EUROBASKET NEWS REPORT - 7/24/2010

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  ABA   


Little Rock, Arkansas joins back the ABA - by Gianni Pascucci
The American Basketball Association announced that it will return to Little Rock, Arkansas for the 2011 season. According to Joe Newman , ABA CEO, 'We have been looking for exactly the right owner for Little Rock, and in Bernard Brown, we've found that person. The Arkansas Rimrockers, 2005 champions, hold the record ABA attendance with nearly 15,000 fans turning out for the championship game. We were sorry the team moved to the NBDL and then folded. The fan base there was huge; they loved their ABA team, and now they'll have it back.'
The new team will be run by Bernard D. Brown, an agent advisor with sports management worldwide. A native of Sweet Home, AR, he grew up passionate about sports, especially basketball and worked as a paralegal for several law firms for fourteen years. 'I believe that my legal expertise and desire to help young people achieve their dreams allows me to assist my clients to get the most out of their athletic ability,' stated Brown. 'My love for the game has motivated me to go a step further in the pursuit of achieving my lifelong dream, owning my own professional basketball team. That dream has come to fruition with me becoming the proud owner of an ABA team in Little Rock - and you can be sure we will be doing some very special things here. This was one of the most successful ABA cities ever - and it will be again.'
For more information, email douglaspr1@yahoo.com or call 501 612 2197


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  AUSTRIA   


Estonia improve at 2-0 record in Israel - by Eurobasket News
Estonia U18 - Austria U18 87:57

Estonia registered the second straight win at the U18 European Championship in Division B. Rannar Raap (188-G/F-92) scored 25 points to lead Estonia past Austria. The defeat threw Austria at 0-2 record in Group D.
Rannar Raap helped Estonia to take a 27:11 lead late in the opening frame. Janari Joesaar (197-F-93) triggered another rally from Estonia as they opened a 20-point lead in the second quarter. Austria used an 11:0 run to narrow the distance to 11 points late in the first half. Rannar Raap capped the half with a lay-up to give Estonia a 44:32 advantage. Estonia did not allow their opponents to get too close in the third period. The Baltic team posted a 61:51 lead with ten minutes to go. Puidet notched five points in a row to ignite a 12:0 run from Estonia in the fourth quarter as they claimed a 77:53 advantage and did not look back en route to the victory.
Janari Joesaar tallied 12 points and 15 rebounds for Estonia. Kristjan Voolaid (200-F-92) added 11 points in the winning case. Carlos Novas (197-F-92) replied with 21 points for Austria. Ferdinand Saukel (199-F-92) had 11 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Estonia U18: Rannar Raap 25, Janari Joesaar 12+15 boards, Kristjan Voolaid 11
Austria U18: Carlos Novas 21, Ferdinand Saukel 11



Austria U20 heads to Division A - by Eurobasket News
Austria U20-Bulgaria U20 76:71

Austria U20 heads to Division A as they advanced to the Final of the U20 European Championship in Division B. The hosts of the tournament overcame Bulgaria U20 76:71 in the last game of the day.
The hosts looked awesome int he start and grabbed 8-0 lead. Bulgaria responded for 11:9 as Hristo Zahariev (197-G/F-90) closed the run and Bozhidar Avramov (196-G-90, agency: Interperformances) nailed three for 19:14. Maresch gave Austria 27:19 in the end of the first period, while Romed Vieider (196-F-91) scored for 32:24 in the start of the second. Bulgaria tried hard to stay on race and reduced to 41:39 at the halftime. A 13-0 run allowed the hosts to take 54:39 and Lanegger gave Austria 56:42. Tsonkov answered for 62:50 at the end of thirty minutes. No matter how hard the guests tried to come closer they could not. Bozhidar Avramov cut it to 75:71, while Lanegger made one free throw out of four that was enough for the total success.
Romed Vieider stepped up with 20 points for the winners to play tomorrow in the Final. Jesse Seilern (189-G-90) nailed 18, while Rasid Mahalbasic (210-F/C-90) had 17 points and 12 rebounds. Bozhidar Avramov responded with 21 points as Bulgaria will face Poland tomorrow in the game for the third place. Hristo Zahariev scored 19 and Aleksandar Georgiev (203-F-90) notched 10.

Austria U20: Romed Vieider 20, Jesse Seilern 18, Rasid Mahalbasic 17+12 rebs
Bulgaria U20: Bozhidar Avramov 21, Hristo Zahariev 19, Aleksandar Georgiev 10


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  BELARUS   


Switzerland post first win in Austria - by Eurobasket News
Switzerland U20 - Belarus U20 73:62
Switzerland finally broke the winning draught and registered the first win at the U20 European Championship in Division B. They fired past Belarus in classification round Group G. Switzerland thus caught up with Belarus at 1-3 record in the ladder. Christophe Varidel (185-G-89) notched 24 points to lead the effort.
Switzerland set the tone early as they won the opening frame 13:11. Belarus however went on a 7:0 run early in the second frame to steal the lead. But a couple of three-pointers from Christophe Varidel allowed Switzerland accumulate a 28:18 advantage midway through the second quarter. The Swiss team posted a 38:24 lead at halftime. Switzerland were able to keep their opponents at distance throughout the third frame. Roland Lenggenhager team entered the final period up by 9 points 52:43. Christophe Varidel and Albrecth kept Switzerland ahead but Belarus still managed to get within four points with under two minutes to go. Gardner Louissaint (196-F-91) stepped up with five points in the dying seconds to seal the win for Switzerland.
Roman Albrecht (208-C-90) knocked down 16 points and collected 9 rebounds for Switzerland. Gardner Louissaint and Florian Steinmann (197-F-91) netted 7 points each in the victory. Viktar Ausepian (205-F-91) replied with 13 points and 8 rebounds for Belarus. Valiantsin Ihnatchyk (192-G-91) finished with 12 points in the loss.

Switzerland U20: Christophe Varidel 24, Roman Albrecht 16, Gardner Louissaint 7, Florian Steinmann 7
Belarus U20: Viktar Ausepian 13, Valiantsin Ihnatchyk 12



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  BELGIUM   


Israel U20 stays alive for the 5th - by Eurobasket News
Israel U20-Belgium U20 100:93

Israel U20 beat Belgium U20 at the Classification Games for 5th to 8th Places. Four players scored more than 20 points for the winners as they rolled over the opponent 100:93 in U20 European Championship.
It was a productive start for both teams, while Belgium nailed 34 points in the first 10 minutes. Tal Karpelesz (194-F-90) managed to cut the lead at 34:23 at the end of the first period. Another 30 points in the second frame gave Belgium 64:55 at the halftime. Israel however needed 20-11 in the third frame to tie the game at 75:75. Both teams then exchanged the lead several times as Moray led to 89:87 with 4 minutes in the game making two free throws. Jacob Cohen (210-C-90) made the same for 91:87, while De Thaey and Dennis Donkor (194-G/F-91) tied the game at 91:91 with less than three minutes to go. Later Jacob Cohen and Yotam Shiran (198-F-90, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) brought Israel 95:91 lead. De Thaey again reduced to 96:93, but Ariely nailed three for demolishing the intrigue. Moreover Omer Rub (176-G-90) made a free throw at the very end for three-digit victory.
Omer Rub paced all the winners with 25 points and Yotam Shiran followed him with 24. Jacob Cohen nailed 21, while Tal Karpelesz added 20. Quentin Serron (190-G-90) replied with 21 points in the losing effort. De Thaey notched 18, whilst Dennis Donkor scored 15.

Israel U20: Omer Rub 25, Yotam Shiran 24, Jacob Cohen 21, Tal Karpelesz 20
Belgium U20: Quentin Serron 21, De Thaey 18, Dennis Donkor 15


Belgian U18 National Team 2010 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
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Arne Steinbach
Steinbach
Obasohan Ojomoh
Ojomoh
Harm Loontiens
Loontiens
Yannick Desiron
Desiron
Brett Hartshorne
Hartshorne
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4 Arne Steinbach 182-G-92 Waregem Belgium
5 Anthony Goetgeluck 180-G-92
6 Andreas Rojas 188-G-92
7 Loic Schwartz 198-G-92
8 Obasohan Ojomoh 183-F-93
9 Elias Lasisi 192-G/F-92 Leuven Belgium
10 Harm Loontiens 191-G/F-92
11 Moise Kamenga 196-C-92
12 Audry Kiraranganya 198-F-93
13 Amaury Gorgemans 208-C-92
14 Yannick Desiron 204-C-92 Sint-Jan Ant. Belgium
15 Brett Hartshorne 201-C-92 Leuven Belgium



Liege Basket takes Michael Jenkins - by Eurobasket News
Belgacom Liege Basket improved its backcourt for the upcoming Eurocup Qualifying Round by inking guard Michael Jenkins (191-G-86, college: Winthrop) to a one-year deal. The American is moving to Belgium finalist from Walter Tigers Tuebingen, where he spent last season. He appeared 34 times in 1.Bundesliga collecting 14 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.3 apg and 1.9 spg. Season 2008/09 Michael Jenkins started with the NBDL team Albany Patrons. In February, he moved to Montenegrin outfit Buducnost Podgorica. Jenkins is a product of Winthrop University, where he graduated in 2008.
Belgacom Liege Basket was the regular season champion in Belgium and reached the Playoff Finals.


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Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 National Team 2010 - by Eurobasket
Starting Five
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Nebojsa Maksimovic
Maksimovic
Mirza Bulic
Bulic
Irfan Hodzic
Hodzic
Ernad Mujic
Mujic
Adin Vrabac
Vrabac
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4 Miljan Markovic 205-F-92 Spars Sarajevo Bosnia
5 Nebojsa Maksimovic 185-G-92 Celik Bosnia
6 Andrej Tomic 210-C-92 Sloboda Dita Bosnia
7 Mirza Bulic 204-F-92 Sloboda Dita Bosnia
8 Dino Begagic 193-G-92 Pleter Croatia
9 Marko Miletic 198-F-92 Igokea Bosnia
10 Dalibor Miodanic 193-F-93 Buldog Bosnia
11 Irfan Hodzic 185-G-93 Sloboda Dita Bosnia
12 Ernad Mujic 208-C-92 Bosna S. Bosnia
13 Aleksandar Vasilic 178-G-93 Bijeljina Bosnia
14 Stefan Glogovac 201-F-94 SL IAT Leotar Bosnia
15 Adin Vrabac 203-F-94 Spars Sarajevo Bosnia



U18 EC, 2nd Round: BOSNIA - Scotland 83:67 - by Sead Buljina
Tel Aviv, Israel. U18 European Championship, Division B. In the second game of the EC our U18 National team recorded an expected win vs. Scotland 83:67. The best player on our team today was Mirza Bulic (204-SF-94) with 27 pts, 12 rebs, 3 asts,3 blks and 3 stls. Our team competes without injured Muamer Karic (B.C. 'Magic', Tuzla), Eldar Merdanovic ('Celik', Zenica) and Rados Zelenovic ('Gacko', Gacko). Add to the list one of our best junior players from last year`s EC, Enes Latifagic (202-SF-92) who was not even invited, Marko Ramljak who chose to play for Croatia and Djordje Micic who has applied for Serbian basketball citizenship prior to the U17 World Championship earlier this month and it becomes obvious how decimated our team is.
Our team began game vs. Scotland with the following starting lineup: Irfan Hodzic, Marko Miletic, Adin Vrabac, Mirza Bulic and Ernad Mujic. After two games, our most efficient player is Mirza Bulic with 17.5 ppg (8th overall), 10 rpg (3rd overall), 3.5apg and 1.5bpg in 33 minutes per game. Tomorrow is a day off for our team. Next game is scheduled for Sunday, July 25 vs. Belgium.



Bosnia and Herzegovina open win count in Israel - by Eurobasket News
Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 - Scotland U18 83:67
Bosnia and Herzegovina posted the initial win at the U18 European Championship in Division B. They knocked down Scotland today to improve at 1-1 record in Pool B. Scotland slipped at 0-1 record. Mirza Bulic (204-F-92) knocked down 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to pace the winners.
The lead changed hands throughout close first quarter. Mirza Bulic capped it with a three-pointer as Bosnia and Herzegovina ensured a 12:11 lead. Bosnia and Herzegovina tipped off the second term with ten points in a row. Bunyan dragged Scotland within just two points late in the half but Mirza Bulic capped it with a jumper and Bosnia and Herzegovina went into the dressing room up by 4 points 36:32. Ernad Mujic (208-C-92) opened the third term with four points in a row to boost the margin. Scotland tried to stay close but Ernad Mujic, Miletic and Mirza Bulic helped Bosnia and Herzegovina to a 14-point buffer late in the quarter. Scotland could not get closer than 10 points in the reminder of the contest and had to surrender at the end.
Ernad Mujic delivered 18 points and 7 rebounds for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Dino Begagic (193-G-92) added 17 points in the victory. Lee Reilly (182-G-92) responded with 18 points for Scotland. Alasdair Fraser (201-C-92) finished with 16 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

Bosnia and Herzegovina U18: Mirza Bulic 27+12 boards, Ernad Mujic 18, Dino Begagic 17
Scotland U18: Lee Reilly 18, Alasdair Fraser 16



Goran Suton moves to Italy - by Eurobasket News
In recent weeks, there was speculation that BC Cibona Zagreb was trying to sign the Bosnian/Croatian International Goran Suton (209-C-85, college: Michigan St.). But, according to the reports from Croatian media, they are late as reportedly Suton has agreed to join Italian outfit Angelico Biella. Suton has agreed a one-year deal with Italian club, which ended last season with 10 wins and 18 losses. Suton spent 2009/10 in Russia where he played for Spartak St. Petersburg. There he failed to find his feet and it seems he will now have another chance to get his European career back on track.
Originally born in Sarajevo, Goran Suton played for Michigan State in NCAA. In 2008, he led his University to NCAA Sweet 16 round of the National Tournament. He averaged 9.1 point and 8.2 rebounds in 30 games that year. In 2008/09 season Suton averaged 10.1 points and 8.2 rebounds for 33 games. He was one of instrumental players, helping his team win the Big Ten Regular Season Title. Suton was voted All-Big Ten 2nd Team and has made it to the Final Four this year. At the last years NBA Draft, Suton was chosen by Utah Jazz as 50th pick. However, he moved to Europe where he has signed a deal with Spartak St. Petersburg in Novemebr 2009. However, there Suton did not receive the chance he expected and as result he has managed to make only 6 EuroCup appearances during which he has averaged 4.8 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. In Russian league he also played in only 6 games and has averaged 1.0 point and 1.7 rebounds in only 5.3 minutes per game.


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July 24 Weekend Games - by Thomas Fink
Game Venue Time
Flames v Spartans, Phikwe 09:00:00
Troopers v Falcons, Phikwe 11:00:00
Splinters v Spartans, Phikwe 13:00:00
Troopers v Flames, Phikwe 15:00:00
Relics v NIIT Ladies, Gabs SSKB 11:00:00
Cadets v Police Gabs SSKB 13:00:00
Eagles v NIIT Gabs SSKB 15:00:00



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Austria U20 heads to Division A - by Eurobasket News
Austria U20-Bulgaria U20 76:71

Austria U20 heads to Division A as they advanced to the Final of the U20 European Championship in Division B. The hosts of the tournament overcame Bulgaria U20 76:71 in the last game of the day.
The hosts looked awesome int he start and grabbed 8-0 lead. Bulgaria responded for 11:9 as Hristo Zahariev (197-G/F-90) closed the run and Bozhidar Avramov (196-G-90, agency: Interperformances) nailed three for 19:14. Maresch gave Austria 27:19 in the end of the first period, while Romed Vieider (196-F-91) scored for 32:24 in the start of the second. Bulgaria tried hard to stay on race and reduced to 41:39 at the halftime. A 13-0 run allowed the hosts to take 54:39 and Lanegger gave Austria 56:42. Tsonkov answered for 62:50 at the end of thirty minutes. No matter how hard the guests tried to come closer they could not. Bozhidar Avramov cut it to 75:71, while Lanegger made one free throw out of four that was enough for the total success.
Romed Vieider stepped up with 20 points for the winners to play tomorrow in the Final. Jesse Seilern (189-G-90) nailed 18, while Rasid Mahalbasic (210-F/C-90) had 17 points and 12 rebounds. Bozhidar Avramov responded with 21 points as Bulgaria will face Poland tomorrow in the game for the third place. Hristo Zahariev scored 19 and Aleksandar Georgiev (203-F-90) notched 10.

Austria U20: Romed Vieider 20, Jesse Seilern 18, Rasid Mahalbasic 17+12 rebs
Bulgaria U20: Bozhidar Avramov 21, Hristo Zahariev 19, Aleksandar Georgiev 10


Russia beat Bulgaria to open Day 2 in Vilnius - by Eurobasket News
Russia U18-Bulgaria U18 88:57

Russia bounced back after two-overtime thriller loss from Turkey in the opener and beat Bulgaria in Day 2 of the U18 European Championship. An easy start led to 88:57 total win over the opponents.
Gleb Goldyrev (200-F-93) opened the game from the perimeter and he also brought 7:2 in the game. After 7:5 on the board Russia finished the first quarter with 20-0 run to take 27:7 advantage. Moreover the run continued until 29:5 when Bekkiev made a jump shot. Bulgaria had difficulties coming back into the game as Aleks Simeonov (195-C-93) reduced to 33:19. Dafinov sent the squads to the lockers for 41:23 after two periods. Ivanov scored five in a row for his team to give 48:33 on the board. Aleks Simeonov remained the difference at 56:41, while Karasev closed Russian 7-0 run at the end of the third period for 63:41. The game was done for the winners, while they added another 25-16 in the last stanza for the bigger lead. Kulagin was the last to score for Russia, whilst Aleks Simeonov made the final score in the game.
Gleb Goldyrev stepped up with 13 points for the winners as Russia improved to 1-1 record. Vladislav Trushkin (200-F-93) and Artem Pisarchuk (205-C-92, agency: RIZO) followed him with 11 points apiece. Aleks Simeonov and Ivanov netted 14 each, while Georgi Funtarov (195-F-93) scored 10 in defeat.

Russia U18: Gleb Goldyrev 13, Vladislav Trushkin 11, Artem Pisarchuk 11
Bulgaria U18: Aleks Simeonov 14, Ivanov 14, Georgi Funtarov 10



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  CAMEROON   


Condor win the Cameroon Cup - by Carlos Pereira
Condor Yaound and Generation of Bamenda are strong winner of the cup of Cameroon for the first time

The Cameroon federation's basketball ended its season last weekend (Sunday, 18.07.2010) multipurpose sports palaces in Yaounde by the finals of the cup of Cameroon 2010 edition.
The official sponsor Orange Cameroon 'has not done in the lace to cover the event. The large audience was able to hold him in even the generosity of a number of Cameroon in the mobile phone in Cameroon by winning a number of awards (Mobile phones, recharge cards, umbrellas, T-shirt ...)
Another sponsor of the event and not the least represented SN Brussels Airlines by its Director-General himself has offered to a viewer via a raffle, a ticket-Brussel-Douala Douala.
The final itself started at 10am according to the official program given by the fecabasket.

COMPET FAR FROM THE CONDOR # YDE YDE (64-71)

Despite an early bill High in quality and effectiveness of men's coach Pepso 'and throughout the first half of the game, Far Compete Yaounde was upset in the second half thanks to a coaching Winner of IBAMA Herve, who found the words to galvanize his troops to go to snatch victory in the hands of Far comp end of the game including a superb 'Dobel No. 10' condor yaound with 19 pts the meeting.

With the win, the club president in the person of Mr. DIWOUTA now has won the first cup of Cameroon since the inception of this team a few years now and prevents the blow to the Far comp doubled this season.


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Finland prevail against Canada - by Eurobasket News
Finland - Canada 89:73
Finnish National Team continued to pile up victories in the exhibition games. Yesterday they knocked down Canadas Development National Team in London. Samuel Haanpaa (203-G/F-86) knocked down 17 points to lead the effort.
Finland surged ahead in the opening quarter. They recorded a 20:17 lead at the first intermission. Finland continued to mount the pressure in the second quarter. They boosted the gap to as many as 9 points at halftime. Finland pulled away in the third stanza. The Europeans outgunned Canada 25:14 in the quarter to build a 20-point buffer into the fourth term. Canada finally adjusted their game in the fourth stanza. They managed to outscore Finland but it was too late to save the game.
Shawn Huff (198-G/F-84, college: Valparaiso) had 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Teemu Rannikko (189-G-80) netted 14 points for Finland. Gerald Lee (208-F-87) added 13 points for the winners. Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan) and Brady Heslip (188-G) produced 11 points each for Canada. Ryan Wright (206-F-87, college: UCLA) added 10 points in the losing effort.

Finland: Samuel Haanpaa 17, Shawn Huff 14+10 boards, Teemu Rannikko 14
Canada: Jevohn Shepherd 11, Brady Heslip 11



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Chinese NBL round 14 best performance: Julius Hodge - by Eurobasket News
U.S. Virgin Isl. guard Julius Hodge (201-G-83) put on an extraordinary performance in the last round for Guangzhou Free Man, receiving a Asia-basket.com NBL Player of the Week award for round 14.
The 27-year old player had a double-double of 30 points and 20 rebounds, while his team edged out Jiangsu (#2, 11-3) 110-107. The game was between two of the league's top four teams. Guangzhou FM maintains the 4th position in Chinese NBL. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Guangzhou FM will need more victories to improve their 8-6 record. Hodge has many years of experience at Guangzhou FM, through which he has constantly improved. Julius Hodge averages just after two games 23.0ppg, 13.0rpg and 6.0apg.

The second best player in last round's games was 26-year old American Dante Milligan (206-F-84, agency: ZAG Advocates) of Heilongjiang Zhaozhou Feng Shen. Milligan had a very good evening with a double-double of 34 points and 23 rebounds. Bad luck as Heilongjiang was edged by the higher-ranked Hangzhou (#5, 7-7) 108-105. Heilongjiang managed to keep the same 9th spot in the standings. 11 lost games is too many comparing to just three victories Heilongjiang managed to get this year. Milligan is one of the most experienced players at Heilongjiang and has a reputation of the team's most reliable player.

Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Nick Stallings (190-G-83) of Hangzhou Yong Tong (#5). Stallings got into 30-points club by scoring 39 points in the last round. He went also for eight rebounds and eight assists. He was a key player of Hangzhou, leading his team to a 108-105 win against the lower-ranked Heilongjiang (#9, 3-11). Hangzhou needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 7 victories and 7 lost games. Stallings has a great season in China. After 14 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 24.6ppg (3rd best) and assists with 6.2apg (2nd best). He also has 2.4spg and FGP: 53.7%. Stallings attended one of camps at Eurobasket Summer League on his way to pro basketball.

Other top performing players last week:
4. Michael Joiner (200-F/G-81) of Jiyuan - 31 points and 10 rebounds
5. Terrell Taylor (203-C-81) of Whampoa - 35 points and 15 rebounds
6. Terence Dials (206-F/C-83) of W.Liaoning - 26 points and 15 rebounds
7. Justin Johnson (198-G-86) of Jiangsu - 22 points, 16 rebounds and 6 assists
8. Edward Basden (196-G/F-83) of W.Liaoning - 24 points, 11 rebounds and 2 assists
9. Quincy Davis (206-F/C-83) of Jiangsu - 27 points, 15 rebounds and 2 assists
10. Chongkai Han (206-C-90) of W.Liaoning - 26 points and 10 rebounds


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Pitalito friendly tournament, day 2 , results - by Victor Garcia
The Pitalito Tournament had its second straight full house to see the games of Colombia vs Chile and Paraguay vs Ecuador.

In the first game of the night Paraguay defeated Ecuador, the Paraguayans had in Guillermo Araujo its scoring leader with 17 pts, Ecuador level look beter today, but not enough to stop Paraguay.

Paraguay 66 - G. Araujo 17 Pts
Ecuador 50.

In the main game of the night Colombia got its second straight victory defeating Chile, the national team took and early advantage and arrive to the mid-time 8 points ahead, Chile had problems in the paint trying to stop the Colombia big men, and at the end Colombia took advantage of that, closing the game seven points ahead, again Enielsen Guevara leaded the Colombian team, and the Pato Briones leaded Chile.
Colombia 75 - E. Guevara 17 pts.
Chile 68 - P. Briones `16 pts


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  CROATIA   


The win over Germany lifts Croatia to 1-1 record in Vilnius - by Eurobasket News
Croatia U18-Germany U18 81:73

Croatia U18 beat Germany U18 in Group D of Day 2 of the U18 European Championship. The win lifts Croatia to 1-1 record, while Germany dropped to 0-2 before the deciding Day 3 tomorrow.
Croatia won the opening tip 12:2 as Boris Barac (204-F-92) made a jump shot. Dennis Kramer (209-F-92) nailed 8 points in a row for German to reduce to 16:13, while Philipp Neumann (210-C-92) made it 20:19. Croatia won the first quarter 25:22 and looked forward to keep the lead in the rest of the game. Croatia started the second period with 11-0 run and never looked behind after. Zadravec scored for 43:33 and Saric sent the squads to the lockers for 46:39. Again Croatia started better another frame and created a 12-0 run. Katic posted two for 58:39 and then Germany responded with 10-0 run. Dennis Kramer scored four in the end of the third frame for 62:56. The intrigue remained in the last quarter as again Dennis Kramer reduced for 64:60. Moreover another three-pointer from the top-scorer made the score 75:73 with a minute to go. Croatia needed a 6-0 run to win the game at the end.
Roko Rogic (187-G-92) and Dario Saric (204-F/C-93) paced all the winners with 22 points each. Boris Barac followed them with 11 points in a win. Dennis Kramer ended up with 25 points in the losing effort and Philipp Neumann scored 14.

Croatia U18: Roko Rogic 22, Dario Saric 22, Boris Barac 11
Germany U18: Dennis Kramer 25, Philipp Neumann 14


Cedevita adds Aaron Pettway to a one-year contract - by Eurobasket News
Cedevita announced signing of a one-year deal with Aaron Pettway (211-C-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma St.). The American center is coming to Croatian outfit from Dnipro Dnepropetrovsk, where he spent second half of the 2009/10 season. For 16 games in Ukrainian Superleague, Pettway collected 10.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg and 1.5 bpg. He ended the contest as the fifth best rebounder.
Aaron Pettway moved to Dnepropetrovsk from Venstpils in February last year. With the Latvian team he averaged 8.3 ppg and 5.8 rpg for 6 EuroCup games. In Baltic league, Pettway added 6.1 ppg and 5.8 rpg. Before Ventspils, he spent one season with Strasbourg. For 26 games in ProA he had 8.1 ppg and 5.7 rpg. In ULEB Cup, his numbers were slightly better (9.2 ppg and 7.2 rpg for 10 games). That was his second season overseas, as 2006/07 Aaron Pettway played for Kager Gdynia. At that time he had 9.2 ppg and 7.3 for 35 games in DBL. He graduated at the Oklahoma State University in 2006.
In the meantime, Cedevita also signed Dontaye Draper (180-G-84, college: Charleston). He played collegiate basketball at Division I Charleston University. In his final year, he posted averages of 16.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game in 33 games. Draper signed his first professional contract at the start of 2007/08 when he became member of the Sydney Kings. There he played in 30 games and has averaged 14.5 points and 4.4 assists per contest. Following season, Draper moved to France where he joined Hyeres-Toulon. There he appeared in 10 league matches and has averaged 11.4 points and 3.6 rebounds. Still in December of 2008, he moved to Belgian outfit Oostende. There, he dished out 4.6 assists and scored 11.8 points in 22 league matches. Last season, Draper moved to Italian Lega 2 outfit Prima Veroli. In 33 games, he collected 13.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game.


Goran Suton moves to Italy - by Eurobasket News
In recent weeks, there was speculation that BC Cibona Zagreb was trying to sign the Bosnian/Croatian International Goran Suton (209-C-85, college: Michigan St.). But, according to the reports from Croatian media, they are late as reportedly Suton has agreed to join Italian outfit Angelico Biella. Suton has agreed a one-year deal with Italian club, which ended last season with 10 wins and 18 losses. Suton spent 2009/10 in Russia where he played for Spartak St. Petersburg. There he failed to find his feet and it seems he will now have another chance to get his European career back on track.
Originally born in Sarajevo, Goran Suton played for Michigan State in NCAA. In 2008, he led his University to NCAA Sweet 16 round of the National Tournament. He averaged 9.1 point and 8.2 rebounds in 30 games that year. In 2008/09 season Suton averaged 10.1 points and 8.2 rebounds for 33 games. He was one of instrumental players, helping his team win the Big Ten Regular Season Title. Suton was voted All-Big Ten 2nd Team and has made it to the Final Four this year. At the last years NBA Draft, Suton was chosen by Utah Jazz as 50th pick. However, he moved to Europe where he has signed a deal with Spartak St. Petersburg in Novemebr 2009. However, there Suton did not receive the chance he expected and as result he has managed to make only 6 EuroCup appearances during which he has averaged 4.8 points and 3.5 rebounds per game. In Russian league he also played in only 6 games and has averaged 1.0 point and 1.7 rebounds in only 5.3 minutes per game.


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  CYPRUS   


Cyprus round up-ENAD signs new coach - by Michael Aristidou
Ydra Asfalistiki ENAD Agios Dometios announces the deal with head coach Marios Argyrou for the new seazon. Argyrou was in the past to the team as head coach in seazon 2008-09 and also has played there before. In other news teams in Cyprus are 'divided' in two categories!!! One is the teams like Keravnos Strovolou, B.M.C. AEK Larnacas and InterCollege Etha Engomis where they have almost finish their rosters and the other categorie is the teams that they didint even start yet.

Papadopoulos in Keravnos! - by Chris Mammides
Dimitris Papadopoulos (199-F-83) will be the sixth local player for Keravnos Strovolou this seazon. Keravnos Strovolou, after the transfer of Kounnas and the renewal of Panagiotis Trisokkas (206-C-80), Joseph Garcia (206-C-75, college: UTEP), Andreas Pilavas (194-G-83) and Christopher Razis (193-F-89), the management team decided to add another local player, so Dimitris Papadopoulos will be wearing the red/yellow jersey for the next seazon. Parallel to these transactions, the Strovolos team will add in the men's roster the talented Antreas Katsiamidis (177-G-91) At the same time, Alexis Zachariou (200-F/C-76) will probably split ways with the Strovolos team after nearly six years.
The strovolos team in the mean time officially finished the transfer of the veteran player Vonteego Cummings (192-G-76, college: Pittsburgh)


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  DENMARK   


England rally past Denmark for first win in Israel - by Eurobasket News
England U18 - Denmark U18 73:44

English U18 selection recorded the first win at the European Championship in Division B. They rebounded after the starting loss to knock down Denmark. John Stewart (198-F-93) nailed 15 points to lead the effort. Denmark in the meantime dropped the second straight game.
Denmark capped the opening frame on an 8:2 run to earn an 18:11 lead. England answered with a 10:2 run of their own to surge in front midway through the second period. England crowned the first half with eleven points in a row to post a 34:24 advantage at the main break. England stunned Denmark at the start of the third quarter as they boosted the lead to as many as 21 points 45:24. The Scandinavians could not recover as they faced a 27-point deficit into the fourth quarter. England wisely kept their opponents at bay throughout the fourth frame and posted a well-deserved win at the end.
Robert Loftman (183-G-92) notched 14 points for England. Aaron Geramipoor (208-F-92) added 10 points in the victory. Christian Benzon (190-G-93) nailed 12 points for Denmark. Anders Haas (185-G-92) had 9 points in the losing effort.

England U18: John Stewart 15, Robert Loftman 14, Aaron Geramipoor 10
Denmark U18: Christian Benzon 12, Anders Haas 9



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  DOMINICA   


Daegu Orions sign Otis George - by Eurobasket News
Daegu Orions announced signing of Otis George (205-C-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Louisville) for the next KBL season. The Dominican big guy is coming to South Korea from the Italian outfit Umana Reyer Venezia, where he played most recently. He appeared 22 times in LegaDue 2008/09 season collecting 12.5 ppg, 8.1 rpg and 2 spg.
Otis George played in Italy since 2006, when he parted ways with the NBDL team Tulsa 66ers. His first job in Europe came with Junior Casale Monferrato, where George stayed two years. In his first season with the club he had 10.1 ppg and 8.7 rpg for 35 LegaDue games. Next year his numbers jumped to 15.2 ppg, 11 rpg and 2.9 spg. He was the leading scorer of LegaDue championship. In 2008, he was named 'Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 Defensive Player of the Year'.
Otis George is a product of the University of Louisville. He graduated there in 2005. In his senior season George had 5.5 ppg and 4.9 rpg for 26 games. They reached the NCAA Tournament Final Four in 2005.
Daegu Orions finished last season as the last ranked team in KBL. It is clear they are looking to improve for 2010/11.


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  ESTONIA   


Estonia improve at 2-0 record in Israel - by Eurobasket News
Estonia U18 - Austria U18 87:57

Estonia registered the second straight win at the U18 European Championship in Division B. Rannar Raap (188-G/F-92) scored 25 points to lead Estonia past Austria. The defeat threw Austria at 0-2 record in Group D.
Rannar Raap helped Estonia to take a 27:11 lead late in the opening frame. Janari Joesaar (197-F-93) triggered another rally from Estonia as they opened a 20-point lead in the second quarter. Austria used an 11:0 run to narrow the distance to 11 points late in the first half. Rannar Raap capped the half with a lay-up to give Estonia a 44:32 advantage. Estonia did not allow their opponents to get too close in the third period. The Baltic team posted a 61:51 lead with ten minutes to go. Puidet notched five points in a row to ignite a 12:0 run from Estonia in the fourth quarter as they claimed a 77:53 advantage and did not look back en route to the victory.
Janari Joesaar tallied 12 points and 15 rebounds for Estonia. Kristjan Voolaid (200-F-92) added 11 points in the winning case. Carlos Novas (197-F-92) replied with 21 points for Austria. Ferdinand Saukel (199-F-92) had 11 points and 8 rebounds in the loss.

Estonia U18: Rannar Raap 25, Janari Joesaar 12+15 boards, Kristjan Voolaid 11
Austria U18: Carlos Novas 21, Ferdinand Saukel 11



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  EUROCUP   


Liege Basket takes Michael Jenkins - by Eurobasket News
Belgacom Liege Basket improved its backcourt for the upcoming Eurocup Qualifying Round by inking guard Michael Jenkins (191-G-86, college: Winthrop) to a one-year deal. The American is moving to Belgium finalist from Walter Tigers Tuebingen, where he spent last season. He appeared 34 times in 1.Bundesliga collecting 14 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.3 apg and 1.9 spg. Season 2008/09 Michael Jenkins started with the NBDL team Albany Patrons. In February, he moved to Montenegrin outfit Buducnost Podgorica. Jenkins is a product of Winthrop University, where he graduated in 2008.
Belgacom Liege Basket was the regular season champion in Belgium and reached the Playoff Finals.


Cajasol extends Earl Calloway - by Eurobasket News
Cajasol kept getting ready for its Eurocup debut by reaching a new agreement with playmaker Earl Calloway (191-G-83, college: Indiana) until the end of the 2011-12 season, the club informed Friday. The 26-year old American arrived to Cajasol last summer from Cibona Zagreb. He played 36 games in ACB registering 9.4 ppg, 2.3 rpg and 4.2 apg. Calloway ended the championship as the fifth best assistant. Cajasol made a great result by reaching the ACB Playoffs and a spot for EuroCup 2010/11 season.
Earl Calloway was one of the leading players in Cibona Zagreb on season 2008/09. He appeared 16 times in Euroleague averaging 12.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists. In Adriatic league, he added 11.1 ppg, 3.2 rpg and 3.2 apg. Cibona won the double in Croatia (Championship Title and National Cup). Season 2007/08 he spent with the NBDL team Fort Wayne Mad Ants. Callaoway graduated at the University of Indiana in 2007.
Recently, Earl Calloway received a Bulgarian citizenship. He will play for their National Team in the future.


Cedevita adds Aaron Pettway to a one-year contract - by Eurobasket News
Cedevita announced signing of a one-year deal with Aaron Pettway (211-C-80, agency: Hart Sports Mngm, college: Oklahoma St.). The American center is coming to Croatian outfit from Dnipro Dnepropetrovsk, where he spent second half of the 2009/10 season. For 16 games in Ukrainian Superleague, Pettway collected 10.8 ppg, 7.8 rpg and 1.5 bpg. He ended the contest as the fifth best rebounder.
Aaron Pettway moved to Dnepropetrovsk from Venstpils in February last year. With the Latvian team he averaged 8.3 ppg and 5.8 rpg for 6 EuroCup games. In Baltic league, Pettway added 6.1 ppg and 5.8 rpg. Before Ventspils, he spent one season with Strasbourg. For 26 games in ProA he had 8.1 ppg and 5.7 rpg. In ULEB Cup, his numbers were slightly better (9.2 ppg and 7.2 rpg for 10 games). That was his second season overseas, as 2006/07 Aaron Pettway played for Kager Gdynia. At that time he had 9.2 ppg and 7.3 for 35 games in DBL. He graduated at the Oklahoma State University in 2006.
In the meantime, Cedevita also signed Dontaye Draper (180-G-84, college: Charleston). He played collegiate basketball at Division I Charleston University. In his final year, he posted averages of 16.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game in 33 games. Draper signed his first professional contract at the start of 2007/08 when he became member of the Sydney Kings. There he played in 30 games and has averaged 14.5 points and 4.4 assists per contest. Following season, Draper moved to France where he joined Hyeres-Toulon. There he appeared in 10 league matches and has averaged 11.4 points and 3.6 rebounds. Still in December of 2008, he moved to Belgian outfit Oostende. There, he dished out 4.6 assists and scored 11.8 points in 22 league matches. Last season, Draper moved to Italian Lega 2 outfit Prima Veroli. In 33 games, he collected 13.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game.


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  EUROLEAGUE   


Lottomarica Roma brings in French big guy Ali Traore - by Eurobasket News
Lottomarica Roma announced signing of a 2+1 year deal with the French player Ali Traore (207-C-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: S.Idaho JC). The 25-year old PF/C is coming to Rome from ASVEL, where he spent last two seasons. For 10 Euroleague games in 2009/10 Traore shined with 14.5 ppg and 5.4 rpg. He was the 10th best scorer in the Euroleague regular season. In French championship Traore collected 15.6 ppg, 5 rpg and 1.4 apg. He was named Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Domestic Player of the Year.
Ali Traore joined ASVEL in 2008 from STB Le Havre. In his first season with the club he had 12.5 ppg and 5.2 rpg for 6 EuroCup games. In French league he had 11.8 ppg and 5.3 rpg. With Le Havre, Traore had 11 ppg and 5.1 rpg for 30 Pro A games on season 2007/08. He is a product of ASVEL, where he started as a kid.
Ali Traore is active member of French National Team. At the latest EuroBasket in Poland he had 6.8 ppg and 1.9 rpg for 9 games. In the past, he also played for U16, U18 and U20 France.
Lottomarica Roma is placed to Group B for the next Euroleague edition.


Khimky grabs Thomas Kelati on a two-year deal - by Eurobasket News
Khimky announced signing of Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Washington St.) on a two-year deal. The American/Polish scoring guard is coming to Russia from the Spanish Power Electronics Valencia. He helped them to win the EuroCup last season with 8.3 ppg, 3 rpg and 1.7 apg for 15 games. Kelati also appeared 31 times in ACB averaging 8.8 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists.
Season 2008/09 Thomas Kelati spent with Unicaja Malaga. He appeared 16 times in Euroleague averaging 11.8 points and 1.9 rebounds. In the Spanish league, Kelati added 10.3 ppg, 1.7 rpg and 1.5 apg for 37 games. From 2006 to 2008 he was a member of BOT Turow Zgorzelez. They reached ULEB Cup Quarterfinals in 2008, where Kelati helped them with 14.8 ppg and 3.2 rpg for 15 games. In 2007, he was named Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Player of the Year. Before Turow, Kelati also played for Dexia Mons-Hainaut. Last summer he spent some time with the Los Angeles Lakers. Many teams showed serious interest in Thomas Kelati recently. Unicaja and Olympiakos were on of them.


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U18   


Standings Division A
Standings
Group A
1. Lithuania2-0
2. Poland1-1
3. Slovenia1-1
4. Ukraine0-2
Group B
1. Spain2-0
2. Latvia2-0
3. Sweden0-2
4. France0-2
Group C
1. Italy2-0
2. Russia1-1
3. Turkey1-1
4. Bulgaria0-2
Group D
1. Greece2-0
2. Serbia1-1
3. Croatia1-1
4. Germany0-2


Stats Leader
Points Per Game
 Mirza BULIC
  (204-F-92)
  Avg: 27
 1. Bulic, BIH27.0 
 2. Novas, AUT21.0 
 3. Molenius, FIN18.0 
 4. Mujic, BIH18.0 
 5. Begagic, BIH17.0 
 6. Laurent, LUX17.0 
 7. Fraser, SCO16.0 
 8. De Haas, NED16.0 
 9. Hot, MNT16.0 
 10. Bunyan, SCO15.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Daniel DOLENC
  (204-C-93)
  Avg: 18
 1. Dolenc, FIN18.0 
 2. Joesaar, EST15.0 
 3. Bulic, BIH12.0 
 4. Eleraky, DEN11.0 
 5. Laurent, LUX11.0 
 6. Miletic, BIH10.0 
 7. Van Oostrum, ENG10.0 
 8. Wildner, POR10.0 
 9. Zivanovic, SUI10.0 
 10. Mladjan, SUI10.0 
Assists Per Game
 Devon VAN OOSTRUM
  NED
  (190-G-93)
  Avg: 7
 1. Van Oostrum, ENG7.0 
 2. Grabovica, MNT6.0 
 3. De Haas, NED5.0 
 4. Savoy, SUI4.0 
 5. Mackay, SCO4.0 
 6. Kalic, MNT4.0 
 7. Koskinen, FIN4.0 
 8. Hot, MNT4.0 
 9. Ojomoh, BEL3.0 
 10. Puidet, EST3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Marian KYSELA
  (185-G-92)
  Avg: 7
 1. Kysela, SVK7.0 
 2. Hot, MNT6.0 
 3. Cato, FIN5.0 
 4. Kalic, MNT3.0 
 5. Ojomoh, BEL3.0 
 6. Owen-Thomas, ENG3.0 
 7. Cardoso, POR3.0 
 8. Heinonen, FIN3.0 
 9. Van Oostrum, ENG3.0 
 10. Brandt, NED3.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Boris BOJANOVSKY
  (215-C-93)
  Avg: 4
 1. Bojanovsky, SVK4.0 
 2. Laurent, LUX3.0 
 3. Bulic, BIH3.0 
 4. Chuku, ENG3.0 
 5. Eleraky, DEN3.0 
 6. Mujic, BIH2.0 
 7. Dolenc, FIN2.0 
 8. Hartshorne, BEL2.0 
 9. Wildner, POR2.0 
 10. Castela, POR1.0 


Stats Leaders Div. A
Points Per Game
 Alessandro GENTILE
  (198-G/F-92)
  Avg: 26
 1. Gentile, ITA26.0 
 2. Dukulis, LAT22.0 
 3. Bertans, LAT19.0 
 4. Edge, TUR18.5 
 5. Chrysikopoul., GRE17.5 
 6. Dokuyan, TUR16.5 
 7. Valanciunas, LTU16.0 
 8. Timma, LAT16.0 
 9. Tomas, ESP15.5 
 10. Ponitka, POL15.5 
Rebounds Per Game
 Hristo GOSPODINOV
  (199-F-92)
  Avg: 13.5
 1. Gospodinov, BUL13.5 
 2. Valanciunas, LTU12.5 
 3. Pajic, SLO12.0 
 4. Karnowski, POL10.0 
 5. Mas, ESP9.0 
 6. Gujanicic, SRB9.0 
 7. Bertans, LAT9.0 
 8. Antonakis, GRE8.0 
 9. Magone, LAT8.0 
 10. Neumann, GER7.5 
Assists Per Game
 Dmitry KULAGIN
  (195-G-92)
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Kulagin, RUS5.5 
 2. Cizauskas, LTU5.0 
 3. Span, SLO5.0 
 4. Person, SWE4.0 
 5. Magone, LAT4.0 
 6. Gentile, ITA3.5 
 7. Prokopenko, UKR3.5 
 8. Bobrov, UKR3.0 
 9. Korkmaz, TUR3.0 
 10. Dafinov, BUL3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Giovanni PINI
  (205-F/C-92)
  Avg: 3
 1. Pini, ITA3.0 
 2. Keita, FRA3.0 
 3. Timma, LAT3.0 
 4. Ventura, ESP3.0 
 5. Marchenko, UKR2.5 
 6. Barrera, ESP2.5 
 7. Saric, CRO2.5 
 8. Gentile, ITA2.5 
 9. Len, UKR2.5 
 10. Karasev, RUS2.5 
Blocks Per Game
 Olexiy LEN
  (210-C-93)
  Avg: 5
 1. Len, UKR5.0 
 2. Karnowski, POL2.5 
 3. Valanciunas, LTU2.5 
 4. Dumic, SRB2.0 
 5. Bertans, LAT2.0 
 6. Niedzwiedzki, POL1.5 
 7. Chrysikopoul., GRE1.5 
 8. Nastic, SRB1.5 
 9. Pini, ITA1.5 
 10. Bartoszewicz, POL1.5 


M-Standings - Group B
Standings Div.B
Group A
1. Holland2-0
2. Czech Repu.1-0
3. Finland1-1
4. Slovakia0-1
5. Switzerlan.0-2
Group B
1. Belgium2-0
2. Bosnia1-1
3. Portugal1-1
4. Scotland0-1
5. Hungary0-1
Group C
1. Belarus2-0
2. Israel1-0
3. U.Kingdom1-1
4. Romania0-1
5. Denmark0-2
Group D
1. Estonia2-0
2. Montenegro.2-0
3. Georgia0-1
4. Luxembourg.0-1
5. Austria0-2


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U20   


M-Standings - Division B
Standings Div.B
Group E
1. Sweden4-1
2. Bulgaria4-1
3. Israel3-2
4. Portugal2-3
5. Finland2-3
6. Hungary0-5
Group F
1. Austria4-1
2. Poland4-1
3. U.Kingdom4-1
4. Belgium2-3
5. Norway1-4
6. Slovakia0-5
Group G
1. Georgia3-0
2. Denmark2-1
3. Romania2-2
4. Switzerland1-3
5. Belarus1-3


Div. B Day: 7 (Semi-Finals) - by Eurobasket News
5-8 place
Israel - Belgium 100-93
Israel U20 beat Belgium U20 at the Classification Games for 5th to 8th Places. Four players scored more than 20 points for the winners as they rolled over the opponent 100:93 in U20 European Championship. It was a productive start for both teams, while Belgium nailed 34 points in the first 10 minutes. Tal Karpelesz (194-F-90) managed to cut the lead at 34:23 at the end of the first period. Another 30 points in the second frame gave Belgium 64:55 at the halftime. Israel however needed 20-11 in the third frame to tie the game at 75:75. Both teams then exchanged the lead several times as Moray led to 89:87 with 4 minutes in the game making two free throws. Jacob Cohen (210-C-90) made the same for 91:87, while Thomas De Thaey (197-F-91) and Dennis Donkor (194-G/F-91) tied the game at 91:91 with less than three minutes to go. Later Jacob Cohen and Shiran brought Israel 95:91 lead. De Thaey again reduced to 96:93, but Ariely nailed three for demolishing the intrigue. Moreover Omer Rub (176-G-90) made a free throw at the very end for three-digit victory. Omer Rub paced all the winners with 25 points and Shiran followed him with 24. Jacob Cohen nailed 21, while Tal Karpelesz added 20. Serron replied with 21 points in the losing effort. Thomas De Thaey notched 18, whilst Dennis Donkor scored 15.

United Kingdom - Portugal 91-66
Great Britain U20 will play for the 5th place at the U18 European Championship. Today the team overcame Portugal U20 at the Classification Games for 5th to 8th Places. Great Britain U20 started with 22-14 in the opening quarter and enjoyed 44:29 at the halftime. Martin made two free throws for 55:39 and another lay-up plus two free throws from the player brought 59:41. Tomas Barroso (180-G-90) scored for 61:46 and again Martin made it 63:46 at the end of the third period. Portugal scored the first six points in the last quarter and cut it to 63:52. Ovie Soko (203-F-91) answered for all the questions in the game as he brought 76:58 and another basket from him saw 20 points difference on the board. Diogo Correia (185-G-90) made the score 81:64, whilst May-Thompson brought 86:64. Martin made a dunk for 90:65 and Stannard gave the winners 91:66. As it became clear his shot was the last in the game as Great Britain U20 will play for the 5th place against Israel U20. The latter beat Belgium U20 at the Classification Games for 5th to 8th Places. Four players scored more than 20 points for the winners as they rolled over the opponent 100:93 in U20 European Championship. Alex Marcotullio (191-G-91) led the way with 17 points, while Ovie Soko and William Neighbour (203-F-90) chipped in 15 apiece. Diogo Correia ended up with 13 point in defeat. Tiago Raimundo (194-G/F-90) netted 11, while Tomas Barroso scored 10.

9-12 place
Norway - Hungary 73-66
Norway will play for the 9th place at the U20 European Championship in Division B. They shot down Hungary today to set up the clash with Finland for the ninth overall position. Hungary will take on Slovak Republic for the 11th place. Stian Berg (186-G-91) paced Norway with 20 points. Hungary looked better early in the game. They spurred ahead to build a 22:13 lead at the first intermission. But Norway gradually recovered. The Scandinavians limited Hungary to just 10 points in the second frame to erase the deficit. The teams went into the dressing room tied at 32. Hungary surged back in front early in the third stanza but Norway capped the period with a 9:2 run to earn a 50:48 lead. Magnus Midtvedt, Aksel Bolinz (206-F-90) and Stian Berg ignited a rally from the Norwegian team as they cleared off to a 9-point distance midway through the final term. Hungary never recovered and had to surrender at the end. Aksel Bolinz netted 19 points and pulled down 9 rebounds for Norway. Anders Stien (195-G-90) added 12 points in the win. Janos Eilingsfeld (198-F/C-91, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) answered with 23 points and 13 boards for Hungary. Ferdinand Morgen (206-F/C-90) accounted for 15 points in the loss.

Finland - Slovakia 89-61
Finland U20 edged Slovak Republic U20 89:61 in the Classification Games for 9th to 12th Places. The team from Scandinavia will play tomorrow for the higher place at the U20 European Championship. Ahonen made the jump shot in the beginning of the game, while Salin posted two for 9:4. Matti Nuutinen (200-F-90) closed 6-0 run for the Finnish side and Kozar was the last to score at the end of the first period. Slovak Republic U20 started the second frame better and Tomas Mrvis (195-F-91) reduced to 27:26. Finland however used a 13-0 run and later Matti Nuutinen scored for 44:28. Niemi made a lay-up at the end of the first half as Finland made a lay-up for 48:31. Slovak Republic won the third period 23-22 and later cut it a bit entering the last stanza. The score was 75:59 with 4 minutes in the game, while Finland made the last push. Matti Nuutinen scored two three-pointers and Salin scored for 83:59. Zidzik reduced to 85:61, whilst Antto Nikkarinen (185-G-91) increased with his team to 89:61. Matti Nuutinen paced all the winners with 22 points as Finland will play for the 9th place in their last game. Antto Nikkarinen notched 17 and Ahonen posted 13. Tomas Mrvis ended up with 23 points in the losing effort and Marek Jass (194-G-90) added 10.

Group G
Belarus - Switzerland 62-73
Switzerland finally broke the winning draught and registered the first win at the U20 European Championship in Division B. They fired past Belarus in classification round Group G. Switzerland thus caught up with Belarus at 1-3 record in the ladder. Christophe Varidel (185-G-89) notched 24 points to lead the effort. Switzerland set the tone early as they won the opening frame 13:11. Belarus however went on a 7:0 run early in the second frame to steal the lead. But a couple of three-pointers from Christophe Varidel allowed Switzerland accumulate a 28:18 advantage midway through the second quarter. The Swiss team posted a 38:24 lead at halftime. Switzerland were able to keep their opponents at distance throughout the third frame. Roland Lenggenhager team entered the final period up by 9 points 52:43. Christophe Varidel and Albrecth kept Switzerland ahead but Belarus still managed to get within four points with under two minutes to go. Gardner Louissaint (196-F-91) stepped up with five points in the dying seconds to seal the win for Switzerland. Roman Albrecht (208-C-90) knocked down 16 points and collected 9 rebounds for Switzerland. Gardner Louissaint and Florian Steinmann (197-F-91) netted 7 points each in the victory. Viktar Ausepian (205-F-91) replied with 13 points and 8 rebounds for Belarus. Valiantsin Ihnatchyk (192-G-91) finished with 12 points in the loss.

Georgia - Romania 97-70
Georgia posted the fourth straight win at the U20 European Championship in Division B. They marched past Romania for 3-0 record in Group G. Romania in the meantime slipped at 2-2 record in the ladder. Romania grabbed an 11:5 lead midway through the opening quarter. They stayed in charge and finished the starting frame up by 3 points 17:14. Adrian Gutoaia (195-C-90) opened the second quarter with back-to-back triples giving Romania a 23:14 lead. Adrian Gutoaia soon added another treble to ensure a 10-point lead for Valentin Pogonaru team. But Georgia responded in style as they went on a massive 17:2 rally to jump into a 40:35 advantage at the interval. Givi Bakradze (185-G-91) and Beqa Chikviladze (195-G-91) drained consecutive three-pointers to build a 48:35 advantage for Georgia early in the third stanza. Georgia maintained the lead well enough and entered the fourth period up by 19 points 67:48. Georgia tipped off the final quarter with 16 points in a row and never looked back en route to the victory. Beqa Chikviladze and Akaki Dvalishvili (206-C-91) nailed 15 points each for Georgia. Givi Bakradze and Giorgi Sharabidze (208-C-90) added 13 points apiece in the winning effort. Adrian Gutoaia answered with 22 points for Romania. Bogdan Tibirna (208-C-91) contributed 15 points in the loss.

Romania - Denmark 82-78
Romania needed overtime to tame Denmark at the U20 European Championship in Division B. Adrian Gutoaia came up with 27 points to lead the winners. Romania improved at 2-1 record and caught up with Denmark in classification round Group G. Denmark started the game better. They capped the opening quarter with a 13:0 run to take a 27:14 lead at the first intermission. Jonathan Gilling (203-F-91) fired from downtown to boost the margin at 16-point at the start of the second frame. Jonathan Gilling and Mathias Seilund (201-F-90) gave the Danish team a 19-point advantage midway through the second frame. Romania still trailed by 15 points at halftime 30:45. Adrian Gutoaia knocked down 13 points in a 16:o run from Romania that opened the second half. Romania jumped in front and finished the quarter up by three points 54:51. Mathias Seilund and Wang helped Denmark retain the advantage midway through the fourth quarter but Romania pulled closer and Bogdan Tibirna converted a lay-up late in regulation to force overtime. Romania opened the extra frame with six points in a row and hung on to win the battle. Bogdan Tibirna nailed 15 points for Romania. Rolland Torok (202-C-90) added 10 points and 17 boards in the victory. Mathias Seilund answered with 33 points for Denmark. Jonathan Gilling accounted for 14 points, 7 assists and 5 boards in defeat.

Switzerland - Georgia 73-81
Georgia posted the second consecutive win at the U20 European Championship in Division B Classification round. They knocked down Switzerland tonight to improve at 2-0 record in Group G. Giorgi Sharabidze knocked down 22 points and collected 8 boards to lead the charge. The Swiss team slipped at 0-3 record. Georgia used a rally midway through the starting quarter to jump in front. Switzerland narrowed the margin but still trailed by three at the first break 20:23. Christophe Varidel and Florian Steinmann put the Swiss team in front early in the second quarter. The teams went neck and neck for some time before Georgia unloaded 12 points in a row to open a 13-point lead. Georgia finished the first half up by 11 points 49:38. Beqa Chikviladze and Akaki Dvalishvili helped Georgia maintain the advantage but Switzerland revived the intrigue late in the third term. They went on a 7:3 run to trim the deficit. Florian Steinmann dragged Switzerland within just three points early in the fourth period 57:60. But Giorgi Sharabidze knocked down 6 points for Georgia as the team gradually regained safe advantage and cruised to the win at the end. Beqa Chikviladze and Akaki Dvalishvili provided 13 points apiece for Georgia. Machavariani had 9 points in the win. Florian Steinmann answered with 18 points for Switzerland. Christophe Varidel and Roman Albrecht netted 16 points apiece in the losing effort.

Semis
Sweden - Poland 79-69
Sweden became the first Finalist of the U20 European Championship and advanced to Division A for the next year. The Scandinavian team edged Poland U20 79:69. Aleksander Czyz (201-F-90) gave Poland the first lead and later scored four points in a row for 12:8 advantage. Poland could not keep the lead at the end of the quarter as Andreas Person (188-G-91) brought Sweden 19:18. The score was tied four times in the second quarter as Sweden needed 4-0 run for the halftime advantage. Christoffer Ryan (196-G-90) and Pierre Hampton (198-F-91) gave Sweden 42:38 but again Poland tied it later in the third. Szymanski scored a three-pointer for 47:46, but Sweden went on a 6-0 run for 57:49. Four points separated the teams as they finished thirty minutes of the game. Sweden ended up with 18-12 in the last frame and Andreas Person sent the team to the Final making two free throws of the game. Andreas Person led the way with 27 points to play in the Final. Christoffer Ryan notched 18, while Pierre Hampton scored 10. Aleksander Czyz finished the night with 24 points and 13 rebounds, while Jaroslaw Mokros (201-F-90) delivered 11. Tomorrow Sweden will play with the winner of another Semifinal clash Austria-Bulgaria. Poland will face the loser of that game in the game for the third place.

Austria - Bulgaria 76-71
Austria U20 heads to Division A as they advanced to the Final of the U20 European Championship in Division B. The hosts of the tournament overcame Bulgaria U20 76:71 in the last game of the day. The hosts looked awesome int he start and grabbed 8-0 lead. Bulgaria responded for 11:9 as Hristo Zahariev (197-G/F-90) closed the run and Bozhidar Avramov (196-G-90, agency: Interperformances) nailed three for 19:14. Maresch gave Austria 27:19 in the end of the first period, while Romed Vieider (196-F-91) scored for 32:24 in the start of the second. Bulgaria tried hard to stay on race and reduced to 41:39 at the halftime. A 13-0 run allowed the hosts to take 54:39 and Lanegger gave Austria 56:42. Tsonkov answered for 62:50 at the end of thirty minutes. No matter how hard the guests tried to come closer they could not. Bozhidar Avramov cut it to 75:71, while Lanegger made one free throw out of four that was enough for the total success. Romed Vieider stepped up with 20 points for the winners to play tomorrow in the Final. Jesse Seilern nailed 18, while Rasid Mahalbasic (210-F/C-90) had 17 points and 12 rebounds. Bozhidar Avramov responded with 21 points as Bulgaria will face Poland tomorrow in the game for the third place. Hristo Zahariev scored 19 and Aleksandar Georgiev (203-F-90) notched 10.



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Finland U20 edged Slovak Republic U20 in Gussing - by Eurobasket News
Finland U20-Slovak Republic U20 89:61

Finland U20 edged Slovak Republic U20 89:61 in the Classification Games for 9th to 12th Places. The team from Scandinavia will play tomorrow for the higher place at the U20 European Championship.
Roope Ahonen (186-G-90) made the jump shot in the beginning of the game, while Salin posted two for 9:4. Matti Nuutinen (200-F-90) closed 6-0 run for the Finnish side and Kozar was the last to score at the end of the first period. Slovak Republic U20 started the second frame better and Tomas Mrvis (195-F-91) reduced to 27:26. Finland however used a 13-0 run and later Matti Nuutinen scored for 44:28. Niemi made a lay-up at the end of the first half as Finland made a lay-up for 48:31. Slovak Republic won the third period 23-22 and later cut it a bit entering the last stanza.
The score was 75:59 with 4 minutes in the game, while Finland made the last push. Matti Nuutinen scored two three-pointers and Salin scored for 83:59. Zidzik reduced to 85:61, whilst Antto Nikkarinen (185-G-91) increased with his team to 89:61.
Matti Nuutinen paced all the winners with 22 points as Finland will play for the 9th place in their last game. Antto Nikkarinen notched 17 and Roope Ahonen posted 13. Tomas Mrvis ended up with 23 points in the losing effort and Marek Jass (194-G-90) added 10.

Finland U20: Matti Nuutinen 22, Antto Nikkarinen 17, Roope Ahonen 13
Slovak Republic U20: Tomas Mrvis 23, Marek Jass 10


Finland prevail against Canada - by Eurobasket News
Finland - Canada 89:73
Finnish National Team continued to pile up victories in the exhibition games. Yesterday they knocked down Canadas Development National Team in London. Samuel Haanpaa (203-G/F-86) knocked down 17 points to lead the effort.
Finland surged ahead in the opening quarter. They recorded a 20:17 lead at the first intermission. Finland continued to mount the pressure in the second quarter. They boosted the gap to as many as 9 points at halftime. Finland pulled away in the third stanza. The Europeans outgunned Canada 25:14 in the quarter to build a 20-point buffer into the fourth term. Canada finally adjusted their game in the fourth stanza. They managed to outscore Finland but it was too late to save the game.
Shawn Huff (198-G/F-84, college: Valparaiso) had 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Teemu Rannikko (189-G-80) netted 14 points for Finland. Gerald Lee (208-F-87) added 13 points for the winners. Jevohn Shepherd (196-F-86, college: Michigan) and Brady Heslip (188-G) produced 11 points each for Canada. Ryan Wright (206-F-87, college: UCLA) added 10 points in the losing effort.

Finland: Samuel Haanpaa 17, Shawn Huff 14+10 boards, Teemu Rannikko 14
Canada: Jevohn Shepherd 11, Brady Heslip 11



Finland defeat Slovak Republic for 1-1 record in Israel - by Eurobasket News
Finland U18 - Slovak Republic U18 63:47
Finland recorded the first win at the U18 European Championship in Division B. They fired past Slovak Republic for 1-1 record in preliminary Group A. Slovak Republic in the meantime fell at 0-1.
Slovak Republic opened the game with four points in a row. But Finland 10:0 run midway through the first frame to take a 14:7 lead. The Finnish team wrapped up the opening quarter up by 6 points 16:10. Markus Molenius (203-F-92) and Osku Heinonen (194-F/G-92) fired back-t0-back three-pointers to give Finland a 29:17 lead midway through the second stanza. They boosted the margin to as many as 16 points at halftime 36:20. Slovak Republic managed to get within five points in the third quarter. But Markus Molenius and Osku Heinonen kept on delivering points to keep the Finnish team in charge. Osku Heinonen fired from beyond the arc to ensure a 59:47 advantage for Finland with 54 seconds remaining and they never looked back en route to the win.
Markus Molenius finished with 18 points for Finland. Daniel Dolenc (204-C-93) produced 12 points and 18 rebounds for the winners. Jiri Kysela (191-G-90) had 13 points for Slovak Republic. Norbert Timko (210-C/F-92) accounted for 10 points and 6 rebounds in the loss.

Finland U18: Markus Molenius 18, Daniel Dolenc 12+18 boards, Osku Heinonen 10, Villematti Kopio (182-G-92) 10
Slovak Republic U18: Jiri Kysela 13, Norbert Timko 10



KORISLIIGA: Kataja inked with Darren Fells - by Rauno Hurmalainen
American PF Darren Fells (201-F/C-86, Cal-Irvine 2004-08, agency: Court Side) and Kataja (Joensuu) have signed a 1-year-contract concerning coming 2010-11 season. This means Fells is leaving Belgium and Leuven, where he stayed and played two seasons 2008-10. Last season lefty Fells averaged 8,1 ppg - 4,7 rpg on top level with Leuven Bears. Kataja's new Head Coach Jukka Toijala will probably give Fells more playing time and responsibility when coming and playing in Finland. Kataja is still after an American all-around-player.

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Chalon signs Marquez Haynes - by Eurobasket News
Chalon signed the new import for 2010/11 season. They announced arrival of Marquez Haynes (191-G-86), who will make his debut as a pro. He graduated at the University of Texas-Arlington few months ago averaging 22.6 points and 4.3 rebounds in his senior year. Haynes moved there from the Boston College in 2008. This year, Haynes was named AP NCAA All-America Honorable Mention. He also was awarded with All-Southland Conf. Player of the Year.

Latvia U18 handed France U18 their second loss - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U18-France U18 61:58

France U18 lost their second game as they were upset by Latvia U18 in day 2 in Vilnius. The second team of last year Championship fell with 58:61 loss to drop at 0-2. Latvia meanwhile became the leader of Group B with 2-0 record.
Valentin Bigote (197-F-92) gave French side the first lead as the team desired to bounce back from the first loss in the opener. The teams exchanged the leads several times, while the Baltic side grabbed 21-19 after 10 minutes. They limited the French side to just 6 points in the second period and increased to 38:25 at the halftime. Moreover Janis Timma (198-F-92) upset the opponents to 45:28 in the middle of the third. France made a huge comeback and Rudy Gobert (212-C-92) closed the gap to 52:48. Although Morin tied the game at 54:54, France could not step in front. Latvia got the lead back and celebrated 61:58 victory.
Edmunds Dukulis (201-C-92, agency: Players Group) top-scored for the winners with 13 points. Andris Misters (192-G-92) nailed 12, while Janis Timma scored 10. Valentin Bigote ended up with 16 points in the losing effort, while Rudy Gobert collected 15 points and 11 rebounds. Tomorrow France will meet Sweden, while Latvia will face Spain.

Latvia U18: Edmunds Dukulis 13, Andris Misters 12, Janis Timma 10
France U18: Valentin Bigote 16, Rudy Gobert 15+11 rebs


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Lester McCaleb to get FYROM citizenship? - by Eurobasket News
It seems that the FYROM Basketball Federation looks to add a new face to their NT. According to the reports from various FYROM media, the country has decided to offer citizenship to Lester McCalebb (183-G-85, college: New Orleans). American point guard had a greatly successful season with BC Partizan Belgrade and is currently being coveted by numerous European clubs. It is reportedly expected that Mccaleb will receive FYROM passport soon and he will be able to join their NT for 2011 EuroBasket qualifications.
Lester McCalebb played collegiate basketball at NCAA Division One New Orleans University. In his final season with the school, he played in 32 games and has averaged 23.2 points and 4.5 rebounds per game. He started his European journey in Turkey where he signed with Mersin Buyuksehir Belediyesi in 2008. In 31 games, McCaleb averaged 17.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game. Last season, he was signed by Serbian outfit BC Partizan Igokea. There McCaleb had a breakout year, becoming one of best point guards in Europe. He helped Partizan make a surprise by reaching the Euroleague Final Four. In 22 games, he has posted averages of 13.4 points and 3.4 assists per game. With Partizan, McCaleb has also won Adriatic League where he averaged 12.1 points and 2.8 assists. He has also won the double in Serbia, where in 17 league matches, he has scored 14.3 points and grabbed 3 rebounds per contest.


Slovenia rolls over FYROM in a friendly - by Eurobasket News
Friendly: FYROM - Slovenia 68-95

FYROM squared off against Slovenia in a friendly match and suffered a heavy defeat. Slovenians proved to be too much for Macedonian side as they strolled to 68-95 win. From the start it was evident that Slovenian players are dominant in every aspect of the game. They have managed to build 21-32 lead by the end of first quarter. In the second period, Slovenia increased defensive pressure, limiting their opponent to only 11 points. On the other side, they didn't slow down in offence and have managed to score 27. As result, at the halftime, they held a comfortable 32-59 lead. After the break, Macedonians started playing slightly better, but still it was still Slovenia who was controlling the game. They were maintaining their lead throughout the period and with 10 minutes left to play, the game was practically over as the scoreboard showed 52-83 score. In the final quarter, all Macedonian players were able to do was to cut the deficit by 4 points. Slovenia routinely closed the game out as every player from the bench got a chance to get in. In the end, the final score was 68-95, a deserved win for Slovenia.
Bostjan Nachbar (207-G/F-80, agency: Interperformances) led the winning side with 13 points on the night. Jaka Klobucar (198-G-87) and Muric followed with 12 points apiece, while Uros Slokar (210-F/C-83) chipped in 11 points in win. On the other side, FYROM was led by Pero Antic (210-F-82, agency: Interperformances) and Todor Gecevski (209-C-77, agency: Interperformances) who scored 17 and 15 points respectively. Next best scorer for FYROM was Gjorgji Cekovski (202-F/C-81, agency: Arik Krayn Services) who finished the game with 12 points.

Macedonia: Pero Antic 17, Todor Gecevski 15, Gjorgji Cekovski 12
Slovenia: Bostjan Nachbar 13, Jaka Klobucar 12, Muric 12, Uros Slokar 11


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Georgia knock down Romania in Gussing - by Eurobasket News
Georgia U20 - Romania U20 97:70

Georgia posted the fourth straight win at the U20 European Championship in Division B. They marched past Romania for 3-0 record in Group G. Romania in the meantime slipped at 2-2 record in the ladder.
Romania grabbed an 11:5 lead midway through the opening quarter. They stayed in charge and finished the starting frame up by 3 points 17:14. Adrian Gutoaia (195-C-90) opened the second quarter with back-to-back triples giving Romania a 23:14 lead. Adrian Gutoaia soon added another treble to ensure a 10-point lead for Valentin Pogonaru team. But Georgia responded in style as they went on a massive 17:2 rally to jump into a 40:35 advantage at the interval. Givi Bakradze (185-G-91) and Beqa Chikviladze (195-G-91) drained consecutive three-pointers to build a 48:35 advantage for Georgia early in the third stanza. Georgia maintained the lead well enough and entered the fourth period up by 19 points 67:48. Georgia tipped off the final quarter with 16 points in a row and never looked back en route to the victory.
Beqa Chikviladze and Akaki Dvalishvili (206-C-91) nailed 15 points each for Georgia. Givi Bakradze and Giorgi Sharabidze (208-C-90) added 13 points apiece in the winning effort. Adrian Gutoaia answered with 22 points for Romania. Bogdan Tibirna (208-C-91) contributed 15 points in the loss.

Georgia U20: Beqa Chikviladze 15, Akaki Dvalishvili 15, Givi Bakradze 13, Giorgi Sharabidze 13
Romania U20: Adrian Gutoaia 22, Bogdan Tibirna 15



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Science City Jena Bring In Christoph Roquette - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber

After signing two Americans earlier in the day, Science Cty Jena continued their shopping spree bringing in experienced Christoph Roquette (203-F/C-82, agency: Weller Sports - Entertainment) Roquette is a 27 year old German that is a 203 cm power forward. Roquette will be changing teams for the first time in his basketball career as he had played for USC Freiburg since 2002 despite a short stay in the UK with Leeds in the 2008-2009 season. He was captain and the leading scorer last season playing 29 games and averaging 13.5ppg, 5.8rpg, 1.1apg, FGP: 54.7%, 3PT-1 (50.0%), FT: 73.5%. 'He was a guy that we really wanted to get. He was one of the best German players in the PRO A last season and has a lot of experience. He has good charachter and will play an important player for us this season', stated Jena coach Timo Stumpf.



Science City Jena Sign Americans Larry Cunningham And Jamil Tucker - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
Science City Jena have gotten active on the Transfer market signing Americans Larry Cunningham (190-G-85, agency: Limelight Hoops, college: Cal-Riverside) and Jamil Tucker (206-F-87) Cunningham is a 25 year old 190cm guard that was born in Camden, New Jerse and grew up in Downery, California. Last season, he played in Holland for Landstede Basketbal Zwolle (Holland-Eredivisie, starting five): 33 games: 13.8ppg, 3.4rpg, 2.8apg, 1.6spg, FGP: 44.8%, 3PT: 29.1%, FT: 75.6%. 'He had a very strong season in Holland and are happy that we could get him. He is a strong scorer and set many records in college. With his expereince in Europe, we hope to see a spectacular player at the position one and two', stressed Science Jena coach Tino Stumpf. Cunningham has a quick release and the ability to create his own shot off the dribble, finishes well around the basket, is an outstanding rebounder who likes to crash the boards, aggressive one on one defender with impressive foot speed. Cunningham played at Cal. State-Riverside from 2004-2008. In his senior year, he played 30 games: 16.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.4apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 40.3%, 3Pts: 32.3%, FT: 82.5%

Science City Jena also picked up 22 year old 206cm power forward Jamil Tucker who was born in Los Angeles, grew up in Gary Indiana and will be a PRO A rokkie in 2010-2011. He played at Virginia (NCAA) from 2006-2010. In 2008-2009, he played 28 games averaging 7,4ppg and 3,8rpg. 'He is very athletic and can move well. He can shoot well from outside and can play position three and four', said coach Tino Stumpf.

Source: Science: baskets-jena.de











The win over Germany lifts Croatia to 1-1 record in Vilnius - by Eurobasket News
Croatia U18-Germany U18 81:73

Croatia U18 beat Germany U18 in Group D of Day 2 of the U18 European Championship. The win lifts Croatia to 1-1 record, while Germany dropped to 0-2 before the deciding Day 3 tomorrow.
Croatia won the opening tip 12:2 as Boris Barac (204-F-92) made a jump shot. Dennis Kramer (209-F-92) nailed 8 points in a row for German to reduce to 16:13, while Philipp Neumann (210-C-92) made it 20:19. Croatia won the first quarter 25:22 and looked forward to keep the lead in the rest of the game. Croatia started the second period with 11-0 run and never looked behind after. Zadravec scored for 43:33 and Saric sent the squads to the lockers for 46:39. Again Croatia started better another frame and created a 12-0 run. Katic posted two for 58:39 and then Germany responded with 10-0 run. Dennis Kramer scored four in the end of the third frame for 62:56. The intrigue remained in the last quarter as again Dennis Kramer reduced for 64:60. Moreover another three-pointer from the top-scorer made the score 75:73 with a minute to go. Croatia needed a 6-0 run to win the game at the end.
Roko Rogic (187-G-92) and Dario Saric (204-F/C-93) paced all the winners with 22 points each. Boris Barac followed them with 11 points in a win. Dennis Kramer ended up with 25 points in the losing effort and Philipp Neumann scored 14.

Croatia U18: Roko Rogic 22, Dario Saric 22, Boris Barac 11
Germany U18: Dennis Kramer 25, Philipp Neumann 14


Jeremy Hunt Joins The Telekom Baskets Bonn - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
In the last years, The Telekom Baskets Bonn have had the wing position filled with athletic and strong Americians like Winsome Frazier and Ronald Dupree and now coach Mike Koch hopes that Jeremy Hunt (196-G-83, agency: Buck Andre, college: Memphis) will be able to keep the tradition up at the wing position as he signed a contract. Hunt is a 27 year old 196cm guard from Memphis, Tennessee. He is an an athletic SG, who has the size (6-foot-5) and the skills for a top level game. He can run and shoot, passes the ball well, and gives his best in an up-tempo game. Last season, he played in Portugal for FC Porto Ferpinta playing 30 games averaging 12.3ppg, 3.5rpg, 3.3apg, 1.9spg, FGP-3 (60.8%), 3PT: 35.4%, FT: 81.0%. Hunt not only can play at the shooting guard position, but can be valuable at another position. 'He is athletic and can play at both guard positions and is a good three point shooter. He doesnt only stand at the three point line, but attacks the rim. When he played for Cologne, he scored 30 points on us and had a three point shooting percentage of 40%', said Telekom Baskets Bonn manager Andreas Boettcher.

Hunt started his basketball career at Memphis (NCAA) and played there from 2002-2007. In his senior year, he played 37 games averaging 14.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 1.4apg, 1.4spg, FGP: 41.7%, 3Pts: 38.2%, FT: 71.7%. In 2007, he was drafted by the Butte Daredevils (CBA,1rd (6)). He started his professional basketbal career in 2007 with SKS Polpharma-Pakmet Starogard Gd. (Poland-DBE), Polish League: 5 games: 3.4ppg, 2.4rpg; released in Nov.'07, in Feb.'08 moved to Kaiserslautern Braves (Germany-ProA, starting five): 9 games: 15.6ppg, 4.1rpg, 4.7apg, 1.2spg, FGP: 60.4%, 3PT: 30.4%, FT: 68.9%. In 2008-2009, he played in The BEKO BBL with Koeln 99ers (Germany-1.Bundesliga, starting five): 32 games: 12.7ppg, 3.6rpg, 2.3apg, FGP: 45.9%, 3PT: 41.5%, FT: 77.2%.
Source: www.telekom-Baskets-Bonn.de



Jurgen Malbeck Signs With PRO B Team Schwelmer Baskets - by Miles Schmidt-Scheuber
The Schwelmer Baskets found 36 year old Jurgen Malbeck (215-C-74, college: Tyrone T.) on the market and caught him as quickly as a hungry fisher does a fish when food is scarce on a camping trip. Malbeck is a 215cm center that was born in Nordlingen. He is an extraordinary athletic, big man. Can run extremely well. Jumps tremendously for a big man (34 in vertical). Amazingly coordinated, great hands and soft touch. He is a true center, he is also a shot blocker and intimidator. Very mobile and athletic center. 'We got a lucky break in getting Malbeck. We cam to an agreement that he can practice less and just play at the home games. Our center play is strong enough, but knowing that if we sustain injuries or have to fight in staying in the league, that we can insert him on the road calms us and gives us security', warned Schwelm coach Raphael Wilder. 'Coming to Schwelm was an easy decision since the club has a good reputation and I have had contact to Wilder for a long time. My goal will be to stay in the league with Schwelm', stated Jurgen Malbeck. Last season, Malbeck played for SOBA Dragons Rhoendorf (ProB, starting five): 30 games: 6.9ppg, 3.6rpg, FGP: 61.0%, FT: 67.4%. He had played in Rhondorf since 2003.

Malbeck started his basketball career with Lotus Munich (D2) in 1992. He then played NCAA2 basketball for Hawaii-Pacific from 1994-1997. He then continued to play for seasons in Leverkusen and two years in Belgium before going to Rhondorf. He was a member of teh German U-16 and U-18 National teams and was a member of the German National team from 1996-1998.




Source: www.schwelmer-baskets.de


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Greece became the leader of Group D in Lithuania - by Eurobasket News
Greece U18-Serbia U18 59:57

Greece became the leader of Group D in Lithuania as the team handed Serbia their first loss. The defending champions lost their first game and dropped at 1-1 after 57:59 loss.
Serbia easily went on a 6-0 run and played really well in defense. Djordje Drenovac (197-F-92, agency: Interperformances) scored last two in the opening quarter for 14:9. Marko Gujanicic (200-F-92) brought 18:14, while Dumic delivered for 27:21. Djordje Drenovac closed the first half with a jump shot sending the teams to the lockers for 31:24. The second half as well as the third quarter belonged to Greece and Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos (205-F-92) tied the game at 33:33. Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos was the last to score in the period, while Serbia managed to keep 45:42 advantage. Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos again tied it at 50:50, while another shot from the Greek player saw 55:55 on the board. Marko Gujanicic gave Serbia the last lead at 57:55, but Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos made 57:57. Mavrogiannis was perfect from free throw line to give Greece 59:57 with 2.35 in the game. As it became clear those points were the last in the game as both teams remained scoreless in the end.
Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos paced all the winners with 25 points and 8 rebounds. Anastasios Antonakis (204-C/F-92) nailed 10, while Spyridon Motsenigos (194-G/F-92) scored 9. Marko Gujanicic delivered 17 in the losing effort and Djordje Drenovac added 9.

Greece U18: Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos 25+8 rebs, Anastasios Antonakis 10, Spyridon Motsenigos 9
Serbia U18: Marko Gujanicic 17, Djordje Drenovac 9



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Raoul Korner new head coach of EiffelTowers Den Bosch - by Fred Roggen
The Austrian coach comes from WBC Kraftwerk Wels and signed a contract for one year with EiffelTowers Den Bosch. Despite his young age, Raoul Korner had already a long career in his native country. In 1999, he was the youngest coach with 25 years at the highest level ever in Austria.
The past five seasons, Korner was very successful in Wels and won the Austrian Cup (2006), the Austrian championship (2009) and was twice elected as 'Coach of the Year'.



Netherlands prevail against Switzerland - by Eurobasket News
Netherlands U18 - Switzerland U18 63:57

Netherlands defeated Switzerland in the second round of action at U18 European Championship in Division B. The victory propelled the Dutch team to 2-0 record in Group A. Sam De Haas (192-G/F-92) notched 16 points and 5 assists to pace Netherlands. Switzerland slipped at 0-2 record after the defeat.
Sam de Haas ignited an 8:0 run from Netherlands midway through the opening frame as they grabbed a 14:6 lead. The Dutch team finished the starting quarter up by 10 points 21:11. Brian Savoy (191-G-92) and Zivanovic dragged Switzerland within one point midway through the second term. However Netherlands crowned the half with a 6:2 rally and posted a 36:31 lead. Filipan allowed the Dutch to open a double-digit advantage in the third quarter 50:39. Mladjan and Taulant Murati (180-G-92) gave hope for Switzerland as they trimmed the deficit at just 4-point mark. But Sam De Haas exploded with si points in the final three minutes of regulation to win the game for Netherlands.
Benjamin Jegen (92) produced 10 points in the win. Sven Burger (193-G/F-92) added 9 points for the Dutch side. Brian Savoy responded with 14 points for Switzerland. Taulant Murati contributed 12 points in the loss.

Netherlands U18: Sam De Haas 16, Benjamin Jegen 10, Sven Burger 9
Switzerland U18: Brian Savoy 14, Taulant Murati 12



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  HUNGARY   


Norway edge Hungary in Austria - by Eurobasket News
Norway U20 - Hungary U20 73:66
Norway will play for the 9th place at the U20 European Championship in Division B. They shot down Hungary today to set up the clash with Finland for the ninth overall position. Hungary will take on Slovak Republic for the 11th place. Stian Berg (186-G-91) paced Norway with 20 points.
Hungary looked better early in the game. They spurred ahead to build a 22:13 lead at the first intermission. But Norway gradually recovered. The Scandinavians limited Hungary to just 10 points in the second frame to erase the deficit. The teams went into the dressing room tied at 32. Hungary surged back in front early in the third stanza but Norway capped the period with a 9:2 run to earn a 50:48 lead. Magnus Midtvedt (182-G-90), Aksel Bolinz (206-F-90) and Stian Berg ignited a rally from the Norwegian team as they cleared off to a 9-point distance midway through the final term. Hungary never recovered and had to surrender at the end.
Aksel Bolinz netted 19 points and pulled down 9 rebounds for Norway. Anders Stien (195-G-90) added 12 points in the win. Janos Eilingsfeld (198-F/C-91, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) answered with 23 points and 13 boards for Hungary. Ferdinand Morgen (206-F/C-90) accounted for 15 points in the loss.

Norway U20: Stian Berg 20, Aksel Bolinz 19, Anders Stien 12
Hungary U20: Janos Eilingsfeld 23+13 boards, Ferdinand Morgen 15



Hungarian U18 National Team 2010 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
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Martin Pongo
Pongo
Mate Meszaros
Meszaros
Bence Delity
Delity
Bence Bodor
Bodor
Norbert Timko
Timko
#e#5
4 Martin Pongo 180-G-92 Bajai FKE Hungary
5 Adam Varga 190-G-92 Debreceni II Hungary
6 Laszlo Polyak 190-G-93
7 Levente Misek 194-G-93 Ujbuda TC Hungary
8 Mate Meszaros 192-G/F-92 Kecskemeti Foi. Hungary
9 Bence Delity 193-G/F-92 ZTE KK Hungary
10 Balazs Kerpel-Fronius 193-G/F-92 Bp. Honved Hungary
11 Bence Bodor 206-F/C-92 ZTE KK Hungary
12 Norbert Timko 210-C/F-92 Regal Barca Spain
13 Bence Narai 206-F/C-92
14 Gergely Gruda 206-C/F-92
15 Laszlo Dobos 216-C-93 Kecskemeti Hungary



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  ISRAEL   


Maccabi Haifa signs Sylven Landesberg to a two-year contract - by Eurobasket News
Maccabi Haifa announced a new signing for the upcoming season. They new player will be Sylven Landesberg (198-G-90). It will be the first professional season for the American guard. He graduated at the University of Virginia few months ago averaging 17.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists in senior year. Landesberg was awarded with NABC Division I All-Dictrict 2 1st Team. In 2009, he was awarded with ACC Rookie of the Year. That season Landsberg collected 16.6 ppg, 6 rpg and 2.8 apg for 28 games.

Israel U20 stays alive for the 5th - by Eurobasket News
Israel U20-Belgium U20 100:93

Israel U20 beat Belgium U20 at the Classification Games for 5th to 8th Places. Four players scored more than 20 points for the winners as they rolled over the opponent 100:93 in U20 European Championship.
It was a productive start for both teams, while Belgium nailed 34 points in the first 10 minutes. Tal Karpelesz (194-F-90) managed to cut the lead at 34:23 at the end of the first period. Another 30 points in the second frame gave Belgium 64:55 at the halftime. Israel however needed 20-11 in the third frame to tie the game at 75:75. Both teams then exchanged the lead several times as Moray led to 89:87 with 4 minutes in the game making two free throws. Jacob Cohen (210-C-90) made the same for 91:87, while De Thaey and Dennis Donkor (194-G/F-91) tied the game at 91:91 with less than three minutes to go. Later Jacob Cohen and Yotam Shiran (198-F-90, agency: Gross Zeev ISA) brought Israel 95:91 lead. De Thaey again reduced to 96:93, but Ariely nailed three for demolishing the intrigue. Moreover Omer Rub (176-G-90) made a free throw at the very end for three-digit victory.
Omer Rub paced all the winners with 25 points and Yotam Shiran followed him with 24. Jacob Cohen nailed 21, while Tal Karpelesz added 20. Quentin Serron (190-G-90) replied with 21 points in the losing effort. De Thaey notched 18, whilst Dennis Donkor scored 15.

Israel U20: Omer Rub 25, Yotam Shiran 24, Jacob Cohen 21, Tal Karpelesz 20
Belgium U20: Quentin Serron 21, De Thaey 18, Dennis Donkor 15


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  ITALY   


Lottomarica Roma brings in French big guy Ali Traore - by Eurobasket News
Lottomarica Roma announced signing of a 2+1 year deal with the French player Ali Traore (207-C-85, agency: Beo Basket, college: S.Idaho JC). The 25-year old PF/C is coming to Rome from ASVEL, where he spent last two seasons. For 10 Euroleague games in 2009/10 Traore shined with 14.5 ppg and 5.4 rpg. He was the 10th best scorer in the Euroleague regular season. In French championship Traore collected 15.6 ppg, 5 rpg and 1.4 apg. He was named Eurobasket.com All-French ProA Domestic Player of the Year.
Ali Traore joined ASVEL in 2008 from STB Le Havre. In his first season with the club he had 12.5 ppg and 5.2 rpg for 6 EuroCup games. In French league he had 11.8 ppg and 5.3 rpg. With Le Havre, Traore had 11 ppg and 5.1 rpg for 30 Pro A games on season 2007/08. He is a product of ASVEL, where he started as a kid.
Ali Traore is active member of French National Team. At the latest EuroBasket in Poland he had 6.8 ppg and 1.9 rpg for 9 games. In the past, he also played for U16, U18 and U20 France.
Lottomarica Roma is placed to Group B for the next Euroleague edition.


Enel Brindisi takes Bobby Dixon from Benetton Treviso - by Eurobasket News
The 2010 LegaDue champion and SerieA newcomer Enel Brindisi bolstered their roster with point guard Bobby Dixon (178-G-83, agency: Beo Basket, college: Troy). The 27-year old American is not a new face in Italy, as he spent there last few months. Dixon started the season with ASVEL, but it March moved to Benetton Treviso. He appeared 9 times for the club collecting 11.8 ppg, 4 rpg and 2.8 apg. With ASVEL, he played 10 Euroleague games registering 11.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg and 3.1 apg. For the former French champions Dixon also added 10.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg and 3.4 apg in ProA.
Before ASVEL, Bobby Dixon spent half of the season with Le Mans. He joined them in February of 2009 and for very short time became one of their leading players. For 17 games in ProA, Dixon had 15.4 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 5.8 apg and 2.1 spg. Le Mans reached the Playoff Semifinals and won the French Cup that year. Dixon started 2008/09 season in Ukraine with SK Cherkassy Monkeys. His first season overseas and first as a pro came in 2007 with the Polish outfit Polpak Swiecie. Dixon is a product of Troy University, where he graduated in 2006.
Enel Brindisi won the LegaDua championship last season with 21-9 record.


Italian market news: Benetton treviso signs Devin Smith - by Antonello Varallo
A great player returns to Italian Serie A. Benetton Treviso announced the agreement withDevin Smith (196-G/F-81, college: Virginia), who won the Italian Cup 2008 leading Air Avellino. Smith spent last season with Panellinios Athens (Greece-A1,), playing 33 games in Greek League with 13.5ppg (high of 26) and 17 games in EuroCup with 15.1ppg (high of 29).
A new experienced big man for Vanoli Cremona:Blagota Sekulic (208-F/C-82, agency: FCM), who arrives to Italy after a long career spent in Greece (A.E.K. Athens, Maroussi Athens PAOK, Marfin Thessaloniki), Spain (Real Madrid) and Germany, where last season he averaged 9.9 ppg (high of 19) and 4.7 rpg in 38 games played with Alba Berlin.
New point guards for Air Avellino,who brings in Valerio Spinelli (184-G-79), and Dinamo Sassari, who adds Mauro Pinton (185-G-84)



Gentile pulled Italy over the Turkish side - by Eurobasket News
Italy U18-Turkey U18 99:74

Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) pulled Italy over the Turkish side in the last game of Day 3 at the U18 European Championship. Italy won 99:74 to take 2-0 record on top of Group C, while Turkey tied their record at 1-1.
Both teams exchanged the leads several times in the first period, while Italy took 21:16 in the opening quarter. Marco Ceron (192-G-92) increased the lead to 38:28 and Alessandro Gentile made it 46:32. Moreover Alessandro Gentile closed the half from the perimeter for 49:34. Turkey was too far to give up and responded with 21-16 int he third quarter. Alessandro Gentile remained Italy in front at 65:55 after 30 minutes. Matteo Chillo (202-F/C-93) scored for 72:57 in the start of the last frame and Italy held off the opponents. Tekin made the score 79:61 making both free throws in the fourth period. Alessandro Gentile scored his 25th points and another three-pointer gave Italy 84:63. Tekin responded for 86:67 and Ozen nailed two for 86:69. Marco Ceron later scored a three-pointer for 92:72, while Sabbation increased the lead to 94:72. Corrieri and Monaldi brought the last points for the total success.
Alessandro Gentile erupted with 31 points for the winners to remain undefeated. Marco Ceron nailed 24, while Matteo Chillo posted 12. Ugur Dokuyan (197-F-93) ended up with 15 points and Can Korkmaz (187-G-92) scored 11 in defeat. Samet Geyik (206-F-93) and Muhammed Senli (200-F-92) produced 10 points in the losing effort.

Italy U18: Alessandro Gentile 31, Marco Ceron 24, Matteo Chillo 12
Turkey U18: Ugur Dokuyan 15, Can Korkmaz 11, Samet Geyik 10, Muhammed Senli 10



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Ivory Coast National Team 2010 - by Eurobasket
#s#
Pape-Philippe Amagou
Amagou
Brice Assie
Assie
Herve Lamizana
Lamizana
Didier Tape
Tape
Charles Abouo
Abouo
#e#5
Charles Abouo 196-G/F-89 BYU USA
Pape-Philippe Amagou 185-G-85 Roanne France
Brice Assie 201-F-83 San Mart.C. Argentina
Mouloukou Diabate 180-G-87 Roanne France
Remi Dibo 201-F-91 High School Canada
Landry Guy 196-G Midland CC USA
Jonathan Kale 203-F-85 Phoenix Hagen Germany
Philippe Koffi 190-G-85 Lucon France
Stephane Konate 187-G-81 ASE Morocco
Mohamed Kone 211-C-81 Lagun Aro GBC Spain
Herve Lamizana 207-F/C-81 Nasr Libya
Namori Meite 196-C/F-88 Evreux France
Ismael N'Diaye 198-F-82 Lausanne Switzerland
Issife Soumahoro 196-G-88 Strasbourg France
Didier Tape 197-F-81 Rodez France
Mickael Toti 181-G-87 Quimper France
Guy Serge Toualy 182-G-74 ABC Ivory Coast

Randoald Dessarzin Head Coach Dijon France


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Latvia U18 handed France U18 their second loss - by Eurobasket News
Latvia U18-France U18 61:58

France U18 lost their second game as they were upset by Latvia U18 in day 2 in Vilnius. The second team of last year Championship fell with 58:61 loss to drop at 0-2. Latvia meanwhile became the leader of Group B with 2-0 record.
Valentin Bigote (197-F-92) gave French side the first lead as the team desired to bounce back from the first loss in the opener. The teams exchanged the leads several times, while the Baltic side grabbed 21-19 after 10 minutes. They limited the French side to just 6 points in the second period and increased to 38:25 at the halftime. Moreover Janis Timma (198-F-92) upset the opponents to 45:28 in the middle of the third. France made a huge comeback and Rudy Gobert (212-C-92) closed the gap to 52:48. Although Morin tied the game at 54:54, France could not step in front. Latvia got the lead back and celebrated 61:58 victory.
Edmunds Dukulis (201-C-92, agency: Players Group) top-scored for the winners with 13 points. Andris Misters (192-G-92) nailed 12, while Janis Timma scored 10. Valentin Bigote ended up with 16 points in the losing effort, while Rudy Gobert collected 15 points and 11 rebounds. Tomorrow France will meet Sweden, while Latvia will face Spain.

Latvia U18: Edmunds Dukulis 13, Andris Misters 12, Janis Timma 10
France U18: Valentin Bigote 16, Rudy Gobert 15+11 rebs


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Lithuania U18 top Group A - by Eurobasket News
Poland U18-Lithuania U18 66:87

Lithuania became the leader of Group A as they rolled over Poland at the U18 European Championship. The hosts of the tournament improved to 2-0 record after 87:66 victory.
Lithuania easily took control of the game and won the opening quarter 27:12. Simanavicius opened the second period for 29:12 and Deividas Pukis (193-G/F-92) gave the hosts 31:16. Lithuania continued to dominate the court and Simanavicius made it 39:23, while Dovydas Redikas (193-G-92) posted three for 52:26. Skucas made two free throws to send the teams to the lockers at 56:30. Michal Sokolowski (195-G-92) started the third frame for Poland and Gielo nailed for 68:42. Mockevicius and Simanavicius brought the last points for the hosts in the third frame for 74:49. Poland meanwhile managed to win the last frame 17-13, but could reduce the gap only in the game. Grochowski made a jump shot for 87:66 as the teams finished their second game.
Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and 18 rebounds, while Deividas Pukis also scored 16. Dovydas Redikas followed them with 15
points in a win. Przemyslaw Karnowski (213-C-93) ended up with 13 in the losing effort as Poland tied their record at 1-1. Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) nailed 11, while Michal Sokolowski scored 10.

Poland U18: Przemyslaw Karnowski 13, Mateusz Ponitka 11, Michal Sokolowski 10
Lithuania U18: Jonas Valanciunas 16+18 rebs, Deividas Pukis 16, Dovydas Redikas 15


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Luxembourg U18 National Team 2010 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
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Ben Melcher
Melcher
Luc Breuskin
Breuskin
Max Schmit
Schmit
Alex Laurent
Laurent
Gilles Polfer
Polfer
#e#5
4 Charles Sunnen 180-G-92 Contern Luxembourg
5 Tom Welter 180-G-93 Musel Pikes Luxembourg
6 Eric steffen 183-G-92
7 Tim Steffen 192-F-93 BC Mess Luxembourg
8 Yves Bellwald 188-F/C-92 Heffingen Luxembourg
9 Ben Melcher 184-G-92 Amicale Luxembourg
10 Louis Arendt 187-F-93 Sparta Luxembourg
11 Luc Breuskin 186-F-92 Amicale Luxembourg
12 Max Schmit 182-G-92 Heffingen Luxembourg
13 Alex Laurent 195-C-93 Amicale Luxembourg
14 Gilles Polfer 187-F-93 Etzella Luxembourg
15 Tom Steffen 187-F-92



Montenegro thrash Luxembourg in Israel - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro U18 - Luxemburg U18 98:36
Montenegrin U18 National Team posted the second straight win at the European Championship in Division B held in Israel. They marched past Luxembourg today to remain on top of Group D. Amin Hot (190-G-92) led the winners with 16 points. Luxembourg fell at 0-1 record after the defeat.
Montenegro shocked their opponents with 15:0 start to the game. The Balkan team easily built a 23:8 lead at the first break. Montenegro went on a 13:2 run at the start of the second quarter to earn a 36:10 advantage. Amin Hot capped the first half with a lay-up as Montenegro posted a 42:17 lead. Montenegro tipped off the third term with nine consecutive points to aggravate the damage. Luxembourg never recovered. They trailed by insurmountable 41 points heading into the fourth quarter and allowed Montenegro to coast to the victory.
Luka Radovic (205-G-92) produced 15 points and 13 rebounds for Montenegro. Nemanja Djurisic (202-F-92) added 13 points in the victory. Alex Laurent (195-C-93) answered with 17 points and 11 rebounds for Luxembourg. Tom Steffen (187-F-92) had 9 points in the losing case.

Montenegro U18: Amin Hot 16, Luka Radovic 15+13 boards, Nemanja Djurisic 13
Luxembourg U18: Alex Laurent 17+11 boards, Tom Steffen 9



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  MEXICO   


CIBANE Finals begin tomorrow - by Carlos Chapa
Which team will have the honor to win the first edition of CIBANE? The history of this league will be written when Madereros de Durango visit Mineros de Fresnillo next Saturday (July 24) in the Solidaridad Gym. Mineros had to sweep (3-0) Aguilas de Piedras Negras to get to the finals, Glenn Stokes and Marcos Dorado played key roles in that series.

A different story took part in the other semifinals, Madereros de Durango won its first 2 games at home against Leones Regios de Monterrey, but the series could not be completed, the city of Monterrey suffered one of the worst catastrophes in its 413 years of history, it was hit by Hurricane Alex earlier this month and the Circulo Mercantil Mutualista Gym suffered some damage, apart from that, the club mentions unsteadiness and lack of security to continue playing the semifinal, the front office of the league took the decision of suspending that semis and gave Durango the right to continue its way to the title; the players to follow for Durango are: Santiago Nogueira who averaged a team high 18.5 ppg, Nick Jones with 15.5 ppg and 4 apg, and Sandrell Spann who recorded 15.5 ppg and 13 rpg.

Calendar for the Finals, to win 3 out of 5:
Madereros de Durango @ Mineros de Fresnillo-Saturday July 24
Madereros de Durango @ Mineros de Fresnillo-Sunday July 25
Mineros de Fresnillo @ Madereros de Durango -Thursday July 29
Mineros de Fresnillo @ Madereros de Durango -Friday July 30
Madereros de Durango @ Mineros de Fresnillo-Sunday August 1



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Montenegro thrash Luxembourg in Israel - by Eurobasket News
Montenegro U18 - Luxemburg U18 98:36
Montenegrin U18 National Team posted the second straight win at the European Championship in Division B held in Israel. They marched past Luxembourg today to remain on top of Group D. Amin Hot (190-G-92) led the winners with 16 points. Luxembourg fell at 0-1 record after the defeat.
Montenegro shocked their opponents with 15:0 start to the game. The Balkan team easily built a 23:8 lead at the first break. Montenegro went on a 13:2 run at the start of the second quarter to earn a 36:10 advantage. Amin Hot capped the first half with a lay-up as Montenegro posted a 42:17 lead. Montenegro tipped off the third term with nine consecutive points to aggravate the damage. Luxembourg never recovered. They trailed by insurmountable 41 points heading into the fourth quarter and allowed Montenegro to coast to the victory.
Luka Radovic (205-G-92) produced 15 points and 13 rebounds for Montenegro. Nemanja Djurisic (202-F-92) added 13 points in the victory. Alex Laurent (195-C-93) answered with 17 points and 11 rebounds for Luxembourg. Tom Steffen (187-F-92) had 9 points in the losing case.

Montenegro U18: Amin Hot 16, Luka Radovic 15+13 boards, Nemanja Djurisic 13
Luxembourg U18: Alex Laurent 17+11 boards, Tom Steffen 9



Vanoli Cremona adds Blagota Sekulic - by Eurobasket News
Vanoli Cremona signed Blagota Sekulic (208-F/C-82, agency: FCM) for 2010/11. The 28-year old power forward / center played last season in Germany for ALBA Berlin. For 15 Euroleague games he had 10.6 ppg and 4.1 rpg. In 1.Bundesliga he collected 9.9 ppg and 4.7 rpg. Season 2008/09 Sekulic spent with Aris. Actually, he played there until February 2009, when he moved to Berlin. In the past, Blagota Sekulic was a member of Real Madrid, PAOK and Marousi. He is s product of Buducnost Podgorica.

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  NBA   


Boston Celtics and Marquis Daniels agree to a one-year, $2.5 million deal - by Eurobasket News
The Celtics have filled their backup swingman position with a familiar name, getting Marquis Daniels (6'6''-F-81, college: Auburn) back for another year, according to the Boston Herald.

The report says that Daniels and the Celtics agreed to a one-year pact worth $2.5 million. Daniels' agent, Mark Bartlestein, told the Herald that the one-year deal gives Daniels a chance to earn a big payday next summer.

'Hes a $5 million or $6 million player when hes healthy,' Bartelstein told the newspaper. 'So well do this now. He loves the team. He loves playing for Doc [Rivers], and he loves the guys.'

Daniels played in just 51 games in the regular season, limited by a torn ligament in his thumb. He averaged 5.6 points and 1.9 rebounds in 18.4 minutes per game. He saw action in 11 playoff games, averaging just 1.5 points in 3.4 minutes per game.


Courtesy of www.nesn.com


Charlotte Bobcats sign Dominic McGuire - by Eurobasket News
Charlotte Bobcats General Manager Rod Higgins announced today that the team has signed free agent forward Dominic McGuire (6'8''-F/G-85, agency: Priority Sports, college: Fresno St.). Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. The 6-9 McGuire was selected by the Wizards with the 47th pick in the 2007 NBA Draft. In three NBA seasons with Washington and Sacramento, McGuire has played in 200 games, averaging 2.4 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 15.4 minutes.

McGuires best statistical season came with the Wizards in 2008-09, when he averaged 4.5 points, 5.4 rebounds and 2.5 in 26.2 minutes in 79 games, including 57 starts. His 57 games started ranked third on the team behind only All-Stars Antawn Jamison and Caron Butler. McGuire scored in double figures eight times and recorded double-figure rebounds 12 times that season, tallying four double-doubles.

McGuire earned Second Team All-WAC honors, and was also named to the conferences All-Newcomer Team and All-Defensive Team, as a junior at Fresno State in 2006-07. McGuire averaged 13.5 points and 9.8 rebounds and ranked fifth in the nation with 3.6 blocked shots, while recording 15 double-doubles and two triple-doubles, in his lone season at the school after transferring from the University of California.

The Charlotte Bobcats, who became the NBAs 30th team when they joined the league in 2004-05, finished the 2009-10 season with a franchise-best 44-38 overall record (31-10 at home) and first-ever playoff appearance.


Courtesy of www.wsoctv.com


GM Sam Presti signs multiyear extension with Oklahoma City Thunder - by Eurobasket News
Sam Presti has agreed to a multiyear contract extension to remain the general manager of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Team chairman Clay Bennett announced the deal Thursday but did not reveal terms.

Presti finished second in the voting for the NBA's executive of the year award last season after the Thunder had a league-best 27-win improvement. The team made the playoffs for the first time since the franchise relocated from Seattle.

After taking over as GM in June 2007, Presti traded veterans Ray Allen and Rashard Lewis and started building one of the league's best young teams. He recently signed NBA scoring champion Kevin Durant to a five-year, $85 million contract extension.

The new contract comes three days after Presti's assistant, Rich Cho, was hired as Portland's new GM.


Courtesy of www.startribune.com


Warriors sign-and-trade CJ Watson to Bulls - by Eurobasket News
The Chicago Bulls announced that the team has acquired the signed-and-traded contract of guard C.J. Watson (6'2''-G-84, college: Tennessee) from the Golden State Warriors in exchange for a future second-round draft choice. Golden State will be receiving the lesser of Phoenixs and Utahs regular 2011 second-round draft choices, both of which are held by the Bulls.

Watson (6-2, 175) comes to the Bulls having played the last three seasons with the Warriors. Last year, the 26-year-old Watson appeared in 65 games (15 starts) and averaged 10.3 ppg, 2.8 apg, 2.6 rpg, 1.58 spg, 27.5 mpg, .468 from the field, .310 from behind the arc and .771 from the line. In his three years with Golden State, he appeared in 174 games (33 starts) and he owns career averages of 8.7 ppg, 2.4 apg, 2.3 rpg, 1.23 spg, 23.2 mpg, .459 shooting from the field, .351 shooting from downtown and .822 shooting from the line.

Following his collegiate career at the University of Tennessee, he went undrafted in the 2006 NBA Draft. From there, Watson split the 2006-07 season playing in Italy and Greece. He then played with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League in 2007-08 before his free agent call-up with the Warriors.


Courtesy of www.insidehoops.com


Carlos Arroyo officially re-signs with Miami Heat - by Eurobasket News
Carlos Arroyo's (6'2''-G-79, college: Florida Intern.) efficient play, especially his good work as a late-season starter, has earned him a second season with the Heat. His return, long expected, was made official Thursday when the team formally announced he is now the 13th Heat player under contract.

``By re-signing Carlos, we feel we have accomplished another big step in adding to this team,'' Heat president Pat Riley said. ``Carlos showed last season that he was one of the most competitive and efficient point guards in the NBA and we are happy to have him back.''

Arroyo started 35 games last season -- including the final 21 of the regular season and all five playoff games -- and averaged 6.1 points, 3.1 assists and 22.0 minutes in 72 appearances.

He shot a career-high 47.5 percent from the field and 84.4 percent from the free throw line and finished second to New Orleans' Chris Paul in assist-to-turnover ratio, at 4.17 to 1.

Arroyo, who signed for the $1 million veteran's minimum, has appeared in 505 career games, including 148 starts, over eight seasons with the Nuggets, Raptors, Jazz, Pistons, Magic and Heat. Arroyo, who attended Florida International University, turns 31 on July 30.

Heat guard Dwyane Wade said this week that the starting point guard position is ``Mario Chalmers' job to lose,'' but Arroyo will challenge him.

The Heat can invite as many as 20 players to camp but can keep no more than 15. The final two roster spots likely will go to perimeter players. Free agent perimeter players still available include Jason Williams, Mike James, Anthony Johnson, Marcus Williams, Eddie House, Jerry Stackhouse, Larry Hughes and Michael Finley, among others.


Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


Kurt Thomas agrees to contract with Bulls - by Eurobasket News
A person familiar with the negotiations says veteran forward Kurt Thomas (6'9''-F-72, college: TCU) has agreed to a one-year contract with the Chicago Bulls.

The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal has not been finalized. Several outlets reported late Thursday that Thomas was headed to Chicago.

The 37-year-old Thomas gives the Bulls a strong defender and rebounder in the frontcourt to go with Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer.

Thomas has averaged 8.8 points and 7.0 rebounds for seven teams in his 15-year career, including a seven-season run with the New York Knicks.

He averaged only 3.0 points and 4.2 rebounds with Milwaukee last season, but was effective in the playoffs, contributing 7.9 rebounds as the Bucks pushed Atlanta to seven games.


Courtesy of www.salon.com


Los Angeles Lakers sign Matt Barnes and Theo Ratliff - by Eurobasket News
NBA veterans Theo Ratliff (6'10''-F/C-73, college: Wyoming) and Matt Barnes (6'7''-F-80, college: UCLA) have signed with the Los Angeles Lakers, hoping to add depth and experience to the defending champions lineup.

Ratliff, 37, played with the Spurs and Bobcats last season for a total of 49 games. He averaged 3.6 points and 3.2 rebounds. He was part of the starting lineup of the Bobcats in 26 games, in which he averaged 5.7 rebounds, 1.54 blocks and 4.2 rebounds. He has been in the NBA for 15 years and has had the chance to play for several other teams like the Pistons, Hawks, Timberwolves and 76ers.

Barnes, 36, played for the Orlando Magic last season. He played 81 games, in which he averaged 8.8 points and 5.5 rebounds. He was a former UCLA Bruin.

Ratliff received a one-year deal while Barnes got a two-year contract.


Courtesy of http://thenewschronicle.com


Indiana Pacers sign second-round pick Lance Stephenson - by Eurobasket News
Lance Stephenson (6'5''-F-90), the reigning Big East Rookie of the Year out of Cincinnati and the Pacers' second-round draft choice, has signed a multi-year contract with Indiana.

Per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Drafted 40th overall in the recent 2010 NBA Draft, the Brooklyn, New York product averaged 12.3 ppg, 5.4 rpg and 2.4 during his freshman one-and-done season with the Bearcats.

The Pacers have high hopes for Stephenson and have even considered allowing the 6-foot-5, 210 lb guard to man the point guard position during recent summer league action in Orlando.

For his efforts in Orlando, Stephenson earned an all-league honorable mention with averages of 14.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg and 1.5 apg in four games.

Regardless of whether he plays point or off-guard at the next level, Indiana got themselves one heck of a player and a possible second-round steal in Stephenson.


Courtesy of www.examiner.com


Spurs sign guard Gary Neal - by Eurobasket News
The San Antonio Spurs have signed guard Gary Neal (6'4''-G-84, college: Towson) to a contract.

A team statement issued Thursday says terms aren't being disclosed.

The 6-foot-4, 210-pound Neal led the Spurs' summer league team in scoring with 16 points in 25.8 minutes per game in five games. He was 30 of 60 from the field and 17 of 34 from beyond the 3-point line in Las Vegas.

He went undrafted in the 2007 NBA draft after playing college ball at La Salle and Towson. Since then, he has played one season of pro basketball in Spain and two in Italy.


Courtesy of http://nbcsports.msnbc.com


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  NCAA2   


NCAA D2 PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS STORIES: Chris Commons signs in England! - by Lucius Jones
Chris Commons (6'9''-F-84, agency: Hidden Gems Professional Placement, college: USC Aiken), the 2-Time First team All American from USC Aiken, has signed on to play with the Cheshire Jets franchise in England. Commons looks forward to continuing his career overseas after dominating in Germany with BSV Wulfen to the tune of: 26.2ppg, 7.0rpg, 1.2apg, 1.0bpg, FGP: 57.9%, 3Pts: 40.0%, FT: 81.8%; 4 games: 24.4ppg, FGP: 57.9%, 3PT: 40.0%, FT: 81.8%. The combo forward should have a quality opportunity to showcase his versatility with Cheshire Jets this upcoming season. Expect Chris Commons (6'9''-F-84, agency: Hidden Gems Professional Placement, college: USC Aiken) to become a household name in his new country of employment this year.

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  NORWAY   


Norway edge Hungary in Austria - by Eurobasket News
Norway U20 - Hungary U20 73:66
Norway will play for the 9th place at the U20 European Championship in Division B. They shot down Hungary today to set up the clash with Finland for the ninth overall position. Hungary will take on Slovak Republic for the 11th place. Stian Berg (186-G-91) paced Norway with 20 points.
Hungary looked better early in the game. They spurred ahead to build a 22:13 lead at the first intermission. But Norway gradually recovered. The Scandinavians limited Hungary to just 10 points in the second frame to erase the deficit. The teams went into the dressing room tied at 32. Hungary surged back in front early in the third stanza but Norway capped the period with a 9:2 run to earn a 50:48 lead. Magnus Midtvedt (182-G-90), Aksel Bolinz (206-F-90) and Stian Berg ignited a rally from the Norwegian team as they cleared off to a 9-point distance midway through the final term. Hungary never recovered and had to surrender at the end.
Aksel Bolinz netted 19 points and pulled down 9 rebounds for Norway. Anders Stien (195-G-90) added 12 points in the win. Janos Eilingsfeld (198-F/C-91, agency: Laszlo Vinko Services) answered with 23 points and 13 boards for Hungary. Ferdinand Morgen (206-F/C-90) accounted for 15 points in the loss.

Norway U20: Stian Berg 20, Aksel Bolinz 19, Anders Stien 12
Hungary U20: Janos Eilingsfeld 23+13 boards, Ferdinand Morgen 15



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  PHILIPPINES   


PBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
 Anthony JOHNSON
  Santa Lucia
  (197-G/F-79)
  Avg: 29.2
 1. Johnson, Santa L.29.2 
 2. Penny, Coca-Cola26.2 
 3. Monroe, Barako26.0 
 4. Simpson, Alaska25.9 
 5. Nealy, Rain or Shine23.5 
 6. David, Coca-Cola21.5 
 7. Freeman, San M.20.8 
 8. Brown, Derby A.20.1 
 9. Ambres, Ginebra20.0 
 10. Yap, Derby Ace L.19.6 
Rebounds Per Game
 Gabriel FREEMAN
  San Miguel
  (198-F-85)
  Avg: 16.5
 1. Freeman, San M.16.5 
 2. Simpson, Alaska16.1 
 3. Ambres, Ginebra15.3 
 4. Brown, Derby A.14.8 
 5. Penny, Coca-Cola13.8 
 6. Daniels, Talk N.13.5 
 7. Johnson, Santa L.13.4 
 8. Lewis, Rain or Shine12.3 
 9. Nealy, Rain or Shine11.1 
 10. Taulava, Coca-Cola10.9 
Assists Per Game
 Jimmy ALAPAG
  Talk N Text
  (178-G-77)
  Avg: 7.5
 1. Alapag, Talk N Text7.5 
 2. Cabagnot, San M.6.4 
 3. Reyes, Santa Lucia4.6 
 4. Mercado, Rain o.4.6 
 5. Tenorio, Alaska4.6 
 6. Helterbrand, Gineb.4.3 
 7. Cortez, Air214.1 
 8. Nealy, Rain or Shine4.1 
 9. Monroe, Barako4.1 
 10. Yap, Derby Ace L.4.1 
Steals Per Game
 Shawn DANIELS
  Talk N Text
  (200-C-79)
  Avg: 2.1
 1. Daniels, Talk N.2.1 
 2. Baguio, Alaska1.8 
 3. Williams, Santa Lucia1.7 
 4. Reyes, Santa Lucia1.4 
 5. Simpson, Alaska1.4 
 6. Norwood, Rain o.1.4 
 7. Yap, Derby Ace L.1.3 
 8. Monroe, Barako1.3 
 9. Arboleda, Air211.2 
 10. Cortez, Air211.2 
Blocks Per Game
 James PENNY
  Coca-Cola
  (198-F-76)
  Avg: 2.3
 1. Penny, Coca-Cola2.3 
 2. Daniels, Talk N.2.1 
 3. Simpson, Alaska1.9 
 4. Monroe, Barako1.5 
 5. Johnson, Santa L.1.4 
 6. Freeman, San M.1.3 
 7. Santos, San Miguel1.0 
 8. Nealy, Rain or Shine1.0 
 9. Reyes, Barako1.0 
 10. Lewis, Rain or Shine0.9 


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  POLAND   


Lithuania U18 top Group A - by Eurobasket News
Poland U18-Lithuania U18 66:87

Lithuania became the leader of Group A as they rolled over Poland at the U18 European Championship. The hosts of the tournament improved to 2-0 record after 87:66 victory.
Lithuania easily took control of the game and won the opening quarter 27:12. Simanavicius opened the second period for 29:12 and Deividas Pukis (193-G/F-92) gave the hosts 31:16. Lithuania continued to dominate the court and Simanavicius made it 39:23, while Dovydas Redikas (193-G-92) posted three for 52:26. Skucas made two free throws to send the teams to the lockers at 56:30. Michal Sokolowski (195-G-92) started the third frame for Poland and Gielo nailed for 68:42. Mockevicius and Simanavicius brought the last points for the hosts in the third frame for 74:49. Poland meanwhile managed to win the last frame 17-13, but could reduce the gap only in the game. Grochowski made a jump shot for 87:66 as the teams finished their second game.
Jonas Valanciunas (210-C-92) top-scored for the winners with 16 points and 18 rebounds, while Deividas Pukis also scored 16. Dovydas Redikas followed them with 15
points in a win. Przemyslaw Karnowski (213-C-93) ended up with 13 in the losing effort as Poland tied their record at 1-1. Mateusz Ponitka (196-G-93) nailed 11, while Michal Sokolowski scored 10.

Poland U18: Przemyslaw Karnowski 13, Mateusz Ponitka 11, Michal Sokolowski 10
Lithuania U18: Jonas Valanciunas 16+18 rebs, Deividas Pukis 16, Dovydas Redikas 15


Sweden became the first Finalist of the U20 European Championship - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U20-Poland U20 79:69

Sweden became the first Finalist of the U20 European Championship and advanced to Division A for the next year. The Scandinavian team edged Poland U20 79:69.
Aleksander Czyz (201-F-90) gave Poland the first lead and later scored four points in a row for 12:8 advantage. Poland could not keep the lead at the end of the quarter as Andreas Person (188-G-91) brought Sweden 19:18. The score was tied four times in the second quarter as Sweden needed 4-0 run for the halftime advantage. Christoffer Ryan (196-G-90) and Pierre Hampton (198-F-91) gave Sweden 42:38 but again Poland tied it later in the third. Szymanski scored a three-pointer for 47:46, but Sweden went on a 6-0 run for 57:49. Four points separated the teams as they finished thirty minutes of the game. Sweden ended up with 18-12 in the last frame and Andreas Person sent the team to the Final making two free throws of the game.
Andreas Person led the way with 27 points to play in the Final. Christoffer Ryan notched 18, while Pierre Hampton scored 10. Aleksander Czyz finished the night with 24 points and 13 rebounds, while Jaroslaw Mokros (201-F-90) delivered 11.
Tomorrow Sweden will play with the winner of another Semifinal clash Austria-Bulgaria. Poland will face the loser of that game in the game for the third place.

Sweden U20: Andreas Person 27, Christoffer Ryan 18, Pierre Hampton 10
Poland U20: Aleksander Czyz 24+13 rebs, Jaroslaw Mokros 11



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  PORTUGAL   


Great Britain U20 edged Portugal U20 to hope for the 5th - by Eurobasket News
Great Britain U20-Portugal U20 91:66

Great Britain U20 will play for the 5th place at the U18 European Championship. Today the team overcame Portugal U20 at the Classification Games for 5th to 8th Places.
Great Britain U20 started with 22-14 in the opening quarter and enjoyed 44:29 at the halftime. Martin made two free throws for 55:39 and another lay-up plus two free throws from the player brought 59:41. Barroso scored for 61:46 and again Martin made it 63:46 at the end of the third period. Portugal scored the first six points in the last quarter and cut it to 63:52. Ovie Soko (203-F-91) answered for all the questions in the game as he brought 76:58 and another basket from him saw 20 points difference on the board. Diogo Correia (185-G-90) made the score 81:64, whilst May-Thompson brought 86:64. Martin made a dunk for 90:65 and Stannard gave the winners 91:66. As it became clear his shot was the last in the game as Great Britain U20 will play for the 5th place against Israel U20. The latter beat Belgium U20 at the Classification Games for 5th to 8th Places. Four players scored more than 20 points for the winners as they rolled over the opponent 100:93 in U20 European Championship.
Alex Marcotullio (191-G-91) led the way with 17 points, while Ovie Soko and William Neighbour (203-F-90) chipped in 15 apiece. Diogo Correia ended up with 13 point in defeat. Tiago Raimundo (194-G/F-90) netted 11, while Barroso scored 10.

Great Britain U20: Alex Marcotullio 17, Ovie Soko 15, William Neighbour 15
Portugal U20: Diogo Correia 13, Tiago Raimundo 11, Barroso 10


Potugal lose with Jordan - by Hugo Carvalho
At the opening of the International Tournament in Lisbon Portugal lost against Jordan by 9 points (55-64). First period: 13-14 / Second period: 25-29 / Third period: 36-44 / Fourth period: 55-64. Jordan coached by portuguese Mario Palma was not as strong as expected but who has a ZAIDI ABBA has everything! He is a great player who makes all the difference. This is a cerebral player who runs to the letter whatever the coach asks. Portugal is much better now and is making progress. Defensively the portuguese team is stronger and more united. Offensively Portugal reveals some dependence of Evans and has problems in nearby areas of the basket. Good luck Portugal.

Portuguese U18 National Team 2010 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
#s#
Daniel Coelho
Coelho
Sergio Santos
Santos
Eduardo Guimaraes
Guimaraes
Rafael Wildner
Wildner
Daniel Margarido
Margarido
#e#5
4 Daniel Coelho 181-G-92
5 Sergio Santos 196-F-92
6 Hugo Correia Sota 199-F-93
7 Miguel Cardoso 182-G-93
8 Bruno Cunha 195-G/F-92
9 Jonah Callenbach 192-F-93
10 Joao Alvaro 187-G-93
11 Eduardo Guimaraes 185-G-92
12 Rafael Wildner 204-F/C-92
13 Artur Castela 200-C-93
14 Daniel Margarido 192-C-92
15 Filipe Teixeira 199-F-93



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  PUERTO RICO   


Carlos Arroyo officially re-signs with Miami Heat - by Eurobasket News
Carlos Arroyo's (6'2''-G-79, college: Florida Intern.) efficient play, especially his good work as a late-season starter, has earned him a second season with the Heat. His return, long expected, was made official Thursday when the team formally announced he is now the 13th Heat player under contract.

``By re-signing Carlos, we feel we have accomplished another big step in adding to this team,'' Heat president Pat Riley said. ``Carlos showed last season that he was one of the most competitive and efficient point guards in the NBA and we are happy to have him back.''

Arroyo started 35 games last season -- including the final 21 of the regular season and all five playoff games -- and averaged 6.1 points, 3.1 assists and 22.0 minutes in 72 appearances.

He shot a career-high 47.5 percent from the field and 84.4 percent from the free throw line and finished second to New Orleans' Chris Paul in assist-to-turnover ratio, at 4.17 to 1.

Arroyo, who signed for the $1 million veteran's minimum, has appeared in 505 career games, including 148 starts, over eight seasons with the Nuggets, Raptors, Jazz, Pistons, Magic and Heat. Arroyo, who attended Florida International University, turns 31 on July 30.

Heat guard Dwyane Wade said this week that the starting point guard position is ``Mario Chalmers' job to lose,'' but Arroyo will challenge him.

The Heat can invite as many as 20 players to camp but can keep no more than 15. The final two roster spots likely will go to perimeter players. Free agent perimeter players still available include Jason Williams, Mike James, Anthony Johnson, Marcus Williams, Eddie House, Jerry Stackhouse, Larry Hughes and Michael Finley, among others.


Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com


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  ROMANIA   


Georgia knock down Romania in Gussing - by Eurobasket News
Georgia U20 - Romania U20 97:70

Georgia posted the fourth straight win at the U20 European Championship in Division B. They marched past Romania for 3-0 record in Group G. Romania in the meantime slipped at 2-2 record in the ladder.
Romania grabbed an 11:5 lead midway through the opening quarter. They stayed in charge and finished the starting frame up by 3 points 17:14. Adrian Gutoaia (195-C-90) opened the second quarter with back-to-back triples giving Romania a 23:14 lead. Adrian Gutoaia soon added another treble to ensure a 10-point lead for Valentin Pogonaru team. But Georgia responded in style as they went on a massive 17:2 rally to jump into a 40:35 advantage at the interval. Givi Bakradze (185-G-91) and Beqa Chikviladze (195-G-91) drained consecutive three-pointers to build a 48:35 advantage for Georgia early in the third stanza. Georgia maintained the lead well enough and entered the fourth period up by 19 points 67:48. Georgia tipped off the final quarter with 16 points in a row and never looked back en route to the victory.
Beqa Chikviladze and Akaki Dvalishvili (206-C-91) nailed 15 points each for Georgia. Givi Bakradze and Giorgi Sharabidze (208-C-90) added 13 points apiece in the winning effort. Adrian Gutoaia answered with 22 points for Romania. Bogdan Tibirna (208-C-91) contributed 15 points in the loss.

Georgia U20: Beqa Chikviladze 15, Akaki Dvalishvili 15, Givi Bakradze 13, Giorgi Sharabidze 13
Romania U20: Adrian Gutoaia 22, Bogdan Tibirna 15



Romanian U18 National Team 2010 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
#s#
Catalin Petrisor
Petrisor
Andrei Petica
Petica
Octavian Crainic
Crainic
Aurelian Toth
Toth
Iosif Parlog
Parlog
#e#5
4 Catalin Petrisor 182-G-92 Timisoara Romania
5 Norbert Pascu 192-F-92 Mures Romania
6 Andrei Petica 192-F-93 Ph. Galati Romania
7 Ovidiu Mogosanu 185-G-92 Timba Timis. Romania
8 Emil Stavarache 191-G/F-92
9 Horia Cristiean 183-G-93 Ph. Galati Romania
10 Octavian Crainic 201-F/C-92
11 Aurelian Toth 210-C-92
12 Alexandru Olah 209-C-93 CSS Targov. Romania
13 Cornel Cioacata 197-F-92
14 Ioan Filip 199-F-93
15 Iosif Parlog 194-F-92



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  RUSSIA   


Nizhny Novgorod inks Pavel Podkolzin - by Eurobasket News
Nizhny Novgorod continues with signings this summer. Their latest addition is Pavel Podkolzin (226-C-85), who inked a two-year deal. The player returns to Russian top division after two years in B Superleague. He was a member of Lokomotiv Novosybirsk since 2007. Last season, he averaged 12.1 points and 5.3 rebounds in 43 games. Before Lokomotiv Novosybirsk, Pavel Podkolzin spent one year with Khimky Moscow. In the past he also played for the NBDL team Fort Worth Flyers and Metis Varese. He was under the contract with Dallas Mavericas from 2004 to 2006, but appeared just few times in the NBA.

Russia beat Bulgaria to open Day 2 in Vilnius - by Eurobasket News
Russia U18-Bulgaria U18 88:57

Russia bounced back after two-overtime thriller loss from Turkey in the opener and beat Bulgaria in Day 2 of the U18 European Championship. An easy start led to 88:57 total win over the opponents.
Gleb Goldyrev (200-F-93) opened the game from the perimeter and he also brought 7:2 in the game. After 7:5 on the board Russia finished the first quarter with 20-0 run to take 27:7 advantage. Moreover the run continued until 29:5 when Bekkiev made a jump shot. Bulgaria had difficulties coming back into the game as Aleks Simeonov (195-C-93) reduced to 33:19. Dafinov sent the squads to the lockers for 41:23 after two periods. Ivanov scored five in a row for his team to give 48:33 on the board. Aleks Simeonov remained the difference at 56:41, while Karasev closed Russian 7-0 run at the end of the third period for 63:41. The game was done for the winners, while they added another 25-16 in the last stanza for the bigger lead. Kulagin was the last to score for Russia, whilst Aleks Simeonov made the final score in the game.
Gleb Goldyrev stepped up with 13 points for the winners as Russia improved to 1-1 record. Vladislav Trushkin (200-F-93) and Artem Pisarchuk (205-C-92, agency: RIZO) followed him with 11 points apiece. Aleks Simeonov and Ivanov netted 14 each, while Georgi Funtarov (195-F-93) scored 10 in defeat.

Russia U18: Gleb Goldyrev 13, Vladislav Trushkin 11, Artem Pisarchuk 11
Bulgaria U18: Aleks Simeonov 14, Ivanov 14, Georgi Funtarov 10



Khimky grabs Thomas Kelati on a two-year deal - by Eurobasket News
Khimky announced signing of Thomas Kelati (195-G/F-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Washington St.) on a two-year deal. The American/Polish scoring guard is coming to Russia from the Spanish Power Electronics Valencia. He helped them to win the EuroCup last season with 8.3 ppg, 3 rpg and 1.7 apg for 15 games. Kelati also appeared 31 times in ACB averaging 8.8 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists.
Season 2008/09 Thomas Kelati spent with Unicaja Malaga. He appeared 16 times in Euroleague averaging 11.8 points and 1.9 rebounds. In the Spanish league, Kelati added 10.3 ppg, 1.7 rpg and 1.5 apg for 37 games. From 2006 to 2008 he was a member of BOT Turow Zgorzelez. They reached ULEB Cup Quarterfinals in 2008, where Kelati helped them with 14.8 ppg and 3.2 rpg for 15 games. In 2007, he was named Eurobasket.com All-Polish League Player of the Year. Before Turow, Kelati also played for Dexia Mons-Hainaut. Last summer he spent some time with the Los Angeles Lakers. Many teams showed serious interest in Thomas Kelati recently. Unicaja and Olympiakos were on of them.


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  SCOTLAND   


Bosnia and Herzegovina open win count in Israel - by Eurobasket News
Bosnia and Herzegovina U18 - Scotland U18 83:67
Bosnia and Herzegovina posted the initial win at the U18 European Championship in Division B. They knocked down Scotland today to improve at 1-1 record in Pool B. Scotland slipped at 0-1 record. Mirza Bulic (204-F-92) knocked down 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to pace the winners.
The lead changed hands throughout close first quarter. Mirza Bulic capped it with a three-pointer as Bosnia and Herzegovina ensured a 12:11 lead. Bosnia and Herzegovina tipped off the second term with ten points in a row. Bunyan dragged Scotland within just two points late in the half but Mirza Bulic capped it with a jumper and Bosnia and Herzegovina went into the dressing room up by 4 points 36:32. Ernad Mujic (208-C-92) opened the third term with four points in a row to boost the margin. Scotland tried to stay close but Ernad Mujic, Miletic and Mirza Bulic helped Bosnia and Herzegovina to a 14-point buffer late in the quarter. Scotland could not get closer than 10 points in the reminder of the contest and had to surrender at the end.
Ernad Mujic delivered 18 points and 7 rebounds for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Dino Begagic (193-G-92) added 17 points in the victory. Lee Reilly (182-G-92) responded with 18 points for Scotland. Alasdair Fraser (201-C-92) finished with 16 points and 9 rebounds in the loss.

Bosnia and Herzegovina U18: Mirza Bulic 27+12 boards, Ernad Mujic 18, Dino Begagic 17
Scotland U18: Lee Reilly 18, Alasdair Fraser 16



Scottish U18 National Team 2010 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
#s#
Fraser Glass
Glass
Lee Reilly
Reilly
Jonathan Bunyan
Bunyan
Grant Mackay
Mackay
Alasdair Fraser
Fraser
#e#5
4 Fraser Glass 190-G-92 St.Mirren Scotland
5 Lee Reilly 182-G-92 Edinburgh K. Scotland
6 Dale Grieve 190-G-92
7 Kyle Haldane 185-G-92
8 Bryan Munnoch 180-F-92 C.Eriksson F. Scotland
9 Jonathan Bunyan 182-G-92
10 Benjamin Warrington 193-G-92
11 David Anderson 193-F-92
12 Niall Mackle 191-F-93 Edinburgh K. Scotland
13 Cameron Buchan 206-C-92 C.Eriksson F. Scotland
14 Grant Mackay 195-F-94
15 Alasdair Fraser 201-C-92



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  SEBL   


Standings
SEBL Standings
North Div.
 1. Marietta O. 4-0 
 2. RGS 2-2 
 3. BC Howren-1 1-3 
 4. Cartersville W. 1-3 
South Div.
 1. Tri-County 5-1 
 2. BC Lakers 4-1 
 3. Norcross Angels 4-1 
 4. Black Monop. 4-2 
 5. D.O.T.S. 2-3 
 6. Reep 3 2-4 
 7. Metro Stars 1-4 
 8. Crusaders 0-6 


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  SENEGAL   


Senegalese National Team 2010 - by Abdul
#s#
Xane D
D'Almeida
Mohamadou Diop
Diop
Mouhammad Faye
Faye
Maguette Ndione
Ndione
Maleye NDoye
NDoye
#e#5
Xane D'Almeida 183-G-83 Dijon France
Thierno Ibrahima 175-G-90 Bridgston Senegal
Ibrahima Sory Traore US Goree Senegal
Mamadou Ndoye UGB Senegal
Mohamadou Diop 210-C-87 Huelva Spain
Mouhammad Faye 206-F-85 SMU USA
Maguette Ndione 196-G/F-84 JA Dakar Senegal
Maleye NDoye 203-F-80 Le Mans France
Moustapha Niang 206-F-83 MGS Switzerland
Gorgui Dieng 208-C Louisville USA
Abdoulaye N'Diaye 210-C/F-84 Le Portel France
Mouhamed Sene 213-C-86 Charleroi Belgium
Boubacar Coly 206-F-83 Hamamatsu P. Japan
Pape Faye 194-G-87 UGB Senegal
Pape Badji DUC Dakar Senegal
Ababacar Faye Sibac Dakar Senegal



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  SERBIA   


Greece became the leader of Group D in Lithuania - by Eurobasket News
Greece U18-Serbia U18 59:57

Greece became the leader of Group D in Lithuania as the team handed Serbia their first loss. The defending champions lost their first game and dropped at 1-1 after 57:59 loss.
Serbia easily went on a 6-0 run and played really well in defense. Djordje Drenovac (197-F-92, agency: Interperformances) scored last two in the opening quarter for 14:9. Marko Gujanicic (200-F-92) brought 18:14, while Dumic delivered for 27:21. Djordje Drenovac closed the first half with a jump shot sending the teams to the lockers for 31:24. The second half as well as the third quarter belonged to Greece and Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos (205-F-92) tied the game at 33:33. Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos was the last to score in the period, while Serbia managed to keep 45:42 advantage. Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos again tied it at 50:50, while another shot from the Greek player saw 55:55 on the board. Marko Gujanicic gave Serbia the last lead at 57:55, but Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos made 57:57. Mavrogiannis was perfect from free throw line to give Greece 59:57 with 2.35 in the game. As it became clear those points were the last in the game as both teams remained scoreless in the end.
Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos paced all the winners with 25 points and 8 rebounds. Anastasios Antonakis (204-C/F-92) nailed 10, while Spyridon Motsenigos (194-G/F-92) scored 9. Marko Gujanicic delivered 17 in the losing effort and Djordje Drenovac added 9.

Greece U18: Linos-Spyridon Chrysikopoulos 25+8 rebs, Anastasios Antonakis 10, Spyridon Motsenigos 9
Serbia U18: Marko Gujanicic 17, Djordje Drenovac 9



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  SLOVAKIA   


Finland defeat Slovak Republic for 1-1 record in Israel - by Eurobasket News
Finland U18 - Slovak Republic U18 63:47
Finland recorded the first win at the U18 European Championship in Division B. They fired past Slovak Republic for 1-1 record in preliminary Group A. Slovak Republic in the meantime fell at 0-1.
Slovak Republic opened the game with four points in a row. But Finland 10:0 run midway through the first frame to take a 14:7 lead. The Finnish team wrapped up the opening quarter up by 6 points 16:10. Markus Molenius (203-F-92) and Osku Heinonen (194-F/G-92) fired back-t0-back three-pointers to give Finland a 29:17 lead midway through the second stanza. They boosted the margin to as many as 16 points at halftime 36:20. Slovak Republic managed to get within five points in the third quarter. But Markus Molenius and Osku Heinonen kept on delivering points to keep the Finnish team in charge. Osku Heinonen fired from beyond the arc to ensure a 59:47 advantage for Finland with 54 seconds remaining and they never looked back en route to the win.
Markus Molenius finished with 18 points for Finland. Daniel Dolenc (204-C-93) produced 12 points and 18 rebounds for the winners. Jiri Kysela (191-G-90) had 13 points for Slovak Republic. Norbert Timko (210-C/F-92) accounted for 10 points and 6 rebounds in the loss.

Finland U18: Markus Molenius 18, Daniel Dolenc 12+18 boards, Osku Heinonen 10, Villematti Kopio (182-G-92) 10
Slovak Republic U18: Jiri Kysela 13, Norbert Timko 10



Slovakian U18 National Team 2010 - by Eurobasket
Starting five
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Filip Chocholak
Chocholak
Michal Seminsky
Seminsky
Andrej Slavik
Slavik
Matej Hatrik
Hatrik
Marian Kysela
Kysela
#e#5
4 David Flaska 200-F-93 Nitra Slovakia
5 Viktor Timko 195-F-92
6 Jozef Oravec 185-G-92
7 Filip Chocholak 205-C-92
8 Michal Seminsky 190-G-92
9 Julius Antal 92
10 Maurizio Galata 197-F-92
11 Boris Bojanovsky 215-C-93
12 Tomas Suska 192-F-92
13 Andrej Slavik 198-F-92
14 Matej Hatrik 183-G-92
15 Marian Kysela 185-G-92



Finland U20 edged Slovak Republic U20 in Gussing - by Eurobasket News
Finland U20-Slovak Republic U20 89:61

Finland U20 edged Slovak Republic U20 89:61 in the Classification Games for 9th to 12th Places. The team from Scandinavia will play tomorrow for the higher place at the U20 European Championship.
Roope Ahonen (186-G-90) made the jump shot in the beginning of the game, while Salin posted two for 9:4. Matti Nuutinen (200-F-90) closed 6-0 run for the Finnish side and Kozar was the last to score at the end of the first period. Slovak Republic U20 started the second frame better and Tomas Mrvis (195-F-91) reduced to 27:26. Finland however used a 13-0 run and later Matti Nuutinen scored for 44:28. Niemi made a lay-up at the end of the first half as Finland made a lay-up for 48:31. Slovak Republic won the third period 23-22 and later cut it a bit entering the last stanza.
The score was 75:59 with 4 minutes in the game, while Finland made the last push. Matti Nuutinen scored two three-pointers and Salin scored for 83:59. Zidzik reduced to 85:61, whilst Antto Nikkarinen (185-G-91) increased with his team to 89:61.
Matti Nuutinen paced all the winners with 22 points as Finland will play for the 9th place in their last game. Antto Nikkarinen notched 17 and Roope Ahonen posted 13. Tomas Mrvis ended up with 23 points in the losing effort and Marek Jass (194-G-90) added 10.

Finland U20: Matti Nuutinen 22, Antto Nikkarinen 17, Roope Ahonen 13
Slovak Republic U20: Tomas Mrvis 23, Marek Jass 10


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Ukraine and Slovenia battle for the initial victory in Day 2 - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine U18-Slovenia U18 59:79

Ukraine and Slovenia battle for the initial victory at the U18 European Championship as the latter improved to 1-1 in Group A. Slovenia edged Ukrainian side 79:59 to send them to 0-2.
Slovenia scored the first 8 points in the game, while could not hold the lead. Olexiy Len (210-C-93) tied it at 10:10, while Marchenko gave Ukraine 14:13 advantage. Vasl scored from the perimeter for 21:19 after the first 10 minutes in the game. The score was tied three times in the second frame, while Slovenia managed to take 3-point deficit at the halftime. Prepelic and Besedic nailed three each for 36:33 halftime advantage. From that point Slovenia never looked behind after. They increased to 57:46 as Matej Rojc (198-G-93) closed the third frame. Rupnik delivered two for 61:48 and Prepelic posted three for 68:50. Matej Rojc made two successful lay-ups at the very end to seal the first victory for Slovenia.
Marko Pajic (204-F-92) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Matej Rojc netted 12, while Jan Span (189-G-92) scored 11. Olexiy Len responded with 21 points and 12 rebounds in defeat and Klym Artamonov (176-G-93) notched 13.

Ukraine U18: Olexiy Len 21+12 rebs, Klym Artamonov 13
Slovenia U18: Marko Pajic 14+12 rebs, Matej Rojc 12, Jan Span 11


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Daegu Orions sign Otis George - by Eurobasket News
Daegu Orions announced signing of Otis George (205-C-82, agency: Beo Basket, college: Louisville) for the next KBL season. The Dominican big guy is coming to South Korea from the Italian outfit Umana Reyer Venezia, where he played most recently. He appeared 22 times in LegaDue 2008/09 season collecting 12.5 ppg, 8.1 rpg and 2 spg.
Otis George played in Italy since 2006, when he parted ways with the NBDL team Tulsa 66ers. His first job in Europe came with Junior Casale Monferrato, where George stayed two years. In his first season with the club he had 10.1 ppg and 8.7 rpg for 35 LegaDue games. Next year his numbers jumped to 15.2 ppg, 11 rpg and 2.9 spg. He was the leading scorer of LegaDue championship. In 2008, he was named 'Eurobasket.com All-Italian Lega2 Defensive Player of the Year'.
Otis George is a product of the University of Louisville. He graduated there in 2005. In his senior season George had 5.5 ppg and 4.9 rpg for 26 games. They reached the NCAA Tournament Final Four in 2005.
Daegu Orions finished last season as the last ranked team in KBL. It is clear they are looking to improve for 2010/11.


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Cajasol extends Earl Calloway - by Eurobasket News
Cajasol kept getting ready for its Eurocup debut by reaching a new agreement with playmaker Earl Calloway (191-G-83, college: Indiana) until the end of the 2011-12 season, the club informed Friday. The 26-year old American arrived to Cajasol last summer from Cibona Zagreb. He played 36 games in ACB registering 9.4 ppg, 2.3 rpg and 4.2 apg. Calloway ended the championship as the fifth best assistant. Cajasol made a great result by reaching the ACB Playoffs and a spot for EuroCup 2010/11 season.
Earl Calloway was one of the leading players in Cibona Zagreb on season 2008/09. He appeared 16 times in Euroleague averaging 12.7 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists. In Adriatic league, he added 11.1 ppg, 3.2 rpg and 3.2 apg. Cibona won the double in Croatia (Championship Title and National Cup). Season 2007/08 he spent with the NBDL team Fort Wayne Mad Ants. Callaoway graduated at the University of Indiana in 2007.
Recently, Earl Calloway received a Bulgarian citizenship. He will play for their National Team in the future.


Spain U18 too much to handle for Sweden U18 - by Eurobasket News
Spain U18-Sweden U18 95:57

Spain smashed Sweden 95:57 in the last game of the second day at the U18 European Championship. The Spanish side improved to 2-0 record sharing the top with Latvian team and will face them tomorrow for the top place in the group.
Viktor Gaddefors (200-F-92) brought Sweden the first lead and Sebastian Norman (206-C-92) gave Scandinavian team 9:4. Ventura tied the score at 11:11 and Spain never looked behind after that. Fernandez made a jump shot to close the first period at 24:16 and then Spain kept Swedish side scoreless for about three minutes. Fernandez scored for 36:18, while Barrera added two for 44:24. Diaz nailed three to send the teams to the lockers for 50:27. The third quarter was another proof for Spain in the court. They easily reached 60:33 as Miguel Servera (199-G-92) and later Jordi Mas (211-C-92) scored from the free throw line. Miguel Servera again scored last two in the end of the quarter for 77:42 as it became clear at that time in Spanish dominance. With 18-15 Spain won the last quarter and celebrated the second straight win.
Miguel Servera paced all the winners with 17 points. Tomas nailed 16, while Jordi Mas scored 13. Sebastian Norman ended up with 12 points in the losing effort and Viktor Gaddefors notched 8.

Spain U18: Miguel Servera 17, Tomas 16, Jordi Mas 13
Sweden U18: Sebastian Norman 12, Viktor Gaddefors 8



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Spain U18 too much to handle for Sweden U18 - by Eurobasket News
Spain U18-Sweden U18 95:57

Spain smashed Sweden 95:57 in the last game of the second day at the U18 European Championship. The Spanish side improved to 2-0 record sharing the top with Latvian team and will face them tomorrow for the top place in the group.
Viktor Gaddefors (200-F-92) brought Sweden the first lead and Sebastian Norman (206-C-92) gave Scandinavian team 9:4. Ventura tied the score at 11:11 and Spain never looked behind after that. Fernandez made a jump shot to close the first period at 24:16 and then Spain kept Swedish side scoreless for about three minutes. Fernandez scored for 36:18, while Barrera added two for 44:24. Diaz nailed three to send the teams to the lockers for 50:27. The third quarter was another proof for Spain in the court. They easily reached 60:33 as Miguel Servera (199-G-92) and later Jordi Mas (211-C-92) scored from the free throw line. Miguel Servera again scored last two in the end of the quarter for 77:42 as it became clear at that time in Spanish dominance. With 18-15 Spain won the last quarter and celebrated the second straight win.
Miguel Servera paced all the winners with 17 points. Tomas nailed 16, while Jordi Mas scored 13. Sebastian Norman ended up with 12 points in the losing effort and Viktor Gaddefors notched 8.

Spain U18: Miguel Servera 17, Tomas 16, Jordi Mas 13
Sweden U18: Sebastian Norman 12, Viktor Gaddefors 8



Sweden became the first Finalist of the U20 European Championship - by Eurobasket News
Sweden U20-Poland U20 79:69

Sweden became the first Finalist of the U20 European Championship and advanced to Division A for the next year. The Scandinavian team edged Poland U20 79:69.
Aleksander Czyz (201-F-90) gave Poland the first lead and later scored four points in a row for 12:8 advantage. Poland could not keep the lead at the end of the quarter as Andreas Person (188-G-91) brought Sweden 19:18. The score was tied four times in the second quarter as Sweden needed 4-0 run for the halftime advantage. Christoffer Ryan (196-G-90) and Pierre Hampton (198-F-91) gave Sweden 42:38 but again Poland tied it later in the third. Szymanski scored a three-pointer for 47:46, but Sweden went on a 6-0 run for 57:49. Four points separated the teams as they finished thirty minutes of the game. Sweden ended up with 18-12 in the last frame and Andreas Person sent the team to the Final making two free throws of the game.
Andreas Person led the way with 27 points to play in the Final. Christoffer Ryan notched 18, while Pierre Hampton scored 10. Aleksander Czyz finished the night with 24 points and 13 rebounds, while Jaroslaw Mokros (201-F-90) delivered 11.
Tomorrow Sweden will play with the winner of another Semifinal clash Austria-Bulgaria. Poland will face the loser of that game in the game for the third place.

Sweden U20: Andreas Person 27, Christoffer Ryan 18, Pierre Hampton 10
Poland U20: Aleksander Czyz 24+13 rebs, Jaroslaw Mokros 11



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Switzerland post first win in Austria - by Eurobasket News
Switzerland U20 - Belarus U20 73:62
Switzerland finally broke the winning draught and registered the first win at the U20 European Championship in Division B. They fired past Belarus in classification round Group G. Switzerland thus caught up with Belarus at 1-3 record in the ladder. Christophe Varidel (185-G-89) notched 24 points to lead the effort.
Switzerland set the tone early as they won the opening frame 13:11. Belarus however went on a 7:0 run early in the second frame to steal the lead. But a couple of three-pointers from Christophe Varidel allowed Switzerland accumulate a 28:18 advantage midway through the second quarter. The Swiss team posted a 38:24 lead at halftime. Switzerland were able to keep their opponents at distance throughout the third frame. Roland Lenggenhager team entered the final period up by 9 points 52:43. Christophe Varidel and Albrecth kept Switzerland ahead but Belarus still managed to get within four points with under two minutes to go. Gardner Louissaint (196-F-91) stepped up with five points in the dying seconds to seal the win for Switzerland.
Roman Albrecht (208-C-90) knocked down 16 points and collected 9 rebounds for Switzerland. Gardner Louissaint and Florian Steinmann (197-F-91) netted 7 points each in the victory. Viktar Ausepian (205-F-91) replied with 13 points and 8 rebounds for Belarus. Valiantsin Ihnatchyk (192-G-91) finished with 12 points in the loss.

Switzerland U20: Christophe Varidel 24, Roman Albrecht 16, Gardner Louissaint 7, Florian Steinmann 7
Belarus U20: Viktar Ausepian 13, Valiantsin Ihnatchyk 12



Netherlands prevail against Switzerland - by Eurobasket News
Netherlands U18 - Switzerland U18 63:57

Netherlands defeated Switzerland in the second round of action at U18 European Championship in Division B. The victory propelled the Dutch team to 2-0 record in Group A. Sam De Haas (192-G/F-92) notched 16 points and 5 assists to pace Netherlands. Switzerland slipped at 0-2 record after the defeat.
Sam de Haas ignited an 8:0 run from Netherlands midway through the opening frame as they grabbed a 14:6 lead. The Dutch team finished the starting quarter up by 10 points 21:11. Brian Savoy (191-G-92) and Zivanovic dragged Switzerland within one point midway through the second term. However Netherlands crowned the half with a 6:2 rally and posted a 36:31 lead. Filipan allowed the Dutch to open a double-digit advantage in the third quarter 50:39. Mladjan and Taulant Murati (180-G-92) gave hope for Switzerland as they trimmed the deficit at just 4-point mark. But Sam De Haas exploded with si points in the final three minutes of regulation to win the game for Netherlands.
Benjamin Jegen (92) produced 10 points in the win. Sven Burger (193-G/F-92) added 9 points for the Dutch side. Brian Savoy responded with 14 points for Switzerland. Taulant Murati contributed 12 points in the loss.

Netherlands U18: Sam De Haas 16, Benjamin Jegen 10, Sven Burger 9
Switzerland U18: Brian Savoy 14, Taulant Murati 12



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Taiwan's 12-man roster for FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup set - by Chris Wang
Taiwan NT head coach Zhang Xuelei announced his 12-man roster for the upcoming FIBA Asia Stankovic Cup tournament with center Tseng Wen-ting back in the mix to boost up the thin frontline.

The tournament will be held in Lebanon from Aug. 7-15 as a qualification tourney for the 2011 Asian Championship, which incidentally will also take place in Lebanon.

It will be also important for Taiwan to participate in this tournament and finish in the top five, which will win seeds for five subzones under FIBA Asia. Since the East Asia zone is granted two seeds in the next Asian Championship, if Taiwan fails to finish in the top five, it will have to vie for the two East Asian seeds with China and Japan, who will not send their teams to Lebanon next month, in the next East Asian Basketball Championship that also serves as a qualifying tournament.

Zhang will welcome back Tseng Wen-ting, who has been in the U.S. for individual training, after Taiwan NTs miserable 2-4 record and the 5th-place finish in the 2010 Jones Cup. Entering the Jones Cup without a true center, Taiwan NT was outmatched in the paint defensively and could only rely on their perimeter game.

The addition of Tseng may not be probably enough though as most of Taiwans core players are still under rehab of their injuries. Tien Lei, Wu Tai-hao and Lin Chih-chieh will once again skip the Stankovic Cup. The health of Chen Hsin-an, who is now playing for Chinas Dongguan, is also unclear. Chen was not selected to the national team partially because he did not play in Taiwan at all last year.

Po., Name, Ht., Age
G Lee Hsueh-lin, Yulon, 175cm, 26
G Chen Shih-nian, Taiwan Beer, 180cm, 26
G Yang Ching-min, TB, 188cm, 25
G Hong Chih-shan, Pure Youth, 176cm, 24
G Chen Shun-hsiang, BOT, 190cm, 25
G Jet Chang, BYU Hawaii, 190cm, 21
F Chien Chia-hong, Pure Youth, 196cm, 22
F James Mao, Pure Youth, 196cm, 27
F Lu Cheng-ju, Yulon, 192cm, 23
F Cheng jen-wei, KKL, 194cm, 23
F Chen Tse-wei, Dacin, 200cm, 24
C Tseng Wen-ting, Yulon, 204cm, 26

Head Coach: Zhang Xuelei
Assistants: Chiu Tsun-chih, Chiu Chi-yi

Cross-Strait tournament
The fifth edition of a cross-Taiwan Strait tournament will be held in Taiwan in the end of the month with four teams participating, local media reported. The four teams are: Taiwan Beer, Fujian SBS Xunxin from Chinese League CBA, Hong Kong champion Nam Wah and Macau Fukien basketball team. The tourney will be played at Taipei Municiple Arena and National Yilan University Stadium.


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Tunisian National Team 2010 - by Eurobasket
#s#
Abdulai Jalloh
Jalloh*
Amine Rzig
Rzig
Naim Dhifallah
Dhifallah
Atef Maoua
Maoua
Bachir Hdidane
Hdidane
#e#5
Amine Rzig 199-G-80 Stade Nabeulien Tunisia
Marouana Kechrid 178-G-81 ASE Morocco
Naim Dhifallah 196-G-82 C Africain Tunisia
Atef Maoua 198-G/F-81 Huelva Spain
Bachir Hdidane 201-C-84 Stade Nabeulien Tunisia
Mohamed Hdidane 205-F-86 Stade Nabeulien Tunisia
Anis Hdidane 195-G-86 Stade Nabeulien Tunisia
Nizar Knioua 189-G-83 Stade Nabeulien Tunisia
Hamdi Braa 208-F/C-86 ES Sahel Tunisia
Salah Mejri 214-C-86 ES Sahel Tunisia
Makram Ben Romdhane 198-F-89 ES Sahel Tunisia
Zied Toumi 186-G-85 ES Sahel Tunisia
Mokhtar Ghyaza 204-C-86 ES Rades Tunisia
Marwane Lahmar 188-G-82 C Africain Tunisia
Marwane Laghnej 190-G-86 JS Kairouan Tunisia
Fabien Daure 175-G-86 Besancon France
Ziyed Chennoufi 202-F-88 EnBW L'burg Germany
Abdulai Jalloh* 188-G-86 Springfield A. USA

Pekka Salminen Head Coach Kataja Finland

* not sure as he was also reported to be in the roster of ...Ivory Coast national team camp



National Team travels to Dallas - by Carlos Pereira
The placement of Calais (France) ended on Monday and the four key games

Tunisia - England 77-52 (Calais)
Tunisia-Finland 68-92 (Calais)
Tunisia - Ivory Coast 67-63 (Dunkirk)
Belgium - Tunisia 58-61 (Ostend / Belgium).

The 20 / 7 / 2010, the selection came to Dallas for a training week in the program six meetings with university teams.
The whole delegation is in good health.

Initial roster
Amine Rezig (Talaa Jaiech, Egypte), Marouene Kechrid (Amel Sportif Esaouira, Maroc), Naim Dhaifallah (Misr Insurance, Egypte), Atef Maoua (Huelva la Luzhelva Espagne), Bechir Hadidane, Mohamed Hadidane, Anis Hadidane et Nizar Kenioua (S.Nabeulien), Hamdi Braa, Salah Mejri, Makrem Ben Romdhane et Zied Toumi (ES Sahel), Mokhtar Ghayaza (ES Rades), Marouane Lahmar (C.Africain), Marouane Laghnej (JS Kairouan), Fabien Laure (Sorgues Basket-ball Club, France), Zied Chanoufi (ENBW LUDWIGSBURG, BBL 1 League, Allemagne) et Abdallah Jalloh (NBA D League, Usa).


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Antalya signs Baris Hersek - by Eurobasket News
Antalya has announced another signing for the next season. Their latest addition to the roster is Baris Hersek (204-F/C-88). The 22-year-old forward arrives to Antalya from Banvit, where he spent last season. For 33 TBL games he had 3.2 ppg and 2.4 rpg. In EuroChallenge his numbers slightly increased to 4.5 ppg and 2.5 rpg. Season 2008/09 Hersek played for Darussafaka averaging 8.1 ppg and 5 rpg. He grew up with Efes Pilsen. Baris Hersek was a member of the Turkish National Team at the latest EuroBasket in Poland.

Gentile pulled Italy over the Turkish side - by Eurobasket News
Italy U18-Turkey U18 99:74

Alessandro Gentile (198-G/F-92) pulled Italy over the Turkish side in the last game of Day 3 at the U18 European Championship. Italy won 99:74 to take 2-0 record on top of Group C, while Turkey tied their record at 1-1.
Both teams exchanged the leads several times in the first period, while Italy took 21:16 in the opening quarter. Marco Ceron (192-G-92) increased the lead to 38:28 and Alessandro Gentile made it 46:32. Moreover Alessandro Gentile closed the half from the perimeter for 49:34. Turkey was too far to give up and responded with 21-16 int he third quarter. Alessandro Gentile remained Italy in front at 65:55 after 30 minutes. Matteo Chillo (202-F/C-93) scored for 72:57 in the start of the last frame and Italy held off the opponents. Tekin made the score 79:61 making both free throws in the fourth period. Alessandro Gentile scored his 25th points and another three-pointer gave Italy 84:63. Tekin responded for 86:67 and Ozen nailed two for 86:69. Marco Ceron later scored a three-pointer for 92:72, while Sabbation increased the lead to 94:72. Corrieri and Monaldi brought the last points for the total success.
Alessandro Gentile erupted with 31 points for the winners to remain undefeated. Marco Ceron nailed 24, while Matteo Chillo posted 12. Ugur Dokuyan (197-F-93) ended up with 15 points and Can Korkmaz (187-G-92) scored 11 in defeat. Samet Geyik (206-F-93) and Muhammed Senli (200-F-92) produced 10 points in the losing effort.

Italy U18: Alessandro Gentile 31, Marco Ceron 24, Matteo Chillo 12
Turkey U18: Ugur Dokuyan 15, Can Korkmaz 11, Samet Geyik 10, Muhammed Senli 10



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  UBA   


Jermaine Barnes Signs with Al Ahli Jeddah - by UBA media
Al Ahli Jeddah basketball club has agreed to terms with American guard Jermaine Barnes (194-G/F-82, college: Atlanta Christian) with Low Country Sports Management (LSM). Barnes is the winner of the Mac Claire Trophy as the 2008-09 URBL Most Valuable Player, totaled 830 points, including 25 first place votes, from a panel of 30 coaches and owners throughout the URBL. Barnes finished the season ranked first in the league in scoring at 41.5 ppg, having shot .519 from the field, .840 from the free-throw line and .461 from three-point range. In addition, Barnes added 10.9 rebounds, 7.0 assists and 5.1 steals per game. 'Barnes is by far the best player to come through the URBL', said Mac Claire. The 6-5 guard led the Disciples to the best record in the URBL (17-3) and a URBL Championship. In 2008, Barnes led the Proline Kings to the All-Japan Championship (were Barnes posted his unforgettable 63 point game).

Gerard Devaughn (6'8''-C-87, college: Stillman)


URBL Stats Leaders
UBA Stats Leaders
Points Per Game
1. Hill, Team Japan 33.3
2. Webb, GIE 31.0
3. Barnes, GIE 26.6
4. Horton, Austin K. 18.0
5. Eichelberger, Aus 16.0
6. DeVaughn, SG 15.6
Rebounds Per Game
1. Hill, Team Japan 17.3
2. DeVaughn, SG 12.0
3. Shewmake, GIE 10.0
4. Eichelberger, Aus 9.0
5. Stroud, GIE 8.6
Assists Per Game
1. Horton, Austin K. 10.0
2. Williams, GIE 9.6
3. De La Cruz, SG 8.0
4. Okayama, Japan 6.1
5. Barnes, GIE 5.0
Steals Per Game
1. Williams, GIE 4.0
2. Horton, Austin K. 3.6
3. Britt, S.Generals 2.5
4. Fujimara, Japan 2.0
5. Barnes, GIE 2.0
Blocks Per Game
1. Moore, S.Generals 5.0
2. Hill, Team Japan 3.6
3. Terrell, GIE 2.0
4. Dodd, Team Japan 1.6
5. Woodyard, GIE 1.0
2FGP
1.Boyd, DFW .913
2.Fisher, Con .750
3.James, Irving .532
4.Cato, Con .500
5.Barnes, DFW .500
3FGP
1.Douglas, DFW 100
2.Harner, Con .700
3.James, Irving .600
4.Tranquier, Texas .500
5.Barnes, DFW .495


GIE Morrow Disciples triumph in the UBA Playoff Classic - Webb Named MVP - by Griselle Martis
GIE Morrow Disciples triumph in UBA Playoff Classic as they prove themselves to be better than any other team of the Classic.
In the Final GIE Morrow Disciples overcame Southern Generals 95:88. The Disciples were led by the amazing play of Antonio Webb. Webb was the games top scorer with 31 points sinking six three pointers. Demetrice Williams (6'3''-G-80, college: South Alabama) nailed 16 points and dished out a game-high 11 assists. Gerard DeVaughn (6'8''-F/C-87, college: Stillman) responded with 17 points and 15 rebounds in defeat. Will De La Cruz added 15 points and 8 assists.
Antonio Webb was named UBA Finals Most Valuable Player. 'Antonio carried us, with Barnes numbers down we needed someone to step up and carry the team,' said head coach Michael Davis. Gerard DeVaughn and Jermaine Barnes were named UBA Playoff Classic Co-MVP.

GIE Morrow Disciples: Leaders:
Points: Antonio Webb 31, Demetrice Williams 16, Jermaine Barnes 15
Rebounds: Thomas Shewmake 10, Derrick Stroud 10, Jermaine Dailey 9
Assists: Demetrice Williams 11, Jermaine Barnes 6, Thomas Shewmake 4

Southern Generals: Leaders:
Points: Gerard DeVaughn 17, Will De La Cruz 15, Brandon Wright 15
Rebounds: Gerard DeVaughn 11, Carlos White 8, Chris Moore 8, Carlos White 8
Assists: Will De La Cruz 8, Jackie Britt 5, Carlos White 4



Could Antonio Webb Become the First UBA Player Drafted By An NBA D-League Team? - by Griselle Martis
Atlanta, July 23, 2010
GIE Morrow Disciples guard Antonio Webb (5'10''-G-84: Bethune-Cookman) was selected UBA Finals MVP after a breakout game verses the Southern Generals Sunday night. Webb scored a game high 31 points on (5-7) shooting from three point range. After Sundays game Webb decided to put his name out there for the 2010 NBA Development League Draft. He currently attend the D-League Draft Camp and impressed several teams. 'It's just a dream of mine to play on the highest level', says Webb. If Webb is drafted this fall he will become the first player in UBA history to be drafted by the D-League. The UBA is ahead of the curve among Minor league sending over 15 players overseas for professional contracts. 'We pride ourselves on sending our guys overseas. That's what Minor league basketball is all about', said D.J. Douglas, UBA Vice President. Antonio is a shining example of the UBA Leagues core mission to develop top prospects into overseas and NBA D-League players.

Webb has spent the last 4 season in Europe (Denmark, Romania and France) with his best season coming in 2008. In 28 games for Horsens IC, Webb averaged 18.5 points, 4.5 assists and 2.3 steals primarily as the teams scoring guard, scoring 20 or more points on 19 occasions, including during the deciding Playoff game of the Danish League Quarter Finals. During that game, Webb connected on five three-pointers in a three-minute span in the fourth quarter to solidify Horsens IC first Danish League Finals appearance.
Antonio would bring a tremendous amount of scoring ability and quickness to the NBA D-League, said GIE Morrow Disciples head coach Michael Davis. He really is instant energy and can fill up a stat sheet when he's in the game.

Prior to his professional success, Webb spent two season at Bethune-Cookman where he led the team in scoring and assists, averaging 17.0 points and dishing out 3.5 assists in 30 games. He also led the team in steals (1.8 steals per game) and three-point field goals made (89) while scoring 20 or more points 17 times during the season. For his efforts, Webb earned 1st Team MEAC accolades from the Associated Press and the leagues coaches. During his freshman and sophomore years, Webb played at Wallace, a junior college in Alabama, where he averaged 17.8 points and 5.8 assists in 60 games.

Quotes from the NBA D-League Scouts: Courtesy of Ron Bailey, Publisher
www.i95ballerz.com

Antonio Webb A Professional Point Guard:
Antonio Webb, 510, 180 pound point guard Webb was probably the most complete lead man in camp, running the show, shooting and driving. Defensively he needs to track his man better, but it is little doubt this local guy (Paul VI HS) and Beuthune-Cookman graduate, who played at Vendee Challans in France last year, with work on his left hand handle, could be a NBADL guy.



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  UKRAINE   


Ukraine and Slovenia battle for the initial victory in Day 2 - by Eurobasket News
Ukraine U18-Slovenia U18 59:79

Ukraine and Slovenia battle for the initial victory at the U18 European Championship as the latter improved to 1-1 in Group A. Slovenia edged Ukrainian side 79:59 to send them to 0-2.
Slovenia scored the first 8 points in the game, while could not hold the lead. Olexiy Len (210-C-93) tied it at 10:10, while Marchenko gave Ukraine 14:13 advantage. Vasl scored from the perimeter for 21:19 after the first 10 minutes in the game. The score was tied three times in the second frame, while Slovenia managed to take 3-point deficit at the halftime. Prepelic and Besedic nailed three each for 36:33 halftime advantage. From that point Slovenia never looked behind after. They increased to 57:46 as Matej Rojc (198-G-93) closed the third frame. Rupnik delivered two for 61:48 and Prepelic posted three for 68:50. Matej Rojc made two successful lay-ups at the very end to seal the first victory for Slovenia.
Marko Pajic (204-F-92) top-scored for the winners with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Matej Rojc netted 12, while Jan Span (189-G-92) scored 11. Olexiy Len responded with 21 points and 12 rebounds in defeat and Klym Artamonov (176-G-93) notched 13.

Ukraine U18: Olexiy Len 21+12 rebs, Klym Artamonov 13
Slovenia U18: Marko Pajic 14+12 rebs, Matej Rojc 12, Jan Span 11


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  UNITED KINGDOM   


Great Britain U20 edged Portugal U20 to hope for the 5th - by Eurobasket News
Great Britain U20-Portugal U20 91:66

Great Britain U20 will play for the 5th place at the U18 European Championship. Today the team overcame Portugal U20 at the Classification Games for 5th to 8th Places.
Great Britain U20 started with 22-14 in the opening quarter and enjoyed 44:29 at the halftime. Martin made two free throws for 55:39 and another lay-up plus two free throws from the player brought 59:41. Barroso scored for 61:46 and again Martin made it 63:46 at the end of the third period. Portugal scored the first six points in the last quarter and cut it to 63:52. Ovie Soko (203-F-91) answered for all the questions in the game as he brought 76:58 and another basket from him saw 20 points difference on the board. Diogo Correia (185-G-90) made the score 81:64, whilst May-Thompson brought 86:64. Martin made a dunk for 90:65 and Stannard gave the winners 91:66. As it became clear his shot was the last in the game as Great Britain U20 will play for the 5th place against Israel U20. The latter beat Belgium U20 at the Classification Games for 5th to 8th Places. Four players scored more than 20 points for the winners as they rolled over the opponent 100:93 in U20 European Championship.
Alex Marcotullio (191-G-91) led the way with 17 points, while Ovie Soko and William Neighbour (203-F-90) chipped in 15 apiece. Diogo Correia ended up with 13 point in defeat. Tiago Raimundo (194-G/F-90) netted 11, while Barroso scored 10.

Great Britain U20: Alex Marcotullio 17, Ovie Soko 15, William Neighbour 15
Portugal U20: Diogo Correia 13, Tiago Raimundo 11, Barroso 10


England rally past Denmark for first win in Israel - by Eurobasket News
England U18 - Denmark U18 73:44

English U18 selection recorded the first win at the European Championship in Division B. They rebounded after the starting loss to knock down Denmark. John Stewart (198-F-93) nailed 15 points to lead the effort. Denmark in the meantime dropped the second straight game.
Denmark capped the opening frame on an 8:2 run to earn an 18:11 lead. England answered with a 10:2 run of their own to surge in front midway through the second period. England crowned the first half with eleven points in a row to post a 34:24 advantage at the main break. England stunned Denmark at the start of the third quarter as they boosted the lead to as many as 21 points 45:24. The Scandinavians could not recover as they faced a 27-point deficit into the fourth quarter. England wisely kept their opponents at bay throughout the fourth frame and posted a well-deserved win at the end.
Robert Loftman (183-G-92) notched 14 points for England. Aaron Geramipoor (208-F-92) added 10 points in the victory. Christian Benzon (190-G-93) nailed 12 points for Denmark. Anders Haas (185-G-92) had 9 points in the losing effort.

England U18: John Stewart 15, Robert Loftman 14, Aaron Geramipoor 10
Denmark U18: Christian Benzon 12, Anders Haas 9





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Women News

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  BELGIUM - Women  


Katryna Gaither joins Dexia Namur Capitale - by Eurobasket News
Katryna Gaither (191-C-75, agency: LBM Management) joins Dexia Namur Capitale and will play for the team in the next season. The American player already well-known for the Belgium team as she played for the team in year 2006.
Katryna Gaither moved to Europe in 2002-2003 for DKSK Miskolc (Hungary). In 2003-2004 she played for Tarbes Gespe Bigorre (France-LFB) and stayed there for three seasons. In the last one she averaged 14.9ppg, 9.9rpg, 0.6apg, 2.3spg, FGP: 52.6%, FT: 76% in EuroCup and in French League after 32 games her stats read 14.8ppg, Reb-3 (8.5rpg), 1.2apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 56.1%, FT: 77.7%. In
2006-2007 appeared for Dexia Namur (Belgium-D1) and in Euroleague after 13 games shined with 14.1ppg, Reb-4 (9.7rpg), 0.9apg, 2.2spg, FGP: 47.8%, FT: 65.9%. In 2007-2008 moved to Dynamo-Energia Novosybirsk (Russia-A Superleague, starting five) and in 22 games averaged 9.7ppg, 7.6rpg, 1.0apg, 1.7spg, FGP: 47.1%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 88.0%. In 2008-2009 moved to Women Basket Livorno (Italy-A1, starting five) and in 31 games her stats read 11.1ppg, Reb-2 (9.4ppg), 2.9spg, FGP: 45.8%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 73.3%. In 2009-2010 moved to Samsun Basketbol (Turkey-TBBL, starting five) and appeared in 6 games of EuroCup. She averaged 11.7ppg, 9.0rpg, 1.0apg, 1.5spg, 1.2bpg, FGP: 49.2%, FT: 58.8%, while in Turkish League after 21 games showed 13.2ppg, 7.7rpg, 2.0apg, 1.8spg, FGP: 52.1%, FT: 74.2%.
Katryna Gaither recorded 20 points and 8 rebounds in EuroCup, while Samsun Basketbol lost to the Cypriot powerhouse 65:68 Group H. Daliborka Vilipic led the winning squad with 21 points and 9 rebounds. Marissa Little also was good with 18 points and 11 boards, while Biljana Pesovic added 12 pts. In Samsun, Katryna Gaither collected 21 points and 8 rebounds.


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  BRAZIL - Women  


Brazilian National Team 2010 - by Eurobasket
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Alessandra Santos
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Nadia Gomes
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Damiris Amaral
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Kelly Silva Santos
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Jucimara Dantas
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Alessandra Santos 200-C-73 Botas Turkey
Nadia Gomes 193-C-89 Sao Caetano Brazil
Damiris Amaral 192-C-92
Kelly Silva Santos 192-C-79 Besiktas Turkey
Jucimara Dantas 193-C-78 Colchoes Brazil
Fernanda Neves Beling 186-F-82 Acucar Brazil
Silvia Gustavo 182-F-82 Acucar Brazil
Micaela Jacintho 180-F-79 Colchoes Brazil
Karen Gustavo 177-G-84 Colchoes Brazil
Helen Santos Luz 176-G-72 Hondar.-Irun Spain
Palmira Marcal 178-G-84 Acucar Brazil
Adrianinha Pinto 169-G-78 Faenza Italy
Natalia Mares Burian 163-G-84 VivoSabor Brazil

Carlos Colinas Head Coach Real C.Vigo Spain


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  BULGARIA - Women  


Ukraine hosts Bulgaria in a three-day campaign - by Eurobasket News
Game 1: Ukraine-Bulgaria 40:52

Ukraine hosts Bulgaria in a three-day campaign, while both teams are preparing for the important games staring in August. Bulgaria looked better in the opener as they stole 52:40 win.
Ukraine opened the game with 12-8 and both teams did not look too good in the offense. Bulgaria meanwhile limited Ukraine 16-3 in the second quarter to take 24:15 at the halftime. Ukraine won again the third period 17-16 to trail 8 points entering the last stanza. The guests did not allow them to catch up and even increased the victory to 12 points as they produced 12-8 in the last quarter.
Doneeka Hodges (175-G-82, college: LSU) stepped up with 14 points for the winners and Jaklin Zlatanova (190-F-88) nailed 11. Radostina Slavova (186-F-86) posted 8 and Dimana Makarieva collected 5 points and 11 rebounds. Taisiia Bovykina (190-C-89, agency: LBM Management) and Olena Ogorodnikova (186-F-81) ended up with 9 points in the losing effort. Natalia Isachenko (183-F-79, agency: Promotex) followed them with 5 and Maryna Doroshenko as well as Yevgeniya Sharovka added 4 each.
Ukraine showed better percentage from the field as they had 40% versus 38%. Ukraine was also better from the three-point line as they had 18% versus 13%. Bulgaria looked better from the free throw line having 63% versus 40%.
Game 2 to be played on July 23 in Ukraine.

Ukraine: Taisiia Bovykina 9, Olena Ogorodnikova 9, Natalia Isachenko 5
Bulgaria: Doneeka Hodges 14, Jaklin Zlatanova 11, Radostina Slavova 8


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  CAC GAMES - Women  


Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico to meet in the Finals - by Eurobasket News
SEMIFINALS

Puerto Rico - Jamaica 63-44
Puerto Rico advanced to Big Final and will fight against Dominican Republic for the Gold. The host of CAC Games was better than Jamaica in the Semis registering comfortable 63-44 win. Jamaica failed to reach the last stage, but they will have a chance to fight for third place. Their rival will be U.S. Virgin Islands. Jazmine Sepulveda (177-G-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: S.Florida) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and she grabbed 7 rebounds beside that. Pamela Rosado (161-G-86) and Sandra Gracia helped with 13 points each. In the loosing squad, Vanessa Gidden (193-C/F-85, college: Hofstra) collected 12 points and 8 boards. Simone Edwards (194-C-73, college: Iowa) had 11 pts and 9 rebs.
First quarter was pretty leveled, but still it was Puerto Rico who ended it with 12-11. Nothing has changed in Q2 as neither of teams was able to make a bigger lead. It was basket after basket game and Puerto Rico kept plus one until the half time. In the low scoring third quarter Jamaica made 9-10, so teams entered to the final ten minutes tied. Than in the last quarter there was only one team playing on the court and it was Puerto Rico. Jazmine Sepulveda and her teammates destroyed Jamaica with 28-9 for the final 63-44 victory and the Big Final in Mayaguez.

Puerto Rico: Jazmine Sepulveda 15+7 boards, Pamela Rosado 13+5 boards+7 as, Sandra Garcia (189-F-90) 13+5 boards
Jamaica: Vanessa Gidden 12+8 boards, Simone Edwards 11+9 boards



Dominican Republic - U.S. Virgins Islands 92-66
Dominican Republic had an easy job in the Semifinals and will meet Puerto Rico in the battle for Gold. Yohanna Morton (175-G-87) and her teammates blasted ISV 92-66 stretching the winning streak to four and now they hope to end this event with the prefect record. On the other side, ISV will meet Jamaica for third place. Morton was the leading player in victory with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Sugeiry Monsac (186-F/C-81) also was great adding 17 points and 9 boards. Charlenny Frias is another player with 17 points in this victory. ISV got 24 points from Yanique Javois (176-G-85, college: Saint Louis), while Stacey Griffith (185-F/C-89) collected 14 points and 10 boards.
Dominican Republic opened the game with 14-10 lead and outgunned ISV for rest of the time in Q1. They closed this period with 13-7 run for the first double-digit lead. They continued in the same rhythm moving up to plus 17. However, ISV players finally woke up and cut the margin to 11 points until the halftime. Dominican Republic exploded offensively in Q3 scoring 29 points, while they stopped ISV to 20. At that time it was already clear who the winner of this game will be and Dominican Republic had no troubles to keep the comfortable lead.
Friday will be the final day in Mayaguez.

Dominican Republic: Yohanna Morton 18+5 boards, Sugeiry Monsac 17+9 boards, Charlenny Frias 17
U.S. Virgins Islands: Yanique Javois 24, Stacey Griffith 14+10 boards


PLACES 5-8

Mexico - Saint Vincent 143-31
Mexico devastated Saint Vincent in Day Five in Mayaguez. It was the first game in Classification Round for 5th to 8th place. On Friday, Mexico will meet Guatemela in the battle for position number five. Saint Vincent will play against Trinidad and Tobago and will try to avoid the last place at CAC Games. Brisa Silva (168-G-84, college: Oklahoma St.) demonstrated amazing performance in this game. She was simply unstoppable in offense scoring 46 points! Silva also dished out 10 assists beside that. Alexis Castro (184-G/F-86, agency: 22ft, college: Vermont) collected 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Taine Ramirez (173-G-78) added 15 points, 6 boards and 14 assists. In the loosing squad, Sorayah Williams (183-F-84) posted 13 pts.
Mexico was way better team from the beginning. Brisa Silva and her teammates drained 48 points in the first ten minutes, while Saint Vincent was stopped to 9. All after that was just the formality and the only question was how big difference it will be at the end. Mexico made 34-4 in the second quarter and 25-14 in third. They limited Saint Vincent to less than 10 pts in the last frame as well. Actually, Saint Vincent had just 4 pts in these ten minutes, while Mexico nailed 36 for the final 143-31 blowout.

Mexico: Brisa Silva 46+10 as, Alexis Castro 20+11 boards, Taine Ramirez 15+6 boards+14 as
Saint Vincent: Sorayah Williams 13


Trinidad and Tobago - Guatemala 76-81 OT
Guatemala made the first step forward to fifth place in Mayaguez. They outsmarted Trinidad and Tobago 76-81, so they will meet Mexico in the final day. The winner of that game will finish as No.5. Trinidad and Tobago will try to beat Saint Vincent and to avoid the last place at this event. Blanca Amado (179-G/F-79) was the leading player in victory with double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds. Ligia Del Valle (171-G-87) scored 16 and Cynthia Rivera (177-F-82) added two points less. Sharmion Selman (184-F-82) shined in defeat with 29 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Tiffani Williams (199-C-84, college: N.Carolina A&T) had double-double of 13 points ad 19 rebs, while Leslie-Ann Francois (177-F-82) added 11 pts.
Guatemala took control on Trinidad and Tobago in the first quarter and they created 14-25 lead. Blanca Amado and her teammates were good in the next ten minutes as well, what resulted with 14-point lead at the half time. Trinidad and Tobago was in trouble, but didnt give up. They limited Guatemala to just five points in third quarter cutting the margin to four. Sharmion Selman was unstoppable in offense and she led Trinidad and Tobago with 16-12 in the last frame for 72-72 at the end of regular time. In the extra five minutes Guatemala was better celebrating 76-81 victory.

Trinidad and Tobago: Sharmion Selman 29+11 boards+5 as, Tiffani Williams 13+19 boards, Leslie-Ann Francois 11
Guatemala: Blanca Amado 20+10 boards, Ligia Del Valle 16+5 boards+6 as, Cynthia Rivera 14+5 boards



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  CROATIA - Women  


Serbian and Croatian National teams played two friendly games - by Eurobasket News
Serbian and Croatian National teams played two friendly games. Both teams won once and showed great performance before the upcoming championships.
At first Serbia rolled over Croatia 91:86. They started with 28:26 after the opening quarter and added 22-20 in the second period. Serbia won also the third frame, while Croatia celebrated the victory in the last quarter. Jelena Maksimovic (192-C-82) exploded with 25 points for the winners and Jelena Milovanovic (190-F-89) scored 18. Ivanka Matic (195-F/C-79) posted 14, Adrijana Knezevic (184-F-87) delivered 13 and Ana Dabovic nailed 8. Anda Jelavic (175-G-80, agency: Data Plus Group) responded with 17 points in the losing effort and Podrug followed her with 14.
Croatia bounced back in Game 2 and won 81:77 although trailing after the first half. Serbia started again better and produced 30-23 in the opening quarter. Moreover they added 20-17 in the second frame to take 50:40 halftime advantage. Croatia needed 23-12 in the third quarter to take the lead and finished the game with 18-15 in the last stanza. Lelas top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Ciglar scored 16. Jelena Ivezic (184-G-84) brought 12, while Cakic nailed 10. Adrijana Knezevic responded with 19 points in the losing case. Dabovic posted 16, while Jelena Milovanovic nailed 11.


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  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC - Women  


CAC Games in Mayaguez: Dominican Republic blasts ISV in the Semis - by Eurobasket News
CAC Games, Semifinals: Dominican Republic - U.S. Virgins Islands 92-66

Dominican Republic had an easy job in the Semifinals and will meet Puerto Rico in the battle for Gold. Yohanna Morton (175-G-87) and her teammates blasted ISV 92-66 stretching the winning streak to four and now they hope to end this event with the prefect record. On the other side, ISV will meet Jamaica for third place. Morton was the leading player in victory with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Sugeiry Monsac (186-F/C-81) also was great adding 17 points and 9 boards. Charlenny Frias (177-G-84) is another player with 17 points in this victory. ISV got 24 points from Yanique Javois (176-G-85, college: Saint Louis), while Stacey Griffith (185-F/C-89) collected 14 points and 10 boards.
Dominican Republic opened the game with 14-10 lead and outgunned ISV for rest of the time in Q1. They closed this period with 13-7 run for the first double-digit lead. They continued in the same rhythm moving up to plus 17. However, ISV players finally woke up and cut the margin to 11 points until the halftime. Dominican Republic exploded offensively in Q3 scoring 29 points, while they stopped ISV to 20. At that time it was already clear who the winner of this game will be and Dominican Republic had no troubles to keep the comfortable lead.
Friday will be the final day in Mayaguez.

Dominican Republic: Yohanna Morton 18+5 boards, Sugeiry Monsac 17+9 boards, Charlenny Frias 17
U.S. Virgins Islands: Yanique Javois 24, Stacey Griffith 14+10 boards


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  EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS U20 - Women  


Division B: Quarterfinals in Kavadarci - by Eurobasket News
Czech Republic - Greece 71-37
Czech Republic destroyed Greece and will meet Slovakia in the Semifinals. Alena Hanusova (187-C-91) stepped up for the winners with 16 points and 9 rebounds. Anna Kavasila (186-F/C-91) replied with 12 pts and 10 boards in loss.

Slovakia - Hungary 49-46 OT
OT win for Slovakia, who secured a passage through the Quarterfinals in Kavadarci. Their key player today once again was Klaudia Lukacovicova (193-C-90) with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Orsolya Szecsi (187-F-92) had 11 pts and 13 rebounds in defeat.

Portugal - Belgium 59-40
Maria Correia (174-G/F-91) came up with 18 points and 8 rebounds for Portugal today. They advanced to Semifinals and will meet United Kingdom. Belgium did not have anyone with double-digits in scoring.

United Kingdom - Israel 72-65
United Kingdom advanced to Semifinals in Kavadarci after 72-65 win against Israel. Mary Durojaye (188-F-90) led the UK with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Israel got 23 points from Naama Shafir (170-G-90).

Places 9-10
Austria - FYR Macedonia 71-62
Milena Lazarevic (178-F-91) had 25 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Jelena Antik (187-F-91) collected 25 points, 12 rebounds and 5 assists in defeat.


Division A: Quarterfinals in Liepaja - by Eurobasket News
Spain - Ukraine 75-74
Thriller win for Spain, who secured a passage through the Quarterfinals. They will meet Latvia at the next stage. Leonor Rodriguez Manso (178-G-91) stepped up for Spain with 20 points. Olga Maznichenko (187-F-91) had 24 pts in defeat.

Lithuania - France 61-69
France outplayed Lithuania today advancing to the Semifinals in Liepaja. Laurie Datchy (175-G/F-90) shined for the winners with 22 points. Lithuania got 17 pts, 5 boards and 5 assists from Marina Solopova.

Russia - Serbia 92-72
Russia blasted Serbia in the Quarterfinals and will play against France in the Semis. Anastasiya Shilova (185-F-91) was a key player in Russia today with 21 points and 6 rebounds. Sara Krnjic (193-C-91) collected 15 points and 6 boards in defeat.

Latvia - Turkey 64-57
The hosts of U20 EC was better than Turkey and will meet Spain in the battle for the last stage. Anete Klintsone (175-G-90) this time paced Latvia to victory with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Ozge Yavas (169-G-91) replied with 13 points in defeat.

Places 13-16
Germany - Sweden 64-67
Sweden outsmarted Germany mostly owing to Danielle Hamilton Carter (187-F-90, college: Fayetteville), who scored 9 points. Beata Gullberg (178-G-90) had 2 less than her. In Germany, Pia Mankertz (170-G-90) delivered 19 pts.

Romania - Bulgaria 62-41
Cristina Bigica (182-F-92) exploded today with 23 points and 8 rebounds. She reached valuation 26 and was the MVP of this meeting. Bulgaria did not have anyone with double-digits in scoring.

Places 9-12
Poland - Italy 66-53
Comfortable win for Poland, whose leading scorer was Olivia Tomialowicz (178-G-90) with 15 points. Klaudia Sosnowska had 14 pts and 14 boards. In the loosing squad, Laura Spreafico (178-G-91) delivered 19 pts.

Belarus - Holland 78-88
Chatilla Van Grinsven (188-F-89) stepped up for Holland today with 19 points. She also grabbed 13 rebounds beside that and was the MVP of this meeting with valuation 26. Maryia Filonchyk (189-C-92) collected 21 points and 8 boards in Belarus.


Stats Leaders (Women)
Points Per Game
 Marina SOLOPOVA
  (180-G/F-90)
  Avg: 21.4
 1. Solopova, LTU21.4 
 2. Niedola, LAT18.0 
 3. Malashenko, UKR17.6 
 4. Iagupova, UKR15.4 
 5. Hamilton Car., SWE15.0 
 6. Shilova, RUS15.0 
 7. Maznichenko, UKR14.9 
 8. Krnjic, SRB14.7 
 9. Bigica, ROM14.6 
 10. Pavel, ROM14.0 
Rebounds Per Game
 Giedre PAUGAITE
  (192-C-90)
  Avg: 12
 1. Paugaite, LTU12.0 
 2. Canitez, TUR11.6 
 3. Manta, ROM10.0 
 4. Malashenko, UKR10.0 
 5. Niedola, LAT9.3 
 6. Iagupova, UKR9.0 
 7. Pavel, ROM8.6 
 8. Misiuk, POL8.4 
 9. Krnjic, SRB8.1 
 10. Fogdemark, SWE7.6 
Assists Per Game
 Jovana POPOVIC
  (173-G-90)
  Avg: 4.9
 1. Popovic, SRB4.9 
 2. Iagupova, UKR4.9 
 3. Xargay Casad., ESP4.0 
 4. Klintsone, LAT3.9 
 5. Solopova, LTU3.7 
 6. Ouvina, ESP3.6 
 7. Logunova, RUS3.4 
 8. Saylar, TUR3.4 
 9. Maznichenko, UKR3.1 
 10. Priede, LAT3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Stefanie YDERSTROM
  SWE
  (173-G-90)
  Avg: 2.8
 1. Yderstrom, SWE2.8 
 2. Solopova, LTU2.7 
 3. Bigica, ROM2.3 
 4. Iagupova, UKR2.3 
 5. Ouvina, ESP2.3 
 6. Niedola, LAT2.3 
 7. Tchatchouang, FRA2.2 
 8. Bruns, GER2.1 
 9. Minte, FRA2.1 
 10. Xargay Casad., ESP2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Giedre PAUGAITE
  (192-C-90)
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Paugaite, LTU2.4 
 2. Malashenko, UKR1.9 
 3. Ivashchanka, BLR1.4 
 4. Filonchyk, BLR1.4 
 5. Manta, ROM1.3 
 6. Petrushina, RUS1.3 
 7. Tchatchouang, FRA1.2 
 8. Gastaminza G., ESP1.1 
 9. Iagupova, UKR1.0 
 10. Loginova, RUS1.0 


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  FRANCE - Women  


U20 Russia hands 76-59 loss to U20 France - by Eurobasket News
U20 EuroBasket, Qualifying Round (Day Six): RUSSIA - FRANCE 76-59

Russia outplayed France ending the Qualifying Round as No.1 of Group E with 4-1 record. It means that Russia will meet Serbia in the Quarterfinals. On the other side, France slipped to third place and their rival will be Lithuania. Tatiana Petrushina (185-F-90) stepped up for Russia with 18 points. Anastasiya Shilova (185-F-91) collected 17 points and 6 boards, while Anastasia Logunova (188-C-90) added 15 pts, 8 boards and 6 assists. In the loosing squad, Alexia Plagnard (172-G-90) had 16 pts. She was their only player with double-digits in scoring.
Everything started good for France, who made 16-20 lead in the first ten minutes. However, Tatiana Petushina and her teammates woke up after that and significantly increased defensive pressure. They limited France to just two points for the entire second quarter, while they had 16 on the other side. Russia was better in Q3 as well (22-18) jumping to 54-40 lead. France was not able to mount a comeback in the last frame and Russia celebrated comfortable win.
Quarterfinals start on Friday.

Russia: Tatiana Petrushina 18, Anastasiya Shilova 17+6 boards, Anastasia Logunova 15+8 boards+6 as
France: Alexia Plagnard 16


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  GUATEMALA - Women  


Guatemala grabs OT win against Trinidad and Tobago - by Eurobasket News
CAC Games, Places 5-8: Trinidad and Tobago - Guatemala 76-81 OT

Guatemala made the first step forward to fifth place in Mayaguez. They outsmarted Trinidad and Tobago 76-81, so they will meet Mexico in the final day. The winner of that game will finish as No.5. Trinidad and Tobago will try to beat Saint Vincent and to avoid the last place at this event. Blanca Amado (179-G/F-79) was the leading player in victory with double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds. Ligia Del Valle (171-G-87) scored 16 and Cynthia Rivera (177-F-82) added two points less. Sharmion Selman (184-F-82) shined in defeat with 29 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Tiffani Williams (199-C-84, college: N.Carolina A&T) had double-double of 13 points ad 19 rebs, while Leslie-Ann Francois (177-F-82) added 11 pts.
Guatemala took control on Trinidad and Tobago in the first quarter and they created 14-25 lead. Blanca Amado and her teammates were good in the next ten minutes as well, what resulted with 14-point lead at the half time. Trinidad and Tobago was in trouble, but didnt give up. They limited Guatemala to just five points in third quarter cutting the margin to four. Sharmion Selman was unstoppable in offense and she led Trinidad and Tobago with 16-12 in the last frame for 72-72 at the end of regular time. In the extra five minutes Guatemala was better celebrating 76-81 victory.

Trinidad and Tobago: Sharmion Selman 29+11 boards+5 as, Tiffani Williams 13+19 boards, Leslie-Ann Francois 11
Guatemala: Blanca Amado 20+10 boards, Ligia Del Valle 16+5 boards+6 as, Cynthia Rivera 14+5 boards


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  HOLLAND - Women  


U20 Latvia hands 71-60 loss to U20 Holland - by Eurobasket News
U20 EuroBasket, Qualifying Round (Day Six): HOLLAND - LATVIA 60-71

Latvia was too strong for Holland finishing the Qualifying Round as No.2 of Group B. The host of this event had the same 4-1 score as Russia, but Russia was the team who handed them the only loss in Liepaja. Holland finished this stage with 1-4 and failed to reach the Quarterfinals. They will continue in Classification Games for 9th to 12th place. Sabine Niedola (184-F-91) shined for Latvia with 21 points and 14 rebounds. Anete Klintsone (175-G-90) collected 15 points and 7 assists. Third scorer in victory was Anete Steinberga (188-F-90) with 9 pts (10 rebs). In Holland, Chatilla Van Grinsven (188-F-89) delivered 16 pts. Maaike Klein (177-G-90) added two points less.
Latvia destroyed Holland in the first quarter. Sabine Niedola and her teammates exploded offensively scoring 28 points, while at the same time they managed to limit Holland to 12 for excellent 16-point lead. Both teams slowed down in Q2, which still belonged to Latvia 8-11. At that time it was already clear that Holland will not have a chance. Third frame was tied to 17-17, while Latvia shined in the last ten minutes with 25-17. At the end it was totally deserved win for the home squad.

Holland: Chatilla Van Grinsven 16, Maaike Klein 15
Latvia: Sabine Niedola 21+14 boards, Anete Klintsone 15+7 as, Anete Steinberga 9+10 boards


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  ITALY - Women  


Jenifer Nadalin heads to Famila Wuber Schio - by Eurobasket News
Jenifer Nadalin (187-F/C-83, college: Furman) heads to Famila Wuber Schio after 5 years in Venice. Her career she started in 2003-2005 for Furman (NCAA) and then moved to Italy. In 2005-2006 signed with Umana Venezia (A1) and in her debut year averaged 6.0ppg, 4.1rpg, 2FGP: 53,6%, FT: 71,1%. In 2006-2007 improved her stats to 7.1ppg, 4.0rpg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 52,9%, FT: 77,1%. In 2007-2008 Jenifer Nadalin's Umana Reyer Venezia debuted in EuroCup and after 10 games the player averaged with 7.2ppg, 4.7rpg, 1.4spg, FGP: 38.2%, FT: 82.4%. In Italian League after 33 games she showed 8.7ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.4spg, FGP: 54.7%, FT: 70.0%. In 2008-2009 she debuted in Euroleague and after 12 games her stats read 6.3ppg, 4.5rpg, FGP: 47.9%, FT: 54.5%. In Italian League after 35 games she showed 7.8ppg, 5.2rpg, 2.1spg, FGP: 50.4%, 3PT: 12.5%, FT: 60.0%. Last season she played 27 games and averaged 8.7ppg, 5.1rpg, 2.2spg, FGP: 54.4%, FT: 68.6%.
Basket Team Crema meanwhile signs Giorgia Belfiore (195-C-82). The Italian 195cm Center appeared first in Villagio Solidano Livorno (A2, starting five) and then in 2008-2009 played for Mercede Basket Alghero (A2, starting five). Last season the payer was with Gea Magazzini Alcamo (A2, starting five). Her previous team finished with 17-9 the Regular Season as the player was the key one in the roster.


Aleksandra Vujovic signs with Napoli - by Eurobasket News
Napoli Basket Vomero signed Montenegrin player Aleksandra Vujovic (182-G-80, agency: LBM Management) for the next season. Her career she started at home for NIS Vojvodina and in FIBA EuroCup averaged 13.1ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.1apg in her first season. Later the player moved to Terra Sarda Alghero and showed 16.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.8apg. In 2005-2006 appeared in Umana Venezia (Italy-A1) and after 30 games her stats read 12.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.0apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 40,4%, 3PT: 40,8%, FT: 76,3%. In 2006-2007 for the same Reyer Venezia (Italy-A1) she showed 10 ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 47,6%, 3PT: 42,4%, FT: 75,6%. In 2007-2008 improved her stats to 11.2ppg, 2.8rpg, FGP: 38.3%, 3PT: 41.3%, FT: 78.3% and in EuroCup after 10 games her stats read 11.3ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.1apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 31.9%, 3PT: 45.5%, FT: 88.9%. In Italian League after 33 games she showed 10.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.5spg, FGP: 36.9%, 3PT: 40.2%, FT: 77.3%. In her last season for Umana Reyer Venezia (Italy-A1, starting five) she debuted in Euroleague and after 12 games averaged 4.5ppg, 1.1rpg. In Italian League after 18 games she showed 7.9ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.6spg, FGP: 42.0%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 86.7%. Last season Aleksandra Vujovic played for ACP Livorno (Italy-A1, starting five) and in 26 games averaged 8.4ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.5spg, FGP: 35.5%, 3PT: 31.1%, FT: 68.3%.
Aleksandra Vujovic recorded 20 points last year in the start of the league as Umana Reyer beat Livorno 75:53. Venezia got the most from Gunta Basko 24 points and 7 rebounds. Laura Harper had 14 pts and 9 boards, while Jennifer Nadalin scored 12. On the other side, Aleksandra Vujovic shined with 20 points.


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  JAMAICA - Women  


CAC Games: Puerto Rico destroys Jamaica in the last quarter, goes to Big Final - by Eurobasket News
CAC Games, Semifinals: Puerto Rico - Jamaica 63-44

Puerto Rico advanced to Big Final and will fight against Dominican Republic for the Gold. The host of CAC Games was better than Jamaica in the Semis registering comfortable 63-44 win. Jamaica failed to reach the last stage, but they will have a chance to fight for third place. Their rival will be U.S. Virgin Islands. Jazmine Sepulveda (177-G-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: S.Florida) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and she grabbed 7 rebounds beside that. Pamela Rosado (161-G-86) and Sandra Gracia helped with 13 points each. In the loosing squad, Vanessa Gidden (193-C/F-85, college: Hofstra) collected 12 points and 8 boards. Simone Edwards (194-C-73, college: Iowa) had 11 pts and 9 rebs.
First quarter was pretty leveled, but still it was Puerto Rico who ended it with 12-11. Nothing has changed in Q2 as neither of teams was able to make a bigger lead. It was basket after basket game and Puerto Rico kept plus one until the half time. In the low scoring third quarter Jamaica made 9-10, so teams entered to the final ten minutes tied. Than in the last quarter there was only one team playing on the court and it was Puerto Rico. Jazmine Sepulveda and her teammates destroyed Jamaica with 28-9 for the final 63-44 victory and the Big Final in Mayaguez.

Puerto Rico: Jazmine Sepulveda 15+7 boards, Pamela Rosado 13+5 boards+7 as, Sandra Garcia (189-F-90) 13+5 boards
Jamaica: Vanessa Gidden 12+8 boards, Simone Edwards 11+9 boards


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  LATVIA - Women  


U20 Latvia hands 71-60 loss to U20 Holland - by Eurobasket News
U20 EuroBasket, Qualifying Round (Day Six): HOLLAND - LATVIA 60-71

Latvia was too strong for Holland finishing the Qualifying Round as No.2 of Group B. The host of this event had the same 4-1 score as Russia, but Russia was the team who handed them the only loss in Liepaja. Holland finished this stage with 1-4 and failed to reach the Quarterfinals. They will continue in Classification Games for 9th to 12th place. Sabine Niedola (184-F-91) shined for Latvia with 21 points and 14 rebounds. Anete Klintsone (175-G-90) collected 15 points and 7 assists. Third scorer in victory was Anete Steinberga (188-F-90) with 9 pts (10 rebs). In Holland, Chatilla Van Grinsven (188-F-89) delivered 16 pts. Maaike Klein (177-G-90) added two points less.
Latvia destroyed Holland in the first quarter. Sabine Niedola and her teammates exploded offensively scoring 28 points, while at the same time they managed to limit Holland to 12 for excellent 16-point lead. Both teams slowed down in Q2, which still belonged to Latvia 8-11. At that time it was already clear that Holland will not have a chance. Third frame was tied to 17-17, while Latvia shined in the last ten minutes with 25-17. At the end it was totally deserved win for the home squad.

Holland: Chatilla Van Grinsven 16, Maaike Klein 15
Latvia: Sabine Niedola 21+14 boards, Anete Klintsone 15+7 as, Anete Steinberga 9+10 boards


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  MEXICO - Women  


Mexico destroys Saint Vincent in Mayaguez, Brisa Silva scores 46 pts - by Eurobasket News
CAC Games, Places 5-8: Mexico - Saint Vincent 143-31

Mexico devastated Saint Vincent in Day Five in Mayaguez. It was the first game in Classification Round for 5th to 8th place. On Friday, Mexico will meet Guatemela in the battle for position number five. Saint Vincent will play against Trinidad and Tobago and will try to avoid the last place at CAC Games. Brisa Silva (168-G-84, college: Oklahoma St.) demonstrated amazing performance in this game. She was simply unstoppable in offense scoring 46 points! Silva also dished out 10 assists beside that. Alexis Castro (184-G/F-86, agency: 22ft, college: Vermont) collected 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Taine Ramirez (173-G-78) added 15 points, 6 boards and 14 assists. In the loosing squad, Sorayah Williams (183-F-84) posted 13 pts.
Mexico was way better team from the beginning. Brisa Silva and her teammates drained 48 points in the first ten minutes, while Saint Vincent was stopped to 9. All after that was just the formality and the only question was how big difference it will be at the end. Mexico made 34-4 in the second quarter and 25-14 in third. They limited Saint Vincent to less than 10 pts in the last frame as well. Actually, Saint Vincent had just 4 pts in these ten minutes, while Mexico nailed 36 for the final 143-31 blowout.

Mexico: Brisa Silva 46+10 as, Alexis Castro 20+11 boards, Taine Ramirez 15+6 boards+14 as
Saint Vincent: Sorayah Williams 13


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  MONTENEGRO - Women  


Aleksandra Vujovic signs with Napoli - by Eurobasket News
Napoli Basket Vomero signed Montenegrin player Aleksandra Vujovic (182-G-80, agency: LBM Management) for the next season. Her career she started at home for NIS Vojvodina and in FIBA EuroCup averaged 13.1ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.1apg in her first season. Later the player moved to Terra Sarda Alghero and showed 16.3ppg, 3.0rpg, 1.8apg. In 2005-2006 appeared in Umana Venezia (Italy-A1) and after 30 games her stats read 12.8ppg, 3.2rpg, 1.0apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 40,4%, 3PT: 40,8%, FT: 76,3%. In 2006-2007 for the same Reyer Venezia (Italy-A1) she showed 10 ppg, 1.9rpg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 47,6%, 3PT: 42,4%, FT: 75,6%. In 2007-2008 improved her stats to 11.2ppg, 2.8rpg, FGP: 38.3%, 3PT: 41.3%, FT: 78.3% and in EuroCup after 10 games her stats read 11.3ppg, 1.8rpg, 1.1apg, 2.0spg, FGP: 31.9%, 3PT: 45.5%, FT: 88.9%. In Italian League after 33 games she showed 10.8ppg, 2.8rpg, 1.5spg, FGP: 36.9%, 3PT: 40.2%, FT: 77.3%. In her last season for Umana Reyer Venezia (Italy-A1, starting five) she debuted in Euroleague and after 12 games averaged 4.5ppg, 1.1rpg. In Italian League after 18 games she showed 7.9ppg, 2.1rpg, 1.6spg, FGP: 42.0%, 3PT: 38.2%, FT: 86.7%. Last season Aleksandra Vujovic played for ACP Livorno (Italy-A1, starting five) and in 26 games averaged 8.4ppg, 3.3rpg, 2.5spg, FGP: 35.5%, 3PT: 31.1%, FT: 68.3%.
Aleksandra Vujovic recorded 20 points last year in the start of the league as Umana Reyer beat Livorno 75:53. Venezia got the most from Gunta Basko 24 points and 7 rebounds. Laura Harper had 14 pts and 9 boards, while Jennifer Nadalin scored 12. On the other side, Aleksandra Vujovic shined with 20 points.


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  NCAA2 - Women  


NCAA D2 PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS STORIES: Jeannie Saunders re-signs with Visby Ladies of Sweden! - by Lucius Jones
Former Salem Intern. star guard, Jeannie Saunders (5'8''-G-86, college: Salem Intern.) has re-signed with the Visby Ladies of the Top Division in Sweden. In her first campaign there, Jeannie Saunders (5'8''-G-86, college: Salem Intern.) had an amazing season last year with Visby: 18.1ppg (4th), 48.8%FG (25th), 38.6%3pt (18th), 6.1rpg (20th), 2.5apg (16th), 33mins per game and was honored with Eurobasket.com All-Swedish Damligan Honorable Mention -10. Expect even more quality play from the 2010 Los Angeles Sparks camp invitee and Hidden Gems Professional Placement client.

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  POLAND - Women  


U20 Ukraine goes to Quarterfinals in Liepaja - by Eurobasket News
U20 EuroBasket, Qualifying Round (Day Six): UKRAINE - POLAND 67-50

Ukraine made it in do-or-die game against Poland and advanced to Quarterfinals as No.4 of Group A. Ukraine registered 2-3 record, what was enough for the next stage. Poland will continue in Classification Round for 9th to 12th place. Alina Iagupova (179-G-92) collected 21 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Olesia Malashenko (188-F-91, agency: LBM Management) has 20 points and 14 rebounds, while Olga Maznichenko (187-F-91) added 12 pts, 8 boards and 5 assists. Joanna Markiewicz (183-F-91) and Magda Kaczmarska (183-F/G-90) replied with 10 points each in defeat.
Ukraine took control on Poland from the very beginning. Alina Iagupova and her teammates created 12-7 lead in the first ten minutes and later in Q2 jumped to 35-22. Poland slightly improved after the breather, but it was not enough as they ended Q3 with 17-20. Ukraine still had decent lead and there was 10 minutes left in the game. Ukraine smashed their rival in the last frame 15-8 for the final 67-50 victory.
Ukraine will meet Spain in the Quarterfinals. Poland will take on Italy. They will be just a first step for ninth place in Liepaja.

Ukraine: Alina Iagupova 21+9 boards+6 as, Olesia Malashenko 20+14 boards, Olga Maznichenko 12+8 boards+5 as
Poland: Joanna Markiewicz 10, Magda Kaczmarska 10


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  PUERTO RICO - Women  


CAC Games: Puerto Rico destroys Jamaica in the last quarter, goes to Big Final - by Eurobasket News
CAC Games, Semifinals: Puerto Rico - Jamaica 63-44

Puerto Rico advanced to Big Final and will fight against Dominican Republic for the Gold. The host of CAC Games was better than Jamaica in the Semis registering comfortable 63-44 win. Jamaica failed to reach the last stage, but they will have a chance to fight for third place. Their rival will be U.S. Virgin Islands. Jazmine Sepulveda (177-G-85, agency: Merit Sports, college: S.Florida) top-scored for the winners with 15 points and she grabbed 7 rebounds beside that. Pamela Rosado (161-G-86) and Sandra Gracia helped with 13 points each. In the loosing squad, Vanessa Gidden (193-C/F-85, college: Hofstra) collected 12 points and 8 boards. Simone Edwards (194-C-73, college: Iowa) had 11 pts and 9 rebs.
First quarter was pretty leveled, but still it was Puerto Rico who ended it with 12-11. Nothing has changed in Q2 as neither of teams was able to make a bigger lead. It was basket after basket game and Puerto Rico kept plus one until the half time. In the low scoring third quarter Jamaica made 9-10, so teams entered to the final ten minutes tied. Than in the last quarter there was only one team playing on the court and it was Puerto Rico. Jazmine Sepulveda and her teammates destroyed Jamaica with 28-9 for the final 63-44 victory and the Big Final in Mayaguez.

Puerto Rico: Jazmine Sepulveda 15+7 boards, Pamela Rosado 13+5 boards+7 as, Sandra Garcia (189-F-90) 13+5 boards
Jamaica: Vanessa Gidden 12+8 boards, Simone Edwards 11+9 boards


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  RUSSIA - Women  


U20 Russia hands 76-59 loss to U20 France - by Eurobasket News
U20 EuroBasket, Qualifying Round (Day Six): RUSSIA - FRANCE 76-59

Russia outplayed France ending the Qualifying Round as No.1 of Group E with 4-1 record. It means that Russia will meet Serbia in the Quarterfinals. On the other side, France slipped to third place and their rival will be Lithuania. Tatiana Petrushina (185-F-90) stepped up for Russia with 18 points. Anastasiya Shilova (185-F-91) collected 17 points and 6 boards, while Anastasia Logunova (188-C-90) added 15 pts, 8 boards and 6 assists. In the loosing squad, Alexia Plagnard (172-G-90) had 16 pts. She was their only player with double-digits in scoring.
Everything started good for France, who made 16-20 lead in the first ten minutes. However, Tatiana Petushina and her teammates woke up after that and significantly increased defensive pressure. They limited France to just two points for the entire second quarter, while they had 16 on the other side. Russia was better in Q3 as well (22-18) jumping to 54-40 lead. France was not able to mount a comeback in the last frame and Russia celebrated comfortable win.
Quarterfinals start on Friday.

Russia: Tatiana Petrushina 18, Anastasiya Shilova 17+6 boards, Anastasia Logunova 15+8 boards+6 as
France: Alexia Plagnard 16


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  SAINT VINCENT - Women  


Mexico destroys Saint Vincent in Mayaguez, Brisa Silva scores 46 pts - by Eurobasket News
CAC Games, Places 5-8: Mexico - Saint Vincent 143-31

Mexico devastated Saint Vincent in Day Five in Mayaguez. It was the first game in Classification Round for 5th to 8th place. On Friday, Mexico will meet Guatemela in the battle for position number five. Saint Vincent will play against Trinidad and Tobago and will try to avoid the last place at CAC Games. Brisa Silva (168-G-84, college: Oklahoma St.) demonstrated amazing performance in this game. She was simply unstoppable in offense scoring 46 points! Silva also dished out 10 assists beside that. Alexis Castro (184-G/F-86, agency: 22ft, college: Vermont) collected 20 points and 11 rebounds, while Taine Ramirez (173-G-78) added 15 points, 6 boards and 14 assists. In the loosing squad, Sorayah Williams (183-F-84) posted 13 pts.
Mexico was way better team from the beginning. Brisa Silva and her teammates drained 48 points in the first ten minutes, while Saint Vincent was stopped to 9. All after that was just the formality and the only question was how big difference it will be at the end. Mexico made 34-4 in the second quarter and 25-14 in third. They limited Saint Vincent to less than 10 pts in the last frame as well. Actually, Saint Vincent had just 4 pts in these ten minutes, while Mexico nailed 36 for the final 143-31 blowout.

Mexico: Brisa Silva 46+10 as, Alexis Castro 20+11 boards, Taine Ramirez 15+6 boards+14 as
Saint Vincent: Sorayah Williams 13


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  SERBIA - Women  


Serbian and Croatian National teams played two friendly games - by Eurobasket News
Serbian and Croatian National teams played two friendly games. Both teams won once and showed great performance before the upcoming championships.
At first Serbia rolled over Croatia 91:86. They started with 28:26 after the opening quarter and added 22-20 in the second period. Serbia won also the third frame, while Croatia celebrated the victory in the last quarter. Jelena Maksimovic (192-C-82) exploded with 25 points for the winners and Jelena Milovanovic (190-F-89) scored 18. Ivanka Matic (195-F/C-79) posted 14, Adrijana Knezevic (184-F-87) delivered 13 and Ana Dabovic nailed 8. Anda Jelavic (175-G-80, agency: Data Plus Group) responded with 17 points in the losing effort and Podrug followed her with 14.
Croatia bounced back in Game 2 and won 81:77 although trailing after the first half. Serbia started again better and produced 30-23 in the opening quarter. Moreover they added 20-17 in the second frame to take 50:40 halftime advantage. Croatia needed 23-12 in the third quarter to take the lead and finished the game with 18-15 in the last stanza. Lelas top-scored for the winners with 18 points and Ciglar scored 16. Jelena Ivezic (184-G-84) brought 12, while Cakic nailed 10. Adrijana Knezevic responded with 19 points in the losing case. Dabovic posted 16, while Jelena Milovanovic nailed 11.


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  SPAIN - Women  


Freixanet and Ble add the roster for El Cadi La Seu - by Eurobasket News
Freixanet and Ble add the roster for El Cadi La Seu for the next season.
Jael Freixanet (187-F-88) started her career in Universitat de Barcelona - FC Barcelona (LFB) and debuted in EuroCup with 3.5ppg, 1.5rpg. In
2007-2008 moved to Mann Filter Zaragoza (LFB) and after 26 games averaged 6.2ppg, 2.5rpg, 2FGP: 51.0%, 3PT: 23.0%, FT: 74.0%. In 2008-2009 signed with Set 96 C.B. Olesa and played there for two years. In the first season she played 26 games and averaged 5.0ppg, 2.1rpg. Last season for C.B. Olesa Espanyol (LFB, starting five) she averaged 4.5 points per game and recorded 12 points twice in the league. Jael Freixanet was a member of the Spanish U18 National Team -05-06, Spanish U20 National Team -07-08, Spanish U19 National Team -07.
Vanessa Ble (F-91) is a young Forward born in 1991. In 2008-2009 she appeared for Gran Canaria La Caja de Canarias (LFB, starting five) and in 15 games averaged 9.5ppg, Reb-3 (9.4ppg), 1.1apg, 1.5spg, FGP: 49.1%, FT: 54.5%. In December 2009 signed at EBE Ibiza-PDV Sta Eulalia (LFB, starting five) and in EuroCup appeared in 6 games as her stats read 4.7ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.0apg, 2.0spg. Right now the player is in Latvia together with U20 Spanish team. Sghe collected 6 points and 10 rebounds as undefeated Spain produced a 80:57 victory over Turkey to claim first place in their qualifying round Group F at the U20 European Championship for Women. Spain used an 11-0 spurt early in the third quarter for a 22-point advantage and Turkey would not get closer than 14 points the rest of the way.


Liljestrand, Bogdanova and Alonso change teams - by Eurobasket News
Swedish International Linnea Liljestrand (178-G-80) moves to Rivas as the Spanish team signed the player for the next season. In 2005-2006 she appeared for C.B. Arxil (LF2) and then in 2006-2007 played for Alvargomez Guadalajara (LF2). In 2007-2008 moved to EBE Promociones P.D.V. Santa Eulalia (Spain-LFB) and after 30 games averaged 8.4ppg, 1.4rpg, 2FGP: 48.0%, 3PT: 38.0%, FT: 68.0%. In 2008-2009 headed to C.B. Olesa Espanyol (Spain-LFB) and after 26 games her stats read 6.5ppg, 1.5rpg, FGP: 42.6%, 3PT: 40.8%, FT: 81.0%. Last season appeared in MMT Estudiantes Madrid (Spain-LFB) and averaged 9.0 points per game.
Veronica Alonso (81) meanwhile heads to CB Pio XII Santiago de Compostela. In 2007-2008 she appeared for Adba Efmo.com and in 25 games averaged 6.3ppg, 2.9rpg, 2.2apg, 1.1spg, 2FGP: 29.0%, 3PT: 33.0%, FT: 68.0%. In 2008-2009 moved to ASAC Comunicaciones Adba (LF2, starting five) and after 30 games her stats read 9.2ppg, 2.2rpg, 1.1apg, 0.9spg, 2FGP: 44.0%, 3PT: 25.0%, FT: 77.0%. Last season the player started for Space Tanit Eivissa (LF2, starting five).
Russian Natalia Bogdanova (191-F-86) will play for El Club Joventut Mariana. Last year she spent in Reze Nantes Basket 44 (France-LFB, starting five) and after 13 games averaged 3.2ppg, 3.5rpg. She was a member of Russian U19 National Team -05, World Championships U21 in Tunisia -05, Russian U20 National Team -06.



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  TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO - Women  


Guatemala grabs OT win against Trinidad and Tobago - by Eurobasket News
CAC Games, Places 5-8: Trinidad and Tobago - Guatemala 76-81 OT

Guatemala made the first step forward to fifth place in Mayaguez. They outsmarted Trinidad and Tobago 76-81, so they will meet Mexico in the final day. The winner of that game will finish as No.5. Trinidad and Tobago will try to beat Saint Vincent and to avoid the last place at this event. Blanca Amado (179-G/F-79) was the leading player in victory with double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds. Ligia Del Valle (171-G-87) scored 16 and Cynthia Rivera (177-F-82) added two points less. Sharmion Selman (184-F-82) shined in defeat with 29 points, 11 rebounds and 5 assists. Tiffani Williams (199-C-84, college: N.Carolina A&T) had double-double of 13 points ad 19 rebs, while Leslie-Ann Francois (177-F-82) added 11 pts.
Guatemala took control on Trinidad and Tobago in the first quarter and they created 14-25 lead. Blanca Amado and her teammates were good in the next ten minutes as well, what resulted with 14-point lead at the half time. Trinidad and Tobago was in trouble, but didnt give up. They limited Guatemala to just five points in third quarter cutting the margin to four. Sharmion Selman was unstoppable in offense and she led Trinidad and Tobago with 16-12 in the last frame for 72-72 at the end of regular time. In the extra five minutes Guatemala was better celebrating 76-81 victory.

Trinidad and Tobago: Sharmion Selman 29+11 boards+5 as, Tiffani Williams 13+19 boards, Leslie-Ann Francois 11
Guatemala: Blanca Amado 20+10 boards, Ligia Del Valle 16+5 boards+6 as, Cynthia Rivera 14+5 boards


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  U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS - Women  


CAC Games in Mayaguez: Dominican Republic blasts ISV in the Semis - by Eurobasket News
CAC Games, Semifinals: Dominican Republic - U.S. Virgins Islands 92-66

Dominican Republic had an easy job in the Semifinals and will meet Puerto Rico in the battle for Gold. Yohanna Morton (175-G-87) and her teammates blasted ISV 92-66 stretching the winning streak to four and now they hope to end this event with the prefect record. On the other side, ISV will meet Jamaica for third place. Morton was the leading player in victory with 18 points and 5 rebounds. Sugeiry Monsac (186-F/C-81) also was great adding 17 points and 9 boards. Charlenny Frias (177-G-84) is another player with 17 points in this victory. ISV got 24 points from Yanique Javois (176-G-85, college: Saint Louis), while Stacey Griffith (185-F/C-89) collected 14 points and 10 boards.
Dominican Republic opened the game with 14-10 lead and outgunned ISV for rest of the time in Q1. They closed this period with 13-7 run for the first double-digit lead. They continued in the same rhythm moving up to plus 17. However, ISV players finally woke up and cut the margin to 11 points until the halftime. Dominican Republic exploded offensively in Q3 scoring 29 points, while they stopped ISV to 20. At that time it was already clear who the winner of this game will be and Dominican Republic had no troubles to keep the comfortable lead.
Friday will be the final day in Mayaguez.

Dominican Republic: Yohanna Morton 18+5 boards, Sugeiry Monsac 17+9 boards, Charlenny Frias 17
U.S. Virgins Islands: Yanique Javois 24, Stacey Griffith 14+10 boards


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  UKRAINE - Women  


Second lost to Bulgaria - by Alexander Muzyka
The second game vs Bulgarian NT showed that a lost a day before had a logic platform. Ukrainians were too lost this time again. There were a lot of turnovers but no tactical and combinative game. Just bigwomen Olena Krykunenko-Ogorodnikova, Taisia Bovykina and Olena Zherzherunova plus guards Arina Lysiuk-Markotenko and Natalia Isachenko tried to show the best (we even won the rim - 35:21 by rebounds). It will be no hope for us if our team looks like this one in the official games and makes turnovers as today 21:9! Some can say that the problem took its place by the head coach substitution - as you know Maryna Tkachenko had to ask for out by the family problems so Iryna Schypakina had to head the NT just a week ago. But This team had no possibiliteas and wishes to play - and we can only hope the time is the best medicine for our team...

Friendlies
Kyiv, SC Merydian, July 23
Ukraine - Bulgaria - 53:54 (17:16, 6:16, 19:8, 11:14)
U
: Bovykina 12 + 5 rbs, Markotenko 9, Ogorodnikova 8 + 7 rbs, Isachenko 8 + 7 rbs, Zherzherunova 7 + 6 rbs, Lapschynova 5, Schypakina 4, Doroshenko, Alioshkina, Kisiliova, Yegorova-Kochubei 0 + 7 tos.
B: Zlatanova 15 + 7 rbs, Hodges 10, Ilieva 10, Dimitrova 5 + 4 ast, Slavova 4, Peteva 3, Yordanova 2, Ivanova 2, Yankova 2, Miteva 1, Peeva, Stanoeva.


U20 Ukraine goes to Quarterfinals in Liepaja - by Eurobasket News
U20 EuroBasket, Qualifying Round (Day Six): UKRAINE - POLAND 67-50

Ukraine made it in do-or-die game against Poland and advanced to Quarterfinals as No.4 of Group A. Ukraine registered 2-3 record, what was enough for the next stage. Poland will continue in Classification Round for 9th to 12th place. Alina Iagupova (179-G-92) collected 21 points, 9 rebounds and 6 assists for the winners. Olesia Malashenko (188-F-91, agency: LBM Management) has 20 points and 14 rebounds, while Olga Maznichenko (187-F-91) added 12 pts, 8 boards and 5 assists. Joanna Markiewicz (183-F-91) and Magda Kaczmarska (183-F/G-90) replied with 10 points each in defeat.
Ukraine took control on Poland from the very beginning. Alina Iagupova and her teammates created 12-7 lead in the first ten minutes and later in Q2 jumped to 35-22. Poland slightly improved after the breather, but it was not enough as they ended Q3 with 17-20. Ukraine still had decent lead and there was 10 minutes left in the game. Ukraine smashed their rival in the last frame 15-8 for the final 67-50 victory.
Ukraine will meet Spain in the Quarterfinals. Poland will take on Italy. They will be just a first step for ninth place in Liepaja.

Ukraine: Alina Iagupova 21+9 boards+6 as, Olesia Malashenko 20+14 boards, Olga Maznichenko 12+8 boards+5 as
Poland: Joanna Markiewicz 10, Magda Kaczmarska 10


Ukraine hosts Bulgaria in a three-day campaign - by Eurobasket News
Game 1: Ukraine-Bulgaria 40:52

Ukraine hosts Bulgaria in a three-day campaign, while both teams are preparing for the important games staring in August. Bulgaria looked better in the opener as they stole 52:40 win.
Ukraine opened the game with 12-8 and both teams did not look too good in the offense. Bulgaria meanwhile limited Ukraine 16-3 in the second quarter to take 24:15 at the halftime. Ukraine won again the third period 17-16 to trail 8 points entering the last stanza. The guests did not allow them to catch up and even increased the victory to 12 points as they produced 12-8 in the last quarter.
Doneeka Hodges (175-G-82, college: LSU) stepped up with 14 points for the winners and Jaklin Zlatanova (190-F-88) nailed 11. Radostina Slavova (186-F-86) posted 8 and Dimana Makarieva collected 5 points and 11 rebounds. Taisiia Bovykina (190-C-89, agency: LBM Management) and Olena Ogorodnikova (186-F-81) ended up with 9 points in the losing effort. Natalia Isachenko (183-F-79, agency: Promotex) followed them with 5 and Maryna Doroshenko as well as Yevgeniya Sharovka added 4 each.
Ukraine showed better percentage from the field as they had 40% versus 38%. Ukraine was also better from the three-point line as they had 18% versus 13%. Bulgaria looked better from the free throw line having 63% versus 40%.
Game 2 to be played on July 23 in Ukraine.

Ukraine: Taisiia Bovykina 9, Olena Ogorodnikova 9, Natalia Isachenko 5
Bulgaria: Doneeka Hodges 14, Jaklin Zlatanova 11, Radostina Slavova 8


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Venezuelan National Team 2010 - by Eurobasket
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Ofelia Villarroel
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Cleider Blanco
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Roselis Silva
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Yosimar Corrales
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Endrina Bolivar
Bolivar
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Ofelia Villarroel 174-G-78 Nueva Esparta Venezuela
Cleider Blanco C-90 Distrito Capital Venezuela
Roselis Silva G-91 Distrito Capital Venezuela
Waleska Perez Distrito Capital Venezuela
Maholy Lovera Distrito Capital Venezuela
Yosimar Corrales G-90 Guarico Venezuela
Endrina Bolivar F-90 Guarico Venezuela
Maria Requena G-90 Guarico Venezuela
Keisy Ford Guarico Venezuela
Iriana Velasquez Guarico Venezuela
Maria Graterol Cojedes Venezuela
Mariana Duran Yaracuy Venezuela
Hernairy Vargas Falcon Venezuela
Mariangel Carrero Merida Venezuela
Thalia Garcia Merida Venezuela

Eduardo Gil Head Coach Bucaneros Venezuela
Alecia Landaeta Assistant
Oscar Silva Assistant Duros Venezuela


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Without any Chance - by Juliane Hoehne
Saturday, June 17th, the Lexington Lightning traveled to Columbus to play their last regional season game. The Lexington Lightning had a slow start in the game, but were able to keep up with the Columbus Hidden Gems until halftime, although it was already obvious who was the stronger team. The Columbus Hidden Gems were leading at halftime with 29-23. In the second time, the game of the Lexington Lightning was characterized by one-on-one play instead of team play and the field goal percentage was terrible, even wide open shots were missed. Therefore, the team of Head Coach Lucius Jones won deserved with 80-49. The Columbus Hidden Gems were led offensively by Brandie Hoskins (5'9''-G-85) (20) and Catherine Cain (5'11''-G/F, college: S.Carol.-Aiken) (18). For the Lexington Lightning only Shacona Booker (5'10''-F, college: Columbia St. CC) and Juliane Hoehne (6'3''-F/C-83, college: IPFW) were able to score in double-digits, each scoring 11.

Lexington Lightning beat Cleveland Crush for the second time - by Juliane Hoehne
On saturday, the team of Head Coach Anthony Hawkins was suppose to play against the Cleveland Crush at 6pm. After game delay caused by problems with the gym, the game was finally started around 7pm in a different location. In the first half, Lexington Lightning was dominating the game and even leading by as much as 10 points. Erica Coleman (5'10''-F, college: Morehead St.) and Juliane Hoehne (6'3''-F/C-83, college: IPFW) were leading the team in scoring in the first half. In the second half, simple turnovers and bad defense led the Cleveland Crush back in the game and they were even able to come within one point during the 3rd and 4th quarter. The last minutes of the game, Lexington Lightning had a 4 point lead and almost gave the game away by turning the ball over in the back court because of the 10second rule, which gave Cleveland the chance to even win the game with a three pointer or at least tie it with a two pointer. However, Cleveland missed the last shot and Lexington Lightning won the game 61-59. All players were able to score, but the Lightning were led Coleman 16 and Tracy Harbut (6'0''-G/F-85, college: Syracuse) 12, who were able to score in double digits. Next weekend, the Lightning will travel to Columbus to take on versus the Columbus Hidden Gems.

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Thursday's games (3) review - by Eurobasket News
Phoenix M. - Tulsa S. 123-91
Diana Taurasi (6'0''-F/G-82, college: Connecticut) scored 26 points, Candice Dupree had 23 and the defending champion Phoenix Mercury set a WNBA scoring record with a 123-91 victory over the Tulsa Shock on Thursday night. Ketia Swanier (5'7''-G-86, college: Connecticut) added 17 points, Tangela Smith (6'4''-F/C-77, college: Iowa) 13, DeWanna Bonner (6'4''-G-87, college: Auburn) 11 and Penelope Taylor (6'1''-F-81) 10 for the Mercury (9-12), who also set records with 67 points in the first half, most points in the second quarter (36) and most field goals in a half (25). Phoenix topped the previous single-game record of 116 points, set in a victory against Tulsa on June 12. Kara Braxton (6'6''-C-83, college: Georgia) scored 18 points to lead the Shock (4-18). Shanna Crossley (5'10''-G-83, college: Tennessee) had 12 points, Jennifer Lacy added 11, and Ivory Latta and Amber Holt 10 each. The Mercury scored 100 or more points against the Shock for the third time this season and swept the four-game series against the franchise which was sold and moved from Detroit in the offseason. Phoenix shot 59 percent (36 of 61) from the field, including 9 for 16 on 3-pointers. The Shock were limited to 44 percent (27 for 61) from the floor and 31 percent (5 for 16) on 3s. *Courtesy of www.miamiherald.com

S.Antonio SS - Minnesota L. 74-72
For two teams with losing records playing in July, there was a lot of talk about the playoffs. And in what could end up being a first-round preview, Sophia Young (6'1''-F-83, college: Baylor) two free throws with 3.8 seconds to play lifted the San Antonio Silver Stars to a 74-72 win over the Minnesota Lynx on Thursday night. Chamique Holdsclaw led San Antonio with 17 points, while Becky Hammon (5'6''-G-77, college: Colorado St.) and Roneeka Hodges (5'11''-G-82, college: Florida St.) each had 14. The Silver Stars (8-13) won just their third road game of the season and moved a half-game ahead of the Lynx (7-13) for third place in the woeful Western Conference, one game behind second-place Phoenix. Seimone Augustus (6'1''-G-84, college: LSU) scored 22 points to lead the Lynx, who lost their second straight. *Courtesy of www.nbcsports.msnbc.com

L.Angeles S. - Indiana F. 57-76
Ebony Hoffman (6'2''-C/F-82, college: USC) scored 16 points to help the Indiana Fever beat the Los Angeles Sparks 76-57 on Thursday night and move into sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference. Katie Douglas (6'1''-G/F-79, college: Purdue) and Jessica Davenport (6'5''-C-85, college: Ohio St.) each scored 13 points for the Fever (14-7), who have won five of six. Tamika Catchings (6'1''-F-79, college: Tennessee), who had scored at least 20 points in four straight games, finished with 11 points, six rebounds and six steals for Indiana. Tina Thompson (6'2''-F-75, agency: Merit Sports, college: USC) scored 19 points for Los Angeles (6-16), which dropped to 1-10 on the road. No other Sparks player scored in double figures. Los Angeles' loss clinched a playoff berth for league-best Seattle (19-2). Courtesy of www.taragana.com


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


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Quarterfinals in Toulouse - by Eurobasket News
USA - Spain 86-57
Expected win for USA, who advanced to Semifinals in Toulouse. Their leading player today was Kaleena Lewis (183-F-93) with 16 points. Maria Gonzalez Grueso (177-G/F-93) replied with 15 points in defeat. USA will play against China in the Semis.

France - Australia 69-59
The host of U17 World Championship reached the Semifinals, where they will take on Belgium. Sara Chevaugeon (177-G-93) stepped up for France today with 13 points. Gretel Tippett (190-F-93) delivered 17 pts in defeat.

Belgium - Japan 93-70
Easy one for Belgium, who will play against France in the U17 World Championship Semifinals. Emma Meesseman (188-C-93) exploded with 23 points and 13 rebounds in this victory. Japan got 21 points and 12 boards from Yuki Miyazawa (181-F-93).

China - Russia 68-59
China outplayed Russia and will meet USA in the Semifinals. Yu Dong (195-C/F-93) shined for the winners with 19 points and 9 rebounds. Russia got 15 points and 6 boards from Galina Kiseleva (182-F-93).

Places 9-12
Turkey - Mali 88-56
Turkey was too strong for Mali and tomorrow will have to beat Argentina in order to win the ninth place at this event. Ozge Kavurmacioglu (187-F-93) came up with 19 points and 5 rebounds for Turkey. Fatoumata Sanou (185-C-93) had 18 points and 10 rebs in loss.

Argentina - Canada 59-51
Argentina made the first step forward to ninth place and if they want to take it, Argentina will have to beat Turkey tomorrow. Carolina Martinez (160-F-93) led her team today with 14 points and 5 rebounds. Nirra Fields (173-G-93) collected 11 pts and 10 rebounds in defeat.