EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/3/2009

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Buducnost Podgorica lands Cedomir Vitkovac - by Zoran Popovic
Former BC Partizan Igokea Beograd player, Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket), will play next season in BC Buducnost Podgorica. Contract between Buducnost and Vitkovac is sign for one year. In season 2008-2009 Vitkovac in Euroleague average scored 3.6 points, 1.9 rebounds, 0.2 assists, 0.4 steals, in Adriatic league average scored 4.1 points, 2.6 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.7 steals and in Serbian Superleague average scored 2.9 points, 1.0 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 0.3 steals. Vitkovac started career in Napredak Krusevac in season 2002-2003, moved to Crvena Zvezda and played for them in period 2003-2007 and last two seasons played for BC Partizan Igokea Beograd Beograd. With BC Partizan Igokea Beograd Beograd Vitkovac won 2 consecutive Serbian Championships, Radivoj Korac Cups and Adriatic Championships. Vitkovac was member of Serbian University National team in Bangkok 2007.

Lashkevich extends Helios deal by one year - by Zeljko Zule
Belorussian Aliaksei Lashkevich (203-F-78, agency: VTBM) has agreed a one-year extension to his contract with Slovenian runner-up Helios. He has been at Helios since 1999 and won the 2007 Slovenian Cup and Championship.
2009-10 Helios Provisional Roster: Aliaksei Lashkevich, Miha Zalokar (203-F-80), Vjekoslav Petrovic (193-G/F-81), Domen Zerak (203-C-79, agency: VTBM), Ziga Zagorc (188-G-84, agency: VTBM), Matej Krusic (211-F/C-87), Klemen Balazic (194-F-89), Klemen Skrlec (189-G-90), Igor Tratnik (207-C/F-89). Coach: Rado Trifunovic .


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Albania surprised Serbia - by Eurobasket News
Serbia-Albania 69:83

Albania surprised Serbia in the game of Classification for 5-8 places in Pescara, Italy. Albania won the first period 23:19 and then was caught by Serbians at 38:38. The win in the third and the last periods brought Albania the initial victory in Mediterranean Games. LUCA Ersid top-scored for the winners with 24 points and 12 rebounds, while Franko Bushati (188-G-85) notched 16. Aleksandar Mitrovic (202-G-90) posted 18 for Serbia and Filip Covic (178-G-89) scored 12. Albania will face now Morocco in the game for the 5/6 places. Serbia will meet Montenegro to fins out the teams for 7/8 places.

Serbia: Aleksandar Mitrovic 18, Filip Covic 12
Albania:LUCA Ersid 24+12 rebs, Franko Bushati 16



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Angolan U19 National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
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7 Eduardo Ferreira (194-F-90)
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10 Emanuel Antonio (180-G-90) of Club Desportivo Un. Agostinho Neto
11 Agostinho Coelho (198-F-90)
13 Islando Manuel (192-F-91)
14 Yuri Demba (180-G-90)
15 Miguel Kiala (198-C-90)



Greece crunch Angola - by Eurobasket News
Greece U19 - Angola U19 101:58
Greek U19 National Team posted the first win at the World Championship in New Zealand. They overpowered Angola in preliminary Group A. Nikolaos Pappas (194-G-90, agency: FCM) scored 20 points to propel the European outfit to the victory.
The teams kept it close before Greece went on an 11:2 run in the opening frame to gain the advantage. Vlantimir Giankovits (202-C-90) and Georgakis secured a 28:19 lead for Greece after ten minutes. Angola scored just 8 points in the second stanza allowing Greece to clear off to an 18-point distance at halftime. The tempo increased in the third stanza as Angola tried to force the issue. But the Hellenes matched the effort unloading 32 points and entering the fourth period ahead by 26 points. Greece finished off hapless Angola in the final stanza going for a massive victory at the end.
Vlantimir Giankovits scored 18 points and pulled down 7 rebounds for Greek team. Leonidas Kaselakis (202-C-90) added 13 points in the victory. Miguel Kiala (198-C-90) replied with 16 points and game-high 18 rebounds for Angola. Edson Ndoniema (191-G-91), Eduardo Ferreira (194-F-90) and Emanuel Antonio (180-G-90) had 10 points apiece in the loss.
Greece will face Puerto Rico, while Angola will try to bounce back against Lithuania tomorrow.

Greece: Nikolaos Pappas 20, Vlantimir Giankovits 18, Leonidas Kaselakis 13
Angola: Miguel Kiala 16+18 boards, Edson Ndoniema 10



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The home side advanced to the semis beating Antigua - by Eurobasket News
Antigua-British Virgin Islands 60:67

The British Virgin Islands advanced to the semifinals of the CBC Championship. In Day 2 the home side overcame Antigua 67:60 in the last game of the day.
The British Virgin Islands started the game with 19:12 as the home crown enjoyed the beginning of the game. Halstead Chiverton and Chaurbin Smith shined for the hosts in the second period to give the hosts 35:26 at the halftime.
For Antigua it was a do or die game, so they had nothing to lose. Antigua closed the lead in the third quarter finishing down 51:49 due to Mario Davis (198-F/G-80, college: Missouri Western) and Xavier Meade (201-C-87) effort. Moreover the teams opened the last period at 51:51, but then British Virgin Islands proved the home superiority.
British Virgin Islands showed 52% from the field and Antigua had 39%. The latter however had a better free throw percentage as they made 18/24 against 17/25.
Halstead Chiverton (-82) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Chaurbin Smith (178-G-81) nailed 13, while Kennedy Bass (196-F, college: Anderson) netted 12. Mario Davis responded with 15 points in the losing case and Xavier Meade added 12.
Today British Virgin Islands and Cuba will play for the top place in the group, while Antigua and Bermuda will play for the initial victory.

Antigua: Mario Davis 15, Xavier Meade Kareem 12
British Virgin Islands: Halstead Chiverton 16+7 rebs, Chaurbin Smith 13, Kennedy Bass 12



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Argentina narrowly defeat New Zealand - by Eurobasket News
New Zealand U19 - Argentina U19 64:66

Argentina had a narrow escape against the hosts in the U19 World Championship in Auckland today. The teams closed the first day schedule and came up with the most intriguing performance of the day. It all came down to the wire in this one. Things were leveled at 61 with under 4 minutes to go in regulation. Matias Nocedal (192-G-90, agency: Interperformances) and Barrios followed with buckets to set Argentina in front 65:61 with just over a minute to go. Robert Loe (211-C-91) and Logan van Beek (183-G-90) responded with a bunch of free throws to drag New Zealand within one with 18 seconds on the clock. Pablo Orlietti (208-C/F-90) and Morgan Nathan (197-F-91) exchanged turnovers in the dying seconds before Cristian Cortes was put to the line. He hit the first attempt and then missed the second one and the Kiwis simply ran out of time before taking a shot.
The hosts were up by 4 points at halftime. They extended the margin to 7 points midway through the third period but could not capitalize. Argentina stormed back into the contest in the fourth period and eked out a thrilling victory at the end. Matias Nocedal finished with 21 points for Argentina. Luciano Gonzalez (196-F-90) added 12 points in the win. Brook Ruscoe (188-G-90) had 22 points for New Zealand. Robert Loe delivered 15 points and 6 boards in defeat.

New Zealand: Brook Ruscoe 22, Robert Loe 15
Argentina: Matias Nocedal 21, Luciano Gonzalez 12, Fabian Ramirez 9



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Australia draw first blood in Auckland - by Eurobasket News
Australia U19 - Canada U19 88:77

Australia opened the U19 World Championship with victory. They defeated Canada in the preliminary Group C action. Cody Ellis (202-F-90) scored 25 points to lead the Emus to the win. Australia got to a quick start as they knocked down 24 points in the starting period worth a 6-point lead at the break. The Aussies opened a double-digit lead in the second frame but could not maintain the margin. Robert Gagliardi (185-G-90) and Mangisto Arop (197-G-90) pulled Canada within 8 at halftime.
Cody Ellis and Jason Cadee gave the Emus a 15-point lead midway through the third stanza but Canada refused to give up. They cut the distance back to 10 points with ten minutes to go in regulation. Canada came within 9 after Kelly Kelly Olynyk (203-F) fired from downtown with under 3 minutes to go in the game. But Brock Motum (205-F-90) and Cody Ellis stepped up for the Emus at this point ensuring the initial win for Australia. Brock Motum finished with 22 points and 8 boards for the winners. Mangisto Arop replied with game-high 27 points and 11 boards for Canada. Robert Gagliardi, Kelly Olynyk and Cory Joseph (185-G-91) delivered 11 points apiece in the loss.
Australia outrebounded their opponents 42:33 and sank 45% of field goals. The Emus also committed just 11 turnovers down the stretch.
Australia play against Spain, while Canada take on Syria tomorrow.

Australia: Cody Ellis 25, Brock Motum 22, Jason Cadee 9
Canada: Mangisto Arop 27+11 boards, Kelly Olynyk 11



Townsville signs Rolan Roberts - by James Hoff
The Townsville Crocodiles have signed undersized centre Rolan Roberts (199-F/C-78, agency: Warren Sports International, college: S.Illinois) as their first import for season 2009/10. The club hopes guard Corey Williams (191-G-77, college: Alabama St.) will now follow.

The 6 foot 7 inch Roberts was a member of the championship winning Sydney Kings in 2005, the clubs third championship under coach Brian Goorjian , though left Australia on bad terms after injuring himself mid-season.

During his second year with the Kings (season 2005-2006) Roberts tore his pectoral muscle, ending his regular season and as a result his time in Australia with the NBL. The injury happened in December 2005 while participating in an All-Star Dunk competition.

Weighing 115-kilograms Roberts is an upgrade in interior presence and known for being a strong rebounder and shot blocker. He will bring European league experience to the Crocs after playing for Ovarense Aerosoles-Dolce Vita, a team within Portugals top national mens league, the LCB, or in Portuguese, I Liga Portuguesa de Basquetebol.

Roberts had been on the Crocs radar for some time as the club looks to secure a maiden championship in the 'new' NBL.

'It's important this season to make some changes enabling us to move closer to winning a championship. If we retained the same side there might be a chance of not going to the next level', said Ian Smythe the clubs Chief Executive Officer.

'The opportunity arose to recruit Rolan and while not being the tall player we had hoped to recruit, a player with Rolans pedigree is hard to say no to. He has shown in this league that he can make an impact and if the Crocs are to move up we need players like this'.

'Rolan complements the roster and were very excited to have him here for season 2009-2010', said Mr Smythe.




Roberts briefly played for the Indiana Pacers' summer league team also and was said to be in a legal battle with the now-defunct Kings regarding player payments.


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Bahamas lost to Jamaica in Day 2 - by Eurobasket News
Jamaica-Bahamas 77:73

Jamaica tied the records at 1-1 beating Bahamas 77:73 at the Caribbean Basketball Championships continued in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. Bahamas tried hard in the majority of the game but failed in the last period.
The Jamaicans opened the game with 19:14 after the first period, however could not enjoy the lead until the end of the half. Bahamas tied the game at 30:30 and then went on a 44:37 lead at the halftime. In the beginning of the third period Bahamas had a twelve point lead a Alonzo Hinds (183-G, college: Midland CC) made it 56:44. Jamaica however stayed tough and finished with a 12-4 run to finish down 60:56. The last quarter belonged to Jamaica that produced 21-13 to win the initial game at the Caribbean Basketball Championships in Tortola.
Jamaica showed 55% from the field, while Bahamas had 41%. The latter was better from the three-point line as they made 8/21 and Jamaica had 2/13. Bahamas also showed 78% from the free throw line and Jamaica had 70%.
Weyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86) and Kimani Ffriend (211-C-77, agency: Court Side, college: Nebraska) paced all the winners with 18 points each. Samardo Samuels (203-F-89) and Mike Coburn (183-G-88) netted 11 points each, and Andre Smith had 10 points. Alonzo Hinds led the Bahamas with a game-high 27 points, followed by Quentin Hall (174-G-77, agency: Promotex, college: Gonzaga) and Torrington Cox (201-F-85) with 11 each.
Tomorrow in the last game of the group Jamaica will face Barbados, while Bahamas will take on Trinidad and Tobago.

Jamaica: Weyinmi Efejuku 18, Kimani Ffriend 18, Samardo Samuels 11, Mike Coburn 11, Andre Smith 10 points
Bahamas: Alonzo Hinds 27 points, Quentin Hall 11, Torrington Cox 11


It's do or die for team Bahamas at CBC - by Kristian Santiago
(By Dahalia Smith,Nassau Guardian)

The Bahamas men's senior national basketball team is in a must win situation against Trinidad and Tobago today after suffering a 77-73 loss to Jamaica yesterday. A win today will secure a playoff berth at the 20th Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Championships ongoing in Tortilla, British Virgin Islands (BVI).

The national team trailed 19-14 against Jamaica in the opening quarter but was ahead 44-37 by half-time at the multi-purpose Sports Complex. The Bahamians were still in control by the end of the third (60-56) and were looking to build on their nine point lead. But the Jamaicans regrouped and chipped away at a sizable 13 point lead, that The Bahamas team had established in the final quarter, for the victory.

Point guard Alonzo Hinds (183-G, college: Midland CC) led the charge, as he did in the first game, leading with 27 points, two steals, one assist and grabbed two rebounds. Guards Quentin Hall (174-G-77, agency: Promotex, college: Gonzaga) and Torrington Cox (201-F-85) contributed 11 points apiece and forward Jeremy Hutchinson (-C-80) finished with nine points, three rebounds and two blocks.

Assistant coach Mario Bowleg is optimistic about the team's medal chances.

'In the last quarter we gave away a lot of points as our shots stopped falling, however we are now focused on the next game. Trinidad is much larger than us but we know that we can beat any team here, including Cuba. So our intention is to qualify for the playoffs and come home with a medal,' he said.

Hinds believes the team can compete at an even higher level.

Hinds said: 'I am happy with my performance but as a team we could have executed better down the stretch, especially during the last four minutes of the game. They were going to the line a lot but then we missed a lot of shots.

'We were hungry going into that game but that loss definitely woke us up. So in the game against Trinidad and Tobago we should be coming out with more intensity. Right now we are even more anxious to play,' he said.

Former multi-national team player Jeremy Hutchinson said trust is an essential ingredient in today's game against the twin islands.

'It was a very defensive game, we had to play really hard against those big guys,' said Hutchinson after the match. 'Nonetheless the team effort was good and everyone is doing what they need to. I know we can do better in next game. We just needed some shaking up.

'Concerning the team's chemistry it really picked up from the last game we won against Barbados. We just need to trust one another a bit more for when it is time to put that ball in the hole. Also down the stretch if we can practice a bit more patience it should pay off. Other than that, this is one of the best Bahamian senior men's teams that was put together in a long time,' he noted.

The Bahamas won its first game against Barbados 75-73 Tuesday night. The Bahamas is in Pool 'A' along with Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. Teams in Pool 'B' include Cuba, Antigua and Barbuda, BVI, and Bermuda.

A top three finish in the championships would advance The Bahamas to the Centro Basket Championships. The tournament is expected to wrap up Saturday, July 4.

At the last CBC Championships in Jamaica, The Bahamas placed fourth, but was still given an invite to the next level, the Centro Basket Championships, with the sudden withdrawal of the Dominican Republic. At the Centro Basket Championships, The Bahamas lost the bronze medal game to Cuba.

In related news, the 2nd Bahamas Basketball Federation (BBF) Independence Basketball Tournament is on tap to be held from July 9-12. The tourney is expected to feature teams in three different age groups, under-12, under-18 and open. Last year, the College All-stars beat a team out of Grand Bahama for the championship in the men's division. In the women's division, a New Providence based team won the title against the College All-stars.



Bahamas National Team 2009 - by Richard
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4 Quentin Hall (174-G-77) of TBB Trier (GER)
5 Alonzo Hinds (183-G-84) of Newberry College (USA)
6 Brian Bain (190-G-81) of Armstrong Atlantic State University (USA)
7 Jeremy Hutchinson (-C-80) of Real Deal Shockers
8 Jeffrey Henfield (193-G-85) of Gallup Talons (USA)
9 Scott Forbes (196-F-75) of JSF Nanterre (FRA)
10 Torrington Cox (201-F-85) of King College (USA)
11 Cordero Seymour (196-F-86) of Dickinson State University (USA)
12 Quentin Demeritte (198-F-82) of Central Oregon Hotshots (USA)
14 Doyle Hudson (203-F/C-84) of University of Pittsburgh (USA)
15 Gijo Bain (213-C-85) of A.D. Tarragona (ESP)


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Barbados fell at 0-2 in Group A - by Eurobasket News
Barbados-Trinidad and Tobago 63:90

Barbados lost the second game at the CBC Championship to fall at 0-2 in the group. Trinidad and Tobago was too god for the opponents taking 90:63 win and to remain undefeated.
Trinidad and Tobago took control of the tempo with a three point play from Ashby on the first possession of the game. The favorites looked better in the period to go on 24:12 advantage after the first 10 minutes. Sydney Rowe helped the team to stay even for 42:30 deficit at the halftime. The teams came back to the court as Trinidad and Tobago remained to control the game. Ian Young hit three consecutive 3-pointers as Trinidad and Tobago ran up a 56:40 lead. In the second half Trinidad secured the game with a good offense to keep the lead in double digits. After 27-19 the winners led the game to 90:63 to register the second straight win in the group.
Julius Ashby (205-F/C-82, college: Colorado) led the way with 22 points, while Ian Young (191-G-81, college: Auburn) and Wilfred Benjamin (201-F/C-84, college: Marist) posted 17 apiece. Steven Lewis chipped in 9 points and Reginald George had 8. Zahir Motara (180-G-81) finished the night with 16 points in the losing effort, whilst Smith Jason and David Gilles (179-G-75) nailed 11 each.

Barbados: Zahir Motara 16, Smith Jason 11, David Gilles 11
Trinidad and Tobago: Julius Ashby 22, Ian Young 17, Wilfred Benjamin 17



Barbados lose nail-bitter to Bahamas - by Justin Marville
BARBADOS were just inches away from pulling off one of their greatest comebacks at the Caribbean Basketball Championships.

Now the Bajans have it all to do on their road to redemption.

Barbados heroically erased all but two of a daunting 13-point fourth quarter deficit before Jeremy Gills potential game-winning 30-foot shot perilously hit back iron at the final horn, allowing the Bahamas to hold on for a dramatic 75-73 in their opening Group A encounter at the Multipurpose Complex in Road Town on Tuesday.

That agonizingly long trey from way behind the arc brought a heartbreaking end to a memorable fourth quarter performance from the men in ultramarine and blue, where Bahamas were outscored 21-10 in that final period and 11-5 over the last 5:10.

What began with burly forward/centre Kelvin Patterson dominating offensively, continued with a suddenly resurgent George Haynes and culminated with Jefferson Trotmans superb lock-down perimeter defence as Barbados whittled down their oppositions 65-52 advantage within minutes.

Bahamas had seemingly halted their untimely slide when Quentin Hall made Trotman pay for doubling off him before Hall hooked up with Jeffrey Henfield for a subsequent alley-oop in transition to push the lead back to eight (74-66).

However, the Bahamians only added a further point the rest of the way as captain Zahir Motara immediately hit a three off the bench while Andre Lockhart found Gill for a backdoor lay-up preceding Gills crowd-pleasing handoff to Haynes in the paint.

But Barbados never found that game-tying basket after ill-advisedly going away from Patterson on the inside, failing to score on four successive possessions that culminated with Gill missing an uncontested lay-up with 33 seconds remaining.

Gill was presented a chance at redemption though when Haynes gave him the outlet pass off an ensuing defensive rebound on the following possession, but the subsequent last-second shot from just past half-court narrowly missed the intended target.

Earlier, Barbados suspect man-to-man and transition defence was seriously exposed early on as Hinds was left open for three successive jumpers on the left wing.

It was part of a perfect six for six start by the Bahamians that led an initial 14-6 opening run and a telling 27-16 advantage. Kelvin Patterson quickly countered though, leading Barbados to score seven unanswered at the end of the quarter, ending with George Haynes huge one-handed slam through the middle.

And if Barbados awful man marking was revealed, then their oppositions poor perimeter shooting was similarly undressed by a subsequent 2-3-zone defence as the Bajans cut the deficit to only two (34-32) midway in the ensuing period by keeping Bahamas out of the open floor.

Barbados slowed the game to a crawl, dumping the ball in the paint to burly 68 centre Sydney Rowe, whose size and width proved too much for the smaller, opposing frontcourt to contend with.

However, Haynes got tentative thereafter, passing up several open looks while Gill was widely ineffective from the field thus stalling the sides half court offence.

And once the Bahamians began to push the ball off Barbados misses then forward Scott Forbes finally flourished, beating the slower Rowe and Patterson for easy scores and working the baseline off his guards drive-and-dish.

Bahamas restored their lead to 43-37 by the break before Henfield broke their drought from beyond the arc, sparking a huge 14-2 run in the third that stretched the advantage to double digits.

Patterson led the losing effort with 15 points, with Rowe adding 13 while Haynes and Gill both scored 12 points apiece. Hinds 15 was the top-score for Bahamas.

Barbados must now defeat both Trinidad and Jamaica in their remaining Group A contests if they are to have any chance at qualifying for the semi-finals and despite the heartbreak, head coach Adrian Craigwell believes his side will rebound in those two games.

It was a tough one to lose but I dont think our spirit is down enough for us not to comeback, expressed a heartfelt Craigwell.

This is one we definitely wanted and we didnt get it, but it doesnt end here.



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Div 1 Transfer News - by Peter Buyse
VOO Verviers-Pepinster has announced the addition of forward-center John Tofi (203-F/C-84)i to it's 200-2010 roster.
Tofi played his college career at the University of Texas El Paso (UTEP) where he graduated at the end of the 2005-2006 season.
He played 23 games in his senior year and averaged 13.9 ppg and 9.2 rpg. Although he missed the last 3 games of the regular season due to a serious knee injury he was still voted to the Conference USA 1st team.

Antwerp Giants recently added Belgian NT guard Roel Moors (188-G-78) to their roster for the upcoming season.
Moors had a good season for Optima Gent and was selected Eurobasket All Domestic first team.



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Bermuda rolls over Jersey - by Kristian Santiago
The men's basketball team rolled Jersey like they were some drunken street bum in a lop-sided 100 to 33 victory.

The triumph allowed Bermuda to advance out of the group stage with an unblemished 2-0 record after having previously downed medal contender Cayman Islands 82 to 71.

National team coach Roderick Spencer decided to go all out for victory early. Spencer wanted an easy win so he could rest his starters for the more important games to come.

Bermuda poured in 33 points in the first quarter while holding Jersey to just nine points.

Starters Sullivan Phillips (196-F-79, college: Columbia Union) - Bermuda's only professional on the squad - and sharp shooter Chris Crumpler (-83) only played the first half. In spite of his limited playing time, Phillips still led the squad with six assists and four steals.

This gave coach Spencer a chance to see what other tools he had in the toolbox.

Jason Simons, who didn't play in game one, came off the bench to hit his first three shots while former CedarBridge school boy Richard Warner played meaningful minutes as did Jordan Knight. Both Warner and Knight were standouts at the defensive end for the team. In addition, Warner cleaned the glass for seven offensive rebounds to go along with his four steals.

Bermuda dominated on defence by nabbing an almost unheard of 24 steals.

By the middle of the third quarter the remaining starters, Dean Jones (198-F-83), Dale Jackson (-74) and Steven Simons (-82), all found they were back to the bench, never to log another minute as Bermuda cruised to an easy win.

Richard Pully-Raynor and Kent Tacklyn scored their first international points for Bermuda.

Even with such an emphatic triumph, Spencer wasn't happy with the team's free throws as the squad hit just 51 per cent from the line.

Jonathan Minors (-77) was selected as Player of the Game by snagging a double-double with 14 points and 13 boards. He also had two steals and three assists.

Jason Simons was the high point man for Bermuda with 21 and contributed two rebounds and three steals while Jason Lowe came off the bench with a well-rounded game of eight points, four rebounds, three assists and three steals.

Menorca, the 2007 Island Games gold medal winner, also completed their group 2-0 with two convincing wins over Gibraltar (75 to 40) and Isle of Man (119 to 41). Rhodes finished Group C undefeated with a victory over Saaremaa (77 to 70) and hosts Aland (141 to 42).


Cuba reaches the semis - by Eurobasket News
Bermuda-Cuba 37:95

Cuba reached the semifinals of the CBC Championship in Tortola. The event serves as the qualifying competition for the 2010 Centrobasket. As three top teams will advance, Cuba is already in the top 4. In Day 2 of the tournament Cuba smashed Bermuda 95:37 for 2-0 record.
The favorites started with 23-7 to take the full control of the court. Cuba did not stop and produced 33-8 in the second quarter for 56:15 advantage at the halftime. The Cuban defense left Bermuda with less than ten points in the first three quarters. In the third period Bermuda posted 9 points, while Cuba netted 21. In the last period the teams were killing time as the result of the game was known much earlier. A 18-13 made the total score on the board, 97:35.
Geoffrei Silvestre (202-F/C-79) paced all the winners with 16 points. Alexis Labastida (187-G-77) ended up with 12 and Yudniel Perez (189-G-84) poured in 10. Aaron Jackson finished the night with 14 points in defeat, while John Lee (-82) scored 6.
On day 3 of the preliminary round Bermuda faces Antigua and Cuba takes on the British Virgin Islands.

Bermuda: Aaron Jackson 14, John Lee 6
Cuba: Geoffrei Silvestre 16, Alexis Labastida 12, Yudniel Perez 10



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Israel better Brazil in overtime - by Eurobasket News
Israel - Brazil 82:70 (OT)

Israeli team survived thriller against Brazil to improve at 1-0 record at the World University Games in Belgrade. Brazil got to the better start but could maintain the lead and suffered a sour loss at the end. Jonhatan Nir (202-F-86, agency: Avi Zilberman) dropped 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead Israel. Andre Felipe Almeida (208-C-88) and Andre Goes (195-G/F-87) finished with 19 points apiece for Brazil.
The Latin American team accounted for a 4-point lead after ten minutes of action. Israelis matched the effort in the second frame and cut the distance to 3 at halftime. The teams went neck and neck in the third period but Israel managed to draw things level heading into the final frame. Things never changed in the fourth period as the teams had to go extra five minutes to decide on the winner. Brazil ran out of steam as they notched just 2 points in overtime and lost the clash. Youval Naimy nailed 13 points, while Elishay Kadir (203-F-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) and Gal Mekel (195-G-88, college: Wichita St.) drained 12 points each in the win. Luciano Junior had 10 points and 7 rebounds in defeat. Israel and Brazil were well-matched on the boards collecting 42 boards each. Israel sank 48% from the field, while Brazil managed just 39%. Israel also suffered only 11 turnovers down the stretch. Israel is scheduled to face Gabon, while Brazil play against Russia tomorrow.

Israel: Jonhatan Nir 18, Youval Naimy 13, Elishay Kadir 12, Gal Mekel 12
Brazil: Andre Felipe Almeida 19, Andre Goes 19+15 boards



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British Virgin Islands National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
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4 Chaurbin Smith (178-G-81) of Sauk Valley CC (USA)
5 Steve Parillon (196-F-78) of Criollos de Caguas (PUR)
6 Trevon Lewis (-82) of The Franciscan University (USA)
8 Kennedy Bass (196-F) of Jam Squad (ISV)

9 Jovaughn Cameron (186-G-80) of Grand View University (USA)
10 Halstead Chiverton (-82)
11 Gary Hillhouse (-83)
12 Randy George (200-F-81) of SAMG Verve Scottish Rocks (ENG)
13 Avery Percival (198-F-85) of Moberly Area JC (USA)
14 Leslie Smith
15 Kleon Penn (211-C-86) of Mc Neese State University (USA)


The home side advanced to the semis beating Antigua - by Eurobasket News
Antigua-British Virgin Islands 60:67

The British Virgin Islands advanced to the semifinals of the CBC Championship. In Day 2 the home side overcame Antigua 67:60 in the last game of the day.
The British Virgin Islands started the game with 19:12 as the home crown enjoyed the beginning of the game. Halstead Chiverton and Chaurbin Smith shined for the hosts in the second period to give the hosts 35:26 at the halftime.
For Antigua it was a do or die game, so they had nothing to lose. Antigua closed the lead in the third quarter finishing down 51:49 due to Mario Davis (198-F/G-80, college: Missouri Western) and Xavier Meade (201-C-87) effort. Moreover the teams opened the last period at 51:51, but then British Virgin Islands proved the home superiority.
British Virgin Islands showed 52% from the field and Antigua had 39%. The latter however had a better free throw percentage as they made 18/24 against 17/25.
Halstead Chiverton (-82) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Chaurbin Smith (178-G-81) nailed 13, while Kennedy Bass (196-F, college: Anderson) netted 12. Mario Davis responded with 15 points in the losing case and Xavier Meade added 12.
Today British Virgin Islands and Cuba will play for the top place in the group, while Antigua and Bermuda will play for the initial victory.

Antigua: Mario Davis 15, Xavier Meade Kareem 12
British Virgin Islands: Halstead Chiverton 16+7 rebs, Chaurbin Smith 13, Kennedy Bass 12



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  CANADA   


Australia draw first blood in Auckland - by Eurobasket News
Australia U19 - Canada U19 88:77

Australia opened the U19 World Championship with victory. They defeated Canada in the preliminary Group C action. Cody Ellis (202-F-90) scored 25 points to lead the Emus to the win. Australia got to a quick start as they knocked down 24 points in the starting period worth a 6-point lead at the break. The Aussies opened a double-digit lead in the second frame but could not maintain the margin. Robert Gagliardi (185-G-90) and Mangisto Arop (197-G-90) pulled Canada within 8 at halftime.
Cody Ellis and Jason Cadee gave the Emus a 15-point lead midway through the third stanza but Canada refused to give up. They cut the distance back to 10 points with ten minutes to go in regulation. Canada came within 9 after Kelly Kelly Olynyk (203-F) fired from downtown with under 3 minutes to go in the game. But Brock Motum (205-F-90) and Cody Ellis stepped up for the Emus at this point ensuring the initial win for Australia. Brock Motum finished with 22 points and 8 boards for the winners. Mangisto Arop replied with game-high 27 points and 11 boards for Canada. Robert Gagliardi, Kelly Olynyk and Cory Joseph (185-G-91) delivered 11 points apiece in the loss.
Australia outrebounded their opponents 42:33 and sank 45% of field goals. The Emus also committed just 11 turnovers down the stretch.
Australia play against Spain, while Canada take on Syria tomorrow.

Australia: Cody Ellis 25, Brock Motum 22, Jason Cadee 9
Canada: Mangisto Arop 27+11 boards, Kelly Olynyk 11



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  CBC CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Results and stats from Day 2 - by Eurobasket News
GROUP A
Barbados-Trinidad and Tobago 63:90

Barbados lost the second game at the CBC Championship to fall at 0-2 in the group. Trinidad and Tobago was too god for the opponents taking 90:63 win and to remain undefeated.
Trinidad and Tobago took control of the tempo with a three point play from Ashby on the first possession of the game. The favorites looked better in the period to go on 24:12 advantage after the first 10 minutes. Sydney Rowe helped the team to stay even for 42:30 deficit at the halftime. The teams came back to the court as Trinidad and Tobago remained to control the game. Ian Young hit three consecutive 3-pointers as Trinidad and Tobago ran up a 56:40 lead. In the second half Trinidad secured the game with a good offense to keep the lead in double digits. After 27-19 the winners led the game to 90:63 to register the second straight win in the group.

Julius Ashby (205-F/C-82, college: Colorado) led the way with 22 points, while Ian Young (191-G-81, college: Auburn) and Wilfred Benjamin (201-F/C-84, college: Marist) posted 17 apiece. Steven Lewis chipped in 9 points and Reginald George had 8. Zahir Motara (180-G-81) finished the night with 16 points in the losing effort, whilst Smith Jason and David Gilles (179-G-75) nailed 11 each.

Barbados:
Zahir Motara 16, Smith Jason 11, David Gilles 11
Trinidad and Tobago:
Julius Ashby 22, Ian Young 17, Wilfred Benjamin 17


Jamaica-Bahamas 77:73
Jamaica tied the records at 1-1 beating Bahamas 77:73 at the Caribbean Basketball Championships continued in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. Bahamas tried hard in the majority of the game but failed in the last period.
The Jamaicans opened the game with 19:14 after the first period, however could not enjoy the lead until the end of the half. Bahamas tied the game at 30:30 and then went on a 44:37 lead at the halftime. In the beginning of the third period Bahamas had a twelve point lead a
Alonzo Hinds (183-G, college: Midland CC) made it 56:44. Jamaica however stayed tough and finished with a 12-4 run to finish down 60:56. The last quarter belonged to Jamaica that produced 21-13 to win the initial game at the Caribbean Basketball Championships in Tortola.
Jamaica showed 55% from the field, while Bahamas had 41%. The latter was better from the three-point line as they made 8/21 and Jamaica had 2/13. Bahamas also showed 78% from the free throw line and Jamaica had 70%.

Weyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86) and Kimani Ffriend (211-C-77, agency: Court Side, college: Nebraska) paced all the winners with 18 points each. Samardo Samuels (203-F-89) and Mike Coburn (183-G-88) netted 11 points each, and Andre Smith had 10 points. Alonzo Hinds led the Bahamas with a game-high 27 points, followed by Quentin Hall (174-G-77, agency: Promotex, college: Gonzaga) and Torrington Cox (201-F-85) with 11 each.
Tomorrow in the last game of the group Jamaica will face Barbados, while Bahamas will take on Trinidad and Tobago.

Jamaica:
Weyinmi Efejuku 18, Kimani Ffriend 18, Samardo Samuels 11, Mike Coburn 11, Andre Smith 10 points
Bahamas:
Alonzo Hinds 27 points, Quentin Hall 11, Torrington Cox 11


GROUP B
Bermuda-Cuba 37:95
Cuba reached the semifinals of the CBC Championship in Tortola. The event serves as the qualifying competition for the 2010 Centrobasket. As three top teams will advance, Cuba is already in the top 4. In Day 2 of the tournament Cuba smashed Bermuda 95:37 for 2-0 record.
The favorites started with 23-7 to take the full control of the court. Cuba did not stop and produced 33-8 in the second quarter for 56:15 advantage at the halftime. The Cuban defense left Bermuda with less than ten points in the first three quarters. In the third period Bermuda posted 9 points, while Cuba netted 21. In the last period the teams were killing time as the result of the game was known much earlier. A 18-13 made the total score on the board, 97:35.

Geoffrei Silvestre (202-F/C-79) paced all the winners with 16 points. Alexis Labastida (187-G-77) ended up with 12 and Yudniel Perez (189-G-84) poured in 10. Aaron Jackson finished the night with 14 points in defeat, while John Lee (-82) scored 6.
On day 3 of the preliminary round Bermuda faces Antigua and Cuba takes on the British Virgin Islands.

Bermuda:
Aaron Jackson 14, John Lee 6
Cuba:
Geoffrei Silvestre 16, Alexis Labastida 12, Yudniel Perez 10


Antigua-British Virgin Islands 60:67
The British Virgin Islands advanced to the semifinals of the CBC Championship. In Day 2 the home side overcame Antigua 67:60 in the last game of the day.
The British Virgin Islands started the game with 19:12 as the home crown enjoyed the beginning of the game. Halstead Chiverton and Chaurbin Smith shined for the hosts in the second period to give the hosts 35:26 at the halftime.
For Antigua it was a do or die game, so they had nothing to lose. Antigua closed the lead in the third quarter finishing down 51:49 due to
Mario Davis (198-F/G-80, college: Missouri Western) and Xavier Meade (201-C-87) effort. Moreover the teams opened the last period at 51:51, but then British Virgin Islands proved the home superiority.
British Virgin Islands showed 52% from the field and Antigua had 39%. The latter however had a better free throw percentage as they made 18/24 against 17/25.

Halstead Chiverton (-82) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and 7 rebounds. Chaurbin Smith (178-G-81) nailed 13, while Kennedy Bass (196-F, college: Anderson) netted 12. Mario Davis responded with 15 points in the losing case and Xavier Meade added 12.
Today British Virgin Islands and Cuba will play for the top place in the group, while Antigua and Bermuda will play for the initial victory.

Antigua:
Mario Davis 15, Xavier Meade Kareem 12
British Virgin Islands:
Halstead Chiverton 16+7 rebs, Chaurbin Smith 13, Kennedy Bass 12


Bahamas National Team 2009 - by Richard
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4 Quentin Hall (174-G-77) of TBB Trier (GER)
5 Alonzo Hinds (183-G-84) of Newberry College (USA)
6 Brian Bain (190-G-81) of Armstrong Atlantic State University (USA)
7 Jeremy Hutchinson (-C-80) of Real Deal Shockers
8 Jeffrey Henfield (193-G-85) of Gallup Talons (USA)
9 Scott Forbes (196-F-75) of JSF Nanterre (FRA)
10 Torrington Cox (201-F-85) of King College (USA)
11 Cordero Seymour (196-F-86) of Dickinson State University (USA)
12 Quentin Demeritte (198-F-82) of Central Oregon Hotshots (USA)
14 Doyle Hudson (203-F/C-84) of University of Pittsburgh (USA)
15 Gijo Bain (213-C-85) of A.D. Tarragona (ESP)


It's do or die for team Bahamas at CBC - by Kristian Santiago
(By Dahalia Smith,Nassau Guardian)

The Bahamas men's senior national basketball team is in a must win situation against Trinidad and Tobago today after suffering a 77-73 loss to Jamaica yesterday. A win today will secure a playoff berth at the 20th Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Championships ongoing in Tortilla, British Virgin Islands (BVI).

The national team trailed 19-14 against Jamaica in the opening quarter but was ahead 44-37 by half-time at the multi-purpose Sports Complex. The Bahamians were still in control by the end of the third (60-56) and were looking to build on their nine point lead. But the Jamaicans regrouped and chipped away at a sizable 13 point lead, that The Bahamas team had established in the final quarter, for the victory.

Point guard Alonzo Hinds (183-G, college: Midland CC) led the charge, as he did in the first game, leading with 27 points, two steals, one assist and grabbed two rebounds. Guards Quentin Hall (174-G-77, agency: Promotex, college: Gonzaga) and Torrington Cox (201-F-85) contributed 11 points apiece and forward Jeremy Hutchinson (-C-80) finished with nine points, three rebounds and two blocks.

Assistant coach Mario Bowleg is optimistic about the team's medal chances.

'In the last quarter we gave away a lot of points as our shots stopped falling, however we are now focused on the next game. Trinidad is much larger than us but we know that we can beat any team here, including Cuba. So our intention is to qualify for the playoffs and come home with a medal,' he said.

Hinds believes the team can compete at an even higher level.

Hinds said: 'I am happy with my performance but as a team we could have executed better down the stretch, especially during the last four minutes of the game. They were going to the line a lot but then we missed a lot of shots.

'We were hungry going into that game but that loss definitely woke us up. So in the game against Trinidad and Tobago we should be coming out with more intensity. Right now we are even more anxious to play,' he said.

Former multi-national team player Jeremy Hutchinson said trust is an essential ingredient in today's game against the twin islands.

'It was a very defensive game, we had to play really hard against those big guys,' said Hutchinson after the match. 'Nonetheless the team effort was good and everyone is doing what they need to. I know we can do better in next game. We just needed some shaking up.

'Concerning the team's chemistry it really picked up from the last game we won against Barbados. We just need to trust one another a bit more for when it is time to put that ball in the hole. Also down the stretch if we can practice a bit more patience it should pay off. Other than that, this is one of the best Bahamian senior men's teams that was put together in a long time,' he noted.

The Bahamas won its first game against Barbados 75-73 Tuesday night. The Bahamas is in Pool 'A' along with Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago. Teams in Pool 'B' include Cuba, Antigua and Barbuda, BVI, and Bermuda.

A top three finish in the championships would advance The Bahamas to the Centro Basket Championships. The tournament is expected to wrap up Saturday, July 4.

At the last CBC Championships in Jamaica, The Bahamas placed fourth, but was still given an invite to the next level, the Centro Basket Championships, with the sudden withdrawal of the Dominican Republic. At the Centro Basket Championships, The Bahamas lost the bronze medal game to Cuba.

In related news, the 2nd Bahamas Basketball Federation (BBF) Independence Basketball Tournament is on tap to be held from July 9-12. The tourney is expected to feature teams in three different age groups, under-12, under-18 and open. Last year, the College All-stars beat a team out of Grand Bahama for the championship in the men's division. In the women's division, a New Providence based team won the title against the College All-stars.



Standings (Men)
Standings
Group A
1. Trinid/T.2-0
2. Bahamas1-1
3. Jamaica1-1
4. Barbados0-2
Group B
1. Cuba2-0
2. British Vi.2-0
3. Antigua0-2
4. Bermudas0-2


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  CHILE   


Dimayor: new players for Deportes Castro - by Daniel Valencia
Deportes Castro agreed terms with four new players for the national phase of Dimayor that begins on July 11.

The new players for the team coached by Marcelo Ruiz are: the shooting guard Fernando Campos (186-G-81) (his last playing team in Dimayor was Provincial Llanquihue in 2007), the center Alfredo Aliste (204-C-73), the forward Pablo Ayala (188-F-79) (played with Castro in 2004 and last year played Dimayor for Espanol de Talca) and as the foreign player, the american center Larry Posey (196-F-86), that already played with Castro in February, when the team participated in the Liga de las Americas.

Deportes Castro will play as host in the first two rounds of the national phase of Dimayor, against Universidad Catolica and Sagrados Corazones.


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  CROATIA   


Croatia coast past Kazakhstan in Auckland - by Eurobasket News
Croatia U19 - Kazakhstan U19 104:74
Croatia earned a comfortable opening win at the U19 World Championship in New Zealand. They dismantled Kazakhstan in preliminary Group D action. Toni Prostran (183-G-91) provided 23 points, 6 boards and 6 assists to lead Croatia.
Kazakhstan entered the contest with high ambitions as they led 14:13 midway through the starting frame. But Croatia picked up the slack and completed the frame on a 13:2 rally to lead by 10 at the break. Toni Prostran paced the charge for Croatia as they knocked down 32 points in the second period and enjoyed a 20-point buffer into the main break. Croatia did not loosen the grip after the major intermission despite fierce comeback attempts from the Asian opponents. Kazakhstan appeared trailing by 23 points before the final stanza. They never recovered and had to surrender at the end. Leon Radosevic (210-F/C-90) knocked down 17 points for Croatia. Mario Delas (207-C/F-90) finished with 16 points in the win. Alexander Tyutyunik (190-G-90) had 21 points for Kazakhstan. Alexandr Zhigulin (202-F-94) added 19 points and 9 rebounds in the losing effort. Croatia outrebounded their opponents 42:27 and sank 55% from the field. Kazakhstan were also forced into 23 turnovers during the encounter.

Croatia: Toni Prostran 23, Leon Radosevic 17, Mario Delas 16
Kazakhstan: Alexander Tyutyunik 21, Alexandr Zhigulin 19



Croatia upset the hosts for the Final ticket - by Eurobasket News
Italy-Croatia 104:108

Croatia took Italian place in the Final of the Mediterranean Games as they beat them in the Semifinal thriller. A 24-14 in the third period did not help Italy as they failed in the end of the game.Croatia needed 31-22 for 108:104 total success.
This was one of the productive games for both teams. We still remember three overtimes thriller of Italy against Turkey, however in this game the teams had a great percentage and deserved a Final rightfully.
Croatia took 33:28 after the first 10 minutes and did not mind local support of the Italian side. The second period became the picture of the first as the tempo remained high. After 30-30 in the second quarter, Croatian was in front, 63:58.
When the teams came back from the lockers the hosts found its own game. Croatian side had some difficulties to score and managed to produce only 14. Italy, meanwhile posted 24 to take 5 points deficit after three quarters. It was another great quarter from both teams that tried hard for the important victory. Croatia needed 31-22 for 108:104 total success and grabbed the ticket to the Final.
Damir Rancic (197-G-83) was unstoppable with 29 points, while Ante Tomic (215-C-87) scored 16. Luksa Andric (210-C/F-85) netted 15 points for his team. Daniele Cinciarini (194-G-83, agency: Interperformances) delivered 30 points for the home side. Pietro Aradori (192-G-88) nailed 29, whilst Marco Allegretti (204-F-81) posted 19.
Greece advanced to the Final in Pescara to face Croatia for the Gold of the Mediterranean Games. Greece trailed after the opening quarter to Turkey but came back in to the game to win 82:79.

Italy: Daniele Cinciarini 30, Pietro Aradori 29, Marco Allegretti 19
Croatia: Damir Rancic 29, Ante Tomic 16, Luksa Andric 15



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  CUBA   


Cuba reaches the semis - by Eurobasket News
Bermuda-Cuba 37:95

Cuba reached the semifinals of the CBC Championship in Tortola. The event serves as the qualifying competition for the 2010 Centrobasket. As three top teams will advance, Cuba is already in the top 4. In Day 2 of the tournament Cuba smashed Bermuda 95:37 for 2-0 record.
The favorites started with 23-7 to take the full control of the court. Cuba did not stop and produced 33-8 in the second quarter for 56:15 advantage at the halftime. The Cuban defense left Bermuda with less than ten points in the first three quarters. In the third period Bermuda posted 9 points, while Cuba netted 21. In the last period the teams were killing time as the result of the game was known much earlier. A 18-13 made the total score on the board, 97:35.
Geoffrei Silvestre (202-F/C-79) paced all the winners with 16 points. Alexis Labastida (187-G-77) ended up with 12 and Yudniel Perez (189-G-84) poured in 10. Aaron Jackson finished the night with 14 points in defeat, while John Lee (-82) scored 6.
On day 3 of the preliminary round Bermuda faces Antigua and Cuba takes on the British Virgin Islands.

Bermuda: Aaron Jackson 14, John Lee 6
Cuba: Geoffrei Silvestre 16, Alexis Labastida 12, Yudniel Perez 10



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Nymburk Lands Guard Michael Lenzly - by Surujh Roopnarine
Continuing to fortify their team for a run at yet another Mattoni NBL crown, reigning champions CEZ Nymburk last week inked Michael Lenzly (189-G-81, college: Wofford) to play for the 2009-2010 season. Joining newcomers Pavel Pumprla (194-G-86, agency: PPGroup) (three-year contract) and Ian Hanavan (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Evansville) (one year contract), Lenzly also joins Nymburk on a one year deal. The 28-year old guard out of Wofford played this last season for Harem Scafati Basket in Italys Lega Due, where in 37 games averaged 10.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists while shooting 43.4% from the field and 39.2% from three. Lenzly helped lead Scafati to the Lega Due semifinals and was named to the Eurobasket.com Lega Due All-Bosmans Team. The well-traveled guard who was born in Oxford, England has also played in Germany, Latvia, Spain, Cyprus and Belgium since leaving school in 2003.

Jiri Hubalek Headed to Las Vegas for 2009 NBA Summer League - by Surujh Roopnarine
Czech Republic National Team member Jiri Hubalek (209-C-82, agency: Interperformances, college: Iowa St.) will be headed to Las Vegas, Nevada to take part in the NBA summer League as a member of the Phoenix Suns entry. Hubalek, who just completed his first professional season after leaving Iowa State University, played for Solsonica Rieti in Italys Serie A. In 26 games, the sweet-shooting 6-11 forward averaged 8.3 points and pulled down 5.0 rebounds in 26 games. In the fall, as a member of the Czech National Team at the 2008 European Championships Qualification tournament, Hubalek appeared in six games and averaged 7.5 points and 3.0 rebounds while shooting 12-22 (53.7%) from the field.
This is the second summer Hubalek will be with Phoenix at the Vegas Summer League, having earned a training camp invite before receiving a guaranteed deal from Rieti.



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


Dominican Rep. National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
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Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86) of Atlanta Hawks (USA)
Charlie Villanueva (209-F-84) of Milwaukee Bucks (USA)
Francisco Garcia (201-F-81) of Sacramento Kings (USA)
Luis Flores (188-G-81) of Marinos de Anzoategui (VEN)
Meja Sammy
Eulis Baez (201-F-82) of Grupo Begar Leon (ESP)
Marlon Martinez (204-F/C-79) of Trotamundos de Carabobo (VEN)
Kelvin Pena (193-G-81) of Guaiqueries de Margarita (VEN)
Ivan Almonte (198-F-81) of Boulazac Basket Dordogne (FRA)
Head Coach: Julio Toro


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  EGYPT   


Egyptian U19 National Team 2009 - by Richard
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4 Al Moataz Bellah (188-G)
5 Mustafa Hany (197-F)
6 Amro Sherif (192-G-91)
7 Mohamed Ellethi (198-F-90)
8 Adham ElSayed (190-G-91)
9 Osama Mohamed (192-F-90)
10 Moamen Said (180-G-91) of Al Ittihad Alexandria
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14 Amr Mohamed (209-C-91)
15 Amr Tarek (212-C-91) of Al Gezira


Egypt unable to match France - by Eurobasket News
France U19 - Egypt U19 102:56
French U19 National Team stormed past Egypt in the opening game of the World Championship in Auckland. France led from start to finish posting an overwhelming victory at the end. Christophe Leonard (199-F-90) stepped up with 20 points, 10 boards and 4 assists to lead the way for the Les Bleues. Nicolas Lang (196-G-90, agency: Beo Basket) contributed 20 points in the win.
France limited Egypt to 12 points in the starting stanza to accumulate a 13-point lead at the first break. The Europeans continued to dominate in the second stanza as they escaped to a 26-point buffer at halftime. Egypt could threaten the margin in the third stanza despite scoring 13 points. France stayed calm and confident building a 37-point advantage into the final quarter. The Les Bleues cruised to the win in the fourth frame. Jonathan Bourhis (182-G-90) finished with 19 points in the victory. Adham Elsayed responded with 15 points for Egypt. Abdelhalim had 9 points in the loss.
France outrebounded Egypt 36:29 and held them to just 34% from the field.
France will take on the USA, while Egypt will be challenged by Iran tomorrow.

France: Christophe Leonard 20+10 boards, Nicolas Lang 20, Jonathan Bourhis 19
Egypt: Adham Elsayed 15, Amro Abdelhalim 9



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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE   


Award Winning Documentary producer Doug Harris to present the Pete Newell Story at the Global Basketball Expo in Las Vegas - by Darryl Reshaw

Las Vegas- July 7th to 9th 2009, award winning documentary producer Doug Harris will present a sneak-preview of his latest film Basketball Guru: The Pete Newell Story for at the 2009 Global Basketball Expo held at the Las Vegas Orleans Area.

Harris film is about the life of one of the most brilliant minds of all time in basketball. The late Pete Newell, known by many in contemporary basketball circles as the man behind the Big Mans Camp, helped countless NBA star players hone their fundamental skills and footwork at his annual workout camp. The list of alumnus that participated in the Big Mans Camp reads like whos who. Kermit Washington, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Bill Walton, Kiki Vandeweghe, Hakeem Olajuwon (213-C/F-63, college: Houston), Shaquille ONeal, Scotty Pippen along with hundreds of others gained valuable knowledge from Newells tutelage.

From a historical perspective, Pete Newell Considered by many experts in basketball circles as one of the greatest minds ever in the sport. His revolutionary methods for teaching still have a strong influence on the many of todays greatest coaches on all levels. Coach Pete Newell was the first of only three coaches to capture basketballs prestigious Triple Crown, winning the NIT championship (1949 USF), NCAA championship (1959 Cal) and the Olympic gold medal (Rome 1960). The two other Triple Crown winners were North Carolinas Dean Smith and Newells longtime protigy Bob Knight , a current analyst with ESPNs College Basketball Gameday.

As a member of the illustrious group of college basketball coaches in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, Pete Newells contributions far exceed his 234-123 record as a 14-year college coach. Considered by many experts in basketball circles as truly one of the greatest minds in the sport, his revolutionary methods for teaching still have a strong influence on the many of todays greatest basketball coaches on all levels. Coach Pete Newell is one of only three coaches to capture basketballs Triple Crown, winning the NIT championship (1949 USF), NCAA championship (1959 Cal) and the Olympic gold medal (Rome 1960).

Along with stints in the NBA as general manager of both the San Diego Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers, Newell also served as scouting director for the Golden State Warriors and the Cleveland Cavaliers. During his tenure with the Lakers, Newell orchestrated the trade that brought Milwaukee Bucks center Kareem Abdul Jabbar to Los Angeles that later ushered in Showtime and five NBA championships.

As Harris moves closer towards completion of the film, he anticipates a national post-game broadcast on one of the NBAs cable networks during the 2009-2010 season. Pete Newells contributions to basketball over the span of seven decades were unparalleled, and his life story is definitely one that warrants attention and recognition, states documentary producer Doug Harris. Having an opportunity to share a preview of this film at Eurobaskets Global Basketball Expo will also help us to market the film to broader audiences of basketball enthusiasts around the globe.



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Unicaja signs 3-year deal with Giorgos Printezis - by Eurobasket News
Unicaja Malaga announced signing of Greek player Giorgos Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) on 3-year deal. According to rumors, he will earn more than one million euros per season. Printezis has an option in the contract to leave for NBA if he gets a chance.
It is not a secret that Unicaja Malaga wanted to sign Euroleague Rising Star Novica Velickovic (205-F-86), but Real Madrid stepped up with better offer. Unicaja now landed Printezis, who will replace Marcus Haislip.
Giorgos Printezis played last two seasons for Olympiakos. Actually, he officially was their member since 2000, but he spent 06/07 on loan in Olimpia GE Larisa. Last season he appeared 19 times in Euroleague averaging 9.1 ppg and 3.4 rpg. In Greek league Printezis played 28 games registering 9.6 ppg and 3.6 rpg. Last summer he played for Greece at the Olympic Games in Beijing (China). In 2007 and 2008 Printezis was All-Star Slam Dunk Contest winner in Greece. In the past he played for U16, U18 and U20 Greece.
Unicaja Malaga will compete in Euroleague next season. As a reminder the team from Malaga has A Euroleague license.


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  FINLAND   


INTERNATIONAL: Finland defeated South Korea - by Rauno Hurmalainen
The 25th Summer Universiade is taking place in Belgrade, Serbia (1.-12.7.2009). In basketball Finland defeated today South Korea 90-75 (47-33). Finland had six players in double figures. Vesa Makalainen (200-F-86) was the leading scorer and rebounder (15/13). Vesa's older brother Ville Makalainen (194-F-85, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) added 15 pts and grabbed nine rbs. Juho Nenonen tallied 14 pts. Ilkka Vuori (12), Anselmi Vanjoki (11) and Petri Heinonen (10) were also in double digits. Next game 3.7.: Finland - USA.

KORISLIIGA: Chris Hester likes it in Finland - by Rauno Hurmalainen
American G-F Chris Hester (192-G-79, college: E.Washington) will continue his basketball career in Finland. Hester and Pyrinto (Tampere) have re-signed for the coming 2009-2010 season and that means Hester will start and play his fourth season in Finland. Last season Hester averaged 17,5 ppg and 5,4 rpg in 46 games. Pasi Pekkola (195-F-81) (6,3 ppg) has re-signed with YMCA Lahti as well as Olli Kaunomaki (195-G/F-86) (1,1 ppg). Matias Ojala (196-F-89) has signed (1+1) with Kataja (Joensuu). NT Player (U20) Ojala started on top level last season in Porvoo, where he averaged 4,3 ppg - 1,3 rpg in 13 mpg and 19 games.

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  FRANCE   


Ludovic Vaty and Justin Doellman to Orleans - by Maxime Weber
The 3rd Euroleague french team (Orleans) signed two new players this morning. The young french center, Ludovic Vaty (206-C-88, college: Moraine Valley CC), leaves Pau after 3 seasons and joins the Coach Herve team. He cumuled 11.6ppg and 7.7rpg during the 2008/2009 season and he was the rare satisfaction of Pau.
The second add is Justin Doellman (206-F-85, college: Xavier). The former player from Besancon plays in France since 2 season (Cholet and Besancon). He scored 15.8ppg and took 6rpg.


Egypt unable to match France - by Eurobasket News
France U19 - Egypt U19 102:56
French U19 National Team stormed past Egypt in the opening game of the World Championship in Auckland. France led from start to finish posting an overwhelming victory at the end. Christophe Leonard (199-F-90) stepped up with 20 points, 10 boards and 4 assists to lead the way for the Les Bleues. Nicolas Lang (196-G-90, agency: Beo Basket) contributed 20 points in the win.
France limited Egypt to 12 points in the starting stanza to accumulate a 13-point lead at the first break. The Europeans continued to dominate in the second stanza as they escaped to a 26-point buffer at halftime. Egypt could threaten the margin in the third stanza despite scoring 13 points. France stayed calm and confident building a 37-point advantage into the final quarter. The Les Bleues cruised to the win in the fourth frame. Jonathan Bourhis (182-G-90) finished with 19 points in the victory. Adham Elsayed responded with 15 points for Egypt. Abdelhalim had 9 points in the loss.
France outrebounded Egypt 36:29 and held them to just 34% from the field.
France will take on the USA, while Egypt will be challenged by Iran tomorrow.

France: Christophe Leonard 20+10 boards, Nicolas Lang 20, Jonathan Bourhis 19
Egypt: Adham Elsayed 15, Amro Abdelhalim 9



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  FYR MACEDONIA   


Ilievski to miss Eurobasket due to the injury - by Eurobasket News
Macedonian National Team received bad news as their guard Vlado Ilievski (190-G-80, agency: World Sport Agency) will miss out on European Championship in Poland this year. Ilievski sustained the injury while playing for Tau Vitoria this season and he was forced to miss out the last two months. Still everyone was hopeful that he will be able to complete his rehab and that he will be ready to help Macedonian National Team at the Eurobasket. After completing examinations conducted by the doctors of the National Team, Ilievski received further bad news that he will have to do a surgery. After the surgery Ilievski is facing 2-3 months of the rehabilitation again so he will definitely have to sit out the whole summer. Recently the reports came out that Tau Vitoria will not buy Ilievski as he played as loaned player, and he may be returning to Olimpija Ljubljana.
Vlado Ilievski, a standard member of Macedonian National Team, has started his career with BC Partizan Belgrade. After three seasons with Partizan, Ilijevski moved to Olimpija in 2001. There he established himself as one of the teams best players. That season, Ilievski palyed in 20 Euroleague games in 2002, averaging 11.5 points per game. In 2003 he signed with Barcelona with whom he has won Spanish ACB Championship in 2004 as well as the Spanish ACB Supercup . Ilijevski also played in Italy with Lottomatica Roma and Montepaschi Siena before coming back to Olimpija in 2008. This season, Ilijevski started with Olimpija but in January he was loaned to Tau Vitoria. Still he could not make much impact at Tau because of the injury.


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  GERMANY   


Cuxhaven BasCats bring in two fresh players - by Moritz Korff
2. Bundesliga Pro A side Cuxhaven BasCats has signed two more new players for the upcoming campaign: Reggie Fuller (198-F-86, college: Binghamton) and Philipp Stachula (185-G-87) are going to join the team of Head Coach Vilmantas Matkevicius.
Fuller scored 10.3 points, grabbed 7.0 rebounds and blocked 1.7 shots per contest for NCAA Division One's Binghamton University during 2008-09. The 22-year-old from Missouri City, Texas was named to the American East Conference All-Defensive and All-Tournament Team after his senior season.
Stachula appeared in 30 games of the 2. Bundesliga Pro B for Hertener Loewen last season and produced 4.7 points, 1.9 assists per contest.


Charles Lee Signs With The Artland Dragons - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Teams like The EWE Baskets Oldenburg and The Telekom Baskets Bonn aren't the only teams that might give Alba Berlin trouble in the future, but also The Artland Dragons are showing that they want to be one of the top competitive teams next season as they continued their fury of signings with another top BBL player taking 24 year old 193 guard Charles Lee (192-G/F-84, college: Bucknell) to a one year contract. Lee played for MEG Gottingen last year finishing the season as their second best scorer behind Kyle Bailey avergaing 13,1ppg, 4,0rpg and 2,0apg. Coach Thorsten Leibenath knows that Lee can do more than just light up the Dragon scoreboard with points. 'We got one of the best defenders in the BBL', said Thorsten Leibenath .

Lee grew up in Gaithersburg, Maryland and went to Bucknell College from 200-2006. He was able to improve his points total in each season finishing his career as a senior avergaing in 32 games: 13.2ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.8apg, 2.2spg, FG: 43.5%, 3PT: 37.4%, FT: 74.7%. He started his basketball career in Isarel with Gilboa/Afula/Migdal Haemek avergaing in 25 games: 9.4ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.4apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 51.3%, 3PT: 36.5%, FT: 71.4%. It is no secret that Lee still has hopes of one day reaching the NBA and has partcipated in the NBA summer league in 2007 with the San Antonio Spurs. In the 2007-2008 season, Lee played in Belgium for VOO Verviers-Pepinster where his new teammate Darius Hall once also played. There he averged in 36 games: 10.1ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.8apg, 1.9spg, 2FGP: 62.0%, 3PT: 33.0%, FT: 76.0%. Lee has shown where ever he has played that he can be a big factor on offense. 'Charles has many strengthes on offense. He can penetrate, post up and shoot from outside', commented Dragons coach Thorsten Leibenath .


Levi Dyer to Jena - by Moritz Korff
Science City Jena (2. Bundesliga Pro A) have made another player signing for the 2009-2010 season, bringing in big man Levi Dyer (211-C-85, college: Illinois St.). From 2004 until 2008 the 23-year-old Eaton, Colorado native spent four seasons at Illinois State University (NCAA1). As a senior he averaged 6.5 points and 2.4 rebounds for the Redbirds during 2007-2008. He didn't play in this past season.
Meanwhile, Jeremy Black (203-F-85, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Tampa) will not return to Jena for a second year.


PRO A Team USC Heidelberg Continue To Support German Youth Resigning Sebastian Dietz And Danilo Barthel - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
USC Heidelberg finished the 2008-2009 season in 12th place not only due to the strong duo of Americans Japhet McNeil (183-G-85, college: Bridgeport) and Jibril Hodges (188-G-84, college: Long Beach St.), but also to the many young Germans like Sebastian Dietz (189-G-89) and Danilo Barthel (205-F-91) who showed how much potential they have coming from the bench and giving strong minutes got contarct extensions. Dietz a 189 cm got a lot of confidence from coach Torsten Daume , but also showed he could keep up with the strong Heidelberg guards by avergaing 8 minutes in 28 games averaging 1,6ppg. He improved his penetration to the hoop and his defense. 'Sebastian found his way into the team from the very first minute and showed great strides. It makes a lot of fun working with him and he deserved to be resigned', stressed Torsten Daume .

German 204cm forward Danilo Barthel who is a member of the U-18 didn't get his first minutes until near the end of the first round of the season as he returned from injury and was able to fill in for injured American Ben Beran. As a 17 year old, who still has 2 years of high school left, he showed some real potential averaging 3,6ppg and hauling down 1,6rpg in 16 games. He showed his best game in the 104-91 loss scoring 15 points and getting 4 rebounds in 15 minutes. 'Danilo has gotten better and better from each practice and has grown into his job as player very well', commented Heidelberg coach Torsten Daume .


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Greek U19 National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
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4 Epameinondas Papantoniou (190-G-90) of Costa Cafe Marousi
5 Dimitrios Katsivelis (194-G-91) of Mas Mantoulidis
6 Ioannis Angelopoulos (194-G-91) of Ilysiakos Athens
7 Evangelos Mantzaris (190-G-90) of DASH Peristeri Athens
8 Ioannis Karathanasis (200-F-91) of Panionios ON Telecoms Athens
9 Konstantinos Papantonakos (204-F/C-91) of Costa Cafe Marousi
10 Georgios Georgakis (205-C-91) of Mas Mantoulidis
11 Costas Sloukas (197-G-90) of Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus
12 Vlantimir Giankovits (202-C-90) of Panionios ON Telecoms Athens
13 Nikolaos Pappas (194-G-90) of Real Madrid II (ESP)
14 Leonidas Kaselakis (202-C-90) of Ilysiakos Athens


Coaches - Transfer news - by Chris Mammides

Soulis Markopoulos agreed financial terms (a contract of 2+1 years) with PAOK Thessaloniki's. The Macedonian Head Coach couldn't continue with Maroussi, even though he succeeded two great seasons with the Athenian team as Maroussi will be playing this season in the preliminary round of Euroleague but its budget will drop down dramatically and most of its players consisting last season's roster already agreed financial terms with other teams (mainly Panellinios and Olympiakos Piraeus). Having in mind all these, Soulis preferred to join the club of his heart, as he spent his best and most successful years of his career with the Thessaloniki club (1994 Korac winner). The assistant coach of PAOK will be Soulis Markopoulos son, Haris Markopoulos , ex head coach of Iraklis and many other teams in A2. PAOK is beginning the basketball season quite dynamically as Soulis Markopoulos consider being the top Greek coach the last years in the country.

Thanasis Skourthopoulos agred financial terms with Peristeri (the newcomers in A1). Thanasis Skourthopoulos consider being very successfull the last years with the team of Egaleo as with the minimum budget was able to remain in the division for three consecutive seazons.

Giorgos Bartzokas is to replace Soulis Markopoulos in Costa Cafe Marousi. According to the basketball news in Greece, the talented Greek head Coach Bartzokas is to get the position of Markopoulos as a Head Coach in Maroussi. Bartzokas is a very skilful and experience head coach and is among the 'new wave' of Greek coaches in the specific area with great knowledge in the game and with tactics that not many other coaches have. Maroussi, if finally agrees with the specific coach is going to do a great move towards its Euroleage challenge this seazon. Some other names that 'flow' in the market for the specific head coaching seazon are simply and only rumors...

The Greek head coach, Vangelis Aggelou just renewed his contract with Trikalla 2000 for another seazon.

Panionios agreed financial terms with Giorgos Kalafatakis. The ex head coach of PAOK will be the responsible to refresh the team after the new manegement took over in the Nea Smyrni team.



Greece advanced to the Final in Pescara - by Eurobasket News
Greece-Turkey 82:79

Greece advanced to the Final in Pescara to face Croatia for the Gold of the Mediterranean Games. Greece trailed after the opening quarter to Turkey but came back in to the game to win 82:79.
Greece opened the game not in their favorite style as Turkey grabbed the lead in the court. Turkey produced 25:19 and looked forward to keep the score for good. Greece managed to bounce back however trailed three points at the halftime.Moreover Turkey remained in front after thirty minutes of the game as they lost 2 points only in the third period. The last stanza became the most interesting in the game as both teams played well and deserved the Final. Greece made the last spurt in the end to take the important 82:79 victory.
Greece showed a better percentage from the filed making 52% versus 50%. The winners also had 43% from the arc, while Turkey produced 40%. The latter showed however a better percentage from the free throw line having 72% over 70%.
Nikolaos Papanikolaou (210-F-85) paced all the winners with 26 points and 10 rebounds. Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85, college: St.Louis) posted 19, while Igor Milosevic nailed 15. Engin Atsur (194-G-84, college: N.Carolina St.) ended up with 20 points for the Turkish side, Sinan Guler (193-G-83, agency: 1x1 Sports, college: Carroll (MT)) had 16 and Baris Hersek (204-F/C-88) chipped in 15.

Greece: Nikolaos Papanikolaou 26+10 rebs, Ian Vougioukas 19, Igor Milosevic (193-G-86, agency: Beo Basket) 15
Turkey: Engin Atsur 20, Sinan Guler 16, Baris Hersek 15


A2:Transfer news - by Chris Mammides
Transfer news in A2
HSBC Pagrati Athens is at this stage the king of the transactions, the Athenian team of Coach Alexis Daglas , agreed terms with the following players: Giannis Kakiouzis (205-F-78), Anastasios Kantartzis (190-G-73), Nikos Kaklamanos (189-G-81), Rigas Papargilopoulos (202-F-86), Theodoros Tsiotras (198-G-87) and Kostas Vardavas (193-G-81).
Dafni Athens agreed terms with Elias Tomaras (181-G-81).
DROP Ermis Lagkada is also among the teams which made some really very nice transfers. Coach Giorgos Sigalas agreed financial terms with Kostas Behlivanis (180-G-74), Nicos Papakonstantinou (182-G-84) and Vukadin Mandic (200-F/G-82).
Ikaros Kallitheas agreed financial terms with Giorgos Kerasovitis (190-G-81), Christos Petrodimopoulos (209-F/C-80), Vangelis Karamboulas (198-F-81), and Kostas Tzialas (207-C/F-84).
Coach Fotis Takianos agreed terms with KAO Dramas for the next three years.
Amyntas agreed financial terms with Savvas Dorkofikis (201-F-82).
Perama/Ermis and I.C.B.S. (The newlly merged team which will be playing in the A2) agreed terms with Ralph Bucci (193-G-75, college: St.Rose (NY)) for one year, the newcomers in A2 are adding experience and crucial points in their team. Further to the specific transfer, Perama/Ermis agreed terms with Nikos Liakopoulos (201-F-76).
AEP Olimpias Patron agreed terms with Nikos Kourtis (195-F-77), Nikos Arvanitakis (206-F-1990), Panagiotis Dimakos (195-G-90), Giorgos Vlahoulis (204-F-1987) and Ilias Vrinas (192-G-88) all of them for one year.
Iraklis Thessaloniki agreed financial terms with their ex head coach Leuteris Kakiousis for the next three years.
A.G.O Rethymno Aegean agreed terms with the Greek Head Coach Nikos Karagiannis , the Bosman Damir Latovic (204-C-80), Giorgos Koumoulos (185-G-78) and Alexis Tsamatos (196-F-77), ex Lavrio player.
Near East agreed terms with Lefteris Akepsimaidis (194-G-87) while it split ways with Dimos Fotiou (197-F-82).
Myronas Papadakis (183-G-88) agreed terms with SEFA Arkadikos.



Greece crunch Angola - by Eurobasket News
Greece U19 - Angola U19 101:58
Greek U19 National Team posted the first win at the World Championship in New Zealand. They overpowered Angola in preliminary Group A. Nikolaos Pappas (194-G-90, agency: FCM) scored 20 points to propel the European outfit to the victory.
The teams kept it close before Greece went on an 11:2 run in the opening frame to gain the advantage. Vlantimir Giankovits (202-C-90) and Georgakis secured a 28:19 lead for Greece after ten minutes. Angola scored just 8 points in the second stanza allowing Greece to clear off to an 18-point distance at halftime. The tempo increased in the third stanza as Angola tried to force the issue. But the Hellenes matched the effort unloading 32 points and entering the fourth period ahead by 26 points. Greece finished off hapless Angola in the final stanza going for a massive victory at the end.
Vlantimir Giankovits scored 18 points and pulled down 7 rebounds for Greek team. Leonidas Kaselakis (202-C-90) added 13 points in the victory. Miguel Kiala (198-C-90) replied with 16 points and game-high 18 rebounds for Angola. Edson Ndoniema (191-G-91), Eduardo Ferreira (194-F-90) and Emanuel Antonio (180-G-90) had 10 points apiece in the loss.
Greece will face Puerto Rico, while Angola will try to bounce back against Lithuania tomorrow.

Greece: Nikolaos Pappas 20, Vlantimir Giankovits 18, Leonidas Kaselakis 13
Angola: Miguel Kiala 16+18 boards, Edson Ndoniema 10



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  GUATEMALA   


Liga Metro to start next week - by Victor Padilla
According to information received from Mr. Marlon 'Kobe' Hernandez, President of Liga Metro, the final tournament of the year will start next week with the participation of Sat-Chiquimula, most of the teams from the previous Torneo de Apertura, and possibly a few others that will compete by invitation for the first time. Among the invited teams to participate in Torneo Oficial 2009, we find several clubs from Liga Premier of the National Basketball Federation: Escuintla, Santa Lucia and El Progreso. But it is also known that an invitation for Colegio Preparatoria, filled with sub-19 players that currently belong to the national teams of Guatemala, has been extended by the authorities of Liga Metro. So new rivalries will be created as Liga Metro starts after a long middle-year recess. Games will be held mainly at Gimnasio Teodoro Palacios Flores, but it is reported that Gimnasio UP has not been completely discarded for future use by Liga Metro -as previously informed in this website, a new league has been launched with three former teams of Liga Metro (D-Team, Lemans and Lanco Elite) and it is said that they have Gimnasio UP as their main court by contract. So only time will tell how both leagues will co-exist in the small marketplace of quality players in Guatemala.

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EXPLOSION ADVANCE TO THE 2nd Round of IBL PLAY-offs - by John Gary
The Snohomish County Explosion did something that has been lacking in franchise history,getting out of the first round of the play-offs,but that was all erased with the return of Richard Ford and his 30 points and the teamwork of the Explosion bench. Jason Hicks off the bench scored 26 points and was unstoppable from three point range in the third quarter. The Explosion scored fourty two points to 17 points for the Titans. Next up for the Explosion will be the no.1 seed the EDmonton Energy. courtesy oursportscentral.com


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Iranian U19 National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
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4 Mohammad Falahat (180-G-91) of Zob Ahan Esfahan
5 Emad Salmani (188-G-90) of Zob Ahan Esfahan

6 Ramin Honarmand (175-G-90)
7 Mehdi Shirjang (191-F-90) of Shiraz a.s Pipe
8 Mohammad Jamshidi (196-F-91) of Shahrekord Basketball
9 Amir Samani of Zob Ahan Esfahan
10 Mohammad Amjad (190-G-90) of Zob Ahan Esfahan
11 Ramtin Zare (201-F-91) of Zob Ahan Esfahan
12 Mohammad Hasanzadeh (201-F-90) of Saba Mehr
13 Soren Boghosian (206-C-89) of Ararat
14 Arsalan Kazemi (202-F-90) of High School (USA)
15 Farbod Farman (208-C-91) of Mahram


USA hold off Iran in opener - by Eurobasket News
USA U19 - Iran U19 106:55

The USA Junior National Team brushed by Iran in the opening game of the U19 World Championship in New Zealand. Seven players scored in double digits for the winners. Tyshawn Taylor (6'3''-G-90) delivered 13 points to pace the charge.
The teams traded baskets early in the game but the USA stepped on the gas late in the quarter. John Shurna (6'8''-F-90) scored 7 points to ignite a 16:1 rally that propelled the North American team to a 30:13 advantage. The US team were well in control from now on. They fired 25 points in the second stanza to accumulate a 55:27 advantage at the interval. Things never changed in the third period as the USA maintained the pressure and ran away to a 42-point cushion with one quarter to go. The North American team cruised to the victory in the fourth stanza gaining the lead in Group B.
Seth Curry (6'1''-G) knocked down 12 points for the USA. Terrico White (6'5''-G) and John Shurna added 11 points apiece in the win. Ali Hassanzadeh replied with game-high 17 points. Arsalan Kazemi (6'8''-F-90) canned 15 points in the loss.
The USA will face France, while Iran to play against Egypt tomorrow.

USA: Tyshawn Taylor 13, Seth Curry 12, Terrico White 11, John Shurna 11+10 boards
Iran: Ali Hassanzadeh 17, Arsalan Kazemi 15



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Israel better Brazil in overtime - by Eurobasket News
Israel - Brazil 82:70 (OT)

Israeli team survived thriller against Brazil to improve at 1-0 record at the World University Games in Belgrade. Brazil got to the better start but could maintain the lead and suffered a sour loss at the end. Jonhatan Nir (202-F-86, agency: Avi Zilberman) dropped 18 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead Israel. Andre Felipe Almeida (208-C-88) and Andre Goes (195-G/F-87) finished with 19 points apiece for Brazil.
The Latin American team accounted for a 4-point lead after ten minutes of action. Israelis matched the effort in the second frame and cut the distance to 3 at halftime. The teams went neck and neck in the third period but Israel managed to draw things level heading into the final frame. Things never changed in the fourth period as the teams had to go extra five minutes to decide on the winner. Brazil ran out of steam as they notched just 2 points in overtime and lost the clash. Youval Naimy nailed 13 points, while Elishay Kadir (203-F-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) and Gal Mekel (195-G-88, college: Wichita St.) drained 12 points each in the win. Luciano Junior had 10 points and 7 rebounds in defeat. Israel and Brazil were well-matched on the boards collecting 42 boards each. Israel sank 48% from the field, while Brazil managed just 39%. Israel also suffered only 11 turnovers down the stretch. Israel is scheduled to face Gabon, while Brazil play against Russia tomorrow.

Israel: Jonhatan Nir 18, Youval Naimy 13, Elishay Kadir 12, Gal Mekel 12
Brazil: Andre Felipe Almeida 19, Andre Goes 19+15 boards



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  ITALY   


Benetton adds Hukic - by Gianni Pascucci
Just after announcing the extension of the agreement with Judson 'CJ' Wallace (205-F/C-82, agency: Elfus-Siegel Management (ESM), college: Princeton) for another two seasons, Benetton Treviso announced the signing of Bosnian front court player Jasmin Hukic (204-G/F-79, agency: Beo Basket), from Olimpia Ljubljana. This experienced player replaces in roster Radoslav Rancik (207-F/C-79, agency: Beo Basket, college: St.Cloud St.), who will leave the team.


Mediterranean Games. Pescara 2009. Semifinals - by Eurobasket News
Semifinals
Italy-Croatia 104:108

Croatia took Italian place in the Final of the Mediterranean Games as they beat them in the Semifinal thriller. A 24-14 in the third period did not help Italy as they failed in the end of the game.Croatia needed 31-22 for 108:104 total success.
This was one of the productive games for both teams. We still remember three overtimes thriller of Italy against Turkey, however in this game the teams had a great percentage and deserved a Final rightfully.
Croatia took 33:28 after the first 10 minutes and did not mind local support of the Italian side. The second period became the picture of the first as the tempo remained high. After 30-30 in the second quarter, Croatian was in front, 63:58.
When the teams came back from the lockers the hosts found its own game. Croatian side had some difficulties to score and managed to produce only 14. Italy, meanwhile posted 24 to take 5 points deficit after three quarters. It was another great quarter from both teams that tried hard for the important victory. Croatia needed 31-22 for 108:104 total success and grabbed the ticket to the Final.

Damir Rancic (197-G-83) was unstoppable with 29 points, while Ante Tomic (215-C-87) scored 16. Luksa Andric (210-C/F-85) netted 15 points for his team. Daniele Cinciarini (194-G-83, agency: Interperformances) delivered 30 points for the home side. Pietro Aradori (192-G-88) nailed 29, whilst Marco Allegretti (204-F-81) posted 19.
Greece advanced to the Final in Pescara to face Croatia for the Gold of the Mediterranean Games. Greece trailed after the opening quarter to Turkey but came back in to the game to win 82:79.

Italy:
Daniele Cinciarini 30, Pietro Aradori 29, Marco Allegretti 19
Croatia:
Damir Rancic 29, Ante Tomic 16, Luksa Andric 15


Greece-Turkey 82:79
Greece advanced to the Final in Pescara to face Croatia for the Gold of the Mediterranean Games. Greece trailed after the opening quarter to Turkey but came back in to the game to win 82:79.
Greece opened the game not in their favorite style as Turkey grabbed the lead in the court. Turkey produced 25:19 and looked forward to keep the score for good. Greece managed to bounce back however trailed three points at the halftime.Moreover Turkey remained in front after thirty minutes of the game as they lost 2 points only in the third period. The last stanza became the most interesting in the game as both teams played well and deserved the Final. Greece made the last spurt in the end to take the important 82:79 victory.
Greece showed a better percentage from the filed making 52% versus 50%. The winners also had 43% from the arc, while Turkey produced 40%. The latter showed however a better percentage from the free throw line having 72% over 70%.

Nikolaos Papanikolaou (210-F-85) paced all the winners with 26 points and 10 rebounds. Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85, college: St.Louis) posted 19, while Igor Milosevic nailed 15. Engin Atsur (194-G-84, college: N.Carolina St.) ended up with 20 points for the Turkish side, Sinan Guler (193-G-83, agency: 1x1 Sports, college: Carroll (MT)) had 16 and Baris Hersek (204-F/C-88) chipped in 15.

Greece:
Nikolaos Papanikolaou 26+10 rebs, Ian Vougioukas 19, Igor Milosevic (193-G-86, agency: Beo Basket) 15
Turkey:
Engin Atsur 20, Sinan Guler 16, Baris Hersek 15


Classification Games for 5-7 places
Serbia-Albania 69:83
Albania surprised Serbia in the game of Classification for 5-8 places in Pescara, Italy. Albania won the first period 23:19 and then was caught by Serbians at 38:38. The win in the third and the last periods brought Albania the initial victory in Mediterranean Games. LUCA Ersid top-scored for the winners with 24 points and 12 rebounds, while Franko Bushati (188-G-85) notched 16. Aleksandar Mitrovic (202-G-90) posted 18 for Serbia and Filip Covic (178-G-89) scored 12. Albania will face now Morocco in the game for the 5/6 places. Serbia will meet Montenegro to fins out the teams for 7/8 places.

Serbia:
Aleksandar Mitrovic 18, Filip Covic 12
Albania:LUCA Ersid 24+12 rebs,
Franko Bushati 16






Montenegro-Morocco 60:81
Morocco beat Montenegro in the first game of Classification for 5-8 places in Italy. Pescara saw 81:60 of the African team over the European. Morocco had only 21-20 lead at the end of the first period and even trailed 1 point later at the halftime. A 26-6 in the last period brought them a necessary victory in the tournament.
Zakaria Masbahi (191-G-79) top-scored for the winners with 27 points and Younes Idrissi (204-F-84, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Iona) nailed 25. Abdelhakim Zouita (-G-86) delivered 14 points in a win. Sead Sehovic (201-G/F-89) shined for Montenegro with 30 points and Filip Barovic (206-F-90) nailed 11.

Montenegro:
Sead Sehovic 30, Filip Barovic 11
Morocco:
Zakaria Masbahi 27, Younes Idrissi 25, Abdelhakim Zouita 14



Croatia upset the hosts for the Final ticket - by Eurobasket News
Italy-Croatia 104:108

Croatia took Italian place in the Final of the Mediterranean Games as they beat them in the Semifinal thriller. A 24-14 in the third period did not help Italy as they failed in the end of the game.Croatia needed 31-22 for 108:104 total success.
This was one of the productive games for both teams. We still remember three overtimes thriller of Italy against Turkey, however in this game the teams had a great percentage and deserved a Final rightfully.
Croatia took 33:28 after the first 10 minutes and did not mind local support of the Italian side. The second period became the picture of the first as the tempo remained high. After 30-30 in the second quarter, Croatian was in front, 63:58.
When the teams came back from the lockers the hosts found its own game. Croatian side had some difficulties to score and managed to produce only 14. Italy, meanwhile posted 24 to take 5 points deficit after three quarters. It was another great quarter from both teams that tried hard for the important victory. Croatia needed 31-22 for 108:104 total success and grabbed the ticket to the Final.
Damir Rancic (197-G-83) was unstoppable with 29 points, while Ante Tomic (215-C-87) scored 16. Luksa Andric (210-C/F-85) netted 15 points for his team. Daniele Cinciarini (194-G-83, agency: Interperformances) delivered 30 points for the home side. Pietro Aradori (192-G-88) nailed 29, whilst Marco Allegretti (204-F-81) posted 19.
Greece advanced to the Final in Pescara to face Croatia for the Gold of the Mediterranean Games. Greece trailed after the opening quarter to Turkey but came back in to the game to win 82:79.

Italy: Daniele Cinciarini 30, Pietro Aradori 29, Marco Allegretti 19
Croatia: Damir Rancic 29, Ante Tomic 16, Luksa Andric 15



Market News and Rumors - by Stefano Pini
Serie A Andre Collins (183-G-82, college: Loyola, MD) is the new Virtus Bologna's pointguard. Collins, last season at Ferrara, was the third scorer in Serie A, having big impact, expecially in the second part of the season in which helped Carife to avoid relegation and brush against playoff. Two big shots for Lottomatica. They signed Andrea Crosariol (212-C-84, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) for the next four years. Andrea Crosariol is the 'big hope' of italian basketball in the paint. Last season, at Avellino, has showed moments of great basketball. Roma added to his roster Ricky Minard (194-G/F-82, college: Morehead St.) for two seasons. The guard had a shining season at Montegranaro (15,5 points, 4,4 rebounds). Talking about Premiata: the team has reached a deal with Greg Brunner (201-F-83, college: Iowa) for the next 2 seasons. The big man was one of the key for Angelico during the playoff. Montegraro extended also the contract of Dejan Ivanov (205-F/C-86) until 2011. Legadue: Venezia added to his roster Christian Di Giuliomaria (208-C/F-79), last season at Udine, while Otis George (205-C-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Louisville) won't continue with Reyer. Enel Brindisi announced the deal with Nikola Radulovic (207-F-73), last season at Avellino. Brindisi is one of the most ambitious team in Legadue. Rumors: Armani Jeans seems really close to add Jonas Maciulis (198-G/F-85, agency: Interperformances) to his roster, creating and intriguing 'Baltic Connection'. Montepaschi Siena should be the next team of Nikos Zisis (195-G-83). Armani and Montepaschi have both made an offer to land David Hawkins (193-G-82, agency: CAA Sports, college: Temple). Vanoli Soresina has Jaycee Carroll (188-G-83, agency: Priority Sports)l as target and good chances to accomplish it.

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Jamaica demolish Barbados 97-74 - by Leonard Whyte
Miami, FL (07-02-2009) - After their surprise defeat to Trinidad & Tobago in their opening game, Team Jamaica seem to have rebounded with a vengeance, trouncing Barbados 97-74 tonight to move to 2-1 in the Caribbean Basketball Championships being decided in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. After defeating the Bahamas yesterday, Jamaica has now moved into second place in Group A behind leaders Trinidad & Tobago (3-0), who defeated the Bahamas 86-82 tonight to keep their unbeaten streak intact.

From the outset, it was pretty evident that the Bajans were overwhelmed, as the Jamaican juggernaut began to gather steam. The quartet of Samardo Samuels, Kimani Ffriend, Weyinmi Efejuku, and Andre Smith proved to be more than a handful for the Barbados defense as they orchestrated easy scores to help Jamaica to a 25-20 first quarter advantage and 47-35 at halftime. Things got progressively worse for Barbados in the third as Jamaica reeled off 28 points to enter the homestretch with a comfortable 20-point lead (75-55). From there they coasted in for the win behind 18 points from Smith, 16 from Ffrench and 15 from Damion Staple. Efejuku also added 13 points and Michael Rogers 10. Jeremy Gill with a game-high 24 points and Andre Lockhart 14 were the top scorers for the Barbados.


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Ukraine rally past Japan - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine - Japan 104:74

Ukrainian University Games selection gained the first win in Serbia. They romped past Japan to improve at 1-0 record in Pool D. Maxym Korniyenko (201-F/C-87) fired game-high 33 points and collected 7 rebounds for Ukraine. Oleksandr Sizov (200-F-88) added 22 points for the winners. Kosuke Kanamaru replied with 21 points for Japan.
Ukraine used a 33-point tally in the opening frame to build a 16-point advantage. Japan slowed their opponents down in the second frame but could not trim the distance. Ukraine maintained the lead and headed into the locker rooms up by 20 points. The high-flying third quarter saw Japan clip the deficit by one point but Ukraine remained comfortable. A Valentyn Melnichuk team coasted to the win in the final quarter. Vyacheslav Kravtsov (212-C-87, agency: Interperformances) banked 16 points and 11 boards for the winning team. Kenta Hirose (192-G-85) and Takatoshi Furukawa responded with 11 points each in defeat.
Ukraine outrebounded Japan 39:22 and shot solid 64% from the field. Japan answered with 40% of accuracy and committed 15 turnovers in the loss.

Ukraine: Maxym Korniyenko 33, Oleksandr Sizov 22, Vyacheslav Kravtsov 16+11 boards
Japan: Kosuke Kanamaru 21, Kenta Hirose 11, Takatoshi Furukawa 11



Saitama's Serious Season - by Kenji Will
After 4years of disappointment and never being a member of the playoffs, the Saitama Broncos have finally shown some action that they want to achieve higher goal as a team.

They released both of their head and assistant coach David Benoit and Kazuto Aono (181-G) and have brought in a defensive minded coach Masato Fukushima who had success in the JBL with the Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins in the past. The Broncos have also made adjustments in their roster by releasing an former national team member and allstar player Kazuhiro Shoji (191-F-74) and brought in Kazuya Hatano (192-F-82) and Haruhito Shishito (173-G-82) in replace who both have championship experience with Osaka Evessa. Along with those two they drafted a sharp shooter Yasuaki Arai (180-F-83) from the JBL to build a stronger roster.

At this point, arguably the Broncos domestic players are one of the best in the league. If the Broncos are able to bring back their go-to guy Reginald Warren (204-F-81, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: W.Florida) they will have a very good chance to be a championship contender. Especially with many rumors around the league that most of the teams in the eastern conference are going to cut their budget on the players salary and not bring back their star players.


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Croatia coast past Kazakhstan in Auckland - by Eurobasket News
Croatia U19 - Kazakhstan U19 104:74
Croatia earned a comfortable opening win at the U19 World Championship in New Zealand. They dismantled Kazakhstan in preliminary Group D action. Toni Prostran (183-G-91) provided 23 points, 6 boards and 6 assists to lead Croatia.
Kazakhstan entered the contest with high ambitions as they led 14:13 midway through the starting frame. But Croatia picked up the slack and completed the frame on a 13:2 rally to lead by 10 at the break. Toni Prostran paced the charge for Croatia as they knocked down 32 points in the second period and enjoyed a 20-point buffer into the main break. Croatia did not loosen the grip after the major intermission despite fierce comeback attempts from the Asian opponents. Kazakhstan appeared trailing by 23 points before the final stanza. They never recovered and had to surrender at the end. Leon Radosevic (210-F/C-90) knocked down 17 points for Croatia. Mario Delas (207-C/F-90) finished with 16 points in the win. Alexander Tyutyunik (190-G-90) had 21 points for Kazakhstan. Alexandr Zhigulin (202-F-94) added 19 points and 9 rebounds in the losing effort. Croatia outrebounded their opponents 42:27 and sank 55% from the field. Kazakhstan were also forced into 23 turnovers during the encounter.

Croatia: Toni Prostran 23, Leon Radosevic 17, Mario Delas 16
Kazakhstan: Alexander Tyutyunik 21, Alexandr Zhigulin 19



Kazakhistan U19 National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
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4 Berik Ismail (200-G-90)
7 Artyom Skornyakov (210-C-90)
8 Rustem Tuleu (182-G-90) of Barsy Atyrau
9 Alexander Tytyunik (200-F-90)
10 Pavel Ilyin (192-G-92) of Barsy Atyrau

11 Denis Degtyarev (192-G-90) of TSM Kapshagay
13 Alexandr Zhigulin (202-F-94)
14 Anton Arsenyev (195-G-91)

15 Omirzak Akhmet (202-C-90) of Barsy Atyrau
Head Coach: Vadim Burakov


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Latvia U20 team comes back from Bandirma - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U20 team comes back from Bandirma where the team participated in the 14th International Turgut Atakol Tournament. The Baltic side won two games and lost one on the last day.
Eurobasket wrote that Latvian U20 National team upset the hosts of the International Turgut Atakol Tournament, Turkey. Latvia looked much better in all the aspects of the game taking 80:55 victory in the opener.

In Day 2 Latvia U20 overcame Croatia U20 84:81. Latvia had 23:16 in the opening quarter and improved to 48:40 at the halftime. Bojan Bogdanovic shined in another game and pulled his team back to 66:60 after three quarters. It was Bojan Bogdanovic again for 74:73 at the end. Latvia played however better as a team and grabbed the second victory. Dairis Bertans (192-G/F-89) led the way with 19 points and three other players scored 9 each. Bojan Bogdanovic and Miro Bilan shined with 27 points apiece in defeat.

In the last day Russia U20 beat Latvia U20 87:79. Russian team opened the game with 22-17 in the opening quarter and led to 42:34 at the halftime. Semen Antonov and Maxim Zakharov gave Russia such a lead in the end of the first half. Lauris Blaus (205-C-90) reduced the margin to 48:41 and then Kristers Zaldaks made it 65:58. Dairis Bertanis and Lauris Blaus pulled the Baltic side back to 70:64, however Russia kept the score for good. Semen Antonov top-scored for the winners with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Valtcheslav Zaytsev and Dmitriy Khostov followed him with 16 points apiece and Vladimir Ivlev collected 10 points and 10 rebounds. Dairis Bertans responded with 22 points in the losing case and Lauris Blaus netted 11.



Kaspars Berzins lands in Spain - by Emiliano Carchia
Alta Gestion Fuenlabrada Madrid made official the signing of Latvian center Kaspars Berzins (213-F/C-85, agency: FCM) who comes from Barons Riga. The big man was important for Latvia to get the ticket for Eurobasket in Poland. In the qualification round he averaged 9.2ppg and 4.5rpg.
Berzins signed a three year deal. The Spanish team has also added to its roster Voskuil and Batista, former player of Maccabi Tel Aviv.
You can all the transaction from all over the world on www.sportando.net/eng/basket-signings/


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Interview with Roy Semaha - by Hassan Thini
For the first time in six years, Roy Samaha is not on the Lebanese National Team. The 24-year-old center underwent surgery on his elbow in the summer, something hes been postponing for all of past season. PMA Basketball brings you a Q&A session with Samaha, and some answers about his injury, the national team, and his experience as the Al Mouttahed captain.

Tell me about your recent surgery. How is recovery going?

My injury wasn't recent. It was from my preseason when I dislocated my elbow. Initially, it took me three months to completely recover from the elbow dislocation, and there were some bone fragments loose in the elbow area but were not really in a location that would affect my performance. A few months into the league a minor elbow hyperextension led to the fragments shifting and getting stuck in the joint and pressuring the nerve known as the 'funny bone' and surgery was required to 'fix' the situation. The season was right in the middle and we had big responsibilities, such as proving that we deserved to be in the finals the previous year and try to get a shot at the title this year, so I decided to postpone surgery till end of season. Now I am recovering well, doing concentrated therapy sessions. Recovery is very similar to when I first injured my elbow, so somewhat its a dj vu. The difference this time is that its much quicker, less painful, and will be 100% back to normal.

This is the first year you miss national team action. How are you taking it?

The national team has undergone major changes this year, and not being a part of the team especially when we have the chance to once again reach the World Championship really burns me up. It's not easy and I really miss the guys. I'm just going to have to focus on recovery and on preparing myself for next season.

What are the NTs chances in qualifying to the World Championship?

A lot of players have changed this year. We have some new faces. Hopefully this will bring some new talent and excitement. We have always been the underdogs in all the international competitions we played in; yet, we always found a way to make it against all odds. Our chances are exactly like they always were [he smiles], but for sure the new nationalized player Vromen Jackson will have big shoes to fill. I send big regards on that note to Joe Vogel. I know that I will miss him in the national team.

How tough was the past year on you with the injury you suffered in the pre-season?

Last year was a very tough season on me both physically and mentally. Injury is every players worst nightmare. I had to play the majority of the season taped up with limited range of motion in my right arm and a real annoying pain. Sometimes, I couldn't even continue practice because of the pain. This limited my performance offensively and forced me to help the team more on defense. I had to change my game play and rely more on my teammates on the offense, while trying to make up on defense. We made it through as a team and that made all the pain worth it.

Looking back at the past two years with Al Mouttahed, what strikes you the most?

I remember the first few months when I moved to Al Mouttahed. Nobody had any idea who we were. Now the whole country and even region knows who Al Mouttahed is. We earned that. Reaching the championship finals two years in a row has earned us the respect that we've been working hard for.

Youre involved with the team more than the other players. Does that come within your responsibilities as the captain?

Being captain of Al Mouttahed has been one of the best experiences ever. Being team captain has bestowed upon me lots of responsibilities and even more pressure. I do everything I can to help the team. To be honest, I have a strong sense of belonging with Al Mouttahed. This is what drives me to work on and off the court to make sure we reach the targets and goals we have.

What can you tell us about the team the coming season?

It's still a little too early to get a clear vision about next season. For sure our target will be the championship again. Apart from that, we will also have some international exposure, in which we must excel. We have a few gaps to fill in the team, and the whole Sagesse and Blue Stars situation for sure will affect the whole league. So I guess only time will tell.

What are your plans this summer?

Recover, recovery, recovery!!! Basically, thats the plan. As soon as I am well enough to hit the courts, I will be doing that. I have the time I need to prepare myself and regain my confidence, so its all just a matter of hard work.

Any last thoughts?

I send my greatest regards to all of the national team players and wish them the best of luck. Hope everyone enjoys their summer and hopefully next season will be a blast.


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Puerto Rico upset Lithuania in Auckland - by Eurobasket News
Puerto Rico U19 - Lithuania U19 80:73
Puerto Rico got to a victorious start of their U19 World Championship campaign. They face Lithuanian counterparts in preliminary Group A opener and raced to the tough win at the end. Puerto Rico came from behind in the second half to produce a spectacular winning outcome at the end. Kevin Young (203-F) tallied 18 points, 12 boards and 5 steals to pace the Latin American side.
Lithuania seemed to be en route to a comfortable victory when they stormed into the encounter. Vytenis Cizauskas (189-G-92) and Gediminas Bertasius (196-F-90) scored 8 points apiece to give Lithuania a needed boost early on. The European team enjoyed a 31:14 advantage after ten minutes of action but Puerto Rico survived. Isaac Sosa (190-G-90) hit three triples in the second frame to organize a rescue mission that saw Puerto Rico trim the distance to 9 points at halftime. The Latin American side continued to claw their way back into the contest as they clipped the margin to just 2 points at the final intermission. It all went down to the wire as Puerto Rico proved calm and eked out an important victory at the end. Isaac Sosa notched 18 points for Puerto Rico. Mike Rosario (191-G-90) finished with 17 points in the victory. Vytenis Cizauskas and Dovydas Redikas (193-G-92) had 15 points apiece for Lithuania. Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90, agency: Interperformances) delivered 13 points and 9 boards in the loss.
Puerto Rico will take on Greece, while Lithuania is scheduled to play against Angola tomorrow.

Puerto Rico: Kevin Young 18+12 boards, Isaac Sosa 18, Mike Rosario 17
Lithuania: Dovydas Redikas 15, Vytenis Cizauskas 15, Donatas Motiejunas 13



Lithuania open Universiade with win - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania - Mexico 93:75

Lithuania earned the first win at the World University Games in Belgrade. They held off Mexico in the opener today to take the lead in Group B. Martynas Pocius (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances) and Giedrius Kurtinaitis (192-G-86) scored 15 points each to pace the Baltic outfit.
Lithuanian looked aggressive in offense and dominated on the glass to take the lead early on. They grabbed a 24:18 advantage ten minutes into the game. Lithuania capitalized on numerous turnovers from the Latin American team to stretch the gap to as many as 18 points. Mexico continued to struggle defensively in the third stanza allowing their opponents to fire 28 points. It led Lithuania to a massive 23-point point buffer before the fourth stanza. They cruised to the win in the final quarter to improve at 1-0 record. Martynas Mazeika (190-G-85, agency: Limelight Hoops) had 14 points, while Gailius delivered 13 points for the winners. Joel Reynoso (195-G-85) replied with 25 points and 9 rebounds for Mexico. Gabriel Giron (188-G) banked 15 points in the losing case.
Lithuania outrebounded Mexico 47:35 and forced those to 26 turnovers. Lithuania is scheduled to take on UAE, while Mexico will face Romania tomorrow.

Lithuania: Martynas Pocius 15, Giedrius Kurtinaitis 15, Martynas Mazeika 14
Mexico: Joel Reynoso 25, Gabriel Giron 15



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Lithuania open Universiade with win - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania - Mexico 93:75

Lithuania earned the first win at the World University Games in Belgrade. They held off Mexico in the opener today to take the lead in Group B. Martynas Pocius (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances) and Giedrius Kurtinaitis (192-G-86) scored 15 points each to pace the Baltic outfit.
Lithuanian looked aggressive in offense and dominated on the glass to take the lead early on. They grabbed a 24:18 advantage ten minutes into the game. Lithuania capitalized on numerous turnovers from the Latin American team to stretch the gap to as many as 18 points. Mexico continued to struggle defensively in the third stanza allowing their opponents to fire 28 points. It led Lithuania to a massive 23-point point buffer before the fourth stanza. They cruised to the win in the final quarter to improve at 1-0 record. Martynas Mazeika (190-G-85, agency: Limelight Hoops) had 14 points, while Gailius delivered 13 points for the winners. Joel Reynoso (195-G-85) replied with 25 points and 9 rebounds for Mexico. Gabriel Giron (188-G) banked 15 points in the losing case.
Lithuania outrebounded Mexico 47:35 and forced those to 26 turnovers. Lithuania is scheduled to take on UAE, while Mexico will face Romania tomorrow.

Lithuania: Martynas Pocius 15, Giedrius Kurtinaitis 15, Martynas Mazeika 14
Mexico: Joel Reynoso 25, Gabriel Giron 15



Mexico's Universiade National-Team 2009 - by Kristian Santiago
The student national-team of Mexico currently active in Belgrade,Serbia:
4 Jose Luis Bucio (179-G-86)
UACH
5 Julio Cesar Martin (195-G/F-88) ITESM
6 Joaquin Villanueva (207-C-86) UNAM
7 Roberto Durazo (196-F-85, college: S.Mountain CC) CEU
8 Leonardo Olachea (188-G) (189-F-85) UPAEP
9 Israel Nolasco (205-C-89) UACH
10 Joel Reynoso (195-G-85) UDLAP
11 Jorge Chavez (198-G/F-87) CEU
12 Gabriel Giron (188-G) (192-F-88) CEU
13 Fernando Garcia (180-G-86) (180-G-86) ITESM
14 Lenardo Salazar (208-C-88) CEU
15 Jose Arturo Farrera (205-F-85) CEU


Coach: Hector Santos

Assistant Coach:Omar Ramirez

Assistant Coach: Ignacio Moreno



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Morocco beat Montenegro in the Classification for 5-8 places - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro-Morocco 60:81
Morocco beat Montenegro in the first game of Classification for 5-8 places in Italy. Pescara saw 81:60 of the African team over the European. Morocco had only 21-20 lead at the end of the first period and even trailed 1 point later at the halftime. A 26-6 in the last period brought them a necessary victory in the tournament. Zakaria Masbahi (191-G-79) top-scored for the winners with 27 points and Younes Idrissi (204-F-84, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Iona) nailed 25. Abdelhakim Zouita (-G-86) delivered 14 points in a win. Sead Sehovic (201-G/F-89) shined for Montenegro with 30 points and Filip Barovic (206-F-90) nailed 11.

Montenegro: Sead Sehovic 30, Filip Barovic 11
Morocco: Zakaria Masbahi 27, Younes Idrissi 25, Abdelhakim Zouita 14


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Morocco beat Montenegro in the Classification for 5-8 places - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro-Morocco 60:81
Morocco beat Montenegro in the first game of Classification for 5-8 places in Italy. Pescara saw 81:60 of the African team over the European. Morocco had only 21-20 lead at the end of the first period and even trailed 1 point later at the halftime. A 26-6 in the last period brought them a necessary victory in the tournament. Zakaria Masbahi (191-G-79) top-scored for the winners with 27 points and Younes Idrissi (204-F-84, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Iona) nailed 25. Abdelhakim Zouita (-G-86) delivered 14 points in a win. Sead Sehovic (201-G/F-89) shined for Montenegro with 30 points and Filip Barovic (206-F-90) nailed 11.

Montenegro: Sead Sehovic 30, Filip Barovic 11
Morocco: Zakaria Masbahi 27, Younes Idrissi 25, Abdelhakim Zouita 14


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Ex-UCONN stars reunion in Detroit - by Demar Thomas
Ben Gordon (6'2''-G-83, college: Connecticut) and Charlie Villanueva (6'10''-F-84, college: Connecticut) agreed in principle to five-year contracts with the Pistons, ESPN.com reports.

The report says that former Bulls guard Gordon will receive a five-year deal for between $55 million and $60 million, while former Bucks forward Villanueva gets a five-year deal for $40 million.

The 26-year-old Gordon averaged 20.7 points for the Chicago Bulls, leading them in scoring for the fourth straight year.

He improved his market value by scoring 42 points in a playoff game against the defending champion Boston Celtics and averaging a team-high 24.3 points in seven postseason games.

Bulls officials had said re-signing Gordon, the No. 3 pick in 2004, was a top priority after previously failing to keep the former Connecticut star with a long-term contract.

Villanueva, who turns 25 next month, averaged 16.2 points and 6.7 rebounds last season for the Milwaukee Bucks. He went from being a restricted free agent to an unrestricted one when Milwaukee chose to not make him a qualifying offer.

The Toronto Raptors drafted Villanueva No. 7 overall out of Connecticut in 2005 and traded him to Milwaukee after his rookie season when he averaged 13 points, 6.4 rebounds and was on the All-Rookie team.

Detroit desperately needed to make a splash this offseason, entering it with nearly $20 million in salary-cap space and coming off its worst season in several years.

The Pistons had a lot of money to spend because Rasheed Wallace and Allen Iverson had expiring contracts. The franchise wanted to infuse the roster with fresh options after breaking up a group of players that won the 2004 NBA title and advanced to six straight conference finals.

Detroit was swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round this season, mercifully ending a miserable season that soured as soon as All-Star point guard Chauncey Billups was dealt to Denver for Iverson and his cap space.

Michael Curry, who struggled as a rookie coach in a tough situation, was fired Tuesday and might be replaced by Avery Johnson, Doug Collins or John Kuester by this weekend.

Detroits fifth coach in nine seasons will potentially have an interesting decision to make if the roster remains intact.

While the 6-11 Villanueva can easily slip into the starting lineup, the 6-foot-3, 200-pound Gordon does not seem to have a spot secured.


Shaq speaks in his presentation as a CAVS player - by Bruno Baltazar
Shaquille O'Neal (7'2''-C-72, college: LSU) has one purpose in Cleveland: Bring an NBA title to LeBron James and the Cavaliers.
'My motto is very simple,' the 15-time NBA All-Star center said on Thursday. 'Win a ring for the King.'
Acquired in a trade last week with the Phoenix Suns, O'Neal was introduced on Thursday by the Cavaliers, who believe he can be their missing piece. The city of Cleveland has been waiting since 1964 for its NBA, NFL or Major League Baseball teams to win a championship.

During a 30-minute news conference that was more of a TV talk show featuring Shaq, the 37-year-old star said he just wants to fit in with a Cavaliers team that won 66 regular-season games last season but was eliminated in the Eastern Conference finals by the Orlando Magic.

'We have everybody in place,' said O'Neal, who has just one year left under contract but feels he can play three more seasons. 'There's no excuses. We just have to get it done.'

O'Neal walked to the dais through a welcoming tunnel of kids from an area summer camp. He was presented with a No. 33 jersey and given a pair of winter boots and a snow shovel by Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, who is sparing no expense to bring the Cavaliers a championship. Cleveland is the first cold-weather city O'Neal has played in after NBA stops in Orlando, Los Angeles, Miami and Phoenix.

There is a greater sense of urgency in Cleveland because James is entering his final year under contract. O'Neal insists this is 'LeBron's team' and he's merely with the Cavaliers to put them over the top.

'I'll fit in just fine,' he said. 'They had a damn good team here already.'

O'Neal won three NBA titles with Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers from 2000-02 and another with Dwyane Wade and the Miami Heat in 2006. O'Neal believes No. 5 is possible with 'the great LeBron James.'

O'Neal joked that his three sons were excited he would be paired with the league's reigning MVP.

'My sons love LeBron more than they love me,' he said. 'I'm just a little jealous about it.'



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NCAA rejects Kelvin Sampson's appeal - by Eurobasket News
The NCAA on Tuesday rejected an appeal from former Indiana basketball coach Kelvin Sampson, who was slapped with five years of potential penalties for taking part in more than 100 impermissible calls to recruits while coaching the Hoosiers.

The NCAA said it upheld the violations found in the case, which prompted an overhaul at the program and led to Sampson's departure after 1 1/2 years. An NCAA spokeswoman said Sampson has used his only appeal, and the case is closed. Sampson is essentially barred from coaching in college until 2013.
Ohio State Athletic Director Gene Smith has been appointed chairman of the Division I Men's Basketball Committee for 2010-11, the NCAA announced.

Smith will succeed UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero.

Guerrero will be chair for the upcoming season.



Courtesy of The LA Times (www.latimes.com)


UNC, Nike reach 10-year deal - by Eurobasket News
The Tar Heels will wear the swoosh for the next nine years.

University of North Carolina officials said Wednesday they have signed a 10-year contract for Nike to supply athletic equipment and apparel to its sports teams.

The contract was signed in late May and made retroactive to July 1, 2008.

The Beaverton, Ore.-based footwear maker will provide shoes, uniforms, balls, coaching gear and other equipment for the school. The athletic department also will receive $1 million from the deal. With those funds being used for lighting and sound improvements to the Dean Smith Center.

School officials also said Nike has entered individual contracts with each of the Tar Heels head coaches.
Courtesy of www.besternews.com


USA hold off Iran in opener - by Eurobasket News
USA U19 - Iran U19 106:55

The USA Junior National Team brushed by Iran in the opening game of the U19 World Championship in New Zealand. Seven players scored in double digits for the winners. Tyshawn Taylor (6'3''-G-90) delivered 13 points to pace the charge.
The teams traded baskets early in the game but the USA stepped on the gas late in the quarter. John Shurna (6'8''-F-90) scored 7 points to ignite a 16:1 rally that propelled the North American team to a 30:13 advantage. The US team were well in control from now on. They fired 25 points in the second stanza to accumulate a 55:27 advantage at the interval. Things never changed in the third period as the USA maintained the pressure and ran away to a 42-point cushion with one quarter to go. The North American team cruised to the victory in the fourth stanza gaining the lead in Group B.
Seth Curry (6'1''-G) knocked down 12 points for the USA. Terrico White (6'5''-G) and John Shurna added 11 points apiece in the win. Ali Hassanzadeh replied with game-high 17 points. Arsalan Kazemi (6'8''-F-90) canned 15 points in the loss.
The USA will face France, while Iran to play against Egypt tomorrow.

USA: Tyshawn Taylor 13, Seth Curry 12, Terrico White 11, John Shurna 11+10 boards
Iran: Ali Hassanzadeh 17, Arsalan Kazemi 15



Dave Rose is back on the bench at BYU - by Eurobasket News
The words BYU coach Dave Rose delivers to his players aren't much different from comments made in meeting rooms across the country each year.

Only in this case, the familiar message carries a whole new meaning.

Just a couple of weeks ago, Rose didn't know whether he would get a chance to coach BYU this season. Frankly, he had much more pressing concerns.

After undergoing emergency surgery for pancreatic cancer earlier this month, Rose announced last week that his tumor had been removed and that his cancer was in remission. He plans to coach the Cougars for the 2009-10 season.

Rose's announcement represented the latest twist in an offseason full of emotional ups and downs.

'It's definitely been a roller coaster,' BYU point guard Jimmer Fredette said in a phone interview. 'Our emotions were very down at the beginning. We weren't knowing if he's going to be coaching again or even alive for a long period of time. You don't know what's going to happen. We definitely were down and hoping for the best and praying. To hear the news that he's going to be OK, it's a great relief.'

BYU has a knack for dealing with adversity. You don't win three consecutive Mountain West Conference regular-season titles without figuring out how to overcome obstacles.

But nothing could have prepared the Cougars for the events of the past month.

Rose's health scare actually began during a family vacation. The Roses were on the last day of a trip to Disneyland when Rose began to feel light-headed. His condition worsened on a flight to Las Vegas.

He was assisted off the plane and taken to Spring Valley Hospital, where it was discovered he had begun bleeding internally. That's when he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

Pancreatic cancer is considered one of the most serious forms of the disease because symptoms rarely occur until late in the process. The silver lining for Rose is that he had a pancreatic neuroendocrine tumor, a rare form of the disease with a much more successful record of treatment.

'We live in a time when we can deal with this,' Rose said in a press conference last week. 'I've got to be smart and do what I'm supposed to do, but I believe that if I take this challenge the way it's supposed to be taken and accept it, and if I listen to those who can help me, then everything is going to work out just fine.'

Rose also addressed his players and let them know exactly what he had learned from this sobering experience.

'Coach is a guy who tries to keep his emotions inside,' Fredette said. 'He doesn't like to broadcast things to a lot of people. But he opened up a little more and talked about life a little more. He talked about having to enjoy relationships and how he's very lucky. He considers himself a lucky guy that he's still on this earth.'

Fredette doesn't expect Rose's health status to serve as a distraction as BYU begins its quest for a fourth consecutive NCAA tournament bid. He instead believes the situation will make the Cougars more focused than ever.

The Cougars lose leading scorer Lee Cummard from the team that went 25-8 last season, but they return their other four starters. BYU received a big boost when 6-foot-6 forward Jonathan Tavernari withdrew his name from NBA draft consideration to return for his senior year.

And now they got an even larger emotional lift.

'I can promise you this,' Rose said. 'I will appreciate every day. I will appreciate every practice. I will appreciate every game more than I have before.'

Teams across the nation like to talk about playing each game as though it's their last. When the Cougars make those comments this season, they won't merely be speaking in clichs. They'll be drawing from their own experience.

'I think it's made us a little more focused,' Fredette said. 'You have to work hard and enjoy every minute you have. We've experienced that firsthand with Coach. We're all pretty motivated to be the best we can, while we can.'

NCAA changes criteria

How have they done in their last 12 games?

That was the popular question asked about every bubble team as fans put together their mock NCAA tournament brackets toward the end of each regular season.

Now that question isn't nearly as important.

The NCAA indicated this week that it would no longer use how a team has fared in its last 12 games as one of the selection criteria when it picks the 65-team tournament field.

'Parsing a particular segment of games and implying it had greater weight than others seemed misleading and inconsistent,' committee chair and SEC commissioner Mike Slive said in a statement released by the NCAA. 'The removal of this reference avoids confusion in the room and brings our reporting in line with our process.'

The arbitrary nature of the 'last 12 games' criterion may have helped a couple of teams earn bids the past two seasons.

Arizona earned one of the last remaining at-large bids in the 2009 bracket despite heading into the tournament with five losses in its last six games. Arizona had won six in a row before that skid, so its mark over its last 12 games was a much more respectable 7-5.

Villanova had gone 7-5 over its last 12 games but 7-9 over its last 16 contests when it was the lowest-seeded team to make the 2008 tournament.

Then again, those two examples showed that the 12-game criterion might have been a pretty good indicator of potential tournament success. The 2008 Villanova team and the 2009 Arizona squad both advanced to the Sweet 16.



Courtesy of www.collegebasketball.rivals.com


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Argentina narrowly defeat New Zealand - by Eurobasket News
New Zealand U19 - Argentina U19 64:66

Argentina had a narrow escape against the hosts in the U19 World Championship in Auckland today. The teams closed the first day schedule and came up with the most intriguing performance of the day. It all came down to the wire in this one. Things were leveled at 61 with under 4 minutes to go in regulation. Matias Nocedal (192-G-90, agency: Interperformances) and Barrios followed with buckets to set Argentina in front 65:61 with just over a minute to go. Robert Loe (211-C-91) and Logan van Beek (183-G-90) responded with a bunch of free throws to drag New Zealand within one with 18 seconds on the clock. Pablo Orlietti (208-C/F-90) and Morgan Nathan (197-F-91) exchanged turnovers in the dying seconds before Cristian Cortes was put to the line. He hit the first attempt and then missed the second one and the Kiwis simply ran out of time before taking a shot.
The hosts were up by 4 points at halftime. They extended the margin to 7 points midway through the third period but could not capitalize. Argentina stormed back into the contest in the fourth period and eked out a thrilling victory at the end. Matias Nocedal finished with 21 points for Argentina. Luciano Gonzalez (196-F-90) added 12 points in the win. Brook Ruscoe (188-G-90) had 22 points for New Zealand. Robert Loe delivered 15 points and 6 boards in defeat.

New Zealand: Brook Ruscoe 22, Robert Loe 15
Argentina: Matias Nocedal 21, Luciano Gonzalez 12, Fabian Ramirez 9



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D1 Standing
D1 Standings
Group 1
 1. De La Salle 5-0 
 2. Orthodox BJ 3-1 
 3. Bethlehem 2-2 
 4. Orthodoxi B.S. 0-4 
 5. Terrasanta 0-4 
Group 2
 1. Sarriyet 5-0 
 2. Orthodox R. 3-1 
 3. Ibdaa D. 2-1 
 4. Qalandia 1-3 
 5. Catholic A. 1-4 


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UAA keeps the lead - by Gianni Pascucci
After defeating 93-83 Olimpia in the last round of Triangular Tournment, Universidad Autonoma de Asuncion is now at the top of the table in Metropolitan League-Copa Estadio Comuneros. Edgar Morel (185-G-80) was the best performer in UAA with 19 points, followed by Joel Quevedo (181-G-89), with 15. The best in Olimpia were Hector Gimenez (-F) (28) and Cesar Marecos (191-F) (22).

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Ginebra takes 1-0 lead in PBA Finals - by Eurobasket News

FINAL
Ginebra - San Miguel 102-96
Ginebra made it in the first game of PBA Finals. Jayjay Helterbrand (183-G-76, college: Kentucky St.) stepped up for the wining squad with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists. Cyrus Baguio (188-G-80) was second scorer of the team with 17, while Ronald Tubid (186-G-81) added 14 points and 5 boards. David Noel (198-G/F-84, college: N.Carolina) and Paul Anthony Artadi (177-G-81) followed with 13 pts each. On the other side, Jay Washington (206-C-81, college: Eckerd) responded with 19 pts and Jonas Villanueva (184-G-83) netted one point less. The Kings outjumped their rivals with 45-40, while the also had decent stroke from behind the arc. Second game is scheduled for tomorrow. All matches will be played at the Araneta Coliseum.


Third place
Burger King - Rain or Shine 132-118
Arwind Santos (193-F-81) led the Titans in this game with 27 points and 13 rebounds. Shawn Daniels (200-C-79, college: Utah St.) also had very important role netting 16 pts. He also pulled down 11 rebs and was the second player with double-double for the Kings. There was 5 more players with double-digits in scoring. Mark Isip (193-F-80) shined in loss with 29 pts and 8 rebs. Ryan Arana (186-G-83) contributed with 24 pts and 5 rebs. The Titans finished the game with 18 rebounds more than Rain or Shine 56-18.


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Ovarense renew with Jose Barbosa and Nuno Cortez and CAB renew with head coach Joao Freitas - by Bruno Baltazar
Jose Miguel Barbosa (-90) renews contract with Ovarense ,he is a portuguese international under 20 ,a young portuguese promess for the future that will have some minuts of quality to show everybody his skills,they also renew contract for another season with Nuno Cortez (205-C-82) a international for Portugal ,both of the signings were easy tasks as the players expressed that they wanted to come back and re sign with Ovarense the portuguese vice champions of the league.

In another news CAB Madeira renews contract with their head coach Joao Freitas ,last season he made history giving CAB their best record in the league finishing the season in the 3rd spot,easy sign and renew for both parts,they will compete with 3 americans and not only 2 as they will not be in FIBA Europe competition.



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Puerto Rico upset Lithuania in Auckland - by Eurobasket News
Puerto Rico U19 - Lithuania U19 80:73
Puerto Rico got to a victorious start of their U19 World Championship campaign. They face Lithuanian counterparts in preliminary Group A opener and raced to the tough win at the end. Puerto Rico came from behind in the second half to produce a spectacular winning outcome at the end. Kevin Young (203-F) tallied 18 points, 12 boards and 5 steals to pace the Latin American side.
Lithuania seemed to be en route to a comfortable victory when they stormed into the encounter. Vytenis Cizauskas (189-G-92) and Gediminas Bertasius (196-F-90) scored 8 points apiece to give Lithuania a needed boost early on. The European team enjoyed a 31:14 advantage after ten minutes of action but Puerto Rico survived. Isaac Sosa (190-G-90) hit three triples in the second frame to organize a rescue mission that saw Puerto Rico trim the distance to 9 points at halftime. The Latin American side continued to claw their way back into the contest as they clipped the margin to just 2 points at the final intermission. It all went down to the wire as Puerto Rico proved calm and eked out an important victory at the end. Isaac Sosa notched 18 points for Puerto Rico. Mike Rosario (191-G-90) finished with 17 points in the victory. Vytenis Cizauskas and Dovydas Redikas (193-G-92) had 15 points apiece for Lithuania. Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90, agency: Interperformances) delivered 13 points and 9 boards in the loss.
Puerto Rico will take on Greece, while Lithuania is scheduled to play against Angola tomorrow.

Puerto Rico: Kevin Young 18+12 boards, Isaac Sosa 18, Mike Rosario 17
Lithuania: Dovydas Redikas 15, Vytenis Cizauskas 15, Donatas Motiejunas 13



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


BSN, Quarterfinals: San German jumps on top of Group B with 2-0 - by Eurobasket News
Mayaguez managed to beat Santruce last night 95-85 registering the first win in Group B (1-1). On the other side, Santruce remains winless with 2 failures in 2 appearances, but still they have a chance to reach the Semis. Dan Langhi (208-F-77, college: Vanderbilt) was a key player for the winners. He spent 39 minutes on the court scoring the same number of points. He also pulled down 15 rebounds beside that. Kevin Hamilton (193-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Holy Cross) and James Maye (201-G-81, college: NC-Greensboro) were behind Langhi netting 13 points each. Ali Berdiel (198-G-83, college: Valparaiso) answered with 16 points in loss. Larry Ayuso (190-G-77, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: USC) stopped on 15 pts and 5 boards.
In the other game of Group B, San German celebrated tiny 89-85 win against Quebradillas. It means that San German is currently on top of the pool with perfect 2-0, while the Pirates fell to 1-1. Jesse Pellot-Rosa (193-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: Va Commonwealth) stepped up for the winners with 24 points, 5 rebs and 4 assists. Ruben Wolkowisky (207-C-73) added 22 points and also 6 boards. Marcus Williams (191-G-85, college: Connecticut) shined on the other side collecting 29 points, 7 rebounds and 9 assists. Shawn Redhage (202-F-81, agency: Warren Sports International, college: Arizona St.) contributed with 22 pts.


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Romania prevail against United Arab Emirates - by Eurobasket News
Romania - UAE 116:53
Radu Paliciuc (198-G/F-88) netted 22 points to lift Romania to the first win at the 2009 Universiade in Serbia. Romania thumped UAE in preliminary Group B. Titus Nicoara (200-F-88, agency: Interperformances) added 16 points and 5 boards for the winning side. Romania led from start to finish. They stunned their Asian counterparts with a 22:9 rally in the starting frame. United Arab Emirates tried to level things up in the second quarter but their effort was well matched by Romania. The European team piled up a 19-point advantage into the main break. UAE defense collapsed in the third stanza conceding 37 points. Romania entered the final stanza ahead by insurmountable 50 points. They fired 33 points in the final term and celebrated an overwhelming win at the end.
Ioan Macaveiu (197-G-88) delivered 12 points in the victory. Khalifa Khalil Ibrahim (180-G-91) and Qais Omar Ahmad (200-C-91) netted 14 points each for UAE. Omar Khalid Faqqas (195-F-91) knocked down 8 points in the losing case. Romania got a 40:29 advantage on the glass and forced their opponents to intolerable 43 turnovers.
Romania will face Mexico, while UAE will challenge Lithuania in the next round.

Romania: Radu Paliciuc 22, Titus Nicoara 16, Ioan Macaveiu 12
UAE: Khalifa Khalil Ibrahim 14, Qais Omar Ahmad 14



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  RUSSIA   


Russia U20 wins 14th International Turgut Atakol Tournament - by Eurobasket News
Russia needed a win in the last game over Latvia U20 to finish first at the 14th International Turgut Atakol Tournament. Eurobasket wrote that Russia U20 opened the International Turgut Atakol Tournament with the win over Croatia U20. A very productive game with the good percentage from the field from both teams brought the Russian juniors the first 99:89 victory.
In Day 2 Turkey outscored Russia 92:82. Even thought the guests opened the game with 23:20, Turkey grabbed 37:36 lead at the halftime. Deniz Kilicli, Gokhan Sirin and Can Ozcan jumped with their team to 42:36 and Melih Mahmutoglu closed the period at 69:60. Melih Mahmutoglu and Ilkan Karaman scored for 81:69 and then Turkey held off the opponents for the initial victory. Melih Mahmutoglu poured in 24 points for the winners and Erol Can Cinko netted 12. Vladimir Ivlev (204-F-90) responded with 19 points for the Russian squad. Semen Antonov (203-F-89) netted 18, Maxim Grigoryev had 16 and Dmitriy Khostov added 14.
In the last day Russia U20 beat Latvia U20 87:79 to finish with 2-1 record on the top spot. Russian team opened the game with 22-17 in the opening quarter and led to 42:34 at the halftime. Semen Antonov and Maxim Zakharov gave Russia such a lead in the end of the first half. Lauris Blaus reduced the margin to 48:41 and then Kristers Zaldaks made it 65:58. Dairis Bertanis and Lauris Blaus pulled the Baltic side back to 70:64, however Russia kept the score for good. Semen Antonov top-scored for the winners with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Viacheslav Zaytsev (190-G-89) and Dmitriy Khostov followed him with 16 points apiece and Vladimir Ivlev collected 10 points and 10 rebounds. Dairis Bertans responded with 22 points in the losing case and Lauris Blaus netted 11.



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  SERBIA   


Petar Beader next season on Cyprus - by Zoran Popovic
Management of Intercollege Etha Engomis from Nicosia decided to sign contract with Petar Beader (205-F-85, agency: Beo Basket). During his last season in Radnicki 034 Group Kragujevac, Beader on 10 games in Balkan league average scored 8.0 points, 3.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.1 steals and in Serbian league on 26 games average scored 10.4 games, 4.4 rebounds per game. Beader started career in Beopetrol youth team, played for Crvena Zvezda junior team and after that moved to Kragujevac from 2004 till 2009. Beader was Slam Dunk Contest Winner on international tournament in Barcelona 2003.

Buducnost Podgorica lands Cedomir Vitkovac - by Zoran Popovic
Former BC Partizan Igokea Beograd player, Cedomir Vitkovac (201-F-82, agency: Beo Basket), will play next season in BC Buducnost Podgorica. Contract between Buducnost and Vitkovac is sign for one year. In season 2008-2009 Vitkovac in Euroleague average scored 3.6 points, 1.9 rebounds, 0.2 assists, 0.4 steals, in Adriatic league average scored 4.1 points, 2.6 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.7 steals and in Serbian Superleague average scored 2.9 points, 1.0 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 0.3 steals. Vitkovac started career in Napredak Krusevac in season 2002-2003, moved to Crvena Zvezda and played for them in period 2003-2007 and last two seasons played for BC Partizan Igokea Beograd Beograd. With BC Partizan Igokea Beograd Beograd Vitkovac won 2 consecutive Serbian Championships, Radivoj Korac Cups and Adriatic Championships. Vitkovac was member of Serbian University National team in Bangkok 2007.

Albania surprised Serbia - by Eurobasket News
Serbia-Albania 69:83

Albania surprised Serbia in the game of Classification for 5-8 places in Pescara, Italy. Albania won the first period 23:19 and then was caught by Serbians at 38:38. The win in the third and the last periods brought Albania the initial victory in Mediterranean Games. LUCA Ersid top-scored for the winners with 24 points and 12 rebounds, while Franko Bushati (188-G-85) notched 16. Aleksandar Mitrovic (202-G-90) posted 18 for Serbia and Filip Covic (178-G-89) scored 12. Albania will face now Morocco in the game for the 5/6 places. Serbia will meet Montenegro to fins out the teams for 7/8 places.

Serbia: Aleksandar Mitrovic 18, Filip Covic 12
Albania:LUCA Ersid 24+12 rebs, Franko Bushati 16



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  SLOVENIA   


Lashkevich extends Helios deal by one year - by Zeljko Zule
Belorussian Aliaksei Lashkevich (203-F-78, agency: VTBM) has agreed a one-year extension to his contract with Slovenian runner-up Helios. He has been at Helios since 1999 and won the 2007 Slovenian Cup and Championship.
2009-10 Helios Provisional Roster: Aliaksei Lashkevich, Miha Zalokar (203-F-80), Vjekoslav Petrovic (193-G/F-81), Domen Zerak (203-C-79, agency: VTBM), Ziga Zagorc (188-G-84, agency: VTBM), Matej Krusic (211-F/C-87), Klemen Balazic (194-F-89), Klemen Skrlec (189-G-90), Igor Tratnik (207-C/F-89). Coach: Rado Trifunovic .


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  SPAIN   


Unicaja signs 3-year deal with Giorgos Printezis - by Eurobasket News
Unicaja Malaga announced signing of Greek player Giorgos Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM) on 3-year deal. According to rumors, he will earn more than one million euros per season. Printezis has an option in the contract to leave for NBA if he gets a chance.
It is not a secret that Unicaja Malaga wanted to sign Euroleague Rising Star Novica Velickovic (205-F-86), but Real Madrid stepped up with better offer. Unicaja now landed Printezis, who will replace Marcus Haislip.
Giorgos Printezis played last two seasons for Olympiakos. Actually, he officially was their member since 2000, but he spent 06/07 on loan in Olimpia GE Larisa. Last season he appeared 19 times in Euroleague averaging 9.1 ppg and 3.4 rpg. In Greek league Printezis played 28 games registering 9.6 ppg and 3.6 rpg. Last summer he played for Greece at the Olympic Games in Beijing (China). In 2007 and 2008 Printezis was All-Star Slam Dunk Contest winner in Greece. In the past he played for U16, U18 and U20 Greece.
Unicaja Malaga will compete in Euroleague next season. As a reminder the team from Malaga has A Euroleague license.


Spain account for Syria - by Eurobasket News
Spain U19 - Syria U19 79:53
Spanish U19 National Team rolled to the opening win at the World Championship in New Zealand. They defeated Syria to take the lead in Group C. Jorge Santana (193-G-90) led balanced offense with 16 points. Alejandro Hernandez (190-G-90) added 13 points for the Spaniards. Obida Al Samman (184-F-92) replied with 13 points and 5 boards for Syria.
Spain used a 12:0 run to set up a perfect start to the game. Syria gradually gained speed but trailed 14:23 at the end of the first quarter. Syria came within 7 points from their European opponents in the second quarter but could not convert. Spain raced in front and finished the half ahead by 11 points. The Europeans stepped on the gas once again in the third quarter. They notched 26 points and cleared off to a safe 24-point mark. Syria did all they could in the final period try to erase the deficit but came up short at the end. Julio Sosa (192-F-90) had 12 points and 8 boards for Spain. Tarek Al Jade (179-G-90) delivered 9 points in defeat.
The second round in Group C will feature Spain against Australia and Syria versus Canada.

Spain: Jorge Santana 16, Alejandro Hernandez 13, Julio Sosa 12
Syria: Obida Al Samman 13, Tarek Al Jade 9



Fuenla Sign Berzins - by Paul Nilsen
Alta Gestion Fuenlabrada have signed Latvian big man Kaspars Berzins (213-F/C-85, agency: FCM) on a three year deal from Barons of Riga. Coach Luis Guil has proclaimed the forward as one of the best young players in Europe with the 23 year old also part of the Latvia National Team heading for Eurobasket 2009. Berzins averaged over 10 points and 7 points per game last season while also playing in EuroCup. A good defender, he will form part of a new look Fuenla team for 2009-10.

Spanish U19 National Team 2009 - by Richard
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4 Ivan Martinez (193-F-90) of C.B. Valladolid
5 Daniel Perez (188-G-90) of WTC Almeda Park Cornella
6 Marcos Molina (202-C-90) of Pamesa II Valencia
7 Samuel Dominguez (204-C-91) of Kalise Gran Canaria
8 Alvaro Munoz (-90) of Zarzuela Maristas Boecillo
9 Ernesto Diaz (191-F-90) of Clinicas Rincon Axarquia
10 Julio Sosa (192-F-90) of Qalat Caja Sol
11 Alexander Hernandez (190-G-90) of Universidad Tecnologica (ESA)

12 Toni Vicens (202-C-90) of Imaje Sabadell Gapsa
13 Jose Maria Gil (207-F/C-91) of Real Madrid II
14 Eduardo Martinez (202-F/G-90) of MMT Estudiantes Madrid 2nd Team
15 Jorge Santana (193-G-90) of Real Madrid II
Head Coach: Juan Antonio Orenga


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Syrian U19 National Team 2009 - by Richard
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4 Tarek Al Jabe (179-G-90)
5 Samer Bawadekji (188-F-90) of Al Hurriya
6 Orwa Al Shatti (186-F-91)
7 Abd Al Wahab AL HAMOWI (217-C-90)
8 Magd Harbasha (174-G-90)
9 Nouras Ahmad Ook (193-F-90)
10 Mohammed Azmi Abd Al Nour (203-C-90)
12 Hani Adribe (198-F-90)
13 Obida Al Samman (184-F-92)
14 Belal Gneed (196-F-90)
15 Mohammad Osfira (201-F-91)

Head Coach: Gorge Homsi


Spain account for Syria - by Eurobasket News
Spain U19 - Syria U19 79:53
Spanish U19 National Team rolled to the opening win at the World Championship in New Zealand. They defeated Syria to take the lead in Group C. Jorge Santana (193-G-90) led balanced offense with 16 points. Alejandro Hernandez (190-G-90) added 13 points for the Spaniards. Obida Al Samman (184-F-92) replied with 13 points and 5 boards for Syria.
Spain used a 12:0 run to set up a perfect start to the game. Syria gradually gained speed but trailed 14:23 at the end of the first quarter. Syria came within 7 points from their European opponents in the second quarter but could not convert. Spain raced in front and finished the half ahead by 11 points. The Europeans stepped on the gas once again in the third quarter. They notched 26 points and cleared off to a safe 24-point mark. Syria did all they could in the final period try to erase the deficit but came up short at the end. Julio Sosa (192-F-90) had 12 points and 8 boards for Spain. Tarek Al Jade (179-G-90) delivered 9 points in defeat.
The second round in Group C will feature Spain against Australia and Syria versus Canada.

Spain: Jorge Santana 16, Alejandro Hernandez 13, Julio Sosa 12
Syria: Obida Al Samman 13, Tarek Al Jade 9



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  TAIWAN   


2009 Jones Cup men's competition schedule - by Chris Wang
July 18
1100 Iran-Kazakhstan
1300 Taiwan 2nd-South Africa
1500 Jordan-Philippines
1700 Korea-Lebanon
1900 Opening Ceremony
1930 Taiwan-Japan

July 19
1100 South Africa-Jordan
1300 Japan-Iran
1500 Kazakhstan-Korea
1700 Lebanon-Taiwan 2nd
1900 Philippines-Taiwan

July 20
1100 South Africa-Japan
1300 Iran-Jordan
1500 Philippines-Lebanon
1700 Taiwan 2nd-Korea
1900 Taiwan-Kazakhstan

July 21
1100 Korea-South Africa
1300 Kazakhstan-Taiwan 2nd
1500 Japan-Philippines
1700 Lebanon-Iran
1900 Jordan-Taiwan

July 22
1100 Lebanon-Japan
1300 South Africa-Kazakhstan
1500 Taiwan 2nd-Jordan
1700 Philippines-Korea
1900 Taiwan-Iran

July 23
1100 Kazakhstan-Lebanon
1300 Iran-Philippines
1500 Korea-Jordan
1700 Japan-Taiwan 2nd
1900 South Africa-Taiwan

July 24
1100 Taiwan 2nd-Iran
1300 Philippines-South Africa
1500 Jordan-Kazakhstan
1700 Korea-Japan
1900 Taiwan-Lebanon

July 25
1100 Japan-Jordan
1300 Lebanon-South Africa
1500 Kazakhstan-Philippines
1700 Iran-Korea
1900 Taiwan 2nd-Taiwan

July 26
1100 Kazakhstan-Japan
1300 Jordan-Lebanon
1500 Taiwan-Korea
1700 Philippines-Taiwan 2nd
1900 South Africa-Iran
2130 Closing Ceremony
Competition format: Single round-robin
Venue: Sinjhuang Stadium, Taipei County


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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO   


TT qualifies for CBC semi finals! - by Albert-Lee Young
Point Guard Ian Young with a stunning performance insured that team Trinidad & Tobago maintained its unbeaten record in Group A with hard fought come from behind 86-82 victory against Bahamas. Young finished with 23 points as TT finished the preliminary round of the CBC with 6 points to qualify for the semi-finals.

The Bahamian team which was in must win situation came prepared to challenge for the other qualifying position in the group. From as early as min 4:52 they pulled away from TT, 20:7 with some effective ball movement and transition baskets. Led by veteran point guard Quentin Hall, who had 23pts including 5 threes, they controlled the early tempo of the game. But by the halfway mark, coach Layton changed to a zone defense and TT gradually recovered with point guard Ian Young hitting 2 consecutive three pointers and Reginald George coming off the bench for another to give TT a 22-20 lead with 9 seconds left. Next possession Alonzo Hinds scored on the buzzer to end the period, 22:22.

In the 2nd quarter Bahamas open with a three point shot from Hinds to take the lead, 25:22. The next 3 mins both teams traded baskets with the score being tied 27:27. Within the 4:21 mark, Bahamas had an 8-0 run which included two three pointers, one apiece from Hall and Hinds for a lead of 35:27. Next possession, Young came up big for TT with three but Jeffery Hutchinson responded for Bahamas with another three to give them a 38:30 lead with 3:48 remaining. In the following play Wilfred Benjamin kept TT alive with a three pointer as the half came to an end finish, 46:35, for Bahamas.

Marlon Pompey scored 2 free shot at the start of the second half for TT but Hinds and Hall kept extending the TT defense, penetrating and kicking out to their perimeter shooters who hit 19/40 from the field, 12/32 from beyond the arc and 8/16 from the free throw line to maintain a 11 point lead (61:50) with 4:12 mins left. At that point coach Layton looked to him bench and introduced 66 forward Kevin Garcia, who was making his debut. This proved to be the spark plug that TT needed as Garcia scored 2 valuable tip-ins, then a dunk off an assist from captain Miguel Williams to reduce the deficit, 56-65. With 1:48 to go point guard Young stole the ball for an easy lay up as TT rallied back to close the period trailing, 65:58.

In the opening period of the final quarter both teams traded baskets with Bahamas maintaining a 7points advantage, 69:62. Then Garcia with another rebound which resulted in one free shot that TT ignited an 11-2 run for TT with Ashby, Benjamin, Young and Lewis each scoring consecutive baskets to reduced Bahamas lead to 71:69 with 5:32 remaining. The stage was now set for a dramatic climax. And indeed it happened as Lewis drove to the basket to score a circus shot with three Bahamian players contesting him to tie the game, 71:71. Despite trailing for most of the game TT kept its composure and gradually surged ahead in the closing mins as the consistency of Benjamin, Ashby and Young eventually took care of their opponents. With 1:24 left, Young scored 5/6 free throws and Ashby hit 4/4 to steal the win for TT and a place in the semi finals.

For TT Ian Young top scored with 23pts, 4assists; Julius Ashby tallied 17pts, 12rebs; Wilfred Benjamin 17pts, 8rebs; and Kevin Garcia chipped in with 9pts, 7rebs, 3assists & 2steals.
Quentin Hall led Bahamas 24pts, 4rebs, 7assists, 2steals: Alonzo Hinds contributed 21pts, 6rebs, 4assists; and Jeffery Hutchinson had 11pts.



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  TURKEY   


Turkey U20 finishes the tournament at home - by Eurobasket News
Turkey waived to four teams that participated in the International Turgut Atakol Tournament. The home side won one game and lost two.
Eurobasket wrote that Latvian U20 National team upset the hosts of the International Turgut Atakol Tournament, Turkey. Latvia looked much better in all the aspects of the game taking 80:55 victory.
In Day 2 Turkey outscored Russia 92:82. Even thought the guests opened the game with 23:20, Turkey grabbed 37:36 lead at the halftime. Deniz Kilicli, Gokhan Sirin and Can Ozcan jumped with their team to 42:36 and Melih Mahmutoglu (191-G-90) closed the period at 69:60. Melih Mahmutoglu and Ilkan Karaman scored for 81:69 and then Turkey held off the opponents for the initial victory. Melih Mahmutoglu poured in 24 points for the winners and Erol Can Cinko netted 12. Vladimir Ivlev (204-F-90) responded with 19 points for the Russian squad. Semen Antonov netted 18, Maxim Grigoryev had 16 and Dmitriy Khostov added 14.
In the last game of the tournament Croatia U20 beat Turkey U20 89:85. Marijo Hajdic (204-F/C-89) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and Bojan Bogdanovic nailed 19. Miro Bilan and Antonio Ostric followed them with 11 points apiece.



Greece advanced to the Final in Pescara - by Eurobasket News
Greece-Turkey 82:79

Greece advanced to the Final in Pescara to face Croatia for the Gold of the Mediterranean Games. Greece trailed after the opening quarter to Turkey but came back in to the game to win 82:79.
Greece opened the game not in their favorite style as Turkey grabbed the lead in the court. Turkey produced 25:19 and looked forward to keep the score for good. Greece managed to bounce back however trailed three points at the halftime.Moreover Turkey remained in front after thirty minutes of the game as they lost 2 points only in the third period. The last stanza became the most interesting in the game as both teams played well and deserved the Final. Greece made the last spurt in the end to take the important 82:79 victory.
Greece showed a better percentage from the filed making 52% versus 50%. The winners also had 43% from the arc, while Turkey produced 40%. The latter showed however a better percentage from the free throw line having 72% over 70%.
Nikolaos Papanikolaou (210-F-85) paced all the winners with 26 points and 10 rebounds. Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85, college: St.Louis) posted 19, while Igor Milosevic nailed 15. Engin Atsur (194-G-84, college: N.Carolina St.) ended up with 20 points for the Turkish side, Sinan Guler (193-G-83, agency: 1x1 Sports, college: Carroll (MT)) had 16 and Baris Hersek (204-F/C-88) chipped in 15.

Greece: Nikolaos Papanikolaou 26+10 rebs, Ian Vougioukas 19, Igor Milosevic (193-G-86, agency: Beo Basket) 15
Turkey: Engin Atsur 20, Sinan Guler 16, Baris Hersek 15


Banvit adds Goran Cakic to roster - by Eurobasket News
The TBL teams are pretty active these days. The latest market news in Turkey is that Banvit signed contract with power forward/center Goran Cakic (207-C/F-80, agency: Beo Basket). The 29-year old Serbian player started last season with Khimik-OPZ Yuzhny and later, actually in January moved to Azovmash Mariupole. With Khimik Cakic played 13 games in Ukrainian top division averaging 8.7 ppg and 3.5 rpg. In EuroChallenge he had 9.3 ppg and 3.8 rpg. In the second part of the season with Azovmash Cakic had 7.1 ppg and 2.7 rog in Superleague. Lower numbers he registered in 5 EuroCup games. Azovmash Mariupole managed to win the championship title in Ukraine, as well as National Cup.
In 2008 Goran Cakic got 'Eurobasket.com All-Ukrainian Superleague Center of the Year award'. He led Khimik to Playoff Semifinals and also to FIBA EuroCup Quarterfinals. He joined the team from Yuzhny in 2007 from Apollon Patras. Before that, Cakic was a member of Partizan Belgrade and Crvena Zvezda Belgrade.
Banvit finished last season on 12th place with 12-18 record. Point guard Joseph Crispin and Lance Williams were Banvit's best players.


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


First To Five: Kobe, Shaq or Tim Duncan? - by David Edole
BY MARK BROWN of the Bleacher Report
I was watching Pardon the Interruption a few days ago when I saw an interesting question posed: Who will win their fifth ring first: Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neal or Tim Duncan (208-F-76, college: Wake Forest)?

It was a great question, considering all three guys are on championship contending teams. Any one of them could get their fifth title first.

Unfortunately, I was at the Dentist's at the time, so I didn't get to see how the guys responded.

By examining all three players and their shots at winning the championship, I went ahead and made my pick as to who will have a ring for each finger first.

So, let's take a look at each player and his respective team:

1. Shaquille O'Neal, Cleveland Cavaliers

Shaq has teamed up with LeBron James to give the Cavs their best shot at winning a ring in the history of the franchise.

LeBron has almost won a title by himself, but he desperately needed help. He had to look no further than Shaquille O'Neal.

Shaq will be the first true superstar LeBron has gotten to play with, and won't disappear as easily as Mo Williams did.

He can guard opposing big men and will help out on the boards. Players such as Williams can relax knowing Shaq will step up if they don't.

The Cavs have a lot of money to spend this offseason. That said, I still don't think they will win the championship.

Shaq is too vunerable to the Hack-a-Shaq strategy, and he may clog the lane when LeBron wants to drive the ball. His ego might get in the way too.

Even though Cleveland will probably get another good player, they still don't seem to have what it takes. Shaq is the least likely of the three, though he may still win his fifth title soon.

2. Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers

Kobe Bryant is on top of the world. His Lakers just won the NBA title as Bryant gathered his first ever Finals MVP.

Kobe will not opt out of his contract and will likely remain a Laker until at least 2012.

The Lakers success this upcoming season all depends on if they can resign Lamar Odom and Trevor Ariza.

If they can, and I think they will, then the Lakers are the leading candidates as champions in 2010.

That said, I think San Antonio will pull off some more moves this offseason (signing Rasheed Wallace?).

If they continue to add to their team and Ginobli, Parker and Duncan are healthy, then it will be a dogfight for position as top team in the west.

While I think Los Angeles will finish with a better regular season record, I think San Antonio may squeak by in a seven game series. It'll definitely be fun to watch.

3. Tim Duncan, San Antonio Spurs

Duncan is my pick, as I think the Spurs will win the 2010 championship.

The addition of Richard Jefferson to the team was nothing short of genius, and if San Antonio can sign Wallace, then they will probably beat the Lakers in the Western Conference Finals.

I've bet too many times against this team to do it again. They constantly win when they are under the radar, as they currently are now. Most people do not think the Spurs will win the title.

If they aren't able to sign a free agent, then they may be right. However, I think the front office of the Spurs is looking to make another splash.

If the big three can finally stay healthy and if Jefferson pans out, then the Spurs will be the team to beat.

Otherwise, the Lakers will win their second consecutive title.

Although we'll have to see how the offseason plays out for each team, I think San Antonio will ultimately win the title after making more moves. The Lakers will be just behind them, and the Cavaliers will be a step behind.
Duncan's my pick: Who's yours?



Hoyas roll over Legacy; Lakers outlast Guidance - by David Edole
July 1, 2009 -- A nice crowed showed up at the Educational Complex Gymnasium for the New Breed Basketball Association Tuesday nights action that featured four of the leagues top teams going head to head in games that could be previews of the finals in late July.
The defending champions Hoyas got a fast start from their prolific scoring machine, Darnell Burger Hendrickson, who scorched the nets for 21 first-quarter points as they dropped 34 points on Legacy in the first period on their way to a 106-84 victory.
The victory did not come as easy as the score may indicate however, as the feisty Legacy squad left it all out on the floor.
Facing a 34-21 deficit after one quarter, Legacy displayed heightened defensive intensity and got nine points in the period from Bobby Evans to outscore the champs 24-20 in the second period to cut the deficit to nine at intermission, 54-45.
But Legacy's hopes for an upset were dashed late in the third quarter as a balance attack by the Hoyas allowed them to outscore their overmatched opponents, 27-18 in the period to lead 81-63 heading to the final period.
Legacy threw everything they had at the Hoyas in the fourth quarter, but just could not make muck of an inroad against the champs. With the Hoyas big guns on the bench, Legacy started the final period with two quick threes by Chris Floyd to and another basket to close the gap to 10 points. But the Hoya starters returned to the floor and quickly restored order. The Hoyas then slowly began to pull away down the stretch for the 20 point victory at 106-86.
Hendrickson led five Hoyas in the scoring column with a team high 24 points, Karl 'Mike Jones' John netted 20 points along with 11 rebounds, and his brother, Kurt 'Tennis Man' John, dominated on the boards with 15 rebounds while scoring 14 points. The Tennis Man also lived up to his nickname with five blocks on the night. The Hoyas also got useful scores from Asha Gage and Terrence Turbe who netted 18 and 12 points respectively.
For Legacy, Ricky Aaron led the way with a game high 25 points while grabbing seven rebounds. Teammates Evans and Lenny Redwine finished with 19 and 15 points respectively.



Lakers 66, Guidance 62
In game two on Tuesday the Lakers Rashawn Rooster Williams scored 18 of his game high 29 points in the second half to lead his team to a hard fought 66-62 victory over Guidance.
The see-saw game, which saw the lead switch back and forth, came down to the fourth quarter, where the Rooster crowed the loudest. The Lakers got 11 points and 12 assist from Jerome Nathaniel and 10 points from Charles Moorehead. Guidance playing without their super star, Calvert White (191-G/F-75, college: SE Missouri St.), got 19 points from Richard Isles, 17 from T. Jones and 11 from Dennis Hospedales.
by Dave Davis



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Ukraine rally past Japan - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine - Japan 104:74

Ukrainian University Games selection gained the first win in Serbia. They romped past Japan to improve at 1-0 record in Pool D. Maxym Korniyenko (201-F/C-87) fired game-high 33 points and collected 7 rebounds for Ukraine. Oleksandr Sizov (200-F-88) added 22 points for the winners. Kosuke Kanamaru replied with 21 points for Japan.
Ukraine used a 33-point tally in the opening frame to build a 16-point advantage. Japan slowed their opponents down in the second frame but could not trim the distance. Ukraine maintained the lead and headed into the locker rooms up by 20 points. The high-flying third quarter saw Japan clip the deficit by one point but Ukraine remained comfortable. A Valentyn Melnichuk team coasted to the win in the final quarter. Vyacheslav Kravtsov (212-C-87, agency: Interperformances) banked 16 points and 11 boards for the winning team. Kenta Hirose (192-G-85) and Takatoshi Furukawa responded with 11 points each in defeat.
Ukraine outrebounded Japan 39:22 and shot solid 64% from the field. Japan answered with 40% of accuracy and committed 15 turnovers in the loss.

Ukraine: Maxym Korniyenko 33, Oleksandr Sizov 22, Vyacheslav Kravtsov 16+11 boards
Japan: Kosuke Kanamaru 21, Kenta Hirose 11, Takatoshi Furukawa 11



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Romania prevail against United Arab Emirates - by Eurobasket News
Romania - UAE 116:53
Radu Paliciuc (198-G/F-88) netted 22 points to lift Romania to the first win at the 2009 Universiade in Serbia. Romania thumped UAE in preliminary Group B. Titus Nicoara (200-F-88, agency: Interperformances) added 16 points and 5 boards for the winning side. Romania led from start to finish. They stunned their Asian counterparts with a 22:9 rally in the starting frame. United Arab Emirates tried to level things up in the second quarter but their effort was well matched by Romania. The European team piled up a 19-point advantage into the main break. UAE defense collapsed in the third stanza conceding 37 points. Romania entered the final stanza ahead by insurmountable 50 points. They fired 33 points in the final term and celebrated an overwhelming win at the end.
Ioan Macaveiu (197-G-88) delivered 12 points in the victory. Khalifa Khalil Ibrahim (180-G-91) and Qais Omar Ahmad (200-C-91) netted 14 points each for UAE. Omar Khalid Faqqas (195-F-91) knocked down 8 points in the losing case. Romania got a 40:29 advantage on the glass and forced their opponents to intolerable 43 turnovers.
Romania will face Mexico, while UAE will challenge Lithuania in the next round.

Romania: Radu Paliciuc 22, Titus Nicoara 16, Ioan Macaveiu 12
UAE: Khalifa Khalil Ibrahim 14, Qais Omar Ahmad 14



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  URUGUAY   


Montevideo took a 4 points lead - by Hector Lopez
Montevideo took a four points lead after beating Welcome 92-81 for the Metro league 14th round, with 24 points and 17 rebounds by Marques Lewis (203-F-83, college: UAB). The best scorer for Welcome was Ollie Bailey (201-F-85, college: Oklahoma City) 32 points and 11 rebounds. Other results and main scorers:
Yale 88 - Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, college: Wofford) 23 and 8 rebounds
Olivol Mundial 77 - John Huggins (188-G-82, college: Amer.Internat.) 38 and 6
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Verdirrojo 89 - Stacy Pearson-Taylor (198-F-83, college: Bemidji St.) 23 and 11
Urunday 75 - Nicolas Borsellino (202-C-86) 23
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Larre Borges 88 - Sebastian Diaz (184-G/F-82) 23 points
Capitol 75 - Sebastian Izaguirre (207-C/F-85) 29 and 8
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Larraaga 67 - Martin Volf (200-F-80) 22 points
25 de Agosto 82 - Fernando Lozano (186-G) 17.


Standings - Metropolitan League
Metropolitan Standings
 1. Montevideo 13-1 
 2. 25 de Agosto 9-5 
 3. Welcome 9-5 
 4. Larranaga 9-5 
 5. Larre Borges 7-7 
 6. Yale 7-7 
 7. Olivol Mundial 7-7 
 8. Capitol 7-7 
 9. Nacional 6-9 
 10. Verdirrojo 5-9 
 11. Urunday Univ. 5-9 
 12. Goes 0-14 


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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS U19   


Groups Standings
Standings
Group A
1. Greece1-0
2. P.Rico1-0
3. Lithuania0-1
4. Angola0-1
Group B
1. France1-0
2. USA1-0
3. Iran0-1
4. Egypt0-1
Group C
1. Australia1-0
2. Spain1-0
3. Syria0-1
4. Canada0-1
Group D
1. Argentina1-0
2. Croatia1-0
3. Kazakhstan.0-1
4. N.Zealand0-1


World Championships U19. Day 1 stats and results - by Eurobasket News
GROUP A

Puerto Rico U19 - Lithuania U19 80:73
Puerto Rico got to a victorious start of their U19 World Championship campaign. They face Lithuanian counterparts in preliminary Group A opener and raced to the tough win at the end. Puerto Rico came from behind in the second half to produce a spectacular winning outcome at the end.
Kevin Young (203-F) tallied 18 points, 12 boards and 5 steals to pace the Latin American side.
Lithuania seemed to be en route to a comfortable victory when they stormed into the encounter.
Vytenis Cizauskas (189-G-92) and Gediminas Bertasius (196-F-90) scored 8 points apiece to give Lithuania a needed boost early on. The European team enjoyed a 31:14 advantage after ten minutes of action but Puerto Rico survived. Isaac Sosa (190-G-90) hit three triples in the second frame to organize a rescue mission that saw Puerto Rico trim the distance to 9 points at halftime. The Latin American side continued to claw their way back into the contest as they clipped the margin to just 2 points at the final intermission. It all went down to the wire as Puerto Rico proved calm and eked out an important victory at the end. Isaac Sosa notched 18 points for Puerto Rico. Mike Rosario (191-G-90) finished with 17 points in the victory. Vytenis Cizauskas and Dovydas Redikas (193-G-92) had 15 points apiece for Lithuania. Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90, agency: Interperformances) delivered 13 points and 9 boards in the loss.
Puerto Rico will take on Greece, while Lithuania is scheduled to play against Angola tomorrow.

Puerto Rico:
Kevin Young 18+12 boards, Isaac Sosa 18, Mike Rosario 17
Lithuania:
Dovydas Redikas 15, Vytenis Cizauskas 15, Donatas Motiejunas 13



Greece U19 - Angola U19 101:58
Greek U19 National Team posted the first win at the World Championship in New Zealand. They overpowered Angola in preliminary Group A. Nikolaos Pappas (194-G-90, agency: FCM) scored 20 points to propel the European outfit to the victory.
The teams kept it close before Greece went on an 11:2 run in the opening frame to gain the advantage. Vlantimir Giankovits (202-C-90) and Georgakis secured a 28:19 lead for Greece after ten minutes. Angola scored just 8 points in the second stanza allowing Greece to clear off to an 18-point distance at halftime. The tempo increased in the third stanza as Angola tried to force the issue. But the Hellenes matched the effort unloading 32 points and entering the fourth period ahead by 26 points. Greece finished off hapless Angola in the final stanza going for a massive victory at the end.
Vlantimir Giankovits scored 18 points and pulled down 7 rebounds for Greek team. Leonidas Kaselakis added 13 points in the victory. Miguel Kiala (198-C-90) replied with 16 points and game-high 18 rebounds for Angola. Edson Ndoniema, Eduardo Ferreira and Emanuel Antonio had 10 points apiece in the loss.
Greece will face Puerto Rico, while Angola will try to bounce back against Lithuania tomorrow.

Greece: Nikolaos Pappas 20, Vlantimir Giankovits 18, Leonidas Kaselakis 13
Angola: Miguel Kiala 16+18 boards, Edson Ndoniema 10

GROUP B
USA - Iran 106:55

The USA Junior National Team brushed by Iran in the opening game of the U19 World Championship in New Zealand. Seven players scored in double digits for the winners.
Tyshawn Taylor (6'3''-G-90) delivered 13 points to pace the charge.
The teams traded baskets early in the game but the USA stepped on the gas late in the quarter.
John Shurna (6'8''-F-90) scored 7 points to ignite a 16:1 rally that propelled the North American team to a 30:13 advantage. The US team were well in control from now on. They fired 25 points in the second stanza to accumulate a 55:27 advantage at the interval. Things never changed in the third period as the USA maintained the pressure and ran away to a 42-point cushion with one quarter to go. The North American team cruised to the victory in the fourth stanza gaining the lead in Group B.
Seth Curry (6'1''-G) knocked down 12 points for the USA. Terrico White (6'5''-G) and John Shurna added 11 points apiece in the win. Ali Hassanzadeh replied with game-high 17 points. Arsalan Kazemi (6'8''-F-90) canned 15 points in the loss.
The USA will face France, while Iran to play against Egypt tomorrow.

USA:
Tyshawn Taylor 13, Seth Curry 12, Terrico White 11, John Shurna 11+10 boards
Iran:
Ali Hassanzadeh 17, Arsalan Kazemi 15


France U19 - Egypt U19 102:56
French U19 National Team stormed past Egypt in the opening game of the World Championship in Auckland. France led from start to finish posting an overwhelming victory at the end.
Christophe Leonard (199-F-90) (199-F-90) stepped up with 20 points, 10 boards and 4 assists to lead the way for the Les Bleues. Nicolas Lang (196-G-90, agency: Beo Basket) contributed 20 points in the win.
France limited Egypt to 12 points in the starting stanza to accumulate a 13-point lead at the first break. The Europeans continued to dominate in the second stanza as they escaped to a 26-point buffer at halftime. Egypt could threaten the margin in the third stanza despite scoring 13 points. France stayed calm and confident building a 37-point advantage into the final quarter. The Les Bleues cruised to the win in the fourth frame.
Jonathan Bourhis (182-G-90) finished with 19 points in the victory. Adham Elsayed responded with 15 points for Egypt. Abdelhalim had 9 points in the loss.
France outrebounded Egypt 36:29 and held them to just 34% from the field.
France will take on the USA, while Egypt will be challenged by Iran tomorrow.

France:
Christophe Leonard 20+10 boards, Nicolas Lang 20, Jonathan Bourhis 19
Egypt: Adham Elsayed 15, Amro Abdelhalim 9





GROUP C

France U19 - Egypt U19 102:56
French U19 National Team stormed past Egypt in the opening game of the World Championship in Auckland. France led from start to finish posting an overwhelming victory at the end.
Christophe Leonard (199-F-90) stepped up with 20 points, 10 boards and 4 assists to lead the way for the Les Bleues. Nicolas Lang (196-G-90, agency: Beo Basket) contributed 20 points in the win.
France limited Egypt to 12 points in the starting stanza to accumulate a 13-point lead at the first break. The Europeans continued to dominate in the second stanza as they escaped to a 26-point buffer at halftime. Egypt could threaten the margin in the third stanza despite scoring 13 points. France stayed calm and confident building a 37-point advantage into the final quarter. The Les Bleues cruised to the win in the fourth frame.
Jonathan Bourhis (182-G-90) finished with 19 points in the victory. Adham Elsayed responded with 15 points for Egypt. Abdelhalim had 9 points in the loss.
France outrebounded Egypt 36:29 and held them to just 34% from the field.
France will take on the USA, while Egypt will be challenged by Iran tomorrow.

France:
Christophe Leonard 20+10 boards, Nicolas Lang 20, Jonathan Bourhis 19
Egypt: Adham Elsayed 15, Amro Abdelhalim 9


Spain - Syria 79:53
Spanish U19 National Team rolled to the opening win at the World Championship in New Zealand. They defeated Syria to take the lead in Group C.
Jorge Santana (193-G-90) led balanced offense with 16 points. Alejandro Hernandez (190-G-90) added 13 points for the Spaniards. Obida Al Samman (184-F-92) replied with 13 points and 5 boards for Syria.
Spain used a 12:0 run to set up a perfect start to the game. Syria gradually gained speed but trailed 14:23 at the end of the first quarter. Syria came within 7 points from their European opponents in the second quarter but could not convert. Spain raced in front and finished the half ahead by 11 points. The Europeans stepped on the gas once again in the third quarter. They notched 26 points and cleared off to a safe 24-point mark. Syria did all they could in the final period try to erase the deficit but came up short at the end.
Julio Sosa (192-F-90) had 12 points and 8 boards for Spain. Tarek Al Jade (179-G-90) delivered 9 points in defeat.
The second round in Group C will feature Spain against Australia and Syria versus Canada.

Spain:
Jorge Santana 16, Alejandro Hernandez 13, Julio Sosa 12
Syria:
Obida Al Samman 13, Tarek Al Jade 9

GROUP D
Croatia - Kazakhstan 104:74
Croatia earned a comfortable opening win at the U19 World Championship in New Zealand. They dismantled Kazakhstan in preliminary Group D action. Toni Prostran (183-G-91) provided 23 points, 6 boards and 6 assists to lead Croatia.
Kazakhstan entered the contest with high ambitions as they led 14:13 midway through the starting frame. But Croatia picked up the slack and completed the frame on a 13:2 rally to lead by 10 at the break.
Toni Prostran paced the charge for Croatia as they knocked down 32 points in the second period and enjoyed a 20-point buffer into the main break. Croatia did not loosen the grip after the major intermission despite fierce comeback attempts from the Asian opponents. Kazakhstan appeared trailing by 23 points before the final stanza. They never recovered and had to surrender at the end. Leon Radosevic (210-F/C-90) knocked down 17 points for Croatia. Mario Delas (207-C/F-90) finished with 16 points in the win. Alexander Tyutyunik (190-G-90) had 21 points for Kazakhstan. Alexandr Zhigulin (202-F-94) added 19 points and 9 rebounds in the losing effort. Croatia outrebounded their opponents 42:27 and sank 55% from the field. Kazakhstan were also forced into 23 turnovers during the encounter.

Croatia:
Toni Prostran 23, Leon Radosevic 17, Mario Delas 16
Kazakhstan:
Alexander Tyutyunik 21, Alexandr Zhigulin 19
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New Zealand U19 - Argentina U19 64:66
Argentina had a narrow escape against the hosts in the U19 World Championship in Auckland today. The teams closed the first day schedule and came up with the most intriguing performance of the day. It all came down to the wire in this one. Things were leveled at 61 with under 4 minutes to go in regulation. Matias Nocedal (192-G-90, agency: Interperformances) and Barrios followed with buckets to set Argentina in front 65:61 with just over a minute to go. Robert Loe (211-C-91) and Logan van Beek responded with a bunch of free throws to drag New Zealand within one with 18 seconds on the clock. Pablo Orlietti and Morgan Nathan exchanged turnovers in the dying seconds before Cristian Cortes was put to the line. He hit the first attempt and then missed the second one and the Kiwis simply ran out of time before taking a shot.
The hosts were up by 4 points at halftime. They extended the margin to 7 points midway through the third period but could not capitalize. Argentina stormed back into the contest in the fourth period and eked out a thrilling victory at the end. Matias Nocedal finished with 21 points for Argentina. Luciano Gonzalez (196-F-90) added 12 points in the win. Brook Ruscoe (188-G-90) had 22 points for New Zealand. Robert Loe delivered 15 points and 6 boards in defeat.

New Zealand: Brook Ruscoe 22, Robert Loe 15
Argentina: Matias Nocedal 21, Luciano Gonzalez 12, Fabian Ramirez 9






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Women News

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  ALBANIA - Women  


Turkey finished 5th in Pescara - by Eurobasket News
Albania-Turkey 60:89

Turkey finished 5th in Pescara as they rolled over Albania 89:60. Turkey looked much better in all the components and rightfully deserved the fifth position.
In order to play between each other both teams had to beat Malta to leave it at the last spot. Turkey ensured the victory over Malta at the Mediterranean Games in Pescara 63:43 as the latter suffered the second straight defeat in the round and finished the tournament in the seventh spot. Albania grabbed the win over Malta at the Mediterranean Games in Pescara 73:69. Albania built a crucial lead in the first three quarters and managed to survive a fierce comeback effort from Malta in the final frame to ensure the first win at the tournament.
Turkey was the favorite of the game and proved their superiority with 21:14 after the opening quarter. Turkey added another 26-13 in the second period to take 47:27 at the halftime. In order not to slow down Turkey produced 25-19 and then had 17-14 in the last period.


Turkey showed 44% from the filed and Albania had 38%. Turkey was also better in the percentage from the arc as they 29 over 27.
Nazli Guler (182-F-82, agency: 1x1 Sports) nailed 25 points to lead all the winners. Dila Askin (170-G-87) posted 16, while Yasemin Dalgalar (183-F-88) Begum netted 15. Migena Plasa (185-C-76) produced 20 points in the losing effort and Cani Aida scored 11.

Albania: Migena Plasa 20, Cani Aida 11
Turkey: Nazli Guler 25, Dila Askin 16, Yasemin Dalgalar Begum 15



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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Australia outgun Slovakia - by Eurobasket News
Australia - Slovakia 73:63

Australia grabbed the second straight win at the World University Games. They held off Slovakia in Pool B today. Elyse Penaluna (193-C-88) was unstoppable with 22 points, 18 boards, 2 steals, 2 blocks and 2 assists for the Aussies. Australia topped the group, while Slovakia slipped at 1-1 record in the second position.
Australia notched 21 points in the opening frame worth a 5-point lead at the first break. The gap grew at 9 points at halftime as Australia maintained the pressure. They were much better on the glass and held Slovakia to under 40% accuracy from the field. Australia did not slow down after the main break. They tightened defense and Slovakia managed only 14 points in the quarter as the Aussies opened up a 14-point advantage. Slovakia won the final stanza but could not deny the deficit and had to surrender. Chantella Perera (175-G-86, college: Fresno St.) dropped 13 points, while Marianna Tolo (196-C-89) had 11 points and 9 boards in the victory. Romana Vynuchalova (193-F/C-86, college: Penn St.) answered with 20 points for Slovakia. Zuzana Fabianova (185-C-89) finished with 9 points in defeat.
Australia will face Canada, while Slovakia play against Japan tomorrow.

Australia: Elyse Penaluna 22+18 boards, Chantella Perera 13, Marianna Tolo 11
Slovakia: Romana Vynuchalova 20, Zuzana Fabianova 9



Belinda Snell heads to Ros Casares - by Eurobasket News
Ros Casares have signed Australia international Belinda Snell (181-F-81) for 2009/2010 season and hopes to get support from the player not only in the local arena, however in Euroleague as well.
Her last two season in Europe were very poductive and she helped her team rightfully. In 2007-2008 Australian player played for Cercle Jean Mace Bourges in France. In Euroleague she appeared in 16 games averaging 13.8ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.7apg, 1.3spg. In 2008-2009 Belinda Snell moved to Dynamo Moscow. In Russian League she had 22 games averaging 17.1ppg, 6.2rpg, 5.2apg, 2.0spg. In her last game for Dynamo she scored 13 points and made 6 rebounds. UMMC advanced to the Finals as they swept the Semifinal series over Dynamo Moscow in the capital of Russia. Gruda Sandrine led the winners with 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Nolan Deanna and Abrosimova Svetlana posted 12 each. Jekabsone-Zogota Anete produced 15 points for the hosts and Kuzina Marina collected 14 points and 13 boards.
Right now Australian player plays for San Antonio Silver Stars in WNBA.In the latest game the Washington Mystics celebrated 84:82 road win for 5-3 record in Eastern Conference. On the other side, the Silver Stars dropped to 3-4. Lindsey Harding and Alana Beard shined for the winning squad netting 19 points each. Matee Ajavon had 15 and Crystal Langhrone added 13. Sophia Young and Rebecca Hammon combined 39 points in loss, while Belinda Snell scored 14.



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  BELARUS - Women  


Italy U18 outscored Belarus U18 in the first game of Group D - by Eurobasket News
Belarus U18-Italy U18 46:51 (13-11, 11-13, 12-21, 10-6)

Italy U18 outscored Belarus U18 in the first game of Group D of U18 European Championship Women in Division A that started today in Sweden. Italy needed 21-12 in the third period to hold the lead in the end of the game.
Belarus started with 6 consecutive points and Italy could respond only for 6:4. As the teams tried to get used to each other Belarus grabbed 13:11 after the first 10 minutes of the game. Moreover Zhuk gave her team 14:11 and Karalina Padshyvalava (162-G-89) scored for 18:17. It was again Belarus to dominate in the majority of the quarter but Laura Spreafico (178-G-91) tied the game sending the teams to the lockers.
The third period belonged to the Italian squad that took 30:29 lead when Bestagno hit a three. Pieropan kept the winners in front for 45:36 at the end of the thirty minutes. Italy enjoyed 10-point lead until 4 minutes to play with 50:40 on the board. Belarus managed to post six in a row, however Federica Tognalini (183-F-91) brought Italian side the first victory from the free throw line.
Federica Tognalini paced all the winners with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Laura Spreafico netted 10 and Oriana Milazzo (170-G-91) posted 7. Karalina Padshyvalava and Maryia Filonchyk (189-C-92) delievered 11 points in the losing effort. Their team will hope for the win in the next games of the group.

Belarus U18: Karalina Padshyvalava 11, Maryia Filonchyk 11
Italy U18: Federica Tognalini 14+13 rebs, Laura Spreafico 10, Oriana Milazzo 7


Belarusian U18 National Team 2009 - by Richard
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Nadzeya Bohdan (184-C-93) of Victoria-UOR Grodno
Maryia Filonchyk (189-C-92) of Olimpia GrGAU Grodno
Anzhela Kakhanskaya (181-F-91) of Victoria-UOR Grodno
Yuliya Keida (180-F-93) of Victoria-UOR Grodno
Aliaksandra Musatava (173-G-92) of Victoria-UOR Grodno
Karalina Padshyvalava (162-G-89) of Victoria-UOR Grodno
Maryia Rashchenia (183-F-92) of Victoria-UOR Grodno
Anfisa Shulha (170-G-92)
Aliaksandra Shymkaviak (166-G-92) of Belarussian U16 Team
Veranika Valeuskaya (169-G-91) of Victoria-UOR Grodno
Veranika Yakkanen (180-F-92) of Victoria-UOR Grodno
Yuliya Zhuk (174-G/F-91) of Victoria-UOR Grodno
Head Coach Viktoriya Datsun
Assistant Coach Alaksandr Shymkaviak


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  BELGIUM - Women  


Carlos Colinas's team outscore Belgium U18 - by Eurobasket News
Spain U18-Belgium U18 77:49 (15-14, 21-19, 23-10, 18-6)

Spain U18 needed a massive win in the second half to prove the superiority over Belgium U18 77:49. Both teams opened their campaign in the 2009 European U18 championship that just started in Sodertalje, Sweden.
Gimeno opened the game for 2:0 and Marta Arbizu (185-C-91) kep Spain in front at 8:5. Noemie Mayombo (171-G-91, agency: LBM Management) brought her team back to 15:14 closing the first period with a jump-shot. Bourlioux tied the game at 18:18 and then Storme gave Belgium 22:21 lead. The latter played well in the second period but Gastaminza netted two for 36:33 halftime advantage.
Ortiz posted two for 45:35 as Spain domianted the second half. Ble scored six in a row for her team as Spain enjoyed 53:42 lead. It was her again for 59:43 when the teams left the court after thirty minutes. Casas notched for 64:43 in the start of the last stanza and it became clear that Spain would win the opener. An 18-6 in the final period gave them 77:49 win as Gastaminza set up the final score.
Marta Arbizu top-scored for the winners with 15 points as Spain took 1-0 to share the top with Latvia. Vivas netted 14 and Buch had 12. Miete Celus (175-G/F-91) ended up with 12 points for Belgium and Noemie Mayombo scored 11. The latter is 0-1 with Turkey in the group.

Spain U18: Marta Arbizu 15, Vivas 14, Buch 12
Belgium U18: Miete Celus 12, Noemie Mayombo 11



Belgian U18 Women National Team 2009 - by Richard
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4 Silke Storme (170-G-92)
5 Lut De Meyer (180-F-92) of Sint Kateline Waver
6 Inge Meylemans (168-G-92) of Sint Kateline Waver
7 Miete Celus (175-G/F-91) of DBC Houthalen
8 Emmanuella Mayombo (170-G-92)
9 Lieve Rombouts (180-F/C-91) of Sint Kateline Waver
10 Noemie Mayombo (171-G-91) of Universite BC Neuchatel (SUI)
11 Henriette Soetewey (182-C-91)
12 Jana Raman (183-F-91) of Sint Kateline Waver
13 Anne-Sophie De Bondt (184-F/C-92) of IMC Dames Waregem
14 Caroline Bourlioux of Point Chaud Sprimont
15 Jenny Mayinga (185-C-92) of Point Chaud Sprimont
Head Coach: Arvid Diels
Assistant Coach: Jean Colinet


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  BOSNIA - Women  


Bosnia and Herzegovina rolled over Norway in the opener of Group D - by Eurobasket News
Bosnia and Herzegovina-Norway 68:45 ( 16-8, 20-10, 13-11, 19-16 )

Bosnia and Herzegovina rolled over Norway in the opener of Group D of U18 European Championship Women in Division B that just started in Eilat, Israel. The winners hold off the opponent 68:45 for 1-0 record.
The best three teams out of four preliminary groups will advance into the Qualifying Round before figuring out 8 squads to play in the quarterfinals. Bosnia and Herzegovina made a step closer to it winning the first game. Matea Tavic (177-G-92) brought her team 4:2 lead and then it was her again for 14:4 lead. Maren Hoff Austgulen (182-G-92) made three for Norway to close the opening quarter at 16:8. Edda Ulset (175-F-91) reduced to 16:10, but then Bosnia and Herzegovina created a 6-0 run for 22:10. Bosnia and Herzegovina nailed 20 points in the second quarter to take 36:18 deficit at the halftime.
The things got even worse for Norway when Matea Tavic made it 39:20. Maren Hoff Austgulen however closed her team 9-0 run for 39:29. Irma Rahmanovic (179-F-91) and Bosnia and Herzegovina responded with 10-0 run to take 49:29. In the rest of the game the teams tried hard and after 19-16 in the last frame the board showed 68:45 Bosnia and Herzegovina's win.
Matea Tavic paced all the winners with 17 points, while Marina Dzinic (189-C-92) collected 12 points and 10 rebounds. Irma Rahmanovic and Tamara Kapor (178-G-91) followed them with 8 points apiece. Maren Hoff Austgulen chipped in 14 points for Norway and Edda Ulset scored 6.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Matea Tavic 17, Marina Dzinic 12+10 rebs, Irma Rahmanovic 8, Tamara Kapor 8
Norway: Maren Hoff Austgulen 14, Edda Ulset 6


Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
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4 Matea Tavic (177-G-92) of Biss-Tours Celik Zenica
5 Natasa Kajtaz (168-G-92)

6 Ana Galic (-92) of ZKK Livno
7 Krstina Surlan (176-F-93)
8 Jelena Tomic
9 Vanja Milosevic (-91) of Neimarstvo Trebinje
10 Tamara Kapor (178-G-91) of Neimarstvo Trebinje
11 Anesa Hamsic (187-C-91) of Zeljeznicar Sarajevo
12 Amna Fazlic (186-F-92) of Biss-Tours Celik Zenica

13 Vedrana Kecojevic of Neimarstvo Trebinje
14 Irma Rahmanovic (179-F-91) of FGO Banovici
15 Marina Dzinic (189-C-92) of Trocal Jedinstvo Tuzla
Head Coach: Behudin Bajgoric


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  BULGARIA - Women  


Sodertalje enjoy the home win in Day 1 - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U18-Bulgaria U18 74:44 (19-11, 21-8, 19-10, 15-15)

Sodertalje will be the place of attention for all the hoops fans from July 2 through 12. The Swedish city opened the 2009 European U18 championship. Lithuania will try to post the second straight win at the competition, however the other teams including Sweden will try to steal the win from them.
The system will be as follows: the best three teams out of four preliminary groups will advance into the Qualifying Round before figuring out 8 squads to play in the quarterfinals. Sweden was too good for the opponent to take 74:44 in Day 1.
Tyutyundzhieva started with a jump shot for the guests and Todorova followed her for 7:4. Sweden needed some time and after 10:11 produced a 9-0 run for 19:11 after the first 10 minutes. For almost three minutes the teams could not score and only after that Farhiya Abdi (185-F/C-92) made it 21:11. A productive 21-8 in the period brought the hosts 40:19. Sweden opened the second half with 6 points in a row as Farhiya Abdi made it 46:19. Nakova reduced the scored for the guests for 59:29 at the end of the third quarter. Even with 15-15 Sweden was satisfied in the game as they won the opener of 2009 European U18 championship.
Farhiya Abdi was unstoppable with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Cleopatra Forsman-Goga (180-G-91) posted 14, whilst Julia Tornberg (179-G-91) and Frida Fogdemark (185-F-91) scored 6 each. Nora Georgieva (184-F-92) ended up with 11 points in defeat and Pamela Decheva (179-G-92) added 10.

Sweden U18: Farhiya Abdi 21+10 rebs, Cleopatra Forsman-Goga 14, Julia Tornberg 6, Frida Fogdemark 6
Bulgaria U18: Nora Georgieva 11, Pamela Decheva 10


Bulgarian U18 National Team 2009 - by Richard
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Pamela Decheva (179-G-92) of Slavia Sofia
Mirena Dencheva (184-F-91) of Dunav Econt Rouse
Nikoleta Dimitrova (172-G-91) of Cherno More Odessos
Nora Georgieva (184-F-92)
Silviya Ivanova (162-G-91)
Violina Kocheva (176-F-91) of Rilski Sportist Samokov
Katrin Nakova (180-F-91) of Montana 2003
Radostina Rasheva (175-G/F-92) of Tony 7 Sliven
Viktoriya Stoycheva (163-G-92) of Tony 7 Sliven
Monika Todorova (162-G-91) of Rilski Sportist Samokov
Hristina Tyutyundzhieva (188-C-93)
Antoniya Yankova (182-C-92)
Head Coach: Stanislav Boyadjiev
Assistant Coach: Ivailo Hristov


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  CANADA - Women  


Japan beat Canada for the first win in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News
Japan - Canada 90:78
Japan celebrated the initial win at the World University Games in Serbia. They held off Canada in the second round of action in preliminary Group B. Japan improved at 1-1 record, while sending Canada at 0-2 at the bottom of the ladder. Naoko Hattori (-88) tallied 23 points and 12 boards to lead Japan. Miki Fujii topscored with 24 points in the victory. Kalisha Keane (185-F-89) replied with 20 points and 12 boards in defeat.
Japan dominated in the first half. They came up with their trademark long-range artillery to systematically upset Canada. The Asian outfit built a 19:14 lead into the second period. Japan maintained the tempo and accounted for 25 points in the second stanza to lead by as many as 10 points at halftime. The teams eagerly exchanged the baskets in the third frame as Japan managed to run away to a 14-point distance. As the options were running dry Canada became more aggressive and finally started things rolling. They outscored Japan but could not overcome the deficit and lost the battle at the end.
Akino Nakagawa (180-G-87) scored 12 points for the winners. Kelsey Hodgson (178-G) chipped in 17 points for Canada.

Japan: Miki Fujii 24, Naoko Hattori 23+12 boards, Akino Nakagawa 12
Canada: Kalisha Keane 20+12 boards, Kelsey Hodgson 17



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  CROATIA - Women  


Croatia is third in the Mediterranean Games - by Eurobasket News
Croatia-Greece 77:62

Croatia is third in Mediterranean Games after the win in the game for Bronze Medals. Greece tried to take their position but lost the last game in the tournament.
Both teams lost their Semifinal games but tried to finish on a good note. Croatia went on a 22:15 lead after the opening quarter and added another points deficit later in the half. With 17-9 in the second frame the winners reached 39:24. They also expected an easy finish of the game, but Greece woke up in the second half. The game became interesting as Greece equaled the situation in the court. They could not however reduce the gap, trailing 42:60 after three quarters. Croatia lost the last period 17-20 but got Bronze Medals of Pescara Tournament.
BRALIC Stipe 'team showed 46% from the filed and Greek side had 37%. Croatia was also better from the free throw line as they had 88% over 66%. KLIGOPOULOU Sofia's team however showed a better percentage from the arc, 36 versus 26.
Jelena Ivezic (184-G-84) and Iva Sliskovic (196-F-84, college: S.Carolina) top-scored for the winners with 15 points apiece. Marta Cakic (175-G-82) ended up with 12 points for the winners. Pelagia Papamichail (189-F/C-86) delivered 21 points for Greece, Maria Roza Boni (180-G-86) had 13 and LYMOURA posted 11.

Croatia: Jelena Ivezic 15, Iva Sliskovic 15, Marta Cakic 12
Greece: Pelagia Papamichail 21, Maria Roza Boni 13, LYMOURA 11


Nikolopoulou paces Greece U18 over Croatia U18 - by Eurobasket News
Greece U18-Croatia U18 53:42 (15-13, 19-15, 9-8, 10-6)

Greece U18 won the first game of their U18 European Championship Women in Division B that started today in Israel. Greece edged Croatia U18 53:42 for 1-0 record in the group.
Both National teams are in the list of the top teams in Europe, however U18 teams of the countries have to start in Division B. This year two of them have to prove their high level for Division A tickets. Eleni Voulgaraki (183-G-92) opened the game for Greece as the team enjoyed 4:0 from the start. Nina Premasunac (184-F-92) bounced back with her team and Croatia took 8:7 lead in the middle of the first quarter. Angeliki Nikolopoulou (177-G-91) brought 15:13 for the winners at the end of 10 minutes. Later on the Greek side never looked behind and had 34:28 at the halftime. The lead continued to grow and Giampani made it plus 10, 41:31. Angeliki Nikolopoulou closed the third quarter at 43:36. With such a low tempo it was difficult for Croatia to change something in the game and they just gave up for good. Greece produced 10-6 in the last period to clinch the win in the opener. Skara made it 53:42 but then two squads remained scoreless in the rest of the game.
Angeliki Nikolopoulou shined for the winners with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Eleni Voulgaraki chipped in 11, while Anna Kavasila (186-C-91) collected 6 points and 10 rebounds. Nina Premasunac finished the night with 10 points and 11 rebounds for Croatia and Ivana Zubak (178-G-91) posted 8.

Greece U18: Angeliki Nikolopoulou 22+ 9 rebs, Eleni Voulgaraki 11, Anna Kavasila 6+10 rebs
Croatia U18: Nina Premasunac 10+11 rebs, Ivana Zubak 8


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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


Czech Rep. U18 National Team 2009 - by Richard
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Lenka Bartakova (175-G-91) of Sokol VCP Hradec Kralove
Martina Cepelkova (182-C-92)
Karolina Elhotova (182-G-92)
Adela Filarova (174-G-91) of Basket Slovanka Tabor
Alena Hanusova (187-C-91) of BK Lokomotiva Karlovy Vary
Martina Knoflickova (187-F-91)
Michaela Muchova (177-G/F-91) of Sparta Praha
Jana Nemcova (182-F-91)
Renata Pudlakova (176-G-92)
Tereza Sedlackova (183-F-92)
Andrea Sladkova (186-C-91) of BK Czech coal Aldast Strakonice
Petra Zaplatova (175-F-91) of Kara Trutnov
Head Coach: Romana Ptackova
Assistant Coach: Vladimira Behalova


The defending champions start in a style - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic U18-Lithuania U18 44:71 (18-24, 11-20, 10-13, 5-14)

Lithuania U18 registered the first victory on their new campaign for the top places in 2009 European U18 championship. In 2008 games Lithuania U18 became the winner of the tournament, while Czech Republic U18. This game was one of two last to be played in Day 1 and was expected more than any other game. The Baltic side proved the ambitions for this year and smashed the oppoenent 71:44 in the opener.
Sodertalje will be the place of attention for all the hoops fans from July 2 through 12. The Swedish city opened the 2009 European U18 championship. Lithuania will try to post the second straight win at the competition. The system will be as follows: the best three teams out of four preliminary groups will advance into the Qualifying Round before figuring out 8 squads to play in the quarterfinals.
Czech Republic U18 scored first three points in the game, but Greta Sniokaite (173-G-91) quickly responded for 10:5. Tereza Sedlackova (183-F-92) was the last to score in the opening quarter for her team as the board showed 24:18. Another 20-11 in the second period brought the Baltic State 44:29 advantage at the halftime. Druskyte opened the second half for Lithuania that never looked behind until the rest of the game. With 13-10 the favorites improved to 57:39 after three quarters. In a defensive style the Baltic team produced 14-5 to clinch the first victory in 2009 European U18 championship.
Gintare Mazionyte (185-C-91) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Diana Zintikaite (163-G-91) notched 12 and Greta Sniokaite had 10. Knoflckova finished the night with 9 points in defeat and Tereza Sedlackova produced 7.

Czech Republic U18: Knoflckova 9, Tereza Sedlackova 7
Lithuania U18: Gintare Mazionyte 14+8 rebs, Diana Zintikaite 12, Greta Sniokaite 10


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  DENMARK - Women  


The home side beat Denmark U18 - by Eurobasket News
Israel U18-Denmark U18 66:55 (17-19, 26-15, 12-19, 11-2)

Israel U18, being the home team of U18 European Championship Women in Division B that just started won their first game. The winners hold off the Dannish representatives 66:55 for 1-0 record.
Anne Pedersen (186-F-92) opened the game for the guests that came to Israel with a good winning mood. Tobiasen scored for 13:11 and Nikoline Ostergaard (179-F-92) closed the period at 19:17. Israel had difficulties to go on a lead and tied the game at 26:26 when Hadar Gutin (180-G-91) made a free throw. Only after that the hosts created an 11-0 run to take 40:28 advantage. Nikoline Ostergaard was glad to send the teams to the lockers for 43:34.
Denmark started again better and after 4-0 run pulled the score back to 43:38. Even thought Israel reached 10 points deficit, Anne Pedersen scored for 53:49 with 3 minutes in the third period. It was her again to make it 55:53 after three quarters played. The last period differed from the first three as both teams played a defensive game. Israel held the guests to only 2 points, while they nailed 11 for 10 minutes. Hadar Gutin brought the initial victory from the free throw line as Israel had 66:55 win.
Avigiel Sara Cohen (177-F-92) was unstoppable with 28 points and 13 rebounds. Hadar Gutin posted 10, while Shira Shecht (180-F-91) added 8 points. Anne Pedersen collected 19 points and 10 rebounds for the guests, Alberte Dokkedal (186-F-91) scored 9 and Nikoline Ostergaard notched 8.

Israel U18: Avigiel Sara Cohen 28+13 rebs, Hadar Gutin 10, Shira Shecht 8
Denmark U18: Anne Pedersen 19+10 rebs, Alberte Dokkedal 9, Nikoline Ostergaard 8


Danish U18 National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
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4 Hanna Sheikh (178-F-92) of Vaerlose BBK
5 Gritt Ryder (173-G-92)
6 Amanda Formann (180-G-91) of Vaerlose BBK
7 Amalie Haue
8 Ida Krogh (181-G/F-91) of Aabyhoj
9 Nikoline Ostergaard (179-F-92) of Virum
10 Anne Pedersen (186-F-92) of Falcon
11 Emma Block of Falcon
12 Emilie Fogelstrom
13 Leeane Jensen (191-C-82) of University of San Francisco (USA)
14 Alberte Dokkedal (186-F-91) of Vaerlose BBK
15 Lotte Tobiasen (183-F/C-91) of BK Amager

Head Coach: Thomas Ginnerup


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18 - Women  


Day: 1 (Preliminary Round) - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Serbia - Poland 75-64
Serbia U18 and Poland U18 opened Group A of U18 European Championship Women in Division A that started today in Sweden. In the game that remained carousel, Serbia looked better in the end of it to take 75:64 victory. Tina Jovanovic (191-F/C-91) was unstoppable with 21 points and 18 rebounds. Prvulovic nailed 21 and Vucurovic collected 14 points and 11 rebounds. Zietara produced 12 points in defeat, while Cossengue Casimiro and Misiuk notched 10 apiece.

Sweden - Bulgaria 74-44
Sodertalje will be the place of attention for all the hoops fans from July 2 through 12. The Swedish city opened the 2009 European U18 championship. Sweden was too good for the opponent to take 74:44 in Day 1. Farhiya Abdi (185-F/C-92) was unstoppable with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Forsman-Goga posted 14, whilst Tornberg and Fogdemark scored 6 each. Georgieva ended up with 11 points in defeat and Decheva added 10.

Group B
Latvia - Turkey 88-50
Sabine Niedola (184-F-91) was too much for the opponents as Latvia rolled over Turkey in U18 opened the 2009 European U18 championship that just started in Sodertalje, Sweden. Turkey U18 tried hard, but did not find a match in the opener.Sabine Niedola was unstoppbale for the winners with 26 points and 7 rebounds. Vitola nailed 22 and Pagrode posted 10. Guler finished the game with 12 points for Turkey and Turmus added 11.

Spain - Belgium 77-49
Spain U18 needed a massive win in the second half to prove the superiority over Belgium U18 77:49. Both teams opened their campaign in the 2009 European U18 championship that just started in Sodertalje, Sweden. Marta Arbizu (185-C-91) top-scored for the winners with 15 points as Spain took 1-0 to share the top with Latvia. Vivas netted 14 and Buch had 12. Celus ended up with 12 points for Belgium and Mayombo scored 11.

Group C
Russia - Slovakia 82-57
Russia U18 and Slovak Republic U18 opened the 2009 European U18 championship that just started in Sodertalje, Sweden. Russia proved immediately the ambitions for the top places winning the opener 82:57. Poluyanova top-scored for the winners with 16 points, while Evgeniya Finogentova (174-G-91) nailed 15. Medvedeva and Maksimova followed them with 11 apiece. Palenikova and Nagyova notched 13 points in the losing case.

France - Ukraine 97-43
Jerome Fournier's France had an easy win in their opener of the 2009 European U18 championship that just started in Sodertalje, Sweden. France demolished the Ukrainian side 97:43 and together with Russia U18 is on top of the group.Okou Zouzouo led the winners with 15 points, whilst Eleonore Grossemy (184-F-92) nailed 13. Vernerey and Gandega notched 12 points apiece in a win. Rykulska delivered 12 points for Ukraien and Maznichenko scored 10.

Group D
Belarus - Italy 46-51
Italy U18 outscored Belarus U18 in the first game of Group D of U18 European Championship Women in Division A that started today in Sweden. Italy needed 21-12 in the third period to hold the lead in the end of the game. Federica Tognalini (183-F-91) paced all the winners with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Spreafico netted 10 and Milazzo posted 7. Padshyvalava and Filonchyk delievered 11 points in the losing effort.

Czech Republic - Lithuania 44-72
Lithuania U18 registered the first victory on their new campaign for the top places in 2009 European U18 championship. In 2008 games Lithuania U18 became the winner of the tournament, while Czech Republic U18. This game was one of two last to be played in Day 1 and was expected more than any other game. The Baltic side proved the ambitions for this year and smashed the oppoenent 71:44 in the opener. Gintare Mazionyte (185-C-91) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Zintikaite notched 12 and Sniokaite had 10. Knoflickova finished the night with 9 points in defeat and Sedlackova produced 7.



Division B results and stats from Day1 - by Eurobasket News
GROUP A
Hungary U18-Romania U18 58:50 (21-17, 12-11, 10-9, 15-13)

Hungary U18 and Romania U18 opened U18 European Championship Women in Division B that just started in Eilat, Israel. Both teams tried hard to win the opener, but due to the win in every quarter Hungary U18 prevail Romania U18 58:50.
Tamis opened the game from the arc and then
Krisztina Raksanyi (180-G-91) made it 5:0 for the winners. Ionescu gave Romania the first lead at 17:16 but then another 5-0 run brought Hungary 21:17 after the first 10 minutes. The latter led in the whole second period and finished it with 33:28 when the teams went to the lockers. Florea reduced with her team for 34:32 and Sonia Ursu (177-F-93) also kept her team within two points for 39:37. Baksa closed the third period when Hungary grabbed 43:37 advantage. Cursaru nailed a three for 47:44 with 6 minutes to play, but after that Hungary pushed the tempo for good and won the opener of U18 European Championship Women in Division B. Baksa made it 58:48 for her team and Baluta was the last to score in the game for 58:50.
Krisztina Raksanyi top-scored for the winners with 11 points for their first victory. Balint nailed 10, while Nemeth and Melinda Kesoi (177-G/F-92) had 9 each. Cristina Bigica (180-F-92) responded with 16 points in the losing effort, whilst Cursaru and Sonia Ursu had 8 apiece.
England is the third team in Group A and will start their campaign against Romania tomorrow. Estonia that was also in the group will not play in the tournament this season.

Hungary U18:
Krisztina Raksanyi 11, Balint 10, Nemeth 9, Melinda Kesoi 9
Romania U18:
Cristina Bigica 16, Cursaru 8, Sonia Ursu 8


GROUP B
Slovenia U18-Portugal U18 70:66 (22-12, 17-22, 11-17, 20-15)
Slovenia and Portugal showed a real thriller in their opener of Group B of U18 European Championship Women in Division B that just started in Eilat, Israel. The winners hold off the opponent 70:66 for 1-0 record.
The best three teams out of four preliminary groups will advance into the Qualifying Round before figuring out 8 squads to play in the quarterfinals. Both squads proved that they can be real representatives for those spots. Slovenia opened the game with 4:0 and Zalar made it 13:6 later in the first quarter. Bernardeco buried a three in the end of the frame for 22:12 after 10 minutes. Faustino nailed three for 27:21, while her jump shot with 2.40 in the half gave 32:31.
Tjasa Gortnar (182-F-92) closed the second period for 39:34 as Portugal U18 won the frame 22-17.
Lea Jagodic (179-F-91)'s lay-up brought Slovenia U18 45:35 advantage but then the things got worse for the team. Portugal reduced the gap and Michelle Brandao (171-G-91)'s three even gave them 51:50 lead. Slovenia responded with some important baskets in the fourth period and managed to take the lead until the end. Although Tiago Michelle Brandao nailed for 69:66, Tjasa Gortnar set up the final 70:66 score.
Tjasa Gortnar top-scored for the winners with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Nika Baric (168-G-92) produced 18, while Duric and Lea Jagodic added 9 each. Tiago Michelle Brandao netted 16 in defeat and Maria Correia (172-G/F-91) scored 14.

Slovenia U18:
Tjasa Gortnar 22+11 rebs, Nika Baric 18, Duric 9, Lea Jagodic 9
Portugal U18:
Michelle Brandao 16, Maria Correia 14


Finland U18-Switzerland U18 56:48 (10-15, 10-16, 17-15, 19-2)
Finland U18 needed 19-2 to beat Switzerland U18 in European Championship Women in Division B that started today in Israel. Trailing in the first three periods, Finland exploded in the last to grab the initial victory.
Perrenoud gave her team 5:0 from the start as Switzerland won the opening tip of the game.
Lisa Mazzocchi (170-G/F-90) nailed three for 12:6 and Anissa Toumi (180-C-92) closed the opening quarter at 15:10. The lead continued to grow as Perrenoud made it 23:12. Kolly nailed another three for 31:20 halftime advantage. Mkitalo made a small push to come back into the game when the score was 35:30, but Delacretaz posted for 40:30. Studer with her jump shot closed the third period at 46:37 when the teams left the court before the last stanza. Nothing predicted what had happened in the court at the last 10 minutes. At first Kolly gave her team 48:43 but then Switzerland remained scoreless until the end of the game for more than 7 minutes. Finland U18 created a 13-0 run to win the quarter 19-2 and the opener of European Championship Women in Division B.
Ilkka Ekstrom (192-G-89) was responsible for 14 points to lead all the winners. Anni Makitalo (174-F-91) nailed 13 and Vilja Kesanen (178-G-91) posted 9. Lisa Mazzocchi ended up with 14 points in the losing effort and Anissa Toumi had 9.

Finland U18:
Ilkka Ekstrom 14, Anni Makitalo 13, Vilja Kesanen 9
Switzerland U18:
Lisa Mazzocchi 14, Anissa Toumi 9


GROUP C
Israel U18-Denmark U18 66:55 (17-19, 26-15, 12-19, 11-2)
Israel U18, being the home team of U18 European Championship Women in Division B that just started won their first game. The winners hold off the Dannish representatives 66:55 for 1-0 record.
Anne Pedersen (186-F-92) opened the game for the guests that came to Israel with a good winning mood. Tobiasen scored for 13:11 and Nikoline Ostergaard (179-F-92) closed the period at 19:17. Israel had difficulties to go on a lead and tied the game at 26:26 when Hadar Gutin (180-G-91) made a free throw. Only after that the hosts created an 11-0 run to take 40:28 advantage. Nikoline Ostergaard was glad to send the teams to the lockers for 43:34.
Denmark started again better and after 4-0 run pulled the score back to 43:38. Even thought Israel reached 10 points deficit,
Anne Pedersen scored for 53:49 with 3 minutes in the third period. It was her again to make it 55:53 after three quarters played. The last period differed from the first three as both teams played a defensive game. Israel held the guests to only 2 points, while they nailed 11 for 10 minutes. Hadar Gutin brought the initial victory from the free throw line as Israel had 66:55 win.
Avigiel Sara Cohen (177-F-92) was unstoppable with 28 points and 13 rebounds. Hadar Gutin posted 10, while Shira Shecht (180-F-91) added 8 points. Anne Pedersen collected 19 points and 10 rebounds for the guests, Alberte Dokkedal (186-F-91) scored 9 and Nikoline Ostergaard notched 8.

Israel U18:
Avigiel Sara Cohen 28+13 rebs, Hadar Gutin 10, Shira Shecht 8
Denmark U18:
Anne Pedersen 19+10 rebs, Alberte Dokkedal 9, Nikoline Ostergaard 8
Germany U18-Netherlands U18 59:46 (17-12, 12-17, 21-10, 9-7)

Germany U18 overcame Netherlands U18 in the first game for both teams in U18 European Championship Women in Division B that just started in Israel. Due to the second half the German team celebrated their first victory 59:46.
It was an easy start for the winners of the game as Germany had 10-0 run.
Finja Schaake (178-G/F-92) kept the difference for 15:5 and then Beld managed to reduce to 17:12 at the end of the opening quarter. An 8-0 run however from the Netherlands brought the latter to 20:17 when Rianne Hofstraat (183-C/F-92) made a jump shot. Even though Germany replied for another win, Rianne Hofstraat tied the game at 29:29 when the teams went to the lockers.
The third period became the most interesting however it showed the winner of the game at the end of it. Trailing 31:33 Germany created an 11-0 run later in the quarter for 48:37. Schnorr gave her team 50:39 after three quarters and then the winners kept the score for good. A defensive 9-7 in the last stanza brought Germany 59:46 victory.

Sonja Greinacher (192-F/C-92) top-scored for the winners with 14 points, for 1-0 record. Finja Schaake nailed 13, while Sarah-Marie Frankenberger (177-F/C-91) posted 10. de Kleijn had 9 points in the losing case, whilst Zera Butter (174-G-92) and Rianne Hofstraat had 8 apiece.

Germany U18:
Sonja Greinacher 14, Finja Schaake 13, Sarah-Marie Frankenberger 10
Netherlands U18: de Kleijn 9,
Zera Butter 8, Rianne Hofstraat 8
GROUP D
Bosnia and Herzegovina-Norway 68:45 ( 16-8, 20-10, 13-11, 19-16 )

Bosnia and Herzegovina rolled over Norway in the opener of Group D of U18 European Championship Women in Division B that just started in Eilat, Israel. The winners hold off the opponent 68:45 for 1-0 record.
The best three teams out of four preliminary groups will advance into the Qualifying Round before figuring out 8 squads to play in the quarterfinals. Bosnia and Herzegovina made a step closer to it winning the first game.
Matea Tavic (177-G-92) brought her team 4:2 lead and then it was her again for 14:4 lead. Maren Hoff Austgulen (182-G-92) made three for Norway to close the opening quarter at 16:8. Edda Ulset (175-F-91) reduced to 16:10, but then Bosnia and Herzegovina created a 6-0 run for 22:10. Bosnia and Herzegovina nailed 20 points in the second quarter to take 36:18 deficit at the halftime.
The things got even worse for Norway when
Matea Tavic made it 39:20. Maren Hoff Austgulen however closed her team 9-0 run for 39:29. Irma Rahmanovic (179-F-91) and Bosnia and Herzegovina responded with 10-0 run to take 49:29. In the rest of the game the teams tried hard and after 19-16 in the last frame the board showed 68:45 Bosnia and Herzegovina's win.
Matea Tavic paced all the winners with 17 points, while Marina Dzinic (189-C-92) collected 12 points and 10 rebounds. Irma Rahmanovic and Tamara Kapor (178-G-91) followed them with 8 points apiece. Maren Hoff Austgulen chipped in 14 points for Norway and Edda Ulset scored 6.

Bosnia and Herzegovina:
Matea Tavic 17, Marina Dzinic 12+10 rebs, Irma Rahmanovic 8, Tamara Kapor 8
Norway:
Maren Hoff Austgulen 14, Edda Ulset 6


Greece U18-Croatia U18 53:42 (15-13, 19-15, 9-8, 10-6)
Greece U18 won the first game of their U18 European Championship Women in Division B that started today in Israel. Greece edged Croatia U18 53:42 for 1-0 record in the group.
Both National teams are in the list of the top teams in Europe, however U18 teams of the countries have to start in Division B. This year two of them have to prove their high level for Division A tickets.
Eleni Voulgaraki (183-G-92) opened the game for Greece as the team enjoyed 4:0 from the start. Nina Premasunac (184-F-92) bounced back with her team and Croatia took 8:7 lead in the middle of the first quarter. Angeliki Nikolopoulou (177-G-91) brought 15:13 for the winners at the end of 10 minutes. Later on the Greek side never looked behind and had 34:28 at the halftime. The lead continued to grow and Giampani made it plus 10, 41:31. Angeliki Nikolopoulou closed the third quarter at 43:36. With such a low tempo it was difficult for Croatia to change something in the game and they just gave up for good. Greece produced 10-6 in the last period to clinch the win in the opener. Skara made it 53:42 but then two squads remained scoreless in the rest of the game.
Angeliki Nikolopoulou shined for the winners with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Eleni Voulgaraki chipped in 11, while Anna Kavasila (186-C-91) collected 6 points and 10 rebounds. Nina Premasunac finished the night with 10 points and 11 rebounds for Croatia and Ivana Zubak (178-G-91) posted 8.

Greece U18:
Angeliki Nikolopoulou 22+ 9 rebs, Eleni Voulgaraki 11, Anna Kavasila 6+10 rebs
Croatia U18:
Nina Premasunac 10+11 rebs, Ivana Zubak 8



Standings - Division B - by Eurobasket News
Standings Div.B
Group A
1. Hungary1-0
2. U.Kingdom0-0
3. Estonia0-0
4. Romania0-1
Group B
1. Finland1-0
2. Slovenia1-0
3. Switzerl.0-1
4. Portugal0-1
Group C
1. Germany1-0
2. Israel1-0
3. Holland0-1
4. Denmark0-1
Group D
1. Bosnia1-0
2. Greece1-0
3. Norway0-1
4. Croatia0-1


W-Standings - Group A
Standings
Group A
1. Serbia1-0
2. Sweden1-0
3. Bulgaria0-1
4. Poland0-1
Group B
1. Spain1-0
2. Latvia1-0
3. Turkey0-1
4. Belgium0-1
Group C
1. France1-0
2. Russia1-0
3. Slovakia0-1
4. Ukraine0-1
Group D
1. Italy1-0
2. Lithuania1-0
3. Belarus0-1
4. Czech Repu.0-1


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  FINLAND - Women  


Finland U18 needed 19-2 to beat Switzerland U18 - by Eurobasket News
Finland U18-Switzerland U18 56:48 (10-15, 10-16, 17-15, 19-2)

Finland U18 needed 19-2 to beat Switzerland U18 in European Championship Women in Division B that started today in Israel. Trailing in the first three periods, Finland exploded in the last to grab the initial victory.
Perrenoud gave her team 5:0 from the start as Switzerland won the opening tip of the game. Lisa Mazzocchi (170-G/F-90) nailed three for 12:6 and Anissa Toumi (180-C-92) closed the opening quarter at 15:10. The lead continued to grow as Perrenoud made it 23:12. Kolly nailed another three for 31:20 halftime advantage. Mkitalo made a small push to come back into the game when the score was 35:30, but Delacretaz posted for 40:30. Studer with her jump shot closed the third period at 46:37 when the teams left the court before the last stanza. Nothing predicted what had happened in the court at the last 10 minutes. At first Kolly gave her team 48:43 but then Switzerland remained scoreless until the end of the game for more than 7 minutes. Finland U18 created a 13-0 run to win the quarter 19-2 and the opener of European Championship Women in Division B.
Ilkka Ekstrom (192-G-89) was responsible for 14 points to lead all the winners. Anni Makitalo (174-F-91) nailed 13 and Vilja Kesanen (178-G-91) posted 9. Lisa Mazzocchi ended up with 14 points in the losing effort and Anissa Toumi had 9.

Finland U18: Ilkka Ekstrom 14, Anni Makitalo 13, Vilja Kesanen 9
Switzerland U18: Lisa Mazzocchi 14, Anissa Toumi 9


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  FRANCE - Women  


France U18 demolishes Ukraine U18 - by Eurobasket News
France U18-Ukraine U18 97:43 (27-12, 30-11, 22-12, 18-8)

Jerome Fournier's France had an easy win in their opener of the 2009 European U18 championship that just started in Sodertalje, Sweden. France demolished the Ukrainian side 97:43 and together with Russia U18 is on top of the group.
Olha Maznichenko (186-F-91) surprised the audience and the French side for 2:0 in the beginning of the game. Allison Vernerey (194-C-91) responded for 11:8 and Eleonore Grossemy (184-F-92) scored for 14:10. Even though Matsko reduced to 14:12, France closed the period at 13-0 run. Moreover the run continues in the second quarter as France increased to 35:12 as Touty Gandega (169-G-91) made a lay-up. Ukraine was hard to be recognized and continues to fall. Basque sent the teams to the lockers at 57:23.
In the third period Touty Gandega made it 66:25, while Olha Maznichenko posted for 70:29. Minte closed the third frame at 79:35 making a lay-up with 47 seconds left. France and Ukraine had different tasks for the last period as France tried to reach three digits. Ukraine meanwhile hoped to reduce and not to see 100 on the board. Touty Gandega made two free throws at the end as France enjoyed 97:43 victory over Ukraine.
Margaux Okou Zouzouo (183-F-91) led the winners with 15 points, whilst Eleonore Grossemy nailed 13. Allison Vernerey and Touty Gandega notched 12 points apiece in a win. Nadiya Rykulska (172-G-91) delivered 12 points for Ukraine and Olha Maznichenko scored 10.

France U18: Margaux Okou Zouzouo 15, Eleonore Grossemy 13, Allison Vernerey 12, Touty Gandega 12
Ukraine U18: Nadiya Rykulska 12, Olha Maznichenko 10


French U18 National Team 2009 - by Richard
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4 Touty Gandega (169-G-91) of USO Mondeville
5 Sophie Watrelot (175-G-91) of Centre Federal BB
6 Esther Moisan Niamke (163-G-93) of USO Mondeville
7 Isabelle Strunc (177-G-91) of Centre Federal BB
8 Linda Bousbaa (164-G-91) of Lattes Montpellier Agglomeration Basket
9 Allison Vernerey (194-C-91) of Strasbourg Illkirch-Graffenstaden
10 Margaux Okou Zouzouo (183-F-91) of Centre Federal BB

11 Adja Konteh (178-F-92) of Centre Federal BB
12 Hhadydia Mint (185-F-91)
13 Eleonore Grossemy (184-F-92) of Centre Federal BB
14 Morgiane Eustache (194-C-91) of Centre Federal BB
15 Florine Basque (184-F-92) of Centre Federal BB
Head Coach Jerome Fournier
Assistant Coaches: Gregory Morata , Nathalie Lesdema


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  FYR MACEDONIA - Women  


U20 National Team moves from Skopje to Ohrid - by Eurobasket News
U20 Macedonian National team has completed the preparatory period for U20 European Championship Division B. Now they are set to move to Ohird, where the Tournament will take place from Jun 6th-15th. Head Coach, Aleksandar Petrovic (agency: Global Sports Plaza ) stated that he is satisfied with the effort he got from his players and that he is feeling fairly optimistic for the upcoming Championship. Even though his team did not have much time, Petrovic believes that he was able to get the maximum from all candidates and that he was able to find right mix of 12 players which will represent Macedonia. At Ohird, the team will do several practices before they start with official games. They will even manage to play a control match against Great Britain National Team.
U20 Macedonia has been drawn in the Group B along with Netherlands, Slovak Republic, Romania and Israel. Macedonia is hoping to achieve its main goal and that is to qualify from the group. This will be not an easy task, as Petrovic has identified their biggest opponents in Netherlands and Romania. Petrovic stated that his staff is already familiar with all opponents. He will use the upcoming days to analyze the tapes with his players and firmly believes his team will be able to achieve good result. Macedonia will play its first game against Israel on June 7th. Their next opponent will be Netherlands on June 8th while the following day they will face Romania. Depending on how they do against their two main rivals in the group, their last match on June 9th against Slovak Republic could be decisive.


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Germany U18 overcame Netherlands U18 59:46 - by Eurobasket News
Germany U18-Netherlands U18 59:46 (17-12, 12-17, 21-10, 9-7)

Germany U18 overcame Netherlands U18 in the first game for both teams in U18 European Championship Women in Division B that just started in Israel. Due to the second half the German team celebrated their first victory 59:46.
It was an easy start for the winners of the game as Germany had 10-0 run. Finja Schaake (178-G/F-92) kept the difference for 15:5 and then Beld managed to reduce to 17:12 at the end of the opening quarter. An 8-0 run however from the Netherlands brought the latter to 20:17 when Rianne Hofstraat (183-C/F-92) made a jump shot. Even though Germany replied for another win, Rianne Hofstraat tied the game at 29:29 when the teams went to the lockers.
The third period became the most interesting however it showed the winner of the game at the end of it. Trailing 31:33 Germany created an 11-0 run later in the quarter for 48:37. Schnorr gave her team 50:39 after three quarters and then the winners kept the score for good. A defensive 9-7 in the last stanza brought Germany 59:46 victory.
Sonja Greinacher (192-F/C-92) top-scored for the winners with 14 points, for 1-0 record. Finja Schaake nailed 13, while Sarah-Marie Frankenberger (177-F/C-91) posted 10. de Kleijn had 9 points in the losing case, whilst Zera Butter (174-G-92) and Rianne Hofstraat had 8 apiece.

Germany U18: Sonja Greinacher 14, Finja Schaake 13, Sarah-Marie Frankenberger 10
Netherlands U18: de Kleijn 9, Zera Butter 8, Rianne Hofstraat 8


German U18 National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
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4 Jana Meyer (174-G-91) of SV Union Opladen
5 Julia Gaudermann (165-G-92) of Bender Baskets Grunberg
6 Svenja Brunckhorst (178-G-91) of TSV 1880 Wasserburg

7 Sabrina Ochs (176-G-92) of SC Rist Wedel
8 Finja Schaake (178-G/F-92) of Bender Baskets Grunberg
9 Danina Skrobek (176-G-91)
10 Christina Schnorr (186-F-92) of ChemCats Chemnitz
11 Jenny Menz (180-F-91) of TUS Jena Burgaupark Ladybaskets
12 Emina Karic (178-G/F-91) of Herner TC
13 Mara Greunke (185-C-91) of TV Langen
14 Sonja Greinacher (192-F/C-92)
15 Sarah-Marie Frankenberger (177-F/C-91) of ASC Theresianum Mainz

Head Coach: Alexandra Maerz


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  GREECE - Women  


Croatia is third in the Mediterranean Games - by Eurobasket News
Croatia-Greece 77:62

Croatia is third in Mediterranean Games after the win in the game for Bronze Medals. Greece tried to take their position but lost the last game in the tournament.
Both teams lost their Semifinal games but tried to finish on a good note. Croatia went on a 22:15 lead after the opening quarter and added another points deficit later in the half. With 17-9 in the second frame the winners reached 39:24. They also expected an easy finish of the game, but Greece woke up in the second half. The game became interesting as Greece equaled the situation in the court. They could not however reduce the gap, trailing 42:60 after three quarters. Croatia lost the last period 17-20 but got Bronze Medals of Pescara Tournament.
BRALIC Stipe 'team showed 46% from the filed and Greek side had 37%. Croatia was also better from the free throw line as they had 88% over 66%. KLIGOPOULOU Sofia's team however showed a better percentage from the arc, 36 versus 26.
Jelena Ivezic (184-G-84) and Iva Sliskovic (196-F-84, college: S.Carolina) top-scored for the winners with 15 points apiece. Marta Cakic (175-G-82) ended up with 12 points for the winners. Pelagia Papamichail (189-F/C-86) delivered 21 points for Greece, Maria Roza Boni (180-G-86) had 13 and LYMOURA posted 11.

Croatia: Jelena Ivezic 15, Iva Sliskovic 15, Marta Cakic 12
Greece: Pelagia Papamichail 21, Maria Roza Boni 13, LYMOURA 11


Nikolopoulou paces Greece U18 over Croatia U18 - by Eurobasket News
Greece U18-Croatia U18 53:42 (15-13, 19-15, 9-8, 10-6)

Greece U18 won the first game of their U18 European Championship Women in Division B that started today in Israel. Greece edged Croatia U18 53:42 for 1-0 record in the group.
Both National teams are in the list of the top teams in Europe, however U18 teams of the countries have to start in Division B. This year two of them have to prove their high level for Division A tickets. Eleni Voulgaraki (183-G-92) opened the game for Greece as the team enjoyed 4:0 from the start. Nina Premasunac (184-F-92) bounced back with her team and Croatia took 8:7 lead in the middle of the first quarter. Angeliki Nikolopoulou (177-G-91) brought 15:13 for the winners at the end of 10 minutes. Later on the Greek side never looked behind and had 34:28 at the halftime. The lead continued to grow and Giampani made it plus 10, 41:31. Angeliki Nikolopoulou closed the third quarter at 43:36. With such a low tempo it was difficult for Croatia to change something in the game and they just gave up for good. Greece produced 10-6 in the last period to clinch the win in the opener. Skara made it 53:42 but then two squads remained scoreless in the rest of the game.
Angeliki Nikolopoulou shined for the winners with 22 points and 9 rebounds. Eleni Voulgaraki chipped in 11, while Anna Kavasila (186-C-91) collected 6 points and 10 rebounds. Nina Premasunac finished the night with 10 points and 11 rebounds for Croatia and Ivana Zubak (178-G-91) posted 8.

Greece U18: Angeliki Nikolopoulou 22+ 9 rebs, Eleni Voulgaraki 11, Anna Kavasila 6+10 rebs
Croatia U18: Nina Premasunac 10+11 rebs, Ivana Zubak 8


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  HOLLAND - Women  


Dutch Women U18 National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
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4 Romee van der Vlies of HLB Accountants Den Helder
5 Zera Butter (174-G-92) of Wereldtickets.nl BV Leiderdorp

6 Judith Beld of Perik Jumpers Tubbergen
7 Tessel van Dongen (168-G-91) of BV Lely Amsterdam
8 Loes Vermeulen (177-F-92)
10 Marlou De Kleijn
11 Dewi Keppij (185-F-91)
12 Tamlyn De Groot (184-C-91) of BV Lely Amsterdam
13 Rianne Hofstraat (183-C/F-92)
14 Petronella Kraaijenoord (183-C-93)
15 Amanda Van Huenen (184-C-91)
Head Coach: Ria Broring


Germany U18 overcame Netherlands U18 59:46 - by Eurobasket News
Germany U18-Netherlands U18 59:46 (17-12, 12-17, 21-10, 9-7)

Germany U18 overcame Netherlands U18 in the first game for both teams in U18 European Championship Women in Division B that just started in Israel. Due to the second half the German team celebrated their first victory 59:46.
It was an easy start for the winners of the game as Germany had 10-0 run. Finja Schaake (178-G/F-92) kept the difference for 15:5 and then Beld managed to reduce to 17:12 at the end of the opening quarter. An 8-0 run however from the Netherlands brought the latter to 20:17 when Rianne Hofstraat (183-C/F-92) made a jump shot. Even though Germany replied for another win, Rianne Hofstraat tied the game at 29:29 when the teams went to the lockers.
The third period became the most interesting however it showed the winner of the game at the end of it. Trailing 31:33 Germany created an 11-0 run later in the quarter for 48:37. Schnorr gave her team 50:39 after three quarters and then the winners kept the score for good. A defensive 9-7 in the last stanza brought Germany 59:46 victory.
Sonja Greinacher (192-F/C-92) top-scored for the winners with 14 points, for 1-0 record. Finja Schaake nailed 13, while Sarah-Marie Frankenberger (177-F/C-91) posted 10. de Kleijn had 9 points in the losing case, whilst Zera Butter (174-G-92) and Rianne Hofstraat had 8 apiece.

Germany U18: Sonja Greinacher 14, Finja Schaake 13, Sarah-Marie Frankenberger 10
Netherlands U18: de Kleijn 9, Zera Butter 8, Rianne Hofstraat 8


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  HUNGARY - Women  


Hungarian U18 National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
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4 Bettina Baksa (173-G-92) of Cegledi EKK
5 Krisztina Raksanyi (180-G-91) of MiZo Pecs 2010
6 Dorottya Tamis (171-G-91) of Atomeromu-Szekszard

7 Flora Szabo (186-F-92) of MiZo Pecs 2010
8 Dominika Gergely (175-G-91) of Atomeromu-Szekszard
9 Melinda Kesoi (177-G/F-92) of MiZo Pecs 2010
10 Krisztina Velkey
11 Bernadett Balla (192-F-91) of MiZo Pecs 2010
12 Anna Mansare (188-F/C-92) of Vasas-Csata Budapest
13 Reka Balint (181-F-91) of Atomeromu-Szekszard
14 Alma Nemeth (184-F-92)

15 Bettina Szabo (-92) of Cegledi EKK
Head Coach: Judit Balogh


Hungary and Romania opened U18 European Championship Women in Division B - by Eurobasket News
Hungary U18-Romania U18 58:50 (21-17, 12-11, 10-9, 15-13)

Hungary U18 and Romania U18 opened U18 European Championship Women in Division B that just started in Eilat, Israel. Both teams tried hard to win the opener, but due to the win in every quarter Hungary U18 prevail Romania U18 58:50.
Tamis opened the game from the arc and then Krisztina Raksanyi (180-G-91) made it 5:0 for the winners. Ionescu gave Romania the first lead at 17:16 but then another 5-0 run brought Hungary 21:17 after the first 10 minutes. The latter led in the whole second period and finished it with 33:28 when the teams went to the lockers. Florea reduced with her team for 34:32 and Sonia Ursu (177-F-93) also kept her team within two points for 39:37. Baksa closed the third period when Hungary grabbed 43:37 advantage. Cursaru nailed a three for 47:44 with 6 minutes to play, but after that Hungary pushed the tempo for good and won the opener of U18 European Championship Women in Division B. Baksa made it 58:48 for her team and Baluta was the last to score in the game for 58:50.
Krisztina Raksanyi top-scored for the winners with 11 points for their first victory. Balint nailed 10, while Nemeth and Melinda Kesoi (177-G/F-92) had 9 each. Cristina Bigica (180-F-92) responded with 16 points in the losing effort, whilst Cursaru and Sonia Ursu had 8 apiece.
England is the third team in Group A and will start their campaign against Romania tomorrow. Estonia that was also in the group will not play in the tournament this season.

Hungary U18: Krisztina Raksanyi 11, Balint 10, Nemeth 9, Melinda Kesoi 9
Romania U18: Cristina Bigica 16, Cursaru 8, Sonia Ursu 8



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  ISRAEL - Women  


Israeli U18 National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
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4 Yarden Gutt (183-C-91)
5 Avigiel Sara Cohen (177-F-92)

6 Nir Bahir
7 Shira Shecht (180-F-91)
8 Hadar Gutin (180-G-91)

9 Dorin Gabay (166-G-91)
10 Shira Ben Barak (171-G-91)
11 Inbal Yaari (168-G-90) of Bnot Raanana Hasharon
12 Mayan Levy
13 Eloisa Katz (181-F-91) of Bnot Raanana Hasharon
14 Alissa Weitz (184-F-92) of A.S. Ramat Hasharon Electra
15 Yael Shafir (162-G-92)
Head Coach: Edni Dagan


The home side beat Denmark U18 - by Eurobasket News
Israel U18-Denmark U18 66:55 (17-19, 26-15, 12-19, 11-2)

Israel U18, being the home team of U18 European Championship Women in Division B that just started won their first game. The winners hold off the Dannish representatives 66:55 for 1-0 record.
Anne Pedersen (186-F-92) opened the game for the guests that came to Israel with a good winning mood. Tobiasen scored for 13:11 and Nikoline Ostergaard (179-F-92) closed the period at 19:17. Israel had difficulties to go on a lead and tied the game at 26:26 when Hadar Gutin (180-G-91) made a free throw. Only after that the hosts created an 11-0 run to take 40:28 advantage. Nikoline Ostergaard was glad to send the teams to the lockers for 43:34.
Denmark started again better and after 4-0 run pulled the score back to 43:38. Even thought Israel reached 10 points deficit, Anne Pedersen scored for 53:49 with 3 minutes in the third period. It was her again to make it 55:53 after three quarters played. The last period differed from the first three as both teams played a defensive game. Israel held the guests to only 2 points, while they nailed 11 for 10 minutes. Hadar Gutin brought the initial victory from the free throw line as Israel had 66:55 win.
Avigiel Sara Cohen (177-F-92) was unstoppable with 28 points and 13 rebounds. Hadar Gutin posted 10, while Shira Shecht (180-F-91) added 8 points. Anne Pedersen collected 19 points and 10 rebounds for the guests, Alberte Dokkedal (186-F-91) scored 9 and Nikoline Ostergaard notched 8.

Israel U18: Avigiel Sara Cohen 28+13 rebs, Hadar Gutin 10, Shira Shecht 8
Denmark U18: Anne Pedersen 19+10 rebs, Alberte Dokkedal 9, Nikoline Ostergaard 8


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  ITALY - Women  


Mediterranean Games. Pescara 2009. Finals - by Eurobasket News
FINAL
Serbia-Italy 54:70

Italy triumphed in Mediterranean Games and became the winner of the tournament in Pescara. Italy overcame Serbia 70:54 to take the Gold medals of the Mediterranean Games.
This year the tournament became extremely interesting as even the winner suffered a loss from the opponent. Croatia won Group A of Mediterranean Games Preliminary Round as they rolled over the hosts of the tournament in Day 3 89:71. The latter lost to Serbia in the Semifinals, while Italian side proved their superiority in the last game.
The hosts of the tournament started with 19:16 and were glad to have such a support from the fans. Italy grabbed 16 points lead at the halftime as they produced 23-10 in the second period. The rest of the game was equal from both teams as they tied third and last quarters. At first Italy and Serbia produced 12-12 in the third and then they ended up at 16-16. Italy enjoyed the rest of the game as they kept the advantage. A 70:54 total victory brought the home side enormous success in Pescara.

Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80) top-scored for the winners with 21 points. Simona Ballardini (181-F-81) finished the night with 20 and Jenifer Nadalin (187-F/C-83, college: Furman) posted 10. Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89) notched 14 points for the Silver team and Milica Paligoric (191-C-90) had 10.

Serbia:
Sonja Petrovic 14, Milica Paligoric 10
Italy:
Raffaella Masciadri 21, Simona Ballardini 20, Jenifer Nadalin 10


Game for the third place
Croatia-Greece 77:62
Croatia is third in Mediterranean Games after the win in the game for Bronze Medals. Greece tried to take their position but lost the last game in the tournament.
Both teams lost their Semifinal games but tried to finish on a good note. Croatia went on a 22:15 lead after the opening quarter and added another points deficit later in the half. With 17-9 in the second frame the winners reached 39:24. They also expected an easy finish of the game, but Greece woke up in the second half. The game became interesting as Greece equaled the situation in the court. They could not however reduce the gap, trailing 42:60 after three quarters. Croatia lost the last period 17-20 but got Bronze Medals of Pescara Tournament.
BRALIC Stipe 'team showed 46% from the filed and Greek side had 37%. Croatia was also better from the free throw line as they had 88% over 66%. KLIGOPOULOU Sofia's team however showed a better percentage from the arc, 36 versus 26.

Jelena Ivezic (184-G-84) and Iva Sliskovic (196-F-84, college: S.Carolina) top-scored for the winners with 15 points apiece. Marta Cakic (175-G-82) ended up with 12 points for the winners. Pelagia Papamichail (189-F/C-86) delivered 21 points for Greece, Maria Roza Boni (180-G-86) had 13 and LYMOURA posted 11.

Croatia:
Jelena Ivezic 15, Iva Sliskovic 15, Marta Cakic 12
Greece:
Pelagia Papamichail 21, Maria Roza Boni 13, LYMOURA 11


Game for the 5th place
Albania-Turkey 60:89
Turkey finished 5th in Pescara as they rolled over Albania 89:60. Turkey looked much better in all the components and rightfully deserved the fifth position.
In order to play between each other both teams had to beat Malta to leave it at the last spot. Turkey ensured the victory over Malta at the Mediterranean Games in Pescara 63:43 as the latter suffered the second straight defeat in the round and finished the tournament in the seventh spot. Albania grabbed the win over Malta at the Mediterranean Games in Pescara 73:69. Albania built a crucial lead in the first three quarters and managed to survive a fierce comeback effort from Malta in the final frame to ensure the first win at the tournament.
Turkey was the favorite of the game and proved their superiority with 21:14 after the opening quarter. Turkey added another 26-13 in the second period to take 47:27 at the halftime. In order not to slow down Turkey produced 25-19 and then had 17-14 in the last period.


Turkey showed 44% from the filed and Albania had 38%. Turkey was also better in the percentage from the arc as they 29 over 27.
Nazli Guler (182-F-82, agency: 1x1 Sports) nailed 25 points to lead all the winners. Dila Askin (170-G-87) posted 16, while Yasemin Dalgalar (183-F-88) Begum netted 15. Migena Plasa (185-C-76) produced 20 points in the losing effort and Cani Aida scored 11.

Albania:
Migena Plasa 20, Cani Aida 11
Turkey:
Nazli Guler 25, Dila Askin 16, Yasemin Dalgalar Begum 15


Italy triumphed in Mediterranean Games - by Eurobasket News
Serbia-Italy 54:70

Italy triumphed in Mediterranean Games and became the winner of the tournament in Pescara. Italy overcame Serbia 70:54 to take the Gold medals of the Mediterranean Games.
This year the tournament became extremely interesting as even the winner suffered a loss from the opponent. Croatia won Group A of Mediterranean Games Preliminary Round as they rolled over the hosts of the tournament in Day 3 89:71. The latter lost to Serbia in the Semifinals, while Italian side proved their superiority in the last game.
The hosts of the tournament started with 19:16 and were glad to have such a support from the fans. Italy grabbed 16 points lead at the halftime as they produced 23-10 in the second period. The rest of the game was equal from both teams as they tied third and last quarters. At first Italy and Serbia produced 12-12 in the third and then they ended up at 16-16. Italy enjoyed the rest of the game as they kept the advantage. A 70:54 total victory brought the home side enormous success in Pescara.
Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80) top-scored for the winners with 21 points. Simona Ballardini (181-F-81) finished the night with 20 and Jenifer Nadalin (187-F/C-83, college: Furman) posted 10. Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89) notched 14 points for the Silver team and Milica Paligoric (191-C-90) had 10.

Serbia: Sonja Petrovic 14, Milica Paligoric 10
Italy: Raffaella Masciadri 21, Simona Ballardini 20, Jenifer Nadalin 10


Italian U18 National Team 2009 - by Richard
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4 Oriana Milazzo (170-G-91) of Acer ERG Priolo
5 Debora Carangelo (166-G-92) of Tecno Allarmi Cervia
6 Elena Bestagno (180-G-91) of Lavezzini Parma
7 Alice Quarta (175-G-91) of Fortitudo Pomezia
8 Laura Spreafico (178-G-91) of Pool Comense
9 Irene Pieropan (183-G/F-91) of Lavezzini Parma
10 Giulia Brotto (180-F-91) of Umana Reyer Venezia
11 Alessandra Tava (184-F-91) of Castelnuovo Scrivia
12 Federica Tognalini (183-F-91) of Umana Reyer Venezia

13 Alessandra Pastorino (180-G-91)
14 Lucia Di Costanzo (180-C-92) of Kocca Napoli
15 Giulia Rulli (178-G-91)
Head Coach: Mirco Diamanti
Assistant Coach: Stella Campobasso


Italy U18 outscored Belarus U18 in the first game of Group D - by Eurobasket News
Belarus U18-Italy U18 46:51 (13-11, 11-13, 12-21, 10-6)

Italy U18 outscored Belarus U18 in the first game of Group D of U18 European Championship Women in Division A that started today in Sweden. Italy needed 21-12 in the third period to hold the lead in the end of the game.
Belarus started with 6 consecutive points and Italy could respond only for 6:4. As the teams tried to get used to each other Belarus grabbed 13:11 after the first 10 minutes of the game. Moreover Zhuk gave her team 14:11 and Karalina Padshyvalava (162-G-89) scored for 18:17. It was again Belarus to dominate in the majority of the quarter but Laura Spreafico (178-G-91) tied the game sending the teams to the lockers.
The third period belonged to the Italian squad that took 30:29 lead when Bestagno hit a three. Pieropan kept the winners in front for 45:36 at the end of the thirty minutes. Italy enjoyed 10-point lead until 4 minutes to play with 50:40 on the board. Belarus managed to post six in a row, however Federica Tognalini (183-F-91) brought Italian side the first victory from the free throw line.
Federica Tognalini paced all the winners with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Laura Spreafico netted 10 and Oriana Milazzo (170-G-91) posted 7. Karalina Padshyvalava and Maryia Filonchyk (189-C-92) delievered 11 points in the losing effort. Their team will hope for the win in the next games of the group.

Belarus U18: Karalina Padshyvalava 11, Maryia Filonchyk 11
Italy U18: Federica Tognalini 14+13 rebs, Laura Spreafico 10, Oriana Milazzo 7


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  JAPAN - Women  


Japan beat Canada for the first win in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News
Japan - Canada 90:78
Japan celebrated the initial win at the World University Games in Serbia. They held off Canada in the second round of action in preliminary Group B. Japan improved at 1-1 record, while sending Canada at 0-2 at the bottom of the ladder. Naoko Hattori (-88) tallied 23 points and 12 boards to lead Japan. Miki Fujii topscored with 24 points in the victory. Kalisha Keane (185-F-89) replied with 20 points and 12 boards in defeat.
Japan dominated in the first half. They came up with their trademark long-range artillery to systematically upset Canada. The Asian outfit built a 19:14 lead into the second period. Japan maintained the tempo and accounted for 25 points in the second stanza to lead by as many as 10 points at halftime. The teams eagerly exchanged the baskets in the third frame as Japan managed to run away to a 14-point distance. As the options were running dry Canada became more aggressive and finally started things rolling. They outscored Japan but could not overcome the deficit and lost the battle at the end.
Akino Nakagawa (180-G-87) scored 12 points for the winners. Kelsey Hodgson (178-G) chipped in 17 points for Canada.

Japan: Miki Fujii 24, Naoko Hattori 23+12 boards, Akino Nakagawa 12
Canada: Kalisha Keane 20+12 boards, Kelsey Hodgson 17



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  LATVIA - Women  


Niedola too much for Turkey U18 - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U18-Turkey U18 88:50 (26-9, 26-9, 12-22, 24-10)

Sabine Niedola (184-F-91) was too much for the opponents as Latvia rolled over Turkey in the 2009 European U18 championship that just started in Sodertalje, Sweden. Turkey U18 tried hard, but did not find a match in the opener.
The best three teams out of four preliminary groups will advance into the Qualifying Round before figuring out 8 squads to play in the quarterfinals. Latvia proved that their place is booked there and Turkey will improve their position in the next two games.
The Baltic side started with 5-0 run as Kristine Vitola (197-C-91) made the second free throw. Cakmakci reduced later for 15:7 and Latvia created a 10-0 run for 25:7 when Linda Pagrode (172-G-92) brought her team the points from the line. Sabine Niedola was the last to score in the period for 26:9. The second quarter had the same picture as the first one: both in the field and on the board. Latvia added another 26:9 to take 52:18 at the halftime. The game was done for the winners at that time and they just allowed Turkey to reduce the gap a bit. Guler scored seven points in a row for her team to cut it to 64:40. Sabine Niedola made a jump shot in the beginning of the last period, 66:40 and then Kristine Vitola scored for 72:42. Brance with the buzzer brought the first victory for the Baltic state from the line.
Sabine Niedola was unstoppbale for the winners with 26 points and 7 rebounds. Kristine Vitola nailed 22 and Linda Pagrode posted 10. Guler finished the game with 12 points for Turkey and Ozge Turmus (188-C-92) added 11.

Latvia U18: Sabine Niedola 26+7 rebs, Kristine Vitola 22, Linda Pagrode 10
Turkey U18: Guler 12, Ozge Turmus 11



Lativian U18 National Team 2009 - by Richard
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4 Linda Rubene (186-F-91) of SK Riga
5 Sabine Niedola (184-F-91) of Liepajas metalurgs
6 Anete Kirsteine (178-F-92) of SK Riga
7 Linda Pagrode (172-G-92) of TTT Riga
8 Kristine Brance (171-F-91) of SK Riga
9 Anete Cunda (173-G-91) of SK Riga
10 Anna Sonka (179-F-91) of TTT Riga - Juniores
11 Kristine Vitola (197-C-91) of SK Riga

12 Linda Sarja (180-G-91) of TTT Riga - Juniores
13 Zenta Melnika (197-C-91) of Asteras Exarheion Athens (GRE)
14 Ance Celmina (188-F/C-91) of SK Riga
15 Ilze Gotfrida (182-F/C-91) of SK Riga
Head Coach: Daiga Jansone
Assistant Coach: Ziedonis Jansons


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Lithuanian U18 National Team 2009 - by Richard
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Viktorija Dimaite (194-C-92) of Egle Panevezys
Kriste Druskyte (180-F-92) of Aistes-Atletas Kaunas
Indre Grigaite (180-F-91) of Lintel 118 Lithuanian Junior Team
Monika Grigalauskyte (188-F-92)
Vitalija Kaminskyte (178-F-92)
Gintare Mazionyte (185-C-91) of Lemminkainen Klaipeda
Santa Okockyte (175-G-92) of Aistes-Atletas Kaunas
Egle Siksniute (196-F/C-91) of Lemminkainen Klaipeda
Greta Sniokaite (173-G-91) of Arvi Marijampole
Inesa Visgaudaite (171-G-91) of Lemminkainen Klaipeda
Egle Vitkute (185-F-91) of Arvi Marijampole
Diana Zintikaite (163-G-91) of TEO Vilnius
Head Coach: Ricardas Maceina
Assistant Coach: Edita Lapiene


The defending champions start in a style - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic U18-Lithuania U18 44:71 (18-24, 11-20, 10-13, 5-14)

Lithuania U18 registered the first victory on their new campaign for the top places in 2009 European U18 championship. In 2008 games Lithuania U18 became the winner of the tournament, while Czech Republic U18. This game was one of two last to be played in Day 1 and was expected more than any other game. The Baltic side proved the ambitions for this year and smashed the oppoenent 71:44 in the opener.
Sodertalje will be the place of attention for all the hoops fans from July 2 through 12. The Swedish city opened the 2009 European U18 championship. Lithuania will try to post the second straight win at the competition. The system will be as follows: the best three teams out of four preliminary groups will advance into the Qualifying Round before figuring out 8 squads to play in the quarterfinals.
Czech Republic U18 scored first three points in the game, but Greta Sniokaite (173-G-91) quickly responded for 10:5. Tereza Sedlackova (183-F-92) was the last to score in the opening quarter for her team as the board showed 24:18. Another 20-11 in the second period brought the Baltic State 44:29 advantage at the halftime. Druskyte opened the second half for Lithuania that never looked behind until the rest of the game. With 13-10 the favorites improved to 57:39 after three quarters. In a defensive style the Baltic team produced 14-5 to clinch the first victory in 2009 European U18 championship.
Gintare Mazionyte (185-C-91) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and 8 rebounds. Diana Zintikaite (163-G-91) notched 12 and Greta Sniokaite had 10. Knoflckova finished the night with 9 points in defeat and Tereza Sedlackova produced 7.

Czech Republic U18: Knoflckova 9, Tereza Sedlackova 7
Lithuania U18: Gintare Mazionyte 14+8 rebs, Diana Zintikaite 12, Greta Sniokaite 10


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  NCAA1 - Women  


Rutgers to face Florida in Jimmy V Classic - by Eurobasket News
Rutgers will play in the eighth annual Jimmy V Women's Classic when the Scarlet Knights host Florida on Dec. 7.

This marks the fourth straight season the Scarlet Knights will take part in the game.

They beat Georgia 45-34 last season.

Florida is coming off one of the best seasons in team history when the Gators matched a school record with 24 victories.

They lost in the second round of the NCAA tournament to eventual champion Connecticut.

The games are part of the fundraising effort for the V Foundation for Cancer Research, which is named for the late Jim Valvano. He led North Carolina State to the national championship in 1983.



Courtesy of www.seattletimes.com


Jantel Lavender paces USA to second victory in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News
USA - Great Britain 93:59

The USA earned the second consecutive win at the start of the World University Games. Jantel Lavender (6'4''-C-88) notched 17 points, 7 boards and 5 assists to lift the USA selection past Great Britain.
The British team came up with a loud surprise in the first round upsetting hosting Serbia. But they could not match the physical style of play imposed by the North American outfit. The USA outrebounded their opponents 55:30 and forced Great Britain into massive 28 turnovers.
The US team opened the game aggressively ensuring a 20-point lead after ten minutes of action. The onslaught continued in the second frame as the USA cleared off to a 27-point margin at halftime. They seemed to be cruising to the win in the latter stages but Great Britain almost repeated the scenario of their first encounter. They challenged the sloppy USA players in the third stanza and forced them to work hard to escape with the win. Jantel Lavender and Danielle McCray (5'11''-G/F-87, college: Marist) needed some timely baskets to silence their opponents. The USA entered the final frame ahead by 33 points and never looked back en route to the win. Danielle McCray dropped 15 points for the USA. Ta'Shia Phillips (6'6''-C-89) delivered 11 points and 8 rebounds in the winning effort. Johannah Leedham (5'11''-G/F-87) replied with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for Great Britain. Chantelle Handy (6'3''-G-87) had 10 points in defeat.

USA: Jantel Lavender 17, Danielle McCray 15, Ta'Shia Phillips 11
Great Britain: Johannah Leedham 17, Chantelle Handy 10



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  NORWAY - Women  


Bosnia and Herzegovina rolled over Norway in the opener of Group D - by Eurobasket News
Bosnia and Herzegovina-Norway 68:45 ( 16-8, 20-10, 13-11, 19-16 )

Bosnia and Herzegovina rolled over Norway in the opener of Group D of U18 European Championship Women in Division B that just started in Eilat, Israel. The winners hold off the opponent 68:45 for 1-0 record.
The best three teams out of four preliminary groups will advance into the Qualifying Round before figuring out 8 squads to play in the quarterfinals. Bosnia and Herzegovina made a step closer to it winning the first game. Matea Tavic (177-G-92) brought her team 4:2 lead and then it was her again for 14:4 lead. Maren Hoff Austgulen (182-G-92) made three for Norway to close the opening quarter at 16:8. Edda Ulset (175-F-91) reduced to 16:10, but then Bosnia and Herzegovina created a 6-0 run for 22:10. Bosnia and Herzegovina nailed 20 points in the second quarter to take 36:18 deficit at the halftime.
The things got even worse for Norway when Matea Tavic made it 39:20. Maren Hoff Austgulen however closed her team 9-0 run for 39:29. Irma Rahmanovic (179-F-91) and Bosnia and Herzegovina responded with 10-0 run to take 49:29. In the rest of the game the teams tried hard and after 19-16 in the last frame the board showed 68:45 Bosnia and Herzegovina's win.
Matea Tavic paced all the winners with 17 points, while Marina Dzinic (189-C-92) collected 12 points and 10 rebounds. Irma Rahmanovic and Tamara Kapor (178-G-91) followed them with 8 points apiece. Maren Hoff Austgulen chipped in 14 points for Norway and Edda Ulset scored 6.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Matea Tavic 17, Marina Dzinic 12+10 rebs, Irma Rahmanovic 8, Tamara Kapor 8
Norway: Maren Hoff Austgulen 14, Edda Ulset 6


Norwegian U18 National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
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4 Hege Blikra (171-G-91) of Ullern IF
5 Emilie Gronas (168-G-92) of Ulriken
6 Kaja Krogh (178-G/F-91)
7 Sigrid Skorpen (174-G-91) of Asker/Baerums Verk
8 Ingvild Skorpen (169-G-92) of Asker/Baerums Verk
9 Edda Ulset (175-F-91) of Asker/Baerums Verk
10 Karoline Fadnes (169-G-92) of Gimle BBK
11 Cecilia Gnaly (181-F-92)
12 Stine Austgulen (177-G-94)
13 Jorunn Matthiessen of Ullern IF
14 Maren Hoff Austgulen (182-G-92) of Hop BBK

15 Ingrid Selvik (175-F-92) of Hop BBK
Head Coach: Bard Stoller


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  POLAND - Women  


Polish U18 National Team 2009 - by Richard
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4 Paulina Kuras (170-G-92)
5 Ramona Cossengue (170-G-92) of MUKS Poznan
6 Magdalena Zietara (176-G-92) of MUKS Poznan

7 Roze Ratajczak (183-G-91)
8 Agnieszka Sniezek (176-G-91) of Arcus SMS PZKosz Lomianki
9 Agata Dobrowolska (187-F/C-92)
10 Monika Banasik (183-G-92) of MUKS Poznan
11 Aldona Morawiec (183-G/F-92)
12 Malgorzata Misiuk (184-F-91) of Arcus SMS PZKosz Lomianki
13 Kinga Bandyk (186-F/C-92)

14 Angelika Kowalska (178-G-92) of MUKS Poznan
15 Marta Oledzka (198-C-91) of Arcus SMS PZKosz Lomianki
Head Coach: Remigiusz Koc
Assistant Coach: Rafal Czyszpak


Serbia and Poland opened Group A of U18 European Championship - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U18-Poland U18 75:64 (18-22, 26-13, 13-23, 18-6)

Serbia U18 and Poland U18 opened Group A of U18 European Championship Women in Division A that started today in Sweden. In the game that remained carousel, Serbia looked better in the end of it to take 75:64 victory.
Poland posted the first four points of the game and then Magdalena Zietara (176-G-92) made it 9:5. Kowalska kept Polish side in front at the end of the first period for 22:18. Serbia responded with 6-0 run to open the second quarter. Jelena Prvulovic (177-G-91) later made it 31:26 and it was her for the first 10-point lead at 36:26. Malgorzata Misiuk (184-F-91) reduced the gap at the end of the first half for 44:35 when the teams disappeared in the lockers. Malgorzata Misiuk again hit two for 46:40 and Magdalena Zietara brought her team 54:57. At that time Poland looked much better and after 23-13 in the frame had 58:57 lead to finish 30 minutes of the game. Tina Jovanovic (191-F/C-91) hit for 59:58 and right after that Serbia kept the score for good. Maja Vucurovic (188-F-91) posted two for 68:62 and Markovic made a free throw for 71:62. Markovic set up the final, 75:64 score at the board as Serbia U18 opened Group A of U18 European Championship Women in Division A with a 75:64 victory.
Tina Jovanovic was unstoppable with 21 points and 18 rebounds. Jelena Prvulovic nailed 21 and Maja Vucurovic collected 14 points and 11 rebounds. Magdalena Zietara produced 12 points in defeat, while Cossengue Casimiro and Malgorzata Misiuk notched 10 apiece.

Serbia U18: Tina Jovanovic 21+18 rebs, Jelena Prvulovic 21, Maja Vucurovic 14+11 rebs
Poland U18: Magdalena Zietara 12, Cossengue Casimiro 10, Malgorzata Misiuk 10



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  PORTUGAL - Women  


Gortnar leads Slovenia U18 over Portugal U18 - by Eurobasket News
Slovenia U18-Portugal U18 70:66 (22-12, 17-22, 11-17, 20-15)

Slovenia and Portugal showed a real thriller in their opener of Group B of U18 European Championship Women in Division B that just started in Eilat, Israel. The winners hold off the opponent 70:66 for 1-0 record.
The best three teams out of four preliminary groups will advance into the Qualifying Round before figuring out 8 squads to play in the quarterfinals. Both squads proved that they can be real representatives for those spots. Slovenia opened the game with 4:0 and Zalar made it 13:6 later in the first quarter. Bernardeco buried a three in the end of the frame for 22:12 after 10 minutes. Faustino nailed three for 27:21, while her jump shot with 2.40 in the half gave 32:31. Tjasa Gortnar (182-F-92) closed the second period for 39:34 as Portugal U18 won the frame 22-17.
Lea Jagodic (179-F-91)'s lay-up brought Slovenia U18 45:35 advantage but then the things got worse for the team. Portugal reduced the gap and Michelle Brandao (171-G-91)'s three even gave them 51:50 lead. Slovenia responded with some important baskets in the fourth period and managed to take the lead until the end. Although Tiago Michelle Brandao nailed for 69:66, Tjasa Gortnar set up the final 70:66 score.
Tjasa Gortnar top-scored for the winners with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Nika Baric (168-G-92) produced 18, while Duric and Lea Jagodic added 9 each. Tiago Michelle Brandao netted 16 in defeat and Maria Correia (172-G/F-91) scored 14.

Slovenia U18: Tjasa Gortnar 22+11 rebs, Nika Baric 18, Duric 9, Lea Jagodic 9
Portugal U18: Michelle Brandao 16, Maria Correia 14


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  ROMANIA - Women  


Hungary and Romania opened U18 European Championship Women in Division B - by Eurobasket News
Hungary U18-Romania U18 58:50 (21-17, 12-11, 10-9, 15-13)

Hungary U18 and Romania U18 opened U18 European Championship Women in Division B that just started in Eilat, Israel. Both teams tried hard to win the opener, but due to the win in every quarter Hungary U18 prevail Romania U18 58:50.
Tamis opened the game from the arc and then Krisztina Raksanyi (180-G-91) made it 5:0 for the winners. Ionescu gave Romania the first lead at 17:16 but then another 5-0 run brought Hungary 21:17 after the first 10 minutes. The latter led in the whole second period and finished it with 33:28 when the teams went to the lockers. Florea reduced with her team for 34:32 and Sonia Ursu (177-F-93) also kept her team within two points for 39:37. Baksa closed the third period when Hungary grabbed 43:37 advantage. Cursaru nailed a three for 47:44 with 6 minutes to play, but after that Hungary pushed the tempo for good and won the opener of U18 European Championship Women in Division B. Baksa made it 58:48 for her team and Baluta was the last to score in the game for 58:50.
Krisztina Raksanyi top-scored for the winners with 11 points for their first victory. Balint nailed 10, while Nemeth and Melinda Kesoi (177-G/F-92) had 9 each. Cristina Bigica (180-F-92) responded with 16 points in the losing effort, whilst Cursaru and Sonia Ursu had 8 apiece.
England is the third team in Group A and will start their campaign against Romania tomorrow. Estonia that was also in the group will not play in the tournament this season.

Hungary U18: Krisztina Raksanyi 11, Balint 10, Nemeth 9, Melinda Kesoi 9
Romania U18: Cristina Bigica 16, Cursaru 8, Sonia Ursu 8



Romanian U18 National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
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4 Gabriela Cursaru (161-G-92) of CS Olimpia Bucuresti
5 Alexandra Ionescu (172-F-92) of Sportul Studentesc Omnilogic Bucuresti
6 Sonia Ursu (177-F-93)
7 Iulia Olaru (181-C-92) of Sportul Studentesc Omnilogic Bucuresti

8 Corina Stinga (178-F-91)
9 Cristina Bigica (180-F-92) of CS Olimpia Bucuresti
10 Adina Stoiedin (187-C-91) of CSM U Oradea
11 Andreea Stefan (180-F-91)
12 Mihaela Chelariu (188-C-92) of CS Olimpia Bucuresti
13 Alexandra Florea (185-F-92) of CS Olimpia Bucuresti
14 Arina Craciun (191-C-93)
15 Oana Baluta (184-C-93) of Sportul Studentesc Omnilogic Bucuresti
Head Coach: Mandalhe Gaforce



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  RUSSIA - Women  


Russia U18 and Slovak Republic U18 opened Division A - by Eurobasket News
Russia U18-Slovak Republic U18 82:57 (22-13, 15-17, 19-10, 26-17)

Russia U18 and Slovak Republic U18 opened the 2009 European U18 championship that just started in Sodertalje, Sweden. Russia proved immediately the ambitions for the top places winning the opener 82:57.
Slovak Republic went on an early lead to take 5:0 from the start. Viktoria Medvedeva (185-C-91) tied the game at 5:5 and then Palenkova made a lay-up for 9:9. Russia used some offensive skills for the lead in the first frame and Evgeniya Finogentova (174-G-91) closed the first period at 22:13. Another 4-0 run in the beginning of the second period gave the winners 26:13. Anastasiya Maksimova (180-F-92) brought her team 37:20, but then Slovak Republic won the rest of the quarter. A 10-0 run gave them 37:30 at the halftime. Moreover Gabriela Nagyova (174-G-92) cut it to 37:32 in the beginning of the third period. Russia needed 19-10 in the frame to take 56:40 at the end of the third period. Stolyar made it 62:42 with 7 minutes to play in the game when it became clear that Russia would win the opener. Gabriela Nagyova was the last to score in the game as her team did not find a match for the winners, 57:82.
Poluyanova top-scored for the winners with 16 points, while Evgeniya Finogentova nailed 15. Viktoria Medvedeva and Anastasiya Maksimova followed them with 11 apiece. Marta Palenikova (184-F-92) and Gabriela Nagyova notched 13 points in the losing case.

Russia U18: Polyanova 16, Evgeniya Finogentova 15, Viktoria Medvedeva 11, Anastasiya Maksimova 11
Slovak Republic U18: Marta Palenikova 13, Gabriela Nagyova 13



Russian U18 National Team 2009 - by Richard
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4 Ekaterina Kubynina (165-G-92)
5 Evgeniya Finogentova (174-G-91)
6 Anastasia Minaeva (174-G-92)
7 Kristina Shipunova (188-F-91)
8 Anastasia Pasynkova (168-G-92)
9 Alexandra Stolyar (178-G-92)
10 Anastasiya Maksimova (180-F-92)
11 Olga Sokolovskaya (173-G-91)
12 Yulia Stepanova (188-C-92) of Spartak St.Petersburg
13 Svetlana Efimova (187-F-92)
14 Viktoria Medvedeva (185-C-91) of Spartak-2 St.Petersburg
15 Yulia Poluyanova (186-F-92)
Head Coach: Elena Khudasova
Assistant Coach: Elena Shvaybovich


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  SERBIA - Women  


Italy triumphed in Mediterranean Games - by Eurobasket News
Serbia-Italy 54:70

Italy triumphed in Mediterranean Games and became the winner of the tournament in Pescara. Italy overcame Serbia 70:54 to take the Gold medals of the Mediterranean Games.
This year the tournament became extremely interesting as even the winner suffered a loss from the opponent. Croatia won Group A of Mediterranean Games Preliminary Round as they rolled over the hosts of the tournament in Day 3 89:71. The latter lost to Serbia in the Semifinals, while Italian side proved their superiority in the last game.
The hosts of the tournament started with 19:16 and were glad to have such a support from the fans. Italy grabbed 16 points lead at the halftime as they produced 23-10 in the second period. The rest of the game was equal from both teams as they tied third and last quarters. At first Italy and Serbia produced 12-12 in the third and then they ended up at 16-16. Italy enjoyed the rest of the game as they kept the advantage. A 70:54 total victory brought the home side enormous success in Pescara.
Raffaella Masciadri (185-F-80) top-scored for the winners with 21 points. Simona Ballardini (181-F-81) finished the night with 20 and Jenifer Nadalin (187-F/C-83, college: Furman) posted 10. Sonja Petrovic (189-F-89) notched 14 points for the Silver team and Milica Paligoric (191-C-90) had 10.

Serbia: Sonja Petrovic 14, Milica Paligoric 10
Italy: Raffaella Masciadri 21, Simona Ballardini 20, Jenifer Nadalin 10


Serbian U18 National Team 2009 - by Richard
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4 Snezana Colic (175-G-92) of Radivoj Korac Beograd
5 Marina Markovic (181-G/F-91) of ZKK Kovin

6 Bojana Bogdanovic (170-G-91) of ZKK Kovin
7 Sandra Boskovic (171-F-91) of Vojvodina Nis Novi Sad
8 Kaja Stankovic (173-G-92) of Radivoj Korac Beograd
9 Jelena Prvulovic (177-G-91) of Proleter Zrenjanin
10 Milena Bubnjevic (188-F/C-91) of Proleter Zrenjanin
11 Zorana Nikolic (189-G-92) of Hemofarm Stada Vrsac
12 Maja Vucurovic (188-F-91) of Radivoj Korac Beograd
13 Sara Krnjic (193-C-91) of MiZo Pecs 2010 (HUN)
14 Tina Jovanovic (191-F/C-91) of KK Loznica
15 Aleksandra Dobranic (192-F/C-91) of Radivoj Korac Beograd
Head Coach: Zoran Kovacic
Assistant Coach: Milkan Mrdja


Serbia and Poland opened Group A of U18 European Championship - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U18-Poland U18 75:64 (18-22, 26-13, 13-23, 18-6)

Serbia U18 and Poland U18 opened Group A of U18 European Championship Women in Division A that started today in Sweden. In the game that remained carousel, Serbia looked better in the end of it to take 75:64 victory.
Poland posted the first four points of the game and then Magdalena Zietara (176-G-92) made it 9:5. Kowalska kept Polish side in front at the end of the first period for 22:18. Serbia responded with 6-0 run to open the second quarter. Jelena Prvulovic (177-G-91) later made it 31:26 and it was her for the first 10-point lead at 36:26. Malgorzata Misiuk (184-F-91) reduced the gap at the end of the first half for 44:35 when the teams disappeared in the lockers. Malgorzata Misiuk again hit two for 46:40 and Magdalena Zietara brought her team 54:57. At that time Poland looked much better and after 23-13 in the frame had 58:57 lead to finish 30 minutes of the game. Tina Jovanovic (191-F/C-91) hit for 59:58 and right after that Serbia kept the score for good. Maja Vucurovic (188-F-91) posted two for 68:62 and Markovic made a free throw for 71:62. Markovic set up the final, 75:64 score at the board as Serbia U18 opened Group A of U18 European Championship Women in Division A with a 75:64 victory.
Tina Jovanovic was unstoppable with 21 points and 18 rebounds. Jelena Prvulovic nailed 21 and Maja Vucurovic collected 14 points and 11 rebounds. Magdalena Zietara produced 12 points in defeat, while Cossengue Casimiro and Malgorzata Misiuk notched 10 apiece.

Serbia U18: Tina Jovanovic 21+18 rebs, Jelena Prvulovic 21, Maja Vucurovic 14+11 rebs
Poland U18: Magdalena Zietara 12, Cossengue Casimiro 10, Malgorzata Misiuk 10



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Australia outgun Slovakia - by Eurobasket News
Australia - Slovakia 73:63

Australia grabbed the second straight win at the World University Games. They held off Slovakia in Pool B today. Elyse Penaluna (193-C-88) was unstoppable with 22 points, 18 boards, 2 steals, 2 blocks and 2 assists for the Aussies. Australia topped the group, while Slovakia slipped at 1-1 record in the second position.
Australia notched 21 points in the opening frame worth a 5-point lead at the first break. The gap grew at 9 points at halftime as Australia maintained the pressure. They were much better on the glass and held Slovakia to under 40% accuracy from the field. Australia did not slow down after the main break. They tightened defense and Slovakia managed only 14 points in the quarter as the Aussies opened up a 14-point advantage. Slovakia won the final stanza but could not deny the deficit and had to surrender. Chantella Perera (175-G-86, college: Fresno St.) dropped 13 points, while Marianna Tolo (196-C-89) had 11 points and 9 boards in the victory. Romana Vynuchalova (193-F/C-86, college: Penn St.) answered with 20 points for Slovakia. Zuzana Fabianova (185-C-89) finished with 9 points in defeat.
Australia will face Canada, while Slovakia play against Japan tomorrow.

Australia: Elyse Penaluna 22+18 boards, Chantella Perera 13, Marianna Tolo 11
Slovakia: Romana Vynuchalova 20, Zuzana Fabianova 9



Russia U18 and Slovak Republic U18 opened Division A - by Eurobasket News
Russia U18-Slovak Republic U18 82:57 (22-13, 15-17, 19-10, 26-17)

Russia U18 and Slovak Republic U18 opened the 2009 European U18 championship that just started in Sodertalje, Sweden. Russia proved immediately the ambitions for the top places winning the opener 82:57.
Slovak Republic went on an early lead to take 5:0 from the start. Viktoria Medvedeva (185-C-91) tied the game at 5:5 and then Palenkova made a lay-up for 9:9. Russia used some offensive skills for the lead in the first frame and Evgeniya Finogentova (174-G-91) closed the first period at 22:13. Another 4-0 run in the beginning of the second period gave the winners 26:13. Anastasiya Maksimova (180-F-92) brought her team 37:20, but then Slovak Republic won the rest of the quarter. A 10-0 run gave them 37:30 at the halftime. Moreover Gabriela Nagyova (174-G-92) cut it to 37:32 in the beginning of the third period. Russia needed 19-10 in the frame to take 56:40 at the end of the third period. Stolyar made it 62:42 with 7 minutes to play in the game when it became clear that Russia would win the opener. Gabriela Nagyova was the last to score in the game as her team did not find a match for the winners, 57:82.
Poluyanova top-scored for the winners with 16 points, while Evgeniya Finogentova nailed 15. Viktoria Medvedeva and Anastasiya Maksimova followed them with 11 apiece. Marta Palenikova (184-F-92) and Gabriela Nagyova notched 13 points in the losing case.

Russia U18: Polyanova 16, Evgeniya Finogentova 15, Viktoria Medvedeva 11, Anastasiya Maksimova 11
Slovak Republic U18: Marta Palenikova 13, Gabriela Nagyova 13



Slovakian U18 National Team 2009 - by Richard
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4 Martina Matejcikova (179-F-92)
5 Zuzana Stevove (189-F/C-92)
6 Marta Palenikova (184-F-92)
7 Denisa Domiterova (178-G-92)

8 Lujza Burianova (171-G-92)
9 Martina Kissova (184-F-93)
10 Alexandra Baburova (183-G-91) of ZBK Whirpool Poprad
11 Gabriela Nagyova (174-G-92)
12 Adriana Firkalova (179-F-92) of CBK Cassovia Kosice
13 Lucia Stanekova (187-F-91)
14 Lucia Kulova (189-F-92)
15 Petra Vojtekova (190-C-91) of CBK Cassovia Kosice
Head Coach: Zeljko Vukicevic
Assistant Coach: Igor Skocovski


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  SLOVENIA - Women  


Gortnar leads Slovenia U18 over Portugal U18 - by Eurobasket News
Slovenia U18-Portugal U18 70:66 (22-12, 17-22, 11-17, 20-15)

Slovenia and Portugal showed a real thriller in their opener of Group B of U18 European Championship Women in Division B that just started in Eilat, Israel. The winners hold off the opponent 70:66 for 1-0 record.
The best three teams out of four preliminary groups will advance into the Qualifying Round before figuring out 8 squads to play in the quarterfinals. Both squads proved that they can be real representatives for those spots. Slovenia opened the game with 4:0 and Zalar made it 13:6 later in the first quarter. Bernardeco buried a three in the end of the frame for 22:12 after 10 minutes. Faustino nailed three for 27:21, while her jump shot with 2.40 in the half gave 32:31. Tjasa Gortnar (182-F-92) closed the second period for 39:34 as Portugal U18 won the frame 22-17.
Lea Jagodic (179-F-91)'s lay-up brought Slovenia U18 45:35 advantage but then the things got worse for the team. Portugal reduced the gap and Michelle Brandao (171-G-91)'s three even gave them 51:50 lead. Slovenia responded with some important baskets in the fourth period and managed to take the lead until the end. Although Tiago Michelle Brandao nailed for 69:66, Tjasa Gortnar set up the final 70:66 score.
Tjasa Gortnar top-scored for the winners with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Nika Baric (168-G-92) produced 18, while Duric and Lea Jagodic added 9 each. Tiago Michelle Brandao netted 16 in defeat and Maria Correia (172-G/F-91) scored 14.

Slovenia U18: Tjasa Gortnar 22+11 rebs, Nika Baric 18, Duric 9, Lea Jagodic 9
Portugal U18: Michelle Brandao 16, Maria Correia 14


Slovenian U18 National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
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4 Julija Lojen (172-G-91) of ZKK Merkur Celje
5 Bojana Duric (174-G-91) of Triglav Vadoli Kranj
6 Bojana Adamovic (172-G-92) of Triglav Vadoli Kranj
7 Tjasa Gortnar (182-F-92) of Triglav Vadoli Kranj
8 Petra Peric (163-G-85) of ZKK Medvescak Zagreb (CRO)
9 Nika Baric (168-G-92) of ZKK Merkur Celje
10 Tina Jakovina (180-G-92)
11 Polona Zalar (176-F-91) of ZKD Jezica Ljubljana
12 Lea Jagodic (179-F-91) of ZKK Merkur Celje

13 Eva Rupnik (173-G-92)
14 Sandra Japundza (169-G-91)
15 Neza Belak (176-F-92)
Head Coach: Damir Grgic


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  SPAIN - Women  


Carlos Colinas's team outscore Belgium U18 - by Eurobasket News
Spain U18-Belgium U18 77:49 (15-14, 21-19, 23-10, 18-6)

Spain U18 needed a massive win in the second half to prove the superiority over Belgium U18 77:49. Both teams opened their campaign in the 2009 European U18 championship that just started in Sodertalje, Sweden.
Gimeno opened the game for 2:0 and Marta Arbizu (185-C-91) kep Spain in front at 8:5. Noemie Mayombo (171-G-91, agency: LBM Management) brought her team back to 15:14 closing the first period with a jump-shot. Bourlioux tied the game at 18:18 and then Storme gave Belgium 22:21 lead. The latter played well in the second period but Gastaminza netted two for 36:33 halftime advantage.
Ortiz posted two for 45:35 as Spain domianted the second half. Ble scored six in a row for her team as Spain enjoyed 53:42 lead. It was her again for 59:43 when the teams left the court after thirty minutes. Casas notched for 64:43 in the start of the last stanza and it became clear that Spain would win the opener. An 18-6 in the final period gave them 77:49 win as Gastaminza set up the final score.
Marta Arbizu top-scored for the winners with 15 points as Spain took 1-0 to share the top with Latvia. Vivas netted 14 and Buch had 12. Miete Celus (175-G/F-91) ended up with 12 points for Belgium and Noemie Mayombo scored 11. The latter is 0-1 with Turkey in the group.

Spain U18: Marta Arbizu 15, Vivas 14, Buch 12
Belgium U18: Miete Celus 12, Noemie Mayombo 11



Belinda Snell heads to Ros Casares - by Eurobasket News
Ros Casares have signed Australia international Belinda Snell (181-F-81) for 2009/2010 season and hopes to get support from the player not only in the local arena, however in Euroleague as well.
Her last two season in Europe were very poductive and she helped her team rightfully. In 2007-2008 Australian player played for Cercle Jean Mace Bourges in France. In Euroleague she appeared in 16 games averaging 13.8ppg, 4.1rpg, 3.7apg, 1.3spg. In 2008-2009 Belinda Snell moved to Dynamo Moscow. In Russian League she had 22 games averaging 17.1ppg, 6.2rpg, 5.2apg, 2.0spg. In her last game for Dynamo she scored 13 points and made 6 rebounds. UMMC advanced to the Finals as they swept the Semifinal series over Dynamo Moscow in the capital of Russia. Gruda Sandrine led the winners with 16 points and 12 rebounds, while Nolan Deanna and Abrosimova Svetlana posted 12 each. Jekabsone-Zogota Anete produced 15 points for the hosts and Kuzina Marina collected 14 points and 13 boards.
Right now Australian player plays for San Antonio Silver Stars in WNBA.In the latest game the Washington Mystics celebrated 84:82 road win for 5-3 record in Eastern Conference. On the other side, the Silver Stars dropped to 3-4. Lindsey Harding and Alana Beard shined for the winning squad netting 19 points each. Matee Ajavon had 15 and Crystal Langhrone added 13. Sophia Young and Rebecca Hammon combined 39 points in loss, while Belinda Snell scored 14.



Spanish U18 National Team 2009 - by Richard
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4 Leonor Rodriguez (177-G-91) of Gran Canaria La Caja de Canarias
5 Marina Delgado (170-G-92) of Jovent Palma
6 Amaya Gastaminza (188-F-91) of Segle XXI
7 Mariona Ortiz (179-G-92)
8 Patricia Cabrera (171-G-91) of Gran Canaria La Caja de Canarias
9 Queralt Casas (177-F-92) of Segle XXI
10 Roso Buch (180-G-92)
11 Vega Gimeno (183-F-91) of Segle XXI
12 Marta Arbizu (185-C-91)
13 Elisabet Vivas (177-F-92)
14 Doukole Ble (189-C-91)
15 Laura Gil (182-C-92) of Isolux - Corsan Alcobendas
Head Coach: Carlos Colinas
Assistant Coach: Jose Luis Alberola


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  SWEDEN - Women  


Sodertalje enjoy the home win in Day 1 - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U18-Bulgaria U18 74:44 (19-11, 21-8, 19-10, 15-15)

Sodertalje will be the place of attention for all the hoops fans from July 2 through 12. The Swedish city opened the 2009 European U18 championship. Lithuania will try to post the second straight win at the competition, however the other teams including Sweden will try to steal the win from them.
The system will be as follows: the best three teams out of four preliminary groups will advance into the Qualifying Round before figuring out 8 squads to play in the quarterfinals. Sweden was too good for the opponent to take 74:44 in Day 1.
Tyutyundzhieva started with a jump shot for the guests and Todorova followed her for 7:4. Sweden needed some time and after 10:11 produced a 9-0 run for 19:11 after the first 10 minutes. For almost three minutes the teams could not score and only after that Farhiya Abdi (185-F/C-92) made it 21:11. A productive 21-8 in the period brought the hosts 40:19. Sweden opened the second half with 6 points in a row as Farhiya Abdi made it 46:19. Nakova reduced the scored for the guests for 59:29 at the end of the third quarter. Even with 15-15 Sweden was satisfied in the game as they won the opener of 2009 European U18 championship.
Farhiya Abdi was unstoppable with 21 points and 10 rebounds. Cleopatra Forsman-Goga (180-G-91) posted 14, whilst Julia Tornberg (179-G-91) and Frida Fogdemark (185-F-91) scored 6 each. Nora Georgieva (184-F-92) ended up with 11 points in defeat and Pamela Decheva (179-G-92) added 10.

Sweden U18: Farhiya Abdi 21+10 rebs, Cleopatra Forsman-Goga 14, Julia Tornberg 6, Frida Fogdemark 6
Bulgaria U18: Nora Georgieva 11, Pamela Decheva 10


Swedish U18 National Team 2009 - by Richard
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Farhiya Abdi (185-F/C-92) of 08 Stockholm
Binta Drammeh (179-F-92) of Telge Energi
Frida Fogdemark (185-F-91) of Telge Energi
Cleopatra Forsman-Goga (180-G-91) of Telge Energi
Mia Hakim (162-G-92)
Sandra Hasahya Ngoie (182-F/C-92) of 08 Stockholm
Salome Kabengano (177-G-92) of Telge Energi
Jennifer Kucukkaya (158-G-91) of Telge Energi
Kajsa Lundahl (179-F-91) of IK Eos
Hayet Neffati of Norrkoping Dolphins
Julia Tornberg (179-G-91) of IK Eos
Julia Vestin (184-F-91)
Head Coach: Micke Johansson
Assistant Coach: Fredrik Joulamo


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  SWITZERLAND - Women  


Latest summer news - by Melanie Nussbaumer
2 players from Universite BC Neuchatel, which has been announced withdraw last week, will play for Giroud Vins BBC Troitorrents next season: Katia Clement (182-C-85), where she played in 2006-2008 and Anne-Sophie Gavin. BBC Troitorrents roster is now full.
BCF Elfic Fribourg Basket hired new coach Darko Ristic to replace Patrick Macazaga who decided to go coach mens 1st league team Blonay Basket. Darko Ristic experienced women basketball coaching in Luxembourg N3 team BBC Kohlen in 2004-2005 and was coaching mens LNA team BBC Monthey last season.



Finland U18 needed 19-2 to beat Switzerland U18 - by Eurobasket News
Finland U18-Switzerland U18 56:48 (10-15, 10-16, 17-15, 19-2)

Finland U18 needed 19-2 to beat Switzerland U18 in European Championship Women in Division B that started today in Israel. Trailing in the first three periods, Finland exploded in the last to grab the initial victory.
Perrenoud gave her team 5:0 from the start as Switzerland won the opening tip of the game. Lisa Mazzocchi (170-G/F-90) nailed three for 12:6 and Anissa Toumi (180-C-92) closed the opening quarter at 15:10. The lead continued to grow as Perrenoud made it 23:12. Kolly nailed another three for 31:20 halftime advantage. Mkitalo made a small push to come back into the game when the score was 35:30, but Delacretaz posted for 40:30. Studer with her jump shot closed the third period at 46:37 when the teams left the court before the last stanza. Nothing predicted what had happened in the court at the last 10 minutes. At first Kolly gave her team 48:43 but then Switzerland remained scoreless until the end of the game for more than 7 minutes. Finland U18 created a 13-0 run to win the quarter 19-2 and the opener of European Championship Women in Division B.
Ilkka Ekstrom (192-G-89) was responsible for 14 points to lead all the winners. Anni Makitalo (174-F-91) nailed 13 and Vilja Kesanen (178-G-91) posted 9. Lisa Mazzocchi ended up with 14 points in the losing effort and Anissa Toumi had 9.

Finland U18: Ilkka Ekstrom 14, Anni Makitalo 13, Vilja Kesanen 9
Switzerland U18: Lisa Mazzocchi 14, Anissa Toumi 9


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  TAIWAN - Women  


2009 Jones Cup women's competition schedule - by Chris Wang
2009 Jones Cup women's competition schedule

July 12
1600 Korea-Japan
1800 Taiwan-Malaysia

July 13
1600 South Africa-Korea
1800 Japan-Taiwan

July 14
1600 Japan-South Africa
1800 Malaysia-Korea

July 15
1600 Japan-Malaysia
1800 South Africa-Taiwan

July 16
1400 Malaysia-South Africa
1600 Taiwan-Korea
1830 Closing Ceremony
Competition format: Single round-robin
Venue: Sinjhuang Stadium, Taipei County


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  TURKEY - Women  


Niedola too much for Turkey U18 - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U18-Turkey U18 88:50 (26-9, 26-9, 12-22, 24-10)

Sabine Niedola (184-F-91) was too much for the opponents as Latvia rolled over Turkey in the 2009 European U18 championship that just started in Sodertalje, Sweden. Turkey U18 tried hard, but did not find a match in the opener.
The best three teams out of four preliminary groups will advance into the Qualifying Round before figuring out 8 squads to play in the quarterfinals. Latvia proved that their place is booked there and Turkey will improve their position in the next two games.
The Baltic side started with 5-0 run as Kristine Vitola (197-C-91) made the second free throw. Cakmakci reduced later for 15:7 and Latvia created a 10-0 run for 25:7 when Linda Pagrode (172-G-92) brought her team the points from the line. Sabine Niedola was the last to score in the period for 26:9. The second quarter had the same picture as the first one: both in the field and on the board. Latvia added another 26:9 to take 52:18 at the halftime. The game was done for the winners at that time and they just allowed Turkey to reduce the gap a bit. Guler scored seven points in a row for her team to cut it to 64:40. Sabine Niedola made a jump shot in the beginning of the last period, 66:40 and then Kristine Vitola scored for 72:42. Brance with the buzzer brought the first victory for the Baltic state from the line.
Sabine Niedola was unstoppbale for the winners with 26 points and 7 rebounds. Kristine Vitola nailed 22 and Linda Pagrode posted 10. Guler finished the game with 12 points for Turkey and Ozge Turmus (188-C-92) added 11.

Latvia U18: Sabine Niedola 26+7 rebs, Kristine Vitola 22, Linda Pagrode 10
Turkey U18: Guler 12, Ozge Turmus 11



Turkey finished 5th in Pescara - by Eurobasket News
Albania-Turkey 60:89

Turkey finished 5th in Pescara as they rolled over Albania 89:60. Turkey looked much better in all the components and rightfully deserved the fifth position.
In order to play between each other both teams had to beat Malta to leave it at the last spot. Turkey ensured the victory over Malta at the Mediterranean Games in Pescara 63:43 as the latter suffered the second straight defeat in the round and finished the tournament in the seventh spot. Albania grabbed the win over Malta at the Mediterranean Games in Pescara 73:69. Albania built a crucial lead in the first three quarters and managed to survive a fierce comeback effort from Malta in the final frame to ensure the first win at the tournament.
Turkey was the favorite of the game and proved their superiority with 21:14 after the opening quarter. Turkey added another 26-13 in the second period to take 47:27 at the halftime. In order not to slow down Turkey produced 25-19 and then had 17-14 in the last period.


Turkey showed 44% from the filed and Albania had 38%. Turkey was also better in the percentage from the arc as they 29 over 27.
Nazli Guler (182-F-82, agency: 1x1 Sports) nailed 25 points to lead all the winners. Dila Askin (170-G-87) posted 16, while Yasemin Dalgalar (183-F-88) Begum netted 15. Migena Plasa (185-C-76) produced 20 points in the losing effort and Cani Aida scored 11.

Albania: Migena Plasa 20, Cani Aida 11
Turkey: Nazli Guler 25, Dila Askin 16, Yasemin Dalgalar Begum 15



Turkish U18 National Team 2009 - by Richard
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4 Serenay Cakmakci (182-F-91) of Istanbul Universitesi SK
5 Ozlem Copuroglu (174-G-92)
6 Dilara Tongar (168-G-91) of Pankup Ted Kayseri Kolejspor
7 Pinar Demirok (180-F-91) of Bayrampasa Sancak
8 Rana Derin (175-F-92) of Istanbul Universitesi SK
9 Aysegul Gunay of Fenerbahce Istanbul
10 Ozge Yavas (169-G-91) of Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye
11 Emel Guler (187-F-92) of Fenerbahce Istanbul
12 Pelin Gulbag (171-G-91) of Botasspor Adana
13 Esra Ural (197-C-91) of Pankup Ted Kayseri Kolejspor

14 Ozge Turmus (188-C-92)
15 Emel Turkyilmaz (192-C-92) of Antalya Buyuksehir Belediye
Head Coach: Ayhan Avci
Assistant Coaches: Yasin Akinci , Halil Demirbilek


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  UKRAINE - Women  


Ukrainian U18 National Team 2000 - by Richard
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4 Olena Chrystyakova (175-G-91)
5 Darya Zavidna (178-F-93)
6 Viktoriya Skubiy (180-F-92)
7 Iryna Sydorenko (186-C-91)
8 Krystyna Matsko (180-F-91) of Tim-Scuf Kyiv
9 Olha Maznichenko (186-F-91) of Tim-Scuf Kyiv
10 Zhanna Chukhriy (174-F-91)

11 Nadiia Rykulska (172-G-91) of Slovan La Futura Bratyslava (SVK)
12 Olesya Malashenko (188-F-91) of Dexia Namur (BEL)
13 Anastasiya Bogdanova (179-G-91) of Byelaia Akacia Odessa
14 Alina Iagupova (176-G-92) of Dnipro Dnepropetrovsk
15 Anna Vynnyk (171-F-91) of Olimp-NAEK Yuzhnoukrainsk
Head Coach: Yevheniy Filozof
Assistant Coach: Leonid Tsay


France U18 demolishes Ukraine U18 - by Eurobasket News
France U18-Ukraine U18 97:43 (27-12, 30-11, 22-12, 18-8)

Jerome Fournier's France had an easy win in their opener of the 2009 European U18 championship that just started in Sodertalje, Sweden. France demolished the Ukrainian side 97:43 and together with Russia U18 is on top of the group.
Olha Maznichenko (186-F-91) surprised the audience and the French side for 2:0 in the beginning of the game. Allison Vernerey (194-C-91) responded for 11:8 and Eleonore Grossemy (184-F-92) scored for 14:10. Even though Matsko reduced to 14:12, France closed the period at 13-0 run. Moreover the run continues in the second quarter as France increased to 35:12 as Touty Gandega (169-G-91) made a lay-up. Ukraine was hard to be recognized and continues to fall. Basque sent the teams to the lockers at 57:23.
In the third period Touty Gandega made it 66:25, while Olha Maznichenko posted for 70:29. Minte closed the third frame at 79:35 making a lay-up with 47 seconds left. France and Ukraine had different tasks for the last period as France tried to reach three digits. Ukraine meanwhile hoped to reduce and not to see 100 on the board. Touty Gandega made two free throws at the end as France enjoyed 97:43 victory over Ukraine.
Margaux Okou Zouzouo (183-F-91) led the winners with 15 points, whilst Eleonore Grossemy nailed 13. Allison Vernerey and Touty Gandega notched 12 points apiece in a win. Nadiya Rykulska (172-G-91) delivered 12 points for Ukraine and Olha Maznichenko scored 10.

France U18: Margaux Okou Zouzouo 15, Eleonore Grossemy 13, Allison Vernerey 12, Touty Gandega 12
Ukraine U18: Nadiya Rykulska 12, Olha Maznichenko 10


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  UNITED KINGDOM - Women  


Jantel Lavender paces USA to second victory in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News
USA - Great Britain 93:59

The USA earned the second consecutive win at the start of the World University Games. Jantel Lavender (6'4''-C-88) notched 17 points, 7 boards and 5 assists to lift the USA selection past Great Britain.
The British team came up with a loud surprise in the first round upsetting hosting Serbia. But they could not match the physical style of play imposed by the North American outfit. The USA outrebounded their opponents 55:30 and forced Great Britain into massive 28 turnovers.
The US team opened the game aggressively ensuring a 20-point lead after ten minutes of action. The onslaught continued in the second frame as the USA cleared off to a 27-point margin at halftime. They seemed to be cruising to the win in the latter stages but Great Britain almost repeated the scenario of their first encounter. They challenged the sloppy USA players in the third stanza and forced them to work hard to escape with the win. Jantel Lavender and Danielle McCray (5'11''-G/F-87, college: Marist) needed some timely baskets to silence their opponents. The USA entered the final frame ahead by 33 points and never looked back en route to the win. Danielle McCray dropped 15 points for the USA. Ta'Shia Phillips (6'6''-C-89) delivered 11 points and 8 rebounds in the winning effort. Johannah Leedham (5'11''-G/F-87) replied with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists for Great Britain. Chantelle Handy (6'3''-G-87) had 10 points in defeat.

USA: Jantel Lavender 17, Danielle McCray 15, Ta'Shia Phillips 11
Great Britain: Johannah Leedham 17, Chantelle Handy 10



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  WNBA - Women  


The Kroger Co. to be official Indiana Fever sponsor for five years - by Eurobasket News
The Kroger Co. grocery giant has announced a five-year deal to be the official sponsor for the financially struggling Indiana Fever of the WNBA.
Kroger and Pacers Sports and Entertainment made a joint announcement on Wednesday.

The deal includes advertising on television, radio, print, billboards and the Internet.

Kroger also has a deal with the Indiana Pacers.

Fever co-owner Herb Simon told the Indianapolis Star in March that he is committed to the Fever for just one more year. He has refused to comment since.

Pacers Sports and Entertainment president Jim Morris has said the Fever have not turned a profit the past nine years. He called the Kroger sponsorship a good step.
Kroger is based in Cincinnati.


Courtesy of www.washingtonpost.com


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


2009 WNBA All-Star Balloting results so far - by Bruno Baltazar
2009 WNBA ALL-STAR BALLOTING PRESENTED BY T-MOBILE

WESTERN CONFERENCE FIRST RETURNS

Forwards:
Cappie Pondexter (Phx) 26,701; Lauren Jackson (Sea) 18,169; DeWanna Bonner (Phx) 17,973; Swin Cash (Sea) 17,221; Tina Thompson (LA) 15,981; Sophia Young (SA) 15,073; DeLisha Milton-Jones (LA) 10,850; Seimone Augustus (Min) 10,085; Erin Perperoglou (SA) 9,996; Nicole Powell (Sac) 4,837; Rebecca Brunson (Sac) 4,186.

Centers: Lisa Leslie (LA) 24,305; Tangela Smith (Phx) 16,730; Ruth Riley (SA) 15,543; Nicky Anosike (Min) 8,580; Janell Burse (Sea) 6,585; DeMya Walker (Sac) 4,366.

Guards: Diana Taurasi (6'0''-G-82, college: Connecticut) (Phx) 32,921; Sue Bird (Sea) 21,962; Becky Hammon (SA) 18,050; Temeka Johnson (Phx) 17,775; Candace Parker (LA) 9,579; Vickie Johnson (SA) 9,271; Renee Montgomery (Min) 7,860; Kelly Miller (Min) 7,716; Betty Lennox (LA) 6,334; Candice Wiggins (Min) 5,999; Kara Lawson (Sac) 5,451; Ticha Penicheiro (Sac) 5,081; Tanisha Wright (Sea) 4,025.

EASTERN CONFERENCE FIRST RETURNS

Forwards:
Tamika Catchings (Ind) 32,266; Candice Dupree (Chi) 19,345; Asjha Jones (Conn) 15,300; Marissa Coleman (Wash) 14,854; Ebony Hoffman (Ind) 14,608; Chamique Holdsclaw (Atl) 11,475; Taj McWilliams (Det) 10,724; Nakia Sanford (Wash) 10,290; Chen Nan (Chi) 9,328; Amber Holt (Conn) 9,203; Plenette Pierson (Det) 6,048; Angel McCoughtry (Atl) 5,837; Shameka Christon (NY) 5,177; Cathrine Kraayeveld (NY) 4,060; Erika de Souza (Atl) 3,434.

Centers: Sylvia Fowles (Chi) 22,446; Tammy Sutton-Brown (Ind) 15,132; Cheryl Ford (Det) 11,407; Chasity Melvin (Wash) 11,177; Janel McCarville (NY) 10,226; Tamika Whitmore (Conn) 10,205; Michelle Snow (Atl) 5,418.

Guards: Katie Douglas (Ind) 22,407; Lindsay Whalen (Conn) 21,428; Alana Beard (Wash) 19,721; Tully Bevilaqua (Ind) 16,735; Lindsey Harding (Wash) 14,580; Deanna Nolan (Det) 13,901; Katie Smith (Det) 12,916; Jia Perkins (Chi) 12,516; Erin Phillips (Conn) 12,124; Kristi Toliver (Chi) 12,100; Nikki Teasley (Atl) 6,001; Loree Moore (NY) 4,937; Essence Carson (NY) 4,252.

Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi leads all players and Indiana Fever forward Tamika Catchings tops the Eastern Conference after receiving the most votes following first returns of 2009 WNBA All-Star Balloting presented by T-Mobile. Los Angeles Sparks center Lisa Leslie, who has announced that this will be her final season, is the leading vote-getter among WNBA centers.

The 2009 WNBA All-Star Game will be nationally televised on ABC on Saturday, July 25 (3:30 p.m. ET). It will mark the second time that the midseason classic is played at Mohegan Sun, which also hosted the WNBA All-Star festivities in 2005.

In addition to Taurasi and Leslie, top vote-getters by position in the Western Conference following first returns include forwards Cappie Pondexter and Lauren Jackson and guard Sue Bird. Joining Catchings as fan favorites in the Eastern Conference are center Sylvia Fowles, guards Katie Douglas and Lindsay Whalen and forward Candice Dupree.

Taurasi, who is averaging 21.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.9 blocks and 1.5 steals in 2009, is currently the top vote-getter among all players with 32,921 votes. Pondexter, her Mercury teammate, follows closely behind with 26,701 votes. Rounding out the Western Conference leaders are Leslie (24,305), Bird (21,962) and Jackson (18,169).

Catchings, who is averaging 14.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 3.1 steals per game, leads Eastern Conference players with 32,266 votes. Other leaders in the East include Fowles (22,446), Douglas (22,407), Whalen (21,428) and Dupree (19,345).

Starting lineups for the WNBA All-Star Game are determined by fan balloting which began on June 14 and runs through July 7 in WNBA arenas and on WNBA.com. Fans are asked to select two forwards, two guards and one center from each conference. Starters will be announced on July 14.



Mercury too strong for Storm 93-81, Pondexter close to triple-double - by Eurobasket News
Seattle S. - Phoenix M. 81-93
There was only one game last night. The Phoenix Mercury outplayed the Seattle Storm 93-81 moving up to 7-4 record in Western Conference. The hosts had few players in a game mood. Cappie Pondexter (5'9''-G-83, college: Rutgers) was the best one as she was pretty close to register triple-double: 22 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists. Diana Taurasi (6'0''-G-82, college: Connecticut) also shined netting 22 points. Tangela Smith was third scorer of the team with 16, while Le'Coe Willingham (6'0''-C-81, college: Auburn) helped one point less. On the other side, Lauren Jackson (6'5''-F/C-81) and Cash Swin (6'2''-F-79, college: Connecticut) combined 34 points and 15 boards. Sue Bird followed them with 15 pts. The Mercury had much better shooting night that their rivals. Cappie Pondexter and her teammates managed to score 12 triple of 24 attempts, what was impressive. They also were almost unmistakable from the free throw line adding 15 of 18. The Storm had just 3 of 10 from behind the arc. Today we will have 3 games. Sun will meet Fever, Shock - Liberty and Monarchs - Lynx.