EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 8/10/2009

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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Standings
Standings
Group E
1. Angola3-0
2. Nigeria3-0
3. Mali2-1
4. Ivory Coas.1-2
5. Libya0-3
6. Egypt0-3
Group F
1. Tunisia3-0
2. Senegal2-1
3. Cameroon2-1
4. Morocco1-2
5. Rwanda1-2
6. C.Africa0-3
Group 13-16
1. Cape Verde.1-0
2. Mozambique.1-0
3. S.Africa0-1
4. Congo-Braz.0-1


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  ARGENTINA   


Uruguay prevail against Argentina in Rio de Janeiro - by Eurobasket News
Uruguay - Argentina 84:79

Uruguay claimed the third spot at the Super Four tournament held in Rio de Janeiro. They held off Argentina yesterday to improve at 1-1 record. Argentina entered the game without their main man Luis Scola and could not overcome his absence.
Argentina still looked solid at the start of the game. They unleashed 30 points in the opening frame to gain a 7-point lead. Argentina maintained the margin well enough throughout the second quarter. They arrived at halftime up by the same 7 points 50:43. Uruguay cut the distance to just 4 points at three-quarter time. A Gerardo Jauri team increased the tempo in the fourth stanza and surged in front. Reque Newsome (203-C-81, college: S.Indiana) paced Uruguay as they rallied to a tough 5-point victory at the end.
Reque Newsome finished with 19 points to lead Uruguay. Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) knocked down 18 points for the winners. Diego Garcia (186-G-79) answered with 22 points for Argentina. Roman Gonzalez (211-C-78) had 13 points in defeat.

Uruguay: Reque Newsome 19, Leandro Garcia Morales 18, Mauricio Aguiar (199-F-83, agency: Players Group) 15
Argentina: Diego Garcia 22, Roman Gonzalez 13



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  ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 MohammadSamad NIKKHAH
  (199-G/F-83)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Nikkhah, IRI19.3 
 2. Kozlov, UZB19.3 
 3. Yamada, JPN18.7 
 4. Freije, LEB18.7 
 5. El Khatib, LEB18.3 
 6. Ali, QAT15.3 
 7. Yang, KOR15.3 
 8. Bhriguvanshi, IND15.3 
 9. Wright, JOR15.0 
 10. Yi, C.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Japeth AGUILAR
  PHI
  (206-C-87)
  Avg: 11
 1. Aguilar, PHI11.0 
 2. Ponomarev, KAZ10.3 
 3. Wang, CHN9.7 
 4. Takeuchi, JPN9.7 
 5. Taulava, PHI9.3 
 6. Ehadadi, IRI9.0 
 7. Abbaas, JOR9.0 
 8. Safarov, UZB8.0 
 9. Takeuchi, JPN8.0 
 10. Yi, C.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 MohammadSamad NIKKHAH
  (199-G/F-83)
  Avg: 5
 1. Nikkhah, IRI5.0 
 2. Su, TAI4.3 
 3. Igarashi, JPN4.3 
 4. Saeed, QAT4.0 
 5. Mahmoud, LEB4.0 
 6. Fahed, LEB3.7 
 7. Beshara-F., LEB3.7 
 8. Daghles, JOR3.5 
 9. Vroman, LEB3.5 
 10. Liu, C.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Mahdi KAMRANI
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Kamrani, IRI3.3 
 2. Hu, CHN3.0 
 3. Singh, IND2.7 
 4. Abbaas, JOR2.7 
 5. Beshara-F., LEB2.7 
 6. Mahmoud, LEB2.5 
 7. Abdel-Nour, LEB2.5 
 8. Hadrab, JOR2.3 
 9. Ibrahim, UAE2.3 
 10. Afagh, I.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Erfan Ali SAEED
  (200-F-83)
  Avg: 4
 1. Saeed, QAT4.0 
 2. Ehadadi, IRI3.7 
 3. Gavrilov, KAZ2.0 
 4. Yi, CHN2.0 
 5. Wang, CHN1.7 
 6. Ha, KOR1.3 
 7. Kim, KOR1.3 
 8. Kozlov, UZB1.0 
 9. ElSayad, QAT1.0 
 10. Freije, L.1.0 


SOME HEAD TO HEAD COMPARISON BETWEEN LEBANON AND QATAR FROM THE FIRST ROUND - by Maarouf Mawloud
Some Head to Head comparison btw lebanon and Qatar from the first round:
* Lebanon was able to make 99.3 Points per game against 77.7 for Qatar.
* Lebanon was able to make 43 Rebounds per game against 38.3 for Qatar.
* Lebanon was able to make 18.7 Assist per game against 11.3 for Qatar.
* Lebanon field goals from 2pts were 60.4 % against 48.8% for Qatar.
* Lebanon field goals from 3pts were 43.7 % against 34% for Qatar.
* Lebanon field goals from Free throw were 65.2 % against 66.7% for Qatar
* Matt is ranked third among the score leader averaging 18.7 points per game in 25.3 minutes.
* Fadi is ranked fifth among the score leader averaging 18.3points per game in 26.3 minutes.
* Vromanis ranked eleventh among the score leader averaging 15 points per game in 28 minutes.
* Brian Beshara-Feghali (204-F-77, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: LSU) is ranked sixteenth among the score leader averaging 14.3 points per game in 24.3 minutes


Standings
Standings
Group E
1. Iran3-0
2. S.Korea3-0
3. Philippines2-1
4. Taiwan2-1
5. Kuwait1-2
6. Japan1-2
Group F
1. China3-0
2. Jordan3-0
3. Lebanon2-1
4. Qatar2-1
5. UAE1-2
6. Kazakhstan1-2
Group 13-16 places
1. Indonesia0-0
2. India0-0
3. Sri Lanka0-0
4. Uzbekistan0-0


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  AUSTRALIA   


Brazil edge Australia for top spot in Super Four tournament - by Eurobasket News
Brazil - Australia 95:67
Brazil clinched the first place at the Super Four international tournament in Rio de Janeiro. They bruised Australia in the championship game yesterday. Leandrinho Barbosa (190-G-82) scored 15 points to pace balanced effort from the hosts.
The Boomers jumped to a 14:10 lead early in the game but Brazil quickly erased the deficit. They went on 12:4 run to win the opening quarter 22:14. Brazil continued to mount the pressure and piled up a 17-point advantage at halftime. The Aussies could not change the complexion in the second half. Brazil accounted for 28 points in the third quarter taking a 22-point lead into the fourth frame. Australia never rebounded and had to surrender at the end.
Andreson Varejao and Alexandre Garcia (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) finished with 13 points each for Brazil. Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) added 11 points for the winners. Adam Gibson (188-G-86) responded with 22 points for Australia. Joe Ingles (203-G/F-87, agency: Priority Sports) had 16 points in the losing effort. Australia is getting back home to prepare for the upcoming Oceania Championship series against New Zealand.

Brazil: Leandrinho Barbosa 15, Anderson Varejao (205-C-82) 13, Alexandre Garcia 13
Australia: Adam Gibson 22, Joe Ingles 16



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  AUSTRIA   


Sweden rout Austria in Portugal - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U16 - Austria U16 80:41

Swedish U16 team celebrated the second win at the European Championship in Division B. They toppled Austria in Group C. Sweden improved at 2-1 record, while Austria fell at 0-2.
The Scandinavian team got to a flying start to the game. They tipped off the action with 9:2 rally. Sweden then followed with an 18:2 run to ensure a 27:8 lead late in the opening quarter. Plesser capped the frame with four points in a row cutting the margin to 16 points. But Sweded began the second period with 6 points in a row to open up a 22-point advantage. The Swedish team stayed comfortably in charge throughout the second frame and completed it up by 23 points.
Sweden wisely kept their opponents at bay in the third quarter. William Magarity (205-F-93) nailed 5 points in the fourth term as Sweden coasted to the victory.
Marcus Eriksson (191-G-93) knocked down 23 points for Sweden. William Magarity added 20 points and 8 boards for the winners. Albert Ngoy (178-G-93) came up with 9 points for Austria. Markus Trimmel (194-F-94) had 7 points in the loss.

Sweden U16: Marcus Eriksson 23, William Magarity 20, Filip Asante (180-G-93) 8
Austria U16: Albert Ngoy 9, Markus Trimmel 7



Transfer Update - by Stefan Prager
Former austrian champions Allianz Swans Gmunden announced the addition of two new players this weekend. First they signed Forward Roman Moschny. The 22 year - old has a German as well as an Austrian passport and played for the MTV Kronberg in the German NBBL. He will play in the Swans U22 mostly and is hoping to see some minutes in the bundesliga. Moschny will also complete his a levels in Austria.

Lateron the Swans signed American Center Dan Oppland (203-F-84, agency: SportsTalent, college: Valparaiso). Oppland was playing in Germany for the last two years when he used to dominate for BBC Bayreuth. 6'8'' Oppland played a solid career in Valparaiso in the NCAA where he won the MCC Tournament in 2004. He later played for GasTerra Flames Groningen in the Dutch League followed by two short stints in Poland and Sweden.


Austrian Cup Champion BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers meanwhile signed Forward Nate Linhart (201-F-87, college: Akron) out of Akron. Linhart dominated the 09 MAC Tournament where he won the All Tournament MVP trophy and earned Defensive Player of the Year honors at the same time. He played for Team Dublin in the Eurobasket Summer League in Vegas where he got scouted from Panthers Coach Bob Gonnen (agency: Gross Zeev ISA ) while playing in the summer league finals.



At the same time the UBC okoStadt Gussing Knights lose another player. After Jason Chappell (207-F/C-83, agency: Heinrich Sports, college: Wisconsin) (Furstenfeld Panthers) and Christoph Knor (194-F-85) (UBSC Graz) Marqus Ledoux (203-F-80, college: Tulsa) has signed a deal in France. He will play for Reims Champagne Basket in the french third league NM1.


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  BAHRAIN   


Shahram and Najaf for exhibition game - by Yousef Ahmed

BAHRAIN'S men's national basketball team stars will be teaming up with Manama Club legends Abdulmajeed Shahram and Nooh Najaf in an exhibition game on Tuesday against the DHL-Chevron all-Filipino team.

The contest will be played at the Manama Club gym in Juffair. All are welcome to attend, free of charge.

Along with Shahram and Najaf, the Bahrainis will feature top talents including Mahmood Ghuloom, Hussain Shaker, Mohammed Qurban and Hassan Nowrooz, to name a few.

The game starts at 7.30pm. It will take place prior to the championship game of the first Manama Fans Club Basketball League, which tipped off last month and is set to culminate with the exciting title-deciding games. The participating squads include Bu Majeed, Manama, Al Zaeen, Old School, Blue Devils and Amiri Team. The players are all members of Manama Fans Club.

The final will be followed by an awarding ceremony. The event is being supported by Shahram Sports, Karami Group, Nescaf, Masafi Water, Burger King, and Summercool.

For further details, contact 36522666 or visit manamafans.com.
Source: GDN Posted on Sunday, August 09, 2009



Bahrainis outplay Alexandria Club - by Yousef Ahmed


BAHRAIN'S under-20 national basketball team defeated Alexandria Olympic Club 71-54 in an exhibition game in Egypt.

The tie was held as part of the squad's training camp in Alexandria, where the Bahrainis are preparing for the next Gulf Under-20 Basketball Championship, which will be held in Bahrain at the end of the month.

In another exhibition game, Bahrain's under-16 national squad beat Sporting Club 64-62. The youth players are also preparing for an upcoming tournament later this month - the Gulf Under-16 Basketball Championship in Doha which tips off on Friday.
SOURCE: GDN Posted on Sunday, August 09, 2009



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  BARBADOS   


Standings
Premier L. Standings
 1. Bulls 13-3 
 2. Lakers 11-4 
 3. Cavaliers 11-5 
 4. Pinelands 10-5 
 5. Deacons 8-7 
 6. Sonics 8-7 
 7. Jackson 8-8 
 8. Warriors 7-8 
 9. Tridents 6-10 
 10. Senators 5-11 
 11. Patriots 3-12 
 12. Cougars 3-13 


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  BELGIUM   


Tencho Tenchev leads Bulgaria to the third straight win - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria U16 - Belgium U16 68:54

Bulgaria celebrated the third consecutive win at the U16 European Championship in Division B. They outscored Belgium to remain on top of Group B. Tencho Tenchev (202-F-93) nailed 23 points and collected 7 rebounds to lead the way for Bulgaria.
Bulgaria led right from the start taking a 26:18 lead into the second frame. Tencho Tenchev nailed 9 points in the second period to ensure a 41:27 lead for Bulgaria at halftime. Tencho Tenchev and Pavlin Ivanov (194-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) teamed up for back-to-back three-pointers early in the third quarter as Bulgaria gained an 18-point advantage. Belgium failed to answer and appeared trailing by 25 points at the final break. Belgium opened the fourth frame with 7 points in a row but Bulgaria quickly stopped the bleeding and raced to the win at the end.
Pavlin Ivanov knocked down 15 points for Bulgaria. Aleks Simeonov (195-C-93) had 11 points and 7 boards in the winning case. Wim Vandenweyer (180-G-93) responded with 12 points for Belgium. Rienert Torreele (188-F-93) chipped in 9 points in defeat. The teams were well matched on the boards 35:35 but Bulgaria sank 46% from the field. Belgium managed just 34% of field goals in defeat.

Bulgaria U16: Tencho Tenchev 23, Pavlin Ivanov 15, Aleks Simeonov 11
Belgium U16: Wim Vandenweyer 12, Rienert Torreele 9



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  BOSNIA   


Bosnia as expected vs. Portugal, Belgium - by Sead Buljina
Bosnia and Herzegovina National team won its first two games in additional qualification round for European Championship 2009. Our team lived up to favorite expectations in our Group. However, both games uncovered some weaknesess in our National team. Although favorites vs. Portugal and Belgium our team struggled at the end of both games. Poor refereeing in both games didn't affect the final outcomes although it almost helped Portugal to come back after trailing by 23 points. It's obvious that our team has no true point guard. Gordic and Jovanovic are excellent players, but both are shoot-first-pass-second type of players. They are not guards who can run offense and create easy opportunities for teammates. At least not at National team level. Our NT offense depends on individual efforts of K. Bajramovic, Opacak, Varda, Djedovic and others but there is no offense flow whatsoever. Maybe Popovic could help, but he is a last-minute addition to the team and probably doesn't know all plays, yet. On the other hand our team for the first time in last several years has a true, big and tall center in Ratko Varda, a former NBA player (the Pistons and Wizards). Now, with Varda, Jazvin, Kikanovic, Bajramovic and Rizvic our team is pretty good covered in the paint. Defensivelly, our team also has room for improvement. In a game against Portugal, opponent players couldn't hit an ocean in the first half. However, in the second half they started making shots. Our team didn't seem to have an answer on how to stop them. Portugal, with huge help by refs, almost closed the gap at the end. In a game vs. Belgium our team had no answer for Hervelle who put on a show in Zenica with 33pts, 7 rebs and 2 assists. Also, Djedovic had possibly best offensive game for senior NT, but on defensive end he's had a hard time guarding shorter and faster Belgium guads who were passing by him and scoring 2+1 on several occasions. Defense against quick guards - that's a key reason why Djedovic wasn't selected among top 5 players at this year's NBA draft. Offensivelly, he's right there. Anyway, the greatest problem for our team appears to be the set up offense. Also, our players finally have to understand that they have to play hard against underdogs, such as Portugal. True, Portugal has only one player playing in a major European league, but nobody can win a game by just showing up on a court. Especially our guys who play without half a team. It would take too long to mention all key players who have cancelled NT qualifications for EC 2009. Our NT plays next game vs. Portugal in Zenica on August 14 at 20:15.

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  BRAZIL   


Brazil edge Australia for top spot in Super Four tournament - by Eurobasket News
Brazil - Australia 95:67
Brazil clinched the first place at the Super Four international tournament in Rio de Janeiro. They bruised Australia in the championship game yesterday. Leandrinho Barbosa (190-G-82) scored 15 points to pace balanced effort from the hosts.
The Boomers jumped to a 14:10 lead early in the game but Brazil quickly erased the deficit. They went on 12:4 run to win the opening quarter 22:14. Brazil continued to mount the pressure and piled up a 17-point advantage at halftime. The Aussies could not change the complexion in the second half. Brazil accounted for 28 points in the third quarter taking a 22-point lead into the fourth frame. Australia never rebounded and had to surrender at the end.
Andreson Varejao and Alexandre Garcia (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances) finished with 13 points each for Brazil. Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances) added 11 points for the winners. Adam Gibson (188-G-86) responded with 22 points for Australia. Joe Ingles (203-G/F-87, agency: Priority Sports) had 16 points in the losing effort. Australia is getting back home to prepare for the upcoming Oceania Championship series against New Zealand.

Brazil: Leandrinho Barbosa 15, Anderson Varejao (205-C-82) 13, Alexandre Garcia 13
Australia: Adam Gibson 22, Joe Ingles 16



4 Brasilians play in Dallas Adidas Nations 2009 games - by Mel Devonne
Its the top 18U players in the World and they will all play in the Adidas Nations Showcase in Dallas, Texas Aug 4-8
Congrats to Brasilians Ricardo Fischer, Eduardo Collins, Igor Retzke and Renan Lenz (205-C-90) who play for the Latin American
team that will compete in Dallas, Tx USA.
The team is coached by former Milwaukee Bucks coach Larry Krystkowiak.
The event features teams for US, Canada, Africa, Asia, and Europe.



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  BULGARIA   


Tencho Tenchev leads Bulgaria to the third straight win - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria U16 - Belgium U16 68:54

Bulgaria celebrated the third consecutive win at the U16 European Championship in Division B. They outscored Belgium to remain on top of Group B. Tencho Tenchev (202-F-93) nailed 23 points and collected 7 rebounds to lead the way for Bulgaria.
Bulgaria led right from the start taking a 26:18 lead into the second frame. Tencho Tenchev nailed 9 points in the second period to ensure a 41:27 lead for Bulgaria at halftime. Tencho Tenchev and Pavlin Ivanov (194-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) teamed up for back-to-back three-pointers early in the third quarter as Bulgaria gained an 18-point advantage. Belgium failed to answer and appeared trailing by 25 points at the final break. Belgium opened the fourth frame with 7 points in a row but Bulgaria quickly stopped the bleeding and raced to the win at the end.
Pavlin Ivanov knocked down 15 points for Bulgaria. Aleks Simeonov (195-C-93) had 11 points and 7 boards in the winning case. Wim Vandenweyer (180-G-93) responded with 12 points for Belgium. Rienert Torreele (188-F-93) chipped in 9 points in defeat. The teams were well matched on the boards 35:35 but Bulgaria sank 46% from the field. Belgium managed just 34% of field goals in defeat.

Bulgaria U16: Tencho Tenchev 23, Pavlin Ivanov 15, Aleks Simeonov 11
Belgium U16: Wim Vandenweyer 12, Rienert Torreele 9



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  CHILE   


Dimayor: saturday night results - by Daniel Valencia
Round 9

Sagrados Corazones 66 - Everton 69 OT (57-57)
Sag: John Ruffus 25 pts. Felipe Valdivia 16 pts.
Eve: Francisco Rasio 29 pts. George Holt 8 pts.

Universidad Catolica 64 - Liceo Mixto 69
Uc: Felipe Contreras 19 pts. Scott Rodgers 16 pts.
Lic: Franco Morales 19 pts. Patricio Briones 16 pts.

Boston College 91 - Provincial Osorno 87
Bos: Rodrigo Espinoza 26 pts. Jorge Valencia 18 pts.
Oso: Erick Carrasco 18 pts. Rodrigo Zuniga 17 pts.

Espanol de Talca 92 - Provincial Llanquihue 71
Esp: Bayo Arigbon 25 pts. Jose Madrid 20 pts.
Llan: Jose Luis Campos 19 pts. Delvin Thomas 16 pts.

Round 10

CD Universidad de Concepcion 83 - Deportes Castro 73
Ucon: Terrell Taylor 28 pts. Eduardo Marechal 15 pts.
Cas: Gonzalo Velasquez 26 pts. Hank Rivers 14 pts.

Deportivo Valdivia 73 - Universidad de Los Lagos 59
Val: Francisco Bravo 24 pts. Jonathan Heard 11 pts.
Ula: Alexander Blackwell 22 pts. Marquis Johnson 8 pts.



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


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  DENMARK   


Denmark post second straight win in Portugal - by Eurobasket News
Denmark U16 - Georgia U16 76:61
Danish U16 team celebrated the second consecutive victory at the European Championship in Division B. They toppled Georgian counterparts to top Group A. Georgia slipped at 1-1 record. Esben Reinholt (193-G-93) tallied 23 points and 12 boards.
The lead changed hands for several times throughout the opening quarter and Georgia came out winners 17:13. The exchange of the buckets continued in the second frame before Denmark exploded with a 17:2 run to accumulate a 9-point cushion. Nicholas Tullin (189-G-93) sealed the first half outcome at 37:28 for Denmark. Nika Ramishvili (178-G-94) dragged Georgia within 3 midway through the third quarter but the Danish team managed to clear off to an 11-point distance with ten minutes to go. Denmark quickly gained a 17-point lead in the final stanza and rolled to the victory at the end.
Christian Benzon (186-G-93) knocked down 13 points for the winners. Nicholas Tullin added 10 points, 6 boards and 4 assists. Nika Ramishvili, Beka Burjanadze (200-C-94) and Giorgi Gvaladze (197-C-93) had 16 points each for Georgia. Denmark outrebounded their opponents 49:28 and forced Georgia into 20 turnovers. The Scandinavian team sank 49% from the field, while Georgia responded with only 35% accuracy.

Denmark U16: Esben Reinholt 23+12 boards, Christian Benzon 13, Nicholas Tullin 10
Georgia U16: Nika Ramishvili 16, Beka Burjanadze 16, Giorgi Gvaladze 16



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  EL SALVADOR   


National team announced - by Gianni Pascucci
The El Salvador Basketball Federation announced yesterday the definitive roster of Team El Salvador for the upcomng COCABA Championship 2009. The 12-men list is as follows:
Carlos Arias (200-F/C-89)
George Medrano (180-G-88)
James Valladares (203-C)
Jose Araujo (186-G-87)
Giovanni Guardado (192-F-76)
Eduardo Aguilar (176-G-86)
Isidro Andaluz (178-G-88)
Miguel Romero (182-G/F-80)
Bob Hunter (193-F-76)
Mauricio Lahud (176-G-84)
Jorge Loucel (186-F-90)
Carlos Espinal (175-G-76)


The coaches are Vladimir Aguilar (Head Coach) and Ernesto Rodriguez (Coach Assistant)


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16   


Div. B Day: 3 (Preliminary Round) - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Denmark - Georgia 76-61
Danish U16 team celebrated the second consecutive victory at the European Championship in Division B. They toppled Georgian counterparts to top Group A. Georgia slipped at 1-1 record. Esben Reinholt tallied 23 points and 12 boards.Christian Benzon (186-G-93) knocked down 13 points for the winners. Nicholas Tullin added 10 points, 6 boards and 4 assists. Nika Ramishvili, Beka Burjanadze and Giorgi Gvaladze had 16 points each for Georgia. Denmark outrebounded their opponents 49:28 and forced Georgia into 20 turnovers. The Scandinavian team sank 49% from the field, while Georgia responded with only 35% accuracy.

Group B
Romania - Portugal 67-58
Romania posted the first win at the U16 European championship in Division B. They toppled Portugal handing the hosts the second loss at the tournament. Romania climbed at 1-1 record, while Portugal slipped at 1-2 in Group B. Horia Cristiean (183-G-93) netted 18 points to pace Romania. Gabor Baczo added 16 points, while Ioan Filip had 14 points and 12 boards in the win. Filipe Teixeira replied with 13 points and 15 boards for Portugal. Jonah Callenbach contributed 12 points in defeat.

Bulgaria - Belgium 68-54
Bulgaria celebrated the third consecutive win at the U16 European Championship in Division B. They outscored Belgium to remain on top of Group B. Tencho Tenchev (202-F-93) nailed 23 points and collected 7 rebounds to lead the way for Bulgaria. Pavlin Ivanov knocked down 15 points for Bulgaria. Aleks Simeonov had 11 points and 7 boards in the winning case. Wim Vandenweyer responded with 12 points for Belgium. Rienert Torreele chipped in 9 points in defeat. The teams were well matched on the boards 35:35 but Bulgaria sank 46% from the field. Belgium managed just 34% of field goals in defeat.

Group C
Luxembourg - Slovenia 91-51
Slovenia rallied to a solid win over Luxembourg at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The victory propelled Kresimir Basic team to 3-0 record on top of Group C. Luxembourg on the other hand suffered the second straight defeat and remained at the bottom of the ladder. Jan Osolnik (200-F-93) notched 16 points and 7 boards for Slovenia. Matej Rojc added 13 points, while Tim Skerbec and Luka Rupnik had 11 points each in the win. Alex Laurent responded with 17 points for Luxembourg. Jo Hoeser had 16 points in the loss.

Sweden - Austria 80-41
Swedish U16 team celebrated the second win at the European Championship in Division B. They toppled Austria in Group C. Sweden improved at 2-1 record, while Austria fell at 0-2. Marcus Eriksson (191-G-93) knocked down 23 points for Sweden. William Magarity added 20 points and 8 boards for the winners. Albert Ngoy came up with 9 points for Austria. Markus Trimmel had 7 points in the loss.

Group D
Slovakia - United Kingdom 62-96
England won the second straight game at U16 Men's Championship B Division to clinch the quarter-final place in Portugal. The British side outscored Slovak Republic 96:62 on Saturday. Joseph Hart (194-F-93) top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Van Oostrum shined with 20 points and 12 steals. Nemcok finished the game with 9 points, while Novysedlak, Zahon and Flaska scored 8 each.

Hungary - Holland 87-77
Hungary celebrated the first victory at the U16 European Championship Men Division B in Group D. The team overcame Netherlands 87:77 for 1-1 record in the group. Peter Jakab (187-G-93) led the way with 22 points and Misek netted 16. Polyak and Dobos followed them with 15 points in a win. Candiff ended up with 17 points in the losing effort, whilst De Graaf and Van Der Ark added 12 each.



M-Standings - Group A
Standings
Group E
1. Russia2-0
2. Turkey2-0
3. Montenegro1-1
4. Poland1-1
5. Italy0-2
6. Lithuania0-2
Group F
1. Spain2-0
2. France2-0
3. Croatia1-1
4. Latvia1-1
5. Serbia0-2
6. Germany0-2
Group G (13-16)
1. Czech Repub.0-0
2. Greece0-0
3. Israel0-0
4. Ukraine0-0


M-Standings - Group B
Standings Div.B
Group A
1. Denmark2-0
2. Finland1-1
3. Georgia1-1
4. Ireland0-2
Group B
1. Bulgaria4-0
2. Romania1-1
3. Belgium1-1
4. Portugal1-2
5. Switzerlan.0-3
Group C
1. Slovenia3-0
2. Sweden3-1
3. Belarus1-2
4. Luxembourg.0-2
5. Austria0-2
Group D
1. U.Kingdom2-0
2. Hungary1-1
3. Slovakia1-1
4. Holland0-2


Stats Leaders - Group B
Points Per Game
 Devon VAN OOSTRUM
  (188-G-93)
  Avg: 21
 1. Van Oostrum, ENG21.0 
 2. Ivanov, BUL21.0 
 3. Burjanadze, GEO19.0 
 4. Eriksson, SWE18.8 
 5. Dobos, HUN18.5 
 6. Magarity, SWE18.5 
 7. Hart, ENG18.0 
 8. Naapi, FIN18.0 
 9. Person, SWE17.7 
 10. Tenchev, B.17.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LARSEN
  (203-F-93)
  Avg: 15.5
 1. Larsen, DEN15.5 
 2. Burjanadze, GEO12.5 
 3. Bojanovsky, SVK11.5 
 4. Sota, POR11.0 
 5. Popovici, ROM10.5 
 6. Reinholt, DEN10.5 
 7. Teixeira, POR10.0 
 8. Somenek, HUN9.0 
 9. Filip, ROM8.5 
 10. Tenchev, B.8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Devon VAN OOSTRUM
  (188-G-93)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Van Oostrum, ENG6.5 
 2. Cardoso, POR6.0 
 3. Rupnik, SLO5.0 
 4. Borg, SWE4.3 
 5. Ngoy, AUT4.0 
 6. Allemand, BEL4.0 
 7. Misek, HUN4.0 
 8. Karamfilov, BUL4.0 
 9. Person, SWE4.0 
 10. Nemcok, S.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Devon VAN OOSTRUM
  (188-G-93)
  Avg: 9
 1. Van Oostrum, ENG9.0 
 2. Saadulla, NED4.5 
 3. Ngoy, AUT4.5 
 4. Rupnik, SLO3.0 
 5. Nemcok, SVK3.0 
 6. Gvozden, AUT2.5 
 7. Brutovsky, SVK2.5 
 8. Hart, ENG2.5 
 9. Jamsa, FIN2.5 
 10. Borg, S.2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Boris BOJANOVSKY
  (207-C-93)
  Avg: 2.5
 1. Bojanovsky, SVK2.5 
 2. Stolk, NED2.0 
 3. Dobos, HUN2.0 
 4. Chuku, ENG1.5 
 5. Burjanadze, GEO1.5 
 6. Olah, ROM1.5 
 7. Caven, FIN1.5 
 8. N''Dumba-C., SUI1.3 
 9. Teixeira, POR1.3 
 10. Magarity, S.1.3 


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  GABON   


ATOMICK BB is incontestable Champion 2009 to Gabon. - by Tim Ndjiki
The national championship of basket - ball of Gabon, again called Elite National Championship (CNE), gave her verdict with the coronation of ATOMICK BB of the Port-Gentil city.
Several meetings closed the Elite National Championship (CNE) 2009;
Results of the 16th,17th,18th and last day.
Libreville: TOUNGUI beats MANGA BB (66-51) ; AO BB beats OLYMPIQUE MANDJI (68-62) ; ATOMICK beats TOUNGUI BB (68-64) ; ATOMICK beats SOMO B (71-66) ;
Port Gentil: STADE MANDJI beats SOMO (84-76); OLYMPIQUE MANDJI beats SOMO (63-42); ATOMICK beats AOBB (80-64); AOBB beats CAS 1987 (69-60); SOMO B beats OLYMPIC MANDJI (82-81). MOANDA: MANGA beats IZO B (83-44) OYEM: TOUNGUI B beats ENGONG (74-53) ; TOUNGUI beats CAS 1987 (57-52) ; TOUNGUI beats OLYMPIQUE MANDJI (60-57).
Moanda : MANGA B beats STADE MANDJI (67-53) ; MANGA beats OLYMPIQUE MANDJI (60-45) ;
Lambarn : IZO BB beats CAS 1987 (81-65); MANGA beats IZO BB (66-51) ; ATOMICK beats IZO BB (74- 55);
Final ordering of the Elite National Championship (CNE) 2009.
1st ATOMICK 35 pts ; 2nd MANGA B 33 pts ; 3rd SOMO B 32 pts ; 4th STADE MANDJI 31 pts ; 5th TOUNGUI B 28 pts ; 6th AOBB 26 pts ; 7th IZO BB 25 pts ; 8th OLYMPQUE


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  GEORGIA   


Denmark post second straight win in Portugal - by Eurobasket News
Denmark U16 - Georgia U16 76:61
Danish U16 team celebrated the second consecutive victory at the European Championship in Division B. They toppled Georgian counterparts to top Group A. Georgia slipped at 1-1 record. Esben Reinholt (193-G-93) tallied 23 points and 12 boards.
The lead changed hands for several times throughout the opening quarter and Georgia came out winners 17:13. The exchange of the buckets continued in the second frame before Denmark exploded with a 17:2 run to accumulate a 9-point cushion. Nicholas Tullin (189-G-93) sealed the first half outcome at 37:28 for Denmark. Nika Ramishvili (178-G-94) dragged Georgia within 3 midway through the third quarter but the Danish team managed to clear off to an 11-point distance with ten minutes to go. Denmark quickly gained a 17-point lead in the final stanza and rolled to the victory at the end.
Christian Benzon (186-G-93) knocked down 13 points for the winners. Nicholas Tullin added 10 points, 6 boards and 4 assists. Nika Ramishvili, Beka Burjanadze (200-C-94) and Giorgi Gvaladze (197-C-93) had 16 points each for Georgia. Denmark outrebounded their opponents 49:28 and forced Georgia into 20 turnovers. The Scandinavian team sank 49% from the field, while Georgia responded with only 35% accuracy.

Denmark U16: Esben Reinholt 23+12 boards, Christian Benzon 13, Nicholas Tullin 10
Georgia U16: Nika Ramishvili 16, Beka Burjanadze 16, Giorgi Gvaladze 16



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  GERMANY   


Kevin Johnson Is Aquired By The Giessen 46ers - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
A popular country for the BBL to get new strong players the last years has often been Poland and the Giessen 46ers showed again that looking over the boarder doesnt hurt as they signed Kevin Johnson (201-F-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Humboldt St.) (201-F-84, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Humboldt St.). The 25 year old 201cm power forward played for SPEC Polonia Warszawa last season playing 26 games and averaging 10.4ppg, Reb-3 (8.5ppg), 1.0apg, FGP: 53.5%, 3PT: 28.0%, FT: 80.4%. He quickly showed in his second professional season, that he is able to be a force in a European league like Poland. The Giessen 46ers have been another club that have taken alot of time this summer finding the right players and combinations that will make them into a better team. Chef coach Vladimir Bogojevic wasn't only looking for a tough rebounder, but also a player that had many other importnat qualities. ' With Kevin Johnson, we have goten a robust and very physical player who is a strong rebounder and will give us stability under the boards. He is hard worker with a fighting nature and we see his development increasing. He has played well in Poland and Austria where he played ULEB cup. We are happy that we were able to get such a strong player to Giessen. Kevin is the perfect compliment player to Martin Kohlmaier. We think that both will harmonize very well in their playing style. Since we have four of our five starters with Johannes Lischka (203-F/C-87, agency: Court Side), Lorenzo Williams (191-G-84, agency: Court Side, college: Rice) Martin and Kevin, we can now look calmly for our two position', stressed Giessen coach Vladimir Bogojevic . Johnson started his getting basketball experience playing at Division 2 school Humboldt State.
Source: www.giessen46ers.de



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  GREECE   


Von Wafer to Olympiakos, Ira Newble to Aris - by Eurobasket News
Von Wafer (196-G-85, college: Florida St.) is about to join the Greek powerhouse Olympiakos. The 24-year-old guard spent the last season in the NBA playing for the Houston Rockets. He averaged 9.5 points, 1.7 boards and 1.1 assists per game. The Florida State University graduate Von Wafer was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers in 2005. He also played for the Colorado 14ers and the fort Worth Flyers in the D-League as well as the Nuggets, the Clipper and the Trail Blazers in the NBA. The contract is meant for two seasons.
In the meantime Aris boosted their roster with the addition of Ira Newble (199-F-75, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Miami, OH). The 34-year-old forward will arrive to Greece from Israel. There he played for Bnei Hasharon in the last season averaging 14.4 points, 6.0 boards and 1.8 assists per game. Ira Newble used to play in the NBA having stints with the Cavaliers, Spurs, Lakers and Hawks.



OMNITEL U16 European Championship: Day 3 - by Chris Mammides
Hellas - Lithuania 71-78
As expected the Hellenic team of Giorgos Doxakis lost the third and final game of the preliminary round and now with 0-3 will be playing for the positions 13-16. Apollon Deligiorgis (192-G-93) was amazing but he was all alone, the young talented player scored 27 points, 4 assists and 3 steals in 30 minutes but he couldn't win byhimself the home team of Mantas Mockevicius (186-G-93) who was also gret with his 25 points and 5 rebounds. The second scorer of the Hellenic NT was George Papadeas (201-F-93) with just 12 points and 5 rebounds, the crucial quarter was the first one as the home team overscored the Hellenic one by 11-22 and kept this difference nearly all the wy even though the other three quarters were more or less balanced for the two teams.


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  HOLLAND   


Hungary celebrated the first victory at the U16 European Championship - by Eurobasket News
Hungary U16-Netherlands U16 87:77

Hungary celebrated the first victory at the U16 European Championship Men Division B in Group D. The team overcame Netherlands 87:77 for 1-1 record in the group.
De Graafgave the Dutch team the first lead from the arc and Saadulla added for 13:4. Although Hungary tied the game at 17:17, Timmer remain Netherlands in front for 22:19. In the second period the Dyutch team started to play even better and Van Tongeren gave the biggest lead at 35:21. Hungary reduced to 43:39 at the halftime bringing the intrigue back into the court. Laszlo Polyak (188-G-93) brought Hungary 45:44 in the beginning of the third frame and Peter Jakab (187-G-93) scored for 63:58. Paul Candiff (184-G-93) cut it to 64:61 after three quarters of the game and Van Der Laan tied it at 64:64. Paul Candiff made it 79:77 however those points were the last for the Dutch team. With 8-0 run Hungary closed the game as Varadi made it 87:77.
Peter Jakab led the way with 22 points and Levente Misek (194-G-93) netted 16. Laszlo Polyak and Laszlo Dobos (218-C-93, agency: FCM) followed them with 15 points in a win. Paul Candiff ended up with 17 points in the losing effort, whilst De Graaf and Van Der Ark added 12 each.
In another game of the group England won the second straight game at U16 Mens Championship B Division to clinch the quarter-final place in Portugal. The British side outscored Slovak Republic 96:62 on Saturday.

Hungary U16: Peter Jakab 22, Levente Misek 16, Laszlo Polyak 15, Laszlo Dobos 15
Netherlands U16: Paul Candiff 17, De Graaf 12, Van Der Ark 12


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  HUNGARY   


Hungary celebrated the first victory at the U16 European Championship - by Eurobasket News
Hungary U16-Netherlands U16 87:77

Hungary celebrated the first victory at the U16 European Championship Men Division B in Group D. The team overcame Netherlands 87:77 for 1-1 record in the group.
De Graafgave the Dutch team the first lead from the arc and Saadulla added for 13:4. Although Hungary tied the game at 17:17, Timmer remain Netherlands in front for 22:19. In the second period the Dyutch team started to play even better and Van Tongeren gave the biggest lead at 35:21. Hungary reduced to 43:39 at the halftime bringing the intrigue back into the court. Laszlo Polyak (188-G-93) brought Hungary 45:44 in the beginning of the third frame and Peter Jakab (187-G-93) scored for 63:58. Paul Candiff (184-G-93) cut it to 64:61 after three quarters of the game and Van Der Laan tied it at 64:64. Paul Candiff made it 79:77 however those points were the last for the Dutch team. With 8-0 run Hungary closed the game as Varadi made it 87:77.
Peter Jakab led the way with 22 points and Levente Misek (194-G-93) netted 16. Laszlo Polyak and Laszlo Dobos (218-C-93, agency: FCM) followed them with 15 points in a win. Paul Candiff ended up with 17 points in the losing effort, whilst De Graaf and Van Der Ark added 12 each.
In another game of the group England won the second straight game at U16 Mens Championship B Division to clinch the quarter-final place in Portugal. The British side outscored Slovak Republic 96:62 on Saturday.

Hungary U16: Peter Jakab 22, Levente Misek 16, Laszlo Polyak 15, Laszlo Dobos 15
Netherlands U16: Paul Candiff 17, De Graaf 12, Van Der Ark 12


Watson back to ZTE, Ross signed with Pecs, Bolic with Kecskemet - by Tamas Deri
Calvin Watson (196-G-85, agency: Court Side, college: N.Texas) signed back with ZTE and play for the team next season again! He is the first american player in clubs history playing two seasons in a row for the team. The very attractive guard was one of the key players on the roster, but missed some games because of an injury during the regular season. He played 26 games and averaged 15.5 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game.

Ronnie Ross (187-G-79, college: Utah St., agency: TOGA Hoops) signed a one year contract with Pecs and will arrive in the next weeks to our country. The 187 cm point guard started the last season in Macedonia playing for Radnocki Skopje but left the team only after a few games. He signed during the Christmas Break with Szolnok and helped the team into the playoffs. Ross is a very quick and athletic guard, which even his stats from last season show: 16.2 points, 4.8 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game. You can watch his highlights from last season here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPAJaZRwEW0



The management of Kecskemet fixed the roster of the next season with signing of serbian guard, Zlatko Bolic (195-G-74, agency: Beo Basket). The 35 years old experienced player spent a lot of season with great clubs as Novi Sad, Hemofarm, Crvena Zezda, Strasbourg (France), Larissa (Greece). He spent the last season in Serbia playing for Radnicki Novi Sad and was the best scorer of the league averaging 22.8 points per game.



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  JORDAN   


Jordan's Trio Beats Kazakhs - by Omar Shafaamri
TIANJIN (FIBA Asia Championship) - Rasheim Wright (194-G-81, college: District of Col.) shot a game-high 29 points to iron out the creases in Jordans plays and the West Asian powerhouse marched past Kazakhstan 98-80 in a Group F eight-final round game on Monday.

Wright shot a staggering 80% in field attempts (12/15) as Jordan took control of the proceedings midway through the first quarter and scraped through the rest of the way.

Zaid Abbas played with customary gusto to add support in scoring to Wrights efforts.

Sam Daghlas returned to the Jordanian starting line-up and Zaid Alkhas returned to play from an ankle injury-break, but ironically Jordan struggled to get into the rhythm they had shown in their three successive wins in the preliminary round.

Our fast breaks saved us the day, Jordan coach Mario Palma heaved a sigh of relief.

Daghlas and Zaid Abbas both had individual scoring honours, but Palma had enough reasons to be on the tenterhooks with his customary animated instructions for most of the game.

Daghlas had a team-high five assists to add value to his 17 points.

Zaid Abbas too effected five assists and pulled down four rebounds to go with his 21 points.

Kazakhstan, who had scraped past India to make it to the eight-final round, too had struggles of their own especially in defence which gave Jordan the loophole to escape.

I think we are playing our worst basketball in the last five years or so, bemoaned Nikholay Mikhalchuk, the general manager of the Kazakhstan national teams, speaking on behalf of the coaching staff.

Anton Ponomarev, as usual, was the leading scorer for Kazakhstan with 24 points. And Alexander Tyutyunik scored as many points.
S Mageshwaran
FIBA Asia


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  LEBANON   


SOME HEAD TO HEAD COMPARISON BETWEEN LEBANON AND QATAR FROM THE FIRST ROUND - by Maarouf Mawloud
Some Head to Head comparison btw lebanon and Qatar from the first round:
* Lebanon was able to make 99.3 Points per game against 77.7 for Qatar.
* Lebanon was able to make 43 Rebounds per game against 38.3 for Qatar.
* Lebanon was able to make 18.7 Assist per game against 11.3 for Qatar.
* Lebanon field goals from 2pts were 60.4 % against 48.8% for Qatar.
* Lebanon field goals from 3pts were 43.7 % against 34% for Qatar.
* Lebanon field goals from Free throw were 65.2 % against 66.7% for Qatar
* Matt is ranked third among the score leader averaging 18.7 points per game in 25.3 minutes.
* Fadi is ranked fifth among the score leader averaging 18.3points per game in 26.3 minutes.
* Vromanis ranked eleventh among the score leader averaging 15 points per game in 28 minutes.
* Brian Beshara-Feghali (204-F-77, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: LSU) is ranked sixteenth among the score leader averaging 14.3 points per game in 24.3 minutes


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  LUXEMBOURG   


Luxembourg defeats Iceland claiming Silver in Cyprus!!! - by Alex Meyers
Saturday, June 6, 2009

Luxembourg 74 - Iceland 66

Luxembourg claimed the silver medal in basketball in Cyprus with an 8 point victory over Iceland, knocking their opponent out of a chance for a medal. With a great start, Luxembourg found itself up by 9 at the end of the 1st period. Iceland took complete control of the game in the second quarter holding Luxembourg to only 8 points while scoring 15 to go into the half 33-31 for Luxembourg. In the final 2 periods, Luxembourg held its ground and snuck past Iceland to claim silver in the Games. Martin Rajniak (205-F-78, college: CSU Bakersfield) again paced Luxembourg with 27 points. Larrie Smith (195-F-75, college: Tennessee Tech) had 19 points and 13 rebounds. Jairo Delgado (192-F-85), who was a steady performer during all his minutes at the games finished with 13 points and 4 assists. Samy Picard (195-F-88) took 9 rebounds. No player for Iceland reached double figures in scoring.


Luxembourg: 27 field goals, 4 three pointers, 16 for 22 free throws, 43 rebounds, 23 fouls, 9 assists, 10 steals and 15 turnovers
Schumacher 6, J. DelGado 13, Picard 7, Smith 19, Rajniak 27, also N. DelGado 0 Hoffmann 2 and Scholtes 0
Iceland: 22 field goals, 8 three ponters, 14 for 22 free throws, 37 rebounds, 21 fouls, 10 assists, 6 steals and 18 turnovers
M. Gunnarsson 3, Ermolinskji 8, F. Olafsson 4, L. Gunnarsson 9, Porvaldsson 7, P. Olafsson 8,

Fouled out: 37' Hoffman (Lux), 39' F. Olafsosson (Ice); Unsportsmanlike fouls: 37' Schumacher (Lux), 38' M. Gunnarsson (Ice); Technical foul: 39' F. Olafsson (Ice)


Score by quarters: 1st Q 25-16, Halftime 33-31, 3rd Q 53-49, Final 74-66

100 Spectators

Host Cyprus took Gold as expected and Andorra the Bronze. It was the seventh time for Cyprus to win the gold. Other years Cyprus won in basketball were 1985, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2003 and 2005. The XIII Games of the Small States of Europe 2009 have come to an end. Cyprus handed over the Games Flag to Liechtenstein - the nation that will host the XIV GSSE in 2011, which may also see a debut from Montenegro. Cyprus won the overall games with 59 golds, 47 silvers and 33 bronze medals for a total of 139 points. Iceland came in second overall with 32 golds, 24 silvers and 25 bronze medals for 81 points. Luxembourg placed third claiming 26 gold medals, 17 silvers and 19 bronze medals for a total of 62 points.


TBB Trier Sign Luxembourg National Player Samy Picard of Musel Pikes!!! - by Alex Meyers
June 17, 2009

Trier, Germany

TBB Trier has inked a three year deal with Luxemberg national player Samy Picard (195-F-88) Samy, the 21 year old small forward, could also see some time at the shooting guard position for TBB Trier next season. Picard has played for Musel Pikes since 2005 and has developed well lately as a prolific shooter. Picard averaged 21.4 points and 6 rebounds per game last season in the DBBL. He also led his team to back to back final appearances in the Luxembourg league. During the playoffs, Samy picked up his scoring to 29 points per game. He also played in the 2009 Luxembourg All-Star game. His coach in Luxembourg at Musel Pikes was Frank Baum, who was an assistant coach at TBB Trier for many years.

The signing of Picard is the first time in the history of TBB Trier that a Luxembourgish player will play for the club. Picard is seen as one of the biggest Luxembourg talents. However, he will have to get used to different practice habits playing in Germany. He has been used to practicing only 3-4 times a week here in Luxembourg. Trier's player recruiting manager Mike Wolter is convinced of his ability. '' The performance difference between Germany and Luxembourg is big. Samy is coming with a lot of motivation. He knows that he can profit from the experienced players. I am sure he will fight for every minute.'' Picard had gained some international experience playing for the U-18 National team at the European Championships in Sibiu, Romania in 2006 averaging in 7 games: 22.1ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.4apg, 2FGP: 47.7%, 3FGP: 28%, FT: 87.9%. He has been a member of the Luxembourg national team since 2007.

Picard might be the most talented Luxembourg player at the moment, but TBB Trier knows that they cant expect any special miracles from the 21 year old. ''His first year will be a learning experience. We are all excited how he will develop'', commented TBB Trier manager Lothar Hermeling. TBB Trier expects a lot from him, but will carefully let him develop and therefore, they have given him a three year contract.


Slovenia dismantle Luxembourg in Madeira - by Eurobasket News
Slovenia U16 - Luxembourg U16 91:51
Slovenia rallied to a solid win over Luxembourg at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The victory propelled Kresimir Basic team to 3-0 record on top of Group C. Luxembourg on the other hand suffered the second straight defeat and remained at the bottom of the ladder.
Slovenia used a 15:2 run midway through the first frame to pile up a 23:8 lead. Dimec and Bosnjak provided a 16-point lead for Slovenia after ten minutes of action. Luka Rupnik (182-G-93) drained two trebles midway through the second frame to give Slovenia a 40:20 lead. Slovenia arrived at halftime up by 24 points. Matej Rojc (193-G-93), Sterbec and Jan Osolnik (200-F-93) opened the third quarter with 14 points in a row as they opened a 38-point lead. The game was effectively over at this point. Slovenia cruised to the victory in the final stanza securing the perfect record at the tournament.
Jan Osolnik notched 16 points and 7 boards for Slovenia. Matej Rojc added 13 points, while Tim Skerbec (200-F-93) and Luka Rupnik had 11 points each in the win. Alex Laurent (190-F-93) responded with 17 points for Luxembourg. Jo Hoeser (189-F-94) had 16 points in the loss.

Slovenia U16: Jan Osolnik 16, Matej Rojc 13, Tim Skerbec 11, Luka Rupnik 11
Luxembourg U16: Alex Laurent 17, Jo Hoeser 16



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  MEXICO   


Showcase Rosters - San Diego En Fuego - by Chris Terrell
Team Rosters for En Fuego Hoops have been announced. The Showcase features some of the best players available for placement in the LNBP, domestically, and abroad. The Showcase will be held on the campus of Alliant International University (Sol City) on Saturday August 15th and Sunday August 16th. We are now only one week away. Here's the line-ups:

Estado de Mexico
Coach: Peter Sambu
Collins DeAngelo (206-F-82) NBA Draft Candidate, NBDL, Italy Serie-A, Turkey, Venezuela, Dallas Mavericks NBA Summer
Zachary Andrews (203-F-85, college: Bradley) LEB Spain, Sacramento Kings NBA Workouts, Turkey
Curtis Slaughter (201-G-80, agency: Promotex, college: Cal.St. Northridge) 14/5/4 at D1 CSUN, ABA All-Star, All Big West Honorable Mention
Halstead Chiverton (-G-82) Community Player- Silver medal CVS Championship, Brittish Virgin Islands National Team
Ray Reed (180-G-84, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) Georgetown (NCAA) Fr/So, Anaheim Arsenal NBDL
Kevin Wollbrinck (193-G/F-85, college: Cent.Missouri) NCAA D2 Final 4, MAC All-Conference Team
Rolando Nunez (190-G-86, college: Boise St..) US-MEX - LNBP 3 PT Specialist
Junior Austin (192-G-81, college: Philander Smith) All-Eurobasket Summer League 2nd Team (Chicago)
Kai Wells (183-G, college: Lincoln Memorial)
Ade Moore

Jalisco
Coach: Laurian Watkins (agency: Pro Management Agency )
Gene Shipley (206-C-79, college: Brandon) 15/6 LNBP 52% 2, 50% 3, ABA All-Star
Mervyn Clarke (198-G/F-82, agency: The Seven Bridges Group, college: Oakland City) 2.5 blocks (4th in the nation NCCAA & 18th; NCAA) Def POY '08
Steven Shewmake (6'7 F/G, Coll.of the Desert) Long and athletic with guard skills, can play some 1 at 6'7
Aaron Davis (196-G, college: Florida) USBL, JBL, Poland
Jamal Peterson (187-G) Tijuana Dragones
Shon Caston (196-G, college: N.Mexico St.) 1st Team All-American and First Team All-South Coast Conference - 42% 3PFG
Jerard Moret (196-G-87, college: N.Mexico Highlands) Cal State Fullerton out of Westchester HS (Los Angeles),
Kevin Garcia (-G) USA All-Stars (IBL)
Brandon Firby (188-G)
Marcus Cooper (180-G) North Carolina A&T

Chihuahua
Coaches: Glen Hayes - John Saintignon
Melvin Tyler Jones (206-F-84, agency: Elleby Sports, college: St.John's) All Eurobasket Team, All Eurobasket Big Man Team (Salt Lake City)
Donald Jones (206-F, college: Jarvis Christian) ABA Finalist 09, WCBL
Lemar Gayle (198-F-79, college: CSU Bakersfield) 27ppg New Zealand, ABA All-Star, ABA Finalist, Austria, NBA D-League Draft Pick
Myron Sims (190-G-73, college: Utah St.) USBL, Chile-Dimayor, LNBP
Mike Sherrod (188-G-82, agency: Huss Sport Agency, college: Rutgers) 4 year player Big East, CBA
Matt Dracup (196-F/G) Athlete, physicality, intensity, great teammate
Cornel Williams (193-F-84, Long Beach St.) 1st Team All-Pacific Coast Conference San Diego, Big West Tournament Semi-finalist
Laviel Pickett (186-G, La Sierra) 4 Time HS All-American
Seneca Bratton
Randy Patterson (189-G) Maywood Buzz, LA Push


Sonora
Dan Tacheny - Scott Chinarian
Ronald Allen (208-F/C-84, agency: Elleby Sports, college: Cincinnati) NBA body, boards, D, and can step out and hit the 3
Kalaan Brown (201-F-82) One of the Top Performers JBL League (Los Angeles)
Devon Sullivan (201-G/F-86, college: S.Connecticut) Team Kiev Eurobasket (New York)
Enoch Davis (201-F/G-73, college: N.Mexico St.) 32ppg Culiacan, Camp Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA), Cyprus, Japan, LNBP
Greg Gamble (193-G-87, college: Buffalo) (#34) Pre-draft Toronto Raptors (NBA) All-MAC Honorable mention
Peter Lawal (196-F, college: Post) US-Nigerian SF can finish, All-CACC
Tyler Duschinsky (193-G/F-83, college: Culver Stockton) Montreal Matrix (PBL) Shooter
James Hudson (Guard 6'4 Bethune Cookman) fr/so @ Clemson, shooter 37% 3PFG
Marcus Young (183-G) Alabama A&M SWAC Regular Season Champion, Tournament Finalist, 37% 3PFG

Nuevo Leon
Coach: Ricky Benitez
Antone Jarrell (201-F, college: Portland St.) Big Sky Conference Leader in Field Goal Percentage (.583) -05, IBL All-Star Selection -07, IBL Record - 70 points
Jeff McLean (Forward 6'7 Whittier) 3 time All-SCIAC, athletic dunks, blocks, and boards
Calvin Fowler (198-G/F, college: Bellarmine) All Conference, All Region, Def player of the year - 43% from 3
James Allen (194-G-79, agency: Elleby Sports, college: Montevallo) All-GSC East Division Player of the Year -06, Finland, Estonia
Les Norman (185-G-81, college: Cal.St.-Dominguez H.) McDonalds All-American, Street & Smith All-American 1st Team, All SCC, 1st Team All CCAA
James Felton (208-C-79, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) Harlem Globetrotters, Nike Elite
Nathan Sims (191-G/F-86, agency: The Seven Bridges Group) Pac-West 2nd Team, Pac-West Regular Season Champion, 1st Team all Foothill Conference
Eliseo Cornejo (178-G) Illinois Tech Bogan HS, Kennedy King (Chicago)
Antwan Williams (183-G, college: Puget Sound) All-NWC 1st Team 09, IBL

Baja California
Coach: Burrell Lee
Michael Tabb (205-F/C-76, college: Temple) Japan, Mexico, USBL
Fernando Holden (203-F/C-84, agency: The Seven Bridges Group) San Jacinto 6'8 250 and can really stroke the 3
William Howard (196-G-84, college: N.Carolina A&T) 1st rd. draft pick WBA, PBL All-Stars (FIBA Americas), Slam Dunk Champion
Damien Humphrey (196-G/F, College: Belmont Abbey) 21/10 Portugal 1 - Three-Time All-CVAC (So, Jr, Sr),Athlete of the Year, 1000 Points Scorer (1492)
Geremie Allison (184-G-84, College: Langston) HS All-State (Illinois), Excellent 3 point shooter (.431)
Tony Jimmerson (196-F-81, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: N.Mexico Highlands) El Salvador Liga Superior All-Star Game -09
Lanier Brown (193-G, college: La Verne) All Conference Junior and Senior
Christopher Agnes (193-G-85, college: Morehouse) All-SEBL South Player of the Year -07
Jonathan Bruce (191-G-83) Top ten 3PT in School history
Sean-Claude Terrell (186-G-83) Tuskegee South Coast-North Div. All Conference Team -06, SIAC-Conference Individual Leader (3pt Pct) -07

Veracruz
Coach: Chris Terrell

Dan Waterstradt (208-C-86, college: Oakland) Center 6'10 Rutgers, Summit League Tournament Finalist
Tezarray Banks (206-F-82, college: Boise St..) (#139 blue) All State, All South Coast Conference Honors, WAC Tournament Finalist, Argentina, Germany
Onye Ibekwe (203-F-84,college: Long Beach St) Athletic - shooting, rebounding, and passing. Santa Barbra Breakers, Al Sadd Qatar D1
Brennon Martin (198-F, agency: Prime Select Sports, college: Massachusetts) 21/8 UK-EBL for Sheffield Arrows while shooting 43% 3PFG
Wesley Washington (190-G-84, agency: Los Angeles Sports Group, college: Oregon St.) California Player of the Year 02 + 03, Prolific slasher and scorer
Larry Morinia (180-G-80, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Montana St.) 21ppg - MVP and 2 Time All-Frontier Conference 1st Team, 25ppg IBL, Germany
Trajinski Grigsby (201-F-86, agency: Lanshire Group, college: S.Alabama) .435 from 3, Sun Belt Division Winner 06, 07, Tournament winner 07, 09
Steve Horne (195-F/G-80, college: Montana) 15ppg Japan, Finland, 20ppg WBA
Tremel Gilot (191-G, college: Mayville St.) 19/5/3 as a Senior, scores in bunches
Earl Rabb (191-G, college: Midwestern St..) Pure PG w/ great size at 6'4, All Lonestar Conference Tournament Team


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  POLAND   


Polish teams' rosters for the 2009/2010 season. Part 1 - by Michal Falkowski
ASSECO PROKOM GDYNIA:

Coaches: Tomas Pacesas (extended), David Dedek (valid contract)
Guards: Tyrone Brazelton (extended), Daniel Ewing (valid contract), David Logan (valid contract), Przemyslaw Zamojski (valid contract)
Forwards: Ronnie Burrell (valid contract), Piotr Szczotka (extended), Qyntel Woods (extended)
Centers: Adam Hrycaniuk (valid contract), Adam Lapeta (valid contract)
Juniors: Mateusz Kostrzewski
Departures: Pat Burke (?), Filip Dylewicz (Air Avellino), Tomasz Swietonski (?)

PGE TUROW ZGORZELEC:

Coaches: Sasa Obradovic (signed BC Kiev)
Guards: Chanas Kamil (signed Victoria Gornik Walbrzych)
Forwards: Leonczyk Pawel (signed Energa Czarni Slupsk), Roszyk Krzysztof (valid contract), Witka Robert (valid contract), Adam Wojcik (signed PBG Basket Poznan)
Centers: --
Juniors: Bartosz Bochno, Mateusz Jarmakowicz, Maciej Strzelecki, Szymon Szymanski
Departures: Bryan Bailey (?) , Chris Daniels (?), Dragisa Drobnjak (?), Tyus Edney (?), Alex Harris (?), Damir Miljkovic (?), Gorjan Radonjic (?), Marcin Stefanski (?), John Turek (?)

ANWIL WLOCLAWEK:

Coaches: Igor Griszczuk (extended), Krzysztof Szablowski (valid contract)
Guards: Andrzej Pluta (extended), Krzysztof Szubarga (signed Atlas Stal Ostrow Wielkopolski), , Bartlomiej Woloszyn (valid contract)
Forwards: Wojciech Barycz (signed no team last season), Kevyn Green (signed NCAA), Nikola Jovanovic (signed Atlas Stal Ostrow Wielkopolski)
Centers: Rashard Sullivan (signed Aix-Maurienne)
Juniors: Dawid Adamczewski, Wojciech Glabas, Damian Janiak
Departures: Tommy Adams (Fileni Bpa Jesi), Ian Boylan (?), Marko Brkic (Swisslion Takovo Lions Vrsac), Michal Gabinski (?), Lukasz Koszarek (Eldo Caserta), Kamil Michalski (will be loaned), Paul Miller (?), Stipe Modric (?), Milos Paravinja (?), Marek Piechowicz (will be loaned)

ENERGA CZARNI SLUPSK:

Coaches: Igors Miglinieks (signed BC Donetsk), Miroslaw Lisztwan (valid contract)
Guards: Mantas Cesnauskis (extended), Jacek Sulowski (signed Polpharma Starogard Gdanski)
Forwards: Marcin Sroka (extended), Wojciech Zurawski (signed Polpharma Starogard Gdanski)
Centers: Jelesijevic Nemanja (signed Hopsi Polzela), Dawid Przybyszewski (signed Kotwica Kolobrzeg)
Juniors: Mateusz Bieg, Hubert Pabian, Patryk Przyborowski
Departures: Bojan Bakic (?), Omar Barlett (?), Demetric Bennett (Snaidero Udine), Chris Booker (?), Antonio Burks (?), Marcin Dutkiewicz (?) Mateo Kedzo (?), Pawel Leonczyk (PGE Turow Zgorzelec), Pawel Malesa (?)

KOTWICA KOLOBRZEG:

Coaches: Pawel Blechacz (previous assistant coach)
Guards: Harris Danesi (signed NCAA)
Forwards: Bartosz Diduszko (signed Znicz Sokolow Jaroslaw), Piotr Stelmach (extended), Lukasz Wichniarz (signed Sportino Inowroclaw)
Centers: --
Juniors: Dawid Brek, Piotr Jadczak, Szymon Rduch
Departures: Sefton Barrett (?), Tomasz Cielebak (New Yorker Phanthoms Braunschweig), Brandon Crone (?), Kevin Hamilton (New Yorker Phanthoms Braunschweig), Pawel Kikowski (Olimpija Ljubljana), Julien Mills (?), Drew Naymick (?), Dawid Przybyszewski (Energa Czarni Slupsk)

POLPHARMA STAROGARD GDANSKI:

Coaches: Millia Bogicevic (signed Atlas Stal Ostrow Wielkopolski), Roman Olszewski (valid contract)
Guards: Brody Angley (signed SAM Massagno), Tomasz Ochonko (signed Atlas Stal Ostrow Wielkopolski), Tony Weeden (signed BPS Bank Basket Kwidzyn), Lukasz Zytko (signed Sportino Inowroclaw)
Forwards: Lukasz Majewski (signed Atlas Stal Ostrow Wielkopolski), Zbigniew Marculewicz (signed LKS Lodz), Patrick Okafor (signed LMT Baron Riga)
Centers: Uros Mirkovic (signed Swisslion Takovo Lions Vrsac)
Juniors: Marek Drewa, Jacek Jarecki, Damian Kulig (signed Big Star Tychy)
Departures: Eric Coleman (?), Jaroslaw Drewa (?), Courtney Eldridge (?), Michael Hicks (New Yorker Phanthoms Braunschweig), Pawel Kowalczuk (?), Dawid Neumann (?), Ed Scott (?), Mujo Tuljkovic (Erdemir Belediyesi), Wojciech Zurawski (Energa Czarni Slupsk)

POLONIA WARSAW (there is still no certainty that the club will compete in the next season due to the lack of license):

Coaches: Wojciech Kaminski (valid contract), Andrzej Kierlewicz (valid contract)
Guards: --
Forwards: --
Centers: --
Juniors: --
Departures: Michael Ansley (Sportino Inowroclaw ?), Kevin Johnson (Giessen 46ers), Hubert Radke (PBG Basket Poznan), Jitim Young (?)
Unknown: Dariusz Aziewicz, Mariusz Bacik, Przemyslaw Frasunkiewicz, Greg Harrington, Marcin Krajewski, Milosz Ludwin, Kamil Laczynski, Marcin Nowakowski, Michal Przybylski

ATLAS STAL OSTROW WIELKOPOLSKI (there is still no certainty that the club will compete in the next season due to the lack of license):

Coaches: --
Guards: --
Forwards: --
Centers: --
Juniors: --
Departures: Vladan Jocovic (?), Nikola Jovanovic (Anwil Wloclawek), Lukasz Majewski (Polpharma Starogard Gdanski), Tomasz Ochonko (Polpharma Starogard Gdanski), Krzysztof Szubarga (Anwil Wloclawek)
Unknown: Marcin Dymala, Przemyslaw Galewski, Sebastian Grzesinski, Brandun Hughes, Lukasz Plociennik, Lukasz Ratajczak, Lukasz Seweryn

SPORTINO INOWROCLAW:

Coaches: Mariusz Karol (signed Polpharma Starogard Gdanski)
Guards: Grzegorz Arabas (signed AZS Koszalin), Robert Jarvis (is being tested NCAA), Maciej Raczynski (signed Victoria Gornik Walbrzych)
Forwards: Przemyslaw Luszczewski (signed AZS Koszalin)
Centers: Artur Robak (extended)
Juniors: --
Departures: Marcus Crenshaw (?), Kyle Landry (BK Prostejov), Tony Lee (?), Eddie Miller (?), Ivars Timmermanis (?), Lukasz Wichniarz (Kotwica Kolobrzeg), Dawid Witos (?), Lukasz Zytko (Polpharma Starogard Gdanski)
Unknown: David Gomez, Mateusz Marciniak, Lukasz Obrzut, Bartosz Pochocki, Kamil Stezewski, Michal Swiderski, Hubert Wierzbicki

BPS BANK BASKET KWIDZYN: (there is still no certainty that the club will compete in the next season due to the lack of license):

Coaches: Pawel Mrozik (signed NCAA), Dariusz Litwin (valid contract)
Guards: David Godbold (signed NCAA, Jarryd Loyd (signed Nelson Giants), Jason Pryor (signed Hamar Hverageroi), Wilczek Lukasz (signed Zastal Zielona Gora)
Forwards: John Barber (signed Nelson Giants)
Centers: --
Juniors: --
Departures: Chris Garner (Achilleas Kaimakliou), Cliff Hawkins (?), Radoslaw Hyzy (BK Prostejov), Michael Kuebler (?), Brian Lubeck (?), Vladimir Tica (?), Brandon Wallace (?), Tony Weeden (Polpharma Starogard Gdanski)
Unknown: Dabrowski Piotr, Marcin Kowalewski, Krzysztof Mielnik, Pawel Mroz, Bartosz Potulski, Dariusz Puncewicz

PBG BASKET POZNAN:

Coaches: Eugeniusz Kijewski (valid contract), Tomasz Jankowski (valid contract)
Guards: Uros Duvnjak (signed Radnicki 034 Kragujevac), Adam Waczynski (signed Victoria Gornik Walbrzych)
Forwards: Zbigniew Bialek (signed Polaroid Lami Ved Kormend), Andrija Ciric (signed Falco KC Szombathely), Rajko Kljajevic (signed Radnicki 034 Kragujevac), Wojciech Szawarski (extended)
Centers: Hubert Radke (signed Polonia Warsaw)
Juniors: Pawel Mowlik, Albert Skowronski, Tomasz Smorawinski
Departures: Rafal Bigus (Sportino Inowroclaw ?), Robert Brannen (?), Gerald Brown (?), Miah Davis (?), Marcin Flieger (?), Iwo Kitzinger (Trefl Sopot), Alex McLean (?), Stanislaw Prus (?), Adam Wojcik (PGE Turow Zgorzelec)

ZNICZ JAROSLAW (there is still no certainty that the club will compete in the next season due to the lack of license):

Coaches: --
Guards: --
Forwards: --
Centers: --
Departures: Quinton Day (?), Bartosz Diduszko (Kotwica Kolobrzeg), Vitaliy Kovalenko (?), Ross Neltner (?), Grady Reynolds (?), Chad Timberlake (?)
Unknown: Tomasz Celej, Mateusz Gazarkiewicz, Grzegorz Kukielka, Artur Mikolajko, Marek Miszczuk, Kamil Nowak, Grzegorz Szczotka, Andrzej Urban, Dariusz Wyka

POLONIA 2011 WARSAW (there is still no certainty that the club will compete in the next season due to the lack of license):

Coaches: --
Guards: --
Forwards: --
Centers: --


Juniors: --
Departures: -
-

STAL STALOWA WOLA (there is still no certainty that the club will compete in the next season due to the lack of license):

Coaches: --
Guards: --
Forwards: --
Centers: --


Juniors
Departures: --

TREFL SOPOT:

Coaches: --
Guards: Iwo Kitzinger (signed PBG Basket Poznan)
Forwards: --
Centers: --

Juniors: --



Stal Ostrow Wlkp. will play in 2 League - by Patryk Kurkowski
Stal Ostrow Wielkopolski, in the next season will play in group B of 2 league. As we earlier wrote, this team resigned of the game in the PLK for financial problems. New season 2 league start 3rd October.

Group A:
Norgips Piaseczno, Asturia Bydgoszcz, SSK Siedlce, Zuraw Gniewino, Inter Parts AZS UWM Olsztyn, Asseco Prokom 3, Harmattan Gniewkowo, Sidel MMKS VIII LO Torun, GKS Korsarz Gdansk, ZTS Nowy Dwor Gdanski, OSSM PZKosz Sopot, BKS Tur Bielsk Podlaski, OSSM PZKosz Warszawa, Unibet Legia Warszawa, Zyrardowianka Zyrardw.

Group B:
AZS KU Politechnika Opolska, Doral Nysa Klodzka, AZS Kalisz, AZS Poznan, KKS Siechnice, KS Ksiezak Lowicz, MKS Skierniewice, Open Basket Pleszew, OSSM PZKosz Wroclaw, AZS WSGK Kutno, Pogon Prudnik, WKS Slask Wroclaw, AZS Radex Szczecin, WKK Obiekty Wroclaw, Stal Ostrw Wlkp.

Group C:
Termo-Rex Jaworzno, KK Komtek Bytom, Pogon Ruda Slaska, Alba Chorzow, UMKS Kielce, Cracovia Krakow, MKS Limanowa, MKKS Staco Niepolomice, KKS Mickiewicz Katowice, Wisla Krakow, MKKS Zabrze, OSSM PZKosz Stalowa Wola, AZS Politechnika Radomska Radom, Unia Tarnow, KS Rosa-Sport Radom, AZS Politechnika Czestochowska.


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  PORTUGAL   


Romania outscore Portugal at U16 European Championship - by Eurobasket News
Portugal U16 - Romania U16 58:67
Romania posted the first win at the U16 European championship in Division B. They toppled Portugal handing the hosts the second loss at the tournament. Romania climbed at 1-1 record, while Portugal slipped at 1-2 in Group B.
Portugal looked better at the start of the game. They ensured a 16:8 lead and soon the margin grew deeper. Silva and Barbosa connected from beyond the arc as the hosts gained a 22:10 lead. They secured a 26:14 lead at the first break. Portugal kept in front throughout the second frame and hung on to win the first half 32:27. But Romania opened the third frame with a 13:2 run to take a 40:34 lead. Portugal restored the lead late in the quarter entering the fourth term ahead by 4 points 51:47. But Romania used a 10:0 rally midway through the fourth term to surge ahead for good. Portugal failed to respond and suffered the loss at the end.
Horia Cristiean (183-G-93) netted 18 points to pace Romania. Gabor Baczo (191-G-93) added 16 points, while Ioan Filip (199-F-93) had 14 points and 12 boards in the win. Filipe Teixeira (199-F-93) (199-F-93) replied with 13 points and 15 boards for Portugal. Jonah Callenbach (192-F-93) contributed 12 points in defeat.

Portugal U16: Filipe Teixeira 13+15 boards, Jonah Callenbach 12
Romania U16: Horia Cristiean 18, Gabor Baczo 16, Ioan Filip 14+12 boards



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  PUERTO RICO   


Venezuela defeats Puerto Rico in 2nd game - by Luis Ramirez
After a hard loss 85-80 for the Venezuela team in their first encounter with Team Puerto Rico, they managed to stop the Puerto Rico Team in their second game as they came away with a big win 62-44.
This time around the Venezuela Team did not let Puerto Rico shooters too much room to make outside shots as they controlled the outside perimeter from the start of the game. For Venezuela Oscar Torres scored 13 points followed by Greivis Vazquez with 10 points.

For Puerto Rico Carlos Rivera scored 10 points followed by Alex Falcon with 8 points. The Puerto Rico Team returns to Puerto Rico and will continue with it scheduled drills in preparation for the upcoming FIBA Americas Champioship 2009.



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  ROMANIA   


Romania outscore Portugal at U16 European Championship - by Eurobasket News
Portugal U16 - Romania U16 58:67
Romania posted the first win at the U16 European championship in Division B. They toppled Portugal handing the hosts the second loss at the tournament. Romania climbed at 1-1 record, while Portugal slipped at 1-2 in Group B.
Portugal looked better at the start of the game. They ensured a 16:8 lead and soon the margin grew deeper. Silva and Barbosa connected from beyond the arc as the hosts gained a 22:10 lead. They secured a 26:14 lead at the first break. Portugal kept in front throughout the second frame and hung on to win the first half 32:27. But Romania opened the third frame with a 13:2 run to take a 40:34 lead. Portugal restored the lead late in the quarter entering the fourth term ahead by 4 points 51:47. But Romania used a 10:0 rally midway through the fourth term to surge ahead for good. Portugal failed to respond and suffered the loss at the end.
Horia Cristiean (183-G-93) netted 18 points to pace Romania. Gabor Baczo (191-G-93) added 16 points, while Ioan Filip (199-F-93) had 14 points and 12 boards in the win. Filipe Teixeira (199-F-93) (199-F-93) replied with 13 points and 15 boards for Portugal. Jonah Callenbach (192-F-93) contributed 12 points in defeat.

Portugal U16: Filipe Teixeira 13+15 boards, Jonah Callenbach 12
Romania U16: Horia Cristiean 18, Gabor Baczo 16, Ioan Filip 14+12 boards



Targu Mures sign Travis Reed and Michael Jefferson - by Alex Danila
After the star of the team, JuJuan Cooley (175-G-82, college: Indiana Tech) decided he wants to take a shot in NBDL, BC Mures Targu-Mures searched to replace the open spot left. Their pick was Mike Jefferson (178-G-84, agency: AMI, college: High Point), finalist in Switzerland with the Geneva Devils. He is a true point guard standing at 178 cm, that will create a lot of open shots for his teammates with his quickness and speed.
The other transfer is Travis Reed (203-C-79, agency: Court Side, college: Long Beach St.), a player with a lot of european experience that played last season for Khimik-OPZ Yuzny (Ukraine-Superleague) after leaving Hanzevast Capitals Groningen in December.
Both of them are great additions and looks like this season Romania will have a lot of very tough games and will see a lot of talent on the court.


Costel Cernat will coach US Monastir from Tunisia - by Alex Danila
Costel Cernat , former coach of Steaua Bucuresti, signed a 1 year deal with 1st league team from Tunisia, U.S.Monastir. The team finished in 6th place last season and now it's looking to attach the title and they hope Costel Cernat will be the one leading them.
Also Cernat has a 2 years option on his contract and will be the coordinator of the U.S.Monastir juniors teams.
'I cant wait to start the season with my new team and take them as high as we can go. As important as my work with the senior team are the juniors teams that i will coordinate. This is a challenge for me and I hope we will have a great season' said coach Cernat before he left Bucuresti for Monastir.


SCM Craiova is getting ready for the new season - by Alex Danila
SCM CSU Craiova was very active on the transfer market this summer, getting ready for the upcoming season. Besides resigning Dan Raducanu (201-C-80), Craiova signed as a romanian Rares Pasca (198-F-85), former player of BC Targoviste
The best transfer so far has been O'Darien Bassett (188-G-86, agency: AMI, college: Troy) who played last season for Saar-Pfalz Braves in Germany Pro A where he averaged 14.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg and 1.2 apg while shooting 43.9% from the field and 34.8% from behind the arc. He is a very hard working guy , very athletic and can shoot also really well. In addition to basketball, Bassett is also a world-class track & field athlete. During his college career, he was ranked #1 in the NCAA in the long jump and was among the top performers in the triple jump. He is one of the elite long jumpers and triple jumpers in the USA and nearly qualified for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Along with Bassett, Craiova managed to pull 2 other transfers: Dewayne Morris (-G) and Evan Harris (206-F). Morris is a true highlight reel and will definetely be one of the top attractions of the Romanian League.


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  SEBL   


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


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  SLOVAKIA   


The British side outscored Slovak Republic on Saturday - by Eurobasket News
Slovak Republic U16-England U16 62:96

England won the second straight game at U16 Mens Championship B Division to clinch the quarter-final place in Portugal. The British side outscored Slovak Republic 96:62 on Saturday.
Vladimir Nemcok (170-G-95) opened the scoring for Slovakia, while the game remained tight throughout the first quarter. Bojanovsky scored the first points of the second period, but a Joseph Hart (194-F-93) trey launched a 16-0 England run which set the tone for the rest of the game. A McGinn three took the margin up to 20, and Morrison scored the final basket of the half as England went into the locker room with a 45-25 lead. Any doubts were ended with an 11-0 run to extend Englands lead to 62:27. Vladimir Nemcok sunk a trey, another 9-0 run help England go into the final period leading 74:39 with Gould scoring the final basket of the quarter. Mesarc opeend the last period for 74:41 and Esprit scored for 76:44. Sedlak cut it to 84:52, while Jakub Novysedlak (182-G-93) scored the final points.
Joseph Hart top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Van Oostrum shined with 20 points and 12 steals. Vladimir Nemcok finished the game with 9 points, while Jakub Novysedlak, Lubomir Zahon (188-G-93) and David Flaska (200-F-93) scored 8 each.
In another game of the group Hungary celebrated the first victory at the U16 European Championship Men Division B in Group D. The team overcame Netherlands 87:77 for 1-1 record in the group.

Slovak Republic U16: Vladimir Nemcok 9, Jakub Novysedlak 8, Lubomir Zahon 8, David Flaska 8
England U16: Joseph Hart 22, Van Oostrum 20+12 steals



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  SLOVENIA   


Slovenia dismantle Luxembourg in Madeira - by Eurobasket News
Slovenia U16 - Luxembourg U16 91:51
Slovenia rallied to a solid win over Luxembourg at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The victory propelled Kresimir Basic team to 3-0 record on top of Group C. Luxembourg on the other hand suffered the second straight defeat and remained at the bottom of the ladder.
Slovenia used a 15:2 run midway through the first frame to pile up a 23:8 lead. Dimec and Bosnjak provided a 16-point lead for Slovenia after ten minutes of action. Luka Rupnik (182-G-93) drained two trebles midway through the second frame to give Slovenia a 40:20 lead. Slovenia arrived at halftime up by 24 points. Matej Rojc (193-G-93), Sterbec and Jan Osolnik (200-F-93) opened the third quarter with 14 points in a row as they opened a 38-point lead. The game was effectively over at this point. Slovenia cruised to the victory in the final stanza securing the perfect record at the tournament.
Jan Osolnik notched 16 points and 7 boards for Slovenia. Matej Rojc added 13 points, while Tim Skerbec (200-F-93) and Luka Rupnik had 11 points each in the win. Alex Laurent (190-F-93) responded with 17 points for Luxembourg. Jo Hoeser (189-F-94) had 16 points in the loss.

Slovenia U16: Jan Osolnik 16, Matej Rojc 13, Tim Skerbec 11, Luka Rupnik 11
Luxembourg U16: Alex Laurent 17, Jo Hoeser 16



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Sweden rout Austria in Portugal - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U16 - Austria U16 80:41

Swedish U16 team celebrated the second win at the European Championship in Division B. They toppled Austria in Group C. Sweden improved at 2-1 record, while Austria fell at 0-2.
The Scandinavian team got to a flying start to the game. They tipped off the action with 9:2 rally. Sweden then followed with an 18:2 run to ensure a 27:8 lead late in the opening quarter. Plesser capped the frame with four points in a row cutting the margin to 16 points. But Sweded began the second period with 6 points in a row to open up a 22-point advantage. The Swedish team stayed comfortably in charge throughout the second frame and completed it up by 23 points.
Sweden wisely kept their opponents at bay in the third quarter. William Magarity (205-F-93) nailed 5 points in the fourth term as Sweden coasted to the victory.
Marcus Eriksson (191-G-93) knocked down 23 points for Sweden. William Magarity added 20 points and 8 boards for the winners. Albert Ngoy (178-G-93) came up with 9 points for Austria. Markus Trimmel (194-F-94) had 7 points in the loss.

Sweden U16: Marcus Eriksson 23, William Magarity 20, Filip Asante (180-G-93) 8
Austria U16: Albert Ngoy 9, Markus Trimmel 7



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  UNITED KINGDOM   


The British side outscored Slovak Republic on Saturday - by Eurobasket News
Slovak Republic U16-England U16 62:96

England won the second straight game at U16 Mens Championship B Division to clinch the quarter-final place in Portugal. The British side outscored Slovak Republic 96:62 on Saturday.
Vladimir Nemcok (170-G-95) opened the scoring for Slovakia, while the game remained tight throughout the first quarter. Bojanovsky scored the first points of the second period, but a Joseph Hart (194-F-93) trey launched a 16-0 England run which set the tone for the rest of the game. A McGinn three took the margin up to 20, and Morrison scored the final basket of the half as England went into the locker room with a 45-25 lead. Any doubts were ended with an 11-0 run to extend Englands lead to 62:27. Vladimir Nemcok sunk a trey, another 9-0 run help England go into the final period leading 74:39 with Gould scoring the final basket of the quarter. Mesarc opeend the last period for 74:41 and Esprit scored for 76:44. Sedlak cut it to 84:52, while Jakub Novysedlak (182-G-93) scored the final points.
Joseph Hart top-scored for the winners with 22 points and Van Oostrum shined with 20 points and 12 steals. Vladimir Nemcok finished the game with 9 points, while Jakub Novysedlak, Lubomir Zahon (188-G-93) and David Flaska (200-F-93) scored 8 each.
In another game of the group Hungary celebrated the first victory at the U16 European Championship Men Division B in Group D. The team overcame Netherlands 87:77 for 1-1 record in the group.

Slovak Republic U16: Vladimir Nemcok 9, Jakub Novysedlak 8, Lubomir Zahon 8, David Flaska 8
England U16: Joseph Hart 22, Van Oostrum 20+12 steals



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The Uruguayan NT players claimed against the local Federation - by Hector Lopez
The players for the Uruguayan NT camied against some of the condtions given by the local Federation while they are prepairing for the FIBA Americas Championship, to be played from Aug.26 in San Juan (Puerto Rico). In a statement send to the Uruguayayan Federation and news organizations, the player confirmed they will play the tournament although the organization is not provindg them the 'minimum needs'. Some of the items mentioned are: poor conditions of the stadiums to train and lack of agreement on allowances and injuries insurance. The statemen were send from Rio, where the NT was playing a Super 4 tournament. The FUBB declained to make any comments when Latinbasket phoned tho president, Luis A. Castillo. Uruguay will play the Americas championship in Group B against Mexico Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, and Canada.

Uruguay prevail against Argentina in Rio de Janeiro - by Eurobasket News
Uruguay - Argentina 84:79

Uruguay claimed the third spot at the Super Four tournament held in Rio de Janeiro. They held off Argentina yesterday to improve at 1-1 record. Argentina entered the game without their main man Luis Scola and could not overcome his absence.
Argentina still looked solid at the start of the game. They unleashed 30 points in the opening frame to gain a 7-point lead. Argentina maintained the margin well enough throughout the second quarter. They arrived at halftime up by the same 7 points 50:43. Uruguay cut the distance to just 4 points at three-quarter time. A Gerardo Jauri team increased the tempo in the fourth stanza and surged in front. Reque Newsome (203-C-81, college: S.Indiana) paced Uruguay as they rallied to a tough 5-point victory at the end.
Reque Newsome finished with 19 points to lead Uruguay. Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) knocked down 18 points for the winners. Diego Garcia (186-G-79) answered with 22 points for Argentina. Roman Gonzalez (211-C-78) had 13 points in defeat.

Uruguay: Reque Newsome 19, Leandro Garcia Morales 18, Mauricio Aguiar (199-F-83, agency: Players Group) 15
Argentina: Diego Garcia 22, Roman Gonzalez 13





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Women News

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  AUSTRIA - Women  


Bulgaria edged Austria in the last game of the Classification Games for 17th to 19th Places - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria U16-Austria U16 69:47

Bulgaria edged Austria in the last game of the Classification Games for 17th to 19th Places at the U16 European Championship in Division B. Bulgaria finished on the 17th spot, Switzerland is 18th and Austria due to the loss on the last place. Bulgaria overcame Austria 69:47 as all three teams finished with one win and one loss.
Lisa Zderadicka (166-G-94) scored the first points in the game, while Spasova tied it at 8:8. Riegler made the same at 15:15 as both teams finished the first period. Later in the game Bulgaria started to dominate the court and won the second frame 21-12. Ojo was the last to score in the first half for 69:47 Bulgarian lead. Marina Gelova (173-G-93) opened the third quarter for 38:27 and Hristina Tyutyundzhieva (188-C-93) made it 50:33. Ojo again was the last to post in the period to make it 52:37 after three periods. Blazevic reduced to 55:41, but Hristina Tyutyundzhieva extended to 64:45 midway through the frame. Spasova brought the last victory at the U16 European Championship in Division B.
Marina Gelova paced all the winners with 25 points. Kristina Peychinova (174-G-94) chipped in 13, while Hristina Tyutyundzhieva poured in 12. Julia Pocksteiner (173-G-93) delivered 9 in defeat, whilst Lisa Zderadicka scored 8.

Bulgaria U16: Marina Gelova 25, Kristina Peychinova 13, Hristina Tyutyundzhieva 12
Austria U16: Julia Pocksteiner 9, Lisa Zderadicka 8


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  BELGIUM - Women  


Spain defend U16 European Championship title - by Eurobasket News
Spain U16 - Belgium U16 57:53 (OT)

Spain came out victorious from the dramatic title game at the U16 European Championship in Naples. They faced Belgium and had to endure the extra period to defend their title. The victory marked the fifth success for the Spanish team in the last six editions of the competition.
Belgium surged ahead early in the encounter and led throughout the major part of the first quarter. But Andrea Vilaro (179-F-93) and Inmaculada Zanoguera (177-G-93) capped the opening stanza with three points to draw things level at 12. But Belgium persisted tipping off the second frame with 5 points in a row. Spain once again needed to come from behind and they did. Andrea Vilaro, Inmaculada Zanoguera and Diaz crowned the first half with 8 points in a row giving Spain a 24:22 lead. Inmaculada Zanoguera and Carla Rodriguez (185-C-93) extended the margin at 8 points midway through the third frame. Spain maintained the lead and arrived at three-quarter time up by 5 points 36:31. Diaz and Marcelo stretched the advantage at 9-point mark but Belgium did not surrender. Adams and Julie Vanloo (174-G-93) came up with back-to-back three-pointers late in regulation to cut the margin to a single point. Balart and Emma Meesseman (188-C-93) exchanged free throws before Andrea Vilaro put Spain up by two with 30 seconds to go. But Adams hit a late jumper to send teams into overtime. Andrea Vilaro opened it with a triple but Emma Meesseman and Adams gave Belgium a 50:49 advantage just moments later. However Marcelo, Inmaculada Zanoguera and Elena De Alfredo regained control for Spain and they eked out a tough victory at the end.
Andrea Vilaro finished with 15 points and 11 boards for Spain. Carla Rodriguez and Inmaculada Zanoguera added 8 points apiece in the win. Julie Vanloo responded with game-high 17 points for Belgium. Emma Meesseman contributed 12 points and 13 boards in the losing case.

Spain U16: Andrea Vilaro 15+11 boards, Carla Rodriguez 8, Inmaculada Zanoguera 8
Belgium U16: Julie Vanloo 17, Emma Meesseman 12+13 boards



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Latvia U16 is 5th at the U16 European Championship in Division B - by Eurobasket News
Bosnia U16-Latvia U16 56:71

Latvia U16 is 5th at the U16 European Championship in Division B. In the game for that spot the Baltic team edged Bosnia 71:59 for the total success.
The beginning of the game was not that sweet for the winners. Nikolina Milic (195-C-94) gave Bosnia the first points and she also scored for 19:10. Bridina reduced to 7 points closing the opening quarter at the game. Latvia could not score in the first five minutes of the second quarter, while Bosnia improved to 21:12. Dzombeta made it 24:14 but Agate Geka (168-G-93) closed the half at 26:24. In the second half the court was dominated only by one team, Latvia. Ozolina tied it at 26:26 and Sabine Dukate (176-F-93) gave them 37:34. Latvia had 42:41 after three quarters, while Asnate-Marianna Fomina (168-G-94) made it 48:43. Krasovska was perfect from the free throw line to make it 63:50 and Berga scored for 69:54. Asnate-Marianna Fomina brought the fifth position after the last lay-up in the game for 71:56 victory.
Asnate-Marianna Fomina and Sabine Dukate top-scored for the winners with 16 points, whilst Agate Geka notched 11. Nikolina Milic ended up with 18 points and 11 rebounds and Natasa Tomasovic (186-C-93) collected 16 points and 13 rebounds in defeat.

Bosnia U16: Nikolina Milic 18+11 rebs, Natasa Tomasovic 16+13 rebs
Latvia U16: Asnate-Marianna Fomina 16, Sabine Dukate 16, Agate Geka 11


Bosnia held off Romania at the U16 European Championship in Division B - by Eurobasket News
Bosnia held off Romania 69:53 at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The victory allowed Romania to set up the clash against Latvia for the 5th overall spot at the tournament. Nikolina Milic (195-C-94) paced the winners with 22 points. Miljana Dzombeta had 17 points and 5 assists for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Oana Baluta (184-C-93) and Sonia Ursu responded with 20 points each for Romania.
In another game Asnate-Marianna Fomina unloaded 17 points to propel Latvia past Portugal 72:56 in the classification round of the U16 European championship in Division B tonight. Latvia led from start to finish to arrange the clash against Bosnia and Herzegovina for the fifth spot tomorrow. Daiga Kuzmane contributed 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winning team. Jessica Almeida answered with 15 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.


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Mangueria/Petrobas defeats Botofogo in 17U Women's basketball - by Mel Devonne
Mangueria-Rio de Janeiro-Sunday Aug 10
A strong 3rd quarter from Stephanie Lara lifts Mangueria/Petrobasto an easy win over Botofogo 78-44.


The game was close early with Botofogo leading 15-10 after the 1st quarter.
Mangueria turned up the D in the 3rd quarter to break open the game. Mangueria was led by 6'4' center Mayana
Araujo with 16 points and Stephanie Lara had 14 points and several steals that stiffled the Botofogo guards.
Botofogo was led by Jessica Miranda with 9 points.



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Bulgaria edged Austria in the last game of the Classification Games for 17th to 19th Places - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria U16-Austria U16 69:47

Bulgaria edged Austria in the last game of the Classification Games for 17th to 19th Places at the U16 European Championship in Division B. Bulgaria finished on the 17th spot, Switzerland is 18th and Austria due to the loss on the last place. Bulgaria overcame Austria 69:47 as all three teams finished with one win and one loss.
Lisa Zderadicka (166-G-94) scored the first points in the game, while Spasova tied it at 8:8. Riegler made the same at 15:15 as both teams finished the first period. Later in the game Bulgaria started to dominate the court and won the second frame 21-12. Ojo was the last to score in the first half for 69:47 Bulgarian lead. Marina Gelova (173-G-93) opened the third quarter for 38:27 and Hristina Tyutyundzhieva (188-C-93) made it 50:33. Ojo again was the last to post in the period to make it 52:37 after three periods. Blazevic reduced to 55:41, but Hristina Tyutyundzhieva extended to 64:45 midway through the frame. Spasova brought the last victory at the U16 European Championship in Division B.
Marina Gelova paced all the winners with 25 points. Kristina Peychinova (174-G-94) chipped in 13, while Hristina Tyutyundzhieva poured in 12. Julia Pocksteiner (173-G-93) delivered 9 in defeat, whilst Lisa Zderadicka scored 8.

Bulgaria U16: Marina Gelova 25, Kristina Peychinova 13, Hristina Tyutyundzhieva 12
Austria U16: Julia Pocksteiner 9, Lisa Zderadicka 8


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  CROATIA - Women  


Netherlands U16 triumphed in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News
Croatia U16-Netherlands U16 59:71

Netherlands triumphed in Tallinn to win U16 European Championship in Division B. The Dutch team overcame Croatia in the Final 71:59 as both teams achieved promotion to Division A.
Even thought the cahmpions started with 2:0, Croatia replied with 10-0 run. The Dutch team produced an 8-0 run for 10:10 and then Sharon Lammerink (189-C-93) tied the game at 17:17. The second period was also emotional and kept the sides together for the majority of the period. After 28:28, Netherlands U16 however added 6-0 run for 34:28. Sharon Lammerink made it 45:35 as the latter started to increase their lead. Packovski closed the third period at 56:48 making a free throw at the end. Croatia tried hard in the last period, but was far to catch up with the opponents. Essenstam scored for 63:50, while Sharon Lammerink nailed two for 65:53. Netherlands U16 finished with 6-0 run to triumph at the U16 European Championship in Division B.
Gabrielle Van Den Bosch delivered 14 points for the champions. Sharon Lammerink collected 12 points and 13 rebounds, while Willemijn Kallenberg (176-G-93) netted 11. Ivana Blazevic (182-G-93) ended up with 20 points and 13 boards in the losing case. Ana-Marija Begic (188-C-94) added 12, while Rados scored 11 for the Silver team.

Croatia U16: Ivana Blazevic 20+13 rebs, Ana-Marija Begic 12, Rados 11
Netherlands U16: Gabrielle Van Den Bosch (170-G-93) 14, Sharon Lammerink 12+13 rebs, Willemijn Kallenberg 11



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Greece better Czech Republic for 7th spot in Naples - by Eurobasket News
Greece U16 - Czech Republic U16 59:54

Greece celebrated a tough win over Czech Republic on the final day of the U16 European Championship in Italy. The victory allowed Greece to claim the 7th overall position in the ladder. Czech Republic therefore finished in the 8th place. Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi (187-C-93) scored 16 points to lead the charge.
Greece grabbed the initiative early in the game scoring eight unanswered points. Czech Republic got closer but still trailed by 6 points at the first intermission. Artemis Spanou (185-F-93) stretched the margin at 10 points at the start of the second frame. Czech Republic did not surrender as Satoranska, Tereza Vyoralova (175-G-94) and Kamila Selucka (187-C-93) dragged the team within 5 at halftime. Vojtkova, Pohunkova and Tereza Vyoralova cut the deficit to just 2 points midway through the third quarter. Tereza Vyoralova and Satoranska crowned the third quarter with 5 points in a row as Czech Republic surged in front 39:36. But Artemis Spanou hit five points in a row to put Greece back in the drivers seat. Czech Republic jumped in front once again before Kampouraki and twice Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi connected from beyond the arc to ensure a 56:53 lead for the Greek team. Artemis Spanou and Elisavet Politopoulou (164-G-93) knocked down 3 free throws late in regulation to seal the win for Greece.
Artemis Spanou produced 12 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Grigoria Pateraki (185-F-93) and Elisavet Politopoulou added 7 points each in the victory. Tereza Vyoralova replied with 15 points for Czech Republic. Kamila Selucka had 13 points and 7 boards in the losing effort.

Greece U16: Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi 16, Artemis Spanou 12+11 boards, Grigoria Pateraki 7, Elisavet Politopoulou 7
Czech Republic U16: Tereza Vyoralova 15, Kamila Selucka 13



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Slovak Republic U16 clinches Bronze in Estonia - by Eurobasket News
Denmark U16-Slovak Republic U16 50:77

Slovak Republic U16 clinches Bronze in Estonia at the U16 European Championship in Division B. In the game for the third pace the team outscored Denmark 77:50 to finish third.
Hansen opened the game for the Danish team and Beata Janoscikova (195-C-93) tied later at 7:7. Balintova made a jump shot for 20:14, while Hansen reduced to 27:22 at the end of the first period. Ravn was the first to score in the second quarter and Anna Seilund (172-G-93) reduced to 32:29. Slamova scored for 39:31, however in the next two minutes of the half her team remained scoreless. Sturlason sent the teams to the lockers for 39:34 as the squads tied the period at 12-12. Lenka Slezarikova (175-G-93) brought Slovak Republic 51:39 and Neubauerova made it 56:41. Jespersen closed the third period at 56:43 making a jump shot. There were no chances for Denmark in the last period as Slovak Republic instead of keeping the score for good, started to increase their lead. Lenka Slezarikova made it 68:48, while Beata Janoscikova scored for the final score, 77:50.
Beata Janoscikova top-scored for the winners with 15 points. Lenka Slezarikova nailed 14, while Noema Bradnanska (174-F-93) netted 12. Anna Seilund delivered 15 points and Hansen scored 8.

Denmark U16: Anna Seilund 15, Hansen 8
Slovak Republic U16: Beata Janoscikova 15, Lenka Slezarikova 14, Noema Bradnanska 12


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Israel clinched the 13th Place at the the U16 European Championship in Division B - by Eurobasket News
Israel U16-Estonia U16 78:66

Israel clinched the 13th Place at the the U16 European Championship in Division B. The team overcame the hosts of the tournament 78:66 in the last game of their campaign.
Estonia scored the first 8 points in the game, while Israel responded with 14-0 run. Koch made a jump shot for 14:8, while Madari gave her team 23:12. She also closed the opening quarter at 27:14 for Israel. The second period was also productive for the guests that produced 24-15 in the second frame. Dayan scored for 43:24 midway through the period and Aviv Casspi (180-F-93) sent the teams to the lockers at 51:29. In the third period the Baltic side paid more attention to defense and limited the Israeli team to 10 points. Estonia reduced to 61:43 after 13-10 in the quarter. Tsotsa cut it to 61:47 and he also bring the intrigue back to 65:58. Israel finished the game with 4-0 for the total 78:66 victory.
Refael Kalim and Aviv Casspi paced all the winners with 16 points apiece. Koch followed them with 11 points for the higher spot. Nele Laurimaa (179-F-93) finished the night with 19 points for Estonia that finished on the 14th spot. Liis Kullamaa (165-G-94) nailed 15 and Trine Kasemagi (190-C-95) added 12.

Israel U16: Refael Kalim 16, Aviv Casspi 16, Koch 11
Estonia U16: Nele Laurimaa 19, Liis Kullamaa 15, Trine Kasemagi 12


Estonia U16 held off Luxembourg in the classification round - by Eurobasket News
Estonia U16 held off Luxembourg in the classification round behind 33 points from Nele Laurimaa (179-F-93) and will play for the 13th spot at the tournament in Tallinn. The hero of the game added 9 boards and 3 steals to her tally. Jekaterina Tsotsa added 15 points and 5 boards for the hosts. Luxembourg responded with 16 points and 6 boards from Lena Hetto. Estonia will face Israel, while Luxembourg will play against Ukraine on the final day of the competition.
Israeli U16 team overcame Ukraine in the classification games for the 13th-16th place. Aviv Casspi notched 27 points to lead the charge. Hadar Levi and Michal Gilat added 12 points each in the win. Oleksandra Chek (190-C-93) responded with 21 points and 12 boards for Ukraine as they suffered the sixth straight defeat at the tournament.


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16 - Women  


Stats Leaders W - Group A
Points Per Game
 Brigitta BARTA
  (182-C-93)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Barta, HUN22.2 
 2. Vanloo, BEL18.8 
 3. Ivashchanka, BLR15.5 
 4. Meesseman, BEL14.6 
 5. Tikhonenko, RUS14.4 
 6. Spanou, GRE14.0 
 7. Koivunen, FIN13.0 
 8. Eder, GER13.0 
 9. Vyoralova, CZE12.0 
 10. Bellscheidt, G.12.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emma MEESSEMAN
  (188-C-93)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Meesseman, BEL12.8 
 2. Spanou, GRE12.1 
 3. Barta, HUN12.0 
 4. Brajkovic, SRB11.4 
 5. Kavurmaciogl., TUR10.4 
 6. Tikhonenko, RUS10.3 
 7. Papova, BLR9.5 
 8. Kovacevic, SRB8.5 
 9. Zilinskaite, LTU8.5 
 10. Ivashchanka, B.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Olcay CAKIR
  (180-G-93)
  Avg: 4
 1. Cakir, TUR4.0 
 2. Gustavsson, SWE3.5 
 3. Jackevic, LTU2.6 
 4. Slouka, GRE2.3 
 5. Dotto, ITA2.0 
 6. Mercier, FRA2.0 
 7. Spanou, GRE2.0 
 8. Kurt, SWE2.0 
 9. Bradaric, GER2.0 
 10. Vanloo, B.2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Olivia EPOUPA
  (163-G-94)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Epoupa, FRA3.6 
 2. Dotto, ITA3.3 
 3. Hebecker, GER2.7 
 4. Cakir, TUR2.7 
 5. Zamaraeva, RUS2.6 
 6. Bellscheidt, GER2.5 
 7. Niamke, FRA2.5 
 8. Vyoralova, CZE2.4 
 9. Koperwas, POL2.4 
 10. Cora, T.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Emma MEESSEMAN
  (188-C-93)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Meesseman, BEL3.4 
 2. Zilinskaite, LTU2.3 
 3. Ivashchanka, BLR2.3 
 4. Formica, ITA2.1 
 5. Brajkovic, SRB2.1 
 6. Tikhonenko, RUS2.1 
 7. Zahui, SWE1.6 
 8. Barta, HUN1.2 
 9. Papova, BLR1.2 
 10. Wisniewska, P.1.1 


Day: 9 (Finals) - by Eurobasket News
FINAL
Belgium - Spain 53-57
Spain came out victorious from the dramatic title game at the U16 European Championship in Naples. They faced Belgium and had to endure the extra period to defend their title. The victory marked the fifth success for the Spanish team in the last six editions of the competition. Andrea Vilaro (179-F-93) finished with 15 points and 11 boards for Spain. Carla Rodriguez and Inmaculada Zanoguera added 8 points apiece in the win. Julie Vanloo responded with game-high 17 points for Belgium. Emma Meesseman contributed 12 points and 13 boards in the losing case.

3-4 spot
France - Russia 75-46
French U16 team wrapped up their European Championship campaign with win. They held off Russia in the consolation final to reach the podium at the tournament. Margaux Galliou secured 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead the French team. Esther Moisan Niamke and Claire Stievenard (183-F-93) knocked down 16 points each for France. Diallo added 11 points in the win. Ksenia Tikhonenko responded with 16 points and 14 boards for Russia. Alina Zamaraeva added 12 points in the loss.

5-6 spot
Turkey - Italy 71-50
Turkish U16 team finished their European Championship campaign on a high note. They defeated hosting Italy to claim the fifth position. The victory also ensured the U17 World Championship birth for the team. Pelin Bilgic scored 17 points to lead Turkey. Ayse Cora (175-F-93) added 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the win. Sara Bocchetti came up with 11 points for Italy. Francesca Dotto had 8 points in defeat.

7-8 spot
Greece - Czech Republic 59-54
Greece celebrated a tough win over Czech Republic on the final day of the U16 European Championship in Italy. The victory allowed Greece to claim the 7th overall position in the ladder. Czech Republic therefore finished in the 8th place. Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi (187-C-93) scored 16 points to lead the charge. Artemis Spanou produced 12 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Grigoria Pateraki and Elisavet Politopoulou added 7 points each in the victory. Tereza Vyoralova replied with 15 points for Czech Republic. Kamila Selucka had 13 points and 7 boards in the losing effort.

9-10 spot
Finland - Poland 76-63
Finland overwhelmed Poland in the final game at the U16 European Championship. The victory propelled Finland to the 9th position in the final standings. Evita Iiskola tallied 21 points and 12 boards to pace the charge. Annika Holopainen (183-F-93) knocked down 18 points to pace Finland. Janniina Koivunen contributed 13 points in the winning effort. Magdalena Koperwas and Karolina Puss responded with 15 points apiece for Poland. Justyna Jaworska had 12 points and 9 rebounds in the losing case.

11-12 spot
Lithuania - Serbia 47-50
Serbia narrowly defeated Lithuania on the final day of the U16 European Championship in Italy. The Balkan team claimed a narrow victory to occupy the 11th spot in the final ladder. Lithuania managed to finish just in the 12th position, the same they clinched last year. Natasa Kovacevic knocked down 12 points for Serbia. Ivana Brajkovic added 10 points and 14 boards, while Marija Radosevic (178-G-93) finished with 10 in the win. Monika Aleksaite responded with 12 points and 9 rebounds for Lithuania. Ieva Kazlauskaite had 11 points in defeat. Serbia outmuscled their opponents on the glass 52:29 and limited Lithuania to only 31% from the field.



Div B. - by Eurobasket
Points Per Game
 Jelena VUCETIC
  (178-G-93)
  Avg: 22.8
 1. Vucetic, MNT22.8 
 2. Ursu, ROM20.8 
 3. Casspi, ISR18.6 
 4. Hetto, LUX18.3 
 5. Milic, BIH17.3 
 6. Laurimaa, EST16.8 
 7. Turcinovic, MNT15.8 
 8. Dukate, LAT15.1 
 9. Blazevic, CRO14.5 
 10. Essenstam, N.14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ana TURCINOVIC
  (187-C-93)
  Avg: 17
 1. Turcinovic, MNT17.0 
 2. Uro-Nile, UKR12.7 
 3. Hatch, SUI12.4 
 4. Lammerink, NED11.1 
 5. Lagzdina, LAT10.4 
 6. Ursu, ROM10.4 
 7. Chek, UKR10.0 
 8. Bozovic, SUI9.6 
 9. Hetto, LUX9.5 
 10. Gilling, D.9.4 
Assists Per Game
 Jelena VUCETIC
  (178-G-93)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Vucetic, MNT5.6 
 2. Dzombeta, BIH4.5 
 3. Sikiric, CRO3.8 
 4. Zderadicka, AUT3.6 
 5. Balintova, SVK2.8 
 6. Krayevska, UKR2.7 
 7. Piibur, EST2.7 
 8. Essenstam, NED2.7 
 9. Neves, POR2.7 
 10. Bradnanska, S.2.5 
Steals Per Game
 Rebeka ABRAMOVIC
  (170-G-93)
  Avg: 5.4
 1. Abramovic, SLO5.4 
 2. Ursu, ROM5.1 
 3. Dzombeta, BIH5.0 
 4. Casspi, ISR4.8 
 5. Hatch, SUI4.6 
 6. Bridina, LAT4.1 
 7. Adams, NED4.1 
 8. Marjanovic, MNT3.9 
 9. Surlan, BIH3.8 
 10. Lammerink, N.3.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Hristina TYUTYUNDZHIEVA
  (188-C-93)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Tyutyundzhie., BUL5.3 
 2. Kostova, BUL2.7 
 3. Craciun, ROM2.6 
 4. Turcinovic, MNT2.3 
 5. Gaskins, ENG2.1 
 6. Baluta, ROM2.0 
 7. Gilling, DEN1.6 
 8. Tikvic, CRO1.6 
 9. Milic, BIH1.5 
 10. Begic, C.1.5 


Div. B Day: 9 (Finals) - by Eurobasket News
FINAL
Croatia - Holland 59-71
Netherlands triumphed in Tallinn to win U16 European Championship in Division B. The Dutch team overcame Croatia in the Final 71:59 as both teams achieved promotion to Division A.Van Den Bosch delivered 14 points for the champions. Sharon Lammerink (189-C-93) collected 12 points and 13 rebounds, while Kallenberg netted 11. Blazevic ended up with 20 points and 13 boards in the losing case. Begic added 12, while Rados scored 11 for the Silver team.

3-4 spot
Denmark - Slovakia 50-77
Slovak Republic U16 clinches Bronze in Estonia at the U16 European Championship in Division B. In the game for the third pace the team outscored Denmark 77:50 to finish third. Beata Janoscikova (195-C-93) top-scored for the winners with 15 points. Slezarikova nailed 14, while Bradnanska netted 12. Seilund delivered 15 points and Hansen scored 8.

5-6 spot
Bosnia - Latvia 56-71
Latvia U16 is 5th at the U16 European Championship in Division B. In the game for that spot the Baltic team edged Bosnia 71:59 for the total success. Fomina and Sabine Dukate (176-F-93) top-scored for the winners with 16 points, whilst Geka notched 11. Milic ended up with 18 points and 11 rebounds and Tomasovic collected 16 points and 13 rebounds in defeat.

7-8 spot
Romania - Portugal 56-31
Romania won the game for the 7th place at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The team smashed Portugal 56:31 in a defensive style of the game as the latter is 8th in Tallinn. Arina Craciun (191-C-93) collected 15 points and 11 rebounds to pace all the winners. Sonia Ursu had 14 points and 13 boards, while Oana Baluta brought 14 points and 12 caroms. Joana Jesus finished the night with 11 points and Jessica Almeida added 8.

9-10 spot
Montenegro - Slovenia 83-74
Vucetic and Ana Turcinovic (187-C-93) exploded for Montenegro U16 over Slovenia U16 in their last game in Tallinn. Montenegro took the 9th place at the U16 European Championship in Division B. Vucetic and Ana Turcinovic combined 55 points for the winners as the latter also had 22 rebounds. Milosev followed them with 11 points in a win. Svetic posted 17 points for the Slovenia team that finished on the 10th spot. Jevtovic collected 14 points and 14 rebounds, while Abramovic scored 14.

11-12 spot
United Kingdom - Ireland 69-57
England finished on the 11th spot at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The winners beat Ireland 69:57 in the last game of the tournament. England started with 17:5 in the opening quarter and that was enough to control the rest of the game. Gaskin scored for 32:20 as the teams entered the second half and then England led to the winning finish. Claire Harper (185-F-94) top-scored for the winners with 17 points, while Gaskin collected 15 points and 12 rebounds. Scannell ended up with 14 points in defeat and O'Reilly added 11. O'Shea scored 10 points for Ireland that finished on the 12 spot.

13-14 spot
Israel - Estonia 78-66
Israel clinched the 13th Place at the the U16 European Championship in Division B. The team overcame the hosts of the tournament 78:66 in the last game of their campaign. Refael Kalim and Aviv Casspi paced all the winners with 16 points apiece. Koch followed them with 11 points for the higher spot. Nele Laurimaa finished the night with 19 points for Estonia that finished on the 14th spot. Liis Kullamaa nailed 15 and Trine Kasemagi (190-C-95) added 12.

15-16 spot
Ukraine - Luxembourg 51-49
Ukraine U16 comes back home with 15th place at the U16 European Championship. Tallinn saw the last game between Ukraine and Luxembourg as the team of Feodora Kochergina celebrated 51:49 victory. Oleksandra Chek top-scored for the winners with 16 points for the higher place. Nataliya Pokrovenko (174-G-93) netted 12, while Miriam Uro-Nile collected 11 points and 12 rebounds. Lena Hetto ended up with 18 points and 10 boards in defeat, whilst Sophie Sunnen added 8.

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  FINLAND - Women  


Finland ease past Poland - by Eurobasket News
Finland U16 - Poland U16 76:63
Finland overwhelmed Poland in the final game at the U16 European Championship. The victory propelled Finland to the 9th position in the final standings. Evita Iiskola (181-F-93) tallied 21 points and 12 boards to pace the charge.
Finland closed the opening stanza on an 11:3 rally to take a 24:13 lead. Bedretdin and Leino fired three-pointers early in the second frame as they margin started to grow. Janniina Koivunen (184-C-93) soon gave Finland an 18-point advantage. Poland struck back late in the half trimming the distance to 14 points. Magdalena Koperwas (177-G-93) netted 4 points in a row to pull Poland within 10 at the start of the third frame. Finland restored a safe 14-point cushion late in the frame before Justyna Jaworska (165-G-93) and Magdalena Koperwas made it 47:56 into the fourth stanza. Justyna Jaworska and Owczarzak narrowed the deficit to just 5 points early in the final frame. But Finland reacted with a 9:0 run to take enough breathing space. They never loosened the grip in the reminder of the contest and sealed the win at the end.
Annika Holopainen (183-F-93) knocked down 18 points to pace Finland. Janniina Koivunen contributed 13 points in the winning effort. Magdalena Koperwas and Karolina Puss (180-F-94) responded with 15 points apiece for Poland. Justyna Jaworska had 12 points and 9 rebounds in the losing case.

Finland U16: Evita Iiskola 21+12 boards, Annika Holopainen 18, Janniina Koivunen 13
Poland U16: Magdalena Koperwas 15, Karolina Puss 15



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  FRANCE - Women  


France clinch spot at pedestal in Naples - by Eurobasket News
France U16 - Russia U16 75:46

French U16 team wrapped up their European Championship campaign with win. They held off Russia in the consolation final to reach the podium at the tournament. Margaux Galliou (184-F-93) secured 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead the French team.
France triggered a 14:2 run midway through the opening quarter to secure a 19:7 lead. France ensured a 25:13 advantage at the first break. Claire Stievenard (183-F-93) knocked down 5 points in a row midway through the second period as France gained a 35:21 lead. Russia got no closer as Les Bleus posted a 15-point lead at halftime. France opened the second half with 5 straight points as the margin grew at 20 points. They maintained the margin well to enter the fourth period ahead by 22 points. Russia never rebounded and France drove to a solid win at the end.
Esther Moisan Niamke (163-G-93) and Stievenard knocked down 16 points each for France. Diallo added 11 points in the win. Ksenia Tikhonenko (190-C-93) responded with 16 points and 14 boards for Russia. Alina Zamaraeva (180-G-93) added 12 points in the loss.

France U16: Margaux Galliou 17+10 boards, Esther Moisan Niamke 16, Claire Stievenard 16
Russia U16: Ksenia Tikhonenko 16+14 boards, Alina Zamaraeva 12



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  GREECE - Women  


Greece better Czech Republic for 7th spot in Naples - by Eurobasket News
Greece U16 - Czech Republic U16 59:54

Greece celebrated a tough win over Czech Republic on the final day of the U16 European Championship in Italy. The victory allowed Greece to claim the 7th overall position in the ladder. Czech Republic therefore finished in the 8th place. Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi (187-C-93) scored 16 points to lead the charge.
Greece grabbed the initiative early in the game scoring eight unanswered points. Czech Republic got closer but still trailed by 6 points at the first intermission. Artemis Spanou (185-F-93) stretched the margin at 10 points at the start of the second frame. Czech Republic did not surrender as Satoranska, Tereza Vyoralova (175-G-94) and Kamila Selucka (187-C-93) dragged the team within 5 at halftime. Vojtkova, Pohunkova and Tereza Vyoralova cut the deficit to just 2 points midway through the third quarter. Tereza Vyoralova and Satoranska crowned the third quarter with 5 points in a row as Czech Republic surged in front 39:36. But Artemis Spanou hit five points in a row to put Greece back in the drivers seat. Czech Republic jumped in front once again before Kampouraki and twice Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi connected from beyond the arc to ensure a 56:53 lead for the Greek team. Artemis Spanou and Elisavet Politopoulou (164-G-93) knocked down 3 free throws late in regulation to seal the win for Greece.
Artemis Spanou produced 12 points and 11 rebounds for the winners. Grigoria Pateraki (185-F-93) and Elisavet Politopoulou added 7 points each in the victory. Tereza Vyoralova replied with 15 points for Czech Republic. Kamila Selucka had 13 points and 7 boards in the losing effort.

Greece U16: Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi 16, Artemis Spanou 12+11 boards, Grigoria Pateraki 7, Elisavet Politopoulou 7
Czech Republic U16: Tereza Vyoralova 15, Kamila Selucka 13



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Netherlands U16 triumphed in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News
Croatia U16-Netherlands U16 59:71

Netherlands triumphed in Tallinn to win U16 European Championship in Division B. The Dutch team overcame Croatia in the Final 71:59 as both teams achieved promotion to Division A.
Even thought the cahmpions started with 2:0, Croatia replied with 10-0 run. The Dutch team produced an 8-0 run for 10:10 and then Sharon Lammerink (189-C-93) tied the game at 17:17. The second period was also emotional and kept the sides together for the majority of the period. After 28:28, Netherlands U16 however added 6-0 run for 34:28. Sharon Lammerink made it 45:35 as the latter started to increase their lead. Packovski closed the third period at 56:48 making a free throw at the end. Croatia tried hard in the last period, but was far to catch up with the opponents. Essenstam scored for 63:50, while Sharon Lammerink nailed two for 65:53. Netherlands U16 finished with 6-0 run to triumph at the U16 European Championship in Division B.
Gabrielle Van Den Bosch delivered 14 points for the champions. Sharon Lammerink collected 12 points and 13 rebounds, while Willemijn Kallenberg (176-G-93) netted 11. Ivana Blazevic (182-G-93) ended up with 20 points and 13 boards in the losing case. Ana-Marija Begic (188-C-94) added 12, while Rados scored 11 for the Silver team.

Croatia U16: Ivana Blazevic 20+13 rebs, Ana-Marija Begic 12, Rados 11
Netherlands U16: Gabrielle Van Den Bosch (170-G-93) 14, Sharon Lammerink 12+13 rebs, Willemijn Kallenberg 11



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  IRELAND - Women  


England U16-Ireland U16 69:57 - by Eurobasket News
England U16-Ireland U16 69:57

England finished on the 11th spot at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The winners beat Ireland 69:57 in the last game of the tournament.
England started with 17:5 in the opening quarter and that was enough to control the rest of the game. Christina Gaskins (183-C-93) scored for 32:20 as the teams entered the second half and then England led to the winning finish.
Claire Harper (185-F-94) top-scored for the winners with 17 points, while Christina Gaskins collected 15 points and 12 rebounds. Clodagh A. Scannell (180-F-93) ended up with 14 points in defeat and O'Reilly added 11. O'Shea scored 10 points for Ireland that finished on the 12 spot.

England U16: Claire Harper 17, Christina Gaskins 15+12 rebs
Ireland U16: Clodagh A. Scannell 14, O'Reilly 11, O'Shea 10


Slovenia topped Ireland to set up the clash against Montenegro in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News
Slovenia U16 will play for the 9th place in Tallinn as they topped Ireland 67:40 to set up the clash against Montenegro. Rebeka Abramovic (170-G-93) paced balanced offensive effort with 11 points. Nina Gabrovsek added 9 points for Slovenia in the victory. Rheanne O'Shea (175-G-93) responded with 13 points for Ireland. Ciara Newell netted 11 points in defeat.
Montenegro U16 shot down England 78:57 in Tallinn in the Classification round for 9-12 places. Jelena Vucetic proved the status of one of the best scorers at the tournament firing 31 points to go along with 10 boards and 9 assists. Dara Marjanovic and Milica Milosev had 13 points each in the win. Lucy Buxton and Claire Harper replied with 9 points apiece for England.


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  ISRAEL - Women  


Israeli U16 team overcame Ukraine in the classification games for the 13th-16th place - by Eurobasket News
Israeli U16 team overcame Ukraine in the classification games for the 13th-16th place. Aviv Casspi (180-F-93) notched 27 points to lead the charge. Hadar Levi and Michal Gilat added 12 points each in the win. Oleksandra Chek (190-C-93) responded with 21 points and 12 boards for Ukraine as they suffered the sixth straight defeat at the tournament.
In another game Estonia held off Luxembourg in the classification round today behind 33 points from Nele Laurimaa. The hero of the game added 9 boards and 3 steals to her tally. Jekaterina Tsotsa added 15 points and 5 boards for the hosts. Luxembourg responded with 16 points and 6 boards from Lena Hetto. Estonia will face Israel, while Luxembourg will play against Ukraine on the final day of the competition.


Israel clinched the 13th Place at the the U16 European Championship in Division B - by Eurobasket News
Israel U16-Estonia U16 78:66

Israel clinched the 13th Place at the the U16 European Championship in Division B. The team overcame the hosts of the tournament 78:66 in the last game of their campaign.
Estonia scored the first 8 points in the game, while Israel responded with 14-0 run. Koch made a jump shot for 14:8, while Madari gave her team 23:12. She also closed the opening quarter at 27:14 for Israel. The second period was also productive for the guests that produced 24-15 in the second frame. Dayan scored for 43:24 midway through the period and Aviv Casspi (180-F-93) sent the teams to the lockers at 51:29. In the third period the Baltic side paid more attention to defense and limited the Israeli team to 10 points. Estonia reduced to 61:43 after 13-10 in the quarter. Tsotsa cut it to 61:47 and he also bring the intrigue back to 65:58. Israel finished the game with 4-0 for the total 78:66 victory.
Refael Kalim and Aviv Casspi paced all the winners with 16 points apiece. Koch followed them with 11 points for the higher spot. Nele Laurimaa (179-F-93) finished the night with 19 points for Estonia that finished on the 14th spot. Liis Kullamaa (165-G-94) nailed 15 and Trine Kasemagi (190-C-95) added 12.

Israel U16: Refael Kalim 16, Aviv Casspi 16, Koch 11
Estonia U16: Nele Laurimaa 19, Liis Kullamaa 15, Trine Kasemagi 12


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  ITALY - Women  


Turkey clinch U17 World Championship spot - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U16 - Italy U16 71:50
Turkish U16 team finished their European Championship campaign on a high note. They defeated hosting Italy to claim the fifth position. The victory also ensured the U17 World Championship birth for the team.
Formica, Francesca Dotto (165-G-93) and Panella paced Italy early in the game as they jumped in front. But Turkey capped the starting stanza with 4 points in a row to surge in front 19:18. Cakir helped Turkey to a 10-point buffer midway through the second stanza. Sara Bocchetti (175-G-93) closed the half with two free throws to clip the margin at just 9 points. Ozge Kavurmacioglu (187-F-93) scored 6 points late in the third frame as Turkey ensured a 14-point lead into the fourth period. Biglic, Ayse Cora (175-F-93) and Koc boosted the margin to 21 points early in the fourth frame. Turkey maintained the distance well enough throughout the reminder of the contest and celebrated an important win at the end.
Pelin Bilgic (170-G-94) scored 17 points to lead Turkey. Ayse Cora added 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the win. Sara Bocchetti came up with 11 points for Italy. Francesca Dotto had 8 points in defeat.

Turkey U16: Pelin Bilgic 17, Ayse Cora 16, Ozge Kavurmacioglu 15+23 boards
Italy U16: Sara Bocchetti 11, Francesca Dotto 8



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  LATVIA - Women  


Latvia U16 is 5th at the U16 European Championship in Division B - by Eurobasket News
Bosnia U16-Latvia U16 56:71

Latvia U16 is 5th at the U16 European Championship in Division B. In the game for that spot the Baltic team edged Bosnia 71:59 for the total success.
The beginning of the game was not that sweet for the winners. Nikolina Milic (195-C-94) gave Bosnia the first points and she also scored for 19:10. Bridina reduced to 7 points closing the opening quarter at the game. Latvia could not score in the first five minutes of the second quarter, while Bosnia improved to 21:12. Dzombeta made it 24:14 but Agate Geka (168-G-93) closed the half at 26:24. In the second half the court was dominated only by one team, Latvia. Ozolina tied it at 26:26 and Sabine Dukate (176-F-93) gave them 37:34. Latvia had 42:41 after three quarters, while Asnate-Marianna Fomina (168-G-94) made it 48:43. Krasovska was perfect from the free throw line to make it 63:50 and Berga scored for 69:54. Asnate-Marianna Fomina brought the fifth position after the last lay-up in the game for 71:56 victory.
Asnate-Marianna Fomina and Sabine Dukate top-scored for the winners with 16 points, whilst Agate Geka notched 11. Nikolina Milic ended up with 18 points and 11 rebounds and Natasa Tomasovic (186-C-93) collected 16 points and 13 rebounds in defeat.

Bosnia U16: Nikolina Milic 18+11 rebs, Natasa Tomasovic 16+13 rebs
Latvia U16: Asnate-Marianna Fomina 16, Sabine Dukate 16, Agate Geka 11


Asnate-Marianna Fomina unloaded 17 points to propel Latvia past Portugal - by Eurobasket News
Asnate-Marianna Fomina (168-G-94) unloaded 17 points to propel Latvia past Portugal 72:56 in the classification round of the U16 European championship in Division B. Latvia led from start to finish to arrange the clash against Bosnia and Herzegovina for the fifth spot tomorrow. Daiga Kuzmane (183-F-93) contributed 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winning team. Jessica Almeida answered with 15 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.
In another game Bosnia held off Romania 69:53 at the U16 European Championship in Division B today. The victory allowed Romania to set up the clash against Latvia for the 5th overall spot at the tournament. Nikolina Milic paced the winners with 22 points. Miljana Dzombeta had 17 points and 5 assists for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Oana Baluta and Sonia Ursu responded with 20 points each for Romania.


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Serbia clinch 11th spot in Naples - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U16 - Lithuania U16 50:47
Serbia narrowly defeated Lithuania on the final day of the U16 European Championship in Italy. The Balkan team claimed a narrow victory to occupy the 11th spot in the final ladder. Lithuania managed to finish just in the 12th position, the same they clinched last year.
The teams stayed close throughout the first frame but Serbia managed to eke out an 18:14 lead after ten minutes. Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94), Marija Radosevic (178-G-93) and Toskovic helped Serbia to a 9-point lead at the start of the second frame. Toskovic soon opened a double-digit lead for the Balkan team but Lithuania did not allow their opponents to run away. Liubachonskyte cut the deficit to just 4 points at halftime. Lithuania got within one in the third quarter but Serbia remained in front and entered the fourth stanza up by 2 points 40:38. Serbia were still by just one point with 31 seconds remaining but Marija Radosevic scored two free throws in the reminder of the contest to escape with a narrow win at the end.
Natasa Kovacevic knocked down 12 points for Serbia. Ivana Brajkovic (195-C-93) added 10 points and 14 boards, while Marija Radosevic finished with 10 in the win. Monika Aleksaite (178-F-93) responded with 12 points and 9 rebounds for Lithuania. Ieva Kazlauskaite (178-F-94) had 11 points in defeat. Serbia outmuscled their opponents on the glass 52:29 and limited Lithuania to only 31% from the field.

Serbia U16: Natasa Kovacevic 12, Ivana Brajkovic 10, Marija Radosevic 10
Lithuania U16: Monika Aleksaite 12, Ieva Kazlauskaite 11



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  LUXEMBOURG - Women  


Estonia U16 held off Luxembourg in the classification round - by Eurobasket News
Estonia U16 held off Luxembourg in the classification round behind 33 points from Nele Laurimaa (179-F-93) and will play for the 13th spot at the tournament in Tallinn. The hero of the game added 9 boards and 3 steals to her tally. Jekaterina Tsotsa added 15 points and 5 boards for the hosts. Luxembourg responded with 16 points and 6 boards from Lena Hetto. Estonia will face Israel, while Luxembourg will play against Ukraine on the final day of the competition.
Israeli U16 team overcame Ukraine in the classification games for the 13th-16th place. Aviv Casspi notched 27 points to lead the charge. Hadar Levi and Michal Gilat added 12 points each in the win. Oleksandra Chek (190-C-93) responded with 21 points and 12 boards for Ukraine as they suffered the sixth straight defeat at the tournament.


Ukraine U16 comes back home with 15th place - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine U16-Luxembourg U16 51:49

Ukraine U16 comes back home with 15th place at the U16 European Championship. Tallinn saw the last game between Ukraine and Luxembourg as the team of Feodora Kochergina celebrated 51:49 victory.
Putz scored first in the game to bring her team 2:0 lead. After 10:7, Luxembourg scored five consecutive points for 15:7 lead as Kauffmann made a free throw. Oleksandra Chek (190-C-93) made a jump shot for 18:14 at the end of the opening quarter. Ukraine tied the game at 22:22 as Miriam Uro-Nile (188-C-94)made a steal first and then nailed a lay-up. Ukraine created a 12-0 to finish the first half at 30:22. Moreover the run continued with three more points in the third period for 33:22. In a defensive style the teams nailed 17 points together as the board showed 37:33 after three quarters for Ukraine. Sophie Sunnen (171-F-94) brought 47:46 for Luxembourg and Lena Hetto (184-F-93) tied it later at 49:49. Kiriyenko gave Ukraine 51:49 with a minute to play but as it became clear it was the last basket in the game.
Oleksandra Chek top-scored for the winners with 16 points for the higher place. Nataliya Pokrovenko (174-G-93) netted 12, while Miriam Uro-Nile collected 11 points and 12 rebounds. Lena Hetto ended up with 18 points and 10 boards in defeat, whilst Sophie Sunnen added 8.

Ukraine U16: Oleksandra Chek 16, Nataliya Pokrovenko 12, Miriam Uro-Nile 11+12 rebs
Luxembourg U16: Lena Hetto 18+10 rebs, Sophie Sunnen 8


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  MONTENEGRO - Women  


Vucetic and Turcinovic exploded in the last game - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro U16-Slovenia U16 83:74

Jelena Vucetic (178-G-93) and Ana Turcinovic (187-C-93) exploded for Montenegro U16 over Slovenia U16 in their last game in Tallinn. Montenegro took the 9th place at the U16 European Championship in Division B.
Ana Turcinovic scored the first four points in the opening quarter and Milosev netted for 12:6. Ursa Svetic (173-G-93) reduced to 15:9 and Bosnjak made it 15:13 after the first 10 minutes. Slovenia played better in the beginning of the second and Dolinsek tied the game at 23:23. Moreover Gabrovsek, Sandra Jevtovic (187-F-93) and Kercmar brought 29:23. Jelena Vucetic was the last to score in the first half for 33:31. Slovenia again controlled more of the court in the third frame and had 41:35. Ursa Svetic gave her team 50:47 and Rebeka Abramovic (170-G-93) tied it at 53:53. The rest of the game belonged however to the winners of the game, Montenegro. Ana Turcinovic and Jelena Vucetic were too good in the court and brought the victory for Montenegro. Marjanovic however was the last to score in the game for 83:74 success.
Jelena Vucetic and Ana Turcinovic combined 55 points for the winners as the latter also had 22 rebounds. Milosev followed them with 11 points in a win. Ursa Svetic posted 17 points for the Slovenia team that finished on the 10th spot. Sandra Jevtovic collected 14 points and 14 rebounds, while Rebeka Abramovic scored 14.

Montenegro U16: Jelena Vucetic 31, Ana Turcinovic 24+22 rebs, Milosev 11
Slovenia U16: Ursa Svetic 17, Sandra Jevtovic 14+14 rebs, Rebeka Abramovic 14


Montenegro U16 shot down England U16 - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro U16 shot down England 78:57 in Tallinn in the Classification round for 9-12 places. Jelena Vucetic (178-G-93) proved the status of one of the best scorers at the tournament firing 31 points to go along with 10 boards and 9 assists. Dara Marjanovic (178-G-94) and Milica Milosev had 13 points each in the win. Lucy Buxton and Claire Harper replied with 9 points apiece for England.
Slovenia will play for the 9th place in Tallinn as they topped Ireland 67:40 to set up the clash against Montenegro. Rebeka Abramovic paced balanced offensive effort with 11 points. Nina Gabrovsek added 9 points for Slovenia in the victory. Rheanne O'Shea responded with 13 points for Ireland. Ciara Newell netted 11 points in defeat.


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Finland ease past Poland - by Eurobasket News
Finland U16 - Poland U16 76:63
Finland overwhelmed Poland in the final game at the U16 European Championship. The victory propelled Finland to the 9th position in the final standings. Evita Iiskola (181-F-93) tallied 21 points and 12 boards to pace the charge.
Finland closed the opening stanza on an 11:3 rally to take a 24:13 lead. Bedretdin and Leino fired three-pointers early in the second frame as they margin started to grow. Janniina Koivunen (184-C-93) soon gave Finland an 18-point advantage. Poland struck back late in the half trimming the distance to 14 points. Magdalena Koperwas (177-G-93) netted 4 points in a row to pull Poland within 10 at the start of the third frame. Finland restored a safe 14-point cushion late in the frame before Justyna Jaworska (165-G-93) and Magdalena Koperwas made it 47:56 into the fourth stanza. Justyna Jaworska and Owczarzak narrowed the deficit to just 5 points early in the final frame. But Finland reacted with a 9:0 run to take enough breathing space. They never loosened the grip in the reminder of the contest and sealed the win at the end.
Annika Holopainen (183-F-93) knocked down 18 points to pace Finland. Janniina Koivunen contributed 13 points in the winning effort. Magdalena Koperwas and Karolina Puss (180-F-94) responded with 15 points apiece for Poland. Justyna Jaworska had 12 points and 9 rebounds in the losing case.

Finland U16: Evita Iiskola 21+12 boards, Annika Holopainen 18, Janniina Koivunen 13
Poland U16: Magdalena Koperwas 15, Karolina Puss 15



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  PORTUGAL - Women  


Asnate-Marianna Fomina unloaded 17 points to propel Latvia past Portugal - by Eurobasket News
Asnate-Marianna Fomina (168-G-94) unloaded 17 points to propel Latvia past Portugal 72:56 in the classification round of the U16 European championship in Division B. Latvia led from start to finish to arrange the clash against Bosnia and Herzegovina for the fifth spot tomorrow. Daiga Kuzmane (183-F-93) contributed 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winning team. Jessica Almeida answered with 15 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.
In another game Bosnia held off Romania 69:53 at the U16 European Championship in Division B today. The victory allowed Romania to set up the clash against Latvia for the 5th overall spot at the tournament. Nikolina Milic paced the winners with 22 points. Miljana Dzombeta had 17 points and 5 assists for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Oana Baluta and Sonia Ursu responded with 20 points each for Romania.


Romania won the game for the 7th place in Division B - by Eurobasket News
Romania U16-Portugal U16 56:31

Romania won the game for the 7th place at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The team smashed Portugal 56:31 in a defensive style of the game as the latter is 8th in Tallinn.
Romania opened the game with nine consecutive points, while Portugal could not score in the first 4 minutes. Barros made it 9:3 and Jessica Almeida (172-G-93) reduced to 12:7. It was her for the last basket in the opening quarter at 13:9. The second quarter became a nightmare for the Portuguese team. Canastra made it 13:11, but for the next 8 minutes Portugal did not score again. Romania meanwhile posted 12 points to take 25:11 after the first half. Arina Craciun (191-C-93) scored for 32:15 and Joana Jesus (169-G-93) delivered for 38:18. Ressurreicao nailed one to close the third period at 38:19. In the last stanza both teams managed to score their highest record in the quarter as Romania won again 18-12. Arina Craciun scored for 56:30 and Viana notched two for 56:31.
Arina Craciun collected 15 points and 11 rebounds to pace all the winners. Sonia Ursu (177-F-93) had 14 points and 13 boards, while Oana Baluta (184-C-93) brought 14 points and 12 caroms. Joana Jesus finished the night with 11 points and Jessica Almeida added 8.

Romania U16: Arina Craciun 15+11 rebs, Sonia Ursu 14+13 rebs, Oana Baluta 14+12 rebs
Portugal U16: Joana Jesus 11, Jessica Almeida 8



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  PUERTO RICO - Women  


Carolina keeps rolling - by Raul Colon
Carolina keeps rolling along

Its early, but the Carolina Giants have the look of a juggernaut. The team from the Tierra de Gigantes visited the Mario Jimenez complex last night, and in a demonstration of sheer power and explosiveness, destroyed the Guaynabo Conquistadors 74-54.

The win put Carolina on top of the league standings with a 2-0. Meanwhile, Guaynabo dropped to 0-2.

Holly Mahan had another good offensive night. The 511 slasher scored 18 and grabbed 12 rebounds. Veteran Felecity Willis added 15 points and 8 assists for the Gigantes.
Mercedes Colon had 15 points for the Conquistadors.



Montaeras edged out Tigresas - by Raul Colon

The Montaeras of Morovis started the 2009 with a convincing, 64-55, win over the much improve Aguas Buenas Tigresas.

Morovis, which enters the new season carry high hope for a deep championship run, pounded the boards early and often in route to a seven point (30-27) half time lead.

Both teams exchanged baskets to start the second stanza, but a Morovis mini-rally at the midway point of the period sealed the deal.

The Montaeras highly regarded import, Alyssa Hollins had a double-double scoring 16 points while taking home 11 boards. Pamela Rosado got in the act with 22 points.
Center Jessica Butler had a solid, if unspectacular, outing with 16 points and only 6 rebounds. Lindsay Gonzalez added 11 in a losing effort.



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  ROMANIA - Women  


Bosnia held off Romania at the U16 European Championship in Division B - by Eurobasket News
Bosnia held off Romania 69:53 at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The victory allowed Romania to set up the clash against Latvia for the 5th overall spot at the tournament. Nikolina Milic (195-C-94) paced the winners with 22 points. Miljana Dzombeta had 17 points and 5 assists for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Oana Baluta (184-C-93) and Sonia Ursu responded with 20 points each for Romania.
In another game Asnate-Marianna Fomina unloaded 17 points to propel Latvia past Portugal 72:56 in the classification round of the U16 European championship in Division B tonight. Latvia led from start to finish to arrange the clash against Bosnia and Herzegovina for the fifth spot tomorrow. Daiga Kuzmane contributed 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winning team. Jessica Almeida answered with 15 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.


Romania won the game for the 7th place in Division B - by Eurobasket News
Romania U16-Portugal U16 56:31

Romania won the game for the 7th place at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The team smashed Portugal 56:31 in a defensive style of the game as the latter is 8th in Tallinn.
Romania opened the game with nine consecutive points, while Portugal could not score in the first 4 minutes. Barros made it 9:3 and Jessica Almeida (172-G-93) reduced to 12:7. It was her for the last basket in the opening quarter at 13:9. The second quarter became a nightmare for the Portuguese team. Canastra made it 13:11, but for the next 8 minutes Portugal did not score again. Romania meanwhile posted 12 points to take 25:11 after the first half. Arina Craciun (191-C-93) scored for 32:15 and Joana Jesus (169-G-93) delivered for 38:18. Ressurreicao nailed one to close the third period at 38:19. In the last stanza both teams managed to score their highest record in the quarter as Romania won again 18-12. Arina Craciun scored for 56:30 and Viana notched two for 56:31.
Arina Craciun collected 15 points and 11 rebounds to pace all the winners. Sonia Ursu (177-F-93) had 14 points and 13 boards, while Oana Baluta (184-C-93) brought 14 points and 12 caroms. Joana Jesus finished the night with 11 points and Jessica Almeida added 8.

Romania U16: Arina Craciun 15+11 rebs, Sonia Ursu 14+13 rebs, Oana Baluta 14+12 rebs
Portugal U16: Joana Jesus 11, Jessica Almeida 8



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  RUSSIA - Women  


France clinch spot at pedestal in Naples - by Eurobasket News
France U16 - Russia U16 75:46

French U16 team wrapped up their European Championship campaign with win. They held off Russia in the consolation final to reach the podium at the tournament. Margaux Galliou (184-F-93) secured 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead the French team.
France triggered a 14:2 run midway through the opening quarter to secure a 19:7 lead. France ensured a 25:13 advantage at the first break. Claire Stievenard (183-F-93) knocked down 5 points in a row midway through the second period as France gained a 35:21 lead. Russia got no closer as Les Bleus posted a 15-point lead at halftime. France opened the second half with 5 straight points as the margin grew at 20 points. They maintained the margin well to enter the fourth period ahead by 22 points. Russia never rebounded and France drove to a solid win at the end.
Esther Moisan Niamke (163-G-93) and Stievenard knocked down 16 points each for France. Diallo added 11 points in the win. Ksenia Tikhonenko (190-C-93) responded with 16 points and 14 boards for Russia. Alina Zamaraeva (180-G-93) added 12 points in the loss.

France U16: Margaux Galliou 17+10 boards, Esther Moisan Niamke 16, Claire Stievenard 16
Russia U16: Ksenia Tikhonenko 16+14 boards, Alina Zamaraeva 12



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  SERBIA - Women  


Serbia clinch 11th spot in Naples - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U16 - Lithuania U16 50:47
Serbia narrowly defeated Lithuania on the final day of the U16 European Championship in Italy. The Balkan team claimed a narrow victory to occupy the 11th spot in the final ladder. Lithuania managed to finish just in the 12th position, the same they clinched last year.
The teams stayed close throughout the first frame but Serbia managed to eke out an 18:14 lead after ten minutes. Natasa Kovacevic (187-F-94), Marija Radosevic (178-G-93) and Toskovic helped Serbia to a 9-point lead at the start of the second frame. Toskovic soon opened a double-digit lead for the Balkan team but Lithuania did not allow their opponents to run away. Liubachonskyte cut the deficit to just 4 points at halftime. Lithuania got within one in the third quarter but Serbia remained in front and entered the fourth stanza up by 2 points 40:38. Serbia were still by just one point with 31 seconds remaining but Marija Radosevic scored two free throws in the reminder of the contest to escape with a narrow win at the end.
Natasa Kovacevic knocked down 12 points for Serbia. Ivana Brajkovic (195-C-93) added 10 points and 14 boards, while Marija Radosevic finished with 10 in the win. Monika Aleksaite (178-F-93) responded with 12 points and 9 rebounds for Lithuania. Ieva Kazlauskaite (178-F-94) had 11 points in defeat. Serbia outmuscled their opponents on the glass 52:29 and limited Lithuania to only 31% from the field.

Serbia U16: Natasa Kovacevic 12, Ivana Brajkovic 10, Marija Radosevic 10
Lithuania U16: Monika Aleksaite 12, Ieva Kazlauskaite 11



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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Slovak Republic U16 clinches Bronze in Estonia - by Eurobasket News
Denmark U16-Slovak Republic U16 50:77

Slovak Republic U16 clinches Bronze in Estonia at the U16 European Championship in Division B. In the game for the third pace the team outscored Denmark 77:50 to finish third.
Hansen opened the game for the Danish team and Beata Janoscikova (195-C-93) tied later at 7:7. Balintova made a jump shot for 20:14, while Hansen reduced to 27:22 at the end of the first period. Ravn was the first to score in the second quarter and Anna Seilund (172-G-93) reduced to 32:29. Slamova scored for 39:31, however in the next two minutes of the half her team remained scoreless. Sturlason sent the teams to the lockers for 39:34 as the squads tied the period at 12-12. Lenka Slezarikova (175-G-93) brought Slovak Republic 51:39 and Neubauerova made it 56:41. Jespersen closed the third period at 56:43 making a jump shot. There were no chances for Denmark in the last period as Slovak Republic instead of keeping the score for good, started to increase their lead. Lenka Slezarikova made it 68:48, while Beata Janoscikova scored for the final score, 77:50.
Beata Janoscikova top-scored for the winners with 15 points. Lenka Slezarikova nailed 14, while Noema Bradnanska (174-F-93) netted 12. Anna Seilund delivered 15 points and Hansen scored 8.

Denmark U16: Anna Seilund 15, Hansen 8
Slovak Republic U16: Beata Janoscikova 15, Lenka Slezarikova 14, Noema Bradnanska 12


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  SLOVENIA - Women  


Vucetic and Turcinovic exploded in the last game - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro U16-Slovenia U16 83:74

Jelena Vucetic (178-G-93) and Ana Turcinovic (187-C-93) exploded for Montenegro U16 over Slovenia U16 in their last game in Tallinn. Montenegro took the 9th place at the U16 European Championship in Division B.
Ana Turcinovic scored the first four points in the opening quarter and Milosev netted for 12:6. Ursa Svetic (173-G-93) reduced to 15:9 and Bosnjak made it 15:13 after the first 10 minutes. Slovenia played better in the beginning of the second and Dolinsek tied the game at 23:23. Moreover Gabrovsek, Sandra Jevtovic (187-F-93) and Kercmar brought 29:23. Jelena Vucetic was the last to score in the first half for 33:31. Slovenia again controlled more of the court in the third frame and had 41:35. Ursa Svetic gave her team 50:47 and Rebeka Abramovic (170-G-93) tied it at 53:53. The rest of the game belonged however to the winners of the game, Montenegro. Ana Turcinovic and Jelena Vucetic were too good in the court and brought the victory for Montenegro. Marjanovic however was the last to score in the game for 83:74 success.
Jelena Vucetic and Ana Turcinovic combined 55 points for the winners as the latter also had 22 rebounds. Milosev followed them with 11 points in a win. Ursa Svetic posted 17 points for the Slovenia team that finished on the 10th spot. Sandra Jevtovic collected 14 points and 14 rebounds, while Rebeka Abramovic scored 14.

Montenegro U16: Jelena Vucetic 31, Ana Turcinovic 24+22 rebs, Milosev 11
Slovenia U16: Ursa Svetic 17, Sandra Jevtovic 14+14 rebs, Rebeka Abramovic 14


Slovenia topped Ireland to set up the clash against Montenegro in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News
Slovenia U16 will play for the 9th place in Tallinn as they topped Ireland 67:40 to set up the clash against Montenegro. Rebeka Abramovic (170-G-93) paced balanced offensive effort with 11 points. Nina Gabrovsek added 9 points for Slovenia in the victory. Rheanne O'Shea (175-G-93) responded with 13 points for Ireland. Ciara Newell netted 11 points in defeat.
Montenegro U16 shot down England 78:57 in Tallinn in the Classification round for 9-12 places. Jelena Vucetic proved the status of one of the best scorers at the tournament firing 31 points to go along with 10 boards and 9 assists. Dara Marjanovic and Milica Milosev had 13 points each in the win. Lucy Buxton and Claire Harper replied with 9 points apiece for England.


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  SPAIN - Women  


Spain defend U16 European Championship title - by Eurobasket News
Spain U16 - Belgium U16 57:53 (OT)

Spain came out victorious from the dramatic title game at the U16 European Championship in Naples. They faced Belgium and had to endure the extra period to defend their title. The victory marked the fifth success for the Spanish team in the last six editions of the competition.
Belgium surged ahead early in the encounter and led throughout the major part of the first quarter. But Andrea Vilaro (179-F-93) and Inmaculada Zanoguera (177-G-93) capped the opening stanza with three points to draw things level at 12. But Belgium persisted tipping off the second frame with 5 points in a row. Spain once again needed to come from behind and they did. Andrea Vilaro, Inmaculada Zanoguera and Diaz crowned the first half with 8 points in a row giving Spain a 24:22 lead. Inmaculada Zanoguera and Carla Rodriguez (185-C-93) extended the margin at 8 points midway through the third frame. Spain maintained the lead and arrived at three-quarter time up by 5 points 36:31. Diaz and Marcelo stretched the advantage at 9-point mark but Belgium did not surrender. Adams and Julie Vanloo (174-G-93) came up with back-to-back three-pointers late in regulation to cut the margin to a single point. Balart and Emma Meesseman (188-C-93) exchanged free throws before Andrea Vilaro put Spain up by two with 30 seconds to go. But Adams hit a late jumper to send teams into overtime. Andrea Vilaro opened it with a triple but Emma Meesseman and Adams gave Belgium a 50:49 advantage just moments later. However Marcelo, Inmaculada Zanoguera and Elena De Alfredo regained control for Spain and they eked out a tough victory at the end.
Andrea Vilaro finished with 15 points and 11 boards for Spain. Carla Rodriguez and Inmaculada Zanoguera added 8 points apiece in the win. Julie Vanloo responded with game-high 17 points for Belgium. Emma Meesseman contributed 12 points and 13 boards in the losing case.

Spain U16: Andrea Vilaro 15+11 boards, Carla Rodriguez 8, Inmaculada Zanoguera 8
Belgium U16: Julie Vanloo 17, Emma Meesseman 12+13 boards



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Turkey clinch U17 World Championship spot - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U16 - Italy U16 71:50
Turkish U16 team finished their European Championship campaign on a high note. They defeated hosting Italy to claim the fifth position. The victory also ensured the U17 World Championship birth for the team.
Formica, Francesca Dotto (165-G-93) and Panella paced Italy early in the game as they jumped in front. But Turkey capped the starting stanza with 4 points in a row to surge in front 19:18. Cakir helped Turkey to a 10-point buffer midway through the second stanza. Sara Bocchetti (175-G-93) closed the half with two free throws to clip the margin at just 9 points. Ozge Kavurmacioglu (187-F-93) scored 6 points late in the third frame as Turkey ensured a 14-point lead into the fourth period. Biglic, Ayse Cora (175-F-93) and Koc boosted the margin to 21 points early in the fourth frame. Turkey maintained the distance well enough throughout the reminder of the contest and celebrated an important win at the end.
Pelin Bilgic (170-G-94) scored 17 points to lead Turkey. Ayse Cora added 16 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists in the win. Sara Bocchetti came up with 11 points for Italy. Francesca Dotto had 8 points in defeat.

Turkey U16: Pelin Bilgic 17, Ayse Cora 16, Ozge Kavurmacioglu 15+23 boards
Italy U16: Sara Bocchetti 11, Francesca Dotto 8



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  UKRAINE - Women  


Israeli U16 team overcame Ukraine in the classification games for the 13th-16th place - by Eurobasket News
Israeli U16 team overcame Ukraine in the classification games for the 13th-16th place. Aviv Casspi (180-F-93) notched 27 points to lead the charge. Hadar Levi and Michal Gilat added 12 points each in the win. Oleksandra Chek (190-C-93) responded with 21 points and 12 boards for Ukraine as they suffered the sixth straight defeat at the tournament.
In another game Estonia held off Luxembourg in the classification round today behind 33 points from Nele Laurimaa. The hero of the game added 9 boards and 3 steals to her tally. Jekaterina Tsotsa added 15 points and 5 boards for the hosts. Luxembourg responded with 16 points and 6 boards from Lena Hetto. Estonia will face Israel, while Luxembourg will play against Ukraine on the final day of the competition.


Ukraine U16 comes back home with 15th place - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine U16-Luxembourg U16 51:49

Ukraine U16 comes back home with 15th place at the U16 European Championship. Tallinn saw the last game between Ukraine and Luxembourg as the team of Feodora Kochergina celebrated 51:49 victory.
Putz scored first in the game to bring her team 2:0 lead. After 10:7, Luxembourg scored five consecutive points for 15:7 lead as Kauffmann made a free throw. Oleksandra Chek (190-C-93) made a jump shot for 18:14 at the end of the opening quarter. Ukraine tied the game at 22:22 as Miriam Uro-Nile (188-C-94)made a steal first and then nailed a lay-up. Ukraine created a 12-0 to finish the first half at 30:22. Moreover the run continued with three more points in the third period for 33:22. In a defensive style the teams nailed 17 points together as the board showed 37:33 after three quarters for Ukraine. Sophie Sunnen (171-F-94) brought 47:46 for Luxembourg and Lena Hetto (184-F-93) tied it later at 49:49. Kiriyenko gave Ukraine 51:49 with a minute to play but as it became clear it was the last basket in the game.
Oleksandra Chek top-scored for the winners with 16 points for the higher place. Nataliya Pokrovenko (174-G-93) netted 12, while Miriam Uro-Nile collected 11 points and 12 rebounds. Lena Hetto ended up with 18 points and 10 boards in defeat, whilst Sophie Sunnen added 8.

Ukraine U16: Oleksandra Chek 16, Nataliya Pokrovenko 12, Miriam Uro-Nile 11+12 rebs
Luxembourg U16: Lena Hetto 18+10 rebs, Sophie Sunnen 8


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  UNITED KINGDOM - Women  


England U16-Ireland U16 69:57 - by Eurobasket News
England U16-Ireland U16 69:57

England finished on the 11th spot at the U16 European Championship in Division B. The winners beat Ireland 69:57 in the last game of the tournament.
England started with 17:5 in the opening quarter and that was enough to control the rest of the game. Christina Gaskins (183-C-93) scored for 32:20 as the teams entered the second half and then England led to the winning finish.
Claire Harper (185-F-94) top-scored for the winners with 17 points, while Christina Gaskins collected 15 points and 12 rebounds. Clodagh A. Scannell (180-F-93) ended up with 14 points in defeat and O'Reilly added 11. O'Shea scored 10 points for Ireland that finished on the 12 spot.

England U16: Claire Harper 17, Christina Gaskins 15+12 rebs
Ireland U16: Clodagh A. Scannell 14, O'Reilly 11, O'Shea 10


Montenegro U16 shot down England U16 - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro U16 shot down England 78:57 in Tallinn in the Classification round for 9-12 places. Jelena Vucetic (178-G-93) proved the status of one of the best scorers at the tournament firing 31 points to go along with 10 boards and 9 assists. Dara Marjanovic (178-G-94) and Milica Milosev had 13 points each in the win. Lucy Buxton and Claire Harper replied with 9 points apiece for England.
Slovenia will play for the 9th place in Tallinn as they topped Ireland 67:40 to set up the clash against Montenegro. Rebeka Abramovic paced balanced offensive effort with 11 points. Nina Gabrovsek added 9 points for Slovenia in the victory. Rheanne O'Shea responded with 13 points for Ireland. Ciara Newell netted 11 points in defeat.