EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 8/9/2009

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  ABA   


Austin will coach the Express - by Gianni Pascucci
The Jersey Express announced today that assistant coach Quaasim Austin has been formally promoted to the position of head coach. The Irvington native has given the Express a great basketball mind for the past three seasons, and he looks to make his first as the shot caller and fourth overall his most successful year on the bench for the Express. 'I am grateful to be provided the opportunity to be the conductor of the Express ride to a championship,' the community-driven Austin said. 'I am passionate about the game and about winning. Putting a competitive team on the floor and making 'Express Stops' in the communities we are charged to entertain will be at the top of the to do list. One of my goals will be to help mold these young men into great men, mentors of tomorrow's leaders.' Affectionately known as 'Q', Austin is a dedicated and highly respected detective in the Township of Irvington, New Jersey. Known for being a scrappy point guard when he used to run the floor as a player, Austin has been a favorite of his players ever since he first picked up the whistle to coach. 'Coach Austin has been with us for several years now, and he has grown into the perfect leader we need to continue to achieve both on and off the court,' Express President Marsha Blount stated. 'He works tirelessly in the community in which he polices and has brought that same ethic to the sidelines of the Jersey Express.' With the first signings for the 2009-10 season already conducted, Austin and the Express recently announced a second open tryout that will take place on Saturday, August 22nd. Through their partnership with the Newark Urban Coordinating Council and Network Youth Basketball of Newark, the tryouts will be taking place from 12-4:00 p.m. at the Westside Park Gym in Newark. As more information is made available regarding tryouts, it will be posted to the Express web site. For more information, visit www.jerseyexpress.com


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  ARGENTINA   


Transactions - by Facundo Iatzky
Central entrerriano signed two import players for the upcoming season. They are Darius Lane (193-G-78, college: Seton Hall) and Lewis Fadipe (208-C-83, college: La Salle). They will join Cristian Cadillac, Fernando Funes, Alejandro Burgos, Gaston Torre, Eduardo Calvelli, Sebastian Cabello, Lucas Arn and Agustin Pirovani.
On the other hand, Penarol Mar del plata finished to set their roster with the signing of Martin Leiva who return from Spain.


Australia beat Argentina in double-overtime thriller - by Eurobasket News
Argentina - Australia 107:110 (2OT)
Australian National team celebrated a dramatic victory over Argentina at the Super Four tournament. The Boomers needed two extra period to take care of the Latin American powerhouse. It was the first win for Australia over Argentina in the last 19 years. Joe Ingles (203-G/F-87, agency: Priority Sports) stepped up with 25 points for the Boomers. He rescued the team in the regulation hitting a jumper that sent the game into overtime. Oscar Forman (205-G/F-82) knocked down a big-time three-pointer in the second overtime to seal the winning outcome for the Aussies.
The Boomers entered the game without one of their key players David Barlow who left for Europe. Argentina grabbed an early lead as they were up by 3 points after ten minutes. But Australia surged in front in the second frame and arrived at halftime up by 4 points 47:43. Argentina drew things level in the third quarter and the teams went neck and neck throughout the reminder of the contest.
Nathan Jawai (207-C-86, college: Midland CC) had 22 points and 7 boards for Australia. Adam Gibson (188-G-86) produced 17 points for the winners. Paolo Quinteros (186-G-79) responded with 18 points for Argentina. Juan Pablo Figueroa (184-G-86, agency: Interperformances) knocked down 17 points in defeat.

Argentina: Paolo Quinteros 18, Juan Pablo Figueroa 17
Australia: Joe Ingles 25, Nathan Jawai 22, Adam Gibson 17



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  ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Standings
Standings
Group A
1. S.Korea3-0
2. Philippine.2-1
3. Japan1-2
4. Sri Lanka0-3
Group B
1. Iran3-0
2. Taiwan2-1
3. Kuwait1-2
4. Uzbekistan.0-3
Group C
1. China3-0
2. Qatar2-1
3. Kazakhstan.1-2
4. India0-3
Group D
1. Jordan3-0
2. Lebanon2-1
3. United Ara.1-2
4. Indonesian.0-3


Last day of Preliminary Round in Tianjin - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Philippines - South Korea 56-69
South Korea ended preliminary Round in Tianjin perfect. After two wins against Japan and Sri Lanka, Koreans outplayed Philippines today for position No.1 in Group A. Philippines dropped to second place, but also advanced to the next stage. They will together with Japan, Iran, Taiwan and Kuwait create a new Group E. Yang Hee-Jong (194-F-84) stepped up for South Korea today with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Oh Sekeun (201-C-87) and Kim Min-Soo (204-C-82) posted 11 points each. Cyrus Baguio (188-G-80) shined in loss with 16 points. All other players in Team Philippines had less than 10.

Sri Lanka - Japan 45-148
Japan destroyed Sri Lanka in the last game of Preliminary Round ending it with 1-2 record in Group A. It means that Japan is going to new Group E, together with South Korea, Philippines, Iran, Taiwan and Kuwait. Sri Lanka continues in Classification Round. Yusuke Okada (185-G-84) was on fire in victory scoring 30 points (10 triples). Tomoo Amino (196-F/G-80) had 25 points and 12 rebounds, while Kosuke Takeuchi (205-C/F-85) added 21 pts and 11 boards. In the loosing squad Chamath Danawansa (-83) provided 10 pts. All other players in this defeat had les than 8 pts.

Group B
Kuwait - Iran 46-94
The defending champion did not have any troubles to beat Kuwait today and to remain undefeated in Tianjin. Iran advanced to the next round as No.1 of Group B (3-0), while Kuwait did the same but as No.3 (1-2). They are placed to new Group E together with Taiwan, South Korea, Philippines and Japan. MohammadSamad Nikkhah (199-G/F-83, agency: ACMT) led Iran today with 21 points and 5 rebounds for 17 minutes. Hamed Afagh (192-G-83) got 23 minutes collecting 20 points and 4 boards. Rashed AlRabah (189-F-87) and Mohammad Ashkanani (193-F-84) delivered 11 pts for Kuwait.

Uzbekistan - Taiwan 78-102
Taiwan was too strong fro Uzbekistan today in Tianjin ending the Preliminary Round as No.2 in Group B (2-1). Taiwan will together with Iran, Kuwait, South Korea, Philippines and Japan create a new group E. Uzbekistan failed to advance (0-3) and it will fight for 13th place on this event. Tsung-Hsien Chang (190-F-88) top-scored in victory with 22 points. Wu Tai-Hao (206-C-85, college: BYU-Hawaii) followed with 15 and Chang Chih Feng (183-G-81) netted 2 points less. Aleksandr Kozlov (202-F-82) delivered 25 pts in loss. Ildar Safarov (207-C-85) contributed with double-double, 25 pts and 5 rebs.

Group C
China - Qatar 92-61
China closed the Preliminary Round in Tianjin with victory. That is third consecutive win for the hosts and they are No.1 in Group C. Qatar is No.2 and both advanced to the next stage. There China will together with Qatar, Kazakhstan, Jordan, Lebanon and UAE will compete in Group F. Liu Wei (205-F-85) and Wang Zhizhi (214-C-79) top-scored in victory with 15 points each (Wang had 8 more rebounds). Wang Shipeng (197-F/G-83) delivered 14 pts. In Team Qatar, Mustafa ElSayad (206-F/C-82, college: Fresno St.) netted 16 points. Omer Abgader Salem had 3 less.

India - Kazakhstan 72-74
Kazakhstan grabbed crucial 74-72 win against India advancing to the next stage. As a reminder, both teams entered to this game winless. Now Kazakhstan will move up to Group F, while India goes to Classification Round for 13th-16th place. Anton Ponomarev (209-C-88, agency: Court Side) was a key player in Kazakhstan with 18 points and 13 rebounds. Rustam Yargaliyew (195-F-86) had 17 and Dmitriy Gavrilov (201-F-86) added one point less. In India, Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (192-G-91) was totally the best netting 26 pts. Jayram Jat (189-G/F-81) contributed with 11.

Group D
Indonesian - Lebanon 36-123
As it was expected, Lebanon registered easy win against Indonesia advancing to Qualifying Round as No.2 of Group D (2-1). Lebanon will now be transferred to Group F, together with Jordan, UAE, China, Qatar and Kazakhstan. On the other side, Indonesia goes to Classification Round for 13-16 place. Fadi El Khatib (197-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) again was the best player in Team Lebanon with 29 points and 9 rebounds. Matt Freije (206-F-81, agency: Priority Sports, college: Vanderbilt) had 24 pts and 8 boards, while Brian Beshara-Feghali (204-F-77, agency: Pro Management Agency, college: LSU) added 22 pts. Indonesia did not have any player with double-digits in scoring. The best one was Ponsianus Indrawan (-85) with 9 pts.

United Arab Emirates - Jordan 67-79
Third appearance and third consecutive win for Jordan. This time it was little bit tougher win than it was expected. Anyway both, Jordan (3-0) and UAE (1-2), advanced to the next stage. There in Group F also will be Lebanon, China, Qatar and India. Zaid Abbaas (203-F-83) once again was the best player in victory collecting 16 points and 12 rebounds. Rasheim Wright (194-G-81, college: District of Col.) had 15 pts and 7 boards, while Mohammad Hadrab (201-F-84) added 11 pts and 9 rebs. UAE got the most from Talal AlNuaimi (180-G-88), 18 pts. Rashed Alzaabi (190-F-88) posted 17 pts.


DAY THREE ROUND UP: KAZAKHS SURVIVE INDIA SCARE AS FANCIED TEAMS ADVANCE - by Maarouf Mawloud
TIANJIN (FIBA Asia Championship) - India brightened up Saturdays proceedings with a fourth quarter surge, but fell short at the post, losing 72-74 in a needle Group C game on Saturday.

Defending champions Iran, hosts China, last editions bronze medalists Korea and West Asian powerhouse Jordan all won their third game in a row on the concluding day of the preliminary round, as the eight-final round line-up was drawn.

In Group C, China took the top place with a clinical 92-61 victory against 2005 FIBA Asia Championship bronze medalists Qatar.

Jordan opened the day carving out a 79-67 win against Indonesia and last editions silver medallists Lebanon closed the day outplaying Indonesia 123-36. Both those games came in Group D.

In Group A, Japan notched their first win, and booked a place in the eight-final beating Sri Lanka 148-45 and Korea deflated an enthusiastic Philippines 69-56 to take the top place.

Group B saw Iran, improving with every outing, handing down a 94-46 drubbing to Kuwait after Chinese Taipei had rolled past Uzbekistan 102-78.

Group A

Yusuke Okada returned a game-high 30 points as Japan outscored Sri Lanka by more than 20 points in each quarter

Okada scored all his points in three-pointers, converting 10 of his 17 three-pointer attempts, failing in the lone two-pointer attempt.

Tomoo Amino had 25 points and pulled down a game-high 12 boards.

For Sri Lanka, Chamath Danawansa was the only player to score in the double-digits with 10 points.

Yang Heejongs 14 points showed the way for Korea, who led throughout the game, against Philippines.

Oh Sekeun and Kim Minsoo chipped in 11 points each.

Cyrus Baguio was Philippines highest scorer with a game-high 16 points.

Group B

Samad Nikkah and Hamed Afagh replaced each other during the game -- and both had a telling effect on the proceedings during their presence.

Samad, who sat out the entire second and fourth quarters had a 57% record in shooting (8/14) including a 5/10 in long rangers, for his 21 points.

And Afagh who took to the court in Samads place, converted five of his 10 three-pointer attempts in a 7/12 field record for his 20.

Hamed EHadadi collected eight rebounds to go with his eight points.

Kamrani effected two assists to add value to his 12 points.

With 10 points each, Rashed Alrabah and Mohammad Ashkanani shared the top score for for Kuwait.

Chang Tsung-Hsieh was the leader of Taipeis scoring against the outmatched Uzbekistan with 22 points, with another Chang Chang Chih-Feng contributed 13. Wu Tai-Ho had 15.

Uzbek Aleksandr Kozlov had a game-high 25 points in a losing cause.

Group C

India trailed 49-61 going into the fourth quarter, but a 23-13 surge in the final ten minutes saw them scare the daylights off their rivals.

Vishesh Bhriguvanshi scored eight of his game-high 26 points in the fourth quarter and Jayram Jat accounted for eight out of his 11 points of the game in the same time to launch the Indian counter-offensive.

Ironically enough, Jat faltered with free-throws on two occasions and Bhriguvanshi missed once

Anton Ponomarev was Kazakhstans leading scorer with 18 points, with Rustam Yargaliyew contributing 17.

China had no such trouble.

Wang Zhi Zhi came off the bench to support the efforts of Yi Jianlian, Zhu Fangyu and Liu Wei as the hosts rolled into the eight-final round without raising much sweat in their bid to regain the title.

Wang Zhi Zhi collected a game-high eight rebounds to go with his 15 points. Liu also scored 15, with an incredible 6/9 shooting record, including converting thrice in five attempts in three-pointers.
Yi scored 12, with a 55% shooting record (6/11) in the field.

Zhu contributed 12 points and Wang Shipeng scored seven of his 14 points in the fourth quarter.

Mustafa Elsayed and Omar Salem helped Qatar kept the scoreboard ticking, there was not much support to their effort, in terms of scoring.

Elsayed led the scoring for the game with 16 points, and pulled down seven rebounds. Salem had 13.

Group D

Zaid Abbas and Rasheim Wright were the lead campaigners in the Jordanian cause against UAE.

Zaid Abbas led the scoring with a double-double 16 points and 12 rebounds.

Wright, with a 58% (7/12) record in field attempts returned 15 points.

After allowing UAE to call the shots in the first quarter, when they trailed 14-18, Jordan reeled in seven points in quicksilver fashion to go ahead 22-18 and didnt look back.

Mohammad Hadrab scored al his 11 points for Jordan in the fourth quarter, to make it even more difficult for UAE.

UAE, as a consolation took the individual scoring honours for the game with Talal Alnuaimi scoring 18 points and Rashed Alzaabi 17.

Fadi El Khatib (197-F-79, agency: Pro Management Agency) led the game in scoring 29 points and rebounds nine, including five in offence in Lebanons big win.

Matt Freije chipped in with 24 points and pulled down eight rebounds, as Jackson Vroman rested the game.

Brian Feghali had 22 points.

Nyoman Indrawan was Indonesias highest scorer with nine points.

Eight-final groupings

Group E: Korea, Philippines, Japan, Iran, Chinese Taipei, Kuwait.
Group F: China, Qatar, Kazakhstan, Jordan, Lebanon, UAE.
S Mageshwaran
FIBA Asia


Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Aleksandr KOZLOV
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 19.3
 1. Kozlov, UZB19.3 
 2. Nikkhah, IRI19.3 
 3. Freije, LEB18.7 
 4. Yamada, JPN18.7 
 5. El Khatib, LEB18.3 
 6. Bhriguvanshi, IND15.3 
 7. Yang, KOR15.3 
 8. Ali, QAT15.3 
 9. Wright, JOR15.0 
 10. Vroman, L.15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Japeth AGUILAR
  PHI
  (206-C-87)
  Avg: 11
 1. Aguilar, PHI11.0 
 2. Ponomarev, KAZ10.3 
 3. Wang, CHN9.7 
 4. Takeuchi, JPN9.7 
 5. Taulava, PHI9.3 
 6. Abbaas, JOR9.0 
 7. Ehadadi, IRI9.0 
 8. Takeuchi, JPN8.0 
 9. Safarov, UZB8.0 
 10. Yi, C.7.7 
Assists Per Game
 MohammadSamad NIKKHAH
  (199-G/F-83)
  Avg: 5
 1. Nikkhah, IRI5.0 
 2. Su, TAI4.3 
 3. Igarashi, JPN4.3 
 4. Saeed, QAT4.0 
 5. Mahmoud, LEB4.0 
 6. Feghali, LEB3.7 
 7. Fahed, LEB3.7 
 8. Daghles, JOR3.5 
 9. Vroman, LEB3.5 
 10. Liu, C.3.3 
Steals Per Game
 Mahdi KAMRANI
  (180-G-82)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Kamrani, IRI3.3 
 2. Hu, CHN3.0 
 3. Abbaas, JOR2.7 
 4. Singh, IND2.7 
 5. Feghali, LEB2.7 
 6. Abdel-Nour, LEB2.5 
 7. Mahmoud, LEB2.5 
 8. Wright, JOR2.3 
 9. Ibrahim, UAE2.3 
 10. Afagh, I.2.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Erfan Ali SAEED
  (200-F-83)
  Avg: 4
 1. Saeed, QAT4.0 
 2. Ehadadi, IRI3.7 
 3. Gavrilov, KAZ2.0 
 4. Yi, CHN2.0 
 5. Wang, CHN1.7 
 6. Kim, KOR1.3 
 7. Ha, KOR1.3 
 8. Freije, LEB1.0 
 9. Kozlov, UZB1.0 
 10. ElSayad, Q.1.0 


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  AUSTRALIA   


Australia beat Argentina in double-overtime thriller - by Eurobasket News
Argentina - Australia 107:110 (2OT)
Australian National team celebrated a dramatic victory over Argentina at the Super Four tournament. The Boomers needed two extra period to take care of the Latin American powerhouse. It was the first win for Australia over Argentina in the last 19 years. Joe Ingles (203-G/F-87, agency: Priority Sports) stepped up with 25 points for the Boomers. He rescued the team in the regulation hitting a jumper that sent the game into overtime. Oscar Forman (205-G/F-82) knocked down a big-time three-pointer in the second overtime to seal the winning outcome for the Aussies.
The Boomers entered the game without one of their key players David Barlow who left for Europe. Argentina grabbed an early lead as they were up by 3 points after ten minutes. But Australia surged in front in the second frame and arrived at halftime up by 4 points 47:43. Argentina drew things level in the third quarter and the teams went neck and neck throughout the reminder of the contest.
Nathan Jawai (207-C-86, college: Midland CC) had 22 points and 7 boards for Australia. Adam Gibson (188-G-86) produced 17 points for the winners. Paolo Quinteros (186-G-79) responded with 18 points for Argentina. Juan Pablo Figueroa (184-G-86, agency: Interperformances) knocked down 17 points in defeat.

Argentina: Paolo Quinteros 18, Juan Pablo Figueroa 17
Australia: Joe Ingles 25, Nathan Jawai 22, Adam Gibson 17



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  AUSTRIA   


Belarus tied their record at 1-1 at the U16 European Championship - by Eurobasket News
Austria U16-Belarus U16 52:61

Belarus tied their record at 1-1 at the U16 European Championship in Portugal. The team overcame Austria 61:52 in Group C on Friday.
Anton Papruha (188-G-93) opned the scoring account for the winners, while Austria replied with 8-0 run. The latter looked better in the opening quarter and reached 16:9 after the first 10 minutes. Albert Ngoy (178-G-93) scored for 22:13 and Rados gave the biggest lead for his team, while Belrus closed the gap later in the frame. Viaroukin cut it to 26:24 at the end of the first half. Pavel Pronin (188-G-93) stepped up for the 27:26 lead with his team and Haidukevich made 37:36. After 20-14 in the third period Yalovik made the score 44:40. The intrigue was not over and Austria had time for the lead. Vladimir Ljesevic (197-F-93) gave his team 49:48, while Belarus won the end of the game. With 8-1 run the latter won the rest of the frame to finish with 61:52 victory.
Anton Papruha top-scored fr the winners with 15 points and Pavel Pronin added 12. Oliver Sturm (185-G-93) notched 11 points in the losing effort, while Vladimir Ljesevic, Albert Ngoy and Bas brought their team 8 points each.
In another game of the group Slovenia became the only undefeated team in Group C as they cruised past Sweden on Friday. Slovenia produced 72:70 to take 2-0 record on top.

Austria U16: Oliver Sturm 11, Vladimir Ljesevic 8, Albert Ngoy 8, Bas 8
Belarus U16: Anton Papruha 15, Pavel Pronin 12


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  BARBADOS   


Lakers close in on Clapham - by Justin Marville
LUMBER COMPANY LAKERS are within striking distance of Premier League's top spot.

Basketball's defending two-time league champs inched closer to first-placed Clapham in the standings via Thursday nights 90-71 thrashing of the cellar-dwelling Cougars at the gymnasium of the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex.

Swingman Adrian Stewart led the proceedings with a team-high 18 points, super-sub Adrian Allman chipped in with 17 off the bench, while Derek Browne and Ian Alexander added 12 and 11 points, respectively. Nicholas Bedford scored a Premier League career-high 20 points and Shawn Gaskin had a double-double of 18 points and 17 rebounds for the last-placed Cougars (3-13).

Lakers (11-4) have ensured they can finish the regular season no worse than second and are now just a game behind the league-leading Bulls (12-3) for the No.1 seed with one contest remaining.

In the nights other game, national forward/centre Akeem Marsh poured in 26 points and 14 rebounds to lead Roll-A-Way Storm & Security Shutters St Johns Sonics to an 85-71 victory over his former team Sagicor Tridents.

Stefan Clarke, also a one-time Tridents player, had 17 points, and Roland Lovell 11 for the mid-table Sonics, who improved to 7-7 with the win. For Tridents, prolific shooting guard Keefe Birkett scored a game-high 29 points and Manuel Alleng had 15.


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


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  BELARUS   


Belarus tied their record at 1-1 at the U16 European Championship - by Eurobasket News
Austria U16-Belarus U16 52:61

Belarus tied their record at 1-1 at the U16 European Championship in Portugal. The team overcame Austria 61:52 in Group C on Friday.
Anton Papruha (188-G-93) opned the scoring account for the winners, while Austria replied with 8-0 run. The latter looked better in the opening quarter and reached 16:9 after the first 10 minutes. Albert Ngoy (178-G-93) scored for 22:13 and Rados gave the biggest lead for his team, while Belrus closed the gap later in the frame. Viaroukin cut it to 26:24 at the end of the first half. Pavel Pronin (188-G-93) stepped up for the 27:26 lead with his team and Haidukevich made 37:36. After 20-14 in the third period Yalovik made the score 44:40. The intrigue was not over and Austria had time for the lead. Vladimir Ljesevic (197-F-93) gave his team 49:48, while Belarus won the end of the game. With 8-1 run the latter won the rest of the frame to finish with 61:52 victory.
Anton Papruha top-scored fr the winners with 15 points and Pavel Pronin added 12. Oliver Sturm (185-G-93) notched 11 points in the losing effort, while Vladimir Ljesevic, Albert Ngoy and Bas brought their team 8 points each.
In another game of the group Slovenia became the only undefeated team in Group C as they cruised past Sweden on Friday. Slovenia produced 72:70 to take 2-0 record on top.

Austria U16: Oliver Sturm 11, Vladimir Ljesevic 8, Albert Ngoy 8, Bas 8
Belarus U16: Anton Papruha 15, Pavel Pronin 12


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  BELGIUM   


Bosnia and Herzegovina enjoy second straight win at EuroBasket Additional Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News
Bosnia and Herzegovina - Belgium 82:77

Bosnia and Herzegovina celebrated the second win in a row at the EuroBasket Additional Qualifying Round. They prevailed against Belgium in Group A at home court. Nihad Dedovic (196-F-90) scored 18 points to lead the hosts. Belgium in the meantime slipped at 0-1 record despite a 33-point outburst from Axel Hervelle (205-F-83).
Axel Hervelle and Mbenga paced the visitors early in the game. Belgium jumped to a 21:11 lead before Bosnia and Herzegovina showed some signs of recovery. They answered with 6 points in a row to cut the deficit. However Oveneke capped the first stanza with a trey as Belgium were up by 7 points at the first intermission. The hosts opened the second frame with 9 points in a row taking the lead. The teams kept it close but Dimitri Lauwers (187-G-79) crowned the half with three consecutive free throws to provide Belgium with a narrow 40:39 halftime advantage. The hosts needed a 9:0 rally to ensure a 57:47 lead midway through the third quarter. Axel Hervelle and Moors cut the distance to 9 points with one quarter remaining. Restless Axel Hervelle just kept on scoring for Belgium in the fourth quarter but accurate free throws proved the difference at the end. Gordic and Bajramovic knocked down 5 of them late in regulation sealing the win for Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Ratko Varda (216-C/F-79) notched 13 points for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Zlatko Jovanovic (181-G-84, agency: Beo Basket), Ivan Opacak (202-G/F-80, agency: World Sport Agency), Ermin Jazvin (210-C-80) and Bajramovic had 10 points each in the win. Dimitri Lauwers chipped in 12 points for Belgium in the loss.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Nihad Dedovic 18, Ratko Varda 13, Ermin Jazvin 10
Belgium: Axel Hervelle 33, Dimitri Lauwers 12



Div 2 News - Bree - by Peter Buyse
Looks like Bree will be playing in D2 after all, at least till the end of September according to a release on their website. At the end of September the situation will be re-evaluated and a decision will be made if the team can continue it's season.
At present the new coach of the team is Ed Norvell (188-G-76, Kent St.)l who will also play for Bree. Norvell spent most of his overseas career in Holland and Belgium.
The sons of 2 former players are also on the roster, Justin Trotter (191-G-86) son of former Braine star Kerry Trotter and Casey Blair who's dad is Rusty Blair, at present coach of Cuesta College in the US. Trotter played at E. New Mexico from 2006 till 2008 and averaged 18.6 ppg and 5.7 rpg for the D2 school.
Another player on the roster should be Brazilian forward Diego Aguiar (201-F-83, college: Nova SE). Aguiar played his last season of college ball at Nova Southeastern U, a Div 2 school in the Sunshine State Conf. Before that he played 3 years at D1 school Campbell College. As a senior at NSU (06-07) he earned 2nd team All SSC honors while averaging 14.3 ppg and 5.8 rpg.
Former Liege coach Tom Johnson is assisting the team in a technical capacity but is not the head-coach as was rumoured.



Belgium won their opener of the U16 European Championship - by Eurobasket News
Belgium U16-Switzerland U16 82:74

Belgium won their opener of the U16 European Championship in Portugal. The team overcame Switzerland 82:74 and sent them to 0-2 record.
Wim Vandenweyer (180-G-93) gave Belgium the first lead from the perimeter, while the Swiss side grabbed 4:3. Belgium took the lead back and finished the first quarter at 18:11. Wim Vandenweyer scored for 24:13 and Allemand led to 33:17 midway through the second quarter. Belgium again scored 18 points in the frame for 36:24 at the halftime. Audry Kiraranganya (198-F-93) with a jump shot opened the third period and Eljon Harlicaj (198-F-93) made 43:32. Switzerland played better after the big break but Wim Vandenweyer kept his team in front for 55:50. In the last period Belgium never looked behind and had the advantage in the rest of the game. Obasohan Ojomoh (183-F-93) closed the game at 82:74 as Belgium opener of the U16 European Championship with a win.
Wim Vandenweyer top-scored for the winners with 21 points. Obasohan Ojomoh nailed 19, while Audry Kiraranganya netted 13. Vincent Gaillard (200-F-93) ended up with 18 points in the losing effort, Jeremy Landenbergue (182-G-93) scored 16 and Eljon Harlicaj posted 14.
In another game of the group Bulgaria became the leader of Group B of the U16 European Championship in Portugal. The team upset the hosts of the tournament 91:72 for the second straight win.

Belgium U16: Wim Vandenweyer 21, Obasohan Ojomoh 19, Audry Kiraranganya 13
Switzerland U16: Vincent Gaillard 18, Jeremy Landenbergue 16, Eljon Harlicaj 14


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  BOSNIA   


Bosnia and Herzegovina enjoy second straight win at EuroBasket Additional Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News
Bosnia and Herzegovina - Belgium 82:77

Bosnia and Herzegovina celebrated the second win in a row at the EuroBasket Additional Qualifying Round. They prevailed against Belgium in Group A at home court. Nihad Dedovic (196-F-90) scored 18 points to lead the hosts. Belgium in the meantime slipped at 0-1 record despite a 33-point outburst from Axel Hervelle (205-F-83).
Axel Hervelle and Mbenga paced the visitors early in the game. Belgium jumped to a 21:11 lead before Bosnia and Herzegovina showed some signs of recovery. They answered with 6 points in a row to cut the deficit. However Oveneke capped the first stanza with a trey as Belgium were up by 7 points at the first intermission. The hosts opened the second frame with 9 points in a row taking the lead. The teams kept it close but Dimitri Lauwers (187-G-79) crowned the half with three consecutive free throws to provide Belgium with a narrow 40:39 halftime advantage. The hosts needed a 9:0 rally to ensure a 57:47 lead midway through the third quarter. Axel Hervelle and Moors cut the distance to 9 points with one quarter remaining. Restless Axel Hervelle just kept on scoring for Belgium in the fourth quarter but accurate free throws proved the difference at the end. Gordic and Bajramovic knocked down 5 of them late in regulation sealing the win for Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Ratko Varda (216-C/F-79) notched 13 points for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Zlatko Jovanovic (181-G-84, agency: Beo Basket), Ivan Opacak (202-G/F-80, agency: World Sport Agency), Ermin Jazvin (210-C-80) and Bajramovic had 10 points each in the win. Dimitri Lauwers chipped in 12 points for Belgium in the loss.

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Nihad Dedovic 18, Ratko Varda 13, Ermin Jazvin 10
Belgium: Axel Hervelle 33, Dimitri Lauwers 12



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  BRAZIL   


Joinville Improved their roster - by Paulo Freire

Joinville is a city that has been doing good things for basketball in Brazil in the last few years. The Ciser/Araldite/Univille team has added to their structure with the signing of 3 new players: the 28 years old Marcao Martins (207-C-81) that returns to the city after 1996 and 1997, Marcao will bring more power under the basket to the team, his last team was the Trotamundos from Venezuela, another new guy for the position is Joao Victor Ramalho (203-F-84, college: South Plains JC) that came from Sao Jose dos Campos where he averaging 8.3 ppg and 5.1 rpg, Joinville also have a new backup shotting guard Audrei Parisotto (194-SG/PG-84) who ended last season with the Lajeado/Bira team averaging 16.8pp,3.2 rpg and 1.7ass. The team also let it go the american small forward Antwine Williams (192-F-75, agency: Prossin Sports Management, college: N.Colorado) 12.9ppg , 3.8rpg and 2.4 assis, power forward Fabiano De Oliveira (204-C-81) and Olivia Nascimento (211-C-74) who has been injury for almost all NBB.


Brazil rally past Uruguay in Rio de Janeiro - by Eurobasket News
Brazil - Uruguay 100:63
Brazil celebrated a confident victory over Uruguay at the Super Four tournament that moved to Rio de Janeiro now. Brazil welcomed the arrival of several key players and left not a single chance for the visitors. Anderson Varejao (205-C-82) scored 19 points to pace the hosts.
Brazil and Uruguay stayed close throughout the first quarter. The home team eked out just a 3-point lead after ten minutes 20:17. But the gap started to grow in the second frame. Brazil dominated every facet of the game and ensured a 17-point buffer at halftime. The hosts unleashed 32 points in the third stanza to accumulate a comfortable buffer at the final break. Brazil cruised to the win in the final minutes.
Leandrinho Barbosa (190-G-82) posted 18 points for Brazil. Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points for the winners. Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) and Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) answered with 11 points each for Uruguay. Emilio Taboada (193-F-82) had 10 points in the loss.
Brazil will next take on Australia, while Uruguay will face Argentina.

Brazil: Anderson Varejao 19, Leandrinho Barbosa 18, Guilherme Giovannoni 14
Uruguay: Esteban Batista 11, Leandro Garcia Morales 11, Emilio Taboada 10



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  BULGARIA   


Bulgaria U16 became the leader of Group B - by Eurobasket News
Portugal U16-Bulgaria U16 72:91

Bulgaria became the leader of Group B of the U16 European Championship in Portugal. The team upset the hosts of th tournament 91:72 for the second straight win.
The hosts started with 2:0 and had also 17:16 as another lead in the game. In the rest of the period Bulgaria looked better and it was them for 18:17 advantage. The teams exchanged the baskets in the second period and Portugal also was in front. Jonah Callenbach (192-F-93) gave them 30:28, while Silva sent the teams to the lockers for 36:39. From that time, Portugal could not follow the guests in the game. Simeonov scored for 50:40 and he also gave his team 58:44 after three periods. Bulgaria produced offensive 33-28 in the last frame for the total success.
Deyan Karamfilov (175-G-94) and Ivanov paced all the winners with 19 points. Tencho Tenchev (202-F-93) followed them with 16 points to remain undefeated. Jonah Callenbach chipped in 22 points in defeat and Miguel Soares (192-F-93) posted 12 as Portugal is 1-1.
In another game of the group Belgium won their opener of the U16 European Championship in Portugal. The team overcame Switzerland 82:74 and sent them to 0-2 record.

Portugal U16: Jonah Callenbach 22, Miguel Soares 12
Bulgaria U16: Deyan Karamfilov 19, Ivanov 19, Tencho Tenchev 16


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  CHILE   


TZ joins Liceo Mixto - by Cristian Quiroga
According to agency sources, Thurman Zimmerman (196-F-83, agency: AMI, college: S.Carolina St.) would arrive next week to Dimayor league champion Liceo Mixto of Los Andes. Zimmerman is a good forward who played last season in Provincial Osorno and would replace to Peter Kiganya in the foreign place. Pablo Ares team it has had many injuries troubles during the present season and is still not showing the best game they can do. With this incorporation, Liceo Mixto should get a little more quantity of points and a good contribution in rebounds, due to athletics skills of Zimmerman. Forward would have his debut next week against Everton.

Dimayor friday night results - by Cristian Quiroga
Last night started 9th round of Dimayor 2009. Deportivo Valdivia will stay one more week like exclusive leader of league, thanks to its victory over Deportes Castro 75-61. Jonathan Heard (198-G/F-86, agency: Pro Partner Sports Management) was the best hand in the team coached by Juan M. Cordoba, scoring 31 points and 10 rebounds in the stats. But was helped by Jose Del Solar (195-C-90) who shone with his own lights: young CDV's put like Heard a double-double on the board with 18 pts and 13 rebounds. In addition, Del Solar made showed an excellente defense being capable of controlling in the second half to Gonzalo Velasquez (185-G-81) who was the best scorer of Castro with 22 pts (14 in the first half). American Hank Rivers (203-F-81, college: Stephen F. Austin) didn't look comfortable treading the painting, this way scored a high percentage of his 11 pts coming from outside attacking the basket, but not under the board. This night CDV will face to Universidad de Los Lagos, which lost 87-78 his game against CD UdeConce played in Casa del Deporte in Concepcion. 'Campanil' team had the return of Terrell Taylor (203-C-81, college: Virginia Tech) who was one of the best man (18 pts), same quantity as young Matias Villagran (198-C-88). In ULA, guard Sergio Cardenas with 19 and center Alexander Blackwell (205-F/C-70, college: Monmouth) with 17 led the scoreboard. This night CDUdeConce receives to Deportes Castro.

Complete Results
Deportivo Valdivia 75 - Deportes Castro 61
CDV: Jonathan Heard 31, Jose Del Solar 18, Francisco Bravo 17, Cristian Von Bischoffhausen 8, Rodrigo Munoz 1. Coach: Juan M. Cordoba
CAS: Gonzalo Velasquez 22, Hank Rivers 11, Fernando Campos and Mauro Salinas 8, Carlos Grandon 6, Pedro Sandoval 4, Juan Videla 1. Coach: Marcelo 'Popeye' Ruiz.

CDUdeConce 87 - Universidad de Los Lagos 78
UDC: Terrell Taylor 18, Matias Villagran 18, Eduardo Marechal 13, Evandro Arteaga 12, Diego Osses 10, Nelson Mendez 9, Marcelo Hernandez 7. Coach: Jorge Luis Alvarez.
ULA: Sergio Cardenas (168-G-86) 19, Alexander Blackwell 17, Michael Ernst 16, Marquis Johnson 7, Haralt Funk 6, Esteban Toledo and Francisco Gonzlez 4, Ignacio Navarrete 3, Johnny Gmez 2. Coach: Carlton Johnson.


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


Dimayor: Veliz joins Boston College - by Daniel Valencia
CD Boston College Santiago announced the signing of the point guard Francisco Veliz (177-G-77) for the remainder of the season. Veliz is a 31 years old player, with plenty experience in Dimayor league, playing for Espanol de Talca and Provincial Llanquihue, where he won the 2003 championship. Last year he played the first part of the season with Espanol. He will be ready to play this weekend in the games against Provincial Osorno and Provincial Llanquihue.

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  CHINA   


China Grouped With Jordan and Lebanon in Second Round of Asian Tourney - by Arthur Volbert
China is in Group F in the second round of the Asian Championship along with powerful Jordan and Lebanon. Qatar, Kazakstan and United Arab Emirates round out the group. First round scores carry over into the standings. The top four teams reach the quarter-finals. When China faces Jordan and Lebanon, we will find out how powerful this Chinese team really is.

Group F
---TEAM-----------------W/L P
1. China--------------- 3/0 6
2. Jordan-------------- 3/0 6
3. Lebanon------------- 2/1 5
4. Qatar--------------- 2/1 5
5. Kazakhstan---------- 1/2 4
6. United Arab Emirates 1/2 4

Korea and Iran head Group E. The Philipines, Chinese Taipei, Japan and Kuwait round out the group.

Group E
---TEAM-----------W/L P
1. Korea--------- 3/0 6
2. Iran---------- 3/0 6
3. Philippines--- 2/1 5
4. Chinese Taipei 2/1 5
5. Japan--------- 1/2 4
6. Kuwait-------- 1/2 4

China will play the United Arab Emirates on Monday, Lebanon on Tuesday and Jordan on Wednesday.

Link to full second round schedule:
http://china2009.fiba.com/pages/eng/fe/09/fascm/p/schedule.html

China, Korea, Iran and Jordan led their first round groups with 3-0 records.

Link to first round group standings:
http://china2009.fiba.com/pages/eng/fe/09/fascm/p/group-standing.html



China Blasts Qatar 92-61 To Make Second Round -- Updated - by Arthur Volbert
China destroyed Qatar, the second best team in its group, 92-61, as it reached the second round with a 3-0 record. China led 23-12 after one quarter, 49-28 at the half, and 76-37 after three quarters. Qatar did outscore China 24-16 during garbage time in the fourth.

Five Chinese players were in double figures. Wang Zhizhi had 15 points and 8 rebounds. Liu Wei (190-G-80) had 15 points and 4 assists. Wang Shipeng scored 14. Zhu Fangyu had 12 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals in 11 minutes as he gets himself into shape for the more important games to come. Yi Jianlian had 12 points and 7 rebounds. Li Xiaoxu (207-C-90) had 7 points and 8 rebounds in 20 minutes and this young NBA prospect is becoming an increasingly important part of the team. Hu Xuefeng had 6 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals, almost equally sharing time at point guard with Liu Wei. Du Feng had 6 points in 10 minutes. Sun Yue had 3 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 steals, concentrating on teamwork and defense in a team-high 31 minutes. Su Wei scored 2 in 5 minutes while Wang Lei and Zhang Qingpeng were scoreless.

Mustafa Elsayad had 16 points and 7 rebounds and Omar Salem had 13 points and 4 rebounds for Qatar.

In other games Lebanon beat Indonesia 123-36, Korea defeated the Philippines 69-56, Jordan beat the United Arab Emirates 79-67, Chinese Taipei beat Uzbekistan 102-78, Japan beat Sri Lanka 148-45, and Iran beat Kuwait 94-46.

In a surprisingly close game Kazakhstan edged India 74-72 as Kazakhstan finished third in Group C and made the second round. Vishesh Bhriguvanshi (192-G-91), who last year edged out Dong Hanlin for MVP at the Asian Basketball Without Borders Camp, scored 26 points and is a name to watch.



Link to box score:

http://china2009.fiba.com/pages/eng/fe/09/fascm/p/eid/4046/gid/5/grid/C/rid/7118/sid/7038/game.html



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Spain remain undefeated in Kaunas - by Eurobasket News
Spain U16 - Czech Republic U16 88:60

Spanish U16 team recorded the third straight win at the European Championship in Lithuania. They held off Czech Republic today to win preliminary Group C. Czech Republic slipped at 0-3 record and got eliminated from the title race.
Czech Republic opened the game with an 8:2 run but Spain quickly adjusted to respond. They went on an 8:0 run to jump in front. Julen Olaizola (201-C-93) capped the first quarter with a jumper to win it for Spain 17:16. Festr retained the lead for Czech Republic with a three-pointer but Spain replied with 11 points in a row to ensure a comfortable 28:19 advantage. Spain rolled from now taking a 43:28 advantage at halftime. Spain unloaded 8 straight points midway through the third quarter to reach a 19-point lead. The Spanish team bridges two quarters going on a 10:0 run to boost the gap to 29-point mark. Czech Republic never rebounded and Spain secured the third consecutive victory in Kaunas.
Daniel Diez (200-F-93) notched 21 points and 6 boards for Spain. Julen Olaizola had 12 points, while Jorge Sanz (188-G-93) netted 11 points for the winning team. Michal Bernath (197-F-93) and Lubos Lachman (186-G-93) replied with 13 points each for Czech Republic. Kyzlink netted 9 points in defeat.

Spain U16: Daniel Diez 21, Julen Olaizola 12, Jorge Sanz 11
Czech Republic U16: Michal Bernath 13, Lubos Lachman 13



Czech Republic post win over Hungary in Prague - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic - Hungary 71:65

Czech Republic earned the first win at the EuroBasket Relegation Round. They outscored Hungary at home court to improve at 1-1 record. Hungary fell at 1-1 as all four teams in Group C appeared tied. Petr Benda (203-F/C-82, agency: Court Side) led the hosts with 13 points.
Pavel Slezak (185-G-84) and Sokolovsky poured in 8 straight points late in the opening quarter to give Czech Republic a 19:11 lead after ten minutes. Sokolovsky opened the second frame with another trey as the margin grew at 11-point mark. But Fodor came up with 4 points in a 9:0 run from Hungary as they cut the gap. Peter Lorant (207-F/C-85), Istvan Nemeth (190-G-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) and Fodor soon put the visitors ahead. Czech Republic regained the lead just to watch Kaman hit a three-pointer giving Hungary a 36:35 halftime advantage.
Jan Vesely (211-F-90), Satoransky and Petr Benda ensured a quick start for the Czech team in the second half. They rolled to a 57:49 advantage with ten minutes remaining. Istvan Nemeth and Bodi dragged Hungary within 2 but the hosts stayed calm. Marek and Pospisil nailed 5 points in a row late in the game boosting the advantage at 7 points. Bodi just cut the distance 6 points as Hungary lost the battle.
Pavel Slezak produced 12 points for Czech Republic. Jan Vesely added 11 points and 6 boards for the winners. Istvan Nemeth responded with 15 points for Hungary. Peter Lorant nailed 13 points in defeat.

Czech Republic: Petr Benda 13, Pavel Slezak 12, Jan Vesely 11
Hungary: Istvan Nemeth 15, Peter Lorant 13



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  DENMARK   


Denmark and Finland start their U16 European campaign - by Eurobasket News
Finland U16-Denmark U16 77:84

Denmark and Finland started their U16 European campaign one day later in the tournament due to the less number of teams in Group A. Denmark won 84:77 in the opener to join Georgia on top.
It was a good start from both teams that scored the majority of the shots they made. Larsen gave his team 10:6, while Seppala netted three for 22:21. Viita was the last to score in the opening quarter for 25:24 advantage. Jamsa tied the game at 33:33 and Denmark grabbed the lead later in the period. The latter enjoyed 46:39 halftime advantage after 21-15 in the second frame. No matter how hard the Finnish side tried to reduce they could only come to 61:57. Denmark meanwhile increased the lead to 69:59 at the end of the third period. Carlsen made a jump shot for 80:70 and Samuli Oja (188-F-93) delivered one for 84:73. Jamsa was the last to score in the game for the final score.
Frederik Rungby (196-F-93) led the way with 18 points for the winners and Larsen collected 16 points and 13 rebounds. Christian Benzon (186-G-93) and Esben Reinholt (193-G-93) followed them with 9 points apiece. Daniel Dolenc (202-F/C-93) ended up with 15 points in the losing effort. Kalle Naapi (187-G-93) notched 14, whilst Samuli Oja added 12.

Finland U16: Daniel Dolenc 15, Kalle Naapi 14, Samuli Oja 12
Denmark U16: Frederik Rungby 18, Larsen 16+13 rebs, Christian Benzon 9, Esben Reinholt 9


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  D-LEAGUE   


Rockets extend partnership with Vipers - by Eurobasket News
The NBA D-League Rio Grande Valley Vipers and the NBA Houston Rockets announced today in a press conference that they are extending their partnership and as a result, the Rockets will hold a portion of their pre-season training camps and host an exhibition game in the Rio Grande Valley in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

The extended partnership also encompasses areas of marketing and business development. The Rockets and Vipers anticipate that under the partnership, the Vipers will gain greater understanding of the business operations of an NBA franchise. These opportunities include developing and integrating marketing campaigns, learning from different NBA-level executives and professionals, and sharing ideas designed to benefit both organizations.

'This partnership agreement exemplifies the Rockets' long-term commitment to the Rio Grande Valley. We're looking forward to extending this partnership for the next three years and continued success between our two franchises,' Vipers President/GM Brian Michael Cooper said.

'We are extremely excited to commit to a long-term affiliation with the Vipers and to bring NBA basketball to all the great fans in the Valley. The Vipers ownership group and front office team have been a pleasure to work with and we look forward to all the great things we will accomplish together in the future,' Rockets Chief Strategy Officer Chris Dacey said.

The Rockets and Vipers are committed to bringing top quality opponents to the Rio Grande Valley every year. The Rockets are lining up top teams such as the Orlando Magic, Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs for the pre-season game 2010. The opponent has not yet been finalized and is subject to teams' travel schedules.

The 2010 game will follow three days of practices in the Rio Grande Valley. This year, the Rockets will practice at the McAllen Convention Center on October 4 and 5, and host an exhibition game against the 2008 NBA Champion Boston Celtics on the Vipers' court at Dodge Arena on October 7. In addition, the Vipers will host the inaugural RGV Rocket Launch 2009 at the McAllen Convention Center from October 3-5.

There are two former Vipers currently on the Rockets' roster - starting point guard Aaron Brooks and forward Joey Dorsey. Brooks played in two games for the Vipers during the 2007-08 season while Dorsey was with the Vipers for seven games this past season. Both were NBA-assignees. Brooks returned to the Rio Grande Valley on June 4 to sign autographs for fans for free. Los Angeles Clippers forward Steve Novak was also an NBA-assignee by the Rockets during the 2007-08 season, playing in nine games with the Vipers.

This is the latest in a series of moves that have strengthened the relationship between the Rockets and the Vipers. Most recently, they announced entrance into a single-affiliation agreement, giving the Rockets control over the Vipers' basketball operations.

The Rio Grande Valley Vipers are a professional basketball team in the NBA Development League (NBA D-League). The NBA Development League, founded in 2001, is the NBA's official minor league and featured 16 teams with direct affiliations to NBA teams during the 2008-09 season. This fall, two new NBA D-League teams will begin play in Portland, Maine and Springfield, Mass.-- the birthplace of basketball. Eighty-four former NBA Development League players were on 2008-09 NBA end-of-season rosters, amounting to almost 20 percent of NBA players, and the league continues to develop coaches, referees, and front office staff for the NBA and its teams. In fostering the league's connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. The NBA D-League also advances the game of basketball as the research and development arm of the NBA. Throughout the season fans can watch all NBA D-League games on NBA Futurecast, the free live Web-streaming initiative found at nba.com/futurecast. The Vipers' NBA affiliate is the Houston Rockets.


Courtesy of the Rio Grande Valley Vipers


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  ESTONIA   


Ukraine win the home Relegation Round opener in Kiev - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine-Estonia 71:64

Ukraine celebrated their first victory at the Relegation Round of Eurobasket Division A. The team beat Estonia in Kiev 71:64 due to the last period.
It was a great game from both teams, however Ukraine showed excellent percentage in the last quarter of the three-pointers. After the back-to-back baskets the game was tied in the end of the third quarter. Fesenko closed the third period at 52:47 after the teams were tied at 47 a minute ago. Kriisa nailed three for 52:50 in the beginning of the fourth quarter. Fesenko and Dmytro Gliebov (198-F-88) made it 56:52 after two minutes of the final stanza. After a minute of silence Lukashov made a shot from the perimeter for 59:52 and Dmytro Gliebov made the same for 62:52. Ukraine seemed to have a great percentage from the three-point line and the proof to it was another shot from the arc for 65:55. Lukashov made the same again for 68:55 and then Sokk scored one from the free throw line. Kristjan Kangur (202-F-82) scored two and Sokk brought the intrigue back to the game at 68:62 with 2 minutes to play as Ukraine needed timeout for some time to relax. Andrii Agafonov (207-F-86, agency: Interperformances) nailed two for 70:62 and it became clear that the hosts would win the game. Gregor Arbet (194-F/G-83) posted two for 70:64 and Fesenko needed one for the final 71:64 victory.
Andrii Agafonov paced all the winners with 17 points for the winners. Olexiy Onufriyev (200-F-82) nailed 10, while Dmytro Gliebov and Oleksandr Kolchenko (198-F/G-88) added 9 each. Gregor Arbet delivered 19 points in the losing effort and Kristjan Kangur scored 10. Two teams are tied at 1-1 record in the group.

Ukraine: Andrii Agafonov 17, Olexiy Onufriyev 10, Dmytro Gliebov 9, Oleksandr Kolchenko 9
Estonia: Gregor Arbet 19, Kristjan Kangur 10



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  EUROCUP   


Zadar, Azovmash , Siauilai; transfer update - by Philip Mulryne
When it seemed close the deal with Reggio Emilia, as we reported few weeks ago, Trent Plaisted changed his mind and signed a contract with Croatian team Zadar.
The American big man had an experience in Italy two seasons ago but had to leave Biella due to a serious injury.
Now Plaisted is back to Europe and will play in Croatia and in Eurocup with Zadar.

Augustinas Vitas stays in Ukraine, but this time instead of Sumykhimprom Sumy , he 'll play for Azovmash Mariupol.
Lithuanian outfit Siauilai loans 3 players from Sakalai , point guard Laurynas Samenas, swingman Arvydas Siksnius and big man Vytautas Sarakauskas.

source: sportando.net


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Day: 2 (Additional Qualifying Round) - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Bosnia - Belgium 82-77
Bosnia and Herzegovina celebrated the second win in a row at the EuroBasket Additional Qualifying Round. They prevailed against Belgium in Group A at home court. Nihad Dedovic (196-F-90) scored 18 points to lead the hosts. Belgium in the meantime slipped at 0-1 record despite a 33-point outburst from Axel Hervelle. Ratko Varda notched 13 points for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Zlatko Jovanovic, Ivan Opacak, Ermin Jazvin and Bajramovic had 10 points each in the win. Dimitri Lauwers chipped in 12 points for Belgium in the loss.

Group B
France - Finland 82-72
France earned the second straight win at the 2009 EuroBasket Addition Qualifying Round. They held off Finland in Group B in Pau today. Antoine Diot (191-G-89) fired 4 three-pointers en route to team-high 16 points for Les Bleus. Finland slipped at 0-1 record in the pool. Nicolas Batum finished with 14 points for France. Florent Pietrus added 12 points, while Diaw nailed 10 in the win. Samuel Haanpaa responded with 21 points for Finland. Petteri Koponen delivered 16 points in defeat. Finland will host Italy on Tuesday.

Group C
Czech Republic - Hungary 71-65
Czech Republic earned the first win at the EuroBasket Relegation Round. They outscored Hungary at home court to improve at 1-1 record. Hungary fell at 1-1 as all four teams in Group C appeared tied. Petr Benda (203-F/C-82, agency: Court Side) led the hosts with 13 points. Pavel Slezak produced 12 points for Czech Republic. Jan Vesely added 11 points and 6 boards for the winners. Istvan Nemeth responded with 15 points for Hungary. Peter Lorant nailed 13 points in defeat.

Ukraine - Estonia 71-64
Ukraine celebrated their first victory at the Relegation Round of Eurobasket Division A. The team beat Estonia in Kiev 71:64 due to the strong performance in the last period. Andrii Agafonov (207-F-86, agency: Interperformances) paced all the winners with 17 points for the winners. Olexiy Onufriyev nailed 10, while Dmytro Gliebov and Oleksandr Kolchenko added 9 each. Gregor Arbet delivered 19 points in the losing effort and Kristjan Kangur scored 10. Two teams are tied at 1-1 record in the group.



Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 T.J. PARKER
  (187-G-84)
  Avg: 23.5
 1. Parker, FRA23.5 
 2. Welsch, CZE17.8 
 3. Kullamae, EST14.6 
 4. Nemeth, HUN14.6 
 5. Benda, CZE14.3 
 6. Drozdov, UKR13.3 
 7. Koponen, FIN13.1 
 8. Beghin, BEL13.0 
 9. Agafonov, UKR12.9 
 10. Teletovic, B.12.8 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kristjan KANGUR
  EST
  (202-F-82)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Kangur, EST7.3 
 2. Bader, HUN7.3 
 3. Andrade, POR6.8 
 4. Talts, EST6.7 
 5. Benda, CZE6.3 
 6. Kotti, FIN6.0 
 7. Agafonov, UKR6.0 
 8. Lishchuk, UKR5.8 
 9. Beghin, BEL5.8 
 10. Cittadini, I.5.7 
Assists Per Game
 Jiri WELSCH
  CZE
  (198-F-80)
  Avg: 5.2
 1. Welsch, CZE5.2 
 2. Costa, POR4.2 
 3. Bremer, BIH3.8 
 4. Simon, HUN3.3 
 5. Tein, EST3.1 
 6. Miranda, POR2.8 
 7. Moors, BEL2.8 
 8. Koponen, FIN2.7 
 9. Kangur, EST2.6 
 10. Kryvych, U.2.4 
Steals Per Game
 Carlos ANDRADE
  CPV
  (197-F-78)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Andrade, POR2.2 
 2. Parker, FRA2.0 
 3. Tein, EST2.0 
 4. Dedovic, BIH2.0 
 5. Cunha, POR1.8 
 6. Kirksay, FRA1.8 
 7. Kotas, CZE1.6 
 8. Bulleri, ITA1.6 
 9. De Colo, FRA1.4 
 10. Costa, P.1.4 
Blocks Per Game
 Serhiy LISHCHUK
  (210-C/F-82)
  Avg: 1.6
 1. Lishchuk, UKR1.6 
 2. Turiaf, FRA1.4 
 3. Talts, EST1.3 
 4. Bajramovic, BIH0.9 
 5. Lichodzijews., BEL0.8 
 6. Teletovic, BIH0.8 
 7. Cittadini, ITA0.8 
 8. Evora, POR0.7 
 9. Muurinen, FIN0.7 
 10. Bader, H.0.7 


Standings Div.A (Men)
Standings
Group A
1. Bosnia2-0
2. Portugal0-1
3. Belgium0-1
Group B
1. France2-0
2. Italy0-1
3. Finland0-1
Group C
1. Czech Repu.1-1
2. Estonia1-1
3. Hungary1-1
4. Ukraine1-1


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Day: 3 (Preliminary Round) - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Israel - Turkey 71-93
Turkey rolled past Israel in the third round of action at the U16 European Championship. Berkay Candan (200-F-93) knocked down 24 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the charge. Burak Yildizli and Tayfun Erulku had 19 points apiece as Turkey claimed the top spot in Group A keeping their record spotless. Israel occupied the fourth position and got eliminated from the title race. Or Solomon knocked down 17 points for Israel in the loss.

Italy - Montenegro 74-80
Montenegro made it to the Qualifying Round after an 80:74 victory over Italy in Group A of the Omnitel U16 European Championship Men. The winners tried really hard to avoid the relegation games, and led throughout most of the game with the needed margin. Marko Mugosa (184-G-93) led the way with 19 points for 1-2 record. Kasalica netted 18, while Gavranic posted 17. Monaldi ended up with 18 points and Veccia scored 15.

Group B
Greece - Lithuania 71-78
Lithuania clinched the spot in the Qualifying Round of the U16 European Championship. They overcame Greece in the third game of the preliminary round to post the first victory at the home tournament. Lithuania thus claimed the third spot in the pool and advanced into the next round. Greece finished winless at the fourth place in the group. Mantas Mockevicius (186-G-93) scored 25 points to lead Lithuania. Tauras Jogela tallied 17 points, 13 boards and 4 assists for the winners. Apollon Deligeorgis knocked down 27 points for Greece. Georgios Papadeas added 12 points in defeat.

Russia - Poland 93-71
Karasev exploded with 33 points for the third straight win with his team at the end of the Preliminary Round. Russia beat Poland 93:71 in the top game of Group B in the Omnitel U16 European Championship Men. Poland is in the Qualifying Round in second place holding a 2-1 record. Gleb Goldyrev (200-F-93) nailed 24 points for the winners, while Trushkin and Loginov added 11 points each. Michalak chipped in 15 points in defeat and Grochowski poured in 10.

Group C
Croatia - Germany 77-40
Matej Buovac (197-G-93) exploded with 31 points and 8 boards to lead Croatia past Germany in Group C. The victory allowed Croats to clinch the second spot in the pool, while Germany finished in the third position. Dario Saric and Mihael Maric added 11 point apiece in the win. Tim Unterluggauer responded with 15 points and 9 rebounds for the German team.

Czech Republic - Spain 60-88
Spanish U16 team recorded the third straight win at the European Championship in Lithuania. They held off Czech Republic today to win preliminary Group C. Czech Republic slipped at 0-3 record and got eliminated from the title race. Daniel Diez (200-F-93) notched 21 points and 6 boards for Spain. Julen Olaizola had 12 points, while Jorge Sanz netted 11 points for the winning team. Michal Bernath and Lubos Lachman replied with 13 points each for Czech Republic. Kyzlink netted 9 points in defeat.

Group D
Latvia - Serbia 85-75
Latvia finished the Preliminary Round of Group D with 2-1 record after the win over Serbia. The Baltic team overcame the oppoenents 85:75 at the Omnitel U16 European Championship Men. Ojars Silins (198-F-93) top-scored for the winners with 21 points. Vecvagars notched 14, while Bikse added 12. Miljenovic finished the game with 25 points in the losing effort as Serbia finished with 1-2 record. Cvetkovic posted 11 and Vujovic scored 10.

France - Ukraine 81-40
France won Group D of the U16 European Championship in Kaunas to open Day 3 with an easy win. The favorites smashed Ukraine 81:40 and sent them to the Classification Round. Hugo Invernizzi (194-F-93) top-scored for the winners with 18 points as France is 3-0. Jean-Charles nailed 12, while Howard and Morin added 10 each. Volchanov ended up with 15 points in the losing effort, while Artamonov scored 9.



M-Standings - Group A
Standings
Group A
1. Turkey3-0
2. Italy1-2
3. Montenegro1-2
4. Israel1-2
Group B
1. Russia3-0
2. Poland2-1
3. Lithuania1-2
4. Greece0-3
Group C
1. Spain3-0
2. Croatia2-1
3. Germany1-2
4. Czech Repub.0-3
Group D
1. France3-0
2. Latvia2-1
3. Serbia1-2
4. Ukraine0-3


Stats Leaders - Group B
Points Per Game
 Adrian O''SULLIVAN
  (180-G-93)
  Avg: 29
 1. O''Sullivan, IRL29.0 
 2. Van Oostrum, ENG22.0 
 3. Dobos, HUN22.0 
 4. Magarity, SWE21.7 
 5. Brutovsky, SVK20.0 
 6. Tenchev, BUL20.0 
 7. Ivanov, BUL19.3 
 8. Burjanadze, GEO19.0 
 9. Bojanovsky, SVK19.0 
 10. Eriksson, S.18.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Kevin LARSEN
  (203-F-93)
  Avg: 15.5
 1. Larsen, DEN15.5 
 2. Dobos, HUN13.0 
 3. Burjanadze, GEO12.5 
 4. Bojanovsky, SVK12.0 
 5. Somenek, HUN11.0 
 6. Sota, POR11.0 
 7. Reinholt, DEN10.5 
 8. Popovici, ROM10.5 
 9. Teixeira, POR10.0 
 10. Drabysheuski, B.9.5 
Assists Per Game
 Devon VAN OOSTRUM
  (188-G-93)
  Avg: 9
 1. Van Oostrum, ENG9.0 
 2. Cardoso, POR6.0 
 3. Downey, IRL5.0 
 4. Timmer, NED5.0 
 5. Nemcok, SVK5.0 
 6. Jamsa, FIN5.0 
 7. Rupnik, SLO5.0 
 8. Borg, SWE5.0 
 9. Varadi, HUN4.0 
 10. Pronin, B.4.0 
Steals Per Game
 Devon VAN OOSTRUM
  (188-G-93)
  Avg: 6
 1. Van Oostrum, ENG6.0 
 2. Ngoy, AUT4.5 
 3. Van Tongeren, NED4.0 
 4. Brutovsky, SVK4.0 
 5. Jamsa, FIN4.0 
 6. Hammink, NED3.0 
 7. Nemcok, SVK3.0 
 8. O''Leary, IRL3.0 
 9. Zahon, SVK3.0 
 10. Rupnik, S.3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Laszlo DOBOS
  (218-C-93)
  Avg: 4
 1. Dobos, HUN4.0 
 2. Bojanovsky, SVK3.0 
 3. Chuku, ENG2.0 
 4. De Graaf, NED2.0 
 5. Stolk, NED2.0 
 6. Caven, FIN2.0 
 7. Olah, ROM1.5 
 8. Burjanadze, GEO1.5 
 9. Teixeira, POR1.3 
 10. Magarity, S.1.3 


Stats Leaders - Group A
Points Per Game
 Enes KANTER
  (206-C-92)
  Avg: 22.9
 1. Kanter, TUR22.9 
 2. Kulagin, RUS20.8 
 3. Mavrogiannis, GRE19.8 
 4. Misters, LAT15.9 
 5. Cizauskas, LTU15.3 
 6. Dukulis, LAT15.1 
 7. Tomas, ESP15.0 
 8. Leszczynski, POL14.5 
 9. Chrysikopoul., GRE14.4 
 10. Valanciunas, L.14.3 
Rebounds Per Game
 Enes KANTER
  (206-C-92)
  Avg: 16.5
 1. Kanter, TUR16.5 
 2. Valanciunas, LTU11.1 
 3. Dukulis, LAT10.9 
 4. Bobrov, UKR10.3 
 5. Ryska, CZE9.5 
 6. Ramljak, CRO8.8 
 7. Tomas, ESP8.4 
 8. Drenovac, SRB8.3 
 9. Pini, ITA8.2 
 10. Misters, L.7.8 
Assists Per Game
 Leo WESTERMANN
  (198-G-92)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Westermann, FRA2.1 
 2. Misters, LAT2.1 
 3. Antonakis, GRE2.0 
 4. Simchony, ISR1.9 
 5. Edge, TUR1.9 
 6. Cizauskas, LTU1.8 
 7. Sabbatino, ITA1.8 
 8. Servera, ESP1.4 
 9. Chrysikopoul., GRE1.4 
 10. Radenkovic, S.1.3 
Steals Per Game
 Kacper STALICKI
  (194-F-92)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Stalicki, POL3.2 
 2. Misters, LAT3.0 
 3. Traini, ITA2.4 
 4. Leszczynski, POL2.3 
 5. Tomas, ESP2.3 
 6. Cizauskas, LTU2.1 
 7. Creus, ESP2.1 
 8. Mishula, UKR2.1 
 9. Servera, ESP2.1 
 10. Sabbatino, I.2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Jonas VALANCIUNAS
  (211-C-92)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Valanciunas, LTU2.3 
 2. Farina, ESP1.8 
 3. Anikiyenko, UKR1.5 
 4. Chrysikopoul., GRE1.5 
 5. Kanter, TUR1.5 
 6. Pini, ITA1.0 
 7. Karnowski, POL1.0 
 8. Timko, HUN1.0 
 9. Bobrov, UKR1.0 
 10. Antonakis, G.1.0 


Div. B Day: 2 (Preliminary Round) - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Finland - Denmark 77-84
Denmark and Finland started their U16 European campaign one day later in the tournament due to the less number of teams in Group A. Denmark won 84:77 in the opener to join Georgia on top. Frederik Rungby (196-F-93) led the way with 18 points for the winners and Larsen collected 16 points and 13 rebounds. Benzon and Reinholt followed them with 9 points apiece. Dolenc ended up with 15 points in the losing effort. Naapi notched 14, whilst Oja added 12.

Group B
Belgium - Switzerland 82-74
Belgium won their opener of the U16 European Championship in Portugal. The team overcame Switzerland 82:74 and sent them to 0-2 record. Wim Vandenweyer (180-G-93) top-scored for the winners with 21 points. Ojomoh nailed 19, while Kiraranganya netted 13. Gaillard ended up with 18 points in the losing effort, Landenbergue scored 16 and Harlicaj posted 14.

Portugal - Bulgaria 72-91
Bulgaria became the leader of Group B of the U16 European Championship in Portugal. The team upset the hosts of the tournament 91:72 for the second straight win. Deyan Karamfilov (175-G-94) and Ivanov paced all the winners with 19 points. Tenchev followed them with 16 points to remain undefeated. Callenbach chipped in 22 points in defeat and Soares posted 12 as Portugal is 1-1.

Group C
Austria - Belarus 52-61
Belarus tied their record at 1-1 at the U16 European Championship in Portugal. The team overcame Austria 61:52 in Group C on Friday. Anton Papruha (188-G-93) top-scored fr the winners with 15 points and Pronin added 12. Sturm notched 11 points in the losing effort, while Ljesevic, Ngoy and Bas brought their team 8 points each.

Slovenia - Sweden 72-70
Slovenia became the only undefeated team in Group C as they cruised past Sweden on Friday. Slovenia produced 72:70 to take 2-0 record on top. Matej Rojc (193-G-93) paced all the winners with 24 points and Rupnik added 17. Person finished the game with 30 points in the losing effort and Magarity posted 17.



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France too good for Finland - by Eurobasket News
France - Finland 82:72
France earned the second straight win at the 2009 EuroBasket Addition Qualifying Round. They held off Finland in Group B in Pau today. Antoine Diot (191-G-89) fired 4 three-pointers en route to team-high 16 points for Les Bleus. Finland slipped at 0-1 record in the pool.
The hosts quickly opened up a double-digit lead after Diaw and Nicolas Batum (201-F-88) knocked down 7 points in a row midway through the starting stanza. Samuel Haanpaa (203-G-86) and Mikko Koivisto cut the deficit with back-to-back three-pointers late in the frame but Nando De Colo capped it with a jumper worth a 28:21 lead. France stayed cool in the second quarter and maintained the lead well enough. The hosts arrived at halftime up by 11 points 46:35. Florent Pietrus (202-F-81, agency: Octagon) and Turiaf extended the gap to 13 points early in the third stanza. Finland struggled to get any closer as Les Bleus headed into the fourth period ahead by 16. Mottola and Samuel Haanpaa clipped the deficit to 9 points with five minutes into the final frame but France quickly answered and cruised to the victory at the end.
Nicolas Batum finished with 14 points for France. Florent Pietrus added 12 points, while Diaw nailed 10 in the win. Samuel Haanpaa responded with 21 points for Finland. Petteri Koponen (193-G-88) delivered 16 points in defeat.
Finland will host Italy on Tuesday.

France: Antoine Diot 16, Nicolas Batum 14, Florent Pietrus 12
Finland: Samuel Haanpaa 21, Petteri Koponen 16



INTERNATIONAL: France - Finland 82-72 - by Rauno Hurmalainen
EuroBasket, Additional Qualifying Round, Group B, tonight in Pau, France: France - Finland 82-72 (46-35). Quarters: 28-21, 18-14, 17-12, 19-25. Finland got a very
slow start and France had a 12-point-lead (21-9) already after seven minutes. Hosting France had only NBA-players starting the game. Team Finland was a number or two smaller and the difference was huge in 2-pointers. But Finland came back to the game with 3-pointers. Especially sharpshooter Samuel Haanpaa (203-G-86) was hot while shooting with 100% accuracy in the game: 1 - 4/4, 2 - 1/1 and 5/5 from beyond the arc! Haanpaa scored game high 21 pts in 23 minutes. Petteri Koponen (193-G-88) added 16 pts for Finland and Teemu Rannikko (189-G-80) 14 pts. Rannikko gave also five assists. France had four players in double digits. Antoine Diot (191-G-89) led home team with 16 pts. Nicolas Batum (201-F-88) added 14 pts. Tony Parker (183-G-80) played only five minutes scoring three pts.
5.8. Italy - France OT 77-80. 8.8. France - Finland 82-72 (Antoine Diot 16, Nicolas Batum 14, Florent Pietrus 12, Boris Diaw 10. 1 - 66,7% (10/15, 2 - 67,5% (27/40), 3 - 37,5% (6/16). R: 26. TO:13. - Samuel Haanpaa 21, Petteri Koponen 16, Teemu Rannikko 14/5a. 1 - 80,0% (16/20), 2 - 40,0% (10/25), 3 - 54,5% (12/22). R: 27. TO: 19. Next game: 11.8. Finland - Italy in Vantaa, Finland.


Denmark and Finland start their U16 European campaign - by Eurobasket News
Finland U16-Denmark U16 77:84

Denmark and Finland started their U16 European campaign one day later in the tournament due to the less number of teams in Group A. Denmark won 84:77 in the opener to join Georgia on top.
It was a good start from both teams that scored the majority of the shots they made. Larsen gave his team 10:6, while Seppala netted three for 22:21. Viita was the last to score in the opening quarter for 25:24 advantage. Jamsa tied the game at 33:33 and Denmark grabbed the lead later in the period. The latter enjoyed 46:39 halftime advantage after 21-15 in the second frame. No matter how hard the Finnish side tried to reduce they could only come to 61:57. Denmark meanwhile increased the lead to 69:59 at the end of the third period. Carlsen made a jump shot for 80:70 and Samuli Oja (188-F-93) delivered one for 84:73. Jamsa was the last to score in the game for the final score.
Frederik Rungby (196-F-93) led the way with 18 points for the winners and Larsen collected 16 points and 13 rebounds. Christian Benzon (186-G-93) and Esben Reinholt (193-G-93) followed them with 9 points apiece. Daniel Dolenc (202-F/C-93) ended up with 15 points in the losing effort. Kalle Naapi (187-G-93) notched 14, whilst Samuli Oja added 12.

Finland U16: Daniel Dolenc 15, Kalle Naapi 14, Samuli Oja 12
Denmark U16: Frederik Rungby 18, Larsen 16+13 rebs, Christian Benzon 9, Esben Reinholt 9


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  FRANCE   


France too good for Finland - by Eurobasket News
France - Finland 82:72
France earned the second straight win at the 2009 EuroBasket Addition Qualifying Round. They held off Finland in Group B in Pau today. Antoine Diot (191-G-89) fired 4 three-pointers en route to team-high 16 points for Les Bleus. Finland slipped at 0-1 record in the pool.
The hosts quickly opened up a double-digit lead after Diaw and Nicolas Batum (201-F-88) knocked down 7 points in a row midway through the starting stanza. Samuel Haanpaa (203-G-86) and Mikko Koivisto cut the deficit with back-to-back three-pointers late in the frame but Nando De Colo capped it with a jumper worth a 28:21 lead. France stayed cool in the second quarter and maintained the lead well enough. The hosts arrived at halftime up by 11 points 46:35. Florent Pietrus (202-F-81, agency: Octagon) and Turiaf extended the gap to 13 points early in the third stanza. Finland struggled to get any closer as Les Bleus headed into the fourth period ahead by 16. Mottola and Samuel Haanpaa clipped the deficit to 9 points with five minutes into the final frame but France quickly answered and cruised to the victory at the end.
Nicolas Batum finished with 14 points for France. Florent Pietrus added 12 points, while Diaw nailed 10 in the win. Samuel Haanpaa responded with 21 points for Finland. Petteri Koponen (193-G-88) delivered 16 points in defeat.
Finland will host Italy on Tuesday.

France: Antoine Diot 16, Nicolas Batum 14, Florent Pietrus 12
Finland: Samuel Haanpaa 21, Petteri Koponen 16



France U16 opened Day 3 with an easy win - by Eurobasket News
France U16-Ukraine U16 81:40

France won Group D of the U16 European Championship in Kaunas to open Day 3 with an easy win. The favorites smashed Ukraine 81:40 and sent them to the Classification Round.
Even before the game it was easy to predict the win for the French outfit. The team started with 3:0 and had 19:6 in the middle of the first quarter. France looked good not only scoring baskets, however plated well in defense and as a result Jean-Charles closed the first frame at 27:8. Adjagba scored for 37:14 and Racine nailed for 42:17. Zuikov reduced the gap to 46:19 at the halftime. The second half became more defensive as the teams just follow the current of the first half. France won the third quarter 18-13 to take 64:32 after three quarters. Yannis Morin (204-C-93) opened the last period for 66:32 and Adjagba extended the lead to 71:38. France limited Ukraine to only 8 points in the last stanza and reached 81:40 victory.
Hugo Invernizzi (194-F-93) top-scored for the winners with 18 points as France is 3-0. Jean-Charles nailed 12, while William Howard (198-F-93) and Yannis Morin added 10 each. Mykhaylo Volchanov (193-F-93) ended up with 15 points in the losing effort, while Klym Artamonov (175-G-93) scored 9.

France U16: Hugo Invernizzi 18, Jean-Charles 12, William Howard 10+11 rebs, Yannis Morin 10
Ukraine U16: Mykhaylo Volchanov 15, Klym Artamonov 9


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Jonathan Toles Comes To The Nordlingen Giants - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
When the Nordlingen Giants fans arrive in the Hermann-Kessler-Halle, for the first PRO A game for the 2009-2010 season, there wont be many recognizable faces left on the court as the organization has made a near complete face lift of the roster as 8 playes will have left including point guard Danny Gibson (180-G-84, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: S.Indiana) but management reacted quickly as have found a replacement with Jonathan Toles (188-G-86). He is a 23 year old 188cm point guard that will share the point guard duties with Joe Tesfaldet (186-G-80). Toles was born in Montgomery, Alabama and visited Jacksonville State University.He was able to improve his stats in his last two years. In his junior year, he played 27 games averaging 9.9ppg, 3.1rpg, 3.2apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 41.3%, 3Pts: 48.6%, FT: 69.9% In his senior year he played 28 games averaging 11.2ppg, 2.6rpg, 4.1apg, FGP: 36.0%, 3Pts: 36.7%, FT: 72.8%

Holland won the opener of the Keytown Nations Cup in Leiden - by Eurobasket News
Holland -Germany 77:56

Holland won the opener of the Keytown Nations Cup in Leiden. The Dutch team overcame Germany 77:56 mostly due to the second half.
Holland opened the game with 5:2 lead and improved to 20:15 after the first 10 minutes. Per Gunther gave Germany 22:20 in the beginning of the second period, while the Dutch side grabbed 29:22. Philipp Zwiener scored for 32:26 and Staiger brought 32:29. Holland lost the second period 16-15, but had 35:31 at the halftime. Yassin Idbihi (208-F-83, college: Buffalo) gave Germany 41:40, while Francisco Elson (212-C-76, agency: Court Side, college: California) put the Dutch side back into the lead. The third period was a problematic one for the Geramn side that trailed 60:48 after three periods. Moreover Holland pushed the tempo and grabbed 70:51 midway through the last stanza. After 17-8 in the period they clinched 77:56 in the opener of the tournament.
Peter Van Paassen (210-C/F-78, agency: Court Side, college: St.Bonaventure) top-scored for the winners with 16 points. Francisco Elson collected 15 points and 9 rebounds, while Arvin Slagter (190-G-85) netted 11. Stefan Wessels (203-F-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy) brought his team 10 and Brian Defares added 9. Heiko Schaffartzik (182-G-84) brought 13 points in the losing effort. Yassin Idbihi nailed 12, while Lucca Staiger (196-G-88) was responsible for 9 points.
Israel is another team to participate in Keytown Nations Cup in Leiden. The team will meet Germany and Holland in the next two days.

Holland: Peter Van Paassen 16, Francisco Elson 15, Arvin Slagter 11, Stefan Wessels 10, Brian Defares 9
Germany: Heiko Schaffartzik 13, Yassin Idbihi 12, Lucca Staiger 9



A Conversation With Dee Shaw Who Set A FIBA Single Game Scoring Record With 74 Points - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Demetric Shaw (191-G-78, college: Kent St.) is a 30 year old 193cm combo guard that has played in just about in every country and on every court except for your back yard court. Since 2002, he has played for 20 teams and can easily be classifyed as a basketball player cosmopolitan. If there is one thing that most people will remember about the American that have seen him play is that he can score score score. He set a FIBA record scoring 74 points in a game in Mexico. The way Dirty Harry cleaned up the streets of San Francisco for a living, Shaw scores for a living everywhere he has played leading the league in scoring in countries like Venezuela, Chille, Mexico, Lebanon, or Cyprus just to name afew. He grew up in Fort Worth, Texas and went to Kent State from 1998-2002. His best season was his junior year as he played 34 games averaging 10.0ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.8apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 39.9%, 3PT: 36.0%, FT: 82.6%. In his senior year, he reached the Elite 8 in the NCAA tournament. In 2002, he turned pro, but before he started his world trip, he played the first year in the states for the Huntsville Flight (NBDL) and the Adirondack Wildcats (USBL). After that he played in countries like Australia, Iceland, Argentina, Poland, Chille, Sweden, Columbia, China, Lebanon, Qatar, Venezuela, Mexico, Italy, and Cyprus. He is the complete package. He is a leader for the team, playing both positions 1 & 2 very well. He is an explosive scorer who has led most leagues in scoring, and has an uncanny ability to rebound the ball. As an All-American Defensive Player in College, he still continually shows his defensive ability as a pro. He is virtually unguardable 1-on-1, his ability to create for others is good, and he has brought teams together to win multiple championships as a pro. Shaw is a WINNER. Shaw just missed out getting a job in Greece and is looking sat down with eurobasket to tell his basketball life story.

Dee thanks for taking some time to talk to eurobasket. You were very close to signing with Aris of Greece but in the last second they decided to go in another direction. How unfortunate is that so late in the season planning for 2009-2010 for a player? Does something like plan B remain for a basketball player?

Well, for me, I was only happy to be considered for another Eurocup job. I know how strong the league is and am only waiting between great jobs to get the one I want. Plan B is only to continue working hard as I have done for years to dominate once again.

You are without an agent. How tough is doing everything your self? How is search going?

Well it much tougher communicating with teams directly, but my performance each year makes jobs easier. I believe that teams know that I will deliver because I love to win.

How has your summer gone? How does a typical Dee Shaw workout day look like with conditioning and basketball?

My summer was great! I help train players while I also stay in shape at TCU and UTA universities in Texas each week. We do all from running to the top of a football stadium in 100 degree weather to doing cycling classes for long stamina. There are many things and I try them all.

I thought that Tate Decker was a world traveler, but you take the cake. How many suitcases do you imagine have you gone through since turning pro in 2002?

Oh man, too many!!! I make it a point to buy new luggage every other summer. It'ss worth all the trouble though.

You have played for 17 teams since 2002. What do you think you have learned differently to say a player that had a routine career playing for only 4-5 clubs. What are the positives and negatives of playing for so many teams in such a short span?

Actually 20 teams!!! I love doing all the travel to different teams when I finish each season, there is always another league that finishes and they ask me to play the end of year or playoffs with them. Also, I play in South America in the summer to get more games to play! The only negative is that I always make many friends in each team and I would like to see them more when season is over.

I have to ask you about your FIBA record of 74 points in a game in Mexico. You sunk 13 three pointers that day. Did you have a secret deal with the basketball God or what on this day? Everything seemed to have gone right?

I think maybe you're right. I felt very blessed that day. God was definately with me. I have had great games before, but never 74 points, shooting 70% for the entire game...and in only 33minutes. It was great because my teammates learned about me from before that once I have the hot-hand, I can continue all night...

You shot 70% for the game and that was more than Kobe Bryant did in his NBA 81 point magic show. Did the coach give your teammates a red card or why were you shooting so much? Besides your 39 points three pointers, how did you score the other ones? Were there a majority also doing some penetration moves in the lane?

Yeah, actually I had like 8 assists that game as well. I only missed only 2 shots in the 1st half and had 50 points in that time. I was being double teamed most parts of the 2nd half so I would spin dribble, cross and penetrate strong when they felt I would shoot more 3's. I powered through many times to finish at the basket.

When you had reached 50 points, did you think that you could eclipse the 70 point mark?

I actually didn't know I had 50 at halftime and didn't think I would pass it, but my coach told me he'd never seen anything like this in all his years and to keep killing them. It was nice, because we were more focused to win because it was a playoff game against a top team in South America & Mexico named Leon.

You are a combo guard that obviously scores but how would you rate your playmaking abilites and do you still feel like a 25 year old at 30 years old?

Well, although I'm 30 years, I am much quicker than many players, and definately more conditioned than most of the players in leagues. I train VERY tough to be a killer in the 4th quarter when everyone else is searching for energy. With this training, there is no problem with age. I just keep getting better...

What other special qualities do you bring to the court that one might not neccessarily see in the stat sheet?

Well, if anyone watches me play, they know right off that I am a very vocal leader, I put much confidence in my teammates, I never stop being aggressive and this passion spreads to my teammates. This is what I try for each time.

You played a lot in South America and briefly in Europe in Poland, Iceland, Cyprus and in the Lega due in Italy. Critics will question why you have never played for a top country in Europe like France or Spain. Why didnt you play more in Europe? Were the contract offers from South America simply better?

Actually, just as some offers I had before to play in some Eurocup teams, I didn't want to make less just to play on a top team. I had been doing great contracts in Middle East and also in South America, where both they know I can lead teams to championships, but years before in Europe, they wanted me to take less to play for these teams, but I stayed true to my value until now they are finding me to help them win.

What do you know about the German BBL league? Do you have any friends playing here?

I know that the German league is a good and tough league, also my kind of league becuase of my style of play. I have heard good things from my friends that played at Kent State such as: Trevor Huffman, DeAndre Haynes, Nate Gerwig, Clif Brown, then I remember good players from that MAC conference like:Patrick Flomo, Chris Ensminger, Leon Rodgers, Steve Esterkamp and Louis Campbell.

You are known as being a tough one on one player. Who was the toughest matchup that you ever had in a game?

I played against LeBron James when he first finished high school. At only 17 years old, he was such a man of great moves and abilities, he made it a very difficult matchup to stop him. I realized that being MAC Defensive Player of Year means nothing when his offense is so aggressive and persistent.

Who were your basketball idols growing up?

When I was growing up, my father was my bball idol. Also, after emulating family members like Tony Conley, Lee Shaw, Damarcus Price, and Eric Carroll. I would of course watch MJ on TV along with JKidd and others.

You reached the elite 8 in 2002 with Kent State. What made this team so special that year?

We had the toughest team ever mentally. We also had great confidence, believed in each other, were all leaders, and loved challenges. Mainly, we treated each other like brothers, and a family will fight better together...

Early in your career you played for Geelong Supercats (Australia-ABA): Score-1 (26.7ppg), 9.1rpg, 4.2apg and 2.7 steals. (81%FT), (42%FG), (39%-3pt FG) and had very strong stats. How does a 193 cm guard average 9,1 rebounds per game. Was Michael Jordan's leaping ability in your body?lol

Actually, in 7 of the teams I played for, I have averaged over 8 rebounds per game! I have always been a strong rebounder, leading my college team in rebounding my 1st 2 years at 8.1 per game, and also had a record in Qatar League with 28, yes 28 rebounds in a game. That record won't be broken soon I hope!

You played twice for the Dallas Mavericks free agent exhibition team.What kind of experience was that and did you ever practice against Dirk Nowitzki?

It was a great experience playing against other teams and countries also. I had a chance to practice with Dirk, and we even did a Nike photo shoot before. He was a fun dude, we joked on each other the entire 3 hours of filming. He called me 'Hollywood', saying that I posed more than he did for the camera!!!

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

Well, in the same game that I scored 74 points, I shot and made a half court shot in rhythm. What made it bizarre was that there was plenty time on the shot clock and the crowd looked shocked until in swished through the net. It made me feel great playing with so much confidence.

What would you like the basketball world to remember about Dee Shaw once your playing days are over?

Once I'm done playing, I want to leave my mark as one of the best scorers anyone has ever seen. I want them to see that I wanted to win more than anyone. Lastly, I want people to know that I use nothing but pure confidence from God to do all that I can. I am not very tall, fast, don't jump very high, but my belief in myself is greater than anything I have...

What would you like to do after your career is over?

After I finish playing, I will surely help others to get jobs, along with helping children learn the game as maybe a coach or instructor.

What was the last DVD that you saw?

The last DVD I saw was Little Mermaid. Was forced to watch that and Gremlins with my daughter Deja. It was either that or play dolls with her barbie collection...

thanks Dee for chat! Good luck this season!!!


Well, thank you for all that you do. We read these interviews just to get a quick insight into a player, but writing this truly makes me feel pride for the game I love! Oh, hi Mama!!


German National Team 2009 - by Eurobasket
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Steffen Hamann (194-G-81) of ALBA Berlin
Tim Ohlbrecht (211-C/F-88) of Brose Baskets Bamberg
Sven Schultze (208-C-78) of Fastweb Junior Casale Monferrato (ITA)
Konrad Wysocki (202-F-82) of Deutsche Bank Skyliners Frankfurt
Heiko Schaffartzik (182-G-84) of New Yorker Phantoms Braunschweig
Yassin Idbihi (208-F-83) of Limoges CSP Elite (FRA)
Per Gunther (185-G-88) of ratiopharm Ulm
Jan-Hendrick Jagla (213-F-81) of DKV Joventut Badalona (ESP)
Johannes Lischka (203-F/C-87) of LTi Giessen 46ers
Lucca Staiger (196-G-88) of Iowa State University (USA)
Maik Zirbes (205-C-90) of TBB Trier
Philip Zwiener (198-F-85) of ALBA Berlin


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Lithuania stay in the title race with win over Greece - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U16 - Greece U16 78:71
Lithuania clinched the spot in the Qualifying Round of the U16 European Championship. They overcame Greece in the third game of the preliminary round to post the first victory at the home tournament. Lithuania thus claimed the third spot in the pool and advanced into the next round. Greece finished winless at the fourth place in the group.
Lithuania had their backs against the wall before the game. They threw all they had and being cheered up by the supportive home crowd Lithuania got to the dream start to the game. The hosts rallied to a 22:11 advantage at the first break. But Greece seemed ready for the challenge as they tipped off the second frame with 9 points in a row. Lampros Vlachos (197-F-93) drew things level at 24 late in the half. But Lithuania eked out a 31:26 lead at halftime.
Mantas Mockevicius (186-G-93) stretched the margin to 8 points early in the third quarter. But Greece refused to surrender as they cut the margin to just 5 points at the third break. Mantas Mockevicius persisted as he knocked down 5 points at the start of the fourth term to ensure a 10-point lead for the home team. The Hellenes got within four but Lithuania maintained the pressure and escaped with a narrow victory at the end.
Mantas Mockevicius scored 25 points to lead Lithuania. Tauras Jogela (199-F-93) tallied 17 points, 13 boards and 4 assists for the winners. Apollon Deligeorgis (188-G-93) knocked down 27 points for Greece. Georgios Papadeas (200-F-93) added 12 points in defeat.

Lithuania U16: Mantas Mockevicius 25, Tauras Jogela 17+13 boards, Paulius Semaska (179-G-93) 13
Greece U16: Apollon Deligeorgis 27, Georgios Papadeas 12



Standings - A2
A2 Standings
 1. Dafni 0-0 
 2. Iraklis 0-0 
 3. Apollon 0-0 
 4. AEL 1964 0-0 
 5. HSBC Pagrati 0-0 
 6. Near East 0-0 
 7. Ikaros K. 0-0 
 8. KAOD 0-0 
 9. Amyntas 0-0 
 10. AEP Olimpias 0-0 
 11. Perama 0-0 
 12. Keravnos Aigio 0-0 
 13. ESTIA Egaleo 0-0 
 14. Xanthi 0-0 
 15. Rethymno 0-0 
 16. Ikaroi Serron 0-0 
 17. Ermis L. 0-0 


Standings - A1
A1 Standings
 1. DASH Perist. 0-0 
 2. Panathinaikos 0-0 
 3. Olympiakos 0-0 
 4. Aris 0-0 
 5. PAOK 0-0 
 6. Panionios 0-0 
 7. AEK 0-0 
 8. Panellinios 0-0 
 9. Ilysiakos 0-0 
 10. C.C. Marousi 0-0 
 11. VAP Kolossos 0-0 
 12. Olimpia L. 0-0 
 13. Trikalla 0-0 
 14. Kavala/P. 0-0 


OMNITEL U16 European Championship - by Chris Mammides
There are no hopes for something good for the Hellenic U16 as after the second day of the tournament lost another game, this time over the Russian NT. The game was basecally a monologue from the Russian NT especially after the second quarter where the Russians with an amazing 27-9 finished the game, the final score was 76-52 and the Russian NT is now together with the Piolish NT which beat the Hellenic NT during the premiere game of the tournamnet in the second phase of the U16. The Hellene Head Coach of the Hellenic NT, Giorgos Doxakis is quite unhappy with his players as his key-members are not in their best shape and basic players such as Paris Maragos (206-C-94) and Emmanouil-Antonios Tselentakis (192-F-93) and George Papadeas (201-F-93) didn't gave the extra power that the team wanted in order to overcoem at least the Polish NT. Now the hopes of Giorgos Doxakis team are zero to none as the last game is tonight over the host team Lithuania which needs desparately its first victory in order to qualify in the next round. It is more than obvious that the Hellenic NT will play for the positions 13-16 with a danger to go into the Division B.

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Holland won the opener of the Keytown Nations Cup in Leiden - by Eurobasket News
Holland -Germany 77:56

Holland won the opener of the Keytown Nations Cup in Leiden. The Dutch team overcame Germany 77:56 mostly due to the second half.
Holland opened the game with 5:2 lead and improved to 20:15 after the first 10 minutes. Per Gunther gave Germany 22:20 in the beginning of the second period, while the Dutch side grabbed 29:22. Philipp Zwiener scored for 32:26 and Staiger brought 32:29. Holland lost the second period 16-15, but had 35:31 at the halftime. Yassin Idbihi (208-F-83, college: Buffalo) gave Germany 41:40, while Francisco Elson (212-C-76, agency: Court Side, college: California) put the Dutch side back into the lead. The third period was a problematic one for the Geramn side that trailed 60:48 after three periods. Moreover Holland pushed the tempo and grabbed 70:51 midway through the last stanza. After 17-8 in the period they clinched 77:56 in the opener of the tournament.
Peter Van Paassen (210-C/F-78, agency: Court Side, college: St.Bonaventure) top-scored for the winners with 16 points. Francisco Elson collected 15 points and 9 rebounds, while Arvin Slagter (190-G-85) netted 11. Stefan Wessels (203-F-84, agency: R.H.Consultancy) brought his team 10 and Brian Defares added 9. Heiko Schaffartzik (182-G-84) brought 13 points in the losing effort. Yassin Idbihi nailed 12, while Lucca Staiger (196-G-88) was responsible for 9 points.
Israel is another team to participate in Keytown Nations Cup in Leiden. The team will meet Germany and Holland in the next two days.

Holland: Peter Van Paassen 16, Francisco Elson 15, Arvin Slagter 11, Stefan Wessels 10, Brian Defares 9
Germany: Heiko Schaffartzik 13, Yassin Idbihi 12, Lucca Staiger 9



Drew Schifino, "I'm Eager To Start Competing Again" - by Fred Roggen
I caught up with Drew Schifino (191-G-81, agency: Global Sports Plaza, college: California (PA)), a highly talented former Big East Conference star, once considered an NBA-talent. Through some circumstances and wrong people, the combo guard screwed up his playing career. Its been a tough journey, but Schifino has worked vigorously to regain his physical/mental condition and is eager to start competing again.

You grew up in Fort Polk, what was your childhood like?
My childhood was fun I lived in the military life until I was 13. I was born in Ft. Polk, la but while my father was in the military I traveled alot of places, I even lived in Germany for a couple of years.

You played college ball at West Virginia and California University of Pennsylvania, what were your nicest memories on the courts there?
At WVU playing against NBA players night in and night out, I played in the best conference.

Insiders considered you as an NBA talent, you had offers from teams in Italy and France but you ended in Switserland, wrong advise of some people?
Yeah, I had offers before I transfered to the div 2 school, if I could it all over again I would have just went to europe instead of attending a different college.

You had a good 2007-2008 season in the Czech Republic, the first without problems?
Yes, my first couple of years overseas I had family problems, my mother got diagnosed with cancer, lost 3 grandparents so my mind was never on basketball.

Last season you had some offers, why have you turned them down?
I was hoping to get better offers, but they never happened

Not many people know that you had a very though time through family circumstances and that these problems had a great impact on your playing career.
Yes, I always say if you have distractions off the court you will never be focused on the court. Never been through it before in my life, in high school was a top recruit going into college. avg 20pts in the big east best league at the d1 level, as soon as I came overseas I started having the family problems, I also lost my best friend in the war in the middle east and my mom lost her home, so it was too much chaos back at home to stay focused b
ut everything is back to normal now.

How has those family circumstances changed your life.
It made me look at life different, I try not to take things for granted. I screwed up the past, was very immature and I think people have to go through tough times in life to understand whats important in their lives.


Also I realized how important basketball is to me, and it also made me a better player on the court and more importantly a better person off the court.

Do you feel that your career is in jeopardy or anything like that, or at a crossroads?
No, I just live everything up to God he has a planned for me.

Are you trying to return to Europe?
Definitely

How are you preparing for the upcoming season?
Playing summer leagues here in the States and workout everyday with players who play over in europe.

I know you are eager to start competing again and want to salvage these years, where would you like to play and how is search for a team coming along.
I will play anywhere doesnt matter what country, im just ready to lace the shoes up and get going, im a very hungry player now. I needed something in my life to happen to humble me and now im a very humble person, everybody is human so we all make mistakes and regret things.


Drew, hope to see you soon, playing again somewhere in Europe.


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Czech Republic post win over Hungary in Prague - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic - Hungary 71:65

Czech Republic earned the first win at the EuroBasket Relegation Round. They outscored Hungary at home court to improve at 1-1 record. Hungary fell at 1-1 as all four teams in Group C appeared tied. Petr Benda (203-F/C-82, agency: Court Side) led the hosts with 13 points.
Pavel Slezak (185-G-84) and Sokolovsky poured in 8 straight points late in the opening quarter to give Czech Republic a 19:11 lead after ten minutes. Sokolovsky opened the second frame with another trey as the margin grew at 11-point mark. But Fodor came up with 4 points in a 9:0 run from Hungary as they cut the gap. Peter Lorant (207-F/C-85), Istvan Nemeth (190-G-79, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) and Fodor soon put the visitors ahead. Czech Republic regained the lead just to watch Kaman hit a three-pointer giving Hungary a 36:35 halftime advantage.
Jan Vesely (211-F-90), Satoransky and Petr Benda ensured a quick start for the Czech team in the second half. They rolled to a 57:49 advantage with ten minutes remaining. Istvan Nemeth and Bodi dragged Hungary within 2 but the hosts stayed calm. Marek and Pospisil nailed 5 points in a row late in the game boosting the advantage at 7 points. Bodi just cut the distance 6 points as Hungary lost the battle.
Pavel Slezak produced 12 points for Czech Republic. Jan Vesely added 11 points and 6 boards for the winners. Istvan Nemeth responded with 15 points for Hungary. Peter Lorant nailed 13 points in defeat.

Czech Republic: Petr Benda 13, Pavel Slezak 12, Jan Vesely 11
Hungary: Istvan Nemeth 15, Peter Lorant 13



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Iran smashes Kuwait for 3-0 in Tianjin - by Eurobasket News
KUWAIT - IRAN 46-94

The defending champion did not have any troubles to beat Kuwait today and to remain undefeated in Tianjin. Iran advanced to the next round as No.1 of Group B (3-0), while Kuwait did the same but as No.3 (1-2). They are placed to new Group E together with Taiwan, South Korea, Philippines and Japan. MohammadSamad Nikkhah (199-G/F-83, agency: ACMT) led Iran today with 21 points and 5 rebounds for 17 minutes. Hamed Afagh (192-G-83) got 23 minutes collecting 20 points and 4 boards. Rashed AlRabah (189-F-87) and Mohammad Ashkanani (193-F-84) delivered 11 pts for Kuwait.
Iran was better team from the beginning. After 7-8 lead, Iran managed to create 4-19 run until the end of the first period. Five minutes later it already was unreachable 15-40 for the defending champs. Kuwait finally improved coming little bit closer until the half time, 24-48. However, Iran had nice 20 minutes after that. They finished third 10-20 and last quarter 12-26 for the final 46-94 win.
On Monday, Iran will meet third ranked team from Group A. Kuwait will take on No.1 from the same pool.

Kuwait: Rashed AlRabah 11, Mohammad Ashkanani 11
Iran: MohammadSamad Nikkhah 21+5 boards, Hamed Afagh 20+4 boards


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Montenegro U16 made it to the Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News
Italy U16-Montenegro U16 74:80

Montenegro made it to the Qualifying Round after an 80:74 victory over Italy in Group A of the Omnitel U16 European Championship Men. The winners tried really hard to avoid the relegation games, and led throughout most of the game with the needed margin.
Montenegro won the opening tip of the game as Nemanja Gavranic (200-F-93) gave 7:2 lead. Ivanovic increased with the team to 14:4, however Italy reduced to 20:16. Cacace brought Italians 25:24 in the beginning of the second period and Lagana scored for 31:26. Montenegro however replied with 14-0 run that was finished in the third period at 40:31. Mihailo Kasalica (180-G-93) made it 47:37 and Pejatovic added for 50:43. Diego Monaldi (185-G-93) closed the third period at 60:52. Italy won the last frame 22-20, but it was not enough for the total success. Lagana nailed last two, but Montenegro enjoyed 80:74 victory.
Marko Mugosa (184-G-93) led the way with 19 points for 1-2 record. Mihailo Kasalica netted 18, while Nemanja Gavranic posted 17. Diego Monaldi ended up with 18 points and Francesco Veccia (190-G-93) scored 15. Italy in order to advance hope for Turkey that should win over Israel.

Italy U16: Diego Monaldi 18, Francesco Veccia 15
Montenegro U16: Marko Mugosa 19, Mihailo Kasalica 18, Nemanja Gavranic 17


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  JAPAN   


JBL Transaction Rumor: Newton to Toshiba - by John Scribe
According to sources within the league, there are rumors that Hokkaido's forward/center Tyler Newton (208-C-82, college: Pacific) will be joining the Toshiba Brave Thunders for the 2009-2010 season.

Newton, who has been with Rera Kamuy since the team's expansion season, had been a productive scorer and rebounder. However, Hokkaido announced its import signings for the upcoming season and basically made a statement that the underrated import was not in its plans as they look to rebuild from a seventh place finish. As a result, Newton will look to provide his services for the Brave Thunders; which lacked a efficient import off the bench to relieve Forward/Center Cory Violette.



Japan scores 148 points against Sri Lanka, Okada 10 triples - by Eurobasket News
SRI LANKA - JAPAN 45-148

Japan destroyed Sri Lanka in the last game of Preliminary Round ending it with 1-2 record in Group A. It means that Japan is going to new Group E, together with South Korea, Philippines, Iran, Taiwan and Kuwait. Sri Lanka continues in Classification Round. Yusuke Okada (185-G-84) was on fire in victory scoring 30 points (10 triples). Tomoo Amino (196-F/G-80) had 25 points and 12 rebounds, while Kosuke Takeuchi (205-C/F-85) added 21 pts and 11 boards. In the loosing squad Chamath Danawansa (-83) provided 10 pts. All other players in this defeat had les than 8 pts.
Japan was way better team during the entire time. They opened the game with impressive 4-19 lead and it was a clear signal what is going to happen until the end. After ten minutes it was 11-36 for Japan. Nothing has changed in the next period as Japan stilled dominated in all basketball elements. In15th minute it was huge 16-52. Later Japan touched 18-60 and 25-82. That was real fiasco for Sri Lanka, who will try to register first win in Tianjin in Classification Round.
The championship continues on Monday.

Sri Lanka: Chamath Danawansa 10
Japan: Yusuke Okada 30, Tomoo Amino 25+12 boards, Kosuke Takeuchi 21+11 boards


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Unconvincing Win For Jordan Over UAE - by Omar Shafaamri
TIANJIN (FIBA Asia Championship) - Jordan opened up the game with a 26-11 second quarter dominance, cruised along thence to beat United Arab Emirates 79-67 and finished their preliminary Group A engagements winning all their three games.

UAE finished their outings in the group with a 1-2 win-loss record.

Zaid Abbas and Rasheim Wright were the lead campaigners in the Jordanian cause,

Zaid Abbas led the scoring with a double-double 16 points and 12 rebounds.

Wright, with a 58% (7/12) record in field attempts returned 15 points.

After allowing UAE to call the shots in the first quarter, when they trailed 14-18, Jordan reeled in seven points in quicksilver fashion to go ahead 22-18 and didnt look back.

Zaid Abbas scored five points and Wright drilled in six during the second quarter and Jordan were back on cruise mode taking a comfortable 40-29 lead into the change rooms.

Ayman Idais joined the party in the third quarter scoring twice in the paint and Zaid Abbas sank a three-pointer to put Jordan firmly in control.

UAE were left with an insurmountable task thereafter.

We almost blew it up. We were so distracted and lost in the first quarter, Jordan coach Mario Palma said.

In a manner of speaking this is a blessing in disguise. Because Im going to keep reminding the players about this game for the rest of the Championship on they should keep their focus on the job at hand, he added.

Its a nice feeling, though going into the next round with three wins. But like I said, there are some real big teams waiting for us there. We need to improve and I think we will, Palma said.

Mohammad Hadrab scored all his 11 points for Jordan in the fourth quarter, to make it even more difficult for UAE.

UAE, as a consolation took the individual scoring honours for the game with Talal Alnuaimi scoring 18 points and Rashed Alzaabi 17.


S Mageshwaran
FIBA Asia


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Iran smashes Kuwait for 3-0 in Tianjin - by Eurobasket News
KUWAIT - IRAN 46-94

The defending champion did not have any troubles to beat Kuwait today and to remain undefeated in Tianjin. Iran advanced to the next round as No.1 of Group B (3-0), while Kuwait did the same but as No.3 (1-2). They are placed to new Group E together with Taiwan, South Korea, Philippines and Japan. MohammadSamad Nikkhah (199-G/F-83, agency: ACMT) led Iran today with 21 points and 5 rebounds for 17 minutes. Hamed Afagh (192-G-83) got 23 minutes collecting 20 points and 4 boards. Rashed AlRabah (189-F-87) and Mohammad Ashkanani (193-F-84) delivered 11 pts for Kuwait.
Iran was better team from the beginning. After 7-8 lead, Iran managed to create 4-19 run until the end of the first period. Five minutes later it already was unreachable 15-40 for the defending champs. Kuwait finally improved coming little bit closer until the half time, 24-48. However, Iran had nice 20 minutes after that. They finished third 10-20 and last quarter 12-26 for the final 46-94 win.
On Monday, Iran will meet third ranked team from Group A. Kuwait will take on No.1 from the same pool.

Kuwait: Rashed AlRabah 11, Mohammad Ashkanani 11
Iran: MohammadSamad Nikkhah 21+5 boards, Hamed Afagh 20+4 boards


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Latvia U16 finished the Preliminary Round of Group D with 2-1 record - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U16-Serbia U16 85:75

Latvia finished the Preliminary Round of Group D with 2-1 record after the win over Serbia. The Baltic team overcame the oppoenents 85:75 at the Omnitel U16 European Championship Men.
Latvia opened the game from the free throw line and Gluhovskis brought the first points for the team. Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93) tasted the lead with his team at 8:6 and Nenad Miljenovic scored for 24:18. The first quarter became vry productive for both teams as Serbia had 28:27 at the end of it. Latvia played better in the second period and jumped to 49:37 at the halftime. The tempo had slowed down in the third period and as a result both teams nailed only 22 points in the next ten minutes. Nenad Miljenovic closed the period at 59:49 and Kaspars Vecvagars (190-G-93) opened the last frame for the Baltic team. Latvia led the game to the second win after 26-24 in the last period to take 85:75 at the end.
Ojars Silins (198-F-93) top-scored for the winners with 21 points. Kaspars Vecvagars notched 14, while Visvaldis Bikse (186-G-93) added 12. Nenad Miljenovic finished the game with 25 points in the losing effort as Serbia finished with 1-2 record. Aleksandar Cvetkovic (185-G-93) posted 11 and Vukasin Vujovic (204-F/C-93) scored 10.
In another game of the group France won Group D of the U16 European Championship in Kaunas to open Day 3 with an easy win. The favorites smashed Ukraine 81:40 and sent them to the Classification Round.

Latvia U16: Ojars Silins 21, Kaspars Vecvagars 14, Visvaldis Bikse 12
Serbia U16: Nenad Miljenovic 25, Aleksandar Cvetkovic 11, Vukasin Vujovic 10


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Lithuania stay in the title race with win over Greece - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U16 - Greece U16 78:71
Lithuania clinched the spot in the Qualifying Round of the U16 European Championship. They overcame Greece in the third game of the preliminary round to post the first victory at the home tournament. Lithuania thus claimed the third spot in the pool and advanced into the next round. Greece finished winless at the fourth place in the group.
Lithuania had their backs against the wall before the game. They threw all they had and being cheered up by the supportive home crowd Lithuania got to the dream start to the game. The hosts rallied to a 22:11 advantage at the first break. But Greece seemed ready for the challenge as they tipped off the second frame with 9 points in a row. Lampros Vlachos (197-F-93) drew things level at 24 late in the half. But Lithuania eked out a 31:26 lead at halftime.
Mantas Mockevicius (186-G-93) stretched the margin to 8 points early in the third quarter. But Greece refused to surrender as they cut the margin to just 5 points at the third break. Mantas Mockevicius persisted as he knocked down 5 points at the start of the fourth term to ensure a 10-point lead for the home team. The Hellenes got within four but Lithuania maintained the pressure and escaped with a narrow victory at the end.
Mantas Mockevicius scored 25 points to lead Lithuania. Tauras Jogela (199-F-93) tallied 17 points, 13 boards and 4 assists for the winners. Apollon Deligeorgis (188-G-93) knocked down 27 points for Greece. Georgios Papadeas (200-F-93) added 12 points in defeat.

Lithuania U16: Mantas Mockevicius 25, Tauras Jogela 17+13 boards, Paulius Semaska (179-G-93) 13
Greece U16: Apollon Deligeorgis 27, Georgios Papadeas 12



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  MEXICO   


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

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

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

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


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

Nuevo Leon
Coach: Ricky Benitez
Antone Jarrell (201-F, college: Portland St.) Big Sky Conference Leader in Field Goal Percentage (.583) -05, IBL All-Star Selection -07, IBL Record - 70 points
Jeff McLean (Forward 6'7 Whittier) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fu-tqYYN__0 3 time All-SCIAC, athletic dunks, blocks, and boards
Calvin Fowler (198-G/F, college: Bellarmine) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnTRdhwuAD0 All Conference, All Region, Def player of the year - 43% from 3
James Allen (194-G-79, agency: Elleby Sports, college: Montevallo) All-GSC East Division Player of the Year -06, Finland, Estonia
Les Norman (185-G-81, college: Cal.St.-Dominguez H.) McDonalds All-American, Street & Smith All-American 1st Team, All SCC, 1st Team All CCAA
James Felton (208-C-79, college: Fairleigh Dickinson) Harlem Globetrotters, Nike Elite
Nathan Sims (191-G/F-86, agency: The Seven Bridges Group) Pac-West 2nd Team, Pac-West Regular Season Champion, 1st Team all Foothill Conference
Eliseo Cornejo (178-G) Illinois Tech Bogan HS, Kennedy King (Chicago)
Antwan Williams (183-G, college: Puget Sound) All-NWC 1st Team 09, IBL

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

Veracruz
Coach: Chris Terrell

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

You can get more information on the web at www.enfuegohoops.com


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  MONTENEGRO   


Transfers : Filip Goranovic singed for Igokea, Gajovic and Zejak close to Danilovgrad - by Dragan Scepanovic
DELFI SMG Basketball agency announced that ex basketball player of Basketball Club Hercegovac from Bileca Filip Goranovic (206-F/C-85) singed 1-year contract whit Basketball Club Igoeka from Aleksandrovac member of BiH Premier League. Before Igokea Filp Goranovic play for BC Mogren and Budva, BC Buducnost and BC Lovcen. In same way DELFI SMG Basketball announced that basketball players Goran Gajovic (199-G/F-88) (ex basketball player of Primorje H.Novi ) and Ivan Zejak (ex basketball player of University Mediteran form Podgorica) are very close to singed 1-year contract whit Basketball Club Danilovgrad

Montenegro U16 made it to the Qualifying Round - by Eurobasket News
Italy U16-Montenegro U16 74:80

Montenegro made it to the Qualifying Round after an 80:74 victory over Italy in Group A of the Omnitel U16 European Championship Men. The winners tried really hard to avoid the relegation games, and led throughout most of the game with the needed margin.
Montenegro won the opening tip of the game as Nemanja Gavranic (200-F-93) gave 7:2 lead. Ivanovic increased with the team to 14:4, however Italy reduced to 20:16. Cacace brought Italians 25:24 in the beginning of the second period and Lagana scored for 31:26. Montenegro however replied with 14-0 run that was finished in the third period at 40:31. Mihailo Kasalica (180-G-93) made it 47:37 and Pejatovic added for 50:43. Diego Monaldi (185-G-93) closed the third period at 60:52. Italy won the last frame 22-20, but it was not enough for the total success. Lagana nailed last two, but Montenegro enjoyed 80:74 victory.
Marko Mugosa (184-G-93) led the way with 19 points for 1-2 record. Mihailo Kasalica netted 18, while Nemanja Gavranic posted 17. Diego Monaldi ended up with 18 points and Francesco Veccia (190-G-93) scored 15. Italy in order to advance hope for Turkey that should win over Israel.

Italy U16: Diego Monaldi 18, Francesco Veccia 15
Montenegro U16: Marko Mugosa 19, Mihailo Kasalica 18, Nemanja Gavranic 17


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  NBA   


Pistons sign draft picks Daye, Summers, Jerebko - by Eurobasket News
The Detroit Pistons have signed 2009 draft selections Austin Daye (6'11''-F-88), Dajuan Summers (6'8''-F-88) and Jonas Jerebko (6'9''-F-87) to contracts.

Pistons president for basketball operations Joe Dumars announced the signings Friday.

Daye was drafted by Detroit with the 15th overall pick in the first round of the draft. The 6-foot-11 sophomore forward from Gonzaga averaged 12.7 points and 6.8 rebounds in 34 games last season.

Summers was selected with the 35th overall pick in the second round. He started 98 of his 101 games at Georgetown and finished his collegiate career with averages of 11.2 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.

Jerebko was selected with the 39th overall pick in the second round of the draft. He played professionally in Italy the last two seasons.


Courtesy of www.seattletimes.nwsource.com


Hawks re-sign forward Marvin Williams - by Eurobasket News
The Atlanta Hawks re-signed forward Marvin Williams (6'9''-F-86, college: N.Carolina) on Friday, their last bit of unfinished offseason business.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported the restricted free agent agreed to a five-year, $37.5 million deal, with incentives that could raise the package to as much as $43 million.

'A big priority this summer was to retain as many of our free agents as possible and keep our nucleus intact, so Marvin's return is significant for us,' general manager Rick Sund said.

Williams averaged 13.9 points and 6.3 rebounds during his fourth season with the Hawks. He was the second overall pick of the 2005 draft after spending one season at North Carolina.

The Hawks largely have kept together a team that reached the second round of the playoffs for the first time in a decade. They already re-signed point guard Mike Bibby and backup center Zaza Pachulia.

Atlanta also bolstered its backcourt by trading for Jamal Crawford and drafting Wake Forest star Jeff Teague.

'Marvin is an important part of our core, and we're very pleased to keep him in a Hawks uniform,' Sund said. 'As one of our talented and versatile young veterans, he's shown improvement every year in the league.'

Williams could have accepted the Hawks qualifying offer of $7.5 million and become an unrestricted free agent next summer. Instead, like Bibby and Pachulia, he decided on a long-term commitment to the Hawks.


Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


Nuggets trade Steven Hunter to Grizzlies for draft pick - by Eurobasket News
The Denver Nuggets swapped Steven Hunter, a protected 2010 first-round pick and cash to the Memphis Grizzlies in exchange for a future conditional second rounder, Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace said Friday.

The trade could give Memphis three first-round selections in the 2010 draft. The Grizzlies already are owed the Lakers' 2010 pick to complete the February 2008 trade that sent Pau Gasol to Los Angeles.

Memphis drafted No. 2 overall in June when the Grizzlies had three picks within the first 32 spots.

'We are a team which emphasizes the draft, and next year's draft is projected to be strong,' Wallace said in a statement. 'This draft pick from Denver provides us with increased options for the future.'

The seven-foot Hunter is a seven-year pro out of DePaul, who sat out last season after having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Nov. 14, 2008. He last played in the 2007-08 season with Denver, appearing in 19 games and averaging 6.3 minutes and 2.3 points.

The 15th pick in the 2001 draft by Orlando, Hunter is averaging 4.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and a block with 15.4 minutes in his career. He has played in 379 games with 130 starts with the Nuggets, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Orlando.

Hunter's best season was with Philadelphia in 2006-07 when he averaged 6.5 points and 4.8 rebounds starting 41 games. The Sixers traded him to Denver in September 2007.

With Hunter, the Grizzlies have an NBA-high four players who are seven-foot or taller. Memphis drafted 7-3 Hasheem Thabeet with the No. 2 pick overall in June, adding him to 7-1 Marc Gasol, Hamed Haddadi and Hasheem Thabeet.


Courtesy of www.tsn.ca


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  PARAGUAY   


Good start for Sacachispas - by Gianni Pascucci
The team Sacachispas de Encarnacion started well its second participation National League by defeating on friday night local team Club Social Amambay, 84-77 and then largely prevailing yesterday over Estrellas de Area 4, 92-69. Sacachispas has built a strong roster, with Derrick Miller (202-C/F-78, college: Georgetown, KY) and Joe Williams (201-C-79, college: Austin Peay St.) as import players, Edison Ortiz (197-F-82), Renzo Ferrari (191-G/F-84) and Leonardo Maier (198-C-72) as domestic stars. Miller dominated under the boards and scored 23 points yesterday night, as the game MVP

Sol de America defeats FPC - by Gianni Pascucci
No news, rosters, stats or boxscores of the National League are yet available on the blared official website of Paraguayan Basketball Confederation. Thanks to ACB Digital media we can say to you that Sol de America defeated 92-73 Felix Perez Cardozo in the Day 2 of the National League for Clubs in Pedro Juan Caballero. with 26 points, Koki Riveros (190-G-85) led all the scorers, and Gustavo Torres (175-G-80) added 20 pts at the winning side. Import Omar Waller (196-F-81, college: Texas Coll.) led FPC in losing effort with 25 points.

Catolica wins Game 4 - by Gianni Pascucci
Deportivo Universidad Catolica (DUCA) upset Universidad Autonoma de Asuncion (UAA), 82-70 yesterday night in Asuncion, forcing the series to the fifth game. The agregate resul, in fact, is now 2-2 and is necessary another match to name the Copa Estadio Comuneros winner. Norbert Aguero (-G) outstood again as the top scorer with 24 points, Daniel Bonhaure (-F) added 21 pts and Guillermo Osorio (-F) 20 in DUCA, Juan Chilavert (177-G) was the best in UAA with 15 pts, Alfredo Osorio added 13. Game 5 will be played on Tuesday, August 11.

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


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  POLAND   


Standings - 2 Liga
2Liga Standings
Group A
 1. GKS Korsarz 0-0 
 2. Legia W-wa 0-0 
 3. MMKS Pierniki 0-0 
 4. Astoria 0-0 
 5. SKK S-ce 0-0 
 6. Norgips 0-0 
 7. Harmattan 0-0 
 8. Tur B.Podl. 0-0 
 9. AZS Olsztyn 0-0 
 10. Assec.Prokom 3 0-0 
 11. Zyrardow 0-0 
 12. Nowy Dwor Gd. 0-0 
 13. OSSM Sopot 0-0 
 14. Zuraw Gn. 0-0 
 15. OSSM W-wa 0-0 
Group B
 1. OSSM Wroc. 0-0 
 2. WKK Obiekty 0-0 
 3. KKS Siechn. 0-0 
 4. Doral-Nysa 0-0 
 5. AZS Kutno 0-0 
 6. Skierniewice 0-0 
 7. AZS Szczecin 0-0 
 8. AZS Big Plus 0-0 
 9. AZS Opole 0-0 
 10. AZS Kalisz 0-0 
 11. Stal Ostrow 0-0 
 12. Pogon P. 0-0 
 13. Ksiezak L. 0-0 
 14. Slask Wroclaw 0-0 
 15. Open Basket 0-0 
Group C
 1. MKKS Zabrze 0-0 
 2. Unia 0-0 
 3. Pogon RS 0-0 
 4. UMKS Kielce 0-0 
 5. Rosasport 0-0 
 6. Alba 0-0 
 7. Mickiewicz 0-0 
 8. MKS Limanowa 0-0 
 9. Bytom 0-0 
 10. AZS Radom 0-0 
 11. Cracovia 0-0 
 12. MCKiS Jaw. 0-0 
 13. Wisla Krakow 0-0 
 14. Staco Niepol. 0-0 
 15. OSSM S.Wola 0-0 
 16. AZS Pol. Cz-wa 0-0 


DBE Stats Leaders
PLK 08/09 Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1 Woods, Asseco 19,2
2 Logan, Asseco 18,3
3 Day, Znicz 18.6
4 Mojica, AZS 17,6
5 Wjcik, PBG 16,0
Rebounds Per Game
1 Landry, Sportino 10
2 Johnson, Polonia 8,5
3 Reynolds, Znicz 7,7
4 Dylewicz, Asseco 7.2
5 McLean, PBG 7,0
Assists Per Game
1 Hamilton, Kotw. 6,4
2 Koszarek, Anwil 6,1
3 Eldridge, Polph. 4,8
4 Szubarga, Atlas 4,5
5 Edney, Turow 4,3
Steals Per Game
1 Hamilton, Kotwica 2.8
2 Eldridge, Polph. 2.25
3 Timberlake, Znicz 2.25
Blocks Per Game
1 Reynolds, Znicz 1,35
2 Coleman, Polph. 1,27
3 Booker, Czarni 1,19
2FGP
1 Wallace, Bank. 68
2 Kowalczuk, Polph. 66
3 Kukielka, Znicz 65
3FGP
1 Pluta, Anwil 50
2 Harrington, Polonia 48
3 Majewski, Atlas 46
Free Throws
1 Harrington, Polonia 95
2 Brown, PBG 90
3 Davis, PBG 89
4 Adams, Polonia 89
Ranking
1 Woods, Asseco 20
2 Koszarek, Anwil 17,9
3 Landry, Sportino 17,2


Przemyslaw Luszczewski officialy in Sportino Inowroclaw - by Patryk Kurkowski
Just after last week negotiations and contract settings ex-player of AZS Koszalin, Przemyslaw Luszczewski (195-F-80, agency: Promotex) signed today officially one year agreement with ISS Sportino Inowroclaw. Luszewski who just refused few offers from other extraleague teams will be new starter of Sportino on small forward spot. He averaged last season in 30 games: 5.0ppg, 3.4rpg while was most starter also in Koszalin roster during 19mpg, which shows he is more hard worker then lightly scorer.

Karasev exploded with 33 points for the third Russian win - by Eurobasket News
Russia U16-Poland U16 93:71

Sergey Karasev (200-F-93) exploded with 33 points for the third straight win with his team at the end of the Preliminary Round. Russia beat Poland 93:71 in the top game of Group B in the Omnitel U16 European Championship Men. Poland is in the Qualifying Round in second place holding a 2-1 record.
Russia was too good from the beginning of the game and scored 10 points in a row. Grzegorz Grochowski (176-G-93) scored for 20:10 and Zakharov kept the difference at 28:18. The tempo was also high in the second period with the favorites in front. Gleb Goldyrev (200-F-93) made it 43:30 and Sergey Karasev added for 50:33. Gielo closed the second quarter for 50:35 as the teams disappeared in the lockers. In the second half Poland notched 18 points in each period, but that was not enough to pace the winners. Russia scored 21 points in the third frame for 71:53 advantage as Polish Ponitka closed the quarter. In the last period Russia ensured the win with 22 points for the total success. Paszek was the last to score in the game before the final buzzer.
Gleb Goldyrev nailed 24 points for the winners, while Vladislav Trushkin (199-C-93) and Andrey Loginov (202-F-93) added 11 points each. Michal Michalak (194-G-93) chipped in 15 points in defeat and Grzegorz Grochowski poured in 10.

Russia U16: Sergey Karasev 33, Gleb Goldyrev 24, Vladislav Trushkin 11, Andrey Loginov 11
Poland U16: Michal Michalak 15, Grzegorz Grochowski 10


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  PORTUGAL   


Bulgaria U16 became the leader of Group B - by Eurobasket News
Portugal U16-Bulgaria U16 72:91

Bulgaria became the leader of Group B of the U16 European Championship in Portugal. The team upset the hosts of th tournament 91:72 for the second straight win.
The hosts started with 2:0 and had also 17:16 as another lead in the game. In the rest of the period Bulgaria looked better and it was them for 18:17 advantage. The teams exchanged the baskets in the second period and Portugal also was in front. Jonah Callenbach (192-F-93) gave them 30:28, while Silva sent the teams to the lockers for 36:39. From that time, Portugal could not follow the guests in the game. Simeonov scored for 50:40 and he also gave his team 58:44 after three periods. Bulgaria produced offensive 33-28 in the last frame for the total success.
Deyan Karamfilov (175-G-94) and Ivanov paced all the winners with 19 points. Tencho Tenchev (202-F-93) followed them with 16 points to remain undefeated. Jonah Callenbach chipped in 22 points in defeat and Miguel Soares (192-F-93) posted 12 as Portugal is 1-1.
In another game of the group Belgium won their opener of the U16 European Championship in Portugal. The team overcame Switzerland 82:74 and sent them to 0-2 record.

Portugal U16: Jonah Callenbach 22, Miguel Soares 12
Bulgaria U16: Deyan Karamfilov 19, Ivanov 19, Tencho Tenchev 16


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  RUSSIA   


Karasev exploded with 33 points for the third Russian win - by Eurobasket News
Russia U16-Poland U16 93:71

Sergey Karasev (200-F-93) exploded with 33 points for the third straight win with his team at the end of the Preliminary Round. Russia beat Poland 93:71 in the top game of Group B in the Omnitel U16 European Championship Men. Poland is in the Qualifying Round in second place holding a 2-1 record.
Russia was too good from the beginning of the game and scored 10 points in a row. Grzegorz Grochowski (176-G-93) scored for 20:10 and Zakharov kept the difference at 28:18. The tempo was also high in the second period with the favorites in front. Gleb Goldyrev (200-F-93) made it 43:30 and Sergey Karasev added for 50:33. Gielo closed the second quarter for 50:35 as the teams disappeared in the lockers. In the second half Poland notched 18 points in each period, but that was not enough to pace the winners. Russia scored 21 points in the third frame for 71:53 advantage as Polish Ponitka closed the quarter. In the last period Russia ensured the win with 22 points for the total success. Paszek was the last to score in the game before the final buzzer.
Gleb Goldyrev nailed 24 points for the winners, while Vladislav Trushkin (199-C-93) and Andrey Loginov (202-F-93) added 11 points each. Michal Michalak (194-G-93) chipped in 15 points in defeat and Grzegorz Grochowski poured in 10.

Russia U16: Sergey Karasev 33, Gleb Goldyrev 24, Vladislav Trushkin 11, Andrey Loginov 11
Poland U16: Michal Michalak 15, Grzegorz Grochowski 10


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  SEBL   


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


Action Heats Up, as playoff time approaches in SEBL City Conf. B-League & WSEBL... - by David Archer
Cartersville, GA - This week's action in the SEBL City Conference B-League and the WSEBL Women's League have been full of tension and excitement as teams battle for playoff seedings. Some teams helped their cause greatly, while others made their road much harder in the upcoming playoffs which will be held August 16-22.

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Tue., Aug 4th - City B-League Games:

Chattahoochee-North Metro 82 BC Sixers 62... North Metro used a defensive stance in the first half to pull away from the Sixers going into the half. The Sixers fought to get back in, but just couldn't mount anough offense against the quick North Metro squad. Mark Christmas downed 21 for Chattahoochee-North Metro, while Darryl Williams had 19, Courtney George 14, Stephon Padmore 13, Richard Davis eight and Ishmael John five. For the BC Sixers, Rod Ashmore had 15, Mike Reynolds 15 and Tim Williams 12.

Rockmart 59 GA Wolverines 58... The Wolverines led by as many as 17 in the first half, before Rockmart began mounting a comeback that would see them march straight back and take a win away. Dee Henderson paced Rockmart with 17, while James Williams had 16, Timmy Dudley 11 and Cyril Young eight.

Dalton Wholesale 70 Summer Hill 69... Controversial calls help DWS slide by Summer Hill in a non-division game that still had big ramifactions on their respective playoff seeding. Ryan Chattam led DWS with 19, as Tyler Arnold had 13, Allan Banks 11 and Tim Crawford and Tim Fortenberry had nine each. For Summer Hill, who missed a chance to take over sole first place in the East Division, Scott Windom had 20, Mike Linley 17, Chris Brown 13 and Marcus Henderson 10.

Cedartown 107 AWU-Howren 91... The talented, but inconsistent, Cedartown squad totally dismantled AWU-Howren by using a run n' gun style of play. Demetrius Metchalf led Cedartown with 28, while Deon Smith had 26, James Smith 23 and Nagee Smith 21. Mike Howren paced AWU with 25, as Derrick Broom had 18, Roman Gilliam 16, Duron Davis 13 and Tyler Blackmon 10.


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Thur., Aug. 6th - City B-League Games:

AWU-Howren 88 BC Sixers 79... A hot AWU squad jumped on the unsuspecting Sixers and gave them fits all night long. Mike Howren and Roman Gilliam got cooking early, combining for 24 first half points. The Sixers got down by as many as 14 in the first half, before battling back behind Mike Reynolds 15 first half points. They only trailed 41-38 at the break. AWU continued its good play, as Duron Davis got in the act, dominating the middle to balance the offense. Reynolds hit a couple more treys and Rod Ashmore fought hard in the middle for the Sixers, but AWU was jsut too good on this night and was able to hang on for an impressive win. Howren finished with 21 points, while Gilliam had 19, Davis 16 and Michael Jackson 14. The Sixers got 25 from Reyolds, 24 from Ashmore and 11 from a hobbled Darrell Wilkins. The loss dropped the Sixers left the door open for Summer Hill to re-take the top spot in the East Division of the City B-league.

Summer Hill 81 vs Wolverines 76... With the door left open to re-claim the East Division top seed, SH answered with a tough win over an improving GA Wolverines squad. SH led most of the way, but it was not easy. Chris Taylor and Gary Warner scored 28 and 15, respectively, while Sam Stovall had 14 for the Wolverines, who fought back to make the game interesting down the stretch. Summer Hill was led by Chris Brown's 24 and Wayne Henderson's 22. Chris Palmore also had 13 and Byron Hall 11. Summer Hill moved to 5-2 and momentarily back in the #1 seed in the East. The Wolves dropped to 0-7 and solidly in the last seed in the East Divsion.


Chattahoochee-North Metro 68 vs Rockmart 50... North Metro made this game tougher than it could have been. After racing out to a big lead, North Metro let a scrappy Rockmart squad claw back to make it interesting. Up 40-22 at the mid-way point, North Metro let its crankiness get the best of them. While concentrating on arguing with the cantankerous referees more than focusing on their opponents, North Metro allowed Rockmart to creep back into the game. After building a 25-point cusion early in the second half, North Metro looked up and Rockmart had cut the score to 50-43 with seven minutes to go in the game. Rockmart would go cold down the stretch, as North Metro at least re-dedicated to getting some defensive stops. Courtney George led North Metro with 15 points, while Mark Christmas had 12 and Ishael John 11. For Rockmart, Timmy Dudley had 14 and Dee Henderson 10.

Dalton Wholesale 83 Cedartown 80... DWS righted their ship with a nice 83-80 win over the oddity that is Cedartown. You never know which team is going to show up with Cedartown. Nevertheless, these are two teams that no one wants to have to face in the upcoming playoffs. Dalton led by 11 at the half, 41-30, behind the inside play of Ryan Chattam and Tyler Arnold, along with the long-range shooting of Tim Fortenberry. Cedartown worked themselves back into the game late, behind the scoring trio of the Smith brothers - James, Deon and Nagee. DWS was able to hold on late with several heads up plays. The Smith brothers combined for 64 of their team's tally. For DWS, Fortenberry led a balanced effort with 23, while Chattam had 17, Arnold 15 and Devante McClain and Caxy Baxter 12 each. This game had big City B-League West Division playoff ramifications, as the win for DWS put them squarely in line for the #2 seed. Cedartown is now clamoring for #3, but could plummet to #4 if they can't manage a win in their regular season finale on Saturday.

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Sat., Aug. 8th - WSEBL Women's Games:


Reinhardt (6-1) 66 vs Prime Time (3-4) 50...
Reinhardt made a case for remaining at the top with a good win over Prime Time. Fabiola Toussaint downed 18 points to lead Reinhardt, while Ashley Aker got 13, Arina Catanzimo 12 and Kayla Aiken 11. For Prime Time, Ariel Anderson had 16, Shannon Williams nine and Jasmine Wilson seven. Prime Time will go into the WSEBL playoffs as the #4 seed. Reinhardt will hope to stay in the top spot with a win in the season finale on Sunday, August 9th.


OBG 72 (6-1) vs Lady Baseline (4-3) 61... OBG got off to as slow start shooting the ball, and Baseline took advantage, building a big 26-9 advantage. With six minutes left in the first half, OBG began to turn thing around, as Mallory Hetzel and Mattatha Brunson got cranked up, hitting four threes heading into the break. Brunson's three off the glass at the buzzer, trimmed Lady Baseline's lead down to 30-26 at the break. Right out of the break, Hetzel drilled two more treys and suddenly OBG was ahead 32-30. They never looked back, eventually building its own 17 point lead. Despite Melissa Bunce-Winter's efforts in the paint., Baseline had no answer for OBG's perimeter game. Bunce-Winters valiantly battled her way to 22 of her game-high 30 points, but to no avail, as Brunson and Mandy Anderson continued to score from the outside for OBG. Down the stretch, the middle opened up for OBG and Julie Crowe and Heather Pruitt put the stamp on the win by combining for 15 points, as Baseline keyed on the perimeter. Tamara Watkins helped Bunce-Winters with 13 and Leah Kessenich had eight, as Lady Baseline slipped to 4-3 on the season, and firmly in the #3 seed for the playoffs. Hetzel paced OBG with 18 points, all on tri-fectas, while Anderson had 17, Brunson 16, Crowe 14 and Pruitt seven. OBG is hoping for a win on Sunday, coupled by a loss by current #1 seeded Reinhardt. The two teams have the same record, at 6-1, but Reinhardt has the upper hand by virtue of the win in their only head-to-head matchup.


Dynasty (2-5) 49 vs Blazing Ballers (0-7) 30... Moneshia Wilkins downed 29 and Brook Flowers battled her way to 10, as Dynasty got a 'feel-good' win over the win-less Blazing Ballers. Carla Clemmons had eight and Liz Meyers had seven for the Ballers. Dynasty will go into the WSEBL women's playoffs as the #5 seed, while the Ballers will be the #6 seed.
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Sat., Aug 8th - City B-League Games:


BC Sixers 100 vs Cedartown 80... The Sixers came up big, while snapping a 2-game losing streak and reclaiming the top spot in the East Division, after a resounding win over a 'jekyl & hyde' Cedartown club. Cedartown missed its opportunity to move back up in the West Division Standings. The Sixers jumped out to a double-digit lead early and fought off a rally late to hang on. The Sixers moved to 5-3 on the season, while Cedartown fell to 3-5, after starting the summer off in promising fashion. Rod Ashmore and Mike Reyolds each downed 30 for the Sixers, while Tim Williams had 21 and Darrell Wilkins 14. For Cedartown, Nagee Smith had 27, Deon Smith 22 and Kyle Stephens 14.


AWU-Howren 75 vs Rockmart 69... AWU-Howren ended the regular season with a strong showing against Rockmart. Mike Howren led the way with 27 points, while Antone Anderson had 23 and Carter Deems 10. For Rockmart, who slipped to 3-5, Brian Stevenson downed 24, Timmy Dudley 20 and James Williams 12. AWU-Howren also finishes the regular season at 3-5, but with two straight wins, the go in as a 'hot' #3 seed in the East Division.

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Dalton Wholesale 82 vs Wolverines 81... Dalton Wholesale got a much needed win over the GA Wolverines to wrap up the #2 seed in the West Division of the City Conference B-League. Casey Baxter paced DWS with 24, while Tyler Arnold got 19 , Tyre Hawkins 13 and Allen Banks 10. For the Wolverines, Gary Warner poured in 32, while Chirs Tyler had 11 and Sam Stovall six. The Wolverines finished 0-8 on the season and will face the Sixers in the first round of the East Division playoffs. DWS's consecutive wins to close the regular season, sees them finish with a 5-3 record, and head into the playoffs riding high.


Chattahoochee-North Metro 64 vs Summer Hill 50... North Metro had already clinched the top seed in the West Division, but heading into this much anticipated game, they were looking to keep their perfect record in tact against a Summer Hill team that has not played to its full potential all summer. Summer Hill needed a victory to inch back into the top spot in the East Division, because the Sixers did what they needed to earlier in the day, to shove back up. Summer Hill's inability to play intelligently crushed their chances. This game was a re-match, of sorts, of last summer's B-League Championship Game - a game North Metro battled back from double-digit deficits on several occasions to bounce SH from a Title they thought was theirs. The first half of this game was see-saw, before North Metro opened up a small lead. SH fought back to cut it to one at 36-35 heading into the half. SH used All-American, Scott Windom to the fullest, as he had 10 first half points and was doing real work in the paint. But, in the second half, terrible shot-selection, out of control play and a horrendous shooting night by Chris Morgan did Summer Hill in. Though SH had the advantage in the middle, their guards while choosing to launch ill-advised perimeter shots, refused to put the ball in the paint to a dominant Windom. He went scoreless in the second half. North Metro took advantage, holding SH to only 15 points in the entire second half. Richard Davis controlled the offense down the stretch, scoring 10 points, as North Metro turned a close game into a relatively easy win. Morgan led SH with 12 points, while his off night took his teammates out of the offense. Windom finished with the 10 he had in the opening half, as Wayne Henderson had nine and Marcus Henderson 8. Chris Brown, who came in averaging 18ppg, was held to five. For North Metro, Darryl Waters paced a balanced attack with 18, while Davis finished with 16, and Courtney George and Stephon Padmore each had 12. North Metro finishes the West Division regular season at 8-0 for the second straight year. Summer Hill finished 5-3 and will not repeat as the East Division Champs, as they will go into the playoffs as the #2 seed, behind the Sixers.
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Latvia U16 finished the Preliminary Round of Group D with 2-1 record - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U16-Serbia U16 85:75

Latvia finished the Preliminary Round of Group D with 2-1 record after the win over Serbia. The Baltic team overcame the oppoenents 85:75 at the Omnitel U16 European Championship Men.
Latvia opened the game from the free throw line and Gluhovskis brought the first points for the team. Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93) tasted the lead with his team at 8:6 and Nenad Miljenovic scored for 24:18. The first quarter became vry productive for both teams as Serbia had 28:27 at the end of it. Latvia played better in the second period and jumped to 49:37 at the halftime. The tempo had slowed down in the third period and as a result both teams nailed only 22 points in the next ten minutes. Nenad Miljenovic closed the period at 59:49 and Kaspars Vecvagars (190-G-93) opened the last frame for the Baltic team. Latvia led the game to the second win after 26-24 in the last period to take 85:75 at the end.
Ojars Silins (198-F-93) top-scored for the winners with 21 points. Kaspars Vecvagars notched 14, while Visvaldis Bikse (186-G-93) added 12. Nenad Miljenovic finished the game with 25 points in the losing effort as Serbia finished with 1-2 record. Aleksandar Cvetkovic (185-G-93) posted 11 and Vukasin Vujovic (204-F/C-93) scored 10.
In another game of the group France won Group D of the U16 European Championship in Kaunas to open Day 3 with an easy win. The favorites smashed Ukraine 81:40 and sent them to the Classification Round.

Latvia U16: Ojars Silins 21, Kaspars Vecvagars 14, Visvaldis Bikse 12
Serbia U16: Nenad Miljenovic 25, Aleksandar Cvetkovic 11, Vukasin Vujovic 10


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Slovenia U16 became the only undefeated team in Group C - by Eurobasket News
Slovenia U16-Sweden U16 72:70

Slovenia became the only undefeated team in Group C as they cruised past Sweden on Friday. Slovenia produced 72:70 to take 2-0 record on top.
Slovenia scored the first four points in the first period, while Jonathan Person (190-G-93) reduced to 8:5. It was him again for the Scandinavian team to make it 17:11. Bosnjak continued the run until 20:11 and then William Magarity (205-F-93) made a three for 20:14. Slovenia won also the second period to take 31:24 at the halftime as Matej Rojc (193-G-93) made a jump shot. Trailing 45:30 midway through the third quarter Jonathan Person pulled his team back to 51:47. Moreover Borg scored for 52:51 lead and William Magarity made it 67:55 with a bit more than two minutes. Sweden, however could not keep the lead for good. Skerbec made the final shot in the game for 72:70 win.
Matej Rojc paced all the winners with 24 points and Luka Rupnik (182-G-93) added 17. Jonathan Person finished the game with 30 points in the losing effort and William Magarity posted 17.
In another game of the group Belarus tied their record at 1-1 at the U16 European Championship in Portugal. The team overcame Austria 61:52 in Group C on Friday.

Slovenia U16: Matej Rojc 24, Luka Rupnik 17
Sweden U16: Jonathan Person 30, William Magarity 17


Krka inks Sebian duo, Sentjur adds Simovic - by Zeljko Zule
Krka inked former Serbian U-20 National Team members Milos Markovic (201-G/F-84, agency: Beo Basket) ex Masinac and Uros Nikolic (207-F/C-87) ex Mega Hypo Leasing. Markovic played just 2 games in 2008-09 Serbian League and averaged 13,5 points and 5,0 rebounds while Nikolic last season averaged 12,4 points and 8,5 rebounds in Balkan League and 13,8 points and 6,0 rebounds in first stage of Serbian League.
Alpos Senjur signed Teo Simovic (205-C-84) ex Zrinjski for upcoming season.


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Spain remain undefeated in Kaunas - by Eurobasket News
Spain U16 - Czech Republic U16 88:60

Spanish U16 team recorded the third straight win at the European Championship in Lithuania. They held off Czech Republic today to win preliminary Group C. Czech Republic slipped at 0-3 record and got eliminated from the title race.
Czech Republic opened the game with an 8:2 run but Spain quickly adjusted to respond. They went on an 8:0 run to jump in front. Julen Olaizola (201-C-93) capped the first quarter with a jumper to win it for Spain 17:16. Festr retained the lead for Czech Republic with a three-pointer but Spain replied with 11 points in a row to ensure a comfortable 28:19 advantage. Spain rolled from now taking a 43:28 advantage at halftime. Spain unloaded 8 straight points midway through the third quarter to reach a 19-point lead. The Spanish team bridges two quarters going on a 10:0 run to boost the gap to 29-point mark. Czech Republic never rebounded and Spain secured the third consecutive victory in Kaunas.
Daniel Diez (200-F-93) notched 21 points and 6 boards for Spain. Julen Olaizola had 12 points, while Jorge Sanz (188-G-93) netted 11 points for the winning team. Michal Bernath (197-F-93) and Lubos Lachman (186-G-93) replied with 13 points each for Czech Republic. Kyzlink netted 9 points in defeat.

Spain U16: Daniel Diez 21, Julen Olaizola 12, Jorge Sanz 11
Czech Republic U16: Michal Bernath 13, Lubos Lachman 13



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Japan scores 148 points against Sri Lanka, Okada 10 triples - by Eurobasket News
SRI LANKA - JAPAN 45-148

Japan destroyed Sri Lanka in the last game of Preliminary Round ending it with 1-2 record in Group A. It means that Japan is going to new Group E, together with South Korea, Philippines, Iran, Taiwan and Kuwait. Sri Lanka continues in Classification Round. Yusuke Okada (185-G-84) was on fire in victory scoring 30 points (10 triples). Tomoo Amino (196-F/G-80) had 25 points and 12 rebounds, while Kosuke Takeuchi (205-C/F-85) added 21 pts and 11 boards. In the loosing squad Chamath Danawansa (-83) provided 10 pts. All other players in this defeat had les than 8 pts.
Japan was way better team during the entire time. They opened the game with impressive 4-19 lead and it was a clear signal what is going to happen until the end. After ten minutes it was 11-36 for Japan. Nothing has changed in the next period as Japan stilled dominated in all basketball elements. In15th minute it was huge 16-52. Later Japan touched 18-60 and 25-82. That was real fiasco for Sri Lanka, who will try to register first win in Tianjin in Classification Round.
The championship continues on Monday.

Sri Lanka: Chamath Danawansa 10
Japan: Yusuke Okada 30, Tomoo Amino 25+12 boards, Kosuke Takeuchi 21+11 boards


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Slovenia U16 became the only undefeated team in Group C - by Eurobasket News
Slovenia U16-Sweden U16 72:70

Slovenia became the only undefeated team in Group C as they cruised past Sweden on Friday. Slovenia produced 72:70 to take 2-0 record on top.
Slovenia scored the first four points in the first period, while Jonathan Person (190-G-93) reduced to 8:5. It was him again for the Scandinavian team to make it 17:11. Bosnjak continued the run until 20:11 and then William Magarity (205-F-93) made a three for 20:14. Slovenia won also the second period to take 31:24 at the halftime as Matej Rojc (193-G-93) made a jump shot. Trailing 45:30 midway through the third quarter Jonathan Person pulled his team back to 51:47. Moreover Borg scored for 52:51 lead and William Magarity made it 67:55 with a bit more than two minutes. Sweden, however could not keep the lead for good. Skerbec made the final shot in the game for 72:70 win.
Matej Rojc paced all the winners with 24 points and Luka Rupnik (182-G-93) added 17. Jonathan Person finished the game with 30 points in the losing effort and William Magarity posted 17.
In another game of the group Belarus tied their record at 1-1 at the U16 European Championship in Portugal. The team overcame Austria 61:52 in Group C on Friday.

Slovenia U16: Matej Rojc 24, Luka Rupnik 17
Sweden U16: Jonathan Person 30, William Magarity 17


Slovenia U16 became the only undefeated team in Group C - by Eurobasket News
Slovenia U16-Sweden U16 72:70

Slovenia became the only undefeated team in Group C as they cruised past Sweden on Friday. Slovenia produced 72:70 to take 2-0 record on top.
Slovenia scored the first four points in the first period, while Jonathan Person (190-G-93) reduced to 8:5. It was him again for the Scandinavian team to make it 17:11. Bosnjak continued the run until 20:11 and then William Magarity (205-F-93) made a three for 20:14. Slovenia won also the second period to take 31:24 at the halftime as Matej Rojc (193-G-93) made a jump shot. Trailing 45:30 midway through the third quarter Jonathan Person pulled his team back to 51:47. Moreover Borg scored for 52:51 lead and William Magarity made it 67:55 with a bit more than two minutes. Sweden, however could not keep the lead for good. Skerbec made the final shot in the game for 72:70 win.
Matej Rojc paced all the winners with 24 points and Luka Rupnik (182-G-93) added 17. Jonathan Person finished the game with 30 points in the losing effort and William Magarity posted 17.
In another game of the group Belarus tied their record at 1-1 at the U16 European Championship in Portugal. The team overcame Austria 61:52 in Group C on Friday.

Slovenia U16: Matej Rojc 24, Luka Rupnik 17
Sweden U16: Jonathan Person 30, William Magarity 17


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  SWITZERLAND   


Belgium won their opener of the U16 European Championship - by Eurobasket News
Belgium U16-Switzerland U16 82:74

Belgium won their opener of the U16 European Championship in Portugal. The team overcame Switzerland 82:74 and sent them to 0-2 record.
Wim Vandenweyer (180-G-93) gave Belgium the first lead from the perimeter, while the Swiss side grabbed 4:3. Belgium took the lead back and finished the first quarter at 18:11. Wim Vandenweyer scored for 24:13 and Allemand led to 33:17 midway through the second quarter. Belgium again scored 18 points in the frame for 36:24 at the halftime. Audry Kiraranganya (198-F-93) with a jump shot opened the third period and Eljon Harlicaj (198-F-93) made 43:32. Switzerland played better after the big break but Wim Vandenweyer kept his team in front for 55:50. In the last period Belgium never looked behind and had the advantage in the rest of the game. Obasohan Ojomoh (183-F-93) closed the game at 82:74 as Belgium opener of the U16 European Championship with a win.
Wim Vandenweyer top-scored for the winners with 21 points. Obasohan Ojomoh nailed 19, while Audry Kiraranganya netted 13. Vincent Gaillard (200-F-93) ended up with 18 points in the losing effort, Jeremy Landenbergue (182-G-93) scored 16 and Eljon Harlicaj posted 14.
In another game of the group Bulgaria became the leader of Group B of the U16 European Championship in Portugal. The team upset the hosts of the tournament 91:72 for the second straight win.

Belgium U16: Wim Vandenweyer 21, Obasohan Ojomoh 19, Audry Kiraranganya 13
Switzerland U16: Vincent Gaillard 18, Jeremy Landenbergue 16, Eljon Harlicaj 14


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Ukraine win the home Relegation Round opener in Kiev - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine-Estonia 71:64

Ukraine celebrated their first victory at the Relegation Round of Eurobasket Division A. The team beat Estonia in Kiev 71:64 due to the last period.
It was a great game from both teams, however Ukraine showed excellent percentage in the last quarter of the three-pointers. After the back-to-back baskets the game was tied in the end of the third quarter. Fesenko closed the third period at 52:47 after the teams were tied at 47 a minute ago. Kriisa nailed three for 52:50 in the beginning of the fourth quarter. Fesenko and Dmytro Gliebov (198-F-88) made it 56:52 after two minutes of the final stanza. After a minute of silence Lukashov made a shot from the perimeter for 59:52 and Dmytro Gliebov made the same for 62:52. Ukraine seemed to have a great percentage from the three-point line and the proof to it was another shot from the arc for 65:55. Lukashov made the same again for 68:55 and then Sokk scored one from the free throw line. Kristjan Kangur (202-F-82) scored two and Sokk brought the intrigue back to the game at 68:62 with 2 minutes to play as Ukraine needed timeout for some time to relax. Andrii Agafonov (207-F-86, agency: Interperformances) nailed two for 70:62 and it became clear that the hosts would win the game. Gregor Arbet (194-F/G-83) posted two for 70:64 and Fesenko needed one for the final 71:64 victory.
Andrii Agafonov paced all the winners with 17 points for the winners. Olexiy Onufriyev (200-F-82) nailed 10, while Dmytro Gliebov and Oleksandr Kolchenko (198-F/G-88) added 9 each. Gregor Arbet delivered 19 points in the losing effort and Kristjan Kangur scored 10. Two teams are tied at 1-1 record in the group.

Ukraine: Andrii Agafonov 17, Olexiy Onufriyev 10, Dmytro Gliebov 9, Oleksandr Kolchenko 9
Estonia: Gregor Arbet 19, Kristjan Kangur 10



France U16 opened Day 3 with an easy win - by Eurobasket News
France U16-Ukraine U16 81:40

France won Group D of the U16 European Championship in Kaunas to open Day 3 with an easy win. The favorites smashed Ukraine 81:40 and sent them to the Classification Round.
Even before the game it was easy to predict the win for the French outfit. The team started with 3:0 and had 19:6 in the middle of the first quarter. France looked good not only scoring baskets, however plated well in defense and as a result Jean-Charles closed the first frame at 27:8. Adjagba scored for 37:14 and Racine nailed for 42:17. Zuikov reduced the gap to 46:19 at the halftime. The second half became more defensive as the teams just follow the current of the first half. France won the third quarter 18-13 to take 64:32 after three quarters. Yannis Morin (204-C-93) opened the last period for 66:32 and Adjagba extended the lead to 71:38. France limited Ukraine to only 8 points in the last stanza and reached 81:40 victory.
Hugo Invernizzi (194-F-93) top-scored for the winners with 18 points as France is 3-0. Jean-Charles nailed 12, while William Howard (198-F-93) and Yannis Morin added 10 each. Mykhaylo Volchanov (193-F-93) ended up with 15 points in the losing effort, while Klym Artamonov (175-G-93) scored 9.

France U16: Hugo Invernizzi 18, Jean-Charles 12, William Howard 10+11 rebs, Yannis Morin 10
Ukraine U16: Mykhaylo Volchanov 15, Klym Artamonov 9


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  URUGUAY   


Brazil rally past Uruguay in Rio de Janeiro - by Eurobasket News
Brazil - Uruguay 100:63
Brazil celebrated a confident victory over Uruguay at the Super Four tournament that moved to Rio de Janeiro now. Brazil welcomed the arrival of several key players and left not a single chance for the visitors. Anderson Varejao (205-C-82) scored 19 points to pace the hosts.
Brazil and Uruguay stayed close throughout the first quarter. The home team eked out just a 3-point lead after ten minutes 20:17. But the gap started to grow in the second frame. Brazil dominated every facet of the game and ensured a 17-point buffer at halftime. The hosts unleashed 32 points in the third stanza to accumulate a comfortable buffer at the final break. Brazil cruised to the win in the final minutes.
Leandrinho Barbosa (190-G-82) posted 18 points for Brazil. Guilherme Giovannoni (202-F-80, agency: Interperformances) added 14 points for the winners. Esteban Batista (208-F/C-83) and Leandro Garcia Morales (186-G-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Texas A&M) answered with 11 points each for Uruguay. Emilio Taboada (193-F-82) had 10 points in the loss.
Brazil will next take on Australia, while Uruguay will face Argentina.

Brazil: Anderson Varejao 19, Leandrinho Barbosa 18, Guilherme Giovannoni 14
Uruguay: Esteban Batista 11, Leandro Garcia Morales 11, Emilio Taboada 10



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Venezuela looks good in the first presentation - by Wolfgang Lucena
Although we lost the first preparation game against the Puerto Rican National Team 80-85, our representatives had the opportunity to evaluate the level of the basketball teams they are going to be facing in the upcoming 2009 FIBA classificatory to be held in San Juan Puerto Rico. Outstanding Head Coach Nestor Salazar feels confident with the squad and is about to do some adjustment in the defense system.
'We were excited, our guys wanted to show what we been doing. We have to control it, but it's normal, this is the first international game they play together. Puerto Rico made a lot of three points shots (Puerto Rico 10 Venezuela 4) we are evaluating the defense and we have to get stronger this part of the game. Our offence was good, we made 80 points with whole 12 player rotation, and we are going to adjust the defense system', Nestor Salazar.





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Women News

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  BARBADOS - Women  


Bulls return to final after downing Tigers - by Justin Marville
IT'S STATION HILL versus Clapham - part two.

Leading from pillar to post, the Act II Popcorn Clapham Bulls set up a rematch of last years league final with the defending seven-time champs by routing Pepsi Tigers 83-49 in the decisive Game 3 of their women's basketball semi-final series at the YMCA on Thursday night.

Unlike the two previous, tightly contested affairs, this result was never in question from the opening tip when the lady Bulls started the game by scoring five unanswered points.

And with Tigers guard Maria Cumberbatch proving incapable of reproducing the magic of her overpowering 48-point performance of two nights ago, the only uncertainty was Clapham's margin of victory.

Replicating Game 2's success in man-marking the prolific shooting guard and her teammates, the Bulls quickly stretched their 5-0 lead to 22-9, as Sade Clarke led a savage assault on Tigers' dreadful transition defence.

Even on the few occasions Clapham were kept out of the open floor, forward Jennifer Joseph-Hackett still benefited from uncontested lay-ups.

Tigers didn't do themselves any favours at the other end either by missing several scoring chances in the paint, with Cumberbatch and Denise Alleyne being the chief offenders.

That 13-point hole deepened to a 33-16 deficit early in the second quarter before the Tigers duo showed any signs of life and threatened briefly when they scored seven unanswered points between them to reduce the Bulls' lead to a manageable ten.

But that was as close as they would get, as Clapham centre Shakira Shorey netted successive baskets down low to spark an 8-2 Bulls run to end the half.

Once on the other side of the break, Clapham's reserve group of Laurel Browne, Tammy Hope and Latecia Greene put the clamps on defensively, creating numerous turnovers, which they duly converted into points.

Even with starters Clarke, Shorey and Joseph-Hackett resting on the bench for the majority of the third and fourth periods, Clapham still managed to stretch their advantage past 30.

Shorey led all scorers with 15 points, getting a further 14 from Joseph-Hackett, while Clarke and Greene finished with 12 and 11 points, respectively. For Tigers, Cumberbatch top-scored with 13 points and Alleyne had 12.

Game 1 of the best-of-three final begins at 4 p.m. today at the Barbados Community College.


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Belgium into the Final in Naples - by Eurobasket News
Belgium U16 - France U16 73:58

Belgian U16 team became the first finalists of the U16 European Championship in Naples. They held off exhausted France in the semifinal today to reach the championship game. The victory has already marked the highest ever result for Belgium. Lynn Delvaux (182-F-93) knocked down 24 points to lead Belgium.
Belgium raced to a 17:13 lead after ten minutes. Lynn Delvaux and Emma Meesseman (188-C-93) teamed up for 13 points in the second quarter to help Belgium to a 38:29 halftime advantage. Lynn Delvaux scored four quick points at the start of the third quarter to balloon the margin to 13 points. The team maintained the gap well throughout the third stanza heading into the fourth term ahead by 13 points. Lynn Delvaux hit back-to-back three-pointers at the start of the fourth frame to give a 16-point lead for Belgium. France simply ran out of steam in the fourth quarter and did not threaten the margin in the final minutes.
Emma Meesseman produced 18 points and 15 boards for Belgium. Julie Vanloo (174-G-93) added 16 points in the winning case. Claire Stievenard (183-F-93) responded with 11 points for France. Laure Mercier (163-G-93) had 9 points in the loss.

Belgium U16: Lynn Delvaux 24, Emma Meesseman 18+15 boards, Julie Vanloo 16
France U16: Claire Stievenard 11, Laure Mercier 9



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  BULGARIA - Women  


Bulgaria hosted Ivan Galabov Tournament - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria hosted an International tournament with three National teams in the coutry. All three teams showed great effort and professionalism in the court.

In Day 1 Germany overcame Bulgaria 73:47 with a quick start of the game. The guests opened the first quarter with 21:6, while Bulgaria returned to the game with 17:17 in the second frame. It gave Germany however 38:23 lead at the end of the first half when the teams went to the lockers. Another 11-11 brought the same difference on the board after three quarters and then again Germany pushed the tempo for good. With 24-13 the guests of the tournament won the last period and the game 73:47. Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84, agency: LBM Management) and Lisa Koop paced all the winners with 11 points each. Sarah Austmann (179-G/F-85) netted 10 and Katja Bavendam notched 8. Dimana Makarieva finished the game with 10 points in the losing effort. Jaklin Zlatanova (190-F-88) and Veselka Todorova (192-C-88) scored 9 points apiece.

In Day 2 Germany secured another victory as they cruised past Sweden 87:82. That was a tough game for Germany and a good start for the Scandinavian team that took 31:21 lead after the first frame. Germany somehow reduced the gap only to 9 points after 18-17 in the second quarter. When the teams came back to the court, it was Germany to dominate the game. With 23-11 the latter grabbed 62:59 entering the last stanza. Another 25-23 allowed them to celebrate the second straight victory. Anne Breitreiner led the way with 21 points for 2-0 record. Romy Bar and Sarah Austmann nailed 16 points each, while Margret Skuballa posted 15. Frida Eldebrink shined for Sweden with 25 points and Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89) notched 19.

In the last day of the tournament Sweden outscored Bulgaria 78:56 to finish second in the tournament. The hosts however opened the game with 17:15, while Sweden responded with 23-10 in the second for 38:27 halftime advantage. The Scandinavian team added 26-15 in the third quarter and enjoyed 14-14 in the last frame for the total success. Elisabeth Egnell top-scored for the winners with 17 points, while Frida Eldebrink and Louice Halvarsson notched 11 each. Veselka Todorova and Jaklin Zlatanova produced 9 points apiece for the hosts, whilst Radmila Nesheva had 8.


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  CROATIA - Women  


Croatia earn Division A promotion - by Eurobasket News
Croatia U16 - Denmark U16 80:58
Croatia have reached the championship game at the U16 European Championship in Division B. They overcame Denmark in the first semifinal in Tallinn today. The win meant Croatia won the ticket to the Division A for next season. Glorija Sikiric (165-G-95) scored 18 points to lead the charge.
Seilund opened the game with a lay-up but Croatia quickly gained the advantage. Andrijana Cvitkovic (186-C-94) and Blazevic sealed the first quarter with 5 points in a row as Croatia grabbed a 19:10 lead. Glorija Sikiric and Maja Puljic (176-F-93) opened the second stanza with back-to-back three-pointers as the gap grew at 15 points. Maja Puljic and Glorija Sikiric added two more long bombs just seconds later as Croatia opened up a 17-point cushion. The onslaught continued as the Balkan team arrived at halftime up by 26 points.
Denmark showed character in the third frame. They stepped on the gas to claw their way back into contest. Gilling and Ravn cut the distance to 16 points with ten minutes remaining. Marie Blyme (173-F-93) tipped off the fourth quarter with a three-pointer as Denmark got even closer. But Croatia stopped the bleeding with 8 points in a row and never looked back en route to the win.
Andrijana Cvitkovic knocked down 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for Croatia. Lana Packovski (168-C-94) and Maja Puljic added 10 points in the win. Elisabeth Hansen (174-G-93) replied with 12 points for Denmark. Maria Jespersen (177-F-94) and Marie Blyme notched 11 points each in the losing case.

Croatia U16: Glorija Sikiric 18, Andrijana Cvitkovic 16, Lana Packovski 10, Maja Puljic 10
Denmark U16: Elisabeth Hansen 12, Maria Jespersen 11, Marie Blyme 11



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  CZECH REPUBLIC - Women  


Italy sweeten the pill with win over Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News
Italy U16 - Czech Republic U16 64:47
Italy toppled Czech Republic at the U16 European Championship today. The hosts of the tournament thus set up the clash against Turkey for the 5th overall position at the tournament. Czech Republic will wrap up their campaign in Naples against Greece tomorrow.
Italy led right from the start but could not clear off substantially in the opening quarter. Italy led by just a single point at the first break 12:11. The hosts however used a 5:0 spurt to earn a 17:11 advantage. Francesca Dotto (165-G-93) and Bochetti capped the first half with 6 points in a row as Italy grabbed a 29:19 advantage at halftime. Tereza Vyoralova (175-G-94) did not allow Italy to run away in the third quarter. Czech Republic kept within striking distance as they trailed by 9 points with ten minutes to go. Formica and Masoni extended the gap to 17 points midway through the fourth frame. Italy speeded up and eased to the win at the end.
Elettra Ferretti (175-G-93) knocked down 14 points and 7 boards for Italy. Francesca Dotto knocked down 12 points in the win. Tereza Vyoralova responded with 10 points and 7 rebounds for Czech Republic. Kamila Selucka (187-C-93) and Monika Satoranska (185-C-93) had 7 points each in the loss.

Italy U16: Elettra Ferretti 14, Francesca Dotto 12, Sara Bocchetti (175-G-93) 9
Czech Republic U16: Tereza Vyoralova 10, Kamila Selucka 7, Monika Satoranska 7



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  DENMARK - Women  


Croatia earn Division A promotion - by Eurobasket News
Croatia U16 - Denmark U16 80:58
Croatia have reached the championship game at the U16 European Championship in Division B. They overcame Denmark in the first semifinal in Tallinn today. The win meant Croatia won the ticket to the Division A for next season. Glorija Sikiric (165-G-95) scored 18 points to lead the charge.
Seilund opened the game with a lay-up but Croatia quickly gained the advantage. Andrijana Cvitkovic (186-C-94) and Blazevic sealed the first quarter with 5 points in a row as Croatia grabbed a 19:10 lead. Glorija Sikiric and Maja Puljic (176-F-93) opened the second stanza with back-to-back three-pointers as the gap grew at 15 points. Maja Puljic and Glorija Sikiric added two more long bombs just seconds later as Croatia opened up a 17-point cushion. The onslaught continued as the Balkan team arrived at halftime up by 26 points.
Denmark showed character in the third frame. They stepped on the gas to claw their way back into contest. Gilling and Ravn cut the distance to 16 points with ten minutes remaining. Marie Blyme (173-F-93) tipped off the fourth quarter with a three-pointer as Denmark got even closer. But Croatia stopped the bleeding with 8 points in a row and never looked back en route to the win.
Andrijana Cvitkovic knocked down 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for Croatia. Lana Packovski (168-C-94) and Maja Puljic added 10 points in the win. Elisabeth Hansen (174-G-93) replied with 12 points for Denmark. Maria Jespersen (177-F-94) and Marie Blyme notched 11 points each in the losing case.

Croatia U16: Glorija Sikiric 18, Andrijana Cvitkovic 16, Lana Packovski 10, Maja Puljic 10
Denmark U16: Elisabeth Hansen 12, Maria Jespersen 11, Marie Blyme 11



Keytown Nations Cup opener - by Eurobasket News
Holland, Denmark and Germany to participate this year in Keytown Nations Cup in Leiden. Holland won the opener of the tournament as they cruised past Denmark 77:45. The winners dominated the court and won the game rightfully. Leonie Kooij (187-F-86, agency: LBM Management) top-scored for the winners with 17 points. Myrthe Beld (183-G-89) and Marlous Nieuwveen followed her with 11, while Sharon Beld (184-F-88) added 8. Emmelie Geraedts (188-F/C-85, college: California) posted 7, Marianne van der Hoek scored 6 and Tanya Broring (177-G-84) as well as Marie Hoogstraten notched 5 each. In Day 2 Holland will play against Germany, while the latter will face Denmark in the last day of the competition.


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U16 - Women  


Div. B Day: 8 (Semi-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
13-16 spot
Luxembourg - Estonia 61-71
Estonia will play for the 13th spot at the tournament. They held off Luxembourg in the classification round today behind 33 points from Nele Laurimaa (179-F-93). The hero of the game added 9 boards and 3 steals to her tally. Jekaterina Tsotsa added 15 points and 5 boards for the hosts. Luxembourg responded with 16 points and 6 boards from Lena Hetto. Estonia will face Israel, while Luxembourg will play against Ukraine on the final day of the competition.

Israel - Ukraine 71-63
Israeli U16 team overcame Ukraine in the classification games for the 13th-16th place. Aviv Casspi (180-F-93) notched 27 points to lead the charge. Hadar Levi and Michal Gilat added 12 points each in the win. Oleksandra Chek responded with 21 points and 12 boards for Ukraine as they suffered the sixth straight defeat at the tournament.

5-8 spot
Romania - Bosnia 53-69
Bosnia held off Romania at the U16 European Championship in Division B today. The victory allowed Romania to set up the clash against Latvia for the 5th overall spot at the tournament. Nikolina Milic (195-C-94) paced the winners with 22 points. Miljana Dzombeta had 17 points and 5 assists for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Oana Baluta and Sonia Ursu responded with 20 points each for Romania.

Portugal - Latvia 56-72
Asnate-Marianna Fomina unloaded 17 points to propel Latvia past Portugal in the classification round of the U16 European championship in Division B tonight. Latvia led from start to finish to arrange the clash against Bosnia and Herzegovina for the fifth spot tomorrow. Daiga Kuzmane (183-F-93) contributed 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winning team. Jessica Almeida answered with 15 points and 7 rebounds in the loss.

9-12 spot
Montenegro - United Kingdom 78-57
Montenegro shot down England tonight. Jelena Vucetic (178-G-93) proved the status of one of the best scorers at the tournament firing 31 points to go along with 10 boards and 9 assists. Dara Marjanovic and Milica Milosev had 13 points each in the win. Lucy Buxton and Claire Harper replied with 9 points apiece for England.

Slovenia - Ireland 67-40
Slovenia will play for the 9th place in Tallinn. They topped Ireland tonight to set up the clash against Macedonia. Rebeka Abramovic (170-G-93) paced balanced offensive effort with 11 points. Nina Gabrovsek added 9 points for Slovenia in the victory. Rheanne O'Shea responded with 13 points for Ireland. Ciara Newell netted 11 points in defeat.

Semifinals
Holland - Slovakia 79-72
Netherlands have gained the main goal winning the promotion to Division A of the U16 European Championship. They toppled Slovakia in the semifinal stage of the Division B tournament to achieve the objective. Netherlands will take on Croatia in the championship game tomorrow. The Dutch team needed a strong fourth quarter to run away with a hard-fought victory. Willemijn Kallenberg (176-G-93) knocked down 18 points for Netherlands. Maxime Essenstam notched 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Noema Bradnanska had 20 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for Slovakia. Zofia Hruscakova netted 14 points in the losing effort.

Croatia - Denmark 80-58
Croatia have reached the championship game at the U16 European Championship in Division B. They overcame Denmark in the first semifinal in Tallinn today. The win meant Croatia won the ticket to the Division A for next season. Glorija Sikiric (165-G-95) scored 18 points to lead the charge. Andrijana Cvitkovic knocked down 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for Croatia. Lana Packovski and Maja Puljic added 10 points in the win. Elisabeth Hansen replied with 12 points for Denmark. Maria Jespersen and Marie Blyme notched 11 points each in the losing case.



Day: 8 (Semi-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
5-8 places
Italy - Czech Republic 64-47
Italy toppled Czech Republic at the U16 European Championship today. The hosts of the tournament thus set up the clash against Turkey for the 5th overall position at the tournament. Czech Republic will wrap up their campaign in Naples against Greece tomorrow. Elettra Ferretti (175-G-93) knocked down 14 points and 7 boards for Italy. Francesca Dotto knocked down 12 points in the win. Tereza Vyoralova responded with 10 points and 7 rebounds for Czech Republic. Kamila Selucka and Monika Satoranska had 7 points each in the loss.

Greece - Turkey 52-60
Turkish U16 team left behind all the drama of the previous night to knock down Greece at the European championship today. Turkey lost their quarterfinal battle against France in four overtimes yesterday but were ready for the battle tonight. Turkey stepped on the gas in the second half to set up the clash for the 5th position against Italy. Greece will take on Czech Republic for the 7th spot. Pelin Bilgic (170-G-94) knocked down 17 points to pace Turkey. Yasemin Koc contributed 13 points in the winning effort. Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi replied with 23 points for Greece. Artemis Spanou had 14 points and 16 boards in defeat.

SEMIFINALS
Belgium - France 73-58
Belgian U16 team became the first finalists of the U16 European Championship in Naples. They held off exhausted France in the semifinal today to reach the championship game. The victory has already marked the highest ever result for Belgium. Lynn Delvaux (182-F-93) knocked down 24 points to lead Belgium. Emma Meesseman produced 18 points and 15 boards for Belgium. Julie Vanloo added 16 points in the winning case. Claire Stievenard responded with 11 points for France. Laure Mercier had 9 points in the loss.

Russia - Spain 46-66
The U16 European defending champions Spain reached the title game in Naples today. They overcame Russia and would be eying their fifth title in six years. Spain take on Belgium in tomorrows decider. Elena De Alfredo (168-G-94), Inmaculada Zanoguera and Carla Rodriguez knocked down 10 points each for Spain. Andrea Vilaro netted 9 points in the winning effort. Galina Kiseleva replied with 8 points for Russia. Ekaterina Fedorenkova had 7 points in defeat. Russia will play against France in the consolation final tomorrow.



Stats Leaders W - Group A
Points Per Game
 Brigitta BARTA
  (182-C-93)
  Avg: 22.2
 1. Barta, HUN22.2 
 2. Vanloo, BEL19.0 
 3. Ivashchanka, BLR15.5 
 4. Meesseman, BEL14.9 
 5. Spanou, GRE14.3 
 6. Tikhonenko, RUS14.3 
 7. Eder, GER13.0 
 8. Koivunen, FIN13.0 
 9. Cakir, TUR12.8 
 10. Zilinskaite, L.12.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Emma MEESSEMAN
  (188-C-93)
  Avg: 12.8
 1. Meesseman, BEL12.8 
 2. Spanou, GRE12.3 
 3. Barta, HUN12.0 
 4. Brajkovic, SRB11.0 
 5. Tikhonenko, RUS9.9 
 6. Papova, BLR9.5 
 7. Zilinskaite, LTU8.9 
 8. Kovacevic, SRB8.9 
 9. Kavurmaciogl., TUR8.9 
 10. Ivashchanka, B.8.2 
Assists Per Game
 Olcay CAKIR
  (180-G-93)
  Avg: 3.8
 1. Cakir, TUR3.8 
 2. Gustavsson, SWE3.5 
 3. Jackevic, LTU2.6 
 4. Slouka, GRE2.4 
 5. Spanou, GRE2.1 
 6. Llobet, ESP2.0 
 7. Kurt, SWE2.0 
 8. Bradaric, GER2.0 
 9. Vanloo, BEL1.9 
 10. Dotto, I.1.9 
Steals Per Game
 Olivia EPOUPA
  (163-G-94)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Epoupa, FRA3.6 
 2. Dotto, ITA3.4 
 3. Vyoralova, CZE2.8 
 4. Cakir, TUR2.8 
 5. Hebecker, GER2.7 
 6. Zamaraeva, RUS2.6 
 7. Bellscheidt, GER2.5 
 8. Cora, TUR2.3 
 9. Formica, ITA2.2 
 10. Niamke, F.2.2 
Blocks Per Game
 Emma MEESSEMAN
  (188-C-93)
  Avg: 3.6
 1. Meesseman, BEL3.6 
 2. Ivashchanka, BLR2.3 
 3. Formica, ITA2.2 
 4. Brajkovic, SRB2.0 
 5. Zilinskaite, LTU2.0 
 6. Tikhonenko, RUS1.9 
 7. Zahui, SWE1.6 
 8. Barta, HUN1.2 
 9. Papova, BLR1.2 
 10. Zelnyte, L.1.1 


Div B. - by Eurobasket
Points Per Game
 Sonia URSU
  (177-F-93)
  Avg: 21.7
 1. Ursu, ROM21.7 
 2. Vucetic, MNT21.6 
 3. Casspi, ISR19.0 
 4. Hetto, LUX18.3 
 5. Milic, BIH17.1 
 6. Laurimaa, EST16.4 
 7. Essenstam, NED15.2 
 8. Dukate, LAT15.0 
 9. Turcinovic, MNT14.6 
 10. Mozes, I.13.9 
Rebounds Per Game
 Ana TURCINOVIC
  (187-C-93)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Turcinovic, MNT16.3 
 2. Uro-Nile, UKR12.8 
 3. Hatch, SUI12.4 
 4. Lagzdina, LAT10.9 
 5. Lammerink, NED10.8 
 6. Chek, UKR10.2 
 7. Ursu, ROM10.0 
 8. Bozovic, SUI9.6 
 9. Hetto, LUX9.4 
 10. Begic, C.9.3 
Assists Per Game
 Jelena VUCETIC
  (178-G-93)
  Avg: 5.9
 1. Vucetic, MNT5.9 
 2. Dzombeta, BIH5.0 
 3. Sikiric, CRO3.9 
 4. Zderadicka, AUT3.6 
 5. Balintova, SVK3.0 
 6. Krayevska, UKR2.8 
 7. Essenstam, NED2.8 
 8. Almeida, POR2.7 
 9. Piibur, EST2.7 
 10. Sosic, B.2.7 
Steals Per Game
 Rebeka ABRAMOVIC
  (170-G-93)
  Avg: 5.8
 1. Abramovic, SLO5.8 
 2. Dzombeta, BIH5.3 
 3. Ursu, ROM5.1 
 4. Casspi, ISR5.0 
 5. Hatch, SUI4.6 
 6. Bridina, LAT4.4 
 7. Adams, NED4.3 
 8. Surlan, BIH4.0 
 9. Marjanovic, MNT4.0 
 10. Puljic, C.3.9 
Blocks Per Game
 Hristina TYUTYUNDZHIEVA
  (188-C-93)
  Avg: 5.3
 1. Tyutyundzhie., BUL5.3 
 2. Kostova, BUL2.7 
 3. Craciun, ROM2.7 
 4. Turcinovic, MNT2.3 
 5. Gaskins, ENG2.0 
 6. Baluta, ROM2.0 
 7. Gilling, DEN1.7 
 8. Begic, CRO1.7 
 9. Tikvic, CRO1.7 
 10. Milic, B.1.6 


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  FRANCE - Women  


Belgium into the Final in Naples - by Eurobasket News
Belgium U16 - France U16 73:58

Belgian U16 team became the first finalists of the U16 European Championship in Naples. They held off exhausted France in the semifinal today to reach the championship game. The victory has already marked the highest ever result for Belgium. Lynn Delvaux (182-F-93) knocked down 24 points to lead Belgium.
Belgium raced to a 17:13 lead after ten minutes. Lynn Delvaux and Emma Meesseman (188-C-93) teamed up for 13 points in the second quarter to help Belgium to a 38:29 halftime advantage. Lynn Delvaux scored four quick points at the start of the third quarter to balloon the margin to 13 points. The team maintained the gap well throughout the third stanza heading into the fourth term ahead by 13 points. Lynn Delvaux hit back-to-back three-pointers at the start of the fourth frame to give a 16-point lead for Belgium. France simply ran out of steam in the fourth quarter and did not threaten the margin in the final minutes.
Emma Meesseman produced 18 points and 15 boards for Belgium. Julie Vanloo (174-G-93) added 16 points in the winning case. Claire Stievenard (183-F-93) responded with 11 points for France. Laure Mercier (163-G-93) had 9 points in the loss.

Belgium U16: Lynn Delvaux 24, Emma Meesseman 18+15 boards, Julie Vanloo 16
France U16: Claire Stievenard 11, Laure Mercier 9



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Standings - Women
DBBL Standings
 1. Saarlouis 0-0 
 2. Wasserburg 0-0 
 3. Leipzig 0-0 
 4. Marburg 0-0 
 5. Oberhausen 0-0 
 6. Wolfenbuettel 0-0 
 7. Freiburg 0-0 
 8. Halle 0-0 
 9. Donau-Ries 0-0 
 10. Herner 0-0 
 11. Opladen 0-0 
 12. Rhein MB 0-0 


Standings - 2.Bundesliga - by Eurobasket
2.Bundesliga Standings
North
 1. Bonn 0-0 
 2. Rist Scala 0-0 
 3. Osnabrucker 0-0 
 4. Rotenburg/S. 0-0 
 5. Jena 0-0 
 6. Quakenbrueck 0-0 
 7. Hagen Phoe. 0-0 
 8. Bielefeld 0-0 
 9. Dorsten 0-0 
 10. Chemnitz 0-0 
South
 1. Ludwigsburg 0-0 
 2. Gruenberg 0-0 
 3. Keltern 0-0 
 4. Germering 0-0 
 5. Heidelberg 0-0 
 6. Speyer 0-0 
 7. Herzogenaur. 0-0 
 8. Leimen 0-0 
 9. Sandhausen 0-0 
 10. Mainz 0-0 
 11. Viernheim 0-0 
 12. Wuerzburg 0-0 


Germany wins the International tournament - by Eurobasket News
Germany won the International tournament, hosted by Bulgaria.
At first Germany overcame Bulgaria 73:47 with a quick start of the game. The guests opened the first quarter with 21:6, while Bulgaria returned to the game with 17:17 in the second frame. It gave Germany however 38:23 lead at the end of the first half when the teams went to the lockers. Another 11-11 brought the same difference on the board after three quarters and then again Germany pushed the tempo for good. With 24-13 the guests of the tournament won the last period and the game 73:47. Anne Breitreiner (183-G/F-84, agency: LBM Management) and Lisa Koop (197-C-85, college: Winthrop) paced all the winners with 11 points each. Sarah Austmann (179-G/F-85) netted 10 and Katja Bavendam (203-C-85, college: New York U.) notched 8. Dimana Makarieva finished the game with 10 points in the losing effort. Jacqueline Zlatanova and Veselka Todorova scored 9 points apiece.
In Day 2 Germany secured another victory as they cruised past Sweden 87:82. That was a tough game for Germany and a good start for the Scandinavian team that took 31:21 lead after the first frame. Germany somehow reduced the gap only to 9 points after 18-17 in the second quarter. When the teams came back to the court, it was Germany to dominate the game. With 23-11 the latter grabbed 62:59 entering the last stanza. Another 25-23 allowed them to celebrate the second straight victory. Anne Breitreiner led the way with 21 points for 2-0 record. Romy Bar and Sarah Austmann nailed 16 points each, while Margret Skuballa posted 15. Frida Eldebrink shined for Sweden with 25 points and Louice Halvarsson notched 19.



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Turkey prevail against Greece in Naples - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U16 - Greece U16 60:52

Turkish U16 team left behind all the drama of the previous night to knock down Greece at the European championship today. Turkey lost their quarterfinal battle against France in four overtimes yesterday but were ready for the battle tonight. Turkey stepped on the gas in the second half to set up the clash for the 5th position against Italy. Greece will take on Czech Republic for the 7th spot.
The teams traded baskets throughout the opening quarter and when Pelin Bilgic (170-G-94) capped the frame with a three-pointer Turkey grabbed a 14:12 lead. But Greece responded in the second stanza. They went on a 10:3 run late in the half to ensure a 29:26 advantage into the main break. But Turkey proved the strength in the second half. They limited their opponents to just 11 points in the third stanza to accumulate a 43:40 lead with ten minutes remaining. Pelin Bilgic and Ayse Cora (175-F-93) extended the margin to 4 points with under 4 minutes to go. Then Yasemin Koc (189-C-93) crowned the game with 5 points in a row giving Turkey a well-deserved victory at the end.
Pelin Bilgic knocked down 17 points to pace Turkey. Yasemin Koc contributed 13 points in the winning effort. Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi (187-C-93) replied with 23 points for Greece. Artemis Spanou (185-F-93) had 14 points and 16 boards in defeat.

Turkey U16: Pelin Bilgic 17, Yasemin Koc 13, Ayse Cora 11
Greece U16: Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi 23, Artemis Spanou 14+16 boards



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  HOLLAND - Women  


Netherlands beat Slovakia in Tallinn, advance to Division A - by Eurobasket News
Netherlands U16 - Slovakia U16 79:72
Netherlands have gained the main goal winning the promotion to Division A of the U16 European Championship. They toppled Slovakia in the semifinal stage of the Division B tournament to achieve the objective. Netherlands will take on Croatia in the championship game tomorrow. The Dutch team needed a strong fourth quarter to run away with a hard-fought victory.
Slovakia opened the game confidently as they gained an 11:2 lead less then four minutes into the action. But Netherlands closed the period on a 14:2 run to take a 20:17 lead into the second frame. Balintova drained a three-pointer at the beginning of the second quarter to tie things up and the teams kept it close throughout the stanza. Netherlands still managed to ensure a 41:40 lead at halftime.
The lead changed hands for several times throughout the third period but the Dutch side eked out a 62:60 advantage with ten minutes left. Petronella Kraaijenoord (187-C-93) and Maxime Essenstam (189-C-93) boosted the gap to 6 points early in the fourth frame. Willemijn Kallenberg (176-G-93) and Jamailah Adams (179-G-93) stretched the buffer at 10 points with under 4 minutes to go. Slovakia clipped the deficit at 4 points before Netherlands escaped with tough win at the end.
Willemijn Kallenberg knocked down 18 points for Netherlands. Maxime Essenstam notched 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Noema Bradnanska (174-F-93) had 20 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for Slovakia. Zofia Hruscakova (189-C-95) netted 14 points in the losing effort.

Netherlands U16: Willemijn Kallenberg 18, Maxime Essenstam 17, Jamailah Adams 13, Sharon Lammerink (189-C-93) 13
Slovakia U16: Noema Bradnanska 20, Zofia Hruscakova 14



Keytown Nations Cup opener - by Eurobasket News
Holland, Denmark and Germany to participate this year in Keytown Nations Cup in Leiden. Holland won the opener of the tournament as they cruised past Denmark 77:45. The winners dominated the court and won the game rightfully. Leonie Kooij (187-F-86, agency: LBM Management) top-scored for the winners with 17 points. Myrthe Beld (183-G-89) and Marlous Nieuwveen followed her with 11, while Sharon Beld (184-F-88) added 8. Emmelie Geraedts (188-F/C-85, college: California) posted 7, Marianne van der Hoek scored 6 and Tanya Broring (177-G-84) as well as Marie Hoogstraten notched 5 each. In Day 2 Holland will play against Germany, while the latter will face Denmark in the last day of the competition.


Perik Jumpers sign Kimbrough and Schweiger - by Eurobasket News
Perik Jumpers tab Kierah Kimbrough (185-F) and Schweiger for the next season making the transfer summer loud in Holland.
Kierah Kimbrough played last season for the University of North Dakota. In her new team she will be with Theresa Lecuyer who also played for North Dakota during her college-time. Last season Kierah Kimbrough played in the US and averaged 20.4 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. She was in 2009 Division I All Independent team, became 2009 UND Spring Thaw Tournament Most Outstanding player, played for 2008 Northern Arizona Fairfield Thanksgiving Classic All/Tournament Team and in 2007 Division II Daktronics All American second team.
Janine Schweiger (174-G-84) is a German player and will make the team more international. Janine Schweiger played last year for the OSC panthers in Osnabruck. OSC is a 2nd division club that 'a after the first promotion to the Bundesliga missed in the decisive play-off final series 1-2 against bottom to BG Charging (Leverkusen).
It is already known that Perik Jumpers plays the first match of the new season off against STOL / Grasshoppers. The season start is scheduled for October 3, where there is chosen for a new league structure.
Meanwhile Karina Van den Nieuwendijk (195-C-90) join HLB Accountants. She started her career in 2006-2007 for Renes Binnenland (Eredivisie). In 2007-2008 she played 23 games and averaged 7.9ppg, 7.9rpg, 1.2spg, FGP: 52.1%, FT: 61.4%. In 2008-2009 the player moved to Woonbron/DAS Delft and played in the starting five of the squad.


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  ITALY - Women  


Italy sweeten the pill with win over Czech Republic - by Eurobasket News
Italy U16 - Czech Republic U16 64:47
Italy toppled Czech Republic at the U16 European Championship today. The hosts of the tournament thus set up the clash against Turkey for the 5th overall position at the tournament. Czech Republic will wrap up their campaign in Naples against Greece tomorrow.
Italy led right from the start but could not clear off substantially in the opening quarter. Italy led by just a single point at the first break 12:11. The hosts however used a 5:0 spurt to earn a 17:11 advantage. Francesca Dotto (165-G-93) and Bochetti capped the first half with 6 points in a row as Italy grabbed a 29:19 advantage at halftime. Tereza Vyoralova (175-G-94) did not allow Italy to run away in the third quarter. Czech Republic kept within striking distance as they trailed by 9 points with ten minutes to go. Formica and Masoni extended the gap to 17 points midway through the fourth frame. Italy speeded up and eased to the win at the end.
Elettra Ferretti (175-G-93) knocked down 14 points and 7 boards for Italy. Francesca Dotto knocked down 12 points in the win. Tereza Vyoralova responded with 10 points and 7 rebounds for Czech Republic. Kamila Selucka (187-C-93) and Monika Satoranska (185-C-93) had 7 points each in the loss.

Italy U16: Elettra Ferretti 14, Francesca Dotto 12, Sara Bocchetti (175-G-93) 9
Czech Republic U16: Tereza Vyoralova 10, Kamila Selucka 7, Monika Satoranska 7



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  PUERTO RICO - Women  


Carolina pounded helpless Turistas - by Raul Colon
The Carolina Giants pounded the Turistas of Cabo Rojo 64-45 in the debut for both teams. Veteran guard Felecity Willis scored 17 points and dished out 8 assists in the win.

Playing in front of an energizing crow in the Guillermo Angulo Coliseum, Carolina (1-0) wasted no time in establishing its fast moving style of play. The team went on to take a commanding 38-24 half time lead and they never looked back.

Holly Mahan had a double-double for the Gigantes with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Rodsan Rodriguez added 12 points.

For the Turistas (0-1), Korrent Merchant led the team with 12 points and an impressive 17 boards. Shalimar Oakley added 8 in a losing effort.



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Spain close to defending title in Naples - by Eurobasket News
Spain U16 - Russia U16 66:46
The U16 European defending champions Spain reached the title game in Naples today. They overcame Russia and would be eying their fifth title in six years. Spain take on Belgium in tomorrows decider.
Spain looked solid in the semifinal clash tonight. They shocked Russia in the opening quarter. Spain went on a 23:3 run and then rallied to a 25:10 lead at the first break. Spain quickly opened a 20-point advantage and arrived at halftime up by 25 points. Russia could not pick up the slack after the major break. Spain dominated and ensured a 25-point buffer before the fourth stanza. Little changed in the final minutes as Spain coasted to a comfortable win at the end.
Elena De Alfredo (168-G-94), Inmaculada Zanoguera (177-G-93) and Carla Rodriguez (185-C-93) knocked down 10 points each for Spain. Andrea Vilaro (179-F-93) netted 9 points in the winning effort. Galina Kiseleva (182-F-93) replied with 8 points for Russia. Ekaterina Fedorenkova (175-G-93) had 7 points in defeat. Russia will play against France in the consolation final tomorrow.

Spain U16: Elena De Alfredo 10, Inmaculada Zanoguera 10, Carla Rodriguez 10
Russia U16: Galina Kiseleva 8, Ekaterina Fedorenkova 7



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  SLOVAKIA - Women  


Netherlands beat Slovakia in Tallinn, advance to Division A - by Eurobasket News
Netherlands U16 - Slovakia U16 79:72
Netherlands have gained the main goal winning the promotion to Division A of the U16 European Championship. They toppled Slovakia in the semifinal stage of the Division B tournament to achieve the objective. Netherlands will take on Croatia in the championship game tomorrow. The Dutch team needed a strong fourth quarter to run away with a hard-fought victory.
Slovakia opened the game confidently as they gained an 11:2 lead less then four minutes into the action. But Netherlands closed the period on a 14:2 run to take a 20:17 lead into the second frame. Balintova drained a three-pointer at the beginning of the second quarter to tie things up and the teams kept it close throughout the stanza. Netherlands still managed to ensure a 41:40 lead at halftime.
The lead changed hands for several times throughout the third period but the Dutch side eked out a 62:60 advantage with ten minutes left. Petronella Kraaijenoord (187-C-93) and Maxime Essenstam (189-C-93) boosted the gap to 6 points early in the fourth frame. Willemijn Kallenberg (176-G-93) and Jamailah Adams (179-G-93) stretched the buffer at 10 points with under 4 minutes to go. Slovakia clipped the deficit at 4 points before Netherlands escaped with tough win at the end.
Willemijn Kallenberg knocked down 18 points for Netherlands. Maxime Essenstam notched 17 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Noema Bradnanska (174-F-93) had 20 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for Slovakia. Zofia Hruscakova (189-C-95) netted 14 points in the losing effort.

Netherlands U16: Willemijn Kallenberg 18, Maxime Essenstam 17, Jamailah Adams 13, Sharon Lammerink (189-C-93) 13
Slovakia U16: Noema Bradnanska 20, Zofia Hruscakova 14



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  SPAIN - Women  


Spain close to defending title in Naples - by Eurobasket News
Spain U16 - Russia U16 66:46
The U16 European defending champions Spain reached the title game in Naples today. They overcame Russia and would be eying their fifth title in six years. Spain take on Belgium in tomorrows decider.
Spain looked solid in the semifinal clash tonight. They shocked Russia in the opening quarter. Spain went on a 23:3 run and then rallied to a 25:10 lead at the first break. Spain quickly opened a 20-point advantage and arrived at halftime up by 25 points. Russia could not pick up the slack after the major break. Spain dominated and ensured a 25-point buffer before the fourth stanza. Little changed in the final minutes as Spain coasted to a comfortable win at the end.
Elena De Alfredo (168-G-94), Inmaculada Zanoguera (177-G-93) and Carla Rodriguez (185-C-93) knocked down 10 points each for Spain. Andrea Vilaro (179-F-93) netted 9 points in the winning effort. Galina Kiseleva (182-F-93) replied with 8 points for Russia. Ekaterina Fedorenkova (175-G-93) had 7 points in defeat. Russia will play against France in the consolation final tomorrow.

Spain U16: Elena De Alfredo 10, Inmaculada Zanoguera 10, Carla Rodriguez 10
Russia U16: Galina Kiseleva 8, Ekaterina Fedorenkova 7



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Sweden returns from Samokov - by Eurobasket News
Sweden finished the International tournament in Bulgaria with 1-1 record. The team lost the opener to Germany and beat the hosts in the last day of the competition.
Germany secured another victory as they cruised past Sweden 87:82. That was a tough game for Germany and a good start for the Scandinavian team that took 31:21 lead after the first frame. Germany somehow reduced the gap only to 9 points after 18-17 in the second quarter. When the teams came back to the court, it was Germany to dominate the game. With 23-11 the latter grabbed 62:59 entering the last stanza. Another 25-23 allowed them to celebrate the second straight victory. Anne Breitreiner led the way with 21 points for 2-0 record. Romy Bar and Sarah Austmann nailed 16 points each, while Margret Skuballa posted 15. Frida Eldebrink (174-G-88) shined for Sweden with 25 points and Louice Halvarsson (189-C-89) notched 19.
In the last day of the tournament Sweden outscored Bulgaria 78:56 to finish second in the tournament. The hosts however opened the game with 17:15, while Sweden responded with 23-10 in the second for 38:27 halftime advantage. The Scandinavian team added 26-15 in the third quarter and enjoyed 14-14 in the last frame for the total success. Elisabeth Egnell (185-F-87, college: Boston Coll.) top-scored for the winners with 17 points, while Frida Eldebrink and Louice Halvarsson notched 11 each. Veselka Todorova and Jacqueline Zlatanova produced 9 points apiece for the hosts, whilst Radmila Nesheva had 8.



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Turkey prevail against Greece in Naples - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U16 - Greece U16 60:52

Turkish U16 team left behind all the drama of the previous night to knock down Greece at the European championship today. Turkey lost their quarterfinal battle against France in four overtimes yesterday but were ready for the battle tonight. Turkey stepped on the gas in the second half to set up the clash for the 5th position against Italy. Greece will take on Czech Republic for the 7th spot.
The teams traded baskets throughout the opening quarter and when Pelin Bilgic (170-G-94) capped the frame with a three-pointer Turkey grabbed a 14:12 lead. But Greece responded in the second stanza. They went on a 10:3 run late in the half to ensure a 29:26 advantage into the main break. But Turkey proved the strength in the second half. They limited their opponents to just 11 points in the third stanza to accumulate a 43:40 lead with ten minutes remaining. Pelin Bilgic and Ayse Cora (175-F-93) extended the margin to 4 points with under 4 minutes to go. Then Yasemin Koc (189-C-93) crowned the game with 5 points in a row giving Turkey a well-deserved victory at the end.
Pelin Bilgic knocked down 17 points to pace Turkey. Yasemin Koc contributed 13 points in the winning effort. Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi (187-C-93) replied with 23 points for Greece. Artemis Spanou (185-F-93) had 14 points and 16 boards in defeat.

Turkey U16: Pelin Bilgic 17, Yasemin Koc 13, Ayse Cora 11
Greece U16: Anthoula Chatzigiakoumi 23, Artemis Spanou 14+16 boards



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  WNBA - Women  


Last games (3) - Mystics, Lynx and Liberty celebrate - by Eurobasket News
Detroit S. - Washington M. 66-70
Kara Braxton (6'6''-C-83, college: Georgia) came off the bench last night leading her Detroit to win with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Deanna Nolan (5'11''-G/F-79, college: Georgia) was behind her with 12 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists. In the loosing squad, Alana Beard (5'11''-G/F-82, college: Duke) had 15 and Nakia Sanford (6'4''-F/C-76, college: Kansas) added one point less. With this win Detroit jumped to 7-11, while Washington fell to 11-9 record.

Connecticut S. - Minnesota L. 88-95
The Minnesota Lynx grabbed this one mostly owing to Renee Montgomery (5'7''-G-86, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut), who drained 24 points for 28 minutes. Nicky Anosike (6'4''-C-86, college: Tennessee) followed with double-double, 19 points and 12 boards, while Charde Houston (6'1''-F-86, college: Connecticut) also shined, 16 pts and 10 rebs. Sandrine Gruda (6'4''-C-87) responded with 21 pts in defeat. Lynx 11-0, Sun 10-10.

New York L. - Sacramento M. 84-66
7-13 for the Liberty and 5-17 for the Monarchs after this game. Janel McCarville (6'2''-C-82, college: Minnesota) stepped up for the winners with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Tiffany Jackson (6'3''-F-85, college: Texas) and Ashley Battle (6'1''-C/F-82, college: Connecticut) added 11 pts each. The team from Sacramento got 19 points from Courtney Paris (6'4''-C-87, college: Oklahoma).


Standings
WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Indiana F. 16-4 
 2. Washingt. M. 11-9 
 3. Atlanta D. 11-10 
 4. Connect. S. 10-10 
 5. Chicago S. 10-11 
 6. Detroit S. 7-11 
 7. New York L. 7-13 
Western
 1. Phoenix M. 16-6 
 2. Seattle S. 12-9 
 3. Minnesota L. 11-10 
 4. S.Antonio SS 9-11 
 5. L.Angeles S. 7-11 
 6. Sacram. M. 5-17 


Monarchs sign guard Whitney Boddie to seven-day contract - by Eurobasket News
The Sacramento Monarchs announced today the organization has signed guard Whitney Boddie (5'9''-G-87, college: Auburn) to a seven-day contract; per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. In order to sign Boddie, the Monarchs waived guard Chelsea Newton (5'11''-G-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Rutgers), who had surgery on Wednesday to remove loose cartilage pieces from her left knee and is projected to be sidelined 3-to-4 weeks.

'Chelsea's injury will not allow her to finish the season,' said Monarchs General Manager and Head Coach John Whisenant. 'She is a great teammate and a defensive stopper that will be missed on the floor.'

Boddie, the Monarchs second round (20th overall) 2009 WNBA Draft pick, played in both Monarchs preseason games and averaged 21.0 minutes, 2.0 points, 2.5 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 2.0 steals per game. She was previously waived on June 4 of this year, prior to the start of the Monarchs 2009 regular season.

Newton was originally selected by Sacramento in the second round (22nd overall) of the 2005 WNBA Draft and started every game in her rookie season, helping the Monarchs win the 2005 WNBA Championship. On November 15, 2005, she was selected by the Chicago Sky in the WNBA Expansion Draft for the 2006 season. After one season with the Sky she returned to Sacramento through a trade deal effective for the 2007 season. In the 2009 season, Newton has played in 21 games and is averaging 15.3 minutes, 3.0 points, 1.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 0.9 steals per game. Through her five WNBA seasons she has totaled 142 games and is averaging 19.5 minutes, 5.1 points, 1.9 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.0 steals per game.

Expect Great Basketball this summer at ARCO Arena! See Olympic gold medalist Misty-May Treanor at the Monarchs Women of Inspiration Night, Sat., Aug., 15, when the Monarchs take on Candace Parker and the Los Angeles Sparks at 7 p.m. Tickets start at just $10! For more information, please visit SacramentoMonarchs.com.


Courtesy of The Sacramento Monarchs