15.
In another game of the group Venezuela U16 grabbed an important win in the opener of FIBA Americas U16 Championship first game over Puerto Rico U16. Venezuela used a productive second period to seal the winning 87:81 outcome.

Brazil: Gustavo Scaglia De Paula 16, Leonardo Meindl (191-F-93) 15
USA: Adonis Thomas 21 points, Bradley Beal 19, Andre Drummond 16 points and 11 boards.


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Canada account for Mexico in Mendoza - by Eurobasket News
Canada U16 - Mexico U16 90:44

Canadian U16 National Team got to an impressive start of their U16 Fiba Americas Championship campaign. The North American team faced Mexico in Group B opener. Canada left no chance for their opponents claiming a spectacular 46-point victory at the end.
Canada opened the battle with an 11:2 run to take the lead. They continued to dominate throughout the opening stanza and built a 25:11 advantage after ten minutes. Mexico could not change the complexion of the game in the second frame. They scored just 8 points and appeared trailing by 27 points at halftime.
Canada quickly built a 30-point advantage in the third frame and rolled comfortably. Mexico lost the battle under the rims and shot just 23% from the field. They never threatened the margin as Canada ensured the winning outcome at the end.
Kevin Pangos (183-G) notched 18 points and 6 boards for Canada. Anthony Bennett (196-F) added 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Raul Borquez responded with 13 points for Mexico. Oscar Murillo and Sergio Panduro had 5 points each in defeat.
Canada will face Bahamas, while Mexico will take on Argentina today.

Canada: Kevin Pangos 18, Anthony Bennett 17+10 boards, Nikolas Staukas 16
Mexico: Raul Borquez 13, Oscar Murillo 5, Sergio Panduro 5


Edmonton Energy jumps to IBL best record - by Eurobasket News
The Edmonton Energy have the International Basketball League's (IBL) best record, 14-2, after taking a pair of weekend games from the Vancouver (Wash.) Volcanoes.

The Energy finished off their Washington state opponents 120-107 on Sunday. Night before that they won a hard-fought 109-104.

On Sunday, Stephen Sir (198-G-82, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: N.Arizona) (Edmonton) led the way with 31 points, point guard Will Funn (188-G-82, college: Portland St.) (San Bernardino, Calif.) had 25 points, 8 assists and nine rebounds. J.R. Patrick (193-G/F-81, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Santa Clara) (Edmonton) added 18 points.

The same three players were the stars in Saturday's contest. Sir led the Energy with 24 points, Patrick scored 21 and Funn had 20 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds.

Courtesy of the IBL


Third straight home win for Vancouver Titans - by Eurobasket News
The Vancouver Titans won again on their home court, defeating their International Basketball (IBL) League North Division rivals, the Snohomish (Wash.) County Explosion 130-115 on Saturday.

It was the Titans' third home win in a row. They defeated the Central Oregon Hotshots 110-93 on Friday.

James Hudson (188-G-83, college: Alberta) led the charge for the home team with the first triple double of his IBL career. The North Vancouver native poured in 19 points, dished out 10 assists and hauled in 11 rebounds while only turning the ball over only twice.

The two teams traded baskets throughout the first half with the Titans taking the early lead. Snohomish was able to pull even by playing small ball in the second quarter, and with five guards the Explosion were able to penetrate the Titans' defence to take a 56-50 halftime lead.

The Titans came out recharged to start the second half, and it was all Vancouver as the hometown team torched the visitors for 80 points in the final two frames.

Seven Titans reached double digits with Kyle Keyes (188-G-78, agency: Elleby Sports, college: Montana) (Seattle, Wash.) again leading all Vancouver scorers with 29 on a 50 per cent shooting night. Matt Rachar (201-G-85) (Burnaby, B.C.) and Emmy Unaegbu (Abbotsford, B.C.) both dropped 17 points. The two Titans forwards also drew the tough assignment of defending the IBL's leading scorer Devon Greene (198-G/F-84, college: Grand Canyon) who finished the night with 38 points on 14 of 35 shooting.

The Titans improved to 7-11 on the season while the Explosion are 7-7.

Courtesy of The Vancouver Titans


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Seven Stars Santiago South champion - by Pedro Gomes
Seven Stars won the Santiago South regional title, Senior division, by beating Bairro 81-70 in the third game of the finals, at the Vava Duarte Sports Pavilion.

With a 2-0 advantage in the series, Seven Stars entered the third meeting very comfortable, rotating the ball and then making the correct decision when to finalise, a very balanced inside and outside game. On the other hand, Bairro continue with their difficulties on the offensive end, and unforced turnovers. Seven closed the first period 28-11.

The second period, Seven managed to maintain the same level of play, despite their constant rotation, in the end the team lead by 22 points, with the result set at 47-25 at halftime.

The third period saw some life into Bairro; however it was quick appearance, as the team once again dismantled. Seven was determined to demonstrate its quality, and the reputation as the best team in Santiago South, by the end of the third period the score was 70-48.

In the fourth and final period, Bairro managed to show their fans that they belonged in the finals; however it was too late, as seven managed the lead until the end. The final score was 81 to 70, another comfortable win by the Seven Stars.

The 2008/2009 Santiago South regional champions saw their investment and hard work paid off. With the import, and mix of top local players, Seven proved that there is a need to take the league to another level, at least a semi-pro status.
We highlight the exceptional play of Sekou Ba, and Patrick (Seven Stars), Lamine, Admir (Bairro).


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  CHILE   


Dimayor: Morton leaves Espanol - by Daniel Valencia
The leaders of Deportivo Espanol de Talca announced the end of the contract with the american center Oliver Morton (207-C-78, college: Chattanooga). Morton played 15 games with the team during Dimayor's 'Apertura' tournament, averaging 17.1 points, 15.0 rebounds, 1.3 steals, 0.4 blocks and 1.1 assists. The center put some good numbers but the coach, Carlos Iglesias, was looking for a different kinf of player for the frontcourt.

Espanol is losing the series against Boston College 0-2 and will play game 3 without an import player. The leaders and the coach are working in the signing of a new foreign player for the national phase of Dimayor.


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Barva ties the Final - by Gianni Pascucci
Ferreteria Brenes Barva defeated 72-55 yesterday night Coopenae-Liceo de Costa Rica in Game 2 of the Apertura Finals, tieing Series on 1-1. The two teams started very nervous, making lots of mistakes all the first half long. The score was 24-24 after the fiort two quarters, and this tells a lot. Then, Barva strated to be more accurate and kept the lead, never loking back. The best player in Barva was Isaac St.Rose (190-G-84, college: John Brown), who led all the scorers with 20 points. Impoert Neil Fryer (193-F, college: E.Oregon) led Liceo with 14 points. Game 3 is scheduled for Saturday, june 20 at 19:00.

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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Prostejov invite Eugene Lawrence - by Eurobasket News
Prostejov strengthened their squad with the acquisition of Eugene Lawrence (184-G-86, college: St.John's). A 23-year-old guard played in Slovakia in the previous season. There he averaged 17.9 points, 5.3 rebounds and 6.4 assists per game for Nitra leading his team to the championship title. It was his first season on the continent though. He graduated from St. Johns University in 2008. Eugene Lawrence tallied 7.7 points, 3.7 assists and 2.8 boards per game in his senior season with the Red Storm.
Martin Sykora (190-G/F-81) extended his contract with Pardubice. Slovakian shooting guard will spent one more year with Pardubice. In the previous season he averaged 6.3 points and 3.9 rebounds per game as a starter.


Kenneth Walker interview by Vern Glenn of KRON-TV,San Francisco CA - by Eurobasket
Vern Glenn (VG) with you here and we are joined by Kenny Walker (206-F/C-80, college: Alabama), MVP of Czech Rep. League and MVP of Salt Lake City Euobasket summer League 2008 former Alabama Crimson Tide forward. Kenny, you continue to impress those overseas, those over in the Mattoni NBL League (Czech Republic), being named MVP. What is in the water over there?

Kenneth Walker (KW): I dont know. I think it is more of whats coming from the States. VG: (laughing)
KW: I am just working hard, trying to be the best that I can. Im out there to prove something. I want play as hard as can and hopefully be remembered, thats all, just have a great life.

VG: You are certainly making things memorable for those who have followed your career. Let me ask you this and this is kind of a thought provoking thing when you go over there to play, I know that you are trying to prove yourself and I know that you play the best that as you can but when you grow up here dreaming of the NBA and arent playing in the NBA, do you kind of play with a chip on your shoulder, a little edge?

KW: Im of the mindset that the NBA is always watching, even when Im overseas playing basketball, having a point to prove. But growing up watching the NBA, the NBA was something Ive always wanted to do. Ive tried to make it to the NBA every summer but it seems as though it doesnt work out but that doesnt mean I give up. I just keep going and I keep moving forward.

VG: Well they say in life, everybody has a purpose, and for now, for whatever reason your purpose is the Mattoni NBL MVP and certainly no surprise to you, what is it about your game that makes you clearly, head and shoulders above at least most playing in that league?

KW: I guess from a players standpoint to a coach's standpoint, that pretty much they told me that Im such a great player because I know the game, Im very experienced, at the same time Im a great guy on and off the court and very humble. My actions speaks for itself, Im not the one out there to talk a lot, Im the one out there actually showing it and being the best that I can and allow my team the opportunity to win every game. Im pretty sure that everyone loves a winner and Im such a humble guy.

VG: Were visiting with Mattoni NBL League MVP Kenny Walker. Hes our guest today and Kenny playing over there, I wont say you are socially in a fishbowl but you arent in the United States, give us a sense of what life is like there and how you are able to kind of get around socially, communications wise, what is it?

KW: Thats kind of funny because in the beginning I had to use like sign language, I could sit out right there and try to speak English but they would look at me with a crazy face. Sometimes they really dont understand what I was saying so I would have to use sign language and from there things got a little easier because I ran into a couple of young people and it was like there was a lot of older people there but there is lot of younger people and they speak English. I was to get around along with my teammates; they made it very easy for me. Playing in a town where its called Novy Jicin in the Czech Republic, it is very small, some people call it a village but I call it a town It is very simple, no violence and it is very clean. They really love going for nature walks over there and raising their children so you dont really have anything to worry about, pretty much. I found myself over there cooking every day because the food is very fresh and it just allowed me to grow as a person and learn different things

VG: Lets talk about that. What have you had to, maybe by force, to teach yourself to do, acclimate yourself to playing over there and living over there as opposed to, I guess for a lack of a better way of saying it, as relying on what you knew growing up in Jacksonville and in Tuscaloosa?

KW: In Tuscaloosa and in Jacksonville, I pretty much had things done for me and if I needed help; I know who to seek or to find or if I needed something I knew exactly where to get it from but overseas you dont really have that luxury because technology is very different and you probably dont have access to everything that you would want or need that would be common (in the United States). I found myself most of the time ordering stuff from the States and having it sent overseas but I will say some of things over there is a lot better than in America because I believe most of medicine from over there comes from Europe or Asia is sent from there and is a good thing in my favor because of my allergies. Just me taking care of myself and learning how to cook, you cant just walk in and say hey Mom can you make me something to eat or go get some fast food because they dont have any fast food restaurants over there. It is more of town like atmosphere restaurant and everyone knows one another and you really cant do much. I found myself staying home a lot and being to myself, learning things. Actually it was a great experience, actually looking how to cook, learning recipes off the internet and stuff like that, and growing as a person.

VG: Whats your signature dish?

KW: My signature dish is greens, green beans with yellow rice, BBQ baked chicken with sweet potatoes or yams. I even bake too; I bake cakes (laughing)

VG: (laughing) Will the boys back in Jacksonville be shocked to hear that?
KW: If they were put in my shoes they probably would be doing the same thing and wont say nothing about it but eventually everyone will find out.

VG: We are just at the finish of the NBA Finals, Kobe finally got Shaq off his back there, do you still keep the dream alive to possibly be playing in the NBA some day?
KW: As long as I can step on the basketball court, I always going to keep that dream alive, no matter what age or how old I get, there is always a chance. Some guys that play in the NBA are old even if it is for only one season but Ill still live with that dream, even if I was to only get one second on the court and to have my name on that jersey that would be a blessing to me.

VG: For those that are in other parts of the country or the world or just have not been able to follow your career, what style do you have that maybe that you patterned your game after that folks can relate to?

KW: I feel that Im an all-around basketball player because I never settle. Im always working on my game. I shoot, I dribble the basketball, I run the floor. Running the floor has really helped me. Im a defensive minded player because when good things happen on defense, good things happen on offense, easier points. It makes my job easier, easier for the next person.
Who I mimic my game after, I watch Kobe, I watch Vince Carter, I like him. I watch Dwight Howard and I look at Dwight Howard and his footwork as far as getting separation, watching Kobe with his jab step, learning something from each player to make my game even better.

VG: Well it is obviously working for you Kenny, to take a little from each of those guys you mentioned and to formulate into your game because you keep racking up these MVP honors. Kenny we appreciate you taking the time to join us for a few moments. All we can say is Roll Tide and continued success
KW: Thank you Vern, thank you very much


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  EGYPT   


Haitham and Tarek Elsaied signes for Shorta &Gezira - by Sherif Soliman
Haitham El saied Zamalk former player joined Shorta before heading to Turkey to join the national team camp. Also Tarek el Saied signed for Gezira to follow his former team mate Wael Badr who singed for Gezira early this month. However, Zamalek is loosing all his former players who said 'They neglected us after the last elections'. However, Sabry Serag the elected board member in Zamalk said 'the players asked for very high numbers while negotiations and they didnt wait for answrs , they just ran away from the club'. Dramaticly, Zamalek basketball seems falling down after the great escape made by 7 players of the last roster who lost the league final game last season. Haitham El Said (198-F-82)


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Kenneth Walker interview by Vern Glenn of KRON-TV,San Francisco CA - by Eurobasket
Vern Glenn (VG) with you here and we are joined by Kenny Walker (206-F/C-80, college: Alabama), MVP of Czech Rep. League and MVP of Salt Lake City Euobasket summer League 2008 former Alabama Crimson Tide forward. Kenny, you continue to impress those overseas, those over in the Mattoni NBL League (Czech Republic), being named MVP. What is in the water over there?

Kenneth Walker (KW): I dont know. I think it is more of whats coming from the States. VG: (laughing)
KW: I am just working hard, trying to be the best that I can. Im out there to prove something. I want play as hard as can and hopefully be remembered, thats all, just have a great life.

VG: You are certainly making things memorable for those who have followed your career. Let me ask you this and this is kind of a thought provoking thing when you go over there to play, I know that you are trying to prove yourself and I know that you play the best that as you can but when you grow up here dreaming of the NBA and arent playing in the NBA, do you kind of play with a chip on your shoulder, a little edge?

KW: Im of the mindset that the NBA is always watching, even when Im overseas playing basketball, having a point to prove. But growing up watching the NBA, the NBA was something Ive always wanted to do. Ive tried to make it to the NBA every summer but it seems as though it doesnt work out but that doesnt mean I give up. I just keep going and I keep moving forward.

VG: Well they say in life, everybody has a purpose, and for now, for whatever reason your purpose is the Mattoni NBL MVP and certainly no surprise to you, what is it about your game that makes you clearly, head and shoulders above at least most playing in that league?

KW: I guess from a players standpoint to a coach's standpoint, that pretty much they told me that Im such a great player because I know the game, Im very experienced, at the same time Im a great guy on and off the court and very humble. My actions speaks for itself, Im not the one out there to talk a lot, Im the one out there actually showing it and being the best that I can and allow my team the opportunity to win every game. Im pretty sure that everyone loves a winner and Im such a humble guy.

VG: Were visiting with Mattoni NBL League MVP Kenny Walker. Hes our guest today and Kenny playing over there, I wont say you are socially in a fishbowl but you arent in the United States, give us a sense of what life is like there and how you are able to kind of get around socially, communications wise, what is it?

KW: Thats kind of funny because in the beginning I had to use like sign language, I could sit out right there and try to speak English but they would look at me with a crazy face. Sometimes they really dont understand what I was saying so I would have to use sign language and from there things got a little easier because I ran into a couple of young people and it was like there was a lot of older people there but there is lot of younger people and they speak English. I was to get around along with my teammates; they made it very easy for me. Playing in a town where its called Novy Jicin in the Czech Republic, it is very small, some people call it a village but I call it a town It is very simple, no violence and it is very clean. They really love going for nature walks over there and raising their children so you dont really have anything to worry about, pretty much. I found myself over there cooking every day because the food is very fresh and it just allowed me to grow as a person and learn different things

VG: Lets talk about that. What have you had to, maybe by force, to teach yourself to do, acclimate yourself to playing over there and living over there as opposed to, I guess for a lack of a better way of saying it, as relying on what you knew growing up in Jacksonville and in Tuscaloosa?

KW: In Tuscaloosa and in Jacksonville, I pretty much had things done for me and if I needed help; I know who to seek or to find or if I needed something I knew exactly where to get it from but overseas you dont really have that luxury because technology is very different and you probably dont have access to everything that you would want or need that would be common (in the United States). I found myself most of the time ordering stuff from the States and having it sent overseas but I will say some of things over there is a lot better than in America because I believe most of medicine from over there comes from Europe or Asia is sent from there and is a good thing in my favor because of my allergies. Just me taking care of myself and learning how to cook, you cant just walk in and say hey Mom can you make me something to eat or go get some fast food because they dont have any fast food restaurants over there. It is more of town like atmosphere restaurant and everyone knows one another and you really cant do much. I found myself staying home a lot and being to myself, learning things. Actually it was a great experience, actually looking how to cook, learning recipes off the internet and stuff like that, and growing as a person.

VG: Whats your signature dish?

KW: My signature dish is greens, green beans with yellow rice, BBQ baked chicken with sweet potatoes or yams. I even bake too; I bake cakes (laughing)

VG: (laughing) Will the boys back in Jacksonville be shocked to hear that?
KW: If they were put in my shoes they probably would be doing the same thing and wont say nothing about it but eventually everyone will find out.

VG: We are just at the finish of the NBA Finals, Kobe finally got Shaq off his back there, do you still keep the dream alive to possibly be playing in the NBA some day?
KW: As long as I can step on the basketball court, I always going to keep that dream alive, no matter what age or how old I get, there is always a chance. Some guys that play in the NBA are old even if it is for only one season but Ill still live with that dream, even if I was to only get one second on the court and to have my name on that jersey that would be a blessing to me.

VG: For those that are in other parts of the country or the world or just have not been able to follow your career, what style do you have that maybe that you patterned your game after that folks can relate to?

KW: I feel that Im an all-around basketball player because I never settle. Im always working on my game. I shoot, I dribble the basketball, I run the floor. Running the floor has really helped me. Im a defensive minded player because when good things happen on defense, good things happen on offense, easier points. It makes my job easier, easier for the next person.
Who I mimic my game after, I watch Kobe, I watch Vince Carter, I like him. I watch Dwight Howard and I look at Dwight Howard and his footwork as far as getting separation, watching Kobe with his jab step, learning something from each player to make my game even better.

VG: Well it is obviously working for you Kenny, to take a little from each of those guys you mentioned and to formulate into your game because you keep racking up these MVP honors. Kenny we appreciate you taking the time to join us for a few moments. All we can say is Roll Tide and continued success
KW: Thank you Vern, thank you very much


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


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Fenerbahce Ulker extends Mirsad Turkcan for two more seasons - by Eurobasket News
Despite they lost in TBL Finals 4-2 against Efes Pilsen, Fenerbahce Ulker decided to keep experienced Mirsad Turkcan (206-F-76) for two more years. Actually, the sides agreed terms even during the Final series.
Mirsad Turkcan joined Fenerbahce Ulker in 2005 five from Dynamo Moscow. It means that the next season will be his fifth with the club. During these four years Fener managed to win 3 championship titles in Turkey. They also won President Cup in 2008. Two years before Fener reached the Final of National Cup, but was not able to grab the trophy.
Mirsad Turkcan appeared 14 times in Euroleague this season averaging 15.4 ppg and 8.6 rpg. The all-time leading rebounder in Euroleague Basketball history tops the charts in nearly every category associated with cleaning the glass. His 1,149 career rebounds are more than 200 more than the next player and his average of 10.3 per game is 0.3 more than the next closest player. In TBL this season Turkcan had 33 games adding 11.3 ppg and 6.1 rpg.
Before Fener and Dynamo Moscow, Mirsad Turkcan used to play for CSKA, Montepaschi, Efes Pilsen, New York Knicks and Milwaukee Bucks. He was a member of Turkish NT since 1995 to 2005. In 2002 and 2003 he was named Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Honorable Mention.


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Fiji National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
Allen Price
Jese Sikivou
Josefa Savua
Josef Seruilagilagi
Manoa Puamau
Martin Liebergts
Orisi Naivalurua
Peter Chambers
Solomoni Raravula
Wayman Whippy


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Roanne keeps coach Choulet, adds Pape Philippe Amagou - by Eurobasket News
Roanne made two very important signings for the upcoming season. First of all the team decided to keep the head coach Jean-Denys Choulet, with whose work the management seems to be very satisfied. At the same time Roanne announced arrival of combo guard Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-G-85).

Coach Jean-Denys Choulet is a head coach of Roanne since 2000, when he moved from Gravelines. Last season his team ended as No.5 with 19-11 record. Later, they were not able to resist against Nancy, who was better 2-1 in the Quarterfinals. In 2007 Roanne was Pro A champion and next year they again reached the Finals.
Pape-Philippe Amagou is coming to Roanne from Greek team Kavala/Panorama. He appeared 25 times in A1 averaging 8.1 ppg, 1.8 rpg and 2.2 apg. His season-high was 22 points against Kolossos Rhodes. Before Kavala, he spent many years with Le Mans. In 2006 and 2008 they were the Pro A champions. In 2004 Le Mans won the French National Cup. Pape-Philippe Amagou was a member of French U16, U17, U18, U20 and senior National Team.


Interview with Marcellus Sommerville - by Serafim Karaiskakis

Marcellus Sommerville, the Bradley graduate, with a good name in France spoke in Eurobasket.com:

After college you tried to get a contract in the NBA through some summer workouts. How hard is for a rookie player to compete against ready experienced players for few NBA contracts in these workouts?

Marcellus Sommerville: It is difficult for a rookie or any free agent trying to get a contract in the NBA that is not already been in the NBA. As a rookie I had the opportunity to play with Dallas Mavericks in summer league and it was a great experience. Competing for just a couple of spots really brings the hunger out in every player during these workouts.

You did not succeed to play in the NBA and you started your European career from Hungary. Why you choose this league?

Marcellus Sommerville: I chose this league or country because at the time my agent had advise me that this was a good move for me to play for a well respected and top team in Eastern Europe, the team also was apart of the FIBA Eurochallenge at the time.

How you decided to change team during the season in your first year outside Usa. You dominated in France Pro-B and you got promoted to play in Pro-A in the same season. Tell us your memories from your first year in France.

Marcellus Sommerville: I decided to change during the middle of the season because I believe that moving to a bigger marketing country in Europe would help my career. I went to a team that really need a scoring presence and leader. By me providing that team with scoring other teams started to recognize me. I had the opportunity to prove my self on the Pro A level, in the playoff. Helping the team advance past the quarter-finals by beating the Euroleague team Le Mans. Then playing Roanne in the semi-finals. My first year was very exciting to show clubs that I could and would play at a high level.

Do you believe the French league boosted your career and you are ready now for a bigger step?

Marcellus Sommerville: I do believe that the French league helped boost my career. I have been to the playoffs every year in my career as a professional and that helps too. I am a player that plays and competes at a high level to win. I am excited about the summer to see where I will play next season.

In your third year in France Pro-A you had again great games playing for Chorale Roanne but you left and later moved in Belgium. What happened with Chorale Roanne?

Marcellus Sommerville: I enjoyed playing in Roanne, but I had an injury that did not allow me to play for about 2 months and the club decided that they wanted to part ways because I could not play sooner.

Whats your opinion about the league in Belgium?

Marcellus Sommerville: The Belgium league is much smaller then the French league, but it is a very competitive league. It is tough to come to a team at the end of the season and have a huge impact because most of the players are establish and the coaches have there rotations, but going to Dexia- Mons was a great decision because the staff and fans there are first class individuals. I am disappointed that we did not win the finals. But when you do not win your last game of the season it is motivation for the summer...meaning that your workouts are that much more intense and harder


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  GEORGIA   


PAO wants to re-sign Shermadini - by Eurobasket News
The reigning European champion announced it will terminate the contract with Georgian star Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89) in order to sign a new one. The new deal expected to be with more money included and for longer period. According to sportdog.gr head coach Zeljko Obradovic was quite pleased with the progress of Shermadini and asked from the administration of the team to keep him.
Giorgi Shermadini arrived to PAO in November this year. He got a chance just in 1 Euroleague and 4 Greek league games. Last summer he played for Georgia on U20 European Championship in Riga ending it as the second best scorer and the leading rebounder of the contest. In 4 games he netted 23 ppg and also grabbed 16.3 rpg. Before PAO, Giorgi Shermadini spent few years with Maccabi Tbilisi. After that he was NBA Draft candidate. Last year he got almost all Eurobasket awards in Georgia. He was Player of the Year, Center of the Year, All Defensive Team. In 2007 he participated at the Nike World Summit Hoop in USA. Since 2006 he also a member of Georgian senior NT. Shermadini appeared few times of Adidas Camp in Berlin and Reebok camp in Treviso.


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  GERMANY   


Ross and Bailey stay in Quakenbrueck - by Moritz Korff
Ronald Ross (188-G-83, college: Texas Tech) and Toby Bailey (198-G/F-75, college: UCLA) will go into a second season with the Artland Dragons (1. Bundesliga). Both joined the Quakenbrueck team in March 2009 and now agreed to a contract extension. Bailey averaged 11.6 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 12 encounters, while Ross produced 15.8 points per contest.
At this point of time the 2009-2010 roster of Coach Thorsten Leibenath also has Darren Fenn (208-C-80, agency: LimeLight, college: Canisius), Darius Hall (201-C/F-73, agency: Stanley International, college: W.Kentucky), Chad Prewitt (206-F/C-80, agency: Priority Sports, college: Arizona St.), Flavio Stuckemann (187-G-85) and Hendrik Feist (192-G/F-83, college: Stony Brook) who returns to Quakenbrueck after one year with TV Langen (2. Bundesliga Pro A).


Bundesliga Finals 2009 Game 2: Oldenburg 79 Bonn 70 - by Michael Taylor
Bundesliga Finals Series 2009
Game 2
Thursday June 18, 2009
Telekom Dome Bonn, Germany


EWE BASKETS OLDENBURG 79 TELEKOM BASKETS BONN 70 (SERIES EVEN 1-1)
Bundesliga MVP Jason Gardner led 4 teammates in double figures as Ewe Baskets Oldenburg evened the 2009 Bundesliga Finals Series with a 79-70 road win over Telekom Baskets Bonn Thursday night at a sold out Telekom Dome in Bonn. Along with Gardner's excellent 18pt 5reb 4ast performance, Milan Majstorovic posted a 17pt 9reb night, Rickey Paulding produced 16pt hitting 4 of 7 threes and Marko Scekic contributed a strong 13pt 4reb off the bench in the Oldenburg win. The Thunderbirds shot 45% from the floor making 9 of 20 threes (45%) and 20 of 24 FT (83%) while outrebounding Bonn 36-25. Bonn hit 49% of their shots including 6 for 17 (35%) and 12 of 20 FT (60%). Bonn was led by EJ Rowland's 19pt and Brandon Bowman with 14pt 6 boards. Oldenburg's Rickey Paulding led the guests to a 14-13 lead after 1Q. Paulding drilled three 3pt shots and hammered home a slam for 11pt sparking the Thunderbirds strong start. With Oldenburg leading 23-22 midway through the 3Q, Bonn's Patrick Flomo sliced down the lane for a two hand slam regaining a 24-23 lead for Bonn. Oldenburg's head coach Predrag Krunic called for time. Out of the TO, Bundesliga MVP Jason Gardner stepped up sinking a left wing 3 off the dribble, dishing a perfect pick and roll pass to Marko Scekic for a layup and finally driving down the lane for a lefthanded layin pushing Oldenburg to a 30-24 lead. Bonn's head coach Michael Koch reacted with a timeout to stop the run. Oldenburg's zone defense temporarily stymied Bonn's attack and the hosts regrouped in the timeout. A Mladin Pekovic right corner transition 3 extended Oldenburg's advantage to 33-24 before two Patrick Flomo FT trimmed the deficit to 33-26 with 130 in the half. A Winsome Frazier right corner 3 against the zone pulled Bonn closer at 33-29 before Scekic sank a long 2 for Oldenburg. Finally, with Oldenburg holding for the final shot, Bonn's EJ Rowland backtipped loose a steal and turned a ball-ahead pass into a breakaway layup for 2pts at the buzzer. Oldenburg held a 35-31 lead at half. In the first half, Oldenburg's 2Q run gave them a lead but the Thunderbirds had shot better from three (6 for 13 46% to Bonn's 3 for 9) and from the foul line (Oldenburg 5 for 8 63% to Bonn's 2 for 2). Bonn's Brandon Bowman opened the 3Q with a spectacular scoop shot splitting Oldenburg defenders and Bonn trailed 35-33. Scekic scored on a goal tending call and Oldenburg was up 37-33. EJ Rowland sank 2 FT and Bonn trailed 37-35 with just under 8min in the Q. Ruben Boumtje Boumtje slammed home a bucket before Rickey Paulding hit a tough post up basket on the right block. Oldenburg led 41-35. Majsterovic drew a foul going strong to the basket and converted 2FT. Bonn's Ken Johnson stopped the run with a right wing J. Officials whistled a techincal foul on Boumtje Boumtje for disputing a call along the baseline and Bonn's JJ Strasser sank both FT and Ken Johnson sank a right corner J off ball reversal bringing Bonn within two 43-41 at the 5min mark. EJ Rowland drew a foul on a strong drive and converted 1 of 2 FT after an Oldenburg timeout. Rickey Paulding drilled a deep right wing three and Oldenburg led 46-42. Bonn's Patrick Flomo scored on an offensive rebound stickback before Rowland made 1 of 2 FT once again. Oldenburg's Jason Gardner made 2 FT and the Thunderbirds held a 48-45 advantage. Marco Scekic was next on the charity stripe after drawing a foul in the lane and the forward hit both pushing his team up 5, 50-45. Bonn's Brandon Bowman went strong to the basket earning a trip to the foul line at the other end where he came up empty in two shots. Gardner was fouled on the right wing and stepped to the line again where the Bundesliga MVP cooly sank both. Bonn's John Bowler answered with a power move in the paint and Oldenburg led 52-47 with 2min in the 3rd. Milan Majstorovic was fouled going for a defensive rebound and went to the foul line to add one point to the Thunderbird total, 53-47. Facing a corner sideline inbound with 1sec on the shot clock, Oldenburg's F Marko Scekic tipped an inbound pass and finished his second shot for a controversial layup. Officials discussed the play and kept the basket good giving Oldenburg a 55-47 lead. John Bowler answered for Bonn. Majstorovic drilled a right wing 3 from penetration and pitch and Oldenburg was up 58-49. Scekic was fouled on a pick and roll play in the closing seconds of the 3Q and added 2 FT. Brandon Bowman scored just before the buzzer and Oldenburg held a 60-51 lead after 3Q. Oldenburg outscored Bonn 25-20 in the 3Q. On the first possession of the 4Q, Milan Majstorovic finished a drive with a skilled bank shot. EJ Rowland drilled a top of the key 3 off penetration and pitch against the Oldenburg zone. But Je'kel Foster dropped a pretty midlane finish over challenging Bonn defenders and Oldenburg led 64-54. Bonn's John Bowler scored and drew a foul on a post move on the next possession. The popular Bonn big man sank both FT pulling within 64-58. Jason Gardner drilled a deep right wing three for Oldenburg as they once again faced a late clock sideline inbound. But EJ Rowland responded with a big right wing 3 for Bonn before Bonn captain Artur Kolodziejski drove down the lane for a one hand slam. Oldenburg called time with a 67-63 lead with 614 to play. Both teams toughened their defenses. Majstorovic drew a foul on a drive and made 2FT for the Thunderbirds. Vincent Yarbrough stuck a right corner three off an endline inbound play against the Oldenburg zone and Bonn trailed 69-66. Brandon Bowman made a move baseline and drew a foul attempting a reverse layup leading to 1 of 2 FT bringing Bonn within two 69-67. Oldenburg's Je'kel Foster nailed a tough right wing pull up J with a hand in his face givine Oldenburg a 71-67 lead with 410 to play. Bonn used a timeout. Scekic finished a putback basket extending the Oldenburg lead to 73-67. EJ Rowland spun in the lane for a strong 1 on 1 basket for Bonn. Milan Majstorovic banked in a left wing 2 and Oldenburg led by 6, 75-69 with 2min left. Jason Gardner milked the clock and drove from the right side for a layin off glass giving the Thunderbirds a 77-69 lead with 133 to play. After a Bonn timeout, Ken Johnson was fouled in the post and made 1 of 2 FT. Oldenburg milked the clock but came up empty before Rowlands deep top of the key 3 rimmed out. Bonn fouled Gardner where the Oldenburg PG iced the game with FT. Oldenburg evened the 2009 Bundesliga Finals series at 1-1 with their 79-70 Game 2 win. A critical Game 3 is set for Sunday June 21st tipping off at 4:30pm at Ewe Arena in Oldenburg.


1.Bundesliga Round: 2 (Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Telekom B. - EWE Baskets 70-79
EWE Baskets tied the Final series over Telekom after 79:70 victory in Game 2. The guestrs started with 21-18 in the opening quarter and then added 14-13 in the second. Later in the game EWE Baskets held the score for good and won the game. Jason Gardner (178-G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Majstorovic Milan nailed 17. Earl Rowland (188-G-83, college: St.Mary's, CA) ended up with 19 points in the losing effort.


Market News - by Moritz Korff

Tobias Grauel (195-F-86, agency: Heinrich Sports) will leave Herzoege Wolfenbuettel as the club announced. Grauel scored 14.2 points per game for the team in 2008-09 and posted a season-high 30 points against Muenchen in December 08. Grauel will try to land a spot on a 2. Bundesliga Pro A team for the upcoming season.


The CRE Eagles Itzehoe (Regionalliga North) keep adding fresh players to their roster, getting ready for the 2009-2010 season. Now the club announced the agreement with Andreas Scholl (192-G-82). The 26-year-old Guard, a product of MTV Giessen, already played for Lich, Goettingen, Wolfenbuettel and Bremen in the 2. Bundesliga. In 2008 he won the 2. Regionalliga North-West championship with Rasta Vechta and spent the 2008-09 season at TSV Lesum-Burgdamm. He played 20 games for the Bremen team and led the side in scoring with 18.5 points per game.



Kenny Barker to FC Bayern - by Moritz Korff
Kenny Barker (191-G-86, college: Alaska-Anch.) will play for FC Bayern Muenchen (2. Bundesliga Pro A) in the 2009-2010 season. The 23-year-old started his collegiate career at Alaska-Fairbanks in 2004 and made the move to the University of Alaska at Anchorage, another NCAA Division 2 school, in 2007. As a senior Barker appeared in 28 games for the Seawolves last season and averaged 18.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.3 steals per contest. He was named a 2008-09 All-American Honorable Mention by the Division II Bulletin.
The club also announced that Tim Morris (193-G-84, college: Washington) and Cedric Brooks (185-G-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Pittsburg St.) will not return to Muenchen for another season with the team of Coach Georg Kaempf.


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  GUAM   


Guam National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
Andrew Borja
Anthony Borja
Derrick Roysten
Jine Han
Joseph Blas (183-G/F)
Sandy Fejeran
Seve Susuico
Shintaro Okada
Vincent Estella (186-G) of BYU-Hawaii (USA)
William Stinnett (186-G-86) of Wenatchee Valley CC (USA)


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  GUYANA   


Champions fail, All Stars prevail! | Iinter-Ward All-Stars outclass champs North Ruimveldt 70- 55 - by Paul Haynes
North Ruimveldts star-studded cast could not withstand offense from all corners of the inter- ward All Stars and succumbed by a whopping 15 points, 70-15, in Saturdays culminating match of the Georgetown Amateur Basketball Association (GABA) Inter-Ward basketball festival. The Inter-Ward All-Stars unit comprised the top players who performed exceptionally well throughout the tournament including leading shot block blocker Jason Alonso, as well as three-point armaments, Stephon Gillis and Steve Neils Jnr. A few of the All Stars, such as Royston Siland, Rodwell Fortune, Ryan Gullen, and Gillis, had been booted from the competition at the hands of North Ruimveldt, and it was evident that these players were eager to get their revenge. North relied on the consistent scoring of their Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the tournament, Andrew Ifill, who answered the call by scoring 13 of his 19 points in the first half. Ifill also man aged to snatch 12 rebounds to complete a double-double, but he also was responsible for ten costly turnovers and scored just six second half points. Quincy Jones was the only other player to reach double figures for North and ended with ten points, while their seasoned point guard Darcel Harris failed to make a significant contribution. However, Ifill brought the house down with an emphatic two- handed posterising dunk from right under the ring. Ifills dunk ranked as the second best of the Guyana Times Sport (GTS) highlight reel, but was nearly equalled when Jason Squires rose up on a fast break and completed a surprise one- handed jam. Topping that was the crowd- invigorating alley hoop pass that Gullen caught in transi tion and flushed down with authority, mercilessly in the face of his Ravens teammate, Rudy James. Gullen ended with nine points, while the All Stars orchestrating guard Neils Jnr. led the way for the victors with 13, while Siland and Travis Burnett each contributed eight points. In his senior All Star debut, Burnett, a former Inter-Guiana Games MVP, ensured his performance was memorable by scoring theatrical layups on both Ryan Stephney and Ifill. North clung to the narrowest of leads (15-11) and also lead 35-30 at half-time. The All Stars played much more cohesively in the second-quarter and had slowly begun to take apart Norths defense. The All Stars led 49-44 at the end of the third quarter, but seemed to down arms to the contest early in the fourth after they could not cork the All Stars on offense.
Earlier that evening, winners, runners-up, and outstanding players of the tournament were rewarded in a brief presentation ceremony in front of a packed Cliff Anderson Sport Hall.


VVR and Wismar Pistons victorious - by Paul Haynes
Wismar Pistons and Victory Valley Royals (VVR) ended in winners row when the LABA/Pioneer Construction first division Basketball League continued on Wednesday evening at the MSC Hard Court. Pistons, the reigning National Club Champions, were given a tough fight at least up to half time, by South Star New Ballers, but ended up 58- 49 winners. New Ballers were actually leading at the half although by just one point, butjust could not find what they needed in their reserve to pull off an upset win against a quality team like the Pistons. The fluid Trevor Profit knocked down a game high 23 points, while teammate Wendell Warrick ended with 12 points. Top scoring for South Star New Ballers was Gavin Fingal with 15. Earlier, VVR through solid performances from the consistent Dwayne Roberts and Alwin Rodney defeated Glands Trucking Service Bulls 65-49. Roberts poured in 15 points and Rodney 16 for the Royals, wholed 34-31 at the half. The main if not only resistance for the Bulls came from the experienced Terrence James, who ended with 14 points. The competition continues today with another double-header.

LABA/Pioneer Construction tourney Victory Valley Royals regain lead - by Paul Haynes
VICTORY Valley Royals have regained the lead in the LABA/Pioneer Construction Senior Club championship among the seven first division clubs with a 58-49 win over Glands Trucking Service Bulls, as Wismar Pistons overcame South Star New Ballers 58-49 in the latest play in the second round of the double league championship on Wednesday night at the Mackenzie Sports Club hard court.
Royals have taken the lead with this their eighth win in nine matches for 16 points as Alwin Rodney led their scoring with 16 points. The in-form centre Dwane Roberts chalked up 15 while Bulls Terrence James was the lone player with double figures having recorded 14 points in a losing cause.
In the other game Pistons kept abreast of title honours with a 58-49 win over South Star New Ballers with Trevor Profitt getting 23 points as Wendell Warrick added 12 for the winners, while Gavin Fingal had the best score for Ballers with 15 points.
Last Friday the Pistons had suffered a surprise defeat as they lost 46-43 to GTS Bulls. Centre Terrence James had set the tone for that win with 22 points. Wendell Warrick had 14 points, captain Neven Grenville 11 and Shane Lewis 10 points all proved inadequate for the Pistons who lost for the second time.
The other game saw the Alleyenes Retrieve Raiders produce 65-60 win over Patriots as Devon Gittens with 15 points and Dauwin Lovell 13 saw them home as Ruel Daniels 15 and Alwyn Wilson with nine could not prevent the Patriots from suffering another loss.
Royals lead with 16 from seven wins and two losses, Amelias Ward Jets and Wismar Pistons are on 14 from six wins and two losses, Patriots and Bulls have 11 from three wins and five losses, Raiders are on 11 also from two wins and seven defeats while Ballers are in the cellar with 10 pints from two wins and six losses.
This weekend will see a continuation of the second round of this league championship starting last evening when Jets were billed to take on Bulls at 19:00 h and Pistons and Raiders to clash at 20:30 h.
Tonight Jets will again be in action against Patriots in the first game and Royals meet with Ballers in the second.
Tomorrow the championship will continue. In the first match Patriots play Ballers and the second brings together Jets and Pistons.


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  HUNGARY   


Srecko Sekulovic set to take over Albacomp - by Eurobasket News
Srecko Sekulovic is set to be appointed as the new Head Coach of Albacomp. The coach who is familiar with Hungarian basketball is glad to be handed a new challenge. He has already worked with BC Falco, leading them to the title in 2008. Recently Sekulovic stated that he may look for a fresh challenge and Albacomp Management was quick in reaction. Sekulovic will replace Akos Peresztegi Nagy who left the team after the season.
Albacom finished 3rd in the regular season and they were eliminated in the Playoffs by Sekulic's Falco 3 games to 1. Albacom is looking to overhaul their roster in an attempt to mount a serious title challenge next year and they have identified Sekulovic as a right man for the job.
Srecko Sekulovic started his coaching career with Spartak Subotica in 1999. That same season he managed to promote Spartak to 1st Serbian League after winning 1B League. Following season, Sekulovic moved to Hungary where he signed for Falco but was fired after season and a half. In 2002, Sekulovic signed with Ergonom who was in 1B league and again managed to promote them to 1st League. After two year in Nis, Sekulovic moved to Atlas Banka Novi Beograd in 2005, and in December of same year he moved to KK Swisslion Takovo Lions Vrsac. In December 2006, Sekulovic returned to Falco for second stint with the team and was more successful this time. He led Falco to two Hungarian League Semifinals in 2007 and 2009. He was also chosen as Head Coach at the Hungarian League All-Star Game in 2008.


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Standings
IBL Standings
Eastern
 1. Holland B. 13-2 
 2. Kankakee S. 10-8 
 3. G.Rapids F. 7-8 
 4. Japan T. 0-18 
Independent
 1. Red Rock R. 1-2 
 2. Yamhill H. 1-6 
 3. Arizona F. 0-1 
 4. Nevada P. 0-1 
 5. Chicago S. 0-1 
 6. Olympia R. 0-3 
 7. S.Illinois T. 0-3 
Northern
 1. Bellingham S. 14-3 
 2. Snohomish C. 7-8 
 3. Vancouver T. 7-11 
 4. USA All-Stars 4-16 
Southern
 1. Vancouver V. 11-5 
 2. Oregon Wave 10-6 
 3. C.Oregon H. 4-8 
 4. Shanxi Zh. 0-0 
Western
 1. Edmonton E. 14-3 
 2. L.Angeles L. 10-3 
 3. Seattle M. 10-7 
 4. Tacoma T. 9-5 


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Recent signs in Iceland - by Einar Johannsson
UMFN Njardvik made some big signs recently as they signed back 5 players that came from their youth program.
Pall Kristinsson (202-F-76, college: USC Upstate) is returning after 4 years at Grindavik, Gudmundur Jonsson (191-G-84) comes back after one year at Thor Akureyri, Runar Erlingsson (184-G-89) and Kristjan Sigurdsson (188-G-86) return back from Breidablik were they played for two years and then Johann Olafsson (195-G-86, agency: Rasmussen Services) is coming back to Iceland (has a clause for Europe) after a very good year with Merlins in Pro B in Germany. With this addition Njardvik has a much stronger squad than last year - mainly built on players from their youth program.

KR signed Jon O. Kristjansson (200-C-83) from Thor Akureyri. Kristjansson had a very good season last year and has improved his game alot. He will make KR big mens squad even stronger as they had good players in spot 4 and 5. Big question for KR is if Jon Stefansson, Jakob Sigurdarson and Helgi Magnusson are all leaving for Europe?

Grindavik signed Omar Saevarsson (198-F-82) from IR. Big sign for Grindavik that lost Pall Kristinsson to Njardvik but Saevarsson has been a key player for IR for many years and this 27 year old forward is very strong defensively as in rebounds and will be a good addition to the Grindavik team that people see as favorites in Iceland for next season.

Newcomers Fjolnir signed Ingvaldur Magni Hafsteinsson (197-G/F-81) from Snaefell. Hafsteinsson will add great expirience to the young Fjolnir team that could do well next season. Key players on that team are playing big role on U18 national team that won Nordic championship and are participating in B division European championship in Sarajevo this summer.

Now all teams have hired coaches. Pall Kolbeinsson is new coach at KR and Rob Newson is new coach at FSu, he was assistant coach at Valur Reykjavik last season.


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  INDIA   


Railway teams dominate in Jeppiaar Tourney - by Anil Kumar
Western Railway men and Southern Railway women bagged the title of the inaugural Jeppiaar Trophy All India Invitation Basketball Tournament, here at Chennai during the first week of June 2009.

In the finals, Western Railway men outplayed ONGC 68-56 while Southern Railway women prevailed over Chhattisgarh 90-66.

In a well contested match, ONGC gave a stiff fight to the Railways. The score board was almost equal in the middle of the match. But, the acuracy in shooting by the Western Railway players, particularly Viswesh and their proper conversion of rebounds gave the a upper hand.

While Viswesh, who was adjudged the player of the series, scored 29 points for Western Railways, Muralikrishna scored 14 points for ONGC.

Geetha Anna Jose of Southern Railway was adjudged the player of the series in the women's event.


Union Minister Napoleon could change Indian Basketball..will he take it up ? - by Anil Kumar
Not many people know that basketball has always been a passion with Napoleon, the new and dynamic Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment in the Manmohan Singh Cabinet.All through his school days, Napoleon excelled in sports and won many laurels for his school.

He is a divisional level athlete in Decathlon and has also won many awards in Basket ball tournaments at the University level. In April 2008, he was unanimously elected to the prestigious post of Chairman for Tamilnadu True Basket Ball Association which is now formally taken control of the Basketball administration in the state despite some legal constraints.

Says one member, Being a player himself, Napoleon really appreciates the game. We know that with his dynamism, he will infuse life into the federation once again.

Th Basketball fraternity is looking at him to bring in innovation to the game and also persue his dreams to usher in bigtime Basketball as perhaps the next most popular sport after Cricket. All the best in your political cum sports adminstration career !!!!!!!


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Grouping of 25th FIBA Asia Championship - by Houman Bagheri
Courtesy FIBA.com

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.

Writer: S Mageshwaran (FIBA ASIA)


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Jeremy Tyler heading to Maccabi Haifa? - by Eurobasket News
Jeremy Tyler's (206-F-92) jump from high school to an overseas professional basketball league is progressing to the point that his agent is negotiating with a team in Haifa, Israel.

The 6-foot-11, 260-pound Tyler announced in late April that he was skipping his senior season at San Diego High to play overseas. He had hoped to be able to make a decision by Friday, his 18th birthday.

'We're pretty close,' said Sonny Vaccaro, the former shoe company executive who is advising Tyler and his family. 'There's no hurry. They don't start playing until next December. He's in good shape. We know we have something.'

Tyler would become the first American-born player to leave high school early to play professionally overseas. When he's eligible for the NBA draft in 2011, some see him as a potential No. 1 pick overall.

Haifa representatives recently saw Tyler work out in Santa Monica and are negotiating with his agent, Arn Tellem.

Tellem, who's based in Los Angeles, didn't immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

Tyler wasn't available either. He was out shopping with friends, said his father, James.

'I wish it was yesterday because I'm tired of the having the suspense of finding out where he's going,' his father said Friday.

Shortly after Tyler made his announcement, Vaccaro said eight teams from Europe, Israel and China had expressed interest.

James Tyler said representatives from two Israeli teams and one from Rome have seen his son work out. A trip to work out for a team in Spain is on hold while Tellem negotiates with Haifa.

'There were five or six teams at one time that came rushing in trying to do a deal,' James Tyler said. 'I just prefer to have it over. I want him to start focusing. The good thing is, he'll have enough time to know what they're doing and start working on things they're going to be asking of him. I'm just tingling to see where he's at so he can start working on those things.'

Jeremy Tyler averaged 28.7 points during his junior season, but said high school ball had become boring.

Some observers are against his move, but others, such as Hall of Famer and fellow San Diegan Bill Walton, have spoken out in support of Tyler.

Courtesy of www.sportsillustrated.cnn.com


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  ITALY   


Sandro Nicevic stays in Benetton - by Eurobasket News
Sandro Nicevic (210-C-76, agency: Beo Basket) will play for Benetton for two more years. He extended the contract with one of the most renowned Italian teams. The Croatian centre spent the last season in Treviso averaging 11.8 points, 5.1 boards and 2.1 steals per game in Seria A. In EuroCup Nicevic tallied 12.3 points and 4.9 boards per appearance.
Umana Reyer ensured the services of Kristaps Janicenoks (196-F-83) for one more year. The Latvian forward moved to Italy in October. He averaged 18.1 points, 3.3 boards and 1.3 assists per game in Lega Due.
Montepaschi Siena extended the contract with Shaun Stonerook (203-F/C-77, college: Ohio) for three more years. Stonerook has been playing for the Italian champions for four years already. His average stats came up to 6.9 points and 6.4 boards in the previous season. Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79) also claimed his desire to stay in Siena for one more season.
Pier Luigi Bucchi ensured his stay at helm of Armani Jeans for two next seasons. He led the team to the Seria A Final where they surrendered to Montepaschi Siena.
Benetton in the meantime lost their head coach. Oktay Mahmudi (agency: Beo Basket ) decided to leave the team. He was hired by the Treviso franchise in November 2007.


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  KENYA   


KCB Lions overcame Strathmore University Blades - by Eurobasket News
KCB Lions overcame Strathmore University Blades 66:56 in the latest game of the league. Reigning national champions KCB Lions had 12-9 lead in the opening quarter, however lost the second period 15-21. Later on the favorites looked too good to seal the winning outcome. Lions had 22 points from Tobias Ocholla (-G) and 10 from David Otiso (203-F/C-82). Phil Amenyi top-scored with 14 points in the losing effort. In another game KPA men won over Co-operative Bank of Kenya 68:44. Dan Okwirri led the KPA rout with 18 points while Moses Kamau nailed 12.

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Armands Skele on his future - by Emiliano Carchia

Armands Skele (192-G-83, agency: Agency No 10), in an interview released at http://esports.lv, clarified the rumors regarding his future. The player looked close to sign for Rytas in the last days but the Lithuanian team denied the news.

'I have offers from Spain and Italy. I would like to play in Spain' said the player who added he has never said he has been contacted by Lietuvos Rytas. 'I got a call from a Lithuanian journalist who asked what I think about Rytas. I said that it is a very important team and that I would have considered an offer from them. Nothing more'.

You can find more on www.sportando.net



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  LUXEMBOURG   


Jannik Tuffel will play for Musel Pikes - by Eurobasket News
Musel Pikes have agreed on terms of contract with Jannik Tuffel (195-G/F-82, college: Sacred Heart). A 27-year-old shooting guard played for Black Star in the previous season. In Mersch the player averaged 10.2 points per game. Earlier Tuffel spent two season in Norway playing for Akser Aliens. Jannik Tuffel joined Tomasz Wojnowski (203-C-81) and Louis Haas (182-F-90) as the newcomer for Musel Pikes.
Tomasz Wojnowski played for Trier in the German Regionalliga. There he canned 11.6 points per game. Louis Haas arrived to Musel Pikes from Residence. A 19-year-old forward accounted for 4.2 points per appearance. He played for the Luxembourg U16 and U18 National teams.
In the meantime the team lost one of their key players. Samy Picard (195-F-88) inked a three-year contract with TBB Trier. A 21-year-old forward led Musel Pikes to two Diekirch League Finals recently. He averaged 21.4 points per game in 2008-09 season.
Nikolaos Kontos has been appointed as the new head coach of Residence. The Greek specialist will replace William Brand at the spot.
The team also welcomed the comeback of Luc Wagener (188-G-82). He had been playing for Residence from 2000 till 2007 before leaving for Southside Petange.


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  MEXICO   


Mexican U16 National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
Armando Guzman
Sergio Panduro
Jose Vega
Rodrigo Corral
Ruben Regalado
Luis Trevinor
Ernesto Quintero
Ricardo Soto
Jose Vargas
Octavio Herrera
Raul Borquez


Canada account for Mexico in Mendoza - by Eurobasket News
Canada U16 - Mexico U16 90:44

Canadian U16 National Team got to an impressive start of their U16 Fiba Americas Championship campaign. The North American team faced Mexico in Group B opener. Canada left no chance for their opponents claiming a spectacular 46-point victory at the end.
Canada opened the battle with an 11:2 run to take the lead. They continued to dominate throughout the opening stanza and built a 25:11 advantage after ten minutes. Mexico could not change the complexion of the game in the second frame. They scored just 8 points and appeared trailing by 27 points at halftime.
Canada quickly built a 30-point advantage in the third frame and rolled comfortably. Mexico lost the battle under the rims and shot just 23% from the field. They never threatened the margin as Canada ensured the winning outcome at the end.
Kevin Pangos (183-G) notched 18 points and 6 boards for Canada. Anthony Bennett (196-F) added 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Raul Borquez responded with 13 points for Mexico. Oscar Murillo and Sergio Panduro had 5 points each in defeat.
Canada will face Bahamas, while Mexico will take on Argentina today.

Canada: Kevin Pangos 18, Anthony Bennett 17+10 boards, Nikolas Staukas 16
Mexico: Raul Borquez 13, Oscar Murillo 5, Sergio Panduro 5


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  NBA   


NBA trade rumor: Tracy McGrady to the Knicks - by Eurobasket News
This isnt going to fly as an alternative to LeBron for the New York faithful. But theres a chance that the Knicks - who are always assumed to be willing to exceed the luxury tax - would like to bring in Tracy McGrady (6'8''-G/F-79) as a one-year mercenary. It would sell some tickets, some jerseys, and would possibly keep the Garden entertained while waiting for 2010.

That would work out best for both the Knicks and McGrady, who has a year to prove that hes worth a monster deal when he becomes a free agent along with the rest of the world in 2010. Hed have the spotlight on him in New York, where he could show the rest of the League that hes still a viable 24-point per game scorer.

The Knicks could put together a package that would save the Rockets some money and include a veteran shooting guard with an expiring contract Larry Hughes ($13.6M) along with Cuttino Mobleys 80-percent insured $9.5M deal. Mobley could then officially retire with the team that drafted him (and originally knew about his heart condition). Call it full circle.

There are some issues with that scenario, though. First of all, Mobley retired in December. Even if he magically unretired and made himself available for a trade back to the squad that drafted him originally, theres a rule explicitly prohibiting the trade of an injured/sick player.

Courtesy of www.dimemag.com


Timberwolves part ways with Kevin McHale - by Eurobasket News
During 15 years in charge of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Kevin McHale forged two distinct reputations.

There was McHale the gifted teacher, beloved by players and staff for his relentlessly positive demeanor and an unending eagerness to share his wealth of basketball knowledge. Then there was McHale the mistake-prone executive, vilified by fans for a series of blunders and the failure to make his team into a consistent championship contender.

New president of basketball operations David Kahn dumped McHale as coach on Wednesday, praising him as a 'great man' who deserves respect. But offered no specific reasons during a press conference for his decision, saying instead that 'this is going to be a transition period. And with the changes that have occurred, and with the changes that are still going to come, it would have been difficult to put him in the middle of that again.'

McHale, a northern Minnesota native and Hall of Fame player who won three NBA titles with the Boston Celtics in the 1980s, met several times with Kahn before the decision was reached.

'I was willing to come back, but they never offered me a contract,' McHale told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. 'They told me last night they were going in a different direction. I said, 'I think you're making a mistake, but that's up to you guys.''

Players lamented the loss of the teacher.

'I was more shocked, disappointed, hurt,' said forward Al Jefferson, one of many players who urged Kahn to bring McHale back next season. 'But at the same time I understand that this is a business.'

Timberwolves forward Mark Madsen said McHale will be sorely missed.

'Kevin McHale is a great coach,' Madsen said in a phone interview from Salt Lake City. 'I'm a little bit surprised by this news and I was hoping to play for him next season and I guess that's not going to happen now.'

Though he helped turn one of the most hapless franchises in professional sports into a playoff team by boldly drafting Kevin Garnett out of high school with the fifth pick in 1995, McHale received massive criticism from fans the last few years for a series of draft-day failures and other roster moves that never worked out.

After a stirring run to the Western Conference finals in 2004, the Wolves have not made the playoffs since.

McHale showed more proficiency as a coach and adored this young team that he helped assemble after trading Garnett to Boston in 2007. Timberwolves forward Kevin Love actually leaked word of McHale's departure early Wednesday with a Twitter posting that read in part: 'Today is a sad day.'

'I don't want Kevin (Love) to feel badly about that,' said Kahn, who added that they won't start the coaching search until after the June 25 draft. 'We live in a very different world than all of us grew up in. I don't think it's a big deal.'

McHale had been the primary decision-maker on personnel matters since he was named vice president of basketball operations in 1995, forging a tight bond with owner Glen Taylor in the process.

'I know that David made a careful analysis and this decision was made with the best interests of the Minnesota Timberwolves in mind,' Taylor said in a statement issued by the team. 'I will be forever grateful for the work Kevin did in returning to his home state and assembling a team that made eight straight playoff appearances. Kevin brought an enormous amount of basketball talent and passion to our organization and I wish him nothing but the best.'

Even while in the front office, McHale loved to work with players -- often staying late after practice to help post players from Garnett to Jefferson hone their inside games. He still enjoyed that aspect last season, though losing wore on him and he wasn't fond of the rigors of travel.

Though Jefferson lobbied heavily to keep McHale, he said he supported Kahn's decision '100 percent.'

'We have to put Mac out of our heads right now,' Jefferson said. 'I talked to some of the guys today. In a way, we're glad it's over with.'

In 2005, McHale took over as coach after firing his old friend Flip Saunders and went 19-12 the rest of the season.

Taylor moved McHale down from the front office again in December to take over for fired coach Randy Wittman, and hired Kahn last month to take McHale's former position as basketball boss.

Minnesota's record under McHale after he replaced Wittman was 20-43, but for much of that stretch the Wolves were playing short-handed after Jefferson tore the ACL in his right knee. Defensive standout Corey Brewer also suffered a season-ending knee injury and guard Randy Foye missed 12 of the last 22 games to ankle and hip problems.

Several players remarked about the positive vibe McHale brought to the bench and expressed appreciation of his simpler strategy.

'I believe to my core that Kevin McHale has some enormous gifts and is a good human being who cares deeply about his players,' Kahn said. 'But I can also believe, at this present time, it was time to make a change.'

McHale was haunted by several bad contracts given to the likes of Marko Jaric, Troy Hudson and Mike James; draft-day blunders like Ndudi Ebi, Rashad McCants and the trade of Brandon Roy for Randy Foye; and an illegal under-the-table deal with Joe Smith that ultimately cost the team three first-round draft picks.

Those missteps aside, Madsen said he thinks people should remember that McHale built a perennial lottery team into a group that once lost to the Lakers in the Western Conference finals.

'I think Kevin McHale 's legacy speaks for itself,' Madsen said. 'Sure, the last couple years haven't been quite as good as any of us would have wanted. But let's not forget that it was Kevin McHale and Flip Saunders that took this organization to new heights in 2004 that was probably an injury away from a championship.'

Courtesy of www.sportsillustrated.cnn.com


Raptors extend qalifying offer to Carlos Delfino - by Eurobasket News
The Toronto Raptors have extended a qualifying offer to restricted free agent guard-forward Carlos Delfino (6'6''-G-82).

Per team policy, financial details were not disclosed.

Delfino played last season in Russia with BC Khimky Moscow in the Russia-A Superleague. He averaged 10.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 23.2 minutes in 26 games.

The Raptors acquired Delfino from the Detroit Pistons on June 15, 2007 in exchange for a second-round pick in 2009 and 2010. He appeared in all 82 games in his lone season with the Raptors (2007-08), averaging 9.0 points and 4.4 rebounds.

He set career highs in points (738), rebounds (359), three-point field goals made (40) and attempted (123), free throws made (116) and attempted (156) and minutes (1928).

A first-round pick by Detroit (25th overall) in 2003, Delfino has averaged 5.8 points and 3.0 rebounds in 282 regular season NBA games.

Courtesy of www.tsn.ca


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  NCAA1   


Drew Gordon Injures Right Knee at USA Basketball Tryouts - by Eurobasket News
UCLA sophomore forward Drew Gordon (6'8''-F) suffered a partially torn patellar tendon in his right knee yesterday at the 2009 USA Basketball U19 World Championship Team Trials in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The injury has forced him out of the tryouts and he is scheduled to return to Los Angeles this evening, where he will be further evaluated. Nothing is known at this time about his prognosis and further information will be released as it is made available.

'It is an unfortunate event, but Drew is a resilient kid and he'll get through it,' UCLA Head Coach Ben Howland said. 'We have a good Athletic Training staff and we will be here to support him.'

This isn't the first injury that Gordon has sustained while at a USA Basketball competition. In 2007, Gordon broke his right hand in the fourth game of the 2007 USA Basketball Men's Youth Development Festival. He was able to play in the championship game when his Red Team won the gold medal with a 5-0 record.

Last year at UCLA, Gordon played in 34 of 35 contests, averaging 3.6 points and 3.4 rebounds per game while leading the Bruins in field goal percentage, shooting 56.5 percent (52-of-92) from the floor.

Courtesy of www.uclabruins.com


Akron extends basketball coach Keith Dambrot's contract through 2015-16 season - by Eurobasket News
The official news for Keith Dambrot came late Wednesday evening. The University of Akron board of trustees voted to extend the men's basketball coach's contract through the 2015-16 season, effectively rewarding the popular Dambrot for taking the Zips to the 2009 NCAA Tournament, and recruiting a 7-0 wunderkind, Zeke Marshall, with an eye toward many happy returns.

This now gives Dambrot seven seasons to continue recruiting top-50 talents such as Marshall, while possibly improving the schedule so the Zips can reach their goal of becoming 'The Gonzaga of the East' and more.

Dambrot was coaching one of his annual camps Wednesday evening, but in a release the veteran coach said; 'I want to thank [University president] Dr. (Luis) Proenza, the Board of Trustees and [athletic director] Mack Rhoades for their continued support and shared vision for the success of Akron basketball. That collective group has provided our program with many of the resources needed to make it one of the best mid-major programs in the nation and to work further toward reaching the goal of building a top-25 program.'


In his five seasons at Akron, Dambrot's Zips have a 115-51 record. The wins are the most among Mid-American Conference schools and 28th highest nationally. The Zips have had one MAC Player of the Year (Romeo Travis, 2007) and one MAC Tournament MVP (Nate Linhart, 2009) during Dambrot's tenure.

Last year, he led the program to a 23-13 record, its first-ever MAC Tournament championship and first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 1986.

Under Dambrot, the program has advanced to the postseason in three of the last four years, participating in the National Invitation Tournament in 2008 and 2006.

The Zips also approved a contract extension for women's head basketball coach Jodi Kest through June 30, 2014. Head softball coach Julie Jones received a three-year contract beginning Sept. 2009, after working the past three seasons under one-year contracts.

Courtesy of www.cleveland.com


USA U16 rolled over Brazil U16 in Mendoza - by Eurobasket News
Brazil U16-USA U16 82:110

USA opened their FIBA Americas U16 Championship with an easy win over Brazil in the opener. USA looked much better in the whole game to take 1-0 record in the group.
The favorites took the lead from the very beginning and never looked behind after. After the first 5 minutes USA already had 16'6 lead and then led to 26:15 at the end of the opening quarter. The United States of America team did not slow down and increased the lead in the second period as well. They produced a 28-22 to take 54:37 halftime advantage. Brazil however played better in the third period and as result they won the frame 21-20. In order to prove the superiority in the tournament and to be the leader of the group from the very beginning USA had 36-24 in the last period to win 110:82.
Adonis Thomas led the winners with 21 points while Bradley Beal nailed 19. Andre Drummond ended up with 16 points with 11 boards. Gustavo Scaglia De Paula produced 16 points in the losing effort and Leonardo Meindl posted 15.
In another game of the group Venezuela U16 grabbed an important win in the opener of FIBA Americas U16 Championship first game over Puerto Rico U16. Venezuela used a productive second period to seal the winning 87:81 outcome.

Brazil: Gustavo Scaglia De Paula 16, Leonardo Meindl (191-F-93) 15
USA: Adonis Thomas 21 points, Bradley Beal 19, Andre Drummond 16 points and 11 boards.


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  NCAA2   


From California to Hawaii to Europe? Getting to know: Jay DeMaestri - by Daniel Poerschke
Jay Demaestri (6'6''-F-84, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) just finished his collegiate academic and basketball career at the NCAA 2 University of Hawaii-Hilo on the beautiful Big Island in Hawaii. Jay grew up in Mill Valley, California and stayed in-state for his first two college seasons at Cal-State Monterey Bay. He then transferred to PacWest Conference Powerhouse UH-Hilo. In his senior campaign this past season Jay flirted with a double-double almost the entire year, before ending with averages of 18.3ppg and 9.3rpg. For his accomplishments in 2008/09 he was named to the 1st Team All-PacWest Conference and to the 2nd Team NCAA 2 All-West Region.
'With Jay, what you always think is 'unlimited range' which is true. The things you don't see are his great hands and anticipation, whether it is making steals, tip ins, rebounding or taking charges. Jay is the best pure shooter that we have had at UH-Hilo in the six years I have been here.', says longtime UH-Hilo Assistant Coach Hamilton Manley.
USbasket.com had the chance to sit down with Jay and chat with him about his past, present and future:

1. Tell our readers a little bit about your college career.
Throughout my college career I have always been a scorer and a leader. Even as a freshman in my first year of college I was the leading rebounder and scorer on my team, and I was the same this past year in my last year of college.

2. What are your main strengths and your weaknessess, that you want to work on?
Some of my strengths include my ability to put the ball in the basket, and my basketball IQ. I also have very good hands for someone my size and I see the floor very well. The things that I am working on is my ball handling and my quickness which both are coming along very well.

3. How was it going to school and playing NCAA 2 basketball in Hawaii?
Going to school in Hawaii was a great experience for me. It was good because in Hilo there are not very many distractions. I had many opportunities to get my school work done and to work on my basketball game. Also I was able to meet a variety of so many different people from all the different corners in the world, which made the whole college experience a lot more interesting.

4. What can a pro team expect from you as a player and a person?
A team can expect from me to be a hard worker and someone who will always give their best all the time. On the court I will always do what it takes to win. Whether that means I have to score a lot, or whether that means I have to pass the ball more or just play defense. I love the game and will do whatever a team needs me to do to be successful.

5. What are your plans for the summer?
This summer my plans consist of working out, and working on my game. I am also going to attend the Scorers1st Showcase in Las Vegas in July. My goal is to get a good pro contract in Europe for the upcoming season. Therefore I will do whatever it takes to make it happen!


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  NEW CALEDONIA   


New Caledonian National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
Benoit Weber (195-F) of JS Vallee-du-tir
Emmanuel Souria-Ouamba
Henri Homou
Jean-Jacques Taufana (185-F-86)
Laurent Berniere (-G)
Moana Mana (-G) of Mont-Dore BC
Raymond Weber (195-F-89) of JS Vallee-du-tir
Rodrigue Tetainanuarii (203-F-82) of Aurore de Vitre (FRA)
Stephane Saminadin (175-G-86) of JS Vallee-du-tir
Yann Mathelon (185-G-85) of JS Vallee-du-tir


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  NEW ZEALAND   


Nelson reach NBL Final - by Eurobasket News
Nelson - Wellington 83:82

The Nelson Giants claimed a last-second win over the Wellington Saints to advance into the NBL Final. They also revenged for the loss in the last seasons semifinal. This time however the teams met at the Trafalgar Centre in Nelson. The Saints looked to have the victory sealed and delivered when they were up by 3 points with under 2 seconds remaining. The hosts gave the ball to John Barber (200-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Youngstown St.) who got fouled while trying to force overtime from beyond the arc. He hit first two free throws and then missed the third one. Luckily for the Giants Tony Rampton (213-C-76, college: Iowa St.) grabbed an offensive rebound and hit a winning bucket at the buzzer.
The home team led by three points after the opening frame but the Saints stayed close after the intermission. They narrowed the margin and then drew things level at 41 after two quarters. The Saints got the upper hand in the third frame surging in front. They entered the final stanza up by 2 and later ballooned the margin to as many as 9 points. But the hosts refused to surrender as Phill Jones (196-G-74) buried a massive triple to ignite a comeback effort.
Phill Jones finished the battle with 22 points. Tony Rampton added 16 points and 20 rebounds, while John Barber provided 15 points in the victory. Mike Efevberha (196-G-84, college: Cal.St. Northridge) notched 24 points for the Saints. Brendon Polyblank (197-G/F-78, college: Texas St.-San Marcos) secured 13 points in the loss.

Nelson: Phill Jones 22, Tony Rampton 16+20 boards, John Barber 15
Wellington: Mike Efevberha 24, Brendon Polyblank 13


New Zealand National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
Daniel Green
Duane Bailey (192-G/F-91) of Waitakere Rangers
Ezra Nikora
Hayden Miller
Hemi Joyce-Gay
Jacob Ashby
Jordan Mills (-G) of Wellington Saints
Luke Aston
Solomona Maiava
Zacharia Makavilitogia


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  NIGERIA   


Libya 09 Afrobasket: World Championship ticket our target Nigeria President - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Newly sworn-in president of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF, Tijjani Umar is optimistic that the task of repositioning the nations basketball is achievable, in this brief chat with our correspondent, the NBBF boss spoke about various activities before the new board among other sundry issues. Excerpt:

What should Nigerians expect from this board in the next four years

Thanks, for me the inauguration is only formalities, you know we have being running the affairs of the game long before the election. I am sure you know that I have been heading the Task Force whose primary assignment was to prepare the country senior national team for the 25th edition of the FIBA Africa Championship billed for Libya in August this year and other local basketball programmes.

What is really important to us now is not just the Cup of Nations but other programmes as well. We are going to jump-start the Zenith Women Premier League by the end of this month, get involved in the U16 Boys and Girls qualifiers holding in Cotonuo, Republic of Benin and do everything possible to see that the Premier league for Men took off, so can see that our hands are full.

Funding the programmes

It true fund is very vital in the execution of these programmes, we shall appeal to all stake-holders in the game for support including corporate sponsors of our various programmes and with the support of everybody none of the programmes will be left unattended to.

Choice of American Coach for DTigers

It true Nigerian coaches, (Ayo Bakare and Sani Ahmed) qualified the country for the Libya 2009 Afrobasket the situation on ground presently demands us going for a foreign coach so the appointment of John Harding Lucas-II whom we believe can deliver at this crucial moment, though for me personally I would prefer a Nigerian coach who have greater stake than a foreigner.

DTigers USA Camp

Since bulk of the invited players lives in the United States which makes it easy for them to come together on a short notice and given the financial status of the board presently we realized it will be difficult getting the players to come down to Nigeria for camping but arrangement are in place to have the team come down to Nigeria before flying out to Tripoli, Libya for the Championship.

I can assure you that this will probably be the last time we will be camping any of our teams in the US except they want to embark on training tour but such camps must start from the home front.

Afrobasket goal

To be honest with Nigerians our target is to secure one of the three 2010 16th FIBA World Championship ticket.

Coach for DTigress

You know there still the zonal qualifiers to play which we are hosting, so in the next cope of days or weeks coach for the senior women national team will be announced and he will definitely be a Nigerian.


Libya 09 Afrobasket: World Championship ticket our target Nigeria President - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Newly sworn-in president of the Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF, Tijjani Umar is optimistic that the task of repositioning the nations basketball is achievable, in this brief chat with our correspondent, the NBBF boss spoke about various activities before the new board among other sundry issues. Excerpt:

What should Nigerians expect from this board in the next four years

Thanks, for me the inauguration is only formalities, you know we have being running the affairs of the game long before the election. I am sure you know that I have been heading the Task Force whose primary assignment was to prepare the country senior national team for the 25th edition of the FIBA Africa Championship billed for Libya in August this year and other local basketball programmes.

What is really important to us now is not just the Cup of Nations but other programmes as well. We are going to jump-start the Zenith Women Premier League by the end of this month, get involved in the U16 Boys and Girls qualifiers holding in Cotonuo, Republic of Benin and do everything possible to see that the Premier league for Men took off, so can see that our hands are full.

Funding the programmes

It true fund is very vital in the execution of these programmes, we shall appeal to all stake-holders in the game for support including corporate sponsors of our various programmes and with the support of everybody none of the programmes will be left unattended to.

Choice of American Coach for DTigers

It true Nigerian coaches, (Ayo Bakare and Sani Ahmed) qualified the country for the Libya 2009 Afrobasket the situation on ground presently demands us going for a foreign coach so the appointment of John Harding Lucas-II whom we believe can deliver at this crucial moment, though for me personally I would prefer a Nigerian coach who have greater stake than a foreigner.

DTigers USA Camp

Since bulk of the invited players lives in the United States which makes it easy for them to come together on a short notice and given the financial status of the board presently we realized it will be difficult getting the players to come down to Nigeria for camping but arrangement are in place to have the team come down to Nigeria before flying out to Tripoli, Libya for the Championship.

I can assure you that this will probably be the last time we will be camping any of our teams in the US except they want to embark on training tour but such camps must start from the home front.

Afrobasket goal

To be honest with Nigerians our target is to secure one of the three 2010 16th FIBA World Championship ticket.

Coach for DTigress

You know there still the zonal qualifiers to play which we are hosting, so in the next cope of days or weeks coach for the senior women national team will be announced and he will definitely be a Nigerian.




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  NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS   


N.Mariana National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
Charles Johnson
Dan Barcinas of O'Douls-Ol'Aces
George Lieto
Jericho Setubal
Joemar Tumquip of G-Stars
Kelvin Fitial of MARPAC-Nissan Titans
Keone Chariton
Marvin Rabauliman of Ghasias
Oscar Ada
Pete Iguel


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  OCEANIA CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Australian National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
Benjamin Purser
Brad Simpson (198-F-90) of Illawarra Seahawks
Cameron Bairstow
Claybrin Mcmath
Jeremy Hill of Bedpost Auckland (NZL)
Joshua Wilcher
Kurtis Phillips
Reece Maxwell
Sean Mullan (-F-90) of Illawarra Seahawks
Thomas Daly


Oceania Tournament numbers dwindle - by Richard
Fiji, Tahiti and Palau teams have withdrawn from the Oceania Tournament, sighting the economic downturn and political upheaval as reasons.

The withdrawal of the 3 men's and 3 women's teams will reduce the competition numbers to 5 in each category, with Australia, New Zealand, New Caledonia, Guam and hosts CNMI remaining in the competition.

The FIBA Congress will still be conducted on Wednesday 24th June. Nominations for the President and Board have now closed and Federations will be informed of the nominees in the next couple of days.

Source Fiba Oceania


Guam National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
Andrew Borja
Anthony Borja
Derrick Roysten
Jine Han
Joseph Blas (183-G/F)
Sandy Fejeran
Seve Susuico
Shintaro Okada
Vincent Estella (186-G) of BYU-Hawaii (USA)
William Stinnett (186-G-86) of Wenatchee Valley CC (USA)


Fiji National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
Allen Price
Jese Sikivou
Josefa Savua
Josef Seruilagilagi
Manoa Puamau
Martin Liebergts
Orisi Naivalurua
Peter Chambers
Solomoni Raravula
Wayman Whippy


N.Mariana National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
Charles Johnson
Dan Barcinas of O'Douls-Ol'Aces
George Lieto
Jericho Setubal
Joemar Tumquip of G-Stars
Kelvin Fitial of MARPAC-Nissan Titans
Keone Chariton
Marvin Rabauliman of Ghasias
Oscar Ada
Pete Iguel


New Zealand National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
Daniel Green
Duane Bailey (192-G/F-91) of Waitakere Rangers
Ezra Nikora
Hayden Miller
Hemi Joyce-Gay
Jacob Ashby
Jordan Mills (-G) of Wellington Saints
Luke Aston
Solomona Maiava
Zacharia Makavilitogia


New Caledonian National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
Benoit Weber (195-F) of JS Vallee-du-tir
Emmanuel Souria-Ouamba
Henri Homou
Jean-Jacques Taufana (185-F-86)
Laurent Berniere (-G)
Moana Mana (-G) of Mont-Dore BC
Raymond Weber (195-F-89) of JS Vallee-du-tir
Rodrigue Tetainanuarii (203-F-82) of Aurore de Vitre (FRA)
Stephane Saminadin (175-G-86) of JS Vallee-du-tir
Yann Mathelon (185-G-85) of JS Vallee-du-tir


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  PARAGUAY   


Third win for Libertad - by Gianni Pascucci
After yesterday nigh game, there is no doubt that Libertad will claim the Apertura Title. In fact, the black and white team triumphed for the third time in a row over Sol de America, 74-71, with Daniel Perez (190-G/F-84) leading the way at 20 points and Bruno Zanotti (197-F-82, agency: Megasport, college: Merrimack) adding 13. Jamaal Levy (206-C/F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Wake Forest) and Jose Fabio (198-F-77) were the best in Sol, with 17 and 18 pts, respectively. Libertad needs of only another win, and it is probable they will sweep the series.

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  PBL   


PBL Announces National Tryout Combine in Chicago - by Eurobasket News
The Premier Basketball League announced today the first National Player Tryout Combine will be held on Saturday August 8, 2009 in Chicago, IL.

The PBL Combine will be held at the famed Attack Athletics facility from 9:00AM to 4:00PM The Attack Athletics Center is a 65,000 sq. ft. facility that boasts 4 NBA sized basketball courts, seating for 1,000 people, a 10,000 sq. ft. weight room, and four locker rooms.

Pre registration is required and players can download the registration form online at www.pblproball.com. The fee is $50.00 USD. Money orders or certified checks should be made out to 'Premier Basketball League, Inc.' and sent directly to the Premier Basketball League Chicago Office along with the registration form by July 31, 2009 :


Premier Basketball League

4958 West Irving Park Road

Chicago, IL 60641


Players are advised to arrive at 8:00 AM to sign in and warm up. Jerseys will be provided upon arrival. You should have shorts and appropriate shoes with you.

Player agents and professional scouts are welcome at no charge but are asked to e-mail prior so credentials will be ready upon arrival.

The PBL Chicago Combine will be the first of several National Player Combines hosted by the Premier Basketball League, leading to the PBL Lottery Draft held at the ESPN Zone in Chicago in early fall. Twenty-five (25) players will be selected from the tryout camps and brought back to become eligible to be selected by a PBL team. PBL teams will hold a lottery draw before the Draft to slot each club's selection order.

Players included in the PBL Lottery Draft may also be considered for one of the limited League Franchise Player contracts.

'We are looking for the top talent worldwide,' said Tom Doyle, President and Chief Executive Office of the Premier Basketball League. ' Coaches, scouts and general managers from every PBL team will be in attendance looking for the best talent as they prepare to put together their teams for this upcoming season.'

The Attack Athletics Facility is located at 2641 West Harrison Street, Chicago, Illinois 60612.

For Directions to Attack Athletics, visit www.attackathletics.com or call (773) 826-2300.

To download the official registration, go to www.pblproball.com. For additional tryout information please send an e-mail PBLTryouts@aol.com or call (773) 844-PBL1. For further league information, visit www.pblproball.com.

Courtesy of The PBL


Stampede announces tryout - by Gianni Pascucci

The Buffalo Stampede of the Premier Basketball League will have an open try-out on Saturday July 11th, 2009 from noon to 3pm. It will be held at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo located at 2640 N. Forest Rd., Getzville, NY 14068. The phone number of the center is 716-688-4033. Pre-registration is advised. If you would like to pre-register please e-mail your contact info to buffaloprohoops@yahoo.com and a form will be sent to you. If registering at the try-out please arrive at 11:30am. The cost of the try-out is $50.00. The Buffalo Stampede are preparing to begin their second season of play in the PBL. For ticket info please e-mail or call 716-603-9749.



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  PHILIPPINES   


San Miguel and Rain or Shine take 1-0 lead in PBA Semis - by Eurobasket News
Burger King - San Miguel 87-102
The Beermen managed to beat the Titans 102-87 grabbing 1-0 lead in PBA Semifinals. Gabe Freeman (198-F-85, college: Costa Mesa JC) was the most important player in the winning squad draining 22 points. He made 10 of 15 attempts from the field missing only one board for double-double. Jay Washington (206-C-81, college: Eckerd) was the second scorer with 17, while Dondon Hontiveros added 14 pts. Danny Ildefonso (198-F-76) was the last one with double digits in - 10 pts. In Burger King, JR Quinahan (198-C-84) had 17 pts and 11 rebounds. Mark Yee (191-F-84) contributed with one point less. The second game is scheduled for June 19, but this time San Miguel will be the host.

Rain or Shine - Ginebra 101-95
Rain or Shine is the winner of Game 1 of PBA Semifinals. They outplayed Ginebra 101-95 mostly owing to Rob Wainwright (196-F-73, college: Solano CC), who delivered 20 points. Gabe Norwood (196-G/F-85, college: George Mason) also was on high level collecting 16 points and 10 rebounds. On the other side, Ronald Tubid (186-G-81) responded with 21 points and 7 boards. The hosts totally outrebounded their rivals in this game (50-39). Game 2 will be played tomorrow. Ginebra will be the host.


PBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Cornelius MCFADGON
  Barako Bull
  (198-G-82)
  Avg: 33
 1. McFadgon, Barako B.33.0 
 2. Wade, Talk N Text30.0 
 3. Johnson, Santa L.28.7 
 4. Nealy, Ginebra27.3 
 5. Penny, Coca-Cola25.6 
 6. Chandler, Purefoods23.5 
 7. Ellis, Alaska22.0 
 8. Lewis, Rain or Shine21.8 
 9. Freeman, San M.21.6 
 10. Noel, Gineb.19.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Anthony JOHNSON
  Santa Lucia
  (198-G/F-79)
  Avg: 17.7
 1. Johnson, Santa L.17.7 
 2. Lewis, Rain or Shine16.1 
 3. Nealy, Ginebra16.0 
 4. Freeman, San M.15.9 
 5. Daniels, Burger King14.8 
 6. Noel, Ginebra14.1 
 7. Ellis, Alaska12.7 
 8. Penny, Coca-Cola12.6 
 9. Taulava, Coca-Cola12.5 
 10. Wade, Talk N Te.11.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jimmy ALAPAG
  Talk N Text
  (178-G-77)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Alapag, Talk N Text6.1 
 2. Noel, Ginebra5.8 
 3. Helterbrand, Gineb.5.2 
 4. Villanueva, San M.5.1 
 5. Cabagnot, Coca-Cola5.1 
 6. Nealy, Ginebra5.1 
 7. Miranda, Santa L.4.8 
 8. Daniels, Burger King4.6 
 9. Mercado, Rain o.4.3 
 10. Miller, Alas.4.2 
Steals Per Game
 David NOEL
  Ginebra
  (198-G/F-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Noel, Ginebra2.1 
 2. Ellis, Alaska1.8 
 3. Daniels, Burger King1.6 
 4. Ybanez, Barako Bull1.5 
 5. Freeman, San M.1.5 
 6. Baguio, Burger King1.4 
 7. Arboleda, Burger K.1.3 
 8. Lewis, Rain or Shine1.3 
 9. Yap, Purefoods1.2 
 10. Robinson, Purefoo.1.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Marquin CHANDLER
  Purefoods
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Chandler, Purefoods2.2 
 2. Daniels, Burger King2.1 
 3. Aquino, Santa Lucia2.1 
 4. Johnson, Santa L.2.1 
 5. Penny, Coca-Cola2.0 
 6. Noel, Ginebra1.9 
 7. Lewis, Rain or Shine1.4 
 8. Peek, Talk N Text1.3 
 9. Quinahan, Burger K.1.1 
 10. Santos, Burger Ki.1.1 


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  POLAND   


Polpharma lands big guy Uros Mirkovic - by Eurobasket News
SKS Polpharma-Pakmet Starogard Gd. announced signing of Serbian power forward / center Uros Mirkovic (205-F/C-82, agency: Beo Basket). The 26-year old player started last season with Masinac Kraljevo and later moved to Swisslions Takovo. In Serbian A league he appeared 24 times averaging 19.3 ppg, 8.5 rpg and 1.7 apg. He ended the contest as fourth best scorer and fifth rebounder. With Swisslion Takovo Mirkovic played 6 games in Superleague adding 4.7 ppg and 3 rpg.
Over the past 9 years Uros Mirkovic was a member of Masinac Kraljevo. Actually, on season 07/08 he shortly moved to Vojvodina Srbija Gas for the Superleague. In 2008 he was named to Serbian A league All-Star Team. With Mirkovic in roster SKS Polpharma-Pakmet Starogard Gd. will get a big help in the paint. The team ended last season on fifth place with 16-10 record. Later Polpharma met Anwil in the Quarterfinals and was not able to get through. The team from Wloclawek edged them 3-1.
Mirkovic's previous team Swisslions Takovo finished the Serbian Superlegaue as No.5. It means that they booked a place for Adriatic league 09/10. Masinac Kraljevo managed to survive in A league.


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  PORTUGAL   


Portugal U18 post two wins at Amadora International tournament - by Eurobasket News
Portuguese U18 National Team continued their preparations for the upcoming European Championship in Division B. They took part at the Amadora International tournament. The Portuguese juniors were opposed by their Scottish counterparts, Benfica U20 and CIBA U20 teams.
Portugal posted two victories and finished the competition at the second overall spot. Portugal took on Benfica U20 selection in the opener. Benfica used strong second and third frames to clear off for good in this one. They finalized a 55:45 victory at the end. Miguel Tinoco Queiroz (200-F-91) and Carlos Ferreirinho scored 12 points apiece for Portugal U18.
The hosts took on Scotland in the second round. The Scottish youngsters got to the better start as they were up by 7 points after ten minutes. But Portuguese juniors turned the tables in midway through the encounter and turned the deficit into a 10-point lead before the final stanza. They kept the visitors at bay in the fourth quarter and celebrated a 63:48 success at the end. Paulo Santos netted 17 points for the hosts. Daniel Coelho added 10 points for the winners.
Portugal completed their campaign with a comfortable 69:37 victory over CIBA. Carlos Ferreirinho nailed 12 points for Portugal. Renato Azevedo (186-F-91) and Pedro Costa (180-F-93) had 11 points each in the victory.
Portuguese U18 team will travel to Spain next to take part at the Valencia International tournament.


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  PUERTO RICO   


Venezuela U16 outscores Puerto Rico U16 in the opener - by Eurobasket News

Puerto Rico U16-Venezuela U16 81:87

FIBA Americas U16 Championship first game was played between Puerto Rico U16 and Venezuela U16 as the latter grabbed an important win in the opener. Venezuela used a productive second period to seal the winning 87:81 outcome.
Both teams started in a high tempo and stayed close to each other in the opening quarter. Michael Alberto Carrera shined for Venezuela, while Abdiel Badillo was in front of Puerto Rico U16. In the second period Venezuela looked much better and took a massive lead. A 27-15 in the frame gave them 46:34 at the halftime. The Venezuelans maintained a double digit lead in the third quarter that had finished at 24-24. Puerto Rico however closed the lead to 80:77 with two minutes remaining in the game. But Anthony Joseph Perez however made a three pointer to bring his team the win in the opener.
Michael Alberto Carrera top-scored for the winners with 26 points and 19 rebounds. Anthony Joseph Perez nailed 18,while Edyn Calatayud (-93) had 15. Gary Browne delivered 21 points in the losing case and Abdiel Badillo scored 15

In another game of the group USA opened their FIBA Americas U16 Championship with an easy 110:82 win over Brazil in the opener. USA looked much better in the whole game to take 1-0 record in the group.

Puerto Rico U16: Gary Browne 21 points, Abdiel Badillo 15
Venezuela U16: Michael Alberto Carrera 26 points and 19 rebounds, Anthony Joseph Perez 18, Edyn Calatayud 15



Standings - BSN
BSN Standings
 1. Arecibo 18-6 
 2. Quebradillas 18-7 
 3. Santurce 17-8 
 4. Bayamon 16-8 
 5. Carolina 15-11 
 6. Mayaguez 13-12 
 7. San German 12-13 
 8. Ponce 11-14 
 9. Caguas 7-18 
 10. Guaynabo 7-18 
 11. Humacao 3-22 


Stats Leaders - BSN
Points Per Game
 Angel Daniel VASSALLO
  Caguas
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 25.8
 1. Vassallo, Caguas25.8 
 2. Pellot-Rosa, San G.23.6 
 3. Carmona, Carolina22.3 
 4. Ayuso, Santurce21.6 
 5. Muoneke, Guaynabo20.8 
 6. Nailon, Ponce20.8 
 7. Escalera, Guaynabo20.6 
 8. Benson, Guaynabo20.3 
 9. Ere, Carolina20.3 
 10. Freije, Cagu.19.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Lee BENSON
  Carolina
  (208-F/C-73)
  Avg: 14.2
 1. Benson, Guaynabo14.2 
 2. Benson, Carolina12.3 
 3. Aubry, Arecibo11.5 
 4. Looby, Humacao10.5 
 5. Reyes, Carolina10.5 
 6. Ramos, Quebradillas10.4 
 7. Townes, Ponce10.3 
 8. Davis, Santurce9.4 
 9. Langhi, Mayaguez9.3 
 10. Jones, Guayna.9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Marcus WILLIAMS
  Quebradillas
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 9
 1. Williams, Quebradi.9.0 
 2. Hatton, Ponce7.2 
 3. Guzman, Guaynabo6.3 
 4. Cruz, Carolina6.1 
 5. Hamilton, Mayaguez5.9 
 6. Guzman, Humacao5.8 
 7. Dalmau, Bayamon5.5 
 8. Osimani, San G.4.9 
 9. Caro, Humacao4.5 
 10. Escalera, Guayna.4.5 
Steals Per Game
 Ekenechukwu IBEKWE
  Carolina
  (206-F-85)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Ibekwe, Carolina2.3 
 2. Guzman, Humacao2.1 
 3. Guzman, Guaynabo2.0 
 4. Figueroa, Arecibo1.8 
 5. Carmona, Carolina1.6 
 6. Smith, Carolina1.6 
 7. Pinnock, Arecibo1.6 
 8. Hamilton, Mayaguez1.5 
 9. Ere, Carolina1.5 
 10. Ayuso, Santur.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Kurt LOOBY
  Humacao
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Looby, Humacao2.8 
 2. Butler, Caguas2.4 
 3. Ibekwe, Carolina2.2 
 4. Dyer, San German2.2 
 5. Humphrey, Caguas1.9 
 6. Townes, Ponce1.8 
 7. Aubry, Arecibo1.8 
 8. Benson, Carolina1.6 
 9. Reyes, Carolina1.4 
 10. Ramos, Quebradill.1.3 


Puerto Rican U16 National Team 2009 - by Richard
4 Luis Flores (-93) of Criollos de Caguas
5 Kristian Medina (-92)
6 Emil Urbina (-92)
7 Bryan Candelario (-92)
8 Carlos D Morales Alvarez (-94)
9 Jeffrey Burgos (-93)
10 Christian Cruz (-92) of Vaqueros de Bayamon
11 Emanuel Pellot (-93) of Aguadilla Tiburones
12 Carmelo Betancourt (-92) of Capitallinos de San Juan
13 Kevin Ramiu (-92) of Capitallinos de San Juan
14 Gary Browne (-92) of Trujillo Alto Laguneros
15 Abdiel Badillo (-94)


Last games (6) - No.2 Quebradillas registers 18th win in BSN - by Eurobasket News
San German - Quebradillas 101-114
Quebradillas outgunned San German last night reaching the 18th victory in BSN. However, it is not enough for top of the standings as Arecibo also has 18 wins, but with one defeat less (18-6). Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) was a key player for the Pirates draining 31 points and pulling down 13 rebounds. In San German, Maurice Baker and Jesse Pellot-Rosa (193-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Va Commonwealth) combined 44.

Arecibo - Santurce 92-95
Santruce grabbed 95-92 victory for 17-8 record (3rd place). As usually, Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: USC) top-scored for the winning squad with 23 points. He also grabbed 6 rebounds beside that. Ricky Sanchez had 19 pts and 12 rebs, while Ali Berdiel also drained 19. Danilo Pinnock and Angel Figueroa answered with 28 and 24 pts respectively in loss.

Mayaguez - Guaynabo 97-94
13-12 for Mayaguez and 7-18 for Guaynabo after this game. James Maye (201-G-81, college: NC-Greensboro) was totally the best player in victory collecting 29 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists. Dan Langhi was behind him with 18 pts and 4 rebs. On the other side, Monty Wilson drained 31 and Carlos Escalera netted one point less.

San German - Guaynabo 81-75
June 16 - Jesse Pellot-Rosa came up with 24 points and 11 rebounds, while Maurice Baker helped the winners with 23 pts and 5 rebs. Carlose Escalera responded with 28 pts, 5 rebs and 5 as in defeat.

Carolina - Caguas 112-95
June 16 - Carolina had couple of players in a game mood, what was enough for comfortable 112-05 win against Caguas. Alejandro Carmona (194-G/F-83, agency: Next Level) stepped up with 21 pts and 7 rebounds, Filiberto Rivera had 20 pts, 12 as and 6 rebs, while Chris Hiraldo also added 20 points. Alvin Cruz helped with 19 points and 5 assists. In Caguas, Matt Frreije was on fire - 33 pts. Carolina jumped to 15-11, while Caguas fell to 7-18.

Humacao - Ponce 79-101
June 16 - Ponce grabbed this one mostly owing to Lee Nailon (204-F-75, college: TCU) and Ricardo Melendez, who drained 21 points each. Raul Orta also had important role netting 3 pts less. In Humacao, Jose Gutian delivered 17 points. Ponce 11-14, Humacao 3-22.


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  SCOTLAND   


Scottish juniors visit Portugal - by Eurobasket News
Scottish U18 National Team traveled to Portugal to take part at the Amadora International tournament. The team is getting fit for the European championship in Division B that is slated to start on July 23 in Sarajevo. Scotland will tip off the preliminary round in Pool C alongside Romania, Netherlands, Montenegro and Georgia.
Scottish teams took on CIBA U20 team in the opener in Amadora. The Scots looked dominant and raced to a 66:45 victory at the end. Ali Fraser (-C) finished with 13 points to lead the charge. Ali Mackay had 9 points for the winners.
Next Scotland faced the Portuguese counterparts. The Scottish youngsters got to the better start as they were up by 7 points after ten minutes. But Portuguese juniors turned the tables in midway through the encounter and turned the deficit into a 10-point lead before the final stanza. They kept the visitors at bay in the fourth quarter and celebrated a 63:48 success at the end. Paulo Santos netted 17 points for the hosts. Daniel Coelho added 10 points for the winners. Ali Fraser responded with 14 points for the visitors. Jonny Bunyan (-G) had 10 points in defeat.
Ali Fraser topscored with 17 points in the third game of the tourney against Benfica U20 selection but it did not prevent Scotland from the second loss 49:62. Ali Mackay came up with 14 points in the loss.


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  SERBIA   


Uros Mirkovic moved to Poland - by Zoran Popovic
Uros Mirkovic (205-F/C-82, agency: Beo Basket) will continue career in Poland. Mirkovic signed contract with SKS Polpharma-Pakmet Starogard Gd.. Season 2008-2009 Mirkovic started in KK Masinac Kraljevo in Serbian A league and on 24 games average scored 19.3 points, 8.5 points, 1.7 assists and 1.7 steals. After the end of the regular season, Mirkovic moved to KK Swisslion and in Serbian Superleague on 6 games average scored 4.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 0.7 assists. Mirkovic started career in KK Masinac Kraljevo, played for them in period 2000-2009 and had to short term contracts with Radnicki Beograd in season 2002-2003 and Vojvodina Srbija Gas Novi Sad in season 2007-2008.

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  SPAIN   


Regal Barca is the new ACB Champion!!! - by Eurobasket News
Regal Barca - Tau 90-77
Regal Barca is the new ACB Champion! The team of Xavier Pascual managed to beat Tau Ceramica in Game 4 90-77 ending the Final series with 3-1. The hosts had couple of players on fire last night. The top-scorer was Juan Carlos Navarro (192-G-80), who drained 19 points, making 5 of 8 attempts from behind the arc. Navarro also handed out 9 assists beside that. David Andersen (212-C-80) and Fran Vazquez (210-C-83) followed him with 18 points each, while hero from Game 1 Gianluca Basile (192-G-75) helped with 17 pts. All other players had less than 10. In the loosing squad, Igor Rakocevic (191-G-78) came up with 20 points and 5 assists. Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) had 15 pts and 8 rebounds, while Pablo Prigioni (191-G-77) contributed with 13 pts and 6 boards.
Regal Barca took control on its opponent from the early beginning. After 10 minutes of the game it was 27-18 for the new Spanish Champion. Tau improved later, but despite that fact Barca managed to win all 3 quarters until the end. The second one finished 16-15, third 28-27 and the last one 19-17. Tau registered 27 rebounds, while Barca had 24 last night. Both teams were pretty successful from behind the arc, but Tau struggled for FG2 making just 14 of 31. Former champion also had not so good 13 of 21 from the FT line.


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  TANZANIA   


Dar es Salaam awards the winners - by Eurobasket News
Dar es Salaam awarded the winners of the recently ended Kili League. The winners receive the prizes at a brief ceremony that took place at a hotel in Dar es Salaam. JKT dethroned Vijana City Bulls to win the Kili RBA basketball League with a 68:53 victory in a seesaw men final match at the Indoor Stadium in Dar es Salaam. The winners will receive Sh3.5 million, while the second place get Sh2 million. Savio finished third after the win over Tanzania Prisons 79:58 and is awarded Sh1 million.
Mohamed Yusuph of Savio became the Most Valuable Player (MVP), while the best finalist is Juma Kisoky of JKT.
Tubet Matiku of JKT also receive cash prizes after emerging best coach in the league.
Meanwhile JKT and ABC have confirmed to feature in the zone five basketball tournaments scheduled to take place in Kampala-Uganda from July 27 to August 2. ABC and JKT had already started preparations for the forthcoming championship. Cheyo named ABC, JKT, Mzinga and Dodoma spurs would represent Tanzania mailand in men's category.
In the first week of July at the National Indoor Stadium there will be the Secondary School Basketball League. In this year's tournament, the organizers planned to find sponsors for 20 teams. The schools listed for the tournament include AHMES and Shaaban Roberts while, Azania, Zanaki, Jangwani, Mbezi Beach, Loyola, Jitegemee, Tegeta, St Mary's and Benjamin Mkapa are some of the prominent teams in the league.


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  TOURNAMENT OF THE AMERICAS U16   


Day 1 results and stats - by Eurobasket News
GROUP A
Brazil U16-USA U16 82:110

USA opened their FIBA Americas U16 Championship with an easy win over Brazil in the opener. USA looked much better in the whole game to take 1-0 record in the group.
The favorites took the lead from the very beginning and never looked behind after. After the first 5 minutes USA already had 16-6 lead and then led to 26:15 at the end of the opening quarter. The United States of America team did not slow down and increased the lead in the second period as well. They produced a 28-22 to take 54:37 halftime advantage. Brazil however played better in the third period and as result they won the frame 21-20. In order to prove the superiority in the tournament and to be the leader of the group from the very beginning USA had 36-24 in the last period to win 110:82.
Adonis Thomas led the winners with 21 points while Bradley Beal nailed 19. Andre Drummond ended up with 16 points with 11 boards. Gustavo Scaglia De Paula produced 16 points in the losing effort and Leonardo Meindl posted 15.


Brazil: Gustavo Scaglia De Paula 16, Leonardo Meindl (191-F-93) 15
USA: Adonis Thomas 21 points, Bradley Beal 19, Andre Drummond 16 points and 11 boards.


Puerto Rico U16-Venezuela U16 81:87
FIBA Americas U16 Championship first game was played between Puerto Rico U16 and Venezuela U16 as the latter grabbed an important win in the opener. Venezuela used a productive second period to seal the winning 87:81 outcome.
Both teams started in a high tempo and stayed close to each other in the opening quarter. Michael Alberto Carrera shined for Venezuela, while Abdiel Badillo was in front of Puerto Rico U16. In the second period Venezuela looked much better and took a massive lead. A 27-15 in the frame gave them 46:34 at the halftime. The Venezuelans maintained a double digit lead in the third quarter that had finished at 24-24. Puerto Rico however closed the lead to 80:77 with two minutes remaining in the game. But Anthony Joseph Perez however made a three pointer to bring his team the win in the opener.
Michael Alberto Carrera top-scored for the winners with 26 points and 19 rebounds. Anthony Joseph Perez nailed 18,while Edyn Calatayud (-93) had 15. Gary Browne delivered 21 points in the losing case and Abdiel Badillo scored 15.

Puerto Rico U16: Gary Browne 21 points, Abdiel Badillo 15
Venezuela U16: Michael Alberto Carrera 26 points and 19 rebounds, Anthony Joseph Perez 18, Edyn Calatayud 15

GROUP B
Argentina U16 - Bahamas U16 106:72
Argentina opened the U16 Fiba Americas championship with a cruising victory over Bahamas. The teams got into Pool B together with Canada and Mexico and thus Argentina appeared on top of the ladder together with Canadian counterparts. The hosts did not waste too much time to stun their opponents in this one. They accounted for 17 straight points to start the game. Bahamas never came back to life in the opening frame trailing by as many as 24 points at the first intermission. But Bahamas refused to surrender. The Caribbean team struck back with a 14:3 run in the second frame to clip the margin. Argentina however stopped the bleeding and arrived at halftime ahead by 21 points. The home team started the second half confidently and dominated at this point. Argentina posted 30 points in the third quarter and raced to a 29-point lead after thirty minutes. Bahamas had no answer for the onslaught and lost the battle.
Matias Bortolin (-C-93) (-C-93) produced 22 points and 8 rebounds for Argentina. Carlos Benitez added 19 points for the home team. Michael Carey Jr. (196-G) responded with game-high 27 points and 10 boards for Bahamas. Travis Wildgoose (-F) notched 18 points and 7 boards in defeat.
Bahamas will play against Canada, while Argentina to face Mexico tonight.

Argentina:
Matias Bortolin 22, Carlos Benitez 19, Patricio Garino (-G-93) 16
Bahamas:
Michael Carey Jr. 27+10 boards, Travis Wildgoose 18


Canada U16 - Mexico U16 90:44
Canadian U16 National Team got to an impressive start of their U16 Fiba Americas Championship campaign. The North American team faced Mexico in Group B opener. Canada left no chance for their opponents claiming a spectacular 46-point victory at the end.
Canada opened the battle with an 11:2 run to take the lead. They continued to dominate throughout the opening stanza and built a 25:11 advantage after ten minutes. Mexico could not change the complexion of the game in the second frame. They scored just 8 points and appeared trailing by 27 points at halftime.
Canada quickly built a 30-point advantage in the third frame and rolled comfortably. Mexico lost the battle under the rims and shot just 23% from the field. They never threatened the margin as Canada ensured the winning outcome at the end.
Kevin Pangos (183-G) notched 18 points and 6 boards for Canada. Anthony Bennett (196-F) added 17 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Raul Borquez responded with 13 points for Mexico. Oscar Murillo and Sergio Panduro had 5 points each in defeat.
Canada will face Bahamas, while Mexico will take on Argentina today.

Canada:
Kevin Pangos 18, Anthony Bennett 17+10 boards, Nikolas Staukas 16
Mexico: Raul Borquez 13, Oscar Murillo 5, Sergio Panduro 5


Standings
Standings
Group A
1. USA1-0
2. Venezuela1-0
3. Brazil0-1
4. P.Rico0-1
Group B
1. Canada1-0
2. Argentina1-0
3. Bahamas0-1
4. Mexico0-1


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  TUNISIA   


Stade Nabeulien is the National Cup winner! - by Eurobasket News
Stade Nabeulien is the new Tunisian National Cup winner! SN was too strong for JSK in the Big Final 72-62 grabbing this prestigious trophy.

It was very exciting game decided during the last ten minutes. Opening quarter belonged to SN, who made 15-10 lead. JSK was not able to come any closer until the half time as SN still had plus 5, 35-30. However, JSK slightly improved after the breather closing the gap to 49-47. SN intensified defense after that and at the same time was pretty good at the offensive end finishing the last frame with 23-15.

In the Semifinals Stade Nabeulien was better than CA 69-65. JSK eliminated ESS 87-83.

In the Quarterfinals JSK had an easy job against CS Ksar Hellal scoring 116 points (116-62). ESS had to give much bigger effort against C Cheminots. The reigning Tunisian champion proved its highest ambition in National Cup celebrating 70-59 on the road. Third participant of the Semis CA was better than ESR 72-61. The toughest job in the QFinals had SN. Its rival USM showed pretty good performance managing to resists until the end. However, SN's players were concentrated when it was the most important winning by one point, 65-64.

All of the Semifinals participants cruised past their rival in the Eightfinals in style. Each of the teams won with at least plus 18 at the end. ESS destroyed Kasserine 102 -70. JSK was better than JSM 103-73, while SN beat ES 89-60. CA outplayed AS 73-55.


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  TURKEY   


Hakan Demir and Pinar Karsiyaka met on the same way - by Mustafa Bozkurt

Former Besiktas Cola Turka coach Hakan Demir (agency: Agency No 10 ) (agency: Agency No 10 ) agreed terms with Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir...Izmir club finally decided his new coach for 2009-10 season at this afternoon. Succesfull coach is going to sign the contract on next monday at Izmir. Demir worked as a head coach at Besiktas Cola Turka, Sion Herens, Mersun Buyuksehir and Tekelspor last 4 years...

Other news from Beko Basketball League:


Galatasaray Cafe Crown extened Polat Kocaoglu contract's one more year. Istanbul team also signed with former Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye's guard Can Akin for 2 years contract.



The title belongs to Efes Pilsen! - by Eurobasket News
Fener.Ulker - Efes Pilsen 76-79
The TBL title belongs to Efes Pilsen! The team who demonstrated magnificent performance during the regular season, managed to win four consecutive times and to end the Finals series with 4-2. As a reminder, Fenerbahce Ulker handed the two home defeats to Efes at the beginning, but the team of Ergin Ataman was strong enough to recover. Kaya Peker (207-C/F-80, agency: Court Side) was a key player for the new champions last night. He spent 24 minutes on the floor nailing 23 points. Peker also pulled down 9 rebounds beside that. Second player with double-digits in scoring was Marvis Thornton (194-G-77, college: St.John's) - 10 pts. Ender Arslan (190-G-83) and Mario Kasun (213-C-80) had 9 each, while Michail Kakiouzis (206-C-76) added one less. In Fenerbahce, Willie Solomon (187-G-78, college: Clemson) led the scorers with 14 pts. However, he made just 2 of 8 attempts from behind the arc. Emir Preldzic (206-F-87, agency: Beo Basket) also aas good netting 10 pts with just one missed shot.
Efes Pilsen totally outrebounded Fenerbahce Ulker in this game ending it with 39-26. The hosts also had troubles from the free throw line missing 11 times, while Efes had 13 of 17. As a reminder, the new champion ended regular season with almost perfect 28-2. Fenerbahce Ulker entered to Playoffs as No.3 (22-8).


Fenerbahce Ulker extends Mirsad Turkcan for two more seasons - by Eurobasket News
Despite they lost in TBL Finals 4-2 against Efes Pilsen, Fenerbahce Ulker decided to keep experienced Mirsad Turkcan (206-F-76) for two more years. Actually, the sides agreed terms even during the Final series.
Mirsad Turkcan joined Fenerbahce Ulker in 2005 five from Dynamo Moscow. It means that the next season will be his fifth with the club. During these four years Fener managed to win 3 championship titles in Turkey. They also won President Cup in 2008. Two years before Fener reached the Final of National Cup, but was not able to grab the trophy.
Mirsad Turkcan appeared 14 times in Euroleague this season averaging 15.4 ppg and 8.6 rpg. The all-time leading rebounder in Euroleague Basketball history tops the charts in nearly every category associated with cleaning the glass. His 1,149 career rebounds are more than 200 more than the next player and his average of 10.3 per game is 0.3 more than the next closest player. In TBL this season Turkcan had 33 games adding 11.3 ppg and 6.1 rpg.
Before Fener and Dynamo Moscow, Mirsad Turkcan used to play for CSKA, Montepaschi, Efes Pilsen, New York Knicks and Milwaukee Bucks. He was a member of Turkish NT since 1995 to 2005. In 2002 and 2003 he was named Eurobasket.com All-Europeans Honorable Mention.


Stats Leaders - D1
Points Per Game
 Gerald FITCH
  Kepez Bld
  (191-G-82)
  Avg: 28.2
 1. Fitch, Kepez Bld28.2 
 2. Gordon, Oyak R.20.9 
 3. Reese, Aliaga20.4 
 4. Lofton, Mersin20.2 
 5. Crispin, Banvit19.5 
 6. Williams, Banvit18.9 
 7. Davis, Aliaga18.6 
 8. Ibekwe, Selcuk U.18.6 
 9. Barbour, Erdemir18.3 
 10. McCalebb, Mers.17.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Leon WILLIAMS
  Karsiyaka
  (203-F/C-86)
  Avg: 12.2
 1. Williams, Karsiyaka12.2 
 2. Thomas, Erdemir10.8 
 3. Brown, Banvit9.6 
 4. Besok, Galatasaray8.6 
 5. Traylor, Kepez Bld8.4 
 6. Ibekwe, Selcuk U.8.3 
 7. Davis, Aliaga7.8 
 8. Fobbs, Oyak Renault7.8 
 9. Douthit, Antalya7.7 
 10. Benton, Karsiya.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Hakan KOSEOGLU
  Karsiyaka
  (188-G-81)
  Avg: 8
 1. Koseoglu, Karsiyaka8.0 
 2. Acik, T.Telekom5.6 
 3. Chatman, Besiktas5.6 
 4. Reese, Aliaga5.0 
 5. Fitch, Kepez Bld5.0 
 6. Senturk, Darussaf.5.0 
 7. Crispin, Banvit5.0 
 8. McCalebb, Mersin4.7 
 9. Gordon, Oyak R.4.4 
 10. Green, Antal.4.4 
Steals Per Game
 Lester MCCALEBB
  Mersin
  (183-G-85)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. McCalebb, Mersin2.7 
 2. Basden, Mersin2.6 
 3. Fitch, Kepez Bld2.1 
 4. Atkins, Galatasaray2.1 
 5. Hammonds, Darussaf.2.0 
 6. Martin, Kepez Bld1.9 
 7. Smith, Efes Pilsen1.9 
 8. Mims, Antalya1.9 
 9. Ibekwe, Selcuk U.1.8 
 10. Graves, Galatasar.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Erek HANSEN
  TED Koleji
  (211-C-82)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Hansen, TED Koleji2.8 
 2. Benton, Karsiyaka2.0 
 3. Stiemsma, Oyak R.1.9 
 4. Solak, Aliaga1.9 
 5. Ibekwe, Selcuk U.1.8 
 6. Traylor, Kepez Bld1.6 
 7. Fobbs, Oyak Renault1.6 
 8. Davis, Aliaga1.6 
 9. Douthit, Antalya1.1 
 10. Ffriend, Mers.1.1 


Rumour season - by Sinan Can
EFES Pilsen clinched their 13th victory in domestic competition by beating Fenerbahce Ulker 4-2 in thrilling final series as the rumours in transfer market started to gathering. First big rumour is coming from Fenerbahce Ulker. Due to the sources from Istanbul club, Fenerbahce Ulker board will part ways with Head Coach Bogdan Tanjevic. Ex-Coach Aydin Ors's name had been spreaded around for General Coordinator job for a while, plus that, there's a strong story telling that Oktay Mahmudi who left Benetton Treviso is likely to get the job instead of Tanjevic. Another rumour is coming from Ankara. Turk Telekom has invested so much money to basketball in last couple of years, despite that the capital city's team could onl get a final vs Fenerbahce Ulkler last year which was a loss anyway. It's been said that Turk Telekom Head Coach Ercument Sunter will change his position as General Manager. First candidate for coaching position is Murat Ozyer who got cut from Galatasaray Cafe Crown in mid-season.

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London calling for the NBA All-Star Game? - by Eurobasket News
The NBA All-Star Game will return to Los Angeles in 2011, just seven years after the city last hosted the event. Is London or another international city a possible location for the event in the near future?

Commissioner David Stern made the announcement Sunday prior to Game 2 with AEG president and CEO Tim Leiweke at his side. AEG, which owns Staples Center and L.A. Live, the entertainment district adjacent to the arena, also happens to own the O2 Arena in London as well as other state-of-the-art sports arenas around the world.

'We had a great experience with them in London,' Leiweke said, referring to the 2007 Europe Live preseason exhibition game between the Boston Celtics and Toronto Raptors. 'Clearly they know it's the No. 1 arena right now in the world as far as events and activity, and we'd like to do something else with them over there.'

Stern joked that AEG is a small company that can't afford to bring the All-Star Game overseas, but the league has made adjustments to the February showcase in recent years that suggest it would be open to taking the game abroad.

Three seasons ago, the All-Star Game was held in Las Vegas, a non-NBA host city. The '10 All-Star Game will be held in a non-NBA arena at the new Cowboys Stadium, home to Dallas' NFL franchise. Having the game in London would also be a good gauge of local interest in having a European division added to the league, something that Stern has expressed desire to see happen before his tenure is up.

As for the 2011 All-Star Game returning to L.A. so soon, Stern said the league is likely to 'shorten the rotation a bit' when it chooses venues in the future, similar to the way the NCAA has a go-to list of cities for the Final Four.

'It's getting more difficult to find cities with the kinds of amenities, close hotel accommodations, the convention center and the like and L.A. has been a popular destination,' Stern said.

It will be the fifth All-Star Game for Los Angeles, the only city to have teams in all of the NBA's leagues with the Lakers and Clippers as well as the Sparks of the WNBA and the D-Fenders of the D-League.

Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa estimated the event will bring in $100 million in revenue to the city.

'This will be a great shot in the arm, a great opportunity for us to show off L.A., particularly downtown L.A.,' Villarigosa said.

Courtesy of The NBA (www.nba.com)


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  USBA   


United States Basketball Association 2010 Season is Set to Go - 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. Well 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 city. This season ticket promotion is a special event for the fans and is sponsored by the advertisers and sponsors of the USBA. The league has set aside 1200 single season tickets for each city for this promotion. 'This collaborated effort includes the USBA, the USBA Youth Outreach, Inc and many of the leagues partners, sponsors and advertisers,' said Jenkins.

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

According to the league, each season ticket holder will be automatically included in a raffle sponsored by the USBA Youth Outreach, Inc. 'We're very excited about this promotion. Not only do fans get a chance to see high quality basketball at affordable prices, but also there is 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 for rules and disclaimers about the raffle and the United States Basketball Association.' ' We plan to begin our first season with a bang. All of our games will be geared toward top notched basketball competition, family fun and entertainment surrounded in a faith based environment, our goal is to offer each community a great experience proclaimed,' Mr. Jenkins. For more information, call the USBA league office at (770) 729-0306 or go to www.usbaball.com/seasonticketextravaganza.

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


Contact:

media@usbaball.com

(770) 729-0306



USBA Seek Head, Dance Team and Assistant Coaches for 2010 Season - by USBA Media
The United States Basketball Association is pleased to announce their 2010 basketball season quest for Head Coaches, Dance Team Coaches and Assistant Coaches. The positions are for selected USBA team. The USBA has eighteen teams divided into three divisions, spread over ten southern states and the District of Columbia. The USBA owns and operates all teams. Each team operates independently of each other. Each team has a Regional Manager assigned as team representative. The Regional Manager is the regional sales and marketing representative for the team. Refer to league web site www.usbaball.com/teams

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

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

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

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

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

Contact:
Duane Allen Jenkins-(770) 729-0306 or duanejenkins@usbaball.com
Kenneth Green- (404) 547-6907 or kennethgreen@usbaball.com


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  VENEZUELA   


Venezuela U16 outscores Puerto Rico U16 in the opener - by Eurobasket News

Puerto Rico U16-Venezuela U16 81:87

FIBA Americas U16 Championship first game was played between Puerto Rico U16 and Venezuela U16 as the latter grabbed an important win in the opener. Venezuela used a productive second period to seal the winning 87:81 outcome.
Both teams started in a high tempo and stayed close to each other in the opening quarter. Michael Alberto Carrera shined for Venezuela, while Abdiel Badillo was in front of Puerto Rico U16. In the second period Venezuela looked much better and took a massive lead. A 27-15 in the frame gave them 46:34 at the halftime. The Venezuelans maintained a double digit lead in the third quarter that had finished at 24-24. Puerto Rico however closed the lead to 80:77 with two minutes remaining in the game. But Anthony Joseph Perez however made a three pointer to bring his team the win in the opener.
Michael Alberto Carrera top-scored for the winners with 26 points and 19 rebounds. Anthony Joseph Perez nailed 18,while Edyn Calatayud (-93) had 15. Gary Browne delivered 21 points in the losing case and Abdiel Badillo scored 15

In another game of the group USA opened their FIBA Americas U16 Championship with an easy 110:82 win over Brazil in the opener. USA looked much better in the whole game to take 1-0 record in the group.

Puerto Rico U16: Gary Browne 21 points, Abdiel Badillo 15
Venezuela U16: Michael Alberto Carrera 26 points and 19 rebounds, Anthony Joseph Perez 18, Edyn Calatayud 15



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  WCBL   


First WCBL Awards announced - by Gianni Pascucci
The West Coast Pro Basketball League announces that Owner/Head Coach Patrick Davis and General Manager Susan Houlihan-Davis of the Ventura County Jets were awarded as the WCBL 2009 Executive of the Year Award. The Jets were successful in further establishing their team and organization in the Ventura County area, receiving significant media coverage, while continuing to build and increase their fan base in the Ventura/Oxnard region. The league also announced that Kirk Turner of the Newport Beach Surf was given the 2009 Coach of the Year Award to Turner, who has also previously coached in the American Basketball Association, led his Surf team to a second place finish during the regular season and into the League Playoff Championship Game against the Santa Barbara Breakers. The Surf finished at 11-6 while leading the league in scoring. Through participation of WCBL League play, Turner and the Surf have been invited to tour Mexico later this summer and forward Mike Martin (6'7''-F-85, college: Chico St.) has secured a playing opportunity in the Mexican Professional League for 2009.

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  ZAMBIA   


Interview with Jimmy williams - by Magunhu Nhova

Basketball in Africa has grown over the years and players across the are doing their best to improve on their skill to get to the next level. Speaking on an online interview with one young upcoming American player Jimmy Williams currently playing in Palestine said Basketball in Africa is Underrated because they is a lot of talent in the continent and as player he would like to play in the African soil. During the interview Jimmy also added some of his personal achievements, experience and future plans. Below is the detailed interview.


1.What you name and date of birth?
My name is Jimmy Williams, and My date of birth is 5/27/1986 I just turned 23; I am a very young player.

2. When and where did you go to school?

I started my college basketball career at independence junior college which is in the jay hawk conference, and is known as one of the toughest junior college conferences in the united states. My freshman year I averaged 10ppg 5apg from the point guard position. I finished my basketball career at Alderson Broaddus college 15ppg 8rpg 3apg.

3. What position do you play?
Im a 6'5 combo guard I can play the one, two and three. Im really affective when I play the point guard position, My height benefits me because I can see over the smaller guards and I can post smaller guards as well. The one thing that I think separates me from most guards is my ability to rebound. In college I averaged 8.5rpg and in the PBBA Palestine Basketball league Im averaging over 10 rebounds per game and my game high on rebounds this year is 16 rebounds against Sarriyet club. Also Im a versatile player I can play the 2 and the 3. By me being able to play more than one position that keeps me on the floor.

4. Any personal achievements during your career?

Here is some of my achievements threw out my career.
Voted as the best Import player in palenstine-09
Palestine Basketball association Champion-09
Chicago H.S. Thanksgiving Tournament MVP -04
NJCAA First team All-Conference and First team All-Region -07
WVIAC Regular Season Champion -07
WVIAC Tournament Finalist -07
NCAA tournament All east region team -08
Two time WVIAC player of the week -08
All-Euro basket Summer League in Chicago 2nd Team -08
WVIAC Regular Season Runner-Up -08
WVIAC Tournament Winner -08
WVIAC All-Tournament Team -08
All-WVIAC Honorable Mention -08
NCAA tournament all east region team-08

6. What are your thoughts on winning the Championship in Palestine?

Well I played on a great team we were very balanced we had three players including myself that averaged 15ppg or better I lead the team in scoring averaging 34.8ppg. I played for Ibdaa basketball team, and we went 18-0 and we finished the season strong beating De la salle Al quds of Jerusalem which is a great team, they represented Palestine in the Arabic club championship in Lebanon. So it was a big win for us. In college I won five championships Im a winner and a team player I play to win.


5. Where are you currently based and playing?
This year is my first year pro, I started playing in Mexico in December, In the Inbp for the Golgos. The lnbp is the highest league in Mexico and a very tough league and I enjoyed my stay there it really helped me as a player. Currently I just finished playing in the PBBA the Palestine basketball association and it was a great experience for me. Also the league was better than I thought they were some very talented import players that what really made the league competitive.

7. Do you ever want to play in the African region?
I think African basketball is very much underrated and should get more respect. Players in the African region are very talented especially in countries like Angola, Egypt, Morocco, and Libya. Also the other leagues are starting to improve. Yes I would love to have a chance to play in the African region I wouldnt mind playing in Egypt, ,Libya, Angola, and morocco or any leagues that are moving in the right direction.

8. Where do you see you self in the next 5 years?

I set goals for myself and every year I plan to improve as a basketball player and more up to higher leagues year by year. So in five years I look to see myself playing on the big stage.

9. Under which coach, place and time did you ever play your best game?

I have had a lot of good games but I think my best game was in college when we played against west Virginia state in the conference finals. I had 28 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. It wasnt my best game state wise. The reason why I choose this game is because it was on a big stage in the NCAA 2 WVIAC conference tournament. I was coached by Greg Zimmerman one of the best coach in NCAA 2.

10. Who is your favorite Basketball player?

Kobe Bryant I love his will to win, and he is a leader on and off the court.


11. Do u have an agent if so what agency are you with?
Im with team unity agency, they are FIBA certified

12. Anything we should know about Jimmy?

Im not only good basketball player but Im a good person very humble, and fun to be around. If anyone wants to know any further info or need my profile you can email me at williamjimmy2003@hotmail.com

Thanx.





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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Australian National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
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#e#4
Caitlin Rowe (187-F/C-91) of Australian Institute of Sport
Cassandra Mangos
Catherine Guest of Dandenong Rangers
Emma Lobb (188-F-90) of Perth Lynx
Hope Terdich (192-F-86) of Dandenong Rangers
Nicole Seekamp
Rachel Murray
Rebecca Campigli (177-G-90) of Dandenong Rangers
Rebecca Cole of Dandenong Rangers
Samantha Creed


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  BOSNIA - Women  


Standings - Women
D1 Standings
Liga 4
 1. Zeljeznicar 5-1 
 2. M.Kraj. BL 5-1 
 3. Celik 2-4 
 4. Jedinstvo 0-6 
Places 5-12
 1. Brotnjo 94 13-7 
 2. Trebinje 13-7 
 3. Sloboda 12-8 
 4. Banovici 10-10 
 5. Borac-Mladost 7-12 
 6. Livno 5-14 
 7. Bugojno 1-19 
 8. Zrinjski 1-19 


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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE - Women  


Eurobasket Summer League Women's - Game 2 (Tuesday) - by Darryl Reshaw

Stockholm defeated Moscow in a close encounter by the score of 66-62.
This was the second game of the Eurobasket Summer League at Fordham University in New York City.
Stockholm always seemed in control of the contest but Moscow did make some nice runs to keep the contest close.
Raquel Collier (178-G/F-86) was sensational as she displayed quickness, athleticism, great ballhandling skills and a nice jump shot as she scored 13 points, 5 rebounds and had a bunck of steals to lead the Stockholm team.
Amaka Uzomah (183-F-86, college: Colorado St.) was a force inside and she used her physical presence to intimidate the Moscow players and she scored 7 points, pulled 10 rebounds, 4 steals and had several block shots.
Odessa Williams (183-F-86, college: Longwood) had her turn around jumper working to perfection and added a quality inside presence as she dropped a double double of 10 points and 11 rebounds for the winning squad.
Kara Kinzer (173-G-87) who has a beautiful perimeter shot hit a couple of 3 pointers and scored 10 points and handed out 3 assist for Stockholm.
Ashley Blake (165-G-86, college: Cal.St. Northridge) from Cal State Northridge controlled the tempo of the game and displayed quality nice point guard skills while chipping in 6 points and dishing out 4 assists.
Moscow was led by the great all around play of Crystal Bellinger (173-G-85, college: Rhode Island) did it all and was very exciting to watch play with her no look passes and nice ball handling skills.
She scored 11 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and had 3 steals.
Shenika Chang (188-F-87, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) played extremely well displaying great work ethic and high intensity as she scored 11 points and grabbed 9 rebounds.
Tena Matthews (173-G-85, agency: Team Quest Inc., college: Northwestern St.) had a nice all around game featuring her quickness and athleticism as she scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
Sierra Cooper (178-F/G-86, college: Rhode Island) the other Rhode Island player was eaqully impressive as she scored 6 ponits and had 7 rebounds for the Moscow team.
All of the ESL coaches were amazed by Toby Martin (165-G-87, college: Franklin Pierce) as the speedy point guard created havoc by getting steals and was always penetrating the lane creating shots for her teammates.
This game featured some quality players who have a lot of talent and can play in Europe.

For additional information regarding these players or to get videos of the ESL Women's games please email: marketing@eurobasket.com



Game Statistics:


Stockholm 66, Moscow 62



Stockholm: (66)


Kara Kinzer - 10pts; 3ast

Brtiney Minor - 6pts; 4rbs

Atiya Jackson - 6pts

Amaka Uzomah - 7pts; 10rbs; 2ast; 4stl

Dawna Wright - 6pts; 2stl

Raquel Collier - 13pts; 5rbs

Breona Gray - 2rbs

Ashley Blake - 6pts; 2rbs; 4ast

Kristin Lynch - 4rbs

Odessa Williams - 10pts; 11rbs




Moscow: (62)


Cara Johnson - 4pts; 2rbs; 3stl

Tena Matthews - 9pts; 5rbs

Toby Martin - 4pts; 2rbs; 3stl; 3ast

Kendra Williams - 4rbs

Kara Ayers - 3pts; 3rbs

Kanika Sylva - 4pts

Tiffany Brooks - 6pts

Shenika Chang - 11pts; 9rbs

Cherise George - 4pts; 3rbs

Crystal Bellinger - 11pts; 3rbs; 2stl

Sierra Cooper - 6pts; 7rbs



Div.A Standings
Eurobasket S.League Standings
 1. Stockholm 1-0 
 2. Prague 1-0 
 3. Moscow 0-1 
 4. Riga 0-1 


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


Stats Leaders Div.A (Women)
Points Per Game
 Anete JEKABSONE-ZOGOTA
  LAT
  (177-G-83)
  Avg: 22.4
 1. Jekabsone-Z., LAT22.4 
 2. Maltsi, GRE22.0 
 3. Sheffer, ISR18.3 
 4. Zirkova, SVK17.9 
 5. Montanana, ESP17.1 
 6. Ogorodnikova, UKR17.0 
 7. Gruda, FRA16.7 
 8. Vajda, HUN15.0 
 9. Macchi, ITA14.6 
 10. Cohen, I.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Yelena LEUCHANKA
  BLR
  (196-C-83)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Leuchanka, BLR9.3 
 2. Papamichail, GRE7.9 
 3. Vajda, HUN7.8 
 4. Leciejewska, POL7.3 
 5. Kobryn, POL7.1 
 6. Tamane, LAT7.1 
 7. Gruda, FRA7.0 
 8. Stepanova, RUS7.0 
 9. Valuzyte, LTU7.0 
 10. GYURCSI, S.6.9 
Assists Per Game
 Liron COHEN
  ISR
  (173-G-82)
  Avg: 4.8
 1. Cohen, ISR4.8 
 2. Vardarli, TUR4.7 
 3. Marchanka, BLR4.3 
 4. Kalentzou, GRE4.1 
 5. Jekabsone-Z., LAT4.0 
 6. Selwyn, ISR3.5 
 7. Dumerc, FRA3.4 
 8. Biryuk, UKR3.3 
 9. Palau, ESP3.3 
 10. Valuzyte, L.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Evanthia MALTSI
  GRE
  (180-F-78)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Maltsi, GRE3.3 
 2. GYURCSI, SVK2.3 
 3. Gorbunova, UKR2.3 
 4. Ballardini, ITA2.3 
 5. Montanana, ESP2.3 
 6. Aguilar, ESP2.1 
 7. Selwyn, ISR2.0 
 8. Valuzyte, LTU1.9 
 9. Dumerc, FRA1.9 
 10. Palazoglu, T.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Anastasiya VERAMEYENKA
  BLR
  (192-C-87)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Veremeenko, BLR2.6 
 2. Alyoshkina, UKR2.0 
 3. Levitsky, ISR2.0 
 4. Stepanova, RUS2.0 
 5. Osipova, RUS1.4 
 6. Nevlin, TUR1.3 
 7. Kulichova, CZE1.2 
 8. Tamane, LAT1.1 
 9. Walich, POL1.0 
 10. Ogorodnikova, U.1.0 


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  FIJI - Women  


Fiji National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
Brittany Hazelman (185-F-90)
Carrol Chan
Cecilia Oliver
Grace Taito
Katherine Titoko
Leah Seru
Meleane Moce
Nandika Singh
Peniette Seru
Vika Fifita


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  FINLAND - Women  


Finnish U18 team play friendly games in Lithuania - by Eurobasket News
Finnish and Lithuanian U18 National teams played two friendlies in Lithuania. Both games finished with wins for Lithuanian juniors.
The teams opened their test series yesterday. Finland got to the better start as they led by 4 points at halftime. But the hosts took over in the second half and rallied to a 64:55 victory. Egle Siksniute (196-F/C-91) provided 15 points for the winners. Greta Sniokaite (173-G-91) added 9 points, while Egle Vitkute (185-F-91) had 8 in the victory. Salla Ekstrom knocked down 12 points for Finland. Moona Owusu (186-F-91) canned 11 points in defeat.
The series continued today when the teams clashed in Vilnius. This time Lithuania looked dominant right from the start. Paced by Gintare Mazionyte (185-C-91) the hosts earned a 33:26 advantage at the interval. Finland managed to revive the intrigue late in the game clipping the margin to minimum. But Lithuania withheld all comeback attempts and celebrated a tough 62:59 win at the end. Gintare Mazionyte fired 19 points for Lithuania. Indre Grigaite (180-F-91) stepped up with 12 points in the win. Anni Makitalo (174-F-91) responded with 15 points for Finland. Laura Saarinen (184-C-92) contributed 11 points for the visitors.


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  FRANCE - Women  


France clinch semifinal spot in thriller - by Eurobasket News
France - Greece 51:49

French National Team eked out a dramatic narrow victory over Greece to claim the semifinal birth. Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) hit a three-pointer late in the game to propel France to the win and breaking the hearts of all Greek fans.
France started the game with a trademark defense. They hold Greece to just 2 points in the opening four and a half minutes. Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) however followed with three freebies and Pelagia Papamichail (189-F/C-86) added two points to cap a 5:0 run from Greece as they grabbed a 7:6 lead. Florence Lepron (183-F-85) and Yacoubou responded with two buckets to ensure a 10:7 lead for France at the first break. Back-to-back trebles from Dimitrakou and Styliani Kaltsidou (188-C/F-83) once again pulled Greece in front midway through the second frame. Melain and Lardy responded to regain the lead for France as the teams continued to exchange the blows. The lead changed hands for several times before Emmeline Ndongue (190-C-83) sealed the first half outcome at 22:21 for Les Bleus. The things hardly changed in the third frame as the teams remained extra close. France accounted for a 3-point lead at end of the frame. Styliani Kaltsidou and Maltsi stepped up with 6 points in a row for Greece as they gained a 40:37 advantage early in the fourth quarter. Evanthia Maltsi scored 6 points in a row for Greece as they maintained the buffer. Celine Dumerc hit a three-pointer with under two minutes remaining to narrow the deficit to just a single point. Evanthia Maltsi missed on the other side of the court, while Celine Dumerc followed with another stunning trey to put France in charge 51:49. Greece had more than a minute to save the game but Pelagia Papamichail and Kalentzou missed lay-ups to give the game away.
Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) finished with 16 points and 10 boards to pace France. Emmeline Ndongue added 8 points and 5 boards for the winners. Evanthia Maltsi responded with 18 points for Greece. Styliani Kaltsidou had 10 points in the loss.

France: Sandrine Gruda 16+10 boards, Emmeline Ndongue 8, Florence Lepron 7
Greece: Evanthia Maltsi 18, Styliani Kaltsidou 10


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  GREECE - Women  


France clinch semifinal spot in thriller - by Eurobasket News
France - Greece 51:49

French National Team eked out a dramatic narrow victory over Greece to claim the semifinal birth. Celine Dumerc (169-G-82) hit a three-pointer late in the game to propel France to the win and breaking the hearts of all Greek fans.
France started the game with a trademark defense. They hold Greece to just 2 points in the opening four and a half minutes. Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) however followed with three freebies and Pelagia Papamichail (189-F/C-86) added two points to cap a 5:0 run from Greece as they grabbed a 7:6 lead. Florence Lepron (183-F-85) and Yacoubou responded with two buckets to ensure a 10:7 lead for France at the first break. Back-to-back trebles from Dimitrakou and Styliani Kaltsidou (188-C/F-83) once again pulled Greece in front midway through the second frame. Melain and Lardy responded to regain the lead for France as the teams continued to exchange the blows. The lead changed hands for several times before Emmeline Ndongue (190-C-83) sealed the first half outcome at 22:21 for Les Bleus. The things hardly changed in the third frame as the teams remained extra close. France accounted for a 3-point lead at end of the frame. Styliani Kaltsidou and Maltsi stepped up with 6 points in a row for Greece as they gained a 40:37 advantage early in the fourth quarter. Evanthia Maltsi scored 6 points in a row for Greece as they maintained the buffer. Celine Dumerc hit a three-pointer with under two minutes remaining to narrow the deficit to just a single point. Evanthia Maltsi missed on the other side of the court, while Celine Dumerc followed with another stunning trey to put France in charge 51:49. Greece had more than a minute to save the game but Pelagia Papamichail and Kalentzou missed lay-ups to give the game away.
Sandrine Gruda (193-C-87) finished with 16 points and 10 boards to pace France. Emmeline Ndongue added 8 points and 5 boards for the winners. Evanthia Maltsi responded with 18 points for Greece. Styliani Kaltsidou had 10 points in the loss.

France: Sandrine Gruda 16+10 boards, Emmeline Ndongue 8, Florence Lepron 7
Greece: Evanthia Maltsi 18, Styliani Kaltsidou 10


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  GUAM - Women  


Guam National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
Alyssa Tomada
Brianna Benito
Chantal Torres
Charisse Bolabola
Derin Santos
Ha'Ani Quinata
Harriet Alvarez
Joneal Cruz
Kathleen Burrier
Kathryn Castro
Maree Pelkey
Raelene Tajalle
Rebecca Tomada
Ritalynn Anderson


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  KENYA - Women  


KPA girls easily beat Yana - by Eurobasket News
KPA girls were too strong for Yana as they whipped them 75:31 at Nyayo national Stadium gymnasium. KPA had a poor start taking a close 13-9 lead in the first quarter erupted in the second with a 20-2 margin.Yvonne Akinyi (-F) led the way with 18 points while Yana Sylvia Koech nailed 7. In another game Sprite Storms beat Strathmore University Swords 46:31. Monica Odhiambo shined with 22 points for Kenya Colleage of Accountancy University to a 55:26 win over Mennonites.

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  LATVIA - Women  


Russia survive overtime against Latvia to sneak into semifinal - by Eurobasket News
Latvia - Russia 64:69 (OT)

The EuroBasket defending champions showed character late in the quarterfinal game against ambitious Latvia and survived a tough challenge to reach the semis. Russia will now play against Spain for the ticket to the Final.
Russia showed their ambitions early in the game as they unleashed a 10:2 run. Svetlana Abrosimova (185-F-80, college: Connecticut) stretched the gap to 14:5 late in the opening frame as Russia dominated. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (177-G-83), who else, stopped the bleeding for Latvia with 9 points in a row as they leveled things up at 14 after ten minutes. Maria Stepanova (203-C-79) and Kuzina restored the lead for Russia at the beginning of the second frame. Latvia reacted with an 11:0 rally to account for a 26:20 advantage. Latvia maintained the advantage throughout the reminder of the half and went into locker rooms ahead by 4. Ilona Korstine (183-G-80) and Irina Osipova (196-F-81) teamed up for 9 points early in the third quarter as Russia surged ahead. Maria Stepanova followed with a lay-up to give the visitors a 37:32 advantage. Latvia tied things up before Maria Stepanova hit two free throws to make it 39:37 for Russia with ten minutes to go in regulation. Jansone and Anete Jekabsone-Zogota provided the home team with a 43:41 advantage midway through the final stanza. The teams traded basket during the next several minutes keeping it close. Tamane scored four points in a row for Latvia to give the hosting side a 51:50 lead with 51 seconds remaining. Maria Stepanova stepped up for Russia with a timely lay-up propelling them back in charge 52:51 with 39 seconds on the clock. Karklina committed a turnover but Maria Stepanova missed two free throws at the other end. Karklina received another chance but could not convert a three-pointer putting Latvia on the verge of losing. Ilona Korstine was put on the line, missed her first attempt and then sank the second one. Latvia had three seconds left but used them to force overtime as Gunta Basko (181-F-80, college: Siena) hit a buzzer-beating lay-up. The teams exchanged the blows early in the extra period before Khammon hit from beyond the arc to put Russia up by 3 with under 3 minutes to go. Irina Osipova stretched the margin to five points with two freebies. But Gunta Basko stepped up again for Latvia knocking down 5 points and clipping the margin to just 2 points with 23 seconds remaining. Svetlana Abrosimova hit just one of two free throws and Gunta Basko trimmed the deficit to a single point with 13 seconds left. Khammon got fouled and drained both free throws for the defending champions. Gunta Basko missed a key three-point attempt and Maria Stepanova sealed the deal from the charity stripe on the other end.
Maria Stepanova poured in 16 points and grabbed 12 boards to keep Russia in the title race. Ilona Korstine provided 14 points and 9 boards for the visitors. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota delivered 23 points and 8 boards for Latvia. Gunta Basko finished with 17 points and 6 boards in defeat.

Latvia: Anete Jekabsone-Zogota 23, Gunta Basko 17
Russia: Maria Stepanova 16+12 boards, Ilona Korstine 14, Svetlana Abrosimova 13+12 boards, Irina Osipova 13+11 boards


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Finnish U18 team play friendly games in Lithuania - by Eurobasket News
Finnish and Lithuanian U18 National teams played two friendlies in Lithuania. Both games finished with wins for Lithuanian juniors.
The teams opened their test series yesterday. Finland got to the better start as they led by 4 points at halftime. But the hosts took over in the second half and rallied to a 64:55 victory. Egle Siksniute (196-F/C-91) provided 15 points for the winners. Greta Sniokaite (173-G-91) added 9 points, while Egle Vitkute (185-F-91) had 8 in the victory. Salla Ekstrom knocked down 12 points for Finland. Moona Owusu (186-F-91) canned 11 points in defeat.
The series continued today when the teams clashed in Vilnius. This time Lithuania looked dominant right from the start. Paced by Gintare Mazionyte (185-C-91) the hosts earned a 33:26 advantage at the interval. Finland managed to revive the intrigue late in the game clipping the margin to minimum. But Lithuania withheld all comeback attempts and celebrated a tough 62:59 win at the end. Gintare Mazionyte fired 19 points for Lithuania. Indre Grigaite (180-F-91) stepped up with 12 points in the win. Anni Makitalo (174-F-91) responded with 15 points for Finland. Laura Saarinen (184-C-92) contributed 11 points for the visitors.


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  NCAA2 - Women  


NCAA D2 players Jeannie Saunders, Megan Fletcher, Tapre Young, and Sarah Van Horn getting it done in the WBCBL for the Columbus Hidden Gems! - by Lucius Jones

NCAA D2 basketball has long been a very underrated level of play in the collegiate world. Many young prospects focus on the 'D1' opportunities as if they are the only means by which professional basketball endeavors can be attained. Well, 4 NCAA D2 players have been getting it done in the very tough WBCBL for the Columbus Hidden Gems.

Jeannie Saunders (5'8''-G-86, college: Salem Intern.) of Salem Intern. has been playing amazing basketball versus many former WNBA players, quality D1 level women, and also top-tier overseas players as well. In the 3 games she has played, Jeannie Saunders is averaging 15.3ppg while shooting 58%FG, 36%3pt, 70%FT and also grabbing 7rpg and passing out 5apg and even finding time to take away 6spg as well. The versatile, dominant combo guard and 2 time All American should be a legit prospect for WNBA status and at least a quality prospect for high level overseas play. She played 2 years for Long Beach St. and put up double figure scoring numbers there as well as a freshman and sophomore.

Sarah Van Horn (5'11''-F, college: W.Virg.Wesl.) of W.Virg.Wesl. has also been an amazing player this season. Her statline is 14.8ppg on 58%FG, 78%FT, 8rpg, 3apg, 4spg. The 2 time All American is having a very nice season versus more highly decorated players.

Another aspiring overseas player is Megan Fletcher, college: Ky Wesleyan), who has been a pleasant surprise via Tiffin and before that Ky Wesleyan. The hard-working, athletic combo guard is averaging 7.2ppg, 50%FG 44%3pt, 100%FT, 2apg, 2spg, 2rpg as well.

Our 2nd player from Salem Intern. is Tapre Young (5'11''-F-86, college: Salem Intern.) who is a sharpshooter that was ranked in the nation's top 25 back to back season in 3pt shooting. Despite fighting a shooting slump, has been good for 6.6ppg. The talented forward/guard should be another prospect to look at for overseas play.


Check out the Columbus Hidden Gems in one of the many remaining games they have:


June 20th at Brookhaven HS at 4pm

June 21st at Brookhaven HS at 4pm

June 27th at Brookhaven HS at 4pm

July 14th at Brookhaven HS at 730pm

July 21st at 730pm

July 25th at Brokhaven HS at 4pm



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  NEW CALEDONIA - Women  


New Caledonia National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
Annie Sioremu
Clarissa Passa
Diana Moutry
Eugenie Folituu
Jennyfer Kolotolu
Marie-Helene Trocas
Myriam Fenuafanote
Vahiana Fuller
Yolaine Koteureu
Yolande Luepak


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  NEW ZEALAND - Women  


New Zealand National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
Emma Gillespie
Georgina Richards of Christchurch Sirens (AUS)
Jelena Vucinic
Jordan Hunter
Mandy Caldwell
Miriam Slatter
Philippa Connell
Samara Gallaher
Sonya Milford
Zoe Kensington


Wins for Harbour and Wellington at WBC - by Eurobasket News
The womens basketball championship got under way with games in Pool A and B. The competition will consist of three three-day tournaments. The first one the North Harbour tournament, tipped off today. The second one is scheduled to take part in Dunedin on July 23-25, while the third one will be played from August 20 to 22 in Wellington.
The Harbour Breeze opened the action in Pool A with a 66:56 win over NZ Academy. Charmain Purcell (180-G/F-79) scored 24 points to lead the charge. Karlene Kingi (188-C-85) added 12 points for the winners. Sian Telfer responded with 14 points for the Academy.
The Wellington Swish came from behind 15 points at halftime to knock down the Waikato Wizards 76:72. Sezen Mercan finished with 18 points for the Swish. Melissa LeToa knocked down 12 points for the winning team. The Wizards responded with 22 points from Natasha Lenden.
In Group B the Waikato Cougars held off the Gabba Gators 86:71 behind 25 points from Fijian international Letava Whippy (180-F-91). Freda Riwai added 15 points for the Cougars. The Gators were paced by Priscilla Roberts with 23 points.
Erin Rooney notched 25 points to propel the Canterbury Wildcats to a 68:59 victory over the Taranaki Trojans. Amber Bellringer had 18 points for the Trojans in defeat.
Finally the Otago Gold Rush toppled the Gabba Gators sending those at 0-2 record. Danielle Calnan came up with 15 points for the Gold Rush. Nina Nilsen canned 10 points for Gabba.


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  NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS - Women  


N.Mariana National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
Concepcion Camacho
Dion Diaz
Lena Guzman
Li'Amwar Ramgamar
Mercedes Mesa
Nicole Lebria
Nikita Hofschneider
Yvette Bennett
Yvonne Bennett


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  OCEANIA CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


N.Mariana National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
Concepcion Camacho
Dion Diaz
Lena Guzman
Li'Amwar Ramgamar
Mercedes Mesa
Nicole Lebria
Nikita Hofschneider
Yvette Bennett
Yvonne Bennett


Guam National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
Alyssa Tomada
Brianna Benito
Chantal Torres
Charisse Bolabola
Derin Santos
Ha'Ani Quinata
Harriet Alvarez
Joneal Cruz
Kathleen Burrier
Kathryn Castro
Maree Pelkey
Raelene Tajalle
Rebecca Tomada
Ritalynn Anderson


Australian National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
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Caitlin Rowe (187-F/C-91) of Australian Institute of Sport
Cassandra Mangos
Catherine Guest of Dandenong Rangers
Emma Lobb (188-F-90) of Perth Lynx
Hope Terdich (192-F-86) of Dandenong Rangers
Nicole Seekamp
Rachel Murray
Rebecca Campigli (177-G-90) of Dandenong Rangers
Rebecca Cole of Dandenong Rangers
Samantha Creed


New Zealand National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
Emma Gillespie
Georgina Richards of Christchurch Sirens (AUS)
Jelena Vucinic
Jordan Hunter
Mandy Caldwell
Miriam Slatter
Philippa Connell
Samara Gallaher
Sonya Milford
Zoe Kensington


New Caledonia National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
Annie Sioremu
Clarissa Passa
Diana Moutry
Eugenie Folituu
Jennyfer Kolotolu
Marie-Helene Trocas
Myriam Fenuafanote
Vahiana Fuller
Yolaine Koteureu
Yolande Luepak


Fiji National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
Brittany Hazelman (185-F-90)
Carrol Chan
Cecilia Oliver
Grace Taito
Katherine Titoko
Leah Seru
Meleane Moce
Nandika Singh
Peniette Seru
Vika Fifita


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  RUSSIA - Women  


Russia survive overtime against Latvia to sneak into semifinal - by Eurobasket News
Latvia - Russia 64:69 (OT)

The EuroBasket defending champions showed character late in the quarterfinal game against ambitious Latvia and survived a tough challenge to reach the semis. Russia will now play against Spain for the ticket to the Final.
Russia showed their ambitions early in the game as they unleashed a 10:2 run. Svetlana Abrosimova (185-F-80, college: Connecticut) stretched the gap to 14:5 late in the opening frame as Russia dominated. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (177-G-83), who else, stopped the bleeding for Latvia with 9 points in a row as they leveled things up at 14 after ten minutes. Maria Stepanova (203-C-79) and Kuzina restored the lead for Russia at the beginning of the second frame. Latvia reacted with an 11:0 rally to account for a 26:20 advantage. Latvia maintained the advantage throughout the reminder of the half and went into locker rooms ahead by 4. Ilona Korstine (183-G-80) and Irina Osipova (196-F-81) teamed up for 9 points early in the third quarter as Russia surged ahead. Maria Stepanova followed with a lay-up to give the visitors a 37:32 advantage. Latvia tied things up before Maria Stepanova hit two free throws to make it 39:37 for Russia with ten minutes to go in regulation. Jansone and Anete Jekabsone-Zogota provided the home team with a 43:41 advantage midway through the final stanza. The teams traded basket during the next several minutes keeping it close. Tamane scored four points in a row for Latvia to give the hosting side a 51:50 lead with 51 seconds remaining. Maria Stepanova stepped up for Russia with a timely lay-up propelling them back in charge 52:51 with 39 seconds on the clock. Karklina committed a turnover but Maria Stepanova missed two free throws at the other end. Karklina received another chance but could not convert a three-pointer putting Latvia on the verge of losing. Ilona Korstine was put on the line, missed her first attempt and then sank the second one. Latvia had three seconds left but used them to force overtime as Gunta Basko (181-F-80, college: Siena) hit a buzzer-beating lay-up. The teams exchanged the blows early in the extra period before Khammon hit from beyond the arc to put Russia up by 3 with under 3 minutes to go. Irina Osipova stretched the margin to five points with two freebies. But Gunta Basko stepped up again for Latvia knocking down 5 points and clipping the margin to just 2 points with 23 seconds remaining. Svetlana Abrosimova hit just one of two free throws and Gunta Basko trimmed the deficit to a single point with 13 seconds left. Khammon got fouled and drained both free throws for the defending champions. Gunta Basko missed a key three-point attempt and Maria Stepanova sealed the deal from the charity stripe on the other end.
Maria Stepanova poured in 16 points and grabbed 12 boards to keep Russia in the title race. Ilona Korstine provided 14 points and 9 boards for the visitors. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota delivered 23 points and 8 boards for Latvia. Gunta Basko finished with 17 points and 6 boards in defeat.

Latvia: Anete Jekabsone-Zogota 23, Gunta Basko 17
Russia: Maria Stepanova 16+12 boards, Ilona Korstine 14, Svetlana Abrosimova 13+12 boards, Irina Osipova 13+11 boards


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  TANZANIA - Women  


Dar es Salaam awarded the winners - by Eurobasket News
Dar es Salaam awarded the winners of the recently ended Kili League. The winners receive the prizes at a brief ceremony that took place at a hotel in Dar es Salaam. JKT Stars was crowned the new Kili RBA Ladies champions, after defeating Lady Lions 58:38 and get Sh2 million as champions, Lady Lions Sh1 million while Jeshi Stars, who finished third, get Sh500,000. Asha Iddy of Cargo Stars is awarded the MVP while the best finalist was Doritha Mbunda of JKT Stars.Peter Samson of JKT Stars receive cash prizes after emerging best coach in the league.




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  TOURNAMENT OF THE AMERICAS - Women  


FIBA Americas Championship for Women to be played in Cuiaba - by Richard
The deal to celebrate the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship for Women in Cuiaba was signed in a meeting held in Sao Paulo between the authorities of the Brazilian Basketball Confederation and FIBA Americas. The tournament will be played on September 23-27 in Cuiab, Mato Grosso, Brazil.

CBB President, Carlos Nunes was along FIBA Americas Secretary General, Alberto Garcia, FIBA Americas Communications Chief, Javier Otero, among other authorities.

'The city of Cuiab has an excellent infrastructure to have sporting events and it was certified by FIFA to be one of the 12 cities for the World Cup in 2014. I am sure that the FIBA Americas Championship will be a tournament with a great level of competition and the delegations will be satisfied with the organization. We will be in Cuiaba tomorrow to sign the deal with the government of Grosso,' said Carlos Nunes.

The tournament will be played at Aecin Tocantins Arena that has a capacity for 11,000 fans. This tournament will have Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.

The top three teams qualify for the 2010 FIBA World Championship for Women to be played in the Czech Republic.

Source: www.fibaamericas.com


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  WNBA - Women  


Standings
WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Washingt. M. 3-0 
 2. Chicago S. 3-1 
 3. Atlanta D. 2-2 
 4. Indiana F. 2-2 
 5. Detroit S. 1-2 
 6. Connect. S. 1-4 
 7. New York L. 0-3 
Western
 1. Phoenix M. 4-1 
 2. Minnesota L. 4-2 
 3. Seattle S. 3-2 
 4. S.Antonio SS 1-1 
 5. L.Angeles S. 1-3 
 6. Sacram. M. 1-4 


Former Ohio State star added to Indiana roster - by Eurobasket News
The Indiana Fever has announced the free agent signing of third-year center Jessica Davenport (6'5''-C-85, college: Ohio St.). Davenport, a two-time Big Ten Conference Player of the Year from Ohio State and the No. 2 overall pick in the 2007 WNBA Draft, replaces WNBA legend Yolanda Griffith (6'4''-C/F-70, college: Florida Atlantic) on the Indiana roster.

Griffith, who sustained a season-ending Achilles' tendon tear against the Seattle Storm on June 9, underwent surgery in Indianapolis on June 16.

Waived by the Liberty in training camp this spring, Davenport becomes the first Ohio State graduate ever to don a Fever uniform, and she joins former Purdue star Katie Douglas as a second former Big Ten player of the year on the Fever roster. Davenport is no stranger to Conseco Fieldhouse, having led the Buckeyes to the championship game of the Big Ten Tournament in 2006 and 2007, and semifinal appearances in 2004 and 2005.

A member of the USA Basketball Senior Women's National Team and a two-time finalist for national college player of the year honors, Davenport was the Big Ten's freshman of the year in 2004. She was the league's player of the year as a sophomore and senior, prior to becoming the second overall selection in the 2007 WNBA Draft by San Antonio. She was part of a draft-day deal that sent longtime Liberty star Becky Hammon to San Antonio.

The 6-5 Davenport becomes the tallest player on the Fever roster. 'We are excited to sign a player of Jess' caliber,' said Fever Head Coach Lin Dunn. 'She has great size and really improves our depth at the center position.'

In two seasons with the Liberty, Davenport started 16 of the 47 games she played. She owns WNBA career averages of 5.1 points and 2.7 rebounds per game. She shot 45 percent from the floor and averaged nearly one blocked shot per game in two years with the Liberty. She owns a career high of 15 points, twice, and a career high of 10 rebounds, at Chicago in 2008.

The Indiana Fever celebrates its 10th anniversary season in 2009 and hosts the Detroit Shock on Sunday, June 21 (6:00 p.m.) at Conseco Fieldhouse. Led by five time WNBA All-Star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Tamika Catchings, Olympic silver medalist Tully Bevilaqua, 2008 WNBA Most Improved Player Ebony Hoffman and two-time WNBA All-Stars Katie Douglas and Tammy Sutton-Brown, the Fever bids for its fifth consecutive playoff appearance in 2009. Season tickets are available at FeverBasketball.com, or by calling (317) 917-2500.

Courtesy of The Indiana Fever


Former Mercury star returns as opposing coach - by Eurobasket News
Whether or not she likes it, Minnesota Lynx coach Jennifer Gillom might hear herself cheering for the Mercury Wednesday night.

That's because a recording of the former Mercury star's voice still is used to lead Phoenix fans in the traditional 'Mighty Mercury' chant during games.

'It would be weird for me,' Gillom said. 'A weird situation for me to hear me chanting for the 'Mighty Mercury,' and I'm coaching for the Minnesota Lynx. It'd be odd.'
But the continued use of Gillom's voice over the US Airways Center loudspeakers just seems to suggest how much the Mercury (3-1) appreciated Gillom's time in Phoenix. The feeling is mutual.

Gillom is thrilled to be returning to Phoenix. She was an inaugural member of the Mercury franchise, playing six seasons for the team. She is the franchise's all-time leading scorer with 2,793 points. Wednesday night Gillom is forced to put all those memories behind her as she tries to coach the Lynx to a road win against her former squad.

When she discussed Wednesday night's game, Gillom often paused mid-thought, trailing off as she wondered how 'bizarre' and 'tough' her first trip to Phoenix as a head coach might be.

Gillom, who was inducted into the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame last weekend, was a Minnesota assistant the past two years before the promotion to head coach on June 3. During the off-season, Gillom still makes her home in Phoenix and coaches the Phoenix Xavier Prep girls' basketball team.

The Mercury organization is eager to welcome back Gillom - at least until game time.

'It's exciting to see players moving into the head-coaching role - finally,' said Phoenix assistant coach Bridget Pettis, who also was an original Mercury player. 'This is the league we played in. This is the league we understand. I just hope (Gillom's) successful. Just not against us.'

The Lynx, who haven't qualified for the playoffs since 2004, were off to a 3-1 start entering Tuesday night's game against Sacramento. Pettis said she has 'nothing but love' for Gillom. However, once the game is under way, Pettis is wary of a fast-paced Lynx attack led by another former Phoenix player, Kelly Miller.

The Lynx guard, a starter on the 2007 Mercury championship team, was traded in the off-season with LaToya Pringle from Phoenix to Minnesota for center Nicole Ohlde.Entering Tuesday, Miller had started every game for the Lynx. Ohlde, who has been sidelined this season because of a foot injury, has been practicing with the team but appears unlikely to return this week.

Gillom said Miller has provided the Lynx with valuable insight into how to beat the Mercury in a game that Gillom acknowledged will be an emotional homecoming.

'It's going to be nice coming back home,' Gillom said. 'I have a love for Phoenix that will never change.'

Courtesy of www.azcentral.com