EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/16/2010 1:00:00 AM

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  ADRIATIC LEAGUE   


Igokea signs Zarko Rakocevic and Branko Mirkovic - by Eurobasket News
The Adriatic league newcomer Igokea Aleksandrovac announced signing of a one-year deal with Zarko Rakocevic (204-F-84) and Branko Mirkovic (185-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza).
Zarko Rakocevic is coming to Igokea from another Bosnian team - Bosna ASA BHT. The Montenegrin big guy appeared 11 times in Adriatic league last season averaging 11.2 points and 4.3 rebounds. He added 12 ppg and 4.3 rpg in Bosnian championship. Rakocevic joined Bosna ASA BHT in December last year from Partizan Belgrade. He spent season 2008/09 with the Serbian powerhouse as well. Rakocevic started basketball career with Buducnost Podgorica and stayed there until the end 2007/08 season. Than, he spent a short time with Ukrainian Khimik.
Branko Mirkovic arrives to Igokea from the Bulgarian powerhouse Lukoil Akademik. They defended the NBL title last season and Mirkovic helped them with 7.1 ppg, 1.9 rpg and 2.9 apg for 37 games. Before Lukoil Akademik, Mirkovic spent two years with Rilski Sportist Samokov. He was one of their best players in two years. In 2009, he was named Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League Guard of the Year and Rilski won the BIBL title. From 2005 to 2007 Mirkovic was a member of the FYR Macedonian team Pelister Bitola. In the past he also played for Smederevo.


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  AUSTRALIA   


Japan cruised past Australian Crocs in Day 2 - by Eurobasket News
Japan cruised past Australian Crocs in Day 2 of the William Jones Cup. The team from Asia celebrated 97:69 to tie their record at 1-1. Tomoo Amino (196-F-80) top-scored for the winners 21 points and 6 rebounds. Takuya Kawamura (193-G-86) followed him with 18 points for the first win. Damian Richard Matacz (205-C-79, college: N.Michigan) collected 17 points and 9 rebounds, while Smith added 10. Australian Crocs fell at 0-2.
In Day 3 Iran will face Japan, while Philippines will face Australian Crocs.



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  AUSTRIA   


Austrian U20 National Team 2010 - by Eurobasket
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Jesse Seilern
Seilern
Romed Vieider
Vieider
Moritz Lanegger
Lanegger
Rasid Mahalbasic
Mahalbasic
Eric Schranz
Schranz
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4 Jesse Seilern 189-G-90 USC Aiken USA
5 Lukas Linzer 185-G-91 Oberwart Austria
6 Roman Moschny 202-F-90 Gmunden Austria
7 Romed Vieider 196-F-91 Wels Austria
8 Moritz Lanegger 188-G-90 Kapfenberg Austria
9 Rasid Mahalbasic 210-F/C-90 Worthersee Austria
10 Hannes Obermann 182-G-90 Klosterneub. Austria
11 Eric Schranz 205-C-90 Arkadia Austria
12 Thomas Klepeisz 185-G-91 Gussing Austria
13 Anton Maresch 191-G-91 Klosterneub. Austria
15 Erik Fruhwirth 204-C-91 Oberwart Austria
14 Patrick Csar 207-C-90 Arkadia Austria

Armin Gottlicher Head Coach Klosterneub. Austria
Werner Sallomon Assistant Klosterneub. Austria


Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions and Head Coach Maghelli start building their team for 10/11 - by Stefan Prager
The Arkadia Traiskirchen Lions announced that Head Coach Andrea Maghelli (agency: Interperformances ) renewed his contract for one more season. Point Guard Benedikt Danek (174-G-86) stays put in Traiskirchen as well. Maghelli who is going into his sixth season with the Lions. he reached the league semifinals three times and was the eurobasket coach of the year in 2006 in Austria. Last season the Lions surprisingly beat the then reigning champs WBC Wels in the playoff quarterfinals but got beaten by Furstenfeld in the semis.

Point Guard Benedikt Danek (174-G-86) will stay in Traiskirchen as well. He is one the strongest Austrian players and was voted as an All Star in 09 and 10. Last season he averaged 8.1ppg while dishing out 5.1 assists per contest. Danek is known as the heart & soul of the Lions team playing nearly 37 minutes per game.

Meanwhile the Lions inked with youngster Daniel Friedrich (180-G-92) who played 11 games for the Basket Clubs Vienna last season. Friedrich is playing for the Austrian U18 National Team. Markus Pinezich (170-G-88) has terminated his contract with the Lions.


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  BARBADOS   


Jackson setup battle with Pinelands for playoff berth - by Justin Marville
PREMIER LEAGUE BASKETBALL'S final playoff spot comes down to its final regular season game.

Javid Beckles had 19 points and 11 rebounds as British American Insurance Jackson setup a virtual one-game quarterfinal against Pinelands in their season finale after surviving Colombian Emeralds International Senators 71-68 at the Wildey Gym on Tuesday.

The dramatic victory, followed by the Pine's loss to the league leading Lakers later that night, left both clubs tied in fourth place with an identical 10-5 record for that last postseason berth with just next week's game between the two remaining.

Jackson actually led by as many as 20 points (54-34) midway through the third quarter but Senators scored 17 unanswered before eventually locking the scores at 63 late in the fourth.

Anthony Forde even wasted an opportunity for Senators to take the lead on a blown lay-up, only to see Beckles answer with six quick points as part of an 8-0 Jackson run that seemingly decided the contest.

However, two successive turnovers led to George Farrell scoring five straight points, before a third transgression gave Senators one last possession to force overtime, but Brian Yarde's potential game-tying trey fell perilously short at the final buzzer.

Kevin Austin and Pearson Griffith assisted Beckles with 17 and 16 points respectively while Farrell led all scorers with 23.

In the night cap, Adrian Allman led five Lakers in double digits with 19 points while the bench added a season's best 31 points as the league leaders recorded their first ever season sweep of Pinelands following an 88-67 rout.

It was the Lakers' reserves, led by backup small forward Ian Alexander, who opened up the initial 20-point margin (43-23) in the second quarter, before Andre Lockhart and Ormond Haynes combined for 19 fourth quarter points to squash a prior third-quarter rally from the Pine.

Lockhart finished with 18 points, Haynes added 16, Alexander had 15 while Birkett chipped in with 11 points as the league leaders (14-1) await the winner of that regular season finale in their first-round playoff matchup.

Pinelands swingman Decarlo Skeete led all scorers with 21 points and Kirk Patrick had 17.


Jones hopes for Miami return - by Justin Marville
IT SEEMS THAT LEBRON isn't the only James who wants to be a part of the NBA's newest super-team in Miami.

Free agent forward James Jones isn't ruling out a return to the Heat, even after Miami bought out his contract to clear cap space to assemble their new superstar trio of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

The sharpshooting, seven-year veteran expressed a great interest to stay in South Beach while conducting his annual JHoops Live basketball camp for Barbados' best junior players Saturday at the Wildey Gymnasium.

'That's my city, that's where I grew up,' said the Miami native, who revealed that a return to the Heat is his first option.

'I grew up watching Heat basketball and was a part of the Heat family and hopefully something can happen that can become a reality.

'If it doesn't then it doesn't [but] I'm happy for the city anyway, I'm just happy for the Heat organisation, I'm happy for my team-mates and D-Wade, he's going to have a supporting cast that can help him win a championship,' he added.

A former second round pick of the Pacers back in 2003, Jones, whose wife Destiny is Bajan-born, has made a name for himself as a specialist three-point shooting forward during a seven-year career that includes stops in Indiana, Phoenix, Portland and most recently Miami.

However, the Heat bought out his contract this off-season as part of a grand plan to create as much salary cap space to keep Finals MVP Dwyane Wade, while surrounding him with other superstar talent.

That plan came to fruition when Wade and Bosh announced their intention to sign with Miami on Wednesday, before James made his televised 'decision' to join the fellow All-Stars in South Beach just a day later on an hour-long ESPN programme.

'This is going to be great for the city,' said Jones of Miami's new superstar signings.

'I know everyone down there's excited and the NBA on a whole. Everyone was waiting to see what would happen with those three and [now] they found out. Now Miami has a powerhouse team and it's up to everyone else to try to dethrone the 'Three Kings' as they call them.'

But the Heat are still in the hunt for complementary players, as their house clearing has left the franchise with just the three All-Stars and point guard Mario Chalmers currently under contract.

And one of those players on Miami's wish list could be the same Jones, whose career 39.5 percent mark from behind the arc makes him a perfect fit on a roster desperate for three-point shooting to stretch the floor for Wade, James and Bosh.

'I feel everyone wants someone like me, a guy that can make shots and doesn't need a million touches,' reasoned Jones, before he took the floor to teach some warm-up drills.

'There's always an opportunity to add shooting and I'm pretty sure that they're going through a list of players and try to make some personnel decisions.'

Jones also revealed that there's been interest from at least seven other teams, one of which is rumoured to be reigning NBA champs Los Angeles Lakers, whose recent signing Steve Blake shares Jones' agent.

'Every player wants to play for a contender, and they're a team that needs shooting,' Jones said of possibly playing for Los Angeles.

'You'd be playing with arguably the best player in the world and who wouldn't relish that opportunity?

'[But] Miami is always my first place [because] that's the place where I was born, the place where I was raised and that's where I left a lot of blood, sweat and tears,' added Jones.

This was the second year Jones conducted the JHoops Live camp, which focuses on teaching and reinforcing basic basketball fundamentals.


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  BELARUS   


Belarus back on track with win over Romania - by Eurobasket News
Belarus U20 - Romania U20 66:60

Belarusian U20 selection bounced back after a stunning loss in the opening round of the U20 European Championship in Division B. They prevailed against Romania to improve at 1-1 record in Group D of the tournament. Romania in the meantime suffered the second straight loss in Austria.
The lead changed throughout the opening frame. But Belarus capped it with a 7:2 run to earn a 20:12 advantage at the first break. Rolland Torok (202-C-90) allowed Romania to get within 5 early in the second term. Vlad Corpodean (197-F-91) fired six points as Romania got within 3 points late in the first frame. Romania followed with an 8:2 run to earn a 31:28 halftime advantage. Krysevich knocked down five points to ignite a 9:1 run from Belarus as they regained the lead in the third term. Valiantsin Ihnatchyk (192-G-91) allowed Belarus to enjoy a 53:44 buffer entering the final term. Pop narrowed the gap to just two points with 21 seconds remaining in regulation. However Valiantsin Ihnatchyk fired four free throws in the dying seconds to seal the win for Belarus.
Valiantsin Ihnatchyk produced 16 points and 8 rebounds for Belarus. Siarhei Hancharonak (204-C-91) added 12 points in the winning effort. Vlad Corpodean answered with 17 points for Romania. Rolland Torok finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.

Belarus U20: Valiantsin Ihnatchyk 16, Siarhei Hancharonak 12, Andrei Tsyvinski (197-G-91) 8
Romania U20: Vlad Corpodean 17, Rolland Torok 12+12 boards



Belarusian U20 National Team 2010 - by Eurobasket
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Mikalai Salauyou
Salauyou
Uladzimir Krysevich
Krysevich
Maksim Dabravolski
Dabravolski
Aliaksei Kachan
Kachan
Viktar Ausepian
Ausepian
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4 Andrei Tsyvinski 197-G-91 Vitalyur Belarus
5 Mikalai Salauyou 190-G-91 Vitalyur Belarus
6 Uladzimir Krysevich 208-C-91 Vitalyur Belarus
7 Siarhei Hancharonak 204-C-91 Vitalyur Belarus
8 Maksim Dabravolski 198-G-91 Vitalyur Belarus
9 Andrei Navoichyk 199-G/F-91 Vitalyur Belarus
10 Valiantsin Ihnatchyk 192-G-91 Vitalyur Belarus
11 Aliaksandr Hrumiantsau 206-F-91 Vitalyur Belarus
12 Yaraslau Kurapau 200-F-91 Vitalyur Belarus
13 Aliaksei Kachan 187-G-91 Vitalyur Belarus
14 Viktar Ausepian 205-F-91 Vitalyur Belarus

Aliaksandr Barysau Head Coach Vitalyur Belarus
Valery Vauleu Assistant


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  BELGIUM   


Charleroi Transfer News - by Peter Buyse
Eurobasket Belgium received information that American guard Demond Mallet (186-G-78, agency: Higher Vision Sports, college: McNeese St.) will join Spirou Charleroi.
This past season he played 12 games for Turk Telekom Ankara in the Europcup and averaged 12.3 ppg and 3.2 apg.

In 31 Turkish league games his averages were 10.4 ppg and 3.4 apg.
Before coming to Turkey he played 2 seasons for Badalona in the Spanish ACB league. In 2008 his team won both the Spanish Cup and the Uleb Cup.
Between graduating from McNeese state and playing in Spain he spent all of his career in Germany playing among others for Btaunschweig, Bamberg and Koln with whom he won the German cup in 2007 (Game MVP). Also won the German Championship with Bamberg in 04-05.

He earned player of the year in the Southland conference following his senior year in college and was also voted German player of the year on 2 occassions.
Demond was the Southland conference scoring leader on 2 occasions and was selected All Southland 1st Team 3 times.

The team management has confirmed to Eurobasket that the player will indeed be on the Spirou roster for the next season.
They also told us that they are happy to be able to sign a player with his extensive European experience.

Charleroi has announced that Belgian NT player Sacha Massot (204-F/C-83, agency: LBM Management) is headed to France to play for ProB team Antibes.



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  BOSNIA   


Igokea signs Zarko Rakocevic and Branko Mirkovic - by Eurobasket News
The Adriatic league newcomer Igokea Aleksandrovac announced signing of a one-year deal with Zarko Rakocevic (204-F-84) and Branko Mirkovic (185-G-82, agency: Global Sports Plaza).
Zarko Rakocevic is coming to Igokea from another Bosnian team - Bosna ASA BHT. The Montenegrin big guy appeared 11 times in Adriatic league last season averaging 11.2 points and 4.3 rebounds. He added 12 ppg and 4.3 rpg in Bosnian championship. Rakocevic joined Bosna ASA BHT in December last year from Partizan Belgrade. He spent season 2008/09 with the Serbian powerhouse as well. Rakocevic started basketball career with Buducnost Podgorica and stayed there until the end 2007/08 season. Than, he spent a short time with Ukrainian Khimik.
Branko Mirkovic arrives to Igokea from the Bulgarian powerhouse Lukoil Akademik. They defended the NBL title last season and Mirkovic helped them with 7.1 ppg, 1.9 rpg and 2.9 apg for 37 games. Before Lukoil Akademik, Mirkovic spent two years with Rilski Sportist Samokov. He was one of their best players in two years. In 2009, he was named Eurobasket.com All-Balkan League Guard of the Year and Rilski won the BIBL title. From 2005 to 2007 Mirkovic was a member of the FYR Macedonian team Pelister Bitola. In the past he also played for Smederevo.


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  BRAZIL   


Brazil edge Uruguay twice in test games - by Eurobasket News
Brazil hosted Uruguay for two exhibition encounters. The home team celebrated back-to-back victories.
The teams opened the friendly series in Santa Cruz do Sul. Brazil claimed a 72:50 victory at the end. Lucas Alves came up with 13 points to lead Brazil. The hosts surged ahead in the opening frame. They accumulated a 21:12 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Uruguay adjusted their defense but still trailed by 11 points at halftime. Brazil outscored their opponents 20:12 in the third term and did not look back en route to the win. Jonathan Tavernari (197-G/F-87) provided 12 points, while Murilo da Rosa (210-C/F-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services) had 9 points for the winners. Mauricio Aguiar (199-F-83, agency: Players Group) responded with 13 points for Uruguay. Joaquin Izuibejeres (184-G-82) led all scorers with 15 points.
Eduardo Machado (195-G-82) stepped up for Brazil in the second game. He unloaded 19 points to lead the hosts to a 73:68 victory at the end. Brazil once again opened the game in a dominant manner. They outgunned the visitors 27:13 and maintained the lead throughout the second period. Brazil enjoyed a 41:32 lead at halftime. Brazil boosted the margin to 19 points in the third term and hung on to win the battle at the end. Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga) provided 12 points, while Murilo da Rosa had 9 in the win. Mauricio Aguiar unleashed game-high 31 points for Uruguay. Bruno Fitipaldo (183-G-91) had 12 points in the loss.



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  BULGARIA   


Sutor Montegranaro keeps Dejan Ivanov - by Eurobasket News
Sutor Montegranaro announced signing of a one-year contract extension with the Bulgarian National Team player Dejan Ivanov (205-F/C-86). The 24-year old power forward joined Montegranaro in March 2009. Last season, he played 33 games in Serie A registering 10.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg and 1.5 spg. For his performance Ivanov was awarded with Eurobasket.com Italian SerieA All-Bosmans Team. On season 2008/09 he played 9 league games averaging 12.1 ppg and 8.2 rpg. Ivanov joined Montegranaro from Zadar, where he started 2008/09 season and played until March. For 9 games in EuroCup, Ivanov had 12.4 ppg and 8.6 rpg. In Adriatic league, he added 10.9 ppg and 6.9 rpg.
Before the above mentioned teams, Dejan Ivanov also was a member of Split, Caja San Fernando, Cherno More, Avtodor Saratov and Levski Sophia. He is an active member of the Bulgarian National Team since 2005. Ivanov played 10 games for Bulgaria at the 2009 EuroBasket in Poland and was one of their best players. He averaged 14.2 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.6 apg at this event. Ivanov also was one of their key players during the EuroBasket Qualifications as he added 15.9 ppg and 7 rpg for 8 games. He also played for U20 and U18 Bulgaria in the past.


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  CHILE   


The NT defeat Argentina after 55 years - by Daniel Valencia
The chilean national team defeated Argentina 71-69 on wednesday night. This friendly match was the second in two days and this victory was the first by a Chilean NT in 55 years against Argentina. The heroes of the nigth were the shooting guard Evandro Arteaga (178-G-83), who ended the night with 21 points (9-10 from the free throw line and 3/6 from three point line), and the point guard Erick Carrasco (181-G-83), who scored 11 points, 8 rebounds, 4 steals and 3 assists. For Argentina, Juan Gutierrez finished with a double double, (12 & 10).

Chile 71 - Argentina 69

Chi: Evandro Arteaga 21 pts. Erick Carrasco 11 pts. Jose Luis Campos (189-G-80) 9 pts.
Arg: Juan Gutierrez (205-F/C-83) 12 pts. Roman Gonzalez (211-C-78) 10 pts. Leonardo Mainoldi (204-F-85) 9 pts.



1- 19-16 / 2- 17-14 / 3- 9-13 / 4- 26-16


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  CHINA   


Quincy Davis claims Chinese NBL weekly honour - by Eurobasket News
American Quincy Davis (206-F/C-83) had an amazing evening in the last round for league's leader Jiangsu and that's him to receive a Asia-basket.com NBL Player of the Week award for round 12.
The 27-year old power forward had a double-double of 31 points and nineteen rebounds, while his team beat ShenYang (#7, 5-8) 94-88. It allowed Jiangsu to consolidate first place in the Chinese NBL. Jiangsu has a very good season and are considered to have a run for the championship title. They improved their record to 11-1. Davis has many years of experience at Jiangsu, through which he has constantly improved. Tulane University graduate has very impressive stats this year. Davis is in league's top in points (6th best: 22.2ppg), rebounds (4th best: 14.1rpg) and averages solid 2.7bpg,2.1spg and 61.5% FGP.

The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 27-year old American power forward Terence Dials (206-F/C-83) of Western Liaoning. Dials impressed basketball fans with a double-double of 33 points and 16 rebounds. Of course he lead W.Liaoning to another comfortable win 115-101 over the higher-ranked Changan Group (#3, 8-4) being unquestionably team leader. This victory allowed W.Liaoning to move up to 6th position in the standings. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 5-7 record. Dials is one of the most experienced players at W.Liaoning and has a reputation of the team's most reliable player. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 23.1ppg (#5). He also registered 16.7 boards per game.

The third best performed player last round was American Shawn Taggart (207-F-85) of Henan Jiyuan Iron and Steel (#10). Taggart got into 30-points club by scoring 38 points in the last round. He went also for ten rebounds . He was a key player of Jiyuan, leading his team to a 115-108 win against the higher-ranked Guangzhou FM (#4, 6-6). Jiyuan can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have rather bad season and 3-9 record places them close to the bottom of the standings. Too bad for Taggart he does not play for a better team. But maybe if he did, his season stats would not be that high. Taggart has individually a great season in China. After only 8 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 32.5ppg (best scorer) and rebounds with 13.3rpg (6th best).

Other top performing players last week:
4. Dennis Mims (205-F-80) of Sichuan - 24 points, 23 rebounds and 2 assists
5. Dante Milligan (206-F-84) of Heilongjiang - 22 points, 12 rebounds and 2 assists
6. Nick Stallings (190-G-83) of Hangzhou - 29 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists
7. Terrell Taylor (203-C-81) of Whampoa - 30 points and 11 rebounds
8. Marc Dawson (206-F/C-83) of Guangzhou FM - 23 points, 17 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Wayne Oliver (201-F/C-80) of Heilongjiang - 13 points, 13 rebounds and 4 assists
10. Ganwen Tian (195-F-86) of Jiyuan - 28 points and 2 assists


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  CROATIA   


Ljubo Samadan moves to Svjetlost - by Eurobasket News
Svjetlost continued with signings for the next season. After bringing in Igor Maric and extension with Petar Cosic, the newest addition to the squad is Ljubo Samadan (208-C/F-83). The club and the 26-year old player have agreed on a one-year deal. It remains to be seen will Svjetlost take more players this summer.
Ljubo Samadan started his career in 1999 with Plastik Solin. Next season, he moved to Zrinjevac where he has played for three seasons. He gradually improved each year and has become regular member of the starting lineup. In his last season with Zrinjevac, Samadan averaged 14.9 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. In 2004, he was snapped by Bosnian team Siroki, but after failing to settle in well, he returned to Zagroje in April of 2005. At the start of 2005-2006 season, Samadan had his first stint with Svjetlost as he has played in 29 games and has averaged 16.9 points and 4,7 rebounds per game. Following year, Samadan moved to Slovenia where he played for Geoplin Slovan and has averaged 8.2 points in 36 league games. He has also played for Cedevita and Mladost Zagreb prior to signing with Kastela in January of 2010. In 18 league games this season, Samadan has posted averages of 12.2 points and 3.5 rebounds per game.


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  CYPRUS   


Latest transfer news - by Chris Mammides
Behind the scene news

Lewis Sims (203-F/C-73, college: New Orleans) and Pizza Express Primetel Apollon agreed financial terms and the amazing veteran will remain in the Cyprus league for another one seazon, this time in Limassol and not in Nicosia. Apollon and Head Coach Dragan Raca also renewed the contract of the Czech Pavel Englicky (210-F/C-83) for another one seazon.
Transfer News


InterCollege Etha Engomis did the most transfers untill now as the management team renewed the succesfull duet of Americans, Anthony King (206-F/C-85, college: Miami (FL)) (the MVP of the league last seazon) and Ken Tutt (185-G-84, college: ORU) while he added a very usefull tool as the Lithuanian Valdas Dabkus (204-F-84) is officially Etha's player. Lastly, Coach Antonis Konstantinides added the thrid American in this seazon's roster after signing the roockie Reggie Redding (196-G-88) of Villanova, at the same time the member of the coaching team Michalis Mantzentides will no longer continue with the Engomis team.


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  DENMARK   


Danish U20 National Team 2010 - by Eurobasket
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Anton Elsner
Elsner
Mathias Seilund
Seilund
Mads Frandsen
Frandsen
Jonathan Gilling
Gilling
Jonas Bergstedt
Bergstedt
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4 Mikael Nielsen 178-G-90 Falcon Denmark
5 Anton Elsner 186-G-90 Aabyhoj Denmark
6 Alexander Bak 193-F-91 Horsholm Denmark
7 Jonathan Vad 186-G-90 ALBA Denmark
8 Jakob Wang 190-F-90 Bakken Denmark
9 Thomas Laerke 193-F-91 Falcon Denmark
10 Philip Christiansen 192-F-91 Stevnsgade Denmark
11 Sebastian Rasmussen 196-F-90
12 Mathias Seilund 201-F-90 Amager BK Denmark
13 Mads Frandsen 202-F/C-90 Bakken Denmark
14 Jonathan Gilling 203-F-91 Horsholm Denmark
15 Jonas Bergstedt 207-C-91 Horsholm Denmark

Mads Christensen Head Coach
Anne Thorius Assistant


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  D-LEAGUE   


Jam alumni everywhere in NBA Summer League - by Eurobasket News
The Bakersfield Jam is proud to report that 12 former team members will be suiting up for NBA teams in the 2010 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, Nevada.

'We're proud to have so many former Jam players participating in the Las Vegas Summer League,' said Jam Head Coach Will Voigt (agency: Warren Sports International ). 'It's a great testament to the improvement they made while in Bakersfield, as well as their continued dedication to making an NBA roster.'

The twenty one NBA teams participating in the summer league - which began on Friday, July 9 at University of Nevada-Las Vegas' Thomas and Mack Center - include several standouts from the 2009-2010 Bakersfield Jam. Brian Butch started two games for the Denver Nuggets before being sidelined by a knee injury, Jeremy Wise is expected to play for the Golden State Warriors pending medical clearance, and Alade Aminu scored 14 points to go with three rebounds, two steals and a block in his debut for the Atlanta Hawks.



The complete list of former Jam players in the 2010 NBA Las Vegas Summer League is as follows:

Player NBA Team

Alade Aminu* - Atlanta Hawks

Richard Hendrix - Atlanta Hawks

Derrick Byars - Chicago Bulls

Amara Sy* - Dallas Mavericks

Brian Butch* - Denver Nuggets

Jeremy Wise* - Golden State Warriors

Blake Ahearn - Houston Rockets

Trey Johnson* - Los Angeles Clippers

DeMarcus Nelson - Milwaukee Bucks

Patrick O'Bryant - Minnesota Timberwolves

Jared Newson - D-League Select

Michael Cuffee - San Antonio Spurs

* Indicates player whose NBA D-League rights belong to Bakersfield Jam


Courtesy of www.oursportscentral.com


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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE   


ESL Chicago Final Day Results - by Darryl Reshaw

ESL Chicago Final Day Results:

London defeated Warsaw 112-106 to capture the 3rd place and their first victory of the ESL event.
Rochestor Rogers again put his had hat on and reminded us of a Kirk Rambis type of performance as he scored 27 points and grabbed 15 rebounds.
Richard Oruche (191-G-88) the dynamic pure shooter added 27 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists.
Zach Malvik (188-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Winona St.) also scored 25 points and 5 assists as he had his best scoring game of the ESL tourney.
Michael Bridges had another solid scoring performance by chipping in 20 points.
Warsaw was led by Steve McNabb (183-G, college: Georgia Perimeter) who scored a sizzling 32 points and was unstoppable in the process.
Demetrius Williamson (198-F-87) the sharp shooting and very athletic swing from Niagara scored 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Derrick Wimmer (193-G-84, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee) also chipped in 19 points illustrating his fine shooting and scoring ability.
Brandon Lawson (188-F-85) had a nice scoring game as well as he chipped in 19 points for the losing side Warsaw.

The first have started relatively even as both teams exchanged the lead several times.
Derrick Wimmer scored half of Warsaw points in the first quarter
The score was 29-29 at the end of the first quarter as this game was an even encounter.
The second quarter was pretty much the same until London went on a late surge to open nice half time lead.
GOING INTO THE FORTH QUARTER LONDON HELD A DOUBLE DIGIT LEAD.
LONDON EVENTUALLY WON 112 -106 FOR THEIR FIRST VICTORY TO WIN THE 3RD PLACE IN THE ESL CHICAGO EVENT.

London 112; Warsaw 106

London:

Rochestor Rogers: 27pts; 15rbs; 2ast
Zach Malvik: 25pts; 5rbs; 5ast; 2stl
Edward James (186-G-86, college: Malcolm X JC): 3pts;
Michael Bridges: 20pts; 3rbs;
Andrew Hunt (206-F): 6pts; 6rbs;
Richard Oruche: 27pts; 6rbs; 4ast
T.J. Gray (170-G-85, college: SIU Edwardsville): 4pts; 5ast; 4stl

Warsaw:

Derrick Wimmer: 19pts; 7rbs; 3ast
Steven Burks (198-G/F-88): 2pts; 4ast; 2stl
Steve McNabb: 32pts; 8ast; 5stl
Demetrius Williamson: 24pts; 10rbs;
Brandon Lawson: 19pts; 9rbs; 3ast
Chris Owens (191-G/F): 10pts; 2rbs; 3ats

Athens defeated Amsterdam 117 -104 to capture the ESL Chicago Championship.

The championship of the ESL event was a classic rematch of day two event where Athens won the contest as well.
Going into this game Athens was the favorite based on the size, experience and the fact that they won the first encounter.
Jason Warren (200-F-84, college: Missouri Western) had another great game as he scored 28 points and 6 rebounds.
His side kick Demarius Bolds (190-G-84, agency: NM Services, college: Missouri Western) was spectacular as he scored 28 points; 4 rebounds; 5 assists and had 5 steals.
Jasen Hunt (196-F-82, college: Central State) played like super man and had 18 points and 10 rebounds as he was really athletic and showed his shooting ability.
Ryan Nelson (198-G, college: Kennesaw St.) played really well in the first half and ended up with 13 points and 5 boards.
Chris Gardner (188-G, college: Trinity Intern.) had another solid game as the scoring guard chipped in 16 points and had 6 assists.

Amsterdam was led again by the explosive Marcel Anderson (175-G-86) as he torched Athens with 31 points; 8 assists and 3 steals.
He is the most talented player at the ESL Chicago event with tremendous upside potential.
Stanley Thomas (194-G/F-80) scored 19 points and pulled 4 rebounds as he had a terrific weekend at the Chicago event.
Victor Morris (185-G-85, college: Cleveland St.) shot and scored well netting 17 points and 4 steals in the loss.
Dwayne Wright (180-G) and Imari Sawyer (187-G-82, college: De Paul) both played well and added 14 points and 13 points respectively and both guards ended up with 6 assists in this game.
Anthony Simmons (198-F-85, college: Purdue N.Central) posted a double double posting 10 points and 10 rebounds in the game.

The first half featured Athens controlling the contest fueled by the play of Jason Warren and Ryan Nelson who both scored 11 first half points.
Marcel Anderson and Stanley Thomas as usual were the best players on the Amsterdam team.
Athens just dominated the game from beginning to end until the forth quarter.
Amsterdam got back into the game after going zone and pulled 98-95 after being down by 12 points.
However Athens kept hitting three point shots all over the place in a great display of perimeter shooting.
Athens was the class of the ESL Chicago event and Jason Warren and Demarius Bolds were too dominate and showed their professional experience.

Athens: 117; Amsterdam 104

Athens:

Jason Warren: 28pts; 6rbs; 2ast
Jasen Hunt: 18pts; 10rbs
Demarius Bolds: 28pts; 4rbs; 5ast
Chris Gardner: 16pts; 2rbs; 6ast
Ryan Nelson: 13pts; 5rbs; 3ast
T.J. Gray: 8pts; 4ast
Tryston Therfield: 4pts; 4rbs

Amsterdam:

Imari Sawyer: 13pts; 6ast; 3rbs
Stanley Thomas: 19pts; 4rbs; 3ast
Marcel Anderson: 31pts; 8ast; 3stl
Anthony Simmons: 10pts; 10rbs; 4ast
Victor Morris: 17pts; 3rbs; 2ast; 4stl
Dwayne Wright: 14pts; 6ast; 3stl



ESL Chicago Day Two Results - by Darryl Reshaw
ESL Chicago Day Two Results

Amsterdam beat London 108 -99 in a high octane scoring contest.
Marcel Anderson (175-G-86) continued to raise eye browns with a stunning performance that featured a lot of dunks, steal, assists and spectacular moves.
He scored 31 points and dished out 6 assists; his speed, quickness and athleticism are Iverson like.
Stanley Thomas (194-G/F-80) the left handed smooth swing man from also chipped in 25 points and 10 rebounds. He can score the ball and has a ton of moves finishing with a nice jumper or taking the ball to the hoop.
Anthony Simmons (198-F-85, college: Purdue N.Central) also had a spectacular game scoring 25 points and pulling down 12 rebounds for the Amsterdam team.
Anthony did a little of everything and showed his versatility during the process.
Dwayne Wright (180-G) the speedy PG from the Amsterdam team also had a nice game scoring 15 points; 9assists and 4 steals.
London was led by Rochestor Rogers who scored 29 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a serious workman like fashion.
Rochestor is the hardest working guy in the ESL Chicago event and he has a nose for being around the basketball.
Michael Bridges added 22 points and 11 rebounds for the London team and showed his nice all around skills.
Zach Malvik (188-G-85, agency: Interperformances, college: Winona St.) and Richard Oruche (191-G-88) both added another 17 points per player for the London team.
The game featured a high scoring first quarter with a lot of scoring from Amsterdam.
They strolled out to a 42-26 first quarter lead with Marcel Anderson leading the way with 11 points.
Victor Morris (185-G-85, college: Cleveland St.) scored 12 points in the period as well.
The ESL coach Tunde Adekola of the Amsterdam team said his team 71 point half time scoring performance was due to great team play.
The guys moved the basketball around like they have been playing for one month.
The half time score was 71-46 in favor of Amsterdam who excellent team play outshine the selfish one on one play of the London team.
After the third quarter the Amsterdam team was leading 88-66.
Amsterdam was complacent in the third quarter after establishing the big half time lead and let London back in the game.
Amsterdam won 108-99 and held off a marvelous fourth quarter comeback from the London team.
London came back by using a zone defense and scored a lot of transition points.

Amsterdam 108; London 99

Amsterdam:
Marcel Anderson 31pts; 2rbs; 6ast; 4stl
Stanley Thomas: 25pts; 4rbs; 6ast; 4stl
Imari Sawyer (187-G-82, college: De Paul): 0pts; 11ast; 3stl
Victor Morris: 12pts; 6rbs; 4ast; 3stls
Anthony Simmons: 25pts; 12rbs; 3ast; 2stl
Dwayne Wright: 15pts; 2 rbs; 9ast; 4stls

London:

Rochestor Rogers: 29pts; 10 rbs; 4stls
Zach Malvik: 17pts; 9rbs; 8ast; 4stl
Edward James (186-G-86, college: Malcolm X JC): 2pts;2rbs; 2stls
Michael Bridges: 22pts; 11rbs; 5ast; 3stls
Andrew Hunt (206-F): 4pts; 10 rbs; 3st
Richard Oruche: 17pts; 8rbs; 4ast; 3stls
T.J. Gray (170-G-85, college: SIU Edwardsville): 8pts; 5ast; 4stl

Game 5: Warsaw 90 vs. Athens 89

Warsaw defeated Athens 90 89 in a sizzling contest as sharp shooting Demetrius Williamson (198-F-87) dropped 29 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead his team to the win.
He had a lot of help from Steve McNabb (183-G, college: Georgia Perimeter) who scored 23 points and dished out 5 assists in a stellar point guard performance.
Athens was led by Jason Warren (200-F-84, college: Missouri Western) who scored 22 points and 12 rebounds.
Jasen Hunt (196-F-82, college: Central State) also chipped in 17 points and 7 rebounds for the Athens team.
Athens basically had the game and just went asleep after opening up a big lead.
Athens began the game scoring easy transition points and using their superior inside presence to open a early first quarter lead 25-18.
The Athens team opened up a double digit half time lead but Warsaw kept fighting back.
THEY SEEM LIKE THEY WERE IN CONTROL OF THE GAME BUT WARSAW KEPT FIGTING AND TOOK THE LEAD 79-78 WITH 430 LEFT IN THE GAME.
Demetrius Williamson from Niagra and Steve McNabb led the Warsaw team storming back in the game with great offensive play.
The game went to the final possession with the score 88-87 Warsaw ahead and at the free throw line with 34 seconds left in the contest.
Warsaw miss the front end of the one and one and Demarius Bolds (190-G-84, agency: NM Services, college: Missouri Western) drove the full length of the court to give Amsterdam a 89-88 lead.
However Warsaw scored in the final 6 seconds to steal the victory for Warsaw.

Warsaw: 90; Athens 89

Warsaw:

Brandon Lawson (188-F-85): 2pts; 3ast; 2stls
Derrick Wimmer (193-G-84, college: Wisc.-Milwaukee): 13pts; 7rbs; 4 ast; 3stl
Steven Burks (198-G/F-88): 4pts; 5rbs; 2ast; 4stls
Steve McNabb: 23pts; 6 rbs; 5 ast; 3stl
Demetrius Williamson: 29pts; 12rbs; 4ast
Christopher Owens (191-G, college: Morris): 19pts; 4rbs; 4ast

Athens:

Jason Warren: 22pts; 12rbs; 3stl
Chris Gardner (188-G, college: Trinity Intern.): 11pts; 3 rbs; 2ast; 2 stl
Demarius Bolds: 15pts; 7rbs; 4ast; 3stl
Jasen Hunt: 17pts; 7rbs; 4ast; 3stl
Ryan Nelson (198-G, college: Kennesaw St.): 12pts; 6 rbs; 3ast; 3stl
Tryston Therfield: 11pts; 2rbs; 4ast

Athens defeated Amsterdam 109 80 in an easy victory to force a three was tie of 2-1 a top of the ESL Chicago table.
After doing a point differential between the top three teams both of these teams will face each other again for the ESL Championship.
Jason Warren was the mane of this game as the smooth shooting 68 guard torched the Amsterdam team for 39 points and 16 rebounds.
Jason was 7-12 from the 3pt line and the game was over once he got on fire.
Demarius Bolds had a terrific game scoring 23 points and pulling 6 rebounds showing off his European professional experience.
Bolds is a very talented combo guard who is super athletic and can do it all.
Marcel Anderson once again led Amsterdam with 22 points and 5 assists using his blinding speed and athleticism.
He received a lot of help from Stanley Thomas who scored 20 points and pulled down 6 rebounds.
Imari Sawyer had a nice game scoring 14 points, 8 assists and 4 rebounds.
Athens got off to a strong start behind strong scoring from the whole team.
The first quarter was a mirror image of what we have seen so far from the Athens team as Jason Warren leading the way with his scoring.
The half time score was 37-35 with Athens leading after a slow first half.
Both teams pick up their coring in the third quarter in a classic seesaw battle.
However in the forth Amsterdam seem tired and ran out of bullets as Athens just steamrolled them in the final period.

Athens:

Jasen Hunt: 15pts; 6rbs; 4ast
Demarius Bolds: 23pts; 6rbs; 2ast
Jason Warren: 39pts; 16rbs; 3ast
Ryan Nelson: 12pts; 4rbs; 4ast
Tryston Therfield: 11pts; 3rbs
Chris Gardner: 10 pts; 4rbs; 5ast
T.J. Gray (170-G-85, college: SIU Edwardsville): 9pts; 3rbs; 5ast

Amsterdam:

Imari Sawyer: 14pts; 4rbs; 8ast; 4stl
Stanley Thomas: 20pts; 6rbs; 2ast
Anthony Simmons: 12pts; 12 rbs; 4ast; 2stl
Victor Morris: 6pts; 5rbs; 2ast
Marcel Anderson: 22pts; 5ast; 2stl
Dwayne Wright: 6pts; 2rbs; 6ast



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Armani Jeans Milano grabs Ibrahim Jaaber - by Eurobasket News
Armani Jeans Milano landed American/Bulgarian guard Ibrahim Jaaber (187-G-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: Pennsylvania). According to some sources, Jaaber signed a two-year, $1.2 million deal.
Ibrahim Jaaber is coming to Milano from Lottomatica Roma, where he spent last two and a half years. Last season, Jaaber appeared 10 times in Euroleague averaging 10.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists. He also had 2.2 spg finishing the competition as third best 'stealer'. In Serie A, Jaaber added 12.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.3 apg and 3.1 spg for 32 games. Lottomatica Roma was stopped in the Quarterfinals by Pepsi Caserta. For his performance Jaaber was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Honorable Mention.
Before Lottomatica Roma, where he joined in February 2008, Ibrahim Jaaber also played in Greece for Egaleo AO. He spent there first half of the 2007/08 season registering 22.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 4.2 apg and 2.8 spg for 15 games. He was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Greek League Import Player of the Year. Jaaber is a product of University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated in 2007. In his senior season Jaaber had 15.9 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 5.2 apg ad 2.9 spg. Recently, Ibrahim Jaaber received Bulgarian citizenship. He played for them at the 2009 EuroBasket in Poland averaging 16.9 points, 5 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.3 steals. He finished the championship as fourth best scorer.


2011 Euroleague Final Four set for Barcelona - by Eurobasket News
Euroleague Basketball is pleased to announce Barcelona as the host city for the 2011 Euroleague Final Four. With conversations between Euroleague and the Municipality of Barcelona for a future Final Four being at an advanced stage, both parties are confident that the city is ideal to host the final of the top European club competition on the weekend of May 6-8 at the Palau Sant Jordi.

'Euroleague is happy and confident in bringing a world class event such as the Final Four to Barcelona,' Euroleague CEO Jordi Bertomeu said. 'Barcelona is renowned as city that has hosted world class sporting events. In addition to our close relationship with the municipality, the professionality and experience of B:SM, the facilities such as the former Olympic venue Palau Sant Jordi as well as excellent infrastructure make the city of Barcelona an ideal city to host a Final Four.'

'We feel proud and privileged to host the Final Four in Barcelona. Barcelona will be the sports capital of the world for those citizens who love and practice it,' Mayor of Barcelona Jordi Hereu added. 'Barcelona and basketball will be references. The collaboration between Barcelona and the Euroleague will be a model and a future reference for everyone.'

It will be the third time that Barcelona's Palau Sant Jordi will host the Euroleague Final Four. In 1998, Kinder Bologna lifted its first Euroleague trophy by downing AEK Athens 58-44 in the title game behind 14 points from Antoine Rigaudeau. AEK's 44 points stay as an all-time low-scoring record in a Euroleague final. In 2003, FC Barcelona seized the Euroleague crown at home with a brilliant 76-65 victory over Benetton Treviso. Dejan Bodiroga was voted MVP for leading the champions with 20 points. Barcelona had made it to five Euroleague finals in the previous 19 years but could not lift the trophy - until that night. Barcelona also host the 1969 European Cup final. In one of the best European club competitions title games of all-time, CSKA Moscow downed Real Madrid 103-99 in double overtime. Vladimir Andreev led the winners with 37 points. Ardenak Alachachan became the first person to win Europe's top competition as player and coach.


Courtesy of Euroleague

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CB Granada will sign Ludovic Vaty to a three-year deal - by Eurobasket News
CB Granada agreed terms and will sign the French player Ludovic Vaty (206-C-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) to a three-year deal. The 21-year old big guy has exercised the early termination clause of his contract with Orleans. He played 14 Euroleague games last season collecting 6.3 ppg and 4.8 rpg. Vaty also appeared 32 times in ProA adding 8.2 ppg and 4.6 rpg. His season-high was 22 points against Paris-Levallois.
Ludovic Vaty joined Orleans last summer from Pau-Orthez, who faced with relegation to ProB at that time. He had 11.6 ppg and 7.7 rpg for 29 ProA games that season. He was a member of Pau-Orthez since 2006. Before that, Ludovic Vaty played for CFBB and INSEP Centre Federal.
Ludovic Vaty is one of the biggest French prospects. He helped U16 France to win the U16 European Championship 2006 in Greece. Two years later, he won the Gold at the U18 EuroBasket in Amalida. For 8 games at this event Vaty had 7.6 ppg and 5.3 rpg. In 2007, U19 France won the Bronze at the FIBA U19 World Championship 2007 in Novi Sad, Serbia. Vaty had 8.7 ppg and 5.1 rpg at this event. Two years ago he represented U20 France at the U20 Eurobasket in Riga.


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FYR Macedonia looses against Montenegro in the second friendly - by Eurobasket News
Friendly: Montenegro - FYR Macedonia 83-54

In a second friendly match in as many days, Montenegro was able to peg back FYR Macedonia for a blowout defeat in first game. This time it was Montenegrin players who showed their domination on their way to 83-54 win. Unlike in Game One, Montenegro came out with lots of energy especially in the defensive end. They allowed only 13 first quarter points while managing to score 28. In the second period, tempo of the match dropped down somewhat, but it was Montenegro who was in control. They managed to extend their lead by 4 points, so at the halftime they were up 47-28. After the break, Montenegro again increased defensive pressure which enabled them easy transition baskets. Macedonian players failed to cope with the defence and have scored only 10 points. So with one quarter left to play, the game was practically over as Montenegro was up 69-38. In the final period, they routinely maintained their lead. After trading basket for basket for the most of the quarter, all FYR Macedonia could do was to cut the deficit by 2 points for the final score of 83-54.
After having nightmare offensive match, only 2 players reached double digits for FYR Macedonia. Marko Simonovski (190-G-89, agency: Interperformances) and Damjan Stojanovski (197-F-87, agency: Global Sports Plaza) scored 10 points each. Next best scorer was Darko Sokolov (190-G-86) who added 9 points.

Macedonia: Marko Simonovski 10, Damjan Stojanovski 10, Darko Sokolov 9


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Oliver Clay Moves To TBB Trier - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


The shopping spree in Berlin continues for TBB Trier as the club has gobbled up the fifth body from the Alba Berlin family getting Oliver Clay (205-F/C-87). Clay is a 22 year old 205cm power forward that was born in Berlin. Clay signed a one year contract that is known for his athletic play, hard working ethic, rebounding and eye for the open man. Last season, Clay played for ALBA Berlin II (Regionalliga) playing 13 games and averaging 16.1ppg, 6.9rpg, 1.3spg, 1.2apg, 1.1bpg. TBB Trier manager Lother Hermeling is content that Clay make an impact for TBB TRier. 'We are happy that Oliveris on board. He is a dynamic and hungry player that wants to show what he has got to show in the highest German basketball league and I think he has a lot of potential', stressed Lother Hermeling. Clay is also content in making the next step. 'Trier gave me an unbeatable offer with their concept and this is a big chnace for me to get established in the BEKO BBL. I didnt have to wait to long to make the decsion to come to Trier', stressed Oliver Clay (205-F/C-87).
Source: www.tbb-trier.de



Former BEKO BBL MVP Jerry Green Returns To EnBW Ludwigsburg - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber


EnBW Ludwigsburg have done the BEKO BBL a big favor by bringing back fan favorite Jerry Green (191-G-80, college: Cal-Irvine) who was a big identity figure to the German league during the 2004-2007 seasons. Green is a 30 year old 191cm point guard from Pomona California that recieved a three year contract. Green is a classic point guard, with great offesive skills, but a first-look-to-pass mentality. He led his college team in scoring for 3 seasons and in assists for 4 seasons. He has a solid body and this allows him to defend well and to grab some rebounds. He can easily hit a three pointer, if left open. Since leaving Ludwigsburg in 2007, Green played one seaosn in Belgium and two seasons in Italy. Last season, he played for
NGC Cantu (Italy-SerieA, starting five): 37 games: 9.6ppg, 2.6rpg, 2.2apg, FGP: 52.2%, 3PT: 34.4%, FT: 83.5%. Green is happy about returning back to an old stomping ground. 'I always saw Ludwigsburg as my sports homeland. There was contact to the club last summer and I have been following the development of the team. I am very happy about returning and am looking forward to the great fans, arena and challenge', stated Jerry Green.

Green played at
Cal-Irvine from 1998-2002. In his senior year, he played 32 games: ScoreConf-1 (20.3ppg), 3.9rpg, 4.0apg, 1.5spg, FGPConf-7 (48.2%), 3PTConf-5 (36.7%), FTConf-2 (82.2% ): Finished career as UCI's all-time leading scorer with 1,993 points. He won All big west player of the year in 2001 and 2002. in 2002, he started his professional basketball career in Germany with Mitteldeutscher BC (Germany-1Bundesliga): 26 games, Score-8 (17.3ppg), 4.1rpg, 3.5apg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 55.7%, 3PT: 27.8%, FT: 81.3%. In 2003-2004, he went to POland to play for Czarni Slupsk (Poland-EBL): released at the beginning of April '04: 13 games: 15.3ppg 2.4rpg 3.6apg. In 2004, he started his successful three year run in Ludwigsburg where he reached the playoffs each season and in 2006-2007 reached the semi finals and the Top 4. In 2007-2008, he played in Belgium for Telindus BC Oostende (Belgium-D1, starting five): ULEB Cup: 12 games: 11.0ppg, 3.0rpg, 2.8apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 52.9%, 3PT: 47.1%, FT: 64%; Belgian League: 36 games: 8.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 3.1apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 56.0%, 3PT: 31.0%, FT: 80.0%. In 2008-2009, he played his first season in Italy for Solsonica Rieti (Italy-SerieA, starting five): 30 games: 11.3ppg, 2.7rpg, 2.7apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 48.9%, 3PT: 35.5%, FT: 76.0%.

Source: www.enbw-ludwigsburg.de







Deutsche Bank Skyliners PRO B Team Sign Falko Theilig - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The Deutsche Bank Skyliners PRO B team have found a huge German talent from the countryside of Giessen/Lich by getting Falko Theilig (180-G-92). Theilig is a 18 year old 180cm guard that was born in Giessen.He started his basketball career in Giessen for the VfB 1900 Giessen Pointers (Regionalliga), Licher Basket baeren and some experience with teh Giessen 46ers. Theilig has played in the NBBL since 2006 and was able to improve his stats each season.Last season, he averaged 14,5ppg and 4,5apg. Theilig signed a one year contract with Frankfurt and will gain experience in the PRO B as well as with Eintract Frankfurt. 'We have recieved one of the biggest current German absketball atlents. He will help both teams with his creativity and scoring qualities. Falko is a player from the region and many young players can identify with him', said Frankfurt PRO B coach Klaus-Gunther Mewes . Theilig is happy about coming to Frankfurt. ' I am looking forward to the new challenge with Frankfurt and hope that I can make the next step forward in my career.
For me it is very important that I can play PRO B, take responsibility so that maybe one day my big dream of playing for The Deutsche Bank Skyliners can become a reality. I am looking forward with working with the coaching staff and Harold Stein that I know and have a lot of confidence in', commented Falko Theilig. Theilig has played for the German U-16 and U-18 national teams. In 2009, he took part at the
European Championships U18 in Metz (France) playing 8 games: 3.6ppg, 1.4rpg, 2.1apg and frecently at the Albert Schweitzer International Tournament in Mannheim (Unofficial World Championships U18) -10

Source: DEUTSCHE BANK SKYLINERS Frankfurt e.V.



Crailsheim Merlins Sign Frank Young - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
PRO A outfit Crailsheim Merlins have signed Frank Young (196-F-84, college: W.Virginia) for the 2010-2011 PRO A season. Young is a 25 year old 196cm forward from Tallahassee, Florida. He is not an unknown figure to German basketball floors as he played in the BEKO BBL in 2007-2008 for EnBW Ludwigsburg (Germany-1.Bundesliga): German League: 10 games: 7.4ppg, 2.1rpg, 2FGP: 57.1%, 3PT: 28.0%, FT: 50.0%; ULEB Cup: 4 games: 9.5ppg, 1.3rpg, left in Dec.'07, in Jan.'08 moved to Rotterdam Challengers (Holland-Eredivisie): 21 games: 9.6ppg, 3.1rpg, 1.3apg, 1.3spg, FGP: 38.3%, 3PT: 36.1%, FT: 40.0%. Merlins coach Ingo Enskat awaits a lot from the American. 'We hope and expect that Frank will take ove rthe role of our floor leader from last season John Bynum and that he turns out to be an important help to our team', stated coach Ingo Enskat.

Young started his basketball career in teh NCAA for West Virginia playing there from 2003-2007 where he reached the Big East Tournament Final in 2005,
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight in 2005 and NCAA Sweet 16 in 2006. In his senior year, he played 36 games averaging 15.3ppg, 4.4rpg, 1.8apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 44.5%, 3Pts: 43.3%, FT: 72.7%. In 2008-2009, he played in Holland for Landstede Basketbal Zwolle (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five): 30 games: 13.6ppg, 4.9rpg, 1.5apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 45.4%, 3PT: 31.3%, FT: 64.3%.
Source: www.crailsheim-merlins.de



Exclusive Interview With Louis Dale (BG Goettingen) Looking To Make An Impact As A Rookie In The BEKO BBL - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Louis Dale (180-G, college: Cornell) is a 22 year old 180cm point guard from Birmingham, Alabama that will be playing his BEKO BBL rookie season with BG Goettingen. He played at Cornell from 2006-2010. In his senior year, he reached the NCAA Sweet 16 and played 31 games averaging 12.8ppg, 2.9rpg, 4.7apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 46.9%, 3PT: 39.1%, FT: 85.3%. He won the Ivy league championship in 2008, 2009 and 2010. He was All-Ivy League 1st Team 2008, 2009, and 2010. He was All-Ivy League Player of the Year in 2008. He took some time to talk to eurobasket about basketball and coming to Germany to play professional basketball.

Louis, thanks for taking some time to talk to eurobasket.com. What is the first thing that you think about when you hear the word Germany?

The first thing that comes to mind are Bratwursts; I don't think I've really eaten it before but I'm sure i'll try it once I'm in Germany.

What do you know about Germany and what besides coming to BG Goettingen are you looking forward to see in Germany?

I don't know very much about Germany other than the soccer team just got 3rd place in the World Cup (Congrats). I'm looking forward to experiencing the culture, meeting the people, and trying to learn a new language. It should be fun and very interesting.

What do you know about your new team BG Goettingen?

I know they won the EuroChallenge last season, and they like to play '40 minutes of Hell'. I am looking forward to going to a successful team.

How easy was it deciding to come to BG Goettingen play?

It was a simple decision for me. The style of play suits me well, and I like coming to a successful team that has shown in the past that they can win.

What was the deciding factor that made you come to BG Goettingen?

I'm not sure. It just seemed like a great all-around place to begin my career so the decision wasn't too difficult.

What is your impression of coach John Patrick? Have you spoken to him?

I've spoken to him, and he seems like a good coach who knows what it takes to win. I also believe that playing for this team and him will help me develop in to a better basketball player.

Do you know any of your future teammates in Goettingen?

I don't know any of them personally yet, but I have spoken to Jason Boone because we have a mutual friend. I asked him about his experience in Goettingen and he was very positive, so that also made my decision much easier.

You will have a strong point guard tandem with Kyle Bailey who is like a legend in Goettingen. Would you be comfortable being a backup or are you going to fight for a starting job?

I'll definitely give my best effort for this team, and whether that means i'll be a backup or starter depends on the coach. I don't focus on that aspect but rather just helping my team win so I think I would be suited for either role that is given to me.

You just finished a stellar 4 year career at Cornell. What will you never forget about your Sweet 16 run in 2010 at the NCAA tournament?

I won't forget my teammates and coaches and how hard we had to work to achieve what we did. Going through that experience with some of my best friends truly made the sweet 16, 'sweet'.

You played against John Wall in the NCAA tournament. He was drafted #1 in the 2010 NBA draft. Some said that you were on of the top point guards at March madness. Does it hurt that you didnt get drafted?

I would've loved to have been drafted much like any other basketball player, but the fact that I wasn't only makes me try to analyze my game and see where I can get better.

You played in the Ivy League which is not one of the stronger divisions. Do you think this might of hurt your chances of being drafted and not getting the deserved respect that you should of gotten?

I definitely think playing in the Ivy League hurts a bit in terms of being considered for the NBA, but hopefully in time someone will help change this situation.

What degree did you get at Cornell and what would you like to do later in life?

I got a degree in Policy Analysis and Management. I hope to have a long basketball career, but after that I would like to get involved in finance.

I have seen videos of your game. You can shoot from outside and also like to penetrate. When a game is on the line, what would you rather do, shoot or penetrate?

I would rather penetrate because it opens up more opportunities. The defense has to react more which means that I could either shoot, pass, or get fouled. I think the chance of success is better when penetrating.

What is a hidden strength of your game that nobody knows about?

I would say rebounding. I'm not the biggest guy on the floor but sometimes the rebounds have a way of finding me.

BG Goettingen is known of playing run and gun basketball or better said 40 minutes of hell. Is this a style that you could like?

Yes, I think this style really lets the players use their athletic abilities and instincts. I can envision it fitting me well.

You are from Alabama. What was your childhood like?

I had a great childhood. I grew up in Birmingham which is as urban as it'll get in Alabama, so no farms for me. I played a lot of sports as a child and had great parents to discipline me and keep me on track.

Who were your NBA basketball idols growing up?

Michael Jordan was my favorite player growing up, but after he retired, I liked Allen Iverson, Kobe Bryant, and Shawn Bradley.

The BG Goettingen organization and coach John Patrick have a strong belief in having players that are intelligent with a very good character. Was it just your parents that shaped you into the person you are or were there other people that helped?

Definitely my parents, they laid the foundation for me and instilled the values that I needed to become a good person at heart.

Will learning German be an important priority for you?

I certainly want to learn as much as I can, so I will often work on my German. Part of the experience of playing overseas is learning about the culture and language as well.

You like the music of Eminem. Do you have his new album and is it as good as many think?

I've listened to his new album and I like it. It has some good songs on it.

You also like Jim Carey films. What makes him so funny in your eyes?

I think he's just a naturally funny person so a lot of the faces and comments he makes seem to draw laughs out of me.

What will the Miami Heat achieve with Lebron James?

I think they will definitely win a championship at some point. Not sure how quickly it is going to happen. I think even with their big 3, the Lakers still pose a serious challenge.

What were the most free throws that you ever made in a row?

Sophomore year of college I made 52 consecutive free throws. Other than that I don't really know.

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

I made a hook shot from half court once. Don't know if I could do that again.

How does a typical summer workout day look like for you?


I run in the morning, then lift and then play basketball.

What was the last DVD that you saw?


Mean Girls



The EWE Baskets Oldenburg Bring In Aron Baynes - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

The EWE Baskets Oldenburg found some strength under the boards by getting Aron Baynes (208-C-86, college: Washington St.) and giving him a two year contract. Baynes is a 23 year old 208cm center that was born in Gisborne, New Zealand. He also has the Australian citzenship. Last season, he played in Lithuania for top club Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius Lithuanian League: 27 games: 9.3ppg, 3.6rpg, FGP: 61.5%, FT: 73.9%; Euroleague: 10 games: 5.5ppg, 3.0rpg, FGP: 51.1%, FT: 64.3%; Baltic League: 15 games: 10.1ppg, 4.5rpg, Blocks-5 (1.1bpg), FGP-3 (66.7%), FT: 77.5%. EWE Baskets CEO Hermann Schueller is thrilled about getting Baynes. I am happy that we were able to get one of the biggest center talents in Europe', said Hermann Schueller. Coach Predrag Krunic is also content that Baynes will help the club. 'He is a very athletic player that has gained important experience in Europe. His ambition to reach his goals fits well into our concept', stressed Predrag Krunic . Baynes played at Washington State from 2005-2009. In his senior year, he played
33 games averaging 12.7ppg, 7.5rpg, 1.3bpg, FGP: 58.0%, FT: 77.4%

Source: www.ewe-baskets.de


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Legends Want A Championchip Legacy - by John Gary
courtesy oursportscentral Derrick Rowland remembers what it felt like to win championchips playing for the Albany Patroons. Now he like to win one as a coach and give his Albany Legends players memories they will always remember. In their first year as an organization,the LEgends will face the Bellingham Slam at 8pm on friday night at the WAsington Avenue ARmory for the 2010 IBL title.The game figures to be one of the more intense games of the season.

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  IRAN   


Iran defeated Philippines today - by Eurobasket News
Iran won their opener of William Jones Cup as they started in Day 2 with the win over Philippines. Iran won over Philippines 81:68 as the latter fell at 1-1. Nikkhah Bahrami top-scored for the winners with 27 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Kardoust Poustinsaraei followed him with 18 points, while Zandi Mashhady notched 16. Marcus Douthit (211-F/C-80, college: Providence) responded with 16 points and 8 rebounds in the losing effort.
In Day 3 Iran will face Japan, while Philippines will face Townsville Crocodiles.



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  ISRAEL   


Israeli U20 National Team 2010 - by Eurobasket
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Jacob Cohen
Cohen
Assaf Ohana
Ohana
Nimrod Tishman
Tishman
Yotam Shiran
Shiran
Tal Karpelesz
Karpelesz
#e#5
4 Jacob Cohen 210-C-90 Davidson USA
5 Omer Rub 176-G-90 Macc.Ashdod Israel
6 Tom Havkin 200-G/F-91 Bnei Hasharon Israel
7 Igor Nesterenko 204-C/F-90 Macc.Rishon LZ Israel
8 Assaf Ohana 182-G-91 Macc.Habikaa Israel
9 Nimrod Tishman 195-G-91 Maccabi T-A Israel
10 Tamir Ariely 189-G-90 Hap.Tivon Israel
11 Or Eida 203-F-90 Elitzur Ramla Israel
12 Yotam Shiran 198-F-90 Lev Hasharon Israel
13 Tal Karpelesz 194-F-90 Elitzur Yavne Israel
14 Carmel Bouchman 203-F-91 Temple USA
15 Ben Reis 202-F-90 Bnei Hasharon Israel

Yakov Gino Head Coach Ironi Nahariya Israel
Oren Aharoni Assistant Bnei Hasharon Israel


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  ITALY   


Italy U20 won the latest game of Day 7 - by Eurobasket News
Italy U20-Latvia U20 78:73

Italy U20 won the latest game of Day 7 at the U20 European Championship Men. The Italian team overcame Latvia U20 78:73 at the Classification Round for 9th to 12th Places in Croatia.
The first quarter became the first offensive in the game as both teams nailed 51 points together in the first 10 minutes. Latvia took 27:24 lead, while Rullo tied the game at 27:27. Italy stayed in front after that for the majority of the half and enjoyed 42:40 at the halftime. Italians continued to increase the advantage later in the third period and reached 60:53, while Martins Laksa (200-F-90) reduced to 60:56 after three quarters. He also nailed three for 73:70 and Lauris Blaus (204-C-90) kept 76:73 difference. Giacomo Sanguinetti (180-G-90) made two free throws at the end to bring the victory for Italy.
Giacomo Sanguinetti led the way with 21 points and Daniele Sandri (195-F/G-90) nailed 18. Filippo Baldi Rossi (207-F/C-91) and Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) followed them with 10 points each in a win. Martins Laksa ended up with 20 points in defeat and Lauris Blaus added 16.
Tomorrow Italy will face Lithuania U20 won the first game of the Classification Round for 9th to 12th Places in Croatia. The Baltic state rolled over Slovenia U20 74:72. Latvia and Slovenia will play for the 11th spot.

Italy U20: Giacomo Sanguinetti 21, Daniele Sandri 18, Filippo Baldi Rossi 10, Alessandro Gentile 10
Latvia U20: Martins Laksa 20, Lauris Blaus 16


Sutor Montegranaro keeps Dejan Ivanov - by Eurobasket News
Sutor Montegranaro announced signing of a one-year contract extension with the Bulgarian National Team player Dejan Ivanov (205-F/C-86). The 24-year old power forward joined Montegranaro in March 2009. Last season, he played 33 games in Serie A registering 10.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg and 1.5 spg. For his performance Ivanov was awarded with Eurobasket.com Italian SerieA All-Bosmans Team. On season 2008/09 he played 9 league games averaging 12.1 ppg and 8.2 rpg. Ivanov joined Montegranaro from Zadar, where he started 2008/09 season and played until March. For 9 games in EuroCup, Ivanov had 12.4 ppg and 8.6 rpg. In Adriatic league, he added 10.9 ppg and 6.9 rpg.
Before the above mentioned teams, Dejan Ivanov also was a member of Split, Caja San Fernando, Cherno More, Avtodor Saratov and Levski Sophia. He is an active member of the Bulgarian National Team since 2005. Ivanov played 10 games for Bulgaria at the 2009 EuroBasket in Poland and was one of their best players. He averaged 14.2 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.6 apg at this event. Ivanov also was one of their key players during the EuroBasket Qualifications as he added 15.9 ppg and 7 rpg for 8 games. He also played for U20 and U18 Bulgaria in the past.


Armani Jeans Milano grabs Ibrahim Jaaber - by Eurobasket News
Armani Jeans Milano landed American/Bulgarian guard Ibrahim Jaaber (187-G-84, agency: 540 Sports, college: Pennsylvania). According to some sources, Jaaber signed a two-year, $1.2 million deal.
Ibrahim Jaaber is coming to Milano from Lottomatica Roma, where he spent last two and a half years. Last season, Jaaber appeared 10 times in Euroleague averaging 10.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists. He also had 2.2 spg finishing the competition as third best 'stealer'. In Serie A, Jaaber added 12.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.3 apg and 3.1 spg for 32 games. Lottomatica Roma was stopped in the Quarterfinals by Pepsi Caserta. For his performance Jaaber was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Honorable Mention.
Before Lottomatica Roma, where he joined in February 2008, Ibrahim Jaaber also played in Greece for Egaleo AO. He spent there first half of the 2007/08 season registering 22.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 4.2 apg and 2.8 spg for 15 games. He was awarded with Eurobasket.com All-Greek League Import Player of the Year. Jaaber is a product of University of Pennsylvania, where he graduated in 2007. In his senior season Jaaber had 15.9 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 5.2 apg ad 2.9 spg. Recently, Ibrahim Jaaber received Bulgarian citizenship. He played for them at the 2009 EuroBasket in Poland averaging 16.9 points, 5 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.3 steals. He finished the championship as fourth best scorer.


Bennet Cantu tabs Marco Diviach - by Eurobasket News
Bennet Cantu announced signing of Marco Diviach (200-F-88) for the next three-years. The 22-year old Italian is coming to Bennet Cantu from PentaGruppo Ozzano. His team competed in A dilettanti, where Diviach had 8.5 ppg and 4.4 rpg for 26 games.
Marco Diviach was a member of Ozzano since 2007. He joined them from Climamio Bilogna junior team. Last summer Diviach played for the Italian University National Team. In the past, he also played for U20, U18 and U16 Italy.


Imola returns Prato, Virtus Bologna adds Martinoni, Brindisi takes Monroe - by Eurobasket News
Aget Imola announced signing of Patricio Prato (193-G-79, college: St.Bonaventure) for the next two years. The Argentinean forward with Italian passport has been a player of Imola for five games last year before going to Virtus Bologna. With the Serie A team he had 4.3 ppg and 1.7 rpg in 24 games. With Imola he averaged 16.2 ppg and 5.6 rpg. In the past, Prato was a member of Rietti, Air Avelino and Skipper Bolgona.
Virtus Bologna announced signing of Nicolo Martinoni (201-G/F-89) for the next season. The Italian prospect born in 1989 spent the last two seasons with Cimberio Varese. In 2009/09 he played 30 games for the team collecting 6.5 ppg and 2.8 rpg. A year before his numbers were slightly better. From 2006 to 2008 Martinoni was a member of Benetton Treviso. He used to play for U16, U18 and U20 Italy in the past. Last season, he was named Eurobasket.com Italian SerieA All-Newcomers Team.
Enel Brindisi signed contract with Chris Monroe (191-G-81, college: George Washington). The American guard is coming from AJ Milano, where he had 7.5 ppg and 1.8 rpg for 13 games. He started the last season with PAOK and in May moved to Italy. In Greek league with PAOK, Monroe had 14.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg and 2.5 apg for 27 games.


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  IVORY COAST   


Ivory Coast edge England - by Eurobasket News
Ivory Coast - England 82:61

Ivory Coast recorded a confident win over England in their exhibition clash in France. Herve Lamizana (207-F/C-81, college: Rutgers) and Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-G-85) (185-G-85) knocked down 13 points each to pace well-balanced effort from the African team.
Ivory Coast ensured a brave start to the game. They rallied to a 24:13 lead ten minutes into the game. England stopped the bleeding in the second frame. They narrowed the gap to just 2 points 32:34 at the interval. Ben Eaves (201-F-87) fired a three-pointer early in the third term as England climbed on top. But Ivory Coast quickly rebounded restoring the advantage. The African team rolled to a 52:47 lead with ten minutes to go. Ivory Coast took over radically in the final stanza. They exploded with 30 points and iced the winning outcome. Brice Assie (201-F-83, college: W.Connecticut) produced 12 points for the winners. Landry Guy (196-G) knocked down 11 points for Ivory Coast. David Watts (206-F-83) answered with 17 points for England. Ben Eaves accounted for 13 points in the loss.

Ivory Coast: Herve Lamizana 13, Pape-Philippe Amagou 13, Brice Assie 12
England: David Watts 17, Ben Eaves 13



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  JAPAN   


Japan cruised past Australian Crocs in Day 2 - by Eurobasket News
Japan cruised past Australian Crocs in Day 2 of the William Jones Cup. The team from Asia celebrated 97:69 to tie their record at 1-1. Tomoo Amino (196-F-80) top-scored for the winners 21 points and 6 rebounds. Takuya Kawamura (193-G-86) followed him with 18 points for the first win. Damian Richard Matacz (205-C-79, college: N.Michigan) collected 17 points and 9 rebounds, while Smith added 10. Australian Crocs fell at 0-2.
In Day 3 Iran will face Japan, while Philippines will face Australian Crocs.



Japanese National Team 2010 - by Eurobasket
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Takuya Kawamura
Kawamura
Yuta Tabuse
Tabuse
Makoto Nagayama
Nagayama
Daiji Yamada
Yamada
Ryota Sakurai
Sakurai
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4 Makoto Nagayama 184-G-77 Panasonic Japan
5 Daiji Yamada 200-C-81 Hokkaido Japan
6 Ryota Sakurai 194-G-83 Hokkaido Japan
7 Takumi Ishizaki 188-G-84 Toshiba Japan
8 Fumihiko Aono 210-C-78 Panasonic Japan
9 Takuya Kawamura 193-G-86 Tochigi Brex Japan
10 Kosuke Takeuchi 205-C/F-85 Aishin Japan
11 Tomoo Amino 196-F-80 Aishin Japan
12 Ken Takeda 189-G/F-78 Tochigi Brex Japan
13 Yuta Tabuse 173-G-80 Tochigi Brex Japan
14 Shunsuke Ito 204-C/F-79 Tochigi Brex Japan
16 Kosuke Kanamaru 190-G/F-89
17 Hiroyuki Kinoshita 178-G-80 Panasonic Japan
18 Kenta Hirose 193-G-85 Panasonic Japan
19 Yuki Mitsuhara 198-F-89

Tom Wiseman Head Coach Tochigi Brex Japan
Tomoya Higashino Assistant Hokkaido Japan
Shunsuke Todo Assistant Hitachi S. Japan
Kota Mizuno Assistant Tochigi Brex Japan


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Italy U20 won the latest game of Day 7 - by Eurobasket News
Italy U20-Latvia U20 78:73

Italy U20 won the latest game of Day 7 at the U20 European Championship Men. The Italian team overcame Latvia U20 78:73 at the Classification Round for 9th to 12th Places in Croatia.
The first quarter became the first offensive in the game as both teams nailed 51 points together in the first 10 minutes. Latvia took 27:24 lead, while Rullo tied the game at 27:27. Italy stayed in front after that for the majority of the half and enjoyed 42:40 at the halftime. Italians continued to increase the advantage later in the third period and reached 60:53, while Martins Laksa (200-F-90) reduced to 60:56 after three quarters. He also nailed three for 73:70 and Lauris Blaus (204-C-90) kept 76:73 difference. Giacomo Sanguinetti (180-G-90) made two free throws at the end to bring the victory for Italy.
Giacomo Sanguinetti led the way with 21 points and Daniele Sandri (195-F/G-90) nailed 18. Filippo Baldi Rossi (207-F/C-91) and Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) followed them with 10 points each in a win. Martins Laksa ended up with 20 points in defeat and Lauris Blaus added 16.
Tomorrow Italy will face Lithuania U20 won the first game of the Classification Round for 9th to 12th Places in Croatia. The Baltic state rolled over Slovenia U20 74:72. Latvia and Slovenia will play for the 11th spot.

Italy U20: Giacomo Sanguinetti 21, Daniele Sandri 18, Filippo Baldi Rossi 10, Alessandro Gentile 10
Latvia U20: Martins Laksa 20, Lauris Blaus 16


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76ers sign No.2 overall pick Evan Turner - by Eurobasket News
The Philadelphia 76ers have signed No. 2 overall draft pick Evan Turner (6'7''-G/F-88) (FSY).

Sixers president Ed Stefanski announced the signing of the Associated Press Player of the Year on Wednesday.

Turner averaged 20.3 points, 9.2 rebounds and 5.9 assists while leading Ohio State into the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament. The 21-year-old Turner, 6-foot-7, 210 pounds, left the Buckeyes after his junior year and is considered one of the most NBA-ready players in the draft.

He's expected to start at shooting guard for the Sixers.

Turner will be paid at least $3,835,600 in the first year of his deal, $4,123,200 in the second, and $4,410,900 if the Sixers pick up his third-year option.


Courtesy of www.usatoday.com


Phoenix Suns officially acquire Childress, Turkoglu - by Eurobasket News
The trades were finalized Wednesday, setting forth a new era in Suns basketball.

Yes, Amare Stoudemire is gone, but the acquisitions of 6-foot-10 versatile forward Hedo Turkoglu (6'9''-F-79) and wing Josh Childress (6'8''-G/F-83, college: Stanford) might make the All-Star's absence easier for Phoenix fans to stomach.

The Suns sent reserve guard Leandro Barbosa and big man Dwayne Jones to Toronto for Turkoglu, a player they had coveted in the past. They snagged Childress in a sign-and-trade deal with Atlanta, giving up their 2012 second-round draft pick in the process.

'We lost Amar'e, but (we) picked up some good pieces that can hopefully do what he did,' Childress said upon introduction to Valley media. 'It might take two or three guys to do it, but he was an integral part of this team. At the same time, with a guy like Steve Nash, you're going to have a good, cohesive unit on the floor, and he's going to bring that (unselfish) mentality to everyone.'

The first Turkish-born player in NBA history, Turkoglu, 31, is one of three forwards who have averaged at least four assists in each of the past three seasons, joining Miami's LeBron James and Philadelphia's Andre Iguodala. With the Raptors last season, Turkoglu averaged 11.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists. He shot 37.4 percent from 3-point range.

'He'll fit well into what we're trying to do here,' Suns coach Alvin Gentry said in a statement.

Childress, 6 feet 8 and 210 pounds, spent the past two seasons with Greek team Olympiakos, considered a European powerhouse. This past season, Childress averaged a team-high 15.8 points and 5.4 rebounds in Greek League action and 15.2 points and 4.8 rebounds in European play.

The Stanford product has four years of NBA experience, all with the Atlanta Hawks, with whom he averaged 11.1 points and 5.6 rebounds.

'My initial decision to leave (the NBA) was tough,' said Childress, 27. 'It was moving to another country. It was a different culture, different food, different language, pretty much completely different. I didn't know what to expect going into it, but I'm happy with my decision, and I'm also happy with how things ended.

'I'm back in a great city with a great team.'

Turkoglu, who still needs to pass a physical, will yield about $5 million of his trade kicker and make his $12 million salary for 2013-14, when he is 35, only half-guaranteed.

The Suns will pay Childress an average of $6.6 million over the next five years to back up Jason Richardson and Grant Hill on the wings.

'I think I fit in pretty well,' Childress said.

'I'm not worried about proving myself, I just want to come in and win. Help my team as much as possible.'


Courtesy of www.azcentral.com


Jazz reach agreement with Raja Bell - by Eurobasket News
Raja Bell (6'5''-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida Intern.) is coming back to Utah. Jazz CEO Greg Miller told ABC 4 Sports tonight that the Jazz have reached an agreement with free agent swingman Raja Bell.

Bell was being courted by a number of teams, including the Los Angeles Lakers, but the Jazz swooped in late with a three-year, $10 million offer that turned out to be the difference. Bell actually cancelled dinner with Kobe Bryant when he decided to join the Jazz. After picking up Al Jefferson on Tuesday, the team suddenly looks like one of the biggest winnners in free agency, which was unexpected after losing Carlos Boozer and Kyle Korver.

Bell previously played for Utah, averaging 11.2 points in 82 games for the Jazz in 2003-04, and 12.3 points in 2004-05. After his second season he left for the Phoenix Suns.
However, Bell played in just six games last year with Golden State and Phoenix before undergoing wrist surgery. Bell, who will be 34 years old when the season starts says he's 100 percent now, but will first have to pass a physical before he signs with the Jazz.

Bell's signing means the Jazz will not match Portland's 5-year $32.5 million dollar deal to Wesley Matthews (6'5''-G-86, college: Marquette). Matthews started 48 games as an undrafted rookie out of Marquette last season. The Jazz were hoping to bring him back, but Portland's offer, which includes $9.2 million dollars was too rich. Jazz CEO Greg Miller expressed sadness when talking about Matthews.

'I love Wes Matthews,' Miller said. 'To me, he personifies everything the Utah Jazz stand for. He's tough, he's blue collar, he's a grind it out guy and he never quits.'


Courtesy of www.abc4.com


Warriors' top pick Udoh to miss 6 months after wrist surgery - by Eurobasket News
The Golden State Warriors say top draft pick Ekpe Udoh (6'10''-F/C-87) will miss six months after undergoing surgery on his injured left wrist.

Udoh underwent the operation on Wednesday in San Francisco to repair a torn ligament in his wrist. He will have his wrist immobilized for about 10 weeks.

Udoh injured the wrist at a supervised workout at the team's facility earlier this month. He was selected sixth overall out of Baylor in last month's draft.


Courtesy of www.washingtontimes.com


Celtics officially sign Jermaine O'Neal - by Eurobasket News
The Boston Celtics have officially signed center/forward Jermaine O'Neal (6'11''-F-78),, as announced Thursday by the team.

Though reports of the Celtics' acquisition of O'Neal were released earlier this month, it was made official by Celtics President of Basketball Operations, Danny Ainge, on July 14.

Jermaine provides veteran leadership and experience, Ainge said. His talents are an excellent complement to our core roster.

O'Neal helps fill the gap left by C's center, Kendrick Perkins, who will miss the first part of the 2010-2011 season recuperating from knee surgery, after tearing the ACL in his right knee in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

A 14-year NBA veteran, O'Neal has spent the majority of his career playing for the Indiana Pacers, but he has also suited up for the Portland Trailblazers, the Miami Heat and the Toronto Raptors. He posts career averages of 14.2 points and 7.5 rebounds along with 1.9 blocks. Last season he recorded a career-high in field-goal percentage with a 52.9 mark.

'When the opportunity arose for me to join an organization like the Celtics, I could not refuse,' said O'Neal. 'I cannot wait to get to Boston and start to practice with the rest of the team in pursuit of a championship.'

Per team policy, the terms of the deal were not disclosed.


Courtesy of www.nesn.com


Rockets reach deal with rookie Patrick Patterson - by Eurobasket News
The signing itself was a bit of a formality. Even the contract negotiations come with no real suspense, with the contract terms for first-round picks set by NBA collective bargaining.

None of that mattered to Patrick Patterson (6'9''-F-89). He emerged from a small room at the Thomas & Mack Center having just signed with the Rockets, flashed a wide smile and said, 'I feel different.'

He had already gone through two-a-days with the team and played in four summer league games. But signing the contract, he said, 'makes it feel real.

'Its something you look forward to after you get drafted, signing that paper and being part of an organization,' Patterson said. 'Its real playing for the team, being out there on the court, but it doesnt mean anything until you sign your name on the dotted line.'

The contract for Patterson, selected with the 14th overall pick of the 2010 draft, is slotted to be worth roughly $3.1 million for the two guaranteed seasons, as with all rookie contracts for first round picks. Those contracts also include two one-year options.

In four games in the Las Vegas summer league, Patterson has made 17 of 38 shots, averaging 10 points and 6.5 rebounds.


Courtesy of www.chron.com


Luther Head fails physical, won't join New Orleans Hornets - by Eurobasket News
The New Orleans Hornets have rescinded their offer to guard Luther Head (6'3''-G-82, agency: Priority Sports, college: Illinois) after he reportedly failed his physical, the TP is reporting. Head was expected to immediately compete for backup minutes in the back court, and potentially would have been Chris Paul's primary backup had Darren Collison been traded.

Head was the only new player the Hornets had made a contract offer to this summer and the withdrawal of his offer leaves the Hornets with only three guards on the roster, Chris Paul, Darren Collison and Marcus Thornton.

Aubrey Coleman, who led the NCAA in scoring last year and is on the Hornets summer league roster, could potentially be a cheaper alternative to Head. He's averaging 15 points in the last two games of Summer League on only nine shots per game. His defense is a concern, but for a minimum deal of around 500k a year, the Hornets can afford to take a chance.


Courtesy of www.hornets247.com


Las Vegas Summer League: Day 5 top performers - by Eurobasket News
There was a world of difference between Monday and Tuesday here at Summer League, and it's no big mystery why: Washington Wizards point guard John Wall wasn't playing, so the attendance was cut roughly in half and the buzz was reduced in a big way. Nevertheless, Tuesday had its share of good games, including a buzzer-beater between Memphis and Milwaukee.

Let's take a look at the day's standout players.



Tuesday's Top Performers

J.J. Hickson (6'9''-F/C-88, college: N.Carolina St.), Cleveland Cavaliers

There have been some NBA veterans that have had underwhelming performances in Las Vegas (OJ Mayo, for example) but Cleveland's J.J. Hickson certainly wasn't one of them. He scored 18 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 38 minutes against a well-organized D-League Select team. His energy and impact on both ends were head and shoulders above everyone else on the court and he played like a man ready to take a big leap forward next season, when his usage rate figures to increase considerably in LeBron James's absence. While hope might be a tough sell in Cleveland these days, Hickson is that guy.



Pooh Jeter (5'11''-G-83, agency: Buck Andre, college: Portland), Cleveland Cavaliers

Hickson's teammate, point guard Pooh Jeter, also had an ideal debut, putting up 17 points, 7 assists and 2 steals without committing a single turnover. Jeter, a multi-talented but extremely small point guard, spent much of the 2009 Summer League playing off the ball with the Portland Trail Blazers. Tuesday, Cleveland placed the ball in his hands for most of the night and he delivered time and again, finding high-percentage pull-up shots and dishing to perimeter shooters or posting bigs alike. Jeter continues to pursue an NBA contract, which hasn't yet materialized, but the experience he's gained overseas has done wonders for the consistency of his game, not to mention his decision-making. He does still have a tendency to pound the rock and initiate possessions slowly but it didn't impede Cleveland's flow too much on Tuesday. Jeter wound up in Israel last season after a stint in Spain. If the international scouts are paying attention, he should get a look back on the continent this fall.



Derrick Caracter (6'9''-F-88), Los Angeles Lakers

While DeMarcus Cousins had another monster night, going for 19 points and 12 rebounds, Caracter showed that DMC wasn't the only big with talent and upside in Sacramento's face-off against the Lakers. The courtside reviews for Caracter were uniformly positive: his work ethic rebounding and boxing out, his five (!) blocked shots, his active help defense and 14 points on a variety of offensive looks had writers and fans alike tweeting up a storm. His energy and physical skills would seem a perfect fit for the Lakers bench. His froncourt mate Courtney Sims -- 13 points and 14 rebounds -- was no slouch either.


Larry Sanders (6'11''-F-88, agency: Buck Andre, college: Va Commonwealth), Milwaukee Bucks

While the NBA-level polish isn't all the way there yet for Larry Sanders, there can be no questioning of his athleticism and motor. For the second day in a row, Sanders wreaked havoc by challenging shots well off the ground and going regularly to the offensive glass against a Memphis Grizzlies frontcourt stacked with current NBA players. Sanders finished with 22 points, 9 rebounds, 2 blocks and a steal, not to mention a ridiculous three-pointer to nearly send the game into overtime. Fans is Las Vegas were drawn to his fearlessness and energy; the fact that he played through (and played well) with a bandaged wrist after crashing to the floor on Monday only endeared him further.


Armon Johnson (6'3''-G-89), Portland Trail Blazers

Australian Patty Mills has been the headliner for Portland, due to his hot outside shooting and a few breathtaking passes through traffic, but Johnson has been as impressive as any rookie point guard not named John Wall. During Tuesday's win over New Orleans, he used his broad shoulders and good on-ball instincts to carve out space going to the hoop. Once there, he finished with a sweet touch or made good reads to spot-up shooters. He's also making a point to provide max out effort on defense and avoid forcing shots in the Summer League's sloppy atmosphere. Blazer coaches were thrilled with his efficient 15 points, 5 assists, 3 steals performance last night and his game drew comparisons to Portland's head coach, former Sonic Nate McMillan.


Courtesy of www.sbnation.com


Bobcats, Livingston agree to 2-year, $7 million deal - by Eurobasket News
The Charlotte Bobcats signed free agent point guard Shaun Livingston (6'7''-G-85) to a two-year, $7 million dollar contract today. Yahoos Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Cats will hold a team option for a third season. Here are links for the AP story and Bonnells for the Observer.

Livingston is best known for the horrific knee injury he sustained in 2007 while playing in his third season for the Los Angeles Clippers. Sadly, getting to S-h-a-u-n L- in a google search gets you suggestions of Shaun Livingston followed by Shaun Livingston injury.

After coming into the league straight from high school and seeing limited playing time his first two years, the skinny, 6'7″ point guard had begun to fulfill his potential during the 2006-07 season, averaging 9 points and 5 assists in almost 30 minutes a game.

However, disaster struck on February 26, 2007 as the Clippers were hosting (ironically) the Bobcats. After Raymond Felton made a clean challenge on his breakaway layup attempt, Livingston landed awkwardly. His left knee buckled medially, shredding his ACL and PCL and completely dislocating the joint in the process.

I remember being up late watching that game and cringing. Video is readily available on the internet, as is a particularly gruesome photo thats worth seeking out if youve ever wondered what the distal end of your femur looked like.

Livingston spent the 2007-08 season out of basketball rehabbing. Since then, he has bounced around from the Heat to the Grizzlies to the Thunder before winding up with the Wizards late last season. It was there where Livingston seemed to get his groove back. He played in 26 games down the stretch in Washingtons lost season, starting 18 while averaging 25 minutes, 9 points and 4.5 assists per game.

Prior to todays signing, the Bulls had shown interest in Livingston this summer, while there was sentiment in Washington that he should be resigned to back up John Wall.


Courtesy of www.bobcatsbaseline.com


Rockets will match and keep Kyle Lowry - by Eurobasket News
The agent for restricted free agent guard Kyle Lowry (6'0''-G-86, college: Villanova) told FOX 26 Sports Wednesday Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey informed him the Rockets will match the Cleveland Cavaliers offer sheet signed by Lowry.

'Daryl called me and told me he intended on matching Kyle's offer sheet and my response to him was obviously he's your restricted free agent and you are entitled to match,' Andy Miller said. 'We preferred to have a negotiation in earnest, rather than the market place shaping Houston's value of Kyle.'

Morey is thrilled Lowry will continue his career in a Rockets uniform.

'We're excited to have him back,' Morey said in an interview with FOX 26 Sports from Las Vegas, Nevada. 'He's a critical part of our team and we think a pretty underrated player, starting quality point guard.

'We're excited to have a pretty dynamic tandem in him and (point guard) Aaron (Brooks).'

Lowry signed with the Cavaliers Tuesday and the Rockets had seven days to match.

'We had a plan when we made the trade in February,' Morey said. 'We knew we were going to have to go into the luxury tax and spend a lot to keep our free agents . Really it was a quick phone call with the owner because it was all part of the plan we had set out in February.'

League sources told FOX 26 Sports Lowry's deal is for four years and is worth a total of $23.46 million.

However, only $1 million of final year ($6.21 million) is guaranteed.

Morey had said all along he would match any offer Lowry received.

Last season with the Rockets Lowry averaged 9.1 points and 4.5 assists in 68 games.

A four-year veteran, Lowry began his career with the Memphis Grizzlies and was traded to the Rockets midway through the 2008-09 season.

During his career Lowry has averaged 8.7 points and 3.8 assists in 237 games.

While relegated to coming off of the bench for the Rockets, Lowry has proven to be a real weapon on both ends of the floor, especially on defense.

Miller said Lowry is still trying to digest what's happened.

'It's been a whirlwind,' Miller said. 'It's a little bit of a shock.

'Like everything, we will move on.'


Courtesy of www.myfoxhouston.com


T-Wolves, Ridnour agree to deal - by Eurobasket News
A person with knowledge of the negotiations tells The Associated Press that the Minnesota Timberwolves have agreed to a four-year, $16 million deal with free agent point guard Luke Ridnour (6'2''-G-81, college: Oregon).

The person spoke Wednesday on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been officially announced. The agreement was first reported by Yahoo! Sports.

Ridnour averaged 10.4 points and 4.0 assists per game as the backup to Brandon Jennings in Milwaukee last season.

The deal likely means that backup point guard Ramon Sessions will be traded from Minnesota. The team hopes to have Ricky Rubio come over from Spain next season and still has Jonny Flynn on the roster, so there may not be room for the veteran Sessions.

The Wolves were able to swing the deal after shipping Al Jefferson to Utah on Tuesday to create more salary cap room.


Courtesy of http://msn.foxsports.com


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Ex-Minnesota forward Royce White signs on with Iowa State - by Eurobasket News
Royce White (6'8''-F-91) needed a second chance and Iowa State coach Fred Hoiberg needed talent.

If White can avoid the trouble that plagued him during a short stint at Minnesota, he and the Cyclones could get what they've been looking for. The skilled power forward who left Minnesota under a cloud agreed Monday to play basketball at Iowa State.

'He's a very engaging kid, a very smart kid, and he fully admits to making a mistake,' Hoiberg said. 'Everybody involved with it, they all thought that he was genuine about it and that he deserved another chance. We're excited to have him on board.'

White, a 6-foot-8, 250-pound native of Minneapolis, was Minnesota's Mr. Basketball in 2009. He signed with Minnesota but never played a game for the hometown Golden Gophers.

White was suspended last fall after an incident at the Mall of America and later pleaded guilty to theft and disorderly conduct. White left Minnesota in February after being charged with trespassing in connection to an alleged theft of a laptop computer from a university dorm.

Hoiberg said he talked to numerous people close to White and believes he's committed to meeting the expectations the Cyclones have for their players.

White has four years of eligibility left and is in the process of applying for a waiver from the NCAA to become eligible next season. Iowa State said it expects to learn the results of that waiver request later this summer.

The Cyclones could use a player with White's skill immediately.

Star forward Craig Brackins left for the NBA and was taken in the first round of the draft. Marquis Gilstrap left the program after his request for an extra year of eligibility was denied by the NCAA, promising center Justin Hamilton transferred to LSU and forward LaRon Dendy transferred after Hoiberg was hired.

Whenever White begins his career with the Cyclones, he'll have to keep his nose clean. He insisted Monday that he's focused on making smarter decisions.

'I definitely think that the hurdles that I have overcome definitely changed me in a way where I'm very, very cautious about what I do on a day-to-day basis,' White said.

White's talent has never been questioned. He was ranked the 19th-best player in the country in the class of 2009 by Rivals.com and Scout.com, and was one of just 20 players selected for the Jordan Brand Classic in 2009.

White, who said he grew up rooting for Hoiberg when he played for the Timberwolves, will be one of the most highly touted players to join Iowa State in recent memory.

Hoiberg called White (FSY) is a 'world-class' talent who has the ability to be a high-level NBA player someday.

'The thing I like best about Royce is that he's a very unselfish player,' he said. 'You totally set your offense differently with Royce on the basketball floor. Use him as a facilitator, and you put him on the elbows, you let him attack and make plays. And he's a very willing passer.'

The addition of White is another sign that Hoiberg isn't willing to wait long to remake a program that's fallen on hard times.

White is the fourth transfer Hoiberg has signed since he took over for Greg McDermott in April, joining guards Darion 'Jake' Anderson (Northern Illinois) and Chris Babb (Penn State) and forward Anthony Booker (Southern Illinois).

Anderson has petitioned the NCAA to play next season, and Iowa State is confident his request will be granted. Babb and Booker won't be eligible until the 2011-2012 season.

Iowa State, which finished 15-17 last season, will bring back just three players from last year's roster: guards Diante Garrett and Scott Christopherson and forward Jamie Vanderbeken, who played significant minutes last season. The Cyclones has also signed five recruits for next season.


Courtesy of www.usatoday.com


Tar Heels' forward John Henson works to bulk up - by Eurobasket News
John Henson (6'10''-F) is battling his weight.

The lean 6-foot-10 North Carolina forward is desperately trying to bulk up. As one of only two returning Tar Heel big men, hell need to be able to throw his weight around next season - instead of being thrown around like he was at times last year.

So, Henson tries to eat six to seven meals a day and spends four days a week in the weight room with team strength and conditioning coach Jonas Sahratian.

Its working. Henson is up to about 210 pounds after arriving at Chapel Hill weighing 183. But its a fight every step of the way.

'Hes been the one guy Ive probably sat up the most at night, pulling my hair out and probably giving me more gray hair, going, OK, What do I have to do with him?' Sahratian said. 'Because, he is, hes kind of like a wet noodle. ... Hes got the most minuscule joints youve ever seen. His waist is like a wasps waist. Most girls would kill for it.

'Its getting better. Its been a rough road. Hes been probably the most difficult guy Ive ever had to train.'

Henson spent his freshman year getting tossed around by bigger players in the paint sometimes knocked to the floor, other times merely knocked off balance enough to miss a shot. He averaged 5.7 points and 4.4 rebounds in about 16 minutes a game, though he improved late in the season as the Tar Heels salvaged some pride in an otherwise miserable season with a run to the NIT championship game.

He feels stronger now, at least, as he plays pickup games with alumni or in a summer league circuit in nearby Durham with incoming freshmen Harrison Barnes and Reggie Bullock.

'Its just my body control,' he said. 'Certain hits I take, I probably wouldnt have been able to take last year or a few months ago. Its just overall confidence. When youre stronger, youre more confident.'

The flip side, however, is that Henson is burning calories faster these days by playing more basketball games and is struggling to maintain the weight gain.

His breakfast Tuesday morning consisted of six eggs with cheese and grilled chicken. Then over the past month, he would typically hit Subway after going to summer school classes, then stop by Chipotle for a burrito after study hall. From there, hed come to workout with Sahratian for around two hours before downing a protein shake and chasing that with a big dinner a short time later.

When friends made runs to fast-food restaurants, Henson ordered several burgers or grilled chicken sandwiches, but shied away from french fries, chips or other fried items. At other times, hes downing pizza or spaghetti and meatballs. His father even recently bought him a George Foreman grill for him to cook steaks to meet Sahratians instructions to eat plenty of protein.

The rule is simple and almost enviable: Eat whenever he feels even a touch of hunger.

'The nutrition coach told me to eat anything that swims, runs, jumps or flies,' Henson said. 'And thats what Ive been doing.'

Sahratian went as far as to have Henson send him pictures through cell phone of every meal he ate for much of last season to make sure he was eating enough of the right foods.

'You cant sculpt a pebble,' Sahratian said. 'When you really want to put size on, youve got to pound the food.'

As for the weight lifting, well, Henson admits hes enjoying seeing the results more than the work itself. The player teammates have nicknamed 'Sticks' and 'Slim' believes he can get up to around 215 pounds or maybe even 220 by the start of preseason.

The trick will be staying there, of course.

'Its not fun being the weakest guy or the guy thats always picked on, the guy that youve always got to pay attention to (in the weight room),' Henson said. 'When those guys over there are throwing up 250 (pounds) and youre throwing up 150. But as Ive gained weight and gotten stronger, its something that Ive liked. When you see the progress, you start to like stuff like that.'


Courtesy of www.bostonherald.com


Brandon Knight named prep athlete of the year - by Eurobasket News
Guard Brandon Knight (6'3''-G), headed to Kentucky in the fall, and power forward Chiney Ogwumike, who will join her sister at Stanford, were honored as national high school athletes of the year Wednesday.

It was the fourth time in eight years that the male and female awards went to a pair of basketball players. The previous hoops duo to win was Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Maya Moore of Connecticut in 2007.

Knight averaged 31.9 points, 8.6 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.5 steals while shooting 82 percent from the free throw line last season for Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He led the Panthers to the state Class 3A title game as a senior and had a 4.0 GPA.

He thanked his parents for 'always being there for me.' Knight was a finalist last year.

He received his award from Love and New England Patriots receiver Wes Welker.

'I looked him up the past couple days on YouTube and I was like, 'Oh damn, this kid can play,'' Love said. 'You see all the similar tools that Derrick Rose had at Memphis and obviously last year with John Wall. He has a legitimate shot. He's well-spoken, he's humble and he cares about more than basketball.'

Knight joins a rebuilding Kentucky team that had five players taken in the opening round of last month's NBA draft. He'll be stepping into the void created by the departure of point guard Wall after one season.

'Right now, my main goal is to focus on the now and get better,' he said. 'If you get better and you win and you do good as a team, the individual things will come such as being a No. 1 draft pick and being drafted in the lottery.'

Knight and Ogwumike were set to attend the ESPYS on Wednesday night.

'I'm really fascinated with Kobe [Bryant],' he said. 'I would like to know just what drives him. For me, I'm a perfectionist. I'd like to know if there's one single thing that motivates him to work so hard to be the best.'

Ogwumike averaged 22.9 points, 13.9 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 2.1 blocks last season for Cy-Fair High in Cypress, Texas. She led the 36-1 Bobcats to the state Class 5A state championship. She graduated third in her class with a 3.45 GPA.

She clapped her hands to her mouth in surprise when retired Los Angeles Sparks star Lisa Leslie announced her name. Soccer star Brandi Chastain of FC Gold Pride handed her the silver trophy.

'I was very shocked,' Ogwumike said. 'It's one of those things you hope to achieve, but you'd be happy with anybody else winning, too.'

At Stanford, Ogwumike will team with her sister Nneka, the defending Pac-10 Player of the Year.

'I'm very excited because the past few years she's been on the road a lot and I haven't seen her as much as I'd like to,' she said. 'Now we'll start getting time back and sharing each other's passions like school and sports.'

Leslie saw Nneka Ogwumike play last season while doing TV commentary.

'I hear that Chiney is better than her sister, which is kind of hard to believe,' she said.

Chiney demurred, saying, 'We're two different kinds of players. I'm more of a ball handler and penetrator, and she's more of a post, block-oriented player. One thing for sure, I'm going to be a freshman next year, I'm going to make mistakes, but I'm going to try my hardest.'

Knight and Ogwumike join such previous winners as LeBron James, Allyson Felix, Dwight Howard, Candace Parker and Greg Oden, all of whom went on to successful pro careers.

They were among 12 finalists for the awards that recognize athletic achievements, academic excellence and character.

The other boys' finalists were: running back Malcolm Jones of Oaks Christian School (Westlake Village, Calif.); distance runner Lukas Verzbicas of Carl Sandburg High (Orland Park, Ill.); soccer forward Soony Saad of Dearborn (Mich.) High; third baseman-pitcher Kaleb Cowart of Cook High (Adel, Ga.); and thrower Sam Crouser of Gresham (Ore.) High.

The other girls' finalists were: outside hitter Ashley Wittman of Shakopee (Minn.) High; distance runner Megan Goethals of Rochester High (Rochester Hills, Mich.); soccer forward-midfielder Mollie Pathman of Durham (N.C.) Academy; softball third base-pitcher Kasey Fagan of Dunnellon (Fla.) High; and sprinter Ashton Purvis of St. Elizabeth High (Oakland, Calif.).

The awards are sponsored by Gatorade.

Courtesy of ESPN


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Warriors' top pick Udoh to miss 6 months after wrist surgery - by Eurobasket News
The Golden State Warriors say top draft pick Ekpe Udoh (6'10''-F/C-87) will miss six months after undergoing surgery on his injured left wrist.

Udoh underwent the operation on Wednesday in San Francisco to repair a torn ligament in his wrist. He will have his wrist immobilized for about 10 weeks.

Udoh injured the wrist at a supervised workout at the team's facility earlier this month. He was selected sixth overall out of Baylor in last month's draft.


Courtesy of www.washingtontimes.com


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Norwegian U20 National Team 2010 - by Eurobasket
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Thomas Mjoes
Mjoes
Ali Ouakkaha
Ouakkaha
Aksel Bolinz
Bolinz
Anders Stien
Stien
Roy Nwachukwu
Nwachukwu
#e#5
4 Thomas Mjoes 181-G-90 Sandvika Norway
5 Stian Berg 186-G-91 Baerum Norway
6 Magnus Midtvedt 182-G-90 Asker Norway
7 Ali Ouakkaha 184-G-90 Ulriken Norway
8 Martin Elgmork 179-G-90 Baerum Norway
9 Fredrik Bohn 197-F-91 Asker Norway
10 Nicholas Phillip 187-G/F-90 Froya Norway
11 Karamo Jawara 198-F-91 Froya Norway
12 Aksel Bolinz 206-F-90 N.Illinois USA
13 Anders Stien 195-G-90 Jamtland Sweden
14 Roy Nwachukwu 192-F-90 Ammerud Norway
15 Mattia Bradascio 208-C-91 Centrum Norway

Mathias Eckhoff Head Coach Jamtland Sweden
Brent Hackman Assistant


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


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Iran defeated Philippines today - by Eurobasket News
Iran won their opener of William Jones Cup as they started in Day 2 with the win over Philippines. Iran won over Philippines 81:68 as the latter fell at 1-1. Nikkhah Bahrami top-scored for the winners with 27 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Kardoust Poustinsaraei followed him with 18 points, while Zandi Mashhady notched 16. Marcus Douthit (211-F/C-80, college: Providence) responded with 16 points and 8 rebounds in the losing effort.
In Day 3 Iran will face Japan, while Philippines will face Townsville Crocodiles.



Solomon Mercado pushes Painters on brink of semis stint - by Eurobasket News
Solomon Mercado (183-G-84, college: Biola (CA)) finally found his rhythm in overtime, firing two backbreaking three-pointers to power Rain or Shine to a 117-111 win over B-Meg Derby Ace and within reach of its second semifinals stint in the PBA Fiesta Cup on Wednesday night.

The stocky Filipino-American guard only had seven points at the end of regulation, 102-102, but exploded for nine points in extra time as he almost single-handedly carried the Elasto Painters to the rousing win that gave them a 2-1 lead in their best-of-five quarterfinals series at the Araneta Coliseum.

Another win in Friday night's Game 4 would make Rain or Shine only the third team in PBA history after Shell and San Miguel to make it to the Final Four after surviving the wild card.

'I'm tired. Our heart won it,' said Mercado, who registered a career-high 15 assists and came one rebound shy of coming through with a triple-double.

Import Roderick Nealy (198-F-80, college: Houston Baptist) delivered another double-double for the Elasto Painters with 32 points and 10 rebounds while Jeffrei Chan (191-F-83) added 22, with 19 of them coming in the first half - spiked by five three-pointers - when Rain or Shine run off to a 33-15 lead.

But James Yap (191-F/G-82), who led the Llamados with a conference-high 34 points, fired 14 during that same stretch and led Derby's blazing comeback just before halftime, 53-46.

Then, the Elasto Painters almost lost grip of the game if not for rookie Jervy Cruz's turn-around, one-handed shot with five seconds left off a broken play to send the game into overtime, 102-all.

Cruz, continuing his brilliant performances in the playoffs, finished with 16 points.

'Right now, we're maturing already,' said Rain or Shine coach Caloy Garcia. 'The good thing is, we didn't stop playing. We got the momentum on our side. But the series is not yet over. Hopefully, we can pull it off.'

In overtime, Mercado took over.

The Rain or Shine sophomore scored the Painters' first seven points in overtime, before the Llamados threatened for the last time at 113-11 on a Yap split free throw.

But Chan answered back with two free throws and Yap missed back-to-back triples on separate possessions, which the Elasto Painters turned into four gift shots to seal the victory against Derby Ace.

The Llamados played minus captain Kerby Raymundo (knee injury) and Marc Pingris (muscle tear on left thigh).


Courtesy of JVP, www.GMANews.TV

Intal steps up as Kings avert series sweep vs Aces - by Eurobasket News
Barangay Ginebra unloaded a surprise package in JC Intal (195-C-83) and the former Ateneo stalwart responded big time as the Kings lived for another day in their PBA Fiesta Cup quarterfinals series with the Alaska Aces.

Intal came off the bench and finished with a team-high 20 points to power the Gin Kings to a 91-87, win over the Aces Wednesday night at the Araneta Coliseum.

With Willie Miller (180-G-77) and Mark Caguioa (188-G-79, college: Glendale CC (AZ)) struggling, Intal stepped up and delivered to reward the Gin Kings their first win in three games here in the quarterfinals.

Although still down in the best-of-five series, 1-2, the Kings staved off outright elimination and remain in the hunt for a semifinal slot. Game 4 is set on Friday at the Astrodome with Ginebra seeking for the equalizer.

'Who knew it was going to pay off? Who knew JC will play this way,' said Barangay Ginebra coach Jong Uichico afterwards.

He added, 'It was a gamble and it paid off.'

Caguioa, a former Rookie of the Year, and Miller, a two-time Most Valuable Player, could only combine for six points, further reinforcing Uichico's move to give Intal more playing minutes.

'They've been struggling, Mark and Willie, so there are other players than can take their minutes and that's what happened today. If they're not playing well, then other players should play,' Uichico said.

'It's been a close series and hopefully, they'll make the adjustments and we'll make ours,' he said.

Alaska fell by as many as 14, 58-72, early in the fourth period. But the Aces kept clawing their way back into the contest and came to within 87-90 on Joe Devance's turnaround triple, 5.3 ticks left.

Ronald Tubid (186-G-81), however, sealed the win by making two free throws to ensure Ginebra's win.

Alaska import Diamon Simpson (201-F-87, college: St.Mary's, CA) had 27 points and 13 rebounds.

Chris Daniels (200-F-82, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Georgia) added 19 points and 10 rebounds for the Kings while JayJay Helterbrand (183-G-76, college: Kentucky St.) broke out of a scoring slump with 16, and Eric Menk (199-F-74, college: L.Superior) chipped in 12 points and eight boards.

But it was Intal, who made the most impact, making his presence felt in the last five minutes of the third period when he drained five triples and scored 11 of his 12 points to power Ginebra to a 69-58 lead.

A Heltebrand three-pointer gave the Kings their biggest lead of the game, 72-58.

But the Aces rallied their way back behind Simpson, Cyrus and LA Tenorio.



Scores:

Brgy. Ginebra 91 - Intal 20, Daniels 19, Helterbrand 16, Menk 12, Cruz 4, Caguioa 4, Tubid 3, Salvacion 3, Cortez 3, Hatfield 3, Miller 2, de Ocampo 2, Villanueva 0.

Alaska 87 - Simpson 27, Devance 16, Thoss 11, Baguio 11, Hugnatan 7, dela Cruz 5, Tenorio 4, Eman 2, Cablay 2, Cariaso 2, Fonacier 0, Robinson 0.
Quarterscores: 18-20; 39-35; 69-58; 91-87


Courtesy of RCJ, www.GMANews.TV


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Four new faces in Polpharma - by Patryk Kurkowski
SKS Polpharma-Pakmet Starogard Gd.. announced that signed a contract with 4 new Polish players. Contracts signed Kamil Chanas (188-G-85), Karol Szpyrka (183-G-87), Adam Metelski (208-C-83, college: Cal-Irvine) and Adrian Mroczek-Truskowski (193-G-85). 25-year old Chanas last season started in PGE Turow Zgorzelec, but in October'09 he moved to Anwil Wloclawek. Chanas averaged 6,8 ppg and 2,2 rpg. 23-year old Szpyrka in the last played in 1st League in ASK KS Siarka Tarnobrzeg, which was promoted to the PLK. Szpyrka averaged 8,5 ppg, 4,2 rpg, 3,1 apg and 2,9 spg. The most experienced (with the newly contracted) is 27-year-old Metelski, who last played for AZS Koszalin.The last new player - Adrian Mroczek come back to PLK after 4 seasons (last MOSiR Krosno).

Poland coast past Slovak Republic in Austria - by Eurobasket News
Poland U20 - Slovak Republic U20 98:54
Poland left no chance for Slovak Republic at the U20 European Championship in Division B clash. Poland claimed a clinical victory and improved at 1-0 record in Group D. Slovak Republic slipped at 1-1 record after the defeat. Sebastian Szymanski (186-G-91) knocked down 20 points to pace the winners.
Kozar opened the scoring but Poland quickly gained control. They ensured a 12:4 lead midway through the opening quarter. Back-to-back three-pointers from Pamula gave Poland a 19:9 advantage. Poland maintained the lead and established a 30:18 buffer at the first break. Otto Ulman (205-C-90) opened the second term with four points in a row to narrow the deficit. But Slovak Republic could not get any closer. Poland marched to a 48:35 buffer at halftime. Kozar, Otto Ulman and Matej Marchyn (192-F-90) helped Slovak Republic spark the intrigue at the start of the third term as they pulled within 7 points. But Sebastian Szymanski organized a 15:0 rally as Poland cleared off to a safe distance. They piled up a 27-point buffer heading into the fourth term and never looked back en route to the victory.
Aleksander Czyz (201-F-90) produced 13 points and 9 rebounds for Poland. Jakub Wojciechowski (211-C-90) added 13 points in the win. Otto Ulman answered with 16 points and 7 rebounds for Slovak Republic. Matej Marchyn and Andrej Kuffa (203-F-90) netted 9 points each in the loss.

Poland U20: Sebastian Szymanski 20, Aleksander Czyz 13, Jakub Wojciechowski 13
Slovak Republic U20: Otto Ulman 16, Matej Marchyn 9, Andrej Kuffa 9



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Portuguese U20 National Team 2010 - by Eurobasket
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Tomas Barroso
Barroso
Joao Guerreiro
Guerreiro
Eugenio Silva
Silva
Joao Soares
Soares
Andre Pereira
Pereira
#e#5
4 Tomas Barroso 180-G-90 Torrelodones Spain
5 Diogo Correia 185-G-90
6 Jose Miguel Barbosa 176-G-90 Ovarense Portugal
7 Joao Guerreiro 205-F-90 Barreirense Portugal
8 Pedro Belo 208-C-92
9 Pedro Catarino 184-G-90 Porto Ferpinta Portugal
10 Eugenio Silva 190-G-90 Barreirense Portugal
11 Miguel Queiroz 201-F-91 Barreirense Portugal
12 Joao Soares 195-F-90 Porto Ferpinta Portugal
13 Joao Torrie 200-C-91
14 Andre Pereira 200-C-90
15 Tiago Raimundo 194-G/F-90 Barreirense Portugal

Andre Martins Head Coach Queluz Portugal
Joao Costeira Assistant


Aylton Medeiros in CAB - by Bruno Baltazar
Aylton Medeiros (88) the young player just signed with CAB Madeira for the next season.
Last 2 seasons he played for Electrico in Proliga,,last season in 30 games he averaged good numbers in various areas- 8.9ppg, 5.5rpg, 1.0apg, 1.4spg with good percentages.
He is a solid player that will give them another option for next season ...
With Electrico last season they made it to the final 4 of the league and untill game 5.


Ekjersey Viana resigned with Benfica - by Bruno Baltazar
Ekjersey Viana (203-F/C-77) ,the 32 years old,6'8 PF/C player just renewed his contract with Benfica for another season.
He is a well experienced player with alot of trophies in his career such as Proliga and the league last season with Benfica, he saw a important role in the bench giving precious minutes,a role that he will be happy to take in the winning team.
He played 29 games averaging 1.3ppg, 2.0rpg,playing in Benfica for the last couple seasons ,he used to play for Fisica before.


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Belarus back on track with win over Romania - by Eurobasket News
Belarus U20 - Romania U20 66:60

Belarusian U20 selection bounced back after a stunning loss in the opening round of the U20 European Championship in Division B. They prevailed against Romania to improve at 1-1 record in Group D of the tournament. Romania in the meantime suffered the second straight loss in Austria.
The lead changed throughout the opening frame. But Belarus capped it with a 7:2 run to earn a 20:12 advantage at the first break. Rolland Torok (202-C-90) allowed Romania to get within 5 early in the second term. Vlad Corpodean (197-F-91) fired six points as Romania got within 3 points late in the first frame. Romania followed with an 8:2 run to earn a 31:28 halftime advantage. Krysevich knocked down five points to ignite a 9:1 run from Belarus as they regained the lead in the third term. Valiantsin Ihnatchyk (192-G-91) allowed Belarus to enjoy a 53:44 buffer entering the final term. Pop narrowed the gap to just two points with 21 seconds remaining in regulation. However Valiantsin Ihnatchyk fired four free throws in the dying seconds to seal the win for Belarus.
Valiantsin Ihnatchyk produced 16 points and 8 rebounds for Belarus. Siarhei Hancharonak (204-C-91) added 12 points in the winning effort. Vlad Corpodean answered with 17 points for Romania. Rolland Torok finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds in the loss.

Belarus U20: Valiantsin Ihnatchyk 16, Siarhei Hancharonak 12, Andrei Tsyvinski (197-G-91) 8
Romania U20: Vlad Corpodean 17, Rolland Torok 12+12 boards



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  RUSSIA   


Vadim Panin will play for Khimky - by Eurobasket News
Vadim Panin (203-G-84) will continue his career in Khimky. The 26-year-old forward signed a two-year deal with the Russian vice-champions. Vadim Panin spent the previous season in Triumph Lyubertsy. He tallied 6.5 points, 3.5 boards and 2.5 assists per game in EuroCup. In Superleague the forward notched 8.1 points, 4.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists per appearance. Previously Vadin Panin had stints with Dynamo Moscow, Lokomotiv Rostov na Donu, Ural Great, Unics Kazan and Spartak Primorie.


CSKA targeting Jamont Gordon - by Eurobasket News
CSKA is interested in signing Jamont Gordon (193-G/F-87, college: Mississippi St.). The Russian powerhouse is reportedly closing in on the deal. Jamont Gordon spent the previous season in Cibona Zagreb. The 23-year-old guard averaged 19.5 points, 4.8 assists, 4.8 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game in Croatian league. In Euroleague Jamont Gordon tallied 13.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.8 steals per appearance. In Adriatic League the guard posted 14.4 points, 4.6 assists, 4.1 rebounds and 1.9 steals.


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Poland coast past Slovak Republic in Austria - by Eurobasket News
Poland U20 - Slovak Republic U20 98:54
Poland left no chance for Slovak Republic at the U20 European Championship in Division B clash. Poland claimed a clinical victory and improved at 1-0 record in Group D. Slovak Republic slipped at 1-1 record after the defeat. Sebastian Szymanski (186-G-91) knocked down 20 points to pace the winners.
Kozar opened the scoring but Poland quickly gained control. They ensured a 12:4 lead midway through the opening quarter. Back-to-back three-pointers from Pamula gave Poland a 19:9 advantage. Poland maintained the lead and established a 30:18 buffer at the first break. Otto Ulman (205-C-90) opened the second term with four points in a row to narrow the deficit. But Slovak Republic could not get any closer. Poland marched to a 48:35 buffer at halftime. Kozar, Otto Ulman and Matej Marchyn (192-F-90) helped Slovak Republic spark the intrigue at the start of the third term as they pulled within 7 points. But Sebastian Szymanski organized a 15:0 rally as Poland cleared off to a safe distance. They piled up a 27-point buffer heading into the fourth term and never looked back en route to the victory.
Aleksander Czyz (201-F-90) produced 13 points and 9 rebounds for Poland. Jakub Wojciechowski (211-C-90) added 13 points in the win. Otto Ulman answered with 16 points and 7 rebounds for Slovak Republic. Matej Marchyn and Andrej Kuffa (203-F-90) netted 9 points each in the loss.

Poland U20: Sebastian Szymanski 20, Aleksander Czyz 13, Jakub Wojciechowski 13
Slovak Republic U20: Otto Ulman 16, Matej Marchyn 9, Andrej Kuffa 9



Slovakian U20 National Team 2010 - by Eurobasket
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Andrej Kuffa
Kuffa
Matej Marchyn
Marchyn
Tomas Mrvis
Mrvis
Michal Kozar
Kozar
Robert Kutan
Kutan
#e#5
4 Peter Mikulik 185-G-90 Liberec Czech Republic
5 Jakub Soltes 193-F-91 Inter Bratislava Slovakia
6 Andrej Kuffa 203-F-90 Inter Bratislava Slovakia
7 Matus Kuchalik 193-G-90 Liberec Czech Republic
8 Matej Marchyn 192-F-90 B.Bystrica Slovakia
9 Ivan Zidzik 194-F-90 Proton Zlin Czech Republic
10 Michal Rosival 190-G-91 Inter Bratislava Slovakia
11 Tomas Mrvis 195-F-91 Handlova Slovakia
12 Michal Kozar 191-F-90 Nova Ves Slovakia
13 Marek Jass 194-G-90 Prievidza Slovakia
15 Robert Kutan 205-C-90 Inter Bratislava Slovakia
14 Otto Ulman 205-C-90 Nova Ves Slovakia

Oliver Vidin Head Coach Inter Bratislava Slovakia
Richard Duris Assistant Inter Bratislava Slovakia
Julian Betko Assistant


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Robertas Javtokas heads to Spain - by Eurobasket News
Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona) is expected to join Valencia. The 30-year-old centre will sign a two-year deal with the Spanish powerhouse. Last season Robertas Javtokas played for Khimky in Russia. The centre tallied 8.7 points and 5.4 rebounds per Superleague game. In Euroleague his stats read 10.1 points and 6.4 boards per appearance. Robertas Javtokas also notched 7.8 points and 4.3 rebounds per VTB League game.


Gran Canaria lands Michael Bramos, DKV Joventut inks young Albert Homs - by Eurobasket News
Gran Canaria 2014 announced signing of a two-year deal with Michael Bramos (196-G/F-87, college: Miami (OH)). The 23-year old small forward is coming to Spain from DASH Peristeri Athens. He appeared 26 times in the Greek league last season averaging 8.9 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists. It was his first season overseas and of course first as a pro. Bramos graduated at the Miami University, Ohio last year. In his senior season Bramos registered 17.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg and 1.7 apg for 30 games. He spent all four years with the Miami OH.
At the same time, Granca parted ways with experienced Marcus Norris (185-G-74, agency: SportsTalent, college: Ball St.). The Spanish team decided not to exercise the option for 2010/11 season. Norris had 7.9 ppg, 2.6 rpg and 3.7 apg this year. His replacement could be Taurean Green.
In the meantime, DKV Joventut secured a signature of the young Spanish prospect Albert Homs (197-F-94). The 16-year old player signed a four-season deal with the Badalona team. He is currently a member of U16 Spain.


Market news and rumors - by Eurobasket News
Spanish transaction market is pretty hot these days. Power Electronics Valencia signed a two year deal with Robertas Javtokas (211-C-80, agency: Interperformances, college: Arizona). Yesterday, DKV Joventut reached an agreement with Quinton Hosley (198-G/F-84, college: Fresno St.).
In the meantime, Meridiano Alicante and Mindaugas Katelynas (205-F-83, college: Chattanooga) are close to part ways. The Lithuanian forward negotiates with Cajasol and also with the Italian Air Avelino. There are some rumors that he can also return to Lithuania for the next season. Alicante is also close to loose Pape Sow (208-F-81, college: Cal.St. Fullerton). The Senegalese big guy is connected with few teams.
Real Madrid wants to sign Romain Sato (194-G/F-81, college: Xavier) from Montepaschi Siena. The Central African Republic player is also on Olympiakos radar. We will see which of these two teams he will choose. Sato had 13.6 ppg and 5.3 rpg in Euroleague last season.
Unicaja is interested in Carlos Suarez (202-F-86, agency: Court Side). According to rumors, the forward negotiates contract extension with Estudiantes, but it seems his demands are too much for the club. Unicaja stepped up in the meantime with offer and remains to be seen where Suarez will continue his career.


CB Granada will sign Ludovic Vaty to a three-year deal - by Eurobasket News
CB Granada agreed terms and will sign the French player Ludovic Vaty (206-C-88, college: Moraine Valley CC) to a three-year deal. The 21-year old big guy has exercised the early termination clause of his contract with Orleans. He played 14 Euroleague games last season collecting 6.3 ppg and 4.8 rpg. Vaty also appeared 32 times in ProA adding 8.2 ppg and 4.6 rpg. His season-high was 22 points against Paris-Levallois.
Ludovic Vaty joined Orleans last summer from Pau-Orthez, who faced with relegation to ProB at that time. He had 11.6 ppg and 7.7 rpg for 29 ProA games that season. He was a member of Pau-Orthez since 2006. Before that, Ludovic Vaty played for CFBB and INSEP Centre Federal.
Ludovic Vaty is one of the biggest French prospects. He helped U16 France to win the U16 European Championship 2006 in Greece. Two years later, he won the Gold at the U18 EuroBasket in Amalida. For 8 games at this event Vaty had 7.6 ppg and 5.3 rpg. In 2007, U19 France won the Bronze at the FIBA U19 World Championship 2007 in Novi Sad, Serbia. Vaty had 8.7 ppg and 5.1 rpg at this event. Two years ago he represented U20 France at the U20 Eurobasket in Riga.


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Swedish U20 National Team 2010 - by Eurobasket
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Andreas Person
Person
Christopher Czerapowicz
Czerapowicz
Christoffer Ryan
Ryan
Omar Zaghden
Zaghden
Alexander Lindqvist
Lindqvist
#e#5
4 Andreas Person 188-G-91 Uppsala Sweden
5 Kassim Nagwere 187-G-90 08 Sweden
6 Jonathan Larsson 188-G-91 Plannja Sweden
7 Pierre Hampton 198-F-91 Eco Orebro Sweden
8 Christopher Czerapowicz 197-F-91 Sanda Sweden
9 Christoffer Ryan 196-G-90 Plannja Sweden
10 Omar Zaghden 204-F/C-90 Boras Sweden
11 Niklas Sellin 197-F-91 BG Lulea Sweden
12 Jan Lindback 194-G/F-91
13 Odin Lindell 203-F-90 Eco Orebro Sweden
14 Alexander Lindqvist 202-F-91 Solna Sweden
15 Carl Engstrom 213-C-91 Eos Sweden

Matthias Kentta Head Coach Plannja Sweden
Jan Enjebo Assistant T71 Luxembourg
Viktor Bengtsson Assistant Telge Sweden


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Lions de Geneve lands Vernard Hollins - by Luca Maffioli
Lions de Geneve announced signing of a one-year deal with Vernard Hollins (190-G-80, college: Wright St.). The American guard played last season with Starwings Basket Regio Basel and he won the Swiss Cup. He played 33 times in Swiss LNA 2009-2010 averaging 19.2ppg, 5.4rpg, 6.2apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 52.5%, 3PT: 23.0%, FT: 63.3%. Hollins was nominated 2010 Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Player of the Year, Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Guard of the Year, Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA Import Player of the Year, Eurobasket.com All-Swiss LNA 1st Team and Eurobasket.com Swiss LNA All-Imports Team.

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2010 Jones Cup Day 2: Iran beat Philippines - by Chris Wang
Led by sharp shooter Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami, defending champion Iran showed its poise and beat Philippines 81-68 in its opening game of the 2010 William Jones Cup tournament.

The game was just a warm-up before the two teams potentially meet again in the Asian Games or the next Asian Championship, but it was definitely a satisfying win for Iran, which is now guided by Veselin Matic, against its former coach Rajko Toroman.

Iran jumped in front early, leading by as many as 17 points, but the Philippines cut the deficit to seven midway in the third quarter before Iranians pulled away.

In other games, Yuta Tabuse sat out the game but thanks to brilliant play from Tomoo Amino, who had 21 points, and Takuya Kawamura, who had 18, Japan routed Townsville Crocs with no problem.

Taiwan University All-Stars put up a good fight against Taiwan NT but experience prevailed. Lee Hsueh-lin had 19 points as Taiwan NT closed out the game with a 12-0 run for a 84-74 victory.

Iran 81-68 Philippines
Iran: M.S. Nikkhah Bahrami 27p+8rb+8a, A. Kardoust Poustinsaraei 18p+4rb, I. Zandi Mashhady 16p+7rb
Philippines: M. Douthit 16p+8rb+4blk

Japan 97-69 Townsville Crocs
Japan: T. Amino 21p+6rb+3blk, T. Kawamura 18p
Crocs: D. Matacz 17p+9rb, L. Smith 10p+8rb

Taiwan 84-74 Taiwan University
Taiwan: Lee Hsueh-lin 19p+5a+4s
TWU: Lin Wei-han 22p (9-14 FG), Liu Cheng 12p+9rb

Mens Standings:
Taiwan NT 2-0
Iran NT 1-0
Lebanon 1-0
Philippines NT 1-1
Japan NT 1-1
Taiwan University 0-2
Townsville Crocs 0-2

Womens results:
Korea Sinsegae 88-71 Taiwan University
Taiwan 132-29 Kazakhstan

Womens Standings:
Taiwan 1-0
Korea 1-0
Taiwan University 0-1
Kazakhstan 0-1


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Pinar Karsiyaka signs Ulug Kacaniku - by Eurobasket News
Pinar Karsiyaka has landed another player. After Osiris Eldridge, the Turkish team has signed Ulug Kacaniku (202-G/F-85) for the next season. The 25-year-old forward arrives to Karsiyaka from Darussafaka, where he joined in January. For 16 games in TBL Kacaniku averaged 5.8 points and 2.2 rebounds. He started the season with Sigal Prishtine in Kosovan Superleague.
Ulug Kacaniku started basketball career with Tofas Bursa. He played there from 2000 to 2007, when he moved to Antalya. In 2008, Kacaniku transferred to Mersin, where he also had very limited playing time. In the past he was a member of the Turkish U16, U18 and U20 National Team. In 2006 he got a call to join the senior squad, but stayed with them shortly.
In the meantime, there are some rumors that Besiktas is interested to bring in Devin Smith (196-G/F-81, college: Virginia). The American did not reach an agreement with Aii Avelino, who wanted to sign the player this summer. Smith already played in Turkey for Fenerbahce. Last season he spent with Panellinios.


Karsiyaka bringing Eldridge - by Sinan Can
PINAR Karsiyaka finally made a final move in foreign market as Izmir side agreed terms with American guard Osiris Eldridge (191-G-88, agency: N.E.T.) . Due to a radio report and turkish web site salsabasket.net, Coach Hakan Demir announced the agreement with Eldridge. Since there had been no official statements from the club yet, but it's obvious that Karsiyaka showed some intend to Eldridge who is out of Illinois State. Eldridge averaged 15.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game on his senior season at 'Redbirds' as he'll try to fill Toolson's position who left for Benetton Treviso.

Phoenix Suns officially acquire Childress, Turkoglu - by Eurobasket News
The trades were finalized Wednesday, setting forth a new era in Suns basketball.

Yes, Amare Stoudemire is gone, but the acquisitions of 6-foot-10 versatile forward Hedo Turkoglu (6'9''-F-79) and wing Josh Childress (6'8''-G/F-83, college: Stanford) might make the All-Star's absence easier for Phoenix fans to stomach.

The Suns sent reserve guard Leandro Barbosa and big man Dwayne Jones to Toronto for Turkoglu, a player they had coveted in the past. They snagged Childress in a sign-and-trade deal with Atlanta, giving up their 2012 second-round draft pick in the process.

'We lost Amar'e, but (we) picked up some good pieces that can hopefully do what he did,' Childress said upon introduction to Valley media. 'It might take two or three guys to do it, but he was an integral part of this team. At the same time, with a guy like Steve Nash, you're going to have a good, cohesive unit on the floor, and he's going to bring that (unselfish) mentality to everyone.'

The first Turkish-born player in NBA history, Turkoglu, 31, is one of three forwards who have averaged at least four assists in each of the past three seasons, joining Miami's LeBron James and Philadelphia's Andre Iguodala. With the Raptors last season, Turkoglu averaged 11.3 points, 4.6 rebounds and 4.1 assists. He shot 37.4 percent from 3-point range.

'He'll fit well into what we're trying to do here,' Suns coach Alvin Gentry said in a statement.

Childress, 6 feet 8 and 210 pounds, spent the past two seasons with Greek team Olympiakos, considered a European powerhouse. This past season, Childress averaged a team-high 15.8 points and 5.4 rebounds in Greek League action and 15.2 points and 4.8 rebounds in European play.

The Stanford product has four years of NBA experience, all with the Atlanta Hawks, with whom he averaged 11.1 points and 5.6 rebounds.

'My initial decision to leave (the NBA) was tough,' said Childress, 27. 'It was moving to another country. It was a different culture, different food, different language, pretty much completely different. I didn't know what to expect going into it, but I'm happy with my decision, and I'm also happy with how things ended.

'I'm back in a great city with a great team.'

Turkoglu, who still needs to pass a physical, will yield about $5 million of his trade kicker and make his $12 million salary for 2013-14, when he is 35, only half-guaranteed.

The Suns will pay Childress an average of $6.6 million over the next five years to back up Jason Richardson and Grant Hill on the wings.

'I think I fit in pretty well,' Childress said.

'I'm not worried about proving myself, I just want to come in and win. Help my team as much as possible.'


Courtesy of www.azcentral.com


Antalya sign Wayne Chism - by Eurobasket News
Antalya brought in Wayne Chism (206-F-87). The 23-year-old forward inked his first pro contract. Wayne Chism just graduated from the University of Tennessee. He tallied 12.6 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.3 blocks per game in his senior college season. Wayne Chism made it into All-SEC 1st Team in 2010.


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Raja Bell joining Jazz - by David Edole
By Mark J. Miller

Looks like Kobe Bryant and Raja Bell (196-F/G-76, agency: Interperformances, college: Florida Intern.) will get to keep battling with each other and not have to become best buddies. Bryant's meeting with Bell last night to try and sway him to join the Los Angeles Lakers never had to happen.

ESPN is reporting that Bell has signed a three-year, $10 million contract with the Utah Jazz, which had just signed Al Jefferson (notes) the day before that.

The site says Bell, who only played six games last year for the Golden State Warriors and Charlotte Bobcats due to a wrist injury, had big interest from the Lakers, San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat, and Chicago Bulls but went with the Jazz offer.

ESPN notes that the Bulls had sent Bell a two-year offer that was worth more than $8 million but totally incentive-laden in the second year.



Alliance Stuns Previously Unbeaten Hoyas, 71-69 - by David Edole
Alliance surprised the defending champions Hoyas, 71-69, to knock them from the ranks of the unbeaten Wednesday night in the New Breed Basketball Association League action at the Ronald Charles Gymnasium in front of a large boisterous crowd, the majority of which was cheering for the upset. The score was tied at 69 when Jerome Ives Nathaniel got the ball at the top of the key with six seconds left on the clock. He found a seam in the Hoyas defense, attacked the basket and laid in the game winner as time expired, to the delight of the majority Alliance supporters.
Defense was the name of the game in the early stages of this contest with the champs holding Alliance to just eight first-quarter points while scoring a season low 18 , opening-period points themselves. Roman Castillo led the Hoyas with eight points in the opening stanza.
Led by seven points from Andre 50 McIntosh, Alliance came back to outscore the Hoyas 15-11 to trail by six at the half at 29-23.
At the start of the third quarter, Alliance would find themselves down by as many as 15, but a tight defense and a balanced attack midway through the period saw them begin a run that would take them into the lead. With the crowd staunchly behind them, Alliance surged to the lead at 45-44 with seconds left in the third; however, the Hoyas would regain the lead at 46-45 on a basket by Omarie Applewaite as time expired.
The stage was now set for easily the most exciting finish this season to date. Alliance opened the final quarter on a 15-4 run to take a 10-point lead at 59-49 and the crowd was on its feet, cheering and smelling the upset. Just about every player on the Alliance bench was contributing either on offense or defense, but the one leading the charge was Nathaniel. Showing their championship pedigree, however, the Hoyas went on a run of their own, reeling off 13 unanswered points to retake the lead at 62-59 with 5:13 left in the game.
The Hoyas lead was four at 67-63 at the 2:53 mark, but Alliance came back with a 6-2 run to tie the game at 69 with 28 seconds to go. After a missed opportunity by the Hoyas to take the lead, Alliance had the ball back with 18.9 seconds on the game clock. The Hoyas were playing tight defense as Alliance brought the ball up court, but at about the six seconds mark Nathaniel had the ball in his hands at the top of the key. What he saw at that moment was a momentary breakdown in the Hoyas defense, and that was all he needed. He attacked the basket without hesitation for what turned out to be a relatively easy game-winning layup as time expired, giving Alliance the 71-69 upset victory.
The big difference here tonight, I must say, was coaching, said Alliance Coach Lugvig Biggs Harrigan. I was not here last game but tonight we had a game plan. Also this team does not practice like it should. If we practice, we would be a dominating force in this league, He went on.
Nathaniel and McIntosh both finished with 17 points for Alliance with teammates Warren Christian and Colin Steven contributing 11 and 10 points respectively. Roman Castillo led the Hoyas with a game-high 22 points, Darnel Hendrickson had 15 and Kurt John knocked down 13.

By Dave Davis July 15, 2010


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  UBL   


UBL OWNERS MEETING 7/24/2010 - by Ozzie Denson

UPCOMING UBL OWNER MEETING

The 4th Annual ubl owner meeting will be held in the beautiful city of Little Rock Arkansas at the Holiday Inn Presidential Hotel Resorts located at 600 Interstate 30 Little Rock, AR 72202 (downtown) in front of the President Clinton Library. Hotel: (501)375-2100 Hosted by the Arkansas Warriors. This meeting is for anyone that wants to own an UBL Team for 2011 season. Please Call 972-781-8120 to attend .

MEETING STARTS 12 NOON
CALL 972-781-8120 COACH DENSON (UBL)
WWW.UBLHOOPS.COM



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British U20 National Team 2010 - by Eurobasket
#s#
Alex Marcotullio
Marcotullio
Andrew Lawrence
Lawrence
Ovie Soko
Soko
Jamell Anderson
Anderson
William Neighbour
Neighbour
#e#5
4 Alex Marcotullio 191-G-91 Northwestern USA
5 Andrew Lawrence 185-G-90 Charleston USA
6 Jack Stannard 187-G-90 Bristol A. United Kingdom
7 Ovie Soko 203-F-91 UAB USA
8 Nigel van Oostrum 194-G-90 Franklin Pierce USA
9 Alistair Mackay 208-C-91
10 Myles Hesson 195-F-90 Birmingh.A's United Kingdom
11 William Hall 201-G-91 Sheffield S. United Kingdom
12 Jamell Anderson 200-F-90 Essex Pirates United Kingdom
13 Ryan Martin 210-F-91 Hackney WH United Kingdom
14 Raheem May-Thompson 198-F-91 Quinnipiac USA
15 William Neighbour 203-F-90

Tim Lewis Head Coach Essex Pirates United Kingdom
Jimmie Guymon Assistant


Ivory Coast edge England - by Eurobasket News
Ivory Coast - England 82:61

Ivory Coast recorded a confident win over England in their exhibition clash in France. Herve Lamizana (207-F/C-81, college: Rutgers) and Pape-Philippe Amagou (185-G-85) (185-G-85) knocked down 13 points each to pace well-balanced effort from the African team.
Ivory Coast ensured a brave start to the game. They rallied to a 24:13 lead ten minutes into the game. England stopped the bleeding in the second frame. They narrowed the gap to just 2 points 32:34 at the interval. Ben Eaves (201-F-87) fired a three-pointer early in the third term as England climbed on top. But Ivory Coast quickly rebounded restoring the advantage. The African team rolled to a 52:47 lead with ten minutes to go. Ivory Coast took over radically in the final stanza. They exploded with 30 points and iced the winning outcome. Brice Assie (201-F-83, college: W.Connecticut) produced 12 points for the winners. Landry Guy (196-G) knocked down 11 points for Ivory Coast. David Watts (206-F-83) answered with 17 points for England. Ben Eaves accounted for 13 points in the loss.

Ivory Coast: Herve Lamizana 13, Pape-Philippe Amagou 13, Brice Assie 12
England: David Watts 17, Ben Eaves 13



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Standings - Metropolitan League
Metropolitan Standings
 1. Waston 17-5 
 2. Larranaga 15-7 
 3. Larre Borges 14-8 
 4. Verdirrojo 13-9 
 5. Yale 13-9 
 6. Capurro 12-10 
 7. Tabare 10-12 
 8. Nacional 9-13 
 9. 25 de Agosto 9-13 
 10. Capitol 8-14 
 11. Olivol Mundial 8-14 
 12. Marne 4-18 


Yale advanced with 32 points by Tarrie Monroe - by Hector Lopez
Tarrie Monroe (202-F-77, agency: R.H.Consultancy, college: Lewis) scored 32 oints and grabbed 17 rebounds leading Yale to advance for the playoff games, when Yale beat Larre Borges 70-66, for the Metro League last round. Other results:
Nacional 68 - Jermaine Walker (198-F-77, college: Miami (FL)) 22 points 9 rebounds
Capitol 52 - Brad Kanis (218-C-84, college: Grand Canyon) 18 points and 17 rebounds
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Olivol Mundial 76 - Kevin Mickens (206-F-83, college: George Mason) 17 points 6 rebounds
Waston 74 - Emiliano Baston (200-F-88) 17 points
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Larranaga 91 - Elgrace Wilborn (203-F-83, agency: Liman Sports, college: W.Kentucky) 165 points 16 rebounds
Marne 58 - Eduardo Lambert (189-F-70) 17 points
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25 de Agosto 98 - Jermaine Griffin (206-C-86, agency: Lanshire Group, college: Texas Arlington) 25 points 13 rebounds 2 blocks
Tabare 71 -
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Verdirrojo 76 - Joaquin Osimani (193-F-87) 27 poiints
Capurro 71 - Hugo Timote (198-F-87) 16 points Joshua Stanhiser 3 rebounds
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Waston already won te promotion for the Uruguayan League. Larranaga vs. Yale and Larre Borges vs. Verdirrojo will play
for the second promotion.


Brazil edge Uruguay twice in test games - by Eurobasket News
Brazil hosted Uruguay for two exhibition encounters. The home team celebrated back-to-back victories.
The teams opened the friendly series in Santa Cruz do Sul. Brazil claimed a 72:50 victory at the end. Lucas Alves came up with 13 points to lead Brazil. The hosts surged ahead in the opening frame. They accumulated a 21:12 lead ten minutes into the encounter. Uruguay adjusted their defense but still trailed by 11 points at halftime. Brazil outscored their opponents 20:12 in the third term and did not look back en route to the win. Jonathan Tavernari (197-G/F-87) provided 12 points, while Murilo da Rosa (210-C/F-83, agency: Arik Krayn Services) had 9 points for the winners. Mauricio Aguiar (199-F-83, agency: Players Group) responded with 13 points for Uruguay. Joaquin Izuibejeres (184-G-82) led all scorers with 15 points.
Eduardo Machado (195-G-82) stepped up for Brazil in the second game. He unloaded 19 points to lead the hosts to a 73:68 victory at the end. Brazil once again opened the game in a dominant manner. They outgunned the visitors 27:13 and maintained the lead throughout the second period. Brazil enjoyed a 41:32 lead at halftime. Brazil boosted the margin to 19 points in the third term and hung on to win the battle at the end. Joao Paulo Batista (207-F/C-81, college: Gonzaga) provided 12 points, while Murilo da Rosa had 9 in the win. Mauricio Aguiar unleashed game-high 31 points for Uruguay. Bruno Fitipaldo (183-G-91) had 12 points in the loss.



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  WILLIAM JONES CUP   


2010 Jones Cup Day 2: Iran beat Philippines - by Chris Wang
Led by sharp shooter Mohammad Samad Nikkhah Bahrami, defending champion Iran showed its poise and beat Philippines 81-68 in its opening game of the 2010 William Jones Cup tournament.

The game was just a warm-up before the two teams potentially meet again in the Asian Games or the next Asian Championship, but it was definitely a satisfying win for Iran, which is now guided by Veselin Matic, against its former coach Rajko Toroman.

Iran jumped in front early, leading by as many as 17 points, but the Philippines cut the deficit to seven midway in the third quarter before Iranians pulled away.

In other games, Yuta Tabuse sat out the game but thanks to brilliant play from Tomoo Amino, who had 21 points, and Takuya Kawamura, who had 18, Japan routed Townsville Crocs with no problem.

Taiwan University All-Stars put up a good fight against Taiwan NT but experience prevailed. Lee Hsueh-lin had 19 points as Taiwan NT closed out the game with a 12-0 run for a 84-74 victory.

Iran 81-68 Philippines
Iran: M.S. Nikkhah Bahrami 27p+8rb+8a, A. Kardoust Poustinsaraei 18p+4rb, I. Zandi Mashhady 16p+7rb
Philippines: M. Douthit 16p+8rb+4blk

Japan 97-69 Townsville Crocs
Japan: T. Amino 21p+6rb+3blk, T. Kawamura 18p
Crocs: D. Matacz 17p+9rb, L. Smith 10p+8rb

Taiwan 84-74 Taiwan University
Taiwan: Lee Hsueh-lin 19p+5a+4s
TWU: Lin Wei-han 22p (9-14 FG), Liu Cheng 12p+9rb

Mens Standings:
Taiwan NT 2-0
Iran NT 1-0
Lebanon 1-0
Philippines NT 1-1
Japan NT 1-1
Taiwan University 0-2
Townsville Crocs 0-2

Womens results:
Korea Sinsegae 88-71 Taiwan University
Taiwan 132-29 Kazakhstan

Womens Standings:
Taiwan 1-0
Korea 1-0
Taiwan University 0-1
Kazakhstan 0-1




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Women News

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  BELARUS - Women  


Belarusian U20 National Team 2010 - by Eurobasket
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Maryia Filonchyk
Filonchyk
Maryna Ivashchanka
Ivashchanka
Nadzeya Yakovits
Yakovits
Aliaksandra Zubrytskaya
Zubrytskaya
Katsiaryna Kashlei
Kashlei
#e#5
4 Aliaksandra Musatava 174-G-92 Victoria Belarus
5 Karalina Padshyvalava 165-G-89 Victoria Belarus
6 Maryia Rashchenia 185-F-92 Victoria Belarus
7 Maryia Papova 186-F-94
8 Maryia Filonchyk 189-C-92 Victoria Belarus
9 Maryna Ivashchanka 188-C-93 RGUOR Belarus
10 Nadzeya Yakovits 182-F-90 Horizon Belarus
11 Aliaksandra Zubrytskaya 172-G-90 Victoria Belarus
12 Anzhela Kakhanskaya 182-F-91 Victoria Belarus
13 Veranika Valeuskaya 169-G-91 Victoria Belarus
14 Veranika Adamik 181-F-90 Victoria Belarus
15 Katsiaryna Kashlei 166-G-90 Olimpia Belarus

Alaksandr Shymkaviak Head Coach
Natalia Sachuk Assistant Victoria Belarus


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  BULGARIA - Women  


Women U20 lost the opening game at Eurobasket - by Valentin Anguelov
Bulgarian women U20 national team lost its opening game at Eurobasket 2010, division A. The young Bulgarian girls were beaten by France 51-73.
Bulgaria started good the game and was equal to its opponent for the first four and a half minutes as the score was 10-10. Then France went on a 12-0 run and won the first quarter 24-12. In the second quarter the french team pulled away by 16 points. However the Bulgarians finished strong the first half and were only 9 down, 29-38.
France started the second half on a 14-0 run and game was decided early in to the third quarter. Until the end of it the difference stayed in the range of 20 points as it finished 61-40. France started the last quarter on a 9-2 run to make the advantage 28 points. Until the end of the game Bulgaria managed to cut some of the deficit, but only 6 points if at and France eventually won by 22.
Violina Kocheva (176-F-91) was the top scorer for Bulgaria with 11 points, while Veronika Dzhikova and Antonia Zagorova added 8 apiece. For the winners Laurie Datchy finished with 16 points and Diandra Tchatchouang scored 13.



FULL STATS FROM BULGARIA (20) - FRANCE (20) GAME



Bulgarian U20 National Team 2010 - by Eurobasket
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Veronika Dzhikova
Dzhikova
Mihaela Dilova
Dilova
Mila Videnova
Videnova
Aleksandra Kancheva
Kancheva
Antonia Zagorova
Zagorova
#e#5
4 Violina Kocheva 176-F-91 Rilski Sportist Bulgaria
5 Hristina Gerdzhikova 184-F-90
6 Veronika Dzhikova 178-F-90 Rilski Sportist Bulgaria
7 Mihaela Dilova 176-G-90 Slavia Bulgaria
8 Mirena Dencheva 184-F-91 Dunav Bulgaria
9 Pamela Decheva 185-F-92 Tony 7 Bulgaria
10 Tsvetomira Sharenkapova 177-F-91
11 Mila Videnova 183-F/C-90 Brahe Sweden
12 Stela Boneva 190-C-93
13 Aleksandra Kancheva 182-F-90 Minor Bulgaria
14 Maria Boycheva 165-G-91 Minor Bulgaria
15 Antonia Zagorova 190-F/C-90 Academic 2003 Bulgaria

Luis Hernandez Head Coach
Krasimira Banova Assistant Rilski Sportist Bulgaria


Bulgaria U16 triumph at home tournament - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria U16 triumph at home tournament as they won all four games. After the first two wins over Romania U16 and Slovenia U16, the hosts added another two today.
Bulgaria U16 defeated Slovenia U16 60:42 with a masterpiece in the second period. Slovenia grabbed 8:7 in the defensive first quarter but could not keep the lead. Bulgaria stormed past the guests 31-8 in the second frame and reached 38:16 at the halftime. Slovenia won the third and the last quarters but reduced only to 60:42. Veronika Petkova top-scored for the winners with 15 points and 12 rebounds, while Radostina Dimitrova (179-F-94) added 12. Iva Kostova (178-F-94) notched 8 and four other players added 4 each.
Bulgaria U16 smashed Romania U16 83:54 in the last appearance. The hosts opened the game with 15-12 in the opening quarter and added 23-18 in the second frame. Bulgaria produced 22-15 in the third quarter and added massive 23-9 in the last frame. Veronika Petkova poured in 14 points for the winners. Gabriela Anguelova and Gabriela Kostova followed her with 11 points each, whilst Silvia Koleva (176-G/F-94) and Borislava Hristova had 9 apiece. Iulia Raileanu responded with 16 points in the losing effort. Ana Grigore scored 14 and Alexandra Dumitrache (172-G-94) delivered 9.



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  CENTROBASKET - Women  


Puerto Rico wins the Gold in Mayaguez - by Eurobasket News
FINAL
Jamaica - Puerto Rico 48-72
Puerto Rico smashed Jamaica in the 2010 Centrobasket Finals. It means that Puerto Rico won the Gold medal at this championship with the perfect record (5-0). On the other side, the Silver belongs to Jamaica. Both teams booked a spot for the 2011 FIBA-Americas Championship (Pre-Olympic) and also for the 2011 Pan-American Games in Guadalajara. Jazmine Sepulveda (175-G-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: S.Florida) shined for the winners with 20 points and 6 assists. Pamela Rosado (161-G-86) had 11 points and 5 assists, while Stephanie Rosado (188-F-89) and Angiely Morales (180-F/G-87) added 10 points each. In Jamaica, Vanessa Gidden (191-C-85, college: Hofstra) collected 20 points and 9 rebounds. Nicole Louden (172-G-83, college: Auburn) stopped on 11 pts and 6 assists. Puerto Rico took control on Jamaica from the early beginning. Jazmine Sepulveda and her teammates made nice 12-24 in the first quarter sending a clear signal they are going to take this one. However, Jamaica improved in the second frame closing the gap to 30-37 until the half time. Third quarter was the crucial one in this finals. Puerto Rico intensified defense stopping Jamaica to just 5 points for ten minutes, while they drained 20 on the other side. Puerto Rico was huge 22 points up and question about the winner was resolved. They ended last quarter 13-15 for the final 48-72 victory and the Gold medal in Mayaguez.

Places 3-4
Trinidad and Tobago - Mexico 65-78
Mexico won the Bronze in Mayaguez. Erika Gomez (187-F/C-76) and her teammates outplayed Trinidad and Tobago to finish 2010 Centrobasket as No.3. With this victory Mexico also booked a ticket for the 2011 FIBA-Americas Championship (Pre-Olympic). Erika Gomez stepped up her team with 19 points and 10 rebounds. She was the MVP of the game with valuation 22. Abril Garcia (190-F/C-81, college: ORU) followed her with 16 points and 7 boards, while Brisa Silva (168-G-84, college: Oklahoma St.) added 15 points. Monica Garcia (87) helped with 10 pts and 8 assists. In the loosing squad, Rhea Codio (165-G-88) collected 22 points and 6 assists. Jonee Billy (188-F/C-84, college: Mount Holyoke) stopped on 13 pts. Mexico shined in the first and third quarter, what was enough for the victory in this game. Opening period belonged to Mexico 12-18, but Trinidad and Tobago replied with 24-22 in the second frame. Still, Mexico held 36-40 lead at the half time. After the breather, Erika Gomez and her teammates had another very productive period scoring 22 points. At the same time they stopped Trinidad and Tobago to 13 for nice 49-62 lead with ten minutes to go. Last quarter was just the formality (16-16) and Mexico won the Bronze in Mayaguez.

Places 5-6
Dominican Republic - U.S. Virgin Islands 94-55
Dominican Republic is the fifth ranked team in Mayaguez. They blasted the U.S. Virgin Islands in the crucial game for position No.5 ending this event with two straight wins. Naturally, the ISV is No.6 in 2010 Centrobasket. Charlenny Frias (84) was the leading scorer in victory with 21 points. Johanna Morton (88) was behind her with 17 points and 7 assists. Carmen Guzman (175-G-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: UAB) added 16 pts in this win. On the other side, the ISV got 26 points from Yanique Javois (176-G-86, college: Saint Louis). Tamara Petersen (87) was the last player with double-digits in scoring in this game with 12 points (6 rebs, 6 as). Domincan Republic was a way better team in this meeting. Charlenny Frias and her teammates dominated in all basketball elements against the ISV. They finished first quarter with 25-14 and the second one with 16-12 for nice 41-26 lead at the half time. Nothing has changed after the breather. Dominican Republic still was the team who dominated and finished Q3 with 22-16. They exploded in the last ten minutes as well (31-13) for the final 94-55 blowout and the fifth place in Mayaguez.

Places 7-8
Saint Vincent - Guatemala 36-96
Guatemala avoided the last place in Mayaguez. They destroyed Saint Vincent 36-96 and finished as No.7 in 2010 Centrobasket Championship. Saint Vincent ended dead last without a single win. Emily Rosales (181-F-94) shined for Guatemala with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Cynthia Rivera (180-F/C-82) also had important role adding 16 points and 5 rebounds. Actually, Rivera was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 23. Blanca Amado (180-G/F-79) (5 rebs) and Irma Loaiza (81) added 13 points each. Saint Vincent did not have any player with double-digits in scoring. Sheldeen Joseph (92) had 9 pts and 6 boards in this defeat. Everything was clear after the first quarter in this game. Guatemala shined at the both sides of the court scoring 20 pts in offense and limiting their rival to one single point for ten minutes. Saint Vincent drastically improved in the second period netting 17 pts, but they needed a way more (17-19, Q2). Guatemala was 21 points up at the half time and continued in the same rhythm after that. Guatmala finished Q3 with 6-32 and the last one with 12-15 for the final 36-96 victory.


Latinbasket.com All-Centrobasket Awards 2010 - by Eurobasket
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Jazmine Sepulveda
Sepulveda
Carmen Guzman
Guzman
Erika Gomez
Gomez
Stephanie Rosado
Rosado
Simone Edwards
Edwards
#e#5

MVP: Jazmine Sepulveda (175-G-85) of Odra Brzeg Poland
Best Guard: Jazmine Sepulveda (175-G-85) of Odra Brzeg Poland
Best Forward: Erika Gomez (187-F/C-76) of Alvargomez Spain
Best Center: Simone Edwards (193-C-73) of Seattle S. USA
Best Coach: Omar Gonzalez of Quebradillas Puerto Rico

1st Team
G: Jazmine Sepulveda (175-85) of Odra Brzeg Poland
G: Carmen Guzman (175-85) of Halle Germany
F/C: Erika Gomez (187-76) of Alvargomez Spain
F: Stephanie Rosado (188-89) of UTEP USA
C: Simone Edwards (193-73) of Seattle S. USA

2nd Team
G: Michelle Pacheco (173-88) of Manhattan USA
G: Nicole Louden (172-83) of Valosun Brno Czech Republic
G: Rhea Codio (165-88) of Independence CC USA
F/C: Maria Fleischmann (181-79) of Bodega Radio Guatemala
C/F: Vanessa Gidden (191-85) of Sf. Gheorghe Romania

Honorable Mention
Johanna Morton (88) of
Sorayah Williams (84) of Horsholm Denmark
Angiely Morales (180-F/G-87) of UPR-Bayamon Puerto Rico
Alexis Castro (183-G/F-86) of Barreiro Portugal
Cynthia Rivera (180-F/C-82) of Bodega Radio Guatemala
Ayanna Phillip (188-F/C-82) of Pantterit Finland
Sharmion Selman (183-F-83) of Amer.Internat. USA



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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - Women  


2010 Centrobasket: Dominican Republic ends as No.5 - by Eurobasket News
2010 Centrobasket, Fifth place: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS 94-55

Dominican Republic is the fifth ranked team in Mayaguez. They blasted the U.S. Virgin Islands in the crucial game for position No.5 ending this event with two straight wins. Naturally, the ISV is No.6 in 2010 Centrobasket. Charlenny Frias (84) was the leading scorer in victory with 21 points. Johanna Morton (88) was behind her with 17 points and 7 assists. Carmen Guzman (175-G-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: UAB) added 16 pts in this win. On the other side, the ISV got 26 points from Yanique Javois (176-G-86, college: Saint Louis). Tamara Petersen (87) was the last player with double-digits in scoring in this game with 12 points (6 rebs, 6 as).
Domincan Republic was a way better team in this meeting. Charlenny Frias and her teammates dominated in all basketball elements against the ISV. They finished first quarter with 25-14 and the second one with 16-12 for nice 41-26 lead at the half time. Nothing has changed after the breather. Dominican Republic still was the team who dominated and finished Q3 with 22-16. They exploded in the last ten minutes as well (31-13) for the final 94-55 blowout and the fifth place in Mayaguez.

Dominican Republic: Charlenny Frias 21, Johanna Morton 17+7 as, Carmen Guzman 16
U.S. Virgin Islands: Yanique Javois 26, Tamara Petersen 12+6 boards+6 as


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  EUROBASKET SUMMER LEAGUE - Women  


Jamie Skinner, will return this year seeking the same title - by Eurobasket
Last years ESL MVP, Jamie Skinner (183-G/F-84, college: Langston), will return this year seeking the same title. Since last year, Jamie has been training with the Miami Rain Semi-professional Womens Basketball team under the WBCBL umbrella. Last game Jamie scored 14 points, grabbed 7 rebounds, and had 3 assists. She says Im picking up momentum in hopes to impress at least one of the scouts or agents coming to the Atlanta camp. At this point I feel unstoppable . . . And so far she is! Jamie is one of many talented female athletes attending the ESL in Atlanta, GA on July 16-18, 2010. Will you be there?


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  FRANCE - Women  


French U20 National Team 2010 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
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Alexia Plagnard
Plagnard
Jessie de Colo
de Colo
Diandra Tchatchouang
Tchatchouang
Hhadydia Minte
Minte
Pauline Thizy
Thizy
#e#5
4 Linda Bousbaa 164-G-91 Dunkerque France
5 Aminata Konate 170-G-90 Landes France
6 Alexia Plagnard 172-G-90 Lattes Montpe. France
7 Jessie de Colo 180-G-90 Limoges France
8 Diandra Tchatchouang 191-F-91 Maryland USA
9 Laurie Datchy 175-G/F-90 Villeneuve France
10 Margaux Okou Zouzouo 183-F-91 CFBB France
11 Medelome Medenou 188-F-90 CFBB France
12 Hhadydia Minte 185-F-91
13 Chloe Westelynck 188-F-91 SI Graffenstaden France
14 Elsa Martins 184-F-90 Union Hainaut France
15 Pauline Thizy 190-C-90 Mondeville France

Alain Jardel Head Coach Tarbes France
Ivano Ballarini Assistant
Christophe Allardi Assistant


U20 France blasts U20 Bulgaria in Liepaja (Day One) - by Eurobasket News
U20 EuroBasket, Preliminary Round (Day One): BULGARIA - FRANCE 51-73

France outplayed Bulgaria in Day One of the 2010 European Championship U20 in Liepaja. It was an easy win for the defending champion, who now has 1-0 in Preliminary Group A. Bulgaria started with loss, but of course there are two more games to be played at this stage. Laurie Datchy (175-G/F-90) stepped up in victory with 16 points for 18 minutes on the court. Diandra Tchatchouang (191-F-91) scored 13, while Medelome Medenou (188-F-90) added 11 points and 6 boards. Hhadydia Minte (185-F-91) also scored 11 pts in this victory. In the loosing squad, Violina Kocheva (176-F-91) had 11 points and 6 boards. She was their only player with double-digits in scoring.
France had a great beginning today. After 10-10 tie, Laurie Datchy and her teammates created impressive 0-12 run and later ended first quarter with 12-24 lead. Bulgaria improved after that and managed to close the gap to 29-38 until the half time. Third quarter was the crucial one in his game as France smashed its rival with 11-23. It means that France had huge 40-61 with ten minutes left and the match winner was already known. France ended last quarter 11-12 for the final 51-73 victory.
In Day Two, France will meet Holland, while Bulgaria will take on Poland.

Bulgaria: Violina Kocheva 11+6 boards
France: Laurie Datchy 16, Diandra Tchatchouang 13, Medelome Medenou 11+6 boards, Hhadydia Minte 11


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  GERMANY - Women  


German U20 National Team 2010 - by Eurobasket
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Stephanie Wagner
Wagner
Svenja Brunckhorst
Brunckhorst
Anna-lisa Rexroth
Rexroth
Jenny Menz
Menz
Wiebke Bruns
Bruns
#e#5
4 Anastasia Riabchenko 198-C-91
5 Stephanie Wagner 181-F-90 Rhein MB Germany
6 Svenja Brunckhorst 178-G-91 Wasserburg Germany
7 Julia Schindler 165-G-90 Freiburg Germany
8 Pia Mankertz 170-G-90 Rist Scala Germany
9 Raphaela Jochimczyk 180-F-90 Wuerzburg Germany
10 Anna-lisa Rexroth 174-G-90 Rhein MB Germany
11 Jenny Menz 184-F-91 Jena Germany
12 Wiebke Bruns 176-F-90 Oberhausen Germany
13 Mara Greunke 185-C-91 Rhein MB Germany
14 Astrid Ramcke 184-F-91 Rist Scala Germany
15 Sarah-Marie Frankenberger 177-F/C-91 Gruenberg Germany

Bastian Wernthaler Head Coach Munich Basket Germany
Heiko Czach Assistant Berlin Baskets Germany


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  GUATEMALA - Women  


Guatemala avoids last place in 2010 Centrobasket - by Eurobasket News
2010 Centrobasket, Seventh place: SAINT VINCENT - GUATEMALA 36-96

Guatemala avoided the last place in Mayaguez. They destroyed Saint Vincent 36-96 and finished as No.7 in 2010 Centrobasket Championship. Saint Vincent ended dead last without a single win. Emily Rosales (181-F-94) shined for Guatemala with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Cynthia Rivera (180-F/C-82) also had important role adding 16 points and 5 rebounds. Actually, Rivera was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 23. Blanca Amado (180-G/F-79) (5 rebs) and Irma Loaiza (81) added 13 points each. Saint Vincent did not have any player with double-digits in scoring. Sheldeen Joseph (92) had 9 pts and 6 boards in this defeat.
Everything was clear after the first quarter in this game. Guatemala shined at the both sides of the court scoring 20 pts in offense and limiting their rival to one single point for ten minutes. Saint Vincent drastically improved in the second period netting 17 pts, but they needed a way more (17-19, Q2). Guatemala was 21 points up at the half time and continued in the same rhythm after that. Guatmala finished Q3 with 6-32 and the last one with 12-15 for the final 36-96 victory.

Saint Vincent: Sheldeen Joseph 9+6 boards
Guatemala: Emily Rosales 18+6 boards, Cynthia Rivera 16+5 boards, Blanca Amado 13+5 boards, Irma Loaiza 13


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  HOLLAND - Women  


Dutch U20 National Team 2010 - by Eurobasket
#s#
Demelza Ten Caat
Ten Caat
Natalie Van den Adel
Van den Adel
Maaike Klein
Klein
Fieke Ligthart
Ligthart
Karina Van den Nieuwendijk
Van den Nieuwendijk
#e#5
4 Amanda Van Huenen 185-C-91
5 Milou Dekker 176-G-91 Eurosped Tw. Holland
6 Clara Van der Hoek 187-F-90 HLB Account. Holland
7 Karin Kuijt 175-G-90 Grasshoppers Holland
8 Demelza Ten Caat 177-G-90 BV Lely Holland
9 Randell van der Lee 173-G-91 BV Lely Holland
10 Natalie Van den Adel 185-G-90 Colorado St. USA
11 Maaike Klein 177-G-90 HLB Account. Holland
12 Sharon Lammerink 189-C-93 Eurosped Tw. Holland
13 Fieke Ligthart 184-F/C-90 BV Lely Holland
14 Chatilla Van Grinsven 188-F-89 Colorado St. USA
15 Karina Van den Nieuwendijk 195-C-90 HLB Account. Holland

Frans Griffioen Head Coach
Ronald Van der Oord Assistant


U20 Poland cruises past U20 Holland 72-57 - by Eurobasket News
U20 EuroBasket, Preliminary Round (Day One): HOLLAND - POLAND 57-72

Poland cruised past Holland to register the first win in Liepaja. Today is the first day of the 2010 EuroBasket U20 and Poland jumped to 1-0. Beside these two teams, participants of the same pool are also France and Bulgaria. Klaudia Sosnowska (184-F-90) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and she also had 6 rebounds beside that. Olivia Tomialowicz (178-G-90) followed her with 13 points and 6 assists, while Magda Kaczmarska (183-F/G-90) added 11 points and 5 rebs. In Holland, Demelza Ten Caat (177-G-90) delivered 16 points. She was their only player with more than 8 pts in this defeat.
Holland was a better team at the beginning. Demelza Ten Caat and her teammates opened the game with 10-4 and later 14-6 lead. Fore rest of the time in the first period Poland made 4-6 closing the gap to six points. Poland totally took control on Holland in the second frame. At the halfway of it they made the first turn (22-23) and later finished first half with 35-37. The Polish players intensified defense after the breather limiting Holland to just 8 points for ten minutes. On the other side, they had 14 for 43-51 with one quarter to go. They had no troubles to keep the safe distance and actually to increase their lead even more to the final 57-72.
In Day Two, Poland will meet Bulgaria, while Holland will take on the defending champion France.

Holland: Demelza Ten Caat 16
Poland: Klaudia Sosnowska 14+6 boards, Olivia Tomialowicz 13+6 as, Magda Kaczmarska 11+5 boards


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  ITALY - Women  


Italian U20 National Team 2010 - by Eurobasket
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Oriana Milazzo
Milazzo
Laura Spreafico
Spreafico
Elena Bestagno
Bestagno
Federica Tognalini
Tognalini
Martina Bestagno
Bestagno
#e#5
4 Elena Bandini 165-G-90 Faenza Italy
5 Marta Fiascaris 168-G-90
6 Oriana Milazzo 170-G-91 Priolo Italy
7 Alice Quarta 175-G-91 Viterbo Italy
8 Laura Spreafico 178-G-91 Comense Italy
9 Elena Bestagno 180-G-91 Basket Parma Italy
10 Giulia Pasqualin 177-G-91 Comense Italy
11 Marcella Barlassina 172-G-91 Alghero Italy
12 Federica Tognalini 183-F-91 Bologna Italy
13 Gilda Cerri 185-C/F-90 Crema Italy
14 Giulia Rulli 185-F-91 Viterbo Italy
15 Martina Bestagno 189-F/C-90 Bologna Italy

Nino Molino Head Coach Faenza Italy
Lorenzo Serventi Assistant Umbertide Italy


Spain too much for Italy in Day One of U20 EuroBasket in Liepaja - by Eurobasket News
U20 EuroBasket, Preliminary Round (Day One): ITALY - SPAIN 50-74

Spain blasted Italy in Liepaja for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group C. It was the first day of U20 European Championship for women. Beside Spain and Italy, participants of Group C are also Serbia and Germany. Vega Gimeno Martinez (183-F-91) shined for the winners today with 17 points. She had just one miss for 22 minutes on the court and reached valuation 21. Amaya Gastaminza Ganuza (188-F-91) Ganuza secured a nice help with 14, while Cristina Ouvina (173-G-90) added 12 points and 8 rebounds. In Italy, Martina Bestagno (189-F/C-90) delivered 13 points. Laura Spreafico (178-G-91) had one less.
First quarter was pretty leveled with neither of two teams making a bigger lead. Thanks to basket in the finish, Spain ended Q1 with plus one, 14-15. Than, Vega Gimeno Martinez and her teammates totally took control on Italy. First they made impressive 0-11 run and later created another one, this time 0-10. Second quarter ended 4-21 for Spain, who was 18-36 up at the half time. Italy woke up after the breather coming to minus 12, but not closer than that. With ten minutes left in the game Spain still had nice lead (38-52) and in the last quarter extended it even more (12-22) for the final 50-74.
In Day Two, Spain will play against Germany. Italy will take on Serbia, who registered victory today.

Italy: Martina Bestagno 13, Laura Spreafico 12
Spain: Vega Gimeno Martinez 17, Amaya Gastaminza Ganuza 14, Cristina Ouvina 12+8 boards


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  JAMAICA - Women  


Puerto Rico beats Jamaica in Centrobasket Finals - by Eurobasket News
2010 Centrobasket, Finals: JAMAICA - PUERTO RICO 48-72

Puerto Rico smashed Jamaica in the 2010 Centrobasket Finals. It means that Puerto Rico won the Gold medal at this championship with the perfect record (5-0). On the other side, the Silver belongs to Jamaica. Both teams booked a spot for the 2011 FIBA-Americas Championship (Pre-Olympic) and also for the 2011 Pan-American Games in Guadalajara. Jazmine Sepulveda (175-G-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: S.Florida) shined for the winners with 20 points and 6 assists. Pamela Rosado (161-G-86) had 11 points and 5 assists, while Stephanie Rosado (188-F-89) and Angiely Morales (180-F/G-87) added 10 points each. In Jamaica, Vanessa Gidden (191-C-85, college: Hofstra) collected 20 points and 9 rebounds. Nicole Louden (172-G-83, college: Auburn) stopped on 11 pts and 6 assists.
Puerto Rico took control on Jamaica from the early beginning. Jazmine Sepulveda and her teammates made nice 12-24 in the first quarter sending a clear signal they are going to take this one. However, Jamaica improved in the second frame closing the gap to 30-37 until the half time. Third quarter was the crucial one in this finals. Puerto Rico intensified defense stopping Jamaica to just 5 points for ten minutes, while they drained 20 on the other side. Puerto Rico was huge 22 points up and question about the winner was resolved. They ended last quarter 13-15 for the final 48-72 victory and the Gold medal in Mayaguez.

Jamaica: Vanessa Gidden 20+9 boards, Nicole Louden 11+6 as
Puerto Rico: Jazmine Sepulveda 20+6 as, Pamela Rosado 11+5 as, Stephanie Rosado 10, Angiely Morales 10


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  LATVIA - Women  


Host of U20 EuroBasket has a joyful Day One - by Eurobasket News
U20 EuroBasket, Preliminary Round (Day One): LATVIA - SWEDEN 87-41

Latvia destroyed Sweden in the opening day of U20 European Championship in Liepaja. The host of this event had no troubles to take an easy 87-41 victory for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group B. Participants of the same pool are also Ukraine and Russia. Sabine Niedola (184-F-91) was totally the best player of this game. She spent 26 minutes on the court registering double-double of 29 points and 11 rebounds. Niedola reached valuation 34. Kristine Vitola (193-F-91) had 10 points and 11 rebounds to help Latvia. In Sweden, Beata Gullberg (178-G-90) scored 16 points. Maryam Gultekin (165-G-90) followed with three less.
Latvia opened the game in style making 18-6 lead in the first quarter. It was clear that the home squad is too strong for Sweden, what they confirmed in the second period as well. Sabine Niedola was on fire and together with her teammates scored 22 points in the second frame. At the same time they stopped Sweden to just 5 for huge 40-11 lead at the half time. Question about the winner was resolved and the second half was just the formality. Still, Latvia didnt slow down and won Q3 with 25-7. Last period belonged to Sweden 22-23, who faced with huge 87-41 loss at the end.
In Day Two in Liepaja, Latvia will play against Russia. Sweden will meet Ukraine.

Latvia: Sabine Niedola 29+11 boards, Kristine Vitola 10+11 biards
Sweden: Beata Gullberg 16, Maryam Gultekin 13


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  LITHUANIA - Women  


Lithuanian U20 National Team 2010 - by Eurobasket
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Gabriele Gutkauskaite
Gutkauskaite
Marina Solopova
Solopova
Inesa Visgaudaite
Visgaudaite
Giedre Paugaite
Paugaite
Egle Siksniute
Siksniute
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4 Gabriele Gutkauskaite 174-G-90 Lemminkain. Lithuania
5 Marina Solopova 180-G/F-90 Lemminkain. Lithuania
6 Inesa Visgaudaite 171-G-91 Lemminkain. Lithuania
7 Lina Pikciute 192-F-90 Lemminkain. Lithuania
8 Diana Zintikaite 166-G-91 VICI Kaunas Lithuania
9 Viktorija Rumsaite 181-F-91 Laisve Lithuania
10 Gabriele Narviciute 187-F-90 Basket Parma Italy
11 Giedre Paugaite 192-C-90 VICI Kaunas Lithuania
12 Gintare Mazionyte 186-C-91 Lemminkain. Lithuania
13 Egle Taraseviciute 182-F-90 Laisve Lithuania
14 Egle Siksniute 196-F/C-91 Lemminkain. Lithuania
15 Kristina Alminaite 204-C-90 VICI Kaunas Lithuania

Ramune Kumpiene Head Coach Lemminkain. Lithuania
Nijole Kregzdiene Assistant


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  MEXICO - Women  


Mexico outplays Trinidad and Tobago, win the Bronze in Mayaguez - by Eurobasket News
2010 Centrobasket, Third place: TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO - MEXICO 65-78

Mexico won the Bronze in Mayaguez. Erika Gomez (187-F/C-76) and her teammates outplayed Trinidad and Tobago to finish 2010 Centrobasket as No.3. With this victory Mexico also booked a ticket for the 2011 FIBA-Americas Championship (Pre-Olympic). Erika Gomez stepped up her team with 19 points and 10 rebounds. She was the MVP of the game with valuation 22. Abril Garcia (190-F/C-81, college: ORU) followed her with 16 points and 7 boards, while Brisa Silva (168-G-84, college: Oklahoma St.) added 15 points. Monica Garcia (87) helped with 10 pts and 8 assists. In the loosing squad, Rhea Codio (165-G-88) collected 22 points and 6 assists. Jonee Billy (188-F/C-84, college: Mount Holyoke) stopped on 13 pts.
Mexico shined in the first and third quarter, what was enough for the victory in this game. Opening period belonged to Mexico 12-18, but Trinidad and Tobago replied with 24-22 in the second frame. Still, Mexico held 36-40 lead at the half time. After the breather, Erika Gomez and her teammates had another very productive period scoring 22 points. At the same time they stopped Trinidad and Tobago to 13 for nice 49-62 lead with ten minutes to go. Last quarter was just the formality (16-16) and Mexico won the Bronze in Mayaguez.

Trinidad and Tobago: Rhea Codio 22+6 as, Jonee Billy 13
Mexico: Erika Gomez 19+10 boards, Abril Garcia 16+7 boards, Brisa Silva 15, Monica Garcia 10+8 as


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  NCAA1 - Women  


Chiney Ogwumike named prep athlete of the year - by Eurobasket News
Guard Brandon Knight, headed to Kentucky in the fall, and power forward Chinenye Ogwumike (6'3''-F-92), who will join her sister at Stanford, were honored as national high school athletes of the year Wednesday.

It was the fourth time in eight years that the male and female awards went to a pair of basketball players. The previous hoops duo to win was Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Maya Moore of Connecticut in 2007.

Knight averaged 31.9 points, 8.6 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.5 steals while shooting 82 percent from the free throw line last season for Pine Crest School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He led the Panthers to the state Class 3A title game as a senior and had a 4.0 GPA.

He thanked his parents for 'always being there for me.' Knight was a finalist last year.

He received his award from Love and New England Patriots receiver Wes Welker.

'I looked him up the past couple days on YouTube and I was like, 'Oh damn, this kid can play,'' Love said. 'You see all the similar tools that Derrick Rose had at Memphis and obviously last year with John Wall. He has a legitimate shot. He's well-spoken, he's humble and he cares about more than basketball.'

Knight joins a rebuilding Kentucky team that had five players taken in the opening round of last month's NBA draft. He'll be stepping into the void created by the departure of point guard Wall after one season.

'Right now, my main goal is to focus on the now and get better,' he said. 'If you get better and you win and you do good as a team, the individual things will come such as being a No. 1 draft pick and being drafted in the lottery.'

Knight and Ogwumike were set to attend the ESPYS on Wednesday night.

'I'm really fascinated with Kobe [Bryant],' he said. 'I would like to know just what drives him. For me, I'm a perfectionist. I'd like to know if there's one single thing that motivates him to work so hard to be the best.'

Ogwumike averaged 22.9 points, 13.9 rebounds, 3.5 steals and 2.1 blocks last season for Cy-Fair High in Cypress, Texas. She led the 36-1 Bobcats to the state Class 5A state championship. She graduated third in her class with a 3.45 GPA.

She clapped her hands to her mouth in surprise when retired Los Angeles Sparks star Lisa Leslie announced her name. Soccer star Brandi Chastain of FC Gold Pride handed her the silver trophy.

'I was very shocked,' Ogwumike said. 'It's one of those things you hope to achieve, but you'd be happy with anybody else winning, too.'

At Stanford, Ogwumike will team with her sister Nneka, the defending Pac-10 Player of the Year.

'I'm very excited because the past few years she's been on the road a lot and I haven't seen her as much as I'd like to,' she said. 'Now we'll start getting time back and sharing each other's passions like school and sports.'

Leslie saw Nneka Ogwumike play last season while doing TV commentary.

'I hear that Chiney is better than her sister, which is kind of hard to believe,' she said.

Chiney demurred, saying, 'We're two different kinds of players. I'm more of a ball handler and penetrator, and she's more of a post, block-oriented player. One thing for sure, I'm going to be a freshman next year, I'm going to make mistakes, but I'm going to try my hardest.'

Knight and Ogwumike join such previous winners as LeBron James, Allyson Felix, Dwight Howard, Candace Parker and Greg Oden, all of whom went on to successful pro careers.

They were among 12 finalists for the awards that recognize athletic achievements, academic excellence and character.

The other boys' finalists were: running back Malcolm Jones of Oaks Christian School (Westlake Village, Calif.); distance runner Lukas Verzbicas of Carl Sandburg High (Orland Park, Ill.); soccer forward Soony Saad of Dearborn (Mich.) High; third baseman-pitcher Kaleb Cowart of Cook High (Adel, Ga.); and thrower Sam Crouser of Gresham (Ore.) High.

The other girls' finalists were: outside hitter Ashley Wittman of Shakopee (Minn.) High; distance runner Megan Goethals of Rochester High (Rochester Hills, Mich.); soccer forward-midfielder Mollie Pathman of Durham (N.C.) Academy; softball third base-pitcher Kasey Fagan of Dunnellon (Fla.) High; and sprinter Ashton Purvis of St. Elizabeth High (Oakland, Calif.).

The awards are sponsored by Gatorade.

Courtesy of ESPN


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  POLAND - Women  


Polish U20 National Team 2010 - by Eurobasket
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Magda Kaczmarska
Kaczmarska
Olivia Tomialowicz
Tomialowicz
Martyna Cebulska
Cebulska
Malgorzata Misiuk
Misiuk
Barbara Skowronek
Skowronek
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4 Magdalena Romanek 182-F-90
5 Justyna Maruszczak 174-G-90 Gorzow Poland
6 Paulina Antczak 182-F-90 MUKS Poznan Poland
7 Magda Kaczmarska 183-F/G-90 Lomianki Poland
8 Milena Krzyzaniak 165-G-90 Ostrovia Poland
9 Klaudia Sosnowska 184-F-90
10 Olivia Tomialowicz 178-G-90 Lotos Gdynia Poland
11 Martyna Cebulska 168-G-91 Ostrovia Poland
12 Anna Jagodka 192-C-91 Korona K. Poland
13 Malgorzata Misiuk 184-F-91 Lomianki Poland
14 Barbara Skowronek 188-F/C-90 MUKS Poznan Poland
15 Joanna Markiewicz 183-F-91

Jacek Winnicki Head Coach PGE Turow Poland
Dariusz Raczynski Assistant Wisla Can-Pak Poland
Maciej Kruszewski Assistant


U20 Poland cruises past U20 Holland 72-57 - by Eurobasket News
U20 EuroBasket, Preliminary Round (Day One): HOLLAND - POLAND 57-72

Poland cruised past Holland to register the first win in Liepaja. Today is the first day of the 2010 EuroBasket U20 and Poland jumped to 1-0. Beside these two teams, participants of the same pool are also France and Bulgaria. Klaudia Sosnowska (184-F-90) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and she also had 6 rebounds beside that. Olivia Tomialowicz (178-G-90) followed her with 13 points and 6 assists, while Magda Kaczmarska (183-F/G-90) added 11 points and 5 rebs. In Holland, Demelza Ten Caat (177-G-90) delivered 16 points. She was their only player with more than 8 pts in this defeat.
Holland was a better team at the beginning. Demelza Ten Caat and her teammates opened the game with 10-4 and later 14-6 lead. Fore rest of the time in the first period Poland made 4-6 closing the gap to six points. Poland totally took control on Holland in the second frame. At the halfway of it they made the first turn (22-23) and later finished first half with 35-37. The Polish players intensified defense after the breather limiting Holland to just 8 points for ten minutes. On the other side, they had 14 for 43-51 with one quarter to go. They had no troubles to keep the safe distance and actually to increase their lead even more to the final 57-72.
In Day Two, Poland will meet Bulgaria, while Holland will take on the defending champion France.

Holland: Demelza Ten Caat 16
Poland: Klaudia Sosnowska 14+6 boards, Olivia Tomialowicz 13+6 as, Magda Kaczmarska 11+5 boards


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Romania U16 complete the Montana tournament - by Eurobasket News
Bulgaria U16 smashed Romania U16 83:54 in the last appearance. The hosts opened the game with 15-12 in the opening quarter and added 23-18 in the second frame. Bulgaria produced 22-15 in the third quarter and added massive 23-9 in the last frame. Veronika Petkova poured in 14 points for the winners. Gabriela Anguelova and Gabriela Kostova followed her with 11 points each, whilst Silvia Koleva and Borislava Hristova had 9 apiece. Iulia Raileanu responded with 16 points in the losing effort. Ana Grigore scored 14 and Alexandra Dumitrache (172-G-94) delivered 9.

Satu Mare bolster squad - by Eurobasket News
Satu Mare brought in import player. The team have agreed on terms of contract with Kailey Klein (180-G-88, college: Cleveland St.). The 22-year-old guard inked her first pro contract. Kailey Klein just graduated from the Cleveland State University. The guard notched 19.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.6 steals per game for the Vikings in her senior season.


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  RUSSIA - Women  


Russian U20 National Team 2010 - by Eurobasket
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Anna Ostroukhova
Ostroukhova
Tatiana Petrushina
Petrushina
Anastasiya Shilova
Shilova
Anastasia Logunova
Logunova
Anastasiya Loginova
Loginova
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4 Yana Panevina 91
5 Anna Ostroukhova 170-G-90
6 Yulia Klimenko 185-C-90 Politeh Basket Ukraine
7 Tatiana Petrushina 185-F-90 UMMC Russia
8 Ekaterina Kiryanova 179-F/G-90 Krasnoyan. Russia
9 Alisa Zlyvko 182-G-90 Dynamo-2 K. Russia
10 Anastasiya Shilova 185-F-91 Krasnoyan. Russia
11 Anastasia Logunova 188-C-90 Dynamo M. Russia
12 Veronika Dorosheva 188-F-91 Dynamo M. Russia
13 Alexandra Tarasova 192-C-91 Nadezhda O. Russia
14 Anastasiya Loginova 190-C-90 Spartak M. Russia
15 Liubov Paskalenko 203-C-90 Spartak SP Russia

Dmitry Donskov Head Coach UMMC Russia
Irina Minkh Assistant


U20 Russia celebrates against U20 Ukraine - by Eurobasket News
U20 EuroBasket, Preliminary Round (Day One): UKRAINE - RUSSIA 74-79

Russia grabbed 74-79 win against Ukraine in their first appearance at the U20 European Championship in Liepaja. Both teams are together with Latvia and Sweden placed to Preliminary Group B. Three best teams will advance to the next stage. Anastasiya Shilova (185-F-91) paced Russia to victory with 23 points and 6 rebounds. She was the Co-MVP of this meeting with valuation 22. Tatiana Petrushina (185-F-90) was the second scorer for Russia with 12 and Yana Panevina (91) netted two points less. In Ukraine, Alina Iagupova (179-G-92) shined with 22 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Olga Maznichenko (187-F-91) had 14 pts (6 rebs, 5 as) and Kateryna Dorogobuzova (187-F-90) added 13 points.
Ukraine was better in the first, while Russia shined in the second half. Ukraine made nice 10-1 run at the beginning, but their rivals managed to cut the margin to 21-19 for rest of the first quarter. They made 23-24 turn at the beginning of Q2, but Ukraine retook the lead and went on the half time with decent 42-36. Anastasiya Shilova and her teammates were down by eight points at the start of Q3 and than they replied with 16-22 for minus two before the last ten minutes. At the halfway of the last quarter Russia jumped to 65-72 and later had no troubles to keep its lead.
In Day Two in Liepaja, Russia will meet Latvia. Ukraine will play against Sweden.

Ukraine: Alina Iagupova 22+9 boards+6 as, Olga Maznichenko 14+6 boards+5 as, Kateryna Dorogobuzova 13
Russia: Anastasiya Shilova 23+6 boards, Tatiana Petrushina 12, Yana Panevina 10


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  SAINT VINCENT - Women  


Guatemala avoids last place in 2010 Centrobasket - by Eurobasket News
2010 Centrobasket, Seventh place: SAINT VINCENT - GUATEMALA 36-96

Guatemala avoided the last place in Mayaguez. They destroyed Saint Vincent 36-96 and finished as No.7 in 2010 Centrobasket Championship. Saint Vincent ended dead last without a single win. Emily Rosales (181-F-94) shined for Guatemala with 18 points and 6 rebounds. Cynthia Rivera (180-F/C-82) also had important role adding 16 points and 5 rebounds. Actually, Rivera was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 23. Blanca Amado (180-G/F-79) (5 rebs) and Irma Loaiza (81) added 13 points each. Saint Vincent did not have any player with double-digits in scoring. Sheldeen Joseph (92) had 9 pts and 6 boards in this defeat.
Everything was clear after the first quarter in this game. Guatemala shined at the both sides of the court scoring 20 pts in offense and limiting their rival to one single point for ten minutes. Saint Vincent drastically improved in the second period netting 17 pts, but they needed a way more (17-19, Q2). Guatemala was 21 points up at the half time and continued in the same rhythm after that. Guatmala finished Q3 with 6-32 and the last one with 12-15 for the final 36-96 victory.

Saint Vincent: Sheldeen Joseph 9+6 boards
Guatemala: Emily Rosales 18+6 boards, Cynthia Rivera 16+5 boards, Blanca Amado 13+5 boards, Irma Loaiza 13


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  SERBIA - Women  


Serbia beat Romania three times - by Dragana Vukovic
U16 NT had the first preparation games Last weeekend they played three games against U16 NT of Romania.Coach Dragan Ognjenovic gave a chance to all 21 players to show what they did during the 21 days.After these games U16 NT continues the preparation for the U16 European Championship in Greece.Thez will spent all time of preparation in Banja Koviljaca.

First day:
Serbia - Romania
77:39
Serbia: Cetkovic 4,Stanacev 7,Mandic 6,Petrovic 9,Piper 11,Crvendakic 8,Zagorac 11,Novic 9,Jankovic 4,Anicic 7
Romania: Inbasin 2,Milehis 1,Grigore 2,Lache,Glerle,Pasca 8,Dumitrache 6,Usurelu 11,Ioparceanu 2,Domokos,Ardelean,Raileanu 6,Demeter,Lovaris 1

Second day:
Serbia - Romania 88:56
Serbia: Ljiljak 10,Vidakovic 9,Bosnjak 4,Gvero 4,Nikolic 1,Topuzovic,Corto 7,Kovacevic 22,Boskovic 16,Ciric 5,Vuckovic 10
Romania: Inbasin,Milehis 1,Grigore 4,Lache 4,Glerle,Pasca4,Dumitrache 14,Usurelu 4,Ioparceanu,Domokos,Ardelean,Raileanu 18,Demeter,Lovaris 7

Third day:
Serbia - Romania 77:49
Serbia: Cetkovic 14,Ljiljak 9,Bosnjak 6,Gvero 7,Petrovic 2,Nikolic,Corto 2,Topuzovic 4,Zagorac 4,Novic 17,Anicic 11,Ciric 1
Romania: Inbasin,Milehis,Grigore 10,Lache 6,Glerle,Pasca 2,Dumitrache 9,Usurelu 2,Ioparceanu,Domokos,Ardeleanu 2,Raileanu 7,Demeter,Lovaris 9


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  SLOVENIA - Women  


Slovenia U16 finished their tourney on Bulgaria - by Eurobasket News
Slovenia U16 finished their tourney on Bulgaria. In their last game Bulgaria U16 defeated Slovenia U16 60:42 with a masterpiece in the second period. Slovenia grabbed 8:7 in the defensive first quarter but could not keep the lead. Bulgaria stormed past the guests 31-8 in the second frame and reached 38:16 at the halftime. Slovenia won the third and the last quarters but reduced only to 60:42. Veronika Petkova top-scored for the winners with 15 points and 12 rebounds, while Radostina Dimitrova (179-F-94) added 12. Iva Kostova (178-F-94) notched 8 and four other players added 4 each.


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  SPAIN - Women  


Spain too much for Italy in Day One of U20 EuroBasket in Liepaja - by Eurobasket News
U20 EuroBasket, Preliminary Round (Day One): ITALY - SPAIN 50-74

Spain blasted Italy in Liepaja for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group C. It was the first day of U20 European Championship for women. Beside Spain and Italy, participants of Group C are also Serbia and Germany. Vega Gimeno Martinez (183-F-91) shined for the winners today with 17 points. She had just one miss for 22 minutes on the court and reached valuation 21. Amaya Gastaminza Ganuza (188-F-91) Ganuza secured a nice help with 14, while Cristina Ouvina (173-G-90) added 12 points and 8 rebounds. In Italy, Martina Bestagno (189-F/C-90) delivered 13 points. Laura Spreafico (178-G-91) had one less.
First quarter was pretty leveled with neither of two teams making a bigger lead. Thanks to basket in the finish, Spain ended Q1 with plus one, 14-15. Than, Vega Gimeno Martinez and her teammates totally took control on Italy. First they made impressive 0-11 run and later created another one, this time 0-10. Second quarter ended 4-21 for Spain, who was 18-36 up at the half time. Italy woke up after the breather coming to minus 12, but not closer than that. With ten minutes left in the game Spain still had nice lead (38-52) and in the last quarter extended it even more (12-22) for the final 50-74.
In Day Two, Spain will play against Germany. Italy will take on Serbia, who registered victory today.

Italy: Martina Bestagno 13, Laura Spreafico 12
Spain: Vega Gimeno Martinez 17, Amaya Gastaminza Ganuza 14, Cristina Ouvina 12+8 boards


Spanish U20 National Team 2010 - by Eurobasket
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Cristina Ouvina
Ouvina
Marta Tudanca Acedo
Tudanca Acedo
Marta Xargay Casademont
Xargay Casademont
Amaya Gastaminza Ganuza
Gastaminza Ganuza
Vanessa Ble
Ble
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4 Leonor Rodriguez Manso 178-G-91 Florida St. USA
5 Mirela Vila 183-F-91 St.Joseph's USA
6 Cristina Ouvina 173-G-90 Mann Filter Spain
7 Marta Tudanca Acedo 182-F-90 Ferrol Spain
8 Miriam Foraste 190-C-91
9 Elena Espiau Guarner 178-G-90 Mataro Spain
10 Marta Xargay Casademont 180-G-90 Perfumerias Spain
11 Vega Gimeno Martinez 183-F-91 Robert Morris USA
12 Amaya Gastaminza Ganuza 188-F-91 Oregon St. USA
13 Vanessa Ble F-91 EBE Ibiza-PDV Spain
14 Laura Gil C-82 Ourense P. Spain
15 Miriam Bolivar Rigo 188-C-90 Mariana Spain

Lucas Mondelo Garcia Head Coach Perfumerias Spain
Anna Caula Assistant
Cesar Ruperez Assistant Navarra Spain


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  SWEDEN - Women  


Host of U20 EuroBasket has a joyful Day One - by Eurobasket News
U20 EuroBasket, Preliminary Round (Day One): LATVIA - SWEDEN 87-41

Latvia destroyed Sweden in the opening day of U20 European Championship in Liepaja. The host of this event had no troubles to take an easy 87-41 victory for 1-0 record in Preliminary Group B. Participants of the same pool are also Ukraine and Russia. Sabine Niedola (184-F-91) was totally the best player of this game. She spent 26 minutes on the court registering double-double of 29 points and 11 rebounds. Niedola reached valuation 34. Kristine Vitola (193-F-91) had 10 points and 11 rebounds to help Latvia. In Sweden, Beata Gullberg (178-G-90) scored 16 points. Maryam Gultekin (165-G-90) followed with three less.
Latvia opened the game in style making 18-6 lead in the first quarter. It was clear that the home squad is too strong for Sweden, what they confirmed in the second period as well. Sabine Niedola was on fire and together with her teammates scored 22 points in the second frame. At the same time they stopped Sweden to just 5 for huge 40-11 lead at the half time. Question about the winner was resolved and the second half was just the formality. Still, Latvia didnt slow down and won Q3 with 25-7. Last period belonged to Sweden 22-23, who faced with huge 87-41 loss at the end.
In Day Two in Liepaja, Latvia will play against Russia. Sweden will meet Ukraine.

Latvia: Sabine Niedola 29+11 boards, Kristine Vitola 10+11 biards
Sweden: Beata Gullberg 16, Maryam Gultekin 13


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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO - Women  


Mexico outplays Trinidad and Tobago, win the Bronze in Mayaguez - by Eurobasket News
2010 Centrobasket, Third place: TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO - MEXICO 65-78

Mexico won the Bronze in Mayaguez. Erika Gomez (187-F/C-76) and her teammates outplayed Trinidad and Tobago to finish 2010 Centrobasket as No.3. With this victory Mexico also booked a ticket for the 2011 FIBA-Americas Championship (Pre-Olympic). Erika Gomez stepped up her team with 19 points and 10 rebounds. She was the MVP of the game with valuation 22. Abril Garcia (190-F/C-81, college: ORU) followed her with 16 points and 7 boards, while Brisa Silva (168-G-84, college: Oklahoma St.) added 15 points. Monica Garcia (87) helped with 10 pts and 8 assists. In the loosing squad, Rhea Codio (165-G-88) collected 22 points and 6 assists. Jonee Billy (188-F/C-84, college: Mount Holyoke) stopped on 13 pts.
Mexico shined in the first and third quarter, what was enough for the victory in this game. Opening period belonged to Mexico 12-18, but Trinidad and Tobago replied with 24-22 in the second frame. Still, Mexico held 36-40 lead at the half time. After the breather, Erika Gomez and her teammates had another very productive period scoring 22 points. At the same time they stopped Trinidad and Tobago to 13 for nice 49-62 lead with ten minutes to go. Last quarter was just the formality (16-16) and Mexico won the Bronze in Mayaguez.

Trinidad and Tobago: Rhea Codio 22+6 as, Jonee Billy 13
Mexico: Erika Gomez 19+10 boards, Abril Garcia 16+7 boards, Brisa Silva 15, Monica Garcia 10+8 as


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - Women  


2010 Centrobasket: Dominican Republic ends as No.5 - by Eurobasket News
2010 Centrobasket, Fifth place: DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS 94-55

Dominican Republic is the fifth ranked team in Mayaguez. They blasted the U.S. Virgin Islands in the crucial game for position No.5 ending this event with two straight wins. Naturally, the ISV is No.6 in 2010 Centrobasket. Charlenny Frias (84) was the leading scorer in victory with 21 points. Johanna Morton (88) was behind her with 17 points and 7 assists. Carmen Guzman (175-G-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: UAB) added 16 pts in this win. On the other side, the ISV got 26 points from Yanique Javois (176-G-86, college: Saint Louis). Tamara Petersen (87) was the last player with double-digits in scoring in this game with 12 points (6 rebs, 6 as).
Domincan Republic was a way better team in this meeting. Charlenny Frias and her teammates dominated in all basketball elements against the ISV. They finished first quarter with 25-14 and the second one with 16-12 for nice 41-26 lead at the half time. Nothing has changed after the breather. Dominican Republic still was the team who dominated and finished Q3 with 22-16. They exploded in the last ten minutes as well (31-13) for the final 94-55 blowout and the fifth place in Mayaguez.

Dominican Republic: Charlenny Frias 21, Johanna Morton 17+7 as, Carmen Guzman 16
U.S. Virgin Islands: Yanique Javois 26, Tamara Petersen 12+6 boards+6 as


C.A.C women Schedule and Groups - by David Edole
MAYAGUEZ - The FIBA-Americas Technical Commission announced the group composition and schedule for women's basketball in the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games to be played from July 19-23 at Arquelio Torres Ramirez Coliseum in San German.

The eight participating countries saw action in the 2010 Centrobasket Championship for Women that was held from July 10-14 in Mayagez, Puerto Rico where the host won Gold, Jamaica won Silver and Mexico the Bronze medal.

Group A has Puerto Rico, Trinidad & Tobago, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and US Virgin Islands.

Group B has Guatemala, Jamaica, Mexico and the Dominican Republic.

In the 2010 Centrobasket Championship for Women Jazmine Sepulveda of Puerto Rico was the MVP and the best scorer was Carmen Guzman of the Dominican Republic.

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U20 Russia celebrates against U20 Ukraine - by Eurobasket News
U20 EuroBasket, Preliminary Round (Day One): UKRAINE - RUSSIA 74-79

Russia grabbed 74-79 win against Ukraine in their first appearance at the U20 European Championship in Liepaja. Both teams are together with Latvia and Sweden placed to Preliminary Group B. Three best teams will advance to the next stage. Anastasiya Shilova (185-F-91) paced Russia to victory with 23 points and 6 rebounds. She was the Co-MVP of this meeting with valuation 22. Tatiana Petrushina (185-F-90) was the second scorer for Russia with 12 and Yana Panevina (91) netted two points less. In Ukraine, Alina Iagupova (179-G-92) shined with 22 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists. Olga Maznichenko (187-F-91) had 14 pts (6 rebs, 5 as) and Kateryna Dorogobuzova (187-F-90) added 13 points.
Ukraine was better in the first, while Russia shined in the second half. Ukraine made nice 10-1 run at the beginning, but their rivals managed to cut the margin to 21-19 for rest of the first quarter. They made 23-24 turn at the beginning of Q2, but Ukraine retook the lead and went on the half time with decent 42-36. Anastasiya Shilova and her teammates were down by eight points at the start of Q3 and than they replied with 16-22 for minus two before the last ten minutes. At the halfway of the last quarter Russia jumped to 65-72 and later had no troubles to keep its lead.
In Day Two in Liepaja, Russia will meet Latvia. Ukraine will play against Sweden.

Ukraine: Alina Iagupova 22+9 boards+6 as, Olga Maznichenko 14+6 boards+5 as, Kateryna Dorogobuzova 13
Russia: Anastasiya Shilova 23+6 boards, Tatiana Petrushina 12, Yana Panevina 10


Ukrainian U20 National Team 2010 - by Eurobasket
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Alina Iagupova
Iagupova
Olga Maznichenko
Maznichenko
Kateryna Dorogobuzova
Dorogobuzova
Olesia Malashenko
Malashenko
Yuliya Berezynets
Berezynets
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4 Olga Khalimonchuk 186-F-90 Byelaia Akacia Ukraine
5 Kateryna Polyanychka 178-G-90
6 Alina Iagupova 179-G-92 Dnipro Ukraine
7 Nadiia Rykulska 172-G-91 Slovan Slovakia
8 Krystyna Matsko 182-F-91 Tim-Scuf Ukraine
9 Olga Maznichenko 187-F-91 Real C.Vigo Spain
10 Kateryna Dorogobuzova 187-F-90 Toulouse France
11 Nataliya Gavrylyuk 178-F-90 Tim-Scuf Ukraine
12 Olesia Malashenko 188-F-91 Arras France
13 Yuliya Berezynets 180-G-90
14 Ganna Yeremeychuk 178-G-90 Suzirja Ukraine
15 Kateryna Rymarenko 183-F-90 Kozachka Ukraine

Yevheniy Filozof Head Coach
Leonid Tsay Assistant


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Wednesday's games (4) review - by Eurobasket News
Connecticut S. - Indiana F. 77-68
Sandrine Gruda (6'4''-C-87) scored 21 points to lead the Connecticut Sun to a 77-68 victory over Indiana on Wednesday, snapping the Fever's seven-game home winning streak. Tina Charles (6'4''-C-88, agency: LBM Management, college: Connecticut) had 14 points and six rebounds, and Tan White (5'7''-G-82, college: Mississippi St.) scored 10 for the Sun (11-8), who ended a three-game losing streak and moved within half a game of Indiana for third place in the Eastern Conference. The Fever (11-7) and Sun finish their regular-season series Aug. 15 at Connecticut. Tamika Catchings (6'1''-F-79, college: Tennessee) had 22 points, nine rebounds and four steals, and Katie Douglas (6'1''-G/F-79, college: Purdue) added 13 points for the Fever. Catchings grabbed her 2,000th rebound in the second quarter to become the 10th player in WNBA history to reach that milestone. After falling behind 56-52 to begin the fourth quarter, the Sun went on an 11-0 run to take control with 5 minutes left. Indiana, which began the final period 0 for 10 from the field, got a pair of free throws from Briann January with 3:54 left to halt Connecticut's rally. The Fever got within 68-66 on a 3-pointer by Douglas with 2 minutes remaining, but the Sun answered with Charles's jumper and Gruda's two free throws to regain the momentum. There were six lead changes and three ties in a sloppy first half, and neither team led by double digits. Connecticut shot 39 percent from the field and had 10 turnovers. Indiana, which led by as much as nine points, took a 38-34 advantage at the break despite shooting 37 percent and committing seven turnovers. The Fever extended their lead to six points in the third quarter, but Gruda's two free throws cut the deficit to 54-52 entering the final period. *Courtesy of www.taragana.com

Seattle S. - Phoenix M. 111-107 OT3
Sue Bird's (5'9''-G-80, college: Connecticut) 3-pointer with 6.4 seconds left in the third overtime to lift the Seattle Storm to a 111-107 victory against the Phoenix Mercury on Wednesday. Penelope Taylor (6'1''-F-81) missed a potential tying 3-pointer on Phoenix's ensuing possession. Lauren Jackson (6'5''-F/C-81) added late free throw in the closing seconds to give the Storm (17-2) their franchise-best eighth straight victory in the fifth triple-overtime game in WNBA history. Diana Taurasi scored a season-high 44 points for the Mercury (7-12), finishing three points short of her career high. She missed a 3 with 27 seconds left and the score tied at 107. Jackson led Seattle with 31 points and 18 rebounds, Tanisha Wright (5'11''-G-83, agency: LBM Management, college: Penn St.) scored 20 points, Swin Cash (6'2''-F-79, college: Connecticut) had 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Bird also scored 14 points. *Courtesy of http://seattletimes.nwsource.com

S.Antonio SS - Chicago S. 61-88
Sylvia Fowles (6'6''-C-85, college: LSU) led five players in double-figures scoring, and the Chicago Sky beat the San Antonio Silver Stars 88-61 on Wednesday to snap a two-game skid. Fowles, Jia Perkins (5'8''-G-82, agency: Merit Sports, college: Texas Tech) and Epiphanny Prince (5'9''-G-88, college: Rutgers) scored 14 points each for the Sky (9-11), who never trailed in the game. Erin Thorn and Tamera Young added 10 points each. Perkins knows the Sky need more efforts like this to make a run for a playoff berth. The victory moved Chicago 2 1/2 games behind fourth-place Connecticut for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Sky are one-half game behind fifth-place New York. Chicago guard Dominique Canty pulled down a rebound in the third quarter to become one of nine WNBA players with 2,500 points, 900 assists and 900 rebounds. The margin of victory was the largest in franchise history for Chicago, surpassing a 95-70 romp over Tulsa on June 5. The Sky also set a team record for fewest turnovers in a game with four. Fowles, the All-Star game MVP in the U.S. national team's 99-72 win over the WNBA All-Stars on Saturday, picked up three first-half fouls and played less than 18 minutes against San Antonio. Sophia Young had 14 points to lead the Silver Stars (6-11), who have lost four of their last five games and four straight on the road. Roneeka Hodges added 10 points off the bench. *Courtesy of www.msn.foxsports.com

Atlanta D. - Minnesota L. 81-83
Nicky Anosike (6'3''-C-86, college: Tennessee) had 16 points, a late steal and a picture-perfect assist to Rebekkah Brunson (6'3''-F/C-81, agency: LBM Management, college: Georgetown) for the go-ahead layup with 7.2 seconds left to lift the Minnesota Lynx to an 83-81 victory over the Atlanta Dream on Wednesday. Seimone Augustus (6'1''-G-84, college: LSU) scored 22 points and Lindsay Whalen (5'8''-G-82, college: Minnesota) added 17 points for Minnesota in this once-a-year midweek matinee, delighting the thousands of screaming kids on summer break after the Lynx squandered a 14-point first-half lead. Anosike stole a bounce pass toward the post for Erika de Souza and drew a foul with 38.1 seconds remaining, draining both free throws to tie the game at 81. After de Souza airballed a jumper from the top of the key, with Whalen putting a hand in her face, the Lynx had the ball and set up for the winning shot. *Courtesy of www.nj.com