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  AFRICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Summary of the Semifinals in Libya - by Eurobasket News
SEMIFINALS

Angola - Tunisia 79-69
The defending champion outplayed Angola 79-69 advancing to Big Final of AfroBasket 2009. With this victory Angola also booked a spot for the World Championship 2010 in Turkey. In the second semifinals Ivory Coast was better than Cameroon 68-61. If Tunisians beat Ivory Coast for the Bronze, they will also secure a ticket for Turkey. Joaquim Gomes (200-C/F-80, agency: Prime Select Sports, college: Valparaiso) led the winners with 18 points and 7 rebounds. Carlos Morais (190-G-85) had 15, while Eduardo Mingas (200-F-79) added 14 pts and 7 boards. Amine Rzig (199-G/F-80) responded with 19 points and 6 rebounds in loss. Atef Maoua (198-G/F-81) was behind him with 16 pts.

Cameroon - Ivory Coast 61-68
Ivory Coast grabbed 68-61 win against Cameroon advancing to AfroBasket 2009 Final, where they will meet the defending champion - Angola. It is big success for Ivory Coast, who with this victory also secured participation at the World Championship 2010 in Turkey. Cameron will take on Tunisia for the Bronze and one more place for Turkey. Didier Tape (197-F-81) top-scored in victory with 15 points. Mohamed Kone (211-C-81, college: Valparaiso) nailed 11 pts and pulled down 10 rebounds, while Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-G-85) added 12 pts. Cyrille Makanda (195-G-80) delivered 13 pts in defeat. Joachim Ekanga Ehawa (188-G-77) and Yves Lionel Mekongo Mbala (201-F-87) contributed with 11 points each.

Places 5-8
Nigeria - Senegal 76-58
Nigeria smashed Senegal staying in the race for position No.5 in Libya. On the other side, Senegal will try to reach 7th place. As a reminder, both teams were eliminated in the Quarterfinals. Chamberlain Oguchi (198-G-86, college: Illinois St.) paced Nigeria to victory scoring 17 points. Michael Umeh (188-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: UNLV) had 12 pts and 5 boards, while Jeleel Akindele (216-C-83, college: Chicago St.) added 11 pts and also 5 rebounds. Mouhammad Faye (206-F-85) delivered 16 points for Senegal. Maleye NDoye (203-F-80, college: Furman) posted 12.

Central Africa - Mali 80-74
Central Africa managed to beat Mali and it will play for the fifth place today. CAF's rival will be Nigeria. At the same time, Mali will take on Senegal for 7th place. Max Kougere shined in victory with 30 points for 30 minutes. Regis Koundjia-Sindo (203-F-83, college: George Washington) had 15 pts and 9 boards, while Fabrice Mokoteemapa (192-G-81) added 14 pts. In Team Mali, Amara Sy (202-F-81) netted 17 pts and grabbed 6 rebounds. Ludovic Chelle (185-G-83) and Modibo Diarra (208-F/C-80, college: Memphis) posted 13 pts each.

Places 9-10
Rwanda - Egypt 78-75
Rwanda grabbed 9th place on AfroBakset 2009 in Libya. This is the second consecutive win for Rwanda, who after hosts managed to beat Egypt 78-75. The Egyptians ended this event as No.10. Robert Thomson (208-C-82, college: Fairfield) stepped up for the winners with 19 points and 14 rebounds. Kenny Gasana (-84) had 18 and Matt Miller (182-G-82, college: Bellarmine) added 12 pts. Carlos Mugabo (-86) helped with double-double, 11 pts and 10 rebs. Wael Badr (193-G-78) responded with 17 pts and 5 boards in defeat. Tamer Moustafa (187-G-82) added 13 pts.

Places 11-12
Libya - Morocco 80-76
The host of AfroBasket 2009 ended it on 11th place thanks to win again Morocco 80-76. Naturally, Morocco is the 12th ranked team in Libya. Hesham Salem stepped up for the hosts in this game collecting 25 points and 14 rebounds. Mohamed Mrsal (-G-78) also shined scoring 24 pts and grabbing 7 rebounds, while Mohamed Youssef (-86) helped with double-double, 12 pts and 10 rebs. All other players in Libya had less than 10. In Team Morocco, Younes Idrissi (204-F/C-84, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: Iona) led the scorers with 18 pts. Zakaria El Masbahi (191-G-79) added 3 less.


Angola grabs sixth consecutive Gold! - by Eurobasket News
FINAL
Angola - Ivory Coast 82-72
Angola made it once again! This time Angolans outplayed Ivory Coast in the Big Final winning the sixth consecutive Gold on FIBA Africa Championships. Since AfroBasket 1999, Angola is totally unreachable on African continent. Senegal grabbed the Gold in 1997 and before that Angola was No.1 four consecutive times. It means that in the last 11 tournaments Angola won 10 gold medals. Today, Carlos Morais (190-G-85) paced Angola to victory scoring 21 points. Joaquim Gomes (200-C/F-80, agency: Prime Select Sports, college: Valparaiso) had 16 points and pulled down 16 rebounds, while Olimpio Cipriano (194-F-82) is another player with 16 pts. Armando Costa (192-G-83) helped with 5 points less. In the loosing squad, Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-G-85) netted 18. Angola had impressive second half today finishing it with 48-37. After 30 minutes it was 58-54 for Angolans and later Ivory Coast closed the gap to 3 points. However, Angola created 11-4 run with 4:22 to go resolving question about the winner. Both countries booked a ticket for 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey.

Places 3-4
Tunisia - Cameroon 83-68
Tunisia cruised past Cameroon in style grabbing the Bronze on AfroBasket 2009 in Libya. At the same time Tunisians booked a spot for the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey, what is great success for them. On the other side, Cameroon stays without the medal and also without participation in Turkey. Amine Rzig (199-G/F-80) once again was a key player in Tunisia collecting 20 points and 5 assists. Mokhtar Ghyaza (204-C-86) followed him with 16, while Marouana Kechrid (180-G-81) added 2 points less. In Cameroon, Cyrille Makanda (195-G-80) shined with 18 points. All other players had less than 10 pts in this loss.

Places 5-6
Central Africa - Nigeria 71-80
Nigeria outplayed Central Africa 80-71 finishing the AfroBasket 2009 in Libya on 5th place. Of course, CAF is the 6th ranked team on this event. Michael Efevberha (196-G-84, college: Cal.St. Northridge) stepped up for the winners scoring 18 points and grabbing 5 rebounds. Ebi Ere (195-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma) had 14 and Benson Egemonye (208-C-83, college: Northeastern) helped with 14 pts. In CAF, Lionel Bomayako (196-G-78, agency: Court Side, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) drained 21 points. Regis Koundjia-Sindo (203-F-83, college: George Washington) delivered 13.

Places 7-8
Mali - Senegal 63-74
Senegal closed its participation in Libya with victory. It was a decisive game for 7th place on this event and Senegal made it. Naturally, one lower spot belongs to Mali. Senegal had couple of players in a game mood today. Mouhammad Faye (206-F-85) was the best one with 16 points. Pape Sow (208-F-81, college: Cal.St. Fullerton) had 13 pts and 15 rebounds, while Malick Badiane (211-F/C-84) delivered 12 pts. Amara Sy (202-F-81) collected 22 points and 6 rebounds in defeat. Ludovic Chelle (185-G-83) once again followed him with 15 points and 8 boards.



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  ALBANIA   


Franko Bushati propels Albania past Switzerland - by Eurobasket News
Albania - Switzerland 76:73
Albania celebrated the second win at the EuroBasket in Division B tournament. They narrowly defeated Switzerland in Korca to catch up with their opponents in Group B ladder at 2-3 record. Franko Bushati (188-G-85) was pivotal for the hosts with 24 points and 4 rebounds.
Louissaint opened the scoring with a three-pointer but Albania soon surged in front. They posted a 15:12 lead after ten minutes of action. Switzerland stayed close throughout the second period and Mafuta put the visitors up midway through it. He followed with four points in a row as the Swiss team gained a 36:30 lead at halftime. Mafuta drained a triple at the start of the second half as the margin grew at 9 points. Albania needed an 11:2 rally to level things up at 50 late in the third quarter. Franko Bushati and Shima put the hosts back to the drivers seat and they secured a 55:54 advantage with ten minutes remaining. Mafuta retained the advantage for the visitors and the lead changed hands for several times throughout the final stanza. Endrit Hycenagolli (203-C-88) netted 3 points to put Albania ahead by 2 with under three minutes left. Karaj, Franko Bushati and Gjonaj all scored from the charity stripe in the dying seconds as Albania escaped with a tough win at the end.
Ersid Luca (208-C-81) notched 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Endrit Hycenagolli added 14 points and 7 boards for Albania. Valentin Wegmann (192-G-79) responded with 17 points for Switzerland. Thabo Sefolosha (196-G-84, agency: ACMT) had 14 points in the losing effort.

Albania: Franko Bushati 24, Ersid Luca 16, Endrit Hycenagolli 14
Switzerland: Valentin Wegmann 17, Thabo Sefolosha 14



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  ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


CHINA PIP LEBANON AT THE POST - by Maarouf Mawloud
TIANJIN (FIBA Asia Championship) - Hosts China and last editions silver medalists Lebanon uncorked some scintillating moments before the former emerged the better in the second semifinal by a wafer-thin 72-68 margin on Saturday.

China, who thus made the final after finishing 10th in the 2007 FIBA Asia Championship in Tokushima, joined Iran on the road to the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey.

China, 14-time gold medalists in the Championship, will attempt to dethrone defending champions Iran in the final on Sunday.

Lebanon, failed to make the final for the first time in three FIBA Asia Championships having lost to China and Iran in the 2005 and 2007 respectively.

They, however, have another chance to qualify for the 2010 FIBA World Championship when they play against Jordan in the bronze medal play-off on Sunday.

Both the coaches understandably sounded exhausted after the game.

It was a tough game, Chinas Guo Shiqiang echoed Lebanons Dragan Raca.

After all its one step before the final. It ought to be tight, they said.

Hu Xuefeng converted all the three free-throws, drawing a foul on Rony Fahed to give China a marginal 70-68 lead with 0:42 seconds left on the clock.

Brian Feghalis three-pointer attempt bounced off the rim and when Fadi El Khatib fouled Yi Jianlian to save time, the latter converted twice from the foul-line to take China to safety.

Lebanon did begin aggressively racing ahead 9-2 in the first five minutes of the game.

And when Wang Zhizhi leveled the scores at 14, for the first time for China, Jackson Vroman converted both his free-throws and Fadi El Khatib shot from the paint to give Lebanon a 18-14 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Lebanon kept their noses ahead in the second quarter and Vroman managed to put them back in lead when Yi leveled the scores at 31-31.

China went into the lead for the first time in the game only at the stroke of the second quarter buzzer when Liu Wei scored in the paint.

Yi Jianlian had just earlier leveled the scores with his trademark dunk.

Incidentally, that was only the third time China had leveled the scores in the entire first half.

And when the second half began, Wang Shipeng who had drawn a blank during his 13:31 presence on the court in the first half reeled in the first nine points and China were comfortably ahead 44-33.

Lebanon did fight back closing in the gap and went ahead marginally midway through the fourth quarter and kept pegging on their rivals heels.

And that foul in the dying moments proved their undoing.

Jackson Vroman led the game in scoring with 21 points, in a 56% field record (9/16), and collected 10 rebounds.

No other Lebanese crossed double-figures.

The only other Lebanese to convert at least half his scoring attempts was Ali Mahmoud who got all of two shots at the goal.

Wang Zhizhi was Chinas leading scorer with 20 points, 12 of them in the second half. Chinas first NBA export also collected a team-high nine rebounds.

Yi Jianlian converted six of his 10 attempts in two pointers and returned 18 points.


S Mageshwaran
FIBA Asia


Summary of the Semifinals in Tianjin - by Eurobasket News
SEMIFINALS
Iran - Jordan 77-75
The defending champion outsmarted Jordan 77-75 thanks to last basket by MohammadSamad Nikkhah (199-G/F-83, agency: ACMT) with 13 seconds left. Jordan had two attempts after that, but missed both. It means that Iran stays unbeaten in Tianjin and it will have a chance to defend Asian title tomorrow against China. Jordan will take on Lebanon for third place. Iran also already booked a spot for the World Championship 2010 in Turkey, while Jordan will do the same if they celebrate tomorrow. MohammadSamad Nikkhah led the scorers in the winning squad today with 23 points. He also had 5 rebounds and 5 assists beside that. Hamed Afagh (192-G-83) scored 18, while all other players in Iran were below 10. Jordan got 17 points from Rasheim Wright (194-G-81, college: District of Col.). Osama Daghles (199-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) added 15 pts and 6 rebounds.

China - Lebanon 72-68
China registered 8th consecutive win in Tianjin advancing to Big Final. The host of AsiaBasket 2009 this time was better than Lebanon thanks to mini 4-0 run in the last minute. With this victory China booked a spot for the World Championship 2010 in Turkey and tomorrow will have a chance to win the Gold against the defending champion - Iran. Lebanon will meet Jordan for the Bronze and the winner of that game will also participate on the WC next year. Wang Zhizhi (214-C-79) stepped up for the hosts with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Jianlian Yi (212-C/F-87) had 18 and Wang Shipeng (197-F/G-83) added 11 pts. Jackson Vroman (208-C/F-81, college: Iowa St.) was on fire in loss with 27 points (also had 10 rebounds).

Places 5-8
South Korea - Taiwan 65-70
Taiwan was better than South Korea today staying in race for the fifth place in Tianjin. In order to do that Taiwan will have to beat Qatar tomorrow. On the other side, South Korea will take on Philippines. The winner of that match will end the contest as No.7. Tien Lei (202-F-83) was a key player for Taiwan today collecting 18 points and 6 rebounds. Tseng Wen-Ting (202-C/F-84) had 15 pts, while Chang Chih Feng (183-G-81) added 4 less. In the loosing squad, Ha Seung-Jin (222-C-85) delivered 21 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Oh Se-Keun (201-C-87) stopped on 10 pts and 9 rebounds.

Philippines - Qatar 65-83
Qatar smashed Philippines today mostly owing to impressive performance by Saad Abdulrahman Ali (193-F-85). With this victory Qatar moves on in the battle for fifth place on in Tianjin. Its last obstacle will be Taiwan tomorrow. Philippines will meet South Korea in the battle for 7th place. Saad Abdulrahman Ali led Qatar with 23 points and 6 rebounds. Mustafa ElSayad (206-F/C-82, college: Fresno St.) had 13 pts and 12 rebounds, while Saleem Abdullah Mohammed (202-C-82) added 11 pts and 12 boards.

Places 9-10
Kazakhstan - Japan 77-73
Kazakhstan finished the AsiaBasket 2009 with two victories. After 76-57 against Kuwait, the Kazakhs were better than Japan today finishing the contest on position No.9. Naturally, Japan is the 10th ranked team in Tianjin. Anton Ponomarev (209-C-88, agency: Court Side) shined for Kazakjhstan with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Dmitriy Gavrilov (201-F-86) had 17 pts and 11 boards, while Rustam Yargaliyew (195-F-86) delivered 12 pts, plus grabbed 8 boards. Japan got 20 points from Kei Igarashi (180-G-80). Kosuke Takeuchi (205-C/F-85) stopped on 2 pts less and 10 rebounds.

Places 11-12
United Arab Emirates - Kuwait 61-65
Kuwait outsmarted UAE in decisive game for 11th place on AsiaBasket 2009. Yesterday, Kuwait faced with loss against Kazakhstan, but today managed to end this event with victory. Of course, UAE is No.12 in Tianjin. Mohammad Ashkanani (193-F-84) shined for the winners with 20 points and 6 rebounds. Abdulaziz AlHamidi (184-G-87) followed with 14, while Shayee Saeed (180-G-86) added 13 pts, 6 boards and 5 assists. In UAE, Younis Ibrahim (185-G-82) led the scorers with 15 pts. Talal AlNuaimi (180-G-88) stopped on 3 less.


DAY 8 ROUND-UP: IT'S CHAMPS IRAN V/S HOSTS CHINA FOR TITLE - by Maarouf Mawloud
TIANJIN (FIBA Asia Championship) - Hosts China will attempt to dethrone champions Iran and regain their hold on the FIBA Asia Championship gold medal when the two meet in the title round of the 25th edition of the Championship on Sunday.

China and Iran carry similar 8-0 runs in the Championship and it is only logical the two unbeaten should play the gold medal game.

On Saturday, China scraped through pipping last editions silver medalists Lebanon at the post 72-68 after Iran had sorted out their problems rather skillfully to beat Jordan 77-75.

Both China and Iran thus qualified for the 2010 FIBA World Championship to be played in Turkey.

Lebanon will take on Jordan on Sunday to decide the third team to Turkey from FIBA Asia along with the bronze medal.

China 72 bt Lebanon 68

Hu Xuefeng converted all the three free-throws, drawing a foul on Rony Fahed to give China a marginal 70-68 lead with 0:42 seconds left on the clock.

Brian Feghalis three-pointer attempt bounced off the rim and when Fadi El Khatib fouled Yi Jianlian to save time, the latter converted twice from the foul-line to take China to safety.

China went into the lead for the first time in the game only at the stroke of the second quarter buzzer when Liu Wei scored in the paint.

Yi Jianlian had just earlier leveled the scores with his trademark dunk.

Incidentally, that was only the third time China had leveled the scores in the entire first half.

And when the second half began, Wang Shipeng who had drawn a blank during his 13:31 presence on the court in the first half reeled in the first nine points and China were comfortably ahead 44-33.

Lebanon did fight back closing in the gap and went ahead marginally midway through the fourth quarter and kept pegging on their rivals heels.

And that foul in the dying moments proved their undoing.

Jackson Vroman led the game in scoring with 21 points, in a 56% field record (9/16), and collected 10 rebounds.

The only other Lebanese to convert at least half his scoring attempts was Ali Mahmoud who got all of two shots at the goal.

Wang Zhizhi was Chinas leading scorer with 20 points, 12 of them in the second half. Chinas first NBA export also collected a team-high nine rebounds.

Both the coaches understandably sounded exhausted after the game.

It was a tough game, Chinas Guo Shiqiang echoed Lebanons Dragan Raca.

After all its one step before the final. It ought to be tight, they said.

Iran 77 bt Jordan 75

Defending champions Iran handled the pressure situations with better composure and eked out their narrow win against a doughty fellow West Asian nation Jordan.

Jordan fought back gallantly to go into a 75-74 lead only the third team they took a lead and by one point on all occasions on an Enver Soobzokov three-pointer.

But Pooya Tadjik converted one of the two free-throws and Samad Nikkah drove in the lane to put Iran back in lead. And with Rasheim Wrights fade away bouncing off the rim, time and luck ran out on Jordan.

I think we lost the initiative in the first half, said Jordan coach Mario Palma.

After that it was always uphill. Against a team like Iran it doesnt succeed that easily, he added.

Samad led the scoring for the game with 23 points, but it was Hamed Afagh who had been Irans saviour before that.

The Saba Mehr guard stepped up on the only two earlier occasions when Jordan rallied for a minor lead once each in the first and third quarters to revive Irans scoring rhythm and resultantly their advantage on the scoreboard.

Afagh had an incredible 5/7 record in three pointers for his 18 points.

Hamed EHadadi scored only five points, but stood tall and solid in defence collecting 12 rebounds most importantly 11 of them in defence.

Rasheim Wright was Jordans highest scorer with 17 points, but scored 11 of them in the first half.

Zaid Abbbas double-double 11 points and a game-high 17 points went in a losing cause.

Our aim here is to win the gold medal, said Iran coach Veselin Matic.

Qualifying (to the FIBA World Championship) is important, but its more important to retain the title, Matic added.

So we will come out even harder tomorrow, the Serbian said.

Taipei take on Qatar for fifth place

Chinese Taipei and Qatar scored contrasting wins in the 5-8 classification to set up a play off for the fifth place.

Chinese Taipei thwarted a later rally to beat last editions semifinalists Korea 70-65.

But Qatar had it rather easy against Philippines winning their game 83-65.

Saad Ali led the scoring for the game with 23 points starring in Qatars win.

Kerby Raymundo was the highest scorer for Philippines with 12 points.

Korean centre Ha Seung-jins game-high 21 points went in a losing cause.

Tien Lei was the leader of Taipei cause with 18 points.

Kazakhstan claim 9th place

Anton Ponomarevs game-high 22 points helped last editions semfinalists Kazakhstan rally in the final five minutes and beat Japan 77-73 in the ninth place play-off.

Japan, who fell out of the quarterfinals for the first time, thus finished their lowest in the in FIBA Asia Championship history.

Ponomarev had only four points in the first half, but added 10 more in the third quarter.

Kei Igarashi led the scoring for the Japanese with 20 points.

Kuwait finish 11th

Kuwait defeated fellow GCC nation United Arab Emirates 65-61 to take the 11th place.

Kuwait had finished 14th place, while UAE had a 16-place finish at the 2007 FIBA Asia Championship in Tokushima.

Mohammad Ashkananis game-high 20 points led the scoring for Kuwait.

Younis Ibrahim was the highest scorer for UAE with 15 points.
S Mageshwaran
FIBA Asia


AFAGH TAKES CHAMPS IRAN TO FINAL - by Maarouf Mawloud
TIANJIN (FIBA Asia Championship) - Defending champions Iran handled the pressure situations with better composure and eked out a 77-75 win against a doughty fellow West Asian nation Jordan to book their second successive entry into the title round.

The win which extended Irans run in the championship to 8-0 put the West Asian powerhouse as the first FIBA Asia team to book their ticket to the 2010 FIBA World Championships in Turkey.

Iran now await the winners of the second semifinal between hosts China and last editions silver medalists Lebanon.

Jordan will play the losers of that game in the bronze medal play-off which also will decide the third qualifier for the 2010 FIBA World Championship.

Our aim here is to win the gold medal, said Iran coach Veselin Matic.

Qualifying (to the FIBA World Championship) is important, but its more important to retain the title, Matic added.

So we will come out even harder tomorrow, the Serbian said.

Jordan fought back gallantly to go into a 75-74 lead only the third team they took a lead and by one point on all occasions on an Enver Soobzokov three-pointer.

But Pooya Tadjik converted one of the two free-throws and Samad Nikkah drove in the lane to put Iran back in lead. And with Rasheim Wrights fade away bouncing off the rim, Jordan were left with no time.

I think we lost the initiative in the first half, said Jordan coach Mario Palma.

After that it was always uphill. Against a team like Iran it doesnt succeed that easily, he added.

Samad led the scoring for the game with 23 points, but those two he scored with about seven seconds will be worth their weight in gold.

For sure, he said. It doesnt matter how many points you score otherwise. Im happy I scored that basket.

Hamed Afagh (192-G-83) had been the saviour for Iran before that.

The Saba Mehr guard was inducted only in the second quarter, which Iran started at a shaky 17-12.

Hamed Afagh had an effect immediately firing in six points in a 1-2-3 sequence and with Javad Davari beginning to find the mark with five points during this time Iran raced away with an 11-2 run which gave Matic the leeway to give the injured Mahdi Kamrani the much needed breather.

And when Jordan staged a scintillating third quarter rally outscoring Iran 27-16, Hamed Afagh stepped up yet again.

The 26-year-old scored the first five points of the fourth quarter and Davari again
consolidated the position further and Iran were back in control.

Not that Jordan were blown away but Iran were always ahead on the scoreboard, except for the two occasions once each midway through the first and third quarters when Jordan rallied.

And whenever Jordan fought back, Hamed Afagh was at hand to regain the control for Iran.

Hamed Afagh had an incredible 5/7 record in three pointers for his 18 points.

Hamed EHadadi scored only five points, but stood tall and solid in defence collecting 12 rebounds most importantly 11 of them in defence.

Rasheim Wright was Jordans highest scorer with 17 points, but scored 11 of them in the first half.

Sam Daghles, who scored nine points in Jordans third quarter gallantry, had fifteen points.

Zaid Abbbas double-double 11 points and a game-high 17 points went in a losing cause.
S Mageshwaran
FIBA Asia


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Aleksandr KOZLOV
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Kozlov, UZB19.4 
 2. Nikkhah, IRI19.3 
 3. Yi, CHN19.3 
 4. Tyutyunik, KAZ16.8 
 5. Wang, CHN15.8 
 6. Bhriguvanshi, IND15.8 
 7. Ponomarev, KAZ15.6 
 8. Ehadadi, IRI15.4 
 9. Ashkanani, KUW14.9 
 10. Afagh, I.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hamed EHADADI
  IRI
  (218-C-85)
  Avg: 12.6
 1. Ehadadi, IRI12.6 
 2. Yi, CHN10.4 
 3. Ponomarev, KAZ9.6 
 4. Takeuchi, JPN8.3 
 5. Sahakian, IRI8.0 
 6. Wang, CHN7.9 
 7. Singh, IND7.8 
 8. Takeuchi, JPN7.3 
 9. Taulava, PHI7.3 
 10. Ashkanani, K.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 MohammadSamad NIKKHAH
  (199-G/F-83)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Nikkhah, IRI4.6 
 2. Igarashi, JPN3.6 
 3. Kadam, IND3.2 
 4. Kamrani, IRI3.1 
 5. Lee, KOR3.0 
 6. Yi, CHN2.9 
 7. Saeed, KUW2.8 
 8. Su, TAI2.7 
 9. Bhriguvanshi, IND2.6 
 10. Yang, K.2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Mahdi KAMRANI
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Kamrani, IRI2.9 
 2. Singh, IND2.4 
 3. Lee, TAI2.4 
 4. Afagh, IRI2.3 
 5. Yang, KOR2.1 
 6. Purwanto, IDN1.8 
 7. Bhriguvanshi, IND1.8 
 8. Norwood, PHI1.7 
 9. Igarashi, JPN1.6 
 10. Kozlov, U.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Hamed EHADADI
  IRI
  (218-C-85)
  Avg: 4.4
 1. Ehadadi, IRI4.4 
 2. Yi, CHN2.6 
 3. Gavrilov, KAZ1.5 
 4. Takeuchi, JPN1.3 
 5. Kim, KOR1.3 
 6. Tseng, TAI1.1 
 7. Ha, KOR1.0 
 8. Thoyib, IDN1.0 
 9. Takeuchi, JPN0.9 
 10. Ponomarev, K.0.9 


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  AUSTRIA   


Austria starts with a win - by Stefan Heinrich
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Jason Detrick
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Stjepan Stazic
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Heinz Kugerl
Kugerl
David Jandl
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Martin Speiser
Speiser
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Today the Austrian team started in the Qualification of the Division B. In Oberwart the team of Neno Asceric faced Denmark and Austria had to win to keep the chance for the second place in the Group A. The Austrians started with very aggressive Defense and they controlled the game from the first possession on. After the first quarter the margin was already 14 points and Austria kept dominating the game. Until the halftime the Coach already used 11 players and the score was: 52:28.

In the second half Austria kept dominating the game and a lot of Starters got their rest for the important upcomming games. All 12 players were on the floor and only the captain Peter Hutter (197-F/G-80) of Allianz Swans Gmunden wasnt able to score for Austria. At the end Austria had an easy victory with a score of 92:61.

Scorer: Stazic 14, Nagler 13, Kugerl 12, Ochsenhofer 8, Jandl 8, Speiser 8, Schreiner 7, Detrick 7, Mayer 6, Mahalbasic 6, Nunner 3 - INiccolai Iversen (205-F-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: San Jose City JC) and Mads Frandsen (201-F-90) 12

The next game will be on Wednesday La Almere against Netherlands before coming back to Oberwart next Saturday (20.00) where Austria will face the group favorite Montenegro.

Austrian's National Team Roster 2009:

5 Thomas Schreiner (195-G-87) of UBC St. Polten
6 David Jandl (180-G-84) of UBC St. Polten
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Martin Speiser (202-F-83) of UBC St. Polten
9 Peter Hutter (captain)
10 Hannes Ochsenhofer (186-G-85) of Oberwart Gunners
11 Christoph Nagler (194-G-84) of Xion Dukes Klosterneuburg
12 Heinz Kugerl (211-C-86) of Kapfenberg Bulls
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Jason Detrick (198-G-80) of Lagun Aro Gipuzkoa BC (ESP)
14
Stjepan Stazic (198-G-78) of Universitet-Yugra Surgut (RUS)
15 Matthias Mayer (205-C/F-81) of Allianz Swans Gmunden
22 Alex Nunner (191-G-85) of BSC Raiffeisen Furstenfeld Panthers
24 Rasid Mahalbasic (207-F/C-90) of Bosna ASA BH Telecom Sarajevo (BIH)

Coach: Neno Asceric
Ass. Coach: Gerald Vogler


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  BELARUS   


Belgium stun Belarus in U16 Division B - by Eurobasket News
Belarus U16-Belgium U16 56:73

Belgium U16 stun Belarus U16 at the Classification Round for 9th to 12th Places. The Belgian side delivered 64:55 victory at the U16 European Championship Men in Portugal.
Belgium and Belarus exchanged the baskets in the opening tip of the game while Safaniuk gave Belarus 14:11 lead. Belgium however finished the first period at 10-0 run for 21:14 after 10 minutes. Anton Papruha (188-G-93) reduced to 26:22 and Fedarouski scored for 34:29 at the end of the first half. Belgium remained in front for the whole time and produced 18-12 in the third period. Wim Vandenweyer (180-G-93) made it 52:39 and Anton Papruha scored for 52:41. With 21-15 Belgium finished the last period with a win and reached the total victory. Stas scored the last points from the free throw line to bring the win for his team. His last basket showed 64:55 victory in Division B for the Belgian side.
Wim Vandenweyer paced all the winners with 17 points as his team will play for the 9th spot. Obasohan Ojomoh (183-F-93) nailed 13, while Vander Poorten added 11. Aliaksandr Minayeu (190-G-93) scored 14 in defeat and Anton Papruha chipped in 12.
Georgia U16 outscored Slovak Republic U16 at the Classification Round for 9th to 12th Places. The team needed 14-7 in the last period for 64:55 victory at the U16 European Championship Men in Portugal.

Belarus U16: Aliaksandr Minayeu 14, Anton Papruha 12
Belgium U16: Wim Vandenweyer 17, Obasohan Ojomoh 13, Vander Poorten 11


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  BELGIUM   


Belgium stun Belarus in U16 Division B - by Eurobasket News
Belarus U16-Belgium U16 56:73

Belgium U16 stun Belarus U16 at the Classification Round for 9th to 12th Places. The Belgian side delivered 64:55 victory at the U16 European Championship Men in Portugal.
Belgium and Belarus exchanged the baskets in the opening tip of the game while Safaniuk gave Belarus 14:11 lead. Belgium however finished the first period at 10-0 run for 21:14 after 10 minutes. Anton Papruha (188-G-93) reduced to 26:22 and Fedarouski scored for 34:29 at the end of the first half. Belgium remained in front for the whole time and produced 18-12 in the third period. Wim Vandenweyer (180-G-93) made it 52:39 and Anton Papruha scored for 52:41. With 21-15 Belgium finished the last period with a win and reached the total victory. Stas scored the last points from the free throw line to bring the win for his team. His last basket showed 64:55 victory in Division B for the Belgian side.
Wim Vandenweyer paced all the winners with 17 points as his team will play for the 9th spot. Obasohan Ojomoh (183-F-93) nailed 13, while Vander Poorten added 11. Aliaksandr Minayeu (190-G-93) scored 14 in defeat and Anton Papruha chipped in 12.
Georgia U16 outscored Slovak Republic U16 at the Classification Round for 9th to 12th Places. The team needed 14-7 in the last period for 64:55 victory at the U16 European Championship Men in Portugal.

Belarus U16: Aliaksandr Minayeu 14, Anton Papruha 12
Belgium U16: Wim Vandenweyer 17, Obasohan Ojomoh 13, Vander Poorten 11


Div 2 News - Bree - by Peter Buyse
The roster for D2 team Bree is starting to shape up. As already mentioned Ed Norvell is player-coach. On the roster as reported earlier are Justin Trotter and Diego Aguiar.
Also on the roster will be young Belgian player Nick Borman and Belgian guard Karim Nesba who played one season at NAIA D1 team Auburn-Montgomery. Croatian Luka Hoti is also on the roster.
The biggest news however could be the arrival of Duke Tshomba (196-G/F-78, college: Wichita St.) at Bree.Duke played for Antwerp and Brussels early in his career and last season finished the season playing for Carnieres in Belgium. In between he played in Cyprus, Germany and Greece.
The team is still looking for a big guy.



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  BRAZIL   


Brazilian National Team 2009 - by Allan Oliveira
The final list of 12 players who will compete in Tournament of Americas, scheduled for August, 26. Head Coach Moncho Monsalve decided to call just one natural PG (Marcelinho Huertas (191-G-83, agency: Edge Sports)), choosing Duda Machado (195-G-82) instead of Fulvio de Assis (187-G-81), considered a better option for Huertas replacement.

Marcelinho Huertas
Duda Machado
Leandrinho Barbosa (190-G-82)
Alexandre Garcia (191-G-80, agency: Interperformances)
Diego Pinheiro (196-F/G-80)
Marcelinho Machado (199-F/G-75, agency: Interperformances)
Jonathan Tavernari (197-G/F-87)
Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances)
Alexandre Nascimento (202-F-83)<
Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga)
Anderson Varejao (205-C-82)
Tiago Splitter (211-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances)
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  BULGARIA   


Ivanov led Bulgaria U16 into the Final - by Eurobasket News
Slovenia U16-Bulgaria U16 63:87

Pavlin Ivanov (194-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) led Bulgaria U16 into the Final of the U16 European Championship Men in Division B. His team overcame Slovenia 87:63 to reach the Final game of the tournament in Portugal. Pavlin Ivanov top-scored for the winners with 30 points, while Tencho Tenchev (202-F-93) collected 17 points and 11 rebounds and Deyan Karamfilov (175-G-94) added 11. Rok Gominsek (194-G/F-93) delivered 13 points in defeat as Slovenia will play for the third place. Rojc netted 11 and Luka Rupnik (182-G-93) added 10.
In the Final Bulgaria will face Denmark that also entered the Final of the U16 European Championship Men in Portugal. The Scandinavian team overcame England 82:56 in the Semifinal clash.

Slovenia U16: Rok Gominsek 13, Rojc 11, Luka Rupnik 10
Bulgaria U16: Pavlin Ivanov 30, Tencho Tenchev 17+11 rebs, Deyan Karamfilov 11


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  CHILE   


Dimayor: round 11 results - by Daniel Valencia
On sunday and satruday night were played teh games from round 11 of Dimayor's regular season. The leader, Deportivo Valdivia defeated Cd Universidad de Concepcion 72-70, The visitors played without an import player (Terrel Taylor left the team) and the scoring leader for the winners was Jonathan Headr with 22 points. In Talca, Boston College defeated Espanol de Talca 73-77, with Rodrigo Espinoza (183-G-81, agency: Players Group) leading the scorers with 20 points. In Castro, Universidad de Los lagos defeated the host, Deportes Castro 60-70, with Marquis Johnson (180-G-86) and Haralt Funk (195-C-86) scoring 14 points each. In Santiago, Universidad Cstolica defeated Sagrados Corazones 81-61 with a huge performance by Scott Rodgers (191-G, college: Drexel) who netted 35 points. Liceo Mixto won a closed game against Everton 90-77, with Patricio Briones (213-C-72, college: Dade CC) scoring 29 points. In Llanquihue, the host, Provincial Llanquihue defeated easily to Provincial Osorno 105-78 with a great night from the league's scoring leader, Jose Luis Campos (189-G-80), that scored 26 points in the win. These are the complete results.

Round 11

Liceo Mixto 90 - Everton 87
Lic: Patricio Briones 29 pts. Thurman Zimmerman 22 pts.
Eve: Francisco Rasio 29 pts. George Holt 8 pts.

Espanol de Talca 73 - Boston College 77
Esp: Jose Madrid 18 pts. Bayo Arigbon 17 pts.
Bos: Rodrigo Espinoza 20 pts. Felipe Zapata 15 pts.

Provincial Llanquihue 105 - Provincial Osorno 78
Llan: Jose Luis Campos 26 pts. Humberto Carrizo 21 pts.
Oso: Rodrigo Zuniga 22 pts. Erick Carrasco 16 pts.

Deportivo Valdivia 72 - CD Universidad de Concepcion 70
Val: Jonathan Heard 21 pts. Jose Del Solar 17 pts.
Ucon: Evandro Arteaga 30 pts. Nelson Mendez 14 pts.

Deportes Castro 60 - Universidad de Los Lagos 70
Cas: Gonzalo Velasquez 18 pts. Hank Rivers 18 pts.
Ula: Marquis Johnson 14 pts. Haralt Funk 14 pts.

Universidad Catolica 81 - Sagrados Corazones 61
Uc: Scott Rodgers 35 pts. Jorge Schuler 15 pts.
Sag: John Ruffus 28 pts. Felipe Valdivia 13 pts.


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


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  CHINA   


China Defeats Lebanon 72-68 to Reach Finals - by Arthur Volbert
China defeated Lebanon today 72-68 to gain a spot in the Asian Championship final against Iran and clinch a trip to the FIBA World Championship next year in Turkey.

China led narrowly most of the game, but Lebanon tied the contest 68-68 with a minute remaining. Then Hu Xuefeng made 2 of 3 free throws, Wang Zhizhi (214-C-79) grabbed a defenive rebound, and Yi Jianlian hit 2 free throws, then blocked a shot with 4 seconds left to give the game to China. Note that Hu was playing point guard the last 5 minutes of the game, not Liu Wei.

Lebanon led 18-14 after the first quarter but China led 35-33 at the half. China led 54-49 after three quarters.

Wang Zhizhi was China's overall star with 20 points and 9 rebounds. Yi Jianlian contributed 18 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and 4 blocks. Wang Shipeng had 11 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Zhu Fangyu had 8 points and 5 rebounds in 27 minutes. Liu Wei and Hu Xuefeng shared the point guard position, along with a brief appearance by Zhang Qingpeng. Liu had 6 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists. Hu had 3 points, 1 rebound and 1 assist. Sun Yue had 4 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists in 21 minutes, but showed nothing to suggest he should return to the NBA. Li Xiaoxu had 2 points and 4 rebounds in 10 minutes, backing up Wang and Yi. Du Feng, Wang Lei and Su Wei did not play.

Jackson Vroman led Lebanon with 27 points and 10 rebounds. Rony Fahed had 9 points and 4 rebounds but fouled out in 26 minutes. Brian Beshara-Feghali had 9 points and 2 rebounds.

China outrebounded Lebanon 33-30 but had 13 turnovers to 7 for Lebanon. China hit 48 percent of its shots to 39 percent for Lebanon.

Iran defeated Jordan 77-75 to gain its slot in the finals. In other games, Kuwait defeated the United Arab Emirates 65-61, Qatar defeated the Philippines 83-65, Chinese Taipei defeated Korea 70-65, and Kazakhstan defeated Japan 77-73. Aside from China, East Asian teams have fared especially poorly in this tourney. Korea failed to make the semi-finals for the first time ever and Japan failed to make the quarterfinals for the first time ever. Teams from the Middle East and Central Asia are overcoming the previous dominance of East Asian teams. Even China had its two narrowest margins of victory ever against Lebanon. China has defeated Lebanon all eight times they've met in the Asian Championship but the previous narrowest margin of victory was 11 points, 87-76, in 2001. This year China met Lebanon twice and won by 3 points and 4 points.


Link to box score:

http://china2009.fiba.com/pages/eng/fe/09/fascm/p/gid/A/grid/58/rid/7137/game.html



Li Muhao, Guo Ailun, Zhao Jie Excel at Nike Global Games - by Arthur Volbert
Several Chinese players participated in the Nike Global Challenge, held August 7-9, in Hillsborough, Oregon. The Asian team lost all three games it played, but Asian teams do not do well in all-star games. The best young Asian players are from China and Australia, which do not have compatible styles of play. Chinese players do not play in the individualistic style that succeeds at all-star games, where there is no such thing as team defense.

Zhao Jie, a 6-5 shooting guard, was Asia's biggest scorer at the tourney with games of 20 points, 22 points, and 30 points. But the reason Zhao excelled at the Global Games is that he spent last year playing high school ball in Houston, along with three other Chinese players, including 7-3 Sun Zhe. These players were reprimanded when they returned to China and tried to play the American individualistic style there. But this style succeeds in all-star games.

The most promising Chinese prospect at the Global Games was 7-1 Li Muhao (216-C-92). Li, who has shot up three inches in the past couple of years, is still growing. He is super-quick for a big man, but still has not undergone serious weight training because he is still growing. When he adds weight and strength, Li could be the calibre of the young Wang Zhizhi or even Yao Ming.

6-4 Guo Ailun, China's young point guard who is the nephew of National Team coach Guo Shiquang, also impressed. It would not surprise me if he becomes China's starting point guard in the 2012 Olympics. Zhang Zhuojun, who was MVP of the Nike Asia Camp, also stood out as an athletic 6-9 forward. Another player to watch is Xiaokelaiti, an Uzbek from Xinjiang province who is a 6-6 shooting guard. He is very raw but exceedingly athletic, having won the slam-dunk competition at the Nike Asian camp.

Note that Zhang Dayu did not particularly impress among the Asian team. He is the most experienced player on the team, but likely not the most talented.

Roster:
Luo Hanchen G 6'1'' 165 1994 Dongguan
Guo Ailun G 6'4'' 175 1993 Liaoning
Zhao Jie G 6'5'' 185 1991 Dongguan
Xiaokelaiti G 6'6'' 185 1991 Xinjiang
Zhang Zhuojun F 6'9'' 205 1991 Zhejiang
Zhang Dayu C 7'0'' 225 1991 Zhejiang
Li Muhao C 7'1'' 220 1992 Dongguan
Daniel Trist F 6'8'' 200 1992 Sydney
Igor Hadziomerovic G 6'4'' 180 1992 Melbourne
Anthony Drmic G 6'4'' 180 1992 Melbourne

Link to tournament website:
http://www.primetimepdx.com/ngc/index.htm


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  COCABA CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Real Mess finally ended - by Eurobasket
The most messy event you could find probably ever.
It's a strange evenement: first teams were disqualified, then just to appear in the final stage and ...play even in the final.
Just try to follow of what happened the last days in Cancun.
Maybe it's stillpost-N2H2 virus effect which made everyone scared to make any decision. Or maybe sunny Caribbean beaches in Yucatan peninsula, which prevented FIBA employees from making any proper decision.
The fact is that we do not remember to have bigger mess in the history of international basketball events. During the Cold War it was at least everything clear: these teams participate and these do not participate in the tournament. But here at COCABA you ...never know.
Were supposed to be 8 teams at the tournament? Yes. No more the case as Belize and Honduras were disqualified.
Then the same two teams ...still played the 'exhibition' games along with 'official' games of the other teams. Cool, they already paid for their tickets, yes? So why not to play anyway?
Then we had semifinals announced - great, at least the tournament is almost over. But whoever was hoping to see actually these semifinal games was ...wrong again.
Suddenly the two disqualified teams jumped in the final day and one of them did it directly to the final (after winning another 'unofficial' semifinal game.
I feel only sorry for poor Panama, which was somehow cheated out of the second place, which would guarantee them trip to Central American tournament.
Their federation did great job being the second best team at the tournament and in consequence ending the event ...on the third position. So they did not qualify to Centrobasket and new 'basketball powerhouse' Belize will represent COCABA at that tournament. Maybe Panama should also consider getting few high level U.S. players. No one cares anyway of checking any passports any more, so why not join the club?
Not that I have anything against Belize federation. Notice that Belize did not break any rules. According to Belize law, someone who can prove that his parents are from Belize, receives automatically Belizean citizenship. So here everything was OK and players like Marlon Garnett (188-G-75, college: Santa Clara), Leon Watson (203-F/C-77, college: UTSA), Charlie Burgess, Gene Myvett (193-G-82, college: Cal.St.-Los Angeles), Dakin Braddick (213-C-84, college: Benedict) and Keenan Jourdon (202-F-74, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Boston Coll.) (played also in ...Puerto Rican NT) could prove their Belizean roots ...or not.

Please notice another similar case, which just happened at African Championships, which took place in Libya. The host team did not really announce their roster for the tournament and no media could find the names of the players till the event started. They did it just a day before the tournament. And here a nice surprise. There were three new players in a team, who played way better than rest of the team and all three spoke ...fluent English. They were Raed Elhamali (204-F/C-79, agency: Edge Sports, college: San Diego St.) (AKA: Randy Holcomb, drafted by San Antonio Spurs in 2002), Hesham Salem (206-F/C-81, agency: Octagon, college: Fresno St.) (AKA Hiram Fuller, drafted by Yakima Sun Kings (CBA) in 2003) and Alfath Belgasem (197-F/G-80, college: St.John's) (AKA: Alpha Bangura, drafted by Fayetteville Patriots (NBDL) in 2002). Luckily Libyan head coach Kevin Nickelberry could still keep his original name and did not have to be suddenly naturalized like his players. Well, we have to admit that it was mentioned before in media that they 'work' with Libyan national team helping them prepare for African Championships. But do not you think it's a very significant difference between 'working' with a team and 'playing' for a team? Suddenly Libyan team jumped from 3rd league of African countries to top elite by ...giving citizenship to three experienced Americans. What could we do? The tournament takes place in Libya, so should we ban the host team from participating in the tournament? Of course not. So poor Morocco and Egypt, which probably never in history lost a single game against Libya, and now they were beaten for the very first time by another 'basketball powerhouse', this time in north Africa. It only confirms that this year is very 'special' and it seems there something has to be done to control these events more closely to avoid similar cases. It's simply too many of them at the same time. They did happen in the past. But there were single cases and not even every year. But it never happened we had such many NTs trying to 'cheat' somehow adding extra players with questionable papers to their rosters, all of them at the same time.



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  CROATIA   


France drop second straight in Kaunas - by Eurobasket News
France U16 - Croatia U16 49:79
French U16 National team suffered the second straight loss at the European Championship in Lithuania. After winning five in a row at the start of the tournament France lost the quarterfinal battle yesterday and could not match Croatia in the classification game tonight. Croatia will now fight for the fifth spot against the winner of Russia vs. Turkey clash.
It looked dull for France right from the start. Croatia knocked down first eight points of the game and rolled to a 17:9 lead after ten minutes of action. Matej Buovac (197-G-93) opened the second frame with five points in a row as the gap grew at 13 points. Croatia went on an 11:0 run midway through the period to take a 33:11 lead. Jean-Charles Livio (202-F/C-93) clipped the distance at 19 points at halftime. Ramljak and Matej Buovac connected twice from beyond the arc at the start of the third quarter as Croatia continued to run confidently. France looked completely out of gas as they appeared trailing by 26 points into the fourth term. Croatia eased to the win in the fourth quarter.
Matej Buovac exploded with game-high 23 points for Croatia. Stipe Cubric (182-G-93) added 14 points in the win. Jean-Charles Livio responded with 12 points and 6 boards for France. William Howard (198-F-93) had 11 points in defeat.

France U16: Jean-Charles Livio 12, William Howard 11
Croatia U16: Matej Buovac 23, Stipe Cubric 14, Josip Mikulic (209-F-93) 12



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  CUBA   


Spain douse Cuba in friendly - by Eurobasket News
Spain - Cuba 94:57

Spanish team opened the string of friendly games before the 2009 EuroBasket tournament. They faced Cuba in Gran Canaria yesterday and rolled to a comfortable win at the end.
Spain imposed aggressive physical game right from the start and raced in front. The hosts built a 22:12 lead after ten minutes. Spain unloaded 15 straight points during the second frame and gradually started to get away in this one. Cuba had little answers to come up with and faced a 27-point deficit at halftime. Cuba went off the dressing room recharged and knocked down quick 8 points to trim the distance. But the home team soon regained control and arrived at three-quarter time up by 29 points 69:40. Spain maintained the gap well enough and rolled to comfortable win at the end.
Alex Mumbru (201-F-79) and Marc Gasol (212-C-85, agency: Interperformances) finished with 13 points each for Spain. Jorge Garbajosa (205-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances) added 12 points, while Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) had 10 in the win. Geoffrei Silvestre (202-F/C-79) responded with 13 points for Cuba. Taylor Garcia (182-G-87) added 11 points in defeat.
Spain will next take part at the Sevilla International tournament starting on August 19.

Spain: Alex Mumbru 13, Marc Gasol 13, Jorge Garbajosa 12
Cuba: Geoffrei Silvestre 13, Taylor Garcia 11



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  CYPRUS   


Cyprus survive overtime to defeat Romania - by Eurobasket News
Cyprus - Romania 78:69 (OT)

Cyprus posted the second win at the EuroBasket in Division B campaign. They held off Romania in overtime in Nicosia to catch up with their opponents at 2-3 record in Group B. The teams now share the 2nd-3rd place in the table.
Blidaru and Ionut Dragusin (221-C-85) gave Romania an early lead in the game. The visitors maintained the advantage throughout the bigger part of the starting quarter but Cyprus denied late in the frame. Panagiotis Trisokkas (206-C-80, agency: High Post Agency) and Liatsos capped the period with four points in a row as the hosts grabbed an 18:17 advantage. Panagiotis Trisokkas and Yiannas came up with six consecutive points early in the second frame as the margin grew at 7 points. Andreas Pilavas (194-G-83) drained a triple midway through the quarter as Cyprus opened up a double-digit lead. Romania soothed the pain cutting the distance at 6 points at halftime. Jucan and Vlad Moldoveanu (208-F-88) tied the score at 38 early in the third quarter. Andreas Pilavas responded with 6 points for Cyprus as they regained control at 49:40. But Jucan and Vlad Moldoveanu kept on scoring for Romania as the visitors were down by only 2 points at the final break. Liatsos and Joseph Garcia (206-C-75, agency: Interperformances, college: UTEP) gave Cyprus a six-point advantage at the start of the fourth quarter. Romania replied with an 8:1 surge and put their noses in front. Blidaru ensured a 62:60 lead for the visiting team with 32 seconds left before Joseph Garcia converted a lay-up forcing overtime. The teams traded baskets early in the extra period but Cyprus crowned it with an 8:1 surge to escape with a hard victory at the end.
Panagiotis Trisokkas managed 18 points and 7 boards for Cyprus. Aristides Koronides (188-G-82) nailed 15 points, while Andreas Pilavas added 12. Vlad Moldoveanu responded with 20 points and 13 boards for Romania. Ionut Dragusin and Andrei Mandache (190-G-87) had 9 points each in the loss.

Cyprus: Panagiotis Trisokkas 18, Aristides Koronides 15, Andreas Pilavas 12
Romania: Vlad Moldoveanu 20, Ionut Dragusin 9, Andrei Mandache 9



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  DENMARK   


Denmark lose in Oberwart - by Eurobasket News
Austria - Denmark 92:61
Denmark could not match Austria at the 2009 EuroBasket in Division B game. The Danish team suffered a resounding loss slipping at 0-5 record in Group A. Austria on the other hand improved at 3-2 record worth the second position in the table.
Jandl and Speiser set things rolling for Austria at the start of the game 6:0. Austria soon enjoyed a 20:8 lead and finished the starting quarter up by 14 points at 28:14. Heinz Kugerl (211-C-86) scored 4 points in a 9:0 run from the hosts early in the second frame. The margin grew over 20 points pretty quickly and Austria ensured a 52:28 advantage at halftime.
Denmark tried to change the complexion in the third quarter. Niccolai Iversen (205-F-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: San Jose City JC) and Hesseldahl ignited a mini run that cut the distance to 19 points. But Austria quickly snapped the rally and stayed calm throughout the reminder of the contest.
Stjepan Stazic (198-G-78, agency: World Sport Agency) knocked down 14 points for Austria. Christoph Nagler (194-G-84) contributed 13 points, while Heinz Kugerl added 12 in the win. Niccolai Iversen and Mads Frandsen (201-F-90) responded with 12 points each for Denmark. Adama Darbo (190-G-86, agency: Rasmussen Services) nailed 9 points in the loss.

Austria: Stjepan Stazic 14, Christoph Nagler 13
Denmark: Niccolai Iversen 12, Mads Frandsen 12, Adama Darbo 9



Denmark entered the Final of the U16 European Championship Men in Division B - by Eurobasket News
Denmark U16-England U16 82:56
Denmark entered the Final of the U16 European Championship Men in Portugal. The Scandinavian team overcame England 82:56 in the Semifinal clash.
England opened the game with four consecutive points and Hart gave his team 9:4 lead. England was in front for the whole period, but Larsen gave Denmark 16:15 advantage after the first 10 minutes. In the second frame the teams exchanged the baskets and the lead as well. Stewart brought his side 23:22 and Larsen netted for 33:27 at the halftime. Right from that time Denmark started to play better and took control of the game. Esben Reinholt (193-G-93) made a dunk for 39:29, while Frederik Rungby (196-F-93) scored for 50:34. Olsen closed the period at 55:38 when the teams finished 30 minutes of the game. With 27-18 the Danish team finished the campaign and won the game 82:56.
Esben Reinholt top-scored for the winners with 23 points. Christian Benzon (186-G-93) netted 12, while Frederik Rungby collected 12 points and 16 rebounds. Van Oostrum delivered 18 points in defeat and Simeon Esprit (192-G-93) added 12.

Denmark U16: Esben Reinholt 23, Christian Benzon 12, Frederik Rungby 12+16 rebs
England U16: Van Oostrum 18, Simeon Esprit 12


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  D-LEAGUE   


Flash and Jones agree to one year extension - by Eurobasket News
The Utah Flash and head coach Brad Jones have agreed to a one-year contract extension. The agreement comes after Jones and the Flash had a successful season culminating in a trip to the NBA Development League Finals. Under Jones, the Flash finished last season with a 32-18 regular season record.

'Coach Jones was our pick from day one, and after last year's success it makes perfect sense to bring him back,' Utah Flash owner Brandt Andersen said.

Jones, who is the only head coach in Utah Flash history, improved on his first year record by 10 wins. Before joining the Flash Jones was a regional scout for the Flash's NBA affiliate the Utah Jazz.

'I enjoy working in the D-League and with the Flash. We have some great talent on the team and that makes my job easier,' said Jones. 'We had a good year last year, and hope to build on that success this coming season.'

While NBA D-League rosters will not be set for a few months, there will be at least one definite change on the Flash bench. Flash assistant coach Dale Osbourne has taken a coaching position with the Oklahoma City Thunder.

'We will miss Dale and the energy and excitement he brought to the team, but we wish him the best of luck, on those nights he is not playing us,' Flash team president Joe Brown said.

Utah Flash tickets for the 2009-2010 season are on sale now. You can reserve your seat by calling (801) 434-4667 or visiting the Utah Flash website www.utahflash.com.
Courtesy of The Utah Flash


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  EL SALVADOR   


Pro-Basket Foundation was born - by Jaime Arevalo
A new Salvadorean no-profit Foundation, dedicated to historical coach Enrique Samour , died last year, was founded some months ago by some members of the Samour family. The name of the foundation is 'Pro-Basket Enrique Samour''. Its main purpose is to develop the national basketball around El Salvador, and its first act was a huge basketball camp for youngsters and kids held in the capital town some days ago. The camp started on August 3 at the 'Gimnasio Nacional Jose Adolfo Pineda' and was run by Salvadorean coach Luis Turcios and by USA coach Herb Livsey , ex scout and coach of the NBA team Portland Trailblazers. Also teaching at the camp were coaches Jesse Teplitzky, Darren French, Ivan Barahona and Marc Jensen. All the players who attended the camp had the occasion to improve their skills in individuial defense, controlling the tempo of the game, moving around the court without the ball, passing and court vision, transition game. The first edition of the camp was very succesful

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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE   


ESL New York Day One - by Eurobasket
Friday Game 1: Riga - Stockholm 93-82

The 1st game of the ESL New York was clearly controlled by Riga, who won 93 to 82. Stockholm was chasing them just to be able to lose by 11. For Riga, Peter Mulligan (197-F/G-82, college: Manhattan) was well-known by the end of the 1st game. He posted the only triple-double of the weekend with 11 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists not to mention 2 steals. His court vision an unselfishness was well noted. Rodney Epperson (203-F-82, college: Mountain St.) led Riga in scoring with 17 points and 4 rebounds. He hit from all over, a few 3's as well as some tough fade away jumpers. Jernavis Draughn (197-G/F-81, college: American) put in 12 points and 3 rebounds. For Stockholm, it started and ended with their big in the middle J.R. Inman (206-F-87, college: Rutgers). Hands down the best true big in the gym. Inman posted 15 points and 5 rebounds. Wing Kelvin De Los Angeles (188-G/F-81, agency: Dynasty Sports, college: William Pater.)' style of play stood out, always seemed to be in the right spot when someone needed to be there. Kelvin put up 15 points, 2 assists and 2 steals. Lansen Leach (183-G-86, college: Elizabeth City) leading from the PG position posted 12 points, 2 assists and a steal. He made the offense move, as well as getting to the rack at will. When looking back on Game 1, Riga's overall teamwork an unselfishness is what got them the win. They were out there for the right reasons, to play within there coaches' concepts as well as defend for the whole 48 minutes of play. Stockholm missed open shots and did not get back in transition to defend Riga's ongoing fast break.

Stockholm Pt R A S
Kelvin De Los Angeles 15 2
Archie Mitchell 9 2
Lamar Wright 6
Jerel Thomas 5 3 3
JR. Inman 15 5
Lansen Leach 12 2
David Carter 6
Chad Ferguson 6
David Bagga 3
Sheiku Kabba 5
Riga Pt R A S
Chris Jenkins 4 5 2
Justin Marshall 9 6
Lawrence E. Diamond 2 3 4 2
Peter Mulligan 11 10 10 2
Brandon Stephens 15
Rodney Epperson 17 4
Gregory L. Gamble 6 5
Daquan Santos 3
Robert Thomas 10 3 2
Kaimondre Owes 4 3 2 2
Jernavis Draughn 12 3


Friday Game 2: Budapest - Helsinki 88-79

Game 2 was a close game until the 2nd quarter. Helsinki was up 21-20 at the end of the 1st, and then the 2nd quarter came along. Budapest was hot on all cylinders and Helsinki was clanking shots. Budapest outscored Helsinki 31 to 15 going into halftime. Being down 15 at half was too much for Helsinki as they dropped there 1st game of the weekend to Budapest 88 to 79. Much of the appreciation for the win could be put on the shoulders of Budapest PG Maurice Davis (188-G-79) who scored a game high 22 points along with 4 rebounds an a assist. Davis shot a high percentage for a PG along with making 4 3's. Budapest had there bigs/wings going to work as well. TJ Stukes put up 14 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists, as well as Robert Sharpe (201-F/C-85, college: Bluefield) putting in 12 points and 5 rebounds. On Helsinki's side there was Charles Ward (201-F-79, college: St.Augustine) perhaps the best penetrator in the whole Summer League. He tallied 17 points along with 4 rebounds. Dwayne Birden (196-F/G-84, college: N.Colorado) put up 14 points and 2 rebounds. Dwayne Birden is an interesting player, 6'5,200 a prototypical 2 guard (lefty) with the right body, length and quickness for his position. He's a good shooter who plays within his strengths, a team player. Overall the game was very competitive the whole way through, just the difference in the misses an makes in the 2nd quarter that determined this one.

Budapest Pt R A
Nathanael Reed 5 2 3
Robert Sharpe 12 5
TJ Stukes 14 6 2
Karron Clark 10 4 4
Lawrence Gaston 10 3
Damien Brown 10 3 2
Cameron Benson
Nana Ampin
Kevin Spann 5 3
Maurice Davis 22 4
Helsinki Pt R A
Stanley Bolden 6
Dwayne Birden 14 2
Brandon Odom 7 2
Julian McClurkin 10 8
Cameron Benson 8 2
Londrick Nolen/ Wilson 10
Charles Ward 17
Travis Degroot 7 8


Friday Game 3: Istanbul - Kiev 82-71

Game 3 was a battle. Istanbul found a way to win each quarter but going into the 4th the score was only 57 to 52. The final score was Istanbul 82 to Kiev's 71 thus Istanbul opened it up in the 4th quarter. Istanbul's team was a fun team to watch for there was no true PG, it was more like a collection of great ball handling 2-guards or a wing taking turns bringing the ball up or running the fast break. Most noticeable would have to be Lamar Twitty (193-F-86, college: Florida A&M) who scored a game high with 22 points, as well as 5 rebounds and 4 assists. Scored in every way possible, he was getting to the rack, he hit 3 3's, a converted and 1, 4/4 ft's--- overall a polished scorer. Laird Walker (196-G/F-86, college: Lake Forest) had a well spread out game with 15 points 7 rebounds and a team high 5 assists. Then Xavier Blain-Cruz (188-G, college: Pueblo Nuevo) went to work with 12 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists and a game high 3 steals. Kiev also had a lot going on with there perimeter players. Akeem Wright (198-G-84, college: Kansas St.) put up 19 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals. 1 of the top 2 best penetrators in the camp. Gets to the rack effortlessly. Jason Hickenbottom (193-G/F-86, college: Philadelphia) also had 19 points for Kiev along with 4 rebounds. Hickbottom is a talented 2 guard who hit 2 3's not to mention going to the line 5 different times an converting 8/10 fts. Jeffrey Addai (188-G, college: Texas A&M) ran the point for Kiev posting 12 points, 3 rebounds and 5 assists. Hit difficult pull up jumpers off the dribble. Impressed me more every game I watched him. Possible top PG at the camp.

Istanbul Pt R A S
Terrance Todd 8 2 3
David Carter
Yuta Kurihara 2
Preston Butts 13 2
John Gooden 6 2 2
Xavier Blain-Cruz 12 2 3 3
Michael Canady 4 7
Lamar Twitty 22 5 4
Laird Walker 15 7 5
Kiev Pt R A S
Stephen Yamoah 6 2
Edward White 5 2
Jerry Anderson
Jimmie Inglis 10 6
Maurice Barksdale
Reginald Winkfield
Jeffery Addai 12 3 5
Akeem Wright 19 4 2
Coby Williams
Jason Hickenbottom 19 4


Friday Game 4: Prague - Moscow 86-62

Game 4's final score does not serve Moscow the credit they deserve for the battling they did the 1st 3 quarters. Prague was only up 57 to 50 going into the 4th. Unfortunately in the 4th quarter, Moscow didn't bring there offense only putting up 12 points in 12 mins. Prague looked like a well oiled machine the way they were getting out on the fast break and the quick ball movement let alone decision making that was going on in the 4th, thus Prague smoked Moscow 86 to 62. Prague's chemistry resulted in there team have 6 guys go for at least 9 points or more. Damien Goodman (201-F-82, agency: Dynasty Sports, college: NC-Pembroke) led Prague with 16 points and 3 rebounds. Joshua Walker (193-F, college: S.Wesleyan) added 13 points and 2 assists while Dwight Burke (203-F, college: Marquette) put in 10 points 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Moscow's bags came to play with Aris Williams (206-F-86, agency: Triton Sports, college: S.Florida) posting 15 points 7 rebounds and 2 assists, while Calvin Brown put up 11 points 7 rebounds and 2 assists. Akeem Gooding (193-F-87, college: St.Peter's) had 10 points 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Gooding is a complete hustler, a junk yard dog if you will, good luck trying to score on him. Overall, Pragues well rounded scoring was too much for Moscow to handle without Moscow's guards showing up to help put the ball in the basket.


Prague Pt R A S
Lucias Jordan 5 5
#19 7 5
Joshua Walker 13 2
Jason Bryson 6
Stephen DeLuca 10 2
Richard Fields 10 3
Myles Guidry 9
DJ Sackman
Damien Goodman 16 3
Devon Sullivan
Dwight Burke 10 4 2
Moscow Pt R A S
Aris Williams 15 7 2
Donte Chisolm 5 3 4
Dan Clark 4
Davon Barton 8 2
Kenji Hilke 3 4 2
Felipe Barrios 4 4
Akeem Gooding 10 4 2
Maurice Freeman 2 2
Calvin Brown 11 7 2



Standings
Eurobasket S.League Standings
Chicago
 1. London 8-0 
 2. Amsterdam 7-0 
 3. Athens 6-0 
 4. Paris 5-0 
 5. Rome 4-0 
 6. Berlin 3-0 
 7. Madrid 2-0 
 8. Warsaw 1-0 
Las Vegas
 1. Monaco 8-0 
 2. Dublin 7-0 
 3. Lugano 6-0 
 4. Brussels 5-0 
 5. Zurich 4-0 
 6. Geneva 3-0 
 7. Venice 2-0 
 8. Manchester 1-0 
Malaga, Spain
 1. Sofia 4-0 
 2. Naples 3-0 
 3. Belgrade 2-0 
 4. Munich 1-0 
New York
 1. Riga 8-0 
 2. Istanbul 7-0 
 3. Prague 6-0 
 4. Budapest 5-0 
 5. Moscow 4-0 
 6. Helsinki 3-0 
 7. Kiev 2-0 
 8. Stockholm 1-0 


ESL New York Day Two - by Eurobasket
Saturday Game 1: Helsinki - Stockholm 90-79

Saturday started off with a solid game with both teams competing from start to finish. Helsinki was only up 45 to 41 at half, and Helsinki held off Stockholm for there 1st win with a 90 to 79 final. Helsinki had 2 of there wings/bigs shining glass. Charles Ward (201-F-79, college: St.Augustine) started if off with 19 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists. Then came Londrick Nolen (198-F/G-83, college: Mississippi) who went for 20 points and 12 rebounds. And helping out from the perimeter was Stanley Bolden who had 12 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists and 3 steals. Stockholm had there share of game changers as well. Sheiku Kabba (188-G-79, agency: Interperformances, college: Providence) went off for 20 points, 4 rebounds, 5 assists and a game high 4 steals. No one could check Kabba in the 1st half. Kabba went for 7 in the 1st quarter and 10 in the 2nd. 17 of his 20 in the first half. It was the way he was scoring, he was in a grove, 4 3s; pull up jumper, a jumper in the closing seconds of the half. It was good to see a player take over the way he did. J.R. Inman (206-F-87, college: Rutgers) posted 17 points and 5 rebounds while converting 2 and 1's. Then Lamar Wright (191-G, college: Kean) came to play. With 11 points, 6 rebounds ( 3 off.), an assist an a steal. Wright is 6'3 with a great wing span. He's going to out work you and he'll D up every play. And the way he was getting up and snagging these offensive rebounds over guys 3 an 4 inches taller than him was very impressive. Overall Helsinki got to many 2nd chance points. Our numbers have that Helsinki outrebounded Stockholm 37 to 15...OUCH!

Helsinki Pt R A S
Charles Ward 19 12 2
Londrick Nolen/Wilson 20 12
Julian McClurkin 11 5
Brandon Odom 9 2
Stanley Bolden 12 3 2 3
Duane Okantey
Colson Senat 3
Laird Walker
Travis Degroot 7
#63/77 8
#71 4
Stockholm Pt R A S
Jerel Thomas 4
J.R. Inman 17 5
David Bagga 3
Chad Ferguson 3
Lansen Leach 2 2
Kelvin De Los Angeles 10
Archie Mitchell 5 2
Lamar Wright 11 2
Sheiku Kabba 20 4 5 4
David Carter 5 2 2


Saturday Game 2: Riga - Budapest 76-65

This wasn't your average kind of game. Due to injuries on Budapest, they played only 6 guys. Due to guys not remembering what there team name was, 13 players decided to show up to suit up for Team Riga. Managing the minutes for Riga was difficult thus you wonder how good of a rhythm they players were able to get into during there limited time on the court. Riga was up 40 to 36 at half and finished off Budapest 76 to 65 in the 4th to reserve a spot in the championship. Standing out on Riga was Jernavis Draughn (197-G/F-81, college: American) with 15 points, he had a 3, a strong and 1, and strong move in the post, and a difficult bank shot off the baseline. He was very consistent in knowing someone had to step up and shoulder the load for Riga. Kaimondre Owes (191-G-85, agency: GOTathletes, college: Maine) was the 2nd leading scorer for Riga with 10 points. Budapest's Damien Brown (201-C/F-87, college: Averett) was climbing all over the offensive glass this game. No one could box him out. He put a solid 18 points and 13 rebounds (4 off.). TJ Stukes (203-F-84, agency: Rice and Rice, college: Pittsburg St.) came through with another big game posting 15 points and 10 rebounds. And doing the work on the perimeter was Lawrence Gaston (188-G) with 11 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals. Overall Budapest had no legs left in the 4th with just 6 bodies to play the whole game. I'm sure Riga having 8 guys on the bench with fresh legs didn't hurt come the last 6 minutes of the 4th quarter.

Riga Pt R A S
Robert Thomas 2
Peter Mulligan 7
Rodney Epperson 4
Brandon Stephens 6 2
Chris Jenkins 7
Kaimondre Owes 10
Gregory L. Gamble 6 4 2
Daquan Santos
Justin Marshall 4
Jernavis Draughn 15
Lawrence Diamond 7
Cameron Benson 8 2
Budapest Pt R A S
Nathanael Reed 3 8 5 4
Robert Sharpe 8 9
TJ Stukes 15 10
Lawrence Gaston 11 2 4 4
Damien Brown 18 13
Cameron Benson
Nana Ampin
Kevin Spann
Maurice Davis 10


Saturday Game 3: Istanbul - Prague 83-81

Classic battle to see who wanted it more to be in the championship game Sunday. A great game filled with a lot of guards and great wings. Prague was down 5 at the end of the 1st. Then they were up 4, 42 to 38 at half. They held that lead going by 2 more at the end of the 3rd, 63 to 57. Now Prague was at the finish line 81 to 74 with 1 minute 20 seconds left on the clock. Istanbul kept playing aggressive D that led into turnovers which led to baskets. Before you know it you were looking at a tied score of 81 a piece with Istanbul having the ball left with 10 seconds left. And then the go ahead basket was scored and Istanbul had just stunned Prague to reserve there spot in the championship game Sunday. Istanbul went on a 9 to 0 run in the last minute an 20 seconds to take the game by 2. It was the kind of game you have been waiting for all weekend. Xavier Blain-Cruz (188-G, college: Pueblo Nuevo) posted a game high 24 points, 2 rebs, and 2 steals. Blane-Cruz hit 5 3's not to mention he hit 3 of those in a span of about 70 seconds in the 2nd half. Lamar Twitty (193-F-86, college: Florida A&M) did his deal with 18 points 6 rebounds 2 assists and 2 steals. Prague once again had 5 players score 9 or more points for them. Damien Goodman (201-F-82, agency: Dynasty Sports, college: NC-Pembroke) put in 13 points with 2 assists, while Joshua Walker (193-F, college: S.Wesleyan) added 12 points. After a game like this, I had a feeling these were the 2 best teams period, unfortunately for them they ended up on the same side of the bracket and we saw this game a day to early

Prague Pt R A S
Joshua Walker 12
Damien Goodman 13 2
DJ Sackman 8 4
Stephen DeLuca 9 4
Devon Sullivan
Dwight Burke 9 4
Richard Fields 2 3
Lucias Jordan 8
Jason Bryson 10
Myles Guidry 6 5 2
#19 4 2
Istanbul Pt R A S
Terrance Todd 10
Dwayne Birden
Yuta Kurihara 1
Preston Butts 5 4 2 2
John Gooden 9 8
Xavier Blain-Cruz 24 2 2
Michael Canady
Lamar Twitty 18 6 2 2
Laird Walker 10 4
Ray Gamble 4 6 5
#55 2


Saturday Game 4: Moscow - Kiev 66-60

Good game with a wild finish. Kiev up 1, 20 to 19 at end of 1st. Moscow up 1 going into halftime 30 to 29. Kiev retakes the lead by 7 to go into the 4th quarter 50 to 43. Then Kiev gets outscored 23 to 10 in the 4th quarter to give away a win to Moscow. Kiev put up 10 points in the last 12 minutes of play. Low scoring game. Moscow's big player was big man Calvin Brown (206-C-83, college: Norfolk St.) with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Then there were 4 players for Moscow with 9 points each. For Kiev, Akeem Wright (198-G-84, college: Kansas St.) came up big with 17 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals. Overall a real low scoring game but competitive on both ends from both teams. Kiev was struggling to hit shots they were hitting the first day of the camp and Moscow still did not have a big scorer from the guard or wing position to pick up the scoring.


Kiev Pt R A S
Jimmie Inglis 4 8
Jerry Anderson 2 4
Jeffery Addai 9 2
Edward White 4 2
Akeem Wright 17 8 4 2
Stephen Yamoah 6 2
Jason Hickenbottom 8 4 3
#72 5
Moscow Pt R A S
Aris Williams 9 2
Donte Chisolm 4 2 2
Dana Clark 9 2
Davon Barton 9 3
Kenji Hilke 1
Felipe Barrios 9
Akeem Gooding 2 3 3
Maurice Freeman 5
Calvin Brown 14 5

All games comments courtesy of Chris Fellos


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Standings Div.B (Men)
Standings Div.B
Group A
1. Montenegro.5-0
2. Holland3-2
3. Austria3-2
4. Iceland1-3
5. Denmark0-5
Group B
1. Belarus4-0
2. Cyprus2-3
3. Romania2-3
4. Switzerlan.2-3
5. Albania2-3
Group C
1. Sweden5-0
2. Georgia4-1
3. Slovakia2-2
4. Ireland1-4
5. Luxembourg.0-5


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Marco BELINELLI
  ITA
  (196-G-86)
  Avg: 22.7
 1. Belinelli, ITA22.7 
 2. Hervelle, BEL20.3 
 3. Parker, FRA20.0 
 4. Welsch, CZE17.8 
 5. Batum, FRA17.3 
 6. Lorant, HUN16.0 
 7. Benda, CZE15.6 
 8. Nemeth, HUN14.6 
 9. Kullamae, EST14.6 
 10. Pietrus, F.13.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Axel HERVELLE
  BEL
  (205-F-83)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Hervelle, BEL7.3 
 2. Lorant, HUN7.3 
 3. Pietrus, FRA7.3 
 4. Bader, HUN7.3 
 5. Kangur, EST6.9 
 6. Talts, EST6.6 
 7. Vesely, CZE6.3 
 8. Benda, CZE6.0 
 9. Kotti, FIN5.8 
 10. Batum, F.5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jiri WELSCH
  CZE
  (198-F-80)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Welsch, CZE5.2 
 2. Bremer, BIH3.8 
 3. Diaw, FRA3.7 
 4. Simon, HUN3.3 
 5. Satoransky, CZE3.0 
 6. Tein, EST2.8 
 7. Koponen, FIN2.7 
 8. Moors, BEL2.7 
 9. Vitali, ITA2.6 
 10. Kangur, E.2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Nicolas BATUM
  FRA
  (201-F-88)
  Avg: 2
 1. Batum, FRA2.0 
 2. Dedovic, BIH2.0 
 3. Tein, EST1.9 
 4. Kirksay, FRA1.8 
 5. Vesely, CZE1.8 
 6. Belinelli, ITA1.7 
 7. Bulleri, ITA1.6 
 8. Kotas, CZE1.6 
 9. Parker, FRA1.5 
 10. Marek, C.1.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Janar TALTS
  (205-C-83)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Talts, EST1.3 
 2. Turiaf, FRA1.3 
 3. Bajramovic, BIH1.0 
 4. Lichodzijews., BEL0.8 
 5. Vesely, CZE0.8 
 6. Teletovic, BIH0.8 
 7. Benda, CZE0.7 
 8. Gigli, ITA0.7 
 9. Muurinen, FIN0.7 
 10. Pietrus, F.0.7 


Div. B Day: 6 (Qualifying Round) - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Austria - Denmark 92-61
Austria improbed to 3-2 record after the home win over Denmark 92:61. More than 500 fans in Oberwart saw the important victory for the hosts that remained Denmark winless in the campaign. Stjepan Stazic (198-G-78, agency: World Sport Agency) paced all the winners with 14 points and Nagler Christoph added 13. Iversen Niccolai and Frandsen nailed 12 points each in the losing effort.

Montenegro - Holland 93-68
Montenegro remained perfect in Group A of the European Championships in Division B. The team improbed to 5-0 record after 93:68 over the Dutch team. Vlado Scepanovic (198-G-75) led the way with 17 points and Pekovic Nikola scored 16. Jansen Rogier poured in 16 points for the guests and Defares Bryan added 15.

Group B
Cyprus - Romania 78-69
Cyprus posted the second win at the EuroBasket in Division B campaign. They held off Romania in overtime in Nicosia to catch up with their opponents at 2-3 record in Group B. The teams now share the 2nd-3rd place in the table. Panagiotis Trisokkas (206-C-80, agency: High Post Agency) managed 18 points and 7 boards for Cyprus. Aristides Koronides nailed 15 points, while Andreas Pilavas added 12. Vlad Moldoveanu responded with 20 points and 13 boards for Romania. Ionut Dragusin and Andrei Mandache had 9 points each in the loss.

Albania - Switzerland 76-73
Albania beat Switzerland 76:73 to tie both records at 2-3 in Group B of the European Championships. The last points of the game the hosts had to score from the free throw line, but that was enough for the victory. Franko Bushati (188-G-85) led the way with 24 points and Luca Ersid added 16. Wegmann Valentin finished the night with 17 points in the losing effort.

Group C
Georgia - Luxembourg 115-73
Georgian National Team posted the fourth win at the EuroBasket Division B campaign. They thumped Luxembourg at home court today to jump on top of Group C at 4-1 record. Luxembourg in the meantime suffered the fifth straight loss. Six Georgia players delivered in double figures for the hosts. Tyrone Ellis (193-G-77, college: S.Nazarene) knocked down 23 points to pace the charge. Zaza Pachulia and Giorgi Tsintsadze added 20 points each for the winners. Martin Rajniak responded with 20 points and 7 boards for Luxembourg. Peter Rajniak contributed 18 points in the losing effort.

Ireland - Sweden 50-66
Sweden remained undefeated at the EuroBasket in Division B action. They held off Ireland in Dublin tonight to jump to 5-0 record on top of Group C. Ireland at the same time fell at 1-4 record in the fourth position in the quintet. Mats Levin (188-G-77) notched 13 points to lead the charge. Thomas Massamba and Martin Pahlmblad netted 11 points each in the winning effort. Bryan Mullins responded with 10 points, 4 boards and 4 assists for Ireland. Colin O'Reilly added 9 points in the loss.



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Div. B Day: 8 (Semi-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Semifinals
Slovenia - Bulgaria 63-87
Pavlin Ivanov (194-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) led Bulgaria U16 into the Final of the U16 European Championship Men in Division B. His team overcame Slovenia 87:63 to reach the Final game of the tournament in Portugal. Pavlin Ivanov top-scored for the winners with 30 points, while Tenchev collected 17 points and 11 rebounds and Karamfilov added 11. Gominsek delivered 13 points in defeat as Slovenia will play for the third place. Rojc netted 11 and Rupnik added 10.

Denmark - United Kingdom 82-56
Denmark entered the Final of the U16 European Championship Men in Portugal. The Scandinavian team overcame England 82:56 in the Semifinal clash. Esben Reinholt (193-G-93) top-scored for the winners with 23 points. Benzon netted 12, while Rungby collected 12 points and 16 rebounds. Van Oostrum delivered 18 points in defeat and Esprit added 12.



13-16 spot
Luxembourg - Ireland 59-87
Ireland U16 edged Luxembourg U16 at the Classification Round for 13th to 16th Places. The winners produced 87:56 victory at the U16 European Championship Men in Division B. O'Sullivan was unstoppable for the winners with 33 points and 9 rebounds. Ryan Downey (175-G-94) collected 14 points and 10 boards, while Smith and O'Mahony notched 7 apiece. Tim Steffen and Arendt top-scored with 14 points each in defeat. Bob Melcher followed them with 9 points in a loss.

5-8 spot
Finland - Hungary 65-64
Finland U16 won the first game of the Classification Round for 5th to 8th Places as they rolled over Hungary U16 in Division B. The Scandinavian team produced 65:64 at the U16 European Championship Men in Portugal. Kalle Naapi (187-G-93) top-scored for the winners with 14 points as they will play for the 5th place tomorrow. Caven netted 12, while Seppala posted 10. Dobos collected 16 points and 12 boards in the losing effort. Jakab and Somenek followed him with 12 points each as Hungary will play for the 7th place.

Sweden - Romania 85-70
Sweden U16 won the Classification Round for 5th to 8th Places game as they beat Romania U16 in Division B. The Scandinavian team produced 85:70 at the U16 European Championship Men in Portugal. Eriksson paced all the winners with 25 points as his team will play for the 5th place. Person nailed 18, whilst William Magarity (205-F-93) netted 10. Baczo ended up with 18 points in the losing case as Romania will play for the 7th spot. Filip delivered 13, whilst Cristiean chipped in 12.

9-12 spot
Belarus - Belgium 56-73
Belgium U16 stun Belarus U16 at the Classification Round for 9th to 12th Places. The Belgian side delivered 64:55 victory at the U16 European Championship Men in Portugal. Wim Vandenweyer (180-G-93) paced all the winners with 17 points as his team will play for the 9th spot. Ojomoh nailed 13, while Vander Poorten added 11. Minayeu scored 14 in defeat and Papruha chipped in 12.

Georgia - Slovakia 64-55
Georgia U16 outscored Slovak Republic U16 at the Classification Round for 9th to 12th Places. The team needed 14-7 in the last period for 64:55 victory at the U16 European Championship Men in Portugal. Valeri Kvantaliani (198-F-94) top-scored for the winners with 17 points. Lolishvili nailed 11, while Ramishvili scored 10. Nemcok finished the night with 14 points in the losing case and Flaska posted 11.



Day: 8 (Semi-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
5-8 places
Russia - Turkey 77-61
Russia claimed a confident win over Turkey at the U16 European Championship in Lithuania today. Sergey Karasev (200-F-93) knocked down 20 points as Russia recovered from upsetting loss to Serbia in the quarterfinal yesterday. Russia stayed in the quest for one available spot at the U17 World Championship in Germany next year. Vladislav Trushkin finished with 17 points for Russia. Andrey Loginov added 12 points and 8 boards in the win. Erbil Eroglu responded with 20 points, 6 assists and 4 boards for Turkey. Burak Yildizli had 19 points in defeat.

France - Croatia 49-79
French U16 National team suffered the second straight loss at the European Championship in Lithuania. After winning five in a row at the start of the tournament France lost the quarterfinal battle yesterday and could not match Croatia in the classification game tonight. Croatia will now fight for the fifth spot against Russia. Matej Buovac (197-G-93) exploded with game-high 23 points for Croatia. Stipe Cubric added 14 points in the win. Jean-Charles Livio responded with 12 points and 6 boards for France. William Howard had 11 points in defeat.

SEMIFINALS
Lithuania - Poland 70-63
Lithuania reached the championship game at home U16 European Championship. The defending champions held off ambitious Poland in the first semifinal of the day. The hosts overcame a slow start to the game to claim a confident victory at the end. Mantas Mockevicius (186-G-93) nailed 17 points, while Martynas Paliukenas knocked down 16 for Lithuania. Paulius Semaska added 13 points. Michal Michalak replied with 16 points for Poland. Piotr Niedzwiedzki had 14 points and 8 boards in the loss.

Serbia - Spain 75-88
Spanish U16 team marched into the Final of the European Championship in Lithuania. They held off Serbia to set up the decisive clash versus Lithuania tomorrow. Serbia will face Poland in the consolation final. Jaime Fernandez (184-G-93) was instrumental in the Spanish win as he knocked down 20 points. Alejandro Suarez produced 18 points for Spain. Mikel Motos had 13 points in the winning effort. Aleksandar Cvetkovic responded with 24 points and 7 rebounds. Nikola Pavlovic had 13 points in the loss.



Stats Leaders - Group B
Points Per Game
 Pavlin IVANOV
  BUL
  (194-G-93)
  Avg: 22.6
 1. Ivanov, BUL22.6 
 2. Van Oostrum, ENG22.6 
 3. Person, SWE21.0 
 4. Eriksson, SWE19.6 
 5. Tenchev, BUL18.1 
 6. Reinholt, DEN17.0 
 7. Dobos, HUN16.3 
 8. Papruha, BLR16.1 
 9. Vandenweyer, BEL15.7 
 10. Magarity, S.15.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LARSEN
  (203-F-93)
  Avg: 12
 1. Larsen, DEN12.0 
 2. Bojanovsky, SVK11.8 
 3. Burjanadze, GEO11.7 
 4. Stewart, ENG8.8 
 5. N''Dumba-C., SUI8.6 
 6. Dobos, HUN8.3 
 7. Tenchev, BUL8.0 
 8. Simeonov, BUL8.0 
 9. Olah, ROM7.9 
 10. Sota, P.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Miguel CARDOSO
  (182-G-93)
  Avg: 5
 1. Cardoso, POR5.0 
 2. Person, SWE4.4 
 3. Borg, SWE4.4 
 4. Van Oostrum, ENG4.2 
 5. Nemcok, SVK3.2 
 6. Reinholt, DEN3.2 
 7. Ivanov, BUL3.1 
 8. Pkhakadze, GEO2.8 
 9. Tullin, DEN2.8 
 10. Papruha, B.2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Devon VAN OOSTRUM
  (188-G-93)
  Avg: 6.8
 1. Van Oostrum, ENG6.8 
 2. Ngoy, AUT3.4 
 3. Nemcok, SVK3.2 
 4. Ojomoh, BEL3.1 
 5. Reinholt, DEN3.0 
 6. Ramishvili, GEO3.0 
 7. Ivanov, BUL2.6 
 8. Burjanadze, GEO2.5 
 9. Person, SWE2.2 
 10. Soares, P.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Beka BURJANADZE
  (200-C-94)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Burjanadze, GEO3.2 
 2. N''Dumba-C., SUI2.4 
 3. Olah, ROM2.4 
 4. Dobos, HUN2.3 
 5. Chuku, ENG2.2 
 6. Bojanovsky, SVK2.2 
 7. Larsen, DEN1.5 
 8. Semianiuk, BLR1.3 
 9. Simeonov, BUL1.1 
 10. Bas, A.1.0 


Stats Leaders - Group A
Points Per Game
 Francesco VECCIA
  (190-G-93)
  Avg: 19.4
 1. Veccia, ITA19.4 
 2. Goldyrev, RUS18.0 
 3. Deligeorgis, GRE18.0 
 4. Karasev, RUS17.6 
 5. Miljenovic, SRB17.6 
 6. Vecvagars, LAT17.1 
 7. Artamonov, UKR17.0 
 8. Jogela, LTU16.0 
 9. Candan, TUR14.9 
 10. Ramljak, C.14.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Tauras JOGELA
  (199-F-93)
  Avg: 9.3
 1. Jogela, LTU9.3 
 2. Loginov, RUS9.1 
 3. Candan, TUR8.6 
 4. Saric, CRO8.3 
 5. Goldyrev, RUS8.0 
 6. Trushkin, RUS7.7 
 7. Karasev, RUS7.3 
 8. Vecvagars, LAT7.3 
 9. Bezbradica, SRB7.3 
 10. Unterluggaue., G.7.1 
Assists Per Game
 Paulius SEMASKA
  (179-G-93)
  Avg: 5.1
 1. Semaska, LTU5.1 
 2. Miljenovic, SRB4.8 
 3. Eroglu, TUR4.1 
 4. Vecvagars, LAT3.9 
 5. Deligeorgis, GRE3.7 
 6. Artamonov, UKR3.3 
 7. Festr, CZE3.2 
 8. Fernandez, ESP3.0 
 9. Andres, CZE3.0 
 10. Cubric, C.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Erbil EROGLU
  (193-G-93)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Eroglu, TUR3.3 
 2. Karasev, RUS2.9 
 3. Deligeorgis, GRE2.8 
 4. Miljenovic, SRB2.8 
 5. Zuikov, UKR2.5 
 6. Fernandez, ESP2.5 
 7. Monaldi, ITA2.1 
 8. Goldyrev, RUS2.0 
 9. Artamonov, UKR2.0 
 10. Candan, T.1.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Olexiy LEN
  (210-C-93)
  Avg: 2.6
 1. Len, UKR2.6 
 2. Bezbradica, SRB1.8 
 3. Karasev, RUS1.7 
 4. Loginov, RUS1.6 
 5. Kunes, CZE1.0 
 6. Trushkin, RUS1.0 
 7. Goldyrev, RUS1.0 
 8. Volchanov, UKR0.8 
 9. Mitrovic, SRB0.8 
 10. Lombardi, I.0.8 


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  FINLAND   


Seppala buries three for the win - by Eurobasket News
Finland U16-Hungary U16 65:64

Finland U16 won the first game of the Classification Round for 5th to 8th Places as they rolled over Hungary U16 in Division B. The Scandinavian team produced 65:64 at the U16 European Championship Men in Portugal.
Hungary easily started with 6-0 run and then added more points for 16:7 lead. Martin Somenek (197-F-93) gave his side 21:15 at the end of the first period. Biro scored for 34:18 and Misek netted for 39:20. It was an easy push for Hungary that also enjoyed 41:25advantage at the halftime. In the second half the picture had changed completely. Puotila reduced to 50:44 after 19-9 in the third quarter for Finland. Moreover Joonas Caven (203-F-93) tied the game at 54:54 an Kalle Naapi (187-G-93) made the same at 62:62. Ilari Seppala (185-G-93) nailed three to bring the victory for the Scandinavia team, 65:64 with 8 seconds to go.
Kalle Naapi top-scored for the winners with 14 points as they will play for the 5th place tomorrow. Joonas Caven netted 12, while Ilari Seppala posted 10. Laszlo Dobos (218-C-93, agency: FCM) collected 16 points and 12 boards in the losing effort. Peter Jakab (187-G-93) and Martin Somenek followed him with 12 points each as Hungary will play for the 7th place.
In another game Sweden U16 won the Classification Round for 5th to 8th Places as they beat Romania U16 in Division B. The Scandinavian team produced 85:70 at the U16 European Championship Men in Portugal.

Finland U16: Kalle Naapi 14, Joonas Caven 12, Ilari Seppala 10
Hungary U16: Laszlo Dobos 16+12 rebs, Peter Jakab 12, Martin Somenek 12


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  FRANCE   


France drop second straight in Kaunas - by Eurobasket News
France U16 - Croatia U16 49:79
French U16 National team suffered the second straight loss at the European Championship in Lithuania. After winning five in a row at the start of the tournament France lost the quarterfinal battle yesterday and could not match Croatia in the classification game tonight. Croatia will now fight for the fifth spot against the winner of Russia vs. Turkey clash.
It looked dull for France right from the start. Croatia knocked down first eight points of the game and rolled to a 17:9 lead after ten minutes of action. Matej Buovac (197-G-93) opened the second frame with five points in a row as the gap grew at 13 points. Croatia went on an 11:0 run midway through the period to take a 33:11 lead. Jean-Charles Livio (202-F/C-93) clipped the distance at 19 points at halftime. Ramljak and Matej Buovac connected twice from beyond the arc at the start of the third quarter as Croatia continued to run confidently. France looked completely out of gas as they appeared trailing by 26 points into the fourth term. Croatia eased to the win in the fourth quarter.
Matej Buovac exploded with game-high 23 points for Croatia. Stipe Cubric (182-G-93) added 14 points in the win. Jean-Charles Livio responded with 12 points and 6 boards for France. William Howard (198-F-93) had 11 points in defeat.

France U16: Jean-Charles Livio 12, William Howard 11
Croatia U16: Matej Buovac 23, Stipe Cubric 14, Josip Mikulic (209-F-93) 12



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  GEORGIA   


Georgia victimize Luxembourg in Tbilisi - by Eurobasket News
Georgia - Luxembourg 115:73
Georgian National Team posted the fourth win at the EuroBasket Division B campaign. They thumped Luxembourg at home court today to jump on top of Group C at 4-1 record. Luxembourg in the meantime suffered the fifth straight loss. Six Georgia players delivered in double figures for the hosts.
Georgia opened the game with 7 points in a row to grab the lead. Martin Rajniak (205-F-78, college: CSU Bakersfield) helped Luxembourg to stay within striking distance however Georgia soon cleared off. Tyrone Ellis (193-G-77, college: S.Nazarene) and Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-G-86) teamed up for 11 points to give the home team a 27:12 advantage. Georgia arrived at the first intermission leading by as many as 14 points 31:17. Tyrone Ellis knocked down 11 points in the second quarter as Georgia rolled confidently. They built a 60:28 advantage at halftime. Luxembourg went on a 10:0 run midway through the third quarter to cut the distance at 23 points. But it was just a moment for Luxembourg as the hosts quickly took over again. They drove to an 82:53 lead with ten minutes remaining. Georgia cruised to the victory in the final stanza.
Tyrone Ellis knocked down 23 points to pace the charge. Zaza Pachulia (212-C-84) and Giorgi Tsintsadze added 20 points each for the winners. Martin Rajniak responded with 20 points and 7 boards for Luxembourg. Peter Rajniak (196-G-81, college: Cal.Baptist) contributed 18 points in the losing effort.

Georgia: Tyrone Ellis 23, Zaza Pachulia 20, Giorgi Tsintsadze 20
Luxembourg: Martin Rajniak 20, Peter Rajniak 18



Georgia U16 outscored Slovak Republic U16 in Division B - by Eurobasket News
Georgia U16-Slovak Republic U16 64:55

Georgia U16 outscored Slovak Republic U16 at the Classification Round for 9th to 12th Places. The team needed 14-7 in the last period for 64:55 victory at the U16 European Championship Men in Portugal.
The squads exchanged 4-0 runs in the opening tip of the game, while Bojanovsky gave his side 12:6. David Flaska (200-F-93) made a jump shot for 19:14 Slovakian advantage after the opening quarter. The latter was also in front for the majority of the second period, however Gulmagarashvili sent the teams to the lockers for 32:31 halftime advantage. It was a real battkle in the third period that brought 50:48 after three quarters of the game when Brutovsky mafe a jump shot. In the last period Georgia was too good to be caught and kept the lead for good. Burjanadze made a jump shot for 64:55 final result.
Valeri Kvantaliani (198-F-94) top-scored for the winners with 17 points. Levan Lolishvili (198-F-94) nailed 11, while Nika Ramishvili (178-G-94) scored 10. Vladimir Nemcok (170-G-95) finished the night with 14 points in the losing case and David Flaska posted 11.
Belgium U16 stun Belarus U16 at the Classification Round for 9th to 12th Places. The Belgian side delivered 64:55 victory at the U16 European Championship Men in Portugal.

Georgia U16: Valeri Kvantaliani 17, Levan Lolishvili 11, Nika Ramishvili 10
Slovak Republic U16: Vladimir Nemcok 14, David Flaska 11


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  GERMANY   


Mali center Diakite joins MBC, Johnnie Gilbert leaves - by Moritz Korff
1. Bundesliga newcomer Mitteldeutscher BC signed another rookie for the 2009-2010 season. Cheick Diakite (206-C-85, college: Virginia Tech) is the fourth player who joins the Wolves coming straight out of school. The 23-year-old from Mali spent his entire collegiate career at Virginia Tech (NCAA1). He never excelled as a scorer, but especially helped the Hokies on the defensive end. During 2008-09 he appeared in 32 games for VT, averaging 3.8 points, 3.9 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per contest.
Meanwhile, Johnnie Gilbert (203-F-82, college: Oklahoma) will not return for a third season with MBC. The member of the 2008-09 Eurobasket.com All-2. Bundesliga Pro A First Team turned down several offers to extend his contract with the Wolves. In January 2008 he came to Weissenfels and played for MBC's second team some months, before being promoted to the Pro A squad.


Stefan Mienack New Assistant Coach With MEG Goettingen - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Even an outstanding head coach like John Patrick needs assistance during games, practices and off the court actions and as co trainers Pter Guenschel and Martin Lindemeier left, he had to find a replacement and did with Stefan Mienack. Mienack is a known face in Goettingen as he did an internship last season with the club and was able to get an early insight as too how John Patrick and MEG Goettingen tick. Patrick was already thinking about the future and this internship seemed to be a type of test for the 29 year old Mienack. During his internship, Patrick gave Mienack duties showing if he could handle responsibility and he handled them nicely preparing getting the team prepared for games and scouting the opponents.'I am looking forward for the upcoming season and to continue my work from last season. It is exciting to work with players from last season and the new ones that have come for the upcoming season. It is always an interesting mix', stated Stefan Mienack. Before Mienack joined MEG Goettingen, he worked for ASC 1846 Goettingen mostly in their youth program. He also worked for the Niedersachschen Basketball association for the men and women teams. He then worked for BG 74 where he worked in the Regionaliga before he came MEG Goettingen last season.


www.Source: www.bg74.de



Osnabrueck: Baker replaces Kohs - by Moritz Korff
The GiroLive Ballers Osnabrueck (2. Bundesliga Pro A) have made a roster move and signed a new player to replace Nick Kohs (203-C-87, college: Christian Brothers). Kohs and the Ballers had parted ways by mutual consent some days ago.
The new man in the middle will be Torvoris Baker (201-F-83, college: Detroit Mercy). The Albany, Georgia, native, a 2007-08 Eurobasket.com All-2. Bundesliga Pro B Forward of the Year, averaged in 30 Pro A games for Chemnitz 12.0 points and 8.1 boards last season.


Achmadschah Zazai Moves To The Artland Dragons To Substitute For The Injured Flavio Stuckemann - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The Artland Dragons have reacted quickly by bringing in Achmadschah Zazai (177-G-86), the guy that would give the real speedy gonzales a run for the money for three months to replace the injured Flavio Stuckemann (187-G-85), who injured his thigh at the end of June during a A-2 National game and as a result is not able to start training camp with The Artland Dragons. 'We decided to get Achmadschah, because despite his youth, has had experience and played for Ludwigsburg some years ago', stated Artland Dragons coach Thorsten Leibenath. Zazai is happy that he can get some further experience with a BBL team. 'I am thrilled to play for the Artland Dragons. It wasn't easy to wait so long, but in the end effect this was the best opportunity for me', stated Achmadschah Zazai. The young 22 year old 177 cm German-Afghani is also looking forward to backing up American Ronald Ross. 'This will be a big challenge playing behind Ross. I will do the best that I can to help as much as I can and to learn as much as possible from Ross', stressed Zazai.

He started his basketball career for TUS Lichterfelde in 2003 playing in the second bundesliga and the next season in the Regionaliga. In 2005-2006, he moved to
SG FT/MTV Braunschweig in the second bundesliga playing 28 games and averaging 6.3ppg, 1.3rpg, 2.2apg, 1.6spg, 2FGP: 48.3%, 3FGP: 26.9%, FT: 75.0%. Then as a 19 year old, he went south to the Schwabenland to BSG Ludwigsburg playing 15 games in the Regionaliga averaging 19.3ppg, and also had also a license for EnBW Ludwigsburg playing 12 games and avergaing 1.1ppg. He was able to learn a lot each day practicing against Americans Jerry Green and Je kel Foster. He seemed to be growing a need to change scenaries as he left Ludwigsburg in the 2007-2008 season and split time playing for the Bremen Roosters playing 14 games and avergaing 3.4ppg, 1.1apg, and in Jan.'08, he signed at Horsens IC in Denmark playing 8 games and avergaing 9.8ppg, 3.0rpg, Assists-3 (4.5apg), 2.4spg, 2FGP: 44.4%, 3PT: 29.0%, FT: 92.0%. Last season, he came back to Germany and played for Telemotive Muenchen in the PRO B playing 25 games and averaging 13.6ppg, 2.4rpg, Assists-4 (5.5apg), Steals-5 (2.2spg), FGP: 53.9%, 3PT: 37.7%, FT: 82.4%. He also played at the
European Championships U20 in Izmir (Turkey) in 2006:playing 8 games and averaging 5.0ppg, 2.1rpg, 3.1apg, 1.9spg. What really stands out in his game is his quickness, which he uses to perfection at 177cm. He is also looking forward to learning more from coach Thorsten Leibenath. 'I see this as a good chance, because most German BBL coaches give German players a chance. I have only heard good things about the coach', added Zazai. Even if he may only be there for a short stay, he is content to help form the team into a winner and feels they will have a good season. 'They finished last season very well and played well together. They have kept a core of those players. I think the team will be near the top and hope they will the big surprise of the BBL this season', said Zazai.

Source: www.artland-dragons.de



Rasta la Vista! Vechta moving up to 2. Bundesliga Pro B - by Moritz Korff
The 2. Bundesliga Pro B has finally reached full strength regarding the 2009-2010 season. Now it's a fact that in the up and coming campaign some rastaman vibration will sound in the gyms throughout Germany. As USC Freiburg received a wildcard to compete in the Pro A, one spot was left in the Pro B. SC Rasta Vechta who finished third in this past Regionalliga North season applied for that final starting position and got it yesterday.
A team with several very experienced players will join the league. In the higher league headcoach Malte Scheper, who led Rasta from 2. Regionalliga to 2. Bundesliga within two years, will rely on players like former German A2-international Lukas Dawidowski (198-F-83), veterans Marlone Jackson (204-F-78, college: Lamar) and recently signed Ismail Yaldiz (185-G-78) as well as Lithuanian guard Gintaras Grigisas (187-G-83).


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  HOLLAND   


The hosts will hope for the 13th place - by Eurobasket News
Portugal U16 beat Netherlands U16 at the Classification Round for 13th to 16th Places. The hosts of the U16 European Championship Men will play for the higher place after 76:71 victory.
Portugal will play with Ireland U16 that edged Luxembourg U16 at the Classification Round for 13th to 16th Places. The winners produced 87:56 victory at the U16 European Championship Men in Division B. O'Sullivan was unstoppable for the winners with 33 points and 9 rebounds. Ryan Downey (175-G-94) collected 14 points and 10 boards, while Smith and O'Mahony notched 7 apiece. Tim Steffen and Arendt top-scored with 14 points each in defeat. Bob Melcher followed them with 9 points in a loss.


Montenegro too good for Netherlands - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro - Netherlands 93:68

Montenegro remained undefeated in Division B of the EuroBasket tournament. They held off Netherlands in Podgorica to climb at 5-0 record on top of Group A. The Dutch team fell at 3-2 record in the third spot.
Bryan Defares (192-G-81, agency: Court Side, college: Boise St.), Elson and Wessels ensured a brave start from the visitors. They jumped to a 12:7 lead before Montenegro reminded of themselves. They hosts unleashed 12 points in a row to gain a 21:14 lead. Koljevic capped the first quarter with two free throws as Montenegro grabbed a 25:19 advantage. The visitors cut the distance to a single point early in the second quarter and then Peter van Paassen tied the score at 30. However Jeretin, Vlado Scepanovic (198-G-75) and Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) piloted the home team to a 48:41 lead at halftime.
Vlado Scepanovic and Omar Cook (186-G-82, college: St.John's) stretched the margin at 10 points early in the third stanza. The Balkan team maintained the advantage throughout the third quarter as they entered the fourth frame ahead by 9 points. Vlado Scepanovic, Omar Cook and Predrag Drobnjak (212-F/C-75) boosted the margin at 18 points in the fourth frame and the hosts cruised to the win from that point.
Vlado Scepanovic finished with 17 points to lead the charge. Nikola Pekovic added 16 points, while Omar Cook and Predrag Drobnjak had 13 points each in the win. Rogier Jansen (188-G-84, agency: Court Side) answered with 16 points for Netherlands. Bryan Defares nailed 15 points in defeat.

Montenegro: Vlado Scepanovic 17, Nikola Pekovic 16, Omar Cook 13, Predrag Drobnjak 13
Netherlands: Rogier Jansen 16, Bryan Defares 15



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  HONDURAS   


Honduras National Team 2009 - by Eurobasket
#s#
Jerry Echenique
Echenique
Cesar Stling
Stling
Pedro Salazar
Salazar
Selvin Connor
Connor
#e#5
Jose Luis Lopez (-G-73) of Icevic Tegucigalpa
Alvin Cacho (-87) of Icevic Tegucigalpa
Octavio Matamoros (190-G/F-86) of Nacional de Ingenieros - Tegucigalpa
Mario Amador
Omar Cacho (-F/C-85) of Icevic Tegucigalpa
Jerry Echenique (201-C-79) of Paysandu BB (URU)
Cesar Stling (198-F-74) of Halcones Red Nicarao (NIC)
Erlin Gonzalez
Pedro Salazar (204-C-72) of Navieros de Colon (PAN)
Michael Martinez
Joseph Flower (-75) of Policia Nacional Tegucigalpa
Selvin Connor (200-F-74) of San Marcos-2 (ESA)


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  HUNGARY   


Seppala buries three for the win - by Eurobasket News
Finland U16-Hungary U16 65:64

Finland U16 won the first game of the Classification Round for 5th to 8th Places as they rolled over Hungary U16 in Division B. The Scandinavian team produced 65:64 at the U16 European Championship Men in Portugal.
Hungary easily started with 6-0 run and then added more points for 16:7 lead. Martin Somenek (197-F-93) gave his side 21:15 at the end of the first period. Biro scored for 34:18 and Misek netted for 39:20. It was an easy push for Hungary that also enjoyed 41:25advantage at the halftime. In the second half the picture had changed completely. Puotila reduced to 50:44 after 19-9 in the third quarter for Finland. Moreover Joonas Caven (203-F-93) tied the game at 54:54 an Kalle Naapi (187-G-93) made the same at 62:62. Ilari Seppala (185-G-93) nailed three to bring the victory for the Scandinavia team, 65:64 with 8 seconds to go.
Kalle Naapi top-scored for the winners with 14 points as they will play for the 5th place tomorrow. Joonas Caven netted 12, while Ilari Seppala posted 10. Laszlo Dobos (218-C-93, agency: FCM) collected 16 points and 12 boards in the losing effort. Peter Jakab (187-G-93) and Martin Somenek followed him with 12 points each as Hungary will play for the 7th place.
In another game Sweden U16 won the Classification Round for 5th to 8th Places as they beat Romania U16 in Division B. The Scandinavian team produced 85:70 at the U16 European Championship Men in Portugal.

Finland U16: Kalle Naapi 14, Joonas Caven 12, Ilari Seppala 10
Hungary U16: Laszlo Dobos 16+12 rebs, Peter Jakab 12, Martin Somenek 12


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  IRELAND   


Ireland U16 edged Luxembourg U16 at the Classification Round for 13th to 16th Places - by Eurobasket News
Ireland U16 edged Luxembourg U16 at the Classification Round for 13th to 16th Places. The winners produced 87:56 victory at the U16 European Championship Men in Division B. O'Sullivan was unstoppable for the winners with 33 points and 9 rebounds. Ryan Downey (175-G-94) collected 14 points and 10 boards, while Smith and O'Mahony notched 7 apiece. Tim Steffen (188-F-93) and Arendt top-scored with 14 points each in defeat. Bob Melcher (185-G-94) followed them with 9 points in a loss.
Portugal U16 beat Netherlands U16 at the Classification Round for 13th to 16th Places. The hosts of the U16 European Championship Men will play for the higher place after 76:71 victory.


Sweden better Ireland in Dublin - by Eurobasket News
Ireland - Sweden 50:66

Sweden remained undefeated at the EuroBasket in Division B action. They held off Ireland in Dublin tonight to jump to 5-0 record on top of Group C. Ireland at the same time fell at 1-4 record in the fourth position in the quintet.
Sweden put the Irish fans to silence at the start of the encounter. The visitors went on a 12:0 run to tip off the game. Aaron Westbrooks (190-F-86) stopped the bleeding for the home team but Ireland managed just three points in the opening quarter. Sweden piled up a 19:3 advantage after ten minutes. The Scandinavian team earned a 22-point lead midway through the second quarter. They stayed in front comfortable arriving at halftime up by as many as 23 points. Ireland tried hard and cut the distance to 18 points with ten minutes to go. Mats Levin (188-G-77) started the final frame converting a three-point play as Sweden were back to 20+ gap. Mats Levin nailed 7 points in the fourth frame as Sweden rallied to a confident victory at the end.
Mats Levin notched 13 points to lead the charge. Thomas Massamba (185-G-85) and Martin Pahlmblad (193-G-86) netted 11 points each in the winning effort. Bryan Mullins (185-G-87, college: S.Illinois) responded with 10 points, 4 boards and 4 assists for Ireland. Colin O'Reilly (200-F-84, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Post) added 9 points in the loss.

Ireland: Bryan Mullins 10, Colin O'Reilly 9
Sweden: Mats Levin 13, Thomas Massamba 11, Martin Pahlmblad 11



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  ISRAEL   


Maccabi Haifa signed Amit Ben David and Ido Kozikaro - by Netanel Dahan
Maccabi Haifa, the basketball Championship runner up has informed that Amit Ben David (190-G-77, agency: Avi Zilberman) has signed with the team for another season, game season 09/10.

Ben David
: 'I'm happy that there is continuity in the team and in the system. I enjoyed very much last season and i'm looking farward to even a better one at the comming season'.

Ben David is 1.90 m. tall, a 31 years old Israeli native.
As he was growing up, he was part in the youth departments of Maccabi Tel Aviv and of Maccabi Raanana, and was a permanent member in the Israeli Youth National Team and in the Atuda Team.
Ben David made his big break in the adult teams playing for Ironi Naharia under the lead of Coach Avi Ashkenazi.

During the 2006-2007 season, Ben David has lead the league at a positive ratio of assists vs. lost balls (3.2 assists for each lost ball).

During the 07/08 season, while wearing the uniforms of Afula/Gilboa, ,he was a very central player, has scored 9.2 points per game, distributed 3.3 assists and took 2.8 rebounds in as little as 29 minutes average per game.

On the last season (08/09), Amit Ben David was a very crucial player in Maccabi Haifas array, when he took part in 30 League and Cup games, with 23.7 minutes in average per game, where he has scored 5.6 points per game, passed 2.7 assists and
took 2.3 rebounds per game.

Maccabi Haifa aslo signed Ido Kozikaro (203-F/C-78, agency: Arik Krayn Services) (2.02m) grew up at the Galil Elion youth department, played for the Israel national reserve team and with Galil Elion received recognition by becoming one of the league's top Israeli players. He was selected as the Israeli players' MVP at the 2002/2003 season. He went on to succeed at Hapoel Jerusalem, with whom he won the ULEB cup at 2004, and with Irony Naharia with whom he reached the Israeli Final 4.
said : 'i'm happy to continue with the successfull suff from last year and i wish us sucessfull season.'

This past season he was and important factor at Maccabi Haifa's winning formation and a big part at the team's achievements (vice champion and runner-up for the cup) when averaging 10 PPG and 7 RPG in 32 games.

Ido Kuzikaro is a regular and important player at the Israel national squad and is considered to be a 'soul player' and a crowed favorite.

Jeff Rosen: 'Kuzikaro, as same as Mizrahi, is a very important player to keep at the team and I'm very glad we did so, Ido is a fighter and a very good player at both ends of the court and that is how we want our whole team to play'.

Avi Ashkenazi: 'Ido is better then other forwards because of his great experience, his leadership and his ability to excel at two positions and not just one, that is why it was important for me to keep him and I'm very pleased that we did'.
Source www.mhbasket.co.il


Turkey prevail against Israel at O2 Tournament in London - by Eurobasket News
Turkey - Israel 85:69

Turkish National team celebrated a confident win over Israel at the start of the international O2 tournament in London. Oguz Savas (208-C-87) nailed 22 points to propel Turkey to the victory.
Turkey unloaded 11 straight points early in the opening quarter to take a 13:5 lead. Israel however responded with eight points in a row to draw things level. Gal Mekel (195-G-88, college: Wichita St.) hit a late bucket giving Israel a 16:15 lead into the second stanza. Ilsyasova organized an 8:0 run from Turkey midway through the second quarter as they regained the lead. Turkey stayed in charge building a 45:33 lead at halftime. The third frame became decisive as Turkey consolidated their advantage. They opened the quarter on a 7:2 run to clear off. Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) soon made it a 20-point game before Israel cut the distance at 16 points with ten minutes to go. Oguz Savas delivered some timely points for Turkey in the fourth stanza as they comfortably cruised to the win at the end.
Faruk Asik (211-C-86) finished with 15 points and 8 boards for Turkey. Ersan Ilyasova added 10 points in the win. Yaniv Green (206-F-80, agency: ZAG Advocates) responded with 17 points for Israel. Lior Eliyahu (205-F-85, agency: ZAG Advocates) had 10 points in defeat.

Turkey: Oguz Savas 22, Faruk Asik 15, Ersan Ilyasova 10
Israel: Yaniv Green 17, Lior Eliyahu 10



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  LATVIA   


Latvia take revenge on Lithuania in Riga - by Eurobasket News
Latvia - Lithuania 81:79

Latvia beat Lithuania in a friendly encounter at the Arena Riga yesterday. The win came just days after Lithuania held off Latvia in Kaunas. Another tight intense battle this time turned victorious for Kestutis Kemzuras team.
The teams kept it very close throughout the opening quarter. Kalnietis capped the frame with a three-pointer to give the visitors a 23:25 lead. Andris Biedrins (213-C-86) quickly tied the score at the start of the second quarter and Latvia soon surged in front. But Lithuania retained the lead late in the half and went into the dressing room ahead by five 45:40. Lukauskis and Kalnietis boosted the margin at 8-point mark in the third stanza. The visitors reached a 12-point lead late in the third quarter before Latvia woke up and responded. The hosts crowned the third quarter on a 7:2 run to get within 7 at the final break. Kristaps Valters (188-G-81) and Kaspars Kambala (206-C-78, college: UNLV) triggered a comeback rally from the home team midway through the final frame. Latvia went on a 9:2 run to ensure a 78:75 advantage in the final minutes. The hosts maintained the winning margin eking out a tough win at the end.
Kristaps Valters exploded with 24 points to pace Latvia. Kaspars Kambala added 11 points, while Andris Biedrins had 10 in the win. Linas Kleiza (203-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Missouri) responded with 20 points for Lithuania. Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) came up with 12 points in defeat.

Latvia: Kristaps Valters 24, Kaspars Kambala 11, Andris Biedrins 10
Lithuania: Linas Kleiza 20, Robertas Javtokas 12



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  LEBANON   


CHINA PIP LEBANON AT THE POST - by Maarouf Mawloud
TIANJIN (FIBA Asia Championship) - Hosts China and last editions silver medalists Lebanon uncorked some scintillating moments before the former emerged the better in the second semifinal by a wafer-thin 72-68 margin on Saturday.

China, who thus made the final after finishing 10th in the 2007 FIBA Asia Championship in Tokushima, joined Iran on the road to the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey.

China, 14-time gold medalists in the Championship, will attempt to dethrone defending champions Iran in the final on Sunday.

Lebanon, failed to make the final for the first time in three FIBA Asia Championships having lost to China and Iran in the 2005 and 2007 respectively.

They, however, have another chance to qualify for the 2010 FIBA World Championship when they play against Jordan in the bronze medal play-off on Sunday.

Both the coaches understandably sounded exhausted after the game.

It was a tough game, Chinas Guo Shiqiang echoed Lebanons Dragan Raca.

After all its one step before the final. It ought to be tight, they said.

Hu Xuefeng converted all the three free-throws, drawing a foul on Rony Fahed to give China a marginal 70-68 lead with 0:42 seconds left on the clock.

Brian Feghalis three-pointer attempt bounced off the rim and when Fadi El Khatib fouled Yi Jianlian to save time, the latter converted twice from the foul-line to take China to safety.

Lebanon did begin aggressively racing ahead 9-2 in the first five minutes of the game.

And when Wang Zhizhi leveled the scores at 14, for the first time for China, Jackson Vroman converted both his free-throws and Fadi El Khatib shot from the paint to give Lebanon a 18-14 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Lebanon kept their noses ahead in the second quarter and Vroman managed to put them back in lead when Yi leveled the scores at 31-31.

China went into the lead for the first time in the game only at the stroke of the second quarter buzzer when Liu Wei scored in the paint.

Yi Jianlian had just earlier leveled the scores with his trademark dunk.

Incidentally, that was only the third time China had leveled the scores in the entire first half.

And when the second half began, Wang Shipeng who had drawn a blank during his 13:31 presence on the court in the first half reeled in the first nine points and China were comfortably ahead 44-33.

Lebanon did fight back closing in the gap and went ahead marginally midway through the fourth quarter and kept pegging on their rivals heels.

And that foul in the dying moments proved their undoing.

Jackson Vroman led the game in scoring with 21 points, in a 56% field record (9/16), and collected 10 rebounds.

No other Lebanese crossed double-figures.

The only other Lebanese to convert at least half his scoring attempts was Ali Mahmoud who got all of two shots at the goal.

Wang Zhizhi was Chinas leading scorer with 20 points, 12 of them in the second half. Chinas first NBA export also collected a team-high nine rebounds.

Yi Jianlian converted six of his 10 attempts in two pointers and returned 18 points.


S Mageshwaran
FIBA Asia


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  LITHUANIA   


Latvia take revenge on Lithuania in Riga - by Eurobasket News
Latvia - Lithuania 81:79

Latvia beat Lithuania in a friendly encounter at the Arena Riga yesterday. The win came just days after Lithuania held off Latvia in Kaunas. Another tight intense battle this time turned victorious for Kestutis Kemzuras team.
The teams kept it very close throughout the opening quarter. Kalnietis capped the frame with a three-pointer to give the visitors a 23:25 lead. Andris Biedrins (213-C-86) quickly tied the score at the start of the second quarter and Latvia soon surged in front. But Lithuania retained the lead late in the half and went into the dressing room ahead by five 45:40. Lukauskis and Kalnietis boosted the margin at 8-point mark in the third stanza. The visitors reached a 12-point lead late in the third quarter before Latvia woke up and responded. The hosts crowned the third quarter on a 7:2 run to get within 7 at the final break. Kristaps Valters (188-G-81) and Kaspars Kambala (206-C-78, college: UNLV) triggered a comeback rally from the home team midway through the final frame. Latvia went on a 9:2 run to ensure a 78:75 advantage in the final minutes. The hosts maintained the winning margin eking out a tough win at the end.
Kristaps Valters exploded with 24 points to pace Latvia. Kaspars Kambala added 11 points, while Andris Biedrins had 10 in the win. Linas Kleiza (203-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Missouri) responded with 20 points for Lithuania. Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) came up with 12 points in defeat.

Latvia: Kristaps Valters 24, Kaspars Kambala 11, Andris Biedrins 10
Lithuania: Linas Kleiza 20, Robertas Javtokas 12



Lithuania enter U16 European Championship Final - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U16 - Poland U16 70:63
Lithuania reached the championship game at home U16 European Championship. The defending champions held off ambitious Poland in the first semifinal of the day. The hosts overcame a slow start to the game to claim a confident victory at the end.
Poland stunned Lithuania early in the encounter taking a 9:2 lead less than three minutes into it. The visitors maintained the advantage entering the second quarter up by 3 points 18:15. Michal Michalak (194-G-93) exploded with back-to-back three-pointers early in the second quarter as Poland gained a 7-point lead. However Mantas Mockevicius (186-G-93) responded with 6 consecutive points as Lithuania surged in front. The hosts ensured a 37:35 advantage at halftime. Mantas Mockevicius and Paulius Semaska (179-G-93) extended the lead to 10 points midway through the third quarter as the initiative belonged to the hosts. But Poland gradually clawed their way back and trailed by just four points into the fourth quarter. Piotr Niedzwiedzki (206-F-93) poured in five points in a row at the beginning of the fourth frame as Poland got back in charge. Lithuania needed just several minutes to steal back the advantage. Paulius Semaska, Mantas Mockevicius and Martynas Paliukenas (178-G-93) restored a 10-point lead for the hosts and silenced Poland for good.
Mantas Mockevicius nailed 17 points, while Martynas Paliukenas knocked down 16 for Lithuania. Paulius Semaska added 13 points. Michal Michalak replied with 16 points for Poland. Piotr Niedzwiedzki had 14 points and 8 boards in the loss.

Lithuania U16: Mantas Mockevicius 17, Martynas Paliukenas 16, Paulius Semaska 13
Poland U16: Michal Michalak 16, Piotr Niedzwiedzki 14



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  LUXEMBOURG   


Georgia victimize Luxembourg in Tbilisi - by Eurobasket News
Georgia - Luxembourg 115:73
Georgian National Team posted the fourth win at the EuroBasket Division B campaign. They thumped Luxembourg at home court today to jump on top of Group C at 4-1 record. Luxembourg in the meantime suffered the fifth straight loss. Six Georgia players delivered in double figures for the hosts.
Georgia opened the game with 7 points in a row to grab the lead. Martin Rajniak (205-F-78, college: CSU Bakersfield) helped Luxembourg to stay within striking distance however Georgia soon cleared off. Tyrone Ellis (193-G-77, college: S.Nazarene) and Giorgi Tsintsadze (192-G-86) teamed up for 11 points to give the home team a 27:12 advantage. Georgia arrived at the first intermission leading by as many as 14 points 31:17. Tyrone Ellis knocked down 11 points in the second quarter as Georgia rolled confidently. They built a 60:28 advantage at halftime. Luxembourg went on a 10:0 run midway through the third quarter to cut the distance at 23 points. But it was just a moment for Luxembourg as the hosts quickly took over again. They drove to an 82:53 lead with ten minutes remaining. Georgia cruised to the victory in the final stanza.
Tyrone Ellis knocked down 23 points to pace the charge. Zaza Pachulia (212-C-84) and Giorgi Tsintsadze added 20 points each for the winners. Martin Rajniak responded with 20 points and 7 boards for Luxembourg. Peter Rajniak (196-G-81, college: Cal.Baptist) contributed 18 points in the losing effort.

Georgia: Tyrone Ellis 23, Zaza Pachulia 20, Giorgi Tsintsadze 20
Luxembourg: Martin Rajniak 20, Peter Rajniak 18



Ireland U16 edged Luxembourg U16 at the Classification Round for 13th to 16th Places - by Eurobasket News
Ireland U16 edged Luxembourg U16 at the Classification Round for 13th to 16th Places. The winners produced 87:56 victory at the U16 European Championship Men in Division B. O'Sullivan was unstoppable for the winners with 33 points and 9 rebounds. Ryan Downey (175-G-94) collected 14 points and 10 boards, while Smith and O'Mahony notched 7 apiece. Tim Steffen (188-F-93) and Arendt top-scored with 14 points each in defeat. Bob Melcher (185-G-94) followed them with 9 points in a loss.
Portugal U16 beat Netherlands U16 at the Classification Round for 13th to 16th Places. The hosts of the U16 European Championship Men will play for the higher place after 76:71 victory.


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  MEXICO   


Real Mess finally ended - by Eurobasket
The most messy event you could find probably ever.
It's a strange evenement: first teams were disqualified, then just to appear in the final stage and ...play even in the final.
Just try to follow of what happened the last days in Cancun.
Maybe it's stillpost-N2H2 virus effect which made everyone scared to make any decision. Or maybe sunny Caribbean beaches in Yucatan peninsula, which prevented FIBA employees from making any proper decision.
The fact is that we do not remember to have bigger mess in the history of international basketball events. During the Cold War it was at least everything clear: these teams participate and these do not participate in the tournament. But here at COCABA you ...never know.
Were supposed to be 8 teams at the tournament? Yes. No more the case as Belize and Honduras were disqualified.
Then the same two teams ...still played the 'exhibition' games along with 'official' games of the other teams. Cool, they already paid for their tickets, yes? So why not to play anyway?
Then we had semifinals announced - great, at least the tournament is almost over. But whoever was hoping to see actually these semifinal games was ...wrong again.
Suddenly the two disqualified teams jumped in the final day and one of them did it directly to the final (after winning another 'unofficial' semifinal game.
I feel only sorry for poor Panama, which was somehow cheated out of the second place, which would guarantee them trip to Central American tournament.
Their federation did great job being the second best team at the tournament and in consequence ending the event ...on the third position. So they did not qualify to Centrobasket and new 'basketball powerhouse' Belize will represent COCABA at that tournament. Maybe Panama should also consider getting few high level U.S. players. No one cares anyway of checking any passports any more, so why not join the club?
Not that I have anything against Belize federation. Notice that Belize did not break any rules. According to Belize law, someone who can prove that his parents are from Belize, receives automatically Belizean citizenship. So here everything was OK and players like Marlon Garnett (188-G-75, college: Santa Clara), Leon Watson (203-F/C-77, college: UTSA), Charlie Burgess, Gene Myvett (193-G-82, college: Cal.St.-Los Angeles), Dakin Braddick (213-C-84, college: Benedict) and Keenan Jourdon (202-F-74, agency: Paris Global Sports, college: Boston Coll.) (played also in ...Puerto Rican NT) could prove their Belizean roots ...or not.

Please notice another similar case, which just happened at African Championships, which took place in Libya. The host team did not really announce their roster for the tournament and no media could find the names of the players till the event started. They did it just a day before the tournament. And here a nice surprise. There were three new players in a team, who played way better than rest of the team and all three spoke ...fluent English. They were Raed Elhamali (204-F/C-79, agency: Edge Sports, college: San Diego St.) (AKA: Randy Holcomb, drafted by San Antonio Spurs in 2002), Hesham Salem (206-F/C-81, agency: Octagon, college: Fresno St.) (AKA Hiram Fuller, drafted by Yakima Sun Kings (CBA) in 2003) and Alfath Belgasem (197-F/G-80, college: St.John's) (AKA: Alpha Bangura, drafted by Fayetteville Patriots (NBDL) in 2002). Luckily Libyan head coach Kevin Nickelberry could still keep his original name and did not have to be suddenly naturalized like his players. Well, we have to admit that it was mentioned before in media that they 'work' with Libyan national team helping them prepare for African Championships. But do not you think it's a very significant difference between 'working' with a team and 'playing' for a team? Suddenly Libyan team jumped from 3rd league of African countries to top elite by ...giving citizenship to three experienced Americans. What could we do? The tournament takes place in Libya, so should we ban the host team from participating in the tournament? Of course not. So poor Morocco and Egypt, which probably never in history lost a single game against Libya, and now they were beaten for the very first time by another 'basketball powerhouse', this time in north Africa. It only confirms that this year is very 'special' and it seems there something has to be done to control these events more closely to avoid similar cases. It's simply too many of them at the same time. They did happen in the past. But there were single cases and not even every year. But it never happened we had such many NTs trying to 'cheat' somehow adding extra players with questionable papers to their rosters, all of them at the same time.



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  MONTENEGRO   


Montenegro too good for Netherlands - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro - Netherlands 93:68

Montenegro remained undefeated in Division B of the EuroBasket tournament. They held off Netherlands in Podgorica to climb at 5-0 record on top of Group A. The Dutch team fell at 3-2 record in the third spot.
Bryan Defares (192-G-81, agency: Court Side, college: Boise St.), Elson and Wessels ensured a brave start from the visitors. They jumped to a 12:7 lead before Montenegro reminded of themselves. They hosts unleashed 12 points in a row to gain a 21:14 lead. Koljevic capped the first quarter with two free throws as Montenegro grabbed a 25:19 advantage. The visitors cut the distance to a single point early in the second quarter and then Peter van Paassen tied the score at 30. However Jeretin, Vlado Scepanovic (198-G-75) and Nikola Pekovic (210-C-86, agency: Beo Basket) piloted the home team to a 48:41 lead at halftime.
Vlado Scepanovic and Omar Cook (186-G-82, college: St.John's) stretched the margin at 10 points early in the third stanza. The Balkan team maintained the advantage throughout the third quarter as they entered the fourth frame ahead by 9 points. Vlado Scepanovic, Omar Cook and Predrag Drobnjak (212-F/C-75) boosted the margin at 18 points in the fourth frame and the hosts cruised to the win from that point.
Vlado Scepanovic finished with 17 points to lead the charge. Nikola Pekovic added 16 points, while Omar Cook and Predrag Drobnjak had 13 points each in the win. Rogier Jansen (188-G-84, agency: Court Side) answered with 16 points for Netherlands. Bryan Defares nailed 15 points in defeat.

Montenegro: Vlado Scepanovic 17, Nikola Pekovic 16, Omar Cook 13, Predrag Drobnjak 13
Netherlands: Rogier Jansen 16, Bryan Defares 15



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  NBA   


Houston Rockets add Chase Budinger - by Eurobasket News
Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey announced today that the team has signed Arizona forward Chase Budinger (6'7''-F-88) to a multi-year contract. He was a first round pick so a contract was guaranteed.

Budinger, who was selected by Detroit in the second round (44th overall) of the 2009 NBA Draft, had his draft rights acquired by the Rockets from the Pistons in exchange for a future second-round pick and cash considerations on June 25, 2009.

Budinger (6-7, 218, Arizona) recently led the Rockets in scoring during an undefeated (5-0) run at the 2009 NBA Summer League presented by EA SPORTS, averaging 17.8 points (.681, 32-47 FG; .727, 8-11 3FG; .944, 17-18 FT) in five games (two starts). An early entry candidate for the 2009 NBA Draft, Budinger averaged 17.0 points and 5.8 rebounds in three seasons with Arizona. He finished ranked 11th on Arizonas career scoring list with 1,697 career points, which stands as the highest point total in three seasons or less by a UA player.

A First-Team All-Pac-10 selection as a junior, Budinger also earned All-America Honorable Mention for a second straight year from The Associated Press after averaging 18.0 points, 6.2 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 35 appearances. Budinger added All-District IX selection by the USBWA and Second-Team All-District 20 honors from the NABC in 2008-09. He finished in double figures 31 times, including 16 20-point games. As a sophomore, Budinger was named Third-Team All-Pac-10 and Second-Team All-District 15 by the NABC. Budinger was also selected as the 2007 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, as well as MVP of the 2006 Nike Junior World Championships held in Douai, France as a member of Team USA.
Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Carter back with the Nuggets - by Eurobasket News
Anthony Carter (6'2''-G-75, college: Hawaii) is back with the Nuggets, and a ton of people in the organization are thrilled, starting with his head coach George Karl.

Karl openly lobbied for the return of the veteran point guard, who will head into his 11th NBA season armed with a one-year deal worth approximately $1.3 million. The Nuggets announced the signing of the free agent point guard this afternoon.

'It's something we very much wanted,' Nuggets vice president of basketball operations, Mark Warkentien said. 'There's a lot of guys out there. But there was never any question that that's the guy that George and the front office wanted. We're thrilled. His loyalty towards George, (owner Stan) Kroenke and the organization is just amazing.'

The move puts the Nuggets roster at 11 players under contract for next season, but everyone in the organization saw this as the team's next most important move.

With Carter, the Nuggets have a solid defensive perimeter presence off the bench and a guy that knows Karl's system. He is also now an important part of the support system that will mentor the team's first round draft pick, point guard Ty Lawson.

'You can't get better mentors than Chauncey Billups and Anthony Carter in terms of being professionals and first-class citizens,' Warkentien said. 'Between them they have what, 20-something years in the league? You couldn't have better role models.'

Carter averaged 5.3 points and 4.7 assists in 22 minutes per game last season.

'Obviously he could have found a similar contract somewhere else,' Warkentien said. 'But he wanted to be a Nugget, and thank goodness he is.'

Smith to wear No. 5. Nuggets shooting guard J.R. Smith will wear No. 5 next season. Smith, who has worn No. 1 ever since he's been with the Nuggets, is changing jersey numbers, as Billups will wear No. 1 next season.
Courtesy of www.denverpost.com


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  NCAA3   


Germanys Dachau Spurs D3 Stand-out - by Joan Manuel Sanchez
DEFIANCE, Ohio - Former Defiance College standout center, Anthony Pettaway, has recently signed a contract to begin his professional career on the hardwood. The three-time All-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference player will take his game overseas to compete for the Dachau Spurs of Germany's Regionalliga South-East League.


Pettaway averaged 16.8 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.1 blocks per game for the Yellow Jackets during his senior season and was named First-Team All-HCAC, Second-Team All-Midwest District and Third-Team All-Midwest Region.


The Toledo, Ohio, native ended his four-year career at Defiance with 1,477 points, 75 blocks, 767 rebounds and 617 made field goals. Those totals rank Pettaway 11th in scoring, second in blocked shots, sixth in total rebounds and sixth in made field goals in DC history.


Pettaway will bring much needed size and strength to the experienced roster for the Dachau Spurs and will play for first-year head coach Christian Kunz. Pettaway will be joined on the squad by a fellow newcomer from the United States, as NCAA D-II Bloomfield College standout, Knox Omari, is also set to bolster the roster.


The Spurs are located in Munich, Germany and will play their first scrimmage on August 15 in preparation for the upcoming 2009-2010 campaign. Pettaway will look to help the team improve on its 11-12 record in 2008-2009.




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  PARAGUAY   


National League updatings - by Gianni Pascucci
The second leg of the National League 2009 started friday night in Encarnacion. After the first two days, the results were as follows:
Libertad - Sacachispas 95-87
Estrellas de Area 4 de Ciudad del Este - Felix Perez Cardozo 89-83

(Aldo Acosta (192-F-76) 27, Nilo Jr Rodrigues (198-F/C) 13 - Omar Waller (196-F-81, college: Texas Coll.) 19)
Sol de America - Estrellas de Area 4 80-74
Libertad - Club Social Amambay 94-68

(Ricardo Ozuna (185-G/F-82) 20, Brian Craig (206-C-79, college: Miles) 19 - Janjaio Joerke (205-F/C-72) 20)


National League Standings
National League Standings
 1. Libertad 3-0 
 2. Sol de Amer. 2-1 
 3. Sacachispas 2-1 
 4. Felix Perez 1-2 
 5. Estrellas 1-3 
 6. Amambay 1-3 


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  POLAND   


Poland silence the hosts in London - by Eurobasket News
Great Britain - Poland 56:70

Poland opened the O2 international tournament in London with win over hosting Great Britain. Despite losing Gortat because of the injury Poland showed their class to tame the home team.
The lead changed hands for several times throughout the starting stanza. Great Britain surged in front midway through the stanza to take a 16:7 lead. Poland capped the frame with 7 points in a row and cut the deficit at 2 points. Wojcik tied the score at the start of the second quarter. Poland soon went on a 10:1 rally to take a 29:25 advantage. Randell Hankes stopped the bleeding for the hosts but Great Britain still trailed 27:30 at halftime. The visitors reeled off to a 10:0 run in the third quarter securing a 55:34 advantage. Great Britain entered the fourth stanza down by as many as 16 points. Justin Robinson (188-G-87) trimmed the margin at the beginning of the final stanza before Poland triggered a 10:4 rally to clear off for good in this one.
Szymon Szewczyk (209-C-82) produced 12 points to lead balanced effort. David Logan (184-G-82, college: Indianapolis) added 11 points, while Maciej Lampe (210-C-85, agency: Edge Sports) had 10 in the victory. Joel Freeland (208-F-87) responded with 16 points for Great Britain. Nick George (175-F) produced 11 points and 5 boards in defeat.

Great Britain: Joel Freeland 16, Nick George 11
Poland: Szymon Szewczyk 12, David Logan 11, Maciej Lampe 10



Lithuania enter U16 European Championship Final - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U16 - Poland U16 70:63
Lithuania reached the championship game at home U16 European Championship. The defending champions held off ambitious Poland in the first semifinal of the day. The hosts overcame a slow start to the game to claim a confident victory at the end.
Poland stunned Lithuania early in the encounter taking a 9:2 lead less than three minutes into it. The visitors maintained the advantage entering the second quarter up by 3 points 18:15. Michal Michalak (194-G-93) exploded with back-to-back three-pointers early in the second quarter as Poland gained a 7-point lead. However Mantas Mockevicius (186-G-93) responded with 6 consecutive points as Lithuania surged in front. The hosts ensured a 37:35 advantage at halftime. Mantas Mockevicius and Paulius Semaska (179-G-93) extended the lead to 10 points midway through the third quarter as the initiative belonged to the hosts. But Poland gradually clawed their way back and trailed by just four points into the fourth quarter. Piotr Niedzwiedzki (206-F-93) poured in five points in a row at the beginning of the fourth frame as Poland got back in charge. Lithuania needed just several minutes to steal back the advantage. Paulius Semaska, Mantas Mockevicius and Martynas Paliukenas (178-G-93) restored a 10-point lead for the hosts and silenced Poland for good.
Mantas Mockevicius nailed 17 points, while Martynas Paliukenas knocked down 16 for Lithuania. Paulius Semaska added 13 points. Michal Michalak replied with 16 points for Poland. Piotr Niedzwiedzki had 14 points and 8 boards in the loss.

Lithuania U16: Mantas Mockevicius 17, Martynas Paliukenas 16, Paulius Semaska 13
Poland U16: Michal Michalak 16, Piotr Niedzwiedzki 14



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  PORTUGAL   


The hosts will hope for the 13th place - by Eurobasket News
Portugal U16 beat Netherlands U16 at the Classification Round for 13th to 16th Places. The hosts of the U16 European Championship Men will play for the higher place after 76:71 victory.
Portugal will play with Ireland U16 that edged Luxembourg U16 at the Classification Round for 13th to 16th Places. The winners produced 87:56 victory at the U16 European Championship Men in Division B. O'Sullivan was unstoppable for the winners with 33 points and 9 rebounds. Ryan Downey (175-G-94) collected 14 points and 10 boards, while Smith and O'Mahony notched 7 apiece. Tim Steffen and Arendt top-scored with 14 points each in defeat. Bob Melcher followed them with 9 points in a loss.


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  ROMANIA   


Eriksson pulls Sweden U16 over Romania U16 - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U16-Romania U16 85:70

Sweden U16 won the Classification Round for 5th to 8th Places game as they beat Romania U16 in Division B. The Scandinavian team produced 85:70 at the U16 European Championship Men in Portugal.
Romania however looked better in the first 10 minutes to take 25:21 lead after 10 minutes of the game. The tempo had slowed down in the second quarter as Sweden managed to show 12-10 for 33:35 loss at the halftime. In the third period and especially in the last one, the Swedish side was too good for the opponent. They grabbed 54:53 after thirty minutes and added 31-17 in the last frame. Jonathan Person (190-G-93) made the last free throw for the final victory.
Marcus Eriksson (191-G-93) paced all the winners with 25 points as his team will play for the 5th place. Jonathan Person nailed 18, whilst William Magarity (205-F-93) netted 10. Gabor Baczo (191-G-93) ended up with 18 points in the losing case as Romania will play for the 7th spot. Ioan Filip (199-F-93) delivered 13, whilst Horia Cristiean (183-G-93) chipped in 12.
Finland U16 won the first game of the Classification Round for 5th to 8th Places as they rolled over Hungary U16 in Division B. The Scandinavian team produced 65:64 at the U16 European Championship Men in Portugal.

Sweden U16: Marcus Eriksson 25, Jonathan Person 18, William Magarity 10
Romania U16: Gabor Baczo 18, Ioan Filip 13, Horia Cristiean 12


Cyprus survive overtime to defeat Romania - by Eurobasket News
Cyprus - Romania 78:69 (OT)

Cyprus posted the second win at the EuroBasket in Division B campaign. They held off Romania in overtime in Nicosia to catch up with their opponents at 2-3 record in Group B. The teams now share the 2nd-3rd place in the table.
Blidaru and Ionut Dragusin (221-C-85) gave Romania an early lead in the game. The visitors maintained the advantage throughout the bigger part of the starting quarter but Cyprus denied late in the frame. Panagiotis Trisokkas (206-C-80, agency: High Post Agency) and Liatsos capped the period with four points in a row as the hosts grabbed an 18:17 advantage. Panagiotis Trisokkas and Yiannas came up with six consecutive points early in the second frame as the margin grew at 7 points. Andreas Pilavas (194-G-83) drained a triple midway through the quarter as Cyprus opened up a double-digit lead. Romania soothed the pain cutting the distance at 6 points at halftime. Jucan and Vlad Moldoveanu (208-F-88) tied the score at 38 early in the third quarter. Andreas Pilavas responded with 6 points for Cyprus as they regained control at 49:40. But Jucan and Vlad Moldoveanu kept on scoring for Romania as the visitors were down by only 2 points at the final break. Liatsos and Joseph Garcia (206-C-75, agency: Interperformances, college: UTEP) gave Cyprus a six-point advantage at the start of the fourth quarter. Romania replied with an 8:1 surge and put their noses in front. Blidaru ensured a 62:60 lead for the visiting team with 32 seconds left before Joseph Garcia converted a lay-up forcing overtime. The teams traded baskets early in the extra period but Cyprus crowned it with an 8:1 surge to escape with a hard victory at the end.
Panagiotis Trisokkas managed 18 points and 7 boards for Cyprus. Aristides Koronides (188-G-82) nailed 15 points, while Andreas Pilavas added 12. Vlad Moldoveanu responded with 20 points and 13 boards for Romania. Ionut Dragusin and Andrei Mandache (190-G-87) had 9 points each in the loss.

Cyprus: Panagiotis Trisokkas 18, Aristides Koronides 15, Andreas Pilavas 12
Romania: Vlad Moldoveanu 20, Ionut Dragusin 9, Andrei Mandache 9



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  RUSSIA   


Russia overwhelm Turkey in Kaunas - by Eurobasket News
Russia U16 - Turkey U16 77:61

Russia claimed a confident win over Turkey at the U16 European Championship in Lithuania today. Sergey Karasev (200-F-93) knocked down 20 points as Russia recovered from upsetting loss to Serbia in the quarterfinal yesterday. Russia stayed in the quest for one available spot at the U17 World Championship in Germany next year.
Russia and Turkey stayed close throughout the opening quarter. Shapovalov capped the frame with two freebies as Russia earned an 18:15 lead after ten minutes. Sergey Karasev stepped up with 10 points in the second quarter as Russia hung on to enjoy a 35:34 lead at halftime. Burak Yildizli (200-F-94) put Turkey in front at the start of the second half. The lead then changed hands for several times before Erbil Eroglu (193-G-93) and Dokuyan ensured a 54:51 lead for Turkey at the final intermission. Russia tipped off the fourth frame with 8 points in a row to jump back in front. Vladislav Trushkin (199-C-93), Sergey Karasev and Andrey Loginov (202-F-93) stretched the margin at 12 points late in regulation and Turkey could not recover. Russia raced to the win and set up the clash against Croatia for the fifth position.
Vladislav Trushkin finished with 17 points for Russia. Andrey Loginov added 12 points and 8 boards in the win. Erbil Eroglu responded with 20 points, 6 assists and 4 boards for Turkey. Burak Yildizli had 19 points in defeat.

Russia U16: Sergey Karasev 20, Vladislav Trushkin 17, Andrey Loginov 12
Turkey U16: Erbil Eroglu 20, Burak Yildizli 19



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  SERBIA   


Jaime Fernandez leads Spain into championship game in Kaunas - by Eurobasket News
Spain U16 - Serbia U16 88:75
Spanish U16 team marched into the Final of the European Championship in Lithuania. They held off Serbia to set up the decisive clash versus Lithuania tomorrow. Serbia will face Poland in the consolation final. Jaime Fernandez (184-G-93) was instrumental in the Spanish win as he knocked down 20 points.
The teams traded baskets throughout the opening quarter with Serbia having upper hand. The Balkan team posted a 16:15 lead after ten minutes. Alejandro Suarez (204-F-93) was the main figure in the court at the start of the second frame. He nailed 10 points to give Spain a 28:23 advantage with less than five minutes into the quarter. Spain maintained the lead and went into the locker room up by 2 points 39:37. Serbia stole the lead in the third stanza but just to see it slip away. Alejandro Suarez and Olaizola leveled the score at 59 with ten minutes to go. Serbia trailed by just two points midway through the final term but conceded a 10:0 run from the Spaniards as they built a 74:62 lead with under four minutes remaining. Diez and Jaime Fernandez stretched the margin at 17 points just moments later and Spain cruised to the win.
Alejandro Suarez produced 18 points for Spain. Mikel Motos (191-F-93) had 13 points in the winning effort. Aleksandar Cvetkovic (185-G-93) responded with 24 points and 7 rebounds. Nikola Pavlovic (195-F/G-93) had 13 points in the loss.

Spain U16: Jaime Fernandez 20, Alejandro Suarez 18, Mikel Motos 13
Serbia U16: Aleksandar Cvetkovic 24, Nikola Pavlovic 13



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  SLOVAKIA   


Georgia U16 outscored Slovak Republic U16 in Division B - by Eurobasket News
Georgia U16-Slovak Republic U16 64:55

Georgia U16 outscored Slovak Republic U16 at the Classification Round for 9th to 12th Places. The team needed 14-7 in the last period for 64:55 victory at the U16 European Championship Men in Portugal.
The squads exchanged 4-0 runs in the opening tip of the game, while Bojanovsky gave his side 12:6. David Flaska (200-F-93) made a jump shot for 19:14 Slovakian advantage after the opening quarter. The latter was also in front for the majority of the second period, however Gulmagarashvili sent the teams to the lockers for 32:31 halftime advantage. It was a real battkle in the third period that brought 50:48 after three quarters of the game when Brutovsky mafe a jump shot. In the last period Georgia was too good to be caught and kept the lead for good. Burjanadze made a jump shot for 64:55 final result.
Valeri Kvantaliani (198-F-94) top-scored for the winners with 17 points. Levan Lolishvili (198-F-94) nailed 11, while Nika Ramishvili (178-G-94) scored 10. Vladimir Nemcok (170-G-95) finished the night with 14 points in the losing case and David Flaska posted 11.
Belgium U16 stun Belarus U16 at the Classification Round for 9th to 12th Places. The Belgian side delivered 64:55 victory at the U16 European Championship Men in Portugal.

Georgia U16: Valeri Kvantaliani 17, Levan Lolishvili 11, Nika Ramishvili 10
Slovak Republic U16: Vladimir Nemcok 14, David Flaska 11


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  SLOVENIA   


Ivanov led Bulgaria U16 into the Final - by Eurobasket News
Slovenia U16-Bulgaria U16 63:87

Pavlin Ivanov (194-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) led Bulgaria U16 into the Final of the U16 European Championship Men in Division B. His team overcame Slovenia 87:63 to reach the Final game of the tournament in Portugal. Pavlin Ivanov top-scored for the winners with 30 points, while Tencho Tenchev (202-F-93) collected 17 points and 11 rebounds and Deyan Karamfilov (175-G-94) added 11. Rok Gominsek (194-G/F-93) delivered 13 points in defeat as Slovenia will play for the third place. Rojc netted 11 and Luka Rupnik (182-G-93) added 10.
In the Final Bulgaria will face Denmark that also entered the Final of the U16 European Championship Men in Portugal. The Scandinavian team overcame England 82:56 in the Semifinal clash.

Slovenia U16: Rok Gominsek 13, Rojc 11, Luka Rupnik 10
Bulgaria U16: Pavlin Ivanov 30, Tencho Tenchev 17+11 rebs, Deyan Karamfilov 11


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  SPAIN   


Jaime Fernandez leads Spain into championship game in Kaunas - by Eurobasket News
Spain U16 - Serbia U16 88:75
Spanish U16 team marched into the Final of the European Championship in Lithuania. They held off Serbia to set up the decisive clash versus Lithuania tomorrow. Serbia will face Poland in the consolation final. Jaime Fernandez (184-G-93) was instrumental in the Spanish win as he knocked down 20 points.
The teams traded baskets throughout the opening quarter with Serbia having upper hand. The Balkan team posted a 16:15 lead after ten minutes. Alejandro Suarez (204-F-93) was the main figure in the court at the start of the second frame. He nailed 10 points to give Spain a 28:23 advantage with less than five minutes into the quarter. Spain maintained the lead and went into the locker room up by 2 points 39:37. Serbia stole the lead in the third stanza but just to see it slip away. Alejandro Suarez and Olaizola leveled the score at 59 with ten minutes to go. Serbia trailed by just two points midway through the final term but conceded a 10:0 run from the Spaniards as they built a 74:62 lead with under four minutes remaining. Diez and Jaime Fernandez stretched the margin at 17 points just moments later and Spain cruised to the win.
Alejandro Suarez produced 18 points for Spain. Mikel Motos (191-F-93) had 13 points in the winning effort. Aleksandar Cvetkovic (185-G-93) responded with 24 points and 7 rebounds. Nikola Pavlovic (195-F/G-93) had 13 points in the loss.

Spain U16: Jaime Fernandez 20, Alejandro Suarez 18, Mikel Motos 13
Serbia U16: Aleksandar Cvetkovic 24, Nikola Pavlovic 13



Tarick Johnson is back to C.B. LHospitalet - by Eurobasket News
Tarick Johnson (192-G-81, college: Campbell) signed contract with C.B. LHospitalet in the Spanish LEB. The British-US guard spent the last year in Gijon in LEB Silver. The 28-year-old player averaged 20.1 points, 3.1 boards and 1.5 steals per game. Tarick Johnson was among the best performers in the league getting into the Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LEB Silver 2nd Team. Johnson played for C.B. Hospitalet in 2007-08 season.
Burgos added two players to their roster. Jason Blair (201-F-79, agency: BrezoPro, college: San Diego) and Christopher Hernandez (188-G-83, agency: Octagon, college: Stanford) became new faced in the team. Jason Blair arrived to Burgos from Mallorca. There the 30-year-old forward tallied 14.8 points, 6.7 boards and 1.2 assists per game. The US-Swedish forward is the San Diego University graduate. He arrived to Spain in 2004 and would start his sixth season in the country.
Christopher Hernandez played for Valladolid last season. The Mexican-US guard scored 11.2 points per appearance in the LEB Gold. The Stanford graduate arrived to Spain in 2006 and had stints with Granada, Heulva and Valladolid.
Breogan have agreed with Michael Umeh (188-G-84, agency: Pro One Sports, college: UNLV). The Nigerian guard played for LTi Giessen in the previous season. His stats came up to 13.8 points, 3.2 boards and 1.8 assists per game.



Spain douse Cuba in friendly - by Eurobasket News
Spain - Cuba 94:57

Spanish team opened the string of friendly games before the 2009 EuroBasket tournament. They faced Cuba in Gran Canaria yesterday and rolled to a comfortable win at the end.
Spain imposed aggressive physical game right from the start and raced in front. The hosts built a 22:12 lead after ten minutes. Spain unloaded 15 straight points during the second frame and gradually started to get away in this one. Cuba had little answers to come up with and faced a 27-point deficit at halftime. Cuba went off the dressing room recharged and knocked down quick 8 points to trim the distance. But the home team soon regained control and arrived at three-quarter time up by 29 points 69:40. Spain maintained the gap well enough and rolled to comfortable win at the end.
Alex Mumbru (201-F-79) and Marc Gasol (212-C-85, agency: Interperformances) finished with 13 points each for Spain. Jorge Garbajosa (205-C/F-77, agency: Interperformances) added 12 points, while Rudy Fernandez (197-G-85) had 10 in the win. Geoffrei Silvestre (202-F/C-79) responded with 13 points for Cuba. Taylor Garcia (182-G-87) added 11 points in defeat.
Spain will next take part at the Sevilla International tournament starting on August 19.

Spain: Alex Mumbru 13, Marc Gasol 13, Jorge Garbajosa 12
Cuba: Geoffrei Silvestre 13, Taylor Garcia 11



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  SWEDEN   


Eriksson pulls Sweden U16 over Romania U16 - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U16-Romania U16 85:70

Sweden U16 won the Classification Round for 5th to 8th Places game as they beat Romania U16 in Division B. The Scandinavian team produced 85:70 at the U16 European Championship Men in Portugal.
Romania however looked better in the first 10 minutes to take 25:21 lead after 10 minutes of the game. The tempo had slowed down in the second quarter as Sweden managed to show 12-10 for 33:35 loss at the halftime. In the third period and especially in the last one, the Swedish side was too good for the opponent. They grabbed 54:53 after thirty minutes and added 31-17 in the last frame. Jonathan Person (190-G-93) made the last free throw for the final victory.
Marcus Eriksson (191-G-93) paced all the winners with 25 points as his team will play for the 5th place. Jonathan Person nailed 18, whilst William Magarity (205-F-93) netted 10. Gabor Baczo (191-G-93) ended up with 18 points in the losing case as Romania will play for the 7th spot. Ioan Filip (199-F-93) delivered 13, whilst Horia Cristiean (183-G-93) chipped in 12.
Finland U16 won the first game of the Classification Round for 5th to 8th Places as they rolled over Hungary U16 in Division B. The Scandinavian team produced 65:64 at the U16 European Championship Men in Portugal.

Sweden U16: Marcus Eriksson 25, Jonathan Person 18, William Magarity 10
Romania U16: Gabor Baczo 18, Ioan Filip 13, Horia Cristiean 12


Sweden better Ireland in Dublin - by Eurobasket News
Ireland - Sweden 50:66

Sweden remained undefeated at the EuroBasket in Division B action. They held off Ireland in Dublin tonight to jump to 5-0 record on top of Group C. Ireland at the same time fell at 1-4 record in the fourth position in the quintet.
Sweden put the Irish fans to silence at the start of the encounter. The visitors went on a 12:0 run to tip off the game. Aaron Westbrooks (190-F-86) stopped the bleeding for the home team but Ireland managed just three points in the opening quarter. Sweden piled up a 19:3 advantage after ten minutes. The Scandinavian team earned a 22-point lead midway through the second quarter. They stayed in front comfortable arriving at halftime up by as many as 23 points. Ireland tried hard and cut the distance to 18 points with ten minutes to go. Mats Levin (188-G-77) started the final frame converting a three-point play as Sweden were back to 20+ gap. Mats Levin nailed 7 points in the fourth frame as Sweden rallied to a confident victory at the end.
Mats Levin notched 13 points to lead the charge. Thomas Massamba (185-G-85) and Martin Pahlmblad (193-G-86) netted 11 points each in the winning effort. Bryan Mullins (185-G-87, college: S.Illinois) responded with 10 points, 4 boards and 4 assists for Ireland. Colin O'Reilly (200-F-84, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management, college: Post) added 9 points in the loss.

Ireland: Bryan Mullins 10, Colin O'Reilly 9
Sweden: Mats Levin 13, Thomas Massamba 11, Martin Pahlmblad 11



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  SWITZERLAND   


Franko Bushati propels Albania past Switzerland - by Eurobasket News
Albania - Switzerland 76:73
Albania celebrated the second win at the EuroBasket in Division B tournament. They narrowly defeated Switzerland in Korca to catch up with their opponents in Group B ladder at 2-3 record. Franko Bushati (188-G-85) was pivotal for the hosts with 24 points and 4 rebounds.
Louissaint opened the scoring with a three-pointer but Albania soon surged in front. They posted a 15:12 lead after ten minutes of action. Switzerland stayed close throughout the second period and Mafuta put the visitors up midway through it. He followed with four points in a row as the Swiss team gained a 36:30 lead at halftime. Mafuta drained a triple at the start of the second half as the margin grew at 9 points. Albania needed an 11:2 rally to level things up at 50 late in the third quarter. Franko Bushati and Shima put the hosts back to the drivers seat and they secured a 55:54 advantage with ten minutes remaining. Mafuta retained the advantage for the visitors and the lead changed hands for several times throughout the final stanza. Endrit Hycenagolli (203-C-88) netted 3 points to put Albania ahead by 2 with under three minutes left. Karaj, Franko Bushati and Gjonaj all scored from the charity stripe in the dying seconds as Albania escaped with a tough win at the end.
Ersid Luca (208-C-81) notched 16 points and 8 rebounds for the winners. Endrit Hycenagolli added 14 points and 7 boards for Albania. Valentin Wegmann (192-G-79) responded with 17 points for Switzerland. Thabo Sefolosha (196-G-84, agency: ACMT) had 14 points in the losing effort.

Albania: Franko Bushati 24, Ersid Luca 16, Endrit Hycenagolli 14
Switzerland: Valentin Wegmann 17, Thabo Sefolosha 14



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  TURKEY   


Russia overwhelm Turkey in Kaunas - by Eurobasket News
Russia U16 - Turkey U16 77:61

Russia claimed a confident win over Turkey at the U16 European Championship in Lithuania today. Sergey Karasev (200-F-93) knocked down 20 points as Russia recovered from upsetting loss to Serbia in the quarterfinal yesterday. Russia stayed in the quest for one available spot at the U17 World Championship in Germany next year.
Russia and Turkey stayed close throughout the opening quarter. Shapovalov capped the frame with two freebies as Russia earned an 18:15 lead after ten minutes. Sergey Karasev stepped up with 10 points in the second quarter as Russia hung on to enjoy a 35:34 lead at halftime. Burak Yildizli (200-F-94) put Turkey in front at the start of the second half. The lead then changed hands for several times before Erbil Eroglu (193-G-93) and Dokuyan ensured a 54:51 lead for Turkey at the final intermission. Russia tipped off the fourth frame with 8 points in a row to jump back in front. Vladislav Trushkin (199-C-93), Sergey Karasev and Andrey Loginov (202-F-93) stretched the margin at 12 points late in regulation and Turkey could not recover. Russia raced to the win and set up the clash against Croatia for the fifth position.
Vladislav Trushkin finished with 17 points for Russia. Andrey Loginov added 12 points and 8 boards in the win. Erbil Eroglu responded with 20 points, 6 assists and 4 boards for Turkey. Burak Yildizli had 19 points in defeat.

Russia U16: Sergey Karasev 20, Vladislav Trushkin 17, Andrey Loginov 12
Turkey U16: Erbil Eroglu 20, Burak Yildizli 19



Turkey prevail against Israel at O2 Tournament in London - by Eurobasket News
Turkey - Israel 85:69

Turkish National team celebrated a confident win over Israel at the start of the international O2 tournament in London. Oguz Savas (208-C-87) nailed 22 points to propel Turkey to the victory.
Turkey unloaded 11 straight points early in the opening quarter to take a 13:5 lead. Israel however responded with eight points in a row to draw things level. Gal Mekel (195-G-88, college: Wichita St.) hit a late bucket giving Israel a 16:15 lead into the second stanza. Ilsyasova organized an 8:0 run from Turkey midway through the second quarter as they regained the lead. Turkey stayed in charge building a 45:33 lead at halftime. The third frame became decisive as Turkey consolidated their advantage. They opened the quarter on a 7:2 run to clear off. Ersan Ilyasova (207-F-87) soon made it a 20-point game before Israel cut the distance at 16 points with ten minutes to go. Oguz Savas delivered some timely points for Turkey in the fourth stanza as they comfortably cruised to the win at the end.
Faruk Asik (211-C-86) finished with 15 points and 8 boards for Turkey. Ersan Ilyasova added 10 points in the win. Yaniv Green (206-F-80, agency: ZAG Advocates) responded with 17 points for Israel. Lior Eliyahu (205-F-85, agency: ZAG Advocates) had 10 points in defeat.

Turkey: Oguz Savas 22, Faruk Asik 15, Ersan Ilyasova 10
Israel: Yaniv Green 17, Lior Eliyahu 10



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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Poland silence the hosts in London - by Eurobasket News
Great Britain - Poland 56:70

Poland opened the O2 international tournament in London with win over hosting Great Britain. Despite losing Gortat because of the injury Poland showed their class to tame the home team.
The lead changed hands for several times throughout the starting stanza. Great Britain surged in front midway through the stanza to take a 16:7 lead. Poland capped the frame with 7 points in a row and cut the deficit at 2 points. Wojcik tied the score at the start of the second quarter. Poland soon went on a 10:1 rally to take a 29:25 advantage. Randell Hankes stopped the bleeding for the hosts but Great Britain still trailed 27:30 at halftime. The visitors reeled off to a 10:0 run in the third quarter securing a 55:34 advantage. Great Britain entered the fourth stanza down by as many as 16 points. Justin Robinson (188-G-87) trimmed the margin at the beginning of the final stanza before Poland triggered a 10:4 rally to clear off for good in this one.
Szymon Szewczyk (209-C-82) produced 12 points to lead balanced effort. David Logan (184-G-82, college: Indianapolis) added 11 points, while Maciej Lampe (210-C-85, agency: Edge Sports) had 10 in the victory. Joel Freeland (208-F-87) responded with 16 points for Great Britain. Nick George (175-F) produced 11 points and 5 boards in defeat.

Great Britain: Joel Freeland 16, Nick George 11
Poland: Szymon Szewczyk 12, David Logan 11, Maciej Lampe 10



Denmark entered the Final of the U16 European Championship Men in Division B - by Eurobasket News
Denmark U16-England U16 82:56
Denmark entered the Final of the U16 European Championship Men in Portugal. The Scandinavian team overcame England 82:56 in the Semifinal clash.
England opened the game with four consecutive points and Hart gave his team 9:4 lead. England was in front for the whole period, but Larsen gave Denmark 16:15 advantage after the first 10 minutes. In the second frame the teams exchanged the baskets and the lead as well. Stewart brought his side 23:22 and Larsen netted for 33:27 at the halftime. Right from that time Denmark started to play better and took control of the game. Esben Reinholt (193-G-93) made a dunk for 39:29, while Frederik Rungby (196-F-93) scored for 50:34. Olsen closed the period at 55:38 when the teams finished 30 minutes of the game. With 27-18 the Danish team finished the campaign and won the game 82:56.
Esben Reinholt top-scored for the winners with 23 points. Christian Benzon (186-G-93) netted 12, while Frederik Rungby collected 12 points and 16 rebounds. Van Oostrum delivered 18 points in defeat and Simeon Esprit (192-G-93) added 12.

Denmark U16: Esben Reinholt 23, Christian Benzon 12, Frederik Rungby 12+16 rebs
England U16: Van Oostrum 18, Simeon Esprit 12


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  URUGUAY   


US Embassy denied visa for a NTplayer - by Hector Lopez
The US Embassy rejected the visa authorization for Diego Castrillon, one of the memebrs for the Uruguayan NT, which will be playing the FIBA Americas Championship in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Luis Castillo, Head Officer for the Uruguayan Federation, said the 'US attitude was unfriendly. The team is scheduled to travel on Sunday to Mexico City for a three games serie, before flying to San Juan.Not replacement was named.

Uruguay is asking for the Government help - by Hector Lopez
Uruguay willl not conitnue playing international tournaments if there is not a change for the Government attitude which is not given any help for the NTs. But Luis Castillo, Head Officer for the local Federation assured Uruguay will be playing the FIBA Americas Championship. Castillo made the statetement during a press conference given with the HC Gerardo Jauri and the players Esteban Batista and Martin Osimani. Last week the NT players warned they will not continue playing for Uruguay is the 'working condtions' are not improved.

Welcome also won the promotion to the LUB - by Hector Lopez
Welcome won the second promotion to play the Uruguayan League 2010 after beating Larranaga 80-67, and they will join Montevideo, the Metropolitan champions. Welcome and Larraaga tied after the reagular season adn an extra game was needed. Ollie Bailey (201-F-85, college: Oklahoma City) scored 29 poins and grabbed 9 rebounds, while Federico Haller (198-F-88) netted 16 and took 15 rebounds. The best scorer for Larranaga - playing without import player - was Sebastian Vazquez (195-F-85) with 25 points.



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Women News

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  BARBADOS - Women  


Cavs on cloud nine - by Justin Marville
STATION HILL'S LADY CAVS have cemented their legacy as basketball's team of the decade.

And what an outstanding legacy it's become.

Continuing their tyrannical reign of women's basketball, the Cavaliers captured an unprecedented eighth successive league title and ninth overall in ten years when they routed rivals Act II Popcorn Clapham Bulls 78-44 in Thursday night's decisive Game 3 of the best-of-three finals at the YMCA.

So dominant are the Cavs that contesting a deciding third game has become somewhat of unfamiliar territory for a team that has swept the last six league finals.

But whatever novelty the contest presented Station Hill with quickly wore off by the turn of the second quarter when the Cavaliers set about crushing their adversaries' stubborn resilience.

Holding on to a mere one-point lead (15-14), the expected Cavs' game-clinching run loomed menacingly over the game's proceedings once the champs scored six unanswered points to open the period.

Bulls combo guard Sade Clarke answered to finish the drought on an ensuing floater only to witness the true impending doom as Clapham's leading scorer and rebounder was subsequently forced to the bench after picking up her third foul.

And the Cavs duly brought an end to the suspense, responding to the Bulls' dire situation by rattling of 13 straight points without answer as Jamila Griffith and Ria Phillips romped in transition while Astrid Alleyne dominated down low in the post.

But that was the least of Clapham's worries after they fell behind by 19 (35-16) as they only managed to a further two field goals in the second, with Clarke forcing ill-advised contested shot after contested shot.

The result was a huge 21-5 Cavs run to end the half, increasing the Bulls' massive deficit to an unassailable 21 points (43-21) heading into the break.

No subsequent combination worked for Bulls head coach Barry Rock through Clarke's continued woes from the field even as Shorey returned for much of the ensuing period and Clapham held their opponents to 12 third quarter points.

Station Hill's then 20-point cushion became a rousing 30-point advantage (65-34) after another Clapham drought to open fourth was culminated by Griffith's lone three-pointer of the series. Reserve forward Ruth Holder would go on to put the finishing touches on series-clinching victory, getting out in transition for ten points in the period in the midst of the rout.

'It's great . . . nothing else can describe this feeling,' said Alleyne of the side's unprecedented ninth league crown this decade.

'I had a sleepless night after Game 2 but I knew every team has a bad game and that was our bad game, yet they struggled to beat us so I never worried.'

Griffith led all scorers with 19 points, Holder had 15, Alleyne added 13 while Phillips and Wanda Agard-Belgrave finished with 12 and ten points, respectively. For the Bulls, Clarke had a team high 13 points and Tammy Hope scored 12.



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS - Women  


Standings Div.B (Women) - by Eurobasket News
Standings Div.B
Group A
1. Montenegro.6-0
2. Holland5-1
3. Ireland3-3
4. Slovenia2-4
5. Switzerlan.1-5
6. Iceland1-5
Group B
1. Sweden4-0
2. Portugal2-2
3. Estonia1-2
4. Luxembourg.0-3


Div. B Day: 4 (Qualifying Round) - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Holland - Slovenia 69-58
Netherlands posted the fifth victory in Group A of the EuroBasket in Division B. They toppled Slovenia in La Almere to improve at 5-1 record just one win shy of undefeated Montenegro. Slovenia fell at 2-4 record after the loss. Leonie Kooij (187-F-86) tallied 14 points and 10 boards, while Marlous Nieuwveen (195-C-80) added 14 points and 11 boards for Netherlands. Tanya Broring had 9 points in the win. Kristina Verbole answered with 13 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for Slovenia. Nika Baric nailed 12 points in the loss.

Ireland - Montenegro 67-70
Montenegrin team continued their quest for Division A birth with the sixth straight win. Today they prevailed against Ireland in Dublin. The victory propelled Montenegro 6-0 record on top of Group A. Ireland slipped at 3-3 record in the third spot. Jelena Dublijevic (192-C-87) scored 19 points to lead the visiting team. Iva Perovanovic added 16 points in the win. Susan Moran poured in game-high 22 points for Ireland. Niamh Dwyer added 15 points in defeat.

Switzerland - Iceland 70-68
Switzerland sneaked past Iceland for the first win at the EuroBasket in Division B. Sabrina Dealbi knocked down a jumper with 7 seconds remaining in regulation to propel the Swiss at the victory as they improved at 1-5 record in Group A. Iceland on the other hand slipped at 1-5 record in the pool. Karen Twehues (182-G-83, college: Cincinnati) exploded with 26 points and 8 boards for Switzerland. Caroline Turin added 17 points, while Marielle Giroud produced 6 points and 12 boards in the win. Birna Valgardsdottir responded with 23 points. Signy Hermannsdottir had 10 points and 12 boards in defeat.

Group B
Sweden - Portugal 67-50
Swedish team stayed perfect at the EuroBasket in Division B campaign. They held off Portugal today to climb at 4-0 record in Group B. Portugal meanwhile slipped at 2-2 record. Sweden used a late rally to escape with a tough win in Norrkoping tonight. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88) fired 24 points and collected 8 rebounds to pace the hosts. Louice Halvarsson finished with 13 points and 14 boards for Sweden. Jannie Nasstrom knocked down 7 points in the win. Sonia Reis responded with 16 points and 7 boards for Portugal. Sofia Ramalho had 10 points in the loss.



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  HOLLAND - Women  


Netherlands continue chase with win over Slovenia - by Eurobasket News
Netherlands - Slovenia 69:58

Netherlands posted the fifth victory in Group A of the EuroBasket in Division B. They toppled Slovenia in La Almere to improve at 5-1 record just one win shy of undefeated Montenegro. Slovenia fell at 2-4 record after the loss.
The hosts led right from the start. Tanya Broring (177-G-84) and Maessen helped the Dutch team to a 16:9 lead midway through the opening quarter. But Nika Baric (168-G-92) nailed 6 points late in the frame as Slovenia got within one after ten minutes. Gortnar put the visitors in front early in the second quarter. Netherlands reacted with 10 unanswered points to restore a safe buffer. They drove to a 39:26 lead at halftime. Marlous Nieuwveen (195-C-80) and Tanya Broring stretched the margin at 21 points in the third stanza. The hosts took over completely and secured a 60:38 advantage at three-quarter time. Slovenia went on a 10:3 rally early in the fourth quarter to cut the distance. But Netherlands were hardly threatened and coasted to the win at the end.
Leonie Kooij (187-F-86) tallied 14 points and 10 boards, while Marlous Nieuwveen added 14 points and 11 boards for Netherlands. Tanya Broring had 9 points in the win. Kristina Verbole (193-F/C-88) answered with 13 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for Slovenia. Nika Baric nailed 12 points in the loss.

Netherlands: Marlous Nieuwveen 14+11 boards, Leonie Kooij 14+10 boards, Tanya Broring 9
Slovenia: Kristina Verbole 13, Nika Baric 12



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  ICELAND - Women  


Switzerland draw first blood in Division B action - by Eurobasket News
Switzerland - Iceland 70:68
Switzerland sneaked past Iceland for the first win at the EuroBasket in Division B. Sabrina Dealbi (183-F/C-82) knocked down a jumper with 7 seconds remaining in regulation to propel the Swiss at the victory as they improved at 1-5 record in Group A. Iceland on the other hand slipped at 1-5 record in the pool.
The Swiss team tipped off the game with eight points in a row. Karen Twehues (182-G-83, college: Cincinnati) and Caroline Turin (172-F-87) exploded with back-to-back trebles midway through the opening quarter as Switzerland grabbed a 16:7 lead late in the frame. The hosts enjoyed an 18:9 advantage after ten minutes. The margin grew at 14-point mark in the middle of the second quarter but Iceland did not surrender. They stepped up with 13:1 rally to cut the margin. Birna Valgardsdottir (181-F-76) and Signy Hermannsdottir (190-C-78, college: Cameron) capped the first half with 5 points in a row as Iceland grabbed a 31:30 lead. The visitors stretched their advantage at 11 points in the third quarter. Sabrina Dealbi crowned the frame with a freebie as Switzerland trailed by 10 points at the final intermission. Sabrina Dealbi, Caroline Turin and Marielle Giroud (180-F-87) helped the hosts cut the margin at 5 points with just over two minutes remaining. Caroline Turin and Karen Twehues followed a free throw from Hildur Sigurdardottir (178-G-81) with 6 points in a row as the Swiss team tied the score at 68 with 40 seconds remaining. Hildur Sigurdardottir committed a turnover and the home team punished their opponents as Sabrina Dealbi sealed the win.
Karen Twehues exploded with 26 points and 8 boards for Switzerland. Caroline Turin added 17 points, while Marielle Giroud produced 6 points and 12 boards in the win. Birna Valgardsdottir responded with 23 points. Signy Hermannsdottir had 10 points and 12 boards in defeat.

Switzerland: Karen Twehues 26, Caroline Turin 17, Marielle Giroud 6+12 boards
Iceland: Birna Valgardsdottir 23, Signy Hermannsdottir 10+12 boards



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  IRELAND - Women  


Montenegro post sixth straight win in EuroBasket Division B - by Eurobasket News
Ireland - Montenegro 67:70

Montenegrin team continued their quest for Division A birth with the sixth straight win. Today they prevailed against Ireland in Dublin. The victory propelled Montenegro 6-0 record on top of Group A. Ireland slipped at 3-3 record in the third spot.
Peat and Fahy ensured a brave start to the hosts. Ireland grabbed a 16:5 lead and then Michelle Aspell (168-G-75) dragged Ireland 18:7 up. The hosts piled up a 22:16 lead after ten minutes of action. Susan Moran and Michelle Aspell opened up a double-digit lead for Ireland at the start of the second quarter. But Montenegro went on a 10:0 run to cut the deficit at just two points late in the half. Healy and Susan Moran stepped up for Ireland to establish a 35:28 advantage at halftime. Niamh Dwyer (176-G-82, college: Monmouth) and Susan Moran gave Ireland a 12-point lead right after the main break. The hosts extended the margin at 15 points in the third quarter and seemed to stay well in control of their fate. However the visitors capped the quarter with a 6:1 run to trail by 8 points at the final break. Jelena Skerovic (172-G-80) and Milka Bjelica (193-F-81) narrowed the deficit early in the final stanza. Montenegrin team unleashed a 13:2 run late in the frame to jump on top 69:65 with 29 seconds left. Peat cut the distance to two points but Iva Perovanovic (190-C/F-83) nailed a free throw sealing the victory for Montenegro.
Jelena Dublijevic (192-C-87) scored 19 points to lead the visiting team. Iva Perovanovic added 16 points in the win. Susan Moran poured in game-high 22 points for Ireland. Niamh Dwyer added 15 points in defeat.

Ireland: Susan Moran 22, Niamh Dwyer 15
Montenegro: Jelena Dublijevic 19, Iva Perovanovic 16, Milka Bjelica 11



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  LUXEMBOURG - Women  


Amicale Steinsel sign Bianca Vescan - by Eurobasket
Amicale Steinsel added to their roster 31-year old Romanian center Bianca Vescan (186-C-78). Vescan played most recently at CS Teleorman Alexandria (Romania). Vescan will succeed Lisa Lee, who played for Steinsel in the past two seasons. Vescan is known as a strong player under the baskets. The Romanian national team player began her career with Universitatea Cluj and moved afterwards to Hungary, where she played for Atomeromu Szekszarduj and ZTE Zala Volan. Then she signed with Arras in France before going back to Romania, where she played last season for Teleorman Alexandria.

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  MONTENEGRO - Women  


Montenegro post sixth straight win in EuroBasket Division B - by Eurobasket News
Ireland - Montenegro 67:70

Montenegrin team continued their quest for Division A birth with the sixth straight win. Today they prevailed against Ireland in Dublin. The victory propelled Montenegro 6-0 record on top of Group A. Ireland slipped at 3-3 record in the third spot.
Peat and Fahy ensured a brave start to the hosts. Ireland grabbed a 16:5 lead and then Michelle Aspell (168-G-75) dragged Ireland 18:7 up. The hosts piled up a 22:16 lead after ten minutes of action. Susan Moran and Michelle Aspell opened up a double-digit lead for Ireland at the start of the second quarter. But Montenegro went on a 10:0 run to cut the deficit at just two points late in the half. Healy and Susan Moran stepped up for Ireland to establish a 35:28 advantage at halftime. Niamh Dwyer (176-G-82, college: Monmouth) and Susan Moran gave Ireland a 12-point lead right after the main break. The hosts extended the margin at 15 points in the third quarter and seemed to stay well in control of their fate. However the visitors capped the quarter with a 6:1 run to trail by 8 points at the final break. Jelena Skerovic (172-G-80) and Milka Bjelica (193-F-81) narrowed the deficit early in the final stanza. Montenegrin team unleashed a 13:2 run late in the frame to jump on top 69:65 with 29 seconds left. Peat cut the distance to two points but Iva Perovanovic (190-C/F-83) nailed a free throw sealing the victory for Montenegro.
Jelena Dublijevic (192-C-87) scored 19 points to lead the visiting team. Iva Perovanovic added 16 points in the win. Susan Moran poured in game-high 22 points for Ireland. Niamh Dwyer added 15 points in defeat.

Ireland: Susan Moran 22, Niamh Dwyer 15
Montenegro: Jelena Dublijevic 19, Iva Perovanovic 16, Milka Bjelica 11



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  PORTUGAL - Women  


Sweden stay perfect at EuroBasket Division B action - by Eurobasket News
Sweden - Portugal 67:50
Swedish team stayed perfect at the EuroBasket in Division B campaign. They held off Portugal today to climb at 4-0 record in Group B. Portugal meanwhile slipped at 2-2 record. Sweden used a late rally to escape with a tough win in Norrkoping tonight. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88) fired 24 points and collected 8 rebounds to pace the hosts.
Frida Eldebrink and Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89) kept Sweden in front throughout the starting quarter. But Portugal did not allow the hosts to clear off and trailed by just one point after ten minutes 12:13. Jannie Nasstrom (173-G-78) opened the second frame with a three-pointer but the teams combined for only 13 points in the reminder of the quarter and Sweden maintained a narrow lead 21:20 at halftime. Frida Eldebrink and Egnell notched 6 points in a row at the beginning of the third quarter as the home team raced to a 7-point advantage. But Portuguese team quickly responded with a 9:2 run to draw the game level at 29. However Nnamaka and Aili helped Sweden enjoy a 41:35 advantage with ten minutes remaining. Lopes drained back-to-back triples early in the final frame to level things up at again with less then two minutes into the fourth quarter. Frida Eldebrink replied with 5 points to restore the lead for the hosts. Louice Halvarsson and Jannie Nasstrom boosted the margin at 15 points late in regulation. Portugal had no time to come up with any sort of answer and suffered the defeat.
Louice Halvarsson finished with 13 points and 14 boards for Sweden. Jannie Nasstrom knocked down 7 points in the win. Sonia Reis (189-C-84) responded with 16 points and 7 boards for Portugal. Sofia Ramalho (166-G-80) had 10 points in the loss.

Sweden: Frida Eldebrink 24, Louice Halvarsson 13+14 boards, Jannie Nasstrom 7
Portugal: Sonia Reis 16, Sofia Ramalho 10



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  PUERTO RICO - Women  


Tigresas edged out Guaynabo - by Raul Colon
Aguas Buenas went into the Mario Jimenez court and ruined Natalia Melendez return, with a thrilling come from behind 63-56 win.
In her first action this year, the veteran guard was a non factor in the game.
Guaynabo jumped to an early lead which they took to halftime (29-20). The Aguas Buenas team that emerged out of intermission was completely different. They played with passion and desire grabbing the lead late and holding it until the end.
Jessica Butler had another double-double for the Tigresas. The powerful center scored 16 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Johana Skiba added 15, while fellow import and recently signed, Jasmine Young, had 12.
Mercedes Colon led the Conquistadoras attack with 16. Jenee Hayes had 10 points and 16 rebounds in a losing effort.
Melndez finished with 7.



Mayaguez kepts on winning - by Raul Colon
The Mayaguez Indians remained on top the Women Superior Basketball league standings with a closer than expected 72-64 win over the hapless Pollitas of Isabela.
Although undermanned and without much fire power, Isabela gave the undefeated Indians (3-0) a run for its money.
Mayaguez struggled to a halftime lead of just 8 points, 34-26. Lead they never were able to increase beyond ten during the game.
Marlene Zwarich led the Indians with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Aixanel Santos added 15 and Mari Placido 11.



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  SLOVENIA - Women  


Netherlands continue chase with win over Slovenia - by Eurobasket News
Netherlands - Slovenia 69:58

Netherlands posted the fifth victory in Group A of the EuroBasket in Division B. They toppled Slovenia in La Almere to improve at 5-1 record just one win shy of undefeated Montenegro. Slovenia fell at 2-4 record after the loss.
The hosts led right from the start. Tanya Broring (177-G-84) and Maessen helped the Dutch team to a 16:9 lead midway through the opening quarter. But Nika Baric (168-G-92) nailed 6 points late in the frame as Slovenia got within one after ten minutes. Gortnar put the visitors in front early in the second quarter. Netherlands reacted with 10 unanswered points to restore a safe buffer. They drove to a 39:26 lead at halftime. Marlous Nieuwveen (195-C-80) and Tanya Broring stretched the margin at 21 points in the third stanza. The hosts took over completely and secured a 60:38 advantage at three-quarter time. Slovenia went on a 10:3 rally early in the fourth quarter to cut the distance. But Netherlands were hardly threatened and coasted to the win at the end.
Leonie Kooij (187-F-86) tallied 14 points and 10 boards, while Marlous Nieuwveen added 14 points and 11 boards for Netherlands. Tanya Broring had 9 points in the win. Kristina Verbole (193-F/C-88) answered with 13 points, 6 boards and 4 assists for Slovenia. Nika Baric nailed 12 points in the loss.

Netherlands: Marlous Nieuwveen 14+11 boards, Leonie Kooij 14+10 boards, Tanya Broring 9
Slovenia: Kristina Verbole 13, Nika Baric 12



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  SWEDEN - Women  


Sweden stay perfect at EuroBasket Division B action - by Eurobasket News
Sweden - Portugal 67:50
Swedish team stayed perfect at the EuroBasket in Division B campaign. They held off Portugal today to climb at 4-0 record in Group B. Portugal meanwhile slipped at 2-2 record. Sweden used a late rally to escape with a tough win in Norrkoping tonight. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88) fired 24 points and collected 8 rebounds to pace the hosts.
Frida Eldebrink and Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89) kept Sweden in front throughout the starting quarter. But Portugal did not allow the hosts to clear off and trailed by just one point after ten minutes 12:13. Jannie Nasstrom (173-G-78) opened the second frame with a three-pointer but the teams combined for only 13 points in the reminder of the quarter and Sweden maintained a narrow lead 21:20 at halftime. Frida Eldebrink and Egnell notched 6 points in a row at the beginning of the third quarter as the home team raced to a 7-point advantage. But Portuguese team quickly responded with a 9:2 run to draw the game level at 29. However Nnamaka and Aili helped Sweden enjoy a 41:35 advantage with ten minutes remaining. Lopes drained back-to-back triples early in the final frame to level things up at again with less then two minutes into the fourth quarter. Frida Eldebrink replied with 5 points to restore the lead for the hosts. Louice Halvarsson and Jannie Nasstrom boosted the margin at 15 points late in regulation. Portugal had no time to come up with any sort of answer and suffered the defeat.
Louice Halvarsson finished with 13 points and 14 boards for Sweden. Jannie Nasstrom knocked down 7 points in the win. Sonia Reis (189-C-84) responded with 16 points and 7 boards for Portugal. Sofia Ramalho (166-G-80) had 10 points in the loss.

Sweden: Frida Eldebrink 24, Louice Halvarsson 13+14 boards, Jannie Nasstrom 7
Portugal: Sonia Reis 16, Sofia Ramalho 10



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  SWITZERLAND - Women  


Switzerland draw first blood in Division B action - by Eurobasket News
Switzerland - Iceland 70:68
Switzerland sneaked past Iceland for the first win at the EuroBasket in Division B. Sabrina Dealbi (183-F/C-82) knocked down a jumper with 7 seconds remaining in regulation to propel the Swiss at the victory as they improved at 1-5 record in Group A. Iceland on the other hand slipped at 1-5 record in the pool.
The Swiss team tipped off the game with eight points in a row. Karen Twehues (182-G-83, college: Cincinnati) and Caroline Turin (172-F-87) exploded with back-to-back trebles midway through the opening quarter as Switzerland grabbed a 16:7 lead late in the frame. The hosts enjoyed an 18:9 advantage after ten minutes. The margin grew at 14-point mark in the middle of the second quarter but Iceland did not surrender. They stepped up with 13:1 rally to cut the margin. Birna Valgardsdottir (181-F-76) and Signy Hermannsdottir (190-C-78, college: Cameron) capped the first half with 5 points in a row as Iceland grabbed a 31:30 lead. The visitors stretched their advantage at 11 points in the third quarter. Sabrina Dealbi crowned the frame with a freebie as Switzerland trailed by 10 points at the final intermission. Sabrina Dealbi, Caroline Turin and Marielle Giroud (180-F-87) helped the hosts cut the margin at 5 points with just over two minutes remaining. Caroline Turin and Karen Twehues followed a free throw from Hildur Sigurdardottir (178-G-81) with 6 points in a row as the Swiss team tied the score at 68 with 40 seconds remaining. Hildur Sigurdardottir committed a turnover and the home team punished their opponents as Sabrina Dealbi sealed the win.
Karen Twehues exploded with 26 points and 8 boards for Switzerland. Caroline Turin added 17 points, while Marielle Giroud produced 6 points and 12 boards in the win. Birna Valgardsdottir responded with 23 points. Signy Hermannsdottir had 10 points and 12 boards in defeat.

Switzerland: Karen Twehues 26, Caroline Turin 17, Marielle Giroud 6+12 boards
Iceland: Birna Valgardsdottir 23, Signy Hermannsdottir 10+12 boards



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  TOURNAMENT OF THE AMERICAS U16 - Women  


USA wins Gold on FIBA Americas U16 Championship - by Eurobasket News
USA destroyed Canada 103-52 in the Big Final of FIBA Americas U16 Championship in Mexico City grabbing the gold medal. Both teams entered to this game undefeated, but USA demonstrated way better performance last night. After opening ten minutes it was 27-20 and until the half time USA jumped to magnificent 56-29. Second half was just the formality as the gold medal winner was already known. Elizabeth Williams (-92) led Americans with 19 points. Justine Hartman (-92) was behind her with 14. Canada got 12 points from Nirra Fields (170-G-93).

In the battle for bronze medal Argentina outplayed Brazil 64-47. After 20 minutes of the game it was already clear who the winner will be as Argentina already created huge 30-11. It is interesting that Argentina drained 10 triples in the first half. Melisa Gretter (-92) stepped up for Argentina with 20 points and Carolina Belen had 13. In a losing effort Ramona Macedo had 12 points.


The fifth place belongs to Mexico, who was better than Puerto Rico 72-56.

Dominican Republic is No.7 after its first win on this event, Dominican Republic - Guatemala 65-57.

It is very important to mention that USA, Canda and Argentina booked a spot for the 2010 FIBA U17 World Championship.



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  WNBA - Women  


Last games (3) - Mystics beat Sun 91-89 after two overtimes - by Eurobasket News
Connecticut S. - Washington M. 89-91 2OT
The Washington Mystics outsmarted the Connecticut Sun last night in very exciting game, The winners needed two overtimes and they now joined the Sun to 12-11 record in Eastern Conference. Alana Beard (5'11''-G/F-82, college: Duke) top-scored in victory with 26, while Crystal Langhorne (6'2''-F/C-86, college: Maryland) added 22 points and 6 rebounds. Connecticut got 23 pts from Asjha Jones (6'2''-F-80, college: Connecticut).

Sacramento M. - L.Angeles S. 85-79
Rebekkah Brunson (6'3''-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) shined for the winners with 19 points and 7 rebounds, Nicole Powell (6'2''-G/F-82, college: Stanford) had 18, while Kara Lawson (5'8''-G-81, college: Tennessee) added 12 pts. On the other side, The Sparks got 25 points from center Lisa Leslie (6'5''-C-72, college: USC). Monarchs 7-17, Sparks 8-13.

Chicago S. - New York L. 88-77
12-12 for Chicago and 8-15 for New York after this game. The Sky got 22 points and 9 boards from Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU), Candice Dupree (6'2''-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Temple) had 20 points and also 9 boards, while Jia Perkins (5'8''-G-82, agency: Merit Sports, college: Texas Tech) helped with 14 pts. Shameka Christon (6'1''-G/F-82, college: Arkansas) registered double-double in defeat, 25 pts and 10 rebounds.



Standings
WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Indiana F. 18-5 
 2. Washingt. M. 12-11 
 3. Connect. S. 12-11 
 4. Atlanta D. 12-11 
 5. Chicago S. 12-12 
 6. Detroit S. 9-12 
 7. New York L. 8-15 
Western
 1. Phoenix M. 17-7 
 2. Seattle S. 13-10 
 3. Minnesota L. 11-12 
 4. S.Antonio SS 10-13 
 5. L.Angeles S. 8-13 
 6. Sacram. M. 7-17 


Indiana Fever all-decade team announced - by Eurobasket News
WNBA All-Stars Tamika Catchings (6'1''-F-79, college: Tennessee) and Katie Douglas (6'1''-G/F-79, college: Purdue) highlight a cast of 10 honorees which comprise the Indiana Fever All-Decade Team, the team has announced. Honoring the Fever's first ten seasons in Indianapolis, the team was selected by over 51,000 votes cast by fans during online and in-arena balloting. The team will be honored at halftime of this evening's game when the Fever hosts the Detroit Shock.

Saturday's game is a Lucas Oil Family Night presented by The Indianapolis Star. The first 3,000 fans will receive an All-Decade Team commemorative poster and a Lucas Oil shammy.

The Indiana Fever All-Decade Team was established in appreciation for the fans that have supported the team throughout its first decade. Fans selected the 10 players who they felt made the greatest contributions to the Indiana Fever, combining on-court performance with spirit and sportsmanship. Balloting and sweepstakes were conducted from June 12 through July 30 at FeverBasketball.com and at kiosks inside Conseco Fieldhouse. All registered voters were eligible for sweepstakes prizes, including a 50' HDTV valued at $1,500 that will be awarded as the grand-prize courtesy of hhgregg, during tonight's halftime ceremony.

Winners of 18 of their past 21 games and responsible for the best record in the WNBA (18-5), the Fever's 2009 starting lineup occupies half of the All-Decade Team and five of the top six spots in final voting.

Catchings, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and six-time All-Star led the voting (6,244), followed by Indianapolis native Douglas (4,989), a three-time All-Star who currently leads the Fever with 17.8 points per game. Tully Bevilaqua (5'5''-G-72) (4,908) and Ebony Hoffman (6'2''-C/F-82, college: USC) (4,831) occupy the third and fourth spots, and center Tammy Sutton-Brown (6'4''-C-78, college: Rutgers) (3,150) finished sixth. The only non-current Fever player to possess a spot in the top five is Stephanie White (3,439), an Indiana schoolgirl legend, former Purdue star and one of the original members of the Indiana Fever. White is currently an assistant coach with the Chicago Sky.

Rounding out the team were two-year stars Anna DeForge (5'10''-G-76, college: Nebraska) and Tamika Whitmore (6'2''-C/F-77, college: Memphis) who each helped the Fever to franchise-record 21-13 seasons in 2006 and 2007; three-year center Natalie Williams (6'2''-F-70, college: UCLA) who retired after the 2005 season as one of the top rebounders in women's professional history; and Tan White (5'7''-G-82, college: Mississippi St.) who played four seasons in Indiana and left as the club's second-leading scorer.




Eight of the ten All-Decade stars have represented the Fever on WNBA All-Star teams or won WNBA postseason awards. The Indiana Fever All-Decade Team:

Tully Bevilaqua G 2005 to present Tammy Sutton-Brown C 2007 to present

Tamika Catchings F 2001 to present Stephanie White G 2000 to 2004

Anna DeForge G 2006 to 2007 Tan White G 2005 to 2008

Katie Douglas G/F 2008 to present Tamika Whitmore F 2006 to 2007

Ebony Hoffman F 2004 to present Natalie Williams C 2003 to 2005

Indiana Fever All-Decade final voting returns:

Tamika Catchings 6,244; Katie Douglas 4,989; Tully Bevilaqua 4,908; Ebony Hoffman 4,831; Stephanie White 3,439; Tammy Sutton-Brown 3,150; Natalie Williams 2,778; Tamika Whitmore 2,687; Anna DeForge 2,076; Tan White 1,987; Kelly Miller 1,560; Monica Maxwell 1,421; Coquese Washington 1,293; Kelly Schumacher 1,286; Olympia Scott 1,284; Nikki McCray 1,182; Niele Ivey 1,128; Rita Williams 1,024; Jurgita Streimikyte 877; Alicia Thompson 780; Coretta Brown 777; Kara Wolters 651; Gordana Grubin 547; Kristen Rasmussen 300

The Indiana Fever celebrates its 10th anniversary season in 2009 and hosts the San Antonio Silver Stars on August 27, 2009 (7:00 p.m.). Led by five time WNBA All-Star and two-time Olympic gold medalist Tamika Catchings, Olympic silver medalist Tully Bevilaqua, 2008 WNBA Most Improved Player Ebony Hoffman and two-time WNBA All-Stars Katie Douglas and Tammy Sutton-Brown, the Fever bids for its fifth consecutive playoff appearance in 2009. Season tickets are available at FeverBasketball.com, or by calling (317) 917-2500. Live video for all Indiana Fever games can be obtained via WNBA LiveAccess by visiting FeverBasketball.com. All Fever games are broadcast live locally on 1070 The Fan.
Courtesy of the Indiana Fever