EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/18/2009

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  ARAB NATIONS CUP   


Day 2 in Morocco - by Eurobasket News
Arab Nations Cup had closed the doors after the second day with four games played. Here are the latest results:
UAE grabbed the first win at the Arab Nations Cup held in Morocco these days. They overcame Lebanon 71:68 in Group A action. UAE used a 23:13 rally in the starting stanza to build a decisive lead in the game. Lebanon trimmed the deficit to a single point heading into the final frame but could not prevail at the end. UAE ensured a tough win to improve at 1-0 record. Lebanon slipped at 0-1.
Tunisia posted the second straight win at the Arab Nations Cup held in Morocco. They defeated Syria 86:71 to remain on top of preliminary Group A. Syria in the meantime slipped at 0-2 record after the loss. Tunisia led by just 3 points at the first break but managed to stretch the margin at 10 points into the second half. They dominated the game after the major break and posted a well-deserved win at the end.
Kuwait celebrated the first win at the Arab Nations Cup in Morocco. They held off Yemen 64:58 in Group B opener for both teams. Kuwait trailed by 4 points at halftime but were able to recover after the long break. They turned the deficit into a 3-point lead before the fourth quarter and sealed the winning effort in the fourth stanza.
Morocco beat Saudi Arabia 71:60 in the second game of Day 1 at the Arab Nations Cup. The hosts of the tournament looked better from the beginning and won the opening quarter 14:12. They pushed the tempo for good in the second period for 19:11 t take 33:23 halftime advantage. Saudi Arabia played tougher in the third period and produced 19-20, however could not come closer to the winners. Morocco held off the opponents in the last stanza to win the first game of the tournament.


Standings
Standings
Group A
1. Tunisia2-0
2. Libya2-0
3. United Ara.1-1
4. Algeria1-1
5. Lebanon0-2
6. Syria0-2
Group B
1. Kuwait1-0
2. Egypt1-0
3. Saudi Arab.1-1
4. Morocco1-1
5. Yemen0-2


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  AUSTRALIA   


Aussies In Action - NBA Summer League - by Ian Moss
Australians Brad Newley (199-G-85) (Houston Rockets) and Joe Ingles (203-G/F-87) (Golden State Warriors) both saw court time in the 2009 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

After playing together back in high school in South Australia, both are possibly a step closer to the NBA.

Both players started three times for their respective Summer League teams and both put up respectable numbers despite averaging limited minutes.

Newley, playing as a guard for the Rockets, averaged 6.8ppg and 2.6rpg in only 18.0 minutes per game in his 5 games.

Ingles, playing as a forward for the Warriors, was actually fortunate enough to play an entire game against the Chicago Bulls, but overall averaged only 25.6 minutes per game. He scored an average of 3.2ppg, 4.2rpg and 1.2apg in 5 games.

The NBA Summer League concludes 19th July, but both the Rockets and Warriors have already completed their 5-game schedule.

Will Newley and Ingles realise their dreams and go from playing high school basketball to the highest level of basketball? Only time will tell.


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  AUSTRIA   


Macedonia topple Austria - by Eurobasket News
Macedonia U20 - Austria U20 78:70

Macedonia overcame Austria in the first game at the European Championship in Division B. Macedonia entered the tournament as the hosts and lived up to the highest expectations of the home fans that supported the team in Skopje. Marko Simonovski (190-G-89) scored 19 points to lead Macedonia to the initial win.
The teams kept it close in the opening minutes but soon Macedonai stumped their authority. Nancheski netted 5 points in a row, while Marko Simonovski and Apcev followed with three trebles as the hosts grabbed a 22:9 lead. Obermann and Heuberger sweetened the pill for Austria with 5 points to cap the opening stanza. Marko Simonovski, Ivica Dimcevski (192-G-89) and Petrusev continued to cannon from beyond the arc for Macedonia. The margin grew at 15 points as Macedonia sit comfortably in front. Moritz Lanegger (188-G-90, agency: Interperformances) and Heuberger helped Austria cut the deficit to 10 points at halftime. But Macedonia continued to dominate in the second half. They limited the visitors to 9 points in the third frame and entered the final stanza up by 13 points. Austria finally showed some sparking performance scoring 29 points in the fourth quarter but it did not prevent them from falling at the end.
Ivica Dimcevski knocked down 18 points for Macedonia. Nanchevski added 11 points in the winning case. Moritz Lanegger responded with 18 points for Austria. Rasid Mahalbasic (207-F/C-90) had 13 points and 9 rebounds in defeat.

Macedonia U20: Marko Simonovski 19, Ivica Dimcevski 18, Nanchevski 11
Austria U20: Moritz Lanegger 18, Rasid Mahalbasic 13



Transfer news - by Stefan Heinrich
The Traiskirchen Lions were able to sign Coach Andrea Maghelli for another season. It will be Maghelli's 5th season in the Austrian Bundesliga. Maghelli will start to look for new players right now and in the middle of August he will come back to Traiskirchen to start their pre-season.

Marko Moric (207-F-81, agency: World Sport Agency) will be the new PF of the Klosterneuburg Dukes for the 2009-2010 season. Moric played last season in Oberwart and he had 17.3ppg and almost 7 rebounds per game. The Dukes finished their roster with his signature.


Austrian U20 National Team 2009 - by Richard
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4 Jesse Seilern (189-G-90) of Kapfenberg Bulls
5 Sebastian Schaal (189-G-90) of kelag Worthersee Piraten
6 Christoph Greimeister (204-C-90) of UBC St. Polten
7 Michael Janisch (202-F-89) of Allianz Swans Gmunden
8 Moritz Lanegger (188-G-90) of Kapfenberg Bulls
9 Rasid Mahalbasic (207-F/C-90) of Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo (BIH)

10 Hannes Obermann (182-G-90) of UBC St. Polten
11 Eric Schranz (205-C-90) of Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions
12 Matthias Weisl (186-G-89)
13 Thomas Csebits (192-G-89) of WBC Kraftwerk Wels
14 David Hasenburger (203-F-90) of Oberwart Gunners
15 Alexander Heuberger (201-F/C-89) of BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers
Head Coach Salomon Werner


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  BELGIUM   


France U20 won the last game of Day 2 - by Eurobasket News
Belgium U20-France U20 61:78

France U20 edged Belgium in Rhodes at the U20 European Championship. The team jumped to 2-0 after 78:61 over the Belgian squad in Group B. France looked very ambitious in the game and rightfully deserved the victory. Libert nailed the last three-pointer for the winners, while Serron closed the game with a lay-up. Kevin Seraphin (205-F/C-89) top-scored for the winners with 17 points, Thomas Heurtel (188-G-89) had 13 and Ona-Embo posted 10. Libert and Ioannis Iarochevitch (207-C/F-89, agency: LBM Management) brought 12 points each in defeat.
In another game of the group Greece celebrated the second straight win at the U20 European Championship in Rhodes. The hosts improved to 2-0 after 79:66 victory in Group B.

Belgium U20: Libert 12, Ioannis Iarochevitch 12
France U20: Kevin Seraphin 17, Thomas Heurtel 13, Ona-Embo 10


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  BOSNIA   


87-60 - Hungarians spanked Bosnian tourists! - by Nedzad Kladusak
The bosnian efforts to qualify for the EC in Poland look more and more like unreleased
footage of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. Since Mujo Tuljkovic and NT assistant had no valid documents they had to stay in BIH while the rest of the bosnian expedition travelled to Hungary where they will play two friendly matches.
Bosnians are known to be very kind hosts but today they also gave proof that they are even better guests. After a shocking performance Bosnia-Hercegovina has been routed by 87-60 announcing shameful weeks for the bosnian basketball history.
Hungarians dominated both in the paint enjoying also high field-goal percentages. BIH NT made two (2) three-pointers out of 20 attempts. Bajramovic announced during the preparations that perimeter shooting will not be a strategy but only a mean. Nihad Djedovic, Ratko Varda and colleagues don t want or are not able to implement the concept. Anyway the time for change has come not only on the court but also on the bench. KK Bosna is a nice example what a well-coached, motivated team can achieve even without stars like Teletovic.




HUN-BIH 87-60 (23-9, 23-16, 17-11, 24-24)

HUN: Marton Fodor (191-G-81, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services). 8/6 , Istvan Nemeth (190-G-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 8/6, Tamas Kaman (200-F/G-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 14/9, Zoltan Horvath (207-F/C-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 9/3, Peter Lorant (207-F/C-85) 6 Bench: Gergely Kortelyesi (203-C-83, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 8/3, Akos Horvath (194-G/F-81) 2, Adam Hanga (201-G-89, agency: FCM),Vojvoda 10/3, Zoltan Trepak (210-C-77, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) 2, Ferenc Bodi (198-F-77) 5/3, Norbert Toth (203-F-86, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services). 1.

BIH: Jovanovic 6/3, Opacak 5, Varda 7, Dedovic 18, Bajramovic 6 Bench: Kikanovic 6, Bavcic 2, Milosevic 6/3, Jazvin 4,Gordic -



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  BRAZIL   


Brazil outclass Guinea-Bissau - by Eurobasket News
Brazil - Guinea-Bissau 105:48

Brazilian National Team posted the second consecutive victory at the Lusophony Games in Portugal. They overwhelmed Guinea-Bissau in Lisbon to advance into the semifinal stage of the tournament. Brazil will play against Angola on Saturday. Guinea-Bissau will take on Macao for the 5th-6th spot later tonight.
Brazil dominated from start to finish in this one. They cruised to a 29:9 lead after ten minutes of action. Guinea-Bissau tried to match their opponents in the second period and scored 13 points but it was not enough to threaten the margin. Moreover the Latin American team built a 30-point lead at halftime. Brazil rolled confidently in the third frame taking a 45-point advantage into the fourth stanza. A Jose Neto team finished off their opponents in the fourth quarter to stay undefeated in Lisbon.
Alexandre Nascimento (202-F-83) came up with 23 points and 8 boards for Brazil. Paulo Prestes (209-C-88) added 10 points, while four other players scored 8 points in the win. Josimar Cardoso (201-F-87) responded with 11 points and 5 boards for Guinea-Bissau. Francisco Rodrigues (192-G-78) had 8 points in the loss.

Brazil: Alexandre Nascimento 23, Paulo Prestes 10, Lucas Alves (206-F/C) 8+11 boards
Guinea-Bissau: Josimar Cardoso 11, Francisco Rodrigues 8



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  BULGARIA   


Bulgarian U20 National Team 2009 - by Richard
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4 Iskren Ivanov (186-G-89) of BC Levski Ekopetroulium Sophia
5 Bozhidar Avramov (196-G-90) of Pamesa Valencia (ESP)
6 Dimitar Phillipov (185-G-89) of PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia

7 Simeon Iliev (202-F-89) of BC Euroins-Cherno More
8 Tihomir Zhelev (192-G-90) of BC Euroins-Cherno More
9 Vasil Kyosev (195-G-90) of BC Euroins-Cherno More
10 Hristo Zahariev (197-G/F-90) of GMAC Real Estate Bologna (ITA)
11 Aleksandar Yanev (202-F-90) of BC Euroins-Cherno More
12 Tsvetelin Ivanov (196-G-89) of BC Levski Ekopetroulium Sophia
13 Konstandin Marshavelski (206-C-89)
14 Simeon Mihaylov (205-F/C-89) of BC Euroins-Cherno More
15 Stanislav Vaklinov (205-F-89) of Rilski Sportist Samokov
Head Coach: Ivan Cholakov


Bulgarian U18 National Team 2009 - by Eurobasket
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Rostislav Aleksov (200-F/C-91) of Chernomorets Burgas
Ilhan Arabadzhiev (194-F-91)
Emil Binev (198-F-91) of Chernomorets Burgas
Planimir Dafinov (180-G-92)
Hristo Gospodinov (198-F-92)
Plamen Hristov (196-F-91) of PBC Lukoil Akademik Sophia
Antonio Iliev (202-F-92) of Overgas Sophia
Darin Ivanov (181-G-91) of Rilski Sportist Samokov
Ivan Ivanov (-92)
Pavlin Ivanov (194-G-93) of Benetton Treviso (ITA)
Konstantin Koev (-91)
Todor Kolev (186-G-92)
Georgi Kunov (-92)
Ventsislav Manuilov (201-C-91) of Overgas Sophia
Stanimir Marinov (183-G-91)
Ventsislav Petkov (187-G-91) of Overgas Sophia
Lachezar Radev (204-F-91) of Cherno More 2
Haakan Serbezov (-91) of Cherno More 2
Georgi Sirakov (186-G-92)
Stanislav Stoev (202-C-92)
Stanislav Tsonkov (186-G-91) of Cherno More 2
Ivo Zahra (188-G-91) of Overgas Sophia
Yumit Zarali (-92)


Eight teams to play in the men league, the draw for the new season on July 22 - by Valentin Anguelov
Eight teams will take part in the second edition of NBL (68th national championship for Men) of Bulgaria. Today was the last possible day for requests and deposit for participation from the teams. The teams that will take part in the league next season are:
Lukoil Academic
BC Levski Ekopetroulium Sophia
Rilski Sportist
Spartak Pleven
Euroins Cherno More
Balkan
Chernomorets
Yambol
The draw will be held on July 22nd at 11.00 o'clock. The new names are those of Chernomorets from Burgas and Balkan from Botevgrad. Last season they were part of he lower A group. BC Sliven has not made a request to participate and will be part of the lower division during the next season, while CSKA still has sanctions.
The system of the competition will be divided in two phases: home and away basis in Regular season and playoffs. NBL is composed by 8 teams who will play each other four times, two at home and two away.
After those games are over according to the classification in the Regular season will begin the playoffs.
Quarterfinal games - best-of-three series. Home court advantage is with the better placed team. The couples will be as follow: 1-8, 2-7, 3-6, 4-5.
Semifinal games - best-of-five series. The better place team will be hosting the first two games and the eventual fifth. It's played 1-4, 2-3.
Final games:
- games for 3rd place - best-of-three series between the teams that have lost the semifinal matchups. Host of the first and the eventual third game is the better placed team.
- For 1st and 2nd place there are best-of-five series between the teams that have won in the semifinals. Host of the first two games and the eventual fifth one is the team with better place in the standings.


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  CAPE VERDE   


Lusophone Games, Cape Verde in the Semifinal round - by Pedro Gomes
Cape Verde National Team finished second in Group 2 in the 2nd Lusophone Games, by
defeating Guine Bissau, 87 to 74. With this win, Cape Verde National Team advances to the Semifinal
round.

The game was balanced in the first period, with both teams trying to get a feel of each
others game. But Guine got the best of the Cape Verde National Team, and finished the period with a
1 point lead, 19-18.

In the second period, Cape Verde National Team rithm on defence and offense improved, and forced
many turnovers from Guine. The offense was led by Mario Correia, with well excecuted
outside shots, and fast breaks. Cape Verde National Team outscored Guine, 28 to 7 in the second period.

Cape Vere Continuned well in the game, during the last period, the Cape Verde National Team slacked
on defence, and Guine gain more confidence, and managed to get closer to the
Cape Verde National Team on the scoreboard. The team controled their lead, and won the game 87-74.

Tommorrow, 18th July 2009, for their semi final game, Cape Verde National Team will play against
the Group 1 first place, Portugal.



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  CHILE   


Stats Leaders - DIMAYOR
DIMAYOR 2009 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Campos,Llan 35.5
2. Thornton,Oso 34.5
3. Heard,Val 28.0
4. Heard,Llan 27.0
5. Velasquez,Cas 25.0
Rebounds Per Game
1. Heard,Llan 19.5
2. Agba,Bos 14.5
3. Blackwell,Ula 13.5
4. Hubner,Sag 13.5
5. Briones,Lic 11.5
Assists Per Game
1. Saez,Lic 5.5
2. Espinoza,Bos 4.5
3. Hernandez,Ucon 4.5
4. Baez,Uc 4.0
5. Navarrete,Ula 4.0
Steals Per Game
1. Bravo, Val 4.5
2. Marchal,Ucon 4.0
3. Valdivia,Sag 4.0
4. Del Solar,Val 4.0
5. Johnson,Ula 3.5
Blocks Per Game
1. Hubner,Sag 3.5
2. Tarver,Uc 3.0
3. Heard,Val 2.5
4. Marechal,Ucon 2.0
5. Agba,Bos 2.0


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  CHINA   


Chinese National Team 2009 - by Richard
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4 Chen Jianghua (188-G-89) of Guandong Southern Tigers
5 Liu Wei (190-G-80) of Shanghai Dongfang Sharks
6 Zhang Qingpeng (188-G-81) of Liaoning Panpan Hunters
7 Wang Shipeng (197-F/G-83) of Guandong Southern Tigers
8 Zhu Fangyu (201-F-83) of Guandong Southern Tigers
9 Yue Sun (205-G/F-85) of Los Angeles Lakers (USA)
10 Ding Jinhui (204-C-90) of Zhejiang Wanma Cyclones
11 Jianlian Yi (212-C/F-87) of New Jersey Nets (USA)
12 Wang Lei (203-F-86) of Bayi Fubang
14 Wang Zhizhi (214-C-77) of Bayi Fubang
15 Du Feng (206-C/F-81) of Guandong Southern Tigers
17 Li Xiaoxu (204-C-90) of Liaoning Panpan Hunters
18 Hu Xuefeng (185-G-80) of Jiangsu Nangang Dragons Nanjing
19 Zhang Songtao (213-C-85) of Beijing Aoshen Olympians
20 Zhang Kai (211-C-82) of DongGuan New Century Leopards
23 Zhou Peng (207-F-89) of Guandong Southern Tigers
24 Su Wei (212-C-89) of Guandong Southern Tigers


China Loses to Lithuania 67-63 - by Arthur Volbert
China once again lost to Lithuania in these practice games preceding the Asian Championships. This time Lithuania won 67-63, and this time the second quarter was China's downfall.

China was edged by Lithuania in the first quarter, 17-15. It outscored Lithuania 20-12 in the third quarter and 17-13 in the fourth. However, Lithuania destroyed China in the second quarter 25-11, and this gave the game to Lithuania.

Yi Jianlian and Zhu Fangyu did not play for China, so it was missing its two best active players. Chen Jianghua also did not play for China, but this is because his style of play does not fit in with what coach Guo Shiqiang wants to do. Du Feng also did not see any playing time,likely for the same reason. Wang Zhizhi led China with 13 points and 6 rebounds in 20 minutes. Li Xiaoxu solidified his position as a power forward with 9 points and 6 rebounds in 27 minutes. Yue Sun (205-G/F-85, agency: Passing Lane) had 8 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 5 steals and 2 turnovers. But he missed all three of his three-pointers, continuing to show the outside shooting weakness that has always plagued him.

Wang Shipeng was scoreless in 13 minutes, missing both of his shots. Wang Lei had 8 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists in 13 minutes. But he only hit 3 of 8 free throws, including two misses in the last minute with an opportunity to tie the game. Zhang Qingpeng scored 9 points in 16 minutes. Liu Wei had 6 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist and 4 turnovers in 23 minutes. Too bad Guo Ailun isn't ten years older. Su Wei had 7 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals and 1 block in 13 minutes. But he also had 4 turnovers, showing his inexperience. Nevertheless Su appears likely to make the team as backup center as the team needs another big body and he is considerably more talented than Zhang Songtao or Zhang Kai. Du Feng's national team career seems to have run its course.




Link to box score:

http://cba.sports.sina.com.cn/look_scores.php?m_id=3398




Portugal breeze past Macao in Lisbon - by Eurobasket News
Portugal - Macao 113:42

Portugal clinched the top spot in Group A of the Lusophony Games 2009 held in Lisbon. They secured the second straight win at the tournament beating Macao by 71 points. Portugal thus set up semifinal clash against Capo Verde on Saturday. Macao will next face Guinea-Bissau for the 5th-6th position.
Portugal stormed into the game notching 31 points in first ten minutes. The hosts accumulated an 18-point advantage at the first intermission. The home team continued to pile up their advantage throughout the second term. They ensured a 33-point lead at halftime. Macao conceded 35 points in the third period to trail by insurmountable 59 points heading into the fourth quarter. Portugal coasted to the win in the final stanza keeping their unbeaten record at the tournament.
Rui Mota (190-G/F-78) knocked down 18 points to pace Portugal. Diogo Carreira (180-G-78) added 15 points, while Fernando Sousa (192-F-81) and Filipe Da Silva (185-F-86) canned 11 points each in the win. Lei Pang responded with 16 points for Macao. Sou Lan netted 7 points in defeat.

Portugal: Rui Mota 18, Diogo Carreira 15, Fernando Sousa 11, Filipe Da Silva 11
Macao: Lei Pang 16, Sou Lan 7



China Lost again - by Robert Wang
63:67. This is the second game result that chinese national team played against Lithuanian Junior team. Sun Yue shined tonight with 5 blocks and 5 steals. While the good shooter Wang Shi peng made 0 points and had been struggling on the court under the strong defense from Lithuanian team. Chinese team missed lot free throws tonight @ 17-31 (54.8%). This had been killing the whole team tonight.point gurads wasted a lot time on dribblng and passed the ball away after 10 seconds that would give teamates hard time to find the open shot. Bad screens and bad body condition, bad shooters and slow feet, etc..all those made chinese team need long time to imporve.

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  CROATIA   


Fourth quarter rally brings Ukraine to second straight win in Greece - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine U20 - Croatia U20 86:79

Ukraine held off Croatia for the second consecutive win at the U20 European Championship in Greece. Ukraine trailed by 5 points heading into the fourth quarter but went on a 24:12 run to sink Croatia. A Volodymyr Polyakh team remained on top of Group D at 2-0 record. Croatia slipped at 1-1 record in the second position.
Croats opened the game with four points in a row but Ukraine quickly struck back. They knocked down 9 straight points to grab the lead. Ukraine maintained the lead throughout the period as Stanislav Tymofeyenko (204-F-89) accounted for 9 points. Chygrynov started the second period with a jumper as Ukraine ensured a 6-point advantage. Croatia used a 7:0 run late in the half to pull in front. Radic and Antonio Ostric (200-G/F-89) followed with back-to-back trebles and Croatia sealed a 46:44 advantage at halftime.
Antonio Ostric, Hajdic and Karlo Vragovic (191-G-89) propelled Croatia to a 9-point lead midway through the third quarter. However Novikov scored 6 points in a 9:0 run from Ukraine early in the fourth quarter as they regained the advantage at 71:67. Denys Lukashov (190-G-89) then accounted for important six points as Ukraine kept Croatia at safe distance till the final whistle.
Denys Lukashov nailed 22 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for Ukraine. Stanislav Tymofeyenko had 17 points and 11 boards, while Olexiy Shchepkin (194-G-89) netted 15 points in the winning charge. Karlo Vragovic responded with 30 points for Croatia. Antonio Ostric finished with 13 points in defeat.

Ukraine U20: Denys Lukashov 22, Stanislav Tymofeyenko 17+11 boards, Olexiy Shchepkin 15
Croatia U20: Karlo Vragovic 30, Antonio Ostric 13



Croatian U18 National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
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Luka Babic (199-G-91) of KK Split
Ante Bakovic (195-G-91) of KK Split
Boris Barac (202-F-92)
Ivan Batur (202-F-91) of Pet Bunara Zadar
Toni Brnas (200-F-91) of KK Rudes Zagreb
Domagoj Bubalo (212-C-91) of KK Siroki Eronet (BIH)
Ivan Buva (208-C-91) of Cedevita Zagreb
Matej Cavar (-91)
Filip Culek (-91) of KK Zrinjevac Zagreb
Ante Cutura (198-F-91)
Vedran Dosen (-92) of Skola Kosarke Osijek
Andrija Hoti (-91)
Dino Jakolis (197-G-91) of KK Split
Matteo Juricic (191-G-91) of Kvarner Resort Novi Rijeka
Toni Katic (185-G-92) of KK Split
Marino Kucan (198-C-92) of Premium Cobras (SEY)
Ivan Mikulic (194-G-91) of KK Zadar
Filip Najev (204-F/C-92) of KK Split
Marko Petrovic (192-G-91) of KK Cibona VIP Zagreb
Toni Prostran (183-G-91) of KK Zadar
Dragan Sekelja (210-C-91) of KK Rudes Zagreb
Pasko Vrlika (204-C-91) of Sibenka Sibenik
Stefan Zadravec (187-G-92) of KK Bjelovar


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  CUBA   


Cuba will not be part of the FIBA Americas Championship - by Eurobasket
FIBA Americas received a letter from the Cuban Basketball Federation signed by their President, Mr. Ruperto Herrera, informing that the organization decided not to participate in the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship that will be played in Puerto Rico from August 26 to September 6.
The letter from the Cuban Federation Committee explained that after an evaluation of the latest results from the teams most recent participation, the CBC Championship played at the British Virgin Islands and where they finished third, has decided that their technical level was not acceptable and thus have opted for withdrawing their participation in the upcoming 2009 FIBA Americas Championship.
FIBA Americas Secretary General, Mr. Alberto Garcia, immediately contacted Panamas Basketball Federation President, Mr. Miguel Sanchez, in order to know if the country could occupy the spot left by Cuba.
The Federation of Panama subsequently has sent a letter in which they officially accept the invitation and will be present in Puerto Rico for the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship.
After and evaluation on their performance in previous tournaments, FIBA Americas Technical Director, Anibal Garcia, decided against performing a new draw and has also decided to simply exchange Cubas place in Group B with Panama.
FIBA Americas President, Mr. Horacio Muratore manifested, in a phone call, his worry about the situation that provoked that Cuba won't participate and added that the Executive Committee will be evaluating the situation on their next meeting in October.
He also thanked Mr. Sanchiz and his federation for accepting the invitation to take part in this event and maintain the tournament like it has always been played.


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  CYPRUS   


Proteas Eka Ael hires new head coach! - by Michael Aristidou
Proteas EKA AEL Limassol announce Yiangoulis Kuriakou as the new coach of the team for the next seazon. Yiangoulis Kuriakou was hired in the team in April 09 but was released a little later. Assistan coach will be Marios Thrasivoulidis who work in Ael women team for fout years from 2004-2008 having three championships and two cup in four years. The two coaches already got in business and they wait for the new club comittee to announce the budget for the next year. In other news Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Agios Dometios hired Christos Christodoulou (198-F-69) as head coach for the new seazon.

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  D-LEAGUE   


Former D-Leaguers in Action during Day 7 of NBA Summer League - by Surujh Roopnarine
Toronto Raptors (84) vs. Milwaukee Bucks (83)
RAPTORS: Quincy Douby (6'3''-G-84, college: Rutgers) (17pt+7as), Smush Parker (14pt), Patrick OBryant (11pt+7rb), Demetris Nichols (3pt+5rb)
BUCKS: Amir Johnson (6'9''-F/C-87) (6pt+5rb)



Houston Rockets (92) vs. Los Angeles Lakers (77)
ROCKETS: James White (6'6''-G-84, college: Cincinnati) (9pt), Will Conroy (8pt), Darryl Watkins (7pt)
LAKERS: David Monds (6'9''-F-83, college: Oklahoma St.) (14pt+6rb), Alan Anderson (6pt), Dominique Coleman (2pt)


New Orleans Hornets (84) vs. Golden State Warriors (104)
HORNETS: Earl Calloway (6'3''-G-83, college: Indiana) (17pt+7rb), Anthony Tolliver (4pt+6rb), Earl Barron (5pt)
WARRIORS: Jermareo Davidson (6'10''-F-84, college: Alabama) (4pt), Othello Hunter (5pt+7rb)


Oklahoma City Thunder (76) vs. San Antonio Spurs (85)
THUNDER: D.J. White (6'9''-F-86, college: Indiana) (17pt+5rb), Shaun Livingston (6pt+4rb+4as), Keith McLeod (2pt)
SPURS: Malik Hairston (6'6''-G-87, college: Oregon) (16pt+6rb), Ian Mahinmi (13pt+5rb), Romel Beck (6pt), Stephane Lasme (5pt)


Dallas Mavericks (62) vs. Cleveland Cavaliers (75)
MAVERICKS: Andre Brown (6'9''-F/C-81, college: De Paul) (10pt+4rb), Trent Strickland (9pt), Aaron Miles (7pt+4rb), Luke Jackson (6pt+4rb)
CAVALIERS: Jawad Williams (6'9''-F-83, college: N.Carolina) (18pt+9rb), Darnell Jackson (9pt+6rb), Maureece Rice (1pt)


Los Angeles Clippers (68) vs. Memphis Grizzlies (85)
CLIPPERS: Mike Taylor (6'2''-G-86, college: Iowa St.) (8pt+8as), Sean Banks (8pt), Kevinn Pinkney (2pt+3rb)
GRIZZLIES: Hamed Haddadi (7'2''-C-85) (2pt+3rb+3bs), Trey Gilder (2pt)



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U20   


Standings
Standings
Group A
1. Spain2-0
2. Latvia1-1
3. Russia1-1
4. Slovenia0-2
Group B
1. France2-0
2. Greece2-0
3. Italy0-2
4. Belgium0-2
Group C
1. Lithuania2-0
2. Monteneg.1-1
3. Turkey1-1
4. Israel0-2
Group D
1. Ukraine2-0
2. Serbia1-1
3. Croatia1-1
4. Germany0-2


Day: 2 (Preliminary Round) - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Slovenia - Spain 71-89
Spain posted the second straight win at the U20 European Championship. They edged Slovenia in Group A action today. Spain remained on top of the ladder, while Slovenia slipped at 0-2 in the fourth position. Pere Tomas (202-F-89) knocked down 14 points and grabbed 7 boards to lead Spain. Mamadou Samb had 13 points, while Sergio De La Fuente finished with 12 points in the victory. Miljan Kovacevic responded with 14 points for Slovenia. Marko Vranjkovic had 12 points in defeat.

Russia - Latvia 68-62
Russia celebrated the first win at the U20 European Championship in Greece. They prevailed against Latvian counterparts to improve at 1-1 record in Group A. Latvia in the meantime slipped at 1-1 record. Semen Antonov (203-F-89) stepped up for Russia tallying 25 points and 5 boards in the win. An Alexander Vasin team fired 24 points in the pivotal third quarter to clear off to a 10-point distance that proved unassailable for Latvia. Vladimir Ivlev tallied 11 points and 13 boards for Russia. Viacheslav Zaytsev and Dmitriy Khvostov added 10 points apiece in the win. Dairis Bertans answered with 18 points for Latvia. Janis Kaufmanis had 12 points in the losing effort.

Group B
Belgium - France 61-78
France U20 edged Belgium in Rhodes at the U20 European Championship. The team jumped to 2-0 after 78:61 over the Belgian squad in Group B. France looked very ambitious in the game and rightfully deserved the victory. Libert nailed the last three-pointer for the winners, while Serron closed the game with a lay-up. Kevin Seraphin (205-F/C-89) top-scored for the winners with 17 points, Thomas Heurtel had 13 and Ona-Embo posted 10. Libert and Ioannis Iarochevitch brought 12 points each in defeat.

Italy - Greece 66-79
Greece celebrated the second straight win at the U20 European Championship in Rhodes. The hosts improved to 2-0 after 79:66 victory in Group B. Georgios Bogris (209-C/F-89) notched 20 points for the hosts of the tournament and Kostas Papanikolaou added 17. Vlantimir Giankovits finished the game with 11 points in a win, while Niccolo Martinoni nailed 17 in defeat and Roberto Rullo had 14.

Group C
Montenegro - Turkey 61-58
Well-balanced offensive effort and suffocating defense helped Montenegro to post the first win at the U20 European Championship in Greece. Montenegro prevailed against Turkey to improve at 1-1 record in Group C. Turkey suffered the first defeat in Greece. Nikola Djokovic (190-G-89) and Sead Sehovic scored 12 points apiece for Montenegro. Nikola Vucevic had 11 points and 11 boards for the winning team. Erolcan Cinko responded with 15 points for Turkey. Ilkan Karaman and Tufan Onen had 6 points each in the loss.

Israel - Lithuania 68-118
Lithuania U20 became the leader of Group C as they smashed Israel U20 in Day 2. The Baltic side won all the frames to register 118:68 victory. Simas Buterlevicius top-scored for the winners with 19 points for 2-0 record. Vasiliauskas nailed 18, whilst Zygimantas Janavicius posted 17. Amit Simhon delivered 14 points in the losing case. Daniel and Yotam Shiran nailed 10 apiece as Israel dropped to 0-2.

Group D
Ukraine - Croatia 86-79
Ukraine held off Croatia for the second consecutive win at the U20 European Championship in Greece. Ukraine trailed by 5 points heading into the fourth quarter but went on a 24:12 run to sink Croatia. A Volodymyr Polyakh team remained on top of Group D at 2-0 record. Croatia slipped at 1-1 record in the second position. Denys Lukashov (190-G-89) nailed 22 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for Ukraine. Stanislav Tymofeyenko had 17 points and 11 boards, while Olexiy Shchepkin netted 15 points in the winning charge. Karlo Vragovic responded with 30 points for Croatia. Antonio Ostric finished with 13 points in defeat.

Germany - Serbia 77-79
Serbian U20 team posted the initial win at the European Championship in Greece. They eked out a last-second victory over Germany to improve at 1-1 record in Group D. Germany suffered the second straight loss and remained at the bottom of the standings. The teams were tied at 77 with ten seconds remaining. But this time was just enough for Dragan Milosavljevic to win the game for Serbia as he converted a buzzer-beating lay-up. Filip Covic (178-G-89) finished with 23 points for Serbia. Stefan Stojacic had 17 points, while Dusko Bunic delivered 9 points in the victory. Elias Harris answered with 24 points for Germany. Robin Benzing added 23 points in defeat.



M-Standings - Division B
Standings Div.B
Group A
1. Sweden2-0
2. Luxembourg.1-1
3. Portugal1-1
4. Slovakia0-1
5. Georgia0-1
Group B
1. Norway1-0
2. Poland1-0
3. U.Kingdom0-1
4. Finland0-1
Group C
1. Czech Repu.1-0
2. Holland1-0
3. Romania0-1
4. Switzerl.0-1
Group D
1. Hungary1-0
2. FYR Macedo.1-0
3. Austria0-1
4. Bulgaria0-1


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Xavier RABASEDA
  (199-G-89)
  Avg: 24
 1. Rabaseda, ESP24.0 
 2. Bogdanovic, CRO21.5 
 3. Sehovic, MNT19.5 
 4. Lukashov, UKR19.5 
 5. Vragovic, CRO19.0 
 6. Bogris, GRE18.0 
 7. Antonov, RUS17.0 
 8. De La Fuente, ESP15.0 
 9. Martinoni, ITA15.0 
 10. Strelnieks, L.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nikola VUCEVIC
  MNT
  (210-F-90)
  Avg: 12
 1. Vucevic, MNT12.0 
 2. Ivlev, RUS12.0 
 3. Samb, ESP10.0 
 4. Tymofeyenko, UKR9.5 
 5. Blaus, LAT8.5 
 6. Mizis, LAT8.0 
 7. Janavicius, LTU7.5 
 8. Kaselakis, GRE7.5 
 9. Lukashov, UKR7.5 
 10. Zeidaks, L.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Dmitriy KHVOSTOV
  (191-G-89)
  Avg: 6
 1. Khvostov, RUS6.0 
 2. Sehovic, MNT5.0 
 3. Tonchenko, UKR4.5 
 4. Vujasinovic, SLO4.0 
 5. Skverer, ISR3.5 
 6. Marco, ESP3.5 
 7. Gen, TUR3.5 
 8. Rullo, ITA3.5 
 9. Sloukas, GRE3.5 
 10. Lipkevicius, L.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Gokper GEN
  (188-G-89)
  Avg: 4
 1. Gen, TUR4.0 
 2. Rabaseda, ESP3.0 
 3. Cournooh, ITA2.5 
 4. Buterleviciu., LTU2.0 
 5. Papanikolaou, GRE2.0 
 6. Djokovic, MNT2.0 
 7. Ostric, CRO2.0 
 8. Mizis, LAT2.0 
 9. Vujasinovic, SLO2.0 
 10. Ivanovic, M.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Lauris BLAUS
  (204-C-90)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Blaus, LAT2.5 
 2. Kuzminskas, LTU2.0 
 3. Vucevic, MNT2.0 
 4. Shoutvin, ISR1.5 
 5. Zaytsev, UKR1.5 
 6. Giannopoulos, GRE1.0 
 7. Bogris, GRE1.0 
 8. Kaselakis, GRE1.0 
 9. Antonov, RUS1.0 
 10. Motiejunas, L.1.0 


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  FRANCE   


France U20 won the last game of Day 2 - by Eurobasket News
Belgium U20-France U20 61:78

France U20 edged Belgium in Rhodes at the U20 European Championship. The team jumped to 2-0 after 78:61 over the Belgian squad in Group B. France looked very ambitious in the game and rightfully deserved the victory. Libert nailed the last three-pointer for the winners, while Serron closed the game with a lay-up. Kevin Seraphin (205-F/C-89) top-scored for the winners with 17 points, Thomas Heurtel (188-G-89) had 13 and Ona-Embo posted 10. Libert and Ioannis Iarochevitch (207-C/F-89, agency: LBM Management) brought 12 points each in defeat.
In another game of the group Greece celebrated the second straight win at the U20 European Championship in Rhodes. The hosts improved to 2-0 after 79:66 victory in Group B.

Belgium U20: Libert 12, Ioannis Iarochevitch 12
France U20: Kevin Seraphin 17, Thomas Heurtel 13, Ona-Embo 10


French U18 National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
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Remi Oumar Barry (195-F-91) of ES Chalon-Sur-Saone
Frederic Bourdillon (193-G/F-91) of Centre Federal du Basket-Ball
Chrislain Cairo (200-F-91) of Centre Federal du Basket-Ball
Jeremie Douillet (206-C-91) of SPO Rouen Basket
Evan Fournier (207-C-83) of Cognac BB
Henri Okonda Kahudi (193-G-91) of Le Mans Sarthe Basket
Mathis Keita (191-G-92) of Centre Federal du Basket-Ball
Mael Lebrun (194-F-91) of Entente Orleans 45
Abdoulaye Loum (205-F-91) of STB Le Havre
Kevin Mendy (199-G/F-92) of Le Mans Sarthe Basket
Kevin Mondesir (202-F-91) of Centre Federal du Basket-Ball
Malela Mutuale Balume (184-G-91) of Centre Federal du Basket-Ball
Alexandre Ndoye (-92)
Babacar Niang (204-F/C-91) of Le Mans Sarthe Basket
Fabien Paschal (206-C/F-91) of STB Le Havre
Maxime Picque (203-F-91) of USA Lievin Basket
Vincent Pourchot (219-C-92) of Centre Federal du Basket-Ball
Ferdinand Prenom (202-C-91) of JDA Dijon Bourgogne
Geoffrey Renon (207-C-91) of Le Mans Sarthe Basket
Elio Sadiku (187-G-91) of Saint-Etienne B.C.
Nikola Stojiljkovic (203-F-91) of Centre Federal du Basket-Ball
Nicolas Wachowiak (196-G/F-91) of Sluc Nancy Basket Pro
Leo Westermann (196-G-92) of Centre Federal du Basket-Ball
Arthur Zuccolini (204-F/C-91) of Chorale de Roanne Basket


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  FYR MACEDONIA   


Macedonia topple Austria - by Eurobasket News
Macedonia U20 - Austria U20 78:70

Macedonia overcame Austria in the first game at the European Championship in Division B. Macedonia entered the tournament as the hosts and lived up to the highest expectations of the home fans that supported the team in Skopje. Marko Simonovski (190-G-89) scored 19 points to lead Macedonia to the initial win.
The teams kept it close in the opening minutes but soon Macedonai stumped their authority. Nancheski netted 5 points in a row, while Marko Simonovski and Apcev followed with three trebles as the hosts grabbed a 22:9 lead. Obermann and Heuberger sweetened the pill for Austria with 5 points to cap the opening stanza. Marko Simonovski, Ivica Dimcevski (192-G-89) and Petrusev continued to cannon from beyond the arc for Macedonia. The margin grew at 15 points as Macedonia sit comfortably in front. Moritz Lanegger (188-G-90, agency: Interperformances) and Heuberger helped Austria cut the deficit to 10 points at halftime. But Macedonia continued to dominate in the second half. They limited the visitors to 9 points in the third frame and entered the final stanza up by 13 points. Austria finally showed some sparking performance scoring 29 points in the fourth quarter but it did not prevent them from falling at the end.
Ivica Dimcevski knocked down 18 points for Macedonia. Nanchevski added 11 points in the winning case. Moritz Lanegger responded with 18 points for Austria. Rasid Mahalbasic (207-F/C-90) had 13 points and 9 rebounds in defeat.

Macedonia U20: Marko Simonovski 19, Ivica Dimcevski 18, Nanchevski 11
Austria U20: Moritz Lanegger 18, Rasid Mahalbasic 13



FYR Macedonian U20 National Team 2009 - by Eurobasket
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4 Marjan Todorov (189-G-91) of KK Fersped-Rabotnicki Skopje
5 Vladimir Dikovski (192-F-91) of Vardar Centar Skopje
6 Marko Simonovski (190-G-89) of Vardar 2000 Osiguruvanje Skopje
7 Dimitar Petrusev (190-G-89) of Goce Delchev
8 Petar Apcev (199-F-89) of Swisslion Pelister Bitola
9 Atanas Manev (194-G-90) of Feni Indistrija Kavadarci
10 Ivica Dimcevski (192-G-89) of Vardar 2000 Osiguruvanje Skopje
11 Vladimir Brckov (194-G-89) of Torus Skopje
12 Bojan Krstevski (205-F-89) of Vardar 2000 Osiguruvanje Skopje

13 Lazar Petrov (209-C-91) of Vardar Centar Skopje
14 Martin Taleski (202-C-89) of Vardar Centar Skopje
15 Ivan Nancheski (195-F-89) of KK Smederevo (SRB)


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  GERMANY   


Koeln 99ers: Game over! - by Moritz Korff
The Koeln 99ers, who had filed for bankruptcy for the second time within one and a half year some days ago, will withdraw their team from the 1. Bundesliga, the club announced today. The German champion of 2006 was not able to gather enough money to keep its organization and concept running in the 2009-2010 BBL season. The 99ers are only one of many clubs to exit the league due to financial reasons in the past decade and the second this year: Also the Giants Noerdlingen had decided to back out. It's obvious that something is going wrong in German basketball, if you consider the long list of clubs who have gotten in economic trouble through the past years. It's only a matter of time until the next sad story will be written.
However, the 99ers will not even get the permission to start in the 2. Bundesliga, like Noerdlingen will do in the upcoming season. The 'AG 2. Bundesliga' had stated that there is no spot left for the Koeln team. Meanwhile, the club SG Koeln 99ers, who runs the farm team in the Oberliga and the 99ers' youth program, will continue to operate. But it's a fact that big basketball has to do without a team from the fourth largest city in Germany for a while.
The team that benefits from the 99ers' farewell is Eisbaeren Bremerhaven. The Polar Bears finished the 2008-09 BBL season at the bottom of the table, but will stay in the league anyway.


Kyle Bailey Departs From MEG Goettingen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Point guard and team leader Kyle Bailey (188-G-82, college: Santa Clara) will not return to MEG Goettingen in the 2009-2010 BBL season. Last season, the 27 year old American averaged in 23 games: 14.4ppg, 4.3rpg, 3.3apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 43.5%, 3PT: 32.1%, FT: 74.2%. He missed the last few months due to an injury and who knows how far MEG Goettingen could of gone with the services of Bailey. The Goettingen fans will always have him in good memory as he led BG Goettingen into the BBL in the 2006-2007 season winning the second Bundesliga north and averaging in 29 games: 20.8ppg, 5.7rpg, 3.0apg, 2.8spg, 2FGP: 48.1%, 3FGP: 35.9%, FT: 77.0%. MEG Goettingen also says farewell to 25 year old American Clif Brown (200-F-84, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Niagara) who played a steady season averaging in 33 games: 11.4ppg, 5.8rpg, FGP: 49.6%, 3PT: 27.0%, FT: 69.2%. The team also says goodbye to Germans Marco Grimaldi (188-G-83) and Peer Wente (203-F/C-77). 25 year old Grimaldi played six seasons in Goettingen and last season averaged in 29 games: 1.6ppg, 1.1rpg. 31 year old Peer Wente played seven seasons in Goettingen with a short interval in Heidelberg and averaged in 15 games: 1.0ppg. An interview with Kyle Bailey will follow soon.

Dragan Milosavljevic secure first win for Serbia in Greece - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U20 - Germany U20 79:77
Serbian U20 team posted the initial win at the European Championship in Greece. They eked out a last-second victory over Germany to improve at 1-1 record in Group D. Germany suffered the second straight loss and remained at the bottom of the standings. The teams were tied at 77 with ten seconds remaining. But this time was just enough for Dragan Milosavljevic (198-G-89) to win the game for Serbia as he converted a buzzer-beating lay-up.
Serbia fired 8 unanswered points to open the game. Germany struggled to pick the tempo in the first term and Serbia ensured a 21:11 advantage at the first break. Subotic and Bircevic helped Serbia to a 27:11 lead early in the second frame. Germany could not threaten the margin as Serbia built a 40:28 cushion at halftime.
Germany revived the intrigue with a 9:0 start to the second half. They cut the deficit to just 3 points before Serbia picked up a 7-point lead after three quarters of action. A Slobodan Klipa team seemed to march to the win as they earned an 11-point lead but Germany recovered. They went on a 20:10 run to tie the score at 77.
Filip Covic (178-G-89) finished with 23 points for Serbia. Stefan Stojacic (195-G-89) had 17 points, while Dusko Bunic (205-C-89) delivered 9 points in the victory. Elias Harris (199-F-89) answered with 24 points for Germany. Robin Benzing (208-F-89) added 23 points in defeat.

Serbia U20: Filip Covic 23, Stefan Stojacic 17, Dusko Bunic 9
Germany U20: Elias Harris 24, Robin Benzing 23



Erik Land And Alexander Heide Sign With The Brose Baskets Bamberg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Rumors have been swirling around Bamberg about the return of American Casey Jacobson and Koko Archibong the last weeks, but nothing has happened so far, but Bamberg got active supporting their love for Germans and youth by singing Erik Land (203-C-90) And Alexander Heide (205-F/C-91) Land is not an unknown player from the region as he had played for TSV Troester Breitenguessbach in the Regionaliga and PRO B from 2005-2009. The 19 year old 203cm center recieved a three year contract. Last season in the PRO B, Land averaged in 25 games: 14.0ppg, 7.6rpg, FGP: 59.9%, 3PT: 27.7%, FT: 67.5%. Bamberg has a lot of confident in Land by giving him a three year contract. Since Erik finished school, he now has the chance to practice twice a day under professional standards. This will bring him a step closer. He is agood player who will get his playing time. We are sure that he could become a strong back up in our rotation in the 2010-2011 BBL season', stresssed Bamberg coach Chris Flemming. Land has been a member of the German U-16, U-18 and U-20 national teams. At the last European Championships U18 in Amaliada Pyrgosin Greece, he averaged in 6 games: 7.0ppg, 6.5rpg, FGP: 50.0%, 3PT: 38.5%, FT: 45.5%

17 year old German Alexander Heide who will celebrate his 18th birthday in two days recieved an early birthday present by getting a two year contract from The Brose Baskets Bamberg. In the 2007-2008 BBL season, he got his first experience in the BBL as a 16 year old playing four games. Last season, he played for Basketball academyUlm (Oberliga) averaging17 games: 7.2ppg. He also is currently a member of the Germna U-18 national team. 'He had some very solid stats in the last NBBL seaosn and we feel he is not done with his development yet', stressed Bamberg manager Wolfgang Heyder.



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  GREECE   


Unwelcoming Rhodes for Italy U20 - by Eurobasket News
Italy U20-Greece U20 66:79

Greece celebrated the second straight win at the U20 European Championship in Rhodes. The hosts improved to 2-0 after 79:66 victory in Group B.
Greek side was too good in the beginning as they scored 7 consecutive points. Rotondo reduced with his team for 9:7, while Georgios Bogris (209-C/F-89) brought Greece 15:11. The Greeks lead 22-21 after one period as Mantzaris made a jump shot. Again Greece was better in the beginning of the quarter as they had a 12-1 surge to start the second quarter for a 34:22 advantage. Roberto Rullo (192-G-90) was the last to post in the end of the second quarter for 43:39 Greek lead. Italy crawled to 46:49 as Cournooh made a jump shot, but Greece was in front for the whole quarter. Georgios Bogris made two free throws to close the third period for 52:56. Italy fought to within 61:60 but Kaselakis made 68:60 to get rid of the intrigue. Vlantimir Giankovits (202-C-90) nailed three for 74:64, while Sloukas posted for 78:68. Vlantimir Giankovits netted one free throw for the final score as Greece celebrated the second straight win at the U20 European Championship.
Georgios Bogris notched 20 points for the hosts of the tournament and Kostas Papanikolaou (203-F/G-90) added 17. Vlantimir Giankovits finished the game with 11 points in a win, while Niccolo Martinoni (201-G/F-89) nailed 17 in defeat and Roberto Rullo had 14.

Italy U20: Niccolo Martinoni 17, Roberto Rullo 14
Greece U20: Georgios Bogris 20, Kostas Papanikolaou 17, Vlantimir Giankovits 11


Greek U18 National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
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Ioannis Angelopoulos (194-G-91) of Ilysiakos Athens
Anastasios Antonakis (204-C/F-92) of AEK Athens
Alexandros Avgenikou (190-G-92) of VAP Kolossos
Konstantinos Basdekis (192-G-91)
Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos (205-F-92) of Aris Thessaloniki
Marios Dermitzakis (199-F-92)
Georgios Georgakis (205-C-91) of Mas Mantoulidis
Dionysios Kapiniaris (184-G-91)
Andreas Kanonidis (198-F-91) of Panionios ON Telecoms Athens
Ioannis Karathanasis (200-F-91) of Panionios ON Telecoms Athens
Dimitrios Katsivelis (194-G-91) of Mas Mantoulidis
Vasileios Kavvadas (205-F-91) of Ionikos Nikaias
Emmanouil Koukoulas (205-C-91) of Ilysiakos Athens
Ioannis Molfetas (-92)
Spyridon Motsenigos (194-G/F-92)
Vasileios Niforas (198-C-92)
Konstantinos Papantonakos (204-F/C-91) of Costa Cafe Marousi
Georgios Papapetrou (196-G-91) of Ilysiakos Athens
Christos Petropoulos (-92)
Michail Roussis (202-F-91)
Ioannis Sinis (202-G-91)
Alexandros Spanos (197-F-91) of AEK Athens
Ioannis Thanopoulos (-91)


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  GUINEA BISSAU   


Brazil outclass Guinea-Bissau - by Eurobasket News
Brazil - Guinea-Bissau 105:48

Brazilian National Team posted the second consecutive victory at the Lusophony Games in Portugal. They overwhelmed Guinea-Bissau in Lisbon to advance into the semifinal stage of the tournament. Brazil will play against Angola on Saturday. Guinea-Bissau will take on Macao for the 5th-6th spot later tonight.
Brazil dominated from start to finish in this one. They cruised to a 29:9 lead after ten minutes of action. Guinea-Bissau tried to match their opponents in the second period and scored 13 points but it was not enough to threaten the margin. Moreover the Latin American team built a 30-point lead at halftime. Brazil rolled confidently in the third frame taking a 45-point advantage into the fourth stanza. A Jose Neto team finished off their opponents in the fourth quarter to stay undefeated in Lisbon.
Alexandre Nascimento (202-F-83) came up with 23 points and 8 boards for Brazil. Paulo Prestes (209-C-88) added 10 points, while four other players scored 8 points in the win. Josimar Cardoso (201-F-87) responded with 11 points and 5 boards for Guinea-Bissau. Francisco Rodrigues (192-G-78) had 8 points in the loss.

Brazil: Alexandre Nascimento 23, Paulo Prestes 10, Lucas Alves (206-F/C) 8+11 boards
Guinea-Bissau: Josimar Cardoso 11, Francisco Rodrigues 8



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Hungarian U20 National Team 2009 - by Richard
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4 Szabolcs Antal (202-F-89) of Albacomp-UPC Szekesfehervar
5 Adam Toth (208-F/C-89)
6 Peter Szabo (181-G-89) of Szolnoki Olajbanyasz

7 Tamas Markus (180-G/F-89) of Kaposvari KK
8 Akos Keller (206-F/C-89) of Albacomp-UPC Szekesfehervar
9 Matyas Szanati (190-G-89) of Falco KC-Szombathely
10 Gergely Toth (206-F-89) of Polaroid Lami-Ved Kormend
11 Mate Medve (197-G-89) of Atomeromu SE Paks

12 Mate Mohacsi (192-F-90) of Marso-Vagep NYKK
13 Domonkos Kovacs (191-F-89) of Kaposvari KK
14 Gergely Somogyi (218-C-89) of Budapesti Honved
15 Andras Helmeczi (192-G-90)
Head Coach: Zoltan Zalay


Hungarian U20 National Team 2009 - by Richard
4 Szabolcs Antal
5 Adam Toth
6 Peter Szabo
7 Tamas Markus
8 Akos Keller
9 Matyas Szanati
10 Gergely Toth
11 Mate Medve
12 Mate Mohacsi
13 Domonkos Kovacs
14 Gergely Somogyi
15 Andras Helmeczi
Head Coach: Zoltan Zalay


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Lithuania U20 became the leader of Group C - by Eurobasket News
Israel U20-Lithuania U20 68:118


Lithuania U20 became the leader of Group C as they smashed Israel U20 in Day 2. The Baltic side won all the frames to register 118:68 victory.
Lithuania started with five consecutive points and won the opening tip 10:2. The winners looked awesome in the court and finished the first quarter 36:12. Kuzminskas made a jump shot for 41:18 and Zygimantas Janavicius (193-G-89, agency: Interperformances) posted for 50:22. Vasiliauskas nailed three at the end of the second quarter to send the teams to the lockers for 63:29. Israel scored the most in the third frame, 21 but also lost the period and trailed 91:50 after thirty minutes. Lithuania easily reached 100 with 5 minutes to play and added another 18 points to record in the tournament.
Simas Buterlevicius (199-F-89) top-scored for the winners with 19 points for 2-0 record. Vasiliauskas nailed 18, whilst Zygimantas Janavicius posted 17. Amit Simhon (197-G-89) delivered 14 points in the losing case. Daniel and Yotam Shiran (198-F-90, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) nailed 10 apiece as Israel dropped to 0-2.
In another game of the group well-balanced offensive effort and suffocating defense helped Montenegro to post the first win at the U20 European Championship in Greece. Montenegro prevailed against Turkey 61:58 to improve at 1-1 record in Group C. Turkey suffered the first defeat in Greece.

Israel U20: Amit Simhon 14, Daniel 10, Yotam Shiran 10
Lithuania U20: Simas Buterlevicius 19, Vasiliauskas 18, Zygimantas Janavicius 17



Israeli U18 National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
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Tomer Ber Aven (196-G-92)
Carmel Bouchman (205-F-91) of Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv
Guy Dotan (175-G-91) of Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem
Gal Halamish (193-F-91) of Baitar Benyamina
Tom Havkin (194-G-91)
Sean Labanowski (-92)
Gay Lavie (188-G-92)
Karam Mashour (-91)
Raz Nisim Cohen (188-G-91)
Zur Ostfeld (-91) of Elitzur Maccabi Netanya
Magd Owayed (-91)
Or Plavnik (202-C-92)
Bar Reuven (205-F-92)
Eitan Rotemberg (195-F-91)
David Shamriz (192-G-91) of Ironi Kfar Hamaccabia Ramat Gan
Tamir Simchony (192-G-92)
Tom Slutsky (-92)
Niv Solomon (205-C-92)
Daniel Tamir (206-C-91) of Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem
Bar Timor (-92)
Nimrod Tishman (195-G-91) of Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv
Rom Vahav (-91)
Adi Warshavsky (-91)


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  ITALY   


Italy prevail against Sweden in Bormio - by Eurobasket News
Italy - Sweden 85:49
Italian National Team posted the first win at the international tournament in Bormio. They defeated Sweden in the opening round. The competition also features Senegal and Czech Republic. Italy will face Senegal, while Sweden will take on Czech Republic in the second round of action.
Italy and Sweden traded baskets early in the first quarter. However Italy capped the frame on a 10:5 run to gain a 28:19 advantage at the first intermission. Marco Belinelli (196-G-86) had 10 points in the quarter. The Azzurri controlled the rhythm in the second frame and arrived at halftime ahead by 16 points. The hosts went on a 6:0 run at the start of the third quarter to stretch the margin at 22 points. Italy finished the third quarter leading 62:36. Sweden never recovered in the final stanza and suffered a resounding loss at the end.
Andrea Bargnani (209-F/C-85) scored 19 points to pace Italy. Stefano Mancinelli (203-F-83, agency: Megasport) added 14 points, while Marco Belinelli had 12 in the victory. Jonathan Skoldebrand (203-C/F-83) responded with 14 points for Sweden. Jim Nystrom (194-G/F-82, college: Georgia Tech) accounted for 7 points in defeat. Italy outrebounded their opponents 36:23 and sank 54% of field goals.

Italy: Andrea Bargnani 19, Stefano Mancinelli 14, Marco Belinelli 12
Sweden: Jonathan Skoldebrand 14, Jim Nystrom 7



Newcomers in Treviso and Caserta: Cartier Martin and Jumaine Jones - by Antonello Varallo
Benetton Treviso secured the services of former Charlotte player Cartier Martin (201-G/F-84, college: Kansas St.). After graduating in Kansas St. (112 games, 13.1 ppg), Martin moved to Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye (Turkey-TBL)where he averaged 8.9ppg in 25 games, then he joined Iowa Energy (D-League) where he played 22 games with 20.1ppg and last February he was signed by Charlotte Bobcats, ending his first experience in NBA with 2.8 ppg in 31 games and a season high of 11 points scored against Atlanta Hawks.
Juve Caserta announced the signing of Jumaine Jones (201-F-79,college:Georgia), a very experienced player who spent 8 seasons in NBA (471 games with Sixers,Celtics,Lakers,Cavaliers,Bobcats and Suns, with 7.1 ppg and a career high of 31 points scored against Lakers on February 3, 2005). Jones also played in Europe with Napoli in 2007/08 (26 games with 17.9ppg) and Ural Great Perm (Russia-A Superleague), where he ended last season with 6.8 ppg in 18 games.


Transfers news: Drake Diener joins Teramo, Ronald Davis goes to Venezia - by Antonello Varallo
Drake Diener (196-G-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: De Paul) is the new shooting guard of Banca Tercas Teramo. He agreed a two seasons contract and he is going to replace Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83,college:Utah St.). Diener is DePaul graduate (120 games in 4 seasons, 9.8 ppg), he played with Castelletto Ticino (26 games,17.0ppg), Capo d'Orlando (20 games,18.2ppg), Montepaschi Siena (15 games, 9.9ppg) and in last season with Air Avellino (30 games,10.0ppg).
In Legadue, Reyer Venezia announced the agreement with Ronald Davis (190-G-82,college:Wisc.Milwaukee), a skilled shooting guard who ended last season with Harem Scafati (37 games with 18.5ppg,FGP: 50.9%, 3PT: 35.3%, FT: 76.6%).


Unwelcoming Rhodes for Italy U20 - by Eurobasket News
Italy U20-Greece U20 66:79

Greece celebrated the second straight win at the U20 European Championship in Rhodes. The hosts improved to 2-0 after 79:66 victory in Group B.
Greek side was too good in the beginning as they scored 7 consecutive points. Rotondo reduced with his team for 9:7, while Georgios Bogris (209-C/F-89) brought Greece 15:11. The Greeks lead 22-21 after one period as Mantzaris made a jump shot. Again Greece was better in the beginning of the quarter as they had a 12-1 surge to start the second quarter for a 34:22 advantage. Roberto Rullo (192-G-90) was the last to post in the end of the second quarter for 43:39 Greek lead. Italy crawled to 46:49 as Cournooh made a jump shot, but Greece was in front for the whole quarter. Georgios Bogris made two free throws to close the third period for 52:56. Italy fought to within 61:60 but Kaselakis made 68:60 to get rid of the intrigue. Vlantimir Giankovits (202-C-90) nailed three for 74:64, while Sloukas posted for 78:68. Vlantimir Giankovits netted one free throw for the final score as Greece celebrated the second straight win at the U20 European Championship.
Georgios Bogris notched 20 points for the hosts of the tournament and Kostas Papanikolaou (203-F/G-90) added 17. Vlantimir Giankovits finished the game with 11 points in a win, while Niccolo Martinoni (201-G/F-89) nailed 17 in defeat and Roberto Rullo had 14.

Italy U20: Niccolo Martinoni 17, Roberto Rullo 14
Greece U20: Georgios Bogris 20, Kostas Papanikolaou 17, Vlantimir Giankovits 11


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  JORDAN   


Jordan Starts William Jones Title Defence - by Mohammed Malas
By Aline Bannayan, Jordan Times, Amman

Jul. 17--AMMAN -- The Kingdom's basketball team will play the Philippines on Saturday when nine teams start competition for the 31st William Jones Cup tipping off in Taipei, Taiwan.

Titleholders Jordan will also face Lebanon, Taipei A, South Korea, Iran, Taipei B, Japan and Kazakhstan in the July 18-26 annual international basketball tournament named after one of the founders of the International Amateur Basketball Federation, Renato William Jones.

The Kingdom's team captured headlines in 2007 when they became the first Arab team to win the William Jones Cup. The tournament invites clubs, collegiate and national teams from around the world, but has mainly Asian teams this year. It started in 1977, and has since been dominated by American teams. The tournament was not held in 1979, 1989 and 2003 and throughout the past years, the only other times non-US teams won was Sweden in 1980, Philippines 1981, 1985 and 1998, Germany 1987, Mexico 1990, Canada 1996, South Korea 1999, New Zealand 2000, Australia 2002, Taiwan 2001 and 2004, and Jordan 2007 and 2008.

Last week, the squad finished second at the Qatar International Tournament where they beat Arab champs Tunisia 75-73 and Pan-Arab Games champs Egypt, 73-66. They suffered a shock defeat to hosts Qatar, 80-48. The last result and the team's inability to maintain a consistent form has undoubtedly cast a shadow on preparedness for the upcoming major events.

Earlier the team took part in a friendly tournament where they lost to Croatia, Greece and Italy. Another training camp in China Cup following the William Jones Cup all lead up to the 25th FIBA Asia Championship in China August 6-16 to which Jordan qualified after winning the 2nd FIBA Asia 'Borislav Stankovic' Cup last year.

The top three teams advance to the World Championship in Turkey 2010. At the last edition, Jordan finished fifth.

Jordan Basketball Federation (JBF) President Tareq Zou'bi and team officials urged the squad to concentrate on the upcoming task amid rumours that the JBF is under scrutiny by the Jordan Olympic Committee (JOC) for overspending and possible talk of a temporary board to run the game.

'We have the world championship at stake and that should be a national priority. It's not about the JBF,' Zou'bi was quoted by the press as saying.

JOC Vice Chairman Sari Hamdan also met the players before their departure and urged them to concentrate on the events ahead, noting that 'the aim was to qualify to the World Championship and that the JOC was responsible for late dues to players'.

'The team has the capacity to set the pace in each of their upcoming matches, apart from China,' assistant coach Mario Gomez was quoted by Al Ghad as saying.

Gomez pointed out that some players had made big leaps and that had helped create a big base of players that the team relies on.

'We are all partners in the team's success. The technical staff, fans and media, and our team can do it,' he added.

Jordan will play in Group 4 alongside reigning runner-up Lebanon, the UAE and Indonesia. Group 1 includes South Korea, Japan, the Philippines and Sri Lanka, Group 2: Iran, Kuwait, Taiwan and Uzbekistan, and Group 3: China, Kazakhstan, Qatar and India.

The line-up includes Zaid Al Khas (205-C-76, college: Gannon), Ayman Idais (205-C-78, agency: Court Side), Islam Abbas (201-C-80) and Zaid Abbas (203-F-83), Jamal Ma'aytah (213-C-81, agency: Passing Lane, college: Greensboro),, Sam Daghlas (198-G-79, college: Midwestern St.), Wesam Sous (181-G-83), Fadel Najjar (192-G-85), Moussa Al Awadi (190-G/F-85), Mohammad Hamdan (201-F-84) and Enver Soobzokov (193-G/F-78, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.), in addition to US based NCAA Division 1 player Jamal Abu-Shamala (196-G/F-87), who joined the national team last summer and Naturalised player Rasheim Wright (193-G-81, agency: Huss Sport Agency, college: District of Col.) was set to join the team as well.

Jordan's schedule
July 18 Jordan -- Philippines
July 20 Jordan -- Lebanon
July 21 Jordan -- Taiwan A
July 22 Jordan -- South Korea
July 23 Jordan -- Iran
July 24 Jordan -- Taiwan B
July 25 Jordan -- Kazakhstan


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Kuwait outgun Yemen in Morocco - by Eurobasket News
Kuwait celebrated the first win at the Arab Nations Cup in Morocco. They held off Yemen 64:58 in Group B opener for both teams. Kuwait trailed by 4 points at halftime but were able to recover after the long break. They turned the deficit into a 3-point lead before the fourth quarter and sealed the winning effort in the fourth stanza.
Yemen will face Saudi Arabia today. Kuwait will be challenged by Egypt on Saturday. Four best teams of the pool would make it to the quarterfinals.



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Latvian U18 National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
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Ernijs Ansons (189-G/F-91) of VEF Riga
Janis Antrops (192-G-91) of Ogre/LDz
Janis Berzins (192-F-91) of BK Zemgale/Juniors Jelgava
Kaspars Brencans (201-C-91) of BK Keizarmezs U21 team
Artjoms Butjankovs (200-C-91) of BK ASK/Juniors Riga
Edmunds Dukulis (201-C-92) of VEF Riga
Roberts Freimanis (198-F/C-91) of BK ASK/Juniors Riga
Klavs Freimanis (196-F-91) of BK VEF Riga
Kristaps Frikmanis (-91)
Rendijs Gzibovskis (200-C-91) of BK Keizarmezs U21 team
Viktors Iljins (204-C-91) of Valmiera U21 team
Ervins Jonats (-91)
Haralds Karlis (194-F-91) of Barons/LMT Riga
Davis Lejasmeiers (190-G-91) of BK Ventspils
Andis Malahovskis (-91)
Martins Meiers (-91)
Mareks Mejeris (199-F-91) of Liepajas Lauvas
Nauris Miezis (-91)
Andris Misters (192-G-92)
Armands Osins (192-G-91) of BK Keizarmezs Riga
Ugis Pinete (194-G-91) of Ventspils augstskola
Harijs Rubenis (199-F-91) of BK Keizarmezs Riga
Reno Silavs (180-G-91) of BK Keizarmezs Riga
Pauls Ulmanis (187-G-91) of Valmiera U21 team


Russia bounce back to topple Latvia - by Eurobasket News
Russia U20 - Latvia U20 68:62
Russia celebrated the first win at the U20 European Championship in Greece. They prevailed against Latvian counterparts to improve at 1-1 record in Group A. Latvia in the meantime slipped at 1-1 record. Semen Antonov (203-F-89) stepped up for Russia tallying 25 points and 5 boards in the win. An Alexander Vasin team fired 24 points in the pivotal third quarter to clear off to a 10-point distance that proved unassailable for Latvia.
Viacheslav Zaytsev (190-G-89) and Semen Antonov sparked a 6:3 spurt from Russia late in the opening frame as the team grabbed an 18:13 lead. The teams could not score for almost 6 minutes in the second stanza before Janis Kaufmanis (185-G-89) drained a triple to keep Latvia close. Soon Dairis Bertans (192-G/F-89) and Blaus stole the lead for Latvia. Russia regained control late in the half winning it 30:28. Dmitriy Khvostov (191-G-89) and Zakharov propelled Russia to a 7-point advantage at the start of the third term. Russia soon opened up a double-digit lead and headed into the fourth stanza up 54:44. Dairis Bertans scored 6 points to single-handedly drag Latvia back into contest. However Semen Antonov and Dmitriy Khvostov answered with timely buckets as Russia ran away late in regulation.
Vladimir Ivlev (204-F-90) tallied 11 points and 13 boards for Russia. Viacheslav Zaytsev and Dmitriy Khvostov added 10 points apiece in the win. Dairis Bertans answered with 18 points for Latvia. Janis Kaufmanis had 12 points in the losing effort.

Russia U20: Semen Antonov 25, Vladimir Ivlev 11+13 boards, Viacheslav Zaytsev 10, Dmitriy Khvostov 10
Latvia U20: Dairis Bertans 18, Janis Kaufmanis 12



Ivan Nelyubov heads to Latvia - by Eurobasket News
Ivan Nelyubov (207-C-88) decided to continue his career in Latvia. He signed a contract with VEF Riga. The 21-year-old centre spent the last season in CSKA-2. It was his fourth year with CSKA. Ivan Nelyubov played for Russian U18 and U20 teams. He also traveled to Serbia earlier this year to take part at the World University Games. Russia reached the Final in Belgrade.


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UAE beat Lebanon on Day 2 of Arab Nations Cup - by Eurobasket News
UAE grabbed the first win at the Arab Nations Cup held in Morocco these days. They overcame Lebanon 71:68 in Group A action. UAE used a 23:13 rally in the starting stanza to build a decisive lead in the game. Lebanon trimmed the deficit to a single point heading into the final frame but could not prevail at the end. UAE ensured a tough win to improve at 1-0 record. Lebanon slipped at 0-1.
Lebanon will face Libya, while UAE will take on Algeria on Friday.



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Lithuania U20 became the leader of Group C - by Eurobasket News
Israel U20-Lithuania U20 68:118


Lithuania U20 became the leader of Group C as they smashed Israel U20 in Day 2. The Baltic side won all the frames to register 118:68 victory.
Lithuania started with five consecutive points and won the opening tip 10:2. The winners looked awesome in the court and finished the first quarter 36:12. Kuzminskas made a jump shot for 41:18 and Zygimantas Janavicius (193-G-89, agency: Interperformances) posted for 50:22. Vasiliauskas nailed three at the end of the second quarter to send the teams to the lockers for 63:29. Israel scored the most in the third frame, 21 but also lost the period and trailed 91:50 after thirty minutes. Lithuania easily reached 100 with 5 minutes to play and added another 18 points to record in the tournament.
Simas Buterlevicius (199-F-89) top-scored for the winners with 19 points for 2-0 record. Vasiliauskas nailed 18, whilst Zygimantas Janavicius posted 17. Amit Simhon (197-G-89) delivered 14 points in the losing case. Daniel and Yotam Shiran (198-F-90, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) nailed 10 apiece as Israel dropped to 0-2.
In another game of the group well-balanced offensive effort and suffocating defense helped Montenegro to post the first win at the U20 European Championship in Greece. Montenegro prevailed against Turkey 61:58 to improve at 1-1 record in Group C. Turkey suffered the first defeat in Greece.

Israel U20: Amit Simhon 14, Daniel 10, Yotam Shiran 10
Lithuania U20: Simas Buterlevicius 19, Vasiliauskas 18, Zygimantas Janavicius 17



Lithuanian U18 National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
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Gilvydas Biruta (200-F-91)
Rimvydas Brencius (200-F-92)
Karolis Brusokas (202-F-91) of Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius
Vytenis Cizauskas (189-G-92) of B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas
Paulius Dambrauskas (191-G-91) of Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius
Povilas Duchovskis (203-F-91) of Perlas Vilnius
Mantas Kadzevicius (193-G-91) of B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas
Vilius Kazlauskas (185-G-91) of Mazeikiai
Saulius Kulvietis (204-F-91) of KKM-Aisciai Kauno
Mindaugas Kupsas (211-C-91) of Zalgiris-Sabonio Kaunas
Osvaldas Matulionis (199-F-91) of B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas
Deividas Nazarovas (195-G-91) of Perlas Vilnius
Augustas Peciukevicius (190-G-91) of B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas
Domantas Pipiras (201-F-91) of Perlas Vilnius
Dovydas Redikas (193-G-92) of KK Akademija Vilnius
Tadas Rinkunas (-91)
Zygimantas Skucas (200-F-92) of B.C. Zalgiris Kaunas
Giedrius Staniulis (205-C/F-91) of KKM-Aisciai Kauno
Aleksandras Sudeikis (204-C-91)
Jonas Valanciunas (211-C-92) of Perlas Vilnius
Linas Valatkevicius (182-G-91) of Perlas Vilnius
Ovidijus Varanauskas (186-G-91) of Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius
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Christopher Jones surprises Portugal U20 - by Eurobasket News
Luxembourg U20-Portugal U20 86:67 (25-20, 18-12, 24-14, 19-21)

Christopher Jones (184-F-90) nailed 38 points and grabbed 8 rebounds as his Luxembourg U20 outscored Portugal U20 today in Macedonia. The U20 European Championship registered 86:67 victory for Luxembourg U20 as both teams are tied at 1-1.
The squads exchanged the baskets in the early beginning as Schwartz posted for 7:3. Silva replied for his team lead at 8:7, while Luxembourg created later an 8-0 run for 18:11. Barbosa made a jump shot at the end of the opening quarter for 25:20. Portugal tried hard to catch up with the opponents and managed to reduce to 29:26 when Cristovao Cordeiro (200-F/C-89) made a jump shot. Soares posted two for 30:29, but then Luxembourg U20 had 13-2 run to grab 43:32 at the halftime. No matter how hard Portugal tried to recover, Luxembourg U20 never looked behind in the second half. With 24-14 the team enjoyed 67:46 at the end of the third quarter when Raul Birenbaum (180-G-89) nailed a three-pointer. Nuno Oliveira (186-G-89) scored first five points in the fourth period, but that was enough only to win the frame 21-19. Led by Christopher Jones Luxembourg U20 was able to win the first game in the tournament to tie both records.
Christopher Jones was unstoppable with 38 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Schwartz netted 12, while Raul Birenbaum posted 10. Cristovao Cordeiro and Nuno Oliveira ended up with 11 points in the losing effort.

Luxembourg U20: Christopher Jones 38+8 rebs, Schwartz 12, Raul Birenbaum 10
Portugal U20: Cristovao Cordeiro 11, Nuno Oliveira 11



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Montenegro pip Turkey in Rhodes - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro U20 - Turkey U20 61:58

Well-balanced offensive effort and suffocating defense helped Montenegro to post the first win at the U20 European Championship in Greece. Montenegro prevailed against Turkey to improve at 1-1 record in Group C. Turkey suffered the first defeat in Greece.
It was a close battle from start to finish. Montenegro looked better in the starting frame taking a 7-point lead. But Turkey capped the frame on a 7:2 run to trail by 2 at the first break. Nikola Djokovic (190-G-89), Sead Sehovic (201-C/F-89) and Lalic quickly ballooned the gap to 9 points early in the second frame. The team maintained the lead throughout the reminder of the half and enjoyed a 40:32 buffer at halftime. Nikola Djokovic opened the second half with a three-pointer to give Montenegro a double-digit advantage. Turkey refused to surrender and replied with a 7:0 rally late in the quarter to trim the distance to just two points. Ozcan hit from beyond the arc as Turkey were down by a single point at the start of the fourth period. Montenegro reacted with 9 unanswered points to secure some breathing space. Turkey would not go away as Tufan Onen (202-F-89), Yildirim and Gen pulled them within one with 45 seconds to go in regulation. But Lalic got fouled and sank both free throws to seal the winning outcome for Montenegro at the end.
Nikola Djokovic and Sead Sehovic scored 12 points apiece for Montenegro. Nikola Vucevic (210-F-90) had 11 points and 11 boards for the winning team. Erolcan Cinko (188-G-90) responded with 15 points for Turkey. Ilkan Karaman (205-F-90) and Tufan Onen had 6 points each in the loss.

Montenegro U20: Nikola Djokovic 12, Sead Sehovic 12, Nikola Vucevic 11+11 boards
Turkey U20: Erolcan Cinko 15, Ilkan Karaman 6, Tufan Onen 6



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Norway hold off Great Britain in Skopje - by Eurobasket News
Norway U20 - Great Britain U20 71:59
Norway and Great Britain clashed in the U20 European Championship in Division B opener for both team. Norway came out winners claiming the first win at the tournament.
The lead changed hands numerous times throughout the tight first frame. Fivelstad capped it with a jumper to give Norway a 13:12 advantage. He added two more and then Stian Mjoes (185-G-89) followed with 5 points in a row as Norway triggered a 19:0 rally to open the second period with. Norway built a 34:16 lead at halftime to take some breathing room. Great Britain came back to life in the third frame as they tried to slow Norway down. However the Scandinavian team controlled the tempo and finished the third quarter up by 20 points. Great Britain won the fourth stanza but it was too late to save the game.
Anders Stien (196-G-90) scored 19 points to pace Norway. Stian Mjoes added 15 points, while Nicolai Oestbye (187-G-89) had 12 points in the winning effort. Benjamin Mockford (184-G-89) responded with 20 points for Great Britain. Andrew Lawrence (186-G-90) delivered 14 points in defeat.
Norway are scheduled to take on Poland, while Great Britain will play against Finland on Saturday.

Norway U20: Anders Stien 19, Stian Mjoes 15, Nicolai Oestbye 12
Great Britain U20: Benjamin Mockford 20, Andrew Lawrence 14



Norwegian U20 National Team 2009 - by Eurobasket
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4 Thomas Mjoes (181-G-90) of Sandvika
5 Bendik Aunan (186-G-90) of Centrum Tigers Oslo
6 Stian Enge (190-G-90) of Sandvika
7 Nicolai Oestbye (187-G-89) of Sandvika
8 Magne Fivelstad (197-G/F-89) of Gimle BBK Bergen
9 Magnus Midtvedt (182-G-90) of Asker Aliens BC
10 Jorgen Aukland (188-G-89) of Sandvika
11 Stian Mjoes (185-G-89)
12 Aksel Bolin (196-G-90) of Asker Aliens BC
13 Anders Stien (195-G-90) of Asker Aliens BC
14 Roy Nwachukwu (192-F-90) of Ammerud Basket


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Cuba will not be part of the FIBA Americas Championship - by Eurobasket
FIBA Americas received a letter from the Cuban Basketball Federation signed by their President, Mr. Ruperto Herrera, informing that the organization decided not to participate in the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship that will be played in Puerto Rico from August 26 to September 6.
The letter from the Cuban Federation Committee explained that after an evaluation of the latest results from the teams most recent participation, the CBC Championship played at the British Virgin Islands and where they finished third, has decided that their technical level was not acceptable and thus have opted for withdrawing their participation in the upcoming 2009 FIBA Americas Championship.
FIBA Americas Secretary General, Mr. Alberto Garcia, immediately contacted Panamas Basketball Federation President, Mr. Miguel Sanchez, in order to know if the country could occupy the spot left by Cuba.
The Federation of Panama subsequently has sent a letter in which they officially accept the invitation and will be present in Puerto Rico for the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship.
After and evaluation on their performance in previous tournaments, FIBA Americas Technical Director, Anibal Garcia, decided against performing a new draw and has also decided to simply exchange Cubas place in Group B with Panama.
FIBA Americas President, Mr. Horacio Muratore manifested, in a phone call, his worry about the situation that provoked that Cuba won't participate and added that the Executive Committee will be evaluating the situation on their next meeting in October.
He also thanked Mr. Sanchiz and his federation for accepting the invitation to take part in this event and maintain the tournament like it has always been played.


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San Miguel take PBA Fiesta Cup title - by Eurobasket News
Ginebra - San Miguel 79:90

San Miguel claimed the first Fiesta Cup title in five years. They defeated Ginebra in the exciting seventh game of the championship series to grab the title. Gabe Freeman (198-F-85, college: Costa Mesa JC) exploded with 29 points and 18 rebounds to pace the Beermen. The victory also marked the 18th PBA success for San Miguel.
Gabe Freeman tallied 9 points and 5 boards in the opening frame as San Miguel grabbed the lead. They finished the first quarter ahead by 10 points. The Kings rebounded in the second term. They cut the margin to a single point but San Miguel survived the threat. Gabe Freeman, Jonas Villanueva (184-G-83) and Ildefonso allowed the Beermen to enjoy a 45:37 lead at the interval.
San Miguel stayed in front throughout the third quarter and ensured a 70:60 lead before the final stanza. The Beermen stayed calm in the final period keeping their opponents at bay. The Kings could not recover and had to face a bitter defeat at the end.
Villaneuva had 15 points, 8 boards and 7 assists for San Miguel. Marc Pingris (195-C-81) contributed 12 points for the winners. Jayjay Helterbrand (183-G-76, college: Kentucky St.) answered with 25 points and 7 boards for Ginebra. Eric Menk (199-F-74, college: L.Superior) delivered 12 points in the losing case.

Ginebra: Jayjay Helterbrand 25, Eric Menk 12
San Miguel: Gabe Freeman 29+18 boards, Jonas Villanueva 15, Marc Pingris 12



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Standings - DBE
PLK Standings
 1. Anwil 0-0 
 2. ISS Sportino 0-0 
 3. Polonia 0-0 
 4. PBG Basket 0-0 
 5. Stal SW 0-0 
 6. AZS Koszalin 0-0 
 7. SKK Kotwica 0-0 
 8. PGE Turow 0-0 
 9. Atlas Stal 0-0 
 10. En.Czarni 0-0 
 11. Sokol Znicz 0-0 
 12. Asec.Prokom 0-0 
 13. Polpharma 0-0 
 14. Bank BPS 0-0 
 15. Polonia 2011 0-0 
 16. Trefl Sopot 0-0 


After twelve years, Filip Dylewicz is leaving the Asseco-Prokon team. - by Przemyslaw Swiatkowski
It has been an intriguing off-season for the sea-side clubs from Poland. A dime of the latest news:

Asseco-Prokom Gdynia
After moving from Sopot to Gdynia, the fans are facing yet another surprising news, as Filip Dylewicz (202-F-80, agency: Beo Basket), player who moved to Sopot aged 17, announced that he is moving to the italian league team Eldo Caserta.
The Bydgoszcz-born player said he opted to move to the italian league, eventhoughthe team is not going to participate in any international competition next season. Dylewicz says the Italian team promised him a lot of minutes on court. Altough Dylewicz played for a Euroleague team for the last couple of years he said that he finds a chance to play abroad very intriguing even if the team does not really belong to the group that Asseco-Prokom represents.

Trefl Sopot
After buying a wildcard to participate in the polish league the team from the sea-side resort unveils their plans.
Rumors say that Trefl was attempting to hire coach Mariusz Karol , but by the time they contacted Karol he already had signed a contract with Sportino Inowroclaw. Thus Trefl is soon going to announce that Jeff Nordgaard will be the teams head coach next season.
The former NBA player used to play in the Euroleague for Prokom. Another key figure next season could be Przemyslaw Frasunkiewicz (202-G/F-79), born in neighboring Gdansk, who spent last season in Warsaw playing for the local team Polonia. Hiring players with polish passports is a must for polish teams since the league introduced a rule that includes keeping at least two polish players on the court all game long.

Energa Czarni Slupsk
After a rather successful spell in Slupsk, Gasper Okorn (agency: VTBM ) has not been offered a contract extension. The club chairman said that the club cannot afford to pay salary Okorn expects. Other victim of clubs stricter financial policy is Adam Romanski, the executive who signed the Slovenian coach, who has not been offered a contract extension either.
Meanwhile Czarni already secured the center spot for next season by signing Dawid Przybyszewski who used to play in Slupsk in 2000/2001. The club is also interested in Krzysztof Szubarga; two players that were the members of the roster Marcin Sroka (199-F-81, agency: Promotex) and Mantas Cesnauskis (189-G-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) also feature in Energas plans for next season.

Bank BPS Basket Kwidzyn
The team from Kwidzyn announced signing Jarryd Loyd (184-G-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Valparaiso) of John Barber (200-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Youngstown St.). The team will be coached next season by Paweł Mrozik, who used to be a member of Valparaiso Universitys coaching staff



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Christopher Jones surprises Portugal U20 - by Eurobasket News
Luxembourg U20-Portugal U20 86:67 (25-20, 18-12, 24-14, 19-21)

Christopher Jones (184-F-90) nailed 38 points and grabbed 8 rebounds as his Luxembourg U20 outscored Portugal U20 today in Macedonia. The U20 European Championship registered 86:67 victory for Luxembourg U20 as both teams are tied at 1-1.
The squads exchanged the baskets in the early beginning as Schwartz posted for 7:3. Silva replied for his team lead at 8:7, while Luxembourg created later an 8-0 run for 18:11. Barbosa made a jump shot at the end of the opening quarter for 25:20. Portugal tried hard to catch up with the opponents and managed to reduce to 29:26 when Cristovao Cordeiro (200-F/C-89) made a jump shot. Soares posted two for 30:29, but then Luxembourg U20 had 13-2 run to grab 43:32 at the halftime. No matter how hard Portugal tried to recover, Luxembourg U20 never looked behind in the second half. With 24-14 the team enjoyed 67:46 at the end of the third quarter when Raul Birenbaum (180-G-89) nailed a three-pointer. Nuno Oliveira (186-G-89) scored first five points in the fourth period, but that was enough only to win the frame 21-19. Led by Christopher Jones Luxembourg U20 was able to win the first game in the tournament to tie both records.
Christopher Jones was unstoppable with 38 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Schwartz netted 12, while Raul Birenbaum posted 10. Cristovao Cordeiro and Nuno Oliveira ended up with 11 points in the losing effort.

Luxembourg U20: Christopher Jones 38+8 rebs, Schwartz 12, Raul Birenbaum 10
Portugal U20: Cristovao Cordeiro 11, Nuno Oliveira 11



Portugal breeze past Macao in Lisbon - by Eurobasket News
Portugal - Macao 113:42

Portugal clinched the top spot in Group A of the Lusophony Games 2009 held in Lisbon. They secured the second straight win at the tournament beating Macao by 71 points. Portugal thus set up semifinal clash against Capo Verde on Saturday. Macao will next face Guinea-Bissau for the 5th-6th position.
Portugal stormed into the game notching 31 points in first ten minutes. The hosts accumulated an 18-point advantage at the first intermission. The home team continued to pile up their advantage throughout the second term. They ensured a 33-point lead at halftime. Macao conceded 35 points in the third period to trail by insurmountable 59 points heading into the fourth quarter. Portugal coasted to the win in the final stanza keeping their unbeaten record at the tournament.
Rui Mota (190-G/F-78) knocked down 18 points to pace Portugal. Diogo Carreira (180-G-78) added 15 points, while Fernando Sousa (192-F-81) and Filipe Da Silva (185-F-86) canned 11 points each in the win. Lei Pang responded with 16 points for Macao. Sou Lan netted 7 points in defeat.

Portugal: Rui Mota 18, Diogo Carreira 15, Fernando Sousa 11, Filipe Da Silva 11
Macao: Lei Pang 16, Sou Lan 7



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BSN Round: 2 (Semi-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Bayamon - Mayaguez 96-102
Mayagez drew things level at the BSN semifinal series against Bayamon. They snatched past their opponents on the road in the second game. Dan Langhi (208-F-77, college: Vanderbilt) fired 32 poitns to pace the Indios. James Maye added 20 points and 8 boards for the winners as they denied a 2-point halftime deficit to upset Bayamon. The hosts answered with 25 points from Christian Dalmau. Carmelo Lee had 20 points and 9 rebounds in the losing effort.

Quebradillas - Carolina 105-110
Carolina celebrated a road win over Quebradillas to knot things up in the BSN semifinal series. The Gigantes needed an overtime to prevail in the second game of the clash. Rodney White (206-F-80, college: Charlotte) poured in 35 points to lift Carolina to the win. Donnell Harvey had 22 points and 16 boards in the win. Joel Jones answered with 24 points for the Pirates in the loss.



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Russia bounce back to topple Latvia - by Eurobasket News
Russia U20 - Latvia U20 68:62
Russia celebrated the first win at the U20 European Championship in Greece. They prevailed against Latvian counterparts to improve at 1-1 record in Group A. Latvia in the meantime slipped at 1-1 record. Semen Antonov (203-F-89) stepped up for Russia tallying 25 points and 5 boards in the win. An Alexander Vasin team fired 24 points in the pivotal third quarter to clear off to a 10-point distance that proved unassailable for Latvia.
Viacheslav Zaytsev (190-G-89) and Semen Antonov sparked a 6:3 spurt from Russia late in the opening frame as the team grabbed an 18:13 lead. The teams could not score for almost 6 minutes in the second stanza before Janis Kaufmanis (185-G-89) drained a triple to keep Latvia close. Soon Dairis Bertans (192-G/F-89) and Blaus stole the lead for Latvia. Russia regained control late in the half winning it 30:28. Dmitriy Khvostov (191-G-89) and Zakharov propelled Russia to a 7-point advantage at the start of the third term. Russia soon opened up a double-digit lead and headed into the fourth stanza up 54:44. Dairis Bertans scored 6 points to single-handedly drag Latvia back into contest. However Semen Antonov and Dmitriy Khvostov answered with timely buckets as Russia ran away late in regulation.
Vladimir Ivlev (204-F-90) tallied 11 points and 13 boards for Russia. Viacheslav Zaytsev and Dmitriy Khvostov added 10 points apiece in the win. Dairis Bertans answered with 18 points for Latvia. Janis Kaufmanis had 12 points in the losing effort.

Russia U20: Semen Antonov 25, Vladimir Ivlev 11+13 boards, Viacheslav Zaytsev 10, Dmitriy Khvostov 10
Latvia U20: Dairis Bertans 18, Janis Kaufmanis 12



Mike Wilkinson and Nikita Shabalkin join Triumph - by Eurobasket News
Triumph bolstered their squad with addition of Mike Wilkinson (204-F-81, college: Wisconsin) and Nikita Shabalkin (204-F-86) from Khimky.
Mike Wilkinson averaged 7.1 points and 4.2 boards per game in Russia Superleague last season. In Eurocup the average stats of the 28-year-old forward came up to 6.8 boards and 4.1 boards. The Macedonian played in Greece before moving to Russia in 2007.
Nikita Shabalkin tallied 4.3 points, 3.3 boards and 1.2 assists per game in Superleague. He also led Russian University selection to the Final in Serbia just weeks ago. In Belgrade Nikita Shabalkin scored 14.9 points and collected 6.1 boards per game.



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  SCOTLAND   


MURRAY TURNS ANKLE IN MALAYSIA - by Sandy Sutherland
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|basketball by Sandy Sutherland

Scotland's basketball captain Gareth Murray was
hoping to be fit to resume playing in the
Malaysian League in Penang after missing the second
circuit of games through a sprained ankle.

Murray, who has still to re-sign for the
Scottish Rocks for next season's BBL, is one of
six foreign players guesting in the league which
was due to resume in Han Chiang Stadium, Penang
from July 17-19.

Captain of Scotland in last year's Euro C
Championship in Edinburgh, Murray is averaging
17 points a game for fourth overall top scorer
and 16 rebounds a game to lead that category.




















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  SEBL   


SEBL Metro A-League results... - by David Archer
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North Division:

BC Knicks-1 87 vs ServPro-1 83... Dominique Holmes downed 33 points to lead the BC Knicks-1 to a surprising opening day win over traditional powerhouse, ServPro-1. The lead changed has often in the first half. ServPro held a slim 41-39 lead at the break. But, Holmes' scoring antics, along with solid contributions from Tay Barber (16), Dominique Rouse (13) and Kenny Gattison (11), allowed the Knicks to build a small cushion they held on to in the second half. Larry Cox paced ServPro with 21, while Jermaine Spivey got 20, Bobby Smith 17 and Brandon Byers 11.

Baseline Warriors 92 vs GA Wolves 51... The Warriors had no trouble with an out-matched GA Wolves squad, after racing to a 54-20 half-time lead. After calling the 'dogs' off, the Warriors cruised to an easy win to start the summer season. Chris Morgan led Baseline with 19, while Chucky Frierson had 17, Hakeem Scott 13, Bobby Brown 11, Marcus McElrath 10, Marcus Henderson 7, Mike Linley 6, Derrick Broom 5 and Golden Ingle 4. For the GA Wolves, Brandon Thomas had 20, James Hutchins collected 10 and Joe Malik had 6. The Wolves have been shifted down to the SEBL City Confernce B-League for competitive purposes. Taking their place in the A-League will be the Rome Rage.

BC Skyline 63 vs BC Howren-1 49... Though Skyline struggled a bit offensively, they put together a solid defensive effort in their opener against BC Howren. Mario Jordan paced a balanced attack with 12 points, while Jeff Croft and Tracy Hector each got 10. Cameron Quin also scored 9, Andrew Jones 8, Demetrius Metcalf 7, Vincent Johnson 3, Kashif Gumbs 2 and Bo Mason 0. For BC Howren, Marvin Green led all scorers with 14, while Kevin Hammitt had 12, Chris Jones 8, Mike Howren 4, Darrell Wilkins 3, Antone Anderson 2 and Dexter Shaw 0.

Marietta 57 vs BC Supreme 63... After battling to a 28-all tie at the half, BC Supreme was able to create a little bit of a spread mid-way through the second half. Marietta knocked on the door down the stretch but Supreme put them away on the freethrow via foulshots and an ill-advised technical foul by Marietta's Darrell Waters.
Marietta was paced by Courtney George's 20, while Mike Reynolds had 11, Waters 11, Stephon Padmore 6, Chris Brown 5, Paul Daniels 2 and Tim Moss 2. For Supreme, Carlos Hampton downed 16, Willie Frances 14, James Barnett 12, Robert McKinney 7, Brady Richeson 5, Damian Payne 5, Mike Carson 0 and Cedric Ward 0.
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South Division:
BC Lakers 58 vs Atlanta 52
Young Gunz 66 vs Barnesville 47
Tri-County 82 vs Metro Stars 61
Black Monopoly 72 vs DOTS 46
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North Division:

ServPro-1 93 vs BC Supreme 74... Servpro bounced back after their opening loss to dominate Supreme. They built a 47-33 lead by the half, behind Shan Finley and Jamalcom Johnson's steady scoring. Supreme never could fight back in the second half but fought valiantly down the stretch. Finley and Johnson finished with 27 and 24, respectively for Servpro, while Bobby Smith got 17, Jermaine Spivey 13 and Larry Cox 11. Devin Carter also had two for ServPro. For Supreme, Mike Carson downed 24, Carlos Hampton 17, Willie Frances 12, Kenyatta Baylor 8, Cedric Ward 5, and Brady Richeson 3. Both teams now sit at 1-1 in the North Division standings.

Marietta 68 vs BC Knicks-1 59... Courntey George hit 19, while Terrence Hundley, fresh off his IBL All-Star selection, collected 18 points to help Marietta get a good win over the BC Knicks. Tim Moss also had 13 and Darrell Waters 11, while Stephon Padmore contributed 5, Mike Reynolds 3. The Knicks, who led 28-24 at the half, fell apart down the stretch and could not buy a basket. They were led by Tay Barber's game-high 28 points, while Bryant Dunn had 16, Kenny Gattison 10 and Jarmond Bailey's 2. O'Brian Wilkins and Jonathan Johnson both failed to score. Johnson, who has been an SEBL All-star selection for several years, has failed to score in the Knicks first two games. The Knicks played with out high-scoring Dominique Holmes and Dominique Rouse.

Baseline W. 78 vs BC Howren-1 71... Mike Howren and Chris Jones started strong for BC Howren, combining for 24 points and putting Baseline on its heels. But, the Warriors battled back from an eight-point deficit to take a slim 35-34 lead at the half. Bobby Brown and Justin Thompson triggered a run to help Baseline in the opening half. In the second half, Derrick Broom hit the opening basket, giving Baseline a 37-34 lead, but Chris Jones re-heated for BC Howren. He scored nine points, while igniting an 14-2 run that saw BC Howren build a 48-39 lead. Baseline still trailed 65-58 with 5:40 remaining. After a timeout, the Warriors stepped up their defense, forcing BC Howren to miss. Capitalizing on the offensive end, the Warriors were able to close with a 20-6, to claim the win. Jones led BC Howren with 26, while Darrell Wilkins and Mike Howren each had 14, Marvin Green 11, and Dexter Shaw, Antone Anderson and Kevin Hammitt each had two. For Baseline, Brown finished with 24, Golden Ingle 16, Kenny Sauners 12, Thompson 8, Broom and Mike Linley 7 each, and Marcus Henderson 4.

BC Skyline 76 vs Rome Rage 81... The newly inserted Rome Rage came out with a hard-fought win over BC Skyline in their debut game. Mike Dean poured in 37 to lead the Rage to a comeback victory. Skyline failed to take advantage of a great first half by a hot-shooting Jeff Croft, who had 19 points. Skyline led by as many as nine in the first half, but the wheels began falling off in the final 2 minutes of the half. Rome closed on an 8-2 run after several Skyline miscues. The same theme carried through the second half, as the same team oriented play was left behind. Rome took advantage and was able to keep Skyline at a distance down the stretch. Croft was left with the 19-point first half and did not score again, while Bo Mason picked up the slack and downed 30 points in the losing effort for Skyline. Mario Jordan struggled for his 10 points, as Kashif Gumbs had an non-efficient 7, Nagee Smith and Demetrius Metcalf 4 each and Cameron Quin didn't score. Quntin Woods supported Dean with 13, while Brandon Byers had 11, Will Ampey 20, Jacob Selman 8 and Nick Moore two. Latece Williams will join the Rage for their next SEBL game.

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South Division:
BC Lakers 73 vs Young Gunz 70
Atlanta 78 vs Barnesville 37
Tri County 61 vs Black Monopoly 67
Metro Stars 40 vs DOTS 48
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Upcoming SEBL Metro A-League Games:

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Sun., July 19th @ Aubrey St…
5:00pm - ServPro-1 vs Baseline Warriors
6:00pm - BC Skyline vs Marietta
7:00pm - Rome Rage vs BC Knicks-1
8:00pm - BC Supreme vs BC Howren-1
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Mon., July 20th @ Clayton St…
6:30pm - BC Lakers vs Barnesville
7:30pm - Atlanta vs Young Gunz
8:30pm - Tri County vs DOTS
9:30pm - Metro Stars vs Black Monopoly
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Dragan Milosavljevic secure first win for Serbia in Greece - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U20 - Germany U20 79:77
Serbian U20 team posted the initial win at the European Championship in Greece. They eked out a last-second victory over Germany to improve at 1-1 record in Group D. Germany suffered the second straight loss and remained at the bottom of the standings. The teams were tied at 77 with ten seconds remaining. But this time was just enough for Dragan Milosavljevic (198-G-89) to win the game for Serbia as he converted a buzzer-beating lay-up.
Serbia fired 8 unanswered points to open the game. Germany struggled to pick the tempo in the first term and Serbia ensured a 21:11 advantage at the first break. Subotic and Bircevic helped Serbia to a 27:11 lead early in the second frame. Germany could not threaten the margin as Serbia built a 40:28 cushion at halftime.
Germany revived the intrigue with a 9:0 start to the second half. They cut the deficit to just 3 points before Serbia picked up a 7-point lead after three quarters of action. A Slobodan Klipa team seemed to march to the win as they earned an 11-point lead but Germany recovered. They went on a 20:10 run to tie the score at 77.
Filip Covic (178-G-89) finished with 23 points for Serbia. Stefan Stojacic (195-G-89) had 17 points, while Dusko Bunic (205-C-89) delivered 9 points in the victory. Elias Harris (199-F-89) answered with 24 points for Germany. Robin Benzing (208-F-89) added 23 points in defeat.

Serbia U20: Filip Covic 23, Stefan Stojacic 17, Dusko Bunic 9
Germany U20: Elias Harris 24, Robin Benzing 23



Vladislav Dragojlovic in Russia - by Zoran Popovic
Serbian center Vladislav Dragojlovic (206-C-79, agency: Beo Basket) sign contract with Lokomotiv Rostov na Donu. Dragojlovic played last season in Ukraine, in SK Cherkasy Monkeys and had good season. On 36 games, Dragojlovic average scored 18.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 0.8 steals per game. Dragojlovic started professional career in Sloga Kraljevo and played for them in period 1999-2002, moved to OKK Beograd in season 2002-2003 and from 2003 till 2006 played for Crvena Zvezda. Season 2006-2007 Dragojlovic played for Panionios Forthnet Athens and in season 2007-.2008 for BC Buducnost and in April 2008 moved to KK Swisslion Takovo Lions Vrsac. With Crvena Zvezda, Vladislav Dragojlovic won Serbia and Montenegro National cup in seasons 2004 and 2006.

Joksimovic leaves Hemofarm, Feni Industrija inks Dusan Knezevic - by Zoran Popovic
Nebojsa Joksimovic (193-G-81, agency: Beo Basket) leaves Hemofarm Stada after four successful seasons. Next destination in his career will be Lokomotiv Rostov na Donu. During his last season in Hemofarm Stada Joksimovic in Adriatic league average scored 8.1 points, 1.9 rebouns, 2.3 assists, 0.9 steals, in Eurocup average scored 7.5 points, 1.0 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 0.9 steals and in Serbian Super league average scored 6.7 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.0 steals. Before Hemofarm Stada, Nebojsa Joksimovic played for Koper from 2000 till 2003, Pivovarna Lasko from 2003 till 2005. With Pivovarn Lasko Joksimovic won Slovenian National cup and this season with Hemofarm Stada played Eurocup semifinal.
After one season in KK Swisslion Takovo Lions Vrsac, Dusan Knezevic moves to Feni Industrija from Kavadarci. On 9 games in Balkan league last season, Knezevic average scored 7.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.2 steals and in Serbian league on 30 games average scored 8.4 points, 4.5 rebounds, 0.6 assists and 0.9 steals per game. During the professional career Knezevic played for Srem, Iva Zorka Sabac, four seasons for Masinac Kraljevo and one season in Saint-Quentin Basket-Ball.



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  SLOVAKIA   


Sweden upset Slovak Republic team in their opener - by Eurobasket News
Slovak Republic U20-Sweden U20 74:80

Sweden U20 upset Slovak Republic team in their opener of U20 European Championship. The Scandinavian team improved to 2-0 record after 80:74 victory.
Sweden opened the game with seven points in a row to take a proper lead. Slovak Republic replied with 8-0 run as Stanislav Baldovsky (190-F-89) made the score 8:7. Nystrom however was the last to score in the period for 19:17 as he made a jump shot. Slovak Republic U20 tried hard to catch up with the oppoenents that had 3-5 points in the beginning of the second period. They managed to stay withing 36:37 with a minute in the half and Hasan gave his team 38:37. Francis Odada (197-F-89) tied the game at the halftime making one free throw. The teams stayed together in the third period and exchanged the baskets in the next 10 minutes. Sweden grabbed 60:58 in the end of the frame as Christopher Ryan (196-G-90) nailed last two. Dorazil tied the game at 60:60, while it was him again for 64:64. The game could win any of the teams but Sweden was better in the last seconds. Christopher Ryan closed the game with two free throws to celebrate 80:74 victory.
Christopher Ryan paced all the winners with 25 points and Gaddefors added 16. Francis Odada and Hartman finished the game with 10 points apiece. Stanislav Baldovsky delivered 17 points in defeat, while Richard Grznar (187-G-91) notched 15.

Slovak Republic U20: Stanislav Baldovsky 17, Richard Grznar 15
Sweden U20: Christopher Ryan 25, Gaddefors 16, Francis Odada 10, Hartman 10


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  SLOVENIA   


Spain top Slovenia for second straight win - by Eurobasket News
Spain U20 - Slovenia U20 89:71
Spain posted the second straight win at the U20 European Championship. They edged Slovenia in Group A action today. Spain remained on top of the ladder, while Slovenia slipped at 0-2 in the fourth position.
Spain started the game aggressively and piled up an 11:3 lead early. But Slovenia found the right rhythm soon and stayed close. They managed to trim the distance to just two points at the first break 22:24. Parejo drained a three-pointer to ignite a 9:0 run from Spain at the start of the second quarter. Slovenia responded with 9:0 run of their own midway through the quarter to remain in visibility. Spain drove to a narrow 43:40 lead at halftime. The hero of the Spanish opening game Xavier Rabaseda (199-G-89) nailed 5 points to keep Spain in charge at the start of the second half. An 11:2 surge allowed Spain to open a 63:51 advantage late in the third quarter. But Slovenia stayed contestant as Miljan Kovacevic (193-G-90) and Percel clipped the deficit at 7 points at the final pause. Mamadou Samb (207-C/F-89) tipped off the fourth term with 5 consecutive points, while Llorca and Parejo added 3 more as Spain gained a 15-point lead. Slovenia were able to get within 10 but Spain stayed calm and ensured a confident win at the end.
Pere Tomas (202-F-89) knocked down 14 points and grabbed 7 boards to lead Spain. Mamadou Samb had 13 points, while Sergio De La Fuente (198-C-89) finished with 12 points in the victory. Miljan Kovacevic responded with 14 points for Slovenia. Marko Vranjkovic (202-F/C-90) had 12 points in defeat.

Spain U20: Pere Tomas 14, Mamadou Samb 13, Sergio De La Fuente 12
Slovenia U20: Miljan Kovacevic 14, Marko Vranjkovic 12



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  SPAIN   


Spain top Slovenia for second straight win - by Eurobasket News
Spain U20 - Slovenia U20 89:71
Spain posted the second straight win at the U20 European Championship. They edged Slovenia in Group A action today. Spain remained on top of the ladder, while Slovenia slipped at 0-2 in the fourth position.
Spain started the game aggressively and piled up an 11:3 lead early. But Slovenia found the right rhythm soon and stayed close. They managed to trim the distance to just two points at the first break 22:24. Parejo drained a three-pointer to ignite a 9:0 run from Spain at the start of the second quarter. Slovenia responded with 9:0 run of their own midway through the quarter to remain in visibility. Spain drove to a narrow 43:40 lead at halftime. The hero of the Spanish opening game Xavier Rabaseda (199-G-89) nailed 5 points to keep Spain in charge at the start of the second half. An 11:2 surge allowed Spain to open a 63:51 advantage late in the third quarter. But Slovenia stayed contestant as Miljan Kovacevic (193-G-90) and Percel clipped the deficit at 7 points at the final pause. Mamadou Samb (207-C/F-89) tipped off the fourth term with 5 consecutive points, while Llorca and Parejo added 3 more as Spain gained a 15-point lead. Slovenia were able to get within 10 but Spain stayed calm and ensured a confident win at the end.
Pere Tomas (202-F-89) knocked down 14 points and grabbed 7 boards to lead Spain. Mamadou Samb had 13 points, while Sergio De La Fuente (198-C-89) finished with 12 points in the victory. Miljan Kovacevic responded with 14 points for Slovenia. Marko Vranjkovic (202-F/C-90) had 12 points in defeat.

Spain U20: Pere Tomas 14, Mamadou Samb 13, Sergio De La Fuente 12
Slovenia U20: Miljan Kovacevic 14, Marko Vranjkovic 12



Newcomers in Real, Unicaja and Tau - by Eurobasket News
Real Madrid officially announced the signing of Travis Hansen (198-G/F-78, college: BYU). The USA-Russian 31-year-old shooting guard moves to Spain from Russia. Travis Hansen played for Dynamo Moscow last season but left the team because of financial problems. He averaged 16.3 points, 4.6 boards and 3.1 assists per game for Dynamo in EuroCup. In Superleague Hansen scored 14.7 points, collected 4.8 boards and dished out 2.3 assists per appearance.
Unicaja secured the services of Taquan Dean (193-G-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Louisville) for the next season. Dean arrived to Malaga from Murcia. There Taquan Dean averaged 16.7 points and 2.8 boards per game. He was fourth in scoring in ACB. The 26-year-old guard had stints in Italy and Russia after graduating from Louisville.
Tau Ceramica bolstered their squad with addition of Argentinean forward Walter Herrmann (207-F-79). Herrmann spent the last three seasons in the NBA. He played for the Detroit Pistons in 2008-2009 scoring 3.9 points and collecting 1.8 boards per game. He played for Malaga during two seasons before moving overseas.



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  SWEDEN   


Italy prevail against Sweden in Bormio - by Eurobasket News
Italy - Sweden 85:49
Italian National Team posted the first win at the international tournament in Bormio. They defeated Sweden in the opening round. The competition also features Senegal and Czech Republic. Italy will face Senegal, while Sweden will take on Czech Republic in the second round of action.
Italy and Sweden traded baskets early in the first quarter. However Italy capped the frame on a 10:5 run to gain a 28:19 advantage at the first intermission. Marco Belinelli (196-G-86) had 10 points in the quarter. The Azzurri controlled the rhythm in the second frame and arrived at halftime ahead by 16 points. The hosts went on a 6:0 run at the start of the third quarter to stretch the margin at 22 points. Italy finished the third quarter leading 62:36. Sweden never recovered in the final stanza and suffered a resounding loss at the end.
Andrea Bargnani (209-F/C-85) scored 19 points to pace Italy. Stefano Mancinelli (203-F-83, agency: Megasport) added 14 points, while Marco Belinelli had 12 in the victory. Jonathan Skoldebrand (203-C/F-83) responded with 14 points for Sweden. Jim Nystrom (194-G/F-82, college: Georgia Tech) accounted for 7 points in defeat. Italy outrebounded their opponents 36:23 and sank 54% of field goals.

Italy: Andrea Bargnani 19, Stefano Mancinelli 14, Marco Belinelli 12
Sweden: Jonathan Skoldebrand 14, Jim Nystrom 7



Sweden upset Slovak Republic team in their opener - by Eurobasket News
Slovak Republic U20-Sweden U20 74:80

Sweden U20 upset Slovak Republic team in their opener of U20 European Championship. The Scandinavian team improved to 2-0 record after 80:74 victory.
Sweden opened the game with seven points in a row to take a proper lead. Slovak Republic replied with 8-0 run as Stanislav Baldovsky (190-F-89) made the score 8:7. Nystrom however was the last to score in the period for 19:17 as he made a jump shot. Slovak Republic U20 tried hard to catch up with the oppoenents that had 3-5 points in the beginning of the second period. They managed to stay withing 36:37 with a minute in the half and Hasan gave his team 38:37. Francis Odada (197-F-89) tied the game at the halftime making one free throw. The teams stayed together in the third period and exchanged the baskets in the next 10 minutes. Sweden grabbed 60:58 in the end of the frame as Christopher Ryan (196-G-90) nailed last two. Dorazil tied the game at 60:60, while it was him again for 64:64. The game could win any of the teams but Sweden was better in the last seconds. Christopher Ryan closed the game with two free throws to celebrate 80:74 victory.
Christopher Ryan paced all the winners with 25 points and Gaddefors added 16. Francis Odada and Hartman finished the game with 10 points apiece. Stanislav Baldovsky delivered 17 points in defeat, while Richard Grznar (187-G-91) notched 15.

Slovak Republic U20: Stanislav Baldovsky 17, Richard Grznar 15
Sweden U20: Christopher Ryan 25, Gaddefors 16, Francis Odada 10, Hartman 10


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  SYRIA   


Tunisia climb on top of Group A - by Eurobasket News
Tunisia posted the second straight win at the Arab Nations Cup held in Morocco. They defeated Syria 86:71 to remain on top of preliminary Group A. Syria in the meantime slipped at 0-2 record after the loss. Tunisia led by just 3 points at the first break but managed to stretch the margin at 10 points into the second half. They dominated the game after the major break and posted a well-deserved win at the end.
Tunisia will next face UAE, while Syria will look for the initial win against Lebanon on Saturday.



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  TAIWAN   


Jones Cup - pre-tournament notes - by Chris Wang
-- Japan center Kosuke Takeuchi (205cm) withdrew from the team and as replaced by Kosuke Kanamaru (190cm, 1989, Meiji University), the leading scorer in the World University Games in Belgrade, which just concluded earlier this month.

-- Three Kazakhstan players will miss the Jones Cup due to injury, including star forward Anton Ponomarev, Yegor Biryulin and Alexandr Zhigulin.

-- Taiwan NT and Taiwan Second NT both made yet another roster changes. Dacin's SBL MVP Chang Chih-feng returned from injury and replaced Chou Shih-yuan, who left Taiwan NT after his father was killed in an accident.

As for the second NT, KKL forward Cheng Jen-wei and Taiwan Beer forward Wang Chien-wei replaced a pair of Taiwan Mobile players Yen Cheng-hong and Hsu Wei-sheng.

Final roster:

2009 Jones Cup Taiwan NT roster:

Po., Name, Ht., Age
G Lee Hsueh-lin, Yulon, 175cm, 25
G Su Yi-chieh, Dacin, 181cm, 22
G Chang Chih-feng, Dacin, 183cm, 28
G Yang Ching-min, TB, 188cm, 25
G Wu Yong-jen, Taiwan Mobile, 177cm, 26
F Chen Tse-wei, Dacin, 200cm, 24
F Tsai Wen-cheng, PY, 188cm, 24
F Lin Yi-hui, Dacin, 193cm, 23
F Yang Che-yi, Yulon, 193cm, 31
F Hsu Chih-chan, 194cm, 27
F Lee Fong-yong, Dacin, 197cm, 28
F Wu Chien-lung, Pure Youth, 193cm, 20

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

2009 Jones Cup Taiwan 2nd NT (Team Kwanghua) roster:

Chang Tsung-hsien (Jet Chang), BYU-Hawaii, 190cm
Lo Yu-chun, Dacin, 185cm
Hong Chih-shan, Pure Youth, 176cm
Lin Chieh-min, Yulon, 185cm
Chen Yi-an, Dacin, 195cm
Chen Shun-hsiang, BOT, 188cm
Lin Ching-pang, Pure Youth, 190cm
Lu Cheng-ju, Yulon, 192cm
Tsai Jun-min, Dacin, 197cm
Lin Hwan-chao, Yulon, 202cm
Cheng Jen-wei, KKL, 192cm
Wang Chien-wei, TB, 190cm
Head coach: Chiu Da-tsun
Assistants: Huang Wan-long, Hsu Chih-chao


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  TOURNAMENT OF THE AMERICAS   


Cuba will not be part of the FIBA Americas Championship - by Eurobasket
FIBA Americas received a letter from the Cuban Basketball Federation signed by their President, Mr. Ruperto Herrera, informing that the organization decided not to participate in the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship that will be played in Puerto Rico from August 26 to September 6.
The letter from the Cuban Federation Committee explained that after an evaluation of the latest results from the teams most recent participation, the CBC Championship played at the British Virgin Islands and where they finished third, has decided that their technical level was not acceptable and thus have opted for withdrawing their participation in the upcoming 2009 FIBA Americas Championship.
FIBA Americas Secretary General, Mr. Alberto Garcia, immediately contacted Panamas Basketball Federation President, Mr. Miguel Sanchez, in order to know if the country could occupy the spot left by Cuba.
The Federation of Panama subsequently has sent a letter in which they officially accept the invitation and will be present in Puerto Rico for the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship.
After and evaluation on their performance in previous tournaments, FIBA Americas Technical Director, Anibal Garcia, decided against performing a new draw and has also decided to simply exchange Cubas place in Group B with Panama.
FIBA Americas President, Mr. Horacio Muratore manifested, in a phone call, his worry about the situation that provoked that Cuba won't participate and added that the Executive Committee will be evaluating the situation on their next meeting in October.
He also thanked Mr. Sanchiz and his federation for accepting the invitation to take part in this event and maintain the tournament like it has always been played.


Standings
Standings
Group A
1. Canada0-0
2. US V.Isl0-0
3. Mexico0-0
4. P.Rico0-0
5. Uruguay0-0
Group B
1. Argentina0-0
2. Brazil0-0
3. Domin.R.0-0
4. Panama0-0
5. Venezuela0-0


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  TUNISIA   


Tunisia climb on top of Group A - by Eurobasket News
Tunisia posted the second straight win at the Arab Nations Cup held in Morocco. They defeated Syria 86:71 to remain on top of preliminary Group A. Syria in the meantime slipped at 0-2 record after the loss. Tunisia led by just 3 points at the first break but managed to stretch the margin at 10 points into the second half. They dominated the game after the major break and posted a well-deserved win at the end.
Tunisia will next face UAE, while Syria will look for the initial win against Lebanon on Saturday.



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  TURKEY   


Montenegro pip Turkey in Rhodes - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro U20 - Turkey U20 61:58

Well-balanced offensive effort and suffocating defense helped Montenegro to post the first win at the U20 European Championship in Greece. Montenegro prevailed against Turkey to improve at 1-1 record in Group C. Turkey suffered the first defeat in Greece.
It was a close battle from start to finish. Montenegro looked better in the starting frame taking a 7-point lead. But Turkey capped the frame on a 7:2 run to trail by 2 at the first break. Nikola Djokovic (190-G-89), Sead Sehovic (201-C/F-89) and Lalic quickly ballooned the gap to 9 points early in the second frame. The team maintained the lead throughout the reminder of the half and enjoyed a 40:32 buffer at halftime. Nikola Djokovic opened the second half with a three-pointer to give Montenegro a double-digit advantage. Turkey refused to surrender and replied with a 7:0 rally late in the quarter to trim the distance to just two points. Ozcan hit from beyond the arc as Turkey were down by a single point at the start of the fourth period. Montenegro reacted with 9 unanswered points to secure some breathing space. Turkey would not go away as Tufan Onen (202-F-89), Yildirim and Gen pulled them within one with 45 seconds to go in regulation. But Lalic got fouled and sank both free throws to seal the winning outcome for Montenegro at the end.
Nikola Djokovic and Sead Sehovic scored 12 points apiece for Montenegro. Nikola Vucevic (210-F-90) had 11 points and 11 boards for the winning team. Erolcan Cinko (188-G-90) responded with 15 points for Turkey. Ilkan Karaman (205-F-90) and Tufan Onen had 6 points each in the loss.

Montenegro U20: Nikola Djokovic 12, Sead Sehovic 12, Nikola Vucevic 11+11 boards
Turkey U20: Erolcan Cinko 15, Ilkan Karaman 6, Tufan Onen 6



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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


Cliffhanger: Legacy Edges Rockers in Double OT - by David Edole
July 15, 2009 Regulation time was not enough for Legacy and the Rockers to determine a winner in Tuesday new Breed Basketball Associations early game at the Educational Complex, it took double overtime in a hard fought back and forth contest to determine a winner.
In the end, however, Legacy had a little more left in the tank during the second overtime to pull out the 100-99 victory.
Based on the stat sheets it would appear that the Rockers played the better all around game. They had 31 more rebounds than Legacy, winning the battle o the boards 96-65, and had more assist at 24-18. But it was what they did when they had the ball that mattered. What they did was turn the ball over a lot more than their opponents and that kept them from capitalizing on areas that they dominated. Legacys defense forced a plethora of turnovers that included 20 steals.
In the end, however, this could have gone either way.
Legacys two-guard, Chris Floyd, came out on fire in the opening period, scorching the nets for 16 first quarter points that helped his team to 29-21 advantage in the opening stanza.
The Rockers were much better offensively in the second quarter, utilizing a balanced attack, to outscore Legacy 20-14 in the period and trail by just three at intermission,43-40. Seven Rocker players netted points in that second quarter while Leandre Arrindel led Legacy with nine points.
O'lani Vanterpool (-G-90)< and Bobby Evans took over the scoring for their respective teams in the hotly contested third quarter. Vanterpool knocked down nine in the period for the Rockers and Evans netted 10 for Legacy as the Rockers won the quarter 20-19 to cut the Legacy lead to two two points, 62-60.
A 20-18 fourth quarter in favor of the Rockers meant the teams were deadlocked at 80 at the end of regulation. The Rockers did have an opportunity for the last shot as the clock wound down but muffed that chance.
The first overtime was a back and forth contest with both teams enjoying leads of as much as four points. The Rockers wer up by three with nine seconds left in the first overtime when Legacys Joaquin Francis took the inbounds, pass raced the length of the floor, pulled up just beyond the arc and hit a desperation three-pointer to send the game into the second overtime.
The second OT was almost identical to the third quarter, with both teams having their moments, but fatigue became a major factor, and Legacy had a bit more left in the tank and were able to pull out the 100-99 victory.
'Evans scored all but six of his game high 29 points after intermission to lead Legacy. Arrindel knocked down 27 points while grabbing 17 boards and Floyd finished with 28 points. For the Rockers David Little led five players in double figures with 23 points while grabbing 15 boards. Vanterpool had 20 points with 11 rebounds; Patrick scored 13 points and grabbed a game high 18 rebound, Kareem Smith scored 12 points 12 rebounds and Abijah Knight had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
By Dave Davis


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  UKRAINE   


Fourth quarter rally brings Ukraine to second straight win in Greece - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine U20 - Croatia U20 86:79

Ukraine held off Croatia for the second consecutive win at the U20 European Championship in Greece. Ukraine trailed by 5 points heading into the fourth quarter but went on a 24:12 run to sink Croatia. A Volodymyr Polyakh team remained on top of Group D at 2-0 record. Croatia slipped at 1-1 record in the second position.
Croats opened the game with four points in a row but Ukraine quickly struck back. They knocked down 9 straight points to grab the lead. Ukraine maintained the lead throughout the period as Stanislav Tymofeyenko (204-F-89) accounted for 9 points. Chygrynov started the second period with a jumper as Ukraine ensured a 6-point advantage. Croatia used a 7:0 run late in the half to pull in front. Radic and Antonio Ostric (200-G/F-89) followed with back-to-back trebles and Croatia sealed a 46:44 advantage at halftime.
Antonio Ostric, Hajdic and Karlo Vragovic (191-G-89) propelled Croatia to a 9-point lead midway through the third quarter. However Novikov scored 6 points in a 9:0 run from Ukraine early in the fourth quarter as they regained the advantage at 71:67. Denys Lukashov (190-G-89) then accounted for important six points as Ukraine kept Croatia at safe distance till the final whistle.
Denys Lukashov nailed 22 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for Ukraine. Stanislav Tymofeyenko had 17 points and 11 boards, while Olexiy Shchepkin (194-G-89) netted 15 points in the winning charge. Karlo Vragovic responded with 30 points for Croatia. Antonio Ostric finished with 13 points in defeat.

Ukraine U20: Denys Lukashov 22, Stanislav Tymofeyenko 17+11 boards, Olexiy Shchepkin 15
Croatia U20: Karlo Vragovic 30, Antonio Ostric 13



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  UNITED ARAB EMIRATES   


UAE beat Lebanon on Day 2 of Arab Nations Cup - by Eurobasket News
UAE grabbed the first win at the Arab Nations Cup held in Morocco these days. They overcame Lebanon 71:68 in Group A action. UAE used a 23:13 rally in the starting stanza to build a decisive lead in the game. Lebanon trimmed the deficit to a single point heading into the final frame but could not prevail at the end. UAE ensured a tough win to improve at 1-0 record. Lebanon slipped at 0-1.
Lebanon will face Libya, while UAE will take on Algeria on Friday.



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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Norway hold off Great Britain in Skopje - by Eurobasket News
Norway U20 - Great Britain U20 71:59
Norway and Great Britain clashed in the U20 European Championship in Division B opener for both team. Norway came out winners claiming the first win at the tournament.
The lead changed hands numerous times throughout the tight first frame. Fivelstad capped it with a jumper to give Norway a 13:12 advantage. He added two more and then Stian Mjoes (185-G-89) followed with 5 points in a row as Norway triggered a 19:0 rally to open the second period with. Norway built a 34:16 lead at halftime to take some breathing room. Great Britain came back to life in the third frame as they tried to slow Norway down. However the Scandinavian team controlled the tempo and finished the third quarter up by 20 points. Great Britain won the fourth stanza but it was too late to save the game.
Anders Stien (196-G-90) scored 19 points to pace Norway. Stian Mjoes added 15 points, while Nicolai Oestbye (187-G-89) had 12 points in the winning effort. Benjamin Mockford (184-G-89) responded with 20 points for Great Britain. Andrew Lawrence (186-G-90) delivered 14 points in defeat.
Norway are scheduled to take on Poland, while Great Britain will play against Finland on Saturday.

Norway U20: Anders Stien 19, Stian Mjoes 15, Nicolai Oestbye 12
Great Britain U20: Benjamin Mockford 20, Andrew Lawrence 14



MURRAY TURNS ANKLE IN MALAYSIA - by Sandy Sutherland
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|basketball by Sandy Sutherland

Scotland's basketball captain Gareth Murray was
hoping to be fit to resume playing in the
Malaysian League in Penang after missing the second
circuit of games through a sprained ankle.

Murray, who has still to re-sign for the
Scottish Rocks for next season's BBL, is one of
six foreign players guesting in the league which
was due to resume in Han Chiang Stadium, Penang
from July 17-19.

Captain of Scotland in last year's Euro C
Championship in Edinburgh, Murray is averaging
17 points a game for fourth overall top scorer
and 16 rebounds a game to lead that category.




















British U20 National Team 2009 - by Richard
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4 Colin Sing (195-G-89) of Everton Tigers
5 Nigel van Oostrum (194-G-90) of Sheffield Sharks
6 Myles Hesson (-90)
7 Josh Rolls (-F-90) of Solihull Chiefs of Solihull Chiefs
8 Tyrone Treasure (193-G) of Bristol Acadamy Flyers
9 Patrick Nyeko (196-F-89) of High School (USA)

10 Benjamin Mockford (184-G-89)
11 Andrew Lawrence (186-G-90)
12 Jamell Anderson (-F-90) of City of Nottingham Tribe of City of Nottingham Tribe
13 Alhaji Fullah (195-F-89)
14 Daniel Awosanya (194-F-90)
15 William Neighbour (203-F-90)


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  WILLIAM JONES CUP   


Jones Cup - pre-tournament notes - by Chris Wang
-- Japan center Kosuke Takeuchi (205cm) withdrew from the team and as replaced by Kosuke Kanamaru (190cm, 1989, Meiji University), the leading scorer in the World University Games in Belgrade, which just concluded earlier this month.

-- Three Kazakhstan players will miss the Jones Cup due to injury, including star forward Anton Ponomarev, Yegor Biryulin and Alexandr Zhigulin.

-- Taiwan NT and Taiwan Second NT both made yet another roster changes. Dacin's SBL MVP Chang Chih-feng returned from injury and replaced Chou Shih-yuan, who left Taiwan NT after his father was killed in an accident.

As for the second NT, KKL forward Cheng Jen-wei and Taiwan Beer forward Wang Chien-wei replaced a pair of Taiwan Mobile players Yen Cheng-hong and Hsu Wei-sheng.

Final roster:

2009 Jones Cup Taiwan NT roster:

Po., Name, Ht., Age
G Lee Hsueh-lin, Yulon, 175cm, 25
G Su Yi-chieh, Dacin, 181cm, 22
G Chang Chih-feng, Dacin, 183cm, 28
G Yang Ching-min, TB, 188cm, 25
G Wu Yong-jen, Taiwan Mobile, 177cm, 26
F Chen Tse-wei, Dacin, 200cm, 24
F Tsai Wen-cheng, PY, 188cm, 24
F Lin Yi-hui, Dacin, 193cm, 23
F Yang Che-yi, Yulon, 193cm, 31
F Hsu Chih-chan, 194cm, 27
F Lee Fong-yong, Dacin, 197cm, 28
F Wu Chien-lung, Pure Youth, 193cm, 20

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

2009 Jones Cup Taiwan 2nd NT (Team Kwanghua) roster:

Chang Tsung-hsien (Jet Chang), BYU-Hawaii, 190cm
Lo Yu-chun, Dacin, 185cm
Hong Chih-shan, Pure Youth, 176cm
Lin Chieh-min, Yulon, 185cm
Chen Yi-an, Dacin, 195cm
Chen Shun-hsiang, BOT, 188cm
Lin Ching-pang, Pure Youth, 190cm
Lu Cheng-ju, Yulon, 192cm
Tsai Jun-min, Dacin, 197cm
Lin Hwan-chao, Yulon, 202cm
Cheng Jen-wei, KKL, 192cm
Wang Chien-wei, TB, 190cm
Head coach: Chiu Da-tsun
Assistants: Huang Wan-long, Hsu Chih-chao


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  YEMEN   


Kuwait outgun Yemen in Morocco - by Eurobasket News
Kuwait celebrated the first win at the Arab Nations Cup in Morocco. They held off Yemen 64:58 in Group B opener for both teams. Kuwait trailed by 4 points at halftime but were able to recover after the long break. They turned the deficit into a 3-point lead before the fourth quarter and sealed the winning effort in the fourth stanza.
Yemen will face Saudi Arabia today. Kuwait will be challenged by Egypt on Saturday. Four best teams of the pool would make it to the quarterfinals.





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Women News

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  BAHAMAS - Women  


Costa Rica hold off Bahamas in Mexico - by Eurobasket News
Costa Rica U17 - Bahamas U17 68:52

Costa Rican U17 selection grabbed the second win at the Centrobasket tournament. They defeated Bahamas in Aguascalientes yesterday to improve at 2-1 record. Bahamas slipped at 0-3 at the bottom of the ladder.
It was a sloppy game at the start as the teams teamed up for just 17 points in the first frame. Costa Rica led 10:7 after ten minutes. The tempo gradually increased as Costa Rica started to take over. They secured a 7-point lead at halftime. Bahamas went off the dressing room eager to snap the losing skid. They outscored Costa Rica in the third period to trail by just 5 points at the final break. But Bahamas could not improve in the final stanza scoring just 10 points. Costa Ricans responded with 21 points and ensured a confident win at the end.
Karen Acosta (-95) notched 21 points and 11 boards to pace Costa Rica. Valeria Miranda (-94) added 12 points, while Yoseline Alfaro (-94) had 11 points in the win. Britenique Harrison (-94) answered with 12 points and 12 boards for Bahamas. Taneka Sandiford (-95) netted 9 points in defeat.

Costa Rica U17: Karen Acosta 21+11 boards, Valeria Miranda 12, Yoseline Alfaro 11
Bahamas U17: Britenique Harrison 12+12 boards, Taneka Sandiford 9



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  BELARUS - Women  


Belarus send Czech Republic to Division B - by Eurobasket News
Belarus U20 - Czech Republic U20 74:46

Belarus secured the spot at the European Championship in Division A for the next season. They claimed a decisive victory over Czech Republic in Group G today to escape elimination. A Marian Svoboda team were not that lucky as they would have to fight in Division B in the upcoming year.
Belarus stunned their opponents early as they opened the game with a 13:2 run. Belarus won the starting quarter 19:11 dictating the game. Czech Republic tried to stay in the race as they cut the margin to 5 points midway through the second quarter. However Tatsiana Khatsko (187-F-89) and Maryia Filonchyk (189-C-92) ensured a 37:29 lead for Belarus at halftime.
Tatsiana Khatsko, Sviatlana Valko (173-G-89) and Adamik restored a 15-point lead for Belarus midway through the third frame. Maryia Filonchyk and Adamik completed the third quarter with 5 points in a row as Belarus led by 20 points heading into the fourth term. Sviatlana Valko, Maryia Filonchyk and Adamik gave Belarus a 26-point advantage in the fourth quarter and the team did not look behind on the way to the victory.
Maryia Filonchyk had 15 points and 8 boards for the winners. Tatsiana Khatsko added 13 points, while Sviatlana Valko knocked down 12. Dana Kuslitova (183-F-90) responded with 9 points for Czech team. Nikola Tothova (166-G-91) netted 8 points in the loss.

Belarus U20: Maryia Filonchyk 15, Tatsiana Khatsko 13, Sviatlana Valko 12
Czech Republic U20: Dana Kuslitova 9, Nikola Tothova 8



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  BULGARIA - Women  


Bulgaria U20 will hope for the 9th - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U20-Bulgaria U20 73:85

Bulgaria U20 overpower Lithuania U20 in the second game of the Semi-Final Round for 9th to 12th Places of U20 European Championship. Bulgaria celebrated 85:73 victory over the Baltic side to play for the 9th place in their last game.
Not many spectators believed that Bulgaria would win this game especially after the first period. Lithuania opened the game with 6-0 run and had 20:8 lead after the opening quarter. Bulgaria needed another 9 minutes to reduce the gap and tied the game at 34:34 when Tonka Tencheva (182-F-89) made two free throws to give also her team 35:34 lead. Hristina Ivanova (184-F-89) posted the last two in the half for a minimum Bulgarian advantage. The massive 30-20 in the third period brought 67:56 after thirty minutes when Gintare Petronyte (195-C-89) scored her points. In the last period Lithuania had no chanced to win the game, while Bulgaria kept the lead for good.
Tonka Tencheva top-scored for the Bulgarian side with 19 points as they will play for the 9th place. Hristina Ivanova nailed 18, whilst Daniela Peteva (179-F-89) notched 15. Gintare Petronyte collected 19 points and 10 boards in the losing effort, while Gabriele Narviciute (187-F-90) netted 12.
In another game Italy and Sweden prepared a thriller in the first game of the Semi-Final Round for 9th to 12th Places of U20 European Championship. Crippa made a lay-up with a foul to clinch 73:71 victory over the Scandinavian team.

Lithuania U20: Gintare Petronyte 19+10 rebs, Gabriele Narviciute 12
Bulgaria U20: Tonka Tencheva 19, Hristina Ivanova 18, Daniela Peteva 15


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  CENTROBASKET U17 - Women  


Standing
Standings
1. Mexico3-0
2. P.Rico3-0
3. Costa Rica.2-1
4. US V.Isl1-2
5. Bahamas0-3
6. Guatemala0-3


Day 3 in Aguascalientes - by Eurobasket News
Mexico U17 - Guatemala U17 91:49
Mexico ensured the third straight win at the U17 Centrobasket tournament. Yesterday Mexico defeated Guatemala to improve at 3-0 record. Guatemala remained winless at 0-3 record.
The hosts of the tournament breezed past their opponents in the third round. Mexico grabbed a 20:11 lead after ten minutes. Guatemala could not threaten the margin and trailed by as many as 16 points at the interval. The teams traded baskets in the third quarter as Guatemala seemed to pick up the slack and matched the hosts effort. But the advantage still grew for Mexico. The home team unleashed 33 points in the final quarter and celebrated a confident win at the end.
Andrea Medina (-93) ensured 19 points for Mexico. Ana Noriega (-93) had 16 points for the winners. Linda Gonzalez (-93) answered with 17 points for Guatemala. Emily Quan canned 16 points in the loss.
Mexico will face Bahamas today. Guatemala will be opposed by Virgin Islands in the fourth round.

Mexico U17: Andrea Medina 19, Ana Noriega 16, Anallency Martinez 15
Guatemala U17: Linda Gonzalez 17, Emily Quan 16

Costa Rica U17 - Bahamas U17 68:52
Costa Rican U17 selection grabbed the second win at the Centrobasket tournament. They defeated Bahamas in Aguascalientes yesterday to improve at 2-1 record. Bahamas slipped at 0-3 at the bottom of the ladder.
It was a sloppy game at the start as the teams teamed up for just 17 points in the first frame. Costa Rica led 10:7 after ten minutes. The tempo gradually increased as Costa Rica started to take over. They secured a 7-point lead at halftime. Bahamas went off the dressing room eager to snap the losing skid. They outscored Costa Rica in the third period to trail by just 5 points at the final break. But Bahamas could not improve in the final stanza scoring just 10 points. Costa Ricans responded with 21 points and ensured a confident win at the end.
Karen Acosta (-95) notched 21 points and 11 boards to pace Costa Rica. Valeria Miranda (-94) added 12 points, while Yoseline Alfaro had 11 points in the win. Britenique Harrison (-94) answered with 12 points and 12 boards for Bahamas. Taneka Sandiford netted 9 points in defeat.

Costa Rica U17: Karen Acosta 21+11 boards, Valeria Miranda 12, Yoseline Alfaro 11
Bahamas U17: Britenique Harrison 12+12 boards, Taneka Sandiford 9

Puerto Rico U17 Virgin Island U17 83:55
Puerto Rican U17 selection gained the third consecutive win at the Centrobasket tournament in Mexico. They outscored Virgin Islands in Aguascalientes yesterday. Puerto Rico share the top position together with the hosts. Virgin Islands fell at 1-2 record in the fourth spot.
Puerto Rico waste no time to claim their advantage. They unloaded 29 points in the starting stanza worth a 21-point lead. Puerto Rico stretched the gap to as many as 30 points at halftime. Virgin Islands finally found their game after the long break. They shut down Puerto Rican offense and trimmed the margin to 22 points at the final break. But the Latin American team quickly regained control and coasted to the win in the final quarter.
Five Puerto Rico players scored in double figures. Marie Medina scored 14 points for the winners. Keiry Huertas (-94) had 12 points, while Rita Acevedo fell just short of triple-double with 12 points, 9 assists, 9 steals and 7 boards. Shamyra Vanterpool (-92) notched 13 points and 7 boards for Virgin Islands.

Puerto Rico U17: Marie Medina 14, Keiry Huertas 12, Rita Acevedo 12
Virgin Islands U17: Shamyra Vanterpool 13, Kelssy De La Cruz 9



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  COSTA RICA - Women  


Costa Rica hold off Bahamas in Mexico - by Eurobasket News
Costa Rica U17 - Bahamas U17 68:52

Costa Rican U17 selection grabbed the second win at the Centrobasket tournament. They defeated Bahamas in Aguascalientes yesterday to improve at 2-1 record. Bahamas slipped at 0-3 at the bottom of the ladder.
It was a sloppy game at the start as the teams teamed up for just 17 points in the first frame. Costa Rica led 10:7 after ten minutes. The tempo gradually increased as Costa Rica started to take over. They secured a 7-point lead at halftime. Bahamas went off the dressing room eager to snap the losing skid. They outscored Costa Rica in the third period to trail by just 5 points at the final break. But Bahamas could not improve in the final stanza scoring just 10 points. Costa Ricans responded with 21 points and ensured a confident win at the end.
Karen Acosta (-95) notched 21 points and 11 boards to pace Costa Rica. Valeria Miranda (-94) added 12 points, while Yoseline Alfaro (-94) had 11 points in the win. Britenique Harrison (-94) answered with 12 points and 12 boards for Bahamas. Taneka Sandiford (-95) netted 9 points in defeat.

Costa Rica U17: Karen Acosta 21+11 boards, Valeria Miranda 12, Yoseline Alfaro 11
Bahamas U17: Britenique Harrison 12+12 boards, Taneka Sandiford 9



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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


Belarus send Czech Republic to Division B - by Eurobasket News
Belarus U20 - Czech Republic U20 74:46

Belarus secured the spot at the European Championship in Division A for the next season. They claimed a decisive victory over Czech Republic in Group G today to escape elimination. A Marian Svoboda team were not that lucky as they would have to fight in Division B in the upcoming year.
Belarus stunned their opponents early as they opened the game with a 13:2 run. Belarus won the starting quarter 19:11 dictating the game. Czech Republic tried to stay in the race as they cut the margin to 5 points midway through the second quarter. However Tatsiana Khatsko (187-F-89) and Maryia Filonchyk (189-C-92) ensured a 37:29 lead for Belarus at halftime.
Tatsiana Khatsko, Sviatlana Valko (173-G-89) and Adamik restored a 15-point lead for Belarus midway through the third frame. Maryia Filonchyk and Adamik completed the third quarter with 5 points in a row as Belarus led by 20 points heading into the fourth term. Sviatlana Valko, Maryia Filonchyk and Adamik gave Belarus a 26-point advantage in the fourth quarter and the team did not look behind on the way to the victory.
Maryia Filonchyk had 15 points and 8 boards for the winners. Tatsiana Khatsko added 13 points, while Sviatlana Valko knocked down 12. Dana Kuslitova (183-F-90) responded with 9 points for Czech team. Nikola Tothova (166-G-91) netted 8 points in the loss.

Belarus U20: Maryia Filonchyk 15, Tatsiana Khatsko 13, Sviatlana Valko 12
Czech Republic U20: Dana Kuslitova 9, Nikola Tothova 8



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18 - Women  


Monaco post second win in Malta - by Eurobasket News
Monaco U18 - Gibraltar U18 63:49
Monaco earned the second win at the U18 European Championship in Division C. They knocked down Gibraltar to stay in the second spot in the ladder. Gibraltar suffered the third straight defeat to remain in the fifth position.
Gibraltar opened the game confidently scoring 7 unanswered points. They Peglion answered with 8 points of her own to give Monaco a 10:9 lead but Gibraltar capped the quarter with a three-pointer to stay in charge 12:10 at the first intermission. Monaco went on a 9:2 run early in the second period to jump in front. Mauro and Reyes though kept Gibraltar close and ensured a 25:25 tie at halftime.
Monaco once again started the quarter aggressively unleashing an 11:0 rally early in the third frame. They took over and raced to a 49:35 lead at the final pause. Gibraltar refused to surrender narrowing the margin to only 2 points midway through the final stanza. But Monaco sneaked past their opponents in the dying minutes claiming the second victory in Malta.
Marine Peglion knocked down 27 points, grabbed 6 boards and issued 6 assists. Lauriane Michelotti added 10 points for the winners. Zainya Reyes answered with 16 points for Gibraltar. Annaliese Parody had 15 points and 18 rebounds in the loss.

Monaco U18: Marine Peglion 27, Lauriane Michelotti 10
Gibraltar U18: Zainya Reyes 16, Annaliese Parody 15



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U20 - Women  


Stats Leaders (Women)
Points Per Game
 Elina BABKINA
  (172-G-89)
  Avg: 22.1
 1. Babkina, LAT22.1 
 2. Petronyte, LTU21.0 
 3. Petrovic, SRB20.0 
 4. Aleksic, MNT19.7 
 5. Jovanovic, MNT18.0 
 6. Grishaeva, RUS18.0 
 7. Bogicevic, SRB16.4 
 8. Torrens, ESP15.9 
 9. Dabovic, SRB14.4 
 10. Gumusay, T.13.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Milica JOVANOVIC
  (187-F/C-89)
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Jovanovic, MNT10.7 
 2. Petronyte, LTU10.6 
 3. Petrovic, SRB9.4 
 4. Turcinovic, MNT8.5 
 5. Cata-Chitiga, FRA8.3 
 6. Grishaeva, RUS8.3 
 7. Nicholls, ESP8.1 
 8. Bogicevic, SRB8.0 
 9. Miteva, BUL7.7 
 10. Steinberga, L.7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Ana DABOVIC
  (183-G/F-89)
  Avg: 5.7
 1. Dabovic, SRB5.7 
 2. Kashlei, BLR4.5 
 3. Torrens, ESP4.4 
 4. Babkina, LAT4.3 
 5. Lysyuk, UKR4.0 
 6. Aleksic, MNT3.7 
 7. Nikolova, BUL3.3 
 8. Staalvant, SWE3.0 
 9. Vujadinovic, MNT3.0 
 10. Morkunaite, L.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Agnieszka SKOBEL
  (180-F-89)
  Avg: 4
 1. Skobel, POL4.0 
 2. Savelyeva, RUS2.9 
 3. Novotna, CZE2.8 
 4. Babkina, LAT2.7 
 5. Ouvina, ESP2.6 
 6. Trogele, GER2.3 
 7. Torrens, ESP2.3 
 8. Xargay, ESP2.3 
 9. Sedlakova, CZE2.3 
 10. Striulli, I.2.1 
Blocks Per Game
 Oleksandra PRYSTUPA
  UKR
  (205-C-89)
  Avg: 3
 1. Prystupa, UKR3.0 
 2. Petronyte, LTU2.9 
 3. Vieru, RUS1.6 
 4. Grishaeva, RUS1.6 
 5. Jovanovic, MNT1.2 
 6. Nicholls, ESP1.0 
 7. Cata-Chitiga, FRA1.0 
 8. Miteva, BUL0.9 
 9. Karatas, TUR0.9 
 10. Surkusa, L.0.9 


W-Standings - Group A
Standings
Group E
1. Spain5-0
2. Serbia4-1
3. Germany2-3
4. Italy2-3
5. Turkey2-3
6. Bulgaria0-5
Group F
1. France5-0
2. Russia4-1
3. Latvia3-2
4. Poland2-3
5. Lithuania1-4
6. Sweden0-5
Group G
1. Ukraine2-1
2. Belarus2-1
3. Czech Repub.1-2
4. Monteneg.1-2


Day: 7 (Quarter-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Classification Round

Czech Republic - Belarus 46-74
Belarus secured the spot at the European Championship in Division A for the next season. They claimed a decisive victory over Czech Republic in Group G today to escape elimination. A Marian Svoboda team were not that lucky as they would have to fight in Division B in the upcoming year. Maryia Filonchyk (189-C-92) had 15 points and 8 boards for the winners. Tatsiana Khatsko added 13 points, while Sviatlana Valko knocked down 12. Dana Kuslitova responded with 9 points for Czech team. Nikola Tothova netted 8 points in the loss.

Ukraine - Montenegro 63-68
Montenegro U20 overcame Ukraine U20 but it was not enough to secure the Division A spot for the next year. Montenegro U20 celebrated the only 68:63 victory to finish with 1-2 record on the last place. Snezana Aleksic (171-G-89) notched 21 points for the winners. Jovanovic collected 19 points and 16 rebounds, whilst Turcinovic and Jovovic had 10 each. Rymarenko produced 13 points for Ukraine that finished first with 2-1 record. Dorogobuzova and Prystupa delivered 10 points apiece in defeat.



9-12 places
Italy - Sweden 73-71
Italy and Sweden prepared a thriller in the first game of the Semi-Final Round for 9th to 12th Places of U20 European Championship. Martina Crippa (175-G/F-88) made a lay-up with a foul to clinch 73:71 victory over the Scandinavian team. Martina Crippa scored the last five points for the winners to top-score with 16 points. Pavia ended up with 11 points and Gatti added 9. Hamilton and Johansson were responsible for 14 points each in defeat.

Lithuania - Bulgaria 73-85
Bulgaria U20 overpower Lithuania U20 in the second game of the Semi-Final Round for 9th to 12th Places of U20 European Championship. Bulgaria celebrated 85:73 victory over the Baltic side to play for the 9th place in their last game. Tonka Tencheva (182-F-89) top-scored for the Bulgarian side with 19 points as they will play for the 9th place. Hristina Ivanova nailed 18, whilst Daniela Peteva notched 15. Gintare Petronyte collected 19 points and 10 boards in the losing effort, while Gabriele Narviciute netted 12.

QUARTERFINALS
Russia - Germany 76-47
Russia easily jumped into the semis of the U20 European Championship. The team overwhelmed Germany 76:47 to become the third team to join Latvia and France. Natalia Vieru (198-C-89) top-scored for the winners with 28 points and 10 rebounds, while Grishaeva collected 20 points and 10 boards. Barnert delivered 12 points for the German squad, while Greunke and Trogele scored 8 each.

Spain - Poland 84-55
Spain coasted into the semifinal stage of the U20 European Championship. They dismantled Poland to remain in the title quest. Spain will face Russia in the semifinal tomorrow. Poland will play against Germany in the classification round for the 5th-8th spot. Laura Herrera (189-F/C-89) scored 20 points to lead Spain. Marta Xargay had 15 points, while Alba Torrens added 13 points, 9 assists and 9 boards in the win. Agnieszka Skobel notched 18 points for Poland. Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk posted 11 points and 6 rebounds in the losing effort.

Serbia - Latvia 71-89
Latvian U20 team earned the spot in the semifinals of the European Championship held in Gdynia. They overcame Serbian counterparts in the first quarterfinal today. Elina Babkina was unstoppable for Latvia with 27 points, 6 assists and 4 boards. Anete Steinberga (186-C-90) scored 26 points and 7 boards for Latvia. Liene Priede added 10 points in the win. Nina Bogicevic answered with 20 points and 10 rebounds for Serbia. Milica Paligoric knocked down 12 points in the loss.

France - Turkey 72-49
France entered the semifinal stage at the U20 European Championship in Gdynia. They held off Turkey today to stay in the title race. A trademark defense from the French team doomed their opponents. Isis Arrondo (166-G-89) knocked down 17 points, grabbed 6 boards and issued 3 assists for France. Marielle Amant added 14 points and 8 boards in the win. Gulsah Gumusay responded with 14 points and 7 boards for Turkey. Bahar Yapar had 10 points in the loss.



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  FINLAND - Women  


Finnish U20National Team 2009 - by Richard
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4 Roope Ahonen (186-G-90) of Salon Vilpas Vikings
5 Sami Ikavalko (186-G-89) of KTP Basket Kotka
6 Ilpo Pehkonen (183-G-89) of Joensuun Kataja
7 Jesse Niemi (191-F-90) of Pyrinto Tampere
8 Juho Lehtoranta (191-G-89) of KTP Basket Kotka
9 Antti Kanervo (193-G/F-89) of Kouvot Kouvola
10 Jesse Mantyla (197-F-89) of Jarvenpaan Koripalloseura
11 Matias Ojala (196-F-89) of Joensuun Kataja
12 Matti Nuutinen (200-F-90) of Kouvot Kouvola

13 Nicolas Dolenc (200-C-89) of Jarvenpaan Koripalloseura
14 Miska Ahokas (192-G-90) of Kaarinan Ura Basket
15 Atte Perttu (201-C-90) of Vantaan Pussihukat
HEAD COACH Anton Mirolybov


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  FRANCE - Women  


France ease into semifinals - by Eurobasket News
France U20 - Turkey U20 72:49
France entered the semifinal stage at the U20 European Championship in Gdynia. They held off Turkey today to stay in the title race. A trademark defense from the French team doomed their opponents. France limited an Aziz Akkaya team to only 20 points in the first half to build a decisive 12-point advantage.
France jumped to a 7:2 lead in the opening minutes. They maintained the lead and finished the first frame ahead by 7 points 19:12. Melanie Plust (173-G-89) hit a three-pointer to open up a double-digit advantage for France early in the second quarter. Melanie Plust also accounted for the final basket in the half as the Les Bleus led by 12 points. Canitez and Gulsah Gumusay (180-F-89) sparked hope for Turkey scoring five in a row at the start of the second half. But France controlled the rhythm and cleared off to a 21-point distance at the final intermission. Turkey never threatened the margin in the fourth quarter as France cruised to the win at the end.
Isis Arrondo (166-G-89) knocked down 17 points, grabbed 6 boards and issued 3 assists for France. Marielle Amant (191-C-89) added 14 points and 8 boards in the win. Gulsah Gumusay responded with 14 points and 7 boards for Turkey. Bahar Yapar (179-F-89) had 10 points in the loss.

France U20: Isis Arrondo 17, Marielle Amant 14, Melanie Plust 12
Turkey U20: Gulsah Gumusay 14, Bahar Yapar 10



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  GERMANY - Women  


Russia U20 easily jumped into the semis - by Eurobasket News
Russia U20-Germany U20 76:47 (15-14, 18-14, 20-11, 23-8)

Russia easily jumped into the semis of the U20 European Championship. The team overwhelmed Germany 76:47 to become the third team to join Latvia and France.
Selyanina opened the game from the perimeter for Russia as they took also 7:4. Germany tasted the lead at 10:9 and had 14:11 advantage. The first period was tough for both squads as Galayda scored for 15:14. Svenja Greunke (188-F-89) brought Germany 21:17, however Russia responded with 8-0 run. Nadezhda Grishaeva (193-C-89) made the score 25:21, but Julia Trogele (185-G/F-89) tied the game at 25:25. Natalia Vieru (198-C-89) made a jump shot for 33:28 as the teams went to the big break.
In the second half the Russian team was too good for the opponents and never looked behind. Natalia Vieru opened the third period for 35:28 and Nadezhda Grishaeva scored for 45:37. Savelyeva was the last to score in the third frame for 53:39. In the last stanza Russia continued to destroy Germany and limited them to 23-8 in the period. Shalygina was perfect from the free throw line at the end to bring the final 76:47 score.
Natalia Vieru top-scored for the winners with 28 points and 10 rebounds, while Nadezhda Grishaeva collected 20 points and 10 boards. Stina Barnert (176-G-89) delivered 12 points for the German squad, while Svenja Greunke and Julia Trogele scored 8 each.

Russia U20: Natalia Vieru 28+10 rebs, Nadezhda Grishaeva 20+10 rebs
Germany U20: Stina Barnert 12, Svenja Greunke 8, Julia Trogele 8


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  GUATEMALA - Women  


Mexico stay undefeated at U17 Centrobasket - by Eurobasket News
Mexico U17 - Guatemala U17 91:49
Mexico ensured the third straight win at the U17 Centrobasket tournament. Yesterday Mexico defeated Guatemala to improve at 3-0 record. Guatemala remained winless at 0-3 record.
The hosts of the tournament breezed past their opponents in the third round. Mexico grabbed a 20:11 lead after ten minutes. Guatemala could not threaten the margin and trailed by as many as 16 points at the interval. The teams traded baskets in the third quarter as Guatemala seemed to pick up the slack and matched the hosts effort. But the advantage still grew for Mexico. The home team unleashed 33 points in the final quarter and celebrated a confident win at the end.
Andrea Medina (-93) ensured 19 points for Mexico. Ana Noriega (-93) had 16 points for the winners. Linda Gonzalez (-93) answered with 17 points for Guatemala. Emily Quan (-95) canned 16 points in the loss.
Mexico will face Bahamas today. Guatemala will be opposed by Virgin Islands in the fourth round.

Mexico U17: Andrea Medina 19, Ana Noriega 16, Anallency Martinez (-93) 15
Guatemala U17: Linda Gonzalez 17, Emily Quan 16



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  ITALY - Women  


Crippa delivers the victory for Italy U20 - by Eurobasket News
Italy U20-Sweden U20 73:71

Italy and Sweden prepared a thriller in the first game of the Semi-Final Round for 9th to 12th Places of U20 European Championship. Martina Crippa (175-G/F-88) made a lay-up with a foul to clinch 73:71 victory over the Scandinavian team.
Sweden shocked the opponents with 10-0 start as Hanna Johansson (188-F-89) was the last to score. Italy responded with 6 points and Martina Crippa reduced to 15:16. Martina Crippa also made 17:20 to close the opening quarter of the game. Gullberg increased the Swedish team lead to 27:19, while Hanna Johansson posted for 31:28. Bestagno gave Italians the first lead at 32:31 and Enrica Pavia (173-G-89) remained the team in front at the halftime at 40:36. Italy started the third period better and Picotti brought her team 48:38. Sweden however played better in the end of the frame and grabbed 58:54 entering the last stanza. In the first part of the period the Scandinavian squad was in front and had 65:64. Their last lead was at 70:68, but then Italy needed Martina Crippa to seal the victory. She scored the last five points for the winners to top-score with 16 points. Enrica Pavia ended up with 11 points and Giulia Gatti (172-G-89) added 9. Danielle Hamilton (188-F-88) and Hanna Johansson were responsible for 14 points each in defeat.


Italy U20: Martina Crippa 16, Enrica Pavia 11, Giulia Gatti 9
Sweden U20: Danielle Hamilton 14, Hanna Johansson 14



Cavezzo and Pontedera give up to A1 - by Carlo Grilli
Because of economic crisis, both the two A1 newcomer Cavezzo (winner of A2 north) and Pontedera (winner of A2 south) decided to give up inscription for next season. They both restart from regional minors.
By now, the A1 is now a 12-teams league, with no replacements.
The last market moves: Kathy Wambe signed for Taranto; Milica Micovic for Parma; Elena Riccardi for Schio; Crystal Kelly for Livorno.


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  JAPAN - Women  


Japan edged Malaysia in the game for the third place - by Eurobasket News
Japan edged Malaysia 85:40 in the game for the third place. The Japanese team looked much better than the opponents and rightfully deserved a higher position. The William Jones Cup closed the doors for both teams as Japan won three games and lost two. Malaysia lost all five games however looked well in some games.
In the Final game South Korea beat Taiwan 67:48 to become the winner of the tournament and to stay undefeated. Jung Sun Min (184-F-74) top-scored for the winners with 16 points, while Ha Eun Joo (203-C-83) ended up with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Taiwan lost three games and won two to finish second.


Japanese National Team 2009 - by Richard
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#e#6
4 Saori Fujiyoshi (178-G/F-87) of Chanson V-Magic
5 Satoko Urashima (180-86)
6 Eri Nakahata (165-G-88) of Fujitsu Red Wave
7 Fumi Yamada
8 Rina Tomizaki (180-88)
9 Yoshie Sakurada (170-G/F-84) of Toyota Antelopes
11 Ayumi Suzuki (180-C/F-85) of Fujitsu Red Wave
12 Asami Yoshida (165-G-87) of Japan Energy JOMO Sunflowers
13 Hiromi Uwa (183-85)
14 Maki Takata (183-C-89) of Denso Iris
15 Ryoko Utsumi (175-G-85) of Japan Energy JOMO Sunflowers
Head Coach: Fumikazu Nakagawa
Assistant Coach: Masanori Kato


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  LATVIA - Women  


Latvia become the first semifinalist in Gdynia - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U20 - Serbia U20 89:71
Latvian U20 team earned the spot in the semifinals of the European Championship held in Gdynia. They overcame Serbian counterparts in the first quarterfinal today. Elina Babkina (172-G-89) was unstoppable for Latvia with 27 points, 6 assists and 4 boards.
The teams kept it close early in the opening frame before Latvia unleashed a 7:0 run to close the period ahead by 10 points. Anete Steinberga (186-C-90) stepped up for Latvia in the second quarter. She knocked down 12 points to ensure a 52:32 lead for the Baltic team at halftime.
Serbia opened the second half in a different mood as they unloaded 7 straight points. But Elina Babkina, Anete Steinberga and Nimane quickly regained control for Latvia. An Ainars Cukste team rolled to a 70:50 advantage at the final break. Latvia maintained the lead easily throughout the fourth term and celebrated a confident win at the end.
Anete Steinberga scored 26 points and 7 boards for Latvia. Liene Priede (180-G-90) added 10 points in the win. Nina Bogicevic (178-G-89) answered with 20 points and 10 rebounds for Serbia. Milica Paligoric (191-C-90) knocked down 12 points in the loss.

Latvia U20: Elina Babkina 27, Anete Steinberga 26, Liene Priede 10
Serbia U20: Nina Bogicevic 20+10 boards, Milica Paligoric 12



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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Bulgaria U20 will hope for the 9th - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U20-Bulgaria U20 73:85

Bulgaria U20 overpower Lithuania U20 in the second game of the Semi-Final Round for 9th to 12th Places of U20 European Championship. Bulgaria celebrated 85:73 victory over the Baltic side to play for the 9th place in their last game.
Not many spectators believed that Bulgaria would win this game especially after the first period. Lithuania opened the game with 6-0 run and had 20:8 lead after the opening quarter. Bulgaria needed another 9 minutes to reduce the gap and tied the game at 34:34 when Tonka Tencheva (182-F-89) made two free throws to give also her team 35:34 lead. Hristina Ivanova (184-F-89) posted the last two in the half for a minimum Bulgarian advantage. The massive 30-20 in the third period brought 67:56 after thirty minutes when Gintare Petronyte (195-C-89) scored her points. In the last period Lithuania had no chanced to win the game, while Bulgaria kept the lead for good.
Tonka Tencheva top-scored for the Bulgarian side with 19 points as they will play for the 9th place. Hristina Ivanova nailed 18, whilst Daniela Peteva (179-F-89) notched 15. Gintare Petronyte collected 19 points and 10 boards in the losing effort, while Gabriele Narviciute (187-F-90) netted 12.
In another game Italy and Sweden prepared a thriller in the first game of the Semi-Final Round for 9th to 12th Places of U20 European Championship. Crippa made a lay-up with a foul to clinch 73:71 victory over the Scandinavian team.

Lithuania U20: Gintare Petronyte 19+10 rebs, Gabriele Narviciute 12
Bulgaria U20: Tonka Tencheva 19, Hristina Ivanova 18, Daniela Peteva 15


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  MALAYSIA - Women  


Japan edged Malaysia in the game for the third place - by Eurobasket News
Japan edged Malaysia 85:40 in the game for the third place. The Japanese team looked much better than the opponents and rightfully deserved a higher position. The William Jones Cup closed the doors for both teams as Japan won three games and lost two. Malaysia lost all five games however looked well in some games.
In the Final game South Korea beat Taiwan 67:48 to become the winner of the tournament and to stay undefeated. Jung Sun Min (184-F-74) top-scored for the winners with 16 points, while Ha Eun Joo (203-C-83) ended up with 12 points and 8 rebounds. Taiwan lost three games and won two to finish second.


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  MALTA - Women  


Malta prevail against Moldova at home - by Eurobasket News
Malta U18 - Moldova U18 58:49

Malta registered the second victory at the U18 European Championship in Division C. They held off Moldova to improve at 2-1 record. Moldova finished their campaign at 1-3 record.
The hosts got to a slow start to the game. Moldova gained the lead early and maintained it throughout the opening frame. They ensured a 13:11 advantage at the first intermission. Rebecca Naudi and Stephanie De Martino (-G-93) connected from beyond the arc early in the second stanza to steal the lead for Malta. The hosts enjoyed a 5-point lead late in the half but Moldova capped it with a 9:0 rally to ensure a 30:26 advantage at halftime.
Gontari and Ghitu gave Moldova a 5-point cushion early in the second half. Malta needed an 8:2 run to restore a slender 41:40 advantage with ten minutes to go in the game. Rebecca Naudi and Kristie Tonna teamed up for 13 points in the fourth frame to lift Malta to a tough win at the end.
Rebecca Naudi and Stephanie De Martino finished with 19 points apiece for Malta. Kristie Tonna added 10 points and 7 boards for the winners. Cristina Gontari responded with 25 points and 17 rebounds for Moldova.
Malta will face Monaco for the second overall spot on Saturday.

Malta U18: Rebecca Naudi 19, Stephanie De Martino 19+10 boards, Kristie Tonna 10
Moldova U18: Cristina Gontari 25+17 boards, Anastasia Ghitu 10



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  MEXICO - Women  


Mexico stay undefeated at U17 Centrobasket - by Eurobasket News
Mexico U17 - Guatemala U17 91:49
Mexico ensured the third straight win at the U17 Centrobasket tournament. Yesterday Mexico defeated Guatemala to improve at 3-0 record. Guatemala remained winless at 0-3 record.
The hosts of the tournament breezed past their opponents in the third round. Mexico grabbed a 20:11 lead after ten minutes. Guatemala could not threaten the margin and trailed by as many as 16 points at the interval. The teams traded baskets in the third quarter as Guatemala seemed to pick up the slack and matched the hosts effort. But the advantage still grew for Mexico. The home team unleashed 33 points in the final quarter and celebrated a confident win at the end.
Andrea Medina (-93) ensured 19 points for Mexico. Ana Noriega (-93) had 16 points for the winners. Linda Gonzalez (-93) answered with 17 points for Guatemala. Emily Quan (-95) canned 16 points in the loss.
Mexico will face Bahamas today. Guatemala will be opposed by Virgin Islands in the fourth round.

Mexico U17: Andrea Medina 19, Ana Noriega 16, Anallency Martinez (-93) 15
Guatemala U17: Linda Gonzalez 17, Emily Quan 16



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  MOLDOVA - Women  


Malta prevail against Moldova at home - by Eurobasket News
Malta U18 - Moldova U18 58:49

Malta registered the second victory at the U18 European Championship in Division C. They held off Moldova to improve at 2-1 record. Moldova finished their campaign at 1-3 record.
The hosts got to a slow start to the game. Moldova gained the lead early and maintained it throughout the opening frame. They ensured a 13:11 advantage at the first intermission. Rebecca Naudi and Stephanie De Martino (-G-93) connected from beyond the arc early in the second stanza to steal the lead for Malta. The hosts enjoyed a 5-point lead late in the half but Moldova capped it with a 9:0 rally to ensure a 30:26 advantage at halftime.
Gontari and Ghitu gave Moldova a 5-point cushion early in the second half. Malta needed an 8:2 run to restore a slender 41:40 advantage with ten minutes to go in the game. Rebecca Naudi and Kristie Tonna teamed up for 13 points in the fourth frame to lift Malta to a tough win at the end.
Rebecca Naudi and Stephanie De Martino finished with 19 points apiece for Malta. Kristie Tonna added 10 points and 7 boards for the winners. Cristina Gontari responded with 25 points and 17 rebounds for Moldova.
Malta will face Monaco for the second overall spot on Saturday.

Malta U18: Rebecca Naudi 19, Stephanie De Martino 19+10 boards, Kristie Tonna 10
Moldova U18: Cristina Gontari 25+17 boards, Anastasia Ghitu 10



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  MONTENEGRO - Women  


Montenegro U20 edged Ukraine in the last game - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine U20-Montenegro U20 63:68 (15-12, 15-17, 15-21, 18-18)

Montenegro U20 overcame Ukraine U20 but it was not enough to secure the Division A spot for the next year. Montenegro U20 celebrated the only 68:63 victory to finish with 1-2 record on the last place.
Ukraine won the first period 15:12 as Kateryna Dorogobuzova (187-F-90) made a jump shot at the end. Milica Jovanovic (187-F/C-89) tied the game at 15:15 and it was her for 17:15 lead. Montenegro won the second quarter, however trailed 30:29 at the halftime. In the third quarter however Montenegro went on a lead. Biljana Turcinovic (186-F-89) brought the team 38:32 and Jovovic scored for 50:41. Ievtushenko drove a lay-up for 50:45 at the halftime. Montenegro led in the last frame from the beginning until the end. Kateryna Dorogobuzova scored last two in the game to set up the final, 68:63 score.
Snezana Aleksic (171-G-89) notched 21 points for the winners. Milica Jovanovic collected 19 points and 16 rebounds, whilst Biljana Turcinovic and Jovovic had 10 each. Kateryna Rymarenko (183-F-90) produced 13 points for Ukraien that finished first with 2-1 record. Kateryna Dorogobuzova and Oleksandra Prystupa (205-C-89, agency: LBM Management) delivered 10 points apiece in defeat.
In another game of the Classification Round Belarus secured the spot at the European Championship in Division A for the next season. They claimed a decisive 76:46 victory over Czech Republic in Classification Round today to escape elimination. A Marian Svoboda's team were not that lucky as they would have to fight in Division B in the upcoming year.

Ukraine U20: Kateryna Rymarenko 13, Kateryna Dorogobuzova 10, Oleksandra Prystupa 10
Montenegro U20: Snezana Aleksic 21, Milica Jovanovic 19+16 rebs, Biljana Turcinovic 10, Jovovic 10


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  POLAND - Women  


Spain march past Poland into semifinal - by Eurobasket News
Spain U20 - Poland U20 84:55

Spain coasted into the semifinal stage of the U20 European Championship. They dismantled Poland to remain in the title quest. Spain will face Russia in the semifinal tomorrow. Poland will play against Germany in the classification round for the 5th-8th spot.
Agnieszka Skobel (180-F-89) opened the encounter with a three-pointer but Spain reacted quickly. They unloaded 11 points to gain the lead. Spain scored 30 points in the first frame to accumulate a 19-point advantage. Agnieszka Skobel knocked down 6 points early in the second quarter to keep Poland hopeful. Spain however did not allow Poland to get closer and secured a 46:29 halftime lead. Spain began the third frame with 10 points in a row to earn a 56:29 advantage. A Jorge Fernandez Sanchez team rolled to a 21-point lead at the final intermission. Alba Torrens (184-F-89) and Tudanca ballooned the gap to 24 points and Spain never looked back en route to the win.
Laura Herrera (189-F/C-89) scored 20 points to lead Spain. Marta Xargay (180-G-90) had 15 points, while Alba Torrens added 13 points, 9 assists and 9 boards in the win. Agnieszka Skobel notched 18 points for Poland. Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk (188-F/C-89) posted 11 points and 6 rebounds in the losing effort.

Spain U20: Laura Herrera 20, Marta Xargay 15, Alba Torrens 13
Poland U20: Agnieszka Skobel 18, Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk 11



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  PUERTO RICO - Women  


Puerto Rico defeat Virgin Island to keep spotless record - by Eurobasket News
Puerto Rico U17 - Virgin Island U17 83:55
Puerto Rican U17 selection gained the third consecutive win at the Centrobasket tournament in Mexico. They outscored Virgin Islands in Aguascalientes yesterday. Puerto Rico share the top position together with the hosts. Virgin Islands fell at 1-2 record in the fourth spot.
Puerto Rico waste no time to claim their advantage. They unloaded 29 points in the starting stanza worth a 21-point lead. Puerto Rico stretched the gap to as many as 30 points at halftime. Virgin Islands finally found their game after the long break. They shut down Puerto Rican offense and trimmed the margin to 22 points at the final break. But the Latin American team quickly regained control and coasted to the win in the final quarter.
Five Puerto Rico players scored in double figures. Maria Medina scored 14 points for the winners. Keiry Huertas (-94) had 12 points, while Rita Acevedo (168-G-92) fell just short of triple-double with 12 points, 9 assists, 9 steals and 7 boards. Shamyra Vanterpool (-92) notched 13 points and 7 boards for Virgin Islands.

Puerto Rico U17: Maria Medina 14, Keiry Huertas 12, Rita Acevedo 12
Virgin Islands U17: Shamyra Vanterpool 13, Kelssy De la Cruz (-93) 9



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  RUSSIA - Women  


Russia U20 easily jumped into the semis - by Eurobasket News
Russia U20-Germany U20 76:47 (15-14, 18-14, 20-11, 23-8)

Russia easily jumped into the semis of the U20 European Championship. The team overwhelmed Germany 76:47 to become the third team to join Latvia and France.
Selyanina opened the game from the perimeter for Russia as they took also 7:4. Germany tasted the lead at 10:9 and had 14:11 advantage. The first period was tough for both squads as Galayda scored for 15:14. Svenja Greunke (188-F-89) brought Germany 21:17, however Russia responded with 8-0 run. Nadezhda Grishaeva (193-C-89) made the score 25:21, but Julia Trogele (185-G/F-89) tied the game at 25:25. Natalia Vieru (198-C-89) made a jump shot for 33:28 as the teams went to the big break.
In the second half the Russian team was too good for the opponents and never looked behind. Natalia Vieru opened the third period for 35:28 and Nadezhda Grishaeva scored for 45:37. Savelyeva was the last to score in the third frame for 53:39. In the last stanza Russia continued to destroy Germany and limited them to 23-8 in the period. Shalygina was perfect from the free throw line at the end to bring the final 76:47 score.
Natalia Vieru top-scored for the winners with 28 points and 10 rebounds, while Nadezhda Grishaeva collected 20 points and 10 boards. Stina Barnert (176-G-89) delivered 12 points for the German squad, while Svenja Greunke and Julia Trogele scored 8 each.

Russia U20: Natalia Vieru 28+10 rebs, Nadezhda Grishaeva 20+10 rebs
Germany U20: Stina Barnert 12, Svenja Greunke 8, Julia Trogele 8


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  SCOTLAND - Women  


ANDERSON DELIGHTED WITH GB SIXTH PLACE - by Sandy Sutherland

City of Edinburgh Kool Kats guard Rose Anderson has described Great Britain women's performance in finishing sixth in the World University Games in Belgrade as 'brilliant'.
The GB women, coached by Australian coach Tom Maher, who will take charge of the full squad for the next European A Championship campaign, came into the tournament with low expectations but shocked hosts Serbia in their opening game and went on to beat France and finish second in their group to the eventual gold medallists USA.
They went on to take the Czech Republic to overtime in the next phase and, though losing to Poland by 10, came back to take the Poles to overtime in the play-off for fifth.
Anderson, who resumes her basketball scholarship at Central Oklahoma next month, was joined in the team by fellow Scot Marie Buchan, who was named Rookie of the Year at Old Dominion University, Virginia earlier this year.


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  SERBIA - Women  


Latvia become the first semifinalist in Gdynia - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U20 - Serbia U20 89:71
Latvian U20 team earned the spot in the semifinals of the European Championship held in Gdynia. They overcame Serbian counterparts in the first quarterfinal today. Elina Babkina (172-G-89) was unstoppable for Latvia with 27 points, 6 assists and 4 boards.
The teams kept it close early in the opening frame before Latvia unleashed a 7:0 run to close the period ahead by 10 points. Anete Steinberga (186-C-90) stepped up for Latvia in the second quarter. She knocked down 12 points to ensure a 52:32 lead for the Baltic team at halftime.
Serbia opened the second half in a different mood as they unloaded 7 straight points. But Elina Babkina, Anete Steinberga and Nimane quickly regained control for Latvia. An Ainars Cukste team rolled to a 70:50 advantage at the final break. Latvia maintained the lead easily throughout the fourth term and celebrated a confident win at the end.
Anete Steinberga scored 26 points and 7 boards for Latvia. Liene Priede (180-G-90) added 10 points in the win. Nina Bogicevic (178-G-89) answered with 20 points and 10 rebounds for Serbia. Milica Paligoric (191-C-90) knocked down 12 points in the loss.

Latvia U20: Elina Babkina 27, Anete Steinberga 26, Liene Priede 10
Serbia U20: Nina Bogicevic 20+10 boards, Milica Paligoric 12



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  SPAIN - Women  


Spain march past Poland into semifinal - by Eurobasket News
Spain U20 - Poland U20 84:55

Spain coasted into the semifinal stage of the U20 European Championship. They dismantled Poland to remain in the title quest. Spain will face Russia in the semifinal tomorrow. Poland will play against Germany in the classification round for the 5th-8th spot.
Agnieszka Skobel (180-F-89) opened the encounter with a three-pointer but Spain reacted quickly. They unloaded 11 points to gain the lead. Spain scored 30 points in the first frame to accumulate a 19-point advantage. Agnieszka Skobel knocked down 6 points early in the second quarter to keep Poland hopeful. Spain however did not allow Poland to get closer and secured a 46:29 halftime lead. Spain began the third frame with 10 points in a row to earn a 56:29 advantage. A Jorge Fernandez Sanchez team rolled to a 21-point lead at the final intermission. Alba Torrens (184-F-89) and Tudanca ballooned the gap to 24 points and Spain never looked back en route to the win.
Laura Herrera (189-F/C-89) scored 20 points to lead Spain. Marta Xargay (180-G-90) had 15 points, while Alba Torrens added 13 points, 9 assists and 9 boards in the win. Agnieszka Skobel notched 18 points for Poland. Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk (188-F/C-89) posted 11 points and 6 rebounds in the losing effort.

Spain U20: Laura Herrera 20, Marta Xargay 15, Alba Torrens 13
Poland U20: Agnieszka Skobel 18, Agnieszka Kaczmarczyk 11



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  SWEDEN - Women  


Crippa delivers the victory for Italy U20 - by Eurobasket News
Italy U20-Sweden U20 73:71

Italy and Sweden prepared a thriller in the first game of the Semi-Final Round for 9th to 12th Places of U20 European Championship. Martina Crippa (175-G/F-88) made a lay-up with a foul to clinch 73:71 victory over the Scandinavian team.
Sweden shocked the opponents with 10-0 start as Hanna Johansson (188-F-89) was the last to score. Italy responded with 6 points and Martina Crippa reduced to 15:16. Martina Crippa also made 17:20 to close the opening quarter of the game. Gullberg increased the Swedish team lead to 27:19, while Hanna Johansson posted for 31:28. Bestagno gave Italians the first lead at 32:31 and Enrica Pavia (173-G-89) remained the team in front at the halftime at 40:36. Italy started the third period better and Picotti brought her team 48:38. Sweden however played better in the end of the frame and grabbed 58:54 entering the last stanza. In the first part of the period the Scandinavian squad was in front and had 65:64. Their last lead was at 70:68, but then Italy needed Martina Crippa to seal the victory. She scored the last five points for the winners to top-score with 16 points. Enrica Pavia ended up with 11 points and Giulia Gatti (172-G-89) added 9. Danielle Hamilton (188-F-88) and Hanna Johansson were responsible for 14 points each in defeat.


Italy U20: Martina Crippa 16, Enrica Pavia 11, Giulia Gatti 9
Sweden U20: Danielle Hamilton 14, Hanna Johansson 14



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  TAIWAN - Women  


Taiwan unveils preliminary roster for FIBA Women's Championship - by Chris Wang
CTBA on Friday announced a preliminary 16-man roster for the 2009 FIBA Women's Championship which will be held in India in August.

The team is a mix of young and old and based on the World University NT with seven players coming from the squad. The coaching staff is also kept intact, including head coach Hung Ling-yao, assistant coaches Teng Pi-yun and Chien Wei-chuan.

Training camp will start on July 22 before a final roster adjustment being made on August 22 for the championship.


Name D.O.B Height
Ma Yi-hung 1980 176
Chen Yi-feng 1984 171
Lan Jui-yu 1983 171
Lin Chi-wen 1983 186
Cheng Hui-yun 1977 186
Lin Hui-mei 1981 177
Liu Chun-yi 1981 180
Chu Yung-hsuan 1981 177
Lee Wan-ting 1986 180
Chen Yu-chun 1987 176
Wu Min-fang 1987 174
Huang Fan-shan 1987 174
Chang Ning 1988 184
Wen Chi 1984 169
Huang Ping-chen 1989 177
Chang Shih-chieh 1986 172
Head Coach: Hung Ling-yao
Coach: Teng Pi-yun
Coach: Chien Wei-chuan



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  TURKEY - Women  


France ease into semifinals - by Eurobasket News
France U20 - Turkey U20 72:49
France entered the semifinal stage at the U20 European Championship in Gdynia. They held off Turkey today to stay in the title race. A trademark defense from the French team doomed their opponents. France limited an Aziz Akkaya team to only 20 points in the first half to build a decisive 12-point advantage.
France jumped to a 7:2 lead in the opening minutes. They maintained the lead and finished the first frame ahead by 7 points 19:12. Melanie Plust (173-G-89) hit a three-pointer to open up a double-digit advantage for France early in the second quarter. Melanie Plust also accounted for the final basket in the half as the Les Bleus led by 12 points. Canitez and Gulsah Gumusay (180-F-89) sparked hope for Turkey scoring five in a row at the start of the second half. But France controlled the rhythm and cleared off to a 21-point distance at the final intermission. Turkey never threatened the margin in the fourth quarter as France cruised to the win at the end.
Isis Arrondo (166-G-89) knocked down 17 points, grabbed 6 boards and issued 3 assists for France. Marielle Amant (191-C-89) added 14 points and 8 boards in the win. Gulsah Gumusay responded with 14 points and 7 boards for Turkey. Bahar Yapar (179-F-89) had 10 points in the loss.

France U20: Isis Arrondo 17, Marielle Amant 14, Melanie Plust 12
Turkey U20: Gulsah Gumusay 14, Bahar Yapar 10



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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - Women  


Puerto Rico defeat Virgin Island to keep spotless record - by Eurobasket News
Puerto Rico U17 - Virgin Island U17 83:55
Puerto Rican U17 selection gained the third consecutive win at the Centrobasket tournament in Mexico. They outscored Virgin Islands in Aguascalientes yesterday. Puerto Rico share the top position together with the hosts. Virgin Islands fell at 1-2 record in the fourth spot.
Puerto Rico waste no time to claim their advantage. They unloaded 29 points in the starting stanza worth a 21-point lead. Puerto Rico stretched the gap to as many as 30 points at halftime. Virgin Islands finally found their game after the long break. They shut down Puerto Rican offense and trimmed the margin to 22 points at the final break. But the Latin American team quickly regained control and coasted to the win in the final quarter.
Five Puerto Rico players scored in double figures. Maria Medina scored 14 points for the winners. Keiry Huertas (-94) had 12 points, while Rita Acevedo (168-G-92) fell just short of triple-double with 12 points, 9 assists, 9 steals and 7 boards. Shamyra Vanterpool (-92) notched 13 points and 7 boards for Virgin Islands.

Puerto Rico U17: Maria Medina 14, Keiry Huertas 12, Rita Acevedo 12
Virgin Islands U17: Shamyra Vanterpool 13, Kelssy De la Cruz (-93) 9



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  UKRAINE - Women  


Montenegro U20 edged Ukraine in the last game - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine U20-Montenegro U20 63:68 (15-12, 15-17, 15-21, 18-18)

Montenegro U20 overcame Ukraine U20 but it was not enough to secure the Division A spot for the next year. Montenegro U20 celebrated the only 68:63 victory to finish with 1-2 record on the last place.
Ukraine won the first period 15:12 as Kateryna Dorogobuzova (187-F-90) made a jump shot at the end. Milica Jovanovic (187-F/C-89) tied the game at 15:15 and it was her for 17:15 lead. Montenegro won the second quarter, however trailed 30:29 at the halftime. In the third quarter however Montenegro went on a lead. Biljana Turcinovic (186-F-89) brought the team 38:32 and Jovovic scored for 50:41. Ievtushenko drove a lay-up for 50:45 at the halftime. Montenegro led in the last frame from the beginning until the end. Kateryna Dorogobuzova scored last two in the game to set up the final, 68:63 score.
Snezana Aleksic (171-G-89) notched 21 points for the winners. Milica Jovanovic collected 19 points and 16 rebounds, whilst Biljana Turcinovic and Jovovic had 10 each. Kateryna Rymarenko (183-F-90) produced 13 points for Ukraien that finished first with 2-1 record. Kateryna Dorogobuzova and Oleksandra Prystupa (205-C-89, agency: LBM Management) delivered 10 points apiece in defeat.
In another game of the Classification Round Belarus secured the spot at the European Championship in Division A for the next season. They claimed a decisive 76:46 victory over Czech Republic in Classification Round today to escape elimination. A Marian Svoboda's team were not that lucky as they would have to fight in Division B in the upcoming year.

Ukraine U20: Kateryna Rymarenko 13, Kateryna Dorogobuzova 10, Oleksandra Prystupa 10
Montenegro U20: Snezana Aleksic 21, Milica Jovanovic 19+16 rebs, Biljana Turcinovic 10, Jovovic 10


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  UNITED KINGDOM - Women  


ANDERSON DELIGHTED WITH GB SIXTH PLACE - by Sandy Sutherland

City of Edinburgh Kool Kats guard Rose Anderson has described Great Britain women's performance in finishing sixth in the World University Games in Belgrade as 'brilliant'.
The GB women, coached by Australian coach Tom Maher, who will take charge of the full squad for the next European A Championship campaign, came into the tournament with low expectations but shocked hosts Serbia in their opening game and went on to beat France and finish second in their group to the eventual gold medallists USA.
They went on to take the Czech Republic to overtime in the next phase and, though losing to Poland by 10, came back to take the Poles to overtime in the play-off for fifth.
Anderson, who resumes her basketball scholarship at Central Oklahoma next month, was joined in the team by fellow Scot Marie Buchan, who was named Rookie of the Year at Old Dominion University, Virginia earlier this year.


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  WBCBL - Women  


Women's Semi-Pro Basketball in Bowie, MD - by Willie McCray
The Bluestreakz Womens Basketball Team is playing at home this Saturday 4:30pm at the Bowie City Gymnasium versus the PA Northwhitehall Lazers, in another WBCBL regular season contest.

We played this same team last weekend in an entertaining close game in Allenwood, PA. The talent level on these two team is comparable to the WNBA. Many of the players played high level college teams and some played professionally overseas and in the WNBA.

Speaking of the WNBA, were giving away free Mystics Tickets to the first 10 Bluestreakz fans on Saturday. Tickets to the Washington Mystics Gospel Night July 18, 2009 at 7pm vs the New York Liberty.


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DC Bluestreakz



WBCBL Adds Wisconsin team for 2010 - by Willie McCray
The WBCBL welcomes the Rock County Robins as the first WBCBL expansion team for the 2010 season. The Robins are based in Janesville, Wisconsin near Beloit and owned by Rock County Sports Inc., a 501 (c) (3) Non-profit Organization.

The Rock County Robins will hold team try-outs for the 2010 season on Saturday, August 29th30th at 1pm at Beloit Memorial Field House (1225 Fourth ST.- Beloit, WI 53511). The Robins are also seeking looking for volunteers, Trainers, Coaches, booster club members and sponsors.

For information on Rock County Sports Inc., and the Robins, please visit: www.rockcountysports.us or sent email to: rockcounty@wbcbl.com