EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 6/25/2010

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Zvezda without captain - by Milan Jovanovic
Zvezda is left without their captain, since Vuk Radivojevic (197-G-83) signed the new contract with Trabzonspor, new club in Turkish 1st league, coming from winning the 2nd league.
This is only the first of many expected departures in Zvezda, because most of the first team is also expected to depart, namely Keselj, Bjelica, Kikanovic and Stimac, which makes the starting five of previous season.
Like many years before, Zvezda is looking to have to start from scratch in September once again.


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  ARGENTINA   


Boomers name World Challenge team - by Eurobasket News
Golden Star Australian Boomers Head Coach Brett Brown has earmarked Australian University Representative Ben Allen to make his Boomers debut alongside Olympians Patrick Mills, Brad Newley and Joe Ingles as the Boomers World Challenge tips off tomorrow night in Perth with live coverage on ONE HD from 9.00pm AEST.

NBA power forward Nathan Jawai has also been named in the side which features six National Basketball League players, including 2009/10 NBL Champion Damian Martin and 2008/09 NBL Defensive Player of the Year Adam Gibson.

Young guards Jason Cadee and Hugh Greenwood return to the team after making their debuts last year while Cairns Taipan Alex Loughton will suit up in the green and gold for the first time since 2007.

Brown said the Australian team had a good mix of experience and up-and-coming talent.

The group that we have is a combination of some veteran and core guys, and a good balance of youth, Brown said.

We want to win, no doubt about it. We put on the green and gold and we come to win. The big picture is trying to set the stage for what we want to get done in August and from a coaching perspective trying to see if the defence, particularly, is at a standard that we try to get to.

Standing 216cm tall Melbourne Tigers recruit Luke Nevill will have a definite advantage on court, towering over the tallest of the Argentineans by 12cm; Pablo Orlietti and Diego Romero both boast a height of 204cm.

Brown said the team that Argentina had sent would be competitive, despite not bringing their NBA stars.

It's a proud basketball nation (Argentina) and FIBA rates them No. 1 in the world for a bunch of different reasons. They have 54 million people in their country, have a strong domestic competition and even without their NBA guys, we expect them to be very competitive.

The series tips off in Perth tomorrow night at 9.00pm AEST before heading to Melbourne for Game 2 on Sunday night at 6.00pm AEST and to Adelaide for the final fixture on Tuesday June 29 from 7.30pm AEST.



GOLDEN STAR BOOMERS TEAM FOR BOOMERS WORLD CHALLENGE
Name/Height/Age/Position/Club

Ben ALLEN / 211cm / 23 / Centre / Townsville Crocodiles
Jason CADEE / 185cm / 19 / Guard / Gold Coast Blaze
Adam GIBSON / 188cm / 23 / Guard / Gold Coast Blaze
Hugh GREENWOOD/ 187cm / 18 / Guard / AIS
Joe INGLES/ 203cm / 22 / Forward / CB Granada (Spain)
Nathan JAWAI / 204cm / 23 / Centre/Forward / Minnesota Timberwolves (US)
Alex LOUGHTON/ 205cm / 27 / Forward / Cairns Taipans
Steven MARKOVIC/ 190cm / 25 / Guard / KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd (Serbia)
Damian MARTIN/ 188cm / 25 / Guard / Perth Wildcats
Patrick MILLS/ 183cm / 21 / Guard / Portland Trail Blazers (US)
Luke NEVILL/ 216cm / 24 / Centre / Melbourne Tigers
Brad NEWLEY/ 198cm / 25 / Guard / Lietuvos Rytas (Lithuania)

Head Coach: Brett Brown
Assistant Coach: Andrej Lemanis
Assistant Coach: Shane Heal
Doctor: Peter Harcourt
Physio: Steven Evans
Manager: Nic Mercer
Massage Therapist: Diana Glazer



ARGENTINA TEAM FOR BOOMERS WORLD CHALLENGE
Name/Height/Age/Position/Club

Nicols AGUIRRE / 189cm / 22 / Point Guard / Firmat FC
Jonatan TREISE / 182cm / 25 / Guard / Quimsa
Nicols DE LOS SANTOS / 186cm / 22 / Shooting Guard / Gimnasia
Matas NOCEDAL / 190cm / 20 / Shooting Guard / Oursense (Spain)
Carlos Leonel SCHATTMANN / 192cm / 23 / Small Forward / Union de Sunchales
Sebastin VEGA / 200cm / 21 / Small Forward / Penarol
Federico AGUERRE / 202cm / 21 / Centre / Club Basque Prat Joventut (Spain)
Nicols ROMANO / 200cm / 22 / Forward / Quilmes
Pablo ESPINOZA / 200cm / 23 / Forward / Club Argentino de Junin
Alejandro ALLOATTI / 203cm / 25 / Centre / Obras Sanitarias
Pablo ORLIETTI / 204cm / 20 / Centre / Atenas de Cordoba
Diego ROMERO / 204cm / 27 / Centre / Gimnasia

Head Coach: Sergio Hernandez
Assistant Coaches: Gonzalo Garcia
Physiotherapist: Jorge Paez, Diego DiMartino
Manager: Robert Vantanian

Boomers World Challenge 2010

Game One 7.00pm Friday 25 June Challenge Stadium, Perth
Tickets from www.ticketmaster.com.au or call 136 100

Game Two 6.00pm Sunday 27 June State Netball Hockey Centre, Melbourne
Tickets from www.ticketmaster.com.au or call 136 100

Game Three 7.00pm Tuesday 29 June Brett Maher Court at The Dome, Adelaide
Tickets from www.proticket.com.au or call 1300 12 10 12
Boomers World Challenge TV Schedule - LIVE on ONE HD

Game 1:
Friday June 25 (Perth)
Live Coverage from 9.00pm AEST
Tickets from Ticket Master

Game 2:
Sunday June 27 (Melbourne)
Live Coverage from 6.00pm AEST
Tickets from Ticket Master

Game 3:
Tuesday June 29 (Adelaide)
Live Coverage from 7.30pm AEST
Tickets from www.proticket.com.au


Courtesy of NBL (www.nbl.com.au)


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  AUSTRIA   


Csebits stays in Wels - by Stefan Heinrich
Thomas Csebits (192-G-89) signed a new 2 year contract with WBC Wels. The 21 year old Guard already played 3 years in Wels. Last season he scored 3.1ppg in 26 games. Before his time in Wels he played for Kapfenberg and he was also a member of the U18 and U20 National Teams.

Coach Wasshuber said that Csebits will become a rotation player in the next season and he is sure that he will develope in the right direction.

Csebits likes the fact that the new Coach trusts him and gives him more responsibility.


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  BARBADOS   


Schoolboys take first ever KO title - by Justin Marville
UPSTARTS. CARDIAC KIDS. Cinderella team.

Call them whatever you want once you also acknowledge Sagicor Tridents as knockout champs.

Twenty-eight years after first making the final, schoolboys have finally captured men's basketball knockout trophy, finishing their surprising tournament run with a decisive 8-2 surge to cement Saturday's 62-52 championship win over British American Insurance Jackson at the Wildey Gymnasium.

It was the most unlikely of runs from a team that hadn't even won a Premier League game in two months before the start of the knockout while tied with a second-worst 2-9 record.

Even more stunning was the manner in which they seized the title game, having held reigning MVP Peter Alleyne to just two second half points - none of which came in the fourth quarter - and eight overall as part of a listless finals performance.

And just as Alleyne seemed to want nothing to do with winning, so too did most of the Jackson side, which looked comfortable using Pearson Griffith as a six-foot-ten ornament on offence.

But they couldn't have been more contented with Griffith's role than the Tridents, who decisively took advantage of that lack of offensive ingenuity within the last 1:24 when Jackson could only manage a further two points.

In that span, the schoolboys hit four free throws and converted two turnovers into lay-ups, padding a previous 54-50 lead into a double-digit cushion before being allowed to dribble out the clock following a third turnover.

That was the crowning moment of Jackson's lacklustre fourth quarter where the finals favourites failed to exploit Dario Cumberbatch's muffed lay-up attempts earlier in the period despite the efforts of Levar Greaves and Javid Beckles.

They helped survive an initial Mark Bridgeman flurry and a menacing eight-point deficit (46-38) to pull Jackson within two with just under five minutes remaining.

However, Nicholai Williams ended Tridents drought with a timely jumper before Bridgeman was back attacking the paint again as Jackson never got any closer the rest of the way.

Beckles threatened once more on a subsequent drive to the hoop but Cumberbatch was given redemption when he made all two free throws on the ensuing possession prior to his side's game-sealing run.

Earlier, nothing separated the two sides in a 25-all first-half deadlock before Neil Harewood scored successive baskets down low as part of Jackson's menacing 8-1 start to the third quarter.

But Tridents rattled off an even more ominous string of points, with Bridgeman scoring four baskets of his own to spark schoolboys 13-2 response that put them ahead (40-35) for good.

Point guard Akeem Williams was most instrumental in the rally, leading the attack in transition by feeding Bridgeman or Daniel Lovell for scores or calling his own number to the tune of five third quarter points.

Jackson did themselves no favours in that run either, giving their opponents several second and third chance opportunities when they failed to clear the defensive glass.

It was a tune that carried over to the fourth as Bridgeman had successive scores off offensive rebounds to build Tridents advantage to 46-38.

'The guys really believed that they had it within themselves to win,' said triumphant head coach Cosmo Edwards, himself a former schoolboy player.

'We've grown as a team and the guys have gotten mentally tougher over the last four games or so.

'But we couldnt allow a player of Peter's calibre too much room, so I convinced the guys to pretty much lock him up,' Edwards added.

Bridgeman finished with a game-high 18 points, ten of which came in the fourth, while Akeem Williams and Daniel Lovell chipped in with 12 and 11 points respectively.

For Jackson, Beckles top-scored with 16 and Harewood had 13 points as the lone double-digit scorers.


Griffith's triple-double leads Jackson over Bulls - by Justin Marville
PREMIER LEAGUE BASKETBALL'S biggest player just provided its biggest stat line.

Six-foot-ten centre Pearson Griffith has finally announced his return, torching Act II Popcorn Clapham Bulls with 19 points 12 rebounds and ten blocks for the year's first triple-double in British American Insurance Jackson's 61-48 victory on Tuesday at the Wildey Gymnasium.

It was the type of performance the playoff contenders were expecting on a nightly basis from the burly national big man when they originally got him to suit up a month ago to assist in the race for the postseason.

And Griffith more than justified his mid-season acquisition in one five-minute span in the third quarter where he single-handedly transformed a close 27-24 first-half lead into a 15-point blowout (43-28).

The domineering centre scored the first nine of his side's 14 points to start the half while Clapham only managed nine third quarter points altogether, as Jackson opened up a 51-33 advantage.

They actually led by as many as 23 points (60-37) early in the fourth as Griffith didn't even bother jumping for two baskets underneath before recording the last of ten blocks, which resulted in Mark Foster's lay-up attempt ending up near half-court.

The win kept Jackson within striking distance of fourth-placed First Works Warriors, who remained one game ahead of them for the final playoff spot after routing recently crowned knockout champs Sagicor Tridents 81-48 in the night's first game.


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


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  BRAZIL   


Kyle Lamonte to join Flamengo - by Eurobasket News
Kyle Lamonte (191-G-84, agency: KMG Sports Management, college: William Carey) will continue his career in Brazil. The 25-year-old guard is expected to join the NBB vice-champions Flamengo. Kyle Lamonte spent the previous season in Penarol. He tallied 21.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game in Liga Americas. In LigaA Kyle Lamonte notched 18.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists per appearance.


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  BULGARIA   


Germany too good for Bulgaria in Douai - by Eurobasket News
Germany U18 - Bulgaria U18 72:52

German U18 recorded the first win at the international tournament in Douai, France. They fired past Bulgaria. Patrick Heckmann (196-G/F-92) knocked down 20 points and pulled down 7 rebounds to lead the effort. Germany will next face Greece, while Bulgaria will take on France.
Germany opened the game with eight points in a row. But Bulgaria did not leave those unanswered. They went on an 8:0 run of their own to seal the first quarter outcome at 8:8. The lead changed hands throughout the second stanza before Germany went on a 7:1 run to take a 28:19 lead at halftime. Germany quickly boosted the margin to 14 points midway through the third frame. They controlled the tempo establishing a 52:42 lead at the final break. The Bundesteam opened the final stanza with eight consecutive points and never looked back en route to the victory.
Dennis Kramer (208-F-92) produced 13 points for Germany. Kevin Bright (198-F/G-92) delivered 10 points in the victory. Pavlin Ivanov (195-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 19 points for Bulgaria. Aleks Simeonov (195-C-93) netted 9 points in the loss.

Germany U18: Patrick Heckmann 20, Dennis Kramer 13, Kevin Bright 10
Bulgaria U18: Pavlin Ivanov 19, Aleks Simeonov 9



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  CHILE   


Libsur: Round 11 results - by Daniel Valencia
North Group

AB Temuco 90 - Deportes Lautaro 64
Tem: Mauro Schenoni 26 pts. Josef Krause 16 pts.
Lau: E. Astete 22 pts. R. Aviles 16 pts.

Las Animas 40 - Deportivo Valdivia 93
Ani: Carlos Zuniga 13 pts.
Val: Claus Prutzmann 18 pts. Jose Del Solar 18 pts.

Deportivo Imperial 72 - Deportivo Carahue 84
Imp: Camilo Tejer 25 pts. Luis Gonzalez 13 pts.
Car: Miguel Molina 18 pts. Victor Godoy 18 pts.

South Group

Deportes Puerto Varas 90 - Universidad de Los Lagos 85
Pue: Rodrigo Zuniga (198-F-76) 27 pts. Marquis Johnson 23 pts.
Ula: Haralt Funk 25 pts. Esteban Toledo 20 pts.

ABA Ancud 94 - Deportes Castro 69
Anc: Renato Vera 19 pts. Erik Carrasco 17 pts.
Cas: Pedro Sands 18 pts. Angel Labrin 14 pts.

Deportes Osorno 79 - Deportivo Espanol 58
Oso: Fabian Muniz 39 pts. Alfonso Munoz 12 pts.
Esp: Carlos Garcia 26 pts. Leonardo Martinez 10 pts.



Standings - LIBSUR
LIBSUR Standings
North Group
 1. CD Valdiva 9-0 
 2. CD Victoria 8-1 
 3. AB Temuco 6-3 
 4. CD Carahue 3-6 
 5. CD Las Animas 2-6 
 6. CD Lautaro 2-8 
 7. CD Imperial 2-8 
South Group
 1. CD U.Los Lagos 8-2 
 2. AB Ancud 7-2 
 3. CD Castro 7-2 
 4. CD Puerto Varas 6-4 
 5. CB Osorno 3-6 
 6. DA Puerto Varas 2-7 
 7. CD Esp. Osorno 0-10 


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  CROATIA   


Croatia crush Ukraine in Ankara - by Eurobasket News
Croatia U20 - Ukraine U20 98:56

Croatian U20 team earned the second win at the international tournament in Ankara. They stormed past Ukraine to improve at 2-1 record. Ukraine in the meantime suffered the third straight defeat in Turkey. Leon Radosevic (208-C-90) led balanced offensive effort for Croatia with 18 points.
The teams traded baskets for some time at the start of the game but soon Croatia began clearing off. They rallied to a 25:14 lead at the first pause. Ukraine slowed their opponents down in the second quarter. They narrowed the margin to 7 points. Croatia did not allow their opponents to get closer leading by 8 points at halftime 40:32. Toni Prostran (182-G-91) helped Croatia open the third period with a 20:8 run. Croatia finished the third stanza up by 17 points 66:49. The Balkan team went on a 14:4 surge at the start of the fourth quarter and never looked back en route to the win.
Mario Delas (208-C/F-90) notched 14 points for Croatia. Josip Bilinovac (195-G-90) and Ivan Ramljak (203-F-90) added 13 points apiece in the winning effort. Kyryl Natyazhko (208-C-90) responded with 14 points and 7 caroms for Ukraine. Oleksandr Lypovyy (200-G-91) notched 12 points in the loss.

Croatia U20: Leon Radosevic 18, Mario Delas 14, Josip Bilinovac 13, Ivan Ramljak 13
Ukraine U20: Kyryl Natyazhko 14, Oleksandr Lypovyy 12



Greece knock down Croatia - by Eurobasket News
Greece U18 - Croatia U18 71:56

Greek U18 team posted the initial win at the international tournament in France. They held off Croatian counterparts in Douai. Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos (205-F-92) exploded with 23 points and 7 rebounds to lead the Hellenes.
Greece did not waste too much time as they surged ahead right from the start. They quickly established a 15:4 lead. Greece maintained the advantage and claimed a 19:14 lead at the first break. Greece stretched the advantage to as many as 13 points in the second term. They stayed in charge and coasted to a 39:25 halftime buffer. The complexion of the game did not change in the third period. The Hellenes remained in the drivers seat. They opened a 20+ lead and cruised. Croatia were able to narrow the difference to 12 points heading into the final term. But it was as close as they could get. Greece regained control in the fourth frame and breezed to a comprehensive victory at the end.
Anastasios Antonakis (204-C/F-92) produced 12 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. Marios Dermitzakis (199-F-92) netted 9 points for Greece. Marko Ramljak (199-F/G-93) top-scored with 16 points for Croatia. Marin Kukoc (198-F-92) had 10 points in the losing effort.

Greece U18: Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos 23, Anastasios Antonakis 12+11 boards, Marios Dermitzakis 9
Croatia U18: Marko Ramljak 16, Marin Kukoc 10



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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


BK Pardubice Sure up Wing Position with Addition of Jiri Cernosek - by Surujh Roopnarine
Coming off a successful 31-13 season, BK Pardubice was not looking to overhaul their roster for the 2010-2011 Mattoni NBL season. But, the opportunity to grab former BC Brno swingman Jiri Cernosek (200-F/G-81) was an opportunity they could not pass up. The 29-year old Czech player returns to Pardubice where he spent part of the 2005-06 season. Last season in Brno, the three-time All-Star appeared in 38 games, and averaged 8.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.0 assists. Cernosek wanted to remain in the Czech Republic after it was clear he would not return to Brno, and the main goal was to get back to a winning environment. With almost the entire squad from this seasons successful run returning, Pardubice should be primed for another strong NBL season.

Sparta Praha Will not Play in NBL - by Surujh Roopnarine
As reported by news portal iDnes.cz, First League (Second Division) winners, BA Sparta Praha will not accept their invitation to the Mattoni NBL (First Division) for the 2010-2011 season.
It is not imminently clear as to why Sparta refused the automatic promotion. Already on June 10th, First League runners-ups Lokomotiv Plzen were granted a wild-card entry into NBL in order to balance league play with Nymburk taking part of the season to play in the Adriatic League. Now left hanging with the announcement from Sparta, the NBL will be forced to look at possibly adding other teams from the First League, like Chomutov, Ust nad Labem, and Jindrichuv Hradec. It has already been decided that Sokol Vysehrad, who finished their first season in the NBL at 3-41, will not be invited for a second season. There is also a possibility that the league will go with only 12 teams and not worry about balancing the schedule against games Nymburk will miss due to European competition.



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  DENMARK   


Skobalj remain in Horsholm 79ers, Rungby to Aabyhoj - by Eurobasket News
Serbian Milan Skobalj will remain in Horsholm 79ers. The Head Coach spent a good year there and will be glad to stay for another year. In 1999-2000 he was a Coach Assistant for FMP Zeleznik Beograd and then in
2001-2002 for Crvena Zvezda Beograd. Last season he took Horsholm 79ers (Denmark-Basketligaen) as a Head Coach and became Eurobasket.com All-Danish Ligaen Coach of the Year and reached Danish League Semifinals.
Frederik Rungby (196-F-93) will play for Aabyhoj. Born in 1993 the young talent appeared in Aarhus BF (1st Division) last year. He is a Danish U16 National Team and played at the European Championships U16 Division B in Portugal last season. Bulgaria U16 triumph in Division B of the U16 European Championship as in the Final game the new Champions overcame Denmark 81:63. Denmark and Bulgaria head to the Division A U16 European Championship after both enjoyed a one-sided win in the Semi-Finals of the Division B Championship in Portugal. They will take the place of Ukraine and the Czech Republic who finished last in the Division A games in Kaunas. Pavlin Ivanov top-scored again for the winners with 29 points. Tenchev collected 17 points and 10 rebounds, while Simeonov added 14. Frederik Rungby and Carlsen finished the night with 15 points in defeat, whilst Benzon chipped in 11.
In 7 games Frederik Rungby averaged 11.6ppg, 6.7rpg, 2.0apg, FGP: 58.3%, FT: 45.8%



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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE   


The ESL North Carolina kicks off on Friday at the Greensboro Sportsplex - by Darryl Reshaw
The ESL North Carolina Event kicks of tommorrow at the Greensboro Sportsplex. June 25-27
www.greensborosportsplex.com
As usual the ESL has assembled some very talented players who will be showcasing their skills for the collection of European scouts who will be attending.
All basketball related people in the North Carolina area are welcome to attend the ESL in Greensboro and the games will begin after 12pm everyday.
All of the game reports and statisctics will be broadcast on the Eurobasket web site and on the www.eurobasketsummerleague.com page.
After the conclusion of the three day event we will annouce the tournament MVP and the All Tournament teams.
For any additional information please contact marketing@eurobasket.com



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  EUROLEAGUE   


Alexander Gomelskiy Coach of the Year: Xavi Pascual, Regal FCB - by Eurobasket News
After leading his team to the Euroleague title in dominant fashion, Regal FC Barcelona head coach Xavier Pascual has been voted winner of the Euroleague Basketball Alexander Gomelskiy Coach of the Year Trophy for the 2009-10 season. In just his second full campaign as head coach at this level, Pascual guided Barcelona to the best record in the Euroleague this season and to the club's second Euroleague crown. At 37 years old, Pascual becomes the youngest coach to win the award. The Alexander Gomelskiy Coach of the Year Trophy is awarded annually at the end of the season through a vote of all Euroleague head coaches. This season's runner-up was Dusko Vujosevic of Partizan Belgrade, who led his club to its first Final Four appearance in more than a decade. Vujosevic won the award for 2008-09. Asseco Prokom Gdynia head coach Tomas Pacesas finished third in the voting after his team became the first from Poland to reach the Euroleague quarterfinals. The Alexander Gomelskiy Coach of the Year award debuted in 2005 and was won that year by Pini Gershon of Maccabi Elite Tel Aviv. In order since then, previous winners were Ettore Messina of CSKA Moscow in 2006, Zeljko Obradovic of Panathinaikos in 2007, Messina again with CSKA in 2008, and Vujosevic last year.

Virtually unknown two-and-a-half years ago when he was named interim head coach at Barcelona, Pascual quickly established himself as one of the best young coaches in the business. A lifelong Barcelona fan, Pascual spent years in the Spanish minor leagues before working his way up the ranks to become an assistant at the club. His chance to take over the head of the bench came just before the start of the 2007-08 Top 16, when he was named interim head coach. Pascual proceeded to lead the club to within a victory of the Final Four before marching Barcelona to the Spanish League finals and getting re-hired, without the interim status. The 2008-09 season, Pascual's first full campaign on the Barcelona bench, brought him to the forefront of the coaching ranks. That year, Barcelona returned to the Euroleague Final Four for the first time in three seasons, then finished up in style by winning the Spanish League title.

Last season, Pascual firmly established himself among the game's elite. Despite having to integrate five new players into the team, Pascual had Barcelona playing dominant basketball from the start of the season. Barcelona went through the Euroleague regular season undefeated, winning by an averaged margin of victory of 20.8 points while boasting some of the best team defense the Euroleague has ever seen. Though their victory streak ended at 11 games with an overtime loss at Partizan in the Top 16, Pascual and Barcelona merely started another, proceeding to win the rest of its Top 16 games to reach a Quarterfinal Playoffs encounter with archrival Real Madrid holding homecourt advantage. After splitting the first two games of the best-of-five series at home, Barcelona won Games 3 and 4 on the road in the Spanish capital to secure a Final Four berth. Once in Paris, Barcelona overcame CSKA Moscow in a defensive slugfest in the semifinals before overpowering Olympiacos in the title game to celebrate the 2010 Euroleague championship.

All told, Barcelona's 20-2 record for the season included the fewest losses by a Euroleague team all decade. Pascual's part in Barcelona's exceptional season cannot be overstated. Working new stars onto a roster that was already full of them required that every player sacrifice some of his brilliance to make the team better. In a short time, however, Barcelona boasted a clear mission with well-defined roles and top-notch organization on both ends of the court. Most important, Pascual established a team in the truest sense of the word, full of players dedicated first and foremost to winning. It is no wonder that, under Pascual's tutelage, Barcelona has also turned its home court, Palau Blaugrana, into a fortress where the team has gone 23-2 in Euroleague games with him on the bench. But even away from home, and most notably at the Final Four in Paris, where the team succeeded despite playing two different styles in the most pressure-packed games of the season, Barcelona's dominance was so impressive as to make his coaching peers choose Xavier Pascual as the best on the bench this season.

The Alexander Gomelskiy Coach of the Year Trophy pays tribute to the legend who was the winning coach of the first three Euroleague titles, from 1958 to 1960, with ASK Riga. Gomelskiy, the father of basketball in the Soviet Union and Russia, led CSKA to its last Euroleague crown before the modern era in 1971. He passed away in 2005 at age 77. Since then, the award has been handed out to the best coach of each Euroleague season, as voted by his peers.



Previous Alexander Gomelskiy Coach of the Year winners

2009 Dusko Vujosevic, Partizan Belgrade
2008 Ettore Messina, CSKA Moscow
2007 Zeljko Obradovic, Panathinaikos
2006 Ettore Messina, CSKA Moscow
2005 Pini Gershon, Maccabi Elite

Courtesy of Euroleague



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  FRANCE   


Frejus Zerbo signed a first pro contract - by Eurobasket News
Frejus Zerbo (206-C-89) signs with Gravelines-Dunkerque a pro contract and will remain in the team. In season 2005-2006 he started with STB Le Havre U21 team and stayed there until year 2009. Last season the player of Ivory Coast National Team debuted in EuroChallenge and played for BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral. In EuroChallenge after 5 games he averaged 2.8ppg, 3.0rpg. In French League after 22 games he showed 2.8ppg, 3.4rpg.
In EuroChallenge Frejus Zerbo recorded 8 points as French Gravelines overcame Buducnost 82-74 away from home for the third victory in Group A of EuroChallenge. The guests grabbed 24-23 after the opening quarter and had 1-point advantage at the halftime. The third quarter was decisive in the game as the French outfit produced 23-13 for the total success. Edwards top-scored for the winners with 20 points, while Woodside Ben netted 17. Akpomedah Cyril and Nichols Demetris followed with 8 points apiece. Dragicevic Vladimir finished the night with 17 points in the losing effort.
Frejus Zerbo recorded 7 points in the National league as Gravelines blasted Dijon 88:54 mostly owing to Cyril Akpomedah, who scored 20 points and pulled down 7 rebounds. Three players followed him with 15 points each. Visitors got 15 points and 5 boards from Abdoulaye MBaye.


France edge Poland in Douai - by Eurobasket News
France U18 - Poland U18 72:61
French U18 team opened the international tournament in Douai with victory. They shot down Polish counterparts for 1-0 record. Mathis Keita (192-G-92) came up with 15 points to pace the hosts.
France jumped to a 10:3 lead early in the game but Poland stopped the bleeding. The visitors capped the frame with six points in a row to get within two 13:15. France maintained the lead throughout the second period. But they could not clear off. Les Bleus were up by two points 34:32 at halftime. Finally France started to get away in the third stanza. They opened a double-digit lead late in the quarter. The hosts arrived at the final break enjoying a 13-point lead 56:43. France tipped off the final stanza with four points in a row to boost the margin. Poland managed to get as close as seven points but France stayed calm and sealed the winning outcome at the end.
Rudy Deal (202-F/C-92) finished with 11 points for France. Evan Fournier (198-G/F-92) provided 9 points in the victory. Wojciech Leszczynski (187-G-92) responded with 10 points for Poland. Kacper Stalicki (195-G/F-92), Tomasz Madziar (195-F-92) and Szymon Dlugosz (201-F-92) accounted for 9 points each in the loss.

France U18: Mathis Keita 15, Rudy Deal 11, Evan Fournier 9
Poland U18: Wojciech Leszczynski 10, Kacper Stalicki 9, Tomasz Madziar 9, Szymon Dlugosz 9



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  GERMANY   


Germany too good for Bulgaria in Douai - by Eurobasket News
Germany U18 - Bulgaria U18 72:52

German U18 recorded the first win at the international tournament in Douai, France. They fired past Bulgaria. Patrick Heckmann (196-G/F-92) knocked down 20 points and pulled down 7 rebounds to lead the effort. Germany will next face Greece, while Bulgaria will take on France.
Germany opened the game with eight points in a row. But Bulgaria did not leave those unanswered. They went on an 8:0 run of their own to seal the first quarter outcome at 8:8. The lead changed hands throughout the second stanza before Germany went on a 7:1 run to take a 28:19 lead at halftime. Germany quickly boosted the margin to 14 points midway through the third frame. They controlled the tempo establishing a 52:42 lead at the final break. The Bundesteam opened the final stanza with eight consecutive points and never looked back en route to the victory.
Dennis Kramer (208-F-92) produced 13 points for Germany. Kevin Bright (198-F/G-92) delivered 10 points in the victory. Pavlin Ivanov (195-G-93, agency: Beo Basket) responded with 19 points for Bulgaria. Aleks Simeonov (195-C-93) netted 9 points in the loss.

Germany U18: Patrick Heckmann 20, Dennis Kramer 13, Kevin Bright 10
Bulgaria U18: Pavlin Ivanov 19, Aleks Simeonov 9



TBB Trier Continue To Go Shopping In Berlin Getting Philipp Zwiener - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
After grabbing ex Alba Berlin legend and coach Hendrik Rodel and forward Dragan Dojcin, the club went shopping again in Berlin getting ex Alba Berlin forward and German national player Philip Zwiener (198-F-85, agency: Court Side) giving him a two year deal. Zwiener who celebrated his 25th birthday yesterday is a 2,01 cm forward who will be playing his first season on the Mosel with TBB Trier. Last season, he played 27 games averaging 2,7ppg and 1,2 rpg in 9,00 minutes per game. Zwiener was never able to break into the Alba Berlin rotation and will surely get more minutes with TBB Trier. 'Zwiener is our wish player for the small forward position and we see him as a starter. We are very proud that we were able to convince a German player of his format for the Trier concept', stressed TBB Trier manager Lothar Hermeling.

Zwiener started his basketball career for the Bremen Roosters and came to Alba Berlin in 2005 and also played for their cooperation partner team TUS Lichterfelde. With Alba Berlin, Zwiener was German champion in 2008 and won the BEKO BBL Cup twice. He took part in the 2008 Ollympic games in Peiking and has 17 international games for the German National team. Zwiener is happy with getting signed by TBB Trier. Trier with their new concept is a perfect place for young players to develop and to take responsobility. I enjoyed my time with Alba Berlin, but see the time now as the perfect chance to play with TBB Trier. I am sure that we will play positive basketball', warned Philip Zwiener.
Source: www.tbb.-trier.de



Dirk Madrich Signs With The Giessen 46ers - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Dirk Madrich (211-C-83, agency: Court Side) has returned back to the BEKO BBL for the 2010-2011 basketball seaosn signing with the Giessen 46ers. His season was cut short last season in Greece as he tore his intervertebral disc as he was playing with Olimpiada Patras where he averaged 8,8ppg and 3,6rpg in 16 minutes. At the moment, Madrich is in rehabilitation in Giessen and the club is confident that the 26 year old 212cm center will be fit for training camp. 'We are confident that he will be ready in time for training camp, but if not then we will be able to disolve the contract', stressed Giessen 46ers boss Christoph Syring. Coach Vladi Bogojevic is happy in getting the big man. 'Dirk brings everything that is needed at the two big positions. Length, movement, aggressiveness and a good shot. He will become an important factor in our rotation at the position four and five, but will mostly play the position four. But most important is that he gets fit', stated Giessen 46er coach Vladi Bogojevic.

Madrich played four years in Braunschweig, two years with The Artland Dragons and one year in Bamberg. He aso played in France for Strassburg IG in the 2006-2007 season where he got ULEB Cup experience. Madrich is happy that he is playing in the BEKO BBL again. 'I thank The Giessen 46ers for giving me the chance to return to the Bundesliga and I hope that I can give results for their confidence. I am looking forward to the Giessen 46er fans who I remember as being basketball crazy and I remember some Giessen fans going to a Strassburg game as Chck Eidson was playing there', said Dirk Madrich (211-C-83, agency: Court Side).
Source: www.giessen-46ers.de



Kai Barth Moves To USC Heidelberg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
It seemed like German Kai Barth (188-G-89) may be a TV Langen Giraffe for life since his dad was running the club and he had played there four years, but the 21 year old point guard decided on going to PRO A club USC Heidelberg. Barth who took part in the U-18 and U-20 European Championships in 2007 and 2009 and is still considered a german talent averaged 33 minutes per game last season averaging 11,9ppg and 3,9apg. In January 2010, he was voted as youngster of the month in the PRO A. 'I was told in a very soothing and open talk with USC management that I would be able to combine my basketball and university studies in Heidelberg', declared Kai Barth (188-G-89) who also had been practicing with The Deutsche Bank Skyliners since a few years. 'By getting Kai Barth (188-G-89), we have very many options. It is no secret that we plan to have to Americans in the back court, but now we wont have to have one true point guard', stressed USC heidelberg coach Torsten Daume .
Source: www.usc-heidelberg.de



Marius Nolte Gets 2 Year Contract Extension From The Deutsche Bank Skyliners - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners made another step in keeping the 2009-2010 successful club intact by keeping its second player player for next season holding 29 year old German Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops) after having extended the contract with likeable Quantez Robertson (190-G-84, college: Auburn) a few days ago. Nolte didnt play much last season playing 29 games and averaging 2,4ppg and 1,0rpg in 6,41 minutes per game, but he quickly accepted his role and became the fan favorite. Nolte is pleased about staying a few years more on the Main. 'We played a very successful season and I am happy that I was a part or it. The team is run very well and the fans made it easy for me to get used to Frankfurt quickly. I am looking forward to the future of The Deutsche Bank Skyliners and I am sure that we will continue to offer the fans exciting basketball', stressed Marius Nolte (206-C-81, agency: Limelight Hoops). Sport director Kamil Novak is also thrilled to keep Nolte. 'I am happy that Marius will stay with the club. We continue to work hard to keep the team together and after Robertson, Nolte was a player that we could keep. He has a good charachter and positive charm. As a backup, he can give us positive minutes as a backup', stated Kamil Novak
Source: www.deutschebankskyliners.de



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Teams for Eurocup and Eurochallenge Qualification Announced - by George Fragkos
We have received the following press release from FIBA Europe, which anounces the teams that are going to participate in the European Cups. This announcement proves that the rumours that there will be more than three Greek clubs in next year's Euroleague were unsubstantial.

On Thursday FIBA Europe and Euroleague Basketball announced the teams participating in the Qualifying Round for the 2011 Eurocup and EuroChallenge.

16 teams from 13 countries will play for the last eight positions in the 2011 Eurocup.

The eight losing teams will participate in the 2011 EuroChallenge.

The other 24 participants in the EuroChallenge will be announced after the registration deadline at the end of June.

At the draw, held by FIBA Europe and Euroleague Basketball on July 8 in Barcelona, Spain, the pairings for the home and away ties will be determined.

The teams of the Qualifying Round for the 2011 Eurocup:

Belgium

Belgacom Liège

Bulgaria

Lukoil Akademik Sophia

Croatia

KK Zagreb

Cedevita Zagreb

Cyprus

Apoel Nikosia

France

Entente Orleans

Germany

Skyliners Frankfurt

Greece

AS PAOK Thessalonikis

Aris Thessaloniki

Israel

Hapoel Jerusalem

Italy

Benetton Treviso

Latvia

VEF Riga

Russia

Dynamo Moscow

Spartak St. Petersburg

Spain

Gran Canaria

Turkey

Besiktas JK Istanbul




The clubs advancing from this group will join the 14 teams falling short in the Euroleague Qualifying Round and 10 teams who have already secured a spot in the Eurocup regular season.

The 16 teams of the Qualifying Round for the 2011 Euroleague. Two qualify for Euroleague:

Country

Club

Belgium

Spirou Basket

Czech Republic

CEZ Nymburk

France

Le Mans

Chorale Roanne

ASVEL Villeurbanne

Germany

Alba Berlin

Greece

Marousi BC

Israel

Galil Gilboa

Italy

Pepsi Caserta

Latvia

Barons/LMT Riga

Montenegro

KK Buducnost Podgorica

Netherlands

GTF Groningen

Russia

BC Khimki Moscow Region

Unics Kazan

Serbia

Hemofarm Vrsac

Ukraine

Budivelnyk




Teams with secured places in the 2011 Eurocup:

Country

Club

Germany

EWE Baskets Oldenburg

BG Gottingen

Greece

Panellinios Athens

Italy

NGC Cantu

Lithuania

BC Siauliai

Poland

Anwil Wloclawek

Russia

Krasnye Krylia

Spain

Cajasol Sevilla

Asefa Estudiantes Madrid

Turkey
Banvit BC



Greece Announce 17-player Roster - by George Fragkos
Jonas Kazlauskas , the head coach of the Greece Senior Men team, announced the 17-player roster, from which some very important individuals are absent.
Thodoros Papaloukas (200-G-77, agency: FCM) will stay for one more year away from the national team, decision which was made both the player and the coach after talks that have been held between them. Kostas Koufos (213-F/C-89, college: Ohio St.) is the other big name which was excluded from the team, due to his wish to attend the summer leagues at the USA, in order to improve himself and earn more playing time at the NBA.


After one year absence from the national team, Dimitris Diamantidis (196-G-80), Costas Tsartsaris (210-F-79) and Panagiotis Vasilopoulos (202-F-84, agency: FCM) return and they are most likely going to be included at the 12-player roster which will take part at the 2010 World Championship in Turkey.

The Lithuanian coach surprised a lot by including in his selection two young but very talented players, Nikos Pappas (194-G-90, agency: FCM) and Kostas Papanikolaou (203-F/G-90). Both of them impressed everyone last year with their performances at the European Championship U20 and the World Championship U19. Greece won the first and the second place respectively while the two youngsters were singled out, as they were between those who contributed the most in that successful campaign.

Greece Senior Men

Dimitris Diamantidis
Costas Tsartsaris
Antonis Fotsis (210-F-81)
Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket)
Nick Kalathis (198-G-89, agency: Arik Krayn Services, college: Florida)
Stratos Perperoglou (203-G-84)
Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM)
Sofoklis Schortsanitis (206-C-85)
Ioannis Bourousis (212-C-83, agency: FCM)
Loukas Mavrokefalides (207-C-84)
Panagiotis Vasilopoulos
Kostas Papanikolaou
Nikolaos Zisis (195-G-83)
Costas Vasiliadis (200-G/F-84, agency: FCM)
Konstantinos Kaimakoglou (206-C/F-83)
Ian Vougioukas (212-C/F-85, college: St.Louis)
Nikos Pappas



Greece knock down Croatia - by Eurobasket News
Greece U18 - Croatia U18 71:56

Greek U18 team posted the initial win at the international tournament in France. They held off Croatian counterparts in Douai. Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos (205-F-92) exploded with 23 points and 7 rebounds to lead the Hellenes.
Greece did not waste too much time as they surged ahead right from the start. They quickly established a 15:4 lead. Greece maintained the advantage and claimed a 19:14 lead at the first break. Greece stretched the advantage to as many as 13 points in the second term. They stayed in charge and coasted to a 39:25 halftime buffer. The complexion of the game did not change in the third period. The Hellenes remained in the drivers seat. They opened a 20+ lead and cruised. Croatia were able to narrow the difference to 12 points heading into the final term. But it was as close as they could get. Greece regained control in the fourth frame and breezed to a comprehensive victory at the end.
Anastasios Antonakis (204-C/F-92) produced 12 points and 11 rebounds in the victory. Marios Dermitzakis (199-F-92) netted 9 points for Greece. Marko Ramljak (199-F/G-93) top-scored with 16 points for Croatia. Marin Kukoc (198-F-92) had 10 points in the losing effort.

Greece U18: Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos 23, Anastasios Antonakis 12+11 boards, Marios Dermitzakis 9
Croatia U18: Marko Ramljak 16, Marin Kukoc 10



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  GUATEMALA   


Club Elite reaches the Finals too - by Gianni Pascucci
With a clear win, 110-84 over D-team Guatemala in Game 2 of Semifinals, Elite B.C. advanced to Final Seres of LPB -Clausura, where will meet the till now undefeated USAC. In decisive Game 2, D-team started very well, and the score was 11-0 just after some minutes in the first quarter. Then, Elite B.C. started its comeback. The first partial ended 36-21 for Elite B.C, and starting from that time the lead did not change anymore: the second quarter was closed ahead by Elite 51-40. Only during the third quarter D-Team tried to comeback, but it wasnt enough to keep the win. With 19 points, Pablo Cano (178-G-88) was the top scorer in Elite B.C, and young Javier Chavez (190-F-89) added 17 pts. Veteran Fernando Marroquin (182-G-81) led D-team with 26 points and Jose Luis Lopez (187-F-77) scored 19 pts in losing effort. The LPB Finals will start on Sunday, June 27 at 6:00 pm

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  HOLLAND   


GasTerra Flames preliminary round Euroleague and ZZ Leiden group stage of the FIBA Euro Challenge - by Fred Roggen
Next season GasTerra Flames Groningen - the first Dutch club in history - play the first round of the Euroleague, Europe's highest club competition. The team begins on Tuesday, September 21 with a home game at Martini Plaza. This year the 24 best clubs compete for the European title for club teams. Already 22 teams have qualified for the main event. Sixteen clubs compete in the preliminaries for the two remaining tickets. GasTerra Flames Groningen is one of them.

Dutch Cup winner Zorg and Zekerheid Leiden plays in the group stage of the FIBA Euro Challenge. This is the third European tournament for club teams. The draw for the various tournaments takes place Thursday, July 8 in Barcelona.



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BC KNIGHTS TO PLAY FINAL HOME GAME - by John Gary
courtesy oursportscentral.com The Battle Creek Knights have one more chance to let Kellog Arena do its magic and help them to a win. Stuck on a six game losing streak,the Knights will be looking to turn things around in its final home of the season 7;30pm friday at Kellogg Arena when Battle Creek hosts Holland in an IBL contest. ' Guys are still in good sprits,we are trying to maintain our chemistry and try to get into rthym before we head out on the road,' said Knights coach Dale Beard. 'Hopefully, we can start a new winning streak at home this week.'

BC KNIGHTS TO PLAY FINAL HOME GAME - by John Gary
courtesy oursportscentral.com The Battle Creek Knights have one more chance to let Kellog Arena do its magic and help them to a win. Stuck on a six game losing streak,the Knights will be looking to turn things around in its final home of the season 7;30pm friday at Kellogg Arena when Battle Creek hosts Holland in an IBL contest. ' Guys are still in good sprits,we are trying to maintain our chemistry and try to get into rthym before we head out on the road,' said Knights coach Dale Beard. 'Hopefully, we can start a new winning streak at home this week.'

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  IRAN   


Iranian NT training squad announced - by Eurobasket
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Hamed Afagh
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Amir Amini
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Rouzbeh Arghavan
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Mehrad Atashi
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Iranian NT coach Veselin Matic selected a group of 23 players for initial training squad 2010. This is actually team A and Team B.
The first national team will be seelcted later this summer.
The players are:
Hamed Afagh 192-G-83 Mahram Iran
Amir Amini 192-G-84 Petrochimi Imam Harbour Iran
Rouzbeh Arghavan 212-F-88 Aboomoslem Khorasan Iran
Mehrad Atashi 192-G-86 Mahram Iran
Ali Baheran 187-G-86 Zob Ahan Esfahan Iran
Javad Davari 186-G-83 Petrochimi Imam Harbour Iran
Saeid Davarpanah 190-G-87 Petrochimi Imam Harbour Iran
Aren Davoudi 182-G-86 Zob Ahan Esfahan Iran
Ali Doraghi 210-C-84 Shiraz a.s Pipe Iran
MohammadReza Akbari Bisheh 196-F/G-86 Zob Ahan Esfahan Iran
Hamed Haddadi 218-C-85 Memphis Grizzlies USA
Mehdi Esmaeili 207-F/C Mahram Iran
Mohammad Hassanzadeh 201-F-90 Saba Mehr Iran
Mahdi Kamrani 181-G-82 Mahram Iran
Asghar Kardoust 210-C-86 Azad University Iran
Arsalan Kazemi 201-F-90 Rice University USA
Mousa Nabipour 212-C-83 Azad University Iran
Samad Nikkhah 199-G/F-83 Mahram Iran
Jaber Rouzbahani 228-C-86 Zob Ahan Esfahan Iran
Oshin Sahakian 202-F-86 Zob Ahan Esfahan Iran
Hamed Sohrabnejad 206-C/F-83 Mahram Iran
Pooya Tadjik 202-F/C-80 BEEM Iran
Saman Veisi 192-G-82 Mahram Iran
Iman Zandi 186-G-81 Shiraz a.s Pipe Iran


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  ISRAEL   


Hapoel Holon signs Amit Ben David, Maccabi Netanya lands Moti Moscovitz - by Eurobasket News
Hapoel Holon announced another signing for the next season. After arrivals of Dagan Yavzuri (193-G-85) and Moran Roth (184-G-82), the team agreed terms with Amit Ben David (190-G-77, agency: Avi Zilberman). The experienced guard spent last years with Maccabi Haifa Heat. In the latest one he had 5.1 ppg, 1.9 rgp and 1.7 apg for 26 Premier League games. In his first year with the club Ben David had 5.2 ppg, 2.3 rpg and 2.6 apg for 27 appearances. Season 2007/08 he spent with Gilboa/Afula/Migdal Haemek, while from 2003 to 2008 he was a member of Hapoel Ironi Nahariya. In the past, Ben David also played for Maccabi Rishon Le Zion, Hapiel Zfat and Maccabi Raanana. He is not a new face in Hapoel Holon as he already played there on season 1999/2000.
Meanwhile, Maccabi Netanya announced signing of Moti Moscovitz (205-C-85) for the next season. The 24-year-old center arrives from the Israeli champion Galil Gilboa. He had limited playing time with them averaging 2.9 points and 1.1 rebounds for 12 games last season. On season 2008/09, Moscovitz was member of Maccabi Hod Hasharon in National League. He played 31 games for the club collecting 15.3 ppg and 9.5 rpg. He was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Israeli National League Honorable Mention -09. In the past he also played for Hapoel Jerusalem, and Hapoel Holon.


Hapoel Holon signs Dagan Yavzuri - by Eurobasket News
Hapoel Holon announced signing of two-season deal with Dagan Yavzuri (193-G-85). The 24-year old guard arrives to Hapoel Holon from Galil Gilboa. He appeared 25 times in Premier League last season averaging 6.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists. Galil Gilboa made the best result in their history winning the Israeli title. They finished regular season as No.3 with 14-8 record and after that eliminated Ashkelon in the Playoff Quarterfinals (3-0). Galil Gilboa met Jerusalem in the Semis beating them 79-69 and finally they shocked Maccabi Electra in the Big Final 90-77. Dagan Yavzuri got six minutes in this historical game, but was not able to score.
Dagan Yavzuri joined Galil Gilboa during the summer 2008. In his first season with the club he had 4.9 ppg and 1.3 rpg. Before that, he played one season for Gilboa/Afula/Migdal Haemek. Yavzuti had 3.4 ppg for 25 games and was named Eurobasket.com Israeli League All-Newcomers Team -08. In the past, he also was a member of Hapoel Yokneam/Megido.
Hapoel Holon was the Premier League champion in 2008 and they also outplayed Maccabi Tel-Aviv in the Finals. Last year they won the Israeli Cup.


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  ITALY   


Marcelus Kemp didn't sign any agreement in Greece - by Antonello Varallo
Following the recent rumors about Marcelus Kemp (196-G-84, college: Nevada), the player wants to make clear that he has not signed any agreement with any Greek team, and that he is still free and available; moreover, he wishes to continue his career in Italy. Kemp was one of the protagonist of the good season of Banca di Sardegna Sassari, who gained promotion to Serie A after Legadue Playoff. Kemp ended the season with 21.4 ppg in 43 games, with a season high of 48 points scored against Pavia.

Snaidero Udine and Reggio Emilia hire new coaches - by Eurobasket News
Snaidero Udine hired Luigi Garelli (agency: Players Group ) as their new Head Coach. Garelli replaced Demis Cavina at the helm of the Italian LegaDue club. The Italian specialist is coming to Udine after great season with another LegaDue team - MiroRadici Finance Vigevano. He led the team to Playoff Quarterfinals in their LegaDue rookie year. For this success, Garelli was awarded with Italian Lega2 Coach of the Year -10. In 2009, he led MiroRadici Finance Vigevano to promotion from A dilettanti to LegaDue. In 2007, he was B1 champion with Fulgor Libertas Forli. In the past, Garelli also worked with Vigevano.
Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia hired Piero Coen as the new Head Coach. Coen arrives to the club from Mazzeo San Severo. From 2006 to 2008 he worked with Banca Marche Ancona. Coen also has experience from Calze Pompea Atri and Stamura Ancona. Last season with San Sever he reached the Semifinals in A dilettanti competition. They failed against Fortitudo Bologna.


Benetton Treviso land Nemanja Bjelica - by Eurobasket News
Benetton Treviso signed a three-year deal with Nemanja Bjelica (209-F/C-88, agency: Interperformances). The Serbian youngster spent the previous season in Crvena Zvezda. He tallied 8.5 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in EuroCup. In Adriatic League Nemanja Bjelica averaged 8.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.4 steals per appearance. In Serbian league the player notched 18.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 3.3 assists.


Air Avelino brings in Omar Thomas - by Eurobasket News
Air Avelino signed contract with forward Omar Thomas (197-F-82, agency: Interperformances, college: UTEP). The 28-year old American, who also has Slovenian passport, is coming to Air Avelino from Enel Brindisi. He appeared 30 times In LegaDue last season averaging 18.3 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.2 steals. Brindisi was the league champion and earned a promotion to SerieA. Thomas was named Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 Player of the Year -10.
Before Brindisi, Omar Thomas spent one season with Solsonica Rieti. The team competed in SerieA, where Thomas had 11.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.6 steals for 25 games. He started 2008/09 season with Pau-Orthez, but in November moved to Rieti. Season 2007/08 Thomas spent with Rimini in LegaDue. In 33 games he averaged 17.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 3.6 steals. He also has experience from Coca-Cola Tigers (PHI) and Austin Toros (NBDL).
Omar Thomas is a product of UTEP, where he graduated in 2005. In his senior season Thomas had 20.5 ppg and 6.7 rpg. His new team Air Avelino failed to reach the Playoffs last season.


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  IVORY COAST   


Frejus Zerbo signed a first pro contract - by Eurobasket News
Frejus Zerbo (206-C-89) signs with Gravelines-Dunkerque a pro contract and will remain in the team. In season 2005-2006 he started with STB Le Havre U21 team and stayed there until year 2009. Last season the player of Ivory Coast National Team debuted in EuroChallenge and played for BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral. In EuroChallenge after 5 games he averaged 2.8ppg, 3.0rpg. In French League after 22 games he showed 2.8ppg, 3.4rpg.
In EuroChallenge Frejus Zerbo recorded 8 points as French Gravelines overcame Buducnost 82-74 away from home for the third victory in Group A of EuroChallenge. The guests grabbed 24-23 after the opening quarter and had 1-point advantage at the halftime. The third quarter was decisive in the game as the French outfit produced 23-13 for the total success. Edwards top-scored for the winners with 20 points, while Woodside Ben netted 17. Akpomedah Cyril and Nichols Demetris followed with 8 points apiece. Dragicevic Vladimir finished the night with 17 points in the losing effort.
Frejus Zerbo recorded 7 points in the National league as Gravelines blasted Dijon 88:54 mostly owing to Cyril Akpomedah, who scored 20 points and pulled down 7 rebounds. Three players followed him with 15 points each. Visitors got 15 points and 5 boards from Abdoulaye MBaye.


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  JAMAICA   


Two Jamaicans on tap to be drafted into the NBA tonight - by Leonard Whyte
Miramar, FL (06-24-2010): History could be made tonight when two local basketball players - Jerome Jordan and Samardo Samuels - could be drafted into the National Basketball Association (NBA) as the 2010 NBA Draft takes place at Madison Square Gardens in New York City. The event begins at 7:00 p.m. EST. and will be televised live on the ESPN network. This would be the first time two Jamaican players, both of whom were discovered at the annual NIKE/KFC Star Search Basketball and Life Skills Development Camp, would be drafted into the NBA.

Jordan
The 7-foot Jordan completed a stellar four-year career at Tulsa with 1,508 points and 983 rebounds for career averages of 11.3 points and 7.4 rebounds. His blocked shots accolades were even more impressive as the former Jamaica College graduate rejected an astonishing 333 shots to erase the school and Conference USA blocked shots records. He was voted the top defensive player in the conference for three consecutive years and earned all-conference honors in his final two years. Jordan also graduated with a bachelors degree in Exercise Sports Science.

Samuels
The 6 9, 260-pound Samuels was a two-year starter for Louisville and averaged 15.3 points and seven rebounds last season. Formerly of Mushett High School, the powerful forward chose to enter the draft two years early after being the top-rated high school center in the country back in 2008.


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  KAZAKHSTAN   


Tofas inks Selin Saygin, Bornova agrees with Soner Senturk - by Eurobasket News
Tofas Bursa announced signing of three-year deal with Selin Saygin (207-C-85). The 25-year old Turkish/ Kazakhstan center returns to TBL after several seasons in Russia and Kazakhstan. His last season in Turkey was 2005/06 with Buyuk Kolej Ankara. In the past he also played for Efes Pilsen Istanbul (mostly for youth selections) and Pertevniyal. He was a member of Turkish U16, U18 and U20 National Team. Tofas Bursa finished last season as No.10 with 12-18 record. They failed to reach the Playoffs.
At the same time, Bornova inked Soner Senturk (194-G-86, agency: 1x1 Sports) for the next season. The 23-year old guard arrives to Bornova from Turk Telekom Ankara. He struggled to get minutes with Turk Telekom last season averaging 3.9 points, 1.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists for 28 TBL games. In EuroCup, he had 9 appearances adding 4.4 ppg and 3.2 apg. Last summer, Senturk was a member of Turkish University National Team. At the Universiade in Belgrade he had 9.9 ppg, 5 rpg and 3.3 apg for 7 games. In the past, he spent seven years with Darussafaka and also was a member of U18 and U20 Turkey.


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  NBA   


Thunder, Heat trade Daequan Cook, draft picks - by Eurobasket News
The Oklahoma City Thunder announced today that the team has acquired the 18th overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft and guard Daequan Cook (6'5''-G-87, college: Ohio St.) from the Miami Heat in exchange for the 32nd pick in the 2010 NBA Draft.

According to the Associated Press, the deal announced by the Heat on Wednesday clears about $3.4 million in salary cap space as Miami gets ready for next weeks start of free agency.

We are pleased to add Daequan Cook to the Thunder roster, said Sam Presti, Thunder Executive Vice President and General Manager. He will add depth and shooting to our backcourt.

The Thunder now holds the 18th, 21st, 26th and 51st picks in tomorrows NBA Draft.

The 23-year old Cook is a three-year NBA veteran and holds career averages of 8.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. He has appeared in 179 NBA games (26 starts) all with the Heat. Cook won the 2009 Foot Locker Three-Point shootout during the NBA All-Star weekend in Phoenix. The 6-5 guard has shot 35.8% from behind the arc for his career.

The Ohio State product was originally drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 21st overall pick in the 2007 NBA Draft and was traded to Miami along with a second round pick and cash considerations.


Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Bulls officially hire Tom Thibodeau as Head Coach - by Eurobasket News
The Chicago Bulls have named Celtics assistant Tom Thibodeau their new head coach, finalizing a move reported earlier this month.

Terms of the contract were not disclosed, but on June 5, the Chicago Tribune reported Thibodeau accepted the Bulls' offer of a three-year contract, with the move becoming official following the NBA Finals. Boston lost Game 7 of the Finals to the Los Angeles Lakers last Thursday.

'I am very excited to be here and to join the Bulls organization. Chicago is a great city with great fans and a storied history,' said Thibodeau. 'I would like to thank [owner] Jerry Reinsdorf and [general manager] Gar Forman for presenting me with such a terrific opportunity. We have a talented team with a good nucleus of players, and I am eager to get started.'

This will be Thibodeau's first shot at a head coaching job after serving as an assistant for seven teams over 18 seasons. A defensive specialist, his teams have finished in the top 10 in team defense 16 times, including this year's Celtics, who were fifth in points allowed per game.

'As I went through the process to search for the next head coach of the Chicago Bulls, the longer the process went it became apparent that Tom was a perfect fit for the Bulls,' said Forman. 'He is a great communicator and teacher of the game, and he fits our organizational philosophy from a defensive standpoint. With his experience and knowledge of the NBA, I am confident he will be a great leader for our team.'

Thibodeau, 52, began his NBA career as an assistant with the expansion Minnesota Timberwolves in 1989 and joined the Seattle SuperSonics in 1991-92 as a scout. He then worked for the San Antonio Spurs, Philadelphia 76ers, New York Knicks and Houston Rockets before joining Boston prior to the 2007-08 season.

Thibodeau will take over for Vinny Del Negro, who was fired on May 4 following two seasons in Chicago.


Courtesy of www.torontosun.com


Boozer / Wesley Johnson package deal to Nets? - by Eurobasket News
Increasingly loud hints that the New Jersey Nets intend to select Syracuse small forward Wesley Johnson (6'7''-F-87) with the third overall pick were initially dismissed as a potential smokescreen New Jersey orchestrated to convince Minnesota -- which likes Johnson at No. 4 -- to surrender an asset to the Nets for the right to trade up to No. 3.

Not so any longer.

A new theory circulating pegs Johnson as one of the first dominos in the free-agent frenzy that will officially commence July 1.

Multiple teams have passed along their belief to ESPN.com that the Nets have serious interest in Johnson at No. 3 largely because they believe it will help them land Utah's Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke) in free agency.

New Jerseys main position of emphasis once the free-agent market opens July 1 is power forward, with the Nets possessing an estimated $27 million in salary-cap space and with Brook Lopez and Devin Harris entrenched at center and point guard.

The connection between Johnson and Boozer? They're both represented by the same agent: Rob Pelinka.

The selection of Johnson would be a strong tip-off, sources say, that New Jersey will be chasing Boozer hardest when free agency commences, ahead of potential targets such as Phoenixs Amare Stoudemire.

ESPN.com's Chad Ford indeed has New Jersey selecting Johnson with the third overall pick in his latest mock draft.

One source close to the situation, however, insisted Wednesday that Boozer has strong interest in the Nets independent of where Johnson lands in the draft.

Courtesy of ESPN


Coach Williams urges Hornets not to trade Paul - by Eurobasket News
Monty Williams would rather not contemplate making his NBA head coaching debut without Chris Paul (6'0''-G-85, college: Wake Forest).

So with trade talks intensifying as they often do in the final days before the NBA draft, Williams made it clear on Tuesday that he expects his new employers to turn down whatever offers they get for their biggest star.

'Chris was the main thing that excited me about this job,' Williams said after a pre-draft workout Tuesday at the Hornets' suburban training center. 'So many people are begging for a point guard. You're talking about the best one in the game. I couldn't envision being here without Chris.'

The Hornets have the 11th overall pick in Thursday night's draft and likely could move up if they decided to deal their three-time All-Star.

Meanwhile, those teams which plan to pursue LeBron James in free agency might enhance their chances of success by trading for Paul.

Paul and James are close friends who spend a lot of time together in the offseason and were teammates on the 2008 U.S. Olympic team that won gold in Beijing.

When James premiered his documentary, 'More Than A Game,' in Akron, Ohio, last year, Paul was on hand to help promote it.

Hornets general manager Jeff Bower said he has received many calls about possible trades but declined to specify which teams, or how many, inquired about Paul.

'I'm not going to comment on rumors, regardless of confirming them or denying them or saying how believable or unbelievable they are because it's something that's going to be there all throughout the free-agent process,' Bower said. 'We have a duty to listen and have dialogue with teams about all of our players . . . and our job is to be aware of the interest in every player in this league, not only other (teams') players, but our own.'


Courtesy of ww.japantimes.co.jp


Kings want Cousins, Warriors eye Udoh - by Eurobasket News
The Sacramento Kings are planning to select Kentucky center DeMarcus Cousins (6'11''-F-90, agency: SportsTalent) with the fifth pick in the draft, sources with knowledge of the franchises plan told Yahoo! Sports.

The Kings have ultimately decided Cousins is just too talented to pass and believe they can provide the support system hell need in the NBA. Cousins is 6-foot-11, 285 pounds, and has a refined offensive game. Kings general manager Geoff Petrie and coach Paul Westphal are banking the organization can help Cousins improve his conditioning and maturity.

Cousins had a fantastic workout with the Kings, delivering the best shooting performance of their predraft process. He made 78 percent of his shots, including plenty of attempts from 15 to 17 feet. The Kings had considered Georgetowns Greg Monroe, but dont believe a drama-free personality outweighs far more upside at center.

If Greg Monroe drops to No. 7, the draft board changes in Detroit, league sources say.

The Kings, who just traded for Philadelphia 76ers center Samuel Dalembert (notes), are counting on a frontline of Cousins and Jason Thompson (notes) to carry them through the next era.

The Kings expect Derrick Favors and Wesley Johnson will be gone before them, and so starts the dominoes to set up the alignment of the draft lottery. The New Jersey Nets have Minnesota spinning now, unsure whether GM Rod Thorns interest with drafting Johnson over Favors is genuine or designed to be a rouse to elicit a draft pick out of the Timberwolves. The Wolves have long wanted Johnson, but if hes gone, they would take Favors, the power forward out of Georgia Tech.

For New Jersey to let Minnesota have Johnson, league sources say the Nets want Minnesotas pick at No. 23.



Warriors eye Udoh at No. 6

As the Golden State Warriors continue to deliberate what to do with the sixth pick, league sources say Baylor forward Ekpe Udoh (6'10''-F/C-87) has become the front-runnner in the eyes of team officials.

Georgetown center Greg Monroe and Wake Forest forward Al-Farouq Aminu also remain under consideration.

Udoh had a strong workout for the Warriors in which he showed his defensive skills. Warriors officials also were impressed with his professionalism when he arrived at their meeting in a suit.

The Detroit Pistons are expected to take North Carolinas Ed Davis with the seventh choice. If Monroe drops to No. 7, the draft board changes in Detroit, league sources say, with the Georgetown star likely getting the edge over Davis.

Courtesy of Yahoo



Phil Jackson says he is leaning toward retiring - by Eurobasket News
Phil Jackson, 64, spoke Wednesday with finality about why he is leaning toward retiring, but Jackson said he wont make a final decision on his future as Lakers coach until the end of next week.

Jackson said he told Lakers owner Jerry Buss and select players such as Kobe Bryant and Derek Fisher about his leanings.

Take a week and then make a decision, said Jackson, who also is awaiting results from various medical tests he took Monday.

Jackson seemed confident that he was ready to do something else in a quest for making the next phase of my life an accomplishment also. Jackson had said previously that itd be hard to turn down the chance to go for a fourth set of three consecutive championships, and he acknowledged that ongoing desire Wednesday in referring to that temptation as a fly in the ointment.

But Jackson is trying out this mentality of not coaching anymore and waiting to see if something turns me around.

Jackson said he wouldnt rule out coaching again if he stepped away but didnt envision it.

I have to sit on it and do the right thing for myself, he said. I wouldnt say that Im 95 percent or 50 percent sure. This is what I feel right now.

Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak was taking a wait-and-see approach to what Jackson actually decides. Kupchaks suspicion that Jackson might decide to return anyway was evident in him saying the competition is in his blood.

About Jackson not coaching, Kupchak said: I would be very surprised.

Kupchak also noted how the Lakers are stacked to compete for future titles, an ideal situation for a coach. However, Kupchak said: Phil has always been a little different. Kupchak said he joked with Jackson that he could even wear flip-flops to work, if he wanted. Jackson said money on a new contract wouldnt be an issue, and Kupchak agreed, saying: Making a deal would be an easy part.

Kupchak said Jackson told some players more clearly than others while theyve conducted exit interviews Tuesday and Wednesday that he might not come back.

If Jackson does not return, two strong scenarios for the Lakers would be promoting Brian Shaw from assistant coach to head coach or trying to court former Laker player Byron Scott, who is talking to the Cleveland Cavaliers about that coaching job. Both Shaw and Scott have excellent relationships with Kobe Bryant.


Courtesy of http://lakers.ocregister.com


Vinny Del Negro on Clippers' radar - by Eurobasket News
Taking a break from the world of mock drafs.

There are, after all, a couple of NBA teams still without a coach, including one local franchise.

(Note: Any Phil Jackson/Laker conversation and guesswork does not enter this equation.)

This is about the Clippers vacant position. They havent felt the need to rush, doing their due diligence about candidates while other pieces fall into place around the league. The spot could be filled after the free-agency period is underway in July.

Yet some clarity has emerged during the process of the Clippers doing their homework around the league, and several names, some familiar and other surprising ones, have come to the forefront.

According to league sources, they are interested in, in no particular order, Dallas assistant coach Dwane Casey; ex-Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro ; former Atlanta coach Mike Woodson ; former Minnesota executive and Hall of Famer Kevin McHale ; ESPN's Mark Jackson, who played for the Clippers; and possibly Utah assistant Tyrone Corbin .

McHale, who coached the Timberwolves twice on an interim basis, has been picking up traction. He had informal discussions with the Bulls before they filled their coaching vacancy and was believed to have interviewed with the Cavaliers.

He would also be considered the odd-on favorite to replace Boston coach Doc Rivers should Rivers decide to step aside and return to Orlando for family reasons.

Del Negro is coming off back-to-back playoff appearances in Chicago, and Woodson the same with the Hawks. Caseys name has been prominent all spring, and he was a finalist for the Hawks job recently filled by Larry Drew. More important, he has head-coaching experience in the NBA, having been at Minnesota for a season and a half, and incidentally, followed McHale after one of the interim coaching stints.


Courtesy of www.latimes.com


Source: Nuggets' Anthony gets $65 million contract extension offer - by Eurobasket News
While the stars of the 2010 NBA free-agent class have a lot to ponder, so does the potential star of the 2011 class - the Nuggets have offered Carmelo Anthony (6'8''-F-84, college: Syracuse) a three-year, $65 million contract extension, an NBA source said.

The Nuggets' all-star now has to decide if he should take the security or wait a year and try to get a longer contract as a free agent - either with the Nuggets or any number of NBA teams.

Yahoo Sports first broke the story.

Anthony will also have to consider the potential lockout after the 2010-11 season. It's possible, if the NBA gets its wish, that the value of maximum salaries will be decreased. So with money on the table, this could be a safe move for Melo, who has often said he loves the Denver community.

On Wednesday, Anthony couldn't be reached for comment, but this month at the NBA Finals, Anthony said of a potential contract extension, 'We'll go to the table and see what's the best situation for me.' Of the Nuggets, he said, 'We have pieces.' He said he would be happy with the addition of 'one of two more pieces that'll work out.' The Nuggets' nucleus is all under contract for next season.

Asked if the current Nuggets roster can win a championship, Anthony said: 'Obviously it didn't happen this year. They definitely need to add something, definitely.'

Anthony was elected as an All-Star Game starter last season and was named second-team all-NBA. However, the Nuggets lost in the first round of the playoffs. Two seasons ago, he led the Nuggets to the Western Conference finals.


Courtesy of www.denverpost.com


Standings
NBA Standings
Eastern Conference
Atlantic Div.
 1. Boston C. 51-32 
 2. Toronto R. 40-43 
 3. New York K. 29-54 
 4. Philadelph.76 27-55 
 5. New Jersey N. 12-71 
Central Div.
 1. Cleveland C. 61-21 
 2. Milwaukee B. 47-36 
 3. Chicago B. 42-41 
 4. Indiana P. 32-50 
 5. Detroit P. 27-55 
Southeast Div.
 1. Orlando M. 59-23 
 2. Atlanta H. 54-29 
 3. Miami Heat 47-35 
 4. Charlotte B. 44-39 
 5. Washington W. 26-56 
Western Conference
Northwest Div.
 1. Denver N. 53-30 
 2. Utah Jazz 53-30 
 3. Portland TB 50-32 
 4. Oklah.City T. 50-32 
 5. Minnesota T. 15-67 
Pacific Div.
 1. LA Lakers 57-25 
 2. Phoenix Suns 54-28 
 3. LA Clippers 30-53 
 4. Golde State W. 26-56 
 5. Sacramento K. 26-57 
Southwest Div.
 1. Dallas M. 56-27 
 2. San Antonio S. 50-32 
 3. Houston R. 42-40 
 4. Memphis G. 40-43 
 5. N.Orleans H. 37-45 


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Fordham hires John Morton as Assistant Coach - by Eurobasket News
Former Seton Hall star John Morton has been hired as an assistant to new Fordham coach Tom Pecora .

Morton was an assistant at St. Peters for the past four seasons. The Peacocks finished with 16 wins and were in fourth place in the MAAC.

He was a four-year starter for Seton Hall from 1985-89 and scored 1,621 points in 131 games. He led the team in scoring with a 17.3 average in 1988-89 when Seton Hall reached the NCAA title game. He scored a game-high 35 points in the Pirates 80-79 overtime loss to Michigan.

He selected in the first round of the NBA draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers and played three seasons in the NBA.

Pecora was hired away from Hofstra to take over a team that was 2-26 last season.


Courtesy of Yahoo


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  PARAGUAY   


3rd NATIONAL LEAGUE AHEAD - by Santiago Maciel
The 3rd edition of the Paraguayan National League is right around the corner. Teams like Olimpia de Asuncion and Libertad have already signed local players for the whole season.
Some others like Sol de America Asuncion, Felix Perez Cardozo Asuncion and Deportivo San Jose Asuncion did not show any movement yet. Although they have a few players registered on their roster, they have not confirmed their participation yet. Teams from other cities have not confirmed patcipation yet either.
.The good news of course is the 90 % chances of Cerro Porteno Asuncion participation in this edition. Managers of the most popular SOCCER club of the country have met Marcelo Bedoya, CPB`s president to advance in that direction and make it real Cerro`s presence.
The coming back of this popular team is a big gain for our cmpetition due to the quantity of fans it has and of course due to its tradition in basketball.
It is good to remember Cerro was the 1961 METRO champion and also had a WOMEN team that won 6 titles in a row 62-63-64-65-66-67.
Cerro has just qualified to play the 3rd roun of the 3RD ESTADIO COMUNEROS with no losses. Cerro won all its last 6 games.


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Moncton, Sydney on PBL radar - by Eurobasket News
Expect Monday's announcement that the Premier Basketball League has officially landed in the Saint John, N.B., market to be only the start of a more aggressive league push into the Maritimes.

League president Andre Levingston, who is also the majority owner of the Halifax Rainmen, was impressed with the reaction at a Saint John news conference, where the long-rumoured move was made official. The new Saint John franchise is the former Manchester Millrats team and will begin play in 2011.

Levingston is clearly taking his new role as president seriously, most notably in relation to adding new teams to whats presently an eight-team league. He is hoping the PBL can further capitalize on Maritime rivalries by adding teams in Moncton and Sydney for play in two years time.

'Were definitely looking at other locations in the Maritimes for the next year (2012),' Levingston said. 'We wanted to get Moncton for this (upcoming) year. Well have a pre-season game there this year. I like Moncton a lot. Ive already gone to Moncton several times and looked at the arena. I feel we could have got Moncton in this season, but I didnt want to rush it.

'I like Sydney, too. Ive got feelers out there. I know they have a beautiful arena, support hockey and its a sports town. Im definitely looking into it. Its always good (to have) a few teams in a region. It makes for better rivalries and less travel.'

Since he was named president, Levingston has continued to push his belief that the league must be careful about the new franchises it approves. He said potential teams must show financial stability and have professional arenas. The message seems to be that the league wants to be done with franchises playing out of high school gyms and not having adequate funds.

He said the Maritime sites, with a history of support for minor pro and junior hockey, fit the right model.

'I would be happy with four or five franchises in the Maritimes, four or five cities that would support pro basketball and create great rivalries. I would like to see some of the hockey owners own professional basketball teams. Thats a model I really like.'

The Maritimes isnt the only hot spot on the PBL radar these days as Levingston continues to talk with possible new teams for next season. Levingston was flying to Puerto Rico on Tuesday for discussions with the Baloncesto Superior Nacional president about having as many as four teams join the PBL.

Puerto Rico may seem like an unlikely place for the PBL to encourage expansion, given that last season the PBLs lone Puerto Rican entry, the Capitanes, had a bitter late-season dispute with the league. But the other side of the coin is that teams from that region are stacked with talent and play exciting basketball.

Levingston believes a more official arrangement with the BSN might help create a better relationship with any Puerto Rican teams that join the PBL.

Given the two hot spots for expansion the Maritimes and Puerto Rico I like the new franchise in Saint John and the potential in Moncton and Sydney as the safer bets. A second Puerto Rican experiment would need plenty of guarantees before it meets Levingstons requirement of adding to PBL stability.


Courtesy of http://thechronicleherald.ca


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  PHILIPPINES   


PBA Wednesday: Wins for Derby Ace and Talk N Text - by Eurobasket News
Talk N Text - Barako 112-101
Talk N Text was too strong for Barako 112-101 on Wednesday. With this victory Talk N Text improved their score in PBA to 15-3. Mark Cardona (180-G/F-81) was on fire in this game with 28 points. He also had 5 rebounds and 5 assists beside that. Shawn Daniels (200-C-79, college: Utah St.) (8 rebs) and Aaron Aban (193-G-82) helped with 17 and 16 points respectively. On the other side, Barako got 19 points from Leomar Najorda (191-F-82). Aris Dimaunahan (183-G-78) and Robert Wainwright (196-F-73, college: Solano CC) netted 14 points each. Barako dropped to 3-14.

Ginebra - Derby Ace L. 83-101
12th victory of the season for Derby Ace. At the same time, Ginebra slipped to 9-9. Clif Brown (200-F-84, agency: ZAG Advocates, college: Niagara) was the leading player in Derby Ace with 24 points, 16 rebounds and 5 assists. James Yap (191-F/G-82) added 21 pts and 6 boards in this win. On the other side, Denham Brown (198-F-83, college: Connecticut) almost registered triple-double: 15 points, 13 rebs and 8 assists. Rudy Hatfield (191-F-77, college: Michigan) also had 15 points in this game (7 rebs).


Standings - PBA Fiesta Conference
PBA Standings
 1. Talk N Text 15-3 
 2. San Miguel 12-5 
 3. Derby Ace L. 12-6 
 4. Alaska 11-6 
 5. Ginebra 9-9 
 6. Coca-Cola 7-8 
 7. Rain or Shine 7-9 
 8. Santa Lucia 5-12 
 9. Air21 4-13 
 10. Barako 3-14 
 11. Smart Gilas 0-0 


PBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Anthony JOHNSON
  Santa Lucia
  (197-G/F-79)
  Avg: 30.2
 1. Johnson, Santa L.30.2 
 2. Simpson, Alaska26.9 
 3. Penny, Coca-Cola26.2 
 4. Monroe, Barako25.3 
 5. Larry, Air2122.6 
 6. Freeman, San M.21.3 
 7. David, Coca-Cola20.7 
 8. Ambres, Ginebra20.0 
 9. Brown, Derby A.19.2 
 10. Yap, Derby Ace L.18.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gabriel FREEMAN
  San Miguel
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 15.9
 1. Freeman, San M.15.9 
 2. Simpson, Alaska15.9 
 3. Ambres, Ginebra15.3 
 4. Brown, Derby A.14.7 
 5. Larry, Air2114.1 
 6. Daniels, Talk N.13.9 
 7. Penny, Coca-Cola13.8 
 8. Johnson, Santa L.13.2 
 9. Lewis, Rain or Shine12.3 
 10. Monroe, Barako9.6 
Assists Per Game
 Jimmy ALAPAG
  Talk N Text
  (178-G-77)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Alapag, Talk N Text7.3 
 2. Cabagnot, San M.6.1 
 3. Reyes, Santa Lucia4.6 
 4. Tenorio, Alaska4.4 
 5. Helterbrand, Gineb.4.4 
 6. Cortez, Air214.1 
 7. Norwood, Rain o.3.9 
 8. Mercado, Rain o.3.9 
 9. Monroe, Barako3.9 
 10. Vergara, Barako3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Shawn DANIELS
  Talk N Text
  (200-C-79)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Daniels, Talk N.2.2 
 2. Baguio, Alaska1.9 
 3. Simpson, Alaska1.8 
 4. Williams, Santa Lucia1.7 
 5. Lanete, Coca-Cola1.5 
 6. Yap, Derby Ace L.1.5 
 7. Monroe, Barako1.4 
 8. Reyes, Santa Lucia1.4 
 9. Norwood, Rain o.1.3 
 10. Cortez, Air211.2 
Blocks Per Game
 James PENNY
  Coca-Cola
  (198-F-76)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Penny, Coca-Cola2.3 
 2. Daniels, Talk N.2.3 
 3. Monroe, Barako1.6 
 4. Simpson, Alaska1.5 
 5. Johnson, Santa L.1.4 
 6. Freeman, San M.1.3 
 7. Reyes, Barako1.0 
 8. Williams, Talk N.1.0 
 9. Pingris, Derby A.1.0 
 10. Larry, Air211.0 


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  POLAND   


Russia leave no chance for Poland - by Eurobasket News
Russia U20 - Poland U20 91:68

Russian U20 team opened win count at the international tournament in Ankara. They defeated Polish opponents to climb at 1-2 record. Poland slipped at 1-2 record after three rounds of action. Aleksandr Karpukhin (190-G-90) knocked down 17 points to top-score for Russia.
Russia stunned Poland early in the clash. Vladimir Ivlev (204-F-90) and Pavel Antipov (203-F-91) allowed the Russian youngsters enjoy a 23:8 lead at the first intermission. Poland opened the second term with 10:3 run to get closer. But Russia regained control immediately and cleared off to a comfortable 46:28 distance at halftime. The teams traded baskets throughout the third frame. Russia maintained the lead as they entered the fourth quarter up by 18 points. They remained in the drivers seat in the final stanza. Poland got no closer and had to surrender at the end.
Vladimir Ivlev produced 14 points and 10 caroms for Russia. Vladimir Pichkurov (194-G-90) and Pavel Antipov netted 10 points each in the winning effort. Aleksander Czyz (201-F-90) responded with 13 points for Poland. Jaroslaw Mokros (201-F-90) had 10 points in the loss.

Russia U20: Aleksandr Karpukhin 17, Vladimir Ivlev 14+10 boards, Vladimir Pichkurov 10, Pavel Antipov 10
Poland U20: Aleksander Czyz 13, Jaroslaw Mokros 10



Andrzej Pluta will stay in Wloclawek - by Lukasz Leik
Polish shooting guard Andrzej Pluta (182-G-74, agency: Court Side) signed a new 1-year contract with Anwil Wloclawek. It will be his sixth season with the team (fifth in a row).
Last season Pluta was a second best scorer in Anwil averaging 12.4 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists. Also other shooting guard joined the team earlier. Dardan Berisha (192-G-88) moved from Polonia 2011 Warszawa and Anwil chairman hopes it will be a great polish duet.


Dariusz Szczubial heading to Kolobrzeg? - by Lukasz Leik
Dariusz Szczubial, former National Team coach, is probably going to sign a contract with SKK Kotwica Kolobrzeg. It was speculated that Szczubial is moving to the North of Poland. According to unconfirmed informations Energa Czarni Slupsk also wanted to have him on the coaching bench.
Last season Szczubial was coaching Znicz Jaroslaw. The team finished on 10th place but it was a good season for them. It was mostly thanks to the players that coach Szczubial brought to the club. Jeremy Chappell (191-G-87, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Robert Morris) and John Williamson (198-C-86, college: Cincinnati) played great in Poland and the team had good results.


France edge Poland in Douai - by Eurobasket News
France U18 - Poland U18 72:61
French U18 team opened the international tournament in Douai with victory. They shot down Polish counterparts for 1-0 record. Mathis Keita (192-G-92) came up with 15 points to pace the hosts.
France jumped to a 10:3 lead early in the game but Poland stopped the bleeding. The visitors capped the frame with six points in a row to get within two 13:15. France maintained the lead throughout the second period. But they could not clear off. Les Bleus were up by two points 34:32 at halftime. Finally France started to get away in the third stanza. They opened a double-digit lead late in the quarter. The hosts arrived at the final break enjoying a 13-point lead 56:43. France tipped off the final stanza with four points in a row to boost the margin. Poland managed to get as close as seven points but France stayed calm and sealed the winning outcome at the end.
Rudy Deal (202-F/C-92) finished with 11 points for France. Evan Fournier (198-G/F-92) provided 9 points in the victory. Wojciech Leszczynski (187-G-92) responded with 10 points for Poland. Kacper Stalicki (195-G/F-92), Tomasz Madziar (195-F-92) and Szymon Dlugosz (201-F-92) accounted for 9 points each in the loss.

France U18: Mathis Keita 15, Rudy Deal 11, Evan Fournier 9
Poland U18: Wojciech Leszczynski 10, Kacper Stalicki 9, Tomasz Madziar 9, Szymon Dlugosz 9



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Stats Leaders - BSN
Points Per Game
 Christian DALMAU
  Bayamon
  (194-G-77)
  Avg: 21
 1. Dalmau, Bayamon21.0 
 2. Carmona, Mayaguez20.2 
 3. Hickerson, San G.20.1 
 4. Ramos, Quebradillas19.9 
 5. Maye, Mayaguez19.0 
 6. Priutt, Isabela18.8 
 7. Redhage, Quebradillas18.8 
 8. Ayuso, Capitanes18.5 
 9. Mays, Humacao17.6 
 10. Sweetney, Santurce17.4 
Rebounds Per Game
 Shawn PRIUTT
  Isabela
  (208-C-85)
  Avg: 13.4
 1. Priutt, Isabela13.4 
 2. Ramos, Quebradillas12.3 
 3. Sweetney, Santurce10.8 
 4. Traylor, Bayamon10.0 
 5. Narvaez, Ponce9.8 
 6. Dyer, San German8.7 
 7. Mays, Humacao8.6 
 8. Aubry, Capitanes8.5 
 9. Shannon, Bayamon8.1 
 10. Austin, San German8.0 
Assists Per Game
 C.J. BRUTON
  Quebradillas
  (188-G-75)
  Avg: 6.4
 1. Bruton, Quebradillas6.4 
 2. Dalmau, Bayamon5.5 
 3. Rivera, Isabela5.4 
 4. Rodriguez, Capit.5.3 
 5. Guzman, Guaynabo4.9 
 6. Copeland, San G.4.7 
 7. Berdiel, Humacao4.5 
 8. Cruz, Ponce4.4 
 9. Hatton, Ponce4.2 
 10. Redhage, Quebradillas4.2 
Steals Per Game
 Ali BERDIEL
  Humacao
  (198-G-83)
  Avg: 2
 1. Berdiel, Humacao2.0 
 2. Carmona, Mayaguez1.8 
 3. Rivera, Isabela1.7 
 4. Dalmau, Bayamon1.6 
 5. Mojica, Bayamon1.5 
 6. Perez, Isabela1.4 
 7. Mays, Humacao1.4 
 8. Pickett, Capitanes1.4 
 9. Hinson, Isabela1.3 
 10. Figueroa, Guaynabo1.3 
Blocks Per Game
 Shawn PRIUTT
  Isabela
  (208-C-85)
  Avg: 1.3
 1. Priutt, Isabela1.3 
 2. Sweetney, Santurce1.3 
 3. Mays, Humacao1.2 
 4. Perez, Isabela1.2 
 5. Nieves, Santurce1.0 
 6. Traylor, Bayamon1.0 
 7. Shannon, Bayamon0.9 
 8. Berdiel, Humacao0.9 
 9. Nailon, Ponce0.9 
 10. Guzman, Guaynabo0.8 


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  ROMANIA   


Steaua Bucharest bring Andrei Mandache - by Eurobasket News
Steaua Bucharest bring Andrei Mandache (190-G-87) as Romanian guard will play for the team in the next season. In 2005-2006 he joined CSM Oradea (Div.A) and in 2008-2009 spent a good debut season for CSU Cuadripol Brasov (Div.A). In Balkan League after 7 games he averaged 6.4ppg, 2.6rpg, 1.7apg and in Romanian League after 28 games he showed 9.8ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.7apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 53.8%, 3PT: 42.3%, FT: 61.8%. In 2009-2010 he joined CS Otopeni Bucuresti (Div.A, starting five) and after 29 games he improved to 11.4ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.3apg, 1.9spg, FGP: 58.8%, 3PT: 28.5%, FT: 59.8%.
In his last game for his previous team he produced 18 points. Otopeni registered the 13th win in the tournament as they toppled Dinamo Bucuresti 98:75. LeVar Seals stepped up with 26 point for Otopeni. Andrei Mandache tallied 18 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and 5 steals in the winning effort. Tomco Sokolov replied with 16 points and 11 rebounds for Dinamo.
In year 2009 Andrei Mandache played at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia). In 6 games he averaged 10.8ppg, 4.3rpg, 2.3apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 43.3%, 3PT: 37.9%, FT: 54.5%.
For BC Steaua Turabo Bucuresti it was already the second latest signing. Recently the team added 28-year old American forward Robert Turner (206-F-82, agency: Court Side, college: Pepperdine).



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Russia leave no chance for Poland - by Eurobasket News
Russia U20 - Poland U20 91:68

Russian U20 team opened win count at the international tournament in Ankara. They defeated Polish opponents to climb at 1-2 record. Poland slipped at 1-2 record after three rounds of action. Aleksandr Karpukhin (190-G-90) knocked down 17 points to top-score for Russia.
Russia stunned Poland early in the clash. Vladimir Ivlev (204-F-90) and Pavel Antipov (203-F-91) allowed the Russian youngsters enjoy a 23:8 lead at the first intermission. Poland opened the second term with 10:3 run to get closer. But Russia regained control immediately and cleared off to a comfortable 46:28 distance at halftime. The teams traded baskets throughout the third frame. Russia maintained the lead as they entered the fourth quarter up by 18 points. They remained in the drivers seat in the final stanza. Poland got no closer and had to surrender at the end.
Vladimir Ivlev produced 14 points and 10 caroms for Russia. Vladimir Pichkurov (194-G-90) and Pavel Antipov netted 10 points each in the winning effort. Aleksander Czyz (201-F-90) responded with 13 points for Poland. Jaroslaw Mokros (201-F-90) had 10 points in the loss.

Russia U20: Aleksandr Karpukhin 17, Vladimir Ivlev 14+10 boards, Vladimir Pichkurov 10, Pavel Antipov 10
Poland U20: Aleksander Czyz 13, Jaroslaw Mokros 10



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Zvezda without captain - by Milan Jovanovic
Zvezda is left without their captain, since Vuk Radivojevic (197-G-83) signed the new contract with Trabzonspor, new club in Turkish 1st league, coming from winning the 2nd league.
This is only the first of many expected departures in Zvezda, because most of the first team is also expected to depart, namely Keselj, Bjelica, Kikanovic and Stimac, which makes the starting five of previous season.
Like many years before, Zvezda is looking to have to start from scratch in September once again.


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Bubnic moves from Zlatorog to Helios - by Zeljko Zule
Former Croatian U-20 NT member with Slovenian passport Drazen Bubnic (207-F-86) used and option in his contract to leave Zlatorog Lasko at the end of the season and inked with Helios for the upcoming season. He averaged 14.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists in over 27 minutes per game last season in Telemach League. Helios is his fifth Slovenian club after managing Geoplin Slovan, Elektra Esotech, Luka Koper and Zlatorog.

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South Korean U18 National Team 2010 - by Sahereh
#s#
Gyuhee Kim
Kim
Hyunji Noh
Noh
Jihyun Lee
Lee
HongJin Cha
Cha
Sodam Kim
Kim
#e#5
4 Sim Sungyoung 165-F-92
5 Kim Gyuhee 173-G-92
6 Lee Eunjung 168-G-92
7 Noh Hyunji 177-G-93
8 Lee Eun Bee 178-F-92
9 Lee Jihyun 178-F-92
10 Cha HongJin 181-C-92
11 Lee JeongHyun 189-C-92
12 Lee Seungah 180-F-92
13 Kim Mink-Yung 185-F-93
14 Kim Sodam 186-C-93
15 Lee Ryeong 93

Choi Choul Kwon Head Coach


2010 KBL PRE-DRAFT TRYOUT INVITED PLAYERS (224 PLAYERS) - by Rick Ross
2010 KBL Pre-Draft Tryout Invited Players MUST SEND THE REGISTRATION
FORM AND $100 NON-REFUNDABLE REGISTRATION FEE BY 4:30, JUNE 15 (TUE, KOREAN tIME)
ANNOUNCEMENT OF FINAL INVITEES ON JUNE 18TH (FRI)

FOR INFORMATION AND LISTING
VISIT http://www.kbl.or.kr/

Sec First Name Last Name DOB College
1 Alfred Aboya 85.01.02 UCLA
2 Jeff Adrien 86.02.10 Connecticut
3 Uka Agbai 81.05.07 Boston College
4 Dokun Akingbade 84.06.05 George Washington
5 DeAngelo Alexander 84.01.21 Univ. of Oklahoma
6 Derrick Allen 80.07.17 Mississippi St
7 Ramel Allen 79.06.05 Bridgeport
8 Serge Angounou 83.09.01 Arizona
9 Julius Ashby 82.09.16 Univ. of Colorado
10 Kyle Austin 88.10.18 UC Riverside
11 Alpha Bangura 80.02.04 St Johns Univ.
12 Ousmane Barro 84.12.07 Marquette
13 Nashid Beard 83.02.16 Lamar
14 Romel Beck 82.05.29 UNLV
15 Rashad Bell 82.09.23 Boston
16 Rodrigue Benson 84.10.10 Cal State-Berkeley
17 Odartey Blankson 82.03.12 UNLV
18 Drelke Bouldin 80.07.08 Fresno State NCAA
19 Ruben Boumtje 78.05.20 Georgetown
20 Jamal Boykin 87.04.27 California
21 Torraye Braggs 76.03.15 Xavier
22 Micah Brand 80.10.18 Massachusetts
23 Craig Bradshaw 83.07.28 Winthrop
24 Clif Brown 84.01.14 Niagara
25 Daaron Brown 84.01.11 Wyoming
26 Denham Brown 83.01.06 Connection Univ.
27 Graham Brown 84.08.19 Michigan
28 Robert Brown 80.02.17 Buffalo
29 Keith Brumbaugh 85.09.29 Hillsbourgh JC
30 John Bryant 87.06.13 Santa Clara
31 Christian Burns 85.09.04 Philadelphia Univ.
32 Derrick Byars 84.04.25 Vanderbilt
33 Marcus Campbell 82.03.10 Mississippi St Univ
34 Dennis Carr 81.01.27 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Univ.
35 Marquin Chandler 82.03.11 San jose St.Univ.
36 Ivory Clark 85.06.01 Washington St. Univ.
37 Ramon Clemente 85.12.11 Wichita St.
38 Gyasi Cline-Heard 79.08.16 Penn St
39 Brandon Cole 85.12.11 Xavier
40 Donald Cole 81.09.06 Sam Houston St
41 Jordan Collins 82.10.05 North Carolina St.
42 Duke Crews 88.01.20 Bowie St.
43 Roberts Cummings 81.08.31 UCLA
44 Dwayne Curtis 85.04.01 Mississippi
45 Joe Dabbert 81.06.16 Creighton
46 Chris Daniels 84.04.19 Texas A&M CC
47 Christopher Daniels 82.01.26 Georgia
48 Kendall Dartez 80.12.01 Vincennes Univ.
49 Bennet Davis 84.03.14 Northeastern Univ.
50 Bryan Davis 86.12.31 Texas A&M
51 James Davis 85.06.12 Lamar
52 Quincy Davis 83.02.16 Tulane
53 Eric Dawson 84.07.07 Midwestern
54 Terence Dials 83.07.15 Ohio State Univ.
55 Anthony Dill 81.10.27 Texas St
56 Nigel Dixon 80.09.06 W.Kentucky
57 Jakim Donaldson 83.09.03 Edinboro
58 Andrew Drevo 81.03.04 Nebraska
59 Casiem Drummond 88.02.10 Marist
60 Johnny Dukes 84.09.08 San Francisco
61 Josh Duncan 86.05.12 Xavier
62 Gavin Edwards 88.01.15 Connecticut
63 J.K (Juan Khalif) Edwards 82.09.06 UNLV
64 Benson Egemonye 83.03.30 U of Niagara
65 Laurence Ekperigin 88.02.21 Le Moyne
66 Rodney Elliott 76.03.06 Univ. of Maryland
67 Heshimu Evans 75.05.05 Kentucky
68 Jaremy Evans 87.10.24 Western Kentucky
69 Callitus Eziukwu 85.07.03 Grand Valley St.
70 Noel Felix 81.10.04 Frensno St.
71 Anwar Ferguson 81.10.10 Houston Univ.
72 Michael Fey 83.05.29 UCLA
73 Landry Fields 87.08.16 Stanford
74 Jeff Foote 87.07.14 Cornell
75 Richard Ford 85.01.03 Washington
76 Tremaine Ford 86.12.11 Cal.St.Northridge
77 Gabriel Freeman 85.11.05 Costa Mesa
78 Rashaun Freeman 81.03.15 Massachusetts Univ.
79 Will Frisby 81.06.09 Miami
80 Hiram Fuller 81.05.15 Fresno St.
81 Sherman Gay 82.07.12 Loyola Marymount
82 Otis George 82.05.07 Louisville
83 Jeff Gibbs 80.08.04 Otterbein
84 Johnnie Gilbert 81.03.08 Oklahoma
85 Devonne Giles 83.07.21 Texas Tech
86 Kentrell Gransberry 85.08.01 Univ. of South Florida
87 Gavin Grant 85.03.12 North Carolina St.
88 Marquise Gray 86.01.14 Michigan State
89 Nathan Green 75.07.19 Idaho State Univ.
90 Rodney Green 88.06.24 La Salle
91 Brian Greene 81.08.30 Colorado St.
92 Gary Hamilton 84.08.07 U of Miami
93 Lamont Hamilton 84.04.06 St. John's
94 Aaron Happer 81.03.12 Mississippi
95 Dennis Harrison JR 79.05.07 Trennis Jones
96 Trevor Harvey 80.09.25 Florida St.
97 Christopher Hayes 87.02.17 Univ. of Detroit Mercy
98 Aaron Haynes 81.04.01 Boise St.
99 Michael Haynes 81.03.15 Fordham Univ.
100 Justin Herndon 83.08.07 Belmont
101 Herbert Hill 84.10.01 Providence
102 Lawrence Hill 87.08.16 Stanford
103 Kyle Hines 86.09.02 NC Greenboro
104 Robert Hines 84.01.06 St.Francis
105 Randy Holcomb 79.08.08 San Diego St
106 Delonte Holland 82.03.02 De Paul
107 Justin Howard 81.08.22 Mercer Univ.
108 Marcus Hubbard 83.12.23 Angelo State Univ.
109 Darnell Hugee 84.09.07 Prairie View A&M
110 Ryan Humphrey 79.06.24 Notre Dame
111 Vincent Hunter 84.10.22 Arkansas
112 Cedric Jackson 84.07.14 Troy St.
113 Gordon James 79.12.04 Bridgeport
114 Anthony Johnson 79.04.13 Louisiana Lafayett
115 Anthony Johnson 88.05.19 Faorfield
116 Johnathan Jones 79.01.09 Brat
117 Michael Jones 82.05.19 Sterling College
118 Jonathan Kale 85.10.18 Providence
119 Joe Krabbenhoft 87.03.24 Wisconsin
120 Dan Langhi 77.11.28 Vanderbilt
121 Reggie Larry 86.10.26 Boise St.
122 Darnell Lazare 85.01.29 LSU
123 Terrence Leather 81.01.07 South Florida
124 Christopher Lee 85.01.09 Georgetown college
125 Gerald Lee 87.11.23 Old Dominion
126 Michael Lee 86.06.05 St. Bonaventure
127 Jai Lewis 83.02.13 George Mason
128 Nathan Linhart 86.11.14 AKRON
129 Donald Little 78.05.10 Cincinnati
130 Reo Logan 81.07.25 Adam Prossin
131 Kevin Lyde 80.09.13 Temple Univ.
132 Amal Maccaskill 73.10.28 Marquette
133 Ben McCauley 86.09.06 North Carolina St.
134 Dan Mcclintock 77.04.19 Northern Arizona Univ.
135 Cyrus Mcgowan 86.10.30 Miami
136 Glen McGowan 81.03.23 Pepperdine Univ.
137 Akida Mclain 86.03.18 Boston
138 Alex Mclean 85.10.20 Liberty
139 Antonio Meeking 81.08.24 Louisiana Tech
140 Jarred Merrill 81.12.05 Oklahoma Christian
141 Scott Merritt 82.01.03 Marquette Univ.
142 Charles Minlend 73.05.15 St.John's
143 Tasmin Mitchell 86.06.25 LSU
144 Raymar Morgan 88.08.08 Michigan St.
145 Justin Nabors 87.01.09 Lamar
146 Lee Nailon 75.02.22 TCU
147 Andrew Naymick 85.02.18 Michigan State Univ.
148 Rod Nealy 80.09.06 Houston Baptist Univ.
149 Tyrone Nelson 85.07.16 New Mexico St.
150 Justin Neuhaus 87.04.08 Colorado Christian
151 Yemi Nicholson 83.06.07 Denver
152 Pierre Niles 87.06.07 Memphis
153 Ray Nixon 84.09.10 Winsconsin Univ.
154 David Noel 84.02.27 N.Carolina
155 Derrick Obasohan 81.04.18 Texas Arlington
156 Dinma Odiakosa 85.12.01 Illinois St.
157 Andrew Ogilvy 88.06.17 Vanderbilt
158 Patrick Okafor 79.04.13 Houston
159 Arinze Onuaku 87.07.13 Wyracuse
160 Kevin Owens 80.06.09 Monmouth Univ.
161 Larry Owens 83.01.08 Oral Roberts
162 Elijah Palmer 81.02.20 Duquense
163 Kevin Palmer 87.06.21 Texas A&M CC
164 Adam Parada 81.10.21 Cal-Irvine
165 Jeff Parmer 85.04.27 Florida
166 James Peters 81.05.24 UNLV
167 Marvin Phillips 83.12.28 Claflin
168 Shawn Redhage 81.01.21 Arizona St.
169 Jared Reiner 82.04.08 Iowa
170 Aneglo Reyes 81.09.18 Neosho County
171 Charles Rhodes 85.06.25 Mississippi St
172 Darius Rice 82.10.16 Miami
173 Antywane Robinson 84.07.12 Temple
174 Michael Roll 87.03.30 UCLA
175 Omar Samhan 88.11.03 St. Mary CA
176 Marco Sanders 79.08.11 Point Park Univ.
177 Ernest Scott 82.08.28 Valdosta State Univ.
178 Kahiem Seawrignt 86.12.17 Univ. of Rhode Island
179 Sylvester Seay 85.07.29 Fresno St.
180 Daryan Selvy 79.01.26 Oklahoma Univ.
181 Ansu Sesay 76.01.29
182 Joseph Shipp 81.02.25 California
183 David Simon 82.08.09 IUPUI-Ft.Wayne
184 Anthony Simpson 87.03.21 Kent.St.
185 Diamon Simpson 87.09.08 St.Mary's
186 Deshawn Sims 88.01.21 Michigan
187 Stephen Sir 85.09.16 N.Arizona
188 Jabari Smith 77.02.12 L.S.U
189 Jamar Smith 80.12.05 Maryland
190 Jeremis Smith 86.05.14 Georgia Tech
191 Sean Sonderleiter 80.12.17 Univ. of Iowa
192 Michael Southall 82.03.29 Louisiana LaFayette
193 Derek Strinbling 82.11.16 Tennessee Tech
194 James Sullinger 82.10.05 Ohio State Univ.
195 Michael Sweetney 82.10.25 Georgetown
196 Chris Taft 85.03.10 Pittsburgh
197 Cyrus Tate 85.09.23 Iowa
198 Joseph Taylor 85.08.17 Wyoming
199 David Teague 83.06.04 Purdue Univ.
200 Charles Thomas 86.01.21 Arkansas
201 Douglas Thomas 83.09.20 Univ. of Iowa
202 Terrance Thomas 80.12.29 Baylor
203 Victor Thomas 79.02.19 La Salle
204 Deon Thompson 88.09.16 North Carolina
205 Garnett Thompson 80.07.17 Providence
206 Ronald Thompson 81.05.14 Morehouse College
207 Antonie Tisby 83.04.06 South Carolina Allen Country
208 Romeo Travis 84.12.10 Akron Univ.
209 Larry Turner 82.12.29 Tennessee
210 Jeff Varem 83.07.16 Washington St
211 Kyle Visser 85.10.19 Wake Forest
212 Kenneth Walker 80.02.04 Univ. of Alabama
213 Samaki Walker 76.02.25 Louisville, Kentucky
214 Gordon Watt 86.03.20 Houston
215 Isaac Wells 85.08.18 Arkansas St.
216 Wendell White 84.09.03 UNLV
217 Wes Wikinson 84.04.24 Nebraska
218 Gary Wilkinson 82.10.02 Utah St.
219 Anthony Williams 83.11.14 Central Florida
220 James Williams 79.06.25 Brown Mackie
221 Akeem Wright 84.11.01 Kansas St.
222 Ryan Wright 87.01.27 Oklahoma
223 Kenny Younger 77.10.21 Houston
224 Nick Zachery 79.05.09 UALR



165 PLAYERS INVITED TO KBL CAMP IN LAS VEGAS - by Rick Ross
2010 KBL TRYOUT & DRAFT POLICY
HAS SET UP A STRICT POLICY FOR THE KBL TRYOUT
& DRAFT, VISIT THE KBL WEBSITE FOR DETAILS

http://www.kbl.or.kr/

2010 KBL Tryout Registered Players (165 players)

Sec # First Name Last Name DOB Univ.
1 1 Alfred Aboya 85.01.02 UCLA
2 6 Jeff Adrien 86.02.10 Connecticut
3 7 Uka Agbai 81.05.07 Boston College
4 8 Dokun Akingbade 84.06.05 George Washington
5 15 Ramel Allen 79.06.05 Bridgeport
6 19 Serge Angounou 83.09.01 Arizona
7 24 Julius Ashby 82.09.16 Univ. of Colorado
8 30 Kyle Austin 88.10.18 UC Riverside
9 35 Alpha Bangura 80.02.04 St Johns Univ.
10 39 Ousmane Barro 84.12.07 Marquette
11 41 Nashid Beard 83.02.16 Lamar
12 43 Romel Beck 82.05.29 UNLV
13 46 Rashad Bell 82.09.23 Boston
14 48 Rodrigue Benson 84.10.10 Cal State-Berkeley
15 54 Odartey Blankson 82.03.12 UNLV
16 62 Drelke Bouldin 80.07.08 Fresno State NCAA
17 63 Ruben Boumtje 78.05.20 Georgetown
18 68 Torraye Braggs 76.03.15 Xavier
19 69 Micah Brand 80.10.18 Massachusetts
20 70 Craig Bradshaw 83.07.28 Winthrop
21 86 Robert Brown 80.02.17 Buffalo
22 88 Keith Brumbaugh 85.09.29 Hillsbourgh JC
23 89 John Bryant 87.06.13 Santa Clara
24 111 Dennis Carr 81.01.27 Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Univ.
25 117 Marquin Chandler 82.03.11 San jose St.Univ.
26 123 Ivory Clark 85.06.01 Washington St. Univ.
27 124 Ramon Clemente 85.12.11 Wichita St.
28 125 Gyasi Cline-Heard 79.08.16 Penn St
29 129 Donald Cole 81.09.06 Sam Houston St
30 139 Duke Crews 88.01.20 Bowie St.
31 143 Roberts Cummings 81.08.31 UCLA
32 146 Joe Dabbert 81.06.16 Creighton
33 147 Chris Daniels 84.04.19 Texas A&M CC
34 148 Christopher Daniels 82.01.26 Georgia
35 150 Kendall Dartez 80.12.01 Vincennes Univ.
36 152 Bennet Davis 84.03.14 Northeastern Univ.
37 154 Bryan Davis 86.12.31 Texas A&M
38 157 James Davis 85.06.12 Lamar
39 163 Eric Dawson 84.07.07 Midwestern
40 168 Terence Dials 83.07.15 Ohio State Univ.
41 170 Anthony Dill 81.10.27 Texas St
42 173 Nigel Dixon 80.09.06 W.Kentucky
43 174 Jakim Donaldson 83.09.03 Edinboro
44 179 Casiem Drummond 88.02.10 Marist
45 182 Josh Duncan 86.05.12 Xavier
46 188 Gavin Edwards 88.01.15 Connecticut
47 189 J.K (Juan Khalif) Edwards 82.09.06 UNLV
48 192 Laurence Ekperigin 88.02.21 Le Moyne
49 203 Jaremy Evans 87.10.24 Western Kentucky
50 206 Callitus Eziukwu 85.07.03 Grand Valley St.
51 210 Noel Felix 81.10.04 Frensno St.
52 212 Anwar Ferguson 81.10.10 Houston Univ.
53 214 Michael Fey 83.05.29 UCLA
54 219 Jeff Foote 87.07.14 Cornell
55 221 Richard Ford 85.01.03 Washington
56 222 Tremaine Ford 86.12.11 Cal.St.Northridge
57 234 Rashaun Freeman 81.03.15 Massachusetts Univ.
58 236 Will Frisby 81.06.09 Miami
59 243 Otis George 82.05.07 Louisville
60 247 Jeff Gibbs 80.08.04 Otterbein
61 248 Johnnie Gilbert 81.03.08 Oklahoma
62 249 Devonne Giles 83.07.21 Texas Tech
63 256 Kentrell Gransberry 85.08.01 Univ. of South Florida
64 264 Nathan Green 75.07.19 Idaho State Univ.
65 265 Rodney Green 88.06.24 La Salle
66 266 Brian Greene 81.08.30 Colorado St.
67 275 Gary Hamilton 84.08.07 U of Miami
68 291 Dennis Harrison JR 79.05.07 Trennis Jones
69 298 Christopher Hayes 87.02.17 Univ. of Detroit Mercy
70 300 Aaron Haynes 81.04.01 Boise St.
71 301 Michael Haynes 81.03.15 Fordham Univ.
72 315 Herbert Hill 84.10.01 Providence
73 316 Lawrence Hill 87.08.16 Stanford
74 317 Kyle Hines 86.09.02 NC Greenboro
75 318 Robert Hines 84.01.06 St.Francis
76 321 Delonte Holland 82.03.02 De Paul
77 330 Marcus Hubbard 83.12.23 Angelo State Univ.
78 335 Ryan Humphrey 79.06.24 Notre Dame
79 340 Cedric Jackson 84.07.14 Troy St.
80 346 Gordon James 79.12.04 Bridgeport
81 350 Anthony Johnson 79.04.13 Louisiana Lafayett
82 351 Anthony Johnson 88.05.19 Faorfield
83 363 Johnathan Jones 79.01.09 Brat
84 365 Michael Jones 82.05.19 Sterling College
85 370 Jonathan Kale 85.10.18 Providence
86 386 Joe Krabbenhoft 87.03.24 Wisconsin
87 392 Dan Langhi 77.11.28 Vanderbilt
88 394 Reggie Larry 86.10.26 Boise St.
89 400 Terrence Leather 81.01.07 South Florida
90 402 Christopher Lee 85.01.09 Georgetown college
91 404 Gerald Lee 87.11.23 Old Dominion
92 407 Jai Lewis 83.02.13 George Mason
93 413 Nathan Linhart 86.11.14 AKRON
94 415 Donald Little 78.05.10 Cincinnati
95 418 Reo Logan 81.07.25 Adam Prossin
96 424 Kevin Lyde 80.09.13 Temple Univ.
97 425 Amal Maccaskill 73.10.28 Marquette
98 437 Ben McCauley 86.09.06 North Carolina St.
99 442 Glen McGowan 81.03.23 Pepperdine Univ.
100 443 Akida Mclain 86.03.18 Boston
101 444 Alex Mclean 85.10.20 Liberty
102 447 Antonio Meeking 81.08.24 Louisiana Tech
103 451 Jarred Merrill 81.12.05 Oklahoma Christian
104 452 Scott Merritt 82.01.03 Marquette Univ.
105 458 Charles Minlend 73.05.15 St.John's
106 469 Raymar Morgan 88.08.08 Michigan St.
107 481 Lee Nailon 75.02.22 TCU
108 484 Andrew Naymick 85.02.18 Michigan State Univ.
109 486 Rod Nealy 80.09.06 Houston Baptist Univ.
110 492 Justin Neuhaus 87.04.08 Colorado Christian
111 497 Pierre Niles 87.06.07 Memphis
112 498 Ray Nixon 84.09.10 Winsconsin Univ.
113 505 Dinma Odiakosa 85.12.01 Illinois St.
114 507 Andrew Ogilvy 88.06.17 Vanderbilt
115 513 Arinze Onuaku 87.07.13 Wyracuse
116 519 Kevin Owens 80.06.09 Monmouth Univ.
117 520 Larry Owens 83.01.08 Oral Roberts
118 524 Elijah Palmer 81.02.20 Duquense
119 531 Jeff Parmer 85.04.27 Florida
120 537 James Peters 81.05.24 UNLV
121 539 Marvin Phillips 83.12.28 Claflin
122 547 Shawn Redhage 81.01.21 Arizona St.
123 549 Jared Reiner 82.04.08 Iowa
124 553 Charles Rhodes 85.06.25 Mississippi St
125 556 Darius Rice 82.10.16 Miami
126 567 Michael Roll 87.03.30 UCLA
127 574 Omar Samhan 88.11.03 St. Mary CA
128 578 Marco Sanders 79.08.11 Point Park Univ.
129 584 Ernest Scott 82.08.28 Valdosta State Univ.
130 585 Kahiem Seawrignt 86.12.17 Univ. of Rhode Island
131 586 Sylvester Seay 85.07.29 Fresno St.
132 587 Daryan Selvy 79.01.26 Oklahoma Univ.
133 589 Ansu Sesay 76.01.29
134 595 Joseph Shipp 81.02.25 California
135 597 David Simon 82.08.09 IUPUI-Ft.Wayne
136 598 Anthony Simpson 87.03.21 Kent.St.
137 601 Stephen Sir 85.09.16 N.Arizona
138 607 Jabari Smith 77.02.12 L.S.U
139 618 Sean Sonderleiter 80.12.17 Univ. of Iowa
140 619 Michael Southall 82.03.29 Louisiana LaFayette
141 635 Derek Strinbling 82.11.16 Tennessee Tech
142 642 Chris Taft 85.03.10 Pittsburgh
143 645 Cyrus Tate 85.09.23 Iowa
144 648 Joseph Taylor 85.08.17 Wyoming
145 651 David Teague 83.06.04 Purdue Univ.
146 653 Douglas Thomas 83.09.20 Univ. of Iowa
147 660 Terrance Thomas 80.12.29 Baylor
148 662 Victor Thomas 79.02.19 La Salle
149 665 Deon Thompson 88.09.16 North Carolina
150 666 Garnett Thompson 80.07.17 Providence
151 667 Ronald Thompson 81.05.14 Morehouse College
152 676 Romeo Travis 84.12.10 Akron Univ.
153 681 Larry Turner 82.12.29 Tennessee
154 693 Jeff Varem 83.07.16 Washington St
155 697 Kyle Visser 85.10.19 Wake Forest
156 702 Samaki Walker 76.02.25 Louisville, Kentucky
157 709 Gordon Watt 86.03.20 Houston
158 713 Isaac Wells 85.08.18 Arkansas St.
159 721 Wendell White 84.09.03 UNLV
160 728 Gary Wilkinson 82.10.02 Utah St.
161 735 James Williams 79.06.25 Brown Mackie
162 754 Akeem Wright 84.11.01 Kansas St.
163 755 Ryan Wright 87.01.27 Oklahoma
164 761 Kenny Younger 77.10.21 Houston
165 762 Nick Zachery 79.05.09 UALR



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  SPAIN   


Murcia signs Xavi Puyada - by Eurobasket News
Murcia announced signing of the Spanish guard Xavier Puyada (182-G-81). The 29-year old player is coming for LEB Gold team from Valladolid. He had very limited time with Valladolid last season averaging just 1.4 points in 20 ACB games. On season 2008/09 he had 5.9 ppg, 1.7 rpg and 2.2 apg for 34 appearances in LEB Gold. Before Valladolid, Puyada, was a member Palma Aqua Magica, LHospitalitet, Cornella and Drac Inca Mallorca. In the past, he was a member of U21 Spanish National Team. With them he participated at the U21 World Championship 2001 in Japan.

Fuenlabrada tab Alex Tzubrevitch - by Eurobasket News
Fuenlabrada have announced the signing of Alex Tzubrevitch (212-C-86, agency: Gross Zeev ISA). The 23-year-old centre penned a four-year deal with the Spanish team. Alex Tzubrevitch spent the previous season in Elitzur Yavne in the Israeli National league. The centre tallied 13.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.3 blocks per game. Alex Tzubrevitch played for the Israeli team at the 2009 World University Games in Serbia.


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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO   


TT scores big 104-84 win! - by Albert-Lee Young
Team TT scored an emphatic 104-84 win over Mexico LNBP pro team and tournament host, Leon Lecheuros on Wednesday at their home court.

Playing in front of a partisan crowd TT ceased the initiative by controlling the tempo within a dominant presence in the paint and an effective perimeter display.

Led by Maurice Joseph with a top score of 27 points, Ian Young with 17pts & 8 assists and team captain Kibwe Trim with a double-double, 15pts & 13 rebounds, TT ran up as much as a 27 points advantage in the game. For the second consecutive game, Joseph put up another outstanding shooting display hitting 9-11.

But there were some concerns when he collided with an opposing player and needed urgent medical attention. Fortunately it was only a sprained finger and he is expected to playing within a couple days.

Also contributing was Steven Lighter Lewis and Wendell Carter with 10pts apiece while Co-captain Wilfred Spongy Benjamin chipped in with 8pts, Joel Haywood added 6pts and Kenyatta Alfred got 5pts.


TT nextt game is against Cuba national team on Friday. This will be a huge challenge as Cuba has an unblemished record against TT in the past two decades,








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  TURKEY   


Galatasaray adds Rochestie and Yildirim, Erdemirsport signs Oktay Yilmaz - by Eurobasket News
Galatasaray Cafe Crown continues with signings this summer. Their latest additions are Taylor Rochestie (185-G-85, college: Washington St.) and Haluk Yildirim (200-F-72, agency: 1x1 Sports). The 24-year old Taylor Rochestie is coming to Galata from the German team MEG Goettingen. He played 38 games in 1.Bundesliga last season ending it as third best scorer with 15.1 ppg. Rochestie also had 2.8 rpg and 3.2 apg beside that. The team competed in EuroChallenge as well, where Rochestie had 14.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.7 apg and 1.5 spg in 16 games. He graduated last year at the Washington State University. Veteran Haluk Yildirim arrives to Galatasaray after two years with Besiktas. In the past he spent many years with Turk Telekom and Ulker. Yildirim was a member of the Turkish National Team from 1997 to 2003. He started professional basketball career in the 1989-90 season.
Erdemirsport has signed another player for the next season. The Turkish team has landed Oktay Yilmaz (205-C/F-83, agency: EM-PA), who already was their member on season 2004/05. Lat year he spent with Antalya. For 27 TBL games Yilmaz averaged 1.9 points and 1.3 rebounds. In the past he also played for Banvit, Mersin, Darussafaka, Pertevniyal and Efes Pilsen youth selections.


Tofas inks Selin Saygin, Bornova agrees with Soner Senturk - by Eurobasket News
Tofas Bursa announced signing of three-year deal with Selin Saygin (207-C-85). The 25-year old Turkish/ Kazakhstan center returns to TBL after several seasons in Russia and Kazakhstan. His last season in Turkey was 2005/06 with Buyuk Kolej Ankara. In the past he also played for Efes Pilsen Istanbul (mostly for youth selections) and Pertevniyal. He was a member of Turkish U16, U18 and U20 National Team. Tofas Bursa finished last season as No.10 with 12-18 record. They failed to reach the Playoffs.
At the same time, Bornova inked Soner Senturk (194-G-86, agency: 1x1 Sports) for the next season. The 23-year old guard arrives to Bornova from Turk Telekom Ankara. He struggled to get minutes with Turk Telekom last season averaging 3.9 points, 1.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists for 28 TBL games. In EuroCup, he had 9 appearances adding 4.4 ppg and 3.2 apg. Last summer, Senturk was a member of Turkish University National Team. At the Universiade in Belgrade he had 9.9 ppg, 5 rpg and 3.3 apg for 7 games. In the past, he spent seven years with Darussafaka and also was a member of U18 and U20 Turkey.


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


N.J. prep star feels at home among young V.I. hoops talents - by David Edole
By AARON GRAY, Daily News Staff

Aaron Brown (193-G-92) is one of three basketball players on the U.S. Virgin Islands under-18 national team that did not compete at the local high school level.

But hes no stranger to the tight-knit group.

Brown averaged a team-high 22.8 points a game last summer for the USVI at the Centrobasket under-17 Championship in Mexico. Now, as the under-18 squad makes last-second preparations for the FIBA Americas Championship this weekend, Brown said he feels right at home.

Its just an honor to be a part of this, said Brown, a 6-foot-5, 205-pound combo player. We all know each other from Mexico last year and it was great to catch up with everyone again. Now, our goal is to come out strong and show people that last summer was not a fluke.

The USVI under-17 team left Mexico last summer with the bronze medal. It was the first time in 36 years a Virgin Islands team had won a medal at that level and in that age group.

After the tournament, the St. Croix native returned to Newark, N.J., and had a stellar senior season at St. Benedicts Prep. The Gray Bees played a loaded independent schedule, finished with a 20-1 record and wound up ranked No. 4 in the national rankings.

Brown, who signed a scholarship offer last November and will play at Temple University next season, is a probable starter for the USVI under-18 squad, which tips off the FIBA Americas Championship in San Antonio, Texas, on Saturday against the United States at 8 p.m.

USVI will meet Argentina on Sunday at 6 p.m. and will wrap up pool play Monday when it takes on Mexico at 6 p.m. All games will be video streamed live at www.fibaamericas.com.

It will be the first-ever appearance for the USVI in the prestigious tournament, which will also feature squads from Brazil, Canada, Puerto Rico and Uruguay.

Im pretty happy but Im not satisfied, under-18 national team coach Jareem Dowling said this week. We have to stay hard so we dont become complacent. The guys have built some team chemistry and Aaron has fallen right into it.

Browns aunt and several uncles still live on St. Croix and St. Thomas while his parents reside in Hackensack, N.J., which is a about 30-minute drive from St. Benedicts.

Last week, the 15-man roster for the USVI the team will drop down to 12 players before this weekends tournament played in a series of scrimmages in Waco, Texas, with Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) teams. The squad leaves for San Antonio today.

It was the first time Brown and the teams two other mainland imports, Ronald Charles, Jr. (Rich South HS/Illinois) and Sekayi Petersen (Ralph Maynard HS/Florida), ran the court with the rest of their national teammates, who had practiced together on St. Croix since June 10.

Were coming together, said Central High School rising senior Kadeem Jones (94), a starting point guard who averaged 14 points and 10 assists a game last season for the Caribs. We didnt expect the level of competition from these AAU teams but were getting some good work in.

The final scores were not calculated for the scrimmages but Jones said the outcomes have been back and forth.

Along with national teammates Amadius Der-Weer (94), Javier Martinez (93) and Rasheed Swanston (95), Jones plays for a AAU team from the territory and the group will compete at a tournament in Orlando, Fla., later this summer.

We know we have to be stronger, said Jones, whose high school team won the St. Croix IAA varsity championship last year. Were are going to be taking on the very best players from the U.S. and if these AAU teams are giving us a hard time, then we need to work harder.

Jones said the team has not really been able to scout the USA team in person but video clips on YouTube have helped. From watching that, I know their point guard and big man are pretty strong, he said.

After last years breakout performance at the Centrobasket under-17 Championship, Brown is anticipating more defensive pressure from opposing teams.

But this team is different, he said. I dont have to go out there and score 30 every game. Not with these guys. I think everyone has improved since last year and we have many more scoring options.

The USVI will need all the scoring they can get in the first game. The U.S. National Team boasts a sensational 33-2 overall record in the tournament and has won gold in 1990, 1994, 1998 and 2006, while capturing a silver medal in 2008 and the bronze in 2002.


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  UKRAINE   


Croatia crush Ukraine in Ankara - by Eurobasket News
Croatia U20 - Ukraine U20 98:56

Croatian U20 team earned the second win at the international tournament in Ankara. They stormed past Ukraine to improve at 2-1 record. Ukraine in the meantime suffered the third straight defeat in Turkey. Leon Radosevic (208-C-90) led balanced offensive effort for Croatia with 18 points.
The teams traded baskets for some time at the start of the game but soon Croatia began clearing off. They rallied to a 25:14 lead at the first pause. Ukraine slowed their opponents down in the second quarter. They narrowed the margin to 7 points. Croatia did not allow their opponents to get closer leading by 8 points at halftime 40:32. Toni Prostran (182-G-91) helped Croatia open the third period with a 20:8 run. Croatia finished the third stanza up by 17 points 66:49. The Balkan team went on a 14:4 surge at the start of the fourth quarter and never looked back en route to the win.
Mario Delas (208-C/F-90) notched 14 points for Croatia. Josip Bilinovac (195-G-90) and Ivan Ramljak (203-F-90) added 13 points apiece in the winning effort. Kyryl Natyazhko (208-C-90) responded with 14 points and 7 caroms for Ukraine. Oleksandr Lypovyy (200-G-91) notched 12 points in the loss.

Croatia U20: Leon Radosevic 18, Mario Delas 14, Josip Bilinovac 13, Ivan Ramljak 13
Ukraine U20: Kyryl Natyazhko 14, Oleksandr Lypovyy 12



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  VENEZUELA   


Habemus NBA - by Wolfgang Lucena
After many years of expectations, finally today Jun 24 of 2010 at 10:00 pm another Venezuelan got pick but at this time 28 of ths first round to play in the big show; the NBA. It was not so easy for Greivis Vasquez (198-G-87,) to make it, he expend countless hours getting ready. Starting since the time and effort he put in Venezuela to come out as one of the best young players of his hometown, through the first minute he played at soon he arrived in USA. Now the new Venezuelan in the NBA is facing the harder challenge of his life as basketball player. Lets hope the best for this outstanding guard. Today is a new beginning for the number 28 of the first round; Greivis Vasquez (198-G-87,) with Grizzlies Memphis




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Women News

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  ARGENTINA - Women  


U18 USA destroys U18 Argentina in Colorado Springs - by Eurobasket News
FIBA Americas U18 Championship, Day 1: USA - ARGENTINA 91-32

The 2008 Finalists met each other in Day One of the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Colorado Springs. As it was two years ago, the USA team once again blasted their rival. In 2008 it was 81-37 and now the USA celebrated 91-32 victory. Both teams are together with Puerto Rico and Brazil placed to Group B. Chiney Ogwumike was the leading player in USA with double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds. She was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 23. Stefanie Dolson scored 12, while Kayla McBride and Bria Hartley netted 10 points each. In Argentina, the best scorers were Florencia Llorente and Daiana Acosta (92) with only 5 points (each).
The USA Team dominated from the start and Argentina was not able to resist. USA defense was so strong that Argentina scored just five points in the first period, while on the other side Chiney Ogwumike and her teammates drained 22. Second quarter ended 27-9 and USA already had huge 49-14 lead (HT). Nothing has changed for rest of the way as USA team ended third period with 24-6 and the last one with 18-12 for the final 91-32 blowout.
In Day Two, USA will meet Brazil. Argentina will play against Puerto Rico.

USA: Chiney Ogwumike 15+12 boards, Stefanie Dolson, Kayla McBride 10, Bria Hartley 10
Argentina: Florencia Llorente 5, Daiana Acosta 5


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  ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18 - Women  


Standings
Standings
Group A
1. Japan2-0
2. Taiwan2-0
3. S.Korea1-1
4. China1-1
5. Malaysia0-2
6. Kazakhstan.0-2
Group B
1. Thailand2-0
2. India1-0
3. Philippine.1-1
4. Syria0-1
5. Sri Lanka0-2


Day 2. Results and Stats - by Eurobasket News
Level I
China U18 - South Korea U18 100:56
China registered the initial win at the U18 Asia Championship. They fired down South Korea to climb at 1-1 record, South Korea in the meantime slipped at 1-1. Ma XueYa (187-F-93) knocked down 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the winners.
South Korea led by four points at the start of the game but China quickly took over. They rolled to a comfortable 22:12 lead at the first pause. China opened the second frame with a 13:3 run to enlarge the advantage. They stayed in charge and established a 22-point margin at halftime. South Korea were unable to change things in the second half. China reeled off to a 32-point advantage at the final stanza. They did not slow down in the fourth period and clinched an important win at the end. Gao Song (190-F-92) netted 15 points for China. Zhang Liting (199-C-94) accounted for 14 points in the victory. Jihyun Lee responded with 13 points for South Korea. Hongjin Cha posted 12 points in the losing case.

China U18: Ma XueYa 16, Gao Song 15, Zhang Liting 14
South Korea U18: Jihyun Lee 13, Hongjin Cha 12

Taiwan U18 - Malaysia U18 71:45
Taiwan U18 claimed the second victory in a row at the Asia Championship in Thailand. They toppled Malaysia to improve at 2-0 record on top of Level I standings. Malaysia in the meantime suffered the second consecutive loss. Liu Jung-Hsing (173-G-92) provided 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead Taiwan.
The teams traded baskets at the start of the game. However Taiwan soon went on a 9:4 run to take a 21:13 lead at the break. Taiwan quickly opened a double-digit lead in the second term. They boosted the margin to 21 points at the interval 41:20. Malaysia struggled to deny the deficit after the main break. Taiwan stayed in charge and easily secured a 27-point buffer with ten minutes remaining. Taiwan breezed to the victory in the fourth quarter. Lin Yu-Ting (180-C-94) accounted for 14 points and 12 rebounds. Huang Hsiang-Ting (179-G-93) contributed 12 points for the winning side. Wei Yin Saw (168-G-92) responded with 15 points for Malaysia. Chiau teng Ting had 7 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

Taiwan U18: Liu Jung-Hsing 16+10 boards, Lin Yu-Ting 14+12 boards, Huang Hsiang-Ting 12
Malaysia U18: Wei Yin Saw 15, Chiau teng Ting 7+11 boards

Japan U18 - Kazakhstan U18 118:52
Japan recorded the second straight win at the U18 Asia Championship. They drubbed Kazakhstan in the second round to improve at 2-0 record. The defending champions were led by Sanae Motokawa (175-G-92) as she nailed 22 points. Kazakhstan suffered the second loss in a row.
Japan gave little chance for their opponents right from the start. The reigning champions exploded with 28 points in the opening frame to establish a 14-point lead. They opened the second period with a 24:4 run to clear off. Japan arrived at halftime leading by insurmountable 37 points. Japan did not slow down in the third quarter. They marched to an 85:36 lead at the final pause. Japan easily passed 100-mark and drove to the comprehensive win at the end.
Aoi Katsura (180-F-92) notched 15 points and 7 rebounds for Japan. Mika Nozoe (179-F-92) and Aya Watanabe (170-G-92) added 12 points apiece in the victory. Anna Vinokurova (191-C-92) responded with game-high 27 points and 21 rebounds. Natalya Popova (177-G-93) finished with 11 points in the loss.

Japan U18: Sanae Motokawa 22, Aoi Katsura 15, Mika Nozoe 12, Aya Watanabe 12
Kazakhstan U18: Anna Vinokurova 27+21 boards, Natalya Popova 11

Level II
India U18 - Laos U18 117:45

India recorded the second straight win at the U18 Asia Championship in Thailand. They destroyed Laos to climb on top of Level II standings. Laos suffered the second consecutive defeat at the tournament. Kavita India scored 30 points to lead India. The winners played without their injured captain Stephy Nixon.
India quickly gained control but Laos tried to stay close in the first frame. India nevertheless earned a 22:11 lead at the first break. They tipped off the second frame on a 12:0 run to boost the gap. India dominated to clinch a 55:19 advantage at halftime. The onslaught continued in the second half. Laos struggled to stop their opponents defensively as India just kept on scoring points. They overcome 100-point mark and sealed a confident win at the end. Rajapriyadharshini Rajaganapathi nailed 17 points and collected 11 rebounds for India. Sangeeta Mandal added 15 points in the victory. Thipphaphone Phengsavanh produced 9 points for Laos. Vatsana Souksavath had 8 points in the loss.

India U18: Kavita India 30, Rajapriyadharshini Rajaganapathi 17+11 boards, Sangeeta Mandal 15
Laos U18: Thipphaphone Phengsavanh 9, Vatsana Souksavath 8

Philippines U18 - Syria U18 58:55
Philippines celebrated the first win at the U18 Asia Championship. They knocked down Syria to improve at 1-1 record. Syria slipped at 1-1 record in Level II standings. Marie Claire Aseron produced 15 points to lead Philippines.
Syria surged ahead early in the game but could not clear off substantially. They won the opening frame 17:16 and continued to mount pressure in the second frame. Syria stretched the gap to as many as 9 points midway through the second frame. Philippines stopped the onslaught and narrowed the deficit to a single point 30:31 at halftime. The third frame turned things upside down for Syria. They conceded a rally from Philippines and appeared trailing by 6 points at the final pause. Philippines took over in the fourth stanza, capitalized on numerous mistakes from Syria and ran away for the win at the end. Danica Jose provided 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Lore Rivera added 10 points and 19 rebounds for Philippines. Gasia Sarkis (180-C-92) answered with 14 points and 12 rebounds for Syria. Marie von Hassoun (170-F/C-93) had 13 points and 13 boards in the loss.

Philippines U18: Marie Claire Aseron 15, Danica Jose 14+10 rebounds, Lore Rivera 10+19 boards
Syria U18: Gasia Sarkis 14+12 boards, Marie von Hassoun 13+13 boards

Thailand U18 - Sri Lanka U18 77:45
Thailand celebrated the second win at the U18 Asia Championship. The hosts toppled Sri Lanka to climb on top of Level II ladder. Sri Lanka fell at 0-2 record. Aungkana Buapa (169-G/F-93) notched 25 points to pace Thailand.
The teams stayed close in the opening frame. Thailand managed to put their noses in front as they finished the first quarter up by two points 17:15. Thailand maintained the lead early in the second quarter but could not clear off. Finally the home team ignited a 17:4 run to build a 16-point cushion at halftime. Thailand opened the second half on a 15:5 rally. They deepened the lead and coasted to a 60:29 buffer with one quarter remaining. Thailand stayed calm and easily sealed the winning outcome at the final stage. Atchara Kaichaiyapoom (178-C-92) provided 15 points and 19 rebounds for Thailand. Sineenut Sorot produced 8 points and 6 assists for the winners. Buddika Wijenayake (162-G-92) answered with 16 points and 16 rebounds for Sri Lanka. Lokukatagodage replied with 10 points in defeat.

Thailand U18: Aungkana Buapa 25, Atchara Kaichaiyapoom 15+19 rebounds, Sineenut Sorot 8
Sri Lanka U18: Buddika Wijenayake 16+16 boards, Lokukatagodage 10



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  BRAZIL - Women  


Brazil celebrates in Day One of FIBA Americas U18 Championship - by Eurobasket News
FIBA Americas U18 Championship, Day 1: PUERTO RICO - BRAZIL 35-81

Brazil had an easy job against Puerto Rico in Day One of the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Colorado Springs. Both teams are placed to Group B together with USA and Argentina. Brazil and USA currently has 1-0 record in this pool. Jennifer Sirtoli (182-F-93) top-scored for the winners in this game with 15 points. Damiris Amaral (192-C-92) registered double-double of 11 points and 15 rebounds. She was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 21. Joice Coelho (175-F-93) helped with 11 points. Puerto Rico did not have any player with double-digits in scoring. Mercedes Marie Colon Colon was slightly better than the others with 8 pts.
First quarter sent a clear signal what to expect from this game. Brazilians had an impressive start, especially in defense, as they let Puerto Rico score just two points for the opening ten minutes. On the other side, they drained 17 and for rest of the first half jumped to 13-42. The game was already over for Puerto Rico and second half was just the formality. Brazil finished Q3 with 14-26 and the last one with 8-13 for the final 35-81 victory. Brazil was way better than Puerto Rico in all basketball elements.
In Day Two, Brazil will play against USA and mostly probably the winner of this game will finish as No.1 of Group B. At the same day, Puerto Rico will meet Argentina.

Puerto Rico: Mercedes Marie Colon Colon 8
Brazil: Jennifer Sirtoli 15, Damiris Amaral 11+15 boards, Joice Coelho 11


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  CANADA - Women  


U18 Canada blasts U18 Mexico in Colorado Springs - by Eurobasket News
FIBA Americas U18 Championship, Day 1: CANADA - MEXICO 77-31

Canada blasted Mexico in Day One of the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Colorado Springs. It means that Canada jumped to 1-0 in Group A having the same score as Chile, who outplayed Costa Rica. Each of Canada's players managed to score in this game. Laura Anne Dally (180-G-92) was the leading one with 15 points. Michele Plouffe (191-F-92) and Megan Lukan (170-G) helped the Canadian squad with 10 points apiece. On the other side, Mexico had just one player with double-digits in scoring and it was Andrea Medina (93) - 13 pts.
Canada was better team from the start. After ten minutes of play Laura Anne Dally and her teammates already were 24-11 up. Nothing has changed for rest of the first half, when Canada jumped to impressive 43-19. Question about the winner was already decided, despite there was 20 minutes left in the game. Canada was better 17-5 in Q3 and 17-7 in the last period for the final 77-31 victory. Beside the points, it is important to mention that Canada totally outjumped their rivals ending the game with 25 rebounds more (Canada 52 rebs, Mexico 27).
On Day Two, Canada will meet Chile. At the same day Mexico will take on Costa Rica.

Canada: Laura Anne Dally 15, Michele Plouffe 10, Megan Lukan 10
Mexico: Andrea Medina 13


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  CHILE - Women  


U18 Chile too strong for U18 Costa Rica in Colorado Springs - by Eurobasket News
FIBA Americas U18 Championship, Day 1: COSTA RICA - CHILE 53-75

Chile had a joyful Day One in Colorado Springs. The Chilean U18 squad met U18 Costa Rica celebrating valuable 53-75 victory. At this moment, Chile shares the first place in Group A with Canada. Francicsa Rojas stepped up for the winners with double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds. Javiera Morales (176-F-92) also was great adding 12 points, 10 boards and 5 assists. She was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 22. Fernanda Tapia is another player with 12 pts in victory. In Costa Rica, Michelle Mayorga Hidalgo shined with 23 points and 13 boards. Ana Mariela Matamoros Solis had 14 pts and 9 rebs.
Chile opened the game strong, especially in defense. Francicsa Rojas and her teammates limited Costa Rica players to just 9 points in the first quarter, taking 7-point lead at the end of it. Costa Rica was not able to resists in the next period as well and Chile was 20-37 up at the half time. Costa Rica improved offensively after the breather, but still that was not enough against strong Chileans, who ended Q3 with 14-18 and Q4 with 19-20 for the final 53-75 victory.
In Day Two, Chile will meet Canada, while Costa Rica will play against Mexico.

Costa Rica: Michelle Mayorga Hidalgo 23+13 boards, Ana Mariela 14+9 boards
Chile: Francicsa Rojas 14+14 boards, Javiera Morales 12+10 boards+5 as, Fernanda Tapia 12


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  CHINA - Women  


Chinese U18 National Team 2010 - by Sahereh
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Xi Yang
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Song Gao
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Dong Yu
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Liting Zhang
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LiWei Yang
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4 Yang LiWei 175-G-95
5 Zuo Jiayi 178-G-92
6 Jin Weina 181-G-92
7 Liang Jiamei 183-G
8 Li Meng 185-G-95
9 Yang Xi 184-G-94
10 Sun MengXin 190-F-93
11 Gao Song 190-F-92 Heilongjiang China
12 Yu Dong 195-C-93
13 Sun MengXin 190-F-93
14 Ma XueYa 187-F-93
15 Zhang Liting 199-C-94

Wang Gui Zhi Head Coach Liaoning China


China open win count in Thailand - by Eurobasket News
China U18 - South Korea U18 100:56
China registered the initial win at the U18 Asia Championship. They fired down South Korea to climb at 1-1 record, South Korea in the meantime slipped at 1-1. Ma XueYa (187-F-93) knocked down 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the winners.
South Korea led by four points at the start of the game but China quickly took over. They rolled to a comfortable 22:12 lead at the first pause. China opened the second frame with a 13:3 run to enlarge the advantage. They stayed in charge and established a 22-point margin at halftime. South Korea were unable to change things in the second half. China reeled off to a 32-point advantage at the final stanza. They did not slow down in the fourth period and clinched an important win at the end. Gao Song (190-F-92) netted 15 points for China. Zhang Liting (199-C-94) accounted for 14 points in the victory. Jihyun Lee responded with 13 points for South Korea. Hongjin Cha posted 12 points in the losing case.

China U18: Ma XueYa 16, Gao Song 15, Zhang Liting 14
South Korea U18: Jihyun Lee 13, Hongjin Cha 12



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  COSTA RICA - Women  


Costa Rica U18 National Team 2010 - by Richard
4 Ana Matamoros 95
5 Vanessa Zeledon 94
6 Karen Acosta 95
7 Sofia Jimenez 93
8 Valeria Ruiz 95
9 Valeria Miranda 94
10 Michelle Mayorga 93
11 Wendy Jimenez 94
12 Carolina Mora 95
14 Abhril Sanchez 94



U18 Chile too strong for U18 Costa Rica in Colorado Springs - by Eurobasket News
FIBA Americas U18 Championship, Day 1: COSTA RICA - CHILE 53-75

Chile had a joyful Day One in Colorado Springs. The Chilean U18 squad met U18 Costa Rica celebrating valuable 53-75 victory. At this moment, Chile shares the first place in Group A with Canada. Francicsa Rojas stepped up for the winners with double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds. Javiera Morales (176-F-92) also was great adding 12 points, 10 boards and 5 assists. She was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 22. Fernanda Tapia is another player with 12 pts in victory. In Costa Rica, Michelle Mayorga Hidalgo shined with 23 points and 13 boards. Ana Mariela Matamoros Solis had 14 pts and 9 rebs.
Chile opened the game strong, especially in defense. Francicsa Rojas and her teammates limited Costa Rica players to just 9 points in the first quarter, taking 7-point lead at the end of it. Costa Rica was not able to resists in the next period as well and Chile was 20-37 up at the half time. Costa Rica improved offensively after the breather, but still that was not enough against strong Chileans, who ended Q3 with 14-18 and Q4 with 19-20 for the final 53-75 victory.
In Day Two, Chile will meet Canada, while Costa Rica will play against Mexico.

Costa Rica: Michelle Mayorga Hidalgo 23+13 boards, Ana Mariela 14+9 boards
Chile: Francicsa Rojas 14+14 boards, Javiera Morales 12+10 boards+5 as, Fernanda Tapia 12


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  CROATIA - Women  


Iva Sliskovic stays in Celta - by Eurobasket News
Croatian Iva Sliskovic (196-F-84, college: S.Carolina) stays in Celta and will definitely appear in 2010/2011 season. One of the key players last season for the team will enjoy her already third season.
In 2000-2001 she started with ZKK Croatia Zagreb junior team and later experienced in NCAA. In 2005-2006 for S.Carolina (NCAA) after 28 games she averaged 7.9ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.8apg, 1.0spg, 1.3bpg, FG: 48.4%. In season 2007-2008 for MKB Euroleasing Sopron (Hungary-A) she debuted in Euroleague and after 5 games her stats read 3.4ppg, 3.0rpg. In Hungarian League after 12 games she showed 9.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 64.9%, FT: 85.3%. In 2008-2009 she joined Real Club Celta Vigo Urban (Spain-LFB, starting five) and remains with the team up to now. In her first season Iva averaged 7.2ppg, 4.2rpg, FGP: 46.6%, FT: 50.0%, while last season improved to 13.5 ponts per game and 8.3 rebounds. She received Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Honorable Mention and was in Eurobasket.com Spanish LFB All-Bosmans Team.
Iva Sliskovic recorded 26 points as Real C.Vigo rolled over Real Canoe 89:65. Blanca Marcos was behind her with 20 points. On the other side, Real Canoe got 15 points from Evelina Guneva.
In her latest game Iva Sliskovic posted 20 points as Olesa overcame Real C.Vigo 83:74. Michelle Maslowski led Olesa last night with 15 points and 6 rebounds, Helena Boada had 13, while Iva Perovanovic and Silvia Martinello added 12 points each.



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  FRANCE - Women  


France U17 victorious against Sweden U18 - by Eurobasket News
France U17 - Sweden U18 49:47

French U17 team continued their preparations for the upcoming World Championship. Lately they held off Swedish U18 selection in a tough battle. Anaelle Le Bruchec scored 14 points to lead the winners.
The teams got to a slow start. They combined for just 17 points in the opening frame with France taking a 10:7 lead. Les Bleus maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. They built a 22:17 cushion at halftime. Sweden bounced back in the third term. Led by Amanda Zahui (191-C-93) the Scandinavians denied the deficit. The teams entered the fourth quarter tied at 36. The sides changed baskets in the fourth quarter. France however managed to escape with a narrow victory at the end. Christelle Diallo (193-C-93) accounted for a late bucket to seal the win.
Christelle Diallo finished with 8 points in the victory. Romane Bernies (93) and Jodie Cornelie (193-F-93) added 6 points each for France. Amanda Zahui responded with 10 points for Sweden. Josefin Vesterberg (187-F-93) and Nathalie Fontaine (183-F-93) delivered 7 points apiece in the loss.

France U17: Anaelle Le Bruchec 14, Christelle Diallo 8, Romane Bernies 6, Jodie Cornelie 6
Sweden U18: Amanda Zahui 10, Josefin Vesterberg 7, Nathalie Fontaine 7



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  HUNGARY - Women  


EBE Ibiza-PDV agrees with Andrea Somogyi - by Eurobasket News
EBE Ibiza-PDV agrees with Andrea Somogyi (184-F-86) for the next season. The Hungarian National team player will debut her International career.
In 2004-2005 Andrea Somogyi appeared for MKB Euroleasing Sopron. In 2005-2006 she played for Szolnoki MaV-COOP SE (A, starting five) and in 19 games averaged 9.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 39.4%, 3PT: 27.9%, FT: 64.7%. In 2006-2007 for Szolnok-NKK she played for 26 games and showed 10.7ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP-2 (51.1)%, 3PT: 31.9%, FT-1 (90.0%). The last three seasons she played for MiZo Pecs 2010 and improved her stats each year. In 2009-2010 season she played however only in 3 games and averaged 4.3ppg, 1.0rpg. In December 2009 she moved to Vasas-Csata Budapest (A, starting five) and in 12 games she averaged 8.9ppg, 5.3rpg, FGP: 35.4%, 3PT: 31.7%, FT: 83.3%.
In her last game for Vasas-Csata Budapest she nailed 11 points and 7 rebounds. Marija Boskovic stepped up for the hosts this week-end with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Anna Lakloth replied with 12 points in defeat.
Andrea Somogyi also played at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) in 2009. In 7 games she averaged 6.0ppg, 3.6rpg, FGP: 41.4%, 3PT: 25.0%. Now the player will try to do her best in her first season abroad.



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  INDIA - Women  


Indian U18 National Team 2010 - by Sahereh
#s#
Deepa Lutukurthy
Lutukurthy
Rajapriyadharshini Rajaganapathi
Rajaganapathi
Neenumol Scaria
Scaria
K Kavita
Kavita
Sangeeta Mandal
Mandal
#e#5
4 Deepa Lutukurthy 153-G-92
5 Rajapriyadharshini Rajaganapathi 178-F-94
6 Neenumol Scaria 170-G-92
7 K Kavita 165-G-92
8 Sneha Rajguru 178-F
9 Aruna Kindo 178-G-92
10 Smruthi Radhakrishnan 175-G-92
11 Soniya Joy 173-G-92
12 Amruta Bhuskute 176-F-93
13 Sagarika Shyam 155-G-93
14 Sangeeta Mandal 172-G-94
15 Stephy Nixon 184-F-92

Abdul Hameed Khan Head Coach


India overwhelm Laos - by Eurobasket News
India U18 - Laos U18 117:45

India recorded the second straight win at the U18 Asia Championship in Thailand. They destroyed Laos to climb on top of Level II standings. Laos suffered the second consecutive defeat at the tournament. Kavita India scored 30 points to lead India. The winners played without their injured captain Stephy Nixon.
India quickly gained control but Laos tried to stay close in the first frame. India nevertheless earned a 22:11 lead at the first break. They tipped off the second frame on a 12:0 run to boost the gap. India dominated to clinch a 55:19 advantage at halftime. The onslaught continued in the second half. Laos struggled to stop their opponents defensively as India just kept on scoring points. They overcome 100-point mark and sealed a confident win at the end. Rajapriyadharshini Rajaganapathi nailed 17 points and collected 11 rebounds for India. Sangeeta Mandal added 15 points in the victory. Thipphaphone Phengsavanh produced 9 points for Laos. Vatsana Souksavath had 8 points in the loss.

India U18: Kavita India 30, Rajapriyadharshini Rajaganapathi 17+11 boards, Sangeeta Mandal 15
Laos U18: Thipphaphone Phengsavanh 9, Vatsana Souksavath 8



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  ITALY - Women  


Liomatic Umbertide continues to update the roster - by Eurobasket News
Liomatic Umbertide continues to update the roster for the next season and announced another player. After signing Francesca Zara (177-G-76, agency: Players Group), Tamera Young (188-G-86, college: JMU) and Simona Ballardini (181-F-81) the squad will also have Enrica Pavia (179-G-89) for the next season.
Enrica Pavia is a young guard born in 1989. She appeared in 2008-2009 for Sernavimar Marghera (A2) and then last season spent in Gea Magazzini Alcamo (A2, starting five). Last year in Poland at the European Championships U20 in Gdynia (Poland) she appeared in 8 games and averaged 4.4ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.1apg. Enrica Pavia was perfect 2/2 to post 9 points in the last game for Italy U20 that wrapped up their U20 European Championship participation with a comfortable win. They outgunned Bulgarian counterparts 92:82 to claim the 9th overall spot. Clelia Corsi and Erika Striulli scored 22 points each to pace the winners.
Tamera Young meanwhile nailed 4 points recently as her Chicago Sky overcame Connecticut S. 86:77.Epiphanny Prince scored 19 points for the Sky and Erin Thorn scored a season-high 18 points, including a pair of 3-pointers during a 13-4 run.
Ceprini Orvieto meanwhile added Eleonora Laffi. In 2006-2007 she appeared for Sernavimar Marghera (A2, starting five) and stayed there until the previous season. In
2009-2010 she played for Gea Magazzini Alcamo (A2, starting five).


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  JAPAN - Women  


Japan roll past Kazakhstan in Surat Thani - by Eurobasket News
Japan U18 - Kazakhstan U18 118:52

Japan recorded the second straight win at the U18 Asia Championship. They drubbed Kazakhstan in the second round to improve at 2-0 record. The defending champions were led by Sanae Motokawa (175-G-92) as she nailed 22 points. Kazakhstan suffered the second loss in a row.
Japan gave little chance for their opponents right from the start. The reigning champions exploded with 28 points in the opening frame to establish a 14-point lead. They opened the second period with a 24:4 run to clear off. Japan arrived at halftime leading by insurmountable 37 points. Japan did not slow down in the third quarter. They marched to an 85:36 lead at the final pause. Japan easily passed 100-mark and drove to the comprehensive win at the end.
Aoi Katsura (180-F-92) notched 15 points and 7 rebounds for Japan. Mika Nozoe (179-F-92) and Aya Watanabe added 12 points apiece in the victory. Anna Vinokurova responded with game-high 27 points and 21 rebounds. Natalya Popova finished with 11 points in the loss.

Japan U18: Sanae Motokawa 22, Aoi Katsura 15, Mika Nozoe 12, Aya Watanabe 12
Kazakhstan U18: Anna Vinokurova 27+21 boards, Natalya Popova 11



Japanese U18 National Team 2010 - by Sahereh
#s#
Sanae Motokawa
Motokawa
Mika Nozoe
Nozoe
Aya Watanabe
Watanabe
Aoi Katsura
Katsura
Moeko Nagaoka
Nagaoka
#e#5
4 Rina Sezaki 162-G-92
5 Saki Kanehara 158-G-92
6 Sanae Motokawa 175-G-92
7 Mika Nozoe 179-F-92
8 Aya Watanabe 170-G-92
9 Aoi Katsura 180-F-92
10 Rie Izumita 177-F-93
11 Chikae Uchino 176-F-93
12 Rina Hill 168-G-93
13 Naoko Chikahira 180-F-93
14 Moeko Nagaoka 177-G
15 Evelyn Mawuli 180-C-95

Tasusii Isshiki Head Coach


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  KAZAKHSTAN - Women  


Japan roll past Kazakhstan in Surat Thani - by Eurobasket News
Japan U18 - Kazakhstan U18 118:52

Japan recorded the second straight win at the U18 Asia Championship. They drubbed Kazakhstan in the second round to improve at 2-0 record. The defending champions were led by Sanae Motokawa (175-G-92) as she nailed 22 points. Kazakhstan suffered the second loss in a row.
Japan gave little chance for their opponents right from the start. The reigning champions exploded with 28 points in the opening frame to establish a 14-point lead. They opened the second period with a 24:4 run to clear off. Japan arrived at halftime leading by insurmountable 37 points. Japan did not slow down in the third quarter. They marched to an 85:36 lead at the final pause. Japan easily passed 100-mark and drove to the comprehensive win at the end.
Aoi Katsura (180-F-92) notched 15 points and 7 rebounds for Japan. Mika Nozoe (179-F-92) and Aya Watanabe added 12 points apiece in the victory. Anna Vinokurova responded with game-high 27 points and 21 rebounds. Natalya Popova finished with 11 points in the loss.

Japan U18: Sanae Motokawa 22, Aoi Katsura 15, Mika Nozoe 12, Aya Watanabe 12
Kazakhstan U18: Anna Vinokurova 27+21 boards, Natalya Popova 11



Kazakhstan U18 National Team 2010 - by Sahereh
#s#
Natalya Fedyanina
Fedyanina
Natalya Popova
Popova
Olga Abdreupova
Abdreupova
Anna Vinokurova
Vinokurova
Natalya Yakovitskaya
Yakovitskaya
#e#5
4 Natalya Fedyanina 174-G-92 Astana Tigers Kazakhstan
5 Darya Kornilova
6 Natalya Popova 177-G-93
9 Marina Borissova 177-G-92
10 Olga Abdreupova 172-G-92 Okzhetpes Kazakhstan
11 Madina Tutkishova 183-F-92
12 Olessya Kanaikina 172-G-93
13 Anna Vinokurova 191-C-92
14 Natalya Yakovitskaya 188-F-93
15 Diana Sych 177-G-92

Andrii Miekhovykh Head Coach


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  LAOS - Women  


Laos U18 National Team 2010 - by Eurobasket
4 Malivanh Keopaseuth 156-G-94
5 Viengkhonekham Oubonpaseuth 168-C-93
6 Thipphaphone Phengsavanh 165-F-92
7 Melanie Chantaboury 158-G-93
8 Kinnalorn Nanthalath 160-F-92
9 Kinnasorn Nanthalath 155-G-93
11 Phonevilay Songbandith 166-F-92
12 Sayphim Phanthuamart 168-C-93
13 Ponesouda Vongkhampha 150-G-92
14 Vatsana Souksavath 163-F-94
15 Manivanh Oulavong 165-F/C-93

Ammata Halsackda Head Coach


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  LATVIA - Women  


George Dikeoulakos has named Latvian NT - by Eurobasket News
#s#
Elina Babkina
Babkina
Anda Eibele
Eibele
Zane Eglite
Eglite
Kristine Karklina
Karklina
Santa Dreimane
Dreimane
#e#6
Georgis Dikeoulakos Coach Athinaikos Greece
has named the 20 players roster:

Elina Babkina 172-G-89 Lotos Gdynia Poland
Anda Eibele 170-G-84 TTT Riga Latvia
,
Zane Eglite 170-G-84 SK Cesis Latvia
,
Kristine Karklina 175-G-83 TTT Riga Latvia
,
Santa Dreimane 176-G-85 TTT Riga Latvia
,
Gunta Basko 181-F-80 TS Wisla Can-Pack Krakow Poland
,
Ieva Veinberga 180-F-84 TTT Riga Latvia
,
Anete Horelika 177-G/F-87 SK Cesis Latvia
,
Baiba Eglite 178-G-89 The Univ.of Texas at El Paso USA
,
Dita Krumberga 183-F-84 TTT Riga Latvia
,
Liene Jansone 190-F/C-81 Liomatic Umbertide Italy
,
Aija Putnina 191-F-88 Arras Pays d'Artois Basket Feminin France
,
Ieva Kublina 193-C-82 SEAT Lami Ved Gyor Hungary
,
Aija Brumermane 191-C-86 USO Mondeville France
Zane Tamane 200-C-83 MKB Euroleasing Sopron Hungary
Kristine Vitola 193-F-91 The Univ.of Texas at El Paso USA
,
Anete Steinberga 188-F-90 The Univ.of Texas at El Paso USA
,
Liene Priede 180-G-90 Western Illinois University USA
,
Linda Rubene 186-F-91 Iowa Western CC USA

Sabine Niedola 184-F-91 Reze Nantes Basket 44 France



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  MALAYSIA - Women  


Malaysian U18 National Team 2010 - by Sahereh
#s#
Wei Yin Saw
Saw
Yin yin Chong
Chong
Jo Rynn Lee
Lee
Chiau Teng Eugene Ting
Eugene Ting
Lee Peng Leong
Leong
#e#5
4 Hui Lee Kung 176-F-94
5 Hui Zen Koo 169-G-92
6 Wei Yin Saw 168-G-92
7 Yin yin Chong 166-G-93
8 Jo Rynn Lee 174-F-93
9 Chiau Teng Eugene Ting 180-C-92
10 Lee Peng Leong 181-C-92
11 Poh Yee Ooi 174-F-93
12 Fook Yee Yap 174-F-93
13 Ying hwei Lau 168-G-93
14 Shi yeng Ng 185-C-94
15 Phey Chyi Low 168-G-94

Seck Yun Choo Head Coach


Taiwan roll to second straight win in Thailand - by Eurobasket News
Taiwan U18 - Malaysia U18 71:45
Taiwan U18 claimed the second victory in a row at the Asia Championship in Thailand. They toppled Malaysia to improve at 2-0 record on top of Level I standings. Malaysia in the meantime suffered the second consecutive loss. Liu Jung-Hsing (173-G-92) provided 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead Taiwan.
The teams traded baskets at the start of the game. However Taiwan soon went on a 9:4 run to take a 21:13 lead at the break. Taiwan quickly opened a double-digit lead in the second term. They boosted the margin to 21 points at the interval 41:20. Malaysia struggled to deny the deficit after the main break. Taiwan stayed in charge and easily secured a 27-point buffer with ten minutes remaining. Taiwan breezed to the victory in the fourth quarter. Lin Yu-Ting (180-C-94) accounted for 14 points and 12 rebounds. Huang Hsiang-Ting (179-G-93) contributed 12 points for the winning side. Wei Yin Saw (166-92) responded with 15 points for Malaysia. Chiau teng Ting had 7 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

Taiwan U18: Liu Jung-Hsing 16+10 boards, Lin Yu-Ting 14+12 boards, Huang Hsiang-Ting 12
Malaysia U18: Wei Yin Saw 15, Chiau teng Ting 7+11 boards



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  MEXICO - Women  


U18 Canada blasts U18 Mexico in Colorado Springs - by Eurobasket News
FIBA Americas U18 Championship, Day 1: CANADA - MEXICO 77-31

Canada blasted Mexico in Day One of the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Colorado Springs. It means that Canada jumped to 1-0 in Group A having the same score as Chile, who outplayed Costa Rica. Each of Canada's players managed to score in this game. Laura Anne Dally (180-G-92) was the leading one with 15 points. Michele Plouffe (191-F-92) and Megan Lukan (170-G) helped the Canadian squad with 10 points apiece. On the other side, Mexico had just one player with double-digits in scoring and it was Andrea Medina (93) - 13 pts.
Canada was better team from the start. After ten minutes of play Laura Anne Dally and her teammates already were 24-11 up. Nothing has changed for rest of the first half, when Canada jumped to impressive 43-19. Question about the winner was already decided, despite there was 20 minutes left in the game. Canada was better 17-5 in Q3 and 17-7 in the last period for the final 77-31 victory. Beside the points, it is important to mention that Canada totally outjumped their rivals ending the game with 25 rebounds more (Canada 52 rebs, Mexico 27).
On Day Two, Canada will meet Chile. At the same day Mexico will take on Costa Rica.

Canada: Laura Anne Dally 15, Michele Plouffe 10, Megan Lukan 10
Mexico: Andrea Medina 13


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  NCAA1 - Women  


U18 USA destroys U18 Argentina in Colorado Springs - by Eurobasket News
FIBA Americas U18 Championship, Day 1: USA - ARGENTINA 91-32

The 2008 Finalists met each other in Day One of the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Colorado Springs. As it was two years ago, the USA team once again blasted their rival. In 2008 it was 81-37 and now the USA celebrated 91-32 victory. Both teams are together with Puerto Rico and Brazil placed to Group B. Chiney Ogwumike was the leading player in USA with double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds. She was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 23. Stefanie Dolson scored 12, while Kayla McBride and Bria Hartley netted 10 points each. In Argentina, the best scorers were Florencia Llorente and Daiana Acosta (92) with only 5 points (each).
The USA Team dominated from the start and Argentina was not able to resist. USA defense was so strong that Argentina scored just five points in the first period, while on the other side Chiney Ogwumike and her teammates drained 22. Second quarter ended 27-9 and USA already had huge 49-14 lead (HT). Nothing has changed for rest of the way as USA team ended third period with 24-6 and the last one with 18-12 for the final 91-32 blowout.
In Day Two, USA will meet Brazil. Argentina will play against Puerto Rico.

USA: Chiney Ogwumike 15+12 boards, Stefanie Dolson, Kayla McBride 10, Bria Hartley 10
Argentina: Florencia Llorente 5, Daiana Acosta 5


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  PHILIPPINES - Women  


Philippines U18 National Team 2010 - by Sahereh
*4 Danica Jose
5 Trisha Dy
*6 Camille Claro
7 Elrica Castro
*8 Jacqueline Tanaman
*9 Lore Rivera
*10 Marie Aseron
11 Regina Marie Pioquinto
12 Maria Tantoco
13 Nelia Sinsioco
14 Alyanna Nitorreda
15 Alyanna Ong

Patrick Aquino


Philippines U18 National Team 2010 - by Sahereh
#s#
Danica Jose
Jose
Camille Claro
Claro
Jacqueline Tanaman
Tanaman
Lore Rivera
Rivera
Marie Aseron
Aseron
#e#5
4 Danica Jose 185-C-94
5 Trisha Dy 175-C-93
6 Camille Claro 158-G-96
7 Elrica Castro 168-G-93
8 Jacqueline Tanaman 163-G-93
9 Lore Rivera 173-F-93
10 Marie Aseron 170-F-93
11 Regina Pioquinto 173-F-93
12 Maria Tantoco 168-G-93
13 Nelia Sinsioco 175-C-93
14 Alyanna Nitorreda 173-F-94
15 Alyanna Ong 173-F-95

Patrick Aquino Head Coach Ever Bilena Philippines


Philippines defeat Syria in Surat Thani - by Eurobasket News
Philippines U18 - Syria U18 58:55
Philippines celebrated the first win at the U18 Asia Championship. They knocked down Syria to improve at 1-1 record. Syria slipped at 1-1 record in Level II standings. Marie Claire Aseron produced 15 points to lead Philippines.
Syria surged ahead early in the game but could not clear off substantially. They won the opening frame 17:16 and continued to mount pressure in the second frame. Syria stretched the gap to as many as 9 points midway through the second frame. Philippines stopped the onslaught and narrowed the deficit to a single point 30:31 at halftime. The third frame turned things upside down for Syria. They conceded a rally from Philippines and appeared trailing by 6 points at the final pause. Philippines took over in the fourth stanza, capitalized on numerous mistakes from Syria and ran away for the win at the end. Danica Jose provided 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Lore Rivera added 10 points and 19 rebounds for Philippines. Gasia Sarkis answered with 14 points and 12 rebounds for Syria. Marie von Hassoun had 13 points and 13 boards in the loss.

Philippines U18: Marie Claire Aseron 15, Danica Jose 14+10 rebounds, Lore Rivera 10+19 boards
Syria U18: Gasia Sarkis 14+12 boards, Marie von Hassoun 13+13 boards



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  PUERTO RICO - Women  


Brazil celebrates in Day One of FIBA Americas U18 Championship - by Eurobasket News
FIBA Americas U18 Championship, Day 1: PUERTO RICO - BRAZIL 35-81

Brazil had an easy job against Puerto Rico in Day One of the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Colorado Springs. Both teams are placed to Group B together with USA and Argentina. Brazil and USA currently has 1-0 record in this pool. Jennifer Sirtoli (182-F-93) top-scored for the winners in this game with 15 points. Damiris Amaral (192-C-92) registered double-double of 11 points and 15 rebounds. She was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 21. Joice Coelho (175-F-93) helped with 11 points. Puerto Rico did not have any player with double-digits in scoring. Mercedes Marie Colon Colon was slightly better than the others with 8 pts.
First quarter sent a clear signal what to expect from this game. Brazilians had an impressive start, especially in defense, as they let Puerto Rico score just two points for the opening ten minutes. On the other side, they drained 17 and for rest of the first half jumped to 13-42. The game was already over for Puerto Rico and second half was just the formality. Brazil finished Q3 with 14-26 and the last one with 8-13 for the final 35-81 victory. Brazil was way better than Puerto Rico in all basketball elements.
In Day Two, Brazil will play against USA and mostly probably the winner of this game will finish as No.1 of Group B. At the same day, Puerto Rico will meet Argentina.

Puerto Rico: Mercedes Marie Colon Colon 8
Brazil: Jennifer Sirtoli 15, Damiris Amaral 11+15 boards, Joice Coelho 11


Puerto Rico U18 Nationale Team 2010 - by Richard
4 Valerie Lynn Santiago 93
5 Enitza Oliver 94
6 Kiara Quinones-Noa 93
7 Lirielys Ramos 94
8 Rita Acevedo 168-G-92 Rio Piedras Puerto Rico
9 Mercedes Colon 94 Guaynabo C. Puerto Rico
10 Tayra Veronica Melendez 95
11 Stephany Colon 94
12 Ashley Santos 93
13 Diamalises Rivera 93
14 Carmen Torres 95 Rio Piedras Puerto Rico
15 Sidney Santos 95



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  SOUTH KOREA - Women  


China open win count in Thailand - by Eurobasket News
China U18 - South Korea U18 100:56
China registered the initial win at the U18 Asia Championship. They fired down South Korea to climb at 1-1 record, South Korea in the meantime slipped at 1-1. Ma XueYa (187-F-93) knocked down 16 points and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the winners.
South Korea led by four points at the start of the game but China quickly took over. They rolled to a comfortable 22:12 lead at the first pause. China opened the second frame with a 13:3 run to enlarge the advantage. They stayed in charge and established a 22-point margin at halftime. South Korea were unable to change things in the second half. China reeled off to a 32-point advantage at the final stanza. They did not slow down in the fourth period and clinched an important win at the end. Gao Song (190-F-92) netted 15 points for China. Zhang Liting (199-C-94) accounted for 14 points in the victory. Jihyun Lee responded with 13 points for South Korea. Hongjin Cha posted 12 points in the losing case.

China U18: Ma XueYa 16, Gao Song 15, Zhang Liting 14
South Korea U18: Jihyun Lee 13, Hongjin Cha 12



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  SPAIN - Women  


Paola Ferrari will be in Ollis Soller again - by Ivan Villar
Ollis Soller from Balears Islands has resigned Paola Ferrari for next season.Paola Ferrari came from Paraguay a lot of years ago.Nowdays she's a very good shooting guard for best ligue of Spain.Ollis Soller expects to repeat good results of last season.Although they had many economic problems Ollis Soller will have a good roster.In fact,they have one of best players of league such as Eshaya Murphy. Paola Ferrari (178-G/F-85)

Iva Sliskovic stays in Celta - by Eurobasket News
Croatian Iva Sliskovic (196-F-84, college: S.Carolina) stays in Celta and will definitely appear in 2010/2011 season. One of the key players last season for the team will enjoy her already third season.
In 2000-2001 she started with ZKK Croatia Zagreb junior team and later experienced in NCAA. In 2005-2006 for S.Carolina (NCAA) after 28 games she averaged 7.9ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.8apg, 1.0spg, 1.3bpg, FG: 48.4%. In season 2007-2008 for MKB Euroleasing Sopron (Hungary-A) she debuted in Euroleague and after 5 games her stats read 3.4ppg, 3.0rpg. In Hungarian League after 12 games she showed 9.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.7apg, 2FGP: 64.9%, FT: 85.3%. In 2008-2009 she joined Real Club Celta Vigo Urban (Spain-LFB, starting five) and remains with the team up to now. In her first season Iva averaged 7.2ppg, 4.2rpg, FGP: 46.6%, FT: 50.0%, while last season improved to 13.5 ponts per game and 8.3 rebounds. She received Eurobasket.com All-Spanish LFB Honorable Mention and was in Eurobasket.com Spanish LFB All-Bosmans Team.
Iva Sliskovic recorded 26 points as Real C.Vigo rolled over Real Canoe 89:65. Blanca Marcos was behind her with 20 points. On the other side, Real Canoe got 15 points from Evelina Guneva.
In her latest game Iva Sliskovic posted 20 points as Olesa overcame Real C.Vigo 83:74. Michelle Maslowski led Olesa last night with 15 points and 6 rebounds, Helena Boada had 13, while Iva Perovanovic and Silvia Martinello added 12 points each.



EBE Ibiza-PDV agrees with Andrea Somogyi - by Eurobasket News
EBE Ibiza-PDV agrees with Andrea Somogyi (184-F-86) for the next season. The Hungarian National team player will debut her International career.
In 2004-2005 Andrea Somogyi appeared for MKB Euroleasing Sopron. In 2005-2006 she played for Szolnoki MaV-COOP SE (A, starting five) and in 19 games averaged 9.4ppg, 3.4rpg, 1.1apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 39.4%, 3PT: 27.9%, FT: 64.7%. In 2006-2007 for Szolnok-NKK she played for 26 games and showed 10.7ppg, 3.6rpg, 1.2apg, 2FGP-2 (51.1)%, 3PT: 31.9%, FT-1 (90.0%). The last three seasons she played for MiZo Pecs 2010 and improved her stats each year. In 2009-2010 season she played however only in 3 games and averaged 4.3ppg, 1.0rpg. In December 2009 she moved to Vasas-Csata Budapest (A, starting five) and in 12 games she averaged 8.9ppg, 5.3rpg, FGP: 35.4%, 3PT: 31.7%, FT: 83.3%.
In her last game for Vasas-Csata Budapest she nailed 11 points and 7 rebounds. Marija Boskovic stepped up for the hosts this week-end with 14 points and 6 rebounds. Anna Lakloth replied with 12 points in defeat.
Andrea Somogyi also played at the World University Games in Belgrade (Serbia) in 2009. In 7 games she averaged 6.0ppg, 3.6rpg, FGP: 41.4%, 3PT: 25.0%. Now the player will try to do her best in her first season abroad.



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  SRI LANKA - Women  


Sri Lanka U18 National Team 2010 - by Richard
4 Buddika Wijenayake 162-G-92 SRI U18 NT Sri Lanka
5 Lahiruka Weeraratne 168-F/C-92 SRI U18 NT Sri Lanka
6 Dewni Premadasa 150-G-93 SRI U18 NT Sri Lanka
7 Krishani Ranhaluge 182-C-93 SRI U18 NT Sri Lanka
8 Sanduni Perera 163-F-93 SRI U18 NT Sri Lanka
9 Thushani Rajapakshe 170-F-93 SRI U18 NT Sri Lanka
10 Anjalee Peramunugama 166-G-93 SRI U18 NT Sri Lanka
11 Vindya Jayasinghe 163-G-93 SRI U18 NT Sri Lanka
12 Andrea Fernando 175-F/C-94 SRI U18 NT Sri Lanka
13 Jayani Nugi Thewahettige 167-G-93 SRI U18 NT Sri Lanka
14 Kalpashaka Wettamperuma 164-G-92 SRI U18 NT Sri Lanka
15 Sachini Weerasekara 169-F-93 SRI U18 NT Sri Lanka

Susil Shantha Udukumbura Head Coach SRI U18 NT Sri Lanka


Thailand edge Sri Lanka in Surat Thani - by Eurobasket News
Thailand U18 - Sri Lanka U18 77:45
Thailand celebrated the second win at the U18 Asia Championship. The hosts toppled Sri Lanka to climb on top of Level II ladder. Sri Lanka fell at 0-2 record. Aungkana Buapa (169-G/F-93) notched 25 points to pace Thailand.
The teams stayed close in the opening frame. Thailand managed to put their noses in front as they finished the first quarter up by two points 17:15. Thailand maintained the lead early in the second quarter but could not clear off. Finally the home team ignited a 17:4 run to build a 16-point cushion at halftime. Thailand opened the second half on a 15:5 rally. They deepened the lead and coasted to a 60:29 buffer with one quarter remaining. Thailand stayed calm and easily sealed the winning outcome at the final stage. Atchara Kaichaiyapoom (178-C-92) provided 15 points and 19 rebounds for Thailand. Sineenut Sorot produced 8 points and 6 assists for the winners. Buddika Wijenayake answered with 16 points and 16 rebounds for Sri Lanka. Lokukatagodage replied with 10 points in defeat.

Thailand U18: Aungkana Buapa 25, Atchara Kaichaiyapoom 15+19 rebounds, Sineenut Sorot 8
Sri Lanka U18: Buddika Wijenayake 16+16 boards, Lokukatagodage 10



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  SWEDEN - Women  


Josefin Olheim moves to Lulea Basket - by Eurobasket News
Josefin Olheim (176-G-86) moves to Lulea Basket and will play for the team in season 2010/2011. The Swedish player enjoyed the last two seasons in Solna Vikings however decided to change it for Lulea.
It will be the third team for Josefin Olheim in her career. In 2005-2006 she started with Telge Energi (Damligan, starting five) and in 20 games averaged 8.0ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.5apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 47.3%, 3PT: 33.3%, FT: 64.5%. In 2006-2007 she improved to 10.0ppg, 4.2rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 50.5%, 3PT: 43.5%, FT: 79.5%. In
2007-2008 for her last season for Telge Energi (Damligan, starting five) after 21 games her stats read 10.0ppg, 4.0rpg, 2.1apg, 1.4spg, 2FGP: 51.0%, 3PT: 34.3%, FT: 75.0%. In 2008-2009 Josefin Olheim appeared for Solna Vikings (Damligan) and debuted in EuroCup. In 8 games she averaged 3.8ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.0apg, 1.1spg, while in Swedish League after 9 games her stats read 6.0ppg, 2.4rpg, 3.4apg, 2.3spg, 2FGP: 38.9%, 3PT: 14.8%, FT: 50.0%. Last season after 22 games the Swedish player showed 8.3ppg, 4.8rpg, 3.0apg, 2.0spg, 2FGP: 42.7%, 3PT: 35.6%, FT: 72.2%.
Olheim has a broad offensive records but are characterized mainly by her tough and aggressive defensive play . She is also a person who is a leader both on and off the field . With her previous teams she became Swedish Damligan Finalist three times, Swedish Damligan Regular Season Champion and Swedish Damligan Champion in 2009.



France U17 victorious against Sweden U18 - by Eurobasket News
France U17 - Sweden U18 49:47

French U17 team continued their preparations for the upcoming World Championship. Lately they held off Swedish U18 selection in a tough battle. Anaelle Le Bruchec scored 14 points to lead the winners.
The teams got to a slow start. They combined for just 17 points in the opening frame with France taking a 10:7 lead. Les Bleus maintained the advantage throughout the second quarter. They built a 22:17 cushion at halftime. Sweden bounced back in the third term. Led by Amanda Zahui (191-C-93) the Scandinavians denied the deficit. The teams entered the fourth quarter tied at 36. The sides changed baskets in the fourth quarter. France however managed to escape with a narrow victory at the end. Christelle Diallo (193-C-93) accounted for a late bucket to seal the win.
Christelle Diallo finished with 8 points in the victory. Romane Bernies (93) and Jodie Cornelie (193-F-93) added 6 points each for France. Amanda Zahui responded with 10 points for Sweden. Josefin Vesterberg (187-F-93) and Nathalie Fontaine (183-F-93) delivered 7 points apiece in the loss.

France U17: Anaelle Le Bruchec 14, Christelle Diallo 8, Romane Bernies 6, Jodie Cornelie 6
Sweden U18: Amanda Zahui 10, Josefin Vesterberg 7, Nathalie Fontaine 7



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  SYRIA - Women  


Philippines defeat Syria in Surat Thani - by Eurobasket News
Philippines U18 - Syria U18 58:55
Philippines celebrated the first win at the U18 Asia Championship. They knocked down Syria to improve at 1-1 record. Syria slipped at 1-1 record in Level II standings. Marie Claire Aseron produced 15 points to lead Philippines.
Syria surged ahead early in the game but could not clear off substantially. They won the opening frame 17:16 and continued to mount pressure in the second frame. Syria stretched the gap to as many as 9 points midway through the second frame. Philippines stopped the onslaught and narrowed the deficit to a single point 30:31 at halftime. The third frame turned things upside down for Syria. They conceded a rally from Philippines and appeared trailing by 6 points at the final pause. Philippines took over in the fourth stanza, capitalized on numerous mistakes from Syria and ran away for the win at the end. Danica Jose provided 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Lore Rivera added 10 points and 19 rebounds for Philippines. Gasia Sarkis answered with 14 points and 12 rebounds for Syria. Marie von Hassoun had 13 points and 13 boards in the loss.

Philippines U18: Marie Claire Aseron 15, Danica Jose 14+10 rebounds, Lore Rivera 10+19 boards
Syria U18: Gasia Sarkis 14+12 boards, Marie von Hassoun 13+13 boards



Syrian U18 National Team 2010 - by Richard
4 Rahma Mhanna 160-G-93
5 Nour Rabahieh 158-G-93
6 Jehan Mamlouk 155-G-93
7 Nansy Jaatoul 168-F-93
8 Sarin Kazanjian 165-F-92
9 Rimyal Dahdouh 165-F-94
10 Einas Badran 157-G-93
11 Farah Assad 158-G-96
12 Marie von Hassoun 170-F/C-93
13 Pamela Aslan 150-G-93
14 Rindala Pereverzev 192-G/F-93
15 Gasia Sarkis 180-C-92

Jean Kouja Kakhoul Head Coach


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  TAIWAN - Women  


Taiwan roll to second straight win in Thailand - by Eurobasket News
Taiwan U18 - Malaysia U18 71:45
Taiwan U18 claimed the second victory in a row at the Asia Championship in Thailand. They toppled Malaysia to improve at 2-0 record on top of Level I standings. Malaysia in the meantime suffered the second consecutive loss. Liu Jung-Hsing (173-G-92) provided 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead Taiwan.
The teams traded baskets at the start of the game. However Taiwan soon went on a 9:4 run to take a 21:13 lead at the break. Taiwan quickly opened a double-digit lead in the second term. They boosted the margin to 21 points at the interval 41:20. Malaysia struggled to deny the deficit after the main break. Taiwan stayed in charge and easily secured a 27-point buffer with ten minutes remaining. Taiwan breezed to the victory in the fourth quarter. Lin Yu-Ting (180-C-94) accounted for 14 points and 12 rebounds. Huang Hsiang-Ting (179-G-93) contributed 12 points for the winning side. Wei Yin Saw (166-92) responded with 15 points for Malaysia. Chiau teng Ting had 7 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.

Taiwan U18: Liu Jung-Hsing 16+10 boards, Lin Yu-Ting 14+12 boards, Huang Hsiang-Ting 12
Malaysia U18: Wei Yin Saw 15, Chiau teng Ting 7+11 boards



Taiwanese U18 National Team 2010 - by Sahereh
#s#
Jung-Hsing Liu
Liu
Chi-Fang Chang
Chang
Hsiang-Ting Huang
Huang
Yu-Ting Lin
Lin
Jung-Hsing Yang
Yang
#e#5
4 Wei Yu-Chun 173-G-92
5 Chen Hui-Chen 173-G-93
6 Liu Jung-Hsing 173-G-92
7 Chang Chi-Fang 174-G-93
8 Lee Ching-Ning 175-G-92
9 Wu Ying-Chieh 179-F-92
10 Cheng I-Hsiu 178-G-93
11 Huang Hsiang-Ting 179-G-93
12 Lin Yu-Ting 180-C-94
13 Chen Yu-Chen 183-F-94
14 Yang Jung-Hsing 183-F-93
15 Chang Yi-Lin 185-C-92



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  THAILAND - Women  


Thailand edge Sri Lanka in Surat Thani - by Eurobasket News
Thailand U18 - Sri Lanka U18 77:45
Thailand celebrated the second win at the U18 Asia Championship. The hosts toppled Sri Lanka to climb on top of Level II ladder. Sri Lanka fell at 0-2 record. Aungkana Buapa (169-G/F-93) notched 25 points to pace Thailand.
The teams stayed close in the opening frame. Thailand managed to put their noses in front as they finished the first quarter up by two points 17:15. Thailand maintained the lead early in the second quarter but could not clear off. Finally the home team ignited a 17:4 run to build a 16-point cushion at halftime. Thailand opened the second half on a 15:5 rally. They deepened the lead and coasted to a 60:29 buffer with one quarter remaining. Thailand stayed calm and easily sealed the winning outcome at the final stage. Atchara Kaichaiyapoom (178-C-92) provided 15 points and 19 rebounds for Thailand. Sineenut Sorot produced 8 points and 6 assists for the winners. Buddika Wijenayake answered with 16 points and 16 rebounds for Sri Lanka. Lokukatagodage replied with 10 points in defeat.

Thailand U18: Aungkana Buapa 25, Atchara Kaichaiyapoom 15+19 rebounds, Sineenut Sorot 8
Sri Lanka U18: Buddika Wijenayake 16+16 boards, Lokukatagodage 10



Thailand U18 National Team 2010 - by Richard
#s#
Sineenuch Sorot
Sorot
Chollada Chaiyasong
Chaiyasong
Aungkana Buapa
Buapa
Atchara Kaichaiyapoom
Kaichaiyapoom
Wannisa Nakkhao
Nakkhao
#e#5
4 Sineenuch Sorot 162-G-93
5 Chollada Chaiyasong 170-F-92
6 Aungkana Buapa 169-G/F-93
7 Atchara Kaichaiyapoom 178-C-92
8 Wannisa Nakkhao 172-F-92
9 Thidaporn Maihom 176-F-93
10 Pattamawan Mena 173-G-94
11 Tanatporn Sevetchnan 176-F-92
12 Chalida Teetas 173-G-92
13 Kornkanok Kotcharat 175-G-92
14 Pornnutcha Sawatong 164-G-93
15 Punnida Arjsri 185-C-94

Zhao Xuanmin Head Coach


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  TOURNAMENT OF THE AMERICAS U18 - Women  


Day One in Colorado Springs - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Canada - Mexico 77-31
Canada blasted Mexico in Day One of the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Colorado Springs. It means that Canada jumped to 1-0 in Group A having the same score as Chile, who outplayed Costa Rica. Each of Canada's players managed to score in this game. Laura Anne Dally (180-G-92) was the leading one with 15 points. Michele Plouffe (191-F-92) and Megan Lukan (170-G) helped the Canadian squad with 10 points apiece. On the other side, Mexico had just one player with double-digits in scoring and it was Andrea Medina (93) - 13 pts. Canada was better team from the start. After ten minutes of play Laura Anne Dally and her teammates already were 24-11 up. Nothing has changed for rest of the first half, when Canada jumped to impressive 43-19. Question about the winner was already decided, despite there was 20 minutes left in the game. Canada was better 17-5 in Q3 and 17-7 in the last period for the final 77-31 victory. Beside the points, it is important to mention that Canada totally outjumped their rivals ending the game with 25 rebounds more (Canada 52 rebs, Mexico 27). On Day Two, Canada will meet Chile. At the same day Mexico will take on Costa Rica.

Costa Rica - Chile 53-75
Chile had a joyful Day One in Colorado Springs. The Chilean U18 squad met U18 Costa Rica celebrating valuable 53-75 victory. At this moment, Chile shares the first place in Group A with Canada. Francisca Rojas stepped up for the winners with double-double of 14 points and 14 rebounds. Javiera Morales (176-F-92) also was great adding 12 points, 10 boards and 5 assists. She was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 22. Fernanda Tapia is another player with 12 pts in victory. In Costa Rica, Michelle Mayorga Hidalgo shined with 23 points and 13 boards. Ana Mariela Matamoros Solis had 14 pts and 9 rebs. Chile opened the game strong, especially in defense. Francisca Rojas and her teammates limited Costa Rica players to just 9 points in the first quarter, taking 7-point lead at the end of it. Costa Rica was not able to resists in the next period as well and Chile was 20-37 up at the half time. Costa Rica improved offensively after the breather, but still that was not enough against strong Chileans, who ended Q3 with 14-18 and Q4 with 19-20 for the final 53-75 victory. In Day Two, Chile will meet Canada, while Costa Rica will play against Mexico.

Group B
USA - Argentina 91-32
The 2008 Finalists met each other in Day One of the 2010 FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Colorado Springs. As it was two years ago, the USA team once again blasted their rival. In 2008 it was 81-37 and now the USA celebrated 91-32 victory. Both teams are together with Puerto Rico and Brazil placed to Group B. Chiney Ogwumike was the leading player in USA with double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds. She was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 23. Stefanie Dolson scored 12, while Kayla McBride and Bria Hartley netted 10 points each. In Argentina, the best scorers were Florencia Llorente and Daiana Acosta (92) with only 5 points (each). The USA Team dominated from the start and Argentina was not able to resist. USA defense was so strong that Argentina scored just five points in the first period, while on the other side Chiney Ogwumike and her teammates drained 22. Second quarter ended 27-9 and USA already had huge 49-14 lead (HT). Nothing has changed for rest of the way as USA team ended third period with 24-6 and the last one with 18-12 for the final 91-32 blowout. In Day Two, USA will meet Brazil. Argentina will play against Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico - Brazil 35-81
Brazil had an easy job against Puerto Rico in Day One of the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Colorado Springs. Both teams are placed to Group B together with USA and Argentina. Brazil and USA currently has 1-0 record in this pool. Jennifer Sirtoli (182-F-93) top-scored for the winners in this game with 15 points. Damiris Amaral (192-C-92) registered double-double of 11 points and 15 rebounds. She was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 21. Joice Coelho (175-F-93) helped with 11 points. Puerto Rico did not have any player with double-digits in scoring. Mercedes Colon was slightly better than the others with 8 pts. First quarter sent a clear signal what to expect from this game. Brazilians had an impressive start, especially in defense, as they let Puerto Rico score just two points for the opening ten minutes. On the other side, they drained 17 and for rest of the first half jumped to 13-42. The game was already over for Puerto Rico and second half was just the formality. Brazil finished Q3 with 14-26 and the last one with 8-13 for the final 35-81 victory. Brazil was way better than Puerto Rico in all basketball elements. In Day Two, Brazil will play against USA and mostly probably the winner of this game will finish as No.1 of Group B. At the same day, Puerto Rico will meet Argentina.


Standings (Women)
Standings
Group A
1. Canada1-0
2. Chile1-0
3. Costa Rica.0-1
4. Mexico0-1
Group B
1. Brazil1-0
2. USA1-0
3. P.Rico0-1
4. Argentina0-1


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  USBA - Women  


American Honda rides shotgun with the WUSBA for the 2011 basketball season - by USBA Media

Atlanta, Ga., (June 24, 2010) --- American Honda Motor Company, Inc., and the Women's United States Basketball Association (WUSBA) join teams to create a new multi-year agreement. The agreement finalizes Honda status as the Official Automotive supplier to the WUSBA.

'We have our choice of automotive companies, however after many decades of success in the automotive business, Honda is our choice, their association of the WUSBA is perfect,' said Kenneth Green, Executive Vice President, WUSBA.Internationally, Honda has been a long-time supporter of sports throughout the world and in the United States. 'This relationship between Honda and the WUSBA strengthens our connection with target consumers in the southeastern U.S. market, particularly families, sports fans and multicultural audiences. Additionally, the WUSBA's aggressive expansion plans closely align with Hondas current southern foot print of dealerships.'

As the official automotive supplier to the WUSBA, Honda will receive rights to all teams in all sixteen WUSBA cities. The agreement will deliver expanded exposure across the WUSBA's southern footprint for grassroots and regional radio audiences, allowing Honda the ability to continue to enhance consumer experiences around their passion for the sport of basketball. The agreement includes utilization of Hondas fleet of vehicles for WUSBA special events and league operations, player appearances, intellectual property, content generation platforms, regional arena exposure, on-site activation at all WUSBA local team basketball games and the culmination of Honda's entitlement of the WUSBA awards, including full season, the mid season WUSBA Classic All-Star game, the WUSBA Championship Playoff series and the Cora Lee Hunter Memorial Championship. In addition to developing new, unique regional programs in partnership with the WUSBA, Honda will also be a sponsor of existing WUSBA Youth Outreach initiatives including the WUSBA 2011 Season Ticket Extravaganza. 'The WUSBA is excited to partner with American Honda, a company that is synonymous with excellence and innovation,' said Duane Jenkins, WUSBA President and C.E.O., 'American Honda has made a long-term commitment to the sport of basketball in the Southeast United States and we look forward to working together as we both grow our business.'

American Honda joins the WUSBA's corporate family including: Official suppliers, vendors and sponsors such as, Air Tran Airlines, Schwinn Bicycle, Russell Athletic, Outback Steak House, Golden Corral Buffet, Gatorade, Holiday Inn, Visa International and others.

The WUSBA inaugural season is scheduled to begin Wednesday June 8, 2011. The WUSBA has sixteen teams, in three divisions, spread out over eight southern states.
American Honda was founded in 1948. The company is involved in the manufacture of automobiles, motorcycles as well as innovations in the aerospace industry. Hondas customer loyalty and customer satiation is legendary. Honda is the sixth largest automotive manufacture in the world and is the fourth largest in the United States.

Women's United States Basketball Association is a triple (AAA) womens minor division professional basketball league based in the United States and features many players from the U.S. and around the world. The 2011 regular season will commence on June 8, 2011 and will conclude September 3, 2011. The league has expansion plans that will develop additional teams within its American footprint.


Contact (678) 966-9993
media@usbaball.com



Terry Truax joins executive staff at the WUSBA - by USBA Media

Atlanta, Ga. (June 24, 2010)--- Women's United States Basketball Association (WUSBA), executive vice president, Kenneth Green, today announced the hiring of Terry Truax as Director and Trainer of Basketball Coaches of the Women's United States Basketball Association. Truax came to the WUSBA to coach the Charleston Cadets for the 2010 basketball season. The 2010 WUSBA basketball season was rife with controversy, following a widely publicized league tele-conference meeting on May 26, 2010 to announce the cancellation of the upcoming basketball season. The league president closed down plans to kick off in June.

'After a forest burns down, new life always flourishes, said Duane Allen Jenkins, league President and Chief Executive Officer, 'I made a decision to stop and refocus plans to June 2011, we didn't have the cooperation of some of our coaches, subsequently I severed relationship with these individuals and Coach Truax will use his experience to eliminate this type of challenge. This will guarantee our success in professional women's basketball, for whatever reason these individual tried to harm the WUSBA, we need Mr. Truax to prevent this from ever happening again.'

Terry Truax served as head basketball coach most recently at Hagerstown Community College where he guided the team to 22-8 (.733) record. Truax is most known for his long stint at Towson State University, where he served as the Head Coach for fourteen years. During his years at Towson State, Truax won three conference titles and made two NCAA Tournament appearances. Truax was also awarded Coach of the Year honors, three times while at Towson State. ' We will start by giving the basketball player, the coaches who will be responsible and professional, I will not tolerate the type of behavior I witnessed from some of the boys who wanted to coach women's basketball , late arrival to meetings, disrespect to the executive staff and non compliance to company policy will dealt with appropriately.' These kids deserve 100% of our efforts and we will give our very best to them,' said Truax

'We are thrilled to announce Coach Truax in joining our staff,' said Green. ' Forty-five years in basketball, he is a great fit to help build a tradition of developing top quality coaches in the WUSBA. 'He brings outstanding leadership, coaching skills and a shared sense of WUSBA's core values. Coach Truax understands that having an inaugural program means developing young coaches and developing a solid relationship with the community and we believe that he will excel on every level personally and professionally. His ability to coach, instruct and recruit will allow us to continue toward our goals to install top qualified coaches in all our cities. We look forward to a long and successful association with him.'

Truax compiled an overall record of 22-8 (.733) while at Hagerstown Community College and he amassed over 200 wins at Towson State. During his long and outstanding career, Truax served as an assistant coach at a number of NCAA powerhouse basketball programs, including the University of North Carolina, under Legendary Tar Heel Head Coach Dean Smith. Truax also served on the coaching staff at the Mississippi State University, University of Colorado and the University of Florida. Having Coach Truax in the WUSBA is like working with your father, I may be the President, but Terry is the boss, he has friends like Bobby Knight, Denny Crum and Morgan Wooten of De Matha Catholic High School fame, Im going to be learning a lot from him, said Jenkins.

In addition to his long brilliant college coaching career, Truax served as a successful high school basketball coach in a number of schools throughout the United States.

Truax graduated in with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland. He earned his Masters Degree from the University of North Carolina. Terry currently resides in Hilton Head, South Carolina with his best friend and wife, Pamela.

Women's United States Basketball Association is a triple (AAA) womens minor division professional basketball league based in the United States and features many players from the U.S. and around the world. The league has sixteen teams spread out over eight southern states. The 2011 regular season will commence on June 8, 2011 and will conclude September 3, 2011. The league has expansion plans that will develop additional teams within its American footprint.

Contact:
League: (678) 966-9993
media@usbaball.com
terrytruax@usball.com



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  WNBA - Women  


Lynx lose Candace Wiggins for season with tendon injury - by Eurobasket News
The Lynx, with their entire roster finally healthy and on a three-game winning streak, have taken another blow. Candice Wiggins (5'11''-G-87, college: Stanford) ruptured the Achilles' tendon in her left leg with eight seconds remaining in Tuesday's 75-68 victory in New York. She is expected to miss the rest of the season.

Wiggins, averaging 13.8 points, missed the first six games of the season because of arthroscopic surgery on her right knee. Leading scorer Seimone Augustus was out until June 10 with abdominal surgery.

Wiggins was expected to mainly play off the bench this season. She supposed to be a back up point guard to Lindsay Whalen, but averaged nearly 30 minutes at shooting guard.


Courtesy of www.startribune.com

Standings
WNBA Standings
Eastern
 1. Atlanta D. 9-4 
 2. Connecticut S. 8-4 
 3. Indiana F. 8-4 
 4. Washington M. 7-4 
 5. Chicago S. 5-8 
 6. New York L. 4-7 
Western
 1. Seattle S. 11-2 
 2. Phoenix M. 5-7 
 3. Minnesota L. 5-9 
 4. S.Antonio SS 4-7 
 5. Tulsa S. 3-8 
 6. L.Angeles S. 3-8 


Dream beat struggling Shock 96-90 - by Eurobasket News
Marynell Meadors says she knows better than to focus on Angel McCoughtry's (6'1''-F-86, college: Louisville) turnovers.

The Atlanta Dreams young star has a knack for quickly making up for her miscues.

McCoughtry scored 29 points with 10 rebounds and scored six straight in the final two minutes, and the Atlanta Dream beat the struggling Tulsa Shock 96-90 Wednesday.

McCoughtry, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2009 WNBA draft, has scored 20 or more points in nine of Atlanta's 14 games. She had three steals and her strong play in the final minutes helped the first-place Dream recover after losing an 18-point first half lead.

Meadors said McCoughtry more than made up for her game-high seven turnovers.

'Sometimes shell fumble the ball and shell kick it and you think Oh my goodness, youve got to take her out, Meadors said. You leave her in and she does great things, and thats what we choose to do. I just think shes a great player and a star in the making.'

Tulsa coach Nolan Richardson called McCoughtry a great player.

The double-double she had, she can score and rebound and shes a great leader on top of that, Richardson said. Her doing double-duty type stuff, it just separates her and gives her the opportunity to make a name for herself in the WNBA.

Atlantas Erika de Souza had 19 points, including 15 in the first period. Iziane Castro Marques (6'0''-G/F-82) added 18 points for the first-place Dream.

Atlanta, which moved one game ahead of Connecticut and Indiana in the Eastern Conference, improved to 4-4 in June following a 6-0 record in May.

The win over Tulsa was the first of six straight home games for Atlanta.

McCoughtry said the strong effort by the Shock should be a warning for the Dream.

I think we have a bulls-eye on us, McCoughtry said. Everybody is going to be targeting us because we are in first place. People are going to play their best games against us because we are No. 1 in the East. Weve just got to try to maintain our home-court advantage.

Atlantas Sancho Lyttle (6'4''-C-83, college: Houston) broke an 86-86 tie with a three-point play with 2:26 remaining. McCoughtry had two layups and two free throws to pad the lead.

I think Angel feels the necessity for trying to take over and just will this team to wins, Meadors said. In the second half she did that, especially at the end of the game.

Scholanda Robinson (5'10''-G-83, college: LSU) had 17 points and Kara Braxton (6'6''-C-83, college: Georgia) had 15 for Tulsa, which lost its sixth straight game. The Shock made 7 of 14 3-pointers.

We never ever have stopped trying to play and thats the great part, Richardson said.

Today would have been a great moment had we been able to hold on and win. It would have given us some confidence. It gave them some glimpses of hope that if we can play like this every night, were going to win some games.

The Dream led 31-23 in the first period and stretched the lead to 43-25 early in the second period.

Tulsa rallied by making seven of its first 10 3-pointers. A 3 by Alexis Hornbuckle gave Tulsa a 61-59 lead and Jennifer Lacy added another 3 for a 64-61 lead late in the third period. The Shock missed their last four 3-pointers to finish 7 of 14.


Courtesy of www.myfoxatlanta.com