EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 6/23/2009

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  ARGENTINA   


USA U16 clinched Gold of the 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship - by Eurobasket News
Argentina U16-United States of America U16 87:101

The United States of America U16 clinched Gold of the 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship by beating Argentina 101:87. The winners looked great throughout the whole tournament and rightfully deserved the top place. Both teams as well as Canada qualified directly for the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship that will be held in Hamburg, Germany.

That was a good start of the Final for the undefeated teams of the tournament. The first two quarters were the same both in scenario and the score. The United States broke the tie quickly with a three pointer and finished up 25:18. In the beginning of the second period USA made an 11-0 run to take a 36:21 lead. Led by James McAdoo and Brad Beal the team enjoyed 50:36 at the halftime.
In the third period the United States of America U16 dominated the court as well as increased the lead to 21 points. They could start celebrating at that time and actually slowed down a bit in the last frame. Argentina U16 meanwhile produced a 35-28 in the last period and managed to reduce the gap.
Brad Beal (6'3''-G-93) paced all the winners with 26 points to clinch Gold with his team. Quinn Cook (5'11''-G-92) ended up with 22 points, while Mc Adoo James posted 20. Luciano Massarelli (-G-93) finished the night with 18 points in the losing effort. Tomas Zanzotera (-G-92) netted 17 and Herrera Hernan scored 12.

Argentina U16: Luciano Massarelli 18, Tomas Zanzotera 17, Herrera Hernan 12
United States of America U16: Brad Beal 26, Quinn Cook 22, Mc Adoo James 20


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  AUSTRALIA   


New Caledonia fall just short of win against Australia - by Eurobasket News
New Caledonia - Australia 57:60

New Caledonia gave Australia some major scare late in the game before losing the battle in the second round of action at the Oceania tournament in Saipan. Australia seemed to be en route to a comfortable win during three quarters but wasted all of their lead in the fourth period before narrowly escaping at the end. The victory propelled the Aussie team to a 2-0 record, while New Caledonia slipped at 0-1.
Australia got to the better start as they grabbed an 8-point lead after the opening period. The tempo decreased in the second frame but Australia managed to maintain the advantage. They arrived at halftime up by 11 points. Australia kept their opponents at bay in the third frame. The Aussies overcame 11 turnovers to secure a 15-point lead with one quarter to go. But New Caledonia were not about to surrender. They limited their opponents to just a single field goal in the fourth period to trim the deficit. New Caledonia pulled within three with under a minute left. Australia missed four consecutive free throws in the dying seconds providing New Caledonia with a healthy chance to save the game. But Thomas Daly stepped up with a decisive steal in the final seconds to ensure the winning outcome for Australia.
Thomas Daly finished with 12 points to lead the winners. Jan Warbout had 10 points for Australia. Emmanuel Souria-Ouamba responded with game-high 19 points for New Caledonia. Rodrigue Tetainanuarii (203-F-82) canned 17 points in defeat.

New Caledonia: Emmanuel Souria-Ouamba 19, Rodrigue Tetainanuarii 17
Australia: Sean Mullan (-F-90) 13, Thomas Daly 12, Jan Warbout 10


Tigers re-sign O'Hea, Johnson - by Eurobasket News
The Melbourne Tigers 2009/10 NBL team nears completion with Daniel Johnson (212-C-88, college: Pepperdine) and Matt O'Hea (196-G/F-82) the latest official re-signings to the club, with just three spots remaining.

Johnson joined the Tigers in 2008 as a development player, following a short USA College stint with Pepperdine University (NCAA Div1).

At 21 years old, the 212cm centre had an outstanding junior career which includes being part of the U14 National Champions team, U16 State Champions team, attending the Australian Institute of Sport and winning the U19 World Championship with the Emus in 2007.

Head Coach Al Westover said he is excited about the future of Australian basketball and signing young up and coming players such as Johnson is testament to that.

DJ has enormous potential for a young player, he adds more depth to our team being a back-up player for Chris (Anstey),

Hes been dominating in the Big V, getting three Player of the Week awards already this season and averaging 27 points and 14 rebounds per game,

Were thrilled hell be continuing with the Tigers this season, he said.

Johnson was named Big V Youth Player of the Year in 2008, also leading his Tigers team to a Championship.

He recently played in the Big V All Star mens game, and is currently in Canberra at the first Australian Boomers camp.

Playing alongside Johnson in the Big V is Matt OHea, who has also signed with the Tigers to be part of the upcoming NBL season.

OHea was awarded the Tigers NBL Most Improved Player in 2007, and continues to be a valuable asset to the Tigers team.

At 26 years old, the guard has been an outstanding member of the Big V Tigers team, recently winning Player of the Week, and was also part of the Championship winning team last season alongside Johnson.

Averaging 23.3 points per game and 8.2 rebounds so far this Big V season, OHea is a quick and talented player with a hard working attitude.

Growing up in regional Victoria, OHea said he was eager to stay living in Melbourne and to be able to continue playing with the Tigers.

Ive been playing under Al (Westover) for three years now so Im happy I can continue to play for such a great coach, and with the majority of last years playing group,

Its great to be able to keep playing with the Tigers in front of family and friends,

Weve got a fantastic supporter base in Melbourne so I hope to see some familiar faces cheering us on at The Cage this season, he said.

OHea and Johnsons official announcements join the rapidly growing list of Tigers players for the upcoming season.

The officially signed Tigers are:
Chris Anstey
Mark Worthington
David Barlow
Luke Kendall
Daryl Corletto
Ryan Bathie
Daniel Johnson
Matt OHea

The remaining three positions will be announced in the weeks to come, as they are officially signed by the Tigers and approved by the NBL.


Matt OHea Fast Facts

Currently plays for Melbourne Tigers Big V.
Awarded Melbourne Tigers NBL Most Improved Player in 2006/07.
Part of Big V Championship winning team 2008.
Part of Tigers NBL Championship winning team in 2007/08.
Selected as Big V All Star in 2009.


Daniel Johnson Fast Facts

Played with USA college Pepperdine University (NCAA Div1), averaging 9.4 points and 3.4 rebounds in 2007/08.
Represented Australia at the 2007 Under 19 World Championship in Serbia.
Was the second highest scorer at the 2007 U20 Nationals behind Patrick Mills.
Part of Big V Championship winning team 2008.
Won Big V Youth Player of the Year in 2008.

Courtesy of The Melbourne Tigers


U19 Australian NT for FIBA U19 World Championship announced - by Eurobasket News
Basketball Australia has selected the team that will contest the FIBA U19 World Championship in Auckland in July.

The Emus returned on Tuesday from a successful tour of France where the team registered victories over Lithuania, Canada, a United States representative side and the host nation.

Australia will play practice matches against Spain, Greece and France at a Four Nations invitational tournament in Melbourne from June 26-28 before departing for the World Championship on June 29.

The Emus have been drawn in Group C at the World Championship along with Canada, Spain and Syria and will tip off its tournament against Canada on July 2.

Other nations competing at the event are Angola, Greece, Lithuania, Puerto Rico, Egypt, France, Iran, USA, Argentina, Croatia, Kazakhstan and New Zealand.

In 2007 Australia, featuring stars Patty Mills and AJ Ogilvy, won eight of a possible nine matches at the Under-19 World Championship but lost an all-important Quarter Final to Brazil on a buzzer beater, forcing it to play off for minor placings and an eventual fifth place.

The Emus will be hosting the Under-19 Four Nations Tournament at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatics Centre from June 26-28, 2009. Under-19 national teams from European superpowers Spain, Greece and France will join the Emus in their last chance to prepare for the FIBA U19 World Championship in New Zealand in July. All four teams boast a strong reputation at the U19 level, each earning a podium finish in the previous three U19 World Championships. Tickets are available right now through Basketball Victoria, and fans should grab them quick or risk missing out. Call 03 9927 6666, or email :ashley.stewart@basketballvictoria.com.au for your tickets today.



The Australian Emus Basketball Team for 2009 FIBA U19 World Championship

Name / Junior Association / State

Bryce ARNOTT / Dandenong / VIC
Ryan Broekhoff (196-F-90) of Australian Institute Sport / Frankston / VIC
Jason Cadee / Bankstown / NSW
Matthew Dellavedova (189-G-90) of Australian Institute Sport / Maryborough / VIC
Cody Ellis (202-F-90) of Saint Louis University (USA) / Sterling / WA
Hugh Greenwood (188-F-90) of Australian Institute Sport / Hobart / TAS
Shane HARRIS-TUNKS / Liverpool / NSW
Matthew HODGSON / Ipswich / QLD
Brock Motum (205-F-90) / Brisbane / QLD
Jorden Page (183-G-90) / Maroochydore / QLD
Christian Salecich (194-G-90) / Southern Districts / QLD
Mitchell Young (205-F-90) / Logan / QLD

Head Coach: Martin Clarke
Assistant Coach: Tim MALLON
Assistant Coach: Damien COTTER
Manager: Bob McGUGAN
Physio: Peter SUFFOLK
Doctor: Dr Graham LEE


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


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  AUSTRIA   


Kapfenberg Bulls - Transfer update - by Stefan Heinrich
The Kapfenberg Bulls announced a couple of transfers for the upcomming season.

Armin Woschank (184-G-82, agency: R.H.Consultancy) will return to Kapfenberg after he left Wels. He will be close to the University in Graz and he wanted to be back in Styria for his future. Woschank signed a 3 year contract.

Heinz Kugerl (211-C-86) renewed his contract with the Bulls as well. The promising Austrian Big-Man signed a 3 year deal with the Bulls and Coach Schrittwieser expects him to improve his Defense and his Athleticism during that period.

Captain Samuel Knabl (206-C/F-82) will also stay in Kapfenberg as he signed a contract until 2012 and Alexander Wronski (196-82) will come back to Kapfenberg as well. Wronski played in the 2. Bundesliga in the past season and he signed a contract for 2 years.


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  BAHAMAS   


Bahamas U16 handed Mexico U16 another overtime loss - by Eurobasket News
Bahamas U16 -Mexico U16 87:83 OT

Bahamas U16 handed Mexico U16 another overtime loss and escaped the last place of FIBA Americas U16 Championship. Bahamas U16 celebraed the initial victory to finish on the 7th spot after 87:83 over Mexico U16.
Both teams started even and desired to finish the tournament with a win. Bahamas enjoyed a 21-15 lead with one minute left but the Mexicans came back with a 6-0 run to close tied at 21:21. Again it was Bahamas that made an 8-0 run to take a 35:27 lead and finish the first half up 42:33.
The third period became the most productive for both teams as they managed to pour in 49 points. Mexico reduced the gap after 25-24 and hoped for the last period. Mexico returned once again and a quick 4-0 run after two free throws and a basket forced the overtime period tied at 74:74. Bahamas made a 7-0 run in the final two minutes for the initial win in FIBA Americas U16 Championship.
Wannah Bail (203-C-92) was unstoppable with 30 points and 18 rebounds. Garth Brown (-G/F-92) finished the night with 23, while Rokeem netted 14. Ernesto Quintero (-92) top-scored for Mexico with 19 points and Raul Borquez (-93) nailed 16.
The United States of America U16 clinched Gold of the 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship by beating Argentina 101:87. The winners looked great throughout the whole tournament and rightfully deserved the top place. Both teams as well as Canada qualified directly for the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship that will be held in Hamburg, Germany.

Bahamas U16: Wannah Bail 30+18 rebs, Garth Brown 23, Lewis Rokeem 14
Mexico U16: Ernesto Quintero 19, Raul Borquez 16


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  BARBADOS   


Standings
Premier L. Standings
 1. Cavaliers 8-2 
 2. Pinelands 8-3 
 3. Bulls 7-2 
 4. Lakers 7-3 
 5. Deacons 7-4 
 6. Warriors 6-5 
 7. Sonics 5-5 
 8. Jackson 4-5 
 9. Tridents 4-7 
 10. Senators 3-7 
 11. Patriots 1-9 
 12. Cougars 1-9 


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  BELGIUM   


Div 1 Transfer News - by Peter Buyse

Base Oostende has reached an agreement with Caleb Green (203-F-85, college: ORU) for the upcoming season with an option for an extra year.
Green had a great first season for Dexia Mons-Hainaut and averaged 14.0 ppg and 6.7 rpg. Caleb was selected Eurobasket Belgium 1st team.

Green first played in Germany after an oustanding career at Oral Roberts where he was voted MCC player of the year 3 times.

At Trier in Germany he had averages of 17.9 ppg and 6.1 rpg.

Spotter Leuven has resigned Belgian forward Wim Vuchelen (194-F-81) for the 2009-2010 season. He is the 4th player so far on the Leuven roster besides Chris Young, Darren Fells and Jeff Vanderjoncjkheyd.
The team will be coached again by Ivica Skelin.



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  BRAZIL   


Brazil U16 clinched the fifth place - by Eurobasket News
Puerto Rico U16-Brazil U16 79-82

Brazil U16 clinched the fifth place at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship held in Mendoza, Argentina. In the game for the fifth place Brazil outscored Puerto Rico 82:79. Both teams fought for the lead in the final quarter but in the final seconds a three pointer by Leonardo Simoes gave Brazil the necessary win.
Brazil took a 24:21 lead at the end of the opening quarter. The team looked much better than the opponents and started to extend the lead later in the first half. Brazil made an 11-2 run to close the first half up 48:33.
Puerto Rico however bounced back in the second half and produced 27-17 in the third period. it gave them 60:65 at the end of the thirty minutes of the game. Puerto Rico even played better in the last period and managed to come closer to the opponents. The intrigue remained in the court until the last minutes however Leonardo Simoes nailed a three-pointer to seal the win with his team.
Simoes Leonardo paced all the winners with 26 points as Brazil finished 5th in the tournament. Igor Avelino (190-F-94) poured in 18, while Martini Giovanni chipped in 8. Carmelo Betancourt (-92) ended up with 24 points in the losing effort and Gary Browne (-92) scored 21. Puerto Rico U16 finishes the campaign on the 6th position.

Puerto Rico U16: Carmelo Betancourt 24, Gary Browne 21
Brazil U16: Simoes Leonardo 26, Igor Avelino 18, Martini Giovanni 8


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  CANADA   


Edmonton Energy makes 10th straight win in IBL - by Eurobasket News
It wasn't pretty, but it was good enough. The Edmonton Energy overcame sloppy ballhandling and lax defence to run their International Basketball League (IBL) win streak to 10 with 101-85 win over the Tacoma (Wash.) Tide on Saturday.

The Energy, now a league-best 15-2, were led by Steve Sir (Edmonton) 25 points and nine rebounds. Lee Scruggs (211-F/C-79, agency: Edge Sports, college: Georgetown) (Franklin, N.C.) had 20 points, seven rebounds, five assists and four blocks while Skouson Harker (203-F-77, college: Oregon) (Raymond, Alta.) had 20 points and six rebounds.

Dontay Harris led Tacoma (10-6) with 19 points.

'That was by far our weakest performance all year,' Energy coach Paul Sir told the Edmonton Journal. 'We had some good moments, but the guys were not ready.'

Edmonton plays Tacoma again Sunday night in its final regular season home game.

Courtesy of The IBL


Canada U16 won over Venezuela U16 to qualify for the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship - by Eurobasket News
Canada U16-Venezuela U16 106:81

Canada U16 won over Venezuela U16 to qualify for the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship. The North American team grabbed the Bronze medal game of the 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.
The game between Canada U16 and Venezuela U16 became not only the game for the third place, however for the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship ticket as well. Canada opened the game with 11-2 run to take 23;10 lead after the opening quarter. Venezuela U16 started to play better in the second period however could not catch up the opponents. Canada won 21-19 to finish the first half up 44:29. Led by Nicholas Lewis and Duane Notice the winners went to the lockers with 15-point advantage.
The teams struggled hard in the third period coming back from the lockers as Canada still held the lead. Moreover the team from North America never looked behind and increased the lead. A 29-23 gave them 21 points to enter the last stanza. Another offensive 33-29 in the last period gave Canada the important win to qualify for the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship.
The United States of America U16 clinched Gold of the 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship by beating Argentina 101:87. The winners looked great throughout the whole tournament and rightfully deserved the top place. Both teams as well as Canada qualified directly for the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship that will be held in Hamburg, Germany.

Canada U16: Kevin Pangos (183-G-92) 28, Notice Alexander 18, Jonathan Alexander-Guillaume (198-F-93) 17+10 rebs
Venezuela U16: Calatayud Jose 17, Blanco Key Israel de Jesus 17, Michael Carrera (-92) 16+12 rebs


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  CAPE VERDE   


Seven Stars and ABC Cape Verde champions - by Pedro Gomes
The teams from Santiago Island, ABC and Seven Stars, became, on Sunday night, 21, national basketball champions in the U18 and senior division, respectively, during the national championship, held in the Sports Pavilion on the island of Sal.

In the final game to decide the champion of Cape Verde in the U18 division, ABC won the title in the last seconds of the game, beating Academica of Mindelo, Sao Vicente Island, 69-68. It was a hard fought comeback and the team from Praia was down by 22 points to the team from Mindelo, last years champions.

The tournament counted with the participation of three teams. In the first two days, Academica of Mindelo and ABC had defeated Ami Fogo, from Fogo Island.

In the senior division, Seven Stars showed their supremacy and became national champion by beating the hosts, Pantera Negra, 61-49.
The two teams reached the final as winners of their respective Poule, North and South, which was held in the island of Sal.

Final Classification Mens Senior Division:
Champions, Seven Stars (Santiago);
Runner up, Pantera (Sal);
Third place, Atletico (Sao Vicente) and Cutelinho (Fogo);
Fifth place, Fiorentina (Santo Antao), and
Sixth place, Sporting (Boa Vista).


Elvis Evora Portuguese 2008/2009 champion with Benfica - by Pedro Gomes
Benfica rightfully celebrated the Final win in the Play-offs as they swept the series over Ovarense 4-0. Elvis Evora (205-C-78, agency: Global Sports Plaza) top-scorer for the winners with 22 points, while Ramos Sergio was responsible for 17. Manarte Nuno finished the night with 17 points in the losing effort and Roberts Rolan collected 14 points and 9 rebounds. Ovarense had their backs against the wall in this one and they threw all they had early in the encounter. The home team managed a narrow 18:17 lead after the starting frame. But Benfica came back into the game firing from all cannons in the second stanza. They limited the hosts to miserable 5 points in the stanza and piled up an 11-point cushion at the main break. Nuno Manarte tried hard to sober up Ovarense after the big break but the chance was long gone. Benfica kept the lead in their hands and did not allow Ovarense to threaten the winning margin at the end. The victory crowned an outstanding season for Benfica where they won 31 straight games and then swept the Final series. The trophy returned to Lisbon after 14 years pause.

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  COSTA RICA   


Barva wins Game 3 - by Gianni Pascucci
Ferretera Brenes Barva prevailed over Coopenae Liceo de Costa Rica, 85-68, taking the lead in the Apertura Finals, 2-1. The game top performer was this time Amir Alvarado (198-G/F-84, college: Marshalltown CC), who scored 27 pts to lead Barva, helped again by Isaac St.Rose (190-G-84, college: John Brown), with 19. Jaffrey Spencer (190-F-80) came out from the bench with 19 points to be the best in Liceo. Game 4 will be played on Friday, June 26 and could be decisive. The game will be played in Gimnasio Nacional, a neutral court, as decided by the CostRican Basketball Federation.

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  CROATIA   


Croatian B National Team loses to Italy in Biella - by Eurobasket News
Croatia B - Italy 70-75

Croatia B came up short in an attempt to win the 6th memorial Trofeo Angelico Tournament as they were defeated by Italy 70-75. Italy and Croatia are on the 1st and 2nd place respectively as both teams finished with 2 wins and 1 loss.
Even though Italy was regarded as the favorite, Croatian B National Team made it clear from the start they will not go without a fight. In the first quarter it was Croatia who managed to build a 4-point lead as the scoreboard showed 14-18 score after 10 minutes of play. Still in the second, as Italy slowly started imposing its game on Croatians, it started shifting. First Italy tied the score, and then after several easy baskets from the counter attacks, they went on a break with 39-37 lead. In the third quarter, Italy continued to pile on pressure and increase its lead. Croatia did not have solution for Pietro Aradori (192-G-88) during this period so with 10 minutes left to go, the score stood at 60-52. In the final quarter it seemed that Croatian players just dont have the energy to mount a serious run. With 4 minutes left in the contest, Italy had its biggest lead as the score stood at 72-60. From that point on, all Croatians could do was decrease the deficit to 5 points.
Damir Rancic (197-G-83) was the best scorer for Croatia as he recorded 17 points, while Ante Tomic (215-C-87) added 13. For the winning side, Pietro Aradori scored 19 while Giuliano Maresca (191-G-81) recorded 10 points. Croatia was better in the rebounding department winning the battle on the glass 41-28. Still they shoot poorly behind the arc, especially Rok Stipcevic (188-G-86) who missed all of his 5 attempts. Croatian B National Team will continue preparations for Mediterranean Games back in Porec.

Italy: Bolzonella 4, Cinciarini 4, Cittadini 6, Allegretti 7, Giuliano Maresca 10, Pietro Aradori 19, Crosariol 8, D'Ercole, Datome 7, Cerella 5, Rinaldi 5
Croatia B: Damir Rancic 17, Vladovic 8, Rok Stipcevic, Andric 7, Babic 4, Car 5, Ante Tomic 13, Rudez 2, Zoric 2, Lalic 6, Pasalic 6


U19 National Team for FIBA U19 World Championship announced - by Eurobasket News
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Head Coach of U19 National Team, Boris Kurtovic, has issued the final list of 12 players which will represent U19 Croatia at FIBA U19 World Championship in New Zealand.

12 players which were chosen are: Nikola Dosen (180-G-91), Toni Prostran (183-G-91), Josip Bilinovac (195-G-90), Dino Butorac, Ivan Batur (202-F-91), Luka Babic (199-G-91), Sime Olivari (190-G-90), Tomislav Zubcic (211-C/F-90), Mario Delas (207-C/F-90), Domagoj Bubalo (212-C-91), Darko Planinic (209-C-90) and Leon Radosevic (210-F/C-90).

Kurtovic has stated that the elimination process was hard for him as all candidates deserved to go, but there were only 12 places available. During the preparatory period and control matches, several players really impressed especially Dino Butorac and Leon Radosevic (210-F/C-90). They will be counted to contribute if U19 Croatia hopes to achieve good result in New Zealand. Butorac is playing at the shooting guard position, while Radosevic is expected to bring stability under the rim at the center position.

In the previous few weeks, U19 Croatia has played several control matches, where they worked on their tactics. They squared off against Croatia B National Team, U19 Greece and U20 Montenegro. Even though the result was in second plan, this team recorded several wins. Now the team will get 2 days off to rest before they start their journey to New Zealand. There, the team is expected to play few more control matches before the start of World Championships. So far one opponent is known to be USA, while the second one will be confirmed soon.

FIBA U19 World Championship will take place from July 2nd to July 12th in New Zealand. U19 Croatian has been drawn in Group D together with the hosts New Zealand, Argentina and Kazakhstan. Their biggest competition in the preliminary round will certainly be U19 Argentina, while at the later stage, U19 Croatia will be looking to challenge for honors.


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  EL SALVADOR   


LSB Apertura awards - by Jaime Arevalo

Here down you can see the Apertura Individual Awards given just after the end of the Final Series. As it was easy to forecast, ExSal has the two Most Valuable players, very strange that no one has been awarded in UTEC:
Domestic MVP: Salvador Bandek (181-G-78) ExSal
Import MVP: Nathan Watson (191-G-83, agency: Team Quest Inc., college: Auburn) Ex Sal
Best 3-Pts Shooter: Carlos Alas (181-G-79) ExSal
Best Rebounder: Bob Hunter (193-F-76) Denver
Best Shot-Blocker: Devin Thompson (200-F-80, college: St.Peter's) Cosmos

Best Assist-Man: Mauricio Lahud (176-G-84) Denver
Best Ball Stealer: Daniel Calderon Leones



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  GERMANY   


Germany 5th at World Military Championship - by Moritz Korff
June was a busy month for the German Military National Team. The Germans went 5th at the World Military Championship (June 7th-14th) in Lithuania and then captured the title at the CC-Air HQ Ramstein Sports Championships in Tongerlo (June 16th-18th).
In Lithuania the team of Coach Carsten Pohl defeated Korea (106-97), Greece (80-78), USA (83-82), Latvia (85-73), but fell short to China twice (72-90 and 73-86). In the second game against China Matthias Grothe (200-F-78) drained 11 three pointers and finished the contest with 35 points, while former NBA-player Wang Zhizhi (214-C-77) contributed 24 points to Chinas victory. The German roster included players like Goettingen's Robert Kulawick (191-G-86, agency: Court Side), Sebastian Barth (192-G-85) from Langen, Sebastian Adeberg (198-F-84) of USC Heidelberg and Freiburg's Sebastian Harke (203-F/C-81, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement).
At the Tongerlo tournament the Germans remained unbeaten and overcame the USA (90-68), England (110-49), Belgium (112-72). In the final Kulawick led Germany with 22 points to another win over the US (88-83).


Marco Buljevic(EWE Baskets Oldenburg) Thoughts To Game Three Loss And Game Four Against The Telekom Baskets Bonn June 23rd - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
22 year old Croatian-German Marco Buljevic (197-G-87, agency: Court Side) is a 196 guard playing his first season with the EWE Baskets Oldenburg. He started his Basketball career 2003-2004 in the German Oberliga SG Urspringschule. In the 2004-2005 season, he split his time between TSG Ehingen (2. Bundesliga): 7 games: 1.7ppg, 1.0rpg and SGUrspringschule/Schelklingen (Oberliga): 13 games: 19.2 ppg. In the 2005-2006 season, he played at Ehingen averaging in 28 games: 10.9ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.5apg, 2FGP: 49.2%, 3FGP: 45.9%, FT: 72.3%. He was the best three point shooter in the second league. In the 2006-2007 season, he signed with the Giessen 46ers averaging in twenty games 4,4 ppg and also played at TV Lich averaging in 7 games: 7.3ppg, 1.9rpg, 2FGP: 50%, 3FGP: 25.9%, FT: 80.0%. Last season, he averaged in 21 games for the Giessen 46ers 2.4ppg. He was part of the German U-16-18 and -20 teams and played at the U-18 European Championships in Belgrade in 2005 averaging in seven games 5.0ppg, 1.0rpg.This season he is averaging only 3,3 minutes per game with the EWE Baskets Oldenburg and can benefit from the top class teammates that he can practice against each day. He spoke to Eurobasket after the game three loss in Oldenburg








Marco, a tough loss tonight 81-78. It seems like there possibly could be a curse ove rthe EWE arena and The Telekom dome as the home teams continue not being able to win at home. Oldenburg so strong at home during the season and two loses in a row at home. How frustrating is it not being able to win at home?





We try not to think too much about that. We lost two games at home, but we want to play strong at home and on the road. We have shown in the regular season that we can win at home and on the road.






The EWE Baskets Oldenburg have their backs to the wall. You have to win two games in a row for the German BBL title. How much pressure does the team feel?








I think that Bonn has more pressure than us. Bonn has a big chance to win at home and will get a lot of help from their fans, but I feel that we have less to lose. We are able to play a bit more freely on the road. We go game to game and dont want to think about game five yet.

















It seems like whenever Bonn is about to lay down and surrender, they come back. Does this strength of Bonn tend to be in the back of the heads of the opponent which might weaken them enabling Bonn to always come back? How does Bonn always seem to come back?










Usually when we had a big lead was the first or second quarter. You can await that a strong and athletic team like Bonn will come back. We made little mistakes and couldnt make the easy baskets. We have to learn to build on our leads better.









The EWE Baskets Oldenburg started very well in the first quarter going on a 18-5 lead. Oldeburg seemed to be doing everything very well. What was Oldenburgs biggest strength in the first quarter?










We played with a lot of intensity and very strong defense. We didnt give Bonn good shots and we executed our plays well and shot well.








The EWE Baskets Oldenburg continued controlling the game in the second quarter. Oldenburg never really looked in danger of losing the lead. Were you surprised that The Telekom Baskets Bonn were struggling so much up to this stand point?










We were happy with the first half. We kept a high tempo and made quick runs.










You guys kept the lead in the third quarter, but Bonn was quietly getting stronger and finished the quarter with a 11-4 run to take their first lead 61-60. How was Oldenburg able to lose control of the game like this?









I think the halftime helped Bonn come back into the game. Usually when a team is playing so well, you dont want to go into halftime, but just keep playing. Bonn got the momentum in the second half and the team had a great flow and the three pointer by Johannes Strasser was big.










The fourth quarter stayed very tight, but except for one Oldenburg lead, Bonn took the lead back. It seemed like Oldenburg lost the momentum and couldnt get it back. What were the reasons for the strong Bonn play?










Bonn made the zone very tight and it is difficult to penetrate. If you dont make the right decisions in finding a good shot then you will have problems. And when we did get the ball inside, you had the Bonn blockers ready to meet us.










The crunch time remained very exciting as Rickey Paulding made a three pointer to tie the game at 78 all. On the last play with 12 seconds, Paulding was denied. It seemed like Oldenburg wanted the overtime. Were there no ideas of winning the game with a three pointer?










Well it was clear that Rickey would get the ball. He had the freedom to create. We had a lot of confidence in him to go 1-1 or take the open three pointer. It was his decision to see what the defenders would give him.








Both teams shot very bad from the free throw line. Is there more nervousness in the playoffs or why were there so many missed free throws in this game?









I think that there is a bit more nervousness in the playoffs than in the regular season, but we showed in game two that we can shoot free throws very well. I think that the bad free throw shooting by both teams in game three was more by chance.










It seems like when Jason Gardner plays bad, that Oldenburg lose. How important will it be to have a strong Jason Gardner in game four in Bonn?











It is very important that Jason has a good game. He is our leader and it is always important that the point guard plays well.







What things will Oldenburg need to improve in game four in Bonn?










Game four is a huge game and we want to play with a lot of self confidence. We beat them in Bonn once and are not scared. We know that with a win, we can go back home for game five.










What is your fascination with the series 24 and Kiefer Sutherland? What makes the show so good?








I am currently watching season 4 and I like how 24 is in real time. I like Kiefer Sutherlands character and how he is a patriot and would do anything for his country.


John Bowler(Telekom Baskets Bonn) Thoughts About Game Three Win And Possibly Winning The 2009 BBL Title At Home Against The EWE Baskets Oldenburg June 23rd - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

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





John, congrats on another very very exciting win. The Telekom Baskets Bonn are one win away from winning the 2009 BBL title. Have you dreamed yet about kissing the BBL trophy or is that something that you do when it happens?




Of course it is a dream and goal to win the championship, but we need to stay focused. We can't get ahead of our self we need to get one more win first.








Where do The Telekom Baskets Bonn find the strength to be able time in and time out to come back and retake the momentum and win games?







We find strength from each other. At any time someone can hit a big shot for us. That is what makes us a difficult team to play is that we have a lot of different ways to score. Knowing that if you make a mistake that your teammate is there to help makes it a lot easier to play mentally. Also we get a lot of confidence from Coach. He has played in big situations so he seems to always be calm when something might not be going our way.








The home court advantage seems to play no role in this series. Why have no home teams been able to win a home game yet in this series?








It's just great basketball. It shows how competitive the league is and how tough it is to win a championship. No one wants to give up.








Oldenburg raced out to a quick 18-5 lead in the first quarter. Why was Bonn unable to get into the game quicker?






We just had a rough start and missed some shots that normally go in. They came out tough and took the lead.







You had another strong game with 19 points and five rebounds coming from the bench. Does the word pressure even enter your mind when a guy like Ken Johnson isnt scoring and you have to come in and produce?







Not at all. I don't think there is pressure. I want to contribute like everyone, but I can't force the game. I can't come in and force shots. Also Ken is such a great shooter that if some shots don't fall for him early, it won't last too long. He's to good of a shooter to be in a slump, before you know it he will be knocking them down again.








Oldenburg kept the lead in the second quarter and controlled the game. It seemed like the Bonn defense got stronger in the second half. What adjustments did Bonn make on the defensive end?







I think we were able to sustain some good shooting to them and not allow them to take open perimeter jump shots. We tightend up on defense.








In the third quarter, Oldenburg had the lead, but Bonn finished the third quarter with a 11-4 run to lead 61-60 and silencing the Oldenburg crowd. Vincent Yarbrough was the spark plug with two three pointers. He was injured for a long time just like you. Can you feel some of his happiness since he and you have played great since the return from injury?








Yeah he was very big in the third and I am extremely happy for him. I know how hard it is to come back from surgery. He has always been a big part of our team.








In the fourth quarter, Oldenburg was unable to take the momentum back as Bonn won 81-78. What was key on defense that allowed Bonn to hold Oldenburg back and not let them win the game?








Well we had some great defensive possesions at the end. We also kept attacking the rim on offense to get to the free throw line. Yes it wasn't great when we got there, especially from me, but even those few points allowed us to stay in the lead.






What did Michael Koch tell the team with 12 seconds to play as Oldenburg had the chance to win the game with a three pointer or take it into overtime with a two pointer.








We just need one defensive stop to win the game.







Game four could be the biggest game in the history of Bonn basketball. It would be great to win at home. What kind of game can we await and what will be key in winning game four and the 2009 BBL title?







Everyone can expect another great game. It is the two best teams playing the best basketball of the season. Keys for us will be once again defense and slowing down the offense of Oldenburg. Also we need to limit our mistakes so they can't capitalize from them. The final key would be to do what ever it takes to win.



German A2 team post two victories over Iran - by Eurobasket News
German A2 selection played two friendly games against the Asian powerhouse Iran in Nurnberg. Both encounters went in favor of the hosts.
Germany looked dominant in the opening game. They went on a 21:o run in the starting frame to build a 26:6 lead after tern minutes. The hosts continued to mount the pressure and cleared off to a massive 31-point advantage at halftime. Iran could not recover after the main break as they trailed by 32 points with ten minutes to go. Germany A2 cruised to a 78:44 victory at the end. Oskar Fassler (198-G-88) and Johannes Lischka (203-F/C-87, agency: Court Side) scored 13 points apiece for Germany. David McCray (188-G-86) added 12 points for the hosts.
The teams met again next day with over 1000 spectators cheering up Germany. The home team jumped to an early lead but Iran stayed close using a 7:0 rally late in the first quarter. Germany increased the tempo in the second frame and piled up a 44:29 lead at halftime. Iran stayed contestant and trimmed the distance to just 7 points in the fourth period. Germany though kept alert as they responded with a decisive run late in the game to break the game wide-open. They secured a 78:58 victory at the end as Maik Zirbes (205-C-90) knocked down 18 points. Johannes Lischka added 16 points, while Dominik Bahiense de Mello (190-G-85) had 13 for the winners.


Market News - by Moritz Korff
Greg Baker (194-G-84, college: Adams St.) will play for BG Karlsruhe (2. Bundesliga Pro A) in the upcoming season. The 25-year-old American is a versatile Guard/Forward. Until 2006 he attended Adams State College (NCAA2) and averaged 3.3 points, 3.1 rebounds as a senior in 2005-06. Since leaving school Baker wore the jersey of the Gallup Outlaws (ABA) and USBL's Oklahoma Storm.

The ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen (2. Bundesliga Pro A) signed Milan Obradovic (186-G-90). The Recklinghausen native averaged 23.5 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 3.1 steals a game for the Koeln 99ers' junior team in the NBBL last season.

Michael Baumer (180-G-90), who led the German U19-Bundesliga NBBL in scoring during 2008-09 and produced 25.9 points per contest for BG Karlsruhe, has committed to 2. Bundesliga Pro B outfit Erdgas Ehingen/Urspringschule. His job will be to help replacing Akeem Vargas (191-G-90) and Maurice Stuckey (187-G-90) who both has left the Steeples.


Demirel and Garrett retire from German National Team - by Moritz Korff
Mithat Demirel (181-G-78) and Robert Garrett (193-G-77, agency: SportsTalent) have announced their retirements from the German National Team. Demirel made his international debut for Germany in 1999 and received 100 caps to play for his country. He attended four European Championships and two World Championships with the German team. In 2002 he won the bronze medal at the World Cup in Indianapolis and captured silver at the EURO 2005 in Serbia.
Garrett received his first cap in 1999 and played 118 games for the German NT. He also was a member of the team that advanced to the final of the 2005 EURO. The native of Ochsenfurt represented Germany at three European Championships, one World Championship and the 2008 Olympic Games.


The Artland Dragons Acquire Florian Hartenstein - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The Giessen 46ers will have to adopt a new heart and soul player for the 2009-2010 season, because captain and fan favorite Florian Hartenstein (206-C-77, agency: LimeLight, college: Oregon) has decided to say farewell to the university town Giessen and hello to the pastures of The Artland Dragons. The 31 year old 205 cm center signed a one year contract with the Artland Dragons after playing eight seasons for The Giessen 46ers. At first glance, the signing may seem a bit odd, but after a second examination, the pick up seems logical since he can help fill the four German limit for next season and he worked together with coach Thorsten Leibenath in Giessen for many years. 'Florian is the fifith biggest player that we have gotten, and we are certain that he will help us in practice and games with his long experience', said Artland Dragons coach Thorsten Leibenath . Leibenath and Hartenstein worked together for six years at Giessen. 'I know Florian for a long time and know how reliable he is', stated Thorsten Leibenath .


Florian Hartenstein started his basketball career with TSV Speyer in the second basketball bundesliga. In the 1996-1997 season, he crossed the Atlantic ocean and played a year at Thurston high school and then went to the west coast to play at The University of Oregon from 1997-2001. He then journeyed back to Germany and signed with Avitos Giessen in 2001. His best season was the 2002-2003 season where he averaged 4,6ppg and 3,2rpg. He reached the BBL TOP 4 in 2003 and the BBl playoff semifinals in 2005. Hartenstein joins a team that is filled with much talent and finding playing time may not be easy, but coach Leibenath knows exactly what kind of a gem he has recieved with Hartenstein. 'Florian is a player that knows how to use the role that is given to him especially on defense and under the basket. I am sure that he will get integrated quickly into the team and wont have any problems getting used to a new team', stressed Thorsten Leibenath . The Giessen fans surely will always keep Hartenstein in their hearts for his never die mentality on the court and never forget his superman game against FC Barcelona in the pre season last season.


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Guam post initial win at Oceania tournament - by Eurobasket News
CNMI - Guam 64:101

Guam National Team celebrated the first win at the Oceania championship in Saipan. They held off the hosts today to climb at 1-1 record. Northern Mariana Islands remained winless at 0-2 record.
Guam fired from all guns in the starting period accounting for 25 points. They claimed a 10-point advantage despite committing 14 turnovers in the first ten minutes. The hosts braced up in the second frame and slowed their opponents down. Guam still kept Northern Mariana Islands at bay building a 46:33 advantage at halftime.
Guam raised the tempo after the major break opening a 20+ advantage. They fired 28 points in the third quarter to clear off for good in this one. Both teams were plagued by turnovers combining for impossible 89 of those. But Guam dominated the boards and deservedly rolled to the victory at the end.
Joseph Blas (183-G/F) fired 23 points and collected 11 boards to pace Guam. Andrew Borja added 18 points, while Jine Han finished with 15 points, 11 boards, 6 steals and 6 assists for the winners. Pete Iguel responded with 21 points for CNMI. Jericho Cruz tallied 19 points in defeat.

CNMI: Pete Iguel 21, Jericho Cruz 19
Guam: Joseph Blas 23+11 boards, Andrew Borja 18, Jine Han 15+11 boards


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Explosion miss a chance to grab a win, drop second game in a row at home - by Eurobasket News
If anything else, the Snohomish County Explosion played harder than they did against Tacoma. But in the end, the result was the same. A single basket loss to the Vancouver Volcanoes to the tune of 124-120.

As Explosion fans, we are always impressed when they have all their starters in double figures. I imagine that Explosion fans are also impressed with the fact that THREE of their starters scored 23 points or more! That's pretty amazing. Chris Weakley (6'3''-G-79, college: Salem Intern.), Devon Greene (6'6''-G/F-84, college: Grand Canyon) and Ike Ohanson combined to score an amazing 104 points for the Explosion.

On The Explosion side they had their chances to win the game. They even had the lead going into the 3rd quarter. But for some reason the refs really were calling the game closely. Much more closely than the Explosion are used to. There were a total of 62 fouls called in the game. And the problem was the refs weren't being consistent. With about 3 minutes left in the game, Jason Hicks (5'10''-G-82, college: Walsh (OH)) literally got mauled in the paint and no foul was called. On the other end, Greene barely touched the Volcanoes player and was called for his 3rd foul.

What lost the game for the Explosion again was the simple stuff, full court defense and free throw shooting despite all of the bad things that happened in this game, I think there were some good things that came from it as well. Unfortunately, despite the good things that came out of this game, it still counts as a loss.

The Explosion are currently 7-10 on the season and they take on a must win game against the Hotshots of Oregon. The young talented team have four games left in the season and have never been under .500 in a season and first year coach Weakley hopes to continue this streak. Don't miss the action as tickets can still be purchased online at www.explosionbasketball.net or via the phone at 425-339-BALL.

Courtesy of the Snohomish County Explosion


Energy Point Flow Wont EBB FOR TIDE - by John Gary
Those familiar with the Edmonton Energy might be suprised when Lee Scruggs does things typical of a center. The opposite holds true for his opponents. The 6-11 Georgetown Hoyas alumnas,showed the Tacoma Tide his full repetoire through the weekend in Edmontons two game sweep at Mac EWON College. Scruggs followed up saturdays 20 point seven rebound perfprmance with a five assit and four block effort plus 17 points of offensive production in the Energys 133-101 win over Tacoma. With a six-sitch chin wound from Saturdays game, Scruggs played against doctors orders on sunday. He took several knocks to the chin throughout the game but shrugged it off in the teams regular season home court finale. courtesy oursportscentral.com

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Ukrainian U20 team celebrated another two victories over Israel U20 - by Eurobasket News
Ukrainian U20 team celebrated another two victories over Israel U20. On Saturday the home side produced 75:67 as it was the second straight victory for the Ukrainian side over Israel. The teams knew well each other and started the game at 10:10. Even though Israeli team was led by Shutvin, Danile and Nastarenko, Ruslan Otverchenko (192-F-90) kept the hosts at 23:22 at the end of the opening quarter. Ukraine also had 39:37 lead at the halftime as Zaytsev and Novikov poured in 4 points at the end. Israeli team managed to take the lead at 60:58. The score was tied with 6 minutes to go, but then Ukrainian side led the game to 75:67 win. Ruslan Otverchenko led the winners with 19 points, Stanislav Timofeenko (204-F-89) nailed 12 and Novikov scored 12 as well.
In game 3 between the teams Ukraine was again stronger and again won due to the last minutes. Israel and Ukraine produced more offensive basketball to finish at 85:80 for the hosts. Stanislav Timofeenko ended up with 16 points and 15 rebounds, while Zaytsev scored 16. Ruslan Otverchenko poured in 14 points in the winning effort.
The teams showed great preparations for the European Championship to start soon in the summer.


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Francesco Vitucci is close to head coach position in Treviso - by Eurobasket News
Some sources are claiming that Benetton Treviso have decided to choose Francesco Vitucci as the new head coach of the team. Francesco Vitucci worked as assistant coach with Oktay Mahmudi (agency: Beo Basket ).
In the meantime there were some news from LegaDue in the recent days. Massimo Cancellieri left Biella for Prima Veroli. Cancellieri worked as assistant coach in Angelico Biella last year but could not refuse head coach job with Prima Veroli.
Alberto Rossini (192-G-69) extended his contract with Fileni Jesi. A veteran guard averaged 3.4 points, 2.3 boards and 1.8 steals per game last season. The next year will be the tenth straight for Fileni Jesi captain.
Scavolini Spar Pesaro announced Luca Dalmonte to become the new head coach of the team. He is going to replace Sacripanti at the helm. Luca Dalmonte spent the last two years in Cantu.
Prima Veroli in the meantime resigned Dawan Robinson (189-G-82, college: Rhode Island). A 27-year-old guard scored 13.1 points, collected 4.0 rebounds and distributed 2.7 assists per appearance last season. His season was spoiled by a serious injury that kept Robinson away from action for the major part of the LegaDue action.


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New NBL season to start in mid July? - by Leonard Whyte
Ajani Williams, Jamaica Basketball Association (JABA) president, revealed that the 2009 National Basketball League (NBL), could start as early as mid July. Williams said that after rigorous negotiations, JABA got confirmation from the main sponsors but he did not reveal their identity. He did, however, state that the league will have a new title sponsor as long-time sponsors Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) did not renew their partnership with the league. Williams also added that apart from making the league more attractive, he hopes to bring a new format this season which would take the game across the entire country. According to Williams, this new format would help to develop the game not only in the main areas but throughout the island.

JABA launches Olympic campaign - by Leonard Whyte
The Jamaica Basketball Association (JABA) kicked off its 'Road to the London 2012 Olympics' campaign over the weekend at the Hilton hotel in Kingston, with the revelation of the team sponsors and the introduction of the national squad. Ajani Williams, JABA President, disclosed that Flow, Jamaica's leading cable company, along with Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), and the Ministry of Sports would be the team sponsors. Minister of Sports, Olivia 'Babsy' Grange, announced that the Government, through the Sports Development Foundation (SDF), will increase its donation by J$2.9 million to J$5 million, while KFC, the longtime sponsors of local basketball, will contribute J$4 million.

The national squad is comprised of: Chaz Carr, Kali McCarthy, Mike Coburn, Michael Rogers, Damion Staple, Garfield Ricky Johns, Adrian Forbes, Shane Nicely, Oneil Mundle, Kemar McLeish, Samardo Samuels, Weyinmi Efejuku, Kimani Ffriend, Christopher Walker, Neveji Walters, Andre Smith and Ricardo Alliman. The team is preparing to participate in the Caribbean Basketball Championships (CBC) from June 28 to July 4, 2009 in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. Sam Vincent , a former National Basketball Association (NBA) player with the Boston Celtics, Seattle Supersonics, Chicago Bulls, and the Orlando Magic, is the new head coach replacing Julian Dunkley, who has been retained as one of the two assistant coaches. Paul Mokeski, a former NBA player with the Milwaukee Bucks, will be the second assistant. At the 2004 Summer Olympics, Vincent guided the Nigerian women's team to a victory over South Korea, the first ever victory by an African nation in an Olympic women's basketball contest.


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Eurobasket.com All-Luxembourg League Awards 2008-09 - by Eurobasket
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Player of the Year
- Brandon Gary (202-F-83) - Contern
Guard of the Year - Nelson Delgado (185-G-80) - Etzella
Forward of the Year - Samy Picard (195-F-88) - Musel Pikes
Center of the Year - Brandon Gary (202-F-83) - Contern
Most Improved Player of the Year - Eric Bissener (196-F-86) - Contern
Import Player of the Year - Brandon Gary - Contern
Domestic Player of the Year - Samy Picard - Musel Pikes
Defensive Player of the Year - Chris Braier (195-F-84) - Musel Pikes
Coach of the Year - Marco Amelow - Contern

All-Imports 1st Team
Brandon Gary - Contern
Tim Whitworth (198-G/F-81) - T71
Chris Braier - Musel Pikes
Corey Largent (201-F-80) - Racing
Marcus Kennedy (193-F-84) - Etzella

All-Imports 2nd Team
Billy McDaniel (201-F/C-84) - Black Star
Larrie Smith (195-F-75) - Sparta
Willie Irick (198-F-84) - Heffingen
Travis DePree (201-F/C) - Amicale
Matt Hall (198-F-84) - Residence

All-Domestic Players 1st Team
Nelson Delgado - Etzella
Martin Rajniak (205-F-78) - T71
Samy Picard (195-F-88) - Musel Pikes
Christian Schartz (184-G-86) - Amicale
Pit Hoffmann (200-F/C-85) - Sparta

All-Domestic Players 2nd Team
Guy Schmit (185-G-80) - Musel Pikes
Eric Jeitz (190-G-86) - Contern
Ken Diederich (185-G-77) - Contern
Laurent Schwartz (177-G-89) - Musel Pikes
Tim Giver (185-G-80) - Etzella
Julien Hublart (192-G/F-88) - Sparta

Honorable Mention
Pitt Koster (178-G/F-89) - Residence
Patrick Arbaut (185-G-87) - Black Star
Tom Schumacher (188-G/F-87) - T71
Christopher Jones (184-F-90) - Amicale
Chris Scholtes (197-F/G-85) - Amicale
Manou Scholtus (196-F-79) - Heffingen
Gilles Ruffato (181-G-85) - T71
Frank Muller (195-F) - T71
Jairo Delgado (192-F-85) - Etzella


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Bahamas U16 handed Mexico U16 another overtime loss - by Eurobasket News
Bahamas U16 -Mexico U16 87:83 OT

Bahamas U16 handed Mexico U16 another overtime loss and escaped the last place of FIBA Americas U16 Championship. Bahamas U16 celebraed the initial victory to finish on the 7th spot after 87:83 over Mexico U16.
Both teams started even and desired to finish the tournament with a win. Bahamas enjoyed a 21-15 lead with one minute left but the Mexicans came back with a 6-0 run to close tied at 21:21. Again it was Bahamas that made an 8-0 run to take a 35:27 lead and finish the first half up 42:33.
The third period became the most productive for both teams as they managed to pour in 49 points. Mexico reduced the gap after 25-24 and hoped for the last period. Mexico returned once again and a quick 4-0 run after two free throws and a basket forced the overtime period tied at 74:74. Bahamas made a 7-0 run in the final two minutes for the initial win in FIBA Americas U16 Championship.
Wannah Bail (203-C-92) was unstoppable with 30 points and 18 rebounds. Garth Brown (-G/F-92) finished the night with 23, while Rokeem netted 14. Ernesto Quintero (-92) top-scored for Mexico with 19 points and Raul Borquez (-93) nailed 16.
The United States of America U16 clinched Gold of the 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship by beating Argentina 101:87. The winners looked great throughout the whole tournament and rightfully deserved the top place. Both teams as well as Canada qualified directly for the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship that will be held in Hamburg, Germany.

Bahamas U16: Wannah Bail 30+18 rebs, Garth Brown 23, Lewis Rokeem 14
Mexico U16: Ernesto Quintero 19, Raul Borquez 16


Soles acquire rights of Malpica - by Carlos Chapa
Officials from Soles de Mexicali announced that the team acquired the rights of Karim Malpica.
This was reported after a press release that stated that Algodoneros de La Comarca - Torreon -Malpica's past team,- will not participate in the 2009-2010 season, Mexicali will have to discuss the terms of the contract with Malpica, probably on July 6, when coach Melvyn Lopez reunites with the management of Mexicali.

With information from Valerio Camargo.


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Cedarville's Jamaican 7footer speaks: Daniel Rose - by Daniel Poerschke
Daniel Rose (6'10''-C-83, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) played NAIA college basketball at Cedarville for four years. Daniel averaged over 11 points per game his senior year, was the 2nd leading scorer on his team, and averaged 6.5 rebounds per game. He is extremely athletic for his size, runs the floor well, and can create his own shots as well as his teammates. Daniel was one of the leaders in the country in blocks shots. He holds 3 school records for block shots: Most in a Game (11), Most in a Season (83) and Most in a Career (287).
USbasket.com had a chance to sit down with Daniel and chat about his current life and his basketball future:

1. Tell our readers a little bit about your accomplishments and experiences during your college career.
My entire college career was a great experience. Coming from a different country, Jamaica, I didnt know what to expect. However, I was surrounded by coaches and players who cared about my well-being. In addition, I was surrounded by people who looked out for my best interest as well as growth as a basketball player. During my college years, I have made several accomplishments. These include: NAIA Honorable Mention All-American, Cedarville All-Sports Athlete of the Year, Cedarville Basketball MVP, NCCAA D1 All-American Second Team, All-American Mideast Conference (AMC) First Team, All-NCCAA Mideast Region First Team, and Three Time All-American Mideast Conference Honorable mention. Also, I graduated with a degree in Business Management, carrying a 3.3 GPA.

2. What are your main strengths and your weaknessess, that you want to work on?
One of my major strength is the ability to block and influence shots. Ever since i started playing basketball, I always made an impact on my team with the ability of blocking shots. I love the reaction of the fans and players when i block a shot. It gave me that extra energy, boost. Another strength I posses is my ability to be an offensive force. I can score in the post as well as making 15 ft shots. However, there are some weaknesses that I have been working on. First, I want to be more vocal. I want to better able to motivate my teammates. Second, i want to increase my FG% and FT%. Third, I want to become a three point threat. I didnt shoot 3s during my college career. Finally, I want to be a better rebounded, both offensive and defensive. My goal is to improve on my strengths as well as weaknesses to become a better basketball player.

3. You grew up in Jamaica. How did you end up playing for Cedarville?
I end up at Cedarville with the help of a past Jamaican player, Mike Minto. He is the reason why I attended Cedarville. He saw my talent at a yearly summer basketball camp in Jamaica and thought I was the right fit for Cedarville basketball Team. With his connections with Cedarville basketball, he was able to influence Cedarville to recruit me. Although, several teams wanted me to be a part of their basketball program, such as Niagara University (NCAA1). Cedarville was the one that worked out. Several other past basketball players attended Cedarville Unversity. Players include: Mugabe Thomas, Linton Ellis, Bobby Pollack, and so on. Also, two Jamaica players, Ricardo Alliman and Christopher Walker, are currently attending Cdedarville. Both players were brought to Cedarville with the help of Mike Minto.

4. What can a pro team expect from you as a player and a person?
A pro team can expect me to work hard at everything i do. They can expect me to make contributions on and off the court. In addition, they can expect me to be a offensive as well as defensive force. A pro team can expect me to do whatever it takes to win games.

5. What are your plans for the summer?
My plans for this summer is to work on my basketball game, both skill and conditioning. In addition, I have been lifting weights in order to become stronger. Also, I will be getting married on July 11, 2009. I plan to attend Scorers1st Showcase in Las Vegas in July.


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The official Kobe Bryant free agency primer - by Eurobasket News
There's been a lot of conflicting and confusing information floating around about Kobe Bryant's (6'6''-G-78) ability to become a free agent this summer. In an attempt to clear it all up, I'll wade through the situation in question and answer format.

First thing's first: Kobe can become a free agent this summer?

Yes. In the summer of 2004 the Lakers signed Bryant to a seven year contract (through 2010-11) with the option to terminate the contract early in either 2009 or 2010.

If Kobe terminates his contract early, when does he have to do so?

The deadline is June 30. Starting July 1 he's locked in for the 2009-10 season.

If Kobe opts out, he'll be a free agent and can sign with any team? Can the Lakers match?

If Bryant opts out he will be an unrestricted free agent who can sign with any team, including re-signing with the Lakers. Since he would be an unrestricted free agent, the Lakers can't retain him by matching a contract he signs with another team. If he signs elsewhere, then the Lakers lose him.

How much money can he sign for?

The NBA has a maximum salary, which is based on years of service. For a player like Bryant, with more than ten years' tenure, the league-wide maximum is currently $19,261,200 -- it changes every year, and the new maximum will be announced on July 7. There's also a personal maximum, which is 105% of the player's most recent salary. The player is allowed to sign for either the league-wide maximum or his personal maximum, whichever is greater.

Bryant's current salary is $21,262,500, and the most he can get in the first year of a new contract is his personal maximum, which is $22,325,625. He can receive raises up to 10.5% annually if he re-signs with the Lakers, or 8% if he signs elsewhere.

Note that Bryant's current contract calls for a salary of $23,034,307 in 2009-10, which is more than he can make in 2009-10 with a new contract.

So if Kobe becomes a free agent this summer, he has to take a pay cut?

Yes. He can make more money in 2009-10 by staying put.

Then why would he want to become a free agent this summer?

Assuming he wants to stay with the Lakers rather than move to a new team, the financial reason for becoming a free agent is to lock in more salary over the life of his contract. He's currently guaranteed the aforementioned $23,034,307 in 2009-10, along with $24,806,250 in 2010-11. He can lock in additional years after that if he signs a new contract now.

Although not very likely, there is always a risk of suffering a career ending injury such as blowing out a knee. If this happens, his basketball income will stop after the 2010-11 season. While opting out this summer means he will take a short-term pay cut, he makes up for it in the long run.

I understand that every year he plays, he risks injury. Is there any other reason to prefer this summer to waiting until 2010 or letting his contract run out in 2011?

The rules will be the same in 2010, so it'll simply be a matter of risk versus reward in choosing this summer or next summer.

Again, this assumes he intends to re-sign with the Lakers. If he wants to play the free agent market, many more teams will have cap room to spend in 2010 than this summer.

The last thing Bryant will want to do is let his contract run out and become a free agent in 2011.

Why is letting his contract run out in 2011 a bad idea?

The Collective Bargaining Agreement is due to expire in 2011. While the league has the option to extend the agreement to 2012, all indications are that they will let it expire in 2011. If Bryant becomes a free agent in 2011, he will negotiate his next contract under the terms of the next Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Given the current economic situation, the league's experience in 1998-99, and information that has made its way to the public, we can expect the next Collective Bargaining Agreement to be more in favor of the teams. It is therefore in Bryant's best interest to negotiate his next contract under the terms of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement.

One line of thinking might be to wait until 2010 to become a free agent, so his new contract will stretch into the next Collective Bargaining Agreement as far as possible under terms of the current agreement. The flip side to waiting until 2010 is that he risks a career ending injury in the 2009-10 season.

How many years can Kobe sign for?

Ordinarily he could sign for six years if he re-signs with the Lakers, or five years elsewhere. But since he's now 30, he runs up against the dreaded Over-36 rule if he signs a longer contract. The Over-36 rule doesn't explicitly limit contract lengths, but effectively does so by removing the financial advantage in singing a longer contract.

What's the Over-36 rule all about?

Without getting into all the gory details, the Over-36 rule closes a salary cap loophole. If a player is nearing retirement, one way to pay him more is by adding extra years to the end of his contract, which would be paid after he retires. The Over-36 rule assumes this is the case, and classifies any seasons after the player turns 36 as deferred salary. Deferred salary is accounted for in the early years of a contract, so the base salary in the early years has to be reduced in order for the contract to be legal. This is a circuitous way of saying that an older player can't earn more money in a longer contract than in a shorter contract.

Does the Over-36 rule affect Kobe? Is he that old?

Bryant turns 36 in August 2014, so the Over-36 rule comes into play if his next contract lasts into the 2014-15 season. So if he opts out this summer, a six-year contract is classified as Over-36. If he opts out next summer, a five-year contract is Over-36.

So Kobe can't sign a contract that lasts until he's over 36?

Well, he can, he just can't make any more money by doing so. Since there's no reason to sign a longer contract for no extra money, it effectively limits the length of the contract he'd agree to.

So put it all together for me. If he opts out, how many years is he going to sign for?

If he opts out this summer, he'd sign a five year deal. If he opts out next summer, he'd sign a four year deal. In both cases, he'd become a free agent again in 2014.

What total dollar amount are we talking about here?

Certainly enough to ensure he will continue to live the lifestyle to which he's become accustomed. A five year contract starting next season at $22,325,625 would total $135,070,031. A four year contract starting in 2010-11 would start at $24,186,094 and total $111,981,614.

$135 million is a lot more than $112 million...

The $135 million includes 2009-10, and the $112 million doesn't. Add the $23,034,375 salary from his current contract to the latter figure, and his total earnings through 2012-13 becomes $135,015,989. The total dollar amounts are only about $54,000 apart.

So far we've been talking about Kobe becoming a free agent and signing a new contract. Can his contract be extended without going through free agency?

Yes, Bryant's contract is eligible to be extended at any time. An extension may lengthen a contract to five seasons, including any seasons remaining on the current contract. In other words, he currently has two seasons remaining on his contract, so he's eligible for a three year extension. If he waits another year he'll have one year remaining, so he can get an extra four years. The rollover date from two years remaining to one year remaining is July 1.

Please tell me we don't have to worry about the Over-36 rule if he signs an extension...

No such luck. The Over-36 rule applies to extensions as well.

Fortunately, if he signs his extension by June 30 he can only add on another three years, which will be up before he turns 36. So an extension signed now won't be affected by the Over-36 rule.

But if he waits until after July 1 and extends his contract by four years, the last season will commence after he turns 36. So he can't make more in a four year extension than he would make in a three year extension.

The net effect is that he would sign a three year extension, whether he does it this summer or next.

So how much money are we talking about with an extension?

The salary in the first year of an extension can be as high as 10.5% above the last season of the current contract, but it can't be above the player's maximum salary. Raises can be as high as 10.5% of the salary in the last year of the current contract.

Since an extension would take effect in 2011, and the maximum salary for the 2011-12 season won't be announced until July 2011, they pencil in the 10.5% raise, and amend the amount downward if necessary when the maximum salary is announced.

So assuming the economy recovers, the NBA starts making lots of money again, and the maximum salaries go through the roof, an extension would start at $25,452,984 and total $83,614,781 over three seasons.

If Bryant's maximum salary instead turns out to be 105% of his previous salary, then his extension would be amended downward to start at $24,186,094 and total $79,814,109.

You say we won't know the maximum salary until the extension takes effect. Which is more likely, an $84 million extension, or an $80 million extension?

The latter amount. It's hard to imagine the NBA's income going up so much that the maximum salaries increase to accommodate a full 10.5% raise for Bryant.

So compare the total salaries in an extension to opting out and becoming a free agent. Use the more likely $80 million figure.

With $47,840,625 remaining on his current contract, an extension for $79,814,109 would bring the total to $127,654,734 through 2013-14.

Putting it all together, we have:

Option 1: Become a free agent in 2009: $135,070,031

Option 2: Become a free agent in 2010: $135,015,989

Option 3: Sign an extension with the Lakers: $127,654,734

So it makes more sense to become a free agent than to sign an extension?

Right. The two free agent totals are pretty close to each other. But he makes over $7 million less if he signs an extension.

What about his option years? If he signs an extension, does he keep them?

If he extends his contract, his options in 2009 and 2010 are eliminated. He is free to negotiate new options that become available before the last year(s) of the extension.

You've talked about how much the rules allow Kobe to sign for. But can the Lakers really afford that much?

That's unclear, especially in a down economy. We're looking at a salary around $30 million when Bryant is 35. An NBA team is a business first and foremost, and it's unclear whether they could turn a profit if they pay him that much and put a competitive team around him, even in L.A.

So what could they do differently?

One option would be for Bryant to accept smaller raises, or even a flat contract. Another is to accept a lower starting salary.

Are you kidding me? Ask Kobe to accept less money?

One possible argument for becoming a free agent and agreeing to a lower salary this summer is that it gives the Lakers more flexibility to re-sign their other free agents -- Lamar Odom, Trevor Ariza and Shannon Brown. Since the Lakers are taxpayers, for every dollar Bryant sacrifices, the Lakers save two dollars. If this money is reinvested in their free agents, it could help keep the championship team together, and perhaps address other weaknesses.

Is there any reason to think he'd do it?

Other players have done so, including Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan, and even Magic Johnson.

But when asked a few years ago if he'd accept less money like Garnett did, Bryant responded that Garnett should accept less, noting that Garnett had never won a title.

Has Bryant's attitude changed in the meantime? He hasn't said anything to give us any indication either way.

But for a player who is often regarded as selfish, and who finally led his team to the title once surrounded with the right teammates, sacrificing for the sake of his team might be the ultimate gesture to overcome that stigma.

Is it really an either/or decision between Kobe getting paid or keeping the team together? Do they really have to let either Lamar Odom or Trevor Ariza go if Kobe doesn't sacrifice?

Let's be clear -- the Lakers have never said that this is the case. They have not made any indication that they will ask Bryant to take less, or are even thinking about it along those lines.

So what do you think will actually happen?

In my opinion the Lakers, fresh off a title, will spend what it takes to retain Odom, Ariza and Brown. They will then look to shed salaries elsewhere, either before the season or at the trade deadline. Bryant will not opt out of his contract this year, but will do so next year and sign a maximum contract that lasts through the 2013-14 season.

Courtesy of www.realgm.com


Pistons ponder plenty of options - by Eurobasket News
The NBA silly season, already under way, will kick into high gear this week.

The NBA Draft is Thursday, then July 1 teams can start courting and negotiating with free agents, though they can't sign any until July 7.

It's called the silly season because of the wild and incessant rumor mongering it spawns. The Pistons, because they have four draft picks, a roster in flux and more available salary cap space than most, are caught in the vortex of it all.

If you believe all the Internet reports, the Pistons have interest in just about every top-level free agent available and have made monetary promises to a few. If you believe Internet reports, the Pistons are trying to trade Richard Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince and their first-round draft pick (No. 15). If you believe Internet reports, the Pistons have made verbal promises to at least two players to take them at No. 15. If you believe Internet reports, the Pistons are looking to acquire another first-round draft pick, later in the first round.

None of the above is true.

Pistons president Joe Dumars said Saturday there was 'no chance' he was looking to trade his first-round pick. Nor was he looking to trade for an additional first-round pick. No promises or guarantees have been made to anybody.

Dumars also said he was not looking to trade Hamilton or Prince, though, as he has stated numerous times since the end of last season, nobody is untouchable. If the right proposal came along, Dumars wouldn't hesitate to trade either player, or the No. 15 pick. The key distinction is, he's not shopping them. He's not actively searching for ways to trade those two players or his pick.

Clearly, though, the next few weeks are going to be critical for Dumars as he tries to rebuild the Pistons. The draft will be only a small part of the rebuilding plan. The major reconstruction will be done through free agency and trades.


The draft

Besides the 15th pick, the Pistons also have three second-round picks (35, 39, 44). Ideally, the Pistons would like to use two of those picks on players they can stash in Europe for a couple of years.

Overall, this is considered a weak draft by the consensus of scouts and general managers. After the No. 1 pick, Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89) to the Clippers, there are no projected stars. But there are, at least to Dumars, a good crop of NBA-ready players.

As he told Pistons.com, 'I think were in position to get a good player. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and we like the guys in the 10-to-15 range. These particular guys may not be guys you project as stars, but you can still project them as really good players.

'Our job is to continue to add talented players to the roster. Were going to be in position to do that at the 15th pick.'

Through the work of vice president of basketball Scott Perry and director of player personnel George David, the Pistons have a list of about six or seven players they would consider should they fall to No. 15.

That list most likely includes (but is not limited to): Terrence Williams (6'6''-F-87), 6-foot-6 shooting guard, Louisville; Earl Clark (6'9''-F-88), 6-10 small forward, Louisville; Austin Daye, 6-11, small forward, Gonzaga; B.J. Mullens, 7-1 center, Ohio State; James Johnson, 6-8 power forward, Wake Forest; DeJuan Blair, 6-6 power forward, Pitt; and Ty Lawson, 6-1 point guard, North Carolina.

'We've targeted four or five guys we like and were hoping we can get one of these guys,' Dumars told Pistons.com. 'Whoever we get, we think, is going to upgrade our talent base.'


Free agency

The official salary cap won't be set until the first week of July, but with $41 million worth of salary commitments for the 2009-10 season, the Pistons expect to have no less than $17 million of available cap space to work with.

Only Memphis and Oklahoma City will have as much.

To get to the $17 million number, though, the Pistons will have to renounce free agents Rasheed Wallace and Allen Iverson (6'1''-G-75, college: Georgetown). They could re-sign Wallace, but that does not appear to be the plan.

The Pistons also stand to lose Antonio McDyess to free agency. Because he was traded, bought out and re-signed last season, the Pistons do not own his Larry Bird rights. He is an unrestricted free agent.

On top of that, they are waiting to hear from center Kwame Brown, who has until June 30 to pick up a player option for $4 million next season. The Pistons expect he will exercise his option and return, but if he doesn't, they gain an additional $4 million in cap space.

Given all of those factors, the priority will be to sign a young, top-tier power forward. Carlos Boozer, 27, is expected to opt out of his contract with the Jazz. If he does, he most likely would be the Pistons' first option.

Paul Millsap (6'7''-F-85, college: Louisiana Tech), 24, a restricted free agent in Utah, would be another option.

The Jazz, most likely, won't be able to keep both and re-sign center Mehmet Okur.

The Pistons also have some hope of re-signing McDyess, though they acknowledge that he is expected to be courted by several contending teams (Boston, Cleveland, San Antonio).

The Pistons also need perimeter scoring help and it appears the primary target will be Bulls shooting guard Ben Gordon.

But there are too many unknown variables at this point to accurately define what Dumars' plan might be beyond those obvious primary targets.

Keep in mind, too, that having a lot of cap space facilitates trades as well as signing free agents. If a cash-strapped team is interested in trading off a high salary, the Pistons are one of the few teams that can accommodate it. That's how the Clippers acquired Marcus Camby from Denver last season.

It's all muddled and murky right now, but a gradual clearing will take place over the next few weeks. By the middle of July, the Pistons' new design model should be taking shape.

Courtesy of www.detnews.com


Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen wants to upgrade roster for 09/10 - by Eurobasket News
Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen has told general manager Kevin Pritchard to upgrade the team's roster for next season, adding suspense, intrigue and pressure to what already figures to be a critical juncture in the team's pursuit of a championship.

'Overall, our timeline has moved up,' Pritchard said last week after one of several offseason meetings with Allen. 'We need to take it to the next level.'

Although Allen wants improvement every season, this summer's edict comes at a crucial time. The Blazers are one of the league's brightest teams on the rise, coming off a 54-win season and the franchise's first playoff appearance since 2003. A bad trade, or free agent flop now could be the difference between a dynasty or a dud.

The big question, of course, is how Pritchard goes about improving the league's second-youngest roster?

Does he listen to coach Nate McMillan's desire for experience? Does he flex the team's enviable muscle in the free agency market? Does Pritchard relent to his daring, go-for-it nature and make a blockbuster trade? Or does he sit on his hands as he did at last season's trading deadline, when he made no moves in order to let his young team progress 'organically'?

'Those propositions haven't come to the forefront yet,' Pritchard said in the waning days before Thursday's draft.

It's a jumbled picture right now, with many possibilities and options open to the Blazers. But this much appears to be certain: The Blazers will be a major player when the free agent market opens July 1, and they are open to trading out of Thursday's draft.

Pritchard last week talked frankly about his trade stance leading into the draft, saying 'we want to be active,' 'we look to be trade partners' and 'I have a hard time sitting on my hands.'

McMillan said three Blazers in particular are attracting serious attention around the league: Nicolas Batum, Rudy Fernandez and Travis Outlaw.

The problem is, the Blazers think very highly of all three and have balked at what teams are offering in return. At the same time, the Blazers stand to enter training camp with a logjam at small forward with Batum, Outlaw and Martell Webster competing for time.

'I like all of our guys, but there is no way we can play all of them,' McMillan said.

Outlaw, who will be entering the final year of his contract, has been on the trading block before. Last summer, Outlaw said he knew he was almost traded to Memphis in a deal that included point guard Mike Conley. But last week, McMillan cut off a question that involved a scenario of Outlaw being traded.

'(Reporters) keep throwing Travis out there,' McMillan said sharply. 'Travis ... the guy can play. Travis won us some games. He has been clutch. And I know a part of this whole thing is you get attached to your guys and you don't want to get rid of anybody. You don't want to get rid of Travis, Rudy, Martell, Nic ... of anybody.

'What's going to happen, if something happens, is a team is going to force you to make a decision,' McMillan said.

The Blazers already have gone down this road before. At last February's trading deadline, Batum -- the rookie from France -- drew considerable interest, but the Blazers wouldn't bite at the offers. This summer, McMillan said that interest hasn't waned, as more teams are inquiring about Batum than Outlaw.

'The thing is, teams want these guys because they think we will part ways with them. But we like them, too,' McMillan said.

The Blazers have sent mixed signals about their draft-day goals. For the third consecutive season, McMillan has openly pleaded for more experience, using the phrase 'know-how' in an attempt to change his tune.

Each season, Pritchard has instead opted to draft young talent, last year trading up to get guard Jerryd Bayless. This year, his philosophy doesn't appear to have changed. He said the concerns about experience have in part taken care of themselves as Steve Blake and Joel Przybilla have matured into veterans, and players such as Outlaw, Brandon Roy and LaMarcus Aldridge have acquired enough 'know-how' through extensive minutes the past three seasons.

'Talent has served us well so far,' Pritchard said. 'But there's not a day that doesn't go by that Nate doesn't communicate his needs. We don't agree on everything, but we have good conversations, and that's healthy. It's healthy for our relationship.'

Pritchard joked that McMillan 'will probably kill me' if he adds more youth to the roster in the draft, and McMillan laughed and said 'you will have to put me behind bars' if Pritchard presents him with another rookie.

Despite Pritchard's penchant for successful draft picks, it is more likely the Blazers will make their big splash through free agency or trade. When the league announces its salary cap around July 7, the Blazers expect to be one of five teams under the cap, joining Detroit, Oklahoma City, Memphis and Toronto.

By being under the cap, the Blazers can make trades without matching salaries. Or they can lure a free agent with however much they are under the cap. The Blazers figure to be in the ballpark of $7million to $9million under the cap, with the potential to go an additional $2.7million under if they choose not to use the 24th pick ($933,000 saved) and renounce the rights of former first-round picks Petteri Koponen and Joel Freeland, both of whom carry a $824,000 cap-hold.

The Blazers figure to pursue three areas: point guard, small forward and backup power forward. The team appears set at shooting guard with Roy and Fernandez, at center with Greg Oden and Przybilla and at power forward with Aldridge.

Potential free agent targets could be point guard Andre Miller, small forward Hedo Turkoglu and backup power forwards Antonio McDyess and Brandon Bass.

'One thing I've always liked about this time of year is the possibility,' Pritchard said. 'I've told our guys to be open for possibility. We might shut down those possibilities, and we probably will, but the excitement of that next call, that next team ... that's what makes this fun for me.

'But I will assure you: When it's time to run -- we will run,' Pritchard said. 'What I mean by that is when I feel like there's the right deal to take us to next level, I'm not going to be afraid to make it. I just have to make sure it's the right one.'
Notes:Without signing Channing Frye, who becomes a free agent on July 1, the Blazers expect to carry a team payroll of about $51.5 million. The league cap for last season was $58.68 million. Earlier this season, the league forecasted that the cap will drop to around $57.3 million this season. The salary cap is determined by taking 51 percent of the league's basketball-related income and dividing it among the 30 teams. ...

Roy and Aldridge will be eligible to negotiate contract extensions between one and five years beginning July 1. The most common practice taken by recent stars such as Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Chris Bosh and Carmelo Anthony is to sign a three-year extension with a player-option for the fourth year. The maximum for those contracts is three years at $45 million and four years at $63 million. 'We will have talks with them the second we can,' Pritchard said. 'We know they are both foundational pieces and we want them long term.'

Courtesy of www.oregonlive.com


Blazers getting ready to move in on Lee - by Eurobasket News
Several sources with knowledge of the situation have told TKB that the Portland Trailblazers are getting serious about trading for David Lee (6'9''-F-83, agency: Priority Sports, college: Florida).

Blazers ownership thinks Lee is the perfect 6th man who will be 26 in April and can be part of their long term plans. As we know Lee has leverage because he doesn't have to sign with a team he is traded to, but playing in Portland with their young core would be very attractive.

The Blazers organization feels Lees style of play would fit perfectly in Portland as he can play in both the half court system and get out and run as well as any forward in the NBA. Plus hed be a flex forward who could make them a big half court team or a smaller quicker team depending if he subbed in for LaMarcus Aldridge, Greg Oden or Nicolas Batum.

The question now becomes what do the Blazers give up in order to match what the Knicks need. Weve said Donnie Walsh might move Lee with Curry as a means to get Currys contract off the books. But there isnt great rush in moving Curry at this point because he is under contract next year. Since they were able to move Zach Randolph and Jamal Crawford, there isnt any desperation. At some point they want to move Big Ed, but it doesnt have to be at the expense of Lee especially with his value being quite high. ESPN reported that Walsh turned down the Nuggests offer of Chucky Atkins and two first round picks for the former 30th overall pick.

The Knicks may be interested in Jerryd Bayless, who has fallen behind Sergio Rodriguez on their depth chart, and whom the team passed on in this years draft or Rodriguez , but the combination of either and a first round pick wont be enough to entice Walsh. This is where a third team may get involved.

TKB was the first outlet to report the Clippers involvement on November 21 in talks for Zach Randolph. We were also the first to learn that Stephon Marbury would suit up against the Bucks, a sure sign that the Randolph trade would go through since the incoming players would not play and the team needed to dress 8 players, an NBA rule.

Interesting stuff may be in the works so stay tuned as we stay on it

Courtesy of www.theknicksblog.com


Cleveland Cavaliers struggling to get right deal for Shaquille O'Neal - by Eurobasket News
The Cleveland Cavaliers' proposed deal for Phoenix Suns center Shaquille O'Neal (7'2''-C-72, college: LSU) is not dead yet, but it's in trouble.

The Cavs are getting creative in trying to find a way to help the Suns save money on the deal and are trying to find another team to join the mix.

The original proposal involved the Cavs sending Ben Wallace (6'9''-C-74, college: Virginia Union) and Aleksandar Pavlovic (6'7''-F-83) to Phoenix in exchange for O'Neal.
O'Neal is paid what is left on his $21 million contract this season, plus about $20 million next year.

Wallace is paid $14.5 million this season, about $14 million next year.

The Suns are asking about Wally Szczerbiak (6'6''-F-77, college: Miami, OH) because his contract expires after this season, but the Cavs don't want to lose Szczerbiak.

So it appears they are hoping to bring in a third team in order to help make the deal.

Wallace and Szczerbiak were at the Cavs practice today in Toronto. Pavlovic (ankle) is not
traveling with the team

Courtesy of www.cleveland.com


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USA U16 clinched Gold of the 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship - by Eurobasket News
Argentina U16-United States of America U16 87:101

The United States of America U16 clinched Gold of the 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship by beating Argentina 101:87. The winners looked great throughout the whole tournament and rightfully deserved the top place. Both teams as well as Canada qualified directly for the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship that will be held in Hamburg, Germany.

That was a good start of the Final for the undefeated teams of the tournament. The first two quarters were the same both in scenario and the score. The United States broke the tie quickly with a three pointer and finished up 25:18. In the beginning of the second period USA made an 11-0 run to take a 36:21 lead. Led by James McAdoo and Brad Beal the team enjoyed 50:36 at the halftime.
In the third period the United States of America U16 dominated the court as well as increased the lead to 21 points. They could start celebrating at that time and actually slowed down a bit in the last frame. Argentina U16 meanwhile produced a 35-28 in the last period and managed to reduce the gap.
Brad Beal (6'3''-G-93) paced all the winners with 26 points to clinch Gold with his team. Quinn Cook (5'11''-G-92) ended up with 22 points, while Mc Adoo James posted 20. Luciano Massarelli (-G-93) finished the night with 18 points in the losing effort. Tomas Zanzotera (-G-92) netted 17 and Herrera Hernan scored 12.

Argentina U16: Luciano Massarelli 18, Tomas Zanzotera 17, Herrera Hernan 12
United States of America U16: Brad Beal 26, Quinn Cook 22, Mc Adoo James 20


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  NEW CALEDONIA   


New Caledonia fall just short of win against Australia - by Eurobasket News
New Caledonia - Australia 57:60

New Caledonia gave Australia some major scare late in the game before losing the battle in the second round of action at the Oceania tournament in Saipan. Australia seemed to be en route to a comfortable win during three quarters but wasted all of their lead in the fourth period before narrowly escaping at the end. The victory propelled the Aussie team to a 2-0 record, while New Caledonia slipped at 0-1.
Australia got to the better start as they grabbed an 8-point lead after the opening period. The tempo decreased in the second frame but Australia managed to maintain the advantage. They arrived at halftime up by 11 points. Australia kept their opponents at bay in the third frame. The Aussies overcame 11 turnovers to secure a 15-point lead with one quarter to go. But New Caledonia were not about to surrender. They limited their opponents to just a single field goal in the fourth period to trim the deficit. New Caledonia pulled within three with under a minute left. Australia missed four consecutive free throws in the dying seconds providing New Caledonia with a healthy chance to save the game. But Thomas Daly stepped up with a decisive steal in the final seconds to ensure the winning outcome for Australia.
Thomas Daly finished with 12 points to lead the winners. Jan Warbout had 10 points for Australia. Emmanuel Souria-Ouamba responded with game-high 19 points for New Caledonia. Rodrigue Tetainanuarii (203-F-82) canned 17 points in defeat.

New Caledonia: Emmanuel Souria-Ouamba 19, Rodrigue Tetainanuarii 17
Australia: Sean Mullan (-F-90) 13, Thomas Daly 12, Jan Warbout 10


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  NIGERIA   


Libya 2009 Afrobasket : Nigeria, Rwanda starts preparations - by Olusegun Ikuesan

n a bid to get the team, the Rwanda Basketball Federation has opted to call up Rwandas foreign based players much earlier than usual for the task of doing well when hostilities began at the 25th FIBA Africa Championship for Men holding in two Libyan cities from August 5 through 15 this year.

Apart from Robert Thompson and Hamza Ruhezamihigo, all the other players should be in the country before the end of June, the national basketball federation (Ferwaba) president Kalisa Salongo confirmed this recently.

Rwanda, the only East African nation to ever play in the competition made a historic debut in 2007 in Angola where they finished 12th.

However, with early preparations and an improved side, Kalisa sees no reason why the team cant break into the top eight.


With early preparations and the players we have, we should ataleast make the quarter-finals. Anything short of that will be below par, Kalisa stated.

Defending champions Angola have also started preparations as they chase for a record tenth title. Angolas Portuguese coach Lus Magalhes was recently quoted on FIBA Africa website saying that with the 18 summoned players, the team has the resources to lift a 10th title. Nigeria one of the title contenders will commence her preparation later this week in far away United States of America under the watchful eyes of Coach John Harding Lucas-II.

The Nigerian team is made up largely by foreign-based players most of whom are not new to the African terrain as they strive to pick one of the three ticket to Turkey 2010 FIBA World Championship.

The top three nations in Libya will represent Africa at 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey.

Teams for Afrobasket Libya 2009; Libya (host), Angola (defending Champion), Cameroon (1st runner up), Cape Verde (2nd runner up), Tunisia & Morocco (Zone I), Mali (Zone 2), Nigeria & Cte dIvoire (Zone 3), Central African Republic & DR. Congo (Zone 4), Egypt & Rwanda (Zone 5), Mozambique (Zone 6), South Africa & Senegal (Wild card).


Additional report By: Julius Mbaraga

Ebi Ere (195-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma)


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  NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS   


Guam post initial win at Oceania tournament - by Eurobasket News
CNMI - Guam 64:101

Guam National Team celebrated the first win at the Oceania championship in Saipan. They held off the hosts today to climb at 1-1 record. Northern Mariana Islands remained winless at 0-2 record.
Guam fired from all guns in the starting period accounting for 25 points. They claimed a 10-point advantage despite committing 14 turnovers in the first ten minutes. The hosts braced up in the second frame and slowed their opponents down. Guam still kept Northern Mariana Islands at bay building a 46:33 advantage at halftime.
Guam raised the tempo after the major break opening a 20+ advantage. They fired 28 points in the third quarter to clear off for good in this one. Both teams were plagued by turnovers combining for impossible 89 of those. But Guam dominated the boards and deservedly rolled to the victory at the end.
Joseph Blas (183-G/F) fired 23 points and collected 11 boards to pace Guam. Andrew Borja added 18 points, while Jine Han finished with 15 points, 11 boards, 6 steals and 6 assists for the winners. Pete Iguel responded with 21 points for CNMI. Jericho Cruz tallied 19 points in defeat.

CNMI: Pete Iguel 21, Jericho Cruz 19
Guam: Joseph Blas 23+11 boards, Andrew Borja 18, Jine Han 15+11 boards


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  OCEANIA CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Day 2. Results and stats from Saipan - by Eurobasket News
New Caledonia - Australia 57:60
New Caledonia gave Australia some major scare late in the game before losing the battle in the second round of action at the Oceania tournament in Saipan. Australia seemed to be en route to a comfortable win during three quarters but wasted all of their lead in the fourth period before narrowly escaping at the end. The victory propelled the Aussie team to a 2-0 record, while New Caledonia slipped at 0-1.
Australia got to the better start as they grabbed an 8-point lead after the opening period. The tempo decreased in the second frame but Australia managed to maintain the advantage. They arrived at halftime up by 11 points. Australia kept their opponents at bay in the third frame. The Aussies overcame 11 turnovers to secure a 15-point lead with one quarter to go. But New Caledonia were not about to surrender. They limited their opponents to just a single field goal in the fourth period to trim the deficit. New Caledonia pulled within three with under a minute left. Australia missed four consecutive free throws in the dying seconds providing New Caledonia with a healthy chance to save the game. But Thomas Daly stepped up with a decisive steal in the final seconds to ensure the winning outcome for Australia.
Thomas Daly finished with 12 points to lead the winners. Jan Warbout had 10 points for Australia. Emmanuel Souria-Ouamba responded with game-high 19 points for New Caledonia. Rodrigue Tetainanuarii (203-F-82) canned 17 points in defeat.

New Caledonia: Emmanuel Souria-Ouamba 19, Rodrigue Tetainanuarii 17
Australia: Sean Mullan (-F-90) 13, Thomas Daly 12, Jan Warbout 10



CNMI - Guam 64:101
Guam National Team celebrated the first win at the Oceania championship in Saipan. They held off the hosts today to climb at 1-1 record. Northern Mariana Islands remained winless at 0-2 record.
Guam fired from all guns in the starting period accounting for 25 points. They claimed a 10-point advantage despite committing 14 turnovers in the first ten minutes. The hosts braced up in the second frame and slowed their opponents down. Guam still kept Northern Mariana Islands at bay building a 46:33 advantage at halftime.
Guam raised the tempo after the major break opening a 20+ advantage. They fired 28 points in the third quarter to clear off for good in this one. Both teams were plagued by turnovers combining for impossible 89 of those. But Guam dominated the boards and deservedly rolled to the victory at the end.
Joseph Blas (183-G/F) fired 23 points and collected 11 boards to pace Guam. Andrew Borja added 18 points, while Jine Han finished with 15 points, 11 boards, 6 steals and 6 assists for the winners. Pete Iguel responded with 21 points for CNMI. Jericho Cruz tallied 19 points in defeat.

CNMI: Pete Iguel 21, Jericho Cruz 19
Guam: Joseph Blas 23+11 boards, Andrew Borja 18, Jine Han 15+11 boards


Standing
Standings
1. Australia2-0
2. N.Zealand1-0
3. Guam1-1
4. New Caledon.0-1
5. Northern Ma.0-2


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  PHILIPPINES   


San Miguel and Rain or Shine grab 2-1 lead in PBA Semis - by Eurobasket News
Burger King - San Miguel 88-100
Game 3 of this series belonged to San Miguel meaning that the score is 2-1 now for the last night's winners. Gabe Freeman (198-F-85, college: Costa Mesa JC) once again demonstrated magnificent performance for his team. He spent 38 minutes on the floor draining 35 points and pulling down 16 rebounds. Jonas Villanueva (184-G-83) was the second scorer with 15 pts, while Olsen Racela (180-G-70) added 12. The Titans got 22 points from Arwind Santos (193-F-81). He also had 7 rebounds beside that. JR Quinahan (198-C-84) had 11, while Egay Billones (175-G-75) contributed with 10 pts. Game 4- June 24.

Rain or Shine - Ginebra 94-88
Nice 94-88 win by Rain or Shine for 2-1 lead in the Semis. Gabe Norwood (196-G/F-85, college: George Mason) was the most important player in victory registering double-double, 17 pts and 12 rebounds. Jai Lewis (201-F-83, agency: Court Side, college: George Mason) had 16 pts and the same number of boards, while Eddie Laure (191-F-77) also scored 16. Tyrone Tang (-84) had one points less. In Ginebra, Jayjay Helterbrand (183-G-76, college: Kentucky St.) delivered 17 pts. Game 4 - June 24.


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  POLAND   


Stats Leaders - 1Liga
1 Liga Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1.Celej Znicz 20.67
2.Frankowski Ryb 19.19
3 Kulig Big Star 18.22
4. Pydych Wola 17.72
5. Wojciech MKKS17,60
Rebounds Per Game
1. McNaull Poznań 11.48
2. Metelski 4-YOU 10.25
3. Mis Rzeszow 8.93
4. Wiekiera Poznań 8.19
5. Kulig Big Star 8.04
Assists Per Game
1. Stokłosa Poznań 6.5
2 Baran Rzeszow 6.4
3. Ecka Znicz 6.4
4. Krupa Sokół 5.19
5. Wilczek Zubry 5.08
Steals Per Game
1 Sikora, Prokom II 2.5
2 Krupa, Siarka 2.4
3 Basinski, MKS 2.4
Blocks Per Game
1. Lisewski Wola 1.85
2. Kulig Big 1.74
3 Mysłowiecki Prok 1,72
2FGP
1. Ochodek MKK 78.26
2. Dudek Politech 72,73
3. Mikołajko Znicz 71,79
3FGP
1. Karczewski Sta 57,14
2. Mokros Poloni 54,55
3. Briegmann Zast 50,00
Free Throws
1. Olczak Star 95.0
2. Sulowski Poznań 93,3
3. Wojciech MKKS 90,6
Ranking
1. McNaull Pozna 24,26
2. Kulig Tychy 21.48
3. Piotr Resovia 20,41
4. Wiekiera Pozna 18,96
5.Tomasz Znicz 17,96


Sportino Inowroclaw to announce new head coach today - by Eurobasket News
Sportino Inowroclaw will announce the name of its new head coach today. The team will have the official press conference when the new HC will be promoted. According to sources near the club it's almost sure it will be Mariusz Karol, who spent last season with SKS Polpharma-Pakmet Starogard. His team ended the regular season on the fifth place with 16-19 record. In the Playoff Quarterfinals they took on Anwil loosing it 1-3.
Before SKS Polpharma-Pakmet Starogard, Mariusz Karol worked as a HC in Banks BPS Basket Kwidzyn. On season 06/07 he was in MTK Daikan Kotwica Kolobrzeg and in December same year agreed with Unia Tarnow. In the past he also used to work with Prokom Trefl Sopot as an assistant coach. In 2001 the won the Polish League SuperCup and reach Radivoj Korac Cup Quarterfinals twice.
Sportino Inowroclaw finished last season as No.10 with 10 wins and 16 failures. They were below the line for the Playoffs. Soon after that they parted ways with HC Aleksander Krutikov. The Belarusian took over the team last summer.

As it is mentioned above, the official press conference of the team will be held today, when this news supposes to be confirmed.


PBG Poznan announces signing of Andrija Ciric - by Eurobasket News
It seems that basketball market in Poland starting to move fast. The latest signing in Polish top division is made by PBG Basket Poznan. The 12th ranked team from the last season announced arrival of ex Prokom's guard Andrija Ciric (199-G-80, agency: Beo Basket).
28-year old player is coming to Poznan from Hungarian team Falco, where he spent last two years. This season Ciric appeared 28 times in Division A averaging 18.4 ppg and 3.7 rpg. In 2008 they won the championship title in Hungary. Before Falco, he was a member of Bosnian team Bosna ASA BHT and Cypriot APOEL Nicosia.
Andrija Ciric is very familiar face to basketball public in Poland. As a reminder, on season 04/05 he played for Polish powerhouse Prokom. Of course the team won championship title having also decent performance in Euroleague. Ciric started in Prokom next season also, but in October he moved to Napredak Rubin from Serbia and later Cherkassy Monkeys from Ukraine. Before Prokom, Ciric used to play for Charleroi, Ergonom and Hemofarm. In 2008 he was named 'Eurobasket.com All-Hungarian League 1st Team'. In 2004 he won the Belgian title with Charleroi.


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  PORTUGAL   


VSC Guimaraes Market News - by Hugo Carvalho

Francisco Machado (205-F/C-81) in Vitoria SC/M.Couto Alves Guimaraes.
Former Basketball of Basquete de Barcelos (Proliga), is the first victory for the strengthening of the new season.
Victoria does not waste your time to preparing the new season, which will again with Fernando Sa in command. At the time it ended, Francisco Machado it was the first new. He was the best of his team in Basquete de Barcelos Basket and one of the main figures of Proliga

Paulo Diamantino (203-C-85) in Vitoria SC/M.Couto Alves Guimaraes; Paulo Diamantino signed by Vitoria SC/M.Couto Alves Guimaraes for one year. The center of 24 years, represented the FC Porto in the Portuguese Basketball League. Paulo Diamantino is the second new player in Vitoria SC/M.Couto Alves Guimaraes

Paulo Ferreira (187-F-80) in Vitoria SC/M.Couto Alves Guimaraes; Paulo Ferreira played in Proliga (MaiaBasket) in the last three seasons.
His first year as senior was in FC Porto but after he went to Vasco da Gama for five seasons. Now, with 29 years, the basketball player returns returns to top level with the colors of Vitoria SC/M.Couto Alves Guimaraes. Paulo Ferreira was born on 28 January 1980 and has 1.85 cm (6'1'').
LIGA PORTUGUESA DE BASQUETEBOL



Gregory Stempin joins Porto - by Eurobasket News
Gregory Stempin (203-F-79, agency: Duran International, college: Toledo) has been confirmed to ink a contract with Porto. He will spend the next year with the team that finished the last season with at 17-13 record. They eventually lost to the defending champions Benfica in the opening round of LPB playoffs.
A 30-year old forward from the USA played for Ovarense in the previous three seasons. Last year Gregory Stempin averaged 14.5 points, 6.1 boards and 1.6 assists per game. He is two-time LPB champion with Ovarense.


The dilemma of Moncho Lopez. - by Hugo Carvalho
The Portuguese National Team is preparing to start in Luso, Portugal (tomorrow), the qualification for the Eurobasket' 2009 in Poland.
The Coach Moncho Lopez , called 14 players for the 1st phase of training, while more will join the following week, including athlete's Benfica and Ovarense, the two teams that competed in the final Portuguese Basketball League.
Within this core of players, Moncho Lopez will deal with a problem, the three naturalized players called by Moncho: Manuel Sico (Liga Portuguesa - Barreirense), Carlos Andrade (Bruesa - ACB) and Joao 'Betinho' Gomes (Leche Rio - LEB Gold), but only one will be chosen.
'It is a decision that has to be taken, but it is important they have prior knowledge of the situation and to prepare mentally for what will happen'said Moncho Lopez to the FPB Web site.


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  PUERTO RICO   


Standings - BSN
BSN Standings
 1. Arecibo 20-6 
 2. Quebradillas 20-7 
 3. Santurce 19-8 
 4. Bayamon 18-8 
 5. Carolina 15-13 
 6. San German 14-13 
 7. Mayaguez 13-14 
 8. Ponce 11-16 
 9. Caguas 7-20 
 10. Guaynabo 7-20 
 11. Humacao 4-23 


Brazil U16 clinched the fifth place - by Eurobasket News
Puerto Rico U16-Brazil U16 79-82

Brazil U16 clinched the fifth place at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship held in Mendoza, Argentina. In the game for the fifth place Brazil outscored Puerto Rico 82:79. Both teams fought for the lead in the final quarter but in the final seconds a three pointer by Leonardo Simoes gave Brazil the necessary win.
Brazil took a 24:21 lead at the end of the opening quarter. The team looked much better than the opponents and started to extend the lead later in the first half. Brazil made an 11-2 run to close the first half up 48:33.
Puerto Rico however bounced back in the second half and produced 27-17 in the third period. it gave them 60:65 at the end of the thirty minutes of the game. Puerto Rico even played better in the last period and managed to come closer to the opponents. The intrigue remained in the court until the last minutes however Leonardo Simoes nailed a three-pointer to seal the win with his team.
Simoes Leonardo paced all the winners with 26 points as Brazil finished 5th in the tournament. Igor Avelino (190-F-94) poured in 18, while Martini Giovanni chipped in 8. Carmelo Betancourt (-92) ended up with 24 points in the losing effort and Gary Browne (-92) scored 21. Puerto Rico U16 finishes the campaign on the 6th position.

Puerto Rico U16: Carmelo Betancourt 24, Gary Browne 21
Brazil U16: Simoes Leonardo 26, Igor Avelino 18, Martini Giovanni 8


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  ROMANIA   


Otopeni inks new player - by Nagy Szilveszter
Big guy Nenad Sulovic (202-F/C-85) agreed terms with Romanian team Otopeni. Sulovic played last season in Napredak Rubin registering 12.2 ppg and 3.7 rpg in 20 games. After the season, he moved to Slovakian MBK Rieker Komarno. In 5 games there he had 14.4 ppg and 5.6 rpg. The head coach of Otopeni is Serbian Milan Nisic.

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  RUSSIA   


Anton Ponkrashov returns to CSKA Moscow - by Eurobasket News
The rumors confirmed yesterday. The reigning Euroleague and Russian champion, CSKA Moscow, returned Anton Ponkrashov (200-G-86) from Khimki, where he spent last two years on loan. New head coach of CSKA, Evgeniy Pashutin, stated that he is very glad that Ponkrashov is back at CSKA. Pashutin says that 23-year old shooting guard is one of the most promising players in Russia.
Anton Ponkrashov played 33 games in Superleague last season averaging 7.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg and 3.6 apg. He had 47% for FG2 and 35% from behind the arc. In EuroCup he appeared 13 times adding 4.9 ppg, 1.5 rpg and 3.1 apg. His team reached the Finals, but was not able to resist against Lietuvos Rytas. In Russia, Khimki also played in the Final, but CSKA was better 3-1.
Interesting is that Anton Ponkrashov had one of the best performances in Russia against Spartak Sankt-Petersburg, whose coach was Pashutine. He scored 16 points in that match and was almost unmistakable.
As Pashutine, Anton Ponkrashov is also happy because of his return. He stated that he wanted back to CSKA badly. The first reason is the coach, with whom he won the U20 European Championships in the past.


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  RWANDA   


Libya 2009 Afrobasket : Nigeria, Rwanda starts preparations - by Olusegun Ikuesan

n a bid to get the team, the Rwanda Basketball Federation has opted to call up Rwandas foreign based players much earlier than usual for the task of doing well when hostilities began at the 25th FIBA Africa Championship for Men holding in two Libyan cities from August 5 through 15 this year.

Apart from Robert Thompson and Hamza Ruhezamihigo, all the other players should be in the country before the end of June, the national basketball federation (Ferwaba) president Kalisa Salongo confirmed this recently.

Rwanda, the only East African nation to ever play in the competition made a historic debut in 2007 in Angola where they finished 12th.

However, with early preparations and an improved side, Kalisa sees no reason why the team cant break into the top eight.


With early preparations and the players we have, we should ataleast make the quarter-finals. Anything short of that will be below par, Kalisa stated.

Defending champions Angola have also started preparations as they chase for a record tenth title. Angolas Portuguese coach Lus Magalhes was recently quoted on FIBA Africa website saying that with the 18 summoned players, the team has the resources to lift a 10th title. Nigeria one of the title contenders will commence her preparation later this week in far away United States of America under the watchful eyes of Coach John Harding Lucas-II.

The Nigerian team is made up largely by foreign-based players most of whom are not new to the African terrain as they strive to pick one of the three ticket to Turkey 2010 FIBA World Championship.

The top three nations in Libya will represent Africa at 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey.

Teams for Afrobasket Libya 2009; Libya (host), Angola (defending Champion), Cameroon (1st runner up), Cape Verde (2nd runner up), Tunisia & Morocco (Zone I), Mali (Zone 2), Nigeria & Cte dIvoire (Zone 3), Central African Republic & DR. Congo (Zone 4), Egypt & Rwanda (Zone 5), Mozambique (Zone 6), South Africa & Senegal (Wild card).


Additional report By: Julius Mbaraga

Ebi Ere (195-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma)


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  SERBIA   


Three Serbians in Poland, One in Romania - by Dragan Jankovski
Three Serbian players signed in Poland these days. Andrija Ciric (199-G-80, agency: Beo Basket), Uros Duvnjak (190-G-86) and Rajko Kljajevic (204-F-85, agency: Interperformances) are the new members of PBG Poznan. The team had not so brilliant last season and now has a good budget and big appetites for the next one.

Andrija Ciric is coming to Poznan after two seasons with Falco. In 2008 they won the championship title in Hungary. This season Ciric had impressive 18.4 ppg and 3.7 rpg in 28 games. He already played in Poland and it was for their best team over the past decade - Prokom.

Uros Duvnjak and Rajko Kljajevic played for Radnicki 034 Group last season. Point guard Duvnjak had 14.2 ppg and 4.5 apg in Serbian A league. He had little bit lower digits in Balkan league. Kljajevic had even more, 18.8 ppg and 6 rpg in A league. In BIBL he registered 14.5 ppg and 5.5 rpg.

Big guy Nenad Sulovic (202-F/C-85) agreed terms with Romanian team Otopeni. Sulovic played last season in Napredak Rubin registering 12.2 ppg and 3.7 rpg in 20 games. After the season, he moved to Slovakian MBK Rieker Komarno. In 5 games there he had 14.4 ppg and 5.6 rpg. The head coach of Otopeni is Serbian Milan Nisic.


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  SLOVENIA   


Zdovc voted as coach of the year, Maribor named new coach - by Zeljko Zule
Jurij Zdovc of Union Olimpija has been chosen as Slovenian coach of the 2008-09 season, earning first-place votes from the Slovenian Basketball Coach Association (ZKTS - Zdruzenje kosarkarskih trenerjev Slovenije). Zdovc won the award after guiding Union Olimpija to the Championship and Cup title.
Maribor (B-1) appointed Slobodan Rmus as its new coach, succeeding Tone Krump, and inked Aljosa Remus (200-F-86) ex Hrastnik.


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  SOUTH KOREA   


2009 KBL TRYOUT FINAL INVITED PLAYERS LIST - by Rick Ross
According to the KBLs website http://www.kbl.or.kr/
Publish this morning Mon-22-2009 only 143 players listed below
Will vie for 17 openings as 3 positions have already been re-contracted,

Earlier reports from the KBL website included 212 invites with a note in fine print
By June 19th the Final list would be published:


1 Chris Alexander
2 Demetrius Alexander
3 Marcus Allen
4 Menelik Barbary
5 Robert Battle
6 Rashad Bell
7 Brandon Bender
8 Mario Bennett
9 Tyrell Biggs
10 Jason Blair
11 Tyrelle Blair
12 Odartey Blankson
13 Luke Bonner
14 Dreike Bouldin
15 Craig Bradshaw
16 Bruce Brown
17 Damone Brown
18 Jamaal Brown
19 Antoine Broxsie
20 John Bryant
21 Melvin Buckley
22 Babacar Camara
23 Marquin Chandler
24 Gyasi Cline-Heard
25 Brandon Cole
26 Daniel Coleman
27 Robert (T.J) Cummings
28 Dwayne Curtis
29 Brian Cusworth
30 Joe Dabbert
31 Adeola Dagunduro
32 Chris Daniels
33 Robert (Chris) Daniels
34 Quincy Davis
35 Eric Dawson
36 Christopher Devine
37 Anthony Dill
38 Nigel Dixon
39 Seth Doliboa
40 Jakim Donaldson
41 Robert Dozier
42 Johnny Dukes
43 Duane Erwin
44 Marquis Estill
45 Peter Ezugwu
46 Thomas Fairley
47 Desmond Ferguson
48 Michael Fey
49 Alton Ford
50 Jean Francois
51 Gabriel Freeman
52 Elbert Fuqua
53 Christopher Garnett
54 Travis Garrison
55 Brandon Gary
56 Reginald George
57 Johnnie Gilbert
58 Simeon Haley
59 Hernol Hall
60 Lamont Hamilton
61 Brian Harper
62 Darrell Harris
63 Aaron Haynes
64 Adrian Hill
65 Herbert Hill
66 Jamal Holden
67 Daniel Horace
68 Justin Howard
69 Gabriel Hughes
70 Ryan Humphrey
71 Chris Hunter
72 Gerald Inman
73 Cedric Jackson
74 Anthony Johnson
75 Ivan Johnson
76 Jasper Johnson
77 Kevin Johnson
78 Jonathan Jones
79 Bradley Kanis
80 Joe Kennerly
81 Darnell Kirkwood
82 Gordon Klaiber
83 Joe Krabbenhoft
84 Abdullahi Kuso
85 Sean Lampley
86 Dan Langhi
87 Donald Little
88 Art Long
89 Longar Longar
90 Corey Louis
91 Kevin Martin
92 Bryant Mathews
93 Amal Mccaskill
94 Glen Mcgowan
95 Bryson McKenzie
96 Alex Mclean
97 Jarred Merrill
98 Corey Minnifield
99 Marcel Momplaisir
100 Sylvester Morgan
101 Scott Morrison
102 Faheem Nelson
103 Ahmad Nivins
104 Yemi Ogunoye
105 Bambale Osby
106 Omari Peterkin
107 James Peters
108 Brent Petway
109 Marvin Phillips
110 Kevin Pittsnogle
111 Ricardo Powell
112 Shaun Pruitt
113 Shawn Redhage
114 Darius Rice
115 Dewayne Richardson
116 Jason Robinson
117 Kevin Rogers
118 Jeremiah Russell
119 Soumaila Samake
120 Kahiem Seawright
121 Andre Smith
122 Frans Steyn
123 Greg Stiemsma
124 Joseph Taylor
125 Charles Thomas
126 Harvey Thomas
127 Victor Thomas
128 Garnett Thompson
129 Darian Townes
130 Mack Tuck
131 Larry Turner
132 Cory Underwood
133 Tiras Wade
134 Jermaine Walker
135 Samaki Walker
136 Gary Ware
137 Reginald Warren
138 Tyrone Washington
139 DeSean White
140 Gary Wilkinson
141 James Williams
142 Tarvis Williams
143 Waki Williams


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  SPAIN   


Pau Gasol set to play at Eurobasket - by Eurobasket News
Spanish Basketball Federation was glad to recently hear that one of its best players has announced he may take participation with Spanish National Team this year. Now Spain's chances to compete for medals at European Championships in Poland have increased significantly. According to media from Spain, Pau Gasol (214-F/C-80) has recently given interview at the American TV ABC (Jimmy Kimmel Live show) where he confirmed he will be playing for Spain this September. Coming fresh from wining the NBA Title with LA Lakers, Pau Gasol stated that he is ready to win more trophies this season, and he sees Eurobasket as perfect opportunity. Pau Gasol believes that he will have enough time to rest until the start of preparations in July, and he is looking forward to helping Spain National Team. Pau Gasol never stated that he will not participate at the European Championships, but has stated on numerous occasions that he is in a need of rest after a grueling NBA season. Now everyone in Spanish Basketball Federation Is feeling relieved and is hoping Pau Gasol will not change his mind.
Pau Gasol started his career with Barcelona with whom he won two titles in 1999 and 2001. In 2001 he was drafted by Atlanta Hawks as 3rd pick but was immediately traded to Memphis Grizzlies. He signed 4 year contract with Grizzlies and soon become one of teams best players. In February 2008, Pau Gasol was traded to LA Lakers, and along with Kobe Bryant he has lead the team to Playoff Finals where they lost to Boston Celtics. This year Pau Gasol, in his 2nd try managed to win the title after appearing in 101 games and averaging 18.9 points, 9.9 rebounds, 3.3 assist and 1.2 blocks while shooting , 57.2% for two. Pau Gasol is also a regular member of Spain National Team with whom he has won numerous medals including World Championships U18 Championship in 1999, World Championships in 2006. Pau Gasol also has two Silver medals from European Championships in Spain in 2007 as well as from Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008.


Market News - by Llorence Morro
Basquet Mallorca agreed terms with Israel Pampin (192-G-79) and Carles Bivia (185-G-85) to extend their contract for 2 seasons more. Juan Riera (188-G-79) who returned after a period loaned in MMT Estudiantes, has a 3 year contract with Basquet Mallorca. Marc Blanch (195-F-82) coul be the next who decide to stay in Inca. Meanwhile Miki Severa signed (3 years) in Unicaja Malaga and will play loaned in Clinicas Rincon Axarquia The Basquet Mallorca's general manager Willy Villar will work for CAI Zaragoza, next season. Villar has been the designer of the teams in Inca the last six years.
Ricardo Guillen (205-F/C-76), 3 times MVP in LEB, left CD Villa de Los Barrios and will play in Ciudad de La Laguna Canarias


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  TAIWAN   


Jones Cup roster changes again - by Chris Wang
Taiwan NT decided to rest all the injured players in the 2009 William Jones Cup so the team can play in the Tianjin Asian Championship at its full strength.

Five players -- Tien Lei, Tseng Wen-ting, Wu Tai-hao, Ho Shou-cheng and Chen Shih-nian -- will sit out the Jones Cup to nurse their injuries. And that means Taiwan NT will be extremely thin inside in the Jones Cup, which will be played from July 18-26 in Sinjhuang, Taipei County.

Six replacements were added to the roster as Taiwan NT will enter the Jones Cup with 13 players. Yang Ching-min, Hsu Chih-chan, Chen Tse-wei, Wu Yong-jen, Wu Chien-lung and Lee Fong-yong were invited to the national team.

Chang Chih-feng and Lin Chih-chieh, who were expected to be back with the team after ankle injuries during the SBL Finals, were still a couple of weeks away from returning, CTBA said.

The women's competition will be played from July 12-16.

13-man Taiwan NT roster for the 2009 Jones Cup

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 Ching-hwan, KKL, 190cm, 23
G Yang Ching-min, TB, 188cm, 25
G Wu Yong-jen, Taiwan Mobile, 177cm, 26
F Chen Tse-wei, Dacin, 200cm, 24
F Tsai Wen-cheng, PY, 188cm, 24
F Lin Yi-hui, Dacin, 193cm, 23
F Yang Che-yi, Yulon, 193cm, 31
F Hsu Chih-chan, 194cm, 27
F Lee Fong-yong, Dacin, 197cm, 28
F Wu Chien-lung, Pure Youth, 193cm, 20

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

The replacements players were somehow different from earlier media report. I will keep updating the roster.


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  TOURNAMENT OF THE AMERICAS U16   


USA U16 clinched Gold of the 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship - by Eurobasket News
FINAL
Argentina U16-United States of America U16 87:101

The United States of America U16 clinched Gold of the 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship by beating Argentina 101:87. The winners looked great throughout the whole tournament and rightfully deserved the top place. Both teams as well as Canada qualified directly for the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship that will be held in Hamburg, Germany.
That was a good start of the Final for the undefeated teams of the tournament. The first two quarters were the same both in scenario and the score. The United States broke the tie quickly with a three pointer and finished up 25:18. In the beginning of the second period USA made an 11-0 run to take a 36:21 lead. Led by James McAdoo and Brad Beal the team enjoyed 50:36 at the halftime.
In the third period the United States of America U16 dominated the court as well as increased the lead to 21 points. They could start celebrating at that time and actually slowed down a bit in the last frame. Argentina U16 meanwhile produced a 35-28 in the last period and managed to reduce the gap.
Brad Beal (6'3''-G-93) paced all the winners with 26 points to clinch Gold with his team. Quinn Cook (5'11''-G-92) ended up with 22 points, while Mc Adoo James posted 20. Luciano Massarelli (-G-93) finished the night with 18 points in the losing effort. Tomas Zanzotera (-G-92) netted 17 and Herrera Hernan scored 12.

Argentina U16:
Luciano Massarelli 18, Tomas Zanzotera 17, Herrera Hernan 12
United States of America U16:
Brad Beal 26, Quinn Cook 22, Mc Adoo James 20

Game for the 3rd place
Canada U16-Venezuela U16 106:81
Canada U16 won over Venezuela U16 to qualify for the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship. The North American team grabbed the Bronze medal game of the 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.
The game between Canada U16 and Venezuela U16 became not only the game for the third place, however for the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship ticket as well. Canada opened the game with 11-2 run to take 23;10 lead after the opening quarter. Venezuela U16 started to play better in the second period however could not catch up the opponents. Canada won 21-19 to finish the first half up 44:29. Led by Nicholas Lewis and Duane Notice the winners went to the lockers with 15-point advantage.
The teams struggled hard in the third period coming back from the lockers as Canada still held the lead. Moreover the team from North America never looked behind and increased the lead. A 29-23 gave them 21 points to enter the last stanza. Another offensive 33-29 in the last period gave Canada the important win to qualify for the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship.


Canada U16: Kevin Pangos (183-G-92) 28, Notice Alexander 18, Jonathan Alexander-Guillaume (198-F-93) 17+10 rebs
Venezuela U16: Calatayud Jose 17, Blanco Key Israel de Jesus 17, Michael Carrera (-92) 16+12 rebs


5th place
Puerto Rico U16-Brazil U16 79:82
Brazil U16 clinched the fifth place at the FIBA Americas U16 Championship held in Mendoza, Argentina. In the game for the fifth place Brazil outscored Puerto Rico 82:79. Both teams fought for the lead in the final quarter but in the final seconds a three pointer by Leonardo Simoes gave Brazil the necessary win.
Brazil took a 24:21 lead at the end of the opening quarter. The team looked much better than the opponents and started to extend the lead later in the first half. Brazil made an 11-2 run to close the first half up 48:33.
Puerto Rico however bounced back in the second half and produced 27-17 in the third period. it gave them 60:65 at the end of the thirty minutes of the game. Puerto Rico even played better in the last period and managed to come closer to the opponents. The intrigue remained in the court until the last minutes however Leonardo Simoes nailed a three-pointer to seal the win with his team.
Simoes Leonardo paced all the winners with 26 points as Brazil finished 5th in the tournament. Igor Avelino (190-F-94) poured in 18, while Martini Giovanni chipped in 8. Carmelo Betancourt (-92) ended up with 24 points in the losing effort and Gary Browne (-92) scored 21. Puerto Rico U16 finishes the campaign on the 6th position.

Puerto Rico U16: Carmelo Betancourt 24, Gary Browne 21
Brazil U16: Simoes Leonardo 26, Igor Avelino 18, Martini Giovanni 8


7th place
Bahamas U16 -Mexico U16 87:83 OT
Bahamas U16 handed Mexico U16 another overtime loss and escaped the last place of FIBA Americas U16 Championship. Bahamas U16 celebraed the initial victory to finish on the 7th spot after 87:83 over Mexico U16.
Both teams started even and desired to finish the tournament with a win. Bahamas enjoyed a 21-15 lead with one minute left but the Mexicans came back with a 6-0 run to close tied at 21:21. Again it was Bahamas that made an 8-0 run to take a 35:27 lead and finish the first half up 42:33.
The third period became the most productive for both teams as they managed to pour in 49 points. Mexico reduced the gap after 25-24 and hoped for the last period. Mexico returned once again and a quick 4-0 run after two free throws and a basket forced the overtime period tied at 74:74. Bahamas made a 7-0 run in the final two minutes for the initial win in FIBA Americas U16 Championship.
Wannah Bail (203-C-92) was unstoppable with 30 points and 18 rebounds. Garth Brown (-G/F-92) finished the night with 23, while Rokeem netted 14. Ernesto Quintero (-92) top-scored for Mexico with 19 points and Raul Borquez (-93) nailed 16.

Bahamas U16: Wannah Bail 30+18 rebs, Garth Brown 23, Lewis Rokeem 14
Mexico U16: Ernesto Quintero 19, Raul Borquez 16


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  TURKEY   


Turk Telekom lands Huseyin Besok and Soner Senturk - by Eurobasket News
Two important signings in just one day for Turk Telekom.
The first one is experienced big guy Huseyin Besok (212-C-75, agency: Interperformances), who inked 1-year deal with the team from Ankara. Besok spent last two years with Galatasaray averaging 15.2 ppg and 7.9 rpg in 12 EuroChallenge games this season. In TBL he appeared 32 times adding 11.6 ppg and 8.6 rpg. He ended the both contests at the 4th best rebounder. Before these two years with Galata, Huseyin Besok was a member of Prokom Trefl Sopot. He also has experience from France as a player of Le Mans and ASVEL. From 2001 to 2003 he played for Israeli giant Maccabi Tel-Aviv and before that many years in Efes Pilsen. In his career Besok won many titles and awards.
Second new member of Turk Telekom is Soner Senturk (194-G-86, agency: 1x1 Sports), who played last season in Darussafaka. He appeared in 32 TBL games averaging 10.6 ppg, 4.5 rpg and 5 apg. Senturk signed 2-year deal.
Turk Telekom finished regular season 08/09 as No.2 with 22-8 record. However, the team was not able to resist against Fenerbahce Ulker, who ended the Semifinals with perfect 3-0.


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  UKRAINE   


Ukrainian U20 team celebrated another two victories over Israel U20 - by Eurobasket News
Ukrainian U20 team celebrated another two victories over Israel U20. On Saturday the home side produced 75:67 as it was the second straight victory for the Ukrainian side over Israel. The teams knew well each other and started the game at 10:10. Even though Israeli team was led by Shutvin, Danile and Nastarenko, Ruslan Otverchenko (192-F-90) kept the hosts at 23:22 at the end of the opening quarter. Ukraine also had 39:37 lead at the halftime as Zaytsev and Novikov poured in 4 points at the end. Israeli team managed to take the lead at 60:58. The score was tied with 6 minutes to go, but then Ukrainian side led the game to 75:67 win. Ruslan Otverchenko led the winners with 19 points, Stanislav Timofeenko (204-F-89) nailed 12 and Novikov scored 12 as well.
In game 3 between the teams Ukraine was again stronger and again won due to the last minutes. Israel and Ukraine produced more offensive basketball to finish at 85:80 for the hosts. Stanislav Timofeenko ended up with 16 points and 15 rebounds, while Zaytsev scored 16. Ruslan Otverchenko poured in 14 points in the winning effort.
The teams showed great preparations for the European Championship to start soon in the summer.


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  VENEZUELA   


Canada U16 won over Venezuela U16 to qualify for the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship - by Eurobasket News
Canada U16-Venezuela U16 106:81

Canada U16 won over Venezuela U16 to qualify for the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship. The North American team grabbed the Bronze medal game of the 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship.
The game between Canada U16 and Venezuela U16 became not only the game for the third place, however for the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship ticket as well. Canada opened the game with 11-2 run to take 23;10 lead after the opening quarter. Venezuela U16 started to play better in the second period however could not catch up the opponents. Canada won 21-19 to finish the first half up 44:29. Led by Nicholas Lewis and Duane Notice the winners went to the lockers with 15-point advantage.
The teams struggled hard in the third period coming back from the lockers as Canada still held the lead. Moreover the team from North America never looked behind and increased the lead. A 29-23 gave them 21 points to enter the last stanza. Another offensive 33-29 in the last period gave Canada the important win to qualify for the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship.
The United States of America U16 clinched Gold of the 2009 FIBA Americas U16 Championship by beating Argentina 101:87. The winners looked great throughout the whole tournament and rightfully deserved the top place. Both teams as well as Canada qualified directly for the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship that will be held in Hamburg, Germany.

Canada U16: Kevin Pangos (183-G-92) 28, Notice Alexander 18, Jonathan Alexander-Guillaume (198-F-93) 17+10 rebs
Venezuela U16: Calatayud Jose 17, Blanco Key Israel de Jesus 17, Michael Carrera (-92) 16+12 rebs


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  WBA   


Standings
WBA Standings
 1. Buford M. 7-1 
 2. Decatur CK 5-2 
 3. Tupelo 5-3 
 4. Cartersville W. 5-3 
 5. Memphis B. 0-7 
 6. Rome Rage 0-7 
Expansion Teams
 1. Macon B. 0-0 
 2. Marietta S. 0-0 
 3. Palm Coast 0-0 
 4. S.Crescent L. 0-0 


Warriors earn road win over undefeated Majic - by David Archer
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Written by: Joe Myers 770-298-1335
Josephc.myers@yahoo.com

Cartersville, GA - 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 doesnt matter what level of basketball youre talking about, theres a moment in every season that defines things and hopefully after the season you can point to that moment and say Thats where things started going right, and I think this is a moment well 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 didnt do everything exactly right, we wouldve 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 leagues 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 Larry Cox (6'11''-C-85), Justin Billingslea (6'10''-F-85) and Bobby Brown (6'6''-F-79) leading the way with 16 points apiece. Jermaine Spivey (6'3''-G-72) pitched in 15, Andrew Jones had 14 and Chucky Frierson (6'6''-G/F-83) chipped in 10 for Cartersville, which broke a three-game losing streak in the WBA with the win over Buford.



B.J. Puckett (6'9''-F-83)powered his way to 32 points for 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.



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Cartersville, GA -
The Cartersville Warriors picked up their second straight World Basketball Association win Sunday afternoon at J.H. Morgan Gymnasium, steamrolling the winless Rome Rage, 103-79..

Even though Romes record is what it is (the Rage is now 0-6), theres a bit of a rivalry between our teams, said Cartersville head coach Cory Baldwin. Rome is the closest team to us in the league and we made a trade with them for Jermaine Spivey (6'3''-G-72) of Rome Rage (back on June 8), so there was so motivation there for us not to overlook them.

We came out and got a lead early, but we relaxed and let them back in the game. However, we scored some buckets late in the first half and once we got to the second half, we played like we were supposed to.


Cartersville (7-3 overall, 5-3 WBA) jumped out to a 17-7 lead in the first 4:51 of the game behind strong post play from Larry Cox (6'11''-C-85). Cox scored 12 of his 14 first-half points in the opening 10 minutes and the Warriors held a pronounced advantage on the boards all game long.

I definitely think our big guys came out motivated, said Baldwin. They came out more focused and aggressive on the offensive glass than they were at Buford (last Friday). Thats been a weak point in our play for most of the season, but today it was a strength.

The Warriors led 26-16 after one quarter and were up by 13 points before the Rage went on a 14-2 run to close to within 35-34 on a jumper by Tyrone Eboigbe (6'7''-F-85) - one of the two players Cartersville traded to Rome to get Spivey - with five minutes to go before halftime.

Rome got as close as one point two more times, at 37-36 and 43-41, before Cartersville scored the final five points of the first half to take a 48-41 advantage into the locker room at the break.


The Rage closed to within 50-46 in the first minute of the third quarter, but Cartersville took control of the game for good with a 13-0 outburst that saw the Warriors lead swell to 63-46 with 4:47 remaining in the period. Cartersvilles lead was 79-54 by the end of the quarter and the Warriors cruised to the win in the fourth quarter.

Cox led Cartersville with 20 points, five rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots. Andrew Jones had 18 and nine rebounds, Justin Billingslea (6'10''-F-85) had a double-double with 13, 11 rebounds and three assists, Chucky Frierson (6'6''-G/F-83) had 13 and four rebounds, Bobby Brown (6'6''-F-79) pitched in 11 with four rebounds and Spivey just missed a triple-double with nine points, eight assists and six rebounds.

Latece Williams (6'8''-F-79) paced Rome with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Shan Finley netted 15, Eboigbe had 10 and six rebounds and Nathan Charles (6'5''-F-82) - the other piece of the Spivey deal - had 10 points and four rebounds for the Rage in the loss.



Cartersville Warriors cage Rome Rage, 103-79 - by Eurobasket News
The Cartersville Warriors picked up their second straight World Basketball Association win Sunday afternoon at J.H. Morgan Gymnasium, steamrolling the winless Rome Rage, 103-79.

'Even though Rome's record is what it is (the Rage is now 0-6), there's a bit of a rivalry between our teams,' said Cartersville head coach Cory Baldwin . 'Rome is the closest team to us in the league and we made a trade with them for Jermaine Spivey (back on June 8), so there was so motivation there for us not to overlook them.

'We came out and got a lead early, but we relaxed and let them back in the game. However, we scored some buckets late in the first half and once we got to the second half, we played like we were supposed to.'

Cartersville (7-3 overall, 5-3 WBA) jumped out to a 17-7 lead in the first 4:51 of the game behind strong post play from Darnell Cox. Cox scored 12 of his 14 first-half points in the opening 10 minutes and the Warriors held a pronounced advantage on the boards all game long.

'I definitely think our big guys came out motivated,' said Baldwin. 'They came out more focused and aggressive on the offensive glass than they were at Buford (last Friday). That's been a weak point in our play for most of the season, but today it was a strength.'

The Warriors led 26-16 after one quarter and were up by 13 points before the Rage went on a 14-2 run to close to within 35-34 on a jumper by Tyrone Eboigbe - one of the two players Cartersville traded to Rome to get Spivey - with five minutes to go before halftime.

Rome got as close as one point two more times, at 37-36 and 43-41, before Cartersville scored the final five points of the first half to take a 48-41 advantage into the locker room at the break.

The Rage closed to within 50-46 in the first minute of the third quarter, but Cartersville took control of the game for good with a 13-0 outburst that saw the Warriors' lead swell to 63-46 with 4:47 remaining in the period. Cartersville's lead was 79-54 by the end of the quarter and the Warriors cruised to the win in the fourth quarter.

Cox led Cartersville with 20 points, five rebounds, three assists and two blocked shots. Andrew Jones had 18 and nine rebounds, Justin Billingslea (6'10''-F-85, college: Georgia St.) had a double-double with 13, 11 rebounds and three assists, Chucky Frierson (6'6''-G/F-83, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: Dominican, NY) had 13 and four rebounds, Bobby Brown pitched in 11 with four rebounds and Spivey just missed a triple-double with nine points, eight assists and six rebounds.

Latece Williams (6'8''-F-79, agency: Court Side, college: Marshall) paced Rome with 16 points and 10 rebounds. Shan Finley netted 15, Eboigbe had 10 and six rebounds and Nathan Charles (6'5''-F-82) - the other piece of the Spivey deal - had 10 points and four rebounds for the Rage in the loss.

Courteys of The Cartersville Warriors




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Women News

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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONS CUP - Women  


Africa Cup News - by Camille Youmbi
The town of Yaounde (Cameroon) will shelter the 20 and next June 21 the eliminating heats of the female Championship of Africa of the Nations (female Afrobasket 2009) of zone IV.
For this competition, one recorded the participation of two female national teams coming from Cameroun and the RD Congo and which will fight for the single ticket of the zone for the final stages of female Afrobasket which will proceed in Madagascar.
This competition which will proceed in a system outward journey and return, will be played on the parquet floors of the very new Sport hall of Yaounde whose inauguration is envisaged on Friday June 19, 2009 by the President of the Republic of Cameroon, SEM. Paul Biya.


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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Dandenong Jayco Rangers agree with Nicole Hunt - by Eurobasket News
Nicole Hunt (167-G-88) is back on deck with the WNBL Dandenong Jayco Rangers for the upcoming 09/10 season.

Head coach Dale Waters summed up the feeling at Dandenong saying Re-signing Nicole was a top priority for us at Dandenong as we continue to build a program that is successful for the longer term. Nicole has continued to develop her leadership capabilities, and having already commenced her off season program in preparation for 2009/10, Nicole is exactly the type of player that fits the culture that we're developing at Dandenong.

It's not only about retaining and securing talented players, but also quality people. Nicole's personal attributes and what she brings to our group are tremendous. I know she is very determined and focused for 2009/10 and continues to add further dimensions to her game. With Nicole controlling the tempo for us at the point and Amelia (Todhunter) to back her up, we've got two extremely hard working and exciting young players who form the nucleus of the ball carrying duties and organisation for our back court.'

Nicole herself added After a great first season with the Rangers, I am very pleased to be on board again for the 09/10 WNBL season. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the 08/09 season despite all the up's and down's we were faced with. Dandenong is a fantastic association and the support we received from staff members, sponsors and all our fans last season was wonderful. With a very exciting and promising group forming, I hope to see you all again at our home games this season.

Courtesy of The Dandenong Jayco Rangers


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  BULGARIA - Women  


Georgi Bozhkov set to take Dunav Ekont Head Coaching position - by Eurobasket News
Dunav Ekont seems to have solved the issue of who will lead the team next season.

According to Bulgarian press, Georgi Bozhkov is set to take over as Head Coach. Bozhkov recently led Beroe 07, but has left the club mid season and ever since was a free agent. He will succeed Stefan Stefanov who has left the team. Dunav made it to the Playoff Finals this year but were beaten by Lukoil 3 games to 1. This was obviously not enough for Dunav Management who decided not to keep Stefanov but to look for a new coach. Still before any deal with Bozhkov is concluded, Stefanov situation at the club will have to be resolved as it is currently unclear. Recently Bozhkov stated that he has reached preliminary agreement with Dunav and now all that is left is for the deal to be signed. Bozhkov will be expected to make Dunav competitive next season and to try and win the title. He will receive full support from the management regarding reinforcements for new season.

Bozhkov stated that he is glad he will be given a chance to lead the team with high ambitions. Other than trying to win the title, Dunav is expected to play in the Europe Cup. Bozhkov brings a wealth of experience to Dunav. He has previously led CSKA to three titles concluding with season 2005/2006. He also helped CSKA to first place in Adriatic League and has also worked as Head Coach of Bulgarian National Team.


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  CANADA - Women  


Tammy Sutton-Brown shines in WNBA - by Eurobasket News
Indiana centre Tammy Sutton-Brown (193-C-78, college: Rutgers) of Markham, Ont., just missed her second double-double of the WNBA season as the Fever beat the Detroit Shock 66-54 Friday in Rick Mahorn's debut as Shock coach.

Sutton-Brown, who had 10 points and 10 rebounds in a 73-66 win over the Seattle Storm on June 9, finished with 10 points and nine rebounds and went 6-of-8 from the foul line on Friday.

Tamika Catchings scored 15 points to lead the Fever.

Mahorn took over as the defending champs' coach after Bill Laimbeer's abrupt resignation earlier in the week. The Shock also had All-Star Cheryl Ford in the lineup for the first time since she tore her right ACL last July, but she finished with just seven points and two rebounds in 20 minutes.

Katie Douglas added 13 points for Indiana (3-2) which won its third straight game and won at Detroit for the first time since 2007.

Deanna Nolan led the Shock (1-3) with 13 points.

Courtesy of The Indiana Fever)


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  FINLAND - Women  


Finnish U16 team with two victories in Lithuania - by Eurobasket News
Finnish U16 National Team played a couple of friendly encounters with their Lithuanian counterparts. The first game was played in Anyksciai and the visitors eked out a tough 62:59 victory. Lithuania led by 3 points at halftime but failed to maintain the winning margin. Finland came from behind in the second half. The teams were tied at 56 late in regulation before Emmi Leino hit a three-pointer to put Finland ahead. Lithuania responded with a trey to draw things level. Meral Bedretdin then followed with a three-point play to seal the winning outcome for the Finnish team. Annika Holopainen (183-F-93) scored 11 points to pace Finland. Anette Juvonen (171-G-93) added 10 points, while Evita Iiskola (180-F-93) had 9 points and 10 boards for the winners. Egle Zelnyte replied with 12 points for Lithuania. Gabriele Liubachonskyte had 10 points in defeat.
The teams met again in Vilnius on the next day. This time the Suomi team looked better from the start. They earned a 37:28 advantage at the main break and never surrendered it in the second half. The visitors rolled to a 72:50 victory at the end. Annika Holopainen once again topscored for Finland with 18 points. Janniina Koivunen (183-F-93) provided 14 points, while Evita Iiskola had 13 points and 8 boards in the win. Zilinskaite banked 10 points for Lithuania. Gabija Morkunaite (174-F-93) delivered 9 points in the loss.


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  GERMANY - Women  


Wasserburg seal Proetzig deal - by Moritz Korff
Nadja Proetzig (179-F-89) leaves Halle and is heading to TSV Wasserburg. The 19-year-old German junior international is second Halle player who makes the move to Bavaria. Tamara Tatham (185-F-85, college: Massachusetts) had agreed to terms with TSV earlier. Proetzig played an outstanding 2008-09 season with the Lions and was named the Eurobasket.com All-DBBL Newcomer of the Year. She appeared in 29 games and averaged 9.2 points as well as 2.6 boards and 1.7 assists per outing.

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  GREECE - Women  


Eurobasket's MVP in Latvia is Maltsi!! - by George Manousidis

Another great trophy for the best (ever) female basketball player took place a while ago. The Greek super girl with the amazing career was voted nearly unanimously as the MVP of the Eurobasket. The 'Greek killer' as her nickname is, can easily characterized as the female Gallis. Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78) was the top scorer of the European competition and the stepping stone of Hellenic NT's historical fifth place in the specific Eurobasket.

The Hellenic team lost the most crucial game against France (The French team won the European title quite easy) with just a single basket difference (due to two three pointers that the French girls scored the last seconds) and won the game 51-49 in the top 8 round. After that game, Evanthia Maltsi was furious and promised to everybody that the Greek team will play in the next years World Competition. The Greek super star did it! She was amazing in the next two game against Slovakia and Italy and lead the Greek NT to the highest (untill the next one) step on the European champion.


Eurobasket.com wishes all the best to the Greek superstar.



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  GUAM - Women  


New Zealand open Oceania tournament with victory - by Eurobasket News
New Zealand - Guam 92:27

New Zealand opened their Oceania championship campaign today. They faced Guam in the opener and rallied to a resounding 65-point victory. Guam entered the game having one win in store but could not match a fierce New Zealand team. Kiwis came up with 11 steals in the starting frame forcing their opponents to 14 turnovers at the same time. Guam scored only 5 points in the first frame and appeared trailing by 21 points at the first intermission. Things got little better for Guam in the second frame. New Zealand team got sloppy committing 8 turnovers on their own and scoring only 12 points in the quarter. It did not help Guam though. The gap grew at 25 points at halftime. New Zealand did not waste too much time after the major break before dismantling Guam. The Kiwis fired 28 points in the third stanza to accumulate an insurmountable 48-point buffer after three quarters of action. New Zealand sealed the deal in the fourth quarter celebrating a confident victory at the end.
Natalie Moore and Zoe Kensington stepped up with 15 points apiece for New Zealand. Miriam Slatter had 14 points and 7 boards for the winning team. Ritalynn Anderson responded with 10 points for Guam. Derin Santos notched 8 points in the losing effort.

New Zealand: Natalie Moore 15, Zoe Kensington 15, Miriam Slatter 14
Guam: Ritalynn Anderson 10, Derin Santos 8


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  IRAQ - Women  


Iraqi girls hoop it up at Pat Summitt camp - by Eurobasket News
Pat Summitt and her Tennessee Lady Vols staff routinely preach basketball fundamentals to campers - just not to players from Iraq.

There were 10 eager teenage Iraq girls at Summitts annual camp this week, hanging on every word: games cant be won without defense and ball control is the foundation of good offense.

At the beginning I didnt play well, but I got better after a few days, 16-year-old Shan wrote in a translated blog post for the U.S. Department of State. I became more open, and comfortable after the first few games. Ive learned so much about basketball, and I saw places that are very different from Iraq.

For security purposes, Shans and the rest of the players last names were not given. The girls, who do not speak English, wrote about their experiences for the U.S. Department of State.

The Iraq contingent was in Knoxville from June 3 through Thursday as part of a U.S. Department of State exchange program. They toured Washington, attended a WNBA game and visited the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in addition to participating in Summitts camp.

The girls participated alongside the other teams in Summitts program, practicing skills with Tennessee assistant coaches Holly Warlick , Dean Lockwood and Daedra Charles-Furlow and competing in games.

They were the most popular team in camp, Summitt said. When we introduced them, you would not believe how the other campers applauded and responded. They wanted to hang out with them.

Unlike the American campers who have played basketball for most of their lives, the Iraqi girls have played organized basketball for only a year or two.

Most of them play on open-air courts in Iraq and get little game time during the hot summers. At Summitts camp, they were playing in the state-of-the-art Pratt Pavilion with two full-sized courts.

Summitt said she was impressed with how easily the girls who are from different parts of Iraq came together to form a team.

They didnt know each other and they came together. Their coaches were so excited, she said. With our campers here, they just got better because they played against better competition.

A few of the Iraqi campers recognized Summitt from an instructional video she made for the 2008 Sport 4 Peace basketball camp in Iraq. Tennessee doctoral students Sarah Hillyer and Ashleigh Huffman founded the nonprofit organization that works with kids around the world.

By the time they left the country on Thursday, they were very aware of what the hall of fame coach has meant for the sport.

The girls have been looking at the pictures they took with coach Summitt, saying, We cant wait to go home and show our families that the best coach in the country is also our friend, Hillyer said.

The girls and their coaches were also struck by how similar things were once they got on the basketball court. Hillyer said. The Iraqi players and American players taught one another how to count and say good game in their respective languages.

In basketball they are the same, and they like music and fashion like we do, 14-year-old Shinyan wrote about her impressions.

Khoshee, a 24-year-old coach for the Iraqi team, said visiting the United States was a dream for her.

I will tell others that the U.S. is like this: more open than Iraq, especially for girls, Khoshee wrote. Girls here can even travel by themselves, and their parents are so supportive of them. Its so much more free, and people also respect others and protect their environment.

Courtesy of www.tennessean.com


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Finnish U16 team with two victories in Lithuania - by Eurobasket News
Finnish U16 National Team played a couple of friendly encounters with their Lithuanian counterparts. The first game was played in Anyksciai and the visitors eked out a tough 62:59 victory. Lithuania led by 3 points at halftime but failed to maintain the winning margin. Finland came from behind in the second half. The teams were tied at 56 late in regulation before Emmi Leino hit a three-pointer to put Finland ahead. Lithuania responded with a trey to draw things level. Meral Bedretdin then followed with a three-point play to seal the winning outcome for the Finnish team. Annika Holopainen (183-F-93) scored 11 points to pace Finland. Anette Juvonen (171-G-93) added 10 points, while Evita Iiskola (180-F-93) had 9 points and 10 boards for the winners. Egle Zelnyte replied with 12 points for Lithuania. Gabriele Liubachonskyte had 10 points in defeat.
The teams met again in Vilnius on the next day. This time the Suomi team looked better from the start. They earned a 37:28 advantage at the main break and never surrendered it in the second half. The visitors rolled to a 72:50 victory at the end. Annika Holopainen once again topscored for Finland with 18 points. Janniina Koivunen (183-F-93) provided 14 points, while Evita Iiskola had 13 points and 8 boards in the win. Zilinskaite banked 10 points for Lithuania. Gabija Morkunaite (174-F-93) delivered 9 points in the loss.


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  NCAA1 - Women  


Iraqi girls hoop it up at Pat Summitt camp - by Eurobasket News
Pat Summitt and her Tennessee Lady Vols staff routinely preach basketball fundamentals to campers - just not to players from Iraq.

There were 10 eager teenage Iraq girls at Summitts annual camp this week, hanging on every word: games cant be won without defense and ball control is the foundation of good offense.

At the beginning I didnt play well, but I got better after a few days, 16-year-old Shan wrote in a translated blog post for the U.S. Department of State. I became more open, and comfortable after the first few games. Ive learned so much about basketball, and I saw places that are very different from Iraq.

For security purposes, Shans and the rest of the players last names were not given. The girls, who do not speak English, wrote about their experiences for the U.S. Department of State.

The Iraq contingent was in Knoxville from June 3 through Thursday as part of a U.S. Department of State exchange program. They toured Washington, attended a WNBA game and visited the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in addition to participating in Summitts camp.

The girls participated alongside the other teams in Summitts program, practicing skills with Tennessee assistant coaches Holly Warlick , Dean Lockwood and Daedra Charles-Furlow and competing in games.

They were the most popular team in camp, Summitt said. When we introduced them, you would not believe how the other campers applauded and responded. They wanted to hang out with them.

Unlike the American campers who have played basketball for most of their lives, the Iraqi girls have played organized basketball for only a year or two.

Most of them play on open-air courts in Iraq and get little game time during the hot summers. At Summitts camp, they were playing in the state-of-the-art Pratt Pavilion with two full-sized courts.

Summitt said she was impressed with how easily the girls who are from different parts of Iraq came together to form a team.

They didnt know each other and they came together. Their coaches were so excited, she said. With our campers here, they just got better because they played against better competition.

A few of the Iraqi campers recognized Summitt from an instructional video she made for the 2008 Sport 4 Peace basketball camp in Iraq. Tennessee doctoral students Sarah Hillyer and Ashleigh Huffman founded the nonprofit organization that works with kids around the world.

By the time they left the country on Thursday, they were very aware of what the hall of fame coach has meant for the sport.

The girls have been looking at the pictures they took with coach Summitt, saying, We cant wait to go home and show our families that the best coach in the country is also our friend, Hillyer said.

The girls and their coaches were also struck by how similar things were once they got on the basketball court. Hillyer said. The Iraqi players and American players taught one another how to count and say good game in their respective languages.

In basketball they are the same, and they like music and fashion like we do, 14-year-old Shinyan wrote about her impressions.

Khoshee, a 24-year-old coach for the Iraqi team, said visiting the United States was a dream for her.

I will tell others that the U.S. is like this: more open than Iraq, especially for girls, Khoshee wrote. Girls here can even travel by themselves, and their parents are so supportive of them. Its so much more free, and people also respect others and protect their environment.

Courtesy of www.tennessean.com


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  NEW CALEDONIA - Women  


New Caledonia thrash Northern Mariana Islands in Saipan - by Eurobasket News
CNMI - New Caledonia 48:85

New Caledonia celebrated the first win at the Oceania championship in Saipan. They defeated the hosts today to climb at 1-1 record. Northern Mariana Islands slipped at 0-2 record at the bottom of the ladder.
New Caledonia used an aggressive first half to pile up a decisive lead in this one. The hosts shot just 2/18 from the field in the opening frame to account for only 4 points. New Caledonia capitalized taking a 13:4 lead into the second period. New Caledonia overcame 11 turnovers in the second period to stretch the lead to as many as 24 points at the interval. Northern Mariana Islands gained the tempo in the third frame. They fired 20 points but New Caledonia matched the effort. They maintained the lead and entered the fourth period ahead by 27 points. The home team had little chance of threatening the margin. New Caledonia poured in 26 points and finalized a comfortable victory at the end. Vahiana Fuller nailed 17 points and pulled down 10 boards to pace New Caledonia. Yolaine Koteureu had 15 points, 10 boards and 2 assists, while Myriam Fenuafanote topscored with 21 points for the winners. Li'Amwar Ramgamar responded with 13 points and 6 steals for Northern Mariana Islands. Concepcion Camacho knocked down 12 points in defeat.

CNMI: Li'Amwar Ramgamar 13, Concepcion Camacho 12
New Caledonia: Myriam Fenuafanote 21, Vahiana Fuller 17+10 boards, Yolaine Koteureu 15+10 boards


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  NEW ZEALAND - Women  


New Zealand open Oceania tournament with victory - by Eurobasket News
New Zealand - Guam 92:27

New Zealand opened their Oceania championship campaign today. They faced Guam in the opener and rallied to a resounding 65-point victory. Guam entered the game having one win in store but could not match a fierce New Zealand team. Kiwis came up with 11 steals in the starting frame forcing their opponents to 14 turnovers at the same time. Guam scored only 5 points in the first frame and appeared trailing by 21 points at the first intermission. Things got little better for Guam in the second frame. New Zealand team got sloppy committing 8 turnovers on their own and scoring only 12 points in the quarter. It did not help Guam though. The gap grew at 25 points at halftime. New Zealand did not waste too much time after the major break before dismantling Guam. The Kiwis fired 28 points in the third stanza to accumulate an insurmountable 48-point buffer after three quarters of action. New Zealand sealed the deal in the fourth quarter celebrating a confident victory at the end.
Natalie Moore and Zoe Kensington stepped up with 15 points apiece for New Zealand. Miriam Slatter had 14 points and 7 boards for the winning team. Ritalynn Anderson responded with 10 points for Guam. Derin Santos notched 8 points in the losing effort.

New Zealand: Natalie Moore 15, Zoe Kensington 15, Miriam Slatter 14
Guam: Ritalynn Anderson 10, Derin Santos 8


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  NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS - Women  


New Caledonia thrash Northern Mariana Islands in Saipan - by Eurobasket News
CNMI - New Caledonia 48:85

New Caledonia celebrated the first win at the Oceania championship in Saipan. They defeated the hosts today to climb at 1-1 record. Northern Mariana Islands slipped at 0-2 record at the bottom of the ladder.
New Caledonia used an aggressive first half to pile up a decisive lead in this one. The hosts shot just 2/18 from the field in the opening frame to account for only 4 points. New Caledonia capitalized taking a 13:4 lead into the second period. New Caledonia overcame 11 turnovers in the second period to stretch the lead to as many as 24 points at the interval. Northern Mariana Islands gained the tempo in the third frame. They fired 20 points but New Caledonia matched the effort. They maintained the lead and entered the fourth period ahead by 27 points. The home team had little chance of threatening the margin. New Caledonia poured in 26 points and finalized a comfortable victory at the end. Vahiana Fuller nailed 17 points and pulled down 10 boards to pace New Caledonia. Yolaine Koteureu had 15 points, 10 boards and 2 assists, while Myriam Fenuafanote topscored with 21 points for the winners. Li'Amwar Ramgamar responded with 13 points and 6 steals for Northern Mariana Islands. Concepcion Camacho knocked down 12 points in defeat.

CNMI: Li'Amwar Ramgamar 13, Concepcion Camacho 12
New Caledonia: Myriam Fenuafanote 21, Vahiana Fuller 17+10 boards, Yolaine Koteureu 15+10 boards


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  NORWAY - Women  


Norwegian National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
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Nanna Sand (-77) of Asker/Baerums Verk
Anna Hammer of Asker/Baerums Verk
Tina Nesse of Asker/Baerums Verk
Cecilie Wetter (170-G-90) of Ammerud Queens
Ingrid Engebretsen (178-F-82) of Gimle BBK
Tonje Milde (170-G-90) of Gimle BBK
Katrine Duelund Fjaerestad (183) of Gimle BBK
Jeanine Flaaten of Gimle BBK
Rebekka Tyssoy (-G-88) of Hop BBK
Ingvild Paur (-77) of Ullern IF
Kristina Tonheim of Ullern IF
Kristi Strom Lie of Ullern IF
Oda Austheim of Ullern IF
Torunn Ytrehus of Ullern IF
Emilie Ravn (186-G/F-83) of Ullern IF
Tori Halvorsen (-88) of Ullern IF
Henriette Ellingsen (168-G) of Arkansas Tech (USA)
Kristina Tattersdill (181-F/C-83) of Gimle BBK


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  OCEANIA CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


Day 2. Results and stats from Saipan - by Eurobasket News
New Zealand - Guam 92:27
New Zealand opened their Oceania championship campaign today. They faced Guam in the opener and rallied to a resounding 65-point victory. Guam entered the game having one win in store but could not match a fierce New Zealand team. Kiwis came up with 11 steals in the starting frame forcing their opponents to 14 turnovers at the same time. Guam scored only 5 points in the first frame and appeared trailing by 21 points at the first intermission. Things got little better for Guam in the second frame. New Zealand team got sloppy committing 8 turnovers on their own and scoring only 12 points in the quarter. It did not help Guam though. The gap grew at 25 points at halftime. New Zealand did not waste too much time after the major break before dismantling Guam. The Kiwis fired 28 points in the third stanza to accumulate an insurmountable 48-point buffer after three quarters of action. New Zealand sealed the deal in the fourth quarter celebrating a confident victory at the end.
Natalie Moore and Zoe Kensington stepped up with 15 points apiece for New Zealand. Miriam Slatter had 14 points and 7 boards for the winning team. Ritalynn Anderson responded with 10 points for Guam. Derin Santos notched 8 points in the losing effort.

New Zealand: Natalie Moore 15, Zoe Kensington 15, Miriam Slatter 14
Guam: Ritalynn Anderson 10, Derin Santos 8


CNMI - New Caledonia 48:85
New Caledonia celebrated the first win at the Oceania championship in Saipan. They defeated the hosts today to climb at 1-1 record. Northern Mariana Islands slipped at 0-2 record at the bottom of the ladder.
New Caledonia used an aggressive first half to pile up a decisive lead in this one. The hosts shot just 2/18 from the field in the opening frame to account for only 4 points. New Caledonia capitalized taking a 13:4 lead into the second period. New Caledonia overcame 11 turnovers in the second period to stretch the lead to as many as 24 points at the interval. Northern Mariana Islands gained the tempo in the third frame. They fired 20 points but New Caledonia matched the effort. They maintained the lead and entered the fourth period ahead by 27 points. The home team had little chance of threatening the margin. New Caledonia poured in 26 points and finalized a comfortable victory at the end. Vahiana Fuller nailed 17 points and pulled down 10 boards to pace New Caledonia. Yolaine Koteureu had 15 points, 10 boards and 2 assists, while Myriam Fenuafanote topscored with 21 points for the winners. Li'Amwar Ramgamar responded with 13 points and 6 steals for Northern Mariana Islands. Concepcion Camacho knocked down 12 points in defeat.

CNMI: Li'Amwar Ramgamar 13, Concepcion Camacho 12
New Caledonia: Myriam Fenuafanote 21, Vahiana Fuller 17+10 boards, Yolaine Koteureu 15+10 boards


Standings
Standings
1. Australia1-0
2. N.Zealand1-0
3. New Caledon.1-1
4. Guam1-1
5. Northern Ma.0-2


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  PORTUGAL - Women  


Spain U18 edge Portugal U20 - by Eurobasket News
Spain U18 - Portugal U20 91:45

Spanish Junior National team posted a comprehensive victory over their Portuguese older counterparts. The teams clashed in Monzon, Spain. The hosts led from start to finish. They outscored the visitors 21:10 in the starting period. Spain tightened their defense in the second quarter limiting their opponents to just 5 points. It allowed the Spaniards to build a comfortable 29-point cushion at halftime. Things changed little in the second half. Spain controlled the situation gradually aggravating the damage for Portugal. The margin grew at 37 points with one quarter to go. Spain never loosened the grip as they spurred to a 26-point tally in the final frame to ensure a stunning win.
Patricia Cabrera (171-G-91) knocked down 21 points to lead the charge. Leonor Rodriguez (177-G-91) added 15 points, while Queralt Casas (177-F-92) had 10 points in the victory. Joana Bernardeco (171-G-90) responded with 15 points for Portugal. Sofia Silva (-76) nailed 7 points in the loss.

Spain U18: Patricia Cabrera 21, Leonor Rodriguez 15, Queralt Casas 10
Portugal U20: Joana Bernardeco 15, Sofia Silva 7


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  SLOVENIA - Women  


Slovenia bring win from Serbia - by Eurobasket News
Slovenian U18 National Team played test series against Serbia. As both teams are getting fit for the upcoming European championship these games were important part of their preparations. Serbia opened the series with a comfortable 80:61 victory. The hosts grabbed an 18-point lead at the interval and maintained it throughout the second half. Slovenia won the final period but could not avoid the loss. Tjasa Gortnar (182-F-92) nailed 19 points for Slovenia. Nika Baric (168-G-92) added 16 points in defeat.
The second game was much tighter affair. The visitors stormed into the game taking a 22:15 lead after ten minutes. Serbia slowed down their opponents in the second quarter pulling closer at halftime. But Slovenia persisted after the major break clearing off to a 12-point distance. Serbia recovered late in the encounter rescuing the game and posting a last second 67:66 victory. Tjasa Gortnar had 20 points for Slovenia. Nika Baric finished with 17 points in the losing effort.
The third game finally brought the win for Slovenian side. Despite playing without their leading scorer Tjasa Gortnar Slovenia managed to ensure a 66:57 victory. Nika Baric and Tina Jakovina (180-G-92) stepped up with 13 points apiece for the winners. Slovenia eased to a 17-point halftime lead and never looked back en route to the win.


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  SPAIN - Women  


Spain U18 edge Portugal U20 - by Eurobasket News
Spain U18 - Portugal U20 91:45

Spanish Junior National team posted a comprehensive victory over their Portuguese older counterparts. The teams clashed in Monzon, Spain. The hosts led from start to finish. They outscored the visitors 21:10 in the starting period. Spain tightened their defense in the second quarter limiting their opponents to just 5 points. It allowed the Spaniards to build a comfortable 29-point cushion at halftime. Things changed little in the second half. Spain controlled the situation gradually aggravating the damage for Portugal. The margin grew at 37 points with one quarter to go. Spain never loosened the grip as they spurred to a 26-point tally in the final frame to ensure a stunning win.
Patricia Cabrera (171-G-91) knocked down 21 points to lead the charge. Leonor Rodriguez (177-G-91) added 15 points, while Queralt Casas (177-F-92) had 10 points in the victory. Joana Bernardeco (171-G-90) responded with 15 points for Portugal. Sofia Silva (-76) nailed 7 points in the loss.

Spain U18: Patricia Cabrera 21, Leonor Rodriguez 15, Queralt Casas 10
Portugal U20: Joana Bernardeco 15, Sofia Silva 7


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  WNBA - Women  


Last games (5) - Storm and Liberty grab road victories - by Eurobasket News
Seattle S. - Phoenix M. 93-84
Lauren Jackson (6'5''-F/C-81) got a big help from her teammates last night. Actually she once again was central figure of the game with 25 points and 8 rebounds, but Cash Swin and Sue Bird secured a great help combining 43 pts, 12 boards and 13 rebounds. Diana Taurasi and Cappie Pondexter had 25 and 22 pts in defeat. Storm 5-2, Mercury 5-2.

S.Antonio SS - Connecticut S. 58-71
Third win for the Connecticut Sun, who got 19 points and 6 rebounds from Asjha Jones (6'2''-F-80, college: Connecticut). Erin Phillips and Chante Black were behind her with 11 pts each. On the other side, the Silver Stars got 22 points and 7 boards from Sophia Young.

Detroit S. - Indiana F. 70-82
The Indiana Fever registered 82-70 home win against the Detroit Shock mostly owing to Katie Douglas (6'1''-G/F-79, college: Purdue), who drained 23 points and pulled down 6 rebounds. Tamika Catchings had 15, while Tammy Sutton-Brown added two pts less. Visitors got 16 points, 8 boards and 6 assists from Deanna Nolan.

Sacramento M. - L.Angeles S. 47-67
Nice home win for the LA Sparks, who now have 2-4 record. Tina Thompson (6'2''-F-75, agency: Merit Sports, college: USC) and Vanessa Hayden-Johnson top-scored with 12 points each. Betty Lennox and Marie Ferdinand-Harris followed them with 10 pts apiece. In Sacramento, Nicole Powell contributed with 13 pts.

New York L. - Atlanta D. 93-81
The Liberty had couple of players in a game mood last night. Shameka Christon (6'1''-G/F-82, college: Arkansas) was the best one with 17 points and 7 rebounds, Janel McCarville had 15 pts, while Ashley Battle added 14 pts and 5 boards. Chamique Holdsclaw responded with 17 pts and 5 rebs in loss.