EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/6/2009

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  ANTIGUA   


Antigua clinches 7th in Tortola, Bermuda last - by Eurobasket News
Bermuda-Antigua 45:73

Antigua clinched the 7th place in the CBC Championship after the win over Bermuda in the last day. Antigua won on the consolation round in the CBC Championship played in Tortola.
Even though the difference is enormous both teams started even in the game. Bermuda tried hard, however Antigua took 19:18 after the opening quarter. Bermuda started to lose control in their shooting while Antigua used their advantage on the paint to stay on top and win 35:28. The tempo was high however Antigua kept the necessary advantage. In the third period the winners produced 22-10 to increase to 57:38. The last quarter did not bring too much intrigue as Antigua held off the opponents to 16-7.
Toray Henry led the way with 15 points, while Mario Manasar Davis added 12. Marlon Charles (186-G-76) finished the game with 9 points in a win. Michael Charles Smith delivered 13 points in defeat and Bean Dionn had 9.
Jamaica triumphed in the CBC Championship by winning the Gold medals last night. Jamaica was too good in the first half and kept the score for good over British Virgin Islands to win 65:61. Cuba and as well as Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands and Jamaica advanced for the 2010 Centrobasket Tournament.

Bermuda: Michael Charles Smith 13, Bean Dionn 9
Antigua: Toray Henry (203-C-88) 15 points, Mario Manasar Davis 12, Marlon Charles 9


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  ARGENTINA   


League A - Argentina - by Bruno Fontana
Union of Sunchales complets its three foreigners. They contracted to James Williams (2.04) who comes of playing for Olimpico of La Banda. This center of 30 years old did a good season (13.1 pts. And 9.3 reb). Together with William McFarlan and Mike Campbell (197-G/F-75, agency: Court Side, college: LIU Brooklyn), they will be three americans of the team. Also they confirmed to Sebastian Uranga, Milton Vittar, Luciano Lizarraga and Franco Vietta.

In La Union of Formosa Ariel Zago (203-C-85) will continue. The team also had to Jason Osborne, Ariel Pau, Pablo Barrios, Hernado Salles, David Jackson, Mariano Franco, Diego Berbaudo and Jimmy Boston
In Boca Jrs. they claim Fernando Martina and Nelson Ingles.



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  BAHAMAS   


Bahamas finishes 5th in CBC Championship - by Eurobasket News
Bahamas-Barbados 94:87

Bahamas finishes 5th in CBC Championship as the team won another consolation round game in the last day of the tournament. The team won over Barbados 94:87 in Tortola.
Barbados opened the game with 20:17 and became even the winner of the first half. Both teams nailed 27 points each in the very productive second quarter as Barbados had 3 points when the teams went to the lockers. Leading 63:58 at the start of the final period, Barbados had survived an initial eight-point outburst from Bahamian swingman Torrington Cox to hold a slight 74:73 lead early in the quarter. Bahamas never gave up and scored 36 points to come from behind and beat Barbados 94:87 and finish fifth.
Alonzo Hinds (183-G-84, college: Midland CC) paced all the winners with 26 points. Torrington Cox (201-F-85) netted 23, while Hall Quentin Kinte nailed 10. Jeremy Gill (183-G-81) finished the game with 21 points in the losing effort, while Williams Corey posted 18.
Jamaica triumphed in the CBC Championship by winning the Gold medals last night. Jamaica was too good in the first half and kept the score for good over British Virgin Islands to win 65:61. Cuba and as well as Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands and Jamaica advanced for the 2010 Centrobasket Tournament.

Bahamas: Alonzo Hinds 26, Torrington Cox 23, Hall Quentin Kinte 10
Barbados: Jeremy Gill 21, Williams Corey 18


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  BERMUDAS   


Antigua clinches 7th in Tortola, Bermuda last - by Eurobasket News
Bermuda-Antigua 45:73

Antigua clinched the 7th place in the CBC Championship after the win over Bermuda in the last day. Antigua won on the consolation round in the CBC Championship played in Tortola.
Even though the difference is enormous both teams started even in the game. Bermuda tried hard, however Antigua took 19:18 after the opening quarter. Bermuda started to lose control in their shooting while Antigua used their advantage on the paint to stay on top and win 35:28. The tempo was high however Antigua kept the necessary advantage. In the third period the winners produced 22-10 to increase to 57:38. The last quarter did not bring too much intrigue as Antigua held off the opponents to 16-7.
Toray Henry led the way with 15 points, while Mario Manasar Davis added 12. Marlon Charles (186-G-76) finished the game with 9 points in a win. Michael Charles Smith delivered 13 points in defeat and Bean Dionn had 9.
Jamaica triumphed in the CBC Championship by winning the Gold medals last night. Jamaica was too good in the first half and kept the score for good over British Virgin Islands to win 65:61. Cuba and as well as Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands and Jamaica advanced for the 2010 Centrobasket Tournament.

Bermuda: Michael Charles Smith 13, Bean Dionn 9
Antigua: Toray Henry (203-C-88) 15 points, Mario Manasar Davis 12, Marlon Charles 9


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  BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS   


British Virgin Islands lost to Jamaica in the Final - by Eurobasket News
Jamaica-British Virgin Islands 65:61

Jamaica triumphed in the CBC Championship by winning the Gold medals last night. Jamaica was too good in the first half and kept the score for good over British Virgin Islands to win 65:61. Both teams qualified for Centrobasket.
Tortola waived to all the teams, however will remember the Final game for a long time. After the semifinal thrillers against the opponents where both Jamaica and British Virgin Islands handed the first losses tho the winners of the groups, they met each other in the last game. Jamaica used their strength in the paint and took advantage to dominate 20:10. Led by Samardo Samuels (203-F-89) and Weyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86) the winners produced another 17-11 to take 37:21 at the halftime.
It seemed that the hosts of the CBC Championship had nothing to prepare for the favorites, however British Virgin Islands did not give up. They stayed in the game during the second half by winning the third quarter 19-12 to tighten the game at 49:40. The last period brought more intrigue and interest in the court. British Virgin Islands reduced to the minimum, however Weyinmi Efejuku brought the victory for Jamaica from the free throw line.
Samardo Samuels top-scored for the winners with 17 points, while Weyinmi Efejuku netted 16. Kimani Ffriend (211-C-77, agency: Court Side, college: Nebraska) collected 11 points and 10 rebounds to triumph with the team. Kennedy Bass (196-F, college: Anderson) finished the night with 19 points and Halstead Chiverton (-82) had 12.

Jamaica: Samardo Samuels 17 points,Weyinmi Efejuku 16, Kimani Ffriend 11+10 rebounds
British Virgin Islands: Kennedy Bass 19 points, Halstead Chiverton 12


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  BULGARIA   


Levski to play again in the Balkan league - by Valentin Anguelov
The team of Levski has filled an application for second straight participation in the Balkan league. The last season 'The Blues' played in the first edition of the tournament but were eliminated at the 1/4 final stage by Macedonian team Feni Industry. After Levski won the Cup of Bulgaria the team won also the right to be a part of this championship.


For now it is known that in the next edition of Balkan league will take part 12 teams, two of which Bulgarian - Rilski Sportist and Levski. The team from Samokov is qualified by right due to its win in the Final Four held in Samokov in March last season.


Yesterday at a meeting by the Governing body of Bulgarian Basketball Federation one of the questions raised was the names of the participants in the European competitions next season. The name of Levski as part of Balkan league for season 2009/2010 was confirmed at that meeting.


The form of the championship and the names of all the teams that will take part will be announced later. By the board of the league will soon announce also the date about the draw of the group phase of the competition.



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  CBC CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Jamaica triumphed in the CBC Championship - by Eurobasket News
FINAL

Jamaica-British Virgin Islands 65:61

Jamaica triumphed in the CBC Championship by winning the Gold medals last night. Jamaica was too good in the first half and kept the score for good over British Virgin Islands to win 65:61. Both teams qualified for Centrobasket.
Tortola waived to all the teams, however will remember the Final game for a long time. After the semifinal thrillers against the opponents where both Jamaica and British Virgin Islands handed the first losses tho the winners of the groups, they met each other in the last game. Jamaica used their strength in the paint and took advantage to dominate 20:10. Led by Samardo Samuels (203-F-89) and Weyinmi Efejuku (196-G-86) the winners produced another 17-11 to take 37:21 at the halftime.
It seemed that the hosts of the CBC Championship had nothing to prepare for the favorites, however British Virgin Islands did not give up. They stayed in the game during the second half by winning the third quarter 19-12 to tighten the game at 49:40. The last period brought more intrigue and interest in the court. British Virgin Islands reduced to the minimum, however Weyinmi Efejuku brought the victory for Jamaica from the free throw line.
Samardo Samuels top-scored for the winners with 17 points, while Weyinmi Efejuku netted 16. Kimani Ffriend (211-C-77, agency: Court Side, college: Nebraska) collected 11 points and 10 rebounds to triumph with the team. Kennedy Bass (196-F, college: Anderson) finished the night with 19 points and Halstead Charles Chiverton had 12.

Jamaica: Samardo Samuels 17 points,Weyinmi Efejuku 16, Kimani Ffriend 11+10 rebounds
British Virgin Islands: Kennedy Bass 19 points, Halstead Chiverton (-82) 12




Game for the third place

Cuba-Trinidad and Tobago 91:77

Cuba and Trinidad and Tobago both deserved a Final game of the CBC Championship in Tortola, however had to battle for the only ticket to Centrobasket. Cuba win Bronze medals and qualified for the 2010 Centrobasket Tournament after 91:77 victory.
Cuba started too strong for the opponents to create 13-2 lead in the beginning of the game. The winners finished the opening quarter with 24:9. In the second quarter Terry Layton's team replied with 9-0 run and outscored Cuba 27-20 to finish the first half trailing, 44:36.
It was back to back action with both teams scoring at either end of the court in the third period. Cuba however played better later in the period that extended their lead to 62:47. Trinidad and Tobago reduced the deficit to 68:76, with 3 minutes remaining. But Cuba showed its supremacy with a strong finish behind Duquense, Gonzalez and Raicel Lavastida (191-G-81) who all shot over 50% from behind the three point range.
Geoffrei Silvestre (202-F/C-79) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and 7 rebounds, while Raicel Lavastida posted 19. Duguense netted 16, whilst Gonzalez, Luis and Elias scored 10 apiece. Ian Young (191-G-81, college: Auburn) ended up with 27 points in defeat and David Georges (191-G-72) and Marlon Pompey (203-F-83, college: Texas A&M) had 14 each.
Cuba and as well as Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands and Jamaica advanced for the 2010 Centrobasket Tournament. Cuba will now focus for the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship to be played from August 26 to September 6 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. They are in Group B along with Argentina, Brazil, Dominican Republic and Venezuela.

Cuba: Geoffrei Silvestre 22+7 rebs, Raicel Lavastida 19, Duguense 16, Gonzalez 10, Luis 10, Elias 10
Trinidad and Tobago: Ian Young 27 points, David Georges 14, Marlon Pompey 14






5th place

Bahamas-Barbados 94:87

Bahamas finishes 5th in CBC Championship as the team won another consolation round game in the last day of the tournament. The team won over Barbados 94:87 in Tortola.
Barbados opened the game with 20:17 and became even the winner of the first half. Both teams nailed 27 points each in the very productive second quarter as Barbados had 3 points when the teams went to the lockers. Leading 63:58 at the start of the final period, Barbados had survived an initial eight-point outburst from Bahamian swingman Torrington Cox to hold a slight 74:73 lead early in the quarter. Bahamas never gave up and scored 36 points to come from behind and beat Barbados 94:87 and finish fifth.
Alonzo Hinds (183-G-84, college: Midland CC) paced all the winners with 26 points. Torrington Cox (201-F-85) netted 23, while Hall Quentin Kinte nailed 10. Jeremy Gill (183-G-81) finished the game with 21 points in the losing effort, while Williams Corey posted 18.

Bahamas: Alonzo Hinds 26, Torrington Cox 23, Hall Quentin Kinte 10
Barbados: Jeremy Gill 21, Williams Corey 18



7th place
Bermuda-Antigua 45:73

Antigua clinched the 7th place in the CBC Championship after the win over Bermuda in the last day. Antigua won on the consolation round in the CBC Championship played in Tortola.
Even though the difference is enormous both teams started even in the game. Bermuda tried hard, however Antigua took 19:18 after the opening quarter. Bermuda started to lose control in their shooting while Antigua used their advantage on the paint to stay on top and win 35:28. The tempo was high however Antigua kept the necessary advantage. In the third period the winners produced 22-10 to increase to 57:38. The last quarter did not bring too much intrigue as Antigua held off the opponents to 16-7.

Toray Henry led the way with 15 points, while Mario Manasar Davis added 12. Marlon Charles (186-G-76) finished the game with 9 points in a win. Michael Charles Smith delivered 13 points in defeat and Bean Dionn had 9.

Bermuda: Michael Charles Smith 13, Bean Dionn 9
Antigua:
Toray Henry (203-C-88) 15 points, Mario Manasar Davis 12, Marlon Charles 9




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  CHILE   


Dimayor: Alvarez leaves Boston College - by Daniel Valencia
Saturday night loss in the Top 4 was the last game for Carlos Alvarez as the head coach of CD Boston College Santiago. The two time champion of Dimayor with Colo-Colo (in the years 95 and 96) decided to end his contract with the club due to family reasons so now, the leaders of the club, that last year played the finals against Liceo Mixto, is looking for a replacement for Alvarez.

In the first two round of the national phase of Dimayor, CD Boston College Santiago will play as host against CD Universidad de Concepcion and Deportivo Valdivia.


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  CHINA   


Coach Info in CBA - by Robert Wang
RYTAS VAISVILA who just signed with Liao Ning team for a 1 year contract. The lithuanian coach had tyied out for a w eek with the team players based on his passion, plays and his enthusiasm, team decided to sign him and he will lead team to play the new season this year. Another info. came from CBA that Coach Wu Qing Long who coached Shaan Xi team last year, just signed with Shan Xi team as a new coach. His assist coach would be former CBA star God Shamgod. Good luck all!


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  CROATIA   


Tomic Has Maccabi and Valencia offers - by Tomislav Maric
KK Zagreb starlet -Ante Tomic (215-C-87) has two offers for next season with Spanish Team Pamesa Valencia and Israeli Champions -Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv.Tomic himslef stated that he has the two offers in his hand and is considering both of them.altough Tomic stated that he would prefer to join Valencia, who is coached by Croatian Neven Spahija ,reports today in Zagreb are saying that Maccabi are in pole position to capture the talnted center and Tel-Aviv will be his next destination as Valenica can't agree the fee with KK Zagreb while Maccabi has agreed terms with the team but yet with the player.
Tomic,who was drafted by the Utah Jazz in 2008 draft (44 place) stated that he wants to leave KK Zagreb and want to try and play in Europe top clubs after 6 years in the team.


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  CUBA   


Cuba heads to Centrobasket - by Eurobasket News
Cuba-Trinidad and Tobago 91:77

Cuba and Trinidad and Tobago both deserved a Final game of the CBC Championship in Tortola, however had to battle for the only ticket to Centrobasket. Cuba win Bronze medals and qualified for the 2010 Centrobasket Tournament after 91:77 victory.
Cuba started too strong for the opponents to create 13-2 lead in the beginning of the game. The winners finished the opening quarter with 24:9. In the second quarter Terry Layton's team replied with 9-0 run and outscored Cuba 27-20 to finish the first half trailing, 44:36.
It was back to back action with both teams scoring at either end of the court in the third period. Cuba however played better later in the period that extended their lead to 62:47. Trinidad and Tobago reduced the deficit to 68:76, with 3 minutes remaining. But Cuba showed its supremacy with a strong finish behind Duquense, Gonzalez and Raicel Lavastida (191-G-81) who all shot over 50% from behind the three point range.
Geoffrei Silvestre (202-F/C-79) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and 7 rebounds, while Raicel Lavastida posted 19. Duguense netted 16, whilst Gonzalez, Luis and Elias scored 10 apiece. Ian Young (191-G-81, college: Auburn) ended up with 27 points in defeat and David Georges (191-G-72) and Marlon Pompey (203-F-83, college: Texas A&M) had 14 each.
Cuba and as well as Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, British Virgin Islands and Jamaica advanced for the 2010 Centrobasket Tournament. Cuba will now focus for the 2009 FIBA Americas Championship to be played from August 26 to September 6 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. They are in Group B along with Argentina, Brazil, Dominican Republic and Venezuela.

Cuba: Geoffrei Silvestre 22+7 rebs, Raicel Lavastida 19, Duguense 16, Gonzalez 10, Luis 10, Elias 10
Trinidad and Tobago: Ian Young 27 points, David Georges 14, Marlon Pompey 14



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  FINLAND   


KORISLIIGA: Charlie Burgess next to Finland - by Rauno Hurmalainen
New York (Harlem) boy Charlie Burgess (185-G-84, college: Texas Tech) will continue his basketball career in Finland as Top League newcomer Vilpas (Salo) and Burgess signed a 1-year-contract (2009-2010). Burgess attended Texas Tech University (2006-08) and played two seasons for famous Head Coach Bobby Knight.
Last season Burgess played in Uruguay (Sayago) averaging 14,2 ppg - 4,5 rpg - 2,9 apg and 1,5 spg in 10 games.
Jesse Mantyla (197-F-89) has re-signed with JKS (Jarvenpaa). Last season (2008-09) Mantyla played both in division 1 (JKS) and on Top level (Tarmo, Porvoo).


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  GERMANY   


ProA teams for the 2009/2010 season named - by Manuel Schust
The upcoming ProA campaign will start on the 26th of September and the holding of first and second division named the 14 clubs that received the right to participate in that league.
The following teams will play ProA in 2009/2010:

BBC Bayreuth
BG Karlsruhe
BV Chemnitz 99
Cuxhaven BasCats
ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen
FC Bayern Muenchen
GiroLive-Ballers Osnabrueck
Proveo Merlins Crailsheim
Saar-Pfalz Braves
Science City Jena
TV 1862 Langen
UBC Hannover Tigers
USC Heidelberg
VfL Kirchheim Knights

If more than two teams were relegated from BBL, BV Chemnitz 99 and UBC Hannover Tigers could lose their spots, because their licence was given under reserve. This scenario was called unlikely in the press release.
On the 9th of July the BBL will name its 18 participants. Giants Noerdlingen decided to withdraw from another BBL season and should be one of the two teams to join ProA.
So it seems like either the LTi Giessen 46ers or Eisbaeren Bremerhaven will receive a wild card to play BBL next season.
If there were still some spots left in ProA competition, the clubs SOBA Dragons Rhoendorf, USC Freiburg and SC Stuht-Betttotal Heuchelhof could join germanys second division.



Matt Terwilliger: One more season with Paderborn - by Moritz Korff
Matt Terwilliger (206-F/C-85, agency: 540 Sports, college: Ohio St.) is spending at least one more season with the Paderborn Baskets (1. Bundesliga). The 23-year-old Center will go into his second year as a pro, after he also played his rookie season in Paderborn. He saw action in 35 BBL games through this past season and posted 3.1 points, 1.5 rebounds per outing. With Terwilliger's contract extension the Paderborn team has now these players under contract for 2009-10: Lawrence Borha (191-G-84, agency: Limelight Hoops), Robert Huelsewede (198-F-90), Thomas Gajda (201-F-89), Daniel Lieneke (200-F-81), Matt Terwilliger, Robert Oehle (209-C-88) and Nate Gerwig (206-F/C-83, college: Kent St.).

Skyliners decline to play EuroChallenge - by Manuel Schust
Even though the Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt received a wildcard to compete in next seasons EuroChallenge competiton the club declined to do so.
General manager Gunnar Wobke is cited on the teams homepage, that the club has to refuse the participation with a heavy heart due to financial issues. Meanwhile the upcoming BBL season is secured for the club located in Frankfurt. The management is hoping to extend the partnership with major sponsor Deutsche Bank for the 2010/2011 campaign, but currently both parties are still negotiating.
Nevertheless it will be just for the secoed time in their 10 year club history that the Deutsche Bank Skyliners will not compete in a european competition.

These six german teams will enter the european competitions:

EWE Baskets Oldenburg (Euroleague)
ALBA Berlin (Euroleague qualification or EuroCup)
Telekom Baskets Bonn (EuroCup)
Brose Baskets Bamberg (EuroCup qualification or EuroChallenge)
MEG Goettingen (EuroChallenge)
Artland Dragons Quakenbrueck (EuroChallenge)


Drew Williamson (Science City Jena) Interview Part 1. - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
American Drew Williamson (183-G-84, college: ODU) is a 24 year old point guard playing his first season with Science City Jena in the PRO A. He grew up in Burlington, North Carolina and went to school at Old Dominion from 2003-2007. In four years he played 130 games averaging 7,1ppg, 3,0rpg and 4,2apg. In his senior year he averaged in 33 games: 11.0ppg, 3.6rpg, 4.3apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 41.8%, 3Pts: 35.0%, FT: 72.6%. Old Dominion won the 2005 CAA conference tournament and was the season champion. In 2006, he reached the NIT semi final in New York. He started his professional basketball career in 2007 with MBC in the PRO A, but due to a groin injury could only play 9 games and averaged 13.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 3.6apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 37.1%, FT: 72.2%. In the 2008-2009 PRO A season, he averaged in 30 games: 12.2ppg, 4.3rpg, 4.3apg, Steals-4 (2.2spg), FGP: 49.7%, 3PT: 35.5%, FT: 83.3%. He is one of the many talented PRO A guards and a guy who could easily mix it up in the BBL. Eurobasket was able to talk with the friendly American right before the PRO A season ended.

This is your first season with Science City Jena. The team is currently in sixth place with a 16-12 record. How happy are you with the way the season has gone?

Season definitely didnt go as we expected. We had a very good preseason and we were picked as one of the top teams in the league coming into the season. I felt like we would be one of the top teams in the league. By us getting off to a bad start at the beginning of the season, it is really difficult in this league to try to work your way back up to the top of it. Ive learned a lot this season and gained some experience on how to deal with a lot of different situation.
The team didnt have such a good start under coach Sean McCaw (agency: Rasmussen Services ). What were the main reasons why the team couldnt get more wins early in the season?

Honestly, we could never figure it out. I think that was the most frustrating part about the whole thing. We just couldnt put our finger on what was going wrong. We had several team meetings trying to figure it out, and watch game film every week. I still think back to some of the earlier games in the season and try to figure out what was going on with us.
What was your relationship to Sean McCaw (agency: Rasmussen Services )? He seemed to think highly of you and made you his starting point guard!

Me and Sean had a good relationship. I actually still talk to him from time to time now. He told me when I signed here that he wanted me to run the show, and that gave me a lot of confidence coming into the season.
As Tino Stumpf was named coach, the fortunes of the team rose. What were the main reasons why the team started to win more games under the new coach?

I dont know. Sometimes change is good. I think when Tino came in we all had just got back from our Christmas break and kind of re energized for the second half of the season. We were all determined to turn our season around. We also just tried to have a more relaxed environment and just enjoy playing ball. There were a few changes that Tino brought to the team, that came along with his past coaching experiences.
Do you think if the team would have been more consistent in the first half of the season, that you might have had chances to have gotten into the top three teams in the PRO A standings?

I think that we would have had a good chance to be in the top three teams. MBC, Bayreuth, and Hagen are all good teams, but I do believe that we wouldve been right up there in the mix with those teams.
What was your highlight experience this season?

I think our away wins against Bayreuth and Hagen was the best moments of the season. Just by them being at the top of league, and we went to their places a won. I also thought our win at Cuxhaven was a highlight for us. Ali and Ryan, two of our starters were out sick that game, and we still ended up winning there.
Science City Jena has four Americans and nine Germans. How is the team bonding? Do the Americans hang out only with each other or does the team hang together?

Although our season didnt go like we wanted it to, we still have a good time hanging out with each other. We all hang out together. If one person is going to do something, then every body else on the team gets a call. Its a lot of fun and we all just enjoy doing things together as a team.
What is it like playing with the highly talented German player Alexander Seggelke (198-F-79, agency: Limelight Hoops)? Is he too good for the PRO A?

Its been really great playing with Ali this season. He is a really talented player. He does so many different things well. I actually have to feel lucky to be able to play with such a good player with so much experience in the professional league in Germany. Ive been able to learn a lot from him this season. Ali can for sure play in the BBL.

You played for MBC last year. Are you a bit disappointed that you left since this season they will move up into the BBL.

No, Im not disappointed. Science City gave me the opportunity to come back and play again after being injured half of last season, so Im appreciative of that. I try not to look at things like, what if I wouldve done that. I like to try to make my decision and live with it. Im actually really happy for those guys and that club. They deserve to move up, and I wish them nothing but the best for the next season in the BBL.

Whats it like for an American boy from North Carolina living in Jena? Was it a big adjustment for you?

This year hasnt really been that hard to adjust to. Jena is a college town and there are a lot of people that speak English. But it is hard when Im at a store or somewhere and nobody there speaks English. The only other thing that Ive had to really adjust to is the parking. I have got so many parking tickets this year just not knowing where to park, and not being able to understand the signs.
What do you like most about the small town Jena? Are there any things there that remind you of the States?

I like how easy it is to get to every where in Jena. There is hardly any traffic and a full tank of gas can last me about 3 weeks. Jena has a nice movie theater that reminds me of the states a little bit, and a few stores in the malls that are the same as the states. Mcdonalds, Subway and Cheers. Thats about it.

The mini skyscraper should remind you a bit about the states huh?

HahahaYeah it actually does a little bit.

What do you miss the most from the States?

I miss a lot of things about the States, but most importantly, I miss my family, my fiance, all of my friends back home. I miss the food at Wendys, popeyes, and Boston market. Also miss my grandmas meals.

You have very good states this year with 12,3ppg, 4,3rpg and 4,2apg. There are many good guards in the PRO A, but I think you could be a good back up in the BBL. How much is the BBL on your mind?

There are a lot of good guards in the league this year, and its been a lot of fun having to compete against all of them this season. Really enjoyed it. I think about the BBL a lot, and even more now that the season is coming to an end. We will see in the near future if I might get that opportunity to play in the BBL.

Your only 24 years old. What do you still need to improve in your game?

I have to say that I need to improve on my defense. I also want to improve my leadership qualities a little bit more, meaning by just being a little bit more vocal during games. Shooting consistency and my athletic ability. Plan on focusing on these things over the summer.

Who has been your toughest opponent in the PRO AL this season and why?

I would have to say MBC. MBC has a really good team, and they are very well coached. They have a really good starting line-up and then they also have a really good bench. I think they do a good job at wearing their opponents down. They have beaten us both times this season. I think that they will have a good year in the BBL next season also.



Sean Brooks Resigns With PRO A team Crailsheim - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
26 year old 196 cm American power forward Sean Brooks (196-F/C-82, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement, college: Drexel) has found it hard leaving the pretty countryside of Germany and PRO A team Crailsheim as he resigned for a third season. 'Crailsheim is like a piece of home for me and they were the first team that I spoke to in the offseason', declared Sean Brooks. Last season, the American from Maryland averaged in 29 games: 15.6ppg, 8.6rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 65.0%, FT: 64.2%. Crailsheim coach Ingo Enskat was thrilled that Brooks decided to stay and not go. 'Sean was very efficient in his game and Sean Brooks and Crailsheim are a success story and there was no reason to separate this duo', said coach Ingo Enskat .

Brooks came to Crailsheim in December 2007 after having two quick stays with Omniworld Almere in Holland and TV Werne in the German Regionaliga. He finished the season with Crailsheim averaging in 18 games: 15.6ppg, 8.5rpg, 2.4apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 65.2%, FT: 61.2%. He started his basketball careerwith Drexel University in 2001-2005. In his senior year, he averaged in 20 games: 12.5ppg, 6.0rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 49.1%. He started his professional basketball career in Holland with Woon!Aris Leeuwarden and averaged in 17 games: 9.2ppg, 6.1rpg, 1.3apg, 1.5spg. In the 2006-2007 season, he played for ASC Theresianum Mainz averaging in 29 games: 16.6ppg, 8.5rpg, 1.9apg, 2FGP: 62.7%, 3FGP: 16.7%, FT: 60.0%. He was crowned PRO B champ last season and now wants to do damage in the PRO A in the 2009-2010 season with Crailsheim. Brooks is not only loved in Crailsheim, but also shows a heart for others as he will spend the off season in Indonesia helping out in a school. 'The fans and I can be very happy to have one of the most charasmatic players in the league', stressed Crailsheim manager Martin Romig .



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  ITALY   


Lottomatica Roma signs Crosariol, Minard and Toure - by Eurobasket News
Lottomatica Roma made already some changes for the upcoming season. The second team of the regular season is pleased to announce that Andre Hutson (202-F-79, college: Michigan St.) will stay in the team. Hutson produced 13 points and 6.2 boards per evening in the Italian League. He struggled hard in the last game for his team this season but could not help the squad. The loudest upset came from the Quarter-Finals Round 5 where Lottomatica lost at home at Angelico BI 79:83 and lost the series as well 2-3. Brunner Greg nailed 14 points to advance with his team to the Semifinals. Gist James nailed 13 and Smith Joe brought his team 12. Hutson Andre and Becirovic Sani combined 40 points in defeat.
Lottomatica Roma will have Andrea Crosariol (212-C-84, college: Fairleigh Dickinson), Herve Toure (202-F-82, agency: ACMT) and Ricky Minard (194-G/F-82, college: Morehead St.) for the next season. Andrea Crosariol moves from Air Avellino where he spent the last season. In Euroleague the player had 10 games averaging 3.1ppg, 2.4rpg. Italian League saw 30 games from the Italian player as he averaged 7.5ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.6spg, Blocks-1.4bpg. Air Avellino secured the 13th win in the season as they outgunned Eldo Caserta on the road. In his last game for the team Andrea Crosariol stepped up with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 4 blocks for Air Avellino. Drake Diener added 13 points and 10 rebounds in the win. Shan Foster answered with 14 points in defeat.
Ricky Minard will arrive from Premiata. Minard last year put up 15.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.8 steals in 32 minutes per game in the Italian League. Herve Toure played last season for NGC Cantu, however previously played for Asvel Basket in his native France, Spirou Charleroi in Belgium and Air Avellino, Capo d'Orlando and Armani Jeans Milano in Italy.



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  NAIA   


Harris-Stowe Hornets Appoint Phillip Hunt as New Head Coach - by Stephan Ditgens

Harris-Stowe State University officials have announced that Richard Fanning, Director of Athletics and the Head Coach of Mens Basketball, has stepped aside as the Mens Head Basketball Coach. Fanning will continue his responsibilities as the Universitys Director of Athletics.

Phillip Hunt, the Mens Assistant Basketball Coach, has been appointed Head Coach of that team, effective immediately. Hunt expressed sincere appreciation to Fanning for this new opportunity and for the experience he has gained as his assistant.

He noted that he looks forward to building a very competitive program for the University.

Hunt graduated May 2004 from Saint Louis University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. He played all four seasons at Saint Louis University including two years with Coach Lorenzo Romar and two years with Coach Brad Soderberg. Hunt was a two-time First-Team All-Suburban East Conference player at Clayton High School leading his team to two district championships under Coach Joe Gamlin. While starting his career as a walk-on at Saint Louis University, Coach Hunt earned a scholarship in his senior season and was a part of two National Invitation Tournament (N.I.T.) appearances as a Billiken.
source: hssu.edu



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  NIGERIA   


NBBF president call for unity among stakeholders - by Olusegun Ikuesan
President of Nigeria Basketball Federation, (NBBF), Tijani Umar has called on all stakeholders of the game to give their full support to the board in its effort to reposition the sport for the benefits of the Nigeria youths who are into the game.

In a chat with our correspondent during the 5th NBBF/ Zenith Bank Women Premier League holding in Kaduna the Nigeria federation president stated that the board is here to take the game to the next level.

Look we are here to serve the entire Nation and the youths of this country who are yearning for a change in the development and growth of basketball which can bring about meaningful results. The era of some set of individuals forming cliques or branding themselves as demi-gods to milk the game is over.

The president, however, charged stakeholders with good intention to come forward for the development of the game in our nation.

We need great ideas from great people because the present board is ready to run an open door policy that is devoid of bias, race, culture and prejudice as we welcome and ready to work with everybody that meant well for the game.

Speaking on the National Teams preparation towards the forthcoming FIBA-Africa Championship for Men, tagged Libya 2009 Afrobasket, Umar disclosed that the first phase of the camping of the senior national team, DTigers in the United States of America has been concluded and that the board has receive the reports of the technical crew led by John Harding Lucas-II which the board will in the coming days look into.

He assured that the Country will be represented at the continent biggest basketball fiesta with a team every Nigerian will be proud of.

I receive daily report of the teams camp in the USA and with the enthusiasm shown by the players in camp the federation believe we will present a team that will make Nigerians proud in Libya, though, our target is a World Cup ticket because we are in the re-building process which will take some time to materialised He concluded.



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  PANAMA   


David Rosario is the new coach of Team Panama - by Gianni Pascucci
Panamanian Basketball Federation (FEPABA) announced the hiring of PuertoRican David Rosario as the new Head Coach of Team Panama for the so named 'Olympic Cycle', including the upcoming COCABA Championship of August 5-9, 2009, the CENTROBASKET 2010 and the Championship of the Americas of 2011. Rosario is a well known coach, his last stop was at Capitanes de Arecibo, in BSN league, where he is coaching Panamanian star Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington)

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  PUERTO RICO   


Carolina Giants too much for Ponce Lions - by Luis Ramirez
During the regular season the Ponce Lions were able to beat the Carolina Giants in their 3 outings, but this is the postseason and the Giants were ready for the Lions this time around. The Giants beat the Lions 111-88, and with this victory find themselves in a three way tie with the Arecibo and Bayamon in their section. The Lions on the other hand still have not found the way to a victory.

The game started with the Giants taking the 1st quarter 27-22, the 1st half ended with the Giants leading 51-45. In the 2nd half it was much of the same as the Lions could not find a defensive answer to the Giants offense. In the first minutes of the 4th quarter it was pretty much over for the Lions, the Giants continued to pad their lead and by the middle of the quarter the Lions had given up. For Carolina, Donnell Harvey (203-C-80, agency: Octagon, college: Florida) scored 28 points and added 16 rebounds followed by Alejandro Carmona with 19 points. For the Lions it was all Lee Nailon with 33 points and 10 rebounds followed by Samuel Villegas with 13 points.

In the other BSN action last night, the Arecibo Captains beat the Bayamon Cowboys 84-75. The game was tight thru the first three periods of play but the Captains went on a offensive run in the 4th quarter to pull the win. The first half ended with the Cowboys leading 41-38. For the Captains, David Cortes scored 27 points making 5 out of 9 from the 3 point line, he was followed by Angel Figueroa with 24 points, and Figueroa also grabbed 9 rebounds. For the Cowboys, Carmelo Lee scored 21 points followed by Javier Mojica with 16 points.



BSN Round: 3 (Quarter-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Bayamon - Arecibo 75-84
Bayamon lost to Arecibo 75:84 in the Quarter-Finals Round as David Cortes (190-G/F-81) led the winners with 27 points and Figueroa Angel posted 24. Lee Carmelo ended up with 21 points in the losing effort.

Ponce - Carolina 88-111
Ponce was smashed by Carolina 88:111 that went on a 2-1 record. Donnell Harvey (203-C-80, agency: Octagon, college: Florida) top-scored for the winners with 28 points and 16 rebounds, while Carmona Alejandro netted 19. Nailon Lee finished the game with 33 points and 10 rebounds.

Group B
Santurce - Quebradillas 96-103
Santurce remained winless as Quebradillas beat them 96:103 away from home. Marcus Williams (191-G-85, college: Connecticut) paced all the winners with 32 points and 10 assists, while Redhage Shawn nailed 24. Ayuso Larry and Lugo Richard combined 51 points in defeat.

Mayaguez - San German 83-87
San German beat Mayaguez 87:83 behind 22 points from Ruben Wolkowisky (207-C-73). Pellot-Rosa Jesse chipped in 20 points and Baker Maurice had 16. Hamilton Kevin delivered 25 points in the losing case.



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


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  RUSSIA   


Khimky is ready for Euroleague, add Lopez and Cabezas - by Eurobasket News
As Russia will be represented also by Khimky in Euroleague this season, the team makes the fabulous roster for the upcoming season.
Carlos Cabezas (186-G-80) will officially continue career in Russian Khimky Moscow Region. Three-year deal is mentioned and his arrival is connected with head coach of Team Spain Sergio Scariolo, who is at the same time HC of Khimky. Carlos Cabezas played for just one team so far - Unicaja Malaga. Last season he appeared in 12 Euroleague games averaging 7.7 ppg and 1.7 rpg. In ACB he had 28 games adding 8.9 ppg, 2 apg and 1.9 rpg. Since 2003 Cabezas is a member of Team Spain. In 2007 he was named 'Eurobasket.com Euroleague All-Europeans Team'. With Spain he won the Gold medal on the World Championship 2006 in Japan.
Also Raul Lopez (182-G-80) is another start to join the team. The Spanish player started in 1997-1998 for Juventut Badalona junior team. In 2001 was drafted by Utah Jazz
and in 2004-2005 for his NBA team had 31games: 5.2ppg, 1.3rpg, 4.0apg, FGP: 42.2%, 3Pts: 44.4%. Last two seasons Raul Lopez spent in Real Madrid. In Euroleague he played 19 games averaging 6.9ppg, 1.7rpg, 2.7apg, 1.2spg. In Spanish ACB Regular Season he had 32 games with 7.9ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.6apg, 1.0spg. Last season Real Madrid saw 16 games in Euroleague from the player in 16 games as he averaged 6.6ppg, 1.8rpg, 2.8apg.



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  SERBIA   


AEK Larnacas lands Milan Vucicevic - by Nenad Ilijev
Skilled power forward/center Milan Vucicevic (206-F/C-85, agency: 011 Sports) has signed 1-year deal with AEK Larnacas. Coach Jerry Hemmings was impressed with Vucicevic watching his dominating at Arab Club Champs held in Lebanon. Vucicevic averaged 23.5ppg and 10.2rpg wearing Al Nizwa (Oman) shirt. Cypriot team will finally get powerful player under the rims who can defend and score. Belgrade-born player started his professional career in Masinac Kraljevo before he continued his career abroad playing in Poland, Greece and Ukraine.

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  SLOVENIA   


Begic withdraws from NT, replaced by Golemac - by Zeljko Zule
Mirza Begic (218-C-85), native Bosnian, has withdrawn from the list of 15 candidates for Slovenian National Team due to a injury. He has been replaced by Jurica Golemac (209-F-77), native Croatian, of Lottomatica Roma. 'We agreed that it's better if I refrain from practising and playing to recover fully,' said Begic.
The Slovenia training camp will be held from July 22 to August 1. Slovenia will then play friendly games against Macedonia, Russia, Croatia, Great Britain, Spain, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Greece and Germany.



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  TAIWAN   


Taiwan NT beat 2nd NT in first warmup game - by Chris Wang
Taiwan NT routed second NT 103-81 Saturday in the first warmup game of the three-game warmup series for the preparation of the 2009 Jones Cup men's competition, which will tip off on July 18.

The most impressive player in the game would be Jet Chang (Chang Tsun-hsien), who scored a game-high 32 points for 2nd NT. Chang is currently playing for NCAA Div-II BYU-Hawaii and was named Pacific West Conference freshman of the year last season.

Yang Che-yi and Lee Fong-yong each scored 14 points for Taiwan NT, who led by as many as 26 points.

Chang, who has an explosive first step and good jumping ability, admitted after the game that he did dominate the ball a little bit too much.

'But it's just the way it is in America. If you're not shooting the ball when the opportunities are there, coaches wouldn't put you on the floor the next time, ' he told the media.

The press also mentioned the possibility for Chang to be included in the NT roster in the upcoming Asian Championship. Taiwan NT head coach Chung Kwang-suk said that the Jones Cup will be a good test for Chang.

'If Chang plays well against bigger and tougher opponents, he has a chance, ' Chung said.


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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO   


TT falls to Cuba - by Albert-Lee Young
Center Silvestre Hernandez scored 22 points as Cuba defeated TT, 91-77, for the bronze medal in the CBC Tournament. With the victory Cuba secured the final qualifying position for 2010 Centrobasket Tournament.

Cuba with a solid team organizational play controlled the game with an all round performance as six players scored double figures. In the last 4mins of the 1st quarter Cuba out scored TT, 13-2, to finish the session ahead, 24-9.

In the second quarter TT coach Terry Layton introduced his bench players; guard Sheldon Christian, forward Reginald George, power forward Miguel Williams & center Kyle Rowley, and immediately the TT team found their rhythm. With Christian switching to the point position for Ian Young, TT had their biggest run of the contest, 9-0, to reduced Cuba to 27-22 with 5:37 left. Behind Young 13 points TT out scored Cuba 27-20 to finish the first half trailing, 36-44.

For most of the 3rd it was back to back action with both teams scoring at either end of the court. By the 23:39 mark Cuba maintained its advantage, 54-44, stretching out the TT defense with an effective inside/outside offensive game plan. But with 2:42 left Christian scored a three point play off an assist from Reginald George to bring TT within 7 points, 47-54. To close out the period Jemmot Duquense hit two consecutive threes that extended Cuba to 62-47.

The final period Lewis, Reginald George and Pompey kept TT hopes alive with solid individual plays that helped TT to reduce the deficit, 68-76, with 3:10 remaining. But Cuba showed its supremacy with a strong finish behind Duquense, Gonzalez and Lavastida who all shot over 50% from behind the three point range.

For TT, Ian Young had a game high 27pts with 4assists; Reginald George netted 14pts & 6rebs; Marlon Pompey contributed 14pts, 5 assists & 3 steals; Sheldon Christian tallied 5pts, 4steals & 2 assists.



Silvestre top scored for Cuba with 22pts, 7rebs; Lavastida had 19pts; Duguense scored 16pts; and Gonzalez, Luis and Elias each registered 10 pts each.

Cuba out rebounded TT 30-24, shot 34-68 from the field including 11-21 threes and 12-16 from the free throw line. Whilst TT had 30/62 from the field, including 4/14 threes and 13/19 free throws.

Despite failing to secure a medal, it was the best performance by a TT team for more than a decade in the Caribbean Basketball Championships.



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  URUGUAY   


Results for the Metro League 15th round - by Hector Lopez
Stacy Pearson-Taylor (198-F-83, college: Bemidji St.) scored 22 points leading Verdirrojo to beat 86-78 Olivol Mundial for the 15th round of the Metro League. The results and main scorers were:
Verdirrojo 86 - Pearson Taylor 22 points and 9 rebounds
Olivol Mudial 78 - John Huggins (188-G-82, college: Amer.Internat.) 33 points 5 rebounds 3 assists
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Larraaga 79 - Martin Volf (200-F-80) 37 and 9
Welcome 73 - Ollie Bailey (201-F-85, college: Oklahoma City) 28 and 14
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Capitol 75 - Aram Tavokjian (191-G-82) 25 points
Nacional 68 - Alfonso Gonzalez (191-G-88) (191-F-81) 22 points
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Larre Borges 92 Sebastian Diaz (184-G/F-82) 28
Yale 79 - Howard Wilkerson (198-F-84, college: Wofford) 26 and 7
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25 de Agosto 94 - Bruno Fittipaldo (183-G-91) 39 points
Urunday 84 - Nicolas Borsellino (202-C-86) 30 and 19


Standings - Metropolitan League
Metropolitan Standings
 1. Montevideo 14-1 
 2. 25 de Agosto 10-5 
 3. Larranaga 10-5 
 4. Welcome 9-6 
 5. Larre Borges 8-7 
 6. Capitol 8-7 
 7. Olivol Mundial 7-8 
 8. Yale 7-8 
 9. Verdirrojo 6-9 
 10. Nacional 6-9 
 11. Urunday Univ. 5-10 
 12. Goes 0-15 


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  USBA   


USBA and Clear Channel Communication Seek Radio Aggreement - by USBA Media
The United States Basketball Association (USBA) and its parent company the Alden Group LLC are in the final stages of finalizing a multi-year agreement with Clear Channel Communication, Inc., to radio broadcast all USBA basketball games beginning with the 2010 season. 'A partnership with Clear Channel Communication will substantially strengthen the promotion of our mens basketball program within our teams markets and it will provide our association a step up in minor league basketball,' said USBA president Duane Jenkins.

If an agreement can be reached, Clear Channel Communications affiliates will broadcast all of the USBAs regular season and postseason games, including a 30-minute pregame show and a 15-minute post game show. The stations will also be the radio home of the Coaches Corner, a live weekly radio program with the head coach of each team hosting a informal sports forum, designed to introduce players and coaches to their communities.

'We are very excited to partner with Clear Channel Communications, whose stations boasts the rare combination of championship heritage with excellent programming that has risen to new heights and will help our exciting young league. We are committed to bringing our listeners the best in sports as our fan base is very knowledgeable and very passionate about the game of basketball,' said Jenkins.

In addition to broadcasts, the partnership will fully integrate mens basketball into programming and promotion of each station including: on-air/on-line imaging, on-site events, enhanced coverage of games and, and multi-media advertising to promote its association. Production initiatives will include live coverage of mens basketball events, with the opportunity to promote and highlight USBA teams ticketing and marketing initiatives.

Under the proposal, Clear Channel Communications and its affiliates would provide enhanced streaming and pod casting of programming that could be simulcast on www.usbaball.com , at no additional cost to the sponsors or the advertisers of the USBA, making free content available to their fans league wide. 'Additional components of the partnership would include weekly USBA updates to occur during daily programming, and the airing of the basketball coachs show. Increasing visibility for our entire league and our basketball games, is a significant step up in our growth,' said Jenkins.

'We are pleased to be expanding our radio broadcast reach for our mens basketball program. With this new affiliation, we can greatly benefit our sponsors, advertisers and fans throughout our southern footprint'. No agreements have been signed to date. Negotiations are progressing and still ongoing.

Clear Channel Communications is a privately owned American media conglomerate. The company is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas. The company was founded in 1972. Clear Channel Communications is the largest owner of full power AM, FM, and short wave radio stations. Bain Capital and Thomas H. Lee Partners own the company. Clear Channel Communications has 900 radio stations and over 60,000 employees in the United States. The company web address is www.clearchannel.com.

The United States Basketball Association (USBA) is a minor league professional basketball league. The league is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. The company was founded in 2007. The USBA has eighteen basketball teams split in three divisions, spread over ten southern states and the District of Columbia. The league operates from early April through early July. The leagues web address is www.usbaball.com.

Contact:
USBA Media
www.media@usbaball.com
Office (770) 729-0306



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  YEMEN   


ARAB CHAMPIONSHIPS: YEMEN TO TRAIN IN TURKEY! - by Ozell Wells
2009 Yemen Senior Mens National Basketball Team

Bassam al Amir
Fattah Saeed
Mohammed Yaish
Sabri Sadda
Samir al Asaphi
Adel Gabel
Sultan Shakel
Ahmed Zaour
Rhadi BeyaShout
Dionte Abney

Souleymane Diop
Sultan Ahmeed*

Mohammed 'Sonny' Suryhe*

The Yemen Senior Mens National Team are set to travel to Turkey to finalize trainings for the 2009 Arab Championships in Morocco July 15-27. The team is set to fly to Turkey this Monday July 4 and will participate in exhibition games in preparation for the championships.
09.07.2009 18:00 Yemen - Kosovo
11.07.2009 18:00 Yemen - Syria

After the games in Turkey, the team is set to fly to Cassablanca July 14 and will prepare fore their first match, The Arab Championships schedules is as follows:
16 July 2009 Yemen vs Kuwait 17:00
17 July 2009 Yemen vs Saudi Arabia 21:00
19 July 2009 Yemen vs Egypt 21:00
20 July 2009 Yemen vs Morocco 21:00
22-27 July -Playoff Stages





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Women News

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  AUSTRALIA - Women  


Penaluna explodes with 35 points to lead Australia over Chinese Taipei - by Eurobasket News
World University Games
Australia-Chinese Taipei 79:67


Penaluna explodes with 35 points to lead Australia over Chinese Taipei in the Women Intermediate Round Group F. The World University Games saw another victory of the favorites as they beat Asian team 79:67.
Australia was too good from the beginning of the game as they grabbed the lead from the first minutes. The team from Oceania enjoyed 28:11 after the first 10 minutes of the game. Chinese Taipei looked better in defense in the second frame and allowed the favorites to score only 13 points. After the first half the teams left to the lockers for 41:23 Australian advantage. Moreover the Asian team started to play in the second half after the break. Chinese Taipei won the third frame 25-21 and reduced to 14 points after thirty minutes of the game. Chinese Taipei also was stronger in the last period for 19-17 but could not stay closer to the winners.
Elyse Penaluna (193-C-88) was unstoppable with 35 points and 19 rebounds to lead all the scorers. Chantella Perera (175-G-86, college: Fresno St.) posted 12, while Marianna Tolo (196-C-89) netted 10. CHANG Shih-Chieh poured in 15 points and LI Wan-Ting collected 13.
In another game of the group Russia smashed Slovakia in the Women Intermediate Round Group F of the World University Games, Belgrade registered another victory for Russia that enjoyed 79:36 at the end.

Australia: Elyse Penaluna 35+19 rebs, Chantella Perera 12, Marianna Tolo 10
Chinese Taipei: CHANG Shih-Chieh 15, LI Wan-Ting 13


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  CANADA - Women  


Hungary survived in the game over Canada in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News
Canada-Hungary 79:81

Hungary survived in the game over Canada in Belgrade. Group H of the World University Games saw 81:79 European victory in Serbia.
Hungary was better in the start of the game taking after the opening quarter. The European team continues their winning clash after 19-16 in the second period as well. They enjoyed 45:33 halftime advantage and looked forward to get their second win in Serbia. When the teams came back from the lockers, Canada however started to reduce. The team looked more ambitious and produced 19-12 in the third frame. The last period became very offensive with the teams showing great shooting skills. Canada won the period 27-24 but lost the game 79:81.
Anna Vida (184-F-85) paced all the winners with 18 points for 2-0 record. Timea Czank (176-G-86) posted 16 points and Andrea Somogyi (184-F-86) had 13. Laurelle Weigl (193-C-88) notched 13 for the North Americans and ST.AMOUR Chanelle nailed 12.
In another game of the group Japan overcame Mozambique in the first day of the Intermediate Round at the World University Games. The Asian team registered 97:86 victory, however Mozambique played their best game so far.

Canada: Laurelle Weigl 13, ST.AMOUR Chanelle 12
Hungary: Anna Vida 18, Timea Czank 16, Andrea Somogyi 13


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  CHINA - Women  


China beat European representative in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News
France-China 78:91

China improved to 2-0 record in a new-created Group G after the victory over France. The Asian team celebrated 91:78 win at the World University Games.
China and France both showed their scoring skills in the opening quarter to nail 54 points in 10 minutes. The Asian team took 30:24 and never looked back after that. They added 23-17 in the second period for 53:41 halftime lead. The most troubles France got in the third frame when the European team was neaten 19-28. Only in the last period France produced 18-10 to somehow reduce the gap.
China shot 50% from the filed and France had 49%. The latter however was better from the perimeter as they had 55% over 36%. China had 24/30 from the free throw line and France hit 5/9.
HUA Lin paced all the winners with 27 points and 12 rebounds to top the group. LIU Xin nailed 23 and Song Lulu (-G-85) had 14. Aurelie Carmona (184-C/F-87) notched 16 points and Kathleen Bourdin (-G) brought 15 for France.
In another game Turkey registered their first win in Women Intermediate Round Group G that was created after the Preliminary Round to tie Serbia at 1-1 in it. In the game between each other Turkey won over Serbia 85:76 in the World University Games.

France: Aurelie Carmona 16, Kathleen Bourdin 15
China: HUA Lin 27+12 rebs, LIU Xin 23, Song Lulu 14


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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


Czech Republic needed overtime to remain undefeated in the World University Games - by Eurobasket News
Great Britain-Czech Republic 83:89 OT

Czech Republic needed overtime to remain undefeated in the World University Games. Great Britain controlled the majority of the game but had to admit 83:89 loss in the Women Intermediate Round Group I.
Great Britain took a 22:21 after the opening quarter and allowed the opponent to score the same number of points in the second period. After 23-21 in it the second team from Group A had 45:42 at the halftime. The tempo slowed down in the game as both teams produced 28 point in the third period when Great Britain took another 16-12 deficit. They however could no keep the score for good as Czech Republic tied the game in the end of the fourth, not the last period. In overtime the Czechs were stronger, 12-6 and won the game 89:83. Czech Republic shot 41% from the filed, while Great Britain had 36%. The latter however was better shooting from the perimeter, 43 versus 32.
Romana Hejdova (183-F-88) was unstoppable with 31 points for the winners that improved to 2-0. Katerina Elhotova (176-G-89) posted 20,while Edita Sujanova (190-C-85) collected 15 points and 14 boards. Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87) was responsible for 23 points in defeat and Azania Stewart (193-C) had massive 18 points and 18 rebounds.
In another game USA survives against Poland in the World University Games in the first game of Women Intermediate Round Group I . The favorites produced 75:67 to remain undefeated.

Great Britain: Johannah Leedham 23, Azania Stewart 18+18 rebs
Czech Republic: Romana Hejdova 31, Katerina Elhotova 20, Edita Sujanova 15+14 rebs


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18 - Women  


Standings - Division B - by Eurobasket News
Standings Div.B
Group A
1. Hungary2-0
2. Romania1-1
3. Estonia0-0
4. U.Kingdom0-2
Group B
1. Slovenia3-0
2. Portugal2-1
3. Finland1-2
4. Switzerl.0-3
Group C
1. Germany2-1
2. Israel2-1
3. Holland1-2
4. Denmark1-2
Group D
1. Bosnia3-0
2. Greece2-1
3. Croatia1-2
4. Norway0-3


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U20 - Women  


Ohrid invites to the U20 European Championship Division B - by Eurobasket News
Monday, July 6th will be the start of the U20 European Championship in Division B. Macedonian city will host 11 teams that are divided into two groups. Group A will consist of Austria, Great Britain, Hungary, Belgium, Greece and Portugal. Group B will have Macedonia, Netherlands, Slovak Republic, Romania and Israel. The top four teams of each of two preliminary groups will advance to the quarterfinal round of the tournament. The best four teams then will make up for semifinal pairs.
Last season Sweden celebrated in the final of European Championship Division B outplaying Poland at the front of their fans. Very important achievement for both teams is that they will compete in division A at this European Championship. Malin Edlund (183-G-88) was the best player in Sweden this time collecting 20 points and 4 rebounds. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88), who was the leading Swedish player during the entire tournament, needed one more rebound for double-double. She stopped on 18 points, 9 boards and 5 assists. The top scorer of U20 European Championship Division B, which was held in Poland, was Nadia Tavares (178-F-88) of Portugal. Her team ended competition in Preliminary Round winless but Tavares and her teammates outplayed Great Britain twice in the battle for the 9th place. Tavares demonstrated the best performance at the opening as well as at the last game of Portugal. In the first game she netted 23 points against Sweden while at the last one against the British she drained 25. She scored 109 points during the entire championship which is 18.2 ppg.
Portugal and Austria will open the campaign at 12.00 in Group A. The game between Netherlands and Romania will be the last in Day 1.


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  FRANCE - Women  


China beat European representative in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News
France-China 78:91

China improved to 2-0 record in a new-created Group G after the victory over France. The Asian team celebrated 91:78 win at the World University Games.
China and France both showed their scoring skills in the opening quarter to nail 54 points in 10 minutes. The Asian team took 30:24 and never looked back after that. They added 23-17 in the second period for 53:41 halftime lead. The most troubles France got in the third frame when the European team was neaten 19-28. Only in the last period France produced 18-10 to somehow reduce the gap.
China shot 50% from the filed and France had 49%. The latter however was better from the perimeter as they had 55% over 36%. China had 24/30 from the free throw line and France hit 5/9.
HUA Lin paced all the winners with 27 points and 12 rebounds to top the group. LIU Xin nailed 23 and Song Lulu (-G-85) had 14. Aurelie Carmona (184-C/F-87) notched 16 points and Kathleen Bourdin (-G) brought 15 for France.
In another game Turkey registered their first win in Women Intermediate Round Group G that was created after the Preliminary Round to tie Serbia at 1-1 in it. In the game between each other Turkey won over Serbia 85:76 in the World University Games.

France: Aurelie Carmona 16, Kathleen Bourdin 15
China: HUA Lin 27+12 rebs, LIU Xin 23, Song Lulu 14


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  FYR MACEDONIA - Women  


Ohrid invites to the U20 European Championship Division B - by Eurobasket News
Monday, July 6th will be the start of the U20 European Championship in Division B. Macedonian city will host 11 teams that are divided into two groups. Group A will consist of Austria, Great Britain, Hungary, Belgium, Greece and Portugal. Group B will have Macedonia, Netherlands, Slovak Republic, Romania and Israel. The top four teams of each of two preliminary groups will advance to the quarterfinal round of the tournament. The best four teams then will make up for semifinal pairs.
Last season Sweden celebrated in the final of European Championship Division B outplaying Poland at the front of their fans. Very important achievement for both teams is that they will compete in division A at this European Championship. Malin Edlund (183-G-88) was the best player in Sweden this time collecting 20 points and 4 rebounds. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88), who was the leading Swedish player during the entire tournament, needed one more rebound for double-double. She stopped on 18 points, 9 boards and 5 assists. The top scorer of U20 European Championship Division B, which was held in Poland, was Nadia Tavares (178-F-88) of Portugal. Her team ended competition in Preliminary Round winless but Tavares and her teammates outplayed Great Britain twice in the battle for the 9th place. Tavares demonstrated the best performance at the opening as well as at the last game of Portugal. In the first game she netted 23 points against Sweden while at the last one against the British she drained 25. She scored 109 points during the entire championship which is 18.2 ppg.
Portugal and Austria will open the campaign at 12.00 in Group A. The game between Netherlands and Romania will be the last in Day 1.


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  HUNGARY - Women  


Hungary survived in the game over Canada in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News
Canada-Hungary 79:81

Hungary survived in the game over Canada in Belgrade. Group H of the World University Games saw 81:79 European victory in Serbia.
Hungary was better in the start of the game taking after the opening quarter. The European team continues their winning clash after 19-16 in the second period as well. They enjoyed 45:33 halftime advantage and looked forward to get their second win in Serbia. When the teams came back from the lockers, Canada however started to reduce. The team looked more ambitious and produced 19-12 in the third frame. The last period became very offensive with the teams showing great shooting skills. Canada won the period 27-24 but lost the game 79:81.
Anna Vida (184-F-85) paced all the winners with 18 points for 2-0 record. Timea Czank (176-G-86) posted 16 points and Andrea Somogyi (184-F-86) had 13. Laurelle Weigl (193-C-88) notched 13 for the North Americans and ST.AMOUR Chanelle nailed 12.
In another game of the group Japan overcame Mozambique in the first day of the Intermediate Round at the World University Games. The Asian team registered 97:86 victory, however Mozambique played their best game so far.

Canada: Laurelle Weigl 13, ST.AMOUR Chanelle 12
Hungary: Anna Vida 18, Timea Czank 16, Andrea Somogyi 13


Market movements - by Patonay Adam
Seat Foton Gyor signed the PG of the hungarian national team, Orsolya Englert (170-G-80) from France and Zsofia Horvath (191-C-82) from Zala Volan. They also signed the U20 national team player, Gyorgyi Ori (180-G/F-90, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) who was in Germany on the last season.
MKB Euroleasing Sopron signed Zsofia Varga (182-F-89) from Zala Volan while Nora Bujdoso (185-F-85) will go back 'home' and will play in Mizo Pecs 2010! Bujdoso played in France on the last two seasons and won two championship and cup with Bourges. Varga averaged 13.3 points and 4.0 rebounds and now she has to repleca Zsuzsanna Horvath (187-F-83) who went to Szeged.


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  JAPAN - Women  


Japan overcame Mozambique in the first day of the Intermediate Round - by Eurobasket News
Japan-Mozambique 97:86

Japan overcame Mozambique in the first day of the Intermediate Round at the World University Games. The Asian team registered 97:86 victory, however Mozambique played their best game so far.
It was a pleasure to see that both teams looked great after the game. Japan could celebrate their second victory in the group, while the African team showed great team effort with four players reaching the double digits. Japan took 23:21 after the first 10 minutes but did not keep the score. Mozambique exploded in the second period and had 27-22 advantage in it. It gave them 48:45 lead entering the third period. Japan escaped the loss in the frame and tied the game at 68:68 after thirty minutes of the battle. Japan needed 29-18 to survive in the game as they won 97:86.
FUJII Miki top-scored for the winners with 20 points and KOIKE Mariko netted 19. Akane Takemoto (-F-87) followed them with 16 points and 5 boards. INVOSSO Delmina erupted with 24 points and 9 rebounds for African representative. Amelia Macamo (169-G-85) netted 20, whilst Aleia Rachide (184-F-85) collected 19 points and 17 rebounds in defeat.
In another game of the group Hungary survived in the game over Canada in Belgrade. Group H of the World University Games saw 81:79 European victory in Serbia.

Japan: FUJII Miki 20, KOIKE Mariko 19, Akane Takemoto 16
Mozambique: INVOSSO Delmina 24+9 rebs, Amelia Macamo 20, Aleia Rachide 19+17 rebs


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  MOZAMBIQUE - Women  


Japan overcame Mozambique in the first day of the Intermediate Round - by Eurobasket News
Japan-Mozambique 97:86

Japan overcame Mozambique in the first day of the Intermediate Round at the World University Games. The Asian team registered 97:86 victory, however Mozambique played their best game so far.
It was a pleasure to see that both teams looked great after the game. Japan could celebrate their second victory in the group, while the African team showed great team effort with four players reaching the double digits. Japan took 23:21 after the first 10 minutes but did not keep the score. Mozambique exploded in the second period and had 27-22 advantage in it. It gave them 48:45 lead entering the third period. Japan escaped the loss in the frame and tied the game at 68:68 after thirty minutes of the battle. Japan needed 29-18 to survive in the game as they won 97:86.
FUJII Miki top-scored for the winners with 20 points and KOIKE Mariko netted 19. Akane Takemoto (-F-87) followed them with 16 points and 5 boards. INVOSSO Delmina erupted with 24 points and 9 rebounds for African representative. Amelia Macamo (169-G-85) netted 20, whilst Aleia Rachide (184-F-85) collected 19 points and 17 rebounds in defeat.
In another game of the group Hungary survived in the game over Canada in Belgrade. Group H of the World University Games saw 81:79 European victory in Serbia.

Japan: FUJII Miki 20, KOIKE Mariko 19, Akane Takemoto 16
Mozambique: INVOSSO Delmina 24+9 rebs, Amelia Macamo 20, Aleia Rachide 19+17 rebs


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  NCAA1 - Women  


USA survives against Poland in the World University Games - by Eurobasket News
United States of America -Poland 75:67

USA survives against Poland in the World University Games in the first game of Women Intermediate Round Group I . The favorites produced 75:67 to remain undefeated.
Both teams had a day-off before the Intermediate Round Group I than combined the teams from Group A and D. Even thought the USA was the real favorite of the game, the European team struggled hard in the whole game.
The USA opened the victory with 18:17 lead and then increased to 5 points at the halftime. The North American team added 19-15 in the second period for 37:32 halftime advantage. Poland looked very well in the game this morning. The United States of America however kept the winning style and had 18-16 in the third period. With 20-19 they closed the game with another win to take 2-0 record in the Intermediate Round Group I.
Danielle McCray (5'11''-G/F-87, college: Marist) and Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88) top-scored for the winners with 12 points apiece. Alexis Gray-Lawson (5'8''-G-87), Jeanette Pohlen (6'0''-G) and Kayla Pederson (6'4''-F-89) had 9 points each. Justyna Zurowska (6'2''-C-85) delivered 20 points for the European team and Kasia Krezel (6'1''-G-85, college: UTEP) posted 18.
In another game Czech Republic needed overtime to remain undefeated in the World University Games. Great Britain controlled the majority of the game but had to admit 83:89 loss in the Women Intermediate Round Group I.

United States of America: Danielle McCray 12, Tina Charles 12, Alexis Gray-Lawson 9, Jeanette Pohlen 9, Kayla Pederson 9
Poland: Justyna Zurowska 20, Kasia Krezel 18


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  NIGERIA - Women  


First Deepwater go down fighting - by Olusegun Ikuesan
New entrant into the Nigeria Basketball Federation/ Zenith Bank Women Premier League, First Deepwater basketball club Sunday lost to defending champion, First Bank basketball club by 67-53 points in an energy sapping game.

The Oil and Gas ladies whose performance in the league drew large crowd to the Indoor Sports Hall of the Kaduna State Sports Council, Muritala Mohammed Square won the first quarter by 20-19 points to put the banker under pressure only to lose the second quarter by 11-06 points to go break trailing by 30-26 points.

The Coach Lateef Erinfolami tutored First Deepwater side came back strongly in the third quarter which it won by 18-15 points to go into the fourth and last quarter by a point deficit but cave to the Elephant Girls in the last quarter due to lose of concentration half-way into the quarter to go down 22-09 points for a cumulative scoreline of 67-53 points.

Coach Erinfolami congratulates the banker for stealing victory but promised them harder days ahead.

Both sides changed lead a record five times while the game was tied seven times the longest by any sides since the first jump-ball last Thursday.

Kelechi Obasi led the floor for the First Deepwater side with 12 points and 4 rebounds while the duo of Patricia Chukwuma and Ijeoma Uchendu added 11 points each, First Bank captain, Funmilayo Ojeladi led the floor with 13 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists, Amaka Adibeli poured in 11 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 steals while Chioma Udeaja contributed 10 points and 7 rebounds.

Other results:

Dolphin 76-36 FCT Angels

Customs 52-49 Plateau Rocks


Delta Force 57-50 Sunshine Angels

Day-5 Games:

AHIP Vs Plateau Rocks

First Bank Vs Customs

FCT Angels Vs Immigration
Sunshine Angels Vs Dolphin
First Deepwater Vs Delta Force



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  POLAND - Women  


USA survives against Poland in the World University Games - by Eurobasket News
United States of America -Poland 75:67

USA survives against Poland in the World University Games in the first game of Women Intermediate Round Group I . The favorites produced 75:67 to remain undefeated.
Both teams had a day-off before the Intermediate Round Group I than combined the teams from Group A and D. Even thought the USA was the real favorite of the game, the European team struggled hard in the whole game.
The USA opened the victory with 18:17 lead and then increased to 5 points at the halftime. The North American team added 19-15 in the second period for 37:32 halftime advantage. Poland looked very well in the game this morning. The United States of America however kept the winning style and had 18-16 in the third period. With 20-19 they closed the game with another win to take 2-0 record in the Intermediate Round Group I.
Danielle McCray (5'11''-G/F-87, college: Marist) and Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88) top-scored for the winners with 12 points apiece. Alexis Gray-Lawson (5'8''-G-87), Jeanette Pohlen (6'0''-G) and Kayla Pederson (6'4''-F-89) had 9 points each. Justyna Zurowska (6'2''-C-85) delivered 20 points for the European team and Kasia Krezel (6'1''-G-85, college: UTEP) posted 18.
In another game Czech Republic needed overtime to remain undefeated in the World University Games. Great Britain controlled the majority of the game but had to admit 83:89 loss in the Women Intermediate Round Group I.

United States of America: Danielle McCray 12, Tina Charles 12, Alexis Gray-Lawson 9, Jeanette Pohlen 9, Kayla Pederson 9
Poland: Justyna Zurowska 20, Kasia Krezel 18


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  RUSSIA - Women  


Russia smashed Slovakia in the Intermediate Round Group F - by Eurobasket News
World University Games
Slovakia-Russia 36:79


Russia smashed Slovakia in the Women Intermediate Round Group F of the World University Games, Belgrade registered another victory for Russia that enjoyed 79:36 at the end.
Two teams had a day-off in the tournament and then joined another Group J after advancing from their Preliminary Groups. Russia was the favorite of the game and rightfully proved the difference. Evgeni Kisurin 's team started with 19-11 and allowed Slovakia to score another 11 points in the second period. Russia, meanwhile posted 21 to take 40:22 lead at the halftime. In the second period the favorites started to ruin the defense of the opponents and proved their superiority. Russia demonstrated 24-10 in the third quarter and limited Slovakia to 15-4 in the last.
Svetlana Makhlina (180-G-85) paced all the winners with 14 points for 2-0 record. Maria Cherepanova (186-C-87) nailed 13, while Mariya Khrustaleva (167-G-87) notched 11. Eva Kmetova (188-C-87) finished the game with 13 points and Katarina Tetemondova (185-F-88) scored 10.
Russia shot 44% from the filed, while Slovakia showed only 26%.
In another game Penaluna explodes with 35 points to lead Australia over Chinese Taipei in the Women Intermediate Round Group F. The World University Games saw another victory of the favorites as they beat Asian team 79:67.

Slovakia: Eva Kmetova 13, Katarina Tetemondova 10
Russia: Svetlana Makhlina 14, Maria Cherepanova 13, Mariya Khrustaleva 11


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  SERBIA - Women  


Turkey registered their first win in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News
Serbia-Turkey 76:85

Turkey registered their first win in Women Intermediate Round Group G that was created after the Preliminary Round to tie Serbia at 1-1 in it. In the game between each other Turkey won over Serbia 85:76 in the World University Games.
It was an offensive start from both teams that had some fresh air yesterday due to day-off in the tournament. Turkey tasted 26:22 after the opening quarter, but was caught by the Serbs in the end of the half. Serbia used a 22-15 second quarter to take 44:41 halftime advantage.
Turkey came back from the lockers more well-rested and produced 23-12 in the third period. In a back-to-back last quarter Serbia tried hard to recover but lost even the period. Turkey needed 21-20 to win the game 85:76. Turkey shot 46% from the field and Serbia showed 45%.
Gizem Yavuz (170-G-88) shined with 34 points for the winners for their initial victory. Melike Bakircioglu (191-F/C-87) collected 18 points and 11 rebounds, whilst Seda Tabakci (185-F-85) had 14 points and 10 boards. Tamara Radocaj (168-G-87) notched 23 points in defeat and Zorica Mitov (189-C-87) posted 14.
In another game China improved to 2-0 record in a new-created Group G after the victory over France. The Asian team celebrated 91:78 win at the World University Games.

Serbia: Tamara Radocaj 23, Zorica Mitov 14
Turkey: Gizem Yavuz 34, Melike Bakircioglu 18+11 rebs, Seda Tabakci 14+10 rebs


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Russia smashed Slovakia in the Intermediate Round Group F - by Eurobasket News
World University Games
Slovakia-Russia 36:79


Russia smashed Slovakia in the Women Intermediate Round Group F of the World University Games, Belgrade registered another victory for Russia that enjoyed 79:36 at the end.
Two teams had a day-off in the tournament and then joined another Group J after advancing from their Preliminary Groups. Russia was the favorite of the game and rightfully proved the difference. Evgeni Kisurin 's team started with 19-11 and allowed Slovakia to score another 11 points in the second period. Russia, meanwhile posted 21 to take 40:22 lead at the halftime. In the second period the favorites started to ruin the defense of the opponents and proved their superiority. Russia demonstrated 24-10 in the third quarter and limited Slovakia to 15-4 in the last.
Svetlana Makhlina (180-G-85) paced all the winners with 14 points for 2-0 record. Maria Cherepanova (186-C-87) nailed 13, while Mariya Khrustaleva (167-G-87) notched 11. Eva Kmetova (188-C-87) finished the game with 13 points and Katarina Tetemondova (185-F-88) scored 10.
Russia shot 44% from the filed, while Slovakia showed only 26%.
In another game Penaluna explodes with 35 points to lead Australia over Chinese Taipei in the Women Intermediate Round Group F. The World University Games saw another victory of the favorites as they beat Asian team 79:67.

Slovakia: Eva Kmetova 13, Katarina Tetemondova 10
Russia: Svetlana Makhlina 14, Maria Cherepanova 13, Mariya Khrustaleva 11


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  TAIWAN - Women  


Penaluna explodes with 35 points to lead Australia over Chinese Taipei - by Eurobasket News
World University Games
Australia-Chinese Taipei 79:67


Penaluna explodes with 35 points to lead Australia over Chinese Taipei in the Women Intermediate Round Group F. The World University Games saw another victory of the favorites as they beat Asian team 79:67.
Australia was too good from the beginning of the game as they grabbed the lead from the first minutes. The team from Oceania enjoyed 28:11 after the first 10 minutes of the game. Chinese Taipei looked better in defense in the second frame and allowed the favorites to score only 13 points. After the first half the teams left to the lockers for 41:23 Australian advantage. Moreover the Asian team started to play in the second half after the break. Chinese Taipei won the third frame 25-21 and reduced to 14 points after thirty minutes of the game. Chinese Taipei also was stronger in the last period for 19-17 but could not stay closer to the winners.
Elyse Penaluna (193-C-88) was unstoppable with 35 points and 19 rebounds to lead all the scorers. Chantella Perera (175-G-86, college: Fresno St.) posted 12, while Marianna Tolo (196-C-89) netted 10. CHANG Shih-Chieh poured in 15 points and LI Wan-Ting collected 13.
In another game of the group Russia smashed Slovakia in the Women Intermediate Round Group F of the World University Games, Belgrade registered another victory for Russia that enjoyed 79:36 at the end.

Australia: Elyse Penaluna 35+19 rebs, Chantella Perera 12, Marianna Tolo 10
Chinese Taipei: CHANG Shih-Chieh 15, LI Wan-Ting 13


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  TURKEY - Women  


Turkey registered their first win in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News
Serbia-Turkey 76:85

Turkey registered their first win in Women Intermediate Round Group G that was created after the Preliminary Round to tie Serbia at 1-1 in it. In the game between each other Turkey won over Serbia 85:76 in the World University Games.
It was an offensive start from both teams that had some fresh air yesterday due to day-off in the tournament. Turkey tasted 26:22 after the opening quarter, but was caught by the Serbs in the end of the half. Serbia used a 22-15 second quarter to take 44:41 halftime advantage.
Turkey came back from the lockers more well-rested and produced 23-12 in the third period. In a back-to-back last quarter Serbia tried hard to recover but lost even the period. Turkey needed 21-20 to win the game 85:76. Turkey shot 46% from the field and Serbia showed 45%.
Gizem Yavuz (170-G-88) shined with 34 points for the winners for their initial victory. Melike Bakircioglu (191-F/C-87) collected 18 points and 11 rebounds, whilst Seda Tabakci (185-F-85) had 14 points and 10 boards. Tamara Radocaj (168-G-87) notched 23 points in defeat and Zorica Mitov (189-C-87) posted 14.
In another game China improved to 2-0 record in a new-created Group G after the victory over France. The Asian team celebrated 91:78 win at the World University Games.

Serbia: Tamara Radocaj 23, Zorica Mitov 14
Turkey: Gizem Yavuz 34, Melike Bakircioglu 18+11 rebs, Seda Tabakci 14+10 rebs


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  UNITED KINGDOM - Women  


Czech Republic needed overtime to remain undefeated in the World University Games - by Eurobasket News
Great Britain-Czech Republic 83:89 OT

Czech Republic needed overtime to remain undefeated in the World University Games. Great Britain controlled the majority of the game but had to admit 83:89 loss in the Women Intermediate Round Group I.
Great Britain took a 22:21 after the opening quarter and allowed the opponent to score the same number of points in the second period. After 23-21 in it the second team from Group A had 45:42 at the halftime. The tempo slowed down in the game as both teams produced 28 point in the third period when Great Britain took another 16-12 deficit. They however could no keep the score for good as Czech Republic tied the game in the end of the fourth, not the last period. In overtime the Czechs were stronger, 12-6 and won the game 89:83. Czech Republic shot 41% from the filed, while Great Britain had 36%. The latter however was better shooting from the perimeter, 43 versus 32.
Romana Hejdova (183-F-88) was unstoppable with 31 points for the winners that improved to 2-0. Katerina Elhotova (176-G-89) posted 20,while Edita Sujanova (190-C-85) collected 15 points and 14 boards. Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87) was responsible for 23 points in defeat and Azania Stewart (193-C) had massive 18 points and 18 rebounds.
In another game USA survives against Poland in the World University Games in the first game of Women Intermediate Round Group I . The favorites produced 75:67 to remain undefeated.

Great Britain: Johannah Leedham 23, Azania Stewart 18+18 rebs
Czech Republic: Romana Hejdova 31, Katerina Elhotova 20, Edita Sujanova 15+14 rebs


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  WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES - Women  


Day 4 in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News
Intermediate Round

GROUP E
United States of America -Poland 75:67

USA survives against Poland in the World University Games in the first game of Women Intermediate Round Group I . The favorites produced 75:67 to remain undefeated.
Both teams had a day-off before the Intermediate Round Group I than combined the teams from Group A and D. Even thought the USA was the real favorite of the game, the European team struggled hard in the whole game.
The USA opened the victory with 18:17 lead and then increased to 5 points at the halftime. The North American team added 19-15 in the second period for 37:32 halftime advantage. Poland looked very well in the game this morning. The United States of America however kept the winning style and had 18-16 in the third period. With 20-19 they closed the game with another win to take 2-0 record in the Intermediate Round Group I.

Danielle McCray (5'11''-G/F-87, college: Marist) and Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88) top-scored for the winners with 12 points apiece. Alexis Gray-Lawson (5'8''-G-87), Jeanette Pohlen (6'0''-G) and Kayla Pederson (6'4''-F-89) had 9 points each. Justyna Zurowska (6'2''-C-85) delivered 20 points for the European team and Kasia Krezel (6'1''-G-85, college: UTEP) posted 18.

United States of America:
Danielle McCray 12, Tina Charles 12, Alexis Gray-Lawson 9, Jeanette Pohlen 9, Kayla Pederson 9
Poland:
Justyna Zurowska 20, Kasia Krezel 18


Great Britain-Czech Republic 83:89 OT
Czech Republic needed overtime to remain undefeated in the World University Games. Great Britain controlled the majority of the game but had to admit 83:89 loss in the Women Intermediate Round Group I.
Great Britain took a 22:21 after the opening quarter and allowed the opponent to score the same number of points in the second period. After 23-21 in it the second team from Group A had 45:42 at the halftime. The tempo slowed down in the game as both teams produced 28 point in the third period when Great Britain took another 16-12 deficit. They however could no keep the score for good as Czech Republic tied the game in the end of the fourth, not the last period. In overtime the Czechs were stronger, 12-6 and won the game 89:83. Czech Republic shot 41% from the filed, while Great Britain had 36%. The latter however was better shooting from the perimeter, 43 versus 32.

Romana Hejdova (183-F-88) (183-F-88) was unstoppable with 31 points for the winners that improved to 2-0. Katerina Elhotova (176-G-89) posted 20,while Edita Sujanova (190-C-85) collected 15 points and 14 boards. Johannah Leedham (180-G/F-87) was responsible for 23 points in defeat and Azania Stewart (193-C) had massive 18 points and 18 rebounds.

Great Britain:
Johannah Leedham 23, Azania Stewart 18+18 rebs
Czech Republic:
Romana Hejdova 31, Katerina Elhotova 20, Edita Sujanova 15+14 rebs


GROUP F
Slovakia-Russia 36:79
Russia smashed Slovakia in the Women Intermediate Round Group J of the World University Games, Belgrade registered another victory for Russia that enjoyed 79:36 at the end.
Two teams had a day-off in the tournament and then joined another Group J after advancing from their Preliminary Groups. Russia was the favorite of the game and rightfully proved the difference. KISURIN Evgeny 's team started with 19-11 and allowed Slovakia to score another 11 points in the second period. Russia, meanwhile posted 21 to take 40:22 lead at the halftime. In the second period the favorites started to ruin the defense of the opponents and proved their superiority. Russia demonstrated 24-10 in the third quarter and limited Slovakia to 15-4 in the last.

Svetlana Makhlina (180-G-85) paced all the winners with 14 points for 2-0 record. Maria Cherepanova (186-C-87) nailed 13, while Mariya Khrustaleva (167-G-87) notched 11. Eva Kmetova (188-C-87) finished the game with 13 points and Katarina Tetemondova (185-F-88) scored 10.
Russia shot 44% from the filed, while Slovakia showed only 26%.

Slovakia:
Eva Kmetova 13, Katarina Tetemondova 10
Russia:
Svetlana Makhlina 14, Maria Cherepanova 13, Mariya Khrustaleva 11


Australia-Chinese Taipei 79:67
Penaluna explodes with 35 points to lead Australia over Chinese Taipei in the Women Intermediate Round Group J. The World University Games saw another victory of the favorites as they beat Asian team 79:67.
Australia was too good from the beginning of the game as they grabbed the lead from the first minutes. The team from Oceania enjoyed 28:11 after the first 10 minutes of the game. Chinese Taipei looked better in defense in the second frame and allowed the favorites to score only 13 points. After the first half the teams left to the lockers for 41:23 Australian advantage. Moreover the Asian team started to play in the second half after the break. Chinese Taipei won the third frame 25-21 and reduced to 14 points after thirty minutes of the game. Chinese Taipei also was stronger in the last period for 19-17 but could not stay closer to the winners.

Elyse Penaluna (193-C-88) was unstoppable with 35 points and 19 rebounds to lead all the scorers. Chantella Perera (175-G-86, college: Fresno St.) posted 12, while Marianna Tolo (196-C-89) netted 10. CHANG Shih-Chieh poured in 15 points and LI Wan-Ting collected 13.

Australia:
Elyse Penaluna 35+19 rebs, Chantella Perera 12, Marianna Tolo 10
Chinese Taipei: CHANG Shih-Chieh 15, LI Wan-Ting 13


GROUP G
France-China 78:91
China improved to 2-0 record in a new-created Group G after the victory over France. The Asian team celebrated 91:78 win at the World University Games.
China and France both showed their scoring skills in the opening quarter to nail 54 points in 10 minutes. The Asian team took 30:24 and never looked back after that. They added 23-17 in the second period for 53:41 halftime lead. The most troubles France got in the third frame when the European team was neaten 19-28. Only in the last period France produced 18-10 to somehow reduce the gap.
China shot 50% from the filed and France had 49%. The latter however was better from the perimeter as they had 55% over 36%. China had 24/30 from the free throw line and France hit 5/9.
HUA Lin paced all the winners with 27 points and 12 rebounds to top the group. LIU Xin nailed 23 and
Song Lulu (-G-85) had 14. Aurelie Carmona (184-C/F-87) notched 16 points and Kathleen Bourdin (-G) brought 15 for France.

France:
Aurelie Carmona 16, Kathleen Bourdin 15
China: HUA Lin 27+12 rebs, LIU Xin 23,
Song Lulu 14

Serbia-Turkey 76:85
Turkey registered their first win in Women Intermediate Round Group G that was created after the Preliminary Round to tie Serbia at 1-1 in it. In the game between each other Turkey won over Serbia 85:76 in the World University Games.
It was an offensive start from both teams that had some fresh air yesterday due to day-off in the tournament. Turkey tasted 26:22 after the opening quarter, but was caught by the Serbs in the end of the half. Serbia used a 22-15 second quarter to take 44:41 halftime advantage.
Turkey came back from the lockers more well-rested and produced 23-12 in the third period. In a back-to-back last quarter Serbia tried hard to recover but lost even the period. Turkey needed 21-20 to win the game 85:76. Turkey shot 46% from the field and Serbia showed 45%.

Gizem Yavuz (170-G-88) shined with 34 points for the winners for their initial victory. Melike Bakircioglu (191-F/C-87) collected 18 points and 11 rebounds, whilst Seda Tabakci (185-F-85) had 14 points and 10 boards. Tamara Radocaj (168-G-87) notched 23 points in defeat and Zorica Mitov (189-C-87) posted 14.

Serbia:
Tamara Radocaj 23, Zorica Mitov 14
Turkey:
Gizem Yavuz 34, Melike Bakircioglu 18+11 rebs, Seda Tabakci 14+10 rebs

GROUP H
Canada-Hungary 79:81
Hungary survived in the game over Canada in Belgrade. Group H of the World University Games saw 81:79 European victory in Serbia.
Hungary was better in the start of the game taking after the opening quarter. The European team continues their winning clash after 19-16 in the second period as well. They enjoyed 45:33 halftime advantage and looked forward to get their second win in Serbia. When the teams came back from the lockers, Canada however started to reduce. The team looked more ambitious and produced 19-12 in the third frame. The last period became very offensive with the teams showing great shooting skills. Canada won the period 27-24 but lost the game 79:81.

Anna Vida (184-F-85) paced all the winners with 18 points for 2-0 record. Timea Czank (176-G-86) posted 16 points and Andrea Somogyi (184-F-86) had 13. Laurelle Weigl (193-C-88) notched 13 for the North Americans and ST.AMOUR Chanelle nailed 12.

Canada:
Laurelle Weigl 13, ST.AMOUR Chanelle 12
Hungary:
Anna Vida 18, Timea Czank 16, Andrea Somogyi 13

Japan-Mozambique 97:86
Japan overcame Mozambique in the first day of the Intermediate Round at the World University Games. The Asian team registered 97:86 victory, however Mozambique played their best game so far.
It was a pleasure to see that both teams looked great after the game. Japan could celebrate their second victory in the group, while the African team showed great team effort with four players reaching the double digits. Japan took 23:21 after the first 10 minutes but did not keep the score. Mozambique exploded in the second period and had 27-22 advantage in it. It gave them 48:45 lead entering the third period. Japan escaped the loss in the frame and tied the game at 68:68 after thirty minutes of the battle. Japan needed 29-18 to survive in the game as they won 97:86.
FUJII Miki top-scored for the winners with 20 points and KOIKE Mariko netted 19.
Akane Takemoto (-F-87) followed them with 16 points and 5 boards. INVOSSO Delmina erupted with 24 points and 9 rebounds for African representative. Amelia Macamo (169-G-85) netted 20, whilst Aleia Rachide (184-F-85) collected 19 points and 17 rebounds in defeat.

Japan: FUJII Miki 20, KOIKE Mariko 19,
Akane Takemoto 16
Mozambique: INVOSSO Delmina 24+9 rebs,
Amelia Macamo 20, Aleia Rachide 19+17 rebs