EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 8/2/2009

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  CHILE   


Dimayor: Valdivia is the exclusive leader - by Daniel Valencia
Deportivo Valdivia is the exclusive leader of Dimayor's regular season after saturday night 77-70 victory against Everton, with Jonathan Heard (198-G/F-86, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) and Francisco Bravo (174-G-87) combining for 46 points. Liceo Mixto, Boston College and Provincial Osorno also won their games of saturday night and the three teams now have a 6-2 record. These are the complete results of saturday night.

Round 8

Everton 70 - Deportivo Valdivia 77
Eve: George Holt 20 pts. Julius Holt 18 pts.
Val: Jonathan Heard 25 pts. Francisco Bravo 21 pts.

Liceo Mixto 83 - CD Universidad de Concepcion 67
Lic: Patricio Briones 28 pts. Percy Werth 14 pts.
Ucon: Eduardo Marechal 20 pts. Evandro Arteaga 17 pts.

Provincial Osorno 83 - Universidad Catolica 65
Oso: Rodrigo Zuniga 27 pts. Erick Carrasco 21 pts.
Uc: Felipe Contreras 17 pts. Sascha Frings 11 pts.

Provincial Llanquihue 92 - Sagrados Corazones 71
Llan: Delvin Thomas 22 pts. Franco Garrido 21 pts.
Sag: John Ruffus 28 pts. Hector Gomez 12 pts.

Universidad de Los Lagos 89 - Deportivo Espanol 94
Ula: Alexander Blackwell 30 pts. Ignacio Navarrete 22 pts.
Esp: Bayo Arigbon 33 pts. Jose Madrid 18 pts.

Deportes Castro 74 - Boston College 81
Cas: Hank Rivers 35 pts. Gonzalo Velasquez 18 pts.
Bos: Rodrigo Espinoza 27 pts. Jefferson Agba 26 pts.


Dimayor: friday night results - by Daniel Valencia
On friday night were played 5 games from round 7. In Los Andes was played the most important game of the round, between two of the leaders, Liceo Mixto and Deportivo Valdivia, and the visitors, led by Jonathan Heard (198-G/F-86, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) with 26 points reached a 63-68 victory. In Puerto Montt, Universidad de Los Lagos defeated the other leader, Boston College, 92-90, with a great performance by Alexander Blackwell (205-F/C-70, college: Monmouth). These are the complete results of friday night.

Round 7

Everton 59 - CD Universidad de Concepcion 62
Eve: Francisco Rasio 25 pts. Julius Holt 9 pts.
Ucon: Eduardo Marechal 16 pts. Evandro Arteaga 13 pts.

Liceo Mixto 63 - Deportivo Valdivia 68
Lic: Peter Kiganya 18 pts. Patricio Briones 14 pts.
Val: Jonathan Heard 26 pts. Claus Prutzmann 15 pts.

Provincial Osorno 103 - Sagrados Corazones 64
Oso: Erick Carrasco 21 pts. Rodrigo Zuniga 17 pts.
Sag: John Ruffus 21 pts. Carlos Gallardo 12 pts.

Universidad de Los Lagos 92 - Boston College 90
Ula: Alexander Blackwell 27 pts. Johnny Gomez 17 pts.
Bos: Rodrigo Espinoza 29 pts. Felipe Ziegele 22 pts.

Deportes Castro 70 - Espanol de Talca 52
Cas: Hank Rivers 24 pts. Gonzalo Velasquez 18 pts.
Esp: Jose Madrid 14 pts. David Gonzalez 12 pts.


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


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  CHINA   


China Defeats Australia 92-73 - by Arthur Volbert
Zhu Fangyu (201-F-83) returned to China's starting lineup today as China defeated an Australian team 92-73 in the final preparation game for the Asian Championship. Zhu scored 6 points while playing 10 minutes. Sun Yue moved to the bench as sixth man.

Wang Zhizhi led China with 15 points and 6 rebounds. Yi Jianlian had 14 points and 9 rebounds but only hit 3 of 10 shots. Wang Shipeng had 14 points and 2 rebounds. Zhang Qingpeng had 11 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists in 23 minutes. Li Xiaoxu had 10 points and 3 rebounds in 16 minutes. Hu Xuefeng had 9 points and 5 rebounds in 22 minutes. Sun Yue had 8 points and 3 rebounds in 23 minutes. Wang Lei scored 5. Liu Wei, Su Wei and Du Feng played briefly and were scoreless.

China trailed 19-16 after one quarter and 41-40 at the half. But it outscored the Australians 26-16 in both the third and fourth quarters.



China National Team Roster for Asia Championship - by Robert Wang
The final roster for Asia Championship is released today. Here is the detail: point guard, Liu Wei, hu Xue Feng, Zhang Qing Peng. Shooting guard, Wang Shi Peng, Sun Yue. Small Forward, Zhu Fang Yu, Wang Lei. Power Forward, Yi jian Lian, Li Xiao Xu, Du Feng. Center, Wang Zhi Zhi, Su Wei. Chen jiang hua, zhou Peng, Zhang Kai, ding Jin Hui are unlucky to be drafted. Chen Jiang hua only played short time during the training before Championship and he can't show himself.

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  CYPRUS   


Frederick Achilleas new signings - by Michael Aristidou
Frederick Achilleas Kaimakliou look to strengh up their team adding two players. First signing is serbian PF/C Dimitrije Matic (204-F/C-78). Matic played in Igokea Bosnia last year and was voted All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League Most Improved Player of the Year -08 and All-Bosnia and Herzegovina League 2nd Team -08. Second signing is the American-Irish forward Chris Bracey (198-F-80, college: W.Texas A&M) who played in Greece and Estia Aigaleo last year.


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Olimpija adds Walsh - by Zeljko Zule
Union Olimpija announced the addition of former NBA player Matt Walsh (197-F/G-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Florida) for the next season. American forward arrives from Spirou Charleoi where he last year averaged 13,3 points, 2,8 rebounds and 2,3 assists in 9 EuroCup appearances and 9,1 points, 3,4 rebounds and 2,2 assists in 19 games of Belgium League. He won the 2008 and 2009 Belgian National Championship and 2009 Belgian Cup with Spirou Charleroi and was named 2008-09 Belgian League MVP.

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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18   


Stats Leader
Points Per Game
 Ryan RICHARDS
  ENG
  (210-F-91)
  Avg: 29
 1. Richards, ENG29.0 
 2. Laerke, DEN28.3 
 3. Eilingsfeld, HUN23.3 
 4. van Vugt, NED21.0 
 5. Radovic, MNT20.6 
 6. Fraser, SCO19.7 
 7. Dvalishvili, GEO18.7 
 8. Czerapowicz, SWE18.1 
 9. Veideman, EST18.1 
 10. Noel, E.17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ryan RICHARDS
  ENG
  (210-F-91)
  Avg: 13
 1. Richards, ENG13.0 
 2. Eilingsfeld, HUN12.6 
 3. Bergstedt, DEN10.3 
 4. Dubljevic, MNT10.0 
 5. Dvalishvili, GEO9.9 
 6. Krysevich, BLR9.8 
 7. Ausepian, BLR9.8 
 8. Treffers, NED9.4 
 9. Radovic, MNT9.1 
 10. Moravek, S.8.4 
Assists Per Game
 Stevan LAZOVIC
  MNT
  (183-G-91)
  Avg: 5.6
 1. Lazovic, MNT5.6 
 2. Steinarsson, ISL5.0 
 3. Tavartkiladz., GEO4.3 
 4. Petkovic, SUI3.7 
 5. Vancura, AUT3.7 
 6. Gunjaca, BIH3.5 
 7. Lakosa, HUN3.4 
 8. Nikkarinen, FIN3.4 
 9. Jawara, NOR3.4 
 10. Van Der Hors., N.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Valiantsin IHNATCHYK
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Ihnatchyk, BLR2.7 
 2. van Vugt, NED2.7 
 3. Tavartkiladz., GEO2.4 
 4. Petkovic, SUI2.3 
 5. Persson, SWE2.1 
 6. Gilling, DEN2.1 
 7. Veideman, EST2.1 
 8. Dorbek, EST2.1 
 9. Lazovic, MNT2.0 
 10. Grznar, S.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Lee GOLDSBROUGH
  (205-F-91)
  Avg: 2
 1. Goldsbrough, ENG2.0 
 2. Radovic, MNT1.9 
 3. Buza, BIH1.9 
 4. Ausepian, BLR1.7 
 5. Fraser, SCO1.7 
 6. Dvalishvili, GEO1.6 
 7. Moravek, SVK1.4 
 8. Dubljevic, MNT1.4 
 9. Limberg, EST1.4 
 10. Gillet, B.1.3 


Stats Leaders Div. A
Points Per Game
 Pavel ANTIPOV
  (204-F-91)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Antipov, RUS21.7 
 2. Prostran, CRO20.5 
 3. Valanciunas, LTU20.0 
 4. Tishman, ISR18.3 
 5. Kanter, TUR16.5 
 6. Neumann, GER16.1 
 7. Muric, SLO15.6 
 8. Kanonidis, GRE15.5 
 9. Musli, SRB14.9 
 10. Lypovyy, U.14.7 
Rebounds Per Game
 Enes KANTER
  (206-C-92)
  Avg: 16.1
 1. Kanter, TUR16.1 
 2. Valanciunas, LTU11.3 
 3. Musli, SRB10.9 
 4. Neumann, GER10.6 
 5. Antipov, RUS10.0 
 6. Meiers, LAT9.4 
 7. Kriz, CZE9.0 
 8. Sandul, UKR7.8 
 9. Bouchman, ISR7.7 
 10. Mashour, I.7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Toni PROSTRAN
  (183-G-91)
  Avg: 7.2
 1. Prostran, CRO7.2 
 2. Peciukeviciu., LTU5.1 
 3. Franch, ESP4.5 
 4. Angelopoulos, GRE4.2 
 5. Westermann, FRA3.9 
 6. Span, SLO3.9 
 7. Cizauskas, LTU3.4 
 8. Dafinov, BUL3.3 
 9. Ansons, LAT3.3 
 10. Lebedintsev, U.3.2 
Steals Per Game
 Luka BABIC
  (200-G-91)
  Avg: 3.5
 1. Babic, CRO3.5 
 2. De Nicolao, ITA3.1 
 3. Tishman, ISR2.3 
 4. Kulagin, RUS1.9 
 5. Timor, ISR1.8 
 6. Dotan, ISR1.8 
 7. Prostran, CRO1.8 
 8. Franch, ESP1.8 
 9. Lebedintsev, UKR1.8 
 10. Kriz, C.1.8 
Blocks Per Game
 Philipp NEUMANN
  (210-C-92)
  Avg: 3.4
 1. Neumann, GER3.4 
 2. Musli, SRB2.8 
 3. Valanciunas, LTU2.4 
 4. Meiers, LAT1.9 
 5. Djekic, SRB1.9 
 6. Kanter, TUR1.5 
 7. Balashov, RUS1.4 
 8. Polonara, ITA1.4 
 9. Sandul, UKR1.4 
 10. Chrysikopoul., G.1.3 


Day: 8 (Semi-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
11th place
Germany - Slovenia 97-75
Danilo Barthel (205-F-91) lifted Germany past Slovenia in the final game at the U18 European Championship for both teams. He notched 23 points and 8 rebounds as the German team clinched the 11th overall place. Philipp Neumann and Daniel Leithner added 14 points apiece for the winners. Edo Muric responded with 13 points and 8 boards for Slovenia. Jan Span had 11 points in defeat.

5-8 places
Spain - Italy 84-72
Spain toppled Italy in the classification games for the 5th-8th spot in France today. The Spaniards led at every break to post a deserved victory at the end. Joan Sastre Morro (201-F-91) top-scored with 19 points for Spain. Ignacio Llovet added 12 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in the victory. Michele Vitali answered with 18 points off the bench for the Azzurri. Andrea De Nicolao had 15 points in the losing case.

Croatia - Russia 74-76
Russia held off Croatia in a tense battle at the U18 European Championship in France. Dmitry Kulagin (195-G-92) knocked down two free throws with 13 seconds to go in regulation to propel Russia to a hard-fought win at the end of the classification game for the 5th-8th place. Russia will now face Spain for the 5th position. Croatia will wrap up their campaign against Italy tomorrow. Pavel Shavkunov nailed 16 points to lead Russia. Dmitry Kulagin added 14 points in the winning effort. Toni Prostran responded with 21 points and 11 assists for Croatia. Dragan Sekelja had 13 points and 13 rebounds in the loss.

9th place
Bulgaria - Latvia 55-65
Latvia outclassed Bulgaria at the U18 European Championship today. The victory allowed the Baltic team to clinch the 9th overall spot at the tournament. Ernijs Ansons (191-G/F-91) scored 13 points to pace well-balanced Latvian attack. Ugis Pinete added 12 points for the winners. Darin Ivanov responded with 10 points for Bulgaria in the loss.

SEMIFINALS
Lithuania - France 63-68
France made it to the Final of the home U18 European Championship. Cheered by the home crowd they held off previously unbeaten Lithuania in the second semifinal today. Mael Lebrun (194-F-91) knocked down 18 points to lead the charge for France. They will now face Serbia in the title decider tomorrow. Evan Fournier scored 12 points for France. Fabien Paschal added 7 points for the winners. Jonas Valanciunas responded with game-high 37 points and 19 rebounds. Mantas Kadzevicius had 9 points in defeat.

Turkey - Serbia 61-66
Serbia overcame a slow start of the U18 European Championship first semifinal to reach the championship game. They defeated Turkey in a wearying battle in Metz today. Serbia will now try to repeat the 2007 success when they last claimed the title. Nemanja Jaramaz (198-G-91) and Dejan Musli scored 14 points apiece for Serbia. Danilo Andjusic added 12 points in the winning case. Enes Kanter (206-C-92) responded with 32 points and 25 boards for Turkey. Can M. Mutaf finished with 10 points in defeat.



Div. B Day: 8 (Semi-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
13-16 places
Iceland - Georgia 94-65
Iceland thumped Georgia at the U18 European Championship classification round. Iceland will now fight for the 13th position with Denmark tomorrow. Georgia will take on Scotland on the final day of the tournament. Haukur Oskarsson (195-G-91) knocked down 17 points to lead Iceland. Tomas Tomasson added 15 points in the winning effort. Beqa Chikviladze responded with 19 points for Georgia. Akaki Dvailishvili notched 17 points and 12 boards in the loss.

Scotland - Denmark 68-72
Denmark accounted for Scotland on the last but one day at the U18 European championship in Division B. Thomas Laerke (193-F-91) stepped up with another sizzling performance tallying 27 points and leading Denmark to the win. Jonas Bergstedt added 13 points and 14 boards in the victory. Alasdair Fraser responded with 28 points for Scotland. Denmark will play against Iceland, while Scotland will face Georgia on the final day of action in Sarajevo.

5-8 places
Bosnia - Holland 85-116
Netherlands thrashed Bosnia and Herzegovina in the classification round for the 5th-8th spot in Sarajevo. Jeroen van Vugt (192-G-91) exploded with 38 points, 5 boards and 4 assists to pace Netherlands. Max Van Schaik added 16 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. Ali Demic was responsible for 23 points in defeat. Nikola Gajic netted 16 points for Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Belgium - Estonia 72-51
Belgium toppled Estonia in the classification game for the 5th-8th position. Terry Deroover (180-G-91) scored 20 points to lead Belgium. Pierre-Antoine Gillet and Yannick Desiron added 13 points apiece in the victory. Martin Limberg responded with 10 points for Estonia in defeat. Belgium will now face Netherlands for the 5th overall place.

9-12 places
Switzerland - Hungary 69-88
Janos Ellingfeld notched 21 points and 17 rebounds to lead Hungary past Switzerland at the U18 European Championship today. The victory set up the clash against Finland for the Hungarian team. Switzerland challenge Austria in the battle for the 11th spot. Adam Lepsenyi nailed 19 points in the winning effort. Dario Koludrovic replied with 22 points for Switzerland.

Finland - Austria 72-60
Finland prevailed against Austria in Sarajevo. Antto Nikkarinen (185-G-91) and Villematti Kopio chipped in 16 points apiece to pace the Finnish team. Lauri Toivonen added 15 points and 7 rebounds in the victory. Romed Vleider answered with 13 points for Austria. Carlos Novas Mateo got 10 points in defeat.

SEMIFINALS
Montenegro - Poland 63-65
Polish U18 team fulfilled the task reaching the championship game at the European Championship in Division B. Poland also ensured the Division A spot for the next year together with the ticket to the Final. A Robert Jakubiak team held off Montenegro tonight to record the success. Sebastian Szymanski (186-G-91) nailed 15 points to pace the winners. Hubert Wierzbicki added 12 points and 13 boards for Poland. Nemanja Radovic answered with 19 points and 11 boards for Montenegro. Bojan Dubljevic had 12 points and 9 rebounds in defeat.

Sweden - United Kingdom 81-66
Swedish U18 National team have reached the Final of the European Championship in Division B. They held off England in the first semifinal in Sarajevo today. Andreas Person (188-G-91) fired 25 points to pace the Scandinavian team. The victory also booked the Division A spot for a David Leman team. Pierre Hampton provided 18 points and 11 boards for Sweden. Christopher Czerapowicz added 16 points in the win. Levi Noel responded with 19 points for England. Michael Manghum had 15 points in the losing case.



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  FRANCE   


France enter championship game at U18 European Championship - by Eurobasket News
France U18 - Lithuania U18 68:63
France made it to the Final of the home U18 European Championship. Cheered by the home crowd they held off previously unbeaten Lithuania in the second semifinal today. Mael Lebrun (194-F-91) knocked down 18 points to lead the charge for France. They will now face Serbia in the title decider tomorrow.
Kulvietis set the tone early draining a triple for Lithuanian lead. The Baltic team maintained the advantage throughout the opening quarter and completed it ahead by two 21:19. But Les Bleus scored quick four points at the beginning of the second term to jump in front. France rallied to a 35:31 halftime advantage. Mendesir extended the margin to 6 points early in the third frame. Lithuania stayed close before Geoffrey Renon (207-C-91) and Evan Fournier (198-G/F-92) capped the period with 5 points in a row to give the home team a 7-point advantage into the final quarter. France boosted the gap to 13 points early in the fourth frame. And though Lithuania cut the deficit to just 2 points with 55 seconds to go they failed to succeed. Evan Fournier and Mael Lebrun sealed the winning outcome for the hosts in the dying seconds.
Evan Fournier scored 12 points for France. Fabien Paschal (206-C/F-91) added 7 points for the winners. Jonas Valanciunas (211-C-92) responded with game-high 37 points and 19 rebounds. Mantas Kadzevicius (193-G-91) had 9 points in defeat.

France U18: Mael Lebrun 18, Evan Fournier 12, Fabien Paschal 7
Lithuania U18: Jonas Valanciunas 37+19 boards, Mantas Kadzevicius 9



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  GERMANY   


Basketligan Guard of the Year heads to Bayreuth - by Moritz Korff
BBC Bayreuth (2. Bundesliga Pro A) have completed the signing of experienced point guard Thomas Jackson (175-G-80, agency: 011 Sports, college: Butler). The 29-year-old from East Lansing, Michigan has six seasons of European basketball under his belt, which he all spent in Sweden, expect a stint with Den Helder of Holland. From 2007 until the end of this past season Jackson was a member of Uppsala Basket and earned several accolades after the 2008-09 campaign, including Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Basketligan Guard of the Year, First Team and All-Defensive Team honors. He appeared in 30 games for Uppsala and averaged 16.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, 4.5 assists as well as 2.6 steals per outing.

Regionalliga News - by Moritz Korff
SSV Lok Bernau (Regionalliga North) have completed its backcourt for the up and coming season. Dennis Gebert (188-G-89) is the last addition to the Bernau roster for one of the guard spots. The young German started this past season at RSV Eintracht Stahnsdorf, but left the 2. Bundesliga Pro B outfit after game played. He then moved on to BG Zehlendorf. In 13 matches of the 2. Regionalliga Gebert scored 10.2 points per contest for the Berlin club.

Michael Moeller (188-G-84) has joined BSV Wulfen (Regionalliga West). The 24-year-old previously played for UBC Muenster.

HD Immo Baunach (Regionalliga South-East) announced their complete roster for the 2009-2010 season. Coaches Wolfgang Heyder and Timo Fuchs added some newcomers to their squad: Patrick Seidel (185-G-93) and Hannes Heyder are products of the TSV Breitenguessbach youth-program, Thomas Zenkel (189-G-92) comes originally from Bamberg and played for Breitenguessbach's NBBL team last season. Meanwhile, Matthias Rosenthal (198-F-91) and Christoph Aas (196-G-83) return to Baunach. Blanchard Obiango (202-F-88) will get a license to suit up both for Baunach as well as for Breitenguessbach in the 2. Bundesliga Pro B. Jonas Wiese (206-C/F-82) will bring some experience to the young Baunach team. The 27-year-old averaged 5.0 points and 2.8 rebounds for TSV in the Pro B during 2008-09.

The BiG Oettinger Rockets Gotha (Regionalliga South-East) seem to have big plans for the future. The club recently announced the signing of Rodney Scruggs (190-G-82), Waldemar Buchmiller (195-G-80) and Bjoern Blossey (180-G-87). Scruggs is coming from BV Chemnitz 99. Some years ago he was considered as one of the greatest talents in Germany. Last season he appeared in 27 games of the 2. Bundesliga Pro A and scored 3.1 points per outing. In Chemnitz he was a team mate of Buchmiller, who is a former German junior international as well. He averaged 6.2 points a game for the Niners during 2008-09. Bjorn Blossey was able to get some Pro A experience in this past season too. He played for Science City Jena and saw action in 29 games (1.3ppg).
Gotha's headcoach Dainius Pleta kept Stefan Dziuballe, Michael Rost (183-G-85), Sebastian Rauch (-G/F-87) and Sascha Maeder (195-F/C-80) from the 2008-09 roster, at least two more new players are on their way to the Rockets.

The veterans Marco Klingberg (185-G/F-74) and Alexander Stolpe (190-F-78) are leaving the Febro Eagles Magdeburg (Regionalliga North). Both players have found a new home at Aschersleben Tigers (2. Regionalliga). Klingberg averaged 8.4 points per contest for the Eagles last season, while Stolpe poured in 12.5 points a game.

The Benslips Baskets Salzkotten (Regionalliga West) have boosted their 2009-2010 roster with some new players. Chris Gatlin (198-F) and Warrell Span (198-F-87) have been signed. Spann is 22 years of age and played college basketball at Navarro JC and NCAA Division One's Southeastern Louisiana. He posted 10.9 points and 6.7 rebounds a game for SLU during 2008-09. Gatlin is a graduate of Louisiana State University-Shreveport (NAIA). He led the Pilots in scoring (16.6ppg) last season and grabbed 5.2 rebounds per outing. He received NAIA All-America Honorable Mention honors after this past season.
Salzkotten's headcoach Martin Krueger will also work with Ole Wendt (190-G-92) and Lars Wendt (183-G-92) in the upcoming season. The twins mostly shot hoops on the Paderborn NBBL-team during 2008-09 campaign. From last season's roster the following players will remain on the Benslips Baskets' squad: Carsten Kanne (198-F/C), Felix Wenningkamp (196-F/G-88), Daniel Tusek (196-G-89), Daniel Michels (-91) and Matthias Finke (183-G-87). Lukas Loehers will move up from Salzkotten's second team to the RLW squad.

SC Rasta Vechta (Regionalliga North) signed Jan Fikiel (208-F-83, college: Pennsylvania) for the upcoming season. The big man played for the Bremen Roosters in the 2. Bundesliga Pro A in this past season. Meanwhile, Head Coach Malte Scheper keeps Marlone Jackson (204-F-78, college: Lamar), Thomas Kaspereit (199-F/C-83) and Lukas Dawidowski (198-F-83) from last season's squad.

FC Schalke 04 (Regionalliga West) have inked Matt Fields (201-F-86) and Evan Lane (203-F) as their new import players. Lane graduated from the Collge of Saint Rose (NCAA2) earlier this year, while Fields comes from Georgia Southern University (NCAA1). Other players on the Royal Blues' team for the 2009-2010 season are: Matthias Rawert (190-G-90), Giovanni Palopoli (196-F-80), Benjamin Rust (199-F-79), Tim Doll (184-G-88), Andre Schroder (182-G-82), Fabian Horstmann, Tobias Beck (181-G-78), Dhnesch Kubendrarajah (181-G-91), Kevin Lehmann (180-G-86) and Christian Schneider.

TuS Treis-Karden, that will go to the start in the 2. Regionalliga next season, have signed Josh Sanderson (185-G-86) to their team. The 23-year-old American is a product of Point Loma Nazarene University (NAIA). Center Edvinas Kurgonas (205-C) has left the club, he will play for MJC Trier (Regionalliga South-West) in the future.

Dirk Samuel Rhinehart (192-G-80, college: Kalamazoo) will continue his basketball career at TuS Bramsche (2. Regionalliga). The 28-year-old American previously played for Osnabrueck in the RLN and for TV Ibbenbueren in the 2. Regionalliga. Also German U16-international Nico Hackmann (196-F-93) will suit up for the Bramsche Red Devils next season.

VfL Stade (2. Regionalliga) have signed Kedrick Johnson (192-F-83, agency: Huss Sport Agency, college: Lee) and Kester Mayr (187-G-83). Both players were active for the Itzehoe Eagles last season.


Victor Morris Interview - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


Victor Morris (185-G-85, agency: LBM Management, college: Cleveland St.) is a 23 year old 185cm combo guard from Minden, Louisiana. He went to Cleveland State from 2003 to 2007. His best season was his senior year where he averaged in 22 games: 7.5ppg, 2.5rpg, 2.1apg, FGP: 38.7%, 3Pts: 34.3%, FT: 84.0%. He turned pro in 2007 and went to Germany to play in the Regionaliga for TS Goeppingen tearing up the league and averaging in 18 games: 20.3ppg, 5.0rpg, 6.0apg. Last season he started at TS Goeppingen, but then decided to go To Finnland and played for Porvoon Tarmo and averaged in 27 games: 14.7ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.5apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 39.6%, FT: 64.2%. Eurobasket sat down with the American to talk basketball.

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Your searching for a team, where would you like to play and how is search coming along?

Yes currently I am looking for a team for the upcoming season, my agent and I have gotten some interest from a few teams but no offers yet. Im open to playing anywhere, looking for a league that has good competition and is a good situation for me.



How is your offseason traing coming along? How does a typical workout day look like?

My offseason training is going well. I have really picked it up now the last 2 weeks. A typical workout for me is waking up at 630am at the gym by 7. Drill and skill work from 7 to 830. Weight lifting and Core workout after that for bout an hour. Then Cardio workout. (usually on treadmill) Thats morning session in the afternoon I try and get a good run in (5 on 5) then run hills before sunset. I do this same routine everday 4 days out the week.

You played two seasons in Germany in the Regionaliga for TS Goeppingen. What kind of experience was that for you?

Playing for Goeppingen was a learning experience. It was my first Profesional job out of college. So I took it as a chance to develop as a player and learn the European game.

In 2007-2008 you had pretty good stats in 18 games: 20.3ppg, 5.0rpg, 6.0apg
. How would you describe the play in the Regionaliga?

The play in the Regionaliga was ok. I played against some good teams and players. There are a lot of good players in the Regionalliga who can play at other levels in Europe if given the opportunity to.

The league seems a bit to weak for you. Do you think you can succeede at next step in PRO B or PRO A?

Im confident in my abilities as a player and I think I could be successfull at either of those levels.

What is your best asset as a player?

My best asset as a player would have to be my versatility. I pride myself on having in all around game. So when somthing isnt working I can always go to something else.

You left in the middle of season and went to Finland. What were the reasons for this?

I was offered a job in the top league in Finland. I had the oppurtunity to compete against top level competition and see where I measured up to other players. I felt like it was the best move for me as a player.

In Finnland you had strong stats with 14.7ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.5apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 48.3%, 3PT: 39.6%, FT: 64.2% Is this not a league you would like to remain?

The Finnish league is a very good league. There are several good players who play there both American and Finnish. I could see myself returning to Finland to play if the right situation came along.

You seem to do many things well as a guard. What comes more natural to you the point or shooting guard?

Im more comfortable at the Point Guard position. Im able to create more oppurtunties with the ball in my hands for my teammates. I love getting my teammates easy buckets. The two teams I have played for though I was the number 1 or 2 option. So scoring was needed from me. But I would rather have 10pts and 10 assists then 20pts anyday. I feel like Im doing my job when my teammates are getting easy scoring oppurtunites.

You are still very young at 23. What do you still need to improve with your game?

I still need to work on all aspects of my game really. There is always room for improvement. But one thing I really focused on this summer was my foot speed and defense. I want to be a better defender. Defense wins championships!

What do you prefer, to penetrate or take the jumper off the dribble, what is your bigger strength?

I feel Im pretty strong at both. As a player you just have to read the situation and take what the defense gives you.


You grew up in Louisiana. What was your childhood like?

I had a pretty normal childhood. Grew up in a small town Minden,Louisiana. Spent a lot of time with my family growing up. Playing sports and fishing! lol

Who were your basketball idols growing up?

Man.... Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Isiah Thomas, Scottie Pippen, I had a few.


You played at Cleveland State. What were your nicest memories there on the court?

I would say beating Miami University, playing against North Carolina, and just going through all those battles with my teammates. Every game is a memory to me.

Did you ever play against Akron? How were your duels with Dru Joyce?

Yea we played Akron twice I think. Dru is actually a good friend of mine. He s a tough player who always playes hard and he's very smart with the ball. So when you play you have to bring your 'A' game. Me and him had some good battles.

Who was the best player that you ever played against?

Lebron James

What were you doing when you heard that Michael Jackson had died?

Aww man...I was on my way to watch a summer league game here in Cleveland and I heard it on the radio...I didnt think it was real until I started getting phone calls about it. It was a sad day....


What did Michael Jackson mean to you as an artist?

Mike was the world's greatest entertainer, I remember when I was young watchin Thriller and trying to moonwalk everywhere. I even got a white glove and put glitter on it..lol He was amazing though just the type of affect he had on the world is amazing!

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

This summer I was working a basketball camp at Cleveland State and I threw the ball under hand from the opposite free throw line and it went in....Kids went crazy! lol Hey Thanks for the interview and if anyone is intrested I can be reached at morris5inc@live.com



Noerdlingen Giants seal Niebuhr switch - by Moritz Korff
The Noerdlingen Giants (2. Bundesliga Pro A) have made an agreement with Leo Niebuhr (208-F-86, agency: Court Side) for the 2009-2010 season. The German forward/center spent this past campaign on the roster of the Artland Dragons (1. Bundesliga), but hardly received any chance to play on the Quakenbrueck team. He had only had four appearances in the Bundesliga through the year. Niebuhr remained scoreless in three of these encounters. A single three against Ludwigsburg were his only points of the BBL season. Now Niebuhr, who used to be a German junior international, will make the next attempt to break through and get his basketball career going.

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Holland Rolls To Easy Win Over Georgia - by Fred Roggen
Holland do not face problems in the friendly game against Georgia, overcome in Utrecht with 79-63. Right off the bat the Dutch squad made a statement shooting the ball extremely well and locking in on their defensive tactics limiting Georgia from scoring. After first quarter, the result was 16-15, at halftime 39--34 and after the third quarter 60-45. Coach Gadi Kedar used the bench players for the entire fourth quarter of the game, and gave the Georgians a change to come back in the game 79-63. Holland took more shots (35 to 26) and outrebounded Georgia (37 to 28).
Francisco Elson (212-C-76, agency: Court Side, college: California) stole the show with two thundering dunks.
Scores: Henk Norel (212-F/C-87) 14, Arvin Slagter (190-G-85) 11


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Helbich and Dale come back to Hungary - by Tamas Deri
Srdjan Helbich (205-F/C-76) accepted the offer of PVSK Pannonpower and signed a one year contract with the team. That will be the third season in a row for the croatian big man in our country after playing for NYKK and ZTE KK each one season. The 205 cm tall center played last season 33 games for ZTE KK and averaged 12.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per game.

Mike Dale (197-G/F-84, college: S.Illinois, agency: TOGA Hoops) is coming back to Univer KSE, so he is the only one foreigner player of the last season got kept by the new head coach Stojan Ivkovic on the roster. The 197 cm tall american forward started his professional carreer in Austria playing for UBSC Graz and the champion team Furstenfeld Panthers in the season 2007-08. In July 2008 he signed a one year deal with UNIVER KSE and played only 17 games for the team, because of one knee injury during the regular season. He was one of the best players of the team averaging 14.5 points and 5.1 rebounds per game while shooting the three pointers with 42.1% (63-121). Dale will arrive in our country tomorrow and start to practice with the team on the 3rd of August.


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Iran NT Final Rosters for Asian Cup 2009 - by Mohammad Ahmadi
Final Rosters of Iran National Team for Asian Cup 2009 in China were announced as following :
Head Coach: Veselin Matic

Assistant Coaches: Mehran Hatami - Safa Ali Kamalian .

Selected Players:

Mehdi Kamrani (180-G-82)
Javad Davari (184-G-83)
Aren Davoudi Chegani (182-G-86)
Amir Amini (192-G-84)
Saeid Davarpanah (189-G-87)
Hamed Afagh (192-G-83)
MohammadSamad Nikkhah Bahrami (199-G/F-83)
Mohammad Reza Akbari (196-F/G-86)
Oshin Sahakian (202-F-86)
Pouya Tajik (202-F-80)
Hooman Rezaei (208-C-81)
Hamed Haddadi (218-C-85)
Ali Doraghi (210-C-84)
Asghar Kardoust (210-C-86)
Hamed Sohrabnejad (206-C/F-83)


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Serie A Market News - by Stefano Pini
Benetton Treviso added Davor Kus (192-G-78), player with great Euroleague experience that will fit the team in both the guard positions. Kus signed a 2+1 contract. Sigma Coatings (new sponsor) Montegranaro reached a deal with Robert Hite (188-G-84, college: Miami, FL), guard with NBA experience that ended last season in Belgium, at Ostenda. SS Felice Scandone Air Avellino added the belgian sharpshooter with italian passport Dimitri Lauwers (187-G-79) and the big man Szymon Szewczyk (209-C-82) that came back in Italy after a positive season in Russia. Pallacanestro Biella has a new flying man in the middle: Pervis Pasco (206-F/C-81, college: Kansas St.). Angelico has also a new Euro Big Man, Kieron Achara (208-F/C-83, college: Duquesne), one of the most positive players in the unlucky Gimac Bologna season. The ambitious Pepsi Caserta completed his starting five with Timothy Bowers (188-G-82, college: Mississippi St.). Cimberio Varese will announce soon the deal with Jobey Thomas (193-G-80, college: Charlotte), last at Armani Jeans Milano. Serie A newcomers Soresina inked Gary Forbes (201-G/F-85, college: Virginia), very impressive at Las Vegas Summer League.

Midsummer Serie A 2009-2010 Rosters - by Stefano Pini
Montepaschi Siena (Coach: Simone Pianigiani )
Terrell McIntyre (175-G-77, college: Clemson) (175-G-77), Henry Domercant (192-G-80), Romain Sato (194-G-81), Shaun Stonerook (203-F/C-77), Benjamin Eze (207-C/F-81), Nikos Zisis (195-G-83) Marco Carraretto (196-G-77), David Hawkins (193-G-82), Tomas Ress (211-C/F-80), Ksistof Lavrinovic (210-C-79), Lorenzo D'Ercole (190-G-88)
It seems that Siena has resisted to the assault to T-Mac from Greece.

Armani Jeans Milano (Coach Pier Luigi Bucchi )
Morris Finley (180-G-81,). Jonas Maciulis (198-G/F-85), Mike Hall (203-F-84), Marijonas Petravicius (208-F/C-79), Massimo Bulleri (188-G-77), Marco Mordente (191-G-79), Jeffrey Viggiano (200-F-84), Mindaugas Katelynas (205-F-83), Mason Rocca (204-F-77)
Milano is looking for a starting five shooting guard. Last name rumored is Bracey Wright (191-G-84, college: Indiana). They've to find solutions for Hollis Price (186-G-79, college: Oklahoma) and Luca Vitali (201-G-86) that won't be part of the team even if they have the contract for the next season.

Benetton Treviso (Coach Francesco Vitucci )
Daniel Hackett (196-G-87), Gary Neal (193-G-84), Cartier Martin (201-G/F-84), Judson Wallace (205-F/C-82), Sandro Nicevic (210-C-76) Davor Kus (192-G-78), Daniele Sandri (195-F/G-90), Jasmin Hukic (204-G/F-79), Andrea Renzi (208-F/C-89), Jakub Wojciechowski (211-C-90)
Fiba has estabilished that Mantas Kalnietis (195-G-86,) is a Zalgiris player. They're working hard to bring Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90).

Angelico Biella (Coach Luca Bechi )
Joe Smith (193-G-77), Matteo Soragna (198-G/F-75), Vanja Plisnic (207-F/C-80), Pervis Pasco (206-F/C-81), Massimo Chessa (188-G-88), Pietro Aradori (192-G-88), Kieron Achara (208-F/C-83), Luca Garri (207-C/F-82)
Have to sign the starting five shooting guard.

Lottomatica Roma (Coach Fernando Gentile )
Ibrahim Jaaber (187-G-84), Ricky Minard (194-G/F-82, college: Morehead St.), Andre Hutson (202-F-79), Andrea Crosariol (212-C-84), Jacopo Giachetti (191-G-83), Luigi Datome (202-G/F-87), Herve Toure (202-F-82), Angelo Gigli (209-F/C-83)
Also Roma needs a starting five shooting guard. Maurice Ager (193-G-84), Tarence Kinsey (200-G-84) are the options offered by the press.

Banca Tercas Teramo (Coach Andrea Capobianco)
Giuseppe Poeta (190-G-85), Drake Diener (196-G-81), Bobby Jones (201-F-84, college: Washington), Valerio Amoroso (202-F-80), James Thomas (203-F/C-80), Tommaso Marino (190-G-86), Ryan Hoover (188-G-74), Gianluca Lulli (196-F/G-72), Bruno Cerella (194-G/F-86)
They need a Euro-Big man to complete the roster

Virtus Bologna (Coach Lino Lardo)
Andre Collins (183-G-82), Dusan Vukcevic (201-F-75), David Moss (196-F-83), LeRoy Hurd (202-F/G-80), Petteri Koponen (193-G-88) Brett Blizzard (191-G-80)
We aspect surprising movements in italian markets...

Scavolini Spar Pesaro (Coach Luca Dalmonte )
Marques Green (170-G-82, college: St.Bonaventure), Daniele Cinciarini (194-G-83), Michael Hicks (193-G-76), Dusan Sakota (209-F-86), Eric Williams (206-C-84) Giovanni Tomassini (189-G-88)
Simone Flamini (204-G/F-82) and Sam Van Rossom (188-G-86) should be the last signs for the bench

NGC Cantu (Coach Andrea Trinchieri )
Jerry Green (191-G-80, college: Cal-Irvine), Manuchar Markoishvili (195-G-86), Othyus Jeffers (196-F-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Robert Morris), Maarten Leunen (206-F-85), Benjamin Ortner (206-F/C-83) Anthony Giovacchini (188-G-79), Nicolas Mazzarino (181-G-75), Arminas Urbutis (206-F-86), Tautvydas Lydeka (208-C/F-83)
An italian player for the bench will be the last sign. Michele Mian (195-G-73) is the favourite.

Carife Ferrara (Coach Giorgio Valli )
Yohann Sangare (193-G-83), Oluoma Nnamaka (200-F/C-78), Harold Jamison (204-C-76), Stefano Borsato (190-G-86), Daniel Farabello (194-G-73), Brian Sacchetti (197-G/F-86), Joel Salvi (199-F-78), Valerio Mazzola (205-F/C-88)
They need the shooting guard and the small forward for the starting five. The dream is to keep Allan Ray (188-G-84, college: Villanova).

Air Avellino (Coach Pancotto)
Dimitri Lauwers (187-G-79), Cenk Akyol (196-G-87), Chevon Troutman (202-F-81, agency: ACMT, college: Pittsburgh), Szymon Szewczyk (209-C-82), Antonio Porta (188-G-83), Riccardo Cortese (197-G-86), Filip Dylewicz (202-F-80), Roberto Casoli (206-C-72)
They're talking with Sundiata Gaines (185-G-86, agency: Strategic Sports, college: Georgia) for the starting five pointguard spot

Sigma Coatings Montegranaro (Coach Fabrizio Frates )
Antonio Maestranzi (178-G-84, college: N.Illinois), Robert Hite (188-G-84, college: Miami, FL), Marquinhos Vinicius (207-F-84), Dejan Ivanov (205-F/C-86), Greg Brunner (201-F-83, college: Iowa), Andrea Cinciarini, Michele Antonutti (203-G/F-86), Kristof Ongenaet (203-F-85)
They had signed Tornike Shengelia (207-G/F-91) , but the player had still a contract with Pamesa Valencia

Pepsi Caserta (Coach Stefano Sacripanti )
Fabio Di Bella (187-G-78), Timothy Bowers (188-G-82), Ebikekeme Ere (195-G/F-81, college: Oklahoma), Jumaine Jones (201-F-79), Antanas Kavaliauskas (208-C-84), Lukasz Koszarek (187-G-84), Philip Martin (202-F-80), Andrea Michelori (202-F/C-78)
The last player will be a Euro 2-3 for the bench, one name could be Ernests Kalve (200-F-87).

Original Marines Napoli
Mario Gigena (198-F-77) Matteo Spippoli (212-C-81)
Work in progress for the team formerly known as Rieti

Cimberio Varese (Coach Stefano Pillastrini )
Randolph Childress (190-G-72, college: Wake Forest), Jobey Thomas (193-G-80), Simone Cotani (201-G/F-81), Ronald Slay (203-F-81), Giacomo Galanda (211-F/C-75), Marco Passera (180-G-82), Lorenzo Gergati (188-G-84), Fabio Mian (195-F-92), Niccolo Martinoni (201-G/F-89), Riccardo Antonelli (203-F-88)
When Varese will announce Thomas the market should be end, but the managment could keep the eyes open to the young euro big men markets.

Vanoli Cremona (Coach Stefano Cioppi)
Earl Rowland (188-G-83), Troy Bell, Gary Forbes (201-G/F-85, college: Virginia), Brandon Brown (202-F-81), Marco Cusin (211-C-85, agency: Interperformances), Matteo Formenti (194-G-82), Mauricio Aguiar (199-F-83), Rodolfo Jr. Valenti (198-F-80), Vangelis Sklavos (202-F-77)
Maybe they could add an italian pointguard for the bench. But with no hurry.


Pervis Pasco joins Angelico Biella - by Antonello Varallo
Pervis Pasco (206-F/C-81, college: Kansas St.) is the new big man of Angelico Biella. The guy from Clearwater, who graduated from Kansas St. (10.4ppg and 7.5rpg as senior), joined his fourth Italian team, after Teramo (11.1ppg and 10.0rpg in 2005-2006), Pesaro (7.6ppg and 7.6rpg in 2007-2008) and Rieti (9.8ppg and 9.0rpg during last season, before moving to Base Oostende (Belgium-D1), where he averaged 4.4ppg and 5.4rpg). He also played with Al Manama (BHR-D1), Erdemirspor Belediyesi (Turkey-D1), Al Rayyan (Qatar-D1) where he won Asian Club Championships, and Changwon LG Sakers (Korea-KBL). During last season he scored his season high (25 points with 12/13 from the field) against Angelico Biella.

Standings - SerieA
SerieA Standings
 1. Armani MI 0-0 
 2. NGC Cantu 0-0 
 3. Lottomatica 0-0 
 4. Cimberio VA 0-0 
 5. Benetton TV 0-0 
 6. Scavolini PS 0-0 
 7. Pepsi Caserta 0-0 
 8. GMAC BO 0-0 
 9. Montepaschi 0-0 
 10. Carife FE 0-0 
 11. O.Marines NA 0-0 
 12. Angelico BI 0-0 
 13. Banca Tercas 0-0 
 14. Air AV 0-0 
 15. Sigma Coat. 0-0 
 16. Vanoli CR 0-0 
 17. La Fortezza 0-0 


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Jordan National Team 2009 - by Omar Shafaamri
Jordan NT Current Roster :

- Players:
Sam Daghlas (198-G-79, college: Midwestern St.) of Zain
Wesam Sous (181-G-83) of Al Riyadi Amman
Fadel Najjar (192-G-85) of Zain
Enver Soobzokov (193-G/F-78, college: Cal.St.-San Bernar.) of Zain
Rasheim Wright (193-G-81, college: District of Col.) of Zain
Moussa Al Awadi (190-G/F-85) of Zain
Jamal Abu-Shamala (196-G/F-87) of Minnesota (US-NCAA1)
Mohammad Hamdan (201-F-84) of Zain
Zaid Abbas (203-F-83) of ASU Sports Club
Islam Abbas (201-C-80) of ASU Sports Club
Zaid Al Khas (205-C-76, college: Gannon) of Zain
Jamal Ma'aytah (213-C-81, agency: Passing Lane, college: Greensboro) of Zain
Ayman Idais (205-C-78, agency: Court Side) of Zain

- Coaching Staff:
Head Coach: Mario Leonel Palma (Portugal)
Assistant: Mario Gomes (Portugal)
Assistant: Yousef Abu Baker
Assistant: Ruslan Soobzokov



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The meeting of professional bodies of FBK - by Qendrim Ahmetaj
THE MEETING OF THE PROFESSIONAL BODIES OF BFK

The Professional Council, the Board of the Coaches Association and the Board of the Referees Association in their joint meeting approved the concept of having a document for strategic development of kosovar basketball and the procedure of working for the competent bodies who will sketch and approve this important document on further work of BFK and its organs and organizations.

This document must contain the analysis of the current state of Kosovas Basketball and the ways of developing. For composing this document will be consultations with pedagogues of basketball, sports scientific researches, sports researchers, sports journalists, and will be asked for help from the experience of Basketball Federation of Slovenia.

For coordinating this project a technical group is created consisting of: Isuf Lumi,Nazmi Paarada,Jeton Nixha dhe Arben Krasniqi.

The final document will be analyzed by the BFK assembly in the V session foreseen to take place by the end of September 2009


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France enter championship game at U18 European Championship - by Eurobasket News
France U18 - Lithuania U18 68:63
France made it to the Final of the home U18 European Championship. Cheered by the home crowd they held off previously unbeaten Lithuania in the second semifinal today. Mael Lebrun (194-F-91) knocked down 18 points to lead the charge for France. They will now face Serbia in the title decider tomorrow.
Kulvietis set the tone early draining a triple for Lithuanian lead. The Baltic team maintained the advantage throughout the opening quarter and completed it ahead by two 21:19. But Les Bleus scored quick four points at the beginning of the second term to jump in front. France rallied to a 35:31 halftime advantage. Mendesir extended the margin to 6 points early in the third frame. Lithuania stayed close before Geoffrey Renon (207-C-91) and Evan Fournier (198-G/F-92) capped the period with 5 points in a row to give the home team a 7-point advantage into the final quarter. France boosted the gap to 13 points early in the fourth frame. And though Lithuania cut the deficit to just 2 points with 55 seconds to go they failed to succeed. Evan Fournier and Mael Lebrun sealed the winning outcome for the hosts in the dying seconds.
Evan Fournier scored 12 points for France. Fabien Paschal (206-C/F-91) added 7 points for the winners. Jonas Valanciunas (211-C-92) responded with game-high 37 points and 19 rebounds. Mantas Kadzevicius (193-G-91) had 9 points in defeat.

France U18: Mael Lebrun 18, Evan Fournier 12, Fabien Paschal 7
Lithuania U18: Jonas Valanciunas 37+19 boards, Mantas Kadzevicius 9



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Travis Kuhns signs with Black Star!!! - by Alex Meyers
Travis Kuhns (203-F, agency: Scorers 1st Sportmanagement) of Salem, Oregon signed recently with Black Star in Mersch for the up-coming 2009-10 season. Kuhns graduated back in May from Western Oregon Universtiy (NCAA2) where he majored in Business and minored in Sports Management. Kuhns, the 6'8' 215 pound Forward, averaged 13 points and 5.5 rebounds per game for the Wolves and Coach Craig Stanger. He is represented by Scorers 1st Sportmanagement . Kuhns averaged: 17.3ppg, 4.7rpg, 3.8apg, 1.1spg, FG: 44.7%, 3FG: 35.1% and FT: 79.1% this past 08-09 season.

Coach Paul Missavage is happy to have signed Travis and is looking very much forward to working with him in the months to come. 'We are glad to sign a player of Travis' caliber. I think he will be a good team leader and hopefully he can help to bring Black Star back to the DBBL', Missavage said.


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Three Mexican players will play in the Adidas Nations Basketball Camp - by Carlos Chapa
Three Under-18 basketball players from Mexico will be members of the Latin American team during the Adidas Nations Camp that will be held in Dallas, Tx.
These players are Carlos Toussaint, D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera and Oscar Murillo.

Carlos Toussaint plays for St. John's Northwestern Military Academy in Wisconsin, and leads his team in three-point shooting and three-pointers made.
The guard from Mexican origin D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera is a member of the North Central HIgh School Panthers in Indiana, and
Oscar Murillo has been a memeber of youth squads of the Mexican National Team in some tournaments.

The Adidas Nations Camp brings together the top 18 and under basketball players to compete in an international exhibition under the guidance of NBA veterans, coaches and players.

Team Latin America will feature former NBA coach Larry Krystkowiak and Robin Lopez, who plays for the Phoenix Suns.



Invitation List Posted for LNBP Showcase - by Chris Terrell
San Diego, CA - The 2009 En Fuego Hoops LNBP Showcase will be held on August 15th-16th on the campus of Alliant International University in San Diego, California. Showcase representatives have released a list of players invited to participate in this year's event. Organizers have only five spots left in the primary event for Latin America this summer. Here is the first 55 invites of 60:

Christopher Agnes (193-G-85, college: Morehouse) All-SEBL Metro A-League South Division Player of the Year -07
Junior Austin (192-G-81, college: Philander Smith) All-Eurobasket Summer League in Chicago 2nd Team -08, Eurobasket Summer League in Chicago Finalist -09
Tezarray Banks (206-F-82, agency: Elleby Sports, college: Boise St.) All State, All South Coast Conference Honors -04, WAC Tournament Finalist, Argentina, Germany
Kalaan Brown (201-F-82) One of the Top Performers JBL League - Los Angeles
Lanier Brown (Guard 6'4 La Verne) All Conference Junior and Senior
Jonathan Bruce (191-G-83) Top ten 3PT in School history
Shon Caston (196-G, college: N.Mexico St.) 1st Team All-American and First Team All-South Coast Conference - 42% 3PFG
Halstead Chiverton (G-82) Community Player- Silver medal CVS Championship, Brittish Virgin Islands National Team
Mervin Clark (Guard/Forward 6'6 Oakland City) Averaged a team best 2.5 blocks (4th in the nation NCCAA & 18th; NCAA) Defensive POY '08
Marcus Cooper (180-G) Guard 6'3 North Carolina A&T
Eliseo Cornejo (178-G) Guard 5'11 Illinois Tech
Andrew David (196-G-84, college: Fresno Pacific) Community player, 28ppg Hong Kong
Aaron Davis (196-G, college: Florida) USBL, JBL, Poland - High level player, winner
Enoch Davis (201-F/G-73, college: N.Mexico St.) Guard/Forward 6'7 New Mexico St. 32ppg Culiacan, Camp with the Timberwolves (NBA), Cyprus, Japan, LNBP Scorer Matt Dracup (196-F/G) Athlete, physicality, intensity, great teammate
Tyler Duschinsky (193-G/F-83, college: Culver Stockton) Montreal Matrix (PBL) Shooter
James Felton (208-C-79, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) Harlem Globetrotters, Nike Elite
Calvin Fowler (198-G/F, college: Bellarmine) All Conference, All Region, Defensive player of the year that shoots 43% from 3
Greg Gamble (193-G-87, college: Buffalo) Pre-draft workouts Toronto Raptors (NBA) 1st Team ESL (Chi) All-MAC Honorable mention
Kevin Garcia (-G) Guard 6'1 USA All-Stars (IBL)
Tremel Gilot (191-G, college: Mayville St.) 19/5/3 as a Sr.
Trajinski Grigsby (201-F-86, agency: Lanshire Group, college: S.Alabama) .435 from 3, Sun Belt Division Winner 06, 07, Tournament winner 07, 09
Terrell Hendricks (186-G-84, college: La Sierra) Orange Co Gladiators, Newport Beach Surf WCBL 2nd Team All-Defense, Finalist
Fernando Holden (203-F/C-84, agency: The Seven Bridges Group) San Jacinto 6'8 250 and can really stroke the 3
William Howard (196-G-84, college: N.Carolina A&T) 1st rd. draft pick WBA, PBL All-Stars (FIBA Americas), Slam Dunk Champion
James Hudson (Guard 6'4 Bethune Cookman) fr/so @ Clemson, shooter 37% 3PFG
Damien Humphrey Guard/Forward 6'5 Belmont Abbey 21/10 Portugal 1 - Three-Time All-CVAC (So, Jr, Sr),Athlete of the Year, 1000 Points Scorer (1492)
Tony Jimmerson (196-F-81, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: N.Mexico Highlands) Forward 6'5 New Mexico Highlands El Salvador Liga Superior All-Star Game -09
Peter Lawal (196-F, college: Post) Nigerian SF can finish, All-CACC
Brennon Martin (198-F, agency: Prime Select Sports, college: Massachusetts) Forward/Guard 6'7 UMASS 21/8 UK-EBL for Sheffield Arrows while shooting 43% 3PFG
Jeff McLean (Forward 6'7 Whittier) 3 time All-SCIAC, athletic dunks, blocks, and boards
Anthony Miller (211-C-Michigan State) Lakers, Warriors, 76'ers (NBA)
Larry Morinia (180-G-80, agency: ProSportsCareers, college: Montana St.) 21ppg - MVP and 2 Time All-Frontier Conference 1st Team, 25ppg IBL, Germany
Roy Morris (188-G, college: San Diego) Chile, CIBACOPA, 13ppg San Diego
Les Norman (185-G-81, college: Cal.St.-Dominguez H.) McDonalds All-American, Street & Smith All-American 1st Team, All SCC, 1st Team All CCAA
Rolando Nunez (190-G-86) Guard 6'3 Boise St. US-MEX - LNBP 3 PT Specialist
Randy Patterson (Guard 6'0) Maywood Buzz, LA Push
Jamal Peterson (187-G) Guard 6'2 Tijuana Dragones
Earl Rabb (191-G) Midwestern St. Pure PG, Great Size, All Lonestar Conference Tournament Team
DeWayne Richardson (202-C-77, agency: 011 Sports, college: Fairmont St.) NCAA2 All-East Region, France, Austria, Turkey, Finland
Mike Sherrod (188-G-82, agency: Huss Sport Agency, college: Rutgers) 4 year player Big East, CBA
Stephen Shewmake (Forward/Guard 6'7) Long and athletic with guard skills, brother to CSUN/Germany big man thomas
Gene Shipley (206-C-79, college: Brandon) Center 6'9 Brandon Univ. 15/6 LNBP 52% 2, 50% 3, ABA All-Star
Myron Simms (Guard 6'3 Utah State) USBL, Chile-Dimayor, LNBP
Anthony Slater (176-G-79, college: Florida Atlantic) Holds multiple records for steals and assists, true point guard, playmaker
Sean-Claude Terrell (186-G-83) Guard 6'1 Tuskegee South Coast-North Div. All Conference Team -06, SIAC-Conference Individual Leader (3pt Pct) -07
Dan Waterstradt (208-C-86, college: Oakland) Center 6'10 Rutgers Summit League Tournament Finalist
Wesley Washington (190-G-84, agency: Los Angeles Sports Group) (190-G-84, Oregon St., agency: Los Angeles Sports Group) California Player of the Year 02 + 03, Prolific slasher and scorer
Kai Wells (183-G, college: Lincoln Memorial) Guard 6'0 Lincoln Memorial
Antwan Williams (183-G, college: Puget Sound) All-NWC 1st Team 09
Jermaine Williams (208-F-79, college: Charlotte) Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Czech Rep
Marcus Young (183-G) Alabama A&M SWAC Regular Season Champion, Tournament Finalist, 37% 3PFG

www.enfuegohoops.com cterrell@enfuegohoops.com showcase@enfuegohoops.com



U-18 Mexican UNT Players - Adidas Nations Basketball Camp - by Chris Terrell
Dallas, TX - Adidas and Eastbay Partner for 3rd-Annual adidas Nations Basketball Camp; Unveil Limited Edition Nations TS Commander LT

Worlds Top18-and-Under Players to Debut Shoes at Global Exhibition August 4-8;Fans Invited to Experience Camp with Live Streaming Video at www.eastbay.com/adidasnations.

As the worlds top 18-and-under players congregate in Dallas, Texas, August 4 -8, 2009 for the 3rd-Annual adidas Nations basketball camp, all players will step on to the court in limited edition Nations TS Commander LT. The Nations TS Commander LT silhouette is an exclusive colorway designed to celebrate the collective talents of international players attending the premier basketball camp. Superior cushioning, perforated ventilation throughout the upper and a new fat stripes design concept, which provides enhanced mid-foot support and stability, are key call-out features. This is the first time an exclusive shoe has been designed for adidas Nations, which launched in 2007. Eastbay, the official retail sponsor, will unveil 200 limited pairs for $125 starting today, July 28th at http://www.eastbay.com/adidasnations. Eastbay will also be the online destination for adidas Nations camp coverage. Fans can learn about the worlds top 18-and-under players and watch the highly anticipated Championship series on Saturday, August 8th at 3:45pm CT. The live streaming of adidas Nations will run exclusively at http://www.eastbay.com/adidasnations.

ABOUT adidas NATIONS:
Starting in 2007, adidas Nations elevated the world of grassroots basketball with a dynamic, global approach toward talent-evaluation camps. In 2009, adidas Nations will again host the worlds top 18-and-under players from six regions - Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, Latin America and the United States.

WHO: Worlds best 18-and-under basketball players alongside NBA veterans and current stars

WHAT: adidas Nations 2009, the premier global basketball camp

WHEN: August 4-8,2009

WHERE: Integrated Athletic Development Center outside Dallas, Texas

WHY: Basketball is rooted in teamwork and the future success of the game is dependent on a return to this key tenet. The main focus of adidas Nations is to educate the worlds top youth players and improve the future success of the game.

NATIONS NBA COACHES + MENTORS

2010 US National Team:
Head Coach: Ed Schilling Former Assistant Coach of the New Jersey Nets
NBA Mentor: Jerryd Bayless Portland Trailblazers

2011 US National Team:
Head Coach: Frank Johnson 14 -year NBA veteran; Former Head Coach Phoenix Suns
NBA Mentor: Eric Gordon Los Angeles Clippers

Team Africa
Head Coach: Eddie Johnson - 18 year NBA veteran
NBA Mentor: Serge Ibaka Oklahoma City Thunder; Congo National Team

Team Asia
Head Coach: Eric Musselman - Former Head Coach, Sacramento Kings
NBA Mentor: Brook Lopez New Jersey Nets

Team Europe
Head Coach: Detlef Schrempf 16 year NBA veteran and NBA All-Star
NBA Mentor: Mike Conley - Memphis Grizzlies

Team Canada
Head Coach: Reggie Theus 13 year NBA veteran; Former Head Coach Sacramento Kings
NBA Mentor: Daequan Cook - Miami Heat

Team Latin America
Head Coach: Larry Krystkowiak 9 year NBA veteran; Former Head Coach Milwaukee Bucks
NBA Mentor: Robin Lopez (213-C/F-88, college: Stanford) - Phoenix Suns



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  MONTENEGRO   


Poland narrowly defeat Montenegro in semifinal in Sarajevo - by Eurobasket News
Poland U18 - Montenegro U18 65:63
Polish U18 team fulfilled the task reaching the championship game at the European Championship in Division B. Poland also ensured the Division A spot for the next year together with the ticket to the Final. A Robert Jakubiak team held off Montenegro tonight to record the success.
It was a close battle from start to finish. Montenegro led throughout the major part of the opening frame. Poland however capped the first quarter with 7 points in a row to earn an 18:15 lead. Hubert Wierzbicki (195-F-91) and Mateusz Dziemba (188-G-92) stretched the margin at 8 points early in the second period. Montenegro soon recovered and erased the deficit. Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91) ensured a 33:31 advantage for the Balkan team at halftime. Poland unloaded 15 points in a row midway through the third quarter to pull ahead by 11. Montenegro quickly recovered and posted a 55:53 lead into the final stanza. The teams traded baskets before Szumelda-Krzycki gave Poland a 65:63 advantage with just over a minute remaining. Montenegro failed to deliver in the reminder of the contest and Poland escaped with a narrow victory at the end.


Sebastian Szymanski (186-G-91) nailed 15 points to pace the winners. Hubert Wierzbicki added 12 points and 13 boards for Poland. Nemanja Radovic (206-F/C-91) answered with 19 points and 11 boards for Montenegro. Bojan Dubljevic had 12 points and 9 rebounds in defeat.

Poland U18: Sebastian Szymanski 15, Hubert Wierzbicki 12+13 boards, Wojciech Fras (203-F-91, agency: AB Agency) 9, Mateusz Dziemba 9
Montenegro U18: Nemanja Radovic 19+11 boards, Bojan Dubljevic 12



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  POLAND   


Poland narrowly defeat Montenegro in semifinal in Sarajevo - by Eurobasket News
Poland U18 - Montenegro U18 65:63
Polish U18 team fulfilled the task reaching the championship game at the European Championship in Division B. Poland also ensured the Division A spot for the next year together with the ticket to the Final. A Robert Jakubiak team held off Montenegro tonight to record the success.
It was a close battle from start to finish. Montenegro led throughout the major part of the opening frame. Poland however capped the first quarter with 7 points in a row to earn an 18:15 lead. Hubert Wierzbicki (195-F-91) and Mateusz Dziemba (188-G-92) stretched the margin at 8 points early in the second period. Montenegro soon recovered and erased the deficit. Bojan Dubljevic (205-C-91) ensured a 33:31 advantage for the Balkan team at halftime. Poland unloaded 15 points in a row midway through the third quarter to pull ahead by 11. Montenegro quickly recovered and posted a 55:53 lead into the final stanza. The teams traded baskets before Szumelda-Krzycki gave Poland a 65:63 advantage with just over a minute remaining. Montenegro failed to deliver in the reminder of the contest and Poland escaped with a narrow victory at the end.


Sebastian Szymanski (186-G-91) nailed 15 points to pace the winners. Hubert Wierzbicki added 12 points and 13 boards for Poland. Nemanja Radovic (206-F/C-91) answered with 19 points and 11 boards for Montenegro. Bojan Dubljevic had 12 points and 9 rebounds in defeat.

Poland U18: Sebastian Szymanski 15, Hubert Wierzbicki 12+13 boards, Wojciech Fras (203-F-91, agency: AB Agency) 9, Mateusz Dziemba 9
Montenegro U18: Nemanja Radovic 19+11 boards, Bojan Dubljevic 12



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  PUERTO RICO   


Cowboys romp over Pirates - by Luis Ramirez
It was a lopsided victory last night as the Bayamon Cowboys easily defeated the Quebradillas Pirates 94-73. The game was practically over for the Pirates right from the 1st half, the Cowboys led by 10 in the 1st quarter 25-15 and were leading big by the 1st half 49-24. The Cowboys Nathan Peavy was once again on fire and helped the Cowboys to their offensive run. Although the Pirates tried to cut the lead, there was no way of shutting down the Cowboys who were playing before a jam packed home arena. The Cowboys accomplished their goal of tying up the series at 2 a piece and now they go into the Pirates home turf trying to steal a game on the road. It will be interesting to see if they can accomplish that feat as the Pirates have been practically invincible at home.

The winner of tonights game will be one win away from the BSN championship. It is incumbent on the Pirates that they come away with a victory tonight so that at least they can look forward to a home game if they cant win at Bayamon. A loss for the Pirates would put them against the wall as they have not yet been able to win at Bayamon.

For Bayamon, Nathan Peavy scored 20 points followed by Daniel Santiago with 13 points. For Quebradillas, Peter John Ramos scored 14 points followed by Cliff Hammonds



Bayamon destroys Quebradillas for 2-2 in BSN Finals! - by Eurobasket News
Quebradillas - Bayamon 73-94
The series is tied again in Puerto Rico. Bayamon managed to beat the Pirates last night with huge 94-73 for 2-2 in BSN Finals. So the teams start from zero again and the next meeting is scheduled for today. Nathan Peavy (203-F-85, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Miami, OH) this time was a key player for Bayamon. He spent 20 minutes on the court draining the same number of points. Beside that, Peavy added 5 assists and 4 rebounds. Second scorer of the team was experienced big guy Daniel Santiago (216-C-76, agency: Priority Sports, college: N.Mexico) with 13 points. All other players had less than 10. In Quebradillas, Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) delivered 14 points. Clifford Hammonds (191-G-85, college: Clemson) had 13 and Jonathan Garcia (183-G-87) 12 pts.
That was an easy win for Bayamon, who made 24-15 lead at the beginning. Nathan Peavy scored 8 points until that moment. Quebradillas struggled at the both sides on the court what resulted with 22-3 run for Bayamon in the second frame. It was 3:15 remaining in the first half and Bayamon already had amazing 47-18 lead. In these 3 minutes Quebradillas came little bit closer, 49-24. However, Bayamon continued with its domination after the breather. With 2:42 remaining in third quarter Bayamon had 71-38 lead. Last ten minutes were just the formality as both teams already start thinking about the next game.


Stats Leaders - BSN
Points Per Game
 Angel Daniel VASSALLO
  Caguas
  (198-G/F-86)
  Avg: 25.6
 1. Vassallo, Caguas25.6 
 2. Pellot-Rosa, San G.23.9 
 3. Nailon, Ponce21.5 
 4. Ayuso, Santurce21.4 
 5. Escalera, Guaynabo21.0 
 6. Ere, Carolina21.0 
 7. Muoneke, Guaynabo20.8 
 8. Freije, Caguas20.3 
 9. Carmona, Carolina20.1 
 10. White, Caroli.19.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Peter John RAMOS
  Quebradillas
  (222-C-85)
  Avg: 10.9
 1. Ramos, Quebradillas10.9 
 2. Harvey, Carolina10.7 
 3. Aubry, Arecibo10.7 
 4. Looby, Humacao10.5 
 5. Davis, Santurce9.4 
 6. Oyedeji, Bayamon9.0 
 7. Langhi, Mayaguez9.0 
 8. Wilson, Bayamon8.5 
 9. Smith, Bayamon8.3 
 10. Nailon, Pon.7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Marcus WILLIAMS
  Quebradillas
  (191-G-85)
  Avg: 9
 1. Williams, Quebradi.9.0 
 2. Rivera, Carolina6.6 
 3. Hamilton, Mayaguez6.3 
 4. Hatton, Ponce5.9 
 5. Guzman, Humacao5.8 
 6. Caro, Humacao5.2 
 7. Dalmau, Bayamon5.2 
 8. Cruz, Carolina4.9 
 9. Osimani, San G.4.9 
 10. Baker, San Germ.4.6 
Steals Per Game
 Ansel GUZMAN
  Guaynabo
  (175-G-84)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Guzman, Humacao2.1 
 2. Figueroa, Arecibo1.7 
 3. Hamilton, Mayaguez1.7 
 4. Baker, San German1.6 
 5. Caro, Humacao1.5 
 6. Ere, Carolina1.5 
 7. Pinnock, Arecibo1.5 
 8. Rivera, Carolina1.5 
 9. Santiago, Santurce1.4 
 10. Mojica, Bayam.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Kurt LOOBY
  Humacao
  (208-F/C-84)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Looby, Humacao2.8 
 2. Dyer, San German2.3 
 3. Aubry, Arecibo1.9 
 4. Ramos, Quebradillas1.4 
 5. Harvey, Carolina1.2 
 6. White, Carolina1.1 
 7. Smith, Bayamon1.1 
 8. Lee, Bayamon1.0 
 9. Freije, Caguas1.0 
 10. Jones, Quebradill.1.0 


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  RUSSIA   


Standings - Superleague A
A Superleague Standings
 1. CSKA 0-0 
 2. Spartak SP 0-0 
 3. Dynamo M. 0-0 
 4. Krasnie Krilya 0-0 
 5. Unics 0-0 
 6. Krasnoyarsk 0-0 
 7. Khimky 0-0 
 8. Lok.Rostov 0-0 
 9. Triumph 0-0 


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  SEBL   


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


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  SERBIA   


Serbia outscore Turkey to reach Final in France - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U18 - Turkey U18 66:61
Serbia overcame a slow start of the U18 European Championship first semifinal to reach the championship game. They defeated Turkey in a wearying battle in Metz today. Serbia will now try to repeat the 2007 success when they last claimed the title.
Enes Kanter (206-C-92) led Turkey at the start of the game as they grabbed the advantage. He knocked down 6 points in the first frame and Turkey enjoyed a 15:12 lead with ten minutes into the game. Nikola Vukasovic (190-G-91) and Dejan Musli (214-C-91) stole the lead to Serbia at the start of the second frame but Turkey quickly regained the advantage and soon stretched it at 7 points. Enes Kanter capped the first half with three points as Turkey piled up a 35:32 buffer at halftime.
The Turkish team maintained the lead throughout the third period before Djekic and Nemanja Jaramaz (198-G-91) crowned the quarter with 5 points in a row drawing things level at 46. Rondovic and Danilo Andjusic (190-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) ensured a 3-point lead for Serbia at the start of the fourth frame. Djekic and Dejan Musli extended the margin to 7 points with four minutes remaining and Serbia kept their opponents at bay throughout the rest of the contest.
Nemanja Jaramaz and Dejan Musli scored 14 points apiece for Serbia. Danilo Andjusic added 12 points in the winning case. Enes Kanter responded with 32 points and 25 boards for Turkey. Can M. Mutaf (193-G-91) finished with 10 points in defeat.

Serbia U18: Nemanja Jaramaz 14, Dejan Musli 14+11 boards, Danilo Andjusic 12
Turkey U18: Enes Kanter 32+25 boards, Can M. Mutaf 10



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  SLOVENIA   


Olimpija adds Walsh - by Zeljko Zule
Union Olimpija announced the addition of former NBA player Matt Walsh (197-F/G-82, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Florida) for the next season. American forward arrives from Spirou Charleoi where he last year averaged 13,3 points, 2,8 rebounds and 2,3 assists in 9 EuroCup appearances and 9,1 points, 3,4 rebounds and 2,2 assists in 19 games of Belgium League. He won the 2008 and 2009 Belgian National Championship and 2009 Belgian Cup with Spirou Charleroi and was named 2008-09 Belgian League MVP.

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  SPAIN   


Standings - LEB Gold
LEB Gold Standings
 1. Ourense 0-0 
 2. Caceres 0-0 
 3. Breogan 0-0 
 4. Leon 0-0 
 5. Girona 0-0 
 6. La Laguna 0-0 
 7. Burgos 0-0 
 8. Tenerife 0-0 
 9. Cornella 0-0 
 10. Mallorca 0-0 
 11. CB Tarragona 0-0 
 12. Melilla 0-0 
 13. Vive Menorca 0-0 
 14. CAI Zaragoza 0-0 
 15. La Palma 0-0 
 16. Palencia 0-0 
 17. Clin.Rincon 0-0 


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  SWEDEN   


Sweden beat England to earn Division A promotion - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U18 - England U18 81:66

Swedish U18 National team have reached the Final of the European Championship in Division B. They held off England in the first semifinal in Sarajevo today. Andreas Person (188-G-91) fired 25 points to pace the Scandinavian team. The victory also booked the Division A spot for a David Leman team.
It was all about Sweden at the start of the game as they cleared off to a 10:2 distance. But England responded with a 13:2 rally of their own to jump in front. Sweden recovered stealing a 20:18 lead at the first break. The teams kept it close throughout the second period but Sweden maintained the lead and finished the half ahead by 5 points 40:35. Andreas Person, Christopher Czerapowicz (197-F-91) and Lindqvist extended the margin at 11 points late in the frame. Sweden bridged two quarters with a 12:1 rally to grab a 71:49 advantage at the start of the final stanza. England never got too close and surrendered at the end.
Pierre Hampton (198-F-91) provided 18 points and 11 boards for Sweden. Christopher Czerapowicz added 16 points in the win. Levi Noel (197-G-91) responded with 19 points for England. Michael Manghum (185-G-91) had 15 points in the losing case.

Sweden U18: Andreas Person 25, Pierre Hampton 18+11 boards, Christopher Czerapowicz 16
England U18: Levi Noel 19, Michael Manghum 15



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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO   


Standings - Men
Super Ten Standings
 1. Shak Attack 9-1 
 2. UTT 8-2 
 3. Jazz 7-3 
 4. NFM 6-3 
 5. Lions 6-4 
 6. Raptors 5-3 
 7. Defence Force 4-4 
 8. Heat 3-5 
 9. Mirak Stars 2-5 
 10. All-Stars 2-7 
 11. Clippers 0-10 


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  TURKEY   


Serbia outscore Turkey to reach Final in France - by Eurobasket News
Serbia U18 - Turkey U18 66:61
Serbia overcame a slow start of the U18 European Championship first semifinal to reach the championship game. They defeated Turkey in a wearying battle in Metz today. Serbia will now try to repeat the 2007 success when they last claimed the title.
Enes Kanter (206-C-92) led Turkey at the start of the game as they grabbed the advantage. He knocked down 6 points in the first frame and Turkey enjoyed a 15:12 lead with ten minutes into the game. Nikola Vukasovic (190-G-91) and Dejan Musli (214-C-91) stole the lead to Serbia at the start of the second frame but Turkey quickly regained the advantage and soon stretched it at 7 points. Enes Kanter capped the first half with three points as Turkey piled up a 35:32 buffer at halftime.
The Turkish team maintained the lead throughout the third period before Djekic and Nemanja Jaramaz (198-G-91) crowned the quarter with 5 points in a row drawing things level at 46. Rondovic and Danilo Andjusic (190-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) ensured a 3-point lead for Serbia at the start of the fourth frame. Djekic and Dejan Musli extended the margin to 7 points with four minutes remaining and Serbia kept their opponents at bay throughout the rest of the contest.
Nemanja Jaramaz and Dejan Musli scored 14 points apiece for Serbia. Danilo Andjusic added 12 points in the winning case. Enes Kanter responded with 32 points and 25 boards for Turkey. Can M. Mutaf (193-G-91) finished with 10 points in defeat.

Serbia U18: Nemanja Jaramaz 14, Dejan Musli 14+11 boards, Danilo Andjusic 12
Turkey U18: Enes Kanter 32+25 boards, Can M. Mutaf 10



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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Sweden beat England to earn Division A promotion - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U18 - England U18 81:66

Swedish U18 National team have reached the Final of the European Championship in Division B. They held off England in the first semifinal in Sarajevo today. Andreas Person (188-G-91) fired 25 points to pace the Scandinavian team. The victory also booked the Division A spot for a David Leman team.
It was all about Sweden at the start of the game as they cleared off to a 10:2 distance. But England responded with a 13:2 rally of their own to jump in front. Sweden recovered stealing a 20:18 lead at the first break. The teams kept it close throughout the second period but Sweden maintained the lead and finished the half ahead by 5 points 40:35. Andreas Person, Christopher Czerapowicz (197-F-91) and Lindqvist extended the margin at 11 points late in the frame. Sweden bridged two quarters with a 12:1 rally to grab a 71:49 advantage at the start of the final stanza. England never got too close and surrendered at the end.
Pierre Hampton (198-F-91) provided 18 points and 11 boards for Sweden. Christopher Czerapowicz added 16 points in the win. Levi Noel (197-G-91) responded with 19 points for England. Michael Manghum (185-G-91) had 15 points in the losing case.

Sweden U18: Andreas Person 25, Pierre Hampton 18+11 boards, Christopher Czerapowicz 16
England U18: Levi Noel 19, Michael Manghum 15



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  VENEZUELA   


John Cox, is up to you - by Wolfgang Lucena
Being part of a National Team always is going to be a challenger for every athlete in the planet. Olympics, Pan-American, or any Internationals sport competitions are for capable athletes that want to represent theirs countries or their parents' countries, the country of their children; should be an honor being part of this team. All of them want to go, and everyone is going to do the best to be part of the team, but not all of them qualified, no matter that they put all the strength, they were sweating every second of the try out, they wanted to be there, they are brave, the heart is the first muscle that you have to get stronger. It's not about money ...it is priceless



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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS U19   


Eurobasket.com All-World Championships U19 Awards 2009 - by Eurobasket
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Best Player:
Mario Delas (207-C/F-90) of Croatia
Best Guard: Tyshawn Taylor (191-G-90) of USA
Best Forward: Mario Delas (207-C/F-90) of Croatia
Best Center: Leonidas Kaselakis (201-C-90) of Greece
Best Coach: George Vlassopoulos of Greece

1st Team
G: Toni Prostran (183-G-91) of Croatia
G: Tyshawn Taylor (191-G-90) of USA
G/F: Gordon Hayward (203-G/F-90) of USA
PF: Mario Delas (207-C/F-90) of Croatia
C: Leonidas Kaselakis (201-C-90) of Greece

2nd Team
G: Michael Rosario (191-G-90) of Puerto Rico
G: Nikolaos Pappas (194-G-90) of Greece
SF: Cody Ellis (202-F-90) of Australia
F: Howard Thompkins (206-F-90) of USA
C/F: Tomislav Zubcic (211-C/F-90) of Croatia

3rd Team
PG: Andrew Albicy (178-G-90) of France
SG: Alexandr Tyutyunik (197-G-90) of Kazakhstan
F/G: Kostas Papanikolaou (203-F/G-90) of Greece
F: Vlantimir Giankovits (202-F-90) of Greece
C: Donatas Motiejunas (213-C-90) of Lithuania

Honorable Mention
Matthew Dellavedova (189-G-90) of Australia
Brock Motum (205-F-90) of Australia
Luciano Gonzalez (196-F-90) of Argentina
Matias Nocedal (192-G-90) of Argentina
Jiovanny Fontan (185-G-90) of Puerto Rico
Mangisto Arop (197-G-90) of Canada
Kelly Olynyk (211-F-91) of Canada
Christophe Leonard (199-F-90) of France
Vytenis Cizauskas (189-G-92) of Lithuania
Toni Vicens (202-C-90) of Spain
Amro Sherif (192-G-91) of Egypt
Robert Loe (211-C-91) of New Zealand
Miguel Kiala (198-C-90) of Angola
Arsalan Kazemi (202-F-90) of Iran




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Women News

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  BELARUS - Women  


Belgium U16 improved to 2-1 record in Group B - by Eurobasket News
Belgium U16 improved to 2-1 record in Group B of the Preliminary Round after the win over Belarus U16 81:53. Emma Meesseman (188-C-93) led the way with 21 points and 12 rebounds, whilst Vanloo Julie notched 16. Darya Lipinskaya (178-G-93) ended up with 14 points in the losing case and Baklaha Natallia had 12.
In another game of the group Spain won Group B at the European Championships U16 as they rolled over Finland 83:37 in Day 3. Zanoguera Inmaculada paced all the winners with 17 points and Vilaro Andrea netted 14. Janniina Koivunen poured in 16 points in the losing case. The Scandinavian team finished with 1-2 record on the third place.



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  BELGIUM - Women  


Belgium U16 improved to 2-1 record in Group B - by Eurobasket News
Belgium U16 improved to 2-1 record in Group B of the Preliminary Round after the win over Belarus U16 81:53. Emma Meesseman (188-C-93) led the way with 21 points and 12 rebounds, whilst Vanloo Julie notched 16. Darya Lipinskaya (178-G-93) ended up with 14 points in the losing case and Baklaha Natallia had 12.
In another game of the group Spain won Group B at the European Championships U16 as they rolled over Finland 83:37 in Day 3. Zanoguera Inmaculada paced all the winners with 17 points and Vilaro Andrea netted 14. Janniina Koivunen poured in 16 points in the losing case. The Scandinavian team finished with 1-2 record on the third place.



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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


Czech Republic and Greece advanced to the U16 Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic U16 edged Greece U16 57:54 as both teams advanced to the Qualifying Round. Tereza Vyoralova (175-G-94) and Pohunkova Dominika paced all the winners for the initial victory. Elisavet Politopoulou (164-G-93) notched also 15 points for her team as Greece finished with 1-2 record.
In another game of the group Russia overcame Hungary 74:54 and sent them to the Classification Round at the U16 European Championship for Women. Russia won Group C as Galina Kiseleva top-scored for the winners with 15 points. Tikhonenko Ksenia netted 13 and Gladkova Julia scored 11. Barta Brigitta finished the game with 23 points and 16 boards in defeat.


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16 - Women  


Div. B Day: 3 (Preliminary Round) - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Austria - Ireland 65-63
Austria overcame Ireland for the initial victory in Group A. Julia Pocksteiner (173-G-93) top-scored for the winners with 21 points and Zderadicka Lisa netted 13. O'Shea Rheanne ended up with 17 points in the losing case.

Slovakia - Montenegro 82-52
Slovakia became the leader of Group A as they rolled over Montenegro 82:52 in Day 3. Angelika Slamova (172-G-94) top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Oroszova Sabina had 17 points and 12 boards. Vucetic Jelena brought her team 16 points in the losing case.

Group B
Switzerland - Israel 50-52
Israel celebrated the initial victory in Group B as the rolled over Swiss side 52:50. Aviv Casspi (180-F-93) paced all the winners with 17 points and Levi Hadar added 10. Bozovic Dana finished the night with 16 points and 13 rebounds in the losing effort.

Latvia - Estonia 99-46
Latvia smashed Estonia 99:46 for 3-0 record in Group B. Agate Geka (168-G-93) was unstoppable with 19 points and Lagzdina Guna had 17 points and 13 boards. Tsotsa Jekaterina delivered 13 points in the losing effort.

Group C
Luxembourg - Bulgaria 43-36
Luxembourg and Bulgaria looked poor with their offensive skills as the team from the smaller country grabbed 43:36 victory. Lena Hetto (184-F-93) top-scored for the winners with 10 points and Le fan Ani brought 15 in the losing case.

Slovenia - Denmark 39-51
Denmark became the only undefeated team in Group C as they beat Slovenia 51:39. Elisabeth Hansen (174-G-93) top-scored for the winners with 14 points for 2-0 record. Abramovic Rebeka finished the game with 14 points in defeat.

Group D
Holland - Ukraine 89-49
Holland demolished Ukraine 89:49 for 2-0 record in Group D. Maxime Essenstam (189-C-93) shined with 24 points for the winners and Kallenberg Willemijn followed her with 17. Demchenko Kateryna poured in 17 points for Ukraine.

United Kingdom - Portugal 23-50
Portugal destroyed the team from the United Kingdom 50:23 in Group D as both teams have 1-1 records. Catarina Neves (173-G-93) top-scored with 13 points, while Couto Paula and Pinto Ines had 10 each. Nobody reached even 6 points in the losing effort.



Day: 3 (Preliminary Round) - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Serbia - Italy 52-64
Italy won Group A of the Preliminary Round Group A as they defeated Serbia 64:52. Stella Panella (178-F-93) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Dotto Caterina netted 12. Brajkovic Ivana chipped in 15 points and had 10 rebounds in the losing effort.

Sweden - Turkey 40-48
Turkey remained Sweden winless in Group A after 48:40 in Day 3.Turkey finished group with 2-1 record after 48:40 defensive victory. Ayse Cora (175-F-93) top-scored for the winners with 13 points and Kavurmacioglu Ozge collected 10 points and 10 boards. Zahui Amanda ended up with 9 points and 13 caroms in the losing case.

Group B
Spain - Finland 83-37
Spain won Group B at the European Championships U16 as they rolled over Finland 83:37 in Day 3. Zanoguera Inmaculada paced all the winners with 17 points and Vilaro Andrea netted 14. Janniina Koivunen (184-C-93) poured in 16 points in the losing case. The Scandinavian team finished with 1-2 record on the third place.

Belarus - Belgium 53-81
Belgium improved to 2-1 record in Group B of the Preliminary Round after the win over Belarus 81:53. Emma Meesseman (188-C-93) led the way with 21 points and 12 rebounds, whilst Vanloo Julie notched 16. Lipinskaya Darya ended up with 14 points in the losing case and Baklaha Natallia had 12.

Group C
Czech Republic - Greece 57-54
Czech Republic edged Greece 57:54 as both teams advanced to the Qualifying Round. Tereza Vyoralova (175-G-94) and Pohunkova Dominika paced all the winners for the initial victory. Politopoulou Elisavet notched also 15 teams for her team as Greece finished with 1-2 record.

Russia - Hungary 74-54
Russia overcame Hungary 74:54 and sent them to the Classification Round at the U16 European Championship for Women. Russia won Group C as Galina Kiseleva (182-F-93) top-scored for the winners with 15 points. Tikhonenko Ksenia netted 13 and Gladkova Julia scored 11. Barta Brigitta finished the game with 23 points and 16 boards in defeat.

Group D
France - Germany 77-42
France topped Group D with another stunning display as they crushed winless Germany by 77:42. Jodie Cornelie (193-F-93) top-scored for the winners with 13 points and Plust Caroline added 11. Hebecker Laura ended up with 12 points in the losing effort. Germany will play in the Classification round for the stay in Division A.

Poland - Lithuania 63-55
Poland became the second team in Group D as they edged Lithuania 63:55 in Day 3. Beata Jaworska (185-F-94) paced all the winners with 13 points, while Koperwas Magdalena and Puss Karolina posted 11 each. Kazlauskaite Ieva collected 14 points and 14 boards in the losing effort.



W-Standings - Div.A
Standings
Group A
1. Italy3-0
2. Turkey2-1
3. Serbia1-2
4. Sweden0-3
Group B
1. Spain3-0
2. Belgium2-1
3. Finland1-2
4. Belarus0-3
Group C
1. Russia3-0
2. Czech Repu.1-2
3. Greece1-2
4. Hungary1-2
Group D
1. France3-0
2. Poland2-1
3. Lithuania1-2
4. Germany0-3


Stats Leaders W - Group A
Points Per Game
 Brigitta BARTA
  (182-C-93)
  Avg: 23
 1. Barta, HUN23.0 
 2. Vanloo, BEL18.0 
 3. Eder, GER17.3 
 4. Ivashchanka, BLR17.0 
 5. Politopoulou, GRE15.0 
 6. Koivunen, FIN14.3 
 7. Meesseman, BEL14.3 
 8. Vyoralova, CZE13.3 
 9. Cora, TUR13.3 
 10. Tikhonenko, R.13.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Brigitta BARTA
  (182-C-93)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Barta, HUN12.3 
 2. Spanou, GRE11.0 
 3. Meesseman, BEL11.0 
 4. Tikhonenko, RUS10.3 
 5. Kovacevic, SRB9.7 
 6. Wisniewska, POL9.3 
 7. Fontaine, SWE9.0 
 8. Brajkovic, SRB8.7 
 9. Vesela, CZE8.7 
 10. Davydova, R.8.3 
Assists Per Game
 Olcay CAKIR
  (180-G-93)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Cakir, TUR3.3 
 2. Jackevic, LTU2.7 
 3. Bradaric, GER2.7 
 4. Bouzenna, FRA2.7 
 5. Kiseleva, RUS2.3 
 6. Stanacev, SRB2.3 
 7. Owczarzak, POL2.3 
 8. Slouka, GRE2.3 
 9. Epoupa, FRA2.0 
 10. Mercier, F.2.0 
Steals Per Game
 Olivia EPOUPA
  (163-G-94)
  Avg: 4.3
 1. Epoupa, FRA4.3 
 2. Vyoralova, CZE4.0 
 3. Cakir, TUR4.0 
 4. Panella, ITA3.0 
 5. Dotto, ITA3.0 
 6. Politopoulou, GRE3.0 
 7. Spanou, GRE3.0 
 8. Bouzenna, FRA2.7 
 9. Cora, TUR2.7 
 10. Llobet, E.2.7 
Blocks Per Game
 Ivana BRAJKOVIC
  (195-C-93)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Brajkovic, SRB2.3 
 2. Zilinskaite, LTU2.3 
 3. Wisniewska, POL2.0 
 4. Formica, ITA1.7 
 5. Meesseman, BEL1.7 
 6. Jaworska, POL1.7 
 7. Zahui, SWE1.7 
 8. Ivashchanka, BLR1.7 
 9. Carrascosa, ESP1.5 
 10. Spanou, G.1.3 


Standings - Div.B - by Eurobasket News
Standings Div.B
Group A
1. Slovakia3-0
2. Croatia2-0
3. Australia0-0
4. Monteneg.0-2
5. Ireland0-3
Group B
1. Latvia3-0
2. Romania1-1
3. Estonia1-1
4. Israel1-2
5. Switzerl.0-2
Group C
1. Denmark2-0
2. Slovenia2-1
3. Luxembourg.1-1
4. Bosnia1-1
5. Bulgaria0-3
Group D
1. Holland2-0
2. Portugal1-1
3. U.Kingdom1-1
4. Ukraine0-2


Div B. - by Eurobasket
Points Per Game
 Sonia URSU
  (177-F-93)
  Avg: 26
 1. Ursu, ROM26.0 
 2. Essenstam, NED17.0 
 3. Surlan, BIH16.5 
 4. Blazevic, CRO16.0 
 5. Hetto, LUX15.5 
 6. Kullamaa, EST15.5 
 7. Lagzdina, LAT14.7 
 8. Dukate, LAT14.7 
 9. Pocksteiner, AUT14.5 
 10. Puljic, C.14.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Sharon LAMMERINK
  (189-C-93)
  Avg: 14.5
 1. Lammerink, NED14.5 
 2. Uro-Nile, UKR14.0 
 3. Turcinovic, MNT13.5 
 4. Hatch, SUI13.5 
 5. Lagzdina, LAT13.0 
 6. Craciun, ROM12.5 
 7. Ursu, ROM12.0 
 8. Kuzmane, LAT10.0 
 9. Cvitkovic, CRO10.0 
 10. Tomasovic, B.9.0 
Assists Per Game
 Miljana DZOMBETA
  (178-G-94)
  Avg: 6.5
 1. Dzombeta, BIH6.5 
 2. Vucetic, MNT4.0 
 3. Krayevska, UKR4.0 
 4. Begic, CRO3.5 
 5. Slamova, SVK3.3 
 6. Zderadicka, AUT3.0 
 7. Essenstam, NED3.0 
 8. Sikiric, CRO3.0 
 9. Balintova, SVK3.0 
 10. Bridina, L.3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Miljana DZOMBETA
  (178-G-94)
  Avg: 7
 1. Dzombeta, BIH7.0 
 2. Ursu, ROM7.0 
 3. Abramovic, SLO6.0 
 4. Puljic, CRO6.0 
 5. Surlan, BIH5.0 
 6. Pocksteiner, AUT4.5 
 7. Fomina, LAT4.3 
 8. Casspi, ISR4.3 
 9. Hatch, SUI4.0 
 10. Adams, N.4.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Hristina TYUTYUNDZHIEVA
  (188-C-93)
  Avg: 4
 1. Tyutyundzhie., BUL4.0 
 2. Baluta, ROM3.0 
 3. Gaskins, ENG2.5 
 4. Uro-Nile, UKR2.5 
 5. Tikvic, CRO2.0 
 6. Hatch, SUI2.0 
 7. Craciun, ROM2.0 
 8. Turcinovic, MNT1.5 
 9. Milic, BIH1.5 
 10. Chek, U.1.5 


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  FINLAND - Women  


Spain conquer Group B at the European Championships U16 - by Eurobasket News
Spain won Group B at the European Championships U16 as they rolled over Finland 83:37 in Day 3. Inmaculada Zanoguera (177-G-93) paced all the winners with 17 points and Andrea Vilaro (179-F-93) netted 14. Janniina Koivunen (184-C-93) poured in 16 points in the losing case. The Scandinavian team finished with 1-2 record on the third place.
In another game of the group Belgium improved to 2-1 record in Group B of the Preliminary Round after the win over Belarus 81:53. Emma Meesseman led the way with 21 points and 12 rebounds, whilst Vanloo Julie notched 16. Lipinskaya Darya ended up with 14 points in the losing case and Baklaha Natallia had 12.


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  FRANCE - Women  


Standings - LFB
LFB Standings
 1. Mondeville 0-0 
 2. Bourges 0-0 
 3. Tarbes 0-0 
 4. ESB Villeneu. 0-0 
 5. Montpellier 0-0 
 6. Aix-en-Prov. 0-0 
 7. COB Calais 0-0 
 8. Challes 0-0 
 9. Limoges 0-0 
 10. Toulouse 0-0 
 11. Arras 0-0 
 12. Nantes 0-0 
 13. Landes 0-0 
 14. Armentieres 0-0 


France U16 topped Group D of the home championship - by Eurobasket News
France U16 topped Group D with another stunning display as they crushed winless Germany U16 by 77:42. Jodie Cornelie (193-F-93) top-scored for the winners with 13 points and Plust Caroline added 11. Laura Hebecker (181-F-93) ended up with 12 points in the losing effort. Germany will play in the Classification round for the stay in Division A.
In another game of the group Poland became the second team in Group D as they edged Lithuania 63:55 in Day 3. Beata Jaworska paced all the winners with 13 points, while Koperwas Magdalena and Puss Karolina posted 11 each. Kazlauskaite Ieva collected 14 points and 14 boards in the losing effort.



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  GERMANY - Women  


France U16 topped Group D of the home championship - by Eurobasket News
France U16 topped Group D with another stunning display as they crushed winless Germany U16 by 77:42. Jodie Cornelie (193-F-93) top-scored for the winners with 13 points and Plust Caroline added 11. Laura Hebecker (181-F-93) ended up with 12 points in the losing effort. Germany will play in the Classification round for the stay in Division A.
In another game of the group Poland became the second team in Group D as they edged Lithuania 63:55 in Day 3. Beata Jaworska paced all the winners with 13 points, while Koperwas Magdalena and Puss Karolina posted 11 each. Kazlauskaite Ieva collected 14 points and 14 boards in the losing effort.



Market News - by Moritz Korff
TG 1889 Sandhausen (2. DBBL South) added Shannon Oberg (183-G/F-86, college: UNLV) to the 2009-2010 roster. The 23-year-old American spent her collegiate career at Daytona Beach CC and UNLV. In this past season she played 31 games and averaged 2.8 points as well as 1.5 rebounds for UNLV. Her first pro team was Las Vegas Pride of the WBCBL earlier this year. Oberg also attended the Eurobasket Summer League in New York.

Daniela Koch (186-C-79) returns to SC Rist Wedel (2. DBBL North). The 29-year-old post player suited up for Slavia Sophia (Bulgaria) and TG Neuss (Regionalliga West) during the 2008-09 season. In Wedel she will meet her former and future teammates Laura Rahn (181-F-86) and Katharina Koerner (178-F) who are going to stay with the club that is now coached by Alexander May. He replaces Marc Koepp.

BG '89 Rotenburg/Schessel, newcomer to the 2. DBBL North, have already made several roster moves for the up and coming season. Headcoach Roland Senger will welcome Elina Stahmeyer (177-F-91), Denise Fischer (192-C), Britta Hueske (175-F-85) and Katharina Wohlberg (185-F/C-82).

Ingibjorg Vilbergsdottir (176-G-88) is new at TSVE Bielefeld (2. DBBL). The Icelandic national team player is 21 years of age and played for Keflavik in the Express League last season, averaging 10.8 points and 5.2 rebounds per game.

Hanna Ballhaus is the new Headcoach of Osnabruecker SC Panthers (2. DBBL). She replaces Andreas Obenaus. Ballhaus previously worked for BG '89 Rotenburg/Scheessel. She also will bring a new player to Osnabrueck: German junior-international Stefanie Grigoleit (182-F-89).

The Phoenix Hagen Ladies (2. DBBL North), who will be coached by Therese Schielke in 2009-2010, have found a new player in Patricia Chukwuma (186-F/G-85). The 24-year-old Nigerian has a lot of international experience, as she already played in Syria, England, Austria and Holland. In 2005 she won the gold-medal at the African Championships with the Nigerian national team. Hagen had also signed Amber Nasby (180-F) some weeks ago. Nasby played NCAA basketball at the University of Alaska Anchorage (NCAA2) and averaged 6.4 points and 5.7 rebounds as a senior back in 2004-05.


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  GREECE - Women  


Czech Republic and Greece advanced to the U16 Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic U16 edged Greece U16 57:54 as both teams advanced to the Qualifying Round. Tereza Vyoralova (175-G-94) and Pohunkova Dominika paced all the winners for the initial victory. Elisavet Politopoulou (164-G-93) notched also 15 points for her team as Greece finished with 1-2 record.
In another game of the group Russia overcame Hungary 74:54 and sent them to the Classification Round at the U16 European Championship for Women. Russia won Group C as Galina Kiseleva top-scored for the winners with 15 points. Tikhonenko Ksenia netted 13 and Gladkova Julia scored 11. Barta Brigitta finished the game with 23 points and 16 boards in defeat.


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  HUNGARY - Women  


Kiseleva top-scored for Russia U16 - by Eurobasket News
Russia overcame Hungary 74:54 and sent them to the Classification Round at the U16 European Championship for Women. Russia won Group C as Galina Kiseleva (182-F-93) top-scored for the winners with 15 points. Ksenia Tikhonenko (190-C-93) netted 13 and Gladkova Julia scored 11. Brigitta Barta (182-C-93) finished the game with 23 points and 16 boards in defeat.
In another game of the group Czech Republic U16 edged Greece U16 57:54 as both teams advanced to the Qualifying Round. Tereza Vyoralova and Pohunkova Dominika paced all the winners for the initial victory. Elisavet Politopoulou notched also 15 teams for her team as Greece finished with 1-2 record.



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  ITALY - Women  


Italy U16 won Group A of the Preliminary Round - by Eurobasket News
Italy U16 won Group A of the Preliminary Round as they defeated Serbia U16 64:52. Stella Panella (178-F-93) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Caterina Dotto (165-G-93) netted 12. Ivana Brajkovic (195-C-93) chipped in 15 points and had 10 rebounds in the losing effort.
In another game of the group Turkey remained Sweden winless in Group A after 48:40 in Day 3.Turkey finished group with 2-1 record after 48:40 defensive victory. Ayse Cora top-scored for the winners with 13 points and Kavurmacioglu Ozge collected 10 points and 10 boards. Zahui Amanda ended up with 9 points and 13 caroms in the losing case.


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Poland U16 finished second in the Preliminary Round, Lithuania is third - by Eurobasket News
Poland became the second team in Group D as they edged Lithuania 63:55 in Day 3. Beata Jaworska (185-F-94) paced all the winners with 13 points, while Magdalena Koperwas (177-G-93) and Puss Karolina posted 11 each. Ieva Kazlauskaite (178-F-94) collected 14 points and 14 boards in the losing effort.
In another game of the group France topped Group D with another stunning display as they crushed winless Germany by 77:42. Jodie Cornelie top-scored for the winners with 13 points and Plust Caroline added 11. Hebecker Laura ended up with 12 points in the losing effort. Germany will play in the Classification round for the stay in Division A.



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  POLAND - Women  


Poland U16 finished second in the Preliminary Round, Lithuania is third - by Eurobasket News
Poland became the second team in Group D as they edged Lithuania 63:55 in Day 3. Beata Jaworska (185-F-94) paced all the winners with 13 points, while Magdalena Koperwas (177-G-93) and Puss Karolina posted 11 each. Ieva Kazlauskaite (178-F-94) collected 14 points and 14 boards in the losing effort.
In another game of the group France topped Group D with another stunning display as they crushed winless Germany by 77:42. Jodie Cornelie top-scored for the winners with 13 points and Plust Caroline added 11. Hebecker Laura ended up with 12 points in the losing effort. Germany will play in the Classification round for the stay in Division A.



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  RUSSIA - Women  


Kiseleva top-scored for Russia U16 - by Eurobasket News
Russia overcame Hungary 74:54 and sent them to the Classification Round at the U16 European Championship for Women. Russia won Group C as Galina Kiseleva (182-F-93) top-scored for the winners with 15 points. Ksenia Tikhonenko (190-C-93) netted 13 and Gladkova Julia scored 11. Brigitta Barta (182-C-93) finished the game with 23 points and 16 boards in defeat.
In another game of the group Czech Republic U16 edged Greece U16 57:54 as both teams advanced to the Qualifying Round. Tereza Vyoralova and Pohunkova Dominika paced all the winners for the initial victory. Elisavet Politopoulou notched also 15 teams for her team as Greece finished with 1-2 record.



Standings Women D1
A Superleague Standings
 1. UMMC 0-0 
 2. Dynamo N. 0-0 
 3. Dynamo M. 0-0 
 4. Dynamo K. 0-0 
 5. Spartak V MR 0-0 
 6. Nadezhda O. 0-0 
 7. CSKA 0-0 
 8. Chevakata 0-0 
 9. Spartak SP 0-0 
 10. Spartak M. 0-0 


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  SERBIA - Women  


Italy U16 won Group A of the Preliminary Round - by Eurobasket News
Italy U16 won Group A of the Preliminary Round as they defeated Serbia U16 64:52. Stella Panella (178-F-93) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Caterina Dotto (165-G-93) netted 12. Ivana Brajkovic (195-C-93) chipped in 15 points and had 10 rebounds in the losing effort.
In another game of the group Turkey remained Sweden winless in Group A after 48:40 in Day 3.Turkey finished group with 2-1 record after 48:40 defensive victory. Ayse Cora top-scored for the winners with 13 points and Kavurmacioglu Ozge collected 10 points and 10 boards. Zahui Amanda ended up with 9 points and 13 caroms in the losing case.


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  SPAIN - Women  


Spain conquer Group B at the European Championships U16 - by Eurobasket News
Spain won Group B at the European Championships U16 as they rolled over Finland 83:37 in Day 3. Inmaculada Zanoguera (177-G-93) paced all the winners with 17 points and Andrea Vilaro (179-F-93) netted 14. Janniina Koivunen (184-C-93) poured in 16 points in the losing case. The Scandinavian team finished with 1-2 record on the third place.
In another game of the group Belgium improved to 2-1 record in Group B of the Preliminary Round after the win over Belarus 81:53. Emma Meesseman led the way with 21 points and 12 rebounds, whilst Vanloo Julie notched 16. Lipinskaya Darya ended up with 14 points in the losing case and Baklaha Natallia had 12.


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  SWEDEN - Women  


Turkey U16 remained Sweden U16 winless - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U16 remained Sweden U16 winless in Group A after 48:40 in Day 3.Turkey finished group with 2-1 record after 48:40 defensive victory. Ayse Cora (175-F-93) top-scored for the winners with 13 points and Ozge Kavurmacioglu (187-F-93) collected 10 points and 10 boards. Amanda Zahui (191-C-93) ended up with 9 points and 13 caroms in the losing case.
In another game of the group Italy U16 won Group A of the Preliminary Round as they defeated Serbia U16 64:52. Stella Panella top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Dotto Caterina netted 12. Brajkovic Ivana chipped in 15 points and had 10 rebounds in the losing effort.



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  TURKEY - Women  


Turkey U16 remained Sweden U16 winless - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U16 remained Sweden U16 winless in Group A after 48:40 in Day 3.Turkey finished group with 2-1 record after 48:40 defensive victory. Ayse Cora (175-F-93) top-scored for the winners with 13 points and Ozge Kavurmacioglu (187-F-93) collected 10 points and 10 boards. Amanda Zahui (191-C-93) ended up with 9 points and 13 caroms in the losing case.
In another game of the group Italy U16 won Group A of the Preliminary Round as they defeated Serbia U16 64:52. Stella Panella top-scored for the winners with 15 points and Dotto Caterina netted 12. Brajkovic Ivana chipped in 15 points and had 10 rebounds in the losing effort.



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  WNBA - Women  


Deanna Nolan leads Detroit Shock to victory against Minnesota Lynx - by Eurobasket News
Minnesota L. - Detroit S. 83-91
The Detroit Shock was too strong for the Minnesota Lynx last night jumping to 6-9 record in Eastern Conference. On the other side, the Lynx slipped to 10-9 on West. Deanna Nolan (5'11''-G/F-79, college: Georgia) was a key player in the winning squad. She spent 32 minutes on the court collecting 22 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists. Tay McWilliams (6'3''-F/C-70, college: St.Edward's) had 17 points, 6 boards and 6 assists, while Shavonte Zellous (5'10''-G-86, college: Pittsburgh) helped with 15 pts. Charde Houston (6'1''-F-86, college: Connecticut) and Rashanda McCants (6'1''-G/F, college: N.Carolina) responded with 14 points each in defeat. Quanitra Hollingsworth followed with 12. Everything started good for the Detroit, who grabbed nice 14-23 lead in the first quarter. However, totally different picture was seen during the next 10 minutes. The team from Minnesota improved a lot draining 25 more points. On the other side, the Shock stopped on 18, but they still kept plus 2 at the half time. Third quarter was crucial as Detroit ended it with plus 7. Both squads were pretty good offensively in the last period, but Detroit grabbed that one also 26-27. Tonight we will have five game.


Standings
WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Indiana F. 14-4 
 2. Washingt. M. 10-8 
 3. Connect. S. 9-9 
 4. Chicago S. 9-10 
 5. Atlanta D. 9-10 
 6. Detroit S. 6-9 
 7. New York L. 6-11 
Western
 1. Phoenix M. 14-6 
 2. Seattle S. 11-7 
 3. Minnesota L. 10-9 
 4. S.Antonio SS 8-9 
 5. L.Angeles S. 5-10 
 6. Sacram. M. 5-15 


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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS U19 - Women  


Spain and USA to fight for the Gold in Bangkok - by Eurobasket News
Argentina - Spain 49-67
Spain is still undefeated in Bangkok and they will meet defending champions USA tomorrow in the Big Final. As a reminder, Spain is the only team who managed to beat the Americans on this event (90-86) and it was in the very first round. Marta Tudanca Acedo (182-F-90) shined in victory today with 18 points. Marta Xargay Casademont (180-G-90) followed her with 13 points and 6 boards, while Vega Gimeno Martinez (183-F-91) helped with 10 points and 5 rebs. Andrea Boquete Manna (178-F-90) collected 21 points and 6 rebounds in defeat. Her Argentina will take on Canada tomorrow in battle for the Bronze.

Canada - USA 51-82
USA smashed Canada today 82-51 and they will have a chance tomorrow to defend the World Championship title. The USA Team will take on the only squad who managed to beat them in Bangkok - Spain. On the other side, Canada will meet Argentina in battle for the Bronze. Kelsey Bone (196-C-91) shined for the Americans today scoring 16 points. Nnemkadi Ogwumike (188-F-90) had 12, while Skylar Diggins (175-G-90) and Samantha Prahalis (170-G-90) added 11 points each. In Team Canada, Kayla Alexander (195-F/C-91) almost registered double-double, 12 points and 9 boards.


Places 5-8
Australia - France 71-53
Australia managed to recover from yesterday's shock and elimination in the Quarterfinals. Today the Gems blasted France and they will take on Russia in the battle for fifth place in Bangkok. On the other side, France will meet Lithuania for position No.7. Both games will be played tomorrow. As it was during the entire event, center Elizabeth Folake Cambage (203-C-91) led the Gems collecting 23 points and 8 rebounds. All other players in Team Australia had less than 10. France had only one player with double-digits in scoring and it was Medelome Medenou (188-F-90) - 14 pts (plus 7 rebs).

Russia - Lithuania 65-62
Russia outsmarted Lithuania 65-62 today in Bangkok staying in race for fifth place at the FIBA U19 World Championship. Both squads were eliminated in Quarterfinals, but now Russia will fight for fifth and Lithuania for seventh place. Anastasia Logunova (188-C-90) paced Russia to victory with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Ekaterina Kiryanova (179-F/G-90) had 13 and Anastasiya Loginova (190-C-90) delivered 11 pts, plus grabbed 7 boards. All other players in Russia had less than 10 pts. Giedre Paugaite (192-C-90) shined in defeat registering double-double, 14 points and 17 rebs. Marina Solopova (180-G/F-90) netted 13.

Places 9-10
Czech Republic - Brazil 70-75
Brazil celebrated 75-50 win against Czech Republic today in decisive game for ninth place at the FIBA U19 World Championship in Bangkok. Yesterday Brazil was better than Japan, while Czech Republic outplayed China. In Team Brazil today Tatiane Pacheco Nacimiento (180-G/F-90) stepped up with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Fabiana Caetano De Souza (195-F/C-91) had double-double, 14 points and 16 rebounds, while Debora Fernandes Da Costa (165-G-91) added 12 pts. Renata Brezinova (189-C-90) responded with 20 points and 12 rebounds in loss. Alena Hanusova (187-C-91) posted 15 pts and grabbed 8 boards.

Places 11-12
China - Japan 76-59
China outplayed Japan 76-59 today in Bangkok ending the FIBA U19 World Championship as 11th ranked team. Naturally, Japan in No.12. Zheng Bowen (-90) led the winners today with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Shuang Zhao (188-F-90) also shined collecting 17 points and 8 boards, while Wen Lu (188-F-90) helped with 12 pts and 7 boards. In the loosing squad, Yukine Abe (-90) was on fire - 27 points. Kana Motoyama (-90) contributed with 14.


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Elizabeth Folake CAMBAGE
  (203-C-91)
  Avg: 21.5
 1. Cambage, AUS21.5 
 2. Xargay Casad., ESP15.9 
 3. Inoubli, TUN15.8 
 4. Solopova, LTU14.5 
 5. Arami, TUN14.2 
 6. Wen, CHN13.8 
 7. Mamiya, JPN13.4 
 8. Abe, JPN12.9 
 9. Pacheco Naci., BRA12.8 
 10. Brezinova, C.12.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ouleymatou COULIBALY
  (--90)
  Avg: 11.5
 1. Coulibaly, MLI11.5 
 2. Alexander, CAN11.0 
 3. Paugaite, LTU10.1 
 4. Mamiya, JPN8.9 
 5. Ble Ossepe, ESP8.8 
 6. Da Silva Nas., BRA8.7 
 7. Mariko, MLI8.6 
 8. Ogwumike, USA8.6 
 9. Logunova, RUS8.5 
 10. Wicijowski, C.7.9 
Assists Per Game
 Siyue QIU
  (--91)
  Avg: 4.6
 1. Qiu, CHN4.6 
 2. Prahalis, USA4.0 
 3. Bartonova, CZE2.4 
 4. Plagnard, FRA2.1 
 5. Zintikaite, LTU2.0 
 6. Ireland, AUS2.0 
 7. Diggins, USA2.0 
 8. Solopova, LTU2.0 
 9. Ouvina Modre., ESP2.0 
 10. Madgen, A.1.9 
Steals Per Game
 Lilia INOUBLI
  (--92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Inoubli, TUN3.0 
 2. Coulibaly, MLI2.3 
 3. Fernandes Da., BRA2.3 
 4. Johnson, USA2.1 
 5. Gonzalez, ARG2.0 
 6. Flores, ARG1.9 
 7. Brezinova, CZE1.8 
 8. Achonwa, CAN1.6 
 9. Pacheco Naci., BRA1.6 
 10. Xargay Casad., E.1.6 
Blocks Per Game
 Giedre PAUGAITE
  (192-C-90)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Paugaite, LTU2.9 
 2. Cambage, AUS2.5 
 3. Siksniute, LTU2.4 
 4. Alexander, CAN1.9 
 5. Tippett, AUS1.5 
 6. Tarasova, RUS1.4 
 7. Loginova, RUS1.4 
 8. Alminaite, LTU1.3 
 9. Vernerey, FRA1.1 
 10. Shuang, C.1.1