EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 6/22/2009

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  ALGERIA   


ASPTT ALger is the new Algeria champion - by Carlos Pereira
Beating GSP by 84-81, ASPTT Alger is the 2008/09 champion.
GSP (es-MCA) have dominated all season, but loose only one game, the last, the most important.

TEAMS
GSP : Sofiane Boulaya - Hamma Walid - Amrani Smal - Khechkhache Hamza - Touhami Ghezzoul - Mahdi Derris - Cherki Brahim- Hocine Gaham - Seddik Touati - Djellali Farouk - Sayah Abdelhalim - Hicham Cherik - Adrar Mustapha - Canon Djillal
Coach : Ahmed Loubachria

ASPTT Alger : Mehdi Mesbah - Ali Benhocine - Fayal Belkhodja - Nabil Sadi - Amine Benramdane -Sofiane Benhocine - Lys Chikhi- Hamza Bouabid - Amine Behloul - Hamza Brahimi- Alaeddine Lakhdari - Mounir Belkacemi.
Coach : Reda Saak


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  ARGENTINA   


Spain hand Argentina the second straight defeat - by Eurobasket News
Spain U19 - Argentina U19 76:60

Spanish U19 National Tem showed their excellent form handling Argentinean counterparts for the second time in a row. As the World Championship in Auckland is getting closer Spain once again proved their highest aspirations for the mundial.
But the victory was not a piece of cake for the hosts. Argentina showed character trying to bounce back after a stunning loss in the opener. Pablo Orlietti kept the visitors on fire in the starting frame as they grabbed the lead. Argentina finished the first frame ahead by 7 points. However Spain quickly recovered outscoring their opponents 22:13 in the second period. The third frame turned a decisive one as the hosts cleared off to a 13-point distance. It proved unassailable for Argentina as they suffered the second straight defeat. Jorge Santana (193-G-90) led well-balanced effort with 16 points. Eduardo Martinez (202-F/G-90) added 11 points for the winning team. Pablo Orlietti (208-C/F-90) answered with 14 points for Argentina. Lisandro Rasio (197-F/C-90) had 11 points in the losing effort.
Spain tip off their World Championship campaign against Syria on July 2. Argentina will face New Zealand on the same day.

Spain: Jorge Santana 16, Eduardo Martinez 11
Argentina: Pablo Orlietti 14, Lisandro Rasio 11


Argentina U16 reaches the Final - by Eurobasket News
Argentina U16-Venezuela U16 66:58

Argentina rightfully became the Finalist of the 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship. The team remained undefeated and beat Venezuela 66:58 to play for the gold medal against the USA. The win also ensured the ticket for the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship.
The winners started well and won the opening tip with 6:2. Even though Venezuela did not give up, Argentine kept 21:18 lead after the first ten minutes of the game. In the second period Argentina created a 9-2 run to take 40:29 advantage. Venezuela replied with 5-2 run to go to the lockers with 42:34.
The tempo slowed down in the second half as the teams paid more attention to defense. Venezuela reduced the gap a bit in the middle of the quarter, however Argentina produced a 5-0 run to go on 58:46. Blanco Key Israel de Jesus and Alberto Carreras (193-G-76) tried hard in the losing effort and won the last period with their team 12-8, but it was not enough for the total success.
Tomas Zanzotera (-G-92) paced all the winners with 16 points. Joaquin Tuero (-G-93) and Matias Bortolin (-C-93) followed him with 9 points apiece to seal the winning outcome. Blanco Key Israel de Jesus poured in 15 points in the losing case and Alberto Carreras collected 10 points and 16 rebounds.
Venezuela will play for the Bronze medal game that will decide the last team of America that will qualify for the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship. Argentina will take on the USA tonight at the last game of 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.

Argentina: Tomas Zanzotera 16, Joaquin Tuero 9, Matias Bortolin 9
Venezuela: Blanco Key Israel de Jesus 15, Alberto Carreras 10+16 rebs


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  AUSTRALIA   


Boomers head to camp - by Eurobasket News
Australias mens basketball team, the Boomers, will begin its first training camp for 2009 at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra on Friday.

The Boomers will be without the services of 208cm Toronto Raptors power forward Nathan Jawai until possibly Sunday due to a stomach ailment.

In other late adjustments to the group, Townsville Crocodiles guard Michael Cedar has been brought in to replace injured Gold Coast Blaze guard Chris Goulding while Melbourne Tigers forward Tom Greer is a late withdrawal due to a shoulder injury.

Twenty-seven athletes will attend the camp, which provides an invaluable opportunity for players on the fringe of selection to the national team with a chance to showcase their talents before an all-new Boomers coaching staff.

The camp will run from Friday lunch time until Tuesday afternoon, with media invited to attend training sessions.


Athletes and staff attending Boomers Camp 1:

Matt BURSTON, Jason CADEE, Rhys CARTER, Michael CEDAR, Peter CRAWFORD, Anthony DRMIC, Cody ELLIS, Oscar FORMAN, Adam GIBSON, Hugh GREENWOOD, Igor HADZIOMEROVIC, James HARVEY, Brad HILL, Nathan HERBERT, Jacob HOLMES, Nathan JAWAI (late arrival), Daniel JOHNSON, Daniel JOYCE, Matthew KNIGHT, Aleks MARIC, Damian MARTIN, Brock MOTUM, Cameron TRAGARDH, Jordan VANDENBERG, Greg VANDERJAGT, Stephen WEIGH, Kerry WILLIAMS.

Staff: Brett Brown (Head Coach), Andrej LEMANIS (Assistant Coach), Shane HEAL (Assistant Coach), Marty CLARKE (Assistant Coach), Steve EVANS (Physio), Peter HARCOURT (Doctor), Nic MERCER (Manager), Bill BAXTER (Media).


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


Australia hold off Guam in Oceania championship opener - by Eurobasket News
Australia - Guam 57:42

The Oceania championship was tipped off today with Australia facing Guam in Saipan. The tournament is held every four years with a unique chance for the teams of the region to play against Australia and New Zealand. There no tournament in 2005 though as the Mini Pacific Games were held that year. So the first Oceania championship in almost 8 years hit the road today.
Guam surprised sloppy Australian team with a brave start to the game. They grabbed the initiative early and rolled to a 6-point lead after ten minutes. Australia came back from slumber in the second stanza. They tightened their defense and limited Guam to 8 points clipping the margin to a single point at halftime. Things changed little in the third frame as the teams were plagued by numerous misses and turnovers. The Aussie team however managed to surge in front and they earned a 37:36 lead into the final stanza. Things finally started to work out for Australia in the fourth period as they gained control. They outgunned Guam 20:6 and celebrated an unconvincing victory at the end.
Thomas Daly paced the charge with 12 points. Jeremy Hill added 11 points, while Sean Mullan (-F-90) produced 9 in the win. Joseph Blas (183-G/F) responded with game-high 16 points and 7 boards for Guam. William Stinnett (186-G-86) finished with 10 points in defeat.

Australia: Thomas Daly 12, Jeremy Hill 11, Sean Mullan 9
Guam: Joseph Blas 16, William Stinnett 10


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  AUSTRIA   


Austria lose two in a row in Spisska Nova Ves - by Eurobasket News
The Austrian U20 National Team could not keep up with the winning attitude in Slovakia. After winning the opener at the international tournament in Spisska Nova Ves Austria lost two consecutive games.
They took on Czech Republic in the second round of action. Czech team led from the start to finish. They piled up a 10-point lead at halftime. Austria tried to turn the tables in the third frame cutting the margin to just three points but it was as close as they would get. Palat, Hruban and Kudlacek paced Czech Republic to a 72:59 victory at the end. Pavel Harcar (202-F-89) finished with 15 points for Czech team. Kudlacek added 12 points for the winners. Rasid Mahalbasic (207-F/C-90) responded with 16 points and 11 boards in defeat. Alexander Heuberger (201-F/C-89) and Thomas Csebits (192-G-89) posted 11 points apiece.
Austria played against Slovenia in the final game of the competition. Slovenia fired 29 points in the opening stanza to pile up an 8-point advantage. Austria slowed their opponents down in the next two quarters keeping it at a striking distance. Slovenian team led by 7 points heading into the fourth quarter. They opened the final stanza with a 9:1 rally to clear off for good. Austria had no answer and surrendered at the end. Marko Vranjkovic (202-F/C-90) poured in 21 points for Slovenia. Rasid Mahalbasic topscored for Austria with 11 points. Alexander Heuberger and Moritz Lanegger (188-G-90, agency: Interperformances) dropped 9 points apiece in the loss.


Czech Team with back-to-back victories over Austria - by Eurobasket News
Czech U16 National Team earned consecutive wins over their Austrian counterparts in Prague. Both teams are getting fit for the European championship in Division A and B. Austria will fight for the Division A ticket in Portugal. Czech team will play in the top division in Kaunas, Lithuania from August 6 through 16.
Kunes knocked down 20 points to propel Czech Republic to the opening win in the test series 93:82. Albert Ngoy (176-G-93) ensured a 27:19 lead for Austria after the starting frame. Misar sparked a comeback rally for the hosts in the second frame as they turned the deficit into a 50:44 lead at halftime. Kunes stepped up for Czech Republic in the second half keeping the team rolling to a comfortable win. Bejcek delivered 17 points for the winners. Misar finished with 11 points. Albert Ngoy responded with 17 points for Austria. Gregor Wilk had 14 points in defeat.
The hosts celebrated the victory in the second meeting as well. Kriz tallied 18 points to lift Czech Republic to an 87:49 success in the second game. The home team were up by 15 after twenty minutes and never loosened the grip after the major break. Bejcek canned 14 points in the win. Albert Ngoy replied with 17 points for the visitors. Oliver Sturm (182-G-93) chipped in 12 points in the losing case.


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  BAHAMAS   


Puerto Rico topple Bahamas to play for the fifth place - by Eurobasket News
Puerto Rico U16 - Bahamas U16 82:74

Puerto Rican U16 National Team celebrated a tough win over pesky Bahamas to ensure the clash with Brazil for the fifth spot at the Fiba Americas Championship. Bahamas will now take on Mexico for the 7th place. Puerto Rico have earned just one win at the preliminary round, while Bahamas entered the game winless. And the first win for Bahamas never looked close as Puerto Rico surged ahead in the opening stanza. The Latin American team built a 19:15 advantage at the first intermission but could not maintain it. Bahamas came back firing from all guns in the second stanza. They outscored their opponents 23:10 to secure a 38:29 advantage at the interval.
Bahamas stretched the margin to as many as 12 points in the third frame however Puerto Rico found the way out. They pulled together to trim the deficit to a single point with ten minutes remaining. The Caribbean team controlled the tempo early in the fourth stanza as they restored a 9-point advantage midway through the frame. But Puerto Rico unleashed a decisive 21:4 run to crown the game and celebrated a spectacular though tough win at the end.
Carmelo Betancourt (-92) scored 22 points to pace Puerto Rico. Gary Browne (-92) added 16 points, while Kristian Medina (-92) had 11 points in the win. Michael Carey Jr. (196-G-93) responded with 23 points and 12 boards for Bahamas. Wannah Bail (203-C-92) came up with game-high 23 points and 23 boards in defeat.

Puerto Rico: Carmelo Betancourt 22, Gary Browne 16, Kristian Medina 11
Bahamas: Wannah Bail 23+23 boards, Michael Carey Jr. 23+12 boards


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  BELIZE   


Rebuilders suffer heartbreaking loss to Ghans Avenue and Winless Ghans Avenue slays Goliath Belize Bank Benguche!!! - by David Magana

Thursday June 18, 2009

Game Results
Junior Division
Rebuilders 56
Ghans Avenue 59

Senior Division
Belize Bank Benguche 71
Ghans Avenue 75

Rebuilders suffer heartbreaking loss to Ghans Avenue

The final game of the U19 regular season fitted Ghans Avenue, searching for a top seed, against C&M Rebuilders, trying to finish with a 3-game winning streak. Ghans took the game 59-56.
Notable Performances:
Rebuilders
Jamir Flores 17pts, 35rebs, 3asts
Osbourne Rogers 14pts, 11rebs

Ghans Avenue
Daniel Nolberto 27pts, 14rebs
Arturo Hasbun 15pts, 5rebs

Winless Ghans Avenue slays Goliath Belize Bank Benguche
In an otherwise meaningless season finale winless Ghans Avenue was victorious over undefeated Belize Bank Benguche. Benguche remains the number one seed going into the playoffs and Ghans Avenue will still have to wait until next year; that is not to say that Ghans did not enjoy their sole win of the season.
Notable Performances:
Ghans Avenue
Albert Tillett 27pts, 11rebs
Jaheem Caliz 18pts, 15rebs

Belize Bank Benguche
Adonis Martinez 25pts, 8rebs
Tyrone Castillo (183-G-84) 16pts, 16rebs


John Rhys

DBA



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  BRAZIL   


NBB Round: 4 (Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Universo/BRB - Flamengo 82-78
Universo/BRB kept the intrigue alive in the NBB Final. They held off Flamengo in a nail-biter at home court today to force the decisive fifth game in the series. Alexandre Garcia (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) came up with 16 points to pace the hosts to a vital victory. Arthur Luiz Belchior and Rafael Mineiro added 14 points apiece for the winners. Marcelinho Machado responded with 24 points for Flamengo. Jefferson Sobral finished with 15 points and 8 boards, while Baby Araujo had 14 points and 10 boards in the losing effort.


Brazil to face Puerto Rico in Mendoza - by Eurobasket News
Brazil U16 - Mexico U16 83:80 (OT)

Brazilian U16 National team overcame Mexico to reach the game for the fifth spot at the Fiba Americas championship. They will now take on Puerto Rico for the position. Mexico will play against Bahamas to escape from the last spot in the standings. Brazil entered the game winless and seemed to head for another loss early in the game. Mexican team gained control in the first stanza as Raul Borquez (-93) went on fire. He dropped 8 points in the frame as Mexico accounted for a 24:15 advantage. Borquez continued to terrorize Brazilian defense in the second quarter as he added 8 more points as Mexico maintained the lead. Little changed in the third period as Mexican team looked calm and confident. Sergio Panduro crowned the frame with a three-pointer to give Mexico a 60:48 advantage after three quarters of action. But Brazil found the ways to recover in the final term. They were trailing by 4 points with under a minute remaining however buckets from Giovanni Martini and Luis da Costa tied the score at the end of regulation. Eventually Igor Avelino stepped up with back-to-back jumpers late in the extra period to propel Brazil to the initial win at the tournament.
Murilo Nocetti dropped 20 points to pace Brazil. Luis Da Costa had 12 points for the winners. Raul Borquez responded with 29 points for Mexico. Oscar Murillo (-92) notched 17 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.

Brazil: Murilo Nocetti 20, Luis Da Costa 12, Giovanni Lomonaco 11
Mexico: Raul Borquez 29, Oscar Murillo 17


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  CANADA   


Canada Basketball offers international feel - by Eurobasket News
A wealth of opportunities exist each summer for the top high school basketball players in North America.

There are camps run by shoe companies, camps run by rival shoe companies and Amateur Athletic Union tournaments where the teenaged glitterati get together.

But there's also a same-old, same-old feeling to them, the same kids playing the same kids in front of the same college scouts trolling for the next one-and-done star.

However, there are options for the best, at least the best that Canada has to offer, and that's why Myck Kabongo (188-G) finds himself in the Air Canada Centre practising before a trip to Spain that will offer him better competition, as much exposure and a life experience that few teens bother to take advantage of.

'The game of basketball is about getting different feels of different stuff,' the 17-year-old Toronto native said after working out with Canada's developmental team. 'I felt like I've been there (at the camps) already last year, why not get this chance to play with older guys, get great coaching? It's just a bonus to come here.

'I'd rather come here and play with older guys to get better.'

There is no doubting Kabongo is a fine young basketball talent. He's about to enter his junior year at the famed St. Benedict Prep in Newark, N.J., as one of the top-rated high school point guards in the U.S. He's committed to attend the University of Texas when high school's over and the NBA Players' Association wanted him at a camp this week bringing together the best high schoolers on the continent.

But it is to his, and Canada Basketball's, credit that he's with national team coach Leo Rautins and a group of the best young Canadian players this week. The first developmental camp is as much about getting good young players like Kabongo involved in the national team program and letting them know there are fulfilling opportunities here at home as anything.

'We want to identify our best kids and put them in a situation where they can succeed and we can be part of their development,' said Rautins. 'For Myck to see that we can be part of them and use it as part of his development is fantastic.'

The team leaves Monday for a four-game tour of Spain, giving the players a chance to face good Europeans instead of the same North Americans they see year round.

'It gives your game an international feel,' said Kabongo, who has been impressive in every practice and scrimmage with the development team. 'You have to really use your fundamentals. It's not just high school where you run up and down and I can crossover somebody and just run around dunking.'

Kabongo's generation of players hasn't seen the national senior team have very much success but they may be on the edge of leading it back to global respectability. Getting teenaged prodigies involved and keeping them in good programs that offer good experience can only deepen the talent pool.

And that may make playing for Canada a true goal for young stars.

'You have to take the steps to get there and this is one of the steps I have to take to get the men's team, the senior team,' Kabongo said.

'That's something I've wanted to do ever since I came to Canada, it was a goal I wanted to get to and hopefully one day I get the opportunity to play at that level.'

Courtesy of www.thestar.com


The United States of America U16 qualify to FIBA U17 World Championship - by Eurobasket News

United States of America U16-Canada U16 126:78

The United States of America U16 qualify to FIBA U17 World Championship that will be held in Germany. Last night the team overcame Canada U16 126:78 to reach the Final of 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship. The game was almost even in the first half, however the winners smashed the opponents in the second half to reach the Final.
USA opened the game with some quick baskets to take 17:5 lead in the middle of the first period. Later on the winners grabbed 35:21 at the end of the first 10 minutes. Canada however replied with an 11-3 run in the final two minutes to leave the first half score 57:48. The game was defined in the third quarter with a 30-5 run by USA to get an 87:53 lead. After 37-20 in the last stanza the favorites reached the final game.

Adonis Thomas and McAdoo Ray top-scored for the winners with 19 points each. Brad Beal nailed 18, while Quinn Cook (5'11''-G-92) posted 15. Nikolas Stauskas (6'4''-G-93) produced 21 points for Canada, while Alexander Arthur scored 14.
In another semifinal game Argentina rightfully became the Finalist of the 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship. The team remained undefeated and beat Venezuela 66:58 to play for the gold medal against the USA. The win also ensured the ticket for the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship.
Canada will play for the Bronze medal game that will decide the last team of America that will qualify for the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship. Argentina will take on the USA tonight at the last game of 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.

United States of America U16: Adonis Thomas (6'6''-F-92) 19, McAdoo Ray 19, Brad Beal (6'3''-G-93) 18, Quinn Cook (5'11''-G-92) 15
Canada U16: Nikolas Stauskas (6'4''-G-93) 21, Alexander Arthur 14



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  CHILE   


Dimayor: wins for Osorno and Valdivia on saturday night - by Daniel Valencia

Provincial Osorno and Deportivo Valdivia forced game 5 of their respective conference semifinals series against Llanquihue and Concepcion after saturday night victories (83-76 and 82-72). Game 5 of both series will be played on wednesday night to decide which teams will play the Top 4.


Game 4


South Group


Provincial Osorno 83 - Provincial Llanquihue 76
Oso
: Erick Carrasco 23 pts. Rodrigo Zuniga 16 pts.
Llan: Leonel Mendez 19 pts. Cesar Chaine 18 pts.

Series tied 2-2

Deportivo Valdivia 82 - CD Universidad de Concepcion 72
Val: Christopher Altaner 21 pts. Claus Prutzmann 16 pts.
Ucon: Terrell Taylor 23 pts. Samuel Bravo 13 pts.

Series tied 2-2



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Czech Republic U20 team wins tournament in Spisska Nova Ves - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic U20 National Team have won the international tournament in Spisska Nova Ves. They celebrated three victories in a row to complete the action undefeated. After the starting win over Slovenia Czech Republic took on Austria. Czech team led from the start to finish. They piled up a 10-point lead at halftime. Austria tried to turn the tables in the third frame cutting the margin to just three points but it was as close as they would get. Palat, Hruban and Jakub Kudlacek (177-G-90) paced Czech Republic to a 72:59 victory at the end. Pavel Harcar (202-F-89) finished with 15 points for Czech team. Jakub Kudlacek added 12 points for the winners. Mahalbasic responded with 16 points and 11 boards in defeat.
Czech Republic faced their Slovak counterparts in the third round of action. Jakub Kudlacek led the charge as Czech Republic seemed to be en route to a comfortable victory in the first half. They outgunned the hosts by 14 points. But Slovakia refused to fold. They cut the margin and went on a desperate rescue mission in the fourth period. Grznar and Hoferica cut the distance to only three points with just over a minute remaining. Boris Kovalik (194-F-89) pulled the home team even closer with 24 seconds to go. But Slovakia simply ran out of time and had to surrender at the end.
Jakub Kudlacek knocked down 19 points for Czech Republic. Pavel Harcar added 16 points, while Jiri Slavik (203-F-89) finished with 15 points in the win. Boris Kovalik banked 21 points in defeat. Dorazil produced 19 points and 9 rebounds for Slovak Republic.


Czech Team with back-to-back victories over Austria - by Eurobasket News
Czech U16 National Team earned consecutive wins over their Austrian counterparts in Prague. Both teams are getting fit for the European championship in Division A and B. Austria will fight for the Division A ticket in Portugal. Czech team will play in the top division in Kaunas, Lithuania from August 6 through 16.
Kunes knocked down 20 points to propel Czech Republic to the opening win in the test series 93:82. Albert Ngoy (176-G-93) ensured a 27:19 lead for Austria after the starting frame. Misar sparked a comeback rally for the hosts in the second frame as they turned the deficit into a 50:44 lead at halftime. Kunes stepped up for Czech Republic in the second half keeping the team rolling to a comfortable win. Bejcek delivered 17 points for the winners. Misar finished with 11 points. Albert Ngoy responded with 17 points for Austria. Gregor Wilk had 14 points in defeat.
The hosts celebrated the victory in the second meeting as well. Kriz tallied 18 points to lift Czech Republic to an 87:49 success in the second game. The home team were up by 15 after twenty minutes and never loosened the grip after the major break. Bejcek canned 14 points in the win. Albert Ngoy replied with 17 points for the visitors. Oliver Sturm (182-G-93) chipped in 12 points in the losing case.


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  EL SALVADOR   


ExSal wins Apertura title - by Jaime Arevalo
With a clear win in Game 2, Ex Sal swept Final Series 2-0, becoming the Apertura Champions 2009. The top performers at the winning side were Nathan Watson (191-G-83, agency: Team Quest Inc., college: Auburn), who scored 22 pts, Salvador Bandek (181-G-78), with 21 and Yamil Bukele (195-F-78), with a great defense over Panamanian import Alejandro Cajar (190-G/F-78), kept at 13 points. The other Panamanian of UTEC, Ernesto Oglivie (199-F-88), was the game top scorer at 27 pts, and Miguel Romero (182-G/F-80) added 13 he too at the losing side.

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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE   


Eurobasket Summer League (ESL) in Las Vegas will be an awesome event. - by Darryl Reshaw
The Eurobasket Summer League (ESL) in Las Vegas will be an awesome event.
The talent level at the ESL will be only second to the NBA Summer League.
Some of the players registered for the ESL in Las Vegas can be viewed by clicking the link below.
http://www.usbasket.com/Eurobasket-Summer-League/Players-2009.asp

This list will be updated daily and the completed list will be available on July 2nd.

There will be NBDL, PBL, CBA, ABA, IBL and many other quality players with international experience from a variety of leagues around the world.
The ESL will feature the class of 2008-09 college players from big time programs including the Pac 10, Big 12, ACC, Big East and Big Ten.
There will be many all conference players from the mid-major NCAA Division I programs as well.
Additionally there will be a lot of NCAA Division II and NAIA All Americans participating in the event.

We are also looking for volunteer international coaches who want to participate in the ESL or Global Basketball Expo (GBE).

The GBE will be held at the Orleans Arena in the seminar rooms adjacent to the playing court where the ESL players will be showcasing their talent in front of hundreds international coaches.
There will be an exhibition area providing vendors the opportunity to promote their products and services to the global basketball market.
The GBE will hold a range of seminars for players, coaches, agents, trainers, women's basketball delegates and host panel discussions featuring some of the top minds in the global basketball market.

To view the current list of speakers at the GBE please press the link below:
http://www.usbasket.com/Eurobasket-Summer-League/Speakers_List.asp

The price of the GBE until July 2nd is $199 dollars which will provide participants VIP entry to all of the ESL and GBE events at the Orleans Arena.

Eurobasket's events are the best in the summer basketball industry and unlike the other showcase events in Las Vegas that are singled agency driven, the ESL will feature a variety of top international agents who will provide an influx of job opportunities.
The ESL provides networking opportunities for agents at all levels to enhance their international contacts with coaches/scouts from Asia, South America, Europe and the NBA.
There will be a unique player development seminar for young players to attain more information about player professional basketball on an international level.
This seminar will be hosted by a group of ex-professional European players who will mentor the younger players on a variety of issues regarding playing professional overseas.
For more GBE information and to register please click the link below:
http://www.usbasket.com/Eurobasket-Summer-League/Expo.asp

Participants attending the GBE or ESL in Las Vegas at the Orleans Arena can reserve hotel rooms at the Orleans Hotel for $35 dollars per night.
Please call the Orleans Hotel reservations +1 (800) 675 -3267 and request the Group rate for Eurobasket.
Alternatively book the room on-line at www.orleanscasino.com/groups and enter the Reservation ID: 9EURC07.

The ESL and GBE are providing agents, players, coaches, trainers and vendors an opportunity to network with the most influential people in the global basketball community.
Contact marketing@eurobasket.com for additional information.


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  FRANCE   


Pro A : Daily Market News - by Aurelien Hipp
*Vichy just announced the signature of guard Jonte Flowers (196-G-85, college: Winona St.), coming from the swedish league (Solna), where he posted 16pts 5.3rpg and won the MVP&Defensive player of the year award. Flowers took part to the PIT tournament but didn't join the big league and will have to count on a great season with JAV to expect a next chance.
*Roanne has a complete backcourt after having signed Ralph Mims (191-G-85, college: Florida St.), who will replace Chris Monroe at the guard spot in the roster. Mims played in Turkey last season, posting 13.4ppg 4.2rpg 2.7apg with Kepez Antalya. With Diabate, Pellin, Amagou and Mims, coach Coulet announced this part of his roster was full. He will now concentrate on the forwards signatures.



Poitiers wins Pro B championship, advances to Pro A - by Eurobasket News
Poitiers - Limoges 67-54
Poitiers made it in Pro B. In the Big Final, which was played last night Poitiers was better than Limoges 67-54 winning the title and at the same time getting promotion to Pro A 09/10. Rasheed Wright (196-F-80, college: ODU) and Pierre-Yves Guillard (201-F-84) were the key players in the winning squad. Wright spent 34 minutes on the court draining 18 points, but with not so brilliant shot percentage. Guillard helped with double-double, 16 points and 10 boards. Third scorer in victory was Lamine Kante (200-F-87) with 8 pts. In Limoges, Steffon Bradford (200-F-78, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Nebraska) shined with 15 points and just 2 missed shots for the game. Mathieu Tensorer (198-F-83) had 13, while Alhaji Mohammed (192-G-81, agency: Beo Basket, college: Louisville) this time stopped on just 7 pts.
As a reminder, Poitiers entered to Playoffs as No.2 with 26-8 record. In the Quarterfinals they eliminated Nantes in three games, 2-1. At the next stage they outplayed Bourg also with 2-1. On the other side, Limoges was No.5 in regular season with 21-13. In QFinals Limoges was better than Clermont. After that they made a big surprise edging the regular season champ Paris-Levallois with perfect 2-0.


Pro A : Obasohan back with Hyeres-Toulon - by Aurelien Hipp
*After 2 seasons with Strasbourg (around 11ppg, 3rpg and 45% from behind the 3pt-line), Derrick Obasohan (199-F-81, agency: Beo Basket, college: Texas Arlington) is back with Toulon for 3 years. An excellent news, said Coach Alain Weisz, who reminds his first experience with Obasohan 3 seasons ago. Obasohan will be part of Toulon's new project to do better than last season, since the team struggled til the last rounds. Obasohan will be backed-up by Nobel Boungou Colo (202-F-88), coming from Orleans. The very athletic young player is expecting more minutes there . He played only 6 games with Orleans this season.

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  GERMANY   


Chris Copeland stays with TBB Trier! - by Manuel Schust
TBB Trier announced the re-signing of one of their keyplayers from last season: Christopher Copeland (203-F-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: Colorado), who averaged 13.2 points, 4.9 rebunds and 2.3 assists per game, signed a new one year contract.
Copeland, who spent his college days at Colorado, joined Trier last year after starting his overseas career in Spain and the Netherlands.
His season highs were 31 points against Paderborn Baskets, 10 rebounds against LTi Giessen 46ers and 7 assists against ratiopharm Ulm
According to the press release, Copeland had several very good offers from BBL clubs and teams from otheuropean leagues, but he decided to go for one more year with Trier.

Consistency seems to the key aim for TBB Trier. The club re-signed Brian Brown (191-G-79, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Ohio St.), James Gillingham (193-G-81, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Bradley), Kosta Karamatskos (197-G-86) and Jamal Shuler (191-G-86) while Derek Raivio (190-G-84, agency: Priority Sports, college: Gonzaga), George Evans (202-F/C-71, agency: Court Side, college: George Mason), Maksym Shtein (206-C-80, agency: LimeLight) and Maik Zirbes (205-C-90) already had valid conracts for the upcoming season.


Artur Gacaev Becomes New Assistant Coach With The Paderborn Baskets. - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The restructuring in Paderborn continues after the departure of long time coach Douglas Spradley (agency: LimeLight ), Olaf Stolz was named new coach and he has elected German Artur Gacaev as new assistant coach. Gacaev hails from the Paderborn youth department and has been active in Paderborn since 2000. Gacaev is so valuable, because he is so vesatile. 'It is really important to have an assistnat coach, who has a direct link to the U-19 and the youth department. Artur has been with the club for a long time and can help me very much at the start of my coaching tenure. I respect his personality and him as a person. I am sure that we will work very well together', stressed Paderborn coach Olaf Stolz. Gacaev has been youth coach since 2007 in Paderborn and has coached the U-14, U-18 and U-19. He led the U-19 team to second place at the NBBL Top 4 tournament in Berlin.


Gacaev came to Paderborn in 2000 and had to end his professional Basketball career in the 2001-2002 season due to a severe knee injury. He had to hang up his sneakers after only seven games in the 2001-2002 season where he was averaging 16,6 points per game. As a player he played for The Artland Dragons, VFL Bochum and Avtodor Saratov(Russia) before going to coach in Paderborn. He coached the second mens team of Paderborn where he reached the Oberliga twice and also coached the womens ist team before going to the youth department in 2007.


Bundesliga Finals 2009 Game 3: Bonn 81 Oldenburg 78 - by Michael Taylor
Bundesliga Finals 2009
Game 3
Sunday June 21, 2009
Ewe Arena Oldenburg, Germany


TELEKOM BASKETS BONN 81 EWE BASKETS OLDENBURG 78 (BONN LEADS SERIES 2-1)
John Bowler had 19pt 5reb and JJ Strasser hit 3 of 3 threes adding 15pt as the bench keyed an exciting 81-78 Game 3 road win for Telekom Baskets Bonn Sunday night at Ewe Arena in Oldenburg. Taking a 2-1 lead in the 2009 Bundesliga Finals Series, road teams have won all three games in this seasons Finals. Along with the key bench production from Bowler and Strasser, Bonn's EJ Rowland totaled 17pt 5reb 3ast and Vincent Yarbrough chipped in 14pt to the critical win. Rickey Paulding was outstanding for Oldenburg topscoring with 27pt 5reb hitting 4 of 6 threes while Je'Kel Foster has 13pt 4reb 5ast and Ruben Boumtje Boumtje finished with 13pt 8reb. The soldout Ewe Arena provided a fantastic environment for this important Game 3. Je'Kel Foster opened the action strong for Oldenburg hitting a stepback jumper on the right wing for the games first basket before cutting off a backscreen for an easy layup. Rickey Paulding followed with 2FT giving the Thunderbirds a 6-0 lead. Bonn's Vincent Yarbrough sank a left wing three for his teams first points and EJ Rowland finished a coast to coast layup bringing Bonn back to 6-5. Milan Majstorovic drilled a right wing 3 off penetration and pitch from Foster and Ruben Boumtje Boumtje added 2FT. Rickey Paulding hit a 3 and Oldenburg led 13-5 early on. With hardwork on the offensive boards, Boumtje Boumtje completed a 3pt play in the lane extending Oldenburgs lead to 16-5. 2 Jason Gardner FT gave the hosts an 18-5 lead before Bonn responded with a 9-0 run led by John Bowler who finished a second shot inside against Boumtje Boumtje and sank 1 of 2 FT starting the run. JJ Strasser sank a left corner 3 in transition and Oldenburg called timeout leading 18-11. Out of the timeout, Bowler buried a top of the key three and Bonn trailed 18-14. But Marko Scekic answered for Oldenburg finishing an easy layup in transition. JJ Strasser made a last second basket cut and finished a buzzer beater off glass to close the 1Q scoring with Oldenburg up 20-16. Q2 opened with Majstorovic hitting 1 of 2 FT and John Bowler making another jump shot. Boumtje Boumtje dunked and Mladin Pekovic hit 2 FT giving Oldenburg a 25-18 lead. John Bowler hit a long 2 on the left wing off a post reaction pass. Je'Kel Foster scored for Oldenburg but JJ Strasser struck again with a strong drive and score. Foster found a cutting Boumtje Boumtje for a layup in the lane pushing Oldenburgs lead to 29-22. Strasser stuck a tough left wing three off a screen bringing Bonn to 29-25 but Jonathan Wallace nailed a 3 to answer for Oldenburg. Bonn's Brandon Bowman finished in the lane cutting the deficit to 32-27 at the 5min mark of the 2Q. Jonathan Wallace made 1 of 2 FT and Rickey Paulding went coast to coast soaring in for a left hand slam forcing a Bonn timeout. Paulding added 2FT stretching Oldenburgs lead to 37-27 with 330min remaining in the half. Moments later Paulding hit a tough pull up 3 from the top of the key. EJ Rowland snapped the Paulding run and Bonn trailed 40-29. Rowland then added 2FT and Artur Kolodziejski made a pullup J from the elbow. Oldenburg called timeout leading 40-33 with 2min to play in the half. A Winsome Frazier right wing 3 was followed by 2 Mladin Pekovic FT. Oldenburg was up 42-36. Rowland added 2 FT for Bonn with under 1min before Paulding converted 2 FT for Oldenburg. Bonn's Ken Johnson was fouled during a dunk attempt and made 1 of 2 FT. At the end of the 1half, Oldenburg held a 44-39 lead. In the 1half, Oldenburg hit 4 of 5 threes and made 16 of 22 FT (73%) while outrebounding Bonn 19-12. Bonn overcame a slow start (2 for first 12 shots) and received excellent production from their bench. Milan Majstorovic opened the 3Q with a left wing 3. John Bowler answered with a basket for Bonn. Bowler banked in his next basket and Bonn trailed 48-43. EJ Rowland finished an athletic layup on a fast break and Oldenburg called a timeout to stop the Bonn run with 6min in the 3rd. The Thunderbirds led 48-45. Out of the timeout, Marko Scekic finished a layup off a beautiful pick and roll pass from Je'Kel Foster. Je'kel Foster sparked Oldenburg on the next possession with a left wing 3 extending the hosts lead to 53-45. Bonn called for time. Vincent Yarbrough made 1 of 2 FT and the game was 53-46 with 5min in the 3rd. Brandon Bowman sank 1 of 2 FT on consecutive Bonn possessions. Vincent Yarbrough made 2 FT trimming Oldenburg's lead to 3, 53-50. But Rickey Paulding responded with a left wing 3 at the other end. Brandon Bowman sliced between Oldenburg defenders for a reverse layup off glass. Je'kel Foster sank a skillful baseline floater over Bonn big men. Yarbrough drilled a 3 at the other end for Bonn. Foster found Scekic for another excellent pick and roll play and basket giving Oldenburg a 60-55 lead before Yarbrough hit a tough contested left corner 3 pulling Bonn back within two 60-58. After an 8sec backcourt violation gave possession back to Bonn, JJ Strasser sank a buzzer beating right wing 3 giving Bonn a 61-60 lead after 3Q, their 1st lead of the game. On the opening possession of the 4Q, Je'Kel Foster stepped up again hitting a tough right wing 3. Ken Johnson regained the lead for Bonn 63-62 but officials whistled an unsportsmanlike foul against Bonn's Strasser defending Ruben Boumtje Boumtje on the next possession. Boumtje Boumtje made both FT and Oldenburg led 64-63. Brandon Bowman powered his way to a basket for Bonn and officials whistled a technical foul against Je'kel Foster. Artur Kolodziejski cooly sank both T FT and Bonn was up 67-64. Ruben Boumtje Boumtje made 1 of 2 FT and Oldenburg was down two 67-65 with 7min to play. Vincent Yarbrough banked in a bucket off a flash cut into the post. Rickey Paulding went strong baseline slamming home the next Oldenburg two. The Thunderbirds went to their zone defense but Officials called an unsportsmanlike foul against Paulding on a foul on a basket-cutting Brandon Bowman. Bowman missed both FT. John Bowler worked baseline for a reverse layup pushing Bonn's lead to 71-67. Jason Gardner found Marko Scekic for a layin pulling Oldenburg to 71-69 with 3min to play. John Bowler was fouled and converted 1 of 2. Rowland came up with a loose ball and went coast to coast giving Bonn a 74-69 lead with 236 to play. Oldenburg called time. Jason Gardner stole the basketball and fed Rickey Paulding for a breakaway layup cutting the gap to 74-71. Milan Majstorovic fouled out preventing a John Bowler basket and the Bonn big man made 1 of 2 FT. Bonn led 75-71 with 138 to play. Paulding scored in the post off the glass and EJ Rowland finished for Bonn. With 110 to play, Ruben Boumtje Boumtje made 2 FT. Bonn led 77-75. Bowler was fouled on a roll to the basket and went to the foul line with 45sec to play. Again, Bowler made 1 of 2. Rickey Paulding buried a pullup 3 evening the game at 78 with 49sec but EJ Rowland's midlane finish with 10sec to play gave the guests from Bonn a two point lead. Oldenburg huddled in a timeout. Rickey Paulding took the inbound pass and drove strong to the basket. As Paulding extended to finish, Bonn's Vincent Yarbrough blocked the shot. EJ Rowland collected the loose ball and was fouled with 4sec. Rowland hit his 1st FT giving Bonn an 81-78 lead. Although Rowland missed his second FT, time ran out as players scrambled for the loose ball in the corner. In the game, Bonn shot 48% from the floor hitting 8 of 12 threes (67%) and 17 of 30 FT (56%) while Oldenburg hit 42% making 8 of 19 threes (42%) and 22 of 32 FT (68%). Oldenburg outrebounded Bonn 38-32. Game 4 at the Telekom Dome in Bonn is set for Tuesday June 23rd tipping off at 630pm Central European time. Basketball fans all over the world can follow the game through BBL.TV on www.sportdigital.tv or live on Eurosport tv.


Germany topple Turkey in Italy - by Eurobasket News
Germany U20 - Turkey U20 83:70

German U20 National Team defeated their Turkish opponents on the last day of the Domegge di Cadore international tournament in Italy. Robin Benzing (208-F-89) knocked down 25 points to lead the charge for Germany. The Bundesteam opened the game aggressively opening up a 7-point lead after ten minutes. But Turkey matched the effort and responded in the second stanza. They clipped the distance to only 2 points at halftime as Ilkan paced the charge. The Turkish youngsters caught up with their opponents in the third frame as the teams entered the final frame tied at 54. But German shifted the gear in the fourth period and notched 29 points to clear off for good. Elias Harris (199-F-89) delivered 14 points for the winners. Stefan Schmidt (206-C-89) added 12 points for Germany. Ilkan Karaman (205-F-90) responded with 20 points for Turkey. Erolcan Cinko (188-G-90) came up with 14 points in defeat.

Germany U20: Robin Benzing 25, Elias Harris 14, Stefan Schmidt 12
Turkey U20: Ilkan Karaman 20, Erolcan Cinko 14


Whit Holcomb-Faye Returns To The Saar-Pfalz Braves - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Sometimes going back to a team for a second time can be sweeter as American 185cm guard Whit Holcomb-Faye (185-G-84, college: Radford) will attempt to do with a second stint with the PRO-A Saar Pfalz Braves in the 2009-2010 season. The 24 year old American from Winston Salem, North Carolina played in the Pfalz from 2006-2008 and nearly helped bring the Braves into the BBL in the 2007-2008 season. Faye quickly became the fan favorite and the man for the big shots. In his first season, he averaged in 29 games: 19.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 4.9apg, 1.3spg, 2FGP: 47.1%, 3FGP: 33.3%, FT: 70.2%. In his second season, he showed that he can be a powerful playmaker by leading the PRO-A in assists with 5,8. He averaged in 29 games: 16.4ppg, 2.5rpg, FGP: 47.3%, 3PT: 33.5%, FT: 69.7%. He is happy to be home again. 'In my two years in Kaiserslautern, I had a lot of success and fun and had many friends on and off the court', said Whit Holcomb-Faye.


Last season, he stayed in the PRO-A and went east to Bayreuth and got a taste of Bavarian life. He played for a very strong Bayreuth team that was filled with strong guards, but he still managed very respectable stats averaging in 29 games: 12.5ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.1apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 33.6%, FT: 76.1%. Braves manager Stephan Seile is also thrilled that the team can have the services of Holcomb Faye again. 'Whit has shown in the last three years that he belongs to the top guards in the PRO-A. I am sure he will quickly show his worth and take a leading position in the team', stressed manager Stephan Seile . Even colleagues like MBC guard Will Chavis (181-G-81, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Texas Tech) know how valuable he is. 'Whit is a very crafty and underrated player I think he knows how to use his body to draw fouls. He is proven in the Pro A and he can make an impact on any team he plays on in the Pro A', warned Will Chavis. Fans in the PRO-A can be very happy that no BBL teams gobbled him up and that they will be able to see this skilled guard play another season in the PRO-A. 'I think a lot of guards from the PRO A can play in the BBL and Whit may be one of them', stated MBC guard Will Chavis.


The Braves also signed 24 year old 191 cm guard Walt Baxley (191-G-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: Mars Hill), who also returns for a second time. His first time with the Saar Pfalz Braves was short, but he was able to leave a lasting impression at the Proalpha-Cup last summer where he had good performances against Bayern Munich and Ratiopharm Ulm. Management and Baxley were unable to get a contract done last summer. 'I got a good impression of what Walt can do and I am sure he is a right choice for our team. His player and charachter qualities were what enabled us in signing him', stated manager Stephan Seile . Baxley played Division two basketball at Mars Hill and averaged in his senior year in 27 games, 28.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.7 spg,42.9 FG%, 37 3P%. He started his professional basketball career with short stints in Iran and Poland.
He played in the ABA last season for home town Winston-Salem Storm.


Market News - by Moritz Korff

BBC Bayreuth (2. Bundesliga Pro A) announced the signing of Edward Seward (206-C-78, college: Norfolk St.). The Post Player from Chesapeake, Virginia is 30 years of age and earned Eurobasket.com All-2. Bundesliga Pro A All-Defensive Team honors after this past season, which he had spent with the Cuxhaven BasCats. Seward led the league in rebounds per contest (10.4rpg) and in field-goal percentage (70.6%). He also added 11.3 points and 1.4 blocks per outing.

The Saar-Pfalz Braves (2. Bundesliga Pro A) have signed two well-known faces for the upcoming season: Whit Holcomb-Faye (185-G-84, college: Radford) and Walt Baxley (191-G-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: Mars Hill) will return. Holcomb-Faye played for the Braves from 2006 to 2008 and then moved to Bayreuth, where he averaged 12.5 points and 4.1 rebounds in 29 games last season. Baxley didn't play a single league-game for the club yet, but worked out with the Braves in pre-season. In November 2008 he then joined ABA's Winston-Salem Storm.

The GiroLive Ballers Osnabrueck have added Nick Kohs (203-C-87, college: Christian Brothers) to their 2009-2010 roster. Kohs finished his collegiate career earlier this year. He spent all four years at Christian Brothers University (NCAA2). During his senior season he averaged 21.2 points, 9.5 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.6 blocked shots per contest. However he shot only 50.3% from the foul line and 48.9% through four years in a Buccaneers' uniform. He was named to the 2008-09 NCAA Division 2 All-America Third Team by both the Division II Bulletin and Basketball Times.

Maik Berger (175-G-84) leaves FC Schalke 04 and follows his former Coach Boris Kaminski to 2. Bundesliga Pro B outfit Hertener Loewen. Berger appeared in 30 games of the Pro A for the Royal Blues last season and posted 5.4 points as well as 2.2 assists per encounter.

Albert Kuppe (195-F-88) and Miguel Iglesias (196-F) will strengthen the roster of BIS Baskets Speyer (2. Bundesliga Pro B). Both agreed to terms with the BIS Baskets for the upcoming campaign. Kuppe, a former German junior-international whos career was slowed down by a knee injury, comes from 2. Regionalliga side TSV Viernheim, while Iglesias played for the second team of USC Heidelberg in the Oberliga most recently. Meanwhile, two key players of last season's roster will stay for at least another year: Julian Krieger (188-G-83) and Armin Leber (200-F/C-81).

Kofi Awlakpui (183-G-84) has joined BG Dorsten (Regionalliga West) for the 2009-2010 season. The 25-year-old Guard already played for Schalke and Herten in the 2. Bundesliga. Last season he had to overcome some injury problems and had only a short stint at GV Waltrop. Awlakpui is the third and final newcomer to the Dorsten roster: The other two new players are Tavaris Nance (198-G/F-85, college: SE Louisiana) and Jason Rueter (192-G-77). Also Daryl Cohen (193-G-85, college: SE Louisiana), the 2008-09 Eurobasket.com All-RLW Player of the Year, made an agreement with Dorsten for another year.

Ismail Yaldiz (185-G-78) makes the move from UBC Hannover to SC Rasta Vechta (Regionalliga North). The 30-year-old veteran scored 6.2 points a game for the UBC Tigers during 2008-09.


Matthias Zollner is the new Head Coach of Telemotive Muenchen. The club will play in the Regionalliga South-East next season. Zollner was standing at the helm of TSV Dachau through the past years.



1.Bundesliga Round: 3 (Finals) - by Eurobasket News
EWE Baskets - Telekom B. 78-81
Telekom grabbed another road victory over EWE Baskets 81:78 to take 2-1 lead. Taking a 2-1 lead in the 2009 Bundesliga Finals Series, road teams have won all three games in this seasons Finals. The soldout Ewe Arena provided a fantastic environment for this important Game 3. John Bowler (206-F-84, agency: LimeLight, college: E.Michigan) led the winners with 19 points and Rowland Earl posted 17. Paulding Rickey ended up with 27 points in the losing effort.


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Australia hold off Guam in Oceania championship opener - by Eurobasket News
Australia - Guam 57:42

The Oceania championship was tipped off today with Australia facing Guam in Saipan. The tournament is held every four years with a unique chance for the teams of the region to play against Australia and New Zealand. There no tournament in 2005 though as the Mini Pacific Games were held that year. So the first Oceania championship in almost 8 years hit the road today.
Guam surprised sloppy Australian team with a brave start to the game. They grabbed the initiative early and rolled to a 6-point lead after ten minutes. Australia came back from slumber in the second stanza. They tightened their defense and limited Guam to 8 points clipping the margin to a single point at halftime. Things changed little in the third frame as the teams were plagued by numerous misses and turnovers. The Aussie team however managed to surge in front and they earned a 37:36 lead into the final stanza. Things finally started to work out for Australia in the fourth period as they gained control. They outgunned Guam 20:6 and celebrated an unconvincing victory at the end.
Thomas Daly paced the charge with 12 points. Jeremy Hill added 11 points, while Sean Mullan (-F-90) produced 9 in the win. Joseph Blas (183-G/F) responded with game-high 16 points and 7 boards for Guam. William Stinnett (186-G-86) finished with 10 points in defeat.

Australia: Thomas Daly 12, Jeremy Hill 11, Sean Mullan 9
Guam: Joseph Blas 16, William Stinnett 10


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Blast score season high in victory - by Eurobasket News
The Holland Blast came out firing Saturday at the Holland Civic Center.

Guard Jesse Reimink (6'4''-F, college: Hope (MI)) poured in an International Basketball League career-high 41 points in his teams 164-144 victory over the Grand Rapids Flight.

He was hot, said Holland Blast player-coach Duane Bosma (6'9''-C, college: Hope (MI)).

Reimink enjoys playing against a new level of competition after graduating from Hope College this year.

The skill level is much higher here than in college but the style is so much different, Reimink said. Here we only practice once a week.

Eddie Spencer (6'6''-G/F-85, college: Cent.Michigan) followed Reimink with 33 points.

Scoring 20 or more points in the Blasts highest scoring game of the season were Julius Vines (6'3''-G, college: Ferris St.) (23 points), Kevin Ludwig (6'2''-G, college: Spring Arbor) (22) and Bosma (21).

They have a lot of weapons, and thats why theyre the best team in the league, said Flight coach David Fox. Some of our top players are overseas.

Fox didnt have the luxury of substituting.

To score 144 points against the best team in the league with only five guys in this heat says a lot about our team, said Fox, who may have coached his last game against the Blast. I dont know if well be back. I dont think anyone knows from year-to-year.

Zach Ramey led the Flight with 36 points. DeMarcus Berry checked in with 29 points, while adding 28 points each were Maurice Benson and Remmey Stewart. Stevie Auride dropped in 23 points.

To score that many points in this temperature with only five guys is pretty impressive, Bosma said of the Flight.

Patrick Woolpert added 12 points in a rare start for the Blast.

Im having fun and its good to be back playing organized basketball again, Woolpert said.

The Blast, who have won 15 of 17 games, led 72-63 at the half. Holland took a 111-93 lead into the final 12 minutes.

Courtesy of www.hollandsentinel.com


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Gentile Fernando remains with Lottomatica - by Eurobasket News
The Head Coach of Lottomatica will remain in the team for at least one more season. The team hopes to achieve the higher places in the Play-offs.
Fernando Gentile joined Lottomatica Virtus Roma (SerieA) in the middle of the 2008/2009 season. First he started the season as a Coach assistant, but in December 2008 promoted to a Head Coach. Lottomatica Virtus Roma finished the Regular season with 20-10 on the second position. In their last game Lottomatica Roma held off NGC Cantu as Andre Huston ensured 14 points. Ibrahim Jaaber added 13 points, 7 boards and 5 assists for the home side. Kevinn Pinkney answered with 21 points and 14 boards in NGC Cantu loss.
Everything seemed to be fine, however the team failed in the first round of the Play-offs. The loudest upset came from the Quarter-Finals Round 5 where Lottomatica lost at home at Angelico BI 79:83 and lost the series as well 2-3. Brunner Greg nailed 14 points to advance with his team to the Semifinals. Gist James nailed 13 and Smith Joe brought his team 12. Hutson Andre and Becirovic Sani combined 40 points in defeat.
Lottomatica hopes to improve their achievement the next season and will hope for Fernando Gentile.


Russia win Domegge di Cadore tournament edging Italy - by Eurobasket News
Russian U20 National Team celebrated the victory at the international Domegge di Cadore tournament in Italy. They crowned their campaign with an 83:72 victory over the hosts yesterday. Semen Antonov (203-F-89) knocked down 17 points to pace Russia. Russia earned a narrow 22:19 lead after the starting stanza and maintained it throughout the rest of the battle. Italy trailed by 4 points at halftime and by 2 points after three quarters of action.
Dmitriy Khvostov (191-G-89), Semen Shashkov (205-F-89), Viacheslav Zaytsev (190-G-89) and Andrey Kirdyachkin (204-F/C-90) all nailed 12 points for Russia in the win. Andrea Saccaggi (192-G-89, agency: Interperformances) responded with 12 points for Italy. Tommaso Raspino (197-G-89, agency: Players Group) had 11 points in defeat.


Recalcati calls Stonerook, will he answer yes ? - by Gianni Pascucci
The name of USA-ITA Shaun Stonerook (203-F/C-77, college: Ohio) is the true novelty of the Italian National Team 'A' convocation list, released by coach Carlo Recalcati during the past weekend. Almost everyone knows, however, that Stonerook uses to take a total rest in summertime, due to his back problems. Will he answer yes to the convocation or not ? Let's see... The full team list is as follows: Valerio Amoroso (202-F-80). Andrea Bargnani (209-F/C-85), Marco Belinelli (196-G-86), Massimo Bulleri (188-G-77), Andrea Crosariol (212-C-84, college: Fairleigh Dickinson), Marco Cusin (211-C-85, agency: Interperformances), Luigi Datome (202-G/F-87), Luca Garri (207-C/F-82), Jacopo Giachetti (191-G-83), Angelo Gigli (209-F/C-83), Stefano Mancinelli (203-F-83, agency: Megasport), Marco Mordente (191-G-79), Giuseppe Poeta (190-G-85), Matteo Soragna (198-G/F-75), Shaun Stonerook, Luca Vitali (201-G-86). The reserve players are Pietro Aradori (192-G-88), Daniele Cinciarini (194-G-83, agency: Interperformances), Alessandro Cittadini (207-C/F-79), Daniel Hackett (196-G-87), Tomas Ress (211-C/F-80, college: Texas A&M) and Valerio Spinelli (184-G-79). The Italian National Team Camp opens July 2 in Bormio.

Italy defeats Croatia - by Gianni Pascucci

Led by Pietro Aradori (192-G-88), who scored 19 points, Italy defeated Croatia 75-70 yesterday night, in the last day Biella International Tournment-Angelico Trophy. Giuliano Maresca (191-G-81) added 10 points for the Azzurri, Damir Rancic (197-G-83) was the best in Croatia with 17. Just before the game, coach Recalcati had annnounced the twelve men squad to represent Italy at the upcoming Mediterranean Games 2009, as follows:
Marco Allegretti (204-F-81)
Pietro Aradori
Federico Bolzonella (185-G-84)
Andrea Cinciarini (191-G-86)
Daniele Cinciarini (194-G-83, agency: Interperformances)
Alessandro Cittadini (207-C/F-79)
Andrea Crosariol (212-C-84, college: Fairleigh Dickinson)
Luigi Datome (202-G/F-87)
Lorenzo D'Ercole (190-G-88)
Giuliano Maresca
Tommaso Rinaldi (204-F/C-85)
Andrea Renzi (208-F/C-89, agency: Players Group)
ARG-ITA forward Bruno Cerella (194-G/F-86, agency: Players Group) has been chosen as a reserve player.

Team Italy will play in Group B, together wit Turkey, Montenegro, Albania and Lybia. The teams in Group A are Greece, Morocco, Serbia and Croatia.



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Japan TImes: Injured Baker in limbo over cash dispute with Apache - by John Scribe
By ED ODEVEN/Japan Times
First in a two-part series
Dameion Baker (192-F-78, college: Mount Olive)r sits in his Tokyo apartment and waits for his cell phone to ring. The clock ticks hour after hour, day after day as he waits for a resolution to a traumatizing experience that has frustrated him beyond belief.

The Tokyo Apache forward ruptured his Achilles tendon on May 17 in the bj-league championship game against the Ryukyu Golden Kings at Ariake Colosseum. He had a team-high 20 points in the game, a game the Apache lost. Two days later, he underwent surgery at a local hospital.
Since then, Baker has endured the agonizingly slow process of hammering out an agreement with the Apache over the financial terms for his recovery from the injury. He wants to begin physical rehabilitation as soon as possible in his hometown of Jacksonville, N.C., and he wants to play again next season.
Complicating matters is the fact that Baker didn't have health insurance this season, his fourth as a member of the Apache. (He joined the squad in February, averaged 12.6 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game in 21 regular-season games, including eight starts, to help the team reach the bj-league title game for the second straight season. What's more, Apache coach Joe Bryant has praised Baker for his versatility, defensive ability and overall basketball smarts.)
'I'm really in a bad situation,' Baker said in a recent telephone interview. 'I need to bring it to someone's attention.
'I need someone to notice or act upon it. I tried to talk to the commissioner (Toshimitsu Kawachi), but the league keeps saying he's in meetings here or there. I don't know what I can do except call the U.S. Embassy next.'
Baker, who didn't have an agent represent him this season, said the estimated cost of his hospital bill and his planned rehab will cost about $12,000. He said the team told him on several occasions it will pay for his $6,000 hospital bill, including surgery. But when it comes to rehab costs, he said the team has offered to pay around 40 percent of the bill, which he described as completely unacceptable and unreasonable to him.
Responding to this reporter's question about the specific wording in his contract related to medical-related costs, Baker recited the paragraph that spells it out clearly:
'If the player sustains an illness or an injury due directly to the performance of the agreement and a doctor designed by the team company deems that the treatment of leave is necessary for the player, the team company shall bear the expenses necessary for the treatment up to the amount covered by the applicable insurance policy.'
As of June 11, Baker had already had four face-to-face meetings with team officials, including three at his apartment due to the difficulty he's had getting around he's using crutches after his surgery.
Baker said the team wants him to pay for the rehab in North Carolina and be reimbursed for the bill at a later time. And that's become a point of contention during these negotiations.
'I don't have $7,000 to pay for rehab for my leg,' he said bluntly. 'I have a house, I have a daughter at home. During the summer I work to take care of my family.'
Baker works in a family construction business with his father in the offseason.
'I'm in a really bad situation and I've been trying my hardest to talk to them. They keep turning a blind eye to me and acting like I don't exist,' he said.
Over the past week, he has continued to wait patiently for a resolution, but sees no quick end to this issue.
'I'm at the point where I need to try everything and anything,' he said.
'It's sad that I need to go through this after being with the team for four years . . . and then me being such an important player on the team.
'I would think they would hold anything in consideration.
'They really don't care.'
* * * * *
Kusakabe, the bj-league's managing director, told The Japan Times on Friday that he expects the Apache and Baker to settle the issue in the coming days.
Kusakabe said he believes Baker and team will divide the cost of the rehab, adding that he's optimist that talks are about to be finalized on the matter.
In addition, Kusakabe said the Apache misunderstood the bj-league's rule regarding what a team is required to pay for an injured player's treatment, but he stated that a team must pay 100 percent of the bill. The fact that Baker's contract ended on May 31 created additional complications in this situation, because he hasn't started rehab yet.
'Under the bj-league policy, each player has to take out the National Health Insurance (NHI, or Kokumin Kenko Hoken) and insurance should be paid by the player,' Ejima said. 'The players with the NHI still have to pay a portion of the expense (for foreigners, it is 30 percent), but the teams they belong to pay for that.
'The foreigners who have not stayed in Japan long enough, cannot take out the NHI, but even in that case, the teams have to pay all the expenses of the necessary surgery and treatment. The teams have to pay all the expenses for the treatment necessary to recover well enough for an ordinary life.'
Ejima, however, acknowledged that the fourth-year league doesn't have a clear-cut definition about what actually falls under the 'treatment' category.
'In Baker's case, the problem is whether his rehab is included in treatment or not,' he said. 'It is difficult to judge if the rehab should be regarded as treatment. Is needle treatment a rehab? How about rehab for old injuries? It is also a problem where a player does rehab here in Japan or back in his country.
'The bj-league's guidelines decide the treatment should be done under the team's doctor(s) or doctor(s) the team designates. If the treatment is done under those doctors, the team has to pay all the expenses.'
In the NBA, there is no gray area when it comes to the cost of rehab, no ambiguous wording in the contract.
The NBA player's standard contract stipulates that 'teams are responsible for all rehab costs as long as the injuries happened during sanctioned basketball activities,' Peter Steber, a league spokesman, told The Japan Times.
Other leagues have different policies. According to a Nippon Professional Baseball public relations spokesperson, it's up to individual teams to set policies for insurance for their foreign players.
* * * * *
Apache CEO Manabu Saiki said Baker's case is a time-sensitive issue, a pressing matter, but stated that it cannot be resolved rapidly.
'For surgery, the team is going to pay 100 percent,' Saiki said through an interpreter during a June 13 interview at the team's offices in Tokyo's Minato Ward. 'In terms of rehab, we need to discuss the range in terms of location and price. The issue of the rehab we just started discussing recently. That's why it takes so long.'
He added: 'We have to solve (the issue) of which hospital for rehab; that was a very rare case. That wasn't clear with the contract; that's why we are discussing it and trying to (fulfill) his desire. He wants to rehab in the U.S.'
Saiki admitted having lawyers involved in this case has delayed it from being resolved quickly, but expects it to be settled soon.
Baker didn't qualify for health insurance under Japan's national plan, Saiki said, because he had a short-term contract. A team manager went to Tokyo's Minato Ward office to apply for insurance for him but the application was denied, he said.
'It was no mistake. We were not lazy or something like that,' Saiki said. 'According to Japanese law, a foreigner needs to be more than six months in Japan if a foreigner wants to get social insurance in Japan. . . . This case is kind of a rare case.'
The Apache's official version of the story about how/if a foreigner can get insurance differs from that of others.
On Thursday, a Tokyo Labor Consultation Center worker said it is possible for a foreigner to obtain health insurance coverage, starting on the first day of a job, even if the individual's short-term contract is only for four months. (The Tokyo Employment Service Center for Foreigners specifies on its Web site, however, that foreign workers usually need to be residents of Japan for a period of one year or longer to join the National Health Insurance plan.)
American journalist Robert Whiting, a longtime Japan resident and author of several best-selling books, elaborated on the issue.
'You have to establish residency to get Kokumin (Kenko) Hoken,' he said, referring to the National Health Insurance plan. 'You have to have an alien registration card, set up residency in a ward, which will then issue you a health card, charging you monthly fees depending on your income.
'I don't see why a basketball player who comes to Japan to play professionally cannot immediately do this go directly to the ward office, get his alien registration card . . . and then get his health card.'
Pressed to offer a clear-cut team policy on the subject, Saiki said he realizes the need for a stronger team policy in the future, which includes the possibility of purchasing private insurance for players under short-term contracts.
'Yes, the team will consider and find out the best way to solve the issue,' Saiki said.
In the future, he said, it should be unacceptable for any Apache player not to be insured. 'I think it is too risky . . . and the team would find an appropriate way for next season in terms of this issue,' he added.
* * * * *
The majority of the bj-league's American players have left Japan and returned to their hometowns, but Baker remains in Tokyo. It's not by choice, but out of necessity.
During a lengthy phone conversation on Tuesday evening, Baker said he still hadn't seen an official written proposal from the team for his three-month rehabilitation schedule (two to three times a week), leaving him to wonder why there's no apparent sense of urgency from team officials.
'You would think with the bj-league being a professional league they would act professionally,' he said.
'I'm stuck between a rock and a hard place,' he added, pointing out that the team has asked him to leave his apartment (the lease expired last month). In fact, he's had his bags packed for weeks, understanding fully that he could be told to leave at any moment.
Furthermore, the team has told him he's obligated to pay for his extra time spent at his apartment since the lease expired around May 25, according to Baker. Well, he argued, the reason he's remained at the apartment is because he's waiting to finish official team business, i.e., finalize his rehab plans with his lawyer and the team.
'I just really hope something happens sooner rather than later,' Baker said.
But a bitter sense of reality has left a lingering memory in Baker's mind over this entire ordeal.
He said the hours and hours of meetings and phone calls with team officials have not produced any tangible results.
For Baker, it seems that the team is trying to turn this issue into a never-ending project.
Here's how he described what's occurred in meetings with Saiki and other team representatives:
'At the meeting he would never come to a conclusion. He would say, 'OK, I understand you' and everything. But he would always say I have to talk to my lawyer and then we will get back to you in a day or so.
'So when he says that, (I think) he actually understands where I'm coming from, so I think that he would actually help me out with the situation. But then the next day I didn't hear anything, and the next day the same thing. And then I go to set up another meeting with him about the issue.'
What's Baker's conclusion?
'This is bad for business,' he said. 'I've never felt so disrespected.
'Right now I am at the point where I just want to settle it and go home.'

From the Japan Times. (www.japantimes.co.jp)


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Doug Marty returning to Luxembourg as Head Coach of National Team!!! Carsten Steiner asks out of his contract! - by Alex Meyers

Saturday, June 20, 2009

The last time Doug Marty was in Luxembourg coaching basketball was in 2005 with Black Star Mersch of Mersch. He led Black Star Mersch to the final four of the DBBL playoffs and had them playing at the highest level in decades. Known as a motivational leader and great teacher of the the game of basketball, Marty will replace Carsten Steiner as head coach of the FLBB's National team for men.

Marty, a graduate of Stanford University had recently been in New Zealand where he had enormous success as head coach of the Wellington Saints Saints in New Zealand's NBL. Before that he spend some time in Kuwait with Kazma Club(D1). Marty won the NBL Regular Season Championship with Wellington Saints in 2008 and was a finalist in the playoffs for the NBL title. Marty was the head coach at The North Charelston Lowgators of the NBDL(NBA DEvelopmental League)where they were runners up in 2004 and were semi-finalists in 2003 and 2004. Marty also had a short-lived stint in Contern as head coach in 2001-02 before leaving for a better offer in the U.S.A.

Douglas Marty had a terrific career as a player as he played at Stanford University(NCAA 1). Marty was a three-year starter as the point guard for Stanford (1979-82) and three times led the Cardinals in assists and minutes played. After serving as a graduate assistant coach at Stanford, Marty played professionally in Denmark (1984-87) where he led the National League in scoring at 31.2 ppg during his second season. He also played professionally in Norway in 1996-1997 with Bakklandet and in 1997-1998 with Baerums Verk before retiring as a player.

After completing his undergraduate work at Stanford, Marty earned a Masters Degree in International Studies from the University of Warwick in Coventry, England (1986) and a Masters Degree in Education from Harvard University (2000).

Eurobasket.com Luxembourg welcomes Coach Doug Marty back to Luxembourg, where he will be thrown right into the fire and will be busy now preparing the Luxembourg National Team for its summer games of the European Championship qualification Division B. Coach Marty is also going to be responsible for coaching the U20 National Team.


The U20 European Championship Men for Division B will be played in Skopje, FYR of Macedonia. Luxembourg will be in Group A where they will play Sweden in the first game on July 16th The qualification play will contine on thru the 26th of July. The other three teams included in Group A are: the Slovak Republic, Portugal and Georgia.


The Men National team will have also a tough row to hoe. They must face Georgia on the 15th of August 2009 in Tbilisi, Georgia. Then they will take on Ireland in Dublin on the 22nd of August and then the Slovak Republic on August 26th in Oberanven on Basketball Club Grengewald's home court. The final game of Division B Group C will be against Sweden on the 29th of August. The site is yet to be determined for that matchup.





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Brazil to face Puerto Rico in Mendoza - by Eurobasket News
Brazil U16 - Mexico U16 83:80 (OT)

Brazilian U16 National team overcame Mexico to reach the game for the fifth spot at the Fiba Americas championship. They will now take on Puerto Rico for the position. Mexico will play against Bahamas to escape from the last spot in the standings. Brazil entered the game winless and seemed to head for another loss early in the game. Mexican team gained control in the first stanza as Raul Borquez (-93) went on fire. He dropped 8 points in the frame as Mexico accounted for a 24:15 advantage. Borquez continued to terrorize Brazilian defense in the second quarter as he added 8 more points as Mexico maintained the lead. Little changed in the third period as Mexican team looked calm and confident. Sergio Panduro crowned the frame with a three-pointer to give Mexico a 60:48 advantage after three quarters of action. But Brazil found the ways to recover in the final term. They were trailing by 4 points with under a minute remaining however buckets from Giovanni Martini and Luis da Costa tied the score at the end of regulation. Eventually Igor Avelino stepped up with back-to-back jumpers late in the extra period to propel Brazil to the initial win at the tournament.
Murilo Nocetti dropped 20 points to pace Brazil. Luis Da Costa had 12 points for the winners. Raul Borquez responded with 29 points for Mexico. Oscar Murillo (-92) notched 17 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.

Brazil: Murilo Nocetti 20, Luis Da Costa 12, Giovanni Lomonaco 11
Mexico: Raul Borquez 29, Oscar Murillo 17


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Thabeet Cancels workout... - by Alex Yam

Sore shoulder forces Thabeet to ax workout with Grizzlies
Posted Jun 21 2009 2:32PM
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Hasheem Thabeet canceled a pre-draft workout with the Grizzlies on Sunday citing a shoulder injury, but he also had plans to talk to other teams.
'Thabeet was a combination of he's had some shoulder situations and he wanted to talk to some other teams,' Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace said of the 7-foot-3 center out of Connecticut. 'It's also what goes on this time of the year with guys showing, not showing, that type of thing. The gamesmanship of the draft.'
Memphis officials have already met with Thabeet twice in preparation for Thursday's NBA Draft. Wallace said he expects to meet Thabeet later this week, but probably not for a workout.
The draft's top-rated big man, Thabeet averaged 13.6 points, 10.8 rebounds and 4.2 blocks (second in the nation) for the Huskies last season, when he was co-Big East player of the year.
A number of projections have him going to the Grizzlies with the No. 2 pick, others have Memphis taking Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio. The Los Angeles Clippers are expected to take Oklahoma forward Blake Griffin at No. 1.
The debate on Thabeet is that he is not an offensive presence, has only adequate rebounding numbers and may not be strong enough to battle in the post. But there also is the potential for continued improvement. The native of Tanzania did not start playing basketball until he was 15.
Sunday's cancellation does not affect the Grizzlies' consideration of Thabeet, although Wallace didn't reveal his draft plans.
'We go on what they do in their careers. That's the vast majority of your final grade,' Wallace said. 'The workout has very little to do with it. You're just covering yourself with the workout.'
With Thabeet's cancellation, the Grizzlies watched Jordan Hill, the 6-10 forward-center out of Arizona, and Demar DeRozan, a guard-forward from USC, in individual workouts.


Pacers, Nuggets to play preseason game in Taipei (Taiwan) - by Eurobasket News
The National Basketball Association (NBA) today announced it will play its first-ever game in Taipei when the Denver Nuggets and Indiana Pacers tip off at the Taipei Arena on October 8, 2009. The announcement took place today in Taipei with NBA Greater China CEO Tim Chen, Mayor of Taipei Hau Lung-bin, Minister of the Sports Affairs Council Tai Hsia Ling, and President of Chinese Taipei Basketball Association Wang Ren-Da. Taipei will become the seventh Asian city to host an NBA game, following Beijing, Guangzhou, Macao, Shanghai, Tokyo and Yokohama.

October 8th will be an historic day for the NBA and for the millions of basketball fans in Taiwan, said NBA Greater China CEO Tim Chen. Taiwan fans are very passionate about the game and we are honored to be able to present a matchup of these two great teams for them.

The game at the Taipei Arena, capacity 12,874, will showcase two talented teams and some of the NBAs best players. The Nuggets made it to the Western Conference Finals this season and are led by two-time NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony and the 2004 NBA Finals MVP Chauncey Billups. The Pacers are led by NBA All-Star Danny Granger who was the winner of the NBAs 2008-09 Most Improved Player award presented by Kia Motors and the fifth leading scorer in the league this season. The dance teams and mascots from both teams will be onsite to further provide an authentic NBA experience for fans.

NBA fans in Taipei have been waiting a long time to see an NBA game in person and we are very excited to be hosting these two great teams in October, said Taipei Mayor, Mr. Hau Lung-bin. Working together with the NBA, we plan to host an unforgettable event that will benefit our citizens and raise Taipeis profile as a premier destination for sporting events.

The game in Taipei is the fourth preseason game the NBA has announced that will be played outside the United States and Canada this October. NBA Europe Live will feature the Chicago Bulls and the Utah Jazz in London on Oct. 6 and the Jazz against the Euroleagues Real Madrid in Madrid on Oct. 8. NBA Mexico Game 2009 will feature the Phoenix Suns and the Philadelphia 76ers in Monterrey, Mexico on Oct. 18. To date, the NBA has staged a total of 93 games outside of the U.S. and Canada in 31 cities in 16 countries and territories.

Courtesy of www.yardbarker.com


Grizzlies face more questions than answers as Draft nears - by Eurobasket News
The NBA Draft is a week away and Grizzlies brass remain in the same position they were thrust into after winning the No. 2 overall pick in last month's draft lottery.

Memphis still is weighing several options.

Owners of the No. 2 selection in a June 25 draft where only Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89) is considered a consensus and immediate impact player, the Grizzlies are sifting through several scenarios that include exercising the pick with one of eight players or trading down to acquire multiple assets. There is even a proposed deal or two that would allow the Griz to acquire an established or emerging all-star caliber player for the No. 2 pick.

Decisions. Decisions.

Which direction will the Griz go when they are on the clock?

This much is certain: It's way too soon to tell.

There are more questions than answers about the Grizzlies' intentions:

Just who are the Grizzlies considering with the No. 2 pick?

Connecticut big man Hasheem Thabeet (7'3''-C-87), 18-year-old Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio (6'4''-G-90) and Arizona State's James Harden are considered by many to be the best three players available after Griffin is off the board. The Grizzlies will entertain Harden on Friday in FedExForum where he'll visit but not work out against competition.

Thabeet, USC's Demar DeRozan and Arizona's Jordan Hill are also expected in town this weekend. The Griz tipped off their up-close look at top-shelf lottery candidates Wednesday with former University of Memphis star Tyreke Evans, who participated in a solo workout sans competition.

How did Evans perform Wednesday during his workout for the Griz?

Evans dominated orange cones like no one has seen. Seriously, it's difficult to gauge when a player is on the court alone and not facing another live body. That said, Evans went through a series of shooting drills and didn't embarrass himself. His ability to make shots has clearly improved and Evans didn't change his mechanics.

Is Evans a legitimate candidate for the second selection?

Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace said as much. But the truth is the Griz aren't likely to select Evans with the second pick. Inviting him to work out had more to do with the Grizzlies considering Evans if they move down in the draft and stay within the top six picks. While Evans likely will go on to have a stellar NBA career, he doesn't represent the best value at the second pick. That distinction belongs to Rubio, who has tons of suitors.

Where is Rubio?

The most accurate reports had Rubio in Sacramento over the past two days. Via Twitter.com, Rubio said Wednesday that he 'visit the Arco Arena ... facilities are brutal! Medical examination, all OK! Dinner with Paul Westphal, the new coach. Everything's great!'

Wallace finally made contact with Rubio's agent, Dan Fegan, Wednesday after three days without communication. The Griz still don't have confirmed plans for Rubio to visit Memphis.

Would the Grizzlies draft Rubio with the No. 2 overall pick?

Absolutely. The Grizzlies sent a message to Portland and the rest of the league this season with how they handled the Darius Miles situation. Say what you want about owner Michael Heisley but he won't be bullied. Any direct snub or perceived threat by Rubio or his camp will compel the Griz to take him and maintain leverage.

'If we want (Rubio), we're going to take him,' Wallace said Wednesday. 'We wouldn't have taken a 10-hour flight to Spain if we didn't have interest in him.'

Wallace said the organization has sent a similar message to Stephen Curry and guard Jonny Flynn, both of whom have refused to visit Memphis.

Who would the Grizzlies pick if the draft was held today?

Truth is, no one really knows at this point. No one. Agendas are flying all over the place.

Reports that Heisley has settled on taking Thabeet are erroneous and grossly overblown, as is speculation that coach Lionel Hollins operates with a Thabeet-or-bust mind-set.

Depending on the day, Heisley, Hollins and Wallace are as excited about a potential trade as they are about possibly drafting Thabeet or Rubio. Even guards Curry and DeRozan have become prominent in discussions among decision makers in the organization.

In other words, the Grizzlies are all over the draft map as it relates to the No. 2, 27th and 36th picks.

That doesn't necessarily mean trouble given the Griz didn't consummate a deal for O.J. Mayo until draft night last year, and the deal turned out just fine.

Have the Griz tried to pry away to No. 1 overall pick from the Clippers?

Most definitely. Word on the street is that the Clippers aren't entertaining any discussions without a suitor's willingness to take Baron Davis off their hands. It's a hefty price to acquire the No. 1 overall pick -- Davis has major attitude, and five years with more than $53 million left on his deal. Don't expect the Griz to meet that demand.

Are the Griz entertaining trade offers for the second pick?

Absolutely. Sacramento, Houston, Boston, Minnesota, Washington and New York are among the teams that have made offers -- some ridiculous.

Are there any potential trades scenarios that have gone underreported?

Sure. The New Jersey Nets are said to be willing to part with point guard Devin Harris. The Griz should ponder if Harris is worth the second pick.

Sounds strange. But that scenario sums up the Grizzlies' draft one week out: Expect the unexpected.

Courtesy of www.commercialappeal.com


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The United States of America U16 qualify to FIBA U17 World Championship - by Eurobasket News

United States of America U16-Canada U16 126:78

The United States of America U16 qualify to FIBA U17 World Championship that will be held in Germany. Last night the team overcame Canada U16 126:78 to reach the Final of 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship. The game was almost even in the first half, however the winners smashed the opponents in the second half to reach the Final.
USA opened the game with some quick baskets to take 17:5 lead in the middle of the first period. Later on the winners grabbed 35:21 at the end of the first 10 minutes. Canada however replied with an 11-3 run in the final two minutes to leave the first half score 57:48. The game was defined in the third quarter with a 30-5 run by USA to get an 87:53 lead. After 37-20 in the last stanza the favorites reached the final game.

Adonis Thomas and McAdoo Ray top-scored for the winners with 19 points each. Brad Beal nailed 18, while Quinn Cook (5'11''-G-92) posted 15. Nikolas Stauskas (6'4''-G-93) produced 21 points for Canada, while Alexander Arthur scored 14.
In another semifinal game Argentina rightfully became the Finalist of the 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship. The team remained undefeated and beat Venezuela 66:58 to play for the gold medal against the USA. The win also ensured the ticket for the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship.
Canada will play for the Bronze medal game that will decide the last team of America that will qualify for the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship. Argentina will take on the USA tonight at the last game of 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.

United States of America U16: Adonis Thomas (6'6''-F-92) 19, McAdoo Ray 19, Brad Beal (6'3''-G-93) 18, Quinn Cook (5'11''-G-92) 15
Canada U16: Nikolas Stauskas (6'4''-G-93) 21, Alexander Arthur 14



USC hires O'Neill as basketball coach - by Eurobasket News
Kevin O'Neill returned to the college ranks Saturday when he was announced as Southern California's basketball coach, taking over from Tim Floyd.

Floyd suddenly resigned June 9 amid allegations that he paid to have O.J. Mayo delivered to the Trojans.

He said he was quitting after four seasons because he no longer had enthusiasm for his job.

The 52-year-old, defense-oriented O'Neill was an assistant with the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies last season. Mayo plays for the Grizzlies. O'Neill led the Toronto Raptors to a 33-49 record in 2004.

O'Neill also had NBA stints with the New York Knicks, Detroit and Indiana.

He returns to the Pacific-10 Conference, where he served as interim coach at Arizona in 2008 when Lute Olson took a leave of absence.

During his tenure in Tucson, O'Neill led the Wildcats to a 19-15 record and the school's 24th consecutive NCAA tournament appearance, the nation's longest active streak.

He was designated Olson's permanent successor, but when the Hall of Famer returned that spring he announced that O'Neill would no longer be part of the program. O'Neill is 171-180 in 12 seasons as a college head coach, including stints at Marquette, Tennessee and Northwestern.

Since the Trojans' season ended in March, starters DeMar DeRozan, Taj Gibson and Daniel Hackett, along with Marcus Johnson, have declared for Thursday's NBA draft, and the Trojans have lost eight recruits.

Courtesy of www.statesman.com


Tigers receive gift of a recruit - by Eurobasket News
Noel Johnson (6'7''-G) was given his first name because he was born on Christmas Eve.

His late addition to Clemson's banner recruiting class amounts to Christmas in June for Tigers coach Oliver Purnell .

Johnson, a 6-foot-7, 185-pound wing from Fayetteville, Ga., committed to Clemson over Louisiana State on Friday night. He is rated as the nations No. 53 prospect by Rivals.com and No. 56 by Scout.com.

Regarded primarily for his 3-point shooting stroke, Johnson could immediately help fill the sudden void left by guard Terrence Oglesbys unexpected and unplanned for decision to turn pro and play in Europe.

With Oglesby and K.C. Rivers gone, they really pushed that Id be able to come in and help with my 3-point shooting, Johnson said.

Johnson averaged 21 points and eight rebounds as a senior, shooting 58-for-177 (32.8 percent) from 3-point range in 29 games. As a junior, he led Fayette County High School to the 4A championship game, averaging 26 points, eight rebounds and four assists.

He joins what was already the highest-regarded class of Purnells tenure, an incoming trio that includes McDonalds All-American Milton Jennings a 6-9 swingman from Summerville and 6-7 Union power forward Devin Booker, brother of senior standout Trevor Booker.

Johnson was only on the market this late in the recruiting period because three weeks ago, he was one of three Southern California signees released from their letters of intent amid the scandal that led to coach Tim Floyds resignation. Floyd is alleged to have paid $1,000 to a handler for former Trojans guard O.J. Mayo.

He said Clemson had recruited him since 10th grade, but it wasnt until an unofficial visit Thursday that the Tigers moved to the forefront for his services.

On Tuesday, Johnson visited LSU he has trained with former LSU star Mahmoud Abdul Rauf. He also visited UNLV, Charlotte and Florida International, and was not allowed to sign with another Pac-10 school per the conditions of his release.

He said Clemson won out because of his chemistry with the coaching staff, location (his family can make the drive from south of Atlanta to watch him play) as well as the prestige that comes with playing in the ACC.

It all just seemed like the perfect fit, Johnson said.

Johnsons father is Lynbert Cheese Johnson a former Wichita State standout who played briefly in the NBA. Johnsons godfather is Columbia resident Xavier McDaniel, a former college teammate of Lynberts.

Before committing to Southern California, Johnson also considered Georgia Tech and Louisville.

He was the second-highest rated recruit still at-large behind 11th-ranked guard Lance Stephenson of Brooklyn, N.Y., who is saddled with legal issues.

Courtesy of www.thestate.com


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New Zealand edge Northern Mariana Islands in Saipan - by Eurobasket News
New Zealand - Northern Mariana Islands 93:56

New Zealand team started the Oceania championship with a confident win over Northern Mariana Islands. Five teams hit the road in the quest of the Oceania title in Saipan today. New Zealand is among the favorites and they have proved the status in the opening encounter.
The hosts were well cheered up by the local crowd but they were hardly able to match Kiwis. New Zealand surged in front early in the game. They controlled the tempo and ensured a comfortable 8-point advantage after ten minutes. The second frame proved the difference as the visitors held Northern Mariana Islands to just 4 points stretching the lead to as many as 29 points at halftime. The hosts however stayed contestant as they showed character in the third quarter. They outscored New Zealand 23:20 in the period to cut the deficit. But the Kiwis quickly struck back in the fourth quarter bruising the home team and celebrating the first win at the tournament.
Jordan Mills (-G) tallied 20 points, 5 boards and 4 assists for the winners. Hayden Miller provided 14 points and 7 rebounds for New Zealand. Jericho Cruz responded with 16 points for Northern Mariana Islands. Pete Iguel had 12 points and 6 boards in defeat.
New Zealand will face their archrivals Australia on Tuesday, while the hosts will play against Guam tomorrow.

New Zealand: Jordan Mills 20, Hayden Miller 14, Luke Aston 12+10 boards
CNMI: Jericho Cruz 16, Pete Iguel 12


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New Zealand edge Northern Mariana Islands in Saipan - by Eurobasket News
New Zealand - Northern Mariana Islands 93:56

New Zealand team started the Oceania championship with a confident win over Northern Mariana Islands. Five teams hit the road in the quest of the Oceania title in Saipan today. New Zealand is among the favorites and they have proved the status in the opening encounter.
The hosts were well cheered up by the local crowd but they were hardly able to match Kiwis. New Zealand surged in front early in the game. They controlled the tempo and ensured a comfortable 8-point advantage after ten minutes. The second frame proved the difference as the visitors held Northern Mariana Islands to just 4 points stretching the lead to as many as 29 points at halftime. The hosts however stayed contestant as they showed character in the third quarter. They outscored New Zealand 23:20 in the period to cut the deficit. But the Kiwis quickly struck back in the fourth quarter bruising the home team and celebrating the first win at the tournament.
Jordan Mills (-G) tallied 20 points, 5 boards and 4 assists for the winners. Hayden Miller provided 14 points and 7 rebounds for New Zealand. Jericho Cruz responded with 16 points for Northern Mariana Islands. Pete Iguel had 12 points and 6 boards in defeat.
New Zealand will face their archrivals Australia on Tuesday, while the hosts will play against Guam tomorrow.

New Zealand: Jordan Mills 20, Hayden Miller 14, Luke Aston 12+10 boards
CNMI: Jericho Cruz 16, Pete Iguel 12


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Standing
Standings
Group A
1. N.Zealand1-0
2. Palau0-0
3. Tahiti0-0
4. Fiji0-0
Group B
1. Australia1-0
2. New Caledo.0-0
3. Northern M.0-1
4. Guam0-1


Day 1. Results and stats from Saipan - by Eurobasket News
Australia - Guam 57:42
The Oceania championship was tipped off today with Australia facing Guam in Saipan. The tournament is held every four years with a unique chance for the teams of the region to play against Australia and New Zealand. There no tournament in 2005 though as the Mini Pacific Games were held that year. So the first Oceania championship in almost 8 years hit the road today.
Guam surprised sloppy Australian team with a brave start to the game. They grabbed the initiative early and rolled to a 6-point lead after ten minutes. Australia came back from slumber in the second stanza. They tightened their defense and limited Guam to 8 points clipping the margin to a single point at halftime. Things changed little in the third frame as the teams were plagued by numerous misses and turnovers. The Aussie team however managed to surge in front and they earned a 37:36 lead into the final stanza. Things finally started to work out for Australia in the fourth period as they gained control. They outgunned Guam 20:6 and celebrated an unconvincing victory at the end.
Thomas Daly paced the charge with 12 points. Jeremy Hill added 11 points, while Sean Mullan (-F-90) produced 9 in the win. Joseph Blas (183-G/F) responded with game-high 16 points and 7 boards for Guam. William Stinnett (186-G-86) finished with 10 points in defeat.

Australia: Thomas Daly 12, Jeremy Hill 11, Sean Mullan 9
Guam: Joseph Blas 16, William Stinnett 10


New Zealand - Northern Mariana Islands 93:56
New Zealand team started the Oceania championship with a confident win over Northern Mariana Islands. Five teams hit the road in the quest of the Oceania title in Saipan today. New Zealand is among the favorites and they have proved the status in the opening encounter.
The hosts were well cheered up by the local crowd but they were hardly able to match Kiwis. New Zealand surged in front early in the game. They controlled the tempo and ensured a comfortable 8-point advantage after ten minutes. The second frame proved the difference as the visitors held Northern Mariana Islands to just 4 points stretching the lead to as many as 29 points at halftime. The hosts however stayed contestant as they showed character in the third quarter. They outscored New Zealand 23:20 in the period to cut the deficit. But the Kiwis quickly struck back in the fourth quarter bruising the home team and celebrating the first win at the tournament.
Jordan Mills (-G) tallied 20 points, 5 boards and 4 assists for the winners. Hayden Miller provided 14 points and 7 rebounds for New Zealand. Jericho Cruz responded with 16 points for Northern Mariana Islands. Pete Iguel had 12 points and 6 boards in defeat.
New Zealand will face their archrivals Australia on Tuesday, while the hosts will play against Guam tomorrow.

New Zealand: Jordan Mills 20, Hayden Miller 14, Luke Aston 12+10 boards
CNMI: Jericho Cruz 16, Pete Iguel 12


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  PUERTO RICO   


Standings - BSN
BSN Standings
 1. Arecibo 19-6 
 2. Quebradillas 19-7 
 3. Santurce 18-8 
 4. Bayamon 18-8 
 5. Carolina 15-13 
 6. San German 14-13 
 7. Mayaguez 13-14 
 8. Ponce 11-15 
 9. Caguas 7-19 
 10. Guaynabo 7-19 
 11. Humacao 4-23 


Puerto Rico topple Bahamas to play for the fifth place - by Eurobasket News
Puerto Rico U16 - Bahamas U16 82:74

Puerto Rican U16 National Team celebrated a tough win over pesky Bahamas to ensure the clash with Brazil for the fifth spot at the Fiba Americas Championship. Bahamas will now take on Mexico for the 7th place. Puerto Rico have earned just one win at the preliminary round, while Bahamas entered the game winless. And the first win for Bahamas never looked close as Puerto Rico surged ahead in the opening stanza. The Latin American team built a 19:15 advantage at the first intermission but could not maintain it. Bahamas came back firing from all guns in the second stanza. They outscored their opponents 23:10 to secure a 38:29 advantage at the interval.
Bahamas stretched the margin to as many as 12 points in the third frame however Puerto Rico found the way out. They pulled together to trim the deficit to a single point with ten minutes remaining. The Caribbean team controlled the tempo early in the fourth stanza as they restored a 9-point advantage midway through the frame. But Puerto Rico unleashed a decisive 21:4 run to crown the game and celebrated a spectacular though tough win at the end.
Carmelo Betancourt (-92) scored 22 points to pace Puerto Rico. Gary Browne (-92) added 16 points, while Kristian Medina (-92) had 11 points in the win. Michael Carey Jr. (196-G-93) responded with 23 points and 12 boards for Bahamas. Wannah Bail (203-C-92) came up with game-high 23 points and 23 boards in defeat.

Puerto Rico: Carmelo Betancourt 22, Gary Browne 16, Kristian Medina 11
Bahamas: Wannah Bail 23+23 boards, Michael Carey Jr. 23+12 boards


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  QATAR   


National Team Training in France - by Amir Abou-El-Kheir
The Qatari national team is currently training in Avignon, France in preparation for the FIBA Asia Championship, which will take place between 2-16 August. While training in France the NT will play some friendly games against the U-20 French basketball team (23/06), as well as the national teams of the Ivory Coast (26/06) and Central Africa (25/06 and 28/06). They will then return to Qatari and host a couple of tournaments, where they will play against the national teams of Egypt, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon and Tunisia.

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  RUSSIA   


Russia win Domegge di Cadore tournament edging Italy - by Eurobasket News
Russian U20 National Team celebrated the victory at the international Domegge di Cadore tournament in Italy. They crowned their campaign with an 83:72 victory over the hosts yesterday. Semen Antonov (203-F-89) knocked down 17 points to pace Russia. Russia earned a narrow 22:19 lead after the starting stanza and maintained it throughout the rest of the battle. Italy trailed by 4 points at halftime and by 2 points after three quarters of action.
Dmitriy Khvostov (191-G-89), Semen Shashkov (205-F-89), Viacheslav Zaytsev (190-G-89) and Andrey Kirdyachkin (204-F/C-90) all nailed 12 points for Russia in the win. Andrea Saccaggi (192-G-89, agency: Interperformances) responded with 12 points for Italy. Tommaso Raspino (197-G-89, agency: Players Group) had 11 points in defeat.


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  SLOVAKIA   


Slovakia finish winless at home tournament - by Eurobasket News
Slovakian U20 team posted no victories at the international tournament in Spisska Nova Ves. They lost the opener to Austria and could not recover in the next two games.
Slovakia played against Slovenian opponents in the second round. The hosts got to the better start earning a 21:19 lead after ten minutes. But Slovenia adjusted their defense and stole the lead from the home team in the second stanza. The scoreboard read 33:32 for the visitors at halftime. Slovenia widened the margin in the third quarter and sealed the deal in the fourth notching as many as 29 points. Luka Dimec (207-F/C-90) dropped 20 points to lead Slovenia. Stanislav Baldovsky (190-F-89) answered with 10 points for the hosts. Michal Kozar (191-F-90) delivered 9 points in defeat.
Czech Republic faced their Slovak counterparts in the third round of action. Jakub Kudlacek (177-G-90) led the charge as Czech Republic seemed to be en route to a comfortable victory in the first half. They outgunned the hosts by 14 points. But Slovakia refused to fold. They cut the margin and went on a desperate rescue mission in the fourth period. Grznar and Hoferica cut the distance to only three points with just over a minute remaining. Boris Kovalik (194-F-89) pulled the home team even closer with 24 seconds to go. But Slovakia simply ran out of time and had to surrender at the end.
Jakub Kudlacek knocked down 19 points for Czech Republic. Harcar added 16 points, while Slavik finished with 15 points in the win. Boris Kovalik banked 21 points in defeat. Peter Dorazil (198-C-89) produced 19 points and 9 rebounds for Slovak Republic.


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Preldzic leaves Slovenian NT - by Zeljko Zule
Bosnian Emir Preldzic (206-F-87, agency: Beo Basket), naturalized Slovenian, has officially rejected participation in National Team of Slovenia and would like to play for Bosnia&Herzegovina NT.
Fenerbahce Ulker's 21-year- old Preldzic told his decison to Bosnian daily newspaper Avaz. He has been member of the Slovenian U-20 National Team and played at the 2006 and 2007 European U-20 Championship and at the 2008 Olympic Qualyfing Tournament.


Slovenia with two victories in Spisska Nova Ves - by Eurobasket News
Slovenian U20 National team completed another round of preparations of the upcoming European championship. They took part at the international tournament in Slovakia and posted two wins in three games played. Losing to Czech Republic in the opening game Slovenia rebounded against Slovakia and Austria to finish the tourney in the second spot.
Slovakia played against Slovenian opponents in the second round. The hosts got to the better start earning a 21:19 lead after ten minutes. But Slovenia adjusted their defense and stole the lead from the home team in the second stanza. The scoreboard read 33:32 for the visitors at halftime. Slovenia widened the margin in the third quarter and sealed the deal in the fourth notching as many as 29 points. Luka Dimec (207-F/C-90) dropped 20 points to lead Slovenia. Zoran Dragic (195-G-89) ensured 16 points in the victory. Stanislav Baldovsky (190-F-89) answered with 10 points for the hosts.
Slovenia played against Austria in the final game of the competition. Slovenia fired 29 points in the opening stanza to pile up an 8-point advantage. Austria slowed their opponents down in the next two quarters keeping it at a striking distance. Slovenian team led by 7 points heading into the fourth quarter. They opened the final stanza with a 9:1 rally to clear off for good. Austria had no answer and surrendered at the end. Marko Vranjkovic (202-F/C-90) poured in 21 points for Slovenia. Vyuric had 15 points in the second straight win for the team. Rasid Mahalbasic (207-F/C-90) topscored for Austria with 11 points.


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  SPAIN   


Spain hand Argentina the second straight defeat - by Eurobasket News
Spain U19 - Argentina U19 76:60

Spanish U19 National Tem showed their excellent form handling Argentinean counterparts for the second time in a row. As the World Championship in Auckland is getting closer Spain once again proved their highest aspirations for the mundial.
But the victory was not a piece of cake for the hosts. Argentina showed character trying to bounce back after a stunning loss in the opener. Pablo Orlietti kept the visitors on fire in the starting frame as they grabbed the lead. Argentina finished the first frame ahead by 7 points. However Spain quickly recovered outscoring their opponents 22:13 in the second period. The third frame turned a decisive one as the hosts cleared off to a 13-point distance. It proved unassailable for Argentina as they suffered the second straight defeat. Jorge Santana (193-G-90) led well-balanced effort with 16 points. Eduardo Martinez (202-F/G-90) added 11 points for the winning team. Pablo Orlietti (208-C/F-90) answered with 14 points for Argentina. Lisandro Rasio (197-F/C-90) had 11 points in the losing effort.
Spain tip off their World Championship campaign against Syria on July 2. Argentina will face New Zealand on the same day.

Spain: Jorge Santana 16, Eduardo Martinez 11
Argentina: Pablo Orlietti 14, Lisandro Rasio 11


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  TAIWAN   


Taiwan NT fixes roster - by Chris Wang
Six players were added to Taiwan NT roster for the upcoming 2009 William Jones Cup and the Asian Championship while the specter of losing two centers loomed ahead.

CTBA announced that Yulon center Wu Chih-wei, who won SBL's sixthman award this past season, was added to the NT roster along with Lee Chi-yi (Yulon), Hsu Chih-chan (BOT) and Yang Ching-min (TB).

Regular season and Finals MVP Chang Chih-feng (Dacin) and Taiwan Beer forward Lin Chih-chieh were also back from injuries.

The addition boosted Taiwan roster from 12 to 18. However, CTBA also announced that Tien Lei and Ho Shou-cheng will miss the Jones Cup due to injuries. (Tien Lei: right knee stress facture, Ho: right knee tendenitis)

Wu Tai-hao and Tseng Wen-ting, who were still hampered by injuries, might sit out the Jones Cup too in order to prepare for the big event -- Asian Championship.

18-man Taiwan NT roster

Po., Name, Ht., Age
G Lee Hsueh-lin, Yulon, 175cm, 25
G Su Yi-chieh, Dacin, 181cm, 22
G Chou Shih-yuan, Yulon, 187cm, 26
G Chen Shih-nian, TB, 180cm, 25
G Chen Ching-hwan, KKL, 190cm, 23
G Yang Ching-min, TB, 188cm, 25
G Chang Chih-feng, Dacin, 183cm, 28
F Lin Chih-chieh, TB, 192cm, 27
F Tsai Wen-cheng, PY, 188cm, 24
F Ho Shou-cheng, TB, 196cm, 26
F Tien Lei, Dacin, 202cm, 26
F Lin Yi-hui, Dacin, 193cm, 23
F Yang Che-yi, Yulon, 193cm, 31
F Lee Chi-yi, Yulon, 198cm, 31
F Hsu Chih-chan, 194cm, 27
C Tseng Wen-ting, Yulon, 202cm, 25
C Wu Tai-hao, TB, 202cm, 24
C Wu Chih-wei, Yulon, 202cm, 33

Head coach: Chung Kwang-suk
Assistants: Chou Jun-san, Hsu Ching-tse


FIBA Asia to crack down on nationality change? - by Chris Wang

FIBA Asia Secretary-General Yeoh Choo Hock said there can only be one player on each team who changed his nationality in the upcoming Asian Championship, China's Sohu.com reported.

'The rule is clear. There can only be one player who changes his nationality to play for a new country. And we will carefully examine every player on the rosters to make sure the rule is properly implemented, ' Yeoh was quoted saying.

The report mentioned that there have been a number of Asian countries trying to recruit players to change their nationalities for the Asian Championship.

Personally, I do think some countries have gone too far with their extensive effort on looking for players to change nationalities and play for them in Asian competitions. Yes, it happened in Europe, the World Championship and the Olympics too. However, the trend obviously has more impact in Asia, where there is a huge competition level gap that you couldn't possibly change overnight.

Is buying and recruiting foreign players the best solution? I don't think so. Of course every country will tell you about the player's bloodline, ancestry and history. But my point is that the most important part of developing basketball is to train and nurture local players, not recruit oversea players with 25% bloodline, isn't it?

I'll be a happy man if FIBA Asia does what Yeoh said. From past experience, however, I don't expect that to happen any time soon.


(Due to some factual errors I made in the story, I took out some paragraphs and rephrase some.)



Pacers, Nuggets to play preseason game in Taipei (Taiwan) - by Eurobasket News
The National Basketball Association (NBA) today announced it will play its first-ever game in Taipei when the Denver Nuggets and Indiana Pacers tip off at the Taipei Arena on October 8, 2009. The announcement took place today in Taipei with NBA Greater China CEO Tim Chen, Mayor of Taipei Hau Lung-bin, Minister of the Sports Affairs Council Tai Hsia Ling, and President of Chinese Taipei Basketball Association Wang Ren-Da. Taipei will become the seventh Asian city to host an NBA game, following Beijing, Guangzhou, Macao, Shanghai, Tokyo and Yokohama.

October 8th will be an historic day for the NBA and for the millions of basketball fans in Taiwan, said NBA Greater China CEO Tim Chen. Taiwan fans are very passionate about the game and we are honored to be able to present a matchup of these two great teams for them.

The game at the Taipei Arena, capacity 12,874, will showcase two talented teams and some of the NBAs best players. The Nuggets made it to the Western Conference Finals this season and are led by two-time NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony and the 2004 NBA Finals MVP Chauncey Billups. The Pacers are led by NBA All-Star Danny Granger who was the winner of the NBAs 2008-09 Most Improved Player award presented by Kia Motors and the fifth leading scorer in the league this season. The dance teams and mascots from both teams will be onsite to further provide an authentic NBA experience for fans.

NBA fans in Taipei have been waiting a long time to see an NBA game in person and we are very excited to be hosting these two great teams in October, said Taipei Mayor, Mr. Hau Lung-bin. Working together with the NBA, we plan to host an unforgettable event that will benefit our citizens and raise Taipeis profile as a premier destination for sporting events.

The game in Taipei is the fourth preseason game the NBA has announced that will be played outside the United States and Canada this October. NBA Europe Live will feature the Chicago Bulls and the Utah Jazz in London on Oct. 6 and the Jazz against the Euroleagues Real Madrid in Madrid on Oct. 8. NBA Mexico Game 2009 will feature the Phoenix Suns and the Philadelphia 76ers in Monterrey, Mexico on Oct. 18. To date, the NBA has staged a total of 93 games outside of the U.S. and Canada in 31 cities in 16 countries and territories.

Courtesy of www.yardbarker.com


Pacers, Nuggets to play NBA's first-ever game in Taipei - by Chris Wang
http://www.nba.com/2009/news/06/19/nba.taipei/index.html
Pacers, Nuggets to play NBA's first-ever game in Taipei

By Official release
Posted Jun 19 2009 11:53AM

TAIPEI, June 19, 2009 -- The National Basketball Association (NBA) today announced it will play its first-ever game in Taipei when the Denver Nuggets and Indiana Pacers tip off at the Taipei Arena on October 8, 2009. The announcement took place today in Taipei with NBA Greater China CEO Tim Chen, Mayor of Taipei Hau Lung-bin, Minister of the Sports Affairs Council Tai Hsia Ling, and President of Chinese Taipei Basketball Association Wang Ren-Da. Taipei will become the seventh Asian city to host an NBA game, following Beijing, Guangzhou, Macao, Shanghai, Tokyo and Yokohama.

'October 8th will be an historic day for the NBA and for the millions of basketball fans in Taiwan,' said NBA Greater China CEO Tim Chen. 'Taiwan fans are very passionate about the game and we are honored to be able to present a matchup of these two great teams for them.'

The game at the Taipei Arena, capacity 12,874, will showcase two talented teams and some of the NBA's best players. The Nuggets made it to the Western Conference finals this season and are led by two-time NBA All-Star Carmelo Anthony and the 2004 NBA Finals MVP Chauncey Billups. The Pacers are led by NBA All-Star Danny Granger who was the winner of the NBA's 2008-09 Most Improved Player award presented by Kia Motors and the fifth leading scorer in the league this season. The dance teams and mascots from both teams will be onsite to further provide an authentic NBA experience for fans.

As part of the league's commitment to social responsibility, NBA Cares will conduct community events in Taipei designed to positively impact the city and its youth. Since it began in 2005, NBA Cares has created 418 places where kids and families can live, learn or play in 20 countries across five continents.

'NBA fans in Taipei have been waiting a long time to see an NBA game in person and we are very excited to be hosting these two great teams in October,' said Taipei Mayor, Mr. Hau Lung-bin. 'Working together with the NBA, we plan to host an unforgettable event that will benefit our citizens and raise Taipei's profile as a premier destination for sporting events.'

The game in Taipei is the fourth preseason game the NBA has announced that will be played outside the United States and Canada this October. NBA Europe Live presented by EA SPORTS will feature the Chicago Bulls and the Utah Jazz in London on Oct. 6 and the Jazz against the Euroleague's Real Madrid in Madrid on Oct. 8. NBA Mexico Game 2009 will feature the Phoenix Suns and the Philadelphia 76ers in Monterrey, Mexico on Oct. 18. To date, the NBA has staged a total of 93 games outside of the U.S. and Canada in 31 cities in 16 countries and territories.

The NBA, which opened its office in Taipei in 1997, continues to demonstrate its commitment to growing the game. During the 2008-09 season, three broadcast partners aired up to ten live games per week. In August 2008, former NBA Champions, Scottie Pippen, Clyde Drexler, Glen Rice and B.J. Armstrong teamed up with players from Taiwan's Super Basketball League to play two exhibition games as part of the NBA Legends Challenge. The league has organized dozens of other interactive fan events including NBA Madness, NBA Jam session and NBA 2-ball.


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Semifinals - by Eurobasket News

United States of America U16-Canada U16 126:78

The United States of America U16 qualify to FIBA U17 World Championship that will be held in Germany. Last night the team overcame Canada U16 126:78 to reach the Final of 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship. The game was almost even in the first half, however the winners smashed the opponents in the second half to reach the Final.
USA opened the game with some quick baskets to take 17:5 lead in the middle of the first period. Later on the winners grabbed 35:21 at the end of the first 10 minutes. Canada however replied with an 11-3 run in the final two minutes to leave the first half score 57:48. The game was defined in the third quarter with a 30-5 run by USA to get an 87:53 lead. After 37-20 in the last stanza the favorites reached the final game.

Adonis Thomas and McAdoo Ray top-scored for the winners with 19 points each. Brad Beal nailed 18, while Quinn Cook (5'11''-G-92) posted 15. Nikolas Stauskas (6'4''-G-93) produced 21 points for Canada, while Alexander Arthur scored 14.
In another semifinal game Argentina rightfully became the Finalist of the 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship. The team remained undefeated and beat Venezuela 66:58 to play for the gold medal against the USA. The win also ensured the ticket for the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship.
Canada will play for the Bronze medal game that will decide the last team of America that will qualify for the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship. Argentina will take on the USA tonight at the last game of 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.

United States of America U16: Adonis Thomas (6'6''-F-92) 19, McAdoo Ray 19, Brad Beal (6'3''-G-93) 18, Quinn Cook (5'11''-G-92) 15
Canada U16: Nikolas Stauskas (6'4''-G-93) 21, Alexander Arthur 14



Argentina U16-Venezuela U16 66:58

Argentina rightfully became the Finalist of the 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship. The team remained undefeated and beat Venezuela 66:58 to play for the gold medal against the USA. The win also ensured the ticket for the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship.
The winners started well and won the opening tip with 6:2. Even though Venezuela did not give up, Argentine kept 21:18 lead after the first ten minutes of the game. In the second period Argentina created a 9-2 run to take 40:29 advantage. Venezuela replied with 5-2 run to go to the lockers with 42:34.
The tempo slowed down in the second half as the teams paid more attention to defense. Venezuela reduced the gap a bit in the middle of the quarter, however Argentina produced a 5-0 run to go on 58:46. Blanco Key Israel de Jesus and
Alberto Carreras (193-G-76) tried hard in the losing effort and won the last period with their team 12-8, but it was not enough for the total success.
Tomas Zanzotera (-G-92) paced all the winners with 16 points. Joaquin Tuero (-G-93) and Matias Bortolin (-C-93) followed him with 9 points apiece to seal the winning outcome. Blanco Key Israel de Jesus poured in 15 points in the losing case and Alberto Carreras collected 10 points and 16 rebounds.
Venezuela will play for the Bronze medal game that will decide the last team of America that will qualify for the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship. Argentina will take on the USA tonight at the last game of 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.

Argentina:
Tomas Zanzotera 16, Joaquin Tuero 9, Matias Bortolin 9
Venezuela: Blanco Key Israel de Jesus 15,
Alberto Carreras 10+16 rebs


5-8 places
Puerto Rico U16 - Bahamas U16 82:74
Puerto Rican U16 National Team celebrated a tough win over pesky Bahamas to ensure the clash with Brazil for the fifth spot at the Fiba Americas Championship. Bahamas will now take on Mexico for the 7th place. Puerto Rico have earned just one win at the preliminary round, while Bahamas entered the game winless. And the first win for Bahamas never looked close as Puerto Rico surged ahead in the opening stanza. The Latin American team built a 19:15 advantage at the first intermission but could not maintain it. Bahamas came back firing from all guns in the second stanza. They outscored their opponents 23:10 to secure a 38:29 advantage at the interval.
Bahamas stretched the margin to as many as 12 points in the third frame however Puerto Rico found the way out. They pulled together to trim the deficit to a single point with ten minutes remaining. The Caribbean team controlled the tempo early in the fourth stanza as they restored a 9-point advantage midway through the frame. But Puerto Rico unleashed a decisive 21:4 run to crown the game and celebrated a spectacular though tough win at the end.
Carmelo Betancourt (-92) scored 22 points to pace Puerto Rico. Gary Browne (-92) added 16 points, while Kristian Medina (-92) had 11 points in the win. Michael Carey Jr. (196-G-93) responded with 23 points and 12 boards for Bahamas. Wannah Bail (203-C-92) came up with game-high 23 points and 23 boards in defeat.

Puerto Rico:
Carmelo Betancourt 22, Gary Browne 16, Kristian Medina 11
Bahamas:
Wannah Bail 23+23 boards, Michael Carey Jr. 23+12 boards


Brazil U16 - Mexico U16 83:80 (OT)
Brazilian U16 National team overcame Mexico to reach the game for the fifth spot at the Fiba Americas championship. They will now take on Puerto Rico for the position. Mexico will play against Bahamas to escape from the last spot in the standings. Brazil entered the game winless and seemed to head for another loss early in the game. Mexican team gained control in the first stanza as Raul Borquez (-93) went on fire. He dropped 8 points in the frame as Mexico accounted for a 24:15 advantage. Borquez continued to terrorize Brazilian defense in the second quarter as he added 8 more points as Mexico maintained the lead. Little changed in the third period as Mexican team looked calm and confident. Sergio Panduro crowned the frame with a three-pointer to give Mexico a 60:48 advantage after three quarters of action. But Brazil found the ways to recover in the final term. They were trailing by 4 points with under a minute remaining however buckets from Giovanni Martini and Luis da Costa tied the score at the end of regulation. Eventually Igor Avelino stepped up with back-to-back jumpers late in the extra period to propel Brazil to the initial win at the tournament.
Murilo Nocetti dropped 20 points to pace Brazil. Luis Da Costa had 12 points for the winners. Raul Borquez responded with 29 points for Mexico. Oscar Murillo (-92) notched 17 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.

Brazil: Murilo Nocetti 20, Luis Da Costa 12, Giovanni Lomonaco 11
Mexico: Raul Borquez 29, Oscar Murillo 17


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  TURKEY   


Germany topple Turkey in Italy - by Eurobasket News
Germany U20 - Turkey U20 83:70

German U20 National Team defeated their Turkish opponents on the last day of the Domegge di Cadore international tournament in Italy. Robin Benzing (208-F-89) knocked down 25 points to lead the charge for Germany. The Bundesteam opened the game aggressively opening up a 7-point lead after ten minutes. But Turkey matched the effort and responded in the second stanza. They clipped the distance to only 2 points at halftime as Ilkan paced the charge. The Turkish youngsters caught up with their opponents in the third frame as the teams entered the final frame tied at 54. But German shifted the gear in the fourth period and notched 29 points to clear off for good. Elias Harris (199-F-89) delivered 14 points for the winners. Stefan Schmidt (206-C-89) added 12 points for Germany. Ilkan Karaman (205-F-90) responded with 20 points for Turkey. Erolcan Cinko (188-G-90) came up with 14 points in defeat.

Germany U20: Robin Benzing 25, Elias Harris 14, Stefan Schmidt 12
Turkey U20: Ilkan Karaman 20, Erolcan Cinko 14


Eurobasket.com All-Turkish League Awards 2008-09 - by Eurobasket
Player of the Year: Gerald Fitch
Guard of the Year: Hakan Koseoglu
Forward of the Year: Ekene Ibekwe
Center of the Year: Robert Traylor
Newcomer of the Year: Melih Mahmutoğlu
Most Improved Player of the Year: Evren Buker
Bosman Player of the Year: Emir Preldzic
Import Player of the Year: Hakan Koseoglu
Domestic Player of the Year: Gerald Fitch
Defensive Player of the Year: Charles Smith
Coach of the Year: Ahmet Caki

1st Team
Gerald Fitch
Chris Lofton
Preston Shumpert
Ekene Ibekwe
Robert Traylor

2nd Team
Alex Gordon
Evren Buker
Leroy Hickerson
Kerem Gonlum
Mike Benton

Honorable Mention
Alper Saruhan
Antonio Graves
Fatih Solak
Mire Chatman
Joseph Crispin
Bo McCalebb
Damir Mrsic
Michail Kakiouzis
Leon Wiliams
Antwain Barbour

All-Domestic Players Team
Hakan Koseoglu
Sinan Guler
Evren Buker
Kaya Peker
Fatih Solak

All-Imports Team
Gerald Fitch
Bootsy Thornton
Preston Shumpert
Ekene Ibekwe
Robert Traylor

All-Bosmans Team
Emir Preldzic
Kenan Bajramovic
Dejan Milojevic
Michail Kakiouzis
Mario Kasun

All-Defensive Team
Antonio Graves
Charles Smith
Ekene Ibekwe
Sinan Guler
Michael Benton

All-Newcomers Team
Melih Mahmutoglu
Furkan Aldemir
Baris Hersek
Caner Erdeniz


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  URUGUAY   


Montevideo took a three points lead - by Hector Lopez
Montevideo took a three points lead beating Urunday Universitario 80-72 for the Metro League 11th round, while 25 de Agosto defeat Welocme 92-87 and both are now in the second position.
The resuls and main scorers (including import players) were:
Montevideo 80 - Gonzalo Meira (192-F-88) 26 points Marques Lewis (203-F-83, college: UAB) 5 points 5 rebounds
Urunday 72 - Nicolas Borsellino (202-C-86) 18 points 7 rebounds
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25 de Agosto 92 - Juan Silveira (191-G-86, college: Weber St.) 28 points
Welcome 87 - Ollie Bailey (201-F-85, college: Oklahoma City) 31 points and 15 rebounds
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Capitol 68 - Sebastian Izaguirre (207-C/F-85) 19 and 9
Yale 58 - Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, college: Wofford) 18 and 11
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Larranaga 86 - Sebastian Vazquez (195-F-85) 32 and 10
Nacional 70 - Julio Solano (202-F/C-76) 8 and 5
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Larre Borgess 79 Sebastian Diaz (184-G/F-82) 28
Verdirrojo 74 - Jeff Fahnbulleh (200-C/F-85) 25 and 9


Standings - Metropolitan League
Metropolitan Standings
 1. Montevideo 10-1 
 2. 25 de Agosto 7-4 
 3. Welcome 7-4 
 4. Larranaga 6-5 
 5. Olivol Mundial 6-5 
 6. Capitol 6-5 
 7. Nacional 5-6 
 8. Urunday Univ. 5-6 
 9. Larre Borges 5-6 
 10. Yale 5-6 
 11. Verdirrojo 4-7 
 12. Goes 0-11 


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  USBA   


USBA Now Accepting Resumes for 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. 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 great 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   


Argentina U16 reaches the Final - by Eurobasket News
Argentina U16-Venezuela U16 66:58

Argentina rightfully became the Finalist of the 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship. The team remained undefeated and beat Venezuela 66:58 to play for the gold medal against the USA. The win also ensured the ticket for the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship.
The winners started well and won the opening tip with 6:2. Even though Venezuela did not give up, Argentine kept 21:18 lead after the first ten minutes of the game. In the second period Argentina created a 9-2 run to take 40:29 advantage. Venezuela replied with 5-2 run to go to the lockers with 42:34.
The tempo slowed down in the second half as the teams paid more attention to defense. Venezuela reduced the gap a bit in the middle of the quarter, however Argentina produced a 5-0 run to go on 58:46. Blanco Key Israel de Jesus and Alberto Carreras (193-G-76) tried hard in the losing effort and won the last period with their team 12-8, but it was not enough for the total success.
Tomas Zanzotera (-G-92) paced all the winners with 16 points. Joaquin Tuero (-G-93) and Matias Bortolin (-C-93) followed him with 9 points apiece to seal the winning outcome. Blanco Key Israel de Jesus poured in 15 points in the losing case and Alberto Carreras collected 10 points and 16 rebounds.
Venezuela will play for the Bronze medal game that will decide the last team of America that will qualify for the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship. Argentina will take on the USA tonight at the last game of 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.

Argentina: Tomas Zanzotera 16, Joaquin Tuero 9, Matias Bortolin 9
Venezuela: Blanco Key Israel de Jesus 15, Alberto Carreras 10+16 rebs


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  WBA   


Warriors earn road win over undefeated Majic - by Eurobasket News
The Cartersville Warriors (6-3, 4-3 World Basketball Association) finally got a WBA win Friday night after three straight losses, and they did it against the best team in the league, beating the previously undefeated Buford Majic, 95-86, in Buford..

'It doesn't matter what level of basketball you're talking about, there's a moment in every season that defines things and hopefully after the season you can point to that moment and say 'That's where things started going right,' and I think this is a moment we'll point at,' said Cartersville head coach Cory Baldwin. 'We did the things we needed to do in late-game situations against one of the best teams in the league. If we didn't do everything exactly right, we would've lost this game.'

The game was back-and forth most of the way, with Cartersville leading 45-40 at halftime before the Majic (6-1) used a strong third quarter to take a six-point lead into the final period. Buford continued to lead until the final 1:30, when the Warriors retook the lead and then held off Buford for a crucial road victory.

'One of the biggest things that helped us win this game tonight was our backcourt defense,' said Baldwin. 'Buford has three of the best guards in the league, including the league's leading scorer, and we held all of them under 15 points. That was huge and our guards did a good job of shutting them down.'

The Warriors used a balanced offensive attack to get the win, with Darnell Cox, Justin Billingslea (6'10''-F-85, college: Georgia St.) and Bobby Brown (6'6''-F-79, college: Kennesaw St.) leading the way with 16 points apiece. Jermaine Spivey (6'3''-G-72, college: New Orleans) pitched in 15, Andrew Jones had 14 and Chucky Frierson chipped in 10 for Cartersville, which broke a three-game losing streak in the WBA with the win over Buford.

Cartersville plays again Sunday, hosting the Rome Rage in another WBA contest Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. The Warriors were scheduled to play Southeast Exposure Basketball League member BC Howren Saturday night, but that game was postponed.

Courtesy of The Cartersville Warriors


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  WCBL   


WCBL 2009 Awards released - by Gianni Pascucci
The WCBL officials sent to us the following season Awards:

2009 WCBL REGULAR SEASON Most Valuable Player
JuShay Rockett (6'5''-F-84, college: Alaska-Fairb.) Newport Beach Surf

2009 WCBL PLAYOFFF Most Valuable Player
Mark Dawson (6'9''-F/C-83, agency: Tank Sports, college: Long Beach St.) Santa Barbara Breakers

2009 WCBL ALL-FIRST TEAM
Vincent Camper (6'3''-G-85, college: Cal.St.-Los Angeles) Newport Beach Surf
Tim Taylor (6'3''-G-82, college: Wayne St., NE) Santa Barbara Breakers
Tarron Williams (6'7''-F-76, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) Pasadena Slam
Josh Merrill (6'9''-F-74, college: UCSB) Santa Barbara Breakers
Jermaine Small (6'8''-F/C-77, college: Iona) Ventura County Jets

2009 WCBL ALL-SECOND TEAM
Elijah Muldrow (6'4''-G-83, college: UALR) Ventura County Jets
Mark Peters (5'11''-G-81, college: Cal-Riverside) Santa Barbara Breakers
Kyle Holmes (6'6''-G) Pasadena Slam
JR Reese (6'3''-G/F-83, college: Riverside JC) Orange County Gladiators
Jeremy Vague (6'9''-F/C-79, college: Utah St.) Santa Barbara Breakers

2009 WCBL ALL-THIRD TEAM
Pace Sheldon (6'0''-G, college: SW Baptist) Beijing Aoshen Olympians
Darwin Carter (6'0''-G-76, college: Angelo St.) Pasadena Slam
Jason Harris (6'4''-G-83, college: Sacramento St.) Newport Beach Surf
Mark Dawson Santa Barbara Breakers
Durwin Williams (6'6''-F-84, college: Montana St.-Northern) Hollywood Jammers

2009 WCBL ALL-FOURTH TEAM
Mjumbe Williams (6'0''-G-82, college: Ark.-Monticello) Orange County Gladiators
CJ Johnson Ventura County Jets
Huo Nan (6'6''-G/F-82) Beijing Aoshen Olympians
Lamar Harris (6'7''-F-80, college: Colorado) Hollywood Jammers
Maurice Spillers (6'7''-F-74, college: Utah St.) Pasadena Slam

WCBL Rookie of the Year
Mike Martin (6'7''-F-85, college: Chico St.) Newport Beach Surf

WCBL All-Rookie 1st Team
Wesley Stokes (6'0''-G-82, college: San Diego St.) Hollywood Jammers
Jonathan Gibson (6'2''-G) Hollywood Jammers
Mike Boone (6'0''-G) Pasadena Slam
Joel Smith (6'4''-G-84, college: Chaminade) Santa Barbara Breakers
Chad Ferguson (6'8''-F-84) Ventura County Jets

WCBL All-Rookie 2nd Team
Kyle Brucculeri (6'8''-F-86, college: Cal-Davis) Ventura County Jets
Tremaine Townsend (6'9''-F-86) Santa Barbara Breakers
Ryan Hynes (6'8''-F/C, agency: Promotex, college: Georgia Southern) Newport Beach Surf
David Von Sommeren Ventura County Jets
Jason Sanchies Cross (6'2''-G-85) Hollywood Jammers
Tito Mays (6'1''-G) Santa Barbara Breakers

WCBL Newcomer of the Year:
Tie Huo Nan Beijing Aoshen Olympians
Tie Jayceon Taylor (6'4''-G-79) Hollywood Jammers

IRONMAN OF THE YEAR: (Most Games and Minutes Played)
Tie Tim Taylor Santa Barbara Breakers
Tie Vincent Camper Newport Beach Surf

WCBL 2009 Sportsmanship Award:
Tie Jin Xin (6'9''-F-83) Beijing Aoshen Olympians
Tie Santiago Aguirre (6'8''-C-85, agency: Passing Lane, college: Westmont) Santa Barbara Breakers

2009 WCBL Most Improved Player Award:
Elijah Muldrow Ventura County Jets

2009 WCBL 6th Man Award:
Jason Harris Newport Beach Surf

WCBL 2009 Defensive Player Of The Year:
Jermaine Wilform Orange County Gladiators

WCBL 2009 First Team All-Defensive Team:
CJ Johnson Ventura County Jets
Leonard Mosley (6'5''-G-82, college: Oklahoma Baptist) Santa Barbara Breakers
Maurice Spillers Pasadena Slam
Zhang Songtao (7'0''-C-85) Beijing Aoshen Olympians
Jeremy Vague Santa Barbara Breakers

WCBL 2009 Second Team All-Defensive Team
Lamar Harris Hollywood Jammers
Terrell Hendricks (6'1''-G-84, college: La Sierra) Newport Beach Surf
Tarron Williams Pasadena Slam
Jermaine Small Ventura County Jets
Mark Peters Santa Barbara Breakers
Johnny Hardwick (6'11''-C-81, college: St.Augustine) Ventura County Jets

2009 WCBL Playoff Best Coach
Curt Pickering Santa Barbara Breakers




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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Australia overwhelm New Caledonia in Oceania championship opener - by Eurobasket News
Australia - New Caledonia 77:19

Australian selection got to an impressive start of their Oceania championship campaign on Northern Marianna Islands. They dismantled New Caledonia in the opener to set things rolling. Hope Terdich (192-F-86) nailed 13 points, pulled down 5 boards and issued 5 assists to lift Australia to the first win at the tournament. The Aussies marked their ambitions early as they thumped New Caledonians 20:3 in the starting stanza. Australia continued their onslaught in the next frame. The margin grew at 30-point mark at halftime as the encounter turned into a rather one-way traffic. Australia turned a bit sloppy in the second half slowing down the tempo. They sank just 1/13 from beyond the arc but dominated the boards to keep their opponents at safe distance. Australia drove to a 40-point advantage before the fourth term. They cruised to the victory in the final minutes. Caitlin Rowe (187-F/C-91) provided 12 points for Australia. Rebecca Campigli (177-G-90) and Nicole Seekamp had 8 points each in the win. Marie-Helene Trocas topscored for New Caledonia with 6 points. Yolaine Koteureu and Myriam Fenuafanote delivered 5 points each in the loss.
Australia will next face Guam on June 23, while New Caledonia will try to post the initial win when they take on Northern Marianna Islands tomorrow.

Australia: Hope Terdich 13, Caitlin Rowe 12, Rebecca Campigli 8, Nicole Seekamp 8
New Caledonia: Marie-Helene Trocas 6, Yolaine Koteureu 5, Myriam Fenuafanote 5


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  GUAM - Women  


Guam topple Northern Mariana Islands - by Eurobasket News
Guam - Northern Mariana Islands 70:47

Guam posted the first win at the Oceania tournament in Saipan. They overcame the hosts to improve at 1-0 record. Guam dominated from start to finish to tame pesky Northern Mariana Islands. The teams got to the pretty quick start as they traded baskets early in the game. Guam were more accurate and managed to earn a 4-point lead at the first intermission despite losing the battle on the boards. But the second frame was a different story as Guam increased the tempo and started to get away. They limited the home team to just 6 points in the period and extended the leading margin to as many as 16 points. Northern Mariana Islands could not recover in the third frame. They missed all of their 15 two-point attempts and appeared trailing by massive 30 points heading into the final period. Northern Mariana Islands finally showed some signs of aggressiveness in the fourth stanza as they fired 26 points to trim the distance but Guam were never seriously threatened the coasted to the victory.
Brianna Benito delivered 25 points and 11 boards for Guam. Kathryn Castro had 12 points and 13 boards, while Derin Santos produced 11 points and 14 boards in the winning effort. Concepcion Camacho answered with 24 points for the hosts. Li'Amwar Ramgamar had 12 points in the loss.

Guam: Brianna Benito 25+11 boards, Kathryn Castro 12+13 boards, Derin Santos 11+14 boards
CNMI: Concepcion Camacho 24, Li'Amwar Ramgamar 12


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  ITALY - Women  


San Martino di Lupari signs Gamman - by Juliane Hoehne
San Martino Di Lupari made another important step in the building of the new team for next season. After the signing of Mary Sbrissa (188-F, college: NYIT), signed now also post player Louise Gamman (183-F-83). The Great Britain native played last season for Pakelo San Bonifacio also in A2 North Italy, averaging 12.7ppg and 8.1rpg in 32minutes of playing time. Pakelo San Bonifacio was relegated to Serie B after finishing the season on the last spot of the table.

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  LATVIA - Women  


Ainars Zvirgzdins leaves the National Team - by Eurobasket News
Ainars Zvirgzdins did his best, however desired more with the national team of Latvia on Eurobasket 2009. Latvia finished 7th in Eurobasket 2009 after the win over Slovak Republic that is 8th. Trailing 13-17 after the opening quarter, the hosts of the tournament produced 67:59 victory. That was however not the aim the team and the coach had before the tournament.
From the very beginning of the Eurobasket 2009 Ainars Zvirgzdins 's team became one of the favorites of the tournament. Latvia demolished Poland in the opener, then rolled over Hungary for the second straight win. Latvia needed an overtime to edge Greece and to get 3-0 record to finish the group undefeated. Latvia remained perfect at home in Eurobasket 2009 as the hosts grabbed the first victory in the Qualifying Round to improve to 3-0 record in Group E beating Czech Republic. Everything seemed to be very well, however Slovak Republic handed Latvia the first loss and then Spanish National team won Group E of Eurobasket 2009 and advanced to 1/4 Finals from the first place. The winners produced a good game over Latvia in the end of the Qualifying Round for 67:60 victory. Latvia had a great game versus Russia as the latter needed 69:64 overtime victory to advance to the semifinals.
The most important game for Ainars Zvirgzdins 's team was against Italy as Latvia lost for the second day in a row and again the team was defeated in overtime. The hosts of Eurobasket 2009 were even potential favorites of the tournament, however could not make it for the direct qualification into the 2010 World Championship. Italy recovered from the first half loss and won 68:66 in overtime.


Spartak Moscow Region add Anete Jekabsone-Zogota - by Eurobasket News

Spartak Moscow Region continued to land stars. They have recently signed a long-term contract with Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (177-G-83). Anete just finished the EuroBasket campaign with Latvia. She averaged 20.3 points, 4.6 boards and 3.9 assists per game and was chosen into the tournaments All-Star Five. Latvia finished 7th in Eurobasket 2009 after the win over Slovak Republic that is 8th. Trailing 13-17 after the opening quarter, the hosts of the tournament produced 67:59 victory. Sabine Niedola (184-F-91) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota nailed 14, while Zane Tamane netted 13. Lucia Kupcikova produced 13 points for Slovakia and Zuzana Zirkova delivered 12.

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

The Latvian 26-year-old guard spent the previous season in Dynamo Moscow. There her stats came up to 17.0 points, 4.2 boards and 3.1 assists per game. In EuroCup Anete Jekabsone-Zogota tallied 16.1 points, 3.0 boards and 2.9 assists.



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  NEW CALEDONIA - Women  


Australia overwhelm New Caledonia in Oceania championship opener - by Eurobasket News
Australia - New Caledonia 77:19

Australian selection got to an impressive start of their Oceania championship campaign on Northern Marianna Islands. They dismantled New Caledonia in the opener to set things rolling. Hope Terdich (192-F-86) nailed 13 points, pulled down 5 boards and issued 5 assists to lift Australia to the first win at the tournament. The Aussies marked their ambitions early as they thumped New Caledonians 20:3 in the starting stanza. Australia continued their onslaught in the next frame. The margin grew at 30-point mark at halftime as the encounter turned into a rather one-way traffic. Australia turned a bit sloppy in the second half slowing down the tempo. They sank just 1/13 from beyond the arc but dominated the boards to keep their opponents at safe distance. Australia drove to a 40-point advantage before the fourth term. They cruised to the victory in the final minutes. Caitlin Rowe (187-F/C-91) provided 12 points for Australia. Rebecca Campigli (177-G-90) and Nicole Seekamp had 8 points each in the win. Marie-Helene Trocas topscored for New Caledonia with 6 points. Yolaine Koteureu and Myriam Fenuafanote delivered 5 points each in the loss.
Australia will next face Guam on June 23, while New Caledonia will try to post the initial win when they take on Northern Marianna Islands tomorrow.

Australia: Hope Terdich 13, Caitlin Rowe 12, Rebecca Campigli 8, Nicole Seekamp 8
New Caledonia: Marie-Helene Trocas 6, Yolaine Koteureu 5, Myriam Fenuafanote 5


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  NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS - Women  


Guam topple Northern Mariana Islands - by Eurobasket News
Guam - Northern Mariana Islands 70:47

Guam posted the first win at the Oceania tournament in Saipan. They overcame the hosts to improve at 1-0 record. Guam dominated from start to finish to tame pesky Northern Mariana Islands. The teams got to the pretty quick start as they traded baskets early in the game. Guam were more accurate and managed to earn a 4-point lead at the first intermission despite losing the battle on the boards. But the second frame was a different story as Guam increased the tempo and started to get away. They limited the home team to just 6 points in the period and extended the leading margin to as many as 16 points. Northern Mariana Islands could not recover in the third frame. They missed all of their 15 two-point attempts and appeared trailing by massive 30 points heading into the final period. Northern Mariana Islands finally showed some signs of aggressiveness in the fourth stanza as they fired 26 points to trim the distance but Guam were never seriously threatened the coasted to the victory.
Brianna Benito delivered 25 points and 11 boards for Guam. Kathryn Castro had 12 points and 13 boards, while Derin Santos produced 11 points and 14 boards in the winning effort. Concepcion Camacho answered with 24 points for the hosts. Li'Amwar Ramgamar had 12 points in the loss.

Guam: Brianna Benito 25+11 boards, Kathryn Castro 12+13 boards, Derin Santos 11+14 boards
CNMI: Concepcion Camacho 24, Li'Amwar Ramgamar 12


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  OCEANIA CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


Standings
Standings
Group A
1. Guam1-0
2. N.Zealand0-0
3. Fiji0-0
4. Northern M.0-1
Group B
1. Australia1-0
2. Palau0-0
3. Tahiti0-0
4. New Caledo.0-1


Day 1. Results and stats from Saipan - by Eurobasket News
Guam - Northern Mariana Islands 70:47
Guam posted the first win at the Oceania tournament in Saipan. They overcame the hosts to improve at 1-0 record. Guam dominated from start to finish to tame pesky Northern Mariana Islands. The teams got to the pretty quick start as they traded baskets early in the game. Guam were more accurate and managed to earn a 4-point lead at the first intermission despite losing the battle on the boards. But the second frame was a different story as Guam increased the tempo and started to get away. They limited the home team to just 6 points in the period and extended the leading margin to as many as 16 points. Northern Mariana Islands could not recover in the third frame. They missed all of their 15 two-point attempts and appeared trailing by massive 30 points heading into the final period. Northern Mariana Islands finally showed some signs of aggressiveness in the fourth stanza as they fired 26 points to trim the distance but Guam were never seriously threatened the coasted to the victory.
Brianna Benito delivered 25 points and 11 boards for Guam. Kathryn Castro had 12 points and 13 boards, while Derin Santos produced 11 points and 14 boards in the winning effort. Concepcion Camacho answered with 24 points for the hosts. Li'Amwar Ramgamar had 12 points in the loss.

Guam: Brianna Benito 25+11 boards, Kathryn Castro 12+13 boards, Derin Santos 11+14 boards
CNMI: Concepcion Camacho 24, Li'Amwar Ramgamar 12


Australia - New Caledonia 77:19
Australian selection got to an impressive start of their Oceania championship campaign on Northern Marianna Islands. They dismantled New Caledonia in the opener to set things rolling. Hope Terdich (192-F-86) nailed 13 points, pulled down 5 boards and issued 5 assists to lift Australia to the first win at the tournament. The Aussies marked their ambitions early as they thumped New Caledonians 20:3 in the starting stanza. Australia continued their onslaught in the next frame. The margin grew at 30-point mark at halftime as the encounter turned into a rather one-way traffic. Australia turned a bit sloppy in the second half slowing down the tempo. They sank just 1/13 from beyond the arc but dominated the boards to keep their opponents at safe distance. Australia drove to a 40-point advantage before the fourth term. They cruised to the victory in the final minutes. Caitlin Rowe (187-F/C-91) provided 12 points for Australia. Rebecca Campigli (177-G-90) and Nicole Seekamp had 8 points each in the win. Marie-Helene Trocas topscored for New Caledonia with 6 points. Yolaine Koteureu and Myriam Fenuafanote delivered 5 points each in the loss.
Australia will next face Guam on June 23, while New Caledonia will try to post the initial win when they take on Northern Marianna Islands tomorrow.

Australia: Hope Terdich 13, Caitlin Rowe 12, Rebecca Campigli 8, Nicole Seekamp 8
New Caledonia: Marie-Helene Trocas 6, Yolaine Koteureu 5, Myriam Fenuafanote 5


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  PALESTINE - Women  


De La Salle Champions of the league, Catholic Action in 2nd Place - by Tamara Awartani

The womens tournament finished with success with 8 teams taking part in two groups, De la Salle & Catholic Action played for the title, while Sariyet Ramallah & De La Salle Bethlehem played for the 3rd & 4th place. This tournament is a starting point for womens basketball to get better, there are talented experienced players as well as many young players with great potential thirsty to play to gain experience along with generations to come to make Women Palestinian Basketball better.

Teams:
- De La Salle Jerusalem

The champions of the league, a complete team with skillful girls along with an import player & an experienced coach Wisam Zuamot. De La Salle had zero losses, played & won 3 games in the first round against De La Salle Bethlehem , Orthodoxi Ramallah, Sariyet Ramallah and was able to win the semi-final game against Orthodoxi Beit Jala & the final competitive game against Catholic Action to win the title. De La Salle is known for its teamwork with great passes led by Suhair Zalatimo, fast drives by Abeer Zalatimo & Luna Sudah, Dua Nairoukh with Julie Younis unstoppable under basket along with
Tamara Awartani (170-G-82) with several 3pointers.
De La Salle team includes Abeer Zalatimo, Suhair Zalatimo, Dua Nairoukh, Mishleen Mansoor, Veeda Qamar, Luna Sudah, Juana Qamar, Jane Bahbah, Yara Assad, Mira Kiryakose, Julie Younis (American Player) and newly joined
Tamara Awartani.

- Catholic Action Club
After playing strong against De La Salle Jerusalem in the final game they came in 2nd place, a young team filled with talented players lacking the experience along with an import player & well-known coaches Basel Maayah and Adel Asmari. Catholic Action had zero loses in the first round against De La Salle Beit Sahour & Orthodoxi Beit Jala, won the semi final against Sariyet Ramallah & lost the final game against De La Salle Jerusalem. Catholic Action is known for its strong will in playing led by Seraina Qaraa strong passes, great shots by Shireen Nissan & Jumana Jabras 3pointers along with Paulina Nissan & Juana Batarseh strong under basket along with Cherry Lavins all around game.
Catholic Action club includes Shireen Nissan, Seraina Qaraa, Jumana Jabra, Tanya AlJaar, Paulina Nissan, Sireen Sabat, Juana Batarseh & Cherry Lavin (American Player).

-Sariyet Ramallah Club
Playing hard against more experienced teams getting better in every game, the young team comes in 3rd place coached by the well known player Ibrahim Habash. Sariyet Ramallah won 2 games in the first round against Orthodoxi Ramallah & De la Salle Bethlehem however lost from De La Salle Jerusalem and from Catholic Action in the semi-final while winning over Orthodoxi Beit Jala and came in 3rd place. Sariyet Ramallah led by Nour Nabulsi a young talented girl with great passes & shots, strong drives by Sally Jildeh with unstoppable rebounding & good shots, Sireen Qawars 3pointers & nice passes along with Taleen Abu Ghazaleh, Majd & Mays Rimawis good drives, Reem Diab & Hadeel under basket.
Sariyet Ramallah includes Sireen Qawar, Noor Nabulsi, Sally Jildeh, Majd Rimawi, Mays Rimawi, Reem Diab, Razan Habash, Hadeel, Rana Ayed, Dalia Khader, Hanin Khalil, Taleen Abu Ghazaleh.

- Orthodoxi Beit Jala
A team thirsty to play filled with young talented girls led by the well known coach Maher Matar came in 4th place. Orthodoxi Beit Jala won 2 games in the first round against De La Bethlehem, Orthodoxi Beit Sahour however lost from Catholic Action and from De La Salle Jerusalem in the semi-final & Sariyet Ramallah thus came in 4th place. Orthodoxi Beit Jala led by Rinad Zreineh with her strong will, drives & good shots along with Ghada Abu Rummans great shots & drives.
Beit Jala consists of Ghada Abu Rumman, Rinad Zreineh, Ludrus Zeidan, Maryan Mukarkar, Nancy, Raneem & Christine Faraj,

There was an obvious difference between the following four teams & the first four. These teams are young, lacking the experience due to not having any games on continuous bases but motivated thus given the right circumstances & hopefully a set season, players will develop building a bases for Palestinian Womens basketball.
- Orthodoxi Beit Sahour
Razan Qumsieh, Salam AlSahouri, Mary AlTaweel, Diana Qumsieh, Reem Hanouneh
-Orthodoxi Ramallah
Nadeen Awad, Hanan Aweis, Sally Msarsaa, Abeer Kassis, Maya Shanklian
- De La Salle Bethlehem
Daisy Jukman, Manar Ateeq, Ruba Nasarallah, Dima Sajdieh
-Terrasanta Jerusalem


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  RUSSIA - Women  


Spartak Moscow Region add Anete Jekabsone-Zogota - by Eurobasket News

Spartak Moscow Region continued to land stars. They have recently signed a long-term contract with Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (177-G-83). Anete just finished the EuroBasket campaign with Latvia. She averaged 20.3 points, 4.6 boards and 3.9 assists per game and was chosen into the tournaments All-Star Five. Latvia finished 7th in Eurobasket 2009 after the win over Slovak Republic that is 8th. Trailing 13-17 after the opening quarter, the hosts of the tournament produced 67:59 victory. Sabine Niedola (184-F-91) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Anete Jekabsone-Zogota nailed 14, while Zane Tamane netted 13. Lucia Kupcikova produced 13 points for Slovakia and Zuzana Zirkova delivered 12.

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

The Latvian 26-year-old guard spent the previous season in Dynamo Moscow. There her stats came up to 17.0 points, 4.2 boards and 3.1 assists per game. In EuroCup Anete Jekabsone-Zogota tallied 16.1 points, 3.0 boards and 2.9 assists.



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


Connecticut signs White, waives Cirone - by Eurobasket News
The Connecticut Sun announced Friday it has signed former first round WNBA Draft pick Tan White to a one-year contract.

Terms were not released. To make room for White on the roster, the Sun waived Kristi Cirone (5'8''-G-87, college: Illinois St.).

Drafted by Indiana with the second overall pick in the 2005 WNBA Draft, the 5-foot-7 White averaged 9.2 points per game in four seasons with the Fever. She averaged a career-best 10.8 points per game in 2007, and scored 9.9 points per game last year while also collecting career highs with 101 rebounds, 80 assists and 43 steals.

Born in Tupelo, Miss., White was the 2001 Mississippi Gatorade Player of the Year after leading Tupelo High to the 5A state title. She went on to star at Mississippi State, becoming just the second MSU player to reach 2,000 career points while also becoming the SEC's all-time career steals leader with 372. She was the top scorer in NCAA Division I as a senior, averaging 23.5 points per game.

The Connecticut Sun host the Chicago Sky tonight at 7 p.m., and will be home again at Mohegan Sun Arena Sunday to face the San Antonio Silver Stars. Tickets for both games are on sale now and can be reserved by calling a Sun Ticket Representative at 1.877.SUN.TIXX (786-8499) or by visiting www.connecticutsun.com.

Courtesy of The Connecticut Sun


Mystics beat Sky for 4-1 record - by Eurobasket News
Chicago S. - Washington M. 72-81
The Washington Mystics made it at home last night. It was the only game of the day and the hosts were better than Chicago Sky 81-72. It means that the Mystics jumped to almost perfect 4-1, while the guests faced with 3rd loss in 6 games. Alana Beard (5'11''-G/F-82, college: Duke) was totally the best player in this victory. She spent 38 minutes on the floor draining impressive 31 points. Crystal Langhorne (6'2''-F/C-86, college: Maryland) also had very important role in the team collecting 14 points and 6 assists. Chasity Melvin (6'3''-C/F-76, college: N.Carolina St.) followed with 12 pts and 9 boards. In the loosing squad Jia Perkins (5'8''-G-82, agency: Merit Sports, college: Texas Tech) top-scored with 15 pts. Kristi Toliver (5'7''-G, college: Maryland) had 13 and Candice Dupree (6'2''-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Temple) contributed with one point less. Interesting is that the hosts made just 3 triples last night. The Sky also was better in rebounding with 34 in total, while the hosts had 31. However, they were almost unmistakable from the line making 22 of 26. The guests had poor 13 of 26, what could be the reason of this defeat.
There are five game to be played today.