EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/27/2009

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  ABA   


Savannah team changes name, town - by Gianni Pascucci
The management and ownership of PROWL Basketball, LLC are excited to announce a series of changes for the upcoming 2009-2010 season. Originally named the Savannah PROWL, the team has announced that they will move operations to Georgia's beautiful Southern Crescent. Based in Henry County (McDonough GA), the team will be known as the Georgia PROWL. 'We are excited about the move for a number of reasons,' stated team owner Levi Williams . 'It gives us the opportunity to operate the tem in the community in which we live and entertain the members of the Southern Crescent communities. Henry County has its own identity rich in history and culture. In fact, the county's slogan is 'Comfortably South of Atlanta.'We are close enough to Atlanta to benefit from all the things the vibrant city has to offer, while at the same time enjoying a slower paced, comfortable lifestyle that is centered on community and family. We are looking forward to a spirited competition with the Atlanta Vision and the College Park Spyders.' The move also benefits the Georgia PROWL's home venue situation. The team has negotiated a deal with a local high school athletic department to use their gymnasium for home games. The team will host 15 games in a spacious 2,000 seat arena complete with arena style basketball rim system and a drop down, center-court scoreboard. The season will tip off December 1 and will last through the first week of March. The team has an exciting new logo. For more information, visit www.prowlbasketball.com or email info@prowlbasketball.com


San Diego team has new ownership and name - by Gianni Pascucci
The American Basketball Association announced that the ownership of its San Diego team, till now known as the San Diego Wildcats, has changed and that the team has a new name: The San Diego Surf. 'We are very pleased to welcome sportsman/businessman Ross Kurland to the ABA,' stated Joe Newman , ABA CEO. 'Ross has a wonderful background operating many businesses in San Diego since 1976 as well as an interesting background in sports, including basketball and boxing. His approach to marketing is unique and we believe that he will have a very successful operation both on and off the court. Hopefully, we can use some of his ideas around the league.' 'I love my adopted city of San Diego,' stated Kurland. While I think that the previous team here did a great job, I think San Diego is America's finest city and we haven't really maximized the potential since the NBA Clippers departed in the 80's. Our fans deserve truly exciting professional basketball at affordable prices - and that's what we'll deliver. We have great coaches and are planning a huge tryout shortly - so we know we'll have a great team too.' For more information, email admin@sdsurfhoops.com, call 858 622 0111 or visit www.sdsurfhoops.com


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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Libya 2009 Afrobasket: Nigeria doubles its trainingas federation president confidence grow - by Olusegun Ikuesan
In its bid to do well in the 25th edition of Africas biggest competition, FIBA Africa Championship for Men, tagged Libya 2009 Afrobasket handlers of Nigeria senior men national team have double the team daily practice in far away Houston, United States of America.

According to information made available to www.libya2009.com by the Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF the Nigeria team drawn in Group-A alongside host Libya, Cote dIvoire and South Africa, the team now train twice daily in order to cover for lost ground of jump-starting it preparation a little than schedule.

This development according sources within the Nigeria federation has increased the confidence of the Nigeria federation president, Tijjani Umar who just returned from the team camp.


Confident Umar told sources that he is elated by the response of the players to the team training under the watchful eyes of coaches John Harding Lucas-II who was regarded as the best all time assist player in the history of Houston Rockets and Masai Ujiri of the Toronto Raptors.

The NBBF president says he is hundred percent sure that the team will pick one of the three ticket to the 2010 FIBA World Championship holding in Turkey.

The teams plan of storming Libya on August 3 ahead its August 5 Group-A opening game against FIBA Africa Zone-III rival, Cote dIvoire is still on course.
Ime Udoka (196-F/G-77, agency: Priority Sports, college: Portland St.)


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  ARAB NATIONS CUP   


Tunisia outplays Egypt in the final of 9th Arab Basketball Cup - by Eurobasket News
FINAL

Tunisia - Egypt 70-50

Tunisia outplayed Egypt by 20 points in the Big Final winning the trophy at the 9th Arab Basketball Cup in Morocco. Both teams entered to this game with perfect record, but the Tunisian demonstrated much better performance yesterday. Both squads opened the game nervously and the score was tied after ten minutes, 15-15. Tunisia improved after that scoring 20 more until the half time for 5-point lead, 35-30. Nothing has changed after the breather as Tunisia still dominated. They stopped Egypt on just 10 points in third period and on the other side netted 17. It was plus 12 before the last quarter, which also belonged to Tunisia.
The new champion had perfect 5-0 record in Prleminary Round. Of course, they were No.1 in Group A, where also were placed Syria, Algeria, UAE, Lebanon and Libya. Later, in the Quarterfinals Tunisia devastated Kuwait 99-57. In the Semis the Tunisians met the host of this event, Morocco celebrating tiny overtime win. Egypt, who won the Silver, outplayed Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Yemen at the Preliminary Stage in Group B. In the QFinals, Egypt cruised past Libya 84-54. In the Semis the Egyptians smashed Syria 99-78.




THIRD PLACE GAME

Morocco - Syria 85-81

The host of 9th Arab Basketball Cup was better than Syria wining the Bronze on this event. Second quarter was the crucial one for the Moroccans and their victory as they finished it with 32-23. Before that, in the first frame Syria created 15-16 lead. The Syrians took control on Morocco after the breather closing the gap to 2 points. At that time it seemed that Morocco is slowing down and also that Syria is closer to win, despite minus 2. However, the Moroccans had big support from their fans and were strong enough to resist in the last period. They even won it with 2-pts for the final 85-81.
Morocco finished the first stage with 3-1 record in Group B. Later in the Quarterfinals Morocco eliminated Algeria 69-61. In Semifinals it was a real thriller. Morocco played great, but loosed it in overtime against Tunisia. Yesterday, the Tunisians won the trophy on this event. On the other side, Syria had 3-2 in Preliminary Group A. In QFinals Syria beat Saudi Arabia 83-73. They failed in the Semis against Egypt 78-99.



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  AUSTRALIA   


Andersen Gearing Up To Replace Yao Ming - by Ian Moss
Australia's David Andersen (212-C-80) is getting closer to filling the enormous shoes left by the injured Yao Ming in the starting centre position for the Houston Rockets in the NBA.

With a faster big man, the Rockets have reportedly been working on a faster transition game, but coach Rick Adelman admits it won't be easy, and stated that 'guys are going to have to play hard. Theyre going to have to push it. Were going to have to attack teams early.

Andersen recently spent a few days in Houston undergoing physicals for the Rockets and although he has not as yet signed with them, that is apparently only due to the normal delays caused by waiting for FIBA clearance when changing international leagues.



Yao Ming is reportedly a chance of missing the entire upcoming NBA season after recently undergoing two foot operations.


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  AUSTRIA   


Rasid Mahalbasic lifts Austria past Macedonia - by Eurobasket News
Austria U20 - Macedonia U20 87:67

Austrian U20 team claimed the 5th spot at the European Championship in Division B. They coasted past hosting Macedonia to wrap up their Skopje visit in style. Rasid Mahalbasic (207-F/C-90) tallied 26 points and 10 boards to pace Austria.
Austria led early in the game before Vladimir Brckov (194-G-89) and Nancheski dropped back-to-back trebles giving Macedonia a 13:11 lead. However Sebastian Schaal (189-G-90) capped the opening stanza with 4 points in a row for 24:19 Austrian advantage. Two trebles from Marko Simonovski (190-G-89) allowed Macedonia to regain the advantage midway through the second quarter. The hosts ensured a 42:40 lead at halftime. Vladimir Brckov and Nancheski helped the home team to a 7-point early in the second half. But Austria unloaded 13 straight points taking a 55:50 lead. Rasid Mahalbasic scored 10 points early in the fourth term to give Austria a 70:60 cushion. Obermann fired two three-pointers to boost the margin to 19 points and Austria cruised to the win late in the game.
Thomas Csebits (192-G-89) scored 18 points for Austria. Sebastian Schaal had 17 points in the winning case. Marko Simonovski replied with 16 points, 6 assists and 5 boards for Macedonia. Vladimir Brckov added 15 points in defeat.

Austria U20: Rasid Mahalbasic 26+10 boards, Thomas Csebits 18, Sebastian Schaal 17
Macedonia U20: Marko Simonovski 16, Vladimir Brckov 15



Austria U18 grab the initial victory Portugal - by Eurobasket News
Austria U18-Portugal U18 89:66

Austria U18 and Portugal U18 fought for the only win in the Division B of the European Championship. The Austrian side celebrated 89:66 victory to improve to 1-2 record in Group D.
Torrie nailed a three-pointer for the Portuguese team that trailed later in the majority of the period. Wildner brought his side back to 21:20 after ten minutes. In the second frame it was difficult for Portugal to follow the leader. Austria had 28-17 in the third second frame for 48:38 advantage. The leader tried to keep the lead and managed to save 10 points at the end of the third period. Pocksteiner made a jump shot for 64:54. In the last frame Austria however played even better and produced 25-12 in the fourth quarter. Trappl scored the last points for the winners, while Ferreirinho made the last shot for Portugal.
Thomas Klepeisz (180-G-91) and Romed Vieider (196-F-91) paced all the winners with 21 points each. Novas Mateo followed them with 14 points for the initial win. Miguel Queiroz (200-F-91) finished the game with 21 points and Ferreirinho netted 12.
In another game of the group England U18 atop Group A of the U18 European Championship Men 2009 Division B. The favorites improved to 3-0 after 77:62 over Switzerland U18.

Austria U18: Thomas Klepeisz 21, Romed Vieider 21, Novas Mateo 14
Portugal U18: Miguel Queiroz 21, Ferreirinho 12


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  BARBADOS   


Bulls first to clinch playoff spot - by Justin Marville
JEREMY GILLS homecoming to their Premier League basketball outfit isnt the only return Act II Popcorn Clapham Bulls has to celebrate this season.

After missing the 2008 post-season, Clapham are back in the playoffs, becoming the first team to secure a spot in the Final Four when they edged Roll-A-Way Storm & Security Shutters St Johns Sonics 73-69 on Saturday night at the Barbados Community College.

And how fitting it was for Gill to secure that league-leading eleventh victory on the season, with the prolific national shooting guard notching ten of his game high 26 points in the decisive fourth quarter to ward off St Johns late game challenge.

Even then, the Bulls were also forced to rely on a stifling defensive effort down the stretch as the Sonics still proved a pesky bunch in the absence of injured national player Jefferson Trotman.

They even threatened to run away with the contest early in the fourth quarter as reserve swingman Rommel Garnes looked to stretch an initial four point cushion (56-52) by scoring five straight points off the bench.

But the indomitable Gill quickly responded in kind, answering with a tough lay-up in traffic before finding Mark Foster for an uncontested basket under the ring to tie the game at 64.

Garnes subsequently sank a pair of free throws to restore St Johns advantage only to watch that lead disappear again when Gill replied with a long trey just seconds afterwards.

However, Sonics seemingly took control of the game inside the final two minutes as national forward Akeem Marsh finished a strong three-point play to give them a crucial 69-67 cushion.

And the writing appeared to be on the wall when Jeremy Gill missed what seemed to be a key free throw at the other end moments later.

But St John never scored again, committing two critical turnovers against an invigorated Clapham half court defence.

First, it was point guard Kenrick Haynes coughing up the rock on an ill-advised behind-the-back dribble which led to Gill scoring on an open court lay-up. Then Halley Franklyn got a tip-in for the Bulls after Sonics muffed their ensuing possession out of bounds.

Trailing 72-69 with 30 seconds remaining, Marsh was forced to launch an errant triple in hopes of locking the scores, allowing Franklyn to seal the deal at the charity strip down the other side of the floor.
Stefan Clarke top-scored for the Sonics with 15 points while Garnes and Nicholas Bradshaw both added 11. Franklyn assisted Gill with 13 points.

In the earlier game, reigning knockout champs Station Hill Cavaliers put themselves in prime position to make the playoffs after holding on for a gruelling 84-74 win against mid-table British American Insurance Jackson.

The Cavs (10-4) were forced to survive a furious second half rally, seeing a 20-point lead (51-31) cut to just one (68-67), before finishing the contest on 16-7 game-winning run.

Forward/centre Kelvin Patterson was the high man for Station Hill with 25 points, getting a further 14 from both fellow national players Corey Williams and Andrew Alleyne. Peter Alleyne led Jackson with a double-double of 23 points and 11 rebounds while Javid Beckles added 18 points.



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


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  BELARUS   


Estonia U18 keep Belarus winless - by Eurobasket News
Belarus U18-Estonia U18 74:75

Estonia outscored Belarus at the U18 European Championship Men 2009 Division B to send them to 0-4 record. The Baltic side escaped 75:74 victory for 3-1 record in Group A.
Krysevich started with a lay-up to bring the first points for his team. Maksim Dabravolski (192-G-91) made a jump shot for 7:6 and Valiantsin Ihnatchyk (190-G-91) netted for 13:12. Estonia however pushed the tempo in the first frame to take 23:16 at the end of the frame. The second quarter was like a carousel and Janar Soo (190-G/F-91) gave Estonia 29:19 midway through the period. Belarus control the rest of the frame and Viktar Ausepian (200-F-91) tied the game at 33:33. From that moment it was a tough game and the teams stayed close to each other. Maksim Dabravolski made 40:39 for his team and Puidet netted at 46:44 for Estonia. Liutych tied the game again at 53:53 as the teams scored 20 points each in the quarter. Kaldre gave the biggest lead for the Baltic side at 68:59 with less than 5 minutes in the game. No matter how hard Belarus tried to catch up with Estonia, they could not. Liutych made the score 73:72 and Viktar Ausepian scored for 75:74 as it was not more time left to tie the score.
Rain Veideman (190-G-91) paced all the winners with 20 points for 3-1 record. Janar Soo nailed 17, whilst Rannar Raap (185-G-92) added 11. Viktar Ausepian collected 18 points and 11 boards in the losing effort. Valiantsin Ihnatchyk chipped in 14, whilst Maksim Dabravolski scored 13.

Belarus U18: Viktar Ausepian 18+11 rebs, Valiantsin Ihnatchyk 14, Maksim Dabravolski 13
Estonia U18: Rain Veideman 20, Janar Soo 17, Rannar Raap 11


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  BELGIUM   


Belgium lose two in a row in Strasbourg - by Eurobasket News
Belgian National Team traveled to France to take part at the international tournament in Strasbourg. They got to a slow start losing two straight games at the start of the tourney.
They took on Czech Republic in the opening game. The Czechs looked better right from the start. They built a 10-point lead at the first break. Belgium tried to bounce back in the second frame. They narrowed the deficit to 6 points at halftime. But Czech Republic did not allow their opponents to get closer taking a 9-point advantage into the fourth stanza. Belgium failed to seriously threaten the margin in the fourth quarter as Czech Republic raced to a 75:67 victory. Doum Lauwers had 13 points for Belgium. Jef Vander Jonckheyd (203-F-82, agency: Court Side) added 12 points in the loss. Petr Benda (203-F/C-82, agency: Court Side) paced Czech Republic with 19 points.
Next Belgium faced hosting France. The visitors grabbed an early lead. But France capped the first quarter on a 10:2 run to lead by 5 into the second stanza. The hosts boosted the advantage to 12 points at halftime and never looked back en route to an 82:44 victory at the end. Florent Pietrus (202-F-81, agency: Octagon) knocked down 19 points to pace Les Bleus. Doum Lauwers replied with 9 points in defeat. Yannick Driesen (215-C-88) had 8 points for Belgian team.



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  BELIZE   


B.B.F. and UNICEF 900 strong basketball camp ends - by David Magana
There was a Grand Youth Rally at the City Center today as a two week basketball camp, held by the Belize Basketball Federation along with UNICEF, came to an end. A total of nine hundred and fifty kids participated in seven individual camps throughout the country and approximately five hundred participated in the final tournament. The camp was the first of its kind, but according to B.B.F. Secretary General, Julian Murrillo, it should become a biannual event in the future.

Julian Murrillo, Secretary General, Belize Basketball Federation
Our camp is not just about basketball; the camp is about having the kids develop life skills and providing an opportunity to learn team spirit and team work and understanding the importance of adhering to rules and regulations. So the camp is not just about basketball, its about personal development. Todays event is actually a championship as well, where were crowning a national championship in the under seventeen age group.

Delahnie Bain
How did you enjoy the camp?

Delwin Guevara, Camp Participant, Cayo District
It was quite exciting, I learned many things in that camp for those three weeks.

Delahnie Bain
Many things like what?

Delwin Guevara
Like how to dribble, how to shoot, how to defend and many other things.

Sovrin Rhaburn, Camp Participant, Belize District
It was very fun, I love to do the dribbling. Dehn teach we how to shoot up and all of those stuff in basketball.

Delahnie Bain
Okay, did you find any of the workouts hard?

Sovrin Rhaburn
Yes.

Julian Murrillo
The Belize Basketball Federation, we have a strategic plan that covers a four year period and this is the major component of it where we focus on youth development of the sport. We see that as two fold; one, to make sure that we develop the kids athletically in the sport of basketball but also socially. I mean just look at the impact that this camp has had. Weve taken almost a thousand kids across the country from off the streets and thats an important thing considering todays climate; social climate in Belize.

Throughout the camp, the kids heard from guest speakers on issues of HIV/AIDS, violence, drug use and education among other topics.
Courtesy Channel 5



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  BOSNIA   


Host nation Bosnia and Herzegovina moved atop - by Eurobasket News
Denmark U18-Bosnia U18 74:80

Host nation Bosnia and Herzegovina moved atop Group A of the U18 European Championship Men 2009 Division B after edging out Denmark 80:74 in Sarajevo.
It was not that easy win as Bosnia needed to recover in the game. Denmark looked very good in the game and played on nerves of the hosts for a long time. The most interesting part was at the end of the clash when both teams could win the game.
Denmark entered the last period with 64:59 lead. Dario Crnalic (203-F-91) helped Bosnia to take 65:64 after 6-0 run from the start. Jonathan Gilling (-91) made a lay-up for 66:65 as Denmark posted their first points after two minutes of silence. Thomas Sebastian Laerke (-91) nailed a three for 69:65 with 7 minutes in the fourth frame. He posted his 33th points for 71:65, while Dario Crnalic scored for 73:69. It was him for 75:74 with 40 seconds to go. Thomas Sebastian Laerke was nervous and did not make any from the free throw line. Gunjaca made a lay-up for 77:74 with 24 seconds in the end. He was perfect again from the line again and brought the hosts 80:74 win.
Nermin Buza (206-F-91) top-scored for the hosts with 13 points as they are now 4-0 in the group. Dario Crnalic nailed 12, while Demic posted 11. Thomas Sebastian Laerke shined for the guests with 33 points as they are now 1-3. Jonathan Gilling collected 17 points and 10 boards, while Jonas Zohore Bergstedt (207-C-91) had 12.

Denmark U18: Thomas Sebastian Laerke 33, Jonathan Gilling 17+10 rebs, Jonas Zohore Bergstedt 12
Bosnia U18: Nermin Buza 13, Dario Crnalic 12, Demic 11


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  BULGARIA   


Bulgaria U20 overcame Slovakia to win Group J - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria U20 - Slovakia U20 92:89 ( 22-17, 26-19, 25-24, 19-29 )

Bulgaria overcame Slovakia to win Group J of the Classification Round. Bulgaria produced 92:89 to win the group 2-0 of U20 European Championship on Division B.
Slovakia looked a bit better in the opening tip of the game and 5:2 as well as 9:7 leads. Dorazil made 14:12 or the team, while Bulgaria replied with the better game at the end. Ivanov posted a jump-shot for 22:17 at the end of the first quarter. Marchyn tied the game at 24:24, however Ivanov gave Bulgaria 39:28 with 5 minutes in the half. Bulgaria won the second frame 26-19 for 48:36 advantage. Marshavelski scored for 59:41 and it became clear that the intrigue was over in the court. Moreover Zahariev nailed for 65:46 midway through the third period. Slovakia did not fall and reduced to 73:60 after three quarters played. Trailing 84:68, the latter made the last push for the enormous comeback. Baldovsky brought 87:80 with 2 minutes in the game. Baldovsky also made 90:86, while Marchyn's three was the last for the final score, 92:89.
Tsvetelin Ivanov (196-G-89) and Zahariev Hriston top-scored for the winners with 19 points apiece. Stanislav Baldovsky (190-F-89) nailed 32 points in defeat, while Lukas Hoferica (200-C-89) scored 27.

Bulgaria U20: Tsvetelin Ivanov 19, Zahariev Hriston 19
Slovakia U20: Stanislav Baldovsky 32, Lukas Hoferica 27



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  CANADA   


Italy hold off Canada at Trentino Cup opener - by Eurobasket News
Italy - Canada 91:69
Italy celebrated the opening win at the Trentino Cup. Four teams hit the road as Italy faced Canada, while New Zealand played against Portugal in the first round of action. Andrea Bargnani (209-F/C-85) unleashed 28 points to pace the Azzurri to the starting victory.
The teams were tied at 19 after ten minutes of action. But the hosts started to take over in the second quarter. They held Canada to 15 points in the second frame to earn an 11-point lead at halftime. Italy continued to dominate after the long break. They ballooned the margin to 22 points heading into the fourth period. Canada failed to reignite the intrigue as the home team cruised to the win at the end.
Marco Belinelli (196-G-86) scored 22 points for Italy. Luigi Datome (202-G/F-87) and Aradori added 8 points apiece for the winners. Jesse Young (207-C-80, college: George Mason) notched 16 points for Canada. Andy Rautins (196-G-86) had 15 points in the losing case.
Italy will face New Zealand, while Canada will play against Portugal today.

Italy: Andrea Bargnani 28, Marco Belinelli 22, Luigi Datome 8, Pietro Aradori (192-G-88) 8
Canada: Jesse Young 16, Andy Rautins 15



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  CENTROBASKET U17   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Aaron BROWN
  (--92)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Brown, ISV22.8 
 2. Rodriguez, PUR20.8 
 3. Guisarri, DOM19.6 
 4. Cuarezma, NIC14.3 
 5. Meza, MEX14.2 
 6. Matias, PUR13.8 
 7. Calderon, GUA13.8 
 8. Quinones, PUR13.5 
 9. Martinez, PUR13.5 
 10. Swanston, I.13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Charles PEMBERTON
  (--92)
  Avg: 15
 1. Pemberton, ISV15.0 
 2. Faulkner, DOM11.4 
 3. Rolle, BAH11.0 
 4. Matias, PUR9.8 
 5. Jones, BAH8.5 
 6. Moss, BAH8.3 
 7. Rangel, MEX7.8 
 8. Johnson, BAH6.8 
 9. Borge, NIC6.3 
 10. Agosto, P.6.0 
Assists Per Game
 Carmelo BETANCOURT
  (--92)
  Avg: 7
 1. Betancourt, PUR7.0 
 2. Jones, ISV4.5 
 3. Guisarri, DOM4.4 
 4. Rolle, BAH4.3 
 5. Martinez, PUR3.8 
 6. Escobar, PUR3.3 
 7. Rodriguez, PUR3.3 
 8. Llamas, MEX3.0 
 9. Hernandez, GUA3.0 
 10. Salazar, G.2.8 
Steals Per Game
 Angel RODRIGUEZ
  (--94)
  Avg: 5
 1. Rodriguez, PUR5.0 
 2. Guisarri, DOM4.4 
 3. Cuarezma, NIC3.7 
 4. Rolle, BAH3.0 
 5. Cruz, GUA2.8 
 6. Salazar, GUA2.4 
 7. Moss, BAH2.3 
 8. Morales, MEX2.2 
 9. Hernandez, GUA2.2 
 10. Rolle, B.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivan RANGEL
  MEX
  (211-C-93)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Rangel, MEX3.4 
 2. Charles, ISV1.8 
 3. Duran, DOM1.6 
 4. Faulkner, DOM1.6 
 5. Potter, ISV1.3 
 6. Pemberton, ISV1.3 
 7. Jones, BAH1.3 
 8. Ross, ISV1.0 
 9. Cordero, DOM1.0 
 10. Chavarria, G.1.0 


Puerto Rico wins U17 Centrobasket Championship 2009 - by Eurobasket News
Final
Mexico - Puerto Rico 58-92
Puerto Rico is U17 Centrobasket champion! The Puerto Ricans destroyed Mexico in the Big Final 92-58 finishing the contest undefeated. It means that Puerto Rico won the Gold and the host of this event will have to be satisfied with silver medal. Angel Rodriguez (-94) was totally unstoppable draining 34 points and pulling down 5 rebounds. He made 6 of 11 attempts from behind the arc. Angel Matias (-93) and Jose Agosto (-93) followed with 13 points each. In Team Mexico, Kevin Acosta (-94) scored 18 pts.


Place 3-4
Dominican Republic - U.S. Virgin Islands 74-81
The Bronze on U17 Centrobasket 2009 belongs to US Virgin Islands. Aasron Brown was a key player in the winning squad netting 31 points. Rasheed Swanston (-95) and Merwin Potter (-93) also were good delivering 14 pts each. Eddy Guisarri (-94) responded with 28 points in loss.


Place 5-6
Bahamas - Guatemala 82-57
Bahamas registered 82-57 victory against Guatemala grabbing the fifth place at the U17 Centrobasket. Position number 6 belongs to Guatemalans. Samuel Johnson (-93) led Bahamas collecting 18 points and 13 rebounds. Lamaal Walker had 14 and Alexander Rolle (-93) added 12 pts, plus 7 assists. The Guatemalans got double-double from Freddy Fernandez (-93), 21 pts and 11 rebs.


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  CHILE   


Dimayor: U. Concepcion defeated Sagrados on sunday night - by Daniel Valencia
On a pending game from round 5, CD Universidad de Concepcion defeated easily Sagrados Corazones 98-58, with Evandro Arteaga (178-G-83) leading the scorers with 27 points, while Terrell Taylor (203-C-81, college: Virginia Tech), that played his last game with the team (his contract ended this week and he is listening offers from other southamerican teams) scored 14 points and grabbed 6 rebunds in 24 minutes.

Cd Universidad de Concepcion 98 - Sagrados Corazones 58
Ucon: Evandro Arteaga 27 pts. Terrell Taylor 14 pts. Nelson Mendez 13 pts.
Sag: Hector Gomez 15 pts. Marcos Hubner 11 pts. Nicolas Quero 9 pts.



Dimayor: weekend results (rounds 5 & 6) - by Daniel Valencia
On friday and saturday night were played games from round 5 and 6 of Dimayor's regular season. Valdivia, Osorno, Llanquihue and Boston won both weekend games while Liceo Mixto, the leader of the competition lost their first game of the season, against Boston College 103-72, where Rodrigo Espinoza (183-G-81, agency: Players Group) was unstoppable with 41 points in the night. Also, Jose Luis Campos (189-G-80), continues as the scoring leader of the tournament, with an average of 31 points per game (25 and 37 during the weekend). On sunday night will be played a pending game from round 5 between CD Universidad de Concepcion and Sagrados Corazones.

Round 5

Boston College 110 - Everton 85

Deportivo Espanol 75 - Liceo Mixto 82
Esp: Bayo Arigbon 21 pts. Eduardo Sepulveda 19 pts.
Lic: Percy Werth 23 pts. Peter Kiganya 16 pts.

Deportivo Valdivia 75 - Universidad Catolica 61
Val: Jonathan Heard 20 pts. Francisco Bravo 16 pts.
Uc: Sascha Frings 12 pts. Christian Diaz 9 pts.

Provincial Osorno 67 - Universidad de Los Lagos 64
Oso: Rodrigo Zuniga 20 pts. Erick Carrasco 14 pts.
Ula: Alexander Blackwell 21 pts. Sergio Cardenas 12 pts.

Provincial Llanquihue 92 - Deportes Castro 83 OT (80-80)
Llan: Jose Luis Campos 25 pts. Leonel Mendez 19 pts.
Cas: Mauro Salinas 18 pts. Pedro Sandoval 15 pts.

Round 6

Boston College 103 - Liceo Mixto 72
Bos: Rodrigo Espinoza 41 pts. Jefferson Agba 24 pts.
Lic: Patricio Briones 21 pts. Percy Werth 13 pts.

Espanol de Talca 86 - Everton 82
Esp: Bayo Arigbon 26 pts. Jose Madrid 14 pts.
Eve: Francisco Rasio 33 pts. Julius Holt 16 pts.

CD Universidad de Concepcion 84 - Universidad Catolica 73
Ucon: Terrell Taylor 19 pts. Evandro Arteaga 16 pts.
Uc: Mike Elliot 22 pts. Theodis Tarver 19 pts.

Deportivo Valdivia 79 - Sagrados Corazones 67
Val: Jonathan Heard 25 pts. Rodrigo Munoz 14 pts.
Sag: Marcos Hubner 17 pts. Carlos Gallardo 13 pts.

Provincial Osorno 82 - Deportes Castro 60
Oso: Ronald Cruces 21 pts. Erick Carrasco 17 pts.
Cas: Mauro Salinas 20 pts. Gonzalo Velasquez 14 pts.

Provincial Llanquihue 98 - Universidad de Los Lagos 90 OT (82-82)
Llan: Jose Luis Campos 37 pts. Leonel Mendez 20 pts.
Ula: Alexander Blackwell 20 pts. Sergio Cardenas 16 pts.



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


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  CROATIA   


Montenegro finish seventh in Greece - by Eurobasket News
Croatia U20 - Montenegro U20 76:77
Montenegrin U20 National Team clinched the 7th overall spot at the European Championship in Greece. They held off Croatia in thriller to claim the place. Sead Sehovic (201-C/F-89) was back to his usual form with 19 points, 5 boards and 5 assists for Montengro.
Bojan Bogdanovic (202-G/F-89) and Miro Bilan (210-C/F-89) gave Croatia a 7:2 lead early in the game. But Nikola Djokovic (190-G-89) came up with some timely buckets as Montenegro grabbed an 18:16 advantage. The lead changed hands for nine time during the third period and the teams arrived at halftime tied at 37. Miro Bilan and Hajdic made it 42:37 for Croatia early in the third quarter. The Croats maintained the advantage and entered the fourth stanza ahead by 5 points 59:54. Nikola Djokovic, Milos Savovic (200-G/F-89, agency: Octagon) and Lalic exploded with three straight trebles midway through the frame to pull Montenegro in front 72:63. Miro Bilan and Marcinkovic dragged Croatia within one but Montenegro hung on to eke out a marrow win at the end.
Milos Savovic knocked down 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for Montenegro. Nikola Djokovic added 11 points in the win. Miro Bilan responded with 23 points for Croatia. Bojan Bogdanovic had 15 points and 1o caroms in defeat.

Croatia U20: Miro Bilan 23, Bojan Bogdanovic 15+10 boards
Montenegro U20: Sead Sehovic 19, Milos Savovic 15, Nikola Djokovic 11



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Czech Republic NT with two wins in France - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic National secured consecutive wins at the start of the international tournament in France. They took care of Austria and Belgium in the opening rounds. Czechs will now face France for the tournaments title.
Czech Republic played against Belgium in the opener. The Czechs looked better right from the start. They built a 10-point lead at the first break. Belgium tried to bounce back in the second frame. They narrowed the deficit to 6 points at halftime. But Czech Republic did not allow their opponents to get closer taking a 9-point advantage into the fourth stanza. Belgium failed to seriously threaten the margin in the fourth quarter as Czech Republic raced to a 75:67 victory. Lauwers had 13 points for Belgium. Petr Benda (203-F/C-82, agency: Court Side) paced Czech Republic with 19 points. Jan Vesely (211-F-90) chipped in 12 points in the win.
Czech Republic were next opposed by Austria. Once again Czech team did not waste too much time to gain the lead. They fired 26 points in the first quarter to lead by 8 points at the first intermission. Austria got within 5 points at halftime but conceded a 2:10 run from their opponents at the start of the third term to trail by 13 points. But Austria refused to fold. They exploded with a 22:7 rally to enter the fourth quarter ahead by 2. But Czech Republic proved stronger in the final minutes escaping with a narrow 89:82 win at the end. Tomas Satoransky (196-G/F-91, agency: PPGroup) had 19 points to lead Czech Republic. Ladislav Sokolovsky (201-F-77, agency: PPGroup) contributed 18 points and 7 boards, while Petr Benda netted 12 points in the victory. Christoph Nagler (194-G-84) had 19 points for Austria.



Netherlands celebrate U20 European Championship in Division B triumph - by Eurobasket News
Netherlands U20 - Czech Republic U20 88:77 (OT)

Netherlands claimed the U20 European Championship in Division B crown edging Czech Republic in an overtime drama tonight. Czech Republic denied an 8-point deficit midway through the final stanza to force the extra period. But the Dutch team pulled together to produce an exhausting win at the end.
The teams kept it close in the early minutes not until Robinson and Thomas Koenis (207-F/C-89, agency: Court Side) gave Netherlands a 15:11 lead. Hieronymus Van Der List (211-C-89) extended the lead to 5 points but Palat fired from beyond the arc to narrow the gap to 2 points at the end of the quarter. Palat added five quick points early in the second stanza pulling Czech Republic in front 24:20. Hieronymus Van Der List answered with 8 points in the second quarter to make it 34:31 for Netherlands at halftime.
The exchange of the blows continued during the third frame. Hruban cut the margin to just three points late in the stanza just to watch Ridderhof respond with a triple on the other end worth a 50:44 Dutch lead into the final frame. Thomas Koenis stretched the buffer to 8 points early in the final quarter but Pavel Harcar (202-F-89) and Hruban narrowed the distance with 5 points in a row. Thomas Koenis and Hieronymus Van Der List restored an 8-point advantage with under 5 minutes to go. But Czechs replied on two three-pointers from David Jelinek (194-G-90, agency: PPGroup) and Pavel Harcar to narrow the distance. David Jelinek then followed with three freebies to tie the score at 64 with just over two minutes to go in regulation. Jesse Voorn (193-G-90, agency: R.H.Consultancy) came up with a vital trey to put Holland up by 3, but David Jelinek followed with a dunk to keep Czech Republic hopeful. Another blow came from Hieronymus Van Der List as he drained another important triple to give the Dutch team a 70:66 advantage with 39 seconds left. Pavel Harcar responded with a triple of his own cutting the gap to a single point with 24 seconds on the clock. Jesse Voorn got fouled but was able to hit just one free throw giving the opportunity for David Jelinek to draw things level from the stripe. The teams headed into overtime where Thomas Koenis and Kloff opened a 4-point lead for Netherlands straight away. Jesse Voorn stretched the gap to 6 points and never looked back on the way to the win.
Hieronymus Van Der List finished with 26 points, 6 boards and 5 assists to lead the charge. Thomas Koenis added 24 points and 15 boards for the victors. David Jelinek and Pavel Harcar responded with 20 points apiece for Czech Republic in defeat.

Netherlands U20: Hieronymus Van Der List 26, Thomas Koenis 24+15 boards, Jesse Voorn 10
Czech Republic U20: David Jelinek 20, Pavel Harcar 20



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  DENMARK   


Host nation Bosnia and Herzegovina moved atop - by Eurobasket News
Denmark U18-Bosnia U18 74:80

Host nation Bosnia and Herzegovina moved atop Group A of the U18 European Championship Men 2009 Division B after edging out Denmark 80:74 in Sarajevo.
It was not that easy win as Bosnia needed to recover in the game. Denmark looked very good in the game and played on nerves of the hosts for a long time. The most interesting part was at the end of the clash when both teams could win the game.
Denmark entered the last period with 64:59 lead. Dario Crnalic (203-F-91) helped Bosnia to take 65:64 after 6-0 run from the start. Jonathan Gilling (-91) made a lay-up for 66:65 as Denmark posted their first points after two minutes of silence. Thomas Sebastian Laerke (-91) nailed a three for 69:65 with 7 minutes in the fourth frame. He posted his 33th points for 71:65, while Dario Crnalic scored for 73:69. It was him for 75:74 with 40 seconds to go. Thomas Sebastian Laerke was nervous and did not make any from the free throw line. Gunjaca made a lay-up for 77:74 with 24 seconds in the end. He was perfect again from the line again and brought the hosts 80:74 win.
Nermin Buza (206-F-91) top-scored for the hosts with 13 points as they are now 4-0 in the group. Dario Crnalic nailed 12, while Demic posted 11. Thomas Sebastian Laerke shined for the guests with 33 points as they are now 1-3. Jonathan Gilling collected 17 points and 10 boards, while Jonas Zohore Bergstedt (207-C-91) had 12.

Denmark U18: Thomas Sebastian Laerke 33, Jonathan Gilling 17+10 rebs, Jonas Zohore Bergstedt 12
Bosnia U18: Nermin Buza 13, Dario Crnalic 12, Demic 11


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  EGYPT   


Tunisia wins 9th Arab Basketball Cup in Morocco - by Eurobasket News
Tunisia - Egypt 70-50

Tunisia outplayed Egypt by 20 points in the Big Final winning the trophy at the 9th Arab Basketball Cup in Morocco. Both teams entered to this game with perfect record, but the Tunisian demonstrated much better performance yesterday. Both squads opened the game nervously and the score was tied after ten minutes, 15-15. Tunisia improved after that scoring 20 more until the half time for 5-point lead, 35-30. Nothing has changed after the breather as Tunisia still dominated. They stopped Egypt on just 10 points in third period and on the other side netted 17. It was plus 12 before the last quarter, which also belonged to Tunisia.
The new champion had perfect 5-0 record in Prleminary Round. Of course, they were No.1 in Group A, where also were placed Syria, Algeria, UAE, Lebanon and Libya. Later, in the Quarterfinals Tunisia devastated Kuwait 99-57. In the Semis the Tunisians met the host of this event, Morocco celebrating tiny overtime win. Egypt, who won the Silver, outplayed Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Yemen at the Preliminary Stage in Group B. In the QFinals, Egypt cruised past Libya 84-54. In the Semis the Egyptians smashed Syria 99-78.


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  ESTONIA   


Estonia U18 ties the records with Hungarian squad - by Eurobasket News
Estonia U18-Hungary U18 80:71

Estonia U18 ties the records with Hungarian squad at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Baltic side won 80:71 over Hungary for 2-1 records.
Sven Kaldre (194-F-91) opened the game for Estonia and Rain Veideman (190-G-91) scored for 14:7. Estonia seemed to take the control of the game from the early beginning, but Hungary managed to reduce. Janos Eilingsfeld (198-F/C-91, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) closed the opening quarter from the free throw line for 20:15. The second quarter saw more offensive style and Hungary even tied the game. Moravcsik made it 29:29, while Lepsenyi sent the teams to the lockers for 40:38. Estonia came back from the court with better mood and started to increase the lead. Jaan Puidet (191-G-92) netted for 59:48 and Raap was the last in the third frame for 63:49. Hungary however responded with 10-0 run in the beginning of the fourth frame and reduced to 63:59. Rain Veideman made the score 69:61 and Moravcsik cut it to the minimum for 70:69. Hungary however was not able to take over the opponents and lost the clash. Jaan Puidet made two free throws for 80:71 victory.
Rain Veideman top-scored for the winners with 25 points. Sven Kaldre followed him with 21, while Jaan Puidet collected 12 points and 12 boards. Janos Eilingsfeld erupted with 35 points and 11 rebounds in defeat, while Kristof Bajalinov (183-G/F-91) scored 9.

Estonia U18: Rain Veideman 25, Sven Kaldre 21, Jaan Puidet 12+12 rebs
Hungary U18: Janos Eilingsfeld 35+11 rebs, Kristof Bajalinov 9


Estonia U18 keep Belarus winless - by Eurobasket News
Belarus U18-Estonia U18 74:75

Estonia outscored Belarus at the U18 European Championship Men 2009 Division B to send them to 0-4 record. The Baltic side escaped 75:74 victory for 3-1 record in Group A.
Krysevich started with a lay-up to bring the first points for his team. Maksim Dabravolski (192-G-91) made a jump shot for 7:6 and Valiantsin Ihnatchyk (190-G-91) netted for 13:12. Estonia however pushed the tempo in the first frame to take 23:16 at the end of the frame. The second quarter was like a carousel and Janar Soo (190-G/F-91) gave Estonia 29:19 midway through the period. Belarus control the rest of the frame and Viktar Ausepian (200-F-91) tied the game at 33:33. From that moment it was a tough game and the teams stayed close to each other. Maksim Dabravolski made 40:39 for his team and Puidet netted at 46:44 for Estonia. Liutych tied the game again at 53:53 as the teams scored 20 points each in the quarter. Kaldre gave the biggest lead for the Baltic side at 68:59 with less than 5 minutes in the game. No matter how hard Belarus tried to catch up with Estonia, they could not. Liutych made the score 73:72 and Viktar Ausepian scored for 75:74 as it was not more time left to tie the score.
Rain Veideman (190-G-91) paced all the winners with 20 points for 3-1 record. Janar Soo nailed 17, whilst Rannar Raap (185-G-92) added 11. Viktar Ausepian collected 18 points and 11 boards in the losing effort. Valiantsin Ihnatchyk chipped in 14, whilst Maksim Dabravolski scored 13.

Belarus U18: Viktar Ausepian 18+11 rebs, Valiantsin Ihnatchyk 14, Maksim Dabravolski 13
Estonia U18: Rain Veideman 20, Janar Soo 17, Rannar Raap 11


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18   


Malta clinch Division C crown - by Eurobasket News
Malta U18 - Gibraltar U18 75:38
Malta claimed the victory at the U18 European Championship in Division C. They overcame Gibraltar in the Final. Samuel Deguara (225-C-91) was once again unstoppable tallying 22 points and 23 rebounds for the hosts. Malta opened the game with 10 unanswered points. Christopher McCann (188-F-91) nailed 7 points to stop the bleeding for Gibraltar but they still trailed by 11 points at the first intermission. Malta unleashed an 8:2 run to open the second frame. They maintained the lead well throughout the rest of the half posting a 39:19 advantage at halftime.
The hosts stunned their opponents at the start of the third quarter. Malta went on a 17:0 rally to silence Gibraltar. Malta arrived at the final break leading by 32 points. The hosts cruised to the win in the final period to triumph at the tournament.
Nigel Sultana (191-F-91) produced 15 points for Malta. Jean-Paul Schembri (182-G-92) added 12 points in the win. Christopher McCann responded with 13 points for Gibraltar. Nicholas Gracia (188-G-93) contributed 6 points in defeat.

Malta U18: Samuel Deguara 22+23 boards, Nigel Sultana 15, Jean-Paul Schembri 12
Gibraltar U18: Christopher McCann 13, Nicholas Gracia 6



M-Standings - Group B
Standings Div.B
Group A
1. Bosnia4-0
2. Estonia3-1
3. Hungary3-1
4. Norway1-3
5. Denmark1-3
6. Belarus0-4
Group B
1. Poland3-0
2. Sweden3-0
3. Finland1-2
4. Iceland1-3
5. Slovakia0-3
Group C
1. Monteneg.3-0
2. Holland2-1
3. Scotland2-2
4. Georgia1-2
5. Romania0-3
Group D
1. U.Kingdom3-0
2. Belgium2-1
3. Switzerl.2-2
4. Austria1-2
5. Portugal0-3


Div. B Day: 4 (Preliminary Round) - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Hungary - Norway 93-51
Hungary U18 improved to 3-1 record in Group A of the U18 European Championship Men 2009 Division B. Hungarian side won all the periods for 93:51 victory on Sunday. Adam Lepsenyi (205-C/F-91, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) top-scored for the winners with 23 points. Eilingsfeld and Moravcsik followed him with 13 points each for the third win. Jawara delivered 12 points in the losing case and Berg added 8.

Belarus - Estonia 74-75
Estonia outscored Belarus at the U18 European Championship Men 2009 Division B to send them to 0-4 record. The Baltic side escaped 75:74 victory for 3-1 record in Group A. Rain Veideman (190-G-91) paced all the winners with 20 points for 3-1 record. Soo nailed 17, whilst Raap added 11. Ausepian collected 18 points and 11 boards in the losing effort. Ihnatchyk chipped in 14, whilst Dabravolski scored 13.

Group B
Sweden - Iceland 76-62
Sweden U18 keep the perfect record after 76:62 victory over Iceland U18. The Scandinavian team needed 26-10 to win the third straight game at the U18 European Championship Men 2009 Division B. Alexander Lindqvist (202-G-91) was unstoppable with 23 points and 10 rebounds for 3-0 record. Czerapowicz nailed 18, while Person and Hampton added 10 each. Palsson ended up with 25 points and Steinarsson had 11.

Group C
Romania - Georgia 58-79
Georgia U18 registered the first win at the Division B of the European Championship. The team won over Romania U18 79:58 and sent them to 0-3 record. Merab Bokolishvili (197-G/F-92) led the way with 21 points for the winners. Dvalishvili collected 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Tavartkiladze had 9. Tibirna chipped in 14 points and Crainic added 12 in defeat.

Montenegro - Scotland 100-44
Montenegro destroyed Scotland at U18 European Championship Men 2009 Division B. The favorites celebrated the third straight victory after 100:44 win over the opponents. Marko Loncovic (200-F/C-91) paced all the winners with 18 points for 3-0 record. Ljujic nailed 15, whilst Scepanovic and Radovic added 13 each. Fraser finished the game with 14 points and Bunyan scored 12.

Group D
United Kingdom - Switzerland 77-62
England U18 atop Group A of the U18 European Championship Men 2009 Division B. The favorites improved to 3-0 after 77:62 over Switzerland U18. Noel top-scored for the winners with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Joshua Houghton (188-G-91) notched 17, whilst Manghum had 12. Kazadi and Koludrovic ended up with 11 points in defeat.

Austria - Portugal 89-66
Austria U18 and Portugal U18 fought for the only win in the Division B of the European Championship. The Austrian side celebrated 89:66 victory to improve to 1-2 record in Group D. Thomas Klepeisz (180-G-91) and Vieider paced all the winners with 21 points each. Novas Mateo followed them with 14 points for the initial win. Queiroz finished the game with 21 points and Ferreirinho netted 12.



Stats Leader
Points Per Game
 Thomas Sebastian LAERKE
  (--91)
  Avg: 30.5
 1. Laerke, DEN30.5 
 2. Richards, ENG29.0 
 3. Radovic, MNT24.0 
 4. Van Teeselin., NED23.0 
 5. Veideman, EST23.0 
 6. Eilingsfeld, HUN22.0 
 7. Fraser, SCO19.0 
 8. Berg, NOR18.7 
 9. Liutych, BLR18.7 
 10. Bergstedt, D.18.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan RICHARDS
  ENG
  (210-F-91)
  Avg: 13
 1. Richards, ENG13.0 
 2. Bergstedt, DEN13.0 
 3. Radovic, MNT12.0 
 4. Fras, POL12.0 
 5. Treffers, NED11.0 
 6. Lepsenyi, HUN10.0 
 7. Dubas, SUI9.8 
 8. Moravek, SVK9.0 
 9. Krysevich, BLR8.7 
 10. Lindqvist, S.8.7 
Assists Per Game
 Givi BAKRADZE
  (184-G-91)
  Avg: 4.5
 1. Bakradze, GEO4.5 
 2. Petkovic, SUI3.8 
 3. Jawara, NOR3.7 
 4. Deroover, BEL3.7 
 5. Djordan, MNT3.5 
 6. Lazovic, MNT3.0 
 7. Gunjaca, BIH2.7 
 8. Veideman, EST2.7 
 9. Moravcsik, HUN2.5 
 10. Steinarsson, I.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Mladen NOVAKOVIC
  (203-F-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Novakovic, MNT3.0 
 2. Veideman, EST3.0 
 3. Van Teeselin., NED3.0 
 4. Petkovic, SUI2.8 
 5. Persson, SWE2.7 
 6. Gajic, BIH2.3 
 7. Heinonen, FIN2.3 
 8. Ausepian, BLR2.3 
 9. Vukovic, BIH2.3 
 10. Kaldre, E.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Viktar AUSEPIAN
  (200-F-91)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Ausepian, BLR2.3 
 2. Radovic, MNT2.0 
 3. Moravek, SVK2.0 
 4. Limberg, EST2.0 
 5. Crolley, SCO1.7 
 6. Goldsbrough, ENG1.7 
 7. Fraser, SCO1.7 
 8. Fras, POL1.5 
 9. Gillet, BEL1.3 
 10. Hancharonak, B.1.3 


Stats Leaders Div. A
Points Per Game
 Toni PROSTRAN
  (183-G-91)
  Avg: 29.5
 1. Prostran, CRO29.5 
 2. Antipov, RUS21.7 
 3. Tishman, ISR20.7 
 4. Valanciunas, LTU19.3 
 5. Musli, SRB16.7 
 6. Neumann, GER15.3 
 7. Lypovyy, UKR14.7 
 8. Jodar, ESP13.3 
 9. Sastre Morro, ESP12.7 
 10. De Nicolao, I.12.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Enes KANTER
  (206-C-92)
  Avg: 13
 1. Kanter, TUR13.0 
 2. Valanciunas, LTU12.3 
 3. Antipov, RUS10.0 
 4. Meiers, LAT9.7 
 5. Neumann, GER9.0 
 6. Sandul, UKR8.5 
 7. Musli, SRB8.3 
 8. Jakolis, CRO8.0 
 9. Djekic, SRB7.3 
 10. Iannuzzi, I.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Toni PROSTRAN
  (183-G-91)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Prostran, CRO7.5 
 2. Peciukeviciu., LTU5.3 
 3. Angelopoulos, GRE5.3 
 4. Franch, ESP4.7 
 5. Span, SLO4.3 
 6. Toz, TUR3.7 
 7. Musli, SRB3.7 
 8. Westermann, FRA3.7 
 9. Servera, ESP3.3 
 10. Ciz, C.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Andrea DE NICOLAO
  (185-G-91)
  Avg: 4
 1. De Nicolao, ITA4.0 
 2. Babic, CRO3.5 
 3. Franch, ESP2.7 
 4. Torlak, SRB2.7 
 5. Chrysikopoul., GRE2.3 
 6. Katsivelis, GRE2.0 
 7. Fournier, FRA2.0 
 8. Prostran, CRO2.0 
 9. Jakolis, CRO2.0 
 10. Hristov, B.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Philipp NEUMANN
  (210-C-92)
  Avg: 5
 1. Neumann, GER5.0 
 2. Djekic, SRB3.7 
 3. Valanciunas, LTU3.0 
 4. Musli, SRB2.7 
 5. Meiers, LAT2.3 
 6. Balashov, RUS2.0 
 7. Georgakis, GRE1.7 
 8. Sandul, UKR1.5 
 9. Muric, SLO1.3 
 10. Marchenko, U.1.3 


Andorra is third in Malta - by Eurobasket News
Andorra U18 - Moldova U18 76:71
Andorran Junior National Team clinched the third spot at the European Championship in Division C held in Malta. They overcame Moldovan counterparts in the consolation final yesterday. A Farfan (181-G-91) scored 18 points, pulled down 8 boards and issued 4 assists to pace Andorra.
Moldova used three-pointers from Melniciuc and Stepan Gordienco (189-F-91) late in the opening frame to ensure a 21:19 lead into the second quarter. But Andorra scored 7 unanswered points midway through the second frame to grab a 30:25 advantage. Dabad capped the half with three points to give Andorra a 38:33 lead. Moldova kept it close throughout the third period but Andre Ribeiro (188-F-91) and Guillem Colom (180-G-91) knocked down 5 points late in the stanza to make it 56:47 for Andorra with ten minutes remaining. Gordinenco nailed 9 straight points for the Moldovan team midway through the final stanza as they cut the distance to only 2 points. Cojuhari soon put Moldova ahead but Andorra survived the threat. They unloaded a 7:0 run to restore a 5-point lead with under 2 minutes remaining. Cabanas notched 3 points in the final thirty seconds to seal the victory for Andorra.
Guillem Colom finished with 15 points and 19 rebounds for the winners Andre Ribeiro added 11 points for Andorra. Stepan Gordienco replied with 22 points for Moldova. Sergiu Cusnir (181-G-91) had 11 points and 7 boards in defeat.

Andorra U18: A Farfan 18, Guillem Colom 15+19 boards, Andre Ribeiro 11
Moldova U18: Stepan Gordienco 22, Sergiu Cusnir 11



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U20   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Robin BENZING
  (208-F-89)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Benzing, GER22.2 
 2. Sehovic, MNT17.6 
 3. Bogdanovic, CRO17.3 
 4. Rabaseda, ESP16.5 
 5. Dragic, SLO16.3 
 6. Vragovic, CRO16.0 
 7. Antonov, RUS15.6 
 8. Vucevic, MNT15.5 
 9. Bogris, GRE14.6 
 10. Tomas, E.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Nikola VUCEVIC
  MNT
  (210-F-90)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Vucevic, MNT10.8 
 2. Ivlev, RUS10.1 
 3. Blaus, LAT9.0 
 4. Raposo Laure., FRA8.9 
 5. Tomas, ESP8.6 
 6. Tymofeyenko, UKR8.1 
 7. Samb, ESP7.6 
 8. Bilan, CRO7.0 
 9. Muric, SLO6.7 
 10. Iarochevitch, B.6.7 
Assists Per Game
 Dmitriy KHVOSTOV
  (191-G-89)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Khvostov, RUS6.1 
 2. Diot, FRA5.1 
 3. Steinbach, BEL4.8 
 4. Sehovic, MNT4.0 
 5. Skverer, ISR3.7 
 6. Sloukas, GRE3.6 
 7. Heurtel, FRA3.6 
 8. Janavicius, LTU3.4 
 9. Radic, CRO3.3 
 10. Covic, S.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Xavier RABASEDA
  (199-G-89)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Rabaseda, ESP2.6 
 2. Dragic, SLO2.5 
 3. Diot, FRA2.4 
 4. Janavicius, LTU2.3 
 5. Ivanovic, MNT2.1 
 6. Vujasinovic, SLO2.0 
 7. Juskevicius, LTU1.8 
 8. Papanikolaou, GRE1.7 
 9. Serron, BEL1.7 
 10. Skverer, I.1.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Nikola VUCEVIC
  MNT
  (210-F-90)
  Avg: 1.9
 1. Vucevic, MNT1.9 
 2. Aguilar, ESP1.7 
 3. Bogris, GRE1.6 
 4. Samb, ESP1.6 
 5. Pleiss, GER1.5 
 6. Blaus, LAT1.3 
 7. Bircevic, SRB1.3 
 8. Kuzminskas, LTU1.2 
 9. Benzing, GER1.2 
 10. Papanikolaou, G.1.2 


M-Standings - Division B
Div.B Final Standings
1. Holland
2. Czech Rep.
3. Poland
4. Sweden
5. Austria
6. FYR Maced.
7. Finland
8. Georgia
9. Bulgaria
10. Slovakia
11. Norway
12. Switzerland
13. U.Kingdom
14. Hungary
15. Portugal
16. Luxembourg
17. Romania

Div.B Qualifying Round Standings
Group E
1. Poland 3-0
2. Sweden 1-2
3. Georgia 1-2
4. Finland 1-2
Group F
1. Holland 3-0
2. Czech Repub. 2-1
3. FYR Macedon. 1-2
4. Austria 0-3
Group G
1. Norway 2-0
2. Switzerl. 1-1
3. Luxembourg 0-2
Group H
1. Bulgaria 2-0
2. U.Kingdom 1-1
3. Portugal 0-2
Group I
1. Slovakia 2-0
2. Hungary 1-1
3. Romania 0-2


Hellas is the Champion - by Chris Mammides
The amazing kids from Hellas after the European championship last year and the second place in the world three weeks ago, they won another European championship succeeding something that no other team has actually succeeded the last twenty years. After winning the French NT 90-85, Nikolaos Pappas (194-G-90), Kostas Papanikolaou (203-F/G-90) and his palls won two golden medals in European level and one silver medal in World level in just one year!!
Seven players including all five starters scored in double figures led by tournament MVP Kostas Papanikolaou's 15 points as the golden generation added Hellas's first ever U20 gold to U18 gold in 2008 and silver from this month's U19 FIBA World Championship.
Konstantinos Sloukas (197-G-90), Georgios Bogris (208-C/F-89) and Charalampos Giannopoulos (201-F-89) all scored 14 points; Leonidas Kaselakis (202-C-90) had 11 points; and Nikolaos Pappas and Vladimir Jankovic (203-F-90) each chipped in 10 points.
France guard Edwin Jackson (191-G-89) poured in a game-high 32 points and Antoine Diot (191-G-89) - selected as a member of the All-Tournament Team - added 21 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals. And fellow All-Tournament Team colleague Kevin Saraphin chipped in 10 points, six rebounds and two blocks.
France had the better start to the game using Kevin Seraphin (205-F/C-89)'s inside advantage against Bogris to grab a 12-7 lead. And Les Bleus were ahead 14-11 when the Greeks started hitting from long range. Pappas began the run and Papanikolaou drained long balls from both sides of the court in helping Greece build a 22-16 lead after one period.
Kostas Missas 's men remained hot in the second quarter with Sloukas hitting from down town and Papanikolaou's third trifecta opening a 12-point bulge - 28-16. And it was 31-19 when France began to pull back into the game without Zisis Sarikopoulos, Papanikolaou and Sloukas in the French line-up.
Jackson and Kevin Seraphin had room to operate, combining for all 13 points in a 13-6 run to bring Jean-Aymi Toupane's team within 37-32. And Thomas Heurtel (188-G-89)'s break away layup made it 39-37. Jankovic answered with a three-point play and Pappas hit from long range with the shot clock running down and the Greek lead was 45-39 at intermission.
Jackson nailed triples from both sides to lead an 8-0 France run out of the break for a 47-45 lead. Heurtel later hit from the right wing and Jackson followed with another three-ball as France built the lead to 59-50.
Greece, however, would score on their next six possessions, including two Charalampos Giannopoulos three-pointers for a 64-61 Greek lead after three periods.
Charalampos Giannopoulos's next triple gave the hosts a 10-point gap - 71-61. The French were able to trim the deficit back to five points, but the Greeks were just too balanced and motivated.

'Everybody is exhausted. That's the reason we won because we all gave everything we had,' said the Hellene center Zisis Zisis Sarikopoulos (213-C-90), who was one of seven Greek players to win both medals this summer.
'This is a special moment. Another gold and first in Europe. We want to enjoy this moment. Every medal is special. This is special because we are at home in Rhodes with our friends and family,' said Pappas, a member of the U19 All-Tournament Team in New Zealand.
'Oh man, I am very tired, very tired. I want to go somewhere far away. Away from everybody and relax.'
'It's fabulous. I don't know how to tell you how I feel. This summer, this year closed the best way. I am in the clouds. It's amazing, perfect. Today is our day
,' added Bogris.



Eurobasket.com All-European Championships U20 -09 - by Eurobasket
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Best Player: Kostas Papanikolaou (203-F/G-90) of Greece
Best Guard: Antoine Diot (191-G-89) of France
Best Forward: Kostas Papanikolaou of (203-F/G-90) Greece
Best Center: Kevin Seraphin (205-F/C-89) of France * played also as power forward
Best Coach: Kostas Missas of Greece

1st Team
PG: Nikolaos Pappas (194-G-90) of Greece
G: Antoine Diot (191-G-89) of France
SF: Kostas Papanikolaou of Greece
F: Pere Tomas (202-F-89) of Spain
F/C: Kevin Seraphin (205-F/C-89) of France

2nd Team
G: Edwin Jackson (191-G-89) of France
SG: Konstantinos Sloukas (197-G-90) of Greece
SF: Bojan Bogdanovic (202-G/F-89) of Croatia
PF: Nikola Vucevic (210-F-90) of Montenegro
F/C: Fernando Raposo Laurencio (206-F/C-89) of France

3rd Team
SG: Tommaso Raspino (196-G-89) of Italy
SG: Xavier Rabaseda (199-G-89) of Spain
G/F: Suad Sehovic (197-G/F-87) of Montenegro
PF: Vladimir Ivlev (204-F-90) of Russia
PF: Robin Benzing (208-F-89) of Germany

Honorable Mention
Mamadou Samb (207-C/F-89) of Spain
Zygimantas Janavicius (193-G-89) of Lithuania
Adas Juskevicius (193-G/F-89) of Lithuania
Ibrahim Yildirim (188-G-90) of Turkey
Semen Antonov (203-F-89) of Russia
Lauris Blaus (204-C-90) of Latvia
Bojan Subotic (206-F/C-90) of Serbia
Zoran Dragic (195-G-89) of Slovenia


Standings
Div.A Final Standings
1. Greece
2. France
3. Spain
4. Italy
5. Lithuania
6. Turkey
7. Montenegro
8. Croatia
9. Russia
10. Latvia
11. Serbia
12. Ukraine
13. Slovenia
14. Germany
15. Israel
16. Belgium

Div.A Qualification Round Standings
Group E
1. Spain 4-1
2. France 4-1
3. Greece 4-1
4. Italy 1-4
5. Latvia 1-4
6. Russia 1-4
Group F
1. Lithuania 4-1
2. Croatia 3-2
3. Monteneg. 3-2
4. Turkey 2-3
5. Ukraine 2-3
6. Serbia 1-4
Group G
1. Slovenia 3-0
2. Germany 2-1
3. Israel 1-2
4. Belgium 0-3


Day: 9 (Finals) - by Eurobasket News
FINAL
Greece - France 90-85
Greek U20 National Team triumphed at home European Championship. They thus snapped the hegemony of Serbia in Europe winning the first title since 2002. Seven Greek players scored in double digits to pace the Hellenes to the huge success. France also got things to be proud of as they have shown the best result ever at the tournament. They finished in the third position in 2002. Kostas Papanikolaou (203-F/G-90) finished with 15 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for Greece. Georgios Bogris (209-C/F-89), Charalampos Giannopoulos and Konstantinos Sloukas added 14 points each in the victory. Edwin Jackson responded with game-high 32 points and 8 boards for France. Antoine Diot chipped in 21 points, pulled down 7 boards and issued 6 assists in the loss.



11th place
Serbia - Ukraine 83-56
Serbia claimed the 11th spot at the U20 European Championship in Greece. They held off Ukraine in the final game at the tournament today. Ukraine beat Serbia in the preliminary round but a Slobodan Klipa team took revenge. Ukraine opened their campaign with two victories but then suffered six consecutive defeats to occupy just the 12th position in the final ladder. Aleksandar Mitrovic (202-G-90) netted 18 points to pace Serbia. Dragan Milosavljevic and Bojan Subotic added 12 points apiece for the winners. Stanislav Tymofeyenko responded with 16 points and 7 boards for Ukraine. Anton Schepkin had 12 points in the losing effort.

3rd place
Spain - Italy 75-72
Spain stepped up on the podium at the U20 European Championship in Greece. They defeated Italy to earn the bronze medals today. Italy finished in the fourth position. Pere Tomas (202-F-89) scored 18 points and pulled down 6 boards to pace Spain. Pablo Aguilar had 14 points for Spain. Sergio De La Fuente netted 13 points and 7 boards for the winners. Paolo Rotondo responded with 12 points for Italy. Daniele Sandri had 11 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

5th place
Turkey - Lithuania 72-77
Lithuania clinched the fifth position at the U20 European Championship in Greece. They wrapped up their campaign with victory over Turkey today. Adas Juskevicius (193-G/F-89) tallied 21 points and 6 boards for Lithuania. Sarunas Vasiliauskas added 19 points in the winning effort. Ibrahim Yildirim responded with 19 points for Turkey. Melih Mahmutoglu had 12 points in the loss.

7th place
Croatia - Montenegro 76-77
Montenegrin U20 National Team clinched the 7th overall spot at the European Championship in Greece. They held off Croatia in thriller to claim the place. Sead Sehovic (201-C/F-89) was back to his usual form with 19 points, 5 boards and 5 assists for Montengro. Milos Savovic knocked down 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for Montenegro. Nikola Djokovic added 11 points in the win. Miro Bilan responded with 23 points for Croatia. Bojan Bogdanovic had 15 points and 1o caroms in defeat.

9th place
Latvia - Russia 66-89
Russia earned the 9th spot at the U20 European Championship in Greece. They outgunned Latvia today to complete the action at the tournament. Andrey Kirdyachkin (202-F/C-90) poured in 22 points to lead Russia to the victory in this one. Semen Antonov dropped 13 points and grabbed 8 boards for Russia. Vladimir Ivlev had 11 points in the winning effort. Andris Justovics responded with 13 points for Latvia. Lauris Blaus delivered 12 points in the losing case.



Div. B Day: 9 (Finals) - by Eurobasket News
3rd place
Poland - Sweden 96-66
Polish U20 National Team climbed on the pedestal of the European Championship in Division B. They thrashed Swedish counterparts today to claim the third overall spot at the tournament. Sweden finished in the fourth position. Mateusz Kostrzewski (201-G/F-89) finished with 20 points for Poland. Tomasz Snieg added 14 points and 6 assists in the victory. Johan Ronstrom responded with 17 points for Sweden. Christopher Ryan had 12 points and 6 assists in the loss.

5th place
Austria - FYR Macedonia 87-67
Austrian U20 team claimed the 5th spot at the European Championship in Division B. They coasted past hosting Macedonia to wrap up their Skopje visit in style. Rasid Mahalbasic (207-F/C-90) tallied 26 points and 10 boards to pace Austria. Thomas Csebits scored 18 points for Austria. Sebastian Schaal had 17 points in the winning case. Marko Simonovski replied with 16 points, 6 assists and 5 boards for Macedonia. Vladimir Brckov added 15 points in defeat.

7th place
Georgia - Finland 75-97
Roopi Ahonen (186-G-90) scored 21 points to lift Finland to a comfortable win over Georgia on the final day of the U20 European Championship in Division B tonight. Finland rallied past Georgia in Skopje to clinch the 7th spot. Atte Perttu notched 19 points for Finland. Antti Kanervo added 14 points in the winning case. Richard Matiashvili poured in game-high 23 points for Georgia. Levan Shengelia had 19 points in the loss.

FINAL
Czech Republic - Holland 77-88
Netherlands claimed the U20 European Championship in Division B crown edging Czech Republic in an overtime drama tonight. Czech Republic denied an 8-point deficit midway through the final stanza to force the extra period. But the Dutch team pulled together to produce an exhausting win at the end. Hieronymus Van Der List (211-C-89) finished with 26 points, 6 boards and 5 assists to lead the charge. Thomas Koenis (207-F/C-89, agency: Court Side) added 24 points and 15 boards for the victors. David Jelinek and Pavel Harcar responded with 20 points apiece for Czech Republic in defeat.

Group J
Slovakia - Norway 80-69
Slovakia clinched the tenth overall spot beating Norway in the final game of the tournament. Lukas Hoferica (200-C-89) scored 21 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to lead Slovakia. Boris Kovalik added 12 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for the winning team. Aksel Bolin responded with 15 points for Norway. Magne Fivelstad added 11 points and 12 boards in defeat.

Group K
Hungary - Switzerland 85-88
The Swiss U20 team grabbed the 12th position at the European Championship in Division B. They toppled Hungary today to complete the action on a high note. Christophe Varidel (185-G-89) knocked down 33 points to orchestrate the victory. Hungary occupied the 14th spot after the defeat. Lucas Waldesbuhl netted 20 points for Switzerland. Davide Garruti and Ian Savoy added 9 points each in the victory. Mate Medve replied with 21 points for Hungary. Adam Toth had 19 points and 8 boards in the losing case.

Group L
Romania - Luxembourg 79-92
Luxembourg U20 team claimed the 16th overall position at the European Championship in Division B. They wrapped up their Skopje campaign with a comfortable win over Romania. Pitt Koster (178-G/F-89) fired 26 points to pace Luxembourg to the win. Laurent Schwartz knocked down 24 points for the winners. Christopher Jones added 12 points and 11 boards for Luxembourg. Andrei Bercean responded with 19 points for Romania. Rolland Torok had 16 points and 19 boards in defeat.



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INTERNATIONAL: Sweden gave a lesson - by Rauno Hurmalainen
International Tournament, Szombathely, Hungary, Day 3: Finland lost today vs Sweden 73-76 (39-50). Quarters: 22-25, 17-25, 16-19, 18-7. Sweden was leading
already by 20 pts during the third quarter, but Finland came back to the game during the last 10 minutes. Sweden made a 3-pointer at the end and took the first and
only victory in the tournament. Finland defeated Holland by 13 pts and Holland upset Sweden by one after OT. This time Finland had four players over 10 pts: Petteri
Koponen (13), Kimmo Muurinen (13), Hanno Mottola (12) and Shawn Huff (198-G/F-84, college: Valparaiso) (11). Huff was teams leading rebounder (8). Hungary - Holland 78-72 (43-27). Final standings: 1) Hungary (3-0), 2) Finland (1-2), 3) Holland (1-2), 4) Sweden (1-2).


Finland take eighth spot in Skopje - by Eurobasket News
Finland U20 - Georgia U20 97:75
Roopi Ahonen (186-G-90) scored 21 points to lift Finland to a comfortable win over Georgia on the final day of the U20 European Championship in Division B tonight. Finland rallied past Georgia in Skopje to clinch the 7th spot.
Antti Kanervo (193-G/F-89) looked good at the start of the game scoring five points in a row. Georgia gradually gained the speed and surged in front 14:11 late in the period. Levan Shengelia (204-F/C-90) secured a 21:18 advantage at the first break. Georgia maintained the lead early in the second stanza. However Lehtoranta, Roopi Ahonen and Atte Perttu (201-C-90) helped Finland to knot things up at 41 after twenty minutes of action. Nika Metreveli (212-C/F-91) and Richard Matiashvili (209-C-89) gave Georgia a 4-point lead midway through the third quarter but Finland stepped on the gas late in the period. They went on a 16:4 rally to secure a 68:59 lead at the final break. Mantyla and Roopi Ahonen connected from beyond the arc to balloon the advantage to 17 points and Finland did not look back en route to the victory.
Atte Perttu notched 19 points for Finland. Antti Kanervo added 14 points in the winning case. Richard Matiashvili poured in game-high 23 points for Georgia. Levan Shengelia had 19 points in the loss.

Finland U20: Roopi Ahonen 21, Atte Perttu 19, Antti Kanervo 14
Georgia U20: Richard Matiashvili 23, Levan Shengelia 19



INTERNATIONAL: Hungary tough at home - by Rauno Hurmalainen
International Basketball Tournament in Szombathely, Hungary 24.-26. July, Day 2: Hungary is tough at home court. After crushing Sweden by 33 pts on Friday
hosting Team beat Finland on Saturday 95-89 (37-45). Quarters: 18-26, 19-19, 31-30, 27-14. Finland having the lead 35 minutes, but getting tired during the 4th quarter and Hungary making 14/30 treys and winning finally by six pts. Petteri Koponen (193-G-88) scored his personal high on NT roster (26 pts). The other two Finnish players in double digits were Hanno Mottola (208-F-76, college: Utah) 19 (15 pts during the first half) and Shawn Huff (198-G/F-84, college: Valparaiso) 14 pts. Holland - Sweden OT 92-91 (75) (32-35) . Sunday's games: Finland - Sweden, Hungary - Holland.


KORISLIIGA: Tyrekus Bowman dunking next in Finland - by Rauno Hurmalainen
Top League newcomer Karhu (Kauhajoki) has signed with American F Tyrekus 'AJ' Bowman (196-F-86) for coming 2009-2010 season. Bowman comes to Finland from Portugal (Barreirense Basket), where he averaged last season 17,8 ppg - 6,2 rpg. He was also the Slam Dunk Contest Winner at the All-Star-game. Bowman was famous for his dunks and a lot of pts at Augusta State University (NCAA2) in Georgia. As Team Karhu re-signed with American G Maurice Horton (183-G-84, college: Mount Olive), there is still room for one more foreigner player on the roster. Head Coach Greg Gibson is probably after a Big Man (position 5 or 5/4).

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France post two victories in Strasbourg - by Eurobasket News
French National Team continued their preparations for the upcoming EuroBasket. They host the international tournament in Strasbourg these days. France opened it with back-to-back victories over Austria and Belgium.
France took on Austria in the opener. The hosts reeled off to a 22:12 lead after ten minutes. They pushed the throttle in the second frame to gain a massive 24-point lead at halftime. Austria lacked defensive composure and could not recover after the major break. The Les Bleus cruised to the 98:57 win in the second half. Nando De Colo (202-G-87) and Joakim Noah (211-F/C-85, college: Florida) fired 16 points each to pace France. Johan Petro (214-C-86) added 12 points for the winners. Stazic answered with 17 points for Austria.
Next France played against Belgium. The visitors grabbed an early lead. But France capped the first quarter on a 10:2 run to lead by 5 into the second stanza. The hosts boosted the advantage to 12 points at halftime and never looked back en route to an 82:44 victory at the end. Florent Pietrus (202-F-81, agency: Octagon) knocked down 19 points to pace Les Bleus. Nicolas Batum (201-F-88) added 18 points, while Johan Petro had 15 points in the victory. Doum Lauwers replied with 9 points in defeat.
France will clash with Czech Republic in the third round of action.



Greece U20 are the new European Champions - by Eurobasket News
Greece U20 - France U20 90:85
Greek U20 National Team triumphed at home European Championship. They thus snapped the hegemony of Serbia in Europe winning the first title since 2002. Seven Greek players scored in double digits to pace the Hellenes to the huge success. France also got things to be proud of as they have shown the best result ever at the tournament. They finished in the third position in 2002.
Edwin Jackson (191-G-89) was the catalyst for France early on as his seven points put the visitors on top. But Greece gradually took over and when Kostas Papanikolaou (203-F/G-90) drained back-to-back treys they led by 6 points into the second period. Konstantinos Sloukas (197-G-90) and Kostas Papanikolaou opened the second frame with two more three-pointers boosting the margin to 12 points. But Edwin Jackson and Antoine Diot (191-G-89) did not allow Greece to run away. France stayed within striking distance and trailed by just 6 points at halftime. Jackson dropped two trebles and Seraphin added a bucket to ensure an 8:0 start to the second half from Les Bleus. Edwin Jackson continued to pace France but Greece regained control late in the period. Charalampos Giannopoulos (206-F-89, agency: FCM) accounted for 5 points giving the hosts a 64:61 before the fourth quarter. Georgios Bogris (209-C/F-89) and Charalampos Giannopoulos extended the lead to 10 points early in the fourth quarter. Antoine Diot dragged France within 5 but Greece kept a tight grip on the game and rallied to the victory at the end.
Kostas Papanikolaou finished with 15 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for Greece. Georgios Bogris, Charalampos Giannopoulos and Konstantinos Sloukas added 14 points each in the victory. Edwin Jackson responded with game-high 32 points and 8 boards for France. Antoine Diot chipped in 21 points, pulled down 7 boards and issued 6 assists in the loss.

Greece U20: Kostas Papanikolaou 15, Georgios Bogris 14, Charalampos Giannopoulos 14, Konstantinos Sloukas 14
France U20: Edwin Jackson 32, Antoine Diot 21



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Rasid Mahalbasic lifts Austria past Macedonia - by Eurobasket News
Austria U20 - Macedonia U20 87:67

Austrian U20 team claimed the 5th spot at the European Championship in Division B. They coasted past hosting Macedonia to wrap up their Skopje visit in style. Rasid Mahalbasic (207-F/C-90) tallied 26 points and 10 boards to pace Austria.
Austria led early in the game before Vladimir Brckov (194-G-89) and Nancheski dropped back-to-back trebles giving Macedonia a 13:11 lead. However Sebastian Schaal (189-G-90) capped the opening stanza with 4 points in a row for 24:19 Austrian advantage. Two trebles from Marko Simonovski (190-G-89) allowed Macedonia to regain the advantage midway through the second quarter. The hosts ensured a 42:40 lead at halftime. Vladimir Brckov and Nancheski helped the home team to a 7-point early in the second half. But Austria unloaded 13 straight points taking a 55:50 lead. Rasid Mahalbasic scored 10 points early in the fourth term to give Austria a 70:60 cushion. Obermann fired two three-pointers to boost the margin to 19 points and Austria cruised to the win late in the game.
Thomas Csebits (192-G-89) scored 18 points for Austria. Sebastian Schaal had 17 points in the winning case. Marko Simonovski replied with 16 points, 6 assists and 5 boards for Macedonia. Vladimir Brckov added 15 points in defeat.

Austria U20: Rasid Mahalbasic 26+10 boards, Thomas Csebits 18, Sebastian Schaal 17
Macedonia U20: Marko Simonovski 16, Vladimir Brckov 15



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Georgia U18 registered the first win - by Eurobasket News
Romania U18-Georgia U18 58:79


Georgia U18 registered the first win at the Division B of the European Championship. The team won over Romania U18 79:58 and sent them to 0-3 record.
Toth opened the game for Romania and Akaki Dvalishvili (203-C-91) brought he first points for Georgia. After 4:4, Georgia created a 12-0 run for 16:4 as Akaki Dvalishvili made a jump shot. Romania did not fall and reduced to 23:21 at the end of the first quarter. Milencovici tied the game at 23:23 and Aktas did the same for 35:35. Tariel Tavartkiladze (193-G-91) remained Georgia in front at 38:36 at the halftime. In the third period the game became easier for Georgia that started to increase the lead. Merab Bokolishvili (197-G/F-92) made 54:41 midway through the period and Octavian Crainic (201-C-92) closed the period at 57:48. In the first minutes of the game Romania still remained alive, however later lost all the hopes. Tariel Tavartkiladze gave Georgia 68:54, while Tenieshvili closed the game at 79:58.
Merab Bokolishvili led the way with 21 points for the winners. Akaki Dvalishvili collected 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Tariel Tavartkiladze had 9. Bogdan Tibirna (202-C-91) chipped in 14 points and Octavian Crainic added 12 in defeat.
In another game of the group Montenegro destroyed Scotland at U18 European Championship Men 2009 Division B. The favorites celebrated the third straight victory after 100:44 win over the opponents.

Romania U18: Bogdan Tibirna 14, Octavian Crainic 12
Georgia U18: Merab Bokolishvili 21, Akaki Dvalishvili 18+11 rebs, Tariel Tavartkiladze 9



Finland take eighth spot in Skopje - by Eurobasket News
Finland U20 - Georgia U20 97:75
Roopi Ahonen (186-G-90) scored 21 points to lift Finland to a comfortable win over Georgia on the final day of the U20 European Championship in Division B tonight. Finland rallied past Georgia in Skopje to clinch the 7th spot.
Antti Kanervo (193-G/F-89) looked good at the start of the game scoring five points in a row. Georgia gradually gained the speed and surged in front 14:11 late in the period. Levan Shengelia (204-F/C-90) secured a 21:18 advantage at the first break. Georgia maintained the lead early in the second stanza. However Lehtoranta, Roopi Ahonen and Atte Perttu (201-C-90) helped Finland to knot things up at 41 after twenty minutes of action. Nika Metreveli (212-C/F-91) and Richard Matiashvili (209-C-89) gave Georgia a 4-point lead midway through the third quarter but Finland stepped on the gas late in the period. They went on a 16:4 rally to secure a 68:59 lead at the final break. Mantyla and Roopi Ahonen connected from beyond the arc to balloon the advantage to 17 points and Finland did not look back en route to the victory.
Atte Perttu notched 19 points for Finland. Antti Kanervo added 14 points in the winning case. Richard Matiashvili poured in game-high 23 points for Georgia. Levan Shengelia had 19 points in the loss.

Finland U20: Roopi Ahonen 21, Atte Perttu 19, Antti Kanervo 14
Georgia U20: Richard Matiashvili 23, Levan Shengelia 19



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Konrad Wysocki is a free agent - by Moritz Korff
Negotiations between the Deutsche Bank Skyliners and forward Konrad Wysocki (202-F-82, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Princeton) broke down this week when the Player did not immediately accept the Skyliners offer to re-sign for less money and the Team then signed another player. The German National team forward is a free agent. Konrad joined the Skyliners this season and played in 34 Bundesliga games posting numbers 6.0ppg, 4.3rpg, 1.4apg while helping Frankfurt reach the playoffs and the Top 4 of the German Cup. In the EuroChallenge, Konrad appeared in 10 games averaging 7.3ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.7apg. After several excellent seasons with ratiopharm Ulm including an All-Star year in 2007-2008, Wysocki moved to Frankfurt with a one year deal plus an option until negotiations broke down recently. A terrific energy player with excellent versatility, Konrad will look to test the market in Germany and abroad.

Giordan Watson (Bremerhaven Eisbaren) Season Ending Interview - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Giordan Watson (178-G-85, college: Cent.Michigan) is a 178 cm 23 year old American from Michigan that just finished playing the 2008-2009 BBL season with The Eisbaeren Bremerhaven.He grew up in Southfield and went to Birmingham Groves high school and averaged 13ppg, 3rpg, 6apg and 4spg.He then went to Central Michigan from 2004-2008 and played college basketball. In his senior year he averaged in 31 games: 16.4ppg, 2.4rpg, 4.5apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 41.7%, 3Pts: 38.6%, FT: 75.0%.He went to Germany as a rookie and played for the Bremerhaven Eisbaeren and averaged in 33 games: 10.1ppg, 2.7rpg, Assists-5 (3.8apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 32.1%, FT: 73.4%.It was a dissappointing season as Bremerhaven landed in last place for the Unselfish player who gets others involved but also has the ability to score if needed .He sparks the team with passing and ball movement.He is a great defender.He sat down with Eurobasket in a season ending interview.

What was the first thing that you did when you arrived home in the states after a season in Germany?

The first thing I did when I came home was just sit on my parents couch and turn on ESPN. I hung out with my family and just relaxed!

A real tough season in Bremerhaven. After winning the first game 79-69 in Braunschweig with a very strong Markus Slaughter, the team lost the next 16 games in a row thus ending the season early. Did you ever expect that the team would go on such a big losing streak after the first win? I bet you didnt!!!

After the first win, I thought the team would be on our way to a great season. I never thought the season would go the way it did.

What were the biggest problems with this team?

I think we struggled with team chemistry and being together as a unit. When you have as much talent as we did on a team, losing should not be an option, but for some reason things didn't come together as they should have.

On paper the team was very talented and strong. Was the missing chemistry missing throughout the season?

Yes, chemistry was a problem.

The 16 game losing streak must have been a big horror. What was your biggest challenge during this phase and how did you stay focused?

Staying focused was never an issue. It was just tough losing when you know you have the talent to win and things were not coming together.

The different rumours to the type of guy Markus Slaughter really was was varied. It was said that he was very distant from his teammates and was a diva or did the media and fans just not understand how Markus Slaughter really was?

I think the media and fans did not understand him. Marcus was a very exciting player that loved the fans and to play with emotion as we all saw. He was probably the best player i've ever played with. Off the court, he was a guy I hung out with a lot, and didn't see any problems with him.

How was your relationship with coach Sarunas Sakalauskas? Was he unable to reach the team which led to this big losing streak?

Coach Sarunas is a great coach, that has won a lot in the past and did great things for Bremerhaven. This year, I think things were tough because we had a fairly young team and things just didn't work out as well in previous years.

Was there any highlight for the team? Perhaps the sweeping of Braunschweig or the beating of playoff team Ratiopharm Ulm and TBB Trier?

It's hard finding highlights of the season when we all planned on making the playoffs in the preseason, but a positive for me was seeing a guy like Jeb Ivey continuing to push himself daily, coming into the gym on his off time when the season was very dramatic.

Did the coaching change resolve anything? You did win more games, but also lost too much including having a six game losing streak in the down stretch of the season.

The coaching change with Algirdas Milonas did bring in a good change because we lost so much at first. He came in with good ideas to help. When coach Pat Elzie came in he really helped a lot. He related to the players very well and brought a lot of experience with German basketball.

You had a pretty good season as a basketball rookie averaging in 33 games: 10.1ppg, 2.7rpg, Assists-5 (3.8apg), 1.1spg, FGP: 47.7%, 3PT: 32.1%, FT: 73.4%. What was the biggest adjustment that you had to do coming from Central Michigan?

I think I transitioned very well. The biggest adjustments for me would have to be picking and choosing my times to attack and when to set up. I'm naturally an aggressive play maker that wants to attack at all times, but our teams offense was different from that, so I had to adjust.

You were the fifth best passer in the BBL with an average of 3,8apg. Still you averaged more assists your last three seasons in college. How comfortable were you with doing your playmaking duties in the BBL? Was their any big adjustment from finding the open man in college to now in the BBL?

In college, I was the first option. It was more of me attacking and then finding the open man so they can hit the open shot or finish the easy basket. Here, it was more directing, calling plays, and finding the open man that way. It was a little different, but overall I think i adjuted well.

What do you still have to work on on your game? I think maybe the only flaw you had this season was inexperience which is normal as a rookie.

Every summer I try to improve my game and my body, so that's what I am working on now. Experience comes with time, and I hope to have a long career.

I remember missing seeing you play in Bremerhaven against The Deutsche Bank Skyliners as you supposedly had to sit out because of disciplinary reasons. Was that just something that happened on your road to becoming a basketball veteran?

It wasn't about discipline reasons at all. We had too many players on our roster, and our coach felt it was my turn to sit out so we met our roster requierements.

What did you like most about living in Bremerhaven? What will you miss most from the way of life?

Living in Bremerhaven was not bad at all. There's nothing like home, but I met a lot of cool people and my teammates made my time there cool despite the rough season.

What teammate will you miss the most?

I had a lot of good times with all of my teammates. I was closest with Elegar, Gansey, and Nicholson, but all of my guys were cool.

Do you have any ideas where you will play next season. Can we see you in Germany again?

I'm not sure right now. I wouldn't mind playing in Germany again, I was comfortable there. I hope to find out pretty soon about next season.

Who was your most competitive player that you had to play against in the BBL?

The BBL has very good guard play. Everyone team had a pretty solid point guard so there were no nights off. Guys like EJ Rowland and Jason Gardner were good veterans and younger players like Heiko Schaffartzik gave good matchups.

Before the playoffs started, would you have picked the EWE Baskets Oldenburg for winning the 2009 BBL title?

I always thought Oldenburg was a solid team and would be in the finals. They were very efficient and played well as a team with everyone playing their role.

Where were you and what were you doing as you heard that the king of pop Michael Jackson had died?

I saw it on the computer at first that he went into cardiac arrest, but was unsure if he died. Then my phone kept ringing off the hook with people saying he died. It's a terrible loss.

What did the artist Michael Jackson mean to you?

Michael Jackon was the best entertainer ever. He touched so many lives across the world, unlike any other person ever. I have countless stories of him. It's just crazy he is gone out of nowhere like this.

What will you be doing this summer besides working out and preparing for the next basketball season?

Just home hanging out with my family and friends as much as possible. I am pretty simple so I won't be doing too much.



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Greece U20 are the new European Champions - by Eurobasket News
Greece U20 - France U20 90:85
Greek U20 National Team triumphed at home European Championship. They thus snapped the hegemony of Serbia in Europe winning the first title since 2002. Seven Greek players scored in double digits to pace the Hellenes to the huge success. France also got things to be proud of as they have shown the best result ever at the tournament. They finished in the third position in 2002.
Edwin Jackson (191-G-89) was the catalyst for France early on as his seven points put the visitors on top. But Greece gradually took over and when Kostas Papanikolaou (203-F/G-90) drained back-to-back treys they led by 6 points into the second period. Konstantinos Sloukas (197-G-90) and Kostas Papanikolaou opened the second frame with two more three-pointers boosting the margin to 12 points. But Edwin Jackson and Antoine Diot (191-G-89) did not allow Greece to run away. France stayed within striking distance and trailed by just 6 points at halftime. Jackson dropped two trebles and Seraphin added a bucket to ensure an 8:0 start to the second half from Les Bleus. Edwin Jackson continued to pace France but Greece regained control late in the period. Charalampos Giannopoulos (206-F-89, agency: FCM) accounted for 5 points giving the hosts a 64:61 before the fourth quarter. Georgios Bogris (209-C/F-89) and Charalampos Giannopoulos extended the lead to 10 points early in the fourth quarter. Antoine Diot dragged France within 5 but Greece kept a tight grip on the game and rallied to the victory at the end.
Kostas Papanikolaou finished with 15 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for Greece. Georgios Bogris, Charalampos Giannopoulos and Konstantinos Sloukas added 14 points each in the victory. Edwin Jackson responded with game-high 32 points and 8 boards for France. Antoine Diot chipped in 21 points, pulled down 7 boards and issued 6 assists in the loss.

Greece U20: Kostas Papanikolaou 15, Georgios Bogris 14, Charalampos Giannopoulos 14, Konstantinos Sloukas 14
France U20: Edwin Jackson 32, Antoine Diot 21



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Standings - Eredivisie
Eredivisie Standings
 1. Eiff.Towers 0-0 
 2. Amsterdam 0-0 
 3. GasTerra F. 0-0 
 4. Upstairs Weert 0-0 
 5. ZZ Leiden 0-0 
 6. M.Magix 0-0 
 7. DeFriesland 0-0 
 8. Landstede 0-0 
 9. Rotterdam 0-0 
 10. W.Class AA 0-0 


Netherlands celebrate U20 European Championship in Division B triumph - by Eurobasket News
Netherlands U20 - Czech Republic U20 88:77 (OT)

Netherlands claimed the U20 European Championship in Division B crown edging Czech Republic in an overtime drama tonight. Czech Republic denied an 8-point deficit midway through the final stanza to force the extra period. But the Dutch team pulled together to produce an exhausting win at the end.
The teams kept it close in the early minutes not until Robinson and Thomas Koenis (207-F/C-89, agency: Court Side) gave Netherlands a 15:11 lead. Hieronymus Van Der List (211-C-89) extended the lead to 5 points but Palat fired from beyond the arc to narrow the gap to 2 points at the end of the quarter. Palat added five quick points early in the second stanza pulling Czech Republic in front 24:20. Hieronymus Van Der List answered with 8 points in the second quarter to make it 34:31 for Netherlands at halftime.
The exchange of the blows continued during the third frame. Hruban cut the margin to just three points late in the stanza just to watch Ridderhof respond with a triple on the other end worth a 50:44 Dutch lead into the final frame. Thomas Koenis stretched the buffer to 8 points early in the final quarter but Pavel Harcar (202-F-89) and Hruban narrowed the distance with 5 points in a row. Thomas Koenis and Hieronymus Van Der List restored an 8-point advantage with under 5 minutes to go. But Czechs replied on two three-pointers from David Jelinek (194-G-90, agency: PPGroup) and Pavel Harcar to narrow the distance. David Jelinek then followed with three freebies to tie the score at 64 with just over two minutes to go in regulation. Jesse Voorn (193-G-90, agency: R.H.Consultancy) came up with a vital trey to put Holland up by 3, but David Jelinek followed with a dunk to keep Czech Republic hopeful. Another blow came from Hieronymus Van Der List as he drained another important triple to give the Dutch team a 70:66 advantage with 39 seconds left. Pavel Harcar responded with a triple of his own cutting the gap to a single point with 24 seconds on the clock. Jesse Voorn got fouled but was able to hit just one free throw giving the opportunity for David Jelinek to draw things level from the stripe. The teams headed into overtime where Thomas Koenis and Kloff opened a 4-point lead for Netherlands straight away. Jesse Voorn stretched the gap to 6 points and never looked back on the way to the win.
Hieronymus Van Der List finished with 26 points, 6 boards and 5 assists to lead the charge. Thomas Koenis added 24 points and 15 boards for the victors. David Jelinek and Pavel Harcar responded with 20 points apiece for Czech Republic in defeat.

Netherlands U20: Hieronymus Van Der List 26, Thomas Koenis 24+15 boards, Jesse Voorn 10
Czech Republic U20: David Jelinek 20, Pavel Harcar 20



Hungary Defeats Holland 72-78 In International Basketball Tournament - by Fred Roggen
The difference at halftime (27-43), was at the beginning of the last period still on the boards in Szombathely: 47-63. Hungary controlled the first three quarters. Holland cut an 17-point deficit to 5 (63-68), with a strong collective effort of the Dutch team in the fourth quarter. Credit to Holland, they never gave up but the outcome was never really in doubt, after an personal foul of Ties Teeuwkens,
what gave Hungary a lead (68-76) they would not relinquish.
Henk Norel (212-F/C-87) 22, Arvin Slagter (190-G-85) 14, Rogier Jansen (188-G-84, agency: Court Side) 13, Nick Oudendag (210-C/F-87, agency: Court Side) 11 points.



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Switzerland pip Hungary in Skopje - by Eurobasket News
Switzerland U20 - Hungary U20 88:85

The Swiss U20 team grabbed the 12th position at the European Championship in Division B. They toppled Hungary today to complete the action on a high note. Christophe Varidel (185-G-89) knocked down 33 points to orchestrate the victory. Hungary occupied the 14th spot after the defeat.
The teams kept it close throughout the opening frame. Adam Toth (208-F/C-89) capped the quarter with a dunk to give Hungary a 22:19 lead. Mohacsi exploded with 7 fast points at the start of the second frame to make it 29:21 for Hungary. They extended the margin to 10 points soon before Switzerland got back to life. Christophe Varidel poured in 14 points to trim the deficit to 3 points at halftime 42:45. Adam Toth opened the second half with 8 points to kee Hungary in charge. But Christophe Varidel and Ian Savoy (187-G-90) kept the Swiss team in visibility. Davide Garruti (189-G-89) drained a triple to send Switzerland into the final frame trailing by just one point 64:65. The lead changed for several times throughout the fourth term before Christophe Varidel and Ian Savoy knocked down three free throws in the final 9 seconds sealing the win for Switzerland.
Lucas Waldesbuhl (195-G-89) netted 20 points for Switzerland. Davide Garruti and Ian Savoy added 9 points each in the victory. Mate Medve (197-G-89) replied with 21 points for Hungary. Adam Toth had 19 points and 8 boards in the losing case.

Switzerland U20: Christophe Varidel 33, Lucas Waldesbuhl 20, Davide Garruti 9, Ian Savoy 9
Hungary U20: Mate Medve 21, Adam Toth 19



Radisson-Birdland-Pannon-cup - by Balazs Radics
Hungary could beat Finnland in the 2nd round of the Radisson-Birdland-Pannon-cup!
The finnish team dominated most of the game, but the home team could overcome the deficit in the last quater to win.
HUNGARYFINNLAND 95-89 (18-26, 19-19, 31-30, 27-14)
Kormend, 600 att. Ref: Cziffra, Gyrffy, Kiss L.
HUNGARY: Marton Fodor (191-G-81, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services). 16/12, Nemeth I. 8/6, KAMAN 11/9, KORTELYESI 16/6, Lorant 5. sub: HORVATH Z. 12/3, Hanga 1, Trepak 4, Vojvoda 9, HORVATH A. 13/6. Head Coach: Mszros Lajos
FINNLand: KOPONEN 26/12, Rannikko 6/6, HUFF 14/12, Muurinen 8, MOTOLLA 19/6. sub: Kotti, Kuivisto, Haanpaa, Nikila 4, Virtanen 7/6, Lee 3, Iisalo 2. Head Coach: Henrik Dettmann



Estonia U18 ties the records with Hungarian squad - by Eurobasket News
Estonia U18-Hungary U18 80:71

Estonia U18 ties the records with Hungarian squad at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The Baltic side won 80:71 over Hungary for 2-1 records.
Sven Kaldre (194-F-91) opened the game for Estonia and Rain Veideman (190-G-91) scored for 14:7. Estonia seemed to take the control of the game from the early beginning, but Hungary managed to reduce. Janos Eilingsfeld (198-F/C-91, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) closed the opening quarter from the free throw line for 20:15. The second quarter saw more offensive style and Hungary even tied the game. Moravcsik made it 29:29, while Lepsenyi sent the teams to the lockers for 40:38. Estonia came back from the court with better mood and started to increase the lead. Jaan Puidet (191-G-92) netted for 59:48 and Raap was the last in the third frame for 63:49. Hungary however responded with 10-0 run in the beginning of the fourth frame and reduced to 63:59. Rain Veideman made the score 69:61 and Moravcsik cut it to the minimum for 70:69. Hungary however was not able to take over the opponents and lost the clash. Jaan Puidet made two free throws for 80:71 victory.
Rain Veideman top-scored for the winners with 25 points. Sven Kaldre followed him with 21, while Jaan Puidet collected 12 points and 12 boards. Janos Eilingsfeld erupted with 35 points and 11 rebounds in defeat, while Kristof Bajalinov (183-G/F-91) scored 9.

Estonia U18: Rain Veideman 25, Sven Kaldre 21, Jaan Puidet 12+12 rebs
Hungary U18: Janos Eilingsfeld 35+11 rebs, Kristof Bajalinov 9


Hungary U18 improved to 3-1 record in Group A - by Eurobasket News
Hungary U18-Norway U18 93:51

Hungary U18 improved to 3-1 record in Group A of the U18 European Championship Men 2009 Division B. Hungarian side won all the periods for 93:51 victory on Sunday.
Csernak went on a free throw line for the first points. Adam Lepsenyi (205-C/F-91, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) increased the lead to 12:4, while Hajer made it 27:12. The first frame became very productive for the winners as they finished it 30:15. Adam Lepsenyi made it 39:20 and Aron Moravcsik (186-G-91) posted for 49:28. Norway managed to score again 15 points, while got 25 from the opponents. Bajalinov sent the teams to the lockers with 55:30. Honestly the game, especially the intrigue was over and Hungary proved it in the third frame. Adam Lepsenyi made it 66:30 and Csernak notched for 69:32. Hungary produced 19-6 in the period as Rakneberg tried to close the frame at 74:36. Aron Moravcsik opened the last stanza with a lay-up and Kovacs scored for 80:39. Hungary won also the last quarter 19-15 to seal 93:51 victory.
Adam Lepsenyi top-scored for the winners with 23 points. Janos Eilingsfeld (198-F/C-91, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) and Aron Moravcsik followed him with 13 points each for the third win. Karamo Jawara (195-F-91) delivered 12 points in the losing case and Stian Berg (180-G-91) added 8.

Hungary U18: Adam Lepsenyi 23, Janos Eilingsfeld 13, Aron Moravcsik 13
Norway U18: Karamo Jawara 12, Stian Berg 8



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  IBL   


L.A. Lightning use late rally to topple the Oregon Waves 142 to 131 in game 1 of IBL finals - by Trask Frost
July 25th, 2009- Los Angeles, California

Lightning news release by Dave Loveton (L.A. Lightning media) dated Saturday, July 25, 2009

L.A. LIGHTNING USE LATE RALLY TO TOPPLE OREGON WAVES 142-131

MURRAY SCORES 33 IN GAME 1 OF IBL FINALS; L.A. BENCH SPARKLES


Lamond Murray and Billy Knight combined for 22 fourth-quarter points Saturday night to help the Los Angeles Lightning beat the Oregon Waves 142-131 and grab a 1-0 lead in the best-of-3 IBL Finals. Murray, a former NBA standout, tossed in a game-high 33 points in the pro basketball game while Knight had 26 points, six rebounds, eight assists and three steals off the bench in front of an enthusiastic crowd at Cal Lutheran's Gilbert Arena. Fred Vinson added 23 points on 7-16 shooting from downtown. Forward Chris Ayer added 21 on a night when L.A.'s reserves outscored their counterparts 64-19. Trayvon Lathan made all seven of his shots and finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for L.A., which outscored the Waves 45-34 in the final period. The Lightning had 15 first-half turnovers but still led 65-63 at intermission thanks to 58.7-percent shooting. 'You want to come out and get that first one,' said coach Ron Quarterman. 'Now we've got to carry over that fourth quarter to Sunday. Our defense really picked up down the stretch.' L.A. (17-4) used a 12-2 run midway through the final period to stretch a two-point lead to 127-115. Vinson, an assistant coach with the L.A. Clippers, started the run with a trey and Murray finished it with a triple and a slam-dunk follow. Toby Bailey had 10 points, 10 rebounds and six assists as the Lightning won for the ninth time in 10 games. The Lightning improved to 16-0 when scoring at least 116. 'Every time we got up by five and thought we were pulling away, we'd turn the ball over two times in a row and they'd get back into it,' said Lamond Murray, who once had an NBA career-high of 40 for the Cleveland Cavaliers. 'When we got tired, our bench guys came in and kept the energy up. They took it to another level, got into transition and made some easy buckets. 'That made it that much harder for them because they didn't have a deep rotation. We wore them down at the end.' The Lightning will be seeking their first IBL title in their second season on Sunday night when the teams meet in Game 2 at 7 p.m. A third game would be played on Tuesday at 7 p.m., if necessary. Radioall games can be heard on Los Angeles radio (KVTA 1520 AM, KKZZ 1440 AM) or on the internet at www.lalightning.net
David Lucas led the Waves (15-8) with 28 points while David Jackson had 26 (6-10 on 3's) and Robert Day collected 24 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Lamar Hurd had 21 points and eight assists for Oregon, which put all five starters in double-figure scoring.

Official Basketball Box Score available by emailing info@iblhoopsonline.com


Oregon Waves..............30...33...34...34---131
LA Lightning..................30...35...32...45---142

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  ICELAND   


Gudjon Skulason new head coach of Keflavik - by Einar Johannsson
Keflavik have signed Gudjon Skulason (181-G-67) as head coach of Keflavik and Skulason signed 3 year deal.
Skulason is one of the legends in basketball of Keflavik and Iceland and played for the club from 1983 to 2006 except one year when he played for Grindavik (94-95). He took over from Sigurdur Ingimundarson along with Falur Hardarson in the season 2003-2004 and Keflavik won all they could win that season. Ingimundarson then took over again after the season and now when he has signed for Solna in Sweden, Keflavik have signed back Skulason.
Last job for Skulason as coach was as head coach of women national team two years ago. The 3point specialist has said that he wants his team to play an uptempo game like Keflavik is so famous for in the past. Keflavik will start the season at home against Breidablik in mid october.


Sweden U18 keep the perfect record - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U18-Iceland U18 76:62

Sweden U18 keep the perfect record after 76:62 victory over Iceland U18. The Scandinavian team needed 26-10 to win the third straight game at the U18 European Championship Men 2009 Division B.
Christopher Czerapowicz (195-G-91) made a lay-up in the beginning of the game, but Iceland looked better later in the frame. Tomasson made 6:4 for his team and Aegir Steinarsson (182-G-91) made a jump shot for 16:10. Tomasson kept Iceland in front after the first 10 minutes for 21:14. Eiriksson gave his team plus 10 at 28:18. The first half had ended with 34:29 for Iceland as Gretarsson was the last to score in the frame. Sweden trailed in the majority of the third period, but bounced back for the win. Alexander Lindqvist (202-G-91) made a dunk for 42:41 lead, while later the board showed 48:41. Iceland however finished the third period better and had 52:50 after three quarters. In the last period it was however tough for Iceland to follow the opponents. Sweden had 26-10 in the frame for the total success. Andreas Person (188-G-91) made two free throws for 76:62 victory.
Alexander Lindqvist was unstoppable with 23 points and 10 rebounds for 3-0 record. Christopher Czerapowicz nailed 18, while Andreas Person and Hampton added 10 each. Houkur Palsson (196-G-92) ended up with 25 points and Aegir Steinarsson had 11.

Sweden U18: Alexander Lindqvist 23+10 rebs, Christopher Czerapowicz 18, Andreas Person 10, Hampton 10+13 rebs
Iceland U18: Houkur Palsson 25, Aegir Steinarsson 11


IR sign two players - by Einar Johannsson
IR have signed Kristinn Jonasson (205-F/C-84) and Vilhjalmur Steinarsson (190-G-83) for upcoming season. The club lost Omar Saevarsson (198-F-82) to Grindavik but have added Nemanja Sovic (198-F-77, college: Pfeiffer) earlier in the summer and now add Kristinn Jonasson who is a strong power forward that played for Haukar in D1 last season. Jonasson has been a part of national team for some years. Vilhjalmur Steinarsson is a guard that works hard. He was with Keflavik where he did not have a big role but gained expirience so it will be interesting to see him with IR.
IR will most likely play in national team hall; Laugardalsholl in Reykjavik in upcoming season. Key players in the team are Hreggvidur Magnusson (198-F-82), Sveinbjorn Claessen (191-G-86), Nemanja Sovic and Eirikur Onundarson (186-G-74).


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  INDIA   


I believe in my players : Aleksandar - by Yudhistir Krishna
With Asian Championship fast approaching, our Eurobasket Correspondent, Yudhistir catches up with the Indian team coach Aleksandar Bucan on the preparation of His team. The Indian team pulled out quite a few surprises this summer, beating Al-Wasil (UAE) and entering the Quarterfinals in the Asian Club Championship.

Yudhistir : You have been in India for some time now, whats the difference you see in the level of game then and your recent games in Indonesia?

Aleksandar Bucan : I'm have been here for past 2 years, my job started couple weeks before the Asian championship in japan. Since then, we have improved a lot, our results in Kuwait and Jakarta will prove that, in Jakarta, we entered the quarterfinals beating ex bronze medal team. I think it is important for everybody to understand that all other teams, except India and Korea, had import players, some of them being Ex NBA players.So the bottom line is that we improved a lot, and we are in the process of further developing it.

Yudhistir : Now that Talwinderjit Singh (182-G/F-86) has come back from USA, how much difference is he making for the team?

Aleksandar Bucan : Talwinderjit Singh (182-G/F-86) is one of our young talented players. He has been in USA for the last 2 years, but didn't play organized basketball and has lost some of his skills (Basketball). He is still young and ambitious, but he needs to work hard. I am expecting him to become one of the cornerstones of our team, with more experience gained by playing against tough opponents, the better he would be.

Yudhistir : The Indian league still remains a distant dream, so how do you expect the game to grow?

Aleksandar Bucan : Starting a Pro league in India is not the only thing we need to do, and success is not guaranteed. There are couple of other things we need to do before starting a pro league. League is just tip of the iceberg. We need to organize basketball within the younger section, on the lower levels, and work them through a system. That should be our priority.

Yudhistir : Do you see any one capable of making it to Europe or top Asian Leagues such as Trideep Rai (190-F-83), Jagdeep or Talwinderjit Singh (182-G/F-86)?

Aleksandar Bucan : At the present moment it seems far from reality, but that doesn't mean its never going to happen. Trideep Rai (190-F-83) has lots of personal problems. So he is unable to maximise his potential. Jagdeep is one of our best players, and I foresee him in that role for many years, moreover I think he can become even better. I have mentioned Talwinderjit Singh (182-G/F-86), but i think some other young players will make their names in future, with Vishesh being their leader

Yudhistir : How are the game standards among the Youth?

Aleksandar Bucan :I have so many duties to execute with the senior team, So I'm unable to involve myself directly with the younger players since last 7 or 8 months, thats after we won the gold medal at the Asian games in Bali, and earned a right to hear our national anthem. But our Junior team is improving you can see this. At the Iran ABC, though we got the same position as in the previous one, but the our losing margin was low against big teams.

Yudhistir : How is the preparation going on for the ABC?

Aleksandar Bucan : We are preparing at the Sports Authority of India (SAI), Bangalore, and I'm satisfied with our work. We got 2 weeks to go and i hope we remain healthy. But we would be missing our players;Robinson,
Riyazuddin, Mihir Pandey are injured, and Vijobi has got some bussiness issues and trideep has personal reasons. Rest of the team is young and ready to play. We will try to overcome our lack of experience, and i think we will do it, i believe in my players.

Yudhistir : How well is the team prepared due to the fact that China is in the same pool with India with NBA players in their line up?

Aleksandar Bucan : We would be playing any where between 5 to 9 games, and we are preparing keeping all our opponents in mind. But we were not lucky - we got teams such as China, Qatar and Kazakhstan, in the first round. China is a team which nobody wants to play against, even without Yao Ming. This would be a great opportunity to gain some experience, and get ready for the other opponents, then we have more chances to play a open and equal game.

Yudhistir : How well is the National Federation supporting you and the players in terms of Finance, facilities,etc?

Aleksandar Bucan : we are working out at the SAI, with the national team of different sports. But I'm satisfied with everything,but can't compare it with other countries.

Yudhistir : Whats blocking the game from developing though India joined FIBA and the international arena long back?

Aleksandar Bucan : This can be answered only after seriously analyzing the situation. If we want better results, we need to organize a Pro league, and create an Environment for the talented young players and to give them a chance to play basketball for a living.

Yudhistir : Are you planning to extend your contract and Whats your plans for the future prospects?

Aleksandar Bucan : I'm a professional since long time and coaching is my job. I like it here.

Yudhistir : Thank you very much and we wish your team success.

Aleksandar Bucan : Thank you.



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  ITALY   


Italy defeats New Zealand - by Gianni Pascucci
Team Italy prevailed over the New Zealand Tall Blacks, 88:70 yesterday night in the Day 2 of Trentino Cup, and some team game improvements put back the smile on coach Recalcati's face. Finally, the Azzurri seemed to be in better shape, and were able to put some energy on the court, led one time more by NBAer Marco Belinelli (196-G-86), who scored 20 points as the Italian top scorer. Valerio Amoroso (202-F-80) and Luca Garri (207-C/F-82) added 16 and 11 points, respectively, playing inside at the place of Andrea Bargnani, out due to coach decision. Luca Garri was also the game top rebounder with 8 points. Kirk Penney (194-G-80, college: Wisconsin) was the game top performer, with 20 pts and 8 rebs in losing effort.


Spain good enough for bronze - by Eurobasket News
Spain U20 - Italy U20 75:72

Spain stepped up on the podium at the U20 European Championship in Greece. They defeated Italy to earn the bronze medals today. Italy finished in the fourth position. Pere Tomas (202-F-89) scored 18 points and pulled down 6 boards to pace Spain.
The Spaniards led right from the start. They accounted for 10 straight points at the start of the game to set the tone. Spain led throughout the opening frame but Italy managed to cut the distance to just two points at the break. Spain tipped off the second quarter with 13 straight points to clear off. Daniele Sandri (195-F/G-90) stopped the bleeding but Spain rolled to a 17-point halftime lead. Spain stayed in charge during the third frame but Italy revived the intrigue with a storming finish of the quarter. Riccardo Truccolo (188-G-89), Marusic and Cournooh netted 8 points to cut the distance 8 points. Riccardo Truccolo drained a triple to pull Italy within 5 at the beginning of the fourth term. Martinoni and Paolo Rotondo (204-F/C-89, agency: Players Group) narrowed the margin to 2 points midway through the final stanza. However Marco and Pere Tomas proved deadly from the stripe in the dying minutes as Spain escaped with a narrow victory at the end.
Pablo Aguilar (203-F/C-89) had 14 points for Spain. Sergio De La Fuente (198-C-89) netted 13 points and 7 boards for the winners. Paolo Rotondo responded with 12 points for Italy. Daniele Sandri had 11 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Spain U20: Pere Tomas 18, Pablo Aguilar 14, Sergio De La Fuente 13
Italy U20: Paolo Rotondo 12, Daniele Sandri 11+10 boards



Italy hold off Canada at Trentino Cup opener - by Eurobasket News
Italy - Canada 91:69
Italy celebrated the opening win at the Trentino Cup. Four teams hit the road as Italy faced Canada, while New Zealand played against Portugal in the first round of action. Andrea Bargnani (209-F/C-85) unleashed 28 points to pace the Azzurri to the starting victory.
The teams were tied at 19 after ten minutes of action. But the hosts started to take over in the second quarter. They held Canada to 15 points in the second frame to earn an 11-point lead at halftime. Italy continued to dominate after the long break. They ballooned the margin to 22 points heading into the fourth period. Canada failed to reignite the intrigue as the home team cruised to the win at the end.
Marco Belinelli (196-G-86) scored 22 points for Italy. Luigi Datome (202-G/F-87) and Aradori added 8 points apiece for the winners. Jesse Young (207-C-80, college: George Mason) notched 16 points for Canada. Andy Rautins (196-G-86) had 15 points in the losing case.
Italy will face New Zealand, while Canada will play against Portugal today.

Italy: Andrea Bargnani 28, Marco Belinelli 22, Luigi Datome 8, Pietro Aradori (192-G-88) 8
Canada: Jesse Young 16, Andy Rautins 15



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  LATVIA   


Andrey Kirdyachkin leads Russia past Latvia - by Eurobasket News
Russia U20 - Latvia U20 89:66

Russia earned the 9th spot at the U20 European Championship in Greece. They outgunned Latvia today to complete the action at the tournament. Andrey Kirdyachkin (202-F/C-90) poured in 22 points to lead Russia to the victory in this one.
Semen Antonov (203-F-89) and Vladimir Ivlev (204-F-90) gave Russia a 17:9 lead midway through the opening quarter. Kristers Zeidaks (202-F-90) and Kaufmanis cut the margin to a single point after ten minutes 19:20. Andris Justovics (198-F-89) drained a triple at the start of the second frame to put Latvia in charge. Russia fired 17 points in a row late in the second quarter to take a 20-point advantage. Russia sealed the first half outcome at 49:31. Grigoryev knocked down 9 points in the third quarter to keep Latvia at bay. Russia headed into the fourth quarter ahead by 22 points. Latvia never revived the intrigue as Russia cruised to the win.
Semen Antonov dropped 13 points and grabbed 8 boards for Russia. Vladimir Ivlev had 11 points in the winning effort. Andris Justovics responded with 13 points for Latvia. Lauris Blaus (204-C-90) delivered 12 points in the losing case.

Russia U20: Andrey Kirdyachkin 22, Semen Antonov 13, Vladimir Ivlev 11
Latvia U20: Andris Justovics 13, Lauris Blaus 12



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  LITHUANIA   


Lithuania douse Turkey to claim fifth spot - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U20 - Turkey U20 77:72
Lithuania clinched the fifth position at the U20 European Championship in Greece. They wrapped up their campaign with victory over Turkey today.
Turkey started the game aggressively. They dominated every aspect in this one rolling to a 21:10 lead at the first break. Kilicli extended the margin to 13 points early in the second quarter. Lithuania reacted with 10 unanswered points to trim the deficit. Ibrahim Yildirim (188-G-90) and Gen stopped the bleeding as Turkey finished the first half up by 9 points.
Balto, Ibrahim Yildirim and Batuk widened the margin to 18 points early in the third quarter. The Turkish team maintained the cushion entering the fourth period up by 15 points. Adas Juskevicius (193-G/F-89) tipped off the final stanza with 7 points in a row. The Baltic team initialized a 16:1 run late in the game to pull in front 73:68 with just over two minutes remaining. Ibrahim Yildirim clipped the distance but Adas Juskevicius responded with a three-pointer to silence Turkey.
Adas Juskevicius tallied 21 points and 6 boards for Lithuania. Sarunas Vasiliauskas (190-G-89) added 19 points in the winning effort. Ibrahim Yildirim responded with 19 points for Turkey. Melih Mahmutoglu (187-G-90) had 12 points in the loss.

Lithuania U20: Adas Juskevicius 21, Sarunas Vasiliauskas 19, Vaidas Cepukaitis (206-C-89) 10
Turkey U20: Ibrahim Yildirim 19, Melih Mahmutoglu 12



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  LUXEMBOURG   


Luxembourg clinch the 16th spot in Skopje - by Eurobasket News
Luxembourg U20 - Romania U20 92:79

Luxembourg U20 team claimed the 16th overall position at the European Championship in Division B. They wrapped up their Skopje campaign with a comfortable win over Romania. Pitt Koster (178-G/F-89) fired 26 points to pace Luxembourg to the win.
The game was a close affair in the opening minutes but Luxembourg stepped on the gas late in quarter. Laurent Schwartz (177-G-89) fired twice from beyond the arc to give Luxembourg a 28:22 lead at the first break. Laurent Schwartz and Pitt Koster came up with three more trebles early in the second quarter giving a Marty Doug team 14-point advantage. Laurent Schwartz and Pitt Koster stayed on fire from downtown coming up with two more three-pointers late in the half as Luxembourg ensured a 55:41 lead at halftime.
Pitt Koster and Schmit kept Luxembourg rolling in the third quarter. The team ensured a 77:59 advantage with ten minutes remaining. Christopher Jones (184-F-90) and Birenbaum dropped two more long bombs early in the final quarter as Luxembourg silenced Romania for good.
Laurent Schwartz knocked down 24 points for the winners. Christopher Jones added 12 points and 11 boards for Luxembourg. Andrei Bercean (188-G-89) responded with 19 points for Romania. Rolland Torok (198-C-90) had 16 points and 19 boards in defeat.

Luxembourg U20: Pitt Koster 26, Laurent Schwartz 24, Christopher Jones 12+11 boards
Romania U20: Andrei Bercean 19, Rolland Torok 16+19 boards



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  MALTA   


Malta clinch Division C crown - by Eurobasket News
Malta U18 - Gibraltar U18 75:38
Malta claimed the victory at the U18 European Championship in Division C. They overcame Gibraltar in the Final. Samuel Deguara (225-C-91) was once again unstoppable tallying 22 points and 23 rebounds for the hosts. Malta opened the game with 10 unanswered points. Christopher McCann (188-F-91) nailed 7 points to stop the bleeding for Gibraltar but they still trailed by 11 points at the first intermission. Malta unleashed an 8:2 run to open the second frame. They maintained the lead well throughout the rest of the half posting a 39:19 advantage at halftime.
The hosts stunned their opponents at the start of the third quarter. Malta went on a 17:0 rally to silence Gibraltar. Malta arrived at the final break leading by 32 points. The hosts cruised to the win in the final period to triumph at the tournament.
Nigel Sultana (191-F-91) produced 15 points for Malta. Jean-Paul Schembri (182-G-92) added 12 points in the win. Christopher McCann responded with 13 points for Gibraltar. Nicholas Gracia (188-G-93) contributed 6 points in defeat.

Malta U18: Samuel Deguara 22+23 boards, Nigel Sultana 15, Jean-Paul Schembri 12
Gibraltar U18: Christopher McCann 13, Nicholas Gracia 6



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  MOLDOVA   


Andorra is third in Malta - by Eurobasket News
Andorra U18 - Moldova U18 76:71
Andorran Junior National Team clinched the third spot at the European Championship in Division C held in Malta. They overcame Moldovan counterparts in the consolation final yesterday. A Farfan (181-G-91) scored 18 points, pulled down 8 boards and issued 4 assists to pace Andorra.
Moldova used three-pointers from Melniciuc and Stepan Gordienco (189-F-91) late in the opening frame to ensure a 21:19 lead into the second quarter. But Andorra scored 7 unanswered points midway through the second frame to grab a 30:25 advantage. Dabad capped the half with three points to give Andorra a 38:33 lead. Moldova kept it close throughout the third period but Andre Ribeiro (188-F-91) and Guillem Colom (180-G-91) knocked down 5 points late in the stanza to make it 56:47 for Andorra with ten minutes remaining. Gordinenco nailed 9 straight points for the Moldovan team midway through the final stanza as they cut the distance to only 2 points. Cojuhari soon put Moldova ahead but Andorra survived the threat. They unloaded a 7:0 run to restore a 5-point lead with under 2 minutes remaining. Cabanas notched 3 points in the final thirty seconds to seal the victory for Andorra.
Guillem Colom finished with 15 points and 19 rebounds for the winners Andre Ribeiro added 11 points for Andorra. Stepan Gordienco replied with 22 points for Moldova. Sergiu Cusnir (181-G-91) had 11 points and 7 boards in defeat.

Andorra U18: A Farfan 18, Guillem Colom 15+19 boards, Andre Ribeiro 11
Moldova U18: Stepan Gordienco 22, Sergiu Cusnir 11



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  MONTENEGRO   


Montenegro finish seventh in Greece - by Eurobasket News
Croatia U20 - Montenegro U20 76:77
Montenegrin U20 National Team clinched the 7th overall spot at the European Championship in Greece. They held off Croatia in thriller to claim the place. Sead Sehovic (201-C/F-89) was back to his usual form with 19 points, 5 boards and 5 assists for Montengro.
Bojan Bogdanovic (202-G/F-89) and Miro Bilan (210-C/F-89) gave Croatia a 7:2 lead early in the game. But Nikola Djokovic (190-G-89) came up with some timely buckets as Montenegro grabbed an 18:16 advantage. The lead changed hands for nine time during the third period and the teams arrived at halftime tied at 37. Miro Bilan and Hajdic made it 42:37 for Croatia early in the third quarter. The Croats maintained the advantage and entered the fourth stanza ahead by 5 points 59:54. Nikola Djokovic, Milos Savovic (200-G/F-89, agency: Octagon) and Lalic exploded with three straight trebles midway through the frame to pull Montenegro in front 72:63. Miro Bilan and Marcinkovic dragged Croatia within one but Montenegro hung on to eke out a marrow win at the end.
Milos Savovic knocked down 15 points and grabbed 9 rebounds for Montenegro. Nikola Djokovic added 11 points in the win. Miro Bilan responded with 23 points for Croatia. Bojan Bogdanovic had 15 points and 1o caroms in defeat.

Croatia U20: Miro Bilan 23, Bojan Bogdanovic 15+10 boards
Montenegro U20: Sead Sehovic 19, Milos Savovic 15, Nikola Djokovic 11



Montenegro U18 demolish the Scottish squad - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro U18-Scotland U18 100:44

Montenegro destroyed Scotland at U18 European Championship Men 2009 Division B. The favorites celebrated the third straight victory after 100:44 win over the opponents.
Alasdair Fraser (-92) surprised the Montenegrin team at the start of the game, but it was the only lead for the team. Lazovic nailed three for his team and later Ljujic made 10:4 in the quarter. Black was the last in the end of the period for 29:13 after 10 minutes. Marko Loncovic (200-F/C-91) made a lay-up for 31:15 and Marko Loncovic netted for 41:19. Glass nailed two for Scotland as they trailed 50:30. The third quarter however became a nightmare for the Scottish side as they managed to score only 5 points. Montenegro was too good in the court and posted 29 points for 79:35 lead. Dukanovic scored from the perimeter for 79:35 after three quarters. The teams had their own tasks for the last quarter as Montenegro tried to post three digits, while Scotland needed to reduce. After 21-9 in the last quarter, the favorites reached 100 as Ognjen Scepanovic (-91) made two free throws.
Marko Loncovic paced all the winners with 18 points for 3-0 record. Ljujic nailed 15, whilst Ognjen Scepanovic and Radovic added 13 each. Alasdair Fraser finished the game with 14 points and Jonathan Bunyan (-92) scored 12.

Montenegro U18: Marko Loncovic 18, Ljujic 15, Ognjen Scepanovic 13, Radovic 13
Scotland U18: Alasdair Fraser 14, Jonathan Bunyan 12


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  MOROCCO   


Morocco beats Syria for third place on Arab Basketball Cup - by Eurobasket News
Morocco - Syria 85-81

The host of 9th Arab Basketball Cup was better than Syria wining the Bronze on this event. Second quarter was the crucial one for the Moroccans and their victory as they finished it with 32-23. Before that, in the first frame Syria created 15-16 lead. The Syrians took control on Morocco after the breather closing the gap to 2 points. At that time it seemed that Morocco is slowing down and also that Syria is closer to win, despite minus 2. However, the Moroccans had big support from their fans and were strong enough to resist in the last period. They even won it with 2-pts for the final 85-81.
Morocco finished the first stage with 3-1 record in Group B. Later in the Quarterfinals Morocco eliminated Algeria 69-61. In Semifinals it was a real thriller. Morocco played great, but loosed it in overtime against Tunisia. Yesterday, the Tunisians won the trophy on this event. On the other side, Syria had 3-2 in Preliminary Group A. In QFinals Syria beat Saudi Arabia 83-73. They failed in the Semis against Egypt 78-99.


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  NCAA1   


NetScouts Basketball Philadelphia Area International Tryout Camp Wrap - by Carl Berman
Kyle Myrick (6'0''-G, college: Lincoln (PA)) has been named the Most Outstanding Player at our Philadelphia area International Tryout camp, which was held July 25th at Cheyney University. Myrick, A Division 3 All-American from Lincoln (PA) with experience in Ireland and Cyprus showed extreme quickness and scoring ability from the point. He averaged 24 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists to pace all camp attendees.

The rest of the First Team included; Mike Cook, Robert Taylor, Makal Stibbins, and Curt King. Cook, a strong 6-4 guard from Pittsburgh averaged 16 points and 10 rebounds. Taylor, a scoring 6-2 guard from Rider who averaged 28 ppg in Germany this year, averaged 19 points and 6 rebounds. Stibbins, an athletic 6-8 post from Millersville, averaged 16 and 11. King, a 6-7 forward out of Morgan State with experience in Iceland, averaged 22 points and 7 boards.

The Second Team consisted of Mike Fryer, Kris Groce, Todd McCoy, Richard Francis and DeShar Clipper. Fryer, an athletic 6-4 guard out of Cheyney University who can play the point through the 3, averaged 14 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. Groce, a crafty 5-10 point from Eastern Oregon, averaged 19 points and 6 assists. McCoy, a 6-4 shooting guard out of Indiana St. averaged 16 points. Francis, a 6-5 athletic shooting guard out of Tarleton St. averaged 16 and 8. Clipper, a long 6-8 forward averaged 16 and 6.

Other players who impressed us included: Bob Black, a 6-2 guard with a nice shooting touch who averaged 16. Dan Capkin, a 6-2 Division 3 All-American from Gettysburg who averaged 17 with good shooting range, Yashi King, who showed good scoring ability in averaging 19, Harry Osterhoudt, a 6-1 point guard who averaged 7 assists and Abe Badmus, a 6-1 point from Bucknell who impressed late with his athleticism.

NetScouts Basketball heads down to the nations capitol for our Washington DC area camp. Its the last stop on our eastern tour. Check us out at www.netscoutsbasketball.com.


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  NEW ZEALAND   


New Zealand better Portugal at Trentino Cup - by Eurobasket News
New Zealand - Portugal 98:91

New Zealand and Portugal tipped off their campaigns at the Trentino Cup in Trento, Italy yesterday. The Tall Blacks got to a victorious start celebrating a tough win at the end. Kirk Penney (194-G-80, college: Wisconsin) was once again the catalyst for the Tall Blacks going for 35 points.
New Zealand jumped off the blocks to race to a 25:21 lead after the starting period. Portugal matched the effort in the second frame and kept it close. The European team trailed by 4 points at halftime. Kirk Penney was unstoppable for the Kiwis as they cleared off in the third stanza. New Zealand arrived at the final pause ahead by 8 points. Portugal tried hard to deny the deficit winning the fourth quarter. However the Kiwis stayed calm and ensured a tough victory at the end.
Thomas Abercrombie (198-G/f-87, college: Washington St.) had 13 points for the winners. Alex Pledger (216-C-87, college: Belm.Abbey) and Michael Fitchett (183-G-82) added 10 points each for New Zealand. Carlos Andrade (197-F-78, college: Queens (NC)) responded with 18 points for Portugal. Rui Mota (190-G/F-78) knocked down 15 points in the loss.
New Zealand is scheduled to face Italy, while Portugal will take on Canada tonight.

New Zealand: Kirk Penney 35, Thomas Abercrombie 13, Alex Pledger 10, Michael Fitchett 10
Portugal: Carlos Andrade 18, Rui Mota 15



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  NIGERIA   


Libya 2009 Afrobasket: Nigeria doubles its trainingas federation president confidence grow - by Olusegun Ikuesan
In its bid to do well in the 25th edition of Africas biggest competition, FIBA Africa Championship for Men, tagged Libya 2009 Afrobasket handlers of Nigeria senior men national team have double the team daily practice in far away Houston, United States of America.

According to information made available to www.libya2009.com by the Nigeria Basketball Federation, NBBF the Nigeria team drawn in Group-A alongside host Libya, Cote dIvoire and South Africa, the team now train twice daily in order to cover for lost ground of jump-starting it preparation a little than schedule.

This development according sources within the Nigeria federation has increased the confidence of the Nigeria federation president, Tijjani Umar who just returned from the team camp.


Confident Umar told sources that he is elated by the response of the players to the team training under the watchful eyes of coaches John Harding Lucas-II who was regarded as the best all time assist player in the history of Houston Rockets and Masai Ujiri of the Toronto Raptors.

The NBBF president says he is hundred percent sure that the team will pick one of the three ticket to the 2010 FIBA World Championship holding in Turkey.

The teams plan of storming Libya on August 3 ahead its August 5 Group-A opening game against FIBA Africa Zone-III rival, Cote dIvoire is still on course.
Ime Udoka (196-F/G-77, agency: Priority Sports, college: Portland St.)


Coaches Aderemi, Erinfolami others for impact basketball clinic - by Olusegun Ikuesan
The first edition of the Impact Basketball Clinic holding bet September 24 and 26 at the national stadium, Surulere, Lagos will have top Nigerian coaches in attendance as instructors to the over 1,000 kids expected at the clinic.

Coordinator of the 3-day clinic which is endorsed by the Surulere Local Government, Igie Adams will have top coaches in the Nigerian league gracing the event.

Adams, a former Lagos Islanders basketball club guard and head of Gbolas Creations, organizers of the clinic says such top coaches as Adewumi Aderemi of First Bank basketball club, Lateef Erinfolami of First Deepwater basketball club, Emmanuel Okolo of University of Lagos and Charles Ibeziako of the Raptors Academy have all agreed to attend the clinic as instructors.



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  NORWAY   


Hungary U18 improved to 3-1 record in Group A - by Eurobasket News
Hungary U18-Norway U18 93:51

Hungary U18 improved to 3-1 record in Group A of the U18 European Championship Men 2009 Division B. Hungarian side won all the periods for 93:51 victory on Sunday.
Csernak went on a free throw line for the first points. Adam Lepsenyi (205-C/F-91, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) increased the lead to 12:4, while Hajer made it 27:12. The first frame became very productive for the winners as they finished it 30:15. Adam Lepsenyi made it 39:20 and Aron Moravcsik (186-G-91) posted for 49:28. Norway managed to score again 15 points, while got 25 from the opponents. Bajalinov sent the teams to the lockers with 55:30. Honestly the game, especially the intrigue was over and Hungary proved it in the third frame. Adam Lepsenyi made it 66:30 and Csernak notched for 69:32. Hungary produced 19-6 in the period as Rakneberg tried to close the frame at 74:36. Aron Moravcsik opened the last stanza with a lay-up and Kovacs scored for 80:39. Hungary won also the last quarter 19-15 to seal 93:51 victory.
Adam Lepsenyi top-scored for the winners with 23 points. Janos Eilingsfeld (198-F/C-91, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) and Aron Moravcsik followed him with 13 points each for the third win. Karamo Jawara (195-F-91) delivered 12 points in the losing case and Stian Berg (180-G-91) added 8.

Hungary U18: Adam Lepsenyi 23, Janos Eilingsfeld 13, Aron Moravcsik 13
Norway U18: Karamo Jawara 12, Stian Berg 8



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  POLAND   


Poland beat Sweden in consolation final in Skopje - by Eurobasket News
Poland U20 - Sweden U20 96:66
Polish U20 National Team climbed on the pedestal of the European Championship in Division B. They thrashed Swedish counterparts today to claim the third overall spot at the tournament. Sweden finished in the fourth position.
Poland avalanched into the game scoring 9 points in a row. Sweden however seemed ready for the challenge as they bounced back immediately. Nagwere notched back-to-back trebles giving Sweden a 13:12 advantage midway through the first frame. The teams completed the stanza leveled at 23. Johan Ronstrom (202-F-89) and Odada kept Sweden ahead early in the second period. Poland drew things level at 41 with 18 seconds to go in the half but Johan Ronstrom hit a three-pointer giving the Swedish team a 44:41 lead at halftime.
Poland went on a 16:1 rally in the third stanza to pull in charge. They took over and posted a 70:53 advantage at the final intermission. Mateusz Kostrzewski (201-G/F-89) and Mokros opened the final quarter with two triples propelling Poland to a 21-point lead. Mateusz Kostrzewski fired four triples in the term as Poland rallied easily to the victory at the end.
Mateusz Kostrzewski finished with 20 points for Poland. Tomasz Snieg (190-G-89) added 14 points and 6 assists in the victory. Johan Ronstrom responded with 17 points for Sweden. Christopher Ryan (196-G-90) had 12 points and 6 assists in the loss.

Poland U20: Mateusz Kostrzewski 20, Adam Waczynski (199-F-89, agency: AB Agency) 17, Tomasz Snieg 14
Sweden U20: Johan Ronstrom 17, Christopher Ryan 12



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  PORTUGAL   


Austria U18 grab the initial victory Portugal - by Eurobasket News
Austria U18-Portugal U18 89:66

Austria U18 and Portugal U18 fought for the only win in the Division B of the European Championship. The Austrian side celebrated 89:66 victory to improve to 1-2 record in Group D.
Torrie nailed a three-pointer for the Portuguese team that trailed later in the majority of the period. Wildner brought his side back to 21:20 after ten minutes. In the second frame it was difficult for Portugal to follow the leader. Austria had 28-17 in the third second frame for 48:38 advantage. The leader tried to keep the lead and managed to save 10 points at the end of the third period. Pocksteiner made a jump shot for 64:54. In the last frame Austria however played even better and produced 25-12 in the fourth quarter. Trappl scored the last points for the winners, while Ferreirinho made the last shot for Portugal.
Thomas Klepeisz (180-G-91) and Romed Vieider (196-F-91) paced all the winners with 21 points each. Novas Mateo followed them with 14 points for the initial win. Miguel Queiroz (200-F-91) finished the game with 21 points and Ferreirinho netted 12.
In another game of the group England U18 atop Group A of the U18 European Championship Men 2009 Division B. The favorites improved to 3-0 after 77:62 over Switzerland U18.

Austria U18: Thomas Klepeisz 21, Romed Vieider 21, Novas Mateo 14
Portugal U18: Miguel Queiroz 21, Ferreirinho 12


New Zealand better Portugal at Trentino Cup - by Eurobasket News
New Zealand - Portugal 98:91

New Zealand and Portugal tipped off their campaigns at the Trentino Cup in Trento, Italy yesterday. The Tall Blacks got to a victorious start celebrating a tough win at the end. Kirk Penney (194-G-80, college: Wisconsin) was once again the catalyst for the Tall Blacks going for 35 points.
New Zealand jumped off the blocks to race to a 25:21 lead after the starting period. Portugal matched the effort in the second frame and kept it close. The European team trailed by 4 points at halftime. Kirk Penney was unstoppable for the Kiwis as they cleared off in the third stanza. New Zealand arrived at the final pause ahead by 8 points. Portugal tried hard to deny the deficit winning the fourth quarter. However the Kiwis stayed calm and ensured a tough victory at the end.
Thomas Abercrombie (198-G/f-87, college: Washington St.) had 13 points for the winners. Alex Pledger (216-C-87, college: Belm.Abbey) and Michael Fitchett (183-G-82) added 10 points each for New Zealand. Carlos Andrade (197-F-78, college: Queens (NC)) responded with 18 points for Portugal. Rui Mota (190-G/F-78) knocked down 15 points in the loss.
New Zealand is scheduled to face Italy, while Portugal will take on Canada tonight.

New Zealand: Kirk Penney 35, Thomas Abercrombie 13, Alex Pledger 10, Michael Fitchett 10
Portugal: Carlos Andrade 18, Rui Mota 15



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  ROMANIA   


Georgia U18 registered the first win - by Eurobasket News
Romania U18-Georgia U18 58:79


Georgia U18 registered the first win at the Division B of the European Championship. The team won over Romania U18 79:58 and sent them to 0-3 record.
Toth opened the game for Romania and Akaki Dvalishvili (203-C-91) brought he first points for Georgia. After 4:4, Georgia created a 12-0 run for 16:4 as Akaki Dvalishvili made a jump shot. Romania did not fall and reduced to 23:21 at the end of the first quarter. Milencovici tied the game at 23:23 and Aktas did the same for 35:35. Tariel Tavartkiladze (193-G-91) remained Georgia in front at 38:36 at the halftime. In the third period the game became easier for Georgia that started to increase the lead. Merab Bokolishvili (197-G/F-92) made 54:41 midway through the period and Octavian Crainic (201-C-92) closed the period at 57:48. In the first minutes of the game Romania still remained alive, however later lost all the hopes. Tariel Tavartkiladze gave Georgia 68:54, while Tenieshvili closed the game at 79:58.
Merab Bokolishvili led the way with 21 points for the winners. Akaki Dvalishvili collected 18 points and 11 rebounds, while Tariel Tavartkiladze had 9. Bogdan Tibirna (202-C-91) chipped in 14 points and Octavian Crainic added 12 in defeat.
In another game of the group Montenegro destroyed Scotland at U18 European Championship Men 2009 Division B. The favorites celebrated the third straight victory after 100:44 win over the opponents.

Romania U18: Bogdan Tibirna 14, Octavian Crainic 12
Georgia U18: Merab Bokolishvili 21, Akaki Dvalishvili 18+11 rebs, Tariel Tavartkiladze 9



Luxembourg clinch the 16th spot in Skopje - by Eurobasket News
Luxembourg U20 - Romania U20 92:79

Luxembourg U20 team claimed the 16th overall position at the European Championship in Division B. They wrapped up their Skopje campaign with a comfortable win over Romania. Pitt Koster (178-G/F-89) fired 26 points to pace Luxembourg to the win.
The game was a close affair in the opening minutes but Luxembourg stepped on the gas late in quarter. Laurent Schwartz (177-G-89) fired twice from beyond the arc to give Luxembourg a 28:22 lead at the first break. Laurent Schwartz and Pitt Koster came up with three more trebles early in the second quarter giving a Marty Doug team 14-point advantage. Laurent Schwartz and Pitt Koster stayed on fire from downtown coming up with two more three-pointers late in the half as Luxembourg ensured a 55:41 lead at halftime.
Pitt Koster and Schmit kept Luxembourg rolling in the third quarter. The team ensured a 77:59 advantage with ten minutes remaining. Christopher Jones (184-F-90) and Birenbaum dropped two more long bombs early in the final quarter as Luxembourg silenced Romania for good.
Laurent Schwartz knocked down 24 points for the winners. Christopher Jones added 12 points and 11 boards for Luxembourg. Andrei Bercean (188-G-89) responded with 19 points for Romania. Rolland Torok (198-C-90) had 16 points and 19 boards in defeat.

Luxembourg U20: Pitt Koster 26, Laurent Schwartz 24, Christopher Jones 12+11 boards
Romania U20: Andrei Bercean 19, Rolland Torok 16+19 boards



Scotland U18 better Romania squad in Sarajevo - by Eurobasket News
Scotland U18-Romania U18 88:77

Scotland U18 celebrated the second win at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The team overcame Romania U18 88:77 to improve to 2-1 record.
Fraser opened the game for the winners and Bunyan made it 12:4. Scotland dominated the first frame and had 24:15 after Grieve's three-pointer. Petrisor reduced for Romania for 26:20 at the end of the first and Crainic made the score 29:20. Scotland needed another run to feel more comfortable in the game and Alistair Mackay (-91) gave his team 39:29. Alistair Mackay also sent the team to the lockers for 49:38. Romania tried to recover in the second half and produced 24-19 in the third period. Milencovici cut it to 68:62 after three quarters played. Crainic remained Romania alive for 77:71, however Scotland did not allow them to catch them up. Fraser made the final score in the game for 88:77.
Alasdair Fraser (-92) paced all the winners with 29 points. Alistair Mackay nailed 20, whilst Lee Reilly (176-G-92) netted 14. Bogdan Tibirna (202-C-91) ended up with 22 points in the losing effort and Octavian Crainic (201-C-92) scored 14.
In another game of the group the Dutch U18 team registered the second win at the European Championship in Division B. They toppled Georgia in preliminary Group C action today to improve at 2-1 record. The Georgian team suffered the second straight loss to stay winless at the bottom of the ladder.

Scotland U18: Alasdair Fraser 29, Alistair Mackay 20, Lee Reilly 14
Romania U18: Bogdan Tibirna 22, Octavian Crainic 14



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Andrey Kirdyachkin leads Russia past Latvia - by Eurobasket News
Russia U20 - Latvia U20 89:66

Russia earned the 9th spot at the U20 European Championship in Greece. They outgunned Latvia today to complete the action at the tournament. Andrey Kirdyachkin (202-F/C-90) poured in 22 points to lead Russia to the victory in this one.
Semen Antonov (203-F-89) and Vladimir Ivlev (204-F-90) gave Russia a 17:9 lead midway through the opening quarter. Kristers Zeidaks (202-F-90) and Kaufmanis cut the margin to a single point after ten minutes 19:20. Andris Justovics (198-F-89) drained a triple at the start of the second frame to put Latvia in charge. Russia fired 17 points in a row late in the second quarter to take a 20-point advantage. Russia sealed the first half outcome at 49:31. Grigoryev knocked down 9 points in the third quarter to keep Latvia at bay. Russia headed into the fourth quarter ahead by 22 points. Latvia never revived the intrigue as Russia cruised to the win.
Semen Antonov dropped 13 points and grabbed 8 boards for Russia. Vladimir Ivlev had 11 points in the winning effort. Andris Justovics responded with 13 points for Latvia. Lauris Blaus (204-C-90) delivered 12 points in the losing case.

Russia U20: Andrey Kirdyachkin 22, Semen Antonov 13, Vladimir Ivlev 11
Latvia U20: Andris Justovics 13, Lauris Blaus 12



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Montenegro U18 demolish the Scottish squad - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro U18-Scotland U18 100:44

Montenegro destroyed Scotland at U18 European Championship Men 2009 Division B. The favorites celebrated the third straight victory after 100:44 win over the opponents.
Alasdair Fraser (-92) surprised the Montenegrin team at the start of the game, but it was the only lead for the team. Lazovic nailed three for his team and later Ljujic made 10:4 in the quarter. Black was the last in the end of the period for 29:13 after 10 minutes. Marko Loncovic (200-F/C-91) made a lay-up for 31:15 and Marko Loncovic netted for 41:19. Glass nailed two for Scotland as they trailed 50:30. The third quarter however became a nightmare for the Scottish side as they managed to score only 5 points. Montenegro was too good in the court and posted 29 points for 79:35 lead. Dukanovic scored from the perimeter for 79:35 after three quarters. The teams had their own tasks for the last quarter as Montenegro tried to post three digits, while Scotland needed to reduce. After 21-9 in the last quarter, the favorites reached 100 as Ognjen Scepanovic (-91) made two free throws.
Marko Loncovic paced all the winners with 18 points for 3-0 record. Ljujic nailed 15, whilst Ognjen Scepanovic and Radovic added 13 each. Alasdair Fraser finished the game with 14 points and Jonathan Bunyan (-92) scored 12.

Montenegro U18: Marko Loncovic 18, Ljujic 15, Ognjen Scepanovic 13, Radovic 13
Scotland U18: Alasdair Fraser 14, Jonathan Bunyan 12


Scotland U18 better Romania squad in Sarajevo - by Eurobasket News
Scotland U18-Romania U18 88:77

Scotland U18 celebrated the second win at the U18 European Championship in Division B. The team overcame Romania U18 88:77 to improve to 2-1 record.
Fraser opened the game for the winners and Bunyan made it 12:4. Scotland dominated the first frame and had 24:15 after Grieve's three-pointer. Petrisor reduced for Romania for 26:20 at the end of the first and Crainic made the score 29:20. Scotland needed another run to feel more comfortable in the game and Alistair Mackay (-91) gave his team 39:29. Alistair Mackay also sent the team to the lockers for 49:38. Romania tried to recover in the second half and produced 24-19 in the third period. Milencovici cut it to 68:62 after three quarters played. Crainic remained Romania alive for 77:71, however Scotland did not allow them to catch them up. Fraser made the final score in the game for 88:77.
Alasdair Fraser (-92) paced all the winners with 29 points. Alistair Mackay nailed 20, whilst Lee Reilly (176-G-92) netted 14. Bogdan Tibirna (202-C-91) ended up with 22 points in the losing effort and Octavian Crainic (201-C-92) scored 14.
In another game of the group the Dutch U18 team registered the second win at the European Championship in Division B. They toppled Georgia in preliminary Group C action today to improve at 2-1 record. The Georgian team suffered the second straight loss to stay winless at the bottom of the ladder.

Scotland U18: Alasdair Fraser 29, Alistair Mackay 20, Lee Reilly 14
Romania U18: Bogdan Tibirna 22, Octavian Crainic 14



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Standings
SEBL Standings
City B-East
 1. Summ.Hill BD 2-1 
 2. BC Sixers 2-1 
 3. AWU-Howren 1-2 
 4. G. Wolverines 0-3 
City B-West
 1. N. Metro DB 3-0 
 2. Dalton 2-1 
 3. Cedartown B. 1-2 
 4. Rockmart 1-2 
Metro A-North
 1. BC Skyline 3-2 
 2. Marietta O. 3-2 
 3. ServPro-1 3-2 
 4. Smyrna K. 3-2 
 5. Supreme 3-2 
 6. Cartersville W. 2-3 
 7. Rome Rage 2-3 
 8. BC Howren-1 1-4 
Metro A-South
 1. A. Underrated 3-1 
 2. Black Monop. 3-1 
 3. D.O.T.S. 3-1 
 4. Young Gunz 3-1 
 5. BC Lakers 3-1 
 6. Tri-County 1-3 
 7. Metro Stars 0-4 
 8. BC Barnesville 0-4 


This week in the SEBL Metro A-League North Division... - by David Archer
SEBL North Scores...

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Sun., July 19th @ Aubrey St
ServPro-1 91 vs Baseline Warriors 84
BC Skyline 76 vs Marietta 64
BC Knicks-1 83 vs. Rome Rage 80


BC Supreme 73 vs BC Howren-1 64
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Wed., July 22nd @ Aubrey St
BC Knicks-1 87 vs BC Howren-1 74
ServPro-1 86 vs BC Skyline 81
Marietta 80 vs Baseline Warriors 66
Rome Rage 76 vs. BC Supreme 75
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Sun., July 26th @ JH Morgan Gym
BC Supreme 82 vs. BC Knicks-1 71
BC Howren-1 89 vs. Rome Rage 82
BC Skyline 88 vs. Baseline Warriors 72
Marietta 81 vs. ServPro-1 71
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Upcoming Games for Metro A-League North Division:

Wed., July 29th @ JH Morgan Gym
6:30pm BC Howren-1 vs Marietta
7:30pm ServPro-1 vs Rome Rage
8:30pm Baseline Warriors vs BC Knicks-1
9:30pm BC Skyline vs BC Supreme



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Vladimir Bosnjak new head coach of Jordan National team? Nebojsa Knezevic in Egypt - by Zoran Popovic
According to rumors from Asian basketball market, Serbian coach Vladimir Bosnjak (agency: 011 Sports ) will be the new coach of Jordan senior national team. That would not be big surprise, as it is known that Vladimir Bosnjak (agency: 011 Sports ) was coach of the year in Jordan for season 2008/09. Before Jordan, Bosnjak was coach assistant in Crvena Zvezda in season 1997-1998 and head coach of Crvena Zvezda woman team 2000-2001, Al Manama (BHR) in season 2005-2006, Al Qadsia (Kuwait) in season 2006-2007, Qatar Club (Qatar) in season 2007-2008 and ASU Sports Club (Jordan) in season 2008-2009. Vladimir Bosnjak (agency: 011 Sports ) built his international career as head coach of U 18, U20 and senior National teams in Libya, Iran and Syria.
Another Serbian coach, Nebojsa Knezevic (agency: 011 Sports ), will continue career in Egypt. Knezevic signed contract with Egyptian club Sporting,Alexandria. Nebojsa Knezevic (agency: 011 Sports ) started career as coach assistant in Partizan Beograd junior team 1994-1996, continued as head coach of Partizan Beograd (1996-1997) and OKK Beograd (1997-2000) junior teams. Knezevic was coach assistant in OKK Begrad senior team in period 2000-2005, head coach of BC Kolubara Lazarevac in season 2005-2006, head coach of Al Sahel (Kuwait) in season 2007-2008 and head coach of Al Qadsia (Saudi Arabia) in season 2008-2009.



Serbia revenge on Ukraine in Greece - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U20 - Ukraine U20 83:56

Serbia claimed the 11th spot at the U20 European Championship in Greece. They held off Ukraine in the final game at the tournament today. Ukraine beat Serbia in the preliminary round but a Slobodan Klipa team took revenge. Ukraine opened their campaign with two victories but then suffered six consecutive defeats to occupy just the 12th position in the final ladder.
Ukraine opened the game with nine points in a row to stun Serbia. The Balkan team needed the whole first frame to come back to life. They capped the first quarter on a 9:2 rally to surge in front 20:18. Serbia unloaded shocking 25:0 run at the start of the second quarter to knock Ukraine out. Anton Schepkin (201-C-87) scored the only two points of the quarter for Ukraine from the stripe as the team trailed by 23 points at halftime. Otverchenko and Anton Schepkin tallied 3 treys midway through the third quarter to cut the deficit to 16 points. Dragan Milosavljevic (198-G-89) and Aleksandar Mitrovic (202-G-90) hit from beyond the arc as Serbia entered the fourth quarter ahead by 17 points. Serbia cruised to the win in the fourth period.
Aleksandar Mitrovic netted 18 points to pace Serbia. Dragan Milosavljevic and Bojan Subotic (206-F/C-90) added 12 points apiece for the winners. Stanislav Tymofeyenko (204-F-89) responded with 16 points and 7 boards for Ukraine. Anton Schepkin had 12 points in the losing effort.

Serbia U20: Aleksandar Mitrovic 18, Dragan Milosavljevic 12, Bojan Subotic 12
Ukraine U20: Stanislav Tymofeyenko 16, Anton Schepkin 12



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Bulgaria U20 overcame Slovakia to win Group J - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria U20 - Slovakia U20 92:89 ( 22-17, 26-19, 25-24, 19-29 )

Bulgaria overcame Slovakia to win Group J of the Classification Round. Bulgaria produced 92:89 to win the group 2-0 of U20 European Championship on Division B.
Slovakia looked a bit better in the opening tip of the game and 5:2 as well as 9:7 leads. Dorazil made 14:12 or the team, while Bulgaria replied with the better game at the end. Ivanov posted a jump-shot for 22:17 at the end of the first quarter. Marchyn tied the game at 24:24, however Ivanov gave Bulgaria 39:28 with 5 minutes in the half. Bulgaria won the second frame 26-19 for 48:36 advantage. Marshavelski scored for 59:41 and it became clear that the intrigue was over in the court. Moreover Zahariev nailed for 65:46 midway through the third period. Slovakia did not fall and reduced to 73:60 after three quarters played. Trailing 84:68, the latter made the last push for the enormous comeback. Baldovsky brought 87:80 with 2 minutes in the game. Baldovsky also made 90:86, while Marchyn's three was the last for the final score, 92:89.
Tsvetelin Ivanov (196-G-89) and Zahariev Hriston top-scored for the winners with 19 points apiece. Stanislav Baldovsky (190-F-89) nailed 32 points in defeat, while Lukas Hoferica (200-C-89) scored 27.

Bulgaria U20: Tsvetelin Ivanov 19, Zahariev Hriston 19
Slovakia U20: Stanislav Baldovsky 32, Lukas Hoferica 27



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NT release jersey numbers for warm-up games - by Zeljko Zule
KZS announced the jersey numbers of the Slovenia team for the warm-up games.
4 Domen Lorbek, 5 Jaka Lakovic, 6 Sasha Vujacic, 7 Primoz Brezec, 8 Matjaz Smodis, 9 Beno Udrih, 10 Bostjan Nachbar, 11 Goran Dragic, 12 Goran Jagodnik, 13 Samo Udrih, 14 Jurica Golemac, 15 Erazem Lorbek, 16 Uros Slokar, 17 Jaka Klobucar, 18 Gasper Vidmar. Coach: Jurij Zdovc. Assistants: Mirsad Alilovic, Tomo Mahoric. Physicial coach: Jadranko Nikolic.



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  SPAIN   


Spain good enough for bronze - by Eurobasket News
Spain U20 - Italy U20 75:72

Spain stepped up on the podium at the U20 European Championship in Greece. They defeated Italy to earn the bronze medals today. Italy finished in the fourth position. Pere Tomas (202-F-89) scored 18 points and pulled down 6 boards to pace Spain.
The Spaniards led right from the start. They accounted for 10 straight points at the start of the game to set the tone. Spain led throughout the opening frame but Italy managed to cut the distance to just two points at the break. Spain tipped off the second quarter with 13 straight points to clear off. Daniele Sandri (195-F/G-90) stopped the bleeding but Spain rolled to a 17-point halftime lead. Spain stayed in charge during the third frame but Italy revived the intrigue with a storming finish of the quarter. Riccardo Truccolo (188-G-89), Marusic and Cournooh netted 8 points to cut the distance 8 points. Riccardo Truccolo drained a triple to pull Italy within 5 at the beginning of the fourth term. Martinoni and Paolo Rotondo (204-F/C-89, agency: Players Group) narrowed the margin to 2 points midway through the final stanza. However Marco and Pere Tomas proved deadly from the stripe in the dying minutes as Spain escaped with a narrow victory at the end.
Pablo Aguilar (203-F/C-89) had 14 points for Spain. Sergio De La Fuente (198-C-89) netted 13 points and 7 boards for the winners. Paolo Rotondo responded with 12 points for Italy. Daniele Sandri had 11 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

Spain U20: Pere Tomas 18, Pablo Aguilar 14, Sergio De La Fuente 13
Italy U20: Paolo Rotondo 12, Daniele Sandri 11+10 boards



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Sweden U18 keep the perfect record - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U18-Iceland U18 76:62

Sweden U18 keep the perfect record after 76:62 victory over Iceland U18. The Scandinavian team needed 26-10 to win the third straight game at the U18 European Championship Men 2009 Division B.
Christopher Czerapowicz (195-G-91) made a lay-up in the beginning of the game, but Iceland looked better later in the frame. Tomasson made 6:4 for his team and Aegir Steinarsson (182-G-91) made a jump shot for 16:10. Tomasson kept Iceland in front after the first 10 minutes for 21:14. Eiriksson gave his team plus 10 at 28:18. The first half had ended with 34:29 for Iceland as Gretarsson was the last to score in the frame. Sweden trailed in the majority of the third period, but bounced back for the win. Alexander Lindqvist (202-G-91) made a dunk for 42:41 lead, while later the board showed 48:41. Iceland however finished the third period better and had 52:50 after three quarters. In the last period it was however tough for Iceland to follow the opponents. Sweden had 26-10 in the frame for the total success. Andreas Person (188-G-91) made two free throws for 76:62 victory.
Alexander Lindqvist was unstoppable with 23 points and 10 rebounds for 3-0 record. Christopher Czerapowicz nailed 18, while Andreas Person and Hampton added 10 each. Houkur Palsson (196-G-92) ended up with 25 points and Aegir Steinarsson had 11.

Sweden U18: Alexander Lindqvist 23+10 rebs, Christopher Czerapowicz 18, Andreas Person 10, Hampton 10+13 rebs
Iceland U18: Houkur Palsson 25, Aegir Steinarsson 11


Poland beat Sweden in consolation final in Skopje - by Eurobasket News
Poland U20 - Sweden U20 96:66
Polish U20 National Team climbed on the pedestal of the European Championship in Division B. They thrashed Swedish counterparts today to claim the third overall spot at the tournament. Sweden finished in the fourth position.
Poland avalanched into the game scoring 9 points in a row. Sweden however seemed ready for the challenge as they bounced back immediately. Nagwere notched back-to-back trebles giving Sweden a 13:12 advantage midway through the first frame. The teams completed the stanza leveled at 23. Johan Ronstrom (202-F-89) and Odada kept Sweden ahead early in the second period. Poland drew things level at 41 with 18 seconds to go in the half but Johan Ronstrom hit a three-pointer giving the Swedish team a 44:41 lead at halftime.
Poland went on a 16:1 rally in the third stanza to pull in charge. They took over and posted a 70:53 advantage at the final intermission. Mateusz Kostrzewski (201-G/F-89) and Mokros opened the final quarter with two triples propelling Poland to a 21-point lead. Mateusz Kostrzewski fired four triples in the term as Poland rallied easily to the victory at the end.
Mateusz Kostrzewski finished with 20 points for Poland. Tomasz Snieg (190-G-89) added 14 points and 6 assists in the victory. Johan Ronstrom responded with 17 points for Sweden. Christopher Ryan (196-G-90) had 12 points and 6 assists in the loss.

Poland U20: Mateusz Kostrzewski 20, Adam Waczynski (199-F-89, agency: AB Agency) 17, Tomasz Snieg 14
Sweden U20: Johan Ronstrom 17, Christopher Ryan 12



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  SWITZERLAND   


England U18 atop Group D - by Eurobasket News
England U18-Switzerland U18 77:62

England U18 atop Group A of the U18 European Championship Men 2009 Division B. The favorites improved to 3-0 after 77:62 over Switzerland U18.
Zivanovic opened the game with a lay-up to give the first lead for the Swiss team. Jonathan Kazadi (195-G-91) extended the lead for his team from the perimeter, while Levi Noel (196-G-91) toed the game at 13:13. Martin closed the period at 19:13 and it was him for 23:13 later in the second. Switzerland U18 remained with 13 in the first 5 minutes of the second frame as England had 37:13 with 5 minutes to play in the half. The winners won the frame 23-11 to have 42:24 after the first half. Dubas opened the third period for 42:26 and Fridel reduced to 47:28. The game became more even however England kept the difference for good. Thoseby made a lay-up to close the quarter at 63:43 after three quarters. In the last frame Switzerland U18 recovered a bit and closed the gap to 15 points. Gyorgy made a lay-up for 66:47 and Dario Koludrovic (192-F-92) nailed three for 68:50. Levi Noel however closed the game for the winners at 77:62 as his team won the third straight game.
Levi Noel top-scored for the winners with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Joshua Houghton (188-G-91) notched 17, whilst Michael Manghum (182-G-91) had 12. Jonathan Kazadi and Dario Koludrovic ended up with 11 points in defeat.

England U18: Levi Noel 22+11 rebs, Joshua Houghton 17, Michael Manghum 12
Switzerland U18: Jonathan Kazadi 11, Dario Koludrovic 11



Switzerland pip Hungary in Skopje - by Eurobasket News
Switzerland U20 - Hungary U20 88:85

The Swiss U20 team grabbed the 12th position at the European Championship in Division B. They toppled Hungary today to complete the action on a high note. Christophe Varidel (185-G-89) knocked down 33 points to orchestrate the victory. Hungary occupied the 14th spot after the defeat.
The teams kept it close throughout the opening frame. Adam Toth (208-F/C-89) capped the quarter with a dunk to give Hungary a 22:19 lead. Mohacsi exploded with 7 fast points at the start of the second frame to make it 29:21 for Hungary. They extended the margin to 10 points soon before Switzerland got back to life. Christophe Varidel poured in 14 points to trim the deficit to 3 points at halftime 42:45. Adam Toth opened the second half with 8 points to kee Hungary in charge. But Christophe Varidel and Ian Savoy (187-G-90) kept the Swiss team in visibility. Davide Garruti (189-G-89) drained a triple to send Switzerland into the final frame trailing by just one point 64:65. The lead changed for several times throughout the fourth term before Christophe Varidel and Ian Savoy knocked down three free throws in the final 9 seconds sealing the win for Switzerland.
Lucas Waldesbuhl (195-G-89) netted 20 points for Switzerland. Davide Garruti and Ian Savoy added 9 points each in the victory. Mate Medve (197-G-89) replied with 21 points for Hungary. Adam Toth had 19 points and 8 boards in the losing case.

Switzerland U20: Christophe Varidel 33, Lucas Waldesbuhl 20, Davide Garruti 9, Ian Savoy 9
Hungary U20: Mate Medve 21, Adam Toth 19



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  SYRIA   


Morocco beats Syria for third place on Arab Basketball Cup - by Eurobasket News
Morocco - Syria 85-81

The host of 9th Arab Basketball Cup was better than Syria wining the Bronze on this event. Second quarter was the crucial one for the Moroccans and their victory as they finished it with 32-23. Before that, in the first frame Syria created 15-16 lead. The Syrians took control on Morocco after the breather closing the gap to 2 points. At that time it seemed that Morocco is slowing down and also that Syria is closer to win, despite minus 2. However, the Moroccans had big support from their fans and were strong enough to resist in the last period. They even won it with 2-pts for the final 85-81.
Morocco finished the first stage with 3-1 record in Group B. Later in the Quarterfinals Morocco eliminated Algeria 69-61. In Semifinals it was a real thriller. Morocco played great, but loosed it in overtime against Tunisia. Yesterday, the Tunisians won the trophy on this event. On the other side, Syria had 3-2 in Preliminary Group A. In QFinals Syria beat Saudi Arabia 83-73. They failed in the Semis against Egypt 78-99.


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Jones Cup Men Final Day - Iran wins 2009 Jones Cup title - by Chris Wang
Iran narrowly won the 2009 Jones Cup tournament title in a unprecedented and bizarre four-way tie.

First of all, sincere apology to one of the readers who left comment on a previous post. The Jones Cup did use total points to determine the final winner.

A total of four teams tied at the first place with 14 points, including three that finished 6-2 -- Iran, Lebanon and Taiwan -- and Jordan, who only got 14 points despite finishing 7-1. Jordan received no points after boycotting the Iran game.

(Note: The winning team gets two points while the losing team gets one point)

As a result, Jordan failed to win its third straight Jones Cup title and finished as runner-up. Lebanon placed third as it beat Taiwan, who ranked 4th.

Final placing:
1. Iran 6-2
2. Jordan 7-1
3. Lebanon 6-2
4. Taiwan 6-2
5. Korea 5-3
6. Philippines 2-6
7. Taiwan 2nd NT 2-6
8. Kazakhstan 1-7
9. Japan 1-7


Iran 85-60 Philippines

The game was delayed for more than a hour because of the clock problem, but that didn't stop Iran from humiliating Philippines. Iran routed Philippines by 25 points, 85-60, and finished the 2009 Jones Cup with 6 wins and 2 losses while Philippines going 2-6.

Hamed Hadadi, who was sidelined yesterday due to a bad stomach, had 19 points and 12 rebounds as Iran dominated with its height advantage and led by as many as a whopping 34 points.

'We didn't have answers against Iran's height advantage and our three-point shots did not fall. That was why we didn't have a chance, ' said Philippines head coach Yeng Guiao.

Hadadi said he still doesn't feel well today but he's made up his mind to play in the final game. 'I have sat out too many games here. If I don't play, this Taiwan trip would be meaningless for me, ' he said.

Taiwan 81-74 Korea

Cheered by the home crowd, Taiwan quickly jumped in front since the opening tip and took a 20-16 lead in the end of the first quarter. Taiwan led by six at the half.

Lin Chih-chieh made three 3-pointers in the third quarter to increase Taiwan's lead to double-digit while Korean starting center Kim Joo-sung was plagued by foul trouble.

With a seemingly comfortable lead, Taiwan became careless as they committed too many turnovers in the final quarter and gave Korea a chance. Lee Kyu-sup made two free-throws with 4:44 to play and cut the deficit to four, 67-63.

Lin Chih-chieh's fourth 3-pointer in the second half was the wake-up call, igniting a game-clinching 9-0 run which included a two-handed dunk by Tseng Wen-ting and made the score out of reach, 76-63, with two minutes left.

Chang Chih-feng led Taiwan with 21 points. Tseng Wen-ting and Lin Chih-chieh scored 17 apiece while Tien Lei had a double-double of 12 points and 13 rebounds.

Taiwan outrebounded Korea 35-25 and that proved to be the key. 'We grabbed more rebounds on both ends of the court and kept pounding inside on offense. Those were the main reasons why we won today, ' said head coach Chung Kwang-suk.

Korea was not at its full strength in the game as forward Kim Min-soo still suffered from illness and played less than 10 minutes.

In other games, Taiwan 2nd NT beat Japan 97-91. Japan used only five players in the game after losing some players to bad stomachs and others on injuries.

Jordan beat Kazakhstan 96-77. Zaid Abbas led Jordan with 23 points. Alexandr Tyutyunik had 26 points for Kazakhstan.


Taiwan NT roster for Asian Championship announced - by Chris Wang
CTBA announced the final roster for Tianjin Asian Championship Sunday as Chang Tsung-hsien, who played well for Taiwan 2nd NT in the Jones Cup, and Su Yi-chieh the surprise nominees.

Taiwan head coach Chung Kwang-suk said he looked to strengthen inside players in the final adjustment, and Chang played well enough in the Jones Cup to earn his nomination.

Taiwan NT will take two days off after the Jones Cup and start the final phase training camp in Beitou. They are scheduled to arrive in Tianjin, China on August 4 for the Asian Championship, which opens on August 6.

Final Taiwan NT roster for 2009 Asian Championship

Po., Name, Ht., Age
G Lee Hsueh-lin, Yulon, 175cm, 25
G Su Yi-chieh, Dacin, 181cm, 22
G Yang Ching-min, TB, 188cm, 25
G Chang Chih-feng, Dacin, 183cm, 28
G Chang Tsung-hsien, BYU-Hawaii, 190cm, 21
F Lin Chih-chieh, TB, 192cm, 27
F Chen Tse-wei, Dacin, 200cm, 24
F Tien Lei, Dacin, 202cm, 26
F Yang Che-yi, Yulon, 193cm, 31
F Wu Chien-lung, Pure Youth, 193cm, 20
C Tseng Wen-ting, Yulon, 202cm, 25
C Wu Tai-hao, TB, 202cm, 24
Head coach: Chung Kwang-suk
Assistants: Chou Jun-san, Hsu Ching-tse


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  TUNISIA   


Tunisia wins 9th Arab Basketball Cup in Morocco - by Eurobasket News
Tunisia - Egypt 70-50

Tunisia outplayed Egypt by 20 points in the Big Final winning the trophy at the 9th Arab Basketball Cup in Morocco. Both teams entered to this game with perfect record, but the Tunisian demonstrated much better performance yesterday. Both squads opened the game nervously and the score was tied after ten minutes, 15-15. Tunisia improved after that scoring 20 more until the half time for 5-point lead, 35-30. Nothing has changed after the breather as Tunisia still dominated. They stopped Egypt on just 10 points in third period and on the other side netted 17. It was plus 12 before the last quarter, which also belonged to Tunisia.
The new champion had perfect 5-0 record in Prleminary Round. Of course, they were No.1 in Group A, where also were placed Syria, Algeria, UAE, Lebanon and Libya. Later, in the Quarterfinals Tunisia devastated Kuwait 99-57. In the Semis the Tunisians met the host of this event, Morocco celebrating tiny overtime win. Egypt, who won the Silver, outplayed Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Yemen at the Preliminary Stage in Group B. In the QFinals, Egypt cruised past Libya 84-54. In the Semis the Egyptians smashed Syria 99-78.


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  TURKEY   


Lithuania douse Turkey to claim fifth spot - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U20 - Turkey U20 77:72
Lithuania clinched the fifth position at the U20 European Championship in Greece. They wrapped up their campaign with victory over Turkey today.
Turkey started the game aggressively. They dominated every aspect in this one rolling to a 21:10 lead at the first break. Kilicli extended the margin to 13 points early in the second quarter. Lithuania reacted with 10 unanswered points to trim the deficit. Ibrahim Yildirim (188-G-90) and Gen stopped the bleeding as Turkey finished the first half up by 9 points.
Balto, Ibrahim Yildirim and Batuk widened the margin to 18 points early in the third quarter. The Turkish team maintained the cushion entering the fourth period up by 15 points. Adas Juskevicius (193-G/F-89) tipped off the final stanza with 7 points in a row. The Baltic team initialized a 16:1 run late in the game to pull in front 73:68 with just over two minutes remaining. Ibrahim Yildirim clipped the distance but Adas Juskevicius responded with a three-pointer to silence Turkey.
Adas Juskevicius tallied 21 points and 6 boards for Lithuania. Sarunas Vasiliauskas (190-G-89) added 19 points in the winning effort. Ibrahim Yildirim responded with 19 points for Turkey. Melih Mahmutoglu (187-G-90) had 12 points in the loss.

Lithuania U20: Adas Juskevicius 21, Sarunas Vasiliauskas 19, Vaidas Cepukaitis (206-C-89) 10
Turkey U20: Ibrahim Yildirim 19, Melih Mahmutoglu 12



Movements on Turkish market - by Mustafa Bozkurt
Eren Beyaz (208-C-85) signed with Galatasaray Cafe Crown a few days ago. Young center played for Aliaga Petkim last year and he averaged 3.2 points and 1.4 rebounds. Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi added 3 imports - Jimmy Baron (191-G-86), Marcus Cousin (211-C-86, college: Seton Hall) and Richie Frahm (196-G-77, college: Gonzaga). Erdemir got agree terms with Michael Cuffee (193-F-83, college: Middle Tenn.St.). And Engin Atsur (194-G-84, college: N.Carolina St.) is going to play for Besiktas Cola Turka at 2009-10 season. Istanbul team also signed with Brad Newley (199-G-85).

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  UKRAINE   


Serbia revenge on Ukraine in Greece - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U20 - Ukraine U20 83:56

Serbia claimed the 11th spot at the U20 European Championship in Greece. They held off Ukraine in the final game at the tournament today. Ukraine beat Serbia in the preliminary round but a Slobodan Klipa team took revenge. Ukraine opened their campaign with two victories but then suffered six consecutive defeats to occupy just the 12th position in the final ladder.
Ukraine opened the game with nine points in a row to stun Serbia. The Balkan team needed the whole first frame to come back to life. They capped the first quarter on a 9:2 rally to surge in front 20:18. Serbia unloaded shocking 25:0 run at the start of the second quarter to knock Ukraine out. Anton Schepkin (201-C-87) scored the only two points of the quarter for Ukraine from the stripe as the team trailed by 23 points at halftime. Otverchenko and Anton Schepkin tallied 3 treys midway through the third quarter to cut the deficit to 16 points. Dragan Milosavljevic (198-G-89) and Aleksandar Mitrovic (202-G-90) hit from beyond the arc as Serbia entered the fourth quarter ahead by 17 points. Serbia cruised to the win in the fourth period.
Aleksandar Mitrovic netted 18 points to pace Serbia. Dragan Milosavljevic and Bojan Subotic (206-F/C-90) added 12 points apiece for the winners. Stanislav Tymofeyenko (204-F-89) responded with 16 points and 7 boards for Ukraine. Anton Schepkin had 12 points in the losing effort.

Serbia U20: Aleksandar Mitrovic 18, Dragan Milosavljevic 12, Bojan Subotic 12
Ukraine U20: Stanislav Tymofeyenko 16, Anton Schepkin 12



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  UNITED KINGDOM   


England U18 atop Group D - by Eurobasket News
England U18-Switzerland U18 77:62

England U18 atop Group A of the U18 European Championship Men 2009 Division B. The favorites improved to 3-0 after 77:62 over Switzerland U18.
Zivanovic opened the game with a lay-up to give the first lead for the Swiss team. Jonathan Kazadi (195-G-91) extended the lead for his team from the perimeter, while Levi Noel (196-G-91) toed the game at 13:13. Martin closed the period at 19:13 and it was him for 23:13 later in the second. Switzerland U18 remained with 13 in the first 5 minutes of the second frame as England had 37:13 with 5 minutes to play in the half. The winners won the frame 23-11 to have 42:24 after the first half. Dubas opened the third period for 42:26 and Fridel reduced to 47:28. The game became more even however England kept the difference for good. Thoseby made a lay-up to close the quarter at 63:43 after three quarters. In the last frame Switzerland U18 recovered a bit and closed the gap to 15 points. Gyorgy made a lay-up for 66:47 and Dario Koludrovic (192-F-92) nailed three for 68:50. Levi Noel however closed the game for the winners at 77:62 as his team won the third straight game.
Levi Noel top-scored for the winners with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Joshua Houghton (188-G-91) notched 17, whilst Michael Manghum (182-G-91) had 12. Jonathan Kazadi and Dario Koludrovic ended up with 11 points in defeat.

England U18: Levi Noel 22+11 rebs, Joshua Houghton 17, Michael Manghum 12
Switzerland U18: Jonathan Kazadi 11, Dario Koludrovic 11



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  VENEZUELA   


Is Gaiteros Bankrupt? - by Carlos Santander
Plenty days after the celebration because of the tremendous last game of the 2009 LPB championship series, where Marinos became champion of the Professional Basketball League of Venezuela; there are yet many basketball players that haven't receive their salaries Gaiteros Del Zulia owe to them. A players wife, sent us an email informing us about her frustration because her husband, father of her kids hasnt get back home to joint his family because Gatieros hasnt pay his salary yet. This lady is wondering if LPB is aware about the disaster that Gaiteros is causing to many local and international families; it's not just about the players, those men have to take care of their responsibilities as father or husbands, but they can't because Gaiteros doesn't pay theirs salaries; this is a fraud. In a few months, Gaiteros Del Zulia is going to start operations once again to get ready for the next season, here some questions, LPB will allowed them to participate in the 2010 season? Who is going to pay to the people Gaiteros owe money? Why they don't sale the franchise? Are they going to be able to get import players for free once again? Can FIBA do something about it? Is LPB considering this topic?



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  WILLIAM JONES CUP   


Jones Cup Men Final Day - Iran wins 2009 Jones Cup title - by Chris Wang
Iran narrowly won the 2009 Jones Cup tournament title in a unprecedented and bizarre four-way tie.

First of all, sincere apology to one of the readers who left comment on a previous post. The Jones Cup did use total points to determine the final winner.

A total of four teams tied at the first place with 14 points, including three that finished 6-2 -- Iran, Lebanon and Taiwan -- and Jordan, who only got 14 points despite finishing 7-1. Jordan received no points after boycotting the Iran game.

(Note: The winning team gets two points while the losing team gets one point)

As a result, Jordan failed to win its third straight Jones Cup title and finished as runner-up. Lebanon placed third as it beat Taiwan, who ranked 4th.

Final placing:
1. Iran 6-2
2. Jordan 7-1
3. Lebanon 6-2
4. Taiwan 6-2
5. Korea 5-3
6. Philippines 2-6
7. Taiwan 2nd NT 2-6
8. Kazakhstan 1-7
9. Japan 1-7


Iran 85-60 Philippines

The game was delayed for more than a hour because of the clock problem, but that didn't stop Iran from humiliating Philippines. Iran routed Philippines by 25 points, 85-60, and finished the 2009 Jones Cup with 6 wins and 2 losses while Philippines going 2-6.

Hamed Hadadi, who was sidelined yesterday due to a bad stomach, had 19 points and 12 rebounds as Iran dominated with its height advantage and led by as many as a whopping 34 points.

'We didn't have answers against Iran's height advantage and our three-point shots did not fall. That was why we didn't have a chance, ' said Philippines head coach Yeng Guiao.

Hadadi said he still doesn't feel well today but he's made up his mind to play in the final game. 'I have sat out too many games here. If I don't play, this Taiwan trip would be meaningless for me, ' he said.

Taiwan 81-74 Korea

Cheered by the home crowd, Taiwan quickly jumped in front since the opening tip and took a 20-16 lead in the end of the first quarter. Taiwan led by six at the half.

Lin Chih-chieh made three 3-pointers in the third quarter to increase Taiwan's lead to double-digit while Korean starting center Kim Joo-sung was plagued by foul trouble.

With a seemingly comfortable lead, Taiwan became careless as they committed too many turnovers in the final quarter and gave Korea a chance. Lee Kyu-sup made two free-throws with 4:44 to play and cut the deficit to four, 67-63.

Lin Chih-chieh's fourth 3-pointer in the second half was the wake-up call, igniting a game-clinching 9-0 run which included a two-handed dunk by Tseng Wen-ting and made the score out of reach, 76-63, with two minutes left.

Chang Chih-feng led Taiwan with 21 points. Tseng Wen-ting and Lin Chih-chieh scored 17 apiece while Tien Lei had a double-double of 12 points and 13 rebounds.

Taiwan outrebounded Korea 35-25 and that proved to be the key. 'We grabbed more rebounds on both ends of the court and kept pounding inside on offense. Those were the main reasons why we won today, ' said head coach Chung Kwang-suk.

Korea was not at its full strength in the game as forward Kim Min-soo still suffered from illness and played less than 10 minutes.

In other games, Taiwan 2nd NT beat Japan 97-91. Japan used only five players in the game after losing some players to bad stomachs and others on injuries.

Jordan beat Kazakhstan 96-77. Zaid Abbas led Jordan with 23 points. Alexandr Tyutyunik had 26 points for Kazakhstan.


Standings
Standings
1. Iran 6-2
2. Jordan 7-1
5. S.Korea 5-3
3. Lebanon 6-2
4. Taiwan 6-2
6. Philippines 2-6
7. Taiwan B 2-6
9. Japan 1-7
8. Kazakhstan 1-7




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Women News

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  BARBADOS - Women  


Cavs one win away from finals return - by Justin Marville
STATION HILL CAVALIERS magic number is just one.

The reigning seven-time league champs moved one step closer to defending their womens league basketball title after whipping the Combined Schools Hoopsters 85-28 in Game 1 of their best-of-three semi-final series at the Barbados Community College on Saturday.

Station Hill spoiled the school girls first trip to the playoffs in some five seasons by jumping all over their inexperienced opponents in a quick 27-9 opening burst to the first quarter.

Ruth Holder, Astrid Alleyne and Denesha Elcock were the main culprits in that initial run, combining for all but four of those points in that period.

The lady Cavs never trailed, extending that lead to a 43-15 half-time advantage before blowing the contest wide open by outscoring Hoopsters 26-4 in the third quarter.

Holder finished the game with a season high 27 points, with Elcock adding 11 and Alleyne chipping in with ten points in limited action. For the schoolgirls, Richelle Farley and Shannika Broome both top-scored with six points.

Game 2 of the series is one Wednesday night at the YMCA, preceding the second game of the semi-final



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  BRAZIL - Women  


Mangueira/Petrobas tops Clube Centro/AVBN in 3 games in Niteroi/Icarai - by Mel Devonne
Icarai/Niteroi-Rio de Janeiro- Sunday morning July 26 Mangueria/Petrobas traveled to Niteroi for 3 games
vs AVBN at Clube Centro. Just one block from the Icarai beachfront Mangueria beat AVBN in 3 blowouts.
Game one between 17U players, Mangueria won 97-15. Mangueria was led by Esabela Costa with 18 points
and also got great guard play form Stephanie Lara 17 points and Fatina Oliveria with 14 points. Cecila Goncales
had 9 to lead AVBN.
Game 2 featured a strong 15U team from Mangueria beating AVNB 96-5, AVBN scored its first points with
:08 left in the 3rd quarter.
In game 3 the Mangueria 19U team beat AVBN 89-25 lead by 6-4 Mairara Araijo with 20 in limited minutes,
while Lina Dos Santos had 11 for AVBN.
Mangueria/Petrobas coached by Guilherme Castro Vos has some strong talent and several girls have an interest
in playing in the United States.



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  NIGERIA - Women  


Ogun State floats Gateway Basketball Club to build Indoor Sports Hall - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Ogun State, Southwest Nigeria is set to join the league of basketball playing state with plans to float a basketball club to compete in the Nigeria Women Premier League has reached advanced stage.

The club to be known as Gateway (Women) Basketball Club will come into stream before the end of the third quarter this year.

According to the state Commissioner for Sports, Bukola Olopade the club will ranked among the top teams in the country as everything is being perfected to make it one of the best run team in Nigeria.

Olopade further disclosed that plans to build an indoor sports hall is also being looked into as the state government is said to be partnering a bank to achieve these lofty goal.

The Sports Commissioners says the floating of the club is part of the state overnment youth empowerment programme of the state governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel
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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS U19 - Women  


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Elizabeth Folake CAMBAGE
  (203-C-91)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Cambage, AUS24.3 
 2. Solopova, LTU20.3 
 3. Xargay Casad., ESP18.3 
 4. Inoubli, TUN16.0 
 5. Brezinova, CZE15.3 
 6. Jarry, AUS14.7 
 7. Tudanca Aced., ESP14.3 
 8. Ogwumike, USA14.0 
 9. Wen, CHN13.3 
 10. Mamiya, J.13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kayla ALEXANDER
  (195-F/C-91)
  Avg: 13.3
 1. Alexander, CAN13.3 
 2. Coulibaly, MLI9.5 
 3. Mariko, MLI9.3 
 4. Ogwumike, USA8.7 
 5. Ble Ossepe, ESP8.7 
 6. Tarasova, RUS8.7 
 7. Cambage, AUS8.3 
 8. Achonwa, CAN8.0 
 9. Paugaite, LTU8.0 
 10. Nascimento, B.8.0 
Assists Per Game
 Siyue QIU
  (--91)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Qiu, CHN4.3 
 2. Prahalis, USA3.0 
 3. Harrington, AUS2.7 
 4. Diggins, USA2.7 
 5. Zintikaite, LTU2.3 
 6. Ireland, AUS2.0 
 7. Bartonova, CZE2.0 
 8. Jarry, AUS2.0 
 9. Solopova, LTU2.0 
 10. Konate, F.2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Debora FERNANDES DA COSTA
  (165-G-91)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Fernandes Da., BRA3.5 
 2. Grigoryeva, RUS2.3 
 3. Kito, JPN2.3 
 4. Inoubli, TUN2.3 
 5. Arami, TUN2.0 
 6. Colley, CAN2.0 
 7. Ostroukhova, RUS2.0 
 8. Ricketts, USA2.0 
 9. Stara, CZE2.0 
 10. Achonwa, C.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Kristina ALMINAITE
  (204-C-90)
  Avg: 4
 1. Alminaite, LTU4.0 
 2. Cambage, AUS2.3 
 3. Tippett, AUS2.3 
 4. Vernerey, FRA1.7 
 5. Logunova, RUS1.7 
 6. Burani, ARG1.7 
 7. Kuslitova, CZE1.5 
 8. Cumming, AUS1.3 
 9. Alexander, CAN1.3 
 10. Tarasova, R.1.3