EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/12/2009

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Helios extends Mocnik - by Zeljko Zule
Jure Mocnik (183-G-85) has extended his contact with Helios Domzale to stay with the club next season. He grew up with Helios youth team and made his debut with first team during the 2001-02 season. Last season he averaged 7,4 points (2P 54-89, 3P 17-50, FT 79-108), 1,9 rebounds, 4,7 assists and 1,2 steals in 32 games of UPC League (Regular Season) and 4,5 points (2P 2P 22-49, 3P 10-28, FT 44-85), 1,6 rebounds, 3,8 assists and 1,6 steals in 26 games of NLB Adriatic League.

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  ARGENTINA   


Argentina to play for the fifth spot in Auckland - by Eurobasket News
Argentina U19 - France U19 92:84

Argentina tamed France at the U19 World Championship in New Zealand. An Enrique Tolcachier team will now face Puerto Rico for the fifth overall spot. France will play against Canada on the last of the tournament.
It was a tough battle of two well-matched squads. France looked the better side early in the game. They grabbed a 20:10 lead midway through the opening stanza. Les Bleus enjoyed a 22:15 advantage at the first break. Christophe Leonard (199-F-90) knocked down 7 points early in the second period as the margin grew at 31:17. Matias Nocedal (192-G-90, agency: Interperformances) stepped up for Argentina at the moment scoring 6 points and clipping the margin at 38:44 into the long break. France maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. They headed into the final period up by 5 but Luciano Gonzalez and Andres Landoni (206-C/F-90) quickly put Argentina on top. France retained the lead at 75:73 but Argentina found their hero. Nicolas Laprovittola (191-G-90) poured in three long bombs and two freebies to give the Latin American team an 85:78 advantage with under three minutes to go. Nicolas Laprovittola then fed Matias Nocedal for a wide open three-pointer that put Argentina beyond reach.
Matias Nocedal delivered 20 points to lead the way for Argentina. Andres Landoni had 15 points, while Juan Manuel Fernandez (195-G-90) and Nicolas Laprovittola secured 14 points apiece in the victory. Andrew Albicy (178-G-90) had 24 points for France. Christophe Leonard notched 17 points and 7 boards in the loss.

Argentina: Matias Nocedal 20, Andres Landoni 15, Nicolas Laprovittola 14, Juan Manuel Fernandez 14
France: Andrew Albicy 24, Christophe Leonard 17



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  AUSTRALIA   


Greece upset Australia to enter U19 World Championship Final - by Eurobasket News
Greece U19 - Australia U19 84:69

Greece surprised Australia in the semifinal clash at the U19 World Championship today. The Emus entered the contest unbeaten but had to surrender against determined Greek squad. The Hellenes are waiting for the result of the USA vs. Croatia encounter to get to know their opponents in the championship game. Australia will have to play in the consolation final tomorrow.
The teams exchanged the blows early in the starting frame before Greece went on a 13:5 run to take a 24:18 advantage into the second stanza. Greece continued to pressurize the Emus in the second period playing their trademark suffocating defense. The Aussies appeared trailing by 13 points at halftime. Nikolaos Pappas (194-G-90, agency: FCM) scored 5 points early in the third quarter as the Hellenes started to get away. Giankovits and Kostas Papanikolaou (203-F/G-90) hit from beyond the arc to ensure a 64:43 lead for Greece. Australia managed to outscore their opponents in the fourth frame but could not escape the inevitability.
Nikolaos Pappas scored 19 points to lead the charge. Kostas Papanikolaou added 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Leonidas Kaselakis (202-C-90) had 13 points and 13 rebounds in the win. Jorden Page (183-G-90) answered with 15 points for Australia. Matthew Dellavedova (189-G-90) finished with 12 points in defeat.

Greece: Nikolaos Pappas 19, Kostas Papanikolaou 18+10 boards, Leonidas Kaselakis 13+13 boards
Australia: Jorden Page 15, Matthew Dellavedova 12



Australia prevail against Brazil - by Eurobasket News
Australia - Brazil 79:78
Australia claimed the 17th spot at the World University Games in Serbia. They held off Brazil in the final game at the tournament. The Aussies trailed by 13 points at halftime and 15 points at the final change. But a Brett Coxsedge team struck back in the final period. They overwhelmed Brazil 27:11 in the fourth stanza to celebrate the victory.
Ben Madgen (193-G-85, college: Augusta St.) dropped 28 points to lead Australia. Carlin Hughes (188-G-85, college: Montana St. - Billin) and Ryan Bathie (198-F-87, college: Nicholls St.) notched 10 points each for the winning team. Andre Goes (195-G/F-87) responded with 24 points, 7 assists and 5 boards for Brazil.

Australia: Ben Madgen 28, Carlin Hughes 10, Ryan Bathie 10
Brazil: Andre Goes 24, Rodrigo Cesar (205-F-88) 14



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  AUSTRIA   


Market news - by Stefan Heinrich
Furstenfeld presented their new PG for the 2009/10 season. The new face will be Tim Burnette (188-G-82, college: Tarleton St.) who played last season for the Worthersee Piraten. The 27 year old Point Guard played in Germany before coming to Austria and he had a very impressive season with the Piraten. He had 20ppg, 5.4apg and also 2.1spg! The team also announced the contract extensions of Christoph Poller (200-C-81), Sebastian Gallwitz (192-G/F-86) and Alexander Heuberger (201-F/C-89).

Klosterneuburg published that Curtis Bobb (196-G/F-78, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Utah St.) will stay for another 3 seasons and will also work as native speaker besides playing basketball and the Dukes presented Hannes Obermann (182-G-90) as a back up on the PG position. He will be the backup of Melvin Creddle (185-G-82, college: Mount Olive) and Lukas Sallomon (191-G/F-87).

Peter Stahl will be the new Head Coach of the Oberwart Gunners for the new season. Stahl will come back to Oberwart after working there from 2002 until 2005. So far 5 players are under contract for the new season: Jason Johnson, Milan Stegnjaic, Hannes Ochsenhofer, Hannes Artner and Paul Radakovics.

Traiskirchen presented their first new player in Stephan Balga (197-F-84). Balga comes back to Austria after a very successful season in the German Pro B. He averaged 16.9ppg, 2.7rpg and 2.1apg in 24 minutes for Eintracht Stahnsdorf.

UBSC Graz presented their new Head Coach in Miodrag Radomirovic . Last season he coached in St. Polten and now he signed a 3 year contract in Graz in the goal to develope the Austrian of UBSC.



Youngblood stays in Austria - by Stefan Heinrich
Jay Youngblood (196-G-84, agency: Strategic Sports & Heinrich Sports, college: Kent St.) will stay for another season in Austria. After played one year for Kapfenberg and two seasons for Oberwart he inked a one year contract with the Furstenfeld Panthers. Furstenfeld was responsible for Oberwart's 2-3 final defeat in the 2008 finals, but Yongblood was the MVP of the season in that year. Last season he had another outstanding season with 20.1ppg, 5.0rpg, 3.3apg and 0.9bpg. He was voted into the All-Bundesliga 1st and Imports Team for the 2008-2009 season.

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  BELGIUM   


Div 1 Transfer News - by Peter Buyse
Dexia Mons-Hainaut has signed its first new addition to their roster in former Liege foward Justin Cage (198-F-85, college: Xavier).
Cage had a pretty good first season in Belgium playing for Belgcaom Liege during the past season.
In 35 games he averaged 15.1 ppg and 5.7 rpg. Justin is expected to join his new team on Aug 17th.

Passe-Partout Leuven Bears as the team is now known has renewed the contract of American forward DeMario Anderson (193-G-85, college: Quinnipiac) for another year. His stats for the 2008-2009 season his first overseas were 12.6 ppg and 3.0 apg.

With the signing of Anderson that makes 5 players from last year who are on the roster for the coming season.

A player who will not be playing in Leuven is James J.J. Miller (180-G-79, N.Carolina A&T) who is headed to France to play for ProA team Le Havre.


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  BRAZIL   


Brazil outscore Japan - by Eurobasket News
Brazil - Japan 98:92
Luciano De Souza (201-F-86) tallied 28 points, 11 boards and 4 assists to lead Brazil past Japan at the World University Games in Serbia. The teams met in the classification round for 17th-19th spot and Brazil proved strength at the end. The Latin American side were comfortably up by 16 points at halftime but wasted nearly all of their advantage before escaping with a narrow win at the end. Andre Felipe Almeida (208-C-88) finished with 12 points for the winners. Kosuke Kanamaru (192-89) answered with game-high 33 points for Japan. Fumio Nishimura (177-86) and Yuki Mitsuhara (198-89) delivered 14 points each in defeat.

Brazil: Luciano De Souza 28+11 boards, Andre Felipe Almeida 12, Islam Toledo (201-F-87) 11
Japan: Kosuke Kanamaru 33, Fumio Nishimura 14, Yuki Mitsuhara 14



Australia prevail against Brazil - by Eurobasket News
Australia - Brazil 79:78
Australia claimed the 17th spot at the World University Games in Serbia. They held off Brazil in the final game at the tournament. The Aussies trailed by 13 points at halftime and 15 points at the final change. But a Brett Coxsedge team struck back in the final period. They overwhelmed Brazil 27:11 in the fourth stanza to celebrate the victory.
Ben Madgen (193-G-85, college: Augusta St.) dropped 28 points to lead Australia. Carlin Hughes (188-G-85, college: Montana St. - Billin) and Ryan Bathie (198-F-87, college: Nicholls St.) notched 10 points each for the winning team. Andre Goes (195-G/F-87) responded with 24 points, 7 assists and 5 boards for Brazil.

Australia: Ben Madgen 28, Carlin Hughes 10, Ryan Bathie 10
Brazil: Andre Goes 24, Rodrigo Cesar (205-F-88) 14



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  BULGARIA   


Bulgaria nip Germany in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria - Germany 77:72
Bulgaria and Germany played their final game at the World University Games in Serbia today. Bulgaria celebrated a difficult win to occupy the 7th overall spot. Chavdar Kostov (196-G-88, agency: Interperformances) knocked down 22 points to lead a Konstantin Papazov team to the victory.
Bulgaria jumped off the blocks to stun Germany early. They limited their opponents to 12 points in the first frame to earn a 9-point lead. Bulgaria continued to dominate in the second frame and ensured an 18-point buffer at halftime. But Germany refused to give in and tried to change the complexion of the game in the second half. Lucca Steiger triggered a comeback effort that saw Germany cut the margin to 7 points at three-quarter time. A Denis Wucherer team worked hard to deny the deficit but Bulgaria used all of their experience to escape with a narrow victory at the end. Asen Velikov (188-G-86) netted 15 points for Bulgaria. Lucca Staiger (196-G-88) and Jannik Freese (208-F/C-86) responded with 12 points each for Germany. Lischka netted 11 points in the losing effort. Bulgaria sank 47% from the field limiting Germany to just 37%. Germany had a narrow advantage on the boards 37:35 with both teams committing 13 turnovers.

Bulgaria: Chavdar Kostov 22, Asen Velikov 15, Krum Doychinov (206-C-86, agency: Interperformances) 12+14 boards
Germany: Lucca Staiger 12, Jannik Freese 12



Martynas Mazeika leads Lithuania past Bulgaria - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania - Bulgaria 89:88
Lithuania earned a narrow victory over Bulgaria at the classification round of the World Univeriade. Martynas Mazeika (190-G-85, agency: Limelight Hoops) scored 26 points to lead the Baltic team to the win. Lithuania will now take on Turkey for the fifth overall spot at the tournament. Bulgaria will play against Germany.
The teams stayed close throughout the first half but Lithuania managed to earn a 2-point lead at halftime. Bulgaria struck back in the third term taking over for a 6-point lead into the final stanza. But a Robertas Kuncaitis team found the way to succeed stealing the victory at the end.
Martynas Pocius (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances) produced 20 points and 7 boards, while Deivydas Gailius (200-F-88) added 13 points and 7 boards for the winners. Krum Doychinov (206-C-86, agency: Interperformances) banked 24 points and 9 rebounds for Bulgaria. Ivan Lilov (196-F/G-88, agency: FCM) delivered 20 points in defeat.

Lithuania: Martynas Mazeika 26, Martynas Pocius 20, Deivydas Gailius 13
Bulgaria: Krum Doychinov 24, Ivan Lilov 20



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  CANADA   


Jiovanny Fontan lifts Puerto Rico past Canada - by Eurobasket News
Puerto Rico U19 - Canada U19 67:65

Puerto Rico claimed a narrow win over Canada at the U19 World Championship in New Zealand. Jiovanny Fontan (180-G) hit a jumper with under 3 seconds to go in regulation to secure a tough victory for a Carlos Calcano team. The Latin American outfit will now face Argentina for the fifth position at the tourney. Canada will play against France in their final game in Auckland.
Canada edged out a 20:18 lead after the starting period. They maintained the advantage well enough to arrive at halftime ahead by one 35:34. But things changed around in the third stanza. Puerto Rico limited the North American opponents to 12 points to take a 7-point advantage into the final stanza. Kevin Young made it 57:47 for Puerto Rico at the start of the fourth quarter. But Canada refused to give in as Mangisto Arop (197-G-90) orchestrated a comeback rally. He drained 8 points and then fed Olynyk for an easy lay-up to restore the lead for Canada at 63:61. Puerto Rico answered with 4 points in a row to return into the drivers seat. Olynyk was perfect from the stripe drawing things level before Jiovanny Fontan took the floor and sealed the deal for Puerto Rico.
Jiovanny Fontan knocked down 16 points to lead Puerto Rico. Raymond Cintron (186-G-90) and Michael Rosario (191-G-90) added 10 points each in the win. Mangisto Arop responded with 20 points and 9 rebounds for Canada. Tristan Thompson (203-F) had 13 points and 11 boards in defeat.

Puerto Rico: Jiovanny Fontan 16, Raymond Cintron 10, Michael Rosario 10
Canada: Mangisto Arop 20, Tristan Thompson 13+11 boards



Canada thrash Finland for the 9th spot in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News
Canada - Finland 88:63

Canada crowned their World University Games campaign with a resounding win. The North American team thumped Finland to earn the 9th overall spot. Ross Bekkering (203-F-85) fired 19 points and pulled down 9 rebounds to pace Canada.
Canada looked better in the starting frame surging in front. A Chris ORourke team outgunned Finland for an 8-point advantage after ten minutes of action. Finland fired back in the second period to keep within striking distance. Ville Makalainen (194-F-85, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) allowed Finnish team to trail by just 7 points into the main break. Canada and Finland traded baskets throughout the third quarter and Canada were able to take a 9-point lead at three-quarter time. But the intrigue never sparked in the fourth period. Canada overwhelmed their opponents in the final stanza scoring 33 points and cruising to the win.
Joshua Whyte (191-G-89) produced 14 points for the winners. Josh Gibson-Bascombe (193-G-86) added 10 points for Canada. Ville Makalainen responded with 20 points for Finland. Jari Vanttaja (208-F/C-86, college: Baylor) had 16 points in the loss.

Canada: Ross Bekkering 19, Joshua Whyte 14, Josh Gibson-Bascombe 10
Finland: Ville Makalainen 20, Jari Vanttaja 16



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  CHILE   


Standings - DIMAYOR
DIMAYOR Standings
 1. Dep.Valdivia 2-0 
 2. U.Catolica 2-0 
 3. Liceo Mixto 2-0 
 4. Dep.Castro 1-1 
 5. U.Los Lagos 1-1 
 6. Boston Coll. 1-1 
 7. Prov.Osorno 1-1 
 8. Prov.Llanq. 1-1 
 9. U.Concepc. 1-1 
 10. Dep.Espanol 0-2 
 11. Everton 0-2 
 12. Sagrados 0-2 


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  CHINA   


China finish World University Games in 23rd position - by Eurobasket News
China - South Africa 106:70
China completed their World University Games campaign. They defeated South Africa in the final day of the tournament to clinch the 23rd overall spot. South Africa remained at the bottom of the ladder winless. ZHANG Chunjun (198-C-87) fired 33 points and ripped off 9 boards to lead the Asian team. China did not waste too much time to stamp their authority. They poured in 34 points in the opening frame to account for 15-point lead. The onslaught continued in the second stanza as China cleared off to a 24-point distance at halftime. South Africa had not a single chance in the third quarter as China scored eagerly. A Yonglin Guo side managed 35 points in the period to pile up an unassailable 42-point advantage with ten minutes remaining. South Africa showed character as they did not say die and fought till the final buzzer. They won the fourth term by 6 points but finished the tournament with no victories posted. Ma Yi (197-F-88) had 25 points for China. Zhang ZhaoXu (218-C-87) contributed 21 points and 22 rebounds for the winning team. Celemusa Khumalo (193-G-88) responded with 20 points for South Africa. Makgotla Modisaesi (175-86) canned 14 points in defeat.

China: ZHANG Chunjun 33, Ma Yi 25, Zhang ZhaoXu 21+22 boards
South Africa: Celemusa Khumalo 20, Makgotla Modisaesi 14



CBA Summer League - by Robert Wang
CBA Summer league would be starting from August 1st and 13 teams would be in it. 12 teams are chinese pro. teams from D-1, and 1 team is from USA. Here is the name list from this USA team:
Jajuan Smith 6'2, Leon Smith 6'10, Jay Williams 6'2, Shawn Kemp 6'10, Anthony Johnson 6'6, Jumaine Jones 6'7, Adam Parada 7', Ricky Woods 6'6, Onami Oneal Mims 6'10, Rodney Buford 6'5, Johnathan Jones 6'11, Major Wingate 6'9, Eddie Basden 6'5, Reggie Warren 6'8.


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  CROATIA   


USA topple Croatia in thriller - by Eurobasket News
USA U19 - Croatia U19 81:77

The USA reached the title game at the U19 World Championship in New Zealand. A Bob McKillop team overcame Croatia in a thrilling semifinal encounter today to clinch the spot in the Final. The USA will face Greece for the gold medals tomorrow. Croatia will play against Australia in the consolation final.
The European team looked impressive at the start of the game as they knocked down 6 unanswered points. The USA kept scoreless for almost 4 minutes before taking floor. The North American team surged in front to enjoy a 22:16 lead at the first change. Seth Curry (6'1''-G) stepped up for the USA in the second frame as he notched 7 points. Croatia could not match the effort from the US team and trailed by 13 points at halftime. But Croatia did not surrender. Mario Delas (6'10''-C/F-90), Toni Prostran (6'0''-G-91) and Tomislav Zubcic (6'11''-C/F-90) triggered 22:7 run that gave the team the lead. Croatia and the USA stayed close but Shelvin Mack, Curry and Gordon Hayward (6'8''-G/F) helped the North American team regained the lead. Haywood then went perfect from the stripe to seal the winning outcome for the USA.
Gordon Hayward had 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Ashton Gibbs (6'2''-G) netted 11 points for the United States. Dino Butorac, Toni Prostran and Tomislav Zubcic nailed 15 points apiece. Mario Delas topscored with 17 points for Croatia.

USA: Gordon Hayward 15, Ashton Gibbs 11, Seth Curry 10, Terrico White (6'5''-G) 10
Croatia: Mario Delas 17, Dino Butorac 15, Toni Prostran 15, Tomislav Zubcic 15



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  EGYPT   


Egypt clinch 11th spot in New Zealand - by Eurobasket News
Egypt U19 - Kazakhstan U19 86:78
Egypt U19 National Team finished their World Championship campaign at the 11th position. They held off Kazakhstan counterparts in the final showdown at the North Shore Events Centre in Auckland. Amro Sherif (192-G-91) erupted for 32 points and 14 rebounds to pace the African team to the win. The 12th-place finish from Kazakhstan should be considered a big success as well. Egypt led by just one point at the first intermission but the Asian team took over in the second stanza. They surged ahead and secured a 43:32 lead at halftime as Arsenyev and Tuleu hit late triples. Egypt stayed within striking distance throughout the third frame and soon Amro Sherif stepped up. He notched 10 points to propel the African team to a 59:58 advantage with one quarter remaining. Omar Oraby (212-C-91) helped Egypt to clear off to a 9-point distance. Kazakhstan would not go away though as they trimmed the margin back to 2 points. But Egypt proved calm at the end and ensured a tough victory. Omar Oraby delivered 24 points and 11 rebounds for Egypt. Zeyad Ashmawy (194-G-92) had 14 points in the winning case. Alexander Tyutyunik (190-G-90) responded with 20 points for Kazakhstan. Pavel Ilin (192-G-92) knocked down 17 points in the loss.

Egypt: Amro Sherif 32+14 boards, Omar Oraby 24+11 boards, Zeyad Ashmawy 14
Kazakhstan: Alexander Tyutyunik 20, Pavel Ilin 17



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  EUROCUP   


Bueno in Joventut - by Philip Mulryne
DKV Joventut is reported to have agreed terms with another Fuenlabrada player after Kristaps Valters, the Spanish center Antonio Bueno. Bueno played for Fuenlabrada last season where he averaged 11.6 points and 4.1 rebounds.

The 28-year old, 209cm Bueno will sign a two-year contract and is reportedly expected to be announced as soon as Monday.
source: http://www.talkbasket.net/news/bueno-in-joventut-1334.html


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  FINLAND   


INTERNATIONAL: Brazil - Finland 95-89 - by Rauno Hurmalainen
International Tournament, Almada, Portugal: Finland vs Brazil was like a shooting contest today. Finland having a one-point-lead during the half time (50-49),
but Brazil was stronger at the end of the game and winning finally by six pts 89-95. Finland shooting 42 treys in the game and made 20 of them (47,6 %).
Samuel Haanpaa (203-G-86) made alone seven treys and was the leading scorer (21 pts) this time. Teemu Rannikko (189-G-80) added 15 pts and Tuukka Kotti (205-F/C-81, college: Providence) 13 pts. Kotti was also team's leading rebounder (eight). Next game: Finland vs Angola on Sunday, July 12.


Canada thrash Finland for the 9th spot in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News
Canada - Finland 88:63

Canada crowned their World University Games campaign with a resounding win. The North American team thumped Finland to earn the 9th overall spot. Ross Bekkering (203-F-85) fired 19 points and pulled down 9 rebounds to pace Canada.
Canada looked better in the starting frame surging in front. A Chris ORourke team outgunned Finland for an 8-point advantage after ten minutes of action. Finland fired back in the second period to keep within striking distance. Ville Makalainen (194-F-85, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) allowed Finnish team to trail by just 7 points into the main break. Canada and Finland traded baskets throughout the third quarter and Canada were able to take a 9-point lead at three-quarter time. But the intrigue never sparked in the fourth period. Canada overwhelmed their opponents in the final stanza scoring 33 points and cruising to the win.
Joshua Whyte (191-G-89) produced 14 points for the winners. Josh Gibson-Bascombe (193-G-86) added 10 points for Canada. Ville Makalainen responded with 20 points for Finland. Jari Vanttaja (208-F/C-86, college: Baylor) had 16 points in the loss.

Canada: Ross Bekkering 19, Joshua Whyte 14, Josh Gibson-Bascombe 10
Finland: Ville Makalainen 20, Jari Vanttaja 16



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  FRANCE   


Argentina to play for the fifth spot in Auckland - by Eurobasket News
Argentina U19 - France U19 92:84

Argentina tamed France at the U19 World Championship in New Zealand. An Enrique Tolcachier team will now face Puerto Rico for the fifth overall spot. France will play against Canada on the last of the tournament.
It was a tough battle of two well-matched squads. France looked the better side early in the game. They grabbed a 20:10 lead midway through the opening stanza. Les Bleus enjoyed a 22:15 advantage at the first break. Christophe Leonard (199-F-90) knocked down 7 points early in the second period as the margin grew at 31:17. Matias Nocedal (192-G-90, agency: Interperformances) stepped up for Argentina at the moment scoring 6 points and clipping the margin at 38:44 into the long break. France maintained the lead throughout the third quarter. They headed into the final period up by 5 but Luciano Gonzalez and Andres Landoni (206-C/F-90) quickly put Argentina on top. France retained the lead at 75:73 but Argentina found their hero. Nicolas Laprovittola (191-G-90) poured in three long bombs and two freebies to give the Latin American team an 85:78 advantage with under three minutes to go. Nicolas Laprovittola then fed Matias Nocedal for a wide open three-pointer that put Argentina beyond reach.
Matias Nocedal delivered 20 points to lead the way for Argentina. Andres Landoni had 15 points, while Juan Manuel Fernandez (195-G-90) and Nicolas Laprovittola secured 14 points apiece in the victory. Andrew Albicy (178-G-90) had 24 points for France. Christophe Leonard notched 17 points and 7 boards in the loss.

Argentina: Matias Nocedal 20, Andres Landoni 15, Nicolas Laprovittola 14, Juan Manuel Fernandez 14
France: Andrew Albicy 24, Christophe Leonard 17



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  GERMANY   


Nick Harrington goes from Cottbus to Luxemburg - by Daniel Poerschke
Nick Harrington (201-F-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: S.Vermont) played last season for 2. Regionalliga squad BBC White Devils Cottbus and now signed a contract for the upcoming season to suit up for BBC Grengewald Hostert in the N2 league in Luxemburg. Harrington was the leading college rebounder with 15.5rpg in 2008 when he played at Southern Vermont University (NCAA 3). This past season his Cottbus team finished as the runner-up in their division in Germany and Nick averaged 18.2ppg and 13.5rpg.

Bulgaria nip Germany in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria - Germany 77:72
Bulgaria and Germany played their final game at the World University Games in Serbia today. Bulgaria celebrated a difficult win to occupy the 7th overall spot. Chavdar Kostov (196-G-88, agency: Interperformances) knocked down 22 points to lead a Konstantin Papazov team to the victory.
Bulgaria jumped off the blocks to stun Germany early. They limited their opponents to 12 points in the first frame to earn a 9-point lead. Bulgaria continued to dominate in the second frame and ensured an 18-point buffer at halftime. But Germany refused to give in and tried to change the complexion of the game in the second half. Lucca Steiger triggered a comeback effort that saw Germany cut the margin to 7 points at three-quarter time. A Denis Wucherer team worked hard to deny the deficit but Bulgaria used all of their experience to escape with a narrow victory at the end. Asen Velikov (188-G-86) netted 15 points for Bulgaria. Lucca Staiger (196-G-88) and Jannik Freese (208-F/C-86) responded with 12 points each for Germany. Lischka netted 11 points in the losing effort. Bulgaria sank 47% from the field limiting Germany to just 37%. Germany had a narrow advantage on the boards 37:35 with both teams committing 13 turnovers.

Bulgaria: Chavdar Kostov 22, Asen Velikov 15, Krum Doychinov (206-C-86, agency: Interperformances) 12+14 boards
Germany: Lucca Staiger 12, Jannik Freese 12



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  GREECE   


World Championship U19: Hellenic NT in the Finals! - by Chris Mammides
Auckland: World Championship U19 The Hellenic team thrashed the Australian team in a game, which finished one hour ago. The final score was 85-69 but the difference was plasmatic as the total semifinals was a pure Hellenic hypothesis. Coach Giorgos Vlassopoulos team had in a great day its captain, Nikolaos Pappas (194-G-90) who did more or less everything and was a real leader in the court. The game was a derby only the first quarter when the score was closed, with the Hellenic NT being having a small deficit of 5 to 7 points. In the second quarter though, Pappas, Kostas Papanikolaou (203-F/G-90) and Vladimir Jankovic (203-F-90) speed up and over scored the Auzzies increasing the deficit and at the same time with very good defense over the weapons of the Australian Team, blocking them and developing a deficit as high as 21 points. The third quarter was one and the same with the previous one, Vladimir Jankovic was scoring from allover the parameter, Kaselakis and Kostas Papanikolaou were great in the paint with many block shots, while Pappas and Evangelos Mantzaris (190-G-90) were guiding and organizing the team with an amazing maturity and great sense of basketball IQ. The difference went up to 25 points and somewhere there the Greek players switched off their engines and they were simply enjoyed the game the last 13 minutes of it, on the other hand the very promising and full of talent Australians were playing an anarchic game with no beginning and no end, a street basketball rather than an organized game and all these simply due to the very good defense and strategy followed by Giorgos Vlassopoulos and Giorgos Proestos team.
The MVP of the game was Nikolaos Pappas with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists followed by the most steady player of the Hellenic NT, Kostas Papanikolaou who scored 18 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 block shots, Vladimir Jankovic with 16 points and 4 rebounds and Kaselakis with his third double-double of the tournament with 13 points and 12 rebounds and 5 assists.
On behalf of the Australian team the two stars remain on the shallow waters while the top scorer was Tyler with 16 points but most of them in the last minutes of the game when there was not any real interest.



Romania beat Greece in Serbia - by Eurobasket News
Romania - Greece 88:82

Romania finished the World University Games in style. They held off Greece to clinch the 13th spot. Romania looked better in the first half to build a decisive lead. Greece could not overcome the buffer despite dominating the second part of the encounter. Titus Nicoara (200-F-88, agency: Interperformances) tallied 21 points and 10 rebounds for Romania.
A Dan Calancea team earned a 21:17 advantage at the first break. They pushed harder in the second period outscoring Greek opponents. The scoreboard showed 43:29 for Romania at halftime. But Greece came back to life in the second half. They limited Romanian offensive options and started to claw their back into the contest. Greece entered the fourth period down by just 7 points. The teams exploded with 61 points in the final stanza but Romania withheld all the comeback attempts from Greece to eke out a tough win at the end. Andrei Mandache (190-G-87) finished with 20 points, 7 boards and 4 assists for Romania. Paul Chetreanu (190-G-85) had 17 points in the win. Dimitrios Verginis (194-G-87, agency: FCM) knocked down 24 points for Greece. Georgios Sourlis (190-G-85) netted 19 points in the losing case.

Romania: Titus Nicoara 21+10 boards, Andrei Mandache 20, Paul Chetreanu 17
Greece: Dimitrios Verginis 24, Georgios Sourlis 19



Greece upset Australia to enter U19 World Championship Final - by Eurobasket News
Greece U19 - Australia U19 84:69

Greece surprised Australia in the semifinal clash at the U19 World Championship today. The Emus entered the contest unbeaten but had to surrender against determined Greek squad. The Hellenes are waiting for the result of the USA vs. Croatia encounter to get to know their opponents in the championship game. Australia will have to play in the consolation final tomorrow.
The teams exchanged the blows early in the starting frame before Greece went on a 13:5 run to take a 24:18 advantage into the second stanza. Greece continued to pressurize the Emus in the second period playing their trademark suffocating defense. The Aussies appeared trailing by 13 points at halftime. Nikolaos Pappas (194-G-90, agency: FCM) scored 5 points early in the third quarter as the Hellenes started to get away. Giankovits and Kostas Papanikolaou (203-F/G-90) hit from beyond the arc to ensure a 64:43 lead for Greece. Australia managed to outscore their opponents in the fourth frame but could not escape the inevitability.
Nikolaos Pappas scored 19 points to lead the charge. Kostas Papanikolaou added 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Leonidas Kaselakis (202-C-90) had 13 points and 13 rebounds in the win. Jorden Page (183-G-90) answered with 15 points for Australia. Matthew Dellavedova (189-G-90) finished with 12 points in defeat.

Greece: Nikolaos Pappas 19, Kostas Papanikolaou 18+10 boards, Leonidas Kaselakis 13+13 boards
Australia: Jorden Page 15, Matthew Dellavedova 12



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  HOLLAND   


Matrixx Magixx Inks Henry Bekkering To One-Year Deal - by Fred Roggen
Last week Matrixx Magixx and Henry Bekkering (198-F-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: E.Washington) agreed terms for the season 2009-2010. Canadian Henry Bekkering signed a one-year deal with Matrixx Magixx. Bekkering arrives from University of Calgary, where he averaged 21ppg and 6.6rpg. Bekkering also has played for East Washington in the USA.
Coach Michael Schuurs: 'Henry is a fantastic player for us'.


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  HUNGARY   


Market news - by Tamas Deri
David Vojvoda (191-G/F-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) decided to stay in Kaposvar and signed for one more year with the club. The 19 years old guard was one of the most improved player of the last season with 13.5 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.

Laszlo Cziczas (188-G-79 agency: TOGA Hoops) and Robert Gaal (188-G-89, agency: TOGA Hoops) decided to leave Szolnok and signed a year contract with DEKE. The management of the team just published the agreeements yesterday and hope that both players will be able to help a lot coach Fodor's team. Peter Fodor will stay two more seasons with the team of Debrecen and will try to lead his team into the playoffs!


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  IRAN   


Mexico clinch 20th spot overcoming Iran - by Eurobasket News
Mexico - Iran 74:62

Mexico beat Iran on the final day of the World University Game in Belgrade. The victory allowed Mexico to clinch the 20th spot at the tournament. Iran finished in the 21st position. Julio Cesar Martin del Campo (195-G/F-88) knocked down 22 points to lift Mexico to the win. Joaquin Villanueva (207-C-86) added 14 points and 11 caroms in the win. Mexico built an 8-point advantage at halftime and maintained it well throughout the second half.
Mohammad Reza Akbari (197-F/G-86) responded with 18 points and 6 boards for Iran. Ali Baheran (184-G-86) had 12 points in defeat.

Mexico: Julio Cesar Martin del Campo 22, Joaquin Villanueva 14+11 boards, Joel Reynoso (190-G-85) 12
Iran: Mohammad Reza Akbari 18, Ali Baheran 12



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  ISRAEL   


USA earn spot on pedestal - by Eurobasket News
USA - Israel 91:80

The USA celebrated the victory in the bronze medals game at the World University Games in Serbia. A Bo Ryan team held off pesky Israel to occupy the third position.
The first quarter was a close affair with neither team able to take a serious lead. The North American team enjoyed a slender 24:22 advantage at the first break. The US team paid more attention to defense in the second quarter to hold Israel to 14 points. The margin grew at 7 points with twenty minutes gone in the game. Israel increased the tempo in the third quarter. They accounted for 28 points in the frame and got within 6 at three-quarter time. But the USA stayed cold-blooded in the dying moments keeping Israel at safe distance till the final buzzer.
Lazar Hayward (6'6''-F-86) scored 14 points and pulled down 9 boards for the USA. Da'Sean Butler (6'7''-F-88) added 13 points, while Talor Battle (5'11''-G-88) delivered 12 points in the victory. Elishay Kadir (6'8''-F-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) replied with 28 points and 9 boards for Israel. Gal Mekel (6'5''-G-88, college: Wichita St.) had 16 points in defeat.
The United States had a 43:37 advantage on the glass and suffered only 10 turnovers down the stretch. Both teams accounted for 46% of field goals.

USA: Lazar Hayward 14, Da'Sean Butler 13, Talor Battle 12
Israel: Elishay Kadir 28, Gal Mekel 16



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  ITALY   


Italy account for Portugal - by Eurobasket News
Italy - Portugal 82:67
Italy defeated Portugal in the final game of the World University Games in Serbia. The victory allowed the Azzurri to clinch the 15th spot at the tournament. Portugal grabbed the 16th position after the loss. Roberto Prandin (188-G-86) knocked down 18 points, collected 6 boards and issued 5 assists for the winners. Italy got to the aggressive start as they outscored Portugal 20:12 in the starting stanza. Portugal recovered in the second frame and matched Italy. An Alexandre Pires team got within 7 at halftime. The teams traded baskets in the third quarter as Italy were able to secure a 7-point advantage with one quarter remaining. Portugal could not threaten the margin in the final stanza as Italy ran away to the victory at the end. Riccardo Casagrande (196-F-88) notched 13 points for Italy. Simone Ferrarese (183-G-87) added 12 points in the win. Marco Pinto (180-G-87) responded with 15 points for Portugal. Fernando Martins (187-G/F-86) had 14 points in the loss.
Portugal outrebounded their opponents 38:34 but shot just 37% from the field in the loss. Italy sank 45% of field goals and forced Portugal to 22 turnovers.

Italy: Roberto Prandin 18, Riccardo Casagrande 13, Simone Ferrarese 12
Portugal: Marco Pinto 15, Fernando Martins 14



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  JAPAN   


Brazil outscore Japan - by Eurobasket News
Brazil - Japan 98:92
Luciano De Souza (201-F-86) tallied 28 points, 11 boards and 4 assists to lead Brazil past Japan at the World University Games in Serbia. The teams met in the classification round for 17th-19th spot and Brazil proved strength at the end. The Latin American side were comfortably up by 16 points at halftime but wasted nearly all of their advantage before escaping with a narrow win at the end. Andre Felipe Almeida (208-C-88) finished with 12 points for the winners. Kosuke Kanamaru (192-89) answered with game-high 33 points for Japan. Fumio Nishimura (177-86) and Yuki Mitsuhara (198-89) delivered 14 points each in defeat.

Brazil: Luciano De Souza 28+11 boards, Andre Felipe Almeida 12, Islam Toledo (201-F-87) 11
Japan: Kosuke Kanamaru 33, Fumio Nishimura 14, Yuki Mitsuhara 14



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  KAZAKHSTAN   


Egypt clinch 11th spot in New Zealand - by Eurobasket News
Egypt U19 - Kazakhstan U19 86:78
Egypt U19 National Team finished their World Championship campaign at the 11th position. They held off Kazakhstan counterparts in the final showdown at the North Shore Events Centre in Auckland. Amro Sherif (192-G-91) erupted for 32 points and 14 rebounds to pace the African team to the win. The 12th-place finish from Kazakhstan should be considered a big success as well. Egypt led by just one point at the first intermission but the Asian team took over in the second stanza. They surged ahead and secured a 43:32 lead at halftime as Arsenyev and Tuleu hit late triples. Egypt stayed within striking distance throughout the third frame and soon Amro Sherif stepped up. He notched 10 points to propel the African team to a 59:58 advantage with one quarter remaining. Omar Oraby (212-C-91) helped Egypt to clear off to a 9-point distance. Kazakhstan would not go away though as they trimmed the margin back to 2 points. But Egypt proved calm at the end and ensured a tough victory. Omar Oraby delivered 24 points and 11 rebounds for Egypt. Zeyad Ashmawy (194-G-92) had 14 points in the winning case. Alexander Tyutyunik (190-G-90) responded with 20 points for Kazakhstan. Pavel Ilin (192-G-92) knocked down 17 points in the loss.

Egypt: Amro Sherif 32+14 boards, Omar Oraby 24+11 boards, Zeyad Ashmawy 14
Kazakhstan: Alexander Tyutyunik 20, Pavel Ilin 17



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Ukraine edge Latvia at World University Games - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine - Latvia 79:76
Ukraine finished their World University Games campaign on a high note. They eked out a tough win over Latvia to claim the 11th overall place. Maksym Pustozvonov (200-F-87, agency: Promotex) knocked down 20 points to lead Ukraine.
Latvia opened the game confidently and grabbed the lead early. Ukraine looked sloppy defensively in the first frame allowing Latvia too many open looks. An Ainars Bagatskis team secured a 30:21 lead after ten minutes. The scoring tempo decreased in the second frame as the teams adjusted their defense. The teams traded baskets and Latvia managed to ensure a 44:35 advantage at halftime. Ukraine finally found their rhythm after the major break. BC Kyiv duo Maksym Pustozvonov and Vyacheslav Kravtsov (212-C-87, agency: Interperformances) helped a Valentyn Melnychuk team to trim the deficit by 4 points in the third quarter. Ukraine fired 25 points in the fourth quarter and sneaked past Latvia at the end.
Oleksandr Sizov (200-F-88) dropped 15 points for Ukraine. Vyacheslav Kravtsov added 13 points and 7 boards for the winners. Arturs Strelnieks (196-G/F-85) answered with 19 points and 12 boards for Latvia. Oskars Ernsteins (194-G/F-87, college: Carl Albert JC) and Arturs Berzins (204-C-88) had 10 points each in the losing effort.

Ukraine: Maksym Pustozvonov 20, Oleksandr Sizov 15, Vyacheslav Kravtsov 13
Latvia: Arturs Strelnieks 19+12 boards, Oskars Ernsteins 10, Arturs Berzins 10



VEF Riga adds Renfroe - by Emiliano Carchia
VEF Riga, which is going to play the qualifying rounds of Eurocup made the first important signing for the coming season. Latvian team inked rookie Alex Renfroe from Belmont Bruins for one season.
The American in his senior year at college in NCAA averaged 16.2 points per game, 7.2rebounds per gme and 5.1assits per game. He also shot 37% from downtown abd also added 2.1 stels per game and 0.5 blocks per game.


Follow all the basketball signings on www.sportando.net/eng/basket-signings/


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  LITHUANIA   


Lithuania roll past Spain for the 9th spot - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U19 - Spain U19 88:64
Lithuania finished the U19 World Championship in the ninth position. They wrapped up their Auckland campaign with a one-sided win over Spain. Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) dropped 30 points to pace the charge for the winners. Spain showed an up and down performance at the tournament and grabbed just the 10th spot at the end.
Lithuania were well in control in this one. They built a 22;15 lead after the starting frame and continued to drive comfortably in the second stanza. The margin grew at 15 points after the first half. Vytenis Cizauskas (189-G-92) was the main man for the Baltic team in the first half scoring 20 points. Spain tried to increase the pressure in the third frame but Lithuania were ready for the challenge as they entered the fourth period ahead by 17. With the game effectively over Lithuania cruised to the win in the final term.
Vytenis Cizauskas finished with 22 points and 8 boards for Lithuania. Eimantas Bendzius (203-F-90) added 13 points and 7 boards in the victory. Julio Sosa (192-F-90) answered with 13 points for Spain. Toni Vicens (202-C-90) had 12 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.

Lithuania: Gediminas Orelikas 30, Vytenis Cizauskas 22, Eimantas Bendzius 13
Spain: Julio Sosa 13, Toni Vicens 12+10 boards



Lithuania coast past Turkey - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania - Turkey 107:87
Lithuania ensured the 5th-spot finish at the World University Games in Serbia. They defeated Turkey today to wrap up quite successful campaign in Belgrade.
Lithuania dominated on the glass in the starting period and built a 23:18 lead at the first intermission. Lithuania shot impressively from the field to deepen the damage. They arrived at halftime leading by 11 points. Turkey could not pick up the slack in the second half. Lithuania stretched the buffer to 16 points with one quarter remaining. Turkey tried to increase the tempo but Lithuania easily matched the effort and fired 32 points in the fourth quarter to seal the winning outcome. Martynas Pocius (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances) scored 16 points to lead Lithuania. Martynas Mazeika (190-G-85, agency: Limelight Hoops) added 15 points, while Giedrius Kurtinaitis (192-G-86) had 14 points in the win. Eren Beyaz (208-C-85) answered with 27 points for Turkey. Caner Oner (200-F-87) had 19 points in the loss.
Lithuania sank impressive 62% from the field limiting Turkey to 48%. Lithuania outrebounded their opponents 35:28 and overcame 20 turnovers.

Lithuania: Martynas Pocius 16, Martynas Mazeika 15, Giedrius Kurtinaitis 14
Turkey: Eren Beyaz 27, Caner Oner 19



Martynas Mazeika leads Lithuania past Bulgaria - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania - Bulgaria 89:88
Lithuania earned a narrow victory over Bulgaria at the classification round of the World Univeriade. Martynas Mazeika (190-G-85, agency: Limelight Hoops) scored 26 points to lead the Baltic team to the win. Lithuania will now take on Turkey for the fifth overall spot at the tournament. Bulgaria will play against Germany.
The teams stayed close throughout the first half but Lithuania managed to earn a 2-point lead at halftime. Bulgaria struck back in the third term taking over for a 6-point lead into the final stanza. But a Robertas Kuncaitis team found the way to succeed stealing the victory at the end.
Martynas Pocius (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances) produced 20 points and 7 boards, while Deivydas Gailius (200-F-88) added 13 points and 7 boards for the winners. Krum Doychinov (206-C-86, agency: Interperformances) banked 24 points and 9 rebounds for Bulgaria. Ivan Lilov (196-F/G-88, agency: FCM) delivered 20 points in defeat.

Lithuania: Martynas Mazeika 26, Martynas Pocius 20, Deivydas Gailius 13
Bulgaria: Krum Doychinov 24, Ivan Lilov 20



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  MEXICO   


Mexico thrash South Korea in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News
Mexico - South Korea 118:87
Mexico trounced South Korea in the classification round for the 20th-22nd spot at the World University Games. Joel Reynoso (190-G-85) unloaded 30 points to pace Mexico. Joaquin Villanueva (207-C-86) added 24 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Ki Seungho (194-F-85) answered with 17 points for the Asian team. Mexico piled up a 19-point lead after ten minutes of action and never looked back en route to the victory.
Mexico will now face Iran for the 20th position.

Mexico: Joel Reynoso 30, Joaquin Villanueva 24+10 boards, Gabriel Giron (192-F-88) 22
South Korea: Ki Seungho 17, Park YooMin (185-G-88) 15



Mexico clinch 20th spot overcoming Iran - by Eurobasket News
Mexico - Iran 74:62

Mexico beat Iran on the final day of the World University Game in Belgrade. The victory allowed Mexico to clinch the 20th spot at the tournament. Iran finished in the 21st position. Julio Cesar Martin del Campo (195-G/F-88) knocked down 22 points to lift Mexico to the win. Joaquin Villanueva (207-C-86) added 14 points and 11 caroms in the win. Mexico built an 8-point advantage at halftime and maintained it well throughout the second half.
Mohammad Reza Akbari (197-F/G-86) responded with 18 points and 6 boards for Iran. Ali Baheran (184-G-86) had 12 points in defeat.

Mexico: Julio Cesar Martin del Campo 22, Joaquin Villanueva 14+11 boards, Joel Reynoso (190-G-85) 12
Iran: Mohammad Reza Akbari 18, Ali Baheran 12



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  NCAA1   


USA topple Croatia in thriller - by Eurobasket News
USA U19 - Croatia U19 81:77

The USA reached the title game at the U19 World Championship in New Zealand. A Bob McKillop team overcame Croatia in a thrilling semifinal encounter today to clinch the spot in the Final. The USA will face Greece for the gold medals tomorrow. Croatia will play against Australia in the consolation final.
The European team looked impressive at the start of the game as they knocked down 6 unanswered points. The USA kept scoreless for almost 4 minutes before taking floor. The North American team surged in front to enjoy a 22:16 lead at the first change. Seth Curry (6'1''-G) stepped up for the USA in the second frame as he notched 7 points. Croatia could not match the effort from the US team and trailed by 13 points at halftime. But Croatia did not surrender. Mario Delas (6'10''-C/F-90), Toni Prostran (6'0''-G-91) and Tomislav Zubcic (6'11''-C/F-90) triggered 22:7 run that gave the team the lead. Croatia and the USA stayed close but Shelvin Mack, Curry and Gordon Hayward (6'8''-G/F) helped the North American team regained the lead. Haywood then went perfect from the stripe to seal the winning outcome for the USA.
Gordon Hayward had 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Ashton Gibbs (6'2''-G) netted 11 points for the United States. Dino Butorac, Toni Prostran and Tomislav Zubcic nailed 15 points apiece. Mario Delas topscored with 17 points for Croatia.

USA: Gordon Hayward 15, Ashton Gibbs 11, Seth Curry 10, Terrico White (6'5''-G) 10
Croatia: Mario Delas 17, Dino Butorac 15, Toni Prostran 15, Tomislav Zubcic 15



USA earn spot on pedestal - by Eurobasket News
USA - Israel 91:80

The USA celebrated the victory in the bronze medals game at the World University Games in Serbia. A Bo Ryan team held off pesky Israel to occupy the third position.
The first quarter was a close affair with neither team able to take a serious lead. The North American team enjoyed a slender 24:22 advantage at the first break. The US team paid more attention to defense in the second quarter to hold Israel to 14 points. The margin grew at 7 points with twenty minutes gone in the game. Israel increased the tempo in the third quarter. They accounted for 28 points in the frame and got within 6 at three-quarter time. But the USA stayed cold-blooded in the dying moments keeping Israel at safe distance till the final buzzer.
Lazar Hayward (6'6''-F-86) scored 14 points and pulled down 9 boards for the USA. Da'Sean Butler (6'7''-F-88) added 13 points, while Talor Battle (5'11''-G-88) delivered 12 points in the victory. Elishay Kadir (6'8''-F-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) replied with 28 points and 9 boards for Israel. Gal Mekel (6'5''-G-88, college: Wichita St.) had 16 points in defeat.
The United States had a 43:37 advantage on the glass and suffered only 10 turnovers down the stretch. Both teams accounted for 46% of field goals.

USA: Lazar Hayward 14, Da'Sean Butler 13, Talor Battle 12
Israel: Elishay Kadir 28, Gal Mekel 16



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Nick Harrington goes from Cottbus to Luxemburg - by Daniel Poerschke
Nick Harrington (201-F-85, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: S.Vermont) played last season for 2. Regionalliga squad BBC White Devils Cottbus and now signed a contract for the upcoming season to suit up for BBC Grengewald Hostert in the N2 league in Luxemburg. Harrington was the leading college rebounder with 15.5rpg in 2008 when he played at Southern Vermont University (NCAA 3). This past season his Cottbus team finished as the runner-up in their division in Germany and Nick averaged 18.2ppg and 13.5rpg.

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Italy account for Portugal - by Eurobasket News
Italy - Portugal 82:67
Italy defeated Portugal in the final game of the World University Games in Serbia. The victory allowed the Azzurri to clinch the 15th spot at the tournament. Portugal grabbed the 16th position after the loss. Roberto Prandin (188-G-86) knocked down 18 points, collected 6 boards and issued 5 assists for the winners. Italy got to the aggressive start as they outscored Portugal 20:12 in the starting stanza. Portugal recovered in the second frame and matched Italy. An Alexandre Pires team got within 7 at halftime. The teams traded baskets in the third quarter as Italy were able to secure a 7-point advantage with one quarter remaining. Portugal could not threaten the margin in the final stanza as Italy ran away to the victory at the end. Riccardo Casagrande (196-F-88) notched 13 points for Italy. Simone Ferrarese (183-G-87) added 12 points in the win. Marco Pinto (180-G-87) responded with 15 points for Portugal. Fernando Martins (187-G/F-86) had 14 points in the loss.
Portugal outrebounded their opponents 38:34 but shot just 37% from the field in the loss. Italy sank 45% of field goals and forced Portugal to 22 turnovers.

Italy: Roberto Prandin 18, Riccardo Casagrande 13, Simone Ferrarese 12
Portugal: Marco Pinto 15, Fernando Martins 14



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Jiovanny Fontan lifts Puerto Rico past Canada - by Eurobasket News
Puerto Rico U19 - Canada U19 67:65

Puerto Rico claimed a narrow win over Canada at the U19 World Championship in New Zealand. Jiovanny Fontan (180-G) hit a jumper with under 3 seconds to go in regulation to secure a tough victory for a Carlos Calcano team. The Latin American outfit will now face Argentina for the fifth position at the tourney. Canada will play against France in their final game in Auckland.
Canada edged out a 20:18 lead after the starting period. They maintained the advantage well enough to arrive at halftime ahead by one 35:34. But things changed around in the third stanza. Puerto Rico limited the North American opponents to 12 points to take a 7-point advantage into the final stanza. Kevin Young made it 57:47 for Puerto Rico at the start of the fourth quarter. But Canada refused to give in as Mangisto Arop (197-G-90) orchestrated a comeback rally. He drained 8 points and then fed Olynyk for an easy lay-up to restore the lead for Canada at 63:61. Puerto Rico answered with 4 points in a row to return into the drivers seat. Olynyk was perfect from the stripe drawing things level before Jiovanny Fontan took the floor and sealed the deal for Puerto Rico.
Jiovanny Fontan knocked down 16 points to lead Puerto Rico. Raymond Cintron (186-G-90) and Michael Rosario (191-G-90) added 10 points each in the win. Mangisto Arop responded with 20 points and 9 rebounds for Canada. Tristan Thompson (203-F) had 13 points and 11 boards in defeat.

Puerto Rico: Jiovanny Fontan 16, Raymond Cintron 10, Michael Rosario 10
Canada: Mangisto Arop 20, Tristan Thompson 13+11 boards



BSN Round: 6 (Quarter-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Arecibo - Bayamon 76-88
Bayamon overcame Arecibo 88:76 in the Quarter-Finals Round 6. Christian Dalmau (194-G-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Daytona Beach CC) top-scored for the winners with 25 points and Lee Carmelo netted 19. Pinnock Danilo ended up with 23 points in the losing case.

Carolina - Ponce 101-77
Carolina edged Ponce 101:77 as the latter could not win any games at the Quarter-Finals. Alejandro Carmona (194-G/F-83, agency: Next Level) produced 24 points for the winners, while Hiraldo Christopher nailed 20. Colon Gabriel finished the night with 15 points in defeat.

Group B
Quebradillas - Santurce 67-57
Quebradillas outscored Santurce 67:57 for 4-2 record in Group B. Shawn Redhage (202-F-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Arizona St.) paced all the winners with 16 points, whilst Garcia Jonathan netted 12. Dalmau Ricardo and Falcon Alexander posted 13 points each in the losing effort.

San German - Mayaguez 77-87
Mayaguez is on top of Group B with 4-2 record after the win over San German 87:77. Dan Langhi (208-F-77, college: Vanderbilt) and Hamilton Kevin combined 40 points for the winners, while Jourdon Keenan added 12. Pellot-Rosa Jesse erupted with 24 points in the losing case.



Standings - BSN
BSN Standings
Group A
 1. Arecibo 4-2 
 2. Bayamon 4-2 
 3. Carolina 4-2 
 4. Ponce 0-6 
Group B
 1. Mayaguez 4-2 
 2. Quebradillas 4-2 
 3. San German 3-3 
 4. Santurce 1-5 


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Romania beat Greece in Serbia - by Eurobasket News
Romania - Greece 88:82

Romania finished the World University Games in style. They held off Greece to clinch the 13th spot. Romania looked better in the first half to build a decisive lead. Greece could not overcome the buffer despite dominating the second part of the encounter. Titus Nicoara (200-F-88, agency: Interperformances) tallied 21 points and 10 rebounds for Romania.
A Dan Calancea team earned a 21:17 advantage at the first break. They pushed harder in the second period outscoring Greek opponents. The scoreboard showed 43:29 for Romania at halftime. But Greece came back to life in the second half. They limited Romanian offensive options and started to claw their back into the contest. Greece entered the fourth period down by just 7 points. The teams exploded with 61 points in the final stanza but Romania withheld all the comeback attempts from Greece to eke out a tough win at the end. Andrei Mandache (190-G-87) finished with 20 points, 7 boards and 4 assists for Romania. Paul Chetreanu (190-G-85) had 17 points in the win. Dimitrios Verginis (194-G-87, agency: FCM) knocked down 24 points for Greece. Georgios Sourlis (190-G-85) netted 19 points in the losing case.

Romania: Titus Nicoara 21+10 boards, Andrei Mandache 20, Paul Chetreanu 17
Greece: Dimitrios Verginis 24, Georgios Sourlis 19



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  RUSSIA   


Serbia are new World University Games champions - by Eurobasket News
Serbia - Russia 73:51
Serbia triumphed at the World University Games in Belgrade. In 2007 Serbia stopped one step away from the title but the home tournament brought the long-awaited success. Nemanja Protic (182-G-86) scored 19 points to pace the hosts past Russia.
Serbia set the flying tempo in the opening period. Russia struggled to match the rhythm as Serbia cleared off to an 11-point distance at the first break. Russia gradually adjusted and started to make their presence felt. They outgunned Serbia 20:17 in the second period to stay hopeful at halftime. But the second half became a nightmare for a Sergey Belov team. Low accuracy plagued Russia as they struggled to keep close with the home team. Serbia notched a 14-point advantage at three-quarter time. The home team remained aggressive defensively in the final quarter allowing their opponents to account for only 10 points.
Marko Simonovic (202-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) connected for 12 points for Serbia. Milan Macvan (205-F/C-89) and Nemanja Bjelica (209-F/C-88, agency: Interperformances) added 8 points each in the victory. Aleksey Kotishevskiy (190-F-85) responded with 13 points for Russia. Eugeny Voronov (192-G-86) had 12 points in the losing case.

Serbia: Nemanja Protic 19, Marko Simonovic 12, Milan Macvan 8, Nemanja Bjelica 8
Russia: Aleksey Kotishevskiy 13, Eugeny Voronov 12



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  SERBIA   


Serbia are new World University Games champions - by Eurobasket News
Serbia - Russia 73:51
Serbia triumphed at the World University Games in Belgrade. In 2007 Serbia stopped one step away from the title but the home tournament brought the long-awaited success. Nemanja Protic (182-G-86) scored 19 points to pace the hosts past Russia.
Serbia set the flying tempo in the opening period. Russia struggled to match the rhythm as Serbia cleared off to an 11-point distance at the first break. Russia gradually adjusted and started to make their presence felt. They outgunned Serbia 20:17 in the second period to stay hopeful at halftime. But the second half became a nightmare for a Sergey Belov team. Low accuracy plagued Russia as they struggled to keep close with the home team. Serbia notched a 14-point advantage at three-quarter time. The home team remained aggressive defensively in the final quarter allowing their opponents to account for only 10 points.
Marko Simonovic (202-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) connected for 12 points for Serbia. Milan Macvan (205-F/C-89) and Nemanja Bjelica (209-F/C-88, agency: Interperformances) added 8 points each in the victory. Aleksey Kotishevskiy (190-F-85) responded with 13 points for Russia. Eugeny Voronov (192-G-86) had 12 points in the losing case.

Serbia: Nemanja Protic 19, Marko Simonovic 12, Milan Macvan 8, Nemanja Bjelica 8
Russia: Aleksey Kotishevskiy 13, Eugeny Voronov 12



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  SLOVENIA   


Helios extends Mocnik - by Zeljko Zule
Jure Mocnik (183-G-85) has extended his contact with Helios Domzale to stay with the club next season. He grew up with Helios youth team and made his debut with first team during the 2001-02 season. Last season he averaged 7,4 points (2P 54-89, 3P 17-50, FT 79-108), 1,9 rebounds, 4,7 assists and 1,2 steals in 32 games of UPC League (Regular Season) and 4,5 points (2P 2P 22-49, 3P 10-28, FT 44-85), 1,6 rebounds, 3,8 assists and 1,6 steals in 26 games of NLB Adriatic League.

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China finish World University Games in 23rd position - by Eurobasket News
China - South Africa 106:70
China completed their World University Games campaign. They defeated South Africa in the final day of the tournament to clinch the 23rd overall spot. South Africa remained at the bottom of the ladder winless. ZHANG Chunjun (198-C-87) fired 33 points and ripped off 9 boards to lead the Asian team. China did not waste too much time to stamp their authority. They poured in 34 points in the opening frame to account for 15-point lead. The onslaught continued in the second stanza as China cleared off to a 24-point distance at halftime. South Africa had not a single chance in the third quarter as China scored eagerly. A Yonglin Guo side managed 35 points in the period to pile up an unassailable 42-point advantage with ten minutes remaining. South Africa showed character as they did not say die and fought till the final buzzer. They won the fourth term by 6 points but finished the tournament with no victories posted. Ma Yi (197-F-88) had 25 points for China. Zhang ZhaoXu (218-C-87) contributed 21 points and 22 rebounds for the winning team. Celemusa Khumalo (193-G-88) responded with 20 points for South Africa. Makgotla Modisaesi (175-86) canned 14 points in defeat.

China: ZHANG Chunjun 33, Ma Yi 25, Zhang ZhaoXu 21+22 boards
South Africa: Celemusa Khumalo 20, Makgotla Modisaesi 14



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  SOUTH KOREA   


Mexico thrash South Korea in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News
Mexico - South Korea 118:87
Mexico trounced South Korea in the classification round for the 20th-22nd spot at the World University Games. Joel Reynoso (190-G-85) unloaded 30 points to pace Mexico. Joaquin Villanueva (207-C-86) added 24 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Ki Seungho (194-F-85) answered with 17 points for the Asian team. Mexico piled up a 19-point lead after ten minutes of action and never looked back en route to the victory.
Mexico will now face Iran for the 20th position.

Mexico: Joel Reynoso 30, Joaquin Villanueva 24+10 boards, Gabriel Giron (192-F-88) 22
South Korea: Ki Seungho 17, Park YooMin (185-G-88) 15



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  SPAIN   


Lithuania roll past Spain for the 9th spot - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U19 - Spain U19 88:64
Lithuania finished the U19 World Championship in the ninth position. They wrapped up their Auckland campaign with a one-sided win over Spain. Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) dropped 30 points to pace the charge for the winners. Spain showed an up and down performance at the tournament and grabbed just the 10th spot at the end.
Lithuania were well in control in this one. They built a 22;15 lead after the starting frame and continued to drive comfortably in the second stanza. The margin grew at 15 points after the first half. Vytenis Cizauskas (189-G-92) was the main man for the Baltic team in the first half scoring 20 points. Spain tried to increase the pressure in the third frame but Lithuania were ready for the challenge as they entered the fourth period ahead by 17. With the game effectively over Lithuania cruised to the win in the final term.
Vytenis Cizauskas finished with 22 points and 8 boards for Lithuania. Eimantas Bendzius (203-F-90) added 13 points and 7 boards in the victory. Julio Sosa (192-F-90) answered with 13 points for Spain. Toni Vicens (202-C-90) had 12 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.

Lithuania: Gediminas Orelikas 30, Vytenis Cizauskas 22, Eimantas Bendzius 13
Spain: Julio Sosa 13, Toni Vicens 12+10 boards



Bueno Is Good For Badalona - by Paul Nilsen
Big man Antonio Bueno (208-F/C-80, agency: Interperformances) is returning to Badalona after signing a deal with DKV Joventut for the 2009/10 season. The 28 year old center enjoyed a real renaissance at Alta Gestion Fuenlabrada last season and showed he still has what it takes in the biggest league in Europe to be a force. While he still had a year on his contract left with the oranges he haqd an escape clause which has been activated by Penya. This looks to be a good signing for both the club and the playe who made his name in another Eurobasket year back in 2003 when he played for his country to help them to a sliver medal. The lure of European competition with Joventut also a big draw for Bueno who averaged over 11 points and 4 rebounds during the last campaign.

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Jones Cup - Japan and Korea men's NT roster - by Chris Wang
Korea men's NT roster

NO. Name D.O.B Height Weight
4 CHOI, Jin-Soo 1989.05.11 203 94
5 LEE, Jung-Suk 1982.07.06 183 87
6 KANG, Byung-Hyun 1985.03.03 193 85
7 YANG, Dong-Geun 1981.09.14 180 81
8 LEE, Kyu-Sup 1977.11.13 198 97
9 JOO, Hee-Jung 1977.02.04 182 79
10 LEE, Dong-Jun 1980.01.27 200 96
11 KIM, Joo-Sung 1979.11.09 205 95
12 YANG, Hee-Jong 1984.05.11 194 90
13 OH, Sek-Eun 1987.05.20 200 98
14 HAM, Ji-Hoon 1984.12.11 198 100
15 KIM, Min-Soo 1982.01.16 200 100
Average 194.6 91.8

Head Coach: KANG, Jung-Soo
Assistant Coach: KANG, Yang-Take

Japan men's NT roster

NO. Name D.O.B Height Weight
4 OKADA Yusuke 1984.09.17 185 78
5 YAMADA Daiji 1981.06.08 200 105
6 SAKURAI Ryota 1983.03.13 194 75
7 IGARASHI Kei 1980.05.07 180 68
8 KASHIWAGI Shinsuke 1981.12.22 183 80
9 ORIMO Takehiko 1970.05.14 190 77
10 TAKEUCHI Kosuke 1985.01.29 205 98
11 AMINO Tomoo 1980.09.25 196 87
12 TAKEDA Ken 1978.10.05 188 80
13 ISHIZAKI Takumi 1984.07.06 188 85
14 ITO Shunsuke 1979.06.27 204 110
15 TAKEUCHI Joji 1985.01.29 205 98
Average 193.1 86.7

Head Coach: KURAISHI Osamu
Assistant Coach: GOTO Masaki
Assistant Coach: KIYONAGA, Takahiko
Assistant Coach: MIZUNO Kota



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Lithuania coast past Turkey - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania - Turkey 107:87
Lithuania ensured the 5th-spot finish at the World University Games in Serbia. They defeated Turkey today to wrap up quite successful campaign in Belgrade.
Lithuania dominated on the glass in the starting period and built a 23:18 lead at the first intermission. Lithuania shot impressively from the field to deepen the damage. They arrived at halftime leading by 11 points. Turkey could not pick up the slack in the second half. Lithuania stretched the buffer to 16 points with one quarter remaining. Turkey tried to increase the tempo but Lithuania easily matched the effort and fired 32 points in the fourth quarter to seal the winning outcome. Martynas Pocius (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances) scored 16 points to lead Lithuania. Martynas Mazeika (190-G-85, agency: Limelight Hoops) added 15 points, while Giedrius Kurtinaitis (192-G-86) had 14 points in the win. Eren Beyaz (208-C-85) answered with 27 points for Turkey. Caner Oner (200-F-87) had 19 points in the loss.
Lithuania sank impressive 62% from the field limiting Turkey to 48%. Lithuania outrebounded their opponents 35:28 and overcame 20 turnovers.

Lithuania: Martynas Pocius 16, Martynas Mazeika 15, Giedrius Kurtinaitis 14
Turkey: Eren Beyaz 27, Caner Oner 19



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  UBL   


UBL ALL-STARS DOMINATES EX-NBA ALL-STARS - by Ozzie Denson

UBL All-Stars Dominates, Ex-NBA All Stars

June 27, 2009 marked the 1st United Basketball League All-Star Game. Played in Bethany, Ok at the historical Southwestern Christian University field-house. Tip off began at 7pm, the UBL All-Stars stepped on the court with their A game in full motion. The UBL starting line up consisting of Tyrone Davis scoring form the 3-point line consistently throughout the game. Derrick Knox with his stunning rebound abilities kept the opposing team at bay; while the games MVP Marcell Goins dominated in the paint. Of course we cant forget Reggie Griffin winner of the 3-point and slam dunk contest. Also playing on the UBL was CJ (Texas), DeAngelo (Oklahoma), Dale Lambert (Missouri), Sheldon Denson (Tulsa), and Jonathan Reed (Oklahoma). The UBL All-Stars and Coach Dedrick Harris ended the game with a 5 point lead over the Oklahoma All-Stars whom are all ex-NBA players.
Final Score: 111-106



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  UKRAINE   


Ukraine edge Latvia at World University Games - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine - Latvia 79:76
Ukraine finished their World University Games campaign on a high note. They eked out a tough win over Latvia to claim the 11th overall place. Maksym Pustozvonov (200-F-87, agency: Promotex) knocked down 20 points to lead Ukraine.
Latvia opened the game confidently and grabbed the lead early. Ukraine looked sloppy defensively in the first frame allowing Latvia too many open looks. An Ainars Bagatskis team secured a 30:21 lead after ten minutes. The scoring tempo decreased in the second frame as the teams adjusted their defense. The teams traded baskets and Latvia managed to ensure a 44:35 advantage at halftime. Ukraine finally found their rhythm after the major break. BC Kyiv duo Maksym Pustozvonov and Vyacheslav Kravtsov (212-C-87, agency: Interperformances) helped a Valentyn Melnychuk team to trim the deficit by 4 points in the third quarter. Ukraine fired 25 points in the fourth quarter and sneaked past Latvia at the end.
Oleksandr Sizov (200-F-88) dropped 15 points for Ukraine. Vyacheslav Kravtsov added 13 points and 7 boards for the winners. Arturs Strelnieks (196-G/F-85) answered with 19 points and 12 boards for Latvia. Oskars Ernsteins (194-G/F-87, college: Carl Albert JC) and Arturs Berzins (204-C-88) had 10 points each in the losing effort.

Ukraine: Maksym Pustozvonov 20, Oleksandr Sizov 15, Vyacheslav Kravtsov 13
Latvia: Arturs Strelnieks 19+12 boards, Oskars Ernsteins 10, Arturs Berzins 10



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  URUGUAY   


Four new import player for the Uruguayan League - by Hector Lopez
Four import players were already announced to play the Uruguayan League scheduled to start Sept.18. The last announcement was Kitus Witherspoon (203-F/C-82, college: Arkansas St.) to play for Ferro Carril, from the city of Salto. Others announcements were: James Parlow (193-G-85, college: New Orleans) for Olimpia, John Huggins (188-G-82, college: Amer.Internat.) for Sayago and Marques Lewis (203-F-83, college: UAB) for Trouville. Huggins and Lewis are already playing in Uruguay the Metro League. Other foreign players, but already with the Uruguayan nationality are Trelonnie Owens (202-F-71, college: Wake Forest) for Atenas and Reque Newsome (203-C-82, college: S.Indiana) for Olimpia. A total of 17 teams will play the Uruguayan League.

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  USBA   


USBA and Feeding America Join Forces to Stamp Out Hunger - by USBA Media
Atlanta Ga., July. 11, 2009 - The United States Basketball Association (USBA) announced on Friday, that it has joined forces with Feeding America. Feeding America is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States. Feeding America collects and distributes more than 2 billion pounds of donated food and grocery products each year. It annually helps more than 25 million Americans living on the brink of hunger, including more than 9 million children and more than 3 million seniors. 'The difference of a persons sucsess could very well depend on a hot meal, we will do everything humanly possible to assist this fine organization,' said USBA president and chief executive officer Duane Allen Jenkins. 'All children need to exceed their daily nutritional requirements.'

Inspiration behind this movement, which is a part of the USBA Youth Outreach programs, came to the realization of the need to help restock the cupboards and refill the nations food supply. The USBA and the USBA Youth Outreach have combined their efforts through a series of programs implemented in the leagues eighteen cities in the southeast United States and the District of Columbia.

Starting with a series of charity basketball game on Saturday December 12, 2009, the league will sponsor eighteen simultaneous basketball games called 'The Toy Fest and Can Slam.' These games are designed to collect 75,000 cans of food. The USBA will gather local professional basketball players and pit them against representatives from law enforcement, fire fighters and emergency medical personnel. Also included in the days events will be two additional games. The second game will include teams from the U.S. Marines, who represent the Toys For Tots holiday toy collection campaign, and additional local professional basketball players.

Food gathered will be distributed to the local Feeding America Food Bank outlet. 'These games are just the beginning of our involvement with Feeding America,' said Jenkins. 'We tied our single game ticket promotions to continue collecting food products during our entire season.'The league and the USBA Youth Outreach, the leagues nonprofit entity, will attempt to deliver an estimated 250,000 pounds of food products and fresh vegetables to the food banks during the USBA 2010 basketball season.

'We believe the basic food demands to the needy is rapidly growing and is becoming more critical,' ' What is more important than helping to ending hunger in America?' asks Jenkins, 'We are proud to stand in and help support the very important work performed by Feeding America, especially during these difficult economic times when more and more people need assistance putting food on the table. We hope our involvement will inspire others in the community to recognize this essential need and help us and support the work of Feeding America.'

'We are inspired by the efforts of the USBA and the USBA Youth Outreach, their involvment will help raise the critical need for awareness to tackle the terrible problem of hunger right here in our own country, particularly in hometown America' said Wendy MacGregor, Chief of Marketing of Feeding America. 'We welcome this endeavor, Its important to us all that we keep working to make sure that everyone in the United States and in our local communities understands that hard working American famlies live at risk of hunger, and that we can cure hunger in our nation.'

About Feeding America: Feeding America is the largest charitable domestic hunger-relief organization in the United States. Through its network of more than 200 member food banks, Feeding America annually provides assistance to more than 25 million people in need, including more than 9 million children and nearly 3 million seniors in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Each year, Feeding America secures and distributes more than 2 billion pounds of food and grocery products to support feeding programs at approximately 63,000 local charitable agencies, including food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, after-school programs, and Kids Cafes. To learn more, please visit www.Feedingamerica.org.

About United States Basketball Association: The United States Basketball Association (USBA) is a Single A minor division basketball league. The league has eighteen teams spread out over 10 southern states and the District of Columbia. The league was founded in July 2007. The league headquarters is in Atlanta, Georgia. The league showcase basketball players for the National Basketball Association Development League (NBADL) as well as the mulitude of Continental and International teams and leagues. www.usbaball.com

About the USBA Youth Outreach: The USBA Youth Outreach is a not-for profit 501 ( c ) ( 3 ) company. The USBA Youth Outreach is the foundation arm of the United States Basketball Association. It has established programs to assist communities in their charitable efforts. The USBA Youth Outreach makes its services available to all communities of the USBA footprint. www.usbaball.com/usbayouthoutreach.


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  VENEZUELA   


Marionos grabs 3-1 Final lead - by Eurobasket News
Marinos survived a 91:89 victory over Cocodrilos to take 3-1 Final lead. The winners took 19 16 after the opening quarter and increased to 45:38 at the halftime. Cocodrilos reduced to 75:69 after three quarters and even had a chance to win. Marionos however nailed the last points at the end to seal the victory. Michael Gale top-scored for the winners with 20 points, 2 assists. Gustavo Ayon followed him with 13, while Oscar Torres posted 12. Axiers Sucre netted 10 points and Gregory Vargas ended up with 9 points. Leandro Garcaamorales finished the game with 19 points in the losing effort, while Carl Elliot notched 17.

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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS U19   


Day: 8 (Semi-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
5-8 spot
Argentina - France 92-84
Argentina tamed France at the U19 World Championship in New Zealand. An Enrique Tolcachier team will now face Puerto Rico for the fifth overall spot. France will play against Canada on the last of the tournament. Matias Nocedal (192-G-90, agency: Interperformances) delivered 20 points to lead the way for Argentina. Andres Landoni had 15 points, while Juan Manuel Fernandez and Nicolas Laprovittola secured 14 points apiece in the victory. Andrew Albicy had 24 points for France. Christophe Leonard notched 17 points and 7 boards in the loss.

Puerto Rico - Canada 67-65
Puerto Rico claimed a narrow win over Canada at the U19 World Championship in New Zealand. Jiovanny Fontan (180-G) hit a jumper with under 3 seconds to go in regulation to secure a tough victory for a Carlos Calcano team. The Latin American outfit will now face Argentina for the fifth position at the tourney. Canada will play against France in their final game in Auckland. Jiovanny Fontan knocked down 16 points to lead Puerto Rico. Raymond Cintron and Michael Rosario added 10 points each in the win. Mangisto Arop responded with 20 points and 9 rebounds for Canada. Tristan Thompson had 13 points and 11 boards in defeat.

9-12 spot
Kazakhstan - Egypt 78-86
Egypt U19 National Team finished their World Championship campaign at the 11th position. They held off Kazakhstan counterparts in the final showdown at the North Shore Events Centre in Auckland. Amro Sherif (192-G-91) erupted for 32 points and 14 rebounds to pace the African team to the win. Omar Oraby delivered 24 points and 11 rebounds for Egypt. Zeyad Ashmawy had 14 points in the winning case. Alexander Tyutyunik responded with 20 points for Kazakhstan. Pavel Ilin knocked down 17 points in the loss.

Lithuania - Spain 88-64
Lithuania finished the U19 World Championship in the ninth position. They wrapped up their Auckland campaign with a one-sided win over Spain. Gediminas Orelikas (200-G/F-90) dropped 30 points to pace the charge for the winners. Spain showed an up and down performance at the tournament and grabbed just the 10th spot at the end. Vytenis Cizauskas finished with 22 points and 8 boards for Lithuania. Eimantas Bendzius added 13 points and 7 boards in the victory. Julio Sosa answered with 13 points for Spain. Toni Vicens had 12 points and 10 rebounds in defeat.

Semifinals
Croatia - USA 77-81
The USA reached the title game at the U19 World Championship in New Zealand. A Bob McKillop team overcame Croatia in a thrilling semifinal encounter today to clinch the spot in the Final. The USA will face Greece for the gold medals tomorrow. Croatia will play against Australia in the consolation final. Gordon Hayward (203-G/F) had 15 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Ashton Gibbs netted 11 points for the United States. Dino Butorac, Toni Prostran and Tomislav Zubcic nailed 15 points apiece. Mario Delas topscored with 17 points for Croatia.

Greece - Australia 84-69
Greece surprised Australia in the semifinal clash at the U19 World Championship today. The Emus entered the contest unbeaten but had to surrender against determined Greek squad. The Hellenes are waiting for the result of the USA vs. Croatia encounter to get to know their opponents in the championship game. Australia will have to play in the consolation final tomorrow. Nikolaos Pappas (194-G-90, agency: FCM) scored 19 points to lead the charge. Kostas Papanikolaou added 18 points and 10 rebounds, while Leonidas Kaselakis had 13 points and 13 rebounds in the win. Jorden Page answered with 15 points for Australia. Matthew Dellavedova finished with 12 points in defeat.



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  WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES   


Day 9 in Belgrade. Serbia clinch the title - by Eurobasket News
Final
Serbia - Russia 73:51

Serbia triumphed at the World University Games in Belgrade. In 2007 Serbia stopped one step away from the title but the home tournament brought the long-awaited success. Nemanja Protic (182-G-86) scored 19 points to pace the hosts past Russia.
Serbia set the flying tempo in the opening period. Russia struggled to match the rhythm as Serbia cleared off to an 11-point distance at the first break. Russia gradually adjusted and started to make their presence felt. They outgunned Serbia 20:17 in the second period to stay hopeful at halftime. But the second half became a nightmare for a Sergey Belov team. Low accuracy plagued Russia as they struggled to keep close with the home team. Serbia notched a 14-point advantage at three-quarter time. The home team remained aggressive defensively in the final quarter allowing their opponents to account for only 10 points.
Marko Simonovic (202-F-86, agency: Beo Basket) connected for 12 points for Serbia. Milan Macvan and Nemanja Bjelica added 8 points each in the victory. Aleksey Kotishevskiy (190-F-85) responded with 13 points for Russia. Eugeny Voronov had 12 points in the losing case.

Serbia: Nemanja Protic 19, Marko Simonovic 12, Milan Macvan 8, Nemanja Bjelica 8
Russia: Aleksey Kotishevskiy 13, Eugeny Voronov 12

Bronze medals game
USA - Israel 91:80

The USA celebrated the victory in the bronze medals game at the World University Games in Serbia. A Bo Ryan team held off pesky Israel to occupy the third position.
The first quarter was a close affair with neither team able to take a serious lead. The North American team enjoyed a slender 24:22 advantage at the first break. The US team paid more attention to defense in the second quarter to hold Israel to 14 points. The margin grew at 7 points with twenty minutes gone in the game. Israel increased the tempo in the third quarter. They accounted for 28 points in the frame and got within 6 at three-quarter time. But the USA stayed cold-blooded in the dying moments keeping Israel at safe distance till the final buzzer.
Lazar Hayward (198-F-86) scored 14 points and pulled down 9 boards for the USA. Da'Sean Butler added 13 points, while Talor Battle delivered 12 points in the victory. Elishay Kadir (203-F-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) replied with 28 points and 9 boards for Israel. Gal Mekel had 16 points in defeat.
The United States had a 43:37 advantage on the glass and suffered only 10 turnovers down the stretch. Both teams accounted for 46% of field goals.

USA: Lazar Hayward 14, Da'Sean Butler 13, Talor Battle 12
Israel: Elishay Kadir 28, Gal Mekel 16

5-6 spot
Lithuania - Turkey 107:87

Lithuania ensured the 5th-spot finish at the World University Games in Serbia. They defeated Turkey today to wrap up quite successful campaign in Belgrade.
Lithuania dominated on the glass in the starting period and built a 23:18 lead at the first intermission. Lithuania shot impressively from the field to deepen the damage. They arrived at halftime leading by 11 points. Turkey could not pick up the slack in the second half. Lithuania stretched the buffer to 16 points with one quarter remaining. Turkey tried to increase the tempo but Lithuania easily matched the effort and fired 32 points in the fourth quarter to seal the winning outcome. Martynas Pocius (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances) scored 16 points to lead Lithuania. Martynas Mazeika added 15 points, while Giedrius Kurtinaitis had 14 points in the win. Eren Beyaz (208-C-85) answered with 27 points for Turkey. Caner Oner had 19 points in the loss.
Lithuania sank impressive 62% from the field limiting Turkey to 48%. Lithuania outrebounded their opponents 35:28 and overcame 20 turnovers.

Lithuania: Martynas Pocius 16, Martynas Mazeika 15, Giedrius Kurtinaitis 14
Turkey: Eren Beyaz 27, Caner Oner 19

7-8 spot
Bulgaria - Germany 77:72

Bulgaria and Germany played their final game at the World University Games in Serbia today. Bulgaria celebrated a difficult win to occupy the 7th overall spot. Chavdar Kostov (196-G-88, agency: Interperformances) knocked down 22 points to lead a Konstantin Papazov team to the victory.
Bulgaria jumped off the blocks to stun Germany early. They limited their opponents to 12 points in the first frame to earn a 9-point lead. Bulgaria continued to dominate in the second frame and ensured an 18-point buffer at halftime. But Germany refused to give in and tried to change the complexion of the game in the second half. Lucca Steiger triggered a comeback effort that saw Germany cut the margin to 7 points at three-quarter time. A Denis Wucherer team worked hard to deny the deficit but Bulgaria used all of their experience to escape with a narrow victory at the end. Asen Velikov netted 15 points for Bulgaria. Lucca Staiger (196-G-88) and Jannik Freese responded with 12 points each for Germany. Lischka netted 11 points in the losing effort. Bulgaria sank 47% from the field limiting Germany to just 37%. Germany had a narrow advantage on the boards 37:35 with both teams committing 13 turnovers.

Bulgaria: Chavdar Kostov 22, Asen Velikov 15, Krum Doychinov 12+14 boards
Germany: Lucca Staiger 12, Jannik Freese 12

9-10 spot
Canada - Finland 88:63

Canada crowned their World University Games campaign with a resounding win. The North American team thumped Finland to earn the 9th overall spot. Ross Bekkering (203-F-85) fired 19 points and pulled down 9 rebounds to pace Canada.
Canada looked better in the starting frame surging in front. A Chris ORourke team outgunned Finland for an 8-point advantage after ten minutes of action. Finland fired back in the second period to keep within striking distance. Ville Makalainen (194-F-85, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) allowed Finnish team to trail by just 7 points into the main break. Canada and Finland traded baskets throughout the third quarter and Canada were able to take a 9-point lead at three-quarter time. But the intrigue never sparked in the fourth period. Canada overwhelmed their opponents in the final stanza scoring 33 points and cruising to the win.
Joshua Whyte produced 14 points for the winners. Josh Gibson-Bascombe added 10 points for Canada. Ville Makalainen responded with 20 points for Finland. Jari Vanttaja had 16 points in the loss.

Canada: Ross Bekkering 19, Joshua Whyte 14, Josh Gibson-Bascombe 10
Finland: Ville Makalainen 20, Jari Vanttaja 16

11-12 spot
Ukraine - Latvia 79:76

Ukraine finished their World University Games campaign on a high note. They eked out a tough win over Latvia to claim the 11th overall place. Maksym Pustozvonov knocked down 20 points to lead Ukraine.
Latvia opened the game confidently and grabbed the lead early. Ukraine looked sloppy defensively in the first frame allowing Latvia too many open looks. An Ainars Bagatskis team secured a 30:21 lead after ten minutes. The scoring tempo decreased in the second frame as the teams adjusted their defense. The teams traded baskets and Latvia managed to ensure a 44:35 advantage at halftime. Ukraine finally found their rhythm after the major break. BC Kyiv duo Maksym Pustozvonov and Vyacheslav Kravtsov helped a Valentyn Melnychuk team to trim the deficit by 4 points in the third quarter. Ukraine fired 25 points in the fourth quarter and sneaked past Latvia at the end.
Oleksandr Sizov dropped 15 points for Ukraine. Vyacheslav Kravtsov added 13 points and 7 boards for the winners. Arturs Strelnieks answered with 19 points and 12 boards for Latvia. Oskars Ernsteins and Arturs Berzins had 10 points each in the losing effort.

Ukraine: Maksym Pustozvonov 20, Oleksandr Sizov 15, Vyacheslav Kravtsov 13
Latvia: Arturs Strelnieks 19+12 boards, Oskars Ernsteins 10, Arturs Berzins 10

13-14 spot
Romania - Greece 88:82
Romania finished the World University Games in style. They held off Greece to clinch the 13th spot. Romania looked better in the first half to build a decisive lead. Greece could not overcome the buffer despite dominating the second part of the encounter. Titus Nicoara (200-F-88, agency: Interperformances) tallied 21 points and 10 rebounds for Romania.
A Dan Calancea team earned a 21:17 advantage at the first break. They pushed harder in the second period outscoring Greek opponents. The scoreboard showed 43:29 for Romania at halftime. But Greece came back to life in the second half. They limited Romanian offensive options and started to claw their back into the contest. Greece entered the fourth period down by just 7 points. The teams exploded with 61 points in the final stanza but Romania withheld all the comeback attempts from Greece to eke out a tough win at the end. Andrei Mandache finished with 20 points, 7 boards and 4 assists for Romania. Paul Chetreanu had 17 points in the win. Dimitrios Verginis (194-G-87, agency: FCM) knocked down 24 points for Greece. Georgios Sourlis netted 19 points in the losing case.

Romania: Titus Nicoara 21+10 boards, Andrei Mandache 20, Paul Chetreanu 17
Greece: Dimitrios Verginis 24, Georgios Sourlis 19

15-16 spot
Italy - Portugal 82:67
Italy defeated Portugal in the final game of the World University Games in Serbia. The victory allowed the Azzurri to clinch the 15th spot at the tournament. Portugal grabbed the 16th position after the loss. Roberto Prandin (188-G-86) knocked down 18 points, collected 6 boards and issued 5 assists for the winners. Italy got to the aggressive start as they outscored Portugal 20:12 in the starting stanza. Portugal recovered in the second frame and matched Italy. An Alexandre Pires team got within 7 at halftime. The teams traded baskets in the third quarter as Italy were able to secure a 7-point advantage with one quarter remaining. Portugal could not threaten the margin in the final stanza as Italy ran away to the victory at the end. Riccardo Casagrande notched 13 points for Italy. Simone Ferrarese added 12 points in the win. Marco Pinto (180-G-87) responded with 15 points for Portugal. Fernando Martins had 14 points in the loss.
Portugal outrebounded their opponents 38:34 but shot just 37% from the field in the loss. Italy sank 45% of field goals and forced Portugal to 22 turnovers.

Italy: Roberto Prandin 18, Riccardo Casagrande 13, Simone Ferrarese 12
Portugal: Marco Pinto 15, Fernando Martins 14

17-19 spot
Australia - Brazil 79:78
Australia claimed the 17th spot at the World University Games in Serbia. They held off Brazil in the final game at the tournament. The Aussies trailed by 13 points at halftime and 15 points at the final change. But a Brett Coxsedge team struck back in the final period. They overwhelmed Brazil 27:11 in the fourth stanza to celebrate the victory.
Ben Madgen (193-G-85, college: Augusta St.) dropped 28 points to lead Australia. Carlin Hughes and Ryan Bathie notched 10 points each for the winning team. Andre Goes (195-G/F-87) responded with 24 points, 7 assists and 5 boards for Brazil.

Australia: Ben Madgen 28, Carlin Hughes 10, Ryan Bathie 10
Brazil: Andre Goes 24, Rodrigo Cesar 14

20-22 spot
Mexico - Iran 74:62
Mexico beat Iran on the final day of the World University Game in Belgrade. The victory allowed Mexico to clinch the 20th spot at the tournament. Iran finished in the 21st position. Julio Cesar Martin del Campo (195-G/F-88) knocked down 22 points to lift Mexico to the win. Joaquin Villanueva added 14 points and 11 caroms in the win. Mexico built an 8-point advantage at halftime and maintained it well throughout the second half.
Mohammad Reza Akbari (197-F/G-86) responded with 18 points and 6 boards for Iran. Ali Baheran had 12 points in defeat.

Mexico: Julio Cesar Martin del Campo 22, Joaquin Villanueva 14+11 boards, Joel Reynoso 12
Iran: Mohammad Reza Akbari 18, Ali Baheran 12

23-25 spot
China - South Africa 106:70
China completed their World University Games campaign. They defeated South Africa in the final day of the tournament to clinch the 23rd overall spot. South Africa remained at the bottom of the ladder winless. ZHANG Chunjun (198-C-87) fired 33 points and ripped off 9 boards to lead the Asian team. China did not waste too much time to stamp their authority. They poured in 34 points in the opening frame to account for 15-point lead. The onslaught continued in the second stanza as China cleared off to a 24-point distance at halftime. South Africa had not a single chance in the third quarter as China scored eagerly. A Yonglin Guo side managed 35 points in the period to pile up an unassailable 42-point advantage with ten minutes remaining. South Africa showed character as they did not say die and fought till the final buzzer. They won the fourth term by 6 points but finished the tournament with no victories posted. Ma Yi had 25 points for China. Zhang ZhaoXu contributed 21 points and 22 rebounds for the winning team. Celemusa Khumalo (193-G-88) responded with 20 points for South Africa. Makgotla Modisaesi canned 14 points in defeat.

China: ZHANG Chunjun 33, Ma Yi 25, Zhang ZhaoXu 21+22 boards
South Africa: Celemusa Khumalo 20, Makgotla Modisaesi 14





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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Australia earn bronze medals in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News
Australia - Czech Republic 88:77
Australia climbed on the podium at the World University Games in Serbia. The Aussies overcame Czech Republic in the consolation final today. Elyse Penaluna (193-C-88) was back to her outstanding form to lead Australia. She tallied 28 points and 16 rebounds to lead Australia.
Australia and Czech Republic got to a flying start exchanging baskets in the opening frame. Australia secured a 26:21 lead after ten minutes but Czech Republic did not allow Australia to clear off. An Ivan Benes team held their opponents to 13 points in the second stanza to trim the distance to 3 points at halftime. Australia stepped on the gas again in the third quarter. They outscored the European team by 9 points to head into the final stanza ahead by 12. Czech Republic fired 28 points in the fourth period but it was not enough against Australia. A Peter Buckle outfit responded with 27 points of their own to claim a confident victory at the end.
Marianna Tolo (196-C-89) scored 19 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for Australia. Chantella Perera (175-G-86, college: Fresno St.) had 18 points, 6 assists, 5 steals and 5 boards for the winners. Katerina Elhotova (176-G-89) answered with 24 points for Czech Republic. Romana Hejdova (183-F-88) had 17 points in the loss.

Australia: Elyse Penaluna 28+16 boards, Marianna Tolo 19, Chantella Perera 18
Czech Republic: Katerina Elhotova 24, Romana Hejdova 17



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Great Britain beat Austria in Ohrid - by Eurobasket News
Great Britain U20 - Austria U20 64:46
Great Britain U20 earned the second win at the European Championship in Division B. They defeated Austria in preliminary Group A but could not make it into the quarterfinal. Great Britain finished in the fifth spot in Pool A just one step away from the playoffs. Austria completed the preliminary action winless at the bottom of the ladder.
Great Britain and Austria stayed close in the opening frame. A Sergio Lara-Bercial team jumped in front late in the quarter to enjoy an 18;14 advantage at the first break. Great Britain started to get away in the second frame. They held Austria to 7 points in the period to earn a 15-point lead at halftime. Things changed little in the third quarter as Great Britain continued to dominate. They piled up a 19-point lead with ten minutes remaining. Austria could not recover despite narrowly beating Great Britain in the fourth term.
Tamzin Barroilhet (180-G-90) tallied 13 points and 7 boards for Great Britain. Harriett Yea (180-G/F-89) and Kelsey Bardsley (171-G-90) notched 11 points each for the winners. Sarah Schicher (188-F-90) responded with 15 points for Austria. Milena Lazarevic (178-F-91) and Georgia De Leeuw (175-G-90) finished with 7 points each in the loss.

Great Britain: Tamzin Barroilhet 13, Harriett Yea 11, Kelsey Bardsley 11
Austria: Sarah Schicher 15, Milena Lazarevic 7, Georgia De Leeuw 7



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Russia U20 beat Belarus in the last game of Group D - by Eurobasket News
Belarus U20-Russia U20 63:96 (24-21, 17-21, 13-33, 9-21)

Russia U20 beat Belarus in the last game of Group D to advance to the Qualifying Round. Russia registered 96:63 victory to take 2-1 record.
Even though the difference is big enough, Belarus played well in the first quarter. The team led in the majority of the frame to take 24:21 at the end of it. Russia took the lead at the beginning of the second period and never looked back after. With 33-13 the favorites erupted in the third period for 75:54 lead. Savelyeva made it 78:54, while Ul'yanova scored for 81:54. Shalygina's jump shot gave her team 87:59 and Chistyakova gave the Russian team plus 30. Aliaksandra Zubrytskaya (172-G-90) ended up with a lay-up for the final score.
Nadezhda Grishaeva (193-C-89) led the way with 22 points, Evgeniya Selyanina (183-F-89) posted 17, while Natalia Vieru (198-C-89) had 12. Tatsiana Dashkevich (175-G-89) and Tatsiana Khatsko (187-F-89) scored 12 points each in defeat. Aliaksandra Zubrytskaya netted 11 as Belarus finished the group with 0-3 record.
In another game of the group France U20 celebrated the third win in Group D to remain perfect at the U20 European Championship in Poland. The team outscored Sweden 70:60 as both teams advanced to the Qualifying Round.

Belarus U20: Tatsiana Dashkevich 12, Tatsiana Khatsko 12, Aliaksandra Zubrytskaya 11
Russia U20: Nadezhda Grishaeva 22, Evgeniya Selyanina 17, Natalia Vieru 12


Slovakia U18 sent Belarus to Division B - by Eurobasket News
Slovakia U18- Belarus U18 64:59

Slovakia sent Belarus to Division B as they beat them 64:59 for the last game for both teams. Martina Kissova (184-F-93) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and 10 rebounds, whilst Alexandra Baburova (183-G-91) netted 17. Karalina Padshyvalava (162-G-89) erupted with 25 points in the losing case.
Bulgaria could not win any game at the Classification Round and finished the group with 0-3 record after the loss from Turkey 45:87 in another game. The latter won all the games at the Classification Round to finish it with 3-0 record. Ozge Yavas paced all the winners with 23 points and Ural Esra collected 16 points and 12 rebounds. Dencheva Mirena produced 14 points in the losing effort.


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Belgium hold off Greece to stay perfect in Ohrid - by Eurobasket News
Belgium U20 - Greece U20 74:60

Belgian U20 National Team celebrated the fifth straight win at the European Championship in Division B. They knocked down Greece to win the preliminary Group A. Both teams paved their way into the quarterfinals.
Belgium went on a 9:0 run late in the opening frame to grab a 24;13 after ten minutes. Belgium unleashed an 11:0 rally early in the second stanza to open up a 20-point advantage. Belgian team drove to a 46:28 lead at the interval. Maria Bousnaki (172-G-89) netted 7 points in the third quarter but could not prevail Greece from falling deeper. Belgium entered the fourth quarter with a comfortable 26-point cushion. Greece fought bravely tipping off the fourth quarter with ten points in a row. They held Belgium to just 5 points in the final stanza but could not save the game.
Kim Mestdagh (178-F-90) had 22 points and 8 rebounds for Belgium. Sarah Deneil (168-G-90) added 16 points for the winners. Maria Bousnaki netted 21 points and 8 rebounds for Greece. Niki-Maria Tsakiridou (178-F-90) had 13 points and 7 caroms in the losing effort.

Belgium: Kim Mestdagh 22, Sarah Deneil 16, Anne-Sophie Strubbe (184-F-90) 7
Greece: Maria Bousnaki 21, Niki-Maria Tsakiridou 13



Russia U18 won after five losses - by Eurobasket News
Belgium U18 - Russia U18 64:67 (15-12, 11-14, 17-13, 21-28)

Russia won the game over Belgium 67:64 to keep the chances alive for the 9th spot. In a back-to-back clash Russia exploded with 28-21 to taste the victory for 9-12 Classification.
Medvedeva gave Russia 4:0 as the latter is not satisfied with the places they get this year. Efimova gave her team 11:5, but Rombouts closed the opening quarter for Belgium that took 15:12 lead. Moreover Raman continues her team lead for 20:12 advantage. Russia managed to tie the game and it happened at the end of the first half when Medvedeva scored for 26:23 and then Inge Meylemans (168-G-92) sent the teams to the lockers for 26:26. Belgium took the lead back and increased even to 10-points, 38:28. Finogentova reduced for Russia at 43:39 and Stepanova tied the game again at 43:43. Russia went on a lead and remained until the end of the game even though Belgium was one shot from them. Inge Meylemans scored a free throw for 64:67 with 12 seconds, but those points were the last in the game.
Viktoria Medvedeva (185-C-91) notched 17 points, whilst Yulia Stepanova (188-C-92) and Evgeniya Finogentova (174-G-91) posted 16 each. Noemie Mayombo (171-G-91, agency: LBM Management) delivered 22 points in defeat.
Italy overcame Poland 67:57 to meet Russia for the 9th spot at the European Championships U18. The team needed 23-12 in the last period to seal the victory over the opponents.

Belgium U18: Noemie Mayombo 22, Inge Meylemans 10, Raman 10
Russia U18: Viktoria Medvedeva 17 points, Yulia Stepanova 16, Evgeniya Finogentova 16


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  BOSNIA - Women  


Bosnia U18 won over Finland U18 - by Eurobasket News
Bosnia U18-Finland U18 73:54 (14-14, 22-7, 20-13, 17-20)

Bosnia U18 overcame Finland U18 in the second Semi-Final Round for 5th to 8th Places. The team produced 73:54 to play for the higher place on Sunday.
Anesa Hamsic (187-C-91) gave her team the fist lead and then Tamara Kapor (178-G-91) posted for 9:8 in the opening tip of the game. Finland tasted the win later, while Matea Tavic (177-G-92) tied the game at 14:14. Bosnia started the second frame with 15-1 run to take the whole court advantage. Anesa Hamsic made 30:15 in the middle of the quarter, while Kokko reduced to 30:21. Matea Tavic sent the teams to the lockers for 36:21. Bosnia won also the third period 20-13 and had 56:34 advantage entering the last quarter. There was no way Finland could reduce as Bosnia led the game to another win.
Tamara Kapor top-scored for the winners with 20 points and 7 rebounds, while Matea Tavic and Amna Fazlic (186-F-92) had 16 each. Anesa Hamsic collected 12 points and 12 boards in the winniong effort. Anni Makitalo (174-F-91) posted 10 points in defeat and Laura Saarinen (184-C-92) scored 8.
In another game Portugal U18 won over Greece U18 in the first Semi-Final Round for 5th to 8th Places. The team started well to lead to 69:52 victory at the U18 European Championships in Division B. Portugal will face Bosnia for the 5th place, while Greece will take on Finland for the 7th.

Bosnia U18: Tamara Kapor 20+7 rebs, Matea Tavic 16, Amna Fazlic 16+12 rebs, Anesa Hamsic 12+12 rebs
Finland U18: Anni Makitalo 10, Laura Saarinen 8


Slovenia cruised past Bosnia 81:60 to take the Semifinal ticket - by Eurobasket News
Slovenia U18- Bosnia U18 81:60

Slovenia cruised past Bosnia 81:60 to take the Semifinal ticket to European Championships U18 in Division B. Polona Zalar (176-F-91) top-scored for the winners with 21 points, Nika Baric (168-G-92) posted 13 and Duric Bojana added 12. Tamara Kapor (178-G-91) produced 18 points for Bosnia.
Slovenia will play against Israel in the semifinal that stormed into the last four at the U18 European Championship for Women Division B. The hosts of the tournament overcame Finland 75:66 in the Quarterfinal clash last night. Ben Barak Shira led the way with 19 points and Shecht Shira nailed 17. Ayelet Cohen posted 16 points for Israel, while Gutin Hadar scored 12. Vare Saara finished the game with 14 points in the losing effort.



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Italy U20 won the second game at the U20 European Championship Women in Gdynia - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria U20-Italy U20 56:79 (12-23, 17-22, 16-19, 11-15)

Italy U20 won the second game at the U20 European Championship Women in Gdynia. The team finished Group B with 2-1 record after the win over Bulgaria U20 79:56. Both teams advanced to the Qualifying Round of the tournament.
Italy and Bulgaria stayed even in the first five minutes of the opening quarter and then Italy started to play better. Corsi made a tip in for 23:12 after the first 10 minutes. The tempo continued to be high in the second quarter with Italian side dominating the court. Picotti made a jump shot for 45:29 as the teams went to the lockers. Gatti scored for 47:26 at the beginning of the third, while Cinili posted for 53:35. Emilia Yancheva (188-C-89) made two free throws for Bulgaria to reduce to 45:64 after three quarters. Italy looked better also in the last frame and led the game to the second win.
Martina Crippa (175-G/F-88) paced all the winners with 29 points for 2-1 record. Erika Striulli (171-G-90) nailed 16, while Gatti posted 9. Daniela Peteva (179-F-89) chipped in 11 points in defeat and Emilia Yancheva scored 10.
In another game Serbia won Group B of the U20 European Championship Women in Gdynia. The team remained perfect after 89:83 over Montenegro U20 in the last game of the Preliminary Round.

Bulgaria U20: Daniela Peteva 11, Emilia Yancheva 10
Italy U20: Martina Crippa 29, Erika Striulli 16, Gatti 9



Turkey overcame Bulgaria in their last game in Sweden - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria U18- Turkey U18 45:87

Bulgaria could not win any game at the Classification Round and finished the group with 0-3 record after the loss from Turkey 45:87. The latter won all the games at the Classification Round to finish it with 3-0 record. Ozge Yavas (169-G-91) paced all the winners with 23 points and Esra Ural (197-C-91) collected 16 points and 12 rebounds. Mirena Dencheva (184-F-91) produced 14 points in the losing effort.
In another game of the Classification Round Slovakia sent Belarus to Division B as they beat them 64:59 for the last game for both teams. Martina Kissova top-scored for the winners with 18 points and 10 rebounds, whilst Baburova Alexandra netted 17. Padshyvalava Karalina erupted with 25 points in the losing case.



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Romania overcame Croatia in the Classification Round for 9-12 places - by Eurobasket News
Romania U18 - Croatia U18 63:52

Romania overcame Croatia 63:52 in the Classification Round for 9-12 places. Cristina Bigica (180-F-92) top-scored for the winners with 29 points and Ursu Sonia netted 16. Horvat Barbara ended up with 20 points in the losing effort. Romania will now face Denmark in the game for the 9th spot. Denmark meanwhile outscored the United Kingdom 62:51 in the Semi-Final Round for 9th to 12th Place. Ida Krogh paced all the inners with 16 points and 8 rebounds, while Ostergaard Nikoline netted 14. Chiemeka Katrin produced 14 points in defeat.


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France U18 reached the Final - by Eurobasket News
France U18-Czech Republic U18 74:52 (18-11, 22-12, 19-18, 15-11)

France U18 reached the Final at the U18 European Championship in Division A. The undefeated team overcame Czech Republic U18 74:52 to play for the title tomorrow.
Les Bleuets trailed 11-7 five minutes into the contest but then scored the next 14 points of the game to go in front 18:11. Moisan Niamke made the score 24:13 and Isabelle Strunc (177-G-91) scored for 28:15. After 22-12 French outfit took 40:23 at the halftime as Eleonore Grossemy (184-F-92) made a lay-up. France tried to keep plus 20 and even made the lead bigger. Isabelle Strunc posted two for 55:29 and Moisan Niamkenailed for 59:41 at the end of the third. Filarova reduced a bit for 67:50 and Renata Pudlakova (176-G-92) scored for 70:52. Eleonore Grossemy made the final score 74:52 as France deserved a Final.
Isabelle Strunc, Allison Vernerey (194-C-91) and Eleonore Grossemy led the way with 14 points each. Andrea Sladkova (186-C-91) ended up with 12 points in the losing effort, while Lenka Bartakova (175-G-91) and Renata Pudlakova had 10 apiece.
Spain rightfully deserved a place in the Final of the U18 European Championship in Division A. The favorites outscored Sweden 72:53 in Sodertalje. The Final game between Spain and France will be on Sunday, July 12th.

France U18: Isabelle Strunc 14, Allison Vernerey 14+11 rebs, Eleonore Grossemy 14
Czech Republic U18: Andrea Sladkova 12, Lenka Bartakova 10, Renata Pudlakova 10


Australia earn bronze medals in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News
Australia - Czech Republic 88:77
Australia climbed on the podium at the World University Games in Serbia. The Aussies overcame Czech Republic in the consolation final today. Elyse Penaluna (193-C-88) was back to her outstanding form to lead Australia. She tallied 28 points and 16 rebounds to lead Australia.
Australia and Czech Republic got to a flying start exchanging baskets in the opening frame. Australia secured a 26:21 lead after ten minutes but Czech Republic did not allow Australia to clear off. An Ivan Benes team held their opponents to 13 points in the second stanza to trim the distance to 3 points at halftime. Australia stepped on the gas again in the third quarter. They outscored the European team by 9 points to head into the final stanza ahead by 12. Czech Republic fired 28 points in the fourth period but it was not enough against Australia. A Peter Buckle outfit responded with 27 points of their own to claim a confident victory at the end.
Marianna Tolo (196-C-89) scored 19 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for Australia. Chantella Perera (175-G-86, college: Fresno St.) had 18 points, 6 assists, 5 steals and 5 boards for the winners. Katerina Elhotova (176-G-89) answered with 24 points for Czech Republic. Romana Hejdova (183-F-88) had 17 points in the loss.

Australia: Elyse Penaluna 28+16 boards, Marianna Tolo 19, Chantella Perera 18
Czech Republic: Katerina Elhotova 24, Romana Hejdova 17



Lithuania U20 advances to the Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U20-Czech Republic U20 69:57 (21-12, 12-16, 19-14, 17-15)

Lithuania U20 advances to the Qualifying Round as the team outscored Czech Republic U20 69:57. The Baltic team improved to 1-2 record at the U20 European Championship Women in Gdynia.
Both teams needed a win to stay alive at the U20 European Championship. The Baltic side opened the game with 21:12 as Nacickaite made such a score. Czech Republic U20 tried to stay even and produced 16-12 in the second frame. Kuslitova reduced to 33:28 at the halftime. Lithuania U20 did not allow the opponents to come closer and started to increase the lead in the second half. Milkelenaite made it 61:47 and Milkelenaite scored for 64:49. Klara Pochobradska (188-C-89) cut it to 68:55 and Ovskova made it 69:57. As it became clear those points were the last in the game.
Gintare Petronyte (195-C-89) shined with 22 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Dovile Miliauskaite (188-F-89) collected 11 points and 10 boards, while Gabriele Narviciute (187-F-90) posted 10. Marketa Zatloukalova (190-C-89) ended up with 10 points in the losing case and Klara Pochobradska netted 9.
Latvia won Group C of the U20 European Championship Women in Gdynia and remained undefeated. The Baltic side overcame Poland 86:69 to take 3-0 record in the tournament.

Lithuania U20: Gintare Petronyte 22+ 9 rebs, Dovile Miliauskaite 11+10 rebs, Gabriele Narviciute 10
Czech Republic U20: Marketa Zatloukalova 10, Klara Pochobradska 9


Czech Republic upset Serbia to take their place at the Semifinals - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U18- Czech Republic U18 68:80 (17-23, 16-15, 20-20, 15-22)

Czech Republic upset Serbia 80:68 to take their place at the Semifinals of European Championships U18. The Serbians crashed to defeat despite out-rebounding their opponents 37-19.
Elhotova opened the game for the winners, while Jelena Prvulovic (177-G-91) scored for Serbian 9:5 lead. Muchova closed the opening quarter at 23:17 and then she made plus 10, 27:17 later in the second. Serbia managed to win the period by one point to reduce to 33:38 at the halftime. Moreover Jovanovic tied the game at 51:51 in the end of the third period. Bartakova's lay-up brought the Czhechs 58:53 after thirty minutes. In the last frame Czech Republic U18 went on a bigger lead to keep the score for good. Hanusova made the final score, 80:68 after a lay-up with 35 seconds to go.
Alena Hanusova (187-C-91) paced all the winners with 19 points and Lenka Bartakova (175-G-91) nailed 17. Sara Krnjic (193-C-91) ended up with 20 points and 11 rebounds in the losing effort. Jelena Prvulovic netted 14, while Maja Vucurovic (188-F-91) and Jovanovic had 13 points apiece.
In the Semifinal Czech Republic will face France that stun Latvia in the most exciting Quarterfinal game and advanced to the Semifinals of European Championships U18. France blew a big lead but managed to edge Latvia 55:54 in Sweden.

Serbia U18: Sara Krnjic 20 points and 11 rebounds, Jelena Prvulovic 14, Maja Vucurovic 13, Jovanovic 13+13 rebs
Czech Republic U18: Alena Hanusova 19 points, Lenka Bartakova 17, Martina Cepelkova (182-C-92) 16


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Denmark outscored the United Kingdom in the Semi-Final Round for 9th to 12th Place - by Eurobasket News
Denmark U18 - United Kingdom U18 62:51

Denmark outscored the United Kingdom 62:51 in the Semi-Final Round for 9th to 12th Place. Ida Krogh (181-G/F-91) paced all the winners with 16 points and 8 rebounds, while Ostergaard Nikoline netted 14. Chiemeka Katrin produced 14 points in defeat. Denmark will now face Romania in the game for the 9th spot. Romania overcame Croatia 63:52 in the Classification Round for 9-12 places. Cristina Bigica top-scored for the winners with 29 points and Ursu Sonia netted 16. Horvat Barbara ended up with 20 points in the losing effort.


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Day: 1 (Semi-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
5-8 places
Ukraine - Lithuania 82-84
The defending champions Lithuania survived in the game against Ukraine to win 84:82. Lithuania led for the whole game but allowed the Ukrainian side to reduce to two points at the end of it. The first period did not bring the leader as two squads nailed 20 points each. In the second frame the Baltic squad took the lead and started to increase it from time to time. Sniokaite gave her team 41:30 and Rykulska cut it to 41:33 at the halftime. Lithuania held 10-point difference and grabbed 69:53 after thirty minutes of the game when Visgaudaite and Malashenko exchanged the baskets. Ukraine woke up in the last stanza and made a fabulous comeback to surprise the winners. The Baltic side however did not allow Ukraine to tie the game and won 84:82. Sniokaite top-scored for the winners with 19 points, while Okockyte and Siksniute netted 18 each. Olha Maznichenko (186-F-91) finished the game with 29 points in defeat, Zavidna notched 17 and Malashenko collected 15 points and 10 boards.


Latvia - Serbia 74-80
Serbia U18 won the Semi-Final Round for 5th to 8th Place as they overcame Latvia. Jovanovic wins the battle over Sabine Niedola (184-F-91) as she led her team to 80:74 victory. Both teams deserved to play also in the final four however had to struggle for the lower places. Serbia went on an early lead, but was caught by the Baltic team as the latter won the opening frame 25:19. Markovic reduced to 27:25 in the beginning of the second and Vucurovic cut it to 37:35. The teams went to the lockers with 39:38 Latvian advantage. After 19-18 the Baltic state increased to 58:56 after thirty minutes of the game. Jovanovic brought the lead back to Serbia at 61:60 and it was her again at 73:66. Colic scored for 78:72 and the top-scorer of the game closed the clash at 80:74. Jovanovic was unstoppable with 33 points and 14 rebounds. Colic poured in 18, whilst Markovic and Vucurovic posted 8 each. Sabine Niedola erupted with 30 points and 12 rebounds, whilst Rubene added 12 for the Baltic team.

Semifinals
Spain - Sweden 72-53
Spain rightfully deserved a place in the Final of the U18 European Chammpionship in Division A. The favorites outscored Sweden 72:53 in Sodertalje. Spain was the favorite even before the game, however Sweden played at home. The first period became the most defensive as the teams realized the importance of the mistake. Spain grabbed 12:9 after the first period and started to increase their lead later in the game. The teams went to the lockers with 35:28 as both of them tasted the lead in the game. Abdi reduced the score to 39:35 and Drammeh kept the same difference for 41:37. Doukole Ble (189-C-91) made the score 51:39 at the end of thirty minutes. In the last quarter the favorites controlled the entire court and led the game to the necessary win. Gastaminza , Casas and Doukole Ble led the winners with 12 points each. Forsman-Goga finished the game with 17 points and Abdi netted 14. The Final game between Spain and France will be on Sunday, July 12th.

France - Czech Republic 74-52
France U18 reached the Final at the U18 European Championship in Division A. The undefeated team overcame Czech Republic U18 74:52 to play for the title tomorrow. Les Doukole Bleuets trailed 11-7 five minutes into the contest but then scored the next 14 points of the game to go in front 18:11. Moisan Niamke made the score 24:13 and Strunc scored for 28:15. After 22-12 French outfit took 40:23 at the halftime as Grossemy made a lay-up. France tried to keep plus 20 and even made the lead bigger. Strunc posted two for 55:29 and Moisan Niamkenailed for 59:41 at the end of the third. Filarova reduced a bit for 67:50 and Pudlakova scored for 70:52. Grossemy made the final score 74:52 as France deserved a Final. Strunc, Allison Vernerey (194-C-91) and Grossemy led the way with 14 points each. Sladkova ended up with 12 points in the losing effort, while Bartakova and Pudlakova had 10 apiece. The Final game between Spain and France will be on Sunday, July 12th.



Standings - Division B - by Eurobasket News
Standings Div.B
Group E
1. Hungary5-0
2. Slovenia3-2
3. Portugal3-2
4. Finland2-3
5. Romania1-4
6. U.Kingdom1-4
Group F
1. Israel5-0
2. Germany3-2
3. Bosnia3-2
4. Greece2-3
5. Denmark1-4
6. Croatia1-4
Group G
1. Holland2-0
2. Switzerl.1-1
3. Norway0-2


W-Standings - Group A
Standings
Group E
1. Spain5-0
2. Serbia3-2
3. Sweden2-3
4. Latvia2-3
5. Belgium2-3
6. Poland0-5
Group F
1. France5-0
2. Lithuania3-2
3. Czech Repub.3-2
4. Ukraine2-3
5. Italy2-3
6. Russia0-5
Group G
1. Turkey3-0
2. Slovakia2-1
3. Belarus1-2
4. Bulgaria0-3


Div. B Day: 8 (Semi-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
5-8 places
Portugal - Greece 69-52
Portugal U18 won over Greece U18 in the first Semi-Final Round for 5th to 8th Places. The team started well to lead to 69:52 victory at the U18 European Championships in Division B. Portugal grabbed the led from the very beginning and dominated the court in the opening quarter. Portugal limited the opponents to only 6 points, while they nailed 19 in the first 10 minutes. Greece managed to post 17 in the second frame, but Portugal added 21 for 40:23 halftime advantage. The winners did not slow in the third period and increased the lead to 5 more points to have 59:37 after thirty minutes of the game. Greece managed to win the last period, 15-10, however it was not enough for the total success. Portugal won the game and will play for the higher place on Sunday. Andrade paced all the winners with 20 points, Maria Correia (172-G/F-91) netted 16 and Pacheco notched 10. Kavasila finished the game with 16 points for Greece and Nikolopoulou added 13.

Bosnia - Finland 73-54
Bosnia U18 overcame Finland U18 in the second Semi-Final Round for 5th to 8th Places. The team produced 73:54 to play for the higher place on Sunday. Hamsic gave her team the fist lead and then Tamara Kapor (178-G-91) posted for 9:8 in the opening tip of the game. Finland tasted the win later, while Tavic tied the game at 14:14. Bosnia started the second frame with 15-1 run to take the whole court advantage. Hamsic made 30:15 in the middle of the quarter, while Kokko reduced to 30:21. Tavic sent the teams to the lockers for 36:21. Bosnia won also the third period 20-13 and had 56:34 advantage entering the last quarter. There was no way Finland could reduce as Bosnia led the game to another win. Tamara Kapor top-scored for the winners with 20 points and 7 rebounds, while Tavic and Fazlic had 16 each. Hamsic collected 12 points and 12 boards in the winniong effort. Makitalo posted 10 points in defeat and Saarinen scored 8.

Semifinals
Israel - Slovenia 61-67
Slovenia U18 surprised the hosts of the U18 European Championships in Division B to take their place in the Final. Slovenia overcame Israel 67:61 in the second semifinal game. Slovenia did not mind taking the lead from the hosts at the end of the opening quarter for 16:15 lead. Ben Barakgave the hosts 17:16, while Gortnar took the lead back with her team. After 23-14 in the second frame Slovenia enjoyed 39:29 advantage. Moreover they kept the difference with 5 minutes to play in the third quarter and even grabbed 57:43. Ben Barak reduced to 51:58 at the end of the third period. Cohen cut it to 57:60 and it was her to remain the hosts alive at 61:65. For the hosts those points were the last, while Slovenia posted two more for the win. Gortnar went tot he free throw line to seal the victory with Slovenia after two more points. Nika Baric (168-G-92) top-scored for the winners with 22 points for the Final ticket. Gortnar erupted with 18 points and 22 rebounds, while Zalar added 14. The Final game between Slovenia and Hungary will be played on Sunday.

Hungary - Germany 72-70
Hungary U18 became the first finalist at the U18 European Championships in Division B. The undefeated team needed an overtime to beat Germany 72:70. That was a real Semifinal battle that Eilat fully enjoyed. Both teams struggled hard for the Final ticket, while Hungary deserved it more. The team took 19:15 after the opening quarter as Dorottya Tamis (171-G-91) made a put-back. Germany tasted the lead at 20:19, but then again Hungary again grabbed the lead back. Gaudermann could only reduce to 35:31 at the halftime. Dorottya Tamis pulled her team to 43:33 in the middle of the third and Kesoi kept the difference at 45:35. Schnorr closed the third period for 50:45, while Brunckhorst gave Germany 63:61 lead with a minute in the fourth quarter. It was Dorottya Tamis again to tie the game and sent the teams to overtime. The score was tied at 65:65 and 70:70 in extra time. Nemeth stepped up on the free throw line to make two free throws for Hungary with a minute to play but as it became clear her points were the last in the clash. Hungary saved the lead and advanced to the Final. Reka Balint (181-F-91) top-scored for the winners with 19 points and 10 boards. Dorottya Tamis nailed 15, while Raksanyi netetd 12. Schaake delivered 21 in defeat and Greinacher collected 19 points and 11 rebounds.



Div. B Day: 7 (Quarter-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
9-12 spot
Romania - Croatia 63-52
Romania overcame Croatia 63:52 in the Classification Round for 9-12 places. Cristina Bigica (180-F-92) top-scored for the winners with 29 points and Ursu Sonia netted 16. Horvat Barbara ended up with 20 points in the losing effort. Romania will now face Denmark in the game for thr 9th spot.

Denmark - United Kingdom 62-51
Denmark outscored the United Kingdom 62:51 in the Semi-Final Round for 9th to 12th Place. Ida Krogh (181-G/F-91) paced all the inners with 16 points and 8 rebounds, while Ostergaard Nikoline netted 14. Chiemeka Katrin produced 14 points in defeat.

Group G
Norway - Switzerland 41-47
Norway and Switzerland battled for the only victory in the Classification Round of the European Championships U18 in Division B. The latter grabbed 47:41 win behind 17 points from Fanny Delacretaz (176-G/F-91). Mazzocchi Lisa netted 11 and Toumi Anissa posted 5 for the winners. Austgulen Maren Hoff ended up with 14 points in the losing effort.

Quarterfinals
Israel - Finland 75-66
Israel stormed into the last four at the U18 European Championship for Women Division B. The hosts of the tournament overcame Finland 75:66 in the Quartefinal clash last night. Ben Barak Shira led the way with 19 points and Shecht Shira nailed 17. Ayelet Cohen (172-G-85, agency: Data Plus Group) posted 16 points for Israel, while Gutin Hadar scored 12. Vare Saara finished the game with 14 points in the losing effort.

Slovenia - Bosnia 81-60
Slovenia cruised past Bosnia 81:60 to take the Semifinal ticket to European Championships U18 in Division B. Polona Zalar (176-F-91) top-scored for the winners with 21 points, Baric Nika posted 13 and Duric Bojana added 12. Kapor Tamara produced 18 points for Bosnia.

Germany - Portugal 79-68
Germany registered 79:68 victory over Portugal to advance to the Semifinals in Eliat. Sonja Greinacher (192-F/C-92) and Schaake Finja paced all the winners with 18 points each, while Gaudermann Julia scored 15. Correia delivered 15 in defeat and Andrade Mery collected 14 points and 13 rebounds.

Hungary - Greece 66-42
Hungary extended their unbeaten run at the U18 European Championship in Division B. They held off Greece in the quarterfinals opener today. Krisztina Raksanyi (180-G-91) finished with 14 points to lead Hungary. Anna Mansare added 11 points in the win. Christina Tsoukala responded with 16 points and 10 rebounds for Greece. Angeliki Nikolopoulou delivered 8 points, 5 boards and 3 steals in the loss.



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Day: 3 (Preliminary Round) - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Germany - Spain 44-80
Spain U20 became too good for three other teams in Group A of U20 European Championship in Poland. The favorites outscored Germany in the last game of the Preliminary Round 80:44 to take 3-0 record. Georgina Bahi (190-C-89) top-scored for the winners with 19 points, Menendez had 15 and Herrera added 11. Greunke ended up with 11 points in the losing case, while Barnert posted 10.

Turkey - Ukraine 70-59
Turkey advanced to the Qualifying Round after the win over Ukraine at the U20 European Championship in Poland. In the game between two winless teams Turkey grabbed 70:59 victory for 1-2 record. Gulsah Gumusay (180-F-89) paced all the winners with 25 points, while Canitez had 19 points and 10 boards. Yapar netted 11 in the winning effort, while Prystupa top-scored for Ukraine with 15 points. Bovykina delivered 12 and Lysyuk scored 11 points.

Group B
Bulgaria - Italy 56-79
Italy U20 won the second game at the U20 European Championship Women in Gdynia. The team finished Group B with 2-1 record after the win over Bulgaria U20 79:56. Both teams advanced to the Qualifying Round of the tournament. Martina Crippa (175-G/F-88) paced all the winners with 29 points for 2-1 record. Striulli nailed 16, while Gatti posted 9. Peteva chipped in 11 points in defeat and Yancheva scored 10.

Montenegro - Serbia 83-89
Serbia won Group B of the U20 European Championship Women in Gdynia. The team remanined perfect after 89:83 over Montenegro U20 in the last game of the Preliminary Round. Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89) was unstoppable with 33 points and 11 rebounds for the perfect record. Dabovic nailed 20, while Bogicevic netted 15. Aleksic erupted with 38 points and 7 caroms in the losing effort. Jovanovic chipped in 19 and Turcinovic had 10.

Group C
Latvia - Poland 86-69
Latvia won Group C of the U20 European Championship in Gdynia and remained undefeated. The Baltic side overcame Poland 86:69 to take 3-0 record in the tournament. Elina Babkina (172-G-89) exploded with 32 points for the winners. Steinberga collected 16 points and 10 rebounds, whilst Ozolina and Surkusa had 10 each. Skobel chipped in 18 points in defeat, Kaczmarczyk posted 18 and Gala notched 14.

Lithuania - Czech Republic 69-57
Lithuania U20 advances to the Qualifying Round as the team outscored Czech Republic U20 69:57. The Baltic team improved to 1-2 record at the U20 European Championship Women in Gdynia. Gintare Petronyte (195-C-89) shined with 22 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Miliauskaite collected 11 points and 10 boards, while Narviciute posted 10. Zatloukalova ended up with 10 points in the losing case and Pochobradska netted 9.

Group D
Sweden - France 60-70
France U20 celebrated the third win in Group D to remain perfect at the U20 European Championship in Poland. The team outscored Sweden 70:60 as both teams advanced to the Qualifying Round. Melanie Plust (173-G-89) produced 11 points to lead all the winners. Amant, Fischbach and Cata-Chitiga had 9 points apiece for the win. Yderstrom finished the game with 21 points, while Nilsson notched 9.

Belarus - Russia 63-96
Russia U20 beat Belarus in the last game of Group D to advance to the Qualifying Round. Russia registered 96:63 victory to take 2-1 record. Nadezhda Grishaeva (193-C-89) led the way with 22 points, Selyanina posted 17, while Vieru had 12. Dashkevich and Khatsko scored 12 points each in defeat. Zubrytskaya netted 11 as Belarus finished the group with 0-3 record.



W-Standings - Group A
Standings
Group A
1. Spain3-0
2. Turkey2-1
3. Germany1-2
4. Ukraine0-3
Group B
1. Serbia3-0
2. Italy2-1
3. Bulgaria1-2
4. Monteneg.0-3
Group C
1. Latvia3-0
2. Poland2-1
3. Lithuania1-2
4. Czech Repu.0-3
Group D
1. France3-0
2. Russia2-1
3. Sweden1-2
4. Belarus0-3


Standings Div.B (Women) - by Eurobasket News
Standings Div.B
Group A
1. Belgium5-0
2. Hungary4-1
3. Portugal2-3
4. U.Kingdom2-3
5. Greece2-3
6. Austria0-5
Group B
1. Slovakia4-0
2. Romania3-1
3. Holland2-2
4. Israel1-3
5. FYR Macedo.0-4


Div. B Day: 5 (Preliminary Round) - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Belgium - Greece 74-60
Belgian U20 National Team celebrated the fifth straight win at the European Championship in Division B. They knocked down Greece to win the preliminary Group A. Both teams paved their way into the quarterfinals. Kim Mestdagh (178-F-90) had 22 points and 8 rebounds for Belgium. Sarah Deneil added 16 points for the winners. Maria Bousnaki netted 21 points and 8 rebounds for Greece. Niki-Maria Tsakiridou had 13 points and 7 caroms in the losing effort.

United Kingdom - Austria 64-46
Great Britain U20 earned the second win at the European Championship in Division B. They defeated Austria in preliminary Group A but could not make it into the quarterfinal. Great Britain finished in the fifth spot in Pool A just one step away from the playoffs. Austria completed the preliminary action winless at the bottom of the ladder. Tamzin Barroilhet (180-G-90) tallied 13 points and 7 boards for Great Britain. Harriett Yea and Kelsey Bardsley notched 11 points each for the winners. Sarah Schicher responded with 15 points for Austria. Milena Lazarevic and Georgia De Leeuw finished with 7 points each in the loss.

Portugal - Hungary 46-69
Hungary clinched the fourth win at the U20 European Championship in Division B. They defeated Portugal to clinch the second spot in Group A. Portugal finished the preliminary round in the fourth position in the pool. Hungary will face Netherlands, while Portugal will take on Slovak Republic in the quarterfinals on Monday. Tijana Krivacevic (194-F-90) and Bettina Bozoki (190-F/C-89) drained 16 points apiece for Hungary. Lilla Horvath contributed 15 points and 7 rebounds in the win. Joana Bernardeco answered with 12 points and 7 assists for Portugal. Sofia Da Silva had 8 points in defeat.

Group B
Romania - Israel 80-69
Romania overcame Israel in Ohrid today to claim the third victory at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Romania earned the second spot in Group B to set up the quarterfinal clash with Greece. Israel will face Belgium in the playoffs on Monday. Elisabeth Pavel (192-C-90) exploded with 30 points and 10 rebounds to pace Romania. Alina Chivu contributed 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Moran Shitrit answered with 19 points for Israel. Dana Yahalomi netted 18 points in the loss.

Slovakia - FYR Macedonia 91-55
Slovakian U20 National Team extended their unbeaten record at the European Championship in Division B. They defeated Macedonia to improve at 4-0 record. Slovakia thus clinched the top spot in the preliminary Group B and advanced into the quarterfinals. Slovakia will play against Portugal on Monday. Katarina Slimakova (180-G/F-89) knocked down 16 points for Slovakia. Diana Benuskova added 13 points, while Maria Felixova had 11 points and 12 boards for the winning side. Jelena Antik replied with 19 points and 7 boards for Macedonia. Ana Tanturovska had 11 points in defeat.



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  FINLAND - Women  


Bosnia U18 won over Finland U18 - by Eurobasket News
Bosnia U18-Finland U18 73:54 (14-14, 22-7, 20-13, 17-20)

Bosnia U18 overcame Finland U18 in the second Semi-Final Round for 5th to 8th Places. The team produced 73:54 to play for the higher place on Sunday.
Anesa Hamsic (187-C-91) gave her team the fist lead and then Tamara Kapor (178-G-91) posted for 9:8 in the opening tip of the game. Finland tasted the win later, while Matea Tavic (177-G-92) tied the game at 14:14. Bosnia started the second frame with 15-1 run to take the whole court advantage. Anesa Hamsic made 30:15 in the middle of the quarter, while Kokko reduced to 30:21. Matea Tavic sent the teams to the lockers for 36:21. Bosnia won also the third period 20-13 and had 56:34 advantage entering the last quarter. There was no way Finland could reduce as Bosnia led the game to another win.
Tamara Kapor top-scored for the winners with 20 points and 7 rebounds, while Matea Tavic and Amna Fazlic (186-F-92) had 16 each. Anesa Hamsic collected 12 points and 12 boards in the winniong effort. Anni Makitalo (174-F-91) posted 10 points in defeat and Laura Saarinen (184-C-92) scored 8.
In another game Portugal U18 won over Greece U18 in the first Semi-Final Round for 5th to 8th Places. The team started well to lead to 69:52 victory at the U18 European Championships in Division B. Portugal will face Bosnia for the 5th place, while Greece will take on Finland for the 7th.

Bosnia U18: Tamara Kapor 20+7 rebs, Matea Tavic 16, Amna Fazlic 16+12 rebs, Anesa Hamsic 12+12 rebs
Finland U18: Anni Makitalo 10, Laura Saarinen 8


Israel stormed into the last four at the U18 European Championship in Division B - by Eurobasket News
Israel U18- Finland U18 75:66

Israel stormed into the last four at the U18 European Championship for Women Division B. The hosts of the tournament overcame Finland 75:66 in the Quarterfinal clash last night. Ben Barak Shira led the way with 19 points and Shira Shecht (180-F-91) nailed 17. Ayelet Cohen (172-G-85, agency: Data Plus Group) posted 16 points for Israel, while Gutin Hadar scored 12. Vare Saara finished the game with 14 points in the losing effort.
Israel will now face Slovenia that cruised past Bosnia 81:60 to take the Semifinal ticket to European Championships U18 in Division B. Polona Zalar top-scored for the winners with 21 points, Baric Nika posted 13 and Duric Bojana added 12. Kapor Tamara produced 18 points for Bosnia.


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  FRANCE - Women  


France U20 remain perfect in Poland - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U20-France U20 60:70 (15-18, 13-21, 14-16, 18-15)

France U20 celebrated the third win in Group D to remain perfect at the U20 European Championship in Poland. The team outscored Sweden 70:60 as both teams advanced to the Qualifying Round.
The teams exchanged the lead from the beginning and looked well in the court. France was more confident, while Staalvant reduced to 15:18 after the first frame. Halvarsson gave her team 19:18 and Yderstrm kept the team with 28:29. France however closed the half with 10-0 run for 39:29 advantage. From that time the favorites enjoyed the game more and more. The added 16-14 in the third period to have 13-point deficit. Halvarsson nailed three to reduce to 42:55 with her team. Sweden tried to recover in the last quarter or at least reduce the gap. They managed to do the latter winning the fourth period 18-15. Stefanie Yderstrom (172-G-90) scored from the perimeter to make the final score 60:70.
Melanie Plust (173-G-89) produced 11 points to lead all the winners. Marielle Amant (191-C-89), Aline Fischbach (-F) and Cata-Chitiga had 9 points apiece for the win. Stefanie Yderstrom finished the game with 21 points, while Nilsson notched 9.
In another game Russia U20 beat Belarus in the last game of Group D to advance to the Qualifying Round. Russia registered 96:63 victory to take 2-1 record.

Sweden U20: Stefanie Yderstrom 21, Nilsson 9
France U20: Melanie Plust 11, Marielle Amant 9, Aline Fischbach 9, Cata-Chitiga 9


France stun Latvia in the most exciting U18 Quarterfinal game - by Eurobasket News
France U18 - Latvia U18 55:54 (17-19, 11-7, 20-10, 7-18)

France stun Latvia in the most exciting Quarterfinal game and advanced to the Semifinals of European Championships U18. France blew a big lead but managed to edge Latvia 55:54 in Sweden.
France finished first in Group F and was the favorite of the game. That is why the team went on a lead from the beginning of the game and scored first 4 points. Latvia however knew the favorite and had something to respond with. The Baltic side scored some important baskets at the end of the frame for 19:17 as Kirsteine made a put-back. In the defensive second period France managed to hold the opponents to 11-7 in the frame and got 28:26 halftime advantage. Moreover Allison Vernerey (194-C-91) made it 38:30 and then Adja Konteh (178-F-92) gave France the biggest lead at 48:34. Adja Konteh remained French side in front at 55:45 with 2 minutes and 30 seconds in the game. Latvia however scored 9 consecutive points at the end, but could not win the game.
Adja Konteh top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Allison Vernerey added 14. Sabine Niedola (184-F-91) shined for the Baltic side with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
In the Semifinal France will meet Czech Republic that upset Serbia 80:68 to take their place at the Semifinals of European Championships U18. Alena Hanusova paced all the winners with 19 points and Bartakova Lenka nailed 17. Krnjic Sara ended up with 20 points and 11 rebounds in the losing effort.

France U18: Adja Konteh 15, Allison Vernerey 14+11 rebs, Eleonore Grossemy (184-F-92) 10
Latvia U18: Sabine Niedola 19+10 rebs, Kristine Vitola (197-C-91) 11



France U18 reached the Final - by Eurobasket News
France U18-Czech Republic U18 74:52 (18-11, 22-12, 19-18, 15-11)

France U18 reached the Final at the U18 European Championship in Division A. The undefeated team overcame Czech Republic U18 74:52 to play for the title tomorrow.
Les Bleuets trailed 11-7 five minutes into the contest but then scored the next 14 points of the game to go in front 18:11. Moisan Niamke made the score 24:13 and Isabelle Strunc (177-G-91) scored for 28:15. After 22-12 French outfit took 40:23 at the halftime as Eleonore Grossemy (184-F-92) made a lay-up. France tried to keep plus 20 and even made the lead bigger. Isabelle Strunc posted two for 55:29 and Moisan Niamkenailed for 59:41 at the end of the third. Filarova reduced a bit for 67:50 and Renata Pudlakova (176-G-92) scored for 70:52. Eleonore Grossemy made the final score 74:52 as France deserved a Final.
Isabelle Strunc, Allison Vernerey (194-C-91) and Eleonore Grossemy led the way with 14 points each. Andrea Sladkova (186-C-91) ended up with 12 points in the losing effort, while Lenka Bartakova (175-G-91) and Renata Pudlakova had 10 apiece.
Spain rightfully deserved a place in the Final of the U18 European Championship in Division A. The favorites outscored Sweden 72:53 in Sodertalje. The Final game between Spain and France will be on Sunday, July 12th.

France U18: Isabelle Strunc 14, Allison Vernerey 14+11 rebs, Eleonore Grossemy 14
Czech Republic U18: Andrea Sladkova 12, Lenka Bartakova 10, Renata Pudlakova 10


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  FYR MACEDONIA - Women  


Slovakia dismantle Macedonia in Ohrid - by Eurobasket News
Slovakia U20 - Macedonia U20 91:55
Slovakian U20 National Team extended their unbeaten record at the European Championship in Division B. They defeated Macedonia to improve at 4-0 record. Slovakia thus clinched the top spot in the preliminary Group B and advanced into the quarterfinals. Slovakia will play against Portugal on Monday. Macedonia did not post a single victory in the preliminary round to stay at the bottom of the standings in the pool.
The lead changed hands for several times during the opening frame before Kovalova gave Slovakia a 23:20 lead at the first break. Slovakia opened the second stanza with 6 points in a row to open a 9-point lead. Macedonia tried to stay close as Ivanova and Janevska dragged the team within 2 at halftime. Slovakia gradually proved the difference in the third quarter. Katarina Slimakova (180-G/F-89) and Maria Felixova (190-C-90) ensured a 63:46 lead for Slovakia at the end of the third term. Chabadova tipped off the fourth frame with a trey and Slovakia never looked back en route to the win.
Katarina Slimakova knocked down 16 points for Slovakia. Diana Benuskova (167-G-89) added 13 points, while Maria Felixova had 11 points and 12 boards for the winning side. Jelena Antik (185-F-91) replied with 19 points and 7 boards for Macedonia. Ana Tanturovska (172-G-90) had 11 points in defeat.

Slovakia: Katarina Slimakova 16, Diana Benuskova 13, Maria Felixova 11+12 boards
Macedonia: Jelena Antik 19, Ana Tanturovska 11



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  GERMANY - Women  


Spain U20 too good in Group A - by Eurobasket News
Germany U20-Spain U20 44:80 (12-24, 17-28, 10-15, 5-13)

Spain U20 became too good for three other teams in Group A of U20 European Championship in Poland. The favorites outscored Germany in the last game of the Preliminary Round 80:44 to take 3-0 record.
Spain stormed to 24:12 after the first quarter as Georgina Bahi (190-C-89) closed the frame. Menendez brought her team 29:16 and Tudanca gave Spain 41:20. Torrens ruined the German side for 52:29 at the end of the first half. In the rest of the game the tempo had slowed down, however Spain kept the lead for good. After 15-10 in the third quarter the favorites had 67:39 as Mugge made a jump shot. Spain limited Germany to 5 points in the last period to take 80:44 victory. Protzig was the last to score in the game to make such a score.
Georgina Bahi top-scored for the winners with 19 points, Menendez had 15 and Herrera added 11. Svenja Greunke (188-F-89) ended up with 11 points in the losing case, while Stina Barnert (176-G-89) posted 10.
Turkey advanced to the Qualifying Round after the win over Ukraine at the U20 European Championship in Poland. In the game between two winless teams Turkey grabbed 70:59 victory for 1-2 record.

Germany U20: Svenja Greunke 11, Stina Barnert 10
Spain U20: Georgina Bahi 19, Menendez 15, Herrera 11


Germany registered 79:68 victory over Portugal to advance to the Semifinals - by Eurobasket News
Germany U18 - Portugal U18 79:68

Germany registered 79:68 victory over Portugal to advance to the Semifinals in Eliat. Sonja Greinacher and Finja Schaake (178-G/F-92) paced all the winners with 18 points each, while Gaudermann Julia scored 15. Correia delivered 15 in defeat and Andrade Mery collected 14 points and 13 rebounds.
Germany will now face Hungary that extended their unbeaten run at the U18 European Championship in Division B. They held off Greece in the quarterfinals opener today. Krisztina Raksanyi finished with 14 points to lead Hungary. Anna Mansare added 11 points in the win. Christina Tsoukala responded with 16 points and 10 rebounds for Greece. Angeliki Nikolopoulou delivered 8 points, 5 boards and 3 steals in the loss.



Hungary U18 became the first finalist - by Eurobasket News
Hungary U18-Germany U18 72:70 OT (19-15, 16-16, 15-14, 13-18, 9-7)

Hungary U18 became the first finalist at the U18 European Championships in Division B. The undefeated team needed an overtime to beat Germany 72:70.
That was a real Semifinal battle that Eilat fully enjoyed. Both teams struggled hard for the Final ticket, while Hungary deserved it more. The team took 19:15 after the opening quarter as Dorottya Tamis (171-G-91) made a put-back. Germany tasted the lead at 20:19, but then again Hungary again grabbed the lead back. Gaudermann could only reduce to 35:31 at the halftime. Dorottya Tamis pulled her team to 43:33 in the middle of the third and Kesoi kept the difference at 45:35. Schnorr closed the third period for 50:45, while Brunckhorst gave Germany 63:61 lead with a minute in the fourth quarter. It was Dorottya Tamis again to tie the game and sent the teams to overtime. The score was tied at 65:65 and 70:70 in extra time. Nemeth stepped up on the free throw line to make two free throws for Hungary with a minute to play but as it became clear her points were the last in the clash. Hungary saved the lead and advanced to the Final.
Reka Balint (181-F-91) top-scored for the winners with19 points and 10 boards. Dorottya Tamis nailed 15, while Krisztina Raksanyi (180-G-91) netetd 12. Finja Schaake (178-G/F-92) delivered 21 in defeat and Sonja Greinacher (192-F/C-92) collected 19 points and 11 rebounds.

Hungary U18: Reka Balint 19+10 rebs, Dorottya Tamis 15, Krisztina Raksanyi 12
Germany U18: Finja Schaake 21, Sonja Greinacher 19+11 rebs


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  GREECE - Women  


Andrade pulls Portugal for the higher place - by Eurobasket News
Portugal U18-Greece U18 69:52 (19-6, 21-17, 19-14, 10-15)
Portugal U18 won over Greece U18 in the first Semi-Final Round for 5th to 8th Places. The team started well to lead to 69:52 victory at the U18 European Championships in Division B.
Portugal grabbed the led from the very beginning and dominated the court in the opening quarter. Portugal limited the opponents to only 6 points, while they nailed 19 in the first 10 minutes. Greece managed to post 17 in the second frame, but Portugal added 21 for 40:23 halftime advantage. The winners did not slow in the third period and increased the lead to 5 more points to have 59:37 after thirty minutes of the game. Greece managed to win the last period, 15-10, however it was not enough for the total success. Portugal won the game and will play for the higher place on Sunday.
Maria Joao Andrade paced all the winners with 20 points, Maria Correia (172-G/F-91) netted 16 and Pacheco notched 10. Anna Kavasila (186-C-91) finished the game with 16 points for Greece and Angeliki Nikolopoulou (177-G-91) added 13.
In another game Bosnia U18 overcame Finland U18 in the second Semi-Final Round for 5th to 8th Places. The team produced 73:54 to play for the higher place on Sunday.
Portugal will face Bosnia for the 5th place, while Greece will take on Finland for the 7th.

Portugal U18: Maria Joao Andrade 20, Maria Correia 16, Pacheco 10
Greece U18: Anna Kavasila 16, Angeliki Nikolopoulou 13


Belgium hold off Greece to stay perfect in Ohrid - by Eurobasket News
Belgium U20 - Greece U20 74:60

Belgian U20 National Team celebrated the fifth straight win at the European Championship in Division B. They knocked down Greece to win the preliminary Group A. Both teams paved their way into the quarterfinals.
Belgium went on a 9:0 run late in the opening frame to grab a 24;13 after ten minutes. Belgium unleashed an 11:0 rally early in the second stanza to open up a 20-point advantage. Belgian team drove to a 46:28 lead at the interval. Maria Bousnaki (172-G-89) netted 7 points in the third quarter but could not prevail Greece from falling deeper. Belgium entered the fourth quarter with a comfortable 26-point cushion. Greece fought bravely tipping off the fourth quarter with ten points in a row. They held Belgium to just 5 points in the final stanza but could not save the game.
Kim Mestdagh (178-F-90) had 22 points and 8 rebounds for Belgium. Sarah Deneil (168-G-90) added 16 points for the winners. Maria Bousnaki netted 21 points and 8 rebounds for Greece. Niki-Maria Tsakiridou (178-F-90) had 13 points and 7 caroms in the losing effort.

Belgium: Kim Mestdagh 22, Sarah Deneil 16, Anne-Sophie Strubbe (184-F-90) 7
Greece: Maria Bousnaki 21, Niki-Maria Tsakiridou 13



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  HUNGARY - Women  


Hungary U18 became the first finalist - by Eurobasket News
Hungary U18-Germany U18 72:70 OT (19-15, 16-16, 15-14, 13-18, 9-7)

Hungary U18 became the first finalist at the U18 European Championships in Division B. The undefeated team needed an overtime to beat Germany 72:70.
That was a real Semifinal battle that Eilat fully enjoyed. Both teams struggled hard for the Final ticket, while Hungary deserved it more. The team took 19:15 after the opening quarter as Dorottya Tamis (171-G-91) made a put-back. Germany tasted the lead at 20:19, but then again Hungary again grabbed the lead back. Gaudermann could only reduce to 35:31 at the halftime. Dorottya Tamis pulled her team to 43:33 in the middle of the third and Kesoi kept the difference at 45:35. Schnorr closed the third period for 50:45, while Brunckhorst gave Germany 63:61 lead with a minute in the fourth quarter. It was Dorottya Tamis again to tie the game and sent the teams to overtime. The score was tied at 65:65 and 70:70 in extra time. Nemeth stepped up on the free throw line to make two free throws for Hungary with a minute to play but as it became clear her points were the last in the clash. Hungary saved the lead and advanced to the Final.
Reka Balint (181-F-91) top-scored for the winners with19 points and 10 boards. Dorottya Tamis nailed 15, while Krisztina Raksanyi (180-G-91) netetd 12. Finja Schaake (178-G/F-92) delivered 21 in defeat and Sonja Greinacher (192-F/C-92) collected 19 points and 11 rebounds.

Hungary U18: Reka Balint 19+10 rebs, Dorottya Tamis 15, Krisztina Raksanyi 12
Germany U18: Finja Schaake 21, Sonja Greinacher 19+11 rebs


Portugal unable to match Hungary - by Eurobasket News
Hungary U20 - Portugal U20 69:46

Hungary clinched the fourth win at the U20 European Championship in Division B. They defeated Portugal to clinch the second spot in Group A. Portugal finished the preliminary round in the fourth position in the pool. Hungary will face Netherlands, while Portugal will take on Slovak Republic in the quarterfinals on Monday.
Portugal uttered the first word in the game as they jumped to an early lead. But Hungary soon answered with a 12:0 run to take the lead. Tijana Krivacevic (194-F-90) capped the starting quarter with a jumper as Hungary recorded a 24:9 advantage. Joana Bernardeco (166-G-90) and Djassi trimmed the margin at 9 points early in the second term. But Hungary did not allow their opponents to come closer. Simon netted four points in a row late in the first half as Hungary ensured a 42:21 halftime lead. Hungary breezed in the third quarter posting a 57:30 lead at three-quarter time. Tijana Krivacevic and Simon added more pain to Portugal early in the fourth stanza as Hungary flew to the victory.
Tijana Krivacevic and Bettina Bozoki (190-F/C-89) drained 16 points apiece for Hungary. Lilla Horvath (182-F-90) contributed 15 points and 7 rebounds in the win. Joana Bernardeco answered with 12 points and 7 assists for Portugal. Sofia Da Silva (187-C-90) had 8 points in defeat.

Hungary: Tijana Krivacevic 16, Bettina Bozoki 16, Lilla Horvath 15
Portugal: Joana Bernardeco 12, Sofia Da Silva 8



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  ISRAEL - Women  


Slovenia U18 surprised the hosts of the U18 European Championships - by Eurobasket News
Israel U18-Slovenia U18 61:67 (15-16, 14-23, 22-19, 10-9)

Slovenia U18 surprised the hosts of the U18 European Championships in Division B to take their place in the Final. Slovenia overcame Israel 67L61 in the second semifinal game.
Slovenia did not mind taking the lead from the hosts at the end of the opening quarter for 16:15 lead. Ben Barakgave the hosts 17:16, while Tjasa Gortnar (182-F-92) took the lead back with her team. After 23-14 in the second frame Slovenia enjoyed 39:29 advantage. Moreover they kept the difference with 5 minutes to play in the third quarter and even grabbed 57:43. Ben Barak reduced to 51:58 at the end of the third period. Avigiel Sara Cohen (177-F-92) cut it to 57:60 and it was her to remain the hosts alive at 61:65. For the hosts those points were the last, while Slovenia posted two more for the win. Tjasa Gortnar went tot he free throw line to seal the victory with Slovenia after two more points.
Nika Baric (168-G-92) top-scored for the winners with 22 points for the Final ticket. Tjasa Gortnar erupted with 18 points and 22 rebounds, while Polona Zalar (176-F-91) added 14.
Hungary U18 became the first finalist at the U18 European Championships in Division B. The undefeated team needed an overtime to beat Germany 72:70. The Final game between Slovenia and Hungary will be played on Sunday.

Israel U18: Ben Barak 15, Hadar Gutin (180-G-91) 12, Avigiel Sara Cohen 10
Slovenia U18: Nika Baric 22, Tjasa Gortnar 18+22 rebs, Polona Zalar 14


Romania topple Israel in Ohrid - by Eurobasket News
Romania U20 - Israel U20 80:69
Romania overcame Israel in Ohrid today to claim the third victory at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Romania earned the second spot in Group B to set up the quarterfinal clash with Greece. Israel will face Belgium in the playoffs on Monday.
Romania set the tone early scoring first five points of the game. A Madalin Piperea drained 27 points in the starting quarter to manage a 10-point advantage. The second quarter brought no relief for Israel as Romania continued to roll confidently. Claudia Pop (186-F-89, agency: LBM Management) closed the first half with a jump shot to give Romania a 44:28 lead. Rony Ben Nun erupted for 10 consecutive points for Israel as they clipped the deficit. Israel got within 3 midway through the term before Claudia Pop and Munteanu ensured some breathing space for Romania. Rony Ben Nun kept Israel hopeful with a three-pointer at the start of the fourth quarter but Romania used a 6:0 surge in the middle of the fourth period to clear off for good.
Elisabeth Pavel (192-C-90) exploded with 30 points and 10 rebounds to pace Romania. Alina Chivu (177-F-90) contributed 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Moran Shitrit (175-G-89) answered with 19 points for Israel. Dana Yahalomi (177-G-89) netted 18 points in the loss.

Romania: Elisabeth Pavel 30+10 boards, Alina Chivu 19, Claudia Pop 18
Israel: Moran Shitrit 19, Dana Yahalomi 18



Israel stormed into the last four at the U18 European Championship in Division B - by Eurobasket News
Israel U18- Finland U18 75:66

Israel stormed into the last four at the U18 European Championship for Women Division B. The hosts of the tournament overcame Finland 75:66 in the Quarterfinal clash last night. Ben Barak Shira led the way with 19 points and Shira Shecht (180-F-91) nailed 17. Ayelet Cohen (172-G-85, agency: Data Plus Group) posted 16 points for Israel, while Gutin Hadar scored 12. Vare Saara finished the game with 14 points in the losing effort.
Israel will now face Slovenia that cruised past Bosnia 81:60 to take the Semifinal ticket to European Championships U18 in Division B. Polona Zalar top-scored for the winners with 21 points, Baric Nika posted 13 and Duric Bojana added 12. Kapor Tamara produced 18 points for Bosnia.


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  ITALY - Women  


Italy U18 overcame Poland U18 in Sweden - by Eurobasket News
Italy U18- Poland U18 67:57 (17-18, 21-13, 6-14, 23-12)

Italy overcame Poland 67:57 to meet Russia tomorrow for the 9th spot at the European Championships U18. The team needed 23-12 in the last period to seal the victory over the opponents.
Zietara gave Polish side 2:0, however Italy responded with 8-0 run as Spreafico made a jump shot. Poland went on a lead again even though it was at the end of the frame, 18:17. In the second quarter the battle continued in the court with two sides showing their best. Misiuk made a lay-up at the end of the half but it was only for 31:38 as Italy won the period 21-13. Poland opened the third period with 7-0 run to tie the game at 38:38. After 14-6 in the frame Poland grabbed 45:44 after thirty minutes, but that was their last lead in the game. Spreafico nailed a three for 47:45 as Italy never looked behind after. Tava made the final score, 67:47 as bot teams left the court.
Elena Bestagno (180-G-91) ended up with 15 points for the winners and Laura Spreafico (178-G-91) posted 13. Malgorzata Misiuk (184-F-91) and Magdalena Zietara (176-G-92) brought Poland 15 points apiece.
Russia meanwhile won the game over Belgium 67:64 to keep the chances alive for the 9th spot. Viktoria Medvedeva notched 17 points, whilst Stepanova Yulia and Finogentova Evgeniya posted 16 each. Mayombo Noemie delivered 22 points in defeat.

Italy U18: Elena Bestagno 15 points, Laura Spreafico 13
Poland U18: Malgorzata Misiuk 15, Magdalena Zietara 15


Italy U20 won the second game at the U20 European Championship Women in Gdynia - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria U20-Italy U20 56:79 (12-23, 17-22, 16-19, 11-15)

Italy U20 won the second game at the U20 European Championship Women in Gdynia. The team finished Group B with 2-1 record after the win over Bulgaria U20 79:56. Both teams advanced to the Qualifying Round of the tournament.
Italy and Bulgaria stayed even in the first five minutes of the opening quarter and then Italy started to play better. Corsi made a tip in for 23:12 after the first 10 minutes. The tempo continued to be high in the second quarter with Italian side dominating the court. Picotti made a jump shot for 45:29 as the teams went to the lockers. Gatti scored for 47:26 at the beginning of the third, while Cinili posted for 53:35. Emilia Yancheva (188-C-89) made two free throws for Bulgaria to reduce to 45:64 after three quarters. Italy looked better also in the last frame and led the game to the second win.
Martina Crippa (175-G/F-88) paced all the winners with 29 points for 2-1 record. Erika Striulli (171-G-90) nailed 16, while Gatti posted 9. Daniela Peteva (179-F-89) chipped in 11 points in defeat and Emilia Yancheva scored 10.
In another game Serbia won Group B of the U20 European Championship Women in Gdynia. The team remained perfect after 89:83 over Montenegro U20 in the last game of the Preliminary Round.

Bulgaria U20: Daniela Peteva 11, Emilia Yancheva 10
Italy U20: Martina Crippa 29, Erika Striulli 16, Gatti 9



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  LATVIA - Women  


Jovanovic wins the battle over Niedola - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U18-Serbia U18 74:80 (25-19, 14-19, 19-18, 16-24)

Serbia U18 won the Semi-Final Round for 5th to 8th Place as they overcame Latvia. Tina Jovanovic (191-F/C-91) wins the battle over Sabine Niedola (184-F-91) as she led her team to 80:74 victory.
Both teams deserved to play also in the final four however had to struggle for the lower places. Serbia went on an early lead, but was caught by the Baltic team as the latter won the opening frame 25:19. Markovic reduced to 27:25 in the beginning of the second and Maja Vucurovic (188-F-91) cut it to 37:35. The teams went to the lockers with 39:38 Latvian advantage. After 19-18 the Baltic state increased to 58:56 after thirty minutes of the game. Tina Jovanovic brought the lead back to Serbia at 61:60 and it was her again at 73:66. Snezana Colic (175-G-92) scored for 78:72 and the top-scorer of the game closed the clash at 80:74.
Tina Jovanovic was unstoppable with 33 points and 14 rebounds. Snezana Colic poured in 18, whilst Markovic and Maja Vucurovic posted 8 each. Sabine Niedola erupted with 30 points and 12 rebounds, whilst Linda Rubene (186-F-91) added 12 for the Baltic team.
Defending champions Lithuania survived in the game against Ukraine to win 84:82. Lithuania led for the whole game but allowed the Ukrainian side to reduce to two points at the end of it. Serbia will meet Lithuania for Sunday's 5th-6th place game in the U18 European Championship Women. Ukraine will take on Latvia in the battle for seventh-place.

Latvia U18: Sabine Niedola 30+12 rebs, Linda Rubene 12
Serbia U18: Tina Jovanovic 33+14 rebs, Snezana Colic 18, Markovic 8, Maja Vucurovic 8


France stun Latvia in the most exciting U18 Quarterfinal game - by Eurobasket News
France U18 - Latvia U18 55:54 (17-19, 11-7, 20-10, 7-18)

France stun Latvia in the most exciting Quarterfinal game and advanced to the Semifinals of European Championships U18. France blew a big lead but managed to edge Latvia 55:54 in Sweden.
France finished first in Group F and was the favorite of the game. That is why the team went on a lead from the beginning of the game and scored first 4 points. Latvia however knew the favorite and had something to respond with. The Baltic side scored some important baskets at the end of the frame for 19:17 as Kirsteine made a put-back. In the defensive second period France managed to hold the opponents to 11-7 in the frame and got 28:26 halftime advantage. Moreover Allison Vernerey (194-C-91) made it 38:30 and then Adja Konteh (178-F-92) gave France the biggest lead at 48:34. Adja Konteh remained French side in front at 55:45 with 2 minutes and 30 seconds in the game. Latvia however scored 9 consecutive points at the end, but could not win the game.
Adja Konteh top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Allison Vernerey added 14. Sabine Niedola (184-F-91) shined for the Baltic side with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
In the Semifinal France will meet Czech Republic that upset Serbia 80:68 to take their place at the Semifinals of European Championships U18. Alena Hanusova paced all the winners with 19 points and Bartakova Lenka nailed 17. Krnjic Sara ended up with 20 points and 11 rebounds in the losing effort.

France U18: Adja Konteh 15, Allison Vernerey 14+11 rebs, Eleonore Grossemy (184-F-92) 10
Latvia U18: Sabine Niedola 19+10 rebs, Kristine Vitola (197-C-91) 11



Latvia won Group C of the U20 European Championship - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U20-Poland U20 86:69 (18-26, 15-10, 29-13, 24-20)

Latvia won Group C of the U20 European Championship in Gdynia and remained undefeated. The Baltic side overcame Poland 86:69 to take 3-0 record in the tournament.
The hosts of the tournament opened the game with 4:0 run as both teams needed a win to finish first in the group. Poland looked better than the opponents and took 26:18 after the first 10 minutes. Moreover Durak gave her team 30:21 throughout the second frame. Elina Babkina (172-G-89) remained hot and reduced to 33:36 at the halftime. Ozolina tied the game at 36:36 and then Latvia found its game. After 14-0 run the Baltic team grabbed 47:36 and had 55:45 later in the game. Krastina scored from the perimeter for 62:49 to close the quarter. Poland had no chances to catch up with the guests that righfully got the win.
Elina Babkina exploded with 32 points for the winners. Anete Steinberga (186-C-90) collected 16 points and 10 rebounds, whilst Ozolina and Liga Surkusa (192-C-91) had 10 each. Agnieszka Skobel (180-F-89) chipped in 18 points in defeat, Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk (188-F/C-89) posted 18 and Gala notched 14.
In another game of the group Lithuania U20 advances to the Qualifying Round as the team outscored Czech Republic U20 69:57. The Baltic team improved to 1-2 record at the U20 European Championship Women in Gdynia.

Latvia U20: Elina Babkina 32, Anete Steinberga 16+10 rebs, Ozolina 10, Liga Surkusa 10
Poland U20: Agnieszka Skobel 18, Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk 18, Gala 14


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Lithuania U20 advances to the Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U20-Czech Republic U20 69:57 (21-12, 12-16, 19-14, 17-15)

Lithuania U20 advances to the Qualifying Round as the team outscored Czech Republic U20 69:57. The Baltic team improved to 1-2 record at the U20 European Championship Women in Gdynia.
Both teams needed a win to stay alive at the U20 European Championship. The Baltic side opened the game with 21:12 as Nacickaite made such a score. Czech Republic U20 tried to stay even and produced 16-12 in the second frame. Kuslitova reduced to 33:28 at the halftime. Lithuania U20 did not allow the opponents to come closer and started to increase the lead in the second half. Milkelenaite made it 61:47 and Milkelenaite scored for 64:49. Klara Pochobradska (188-C-89) cut it to 68:55 and Ovskova made it 69:57. As it became clear those points were the last in the game.
Gintare Petronyte (195-C-89) shined with 22 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Dovile Miliauskaite (188-F-89) collected 11 points and 10 boards, while Gabriele Narviciute (187-F-90) posted 10. Marketa Zatloukalova (190-C-89) ended up with 10 points in the losing case and Klara Pochobradska netted 9.
Latvia won Group C of the U20 European Championship Women in Gdynia and remained undefeated. The Baltic side overcame Poland 86:69 to take 3-0 record in the tournament.

Lithuania U20: Gintare Petronyte 22+ 9 rebs, Dovile Miliauskaite 11+10 rebs, Gabriele Narviciute 10
Czech Republic U20: Marketa Zatloukalova 10, Klara Pochobradska 9


Forsman-Goga and Abdi led the hosts to the semis - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U18 - Sweden U18 60:79 (16-27, 10-16, 18-6, 16-30)

Sweden advanced to the Semifinals of the European Championships U18 as they prevail Lithuania 79:60. The massive first and last quarters sent the hosts to top four teams with the hope for the medals.
Led by Cleopatra Forsman-Goga (180-G-91) and Farhiya Abdi (185-F/C-92) Sweden flew to score from the start to take 9:2 lead. More and more baskets gave the hosts the bigger lead as Tornberg made 27:16 at the end of the first frame. Even though the tempo had slowed down in the second period, Sweden controlled the game in the court. Cleopatra Forsman-Goga posted two at the end of the half to give her team 43:26. The game was not over for the Baltic team that returned into the game in the third period. After 18-6 in the next 10 minutes the board showed 49:44 as Gintare Mazionyte (185-C-91) made a jump shot. Sweden did not allow the guests to come closer and created 30-16 in the last period to seal 79:60 victory.
Cleopatra Forsman-Goga erupted with 25 points and 13 rebounds, whilst Farhiya Abdi collected 19 points and 11 boards. Diana Zintikaite (163-G-91) finished the game with 12 points in the losing case. Lithuania finished 3 of 16 from long range while Sweden were 8 of 24.
In the Semifinal game the hosts will play against Spain that beat Ukraine 94:63 to qualify to the Semifinals of European Championships U18. The Spanish squad did not have any difficulties in the Quarterfinal clash and rightfully took the place in 1/2 Finals.

Lithuania U18: Diana Zintikaite 12, Gintare Mazionyte 11
Sweden U18: Cleopatra Forsman-Goga 25 points and 13 rebounds, Farhiya Abdi 19 points and 11 boards.


The defending champions survived in the game against Ukraine U18 - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine U18-Lithuania U18 82:84 (20-20, 13-21, 20-28, 29-15)

The defending champions Lithuania survived in the game against Ukraine to win 84:82. Lithuania led for the whole game but allowed the Ukrainian side to reduce to two points at the end of it.
The first period did not bring the leader as two squads nailed 20 points each. In the second frame the Baltic squad took the lead and started to increase it from time to time. Greta Sniokaite (173-G-91) gave her team 41:30 and Rykulska cut it to 41:33 at the halftime. Lithuania held 10-point difference and grabbed 69:53 after thirty minutes of the game when Visgaudaite and Olesya Malashenko (188-F-91, agency: LBM Management) exchanged the baskets. Ukraine woke up in the last stanza and made a fabulous comeback to surprise the winners. The Baltic side however did not allow Ukraine to tie the game and won 84:82.
Greta Sniokaite top-scored for the winners with 19 points, while Santa Okockyte (175-G-92) and Egle Siksniute (196-F/C-91) netted 18 each. Olha Maznichenko (186-F-91) finished the game with 29 points in defeat, Darya Zavidna (178-F-93) notched 17 and Olesya Malashenko collected 15 points and 10 boards.
In another game Serbia U18 won the Semi-Final Round for 5th to 8th Place as they overcame Latvia. Jovanovic wins the battle over Niedola as she led her team to 80:74 victory.Serbia will meet Lithuania for Sunday's 5th-6th place game in the U18 European Championship Women. Ukraine will take on Latvia in the battle for seventh-place.

Ukraine U18: Olha Maznichenko 29, Darya Zavidna 17, Olesya Malashenko 15+10 rebs
Lithuania U18: Greta Sniokaite 19, Santa Okockyte 18, Egle Siksniute 18


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  MONTENEGRO - Women  


Petrovic domiantes Aleksic's opposition - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro U20-Serbia U20 83:89 (18-25, 21-24, 18-15, 26-25)

Serbia won Group B of the U20 European Championship Women in Gdynia. The team remained perfect after 89:83 over Montenegro U20 in the last game of the Preliminary Round.
Serbia, being the favorite of the game scored the first 7 points in the game to take the lead in the opening tip. Montenegro however had nothing to lose in the game a Snezana Aleksic (171-G-89) brought them back to 8:11. Nina Bogicevic (178-G-89) made two free throws for the favorites to close the first frame at 25:18. Montenegro seemed to reduce to 34:37 but Serbia splashed to 49:39 halftime advantage. The game was not over for Montenegro that won the third period 18-15 for 57:64. Again Snezana Aleksic pulled her team to 83:87, but that was the closest they could come. Ana Dabovic (183-G/F-89) made two free throws to seal the victory with Serbia.
Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89) was unstoppable with 33 points and 11 rebounds for the perfect record. Ana Dabovic nailed 20, while Nina Bogicevic netted 15. Snezana Aleksic erupted with 38 points and 7 caroms in the losing effort. Jovanovic chipped in 19 and Biljana Turcinovic (186-F-89) had 10.
In another game Italy U20 won the second game at the U20 European Championship Women in Gdynia. The team finished Group B with 2-1 record after the win over Bulgaria U20 79:56. Both teams advanced to the Qualifying Round of the tournament.

Montenegro U20: Snezana Aleksic 38+7 rebs, Jovanovic 19, Biljana Turcinovic 10
Serbia U20: Sonja Petrovic 33+11 rebs, Ana Dabovic 20, Nina Bogicevic 15


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  NCAA1 - Women  


USA win World University Games - by Eurobasket News
USA - Russia 83:64
The US World University selection triumphed in Belgrade. They defeated Russian counterparts in the championship game to take gold medals. Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88) was unstoppable for the USA. She tallied 28 points and 18 rebounds to propel a Charli Turner Thorne team to the big success. The USA kept their unblemished record from start to finish winning all of their games in Belgrade. Russia could not match the USA and had to surrender in the decider. But the game was not an easy one for the champions. Russia led by 2 points at the first intermission. The USA had to stiffen their defense in the second period to pull in front. They limited Russia to 9 points in the second stanza to accumulate an 8-point advantage at the interval. The USA poured in 25 points in the third quarter to clear off to a 17-point distance at three-quarter time. Russia tried hard to deny the deficit but the USA stayed calm and rolled to a comfortable win at the end.
Jantel Lavender (6'4''-C-88) finished with 14 points for the winners. Kayla Pederson (6'4''-F-89) had 11 points and 9 boards for the USA. Olga Iakovleva (6'5''-C-86, agency: LBM Management) responded with 18 points for Russia. Elena Danilochkina (6'1''-G-86) delivered 13 points in defeat. The USA outrebounded their opponents 52:32 and limited those to 36% from the field.

USA: Tina Charles 28+18 boards, Jantel Lavender 14, Kayla Pederson 11
Russia: Olga Iakovleva 18, Elena Danilochkina 13



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  NORWAY - Women  


Switzerland edged Norway for the only victory - by Eurobasket News
Norway U18 - Switzerland U18 41:47

Norway and Switzerland battled for the only victory in the Classification Round of the European Championships U18 in Division B. The latter grabbed 47:41 win behind 17 points from Fanny Delacretaz (176-G/F-91). Lisa Mazzocchi (170-G/F-90) netted 11 and Toumi Anissa posted 5 for the winners. Austgulen Maren Hoff ended up with 14 points in the losing effort. Both teams lost the games to Netherlands that won the Classification Round. The tournament for these three teams is now over. European Championships U18 in Division B will close the doors on Sunday with a Final game between two top teams.


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  POLAND - Women  


Latvia won Group C of the U20 European Championship - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U20-Poland U20 86:69 (18-26, 15-10, 29-13, 24-20)

Latvia won Group C of the U20 European Championship in Gdynia and remained undefeated. The Baltic side overcame Poland 86:69 to take 3-0 record in the tournament.
The hosts of the tournament opened the game with 4:0 run as both teams needed a win to finish first in the group. Poland looked better than the opponents and took 26:18 after the first 10 minutes. Moreover Durak gave her team 30:21 throughout the second frame. Elina Babkina (172-G-89) remained hot and reduced to 33:36 at the halftime. Ozolina tied the game at 36:36 and then Latvia found its game. After 14-0 run the Baltic team grabbed 47:36 and had 55:45 later in the game. Krastina scored from the perimeter for 62:49 to close the quarter. Poland had no chances to catch up with the guests that righfully got the win.
Elina Babkina exploded with 32 points for the winners. Anete Steinberga (186-C-90) collected 16 points and 10 rebounds, whilst Ozolina and Liga Surkusa (192-C-91) had 10 each. Agnieszka Skobel (180-F-89) chipped in 18 points in defeat, Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk (188-F/C-89) posted 18 and Gala notched 14.
In another game of the group Lithuania U20 advances to the Qualifying Round as the team outscored Czech Republic U20 69:57. The Baltic team improved to 1-2 record at the U20 European Championship Women in Gdynia.

Latvia U20: Elina Babkina 32, Anete Steinberga 16+10 rebs, Ozolina 10, Liga Surkusa 10
Poland U20: Agnieszka Skobel 18, Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk 18, Gala 14


Italy U18 overcame Poland U18 in Sweden - by Eurobasket News
Italy U18- Poland U18 67:57 (17-18, 21-13, 6-14, 23-12)

Italy overcame Poland 67:57 to meet Russia tomorrow for the 9th spot at the European Championships U18. The team needed 23-12 in the last period to seal the victory over the opponents.
Zietara gave Polish side 2:0, however Italy responded with 8-0 run as Spreafico made a jump shot. Poland went on a lead again even though it was at the end of the frame, 18:17. In the second quarter the battle continued in the court with two sides showing their best. Misiuk made a lay-up at the end of the half but it was only for 31:38 as Italy won the period 21-13. Poland opened the third period with 7-0 run to tie the game at 38:38. After 14-6 in the frame Poland grabbed 45:44 after thirty minutes, but that was their last lead in the game. Spreafico nailed a three for 47:45 as Italy never looked behind after. Tava made the final score, 67:47 as bot teams left the court.
Elena Bestagno (180-G-91) ended up with 15 points for the winners and Laura Spreafico (178-G-91) posted 13. Malgorzata Misiuk (184-F-91) and Magdalena Zietara (176-G-92) brought Poland 15 points apiece.
Russia meanwhile won the game over Belgium 67:64 to keep the chances alive for the 9th spot. Viktoria Medvedeva notched 17 points, whilst Stepanova Yulia and Finogentova Evgeniya posted 16 each. Mayombo Noemie delivered 22 points in defeat.

Italy U18: Elena Bestagno 15 points, Laura Spreafico 13
Poland U18: Malgorzata Misiuk 15, Magdalena Zietara 15


Poland clinch 5th spot in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News
Poland - Great Britain 79:74
Poland claimed the fifth spot at the World University Games in Belgrade. They defeated Great Britain in a nail-biting affair to occupy the position. Katarzyna Krezel (185-G-85) knocked down 29 points to lead Poland to an overtime victory. Justyna Zurowska (188-C-85) provided 22 points and 21 boards for the winners.
Poland led by 2 points at the first change but could not keep up the pace in the second period. Great Britain took over and denied the deficit. Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87) paced Great Britain as they grabbed a 37:32 lead at the interval. Poland used the long break to recover and fired from all guns in the third period. They turned a 5-point deficit into a 4-point lead before the fourth quarter. But similarly to the first half a Dariusz Maciejewski team ran out of steam in the second part of the half. Great Britain reduced the margin and tied the score to send game into overtime. But Poland survived the challenge as Katarzyna Krezel and Justyna Zurowska did their best to secure a tough win at the end.
Izabela Piekarska (196-C/F-85, college: UTEP) added 13 points for the winners. Johannah Leedham responded with 24 points for Great Britain. Azania Stewart (193-C) had 16 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

Poland: Katarzyna Krezel 29, Justyna Zurowska 22+21 boards, Izabela Piekarska 13
Great Britain: Johannah Leedham 24, Azania Stewart 16



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Germany registered 79:68 victory over Portugal to advance to the Semifinals - by Eurobasket News
Germany U18 - Portugal U18 79:68

Germany registered 79:68 victory over Portugal to advance to the Semifinals in Eliat. Sonja Greinacher and Finja Schaake (178-G/F-92) paced all the winners with 18 points each, while Gaudermann Julia scored 15. Correia delivered 15 in defeat and Andrade Mery collected 14 points and 13 rebounds.
Germany will now face Hungary that extended their unbeaten run at the U18 European Championship in Division B. They held off Greece in the quarterfinals opener today. Krisztina Raksanyi finished with 14 points to lead Hungary. Anna Mansare added 11 points in the win. Christina Tsoukala responded with 16 points and 10 rebounds for Greece. Angeliki Nikolopoulou delivered 8 points, 5 boards and 3 steals in the loss.



Andrade pulls Portugal for the higher place - by Eurobasket News
Portugal U18-Greece U18 69:52 (19-6, 21-17, 19-14, 10-15)
Portugal U18 won over Greece U18 in the first Semi-Final Round for 5th to 8th Places. The team started well to lead to 69:52 victory at the U18 European Championships in Division B.
Portugal grabbed the led from the very beginning and dominated the court in the opening quarter. Portugal limited the opponents to only 6 points, while they nailed 19 in the first 10 minutes. Greece managed to post 17 in the second frame, but Portugal added 21 for 40:23 halftime advantage. The winners did not slow in the third period and increased the lead to 5 more points to have 59:37 after thirty minutes of the game. Greece managed to win the last period, 15-10, however it was not enough for the total success. Portugal won the game and will play for the higher place on Sunday.
Maria Joao Andrade paced all the winners with 20 points, Maria Correia (172-G/F-91) netted 16 and Pacheco notched 10. Anna Kavasila (186-C-91) finished the game with 16 points for Greece and Angeliki Nikolopoulou (177-G-91) added 13.
In another game Bosnia U18 overcame Finland U18 in the second Semi-Final Round for 5th to 8th Places. The team produced 73:54 to play for the higher place on Sunday.
Portugal will face Bosnia for the 5th place, while Greece will take on Finland for the 7th.

Portugal U18: Maria Joao Andrade 20, Maria Correia 16, Pacheco 10
Greece U18: Anna Kavasila 16, Angeliki Nikolopoulou 13


Portugal unable to match Hungary - by Eurobasket News
Hungary U20 - Portugal U20 69:46

Hungary clinched the fourth win at the U20 European Championship in Division B. They defeated Portugal to clinch the second spot in Group A. Portugal finished the preliminary round in the fourth position in the pool. Hungary will face Netherlands, while Portugal will take on Slovak Republic in the quarterfinals on Monday.
Portugal uttered the first word in the game as they jumped to an early lead. But Hungary soon answered with a 12:0 run to take the lead. Tijana Krivacevic (194-F-90) capped the starting quarter with a jumper as Hungary recorded a 24:9 advantage. Joana Bernardeco (166-G-90) and Djassi trimmed the margin at 9 points early in the second term. But Hungary did not allow their opponents to come closer. Simon netted four points in a row late in the first half as Hungary ensured a 42:21 halftime lead. Hungary breezed in the third quarter posting a 57:30 lead at three-quarter time. Tijana Krivacevic and Simon added more pain to Portugal early in the fourth stanza as Hungary flew to the victory.
Tijana Krivacevic and Bettina Bozoki (190-F/C-89) drained 16 points apiece for Hungary. Lilla Horvath (182-F-90) contributed 15 points and 7 rebounds in the win. Joana Bernardeco answered with 12 points and 7 assists for Portugal. Sofia Da Silva (187-C-90) had 8 points in defeat.

Hungary: Tijana Krivacevic 16, Bettina Bozoki 16, Lilla Horvath 15
Portugal: Joana Bernardeco 12, Sofia Da Silva 8



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Romania topple Israel in Ohrid - by Eurobasket News
Romania U20 - Israel U20 80:69
Romania overcame Israel in Ohrid today to claim the third victory at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Romania earned the second spot in Group B to set up the quarterfinal clash with Greece. Israel will face Belgium in the playoffs on Monday.
Romania set the tone early scoring first five points of the game. A Madalin Piperea drained 27 points in the starting quarter to manage a 10-point advantage. The second quarter brought no relief for Israel as Romania continued to roll confidently. Claudia Pop (186-F-89, agency: LBM Management) closed the first half with a jump shot to give Romania a 44:28 lead. Rony Ben Nun erupted for 10 consecutive points for Israel as they clipped the deficit. Israel got within 3 midway through the term before Claudia Pop and Munteanu ensured some breathing space for Romania. Rony Ben Nun kept Israel hopeful with a three-pointer at the start of the fourth quarter but Romania used a 6:0 surge in the middle of the fourth period to clear off for good.
Elisabeth Pavel (192-C-90) exploded with 30 points and 10 rebounds to pace Romania. Alina Chivu (177-F-90) contributed 19 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists for the winning side. Moran Shitrit (175-G-89) answered with 19 points for Israel. Dana Yahalomi (177-G-89) netted 18 points in the loss.

Romania: Elisabeth Pavel 30+10 boards, Alina Chivu 19, Claudia Pop 18
Israel: Moran Shitrit 19, Dana Yahalomi 18



Romania overcame Croatia in the Classification Round for 9-12 places - by Eurobasket News
Romania U18 - Croatia U18 63:52

Romania overcame Croatia 63:52 in the Classification Round for 9-12 places. Cristina Bigica (180-F-92) top-scored for the winners with 29 points and Ursu Sonia netted 16. Horvat Barbara ended up with 20 points in the losing effort. Romania will now face Denmark in the game for the 9th spot. Denmark meanwhile outscored the United Kingdom 62:51 in the Semi-Final Round for 9th to 12th Place. Ida Krogh paced all the inners with 16 points and 8 rebounds, while Ostergaard Nikoline netted 14. Chiemeka Katrin produced 14 points in defeat.


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Russia U20 beat Belarus in the last game of Group D - by Eurobasket News
Belarus U20-Russia U20 63:96 (24-21, 17-21, 13-33, 9-21)

Russia U20 beat Belarus in the last game of Group D to advance to the Qualifying Round. Russia registered 96:63 victory to take 2-1 record.
Even though the difference is big enough, Belarus played well in the first quarter. The team led in the majority of the frame to take 24:21 at the end of it. Russia took the lead at the beginning of the second period and never looked back after. With 33-13 the favorites erupted in the third period for 75:54 lead. Savelyeva made it 78:54, while Ul'yanova scored for 81:54. Shalygina's jump shot gave her team 87:59 and Chistyakova gave the Russian team plus 30. Aliaksandra Zubrytskaya (172-G-90) ended up with a lay-up for the final score.
Nadezhda Grishaeva (193-C-89) led the way with 22 points, Evgeniya Selyanina (183-F-89) posted 17, while Natalia Vieru (198-C-89) had 12. Tatsiana Dashkevich (175-G-89) and Tatsiana Khatsko (187-F-89) scored 12 points each in defeat. Aliaksandra Zubrytskaya netted 11 as Belarus finished the group with 0-3 record.
In another game of the group France U20 celebrated the third win in Group D to remain perfect at the U20 European Championship in Poland. The team outscored Sweden 70:60 as both teams advanced to the Qualifying Round.

Belarus U20: Tatsiana Dashkevich 12, Tatsiana Khatsko 12, Aliaksandra Zubrytskaya 11
Russia U20: Nadezhda Grishaeva 22, Evgeniya Selyanina 17, Natalia Vieru 12


Russia U18 won after five losses - by Eurobasket News
Belgium U18 - Russia U18 64:67 (15-12, 11-14, 17-13, 21-28)

Russia won the game over Belgium 67:64 to keep the chances alive for the 9th spot. In a back-to-back clash Russia exploded with 28-21 to taste the victory for 9-12 Classification.
Medvedeva gave Russia 4:0 as the latter is not satisfied with the places they get this year. Efimova gave her team 11:5, but Rombouts closed the opening quarter for Belgium that took 15:12 lead. Moreover Raman continues her team lead for 20:12 advantage. Russia managed to tie the game and it happened at the end of the first half when Medvedeva scored for 26:23 and then Inge Meylemans (168-G-92) sent the teams to the lockers for 26:26. Belgium took the lead back and increased even to 10-points, 38:28. Finogentova reduced for Russia at 43:39 and Stepanova tied the game again at 43:43. Russia went on a lead and remained until the end of the game even though Belgium was one shot from them. Inge Meylemans scored a free throw for 64:67 with 12 seconds, but those points were the last in the game.
Viktoria Medvedeva (185-C-91) notched 17 points, whilst Yulia Stepanova (188-C-92) and Evgeniya Finogentova (174-G-91) posted 16 each. Noemie Mayombo (171-G-91, agency: LBM Management) delivered 22 points in defeat.
Italy overcame Poland 67:57 to meet Russia for the 9th spot at the European Championships U18. The team needed 23-12 in the last period to seal the victory over the opponents.

Belgium U18: Noemie Mayombo 22, Inge Meylemans 10, Raman 10
Russia U18: Viktoria Medvedeva 17 points, Yulia Stepanova 16, Evgeniya Finogentova 16


USA win World University Games - by Eurobasket News
USA - Russia 83:64
The US World University selection triumphed in Belgrade. They defeated Russian counterparts in the championship game to take gold medals. Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88) was unstoppable for the USA. She tallied 28 points and 18 rebounds to propel a Charli Turner Thorne team to the big success. The USA kept their unblemished record from start to finish winning all of their games in Belgrade. Russia could not match the USA and had to surrender in the decider. But the game was not an easy one for the champions. Russia led by 2 points at the first intermission. The USA had to stiffen their defense in the second period to pull in front. They limited Russia to 9 points in the second stanza to accumulate an 8-point advantage at the interval. The USA poured in 25 points in the third quarter to clear off to a 17-point distance at three-quarter time. Russia tried hard to deny the deficit but the USA stayed calm and rolled to a comfortable win at the end.
Jantel Lavender (6'4''-C-88) finished with 14 points for the winners. Kayla Pederson (6'4''-F-89) had 11 points and 9 boards for the USA. Olga Iakovleva (6'5''-C-86, agency: LBM Management) responded with 18 points for Russia. Elena Danilochkina (6'1''-G-86) delivered 13 points in defeat. The USA outrebounded their opponents 52:32 and limited those to 36% from the field.

USA: Tina Charles 28+18 boards, Jantel Lavender 14, Kayla Pederson 11
Russia: Olga Iakovleva 18, Elena Danilochkina 13



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Petrovic domiantes Aleksic's opposition - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro U20-Serbia U20 83:89 (18-25, 21-24, 18-15, 26-25)

Serbia won Group B of the U20 European Championship Women in Gdynia. The team remained perfect after 89:83 over Montenegro U20 in the last game of the Preliminary Round.
Serbia, being the favorite of the game scored the first 7 points in the game to take the lead in the opening tip. Montenegro however had nothing to lose in the game a Snezana Aleksic (171-G-89) brought them back to 8:11. Nina Bogicevic (178-G-89) made two free throws for the favorites to close the first frame at 25:18. Montenegro seemed to reduce to 34:37 but Serbia splashed to 49:39 halftime advantage. The game was not over for Montenegro that won the third period 18-15 for 57:64. Again Snezana Aleksic pulled her team to 83:87, but that was the closest they could come. Ana Dabovic (183-G/F-89) made two free throws to seal the victory with Serbia.
Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89) was unstoppable with 33 points and 11 rebounds for the perfect record. Ana Dabovic nailed 20, while Nina Bogicevic netted 15. Snezana Aleksic erupted with 38 points and 7 caroms in the losing effort. Jovanovic chipped in 19 and Biljana Turcinovic (186-F-89) had 10.
In another game Italy U20 won the second game at the U20 European Championship Women in Gdynia. The team finished Group B with 2-1 record after the win over Bulgaria U20 79:56. Both teams advanced to the Qualifying Round of the tournament.

Montenegro U20: Snezana Aleksic 38+7 rebs, Jovanovic 19, Biljana Turcinovic 10
Serbia U20: Sonja Petrovic 33+11 rebs, Ana Dabovic 20, Nina Bogicevic 15


Jovanovic wins the battle over Niedola - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U18-Serbia U18 74:80 (25-19, 14-19, 19-18, 16-24)

Serbia U18 won the Semi-Final Round for 5th to 8th Place as they overcame Latvia. Tina Jovanovic (191-F/C-91) wins the battle over Sabine Niedola (184-F-91) as she led her team to 80:74 victory.
Both teams deserved to play also in the final four however had to struggle for the lower places. Serbia went on an early lead, but was caught by the Baltic team as the latter won the opening frame 25:19. Markovic reduced to 27:25 in the beginning of the second and Maja Vucurovic (188-F-91) cut it to 37:35. The teams went to the lockers with 39:38 Latvian advantage. After 19-18 the Baltic state increased to 58:56 after thirty minutes of the game. Tina Jovanovic brought the lead back to Serbia at 61:60 and it was her again at 73:66. Snezana Colic (175-G-92) scored for 78:72 and the top-scorer of the game closed the clash at 80:74.
Tina Jovanovic was unstoppable with 33 points and 14 rebounds. Snezana Colic poured in 18, whilst Markovic and Maja Vucurovic posted 8 each. Sabine Niedola erupted with 30 points and 12 rebounds, whilst Linda Rubene (186-F-91) added 12 for the Baltic team.
Defending champions Lithuania survived in the game against Ukraine to win 84:82. Lithuania led for the whole game but allowed the Ukrainian side to reduce to two points at the end of it. Serbia will meet Lithuania for Sunday's 5th-6th place game in the U18 European Championship Women. Ukraine will take on Latvia in the battle for seventh-place.

Latvia U18: Sabine Niedola 30+12 rebs, Linda Rubene 12
Serbia U18: Tina Jovanovic 33+14 rebs, Snezana Colic 18, Markovic 8, Maja Vucurovic 8


Czech Republic upset Serbia to take their place at the Semifinals - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U18- Czech Republic U18 68:80 (17-23, 16-15, 20-20, 15-22)

Czech Republic upset Serbia 80:68 to take their place at the Semifinals of European Championships U18. The Serbians crashed to defeat despite out-rebounding their opponents 37-19.
Elhotova opened the game for the winners, while Jelena Prvulovic (177-G-91) scored for Serbian 9:5 lead. Muchova closed the opening quarter at 23:17 and then she made plus 10, 27:17 later in the second. Serbia managed to win the period by one point to reduce to 33:38 at the halftime. Moreover Jovanovic tied the game at 51:51 in the end of the third period. Bartakova's lay-up brought the Czhechs 58:53 after thirty minutes. In the last frame Czech Republic U18 went on a bigger lead to keep the score for good. Hanusova made the final score, 80:68 after a lay-up with 35 seconds to go.
Alena Hanusova (187-C-91) paced all the winners with 19 points and Lenka Bartakova (175-G-91) nailed 17. Sara Krnjic (193-C-91) ended up with 20 points and 11 rebounds in the losing effort. Jelena Prvulovic netted 14, while Maja Vucurovic (188-F-91) and Jovanovic had 13 points apiece.
In the Semifinal Czech Republic will face France that stun Latvia in the most exciting Quarterfinal game and advanced to the Semifinals of European Championships U18. France blew a big lead but managed to edge Latvia 55:54 in Sweden.

Serbia U18: Sara Krnjic 20 points and 11 rebounds, Jelena Prvulovic 14, Maja Vucurovic 13, Jovanovic 13+13 rebs
Czech Republic U18: Alena Hanusova 19 points, Lenka Bartakova 17, Martina Cepelkova (182-C-92) 16


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Slovakia dismantle Macedonia in Ohrid - by Eurobasket News
Slovakia U20 - Macedonia U20 91:55
Slovakian U20 National Team extended their unbeaten record at the European Championship in Division B. They defeated Macedonia to improve at 4-0 record. Slovakia thus clinched the top spot in the preliminary Group B and advanced into the quarterfinals. Slovakia will play against Portugal on Monday. Macedonia did not post a single victory in the preliminary round to stay at the bottom of the standings in the pool.
The lead changed hands for several times during the opening frame before Kovalova gave Slovakia a 23:20 lead at the first break. Slovakia opened the second stanza with 6 points in a row to open a 9-point lead. Macedonia tried to stay close as Ivanova and Janevska dragged the team within 2 at halftime. Slovakia gradually proved the difference in the third quarter. Katarina Slimakova (180-G/F-89) and Maria Felixova (190-C-90) ensured a 63:46 lead for Slovakia at the end of the third term. Chabadova tipped off the fourth frame with a trey and Slovakia never looked back en route to the win.
Katarina Slimakova knocked down 16 points for Slovakia. Diana Benuskova (167-G-89) added 13 points, while Maria Felixova had 11 points and 12 boards for the winning side. Jelena Antik (185-F-91) replied with 19 points and 7 boards for Macedonia. Ana Tanturovska (172-G-90) had 11 points in defeat.

Slovakia: Katarina Slimakova 16, Diana Benuskova 13, Maria Felixova 11+12 boards
Macedonia: Jelena Antik 19, Ana Tanturovska 11



Slovakia U18 sent Belarus to Division B - by Eurobasket News
Slovakia U18- Belarus U18 64:59

Slovakia sent Belarus to Division B as they beat them 64:59 for the last game for both teams. Martina Kissova (184-F-93) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and 10 rebounds, whilst Alexandra Baburova (183-G-91) netted 17. Karalina Padshyvalava (162-G-89) erupted with 25 points in the losing case.
Bulgaria could not win any game at the Classification Round and finished the group with 0-3 record after the loss from Turkey 45:87 in another game. The latter won all the games at the Classification Round to finish it with 3-0 record. Ozge Yavas paced all the winners with 23 points and Ural Esra collected 16 points and 12 rebounds. Dencheva Mirena produced 14 points in the losing effort.


Taiwan need two overtimes to tame Slovakia - by Eurobasket News
Taiwan - Slovakia 79:76 (2OT)
Taiwan clinched the 7th spot at the World University Games. They wrapped up their campaign in Serbia against Slovakia. The game turned into a real basketball thriller as Taiwan eked out the victory in the second extra period. The Asian team trailed by one at the end of the first frame. They recovered in the second stanza and grabbed a 36:33 lead at halftime. Slovakia dominated the third frame as they reigned on the glass and eased to a 9-point lead at three-quarter time. Taiwan found the way to answer as they limited their European opponents to 9 points in the final term and forced overtime. The first extra period did not figure out the winner as the teams accounted for 8 points apiece. But Taiwan scored 9 in the second overtime which proved just enough for an exhausting victory at the end.
Chen Yu-Chun (176-F-87) netted 20 points to pace Taiwan. Huang Ping-Jen (177-F-89) added 14 points, 5 boards and 5 assists in the win. Katarina Tetemondova (185-F-88) responded with 17 points and 19 rebounds for Slovakia. Eva Kmetova (188-C-87) dropped 16 points and collected 12 boards in the loss.
Slovakia outrebounded their opponents 64:32 but sank just 33% from the field. The European team also committed deadly 31 turnovers down the stretch.

Taiwan: Chen Yu-Chun 20, Huang Ping-Jen 14, Li Wan-Ting (180-G-86) 13
Slovakia: Katarina Tetemondova 17+19 boards, Eva Kmetova 16+12 boards



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  SLOVENIA - Women  


Slovenia cruised past Bosnia 81:60 to take the Semifinal ticket - by Eurobasket News
Slovenia U18- Bosnia U18 81:60

Slovenia cruised past Bosnia 81:60 to take the Semifinal ticket to European Championships U18 in Division B. Polona Zalar (176-F-91) top-scored for the winners with 21 points, Nika Baric (168-G-92) posted 13 and Duric Bojana added 12. Tamara Kapor (178-G-91) produced 18 points for Bosnia.
Slovenia will play against Israel in the semifinal that stormed into the last four at the U18 European Championship for Women Division B. The hosts of the tournament overcame Finland 75:66 in the Quarterfinal clash last night. Ben Barak Shira led the way with 19 points and Shecht Shira nailed 17. Ayelet Cohen posted 16 points for Israel, while Gutin Hadar scored 12. Vare Saara finished the game with 14 points in the losing effort.



Slovenia U18 surprised the hosts of the U18 European Championships - by Eurobasket News
Israel U18-Slovenia U18 61:67 (15-16, 14-23, 22-19, 10-9)

Slovenia U18 surprised the hosts of the U18 European Championships in Division B to take their place in the Final. Slovenia overcame Israel 67L61 in the second semifinal game.
Slovenia did not mind taking the lead from the hosts at the end of the opening quarter for 16:15 lead. Ben Barakgave the hosts 17:16, while Tjasa Gortnar (182-F-92) took the lead back with her team. After 23-14 in the second frame Slovenia enjoyed 39:29 advantage. Moreover they kept the difference with 5 minutes to play in the third quarter and even grabbed 57:43. Ben Barak reduced to 51:58 at the end of the third period. Avigiel Sara Cohen (177-F-92) cut it to 57:60 and it was her to remain the hosts alive at 61:65. For the hosts those points were the last, while Slovenia posted two more for the win. Tjasa Gortnar went tot he free throw line to seal the victory with Slovenia after two more points.
Nika Baric (168-G-92) top-scored for the winners with 22 points for the Final ticket. Tjasa Gortnar erupted with 18 points and 22 rebounds, while Polona Zalar (176-F-91) added 14.
Hungary U18 became the first finalist at the U18 European Championships in Division B. The undefeated team needed an overtime to beat Germany 72:70. The Final game between Slovenia and Hungary will be played on Sunday.

Israel U18: Ben Barak 15, Hadar Gutin (180-G-91) 12, Avigiel Sara Cohen 10
Slovenia U18: Nika Baric 22, Tjasa Gortnar 18+22 rebs, Polona Zalar 14


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  SPAIN - Women  


Spanish trio led the team to the Final - by Eurobasket News
Spain U18-Sweden U18 72:53 (12-9, 23-19, 16-11, 21-14)

Spain rightfully deserved a place in the Final of the U18 European Chammpionship in Division A. The favorites outscored Sweden 72:53 in Sodertalje.
Spain was the favorite even before the game, however Sweden played at home. The first period became the most defensive as the teams realized the importance of the mistake. Spain grabbed 12:9 after the first period and started to increase their lead later in the game. The teams went to the lockers with 35:28 as both of them tasted the lead in the game. Farhiya Abdi (185-F/C-92) reduced the score to 39:35 and Drammeh kept the same difference for 41:37. Doukole Ble (189-C-91) made the score 51:39 at the end of thirty minutes. In the last quarter the favorites controlled the entire court and led the game to the necessary win.
Amaya Gastaminza (188-F-91) , Queralt Casas (177-F-92) and Doukole Ble led the winners with 12 points each. Cleopatra Forsman-Goga (180-G-91) finished the game with 17 points and Farhiya Abdi netted 14.
France U18 reached the Final at the U18 European Championship in Division A. The undefeated team overcame Czech Republic U18 74:52 to play for the title tomorrow. The Final game between Spain and France will be on Sunday, July 12th.

Spain U18: Amaya Gastaminza 12, Queralt Casas 12, Doukole Ble 12+17 rebs
Sweden U18: Cleopatra Forsman-Goga 17, Farhiya Abdi 14


Spain opened the game with 31 consecutive points to ruin Ukraine - by Eurobasket News
Spain U18- Ukraine U18 94:63 (31-7, 18-24, 24-9, 21-23)

Spain beat Ukraine 94:63 to qualify to the Semifinals of European Championships U18. The Spanish squad did not have any difficulties in the Quarterfinal clash and rightfully took the place in 1/2 Finals.
Spain opened the game with 31 consecutive points to dominate the court from the beginning. Amaya Gastaminza (188-F-91) made 31-0 with 2 minutes to play in the first quarter, but then Ukraine posted 7 in a row. In the second period Ukraine somehow woke up to reduce the gap a bit in the game. Zavidna nailed a three for 49:31 as Ukraine cut it to 18 at the halftime.
Spain pushed the tempo again in the third frame as the majority of the players contributed into the lead. Casas made it 58:35 and Amaya Gastaminza scored for 62:35. Delgado made a lay-up for 73:40 advantage after three quarters played. Ukraine won the last stanza 23-21 but could only end with 63:94 loss.
Amaya Gastaminza nailed 20 points and Leonor Rodriguez (177-G-91) posted 17 for the winners. Olha Maznichenko (186-F-91) and Olesya Malashenko (188-F-91, agency: LBM Management) combined 33 points for Ukraine.
In the Semifinal game Spain will play against Sweden that advanced to the Semifinals of the European Championships U18 as they prevail Lithuania 79:60. Cleopatra Forsman-Goga erupted with 25 points and 13 rebounds, whilst Abdi Farhiya collected 19 points and 11 boards. Zintikaite Diana finished the game with 12 points in the losing case.

Spain U18: Amaya Gastaminza 20, Rodriguez 17, Casas 13
Ukraine U18: Olha Maznichenko 17, Olesya Malashenko 16


Spain U20 too good in Group A - by Eurobasket News
Germany U20-Spain U20 44:80 (12-24, 17-28, 10-15, 5-13)

Spain U20 became too good for three other teams in Group A of U20 European Championship in Poland. The favorites outscored Germany in the last game of the Preliminary Round 80:44 to take 3-0 record.
Spain stormed to 24:12 after the first quarter as Georgina Bahi (190-C-89) closed the frame. Menendez brought her team 29:16 and Tudanca gave Spain 41:20. Torrens ruined the German side for 52:29 at the end of the first half. In the rest of the game the tempo had slowed down, however Spain kept the lead for good. After 15-10 in the third quarter the favorites had 67:39 as Mugge made a jump shot. Spain limited Germany to 5 points in the last period to take 80:44 victory. Protzig was the last to score in the game to make such a score.
Georgina Bahi top-scored for the winners with 19 points, Menendez had 15 and Herrera added 11. Svenja Greunke (188-F-89) ended up with 11 points in the losing case, while Stina Barnert (176-G-89) posted 10.
Turkey advanced to the Qualifying Round after the win over Ukraine at the U20 European Championship in Poland. In the game between two winless teams Turkey grabbed 70:59 victory for 1-2 record.

Germany U20: Svenja Greunke 11, Stina Barnert 10
Spain U20: Georgina Bahi 19, Menendez 15, Herrera 11


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Spanish trio led the team to the Final - by Eurobasket News
Spain U18-Sweden U18 72:53 (12-9, 23-19, 16-11, 21-14)

Spain rightfully deserved a place in the Final of the U18 European Chammpionship in Division A. The favorites outscored Sweden 72:53 in Sodertalje.
Spain was the favorite even before the game, however Sweden played at home. The first period became the most defensive as the teams realized the importance of the mistake. Spain grabbed 12:9 after the first period and started to increase their lead later in the game. The teams went to the lockers with 35:28 as both of them tasted the lead in the game. Farhiya Abdi (185-F/C-92) reduced the score to 39:35 and Drammeh kept the same difference for 41:37. Doukole Ble (189-C-91) made the score 51:39 at the end of thirty minutes. In the last quarter the favorites controlled the entire court and led the game to the necessary win.
Amaya Gastaminza (188-F-91) , Queralt Casas (177-F-92) and Doukole Ble led the winners with 12 points each. Cleopatra Forsman-Goga (180-G-91) finished the game with 17 points and Farhiya Abdi netted 14.
France U18 reached the Final at the U18 European Championship in Division A. The undefeated team overcame Czech Republic U18 74:52 to play for the title tomorrow. The Final game between Spain and France will be on Sunday, July 12th.

Spain U18: Amaya Gastaminza 12, Queralt Casas 12, Doukole Ble 12+17 rebs
Sweden U18: Cleopatra Forsman-Goga 17, Farhiya Abdi 14


Forsman-Goga and Abdi led the hosts to the semis - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U18 - Sweden U18 60:79 (16-27, 10-16, 18-6, 16-30)

Sweden advanced to the Semifinals of the European Championships U18 as they prevail Lithuania 79:60. The massive first and last quarters sent the hosts to top four teams with the hope for the medals.
Led by Cleopatra Forsman-Goga (180-G-91) and Farhiya Abdi (185-F/C-92) Sweden flew to score from the start to take 9:2 lead. More and more baskets gave the hosts the bigger lead as Tornberg made 27:16 at the end of the first frame. Even though the tempo had slowed down in the second period, Sweden controlled the game in the court. Cleopatra Forsman-Goga posted two at the end of the half to give her team 43:26. The game was not over for the Baltic team that returned into the game in the third period. After 18-6 in the next 10 minutes the board showed 49:44 as Gintare Mazionyte (185-C-91) made a jump shot. Sweden did not allow the guests to come closer and created 30-16 in the last period to seal 79:60 victory.
Cleopatra Forsman-Goga erupted with 25 points and 13 rebounds, whilst Farhiya Abdi collected 19 points and 11 boards. Diana Zintikaite (163-G-91) finished the game with 12 points in the losing case. Lithuania finished 3 of 16 from long range while Sweden were 8 of 24.
In the Semifinal game the hosts will play against Spain that beat Ukraine 94:63 to qualify to the Semifinals of European Championships U18. The Spanish squad did not have any difficulties in the Quarterfinal clash and rightfully took the place in 1/2 Finals.

Lithuania U18: Diana Zintikaite 12, Gintare Mazionyte 11
Sweden U18: Cleopatra Forsman-Goga 25 points and 13 rebounds, Farhiya Abdi 19 points and 11 boards.


France U20 remain perfect in Poland - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U20-France U20 60:70 (15-18, 13-21, 14-16, 18-15)

France U20 celebrated the third win in Group D to remain perfect at the U20 European Championship in Poland. The team outscored Sweden 70:60 as both teams advanced to the Qualifying Round.
The teams exchanged the lead from the beginning and looked well in the court. France was more confident, while Staalvant reduced to 15:18 after the first frame. Halvarsson gave her team 19:18 and Yderstrm kept the team with 28:29. France however closed the half with 10-0 run for 39:29 advantage. From that time the favorites enjoyed the game more and more. The added 16-14 in the third period to have 13-point deficit. Halvarsson nailed three to reduce to 42:55 with her team. Sweden tried to recover in the last quarter or at least reduce the gap. They managed to do the latter winning the fourth period 18-15. Stefanie Yderstrom (172-G-90) scored from the perimeter to make the final score 60:70.
Melanie Plust (173-G-89) produced 11 points to lead all the winners. Marielle Amant (191-C-89), Aline Fischbach (-F) and Cata-Chitiga had 9 points apiece for the win. Stefanie Yderstrom finished the game with 21 points, while Nilsson notched 9.
In another game Russia U20 beat Belarus in the last game of Group D to advance to the Qualifying Round. Russia registered 96:63 victory to take 2-1 record.

Sweden U20: Stefanie Yderstrom 21, Nilsson 9
France U20: Melanie Plust 11, Marielle Amant 9, Aline Fischbach 9, Cata-Chitiga 9


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Switzerland edged Norway for the only victory - by Eurobasket News
Norway U18 - Switzerland U18 41:47

Norway and Switzerland battled for the only victory in the Classification Round of the European Championships U18 in Division B. The latter grabbed 47:41 win behind 17 points from Fanny Delacretaz (176-G/F-91). Lisa Mazzocchi (170-G/F-90) netted 11 and Toumi Anissa posted 5 for the winners. Austgulen Maren Hoff ended up with 14 points in the losing effort. Both teams lost the games to Netherlands that won the Classification Round. The tournament for these three teams is now over. European Championships U18 in Division B will close the doors on Sunday with a Final game between two top teams.


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Taiwan need two overtimes to tame Slovakia - by Eurobasket News
Taiwan - Slovakia 79:76 (2OT)
Taiwan clinched the 7th spot at the World University Games. They wrapped up their campaign in Serbia against Slovakia. The game turned into a real basketball thriller as Taiwan eked out the victory in the second extra period. The Asian team trailed by one at the end of the first frame. They recovered in the second stanza and grabbed a 36:33 lead at halftime. Slovakia dominated the third frame as they reigned on the glass and eased to a 9-point lead at three-quarter time. Taiwan found the way to answer as they limited their European opponents to 9 points in the final term and forced overtime. The first extra period did not figure out the winner as the teams accounted for 8 points apiece. But Taiwan scored 9 in the second overtime which proved just enough for an exhausting victory at the end.
Chen Yu-Chun (176-F-87) netted 20 points to pace Taiwan. Huang Ping-Jen (177-F-89) added 14 points, 5 boards and 5 assists in the win. Katarina Tetemondova (185-F-88) responded with 17 points and 19 rebounds for Slovakia. Eva Kmetova (188-C-87) dropped 16 points and collected 12 boards in the loss.
Slovakia outrebounded their opponents 64:32 but sank just 33% from the field. The European team also committed deadly 31 turnovers down the stretch.

Taiwan: Chen Yu-Chun 20, Huang Ping-Jen 14, Li Wan-Ting (180-G-86) 13
Slovakia: Katarina Tetemondova 17+19 boards, Eva Kmetova 16+12 boards



Jones Cup - women's competition news - by Chris Wang
-- Taiwan women's NT point guard Ma Yi-hung injured her right ankle and is expected to miss the opening game today against Malaysia.

Losing Ma is devastating. Taiwan NT is now down to only one PG -- Chen Yi-feng -- and nine players after losing Chu Yung-hsuan and 15-year-old Lin Yu-ting also to injury.

Taiwan NT head coach Hung Ling-yao, who is coaching WUG squad in Serbia now, has requested to replace injured players with three players -- Huang Fan-shan, Lee Wan-ting and Chen Yu-chun -- from the WUG team.

-- Speaking of which, Taiwan WUG team beat Slovakia 79-76 in double overtime and finished for 7th place with four wins and three losses.

Taiwan is the only Asian team in the quarterfinal as Japan and China ranked 9th and 10th respectively. However, this is the worst finish for Taiwan in the last four WUGs. It was 5th, 5th and 4th in the previous three World University Games.

-- The Japan NT is not the REAL national team. There are only six current NT members on the squad. However, never underestimate the Japanese. Japan has always been a quick, sharp-shooting and hard-working team.

-- Korea is represented by two-time WKBL champion Shinhan Bank. It's regarded the team to beat in the four-team tournament.

Keep your eyes on Chun Joo-weon and Jung Sun-min, the veterans both played in the WNBA and had more than a dozen years of international competition experience for Korea.

Also pay attention to 202cm center Ha Eun-joo, elder sister of former NBA center Ha Seung-jin (221cm).



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Turkey overcame Bulgaria in their last game in Sweden - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria U18- Turkey U18 45:87

Bulgaria could not win any game at the Classification Round and finished the group with 0-3 record after the loss from Turkey 45:87. The latter won all the games at the Classification Round to finish it with 3-0 record. Ozge Yavas (169-G-91) paced all the winners with 23 points and Esra Ural (197-C-91) collected 16 points and 12 rebounds. Mirena Dencheva (184-F-91) produced 14 points in the losing effort.
In another game of the Classification Round Slovakia sent Belarus to Division B as they beat them 64:59 for the last game for both teams. Martina Kissova top-scored for the winners with 18 points and 10 rebounds, whilst Baburova Alexandra netted 17. Padshyvalava Karalina erupted with 25 points in the losing case.



Turkey U20 stay alive - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U20-Ukraine U20 70:59 (11-17, 19-18, 21-9, 19-15)

Turkey advanced to the Qualifying Round after the win over Ukraine at the U20 European Championship in Poland. In the game between two winless teams Turkey grabbed 70:59 victory for 1-2 record.
Even though Turkey opened the game with four consecutive points, Ukraine tied the game at 11:11. Moreover the latter kept the opponents scoreless in the rest of the quarter and won the first period 17:11. Arina Lysyuk (170-G-89) scored for 20:11 and then Tugce Canitez (188-F-90) woke up with Turkey for 13:20. Gulsah Gumusay (180-F-89) gave her team 23:22 and Saylar scored for 30:29. Ukraine closed the half with 6-0 run for 35:30 as Arina Lysyuk made a lay-up.
Turkey needed more than 6 minutes to tie the game as Bahar Yapar (179-F-89) scored for 42:42. The winners of the game increased to 51:44 after 21-9 in the frame. In the last quarter Turkey led from the beginning until the end to seal the victory. Tugce Canitez scored the last points for Turkish side as they march to the Qualifying Round.
Gulsah Gumusay paced all the winners with 25 points, while Tugce Canitez had 19 points and 10 boards. Bahar Yapar netted 11 in the winning effort, while Oleksandra Prystupa (205-C-89, agency: LBM Management) top-scored for Ukraine with 15 points. Taisiia Bovykina (190-C-89, agency: LBM Management) delivered 12 and Arina Lysyuk scored 11 points.
Spain U20 became too good for three other teams in Group A of U20 European Championship in Poland. The favorites outscored Germany in the last game of the Preliminary Round 80:44 to take 3-0 record.

Turkey U20: Gulsah Gumusay 25, Tugce Canitez 19+10 rebs, Bahar Yapar 11
Ukraine U20: Oleksandra Prystupa 15, Taisiia Bovykina 12, Arina Lysyuk 11


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  UKRAINE - Women  


Turkey U20 stay alive - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U20-Ukraine U20 70:59 (11-17, 19-18, 21-9, 19-15)

Turkey advanced to the Qualifying Round after the win over Ukraine at the U20 European Championship in Poland. In the game between two winless teams Turkey grabbed 70:59 victory for 1-2 record.
Even though Turkey opened the game with four consecutive points, Ukraine tied the game at 11:11. Moreover the latter kept the opponents scoreless in the rest of the quarter and won the first period 17:11. Arina Lysyuk (170-G-89) scored for 20:11 and then Tugce Canitez (188-F-90) woke up with Turkey for 13:20. Gulsah Gumusay (180-F-89) gave her team 23:22 and Saylar scored for 30:29. Ukraine closed the half with 6-0 run for 35:30 as Arina Lysyuk made a lay-up.
Turkey needed more than 6 minutes to tie the game as Bahar Yapar (179-F-89) scored for 42:42. The winners of the game increased to 51:44 after 21-9 in the frame. In the last quarter Turkey led from the beginning until the end to seal the victory. Tugce Canitez scored the last points for Turkish side as they march to the Qualifying Round.
Gulsah Gumusay paced all the winners with 25 points, while Tugce Canitez had 19 points and 10 boards. Bahar Yapar netted 11 in the winning effort, while Oleksandra Prystupa (205-C-89, agency: LBM Management) top-scored for Ukraine with 15 points. Taisiia Bovykina (190-C-89, agency: LBM Management) delivered 12 and Arina Lysyuk scored 11 points.
Spain U20 became too good for three other teams in Group A of U20 European Championship in Poland. The favorites outscored Germany in the last game of the Preliminary Round 80:44 to take 3-0 record.

Turkey U20: Gulsah Gumusay 25, Tugce Canitez 19+10 rebs, Bahar Yapar 11
Ukraine U20: Oleksandra Prystupa 15, Taisiia Bovykina 12, Arina Lysyuk 11


Spain opened the game with 31 consecutive points to ruin Ukraine - by Eurobasket News
Spain U18- Ukraine U18 94:63 (31-7, 18-24, 24-9, 21-23)

Spain beat Ukraine 94:63 to qualify to the Semifinals of European Championships U18. The Spanish squad did not have any difficulties in the Quarterfinal clash and rightfully took the place in 1/2 Finals.
Spain opened the game with 31 consecutive points to dominate the court from the beginning. Amaya Gastaminza (188-F-91) made 31-0 with 2 minutes to play in the first quarter, but then Ukraine posted 7 in a row. In the second period Ukraine somehow woke up to reduce the gap a bit in the game. Zavidna nailed a three for 49:31 as Ukraine cut it to 18 at the halftime.
Spain pushed the tempo again in the third frame as the majority of the players contributed into the lead. Casas made it 58:35 and Amaya Gastaminza scored for 62:35. Delgado made a lay-up for 73:40 advantage after three quarters played. Ukraine won the last stanza 23-21 but could only end with 63:94 loss.
Amaya Gastaminza nailed 20 points and Leonor Rodriguez (177-G-91) posted 17 for the winners. Olha Maznichenko (186-F-91) and Olesya Malashenko (188-F-91, agency: LBM Management) combined 33 points for Ukraine.
In the Semifinal game Spain will play against Sweden that advanced to the Semifinals of the European Championships U18 as they prevail Lithuania 79:60. Cleopatra Forsman-Goga erupted with 25 points and 13 rebounds, whilst Abdi Farhiya collected 19 points and 11 boards. Zintikaite Diana finished the game with 12 points in the losing case.

Spain U18: Amaya Gastaminza 20, Rodriguez 17, Casas 13
Ukraine U18: Olha Maznichenko 17, Olesya Malashenko 16


The defending champions survived in the game against Ukraine U18 - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine U18-Lithuania U18 82:84 (20-20, 13-21, 20-28, 29-15)

The defending champions Lithuania survived in the game against Ukraine to win 84:82. Lithuania led for the whole game but allowed the Ukrainian side to reduce to two points at the end of it.
The first period did not bring the leader as two squads nailed 20 points each. In the second frame the Baltic squad took the lead and started to increase it from time to time. Greta Sniokaite (173-G-91) gave her team 41:30 and Rykulska cut it to 41:33 at the halftime. Lithuania held 10-point difference and grabbed 69:53 after thirty minutes of the game when Visgaudaite and Olesya Malashenko (188-F-91, agency: LBM Management) exchanged the baskets. Ukraine woke up in the last stanza and made a fabulous comeback to surprise the winners. The Baltic side however did not allow Ukraine to tie the game and won 84:82.
Greta Sniokaite top-scored for the winners with 19 points, while Santa Okockyte (175-G-92) and Egle Siksniute (196-F/C-91) netted 18 each. Olha Maznichenko (186-F-91) finished the game with 29 points in defeat, Darya Zavidna (178-F-93) notched 17 and Olesya Malashenko collected 15 points and 10 boards.
In another game Serbia U18 won the Semi-Final Round for 5th to 8th Place as they overcame Latvia. Jovanovic wins the battle over Niedola as she led her team to 80:74 victory.Serbia will meet Lithuania for Sunday's 5th-6th place game in the U18 European Championship Women. Ukraine will take on Latvia in the battle for seventh-place.

Ukraine U18: Olha Maznichenko 29, Darya Zavidna 17, Olesya Malashenko 15+10 rebs
Lithuania U18: Greta Sniokaite 19, Santa Okockyte 18, Egle Siksniute 18


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Great Britain beat Austria in Ohrid - by Eurobasket News
Great Britain U20 - Austria U20 64:46
Great Britain U20 earned the second win at the European Championship in Division B. They defeated Austria in preliminary Group A but could not make it into the quarterfinal. Great Britain finished in the fifth spot in Pool A just one step away from the playoffs. Austria completed the preliminary action winless at the bottom of the ladder.
Great Britain and Austria stayed close in the opening frame. A Sergio Lara-Bercial team jumped in front late in the quarter to enjoy an 18;14 advantage at the first break. Great Britain started to get away in the second frame. They held Austria to 7 points in the period to earn a 15-point lead at halftime. Things changed little in the third quarter as Great Britain continued to dominate. They piled up a 19-point lead with ten minutes remaining. Austria could not recover despite narrowly beating Great Britain in the fourth term.
Tamzin Barroilhet (180-G-90) tallied 13 points and 7 boards for Great Britain. Harriett Yea (180-G/F-89) and Kelsey Bardsley (171-G-90) notched 11 points each for the winners. Sarah Schicher (188-F-90) responded with 15 points for Austria. Milena Lazarevic (178-F-91) and Georgia De Leeuw (175-G-90) finished with 7 points each in the loss.

Great Britain: Tamzin Barroilhet 13, Harriett Yea 11, Kelsey Bardsley 11
Austria: Sarah Schicher 15, Milena Lazarevic 7, Georgia De Leeuw 7



Poland clinch 5th spot in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News
Poland - Great Britain 79:74
Poland claimed the fifth spot at the World University Games in Belgrade. They defeated Great Britain in a nail-biting affair to occupy the position. Katarzyna Krezel (185-G-85) knocked down 29 points to lead Poland to an overtime victory. Justyna Zurowska (188-C-85) provided 22 points and 21 boards for the winners.
Poland led by 2 points at the first change but could not keep up the pace in the second period. Great Britain took over and denied the deficit. Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87) paced Great Britain as they grabbed a 37:32 lead at the interval. Poland used the long break to recover and fired from all guns in the third period. They turned a 5-point deficit into a 4-point lead before the fourth quarter. But similarly to the first half a Dariusz Maciejewski team ran out of steam in the second part of the half. Great Britain reduced the margin and tied the score to send game into overtime. But Poland survived the challenge as Katarzyna Krezel and Justyna Zurowska did their best to secure a tough win at the end.
Izabela Piekarska (196-C/F-85, college: UTEP) added 13 points for the winners. Johannah Leedham responded with 24 points for Great Britain. Azania Stewart (193-C) had 16 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

Poland: Katarzyna Krezel 29, Justyna Zurowska 22+21 boards, Izabela Piekarska 13
Great Britain: Johannah Leedham 24, Azania Stewart 16



Denmark outscored the United Kingdom in the Semi-Final Round for 9th to 12th Place - by Eurobasket News
Denmark U18 - United Kingdom U18 62:51

Denmark outscored the United Kingdom 62:51 in the Semi-Final Round for 9th to 12th Place. Ida Krogh (181-G/F-91) paced all the winners with 16 points and 8 rebounds, while Ostergaard Nikoline netted 14. Chiemeka Katrin produced 14 points in defeat. Denmark will now face Romania in the game for the 9th spot. Romania overcame Croatia 63:52 in the Classification Round for 9-12 places. Cristina Bigica top-scored for the winners with 29 points and Ursu Sonia netted 16. Horvat Barbara ended up with 20 points in the losing effort.


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More than 4,000 fans saw the 9th victory of the Fever - by Eurobasket News
Minnesota L. - S.Antonio SS 61-77
Sophia Young (6'1''-F-83, college: Baylor) and Hammon Rebecca combined 40 points for San Antonio as they rolled over Minnesota 77:61. Riley Ruth netted 12 and Snell Belinda posted 10. Wiggins Candice finished the night with 15 points in the losing effort.

Indiana F. - Chicago S. 83-54
Indiana reached the 9th victory as they cruised past Chicago at the UIC Pavilion before more than 4,000 fans. Shaya Murphy (5'11''-G-85, college: USC) paced all the winners with 15 points and Davenport Jessica added 12. Ely Shyra finished the game with 12 points in the losing effort.



Standings
WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Indiana F. 9-2 
 2. Chicago S. 6-7 
 3. Atlanta D. 6-7 
 4. Washingt. M. 5-5 
 5. Connect. S. 5-6 
 6. New York L. 3-7 
 7. Detroit S. 2-7 
Western
 1. Phoenix M. 9-4 
 2. Seattle S. 8-4 
 3. Minnesota L. 8-5 
 4. S.Antonio SS 5-5 
 5. L.Angeles S. 4-6 
 6. Sacram. M. 3-9 


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  WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES - Women  


Finals in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News
Final
USA - Russia 83:64

The US World University selection triumphed in Belgrade. They defeated Russian counterparts in the championship game to take gold medals. Tina Charles (193-C-88) was unstoppable for the USA. She tallied 28 points and 18 rebounds to propel a Charli Turner Thorne team to the big success. The USA kept their unblemished record from start to finish winning all of their games in Belgrade. Russia could not match the USA and had to surrender in the decider. But the game was not an easy one for the champions. Russia led by 2 points at the first intermission. The USA had to stiffen their defense in the second period to pull in front. They limited Russia to 9 points in the second stanza to accumulate an 8-point advantage at the interval. The USA poured in 25 points in the third quarter to clear off to a 17-point distance at three-quarter time. Russia tried hard to deny the deficit but the USA stayed calm and rolled to a comfortable win at the end.
Jantel Lavender (193-C-88) finished with 14 points for the winners. Kayla Pederson had 11 points and 9 boards for the USA. Olga Iakovleva (195-C-86, agency: LBM Management) responded with 18 points for Russia. Elena Danilochkina delivered 13 points in defeat. The USA outrebounded their opponents 52:32 and limited those to 36% from the field.

USA: Tina Charles 28+18 boards, Jantel Lavender 14, Kayla Pederson 11
Russia: Olga Iakovleva 18, Elena Danilochkina 13

Bronze medals game
Australia - Czech Republic 88:77
Australia climbed on the podium at the World University Games in Serbia. The Aussies overcame Czech Republic in the consolation final today. Elyse Penaluna (193-C-88) was back to her outstanding form to lead Australia. She tallied 28 points and 16 rebounds to lead Australia.
Australia and Czech Republic got to a flying start exchanging baskets in the opening frame. Australia secured a 26:21 lead after ten minutes but Czech Republic did not allow Australia to clear off. An Ivan Benes team held their opponents to 13 points in the second stanza to trim the distance to 3 points at halftime. Australia stepped on the gas again in the third quarter. They outscored the European team by 9 points to head into the final stanza ahead by 12. Czech Republic fired 28 points in the fourth period but it was not enough against Australia. A Peter Buckle outfit responded with 27 points of their own to claim a confident victory at the end.
Marianna Tolo scored 19 points and grabbed 13 rebounds for Australia. Chantella Perera had 18 points, 6 assists, 5 steals and 5 boards for the winners. Katerina Elhotova (176-G-89) answered with 24 points for Czech Republic. Romana Hejdova had 17 points in the loss.

Australia: Elyse Penaluna 28+16 boards, Marianna Tolo 19, Chantella Perera 18
Czech Republic: Katerina Elhotova 24, Romana Hejdova 17

5-6 spot
Poland - Great Britain 79:74
Poland claimed the fifth spot at the World University Games in Belgrade. They defeated Great Britain in a nail-biting affair to occupy the position. Katarzyna Krezel (185-G-85) knocked down 29 points to lead Poland to an overtime victory. Justyna Zurowska provided 22 points and 21 boards for the winners.
Poland led by 2 points at the first change but could not keep up the pace in the second period. Great Britain took over and denied the deficit. Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87) paced Great Britain as they grabbed a 37:32 lead at the interval. Poland used the long break to recover and fired from all guns in the third period. They turned a 5-point deficit into a 4-point lead before the fourth quarter. But similarly to the first half a Dariusz Maciejewski team ran out of steam in the second part of the half. Great Britain reduced the margin and tied the score to send game into overtime. But Poland survived the challenge as Katarzyna Krezel and Justyna Zurowska did their best to secure a tough win at the end.
Izabela Piekarska added 13 points for the winners. Johannah Leedham responded with 24 points for Great Britain. Azania Stewart had 16 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

Poland: Katarzyna Krezel 29, Justyna Zurowska 22+21 boards, Izabela Piekarska 13
Great Britain: Johannah Leedham 24, Azania Stewart 16

7-8 spot
Taiwan - Slovakia 79:76 (2OT)

Taiwan clinched the 7th spot at the World University Games. They wrapped up their campaign in Serbia against Slovakia. The game turned into a real basketball thriller as Taiwan eked out the victory in the second extra period. The Asian team trailed by one at the end of the first frame. They recovered in the second stanza and grabbed a 36:33 lead at halftime. Slovakia dominated the third frame as they reigned on the glass and eased to a 9-point lead at three-quarter time. Taiwan found the way to answer as they limited their European opponents to 9 points in the final term and forced overtime. The first extra period did not figure out the winner as the teams accounted for 8 points apiece. But Taiwan scored 9 in the second overtime which proved just enough for an exhausting victory at the end.
Chen Yu-Chun (176-F-87) netted 20 points to pace Taiwan. Huang Ping-Jen added 14 points, 5 boards and 5 assists in the win. Katarina Tetemondova (185-F-88) responded with 17 points and 19 rebounds for Slovakia. Eva Kmetova dropped 16 points and collected 12 boards in the loss.
Slovakia outrebounded their opponents 64:32 but sank just 33% from the field. The European team also committed deadly 31 turnovers down the stretch.

Taiwan: Chen Yu-Chun 20, Huang Ping-Jen 14, Li Wan-Ting 13
Slovakia: Katarina Tetemondova 17+19 boards, Eva Kmetova 16+12 boards

9-10 spot
Japan - China 91:86

Japan clinched the ninth place at the World University Games in Serbia. They held off China as both teams completed their Universiade campaigns. Japan had to overcome a 7-point halftime deficit to celebrate a tough win at the end. Saori Ohtaka (170-F-88) tallied 19 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds to lift Japan to the victory.
A Toshinobu Sato team got the better start to the game. They registered a 29:24 lead after a high-flying first quarter. But China turned the tables in the second stanza closing out their defense. They limited their archrivals to only 11 points in the quarter and turned the deficit into a 7-point lead at the long break. Japan reestablished their offensive threat in the third quarter. They poured in 28 points in the period to get back in the drivers seat. China kept it within striking distance throughout the final stanza but failed to save the game and finished in the tenth position.
Miki Fujii came up with 17 points for Japan. Mutya Mori and TAkemoto had 16 points apiece in the win. Hua Lin (187-86) answered with game-high 30 points and 17 boards for China. Zhao Tangwei had 18 points and 11 boards in defeat.

Japan: Saori Ohtaka 19, Miki Fujii 17, Mutya Mori 16, Akane Takemoto 16
China: Hua Lin 30+17 boards, Zhao Tangwei 18+11 boards

11-12 spot
Serbia - Hungary 81:67
Serbia finished their World University campaign with win. They outgunned Hungary to complete the home tournament at the 11th place. Hungary clinched the 12th overall position. Zorica Mitov (189-C-87) led balanced effort from the home side with 14 points and 8 boards. Serbia used a 26:18 first frame to build a decisive lead in this one. Hungary sparked the intrigue in the second period closing on the gap and trailing by just 2 points at halftime. But the hosts survived the threat. They maintained the margin throughout the third period and entered the final stanza ahead by 5 points. Hungary netted only 12 points in the final quarter and lost the battle at the end. Danijela Rizvic nailed 12 points, pulled down 6 boards and issued 4 assists for Serbia. Jovana Rad and Biljana Stjepanovic finished with 10 points each for the winners. Anna Vida (184-F-85) answered with 16 points for Hungary. Reka Fejes had 13 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.
Serbia outrebounded their opponents 38:28 and sank impressive 53% from the field. Hungary answered with just 40% field goal accuracy.

Serbia: Zorica Mitov 14, Danijela Rizvic 12, Jovana Rad 10, Biljana Stjepanovic 10
Hungary: Anna Vida 16, Reka Fejes 13