EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/8/2009

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  ANGOLA   


New Zealand clinch 13th spot with win over Angola - by Eurobasket News
New Zealand U19 - Angola U19 62:54

New Zealand claimed the second straight victory at the U19 World Championship in Auckland. They overcame Angola early today to clinch the 13th overall position at the tournament. Angola finished one step behind at the 14th spot. Brook Ruscoe (188-G-90) scored 20 points to pace the hosts to the difficult win.
New Zealand used a stifling defense in the starting frame to take the lead. They limited Angola to 10 points in the first ten minutes and enjoyed a 15:10 advantage at the first break. New Zealand continued to stay aggressive in defense and rolled to a 10-point lead at halftime. Brook Ruscoe had 12 points in the first half keeping New Zealand in charge. Angola decreased the number of mistakes in the second half but could work it out offensively. They missed too many shots and did not get any closer as the Junior Tall Blacks headed into the fourth quarter up by 10 points. Angola finally managed to pull things together in the final quarter as they knocked down 21 points but it was not enough to threaten the hosts. The Kiwis raced to the win to complete their World Championship campaign on a high note.
Robert Loe (211-C-91) added 15 points, 9 boards and 4 steals for the home team. Dion Prewster (195-G/F-91) had 10 points in the winning case. Miguel Kiala (198-C-90) answered with 16 points and 12 boards for Angola. Eduardo Ferreira (194-F-90) delivered 15 points in defeat.

New Zealand: Brook Ruscoe 20, Robert Loe 15, Dion Prewster 10
Angola: Miguel Kiala 16+12 boards, Eduardo Ferreira 15



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  ARGENTINA   


Australia sneak past Argentina - by Eurobasket News
Australia U19 - Argentina U19 76:65
Australia extended their perfect run at the U19 World Championship holding off ambitious Argentina today. Australia used an overwhelming dominance in the opening frame to build a decisive buffer. They protected it well throughout the reminder of the contest to post the fifth straight win in Auckland. The Emus now share the top spot in Group F together with Croatia. Argentina slipped at 3-2 record in the third position in the pool. The Emus limited their opponents to miserable 4 points in the opening nine minutes of the game. Aussies grabbed a 25:9 advantage after ten minutes of action. The Emus started the second stanza on a 9:1 rally to clear off to a remarkable 24-point distance. Argentina finally found the rhythm and responded with a 25:11 run that put them just ten points shy of Australia late in the half. Matthew Dellavedova (189-G-90) hit a buzzer-beating trey to ensure a 48:35 lead for the Emus at halftime. Argentina went off the dressing room ready to challenge the Emus. Luciano Gonzalez (196-F-90) ignited a comeback rally that resulted in the Latin American team cutting the distance to just 6 points with ten minutes left. Australia braced up for the tough fourth term and wisely kept Argentina at bay throughout the reminder of the battle. Jason Cadee, Brock Motum (205-F-90) and Cody Ellis (202-F-90) scored 16 points apiece to pace the Emus. Matthew Dellavedova delivered 7 points in the win. Luciano Gonzalez answered with 14 points for Argentina. Matias Nocedal (192-G-90, agency: Interperformances) was limited to just 9 points in defeat.

Australia: Jason Cadee 16, Brock Motum 16, Cody Ellis 16
Argentina: Luciano Gonzalez 14, Matias Nocedal 9



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  AUSTRALIA   


Australia sneak past Argentina - by Eurobasket News
Australia U19 - Argentina U19 76:65
Australia extended their perfect run at the U19 World Championship holding off ambitious Argentina today. Australia used an overwhelming dominance in the opening frame to build a decisive buffer. They protected it well throughout the reminder of the contest to post the fifth straight win in Auckland. The Emus now share the top spot in Group F together with Croatia. Argentina slipped at 3-2 record in the third position in the pool. The Emus limited their opponents to miserable 4 points in the opening nine minutes of the game. Aussies grabbed a 25:9 advantage after ten minutes of action. The Emus started the second stanza on a 9:1 rally to clear off to a remarkable 24-point distance. Argentina finally found the rhythm and responded with a 25:11 run that put them just ten points shy of Australia late in the half. Matthew Dellavedova (189-G-90) hit a buzzer-beating trey to ensure a 48:35 lead for the Emus at halftime. Argentina went off the dressing room ready to challenge the Emus. Luciano Gonzalez (196-F-90) ignited a comeback rally that resulted in the Latin American team cutting the distance to just 6 points with ten minutes left. Australia braced up for the tough fourth term and wisely kept Argentina at bay throughout the reminder of the battle. Jason Cadee, Brock Motum (205-F-90) and Cody Ellis (202-F-90) scored 16 points apiece to pace the Emus. Matthew Dellavedova delivered 7 points in the win. Luciano Gonzalez answered with 14 points for Argentina. Matias Nocedal (192-G-90, agency: Interperformances) was limited to just 9 points in defeat.

Australia: Jason Cadee 16, Brock Motum 16, Cody Ellis 16
Argentina: Luciano Gonzalez 14, Matias Nocedal 9



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  AUSTRIA   


Thomas leaves Austrian Wels - by Eurobasket News
Wels will definitely miss Brandon Thomas (198-G/F-84, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Massachusetts) next season, however thank him for a wonderful 2008/2009 season when the team triumphed in the country. Brandon Thomas leaves the team and will play the next season in Germany for Goettingen.
Brandon Thomas's Wels celebrated in thriller 82:80 grabbing the first championship title in Austria. After defeat in Game 1, Wels managed to beat the regular season champion 3 consecutive times ending the series with 3-1. Brandon Thomas demonstrated pretty decent performance having 16 points.
After opening ten minutes it seemed this will be an easy win for the hosts. They made plus 9 quickly, 32-23. However, Deteri Mayes pushed the visitors to much better performance in the second quarter, what resulted with 45-46 turn at the half time. Third stanza was totally leveled. Actually Wels finished it with 26-25 for 71-71 tie. In the last minute the host were more concentrated, what was enough for the first championship title ever in the club's history.
Brandon Thomas started to get noticed at Judson high school in Texas and then started his University career at Long Island where he played two years. In his sophomore season, he averaged 26 games: 12.3ppg, 3.7rpg, 2.1apg. He then left and went to Umass, the school where Markus Camby went. He didn't play much his senior year averaging in 32 games: 4.0ppg, 1.1rpg. This didn't damper his desire to play pro basketball as he got a job in Denmark playing for FOG Naestved. He caught foot quickly in the style of play and finished the 2007-2008 season as the top scorer in the Danish league averaging 24 games: Score-1 (24.5ppg), 4.6rpg, 3.2apg, 2.0spg, 1.0bpg, 2FGP: 61.2%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 71.0%.
A new team for Brandon Thomas was second after the regular season in Germany. Goettingen however lost the Quarterfinal playoffs and could not advance to the semifinals.


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  BELGIUM   


Liege Transfer News - by Peter Buyse
Belgacom Liege has signed 2 more players for the 2009-2010 season. First one is American guard Alex Ruoff (198-G-86) and the second is Belgian guard Guy Muya (190-G-83) who returns to Liege.
Ruoff just finiished his college career at West Virginia where as senior he averaged 15.7 ppg, 3.6 rpg and 3.4 apg.

This past season he earned Big East Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He also made it to the NCAA All-Academic team twice.
He was also invited to the pre-draft Portsmouth Invitational after his senior year.
West Virginia's career three-point field goal leader has signed with the Washington Wizards.
Ruoff will play for the Wizards summer league team which begin practices on July 10th. All summer league games will be played in Las Vegas

Muya played most of the 2008-2009 for Verviers-Pepinster and had averages of 7.6 ppg, 3.1 rpg and 2.3 rpg.
He already played for Liege between 2004 and 2006.



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  BELIZE   


Hopkins Takes 3rd Place and BWEL Flames Burn Express!!! - by David Magana
Thursday July 02, 2009

3rd Place Game Results
Junior Division
#1 Hopkins 56
#4 Southside Rebels 51

Senior Division
#1 BWEL Flames 73
#4 Valley Express 54


Hopkins Takes 3rd Place
After a disappointing regular season finish and a heart-breaking semi-final loss, Hopkins did not intend to walk away from the 2009 campaign empty handed. Hopkins stabilizing force, Macario Augustine, seemed just as determined to secure this win and his 24 point, 18 rebound performance was a testament to that. Southsides captain Nigel Cain scored 22 points and grab 7 rebounds in a bid for the consolation prize, but the he and the Rebels came up short in the end, falling 56-51.

Notable Performances:
Hopkins Iver Ventura 13pts, 4asts
Southside Rebels Dinsdale Rogers 14pts, 14rebs

BWEL Flames Burn Express
In the combined twelve games played this year by Flames and Express, only once did either team manage to string two victories in a row. With these two modern day Jekyll and Hyde teams a win is anything but certain, but in Thursday nights game the good would come out in Flames and the Bad in Express. Powered by Eden Serano, BWEL never trailed and pretty much put the game away in the first half with a 37-20 score. Serano finished with 24pts and 12rebs finishing the season averaging a double-double. Valley tried to mount a comeback in the second half behind 11 points from Nevin Ramirez but could not muster enough offense to overcome the Flames and ultimately fell 73-54. Ramirez finished with 14 points for the game

Notable Performances:
BWEL Flames Mervin Castillo (-C) 12pts, 12rebs
Valley Express Leon Gentle 13pts, 3rebs


John Rhys
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Belize City Council Becomes Inter-office Champs!!! - by David Magana
The Belize City Council finally broke their heartbreaking streak of losing in the playoffs and clawed their way to the top starting off at #6 seed to claim the ultimate #1 team in this years 2009 Inter-Office Basketball Tournament. They did it behind their star player who matched his playoff high 22 pts, Kenroy 'MVP' Usher, and by containing Atlantic Banks top scorer tieing his playoff low at 11 pts, Andrew 'Head' Staine. City Council out scored the Atlantic Bank team in each quarter as the City Council team's game plan of concentrating on Andrew 'Head' Staine worked to almost perfection while Atlantic Bank seemingly made no adjustments after their loss in game 2, which finally lead to the dynamic 9-man roster loss of the series.

Please find below the results of the Inter-Office Championship Finals games held on 03 July:

Game 1 (Exhibition Game)
San Pedro TigerSharks - 65 Alamilla's No Limit - 46
Top Scorers

Tigersharks - Winston Pratt (186-G-90) 'Air Jun' 21 pts / 11 rebounds / 2 assist / 1 steal
Jay Jex 18 pts / 7 rebounds / 3 blocks
No Limit - Ryan 'Benz' Bennett 12 pts / 1 rebound
Lupito Acosta 11 pts / 1 rebound / 5 assist

Game 2 (Game 3 of Championship Series)
Belize City Council - 65 Belize City Council - 46
Top Scorers

City Council - Kenroy 'MVP' Usher 22 pts (4-3's) / 4 rebounds / 1 assist / 3 steals
Virgil 'Butta' Miller 13 pts / 7 rebounds / 3 steals
Atlantic - Dave Apolonio 13 pts / 1 rebound / 1 assist
Andrew 'Head' Staine 11 pts / 5 rebounds / 1 block / 5 steals


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  BOSNIA   


Transfers - by Nedzad Kladusak

Forward Mujo Tuljkovic (203-F-79, agency: Beo Basket), member of the BIH NT, signed with turkish Beko league team Erdemir.
Samir Leric (204-F/C-74) agreed terms with Liga 12 newcomer KK Capljina. As his former team KK Sloboda coulnd t longer afford the services of the former NT center he decided to return to KK Capljina.
Capljina also added Ivan Bakovic (197-G-81) who is expected to be one of the major pillars of the team.
Bojan Djurica (198-F-83) extended his contract with KK Igokea.
After the transfer of Zlatko Jovanovic, (181-G-84, agency: Beo Basket) Sloboda Dita signed the young prospect Filip Adamovic (184-G-88). Adamovic has been member of the Bosnian U16 and U18 NT.
Goran Ikonic (196-G-80), captain of KK Bosna, confirmed the receipt of an offer and announced that he will accept it.
Nihad Djedovic (196-F-90) will finally get the chance to play in the ACB. He declared that Barcelona wants to loan him to ACB teams. He said that he will most likely join Manresa but pointed out that other teams contacted the team from Catalonia.



Bosnian-Hercegovinian players in Serbia not longer treated as domestic players - by Nedzad Kladusak
The serbian basketball federation decided to change the status of Bosnian-Hercegovinian and Montenegrinian players.
So far they enjoyed the status of domestic players in the Sinalco league.
In Bosnia-Hercegovina serbian players still do have the status of domestic players which represents a major problem for young BIH prospects.
Most serbian teams fill their rosters with serbian players while croatian top teams (for example HKK (H stands for Hrvatski (Croatian) Siroki)
have mostly croatian players thus being a kind of a farm team for the croatian top teams Cibona and Zadar and the croatian junior NT.
This regulation seriously harms the production of Bosnian-Hercegovinian NT players and KSBIH should consider its abolition.
It would be a tremendeous boost for the BIH national teams if KSBIH manages to install a regulation that conditions the eligibility for regional
and international competitions with contracts and significant playtime for at least two junior BIH NT players.



Teletovic and Ikonic cancel their participation, Vasiljevic likely to miss the campaign - by Nedzad Kladusak
Even 13 players of the preliminar roster cancelled their participationin the preparations of the NT due to private problems, health status or FIBA restrictions.
Mirza Teletovic and Goran Ikonic declined their participation due to injuries respectively private reasons. Sasa Vasiljevic is also most likely not coming to Zenica where the NT starts tomorrow its preparations.
Neither Nenad Markovic nor Mensur Bajramovic could imagine that intangibles like patriotism and honour would be things their teams will miss most.
Damir Mrsic (188-G-70) and Damir Krupalija have been assessed to be too old for the NT Markovic and Bajramovic wanted to add quickness and talent to the team but it lost its heart
and the respect for teammates, country and fans and those who have the honour to represent BIH should be proud to be the chosen one. On the other hand it makes it not easier for Bajramovic to coach players of TAU Vitoria, Benetton, Montepaschi with his professional record.


But also KSBIH has to profesionalise its structures with highly professional people that are willing to help the bosnian basketball without any remuneration. Particularly in Organisational terms, PR management, Marketing, Financial Management and Scouting KSBIH is far from even lowest european standards.

Despite all the problems Bosnia-Hercegovina will have a strong line up.

Nemanja Gordic (194-G-88) Highly motivated after a rather dissapointing season for him , he will be the starting point-guard.
Zlatko Jovanovic (181-G-84, agency: Beo Basket) The rookie of the bosnian team. Arguably the best PG of the domestic league. A winner with a rather complete skillset. Will fit perfectly to the taller Gordic.
Nihad Djedovic (196-F-90) After two years in the LEB Silver Nihad Djedovic wants to demonstrate his progress on elite level. Without Goran Ikonic and Henri Domercant he will have to provide an effective perimeter support for his big men.
Ivan Opacak (202-G/F-80, agency: World Sport Agency) After a rather dissapointing season for him he will be the most experienced player in the team. There is no doubt he will die on the court.
Mujo Tuljkovic (203-F-79, agency: Beo Basket) The athletic SF has the experience to help this team especially on the defensive end.
Edin Bavcic (210-F/C-84, agency: Beo Basket) A month ago he signed with Union Olimpija which will be his first year on Euroleague level. In the first part of the qualifications he didn t get a minute. He can play a similar role like Mirza Teletovic and drain some threes when needed.
Milan Milosevic (205-F-85, agency: Beo Basket) A very athletic SF who had only minor playtime in Red Star despite his talent. After the change of his status the fate of our players in Serbia is uncertain. This tournament is his
chance to draw some attention.
Elmedin Kikanovic (206-C-88, agency: Beo Basket) After the Reebok Summer Camp 09 most experts don t give a dime on him. Red Star is in serious financial problems. His excellent basketball IQ and his quick pivoting will be
a main asset of this team.
Kenan Bajramovic (206-F-81, agency: Beo Basket)-He is the star of this team. Can he handle that pressure? These are the situations where good players become true leaders.
Ratko Varda (216-C/F-79) He has been announced as a major reinforcement under the paints. After years sepnt in the NBA and in european elite teams he can give a lot.
Ermin Jazvin (210-C-80) Bajramovic announced he needs warriors. Jazvin is certainly such a player and if he is completely healthy he can make the difference through his physical strength and toughness.
Esmir Rizvic (213-C-82, college: Gulf Coast CC) He just graduated and the level of college basketball is certainly not as high as on elite european level. However with hustle and toughness he can certainly help out his colleagues and gather experiences you will only get on that level of comeptition.

Despite all of these players have individual skills and talent it will depend on cohesion whether Bosnia-Hercegovina will have a chance to participate in EC in Poland.



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  BRAZIL   


Brazil hold off Mexico in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News
Brazil - Mexico 84:80
Luciano De Souza (201-F-86) scored 18 points to lift Brazil past Mexico at the University Games today. Brazil clinched the top spot in Group N with 2-0 record. Mexico finished in the second position as they slipped at 1-1 record. It was a close affair from start to finish. Mexico enjoyed a narrow 22:21 lead after ten minutes. They did not surrender the advantage in the second quarter and ensured a 43:42 lead at the interval. But Brazil managed to turn the tables in the second half. They fired 26 points in the third stanza and headed into the fourth term ahead by 3 points. Brazil hung on to eke out a difficult victory at the end. Andre Felipe Almeida (208-C-88) posted 11 points for Brazil. Roberto Alves (206-F/C-85) and Andre Goes (195-G/F-87) notched 10 points each in the winning effort. Joel Reynoso (190-G-85) responded with 25 points and 9 boards for Mexico. Gabriel Giron (192-F-88) registered 20 points in defeat.
Brazil shot 50% from the field, while holding Mexican counterparts to 43% accuracy. They also had a slender advantage on the glass with 38 boards.

Brazil: Luciano De Souza 18, Andre Felipe Almeida 11, Roberto Alves 10, Andre Goes 10
Mexico: Joel Reynoso 25, Gabriel Giron 20



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  CANADA   


Canada douse Kazakhstan in Auckland - by Eurobasket News
Canada U19 - Kazakhstan U19 108:70
Canada grabbed a commanding win over Kazakhstan at the U19 World Championship today. Canada thus snapped a two-game losing streak and improved at 2-3 record in Group F. A Greg Francis team will have to win against Argentina tomorrow to hope for qualification into the quarterfinal stage. Kazakhstan slipped at 1-4 record at the bottom of the standings.
Cory Joseph (185-G-91) was the catalyst for Canada in the first half as they managed to run away. He notched 16 points to give the North American a much-needed boost as they grabbed a 13-point distance. Canada gained confidence and rolled easily in the third quarter. They fired 28 points in the third frame to accumulate a 26-point margin with one quarter to go. Kazakhstan never recovered in the final period and suffered a stunning defeat at the end. Typhoon Nurse (182-G-90) scored 25 points to lead Canada. Kelly Olynyk (203-F) added 24 points and 9 boards, while Cory Joseph finished with 20 points and 6 boards for the winners. Alexander Tyutyunik (190-G-90) delivered 19 points for Kazakhstan. Pavel Ilyin (192-G-92) had 13 points in the losing case.
Canada outrebounded their opponents 50:26 and forced those to 21 turnovers. The North American team also sank 50% from the field in the victory.

Canada: Typhoon Nurse 25, Kelly Olynyk 24, Cory Joseph 20
Kazakhstan: Alexander Tyutyunik 19, Pavel Ilyin 13



Israel enter playoffs undefeated - by Eurobasket News
Israel - Canada 89:81
Israel completed the fifth straight victory at the World University Games in Belgrade. They knocked down Canada in Group K action today to set up a quarterfinal clash against Germany. Canada will play against Latvia for the 9th-12th spots on Thursday.
Canada gave all Israel could handle before narrowly losing at the end. Elishay Kadir (203-F-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) and Gal Mekel (195-G-88, college: Wichita St.) fired up Israel in the starting frame as they rolled to a 7-point lead at the first intermission. But Canada seemed ready for the challenge. They burst out of the blocks in the second term to account for 30 points. Canada arrived at halftime ahead by 3 points giving Israel some food for thought during the major break. Israel got the message and went off the dressing room much more aggressive defensively and restored the lead with one quarter remaining. Israel played it safe in the final period and did not allow the North American team to threaten the margin.
Elishay Kadir delivered 25 points and 9 boards for Israel. Gal Mekel had 20 points, 9 boards and 5 boards, while Yuval Naimi (188-G-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services) netted 17 points in the loss. Ross Bekkering (203-F-85) drained 15 points and collected 11 boards for Canada. Phillip Nkrumah (193-G) recorded 10 points and 8 boards in the loss.

Israel: Elishay Kadir 25, Gal Mekel 20, Yuval Naimi 17
Canada: Ross Bekkering 15+11 boards, Phillip Nkrumah 10



Canadian University National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
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4 Christian Upshaw (178-G-86) of St.Francis Xavier
5 Boris Bakovic (201-F-88) of Ryerson College
6 Ross Bekkering (203-F-85) of University of Calgary
7 David Collins (213-C-85) of Bradley University
8 Josh Gibson-Bascombe (193-G-86) of University of Ottawa
9 Keenan Jeppesen (201-G/F-85) of Western Ontario
10 Phillip Nkrumah (193-G) of Cape Breton University
11 Joshua Whyte (191-G-89) of University of British Columbia
12 Dax Dessureault (206-C) of University of Ottawa
13 Chris Dyck (191-G-85) of University of British Columbia
14 Jacob Doerksen (200-F-88) of Trinity Western
15 Greg Surmacz (203-F-86) of University of Windsor
Head Coach: Chris O'Rourke
Assistant Coach: Darrell Glenn


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  CHILE   


Dimayor: Tarver joins Catolica - by Daniel Valencia
CD Universidad Catolica de Santiago agreed terms with the american Theodis Tarver (206-F/C-84, college: Georgia Tech) to be their import player for the national phase of Dimayor. Tarver is a power forward/center from Georgia Tech with playing experience in Mexico and Germany, where he spend the last three seasons. The american is already in the country and will be ready to play this weekend in the games against Deportes Castro and Universidad de Los Lagos.

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  CHINA   


Iran tame China in thriller - by Eurobasket News
Iran - China 91:80 (2OT)

Mohammad Reza Akbari (197-F/G-86) knocked down 30 points, grabbed 11 boards and made 6 steals to inspire a dramatic double-overtime victory for Iran at the World University Games today. Iran had to survive two extra periods before securing an exhausting success against China. Iran improved at 1-0 record in Group M. China fell at 0-2 at the bottom of the standings in the pool. Iran would face Australia for the top position in the group tomorrow.
Iran stunned China in the opening frame outgunning their opponents 22:6. China stopped the bleeding in the second frame as they managed to slow down Iran. A Mehran Hatami team still were able to gain a 17-point lead at halftime. But China were not about to fold that early. They changed the complexion of the encounter drastically in the second half. Zhang ZhaoXu (213-C-87) recharged the team as they began clawing their way back into the game. China trimmed the distance to 9 points at the end of the third frame. There was more to come. China completed the rescue mission late in regulation drawing things level and forcing overtime. The first extra period did not figure out the winners as the teams were knotted at 73. But Iran saved more energy for the final surge. They outscored China 18:7 in the second overtime to eke out a nail-biting win at the end. Mehrad Atashi (186-G-86) delivered 21 points, 7 boards and 4 assists for Iran. Aren Davoudichegani (184-G-86) had 13 points for the winners. Zhang ZhaoXu produced 25 points and 12 boards for China. Li Xuesong banked 19 points in defeat.

Iran: Mohammad Reza Akbari 30+11 boards, Mehrad Atashi 21, Aren Davoudichegani 13
China: Zhang ZhaoXu 25+12 boards, Li Xuesong 19



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  CROATIA   


Jakov Vladovic will continue his career in Rostov - by Eurobasket News
Jakov Vladovic (186-G-83) will continue his career in Rostov as the player signed the contract with Lokomotiv. The Croatian player will start his International arena in Russia.
Jakov Vladovic started his professional career in 2000-2001 with KK Zadar Junior Team. In 2001-2002 he debuted in Adriatic League with 8 games averaging 2.8ppg, 1.1rpg, 1.3apg, 1.0spg. Zadar enjoyed his appearance in the team until year 2007. In 2006-2007 he played in Adriatic League 17 games having 7.9ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.9apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 40.4%, 3PT: 26.5%, FT: 66%; Overall stats (including Croatian League) were 39 games: 8.3ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.8apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 56%, 3FGP: 34%, FT: 69%.
In 2007-2008 started for KK Zagreb (A1, starting five). In Adriatic League Jakov Vladovic played in 25 games and was the third top-scorer with 17.9 points per game. He was also third in Assists section with 4.4 and second in Steals with 2.0. In FIBA EuroCup the same season he partcipated in 11 games averaging 15.1ppg, 2.7rpg, 6.8apg. Again his Assists indicator was the top in the league.
Last season KK Zagreb saw 2 games from the Croatian player in EuroChallenge as Jakov Vladovic averaged 13.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.0apg.In Croatian League he played 16 games having 7.3ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.4apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 57.4%, 3PT: 40.6%, FT: 84.2%
His new team Lokomotiv finished the Regular season on the 7th spot. Khimky earned the spot in the semifinal after they held off Lokomotiv Rostov at home court in the Play-offs. Maciej Lampe nailed 19 points and grabbed 16 boards to lead Khimky. Timofei Mozgov added 16 points in the victory. Dramir Zibirov answered with 14 points and 6 boards for Lokomoiv Rostov Na Donu.


Croatia defy Spain to stay unbeaten - by Eurobasket News
Croatia U19 - Spain U19 91:72
Croatia extended their unbeaten run at the U19 World Championship in New Zealand. They rallied past Spain today to improve at 5-0 record in Group F of the tournament. Spain slipped at 2-3 record and must win against Kazakhstan to stay hopeful about the quarterfinal appearance.
The game was not an easy jog for the Croats. They shot ball well in the opening frame and earned an 18:14 lead after ten minutes. Croatia kept their opponents at bay in the second frame and recorded a 38:30 lead at halftime. But Spain fired 28 points in the third stanza to turn things around. Croatia suffered 6 turnovers in the period and led by just one point into the final stanza. But Spain could not capitalize. Croatia came up with a barrage of three-pointers to deny any hopes of the win from Spaniards in the final minutes. Leon Radosevic (210-F/C-90) scored 22 points and grabbed 8 boards for Croatia. Dino Butorac added 16 points, while Toni Prostran (183-G-91) had 15 points and 7 assists for the winners. Toni Vicens (202-C-90) replied with 18 points and 9 boards for Spain. Daniel Perez (188-G-90) finished with 15 points in defeat.
Spain will face Kazakhstan, while Croatia take on Australia tomorrow.

Croatia: Leon Radosevic 22, Dino Butorac 16, Toni Prostran 15
Spain: Toni Vicens 18, Daniel Perez 15



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


Dominican Republic National Team - by Herubey Grassals
The Dominican Republic basketball federation made official today the list of the players call to the national team for 2009 Fiba Americas Championship tournament that will be playing from August 26th to September 6th in San Juan, Puerto Rico, this tournament will qualify the first 4 teams for world championship next year in Turkey.
Points Guards:Joel Ramirez,Edgar Sosa (185-G-88),Carlos Morban (187-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Florida Intern.),Juan Silvestre Coronado (196-G-84),Richard Ortega (188-G-82),Alvin Abreu (188-G-87); Shooting Guards:Francisco Garcia (201-F-81, agency: Octagon, college: Louisville),Luis Flores (188-G-81, college: Manhattan),Kelvin Pena (193-G-81, college: Southeastern CC),Jeff Greer (196-G/F-79, college: Rutgers),Samuel Mejia (198-G-83, college: De Paul),Manny Quezada (188-G-85, college: Rutgers),Jose Olivero (186-G-85, college: Lehigh),Sean Ogirri; Small Forward: Trevor Ariza (203-F-85, agency: David Lee services, college: UCLA),Franklin Western (200-F-72, college: Providence),Ricardo Greer (197-F/G-78, college: Pittsburgh),Santos Martinez (198-G/F-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: Livingstone); Power Forwards: Charlie Villanueva (209-F-84, college: Connecticut),Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports),Eulis Baez (201-F-82, college: W.Illinois),Ivan Almonte (198-F-81, college: Florida Intern.),Josh Asselin (211-C/F-78, agency: Duran International, college: Michigan); Centers:Alfred Horford (208-F/C-86, college: Florida) (208-F/C-86, college: Florida),Alejandro Flores (202-F-81, agency: Strategic Sports, college: E.Oklahoma St. JC),Manuel Guzman (206-F/C-82, college: Bemidji St.),John Garcia (206-F/C-87); Head Coach:Julio Toro , Assistants: Melvyn Lopez ,Jose Maita Mercedes ,Antonio Sibilio ,Jose Dilone .



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Lithuania outlast Gallant Egyptians - by Sherif Soliman
AUCKLAND (FIBA U19 World Championship) - Lithuania have withstood an inspired game by Egyptian guard Amro Sherif Abdelhalim to take a 94-73 victory at the FIBA U19 World Championship in Auckland, and place one foot in the quarter finals.

Sherif Abdelhalim scored 19 points and pulled down 5 rebounds in the first half as the African champions trailed by just two, 42-40 at half time.

Egypt in fact led 17-8 with 5:07 remaining in the first quarter, and were within 25-27 at the first break.

But the Lithuanian defence stepped up a gear in the third quarter, and a tired Sherif Abdelhalim could no longer keep his team in touch with the European runners up. Lithuania outscored their rivals 28-11 in the third quarter and 24-22 in the last quarter to run out 21-point victors.

Sherif Abdelhalim finished with 26 points and 9 rebounds in a very impressive display. No other Egyptian reached double figures or pulled in more than 6 rebounds in a team that was out-rebounded 43-22, but forced Lithuania into 23 turnovers. Sherif Abdelhalim again led the way with 6 steals.

Lithuania now have three wins and look certain to move through to the semi finals. Gediminas Bertasius was excellent (24 points, 9/1 fg, 5 rebounds, 5 steals), as were Donatas Motiejunas (16 points, 10 rebounds) and Gediminas Orelik (14 points).

Tomorrow, Egypt face another tough assignment in Greece, while Lithuania face France at 5:00pm at the North Shore Events Centr.


Greece defence shuts down Egypt - by Sherif Soliman
AUCKLAND (FIBA U19 World Championship) - Greece have bounced back from their loss to the USA and made light work of Egypt, score ended at 100-59, at the FIBA U19 World Championship in Auckland, New Zealand.

The European champions led 37-17 at quarter time, 59-22 at half time and 76-36 at the last break before winning by 41 points, record their third win of the tournament and move within striking distance of the quarter finals

Stats , Nikolaos Pappas (18 points), Leonidas Kaselakis (12 points) and Ioannis Angelopoulos (11 points, 4 rebounds) enjoyed the day out, as their team handed out 24 assists to 7, and scored 44 points inside to 26.

For the overmatched Egyptians, Adham Mohamed Elsayed (16 points, 4 rebounds) and Osama Shawki Mohamed (12 points, 7 rebounds) reached double figures. Amro Sherif Abdelhalim, the star against Lithuania, was held to 9 points on 18% shooting.

Egypt have won one game in the tournament, a memorable overtime victory over Iran, and complete their Group E games against Puerto Rico at ASB Stadium on Wednesday morning.
Egypt will then play off for positions 9-12.


Greece notch important win over Egypt - by Eurobasket News
Greece - Egypt 100:59

Greek U19 National Team posted a vital win over Egypt at the World Championship today. Nikolaos Pappas (194-G-90, agency: FCM) scored 18 points to lift the Hellenes to the third win at the tournament. Greece now occupy the fourth spot in the pool and face France tomorrow. Greek team must win this game to sneak into the next round of action. Egypt on the other hand suffered the fourth defeat and slipped at 1-4 record at the bottom of the standings.
Greece did not waste too much time to post their dominance. They poured in 37 points in the opening frame to pile up a 20-point lead at the first break. Greece limited their opponents to just 5 points in the second term to enjoy a 37-point advantage at halftime. The Hellenes slowed down in the second half trading buckets with their African counterparts. Egypt however failed to come any closer and Greece cruised to a comfortable victory at the end.
Leonidas Kaselakis (202-C-90) nailed 12 points for Greece. Ioannis Angelopoulos (194-G-91) delivered 11 points in the winning case. Adham ElSayed (190-G-91) replied with 16 points for Egypt. Osama Mohamed (192-F-90) had 12 points and 7 boards in defeat.

Greece: Nikolaos Pappas 18, Leonidas Kaselakis 12, Ioannis Angelopoulos 11
Egypt: Adham ElSayed 16, Osama Mohamed 12



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Finnish University National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
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7 Juho Nenonen (202-F-87) of Joensuun Kataja
8 Vesa Makalainen (200-F-86) of Namika Lahti
9 Anselmi Vanjoki (193-G-88) of Honka Espoo Playboys
10 Eero Lehtinen (191-G-85) of Torpan Pojat Helsinki
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Finland outscore Greece at World University Games - by Eurobasket News
Finland - Greece 70:66
Finland posted the first win at the World University Games Group I. They held off Greece to clinch the third spot, while Greece remained in the fourth position at 0-3. Finland will now face Ukraine in the classification games of the 9th-12th spots. Greece will take on Portugal for the 13th-16th overall places.
Finland had to overcome a deep 9-point hole at halftime to come out winners at the end. Ville Makalainen (194-F-85, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) provided 16 points and 13 rebounds to help Finland to the victory. Greece opened the game confidently earning a 4-point lead after ten minutes. They did not loosen the grip and stormed to a 9-point advantage at the main break. But Finland found the way to neutralize their opponents in the second half. They limited the Hellenes to 8 points in the third term to pull as close as 3 points with ten minutes to go. Finland fired on all cylinders in the final stanza to steal a tough at the end. Juho Nenonen (202-F-87) delivered 15 points for Finland at the end. Ilkka Vuori (181-G-86) had 9 points and 8 assists in the win. Dimitris Verginis (194-G-87, agency: FCM) responded with 14 points for Greece. Sotiris Manolopoulos (208-F-87) posted 10 points and 9 boards in the losing effort.

Finland: Ville Makalainen 16, Juho Nenonen 15, Ilkka Vuori 9
Greece: Dimitris Verginis 14, Sotiris Manolopoulos 10



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France ease past Lithuania in Auckland - by Eurobasket News
France U19 - Lithuania U19 95:78

France celebrated a confident win over Lithuanian counterparts at the U19 World Championship today. France thus improved at 3-2 record in Group E and edged closer to the quarterfinal stage of the tournament. Lithuania remained at the second position despite loss enjoying a 3-2 record as well.
France took over right from the start as Andrew Albicy (178-G-90) orchestrated the game well. France relied on perimeter shooting and the tactics worked out. Les Bleues fired 8 triples in the first half to pile up a decisive advantage. The French juniors led by 5 points at the first intermission but managed to stretch the gap in the second frame. They accounted for 34 points in the second quarter to take a 57:34 lead into the second half. Lithuania tried to change the complexion as they unleashed a 19:10 run in the third stanza. But Christophe Leonard (199-F-90) stepped up for France as he knocked down timely 5 points late in the stanza to restore a 14-point lead. Jonathan Bourhis (182-G-90) fired twice from beyond the arc midway through the fourth period as France cleared off to a 20-point distance and never looked back en route to the victory.
Christophe Leonard netted 22 points to lead the French outfit. Jonathan Bourhis produced 18 points, while Andrew Albicy finished with 15 points, 6 assists, 6 steals and 4 boards in the win. Adomas Drungilas (203-C-90) replied with game-high 24 points and 9 boards for Lithuania. Dovydas Redikas (193-G-92) delivered 17 points in the losing effort.

France: Christophe Leonard 22, Jonathan Bourhis 18, Andrew Albicy 15
Lithuania: Adomas Drungilas 24, Dovydas Redikas 17



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The Walter Tigers Tuebingen Sign Darryl Hudson - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The Walter Tigers Tuebingen have goten some help on the guard position signing combo guard Darryl Hudson (196-G-85, agency: Megasport, college: Howard). The 23 year old 196 guard will play his first season in the BBL. Tuebingen management are happy that they found a player that is so versatile. 'We got a very physical player that can play the positions 1-3 and will make our game more variable. He is still young, but proved that he could play the last two seasons in Europe. I heard only positive things about him and am happy that we got him', said Tuebingen coach Igor Perovic .

Hudson played at Howard University from 2003-2007 and showed that he is a hard worker and leader. His size and athletic abilty allows him to be a pest defending smaller guards. His best season was his senior year where he averaged in 31 games: 14.4ppg, 5.7rpg, 1.8apg, FGP: 51.8%, 3Pts: 44.6%, FT: 68.0%. He then went to Finland in his rookie year and played for Karhut Kauhajoen avergaing in 41 games: 19.7ppg, 6.2rpg, 3.0apg, FGP: 52.6%, 3PT: 30.4%, FT: 75.8%. Last season, he jumped across europe and played in Hungary for Falco KC-Szombathely where Telekom basket Bonn guard Winsome Frazier once played. There he averaged in 26 games: 13.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 1.6apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 52.8%, 3PT: 34.5%, FT: 79.3%. Not only the good stats of Hudson in Europe gave Tuebingen the thumbs up for the signing. 'We had good talks with Darryl and are convinced of his abilities. He is quick, can rebound, is a good ball handler, can shoot and is an aggressive defender. We are looking forward to seeing an interesting player. He will strengthen our team with his versatility', said Tuebingen manager Robert Wintermantel .



Essen tie up Terdenge deal - by Moritz Korff
Veteran Gerrit Terdenge (205-F-75, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Fresno St.) has accepted a two-year contract with the ETB Wohnbau Baskets Essen (2. Bundesliga Pro A). He arrives at the Ruhr club from Giessen, where he spent the past five and a half years. Terdenge, who was born in Gelsenkirchen only 13 kilometers away from Essen, made his debut on the German Men's National Team in 1996. He was a member of the German squad for the 1997 and 1999 European championships. The 33-year-old totally received 82 caps for Team Germany. During 2008-2009 Terdenge played 25 Bundesliga games for the 46ers and averaged 6.2 points, 3.2 rebounds per contest. In the next two years his job will be to lead a young Essen team on the court.

Ulm: Adekola named Assistant Coach - by Moritz Korff
Tunde Adekola has been named an ratiopharm Ulm Assistant Coach, as announced by the club today. The 29-year-old Nigerian-born coach, who holds a U.S. passport as well, played at St. Michael's University (NCAA2) from 1998 to 2002. He then became a coach. He worked as a Coach Assistant at Our Saviour Lutheran High School in New York, at the University of Tampa (NCAA1) and at USBL's Brooklyn Kings. In 2007 he moved to Danmark. He joined the coaching staff of the Bakken Bears who won the Danish championship in his first overseas season. He then was named a Coach Assistant at Randers Cimbria, another first division-club from Danmark. In 2008 Adekola was the Head Coach of Team Moscow at the Eurobasket Summer League in New York and worked for the NBA program 'Basketball without Borders'.

Ensminger from Paderborn to Bonn - by Moritz Korff
Chris Ensminger (209-C-73, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Valparaiso) has signed a two-year-contract with the Telekom Baskets Bonn. The 35-year-old veteran played for the Paderborn Baskets in this past season and averaged 11.2 points as well as 9.6 rebounds in the 1. Bundesliga. After Mitteldeutscher BC, Bamberg and Paderborn the T-Team is going to be his fourth club in Germany. Ensminger has been one of the dominating post players in German basketball over the past years and has been named a Bundesliga Allstar several times. In 2003 and 2005 he received Eurobasket.com All-1. Bundesliga Center of the Year honors.

Coleman Collins Back In BBL With Ratiopharm Ulm - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
23 year old 206cm American Coleman Collins (206-F-86, agency: Interperformances, college: Virginia Tech) is back in the BBL signing a one year contract with Ratiopharm Ulm. He had already played in the BBL in the 2007-2008 season for ENBW Ludwigsburg avergaing in 33 games: 10.6ppg, 4.1rpg, 2FGP: 58.3%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 70.1%. Already then, he had left a good impression on some BBl managers. 'One could alredy see his talent two years ago and he was only 21 years old. Now he is two years older and we are awaiting a lot form him on the position 4-5', described ratiopharm Ulm manager Thomas Stoll Last season, Collins barely missed jumping into the big show the NBA as he almost made the Phoenix Suns roster, but was cut and played in the D-league for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants avergaing in 46 games: 11.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 1.2apg, FGP: 48.4%, FT: 75.1%. Coach Mike Taylor is extremly happy with the signing of Collins. 'Coleman is a great athlete and knows how to use the ball and has a strong shot', commented coach Mike Taylor .

Collins was born in Princeton, New Jersey, but grew up in Georgia. He went to Virgina Tech from 2003-2007. His best season was his junior year, where he averaged in 26 games: 14.5ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 51.1%, FT: 67.2%. His best accomplishment in the BBL was reaching the 2008 BBL cup final in Hamburg losing to the Artland Dragons. It will never be easy to replace Mr incredible Jeff Gibbs (188-F-80, college: Otterbein) and Ulm seem not quite sure where Collins will play until they know what will happen with big man Sean Finn (212-C-82, college: Dayton), but they know that they will be anything, but one dimensional. 'Coleman will play a large role of defining our new identity', stressed Ratiopharm Ulm coach Mike Taylor .



Drew Williamson (Science City Jena) Interview Part 2 - 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 agroin 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%. This season at Science City Jena he 30 games: 12.2ppg, 4.3rpg, 4.3apg, Steals-4 (2.2spg), FGP: 49.7%, 3PT: 35.5%, FT: 83.3%. This interview was done shortly before the 2008-2009 PRO A season ended and in Part 2 Drew talks about his Basketball life before Science City Jena.

You grew up in North Carolina. What was your childhood like?

I had a good childhood. My mom and dad have always been there for me no matter what the situation is. Ive really been blessed to have such a strong core group of family and friends. I grew up in a small city in North Carolina, pretty much where everybody knew everybody. Where I grew up at it would have been easy for me to get side tracked and forget about my basketball goals and things that I had planned for myself. It was always a family member or a friend that told me to stay focus and dont get caught up in the wrong things. I always made sure that I stayed on that straight path. It means so much to not only me, but to everybody else that has been there for me that Im even playing professional basketball.

Who were your Basketball idols growing up?

Of course I was a big Michael Jordan fan, but I also liked Scottie Pippen. Since high school Ive liked watching Allen Iverson. Love the way he plays with his heart, plays hard and leaves everything out there on the court.

North Carolina is a Basketball state. What Basketball college did you follow closely as you were growing up and why?

I grew up a North Carolina Tarheels fan. I know I hardly ever missed any of their games when I was little all the way up until high school. My dad was always a big UNC fan, so I think seeing him cheering for them and all the UNC clothes that he use to wear made me start liking them too.

You played at Old Dominion University from 2003-2007. What were your nicest memories from school and Basketball?

I had a lot of great memories at ODU. The best ones I would have to say was winning the conference championship my sophomore year. Playing in the NCAA Tournament my sophomore and my senior year. and the last one would be playing at Madison Square Garden in the NIT semifinals.

Who were the best players that you played against in school that might be in the NBA or in Europe now?

I would have to say Raymond Felton now playing with the Charlotte Bobcats, Jameer Nelson now playing with Orlando Magic, and JJ Barea who now plays with the Dallas Mavericks.

If you had the chance to play in the BBL, for what team would you like to play for?

Any one of them. I would like to put my talents up against the best players in Germany. Would be a good test for myself, so I can see where I stand.

What was the craziest shot that you ever took in a game or practice?

Im not even sure.. We play HORSE a lot after practice. So its probably a shot that I just tried messing around.

What were the most free throws that you hit in a row?

I remember working out with one of my friends back home this summer, and at the end of the workout I hit like 22 in a row. Thats the only time I can really remember just shooting free throws until I missed one.

What would you like to do after your Basketball career?

I would like to become a college coach one day. I love the game, and I think I will always need to be around it someway.

What are your hobbies?

I love to just relax, watch movies, play PS3, and to be on the Internet.

What was the last DVD that you saw?
The Answer It is a documentary about Allen Iverson



Germany outsmart Romania in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News
Germany - Romania 81:69

Germany defeat Romania at the World University Games in Serbia tonight. Dominik Bahiense de Mello (190-G-85, agency: Pro One Sports) scored 22 points to lead the German selection. Germany thus claimed the second spot in Group J and advanced into the quarterfinal stage. Romania were sent to the fourth position in the standings. Germany will play against Israel next. Romania will face Italy in the classification games for 13th-16th places.
Germany quickly marked their serious ambitions for the game. They outgunned Romania 23:11 in the starting frame to enjoy a 12-point lead at the first break. The Bundesteam unloaded 29 points in the second stanza to keep Romania at bay. A Tudor Costescu team showed some signs of recovery in the third frame. With their backs against the wall Romania tried to bounce back. They stepped on the gas and trimmed the margin to 13 points before the fourth stanza. Romania won the final quarter by one point but it was not enough for the victory as Germany celebrated a vital success.
Per Gunther (185-G-88, agency: Rasmussen Services) had 15 points for the winning side. Johannes Lischka (203-F/C-87, agency: Court Side) produced 13 points and 15 boards for Germany. Ionut Dragusin (221-C-85) replied with 20 points and 16 boards for Romania. Titus Nicoara (200-F-88, agency: Interperformances) had a monster game of 20 points and 19 boards in defeat.

Germany: Dominik Bahiense de Mello 22, Per Gunther 15, Johannes Lischka 13+15 boards
Romania: Titus Nicoara 20+19 boards, Ionut Dragusin 20+16 boards



German University National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
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5 Nicolai Simon (191-G-87) of Erdgas Ehingen/Urspringschule
6 Oskar Fassler (198-G-88) of ALBA Berlin
7 Karsten Tadda (189-G-88) of Brose Baskets Bamberg
8 David McCray (188-G-86) of EnBW Ludwigsburg
9 Dominik de MELLO (190-85)
10 Lucca Staiger (196-G-88) of Iowa State University (USA)
11 Tom Spoeler (206-F-88) of TSV Leverkusen
12 Jannik Freese (208-F/C-86) of LTi Giessen 46ers
13 Johannes Lischka (203-F/C-87) of LTi Giessen 46ers
14 Oliver Komarek (208-C/F-86) of USC Heidelberg
15 Maik Zirbes (205-C-90) of TBB Trier
Head Coach: Denis Wucherer
Assistant Coach: Volker Stix


Regionalliga News - by Moritz Korff
SVD 49 Dortmund (Regionalliga West) has sealed the deal with their second import player for the 2009-2010 season. Marcus Tullis (198-F, college: Pitt-Johnstown) will join the team of Coach Peter Radegast. Tullis is 23 years of age and finished his NCAA career at Division 2 school University of Pittsburgh Johnstown this spring. Tullis led the Mountain Cats to a 24-8 record through the year and scored a team-best 18.4 points per contest. In addition he pulled down 6.2 rebounds a game and dished out 1.9 assists. Thanks to his good performances as a senior he was named Honorable Mention All-American by Division II Bulletin.

Fletcher Walters (201-F-86, college: Amherst) will continue his career in Luxembourg. The 22-year-old Forward played for the Iserlohn Kangaroos in the Regionalliga West last season and earned Eurobasket.com All-Regionalliga West 2nd Team honors after his first season in Europe. In 2009-2010 Walters will wear the jersey of Musel Pikes, that advanced to the final of the Diekirch League in this past campaign.


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Greece notch important win over Egypt - by Eurobasket News
Greece - Egypt 100:59

Greek U19 National Team posted a vital win over Egypt at the World Championship today. Nikolaos Pappas (194-G-90, agency: FCM) scored 18 points to lift the Hellenes to the third win at the tournament. Greece now occupy the fourth spot in the pool and face France tomorrow. Greek team must win this game to sneak into the next round of action. Egypt on the other hand suffered the fourth defeat and slipped at 1-4 record at the bottom of the standings.
Greece did not waste too much time to post their dominance. They poured in 37 points in the opening frame to pile up a 20-point lead at the first break. Greece limited their opponents to just 5 points in the second term to enjoy a 37-point advantage at halftime. The Hellenes slowed down in the second half trading buckets with their African counterparts. Egypt however failed to come any closer and Greece cruised to a comfortable victory at the end.
Leonidas Kaselakis (202-C-90) nailed 12 points for Greece. Ioannis Angelopoulos (194-G-91) delivered 11 points in the winning case. Adham ElSayed (190-G-91) replied with 16 points for Egypt. Osama Mohamed (192-F-90) had 12 points and 7 boards in defeat.

Greece: Nikolaos Pappas 18, Leonidas Kaselakis 12, Ioannis Angelopoulos 11
Egypt: Adham ElSayed 16, Osama Mohamed 12



Finland outscore Greece at World University Games - by Eurobasket News
Finland - Greece 70:66
Finland posted the first win at the World University Games Group I. They held off Greece to clinch the third spot, while Greece remained in the fourth position at 0-3. Finland will now face Ukraine in the classification games of the 9th-12th spots. Greece will take on Portugal for the 13th-16th overall places.
Finland had to overcome a deep 9-point hole at halftime to come out winners at the end. Ville Makalainen (194-F-85, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) provided 16 points and 13 rebounds to help Finland to the victory. Greece opened the game confidently earning a 4-point lead after ten minutes. They did not loosen the grip and stormed to a 9-point advantage at the main break. But Finland found the way to neutralize their opponents in the second half. They limited the Hellenes to 8 points in the third term to pull as close as 3 points with ten minutes to go. Finland fired on all cylinders in the final stanza to steal a tough at the end. Juho Nenonen (202-F-87) delivered 15 points for Finland at the end. Ilkka Vuori (181-G-86) had 9 points and 8 assists in the win. Dimitris Verginis (194-G-87, agency: FCM) responded with 14 points for Greece. Sotiris Manolopoulos (208-F-87) posted 10 points and 9 boards in the losing effort.

Finland: Ville Makalainen 16, Juho Nenonen 15, Ilkka Vuori 9
Greece: Dimitris Verginis 14, Sotiris Manolopoulos 10



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5 Dimitrios Kompodietas (196-G-85) of Panellinios Athens
6 Dimitris Verginis (194-G-87) of Panathinaikos Athens
7 Giannis Lianos (201-G-89) of Apollon Patras
8 Thrasivoulos Sfeikos (195-G-85) of MENT Vassilakis
9 Theodoros Tsiotras (198-G-87) of HSBC Pagrati Athens
10 Sotiris Manolopoulos (208-F-87) of Gestiberica Ciudad de Vigo (ESP)
11 Rigas Papargilopoulos (202-F-86) of HSBC Pagrati Athens
12 Georgios Trichopoulos (193-G-87)
13 Giorgos Sourlis (190-G-85) of Dafni Athens
14 Giorgos Galiotos (212-C-86) of Ase Doukas Athens
15 Savas Tzougarakis (207-C-86) of Near East
Head Coach: Giannis Eleftheriadis
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Ronny LeMelle Stays With ZZ Leiden - by Fred Roggen
Both parties have reached an agreement and so the player will stay with the club for another year. LeMelle signed with the team back in January 2009 coming from Finnish Kouvot. Ronny LeMelle (196-G-81, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Auburn) is 27 years old and 196cm tall and has played in Europe for teams like CB Ourense (Spain-LEB2), Cartersville Baseline Warriors (SEBL), Gary Steelheads (IBL).
Last season he had 12.9ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.3apg in average for the team from Leiden.



GasTerra Flames, Guard Rogier Jansen Part ways - by Fred Roggen
GasTerra Flames announced Today that it has reached a mutual agreement with point guard Rogier Jansen (188-G-84, agency: Court Side) to terminate the player's contract. Both sides came to this conclusion after it was clear that head coach Marco van de Berg and Rogier Jansen were not on the same wavelength on the continuation of their cooperation. However the sides decided to dissolve their agreement without giving any further details. In a simple press release, the team stated that it wishes the player the best fortunes in the future. The GasTerra Flames will now search for a new Dutch player.


Upstairs Weert Inks Kurtis Rice - by Fred Roggen
Upstairs Weert Inks Kurtis Rice (198-F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Charleston So.). Upstairs Weert announced today the signing of Kurtis Rice. The 26-year-old graduate of Charleston Southern signed a one-year deal. Rice started last season with Finnish club Pyrinto Tampere, but moved to Namika Lathi in january. Kurtis Rice played 28 games for Pyrinto Tampere and averaged 14.3ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.4apg.

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The roster of ASE is complete - by Tamas Deri
Anthony Dill (200-F-81, college: Texas St.-San Marcos) is the third foreigner of the champion team in the next season! The 201 cm tall power forward spent the last season with Dombovar in Hungary together with Ivory Clark and was one of the best players in our league. In 32 games he scored 19.5 points and 7.3 grabed rebounds per game. He surprised a lot of people with his outside shooting range. Can score from the inside out shooting over 46% from 3point range and 66% from the field.

Darryl Hudson leaves Hungary and signed with Tubingen - by Tamas Deri
Darryl Hudson (196-G-85, agency: Megasport, college: Howard) graduated in 2007 on the University of Howard and spent his first pro carreer in Finland. August 2008 he signed with Falco KC Szombathely and arrived in September to our country. Some weeks later he got an injury, for this reason he missed some games of the regular season. After he got fit again, showed in many games his great offensive and defensive skills and averaged 13.6 points, 3.5 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. The 193 cm tall multiguard can play on all guard positions - said head coach of Tbingen, Igor Perovic, who is very happy to get Darryl on his team!

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  INDONESIA   


IBL playoff 2009 results - by Anto Hanayudha

June 28 (Game 1) :
CLS Knights vs Pelita Jaya 65-56
Bima Sakti vs Aspac 55-51

June 29 (Game 2) :
Pelita Jaya vs CLS Knights 60-56
Aspac vs Bima Sakti 73-62

June 30 (Game 3) :
CLS Knights vs Pelita Jaya 62-60
Aspac vs Bima Sakti 70-49

Score results :
Aspac vs Bima Sakti (2-1)
CLS Knights vs Pelita Jaya (2-1)

IBL final 2009 matches schedule (July 11-14):
Satria Muda vs CLS Knights
Garuda vs Aspac
(all matches will use home and away system in Jakarta and Bandung)



IBL round 2 series 1 results and reports : CLS out from playoff spot? - by Anto Hanayudha

Round 2 series 1 already taken place in Jakarta at Hall Basket Senayan. In this series, one of the top team CLS never won the games. It have consequences CLS chance go to final four become disturbed. Also for their rank in the standings become different. After serie in Jakarta, CLS management taken over step with fired their coach Geraldo Ramos from Phillipine and changed with new coach Simon Wong. The management hope in this way could increase their performance for next series. Series 2 of round 2 will go on in Surabaya, the homebase of CLS Knights in this month.



May 6
MHIM vs Stadium Bhinneka 62-59
Garuda vs Bima Sakti 101-55
Satria Muda vs Pelita Jaya 67-58

May 7
Aspac vs Citra Satria 72-48
Bima Sakti vs Angsapura 71-55
Stadium Bhinneka vs CLS Knights 64-60

May 8
Pelita Jaya vs MHIM 85-40
Satria Muda vs Angsapura 73-43
Garuda vs Citra Satria 80-54

May 9
Satria Muda vs Aspac 83-59
Pelita Jaya vs CLS Knights 81-67
Bima Sakti vs MHIM 71-59

May 10
Garuda vs CLS Knights 97-52
Angsapura vs Citra Satria 56-53
Aspac vs Bima Sakti 74-53



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  IRAN   


Iran tame China in thriller - by Eurobasket News
Iran - China 91:80 (2OT)

Mohammad Reza Akbari (197-F/G-86) knocked down 30 points, grabbed 11 boards and made 6 steals to inspire a dramatic double-overtime victory for Iran at the World University Games today. Iran had to survive two extra periods before securing an exhausting success against China. Iran improved at 1-0 record in Group M. China fell at 0-2 at the bottom of the standings in the pool. Iran would face Australia for the top position in the group tomorrow.
Iran stunned China in the opening frame outgunning their opponents 22:6. China stopped the bleeding in the second frame as they managed to slow down Iran. A Mehran Hatami team still were able to gain a 17-point lead at halftime. But China were not about to fold that early. They changed the complexion of the encounter drastically in the second half. Zhang ZhaoXu (213-C-87) recharged the team as they began clawing their way back into the game. China trimmed the distance to 9 points at the end of the third frame. There was more to come. China completed the rescue mission late in regulation drawing things level and forcing overtime. The first extra period did not figure out the winners as the teams were knotted at 73. But Iran saved more energy for the final surge. They outscored China 18:7 in the second overtime to eke out a nail-biting win at the end. Mehrad Atashi (186-G-86) delivered 21 points, 7 boards and 4 assists for Iran. Aren Davoudichegani (184-G-86) had 13 points for the winners. Zhang ZhaoXu produced 25 points and 12 boards for China. Li Xuesong banked 19 points in defeat.

Iran: Mohammad Reza Akbari 30+11 boards, Mehrad Atashi 21, Aren Davoudichegani 13
China: Zhang ZhaoXu 25+12 boards, Li Xuesong 19



Iran fire past Syria in Auckland - by Eurobasket News
Iran U19 - Syria U19 93:53
Iran celebrated the first win at the U19 World Championship classification round. They eased past Syria to clinch the 15th spot at the tournament. Mohammad Amjad (190-G-90) poured in 29 points and collected 6 boards to lead Iran to the victory.
The first frame was a tough battle with neither side able to dominate. Tarek AlJabe (179-G-90) scored 8 points for Syria as they trailed by just 5 points at the first intermission. Iran tipped off the second frame with a 12:4 rally to clear off. They outgunned the Syrian team 26:11 in the period to enjoy a 51:31 lead at the interval. Things got even worse for Syria in the third stanza. Iran unleashed a 30:6 run to leave Syria hapless with ten minutes remaining in regulation. Syria finished the game with dignity outscoring their opponents in the final stanza but it had little impact on the final outcome as Iran grabbed a confident win.
Arsalan Kazemi (202-F-90) tallied 23 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Mehdi Shirjang (191-F-90) knocked down 11 points for Iran. Tarer AlJabe answered with 14 points for Syria. Samer Bawadekji (188-F-90) netted 9 points in the losing effort.

Iran: Mohammad Amjad 29, Arsalan Kazemi 23, Mehdi Shirjang 11
Syria: Tarek AlJabe 14, Samer Bawadekji 9



Iran , Champion of Qatar Tournament... - by Mohammad Ahmadi
Iran NT, in the period of preparations, attended the tournament of Qatar with Qatar, Lebanon and Egypt.

In this tournament, At the first game, Iran won Lebanon at 79 - 73. In this game, Jackson Vroman who was playing for Saba Mehr in Iran League and for Mahram in Asian Championship, played for Lebanon National Team.
Iran NT won the second game against Egypt easily and the score was 83 - 64 for iran.
But the last game was different, At the end of 4th quarter and after the last second 3point shot of Mehdi Kamrani, score was Iran 87 - Qatar 87. then in the Extra Time and with a 2point shot of Kamrani, Iran won the game on 99-97 and was announced as Champion of Qatar Tournament.

Quarters :
Q1 : Iran 23 - Qatar 25
Q2 : Iran 15 - Qatar 21
Q3 : Iran 23 - Qatar 21
Q4 : Iran 26 - Qatar 20
ET : Iran 12 - Qatar 10
Iran NT is being prepared for Asian Cup 2009 in China.


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  IRELAND   


Irish Senior Home Games Confirmed - by Jolie Niland
The times and dates for Irelands Senior Men and Senior Women Home European qualifiers have been confirmed.


It promises to be an exciting summer with the Irish Senior Women looking to make history by reaching the top tier of European basketball, while the Irish Senior Men will be hoping to build on their involvement in last seasons European qualifiers and the inaugural Emerald Hoops International Series.

The Irish Senior Men, once again marshalled by Jay Larranaga, will host Sweden on August 15, before another visitor in the shape of Luxembourg on August 22. Their away games includes trips to Georgia and the Slovak Republic.


The National Basketball Arena will play host to two double headers with the Senior Men and Senior Women in action on Saturday, August 15 and Saturday, August 22.
Squads will be named in the coming weeks.
Senior Men Schedule
(Home games in bold, all home games to take place at the National Basketball Arena)
Division B
Group C
Aug 15; 17:00
Sweden (H)
Aug 19
Georgia (A)
Aug 22; 17:00
Luxembourg (H)
Aug 29
Slovak Rep (A)



Irish 50+ Win In Cardiff - by Jolie Niland

The Ireland Over 50 team won the British Masters Basketball Championship in Cardiff last weekend. Led by MVP Paul Gallen (Rathmines) the Irish team defeated title holders Louisiana (50-37) in the first game, English team the 59ers (51-40), Glasgow (52-37) and Derby (35-22) to win the title for the second time in three years.
Former Irish international guard Eamonn Molloy (Killester) coached the team and was delighted with the performance throughout. The win against Louisiana was huge, they are a very strong team but we defended very well and played to our strengths.'
Ireland was well represented in the tournament which was hosted by the Celts club at the University of Wales Athletics Centre. Shannon competed in the mens Over 40 A competition, which was won by Manchester, while three Dublin based womens teams competed in the Over 35 tournament- Team Euro, Allstars and Pegasus.
In all 28 teams participated in four grades: Mens Over 50 (Champions Rathmines), Mens Over 40 A (Champions Manchester) Mens Over40 B (Champions Glasgow) , and Womens Over 35 (Champions Sheffield).



Aer Lingus Pre Season Tournament Scheduled - by Jolie Niland
Aer Lingus Basketball Club will host a pre season tournament August 21st-23rd at the Alssa Sports Complex in North Dublin. Both Men's and women's teams from Division's 2 to division's 5 will compete in a pre-season tournament with both the Finals being played on Sunday afternoon followed by presentations.

Admission per team is 200 or 20 per player, which will include tournament admission, barbeque and disco on the Saturday night for all registered players.
Book your place ASAP to avoid being disappointed. Minimum players per team are 8 with a maximum of 12. All teams and players must be registered before August 1st.Tickets for the Saturday night events can be bought for 10.

Team deposit of 100 is required to confirm your place by August 1st 2009.

For more information on this event please log on to www.all-starcoaching.net or you can also apply online. For more information call us on +353419817152 or +353868851817.



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Israeli University National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
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4 Dori Assaf (179-G-87) of Maccabi Ashdod
5 Nitzan Hanochi (192-86)
6 Daniel Gur Arie (202-87)
7 Alexy Chubrevich (212-86)
8 Elishay Kadir (203-F-87) of Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa
9 Gal Mekel (195-G-88) of Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa
10 Yuval Naimi (188-G-85) of Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem
11 Avi Ben Chimol (194-G-84) of Eldan Ashkelon
12 Yogev Ohayon (189-G-87) of Ironi Nahariya
13 Ofir Farhi (187-G-86) of Maccabi Rishon Le-Zion
14 Jonhatan Nir (202-F-86) of Maccabi Givat Shmuel
15 Boris Rothbart (218-86)
Head Coach: Erez Edelshtein (agency: Arik Krayn Services )
Assistant Coach: Erez Bittman (agency: Gross Zeev ISA )


Thomas Torey heads to Ramat-Gan - by Eurobasket News
Torey Thomas (180-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Holy Cross) heads to Ramat-Gan, Israel to play for the team in the upcoming season. The American player spent the last season in Hanzevast Capitals Groningen (Holland-Eredivisie) and had outstanding stats. He was the second player in the Assist section with 5.0 per game in the League and third in Steals with 3.0.
Torey Thomas started his career in Holy Cross (NCAA) in 2003. He stayed there until year 2007 and improved every season. In 2006-2007 he spent 34 games in NCAA averaging 13.7ppg, 4.7rpg, 4.7apg, 2.8spg, FGP: 37.5%, 3Pts: 40.3%, FT: 77.1%. In December 2007 signed at Akropol BBK (Sweden-Basketligan, starting five) and had 22 games. He was the top-scorer in the league with 25.6 points per game, the first in the Steal section and second with Assists averaging 6.6.
In 2008-2009 played for Hanzevast Capitals Groningen (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five). He played 46 games averaging 14.0ppg, 5.7rpg, 5.0apg. 3.0spg. Again Steals and Assists sections had Torey Thomas in the top three of the league.
His new team Ramat Gan was beaten by Rishon LZ 57:68 in the last game of the regular Season in Israel. O'Bannon Larry paced the winners with 15 points and Johnson DeMarco nailed 14. Helms Mike erupted with 15 points in the losing effort. Ramat Gan finished the season with 8-14 record and could not make it to the Play-offs.



Israel enter playoffs undefeated - by Eurobasket News
Israel - Canada 89:81
Israel completed the fifth straight victory at the World University Games in Belgrade. They knocked down Canada in Group K action today to set up a quarterfinal clash against Germany. Canada will play against Latvia for the 9th-12th spots on Thursday.
Canada gave all Israel could handle before narrowly losing at the end. Elishay Kadir (203-F-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) and Gal Mekel (195-G-88, college: Wichita St.) fired up Israel in the starting frame as they rolled to a 7-point lead at the first intermission. But Canada seemed ready for the challenge. They burst out of the blocks in the second term to account for 30 points. Canada arrived at halftime ahead by 3 points giving Israel some food for thought during the major break. Israel got the message and went off the dressing room much more aggressive defensively and restored the lead with one quarter remaining. Israel played it safe in the final period and did not allow the North American team to threaten the margin.
Elishay Kadir delivered 25 points and 9 boards for Israel. Gal Mekel had 20 points, 9 boards and 5 boards, while Yuval Naimi (188-G-85, agency: Arik Krayn Services) netted 17 points in the loss. Ross Bekkering (203-F-85) drained 15 points and collected 11 boards for Canada. Phillip Nkrumah (193-G) recorded 10 points and 8 boards in the loss.

Israel: Elishay Kadir 25, Gal Mekel 20, Yuval Naimi 17
Canada: Ross Bekkering 15+11 boards, Phillip Nkrumah 10



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  ITALY   


Market News and Rumors - by Stefano Pini
Serie A Eldo Casera reached a deal with Ebi Ere (195-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma). In the lasts season the guard played in Australia and was appreciated by coach Stefano Sacripanti that wanted strongly sign the player for his new team. Matteo Soragna (198-G/F-75) came back to Angelico Biella after 5 years. He inked a 3 years contract. Rumors Benetton Treviso seems very close to the young talent Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90, agency: Interperformances), actually at Auckland with U19 lithuanian national team. Lottomatica Roma has made an offer to Uros Tripkovic (196-G-86, agency: Beo Basket).

Russia chop up Italy in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News
Russia - Italy 92:76

Russia secured a 2-1 record in Group K of the World University Games in Serbia. They bruised Italy today to clinch the quarterfinal birth. Italy in the meantime fell at 0-3 record at the bottom of the table. Nikita Shabalkin (204-F-86) was pivotal with 21 points for Russia. Dramir Zibirov (188-G-86) provided 19 points, 6 boards and 5 assists for the winning side. Giancarlo Ferrero (194-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) responded with 13 points for Italy.
Russia jumped to an early lead and completed the opening stanza ahead by 11 points. But Italy showed character outscoring their opponents in the second frame. They cut the margin to just 7 points at halftime. Russia however looked animated in the third frame going for 29 points. Italy could not match the tempo and appeared down by 17 points heading into the fourth quarter. Russia wisely kept Italy at safe distance at the dying stages and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end. Valeri Likhodey (203-F-86) had 16 points and 7 boards in the victory. Roberto Prandin (188-G-86) canned 12 points for the Azzurri. Russia outrebounded their opponents 36:30 and sank solid 58% from the field.

Russia: Nikita Shabalkin 21, Dramir Zibirov 19, Valeri Likhodey 16
Italy: Giancarlo Ferrero 13, Roberto Prandin 12



Italian University National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
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4 Alexander Simoncelli (188-G-86) of Assigeco Casalpusterlengo
5 Simone Ferrarese (183-G-87) of Sil Lumezzane
6 Riccardo Casagrande (196-F-88) of JesoloSanDona
7 Roberto Prandin (188-G-86) of Siram Fidenza
8 Donato Cutolo (198-F-87) of JesoloSanDona
9 Salvatore Genovese (198-G/F-87) of Cimberio Varese
10 Alberto Chiumenti (205-F/C-87) of Basket Latina
11 Giancarlo Ferrero (194-G/F-88) of Edilcost Osimo
12 Davide Bruttini (203-F-87) of Aget Imola
13 Davide Rosignoli (202-F-88) of PentaGruppo Ozzano
14 Edoardo Persico (208-C-87) of Agricola Gloria Montecatini
15 Daniele Bonessio (197-G/F-88) of Ital Green Ostuni
Head Coach: Giovanni Benedetto (agency: Players Group )
Assistant Coach: Gianluca Tucci , Leonardo Ortenzi


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  JAPAN   


Japan win against South Korea - by Eurobasket News
Japan - South Korea 97:77
Japan prevailed against their archrivals South Korea at the World University Games tonight. Kosuke Kanamaru (192-89) was instrumental with 31 points for the winners. Kenta Hirose (192-G-85) added 21 points, 11 boards, 6 assists and 4 steals as Japan claimed the top spot in Group O. South Korea will fight for the second position in the pool against South Africa tomorrow.
Japan however needed to overcome fierce opposition from winless South Korea at the start of the game. The teams traded baskets in the opening frame and Japan were up by just one point at the first break. Japan pushed harder in the second quarter building a 7-point cushion at halftime. Japan polished their dominance in the third frame. They went on a 28:13 rally to put South Korea to the dead end before the final stanza. South Korea finished the game with dignity outscoring Japan in the final frame but it never put any doubts about the final outcome.
Makoto Hiejima (189-G-90) dropped 18 points for Japan. Park Sung Jin (182-G-86) responded with 20 points, 6 boards and 5 assists for South Korea. Heo Il-Young (197-F-85) posted 16 points and 7 boards in the losing effort. Japan won the battle on the boards 41:31 and sank solid 50% from the field. South Korea committed 20 turnovers in defeat.

Japan: Kosuke Kanamaru 31, Kenta Hirose 21+11 boards, Makoto Hiejima 18
South Korea: Park Sung Jin 20, Heo Il-Young 16



Japanese University National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
4 Tomokazu Abe (180-G-85) of Rera Kamuy Hokkaido
5 Kenta Hirose (192-G-85) of Panasonic Trians
6 Fumio Nishimura (177-86)
7 Tatsuya Nakahama (200-86)
8 Takatoshi Furukawa (190-87)
9 Takaaki Kobayashi (187-88)
10 Shinnosuke Negoro (195-87)
11 Ryusei Shinoyama (176-88)
12 Kosuke Kanamaru (192-89)
13 Tatsuro Iwashita (205-88)
14 Yuki Mitsuhara (198-89)
15 Makoto Hiejima (189-G-90)
Head Coach: Akira Rikukawa
Assistant Coach: Yoshihiro Nishio, Norio Sassa


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Canada douse Kazakhstan in Auckland - by Eurobasket News
Canada U19 - Kazakhstan U19 108:70
Canada grabbed a commanding win over Kazakhstan at the U19 World Championship today. Canada thus snapped a two-game losing streak and improved at 2-3 record in Group F. A Greg Francis team will have to win against Argentina tomorrow to hope for qualification into the quarterfinal stage. Kazakhstan slipped at 1-4 record at the bottom of the standings.
Cory Joseph (185-G-91) was the catalyst for Canada in the first half as they managed to run away. He notched 16 points to give the North American a much-needed boost as they grabbed a 13-point distance. Canada gained confidence and rolled easily in the third quarter. They fired 28 points in the third frame to accumulate a 26-point margin with one quarter to go. Kazakhstan never recovered in the final period and suffered a stunning defeat at the end. Typhoon Nurse (182-G-90) scored 25 points to lead Canada. Kelly Olynyk (203-F) added 24 points and 9 boards, while Cory Joseph finished with 20 points and 6 boards for the winners. Alexander Tyutyunik (190-G-90) delivered 19 points for Kazakhstan. Pavel Ilyin (192-G-92) had 13 points in the losing case.
Canada outrebounded their opponents 50:26 and forced those to 21 turnovers. The North American team also sank 50% from the field in the victory.

Canada: Typhoon Nurse 25, Kelly Olynyk 24, Cory Joseph 20
Kazakhstan: Alexander Tyutyunik 19, Pavel Ilyin 13



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Lithuania defeat Latvia in Baltic opposition at World University Games - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania - Latvia 84:64
Lithuania clinched the top spot in Group J at the World University Games. They toppled their archrivals Latvia to improve at 3-0 record. Lithuania will now face either Israel or Russia in the quarterfinal on Thursday. Latvia slipped at 1-2 record in the third place in the pool.
Latvia got to the better in this one. Arturs Strelnieks (196-G/F-85) paced the team as they grabbed a 23:16 lead after ten minutes. But a Robertas Kuncaitis team quickly rebounded and started to dictate their rules in the second stanza. Lithuania trimmed the margin to a single point at halftime. They quickly turned the deficit into a lead in the second half. Deividas Gailius (200-F-88) and Martynas Mazeika (190-G-85, agency: Limelight Hoops) helped Lithuania to a 63:53 lead at three-quarter time. Lithuania finished off their opponents in the fourth period limiting those to just 11 points. Deividas Gailius scored 16 points and collected 6 boards to lead the way for Lithuania. Martynas Mazeika added 12 points, while Martynas Pocius (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances) produced 11 points and 6 boards for the winners. Arturs Strelnieks notched 18 points and 13 boards for Latvia. Martins Kravcenko (190-G-85, agency: Interperformances) and Arturs Berzins (204-C-88) had 12 points each for Latvia in defeat.

Lithuania: Deividas Gailius 16, Martynas Mazeika 12, Martynas Pocius 11
Latvia: Arturs Strelnieks 18+13 boards, Martins Kravcenko 12, Arturs Berzins 12



Latvian University National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
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4 Edijs Slesers (186-G-85) of BK Keizarmezs Riga
5 Oskars Ernsteins (194-G/F-87) of BK Keizarmezs Riga
6 Andris Justovics (200-F-89) of BK Zemgale Jelgava
8 Gatis Gargazins (195-G/F-86) of RNS-D/Livani
9 Arturs Strelnieks (196-G/F-85) of BK Keizarmezs Riga
10 Martins Kravcenko (190-G-85) of Barons/LMT Riga
11 Einars Tukiss (193-G/F-88) of SK Valmiera
12 Janis Lasmanis (199-F-87) of BK Keizarmezs Riga
13 Aigars Strelis (198-F-87) of SK Valmiera
14 Arturs Berzins (204-C-88) of BK Ventspils
Head Coach: Ainars Bagatskis


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  LITHUANIA   


Lithuanian University National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
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4 Tomas Jasiulionis (211-C-86) of St.John's University (USA)
5 Paulius Morkeliunas (201-F-85) of Neptunas Klaipeda
6 Martynas Pocius (196-G-86) of Duke University (USA)
7 Martynas Mazeika (190-G-85) of Neptunas Klaipeda
8 Gediminas Zyle (210-C-88) of BC Kaunas Triobet
9 Zydrunas Kelys (188-G-87) of Perlas Vilnius
10 Giedrius Kurtinaitis (192-G-86) of Aisciai Kaunas
11 Arnas Labuckas (205-F-87) of Sakalai Vilnius
12 Egidijus Dimsa (205-C-85) of Aisciai Kaunas
13 Deividas Gailius (200-F-88) of Neptunas Klaipeda
14 Lukas Brazdauskis (205-F-88) of Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius
15 Laurynas Mikalauskas (203-F-85) of Kavala/Panorama (GRE)
Head Coach: Robertas Kuncaitis
Assistant Coach: Raimundas Kairys


Lithuania defeat Latvia in Baltic opposition at World University Games - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania - Latvia 84:64
Lithuania clinched the top spot in Group J at the World University Games. They toppled their archrivals Latvia to improve at 3-0 record. Lithuania will now face either Israel or Russia in the quarterfinal on Thursday. Latvia slipped at 1-2 record in the third place in the pool.
Latvia got to the better in this one. Arturs Strelnieks (196-G/F-85) paced the team as they grabbed a 23:16 lead after ten minutes. But a Robertas Kuncaitis team quickly rebounded and started to dictate their rules in the second stanza. Lithuania trimmed the margin to a single point at halftime. They quickly turned the deficit into a lead in the second half. Deividas Gailius (200-F-88) and Martynas Mazeika (190-G-85, agency: Limelight Hoops) helped Lithuania to a 63:53 lead at three-quarter time. Lithuania finished off their opponents in the fourth period limiting those to just 11 points. Deividas Gailius scored 16 points and collected 6 boards to lead the way for Lithuania. Martynas Mazeika added 12 points, while Martynas Pocius (196-G-86, agency: Interperformances) produced 11 points and 6 boards for the winners. Arturs Strelnieks notched 18 points and 13 boards for Latvia. Martins Kravcenko (190-G-85, agency: Interperformances) and Arturs Berzins (204-C-88) had 12 points each for Latvia in defeat.

Lithuania: Deividas Gailius 16, Martynas Mazeika 12, Martynas Pocius 11
Latvia: Arturs Strelnieks 18+13 boards, Martins Kravcenko 12, Arturs Berzins 12



France ease past Lithuania in Auckland - by Eurobasket News
France U19 - Lithuania U19 95:78

France celebrated a confident win over Lithuanian counterparts at the U19 World Championship today. France thus improved at 3-2 record in Group E and edged closer to the quarterfinal stage of the tournament. Lithuania remained at the second position despite loss enjoying a 3-2 record as well.
France took over right from the start as Andrew Albicy (178-G-90) orchestrated the game well. France relied on perimeter shooting and the tactics worked out. Les Bleues fired 8 triples in the first half to pile up a decisive advantage. The French juniors led by 5 points at the first intermission but managed to stretch the gap in the second frame. They accounted for 34 points in the second quarter to take a 57:34 lead into the second half. Lithuania tried to change the complexion as they unleashed a 19:10 run in the third stanza. But Christophe Leonard (199-F-90) stepped up for France as he knocked down timely 5 points late in the stanza to restore a 14-point lead. Jonathan Bourhis (182-G-90) fired twice from beyond the arc midway through the fourth period as France cleared off to a 20-point distance and never looked back en route to the victory.
Christophe Leonard netted 22 points to lead the French outfit. Jonathan Bourhis produced 18 points, while Andrew Albicy finished with 15 points, 6 assists, 6 steals and 4 boards in the win. Adomas Drungilas (203-C-90) replied with game-high 24 points and 9 boards for Lithuania. Dovydas Redikas (193-G-92) delivered 17 points in the losing effort.

France: Christophe Leonard 22, Jonathan Bourhis 18, Andrew Albicy 15
Lithuania: Adomas Drungilas 24, Dovydas Redikas 17



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  MEXICO   


2009-2010 LNBP SEASON - by Harold Valenzuela
In 2 months the 2009 LNBP Season will start with some changes.

5 new franchises will participate in the following season. First of all The Tijuana Galgos switch their name to COSMOS, the Saltillo Lobos change their team to Tampico. 3 new teams join the league this year. Pilares del Distrito, Libertadores de Queretaro and Abejas de Guanajuato.

This year will be very interesting season, Halcones UV Xalapa hope they can be champions again with out Gustavo Ayon (209-F/C-85, college: San Jose St.) who is playing right now in Spain. This season can be very good for some players like Franco Harris (183-G-83, college: Boise St.) who was a big factor for Mineros de Cananea to win the CIBACOPA title. Pedro Meza (187-G-85, college: Arizona W. CC) is other player who play very well this season in Caballeros de Culiacan and maybe he can be the best Mexican- point guard.



Mexican University National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
4 Jose Luis Bucio (179-G-86) of Dorados de Chihuahua
5 Julio Cesar Martin (195-G/F-88) Cesar
6 Joaquin Villanueva (207-C-86)
7 Jose Durazo (194-F-85)
8 Leonardo Olachea (189-F-85)
9 Israel Nolasco (205-C-89)
10 Joel Reynoso (190-G-85)
11 Jorge Chavez (198-G/F-87) of Lobos Grises de la UAD Durango
12 Gabriel Giron (192-F-88) of Canguros de Parque Lefevre (PAN)
13 Fernando Garcia (180-G-86)
14 Leanardo Salazar (188-F-91) of Cocodrilos de Caracas (VEN)
15 Jose Luis Farrera (205-F-85)
Head Coach: Hector Santos
Assistant Coach: Omar Ramirez , Ignacio Moreno


Brazil hold off Mexico in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News
Brazil - Mexico 84:80
Luciano De Souza (201-F-86) scored 18 points to lift Brazil past Mexico at the University Games today. Brazil clinched the top spot in Group N with 2-0 record. Mexico finished in the second position as they slipped at 1-1 record. It was a close affair from start to finish. Mexico enjoyed a narrow 22:21 lead after ten minutes. They did not surrender the advantage in the second quarter and ensured a 43:42 lead at the interval. But Brazil managed to turn the tables in the second half. They fired 26 points in the third stanza and headed into the fourth term ahead by 3 points. Brazil hung on to eke out a difficult victory at the end. Andre Felipe Almeida (208-C-88) posted 11 points for Brazil. Roberto Alves (206-F/C-85) and Andre Goes (195-G/F-87) notched 10 points each in the winning effort. Joel Reynoso (190-G-85) responded with 25 points and 9 boards for Mexico. Gabriel Giron (192-F-88) registered 20 points in defeat.
Brazil shot 50% from the field, while holding Mexican counterparts to 43% accuracy. They also had a slender advantage on the glass with 38 boards.

Brazil: Luciano De Souza 18, Andre Felipe Almeida 11, Roberto Alves 10, Andre Goes 10
Mexico: Joel Reynoso 25, Gabriel Giron 20



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  NCAA1   


Serbia fall just short of win against the USA - by Eurobasket News
USA - Serbia 68:66
Serbia gave scares to the USA before falling short at the World University Games in Belgrade today. The USA team thus improved at 3-0 record in Group I and would face Bulgaria in the quarterfinal on Thursday. Serbia clinched the second spot in the pool to set up the quarterfinal clash against Turkey. The USA won the fourth game on the trot to enter the playoffs unbeaten. But the hosts made the favorites sweat for the victory tonight. Balanced offense and stifling defense served as the key to Serbian 18:15 lead after ten minutes. The USA found the beat in the second frame as they began clawing their back. Talor Battle (5'11''-G-88) stepped up for the North American team as they toiled for a one-point lead at the interval. The teams went neck and neck in the third quarter. The USA secured a minimal lead into the final frame. The tension grew higher in the dying minutes but the USA proved calm down the line and escaped with a nervous win at the end. Talor Battle knocked down 17 points to lead the charge. Da'Sean Butler (6'7''-F-88) produced 12 points for the winners. Milan Macvan (6'9''-F/C-89) and Miroslav Raduljica (7'0''-C-88, agency: CAA Sports) answered with 13 points apiece for Serbia. Ivan Paunic (6'5''-G-87) topscored with 14 points for the home team.

USA: Talor Battle 17, Da'Sean Butler 12, Corey Fisher (6'1''-G-88) 8
Serbia: Ivan Paunic 14, Milan Macvan 13, Miroslav Raduljica 13+10 boards



USA see off Puerto Rico - by Eurobasket News
USA U19 - Puerto Rico U19 82:61

The USA U19 National Team cruised to the fifth straight win at the World Championship. They held off pesky Puerto Rico tonight to stay on top of Group E. A brilliant defensive performance from the US team forced Puerto Rico to 14 turnovers and 33% accuracy that provided the Latin American team with little chance of success in this particular one. Howard Thompkins (6'8''-F) paced the charge with 14 points and 9 rebounds as the USA once again proved their highest ambitions concerning the tournament.
Puerto Rico scored 13 points in the starting frame to trail by 7 at the first break. Things never got any better for a Hector Marrero team. They accounted for only 6 points in the second frame to trail by 24 points at the interval. Puerto Rico showed some signs of their best form in the third quarter as they trimmed the margin by 3 points but it was too late. The USA marched to the win in the final stanza. Gordon Hayward (6'8''-G/F) added 11 points and 7 boards for the winners. Seth Curry (6'1''-G) and Klay Thompson (6'6''-G-90) had 9 points each for the North American side. Jiovanny Fontan (5'11''-G) responded with 16 points for Puerto Rico. Michael Rosario (6'3''-G-90) was held to 11 points after his yesterdays 54-point outburst. The USA will face Lithuania with the first spot in Group E already clinched. Puerto Rico will face Egypt and need a victory to advance into the quarterfinals.

USA: Howard Thompkins 14, Gordon Hayward 11, Seth Curry 9, Klay Thompson 9
Puerto Rico: Jiovanny Fontan 16, Michael Rosario 11



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  NEW ZEALAND   


New Zealand clinch 13th spot with win over Angola - by Eurobasket News
New Zealand U19 - Angola U19 62:54

New Zealand claimed the second straight victory at the U19 World Championship in Auckland. They overcame Angola early today to clinch the 13th overall position at the tournament. Angola finished one step behind at the 14th spot. Brook Ruscoe (188-G-90) scored 20 points to pace the hosts to the difficult win.
New Zealand used a stifling defense in the starting frame to take the lead. They limited Angola to 10 points in the first ten minutes and enjoyed a 15:10 advantage at the first break. New Zealand continued to stay aggressive in defense and rolled to a 10-point lead at halftime. Brook Ruscoe had 12 points in the first half keeping New Zealand in charge. Angola decreased the number of mistakes in the second half but could work it out offensively. They missed too many shots and did not get any closer as the Junior Tall Blacks headed into the fourth quarter up by 10 points. Angola finally managed to pull things together in the final quarter as they knocked down 21 points but it was not enough to threaten the hosts. The Kiwis raced to the win to complete their World Championship campaign on a high note.
Robert Loe (211-C-91) added 15 points, 9 boards and 4 steals for the home team. Dion Prewster (195-G/F-91) had 10 points in the winning case. Miguel Kiala (198-C-90) answered with 16 points and 12 boards for Angola. Eduardo Ferreira (194-F-90) delivered 15 points in defeat.

New Zealand: Brook Ruscoe 20, Robert Loe 15, Dion Prewster 10
Angola: Miguel Kiala 16+12 boards, Eduardo Ferreira 15



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  PHILIPPINES   


RTU loses to Malaysia NT, but still second in Penang cagefest - by Hector Santos
Philippines' Rizal Technological University (RTU) added another feather to its cap by finishing runner-up in the 2009 Penang Unity Chief Basketball Minister Friendship Cup invitational basketball tournament.

RTU put up a brave stand before losing to Malaysia National Team, 100-92, to settle for the silver medal in this annual competition held at the Han Chiang Indoor Stadium Penang, Malaysia.

A few days after winning the second Sukan Wilayah Persekutuan basketball championship in Kuala Lumpur, the Mandaluyong-based Blue Thunders held their ground against the taller and more-experienced Malaysians in a tightly-fought contest and earned the respect of the overflow home crowd.

The Beaujing Acot-mentored RTU five earlier won over Chinese-Taipei, 88-84, and SAFSA, 87-80, to set up a titular showdown against the host team.

Robby Celiz, Tristan Pagente, Eduardo Daquioag, Julian Bagares and Jayvee Alas provided the offensive muscle for the Blue Thunders, who kept the game close despite the Malaysians' tremendous height advantage.

Celiz carried the fight with 31 points, including 8-of-14 shootin from the three-point area.

Pagente and high school standout Daquioag added 16 points apiece for the hard-fighting Blue Thunders.

Actually, the Blue Thunders had their finest moments against Chinese-Taipei, with Bagares and four players scoring in double figures in a highly-physical game.

Bagares finished with 16 points, Jayvee Alas added 14 and Kenneth Balasote contributed 12.

Against SAFSA, RTU relied on 27 points by Pagente, 13 points by Mark Trinidad and 12 points each by Daquioag and Celiz.

RTU's runner-up finish in Penang came after the Blue Thunders swept the short, four-nation Sukan Wilayah Persekutuan basketball championship in Kuala Lumpur.

The Blue Thunders, who are also being managed by sports director Greg Coronel and Joseph Clemente, swept Kuala Lumpur Youth, 101-95; Malacca, 81-76; and host Wilayah Persekutuan, 100-81.

The Blue Thunders' international campaigns were made upon the personal invitation of the Penang Basketball Association, headed by Chee Wan Tan, to RTU president Macaballug.
The tournament is sanctioned by the FIBA (International Basketball Federation.


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Ukraine too good for Portugal - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine - Portugal 90:69
Ukraine proved the strength against Portugal at the World University Games in Serbia today. Sergiy Popov (193-G-88) scored 20 points and pulled down 6 boards as Ukraine claimed a comfortable victory at the end. The victory lifted a Valentyn Melnychuk team to 1-2 record in Group L. Portugal remained at 0-3 at the bottom of the ladder.
Ukraine set up the victory in the opening frame. They fired 25 points and accumulate a 12-point lead at the first break. Portugal could not come to terms with aggressive offense and lost the battle under the rims to trail by 27 points at halftime. Portugal however remained in the match as they ignited a comeback rally in the third quarter. Ukraine got sloppy and conceded a 9:27 run from Portugal as an Alexandre Pires team trimmed the deficit to 9 points with one quarter remaining. But Valentyn Melnychyk managed to sober up his team during the final intermission as Ukraine poured in 30 points and escaped with a comfortable victory.
Maxym Korniyenko (201-F/C-87) delivered 19 points and 9 boards for Ukraine. Andrei Kalnichenko (200-G-86) and Vyacheslav Kravtsov (212-C-87, agency: Interperformances) had 11 points apiece for the winning side. David Tavares (192-F-88) answered with 12 points for Portugal. Tiago Pinheiro (187-G-87) delivered 10 points in the loss.

Ukraine: Sergiy Popov 20, Maxym Korniyenko 19, Andrei Kalnichenko 11, Vyacheslav Kravtsov 11+11 boards
Portugal: David Tavares 12, Tiago Pinheiro 10



Portuguese University National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
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4 Antonio Pires (185-G-86) of Barreirense/Unilogos
5 Angelo Oliveira (200-F-86) of Aleluia Ceramicas/Rota Da Bairrada
6 Marco Pinto (180-G-87) of Cv.Alianca Sangalhos
7 Bruno Roxo (185-G/F-85) of Galitos/Weber/Novagres
8 Francisco Mota (198-F-85) of Esgueira / Oli
9 Fernando Martins (187-G/F-86) of Esgueira / Oli
10 Miguel Graca (186-G-87) of Barreirense/Unilogos
11 Tiago Pinheiro (187-G-87) of Galitos FC
12 Paulo Diamantino (203-C-85) of Vitoria SC/M.Couto Alves Guimaraes
13 Joao Moreira (200-C-85) of Maia Basket
14 Joao Diamantino (201-F-85) of Porto Ferpinta
15 David Tavares (192-F-88) of Angrabasket/Palmeiraspark
Head Coach: Alexandre Pires
Assistant Coach: Fernando Santos


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USA see off Puerto Rico - by Eurobasket News
USA U19 - Puerto Rico U19 82:61

The USA U19 National Team cruised to the fifth straight win at the World Championship. They held off pesky Puerto Rico tonight to stay on top of Group E. A brilliant defensive performance from the US team forced Puerto Rico to 14 turnovers and 33% accuracy that provided the Latin American team with little chance of success in this particular one. Howard Thompkins (6'8''-F) paced the charge with 14 points and 9 rebounds as the USA once again proved their highest ambitions concerning the tournament.
Puerto Rico scored 13 points in the starting frame to trail by 7 at the first break. Things never got any better for a Hector Marrero team. They accounted for only 6 points in the second frame to trail by 24 points at the interval. Puerto Rico showed some signs of their best form in the third quarter as they trimmed the margin by 3 points but it was too late. The USA marched to the win in the final stanza. Gordon Hayward (6'8''-G/F) added 11 points and 7 boards for the winners. Seth Curry (6'1''-G) and Klay Thompson (6'6''-G-90) had 9 points each for the North American side. Jiovanny Fontan (5'11''-G) responded with 16 points for Puerto Rico. Michael Rosario (6'3''-G-90) was held to 11 points after his yesterdays 54-point outburst. The USA will face Lithuania with the first spot in Group E already clinched. Puerto Rico will face Egypt and need a victory to advance into the quarterfinals.

USA: Howard Thompkins 14, Gordon Hayward 11, Seth Curry 9, Klay Thompson 9
Puerto Rico: Jiovanny Fontan 16, Michael Rosario 11



BSN Round: 4 (Quarter-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Carolina - Arecibo 73-75
Arecibo march to the top of Group A to share it with 3-1 record now. The team overcame Carolina 75:73 as Angel Figueroa (196-G/F-81, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Dowling) domianted the court with 28 points. Harvey Donnell collected 16 points and 14 rebounds in defeat, while White Rodney netted 15.

Ponce - Bayamon 85-117
Bayamon improved to 3-1 record in Group A defeating Ponce 117:85. Christian Dalmau (194-G-77, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Daytona Beach CC) top-scored for the winners with 23 points and 8 assists, whilst Barbosa Raymond nailed 19. Lee Carmelo collected 18 points and 6 boards and Western Franklin notched 12. Nailon Lee and Hatton Roberto Jose delivered 13 points each in the losing effort.

Group B
Mayaguez - Santurce 90-75
Mayaguez rolled over Santurce 90:75 in Group B for 2-2 record. James Maye (201-G-81, college: NC-Greensboro) was unstoppable with 33 points and 11 rebounds, while Langhi Dan and Jimenez Giovanni added 14 apiece. Dalmau Ricardo finished the night with 18 points for Santurce.

San German - Quebradillas 90-100
Quebradillas handed San German their first loss and tied the at 3-1 record on top after 100:90 victory. Marcus Williams (191-G-85, college: Connecticut) ruled the game with 25 points, 13 assists and 7 rebounds, while Huertas, David added 23 points. Redhage Shawn produced 20 points, while Jones Joel had 16 points and 10 rebounds. Pellot-Rosa Jesse shined in defeat with 37 points and 9 boards.



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


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Germany outsmart Romania in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News
Germany - Romania 81:69

Germany defeat Romania at the World University Games in Serbia tonight. Dominik Bahiense de Mello (190-G-85, agency: Pro One Sports) scored 22 points to lead the German selection. Germany thus claimed the second spot in Group J and advanced into the quarterfinal stage. Romania were sent to the fourth position in the standings. Germany will play against Israel next. Romania will face Italy in the classification games for 13th-16th places.
Germany quickly marked their serious ambitions for the game. They outgunned Romania 23:11 in the starting frame to enjoy a 12-point lead at the first break. The Bundesteam unloaded 29 points in the second stanza to keep Romania at bay. A Tudor Costescu team showed some signs of recovery in the third frame. With their backs against the wall Romania tried to bounce back. They stepped on the gas and trimmed the margin to 13 points before the fourth stanza. Romania won the final quarter by one point but it was not enough for the victory as Germany celebrated a vital success.
Per Gunther (185-G-88, agency: Rasmussen Services) had 15 points for the winning side. Johannes Lischka (203-F/C-87, agency: Court Side) produced 13 points and 15 boards for Germany. Ionut Dragusin (221-C-85) replied with 20 points and 16 boards for Romania. Titus Nicoara (200-F-88, agency: Interperformances) had a monster game of 20 points and 19 boards in defeat.

Germany: Dominik Bahiense de Mello 22, Per Gunther 15, Johannes Lischka 13+15 boards
Romania: Titus Nicoara 20+19 boards, Ionut Dragusin 20+16 boards



Romanian University National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
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4 Andrei Mandache (190-G-87) of CSU Cuadripol Brasov
5 Laszlo Lazar (210-F/C-87) of CSM Leonardo Oradea
6 Ionut Dragusin (221-C-85) of CSU Cuadripol Brasov
7 Dragos Andrei (188-G-87) of BC Targoviste Bucuresti
8 Ioan Macaveiu (197-G-88) of Dinamo-Galean Bucuresti
9 Radu Paliciuc (198-G/F-88) of CSU Cuadripol Brasov
10 Marius Bulancea (-G-86) of BC Tirgu Mures
11 Alexandru Mihuti (204-F-88) of BC Targoviste Bucuresti
12 Cezar Stanescu (192-G-88) of CSU Asesoft Ploiesti
13 Paul Chetreanu (190-G-85) of Univ Mobitelco Cluj Napoca
14 Titus Nicoara (200-F-88) of Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions (AUT)
15 Mihai Silvasan (200-F-85) of Univ Mobitelco Cluj Napoca
Head Coach: Dan Calancea
Assistant Coach: Tudor Costescu


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  RUSSIA   


Jakov Vladovic will continue his career in Rostov - by Eurobasket News
Jakov Vladovic (186-G-83) will continue his career in Rostov as the player signed the contract with Lokomotiv. The Croatian player will start his International arena in Russia.
Jakov Vladovic started his professional career in 2000-2001 with KK Zadar Junior Team. In 2001-2002 he debuted in Adriatic League with 8 games averaging 2.8ppg, 1.1rpg, 1.3apg, 1.0spg. Zadar enjoyed his appearance in the team until year 2007. In 2006-2007 he played in Adriatic League 17 games having 7.9ppg, 2.1rpg, 2.9apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 40.4%, 3PT: 26.5%, FT: 66%; Overall stats (including Croatian League) were 39 games: 8.3ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.8apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 56%, 3FGP: 34%, FT: 69%.
In 2007-2008 started for KK Zagreb (A1, starting five). In Adriatic League Jakov Vladovic played in 25 games and was the third top-scorer with 17.9 points per game. He was also third in Assists section with 4.4 and second in Steals with 2.0. In FIBA EuroCup the same season he partcipated in 11 games averaging 15.1ppg, 2.7rpg, 6.8apg. Again his Assists indicator was the top in the league.
Last season KK Zagreb saw 2 games from the Croatian player in EuroChallenge as Jakov Vladovic averaged 13.5ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.0apg.In Croatian League he played 16 games having 7.3ppg, 1.4rpg, 1.4apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 57.4%, 3PT: 40.6%, FT: 84.2%
His new team Lokomotiv finished the Regular season on the 7th spot. Khimky earned the spot in the semifinal after they held off Lokomotiv Rostov at home court in the Play-offs. Maciej Lampe nailed 19 points and grabbed 16 boards to lead Khimky. Timofei Mozgov added 16 points in the victory. Dramir Zibirov answered with 14 points and 6 boards for Lokomoiv Rostov Na Donu.


Russian University National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
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4 Aleksey Kotishevskiy (190-F-85) of Avtodor Saratov
5 Dmitry Golovin (192-G-88) of TEMP-SUMZ Revda
6 Valeri Likhodey (203-F-86) of Triumph Lyubertsy
7 Nikita Shabalkin (204-F-86) of BC Khimky Moscow Region
8 Eugeny Voronov (192-G-86) of Unics Kazan
9 Artem Gorlanov (194-G-91) of CSKA Moscow
10 Ivan Nelyubov (207-C-88) of CSKA-2 Moscow
11 Anatoly Kashirov (215-C-87) of Universitet-Yugra Surgut
12 Aleksey Zhukanenko (210-F-86) of Unics Kazan
13 Dramir Zibirov (188-G-86) of Lokomotiv Rostov na Donu
14 Roman Shapovalov (198-G-87) of Severstal-InzhEcon Cherepovec
15 Evgeniy Kolesnikov (195-G-85) of VEF Riga (LAT)
Head Coach: Sergei Belov
Assistant Coach: Anatoly Laptev


Russia chop up Italy in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News
Russia - Italy 92:76

Russia secured a 2-1 record in Group K of the World University Games in Serbia. They bruised Italy today to clinch the quarterfinal birth. Italy in the meantime fell at 0-3 record at the bottom of the table. Nikita Shabalkin (204-F-86) was pivotal with 21 points for Russia. Dramir Zibirov (188-G-86) provided 19 points, 6 boards and 5 assists for the winning side. Giancarlo Ferrero (194-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) responded with 13 points for Italy.
Russia jumped to an early lead and completed the opening stanza ahead by 11 points. But Italy showed character outscoring their opponents in the second frame. They cut the margin to just 7 points at halftime. Russia however looked animated in the third frame going for 29 points. Italy could not match the tempo and appeared down by 17 points heading into the fourth quarter. Russia wisely kept Italy at safe distance at the dying stages and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end. Valeri Likhodey (203-F-86) had 16 points and 7 boards in the victory. Roberto Prandin (188-G-86) canned 12 points for the Azzurri. Russia outrebounded their opponents 36:30 and sank solid 58% from the field.

Russia: Nikita Shabalkin 21, Dramir Zibirov 19, Valeri Likhodey 16
Italy: Giancarlo Ferrero 13, Roberto Prandin 12



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  SERBIA   


Serbia fall just short of win against the USA - by Eurobasket News
USA - Serbia 68:66
Serbia gave scares to the USA before falling short at the World University Games in Belgrade today. The USA team thus improved at 3-0 record in Group I and would face Bulgaria in the quarterfinal on Thursday. Serbia clinched the second spot in the pool to set up the quarterfinal clash against Turkey. The USA won the fourth game on the trot to enter the playoffs unbeaten. But the hosts made the favorites sweat for the victory tonight. Balanced offense and stifling defense served as the key to Serbian 18:15 lead after ten minutes. The USA found the beat in the second frame as they began clawing their back. Talor Battle (5'11''-G-88) stepped up for the North American team as they toiled for a one-point lead at the interval. The teams went neck and neck in the third quarter. The USA secured a minimal lead into the final frame. The tension grew higher in the dying minutes but the USA proved calm down the line and escaped with a nervous win at the end. Talor Battle knocked down 17 points to lead the charge. Da'Sean Butler (6'7''-F-88) produced 12 points for the winners. Milan Macvan (6'9''-F/C-89) and Miroslav Raduljica (7'0''-C-88, agency: CAA Sports) answered with 13 points apiece for Serbia. Ivan Paunic (6'5''-G-87) topscored with 14 points for the home team.

USA: Talor Battle 17, Da'Sean Butler 12, Corey Fisher (6'1''-G-88) 8
Serbia: Ivan Paunic 14, Milan Macvan 13, Miroslav Raduljica 13+10 boards



Aleks Maric signs with Partizan Belgrade - by Nenad Ilijev
Third reinforcement is coming to Partizan. Management of Serbian champion agreed signing a 2+1 year long contract with Aleks Maric (211-C-84). Australian center with Serbian origin is coming from Spain where he had unsuccesful season with ACB League side CB Granada. Former Nebraska student had 4.6ppg and 3.5rpg as back-up for NBA center Curtis Borchardt. Maric lacks of professional basketball experience but he was highly recommended to Partizan staff by his teammate from Spain and former Partizan great Vlado Scepanovic (198-G-75). Talented big man averaged 15.7ppg and 10.2rpg in his senior year at Nebraska but he never signed in NBA although he was playing with Portland Trail Blazers in last year NBA Summer League averaging 2.3ppg and 2.9rpg. He was a member of all Australian young national teams and already made debut in senior team couple of years ago.

Serbian University National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
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4 Nikola Koprivica (198-G-88) of Washington State University (USA)
5 Milan Macvan (205-F/C-89) of KK Hemofarm Stada Vrsac
6 Nemanja Protic (182-G-86) of FMP Zeleznik Beograd
7 Nemanja Bjelica (209-F/C-88) of KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd
8 Marko Keselj (205-F-88) of KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd
9 Strahinja Milosevic (203-G/F-85) of BC Partizan Igokea Beograd
10 Vukasin Aleksic (182-G-85) of BC Partizan Igokea Beograd
11 Miroslav Raduljica (213-C-88) of FMP Zeleznik Beograd
12 Marko Simonovic (202-F-86) of BC Buducnost Podgorica (MNT)
13 Ivan Paunic (194-G-87) of Base Oostende (BEL)
14 Dejan Borovnjak (208-F-86) of Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius (LTU)
15 Vladimir Stimac (209-C-87) of KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd
Head Coach: Aleksandar Kesar
Assistant Coach: Sasa Nikitovic


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KBL Tryout & Draft Policy 2009 - by Rick Ross
2009 KBL Tryout & Draft Policy

KBL has set up a strict policy for the 2009 KBL Tryout & Draft
which clearly prohibits any illegal agreement between the KBL Team
personnel and the invited players (or their agents) from June 22nd to the end of 2009
KBL Tryout & Draft. Furthermore, under no circumstance, the invited players and their agents or representatives
shall have any contacts in person or via letters, phone calls,
fax, e-mails, or any other method of communication
using electronic devices with the KBL Team personnel during the period stated above.

Any individuals who violate the KBL policy will be subject to sanction in accordance with the KBL Reward & Penalty Regulation.

KBL set forth within the KBL Reward & Penalty Regulation for any
illegal contact during the prior to and throughout the 2009 KBL Tryout & Draft is as follows:
1) Players will be ineligible to play in KBL for the next 5 years.
2) Agents & their companies will be banned from engaging in any
kinds of business activities with KBL nor KBL Teams.

2009 KBL Tryout & Draft Schedule
Date Time Location Contents
July 22nd AM 8:30 ~ AM10:30 Bishop Gorman High School Player Registration
AM 10:30 ~ AM12:00 Bishop Gorman High School Player Orientation
PM 2:00 ~ PM 6:00 Bishop Gorman High School Pre-draft Tryout (sec.I)
July 23th AM 8:30 ~ AM 12:00 Bishop Gorman High School Pre-draft Tryout (sec.II)
AM 12:00 ~ PM 1:00 Bishop Gorman High School Break
PM 1:00 ~ PM 6:00 Bishop Gorman High School Pre-draft Tryout (sec.III)
July 24th AM 8:30 ~ AM 12:00 Bishop Gorman High School Pre-draft Tryout (sec.IV)
PM 2:30 ~ PM 7:00 Monte Carlo Hotel (Ballroom) Player Draft

Players must have a picture ID for registration & basketball gear (jersey, shoes, etc.) for the tryout.
players must sign up the Professional Services Agreement during the orientation for prompt
progress of the Player Draft

Monte Carlo Hotel
3770 Las Vegas Blvd South Las Vegas, NV 89109
702-730-7777

Bishop Gorman High School
5959 S. Hualapai Way, Las Vegas, NV 89148
702-732-1945



Korean University National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
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4 Park Hyung Chul (192-G-87)
5 Park Yoo Min (185-G-88)
6 Park Sung Jin (182-G-86) of Qingdao Double Star (CHN)
7 Kim Hyeon-Min (200-F-87)
8 Ham Nuri (196-F-88)
9 Kim Sunhyung (186-G-88)
10 Heo Il-Young (197-F-85)
11 Ki Seung-Ho (194-F-85) of Changwon LG Sakers
12 Yoo Jong Hyun (205-86)
13 Kim Myung-Hoon (200-C-85) of Kyong Hee University
14 Choi Bu Kyung (200-89)
15 Bang Deo-Kwon (210-C-88)
Head Coach: Kim Sang Jun
Assistant Coach: Seok Seungho


Japan win against South Korea - by Eurobasket News
Japan - South Korea 97:77
Japan prevailed against their archrivals South Korea at the World University Games tonight. Kosuke Kanamaru (192-89) was instrumental with 31 points for the winners. Kenta Hirose (192-G-85) added 21 points, 11 boards, 6 assists and 4 steals as Japan claimed the top spot in Group O. South Korea will fight for the second position in the pool against South Africa tomorrow.
Japan however needed to overcome fierce opposition from winless South Korea at the start of the game. The teams traded baskets in the opening frame and Japan were up by just one point at the first break. Japan pushed harder in the second quarter building a 7-point cushion at halftime. Japan polished their dominance in the third frame. They went on a 28:13 rally to put South Korea to the dead end before the final stanza. South Korea finished the game with dignity outscoring Japan in the final frame but it never put any doubts about the final outcome.
Makoto Hiejima (189-G-90) dropped 18 points for Japan. Park Sung Jin (182-G-86) responded with 20 points, 6 boards and 5 assists for South Korea. Heo Il-Young (197-F-85) posted 16 points and 7 boards in the losing effort. Japan won the battle on the boards 41:31 and sank solid 50% from the field. South Korea committed 20 turnovers in defeat.

Japan: Kosuke Kanamaru 31, Kenta Hirose 21+11 boards, Makoto Hiejima 18
South Korea: Park Sung Jin 20, Heo Il-Young 16



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  SPAIN   


Market Rumours / Moves - by Paul Nilsen
Cajasol have parted company with Polish national team forward Michal Ignerski (205-F-80, agency: Stanley International, college: Mississippi St.) after three years in Seville. With the arrival of new coach Joan Plaza , the Polish star is being moved on by mutual agreement as he now searches for another club as the clearout continues for the team that want to realise their play-off ambitions again after last seasons turmoil.

Brad Oleson (191-G-83, agency: Duran International, college: Alaska-Fairb.) was one of the hottest properties in the ACB last year and was a revelation in the orange of Fuenlabrada afteer making the step up from LEB Oro. He was snapped up by Real Madrid but with the arrival of Ettore Messina , his saituation has been seemingly turned upside down with rumours the Italian is not so keen on the player and he couldd be used as a makeweight in the attempt of the Whites to prize Argentinian international Pablo Prigioni (191-G-77) away from TAU Ceramica.

Still in Vitoria and the rumours are that Pau Ribas (182-G-87) will be unveiled soon by Baskonia having penned a four year deal after leaving DKV Joventut. Ribas was one of the best young players in Spain and is now ready to see what level he can really take his team to as Dusko Ivanovic re-models his backcourt after losing Rakocevic and with Prigioni heading for the exit.

Finally Isaac Lopez (196-F/G-78) is thought to be close to signing for newly promoted CB Valladolid.


ACB Confirms Alicante will play in Spains top league. - by Andrew Hill
ACB Secretary General Esther Queralto confirmed today that Lucentum Alicante Costablanca will compete in Spains top league in 2009-2010. Alicantes President Miguel Cano celebrated the news saying 'At last the dream has come true'. I am happy that finally we have achieved it, above all for the fans who, after the latest disappointments will be able to enjoy ACB Basketball in Alicante. Im also happy for my colleagues because I better than anyone know the fantastic work they have done to achieve our objective.

President Cano went on to say that he didnt have the slightest doubt that the club could count on the support of the people of Alicante and that the club will consolidate their position in the ACB.



Fuenla Make Point With Young Colom - by Paul Nilsen
Fuenlabrada have signed 20 year old point guard Joaquim Colom (187-G-88) on a three year deal. The player who is a Spanish U20 International and averaged almost 13 points per game in last years European championship is considered a good prospect and with a good ACB future in front of him. He will get his chance at Fuenla under the watchful eye of Coach Guil who knows young players well. The player himself has stated this as one of the reasons he decided to sign for the Oranges. He moves to Madrid having been signed as a junior by Zaragoza and then being farmed out to the EBA regional league before playing just under two seasons at LEB Oro level for CB Hospitalet and Plus Pujol Lleida respectively. The player left Lleida earlier this year to go back to CB Zaragoza where he played in a handful of games and showed his skills with 12 points off the bench against regular league champions TAU Ceramica.

Croatia defy Spain to stay unbeaten - by Eurobasket News
Croatia U19 - Spain U19 91:72
Croatia extended their unbeaten run at the U19 World Championship in New Zealand. They rallied past Spain today to improve at 5-0 record in Group F of the tournament. Spain slipped at 2-3 record and must win against Kazakhstan to stay hopeful about the quarterfinal appearance.
The game was not an easy jog for the Croats. They shot ball well in the opening frame and earned an 18:14 lead after ten minutes. Croatia kept their opponents at bay in the second frame and recorded a 38:30 lead at halftime. But Spain fired 28 points in the third stanza to turn things around. Croatia suffered 6 turnovers in the period and led by just one point into the final stanza. But Spain could not capitalize. Croatia came up with a barrage of three-pointers to deny any hopes of the win from Spaniards in the final minutes. Leon Radosevic (210-F/C-90) scored 22 points and grabbed 8 boards for Croatia. Dino Butorac added 16 points, while Toni Prostran (183-G-91) had 15 points and 7 assists for the winners. Toni Vicens (202-C-90) replied with 18 points and 9 boards for Spain. Daniel Perez (188-G-90) finished with 15 points in defeat.
Spain will face Kazakhstan, while Croatia take on Australia tomorrow.

Croatia: Leon Radosevic 22, Dino Butorac 16, Toni Prostran 15
Spain: Toni Vicens 18, Daniel Perez 15



Manresa Extend Montanez - by Paul Nilsen
Catalan side Ricoh Manresa have renewed the contract of Roman Montanez (193-G-79) for two more seasons after a solid season last year. The 30 year old will now remain at Nou Congost until the summer of 2011 having averaged 8.6 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 25 minutes per game as Manresa finished in mid-table despite well documented financial difficulties. Montanez in is his second spell with the club having also played with CB Valladolid, Bilbao and Girona.

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  SYRIA   


Iran fire past Syria in Auckland - by Eurobasket News
Iran U19 - Syria U19 93:53
Iran celebrated the first win at the U19 World Championship classification round. They eased past Syria to clinch the 15th spot at the tournament. Mohammad Amjad (190-G-90) poured in 29 points and collected 6 boards to lead Iran to the victory.
The first frame was a tough battle with neither side able to dominate. Tarek AlJabe (179-G-90) scored 8 points for Syria as they trailed by just 5 points at the first intermission. Iran tipped off the second frame with a 12:4 rally to clear off. They outgunned the Syrian team 26:11 in the period to enjoy a 51:31 lead at the interval. Things got even worse for Syria in the third stanza. Iran unleashed a 30:6 run to leave Syria hapless with ten minutes remaining in regulation. Syria finished the game with dignity outscoring their opponents in the final stanza but it had little impact on the final outcome as Iran grabbed a confident win.
Arsalan Kazemi (202-F-90) tallied 23 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists for the winners. Mehdi Shirjang (191-F-90) knocked down 11 points for Iran. Tarer AlJabe answered with 14 points for Syria. Samer Bawadekji (188-F-90) netted 9 points in the losing effort.

Iran: Mohammad Amjad 29, Arsalan Kazemi 23, Mehdi Shirjang 11
Syria: Tarek AlJabe 14, Samer Bawadekji 9



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  TPBL   


DALLAS TEXAS TPBL COMBINE - DATE SET!!!! - by Chris Cardenas
DALLAS,TX- will be the site for the 2009 DFW TPBL combine. All players looking to make a roster for the 2010 season are encouraged to come out and show their skills. Teams joining the league for the 2010 season will be looking to upgrade their rosters and will looking for some new talent to do just so. The combine will be a combination of drills for bigs and guards and alot of full court action during the weekend. Here is the info on the 2009 TPBL COMBINE : AUG. 29-30 (sat - sun) , Dallas Texas, early registration $75 due by AUG. 25 , late/walk up registration $100. We'll be accepting 50 players for the DFW COMBINE so please get your entry form and fees in. for an entry form or more information email league owner chris cardenas : CARDENAS_CHRIS@YAHOO.COM or call 325-763-6630.

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  TURKEY   


Efes Pilsen signed Terrence Morris - by Eurobasket News
Turkish Efes Pilsen made a loud announcement signing Terence Morris (206-F-79, college: Maryland) for the next season. The American player could not fit in the Russia team but had some good games in 2008 year.
Terence Morris has experience everywhere from the local championships to NBA. In 2004-2005 he signed with Los Angeles Clippers. In 2005-2006 he moved to Orlando Magic. In the Regular Season he played 22 games averaging 1.6ppg, 1.7rpg, 0.3spg. In December 2006 signed at Hapoel Jerusalem and played also at ULEB Cup. Terence Morris made an appearance in 6 games having 5.3ppg, 4.0rpg, 2FGP: 36.8%, 3FGP: 21.4%, FT: 81.8%.
Maccabi Elite Tel-Aviv (Israel-Premier League, starting five) saw the player in 2007/2008 year. He played in Euroleague's 25 games, averaging 12.4ppg, Reb-1 (8.3rpg), 1.6apg, Blocks-1 (1.8bpg),
Last season CSKA Moscow (Russia-A Superleague) saw 20 games in Euroleague from the American player that had 6.6ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 54.2%, 3PT-3 (47.6%). Terence Morris's CSKA dismantled Khimky on the road to clinch the Superleague title. The victory marked the seventh consecutive crown for CSKA in Russia. The fourth game was surrounded by controversy as CSKA disputed the result of Game 3 in the series. Referees came up with some controversial decisions late in regulation of the third clash that arose some furious protests from the Moscow team.


Turkish University National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
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4 Arin Sogancioglu (190-G-87) of Besiktas ColaTurka Istanbul
5 Ogun Sevinc (198-F/G-88) of Trabzonspor
6 Soner Senturk (194-G-86) of Turk Telekom Ankara
7 Ali Kavaklioglu (186-G-86) of Kepez Bld Antalya
8 Caner Oner (200-F-87) of Casa TED Kolejliler Ankara
9 Caner Erdeniz (188-G-87) of Casa TED Kolejliler Ankara
10 Serhat Cetin (197-G-86) of Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
11 Hazer Avci (206-F-87) of Aliaga Petkim
12 Cem Coskun (209-C-87) of Genc Telekom
13 Ismail Esmeray (-C-86) of Bursa Basketbol
14 Erhan Yetim (204-F-87) of Pinar Karsiyaka SK Izmir
15 Eren Beyaz (208-C-85) of Aliaga Petkim
Head Coach: Naci Ozonay
Assistant Coach: Burak Goren


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  UKRAINE   


Ukraine too good for Portugal - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine - Portugal 90:69
Ukraine proved the strength against Portugal at the World University Games in Serbia today. Sergiy Popov (193-G-88) scored 20 points and pulled down 6 boards as Ukraine claimed a comfortable victory at the end. The victory lifted a Valentyn Melnychuk team to 1-2 record in Group L. Portugal remained at 0-3 at the bottom of the ladder.
Ukraine set up the victory in the opening frame. They fired 25 points and accumulate a 12-point lead at the first break. Portugal could not come to terms with aggressive offense and lost the battle under the rims to trail by 27 points at halftime. Portugal however remained in the match as they ignited a comeback rally in the third quarter. Ukraine got sloppy and conceded a 9:27 run from Portugal as an Alexandre Pires team trimmed the deficit to 9 points with one quarter remaining. But Valentyn Melnychyk managed to sober up his team during the final intermission as Ukraine poured in 30 points and escaped with a comfortable victory.
Maxym Korniyenko (201-F/C-87) delivered 19 points and 9 boards for Ukraine. Andrei Kalnichenko (200-G-86) and Vyacheslav Kravtsov (212-C-87, agency: Interperformances) had 11 points apiece for the winning side. David Tavares (192-F-88) answered with 12 points for Portugal. Tiago Pinheiro (187-G-87) delivered 10 points in the loss.

Ukraine: Sergiy Popov 20, Maxym Korniyenko 19, Andrei Kalnichenko 11, Vyacheslav Kravtsov 11+11 boards
Portugal: David Tavares 12, Tiago Pinheiro 10



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UAE University National Team 2009 - by Sahereh
4 Mohammed Abdallah of Al Hilal (KSA)
5 Omar Othman Belal (205-C-91)
6 Rashed Saleem (184-F-91) of Al Wahda
7 Khalifa Khalil Ibrahim (180-G-91)
8 Mohamed Saleh (180-90)
9 Qais Omar Ahmad (200-C-91)
10 Jassim Khamis Abdulla (180-F-90)
11 Omar Khalid Faqqas (195-F-91)
12 Saud Yousuf (180-G-90)
13 Salah Khalifa (183-90) of Al Muharraq (BHR)
14 Rashid Mohamed Salah (200-C-90)
15 Salem M. Mubarak (195-F) of An Nahl Sharjah
Head Coach: Salem Aldhaheri


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  USBA   


Private Investment Group Makes Offer to Buy USBA - by USBA Media
An investment group from Canada has offered to buy the United States Basketball Association (USBA) for $3.5 million cash.

The offer is for the league, exclusive rights to all basketball teams, all marketing materials and current advertisement sponsorship agreements. The offer is said to include the current roll of eighteen teams and all other future league expansion.

The group based out of Vancouver, British Columbia made this offer via telephone followed by an initial faxed agreement last Friday to USBA president and chief executive Duane Jenkins. The offer was made contingent on an immediate response from the USBA and that the identities of the group would remain confidential until the offering is approved and accepted by the USBA.

'The USBA has not responded to this unsolicited cash offer from the group,' said Mr. Jenkins. 'We have not even contemplating selling the league, I told them I'll respond to their offer within thirty days and we'll take their considerations under advisement.'

Atlanta, Ga., based USBA will begin their inaugural season April 7, 2010. The league has been in operation since 2007. League officials declined to comment on the details of the proposal, saying only that the president talks on behalf of the company about the business transactions of the league.

'We are flattered by this offering, at this moment, I will gather our staff to discuss their offer,' said Jenkins. 'After a thorough investigation on the investment group, I believe they can afford us, do we sell, we dont know at this point'. 'Right now were moving toward our opening night next April.'

USBA is a privately held company and does not trade on any exchanges but has considered plans to go public and establish listing on the American Stock Exchange. Mr. Jenkins drew publicity in 2007 when he was contracted to develop franchises for league rival United States Basketball League (USBL) of Milford, Connecticut. The effort failed when the USBL announced the cancellation of its basketball operation. As a result the USBA was formed in July 2007. The USBA now has eighteen teams divided into three divisions. The league has teams in ten southern states and the District of Columbia.
Contact:
www.usbaball.com
www.media@usbaball.com
(770) 729-0306



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  VENEZUELA   


Greivis Vasquez decided to stay with Maryland, skips NBA Draft - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan guard Greivis Vasquez (198-G-87), who's played for the NCAA's Maryland Terrapins for the last three seasons, decided to scratch his name off the 2009 NBA Draft and continue his college career, as expected, after weeks of training for several NBA teams and determining he had virtually no chance of being a first round pick.

The training sessions he took part in allowed him to know that he indeed has a future in the NBA but is better for him to complete a fourth year with the Terrapins in order to get drafted in 2010 and show his skills in a more favorable environment.

'After a great deal of thought, consideration and research, I have decided to withdraw my name from the NBA Draft and return to the University of Maryland for my senior year', said Vasquez. 'It has always been a goal of mine to graduate from the University of Maryland and earn my degree. When I signed a scholarship to come to Maryland, I promise my family back home in Venezuela that I would graduate, and doing so in four years here at Maryland will be a great achievement. The experience that I have gained over the past few weeks has been invaluable and something that will help me to better prepare to play professional basketball after my senior season. I would like to thank my family, my coaches and all my teammates who have supported me throughout this process', he added.

Vasquez averaged 17.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 5.0 assists as a starter at point guard and his return means Maryland has a shot of improving their second-round appearance in the NCAA's National Tournament this past season.

'We are very excited that Greivis has decided to return to Maryland for his senior season,' head coach Gary Williams said. 'Greivis was able to work out for many teams and was able to talk to many teams about achieving his dream of playing in the NBA someday. I know that he received some great feedback from many NBA teams, not only about his play on the court, but also his competitiveness and professionalism throughout the process. I truly believe he will be one of the best players in the country in college basketball as a senior, and we are looking forward to this upcoming season.'


Venezuela announces list of 18 players for Senior NT - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- the Venezuelan Basketball Federation (FVB) announced a list of 18 players, coached by Argentinian Guillermo Narvarte and assistants Carl Herrera (206-C-66) and Nelson Solorzano , who'll be working from July 10th on in Caracas to earn a spot in the team that will play the FIBA Americas World Cup Qualy Tournament, to be held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, at Roberto Clemente Arena, from August 26th till September 6th.

Players in the list are guards Greivis Vasquez (198-G-87), Jesus Centeno (190-G-85), Carlos Cedeno (193-G/F-85) and Heissler Guillent (186-G-86, agency: Paris Global Sports), shooting guards Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82), Rafael Perez (193-G/F-82) and John Cox (195-G-81), small forwards Oscar Torres (195-F/G-76), Eduardo Torres (195-F-81), Alejandro Barrios (205-C-79) and Juan Herrera (197-F-81), power forwards Axiers Sucre (198-F-78), Luis Bethelmy (200-C-86), Hector Romero (202-F-80) and Luis Julio (199-F-80) and centers Richard Lugo (209-C-73), Miguel Marriaga (206-C-84) and Gregory Echenique (206-F-90).

Vasquez and Echenique play in the United States NCAA for the Maryland Terrapins and the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, respectively. Torres shared his season between Snaidero Udine (Italy) and Turk Telekom Ankara (Turkey), Hector Romero played a full season for Snaidero Udine (Italy), Perez plays in Puerto Rico's BSN for Criollos de Caguas and newcomer John Cox, who was born in Caracas but is the son of an american player who spent in Venezuela in the 1980's, plays for Sluc Nancy in France's Pro A.

Lugo is currently playing in Puerto Rico for Cangrejeros de Santurce and played briefly in Mexico, and so did Herrera, Bethelmy, Barrios and Vargas. Eduardo Torres played in both Mexico and Colombia, while Marriaga and Julio spent some time in Colombia. Sucre spent some time in Argentina's TNA.

Venezuela will play in Group B against Argentina, Brazil, Cuba and the Dominican Republic, while the other group includes Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Panama, Mexico and Uruguay.

Venezuela will take part in the Free Will Games in Birmingham, Alabama, from July 20th till August 2nd, facing teams of China, Nigeria, Uruguay, Mexico, Dominican Republic and the United States.



Richard Lugo unlucky in Puerto Rico's BSN - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Venezuelan center Richard Lugo (209-C-73) could not avoid the elimination of his team, Cangrejeros de Santurce in Puerto Rico's Baloncesto Superior Nacional or BSN 2009. Lugo came in as an imported players for the playoffs but Santurce was defeated by Indios de Mayaguez, 90-75.

Lugo played 30 minutes and ended up with 9 points, 9 rebounds, 4 blocks, an assist, 5 fouls and 4 turnovers. He netted two of five two-point shots and five of six free-throws. Countryman Luis Rivas (200-F-80) added 6 points, two rebounds and an assists in 10 minutes coming off the bench.

Venezuela's top center, who played for the Senior National Team in the FIBA World Cups of Indianapolis 2002 and Japan 2006, had played in Puerto Rico before for teams such as San German, Guayama, Arecibo and Bayamon. He debuted for Santurce a few days ago right out of the plane and was impressive with 25 points and 10 rebounds in another defeat, this time as visitors against Piratas de Quebradillas.


LNB News - Centauros negotiates with Rafael Perez - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- The upcoming edition of Liga Nacional de Baloncesto (LNB), the country's winter league, will begin on August 21st and teams such as Centauros de Apure are already working in the preparation of its roster, even announcing their intentions of bringing in Rafael Perez (193-G/F-82).

Perez, shooting guard of Criollos de Cagua in Puerto Rico's BSN and who played 21 matches for Trotamundos de Carabobo in the LPB 2009's regular season, would be the star of the team if he accepts the offer. Other players include Kervin Bracho (204-F/C-78), Juan Carlos Rodriguez (193-G-78), Elvis Montero (193-G-78), Daniel Dominguez (183-G-71), Alex Quiroz (185-G-75), Richard Mejias (187-G-78), Ludwing Irazabal (201-C/F-73), Martin Correa (198-F-78) and Luis Carmona (191-F/G-90).

Apure made it to the semifinals in the 2008 season but were swept by Caciques de Trujillo, who went on to lose against Duros de Lara in the LNB 2008 Finals. They were coached by Puerto Rican Carlos Mercado , but president Wolfgang Murillo has assured that they won't bring him back and that they'll announce his substitute in the upcoming days.

Meanwhile, Tiburones de Vargas, owned by former player Alexander Vargas (189-G-69), also announced that they're close to signing a top head coach and that their home games will be played at the newly built Jose Maria Vargas Arena in La Guaira.


LPB announced 2009 awards - by Francisco Vega
Barquisimeto, Venezuela.- Over the past couple of weeks, Liga Profesional de Baloncesto's main board announced the winners of the LPB 2009 Official Awards, after a close analysis of the regular season stats and the implications that every player had for their respective organization in the fight for a spot in the playoffs.

Torraye Braggs (203-F/C-76), of Guaros de Lara, won the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award, while his coach, Puerto Rican Tony Ruiz, earned the Coach of the Year honors. Both contributed to Guaros de Lara's best regular season in history with a record of 31-13, tied at first place with the current title holders, Cocodrilos de Caracas. Jose Vargas (196-G/F-82), of Trotamundos de Carabobo, was the other player in contention for the MVP honors, while coaches Nestor Salazar of Cocodrilos and Flor Melendez of Marinos de Anzoategui, were strong candidates against Ruiz.

Meanwhile, Luis Bethelmy (200-C-86), of Cocodrilos, was award as Progress of the Year, beating out guard Heissler Guillent (186-G-86), of Guaros de Lara, in the election process. Diego Guevara (184-G-77), of Marinos de Anzoategui, won Comeback Player of the Year right in front of center Pablo Machado (207-C-77), of Guaros de Lara.

Jesus Urbina (201-F-84), of Toros de Aragua, won Rookie of the Year despites the fact that he wasn't a starter with his team. Gregory Vargas (182-G-86), of Marinos de Anzoategui, won as the Best Sixth Man, coming off the bench to help Guevara as point guard and putting up strong numbers there.

Meanwhile, the All-Star Team was selected and the honors went to players Carl Elliott (193-G-83) of Cocodrilos, Jose Vargas of Trotamundos, Rogers Washington (198-F-77) of Guaiqueries, Torraye Braggs of Guaros and Clarence Matthews (201-F-83) of Gigantes.


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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS U19   


Day: 5 (Qualifying Round) - by Eurobasket News
Group E
Puerto Rico - USA 61-82
The USA U19 National Team cruised to the fifth straight win at the World Championship. They held off pesky Puerto Rico tonight to stay on top of Group E. A brilliant defensive performance from the US team forced Puerto Rico to 14 turnovers and 33% accuracy that provided the Latin American team with little chance of success in this particular one. Howard Thompkins (203-F) paced the charge with 14 points and 9 rebounds as the USA once again proved their highest ambitions concerning the tournament. Gordon Hayward added 11 points and 7 boards for the winners. Seth Curry and Klay Thompson had 9 points each for the North American side. Jiovanny Fontan responded with 16 points for Puerto Rico. Michael Rosario was held to 11 points after his yesterdays 54-point outburst. The USA will face Lithuania with the first spot in Group E already clinched. Puerto Rico will face Egypt and need a victory to advance into the quarterfinals.

Greece - Egypt 100-59
Greek U19 National Team posted a vital win over Egypt at the World Championship today. Nikolaos Pappas (194-G-90, agency: FCM) scored 18 points to lift the Hellenes to the third win at the tournament. Greece now occupy the fourth spot in the pool and face France tomorrow. Greek team must win this game to sneak into the next round of action. Egypt on the other hand suffered the fourth defeat and slipped at 1-4 record at the bottom of the standings. Leonidas Kaselakis nailed 12 points for Greece. Ioannis Angelopoulos delivered 11 points in the winning case. Adham ElSayed replied with 16 points for Egypt. Osama Mohamed had 12 points and 7 boards in defeat.

Lithuania - France 78-95
France celebrated a confident win over Lithuanian counterparts at the U19 World Championship today. France thus improved at 3-2 record in Group E and edged closer to the quarterfinal stage of the tournament. Lithuania remained at the second position despite loss enjoying a 3-2 record as well. Christophe Leonard (199-F-90) netted 22 points to lead the French outfit. Jonathan Bourhis produced 18 points, while Andrew Albicy finished with 15 points, 6 assists, 6 steals and 4 boards in the win. Adomas Drungilas replied with game-high 24 points and 9 boards for Lithuania. Dovydas Redikas delivered 17 points in the losing effort.

Group F
Canada - Kazakhstan 108-70
Canada grabbed a commanding win over Kazakhstan at the U19 World Championship today. Canada thus snapped a two-game losing streak and improved at 2-3 record in Group F. A Greg Francis team will have to win against Argentina tomorrow to hope for qualification into the quarterfinal stage. Kazakhstan slipped at 1-4 record at the bottom of the standings. Typhoon Nurse (182-G-90) scored 25 points to lead Canada. Kelly Olynyk added 24 points and 9 boards, while Cory Joseph finished with 20 points and 6 boards for the winners. Alexander Tyutyunik delivered 19 points for Kazakhstan. Pavel Ilyin had 13 points in the losing case.

Australia - Argentina 76-65
Australia extended their perfect run at the U19 World Championship holding off ambitious Argentina today. Australia used an overwhelming dominance in the opening frame to build a decisive buffer. They protected it well throughout the reminder of the contest to post the fifth straight win in Auckland. The Emus now share the top spot in Group F together with Croatia. Argentina slipped at 3-2 record in the third position in the pool. Jason Cadee, Brock Motum and Cody Ellis scored 16 points apiece to pace the Emus. Matthew Dellavedova delivered 7 points in the win. Luciano Gonzalez answered with 14 points for Argentina. Matias Nocedal was limited to just 9 points in defeat.

Spain - Croatia 72-91
Croatia extended their unbeaten run at the U19 World Championship in New Zealand. They rallied past Spain today to improve at 5-0 record in Group F of the tournament. Spain slipped at 2-3 record and must win against Kazakhstan to stay hopeful about the quarterfinal appearance. Leon Radosevic (210-F/C-90) scored 22 points and grabbed 8 boards for Croatia. Dino Butorac added 16 points, while Toni Prostran had 15 points and 7 assists for the winners. Toni Vicens replied with 18 points and 9 boards for Spain. Daniel Perez finished with 15 points in defeat.



Groups Standings
Standings
Group E
1. USA5-0
2. France3-2
3. Greece3-2
4. Lithuania3-2
5. P.Rico3-2
6. Egypt1-4
Group F
1. Croatia5-0
2. Australia5-0
3. Argentina3-2
4. Canada2-3
5. Spain2-3
6. Kazakhstan.1-4


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Standings
Standings
Group I
1. USA3-0
2. Serbia2-1
3. Finland1-2
4. Greece0-3
Group J
1. Lithuania3-0
2. Germany1-2
3. Latvia1-2
4. Romania1-2
Group K
1. Israel3-0
2. Russia2-1
3. Canada1-2
4. Italy0-3
Group L
1. Turkey3-0
2. Bulgaria2-1
3. Ukraine1-2
4. Portugal0-3
Group M
1. Australia1-0
2. Iran1-0
3. China0-2
Group N
1. Brazil2-0
2. Mexico1-1
3. UAE0-2
Group O
1. Japan2-0
2. S.Korea0-1
3. S.Africa0-1


Day 5 in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News
Group I
USA - Serbia 68:66
Serbia gave scares to the USA before falling short at the World University Games in Belgrade today. The USA team thus improved at 3-0 record in Group I and would face Bulgaria in the quarterfinal on Thursday. Serbia clinched the second spot in the pool to set up the quarterfinal clash against Turkey. The USA won the fourth game on the trot to enter the playoffs unbeaten. But the hosts made the favorites sweat for the victory tonight. Balanced offense and stifling defense served as the key to Serbian 18:15 lead after ten minutes. The USA found the beat in the second frame as they began clawing their back. Talor Battle (180-G-88) stepped up for the North American team as they toiled for a one-point lead at the interval. The teams went neck and neck in the third quarter. The USA secured a minimal lead into the final frame. The tension grew higher in the dying minutes but the USA proved calm down the line and escaped with a nervous win at the end. Talor Battle knocked down 17 points to lead the charge. Da'Sean Butler produced 12 points for the winners. Milan Macvan and Miroslav Raduljica answered with 13 points apiece for Serbia. Ivan Paunic (194-G-87) topscored with 14 points for the home team.

USA: Talor Battle 17, Da'Sean Butler 12, Corey Fisher 8
Serbia: Ivan Paunic 14, Milan Macvan 13, Miroslav Raduljica 13+10 boards

Finland - Greece 70:66
Finland posted the first win at the World University Games Group I. They held off Greece to clinch the third spot, while Greece remained in the fourth position at 0-3. Finland will now face Ukraine in the classification games of the 9th-12th spots. Greece will take on Portugal for the 13th-16th overall places.
Finland had to overcome a deep 9-point hole at halftime to come out winners at the end. Ville Makalainen (194-F-85, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) provided 16 points and 13 rebounds to help Finland to the victory. Greece opened the game confidently earning a 4-point lead after ten minutes. They did not loosen the grip and stormed to a 9-point advantage at the main break. But Finland found the way to neutralize their opponents in the second half. They limited the Hellenes to 8 points in the third term to pull as close as 3 points with ten minutes to go. Finland fired on all cylinders in the final stanza to steal a tough at the end. Juho Nenonen delivered 15 points for Finland at the end. Ilkka Vuori had 9 points and 8 assists in the win. Dimitris Verginis (194-G-87, agency: FCM) responded with 14 points for Greece. Sotiris Manolopoulos posted 10 points and 9 boards in the losing effort.

Finland: Ville Makalainen 16, Juho Nenonen 15, Ilkka Vuori 9
Greece: Dimitris Verginis 14, Sotiris Manolopoulos 10

Group J
Lithuania - Latvia 84:64
Lithuania clinched the top spot in Group J at the World University Games. They toppled their archrivals Latvia to improve at 3-0 record. Lithuania will now face either Israel or Russia in the quarterfinal on Thursday. Latvia slipped at 1-2 record in the third place in the pool.
Latvia got to the better in this one. Arturs Strelnieks (196-G/F-85) paced the team as they grabbed a 23:16 lead after ten minutes. But a Robertas Kuncaitis team quickly rebounded and started to dictate their rules in the second stanza. Lithuania trimmed the margin to a single point at halftime. They quickly turned the deficit into a lead in the second half. Deividas Gailius (200-F-88) and Martynas Mazeika helped Lithuania to a 63:53 lead at three-quarter time. Lithuania finished off their opponents in the fourth period limiting those to just 11 points. Deividas Gailius scored 16 points and collected 6 boards to lead the way for Lithuania. Martynas Mazeika added 12 points, while Martynas Pocius produced 11 points and 6 boards for the winners. Arturs Strelnieks notched 18 points and 13 boards for Latvia. Martins Kravcenko and Arturs Berzins had 12 points each for Latvia in defeat.

Lithuania: Deividas Gailius 16, Martynas Mazeika 12, Martynas Pocius 11
Latvia: Arturs Strelnieks 18+13 boards, Martins Kravcenko 12, Arturs Berzins 12

Germany - Romania 81:69
Germany defeat Romania at the World University Games in Serbia tonight. Dominik Bahiense de Mello (190-G-85, agency: Pro One Sports) scored 22 points to lead the German selection. Germany thus claimed the second spot in Group J and advanced into the quarterfinal stage. Romania were sent to the fourth position in the standings. Germany will play against Israel next. Romania will face Italy in the classification games for 13th-16th places.
Germany quickly marked their serious ambitions for the game. They outgunned Romania 23:11 in the starting frame to enjoy a 12-point lead at the first break. The Bundesteam unloaded 29 points in the second stanza to keep Romania at bay. A Tudor Costescu team showed some signs of recovery in the third frame. With their backs against the wall Romania tried to bounce back. They stepped on the gas and trimmed the margin to 13 points before the fourth stanza. Romania won the final quarter by one point but it was not enough for the victory as Germany celebrated a vital success.
Per Gunther had 15 points for the winning side. Johannes Lischka produced 13 points and 15 boards for Germany. Ionut Dragusin replied with 20 points and 16 boards for Romania. Titus Nicoara (200-F-88, agency: Interperformances) had a monster game of 20 points and 19 boards in defeat.

Germany: Dominik Bahiense de Mello 22, Per Gunther 15, Johannes Lischka 13+15 boards
Romania: Titus Nicoara 20+19 boards, Ionut Dragusin 20+16 boards

Group K
Israel - Canada 89:81

Israel completed the fifth straight victory at the World University Games in Belgrade. They knocked down Canada in Group K action today to set up a quarterfinal clash against Germany. Canada will play against Latvia for the 9th-12th spots on Thursday.
Canada gave all Israel could handle before narrowly losing at the end. Elishay Kadir (203-F-87, agency: Avi Zilberman) and Gal Mekel fired up Israel in the starting frame as they rolled to a 7-point lead at the first intermission. But Canada seemed ready for the challenge. They burst out of the blocks in the second term to account for 30 points. Canada arrived at halftime ahead by 3 points giving Israel some food for thought during the major break. Israel got the message and went off the dressing room much more aggressive defensively and restored the lead with one quarter remaining. Israel played it safe in the final period and did not allow the North American team to threaten the margin.
Elishay Kadir delivered 25 points and 9 boards for Israel. Gal Mekel had 20 points, 9 boards and 5 boards, while Yuval Naimi netted 17 points in the loss. Ross Bekkering (203-F-85) drained 15 points and collected 11 boards for Canada. Phillip Nkrumah recorded 10 points and 8 boards in the loss.

Israel: Elishay Kadir 25, Gal Mekel 20, Yuval Naimi 17
Canada: Ross Bekkering 15+11 boards, Phillip Nkrumah 10

Russia - Italy 92:76
Russia secured a 2-1 record in Group K of the World University Games in Serbia. They bruised Italy today to clinch the quarterfinal birth. Italy in the meantime fell at 0-3 record at the bottom of the table. Nikita Shabalkin (204-F-86) was pivotal with 21 points for Russia. Dramir Zibirov provided 19 points, 6 boards and 5 assists for the winning side. Giancarlo Ferrero (194-G/F-88, agency: Players Group) responded with 13 points for Italy.
Russia jumped to an early lead and completed the opening stanza ahead by 11 points. But Italy showed character outscoring their opponents in the second frame. They cut the margin to just 7 points at halftime. Russia however looked animated in the third frame going for 29 points. Italy could not match the tempo and appeared down by 17 points heading into the fourth quarter. Russia wisely kept Italy at safe distance at the dying stages and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end. Valeri Likhodey had 16 points and 7 boards in the victory. Roberto Prandin canned 12 points for the Azzurri. Russia outrebounded their opponents 36:30 and sank solid 58% from the field.

Russia: Nikita Shabalkin 21, Dramir Zibirov 19, Valeri Likhodey 16
Italy: Giancarlo Ferrero 13, Roberto Prandin 12

Group L
Ukraine - Portugal 90:69

Ukraine proved the strength against Portugal at the World University Games in Serbia today. Sergiy Popov (193-G-88) scored 20 points and pulled down 6 boards as Ukraine claimed a comfortable victory at the end. The victory lifted a Valentyn Melnychuk team to 1-2 record in Group L. Portugal remained at 0-3 at the bottom of the ladder.
Ukraine set up the victory in the opening frame. They fired 25 points and accumulate a 12-point lead at the first break. Portugal could not come to terms with aggressive offense and lost the battle under the rims to trail by 27 points at halftime. Portugal however remained in the match as they ignited a comeback rally in the third quarter. Ukraine got sloppy and conceded a 9:27 run from Portugal as an Alexandre Pires team trimmed the deficit to 9 points with one quarter remaining. But Valentyn Melnychyk managed to sober up his team during the final intermission as Ukraine poured in 30 points and escaped with a comfortable victory.
Maxym Korniyenko delivered 19 points and 9 boards for Ukraine. Andrei Kalnichenko and Vyacheslav Kravtsov had 11 points apiece for the winning side. David Tavares (192-F-88) answered with 12 points for Portugal. Tiago Pinheiro delivered 10 points in the loss.

Ukraine: Sergiy Popov 20, Maxym Korniyenko 19, Andrei Kalnichenko 11, Vyacheslav Kravtsov 11+11 boards
Portugal: David Tavares 12, Tiago Pinheiro 10

Group M
Iran - China 91:80 (2OT)

Mohammad Reza Akbari (197-F/G-86) knocked down 30 points, grabbed 11 boards and made 6 steals to inspire a dramatic double-overtime victory for Iran at the World University Games today. Iran had to survive two extra periods before securing an exhausting success against China. Iran improved at 1-0 record in Group M. China fell at 0-2 at the bottom of the standings in the pool. Iran would face Australia for the top position in the group tomorrow.
Iran stunned China in the opening frame outgunning their opponents 22:6. China stopped the bleeding in the second frame as they managed to slow down Iran. A Mehran Hatami team still were able to gain a 17-point lead at halftime. But China were not about to fold that early. They changed the complexion of the encounter drastically in the second half. Zhang ZhaoXu (213-C-87) recharged the team as they began clawing their way back into the game. China trimmed the distance to 9 points at the end of the third frame. There was more to come. China completed the rescue mission late in regulation drawing things level and forcing overtime. The first extra period did not figure out the winners as the teams were knotted at 73. But Iran saved more energy for the final surge. They outscored China 18:7 in the second overtime to eke out a nail-biting win at the end. Mehrad Atashi delivered 21 points, 7 boards and 4 assists for Iran. Aren Davoudichegani had 13 points for the winners. Zhang ZhaoXu produced 25 points and 12 boards for China. Li Xuesong banked 19 points in defeat.

Iran: Mohammad Reza Akbari 30+11 boards, Mehrad Atashi 21, Aren Davoudichegani 13
China: Zhang ZhaoXu 25+12 boards, Li Xuesong 19

Group N
Brazil - Mexico 84:80

Luciano De Souza (201-F-86) scored 18 points to lift Brazil past Mexico at the University Games today. Brazil clinched the top spot in Group N with 2-0 record. Mexico finished in the second position as they slipped at 1-1 record. It was a close affair from start to finish. Mexico enjoyed a narrow 22:21 lead after ten minutes. They did not surrender the advantage in the second quarter and ensured a 43:42 lead at the interval. But Brazil managed to turn the tables in the second half. They fired 26 points in the third stanza and headed into the fourth term ahead by 3 points. Brazil hung on to eke out a difficult victory at the end. Andre Felipe Almeida posted 11 points for Brazil. Roberto Alves and Andre Goes notched 10 points each in the winning effort. Joel Reynoso (190-G-85) responded with 25 points and 9 boards for Mexico. Gabriel Giron registered 20 points in defeat.
Brazil shot 50% from the field, while holding Mexican counterparts to 43% accuracy. They also had a slender advantage on the glass with 38 boards.

Brazil: Luciano De Souza 18, Andre Felipe Almeida 11, Roberto Alves 10, Andre Goes 10
Mexico: Joel Reynoso 25, Gabriel Giron 20

Group O
Japan - South Korea 97:77

Japan prevailed against their archrivals South Korea at the World University Games tonight. Kosuke Kanamaru (192-89) was instrumental with 31 points for the winners. Kenta Hirose added 21 points, 11 boards, 6 assists and 4 steals as Japan claimed the top spot in Group O. South Korea will fight for the second position in the pool against South Africa tomorrow.
Japan however needed to overcome fierce opposition from winless South Korea at the start of the game. The teams traded baskets in the opening frame and Japan were up by just one point at the first break. Japan pushed harder in the second quarter building a 7-point cushion at halftime. Japan polished their dominance in the third frame. They went on a 28:13 rally to put South Korea to the dead end before the final stanza. South Korea finished the game with dignity outscoring Japan in the final frame but it never put any doubts about the final outcome.
Makoto Hiejima dropped 18 points for Japan. Park Sung Jin (182-G-86) responded with 20 points, 6 boards and 5 assists for South Korea. Heo Il-Young posted 16 points and 7 boards in the losing effort. Japan won the battle on the boards 41:31 and sank solid 50% from the field. South Korea committed 20 turnovers in defeat.

Japan: Kosuke Kanamaru 31, Kenta Hirose 21+11 boards, Makoto Hiejima 18
South Korea: Park Sung Jin 20, Heo Il-Young 16





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Russia edge past Australia in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News
Russia - Australia 86:72

Russia held off Australia at the World University Games today. The victory meant 3-0 record for the winners as they advanced into the semifinal stage from the top position in Pool F. Russia will now face Czech Republic on Thursday. Australia clinched the second spot and would face unbeaten United States in the second semifinal clash. Elena Danilochkina (184-G-86) poured in 22 points to pace Russia to the win. A Boris Sokolovskiy team account for 29 points in the first frame to lead by 7 at the first change. Australia could not threaten the margin in the second stanza trailing by as many as 13 points at the interval. Russia continued to maintain the winning margin in the third quarter. They headed into the final frame ahead by 15 points and never turned back on the way for a comfortable victory. Ekaterina Lisina (198-C-87) notched 16 points for Russia. Olga Iakovleva (195-C-86, agency: LBM Management) had 11 points and 5 boards for the winners. Amy Lewis (175-G-86, college: Troy) replied with 20 points for Australia. Chantella Perera (175-G-86, college: Fresno St.) finished with 15 points in defeat. Australia outrebounded their opponents 40:36 but committed 20 turnovers down the stretch. Russia sank 48% from the field and 86% from the stripe in the win.

Russia: Elena Danilochkina 22, Ekaterina Lisina 16, Olga Iakovleva 11
Australia: Amy Lewis 20, Chantella Perera 15



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Greece U20 edges Austria U20 in a defensive style - by Eurobasket News
Austria U20-Greece U20 41:44 (5-16, 4-4, 10-18, 22-6)

Greece U20 edges Austria U20 in a defensive style U20 at the European Championship for Women in Division B. Greek side improved to 2-0 record after 44:41 victory.
Greek side score the first five consecutive points and won the opening tip 9:2. Austria posted only 5 points in the first period, while Greece ended up with 16. The second quarter was a nightmare for both teams that showed horrible shooting percentage. Austria even remained scoreless in the first five minutes, while Greece could not score in the last five. Tsakiridou made the score 20:5, Richard netted two free throws for 7:20 and Takacs closed the period at 9:20. Those points were the only in the quarter, that finished at 4-4. Greece later went on a run and grabbed 33:13 with 5 minutes to play in the third quarter. Chairistanidou was the last to score in the frame for 38:19. The Austrian side bounced back and started to catch up with the opponent. Theresa Schwarzinger (168-G-89) posted six in a row for the team to trail 34:38 with it. Horti cut it to 36:38, however Austria could not tie the margin. Vaia Merisioti (177-G-89) delivered 44th point for the winners and Austria score three more to finish at 41.
Vaia Merisioti top-scored for the winners with 11 points and Maria Bousnaki (172-G-89) had 9. Julia Koppl (187-F-91) collected 10 points and 10 rebounds in defeat, while Theresa Schwarzinger added 8.

Austria U20: Julia Koppl 10+10 rebs, Theresa Schwarzinger 8
Greece U20: Vaia Merisioti 11, Maria Bousnaki 9


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Halin pulls Belgium U20 in Day 2 - by Eurobasket News
Belgium U20-Portugal U20 64:56 (14-11, 10-10, 24-15, 16-20)

Belgium U20 won the second straight game at the U20 European Championship for Women in Division B. The team improved to 2-0 record after the win over Portugal U20 64:56.
Charlotte Ippersiel (180-C-89) opened the game for the winners from the free throw line and then Amandine Halin (170-G-90) made it 11:5 as Belgium won the opening tip. Caldeira managed to reduce for Portugal as they trailed 14:11 after the opening quarter. The second frame was the most defensive as both squads nailed 10 points each. Belgium still remained in front at 24:21 at the halftime. Joana Bernardeco (166-G-90) immediately tied the game at 24:24, while Goncalves gave her team 27:26 lead. Portugal stayed in front for some time in the second period, but then Belgium got the lead back. Amandine Halin's three brought the winners 48:36 after 24-15 in the period. Deneil brought Belgium plus 10, 52:42 and then Amandine Halin scored for 55:46. Portugal did not give up and reduced to 55:53 as Joana Bernardeco made two free throws. Belgium needed a 9-0 run to seal the victory. Joana Bernardeco nailed a three but she made only 64:56.
Amandine Halin paced all the winners with 18 points for 2-0 record. Charlotte Ippersiel posted 16, whilst Lien Lentacker (183-C-90) nailed 11. Joana Bernardeco finished the game with 22 points and Goncalves notched 11.

Belgium U20: Amandine Halin 18, Charlotte Ippersiel 16, Lien Lentacker 11
Portugal U20: Joana Bernardeco 22, Goncalves 11


Belgium U18 wins the second in a row in the Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News
Belgium U18-Poland U18 87:69 ( 20-14, 17-19, 18-22, 32-14 )

Belgium U18 improved to 2-2 in the in Group E of the Qualifying Round. The team overcame Poland U18 87:69 with a massive 32-14 in the last period.
Magdalena Zietara (176-G-92) stepped on the free throw line to post first two points for Poland that stayed tough until 6:6. Belgium created a 10-0 run for 16:6 as De Bondtmade a three -pointer. Poland replied with some baskets and Malgorzata Misiuk (184-F-91) closed the first quarter at 20:14. Belgium hoped for another 10-point difference but reached 27:19 when Jana Raman (183-F-91) made a lay-up. Kuras cut it to 31:27 and Malgorzata Misiuk scored for 31:29. Kuras was the last to score in the half sending the teams to the lockers for 37:34. It was too early to predict the winner as the teams continues their battle in the court in the third quarter. Four times the score was tied in it and Cossengue Casimiro's free throw brought 55:55. With the game all square at 57:57 early in the final frame, Belgium scored 13 unanswered points to take command. Noemie Mayombo poured in seven points in that run while Jana Jana Raman contributed six. Magdalena Zietara reduced to 10 again for 76:66, but Belgium was too good tonight in the court. With 32-14 in the last quarter Belgium celebrated 87:69 victory.
Jana Raman top-scored for the winners with 22 points and 11 boards for 2-2 record. De Bondt netted 17, while Miete Celus (175-G/F-91) scored 13. Malgorzata Misiuk finished the night with 22 points and Magdalena Zietara nailed 16 points in defeat.

Belgium U18: Jana Raman 22+11 rebs, De Bondt 17, Miete Celus 13
Poland U18: Malgorzata Misiuk 22, Magdalena Zietara 16


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USA take down Czech Republic in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News
USA - Czech Republic 115:78
The USA World University Games selection continued their unbeaten run. They trounced Czech Republic today to clinch the top spot in Group E. Therefore the team will face Australia in the semifinal on Thursday. Czech Republic also made it to the semis despite the defeat. They will take on Russia on the same day.
The USA looked better in every facet of the game and posted a deserved victory at the end. Czech Republic struggled to constrain the US offense. The North American team warmed up with a 28-point tally in the first stanza worth an 8-point lead at the initial change. They unloaded 35 points in the second period to ensure a 26-point buffer at the interval. Czech Republic tried to match the effort in the third quarter scoring 23 points but they were easily overwhelmed by their opponents as the USA coasted into the final term ahead by 32 points. The USA selection breezed to the win at the end. Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88) produced 20 points and 6 boards for the United States. Danielle McCray (5'11''-G/F-87, college: Marist) added 15 points and 7 boards, while Tiffany Hayes (5'10''-G) had 13 points in the win. Romana Hejdova (6'0''-F-88) responded with 18 points for Czech Republic. Katerina Elhotova (5'9''-G-89) posted 12 points in defeat.

USA: Tina Charles 20, Danielle McCray 15, Tiffany Hayes 13
Czech Republic: Romana Hejdova 18, Katerina Elhotova 12



Jerome Fournier's team beat Czech Republic U18 - by Eurobasket News
France U18-Czech Republic U18 76:48 (13-17, 28-3, 19-12, 18-16)

France U18 smashed Czech Republic U18 to prove the ambitions for the top places in U18 European Championship for Women in Division A. The favorites of Group F easily beat Czech Republic U18 76:48 for 4-0 record.
Eleonore Grossemy (184-F-92) gave French outfit the first lead, while Alena Hanusova (187-C-91) tasted the first lead with her team. Czech Republic U18 was not afraid of the leaders and stayed in front in the majority of the first period and won it 17:13. Eleonore Grossemy however led her team to to 23:17 and Allison Vernerey (194-C-91) made it 25:17 as France finished their 12-0. The favorites were too good in the frame and produced 29-3 in the quarter. Strunc shocked the opponents for 41:20 at the halftime. From that time the game was still under a huge control of the French machine that did not want to stop. A 19-12 gave them 60:32 when Hhadydia Minte (185-F-91) made a lay-up. The last period was also won by Jerome Fournier r's team as they produced 18-16 in the last frame.
Allison Vernerey collected 11 points and 13 rebounds for the winners, while Adja Konteh (178-F-92) and Eleonore Grossemy also scored 11 each. Hhadydia Minte ended up with 10 points and 17 boards for the favorites. Martina Cepelkova (182-C-92) finished the game with 9 points in the losing effort, whilst Karolina Elhotova (182-G-92) and Alena Hanusova posted 7 apiece.

France U18: Allison Vernerey 11+13 rebs, Adja Konteh 11, Eleonore Grossemy 11, Hhadydia Minte 10+17 rebs
Czech Republic U18: Martina Cepelkova 9, Karolina Elhotova 7, Alena Hanusova 7


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Standings - Division B - by Eurobasket News
Standings Div.B
Group E
1. Hungary4-0
2. Portugal3-1
3. Slovenia2-2
4. U.Kingdom1-3
5. Finland1-3
6. Romania1-3
Group F
1. Israel4-0
2. Bosnia3-1
3. Germany3-1
4. Greece1-3
5. Denmark1-3
6. Croatia0-4
Group G
1. Holland1-0
2. Norway0-0
3. Switzerl.0-1


Day: 5 (Qualifying Round) - by Eurobasket News
Group E
Sweden - Spain 66-82
Spain U18 demolish the hosts of the U18 European Championship for Women in Division A to take 3-1 record. Spanish outfit sent Sweden to 2-2 record after 82:66 in the last game of Day 5. Vega Gimeno (183-F-91) top-scored for the winners with 21 points, while Rodriguez nailed 16. Ble collected 10 points and 17 caroms, while Ortiz netted 10. Drammeh and Abdi produced 12 points each for the hosts and Kabengano had 11.

Serbia - Latvia 64-61
Serbia U18 needed 22-7 in the last period to edge Latvia U18 at the U18 European Championship for Women in Division A. Serbia improved to 3-1 record after 64:61 in Group E of the Qualifying Round. Tina Jovanovic (191-F/C-91) was unstoppable with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Krnjic collected 17 points and 14 boards, while Prvulovic posted 10. Niedola shined again with 22 points and 12 rebounds as Latvia needs so many 'ifs' now to advance. Sonka nailed 19, while Vitola had 10 points and 10 caroms.

Belgium - Poland 87-69
Belgium U18 improved to 2-2 in the in Group E of the Qualifying Round. The team overcame Poland U18 87:69 with a massive 32-14 in the last period. Jana Raman (183-F-91) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and 11 boards for 2-2 record. De Bondt netted 17, while Celus scored 13. Misiuk finished the night with 22 points and Zietara nailed 16 points in defeat.

Group F
France - Czech Republic 78-48
France U18 smashed Czech Republic U18 to prove the ambitions for the top places in U18 European Championship for Women in Division A. The favorites of Group F easily beat Czech Republic U18 76:48 for 4-0 record. Allison Vernerey (194-C-91) collected 11 points and 13 rebounds for the winners, while Konteh and Grossemy also scored 11 each. Minte ended up with 10 points and 17 boards for the favorites. Cepelkova finished the game with 9 points in the losing effort, whilst Elhotova and Hanusova posted 7 apiece.

Italy - Russia 47-46
Italy U18 sent Russia U18 out of the Quarterfinals in Sweden of U18 European Championship for Women in Division A. Italy won 47:46 as Milazzo made one free throw to seal the victory. Alessandra Tava (184-F-91) top-scored for the winners with 11 points for 2-2 record. Tognalini and Spreafico followed her with 8 points apiece. Medvedeva ended up with 15 points for Russia that is 0-4 in the group and Stepanova added 9.

Ukraine - Lithuania 74-77
Lithuania U18 handed 77:74 loss to Ukrainian team that became second in a row for the latter. Ukraine U18 lost the game To Czech Republic 79:82 last night and after the game against Baltic State dropped to 1-3. Lithuania meanwhile improved to 3-1 record in Group F of the U18 European Championship for Women in Division A. Egle Siksniute (196-F/C-91) paced all the winners with 23 points to 3-1 record. Zintikaite nailed 16, whilst Sniokaite notched 14. Malashenko collected 26 points and 12 rebounds, Iagupova scored 14 and Zavidna netted 12 for Ukraine.



W-Standings - Group A
Standings
Group E
1. Spain4-0
2. Serbia3-1
3. Belgium2-2
4. Sweden2-2
5. Latvia1-3
6. Poland0-4
Group F
1. France4-0
2. Lithuania3-1
3. Czech Repu.2-2
4. Italy2-2
5. Ukraine1-3
6. Russia0-4
Group G
1. Belarus2-0
2. Turkey1-0
3. Slovakia0-1
4. Bulgaria0-2


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U20 - Women  


Div. B Day: 2 (Preliminary Round) - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Austria - Greece 41-44
Greece U20 edges Austria U20 in a defensive style U20 at the European Championship for Women in Division B. Greek side improved to 2-0 record after 44:41 victory. Greek side score the first five consecutive points and won the opening tip 9:2. Austria posted only 5 points in the first period, while Greece ended up with 16. The second quarter was a nightmare for both teams that showed horrible shooting percentage. Austria even remained scoreless in the first five minutes, while Greece could not score in the last five. Tsakiridou made the score 20:5, Richard netted two free throws for 7:20 and Takacs closed the period at 9:20. Those points were the only in the quarter, that finished at 4-4. Greece later went on a run and grabbed 33:13 with 5 minutes to play in the third quarter. Chairistanidou was the last to score in the frame for 38:19. The Austrian side bounced back and started to catch up with the opponent. Theresa Schwarzinger posted six in a row for the team to trail 34:38 with it. Horti cut it to 36:38, however Austria could not tie the margin. Vaia Merisioti (177-G-89) delivered 44th point for the winners and Austria score three more to finish at 41.Vaia Merisioti top-scored for the winners with 11 points and Maria Bousnaki had 9. Julia Koppl collected 10 points and 10 rebounds in defeat, while Theresa Schwarzinger added 8.

Belgium - Portugal 64-56
Belgium U20 won the second straight game at the U20 European Championship for Women in Division B. The team improved to 2-0 record after the win over Portugal U20 64:56. Ippersiel opened the game for the winners from the free throw line and then Amandine Halin (170-G-90) made it 11:5 as Belgium won the opening tip. Caldeira managed to reduce for Portugal as they trailed 14:11 after the opening quarter. The second frame was the most defensive as both squads nailed 10 points each. Belgium still remained in front at 24:21 at the halftime. Bernardeco immediately tied the game at 24:24, while Goncalves gave her team 27:26 lead. Portugal stayed in front for some time in the second period, but then Belgium got the lead back. Amandine Halin's three brought the winners 48:36 after 24-15 in the period. Deneil brought Belgium plus 10, 52:42 and then Amandine Halin scored for 55:46. Portugal did not give up and reduced to 55:53 as Bernardeco made two free throws. Belgium needed a 9-0 run to seal the victory. Bernardeco nailed a three but she made only 64:56. Amandine Halin paced all the winners with 18 points for 2-0 record. Ippersiel posted 16, whilst Lentacker nailed 11. Bernardeco finished the game with 22 points and Goncalves notched 11.

United Kingdom - Hungary 47-63
Hungary U20 won their first game to improve at 1-1 record at the U20 European Championship for Women in Division B. The team celebrated their initial victory beating Great Britain U20 63:47 to leave them winless.In the game between two teams that lost the openers, bit of them tried to recover in Game 2. Bettina Bozoki (190-F/C-89) opened the game for the winners with a jump shot as Hungary won the opening tip 10:2. Even though Great Britain U20 managed to reduce, Tijana Krivacevic scored at the end for the same difference, 14:22. In the second period the margin moved from 7 to 15 as Hungary controlled the court. Ruttner made a jump shot to send the teams to the lockers for 36:21 halftime advantage. Hungary did not even think of slowing down as the squad fully enjoyed their first win. Simon scored for 48:27 and Gyori netted for 52:28. Bardsley was the last to score in the third quarter to make it 52:33. Only in the last frame the team from Great Britain started to score more than the opponents and produced 14-11 in the quarter. As a total it gave Hungary 63:47 victory with Harriett Yea's jump shot being the last in the game. Bettina Bozoki top-scored for the winners with 14 points as Hungary is 1-1 in the group. Tijana Krivacevic netted 13, while Nora Rujak posted 10. Harriett Yea ended up with 19 points for Great Britain that fell at 0-2, while Allen notched 8.

Group B
FYR Macedonia - Israel 60-76
Israel cruised past Macedonia 76:60 for the first victory at the U20 European Championship for Women in Division B. The hosts of the tournament opened the game with 22:15, however could not keep the score for good. Israel won three other periods to improve at 1-1 record. Dana Yahalomi (177-G-89) top-scored for the winners with 22 points, while Shafir Naama and Golan Lin posted 12 each. Antik Jelena ended up with 16 points and 18 rebounds in the losing effort and Mitrasinovik Andzelika scored 15 points. The hosts weer too good from the start and scored 12 consecutive points. Tanturovska made it 14:2, however Israel replied with 10-0 run for 14:12. Ivanova closed the opening quarter at 22:15 as the hosts won the first period at home. They did not however stay in front for a long time as Yahalomi took the lead with her team at 27:26. The score was tied three times in the period and Levy sent the teams to the lockers for 36:36. Later on the court was dominated by one team, Israel. The guests found their game and went on a bigger lead. Ben Nunmade a jump shot for 51:42, while Levy scored for 59:47. Israel won also the last period 17-12 to win the initial game at the U20 European Championship for Women in Division B. Macedonia lost the opener, but will do their best later in order to improve the positions in the group.

Slovakia - Holland 88-78
Slovak Republic U20 overcame Netherlands U20 88:78 at the U20 European Championship for Women in Division B. The score could be even bigger, however the latter produced 35-21 to reduce the gap. It was an easy start for the team from Slovakia that scored consecutive 5 points in the beginning. Kandracova made it 12:2 and Felixova posted for 22:11. Mincikova closed an easy quarter for Slovak Republic U20 as they had 26:11 after 10 minutes. Another 10-0 run from the start of the second lifted them to 36:11and Kovalova mad it 41:14. Kraak reduced to 45:15 as her team trailed 30 points with 4 minutes to play in the half. Cernakova sent the teams to the lockers with 49:27. Netherlands U20 could not find a match for the favorites as Slovakia did not want even to slow down. Turbova made it 54:29 and then the Dutch team produced a 10-0 run when De Vreede made it 56:41. Klaudia Lukacovicova (193-C-90) closed the third period at 67:43 as Slovak Republic U20 looked more ambitios in the court. The last period however belonged to the Dutch team that started to cut it to the minimum. De Roos reduced it to minus 15 at 78:63. and then her team tried to catch up with the opponent. The could only jump to 88:78 that became the final score. Klaudia Lukacovicova was responsible for 19 points and 9 rebounds. Kovalova nailed 18, while Mincikova posted ended up with 17 points in defeat as her team is 2-0 in the group. De Roos collected 14 points and 11 boards in defeat, whilst Klein and De Vreede had 12 apiece.



Standings Div.B (Women) - by Eurobasket News
Standings Div.B
1. Greece2-0
2. Belgium2-0
3. Slovakia2-0
4. Romania1-0
5. Portugal1-1
6. Hungary1-1
7. Israel1-1
8. FYR Macedo.0-1
9. Holland0-2
10. Austria0-2
11. U.Kingdom0-2


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  FINLAND - Women  


Finland better England in Eliat - by Eurobasket News
Finland U18 - England U18 57:53

Finnish U18 National Team posted the first win at the Qualifying round of the European Championship in Division B. Earlier today they toppled England to catch up with their opponents at 1-3 record in Group E.
Salla Ekstrom (187-F-91) scored first six points of the game as Finland grabbed the lead. But Gemma Bullard (177-G-92) and Whitby stopped the bleeding for England and sparked the team to a 12:10 lead late in the starting frame. Salmon capped the opening stanza as England enjoyed a 14:12 advantage. Salmon and Gemma Bullard stretched the margin at 7 points at the first minutes of the second stanza. Gemma Bullard hit a trey as England posted a 25:16 advantage midway through the second quarter. Finland stayed within striking distance as they trailed by 3 at halftime. England played excellent defense in the third period limiting Finland to just 1o points and securing a 45:38 lead after three quarters. The Finnish team however did not say die and replied with a 12:1 rally bridging two frames to restore the lead with just over six minutes to go in regulation. Laura Saarinen (184-C-92) fueled an 8:0 surge from Finland as they built a 56:48 lead late in the game and never looked back en route to the victory.
Salla Ekstrom scored 14 points to pace Finland. Laura Saarinen added 11 points and 9 boards in the victory. Gemma Bullard replied with 15 points for England. Ella Clark (180-F-92) finished with 9 points and 10 boards in the losing case.

Finland: Salla Ekstrom 14, Laura Saarinen 11, Vilja Kesanen (178-G-91) 10
England: Gemma Bullard 15, Ella Clark 9+10 boards



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  FRANCE - Women  


Jerome Fournier's team beat Czech Republic U18 - by Eurobasket News
France U18-Czech Republic U18 76:48 (13-17, 28-3, 19-12, 18-16)

France U18 smashed Czech Republic U18 to prove the ambitions for the top places in U18 European Championship for Women in Division A. The favorites of Group F easily beat Czech Republic U18 76:48 for 4-0 record.
Eleonore Grossemy (184-F-92) gave French outfit the first lead, while Alena Hanusova (187-C-91) tasted the first lead with her team. Czech Republic U18 was not afraid of the leaders and stayed in front in the majority of the first period and won it 17:13. Eleonore Grossemy however led her team to to 23:17 and Allison Vernerey (194-C-91) made it 25:17 as France finished their 12-0. The favorites were too good in the frame and produced 29-3 in the quarter. Strunc shocked the opponents for 41:20 at the halftime. From that time the game was still under a huge control of the French machine that did not want to stop. A 19-12 gave them 60:32 when Hhadydia Minte (185-F-91) made a lay-up. The last period was also won by Jerome Fournier r's team as they produced 18-16 in the last frame.
Allison Vernerey collected 11 points and 13 rebounds for the winners, while Adja Konteh (178-F-92) and Eleonore Grossemy also scored 11 each. Hhadydia Minte ended up with 10 points and 17 boards for the favorites. Martina Cepelkova (182-C-92) finished the game with 9 points in the losing effort, whilst Karolina Elhotova (182-G-92) and Alena Hanusova posted 7 apiece.

France U18: Allison Vernerey 11+13 rebs, Adja Konteh 11, Eleonore Grossemy 11, Hhadydia Minte 10+17 rebs
Czech Republic U18: Martina Cepelkova 9, Karolina Elhotova 7, Alena Hanusova 7


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  FYR MACEDONIA - Women  


Israel cruised past Macedonia 76:60 - by Eurobasket News
Macedonia U20-Israel U20 60:76

Israel cruised past Macedonia 76:60 for the first victory at the U20 European Championship for Women in Division B. The hosts of the tournament opened the game with 22:15, however could not keep the score for good. Israel won three other periods to improve at 1-1 record. Dana Yahalomi (177-G-89) top-scored for the winners with 22 points, while Naama Shafir (170-G-90) and Lin Golan (172-G-89) posted 12 each. Jelena Antik (185-F-91) ended up with 16 points and 18 rebounds in the losing effort and Andzelika Mitrasinovik (172-G-93) scored 15 points.
The hosts weer too good from the start and scored 12 consecutive points. Tanturovska made it 14:2, however Israel replied with 10-0 run for 14:12. Ivanova closed the opening quarter at 22:15 as the hosts won the first period at home. They did not however stay in front for a long time as Yahalomi took the lead with her team at 27:26. The score was tied three times in the period and Levy sent the teams to the lockers for 36:36. Later on the court was dominated by one team, Israel. The guests found their game and went on a bigger lead. Ben Nunmade a jump shot for 51:42, while Levy scored for 59:47. Israel won also the last period 17-12 to win the initial game at the U20 European Championship for Women in Division B. Macedonia lost the opener, but will do their best later in order to improve the positions in the group.

Macedonia U20: Jelena Antik 16 points and 18 rebounds, Andzelika Mitrasinovik 15 points.
Israel U20: Dana Yahalomi 22 points, Naama Shafir 12, Lin Golan 12


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  GREECE - Women  


Greece U20 edges Austria U20 in a defensive style - by Eurobasket News
Austria U20-Greece U20 41:44 (5-16, 4-4, 10-18, 22-6)

Greece U20 edges Austria U20 in a defensive style U20 at the European Championship for Women in Division B. Greek side improved to 2-0 record after 44:41 victory.
Greek side score the first five consecutive points and won the opening tip 9:2. Austria posted only 5 points in the first period, while Greece ended up with 16. The second quarter was a nightmare for both teams that showed horrible shooting percentage. Austria even remained scoreless in the first five minutes, while Greece could not score in the last five. Tsakiridou made the score 20:5, Richard netted two free throws for 7:20 and Takacs closed the period at 9:20. Those points were the only in the quarter, that finished at 4-4. Greece later went on a run and grabbed 33:13 with 5 minutes to play in the third quarter. Chairistanidou was the last to score in the frame for 38:19. The Austrian side bounced back and started to catch up with the opponent. Theresa Schwarzinger (168-G-89) posted six in a row for the team to trail 34:38 with it. Horti cut it to 36:38, however Austria could not tie the margin. Vaia Merisioti (177-G-89) delivered 44th point for the winners and Austria score three more to finish at 41.
Vaia Merisioti top-scored for the winners with 11 points and Maria Bousnaki (172-G-89) had 9. Julia Koppl (187-F-91) collected 10 points and 10 rebounds in defeat, while Theresa Schwarzinger added 8.

Austria U20: Julia Koppl 10+10 rebs, Theresa Schwarzinger 8
Greece U20: Vaia Merisioti 11, Maria Bousnaki 9


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  HOLLAND - Women  


Slovak Republic overcame Netherlands at the U20 European Championship for Women in Division B - by Eurobasket News
Slovak Republic U20-Netherlands U20 88:78 (26-11, 23-16, 18-16, 21-35)

Slovak Republic U20 overcame Netherlands U20 88:78 at the U20 European Championship for Women in Division B. The score could be even bigger, however the latter produced 35-21 to reduce the gap.
It was an easy start for the team from Slovakia that scored consecutive 5 points in the beginning. Kandracova made it 12:2 and Felixova posted for 22:11. Janka Mincikova (169-G-89) closed an easy quarter for Slovak Republic U20 as they had 26:11 after 10 minutes. Another 10-0 run from the start of the second lifted them to 36:11and Nikola Kovalova (168-G-89) mad it 41:14. Kraak reduced to 45:15 as her team trailed 30 points with 4 minutes to play in the half. Cernakova sent the teams to the lockers with 49:27.
Netherlands U20 could not find a match for the favorites as Slovakia did not want even to slow down. Turbova made it 54:29 and then the Dutch team produced a 10-0 run when De Vreede made it 56:41. Klaudia Lukacovicova (193-C-90) closed the third period at 67:43 as Slovak Republic U20 looked more ambitios in the court.
The last period however belonged to the Dutch team that started to cut it to the minimum. De Roos reduced it to minus 15 at 78:63. and then her team tried to catch up with the opponent. The could only jump to 88:78 that became the final score.
Klaudia Lukacovicova was responsible for 19 points and 9 rebounds. Nikola Kovalova nailed 18, while Janka Mincikova posted ended up with 17 points in defeat as her team is 2-0 in the group. De Roos collected 14 points and 11 boards in defeat, whilst Klein and De Vreede had 12 apiece.

Slovak Republic U20: Klaudia Lukacovicova 19+9 rebs, Nikola Kovalova 18, Janka Mincikova 17
Netherlands U20: De Roos 14+11 rebs, Klein 12, De Vreede 12



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  HUNGARY - Women  


Hungary U18 remained undefeated in the Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News
Hungary U18-Portugal U18 58:45 (18-10, 12-10, 16-13, 12-12)

Hungary U18 remained undefeated in the Qualifying Round of Group E of the U18 European Championship for Women in Division B. The favorites outscored Portugal U18 58:45 to improve to 4-0 record.
Maria Correia (172-G/F-91) scored for Portugal in the first minutes of the game for the only lead at 2:0. Later on Hungary was too good for the opponent and finished the first frame at 18:10. Alma Nemeth (184-F-92) nailed two for 20:10 and Bernadett Balla (192-F-91) brought her team 25:12. Raksanyi nailed three for 30:20 at the halftime.
Portugal U18 tried to recover a little bit in the third period and they reached 34:28. Hungary however took their difference back and even Alma Nemeth gave her team 42:28. Baksa closed the third period at 46:33.
In the last quarter the tempo remained the same with many back-to-back baskets. Antunes reduced to 54:40 and Alma Nemeth scored for 56:40. Bernadett Balla set up the final score for 58:45 as Hungary remained the undefeated team in the tournament.
Bernadett Balla ended up with 17 points for the winners and Alma Nemeth collected 13 points and 11 boards. Maria Correia finished the night with 12 points and Michelle Brandao (171-G-91) posted 8.

Hungary U18: Bernadett Balla 17, Alma Nemeth 13+11 rebs
Portugal U18: Maria Correia 12, Michelle Brandao 8


Hungary U20 beat Great Britain U20 in Day 2 opener - by Eurobasket News
Great Britain U20-Hungary U20 47:63 (14-22, 7-14, 12-16, 14-11)

Hungary U20 won their first game to improve at 1-1 record at the U20 European Championship for Women in Division B. The team celebrated their initial victory beating Great Britain U20 63:47 to leave them winless.
In the game between two teams that lost the openers, bit of them tried to recover in Game 2. Bettina Bozoki (190-F/C-89) opened the game for the winners with a jump shot as Hungary won the opening tip 10:2. Even though Great Britain U20 managed to reduce, Tijana Krivacevic (194-F-90) scored at the end for the same difference, 14:22. In the second period the margin moved from 7 to 15 as Hungary controlled the court. Ruttner made a jump shot to send the teams to the lockers for 36:21 halftime advantage.
Hungary did not even think of slowing down as the squad fully enjoyed their first win. Simon scored for 48:27 and Gyori netted for 52:28. Bardsley was the last to score in the third quarter to make it 52:33. Only in the last frame the team from Great Britain started to score more than the opponents and produced 14-11 in the quarter. As a total it gave Hungary 63:47 victory with Harriett Yea (180-G/F-89)'s jump shot being the last in the game.
Bettina Bozoki top-scored for the winners with 14 points as Hungary is 1-1 in the group. Tijana Krivacevic netted 13, while Nora Rujak (174-G-90) posted 10. Harriett Yea ended up with 19 points for Great Britain that fell at 0-2, while Allen notched 8.

Great Britain U20: Harriett Yea 19, Allen 8
Hungary U20: Bettina Bozoki 14, Tijana Krivacevic 13, Nora Rujak 10



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  IRELAND - Women  


Cardarelli Hails Irish U18 Womens Trip - by Jolie Niland
The Irish Under-18 womens international team are benefitting greatly from their trip to the USA, according to their Head Coach Bill Cardarelli.
The side are currently participating in the Blue Chip Pen State Invitational tournament against high calibre opposition.

Bill has split the squad into two teams with each side guaranteed at least six games. 'The tournament is going well and the intensity of the competition will prove to be a great benefit to all the players,' said Cardarelli. 'Its a great experience for the players to play in a campus such as Pen State', which caters for over 30,000 students.
On top of this, the side enjoyed some positive results last week when they successfully overcome AAU North Stars and Saratoga Sports, while they also produced good displays against Connecticut Starters.



'The whole trip has been a huge success,' added Cardarelli, 'the players have been exposed to a strength and conditioning coach, high school coaches and received excellent information regarding sports & nutrition.'


The trip hasn't been all work with the players gaining the opportunity to partake in the July 4th celebrations and they have been forging great relationships with their host families, who have been travelling to all their games to offer the girls in green some support.
U18 Irish Womens Panel
Head Coach Bill Cardarelli
Assistant Coaches Jenny Coady and Lisa Kenny

Squad
Eimear Browne Meteors
Emma Carey Knights
Leah Cunningham Moycullen
Jade Daly Killester
Sinead Deegan Wildcats
Anne Donnolly Meteor
Lisa Dennehy Glanmire
Maud Annie Foley Liffey Celtics
Casey Grace Glanmire
Adrianne ODriscoll Glanmire
Aoife McDermot Sligo All-Stars
Tara McHugh Swords BC
Emily OCallaghan Glanmire
Rebecca OKeeffe Tolka
Stephanie OSullivan Glanmire
Aine OConnor Liffey Celtics
Katie Shanahan Knights
Tessa Solan Meteors BC
Hannah Thornton Killester
Emma Tarbett Meteor



Basketball Ireland National Camp Update - by Jolie Niland
GORMANSTON OFF TO A FLIER

Gormanston 2009 enjoyed a fantastic opening week with the huge of campers benefitting from the excellent coaching on offer.
On top of their training schedule, the campers also enjoyed additional social activities in the evening including a very special talent show.

For latest camp availability please contact +353 (0) 14590211
All the images from week one can be viewed by visiting the Basketball Ireland site at www.basketballireland.ie


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  ISRAEL - Women  


Israel cruised past Macedonia 76:60 - by Eurobasket News
Macedonia U20-Israel U20 60:76

Israel cruised past Macedonia 76:60 for the first victory at the U20 European Championship for Women in Division B. The hosts of the tournament opened the game with 22:15, however could not keep the score for good. Israel won three other periods to improve at 1-1 record. Dana Yahalomi (177-G-89) top-scored for the winners with 22 points, while Naama Shafir (170-G-90) and Lin Golan (172-G-89) posted 12 each. Jelena Antik (185-F-91) ended up with 16 points and 18 rebounds in the losing effort and Andzelika Mitrasinovik (172-G-93) scored 15 points.
The hosts weer too good from the start and scored 12 consecutive points. Tanturovska made it 14:2, however Israel replied with 10-0 run for 14:12. Ivanova closed the opening quarter at 22:15 as the hosts won the first period at home. They did not however stay in front for a long time as Yahalomi took the lead with her team at 27:26. The score was tied three times in the period and Levy sent the teams to the lockers for 36:36. Later on the court was dominated by one team, Israel. The guests found their game and went on a bigger lead. Ben Nunmade a jump shot for 51:42, while Levy scored for 59:47. Israel won also the last period 17-12 to win the initial game at the U20 European Championship for Women in Division B. Macedonia lost the opener, but will do their best later in order to improve the positions in the group.

Macedonia U20: Jelena Antik 16 points and 18 rebounds, Andzelika Mitrasinovik 15 points.
Israel U20: Dana Yahalomi 22 points, Naama Shafir 12, Lin Golan 12


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  ITALY - Women  


Italy U18 sent Russia U18 out of the Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
Italy U18-Russia U18 47:46 (19-14, 7-13, 10-15, 11-4)

Italy U18 sent Russia U18 out of the Quarterfinals in Sweden of U18 European Championship for Women in Division A. Italy won 47:46 as Milazzo made one free throw to seal the victory.
Even though there will be one more game in the Qualifying Round for Russia the tournament will not bring any other changes for the top positions. The teams exchanged the lead many times in the opening quarter. Italian side made some baskets in the end of the frame for 19:14 as Pieropan closed the quarter. Russia left Italy with 19 for another five minutes in the second period creating a 9-0 run and took 23:19 lead. Viktoria Medvedeva (185-C-91) closed the half at 27:26 as the teams went to a big break.
Russia went on a bigger lead in the third period as Poluyanova made it 36:28. It was her again for 40:30 advantage with 3 minutes in the quarter. Kubynina remained with Russia in front for 42:36 as the teams finished three quarter in the game. The last period became very emotional and both teams had difficulties to score. Federica Tognalini (183-F-91) tied the game at 44:44 with 4 minutes in the game and Stolyar made the same for the Russia team at 46:46. The latter got a personal foul and Milazzo went on a free throw line with 8 seconds to go. She made one to celebrate the important victory with Italy.
Alessandra Tava (184-F-91) top-scored for the winners with 11 points for 2-2 record. Federica Tognalini and Laura Spreafico (178-G-91) followed her with 8 points apiece. Viktoria Medvedeva ended up with 15 points for Russia that is 0-4 in the group and Yulia Stepanova (188-C-92) added 9.

Italy U18: Alessandra Tava 11, Federica Tognalini 8, Laura Spreafico 8
Russia U18: Viktoria Medvedeva 15, Yulia Stepanova 9


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  LATVIA - Women  


Serbia U18 escapes from the Baltic team - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U18-Latvia U18 64:61 (16-23, 19-13, 7-18, 22-7)

Serbia U18 needed 22-7 in the last period to edge Latvia U18 at the U18 European Championship for Women in Division A. Serbia improved to 3-1 record after 64:61 in Group E of the Qualifying Round.
Latvia that was one of the favorite in Sweden with the national star Sabine Niedola (184-F-91) will now probably miss even the Quarterfinals as the team dropped to 1-3. Anna Sonka (179-F-91) gave them the first lead and Kirsteine brought 15:10. Cunda made a lay-up at the end of the first period for 23:16. In the second frame Serbia bounced back and Nikolic tied the score at 34:34 with 3 minutes in the half. Sabine Niedola's lay-up brougth the Baltic team 36:35 as Latvia went to the lockers with the minimum lead. It was again Latvia to control the court in the third quarter as they reached 48:38 throughout the frame. Cunda made a jump shot as Baltic team increased to plus 12. Sabine Niedola gave her team even more for 59:45 with 7 minutes to go. Serbia made enormous comeback to celebrate the victory. Serbia pulled off a 64-61 come-from-behind victory to stun Latvia in Group E.
Tina Jovanovic (191-F/C-91) was unstoppable with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Sara Krnjic (193-C-91) collected 17 points and 14 boards, while Jelena Prvulovic (177-G-91) posted 10. Sabine Niedola shined again with 22 points and 12 rebounds as Latvia needs so many 'ifs' now to advance. Anna Sonka nailed 19, while Kristine Vitola (197-C-91) had 10 points and 10 caroms.

Serbia U18: Tina Jovanovic 19+13 rebs, Sara Krnjic 17+14 rebs, Jelena Prvulovic 10
Latvia U18: Sabine Niedola 22+12 rebs, Anna Sonka 19, Kristine Vitola 10+10 rebs


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Another pity loss for Ukraine U18 - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine U18-Lithuania U18 74:77 (10-16, 20-18, 24-20, 20-23)

Lithuania U18 handed 77:74 loss to Ukrainian team that became second in a row for the latter. Ukraine U18 lost the game To Czech Republic 79:82 last night and after the game against Baltic State dropped to 1-3. Lithuania meanwhile improved to 3-1 record in Group F of the U18 European Championship for Women in Division A.
The teams exchanged the baskets in the first seconds of the game, while Olesya Malashenko (188-F-91, agency: LBM Management) pulled Ukraine to 6:2. Alina Iagupova (176-G-92) gave her side 10:9, but it was the last lead for Ukraine in the first period. Mazionyte ended up the first quarter as Lithuania had 16:10. The Baltic side led the game until the middle of the second frame but then Olesya Malashenko tied it at 21:21. Druskyte remained Lithuania in front, 34:30 at the halftime.
Alina Iagupova 's three tied the game again at 40:40. Darya Zavidna (178-F-93) put Ukraine in front at 45:42 and Alina Iagupova gave Ukraine plus 8, 52:44. Visgaudaite finished the last period with a jump shot as the score became 54:54. Maznichenko gave Ukraine 58:56 that became the last in the game. Greta Sniokaite (173-G-91) 's three put the Baltic team at 59:58 and Egle Siksniute (196-F/C-91) made it 69:64. Olesya Malashenko tried hard to save the game for her team but made a lay-up only for 74:77.
Egle Siksniute paced all the winners with 23 points to 3-1 record. Diana Zintikaite (163-G-91) nailed 16, whilst Greta Sniokaite notched 14. Olesya Malashenko collected 26 points and 12 rebounds, Alina Iagupova scored 14 and Darya Zavidna netted 12 for Ukraine.

Ukraine U18: Olesya Malashenko 26+12 rebs, Alina Iagupova 14, Darya Zavidna 12
Lithuania U18: Egle Siksniute 23, Diana Zintikaite 16, Greta Sniokaite 14


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  NCAA1 - Women  


USA take down Czech Republic in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News
USA - Czech Republic 115:78
The USA World University Games selection continued their unbeaten run. They trounced Czech Republic today to clinch the top spot in Group E. Therefore the team will face Australia in the semifinal on Thursday. Czech Republic also made it to the semis despite the defeat. They will take on Russia on the same day.
The USA looked better in every facet of the game and posted a deserved victory at the end. Czech Republic struggled to constrain the US offense. The North American team warmed up with a 28-point tally in the first stanza worth an 8-point lead at the initial change. They unloaded 35 points in the second period to ensure a 26-point buffer at the interval. Czech Republic tried to match the effort in the third quarter scoring 23 points but they were easily overwhelmed by their opponents as the USA coasted into the final term ahead by 32 points. The USA selection breezed to the win at the end. Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88) produced 20 points and 6 boards for the United States. Danielle McCray (5'11''-G/F-87, college: Marist) added 15 points and 7 boards, while Tiffany Hayes (5'10''-G) had 13 points in the win. Romana Hejdova (6'0''-F-88) responded with 18 points for Czech Republic. Katerina Elhotova (5'9''-G-89) posted 12 points in defeat.

USA: Tina Charles 20, Danielle McCray 15, Tiffany Hayes 13
Czech Republic: Romana Hejdova 18, Katerina Elhotova 12



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  NIGERIA - Women  


NBBF/Zenith Bank WPL: First Deepwater dime Sunshine - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Rave of the moment, First Deepwater basketball club Tuesday further compounded the woes of Sunshine Angels basketball club of Akure by 74-36 points in a reschedule Day-1 fixture of the first phase of the NBBF/Zenith Bank Women Premier League holding in Kaduna.

First Deepwater subdue the Akure-based Angels in all department of the game winning in all four quarters by 17-06, 13-07, 23-16 and 21-07.

The Lateef Erinfomali tutored Lagos-based First Deepwater side had 50 percent record from the two points field goal against Sunshine 24.1 percent and led on the board with 54 rebounds and 50 percent from the free throw line.

Off-guard and reigning Africa U-18 Women Championship leading scorer, Nkechi Akachili led the floor with 14 points and 5 rebounds, teammate Patricia Chukwuma contributed 12pts, 3rbds, 1asst, 1steal, 1 blks while team captain Magdalene Ukato added 11pts, 7rbds, 5asst, 1steal to keep the race for a continental slot set by the team alive.

With these victory First Deepwater basketball club now have a 4-1 record having defeated Customs (63-22); FCT Angels (73-28); Delta Force (69-40) and the 74-36 points victory over Sunshine Angels losing only to defending champion, First Bank by 67-53 points in an explosive encounter.


NBBF/ Zenith WPL: Day-7 Match Preview - by Olusegun Ikuesan
First Deepwater Vs Immigration Pundits favoured First Deepwater team to record another win way going by their pedigree and display of skill so far in the league which has seen them winning four of the five games played to date.

Another factor that will work for the enterprising First Deepwater side has to do with their rich bench in terms of coaching crew led by former Nigeria international Lateef Erinfolami and the players.

Immigration on the other hands seems to have gotten it wrong from the beginning as they have managed only a slim 53-52 point victory over youthful FCT Angels which gives them a 1-4 record going into Wednesday game against First Deepwater.

Dolphins Vs Delta Force - This game could probably pass for the match-of-the-day giving the background of both sides in past meetings.

Dolphins who seem to have enjoyed upper in previous meeting may want to continue with such record while Delta Force whose ego was badly tainted Monday by First Deepwater basketball club with a 69-40 lose will want to play itself back to reckoning. Record, Dolphins 4-1, Delta Force 2-3

Plateau Rocks Vs FCT Angels This is another evenly matched pairing with both sides parading some of the youngest and inexperience players in the league.

Though Plateau Rocks seems to have an upper hand going by what they have put up since the first phase began last Thursday with a 1-4 record against the young FCT Angels 0-5 record.

Customs Vs Sunshine Angels Both sides have not lived up to expectation of their fans giving the fact that they are both coached former national teams coaches Scott Nnaji for Customs and Andrew Isokpehi for Sunshine Angels.

Customs who once ruled the Nigeria league gave a blister of hope when it won it opening game against Delta Force 37-30 points but has since gone to sleep losing scandalously to First Deepwater basketball club by 63-22 points and lowly AHIP basketball club of Kano by 48-35 points before being jolted back to live when it narrowly defeated Plateau Rocks by 52-49 points but could not sustain the tempo against First Bank losing by 69-33.

The border girls as the Customs team is also known will go into Wednesday pairing with a 2-3 record the same for Sunshine Angels.

AHIP Queens Vs First Bank Being the defending champion and having kept a clean slate for close to a decade in the local scene, First Bank basketball club will do everything possible to maintain its unbeaten run.

And against an AHIP, the banker could just have the maximum point before stepping unto the court.

Going into the game with a 5-0 record kano-based AHIP could just be in for the beating of their lives.



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  POLAND - Women  


Poland consign Great Britain to second straight loss - by Eurobasket News
Poland - Great Britain 74:64

Poland defeated Great Britain to open action at the World University Games today. The victory marked the first success for Poland at the second stage of the tournament. Great Britain in the meantime suffered the second consecutive defeat and slipped at 0-3 record in Group E. Poland had to deal with first half deficit before coming out as winners in this one. Malgorzata Babicka (185-F/C-85, agency: Promotex) scored 18 points to lead Polish selection.
Great Britain grabbed a narrow lead after a low-scoring first frame 12:10. The teams increased the speed in the second term exchanging baskets. The British team managed to maintain the margin as they arrived at halftime ahead by 2 points. But Kasia Krezel (185-G-85, college: UTEP) and Malgorzata Babicka helped Poland to turn the tables in the second half. Poland fired 22 points in the third stanza limiting their opponents to just 11. Poland therefore entered the fourth period ahead by 9 points and never surrendered their lead to escape winners from this one. Kasia Krezel knocked down 17 points for Poland. Justyna Zurowska (188-C-85) had 16 points and 14 rebounds in the win. Laura K. Butters (178-F-86) replied with 10 points, 6 boards and 3 assists for Great Britain. Azania Stewart (193-C) finished with 9 points and 7 rebounds in defeat. United Kingdom will face Taiwan, while Poland will play against Slovakia in the classification games for the 5th-8th spots tomorrow.

Poland: Malgorzata Babicka 18, Kasia Krezel 17, Justyna Zurowska 16+14 boards
Great Britain: Laura K. Butters 10, Azania Stewart 9



Belgium U18 wins the second in a row in the Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News
Belgium U18-Poland U18 87:69 ( 20-14, 17-19, 18-22, 32-14 )

Belgium U18 improved to 2-2 in the in Group E of the Qualifying Round. The team overcame Poland U18 87:69 with a massive 32-14 in the last period.
Magdalena Zietara (176-G-92) stepped on the free throw line to post first two points for Poland that stayed tough until 6:6. Belgium created a 10-0 run for 16:6 as De Bondtmade a three -pointer. Poland replied with some baskets and Malgorzata Misiuk (184-F-91) closed the first quarter at 20:14. Belgium hoped for another 10-point difference but reached 27:19 when Jana Raman (183-F-91) made a lay-up. Kuras cut it to 31:27 and Malgorzata Misiuk scored for 31:29. Kuras was the last to score in the half sending the teams to the lockers for 37:34. It was too early to predict the winner as the teams continues their battle in the court in the third quarter. Four times the score was tied in it and Cossengue Casimiro's free throw brought 55:55. With the game all square at 57:57 early in the final frame, Belgium scored 13 unanswered points to take command. Noemie Mayombo poured in seven points in that run while Jana Jana Raman contributed six. Magdalena Zietara reduced to 10 again for 76:66, but Belgium was too good tonight in the court. With 32-14 in the last quarter Belgium celebrated 87:69 victory.
Jana Raman top-scored for the winners with 22 points and 11 boards for 2-2 record. De Bondt netted 17, while Miete Celus (175-G/F-91) scored 13. Malgorzata Misiuk finished the night with 22 points and Magdalena Zietara nailed 16 points in defeat.

Belgium U18: Jana Raman 22+11 rebs, De Bondt 17, Miete Celus 13
Poland U18: Malgorzata Misiuk 22, Magdalena Zietara 16


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  PORTUGAL - Women  


Hungary U18 remained undefeated in the Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News
Hungary U18-Portugal U18 58:45 (18-10, 12-10, 16-13, 12-12)

Hungary U18 remained undefeated in the Qualifying Round of Group E of the U18 European Championship for Women in Division B. The favorites outscored Portugal U18 58:45 to improve to 4-0 record.
Maria Correia (172-G/F-91) scored for Portugal in the first minutes of the game for the only lead at 2:0. Later on Hungary was too good for the opponent and finished the first frame at 18:10. Alma Nemeth (184-F-92) nailed two for 20:10 and Bernadett Balla (192-F-91) brought her team 25:12. Raksanyi nailed three for 30:20 at the halftime.
Portugal U18 tried to recover a little bit in the third period and they reached 34:28. Hungary however took their difference back and even Alma Nemeth gave her team 42:28. Baksa closed the third period at 46:33.
In the last quarter the tempo remained the same with many back-to-back baskets. Antunes reduced to 54:40 and Alma Nemeth scored for 56:40. Bernadett Balla set up the final score for 58:45 as Hungary remained the undefeated team in the tournament.
Bernadett Balla ended up with 17 points for the winners and Alma Nemeth collected 13 points and 11 boards. Maria Correia finished the night with 12 points and Michelle Brandao (171-G-91) posted 8.

Hungary U18: Bernadett Balla 17, Alma Nemeth 13+11 rebs
Portugal U18: Maria Correia 12, Michelle Brandao 8


Halin pulls Belgium U20 in Day 2 - by Eurobasket News
Belgium U20-Portugal U20 64:56 (14-11, 10-10, 24-15, 16-20)

Belgium U20 won the second straight game at the U20 European Championship for Women in Division B. The team improved to 2-0 record after the win over Portugal U20 64:56.
Charlotte Ippersiel (180-C-89) opened the game for the winners from the free throw line and then Amandine Halin (170-G-90) made it 11:5 as Belgium won the opening tip. Caldeira managed to reduce for Portugal as they trailed 14:11 after the opening quarter. The second frame was the most defensive as both squads nailed 10 points each. Belgium still remained in front at 24:21 at the halftime. Joana Bernardeco (166-G-90) immediately tied the game at 24:24, while Goncalves gave her team 27:26 lead. Portugal stayed in front for some time in the second period, but then Belgium got the lead back. Amandine Halin's three brought the winners 48:36 after 24-15 in the period. Deneil brought Belgium plus 10, 52:42 and then Amandine Halin scored for 55:46. Portugal did not give up and reduced to 55:53 as Joana Bernardeco made two free throws. Belgium needed a 9-0 run to seal the victory. Joana Bernardeco nailed a three but she made only 64:56.
Amandine Halin paced all the winners with 18 points for 2-0 record. Charlotte Ippersiel posted 16, whilst Lien Lentacker (183-C-90) nailed 11. Joana Bernardeco finished the game with 22 points and Goncalves notched 11.

Belgium U20: Amandine Halin 18, Charlotte Ippersiel 16, Lien Lentacker 11
Portugal U20: Joana Bernardeco 22, Goncalves 11


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Russia edge past Australia in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News
Russia - Australia 86:72

Russia held off Australia at the World University Games today. The victory meant 3-0 record for the winners as they advanced into the semifinal stage from the top position in Pool F. Russia will now face Czech Republic on Thursday. Australia clinched the second spot and would face unbeaten United States in the second semifinal clash. Elena Danilochkina (184-G-86) poured in 22 points to pace Russia to the win. A Boris Sokolovskiy team account for 29 points in the first frame to lead by 7 at the first change. Australia could not threaten the margin in the second stanza trailing by as many as 13 points at the interval. Russia continued to maintain the winning margin in the third quarter. They headed into the final frame ahead by 15 points and never turned back on the way for a comfortable victory. Ekaterina Lisina (198-C-87) notched 16 points for Russia. Olga Iakovleva (195-C-86, agency: LBM Management) had 11 points and 5 boards for the winners. Amy Lewis (175-G-86, college: Troy) replied with 20 points for Australia. Chantella Perera (175-G-86, college: Fresno St.) finished with 15 points in defeat. Australia outrebounded their opponents 40:36 but committed 20 turnovers down the stretch. Russia sank 48% from the field and 86% from the stripe in the win.

Russia: Elena Danilochkina 22, Ekaterina Lisina 16, Olga Iakovleva 11
Australia: Amy Lewis 20, Chantella Perera 15



Italy U18 sent Russia U18 out of the Quarterfinals - by Eurobasket News
Italy U18-Russia U18 47:46 (19-14, 7-13, 10-15, 11-4)

Italy U18 sent Russia U18 out of the Quarterfinals in Sweden of U18 European Championship for Women in Division A. Italy won 47:46 as Milazzo made one free throw to seal the victory.
Even though there will be one more game in the Qualifying Round for Russia the tournament will not bring any other changes for the top positions. The teams exchanged the lead many times in the opening quarter. Italian side made some baskets in the end of the frame for 19:14 as Pieropan closed the quarter. Russia left Italy with 19 for another five minutes in the second period creating a 9-0 run and took 23:19 lead. Viktoria Medvedeva (185-C-91) closed the half at 27:26 as the teams went to a big break.
Russia went on a bigger lead in the third period as Poluyanova made it 36:28. It was her again for 40:30 advantage with 3 minutes in the quarter. Kubynina remained with Russia in front for 42:36 as the teams finished three quarter in the game. The last period became very emotional and both teams had difficulties to score. Federica Tognalini (183-F-91) tied the game at 44:44 with 4 minutes in the game and Stolyar made the same for the Russia team at 46:46. The latter got a personal foul and Milazzo went on a free throw line with 8 seconds to go. She made one to celebrate the important victory with Italy.
Alessandra Tava (184-F-91) top-scored for the winners with 11 points for 2-2 record. Federica Tognalini and Laura Spreafico (178-G-91) followed her with 8 points apiece. Viktoria Medvedeva ended up with 15 points for Russia that is 0-4 in the group and Yulia Stepanova (188-C-92) added 9.

Italy U18: Alessandra Tava 11, Federica Tognalini 8, Laura Spreafico 8
Russia U18: Viktoria Medvedeva 15, Yulia Stepanova 9


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  SERBIA - Women  


Serbia U18 escapes from the Baltic team - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U18-Latvia U18 64:61 (16-23, 19-13, 7-18, 22-7)

Serbia U18 needed 22-7 in the last period to edge Latvia U18 at the U18 European Championship for Women in Division A. Serbia improved to 3-1 record after 64:61 in Group E of the Qualifying Round.
Latvia that was one of the favorite in Sweden with the national star Sabine Niedola (184-F-91) will now probably miss even the Quarterfinals as the team dropped to 1-3. Anna Sonka (179-F-91) gave them the first lead and Kirsteine brought 15:10. Cunda made a lay-up at the end of the first period for 23:16. In the second frame Serbia bounced back and Nikolic tied the score at 34:34 with 3 minutes in the half. Sabine Niedola's lay-up brougth the Baltic team 36:35 as Latvia went to the lockers with the minimum lead. It was again Latvia to control the court in the third quarter as they reached 48:38 throughout the frame. Cunda made a jump shot as Baltic team increased to plus 12. Sabine Niedola gave her team even more for 59:45 with 7 minutes to go. Serbia made enormous comeback to celebrate the victory. Serbia pulled off a 64-61 come-from-behind victory to stun Latvia in Group E.
Tina Jovanovic (191-F/C-91) was unstoppable with 19 points and 13 rebounds. Sara Krnjic (193-C-91) collected 17 points and 14 boards, while Jelena Prvulovic (177-G-91) posted 10. Sabine Niedola shined again with 22 points and 12 rebounds as Latvia needs so many 'ifs' now to advance. Anna Sonka nailed 19, while Kristine Vitola (197-C-91) had 10 points and 10 caroms.

Serbia U18: Tina Jovanovic 19+13 rebs, Sara Krnjic 17+14 rebs, Jelena Prvulovic 10
Latvia U18: Sabine Niedola 22+12 rebs, Anna Sonka 19, Kristine Vitola 10+10 rebs


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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Taiwan edge Slovakia in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News
Taiwan - Slovakia 75:65

Taiwan claimed the first win at the second stage of the World University Games in Serbia. They held off Slovakia to clinch the third spot in Group F. Taiwan would now face United Kingdom in the classification round of the 5th-8th places. Slovakia finished fourth in the pool and would play against Poland tomorrow.
Taiwan used a confident display in the first half to clear off. The Asian team led by just two points at the first break but managed to shift the gear in the second stanza. Wu Min Fang (174-F-87) paced the charge as Taiwan gained a 14-point cushion at halftime. Slovakia were not about to fold that early. They came off the locker room and got the better of their opponents in the third frame erasing the deficit. Slovakia headed into the final change ahead by one. But Taiwan quickly forgot the scare of the third period and regained control. They scored 23 points in the final period and hung on to the win the battle at the end. Wu Min Fang finished with 20 points to lead the way for Taiwan. Li Wan Tin (180-G-86) added 15 points, while Chen Yu Chun (176-F-87) had 13 points and 8 boards for the winners. Katarina Tetemondova (185-F-88) responded with 21 points, 12 boards and 6 steals for Slovakia. Katarina Hrabakova (177-F-86) and Jana Vackova (169-F-85) dropped 10 points each in defeat.

Taiwan: Wu Min Fang 20, Li Wan Tin 15, Chen Yu Chun 13
Slovakia: Katarina Tetemondova 21+12 boards, Katarina Hrabakova 10, Jana Vackova 10



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  SPAIN - Women  


Spain U18 demolish the hosts - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U18-Spain U18 66:82 (22-22, 14-18, 14-26, 16-16)

Spain U18 demolish the hosts of the U18 European Championship for Women in Division A to take 3-1 record. Spanish outfit sent Sweden to 2-2 record after 82:66 in the last game of Day 5.
That was the last game and the most expected for the home arena. Both teams knew each other and scored the most number of points in the opening quarter. Gastaminza grabbed the lead from the first seconds as Gastaminza nailed two for her side. Doukole Ble (189-C-91) made it 18:11 for the guests, but Sweden tied the score at the end. Farhiya Abdi (185-F/C-92) made two free throws to close the period at 22:22. It was Sweden to became the leader in the beginning of the second quarter when Fogdemark gave her team 29:24. Farhiya Abdi kept the difference for the hosts at 31:26, however Spain replied with 9-0 run. The guests took 40:36 advantage entering the second half. Spain made the things clear in the third period as they rolled over the hosts 26-14. Fogdemark scored at the end of thirty minutes for 50:66 and Salome Kabengano (177-G-92) brought The hosts 54:66. The latter however could not come closer and lost the game. Delgado nailed last two at the end for 82:66 Spanish win.
Vega Gimeno (183-F-91) top-scored for the winners with 21 points, while Rodriguez nailed 16. Doukole Ble collected 10 points and 17 caroms, while Ortiz netted 10. Binta Drammeh (179-F-92) and Farhiya Abdi produced 12 points each for the hosts and Salome Kabengano had 11.

Sweden U18: Binta Drammeh 12, Farhiya Abdi 12, Salome Kabengano 11
Spain U18: Vega Gimeno 21, Rodriguez 16, Doukole Ble 10+17 rebs, Ortiz 10


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  SWEDEN - Women  


Spain U18 demolish the hosts - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U18-Spain U18 66:82 (22-22, 14-18, 14-26, 16-16)

Spain U18 demolish the hosts of the U18 European Championship for Women in Division A to take 3-1 record. Spanish outfit sent Sweden to 2-2 record after 82:66 in the last game of Day 5.
That was the last game and the most expected for the home arena. Both teams knew each other and scored the most number of points in the opening quarter. Gastaminza grabbed the lead from the first seconds as Gastaminza nailed two for her side. Doukole Ble (189-C-91) made it 18:11 for the guests, but Sweden tied the score at the end. Farhiya Abdi (185-F/C-92) made two free throws to close the period at 22:22. It was Sweden to became the leader in the beginning of the second quarter when Fogdemark gave her team 29:24. Farhiya Abdi kept the difference for the hosts at 31:26, however Spain replied with 9-0 run. The guests took 40:36 advantage entering the second half. Spain made the things clear in the third period as they rolled over the hosts 26-14. Fogdemark scored at the end of thirty minutes for 50:66 and Salome Kabengano (177-G-92) brought The hosts 54:66. The latter however could not come closer and lost the game. Delgado nailed last two at the end for 82:66 Spanish win.
Vega Gimeno (183-F-91) top-scored for the winners with 21 points, while Rodriguez nailed 16. Doukole Ble collected 10 points and 17 caroms, while Ortiz netted 10. Binta Drammeh (179-F-92) and Farhiya Abdi produced 12 points each for the hosts and Salome Kabengano had 11.

Sweden U18: Binta Drammeh 12, Farhiya Abdi 12, Salome Kabengano 11
Spain U18: Vega Gimeno 21, Rodriguez 16, Doukole Ble 10+17 rebs, Ortiz 10


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  SWITZERLAND - Women  


Riva Basket Ceresio: 2 new Americans - by Dimitri Toumayeff
Riva Basket Ceresio signed 2 new Americans for next season. Leslie KNIGHT and Jessica SMITH will be replaced by Kiva HERMAN (1987, 183, 3-4) and Megan SKOUBY (1986, 198, 4-5). HERMAN just graduated from the University of San Diego, where she averaged more than 18 pts and 4 rebounds per game her senior year. SKOUBY, who also just got out of college, played the University of Iowa, where she had a good senior year, averaging 12 pts and almost 5 rebounds.

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  TAIWAN - Women  


Taiwan edge Slovakia in Belgrade - by Eurobasket News
Taiwan - Slovakia 75:65

Taiwan claimed the first win at the second stage of the World University Games in Serbia. They held off Slovakia to clinch the third spot in Group F. Taiwan would now face United Kingdom in the classification round of the 5th-8th places. Slovakia finished fourth in the pool and would play against Poland tomorrow.
Taiwan used a confident display in the first half to clear off. The Asian team led by just two points at the first break but managed to shift the gear in the second stanza. Wu Min Fang (174-F-87) paced the charge as Taiwan gained a 14-point cushion at halftime. Slovakia were not about to fold that early. They came off the locker room and got the better of their opponents in the third frame erasing the deficit. Slovakia headed into the final change ahead by one. But Taiwan quickly forgot the scare of the third period and regained control. They scored 23 points in the final period and hung on to the win the battle at the end. Wu Min Fang finished with 20 points to lead the way for Taiwan. Li Wan Tin (180-G-86) added 15 points, while Chen Yu Chun (176-F-87) had 13 points and 8 boards for the winners. Katarina Tetemondova (185-F-88) responded with 21 points, 12 boards and 6 steals for Slovakia. Katarina Hrabakova (177-F-86) and Jana Vackova (169-F-85) dropped 10 points each in defeat.

Taiwan: Wu Min Fang 20, Li Wan Tin 15, Chen Yu Chun 13
Slovakia: Katarina Tetemondova 21+12 boards, Katarina Hrabakova 10, Jana Vackova 10



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  UKRAINE - Women  


Another pity loss for Ukraine U18 - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine U18-Lithuania U18 74:77 (10-16, 20-18, 24-20, 20-23)

Lithuania U18 handed 77:74 loss to Ukrainian team that became second in a row for the latter. Ukraine U18 lost the game To Czech Republic 79:82 last night and after the game against Baltic State dropped to 1-3. Lithuania meanwhile improved to 3-1 record in Group F of the U18 European Championship for Women in Division A.
The teams exchanged the baskets in the first seconds of the game, while Olesya Malashenko (188-F-91, agency: LBM Management) pulled Ukraine to 6:2. Alina Iagupova (176-G-92) gave her side 10:9, but it was the last lead for Ukraine in the first period. Mazionyte ended up the first quarter as Lithuania had 16:10. The Baltic side led the game until the middle of the second frame but then Olesya Malashenko tied it at 21:21. Druskyte remained Lithuania in front, 34:30 at the halftime.
Alina Iagupova 's three tied the game again at 40:40. Darya Zavidna (178-F-93) put Ukraine in front at 45:42 and Alina Iagupova gave Ukraine plus 8, 52:44. Visgaudaite finished the last period with a jump shot as the score became 54:54. Maznichenko gave Ukraine 58:56 that became the last in the game. Greta Sniokaite (173-G-91) 's three put the Baltic team at 59:58 and Egle Siksniute (196-F/C-91) made it 69:64. Olesya Malashenko tried hard to save the game for her team but made a lay-up only for 74:77.
Egle Siksniute paced all the winners with 23 points to 3-1 record. Diana Zintikaite (163-G-91) nailed 16, whilst Greta Sniokaite notched 14. Olesya Malashenko collected 26 points and 12 rebounds, Alina Iagupova scored 14 and Darya Zavidna netted 12 for Ukraine.

Ukraine U18: Olesya Malashenko 26+12 rebs, Alina Iagupova 14, Darya Zavidna 12
Lithuania U18: Egle Siksniute 23, Diana Zintikaite 16, Greta Sniokaite 14


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  UNITED KINGDOM - Women  


Finland better England in Eliat - by Eurobasket News
Finland U18 - England U18 57:53

Finnish U18 National Team posted the first win at the Qualifying round of the European Championship in Division B. Earlier today they toppled England to catch up with their opponents at 1-3 record in Group E.
Salla Ekstrom (187-F-91) scored first six points of the game as Finland grabbed the lead. But Gemma Bullard (177-G-92) and Whitby stopped the bleeding for England and sparked the team to a 12:10 lead late in the starting frame. Salmon capped the opening stanza as England enjoyed a 14:12 advantage. Salmon and Gemma Bullard stretched the margin at 7 points at the first minutes of the second stanza. Gemma Bullard hit a trey as England posted a 25:16 advantage midway through the second quarter. Finland stayed within striking distance as they trailed by 3 at halftime. England played excellent defense in the third period limiting Finland to just 1o points and securing a 45:38 lead after three quarters. The Finnish team however did not say die and replied with a 12:1 rally bridging two frames to restore the lead with just over six minutes to go in regulation. Laura Saarinen (184-C-92) fueled an 8:0 surge from Finland as they built a 56:48 lead late in the game and never looked back en route to the victory.
Salla Ekstrom scored 14 points to pace Finland. Laura Saarinen added 11 points and 9 boards in the victory. Gemma Bullard replied with 15 points for England. Ella Clark (180-F-92) finished with 9 points and 10 boards in the losing case.

Finland: Salla Ekstrom 14, Laura Saarinen 11, Vilja Kesanen (178-G-91) 10
England: Gemma Bullard 15, Ella Clark 9+10 boards



Poland consign Great Britain to second straight loss - by Eurobasket News
Poland - Great Britain 74:64

Poland defeated Great Britain to open action at the World University Games today. The victory marked the first success for Poland at the second stage of the tournament. Great Britain in the meantime suffered the second consecutive defeat and slipped at 0-3 record in Group E. Poland had to deal with first half deficit before coming out as winners in this one. Malgorzata Babicka (185-F/C-85, agency: Promotex) scored 18 points to lead Polish selection.
Great Britain grabbed a narrow lead after a low-scoring first frame 12:10. The teams increased the speed in the second term exchanging baskets. The British team managed to maintain the margin as they arrived at halftime ahead by 2 points. But Kasia Krezel (185-G-85, college: UTEP) and Malgorzata Babicka helped Poland to turn the tables in the second half. Poland fired 22 points in the third stanza limiting their opponents to just 11. Poland therefore entered the fourth period ahead by 9 points and never surrendered their lead to escape winners from this one. Kasia Krezel knocked down 17 points for Poland. Justyna Zurowska (188-C-85) had 16 points and 14 rebounds in the win. Laura K. Butters (178-F-86) replied with 10 points, 6 boards and 3 assists for Great Britain. Azania Stewart (193-C) finished with 9 points and 7 rebounds in defeat. United Kingdom will face Taiwan, while Poland will play against Slovakia in the classification games for the 5th-8th spots tomorrow.

Poland: Malgorzata Babicka 18, Kasia Krezel 17, Justyna Zurowska 16+14 boards
Great Britain: Laura K. Butters 10, Azania Stewart 9



Hungary U20 beat Great Britain U20 in Day 2 opener - by Eurobasket News
Great Britain U20-Hungary U20 47:63 (14-22, 7-14, 12-16, 14-11)

Hungary U20 won their first game to improve at 1-1 record at the U20 European Championship for Women in Division B. The team celebrated their initial victory beating Great Britain U20 63:47 to leave them winless.
In the game between two teams that lost the openers, bit of them tried to recover in Game 2. Bettina Bozoki (190-F/C-89) opened the game for the winners with a jump shot as Hungary won the opening tip 10:2. Even though Great Britain U20 managed to reduce, Tijana Krivacevic (194-F-90) scored at the end for the same difference, 14:22. In the second period the margin moved from 7 to 15 as Hungary controlled the court. Ruttner made a jump shot to send the teams to the lockers for 36:21 halftime advantage.
Hungary did not even think of slowing down as the squad fully enjoyed their first win. Simon scored for 48:27 and Gyori netted for 52:28. Bardsley was the last to score in the third quarter to make it 52:33. Only in the last frame the team from Great Britain started to score more than the opponents and produced 14-11 in the quarter. As a total it gave Hungary 63:47 victory with Harriett Yea (180-G/F-89)'s jump shot being the last in the game.
Bettina Bozoki top-scored for the winners with 14 points as Hungary is 1-1 in the group. Tijana Krivacevic netted 13, while Nora Rujak (174-G-90) posted 10. Harriett Yea ended up with 19 points for Great Britain that fell at 0-2, while Allen notched 8.

Great Britain U20: Harriett Yea 19, Allen 8
Hungary U20: Bettina Bozoki 14, Tijana Krivacevic 13, Nora Rujak 10



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Standings
Standings
Group E
1. USA3-0
2. Czech Repu.2-1
3. Poland1-2
4. U.Kingdom0-3
Group F
1. Russia3-0
2. Australia2-1
3. Taiwan1-2
4. Slovakia0-3
Group G
1. Serbia2-1
2. China2-1
3. France1-2
4. Turkey1-2
Group H
1. Hungary3-0
2. Japan2-1
3. Canada1-2
4. Mozambiq.0-3