EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/11/2010

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  ARGENTINA   


Argentina U17 clinched the 9th place at the U17 World Championships, Spain U17 is 10th - by Eurobasket News
Argentina U17-Spain U17 66:56

Argentina U17 clinched the 9th place at the U17 World Championships. They sent Spain U17 to the 10th position beating them 66:56 in the last game for both teams.
Argentina scored the first four points in the game, while they had 8:2 later in the period. Spain reduced to 13:11 and 15:13, but Argentina took 16:13 after the opening quarter. Martin Massone (187-F-94) hit the 3 point shot to bring his team 24;17 in the middle of the second quarter. Diez reduced to 26:23 and Suarez gave Spain 34:32 halftime advantage. In the third period Spain looked better and dominated the court. They grabbed 46:38 as Costa hit a three-pointer. Moreover OLAIZOLA made two points inside the paint as Spain enjoyed the biggest lead at 50:42. Massarelli closed the quarter at 47:52 as Argentina looked forward for the last stanza. The run continued until the first three minutes of the last period when Spain was scoreless. Argentina took 54:52 with 7 minutes to go. Right after that they never looked behind and even increased the lead. Massarelli scored three last points of the winners to bring the final success.
Frederico Herrera (197-C-93) and Martin Massone top-scored with 12 points each for the 9th place. Patricio Garino (196-G/F-93) poured in 11, while Matias Bortolin (205-C-93) scored 10. Daniel Diez (203-F-93) delivered 13 points in the losing case and Luis Conde (194-G-93) added 9.

Argentina U17: Frederico Herrera 12, Martin Massone 12, Patricio Garino 11, Matias Bortolin 10
Spain U17: Daniel Diez 13, Luis Conde 9


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  ASIAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18   


Philippines and Malaysia advance to 21st FIBA Asia U18 Championship - by Eurobasket News
Yangon, the capital of Myanmar hosted six teams at the South East Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) in the 7th SEABA U18 Championship.
Philippines, Malaysia, Laos, Singapore, Thailand and Myanmar struggled for two tickets to to represent SEABA in the 21st FIBA Asia U18 Championship to be held in Sanaa Yemen from Sept 22 Oct 1.
In Day 1 Myanmar rolled over Laos 70:62. It was a great game from both sides as the winners grabbed the first victory due to overtime win. Sein Lyan stepped up with 15 points and 4 rebounds. Wai Lu scored 10 points for the winners and Nay Myo Min had 12. Somboun Nadonhai responded with 24 points in the losing effort.
Philippines outscored Malaysia 87:59. Jeron Alvin Teng (181-G-95) paced all the winners with 19 points, whilst Isaac Ravena netted 12 and Jeth Rosario added 11. Choo Wei Hongs 15 points was the highest for Malaysia.
Singapore defeated Thailand 47:39 Russel Low top-scored for the winners with 12 points and Larry Liew scored 10. Autman Al-Mabruk scored a game-high 19 points for Thailand.

In Day 2 Philippines cruised past Myanmar 108:39. Jeth Rosario top-scored for the winners with 20 points as they improved to 2-0. Roldan Sara poured in 19 points, Kiefer Ravena, Jeron Alvin Teng and Russel Escoto chipped in 10 points apiece. Nay Myo Min ended up with 8 points in the losing effort.
Malaysia defeated Singapore 60:51 for their first win. Kok Chun Ng was the highest among Kok Kian Chuas boys with 14 points. Loh Shee Wong scored 13 and Choo Wei Hong added 12.
Thailand rolled over Laos 71:44 for their first victory. Patcharaphum Phansura top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Sorot Suntonsiri chipped in with 10 points. Somboun Nadonhai responded with 17 points in the losing effort.

In Day 3 Philippines recorded their third successive win on the third day of the 7th SEABA U18 Championship. Philippines rolled over Singapore 78:40 for 3-0 record. Kiefer Ravena stepped up with 22 points and Jeth Rosario scored 10. Jabez Su ended up with 20 points in defeat.
Malaysia produced a 97:53 win over Laos. Phetthasone Chaleunsouk opened the scoring for the game, but that was the lone bright spot for Laos in the game. Somboun Nadonhais game-high 19 points for Laos went in vain. Tan Wai Seng delivered 18 points for the winners. Choo Wei Hong brought his team 17 points and Loh Shee Weng scored 12.
Thailand overcame Myanmar 58:52. Sorot Suntonsiri nailed 19 points for Thailand. Autman Al-Mabruk scored five of his games 13 points in the final quarter. Yan Sein and Nay Myo Min each scored 11 points for Myanmar.

In Day 4 Thailand produced a 75:68 win over Malaysia in a top game of the day. Autman Al-Mabruk paced all the winners with 22 points. Arnon Iamlamai contributed 17 points and Komsan Dechsom 16.
Philippines destroyed Laos 133:30 for the fourth straight win. Six players scored in double digits as Kevin Ferrer (188-F) led them all with 23 points. Souliy Sayyasinh was the highest scorer for Laos with 11 points.
Singapore edged Myanmar 78:70. Jabez Sus game-high 25 points marked Singapores win against Myanmar, while Dawei Khoo notched 13 points.Ky I Htwe and Sein Ly An scored 14 points each for Myanmar, while Wai Lu added 11.

In Day 5 Malaysia defeated hosts Myanmar 108:39 to finish the competition with a 3-2 record. Malaysia pipped Thailand to take the second spot, behind Philippines, on the final day of the 7th SEABA U18 Championship. Kok Chun Ng top-scored for the winners with 26 points. Loh Shee Weng and Choo Wei Hong both contributed 15 points each and Tan Wei Seng had 13. Wai Lus 10 points was the highest for Myanmar.
Philippines overcame Thailand 69:38 to remain undefated and won SEABA with 5-0 record. Jeth Rosario paced all the winners with 15 points and Kiefer Ravena scored 13.
Singapore overcame Laos 76:31 as David Soo scored 16 and Russel Low 13. Somboun Nadonhai nailed 19 points in the losing effort.



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  AUSTRALIA   


Australia U17 won the thriller to remain alive for the 5th position - by Eurobasket News
China U17-Australia U17 66:68

Australia U17 won the thriller to remain alive for the 5th position at the U17 World Championships in Germany. The team from Oceania edged China U17 68:66 as Daniel Hill (173-G-93) hit the three-pointer that brought the victory for Australia.
Australia scored the first five points in the game, while China took 7:6. Both squads exchanged the lead several times in the opening quarter as the team from Oceania had 15:14 after it. Guo Ailun (193-G-93) tied the game at 17, but Australia went on a run. Gilmore nailed a three-pointer to give his side 31:22 advantage. China managed to reduce at the halftime as Guo Ailun made a jump shot for 29:33. Again Australia reached plus 10 as Odigie posted two for 41:31. Mitch Norton (183-G-93) increased to 45:34 with 6 minutes in the third period. China again used a chance of catching up as they closed the quarter at 48:51. Moreover Guo Ailun tied it all at 55:55 with less than 8 minutes to play in the game. The score was also tied at 57:57, 59:59 and 61:61. Zhu scored from the perimeter to give China 64:61 lead with 3 minutes to go. Daniel Carlin (202-C-93) tied it again at 65:65, while Daniel Hill hit the three-pointer that brought the victory for Australia.
Daniel Carlin poured in 16 points to lead all the winners. Daniel Hill and Mitch Norton scored 12 each as Australia will play tomorrow for the 5th spot. Guo Ailun erupted with 24 points in the losing effort. Wang Zirui (190-G-93) notched 14 and Zhai Xiaochuan (205-F-93) added 12.

China U17: Guo Ailun 24, Wang Zirui 14, Zhai Xiaochuan 12
Australia U17: Daniel Carlin 16, Daniel Hill 12, Mitch Norton 12


Standings - ABA
ABA Standings
Big V
 1. Ringwood H. 16-1 
 2. Diamond V.E. 14-3 
 3. Waverley F. 10-5 
 4. Melbourne 7-10 
 5. Hume City 6-10 
 6. Sherbrooke S. 5-11 
 7. Bulleen B. 4-12 
 8. Eltham W. 3-13 
Central ABL
 1. W.Adelaide B. 13-2 
 2. N.Adelaide R. 11-4 
 3. Norwood F. 11-4 
 4. Sturt S. 11-4 
 5. Forestville E. 9-6 
 6. Eastern M. 7-8 
 7. Woodville W. 5-10 
 8. S.Adelaide P. 4-11 
 9. South.Tigers 3-12 
 10. C.District L. 1-14 
QBL
 1. Rockhampton 11-1 
 2. Mackay M. 10-1 
 3. SW Metro P. 9-4 
 4. Northside W. 8-3 
 5. Townsville H. 7-5 
 6. Gold Coast G. 6-4 
 7. Cairns M. 6-6 
 8. Maroochydore 6-6 
 9. Ipswich F. 6-7 
 10. Gladstone P. 5-7 
 11. Bundaberg B. 4-8 
 12. Caboolture S. 3-10 
 13. Brisbane C. 3-11 
 14. Toowoomba 0-11 
SEABL-East
 1. Kilsyth C. 16-8 
 2. Bendigo B. 15-7 
 3. Brisbane S. 12-10 
 4. Knox R. 12-11 
 5. Ballarat M. 11-11 
 6. Dandenong 10-12 
 7. AIS 4-11 
 8. Canberra G. 3-17 
SEABL-South
 1. Nunawading S. 16-7 
 2. Sandringham S. 16-7 
 3. Geelong S. 15-9 
 4. Hobart C. 14-9 
 5. NW Tasmania 13-9 
 6. Mt Gambier 9-14 
 7. Frankston B. 7-15 
 8. Albury W.B. 4-18 
WARATAH
 1. Manly Warr. 12-3 
 2. Parramatta W. 12-4 
 3. Sydney C. 10-5 
 4. Maitland M. 9-5 
 5. Newcastle H. 9-6 
 6. Norths Bears 8-7 
 7. Bankstown B. 8-8 
 8. Hills H. 6-9 
 9. Hornsby S. 5-9 
 10. Sutherland S. 2-12 
 11. Canberra N. 1-16 


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  BARBADOS   


Warriors stay in playoff hunt - by Justin Marville
THREE TEAMS fighting for two spots.

The Premier League playoff race has just become basketball's version of musical chairs.

Former MVP Corey McDonald scored 18 points and Kareem Figs Farrell added 17 as First Works Warriors kept themselves in contention for the postseason by downing Roll-A-Way St Johns Sonics 82-69 on Tuesday at the Wildey Gym.

With two games remaining, the win puts Warriors (11-3) a win away from securing one of the last two available Final Four berths, while mathematically eliminating St Johns (7-7) from the playoff hunt.

Sophomore point guard Tremaine Shaw chipped in with 11 points for the Dayrells Road side, who moved into a second-place tie with reigning league champs Mpact Station Hill Cavs after the title holders were stunned 83-63 by Patriots in the night's earlier game.

But Station Hill were already assured of making the playoffs, having owned the tiebreaker against both Pinelands (9-4) and Jackson (9-4), who still have to play against each other to finish the season.

That remaining fixture means only one of those teams can possibly finish higher than the Cavs and not both.
The league leading Lakers (12-1) have also secured their postseason berth.


Lakers solve Jackson jinx; secure postseason top seed - by Justin Marville
IT'S BEEN A WHILE coming, but the Lumber Company Lakers have finally beaten their nemeses.

Even better, they might not have to worry about beating them again.

Andre Lockhart had 14 of his 18 points in the second half, including Lakers' last six of the contest, as basketball's Premier League leaders secured the postseason's top seed and their only win this season against British American Insurance Jackson in Thursday's 68-65 nail-bitter at the Wildey Gym.

The win - Lakers' 13th in 14 league games - ended a string of three straight losses to their tormentors, but more importantly, drops Jackson (9-5) into fifth place and out of a potential first-round matchup.

For now at least.

Jackson, whose winning streak against the league leaders dates back to last season, can still make the playoffs if they win their final two fixtures, which include the pivotal season finale versus fourth-placed Pinelands (10-4).

And they can only blame themselves for this dire must-win situation, after missing several easy scoring opportunities in the fourth against a team that Jackson routed by 20 just three weeks ago.

But the overseas-based Lockhart wasnt on hand for that semi-final knockout drubbing, and he proved to be the difference this time, scoring the game's last four points at the line to help Lakers overcome a two-point deficit (64-62) in the final minute.

Playing in his first game of the season, the national playmaker was also responsible for locking the scores prior to his decisive free throws, exploding towards the ring before pumping to avoid the challenge of six-foot-ten centre Pearson Griffith.

This was after Griffith had given Jackson that initial advantage on a nifty spin move in the post, following a crucial Javid Beckles three on their previous possession.

The lead wouldve been more had Peter Alleyne converted two prior driving lay-ups, and Julian Grant also left behind some change when he split his free throw attempts after Lockhart's game-tying basket.

However, Jackson grabbed the ensuing offensive board, only for Beckles to airball his subsequent baseline jumper, forcing Alleyne to foul a streaking Lockhart in transition the other way.

Lockhart's two free throws then gave Lakers the lead (66-65) with seven seconds remaining, before a questionable no-call led to Alleyne turning over the ball on the next inbounds play.

Another two Lockhart free throws soon followed and Jackson didn't get off a potential game-tying three-pointer before time expired.

Lakers shooting guard Keefe Birkett led all scorers with 20 points while Alleyne had a team high 18 points and 14 rebounds.

Earlier, Kirk Patrick and Decarlo Skeete led five Pinelands players in double digits with 14 points as the Pine moved a game ahead of Jackson for the fourth and final playoff spot by thrashing Nicholls Baking Cougars 80-63.


Jones hosts JHoops Live in Barbados - by Justin Marville
AT LEAST ONE PLAYER from the NBA's deepest free agent class has Barbados among his list of stops during this summers recruiting frenzy.

Sharpshooting Miami Heat forward James Jones will be in the country this weekend to host his annual JHoops Live basketball camp for Barbados' junior players through the James Jones Legacy Foundation.

It's the second set of clinics conducted by the unrestricted free agent - whose ties to the country originate through Bajan-born wife Destiny - following last year's inaugural camp at Springer Memorial and the University of the West Indies (UWI) courts.

'He's been drilled [in] and exposed to the highest level of basketball, so our young players can only benefit from what he has to pass on,' commented Terry Inniss, the head of the local organising committee.

'And it is necessary to have this calibre of player passing through regularly because right now our basketball is in a serious lull.'

'We need to have good coaching for these juniors as early as possible and understand that our better coaches have to be involved at the junior level, where the right skills have to be taught with the right equipment in the right environment,' added the former national junior.

A former second round pick of the Pacers, Jones has played for Indiana, Phoenix, Portland and home-town Miami during his seven years in the league, averaging 6.4 points per game and a career mark of 39.5 percent behind the arc.

The Heat recently bought out Jones' contract though, making the sharpshooting forward a member of this year's deep free agent class, which includes team-mate Dwyane Wade, two-time MVP LeBron James and five-time All-Star Chris Bosh.


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  BRAZIL   


Assis Basket sing brazilian graduated from College in U.S. - by Paulo Freire
The Assis Basket following their new philosophy of having a young team with talent for the future found a new player for the roster, a smallfoward 2.01m tall, who was born in 1986.
The new player left Brazil in the 2006-2007 season to play in U.S. college in Texas at the South Plains College.
After spent two season there, Luciano de Souza transfer to University of Idaho.
In 2009 he played at the World University Games, representing the Brazilian National Team in Serbia.


Luciano Junior (201-F-86) avarege in the 2008-2009 season 8.5 ppg and 2.7 rpg.


Spurs nearing deal with Splitter - by Eurobasket News
A day after the Miami Heat parlayed LeBron James into arguably the biggest free-agent coup in NBA history, the Spurs appear on the verge of landing their own prized summertime addition.

According to a league source Friday, the Spurs are nearing a multiyear contract agreement with Tiago Splitter (6'11''-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances), a 6-foot 11-inch Brazilian center who was the teams first-round draft pick in 2007.

It would be a significant get for the Spurs. Splitter, the 25-year-old Most Valuable Player of Spains ACB League last season, widely is regarded as the top big man in Europe and would provide much-needed and long-sought bulk to the Spurs frontcourt alongside aging All-Star Tim Duncan.

There are signs a deal with Splitter could be completed early next week, but there remains a substantial hurdle to clear before it can be finalized.

Though the framework of an NBA contract for Splitter may be near completion, the Spurs first must negotiate a buyout of his contract with Caja Laboral, the team he helped lead to the Spanish League championship last month, before he would be free to sign.

Under the NBAs collective bargaining agreement, the maximum the Spurs are allowed to pay toward a buyout is $500,000. Splitter, who earned $1.76 million with Caja Laboral last season, would have to make up the difference out of his own pocket.

Its likely that Splitters agent, Arn Tellem, will attempt to structure the contract in such a way as to offset some of those costs to his client. The most the Spurs could offer Splitter is a deal starting at the mid-level exception of $5.76 million.

There are reasons for both the Spurs and Splitter to want to get something done quickly. He has until Thursday to opt out of his deal with Caja Laboral, lest he remain committed to that team for two more seasons.

Spurs general manager R.C. Buford declined to comment on negotiations that are ongoing.

Fresh off leading his team to the Spanish League championship, and being named the MVP of the leagues title series, Splitter has emerged as the key offseason target for the Spurs.

A proven rebounder and capable shot-blocker, Splitter has tantalized the Spurs from overseas since they made him the 28th overall pick in the 2007 draft, just days after they swept Cleveland to claim their fourth NBA championship.

Splitter doesnt project as a guaranteed All-Star, but would provide an immediate boost to a team that the past few seasons often was overmatched in the paint.

Hed be the perfect player for them right now, said one rival NBA executive familiar with Splitters European career.

Earlier this summer, Splitter told a Spanish newspaper he didnt plan to let financial details derail his hope of joining the Spurs this offseason.

My intention is to play in the NBA, said Splitter, who is reportedly on his honeymoon until a week from today. Ive made it clear that it wasnt a financial issue, but one of career goals. I think its a good time for me to make the jump.


Courtesy of www.mysanantonio.com


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  CANADA   


USA U17 becomes the first finalist - by Eurobasket News
Canada U17-USA U17 83:103

USA U17 becomes the first finalist of the FIBA U17 World Championship. The favorites outscored Canada U17 as Michael Gilchrist (201-F-93) shined for the US squad.
Pierre surprised US in the start of the game, while Pangos tied it at 5:5. After that time USA took the control and never looked behind. Michael Gilchrist scored for 22:12 and Teague closed the period at 30:17. The top-scorer of the game opened the second frame and he scored another 9 points in a row. Cook later delivered for 43:23 at the middle of the second quarter. Webster-Chan reduced with Canada at 42:48 at the halftime. Wagner later reduced to 52:55, but USA did nt allow the opponents to tie the game. Drummond made it 71:61 and McAdoo closed the third frame at 75:65. With 28-18 USA won the last stanza and advanced to the Final. Thomas hit a three-pointer for the final success.
Michael Gilchrist collected massive 30 points and 15 rebounds. Bradley Beal (191-G-93) notched 17, while Adonis Thomas (199-F/G-93) added 12. Andrew Wiggins (196-F-95) ended up 20 points in the losing case. Kevin Pangos (186-G-93) poured in 17, whilst Junior Lomomba (193-F-93) netted 13.

Canada U17: Andrew Wiggins 20, Kevin Pangos 17, Junior Lomomba 13
USA U17: Michael Gilchrist 30+15 rebs, Bradley Beal 17, Adonis Thomas 12



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  CENTROBASKET   


Stats Leaders (Men)
Points Per Game
 Walter HODGE
  IVO
  (183-G-86)
  Avg: 20.8
 1. Hodge, ISV20.8 
 2. Hibbert, JAM19.0 
 3. Pinnock, PAN19.0 
 4. Chiverton, IVB18.3 
 5. Harris, MEX17.8 
 6. Palacio, BIZ17.5 
 7. Arroyo, PUR17.5 
 8. Jemmott, CUB17.3 
 9. Villanueva, DOM16.8 
 10. Ramos, PUR16.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Jack Michael MARTINEZ
  DOM
  (203-F/C-81)
  Avg: 12.3
 1. Martinez, DOM12.3 
 2. Elegar, ISV11.8 
 3. Balkman, PUR11.3 
 4. Trim, TRI9.3 
 5. Ayon, MEX9.0 
 6. Troyer, BIZ9.0 
 7. Penn, IVB8.8 
 8. Pomare, PAN8.8 
 9. Lloreda, PAN8.8 
 10. Ffriend, JAM8.5 
Assists Per Game
 Jose Juan BAREA
  PUR
  (181-G-84)
  Avg: 8.8
 1. Barea, PUR8.8 
 2. Arroyo, PUR7.0 
 3. Palacio, BIZ6.3 
 4. Pineiro, CUB4.5 
 5. Harris, MEX4.0 
 6. Hodge, ISV4.0 
 7. Munoz, PAN4.0 
 8. Arias, DOM3.7 
 9. Pena, DOM3.5 
 10. Martinez, DOM3.5 
Steals Per Game
 Juan PINEIRO
  (193-G-90)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Pineiro, CUB3.3 
 2. Chiverton, IVB3.0 
 3. Scott, JAM2.5 
 4. Smith, JAM2.5 
 5. Mariscal, MEX2.5 
 6. Bass, IVB2.5 
 7. Pena, DOM2.5 
 8. Pomare, PAN2.3 
 9. Ayon, MEX2.0 
 10. Munoz, PAN2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Kleon PENN
  IVB
  (211-C-86)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Penn, IVB2.8 
 2. Ayon, MEX2.5 
 3. Ramos, PUR2.3 
 4. Richards, ISV1.5 
 5. Balkman, PUR1.5 
 6. Lloreda, PAN1.3 
 7. Elegar, ISV1.3 
 8. George, IVB1.0 
 9. Carter, TRI1.0 
 10. Little, ISV1.0 


Preliminary Round is over - by Eurobasket News
Group A
U.S. Virgin Islands - Dominican Republic 88-98
Dominicans ended Preliminary Round with perfect 4-0 and of course advanced to Semifinals in Santo Domingo. Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) (9 rebs) and Elpidio Fortuna (186-G-85) led the scorers in victory with 21 points each. Walter Hodge (183-G-86, college: Florida) replied with 26 pts in defeat.

Panama - Jamaica 55-51
Panama was too strong for Jamaica in the crucial game advancing to Semifinals in Santo Domingo. Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) stepped up for the winners with 19 points. Kimani Ffriend (211-C-77, agency: Court Side, college: Nebraska) replied with 14 pts and 7 boards in defeat.

Group B
Cuba - Trinidad and Tobago 90-60
Cuba is the second ranked team in Group B and advanced to Semis. Allen Jemmott (195-G/F-80) was their leading player in this victory with 24 points. Trinidad and Tobago got 18 pts from Ian Young (191-G-81, agency: JEMsports, college: Auburn).

Belize - Puerto Rico 88-96
Puerto Rico jumped to first place in Group B and advanced to Semifinals on this event. Peter John Ramos (222-C-85) was a key player for PUR as he scored 27 points and grabbed 7 rebounds. Milton Palacio (190-G-78, college: Colorado St.) had 24 pts, 6 rebs and 6 assists in loss.


Standings (Men)
Standings
Group A
1. Dominican R.4-0
2. Panama2-2
3. Jamaica2-2
4. British Vir.1-3
5. US Virg.Isl1-3
Group B
1. P.Rico3-1
2. Cuba2-2
3. Mexico2-2
4. Belize2-2
5. Trinid/T.1-3


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  CHINA   


Standings - NBL
NBL Standings
Stage Two A
 1. Jiangsu 10-1 
 2. Sichuan 9-2 
 3. Changan Group 8-3 
 4. Guangzhou FM 5-5 
 5. Hangzhou 5-5 
 6. ShenYang 5-7 
 7. W.Liaoning 4-7 
 8. Whampoa 4-8 
 9. Heilongjiang 3-8 
 10. Jiyuan 2-9 
Stage One
 1. Anhui NS 0-0 
 2. Guangxi 0-0 
 3. Hebei 0-0 
 4. Hill 0-0 
 5. Hong Kong 0-0 
 6. Hubei 0-0 
 7. Liaoning 3C 0-0 
 8. Ningxia Hanas 0-0 


China Loses to Australia 68-66 - by Arthur Volbert
China lost to Australia today 68-66 in the FIBA World Under-17 Championship. Guo Ailun (193-G-93) had 24 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 turnovers, 1 steal and 1 block and maintained his position as one of the best players in the tournament.

But Zhai Xiaochuan and Zhu Xuhang, China's two highly promising forwards, had awful games. Zhai had 12 points, but hit only 4 of 17 shots. He hit only 1 of 3 freethrows with 2 seconds left, when hitting all 3 would have tied the game. Zhai did have 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Zhu had 3 points, hitting only 1 of 7 shots. He grabbed 6 rebounds.

Wang Zirui had a good game with 14 points on 5 of 11 shooting. He had 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 turnovers. Wang Zhelin had 6 points and 5 rebounds, though he fouled out in 18 minutes. Xu Tao had 3 points, 2 rebounds and fouled out in 17 minutes.

Australia led 18-17 after one quarter and 33-29 at the half. It led 51-48 after three quarters.

Australia outrebounded China 43-38 and had 15 turnovers to 18 for China. But China was not overwhelmed in those categories, as has been the case for junior teams in past tournaments.

Dan Carlin led Australia with 16 points and 5 rebounds. Dan Hill had 12 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Mitch Norton had 12 points and 3 steals. Owen Odijie had 10 points and 7 rebounds.

Link to box score:
http://www.fiba.com/pages/eng/fe/10/fu17wc/men/p/eid/4718/gid/A/grid/39/rid/7202/sid/4718/game.html



China to Face Germany for 7th in U-17, USA to Face Poland for Title - by Arthur Volbert
China will play host Germany tomorrow for seventh place in the FIBA Under-17 World Championship. The USA will play Poland for the championship.

Egypt defeated Korea 88-87 for 11th place in the tourney. Argentina defeated Spain 66-56 for 9th place.

Tomorrow Australia will face Serbia for fifth place and Canada will face Lithuania for third.

Today's scores:
Egypt 88 Korea 87
Argentina 66 Spain 56
Australia 88 China 86
Serbia 67 Germany 51
USA 103 Canada 83
Poland 75 Lithuania 65



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  CROATIA   


Spain U20 edged the hosts of the U20 European Championship - by Eurobasket News
Croatia U20-Spain U20 59:64

Spain U20 edged the hosts of the U20 European Championship. Both teams advanced to the Qualifying Round after finishing the group with 2-1 records with 64:59 Spanish win.
Croatia started with 4-0 run and had 15:13 after the opening quarter. The teams exchanged the lead several times in the second quarter however Croatia held the score at the halftime. Both teams went to the lockers for 27:26 lead for the hosts. Spain meanwhile took the control of the game in the third period. Alvaro Munoz (195-F-90) made a jump shot for 44:30 and Ignacio Llovet (202-C-91) scored for 49:35. Mario Delas (208-C/F-90) reduced the gap to 38:49 at the end of thirty minutes. Croatia managed to win the last stanza 21-15 however could not remain undefeated. Josep Franch (198-G-91) was perfect from the free throw line bringing Spain the necessary win.
Ignacio Llovet top-scored for the winners with 17 points as Spain won the group with 2-1 record. Josep Franch nailed 15, while Alvaro Munoz added 12. Mario Delas ended up with 10 points in the losing effort. Tomislav Zubcic (214-C/F-90, agency: Beo Basket), Dino Butorac (192-G-90) and Josip Bilinovac (195-G-90) posted 9 points apiece.
In another game of the group Slovenia U20 condemn Germany U20 to Classification Round as they beat them tonight. Slovenia meanwhile registered a stop at the Qualifying Round after 75:54 win.

Croatia U20: Mario Delas 10, Tomislav Zubcic 9, Dino Butorac 9, Josip Bilinovac 9
Spain U20: Ignacio Llovet 17, Josep Franch 15, Alvaro Munoz 12


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  CUBA   


Puerto Rico cruises past Cuba in Santo Domingo - by Eurobasket News
2010 Centrobasket, Day Four: PUERTO RICO - CUBA 73-51

Puerto Rico registered second straight win in Santo Domingo. This time Puerto Ricans outplayed Cuba 73-51 for 2-1 record in Group B. Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, college: Florida Intern.) came up with 16 points, shooting 4 of 6 from behind the arc. Renaldo Balkman (201-F-84, agency: Buck Andre, college: S.Carolina) helped with double-double of 11 points and 14 rebounds. Balkman was the most valuable player in this game with valuation 19. Nathan Peavy (203-F-85, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Miami (OH)) added 10 pts and 5 boards in this win. In Cuba, Yoan Luis Haiti (200-C-82) collected 9 points and 9 rebounds, while Yordanis Jaca (196-F/C-83) also scored 9 pts, but to go with 7 boards. Cuba dropped to 1-2 in the same group. Puerto Rico was a way better team in this game. They won every single quarter and had no troubles to register comfortable victory. In the first ten minutes Puerto Ricans created 20-16 lead. Both teams slowed down offensively in the second frame, which once again belonged to PUR (12-9). Puerto Rico had nice third period (20-14) jumping to comfortable 13-point lead after it. There was ten minutes to go and question about the winner was already resolved. Puerto Rico was in control finishing Q4 with 21-12 for 22-point win at the end. In the last day of Preliminary Round, Puerto Rico will play against Belize. Cuba will meet Trinidad and Tobago.

Puerto Rico: Carlos Arroyo 16, Renaldo Balkman 11+14 boards, Nathan Peavy 10+5 boards
Cuba: Yoan Luis Haiti 9+9 boards, Yordanis Jaca 9+7 boards


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  CZECH REPUBLIC   


Ukraine topple Czech Republic for second win in Croatia - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine U20 - Czech Republic U20 85:75

Ukraine completed the minimum task as they advanced from Pool A into the Qualifying Round of the U20 European Championship. Volodymyr Polyakh team held off Czech Republic tonight to improve at 2-1 record. The Czech team on the other hand suffered the third straight defeat and would try to save their Division A status in relegation round.
Czech Republic dominated in the opening quarter. They overcame a slow first seconds of the encounter to gain an 18:11 lead midway through the stanza. Czech Republic posted a 20:16 lead at the first break. But Ukraine stunned their opponents at the start of the second quarter. They went on a 10:0 run to pull in front. Czech Republic fought back the lead but not for too long as Ukraine established a 39:36 advantage at halftime. Tense and nervous game continued in the third quarter. Czech Republic snatched the advantage back and maintained it throughout the period. They entered the final ten minutes of the clash up by 2 points 62:60. Five points in a row from Kraz ensured a 75:71 lead for the Czech team with just over four minutes to go. However Ukraine went on a 14:0 run to close the game and celebrated an impressive victory at the end.
Oleksandr Lypovyy (200-G-91) provided 22 points for Ukraine. Ruslan Otverchenko (192-G/F-90) added 20 points, while Kyryl Natyazhko (208-C-90) had 17 points and 11 rebounds in the win. Ondrej Peterka (192-F-91) answered with 23 points for Czech Republic. Tomas Satoransky (196-G/F-91) posted 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists in the loss.

Ukraine U20: Oleksandr Lypovyy 22, Ruslan Otverchenko 20, Kyryl Natyazhko 17+11 boards
Czech Republic U20: Ondrej Peterka 23, Tomas Satoransky 16+10 boards



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  DENMARK   


Denmark clinch Division C crown - by Eurobasket News
Denmark - Andorra 87:69

Denmark celebrated the victory at the European Championship in Division C. They held off Andorra to finish the tournament undefeated. Andorra took the silver medals suffering just one loss in Malta. Andreas Jakobsen (187-G-83, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Columbia (MO)) came up with 16 points in the championship game.
Andorra opened the game with six points in a row. But Denmark soon replied with a 14:2 rally to surge in front. Andorra capped the frame with ten unanswered points to regain the lead at 22:18. The teams kept it close for some time early in the second quarter before Denmark stepped on the gas. The Scandinavian team went on an 18:3 run to establish a 51:35 halftime buffer. Denmark opened the third frame with 13 straight points to clear off to a 29-point distance. The scoreboard read 77:48 for Denmark at the final break. Andorra had no chance to erase the deficit in the fourth term as Denmark coasted to the victory.
Rasmus Soby (191-G-89) knocked down 15 points for Denmark. Peter Johansen (205-F/C-80, agency: Arik Krayn Services) and Nicolai Iversen (205-F-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: San Jose City JC) tallied 12 points apiece in the win. Xavier Galera (182-G-82) answered with 14 points for Andorra. Oliver Fernandez (F-76) nailed 11 points in the loss.

Denmark: Andreas Jakobsen 16, Rasmus Soby 15, Peter Johansen 12, Nicolai Iversen 12
Andorra: Xavier Galera 14, Oliver Fernandez 11



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC   


2010 Centrobasket: Dominican Republic ends Preliminary Round perfect - by Eurobasket News
2010 Centrobasket, Day Five: U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 88-98

Dominicans ended Preliminary Round with perfect 4-0 and of course advanced to Semifinals in Santo Domingo. This time the host of this event managed to beat the U.S. Virgin Islands 88-98. The ISV finished as the last ranked team in Group A with just one win. Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) and Elpidio Fortuna (186-G-85) led the scorers in victory with 21 points each. Martinez pulled down 9 rebounds beside that. Charlie Villanueva (209-F-84, college: Connecticut) also was great in this win as he added 20 points and 13 boards. In the loosing squad, Walter Hodge (183-G-86, college: Florida) collected 26 points and 6 assists. Aaron Brown (193-G-92) followed him with 20 pts and 5 boards.
First quarter was pretty leveled, but still Dominicans won it by one (20-21). Walter Hodge and his teammates shined in the second period scoring 23 points against the strong Dominicans. At the same time, the hosts had 21 meaning that the ISV was 43-42 up at the half time and was looking good. Teams exchanged baskets after the breather, what resulted with 18-18 in Q3 and everything was still open. However, Dominicans had great last period as they drained impressive 38 points for ten minutes, while limiting ISV to 27 on the other side. It was enough for 88-98 win and perfect 4-0 in Preliminary Round.
In the Semifinals, Dominican Republic will play against Cuba. Dominicans already secured a ticket for the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship.

U.S. Virgin Islands: Walter Hodge 26+6 as, Aaron Brown 20+5 boards
Dominican Republic: Jack Michael Martinez 21+9 boards, Elpidio Fortuna 21, Charlie Villanueva 20+13 boards


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  EGYPT   


Egypt U17 rolls over South Korea U17 in the last game for both teams - by Eurobasket News
South Korea U17-Egypt U17 87:88

Egypt U17 rolls over South Korea U17 in the last game for both teams at the U17 World Championships in Germany. The team from Africa celebrated 88:87 win to clinch 11th spot. South Korea U17 finished the tournament on the last spot without wins.
The game between two winless teams before seeing each other brought so much interest and intrigue. They both started offensively and exchanged the lead several times. Ahmed Hamdy (195-C-93) scored for 15:8 in the middle of the quarter, while Heo responded for 23:22 Korea's lead. Kim closed the period at 27:20 for Asian team. Lee Dong-Yeop (193-F-94) delivered two as South Korea took one of the biggest 41:25 lead in the middle of the second frame. Moreover they enjoyed 47:30 at the end of the second period, while Alaa reduced to 49:36 at the halftime. In the third quarter it was a nightmare for South Korea that could not score in the first 5 minutes of the period. Egypt managed to take 51:49 in the middle of the third frame. South Korea meanwhile remained in front after 30 minutes, 65:63. It was hot in the court in the next 10 minutes as both teams had a chance to win. Trailing 85:87, Egypt posted the last three points of the game and won it 88:87.
Ahmed Hamdy was unstoppable with 21 points and 17 rebounds. Ahmed Moustafa (178-G-93) nailed 17, whilst Youssef Shousha (190-G-93) scored 16. Lee Dong-Yeop poured in 22 points in defeat and Moon Seong-Gon (193-F-93) notched 18.

South Korea U17: Lee Dong-Yeop 22, Moon Seong-Gon 18
Egypt U17: Ahmed Hamdy 21+17 rebs, Ahmed Moustafa 17, Youssef Shousha 16



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  EUROLEAGUE   


Partizan lands big guy Rasko Katic - by Eurobasket News
Partizan Belgrade announced signing of Rasko Katic (208-F-80, agency: Beo Basket) for the next season. The 29-year old big guy is coming to Serbian powerhouse from Hemofarm. He appeared 22 times in Adriatic league last season averaging 6.9 points and 2.8 rebounds. In Serbian championship Katic added 6.2 ppg and 2.4 rpg. He also played 3 games in EuroCup collecting 9.7 ppg and 3.7 rpg.
Rasko Katic joined Hemofarm last summer from the German Walter Tigers Tuebingen, where he spent four years. With them Katic was one of the best centers in German championship. In 2007 he was named Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Bosman Player of the Year. A year later Katic was invited to play at the German Bundesliga All-Star Game, while in 2009 he was named to Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga 2nd Team. In his last season with the Walter Tigers Tuebingen, Katic averaged 14.8 points and 7.1 rebounds in 34 games. He ended the contest as the fifth best scorer.
In the past, Rasko Katic was a member of Ergonom, ITU Istanbul, Crvena Zvezda Belgrade and KK Zastava-Radnicki Kragujevac. He supposes to replace Slavko Vranes on position five. As a reminder, Vranes moved to Unics Kazan few days ago.


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


Division C. Denmark celebrate victory in Malta - by Eurobasket News
Final
Denmark - Andorra 87:69

Denmark celebrated the victory at the European Championship in Division C. They held off Andorra to finish the tournament undefeated. Andorra took the silver medals suffering just one loss in Malta. Andreas Jakobsen (187-G-83, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Columbia (MO)) came up with 16 points in the championship game.
Andorra opened the game with six points in a row. But Denmark soon replied with a 14:2 rally to surge in front. Andorra capped the frame with ten unanswered points to regain the lead at 22:18. The teams kept it close for some time early in the second quarter before Denmark stepped on the gas. The Scandinavian team went on an 18:3 run to establish a 51:35 halftime buffer. Denmark opened the third frame with 13 straight points to clear off to a 29-point distance. The scoreboard read 77:48 for Denmark at the final break. Andorra had no chance to erase the deficit in the fourth term as Denmark coasted to the victory.
Rasmus Soby (191-G-89) knocked down 15 points for Denmark. Peter Johansen (205-F/C-80, agency: Arik Krayn Services) and Nicolai Iversen (205-F-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: San Jose City JC) (205-F-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: San Jose City JC) tallied 12 points apiece in the win. Xavier Galera (182-G-82) answered with 14 points for Andorra. Oliver Fernandez (F-76) nailed 11 points in the loss.

Denmark: Andreas Jakobsen 16, Rasmus Soby 15, Peter Johansen 12, Nicolai Iversen 12
Andorra: Xavier Galera 14, Oliver Fernandez 11

3rd-4th Place
Malta - Moldova 85:77

Malta stepped up on the pedestal at the European Championship in Division C. The hosts of the tournament held off Moldova in the consolation final tonight. Darryl Jackson, college: N.Mexico) top-scored with 26 points for Malta.
Malta went on a scoring frenzy in the opening quarter. Addison Bonnici (195-F-84) knocked down 12 points to help the hosts accumulate a 32:18 lead at the first break. Schembri knocked down a jumper midway through the second term to give Malta a 45:25 lead. Moldova answered with eight straight points to close the first half trailing by 12 points 33:45. Eugeniu Melnic (196-F/G-79), Scripcaru and Kolesnikov dragged Moldova as close as 7 points midway through the third quarter. But Malta did not allow the visitors to get any closer as they wrapped up the third frame up by 10 points 65:55. Darryl Jackson opened the fourth term with a triple but Moldova answered with back-to-back trifectas from Alexei Andrus (194-G/F-79) and Eugeniu Melnic. Eugeniu Melnic soon gave hope for Moldova as they drove as close as 5 points. Naudi and Darryl Jackson went cold-blooded in the dying seconds and sealed the winning outcome for the home side.
Addison Bonnici finished with 18 points for Malta. Samuel Deguara (224-C-91) had 17 points and 11 caroms in the victory. Alexei Andrus answered with 21 points for Moldova. Eugeniu Melnic accounted for 18 points in the loss.

Malta: Darryl Jackson 26, Addison Bonnici 18, Samuel Deguara 17+11 boards
Moldova: Alexei Andrus 21, Eugeniu Melnic 18

5th-6th Place
Wales - Scotland 75:49

Wales clinched the fifth position at the European Championship in Division C. They outgunned their archrivals Scotland to wrap up their campaign on a high note. Wales were eighth in 2008, while Scotland slipped from the third spot in the previous edition of the tournament to the sixth place in the ladder. Mike Gregory (199-F-80) knocked down 22 points to lead the effort.
The teams traded baskets throughout the first term. Scotland were more accurate as they gained a 15:13 advantage at the first break. Potts knocked down five points early in the second term to put Wales in charge. Wales used an 11:0 run midway through the third quarter to clear off. They finished the first half up by 16 points 37:21. Wales fired 8 points in a row at the beginning of the third term to enlarge the lead to as many as 24 points. Scotland could not stop the bleeding as they trailed by 20 points at the final intermission. Wales did not loosen the grasp in the final minutes and cruised to the win at the end.
Jordan Seeley (193-G-89) knocked down 16 points for the winners. Andrew St. John and Anthony Trigg (206-C-88) added 9 points each for Wales. Josh Crolley (198-F-91) answered with 12 points for Scotland. Ikemefuna Attah (200-F/C-77, college: Mo.-St.Louis) had 10 points and 8 caroms for Scotland.

Wales: Mike Gregory 22, Jordan Seeley 16, Andrew St. John 9, Anthony Trigg 9
Scotland: Josh Crolley 12, Ikemefuna Attah 10

7th-8th Place
Gibraltar - San Marino 89:81
Gibraltar earned the seventh place at the European Championship in Division C. They finished their campaign on a high note bruising San Marino. Raul Garcia (202-C-74) stepped up with 26 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort.
Emanuele Crescentini (200-F-83) set the tone with a three-pointer at the start of the game. San Marino were up for some time early in the game before Gibraltar unleashed a 14:2 run to take the lead. Gibraltar finished the starting quarter up by 10 points 26:16. Emanuele Crescentini and Enrico Zanotti (195-C-90) pulled San Marino closer early in the second frame. But Gibraltar quickly responded and posted a 42:29 advantage at halftime. Sam Buxton (198-F-89) exploded with 8 points in a row early in the third frame as Gibraltar posted a 50:33 lead. But San Marino refused to surrender. Tentoni and Emanuele Crescentini fired from downtown to drag the team as close as 6 points late in the quarter. San Marino entered the fourth stanza down by only 5 points 54:59. Gibraltar opened the final stanza with seven points in a row to get some breathing space. Gibraltar kept their opponents at distance throughout the reminder of the contest and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end.
Sam Buxton had 19 points and 12 rebounds for Gibraltar. Angel Guerrero notched 20 points in the victory. Emanuele Crescentini nailed 22 points for San Marino. Enrico Zanotti had 21 points in the loss.

Gibraltar: Raul Garcia 26+14 boards, Angel Guerrero 20, Sam Buxton 19+12 boards
San Marino: Emanuele Crescentini 22, Enrico Zanotti 21



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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U20   


Day: 3 (Preliminary Round) - by Eurobasket News
Group A
Ukraine - Czech Republic 85-75
Ukraine completed the minimum task as they advanced from Pool A into the Qualifying Round of the U20 European Championship. Volodymyr Polyakh team held off Czech Republic tonight to improve at 2-1 record. The Czech team on the other hand suffered the third straight defeat and would try to save their Division A status in relegation round. Czech Republic dominated in the opening quarter. They overcame a slow first seconds of the encounter to gain an 18:11 lead midway through the stanza. Czech Republic posted a 20:16 lead at the first break. But Ukraine stunned their opponents at the start of the second quarter. They went on a 10:0 run to pull in front. Czech Republic fought back the lead but not for too long as Ukraine established a 39:36 advantage at halftime. Tense and nervous game continued in the third quarter. Czech Republic snatched the advantage back and maintained it throughout the period. They entered the final ten minutes of the clash up by 2 points 62:60. Five points in a row from Kraz ensured a 75:71 lead for the Czech team with just over four minutes to go. However Ukraine went on a 14:0 run to close the game and celebrated an impressive victory at the end. Oleksandr Lypovyy (200-G-91) provided 22 points for Ukraine. Ruslan Otverchenko added 20 points, while Kyryl Natyazhko had 17 points and 11 rebounds in the win. Ondrej Peterka answered with 23 points for Czech Republic. Tomas Satoransky posted 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists in the loss.

Greece - Latvia 82-53
Greece earned the third straight win at the U20 European Championship in Croatia. They outscored Latvia to win preliminary Group A. Both Greece and Latvia advanced into the Qualifying Round of the tournament. Nikos Pappas (194-G-90, agency: FCM) led the charge with 19 points. Greece opened the game with four points in a row and maintained the lead well throughout the opening stanza. They earned a 21:5 lead midway through the stanza. Greece unloaded 30 points in the first ten minutes to enjoy a 30:12 lead. Greece maintained the lead well throughout the second frame. The Hellenes posted a 43:25 advantage at halftime. Latvia were able to get within 15 points midway through the third term. The teams were divided by 16 points with one quarter remaining 62:46. Nikos Pappas and Konstantinos Sloukas (197-G-90) gave the Hellenes a 20-point buffer midway through the fourth quarter. Latvia had nothing to answer with and surrendered at the end. Zisis Sarikopoulos notched 14 points and 11 rebounds for Greece. Konstantinos Sloukas added 11 points in the victory. Kristers Zeidaks replied with 19 points for Latvia. Armands Osins delivered 7 points in the loss.

Group B
Turkey - Montenegro 61-63
Montenegro U20 advanced to the Qualifying Round of the U20 European Championship 2010 sending Turkey U20 out of it after another loss. Montenegro U20 celebrated 63:61 to finish Group B with 2-1 record. Dubljevic and Kilicli exchanged the baskets in the opening tip, while Incekara brought Turkey 17:9. Montenegro replied with some good basket and Batuk Birkan kept Turkey in front after the first period at 20:17. It was a tough start for both teams in the second period and both of them had difficulties to score. The game was tied at 22:22 after 5 minutes in the second frame. Milutin Djukanovic (188-G-91) nailed a three-pointer for 32:29 halftime advantage. Mahmutoglu Melih tied it again at 38:38 and Milutin Djukanovic made the same at 45:45. Samojlovic Filip made a jump shot from the arc for 50:49 with 10 minutes to go. With six minutes to play, Turkey led 55:53 but soon afterwards began to lose their composure and shockingly failed to convert on nine straight possessions. Milutin Djukanovic top-scored for the winners with 17 points. Mihailovic Vladimir and Samojlovic Filip followed him with 12 points apiece. Mahmutoglu Melih ended up with 16 points for Turkey that fell at 0-3. Batuk Birkan delivered 12, while Karaman Ilkan collected 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Lithuania - Serbia 69-80
Serbia U20 overcame Lithuania U20 80:69 and won Group B of the U20 European Championship. Both teams however advanced to the Qualifying Round finishing with 2-1 records. Serbia opened the game with 7-0 run and had 14:7 as Nedovic Nemanja made a jump shot. His shot was also last in the opening quarter as Serbia kept 24:21 lead. Due to 21-14 in the second frame Serbian squad improved to 45:35 at the halftime. They continued their 17-0 run in the third period and reached 56:35 lead with 6 minutes in the quarter. Drungilas reduced to 45:61 at the end of the third period. Lithuania won also the last frame to cut it to the final result in the game. Dejan Musli (214-C-91) poured in 20 points to lead all the winners. Milutinovic Andreja collected 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Nedovic Nemanja added 13 points and 10 rebounds. Bendzius Eimantas ended up with 17 points in the losing case. Drungilas Adomas netted 16, while Peciukevicius Augustas scored 12.

Group C
France - Russia 60-59
France U20 won Group C of the U20 European Championship 2010 as they beat Russia U20 in Croatia. Les Bleus needed 60:59 victory to finish on top, while two advanced to the next round. Andrew Albicy (178-G-90) opened the game for the French side and Ramassamy's shot brought 8:7 lead. Russia however won the end of the opening frame as Klyuchnikov Fedor gave his side 16:10. Valiev increased the lead to 21:14, while Pateev brought the advantage for Russia back at 23:22. France looked better in the rest of the half and Prenom Ferdinand sent the teams to the lockers for 34:28. The winners controlled the quarter until the last 4 minutes when Polokhin tied it at 38:38. The game was also tied at 46:46 at the end of thirty minutes. It was a really good game as both teams deserved to win due to their performance. After 51:51 France scored some important baskets and never looked behind after that. Andrew Albicy made it 60:58, while Klyuchnikov Fedor scored one from the free throw line for the final result. Prenom Ferdinand poured in 11 points to lead all the winners. Andrew Albicy and Leonard Christophe followed him with 10 points each in a win. Andreev Grigoriy responded with 18 points as Russia finished with 2-1 record. Ivlev Vladimir netted 17, while Klyuchnikov Fedor scored 10.

Italy - Holland 77-65
Italian U20 selection recorded the first win at the European Championship. They edged Netherlands to occupy the third position in Pool C. Italy thus advanced into the Qualifying Round. Netherlands slipped at 0-3 record and finished in the fourth place in the group. They will play in Relegation Round. Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) paced the Azzurri with 25 points and 8 rebounds. The lead changed hands throughout the opening quarter. Vitali capped the period with a three-pointer to give Italy a 21:17 lead. Netherlands opened the second term with six points in a row to surge in front. But Italy quickly regained the advantage and rallied to a 38:34 advantage at the interval. A seesaw action continued in the third frame. The Dutchmen pulled ahead just to see their opponents take a 54:50 lead at the final break. Alessandro Gentile and Roberto Rullo helped the Azzurri to a 9-point buffer at the start of the fourth quarter. The gap soon grew at 11-point mark and Italy cruised to the win at the end. Roberto Rullo knocked down 12 points for Italy. Paul Biligha added 9 points for the winners. Mohammed Kherazzi responded with 18 points and 9 rebounds for Netherlands. Craig Osaikhwuwuomwam delivered 13 points and 13 rebounds in defeat.

Group D
Germany - Slovenia 54-75
Slovenia U20 condemn Germany U20 to Classification Round as they beat them tonight. Slovenia meanwhile registered a stop at the Qualifying Round after 75:54 win. It did not look bad for Germany in the beginning of the game as they started well and had 9:2 lead. Stuckey Maurice made a three-pointer in the end of the period for 18:14 after 10 minutes. At 24:24 there was little sign that the Germans would end up trailing by double digits as they left the court at the midway point of the game. Zadnik Uros closed an 11-0 run for Slovenia that enjoyed 33:24 advantage. Moreover Buda scored for 42:27 to shock the German side again. Dino Muric (199-F-90) was the last to score at the end of thirty minutes for 55:42. Germany was too far to give up and Schmitz reduced to 51:57. Another 13-0 run from the Slovenia side was too much for Germany. Dino Muric led the way with 25 points and Zadnik Uros notched 12. Stuckey Maurice produced 13 points in the losing case as his team dropped to 1-2. Monse Steven and Zirbes Maik delivered 9 points each in a loss.

Croatia - Spain 59-64
Spain U20 edged the hosts of the U20 European Championship. Both teams advanced to the Qualifying Round after finishing the group with 2-1 records with 64:59 Spanish win. Croatia started with 4-0 run and had 15:13 after the opening quarter. The teams exchanged the lead several times in the second quarter however Croatia held the score at the halftime. Both teams went to the lockers for 27:26 lead for the hosts. Spain meanwhile took the control of the game in the third period. Munoz Alvaro made a jump shot for 44:30 and Llovet Ignacio scored for 49:35. Delas Mario reduced the gap to 38:49 at the end of thirty minutes. Croatia managed to win the last stanza 21-15 however could not remain undefeated. Josep Franch (198-G-91) was perfect from the free throw line bringing Spain the necessary win. Llovet Ignacio top-scored for the winners with 17 points as Spain won the group with 2-1 record. Josep Franch nailed 15, while Munoz Alvaro added 12. Delas Mario ended up with 10 points in the losing effort. Zubcic Tomislav, Butorac Dino and Bilinovac Josip posted 9 points apiece.



Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Nikos PAPPAS
  (194-G-90)
  Avg: 24.3
 1. Pappas, GRE24.3 
 2. Gentile, ITA20.0 
 3. Lypovyy, UKR19.0 
 4. Natyazhko, UKR18.0 
 5. Bendzius, LTU17.0 
 6. Ivlev, RUS16.7 
 7. Otverchenko, UKR16.7 
 8. Papanikolaou, GRE16.3 
 9. Llovet, ESP16.0 
 10. Musli, SRB15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Vladimir IVLEV
  (204-F-90)
  Avg: 11.3
 1. Ivlev, RUS11.3 
 2. Kherrazi, NED10.5 
 3. Delas, CRO10.0 
 4. Aldemir, TUR8.7 
 5. Natyazhko, UKR8.7 
 6. Papanikolaou, GRE8.3 
 7. Karaman, TUR7.7 
 8. Zirbes, GER7.7 
 9. Musli, SRB7.7 
 10. Muric, SLO7.7 
Assists Per Game
 Nemanja NEDOVIC
  (192-G-91)
  Avg: 6
 1. Nedovic, SRB6.0 
 2. Prostran, CRO5.0 
 3. Satoransky, CZE5.0 
 4. Albicy, FRA4.7 
 5. Krumins, LAT4.3 
 6. Peciukeviciu., LTU4.0 
 7. Sloukas, GRE3.7 
 8. Papanikolaou, GRE3.3 
 9. Zadnik, SLO3.0 
 10. Jaramaz, SRB3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Andrew ALBICY
  (178-G-90)
  Avg: 3.3
 1. Albicy, FRA3.3 
 2. Perez, ESP3.0 
 3. Lypovyy, UKR3.0 
 4. Papanikolaou, GRE3.0 
 5. Pappas, GRE2.7 
 6. Stuckey, GER2.3 
 7. Dubljevic, MNT2.3 
 8. Rullo, ITA2.3 
 9. Bendzius, LTU2.0 
 10. Leonard, FRA2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Dejan MUSLI
  (214-C-91)
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Musli, SRB2.7 
 2. Radosevic, CRO2.3 
 3. Vranjkovic, SLO2.0 
 4. Aldemir, TUR1.7 
 5. Natyazhko, UKR1.7 
 6. Karaman, TUR1.3 
 7. Sandul, UKR1.3 
 8. Kosenkov, UKR1.0 
 9. Sarikopoulos, GRE1.0 
 10. Llovet, ESP1.0 


Standings
Standings
Group A
1. Greece3-0
2. Ukraine2-1
3. Latvia1-2
4. Czech Repu.0-3
Group B
1. Lithuania2-1
2. Montenegro.2-1
3. Serbia2-1
4. Turkey0-3
Group C
1. France3-0
2. Russia2-1
3. Italy1-2
4. Holland0-3
Group D
1. Croatia2-1
2. Spain2-1
3. Germany1-2
4. Slovenia1-2


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  FRANCE   


France won Group C of the U20 European Championship - by Eurobasket News
France U20-Russia U20 60:59

France U20 won Group C of the U20 European Championship 2010 as they beat Russia U20 in Croatia. Les Bleus needed 60:59 victory to finish on top, while two advanced to the next round.
Andrew Albicy (178-G-90) opened the game for the French side and Ramassamy's shot brought 8:7 lead. Russia however won the end of the opening frame as Fedor Klyuchnikov (192-G-90) gave his side 16:10. Valiev increased the lead to 21:14, while Pateev brought the advantage for Russia back at 23:22. France looked better in the rest of the half and Ferdinand Prenom (202-C-91) sent the teams to the lockers for 34:28. The winners controlled the quarter until the last 4 minutes when Polokhin tied it at 38:38. The game was also tied at 46:46 at the end of thirty minutes. It was a really good game as both teams deserved to win due to their performance. After 51:51 France scored some important baskets and never looked behind after that. Andrew Albicy made it 60:58, while Fedor Klyuchnikov scored one from the free throw line for the final result.
Ferdinand Prenom poured in 11 points to lead all the winners. Andrew Albicy and Christophe Leonard (199-F-90) followed him with 10 points each in a win. Grigoriy Andreev (195-G/F-90) responded with 18 points as Russia finished with 2-1 record. Vladimir Ivlev (204-F-90) netted 17, while Fedor Klyuchnikov scored 10.

France U20: Ferdinand Prenom 11, Andrew Albicy 10, Christophe Leonard 10
Russia U20: Grigoriy Andreev 18, Vladimir Ivlev 17, Fedor Klyuchnikov 10


Nets and Johan Petro reach to a three-year, $10 million agreement - by Eurobasket News
The New Jersey Nets have reached a contract agreement with centre Johan Petro (7'0''-C-86).

The Nets did not announce the terms of the deal Saturday, but an NBA official with knowledge of the agreement tells The Associated Press the contract is for US$10 million over three years. The official requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak for the team.

Petro will be a backup for Brook Lopez. Petro averaged 5.1 points and 4.2 rebounds in five seasons with Seattle-Oklahoma City and Denver.

The agreement is contingent on Petro passing a physical.

Petro is a second free agent to agree to a contract with the Nets. Small forward Travis Outlaw (6'9''-F-84) got a five-year, $35-million contract Thursday.

'We are very pleased to add Johan to our roster,' said Thorn. 'He is a young player with a defensive presence who should fit well into our frontcourt rotation.'

A native of Paris, Petro averaged 3.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 12.1 minutes for the Nuggets.

The Nets won a league-low 12 games last season. They had hoped that having more than $30 million to spend in free agency would to lure some of the game's top stars but they struck out in their bid to lure LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade to New Jersey.

The NBA official also said the Nets have worked out a deal with restricted free agent shooting guard Anthony Morrow of the Golden State Warriors and that they plan to send him an offer sheet Monday.

Once Morrow signs the three-year, $12-million deal, the Warriors will have a week to match it. If they don't, he will come to New Jersey.

The 24-year-old Morrow averaged 13 points last season, shooting 47 per cent from the field and 46 per cent from three-point range.


Courtesy of www.metronews.ca


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  GERMANY   


Slovenia U20 condemn Germany U20 to Classification Round - by Eurobasket News
Germany U20-Slovenia U20 54:75

Slovenia U20 condemn Germany U20 to Classification Round as they beat them tonight. Slovenia meanwhile registered a stop at the Qualifying Round after 75:54 win.
It did not look bad for Germany in the beginning of the game as they started well and had 9:2 lead. Maurice Stuckey (187-G-90, agency: Pro One Sports) made a three-pointer in the end of the period for 18:14 after 10 minutes. At 24:24 there was little sign that the Germans would end up trailing by double digits as they left the court at the midway point of the game. Uros Zadnik (187-G-90) closed an 11-0 run for Slovenia that enjoyed 33:24 advantage. Moreover Buda scored for 42:27 to shock the German side again. Dino Muric (199-F-90) was the last to score at the end of thirty minutes for 55:42. Germany was too far to give up and Schmitz reduced to 51:57. Another 13-0 run from the Slovenia side was too much for Germany.
Dino Muric led the way with 25 points and Uros Zadnik notched 12. Maurice Stuckey produced 13 [points in the losing case as his team dropped to 1-2. Steven Monse (200-F-90) and Maik Zirbes (205-C-90) delivered 9 points each in a loss.
In another game of the group Spain U20 edged the hosts of the U20 European Championship. Both teams advanced to the Qualifying Round after finishing the group with 2-1 records with 64:59 Spanish win.

Germany U20: Maurice Stuckey 13, Steven Monse 9, Maik Zirbes 9
Slovenia U20: Dino Muric 25, Uros Zadnik 12


Osnabrueck Ballers bring in veteran Wiaczeslaw Rosnowski - by Moritz Korff
The Giro Live Ballers Osnabrueck (2. Bundesliga Pro A) have signed Wiaczeslaw Rosnowski (197-G-75, agency: Court Side). The 35-year-old Polish guard has previously played for Nuernberg and Bremerhaven in the 1. Bundesliga (in 2005-06 and 2006-07 respectively). MOst recently Rosnowski shot hoops in Poland, averaging 12.4 points, 5.1 boards, 2.1 assists and steals a contest (9 games) for PLK club ISS Sportino Inowroclaw. Rosnowski will also serve as an assistant to young head coach Marko Simic and take responsibility for individual workouts with the players.

Serbia U17 beat the hosts in Hamburg - by Eurobasket News
Germany U17-Serbia U17 51:67

Serbia U17 overcame Germany U17 to stay alive for the 5th spot at the FIBA U17 World Championship. Serbian team needed 67:51to play for fifth place against Australia, Germany will face China in the game for seventh place.
The hosts opened the first points in the game, while Serbia grabbed 15:6 later in the period. Germany reduced a bit as the quarter as finished at 13:19. Serbian tea did not even think of slowing down and increased to 10 points in the second period. Bogdan Radosavljevic (211-C-93) however closed the half at 30:32 to send the squads to the lockers. Serbia had a minimum lead in the start of the third quarter, while Peric posted for 40:38. The guests however did not allow Germany to taste the lead for a long time and finished the frame at 47:42. Right after that time it was too late for Germany to catch up. Serbia created 20-9 in the last frame and won the game.
ljenovic Nenad poured in 31 points for the winners. Luka Mitrovic (204-F-93) collected 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Nikola Radicevic (195-G-94) added 7. Besnik Bekteshi (188-G-93) and Bogdan Radosavljevic ended up with 11 points in the losing effort. Malik Muller (187-G-94) delivered 10 points for the home side.

Germany U17: Besnik Bekteshi 11, Bogdan Radosavljevic 11, Malik Muller 10
Serbia U17: Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93) 31, Luka Mitrovic 14+10 rebs, Nikola Radicevic 7



Nuernberger BC: Five newcomers and Pro A ambitions - by Moritz Korff
Plain and simple: NBC desires to play in the 2. Bundesliga Pro A as soon as possible. That's why the Nuernberg team officials have given out the goal to win the 2010-2011 2. Bundesliga Pro B championship and to be promoted to the Pro A ranks. After finishing this past season in fifth place, head coach Derrick Taylor has been busy to upgrade his roster in order to meet these high goals.
After keeping some key players like Will Chavis (181-G-81, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Texas Tech) or Martin Ides (217-C-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Davidson), the Nuernberg team added a bunch of fresh faces to the squad, highlighted by former NBA player and eleven year-pro veteran Eric Washington (192-F/G-74, agency: Interperformances, college: Alabama). The 36-year-old Pearl, Mississippi native was picked by the Orlando Magic in the 1997 NBA Draft (48th overall) and saw action in a total of 104 NBA games, averaging 6.9 points per contest. Most of his pro career however, Washington spent overseas. Through the years he took his game to Greece, Italy, China and Finland. In the 2009-2010 season he had 37 appearances for KTP Basket Kotka and produced 22.0 points as well as 8.2 rebounds a contest in the Korisliiga.
NBC also added Sebastian Barth (192-G-85) and Fabian Brutting (189-G-88) to the team, who both claimed the Pro A title with Bayreuth earlier this year. Additionally, former Wuerzburg wing Dominik Schneider will strengthen the Nuernberg front line, while youth-team playmaker Jerry Iyanoye (181-G-91) gets promoted to the Pro A roster.


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  GREECE   


Greece unstoppable in Croatia - by Eurobasket News
Greece U20 - Latvia U20 82:53
Greece earned the third straight win at the U20 European Championship in Croatia. They outscored Latvia to win preliminary Group A. Both Greece and Latvia advanced into the Qualifying Round of the tournament. Nikos Pappas (194-G-90, agency: FCM) led the charge with 19 points.
Greece opened the game with four points in a row and maintained the lead well throughout the opening stanza. They earned a 21:5 lead midway through the stanza. Greece unloaded 30 points in the first ten minutes to enjoy a 30:12 lead. Greece maintained the lead well throughout the second frame. The Hellenes posted a 43:25 advantage at halftime. Latvia were able to get within 15 points midway through the third term. The teams were divided by 16 points with one quarter remaining 62:46. Nikos Pappas and Konstantinos Sloukas (197-G-90) gave the Hellenes a 20-point buffer midway through the fourth quarter. Latvia had nothing to answer with and surrendered at the end.
Zisis Sarikopoulos (213-C-90) notched 14 points and 11 rebounds for Greece. Konstantinos Sloukas added 11 points in the victory. Kristers Zeidaks (202-F-90) replied with 19 points for Latvia. Armands Osins (192-G-91) delivered 7 points in the loss.

Greece U20: Nikos Pappas 19, Zisis Sarikopoulos 14+11 boards, Konstantinos Sloukas 11
Latvia U20: Kristers Zeidaks 19, Armands Osins 7



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  HOLLAND   


Italy hold off Netherlands, reach Qualifying Round in Croatia - by Eurobasket News
Italy U20 - Netherlands U20 77:65
Italian U20 selection recorded the first win at the European Championship. They edged Netherlands to occupy the third position in Pool C. Italy thus advanced into the Qualifying Round. Netherlands slipped at 0-3 record and finished in the fourth place in the group. They will play in Relegation Round. Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) paced the Azzurri with 25 points and 8 rebounds.
The lead changed hands throughout the opening quarter. Vitali capped the period with a three-pointer to give Italy a 21:17 lead. Netherlands opened the second term with six points in a row to surge in front. But Italy quickly regained the advantage and rallied to a 38:34 advantage at the interval. A seesaw action continued in the third frame. The Dutchmen pulled ahead just to see their opponents take a 54:50 lead at the final break. Alessandro Gentile and Roberto Rullo (192-G-90) helped the Azzurri to a 9-point buffer at the start of the fourth quarter. The gap soon grew at 11-point mark and Italy cruised to the win at the end.
Roberto Rullo knocked down 12 points for Italy. Paul Biligha (200-C-90) added 9 points for the winners. Mohammed Kherazzi responded with 18 points and 9 rebounds for Netherlands. Craig Osaikhwuwuomwam (196-F-90) delivered 13 points and 13 rebounds in defeat.

Italy U20: Alessandro Gentile 25, Roberto Rullo 12, Paul Biligha 9
Netherlands U20: Mohammed Kherazzi 18, Craig Osaikhwuwuomwam 13+13 boards



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Hungary lost against Italy - by Tamas Deri
Our national team has been practicing from the 21st of June and just started to play their friendly game before attend the EC qualification games. The team travelled some days ago to Italy, where they attend a 4-teams tournament this weekend.
Last night coach Meszaros's very young team played in Bormio against Italy and did not show its best performance. Our big man, Peter Lorant (207-F/C-85) was the best scorer of the game with 20 points, shooting guard Adam Hanga (201-G-89, agency: FCM) added 14 including three 3pointers.

Hungary - Italy 88-46
(18-10, 21-8, 21-14, 28-14)
Italy: Mancinelli -, Mordente 5, Crosariol 5, Datome 6, Maestranzi 5/3 Cserk: Giachetti 6, Carraretto 5/3, Vitali 8/3, Lechtaler 8, Gigli 12/6, Aradori 19/3, Cavaliero 6
Hungary: Fodor M. -, Adam Hanga (201-G-89, agency: FCM) 14/9, Vojvoda -, Hendlein -, Peter Lorant 20/3, Horvath 1, Wittmann 5/3, Molnar A. -,Toth A. 6, Soos -, Szabo Zs. -



Szolnok will meet Keravnos in the qualification round of Eurochallenge - by Tamas Deri
On thursday was the draw of the Eurochallenge - together with Euroleague and Eurocup - in Barcelona. This season only the team of Szolnoki Olaj KK filled in all the necessary expectations from FIBA - there was also a free-card for MJUS-Fortress Kormend, but the management decided not to play this competition for any reason - and got the chance to be a member of the Group A after the qualification round in which coach Por's team will play against Keravnos from Cyprus. Keravnos finished this season on the 4th place. The games will be played on the 29th of September in Hungary and on the 6th of October in Cyprus.

There will be also two more qualification games of the Group A, Gravelines from France is the only one fix member yet.

Group A
PAOK vs. Spartak
Gravelines
Nizhny vs. BC Enisey
Szolnoki Olaj KK vs. Keravnos



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  ITALY   


Italy hold off Netherlands, reach Qualifying Round in Croatia - by Eurobasket News
Italy U20 - Netherlands U20 77:65
Italian U20 selection recorded the first win at the European Championship. They edged Netherlands to occupy the third position in Pool C. Italy thus advanced into the Qualifying Round. Netherlands slipped at 0-3 record and finished in the fourth place in the group. They will play in Relegation Round. Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) paced the Azzurri with 25 points and 8 rebounds.
The lead changed hands throughout the opening quarter. Vitali capped the period with a three-pointer to give Italy a 21:17 lead. Netherlands opened the second term with six points in a row to surge in front. But Italy quickly regained the advantage and rallied to a 38:34 advantage at the interval. A seesaw action continued in the third frame. The Dutchmen pulled ahead just to see their opponents take a 54:50 lead at the final break. Alessandro Gentile and Roberto Rullo (192-G-90) helped the Azzurri to a 9-point buffer at the start of the fourth quarter. The gap soon grew at 11-point mark and Italy cruised to the win at the end.
Roberto Rullo knocked down 12 points for Italy. Paul Biligha (200-C-90) added 9 points for the winners. Mohammed Kherazzi responded with 18 points and 9 rebounds for Netherlands. Craig Osaikhwuwuomwam (196-F-90) delivered 13 points and 13 rebounds in defeat.

Italy U20: Alessandro Gentile 25, Roberto Rullo 12, Paul Biligha 9
Netherlands U20: Mohammed Kherazzi 18, Craig Osaikhwuwuomwam 13+13 boards



Italy opens Trofeo Gianatti with the win - by Eurobasket News
Italy-Hungary 88:46

The National team of Italy won the opener of the Trofeo Gianatti. The team rolled over Hungary 88:46.
In the tournament of three teams participating both Europeans squads started the campaign. Italy opened the game with 18-10 lead after the opening quarter and never looked behind after. The hosts increased to 21-point when both teams left the court for the big break. Italy took 39:18 as they looked better in the court of Bormio. The lead continued to grow as Italy pushed the tempo in the third stanza. The home side reached 60:32 after thirty minutes of the game. It was not a big deal to reach the necessary victory and take 1-0 in the tournament. Pietro Aradori (192-G-88) top-scored for the winners with 19 points. Angelo Gigli (209-F/C-83) nailed 12, while Lechtaler and Vitali posted 8 each. Daniele Cavaliero (189-G-84), Jacopo Giachetti (191-G-83) and Luigi Datome (202-G/F-87) followed them with 6 points apiece. Peter Lorant (207-F/C-85) replied with 20 points in the losing effort. Adam Hanga (201-G-89, agency: FCM) delivered 14 and Toth added 6.
Tonight Iran will start their campaign with Hungary. In the only game of Sunday Italy will play versus Iran to close the tournament of three teams.

Italy: Pietro Aradori 19 points, Angelo Gigli 12, Lechtaler 8, Vitali 8, Daniele Cavaliero 6, Jacopo Giachetti 6, Luigi Datome 6
Hungary: Peter Lorant 20, Adam Hanga 14, Toth 6


Gibraltar clinch 7th spot in Malta - by Eurobasket News
Gibraltar - San Marino 89:81
Gibraltar earned the seventh place at the European Championship in Division C. They finished their campaign on a high note bruising San Marino. Raul Garcia (202-C-74) stepped up with 26 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort.
Emanuele Crescentini (200-F-83) set the tone with a three-pointer at the start of the game. San Marino were up for some time early in the game before Gibraltar unleashed a 14:2 run to take the lead. Gibraltar finished the starting quarter up by 10 points 26:16. Emanuele Crescentini and Enrico Zanotti (195-C-90) pulled San Marino closer early in the second frame. But Gibraltar quickly responded and posted a 42:29 advantage at halftime. Sam Buxton (198-F-89) exploded with 8 points in a row early in the third frame as Gibraltar posted a 50:33 lead. But San Marino refused to surrender. Tentoni and Emanuele Crescentini fired from downtown to drag the team as close as 6 points late in the quarter. San Marino entered the fourth stanza down by only 5 points 54:59. Gibraltar opened the final stanza with seven points in a row to get some breathing space. Gibraltar kept their opponents at distance throughout the reminder of the contest and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end.
Sam Buxton had 19 points and 12 rebounds for Gibraltar. Angel Guerrero notched 20 points in the victory. Emanuele Crescentini nailed 22 points for San Marino. Enrico Zanotti had 21 points in the loss.

Gibraltar: Raul Garcia 26+14 boards, Angel Guerrero 20, Sam Buxton 19+12 boards
San Marino: Emanuele Crescentini 22, Enrico Zanotti 21



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  JAMAICA   


Panama outplays Jamaica in crucial game, advances to Semifinals in Santo Domingo - by Eurobasket News
2010 Centrobasket, Day Five: PANAMA - JAMAICA 55-51

Panama was too strong for Jamaica in the crucial game for Semifinals in Santo Domingo. Both teams ended Preliminary Round with 2-2 record in Group A, but thanks to this victory Panama grabbed the second place and advanced to Semifinals. Jamaica ended as No.3 and will continue in Classification Round. Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) shined for the winners with 19 points. Leonardo Pomare (203-F-86, college: San Diego) secured a nice help adding 11 points and 9 boards. Desmond Smith (199-F-86, college: William & Mary) was the last one with double-digits in scoring: 10 pts (6 rebs). In Jamaica, Kimani Ffriend (211-C-77, agency: Court Side, college: Nebraska) replied with 14 points and 7 boards. Akeem Scott (186-G-83, college: High Point) added 11 pts.
Jamaica was better in the first, while Panama dominated in the second half. Kkimani Ffriend led his team to 10-12 in the opening period and to 10-12 in the second frame as well, for plus 4 at the half time. Panama improved after the breather, especially in offense. Panamanians started to make shots scoring 19 points in Q3. They limited Jamaica to 14 on the other side for 39-38 turn before the last ten minutes. Jamaica tried to take back the lead and to win this one, but Panama stopped them on their way finishing Q4 with 16-13 for the final 55-51 victory.
Panama will meet Puerto Rico in the Semifinals. They already booked a spot for the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship.

Panama: Danilo Pinnock 19, Leonardo Pomare 11+9 boards, Desmond Smith 10
Jamaica: Kimani Ffriend 14+7 boards, Akeem Scott 11


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  LAOS   


Laos U18 particpated in Yangon - by Eurobasket News
Laos U18 particpated in Yangon at the South East Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) in the 7th SEABA U18 Championship. Philippines, Malaysia, Laos, Singapore, Thailand and Myanmar struggled for two tickets to to represent SEABA in the 21st FIBA Asia U18 Championship to be held in Sanaa Yemen from Sept 22 Oct 1.
In Day 1 Myanmar rolled over Laos 70:62. It was a great game from both sides as the winners grabbed the first victory due to overtime win. Sein Lyan stepped up with 15 points and 4 rebounds. Wai Lu scored 10 points for the winners and Nay Myo Min had 12. Somboun Nadonhai responded with 24 points in the losing effort.
In Day 2 Thailand rolled over Laos 71:44 for their first victory. Patcharaphum Phansura top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Sorot Suntonsiri chipped in with 10 points. Somboun Nadonhai responded with 17 points in the losing effort.
In Day 3 Malaysia produced a 97:53 win over Laos. Phetthasone Chaleunsouk opened the scoring for the game, but that was the lone bright spot for Laos in the game. Somboun Nadonhais game-high 19 points for Laos went in vain. Tan Wai Seng delivered 18 points for the winners. Choo Wei Hong brought his team 17 points and Loh Shee Weng scored 12.
In Day 4 Philippines destroyed Laos 133:30 for the fourth straight win. Six players scored in double digits as Kevin Ferrer (188-F) led them all with 23 points. Souliy Sayyasinh was the highest scorer for Laos with 11 points.
In Day 5 Singapore overcame Laos 76:31 as David Soo scored 16 and Russel Low 13. Somboun Nadonhai nailed 19 points in the losing effort.



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  LATVIA   


Greece unstoppable in Croatia - by Eurobasket News
Greece U20 - Latvia U20 82:53
Greece earned the third straight win at the U20 European Championship in Croatia. They outscored Latvia to win preliminary Group A. Both Greece and Latvia advanced into the Qualifying Round of the tournament. Nikos Pappas (194-G-90, agency: FCM) led the charge with 19 points.
Greece opened the game with four points in a row and maintained the lead well throughout the opening stanza. They earned a 21:5 lead midway through the stanza. Greece unloaded 30 points in the first ten minutes to enjoy a 30:12 lead. Greece maintained the lead well throughout the second frame. The Hellenes posted a 43:25 advantage at halftime. Latvia were able to get within 15 points midway through the third term. The teams were divided by 16 points with one quarter remaining 62:46. Nikos Pappas and Konstantinos Sloukas (197-G-90) gave the Hellenes a 20-point buffer midway through the fourth quarter. Latvia had nothing to answer with and surrendered at the end.
Zisis Sarikopoulos (213-C-90) notched 14 points and 11 rebounds for Greece. Konstantinos Sloukas added 11 points in the victory. Kristers Zeidaks (202-F-90) replied with 19 points for Latvia. Armands Osins (192-G-91) delivered 7 points in the loss.

Greece U20: Nikos Pappas 19, Zisis Sarikopoulos 14+11 boards, Konstantinos Sloukas 11
Latvia U20: Kristers Zeidaks 19, Armands Osins 7



Latvian National Basketball - by Ronald Kuzmenko
Latvia has been known for basketball for a long time we even have talent in the NBA. I was looking at our ranking in the FIBA competitions and I see that we are ranked 36th and I believe this is to low for how much talent we have. Our neighbor and friendly sports rival Lithuania is ranked 6th now this makes me a bit jealous. I have always know our countries are close but we in Latvia know we are great sports people and we want to represent the Baltics. So this season lets show what we can do and up our ranking hopefully into the top ten and one day be in first place.

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Poland - USA in the final of World Championships U17 !!! - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U17-Poland U17 65:75

Poland U17 joins USA U17 in the Final of the FIBA U17 World Championship. The European favorite rolled over Lithuania U17 75:65 to remain undefeated. Historical achievement of Polish young (U17) team, which made it to the final of first edition of World Championships U17.
Not too many experts (not the first time) gave any chance fro Poles in the semifinal game against much higher ranked Lithuanian team.
But comfortable 10-point vistory proves that Poland belongs to the top countries in the World in U17 age category.
The victory over the Baltic side was not however that easy. Lithuania opened the game with six consecutive baskets and had 11:2 later in the period. They increased to massive 21:8, but could not keep the deficit for good. Tomasz Gielo (204-F-93) reduced with his team at 21:12 at the end of the first frame. Moreover he also tied the game at 21 and then Michalak gave Poland 23:21 lead. Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) sent the teams to the lockers for 39:38 halftime advantage. In the third period the lead changed several times, while Poland took it for good in the end of the frame. Matczak brought the winners 60:52 after thirty minutes in the court. Lithuania however tried hard to get the lead back and reduced to 63:65 with 4 minutes to go. Poland did not allow them to do something else as they increased to 10 points at the end of the game.
Mateusz Ponitka paced all the winners with 22 points to reach the Final game. Przemyslaw Karnowski (213-C-93) collected 18 points and 13 rebounds, while Tomasz Gielo posted 12. Mantas Mockevicius (186-G-93) replied with 24 points in defeat and Rokas Narkevicius (193-F-93) added 12.
Earlier tonight USA U17 became the first finalist of the FIBA U17 World Championship. The favorites outscored Canada U17 103:83 as Gilchrist Michael shined for the US squad.

Lithuania U17: Mantas Mockevicius 24, Rokas Narkevicius 12
Poland U17: Mateusz Ponitka 22, Przemyslaw Karnowski 18+13 rebs, Tomasz Gielo 12


Serbia U20 used 17-0 run throughout the game to beat Lithuania U20 - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U20-Serbia U20 69:80

Serbia U20 overcame Lithuania U20 80:69 and won Group B of the U20 European Championship. Both teams however advanced to the Qualifying Round finishing with 2-1 records.
Serbia opened the game with 7-0 run and had 14:7 as Nemanja Nedovic (192-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) made a jump shot. His shot was also last in the opening quarter as Serbia kept 24:21 lead. Due to 21-14 in the second frame Serbian squad improved to 45:35 at the halftime. They continued their 17-0 run in the third period and reached 56:35 lead with 6 minutes in the quarter. Drungilas reduced to 45:61 at the end of the third period. Lithuania won also the last frame to cut it to the final result in the game.
Dejan Musli (214-C-91) poured in 20 points to lead all the winners. Andreja Milutinovic (199-G-90) collected 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Nemanja Nedovic added 13 points and 10 rebounds. Eimantas Bendzius (203-F-90) ended up with 17 points in the losing case. Adomas Drungilas (203-C-90) netted 16, while Augustas Peciukevicius (191-G-91) scored 12.
In another game of the group Montenegro U20 advanced to the Qualifying Round of the U20 European Championship 2010 sending Turkey U20 out of it after another loss. Montenegro U20 celebrated 63:61 to finish Group B with 2-1 record.

Lithuania U20: Eimantas Bendzius 17, Adomas Drungilas 16, Augustas Peciukevicius 12
Serbia U20: Dejan Musli 20, Andreja Milutinovic 15+10 rebs, Nemanja Nedovic 13+10 rebs


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  MALAYSIA   


Malaysia advanced to 21st FIBA Asia U18 Championship - by Eurobasket News
Malaysia advanced to 21st FIBA Asia U18 Championship as they finished with 3-2 record at the South East Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) in the 7th SEABA U18 Championship. Philippines, Malaysia, Laos, Singapore, Thailand and Myanmar struggled for two tickets to to represent SEABA in the 21st FIBA Asia U18 Championship to be held in Sanaa Yemen from Sept 22 Oct 1.
In Day 1 Philippines outscored Malaysia 87:59. Jeron Alvin Teng (181-G-95) paced all the winners with 19 points, whilst Isaac Ravena netted 12 and Jeth Rosario added 11. Choo Wei Hongs 15 points was the highest for Malaysia.
In Day 2 Malaysia defeated Singapore 60:51 for their first win. Kok Chun Ng was the highest among Kok Kian Chuas boys with 14 points. Loh Shee Wong scored 13 and Choo Wei Hong added 12.
In Day 3 Malaysia produced a 97:53 win over Laos. Phetthasone Chaleunsouk opened the scoring for the game, but that was the lone bright spot for Laos in the game. Somboun Nadonhais game-high 19 points for Laos went in vain. Tan Wai Seng delivered 18 points for the winners. Choo Wei Hong brought his team 17 points and Loh Shee Weng scored 12.
In Day 4 Thailand produced a 75:68 win over Malaysia in a top game of the day. Autman Al-Mabruk paced all the winners with 22 points. Arnon Iamlamai contributed 17 points and Komsan Dechsom 16.
In Day 5 Malaysia defeated hosts Myanmar 108:39 to finish the competition with a 3-2 record. Malaysia pipped Thailand to take the second spot, behind Philippines, on the final day of the 7th SEABA U18 Championship. Kok Chun Ng top-scored for the winners with 26 points. Loh Shee Weng and Choo Wei Hong both contributed 15 points each and Tan Wei Seng had 13. Wai Lus 10 points was the highest for Myanmar.



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Malta clinch Division C Bronze - by Eurobasket News
Malta - Moldova 85:77

Malta stepped up on the pedestal at the European Championship in Division C. The hosts of the tournament held off Moldova in the consolation final tonight. Darryl Jackson, college: N.Mexico) top-scored with 26 points for Malta.
Malta went on a scoring frenzy in the opening quarter. Addison Bonnici (195-F-84) knocked down 12 points to help the hosts accumulate a 32:18 lead at the first break. Schembri knocked down a jumper midway through the second term to give Malta a 45:25 lead. Moldova answered with eight straight points to close the first half trailing by 12 points 33:45. Eugeniu Melnic (196-F/G-79), Scripcaru and Kolesnikov dragged Moldova as close as 7 points midway through the third quarter. But Malta did not allow the visitors to get any closer as they wrapped up the third frame up by 10 points 65:55. Darryl Jackson opened the fourth term with a triple but Moldova answered with back-to-back trifectas from Alexei Andrus (194-G/F-79) and Eugeniu Melnic. Eugeniu Melnic soon gave hope for Moldova as they drove as close as 5 points. Naudi and Darryl Jackson went cold-blooded in the dying seconds and sealed the winning outcome for the home side.
Addison Bonnici finished with 18 points for Malta. Samuel Deguara (224-C-91) had 17 points and 11 caroms in the victory. Alexei Andrus answered with 21 points for Moldova. Eugeniu Melnic accounted for 18 points in the loss.

Malta: Darryl Jackson 26, Addison Bonnici 18, Samuel Deguara 17+11 boards
Moldova: Alexei Andrus 21, Eugeniu Melnic 18



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2010 Centrobasket: Mexico ends Preliminary Round with two wins - by Eurobasket News
2010 Centrobasket, Day Four: TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO - MEXICO 52-75

Mexico registered second win in Santo Domingo and finished the Preliminary Round with 2-2 record. It means that Mexicans will have to wait for all Saturday's games to end in order to find out will they advance to Semifinals or not. At the same time, Trinidad and Tobago dropped to 1-2 in the same group (B). Victor Mariscal (198-F-72) stepped up for Mexico with 21 points and 7 rebounds. He reached valuation 24 and was the MVP of this meeting. Jovan Harris (191-G/F-81, college: USF) netted 15 points in this win. Trinidad and Tobago had only two players with double-digits in scoring. Maurice Joseph (193-G-85) and Wilfred Benjamin (201-F/C-84, college: Marist) had 10 pts each in this game.
Mexico blasted T&T in the first quarter with 12-25. It was a clear sign who will take this game. Second period belonged to Mexicans as well (14-17), who were 16 points up at the half time. Trinidad and Tobago was not able to resist and Mexico cruised to its second win. Victor Mariscal and his teammates made 13-16 in third and 13-17 in the last quarter for the final 52-75 victory.
In the last day of Preliminary Round, Trinidad and Tobago will play against Cuba.

Trinidad and Tobago: Maurice Joseph 10, Wilfred Benjamin 10
Mexico: Victor Mariscal 21+7 boards, Jovan Harris 15


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Malta clinch Division C Bronze - by Eurobasket News
Malta - Moldova 85:77

Malta stepped up on the pedestal at the European Championship in Division C. The hosts of the tournament held off Moldova in the consolation final tonight. Darryl Jackson, college: N.Mexico) top-scored with 26 points for Malta.
Malta went on a scoring frenzy in the opening quarter. Addison Bonnici (195-F-84) knocked down 12 points to help the hosts accumulate a 32:18 lead at the first break. Schembri knocked down a jumper midway through the second term to give Malta a 45:25 lead. Moldova answered with eight straight points to close the first half trailing by 12 points 33:45. Eugeniu Melnic (196-F/G-79), Scripcaru and Kolesnikov dragged Moldova as close as 7 points midway through the third quarter. But Malta did not allow the visitors to get any closer as they wrapped up the third frame up by 10 points 65:55. Darryl Jackson opened the fourth term with a triple but Moldova answered with back-to-back trifectas from Alexei Andrus (194-G/F-79) and Eugeniu Melnic. Eugeniu Melnic soon gave hope for Moldova as they drove as close as 5 points. Naudi and Darryl Jackson went cold-blooded in the dying seconds and sealed the winning outcome for the home side.
Addison Bonnici finished with 18 points for Malta. Samuel Deguara (224-C-91) had 17 points and 11 caroms in the victory. Alexei Andrus answered with 21 points for Moldova. Eugeniu Melnic accounted for 18 points in the loss.

Malta: Darryl Jackson 26, Addison Bonnici 18, Samuel Deguara 17+11 boards
Moldova: Alexei Andrus 21, Eugeniu Melnic 18



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Montenegro U20 upset Turkey U20 in Croatia - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U20-Montenegro U20 61:63

Montenegro U20 advanced to the Qualifying Round of the U20 European Championship 2010 sending Turkey U20 out of it after another loss. Montenegro U20 celebrated 63:61 to finish Group B with 2-1 record.
Dubljevic and Kilicli exchanged the baskets in the opening tip, while Incekara brought Turkey 17:9. Montenegro replied with some good basket and Birkan Batuk (198-F-90) kept Turkey in front after the first period at 20:17. It was a tough start for both teams in the second period and both of them had difficulties to score. The game was tied at 22:22 after 5 minutes in the second frame. Milutin Djukanovic (188-G-91) nailed a three-pointer for 32:29 halftime advantage. Melih Mahmutoglu (187-G-90) tied it again at 38:38 and Milutin Djukanovic made the same at 45:45. Filip Samojlovic (183-G-90, agency: Interperformances) made a jump shot from the arc for 50:49 with 10 minutes to go. With six minutes to play, Turkey led 55:53 but soon afterwards began to lose their composure and shockingly failed to convert on nine straight possessions.
Milutin Djukanovic top-scored for the winners with 17 points. Vladimir Mihailovic (193-G-90) and Filip Samojlovic followed him with 12 points apiece. Melih Mahmutoglu ended up with 16 points for Turkey that fell at 0-3. Birkan Batuk delivered 12, while Ilkan Karaman (205-F-90) collected 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Turkey U20: Melih Mahmutoglu 16, Birkan Batuk 12, Ilkan Karaman 11+10 rebs
Montenegro U20: Milutin Djukanovic 17, Vladimir Mihailovic 12, Filip Samojlovic 12


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NBA Las Vegas Summer League rosters (Part 3/5) - by Eurobasket
Part 3: These are correct (official NBA website has lots mistakes) rosters of the teams participating in the NBA Las Vegas Summer League with most detailed profiles of all players:

Memphis Grizzlies
8 Jeff Adrien (6'7''-F-86) of Leche Rio Breogan Lugo Spain
00 Darrell Arthur (6'9''-F-88) of Memphis Grizzlies
1 DeMarre Carroll (6'8''-F-86) of Memphis Grizzlies
15 Hamed Haddadi (7'2''-C-85) of Memphis Grizzlies
13 Xavier Henry (6'6''-G) of University of Kansas
32 O.J. Mayo (6'5''-G-87) of Memphis Grizzlies
14 Patrick Sullivan (6'9''-C-88) of Southeastern Louisiana University
34 Hasheem Thabeet (7'3''-C-87) of Memphis Grizzlies
21 Greivis Vasquez (6'6''-G-87) of University of Maryland
4 Sam Young (6'6''-F-85) of Memphis Grizzlies
Head Coach: Lionel Hollins
Assistants: Johnny Davis , Henry Bibby , Dave Joerger , Barry Hecker , Damon Stoudamire

Miami Heat
10 Jermaine Beal (6'3''-G-87) of Vanderbilt University
35 D'Andre Bell (6'6''-G/F-87) of Georgia Tech<
12 Patrick Beverley (6'1''-G-88) of Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus Greece
21 Oritseweyinmi Efejuku (6'5''-G-86) of BK Barons Riga Latvia
22 Kyle Gibson (6'5''-G-87) of Louisiana Tech University
52 Mickell Gladness (6'11''-F/C-86) of Rio Grande Valley Vipers
4 Kenny Hasbrouck (6'3''-G-86) of Miami Heat
41 Davon Jefferson (6'8''-F-86) of ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket France
23 Damian Johnson (6'7''-F-87) of University of Minnesota
24 Anthony Mason (6'7''-F-87) of St.John's University
44 Zachery Peacock (6'8''-F-87) of Georgia Tech
54 Dexter Pittman (6'10''-C-88) of The University of Texas
42 Shavlik Randolph (6'10''-F-83) of Miami Heat
33 Antywane Robinson (6'8''-F-84) of Cholet Basket France
13 Jon Scheyer (6'5''-G-87) of Duke University
53 Siler Garret (7'0''-C-86) of Shanghai Dongfang Sharks China
51 Raymond Sykes (6'9''-F/C-86) of Bameso Dominican Republic
11 Mikhail Torrance (6'5''-G-88) of The University of Alabama
45 Jarvis Varnado (6'9''-F-88) of Mississippi State University

Milwaukee Bucks
13 Antoine Agudio (6'3''-G-85) of Albuquerque Thunderbirds
41 John Bryant (6'10''-C-87) of Erie Bay Hawks
5 Paul Delaney (6'2''-G-86) of Ironi Nahariya Israel
29 Micah Downs (6'8''-G-86) of Stella Artois Leuven Bears Belgium
23 Tiny Gallon (6'9''-F-91) of The University of Oklahoma
9 Darington Hobson (6'7''-G/F-87) of University of New Mexico
00 Darnell Jackson (6'8''-F-85) of Milwaukee Bucks
21 DeMarcus Nelson (6'4''-G-85) of Air Avellino Italy
8 Larry Sanders (6'11''-F-88) of Milwaukee Bucks
2 Jerry Smith (6'1''-G-87) of University of Louisville
14 Deron Washington (6'7''-G/F-85) of Tulsa 66ers
51 Sean Williams (6'10''-F-86) of Mets de Guaynabo Puerto Rico
Head Coach: Scott Skiles
Assistants: Jim Boylan , Kelvin Sampson , Joe Wolf , Adrian Griffin

Minnesota Timberwolves
5 Mo Charlo (6'7''-F-83) of Reno Bighorns
19 Wayne Ellington (6'4''-G-87) of Minnesota Timberwolves
10 Jonny Flynn (6'0''-G-89) of Minnesota Timberwolves
32 Lazar Hayward (6'6''-F-86) of Marquette University
24 Damian Johnson (6'7'-F-87) of Minnesota University
4 Wesley Johnson (6'7''-F-87) of Syracuse University
13 Patrick O'Bryant (7'0''-C-86) of Toronto Raptors<
12 Jeremy Pargo (6'2''-G-86) of Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa Israel
8 Cedric Simmons (6'9''-F/C-86) of Kavala/Panorama Greece
6 Jamar Smith (6'9''-F/C-80) of Trenkwalder Reggio Emilia Italy
34 Gregory Stiemsma (6'11''-C-85) of Minnesota Timberwolves
33 Deon Thomas (6'9''-C-71) of Maccabi Haifa Heat Israel
20 Lawrence Westbrook (6'0''-G-88) of University of Minnesota
Head Coach: Kurt Rambis
Assistants: Dave Wohl , Reggie Theus , Bill Laimbeer , John-Blair Bickerstaff

NBA D-League Select
34 Bennet Davis (6'9''-F-84) of Utah Flash
22 Mike Gansey (6'4''-G-82) of Erie Bay Hawks
15 Yaroslav Korolev (6'9''-G/F-87) of Reno Bighorns
32 Kurt Looby (6'10''-F/C-84) of Mets de Guaynabo Puerto Rico
17 Jared Newson (6'5''-G/F-84) of Sioux Falls Skyforce
19 Larry Owens (6'7''-G/F-83) of Turk Telekom Ankara Turkey
14 Russell Robinson (6'1''-G-86) of Maine Red Claws
42 Cezary Trybanski (7'2''-C-79) of BK Prostejov Czech Republic
18 Mark Tyndale (6'5''-G-86) of Iowa Energy
10 Jonathan Wallace (6'2''-G-86) of Rio Grande Valley Vipers
24 Curtis Withers (6'8''-F-84) of Guaros de Lara Venezuela


NBA Las Vegas Summer League rosters (Part 4/5) - by Eurobasket
Part 4: These are correct (official NBA website has lots mistakes) rosters of the teams participating in the NBA Las Vegas Summer League with most detailed profiles of all players:

New Orleans Hornets
31 Maurice Ager (6'5''-G-84) of Maine Red Claws
0 Armon Bassett (6'2''-G-86) of Ohio University
21 Craig Brackins (6'10''-F-87) of Iowa State University
23 Josh Carter (6'7''-G/F-88) of EWE Baskets Oldenburg Germany
12 Aubrey Coleman (6'4''-G-87) of University of Houston
2 Darren Collison (6'0''-G-87) of New Orleans Hornets
34 Brian Cusworth (7'0''-C-84) of Assignia Manresa Spain
43 Nikola Dragovic (6'9''-F-87) of Univ.of Calif.at Los Angeles
40 Kyle Hines (6'6''-F/C-86) of Prima Veroli Italy
20 Quincy Pondexter (6'6''-F-88) of The University of Washington
35 Liam Potter (7'0''-F/C-86) of Sacred Heart University
55 Sean Sonderleiter (6'9''-C-80) of Fort Wayne Mad Ants
5 Marcus Thornton (6'4''-G-87) of New Orleans Hornets
33 Carlos Wheeler (6'8''-F/C-78) of Utah Flash
Head Coach: Monty Williams
Assistants: Charlie Parker , Paul Pressey , Robert Werdann , Robert Pack

New York Knicks
55 Eric Boateng (6'10''-C-85) of Arizona State University
2 Jaycee Carroll (6'2''-G-83) of C.B. Gran Canaria 2014 Spain
41 Warren Carter (6'9''-F-85) of Ilysiakos Athens Greece
23 Toney Douglas (6'1''-G-86) of New York Knicks
0 Patrick Ewing (6'8''-F-84) of Reno Bighorns
18 Olumuyiwa Famutimi (6'6''-G-84) of Oyak Renault Bursa Turkey
4 Landry Fields (6'7''-G/F) of Stanford University
35 Charles Garcia (6'9''-F-88) of Seattle University
17 Ron Howard (6'5''-G/F-82) of Marinos de Anzoategui Venezuela
31 Chris Hunter (6'11''-F/C-84) of Golden State Warriors
11 Marcus Landry (6'7''-F-85) of Boston Celtics
40 Leo Lyons (6'9''-F-87) of Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem Israel
45 Powell Carlos (6'7''-F-83) of Liaoning Panpan Hunters China
20 Andy Rautins (6'4''-G-86) of Syracuse University
5 Bill Walker (6'6''-F-87) of New York Knicks
25 Ryan Wittman (6'6''-F) of SAM Basket Massagno Switzerland
Head Coach: Mike D'Antoni
Assistants: Herb Williams , Phil Weber , Dan D'Antoni , Kenny Atkinson

Phoenix Suns
55 Earl Clark (6'9''-F-88) of Phoenix Suns
60 Dwayne Collins (6'8''-F) of University of Miami, Florida
7 Zabian Dowdell (6'3''-G-84) of Unicaja Malaga Spain
34 Gavin Edwards (6'9''-F/C-88) of University of Connecticut
32 Taylor Griffin (6'7''-F-86) of Phoenix Suns
15 Lawrence Hill (6'8''-F-87) of Halcones Rojos de Veracruz Mexico
23 Matt Janning (6'4''-G/F-88) of Northeastern University
11 Brandon Johnson (6'0''-G-86) of University of San Diego
0 Marcus Johnson (6'6''-F-87) of University of Southern California
31 Gani Lawal (6'9''-F-88) of Georgia Tech
18 Anton Ponkrashov (6'7''-G-86) of CSKA Moscow Russia
50 Shawn Pruitt (6'10''-C-85) of Gallitos de Isabela Puerto Rico
1 Scottie Reynolds (6'2''-G-87) of Villanova University
10 Ryan Toolson (6'4''-G-85) of Benetton Treviso Italy
Head Coach: Alvin Gentry
Assistants: Bill Cartwright , Dan Majerle , Igor Kokoskov (agency: Beo Basket ), Noel Gillespie

Portland Trail Blazers
11 Luke Babbitt (6'9''-F-89) of Portland Trail Blazers
3 Jimmy Baron (6'3''-G-86) of Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi Turkey
33 Dante Cunningham (6'8''-F-87) of Portland Trail Blazers
27 Michael Fey (7'0''-F/C-83) of Al Rayyan Qatar
0 Michael Green (6'1''-G-85) of Belgacom Liege Basket Belgium
25 Ekenechukwu Ibekwe (6'9''-F-85) of Genc Banvitliler Turkey
1 Armon Johnson (6'3''-G-89) of The University of Nevada
44 Joe Krabbenhoft (6'7''-G/F-87) of Sioux Falls Skyforce
8 Patrick Mills (6'0''-G-88) of Portland Trail Blazers
19 Demetris Nichols (6'9''-F-84) of BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral France
31 Jeff Pendergraph (6'9''-F-87) of Portland Trail Blazers
16 Nik Raivio (6'4''-G-86) of University of Portland
2 Luke Schenscher (7'1''-C-82) of Townsville Crocodiles Australia
23 Reyshawn Terry (6'8''-F-84) of Xacobeo BluSens Obradoiro Spain
9 Elliot Williams (6'5''-G-89) of Portland Trail Blazers
Head Coach: Nate McMillan
Assistants: Maurice Lucas , Joe Prunty

Sacramento Kings
16 Connor Atchley (6'10''-F/C-85) of Iowa Energy
18 Omri Casspi (6'9''-F/G-88) of Sacramento Kings
41 Wayne Chism (6'9''-F-87) of University of Tennessee
22 Dionte Christmas (6'5''-G) of Hapoel Afula Israel
15 DeMarcus Cousins (6'11''-F-90) of Sacramento Kings
30 Lee Cummard (6'7''-G-85) of Fos Ouest Provence Basket France
25 Devan Downey (5'9''-G-87) of University of South Carolina
45 Jason Ellis (6'7''-F-82) of GasTerra Flames Groningen Holland
20 Donte Greene (6'9''-F-88) of Sacramento Kings
51 Steven Hill (7'0''-C-85) of Tulsa 66ers
31 Tyren Johnson (6'8''-F-88) of University Louisiana at Lafayette
55 Sylven Landesberg (6'6''-G-90) of The University of Virginia
9 Tyrese Rice (6'1''-G-87) of Panionios ON Telecoms Athens Greece
23 Donald Sloan (6'3''-G-88) of Texas A&M University
5 Ryan Thompson (6'6''-G) of Rider University
33 Hassan Whiteside (7'0''-F-89) of Sacramento Kings
Head Coach: Paul Westphal
Assistants: Jim Eyen , Mario Elie , Leonard Robinson , Shareef Abdur-Rahim , Pete Carril , Bryan Gates


NBA Las Vegas Summer League rosters (Part 5/5) - by Eurobasket
Part 5: These are correct (official NBA website has lots mistakes) rosters of the teams participating in the NBA Las Vegas Summer League with most detailed profiles of all players:

San Antonio Spurs
45 DeJuan Blair (6'7''-F-89) of San Antonio Spurs
47 Michael Cuffee (6'4''-F-83) of UCC Casalpusterlengo Italy
30 Bryan Davis (6'9''-F-86) of Texas A&M University
18 Eric Dawson (6'9''-F-84) of Austin Toros
35 Alonzo Gee (6'6''-G-87) of Austin Toros
10 James Gist (6'8''-F-86) of Lokomotiv Kuban Russia
1 Malik Hairston (6'6''-G-87) of San Antonio Spurs
5 Curtis Jerrells (6'1''-G-87) of Austin Toros
8 Carldell Johnson (5'10''-G-83) of Austin Toros
14 Josh Lomers (7'0''-C-87) of Baylor University
31 Gary Neal (6'4''-G-84) of Unicaja Malaga Spain
2 Garrett Temple (6'6''-G-86) of San Antonio Spurs
27 Tyler Wilkerson (6'8''-F) of Marshall University
Head Coach: Gregg Popovich
Assistants: Mike Budenholzer , Don Newman , Brett Brown , Chip Engelland , Chad Forcier

Toronto Raptors
50 Solomon Alabi (7'1''-C-88) of Florida State University
3 Bobby Brown (6'2''-G-84) of Los Angeles Clippers
32 Ed Davis (6'10''-F-89) of Toronto Raptors
10 Demar DeRozan (6'7''-F-89) of Toronto Raptors
9 Joey Dorsey (6'9''-F-83) of Toronto Raptors
21 Ronald DuPree (6'7''-F/G-81) of Telekom Baskets Bonn Germany
33 James Mays (6'9''-F-86) of Caciques de Humacao Puerto Rico
8 Michael Roll (6'5''-G-87) of Bornova Bld Turkey
31 Cheikh Samb (7'1''-C-84) of MMC Real Madrid Spain
5 Curtis Stinson (6'2''-G-83) of Iowa Energy
24 Sonny Weems (6'6''-G/F-86) of Toronto Raptors
Head Coach: Jay Triano
Assistants: Alex English , Marc Iavaroni , Micah Nori , Eric Hughes , Alvin Williamson

Washington Wizards
35 Trevor Booker (6'7''-F-87) of Clemson University
13 Harrison David (7'0''-C-82) of Guandong Southern Tigers China
16 Eric Hayes (6'4''-G-87) of University of Maryland
32 Lester Hudson (6'3''-G-84) of Memphis Grizzlies
42 Abdulai Jalloh (6'2''-G-86) of Springfield Armor
20 Cartier Martin (6'7''-G/F-84) of Washington Wizards
34 Javale McGee (6'11''-F-88) of Washington Wizards
30 Raymar Morgan (6'8''-F-88) of Michigan State University
55 Hamady N'Diaye (6'11''-C-87) of Rutgers, The State University
8 Kevin Palmer (6'6''-G/F-87) of Texas A&M - Corpus Christi
33 Aaron Pettway (6'11''-C-80) of Dnipro Dnepropetrovsk Ukraine
12 Jerome Randle (5'10''-G-87) of University of California
31 Kyle Spain (6'5''-F-87) of Stella Artois Leuven Bears Belgium
50 Michael Sweetney (6'8''-F-82) of Cangrejeros de Santurce Puerto Rico
2 John Wall (6'4''-G-90) of University of Kentucky
52 Yue Sun (6'9''-G/F-85) of New York Knicks
Head Coach: Flip Saunders
Assistants: Randy Wittman , Don Zierden , Sam Cassell , Wes Unseld , Ryan Saunders , Mike Wells , Gene Banks


Orlando Summer League Rosters (Part 2/2) - by Eurobasket
Part 2: These are correct (official NBA website has lots mistakes) rosters of the teams participating in the NBA Orlando Summer League with most detailed profiles of all players:

Oklahoma City Thunder
Clifford Hammonds (6'3''-G-85) of ASVEL Lyon-Villeurbanne Basket France
James Harden (6'5''-G-89) of Oklahoma City Thunder
Serge Ibaka (6'10''-C/F-89) of Oklahoma City Thunder
Marcus Lewis (6'8''-F/C-86) of Tulsa 66ers
Eric Maynor (6'2''-G-87) of Oklahoma City Thunder
B.J. Mullens (7'0''-C-89) of Tulsa 66ers
Ryan Reid (6'8''-F-86) of Florida State University
Mustafa Shakur (6'3''-G-84) of Tulsa 66ers
Robert Vaden (6'5''-G/F-85) of Aget Imola Italy
Kyle Weaver (6'6''-G-86) of Tulsa 66ers
D.J. White (6'9''-F-86) of Tulsa 66ers
Latavious Williams (6'8''-F-91) of Tulsa 66ers
Head Coach: Scott Brooks
Assistants: Ron Adams , Maurice Cheeks , Rex Kalamian , Mark Bryant , Brian Keefe

Orlando Magic
Jeff Adrien (6'7''-F-86) of Leche Rio Breogan Lugo Spain
Crawford Joe (6'5''-G-86) of Jiangsu Nangang Dragons Nanjing China
Paul Davis (6'11''-C-84) of Xacobeo BluSens Obradoiro Spain
Patrick Ewing (6'8''-F-84) of Reno Bighorns
Trey Gilder (6'9''-F-85) of Memphis Grizzlies
Yaroslav Korolev (6'9''-G/F-87) of Reno Bighorns
Ben McCauley (6'9''-F/C-86) of Strasbourg IG France
Daniel Orton (6'10''-F) of University of Kentucky
Jerome Randle (5'10''-G-87) of University of California
Stanley Robinson (6'9''-F-88) of University of Connecticut
Sean Singletary (6'0''-G-85) of Caja Laboral Vitoria Spain
Vladimir Stimac (6'10''-C-87) of KK Crvena Zvezda Beograd Serbia
Curtis Stinson (6'2''-G-83) of Iowa Energy
Donell Taylor (6'6''-G-82) of Trotamundos de Carabobo Venezuela
Head Coach: Stan Van Gundy
Assistant: Brendan Malone , Patrick Ewing , Steve Clifford , Bob Beyer , Ahmad Ajami

Philadelphia 76ers
Ryan Brooks (6'4''-G) of Temple University
Ndudi Ebi (6'9''-F-84) of Edilizia Moderna Rimini Italy
Michael Green (6'1''-G-85) of Belgacom Liege Basket Belgium
DeVon Hardin (6'11''-C-86) of Tulsa 66ers
Jrue Holiday (6'3''-G-90) of Philadelphia 76ers
Jason Love (6'9''-F/C-87) of Xavier University
Jodie Meeks (6'4''-G-87) of Philadelphia 76ers
Obi Muonelo (6'5''-G-88) of Oklahoma State University
Trent Plaisted (6'11''-F/C-86) of KK Zadar Croatia
Cedric Simmons (6'9''-F/C-86) of Kavala/Panorama Greece
Marreese Speights (6'10''-F/C-87) of Philadelphia 76ers
Evan Turner (6'7''-G/F-88) of Ohio State University
Head Coach: Doug Collins
Assistants: Mike O'Koren , Randy Ayers , Jim Lynam , Aaron McKie

Utah Jazz
James Augustine (6'10''-F-84) of C.B. Gran Canaria 2014 Spain
Rod Benson (6'10''-F/C-84) of Atleticos de San German Puerto Rico
Jermareo Davidson (6'10''-F-84) of Caciques de Humacao Puerto Rico
Tadija Dragicevic (6'9''-F-86) of Lottomatica Virtus Roma Italy
Jeremy Evans (6'9''-F) of Utah Jazz
Sundiata Gaines (6'1''-G-86) of Utah Jazz
Thomas Gardner (6'5''-G-85) of Antwerp Giants Belgium
Paul Harris (6'5''-F-86) of Utah Jazz
Gordon Hayward (6'9''-G/F-90) of Utah Jazz
Othyus Jeffers (6'5''-F-85) of Utah Jazz
Kostas Koufos (7'0''-F/C-89) of Utah Jazz
Demetris Nichols (6'9''-F-84) of BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral France
Tyrese Rice (6'1''-G-87) of Panionios ON Telecoms Athens Greece
Bernard Robinson (6'6''-F-81) of New Jersey Nets
Darian Townes (6'10''-F/C-84) of Iowa Energy
Dominic Waters (6'1''-G-86) of Portland Showtime
Head Coach: Jerry Sloan
Assistants: Phil Johnson , Tyrone Corbin , Scott Layden


NBA Las Vegas Summer League rosters (Part 1/5) - by Eurobasket
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Part 1: These are correct (official NBA website has lots mistakes) rosters of the teams participating in the NBA Las Vegas Summer League with most detailed profiles of all players:

Atlanta Hawks
44 Alade Aminu (6'10''-F-87) of Bakersfield Jam
4 James Augustine (6'10''-F-84) of C.B. Gran Canaria 2014 Spain
55 Jordan Crawford (6'4''-G-88) of Xavier University
36 Jermareo Davidson (6'10''-F-84) of Caciques de Humacao Puerto Rico
18 Trey Gilder (6'9''-F-85) of Memphis Grizzlies
14 Sergiy Gladyr (6'5''-G/F-89) of Assignia Manresa Spain
35 Richard Hendrix (6'8''-F-86) of Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv Israel
6 Luke Jackson (6'7''-F/G-81) of Carife Ferrara Italy
3 Landon Milbourne (6'7''-F-87) of University of Maryland
33 Randolph Morris (6'11''-F/C-86) of Atlanta Hawks
7 Pape Sy (6'6''-G-88) of STB Le Havre France
0 Jeff Teague (6'2''-G-88) of Atlanta Hawks
Head Coach: Larry Drew
Assistants: Bob Bender , Tyrone Hill , Lester Conner

Chicago Bulls
20 Joe Alexander (6'8''-F-86) of Chicago Bulls
24 Morris Almond (6'6''-F-85) of MMC Real Madrid Spain
17 Matt Bouldin (6'5''-G-88) of Gonzaga University
7 Derrick Byars (6'8''-G/F-84) of ALBA Berlin Germany
16 James Johnson (6'9''-F-87) of Chicago Bulls
15 Lucas John (5'11''-G-82) of Shanghai Dongfang Sharks China
8 Jack McClinton (6'1''-G-85) of Aliaga Petkim Turkey
11 Jerel McNeal (6'3''-G-87) of Dexia Mons-Hainaut Belgium
54 A.J. Ogilvy (6'11''-C-88) of Vanderbilt University
44 Trent Plaisted (6'11''-F/C-86) of KK Zadar Croatia
35 Chris Richard (6'9''-F/C-84) of Chicago Bulls
34 Samardo Samuels (6'9''-F-89) of University of Louisville
Head Coach: Tom Thibodeau
Assistants: Bob Ociepka , Pete Myers

Cleveland Cavaliers
12 Jerome Dyson (6'3''-G-87) of University of Connecticut
36 Marquis Gilstrap (6'7''-F-87) of Turk Telekom Ankara Turkey
14 Daniel Green (6'6''-F/G-87) of Cleveland Cavaliers
16 Manny Harris (6'5''-G-89) of University of Michigan
21 J.J. Hickson (6'9''-F/C-88) of Cleveland Cavaliers
9 Aaron Jackson (6'4''-G-86) of Bizkaia Bilbao Basket Spain
48 Nathan Jawai (6'10''-C-86) of Sioux Falls Skyforce
8 Pooh Jeter (5'11''-G-83) of Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem Israel
50 Maciej Lampe (6'11''-C-85) of Unics Kazan Russia
10 Rashad McCants (6'4''-G/F-84) of Sacramento Kings
30 Tasmin Mitchell (6'7''-F-86) of Louisiana State University
24 David Monds (6'9''-F-83) of VAP Kolossos Greece
Head Coach: Byron Scott
Assistants: Hank Egan , Melvin Hunt , Chris Jent

Dallas Mavericks
3 Rodrigue Beaubois (6'1''-G-88) of Dallas Mavericks
35 Mouhammad Faye (6'9''-F-85) of Southern Methodist University
32 Shan Foster (6'6''-G/F-86) of Kepez Bld Antalya Turkey
5 J.R. Giddens (6'5''-G-85) of New York Knicks
20 Dominique Jones (6'4''-G-88) of University of South Florida
7 Jeremy Lin (6'3''-G) of Harvard University
1 Josh Mayo (6'0''-G-87) of Stade Clermontois Basket Auvergne France
34 Omar Samhan (6'11''-C-88) of St.Mary's College of California
44 Moussa Seck (7'4''-C-86) of Officine Creative Montegranaro Italy
10 DeShawn Sims (6'8''-F-88) of University of Michigan
9 Amara Sy (6'8''-F-81) of C.B. Murcia Spain
42 Eric Tramiel (6'7''-F-88) of University of North Texas
33 Darryl Watkins (6'11''-C-84) of Cleveland Cavaliers
Head Coach: Rick Carlisle
Assistants: Terry Stotts , Dwayne Casey , Tom Sterner

Denver Nuggets
13 Antonio Anderson (6'6''-G-85) of Caciques de Humacao Puerto Rico
43 Brian Butch (6'11''-F/C-84) of Denver Nuggets
10 Dontaye Draper (5'11''-G-84) of Prima Veroli Italy
7 Shane Edwards (6'7''-F-87) of Albuquerque Thunderbirds
34 Laurence Ekperigin (6'7''-F) of Le Moyne College
14 Brian Hamilton (6'6''-F-82) of Utah Flash
12 Othello Hunter (6'8''-F-86) of Ilysiakos Athens Greece
22 Coby Karl (6'5''-G-83) of Denver Nuggets
3 Ty Lawson (5'11''-G-87) of Denver Nuggets
8 Richard Roby (6'6''-G-85) of Maccabi Haifa Heat Israel
Head Coach: George Karl
Assistants: Adrian Dantley , John Welch , Tim Grgurich


NBA Las Vegas Summer League rosters (Part 2/5) - by Eurobasket
Part 2: These are correct (official NBA website has lots mistakes) rosters of the teams participating in the NBA Las Vegas Summer League with most detailed profiles of all players:

Detroit Pistons
26 Patrick Christopher (6'5''-G-88) of University of California
5 Austin Daye (6'11''-F-88) of Detroit Pistons
24 Jordan Eglseder (7'0''-C-88) of University of Northern Iowa
17 Marquez Haynes (6'3''-G-86) of University of Texas at Arlington
33 Jonas Jerebko (6'9''-F-87) of Detroit Pistons
42 Mac Koshwal (6'10''-F/C) of De Paul University
18 Elijah Millsap (6'6''-G-87) of University of Alabama at Birmingham
10 Greg Monroe (6'11''-C-90) of Detroit Pistons
25 Jared Reiner (6'11''-C-82) of Gallitos de Isabela Puerto Rico
8 A.J. Slaughter (6'3''-G) of Western Kentucky University
14 Edgar Sosa (6'2''-G-88) of University of Louisville
35 Dajuan Summers (6'8''-F-88) of Detroit Pistons
23 Terrico White (6'5''-G-90) of The University of Mississippi
Head Coach: John Kuester
Assistants: Darrel Walker , Pat Sullivan , Brian Hill

Golden State Warriors
1 Will Blalock (6'0''-G-83) of Reno Bighorns
40 Andre Brown (6'9''-F/C-81) of Al Jalaa Aleppo Syria
5 Brian Chase (5'10''-G-81) of Blancos de Rueda Valladolid Spain
33 Tremaine Ford (6'10''-F-86) of USK Praha Czech Republic
35 C.J. Giles (6'11''-F/C-85) of Sporting Al Riyadi Beirut Lebanon
25 Joe Ingles (6'8''-G/F-87) of CB Granada Spain
11 Kasib Powell (6'7''-F-81) of AS Trikalla 2000 Greece
4 Anthony Randolph (6'11''-F-89) of Golden State Warriors
2 Jason Rich (6'3''-G-86) of Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem Israel
20 Ekpe Udoh (6'10''-F/C-87) of Baylor University
6 Kashif Watson (6'4''-G-87) of University of Idaho
55 Reggie Williams (6'5''-G/F-86) of Golden State Warriors
3 Jeremy Wise (6'3''-G-86) of Bakersfield Jam
10 Ben Woodside (5'11''-G-85) of BCM Gravelines Dunkerque Grand Littoral France
32 Brandan Wright (6'9''-F-87) of Golden State Warriors
Head Coach: Nelson Don
Assistants: Keith Smart , Stephen Silas , Russell Turner , Scott Roth

Houston Rockets
18 Blake Ahearn (6'2''-G-84) of Erie Bay Hawks
10 Chase Budinger (6'7''-F-88) of Houston Rockets
5 Tony Crocker (6'7''-G/F-87) of The University of Oklahoma
7 Gary Forbes (6'7''-G/F-85) of Ironi Kfar Hamaccabia Ramat Gan Israel
27 Jordan Hill (6'10''-F-87) of Houston Rockets
3 Tre'Von Hughes (6'0''-G-87) of University of Wisconsin<
30 Alexander Johnson (6'10''-F-83) of Houston Rockets
25 Maarten Leunen (6'9''-F-85) of NGC Cantu Italy
21 Dwight Lewis (6'5''-G-87) of University of Southern California
2 Kelvin Lewis (6'4''-G-88) of University of Houston
14 Chas McFarland (7'0''-C-86) of Wake Forest University
54 Patrick Patterson (6'9''-F-89) of University of Kentucky
12 Ishmael Smith (6'0''-G-88) of Wake Forest University
8 Jermaine Taylor (6'4''-G-86) of Houston Rockets
Head Coach: Rick Adelman
Assistants: Elston Turner , Jack Sikma , T.R. Dunn ., R.J. Adelman

LA Clippers
3 Al-Farouq Aminu (6'9''-F-90) of Wake Forest University
30 Ryan Ayers (6'7''-G-86) of Fort Wayne Mad Ants
13 Rod Benson (6'10''-F/C-84) of Atleticos de San German Puerto Rico
17 Marqus Blakely (6'5''-F) of University of Vermont
12 Eric Bledsoe (6'1''-G) of University of Kentucky
21 Nik Caner-Medley (6'8''-F-83) of Estudiantes Madrid Spain
32 Blake Griffin (6'10''-F-89) of Los Angeles Clippers
24 Trey Johnson (6'5''-G-84) of Angelico Biella Italy
9 DeAndre Jordan (7'0''-C-88) of Los Angeles Clippers
11 Jeremy Richardson (6'7''-G/F-84) of Aris Thessaloniki Greece
15 Sofoklis Schortsanitis (6'9''-C-85) of Olympiakos S.F.P. Pireus Greece
13 Willie Warren (6'4''-G-89) of The University of Oklahoma
7 DaShaun Wood (6'1''-G-85) of Benetton Treviso Italy
Head Coach: Vinny Del Negro
Assistant: Tony Brown , John Lucas , Fred Vinson

LA Lakers
10 Cecil Brown (6'4''-G-83) of Tulsa 66ers
4 Derrick Caracter (6'9''-F-88) of The Univ.of Texas at El Paso
3 Devin Ebanks (6'9''-F) of West Virginia University
8 Gerald Green (6'8''-G/F-86) of Lokomotiv Kuban Russia
7 Ibrahim Jaaber (6'2''-G-84) of Lottomatica Virtus Roma Italy
31 Robert Kurz (6'9''-F-85) of Chicago Bulls
34 Ben McCauley (6'9''-F/C-86) of Strasbourg IG France
32 Frank Robinson (6'4''-G-84) of Los Angeles D-Fenders
15 Tyler Sanborn (6'10''-C-88) of Guilford College
44 Courtney Sims (6'11''-C-83) of TEC Spirou Charleroi Belgium
2 D.J. Strawberry (6'5''-G-85) of Reno Bighorns
Head Coach: Phil Jackson
Assistants: Frank Hamblen , Brian Shaw , Jim Cleamons


Golden State Warriors and Dorell Wright agree to a three-year, $11 million deal - by Eurobasket News
The Golden State Warriors have reached agreement with swingman Dorell Wright (6'8''-G/F-85) on a three-year, $11 million deal, a league source told Yahoo! Sports.

The move comes a day after the New Jersey Nets signed Warriors free-agent guard Anthony Morrow to a three-year, $12 million offer sheet. The Warriors also recently traded forward Anthony Randolph, Kelenna Azubuike and Ronny Turiaf to the New York Knicks for forward David Lee.

Wright, 24, averaged 7.1 points and 3.3 rebounds last season in 72 games, the most of his six-year career. He spent all six seasons with the Miami Heat.

Courtesy of Yahoo


Bulls extend offer to Redick - by Eurobasket News
On a day the Bulls resembled Utah Jazz East, they also took a stab at becoming Duke Northwest.

Shortly after introducing Duke alum and former Jazz All-Star Carlos Boozer (6'10''-F/C-80, college: Duke), the Bulls agreed to terms with former Jazz sharpshooter Kyle Korver (6'7''-F-81, college: Creighton) on a three-year, $15 million deal.

Then late Friday, the Bulls extended a three-year, $19 million offer sheet to Magic restricted free agent J.J. Redick (6'4''-G-84, college: Duke), who also attended Duke. The Magic have seven days to match the front-loaded offer.

If they don't, Redick joins Boozer and Luol Deng as Duke Blue Devils on the Bulls.

Of more importance, Redick and Korver would present two stretch-the-floor players to address the Bulls' woeful perimeter shooting and widen driving lanes for Derrick Rose.

Despite one source saying Redick's offer 'would be painful to match,' Magic coach Stan Van Gundy told the Orlando Sentinel on Wednesday that keeping Redick is a priority.

'I'm not worried about what J.J. might get from somebody,' Van Gundy told the newspaper. 'That would simply leave us with a decision, but the ball rests in our court. Our intention is and I know that from talking to (general manager Otis Smith) to match.'

Redick averaged 9.6 points in 22 minutes and shot 40 percent on 3-pointers last season, his fourth with the Magic. Redick, 26, played all 82 games for the first time and is a career 39.2 percent 3-point shooter.

Redick likely would become the starting shooting guard, with Korver coming off the bench, if the Bulls land him.

The Bulls' money is tied up in the offer sheet until the Magic decide what to do. But there is a feeling in management that other targets such as Ronnie Brewer or Keith Bogans will be available later this summer if the Magic match the Bulls' offer.

If they don't, the Bulls still would have roughly $6 million of cap space to address big-man depth.


Courtesy of www.chicagotribune.com


Los Angeles Clippers sign Al-Farouq Aminu and Eric Bledsoe - by Eurobasket News
The Los Angeles Clippers have signed draft picks Al-Farouq Aminu (6'9''-F-90) of Wake Forest and Eric Bledsoe (6'1''-G) of Kentucky.

The signings were announced Saturday.

Aminu, a forward, was the eighth overall pick in last month's NBA draft. Bledsoe, a guard, was the 18th pick whom the Clippers acquired in a draft day trade after he was originally chosen by Oklahoma City.

Aminu left Wake Forest after averaging 15.8 points, 10.7 rebounds and 4.4 blocks in his sophomore season.

Bledsoe averaged 11.3 points, 2.9 assists and 3.1 rebounds as a freshman at Kentucky.

The rookies' signings ended a busy week for the Clippers, who also signed free agents Brian Cook, Randy Foye and Ryan Gomes.


Courtesy of The Canadian Press


New Orleans Hornets and Luther Head agree to a two-year, $2.3 million deal - by Eurobasket News
The Hornets have made their first move in free agency this summer to bolster their depth.

Marc Stein of ESPN.com reported via Twitter that free agent guard Luther Head (6'3''-G-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Illinois) will sign a 2-year, $2.3 million deal with New Orleans.

The Hornets are not announcing the deal yet because Head still must pass his physical, but Head's agent, Mark Bartelstein, told The Associated Press on Saturday that the deal paying Head about $2.5 million over two years is done.

In the NBA, the University of Illinois product has averaged 8.5 points a game on 42 percent shooting including 39 percent from three-point range.

Head (6-3, 185) played first four seasons in the league with the Houston Rockets before he was waived and signed by the Miami Heat during the 2008-09 season.

A six-year veteran, Head played 47 games with the Indiana Pacers last season, averaging 7.6 points.

The Hornets will compete for minutes at the guard sports in New Orleans. The Hornets unloaded veteran shooting guard after Morris Peterson in a deal with Oklahoma City along with 11th overall draft pick Cole Aldrich to acquire two first-round draft picks, forwards Craig Brackins and Quincy Pondexter.


Courtesy of www.neworleans.com


Orlando Summer League Rosters (Part 1/2) - by Eurobasket
Part 1: These are correct (official NBA website has lots mistakes) rosters of the teams participating in the NBA Orlando Summer League with most detailed profiles of all players:

Boston Celtics:
Jaycee Carroll (6'2''-G-83) of C.B. Gran Canaria 2014 Spain
Semih Erden (6'11''-C-87) of Boston Celtics
Tony Gaffney (6'9''-F-84) of Boston Celtics
Rodney Green (6'5''-G-88) of La Salle University
Luke Harangody (6'8''-F-88) of University of Notre Dame
Matt Janning (6'4''-G/F-88) of Northeastern University
Viacheslav Kravtsov (7'0''-C-87) of BC Kyiv Ukraine
Oliver Lafayette (6'2''-G-84) of Boston Celtics
Artsiom Parakhouski (6'11''-C-87) of Radford University
DeShawn Sims (6'8''-F-88) of University of Michigan
Ryan Thompson (6'6''-G) of Rider University
Ryan Wittman (6'6''-F) of SAM Basket Massagno Switzerland
Head Coach: Doc Rivers
Assistants: Armond Hill , Kevin Eastman , Clifford Ray , Mike Longabardi

Charlotte Bobcats
Alexis Ajinca (7'1''-C-88) of Charlotte Bobcats
Alade Aminu (6'10''-F-87) of Bakersfield Jam
Antonio Anderson (6'6''-G-85) of Caciques de Humacao Puerto Rico
Brandon Bowman (6'9''-F-84) of Tofas Bursa Turkey
Derrick Brown (6'8''-F-87) of Charlotte Bobcats
Denis Clemente (6'1''-G-86) of Kansas State University
Sherron Collins (5'11''-G-87) of University of Kansas
Marquis Gilstrap (6'7''-F-87) of Turk Telekom Ankara Turkey
Marcus Ginyard (6'5''-G/F-87) of University of North Carolina
Brandon Hazzard (6'2''-G-87) of Troy University
Gerald Henderson (6'4''-G/F-87) of Charlotte Bobcats
Nathan Jawai (6'10''-C-86) of Sioux Falls Skyforce
Tyren Johnson (6'8''-F-88) of University Louisiana at Lafayette
Jerel McNeal (6'3''-G-87) of Dexia Mons-Hainaut Belgium
Darius Miles (6'9''-F/C-81) of Memphis Grizzlies
Jeremy Pargo (6'2''-G-86) of Altshuler Saham Galil Gilboa Israel
Pape Sow (6'10''-F-81) of Ecija Cajasol Sevilla Spain
P.J. Tucker (6'6''-F-85) of Bnei Eshet Tours Hasharon Israel
Shawne Williams (6'9''-F/C-86) of New Jersey Nets
Head Coach: Larry Brown
Assistants: Herb Brown, Jeff Capel , Phil Ford , Dave Hanners , LaSalle Thompson

Indiana Pacers
24 Paul George (6'8''-G/F-90) of Fresno State University
11 Richard Hendrix (6'8''-F-86) of Maccabi Electra Tel-Aviv Israel
51 Thomas Heurtel (6'2''-G-89) of Strasbourg IG France
4 Adam Koch (6'8''-F-88) of University of Northern Iowa
7 Chris Kramer (6'3''-G-88) of Purdue University
21 Marcus Landry (6'7''-F-85) of Boston Celtics
20 James Mays (6'9''-F-86) of Caciques de Humacao Puerto Rico
32 Josh McRoberts (6'10''-F-87) of Indiana Pacers
2 Russell Robinson (6'1''-G-86) of Maine Red Claws
15 Magnum Rolle (6'11''-C/F-86) of Louisiana Tech University
6 Lance Stephenson (6'5''-F-90) of University of Cincinnati
9 Bryce Taylor (6'5''-G-86) of Telekom Baskets Bonn Germany
8 Darryl Watkins (6'11''-C-84) of Cleveland Cavaliers
12 Marcus Williams (6'7''-F-86) of Austin Toros
Head Coach: Jim O'Brien
Assistants: Dick Harter , Dan Burke , Frank Vogel , Jay DeFruscio , Vitaly Potapenko , Walter McCarty

New Jersey Nets
A.J. Abrams (5'11''-G-86) of AS Trikalla 2000 Greece
Connor Atchley (6'10''-F/C-85) of Iowa Energy
Tweety Carter (5'11''-G-86) of Baylor University
Wayne Chism (6'9''-F-87) of University of Tennessee
Jakim Donaldson (6'8''-C/F-83) of Ciudad de La Laguna Canarias Spain
Derrick Favors (6'10''-F-91) of Georgia Tech
Vernon Goodridge (6'9''-F-84) of La Salle University
Brandon Heath (6'4''-G-84) of Madisons Apoel Nicosia Cyprus
Damion James (6'7''-G/F-87) of The University of Texas
James Peters (6'9''-F-81) of Los Angeles D-Fenders
Gabe Pruitt (6'4''-G-86) of Utah Flash
Alex Ruoff (6'6''-G-86) of Belgacom Liege Basket Belgium
Siler Garret (7'0''-C-86) of Shanghai Dongfang Sharks China
Lance Thomas (6'8''-F-88) of Duke University
Cezary Trybanski (7'2''-C-79) of BK Prostejov Czech Republic
Ben Uzoh (6'3''-G-88) of New Jersey Nets
Terrence Williams (6'6''-F-87) of New Jersey Nets
Brian Zoubek (7'1''-C-88) of New Jersey Nets
Head Coach: Avery Johnson
Assistants: Tom Barrise , John Loyer , Doug Overton , Roy Rogers


Spurs nearing deal with Splitter - by Eurobasket News
A day after the Miami Heat parlayed LeBron James into arguably the biggest free-agent coup in NBA history, the Spurs appear on the verge of landing their own prized summertime addition.

According to a league source Friday, the Spurs are nearing a multiyear contract agreement with Tiago Splitter (6'11''-C/F-85, agency: Interperformances), a 6-foot 11-inch Brazilian center who was the teams first-round draft pick in 2007.

It would be a significant get for the Spurs. Splitter, the 25-year-old Most Valuable Player of Spains ACB League last season, widely is regarded as the top big man in Europe and would provide much-needed and long-sought bulk to the Spurs frontcourt alongside aging All-Star Tim Duncan.

There are signs a deal with Splitter could be completed early next week, but there remains a substantial hurdle to clear before it can be finalized.

Though the framework of an NBA contract for Splitter may be near completion, the Spurs first must negotiate a buyout of his contract with Caja Laboral, the team he helped lead to the Spanish League championship last month, before he would be free to sign.

Under the NBAs collective bargaining agreement, the maximum the Spurs are allowed to pay toward a buyout is $500,000. Splitter, who earned $1.76 million with Caja Laboral last season, would have to make up the difference out of his own pocket.

Its likely that Splitters agent, Arn Tellem, will attempt to structure the contract in such a way as to offset some of those costs to his client. The most the Spurs could offer Splitter is a deal starting at the mid-level exception of $5.76 million.

There are reasons for both the Spurs and Splitter to want to get something done quickly. He has until Thursday to opt out of his deal with Caja Laboral, lest he remain committed to that team for two more seasons.

Spurs general manager R.C. Buford declined to comment on negotiations that are ongoing.

Fresh off leading his team to the Spanish League championship, and being named the MVP of the leagues title series, Splitter has emerged as the key offseason target for the Spurs.

A proven rebounder and capable shot-blocker, Splitter has tantalized the Spurs from overseas since they made him the 28th overall pick in the 2007 draft, just days after they swept Cleveland to claim their fourth NBA championship.

Splitter doesnt project as a guaranteed All-Star, but would provide an immediate boost to a team that the past few seasons often was overmatched in the paint.

Hed be the perfect player for them right now, said one rival NBA executive familiar with Splitters European career.

Earlier this summer, Splitter told a Spanish newspaper he didnt plan to let financial details derail his hope of joining the Spurs this offseason.

My intention is to play in the NBA, said Splitter, who is reportedly on his honeymoon until a week from today. Ive made it clear that it wasnt a financial issue, but one of career goals. I think its a good time for me to make the jump.


Courtesy of www.mysanantonio.com


Portland Trail Blazers sign Wes Matthews to a 5-year, $34 million offer sheet - by Eurobasket News
A year to the day after they signed Paul Millsap to an offer sheet, the Portland Trail Blazers did so again Saturday with another of the Jazz's young restricted free agents in Wesley Matthews (6'5''-G-86, college: Marquette).

The Trail Blazers signed Matthews to a reported five-year, $34 million offer sheet, according to a Yahoo.com report. To add insult to injury, the offer sheet reportedly calls for Matthews to be paid $9.2 million in his first year between salary and signing bonuses.

Matthews started 48 games last season after making the Jazzs roster as an undrafted rookie from Marquette. The Jazz already have seen two free agents Carlos Boozer and Kyle Korver leave for Chicago in the last four days.

The Jazz were bracing for Portlands offer on Saturday and will have seven days to decide whether to match. Although the Jazz matched a similarly front-loaded offer to Millsap last summer, there are no guarantees they will do the same with Matthews.

From the start of free agency, Matthews camp was believed to have told the Jazz the bidding to re-sign him would start with a five-year contract with a starting salary worth the full midlevel exception, which starts at $5.765 million.

That was effectively a max contract for Matthews, who cannot make more under NBA rules for a player who becomes a free agent after his first season. With that as the only option they were presented, the Jazz suggested Matthews find an offer elsewhere.

To put Matthews deal into perspective, he will make more next season than Blake Griffin, the No. 1 overall pick in 2009, when Matthews came out of college.

Matthews would have to play behind All-Star guard Brandon Roy in Portland. The Blazers have several wing players also including Nicolas Batum, Luke Babbitt and Rudy Fernandez.


Courtesy of www.sltrib.com


New York Knicks and Raymond Felton reach to a two-year, $15.8 million agreement - by Eurobasket News
Point guard Raymond Felton's (6'5''-G-84, college: N.Carolina) contract figures, finalized today, is two years, $15.8M, according to a source.

There may be a third-year team option but that has yet to be negotiated upon. The Knicks chose Felton partly because he was willing to sign for two years and give the Knicks 2012 flexibility. Donnie Walsh confirmed the agreement is in place.

Felton and the three Golden Staters from the David Lee sign-and-trade - Anthony Randolph, Ronny Turiaf and Kelanna Azubuike - will be introduced at a press conference Monday in Greenburg's practice facility.


Courtesy of www.nypost.com


Nets and Johan Petro reach to a three-year, $10 million agreement - by Eurobasket News
The New Jersey Nets have reached a contract agreement with centre Johan Petro (7'0''-C-86).

The Nets did not announce the terms of the deal Saturday, but an NBA official with knowledge of the agreement tells The Associated Press the contract is for US$10 million over three years. The official requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak for the team.

Petro will be a backup for Brook Lopez. Petro averaged 5.1 points and 4.2 rebounds in five seasons with Seattle-Oklahoma City and Denver.

The agreement is contingent on Petro passing a physical.

Petro is a second free agent to agree to a contract with the Nets. Small forward Travis Outlaw (6'9''-F-84) got a five-year, $35-million contract Thursday.

'We are very pleased to add Johan to our roster,' said Thorn. 'He is a young player with a defensive presence who should fit well into our frontcourt rotation.'

A native of Paris, Petro averaged 3.4 points, 3.6 rebounds and 12.1 minutes for the Nuggets.

The Nets won a league-low 12 games last season. They had hoped that having more than $30 million to spend in free agency would to lure some of the game's top stars but they struck out in their bid to lure LeBron James, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade to New Jersey.

The NBA official also said the Nets have worked out a deal with restricted free agent shooting guard Anthony Morrow of the Golden State Warriors and that they plan to send him an offer sheet Monday.

Once Morrow signs the three-year, $12-million deal, the Warriors will have a week to match it. If they don't, he will come to New Jersey.

The 24-year-old Morrow averaged 13 points last season, shooting 47 per cent from the field and 46 per cent from three-point range.


Courtesy of www.metronews.ca


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USA U17 becomes the first finalist - by Eurobasket News
Canada U17-USA U17 83:103

USA U17 becomes the first finalist of the FIBA U17 World Championship. The favorites outscored Canada U17 as Michael Gilchrist (201-F-93) shined for the US squad.
Pierre surprised US in the start of the game, while Pangos tied it at 5:5. After that time USA took the control and never looked behind. Michael Gilchrist scored for 22:12 and Teague closed the period at 30:17. The top-scorer of the game opened the second frame and he scored another 9 points in a row. Cook later delivered for 43:23 at the middle of the second quarter. Webster-Chan reduced with Canada at 42:48 at the halftime. Wagner later reduced to 52:55, but USA did nt allow the opponents to tie the game. Drummond made it 71:61 and McAdoo closed the third frame at 75:65. With 28-18 USA won the last stanza and advanced to the Final. Thomas hit a three-pointer for the final success.
Michael Gilchrist collected massive 30 points and 15 rebounds. Bradley Beal (191-G-93) notched 17, while Adonis Thomas (199-F/G-93) added 12. Andrew Wiggins (196-F-95) ended up 20 points in the losing case. Kevin Pangos (186-G-93) poured in 17, whilst Junior Lomomba (193-F-93) netted 13.

Canada U17: Andrew Wiggins 20, Kevin Pangos 17, Junior Lomomba 13
USA U17: Michael Gilchrist 30+15 rebs, Bradley Beal 17, Adonis Thomas 12



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  NIGERIA   


DStv PL: Comets confirm superiority over Police 79-67 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Ebun Comets basketball club Friday confirm superiority over the Police Baton basketball club of Lagos with a 79-67 points victory making it 2-0 record n favour of the Coach Ayo Bakare tutored young Comets side.

The week-31 Atlantic conference pairing which was beamed live on SuperSport Select by the title sponsor DStv/MultiChoice saw the Comets winning the first three quarters 24-23, 13-11 and 23-13 points to move up to the fourth position of the conference standing while the Police Baton who began the game on a good note won the fourth quarter by 22-19 points.

Comets co-captain Yomi Joshua led the floor with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists, Jacob Ogenyi added a double double effort of 13 points and 11 rebounds, shooting guard Obum Onyia contributed 17 points and 5 rebounds, Benjamin Nims scored 12 points and 9 rebounds with Nigeria U16 national team point guard, Peter Odia added 12 points to give their side victory.



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  PALESTINE   


D1 Standing
D1 Standings
 1. Birzeit 8-0 
 2. Al Fara 8-1 
 3. Huwara 5-2 
 4. AlBireh 4-1 
 5. Samaritan YC 4-3 
 6. Thaqafi T. 4-4 
 7. AlSileh 3-5 
 8. Abna' AlQuds 2-4 
 9. Ahli Qalqilya 2-5 
 10. Beita SC 1-6 
 11. Jensafot 1-6 
 12. Toubas 1-6 


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  PANAMA   


Panama outplays Jamaica in crucial game, advances to Semifinals in Santo Domingo - by Eurobasket News
2010 Centrobasket, Day Five: PANAMA - JAMAICA 55-51

Panama was too strong for Jamaica in the crucial game for Semifinals in Santo Domingo. Both teams ended Preliminary Round with 2-2 record in Group A, but thanks to this victory Panama grabbed the second place and advanced to Semifinals. Jamaica ended as No.3 and will continue in Classification Round. Danilo Pinnock (196-G-83, agency: SportsTalent, college: George Washington) shined for the winners with 19 points. Leonardo Pomare (203-F-86, college: San Diego) secured a nice help adding 11 points and 9 boards. Desmond Smith (199-F-86, college: William & Mary) was the last one with double-digits in scoring: 10 pts (6 rebs). In Jamaica, Kimani Ffriend (211-C-77, agency: Court Side, college: Nebraska) replied with 14 points and 7 boards. Akeem Scott (186-G-83, college: High Point) added 11 pts.
Jamaica was better in the first, while Panama dominated in the second half. Kkimani Ffriend led his team to 10-12 in the opening period and to 10-12 in the second frame as well, for plus 4 at the half time. Panama improved after the breather, especially in offense. Panamanians started to make shots scoring 19 points in Q3. They limited Jamaica to 14 on the other side for 39-38 turn before the last ten minutes. Jamaica tried to take back the lead and to win this one, but Panama stopped them on their way finishing Q4 with 16-13 for the final 55-51 victory.
Panama will meet Puerto Rico in the Semifinals. They already booked a spot for the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship.

Panama: Danilo Pinnock 19, Leonardo Pomare 11+9 boards, Desmond Smith 10
Jamaica: Kimani Ffriend 14+7 boards, Akeem Scott 11


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  PHILIPPINES   


PBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Anthony JOHNSON
  Santa Lucia
  (197-G/F-79)
  Avg: 29.2
 1. Johnson, Santa L.29.2 
 2. Simpson, Alaska26.5 
 3. Penny, Coca-Cola26.2 
 4. Monroe, Barako26.0 
 5. Larry, Air2122.6 
 6. David, Coca-Cola21.5 
 7. Freeman, San M.20.8 
 8. Ambres, Ginebra20.0 
 9. Brown, Derby A.19.9 
 10. Yap, Derby Ace L.19.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gabriel FREEMAN
  San Miguel
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 16.3
 1. Freeman, San M.16.3 
 2. Simpson, Alaska15.7 
 3. Ambres, Ginebra15.3 
 4. Brown, Derby A.14.4 
 5. Larry, Air2114.1 
 6. Daniels, Talk N.13.9 
 7. Penny, Coca-Cola13.8 
 8. Johnson, Santa L.13.4 
 9. Lewis, Rain or Shine12.3 
 10. Taulava, Coca-Cola10.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jimmy ALAPAG
  Talk N Text
  (178-G-77)
  Avg: 7.3
 1. Alapag, Talk N Text7.3 
 2. Cabagnot, San M.6.5 
 3. Helterbrand, Gineb.4.6 
 4. Reyes, Santa Lucia4.6 
 5. Mercado, Rain o.4.2 
 6. Norwood, Rain o.4.2 
 7. Tenorio, Alaska4.2 
 8. Monroe, Barako4.1 
 9. Cortez, Air214.1 
 10. Yap, Derby Ace L.3.9 
Steals Per Game
 Shawn DANIELS
  Talk N Text
  (200-C-79)
  Avg: 2.2
 1. Daniels, Talk N.2.2 
 2. Baguio, Alaska1.8 
 3. Williams, Santa Lucia1.7 
 4. Simpson, Alaska1.7 
 5. Yap, Derby Ace L.1.5 
 6. Norwood, Rain o.1.4 
 7. Reyes, Santa Lucia1.4 
 8. Monroe, Barako1.3 
 9. Tenorio, Alaska1.2 
 10. Penny, Coca-Cola1.2 
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, Barako1.5 
 4. Simpson, Alaska1.5 
 5. Freeman, San M.1.4 
 6. Johnson, Santa L.1.4 
 7. Williams, Talk N.1.0 
 8. Reyes, Barako1.0 
 9. Larry, Air211.0 
 10. Lewis, Rain or Shine0.9 


Philippines won 7th SEABA U18 Championship - by Eurobasket News
Yangon, the capital of Myanmar hosted six teams at the South East Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) in the 7th SEABA U18 Championship. Philippines, Malaysia, Laos, Singapore, Thailand and Myanmar struggled for two tickets to to represent SEABA in the 21st FIBA Asia U18 Championship to be held in Sanaa Yemen from Sept 22 Oct 1.
In Day 1 Philippines outscored Malaysia 87:59. Jeron Alvin Teng (181-G-95) paced all the winners with 19 points, whilst Isaac Ravena netted 12 and Jeth Rosario added 11. Choo Wei Hongs 15 points was the highest for Malaysia.
In Day 2 Philippines cruised past Myanmar 108:39. Jeth Rosario top-scored for the winners with 20 points as they improved to 2-0. Roldan Sara poured in 19 points, Kiefer Isaac Ravena (182-G/F-94), Jeron Alvin Teng and Russel Escoto chipped in 10 points apiece. Nay Myo Min ended up with 8 points in the losing effort.
In Day 3 Philippines recorded their third successive win on the third day of the 7th SEABA U18 Championship. Philippines rolled over Singapore 78:40 for 3-0 record. Kiefer Isaac Ravena stepped up with 22 points and Jeth Rosario scored 10. Jabez Su ended up with 20 points in defeat.
In Day 4 Philippines destroyed Laos 133:30 for the fourth straight win. Six players scored in double digits as Kevin Ferrer led them all with 23 points. Souliy Sayyasinh was the highest scorer for Laos with 11 points.
In Day 5 Philippines overcame Thailand 69:38 to remain undefated and won SEABA with 5-0 record. Jeth Rosario paced all the winners with 15 points and Kiefer Isaac Ravena scored 13.



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  POLAND   


Poland - USA in the final of World Championships U17 !!! - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U17-Poland U17 65:75

Poland U17 joins USA U17 in the Final of the FIBA U17 World Championship. The European favorite rolled over Lithuania U17 75:65 to remain undefeated. Historical achievement of Polish young (U17) team, which made it to the final of first edition of World Championships U17.
Not too many experts (not the first time) gave any chance fro Poles in the semifinal game against much higher ranked Lithuanian team.
But comfortable 10-point vistory proves that Poland belongs to the top countries in the World in U17 age category.
The victory over the Baltic side was not however that easy. Lithuania opened the game with six consecutive baskets and had 11:2 later in the period. They increased to massive 21:8, but could not keep the deficit for good. Tomasz Gielo (204-F-93) reduced with his team at 21:12 at the end of the first frame. Moreover he also tied the game at 21 and then Michalak gave Poland 23:21 lead. Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) sent the teams to the lockers for 39:38 halftime advantage. In the third period the lead changed several times, while Poland took it for good in the end of the frame. Matczak brought the winners 60:52 after thirty minutes in the court. Lithuania however tried hard to get the lead back and reduced to 63:65 with 4 minutes to go. Poland did not allow them to do something else as they increased to 10 points at the end of the game.
Mateusz Ponitka paced all the winners with 22 points to reach the Final game. Przemyslaw Karnowski (213-C-93) collected 18 points and 13 rebounds, while Tomasz Gielo posted 12. Mantas Mockevicius (186-G-93) replied with 24 points in defeat and Rokas Narkevicius (193-F-93) added 12.
Earlier tonight USA U17 became the first finalist of the FIBA U17 World Championship. The favorites outscored Canada U17 103:83 as Gilchrist Michael shined for the US squad.

Lithuania U17: Mantas Mockevicius 24, Rokas Narkevicius 12
Poland U17: Mateusz Ponitka 22, Przemyslaw Karnowski 18+13 rebs, Tomasz Gielo 12


Polish seniors crushed by Latvia - by Eurobasket
Polish team was badly beaten by Latvia in the exhibition game 75-48 !!!
Poland is preparing for the European Championships and plays the series of exhibition games.
Polish NT coach Igor Griszczuk can complain about missing two top Polish players - Marcin Gortat (213-C-84) and Maciej Lampe (210-C-85).
But it does not explain such bad performance in the game against Latvia. They were just 4 out of 19 three pointers.
I guess Polish team deserved already the reputation of 'Cinderella' at the upcoming European Championships Qualifications.


Latvia - Poland 72:45 (11:18 ,20:9 ,23:12 ,18:6 )
Poland: Lukasz Majewski (199-F-82), 10, Zbigniew Bialek (203-F-82, agency: Limelight Hoops) 6, Adam Hrycaniuk (208-C-84, college: Cincinnati) 6, Krzysztof Szubarga (182-G-84, agency: AB Agency) 6, Adam Waczynski (199-F-89, agency: Limelight Hoops) 6, Filip Dylewicz (202-F-80, agency: Beo Basket) 5, Kamil Chanas (188-G-85) 2, Tomasz Snieg (190-G-89) 2, Dardan Berisha (192-G-88, agency: Global Sports Plaza) 0, Piotr Stelmach (205-F-84, agency: AB Agency, college: Mississippi St.)
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  PORTUGAL   


Paulo Cunha signs with Vitoria Guimaraes - by Bruno Baltazar
Paulo Cunha (199-G/F-80) the international portuguese will now play for other team in the league other then Porto.
He just signed with Vitoria Guimaraes
that they building their portuguese roster,Paulo Cunha is been with Porto since 1999,29 years old now,the 6'7 player wont be far from home since Guimaraes is right next to Porto city,will be a different jorney in a player that has been one of the best portuguese league players for the past seasons.


AD Vagos will not compete in the portuguese league next season - by Bruno Baltazar
AD Vagos a team with sucess in the last seasons will not compete next season in the portuguese league due the fact the womans side just won the portuguese league and they will bet more and their resources in the womans project,they will also compete in the european competitions!
In the past 3 seasons they finished the league in 3rd,4th and 8th place,good seasons for the team ,now they leave a empty place up for grabs in the league and Sampaense already said they want to keep competiting in the league!


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  PUERTO RICO   


Puerto Rico cruises past Cuba in Santo Domingo - by Eurobasket News
2010 Centrobasket, Day Four: PUERTO RICO - CUBA 73-51

Puerto Rico registered second straight win in Santo Domingo. This time Puerto Ricans outplayed Cuba 73-51 for 2-1 record in Group B. Carlos Arroyo (188-G-79, college: Florida Intern.) came up with 16 points, shooting 4 of 6 from behind the arc. Renaldo Balkman (201-F-84, agency: Buck Andre, college: S.Carolina) helped with double-double of 11 points and 14 rebounds. Balkman was the most valuable player in this game with valuation 19. Nathan Peavy (203-F-85, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Miami (OH)) added 10 pts and 5 boards in this win. In Cuba, Yoan Luis Haiti (200-C-82) collected 9 points and 9 rebounds, while Yordanis Jaca (196-F/C-83) also scored 9 pts, but to go with 7 boards. Cuba dropped to 1-2 in the same group. Puerto Rico was a way better team in this game. They won every single quarter and had no troubles to register comfortable victory. In the first ten minutes Puerto Ricans created 20-16 lead. Both teams slowed down offensively in the second frame, which once again belonged to PUR (12-9). Puerto Rico had nice third period (20-14) jumping to comfortable 13-point lead after it. There was ten minutes to go and question about the winner was already resolved. Puerto Rico was in control finishing Q4 with 21-12 for 22-point win at the end. In the last day of Preliminary Round, Puerto Rico will play against Belize. Cuba will meet Trinidad and Tobago.

Puerto Rico: Carlos Arroyo 16, Renaldo Balkman 11+14 boards, Nathan Peavy 10+5 boards
Cuba: Yoan Luis Haiti 9+9 boards, Yordanis Jaca 9+7 boards


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  QATAR   


Coach Kosay Hatem wins Coach of the Year Award - by Amir Abou-El-Kheir
Coach Kosay Hatem of Al Gharrafah won coach of the year honors for the 2009/10 season. Coach K led Al Gharrafah to the Emir Cup Championship. They were also the only team to feature in the finals of all the local cup competitions. He also lead his team to a very impressive 2-1 record at the Arab Club Championships in Alexandria. This was a big turn around from the previous season where Al Gharrafah finished 2nd to last winning only 4 games. Congratulations to Coach K on a very successful season.

Other News:

The National team is away at a training camp in the Canary Islands preparing for the GCC Championships, which start in August and the Asian Games, which will take place in November in China.


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  RUSSIA   


France won Group C of the U20 European Championship - by Eurobasket News
France U20-Russia U20 60:59

France U20 won Group C of the U20 European Championship 2010 as they beat Russia U20 in Croatia. Les Bleus needed 60:59 victory to finish on top, while two advanced to the next round.
Andrew Albicy (178-G-90) opened the game for the French side and Ramassamy's shot brought 8:7 lead. Russia however won the end of the opening frame as Fedor Klyuchnikov (192-G-90) gave his side 16:10. Valiev increased the lead to 21:14, while Pateev brought the advantage for Russia back at 23:22. France looked better in the rest of the half and Ferdinand Prenom (202-C-91) sent the teams to the lockers for 34:28. The winners controlled the quarter until the last 4 minutes when Polokhin tied it at 38:38. The game was also tied at 46:46 at the end of thirty minutes. It was a really good game as both teams deserved to win due to their performance. After 51:51 France scored some important baskets and never looked behind after that. Andrew Albicy made it 60:58, while Fedor Klyuchnikov scored one from the free throw line for the final result.
Ferdinand Prenom poured in 11 points to lead all the winners. Andrew Albicy and Christophe Leonard (199-F-90) followed him with 10 points each in a win. Grigoriy Andreev (195-G/F-90) responded with 18 points as Russia finished with 2-1 record. Vladimir Ivlev (204-F-90) netted 17, while Fedor Klyuchnikov scored 10.

France U20: Ferdinand Prenom 11, Andrew Albicy 10, Christophe Leonard 10
Russia U20: Grigoriy Andreev 18, Vladimir Ivlev 17, Fedor Klyuchnikov 10


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  SCOTLAND   


Wales finish fifth in Malta - by Eurobasket News
Wales - Scotland 75:49

Wales clinched the fifth position at the European Championship in Division C. They outgunned their archrivals Scotland to wrap up their campaign on a high note. Wales were eighth in 2008, while Scotland slipped from the third spot in the previous edition of the tournament to the sixth place in the ladder. Mike Gregory (199-F-80) knocked down 22 points to lead the effort.
The teams traded baskets throughout the first term. Scotland were more accurate as they gained a 15:13 advantage at the first break. Potts knocked down five points early in the second term to put Wales in charge. Wales used an 11:0 run midway through the third quarter to clear off. They finished the first half up by 16 points 37:21. Wales fired 8 points in a row at the beginning of the third term to enlarge the lead to as many as 24 points. Scotland could not stop the bleeding as they trailed by 20 points at the final intermission. Wales did not loosen the grasp in the final minutes and cruised to the win at the end.
Jordan Seeley (193-G-89) knocked down 16 points for the winners. Andrew St. John and Anthony Trigg (206-C-88) added 9 points each for Wales. Josh Crolley (198-F-91) answered with 12 points for Scotland. Ikemefuna Attah (200-F/C-77, college: Mo.-St.Louis) had 10 points and 8 caroms for Scotland.

Wales: Mike Gregory 22, Jordan Seeley 16, Andrew St. John 9, Anthony Trigg 9
Scotland: Josh Crolley 12, Ikemefuna Attah 10



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  SERBIA   


Partizan lands big guy Rasko Katic - by Eurobasket News
Partizan Belgrade announced signing of Rasko Katic (208-F-80, agency: Beo Basket) for the next season. The 29-year old big guy is coming to Serbian powerhouse from Hemofarm. He appeared 22 times in Adriatic league last season averaging 6.9 points and 2.8 rebounds. In Serbian championship Katic added 6.2 ppg and 2.4 rpg. He also played 3 games in EuroCup collecting 9.7 ppg and 3.7 rpg.
Rasko Katic joined Hemofarm last summer from the German Walter Tigers Tuebingen, where he spent four years. With them Katic was one of the best centers in German championship. In 2007 he was named Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga Bosman Player of the Year. A year later Katic was invited to play at the German Bundesliga All-Star Game, while in 2009 he was named to Eurobasket.com All-German Bundesliga 2nd Team. In his last season with the Walter Tigers Tuebingen, Katic averaged 14.8 points and 7.1 rebounds in 34 games. He ended the contest as the fifth best scorer.
In the past, Rasko Katic was a member of Ergonom, ITU Istanbul, Crvena Zvezda Belgrade and KK Zastava-Radnicki Kragujevac. He supposes to replace Slavko Vranes on position five. As a reminder, Vranes moved to Unics Kazan few days ago.


Serbia U17 beat the hosts in Hamburg - by Eurobasket News
Germany U17-Serbia U17 51:67

Serbia U17 overcame Germany U17 to stay alive for the 5th spot at the FIBA U17 World Championship. Serbian team needed 67:51to play for fifth place against Australia, Germany will face China in the game for seventh place.
The hosts opened the first points in the game, while Serbia grabbed 15:6 later in the period. Germany reduced a bit as the quarter as finished at 13:19. Serbian tea did not even think of slowing down and increased to 10 points in the second period. Bogdan Radosavljevic (211-C-93) however closed the half at 30:32 to send the squads to the lockers. Serbia had a minimum lead in the start of the third quarter, while Peric posted for 40:38. The guests however did not allow Germany to taste the lead for a long time and finished the frame at 47:42. Right after that time it was too late for Germany to catch up. Serbia created 20-9 in the last frame and won the game.
ljenovic Nenad poured in 31 points for the winners. Luka Mitrovic (204-F-93) collected 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Nikola Radicevic (195-G-94) added 7. Besnik Bekteshi (188-G-93) and Bogdan Radosavljevic ended up with 11 points in the losing effort. Malik Muller (187-G-94) delivered 10 points for the home side.

Germany U17: Besnik Bekteshi 11, Bogdan Radosavljevic 11, Malik Muller 10
Serbia U17: Nenad Miljenovic (194-G-93) 31, Luka Mitrovic 14+10 rebs, Nikola Radicevic 7



Serbia U20 used 17-0 run throughout the game to beat Lithuania U20 - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania U20-Serbia U20 69:80

Serbia U20 overcame Lithuania U20 80:69 and won Group B of the U20 European Championship. Both teams however advanced to the Qualifying Round finishing with 2-1 records.
Serbia opened the game with 7-0 run and had 14:7 as Nemanja Nedovic (192-G-91, agency: Beo Basket) made a jump shot. His shot was also last in the opening quarter as Serbia kept 24:21 lead. Due to 21-14 in the second frame Serbian squad improved to 45:35 at the halftime. They continued their 17-0 run in the third period and reached 56:35 lead with 6 minutes in the quarter. Drungilas reduced to 45:61 at the end of the third period. Lithuania won also the last frame to cut it to the final result in the game.
Dejan Musli (214-C-91) poured in 20 points to lead all the winners. Andreja Milutinovic (199-G-90) collected 15 points and 10 rebounds, while Nemanja Nedovic added 13 points and 10 rebounds. Eimantas Bendzius (203-F-90) ended up with 17 points in the losing case. Adomas Drungilas (203-C-90) netted 16, while Augustas Peciukevicius (191-G-91) scored 12.
In another game of the group Montenegro U20 advanced to the Qualifying Round of the U20 European Championship 2010 sending Turkey U20 out of it after another loss. Montenegro U20 celebrated 63:61 to finish Group B with 2-1 record.

Lithuania U20: Eimantas Bendzius 17, Adomas Drungilas 16, Augustas Peciukevicius 12
Serbia U20: Dejan Musli 20, Andreja Milutinovic 15+10 rebs, Nemanja Nedovic 13+10 rebs


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  SINGAPORE   


Singapore U18 finishes on the 4th spot - by Eurobasket News
Singapore U18 finishes on the 4th spot at the South East Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) in the 7th SEABA U18 Championship.
Philippines, Malaysia, Laos, Singapore, Thailand and Myanmar struggled for two tickets to to represent SEABA in the 21st FIBA Asia U18 Championship to be held in Sanaa Yemen from Sept 22 Oct 1.
In Day 1 Singapore defeated Thailand 47:39 Low Russel top-scored for the winners with 12 points and Liew Larry scored 10. Autman Al-Mabruk scored a game-high 19 points for Thailand.
In Day 2 Malaysia defeated Singapore 60:51 for their first win. Ng Kok Chun was the highest among Kok Kian Chuas boys with 14 points. Loh Shee Wong scored 13 and Choo Wei Hong added 12.
In Day 3 Philippines recorded their third successive win on the third day of the 7th SEABA U18 Championship. Philippines rolled over Singapore 78:40 for 3-0 record. Kiefer Ravena stepped up with 22 points and Jeth Rosario scored 10. Jabez Su ended up with 20 points in defeat.
In Day 4 Singapore edged Myanmar 78:70. Jabez Sus game-high 25 points marked Singapores win against Myanmar, while Khoo Dawei notched 13 points.Ky I Htwe and Sein Ly An scored 14 points each for Myanmar, while Wai Lu added 11.
In Day 5 Singapore overcame Laos 76:31 as Soo David scored 16 and Low Russel 13. Somboun Nadonhai nailed 19 points in the losing effort.



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  SLOVENIA   


Slovenia U20 condemn Germany U20 to Classification Round - by Eurobasket News
Germany U20-Slovenia U20 54:75

Slovenia U20 condemn Germany U20 to Classification Round as they beat them tonight. Slovenia meanwhile registered a stop at the Qualifying Round after 75:54 win.
It did not look bad for Germany in the beginning of the game as they started well and had 9:2 lead. Maurice Stuckey (187-G-90, agency: Pro One Sports) made a three-pointer in the end of the period for 18:14 after 10 minutes. At 24:24 there was little sign that the Germans would end up trailing by double digits as they left the court at the midway point of the game. Uros Zadnik (187-G-90) closed an 11-0 run for Slovenia that enjoyed 33:24 advantage. Moreover Buda scored for 42:27 to shock the German side again. Dino Muric (199-F-90) was the last to score at the end of thirty minutes for 55:42. Germany was too far to give up and Schmitz reduced to 51:57. Another 13-0 run from the Slovenia side was too much for Germany.
Dino Muric led the way with 25 points and Uros Zadnik notched 12. Maurice Stuckey produced 13 [points in the losing case as his team dropped to 1-2. Steven Monse (200-F-90) and Maik Zirbes (205-C-90) delivered 9 points each in a loss.
In another game of the group Spain U20 edged the hosts of the U20 European Championship. Both teams advanced to the Qualifying Round after finishing the group with 2-1 records with 64:59 Spanish win.

Germany U20: Maurice Stuckey 13, Steven Monse 9, Maik Zirbes 9
Slovenia U20: Dino Muric 25, Uros Zadnik 12


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  SOUTH AFRICA   


DStv PL: Comets confirm superiority over Police 79-67 - by Olusegun Ikuesan
Ebun Comets basketball club Friday confirm superiority over the Police Baton basketball club of Lagos with a 79-67 points victory making it 2-0 record n favour of the Coach Ayo Bakare tutored young Comets side.

The week-31 Atlantic conference pairing which was beamed live on SuperSport Select by the title sponsor DStv/MultiChoice saw the Comets winning the first three quarters 24-23, 13-11 and 23-13 points to move up to the fourth position of the conference standing while the Police Baton who began the game on a good note won the fourth quarter by 22-19 points.

Comets co-captain Yomi Joshua led the floor with 17 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists, Jacob Ogenyi added a double double effort of 13 points and 11 rebounds, shooting guard Obum Onyia contributed 17 points and 5 rebounds, Benjamin Nims scored 12 points and 9 rebounds with Nigeria U16 national team point guard, Peter Odia added 12 points to give their side victory.



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  SOUTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS   


National team keeps going with preparation games - by Wolfgang Lucena
Venezuela National team keeps going with its preparation games in order to get ready for the 2010 South America Championship this upcoming July 26 - 31, 2010 in Neiva, Colombia. The next scrimmage games scheduled will be hosted in the United Nations Arena in Caracas Venezuela. On July 21 Venezuela will be facing Argentina, on July 22 versus Uruguay and July 23 will be against Brazil to then make the final cut and finally let us know the names of the 12 warriors that will be looking for a pass for the Pre-Olympics on 2011. On Saturday July 24 The National Team will be flying out to Neiva, Colombia


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  SOUTH KOREA   


Egypt U17 rolls over South Korea U17 in the last game for both teams - by Eurobasket News
South Korea U17-Egypt U17 87:88

Egypt U17 rolls over South Korea U17 in the last game for both teams at the U17 World Championships in Germany. The team from Africa celebrated 88:87 win to clinch 11th spot. South Korea U17 finished the tournament on the last spot without wins.
The game between two winless teams before seeing each other brought so much interest and intrigue. They both started offensively and exchanged the lead several times. Ahmed Hamdy (195-C-93) scored for 15:8 in the middle of the quarter, while Heo responded for 23:22 Korea's lead. Kim closed the period at 27:20 for Asian team. Lee Dong-Yeop (193-F-94) delivered two as South Korea took one of the biggest 41:25 lead in the middle of the second frame. Moreover they enjoyed 47:30 at the end of the second period, while Alaa reduced to 49:36 at the halftime. In the third quarter it was a nightmare for South Korea that could not score in the first 5 minutes of the period. Egypt managed to take 51:49 in the middle of the third frame. South Korea meanwhile remained in front after 30 minutes, 65:63. It was hot in the court in the next 10 minutes as both teams had a chance to win. Trailing 85:87, Egypt posted the last three points of the game and won it 88:87.
Ahmed Hamdy was unstoppable with 21 points and 17 rebounds. Ahmed Moustafa (178-G-93) nailed 17, whilst Youssef Shousha (190-G-93) scored 16. Lee Dong-Yeop poured in 22 points in defeat and Moon Seong-Gon (193-F-93) notched 18.

South Korea U17: Lee Dong-Yeop 22, Moon Seong-Gon 18
Egypt U17: Ahmed Hamdy 21+17 rebs, Ahmed Moustafa 17, Youssef Shousha 16



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Argentina U17 clinched the 9th place at the U17 World Championships, Spain U17 is 10th - by Eurobasket News
Argentina U17-Spain U17 66:56

Argentina U17 clinched the 9th place at the U17 World Championships. They sent Spain U17 to the 10th position beating them 66:56 in the last game for both teams.
Argentina scored the first four points in the game, while they had 8:2 later in the period. Spain reduced to 13:11 and 15:13, but Argentina took 16:13 after the opening quarter. Martin Massone (187-F-94) hit the 3 point shot to bring his team 24;17 in the middle of the second quarter. Diez reduced to 26:23 and Suarez gave Spain 34:32 halftime advantage. In the third period Spain looked better and dominated the court. They grabbed 46:38 as Costa hit a three-pointer. Moreover OLAIZOLA made two points inside the paint as Spain enjoyed the biggest lead at 50:42. Massarelli closed the quarter at 47:52 as Argentina looked forward for the last stanza. The run continued until the first three minutes of the last period when Spain was scoreless. Argentina took 54:52 with 7 minutes to go. Right after that they never looked behind and even increased the lead. Massarelli scored three last points of the winners to bring the final success.
Frederico Herrera (197-C-93) and Martin Massone top-scored with 12 points each for the 9th place. Patricio Garino (196-G/F-93) poured in 11, while Matias Bortolin (205-C-93) scored 10. Daniel Diez (203-F-93) delivered 13 points in the losing case and Luis Conde (194-G-93) added 9.

Argentina U17: Frederico Herrera 12, Martin Massone 12, Patricio Garino 11, Matias Bortolin 10
Spain U17: Daniel Diez 13, Luis Conde 9


Gibraltar clinch 7th spot in Malta - by Eurobasket News
Gibraltar - San Marino 89:81
Gibraltar earned the seventh place at the European Championship in Division C. They finished their campaign on a high note bruising San Marino. Raul Garcia (202-C-74) stepped up with 26 points, 14 rebounds and 6 assists to lead the effort.
Emanuele Crescentini (200-F-83) set the tone with a three-pointer at the start of the game. San Marino were up for some time early in the game before Gibraltar unleashed a 14:2 run to take the lead. Gibraltar finished the starting quarter up by 10 points 26:16. Emanuele Crescentini and Enrico Zanotti (195-C-90) pulled San Marino closer early in the second frame. But Gibraltar quickly responded and posted a 42:29 advantage at halftime. Sam Buxton (198-F-89) exploded with 8 points in a row early in the third frame as Gibraltar posted a 50:33 lead. But San Marino refused to surrender. Tentoni and Emanuele Crescentini fired from downtown to drag the team as close as 6 points late in the quarter. San Marino entered the fourth stanza down by only 5 points 54:59. Gibraltar opened the final stanza with seven points in a row to get some breathing space. Gibraltar kept their opponents at distance throughout the reminder of the contest and celebrated a well-deserved win at the end.
Sam Buxton had 19 points and 12 rebounds for Gibraltar. Angel Guerrero notched 20 points in the victory. Emanuele Crescentini nailed 22 points for San Marino. Enrico Zanotti had 21 points in the loss.

Gibraltar: Raul Garcia 26+14 boards, Angel Guerrero 20, Sam Buxton 19+12 boards
San Marino: Emanuele Crescentini 22, Enrico Zanotti 21



Spain U20 edged the hosts of the U20 European Championship - by Eurobasket News
Croatia U20-Spain U20 59:64

Spain U20 edged the hosts of the U20 European Championship. Both teams advanced to the Qualifying Round after finishing the group with 2-1 records with 64:59 Spanish win.
Croatia started with 4-0 run and had 15:13 after the opening quarter. The teams exchanged the lead several times in the second quarter however Croatia held the score at the halftime. Both teams went to the lockers for 27:26 lead for the hosts. Spain meanwhile took the control of the game in the third period. Alvaro Munoz (195-F-90) made a jump shot for 44:30 and Ignacio Llovet (202-C-91) scored for 49:35. Mario Delas (208-C/F-90) reduced the gap to 38:49 at the end of thirty minutes. Croatia managed to win the last stanza 21-15 however could not remain undefeated. Josep Franch (198-G-91) was perfect from the free throw line bringing Spain the necessary win.
Ignacio Llovet top-scored for the winners with 17 points as Spain won the group with 2-1 record. Josep Franch nailed 15, while Alvaro Munoz added 12. Mario Delas ended up with 10 points in the losing effort. Tomislav Zubcic (214-C/F-90, agency: Beo Basket), Dino Butorac (192-G-90) and Josip Bilinovac (195-G-90) posted 9 points apiece.
In another game of the group Slovenia U20 condemn Germany U20 to Classification Round as they beat them tonight. Slovenia meanwhile registered a stop at the Qualifying Round after 75:54 win.

Croatia U20: Mario Delas 10, Tomislav Zubcic 9, Dino Butorac 9, Josip Bilinovac 9
Spain U20: Ignacio Llovet 17, Josep Franch 15, Alvaro Munoz 12


Denmark clinch Division C crown - by Eurobasket News
Denmark - Andorra 87:69

Denmark celebrated the victory at the European Championship in Division C. They held off Andorra to finish the tournament undefeated. Andorra took the silver medals suffering just one loss in Malta. Andreas Jakobsen (187-G-83, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: Columbia (MO)) came up with 16 points in the championship game.
Andorra opened the game with six points in a row. But Denmark soon replied with a 14:2 rally to surge in front. Andorra capped the frame with ten unanswered points to regain the lead at 22:18. The teams kept it close for some time early in the second quarter before Denmark stepped on the gas. The Scandinavian team went on an 18:3 run to establish a 51:35 halftime buffer. Denmark opened the third frame with 13 straight points to clear off to a 29-point distance. The scoreboard read 77:48 for Denmark at the final break. Andorra had no chance to erase the deficit in the fourth term as Denmark coasted to the victory.
Rasmus Soby (191-G-89) knocked down 15 points for Denmark. Peter Johansen (205-F/C-80, agency: Arik Krayn Services) and Nicolai Iversen (205-F-80, agency: Rasmussen Services, college: San Jose City JC) tallied 12 points apiece in the win. Xavier Galera (182-G-82) answered with 14 points for Andorra. Oliver Fernandez (F-76) nailed 11 points in the loss.

Denmark: Andreas Jakobsen 16, Rasmus Soby 15, Peter Johansen 12, Nicolai Iversen 12
Andorra: Xavier Galera 14, Oliver Fernandez 11



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Swiss U18 National Team 2010 - by Luca Maffioli
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Evrard Atcho207-F/C-92Benetton Fribourg Olympic Switzerland
Ludovico Basso183-G-93Lugano Tigers Switzerland
Milos Bozovic202-F-92Benetton Fribourg Olympic Switzerland
Theo Deluz190-F-93Sdent BBC Nyon Switzerland
Vincent Gaillard
Sasa Gajic192-G/F-92BC Infina Korac Zurich Switzerland
Stephane Grau192-F-92BBC Monthey Switzerland
Eljon Harlicaj198-F-93Lugano Tigers Switzerland
Dario Koludrovic194-F-92Lugano Tigers Switzerland
Jerome Krusi201-F/C-92
Jeremy Landenbergue182-G-93
Vital Luthi190-F-92
Marko Mladjan204-F-93
Taulant Murati180-G-92SAM Basket Massagno Switzerland
Michel Ofik Nzege
Brian Savoy191-G-92Benetton Fribourg Olympic Switzerland
Jeffrey Schwab184-G-92Benetton Fribourg Olympic Switzerland
Zoran Zivanovic203-F/C-92Swiss Central Basket Switzerland
Head Coach:
Laurent Plassard CoachMartigny Rhone Basket Switzerland


Swiss U20 National Team 2010 - by Luca Maffioli
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Roman Albrecht208-C-90Starwings Basket Regio Basel Switzerland
Julien Burkhalter201-F-91BC Boncourt Red Team Switzerland
Jonathan Dubas202-F/C-91BBC Monthey Switzerland
Eric Fongue197-F-91Poly-Rapid Zurich Wildcats Switzerland
Federico Fridel196-F-91SAM Basket Massagno Switzerland
Ralph Guttinger
Peter Ishiodu196-F-91SAM Basket Massagno Switzerland
Jeremy Jaunin
Bijanu Kashama194-F-91
Abdoulrahman Khachkarah190-G-90Fiat Chene BC Switzerland
Kevin Kimber203-F/C-90Etoile Sportive Vernier Meyrin Switzerland
Gardner Louissaint196-F-91Besancon Basket Comte Doubs France
Jeyvi Miavivululu
Landry Ndumba-Capela
Florian Steinmann197-F-91BBC Monthey Switzerland
Christophe Varidel185-G-89Etoile Sportive Vernier Meyrin Switzerland
Cedric Von During
Head Coach Roland Lenggenhager


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Thailand U18 recorded three victories in Myanmar - by Eurobasket News
Thailand U18 recorded three victories in Myanmar at the South East Asian Basketball Association (SEABA) in the 7th SEABA U18 Championship. It was not however enough to advance to 21st FIBA Asia U18 Championship to be held in Sanaa Yemen from Sept 22 Oct 1.
In Day 1 Singapore defeated Thailand 47:39 Russel Low top-scored for the winners with 12 points and Liew Larry scored 10. Autman Al-Mabruk scored a game-high 19 points for Thailand.
In Day 2 Thailand rolled over Laos 71:44 for their first victory. Patcharaphum Phansura top-scored for the winners with 16 points and Sorot Suntonsiri chipped in with 10 points. Somboun Nadonhai responded with 17 points in the losing effort.
In Day 3 Thailand overcame Myanmar 58:52. Sorot Suntonsiri nailed 19 points for Thailand. Autman Al-Mabruk scored five of his games 13 points in the final quarter. Yan Sein and Nay Myo Min each scored 11 points for Myanmar.
In Day 4 Thailand produced a 75:68 win over Malaysia in a top game of the day. Autman Al-Mabruk paced all the winners with 22 points. Arnon Iamlamai contributed 17 points and Komsan Dechsom 16.
In Day 5 Philippines overcame Thailand 69:38 to remain undefated and won SEABA with 5-0 record. Jeth Rosario paced all the winners with 15 points and Kiefer Ravena scored 13.



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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO   


2010 Centrobasket: Mexico ends Preliminary Round with two wins - by Eurobasket News
2010 Centrobasket, Day Four: TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO - MEXICO 52-75

Mexico registered second win in Santo Domingo and finished the Preliminary Round with 2-2 record. It means that Mexicans will have to wait for all Saturday's games to end in order to find out will they advance to Semifinals or not. At the same time, Trinidad and Tobago dropped to 1-2 in the same group (B). Victor Mariscal (198-F-72) stepped up for Mexico with 21 points and 7 rebounds. He reached valuation 24 and was the MVP of this meeting. Jovan Harris (191-G/F-81, college: USF) netted 15 points in this win. Trinidad and Tobago had only two players with double-digits in scoring. Maurice Joseph (193-G-85) and Wilfred Benjamin (201-F/C-84, college: Marist) had 10 pts each in this game.
Mexico blasted T&T in the first quarter with 12-25. It was a clear sign who will take this game. Second period belonged to Mexicans as well (14-17), who were 16 points up at the half time. Trinidad and Tobago was not able to resist and Mexico cruised to its second win. Victor Mariscal and his teammates made 13-16 in third and 13-17 in the last quarter for the final 52-75 victory.
In the last day of Preliminary Round, Trinidad and Tobago will play against Cuba.

Trinidad and Tobago: Maurice Joseph 10, Wilfred Benjamin 10
Mexico: Victor Mariscal 21+7 boards, Jovan Harris 15


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Tofas signs Tomislav Ruzic and Austin Nichols - by Eurobasket News
Tofas Bursa announced signing of Tomislav Ruzic (208-F/C-79) and Austin Nichols (198-G/F-82, college: Humboldt St.) for the upcoming season.
Tomislav Ruzic is not a new face in Turkey as he already played there for Besiktas and Kepez. Ruzic spent last two years with the Croatian outfit Zadar. He appeared 26 times in 2009/10 averaging 12.7 points and 6.7 rebounds in Adriatic league. In EuroCup, Ruzic played 6 games with 7.7 ppg and 5 rpg. In Croatian league he added 11.8 ppg and 8.4 rpg for 22 games leading his team to Playoff Finals. Tomislav Ruzic was a member of Besiktas on season 2003/04. Four years later he played for Kepez.
Austin Nichols is coming to Tofas from French Orleans. He played 14 Euroleague games with them last season averaging 11.6 points and 2.2 rebounds. In ProA, Nichols added 10.4 ppg and 2.2 rpg. He joined ASVEL last summer from Hyeres-Toulon as the best scorer of the French championship. That season Nichols had 21.4 ppg and 4.5 ppg for 30 games in ProA. He spent almost five years with Hyeres-Toulon.
Few days ago Tofas inked Jason Rowe (178-G-78, college: Loyola (MD)).


Montenegro U20 upset Turkey U20 in Croatia - by Eurobasket News
Turkey U20-Montenegro U20 61:63

Montenegro U20 advanced to the Qualifying Round of the U20 European Championship 2010 sending Turkey U20 out of it after another loss. Montenegro U20 celebrated 63:61 to finish Group B with 2-1 record.
Dubljevic and Kilicli exchanged the baskets in the opening tip, while Incekara brought Turkey 17:9. Montenegro replied with some good basket and Birkan Batuk (198-F-90) kept Turkey in front after the first period at 20:17. It was a tough start for both teams in the second period and both of them had difficulties to score. The game was tied at 22:22 after 5 minutes in the second frame. Milutin Djukanovic (188-G-91) nailed a three-pointer for 32:29 halftime advantage. Melih Mahmutoglu (187-G-90) tied it again at 38:38 and Milutin Djukanovic made the same at 45:45. Filip Samojlovic (183-G-90, agency: Interperformances) made a jump shot from the arc for 50:49 with 10 minutes to go. With six minutes to play, Turkey led 55:53 but soon afterwards began to lose their composure and shockingly failed to convert on nine straight possessions.
Milutin Djukanovic top-scored for the winners with 17 points. Vladimir Mihailovic (193-G-90) and Filip Samojlovic followed him with 12 points apiece. Melih Mahmutoglu ended up with 16 points for Turkey that fell at 0-3. Birkan Batuk delivered 12, while Ilkan Karaman (205-F-90) collected 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Turkey U20: Melih Mahmutoglu 16, Birkan Batuk 12, Ilkan Karaman 11+10 rebs
Montenegro U20: Milutin Djukanovic 17, Vladimir Mihailovic 12, Filip Samojlovic 12


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS   


2010 Centrobasket: Dominican Republic ends Preliminary Round perfect - by Eurobasket News
2010 Centrobasket, Day Five: U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 88-98

Dominicans ended Preliminary Round with perfect 4-0 and of course advanced to Semifinals in Santo Domingo. This time the host of this event managed to beat the U.S. Virgin Islands 88-98. The ISV finished as the last ranked team in Group A with just one win. Jack Michael Martinez (203-F/C-81, agency: Paris Global Sports) and Elpidio Fortuna (186-G-85) led the scorers in victory with 21 points each. Martinez pulled down 9 rebounds beside that. Charlie Villanueva (209-F-84, college: Connecticut) also was great in this win as he added 20 points and 13 boards. In the loosing squad, Walter Hodge (183-G-86, college: Florida) collected 26 points and 6 assists. Aaron Brown (193-G-92) followed him with 20 pts and 5 boards.
First quarter was pretty leveled, but still Dominicans won it by one (20-21). Walter Hodge and his teammates shined in the second period scoring 23 points against the strong Dominicans. At the same time, the hosts had 21 meaning that the ISV was 43-42 up at the half time and was looking good. Teams exchanged baskets after the breather, what resulted with 18-18 in Q3 and everything was still open. However, Dominicans had great last period as they drained impressive 38 points for ten minutes, while limiting ISV to 27 on the other side. It was enough for 88-98 win and perfect 4-0 in Preliminary Round.
In the Semifinals, Dominican Republic will play against Cuba. Dominicans already secured a ticket for the 2011 FIBA Americas Championship.

U.S. Virgin Islands: Walter Hodge 26+6 as, Aaron Brown 20+5 boards
Dominican Republic: Jack Michael Martinez 21+9 boards, Elpidio Fortuna 21, Charlie Villanueva 20+13 boards


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Ukraine topple Czech Republic for second win in Croatia - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine U20 - Czech Republic U20 85:75

Ukraine completed the minimum task as they advanced from Pool A into the Qualifying Round of the U20 European Championship. Volodymyr Polyakh team held off Czech Republic tonight to improve at 2-1 record. The Czech team on the other hand suffered the third straight defeat and would try to save their Division A status in relegation round.
Czech Republic dominated in the opening quarter. They overcame a slow first seconds of the encounter to gain an 18:11 lead midway through the stanza. Czech Republic posted a 20:16 lead at the first break. But Ukraine stunned their opponents at the start of the second quarter. They went on a 10:0 run to pull in front. Czech Republic fought back the lead but not for too long as Ukraine established a 39:36 advantage at halftime. Tense and nervous game continued in the third quarter. Czech Republic snatched the advantage back and maintained it throughout the period. They entered the final ten minutes of the clash up by 2 points 62:60. Five points in a row from Kraz ensured a 75:71 lead for the Czech team with just over four minutes to go. However Ukraine went on a 14:0 run to close the game and celebrated an impressive victory at the end.
Oleksandr Lypovyy (200-G-91) provided 22 points for Ukraine. Ruslan Otverchenko (192-G/F-90) added 20 points, while Kyryl Natyazhko (208-C-90) had 17 points and 11 rebounds in the win. Ondrej Peterka (192-F-91) answered with 23 points for Czech Republic. Tomas Satoransky (196-G/F-91) posted 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists in the loss.

Ukraine U20: Oleksandr Lypovyy 22, Ruslan Otverchenko 20, Kyryl Natyazhko 17+11 boards
Czech Republic U20: Ondrej Peterka 23, Tomas Satoransky 16+10 boards



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Wales finish fifth in Malta - by Eurobasket News
Wales - Scotland 75:49

Wales clinched the fifth position at the European Championship in Division C. They outgunned their archrivals Scotland to wrap up their campaign on a high note. Wales were eighth in 2008, while Scotland slipped from the third spot in the previous edition of the tournament to the sixth place in the ladder. Mike Gregory (199-F-80) knocked down 22 points to lead the effort.
The teams traded baskets throughout the first term. Scotland were more accurate as they gained a 15:13 advantage at the first break. Potts knocked down five points early in the second term to put Wales in charge. Wales used an 11:0 run midway through the third quarter to clear off. They finished the first half up by 16 points 37:21. Wales fired 8 points in a row at the beginning of the third term to enlarge the lead to as many as 24 points. Scotland could not stop the bleeding as they trailed by 20 points at the final intermission. Wales did not loosen the grasp in the final minutes and cruised to the win at the end.
Jordan Seeley (193-G-89) knocked down 16 points for the winners. Andrew St. John and Anthony Trigg (206-C-88) added 9 points each for Wales. Josh Crolley (198-F-91) answered with 12 points for Scotland. Ikemefuna Attah (200-F/C-77, college: Mo.-St.Louis) had 10 points and 8 caroms for Scotland.

Wales: Mike Gregory 22, Jordan Seeley 16, Andrew St. John 9, Anthony Trigg 9
Scotland: Josh Crolley 12, Ikemefuna Attah 10



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  VENEZUELA   


National team keeps going with preparation games - by Wolfgang Lucena
Venezuela National team keeps going with its preparation games in order to get ready for the 2010 South America Championship this upcoming July 26 - 31, 2010 in Neiva, Colombia. The next scrimmage games scheduled will be hosted in the United Nations Arena in Caracas Venezuela. On July 21 Venezuela will be facing Argentina, on July 22 versus Uruguay and July 23 will be against Brazil to then make the final cut and finally let us know the names of the 12 warriors that will be looking for a pass for the Pre-Olympics on 2011. On Saturday July 24 The National Team will be flying out to Neiva, Colombia


Lara gets out of the Venezuela Youth League - by Yelitza La Torre
Sucre State defeat Lara State 70-60 to kick them out of the Venezuela National basketball youth league. Lara State won just 2 games out of 5 so this way stops any chance to keep acting in the youth League. Lara began very well the first part of the game but Sucre came out from the locker room with a very good offense to win the whole game. Lara has its best players on Jose Aranguren with 23 points and Willie Barradas with 14 while Sucre came out with a hurricane whose name is Anthony Perez with 30 points.


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  WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS U17   


Round: 7 (Semi-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
Semifinals
Canada - USA 83-103
USA U17 becomes the first finalist of the FIBA U17 World Championship. The favorites outscored Canada U17 as Michael Gilchrist (201-F-93) shined for the US squad. Pierre surprised US in the start of the game, while Pangos tied it at 5:5. After that time USA took the control and never looked behind. Michael Gilchrist scored for 22:12 and Teague closed the period at 30:17. The top-scorer of the game opened the second frame and he scored another 9 points in a row. Cook later delivered for 43:23 at the middle of the second quarter. Webster-Chan reduced with Canada at 42:48 at the halftime. Wagner later reduced to 52:55, but USA did nt allow the opponents to tie the game. Drummond made it 71:61 and McAdoo closed the third frame at 75:65. With 28-18 USA won the last stanza and advanced to the Final. Thomas hit a three-pointer for the final success. Michael Gilchrist collected massive 30 points and 15 rebounds. Beal Bradley notched 17, while Thomas Adonis added 12. Wiggins Andrew ended up 20 points in the losing case. Pangos Kevin poured in 17, whilst Lomomba Junior netted 13.

Lithuania - Poland 65-75
Poland U17 joins USA U17 in the Final of the FIBA U17 World Championship. The European favorite rolled over Lithuania U17 75:65 to remain undefeated. The victory over the Baltic side was not however that easy. Lithuania opened the game with six consecutive baskets and had 11:2 later in the period. They increased to massive 21:8, but could not keep the deficit for good. Gielo Tomasz reduced with his team at 21:12 at the end of the first frame. Moreover he also tied the game at 21 and then Michalak gave Poland 23:21 lead. Ponitka Mateusz sent the teams to the lockers for 39:38 halftime advantage. In the third period the lead changed several times, while Poland took it for good in the end of the frame. Matczak brought the winners 60:52 after thirty minutes in the court. Lithuania however tried hard to get the lead back and reduced to 63:65 with 4 minutes to go. Poland did not allow them to do something else as they increased to 10 points at the end of the game. Ponitka Mateusz paced all the winners with 22 points to reach the Final game. Przemyslaw Karnowski (213-C-93) collected 18 points and 13 rebounds, while Gielo Tomasz posted 12. Mockevicius Mantas replied with 24 points in defeat and Narkevicius Rokas added 12.

5-8 places

China - Australia 66-68
Australia U17 won the thriller to remain alive for the 5th position at the U17 World Championships in Germany. The team from Oceania edged China U17 68:66 as Hill Daniel hit the three-pointer that brought the victory for Australia. Australia scored the first five points in the game, while China took 7:6. Both squads exchanged the lead several times in the opening quarter as the team from Oceania had 15:14 after it. Guo Ailun (193-G-93) tied the game at 17, but Australia went on a run. Gilmore nailed a three-pointer to give his side 31:22 advantage. China managed to reduce at the halftime as Guo Ailun made a jump shot for 29:33. Again Australia reached plus 10 as Odigie posted two for 41:31. Norton Mitch increased to 45:34 with 6 minutes in the third period. China again used a chance of catching up as they closed the quarter at 48:51. Moreover Guo Ailun tied it all at 55:55 with less than 8 minutes to play in the game. The score was also tied at 57:57, 59:59 and 61:61. Zhu scored from the perimeter to give China 64:61 lead with 3 minutes to go. Carlin Daniel tied it again at 65:65, while Hill Daniel hit the three-pointer that brought the victory for Australia. Carlin Daniel poured in 16 points to lead all the winners. Hill Daniel and Norton Mitch scored 12 each as Australia will play tomorrow for the 5th spot. Guo Ailun erupted with 24 points in the losing effort. Wang Zirui notched 14 and Zhai Xiaochuan added 12.

Germany - Serbia 51-67
Serbia U17 overcame Germany U17 to stay alive for the 5th spot at the FIBA U17 World Championship. Serbian team needed 67:51to play for fifth place against Australia, Germany will face China in the game for seventh place. The hosts opened the first points in the game, while Serbia grabbed 15:6 later in the period. Germany reduced a bit as the quarter as finished at 13:19. Serbian tea did not even think of slowing down and increased to 10 points in the second period. Bogdan Radosavljevic (211-C-93) however closed the half at 30:32 to send the squads to the lockers. Serbia had a minimum lead in the start of the third quarter, while Peric posted for 40:38. The guests however did not allow Germany to taste the lead for a long time and finished the frame at 47:42. Right after that time it was too late for Germany to catch up. Serbia created 20-9 in the last frame and won the game. ljenovic Nenad poured in 31 points for the winners. Mitrovic Luka collected 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Radicevic Nikola added 7. Bekteshi Besnik and Bogdan Radosavljevic ended up with 11 points in the losing effort. Muller Malik delivered 10 points for the home side.

9-10 places

Argentina - Spain 66-56
Argentina U17 clinched the 9th place at the U17 World Championships. They sent Spain U17 to the 10th position beating them 66:56 in the last game for both teams. Argentina scored the first four points in the game, while they had 8:2 later in the period. Spain reduced to 13:11 and 15:13, but Argentina took 16:13 after the opening quarter. Martin Massone (187-F-94) hit the 3 point shot to bring his team 24;17 in the middle of the second quarter. Diez reduced to 26:23 and Suarez gave Spain 34:32 halftime advantage. In the third period Spain looked better and dominated the court. They grabbed 46:38 as Costa hit a three-pointer. Moreover Olaizola made two points inside the paint as Spain enjoyed the biggest lead at 50:42. Massarelli closed the quarter at 47:52 as Argentina looked forward for the last stanza. The run continued until the first three minutes of the last period when Spain was scoreless. Argentina took 54:52 with 7 minutes to go. Right after that they never looked behind and even increased the lead. Massarelli scored three last points of the winners to bring the final success. Herrera Frederico and Martin Massone top-scored with 12 points each for the 9th place. Garino Patricio poured in 11, while Bortolin Matias scored 10. Diez Daniel delivered 13 points in the losing case and Conde Luis added 9.





11-12 places

South Korea - Egypt 87-88
Egypt U17 rolls over South Korea U17 in the last game for both teams at the U17 World Championships in Germany. The team from Africa celebrated 88:87 win to clinch 11th spot. South Korea U17 finished the tournament on the last spot without wins. The game between two winless teams before seeing each other brought so much interest and intrigue. They both started offensively and exchanged the lead several times. Ahmed Hamdy (195-C-93) scored for 15:8 in the middle of the quarter, while Heo responded for 23;22 Korea's lead. Kim closed the period at 27:20 for Asian team. Lee Dong-Yeop delivered two as South Korea took one of the biggest 41:25 lead in the middle of the second frame. Moreover they enjoyed 47:30 at the end of the second period, while Alaa reduced to 49:36 at the halftime. In the third quarter it was a nightmare for South Korea that could not score in the first 5 minutes of the period. Egypt managed to take 51:49 in the middle of the third frame. South Korea meanwhile remained in front after 30 minutes, 65:63. It was hot in the court in the next 10 minutes as both teams had a chance to win. Trailing 85:87, Egypt posted the last three points of the game and won it 88:87. Ahmed Hamdy was unstoppable with 21 points and 17 rebounds. Moustafa Ahmed nailed 17, whilst Shousha Youssef scored 16. Lee Dong-Yeop poured in 22 points in defeat and Moon Seong-Gon notched 18.





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  ARGENTINA - Women  


Standings - Women
Liga Nacional Standings
 1. Lanus 9-2 
 2. Velez S. 9-2 
 3. C.Entrerriano 7-3 
 4. Union Florida 7-5 
 5. Ben Hur 3-7 
 6. Recreo 2-7 
 7. San Agustin 0-11 


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Finland upset Estonia in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News
Estonia - Finland 66:74

Finnish National Team posted the first win in their test series against Estonia. The teams met in Tallinn and Finland rallied to a comfortable win at the end. Taru Tuukkanen (190-C-77, college: Xavier) came up with 25 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort.
The teams traded baskets early in the opening frame before Estonia shifted the gear. The hosts triggered an 18:5 run to clear off to a 13-point lead at the first break. Finland worked hard in the second quarter to narrow the deficit. They managed to trim the distance to 5 points at halftime. Finland ignited a 16:6 run late in the third stanza to pull in front. The visitors enjoyed a 57:54 lead at the final intermission. The Finnish team stretched the gap at the start of the fourth quarter. They maintained the margin well throughout the final period and posted a confident win at the end. Maiju Pekkarinen (178-F-84) knocked down 11 points for Finland. Dionne Pounds (174-F-84, college: Lamar) had 10 points in the victory. Viive-Kai Rebane (183-F-89) responded with 16 points for Estonia. Gerly Kostla (180-F-80) delivered 12 points in the loss. The teams are scheduled to meet again today.

Estonia: Viive-Kai Rebane 16, Gerly Kostla 12, Kerdu Arbet (185-F-80) 11
Finland: Taru Tuukkanen 25, Maiju Pekkarinen 11, Dionne Pounds 10



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Finland upset Estonia in Tallinn - by Eurobasket News
Estonia - Finland 66:74

Finnish National Team posted the first win in their test series against Estonia. The teams met in Tallinn and Finland rallied to a comfortable win at the end. Taru Tuukkanen (190-C-77, college: Xavier) came up with 25 points and 8 rebounds to lead the effort.
The teams traded baskets early in the opening frame before Estonia shifted the gear. The hosts triggered an 18:5 run to clear off to a 13-point lead at the first break. Finland worked hard in the second quarter to narrow the deficit. They managed to trim the distance to 5 points at halftime. Finland ignited a 16:6 run late in the third stanza to pull in front. The visitors enjoyed a 57:54 lead at the final intermission. The Finnish team stretched the gap at the start of the fourth quarter. They maintained the margin well throughout the final period and posted a confident win at the end. Maiju Pekkarinen (178-F-84) knocked down 11 points for Finland. Dionne Pounds (174-F-84, college: Lamar) had 10 points in the victory. Viive-Kai Rebane (183-F-89) responded with 16 points for Estonia. Gerly Kostla (180-F-80) delivered 12 points in the loss. The teams are scheduled to meet again today.

Estonia: Viive-Kai Rebane 16, Gerly Kostla 12, Kerdu Arbet (185-F-80) 11
Finland: Taru Tuukkanen 25, Maiju Pekkarinen 11, Dionne Pounds 10



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A NEW TEAM IN DIV 1 IN ISRAEL. - by Gil Goshen


'Hapoel' Rishon le Zion will play in div 1 in Israel.
The team's management has deceide to accept
the offer from the Israeli Federation and will play in div 1
instead of ASA Jerusalem which has money problems and therfore gave up
and will play in div 2.
The coach of Rishon le Zion will be Shira Haelion ( a former Israeli national player ) who
will start fill up the roster including Israeli players and 3 USA.
Shira Haelion (170-G-80)


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Lithuania topple Bulgaria in Druskininkai - by Eurobasket News
Lithuania bounced back after a bitter loss to Japan in the first exhibition game in Druskininkai. Yesterday the hosts defeated Bulgaria 85:49. Ausra Bimbaite (179-G-82) came up with 20 points to lead the effort. Lithuania grabbed the lead right from the start. They limited the visitors to 9 points in the opening quarter to earn a 9-point lead. Bulgaria recovered in the second period. They adjusted their offense and started to work the way back into the game. Bulgaria cut the margin to 5 points at halftime 31:36. But the hosts proved the difference in the third stanza. They fired 26 points to race to a 22-point advantage at the final pause. Lithuania held their opponents to 9 points in the fourth quarter and rallied to a comfortable win at the end. Gintare Petronyte (196-C-89) had 15 points for the home team. Rima Valentiene (170-G-78) added 12 points, while Sandra Linkeviciene (176-G-82) notched 11 points in the victory.
The teams are scheduled to meet again tonight.



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1Liga Standings - by Eurobasket
1Liga Standings
Group C
 1. PA-CO Bank 22-0 
 2. Widzew 14-8 
 3. Lomianki 14-8 
 4. MKS PWSZ 11-11 
 5. Jelenia Gora 11-11 
 6. Korona K. 11-11 
 7. AZS Mostostal 10-12 
 8. Ostrovia 10-12 
 9. Zyrardowianka 9-13 
 10. Piaseczno 8-14 
 11. AZS AWF K-ce 8-14 
Group D
 1. AZS UMCS 9-5 
 2. AZS II PWSZ 9-5 
 3. Siem.Piekary 8-6 
 4. KU AZS UW 8-6 
 5. AZS Uniw.Gd. 8-6 
 6. Wisla II 8-6 
 7. Czestochowa 5-9 
 8. WUKS Korona 0-11 


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Hungary Serbia 80:77 - by Zoran Bogdanovic
Serbian NT lost first preparing game against Hungary thankfully to terrible free throws shoting. They missed 23 free throws.
'Next game will be diferent. Players who had less minutes in recent games will get the chance' - said NT coach, Miodrag Veskovic (agency: Interperformances ).
Hungary Serbia 80:77 (24:17, 18:22, 25:15, 13:23)
Hungary: Ferveneki 12, Varga 7, Slimak 13, Tornik 4, Posez, Korti 6, Cank 7, Vida 7, Horvat, Krivacevic 6, Budoso 12, Lakloc 6
Serbia: Vukoje, Peovic 2, koric, Djuric 2, Karakaevic 2, Velinovic 2, Kneevic 14, Matic 9, M. Maksimovic 10, Beljanski 2, Dabovic 11, J. Maksimovic 23



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WUSBA Youth Outreach programs will be used in three Birmingham elementary schools - by USBA Media

Atlanta, Ga. (July 10, 2010) --- The Women's United States Basketball Association (WUSBA) and the Birmingham City School System announce the installation of youth outreach initiatives in an effort to aid those in need in the community, These programs will be provided by the WUSBA and the WUSBA Youth Outreach, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) not for profit sister company, and overseen by the staff of the selected elementary schools.

The first initiative is called Elizabeth's Book Bag and the 2010 WUSBA School Supply Extravaganza. The WUSBA and its basketball teams have arranged the collection of school supplies with the help of Wal Mart, Target, Office Depot, Kroger, Staples, and Sams Club and others. Recently the WUSBA began to unite these companies in a gigantic effort to provide students with school supplies in each of the league team cities. This July, these companies are launching the first annual collaborative school supply drive. 'We need every thing from crayons to back packs, for the kids in need' said WUSBA president Duane Allen Jenkins, 'We installed this program in my daughters school, it was extremely successful, and we decided to expand our efforts to include elementary schools in all our sixteen cities.'

Yvonne Lewis, Community Coordinator of Birmingham City Public Schools was contacted about this program and stated, 'We are extremely pleased to be included with these programs, particularly the school supply effort and the overcoat and mitten drive. We have undertaken a school supply drive each year and we need additional donations each year. We are faced with a growing need for supplies for our children. We relish this opportunity to combine our efforts with the WUSBA.'

WUSBA players and coaches will be active on and off the court, assisting in a very wide variety of community outreach programs, charitable fund raising events, youth advocates programs, RSVP retired senior citizen programs, and family progress initiatives. These programs will aid the community and its citizens as a whole. The WUSBA and the WUSBA Youth Outreach prides itself on being an advocate within the community. From the youngest child to the oldest senior citizen, helping people is our strongest commitment. The WUSBA will build relationships by its loyalty and its faith based participation in each community. All WUSBA players, coaches, and team staff members will visit senior facilities, hospitals, Boys and Girls Clubs, and local schools, help raise money for local charities, collect food for local food banks and be a positive mentor to children who are housed in juvenile retention facilities and children who are live in foster care facilities. The WUSBA and the WUSBA Youth Outreach have partnered with the United States Marine Corps and the 'Toys for Tots' holiday program. 'The WUSBA's coaches, players, staff and the WUSBA Youth Outreach will serve as a great role model to other and will always be a positive inspiration to all, thus being an important asset to all team cities and their communities.''

'We have had a tremendous response from every school system in our teams cities, said Jenkins, It is our pleasure to partner with Birmingham and all of our other cities, we intend to assist our cities in any way we can.'

The WUSBA community assistance programs will team up with a league wide community service partnership that will join with the city, the county, the private sector, the local business community and major industry to instill the ideals of educational values, ethical performance, honesty, sportsmanship, fair play and integrity to the youth of the local community. 'These programs will allow youth to develop a personal positive educational commitment and practice Faith based contributions to their community,' said Jenkins

The purposes of the WUSBA Youth Outreach programs is to provide the youth in the community with a positive role model through a series of free educational programs:

*Goals for Graduation
Through the Goals for Graduation program, the league have developed programs to assist students from grade 6 through grade 12. The WUSBA and the WUSBA Youth Outreach will offer free tutoring sessions in all the core subjects with local college students. The sessions will be held in a positive and secure learning environment. This tutoring program is available to all students. The goal of all communities is to have 100% of its student graduate and attend a higher learning center, whether it is vocational or academic. A 100% graduation rate may seem impossible; however, at one time in history the majority of the people on earth believed the world was flat. With the Goals for Graduation everyone wins, particularity the students who earnestly participate in this program.

* Kids Kamp
Kids Kamp is another example of a student tutoring program specifically developed for younger students in the 4th and 5th grade levels. Student with special needs can better prepare themselves for middle school. Kids Kamp promotes volunteerism with older school age children. Any group of students, who volunteer their weekends in a community project, can join the WUSBA and others to help clean up roadways, neighborhoods, clear the local parks and lakes of litter and trash, help senior citizen with small jobs around their homes, read to young children at school or at the public library or any other organized project. The WUSBA will award such community spirit with a $25.00 Visa gift card to students who will donate a Saturday to help others and their community.

* Book-a Lious
Reading is fun. Book-a-lious is a program that will allow students and adults, who can't afford to purchase books, to select new books to keep for their family to enjoy. This will allow a household to begin to establish their own personal library. With the assistance of a host of Publishing companies and a major retail book store, people will have an opportunity, to receive, read, keep or swap free books with their family and friends.

* Mount-Read Moor
Through the Mount-Read-Moor program, local area students will discover that reading and comprehension skills can be greatly improved with the proper practice. This program will also promote literacy among youth and young adults. This free program will encourage school age students and young adults to read through the guidance and help of volunteer college student. The WUSBA and the WUSBA Youth Outreach will work in conjunction with Reading is Fundamental (RIF). This is a program where youth can develop their reading skills to greatly improve their learning capabilities so they can experience the adventure and entertainment of reading.

* Math Berry Pie
The Math Berry Pie program is designed to assist students through a free tutorial agreement with collegiate math students. The program will cover all segments of math from 'one plus one' to 'pre-calculus'. Assistance in this area will give students the skills they need to meet and exceed federal requirements. Math is a critical core subject that is essential for a child's advancement to collegiate levels.

* Father, Mother, and Child Reunion
The successful family unit is proven to be the single most important factor in a child's educational achievements. The WUSBA Youth Outreach will work in conjunction with local Family Services, Church Groups, and other family oriented organizations to assist families in the areas of housing, nutrition, family counseling, job placement assistance, medical assistance and other interdiction programs when deemed needed to assist the family.

* Star Vision
When President John F. Kennedy looked toward the moon he must have felt what all children see every night as they gaze at the stars. Science, in all its many categories has been at the heart of human curiosity. Many students love science. The WUSBA and the WUSBA Youth Outreach will organize after school and summer science introduction sessions that will be run by volunteer students and faculty from the local colleges. This will include field trips to scientific venues. The careers that can be found in the fields surrounding science seldom get explored by a large segment of the student population. With these programs students will be able to get a glimpse of a career field they may never have attempted to explore.

* Elizabeth's Book Bag
Through the Elizabeth's Book Bag program students will have access to free book bags, paper, notebooks, pencils, markers, pens and all other material that are a requirement to start the new school year. Each year the school sends a material list to the parents of what items are needed in that grade for the first day of school. The Elizabeth's Book Bag program will make all required materials available to all students, twice a year, in August and in January (students will have additional access to materials if needed during the course of the school year). This program is sponsored by the WUSBA Youth Outreach, the WUSBA and the sponsors and advertisers This is a free program to all families in need. Having all the materials needed, will help a student strive for a successful school year.

* Grandma Coras Kitchen
The difference in a persons ability to improve their lives could hang on the balance of a hot meal. The WUSBA believes that no person should go hungry. The WUSBA will join forces with the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), local churches and other faith based organizations to open a series of restaurants that will be open to the public with the sole purpose allowing anyone to fulfill their daily nutritional requirements. The WUSBA has made arrangements will major industry sponsors and governmental entities to fully fund this endeavor. The oldest senior citizen to the youngest child will be welcome to sit down at the table and break bread with other neighbors. This program will also include emergency grocery vouchers for families with children in need.

* Patricia's Closet
A warm blanket, a new pair of socks, a overcoat in winter or a umbrella during the spring rain in most times are taken for granted by most people, but to some others it may be a luxury they can't afford but they so desperately need. The WUSBA will assist The Salvation Army and others to help collect wearable goods for those in need. The WUSBA has made arraignments with clothing and other manufacturers to acquire goods for the needy. Children can compete in school more effectively, when they show confidence in their appearance. An extra blanket in winter can be a warm feeling to a child, a new pair of shoes will keep a child's feet dry, a new shirt, a pair of slacks or a new stylish dress could be the difference in a helping, bolstering a childs self confidence. This program will be open to everyone in the community and will offer new clothing and other unused products from participating manufactures.

* The Queens English
Through the Queens English program, area community elementary through high school students will discover that speaking proper English will open doors across the educational and business communities. The WUSBA and the WUSBA Youth Outreach will partner with communication students from local colleges to tutor students in the importance of using correct enunciation and proper speech structure. The WUSBA will sponsor a competition spelling bee that will pit students of schools against each other to establish a champion. Prizes and certificates of recognition of accomplishment will be awarded to all students. The WUSBA encourages all students to participate in this program.

* The Toy Fest and Can Slam Basketball Games
This program was a great success in 2009. We coordinated with High Schools, the USMC Toys for Tots and Feeding America to collect food and toys during the holiday season.

*The Overcoat and Mitten Collection Event
This program will collect slightly used and new winter coats and mittens to keep our children warm in the wintertime. With the help of the school system, w e will discretely approach teachers and parents to deliver the coats and mittens to the children.

The WUSBA have adopted these programs to share with the team cities. Everyone will have equal access to any program offered by the Womens United States Basketball Association



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Shameka Christon has successful surgery - by Eurobasket News
The Chicago Sky announced today that injured forward Shameka Christon (6'1''-G/F-82, college: Arkansas) underwent successful surgery to correct complications from an orbital fracture she suffered on June 11.

Assuming that her recovery progresses as expected, Christon will be able to participate in basketball activities four weeks after the procedure. She should return with approximately two weeks left in the regular season.

Christon was elbowed near her left eye in the Sky's 95-78 loss to Washington on June 11 in which she suffered a corneal abrasion, concussion and medial orbital bone fracture. Up to that point the former WNBA All-Star had averaged 8.5 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 21.3 minutes per game.


Courtesy of The Chicago Sky

Anete Jekabsone-Zogota has successful surgery - by Eurobasket News
The Connecticut Sun guard Anete Jekabsone-Zogota (5'10''-G-83) underwent successful arthroscopic surgery on her right knee Thursday at Backus Hospital in Norwich.

Jekabsone-Zogota had torn cartilage removed by Sun orthopedic physician Ammar Anbar. Her recovery time is expected to be two to four weeks.

In her second year with the Sun, Jekabsone-Zogota is averaging 9.3 points with 23 made threes. She started the first 14 games of the season before experiencing discomfort in her right knee during the first half of a loss at New York on June 27th. She returned to Connecticut to have the knee examined, and has missed the last four games.


Courtesy of The Connecticut Sun

Becky Hammon to miss WNBA All-Star Game - by Eurobasket News
Silver Stars guard Becky Hammon (5'6''-G-77, college: Colorado St.) strained her right hip flexor and will not play in todays WNBA vs. USA Basketball: The Stars at the Sun game in Uncasville, Conn.
Hammon suffered the injury during the Silver Stars 89-66 loss Thursday at Minnesota - a game in which she made just 1 of 10 shots, including 0 of 6 from 3-point range.

She was expected to return to San Antonio this weekend for further evaluation by team doctors.

A hip flexor is commonly sustained while compensating for another injury. Hammon missed two games and was unable to participate in practices earlier in the season because of a strained right quadriceps.

Minnesota's Lindsay Whalen will be Hammon's replacement on the WNBA squad.


Courtesy of www.mysanantonio.com


Fowles scores 23 in USAs 99-72 win over WNBA - by Eurobasket
Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU) stole the spotlight from the UConn reunion at the WNBA All-Star game.
Fowles scored 13 of her 23 points in the third quarter and the U.S. national team beat the WNBA All-Stars 99-72 on Saturday in this years version of the leagues midseason showcase.
Fowles shot 9 for 11 from the field and grabbed eight rebounds, earning the MVP award in a game that had six former or current Huskies players on a U.S. team led by Connecticut coach Geno Auriemma and played about 30 miles south of the schools campus.
Theyre on this team for a reason, said Fowles, a former LSU standout. Theyre great players. They play well together. They have that chemistry. They know what they want and they know how to win. Just to be a part of that crew, it makes you feel good.
Candice Dupree (6'2''-F/C-84, agency: LBM Management, college: Temple) and Swin Cash (6'2''-F-79, college: Connecticut) had 13 points apiece, UConn senior Maya Moore (6'0''-F-89) added 12 and Angel McCoughtry (6'1''-F-86, college: Louisville) 11 for the U.S.
Katie Douglas had 15 points, Penny Taylor scored 12 and Sophia Young added 10 for the All-Stars.
Fowles was dominant over the first 6 1/2 minutes of the second half, shooting 5 for 6 from the field, 3 for 4 from the free-throw line and grabbing five rebounds. The Chicago Sky center converted a layup with 3:38 to go in the third to make it 68-37, the U.S.s biggest of the game.
Syl did a great job, U.S. and Seattle Storm guard Sue Bird said. Shes such a dominant player, you saw it. She can get every rebound if she wants. She can score 20 points a night if she wants. Its a matter if she wants to that night. Thats what were trying to do, thats what coach Auriemma is trying to do, trying to get her to be like that every game.
The All-Stars tried to make a run in the fourth quarter. Young scored six points, Taylor had five and Lindsay Whalen (5'8''-G-82, college: Minnesota) four as the WNBA used a 17-6 run to pull to 81-61 with 6:12 remaining. But that was as close as it got down the stretch.
Obviously the game was well over at that point, Douglas said. We just tried to put a little bit of energy and fun into the game.
Moore, the first college player to appear in such a game, scored six points in the final 4 1/2 minutes as the U.S. pulled away again. She finished 6 for 13 from the fieldtaking the most shots on her teamand also had eight rebounds in 22 minutes. She also drew some of the loudest cheers from the crowd.
I think this is a good little preview for her, Bird said. Pretty soon shes going to be in the WNBA. If anything, it gives you an idea to see what its like, being on the court, kind of getting used to it.
The U.S. shot 56 percent from the field (42 for 75), outrebounded the All-Stars 39-30 and had 32 assists. The WNBA shot 37 percent (26 for 70) and finished with 11 assists.
The fact we had 32 assists is just an incredible number, Auriemma said. To be able to spread the ball around like that, share, make the extra pass, all the things you would want to see a team do.
Young made two free throws, Michelle Snow (6'5''-C-80, agency: LBM Management, college: Tennessee) had a layup and Monique Currie (6'0''-G/F-83, college: Duke) made one free throw to help the All-Stars close to 33-26 with 6:18 left in the second quarter.
The U.S. then closed out the half with a 16-2 run. McCoughtry hit a 3-pointer to cap an eight-point surge that gave the U.S. a 41-26 lead with 3:27 remaining.
Obviously (we) played against the best team in the world today, All-Stars coach Brian Agler said. The game got away from us there a couple of times. We did our mission of getting out of here with no injuries, get these players back to their teams.
The game was part of a four-day training camp for the U.S., which is preparing for the world championships in the Czech Republic in September. A potential Game 5 in the WNBA finals would take place Sept. 21, two days before the opener of the worlds.
It was the second time for this format. The first was in 2004 at the start of the leagues monthlong Olympic break. The U.S. won that game, 74-58, at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
The U.S. concludes the camp with an exhibition against Taylor and the Australian national team on Sunday.
Courtesy of AP